There’s a lot going on in the city. Many of the events don’t need our help in drawing a crowd, but some do. Here’s our take on some of this week’s most worthwhile events.
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Sunday, Oct. 4 — Art Reflecting Nature: An Historical Perspective; Session 1, cave paintings, 1-3:30 p.m., Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road We know we put a lot of Broad Meadow Brook stuff in here, but hey, they have some cool stuff going on over there. This is the first of a three-Sunday course spelunking into the convergent worlds of art and nature, with brief lectures and sanctuary walks. Plus, you get to paint. Now, this kind of fun ain’t free: $81 nonmembers ($67 members), but you can get a 10 percent discount if you register for all three classes. (Registration required.)
Monday, Oct. 5 — Worcester Municipal Debate, City Council at-large candidates, 7 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. So, you made it through another Monday at work. We bet there was an apple-picking story involved. Right? Or did someone bring up Christmas shopping and get pelted with candy corn? Either way, we’re confident the discourse among at-large City Council candidates at this forum will rise above the inane and help inform your ballot. (There’s one of these things, like, every day, so they ought to be getting pretty good at this by now!) The debate is sponsored by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Research Bureau in partnership with Mechanics Hall.
Tuesday, Oct. 6 — “Getting Elected Isn’t Easy,” lecture and discussion, 4:30-6 p.m., Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center, Clark University, 950 Main St. “Rules governing candidate selection affect the quality of our democracy as well as the ultimate winners and losers of our elections.” That description posted by the university forms the thought-provoking foundation for this discussion on how the state’s political system ticks. Is it working? What can be done to fix it? Statewide office holders and contenders for higher office such as Reed Hillman, Gerry D’Amico and Shannon O’Brien will join with political scientists to explore these questions and more.
Wednesday, Oct. 7 — No Evil Project opening reception, 4-6:30 p.m., North High School, 140 Harrington Way We told you about Troy Thompson and his No Evil Project in last week’s edition. What, you missed it? We’ll let it slide, but here’s a link, and we’ll wait while you read it. … One of the best parts of the story was his work with the Worcester Education Collaborative that started with a Kickstarter donation and ended with 450 students, teachers and staff at North participating in individual photo shoots. Tonight, the exhibit will open to the public with the hope of illuminating all the positive things the North High community could be known for.
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Thursday, Oct. 8 — IMGD Celebrity Series lecture with award-winning game designer Brenda Romero, 7-9:30 p.m., Lower Perrault, Fuller Laboratories, WPI, 100 Institute Road Brenda Romero has contributed to such iconic game franchises as Dungeons and Dragons and Ghost Recon, among others, and has a mantel-full of awards, including the 2015 Ambassadors Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards and a 2014 Fulbright scholarship to study Ireland’s gaming industry. So, yeah, she knows what she’s talking about. And she’ll be discussing the pursuit of perfection in game development and how that quest can lead to many lessons.
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Friday, Oct. 9 — Holy Cross men’s hockey vs. Quinnipiac, 7 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross Wait, wait, wait – it’s hockey season already?! That was fast. Well, cool, so we’ll be able to see the Sharks back in … Oh, right! Awkward. … Anyway, the Crusaders are kicking off their 50th anniversary season in style over on College Hill, with a special performance from Boston Bruins anthem icon Rene Rancourt and a visit from the nationally ranked Bobcats, who were a 2015 NCAA tournament team. HC doesn’t have another home game until November, so check this one out because, listen, the Sharks aren’t coming back. Tickets start at $8; and season ticket packages start at $35.
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Saturday, Oct. 10 — High school football, starting at noon, multiple locations Feels like a sporting kind of weekend, doesn’t it? Besides, Rancourt has us all fired up – four fist pumps fired up! So, why not stick around the city and support your local gridiron gangs? South meets up with Burncoat at noon at Foley Stadium, 305 Chandler St.; St. Peter-Marian welcomes Tantasqua to Guardian Field, 781 Grove St., at 1 p.m.; and then Worcester Tech caps off a Foley Field double dip with a 3 p.m. tilt vs. Bay Path back on Chandler.