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, Nov. 22 — “Peking Dreams,” National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, 4-6 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Who doesn’t love a circus? Except maybe those tortured souls somehow creeped out by clowns; or folks allergic to giant pandas; or possibly you have a noise sensitivity; could be you’re just boring. Anyway, fine, I guess lots of people don’t love the circus, but hey, more elbow room for the rest of us to enjoy this spectacle of performance and entertainment from across the globe.
The troupe, according to Music Worcester, is especially acclaimed in China because of the unique acts in the program such as Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, Straw Hats Juggling, Girls’ Balance With Bowls and many others. Tickets are $49 for adults; $17.50 students; $7.50 youth.
Monday, Nov. 23 — Taking Back Your Health: Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes, 6:45-9 p.m., ArtReach, 322 West Boylston St. I’m torn on this one. On the one hand, it’s of course responsible of us to promote healthy lifestyle choices. On the other hand, gravy is so, so good. Then again, given the mission of Bulldozer Health and its founder Wendy Edge, you’re bound to learn a lot more than just recipes in this workshop. Maybe there’s a compromise to be had with the butter in the mashed potatoes or the sugar/syrup of the pecan pie, but I’m not eating any tofurkey, that’s for sure.
Tuesday, Nov. 24 — Holy Cross men’s hockey vs. American International, 7 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Two games against nationally ranked Quinnipiac and a visit to defending national champion Providence to start the season tested the Crusaders and led to an 0-4 start after a loss at Canisius. HC is 4-2 since, and led by senior defenseman Jake Bolton, who’s a team-best plus-10, with 8 assists and 15 blocked shots. Ryan Ferrill, sophomore forward, tops the squad with 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) and is a plus-6.
While the Yellow Jackets are an ice-cold 1-11, their lone victory came against 20th-ranked Robert Morris. Oh, and stay in your seats for the second period: The Crusaders have scored half of their 30 goals on the season in the middle frame.
Wednesday, Nov. 25 — North High football vs. South, 11 a.m., Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium, 305 Chandler St. These two have their priorities straight. You can have your Thursday morning — the Polar Bears and the Colonels are going to throw on the pads a day early, leaving themselves free to focus completely on turkey and stuffing, and maybe a healthy side dish, Thursday. (North won, 35-8, last year.)
Thursday, Nov. 26 — Burncoat High football vs. Doherty, 10 a.m., Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium, 305 Chandler St.; Holy Name vs. Auburn, 10 a.m., Coughlin Field, Worcester State, 486 Chandler St.; St. Peter-Marian vs. St. John’s (Shrewsbury), 10:30 a.m., Fitton Field, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. We could discuss the merits of these matchups, but then who goes to a Thanksgiving football game based on quality? It’s all about the name on the front of the jersey, people. Get the bird in the oven and go support the home team, whichever it is. And if you’re not going, maybe don’t drive near Chandler Street around noon.
Friday, Nov. 27 — The Nutcracker, 7 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Presented by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Tuckerman Hall-based Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, this is the ninth annual city performance of the 1892 Tchaikovsky classic that became an American Christmas season tradition somewhere in the mid-20th century. After a day of Black Friday debauchery, what better way to wash away that dirty feeling than to take in the pageantry of the dancers and one of history’s great musical scores?
Tickets range from $26 to $38, and there are three more shows on the weekend.
Saturday, Nov. 28 — Worcester County Kennel Club Dog Show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Exhibition Hall, DCU Center, 50 Foster St. Now we’re talkin’! Actually, talking dogs would be great, wouldn’t they? We could finally find out what the heck is so fascinating about their tails. Are they offended by the expression dog-eat-dog world? Where do they stand on Syrian refugees? Sticks or Frisbees? Mercifully, I digress. (You’re welcome.) … Get to know a wide variety of purebred dogs, learn more about the right pup for your family, or just enjoy the all-breed show. Vendors and local dog-related charities will also be on hand.