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 excursions.
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Sunday, Nov. 29 — Holiday Festival of Crafts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road Not much of a crafter, myself. Lack of imagination, maybe. Or patience. Luckily for me and harried holiday shoppers all over Worcester, there’s a group of folks who’ve crafted their artistic little hearts out to present this annual marketplace of crafty goodness.
Don’t miss the final day featuring handcrafted creations from some 60 vendors. Admission is $5.
Monday, Nov. 30 — Clark women’s basketball vs. Coast Guard Academy, 7 p.m., Kneller Athletic Center, Clark University, 57 Downing St. Sophomore guard Sam O’Gara, a Claremont Academy grad, paces a young Cougars squad with 15.3 points per game. O’Gara led the team in scoring as a freshman as well, and is among seven freshmen and sophomores playing more than 14 minutes per game for longtime coach Pat Glispin. Junior Aretha Sullivan (University Park) has started all five games for the 2-3 Cougars, who begin their NEWMAC slate against the 2-2 Bears, a preseason pick to be among the top teams in the conference.
Tuesday, Dec. 1 — AIDS Project Worcester World AIDS Day celebration, 6-8:30 p.m., TIlton Hall, Clark University, 950 Main St. World AIDS Day was held for the first time in 1988 and each Dec. 1 since, communities across the globe have come together to support people living with and to memorialize those who’ve died from HIV and AIDS. AIDS Project Worcester says: “As we look to a new era in HIV prevention, treatment and screening, it is important that nonprofits, private institutions and the public sector continue to work together to improve the quality of life for those infected or affected by HIV.”
The APW event features guest speaker Margaret J. Hurley from the state attorney general’s office, and a presentation from speaker/activist Gloria Searson. Bring a toy or nonperishable food item for admission.
Wednesday, Dec. 2 — WPI women’s basketball vs. Wellesley, 7 p.m., Harrington Auditorium, WPI, 151 Salisbury St. Hoops are in the air this week. Remember the Bay State Bombardiers at the Auditorium? Coach Dave Cowens? “Awesome” Joe Dawson? No? Fair enough. Well, let’s not dwell on the past then. Sophomore Ama Biney of Worcester (Holy Name) is doing plenty to keep us focused on the present, averaging a team-best nearly 10 points per game for the Engineers (4-1 headed into Saturday night). The 5-foot-7 guard is averaging more than 5 boards in 23 minutes per game off the bench, and dropped a season-high 17 on UMass-Dartmouth in a Nov. 18 WPI win. The Engineers won’t play again at home until Jan. 9.
Thursday, Dec. 3 — “Echoes of Torment and Bliss” chamber music concert, 8 p.m., Brooks Concert Hall, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Itamar Zorman began playing violin when he was 6, earned a master’s from Juilliard, and has garnered awards and raves the world over. He will join forces with Holy Cross music department’s artists-in-residence, cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws and pianist Adam Golka, for what they’re calling “an intense and virtuosic program,” featuring works by Antonín Dvorak, Witold Lutoslawski, Olivier Messiaen, Paul Ben-Haim and Robert Schumann. The event is free and open to the public.
Friday, Dec. 4 — Festival Of Lights, 6-8 p.m., Worcester Common, behind City Hall, 455 Main St. You had me at free hot cocoa, city of Worcester, but you had to up the ante. Talented singers from schools across the city, sure, that’s nice. Tree lighting? Excellent. Free public skating and horse-drawn wagon rides? Huzzah! But, seriously, the McGovern machine really came through this year. I mean, we knew he had connections, but Santa Claus? On a Friday night? Your move, Springfield.
Saturday, Dec. 5 — “Urban Nutcracker: A Suite Slice,” 6:30 p.m., Worcester Technical High School auditorium, 1 Skyline Drive Access to culture and the arts has been a driving force behind this adaptation of the Tchaikovsky classic that debuted at Dorchester’s Strand Theatre in 2001 and brings its first performance to Worcester. The Tony Williams Dance Center teams up with performers from Jo Ann Warren Studio for this “collage of dance” featuring everything from hip-hop to flamenco to Irish step dancing. (Oh, and a little ballet, too.) Tickets are $25/$35.