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The One | Business
Tuesday, Jan. 12 — The Venture Forum’s Entrepreneurs Lounge, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Odeum (3rd floor), Rubin Campus Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road David Crouch, founder and partner/president of ten24 Digital Solutions, happens to be a “friend of the program,” so let’s just go ahead and get that out in the open. He’s also one of our upstairs neighbors here at 20 Franklin St. So, does that mean we’re in the bag? … Maybe.
Either way, we think you should head on down to WPI to meet Dave and a bunch of innovative folks just like him for one of The Venture Forum’s regular programs, this focusing on how high growth in the tech industry is achievable in the current Worcester business climate. There will be a “one-on-one” discussion with a moderated Q&A followed by a networking session.
The Venture Forum, if you don’t know, is a Woo-based nonprofit that “offers a foundation for learning and connecting with resources essential to launching and growing successful technology businesses.” In Worcester, there is a club for everything — especially networking.
Sunday, Jan. 10 — Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations by pianist Simone Dinnerstein, 3-5 p.m., Tuckerman Hall, 10 Tuckerman St. These “Goldberg” Variations are a pretty big deal to folks who know about this sort of thing (I had to look it up!). Simone Dinnerstein is that type of person, and she made herself kind of a big deal, too, by crowdfunding her own acclaimed recording of the complicated score. This is a unique opportunity for classical music aficionados. Tickets are $49 (adult), $17.50 (student), $7.50 (youth).
Wednesday, Jan. 13 — WPI men’s basketball vs. Babson, 7 p.m., Harrington Auditorium, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. Led by 6-foot-5 senior forward Clyde Niba and his nearly 17 points per game, the Engineers (11-1 before a Saturday, Jan. 9, afternoon tipoff vs. MIT) are off to a scorching start to their season. Unsurprising, I suppose, that an efficient, well-oiled machine has been fashioned at WPI. The 7-4 Beavers, though, have real teeth, averaging a damn fine 82.4 points per game heading into the weekend (WPI was at 67.4).
Thursday, Jan. 14 — Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, Business After Hours: Holiday Party, 5-7:30 p.m., Nuovo Restaurant, 92 Shrewsbury St. Don’t be alarmed if you see Phil Palmieri, erstwhile city councilor, wandering around outside; he’s just admiring those constantly repaved streets … or looking for something to do. Well, if he were inside he’d certainly have his hands full. Of highbrow hors d’oeuvres. Or schmoozing. A little bit of both, maybe, with a side of business card rash. So, tell the better half you’ll be “working” late again. Members get in for $15, aspiring chamber types must pony up $30.
Friday, Jan. 15 — Holy Cross men’s hockey vs. Robert Morris, 7:05 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Don’t look now, but the Crusaders (12-6-1; 7-1 at home) are on a serious roll, with a 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1) prior to their Sunday, Jan. 10, matchup at Dartmouth. Michael Laffin, a freshman pivot from New York, was named Atlantic Hockey Conference rookie of the month for December and has 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) on the season. Paul Berrafato, a New York sophomore, is 11-4-1 with a 2.07 goals-against and .921 save percentage between the pipes.
Saturday, Jan. 16 — “Yours for Humanity: Abby,” one-woman play, 2-4 p.m., Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square Written and produced by members of the Worcester Women’s History Project, the play shows a week in Abby Kelley Foster‘s life in 1854 as she lectures in Indiana against slavery. Since it debuted to a standing-room crowd at the library in 2004, the play has been presented at “hundreds of venues to all generations.” Foster has a school named for her and was the inspiration for the Abby’s House moniker — maybe take a few minutes and find out why she was so important to so many.