Worcester Weekly: Six things to do, Jan. 17-23

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Sunday, Jan. 17 — “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” auditions, 2-5 p.m. (also Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7-10 p.m.), Grandview Playhouse, 21 Grandview Ave. Kept trying to come up with a witty, possibly chuckle-worthy description of this intriguing comedy, but the folks at Worcester County Light Opera Company are way better at this sort of thing (to be fair, they’ve been around since 1937):

“Adult siblings Vanya and Sonia reside in their old family home, mourning lost dreams and missed opportunities. When their often-wrong, fortune-telling maid warns of impending dangers, and their movie star sister, Masha, arrives unexpectedly with boy-toy Spike, the family is launched into a rollicking weekend of one-upmanship, exposed nerves, and a lot of broken mugs.”

The productions, according to the troupe’s website, are set for early April. Auditions are for the four title roles; Nina, a starstruck woman visiting a neighbor; and Cassandra, the soothsaying servant, will consist of cold readings from the script. Oh, and all of this in beautiful District 5 — What do I win, Gary Rosen? — who wouldn’t want to get in on this?

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Tuesday, Jan. 19 — Students Reflect on MLK Jr.: 2016 Art Contest Winners, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rockwell Gallery, Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St. One thing we can agree on in regard to Martin Luther King Jr. is that there are myriad ways to express your feelings about the revolutionary civil-rights leader. In addition to the 31st annual MLK Breakfast on Monday, this exhibit of top entries by students from Worcester and across the county promises to introduce the viewer to at least one new perspective. $5 for adults, free for under-18 and members (The exhibit runs Tuesdays through Saturdays through Feb. 27).

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Wednesday, Jan. 20 — Social Sector Entrepreneurship & Employment workshop, 1-2:30 p.m., Banx Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square “An introductory overview to explore the possibilities of starting a new social impact venture, and/or connecting with existing social ventures working to make our world ‘a better place’,” this workshop is part of the library’s monthly Wednesday small business series. The free workshop will be led by local social worker, entrepreneur and coach Peter Friedland.

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Worcester State hockey plays host to Westfield State 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, at Holy Cross' Hart Center.

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Worcester State hockey plays host to Westfield State 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, at Holy Cross’ Hart Center.

Thursday, Jan. 21 — Worcester State men’s hockey vs. Westfield State, 8:30 p.m., Hart Recreation Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Tough to find city kids on the area college hockey teams. All sorts of Canadians and New Yorkers and pretty much everywhere-ians. Alas, Patrick Germain, a St. Peter-Marian graduate, is tied for second on the Lancers (3-10-1) with 3 goals. The freshman forward has one of the squad’s three game-winning goals, as he opened the scoring in WSU’s first win (4-0 vs. Southern Maine, Oct. 31).

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Friday, Jan. 22 — Pottery Plus: Friends Night Out, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road Don’t be a sheep and join the herd for another Friday night of cramped waiting areas, pricey drinks and buffalo sauce on your blouse. Get your hands dirty with something you’ve never tried before, or maybe refresh your skills from that other class you took that one time you watched “Ghost” too soon after Troy broke up with you. Cost is $64 and space is limited.

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Shape up your Friday night by learning to make pottery at Worcester Center for Crafts.

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Shape up your Friday night by learning to make pottery at Worcester Center for Crafts.


Saturday, Jan. 23 — Assumption women’s basketball vs. Pace, 1 p.m., Laska Gymnasium, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St. Stoddards have a long history of success in Worcester, so that’s probably why longtime coach Kerry Phayre recruited 5-foot-7 junior point guard Allison, who tops the Greyhounds’ “big three” with 11.1 points per game. So, that’s worked out nicely for the 10-5 squad, which is also led by the Two Kelly Cs: senior guard Kelly Conley (10 points per game) and junior guard Kelly Cary (8.9). 6-foot-5 Kirsten Dodge averages about 9 points and 7 boards per game for the 9-8 Setters.

Note: It’s Fan Appreciation Day at Laska — the men have a game at 3 — and fans are asked to wear Assumption blue.

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