Worcester Weekly: Huey P. Newton, Kayla Harrison + 4 more things to do, Feb. 21-27

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Wednesday, Feb. 24 — Holy Cross women’s basketball vs. Loyola, 7:05 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Gate 7. Considering a five-game losing streak to begin the season and that star senior captain Raquel Scott, who averaged nearly 17 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior, has played only seven games due to injury, the Crusaders’ 11-14 record could look a lot worse.

In fact, 8-6 in Patriot League play entering the weekend, Billy Gibbons’ crew is vying for the third seed and potential home game with the conference tournament approaching. Loyola, 7-7 in the league and one of three teams jockeying for playoff position with HC, provides a critical test as the teams meet twice in the final four regular season games.

Half of the tilt’s marquee matchup, 5-foot-9 senior guard Colleen Marshall paces the Greyhounds with 15.4 points per game. She and her backcourt mates will have their hands full with Crusaders sophomore Infiniti Thomas-Waheed. The 5-foot-10 guard from Newton, who totes averages of 12.3 points and 4.5 boards into the weekend, is HC’s top scorer without Scott, while senior point guard Lisa Misfud averages 11.7 points and 4 assists.

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Monday, Feb. 22 — “A Huey P. Newton Story” screening and Q&A, 7-9 p.m., Room 519, Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Huey Newton would have turned 74 last Wednesday (Feb. 17), but the man who with Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense faded into obscurity and was shot dead on an Oakland, Calif., street in August 1989. Through his short and turbulent time, one would be hard-pressed to gain a full understanding of such a complex man.

Roger Guenveur Smith, whose solo stage performance inspired the 2001 Spike Lee film adaptation in which he stars, attempts to shed light not only on the man himself but on what he came to represent for an entire community. Smith will be on hand to discuss and answer questions after the showing, which is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, Feb. 23 — “The American of Wisconsin and the Story of Two Lovers by a Bridge,” 7:30-9 p.m., Michelson Theatre, Little Center, Clark University, 950 Main St. John Oluwole Adekoje is a member of the Huntington Theatre Co., serves on the faculty at Boston Arts Academy and is an accomplished playwright. He brings this “story of a man out of his element, trying to find out who he is and how he can adapt to his surroundings” to the Main South campus for a five-night run through Saturday. Free with a college ID, but the oldsters will have to pony up $5.

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Kayla Harrison, posing with a fan, will speak at Assumption College this week.

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Kayla Harrison, posing with a fan, will speak at Assumption College this week.

Thursday, Feb. 25 — Kayla Harrison: 2012 London Olympic Gold medalist, 4-5 p.m., Hagan Campus Center, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St. Winning an Olympic gold medal is a singular accomplishment, affording one entry into an exclusive club of the most exalted elite. Kayla Harrison did it in a sport, judo, that had never before seen an American Olympic champion. And she did it after surviving years of sexual abuse at the hands of her youth judo coach.

As a speaker, Harrison draws from all her experiences and will talk about perseverance, triumph over obstacles and remaining focused to achieve lofty goals. Free and open to the public

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Friday, Feb. 26 — Black and Gold Fashion Show, 6-10 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. For the 18th year, the Black Student Union at Holy Cross presents its unique exploration and appreciation of African American culture through fashion, this installment focused on black actors and actresses on television through the years. The show “celebrates all that has been accomplished through African American history, and takes a look at what is to come.”

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Saturday, Feb. 27 — Cirque-mstantial Evidence exhibit, 1-4 p.m.; closing reception, 6-9 p.m., Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St. Cirque du Noir has become an annual October phenomenon in the city to which super-creative types not only flock but contribute mightily. Organizers staged this Sprinkler Factory exhibition to pay back local artists, and according to its Facebook page, things have been going well. Check out some homegrown art and mingle with the ever-growing, black-clad community.
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