Worcester Weekly: Community race dialogue continues + 5 more things to do, Feb. 28-March 5

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Monday, Feb. 29 — City Coalition Against Bias and Hate Community Meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church, 55 Illinois St. You might have missed this — stayed pretty much under the radar, didn’t it? — but the city facilitated a series of community race dialogues over the summer. They created a stir if nothing else, and folks skeptical these sessions would lead to tangible change have certainly had to be patient. Well, it seems the time is right — y’know, plenty of distance between election seasons — to rekindle the potential progress.

The panel will provide an update on the city’s plans to address concerns cultivated during the seven meetings; how the coalition, civic leaders and groups are collaborating; and how others can contribute. Registration is requested, but not required.

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Pinocchio (c. 1940) will be presented in a much different light in concert Sunday at Mechanics Hall.

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Pinocchio (c. 1940) will be presented in a much different light in concert Sunday at Mechanics Hall.

Sunday, Feb. 28 — “Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland,” Worcester Chamber Music Society’s annual Family Concert, 3-4 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Nothing says Sunday like bringing the kids to Mechanics Hall for some hot chamber-music action. But, wait, it’s free; and in its 10th season the society’s annual family performance is “designed to entertain and educate” while taking the audience on the many adventures of the merrily mischievous marionette.

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Wednesday, March 2 — Equity, Schools, and Testing: What National Achievement Scores Do and Don’t Tell Us, 4:30-6 p.m., Rehm Library, Smith Hall, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Gate 2 (Linden Lane) What national achievement scores tell me, sort of like a misogynist, racist, fear-mongering GOP presidential front-runner and fake social media posts, is that America is very easily distracted. Used to be — back in the day — that schools were for learning and scores were for sports. Now we don’t let the kids keep score, and we’re not quite sure any of them are learning? Seems to be working out just — wait, what’d Trump tweet about Hillary’s cankles …

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Thursday, March 3 — Stop Thinking about Tomorrow: Queerness, Ideology, and Anticipatory Democracy, 7-9 p.m., Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons, Clark University, Maywood and Florence streets Did anyone consult Fleetwood Mac about this? Even Stevie Nicks might put down the tambourine for a minute to take in this wide-ranging discussion led by professor Lee Edelman that wonders whether we are, indeed, putting too much stock in what’s to come at the expense of what’s right in front of us today. One thing’s for sure, man, yesterday’s gone. Free and open to the public.

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Cesar Millan is at the Hanover Friday, March 4

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Cesar Millan is at the Hanover Friday, March 4

Friday, March 4 — Cesar Millan Live, 8-10 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. No way — the Dog Whisperer! And who says Worcester’s not big time? We’re going to have a hockey team (eventually) — bet you $1, the new name turns out to be Warriors, or maybe SharkCats; think Cesar could train a SharkCat? — Garth Brooks was just here, John Kasich didn’t want to leave. And now, the king of all canines, right here in the heart of the city. Maybe he can train all the downtown dog owners to keep from turning the sidewalks into steaming obstacle courses. Tickets start at $39.

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Saturday, March 5 — Assumption men’s lacrosse vs. Dowling, 2 p.m., Multi-Sport Stadium, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St. The Greyhounds take the turf for their first home game of the spring against a team they beat about the same time last year on their way to a 9-8 record. Only thing missing from last season are Assumption’s top six scorers — no big deal. A pair of freshmen picked up the slack in the Feb. 20 season opener, each slinging it into the back of the opposing net four times amid a 13-12 road loss.

Travis Reid, who added three assists, and Dan Farrell, who picked up a pair of ground balls, led the way, while senior captain Connor Munisteri netted a goal and four assists.

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More spring sports this week:

Sunday, Feb. 28 Clark baseball vs. Elms, noon, Granger Fields, Clark University, 97 Beaver St.; Worcester State baseball vs. Nichols, 1:30 p.m., New England Baseball Complex, 333 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough

Tuesday, March 1 Assumption women’s lacrosse vs. American International, 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 5 Holy Cross men’s lacrosse vs. Loyola (Maryland), 1:05 p.m., Holy Cross Field, 1 College St., Gate 7

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