Monday, March 28 — Why They Win: Perspectives on the 2016 Elections, 5-6 p.m., Tilton Hall, University Center, Clark University, 950 Main St. So the idea here is, three professors — well-respected experts in politics, media and voting behavior — are going to lead a discussion that attempts to attach rational thought to the potential election to the White House of one, mister Donald. J. Trump?
Well, it’s free and open to the public anyway. So, what’s there to lose — besides your mind?!
Tuesday, March 29 — God’s Acre, Deed Rock and the Hermitage, 5:30-7 p.m., Preservation Worcester community room, Fire Alarm Building, 230 Park Ave. Kind of a bad-ass title for a history lecture, amiright?! Or it could be a band lineup for a Friday night at the new Cove. Either way, sounds kind of like a blast — which is, y’know, mildly surprising. There is, indeed, a fascinating history to be unearthed beneath God’s Acre, which (in case you don’t know) is off of Swan Avenue near the airport.
Local expert Jan Parent leads the illustrated discussion, which is free for Preservation Worcester members, and $5 for all you dullards who aren’t cool enough to be PW peeps.
Wednesday, March 30 — 13th Annual Women in Print Program with Worcester Women’s History Project, 5:30-8 p.m., Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square More history, you say? I suppose, then, I’ve no choice but to oblige! A trio of female authors and their works will be at the center of this yearly appreciation of female authors and their works (that’s just good, solid planning right there!). The Worcester Women’s History Project dates back to 1994 and is built on the city’s proud history in advocating women’s rights — most notably being the site of the first two national Women’s Rights Conventions in 1850 and 1851. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 31 — True Islam, 6-8 p.m., Blue Lounge, Student Center, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St. True Islam is an organization that attempts to better educate fearful or small-minded Americans on the vast differences between faithful practitioners of the religion and radical Muslims who twist their prophet’s words into hollow rationalizations that beget terrorism. There will be a presentation followed by Q&A session.
Friday, April 1 — Holy Cross softball doubleheader vs. Central Connecticut, 2:35 p.m., Freshman Field, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Gate 2 (Linden Lane) The Crusaders could really use some home cooking. Matter of fact, this twin bill is set to be HC’s first action of the season at the foot of College Hill, and the ladies didn’t seem to enjoy their annual Florida trip (on the field, at least) — 3-12 in the ol’ Sunshine State.
So far for the ’Saders, the spring has been a tale of two Taylors. Freshman shortstop Taylor Wahler and sophomore first baseman Taylor Moss are the offensive catalysts. Wahler was batting .349 with 13 runs and 6 stolen bases; Moss, .350 with 18 RBIs, heading into the weekend. Freshman Field, if you want to avoid winding through campus, is at the corner of Kimball and McKeon roads.
Friday, April 1 — 4th Wall Stage Company Presents: “True West” by Sam Shepard, 8-9:30 p.m., Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St. Did you know the guy who played Chuck Yeager also won a Pulitzer Prize (for drama, for his 1979 play “Buried Child”)? How that little morsel of knowledge eluded me all these years, I have no idea! Anyway, “True West,” itself a Pulitzer finalist in 1983, is a character study centered on a pair of estranged brothers who find themselves in an unpredictable and untenable situation. The show, which runs through April 16, actually opens Thursday (but we had that True Islam deal already). Suggested donation is $20.