Sunday, April 24 — “The Pirates of Penzance,” presented by the Assumption College Department of Art, Music and Theatre, 2-4:30 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder how Gilbert and Sullivan ever managed to create all their indelible, timeless sounds without Pharrell or Kanye producing.
Then, if you can pull yourself together — you’re kind of all over the place — you’ll revel in Assumption’s eighth annual spring production to grace the Hanover stage.
A story of duty, faith and love, “Penzance” includes the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, “Major General’s Song.” Tickets are $15-$20.
Tuesday, April 26 — MegaSlam2016: The Battle for Worcester III — Revenge of the Librarians, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square This sounds like it should be at the Centrum, with dirt piles, checkered flags and checkered pasts, as far as the eye can see. Tuesday, Tuesday, TUESSSDAAAAY!! Get out of your cardigan and into the FLOW!! The poetry slam to CRUSH all poetry slams — bring all the rhymes you want, but remember this is the LIBRARIANS’ house! Free and open to the public, but, man, be careful.
Wednesday, April 27 — Worcester State women’s lacrosse vs. Mass. Maritime, 7 p.m., Coughlin Field, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St. Lancers senior Jackie Connors is a helper. Two days after tying the school record with 7 assists against Mass. College of Liberal Arts, the midfielder from Ashland scooped up the top spot for herself by tallying 8 assists in a big win at Rhode Island College. She led the team with 54 goals and 35 assists through Friday. Connors is one of five seniors on the 7-7 squad (3-1 MASCAC). This will be WSU’s final home game of the regular season.
Thursday April 28 — Opening Reception for Amalgam: 2016 Senior Concentration Seminar Exhibition, 5:30-7 p.m., Cantor Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Some might wonder what exactly an art student does on campus for four whole years — besides try to convince you awful music is good and to drink lots of weird tea. Well, this is it. After countless studio hours looping Vampire Weekend and sipping white cucumber matcha by the gallon, oh and a yearlong seminar course spent honing their crafts, Holy Cross graduating art seniors are officially on exhibit. Free and open to the public through graduation, May 27.
Friday, April 29 — “Celebrating America!” Concert, 8 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. OK, so putting on a concert to “celebrate America” featuring a chorus from Mexico City may raise an eyebrow or two. But Music Worcester knows what it’s doing, so this performance featuring the Worcester Chorus with Coro Xopankuikatl and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra will include music from Leonard Bernstein — to pull all the traditionalists back in. Tickets are $49 adult; $17.50 student; $7.50 youth.
Saturday, April 30 — Craft Brew Races and Festival, noon-4 p.m., Worcester Common Dangerous, fun, or dangerously fun? That is the question. First of all, lighten up, Francis. It’s a 5K run/walk “race” and despite the Trump-and-Bernie Show responsible adults are still out there everywhere … somewhere. Secondly, there’s much more fun after the whole exercise/active lifestyle schtick, with a craft-beer festival featuring local favorites like Wormtown and 3cross, taking over the Common. Food trucks, live music, contests and entertainment. What’s not to like?