Sunday, May 22 — A Baseball Buff’s Sunday Afternoon, noon-2 p.m., Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James St. Went to high school with a guy named Carl Johnson — but he wasn’t hardly into baseball at all. This Carl Johnson here, “Mr. Baseball Buff,” not the same guy. This Carl Johnson hardly seems to be into anything else. “A Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book” — is there any other kind?! — is Johnson’s third book about the ol’ ballgame. His others, including “From Beer to Beards,” focus on the roller-coaster Red Sox of the last few seasons.
So, if you don’t have a graduation to go to or more Worcester Sun to read, then what better way to spend a sleepy Sunday afternoon than to sit back and talk some baseball with someone who clearly has a few stories to tell. Find out more about the Maine sports columnist and author.
Monday, May 23 — Dirty Gerund Poetry Show, 9 p.m., downstairs, Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St. This is a weekly event, and a fairly popular one at that, but the folks down at Ralph’s have a lot going on this coming Monday: It’s the return of the variously named but obviously painful(-ly fun) Dr. Gonzo’s Hot Sauce Sonnet Challenge!
Guzzle a shot of J. Stuart Esty’s latest concoction — “Long Pig Hot Sauce” with pineapple, habaneros, lime and ginger root flavors at the top of a long list of tongue-tingling ingredients — and recite a Shakespeare sonnet, you win a cash prize (and the rest of the bottle of sauce!). Oh, and be good to Mother Nature today: It’ll be on the patio, weather permitting.
Tuesday, May 24 — X-Wing Gaming Night, 7-11:30 p.m., Wycked Java, 108 Water St. So, this is Week 42 of this whole Worcester Sun silliness (as if you’re not counting along yourself) and our audience continues to grow — for which, we’re of course grateful and humbled — but that means we can never be exactly sure who’s going to be peeking in when and where next week. So, maybe this “Star Wars” nerdfest isn’t your particular cup o’ joe, but this shop on the edge of the Canal District always seems to have something unique going on. Hey, it’s free and everybody loves board games.
Wednesday, May 25 — Open Work Days, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., first floor, Worcester Idea Lab, 20 Franklin St. Maybe you work from home and you could use a fresh perspective. Maybe you’re unemployed and about ready to throw the nearest wine bottle through the TV just to make Hoda and Kathie Lee shut … up … for … one … @#^&* … minute! There’s other good reasons, too (I guess), to find your way to downtown Worcester and smell the fresh paint, coffee and percolating ideas in an open-format coworking space. Run by Action! Worcester, the Idea Lab’s first floor offers professional workspaces and a place to network with like-minded folks.
Friday, May 27 — Worcester Folk Orchestra Dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St. Seems like maybe the Sprinkler Factory has been showing up here quite a bit lately, but that’s just because they have a ton of cool shhhtuff happening. “Pack up your family and your clean, soft sole shoes and join us for an active and fun evening.” Director Myra McLeod, caller Rich Sbardella and a “flotilla” (sounds dangerous!) of players will be in charge of this ruckus intended for all audiences (there’s a half-hour beginner’s session before the fun really kicks off at 8). $8 suggested donation ($18 for family, $6 student with ID).
Saturday, May 28 — Times They Are A Changing: A Dylan Appreciation Acoustic Cabaret, 7-10 p.m., WCUW Studios, 910 Main St. Chuck Demers of the popular Chuck & Mud duo will take the reins of this long-running benefit for WCUW 91.3-FM from Bob Jordan, who moved away. Planned yearly around the iconic artist’s birthday — born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Dylan is set to turn 75 May 24 — this fundraiser is a WCUW staple. Admission is $10.