Worcester Weekly: ‘Shrek the Musical’ + 4 more things to do, July 24-30

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Wednesday, July 27 — Worcester Bravehearts vs. Torrington Titans, 7:05 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St.  The Bravehearts are likely feeling pretty good these days, what with their familiar lofty perch atop the standings (29-13, first place) and the afterglow of a successful All-Star experience slowly setting in the rearview. But with only a couple of weeks left in the regular season, now is no time to rest on their laurels, especially since the Titans will be bringing along one of the league’s top pitchers.

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Nick Mondack of Connecticut, a St. John’s University freshman, had 53 strikeouts to 10 walks in 34-1/3 innings for a league-best 1.31 ERA through Friday. He struck out the side in his inning of work at the All-Star game July 13.

Auburn’s Zack Tower, a Franklin Pierce first baseman, had a Bravehearts-best 6 homers and 25 RBI, while Shrewsbury’s Mike Coggeshall (Assumption) continues to rake (.342, 10 doubles) and West Boylston’s Dante Ricciardi (Georgetown) was hitting .305. Tickets start at $6.

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Worcester City Hall

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Worcester City Hall

Thursday, July 28 — City Hall: Worcester’s Palace for the People, 12:30-1:15 p.m., City Hall, 455 Main St.  If City Hall’s a palace, who’s the king? Should Petty and Augustus joust for supremacy on the Common? [Yes, yes they should.] How long is the line for the court jester position? Beats me. Maybe they’ll cover all that in this informative and fascinating tour which tells the tale of a proud and revered building from its opening in 1898 to today. Learn about its builders and their Italian influences. What’s the deal with all the marble? The weekly history walks are free and start at the bronze star in front of the main entrance. Registration is requested but not required.

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Friday, July 29 — Neighborhood Nature on the Water, 2-5 p.m., Green Hill Park, 50 Skyline Drive  Neighborhood nature can mean different things to different Worcester folks, depending on their current Pokemon Go location anyway. Downtown, nature looks like belligerent pigeons and pit bulls walking their zombie-owners through Allen Court. On the West Side, poodles and unicorns and backyard reflecting ponds, maybe. Up at Green Hill Park, neighborhood and nature actually seem like a good match. If you can swim, get in on the free canoeing fun and learn about the area’s wildlife (pretty sure they don’t mean the Grill on the Hill regulars).

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Hanover Theatre

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The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Friday-Saturday, July 29-30 — “Shrek the Musical,” 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St.  The Hanover’s Youth Summer Program is back for its eighth season, and the teens are ready to lift the curtain on their three weeks of training and rehearsals (and probably some fun, too). This is no joke, folks: parents paid more than $800 to get their talented youngsters out of the house, er I mean, on the stage and in the spotlight. And Hanover lines up a number of well-respected instructors and performers to guide the aspiring Jennifer Lawrences and Leonardo DiCaprios.

Everybody knows “Shrek,” the fun, bumbling hero-to-be on an enlightening journey to save a princess with a wisecracking donkey. Tickets are $15. The Friday show is at 7; Saturday shows are 1 and 7. There will also be three more shows Aug. 19-20.

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Troung Vo knew this was the right place for his gallery.

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Troung Vo, owner of Nine Dot Gallery in Main South

Saturday, July 30 — Nephila art exhibit, 6-9 p.m., NineDot Gallery, 763 Main St.  OK, so if you limit your arachnid interactions to nursery rhymes and have a special scream for when you see a many-legged menace in the corner of the dining room, then maybe go ahead and sit this one out. Besides being an exhibit set to premiere tonight, Nephila is a genus of large spiders known as orb weavers for spinning the stereotypical wheel-shaped, flat spider web. So, yeah, a bunch of Worcester and area artists got together to “bring your beautiful fears to life.” Kind of like the 1990 Jeff Daniels movie “Arachnophobia.”

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