Monday, July 11-Saturday, Aug. 15 — Summer Classes, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. From a one-day lecture on colonial Ecuadorean sculpture to a five-session course on Asian brush painting, adults, teens, kids — whoever — will have myriad options to learn and discover. (Check out the expansive brochure.) Forget the corporate theme parks or the five hours of family fun time stuck on I-95 after dad “fixed” the A/C himself instead of just bringing it to the garage to get recharged like mom told him to. Uh … yeah, so a few cool days of exploring the summer doldrums away at WAM sounds pretty good.
Costs vary depending on class type, duration and membership status, from the $13-to-$40 range for single classes, up to $175 for multiple-session adult courses, and up to $300 for teen courses.
Tuesday, July 5 — Worcester Bravehearts vs. Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, 7:05 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St. This is the final game in a very nautical three-game stretch for the Futures Collegiate Baseball League leaders. The Sharks arrive on the heels (fins, maybe?!) of the Bristol Blues and North Shore Navigators. I am here all week, folks. All. Week.
The Bravehearts were 17-6 after Friday night’s rainout and being led on offense by Assumption College senior third baseman Mike Coggeshall of Shrewsbury, who recently went 10-for-16 during a four-game skein. Coggeshall was hitting .441 (30 of 68), with 7 doubles, 16 runs, 17 RBI and a 7:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Thursday, July 7 — Elm Park Concert Series featuring We & Mrs. Jones, 6 p.m., Elm Park, Highland Street and Park Avenue So, there are going to be a lot of summer concerts, folks. It’ll be better for everyone if you just accept that walking lawn chair towers will be gumming up your favorite intersections for a few sunburnt evenings in a neighborhood near you. Maybe you’ll get lucky and the band will be We & Mrs. Jones, a group that is gaining popularity and is often accompanied by other noted city musicians like the Russo brothers. They play vintage R&B, soul, funk and rock. Free.
Friday, July 8 — Carolyn Plummer and Friends, 9 p.m., Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape, Park Grill & Spirits, 257 Park Ave. You know who needs a good laugh? Well, we all do, really, especially after wading through this garbage heap of entertaining prose. [It gets better — there’s a Brexit joke coming!] Anyway, the artist formerly known as Biagio’s has been hosting stand-up comedians in the attic (er, upstairs) for years, and Carolyn Plummer is a funny lady with an edge: “Possessing an uncanny ability to introspectively pull from places most of us hide, Carolyn puts a nail through the heart of whiners, self-loathers and the self-sorry.” Sounds like my kind of person. $20, general admission, to get in.
Saturday, July 9 — StarCity Games Worcester Open Weekend, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Exhibit Hall, DCU Center, 50 Foster St. Speaking of the U.K., a story in The Guardian last summer said there were some 20 million people worldwide playing the fantasy/strategy card game Magic: The Gathering. A recent unscientific survey conducted by the Sun’s international research division concluded that up to 17 (.000085 percent) of those lads and lasses have perceptible sun tans and as many as 201 (.001 percent — but that one was easy!) have been outside their parents’ basement for more than four hours at a time in the last six weeks.
Anyway, point is serious gamers of all kinds will emerge from their physician-prescribed shade to bring some Magic to the DCU for a multi-format tournament. StarCity Games, a self-described leader in the Magic business, puts on these shindigs nationwide. Registration fees from $20-$50. Who knows — maybe David Cameron will be there?
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Friday, July 29 — Radical Hope Worcester Benefit Concert, featuring Dale LePage, 7 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Bulldozer Health is a local grassroots organization that encourages individuals to “take back their health” by learning about alternatives to copious and sometimes harmful prescription drugs. You remember them — obviously — from a story in our very first edition that focused on another of the nonprofits’ priorities, medical kidnapping. So, they’ve got a lot going on! And now, big enough to have Dale LePage host a Mechanics Hall benefit. LePage will be joined by several local singers and entertainers.
Proceeds will benefit Worcester-area patients working with Bulldozer Health. Tickets are $15, 2/$20 or $90 for a table of 10.