Wednesday, Aug. 31 — Culture Club, 8 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. So for kids today, Culture Club is probably something they do after school over at South High to pad their college applications. Back in the olden days, known in your history books as “The ’80s,” though, Culture Club was, like, a totally rad rock band. Lead singer Boy George and Co. belted out a string of hits that would make them a quintessential part of any time capsule buried in 1984. Even the young’uns know “Karma Chameleon,” amiright?!
The British pop quartet’s biggest hit will surely be on the playlist — maybe even “I’ll tumble 4 ya!” (the ’80s were weird, huh?!) — as they swing by the Hanover amid a series of East Coast dates to finish off their 2016 tour. Full-price tickets start at $45 and range to $250. Discounts are available for theater members and groups.
Thursday, Sept. 1 — Olympic Fencing Open House, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Worcester Fencing Club, 243 Stafford St. Lots of kids going back to school this week, which means it’s time to sign them up for copious after-school activities so you can convince them early on just how stressful life really is and that you’ll never, ever have time for anything … and sooner or later, you’re going to wake up and regret every single decision … Wait, wait, sorry — wow, that was weird …
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The Wide Woo of Sports on fencing in the city
Anyway, fencing’s a sport a bit off the radar for most folks, but it’s got a whole club dedicated to it right here in the city. It’s also got all the familiar benefits of the more typical pastimes, like getting exercise, learning strategy and camaraderie. A free “mini-lesson” is included at the open house. Registration is requested.
Thursday, Sept. 1 — Bull Mansion Grand Opening, 5 p.m., Bull Mansion New American Bistro, 55 Pearl St. The much-anticipated reinvigoration of this revered downtown building is complete, and the doors are ready to open. Well, who knows if they’re really “ready” to open, but they’re opening. And to be honest, it could only be one door for all I know. What I do know is people are looking forward to this, and I should just get out the way! Hors d’oeuvres, dinner and live jazz music, $40. Rubbing elbows with all the fancy people? Priceless! The grand-opening event is in the second-floor event space with cocktail “hour” beginning at 5 and dinner served at 6:45; the first-floor dining room will be open for dinner, as well.
Friday, Sept. 2 — Massachusetts Tattoo Convention, 4 p.m.-midnight, Exhibit Hall, DCU Center, 50 Foster St. Safe to say you can probably leave the kids at home for this one — it’s OK, we’ve got something they’ll really hate you for tomorrow! I’m not saying tattooed folks are a bad element; in fact, there’s a piece of art wobbling around my flabby shoulder as I type this right now. It’s just there’s going to be some wild stuff going on — like burlesque dancing and “sexy” tattoo models — at this weekend-long festival, which grew from the long-running Boston Tattoo Convention. It will be colorful, that’s for sure.
Noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. on Labor Day. Single-day passes are $25, $30 at the door; two-day $45/$55; and VIP (four days, poster, T-shirt) $80/$90.
Saturday, Sept. 3 — Family Fun Days, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Sturbridge Village, 29 Stallion Hill Road [for GPS], Sturbridge Aren’t all days Family Fun Days?! No? Well, maybe they would be if you went to Old Sturbridge Village all the time. Bet the OSV folks wouldn’t mind that. Maybe I should pitch them a marketing campaign?! Maybe you’re one of those people who’s got cookout invites coming out your ears throughout Labor Day weekend, but maybe there’s a day in there when potato salad just isn’t your destiny. All sorts of bonus, living-history fun is waiting to fill that mayonnaise-y void: Old-time baseball, arts and crafts, puppet show, the OSV Dancers and a 19th-century magic show.
Admission is $28 for adults and $26 for seniors, $14 for kids 3-17.
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Tuesday, Sept. 13 — Worcester Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive Event, 3-6:30 p.m., WPI Higgins House Lot, 100 Institute Road All I’m sayin’ is, one of the cars expected to be on view at this thing is a Tesla Model X, which has “Back to the Future” doors. Apropos, I guess. Also, I kind of have to say more: Events like this one will be touring the country to observe National Drive Electric Week — which makes it official: everything but bologna sandwiches has a week. [Editor’s note: There’s a National Sandwich Day, Nov. 3; and there’s something called British Sandwich Week. Irresponsibly, though, no specific mentions of bologna.]
Back to fancy cars: WPI will play host, which works out nicely since the school — extremely unsurprisingly — has two electric vehicle, or EV as the kids say, charging stations on campus. Plug In America says that in 2015 there were 196 of these events in 41 states, seven Canadian provinces, Hong Kong and New Zealand with more than 130,000 participants and 9,000+ test rides.