Sunday, Aug. 21 — Brief History of American Mural Art Walking Tour, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square The murals are coming! The murals are coming! (And, the exclamation points, I guess.) With Pow!Wow! Worcester about to make its mark on downtown — international artists will be painting several facades over a 10-day stretch starting Friday — organizers want to give you a glimpse of all the cool murals already here, like the pretty lady behind the Hanover and the Weeble on the side of Denholms.
Add a little history lesson from a Holy Cross mural expert once featured in the Sun, some exercise and those pristine downtown sidewalks, and what’s not to like?! Tickets are $10 for tours starting at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 22 — Pow!Wow! Worcester Study Hall, 6-7 p.m., Brew on the Grid, 56 Franklin St. Did we mention Pow!Wow! Worcester is coming soon … and they’re having, like, a bunch of events to make sure everyone knows about it?! Here’s another chance to get in on the artsy action. Plus you get to check out downtown’s shiny new coffee shop while you’re at it — it’s like hipster nirvana; try not to trip over a Clarkie. Or a pigeon.
So, maybe you’re an uber-involved do-gooder; maybe you just want to learn more about the mural festival — or Brew’s fancy coffee makers — or maybe you factor in the spectacular people-watching possibilities of the Common at dusk, and you just go for it! It’s free.
Wednesday, Aug. 24 — “Top Gun” 30th Anniversary Showing, 7-9 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. OK, now we’re talking! Wanna revitalize downtown? Give me Goose and Maverick in an F-14 Tomcat and some Mig-28s to shoot down, baby! ’Merica!! (There are those exclamation points again — this is exciting.) There’s Kenny Loggins and the Righteous Brothers on the soundtrack, too, kids, so buckle up! Have to admit, the 30 years old thing is a little hard to swallow, but then I didn’t lose my best friend in a tragic flight training accident only to be incessantly harassed by Val Kilmer. The grandeur of Mechanics Hall + $5 tickets = feeling better already.
Thursday, Aug. 25 — Multi-Estate Antique Auction, 6-9:30 p.m., American Legion Post 435, 267 Providence St. Kind of like making a mixtape back in the ’90s, this is where we take it down a notch, mellow things out. Because, let’s face it, you’ve had a heck of a week so far. But there’s always something fascinating at one of these things, and the Park Ave.-based Central Mass. Auctions, which is running this particular shindig, has been in the business for 25 years. There’s a jukebox, postcards signed by Alexander Graham Bell, silver coins, a Wurlitzer phonograph, jewelry, art and much more.
Saturday, Aug. 27 — Chili and Chowder Fest 2016, 1-5 p.m., Compass Tavern, 90 Harding St. Peanut butter and jelly? Sure. Wine and cheese? If you want to get fancy. Bacon and, well, anything? Sign me up. Chili and chowder? This is a whole ’nother thing. I get that they’re both kind of soup, but not really, so they’re cousins or something — but when was the last time you thought to yourself, “I need some chili, stat — and you know what would really top that off? A bowl of chowdah!”
Of course, you don’t have to eat them together, and here at this second annual festival of almost-soups, you’ll get to sample some of the best cooking the city has to offer with chefs from several restaurants, bars and food trucks taking part (there’s a contest you can vote in; Niche Test Kitchen had the best chowder, Sweet Kitchen + Bar the best chili last year). Tickets are $15.
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Thursday, Sept. 1 — Entering Worcester ArtRaiser to benefit Main IDEA, 6-10 p.m., Sprinkler Factory, 138 Harlow St. And, we’re back to the artsy stuff. It’s great to see communities come together, like-minded folks rally for the common good (or money, whatever). That’s what’s happening here as proceeds from this event will be spread across three organizations all dedicated to advancing arts in the city.
Check out our Sun Shine feature from last week on Main IDEA
Pow!Wow! Worcester and Sprinkler Factory Arts Group will also partake in the windfall from the sale of Entering Worcester signs-turned-artwork by 50 international artists. Suggested $20 donation (admission is free).