Worcester Weekly: Worcester Aud tours, Canal District fun + 4 more things to do, starting Aug. 14

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Sunday, Aug. 14 — Worcester Auditorium AUD Tours, 12:45 and 1:30 p.m., Worcester Memorial Auditorium, Lincoln Square  Before there were AUD Tours [why are they yelling?!] and food truck zones, there was the Worcester Sun, and a little thing we like to call Worcestory Lesson. And our astute members flocked in droves to city history expert David DuBois’ finely crafted portrait of the underappreciated antique gem. [We appreciate you, big fella!]

Leon Kroll mural featuring city residents inside the Aud.

David DuBois / For Worcester Sun

Leon Kroll mural featuring city residents inside the Aud.

This must’ve inspired all the culture types downtown to band together to provide these Preservation Worcester-guided tours, complete with organ demonstrations and photography exhibits — and, y’know, lots of history knowledge, probably mostly about the Aud. Or AUD. Only one more chance after this, next Sunday, Aug. 21. Tours are free and parking is available in a lot at 34 Highland St.

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Tuesday, Aug. 16 — Master Singers of Worcester Open Sing, Brahms’ ‘Requiem’, 6:30-9 p.m., Gifford Hall, First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, 19 Church Road  Ever just feel like you have to stand up and sing? No? Me neither … but lots of people do. Outside the shower, even. It’s true. And, so, there’ll be a bunch of those sort of folks getting together to first rehearse then perform this challenging, expansive and emotional work from the 1860s by German composer Johannes Brahms.

The Master Singers have been around for 40 years and feature about 50 dues-paying members who audition for their spots. But, tonight, all you need is the urge to sing! Tickets for the performance are $10.

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Wednesday, Aug. 17 — Canal District Music and Food Truck Series, 6:30 p.m.-sunset, Harding Street at Kelley Square  Maybe you noticed, the Canal District’s been in the news a bit lately. Some news, good. Some, not so much. That’s how it goes, I guess, when you’re a supernova, hippest-of-the-hip urban neighborhood on the come. New restaurants and bars and hookah lounges all over Water and Green and Harding streets. But there’s always room for more cool kids, so why not swing by the second-to-last summer music-and-food fest, featuring a free concert with Matthew Sanchez and his 10-piece salsa band.

The Dogfather, Wooberry Frozen Yogurt, Press ‘n It and Say Cheese food trucks are set to be there, too. So, the only real question is, What time are you showing up?

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Thursday, Aug. 18 — Take a Break Thursdays, 3-5 p.m., Banx Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square  I’m partial to breaks, myself. Limiting stress and the boss’s expectations all in one mighty, apathetic swoop — genius move, if you ask me. But then, sometimes we really do need to take a step back and find better ways to spend our time, nurture our souls. Boom — crafts at the library! That’s right, and free at that. And this is your last chance: This week and next close out the summer series with a “bottle wind chime” project. Which seems maybe a little loud for the library, but who am I to judge? Your neighbors will absolutely love you.

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Saturday, Aug. 20 — Latin American Festival, noon-9 p.m., Worcester City Hall and Common, 455 Main St.  It’s Year One in the post-Dolly Vazquez era, so you’re up, CENTRO — no pressure. Vazquez, who retired last fall, had been coordinator of this annual shindig for years in addition to her countless acts of goodness and advocacy on behalf of Worcester’s Latino population and many others. Charlie Aponte is the featured performer. Fun, food, children’s activities. CENTRO, a nonprofit social services agency, benefits from the proceeds of sponsors and vendor sales, but admission is free.

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Save the date!

Thursday, Aug. 25 — LocalPorch Maker Mixer, 6-8 p.m., Worcester CleanTech Incubator, 44 Portland St.  Come learn about LocalPorch.com, an innovative platform aiming to better connect local artisans with local shoppers.

Check out our free feature on LocalPorch and its founder Kimberly Sullivan

Suzi Capone, left, is Kimberly Sullivan's business partner on LocalPorch.

Courtesy Kimberly Sullivan

Suzi Capone, left, is Kimberly Sullivan’s business partner on LocalPorch.

Meet members of the LocalPorch team and let them pitch you on their virtues. You should probably listen; we can tell they’re super smart. Snacks and drinks from local places will be available, as will space for you — the uber-interested/interesting maker of something cool — to display samples of whatever you and LocalPorch are about to sell a ton of. See? Smart.

The event is open to all interested makers and friends of makers. Registration is requested.

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