Worcester Weekly: WPI homecoming + 5 more things to do to start October

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Sunday, Oct. 2 — 3 Tenors From Around the World: A Tribute to Mario Lanza, 5 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  In the journalism world — such as it is these days — we professionals live by several tenets. Chief among them: Don’t bury the lead, i.e., get to the point! Here goes: The tenors are nice and the Lanza tribute is great, and all, but the star of this show will undoubtedly be special guest soloist Jane Shivick, a Holy Name and Assumption grad renowned for her arresting soprano delivery as one of the region’s finest songstresses.

Watch and listen as Jane Shivick performs with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at the 2014 Holiday Pops concert at Mechanics Hall

Of course, there’s much more in store for the true music connoisseur, including the aforementioned tenor trio of Benjamin Sloman from Australia, Raul Melo from Cuba, and Adam Klein, the trusty domestic brand.

Mario Lanza, who studied at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, was a revered Bel Canto singer and famous entertainer of the 1940s and 50s who died at only 38 years old. Tickets are $30-50; $20 for students; $80 for VIP seats.


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Wednesday, Oct. 5 — Scholastic soccer pick-em, 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m., various locations, Worcester and Shrewsbury  Are you ready for some futbol?! Of course you are — it’s October in New England. That can only mean orange slices and shinguards and ice-gel packs as far the eye can see. And much like the traditional fall foliage — which a prolonged drought is currently ruining — there’s plenty of variety for your particular soccer tastes.


Ladies first (3:30 start unless noted): Doherty girls play at Holy Name (3 p.m.), South plays host to Clinton and Bancroft takes on Winsor School (4 p.m.); on the boys side St. Peter-Marian runs up against rival St. John’s in Shrewsbury, Burncoat crosses town for a showdown at North, Holy Name heads to Doherty and Worcester Academy faces Loomis Chaffee on Vernon Hill. (h/t T&G Hometeam)

Wednesday, Oct. 5 — Anti-Semitism: On Campus and In America, lecture, 7-9 p.m., La Maison Salon, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St.  With the Black Lives Matter movement, Syrian refugee debates and myriad other diversity maelstroms simmering from sea to shining sea, the rising tide of anti-semitism has gained little traction in mainstream consciousness. Suzanne Garment, a scholar, professor, formerly general counsel for the Tikvah Fund and a writer and editor for the Wall Street Journal, “will address how we are to understand the contemporary resurgence of both violent and non-violent anti-Semitism. What is its origin, and is it likely to fade away or grow in strength?” Free and open to the public.

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Saturday, Oct. 8 — WPI Homecoming Weekend, all day, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road  Technically, Homecoming Weekend gets going Friday, with a pep rally at 6 p.m., and 10 percent alumni discount at The Goat’s Head. Not to mention an invitation-only shindig for the new Athletic Hall of Fame class. But the real fun cranks up today, with alumni games and meetups, the Parade of Floats, the Goat’s Head Award presentation, and a bunch of varsity sports:

WPI's Beech Tree

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WPI’s Beech Tree

Field hockey, led by senior forward Allie Buckley of Worcester and Notre Dame Academy, plays Wellesley at 10 a.m.; women’s volleyball, which won 10 of its first 11 matches, faces Eastern Nazarene at 11 and Mass Maritime at 1 p.m.; football takes to Alumni Field vs. Merchant Marine at 1 p.m.; and men’s soccer, featuring a handful of locals including starting sophomore defender Jake Steinberg of Shrewsbury, plays Springfield at 5 p.m.

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Saturday, Oct. 8 — A Fall Walking Tour: Looking Eastward from the Paine Estate on Lincoln Street, 1-3 p.m., The Oaks, 140 Lincoln St.  Judge Timothy Paine, who began building this historic home in 1774, was on the Redcoats’ side, but I guess all is forgiven after a couple of centuries — and since he left behind this sweet, old house for sweet, old ladies to hang out. There’s actually a house down the street that was built for his grandson, Frederick, so that’ll probably be featured in this half-hour walk led by a Preservation Worcester docent. The Oaks is now the home of the Timothy Bigelow chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Tickets are $5 for nonmembers.

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Save the Date!

Dave Howland, a Worcester Academy grad, traded in his basement for a Cambridge Street location to build 3cross Brewing Co.

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Dave Howland, a Worcester Academy grad, traded in his basement for a Cambridge Street location to build 3cross Brewing Co.

Wednesday, Oct. 19 — What’s Brewing with Craft Beer Entrepreneurs, 6-8 p.m., 3cross Brewing Company, 26 Cambridge St.  The Venture Forum and Bowditch & Dewey need a drink! Maybe not, but they’re sponsoring this event anyway. The thing is — despite the horrible beards and seizure-inducing label graphics — craft brewing has become a mainstream business. So, now the money men (and women) are interested.

Check out our spotlight on 3cross Brewing Co. [free to read!]

Several speakers, including Dave Fields from Wormtown Brewery, will talk about their experiences in the industry and what’s coming next. Free for Venture Forum members; $15 advance, $20 at the door; $15 students.

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