November 13, 2016

Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross basketball + 5 more things to do, Nov. 13-20

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Road trip!

Sunday, Nov. 13 — Passing Shadows: The Love and Fate of a Generation, 2-5 p.m., Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton  For those of you still feeling the sting of election defeat, maybe put down the torches and pitchforks, and make a pilgrimage to a place that will definitely help you forget all your troubles: Clinton. The sleepy former mill town, known mostly these days for the picturesque Wachusett Dam, would actually make a decent hiding spot for Hillary (too obvious!) — if it weren’t for this pesky Museum of Russian Icons constantly drawing more and more attention.

Open since 2006, the museum was founded by business leader Gordon B. Lankton, a WPI trustee. His private collection has grown to more than 1,000 icons and artifacts. It is the largest of its kind in North America, according to the museum, and among the most substantial in the world. And now this poetry and music event, which also features newly crowned Mrs. Massachusetts Anna Svetchnikov, will bring even more culture-seekers to town and benefit the upcoming Matryoshka Festival. Tickets are $40, $25 for students with ID.

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"Dracula" is coming to downtown Worcester.

By Rejean Brandt / Courtesy Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Music Worcester

“Dracula” is coming to downtown Worcester.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 — Music Worcester presents Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s “Dracula,” 7:30-10 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St.  We could make a sucking the blood out of downtown joke right here, but you deserve better than that. And, frankly, they’ve all been done. So onto the fertile ground of Canadians and pirouettes, eh!? Or, we could just skip all the funny jokes and get down to the “Dracula” business at hand: “With opulent sets and costumes, [Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s] dark fantasy is faithful to Bram Stoker’s gothic novel, brimming with passion and fearful suspense.”

Tickets are $39-$55; $25 for students or youth.

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Wednesday, Nov. 16 — The Future of Renewable Energy and its Role in the Smart Grid, 6-8 p.m., National Grid Sustainability Hub, 912 Main St.  It is a brave new world, after all, so why not try to get hip to the next big things in our ever-more-technologically entangled lives? Get out of that shell and into the future, Martha! The “smart grid” and renewable energy both sound like a lot of homework to regular folks, but they’re both meant to save us buckets of cash — and make the planet live longer, or something, yadda-yadda. … Better check out this free National Grid discussion — at the one-of-a-kind Sustainability Hub in Main South — before the Trumpocalypse shrouds us in dystopian darkness.

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Thursday, Nov. 17 — Bafaro Humanitarian Award Gala, 6-10 p.m., Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation St.  Consider this, America: There’s going to be a Donald J. Trump presidential library someday (and it’s going to be tremendous!). Some things deserve their titles more than others, and we can all agree the Bafaro Humanitarian Awards — named for well-known city activist, The Rev. Michael Bafaro — are aptly monikered. This year Mary DeFeudis (Hanover Theatre booster, serial philanthropist and healthcare advocate), Gordon Hargrove (Friendly House director), Rotary Club of Worcester (Rotary Club) and H. Martin Deranian, posthumously (prominent dentist, community advocate and historian) will be honored.

The gala is a fundraiser to benefit WCCA-TV and its initiatives. Live band, dinner, cash bar, silent auction, all that jazz — tickets are $60.

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Saturday, Nov. 19 — Assumption hockey vs. Southern New Hampshire, 6:35 p.m., Buffone Arena, 284 Lake Ave.  And now it’s time for Sports! And winter sports at that. Figured we’d help you get in the mood for the encroaching chill-down with some good ol’ ice hockey action. Senior pivot and captain Ryan Gomez, the Greyhounds’ leading returning scorer, leads a young squad into its first conference tilt of the season against the Penmen.

Junior winger Brian Farrell had four goals in Assumption’s 2-2 start, and classmate Cam Laughlin checked in with a team-best seven points (1 goal, 6 assists). Robert Roche, freshman defenseman from Holden, had played in each game and logged three assists. David Belbin, sophomore defenseman from Shrewsbury, is also on the roster.

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Sunday, Nov. 20 — Holy Cross men’s basketball vs. UMass, 1 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  Can you believe it’s been five years since the Crusaders played at the DCU Center. I mean, College Hill’s great and everything — and it’s tough to beat that Hart Center charm — but downtown shouldn’t have to wait that long between visits from the Sons of Bob Cousy. And the boys in purple and white are coming off a remarkable run to the NCAA Tournament last season with much of their core returning to defend their improbable Patriot League title.

Holy Cross features its own version of the Big Three: seniors Malachi Alexander and Robert Champion and budding star sophomore Karl Charles, the team’s top 2015-16 scorers. Senior starters Anthony Thompson and Matt Husek return as well. UMass brings a less-established, but talent-laden squad with it from Amherst, highlighted by a nationally touted crop of freshmen and junior guard Donte Clark, one of the region’s most explosive scorers. Tickets are $13 to $25.

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