Tuesday, Nov. 22 — “Mall Series: Worcester Galleria” by Stephen DiRado, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Rockwell Gallery, Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St. Not one, but two — count ‘em, two! — hosiery stores. [Is hosiery even a word anymore?! I’m guessing more kids could name the capital of South Dakota* than tell you what hosiery is.] C.B. Perkins Tobacco, out behind the Joahh-dan Maaaahhhsh. Windsor Button Shop. One of the nation’s first Chess Kings, even! All of these dusty old stores could’ve been your oyster had you decided to check out when it opened on July 29, 1971.
Maybe he wasn’t there on that first day, but talented photographer Stephen DiRado has had his eye on the city for decades and was definitely around the Galleria in the mid-’80s, right along with, like, all the hairspray, fingerless mesh gloves and indoor smoking Worcester had to offer. Oh, and Windsor Button Shop! Check out the Clark University professor’s nostalgic exhibit through Dec. 24. Admission is $5; free for members and students.
*it’s Pierre, and yes — fine! — we had to look it up (to make sure, that’s all)
Thursday, Nov. 24 — Bishop’s Thanksgiving Dinner, noon, Cathedral of St. Paul, 38 High St. If you’re reading this, chances are excellent that you have someplace to go for Thanksgiving dinner, and probably even at least a single loved one to spend it with. Odds are even better, then — based on the Sun’s proprietary transitive property of illegitimate ratios — that you’re among the lucky ones who could spare a few moments or even withstand altering your traditional plans to help the fine folks at Catholic Charities provide holiday meals to those less fortunate.
So, stuff the political arguments and Waldorf salad, and volunteer to serve and/or deliver turkey dinners this holiday. Volunteers who want to help with home deliveries should report by 9:30 a.m. to the Catholic Charities main office at 10 Hammond St. Volunteers to help serve dinners at the cathedral should report to the cenacle by 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 25 — Holiday Festival of Crafts, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road It’s Black Friday, and if you’re not willing to join the rest of us muttering to ourselves while curled up in the fetal position under our desks, then you could probably find the strength to make your way to this three-day gift-procuring extravaganza. Only “American-made, handcrafted goods” from more than 60 artisans. Free parking, on-site cafe and raffle. Admission is $5. Also Saturday, 10-5, and Sunday, 11-4.
Friday, Nov. 25 — “The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. So, when Columbus crashed into Plymouth Rock (prompting the rise of the insurance industry) while delivering the Statue of Liberty, he was given the nickname “The Nutcracker” by the indigenous Pilgrim tribe — who were, apparently, huge Tchaikovsky fans. Then he does the electric slide with the Sugar Plum Fairy … and that’s when I always wake up!
Anyway, we all have our own views of history, and the holidays. Fun fact (this one’s true): it took about eight decades or so for “The Nutcracker” to catch on; it became popular in the late 1960s but received, at best, mixed reviews when it opened in 1892 on the heels of another Tchaikovsky classic, “The Sleeping Beauty.”
Full-price tickets are $28-$40; discounts available. There are four more shows, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27.
Saturday, Nov. 26 — WPI women’s basketball vs. Rensselaer, 2 p.m., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Harrington Auditorium, 151 Salisbury St. [parking garage] Go Engineers! This could get confusing, what with the teams sharing mascots, school colors and 67 percent of their acronyms. But then we remember, they’re all actually going to be engineers or something, with IQs in the 140 range. So, they’ll figure it out.
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former Holy Name standout Ama Biney’s rising star at WPI
WPI, for sure, wants to figure out how to beat UMass Dartmouth, which topped the Worcester-based Engineers, 67-65, early last season (for their only loss of the first 10 weeks) and again knocked off the NCAA Div. III tournament participants, 56-47, to open this season. RPI has not been as strong recently, but features sophomore Sam Krumbhaar, who led the Troy, N.Y.-based Engineers with 13.8 points per game last season.
WPI returns a roster led by standout junior guard Ama Biney and featuring eight players who logged more than 10 minutes per game while finishing 24-5 and winning the NEWMAC tournament last season.