Sunday, Jan. 29 — Let Your Heart’s Desire Keep You Warm, 3-5 p.m., Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James St. If you see Valentine’s Day on the horizon and your first thought is, “Gee, wonder what’s going on at the bookstore?” well, then a) you’re probably free on Feb. 14, so stay tuned for that week’s edition of Worcester Weekly; and b) this shindig is definitely right up your alley.
Nestled in a modest plaza in a busy corner of “Beautiful District 5,” Annie’s Book Stop is always good for an unexpected and intriguing gathering. This forum, featuring a panel of romance authors from across New England, certainly fits that bill. Discuss romance and hear excerpts of the authors’ romantic writing. The best part will be telling your cats all about it when you get home.
Tuesday, Jan. 31 — Elvis Lives, 7:30 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. This could be a very misleading and disturbing show title for many true (-blue-suede shoe) believers out there! But then, Worcesterites are a fairly practical bunch — they know if Elvis Presley were really still alive, he’d be deep in a Graceland bunker planning a very weird Vegas show with Jim Morrison, Andy Kaufman and Princess Diana.
So, what we do have here is a “multimedia musical journey” across the life of one of America’s most beloved and influential musicians featuring some of the top tribute artists around. Tickets are $39, $49 and $59, and discounts are available.
Thursday, Feb. 2 — Forgotten by the Food Movement? lecture, 7:30-9 p.m., Rehm Library, Smith Hall, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. There are a lot of ideas out there that are tough to argue against. Like, everybody should wear a seatbelt. Or, we should build Trump’s wall around the Kardashian Kompound. Well, buying and eating locally produced food has been one of those notions in recent years that found no resistance and took off. Except, maybe we ought to think about that a little more.
That’s what this free, public discussion is about. Margaret Gray, an associate professor and author of “Labor and the Locavore,” contends that all farm workers, regardless of how far their produce travels, are being undervalued and left by the wayside. Food for thought, indeed.
Friday, Feb. 3 — 13th annual College Show Opening, 6-8 p.m., Aurora Gallery, 660 Main St. Some 40 student-artists representing eight of the area’s colleges and universities will be on exhibit, many for the first time, in this distinctive show put on by ArtsWorcester that continues to light up Main South in the doldrums of winter. Free and open to the public, the exhibition runs through March 3 and can be viewed noon-4 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays or by appointment. Snow date for the opening reception is Feb. 10.
Three other exhibits will be on display that night, as well: “Faces All Around” by Tim Evans and “Monday Mosh Monsters” by Adam Cutler at the Aurora; and “Dresses: Fight or Flight” by Alicia Dwyer, at the Hadley Gallery, 657 Main St. Free parking for all is available in the two Freemason lots at the corner of Beacon Street and Ionic Avenue.
Saturday, Feb. 4 — Holy Cross women’s basketball Play4Kay Game vs. Bucknell, 12:05 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. [Gate 7] A long season for the Crusaders, including a 29-point loss to the Bison, has flashed glimmers of hope lately with three wins in four games heading into this weekend. While we’re on glimmers of hope, Play4Kay is a national fundraising movement sprung from a longtime college basketball coach’s battle with breast cancer.
Kay Yow — who died in 2009, and whose North Carolina State team started the pink uniform fad in 2004-05 when Yow’s cancer returned — created her foundation in 2007, which since has raised more than $5 million for women’s cancer research, according to the website. Proceeds from the game will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Bucknell, for what it’s worth, has been dominating the Patriot League, off to an 8-0 conference start and 16-3 overall record.