Tuesday, Jan. 24 — Let’s Put Worcester on the Map: A Google Workshop with Peter Dunn, 5:30-7 p.m., Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square Cartography’s making a comeback — it’s about darn time, isn’t it?! We can only hope calligraphy is next. And then maybe needlepoint — we miss those kitchen-wall words of wisdom. Alas, we digress. Mostly because there’s no comeback tour on the horizon. Unless you count the simmering small business revival in the city.
And that’s what Peter Dunn — a city employee who’s played a pivotal role in boosting many startups, including Giselle Rivera-Flores’ The Learning Hub — is here to talk about: getting your business, and its downtown or Tatnuck Square or Grafton Hill address, in front of as many eyes as possible. Technology is a wonderful thing — except for cartographers.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 — “Last Frontier” exhibit Opening Reception, 5:15-6:30 p.m., Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Nerd alert: Important to note that this is not an exhibition of “Star Trek”-related art. Besides, that’s the “final frontier,” anyway, Poindexter … and you call yourself a nerd?! No, these are the (artistic) voyages of a diverse set of Latin American photographers, sculptors and videographers who set out to explore the “subjectivity of territory.”
Interesting timing to highlight an in-depth study of borders. There’s also an artist’s lecture at 4 p.m. (Room 120 Stein Hall) by exhibitor Gabriel Munguia [link: en espanol] from Argentina.
Thursday, Jan. 26 — Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy, 7:30 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. With the Ringling Bros. … and Barnum & Bailey, too, I guess … packing up their tents and finally riding the rails off into the sunset, a touchstone of the American circus industry is no more. Not even nearly 150 years of being the “Greatest Show on Earth” could save it from PETA and the modern “attention span.” Never fear, ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages, there’s a circus solution right in our backyard — or, y’know, in a jungle on the Hanover stage.
The acclaimed, formerly-on-Broadway show features “an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. The astounding feats performed in this action packed Cirque Dream are enhanced with spectacular costumes.”
Tickets are $39-$59. A second show is the same time Friday night, but tickets were already limited.
Friday, Jan. 27 — All Bach All Weekend, 7:30 p.m., Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts, Clark University, 92 Downing St. Not something you hear on many college campuses as the post-winter break doldrums settle in. “All Bach All Weekend? Sign me up!” Then again, Clark of course is not your typical college campus. But if a fascinating series of classical music performances by artists from Worcester Chamber Music Society is your thing, then come on out of your safe space for the free opening concert — concertos, excuse me — featuring violins and viola.
There are three concerts on Saturday, at 3, 5 and 7 p.m., and two on Sunday, at 1 and 4 p.m. Admission to the entire festival is $80, but separate tickets are available (at $15 or $20) for each of the performances.
Saturday, Jan. 28 — WPI women’s basketball vs. Clark, 2 p.m., Harrington Auditorium, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. [parking garage] Three of the city’s best basketball players will be on the court in this one. The kicker is, junior Ama Biney of WPI, and junior Sam O’Gara and senior Aretha Sullivan, both of Clark, have been starring on Seven Hills hardwoods since well before their college days. After being a two-sport standout at Holy Name, Biney didn’t have to go far to continue her dual athletic domination. O’Gara and Sullivan’s travels were even shorter: The duo played for Claremont Academy and University Park’s combined Main South team.
And now they’re the top players for a pair of winning teams heading down the stretch run of the season. O’Gara and Biney, in particular, are top scorers (at about 15 points apiece) but also lead their teams in steals.
Saturday, Jan. 28 — Assumption men’s hockey Combat Cancer Game vs. Southern New Hampshire, 7:35 p.m., Buffone Arena, 284 Lake Ave. So maybe hoops just aren’t your thing. You’re an old New England Yankee, and you like your winters cold and your fingertips colder. For you, it’s hockey season. For the Greyhounds, hockey season got off to a bit of a rocky start as an eight-game winless streak swallowed any potential momentum from a Meatloaf-approved two-wins-outta-three start. This season’s Penmen know all about streaks, too, as they bore a five-game loser on their way to a weekend doubleheader at Arizona State (nice road trip, though!).