February 5, 2017

Worcester Weekly: City Council, Assumption basketball + more, Feb. 5-11

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Why, you ask, is there a 1987 Buick Skyhawk on my screen? You'll have to scroll through Worcester Weekly to find out.

Sunday, Feb. 5 — Disney Family Favorites Film Series, featuring “Alice in Wonderland,” noon and 2 p.m., Blackstone Valley 14, 70 Worcester-Providence Turnpike, Millbury  OK, so today is, indeed, a very important date. And maybe there’s something else going on that has  most New Englanders’ rapt attention, but why not earn a few brownie points with the better half by squeezing in a little quality family time before big-game time? Plus, the tickets are only $6. Just, don’t be late.

This is the first of four weekends the theater will show a Disney classic Fridays-Sundays. Several other area Showcase and Cinema De Lux theaters are doing likewise (though showtimes may vary). “Aladdin” is up next, Feb. 10-12; followed by “Frozen,” Feb. 17-19; and, another one for the parents, “Dumbo,” Feb. 24-26.

Also “Fifty Shades Darker” will be in theaters next weekend, so go ahead and get your movie fix before all the creeps show up!

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Tuesday, Feb. 7 — City Council meeting, 7 p.m., Esther Howland chamber, City Hall, 455 Main St.  Hey, these council get-togethers have sort of become appointment viewing, haven’t they? And we’ve learned you don’t want to rely on the video to get a straight answer around here! So, y’know, go for the sideshow, stay for the government … or something.

If we can get past the histrionics and grandstanding, several of the councilors have legitimate legislative pot-stirring on the agenda, most notably and unsurprisingly Konnie Lukes, who has TIFs, home business regulations, federal funding and — ruh-roh, Rorge! — sanctuary city status in her crosshairs.

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Wednesday, Feb. 8 — Mary Cassatt installation, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St.  Mary Cassatt was a popular and influential American-in-Paris impressionist painter in the late 1800s, whose career spanned the turn of the century before poor eyesight essentially retired her. The exhibit, on display through April 2, shows Cassatt’s mastery of different mediums while highlighting her stock-and-trade: delicate portraits of intimate moments of children, often with their mothers. Free for members or with museum admission, which is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students.

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Thursday, Feb. 9 — PFLAG of Greater Worcester Fundraiser, 7 p.m., Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury St.  The Worcester chapter of this national nonprofit support group for parents, friends and family of LGBTQ youth meets the third Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m., at the Bridge of Central Mass., 4 Mann St. The organization dates back to the early ’70s and has grown into a wide-reaching network of advocacy, education and support.

As long as they’ve been around — and as welcoming as Worcester is — PFLAG’s work still tends to fly under the radar. That’s where you come in: Head on down to Nick’s to enjoy some live, local music — and, well, the splendor of Nick’s! — and help them raise money. That simple.

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Road trip!

Friday, Feb. 10 — “Greater Tuna,” 7-9 p.m., Calliope Theatre, 150 Main St., Boylston  You look like you could use a laugh. Well, everybody knows tuna are the funniest of all the sea creatures … wait, we’re getting a fax from 1981, when this “side-splitting comedy” premiered: no actual tuna will be appearing. Tuna is a town in Texas, well a fictional town, in this real-live play. Calliope Productions claims this two-man show is one of the most frequently produced plays in American theater history. And, as you know, Americans always get it right!

This is the second night of a five-show run. There are matinees at 1 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 11 and 18; and a 7:30 p.m. show Friday, Feb. 17. Tickets are $20, $17 for seniors and students.

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Saturday, Feb. 11 — Assumption women’s basketball vs. Stonehill, 1 p.m., Laska Gymnasium, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St.  Why a school would name its sports teams after a crappy Buick, I have no idea, but then again the Skyhawks of Stonehill College beat the Greyhounds earlier this season. That was before Assumption rattled off eight straight wins and took 12 of 13 to climb back into contention in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Senior forward Jo Impellizeri and senior guard Allison Stoddard are coach Kerry Phayre’s top dogs this season, with Impellizeri averaging 11.3 points and team-best 7.3 rebounds per game and Stoddard leading the Greyhounds at 11.5 points per game. Classmate Kelly Carey is the squad’s 3-point sniper, tallying 9.5 points per game.

Also, this is Assumption’s Play4Kay game, proceeds from which will benefit women’s cancer research.

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