February 26, 2017

Worcester Weekly: Restaurant Week, Assumption hoops + more, as February turns to March

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Bator Lachmann in her restaurant, Basil n' Spice

Sunday, Feb. 26 — Assumption women’s basketball vs. Le Moyne, NE-10 Conference quarterfinal, 3 p.m., Laska Gymnasium, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St.  Basketball is kind of a big deal at Assumption, and recently it’s been the ladies taking the lead. Back in the conference tournament with a 19-7 record, the Greyhounds are poised to make a run behind a strong senior triumvirate — forward Jo Impellizeri and guards Allison Stoddard and Kelly Carey — and one of the stingiest defenses in all the land. Except, the last time these two teams met, the Dolphins came away with an ugly 48-42 victory.

Then again, this isn’t the first rodeo for coach Kerry Phayre, who’s wrapping up her 10th straight winning campaign and would no doubt like to stretch her 21st season at the Greyhound helm a few more games.

And while we’re talking longtime collegiate hoops coaches, it’s been tough to find a job in Worcester the past couple decades: Pat Glispin is in her 33rd season and Paul Phillips his 19th at Clark, while Chris Bartley has engineered a 16-year run at WPI, one year less than his women’s counterpart Cherise Galasso. Worcester State’s Karen Tessmer and Dave Lindberg each just put season 23 under their belts. Billy Gibbons? Try 32 seasons coaching the Holy Cross women.

Who says there’s a leadership deficit in the city?!

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Dianna’s Neighborhood Bistro, 120 June St., opened April 21.

Monday, Feb. 27 — Worcester Restaurant Week, various locations  Worcester Restaurant Week is bad at math. But that’s pretty great for you! It starts today and runs through Saturday, March 11 — that’s six days (or almost a week) more than a week. Then again, who’s counting? Or complaining?! For $24.17, diners can get a three-course meal at more than 40 of the city’s most popular eateries, from Armsby Abbey to O’Connor’s, VIA to El Basha and just about everywhere in between.

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Check out Worcester Sun feature stories on these fine Restaurant Week participants:

Monday, Feb 27 — “Stop all Pipelines,” film screening and Q&A, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Elm Draught House Cinema, 35 Elm St., Millbury  Stop one of the few things President Trump actually wants to get going?! Well, now you’re just talking like a reporter from the New York Times or CNN. What’s next, asking about my Enbridge holdings?! Psssh! This documentary film from John Bolenbaugh, big-oil whistleblower and big-time self-promoter, digs beneath the service of half-hearted oil spill cleanups and full-throated oil spill denials. The screening is free and open to the public, and a Q&A with area experts is planned to follow.

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Tuesday, Feb. 28 — Startup and Commercialization Opportunities with WPI Research, 5:30-8 p.m., Rubin Campus Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. [parking garage]  This is why the smart kids get paid, son. They don’t need your granddad’s silly tradition of actually graduating college first and then striking out to look for work, learning the sting of rejection along the way. No, no, no. Here’s what you do: Step 1, Bring a bunch of rich people to campus; Step 2, break out your science projects (which at WPI, admittedly, are way cooler than most science projects); Step 3, stand back and watch the rich people fall all over themselves to invest in your brilliance. Rinse and repeat.

So, it’s not quite that simple, but the Venture Forum has put together a showcase of 11 WPI research projects featuring innovations like “artificial muscles, bones and bio-inspired control,” and “wearable embodied learning technologies.” Each group gets 2-3 minutes for a pitch, then it’s high-stakes networking time. Admission is $15, free for forum members and pre-registered students, and a $5 walk-in fee for students.

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Wednesday, March 1 — Balls: It Takes Some to Get Some, 7-8:30 p.m., Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons, Clark University, 950 Main St.  Chris Edwards sees your modern transgender problems and raises you 28 surgeries, a boardroom coming-out party and a high school reunion. It was a long and funny road for the former advertising bigwig, which he chronicles with humor, of course, and a deft touch — if we’re to believe the reviews, anyway — in his popular 2016 memoir, “Balls: It Takes Some to Get Some.”  He’ll read from the best-seller about how he “rebranded” himself and gained acceptance. Free and open to the public.

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Save the date!

State House News Service

Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler sits with other ranking senators during ceremonies marking the new legislative session.

Tuesday, March 14 — Commonwealth Conversations Town Hall Forum, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Seven Hills Foundation, 81 Hope Ave.  The senators are coming! The senators are coming! Harriette and the Chandlerettes will be sweeping the region with five stops along the way, including three in Worcester, culminating in a two-hour town hall-style meeting. The state Senate majority leader is expected to be joined by colleagues Mike Moore, Anne Gobi, Jen Flanagan and Ryan Fattman. They will also be a part of a transportation forum from noon-2 p.m. in Gateway Park at 60 Prescott St.

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