February 19, 2017

Worcester Weekly: School vacation, Professional Bull Riders + more, Feb. 19-25

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Courtesy Davis Art Gallery

Monday, Feb. 20 — “Parallels” art exhibit, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Davis Art Gallery, Printers Building, 44 Portland St.  There are only a few places left downtown not owned by Cliff Rucker or The Grid guys, and the Printers Building is one of them, standing strong on the periphery of the city’s revitalization efforts — and since 2007 providing an historic, creative enclave to showcase local and regional artists.

“Parallels” is about the connections and similarities between the cities of Worcester and Lowell, “places where outsiders and nonconformists are welcome to be themselves and create their own trajectories,” according to curators Robb Sandagata and Tom Fiorelli, who contend the two urban centers remain on parallel paths and “don’t know each other well.”

Work from some two dozen Lowell-based artists in varying media will be on display through April 20.

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Tuesday, Feb. 21 — Winter Vacation: City Critters, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way  OK, that’s it: EcoTarium wins!

If they can get parents to come to the museum on school vacation week to check out rats and skunks, and whatever other “city critters” they’ve rounded up, then they’re genius is way smarter than your genius. Maybe let them run Union Station … and the WRTA … and … well, we digress. “You might be surprised by the different kinds of animals that can be found in Worcester’s urban ecosystem,” they say. A truer statement may never have been stated.

The kids can explore a number of discovery programs and interactive stations throughout the week, not to mention four shows a day in the planetarium. (And if you go Wednesday, 11 a.m.-noon, you could meet Trax from the Worcester Railers.) Admission, until a price-hike March 1, is $15 for adults, $10 for youth, seniors and students.

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Thursday, Feb. 23 — Main South girls basketball vs. Parker Charter, 1:30 p.m., Claremont Academy, 15 Claremont St.  About to make their fourth straight Central Mass. Div. 4 tournament, the Cougars are no secret anymore. Senior captain Katherine Surrette, who last week dropped a 28-point, 16-rebound, 10-block triple-double in a 20-point senior night win, is among the top scorers in the region (18.4 points), while classmate Marigona Bacaliu, who recently scored her 1,000th career point, averages 14.8 points per game.

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DCU Center

Saturday, Feb. 25 — Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour, 7 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  Worcester has its fair share of professional bull, that’s for sure. But bull riders? That’s a whole ’nother kettle of chaps-wearing, Skoal-spitting excitement. And when you think of bull riding — after first wondering, “That’s still a thing?” — you might picture a grizzled, leathery Marlboro-man kinda guy. So you may be surprised to learn that the current No. 1 rider of 1,700-pound menaces in the world is a 130-pound 19-year-old from Montana. Fun fact: The top bull this season is named Pearl Harbor. Tickets range from $22 to $77 (though only single seats remain at the top price).

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Saturday, Feb. 25 — Weeding Out The Stoned comedy show, 9 p.m., The Ship Room, Hotel Vernon, 1 Millbury St.  Breaking news: There will be several individuals under the influence of narcotics congregating at the historic and infamous Hotel Vernon this weekend. First time for everything. … But anyway, this sounds like fun: A comedy theater troupe from Philadelphia is stopping by the landmark “Kelley Square Yacht Club” with 16 comedians set to perform — only one of them, though, will be sober (typical ratio for the venue, I’d say).

It’s an interactive performance, and the audience can even win prizes if it can figure out which performer is pure. Tickets are $5. A night of stoned silliness at Hotel Vernon? Priceless.

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