March 5, 2017

Worcester Weekly: Globetrotters, Maura Healey + more, March 5-11

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The Harlem Globetrotters are headed for the DCU Center.

[Scroll down to see Figs & Pigs’ Candy Murphy clowning around with the Globetrotters.]

Sunday, March 5 — Worcester Chamber Music Society Annual Free Family Concert, 3-4 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Based on influential French composer Camille Saint-Saens’ “The Carnival of the Animals,” and complemented with poetry originally added to the score by legendary American wordsmith Ogden Nash, the whole family is in for a distinctive, humorous and “heart-warming” performance. And free, no less. The local chamber group, formed more than a decade ago, is intent on immersing itself in and giving back to the community.

Instrument Giving Ceremony

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Neighborhood Strings brings classical music to students who may not otherwise get the chance to try it.

Beyond the free concert, attendees can bring a new or gently used book to donate to the Reliant Medical Group Foundation’s Reach Out and Read program. The show will also feature artwork created by students at Holden’s Dawson Elementary School and musical contributions from Neighborhood Strings, a group of city students tutored by professional musicians.

Check out our feature on Neighborhood Strings striking the right chord in Main South

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Tuesday, March 7 — International Women’s Day with Maura Healey, 5:30-7 p.m., YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square  Trump bashing. Packing the war chest. Press conferences. Keeping her midrange jumper sharp. Where does the spunky, sporty and ubiquitous Maura Healey find the time to add anything to her calendar?

It’s a mystery. But then, this seems like an event she wouldn’t miss: celebrating the achievements of women and advocating for further advances in equality. Plus performances and artwork from local groups like Southeast Asian Coalition. Come to think of it, it was probably the traditional lion dance that put Maura over the top.

Check out our feature on Southeast Asian Coalition’s Youth Effect program

Antonio Caban / State House News Service

Maura Healey

Fun fact: International Women’s Day is actually Wednesday, March 8. But, hey, Worcester’s an overachiever.

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Thursday, March 9 — Paint Nite: Sunrise Lake, 7-9 p.m., Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water St.  Breaking news, folks: Not only can you get your painting fix, but it’s Crawfish Boil night at the Canal! What more could you ask for, really? Don’t answer that! Anyway, so, you know all about these paint nights. Sign up; bring a date or a friend, or your mom if you’re short in categories A and B; try to make a painting look good while drinking. Easy-peasey. Cassie Johnson, your friendly neighborhood paint instructor and party leader, has done more than 500 of these things and seems to be a fan favorite. Tickets are $45 but space is limited.

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Friday, March 10 — The Original Harlem Globetrotters, 7 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  Spoiler alert: The Harlem Globetrotters — in case you recently awoke from a 90-year coma (in which case, huzzah!) or the world’s first cryogenic chamber — are basketball players, but this isn’t so much a basketball game as it is a variety show on hardwood with 10-foot-high nets at each end of the stage. Indeed, these entertainers play the crowd, and they’ve been winning that game for decades.

Don’t worry, there will be plenty of eye-opening athleticism, ball-handling, sweet shooting and high-flying dunks for the hoops head in your crew. And lots of good seats still available for this and the 1 p.m. show on Saturday, March 11. Tickets range from $19.25 plus fees to $125.50.

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Saturday, March 11 — Worcester State baseball doubleheader vs. Lasell College, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., New England Baseball Complex, 333 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough  Spring is in the air and baseball is on the menu. And while many area ball clubs have fled to Florida or California for a balmy early season road trip, longtime manager Dirk Baker’s squad will slap on the long sleeves and tough it out in nose-numbing, hand-stinging New England. Senior outfielder Adam Berry of Auburn and Holy Name is among the Lancers’ top returning players, having hit .310 with 22 runs and 10 stolen bases last season.

Seniors Mike Powers (.297, 22 RBI) and Jake Ryan (.338, .923 OPS, 13 doubles, 5 triples) also return to the top of the Lancers lineup.

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Friday, March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day Music and Wine Fundraiser, 5-9 p.m., Great Hall, Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn  OK, now this is a slick group of parents and community boosters. For generations, moms and dads have been forced to pretend they’re enjoying their children’s band concerts and choral performances, mostly staged to raise money for the music program or another worthy scholastic endeavor. Well, as the kids say, forget that noise. Nope, in Auburn you get wine and hors d’oeuvres, not to mention professional — or at least full-sized — musicians.

Friends of Auburn Music Education (FAME), in cahoots with the Auburn Rotary Club, seek to raise money for local music scholarships and charity. Professional oboist Lydia Consilvio and a group of faculty from Auburn schools will perform a concert (students welcome) from 5 to 6 p.m. ($5 separate admission) before it’s time for the adults to play. From 7 to 9 p.m., for $35, you can enjoy those aforementioned snacks and alcohol.

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