March 19, 2017

Worcester Weekly: McGovern, Henry IV + Larry the Cable Guy walk into a bar … March 19-25

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Sunday, March 19 — Town Hall with U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern and Sen. Ed Markey, 4-6 p.m., Atwood Hall, Clark University, 950 Main St.  Can you feel that? You might think it’s spring on the horizon, but no — it’s campaign season blowing in for an early visit. Punxsutawney Phil really should’ve warned us, but hey, we can give him a pass just this once. In a forum announced to many via email from Mayor Joe Petty’s re-election campaign, the Democratic legislators will lead a discussion on the Trump administration and how its decisions impact the city and state.

Office of Congressman Jim McGovern

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

As long as you’re not an immigrant … or gay … or a student … or interested in reasonably affordable health care, you don’t really have much to worry about. So the Clark crowd probably won’t have many questions. Free and open to the public, RSVPs are requested.

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Monday, March 20 — “Examining Xenophobia,” 6:30 p.m., Kennedy Memorial Hall, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St.  Do we sense a theme brewing here? Fernando Fernandez-Arias, a human rights expert and career diplomat from Spain, brings decades of international experience to bear on the subject of xenophobia as it relates to Brexit and impending presidential elections across the European Union. And probably a little about America too.

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Fernandez-Arias is serving as a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He was previously the director of Human Rights for the Spain Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a counselor for the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations, among other posts. The event is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, March 21 — “Henry IV, Part One,” 7:30 p.m., Michelson Theatre, Little Center, Clark University, 950 Main St.  “Fast and furious, raunchy and riotous, triumphant and tragic, ‘Henry IV, Part One’ is one of Shakespeare’s most exciting plays, featuring some of his boldest, brightest and most unforgettable characters.” Well, we’re sold! But if that’s not enough for you, one of the Bard’s most popular plays also features themes of civil disobedience, legacy and leadership, and the Clark production will be performed by a mostly female cast. Something for everyone, no? Running through Sunday, March 26, the show is free with college ID and $5 for the public.

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Friday, March 24 — 20th annual Paradise City Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough  Turns out, this is not a Guns n’ Roses reunion tour. But, hey, it could still be fun! This is, after all, the Boston area’s “leading fair of fine craft, painting and sculpture.” And with some 175 exhibitors over three days, there will be lots to see and do — art, jewelry, fashion and gifts, live music, demonstrations. It’s like shopping nirvana … in a hotel banquet hall. Get a three-day pass for $16; single-day admission is $14 adults, $12 seniors, $8 students with ID, free for kids 12 and under. The show runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Friday, March 24 — Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy, 7:30 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  You might be a redneck if … you’re still going to Jeff Foxworthy shows?! At least if you get dinner beforehand, Larry’ll probably have some Prilosec to keep your tummy quiet during all the “Git-r-done!” jokes. But seriously folks, Foxworthy, in his own right, has been one of the most successful and widely liked comedians in the world for decades now, even before Larry and a couple other good ol’ boys joined him for the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour.” Wonder if they’ll have any red state-blue state jokes?  Tickets start at $15 and range to $197 for a VIP meet-and-greet package.

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Saturday, March 25 — WPI baseball doubleheader vs. Wheaton, noon and 3 p.m., New England Baseball Complex, 333 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough  It’s not easy to get a baseball season going in New England, but the Engineers emerged from a timely, 10-game southern sojourn with a 6-4 record and added a 10-3 home-field thumping of Mass. Maritime Friday for its first non-Florida win of the “spring.”

Sophomore outfielder Ryan Tropeano is the catalyst for a WPI offense firing on all cylinders. The former BC High star is hitting .512 (21 of 41) with 20 runs scored, 8 stolen bases, more walks than strikeouts and a 1.287 OPS. Junior first baseman Matt Howard, who went to Burncoat, is hitting .452 (19 of 42) with 7 doubles and 14 RBI.

The Lyons, who started their Florida trip 4-4, are just getting back to Mass. this week.

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