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Sunday, April 23 — Holy Cross baseball doubleheader vs. Bucknell, 1:05 and 4:05 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St. After sputtering through the early part of the season with a 2-10 record (including games against prominent national contenders like Auburn and USC), the Crusaders — that’s still their name, right?! — have righted the ship on their way to making noise in the Patriot League tournament. HC was tied with the Bison at 8-4, second place in the conference behind Navy entering the weekend.
Senior first baseman Anthony Critelli, a two-time all-Patriot League selection, is the straw that stirs the drink for the Crusader offense. The right-handed-hitting slugger is batting .321 with 6 home runs, 18 RBI and a .918 OPS. On the mound senior righties Joe Cravero (3.60 ERA, 42 strikeouts in 40 innings), Brendan King (3.75, 3 complete games, .208 average against) and George Capen (3.58 ERA, 17 appearances) lead the way.
History / Theater
Tuesday, April 25 — “If I am Not for Myself Who Will Be for Me,” 7 p.m., Antiquarian Hall, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St. Oney Judge Staines was not your typical runaway slave.
A product of Martha Washington’s inheritance from her first husband, Oney was born at Mount Vernon and became one of the first servants to work in the presidential houses of New York City and Philadelphia. After escaping in 1796, she lived the rest of her life as a fugitive in New Hampshire.
Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti — a living-history artist who also portrays luminaries such as Harriet Tubman and Zora Neale Hurston — wrote and performs this one-woman play, which is intended to give a voice to the “struggles, self-determination and triumphs of [Judge’s] life.” AAS public programs are free and open to the public, and seating is first-come, first-served (doors open at 6:30).
Wednesday, April 26 — Worcester Family Partnership Health & Safety Fair, 3:30-6:30 p.m., YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square Through a state grant, Worcester Family Partnership provides various services and support — like family literacy nights — to parents and kids who fall in the “at risk” category and who often fall through the cracks altogether. This is the group’s eighth annual fair, and it will feature UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, the city’s Library Express, health screenings, bicycle helmet giveaway, car seat safety tips and information on the city’s summer youth programs — not to mention “fun activities and free food.” Free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 27 — “Boeing, Boeing,” 8-10 p.m., Fuller Theater, Shaughnessy Building, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St. Ah, the good, old days — when stewardesses were stewardesses and swingin’ sixties bachelors didn’t have to worry about smartphones or social media. In this classic farce, which won a 2008 Tony Award for best revival, one such lothario attempts to juggle a trio of beautiful, ahem, flight attendants — who intermittently visit his posh French flat — with the help of his maid and an old friend who struggles to keep up the jig.
Also playing 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets ($14 general admission, $10 seniors, $7 students) are available by email, VPABoxOffice@worcester.edu; phone, 508-929-8843; at the Student Center or at the door.
Food / Community
Friday, April 28 — One Love Cafe Jamaican dinner pop-up, 6-9 p.m., 3cross Brewing Company, 26 Cambridge St. [entrance on Knowlton Ave.] Hot dog carts and food trucks are yesterday’s news. Nowadays, millennials want things to pop up in cool and unexpected locations. So a pair of the city’s dynamic, under-the-radar businesses have joined forces for a bi-monthly Caribbean feast featuring affordable ($12 per plate) Jamaican fare and the spare-yet-modern ambiance of a bicycle-themed microbrewery.
Check out our profile of 3cross Brewing Co. and owner Dave Howland
Fun fact: Ackee, a fruit and staple in some of Jamaican cooking’s most popular dishes — like ackee and cod, the national meal (and on this Friday’s menu) — was listed by Time magazine a few years back as one of the “10 most dangerous foods.” But we’re sure you have nothing to worry about. … Vegan options, “perfect hot sauce” and of course, craft beer. Make a reservation by calling 774-272-3969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoors / Fundraiser
Saturday, April 29 — 2017 5K Run and Walk for Autism Acceptance, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.), Quinsigamond State Park, Hamilton Street and Lake Avenue OK … hear me out: What if we all just agree to “accept autism,” skip all the healthy, athletic stuff and head down the street for some Five Guys or maybe an Italian grinder from Regatta?! Or both — I could eat. Everybody wins! If only that acceptance were so simple. Never mind the support, services and funding that so many families are looking for. That’s where HMEA and its partners come in, with year-round fundraisers and programs, and a network of service providers at the ready for some of the nearly 4 million people in America with an autism spectrum disorder.
Registration for the 5K is $30 for runners, $10 for those who choose to walk. There will be family activities, including a “relaxation corner,” live music and a kids’ fun run.