May 21, 2017

Worcester Weekly: BattleCry@WPI, Ralph’s Rock Diner + more, May 21-27

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The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

Art exhibit

Ongoing — “John O’Reilly: A Studio Odyssey,” 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St.  Don’t call them collages — no, collages are what little girls make while they’re at summer camp. John O’Reilly, the well-regarded Worcester-based artist, creates “photomontages” of “mysterious, erudite and confounding” construction, according to a New York Times review. Shooting intricately staged scenes with a Polaroid camera, O’Reilly’s work often studies eroticism and violence.

Running through Aug. 13, this exhibit explores the influence of literature subtly noted through most of his art. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays and Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays; and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

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Sunday, May 21 — BattleCry@WPI 18, 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Harrington Auditorium, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. [parking garage]  Sundays in spring are for church, early-afternoon dinners and leisurely drives with the top down — at least, they used to be. Now, I guess, they’re for robots. They’re not only after our jobs, they want our weekends too?! Robots are greedy.

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WPI’s Beech Tree — campus won’t be so serene with all these robots in town.

Billed as one of the top offseason events on the FIRST Robotics Competition circuit, the annual WPI gathering has grown from 26 teams in 2000 to an expected field of more than 60 this year, with groups of high school students guiding robots they’ve constructed through a number of challenging tasks. The first round of competition was Saturday. Admission is free.

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Monday, May 22 — “My Kid is Not Crazy” film screening and discussion, 7-10 p.m., Elm Draught House Cinema, 35 Elm St., Millbury  For all the things we understand as a society, all the innovation we’re able to cultivate and knowledge we’ve preserved and curated and built upon, coping with mental health remains a frustratingly elusive goal for most — especially when it may not even be the real problem after all.

In this acclaimed 2016 documentary, filmmakers chronicle the lives of six children caught in a web of indecision strung together by a divided medical community. Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, or PANS, is often misdiagnosed, advocates say, and erroneously treated with psychotropic drugs rather than antibiotics. A panel discussion follows the film. Tickets are $5, free for medical and education professionals.

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Comedy / Music

Thursday, May 25 — The Sort of Late Show with Shaun Connelly, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Ralph’s Rock Diner, 148 Grove St.  There are so many different places to go for entertainment in Worcester, no doubt there’s a spot for every taste or preference or desire. Roll all those clubs and pubs and hipster hangouts together, then rub a little dirt on them, and you’ve got Ralph’s, where the word “eclectic” was invented — probably during a poetry jam, by a biker eating a veggie burger.

Which makes the tucked-away but hardly hidden gem a perfect backdrop for funnyman Shaun Connelly’s variety show — think late-night talk show — which will feature Worcester Bravehearts General Manager Dave “Peterman” Peterson, comedian Emily Ruskowski, Hank Von Hellion from Make Music Worcester, and music from James Keyes, Earthward, The Furs and Angus.

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Thursday-Saturday, May 25-27 — “Awake and Sing!”, 8 p.m., second floor back gallery, Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St.  The 4th Wall Stage Company has been known since its 2010 debut as an ambitious troupe that chooses thought-provoking and timeless subjects to challenge its audience and performers alike. Originally a production of the influential Group Theater in 1930s New York, “Awake and Sing!” certainly fits the pattern.

This dramatic and bitingly funny play portrays a Jewish family struggling with poverty. While hopes and dreams continue to percolate, a simmering despondence tinges the interactions between the realists and idealists in the cramped Bronx apartment. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, students and members.

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Scholastic Sports

Friday, May 26 — Worcester Tech baseball vs. North Brookfield, 3:30 p.m., Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Drive  These days, Worcester Tech is known mostly — let’s be honest, almost exclusively — for President Obama (doesn’t that sound nice these days?!) giving the school’s 2014 commencement address.

While the former president was most impressed by the school’s state-of-the-art approach to career training, Eagles baseball has also been a point of pride since long before the doors to the new school opened in 2006. Indeed, with a win over Bay Path in early May, Worcester Tech secured a postseason berth for the 32nd consecutive season. Seniors Tyler Lufkin, Nick Boyd and Adam Pasquale lead the Eagles. This is the final regular season game before the playoffs.

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