August 27, 2017

Worcester Weekly: WPI football, POW! WOW! + more, Aug. 27-Sept. 2

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

Sunday, Aug. 27 — 5th annual Worcester Caribbean American Carnival, noon-7 p.m., Institute Park, Salisbury Street and Park Avenue  So, hurricane season is upon us — as the folks in Corpus Christi and coastal Texas are painfully aware — which means a late-summer getaway to the Caribbean is not exactly for the faint of heart. How lucky, then, are Worcester peeps to have a bit of the Caribbean blow into their backyard?


The Worcester Caribbean American Carnival — and parade! — returns for its fifth year Sunday, Aug. 37, at Institute Park.

Vendors, food and entertainment take over bucolic Institute Park at noon, or follow the parade of bands and performers that steps off at 1 p.m. from City Hall. Either way, you’re in for a Hurricane Harvey-free afternoon of multicultural fun. Free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, Aug. 29 — “Wall Writers” film screening, 5-8 p.m., Jefferson Academic Center, Clark University, 950 Main St. [corner of Main and Woodland streets]  POW! WOW! Worcester is back for its second go-round after a generally well-received 2016 debut, complete with all its capital letters and exclamation points demanding excitement. Adam West would be so proud.

WALL WRITERS Trailer from R. Rock Enterprises on Vimeo.

Anyway, bringing more creative, thoughtful folks together is never a bad thing, and organizers have assembled a number of ancillary events around the painting of some 25 murals across the city. This 2016 documentary, narrated by John Waters, explores the burgeoning graffiti scene with pioneering artists of the 1960s and ’70s. A panel discussion follows. Free and open to the public. BAP! SPLAT! WHAM!

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Wednesday, Aug. 30 — Gabrielle Thierry’s “The Musicality of the Water Lilies” exhibit debut, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St.  It’s a fascinating concept, really, and frankly one that is a bit over this knuckle-dragger’s simple, square head: Thierry, a respected artist in her own right, translated immortal French painter Claude Monet’s iconic “Water Lilies” series into her own interpretation of the abstract musical scores the images conveyed to her. … Or something like that.

Wikimedia Commons/Paul Keleher

O’Kane Hall looks over Holy Cross — and the city — on a foggy Worcester morning.

Thierry spent 18 months at the Musee de l’Orangerie in Paris painting in front of Monet’s work (there are some 250 landscapes in the series) to produce the eight pieces that will be on display through Oct. 7. A reception with Thierry is planned for 5-7 p.m., Sept. 12. Admission to the gallery, in O’Kane Hall, is free. Saturday hours are noon to 5 p.m.

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Thursday, Aug. 31 — A Candlelight Vigil of Memory and Hope, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main St.  There was good news last week in regard to the number of opioid-related deaths in the state. For the first time in years, there was a decrease, however slight, in such fatalities. But while fentanyl continues to become more prevalent and legal marijuana gets set to further cloud the picture of readily available narcotics, there is much work still to be done.

Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day and has been since 2001. The local observance, led by the city Health and Human Services department, will provide an opportunity to remember loved ones, grieve together and spread awareness. Information for addicts and their supporters, including referral services, will also be available. Free and open to the public.

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Friday, Sept. 1 — WPI football vs. Anna Maria, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Stadium, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. [parking garage]  Coming off its second straight winning campaign, in the wake of six consecutive losing seasons, the Engineers will lean on standout sophomore running back Sean McAllen, who racked up nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards last season, and a stout defense spearheaded by Derek Pacheco and Luca Cerasani, who combined for 17 sacks in 2016.

Since the AmCats instituted a football team in 2009, they’ve never won more than two games, but they’ve begun a tradition of sorts the past two years by earning their lone victories in each season over Gallaudet University — a Washington, D.C., school for the deaf and hearing impaired.

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