The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.
Tuesday, Nov. 21 — “Favorite Places” opening reception, 5-6:30 p.m., first floor, Denholm Building, 484 Main St. The Denholm Building isn’t quite what it used to be, but then the same could be said for most of us. Yet, with its old department store vestiges and nostalgic place in the literal and figurative heart of the city, it continues to stand tall as a “favorite place” for myriad folks who call Worcester home.
In Preservation Worcester’s new exhibit, featuring “a set of photographs of 20 Worcester citizens who are active in the community, each interacting with his or her favorite Worcester historical building,” city photographer Randle Stock brings you closer to some of the most significant architecture and locations in the Seven Hills.
Free and open to the public, the exhibit runs through mid-January.
Wednesday, Nov. 22 — Brown Bag Concert Series: Sivan Arbel, noon-1 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. While the iTunes Top 100 has plenty of Imagine Dragons and Bebe Rexha, maybe a little too much Taylor Swift (aren’t we about done with that yet?), and even an Eminem comeback, you won’t find much representation, if any, for America’s original art form — jazz.
So, of course — if you’re jonesing for some jazz — a free concert in Worcester featuring a New York City-based Israeli songstress is obviously the place to look. Sivan Arbel has quietly become a favorite among the discerning jazz aficionado community, with her engaging voice, smooth arrangements and lights-out rhythm-and-horn section.
And if you just need a pick-me-up on the last hump day before the holiday rush, Arbel is there for you, too. According to a Jazz Owl review of “Broken Lines,” her 2016 album: “To transmit such joy — and for it to remain so long after — must be the greatest gift one can give. So it is with Sivan, she imparts joy and it remains.”
Friday, Nov. 24 — Holiday Festival of Crafts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road Speaking of gift-giving and the holiday rush … You could join the survival-of-the-fittest insanity of Black Friday at Wal-Mart, or you could hang on to those last few shreds of dignity, find great gifts for your crafty or artsy loved ones, and support dozens of local artisans and small businesses.
More than 60 artisans will be featured in this annual, three-day event that transforms the Krikorian Gallery “into a European-style holiday marketplace complete with twinkly lights and the sweet smell of evergreens. … Craft collectors also will find that this is an opportunity to compare a wide range of work suitable for collecting.”
Admission is $5 (cash) at the door. Also set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Friday, Nov. 24 — “A Christmas Carol,” 8-9:30 p.m., Theatre at the Mount, Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner After you’re done shopping for the day, you might as well go Scrooge yourself! As Ebeneezer and Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas — great band name alert! — make their yearly return to tug at our heartstrings and inspire generosity, kindness and holiday cheer, we can be thankful for places like Theatre at the Mount, an acclaimed community theater celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Tickets are $22, $17 for matinees ($15 for students). Also showing at 8 p.m. Nov. 25, Dec. 1 and 2; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 26 and Dec. 3; with a special “sensory-friendly” performance at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.
Saturday, Nov. 25 — Holy Cross men’s basketball vs. Albany, 1:05 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. [gate 7] Leaning on juniors Karl Charles, Patrick Benzan and Jehyve Floyd, the otherwise young Crusaders — the roster sports six freshmen and zero seniors — won their first two regular season games, beating Harvard in the Hart Center opener last Thursday.
Four frosh have seen regular minutes so far — starters Caleb Green and Jacob Grandison, and reserves Austin Butler and Matt Faw — and with this matchup against the Great Danes sandwiched between road trips to 2016-17 Atlantic 10 champion Rhode Island (Nov. 19), Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 22) and a two-game sojourn to Northern Ireland for the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, the young guns will continue to be tested. Tickets are $8-$16.