Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross hockey, synchronized skating + more, Jan. 6-12

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Saturday, Jan. 6 — “On the Streets Where They Lived: Exploring the Riches Hidden in Massachusetts Town Records,” 10 a.m.-noon, Banx Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square  While some folks are surely still digging out from another whoppah of a snowstorm, maybe the time is right to dig into a little family history. Team up with the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists for their monthly meeting and learn about the value of the dusty clues to be found at your local town hall.

Worcester Weekly: New Years on the Common, Railers + more, Dec. 30-Jan. 6

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Sunday, Dec. 31 — “Cabaret,” 1 and 6 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St.  An ominous and uncertain political landscape. A hateful bigot rising to prominence. Power brokers making unwanted advances. … If we didn’t know any better, the luminary playwrights and other creative folks behind this timeless theater favorite were recently inspired. Alas, “Cabaret” has been entertaining audiences since 1966.

So break yourself off a piece of the Kit Kat Klub, join Sally Bowles and company in escaping the daily cacophony of dissonance and indecency, and goosestep yourself out of the fray for a few hours.

The 1 p.m. show features “enhanced descriptive services” and sign language interpretation. Tickets are $39 to $74, with discounts available. Not appropriate for younger audiences (contains adult content).

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Worcester Weekly: Landscape painting, ‘Polar Express,’ New Year’s masquerade ball + more, Dec. 24-30

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Wednesday, Dec. 27 — ‘Frosty Landscapes’ art workshop, 10 a.m.- noon, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St.  ’Twas two days after Christmas, and all through the house … parents were dodging projectiles after the regrettable decision to pop for that NERF Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K Blaster that junior whined for mercilessly.

Brushstroke away that tension for a few hours by taking part in this kid-friendly workshop, which puts various techniques (such as watercolor) and materials (waxes and paints) to use in the making of a soothing, snowy vignette. The cost is $25 per person; museum members pay $22.50.

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Worcester Weekly: ‘Winter Reimagined,’ Worcester Youth Orchestras concert + more, Dec. 16-22

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Sunday, Dec. 17 — Family Holiday Concert, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Get your fill of seasonal music and the enthusiasm and talent of the young at this popular Worcester Youth Orchestras event. You could have gotten an afternoon meal with wine, too, but the table-service tickets are sold out. Waah. But even from the cheap seats you’ll see City Manager Ed Augustus guest-conduct “Sleigh Ride” — and for once, city councilors won’t be grading his job performance.

The Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra, WY Philharmonic & String Orchestra, WY Wind Ensemble, WY Jazz Band and the Shepherd Hill Regional High School Choirs will perform. There could be a singalong or two, too.

Tickets (balcony) are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Free for ages 18 and under.

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Worcester Weekly: Festival of Crafts, holiday concerts + more, Nov. 26-Dec. 2

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Sunday, Nov. 26 — 35th annual Holiday Festival of Crafts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road  Still nursing that shiner from your unsuccessful Wal-Mart tussle for the last available Nintendo Switch on Black Friday? Soothe those wounds on Sunday, which marks the end of a three-day run for this “buy local” Worcester tradition that features the handmade goods of more than 60 artisans from across New England.

Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross hoops, ‘Christmas Carol’ + more, Nov. 19-25

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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.

Worcester Weekly: Worcester City Tournament, Social Upheaval + more, Nov. 12-18

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Tuesday, Nov. 14 — Worcester Railers vs. Brampton Beast, 10:05 a.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  Consider this a rivalry game, Railers fans — the Beast are the ECHL affiliate of the hated Montreal Canadiens. And while the new hometown team is aligned with the NHL’s New York Islanders, a) they don’t like the Canadiens much either (who does, eh?) and b) this is still Bruins country. So sharpen the elbows and bring on the intensity for this one.

Railers goalie Mitch Gillam, 25 — and Canadian, but not a Canadien — who started the last three seasons at Cornell University, is among the ECHL leaders in goals against average (first, at 2.00, after Friday’s games) and save percentage (eighth, .929).

Worcester Weekly: Railers, Something’s Brewing + more, Oct. 29-Nov. 6

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Tuesday, Oct. 31 — Worcester Railers vs. Toledo Walleye, 7:05 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  With 17 days between home games for the fledgling franchise, the city’s hungry-for-hockey fan base has had plenty of time to generate anticipation and excitement for this one. And the DCU Center, we can hope, has had ample time to address the handful of issues that emerged during game one (namely the long concession lines, cash-only vendors and lack of Wi-Fi).

The Railers had a win, loss and overtime loss — not to mention an epic brawl — on their four-game road trip before Saturday’s late game in Utah. Patrick McNally, a left-shot D with AHL experience, leads the team in points (3-2–5). The Walleye were 2-2-1 with 14 goals in five games. Tickets range from $15 to $30.

Worcester Weekly: Mayoral debate, Fall Fest on the Common + more, Oct. 22-28

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Sunday, Oct. 22 — Great Pumpkin Nights, 6-9 p.m., EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way  Want to feel old? (“No,” says everybody ever — but let’s play along.) The classic autumn TV special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” debuted 51 years ago this week, Oct. 27, 1966. Forget lollipops and Halloween candy, Linus is bringing Activia to the pumpkin patch these days.

A better way to feel young again would be the EcoTarium’s 14th annual Halloween-themed fundraiser. More than 3,000 professionally carved jack-o’-lanterns and pumpkin displays light up the museum grounds (well, not all the way; bring a flashlight!). “Friendly” costumes encouraged. Trick-or-treating, entertainment and more fun.

Worcester Weekly: Clark zombies, WPI football + more, Oct. 15-21

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Monday, Oct. 16 — Hops & Harmony at the Hall, 6 p.m. [doors open at 5:30], Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Sometimes all it takes is a little liquid courage to let your inner Bruno Mars or Lady Gaga out of the shower and into the eardrums of — gasp! — real, live other people. Disclaimer: the Worcester Sun and its affiliates do not recommend consuming alcohol in the shower (unless you’re in a 1980s baseball movie).

Still in its infancy, the Hops & Harmony series is intended to be “a fun night of live music with audience participation. Enjoy time with friends, meet new ones, and learn popular music in three parts for fun and YouTube stardom. This get-out-of-the-house experience is a great way to unwind and let loose after a long day.” Tickets are $5.