Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 242]: Sign of the (high) times in Canal District

Let’s get one thing straight: Smoking marijuana — inside, outside, wherever — is not a new phenomenon for this or any other neighborhood in the city.

A college town and centrally located transportation hub? Yeah, there’s been plenty of pot around from long before it became legal.

Now that a private club is planning to welcome cannabis aficionados for a legal, social smoke (and a small fee), though, city officials are aghast.

Hitch couldn’t pass on this opportunity.

The Quad [Feb. 17-24]: Four things to know from Assumption, Holy Cross, Clark and Becker

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Assumption to host New York Metropolitan Opera tenor Polenzani

New York City-caliber opera is coming to Assumption College on Saturday, March 17.

Renowned Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Polenzani will perform selected numbers from his extensive repertoire. The event, which runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the 400-seat Jeanne Y. Curtis Performance Hall in the Tsotsis Family Academic Center, will also feature the Assumption Chorale and student soloists. The program will feature selections from operas, operettas, music theater, and Italian and Neapolitan songs.

Special seating is available to those who wish to attend a private reception with Polenzani immediately following the performance. A limited number of these VIP tickets are available for $100. Performance-only tickets are $50.

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Worcester Weekly: Master Singers of Worcester, Black History Month events, ‘Something Rotten!’ + more, Feb. 17-24

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

Saturday, Feb. 17 — ‘A Season of Love,’ Master Singers of Worcester, 7 p.m., Salem Covenant Church, 215 East Mountain St.  Right on the heels of Valentine’s Day, the Master Singers of Worcester works to keep the sparks flying with a passion-laden palette that, title notwithstanding, covers more than a season: We’re talking more than four centuries’ worth of romance-infused chorale choices here.

Tickets, which are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, can be reserved at https://www.mswma.org/tickets/.

Inbox [Feb. 17-24]: News and notes from the Bravehearts, Fallon Health and Saint-Gobain

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Bravehearts bring back four players, add three new pitchers

The Worcester Bravehearts have announced the signings of seven New England players — including five pitchers — who will suit up for the team in May as it looks to win a third Futures League Championship.

Four of the recent signees are back from the 2017 team. Returning to the pitching staff are sophomores Sebastian Gruszecki of Florida Gulf Coast University and Cody Laweryson of the University of Maine. Gruszecki, from Dudley and Shepherd Hill Regional High School, started nine games for the Bravehearts last season, including the Championship Game 2 at Nashua that the Bravehearts eventually lost to the Silver Knights.

Do cannabis regulators need to rein in focus? Concerns grow at State House

The speaker of the House added his voice this week to the chorus pushing state marijuana regulators to scale back their vision for the legal cannabis industry in Massachusetts.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said he agrees with many of the concerns Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration have raised with the Cannabis Control Commission’s draft industry regulations, including the worry that regulators have bitten off more than they can chew by trying to simultaneously launch several different categories of marijuana businesses.

“I feel that we’re probably going a little bit quicker than I would like to see in terms of these other issues coming up, whether they be selling door-to-door delivery, whether they be cafes or whatnot,” DeLeo said Monday after meeting with the governor and Senate President Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester. “I want to make sure that we have the basics done relative to seed to sale before we proceed further and we can at least get that process done.”