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Calendar of Events

The Worcester Arts Council is proud to support a variety of cultural happenings through its grant allocations each year. This calendar provides a snapshot of the activity supported with funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Ongoing Events

Josh Briggs Live Music Acoustic on the Deck
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 6/22/2017 - 12/31/2017 9:00 AM-11:00 AM, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, 9:00 PM-11:00 PM
JJ's Sports Bar and Grill, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough, MA
Sponsored by: Jjs Sports Bar
For more information, e-mail jjssportsbarandgrill@yahoo.com.

Open Mic
Wednesdays, 6/28/2017 - 6/24/2020 8:00 PM-2:00 AM
The Raven, 258 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA
For more information, e-mail theravenrox@gmail.com.

Songwriters in the Round Workshop for Teens with Laura Ramsey
Saturdays, 10/28/2017 - 12/16/2017 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Worcester Public Library, Teen Zone, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - Free
Songwriters In the Round Workshop for Teens with Laura Ramsey is free to attend for ages 13 - 18. Come for one session or all!
October 28: Intro & Inspiration
November 4: Scales & Tonality
November 18: Harmony
December 2: Song Forms
December 9: Survey of Styles - Funk, Swing, Folk
December 16: Rhythm
Join us for a Songwriter Performance Circle on
December 16 from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: Friends of the Worcester Public Library
For more information, e-mail events@worcpublib.org.

Sip & Stitch Saturdays. Every Saturday at 1PM
Saturdays, 12/2/2017 - 12/30/2017 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Nick's Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA - Free!
Most every Saturday afternoon Creatives come together at Nick's armed with knitting bags and sewing needles. Come with an existing project or start a new one. Meet like minded people, knit/sew/crochet, share food and drinks made by Jeff at the Bar and have fun! Come as you are, Come as you will. Drop in, drop out.
For more information, e-mail nwatson50@aol.com.

10th Anniversary Production of A Christmas Carol
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 12/15/2017 - 12/23/2017 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - Tickets are $28, $45 and $55 depending on seat location.
"God Bless us, everyone!"

Celebrate the holiday season with New Englands largest production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Join us for our 10th annual production, adapted by president and CEO Troy Siebels and featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, New Englands largest theatre pipe organ.

You know the story and you love the message of redemption, but youll never see another Christmas Carol like this! The show is refined and revised each year, and the 10th Anniversary production will feature more magic than ever before. The show includes an array of spectacles from different kinds of smoke and fog to spectacular flying stunts.

New and returning cast members tell the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. This brilliant musical, set with timeless music, colorful costumes and spectacular lighting and scenery, follows Scrooge as he discovers the true spirit of the holiday season.

Jeremy Lawrence plays Scrooge for the sixth year in a row, having guest starred on TVs The Blacklist and Shades of Blue, as well as worked with directors Brian De Palma, Rob Howard and Stephen Daldry. Lawrence is also known for his portrayal of playwright Tennessee Williams.
Sponsored by: Generously sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts.
For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.

December 2017

Wire Tree Sculpture (ages 6-17)
Saturday, 12/16/2017 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA - $30
The last offering in our youth Holiday Workshop Series, this workshop will combine metal sculpture, bead work, drawing and more into a free standing or hanging wire sculpture of a family tree that is great to keep or give!
For more information, e-mail wccregistration@worcester.edu or call 508-753-8183x301.

10th Anniversary Production of A Christmas Carol
Saturdays, 12/16/2017 - 12/23/2017 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - Tickets are $28, $45 and $55 depending on seat location.
"God Bless us, everyone!"

Celebrate the holiday season with New Englands largest production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Join us for our 10th annual production, adapted by president and CEO Troy Siebels and featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, New Englands largest theatre pipe organ.

You know the story and you love the message of redemption, but youll never see another Christmas Carol like this! The show is refined and revised each year, and the 10th Anniversary production will feature more magic than ever before. The show includes an array of spectacles from different kinds of smoke and fog to spectacular flying stunts.

New and returning cast members tell the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. This brilliant musical, set with timeless music, colorful costumes and spectacular lighting and scenery, follows Scrooge as he discovers the true spirit of the holiday season.

Jeremy Lawrence plays Scrooge for the sixth year in a row, having guest starred on TVs The Blacklist and Shades of Blue, as well as worked with directors Brian De Palma, Rob Howard and Stephen Daldry. Lawrence is also known for his portrayal of playwright Tennessee Williams.
Sponsored by: Generously sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts.
For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.

10th Anniversary Production of A Christmas Carol - Sensory Friendly Performance
Sunday, 12/17/2017 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - Tickets are half off $28, $45 and $55 depending on seat location.
"God Bless us, everyone!"

Celebrate the holiday season with New Englands largest production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Join us for our 10th annual production, adapted by president and CEO Troy Siebels and featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, New Englands largest theatre pipe organ.

You know the story and you love the message of redemption, but youll never see another Christmas Carol like this! The show is refined and revised each year, and the 10th Anniversary production will feature more magic than ever before. The show includes an array of spectacles from different kinds of smoke and fog to spectacular flying stunts.

New and returning cast members tell the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. This brilliant musical, set with timeless music, colorful costumes and spectacular lighting and scenery, follows Scrooge as he discovers the true spirit of the holiday season.

Jeremy Lawrence plays Scrooge for the sixth year in a row, having guest starred on TVs The Blacklist and Shades of Blue, as well as worked with directors Brian De Palma, Rob Howard and Stephen Daldry. Lawrence is also known for his portrayal of playwright Tennessee Williams.
Sponsored by: Generously sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts.
For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.

Annual Family Holiday Concert
Sunday, 12/17/2017 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street, Worcester, MA - $15 Balcony, $47 Table Dining Seating in Advance
WYO's most popular concert of the year! Celebrate with family & friends the festive sounds of the season. Featuring the WY Symphony Orchestra, WY Philharmonic & String Orchestra, WY Wind Ensemble & WY Jazz Band with special guest The Shepherd Hill Regional High School Choirs. New and familiar favorites will get you singing along with our talented students.

Why not join us for dinner? Let us handle the cooking while you sit back and enjoy the show. A three course afternoon meal is served at our Table Seating along with Wine. We'll even do the cleaning up. All included in your ticket.

With an attendance of more than 800, purchase your tickets early to take advantage of savings and to get your preferred seating!
For more information, e-mail info@worcesteryouthorchestras.org or call 508-281-9976.

10th Anniversary Production of A Christmas Carol
Sundays, 12/17/2017 - 12/23/2017 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - Tickets are $28, $45 and $55 depending on seat location.
"God Bless us, everyone!"

Celebrate the holiday season with New Englands largest production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Join us for our 10th annual production, adapted by president and CEO Troy Siebels and featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, New Englands largest theatre pipe organ.

You know the story and you love the message of redemption, but youll never see another Christmas Carol like this! The show is refined and revised each year, and the 10th Anniversary production will feature more magic than ever before. The show includes an array of spectacles from different kinds of smoke and fog to spectacular flying stunts.

New and returning cast members tell the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future. This brilliant musical, set with timeless music, colorful costumes and spectacular lighting and scenery, follows Scrooge as he discovers the true spirit of the holiday season.

Jeremy Lawrence plays Scrooge for the sixth year in a row, having guest starred on TVs The Blacklist and Shades of Blue, as well as worked with directors Brian De Palma, Rob Howard and Stephen Daldry. Lawrence is also known for his portrayal of playwright Tennessee Williams.
Sponsored by: Generously sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts.
For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.

WGBH presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian ODonovan
Monday, 12/18/2017 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - $45, $52 and $59
Brian ODonovans A Celtic Sojourn has entertained and enlightened radio audiences since 1986. Now celebrating a decade and a half of holiday performances, the Christmas-time live version of the show draws on Celtic, Pagan and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program, plus the excitement of a live show featuring the Celtic worlds best performers. The 2017 iteration of the show promises once again to be one of the chestnuts of the regions Christmas offerings.

For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.

Worcester Jazz Collective
Wednesday, 12/20/2017 8:00 PM-2:00 AM
Nick's Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA - No Cover
The Worcester Jazz Collective is an award winning group that explores jazz in its many forms. The group’s repertoire spans the genre of jazz from traditional to contemporary and draws on the diverse backgrounds and musical experiences of its members to bring a unique musical performance to each audience it performs for. The WJC was formed in 2014 by bass/baritone guitarist Tom Lubelczyk and pianist Martin Gohary. Since its creation, it has been a showcase for the many wonderful musicians that make up the Worcester jazz scene, often featuring different lineups and musical identities for each performance.
For more information, e-mail nwatson50@aol.com.

Riff Raff plays The Kasbar
Friday, 12/29/2017 9:00 PM-1:00 AM
Club KasBar, 234 Southwest Cutoff, Worcester, MA
Riff Raff rocks the Kasbar. JIm Provencher, Ed Fortier, Steve Kirouac, Scott Mitti, and Pat McGreal.
For more information, e-mail venchagraf@charter.net.

Noon Years Eve
Sunday, 12/31/2017 2:00 AM-4:00 PM, 12:00 PM-2:00 AM
EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA
Join the festivities at our annual Noon Year's Eve celebration with two kid-friendly countdowns at 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m., create and toast resolutions, make 2017 time capsules, and more! Noon Years Eve at the EcoTarium offers fun the whole family can enjoy together!
Sponsored by: Baystate Savings Bank, Whole Foods, and 96-1 SRS
For more information, e-mail info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700.

January 2018

Riff Raff plays Chopsticks Leominster
Friday, 1/5/2018 9:00 PM-1:00 AM
Chopstick's Restaurant & Lounge, Commercial Rd, Leominster, MA
Classic Rock'n Roll
For more information, e-mail venchagraf@charter.net.

Riff Raff plays Chopsticks Leominster
Saturday, 1/6/2018 9:00 PM-1:00 AM
Chopstick's Restaurant & Lounge, Commercial Rd, Leominster, MA
Classic Rock'n Roll
For more information, e-mail venchagraf@charter.net.

Exhibit: 1968-2018, 15 Years of Camera Work
Thursday, 1/18/2018 - Saturday, 3/3/2018 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Worcester Center for Crafts, Krikorian Gallery, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA - Free Admission
This is a comprehensive and stunning retrospective of a life behind the lens of Ron Rosenstock. This will include images from around the globe and throughout his career from his earliest days behinda large format camera to his recent work with his digital Cannon. The changes in landscape and the changes in photographic medium create a unique and fascinating perspective.

Exhibition on view in the Krikorian Gallery from January 18- March 3, 2018.
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10AM-5PM
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18, 2018, 5:30PM
Artist Talk: Saturday February 10, 1:00 PM

For more information, e-mail wccregistration@worcester.edu or call 508-753-8183x301.

A Day with Ron Rosenstock- Workshop
Saturday, 1/27/2018 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Worcester Center for Crafts, Multimedia Studio, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA - $109
An exercise for discovering the students' personal vision. Ron will teach everyone (hands-on) mat cutting and framing for professional presentation.

To view Ron Rosenstock's work click here

Snow Date: Feb 3, 2018
For more information, e-mail wccregistration@worcester.edu or call 508-753-8183x301.

Travis Walls Shaping Sound: After the Curtain
Monday, 1/29/2018 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - $39.50 - $69.50
Through his Emmy Award winning work on "So You Think You Can Dance, Travis Wall has established himself as one of America's favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of Shaping Sound has already produced one spell-binding show in Dance Reimagined, which has captivated audiences all across North America. Now, Travis and Shaping Sound are back with their brand new show, After the Curtain. These visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever.

Tickets are $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 and $69.50 depending on seat location. Please contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.
For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.

February 2018

Riff-Raff plays Greendales Pub
Friday, 2/16/2018 9:00 PM-1:00 AM
Greendale's Pub, 404 W Boylston St, Worcester, MA
Classic Rock'n Roll
For more information, e-mail venchagraf@charter.net.

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