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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.

Canal district wagon tours
Thursdays, 7/6/2017 - 8/24/2017 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Crompton Building, Behind the Crompton building in the empty lot, 192 Harding Street, Worcester, MA
Sponsored by: Canal District Alliance
For more information, e-mail wagontours@gmail.com or call 508-963-0706.

Call to Artists: Nonobject NOW: New England Artists Explore Abstraction
Wednesday, 7/12/2017 - Monday, 8/21/2017 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Davis Art Gallery, 44 Portland Street, Worcester, MA - Free
Entry Deadline: August 21, 2017

The Davis Art Gallery is seeking abstract artwork for our next juried exhibit: Nonojbective NOW. Various 2D and 3D media will be selected for the exhibit, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, photography, fiber arts, and more.

Our curators will select approximately 35-45 artworks that will appear in the main exhibition space at the gallery from September 22, 2017 through January 5, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Important Exhibition Dates:
Exhibition: September 22, 2017-January 5, 2018
Entry Deadline: August 21, 2017. All entries must be received by 5 p.m.
Notification of Acceptance: August 28, 2017 by email.
Drop Off of Accepted Artwork: September 5-8, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Opening Reception: September 22, 2017, 5-7 p.m.
Exhibition Closes: January 5, 2018
Pick Up of Artwork: January 8-12, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Eligibility:
• All artists must be able to hand deliver and pickup accepted artwork.
• Works must be original and created in the last two years.
• Work must be installation ready-framed with wire if applicable.
• Any work that requires specific installation must be done by the artist.
• Up to three artworks may be submitted per artist.

Download the application guidelines and entry form: http://davisartgallery.com/PDFs/DAG_NonobjectiveNOW_ApplicationForm.pdf
Sponsored by: Davis Publications
For more information, e-mail kcole@davisart.com or call 508-754-7201x245.

Family Art Journal with Artist C.J. Kennedy
Saturdays, 7/15/2017 - 7/29/2017 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - free
Taught by award-winning local artist C.J. Kennedy, this three-session workshop will teach you the steps to create a beautiful handmade scrapbook unique to your multi-generational family. Designed for families of 2-4 members. Bring 6-8 copies of photographs of memorable occasions to the first session. Recommended for ages 9+, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register online at www.mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 ext. 3.

This program is administered by the Worcester Arts Council, for the Local Cultural Council - an agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
For more information, e-mail wplref@mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655x3.

July 2017

Hip Swayers Deluxe!
Thursday, 7/27/2017 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Douglas Old Town Common, Common Street, Douglas, MA - FREE
Gotta Go to the Gazebo Show! Enjoy a Swayful Summer Evening on the Old Douglas Common. Full Band Rock n' Roll Show made possible by a grant from the Douglas and Mass. Cultural Councils!
For more information, e-mail hipswayers@gmail.com.

Carlos Odria - Jazz and World Music Guitar
Thursday, 7/27/2017 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
GAR Hall, Bull Mansion, 55 Pearl Street, Worcester, MA - Free
For more information, e-mail carlosodria@gmail.com.

August 2017

Worcester Men of Song
Tuesday, 8/1/2017 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
The Worcester Men of Song is a Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and the Chapter was founded in 1949. They have been performing throughout the Worcester County area continuously for the past sixty years. The chorus and quartets present the four-part, close harmony a Capella style of singing called barbershop, which is a singing style indigenous to the U.S. tracing its roots back to the early 1800s ... most probably originating in barbershops. (Honestly!) You are in for a treat!
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

7 BRIDGES ROAD - An Eagles Tribute
Friday, 8/4/2017 8:00 PM-10:30 PM
Majestic Theater, 131 Elm St., West Springfield, MA
So popular, we've booked them for two nights! Come see some of the Valley's most experienced musicians and singers in a show featuring selections from The Eagles' most-loved recordings. Tight harmonies, beautiful musical arrangements, and story notes take on new significance with the 2016 loss of Eagles founding member Glenn Frey.
For Tickets, Call 413-747-7797
Box Office Hours: MondayFriday, 10am5pm (Wednesdays open until 6pm), Saturday 10am1pm
For more information, e-mail anthonysbackoffice@gmail.com.

3rd Annual Summer Gospel Fest
Saturday, 8/5/2017 1:00 PM-8:00 PM
Institute Park, Worcester, 100 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA - "Free" Admission. Food & Merchandise on Sale.
This event is orchestrated to bring diverse groups of artists, individuals, groups, cultures, race, and communities together to enjoy the melodious sound of gospel music, good food, free activities & giveaways, provide free services & resources, and more.
Sponsored by: Circle Of Nations Inc., Born To Win Ministries, Worcester Arts Council, & Massachusetts Cultural Council
For more information, e-mail info@spirituallyfabulous.com or call 508-981-6823.

Laura Ramsey & Groove Trane
Saturday, 8/5/2017 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - free
Come hear Berklee-trained performer and educator Laura Ramsey and her jazz quartet play from the great American songbook.
Laura Ramsey is an experienced teacher and performer with a long history of working in the primary/secondary education, using development skills cultivated at Berklee College of Music.

This program is administered by the Worcester Arts Council, for the Local Cultural Council - an agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
For more information, e-mail wplref@mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655x3.

Bordellos in Dutch Art: Some Room for Thought.
Tuesday, 8/8/2017 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
Join James A. Welu, Director Emeritus, Worcester Art Museum, for Bordellos in Dutch Art: Some Room for Thought. The bordello was a popular subject in 17th-century Dutch art. Known as bordeeltjes, these colorful scenes of prostitutes, procuresses, and their clients were used to teach moral principles. This illustrated lecture explores the full meaning of these brothel scenes and how they relate to the actual business of prostitution during Hollands Golden Age.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

Creative Hub Worcester Kickoff Party
Wednesday, 8/9/2017 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Bistro, Bull Mansion, 55 Pearl St., Worcester, MA - 50.00
Please join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and conversations as we celebrate the future opening of Creative Hub Worcester's new dynamic, multi-purpose arts space that serves emerging and established artists, at-risk youth, and the Worcester community at large. Music by the JAZZED UP Trio featuring Mauro DePasquale and cash bar.

Creative Hub Worcester is kicking off the complete restoration of the former Ionic Ave Worcester Boys Club, a 30,000-square-foot building that will include artist studios, an art gallery, a performing arts space, youth arts education programs, and two event spaces, including a 4,000-square-foot rooftop that overlooks the city.
For more information, e-mail drelynn2000@yahoo.com.

Photos of Mount Everest and Antarctica
Tuesday, 8/15/2017 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
Join Briarwood resident and world traveler, Bob Whitney, as we climb Mt. Everest and travel through Antarctica together. This is Bobs own expansive personal collection of photos that capture the natural beauty of these amazing destinations.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com.

"Still Working" Music Ministry
Sunday, 8/20/2017 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
Still Working is a Music Ministry who specializes in Contemporary Christian Music. Sing along to old hymns and some contemporary ones as well. You wont want to miss this talented group. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon!
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

Frederick Moyer - Concert Pianist
Tuesday, 8/22/2017 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
During over thirty years as a full-time concert pianist, Frederick Moyer has established a vital musical career that has taken him to forty-three countries and to such far-flung venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle, Carnegie Recital Hall, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center. He has appeared as piano soloist with most of the major orchestras of the United States as well as many orchestras of Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Australia.


For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

Dan Kirouac: Memories of the '50s and '60s
Sunday, 8/27/2017 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
Enjoy Memories of the 50s and 60s with the acoustic music of Dan Kirouac. Part of the regional music scene for thirty years, Dan has been delivering the best in mainstream and contemporary adult rock and pop from the 1950's to current.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

"Claude Monet" with Marylou Hannon of Art Matters
Tuesday, 8/29/2017 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
Marylou Hannon of Art Matters returns this month with Claude Monet. Monet was the engine behind the Impressionists. He is the artist whose direct observation of nature, atmosphere and light is most associated with the ideals of Impressionism. Join us for a retrospective look at his life, his work, his influence and his contribution to the most revolutionary new style of painting.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

September 2017

Gordon Lightfoot In Concert: The Legend Lives On
Wednesday, 9/20/2017 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - Tickets are $49, $59 and $74 depending on seat location. Discounts are available for members, WOO Card holders and groups of 10 or more. Please contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.
After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it's safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums, has five Grammy nominations and is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as Early Morning Rain, If You Could Read My Mind, Carefree Highway, Sundown, (That's What You Get) For Lovin Me, The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald," "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," "Ribbon Of Darkness," "Beautiful," "Song For A Winter's Night" and "Rainy Day People.

Aside from his success in writing, singing and performing his own songs, Lightfoot has found fortune in having his songs recorded and performed by other great artists including Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Judy Collins, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary and more.

Gordon Lightfoot In Concert: The Legend Lives On will feature Lightfoots well known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fanatics, all of which are woven together with some of Lightfoot's own behind the scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his historic 50-year musical career. The event is sure to be a great thrill for live audiences and anyone who enjoys hearing great music and seeing a living legend in person.
For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.

The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár
Saturday, 9/30/2017 7:30 PM-10:00 PM
First Baptist Church of Worcester, Sancutary, 111 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA - $35 - Adults | $25 - Seniors | $10 - Children 17 and younger
This delightful operetta by Franz Lehar is light-hearted story full of love, money and Can-Can Dancers. Filled with wonderful music, it is sure to be enjoyed by all ages.
Sponsored by: Worcester Schubertiade
For more information, e-mail worcschubertiade@gmail.com or call 617-512-1882.

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