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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.

August 2017

"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.

Toni Lynn Washington
Wednesday, 8/23/2017 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Harding Street at Kelley Square, Harding Street at Kelley Square, Worcester, MA - Free
The 2017 Canal District Music Series concludes with Boston blues legend Toni Lynn Washington, just returned from her European tour. Toni and her band have wowed audiences for decades with their brand of gutsy, big city blues.
Enjoy her music in the incomparable setting of Kelley Square in Worcester, where the late afternoon sun sets behind the Table Talk Pie factory. Bring your lawn chair. Enjoy the food trucks on site and sample the pleasures of the Canal District afterwards.
In case of rain, the event will move indoors to the White Room of the adjacent Crompton Building.

Sponsored by: Canal District Alliance
For more information, e-mail afletcher@worcesterpublishing.com or call 508-868-4274.

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

September 8 Free Second Friday
Friday, 9/8/2017 4:00 PM-8:00 PM
Smith College Museum of Art, 20 Elm St, Northampton, MA - Free
4-7 PM: Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Think Outside the Box:
Uncover the art of Japanese lacquer in the museums Asian Art Gallery and then design your own miniature container! At 6 PM, Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments. Image credit: Open Eyes gallery conversation, all welcome!

For more information, e-mail artmuseum@smith.edu or call 413-585-2760.

John Henry's Hammer Open Mic
Friday, 9/8/2017 7:00 PM-10:30 PM
First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester, MA - $3 Donation
John Henry's Hammer (JHH) Open Mic resumes every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month through July, 2018. One of Worcester's best 'Listening Rooms' for an open mic venue. By artist's choice, videos of performances are made and uploaded to JHH's YouTube Page. Check out our warm, friendly and supportive environment.
For more information, e-mail clbalou_25@yahoo.com.

Hand Lettering Make-and-Takes with Artist C.J. Kennedy
Saturday, 9/9/2017 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - free
In each workshop, learn to letter a decorative alphabet, and then use your new skill to create a seasonal themed craft you can take home. Space is limited and registration is recommended. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 ext 3.

Hand Lettering Crafts include:
Saturday, September 9: Decorated Initials/Back-to-School Bookmarks
Saturday, September 30: Autumn Door Hanger
Saturday, October 14: Spooky Lettering Halloween Goodie Bag
Saturday, October 28: Thanksgiving Card
Saturday, November 4: Thanksgiving Place Cards
Saturday, November 18: Holiday Gift Tags

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.

Jon McAuliffe w/ Arny Spielberg
Saturday, 9/9/2017 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
First Unitarian Church, John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse, 90 Main Street, Worcester, MA - $18 - $10/Students w I.D.
Join JHH in welcoming these two great performers! "McAuliffe has a rock vibe, but influences in country, folk and jazz are apparent in the work as well. At his best, Jon McAuliffe is a great story tellerTear Down Every Wallhas a great gospel feel to it and again highlights McAuliffe's talents as a writer and vocalist.  Christopher Brant Anderson  victorymusic.org

Arny Spielberg serves up a musical gumbo based in blues and seasoned with love for R&B, country, folk, and classic rock. In addition to occasional solo performances, Arny plays in The Lester Rawson Band. And, together with his wife, Pam, he produces an annual benefit concert called Without A Net, where many of the regions most talented musicians come together to support the UMass Memorial Cancer Center. Arny and Pam live in Barre, Massachusetts.

For more information, e-mail clbalou_25@yahoo.com.

Jon McAuliffe w/opeining act, Arny Spielberg
Saturday, 9/9/2017 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
First Unitarian Church, John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse , 90 Main Street, Worcester, MA - $18 - $10/Students w I.D.

"McAuliffe has a rock vibe, but influences in country, folk and jazz are apparent in the work as well. At his best, Jon McAuliffe is a great story teller . . . Tear Down Every Wall . . . has a great gospel feel to it and again highlights McAuliffe's talents as a writer and vocalist." - Christopher Brant Anderson, victorymusic.org.

Opening for him will be Worcester's own Arny Spielberg, interpretative 'blues & more' singer who's well-known in the area as a former member of the BYOBlues Band, a member of the Lester Rawson Blues Band and, currently, a member of the Still Water String Band.
For more information, e-mail clbalou_25@yahoo.com.

Glassblowing Small Vases
Saturday, 9/16/2017 4:30 PM-7:30 PM
New Street Glass Studio, Hot Glass Studio, 35B New Street, Worcester, MA - $90
Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing in this fun one-night course. In one evening, you will learn about the history and process behind creating beautiful blown glass at the New Street Glass Studio. After learning the safety and studio etiquette rules, students will watch a brief demonstration of this 2000-year-old art before diving in and making their very own small vase from glass gathered out of a 2100-degree furnace. Instructors will guide students through the steps from gathering to applying color, from blowing the bubble and forming it into a small vase. No experience is necessary; all materials are included.
For more information, e-mail wccregistration@worcester.edu or call 508-753-8183x301.

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.

Make Your Own Shot Glass
Friday, 9/22/2017 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
New Street Glass Studio, 35B New Street, Worcester, MA - $80
Try your hand at flameworking borosilicate glass in this fun, one-night workshop! In one evening, you will learn about the history and process behind creating a neat shot glass at the New Street Glass Studio. After safety and studio etiquette are discussed, students will watch a brief demonstration and will make their own shot glasses under expert guidance. No experience necessary. All materials are included.

Fee Breakdown:
Student Fee: $60
Materials Fee: $20
For more information, e-mail wccregistration@worcester.edu or call 508-753-8183x301.

Salt Water Etched Ring and Bangles
Saturday, 9/23/2017 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Worcester Center for Crafts, Metals Studio, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA - $81
Use the non toxic method of salt water etching to create customized pieces of copper and brass that can be fabricated into wide ring bands, cuff bracelets or decorative embellishments. Students will learn how to sweat-solder sterling silver as a backing on their jewelry pieces to create wearable mixed metal pieces. *Open to beginners/ all levels
For more information, e-mail wccregistration@worcester.edu or call 508-753-8183x301.

Make Your Own Beer Stein
Saturday, 9/23/2017 4:30 PM-7:30 PM
New Street Glass Studio, Hot Glass Studio, 35B New Street, Worcester, MA - $90
Get a taste of the ancient art of glassblowing in this fun one-night course. In one evening, you will learn about the history and process behind creating beautiful blown glass at the New Street Glass Studio. After learning the safety and studio etiquette rules, students will watch a brief demonstration of this 2000-year-old art before diving in and making their very own beer stein from glass gathered out of a 2100-degree furnace. Instructors will guide students through the steps from gathering to blowing the bubble, from shaping a cylinder to adding a handle No experience is necessary and all materials are included.

Fee Breakdown:
Student Fee: $85
Materials Fee: $5
For more information, e-mail wccregistration@worcester.edu or call 508-753-8183x301.

Marylou Hannon presents "Mary Cassatt"
Tuesday, 9/26/2017 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 and Art Matters present Mary Cassatt. An American woman was at the very heart of a radical revolution in art. Impressionism changed the art world forever. Overcoming social stigma, and cultural as well as national boundaries, Mary Cassatt defied the times to become an independent, innovative, and professional artist. She is famous for her unromanticized images of women and children, not saccharin or sentimental, but honest, realistic and yet still adorable. Join us for a look at her beautiful images, her interesting life and her celebrated accomplishments.

For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com.

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