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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.

June 2017

Carlos Odria Trio - World Jazz
Saturday, 6/24/2017 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
BirchTree Bread Co., 138 Green Street, Worcester, MA - Free
For more information, e-mail carlosodria@gmail.com.

Carlos Odria - Jazz and World Music Guitar
Sunday, 6/25/2017 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Homefield Brewing, 3 Arnold Road, Fiskdale, MA - Free
For more information, e-mail carlosodria@gmail.com.

July 2017

Pianist Bobby Gadoury
Wednesday, 7/5/2017 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
Pianist Bobby Gadoury is that rare combination of naturally gifted, classically educated and trained musician. The combination makes for a stunning performance by a very warm and personable performer. A regular at Nuovo Restaurant in Worcester and Grill 37 in Pomfret, Connecticut, Gadourys repertoire includes classical, Sinatra, Billy Joel and all the music you love!
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

Ron Rosenstock's "Journey" Photograph Exhibit
Sunday, 7/9/2017 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Gallery at Briarwood, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
1:30 p.m. Discussion/Presentation by Ron Rosenstock (Loring Auditorium)
2-4p.m. Opening Reception (Gallery at Briarwood)
The Gallery at Briarwood invites you to the opening reception of photographer Ron Rosenstocks photography exhibit based on his book, Journeys. The exhibit features all color photographs from different parts of the world. Ron Rosenstock has been creating images of the world and its people since the 1950's. His work has had many incarnations from vivid colors to black and white, from the darkroom to digital, from large format cameras to full-frame digital, from early dawn to infrared dusk. The exhibit continues through Thursday, August 31

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

Carlos Odria Trio - World Jazz
Thursday, 7/13/2017 8:00 PM-11:00 PM
Nick's Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA - Free
For more information, e-mail carlosodria@gmail.com.

Carlos Odria Trio - World Jazz
Friday, 7/14/2017 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Stone Cow Brewery and Tasting Room, 500 West St, Barre, MA - Free
For more information, e-mail carlosodria@gmail.com.

Carlos Odria Trio - World Jazz
Saturday, 7/15/2017 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
BirchTree Bread Co., 138 Green Street, Worcester, MA - Free
For more information, e-mail carlosodria@gmail.com.

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.

American Heroines
Tuesday, 7/18/2017 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
American Heroines is a one-woman tour de force musical presentation where four noted women of American History are portrayed. Conceived of and written by Patty Carver, American Heroines is an original musical that brings the following women of American History to Life: Catherine Coffin, First Lady of the Underground Railroad; Molly Pitcher, who fought in the Revolutionary War; Prudence Crandall, who established the first academy for African-American women in Canturbury CT.; and Mother Jones, who organized unions and fought for the rights of the working class.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

Jazz at Sunset, featuring Grace Kelly
Friday, 7/21/2017 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - $20 General Admission
WICN Radio, in collaboration with The Theatre District Alliance, presents Jazz at Sunset, featuring rising superstar Grace Kelly. The area behind the theatre will be transformed into an outdoor, picnic-style concert venue to include food trucks, cash bars and Theatre District Alliance exhibits promoting the various businesses and cultural organizations in the neighborhood.

Jazz at Sunset re-ignites the popular, long-running series previously held at Worcesters Ecotarium. Organizers hope to present a six-date series in summer 2018. This first event in July will gauge community interest and support for bringing this highly successful series to downtown Worcester.

Admission for Jazz at Sunset is $20 per person with a limited number of VIP stage-front tables (for four people) for $120. Tickets can be purchased through The Hanover Theatre website, at the box office on Southbridge Street or at the event. Free parking will be available in the lot immediately behind the theatre, accessed from Federal Street.

If you are not in the VIP area, please bring your own chair. In addition, you may also bring your own picnic. Beer and wine bars and food trucks will be available. Please note that alcohol MAY NOT be brought in, and must be purchased at the event.
For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.

Art of Ancient Egypt
Tuesday, 7/25/2017 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
We welcome Marylou Hannon and Art Matters, an art education and awareness program, for a presentation on the Art of Ancient Egypt. The presentation will offer an in-depth look at the unique paintings, sculptures, architecture and other types of art created during the time of pharaohs and mummies.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

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.

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.

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.

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