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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.

Worcester Art Teacher to Exhibit in Worcester JCC Gallery
Friday, 9/1/2017 - Friday, 11/3/2017
Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA
Exhibit by local artist and Worcester Public School art teacher Francis Warner, entitled, A Visual Narrative, will be on display at the Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, from September 1 through, November 3, 2017. The show will feature a compilation of works that span over 40 years, including watercolors, oils, acrylics, pen and ink, egg tempera, and encaustic. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 10, from 3-5 pm at the Worcester JCC. All are welcome; refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org.
For more information, e-mail ngreenberg@worcesterjcc.org or call 508-756-7109x232.

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.

Worcester Jazz Collective
Wednesday, 9/20/2017 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.

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.

Author Visit with Jarrett Krosoczka
Tuesday, 9/26/2017 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - Free
Join us for a fun visit with "New York Times" bestselling childrens book author/illustrator and Worcester native Jarrett Krosoczka.

Perseverance, optimism and above all a talent for visual storytelling are traits that have benefited Jarrett J. Krosoczka in his pursuit to become the award-winning author-illustrator he is today. From picture books that capture the raucous behavior of exploring your creative side and letting your imagination run wild, to a graphic novel series that follows the exploits of a super-hero Lunch Lady, all thirty-three books Jarrett has created in just fifteen years as a published author/illustrator, are infused with humor, heart, and a respect for his readers. Its these qualities, too, that attract young readers (and listeners) to his books, from "Punk Farm" to "Platypus Police Squad: Never Say Narwhal", and making them perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores.

Join us for Jarrett's Developing Character workshop on Tuesday, September 26 at 3:30 p.m. in the Saxe Room of the Main Library.

The doors will open for the event promptly at 3:15 p.m. Tickets for entrance will be given out beginning at 3 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. This event is free and open to the public. Overflow seating will be available in the Children’s Room.
For more information, e-mail events@worcpublib.org.

No Human is Illegal: A Conversation with Naomi Shihab Nye on Breaking Down Walls with Poetry
Thursday, 9/28/2017 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA - Free
How we can join together across borders of all kinds to build vibrant communities? This question is at the heart Naomi Shihab Nyes poems. It is also the question that will serve as the focus of No Human is Illegal, a community conversation with Naomi Shihab Nye on Thursday, September 28, 2017.
This event is sponsored by The Clemente Course in the Humanities, Worcester, with support from Mass Humanities and the Worcester Art Museum. Now in its fourth year serving Worcester, Clemente offers accredited college-level instruction to educationally and economically disadvantaged adults at no cost. Participants study literature, art history, moral philosophy, and U.S. History in a welcoming community setting.
Sponsored by: The Worcester Clemente Course in the Humanities
For more information, e-mail lknoles@gmail.com.

Glassblowing Pumpkins
Friday, 9/29/2017 6:30 PM-9:30 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 pumpkin from glass gathered out of a 2100-degree furnace. Students will choose their own colors and instructors will guide the class through the steps from gathering to applying colors, from blowing out the bubble to spinning it open to create each unique floppy shape. 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.

Family Clay Day
Saturday, 9/30/2017 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA - $10 per participant
Come explore ceramics at the Worcester Center for Crafts! Guided by a ceramics instructor, learn a few techniques and create your own masterpiece. $10 per participant includes a pound of ceramic clay, instruction, glaze options and firing! Pre-registration is encouraged, and drop-in participants are welcome to join provided there is space in the studio. Finished pieces will be available for pick up after firing on a date TBD.
For more information, e-mail wccregistration@worcester.edu or call 508-753-8183x301.

Hand Lettering Make-and-Takes with Artist C.J. Kennedy
Saturday, 9/30/2017 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.

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.

October 2017

Lincoln and FDR: Wartime Presidents
Tuesday, 10/3/2017 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
John OToole, historian and educator, presents Lincoln and FDR: Wartime Presidents. We will learn of Lincolns struggle to find a team of generals who would take and keep the offensive against the Confederacy until victory regardless of cost in blood and treasure. Then, we will hear about FDR and his two wars against the Great Depression, with his New Deal and as the leader of the Allied struggle against Hitlers Germany and Imperial Japan.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

Moon Festival
Friday, 10/6/2017 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, Gymnasium, 65 Tainter St, Worcester, MA - Free Admission
Sponsored by: Southeast Asian Coalition, NaviCare, Fallon Community Health Plan, Le Hong Attorneys At Law. LLC, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts, Worcester Public Schools, Worcester Arts Council, UMass Memorial Health Care, Family Health Center of Worcester
For more information, e-mail trnguyen@seacma.org or call 508-791-4373.

Sing-a-long with the Southborough Senior Songsters
Tuesday, 10/10/2017 2:00 AM-3:00 PM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
Jim and Linda Duncan return to Briarwood for a Sing-Along with the Southborough Senior Songsters. Their rousing program will include many soloists and will also have a song book for each person in the audience.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

OnTrend Fall Craft Fair
Saturday, 10/14/2017 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Hadley Town Commons, Route 9, Hadley, MA - FREE
Join us on the historic Hadley Town Commons on October 14 for our Fall Craft Fair! Dozens of New Englands top indie crafters will be in western Mass selling their high-quality handmade goods. Shoppers will find handcrafted jewelry, soaps, candles, wood crafts, house wares, body care products, cards, prints, knitted apparel, and much more!
Sponsored by: OnTrend Crafts
For more information, e-mail jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

Hand Lettering Make-and-Takes with Artist C.J. Kennedy
Saturday, 10/14/2017 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.

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