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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.

Sip & Stitch Saturdays. Every Saturday at 2PM
Saturdays, 9/30/2017 - 11/4/2017 2:00 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.

October 2017

Marylou Hannon of Art Matters presents Gauguin
Tuesday, 10/24/2017 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, an art education and awareness program, will discuss the life and work of renowned intellectualist and artist Paul Gauguin. A self-described savage, Gauguin was a shameless opportunist as well as a champion for human rights. Traveling around the globe, he led an adventurous life that influenced his innovative art.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

Breakfast Club
Saturday, 10/28/2017 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Worcester Public Library Tatnuck Branch, 1083 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA - Free
Enjoy breakfast with us while we talk about our favorite books!
We'll choose one MCBA-nominated book per month and chat about it over juice, chocolate milk and doughnuts. No need to read the book before attending - all are welcome.

The Massachusetts Children's Book Award Program encourages children in grades 4-6 to read great books. It also gives children a chance to voice their opinion and choose the book they think deserves to be named the MCBA book of the year.

Open to grades 4-6.
For more information, e-mail hohara@mywpl.org or call 508-799-8329.

Hand Lettering Make-and-Takes with Artist C.J. Kennedy
Saturday, 10/28/2017 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.

Get The Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin
Saturday, 10/28/2017 8:00 PM-10:30 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - Tickets are $32, $38 and $45 depending on seat location
See Discover Central Mass website for details.
For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.

Pianist Malcolm Halliday
Tuesday, 10/31/2017 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 Malcolm Halliday returns from Mexico in a solo program featuring music from classical to jazz and cabaret. Composers include Chopin, Schubert, Debussy and Confrey, as well as works by other composers celebrating Halloween and the season of autumn.
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com or call 508-852-9007.

November 2017

Hand Lettering Make-and-Takes with Artist C.J. Kennedy
Saturday, 11/4/2017 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.

Healing Fibers: Indeginous Art & Activism
Saturday, 11/4/2017 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow Street, Worcester, MA - FREE
this is an art exhibit and a forum for activism. please read and respond to call to artists on fb page. Artists' reception is on the 4th of Nov. but there will be speakers every weekend between 1-4 pm.
For more information, e-mail bayda.asbridge@gmail.com.

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
Monday, 11/13/2017 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - Tickets are $28.50, $38.50, $88.50 and $108.50 depending on seat locations.
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox has spent the past few years amassing more than 690 million YouTube views and 2.6 million subscribers, performed on Good Morning America, topped iTunes and Billboard charts and played hundreds of shows to packed-house crowds around the world. As NPR put it, theyve done this by taking current Top 40 hits and re-imagining them as coming from older eras of popular music. In one such remake, Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox turned Miley Cyrus We Cant Stop into a doo-wop ditty thats garnered nearly 17 million views. Last year, they envisioned Radioheads alt-rock hit Creep as a torch-like ballad thats racked up over 30 million views and was named one of the 9 Best Viral Cover Videos of 2015 by People magazine. Multi-Grammy winning artist Lorde praised Postmodern Jukeboxs vintage take on her hit single, Royals, which has been viewed over 18 million times, as her favorite.

Bradlee, the mastermind behind the group, has turned Postmodern Jukebox into a juggernaut by building an incredible grassroots movement around the act. He continues to pick the songs, create the arrangements and shows, and puts together the performers - which includes some notable names alongside phenomenal, undiscovered talent. The group releases a new video every week, each one shot in the casual environment of Bradlees living room where he can often be seen playing piano in the background.

Tickets are $28.50, $38.50, $88.50 and $108.50 depending on seat locations. Discounts available for members and groups of 10 or more. Please contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.
For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org.

Breakfast Club
Saturday, 11/18/2017 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Worcester Public Library Tatnuck Branch, 1083 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA - Free
Enjoy breakfast with us while we talk about our favorite books!
We'll choose one MCBA-nominated book per month and chat about it over juice, chocolate milk and doughnuts. No need to read the book before attending - all are welcome.

The Massachusetts Children's Book Award Program encourages children in grades 4-6 to read great books. It also gives children a chance to voice their opinion and choose the book they think deserves to be named the MCBA book of the year.

Open to grades 4-6.
For more information, e-mail hohara@mywpl.org or call 508-799-8329.

Hand Lettering Make-and-Takes with Artist C.J. Kennedy
Saturday, 11/18/2017 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.

Garrison Keillor: Just Passing Through
Saturday, 11/18/2017 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - Tickets are $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 and $69.50 depending on seat location. Discounts are available for members and groups of 10 or more. Please contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.
Garrison Keillor captivates with his signature blend of humor, charisma and wisdom as he shares his journey to becoming one of Americas greatest storytellers. 

Keillor regaled audiences for more than 40 years as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, and he continues to bring stories to life on public radios The Writers Almanac. A best-selling author, he has published more than two dozen books of fiction and poetry, and his unique works have earned him honors including Grammy, ACE and Peabody awards, as well as the National Humanities Medal and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Crowds are instantly drawn in by Keillors soothing, hypnotic voice, whimsical vignettes and homespun brand of humor. Sharing his passion for everything from creativity and literacy to the great journey of life, Keillor entertains with a sage yet wry perspective, inspiring with kernels of wisdom audiences carry long after he has left the stage.

For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org.

The Nutcracker
Friday, 11/24/2017 - Sunday, 11/26/2017
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester, MA - Tickets are $28, $34 and $40 depending on seat location.
See Discover Central Massachusetts website.
For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.

Fear No Art, Wine & Design ~ Elegant Winter Wreath
Tuesday, 11/28/2017 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water Street, Worcester, MA - $25 (see description)
Fear No Art, Wine & Design. We will be having fun creating a Elegant Winter Wreath. And while getting your creativity on, sip on some great drinks and enjoy delicious food (separate purchase). Each piece of art you creative will look wonderful in your home, or give as a gift. The cost is $25 which includes a glass of wine.
To Sign up or for More Information call Donna @ 508-527-7306 or email donnafearnoart@gmail.com
Walk-ins welcome join us come have fun!
For more information, e-mail thecanal@hotmail.com.

Paint Nite @ Canal ~ Enjoy & Create!
Thursday, 11/30/2017 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Canal Restaurant & Bar, 65 Water Street, Worcester, MA - See Webpage Link Below
Come "Enjoy" an evening and "Create" a memorable evening painting with friends at The Canal Restaurant & Bar. Come early and enjoy some of our dinner and drink specials prior to the event.
For more information, e-mail thecanal@hotmail.com.

December 2017

Ceramic Votive Luminaries (ages 6-17)
Saturday, 12/2/2017 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA - $30
The first offering in our youth Holiday Workshop Series, the ceramic votive luminary workshop will introduce students to the techniques needed to make handbuilt pierced vessels. Each student will be able to make 2-3 small luminaries and glaze them to be fired. Items will be fired and you will be notified when they are available for pick-up.
For more information, e-mail wccregistration@worcester.edu or call 508-753-8183x301.

stART at the Station
Sunday, 12/3/2017 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Grand Hall at Union Station, 34 Washington Square, Worcester, MA - Free
stART on the Street brings its 12th annual gifting-themed arts and crafts festival to Worcesters Union Station at 2 Washington Square on Sunday, December 3, from 11  5pm {stART your holiday shopping ahead of the crowds from 9-11am for a $15 admission fee} Admission free starting at 11am.

Browse through 100 Artists and Crafters in the Grand Hall and then take a stroll around the Concourse where 35 more Artists and Crafters will be selling their wares. As with all stART events, artists and crafters create only handmade goods. Wares will range range from textiles, pottery, stained glass, and fine jewelry to photography, pet wares, holiday cards, ornaments, terrariums and so much more.

Union Stations restaurants will offer a full bar and a light menu during the event. Lucianos Cotton Club, inside Union Stations Grand Hall, will also host a football lounge, so shoppers wont have to chose between buying local and catching the game.
Parking is available for $1 at the Union Station garage and free in municipal lots, and there is an ATM on site.
stART at the Station is sponsored in part by the WOO pass.
For more information, e-mail drelynn2000@yahoo.com.

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