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 April 9-11th
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
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Disney's Beauty
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April 30th - May 2nd
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In this issue...
A Song for You
Charles Olson Centenary
Hearts for the Arts
Latino Film Festival
Brown Bags are Back
Lighten Up Loretta
Porgy & Bess at Hanover
Dear Abby
AAS Adopt a Book
Think Thursday
Woo-gle for Google!
Last chance for First Night
March 24 - April 6, 2010 
Sue Natoli
A Song for You
Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, 203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn, invites you to join local legend Sue Natoli along with special guest the Hale Sisters as they perform live for the 22nd Annual Cabaret Fundraiser - A Song for You, this weekend. Natoli has sung alongside such greats as Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett. She had the leading role in Broadway's Hair and was a finalist in the Miss America Pageant for Massachusetts. Performances at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, March 26th and Saturday, March 27th. Also enjoy raffles and silent auction items, as well as complimentary refreshments. Tickets available online or by calling Pakachoag at 508 791-8159. Save $2 off tickets with your WOO Card.Public WOO Card


Charles OlsonCelebrating Charles

The Worcester County Poetry Association invites you to join them in celebrating Worcester born poet Charles Olson at the Charles Olson Centenary Conference, March 24th - 27th. WCPA will celebrate not only Olson's epic poems, but also commemorate his reputation as a friend, as a person whose home and heart were open, and who helped the people -including young writers, around him. Highlights of the poet's 100th anniversary celebration will include workshops, performances, film and a day long symposium. A complete schedule of events is available online.
Hearts for the ArtsHearts for the Arts  
You've heard the expression 'wear your heart on your sleeve'? How about hanging your heart on a wall? or displaying it on a shelf? You won't want to miss Hearts for the Arts - a fundraiser to support the arts and other programs in the Worcester Public Schools on Friday, March 26th at 55 Pearl, 5-8 p.m. The gala will include a silent auction of some fifty basswood hearts which have been carved, painted or otherwise embellished by area artists. There will be a preview of auction items 4-5 p.m. Admission is $15.
Latino Film FestivalFour fine flicks 
Centros Las Americas 15th Annual Latino Film Festival gets into full swing this week - presenting four featured films, all in Spanish with English subtitles, at Clark University's Cinema 320, 950 Main Street through Sunday, March 28th. This year's festival offers award winning documentaries, dramas, drama-comedies and political dramas from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico. View trailers for The Headless Woman, GiganteCementerio del Papel, and Agustin's Newspaper along with full film fest schedule online. Save $2 off admission with your WOO Card.Public WOO Card
Brown Bags are back
The spring Brown Bag Concert Series continues at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street,Ball in the House Wednesdays, March 24th (TODAY) and March 31st. Catch the Beantown Swing Orchestra at 12 noon TODAY - featuring American Idol finalist John Stevens, the Beantown Swing is one of the hottest and hippest swing bands in the Northeast. Next week catch Ball in the House (pictured) - a tour de force of vocal sounds quickly establishing itself as one of the most-loved acts in the a cappella community today. Produced by Mechanics Hall and WICN Public Radio, the Brown Bag concerts begin at 12 noon. Admission is free. Bring your own lunch or purchase one at the hall.
Loretta LaRocheThe lovely Loretta!
Lose your worries at Hanover Theater, 2 Southbridge Street, on Friday, March 26th when public television's own stress expert - Loretta LaRoche- takes the stage for one night only! With her contemporary wit and a hearty dose of old-world wisdom, Loretta's Lighten Up! tour brings a breath of fresh air for everyone who is suffocating in our techno crazed, germ-phobic, go-go-go world! Tickets available online or by calling the Hanover Box Office at 1-877-571-SHOW (7469). Save on tickets with your WOO Card.Public WOO Card

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Coming Up in Culture
March 24th - Participatory ritual stupa making workshop at Cantor Art Gallery in conjunction with Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity & Islam exhibit
March 24th - Tastefully Tower Hill at Tower Hill Botanic Garden Public WOO Card
March 24th - Keith Kirchoff Electro-Acoustic Piano Concert at Clark University's Razzo Hall 

March 27th - Meet Catalina de Erauso - Woman Warrior in the New World at Higgins Armory
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March 28th - Joy of Music Program presents the JOMP Faculty Piano Trio
April 1st - Submission deadline for Worcester County Poetry Association's Poetry Contest
Thru April 1st - FOCUS: One Icon Exhibition - Kaza Mother of God at the Museum of Russian Icons Public WOO Card 
April 8th - Opening Reception for Wormtown Rocks at WAM Public WOO Card 
April 9th - Poe's Mask Ball at the Worcester Public Library
April 9th - New England Brass Band performs at the 10th Annual Sundberg Memorial Concert at Wesley United Methodist Church
April 16 - May 2nd - Worcester County Light Opera Company performs The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical
April 23rd - Music Worcester hosts the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra at Mechanics Hall Public WOO Card 
April 30th - International Wine & Food Festival at Higgins Armory Museum
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May 16th - stART on the Street Spring Edition coming to North Main Street
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Visit the Worcester Cultural Coalition's online calendar often for more information abaout these and many, many other cultural happenings!
Porgy & BessPorgy & Bess 
Music Worcester presents the Michael Capasso production of the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - a drama of love, murder, and hope on Catfish Row, which springs to teeming life in a dazzling 75th anniversary tour.  Catch any of two performances at the Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street on Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28, at either 3 p.m. or 8 p.m. This is a brand new production with riveting choreography and glamorous costumes. Approved by the Gershwin Estate, produced by veteran opera impresario Michael Capasso, General Manager of New York's Dicapo Opera Theatre, in association with noted producer Willette Murphy Klausner, ("Three Mo' Tenors"). Porgy & Bess is directed by the brilliant African American Charles Randolph-Wright ("Mama I Want To Sing"). Don't miss this celebration of America's most beloved opera, with a stellar all African American cast of sensational performers. Tickets available online or by calling the Hanover Box Office at 1-877-571-SHOW (7469).
Dear AbbyDear Abby 
The Worcester Women's History Project will host a dramatic new presentation of letters and conversations of Abby Kelley Foster and Stephen Foster and their daughter Alla in Dear Abby on Sunday, March 28th at the Worcester Public Library, Main Branch, Salem Square at 2:30 p.m. Lynne McKenney Lydick, Tom Lydick and their daughter Madeline McKenney-Lydick will perform the piece which was written by Carolyn Howe and Lynne McKenney Lydick. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
AAS Adopt a BookAdopt a book at AAS
Have you always wanted to 'own' a piece of history? You won't want to miss the American Antiquarian Society's, 185 Salisbury Street, Adopt-a-Book program on Tuesday, March 30th from 6-8 p.m. You'll have the opportunity to view newly acquired rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, prints and other historic items that have found a home at AAS. Then adopt one or more of these materials in your name, a friend's name or in memory of special person. An AAS curator will use the gift to buy something equally interesting in the coming year. The AAS library aims to collect one copy of everything printed in America through the nation's centennial in 1876. The annual Adopt-a-Book event is a way the public can help AAS acquire the items lacking, while learning more about historic printed materials and the inner workings of a major American library. Admission is $30 with drinks and hors d'oeuvres included.
Think Thursday
In conjunction with Worcester's The Big Read during the month of April, the Worcester Public Library invites you to its new Think Thursday Brown Bag Lunch Series - Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. The series starts April 8th with Tell-tale (of your) Heart (with special guest Sara Connor of UMass Memorial Healthcare to talk heart health). The series will continue every Thursday: April 15th - Facts in the case... Truth is Stranger than Fiction 1 (with special guests WPD Deputy Chief Ed McGinn and Capt. Roger Steele present tales of fascinating true mysteries and detective work; April 22nd - Facts in the case... Truth is Stranger than Fiction 2; and April 29th - A Descent into... madness? (discussion about mental illness). All presentations will be held starting at 12:15 p.m. in the Banx Room of the Main Library Branch. Free admission and open to the public.
Woogle for GoogleWoo-gle for Google!
The City of Worcester is submitting an application to Google for consideration as a pilot location for installation of an ultra high-speed broadband network. Google's new network is expected to deliver Internet speed more than 100 times faster than what most Americans can access today and offer service at a competitive price. The goal is to make Internet access better and faster for everyone. Please join us in our effort to "woo" Google (or Woo-gle for Google!) by showcasing all that our community can offer in this venture. Additional details about how you can support the City's application can be found online.
Last chance for First Night 
It's hard to imagine given that spring has only just officially sprung, but First Night Worcester is already in the throws of planning for its big annual celebration to be staged Friday, December 31st! In fact, performers have until an April 9th deadline to submit an application to participate in the festivities. Performers of nearly any type of music, and/or interactive, visual mediums are encouraged to apply. All submissions must include a CD, DVD, video or weblink. Application forms can be downloaded online.
WOO Winners 
Congratulations to Joyce McGregor of Northborough - winner of two tickets to see A Chorus Line at Hanover Theatre, to Scott Lambert of Holden - winner of two tickets to see Loretta LaRoche at Hanover Theatre and to Gabriele Goszcz of Auburn - winner of two passes to the Song for You Cabaret at Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester. Where are you going to WOO to win?