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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

Dirty Gerund Poetry Show! Downstairs Every Monday Night at 8pm!
Mondays, 12/6/2010 - 12/31/2014 9:00 PM-2:00 AM
Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St, Worcester, MA - No Cover
Sponsored by: Worcester Arts Council
For more information, e-mail ralphspromo@gmail.com.

Dirty Gerund Poetry & Variety Show
Mondays, 5/5/2014 - 12/29/2014 9:00 PM-11:30 PM
Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St, Worcester, MA - $3 Suggested Donation
Spoken Word, Poetry, Music, Visual Arts and Ruckus collide to create an innovative, fast paced variety show that ain't your grandma's poetry reading. Open Mic, Featured Performers, Live Painting, House Band, Snack Time and Bonus Ruckus Challenges make Monday's Fun and Inspiring! Hosted by Nicholas Earl Davis and Alex Charalambides. 21 plus.

Coming soon:
4/28/14 - Wheelock College Flatline Troupe Performance Poet & Teaching Artist LISSA PIERCY. Emily Dickinson on Helium Challenge!

5/5/14 - Poet, Funny Man & local grocer legend JOE FUSCO JR. House band by JEFF BELLEMER and "Laureate or Worcester Poet or Both?" Guess Challenge!

5/12/14 - 2014 Cantab Slam Team Member MELISSA NEWMAN EVANS. House band by TRUDEL & FARNHAM. Plus IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS "DAVIS vs. CLAUSS"

5/19/14 - NYC Slam Poet TONYA INGRAM (by way of LA) on tour! House band by GEOFF OEHLING.

5/26/14 - MassART Poetry Alliance Organizer & Flat-Line Poetry Collective Performer KALEIGH HEINHOLD. House band by MOLLY & THE ADAMS.
For more information, e-mail nicholasearldavis@gmail.com.

September 2014

Worcester Revolution of 1774
Sunday, 9/7/2014 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Institute Park, Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA - Free
Celebrate Worcester's role in the American Revolution with a series of events and partnerships between Worcester Historical Museum and Worcester area cultural institutions.

Specifically for Sunday, September 7: A Re-enactment of the expulsion of British magistrates from the Crown-controlled Worcester County courts. Events at Salisbury Mansion, American Antiquarian Society, Tuckerman Hall, Worcester Area Mission Society, The Oaks, and Institute Park.

For a schedule and more information: www.revolution1774.org

For more information call 508.753.8278.

Sponsored by: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Worcester Arts Council
For more information, e-mail info@worcesterhistory.net or call 508-753-8278.

Sunday, 9/7/2014 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Institute Park, Humboldt Avenue side, near the intersection with Salisbury Street, corner Salisbury Street and Humboldt Avenue, Worcester, MA - Free and open to the pubic
Worcester looked nothing like it does today when, months before the battles of Lexington and Concord, over 4,000 Worcester County militiamen closed the Worcester County Court House in September of 1774, ending British rule in Worcester County forever. On September 7th, as part of the Worcester Revolution of 1774 festivities, Preservation Worcester will offer two bus tours that will help participants imagine the historical personages, the setting, and the scene of the historic closing of the courts.

The Closing of the Courts tours are free of charge and are offered on a first come, first served basis. Each tour will depart from and return to the same point on the Humboldt Avenue side of Institute Park, near the intersection with Salisbury Street.

The route of the tour includes a stop on Worcester Common with a visit to the Timothy Bigelow Monument and a look at the site where Isaiah Thomas read the Declaration of Independence aloud to the public for the first time in New England on July 14th, 1776. Participants will discover not only where the Worcester County Court House was located in 1774 but also see the Main Street site where Crown-appointed court house officials were forced to walk the gauntlet, denying their allegiance to the King of England. The route also includes a look at the exterior of the building where the closing of the courts actually took place  the Second Worcester County Court House, which was dismantled and reconstructed on Massachusetts Avenue in 1899.

Worcester Revolution of 1774 is a free day of celebration for Worcester County residents and visitors to participate in the recognition of the major roles played by our early residents in the break with Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

Learn more about the Worcester Revolution of 1774 and the days events at the website: www.revolution1774.org For additional event information, contact Michael Fishbein via email: mfishbein@revolution1774.org or visit: www.revolution1774.org.

Sponsored by: Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Mass Humanities, Worcester Arts Council, Preservation Worcester
For more information, e-mail info@preservationworcester.org or call 508-754-8760.

The 2014 Moon Festival
Friday, 9/12/2014 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, 65 Tainter St, Worcester, MA - FREE ADMISSION
This is an event for families and their children, which is open to the entire community and is free of charge. There will be free refreshments, community resource tables, an origami and crafts table, free lanterns for children 13 and under and free moon cakes for all attendants to taste.

We will have several raffles throughout the night for hand-made lanterns, gift cards, and gift baskets.

There will also be popular characters from Nickelodeon to perform a dance with the children, several cultural performances including the Worcester Youth Nian Dance (WYND) group from the Youth Effect program. A traditional lantern parade led by the WYND Lions will end the Festival.

The celebration of the Moon Festival, which traditionally falls on a full moon, symbolizes the completion of the harvest season.

Originally, the Moon Festival came about as a way for parents to make up for lost

time with their children after the harvest.

The harvesting season is usually done by September (August in the Lunar calendar). After spending many weeks working hard in the fields away from their families, parents were anxious to spend time with their children, doing something special together, while also celebrating the harvest.
Sponsored by: The Southeast Asian Coalition
For more information, e-mail info@seacma.org or call 508-791-4373.

Grant Writing Workshop
Tuesday, 9/23/2014 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Worcester City Hall, Levi Lincoln Conference Room, 3rd Floor, 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA - Free and open to the public
Grant Writing Workshop for all individuals/organizations interested in applying for funds through the Worcester Arts Council's LCC grant program. Great opportunity to meet members of the Council who will be reviewing applications and ask questions to ensure your submit a strong proposal.
For more information, e-mail culture@worcestermass.org.

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