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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.

Canal District Horse and Wagon Tours
Thursdays, 7/3/2014 - 8/21/2014 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Crompton Building, 192 Harding Street, Worcester, MA - FREE!
Come join trained interpreters and guides from South High as they tell the farm to factory story that made Worcester the city it is today. The tours begin at 5 pm and end at 7:30 pm, and leave every half hour. Yes! These are real live horses driving through Kelley Square! There's lots of history to uncover here in Worcester. Come join us!

Worcester’s Blackstone Canal Horse and Wagon Tours are made possible by: The Canal District Alliance, The Worcester Arts Council, The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, The Committee on Youth Philanthropy at South High School, This is MYCity!© and 21 Canal District Businesses. “This program is supported in part by The Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”

For more information, e-mail wagontours@gmail.com.

July 2014

Kick-off for the Crown Hill/Congress Alley Mural with artist Sue Champeny
Thursday, 7/24/2014 - Friday, 7/25/2014 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Worcester Pop Up, 38 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA
Join artist Susan Champeny for a FREE community painting session for a new 900 square foot mural that will be installed in the Crown Hill Historic District in early September. The mural will depict the history, architecture and creative music of this neighborhood that is 4 blocks west of downtown.

Thursday and Friday - Drop in and paint for as long or as little as you like or just spectate and encourage others as they create. We will be working from 1PM-5PM, open to all!

You are INVITED to come and paint. Ages 5-adult are welcome. All paint and brushes are provided. No art skills required, just a willingness to have fun and help make the Creative City happen.

This project is supported in part by the Worcester Arts Council, the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association, and the Raven Music Hall.
For more information, e-mail jen@jennilesart.com.

Wood block printing workshop with Corinne Rhodes
Saturday, 7/26/2014 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Worcester PopUp Gallery, 38 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA - Free
Corrine is an artist/printmaker and she brings us this community printmaking workshop. She will do a woodcut printing demonstration and a monotype printing workshop with non-toxic materials and easy clean up (with water). She will also have prints for sale. This will be lots of fun for all ages and skill levels. Free.
For more information, e-mail jen@jennilesart.com.

August 2014

Staged Reading with Paul DeDomenico
Thursday, 8/7/2014 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
Worcester Pop Up, 38 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA - Free
Paul will present a staged reading of an original play.
For more information, e-mail jen@jennilesart.com.

Grant Writing Workshop
Wednesday, 8/20/2014 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Worcester City Hall, Levi Lincoln Conference Room, 3rd Floor, 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA - FREE and open to public
Grant Writing Workshop for individuals/organizations interested in applying for funds through the Worcester Arts Council LCC grant program. Great opportunity to meet members of the council who will be reviewing applications and ask questions to ensure you submit a strong proposal.
For more information, e-mail ArtsCouncil@worcestermass.org.

Worcester Film Works: Movies on the Common Summer 2014
Thursday, 8/21/2014
Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA - Free and open to the public
Save the Date! Worcester Film Works returns to the Worcester Common Oval! FREE movie third Thursday of the month for June, July and August! Stay tuned for additional details coming soon!
For more information, e-mail culture@worcestermass.org.

Third Thursdays-Movies on the Common Presents Finding Nemo
Thursday, 8/21/2014 6:30 PM-11:00 PM
Worcester City Common & Plaza, Main St, Worcester, MA - Movies are free. Food and Beverages for sale
Las Mariposas Productions (LMP) and Worcester Film Works (WFW) are happy to announce the 4th annual Movies on the Common series. The new season brings the free presentation of The Big Lebowski on June 19th, The Goonies on July 17th, and Finding Nemo on August 21st to the historic landmark. Rain dates are scheduled for the following Thursdays. 2014 offers new music and food trucks, and an added beer garden. These added festivities will help LMP and WFW reach their goal of 1,000 people at each film. The two groups ask for the public’s help with this mission as well.

Pepper’s Fine Catering is generously hosting the beer garden on June 19th and July 17th. Libations will be sold on the back plaza of City Hall and only adults 21 years of age and older will be allowed to enter. Starting at 6pm, folks of all ages can enjoy a great selection of delish eats from food trucks serving on Franklin Street. The lineup includes VESTA Mobile Wood-Fired Pizza, Wooberry Frozen Yogurt, The Dogfather, and Away Café Mobile Kitchen. Music begins at 6pm and movies at dusk.

Updates will be available throughout the season at www.worcesterfilmworks.org or www.lasmariposasprod.org.

Third Thursdays-Movies on the Common is sponsored in part by: Bay State Savings Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Commerce Bank. It is also supported by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council.
Sponsored by: Sponsored in part by: Bay State Savings Bank, Worcester Arts Council
For more information, e-mail info@lasmariposasprod.org.

Flamenco Dancing with Edmy Ortiz
Thursday, 8/28/2014 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Worcester Pop Up, 38 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA - Free
A free dance Flamenco class and a dance demonstration by Edmy's flamenco students. Edmy is the instructor and leader of Flamenco Worcester, a group of flamenco aficionados, students and performers building a community of dancers in Central Massachusetts. Save the date! More details to follow.
For more information, e-mail jen@jennilesart.com.

Learn to belly dance with Eve Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Company
Saturday, 8/30/2014 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Worcester PopUp Gallery, 38 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA - Free
Belly dance for every body! The Eve Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Company is a community of women from Central Massachusetts of all every shape, size, age, ethnicity, eccentricity and shoe size. Every woman can learn to bellydance, all you need to bring are feet. Get wiggling and giggling with greater Worcesters funtabulous ladies of Eve.

Come to the Worcester PopUp for one of their exciting, fun, family-friendly educational presentation and workshop where YOU learn to belly dance. You dont need dance experience; every woman can belly dance, and individuals with a wide range of disabilities can be accommodated. Come down and experience this liberating and fun activity.Tribal Belly Dance reclaims belly dances ancient traditional roots in Indian, Spanish, Central Asian & African dance. The performers blend these with an urban feel for an edgy, ethnic flavor. Tribal belly dancers wear striking, opulent costumes derived from many of these influences.
For more information, e-mail jen@jennilesart.com.

September 2014

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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