CWW: Geller Jazz Nightclub at Clark Tonight!

information via Clark Arts:

Tonight from 8pm-10pm at Higgins University Center, The Grind

Rising star saxophonist, composer and bandleader Sharel Cassity is quickly Making waves on the New York and international jazz scenes with her sophisticated and soulful style of playing. She has two albums out and a third on the way as a leader, and has appeared at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Iridium, the Newport Jazz Festival and Dizzys Club Coca Cola. Besides performing with her own band, Sharel is currently a sideman with some of the most renowned jazz artists today including Jimmy Heath, Nicholas Payton, Joe Chambers, Orrin Evans, the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars, Darcy James Argue and Diva. So, join us for an evening of exciting jazz, sweetened with an ice cream sundae bar!

PERFORMANCE IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE ESTATE OF SELMA B. GELLER.

Also in upcoming music –

Worcester Chamber Music Society will have its first Worcester concert of the season on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 PM at the First Baptist Church. If you cannot afford the tickets, there are a limited number of passes available through the Friends of Worcester Public Library, with thanks to the generosity of the Keil family.

And for lovers of chamber music — there will be a concert on Friday, September 26, from 7:30 PM-9:00 PM at Clark’s Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall. More info here.

CWW: Big Dipper & Juneteenth Festivals on Saturday

2014 Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Elm Park, Worcester
$5 for ages 10 and up
$1 for ages 4 – 9
FREE for 3 and under

The ice cream is such a good deal and there are a lot of activities for the kids.  Highly recommended, especially if you believe in feeding children the occasional all-ice-cream lunch.

Also on Saturday: the Juneteenth Festival at Institute Park, from 1-7pm.

(Photo: Scoops, a Creative Common Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licensed image from LA Wad’s photostream.)

CWW: Free Fun Fridays, Week 1

Every year, the Highland Street Foundation offers free admission at different museums and cultural venues on Fridays in the summer.

This Friday is the first Free Fun Friday, and offers admission to the following venues:

Worcester Art Museum
Tanglewood (registration info on the website)
Franklin Park Zoo
Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Sports Museum Boston
MassMoCAMIT Museum

Also of note:

Next Wednesday, July 2, the deCordova Museum will have free admission!

Discovery Museums in Acton are free every Friday evening in the summer.

And if you need more tips on saving on museums, please visit my page (and send me suggestions as needed).

 

CWW: TouchTomorrow and Day of Play this weekend

TouchTomorrow will be held Saturday, June 14, from 10am to 4pm throughout the WPI campus.

We attended a couple of years ago and it was sooo good.  Highly recommended!

Take a look at the website for a full list of events.

On Saturday as well (Sunday rain date) from 11am-5pm, the third annual Worcester Day of Play will be held at Elm Park.  You can find a schedule of events on their website.

CWW: Boylston Book Sale

The Friends of the Boylston Public Library will be having their annual booksale on Memorial Day, May 30 from 9am-2pm.  (Special preview sale is from 8am-9am; cost is $20.)

I cannot recommend this booksale enough.

The selection is great, the prices are pretty good, the library is adorable, and the sale is part of a larger Memorial Day commemoration.  There’s a big fair on the common, an extremely cute parade down the street, bouncy castles, cotton candy, popcorn, etc.

And — conveniently down the road in Northboro — the First Parish Northboro has a Memorial Day Fair from 11am-3pm, with a book sale, plant sale, and the best strawberry shortcake ever.  (The biscuits are amazing!!)

So — hit the Boylston book sale, have a run or two through an inflatable attraction, then go to Northboro for more books and strawberry shortcake.

Of course, none of this is to diminish from the whole point of Memorial Day, which was originally established to remember those who died in the Civil War.

There are some official Memorial Day commemorations in Worcester.  Please attend one (or more):

Water Ceremony – Sunday, May 25, 2014, 2:00 PM at Elm Park. Registration is at 1:15 PM at the corner of Russell and Highland Streets. A Water Ceremony honors Veterans who died at sea and/or have no traditional grave.

127th Memorial Day Observance Remembrance Ceremony – Monday, May 26, 2014, 9:00 AM at Hope Cemetery. Participants will meet at 8:45 AM inside the Main Gate for a short procession to the G.A.R. Veterans’ section (#45). Event will also include a speaking agenda and military tribute. This ceremony is an opportunity for the citizens of Worcester to honor its military heritage, its Veterans and those who are still serving our Country.

Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at Green Hill Park Wreath Laying Ceremony – Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Sponsored by the Perpetual Care Committee of the Memorial.

I know last year there had also been a ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial; if anyone knows if/when it will be this year, let me know.

CWW: Free Audiobook Downloads

If there’s a teenager in your life (or if you or anyone you know enjoy audiobooks), Audiobook Sync is once again offering two free audiobook downloads every week this summer!

This began last Thursday, and each selection is only available for a week, so if you see audiobooks you’d like, make a note on your calendar!

The schedule is as follows; they usually pair a contemporary book with a classic one:

May 15 – May 21
WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library)
THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library)

May 22 – May 28
CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio)
OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)

May 29 – June 4
CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio)
THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Richard E. Grant (Harper Audio)

June 5 – June 11
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio)
JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

June 12 – June 18
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio)
THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio)

June 19 – June 25
I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, Narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio)
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery, Narrated by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press)

June 26 – July 2
FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, Narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio)
OCTOBER MOURNING: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister (Brilliance Audio)

July 3 – July 9
TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

July 10 – July 16
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)
WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio)

July 17 – July 23
THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)

July 24 – July 30
HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)

July 31 – August 6
DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy, Narrated by Andrew Eiden (Scholastic Audio)
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books)

August 7 – August 13
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)

 

You can find free downloads of other kids’ books here, and plenty of books to read and listen to are available from the Worcester Public Library.