CWW: Library Book Sales

Friends of Shrewsbury Public Library will be holding a book sale in the former credit union next to the library:

Friday, April 4 from 10am-4pm
Saturday, April 5 from 9am-4pm
Sunday, April 6 from 1-4pm

Friends of Westborough Public Library will be holding monthly book sales in the Library Meeting Room on the following dates:

Friday, April 4 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 5 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 6 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Friday, May 2 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 4 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

CWW: Worcester Chamber Music Society Free Family Concert

Highly recommended — note that this was packed last year — so try to get there early!

Sergei Prokofiev PETER AND THE WOLF

March 2, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM Mechanics Hall, Worcester Massachusetts
Open admission, tickets and reservations are not required

A perennial favorite for children of all ages, Peter and the Wolf is a favorite introduction to classical music.  WCMS performs the Worcester premiere of local composer Serena Creary’s Thomas and His Imagination. Visit the “Art Gallery”  where there will be a display inspired by the music, created by the students at the Woodland Academy.

Receive a $2.00 discount coupon at the door for admission to the ECOTARIUM. Bring a new or gently used book to be donated to Reliant Medical Group Foundation’s Reach Out and Read program and be entered into a drawing to win a free family membership to the ECOTARIUM. Reception treats by CocoBeni Confections and Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts.

WCMS is committed to educating audiences of all ages. Our family concerts offer an opportunity for families with young children to experience the beauty and excitement of classical music together. We strive to make these concerts accessible to families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend.

Also this weekend in free classical music: piano master class with Simone Dinnerstein; more info here.

(Image: Peter and the Wolf, a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licensed image from Dave Bleasdale’s photostream.)

CWW: Valentine Making, Art, and Music

A few great events this weekend (and beyond!):

Friday night:
ArtsWorcester’s Tenth Annual College Show, Friday, February 7th, 6-8pm

Saturday, early afternoon:
Valentine Making Workshop at Crompton Collective, Saturday, February 8th, 12-1pm

According to local folklore Esther Howland, while a student at Mount Holyoke College in 1847, received an English valentine. This valentine would inspire her to begin selling valentines of her own design. For nearly 100 years Worcester was at the heart of the American valentine industry. Learn more about Worcester’s valentine story and make your own in the style of Esther Howland as Worcester Historical Museum and Crompton Collective partner for a special valentine workshop.

Saturday, mid-afternoon:
WCPA Elizabeth Bishop graveside poetry reading, Saturday, February 8th, 2-3pm
Hope Cemetery, 119 Webster Street Worcester

Need to locate her grave?  You can find it and those of other prominent residents of Hope on the Friends of Hope Cemetery website.

Sunday, mid-afternoon:
Harmonie Transverse Flute Ensemble, Sunday, February 9, 3pm, Trinity Lutheran Church

Tuesday night:
Some Like it Hot: Torch Songs Light up the Night, Tuesday, February 11, 7:30-8:30pm, Banx Room, WPL

Welcome daytime librarian and night-time ingenue, Jillian, as she and friends light up the night with Jazz standards and Torch songs. It might still be cold outside, but Some Like it Hot!

CWW: February African Music Series


 Every Thursday in February

a different musician specializing in traditional African Music.

Before each performance, the featured musician will give a lecture/demonstration in the Gallery of African Art.

Lecture/demonstrations 6:00-6:45
at Gallery of African Art |  62 High St Clinton MA

Music Performances 7:00-8:30
at Coffeelands Cafe | 50 High Street Clinton MA


Feb. 6 Yacouba Sissoko | Kora

Feb. 13 Balla Kouyate  |  Balafon

Feb. 20 Banning Eyre | African guitar styles

Feb. 27 Issa Coulibaly | Djembe

CWW: Free Admission to the Carle on February 1

It’s a bit far for some, but I wanted folks to know that the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst will have free admission this Saturday.  Details from their website:           

The Carle has teamed up with friends from First Book to observe their Friendiversary, an annual celebration of friendship and reading. So bring a friend and join us as we celebrate books with Elephant, Piggie and a host of other Museum friends, plus a FREE Elephant and Piggie book to the first 500 children who attend! Free books compliments of Disney Publishing Worldwide.

10:30 am                  Frog and Toad films in the Auditorium
11:00 am                  Storytime Program in the Reading Library
11:30 am                  Knuffle Bunny films in the Auditorium
12:30 pm                  Elephant and Piggie Appearance (15 min.)
1:00 pm                    Celebrate Lunar New Year with Grace Lin
2:00 pm                    Storytime Program in the Reading Library
2:30 pm                    Elephant and Piggie Appearance (15 min.)
3:30 pm                    Max & Ruby films in the Auditorium
4:00 pm                    Storytime Program in the Reading Library

Ongoing activities include: Picture book character tattoos in the Great Hall, Every Day Art Program (Bleezer’s Ice Cream) in the Art Studio, and Elephant and Piggie: Make your own pennant in the Great Hall.

CWW: Holy Cross Seelos Film Series Spring 2014

The College of the Holy Cross offers free movies most Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights at the Seelos Theater.  Full listing for the spring here.

(Parents, note that “Despicable Me 2″ will be playing the first weekend of February vacation!)

“Prisoners” Wed., Jan. 22: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhal, and Viola Davis. Keller Dover faces every parent’s worst nightmare when his daughter Anna goes missing.

“The World’s End” Fri., Jan. 24 and Sat., Jan. 25: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated R. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Martin Freeman.  Five childhood friends reunite to conquer an epic pub crawl from the past become humankind’s last hope for a future.

“The Hunt” Wed., Jan. 29: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Mads Mikkelson, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp.  Divorcé Lucas falls prey to a disturbing lie that tears his life apart.

“Fruitvale Station” Fri., Jan. 31 and Sat., Feb. 1: Showing at 7 p.m.  Rated R. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and Octavia Spencer.  Based on a true story, the story depicts the last day before 22-year old Oscar Grant III dies.

“The Butler” Wed., Feb. 5: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and John Cusack.  The movie follows White House butler Cecil Gaines who has served eight presidents over three decades during the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events.

“Rush” Fri., Feb. 7 and Sat., Feb. 8: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated R. Starring Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth, and Olivia Wilde. “Rush” is a recreation of the 1970s Formula 1 rivalry between handsome English playboy Hunt and his brilliant foe Lauda.

“Dallas Buyers Club” Wed., Feb. 12: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto.  Electrician, rodeo cowboy, and playboy Ron Woodroof receives the shock of a lifetime when he is diagnosed with AIDS and has 30 days to live.

“Despicable Me 2” Fri., Feb. 14 and Sat., Feb. 15: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG. Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Benjamin Bratt.  Former super-villain Gru is recruited by Anti-Villain League (AVL) to help with a mission to stop a powerful new villain.

“The Fifth Estate” Wed., Feb. 19: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Carice van Houten. Based on true events, the film exposes the corruption of power of the highly debated internet startup WikiLeaks.

“Captain Phillips” Fri., Feb. 21 and Sat., Feb. 22: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, and Barkhad Abdiraham.  Based on a true story, the film reenacts the relationship between Captain Phillips, commanding officer of the MV Maersk Alabama, and Somali captain Muse.

“The Attack” Wed., Feb. 26: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Ali Suliman, Uri Gavriel, and Reymond Amsalem.  Arab surgeon Amin Jaafari learns that his wife is responsible for a bombing leaving 19 dead, including herself.

“All is Lost” Wed., Mar. 12: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Robert Redford.  A sailor alone at sea wakes to find his yacht sinking after colliding with a shipping container.

“Gravity” Fri., Mar. 14 and Sat., Mar. 15: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, and Ed Harris.  After a terrifying accident, Dr. Ryan Stone and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky are alone in space tied to nothing but each other.

“Out of the Furnace” Wed., Mar. 19: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, and Zoe Saldana.  After his brother returns home from Iraq and enters one of the most ruthless crime rings, Russell must take matters into his own hands to find his brother Rodney.

“Thor: The Dark World” Fri., Mar. 21 and Sat., Mar. 22: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tim Hiddleston.  Thor, the mighty Avenger, must protect Jane Foster from the Dark Elves.

“12 Years a Slave” Wed., Mar. 26: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, and Michael Fassbender.  In the pre-Civil War era, “12 Years a Slave” recounts a free black man from New York being sold into slavery.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Fri., Mar. 28 and Sat., Mar. 28: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.  In the second installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and other former Hunger Games winners have to fight to the death in the 75th Hunger Games.

“Her” Wed., Apr. 2: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson.  Set in the future, writer Theodore Twombly develops an interesting relationship with a newly purchased operating system.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Fri., Apr. 4 and Sat., Apr. 5: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, and Richard Armitage.  The second in the movie trilogy of “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, the film follows Bilbo Baggins, Wizard Gandalf, and 13 dwarves in their quest to reclaim their homeland Erebor.

“American Hustle” Wed., Apr. 9: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence.  Con man Irving Rosenfield and his partner, seductive Sydney Prosser, are forced to collaborate with FBI agent Richie DiMaso.

“Saving Mr. Banks” Fri., Apr. 11 and Sat., Apr. 12: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, and Annie Rose Buckley.  After promising his daughters to make a film of their favorite novel “Mrs. Poppins,” Walt Disney befriends author P.L. Travers during production.

“Nebraska” Wed., Apr. 23: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated R. Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, and June Squibb.  After thinking he won the million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize, Woody Grant makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with estranged son David to collect his winnings.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” Fri., Apr. 25 and Sat., Apr. 26: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated R. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Based on a true story, the film follows Jordan Belfort throughout his rise as a wealthy stockbroker and his fall.

“Philomena” Wed., Apr. 30: Showings at 3 and 8 p.m. Rated PG-13. Starring Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, and Sophie Kennedy Clark.  Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” the film recounts the story a woman searching for her son after he was taken from her and she was forced into a convent.

“The Counselor” Fri., May 2 and Sat., May 3: Showing at 7 p.m. Rated R. Starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, and Javier Bardem.  A one-time drug deal by a lawyer spirals out of control.



Kids free at OSV on winter weekends

I’d meant to mention this before, but kids are free at Old Sturbridge Village every winter weekend through March 31.

This includes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (which has an excellent lineup of events, including “meeting” William Lloyd Garrison, Abby Kelley Foster, and Mum Bett) and Washington’s Birthday/President’s Day.

If you’re a member, you can also bring your dog the first weekend of the month in February, March, April, and November.

Tickets for Tanglewood Marionettes available on Monday at the library

The Worcester Public Library is going to host Tanglewood Marionettes’ production of Sleeping Beauty on Monday, December 30 at 1pm and 3pm.

Tickets for the show are required and available FREE at the Children’s Room Desk, starting tomorrow, Monday, December 16 until they are gone.

I cannot recommend Tanglewood Marionettes enough. If there is a child in your life between the ages of 4 and 10, and you’re looking for something to do during Christmas vacation week — get over to the main branch and pick up tickets, because they go fast!

The program is sponsored by the Friends of WPL.  Among other things, the Friends provide museum passes to the public and sponsor many children’s programs.  If you attend the marionette show, or if you use the museum passes, consider joining the Friends so that they can continue to offer these kinds of programs in the future.