|River Rat Race, Athol to Orange|
April 7-13, 2017
7, Friday – Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester - "Powerful music, simple themes and explosive choreography that transcends culture, an absolute joy in exploring the full potential of the human body." - NYTheartre.com The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. World-renowned impresario, Danny Chang, and choreographer, Angela Chang, combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. The troupe returned to Broadway's New Victory Theater in 2014, the ONLY acrobatic troupe from China chosen to perform twice at this prestigious venue! 7:30 p.m., For information and tickets call 508-799-4406 or visit www.thehanovertheatre.org
7, Friday – Puglia: A Dinner with Fred Plotkin, Presented by Center Stage at Fitchburg State University - Fred Plotkin returns to campus to enlighten us about the history, culture and, perhaps most importantly, cuisine of Puglia. An authentic menu of specialty dishes will set the stage for the renowned author and gourmand’s verbal tour of the region. Come experience the traditions of Puglia through this delightful culinary and cultural adventure. Plotkin’s talk is sponsored by the Sandro and Lillian Clementi Lecture Fund and Center for Italian Culture. 6:30 p.m, For information and tickets visit fitchburgstate.edu
8, Saturday - 54th Annual River Rat Race, Athol to Orange- 1:00-2:00 p.m. Open to all, no canoes over 18 ft. in length. Entry fee $42.00 per canoe. Sign up at the Athol Daily News beginning March 1 at 225 Exchange St., Athol. For more information visit www.riverratrace.com.
9, Sunday – Bolshoi Ballet on Screen, A Hero of Our Time, presented by Peterborough Players, Arts on Screen, 1:00 p.m. "Give me everything, it is still not enough." The story based on the larger-than-life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov's literary masterpiece in three separate stories recounting his heartbreaking betrayals. Is Pechorin a real hero? Or is he a man like any other? This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi. For more information and tickets visit www.peterboroughplayers.org.
9, Sunday – Tower Hill Botanic Garden, all day events, 10-3, Taking Better Pictures with your Digital Camera; 1-3, Spring Table Garden; 2-3:30, Sunday Afternoon Tour; 3-4, Spring Concert Series, Duo Orfeo. For more information and tickets visit towerhillbg.org
9-13, Sunday-Wed., Theatre at the Mount presents, James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl’s beloved classic introduces us to one boy, two awful aunts, five larger-than-life insects, and a giant peach! What happens when magic crystals cause a withered old tree to create the largest and most magnificent peach ever seen? Luckily, a boy named James and a handful of bugs just happen to be nearby. When the peach finally snaps free of its stem, it sweeps them, and the audience, along a marvelous adventure from the White Cliffs of Dover all the way to the Empire State Building. This “Masterpeach” of a musical will delight the entire family! Performances: April 9 at 2:00 p.m. (for the general public)April 10 at 9:30 a.m, April 11, 12, and 13 at 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon (for school groups) - All seats $6.00. For more information visit www.mwcc.edu.
11, Tuesday – Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels at the Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester - Multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman presents Voices of Angels a captivating new show for 2017. Voices of Angels showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and introduces the breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose exceptional skill and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition. Featuring many songs from the forthcoming Voices of Angels album, this inspiring live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and magnificent arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards in the group’s award-winning signature style. This is a true celebration of an incredible journey that has captivated millions. Don’t miss Celtic Woman live in concert! 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $45, $75 and $105. Please contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) or visit thehanovertheatre.org for more information.