Free to all!
Award-winning ‘The Ice Storm’ author Rick Moody to discuss his latest novel at Clark University, 950 Main St.
Award-winning author Rick Moody will discuss and read from his latest, highly acclaimed novel, “Hotels of North America,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Higgins Lounge of Dana Commons, at Clark University.
The event, presented by the English department at Clark, is free and open to the public.
Hiram Frederick “Rick” Moody, is an American novelist and short story writer known for the 1994 bestselling novel “The Ice Storm,” a chronicle of the dissolution of two suburban Connecticut families set in 1973, which was also made into a feature film of the same title. His first novel, “Garden State,” was the winner of the 1991 Pushcart Press Editor’s Choice Award.
Many of Moody’s works have been praised by fellow writers and critics alike, and in 1999 The New Yorker chose him as one of America’s most talented young writers, listing him on their “20 Writers for the 21st Century” list.
“Hotels of North America,” Moody’s sixth novel, is described as “a darkly comic portrait of a man who comes to life in the most unexpected of ways: through his online hotel reviews.”
It follows protagonist Reginald Edward Morse through his top-rated reviews, revealing more about his life than just details of hotels. Reginald’s sudden disappearance leaves behind his carefully constructed virtual presence, which Moody crafts into a novel about identity, intimacy, loneliness and love.
Dwight Garner, of The New York Times, said the book “is Moody’s best novel in many years,” and described it as “a little book of irony, wit and heartbreak… a close examination of the middle-aged American male in sexual, emotional and financial free fall.”
Moody has taught in several writing programs across the country; he is currently a lecturer at New York University. His work has appeared in several publications including Esquire, Harper’s and The New Yorker. Moody is the recipient of several awards including a Paris Review Aga Khan Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Free Screening of award-winning doc ‘My Father’s Vietnam’ at Clark U, Nov. 9
Clark will host a screening and discussion of the documentary film “My Father’s Vietnam,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Razzo Hall, 92 Downing Street.
The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Soren Sorensen, a visiting lecturer of the Visual and Performing Arts department at Clark.
The discussion will also include Rik Carlson, who actively protested the Vietnam War, and David Carlson, an Iraq War Veteran who is currently the coordinator of Student Veteran Services at the University of Vermont.
Since its world premiere at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), screenings at festivals around the country have resulted in tearful interactions, expressions of empathy and deeply moving reflections among Vietnam Veterans and their loved ones.
The film, Sorensen’s first feature-length effort, focuses on the filmmaker’s father, Peter Sorensen, and two men he served with who were killed in Vietnam in 1970. “My Father’s Vietnam,” which took home Best Picture (Documentary) at the 2016 Flagler Film Festival in Florida, deliberately eschews sensationalism in favor of subtlety.
“The Vietnam Era is the backdrop for a lot of big, infamous movies,” said Sorensen. “I deliberately made a quieter, more intimate Vietnam War film not only about my father’s year in Vietnam but also about our country’s connection to war in a broad sense.”
The director added, “The film is really about war’s destructive impact on human relationships before, during, and after these wars are waged.”
“My Father’s Vietnam,” which won the Soldiers and Sacrifice Grand Prize at the 2015 RIIFF, was recently released on Blu-ray, DVD, and multiple Video-On-Demand platforms including iTunes and Amazon.
Sorensen concluded, “As personal as the film is, I think that my family’s story is not at all uncommon. This isn’t just my father’s story or my story. It’s everyone’s story.”
The City of Worcester
Worcester is beginning the process of developing its Annual Action Plan for the federal entitlement grant period of July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018.
Applications will therefore be solicited from potential grant sub-recipients interested addressing priority needs identified in the City of Worcester Five (5) Year Consolidated Plan (2015 – 2020).
A Request for Proposal (RFP) for Yr. 43 / City FY 18 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant funds will be published on Monday, November 7, 2016.
Proposals that address eligible CDBG activities through Public Services or Public Facility & Improvements will be considered.
RFPs for the HOPWA and ESG grant programs will also be published simultaneously.
The RFPs will be due to the City no later than Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM.
A FREE MOVIE SCREENING OF REFUGEE: THE ERITREAN EXODUS
Wednesday, November 16
7:00 – 8:15pm
WEST BOYLSTON CINEMA
101 WEST BOYLSTON ST.
This film follows Chris Cotter,
an American traveler, as he
searches for answers about
the country’s seldom reported
refugee crisis. In his search,
Cotter explores a common
migration path through
Ethiopia into Israel, tracking
the plight of Eritrean
Chris and his crew
visit several refugee camps
including the never-before
documented Afar region. The
film brings the viewer on a
common migration path that
many Eritreans desperately
undertake for the slim hope
of freedom and security.
The Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square
The Worcester Public Library Presents
Art Lessons with Visual Artist Bayda Asbridge
Three-part series is for children ages 7 to 12.
The Worcester Public Library will welcome local artist Bayda Asbridge for a series of art lessons for children from 7 to 12 years of age.
The programs will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, October 29, November 26, and December 31.
Participants can sign up at the Children’s Desk.
The lesson for October 29 will be an Autumn Painting Party. For November 26 the lesson will celebrate Picture Book Month. Finally, for December 31 there will be an Arabian Nights themed lesson.
About Bayda Asbridge:
Bayda Asbridge is a multi-media artist and educator. She teaches art and craft at Worcester Art Museum and Worcester Craft Center. Bayda tailors her classes to be suitable for a wide age range of children; and ensures that classes are fun, engaging, and creative.
The event is free and open to the public.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.
For more information on the Worcester Public Library and a complete list of events and programs visit mywpl.org.
As many of you know, Mass Audubon plays a key role in science education here it the City and perhaps an even expanding role with our Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and newly opened Barbara Elliott Fargo Education Center.
This year Mass Audubon is holding their statewide annual meeting here in Worcester at the Hanover Theatre and we would love to attract hundreds and hundreds of Worcester boosters and fans.
Several local area folks are being recognized so that is reason to promote.
Please consider joining in…the more the merrier!
Thanks for considering if you can come- spread the word in any case!
Deb Cary, Executive Director
Broad Meadow Brook
Light refreshments prior to the evening’s program
Business meeting and election of new Directors
Awards and Recognition
Audubon A Award
MA Division of Ecological Restoration
Worcester Tree Initiative
Allen H. Morgan Memorial Award
Allen W. Fletcher
Conservation Teacher of the Year Awards
Lynn Fiandaca – Fall Brook Elementary School, Leominster
Melinda Forist – Monomoy Regional Middle School, Chatham
Stacey Hill – Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester
The Bobolink Project
Remarks and Reflections
Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council
Reception immediately following with hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine bar
About Anita Walker
Anita Walker has served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) since April 2007. Walker is the Commonwealth’s highest ranking cultural official, overseeing a range of grant programs, services, and advocacy for the arts,humanities, and sciences in communities across Massachusetts.
Anita has raised the visibility of the nonprofit creative sector as a driving force for growth and prosperity in Massachusetts. She led advocacy for the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund, which has invested $82 million in arts and cultural building projects statewide over eight years. CFF grants are leveraging more than $1.9 billion in spending on cultural building projects, providing more than 19,000 jobs, restoring many important historic structures, and attracting more than 18 million cultural tourists to Massachusetts annually.
Walker also led the development of MCC’s new UP Initiative to support organizations that recognize the power of inclusive design to grow audiences and enhance cultural experiences for all, and embrace inclusivity as core to their mission. The intent is to generate transformational experiences for participants that will not only build capacity but fuel insight and action.
Open House at Broad Meadow Brook
2:30 pm (before the meeting)
Please join us for an Open House celebration at Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary prior to the meeting, beginning at 2:30 pm. Enjoy a tour of the wildlife sanctuary, visit the new Barbara E. Fargo Education Center, and help celebrate the 25 years in Worcester.
Transportation from Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts and back will be available. Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604.
Kindly RSVP* by Tuesday, November 1
RSVP By Phone: 781-259-2133
RSVP By Email: email@example.com
*Please let us know if you will be joining us for the open house at Broad Meadow Brook and if you have any transportation needs.
Jett, what you doing in this post?!