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Joe Barbara is a nice guy, polite, down-to-earth and friendly. But he knows how to play it cool, too, and how to instill a little fear in those around him.   Read More >>
See 'Stars' on stage The 4th Wall Stage Company and Worcester Historical Museum present "The Women Who Mapped the Stars," by Joyce Van Dyke, starting Friday at 30 Elm St., Worcester. In conjunction with Women's History Month and WHM's upcoming exhibit on "Space Suits," 4th Wall to presents a chronicle of five women responsible for creating the celestial road map that astronomers use today.   Read More >>
See some familiar faces on stage when the New Players Theatre Guild presents A. R. Gurney's play, "Love Letters," this weekend and next weekend at 15 Rollstone St., in Fitchburg.   Read More >>
Doing a Jack Kerouac play was one of Sean Daniels' goals when he arrived in Lowell four years ago to become Merrimack Repertory Theatre's new artistic director. He's achieving that with "The Haunted Life," a new play Daniels adapted from Kerouac's unfinished novella.   Read More >>
If you're hoping to reconnect with some old friends this St. Patrick's Day, Slattery's Restaurant and Bar is the place to be. "We're not just a place to go on St. Patrick's Day -- we always try to be that neighborhood-type place with above-average food and 32 beers on tap," said owner Dave Celuzza.   Read More >>
A feisty "Spamalot" and fiery Irish fiddling -- two sure cures for cabin fever in case the winter bug has bitten this year. What better way to enjoy the hit Broadway show than at a high-school production performed by young thespians doing it strictly for the fun of it?   Read More >>
Colin Cloud loves Sherlock Holmes. His fascination with the super-sleuth started as a kid growing up in Scotland, and soon he was creating ways to replicate his deductive powers. Today he blends his skills in forensics and criminal profiling with his love for stand-up comedy.   Read More >>
Go to Mardi Gras (kind of) Experience a taste of New Orleans at Galliford's Restaurant and Tavern, 5 Southwick St.   Read More >>
For many at Old Sturbridge Village, the first whiff of spring isn't the aroma of spring flowers but the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup. OSV, located at 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road in Sturbridge, will demonstrate the sugar-making process during its Maple Days events, held every Saturday and Sunday in March except March 30-31.   Read More >>
Movie adaptations of books have always been common, but it seems in recent years, more and more screenwriters are taking their cues from other works -- including dozens of comic-book movies that have popularized the genre for a new generation.   Read More >>