Wil & The Tribe doc to be screened Friday
FITCHBURG — The premiere of the new Gay Hero Project documentary about Wil & the Tribe's 2016 Times Square concert in New York City, and other film shorts by GHP with commentary by the films' producers, is Friday, June 21, starting at 7 p.m., at Fitchburg Senior Center, 14 Wallace Ave.
The evening will also feature the Wil & The Tribe's first concert in two year. The suggested donation is $5, and folks are invitd to wear their best fashion and be photographed on the red carpet. Prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed. There will also be light refreshments, T-shirts and raffles to benefit the Tribe Mentorship Project. Bar proceeds will benefit the Fitchburg Lions Club.
Wil Darcangelo of Fitchburg started the Tribe Mentorship Project. Wil & The Tribe were chosen by the Gay Hero Project as a documentary subject, and they took a bus to New York City and performed a couple of songs at Times Square, which was filmed. Additional footage was shot in Fitchburg, around the Upper Common, in and around First Parish Church, the River Street area and Darcangelo's home.
In addition to Friday's event, an LGBT Jazz Cabaret Luncheon will be held Sunday, June 23, starting at 12:30 p.m., at Phillips Hall at the First Parish Church, 923 Main St., Fitchburg, to celebrate 50 years of pride.
Former U.S. Ambassador Rufus Gifford and his husband, Dr. Stephen DeVincent, will be present, and there will be performances by a jazz ensemble, as well as vocal performances by Lavender and Darcangelo.
Tickets are $20 at FitchburgUU.tix.com, 800-595-4TIX, or 978-343-6307.
Book Bingo for adults, teens in Fitchburg
FITCHBURG — From June 27 through Aug. 16, adults and teens, ages 12 and up, are invited to play Summer Reading Book Bingo at Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St.
Each bingo card has 25 categories of books. Read any five books to fill in squares on your card and turn it in at the Information Desk for a raffle ticket. If your five books make bingo, filling in categories across, vertically or diagonally, you will earn two raffle tickets.
Raffle prizes will be on display in the main library, and winners will be drawn the week of Aug. 19. For more information, call 978-829-1780.
Final stop of 'Iron Road' is June 26
Explore the Final Stop on the "Iron Road" at the Leominster Public Library
LEOMINSTER — The final program in the series, "Chinese Americans, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the Ongoing Question of Who Gets to be an American" will be presented by Project Scholar Ben Railton on Wednesday, June 26, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Leominster Public Library, 30 West St.
A slate of interesting and informative programs has accompanied the "The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental," an exhibit organized by the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University. The library will be host the exhibit through July 10.
Railton will explore what the multigenerational, deeply rooted and evolving Chinese American community encountered in the 19th century, and what is unique about those historical and cultural issues and what in them resonates with broader American stories and histories.
For more information, call 978-534-7522.