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05.13 NEW: Worcester Center for Crafts exhibits artists in residence

The work of Tomo Sakai, which will be on display at The Worcester Center for Crafts from May 23-June 15.

Looking for an art show that has a little bit of everything?

The Worcester Center for Crafts (WCC) will display the work of its artists inresidence in “Opposing Directions: An AIR Collection.” Opening Thursday, May 23, at the WCC Krikorian Gallery, the exhibition features work by seven artists who currently serve as artists in residence in the WCC ceramics, glass and metals studios.

Participating artists include David Choi of Chicago; Eric Cruze of New York; Jennifer Koch, of Marlborough; Dan Roe of Hyde Park, N.Y.; Tomoko Sakai of Nagoya, Japan; Emery Wenger, of Wrentham; and Lauren Young of South Windsor, Conn.

The current artists in residence bring a diverse body of work to the center, each showing their distinct personality and purpose. The show will include the pottery, sculpture and jewelry of emerging artists who have spent the past year working in the studios of the Worcester Center for Crafts.

The Artist in Residence Program is a one- to two-year appointment designed to meet the needs of pre-professional artists by providing studio space, facilities and guidance within a supportive studio community.  Artist in residence contribute to the culture of WCC through the focused pursuit of their creative work, teaching and providing studio support. Participants act as mentors to students and actively participate in the diverse studio communities that make up WCC.

The Krikorian Gallery, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The exhibition will be on view through June 15,and is open free to the public. Opening night will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the gallery. For more information, visit

05.13 NEW: Hero on Hold debuts EP

By Shane O’Dwyer

If you haven’t heard Hero on Hold’s new EP, you’re definitely going to want to check it out, as well as Cannery Music Hall in Southbridge. I discovered both last weekend.

I walked into Cannery Hall for Hero’s CD release party and found black walls, seven round tables and plenty of open floor for people of all kinds to fill. Even better, I was about to embark into a journey of great music to fill my ears.

I sat at the back of the venue as Hero on hold prepared to celebrate its long-awaited (three years!) EP, with many of its fans. This band holds members such as Matt Hearnlaye on guitar, Tom Racine on vocals, Chris Mullins on bass and keyboard, and Dan Racine as the percussionist. I had known little to nothing about this band or what I was about to view on Cannery’s stage. But before Hero On Hold stepped onto the stage, a A Simple Complex took the stage. I was impressed with the quality of this band. The female vocalist was a great performer with a great set of musicians behind her setting the mood. The guitarists made their way to the crowd as they played. I found this interesting because the band gave the crowd music right at their fingertips, allowing for the live music to be more personal. I feel as if we may see this band shine in years to come.

Hero on Hold came out playing hard, and lead vocalist, Tom Racine, shouted into the microphone beginning the ride into the night. The band went on to perform great songs, keeping the crowd interested and happy throughout the show.

The group took a risk and covered Elvis Presley’s famous “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Being a longtime Presley fan, I knew I would either hate the performance or love it. All in all, I simply loved it. Hero didn’t perform a boring cover; it took the song and gave it a Hero On Hold style, which I really respected. On songs like “Hold Me Down” and “I Walk Away,” the crowd ate up the band’s performance.

Mid-show, drummer Dan Racine played an amazing drum solo. The solo gave off a Black Sabbath-Native American feel that really caught my ear. Hero On Hold finished up the show with the song off their new EP, “Welcome to Hell”. The song attracted to me because it sounded great, and the crowd completely loved it. A Simple Complex joined the band on stage and danced as Hero performed.

When the show ended, I could only clap and smile, for I knew I had just witnessed a great band.

Hero on Hold has been playing for 3½ years, and the self-titled EP took three years to finish as the band strived for perfection. Tom Racine and Matt Hearnlaye created the band, and added the additional members on to complete Hero On Hold. The band cites Nirvana, Green Day, The Offspring, Shinedown, Korn and Amber Pacific as influences. Listening to them perform, I could hear those influences in Hero’s music, but as the night went on I realized, sure Hero may sound like these bands, but it is not like them. The diversity that Hero On Hold plays is awesome, and that at the end of the night, it doesn’t sound anyone else. There simply a Hero On Hold sound.

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05.13 JUST IN: Foolproof’s beers available in Massachusetts

Foolproof Brewing Company’s beers will be available for sale in Massachusetts starting May 20! The Massachusetts Beverage Alliance (MBA) will distribute Foolproof’s beers statewide via Atlas Distributing Inc., Burke Distributing, Colonial Wholesale Beverage, Commercial Distributing Company, and Merrimack Valley Distributing Company.

“This is our first venture into a market outside of our home state of Rhode Island,” said Nick Garrison, Foolproof’s president and founder. “We look forward to entering Massachusetts and introducing our unique and flavorful brews to one of the fastest growing and most reputable beer markets in the country.”

“The passion that Nick and his team bring to the business is tremendous,” said Brian Murphy, MBA’s director of sales and marketing. “The demand for local, high-­quality craft beer in cans is high right now. This partnership allows us to take advantage of a great opportunity to offer our retailers something that their customer base is wanting more and more of.”

Foolproof’s three year-­round beers, which are designed with a particular experience or activity in mind, will be available in draft and 12-ounce can format across Massachusetts. Foolproof’s year-round offerings include Barstool, an American golden ale dedicated to a night out at the bar; Raincloud, a robust porter for rainy days; and Backyahd, an IPA for barbecuing and other outdoor activities.

The brewery also produces a line of high-end specialty beers that rotate throughout the year and are available in kegs and 22-ounce bottle format. Foolproof’s newest specialty beer, La Ferme Urbaine farmhouse ale, celebrates warm weather and was brewed in tribute to Pawtucket’s New Urban Farmers.

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05.13 JUST IN: The best/worst haircuts of all time

Women, big perm hair may have made you a hit at the Disco in the ‘70s but it’s a big DON’T today. For men, keep the cereal bowl for breakfast, not as a hairstyle and stick to the Caesar on your salad- not on your head. The results are just in for the Great Clips Greatest Hairstyles of all Time survey and the winners are:

The Greatest Hairstyle of All Time for Women

Both sexes agreed and most often ranked these styles in the Top 3:

  1. Medium Layers (79%) ~ The No. 1 cut of all time came from our famous Friend, Rachel.
  2. Long, Straight Hair (69%)
  3. Bangs (45%)

The Greatest Hairstyle of All Time for Men

Both sexes agreed and most often ranked these styles in the Top 3:

  1. Bed Head (72%) ~ The best cut for men comes from teenage boy bands!
  2. Side Part (60%)
  3. Hockey Hair (53%)

The Worst Hairstyle of All Time for Women

  1. Perm (60%)
  2. Feathered (56%)
  3. Asymmetrical (54%)

The Worst Hairstyle of All Time for Men

  1. Bowl Cut (63%)
  2. Caesar (57%)
  3. Faux Hawk (45%)

The survey also shows:

  • Both men and women have had 3-5 hairstyles in their lifetime.
  • Most folks chose a hairstyle based on the shape of their face (66%) and maintenance (62%).  More than 1 out of 3 people (38%) base their hairstyle on what their significant other finds attractive. Men are more concerned with their significant other’s opinion (47%) over women (31%).
  • Men and women both overwhelmingly agree they would not break up with someone over a bad haircut (Men 89%, Women 94%).
  • Both sexes also agree they would have the guts to tell their significant other he/she would look better with a different haircut or style (Men 78%, Women 93%).

If you’re debating long or short – men should cut, women should grow and both sexes should play it straight.

  • Men find women more attractive with long hair (74%). Plus, when asked to describe the top qualities of a woman with long hair, most men ranked #1 SEXY (78%), #2 FUN (60%), #3 YOUNG (54%), and #4 WIFE MATERIAL (37%).
  • Women find men more attractive with short hair (75%). When asked to describe the top three qualities of a man with long hair, most women said: Unprofessional (54%), Adventurous/Outdoorsy (44%), Young  (41%) and Sexy (19)%.
  • Curly or Straight? Both sexes agree men (88%) and women (80%) are taken more seriously with straight hair.
  • If you want to aggravate your parents or better yet, the in-laws, both sexes agree the hairstyle for men that would most aggravate parents is the Faux Hawk (71%) and for women, the Asymmetrical (77%).

Great Clips Inc., the world’s largest hair salon brand, conducted the survey with 319 Americans to introduce the Great Stuff Program. Get your hair cut at a Great Clips in our area and sign up for the Great Stuff program for coupons, deals and special offers. Text GREAT to 4738  or visit GREAT CLIPS. Great Clips will send you $2 off your next haircut via email or text if you sign up through May 31.



05.13 JUST IN: Last-minute gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up Sunday, May 12. If you haven’t done your shopping yet, what about giving mom the gift of time?

If you’re looking to have dinner with mom, check out Worcester-area restaurants at You can check out area restaurants and reviews before making your final selection.

If your mom likes music, consider taking in the Worcester Chamber Music Society’s Thomas H. Keil Memorial Concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Mechanics Hall. The concert is free and will feature a pre-concert talk 7 p.m. and Mozart Flute Quartet in C, Saint-Saëns The Swan and Schubert Cello Quintet.

This special Mother’s Day concert is dedicated to Thomas H. Keil who recently passed away. Tom was a long time supporter of Worcester Chamber Music Society as a fan, donor and participant in the WCMS Summer Festival (Tom was an avid amateur cellist). For more information, visit

If mom loves art, consider giving the creative gift of a spring or summer class.  Worcester Center for Crafts is holding registration for Spring II classes (beginning May 13) and summer classes (beginnning in June).  Classes and workshops are offered in ceramics, glass, jewelry, metals, photography and more.

Not sure what kind of class mom wants to take? Consider a Craft Center gift card, which can be used in purchasing classes and workshops or in the center’s Gallery Store. For a full class listing, visit