Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy Escape has three homes: Below Howl at the Moon in Boston, New England Seafood Restaurant & Lounge in Methuen, and Park Grill & Spirits in Worcester. While the Methuen and Worcester locations bear the name Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy Escape, the Boston location is known as Dick's Beantown Comedy Den. The Boston location recently moved to the Comedy Den from their previous location at the Vault, where they hosted standup comedians, including Dane Cook, who held a weekly gig there for more than a year, and fellow Boston natives Bill Burr and Joe Rogan. Dick Doherty's comedy clubs as a whole continue to detonate laugh dynamite with their rotating casts of national and local comedians.
As the audience applauds in anticipation and sweat begins to bead on their heads, the jokeslingers at Wisecracks Comedy Club hold on tight to their mics while their standup routines stir up storms of laughter. Boasting a schedule of upcoming acts ranging from lesser-known locals to Comedy Central regulars, Wisecracks Comedy Club offers a full spectrum of rib-tickling performances. Jose Murphy's, a restaurant-venue hybrid, nourishes guests with a menu of Mexican fare. Audiences at Halligan's Sports Bar and More can practice their dart- or pie-aiming skills on four league-ready dartboards during comedy intermissions. Wisecrack Comedy Club's newest venue, the Woodbound Inn, is a resort located on the shores of Lake Contoocook that recently added live comedy to its list of amenities.
Renowned American modern choreographer Paul Taylor unpacks his signature work across The Hanover Theatre's sweeping stage, evoking a wide range of emotions with masterfully orchestrated dance numbers and social commentary. With each effortless twirl and graceful bound, his troupe of barefoot dancers acts out stories of war, morality, and finding the perfectly ripe tomato in the produce aisle. The performance's dramatic gesticulations stir audience members and critics alike, with the New York Times describing the production as "exhilarating," the New York Observer calling it "powerful," and the Huffington Post praising it as "dazzling." The choreography's accompanying music ricochets off The Hanover's elegant chandelier and gilt-edged walls, mobilizing against silence as effectively as an army of cymbal-clanging windup monkeys. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization.
Music Worcester programs music and dance performances throughout most of the year, but it categorizes itself as "the oldest music festival in the United States." Indeed, the breadth and reach of its concerts are akin to those of a major classical music or dance festival, drawing in innovative groups and performers from around the world.
Many of these decidedly modern events blossom amid the elegant vaulted ceilings, intricate archways, and grand pipe organ of Mechanics Hall. The space’s finely calibrated acoustics show off the sounds of classical concerts, ballets, and popular music, and its near-perfect aural qualities have made it a favorite destination for recording and echo-making competitions.
In 2006, the NHL's San Jose Sharks moved their eponymous AHL affiliate to Worcester. During their brief time in Central Massachusetts the Sharks have helped foster some of the game's best talent, highlighted by Stanley Cup champions and first-round draft picks. Nearly 40 players, including Claude Lemieux and Thomas Greiss, have donned the Worcester sweater before getting the call to clean out their lockers and playoff beards and head to San Jose. The team has even been represented on an international stage, as several former Sharks competed during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.