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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Downtown This Week 09/07/2009 - 09/13/2009

Enter to Win* Show Tickets and a $50 Restaurant Gift Certificate!  Prove how well you know Lowell's landmarks and you could win an evening out courtesy of The City of Lowell's "Name That Scene" Sweepstakes.  Correctly identify four scenes from The Invention of Lying, filmed in Lowell last year, for your chance to win! Click here to enter,   http://lowell.org/workhere/Pages/InventionofLying.aspx 
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Got Tickets?
Business News
Retail & Restaurant News 
Cappy's Copper Kettle, 245 Central Street:  Mike Burn's playing every Friday and Saturday night.  Come on down for some good dance music.
Olé Restaurant & Tapas Bar, 76 Merrimack Street:  Home of the BEST SANGRIA in the Merrimack Valley.  Open Wednesday - Saturday at 4:00 PM, Live Entertainment Every Weekend.  For more information visit www.oletapas.info.
Garcia Brogan's Cantina, Pub & Restaurant, 131 Middlesex Street: For fine Mexican and Irish Cuisine.  For more information call 978-446-0005 or visit www.garciabrogans.com.   

C'est , 177 Merrimack Street: "How to Taste Wine" Class, September 16.  Would you like to know more about wine but don t know the first thing about it? Have you ever wandered into a wine shop and become confused by a bewildering array of wines and didn't know where to begin? What is all that swirling and sniffing about anyway?  For more information visit www.cestlowell.com.
Cobblestones Restaurant: 91 Dutton Street: is proudly a part of Share Our Strength Help End Childhood Hunger in America
September 20th-26th.   HAPPY HOUR, Monday - Friday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Drink & Appetizer Specials.  For more information visit
Sports & Events 
Major Jam'n Brew & BBQ Festival. Join the fun Saturday, September 12 from 4:00 PM - midnight, Jackson Street (next to the Early Garage).

 The Big Dog Show!  Award-winning metal sculptor Dale Rogers launched this traveling exhibit of his unique 8-foot high by 10-foot long American Dog sculptures. This exhibition has been on display throughout Massachusetts and is now coming to Lowell! Residents and visitors will encounter a gathering of 20 compelling, larger-than-life 'American Dog' sculptures that are accessible to everyone. "Historically, dogs have made positive and lasting impressions with people, I hope the American Dog sculptures and The Big Dog Show will do the same," says Rogers of his exhibition. New England's largest solo sculpture exhibit represents more than two years of planning and creation. 
September. 9 - 16, Kerouac Park.  The artist will be present from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.   For more information visit
The Ninth Annual Lowell Open Studios will welcome visitors to over 135 artists' galleries noon-5pm on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27. The first ever Arts Festival featuring musicians and performers at downtown locations will entertain visitors visiting the galleries and the Block Party in the Market Mills Courtyard will keep the party going from 5-7 on Saturday with funky sounds from Dopapod and thrilling Gypsy jazz from Ameranouche.  For more information visit  www.lowellopenstudios.org  
Celebrate September as Arts Month in Lowell! Performances, galleries, exhibits, and classes are taking place all over the city this month. For more information visit www.cultureiscool.org/arts-month. 
Sixth Annual New England Culture Fest: September 12, 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM.   An exciting fusion of film, fashion, world culture, and advocacy for a better world; , Middle Street, downtown Lowell; Street); interactive Ethical Art & Biz Expo featuring live art creations; Fashionably Fair Runway Show; applications now being accepted for exhibitors, artists, sponsors and volunteers.  For more information visit  www.second-world.com.
Thursday , September 10, 2009  -  7 :00 PM.  Brazilian Film Screening: "Carlota Joaquina: Princesa do Brasil" (Carlota Joaquina: Princess of Brazil) Directed by Carla Carmurati, with Marieta Severo and Marco Nanini, Tabocas Steak House, 26 Andover Street.  This event is offered in conjunction with the 14th Brazilian Independence Day Festival in Massachusetts.

UMass Lowell River Hawks: This is our town. This is our team. This is our time. Check out River Hawk hockey season ticket plans for the 2009-10 year. The River Hawks reached the Hockey East Championship game last time around before falling to eventual NCAA Champion Boston University. This year promises to be even better with BU, Boston College, and New Hampshire dotting the home schedule. Ticket plans start at just $99! For more information, visit http://adcsquad.com/umass/hockey/index.html.
Lowell Farmers Market, JFK Plaza at Lowell City Hall: Every Friday through mid October from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Except Folk Festival weekend).  Purchase fresh Massachusetts grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental plants, cut flowers and much much more.
Lowell Spinners:   Playoff Tickets on sale now!   For more information visit www.lowellspinners.com.
The Lowell National Historical Park, and the Lowell Festival Foundation  annual Summer Music Series continues at Boarding House Park. The 20th Season starts with concerts that continue through September 18. The Summer Music Series comprises of folk, classic, roots, world music and the best in blues. For more information visit www.lowellsummermusic.org. 
30th Annual Banjo and Fiddle Contests, Saturday, September 12 from Noon-6:00 PM.  Over 75 contestants compete for prizes in such categories as Bluegrass, Dixieland, Old Time and Mountain fiddling and Ethnic Dance tunes from countries all over the world. This event is free of charge (donations are welcome) and is a full day of music, food and family fun. www.nps.gov/lowe
The Pollard Memorial Library:  Join Peter Sheridan on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. for a Tiny Tots concert at the Pollard. These concerts are aimed at children ages three and younger.  Big brothers and sisters are always welcome. Join us for a musical morning of singing, dancing and having fun!  Admission is free, however tickets are required. Please visit Pollard Memorial Library beginning September 12, 2009 to pick up your free concert tickets. For more information, visit www.pollardml.org or call 978-970-4122. Pollard Memorial Library's Youth Services Department. 
Upcoming Film Events / The Lowell Film Collaborative
Visit www.lowelfilmcollaborative.org for more information and a schedule of 2009 events.
Before the Music Dies [2006]:
Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 PM.
Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, 246 Market Street
Filmmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen traveled the country, hoping to understand why mainstream music seems so packaged and repetitive, and whether corporations really have the power to silence musical innovation. Exciting live performances and interviews with legendary musicians tell the complex story of today's music industry.
Killer Poet: The Double Life of Norman Porter [2008]: Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 PM.  Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Special Guest: Director Susan Gray
Relive the tragic, true story of Norman Porter, a convicted double murderer from Lynn, Massachusetts, who served 25 years in prison before escaping to Chicago where he spent the next two decades living as a poet/intellectual by the name of JJ Jameson - an elaborately crafted false identity. Through the story of one charismatic man, we explore the system of justice and retribution in the United States, and the political nature of sentencing. Presented in partnership with Moses Greeley Parker Lectures.
Lowell Devils:  Want to enjoy all the family fun & excitement of the Lowell Devils, but can't make it to every game? Flex Packs are the perfect ticket package for schedule-conscious fans who want to commit to the Devils, but not a rigid 40-game schedule.
Flex Packs are books of ticket vouchers that come in denominations of 40 or 10 and can be redeemed for best available seating at any Devils regular season home game. Instead of receiving one ticket to each game, Flex Pack holders have 10 or 40 vouchers for the whole season and the flexibility to use those vouchers however they wish. Full Season Flex Pack holders can redeem them for one seat at 40 games, 40 seats at one game, or anywhere in between!      For more information visit www.lowelldevilshockey.com.
Save the Date!  The 2nd Annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival
Thursday, October 15 - Sunday, October 18, 2009
The 2nd Annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival comes to the City of Lowell in celebration of our state's rich poetic heritage. Following the success of the 2008 Festival, this year's event has expanded to include poetry programs in Amherst, Boston, Cambridge, Fall River, Salem, the Berkshires, and Worcester County, all in addition to the exciting events taking place in downtown Lowell. All programs are FREE and open to the public. Highlights include: 1) over 30 different poetry readings, workshops, discussions, and dance & music performances by renowned regional poets and poetry groups; 2) headline readings with Robert Pinsky, Louise Glück, Anne Waldman, and Afaa Weaver; 3) a Small Press Fair featuring 25 small presses and journals from across New England; 4) a late-night poetry slam competition with teams from New York City and Boston; and 5) a 2-day Youth Poetry Exploration Program welcoming over 200 high school students from 15 area schools for poetry reading and writing workshops, a reading competition, and a Poetry Out Loud performance. Visit www.masspoetry.org for complete information and event registration.
Museum & Gallery News 
American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St.  What Followed Me Home: Collecting Antique Quilts, Fabrics, and Tools.   What Followed Me Home runs through October 4 and Threads runs through October 25. Both are free with paid admission to the Museum. For more information, visit www.athm.org.
The Loading Dock Gallery:  Nudes of the World 1999-2009,  John Greenwald, September 2 - September 27.   For more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street:  Current exhibition:  Life is Art is Life is Art is Life is by Claire Elizabeth Barratt and Patrick Pierce.   Open Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 5:00 PM.  Open during Lowell Open Studios Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27.  For more information visit www.119gallery.org.   
The Brush Art Gallery & Studio, 256 Market Street: August 5 - September 19, ART QUILTS LOWELL 2009 .   For more information please visit  www.thebrush.org. 
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street:  Drawings & paintings by Arshile Gorky, Mina Boehm Metzger Collection.  Preview Party: Sunday, September 13 at 6:00 PM, $50 admission / $35 members.  Exhibit Opens: Wednesday, September 16 at 11:00 AM.  Reception: Saturday, September 19 from  2:00 - 4:00 PM.  For more information visit www.whistlerhouse.org  
Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue: Open Studios -First Saturday of every month, noon to 5:00 PM - Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists!  For more information isit  www.westernavenuestudios.com
The New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street:   Red Sox Quilt Auction to Begin September 15 on eBay. The New England Quilt Museum is pleased to announce the auction on eBay of a unique work of quilt art and sports memorabilia created for the museum. A quilt containing a center panel signed by 24 members of the 2009 Red Sox--23 players from the 2009 Red Sox team, including Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek, Jonathan Papelbon, Dustin Pedroia, J.D. Drew, and Josh Beckett, as well as President and CEO Larry Lucchino, will be auctioned on eBay starting September 15. The panel was generously donated by the Red Sox Foundation in response to a request by the museum. The autographed fabric was then made into a quilt by nationally-renowned quilt artist Rosemary Bawn, who is known nationwide for her pictorial Red Sox works.  For more information visit a  www.nequiltmuseum.org.
Contrasting art exhibition at Centro Restaurant.   Reception: Sunday, September 20, 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  Colorful narrative abstract paintings by artist Jeffrey Lipsky present a bold contrast to Joe Quinlan's black and white images of coastal fishing villages in a joint exhibition through September.
Got Tickets? 
The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for  Sonu Nigham, Sunidhi Chauhan & Hard Kaur, October 7,  Newsboys with special guests Seventh Day Slumber and Bread of Stone, October 9  and Foreigner,  October 17.  For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com

Merrimack Repertory TheatreFlings & Eros, WORLD PREMIERE! 9/10/2009 - 10/4/2009.   Four men party at their own club of skills and muse of love in this creative retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. When those four men are the internationally renowned Flying Karamazov Brothers, the evening is guaranteed to be one that resounds with music, antic dance, emotion, hilarity, unexpected twists and, of course, world-class juggling.  For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.   
Tsongas Arena: Tickets currently available for Superstar DJ - Tiësto, Thursday, October 1 at 8:00 PM and the World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Friday, November 6 at 7:30 PM.   For more information visit www.paultsongasarena.com.
 Business News
Old Walls. New Possibilities.  Join the Construction Start Vision Session for the Hamilton Canal District.  Construction start is planned for the historic rehabilitation of the deteriorating Appleton Mills. Come and meet the general contractor and learn about the construction plans, schedule, and the process for applying for construction jobs. VISION SESSION ONSTRUCTION, Thursday, September 10 at 5:30 PM, Lowell Memorial Auditorium.  Everyone is welcome.  Please RSVP: 617-720-8400 or reception@trinityfinancial.com.  For more information, please go to www.hamiltoncanal.com
Jambra presents jam has talent.  Join us Wednesday September 9 from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM at Garcia Brogan's, 131 Middlesex Street.  Meet our new businesses and new neighbors, reaquaint yourself
with those of us who have been here for years.Make some new friends and kabitz with the old.  Our JAM District businesses and residents will be showing what they are all about...their talents, energy and entrepreneurial spirit.  Bring your ideas for neighborhood improvements. We've accomplished a lot, but the next year will be even more exciting. Get your creativity into the plans. Or simply enjoy the evening with friends. (complimentary small bites and cash bar) RSVP:

CITY MANAGER'S SUMMIT SERIES FOLLOW UP YOU SPOKE & WE LISTENED.  Design plans are completed and the contractor is available to start work on the items you asked us to address to improve your Downtown experience
The following work will begin the first week of September 2009 and will be ongoing to completion - estimated 6-8 weeks. The streets impacted include Middle, Palmer, Shattuck, Central, Market, Prescott. Work includes: 
Cobblestone repairs on Middle and Palmer Streets 
Installation of new crosswalks that are ADA compliant 
Installation of new handicapped ramps that are ADA compliant 
Removal of the granite rosette at Market/Central/Prescott with new pavement and crosswalks 
New crosswalks will be outlined with reused 16 inch wide granite slabs and the 8 foot interior will be smooth concrete with a scoring pattern similar to sidewalks
Construction will impact parking on the section of street where work is underway. This will allow us to retain vehicle and pedestrian traffic at all times. Parking will be restored on weekends and when work is complete. Work will be phased to reduce the inconvenience and disruption to residents and businesses. If any street closings are needed to complete work, advance notice will be provided. The contractor will do his best to complete work timely and with minimal disruption and inconvenience. We appreciate your cooperation during this process which will result in an improved historic district streetscape and enhanced pedestrian experience for all.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DPD at 978-446-7200 and mention the Downtown Improvements
Calling all retailers, restaurant owners and storefront businesses in Lowell. Our popular and Successful Best Retail Practices program is back with its FREE workshop, 1-on-1 advice, and grants. The Free workshop will be offered Tuesday, September 22from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Federal Morse Building, 50 East Merrimack Street. Call to sign up today 978-446-7200 or  register via email at bestretail@lowellma.gov.                                     . 
Young Professionals of Greater Lowell:    
Fourth Annual Business Leadership Forum, Wednesday, September 16 at 6:00 PM, Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Speakers include  Jeff Taylor (Founder and Former CEO of Monster.com and Founder and CEO of Eons.com) and Patrick Kuhse (International Speaker and Business Ethics Consultant).  info@ypgl.org.
Christopher Samaras
Downtown Coordinator
Cultural Affairs & Special Events
City of Lowell,
375 Merrimack Street 
Lowell, MA 01852
t: 978.674-1481
f: 978.446.7089

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