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Monday, September 28, 2009

Downtown This Week 09/28/2009 - 10/04/2009

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.
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Got Tickets?
Business News
Retail & Restaurant News 
Barnes & Noble, 151 Merrimack Street:  Author book signing, October 8, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  Award winning investigative reporter Hank Phillipi Ryan is on the air at Boston's NBC affiliate.  She will be here to sign her newest Charlotte McNally mystery Air Time.  As with Face Time and Prime Time, Phillipi Ryan will keep you reading late into the night! For more information call 978-458-3939.   
Cobblestones Restaurant: 91 Dutton Street: Now Booking Holiday Parties. Private Rooms available  for groups between 15-100 people. For details & availability please contact Function Manager
Kelli @ 978-970-2282 or functions@cobblestonesoflowell.com.   And don't forget to visit us for our Happy Hour specials
Monday - Friday 3:00 - 6:00 PM.  For more information visit
Sports & Events 
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.  Purchase fresh Massachusetts grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental plants, cut flowers and much much more.
Pollard Memorial Library:  Parker at the Pollard: Massachusetts Scandals Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Come listen to long-time Boston Globe investigative reporter Sean P. Murphy describe some of the biggest political scandals to hit Massachusetts in the last 25 years, from the Big Dig to the ongoing public pension abuses.  This event is free and open to the public.  Brought to you as part of the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series. For more information, visit www.pollardml.org

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. 
Visit www.lowelfilmcollaborative.org for more information.  
The Lowell Devils have a variety of fundraising and entertainment options tailored to Youth Hockey organizations. For more information about any of these programs, for more information call (978) 458-PUCK or visit www.lowelldevilshockey.com.
Museum & Gallery News 
Revolving Museum: Open House, Saturday October 24, 7:00 PM - 9:00  Come visit us in our new home at 122 Western Avenue.   For more information visit www.revolvingmuseum.org   
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:  Insights and Observations
3D Painting by David Barton, drawings by Jessica Cohen. 
September 30 - October 25.  Reception for the Artists
Friday - October 9,  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  For more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com. 
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street:  Friday, October 2, 7:00 PM:  Ralph EATS Dynamite + DJ Jeff Borski & Guest DJ from WERS.    For more information visit www.119gallery.org.   
The Brush Art Gallery & Studio, 256 Market Street:  September 24 - October 25: "Herding Cats".  A Juried Exhibition to Benefit Homeless and Feral Cats of Greater Lowell.  For more information please visit  www.thebrush.org. 
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street:  Current exhibition.  Drawings & paintings by Arshile Gorky, Mina Boehm Metzger Collection.   September 16 - November 7.  For more information visit www.whistlerhouse.org  
Image theatre. The World Premier sneak preview of Regina Eliot Ramsey's play "Impasto" performed in collaberation with the Whistler House Museum of Art.  "Impasto" is a revealing insider's look at the high stakes game of fine art commerce and one woman who beats the system her own way.  You will be treated to a viewing of the new Arshile Gorky collection, refreshments, and a Meet and Greet with the playwright and actors.   Whistler House Museum of Art,  Saturday, October 10th at 7:00PM.  Tickets: We suggest a donation of $20.00.   For reservations please call the Whistler House at 978-452-7641 
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: Masters Pieces:  Haberdashery Textiles in Antique Quilts,  September 24 - November 15,  featuring quilts made from recycled men's fashions, this remarkable exhibition brings together over 40 stunningly graphic works, made of menswear fabrics recycled from suits and shirts, neckties, pajamas and woolen underwear, military uniforms, work clothes-even argyle socks. The exhibit also features historic advertisements, swatch books, and catalogs from menswear companies, dating from the 1900's through the 1920's.    For more information visit a  www.nequiltmuseum.org
Got Tickets? 
The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for  Sonu Nigham, Sunidhi Chauhan & Hard Kaur, October 2,  Newsboys with special guests Seventh Day Slumber and Bread of Stone, October 9,  Foreever Tango, October 10  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
The Next Meeting of the Stakeholder Representatives of the Center City Committee is this Tuesday September 28, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. at the Middlesex Community College/F. Bradford Morse Federal Building on East Merrimack Street.  
Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce after hours mixer, 40 Market Street: Thursday October 15, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Featuring Hors d'oeurves and Beverages.  Where else can you make 100+ business contacts by simply walking through the door?
CITY MANAGER'S SUMMIT SERIES FOLLOW UP YOU SPOKE & WE LISTENED.  The following has begun 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
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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