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September 16, 2009

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -- Oscar Wilde

Lowell "Arts Month" Continues Through September

"The Last Days of Mickey and Jean" at MRT

"Nudes of the World" at Loading Dock Gallery

"Cinema at Studio A" Presents Final Summer Film This Week

4th Annual Youth Matters Film Festival

"The Witching Hour" at Lowell's Second Wind Café

Barratt and Pierce at the 119 Gallery

Capoeira Rosa Rubra Batizado

Seminar Series: RESD Center for Industrial Competitiveness

Reserve Your Tee Time at the ATHM!

Lowell Poetry Network @ 119 Gallery

Enterprise Bank Non-Profit Collaborative Seminars
How to Successfully Revise a Poem Facilitated by Tom Daley
Book Launch "Al Bouchard: The Fogg"

Young Filmmakers Tell Their Story About Lowell National Park

"Herding Cats" at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios
Insights and Observations

Bold Abstracts & Gelatin Silver Prints Contrasting Exhibition at Centro Restaurant

Annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival

Hank Philippi Ryan Book Signing at Barnes & Noble
Internationally Acclaimed Sensation
Buy Art / Buy Lowell

See the City of Lowell On a Quarter!

Artist Fellowship Program Guidelines

Calls to Artists

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Lowell "Arts Month" Continues Through September

Celebrate "Arts Month" in Lowell with a variety of public performances and art events including live theater, poetry, film, music, and more!

Upcoming events include:

  • Lowell Open Studios and Arts Festival / Sept. 26 & 27
  • A multi-media exhibit by Jim Jeffers at the University Gallery at UMass Lowell
  • "Massachusetts Quilts: Our Common Wealth" at the New England Quilt Museum
  • "Nudes of the World" - an exhibition by John Greenwald at the Loading Dock Gallery
  • "Before the Music Dies" - a film screening by Lowell Telecommunications Corporation and the Lowell Film Collaborative

Visit http://www.cultureiscool.org/arts-month for a full lineup of events taking place throughout September.

"The Last Days of Mickey and Jean" at MRT

Merrimack Repertory Theatre is excited to announce it has received the first draft and title for playwright Richard Dresser's newest play, The Last Days of Mickey and Jean. Merrimack Repertory Theatre will conduct readings and workshops of The Last Days of Mickey and Jean script before its fully staged premiere, which begins previews Mar. 18, with opening night on Mar. 21, and runs through Apr. 11, 2010. Charles Towers is scheduled to direct the production.

Tickets: Single Tickets $26-$56; Student, Senior & Group Discounts available. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.merrimackrep.org/home/ or by calling 978-654-4678.

Merrimack Repertory Theatre at 50 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell

For more information, visit http://www.merrimackrep.org/home/
or Call our Box Office at: 978- 654-4MRT / 978.654.7595 or

"Nudes of the World" at Loading Dock Gallery

"Nudes of the World" celebrate the 40-year career of figure painter John Greenwald. He works with acrylics, watercolor, gouache on paper and wood panels. A special feature of this solo show will be Greenwald's accordion-fold books filed with multiple paintings of nudes. Nudes of the World will be in The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue, 2nd floor of the A-Mill. A reception for the artist will be held. Gallery hours are Wed. through Sun., 11 am - 4:30 pm

For information about the exhibit see www.theloadingdockgallery.com or call Maxine Farkas at 978 349-8069.

Exhibit runs Sept. 2 - 27

"Cinema at Studio A" Presents Final Summer Film This Week

Join the Lowell Film Collaborative for its final film of their "Cinema at Studio A" Summer Independent Film Series in partnership with Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC)!

Before the Music Dies [2006]
This very relevant documentary tells the story of American music at this precarious moment. 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. The answers they found on this journey - ultimately, the promise that the future holds - are what makes Before the Music Dies both riveting and exhilarating!

Thur., Sept. 17, 7 p.m, Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, 246 Market Street, Lowell. Suggested donation: $5

Upcoming Lowell Film Collaborative Independendent Film Screenings:

  • "Killer Poet" - Tues., October 6
  • "Life. Support. Music." - Thurs., November 12
  • "At Home in Utopia" - Thurs., November 19
  • "Food, Inc." - Sat., November 21

For more information on these events, visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org.

4th Annual Youth Matters Film Festival

Come out and support local aspiring young filmmakers at the 4th Annual Youth Matters Film Festival organized by Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC). All entries represent a variety of styles and are short films (no longer than15 minutes). Join us for a celebration of spirited film!

Sat., Sept, 19, 2pm, Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, 246 Market Street, Lowell

For more information, visit www.ltc.org.

"The Witching Hour" at Lowell's Second Wind Café

  Enjoy an eerie night of live music and poetry at Second Wind Cafe!

Enjoy an eerie night of live music and poetry at Second Wind Cafe!

Eerie tales .... spooky sagas .... heart-pounding poetry!

Lowell's Second Wind Café (formerly Café Aiello) opens its doors to the fall season for "The Witching Hour," a cozy evening of spine-tingling storytelling by the fire featuring live music, raffle prizes, and great nibbles! Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox and the upcoming All Hallow's Eve season with live music by Cemetery Blues and eerie sound effects by Living Horror, plus an exhibit of framed black and white cemetery photographs, perfect for setting the mood.

Everyone is invited to bring a frightful poem or short story to read aloud to fellow ghouls and gals! Enjoy a great night sipping hot cider, luscious cocoa, and other festive menu items in a cozy, firelight setting! Admission: $5, to benefit the Lowell Film Collaborative and its future City-wide film events.

Fri., Sept. 18, 5 - 8pm, Second Wind Café, 30 Gorham Street, Lowell

For more information, contact Suzz Cromwell at 617-306-7556 or email lowellfilmcollaborative@live.com.


Barratt and Pierce at the 119 Gallery

Claire Elizabeth Barratt & Patrick Pierce
Video, Sculpture pieces, poetry - plus movement, sound - plus dance / movement, music & spoken word in performance

Life is Art is Life is... a continuously unfolding installation and play of interactions that marries nature and industry, the organic and the fabricated, the muse and the workshop. Installation is free and open on Tue - Sat 12noon - 5pm. Performances are scheduled by the artists and with guest musicians and collaborators throughout the month and during Lowell Open Studios.

Lowell Open Studios

Sept 26 and Sept 27 - Apocalypso Trio: Joe Burgio, movement; Shayna Dulberger, double bass; Walter Wright, analog synths & video + Katt Hernandez, violin

119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street, www.119gallery.org.

Capoeira Rosa Rubra Batizado

Capoeira Rosa Rubra's Batizado comes to UTEC!

Capoerira is a game, fight, dance, martial art which combines kicks, escapes and acrobatics with music and song. Its rich history dates back to 16th century Brazil and is now practiced throughout the world.

Sat., Sept, 19, 2-5pm at the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), 34 Hurd Street, Lowell

Come for an exhilarating display of the colorful Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. Lead by Mestre Calango, visiting Mestres (Capoeira Masters) and students come together to celebrate Rosa Rubra students' graduation. The Capoeira Roda (circle) will include Capoeira games performed by capoeiristas of all levels as well as Maculele (folkloric stick dance) and enchanting music.

Seminar Series: RESD Center for Industrial Competitiveness

Seminar Series Fall 2009 for RESD (Regional Economic and Social Development) Center for Industrial Competitiveness http://www.uml.edu/college/arts_sciences/resd. All are welcome!

The seminars will be at the UML Inn and Conference Center. Buffet lunch is provided. All seminars are at 12 noon.

For more information, contact Kathryn_Hackett@student.uml.edu

Reserve Your Tee Time at the ATHM!

Two great Lowell institutions are teaming up once again for a popular event that really puts the "fun" in fundraiser. The American Textile History Museum and Lowell Sun Charities will host the Textile Open Putting Skills Golf Tournament on Thurs., Oct. 1, 5pm at the American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street, Lowell.

Please register by Mon., Sept. 21. Get your registration in early so that we can reserve your tee time!

For information, call
Jim Coleman (ext. 231) or Maren Caulfield (ext. 246) at ATHM, 978-441-0400, or Ken Wallace at The Sun at 978-970-4801.

Lowell Poetry Network @ 119 Gallery

Poetry Reading at 119 Gallery

Featured Reader, Janet Stevenson followed by open mic. Come listen/read. Admission includes light refreshments. Janet's passionate about poetry - and loves a poetry party. $3.00 admission - All are welcome.

Thurs., Sept. 24, 7 - 9pm, 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell

For more information: www.119gallery.org



Enterprise Bank Non-Profit Collaborative Seminars

Recruitment and Retention of Board Members
Michael Gallagher, SVP Risk Management Director of Enterprise Bank, will lead a discussion on:

  • Identifying and attract qualified director candidates that will add value to your board
  • Generating director interest and participation
  • Determining a proper corporate governance structure for your board.

Thurs., Sept, 24. 8-9:30am, Enterprise Bank E-Cafe, 222 Merrimack Street


Human Resources 101 for Non-HR Professionals
Members of the Enterprise Bank Human Resources team will facilitate a training session on the following topics:

  • Hiring
  • On boarding (New Employee Orientation and on the Job Training)
  • Performance Management

Wed., Oct, 28, 8-9:30am, North Café Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green Street, Gardner

Thurs., Oct. 29, 8-9:30am,
Enterprise Bank, Arnold S. Board Room 3rd Floor,
19 Palmer Street, Lowell.

To register or for more information please call Andrew Duncan at 978-459-9000, ext.4582 or email: andrew.duncan@ebtc.com

How to Successfully Revise a Poem Facilitated by Tom Daley

"How to Successfully Revise a Poem": A great opportunity to stretch your poetic muscles & workshop for poets of all skill levels! The workshop which will be facilitated by Tom Daley. Tom Daley is a member of the faculty of the Online School of Poetry and serves on the tutorial faculty of Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He also teaches poetry writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education and at Lexington (MA) Community Education. Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center $35 registration includes light refreshments (limited to 12 participants) --- To register: email Janet Stevenson at janetize@aol.com

For more information, contact poetconnect@gmail.com

Sat., Sept. 26, 9:30am, Mogan Cultural Center, 40 French Street, Lowell

Book Launch "Al Bouchard: The Fogg"

Al Bouchard, Lowell poet will be reading from his new book of poems, The Fogg (Loom Press 2009) described as "a collection of poems written in response to artworks in the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University along with a range of other poems dealing with the relations of men and women, existential questions that pose themselves on the street, and dreamscapes that beg meaning. Free ~ all are welcome.

For more information on upcoming events, visit: www.lowellpoetrynetwork.org

Sat., Sept. 26, 2-4pm, Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street, Lowell

Young Filmmakers Tell Their Story About Lowell National Park

Please join us for a special film screening of the final video productions of six Lowell High School students to be aired during a special event, the "Young Producers Forum." This young group of filmmakers, under the direction of Sambath Bo, Youth Media Coordinator at LTC, has spent the last six months investigating and documenting their experiences living in Lowell and growing up and attending high school within Lowell National Historical Park.

This forum is made possible by the National Park Foundation, supporting projects connecting broad audiences to themes related to the National Park Service in anticipation of "The National Parks: America's Best Idea", a mini-series by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan premiering on public television in September.

Special guests include Ryan Gifford of Florentine Films, assistant editor on "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," and local filmmaker Jim Higgins, who recently premiered his award-winning film "Netherworld."

Sat., Sept. 26, 5-7pm, Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, Lowell. This event is free and open to the public!

For more information please visit: www.nps.gov/lowe.

"Herding Cats" at the Brush Art Gallery & Studios

A Juried Exhibition to Benefit Homeless and Feral Cats Sept. 26 - Oct. 24

Funds for Felines: Fri., Oct. 2, 7 - 9 pm. Delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine. Meet the artists. Purchase beautiful exhibition artwork at a10% discount. Raffles for great prizes, including veterinary services, gift baskets for cats and cat lovers, more! Tickets are only $15.00 and can be purchased on-line at http://www.thebrush.org/.

Reception for Artists:
Sat., Oct. 3, 2 - 4 pm, Brush Art Gallery & Studios.

Cakes for Cats: Oct. 17, 2 - 4 pm. A bake sale for humans to benefit cats, organized by Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell.

Meet the Cats and Kittens: Sat., Oct. 17, 2 - 4 pm organized by the Billerica Cat Care Coalition. Come meet adorable cats and kittens who are looking for loving, permanent homes.

Billerica Cat Care Coalition is a non-profit, no-kill cat rescue and adoption organization that assists feral and abandoned cats and their kittens. Started in 2004 by concerned humanitarians, this organization is run entirely by dedicated volunteers. www.billericacatcarecoalition.org

The Brush Art Gallery is a non-profit service, education, and membership organization which provides studio and exhibition facilities for artists and programs to educate the general public about the artistic process. www.thebrush.org.

Insights and Observations

Insights and Observations get open on Tue., Sept. 30, at 122 Western Avenue. Artists David Barton and Jessica Cohen explore human reality with drawing and 3-d paintings. Their work is a journey through daily life and dream imagery. The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Fri., Oct. 9, 6-9pm. The Loading Dock Gallery is open on Wed.-Sun., 11-4:30pm.

For more information at: http://www.theloadingdockgallery.com

Bold Abstracts & Gelatin Silver Prints Contrasting Exhibition at Centro Restaurant

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 at Centro Restaurant 24 Market Street in downtown Lowell.

For details on events see Greater Lowell Art Event listings at this link http://nichefineart.blogspot.com.

Through Sept. 31
Reception: Sun., Sept. 20, 1-3 pm

Annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival

Annual LCK Festival theme for this year is "I Knew Doctor Sax Was There" and also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the publication and also 22nd Annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival will take place from Oct. 1-4 in downtown Lowell.

Featured events include:

* A Presentation by Dr. Benedict Giamo, Professor of American Studies at Notre Dame and author of "Kerouac, The Word and the Way"

* A Concert by David Amram and the New England Orchestra on "Jack and Sebastian--A Multi-Media Presentation"

* A Kerouac Essay Contest at Lowell High School

* Tours of the Kerouac Sites of Lowell, Open Mike Readings, and Musical Entertainment

For the full schedule of events, with times and locations, please visit:

Hank Philippi Ryan Book Signing at Barnes & Noble

Award-winning investigative reporter Hank Philippi Ryan will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble Downtown Lowell. Hank Philippi Ryan is on the air at Boston's NBC affiliate --- join her as she makes a special appearance to sign her new book Charlotte McNally Mystery Air Time.

Thurs., Oct. 8, 5-7pm


Internationally Acclaimed Sensation

Luis Bravo's Forever Tango will sizzle the Lowell Memorial Auditorium for one performance only!

Forever Tango, the internationally celebrated entertainment event that has played to great acclaim in Europe, Canada and throughout the United States, and most recently enjoyed its third run on Broadway, will beguile and ignite Lowell audiences at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Sat., Oct. 10, 8pm.

Tickets for Forever Tango can be purchased at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium Box Office, at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

For more information please visit us at www.ForeverTango.us

Buy Art / Buy Lowell

Organized by the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) and local arts organizations and galleries, Lowell's exciting upcoming Buy Art Campaign aims to make the process easier and more fun for all involved by introducing potential buyers to the local art opportunities in Lowell.

Lowell's Buy Art Campaign will offer tours of galleries and studios, meetings with art liaisons trained in helping patrons and businesses buy art, and seminars on the value of buying local art for your home or place of business. The campaign event will take place Thur., Nov, 12. 6-8pm. Drop in to see the art, network with your peers, hear about the value of buying local art from satisfied patrons in the business community, and pick up a copy of our new guide to buying art in Lowell.

For more information, contact LZ Nunn at lznunn@lowellma.gov or call 978-674-1480.

See the City of Lowell On a Quarter!

The City of Lowell will be one of a series of new quarters being produced by the mint starting in April of 2010 as part of the "America the Beautiful Quarters Program." These coins will feature the reverse side (tails side) showcasing a national park or other federally preserved area from each state, U.S. territory, and the District of Columbia -- Lowell included!

For more information please contact: Kathy Kupper (202) 208-6843 or visit http://usmint.gov/mint_programs/NSQuartersProgram/ (US Mint Website).

Artist Fellowship Program Guidelines

MCC Artist Fellowships program offers fellowships of $7,500 and finalist awards of $500, as direct support to individual artists in recognition of artistic excellence. Deadlines for Artist Fellowships cycle is now 2010.

Applications are currently being accepted in the categories of Drawing, Painting, and Traditional Arts (deadline: Oct. 13, 2009).

Applications in the categories of Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry will be accepted beginning Dec. 1, 2009 (Deadline: Jan. 25. 2010).

For more information please visit:

1) Program guidelines: http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/applications/fellows_guidelines.html.

2) Apply on line: https://www.culturegrants-ma.org/index_artists.php.

Calls to Artists

Strong at the Broken Places: Healing Arts League of Lowell Arts Gallery, October 24 - November 1, 2009
For this exhibition, focused on the potential of art to help us regain our health, artists are invited to submit 12" X 12" 2-D or 3-D artwork, in any media, inspired by the power of healing. This exhibition is open to everyone - ALL members and non-members. Work will be accepted on the basis of the volume of submissions. Submitted work must not have been shown previously at the ALL Arts Gallery.

Deadline for entry: Sat., Oct. 3, 1-2:30pm OR Sun., Oct. 4, 3-4pm.

ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market Street, Lowell.

For a full application please visit http://www.artsleagueoflowell.com/NewsItems/StrongAtTheBrokenPlacesCALL.pdf.
If you have any questions, please contact the University of Massachusetts Lowell Art Department at 978-934-3494 or Doug Wilkening at 508-254-5618.


The Society of Arts & Crafts
SAC is pleased to announce that applications for Craftboston and Craftboston Holiday 2010 are now being accepted. To apply, please visit
http://www.craftboston.org/ and complete an online application. Paper applications are also available. Application Fee: $40

For more information, visit http://www.craftboston.org/ or email show@craftboston.org.

Deadline: Sept. 25.


Annual Art Festival
Group Showings at the Tewksbury Public Library, '09 Watercolor
Sept. 16 to Oct. 14

Oct. 14 to Nov. 18

Set-up and take down times will be between 6-7pm. 5 pieces per person for Members of TCA at no charge and 3 pieces per person for Non-Members at $5 per piece


Annual Art Festival
Sept. 25-26, Wynn Middle School, Tewksbury
Sept. 25, 7-9pm (for Artists and their Guests only)
Sept. 26, 10am-3pm (open to the Public)

Adults: Click here for more information and to download an Application to participate
Students: Click here to download an Application to participate

Please attend or participate in the events

To participate in event please make check payable to Tewksbury Community of Artists and include your name and number of pieces you'll be showing. Mail to P.O. Box 385, Tewksbury, MA 01876 or call Elaine at 978-658-4981.


Tewksbury Community of Artists Presents
Mixed media and judged show with ribbons awarded on Friday night during a private reception for artists and their guests. Second set of ribbons awarded by popular vote from the public on Saturday afternoon. Festival Sponsored by the Tewksbury Community of Artists & Tewksbury Local Cultural Council. Two sets of ribbons are being awarded-one set by judges & one by popular vote. Ballots will be available to the public, during show hours, with the popular vote ribbons on Sat., 1:30pm. Free and Open to the Public.Entries will be accepted in the media of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and illustration from New England Artists. Entries will be accepted in the media of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and illustration from New England Artists.

Annual Art Festival Sept. 25-26, Wynn Middle School, Tweksbury
Annual Art Festival Sept. 26, 10-3pm. Wynn Middle School, Tewksbury

For more information, please visit www.tewksbury.info/tca and click on Events.


Lowell Memorial Auditorium, http://www.lowellauditorium.com/eventlistings.aspx

Merrimack Repertory Theatre, www.merrimackrep.org

The Bridge Review: Merrimack Valley Culture, http://ecommunity.uml.edu/bridge/

Website for Lowell artists, www.lowellisart.com

Art community chronicle, www.vyumagazine.com

Arts League of Lowell, www.artsleagueoflowell.org

Western Avenue Studios, www.westernavenuestudios.com

Ayer Lofts, www.Ayerlofts.com

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, www.thebrush.org

The Image Theater, www.imagetheater.com

Whistler House Museum of Art, www.whistlerhouse.org

For a fuller listing of links see the COOL website, www.cultureiscool.org

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