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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Downtown This Week 11/02/2009 - 11/09/2009

Lowell Launches "Buy Art" Campaign .  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 Thursday, November, 12. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 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 call 978-674-1480
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Got Tickets?
Business News
Retail & Restaurant News 
Vendor Day" at Second Wind Café!  Sunday, November 15 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM 30 Gorham Street:  Save the date for Second Wind Café's "Vendor Day," just in time for the holidays! Get great gift ideas and meet local artisans and product sellers, including Scentsy, Java Bean Coffee, and Sweet Lydia's Treats. For more information call Second Wind Café at 978-323-4656.  
L&I Army Navy Store, 70 Bridge Street, Military clothing for the whole family, EMS uniforms and supplies.   For more information visit  www.liclothing1militaryoutlet.com
Court House Deli, 155 Middlesex Street:  Great food, fresh ingredients, hearty portions and quality products are the order of the day.  For more information visit www.chousedeli.com

Ole Restaurant and Tapas Bar, 76 Merrimack Street:  Salsa Thursdays!  Free Salsa Class!  For more information call (978) 735-4470 or visit  www.oletapas.info.                                      
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 
2009 City of Lights Parade and Downtown Holiday Art Stroll, Saturday November 28.   Come  celebrate the start of the Holiday Season!  For more information please call 978-674-1481.  
Pollard Memorial Library:  The Rise of the Blog.  In 2008, Dan Gutterplan was named New England's Top Blogger by WEEI, the top sports radio station in New England. Since January of 2009, Gutterplan has been writing a daily blog of WEEI's web site: http://thanksforplaying.weei.com. Join Dan for a lecture on the negative connotations associated with blogs and the changing culture of media. Brought to you as part of the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series.   For more information, visit www.pollardml.org or call 978-970-4120.  
Film Screening: "Life. Support. Music" Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 PM UMass Lowell, O'Leary Library, Room 222, 61 Wilder Street (South Campus).  Free admission!
Follow the inspirational journey of hope and recovery as experienced by NYC guitarist/musician Jason Crigler. While on tour performing in 2004, Jason suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage while onstage in Manhattan. While he was survived this life-shattering episode, his road to recovery was painful and staggering. Remarkably documented by film director and close friend, Eric Metzgar, this moving, brilliant, award-winning film premieres in Lowell with a special guest appearance by Jason Crigler himself who will give first-hand insight into the last five years of his life, and, honor everyone with a special live performance.Co-sponsored by Moses Greeley Parker Lectures, the 119 Gallery, and the Lowell Film Collaborative. Presented as part of the Arts League of Lowell's "The Art of Healing" multi-venue programming. Visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.com

The Andreas Kapsalis Trio Perform a Live Soundtrack to "The Adventures of Prince Achmed". Monday, November 16 at 7:30 PM.  UMass Lowell, Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street (South Campus)
Admission: $5 public / UML students, free (w/ID).  The dynamic Andreas Kapsalis Trio makes a guest appearance at UMass Lowell during their tour of the northeast for a special live performance accompanying "The Adventures of Prince Achmed," the oldest surviving animated film, dating back to 1926. The story is based on the classic 1001 Arabian Nights and is beautifully retold by German animator Lotte Reiniger. Don't miss your chance to see an incredible live performance alongside this wondrous cinematic work! Co-sponsored by UMass Lowell Music Department and the 119 Gallery.

Film Screening: "At Home in Utopia".  Thursday, November 19 at 7 PM, Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center 246 Market Street.   Free admission!  What does it take to get housing that's good for our children? What does it take to build a community where we want to live? Does it take a movement? During the 1920s, thousands of immigrant factory workers managed to build cooperative apartment houses that they owned and ran themselves. When they were hit by the Great Depression, they fought alongside others to win the social safety net that we are now in danger of losing. "At Home in Utopia" tells their story. Join a dynamic panel discussion following the film with Michal Goldman, Filmmaker; Bob Forrant, Professor/Regional Economics and Social Development; Lindolfo Carballo,Community Action to Support Affordability (CASA). 
Lowell Devils:  Make it a November to remember with Lowell Devils Hockey!  Saturday November 7 at 7:00 PM vs. Providence (Vacation Giveaway), Saturday November 14 at 7:00 PM vs. Providence (Youth T-Shirt Giveaway and Team Autograph Session), Saturday November 21 at 1:30 PM vs. Manchester (Special Appearance by Jarvis Green of the New England Patriots).    For more information call (978) 458-PUCK or visit www.lowelldevilshockey.com.
Lowell Spinners:  The Greek God of Walks is returning to Lowell. December 29 the Spinners will honor Red Sox MVP and 2001 Lowell Spinner at the Spinners annual Alumni Dinner to be held at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.    For tickets and information visit www. lowell.spinners.milb.com 
Museum & Gallery News 
Revolving Museum: Open House, Saturday November 21, 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 Street:   
October 23 through March 14, 2010.  Changing Landscapes: Contemporary Chinese Fiber Art.  Wednesdays - Sundays, 10:00 AM. - 5:00 PM.  
For more information, visit www.athm.org.
The Loading Dock Gallery:  Digital & Gelatin Silver: Hometowns and Beyond.  Photographs by Joe Quinlan & Linda Williamson
October 28 - November 22.   Artists Reception: Friday, November 6th 6:00 PM-8:30 PM.  For more information visit 

119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street:  Make a Wish, Tuesday-Saturday October 20 - November 14, 12:00 PM -5:00 PM.   Three-channel video projection by Denise Dumas, Make A Wish combines images of thunderstorms and water with an accompanying soundtrack of voiced concerns to envelop the gallery in an electrical storm of uncertainty.  For more information visit www.119gallery.org.   

The Brush Art Gallery & Studio, 256 Market Street:  November 1, 2009 - January 10.  THE ART OF HEALING: The Art of Psychotherapists curated by Jean Winslow.  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  
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
The ALL Gallery, 246 Market Street:  Upcoming exhibits! ELEMENTS II - On and Off the Wall, November 7 - November 22 and the Super Duper Holiday Show November 28 - December 20.  For more information visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com
Got Tickets? 
The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for Brian Wilson, part of the 09-10 Lowell Five Performing Arts Series November 12, Jim Brickman November 12, Disney Live! Rockin' Road Show November 15 and the Guy Fieri Road Show November 17.  For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

Merrimack Repertory Theatre:  The Seafarer, 10/15/2009 - 11/8/2009.  Nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play, this hilarious and chilling tale of the sea, Ireland and redemption brings old friends together on Christmas Eve for an all night, liquor-soaked game of poker with damningly high stakes. Steeped in Irish myth, the play is both darkly funny and surprisingly uplifting.  For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.    

Tsongas Arena: Tickets currently available for the World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Friday, November 6 at 7:30 PM.   For more information visit www.paultsongasarena.com.
 Business News
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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