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Monday, November 16, 2009

Downtown This Week 11/09/2009 - 11/16/2009



SPECIAL NOTICE TO CENTRAL STREET RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES DETOUR INFORMATION FOR WEEKEND OF 11/14/09.  Please note that during the closure of Market Street at Central for the weekend of 11/14/09 a special detour route will be posted for anyone who may attempt to access Central Street via Market Street.  A variable message sign will be placed in advance on the Lowell Connector to direct motorists to the final exit "Lowell Center" to access Central Street.  A variable message sign will be placed on Dutton Street for outbound traffic which we will try to make visible to Market Street eastbound traffic This sign will direct motorists to stay on Dutton Street to the Lord Overpass to access Central Street via Appleton Street.  In addition to the variable message sign supplementary signs will be in place for this detour.  Please note that in the event a motorist does turn onto Market Street, the detour signs will direct them back to Central Street via E. Merrimack, High, Church and Green Street.  This is supplemental to the more direct detour route.  Again, this phasing was developed to minimize disruption, conduct work quickly and return to normal traffic operations for weekdays.  Thank you for your patience. 

In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Got Tickets?
Business News

Retail & Restaurant News 

Tutto Bene...a wine and cheese cellar, 58 Prescott Street: November Wine Tasting  Saturday, November  14 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  We will be serving samples of our delicious cheeses, olives, crackers and more!  Admission is complimentary.  For more information call (978)459-WINE (9463).

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. 

Centro Restaurant & Bar, 24 Market Street: Let Centro lend a helping hand.  We can take the stress OFF OF YOU cooking an entire Thanksgiving meal, side dishes or desserts.  For more information, please call us at 978.453.4630.  Have a great and safe holiday. 

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     

Cobblestones Restaurant: 91 Dutton Street: Never too early to book your holiday party rooms! Plated Dinners, Buffets & Cocktail Receptions.  Available for groups from 15 to 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

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

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.  

Lowell National Historical Park Honors Veterans with Fee Free Day at Boott Cotton Mills Museum.  The Lowell National Historical Park will be waiving museum fees for all visitors at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum on Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day.  For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000.
Pollard Memorial Library: 
  Family Story Time.  Celebrate Family Literacy Month at the Pollard!  November is Family Literacy Month! Bring the whole family in for a storytime! Everyone from babies to grandparents are welcome!  No registration is required.   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 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.   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: New England Fiber Collective November 21 - December 31, Reception: November  21, 2:00 PM -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: 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 the 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:  Heroes, 11/19/2009 - 12/13/2009
Henri, Gustave and Philippe survived World War I. Forty years later, as residents in a veterans' home and armed only with what is left of their wits and a 200-pound stone dog, they battle old age, nagging war injuries, and a masochistic nun. A heartwarming tale of camaraderie and a moving portrait of the frustrations inherent in growing older.  For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.   

Tsongas Arena: Tickets currently available for  Jeff Dunham,
Sunday, January 17th at 5:00 PM.  For more information visit www.paultsongasarena.com.

 Business News


Christopher Samaras
Downtown Coordinator

Cultural Affairs & Special Events
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