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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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December 2, 2009

"We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out." -- Winston Churchill

Holiday Open Studios at Western Avenue This Weekend

Buy Local This Season! Enjoy Holiday Shopping in Lowell!

Women's Works' Holiday Art and Craft Fair

Legendary Coconut Grove Fire Discussed at Pollard Library

The Space Cafe Kicks Off Holiday Open Studios with Open Mic Night

Andover Chamber Music Presents "The Baroque Big Band"

"Night at the Museum 2" PLUS Buffet at Mickey's Bar & Grill

New England Orchestra: 'Get A Handle on Handel'

Quilts of Personality

ALL Member Margot Stage Exhibits Her Fiber Work

Fiber Art Demonstration and Workshop by Robin Martel

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Holiday Open Studios at Western Avenue This Weekend

Shop local this year and discover what our local artists have created for everyone on your gift list! Come to Lowell's Western Avenue Studios the first two weekends in December and visit with over 180 artists working in a variety of mediums, from clay to watercolor, textiles to beads, oil on canvas to photography -- and much more!

Sat., Dec. 5 & Sun., Dec. 6 | Sat., Dec. 12 & Sun., Dec. 13
12 Noon - 5pm
at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell

Take a tour of Western Avenue Studios online at www.westernavenuestudios.com


Buy Local This Season! Enjoy Holiday Shopping in Lowell!

From artist galleries to eclectic retail, Lowell is a great place to find something special for everyone on your list. Enjoy extended Thursday Hours, FREE parking and FREE photos with Santa this Thursday and Saturday. Get 10% at participating locations with your Holiday Passport this shopping season.

Free Photos with Santa (Complimentary hot cocoa while you wait and stocking stuffers for kids)
Thurs., Dec. 3, 4:30-6:30pm, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Office, 131 Merrimack St.
Sat., Dec. 5, 12-2pm, Barnes & Noble, 151 Merrimack St.

Validated parking available at with a receipt from any purchase downtown. Events presented by the City of Lowell, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Downtown Business Committee, Center City Committee and The Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For complete details on holiday shopping in Lowell, including the new Holiday Passport, visit www.lowell.org.

Women's Works' Holiday Art and Craft Fair

Women's Works' Holiday Art & Craft Fair

Celebrating the Creativity of Women at UMass Lowell

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2 - 8 p.m., in the beautiful UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in downtown Lowell.

Holiday Shopping
Start your holiday shopping and find something unique from a bountiful array of art works, hand crafts, artisanal foods and books - all created by women associated with UMass Lowell.

  • Felting
  • Silver jewelry
  • Watercolors
  • And much, much more!
  • Scarves of painted silk
  • Original note cards
  • Handmade chocolates

Continuous performance stage
Music, historic skits and spoken word add to the festivities.

Raffles - prizes throughout the day
Prizes from local businesses add to the fun.

Wine and cheese tasting, silent auction
Join us for wine and cheese, 6 - 8 p.m., and bid on special high-ticket items.

General admission $5; students $1
Advanced sales: $25 for 6 tickets
Admission and a portion of all sales will support the Center for Women and Work, dedicated to improving the conditions of work and economic opportunities for women.

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union
UMass Lowell Office of the Chancellor
Center for Women and Work

Last Call for artists, artisans and performers (UMass Lowell alumni, staff, faculty, partners, etc) Contact Darcie Boyer ASAP at 978-934-4380 or cww@uml.edu about availabilities.

Legendary Coconut Grove Fire Discussed at Pollard Library

The Coconut Grove Fire, November 28, 1942, which killed nearly 500 people, led to major changes in fire and safety codes and manslaughter law as well as innovations in burn treatments and post-traumatic shock therapy. Join Stephanie Schorow as she discusses the impact of this fire and the 1872 Great Fire of Boston and their lingering mysteries. This event is presented by Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series.

Thurs., Dec. 3, 7-9pm, Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St., Lowell

For more information, visit www.pollardml.org or call 978-970-4120.


The Space Cafe Kicks Off Holiday Open Studios with Open Mic Night

Enjoy the talents of other performers or show off your own talent with spoken word, singing and songwriting. To reserve a spot, call 978-459-4755 or stop by at anytime and join in the fun. There's no better way to kick off the Holiday Open Studios weekend!

Fri., Dec. 4, 7:30pm, The Space Cafe, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell

For more information contact sharn@inthespace.net or visit www.inthespace.net.

Andover Chamber Music Presents "The Baroque Big Band"

Andover Chamber Music presents "The Baroque Big Band," your new holiday tradition! Dazzling Baroque Concertos performed without a conductor by the dynamic members of Mistral -- features a loving tribute to Hart Leavitt, ACM board member emeritus.

Fri., Dec. 4, 7:30pm
First Church Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge


Saturday , Dec. 5, 5pm
South Church, 41 Central St., Andover

For more information please contact: Jessica Ruda at either 978-474-6222 or sales@AndoverChamberMusic.org, or visit www.AndoverChamberMusic.org

"Night at the Museum 2" PLUS Buffet at Mickey's Bar & Grill

Enjoy "Night at the Museum 2" this Sunday at Mickey's Bar & Grill!
Enjoy "Night at the Museum 2" this Sunday at Mickey's Bar & Grill!

Come to Mickey's Bar and Grill in Lowell (179 Central Street) for Sunday movies PLUS buffet!

Join us for this Sunday's film!
Dec. 6 "Night at the Museum 2: Smithsonian"

Buffet opens at 1pm. Movies screen on Sundays at 2 and 6pm.
Admission: Buffet and Movie - $10 adults, $7 children, $8 students (with I.D.)

Each time you watch a movie at Mickey's you'll receive a contest entry ticket. Drawing held at end of 6pm showing on January 31, 2010. Movies open to all ages (note: R rating requires under 17 to be accompanied by adult); contest open to 18+.

Upcoming film:
December 13: "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"

For full film information, visit www.mickeydoyle.com

New England Orchestra: 'Get A Handle on Handel'

Join the Eliot Church Choir as they perform excerpts from Handel's Messiah, plus, Musical Director Heather MacRobie will showcase their new organ in Albinoni's Adagio for Organ and Strings.

The New England Orchestra will be joined by UML music students and the Lowell Youth Orchestra in festive music from around the world. Kay George Roberts conducts.

Sun., Dec. 6, 4pm, Eliot Presbyterian Church, 273 Summer St., Lowell.

Quilts of Personality

Community Teamwork Inc., The Artship Enterprise, and students from The Robinson School team up to create a collection of fresh, unique and hand sewn quilts made from old t-shirts, jeans and fabric remnants. Each quilt is inspired by the artist's own personality and viewpoint. No two quilts are alike! Join us for our opening reception on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 5:30pm at Lowell's Second Wind Cafe.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Opening Reception: Tues., Dec. 8, 5:30pm, Second Wind Café, 30 Gorham St., Lowell
Exhibit runs December 8, 2009 to January 2, 2010

For more information, contact Jennifer Ehlert, Spindle City Corps Coordinator, Community Teamwork Inc. at 978-654-6691 Ext. 104.

ALL Member Margot Stage Exhibits Her Fiber Work

View fiber artist Margot Stage's new work in downtown Lowell. "The Acre Across the Ages" depicts the cultural history of one of Lowell's most interesting neighborhoods. This three-fold screen will be displayed at the Pollard Library November 13-30 and at the Enterprise Bank at 222 Merrimack Street from November 30-December 18.

For more information contact mestage@comcast.net

Fiber Art Demonstration and Workshop by Robin Martel

Fiber Art Demonstration and Workshop by Robin Martel

Mixed media collage fiber artist, Robin Martell, will demonstrate how to use textile fibers such as angelina, tyvek, silk, ribbons, wool, bamboo, fabric, etc. to design handmade paper. The artist will demonstrate how to integrate "found" objects such as beads, buttons, postage stamps, vintage pins and glitter to add texture, sparkle and dimension to a collage project using handmade and commercial paper.

Each participant will work on his/her own project by integrating textile fibers into the design of handmade paper using angelina as the foundation fiber. Participants may bring bring ribbons, buttons or fabric to use in their project but it is not required. Robin Martell's work has sold in museums, art galleries, art auction shows, and in private collections. The artist has a mixed media collage art card line, Innisfree Cards.

Fri., Jan. 9, 2010, 1pm, Tewksbury Public Library

Sponsored by the Tewksbury Community of Artists www.tewksbury.info/tca



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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