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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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December 30, 2009

"No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam." -- Charles Lamb

Celebrate the 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest!

First Saturday at Western Avenue Studios

Celebrate Movie Magic of the 30's in Lowell!

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Supports Local Art Community

CD Release Party with Amy and the Rascals

"Uncommon Application" at Groton Public Library

Amish Quilt Exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum

Upcoming Events at Indian Hill Music

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Celebrate the 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest!

The City of Lowell is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest from Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6, taking place at various indoor and outdoor locations throughout the downtown area!

Activities include:
* The ever popular National Human Dog Sled Competition
* "Mittens and Museum Madness" activities for kids
* The Glacier Gallery Artisans Market
* The North Bowl Soup Competition
* The annual snowman competition
* Outdoor ice skating

Winterfest opens on Friday, February 5 at 6:45pm with the kick-off of the National Human Dog Sled Competition. Festivities are capped off on Saturday night with a 5:30pm fireworks display over Tsongas Arena.

Call for Human Dog Sled Competitors
Get your human dog sled team together and join in the fun -- only 6 team members are needed! Deadline for entry is Mon. Jan. 25. For complete details and entry forms, visit www.lowellwinterfest.org.
Please continue to visit the official website for event details and program updates.

First Saturday at Western Avenue Studios

The northeast's largest concentration of working artists in one facility opens its doors to the public the first Saturday of every month. See more than 160 artists in all disciplines, media and styles located in two converted mill buildings.

Next Open Studios:
Sat. Jan. 2
, Noon to 5 pm, Western Avenue Studios,122 Western Ave., Lowell.

For more information about the studios and directions visit www.westernavenuestudios.com.

Celebrate Movie Magic of the 30's in Lowell!

Don't miss the 3rd Annual Lowell Film Festival, Thursday, April 8 - Saturday, April 10: "Hollywood and the Great Depression: 10-cent Entertainment During Difficult Times"

Come see the films the nation watched during the Golden Age of Hollywood: the 1930s. It was an era of big budget musicals, outsize actors and actresses, crime and gangsters, and many films considered today's movie classics. Using newsreels from the 1930s, cartoon features, and motion picture screenings, the Festival will recreate what a movie goers' experience was like in downtown Lowell during the Great Depression.

Celebrate the Opening Night of the Fest!
Lowell Film Festival Opening Night 1930s Soiree
Thursday, April 8 at 6:30pm
Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Hall of Flags
50 E. Merrimack Street, Lowell
Food | Live Music | Cash Bar | Classic Cars
Festive 1930s attire encouraged!

Volunteer at the Lowell Film Festival
Enjoy the movies and meeting great people? Come volunteer with us! Greet visitors, help with venues and film screenings, and assist with organizing the event. Free t-shirts for all volunteers! For complete information, please contact Suzz Cromwell at 978-674-1483 or scromwell@lowellma.gov.



Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Supports Local Art Community

The following press release was issued from the Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union announcing their partnership with the Arts League of Lowell to provide art exhibitions in their facility. The credit union's pleasure with the first exhibition has cemented this year-long partnership.

Dec., 18, 2009 Lowell, MA. Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union is pleased to announce they have partnered with the Arts League of Lowell to promote artists in the local community. Throughout the upcoming year, Jeanne D'Arc will host a series of open house, art exhibits at their new corporate headquarters located at 1 Tremont Place in downtown Lowell.

The first art exhibit is scheduled for Tue., Jan., 12, 2010, 6-8pm. All artwork is for sale and admission is free. Those interested in attending must RSVP, by Jan., 8, to Jeanne D'Arc by calling 978-323-3451 or by email to events@jdcu.com.

CD Release Party with Amy and the Rascals

Come and party with Amy and the Rascals at Lowell's Old Court Irish Pub!

Join us for a CD release party and show on Sat., Jan. 23 at 8pm. upstairs at the Old Court Irish Pub
the heart of downtown Lowell.

Come into the city early and eat downstairs at the Old Court or at one of the great restaurants in Lowell, then come to the party at 8PM.!

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day.

The party will include give-aways throughout the night (lots of CDs, t-shirts and more!) and a fundraising raffle with GREAT prizes for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.

"Uncommon Application" at Groton Public Library

Uncommon Application
On exhibit at the Groton Public Library Own Smith Shuman Gallery

Through February 6, 2010

An art exhibit of unusual application and endeavor,Uncommon Application features artists Jeanne Williamson and Brian Hart and their works that celebrate and explore a modern sensibility. There will be a reception featuring an artists' talk by Jeanne Williamson and Brian Hart on Sun., Jan. 10 from 1-2:30 pm in the gallery. This event is free and open to the public. Children are welcome and light refreshments will be provided.

About the Artists
Jeanne Williamson is a mixed media artist who works with fabric and paint and thread.
Brian Hart is the son of artist and teacher Mary Hart. His work has its roots in history painting, a modern day Poussin with references to both classical art and popular culture, such as video games and comics.

The exhibit was made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. The artists' talk is funded by the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund.

Library hours: Tues/Thurs. 10am-9pm, Wed/Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-3pm, and Sun. (January - April) 1-5pm

For more information, visit www.gpl.org (click on ‘Events and Activities' and ‘Art Gallery') or contact the curator, Deborah Santoro, at artem6@comcast.net.

Amish Quilt Exhibition at the New England Quilt Museum

Don't miss Kinder Komforts: Amish Crib Quilts on exhibit March 4 - May 9, 2010. An opening reception on March 6 at 1pm will feature a lecture on the Amish lifestyle and its intimate connection to quilting by guest curator Bettina Havig, an internationally-renowned quilt expert and author. In addition, historical quilting expert Gerald Roy will give a talk on the Amish use of color in conjunction with the exhibition on April 17 at 1pm. During the exhibit, the museum will also feature, in its permanent collection rooms, the work of Dorothy Bosselman. The late artist set out to recreate 60 historical Amish quilts, most dating from the early 20th century, in miniature.

Support for this exhibition is provided in part by A Quilters' Gathering/Eastcoast Quilters' Alliance LLC.

More information: www.nequiltmuseum.org

Upcoming Events at Indian Hill Music

"Jammin' on the Hill"
Open mic night for teens ages 13-18, Fri., Jan. 8, 7-10pm. Local bands and solo acts are invited to perform in a safe, informal setting. Refreshments served. Admission: $5 cover charge for audience and performers.

Weilerstein Duo:
Indian Hill Music presents acclaimed chamber musicians Donald Weilerstein (violin) and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein (pinao) performing works by Schumann, Ravel and Enescu, Sat., Jan. 9, 8pm at The Kalliroscope Gallery, 264 Main Street, Groton, MA.
Tickets: $25/adults, $15/students (includes post-concert wine and cheese reception with the artists).

Jazz Jam:
Amateur jazz instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to an open jam session led by Indian Hill Music School faculty. Bring your music and play in a relaxed atmosphere! Fri., Jan. 15, 7-10pm, Admission: $5 per person.

Bach's Lunch Concert:
Indian Hill Music School's monthly faculty series presents jazz standards with fabulous vocalist Paul Pampinella and guitarist Eric Baldwin: Thurs., Jan. 21, 12-1pm.Coffee, tea, cookies served; bring your lunch. FREE admission.

Family Pajama Jam:
Put on your PJs and have fun with us! Young families are invited to sing, dance and play musical instruments at our free musical story hour: Fri., Jan. 22, 6:30 -7:30pm. FREE admission.

Orchestra Of Indian Hill:
BAROQUE & BEYOND! Sun., Jan. 24, 3pm at Littleton High School, 56 King St.,. Pre-concert talk at 2:15 pm with Maestro Hangen. Tickets: $48, $35, $22, and $15/students & seniors.

Art Exhibit:
The Gallery at Indian Hill presents hand-colored lithographs of American Indians of the early 1800s by Joseph O. Lewis, on loan from Fruitland's Museum. On display Jan., 5-March 12 at Littleton High School. Exhibit hours: Mon.-Fri.,10am-8pm; Sat., 10-5pm. FREE admission.

All the above event are happening at 36 King Street (Rte. 495/Exit 30), Littleton, MA. Call 978-486-9524 x128 or e-mail sal@indianhillmusic.org to request a spot.


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

American Textile History Museum, www.athm.org

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

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