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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Lowell: This week

Tuesday June 2, 2009
7:00PM - Movie Begins
Lowell National Historical Park Visitors Center
246 Market Street, Lowell
Free admission!
5 Stories. 5 Senses. 1 Connection.
An experimental narrative that challenges linear time, Circuit asks the questions the audience must answer. Chilling and edgy, we wonder what it is to touch, to see, to hear, to taste, and to smell. How do we relate to the world around us, each other? What are we if we cannot trust our own senses?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
"Sarah Fergusen: Dutchess of York"

Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum 2009
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
General Admission $37/$47.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, will present a program titled "The Road to Authentic Life." In addition to being a former member of Britain’s royal family, Sarah is an advocate for disadvantaged children, an author, a businesswoman and a philanthropist. She will share with the Celebrity Forum audience the steps and missteps made on the rocky road to the authentic life she leads today.
More information at:
Lowell Memorial Auditorium Event Details

Friday June 5th, 2009
6pm - 9pm
Artist Reception: Wandering Feet
Photography by Jack Holmes
Pastels by Bill Tyers

Support Lowell's local artists at
The Loading Dock Gallery
122 Western Avenue
Lowell, MA
More information at:
http://www.theloadingdockgallery.com/ &

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lowell this Weekend: Memorial Day Weekend

Thursday May 21, 2009
"Going Green: Every Home an Eco-Home"
6:30PM - Refreshments
7:00PM - Movie Begins
Lowell High School Freshman Academy
Movie run time of 25 minutes
Narrated by environmentally aware actor, Tony Shalhoub (star of "Monk"), the movie shows us how we can live earth-friendly lives on a limited budget, even in the middle of a city. Mixing humor with everyday, affordable examples at home, the cast tours the original Eco-Home with a group of middle-school kids who discover first-hand some simple, inexpensive ways to become more earth-friendly.
Join local students and the Lowell Green Building Commission members for a green building discussion following the movie.
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Friday, May 22th, 2009
"Improv Boston"
General Admission $7, Members $4
Ages 17+
ImprovBoston Mainstage is the ever-evolving show that is the cornerstone of ImprovBoston. Blending skillful storytelling, memorable music, audience participation, and joyful chaos, an elite cast of Boston's best improvisers creates a show that redefines itself with every performance. No rules. No boundaries. Just spectacular comedy and incredible improvisation.
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Friday May 22 8pm
Kevin Frenette Trio
$5 donation at the door
Kevin Frenette - guitar
James Rohr - Fender Rhodes
John McLellan - drums
Dr T - video mix
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Saturday, Sunday, & Memorial Day May 23-25, 2009
Locks to Locks Canal Boat Tour
Enjoy a 1 hour 45 minute ranger guided tour on Lowell’s canals locking at Swamp Locks and visiting the Francis Gate complex. Offered Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day beginning May 23 through June 19 at 11:00am, 12:15pm, 2:00pm and 3:15pm. Fees: Adults, $8.00; Seniors/students, $7.00; youth (6 -16 years old), $6.00; Children 5 and under, free.
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Saturday May 23, 2009
"Street Beat" Homeless Benefit Concert
Admission $10
All Ages
In collaboration with the Tent City Homeless Coalition and Living Waters Ministry of Hope, the museum will host a community event to showcase the talents of both homeless and non-homeless performers from UMASS Lowell and the greater Lowell community. Performance groups will include Peanut Butter and Justice, Thomas and the Secret Asians, Scott Beaman, Safi Shams, and many more! In addition to playing music, a variety of homeless and formerly homeless artists will sell their jewelry and paintings at the event. All proceeds from the event will go towards the installation of washers & dryers, as well as showers for homeless usage at Living Waters Ministry of Hope. This event is open to all ages, and food and beverages will be provided.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

This Weekend in Lowell: Doors Open Lowell

29 of Lowell's most recognized buildings will be open for touring this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as part of Doors Open Lowell, providing an inside look at some of the historic mill architecture as well as their modern renovations. Don't forget to check out all of the extra tours and special viewings scheduled throughout the weekend as well! This great event is free and good for all ages!

There are also several other events happening around town - check out the calendar on our blog for more info!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Progressive Dinner Menu for Doors Open Lowell 2009

Just found this posted on the COOL website as a .DOC download, so we're sharing it here in case you'd like to scope the menu in advance for yourself:

Progressive Dinner, Live Jazz & Cultural Heritage Talks
Thursday, May 14, 2009
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy great live music, delicious cuisine, and historical talks in the heart of downtown Lowell!
Discover Lowell’s architectural and literary history with brief 15-minute talks.

Architectural and Literary Heritage Talks
Local architectural tour with Lowell National Park architect Chuck Parrott
7:00 pm at the Bon Marche Building/155 Merrimack Street
8:00 pm at the corner of Palmer & Middle Streets

Jack Kerouac’s former haunts tour with Roger Brunelle, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Founding Member
8:30 pm outside Ricardos’s/110 Gorham Street

Progressive Dinner menu includes specially priced courses - one night only! Start your excursion at C’est to pick up your menu.

• Feta & Tomato Flat Bread – Pizza bread topped with fresh tomatoes, basil & feta cheese. $5.95 Athenian Corner*
• Scallion Pancake with green curry sauce. $5.95 Blue Taleh*
• Cheese, pate and cracker sampler plate with a glass of red, white or sparkling wine (non-alcoholic) beverage. $10 C'est*
• Grilled half artichoke lemon butter. $4.50 Centro Restaurant & Bar*
• World’s Best Buffalo Tenders appetizer. Cobblestones of Lowell*
• Bruschetta. $6.99 Fortunato’s Italian Restaurant
• Pizza. La Boniche French Bistro*
• Southwestern Spring Rolls. $4.00 Mambo Grill*
• Fresh Prince Edward Island Mussels sautéed in a tomato basil broth or choose Grilled Flat Bread Pizza topped with assorted cheeses and our own tomato sauce Ricardo’s Café Trattoria*
• Grilled Texas Sausage. $2.95 Village Smokehouse*

• Shrimp Saganaki – Fresh shrimps with a colorful array of sliced peppers in a light tomato sauce topped with a crust of feta cheese accompanied with pasta. $16.95 Athenian Corner*
• Chicken Lettuce Wrap served with white rice. $16.95 Blue Taleh*
• Chicken Parmegian, side salad & Italian Soda. $7.75 Caffé Paradiso*
• Sandwich Plate & Dessert - Italian sandwich, chips, cole slaw with a choice of Gelato & a specialty coffee. $8.95 Café Aiello
• Mac ‘n’ cheese with grilled shrimp skewer baked mac with orechiette and five cheeses, fresh arugula salad. $17.00 Centro Restaurant & Bar*
• Our Signature Chicken Marsala. Cobblestones of Lowell*
• Parmigiana, chicken or eggplant. $9.99 Fortunato’s Italian Restaurant
• Chinese Flavor Braised Lamb Shank with apricot, ginger, garlic and soy with grilled zucchini and garlic mashed. $18.00 La Boniche French Bistro*
• Mini Fish Taco Platter. $6.00 Mambo Grill*
• Tapas Caldo Gallego - Spanish soup with ham, pork and chick peas or choose Tapas a la Ole - Baby potatoes with homemade garlic mayonnaise. Both dishes including a glass of red/white Sangria. $8.95 Ole Tapas Restaurant & Bar*
• Wild Mushroom Ravioli filled and topped with assorted wild mushrooms and fresh herbs in a shallot cream sauce or choose Roast Prime Rib of Beef served with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans. Ricardo’s Café Trattoria*
• Southwestern Chicken. $10.95 Village Smokehouse*


• Yiaourti Me Meli – Traditional strained thick & creamy Greek yogurt topped with honey & walnuts. $4.95 Athenian Corner*
• Creme Brulee Torte. $6.95 Blue Taleh*
• Cappuccino & Large Cannoli. $7.00 Caffé Paradiso*
• Carrot Cake topped with classic cream cheese frosting “2008 Taste of the Town winner for best dessert made by ‘I Dream of Jeanne Cakes.” $5.50 Centro Restaurant & Bar*
• Enjoy our Warm Blonde Brownie ala mode, with homemade Caramel! Cobblestones of Lowell*
• Tiramasu or Cannoli. $6.50 Fortunato’s Italian Restaurant
• Bread Pudding. $4.00 La Boniche French Bistro*
• Avocado Pie. $3.00 Mambo Grill*
• Vanilla Bean Gelato. Ricardo’s Café Trattoria*
• Choice of Pie. $1.95 Village Smokehouse*

*Live Music Performance Location
More information on the Progressive Dinner can be found at www.cultureiscool.org.

This program is a partnership among the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL), the City of Lowell, and the Lowell National Historical Park.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Lowell This Weekend: Harmonic Center of the Universe

Amy Black at the Village Smokehouse
Thursday May 7, 2009
9pm, No cover, Bonus: Meet up with local Twitterers starting at 7:30pm

Duck That! at 119 Gallery
Thursday May 7, 2009
Josh Jefferson - reeds and game calls,
Steve Norton - reeds and more game calls,
Angela Sawyer - electronics and you guessed it, game calls!
Walter Wright - solo electronics & video.
8pm, $5 Suggested Donation

The Straight Line, by Image Theatre Upstairs at The Old Court
Friday May 8 & Saturday May 9 LAST SHOWS!
8pm, $18 tickets in advance, $20 at the door
Rick and Jim, two disaffected 50 year old men from Boston, seek to spice up their life by drawing a “straight line” across America and just… going. All hell breaks loose when their car breaks down outside a diner in Ogallalah, Nebraska, and they become intertwined with the lives of the locals. Beer, romance, and gunfights in this “Coen Brothers- like” take on the loss of the American Dream.

People Standing Art Reception at Loading Dock Gallery
Friday May 8th, 6-9pm

Lowell Philharmonic Pops Concert
at Pawtucket Congregational Church
Friday May 8th, 8-10pm
Free, All Ages

"Can You Hear Me Now" Art Reception at 119 Gallery
As part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival
Saturday May 9, 3 - 6pm
Screening and Trans-Atlantic Performance with Lucy Thane and Red Shoe Films, London GB

Harmony Park Interactive Art Experience
Saturday May 9th, 6-10pm
Free, All Ages, Corner ofCork & Cross St.
On Saturday, May 9th, Lowell’s Harmony Park will come to life with cultural performances, food, community art activities, and a large scale interactive art installation, “The Harmonic Center of the Universe” by artists Chris Harvey, Olivia Robinson, and Jesse Stiles, with support from the Revolving Museum and other local community groups. Their giant luminous “moon” will hover on a 16-foot tall bamboo tripod swathed in garlands of lights. Suspended below a swing seat will beckon attendees to sit and activate a flow of animated lights and music.