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Friday, January 29, 2010

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January 29, 2010

"One kind word can warm three winter months." -- Japanese proverb

The 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest: Just One Week Away!

Tonight! Open Mic Night at The Space

Winter Tracking & Wildlife Program

"Great Plates" and a Movie at Athenian Corner!

Salsa and Latin Bands Come Together for Haiti Relief

Enterprise Bank's Non-Profit Collabrative Social Media Seminar

Beautiful Valentines by Local Artists: "The Artist's Valentine"

Art Meets Science at the Brush Gallery

Valentine's Day at the Whistler House Museum of Art

ALL News: Renaissance Music Concert at ALL Arts Gallery

Upcoming at the University Gallery at UMass Lowell

"Of Peace and Harmony" at Indian Hill Music

Calls to Artists

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The 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest: Just One Week Away!

Don't hibernate! Come celebrate! The 10th Annual Lowell Winterfest is around the corner -- don't miss this winter's anticipated family event!

Join us for the following Winterfest activities!
* Lowla's Dance Party (new this year!)
* The ever popular National Human Dog Sled Competition
* "Mittens and Museum Madness" activities for kids at Lowell High School
* Glacier Gallery Artisans Market at Lowell High School
* "On the Lookout for Lowla" (new this year!)
* North Bowl Soup Competition
* Outdoor ice skating
* Live music in "Club Celsius," Winterfest's giant heated tent
* Winter sleigh rides

10th Annual Lowell Winterfest
Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6
Taking place at indoor and outdoor locations throughout downtown Lowell

Get the complete Winterfest schedule at www.lowellwinterfest.org.

Tonight! Open Mic Night at The Space

Please join us at The Space for our second Open Mic Night! Show off your talent in poetry, as a vocalist, musician, comedy or whatever your specialty is, or just come and enjoy the night. The cafe will be open for coffee, food, and other beverages while listening to the performers. Everyone is welcome to perform or be a part of the audience.

Fri., Jan. 29, 8pm, The Space & The Place at the Space Cafe,122 Western Ave., Mill B unit 5A, Lowell

For more information, call 978-459-4755 or visit www.inthespace.net

Winter Tracking & Wildlife Program

Join us for our third annual winter wildlife tracking program, this year followed by a live animal presentation. This fun and educational program will be led in partnership with Mass Audubon and Brush Art Gallery. Come out and see for yourself how abundant wildlife is in Lowell, especially along the Concord River Greenway (CRG). First you will learn about the "art of tracking" along the CRG. Later on at the Brush Art Gallery you will have the chance to see wildlife, such as an American kestrel and a spotted turtle, "up close and personal" and learn about the challenges they face when it comes to survival in the wild. All ages welcome.

Sat., Feb. 6 (two separate activities)
Winter (Wildlife) Tracking: 8-10am - Meet just inside the entrance to Lowell Cemetery, off Lawrence Street in Lowell (across from 1025 Lawrence St). Off-street parking available.

Wildlife Program and Demonstration: 11am-1pm - Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, 256 Market Street in Lowell. Street parking and nearby parking garages available.

To RSVP, please Contact Us or call 978-934-0030 x3.

"Great Plates" and a Movie at Athenian Corner!

John Corbett & Nia Vardalos star in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," screening at Athenian Corner Restaurant on Monday, February 22 at 7PM!
John Corbett & Nia Vardalos star in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," screening at Athenian Corner Restaurant on Monday, February 22 at 7PM!

Dinner and a movie is back at Lowell's Athenian Corner Restaurant!
Join us for a special screening of the fabulously fun flick "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and get a delicious dinner at a great price! As part of the City's "Great Plates of Downtown Lowell" (Feb. 21 - Mar. 6), all guests may order a featured appetizer, entrée, and dessert for a special fixed menu price -- dinner and a movie was never so good!
A suggested donation of $5 is greatly appreciated to offset film costs.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Monday, February 22 at 7pm
Athenian Corner Restaurant, 207 Market St., Lowell

Presented by the Lowell Film Collaborative in partnership with Athenian Corner Restaurant.
For more information, visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org

Salsa and Latin Bands Come Together for Haiti Relief

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accin (IBA), the community of Villa Victoria, and the best Salsa and Latin bands in Boston are joining forces to raise needed funds for Haiti through the American Red Cross. All proceeds will go to the victims. In addition to the featured performances, Salsa lessons will be provided. Non-perishable food and clothing also will be collected. Tickets: $10 at the door. Admission is 21+.

Sat., Jan. 30, 9pm, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton Street, Boston


Enterprise Bank's Non-Profit Collabrative Social Media Seminar

George Wallace, President, Discovery Communications Group
George Wallace, President, Discovery Communications Group

In a very short time, Social Media will be the most critical driver of your communications strategy. The most important aspects of your Marketing, Fund Raising, Recruitment of Volunteers, and Public Relations efforts will be driven through social media.

This 90-minute presentation is designed to give you a thorough overview of the Social Media World. Topics covered include:

  • What is Social Media? Is it even necessary?
  • How do I use it? How do I get started?
  • How does it work? Is it right for me and my organization?

Presenter: George Wallace, President of the Discovery Communications Group

Two Sessions:
Wed., Feb. 24, 8-10am, North Cafe, Mt. Wachusett Community College, 444 Green Street, Gardner, MA
Thurs., Feb. 25, 8-10am, Holiday Inn. 4 Highwood Drive, Tewksbury, MA

All Enterprise Bank Non-Profit Collaborative Seminars are FREE. Light breakfast provided.

To register or for more information, contact Andrew Duncan at 978-656-4582 or email andrew.duncan@ebtc.com.

Beautiful Valentines by Local Artists: "The Artist's Valentine"

Funding for artists, by artists: The Artist's Valentine is a simple concept with a considerable impact. Beginning in 1995, artists have created valentines -- of all shapes, sizes, materials and messages -- which are sold at one or more public events before February 14. The money generated by the valentine sales is then given back to artists in the form of juried grants.

Artist's Valentine sales will take place on:
Sun., Jan. 31, 2-5pm, Kalliroscope, 264 Main St., Groton
Sat., Feb. 6, 12-3pm, Loading Dock, Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell

For more information, visit www.artval.org


Art Meets Science at the Brush Gallery

Come to Lowell National Historical Park for three informative lectures on environmental issues as part of the Brush Gallery's current exhibition "EXTINCT!...Endangered Species and Habitats"

* Acclaimed science writer Deborah Cramer presents her 30-minute talk "Evolution and Extinction in the Ocean: The Source of Life"

*Artist and photographer Constance Sawyer presents her 10-minute talk "Evaporation of California's Salton Sea"

* Ecologist Sabrina Hepburn presents her 10-minute talk "Flying Away: The Story of Endangered Birds in the United States"

A special gallery reception at the Brush Gallery will follow the talks. Come meet the guest speakers, see the exhibition, and enjoy coffee, cake, and refreshments.

Sat., Jan. 30, 2-4pm, National Park Visitor Center Theater, 246 Market St., Lowell

For more information, visit www.thebrush.org.

Valentine's Day at the Whistler House Museum of Art

The Whistler House Museum of Art is proud to collaborate with Lowell's Image Theater for a Valentine's weekend celebration of romance, wine and song. Boston cabaret artists Bobbi Carrey and Will McMillan will bring their acclaimed cabaret performance "If I Loved You" to the Parker Gallery accompanied by Doug Hammer on piano. Songs include pieces by Gershwin, Rogers, Berlin, Porter, and Sondheim.

Sat., Feb. 13: 7pm (cocktail reception), 8pm (showtime)
Sun., Feb 14: 2pm (cocktail reception), 3pm (showtime)

Admission: $59 per couple, $30 single tickets
Includes one hour of appetizers, white wine, champagne and cheese in the historic house before the show which runs about 90 minutes. Coffee and dessert will be available after the performance.
Please call 978-452-7641 for reservations.

ALL News: Renaissance Music Concert at ALL Arts Gallery

The Cantabile Renaissance Band of Cambridge MA presents I Will Laugh Without That Care: Music of Celebration and Fellowship from Renaissance England. Admission is free, all are welcome!

Sat. Jan. 30, 1:30pm, ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market St, Lowell

For more information, contact Laura Conrad at 617-661-8097 or lconrad@laymusic.org.

Upcoming at the University Gallery at UMass Lowell

Photographs by Zsuzsi Matolcsy,
Curated by Arno Rafael Minkkinen, UML Professor of Photography

Lost in Pittsburgh documents a four-year journey by the artist into the lives of young adults who have chosen to live outside of the mainstream of society in the sub-cultural group often referred to as the "Punkers." The photographs are from a point of view that is sympathetic to the subject's perspective in order to gain insight and understanding of youth living in this distinctive culture. Matolcsy attempts to capture within the work the metaphors and themes in life that are universal to all.

Exhibition dates: January 25 - February 19
Artists reception: Wed., Feb. 3, 3-5pm, beginning with an artist talk in O'Leary LIbrary, Rm. 222
Location: University Gallery at UMass Lowell, 71 Wilder Street.
Hours: Mon - Thurs 11 - 4, Fri 9 - 2, Sat . by appointment

"Of Peace and Harmony" at Indian Hill Music

Indian Hill Music presents "Of Peace and Harmony" - a concert for the body and soul. Come and celebrate peace through the beautiful harmonies of many styles of music. Our special guest, R. Carlos Nakai, is the world's pre-eminent Native American flutist with eight Grammy nominations. Selections include: Beethoven "Symphony No. 6: Pastoral", Holst "Jupiter from The Planets", Lennon "Imagine", Part "Fratres", and Nakai "Selections on the Native American flute".

Sat., Feb. 13, 7:30pm, Littleton High School, 56 King St, Littleton (Exit 30 off 495)

For more information contact 978-486-9524 or visit http://www.indianhillmusic.org.

Calls to Artists

Acton Memorial Library

The Arts Committee of the Acton Memorial Library invites Massachusetts artists to submit slides for consideration for upcoming exhibitions in the meeting room gallery. Committee will review work for one person shows and will set the schedule for July 2010 - June 2011

Various media including painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, photography, textiles and mixed media are eligible. Sculptural work will be considered for exhibit on the second floor of the library.

Please submit the following materials :
1) CD with 8 images. Each digital image must be 4 inches at its smallest dimension, saved at 300 DPI resolution, saved in JPG format. Please title file names with artist name and title of work .
2)An image list with titles, media and dimensions 3)An artist's statement 4)A resume 5)An SASE for return of materials

Submit materials to:
Arts Committee
c/o Acton Memorial Library
486 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720

Submissions must be received by March 1, 2010


ALL Arts Gallery, Lowell

Juried exhibit runs June 26, 2010 - July 18, 2010

Eligibility: Work, when mounted for gallery presentation, must hang on the wall and may be no longer 20" on its longest side. All entries must have been completed after 2008.

Submission: A completed entry form, a CD, a printout of image(s) and a check, money order or information to cover entry fees and a business size SASE envelope for notification. Entries must arrive no later than April 2, 2010. Notification of acceptance will go out no later than April 23, 2010. All entries must be sent to:
c/o Van Gogh's Gear
200 Middle Street

There will be an entry fee of $25 for up to four entries.

For complete information regarding entry and to download the prospectus and entry form, check for news about the show or see last year's show visit us at :


Cupcake Art Show at Chelmsford Center for the Arts

Welcoming entries from all artists, any medium for cupcake-themed art to be exhibited at Chelmsford Center for the Arts at Town Hall (CCA), 1A North Road from Sat., February 13 to March 6, 2010. This exhibit is part of "The Great Chelmsford Cupcake Fest" on Feb. 13 from 11am. to 4pm.
Send work to: ccaattownhall@gmail.com

Limited space -- work will be accepted in order received. Art should be delivered to the Chelmsford Center for the Arts between 3 & 7 pm. on Fri., Feb. 12.

For more information, contact ccaattownhall@gmail.com



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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Thursday, January 28, 2010

BLACK PEARL SINGS! begins February 11 - Special Offer

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by Frank Higgins
February 11 - March 7, 2010 

A search for lost African-American folk music leads Susannah, an ambitious "song collector" for the Library of Congress, to Pearl, a woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit and an incredible history. After meeting Pearl in a Texas jail, Susannah is convinced Pearl may know a song rare enough to earn her a teaching job at Harvard, a post denied to her thus far because of her gender. Pearl has dreams of her own, and hopes her songs will be her ticket out of jail for a reunion with her long-lost daughter.  Featuring many beloved American folk songs and spirituals - like "This Little Light of Mine," "Troubles So Hard," "Kum Ba Yah" and "Pay Me My Money Down" - the legacy of the past clashes with their hopes for the future, as they journey to find their way out of the shadows and into the spotlight. 
Special Events & Discounts
 February 11-14
Save money and help shape the show before Opening Night!

Pay What You Can Night:
February 11, 7:30pm
 Available 3 hours before curtain, in person, cash only at the Box Office.  Restricted seatingSponsored by Lowell Five.

Director's Dialogue:
February 11, 7:30pm
After the performance, enjoy the give and take as the director and designers field your questions, request input and describe the process of staging the play.

Lowell Night:  

February 13, 8:00pm
$10 tickets for Lowell residents available 3 hours before curtain, in person, cash only at the Box Office. Restricted seating.
Sponsored by Lowell Five.

Opening Night:
February 14, 7:00pm 
Join Merrimack Rep's staff and cast in raising a glass of champagne after the show.

Cookie Matinee: 
February 17, 2:00pm 
Join us for complimentary cookies and coffee in the lobby before the show!  Courtesy of Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus.

Post Show Forums:
February 18, 7:00pm
February 25, 7:00pm
March 4, 7:00pm

Enjoy this unique opportunity to learn the inside scoop and chat with the actors after the performance. Sponsored by Yellow Book.

Purchase Tickets Online at
or Call 978.654.4MRT

Read the press release
 Read the cast bios.

Black Pearl Sings! is sponsored in part by the University of Massachusetts Lowell
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
at Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro, MA
Sample some of the finest wines available from the largest wine cellar in New England.  Proceeds support Merrimack Repertory Theatre's mainstage productions and education programs.
Tickets are only $45 per person
Order Online or call 978.654.7552 for reservations

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Explore Alaska 1 
Make it a special evening for the
one you love
Buy 1 Ticket and Get 1 Free to the 7pm Opening Night performance
of Black Pearl Sings!
  • Free Champagne Toast
  • Meet the actors and creative team following the performance
  • Discounts at two of our Restaurant Partners
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Thai & Japanese Cuisine
Live Jazz Trio on Valentine's Day
Open until 10pm on Sundays, call 978.453.1112 for reservations
Mediterranean Cuisine
Special Offer for Merrimack Rep ticket holders: Show your ticket to the Valentine's Day performance of Black Pearl Sings! and get 10% off your dinner. Offer good on February 14 only.  Call 978.453.4630 for reservations
Purchase Tickets Online at
or Call 978.654.4678
BPS Video
Director Benny Sato Ambush, music director Eugene Wolf, and actress Cherene Snow discuss the music of Black Pearl Sings! and what audiences should expect when they come see the production.
Stay tuned for more videos highlighting the characters of Black Pearl Sings!, the casts' favorite songs from the show, and much more.
Final Weekend - Ends January 31!
Don't miss Fabuloso!  Filled with humor and heart, Fabuloso is a screwball comedy that explores the meaning of family. Married for 8 years and without children, Teddy and Kate are stuck in a rut until Teddy's long-lost friend Arthur appears out of the blue. Convinced that Teddy is the only family he has even known, Arthur decides to move in, bringing his wacky fiancee, Samantha, along for the ride.
Order Online
Friday, January 29, 8pm
Limited Availability
Saturday, January 30, 4pm
Limited Availability
Saturday, January 30, 8pm
Fair Availability
Sunday, January 31, 2pm
Limited Availability



Save $5

Order tickets to Black Pearl Sings! online at www.MerrimackRep.org by February 11 and save $5 off each full priced ticket.
Enter the promo code: BPS5OFF 
Offer Expires: 2/7/10. Cannot be combined with any other discount.
For tickets or more information, visit
or call 978.654.4678
Lowell Cooperative Bank is the proud sponsor of the 2009-2010 Season 
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Stomp Rescheduled For March 9 & 10

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Important Notice For Stomp Ticket Holders

Stomp Rescheduled
New Dates: March 9 & 10 at 8pm
Due to tour routing issues, Stomp has moved its Lowell dates from Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24 to Tuesday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 10.  If you purchased tickets for the show on Tuesday, February 23, your tickets will be honored at the rescheduled performance on Tuesday, March 9 at 8pm.  If you purchased tickets for the show on Wednesday, February 24, your tickets will be honored at the rescheduled performance on Wednesday, March 10 at 8pm.  If you would like to switch from a Tuesday to Wednesday performance (or vice versa), please contact your point of purchase. 
If you are unable to attend Stomp on the rescheduled dates, refunds are available at the point of purchase.  Tickets purchased in person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office or over the phone through the box office will need to be returned to the box office in order to receive a refund.  You can either return your tickets in person or mail them back along with contact information to:
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Attn: Box Office
50 East Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852
If you purchased your tickets through Ticketmaster, please call 1-800-653-8000.  All refund requests must be submitted by March 1, 2010.
We apologize for any inconvenience.  If you have any questions, please call the box office at (978) 454-2299 or email boxoffice@lowellauditorium.com.  The box office is open Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm and on Saturdays 10am - 3pm.
Tickets and Group Sales
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office located at 50 East Merrimack Street in Lowell, by calling the box office at (978) 454-2299 or online at www.lowellauditorium.com.
Tickets for Golden Gloves and Tony Orlando are only available in person at the box office and on www.lowellauditorium.com.
Groups of 15 or more people receive discounts on most shows. To purchase tickets for your group, please contact Cheryl Popp at (978) 937-8688 x225 or
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Upcoming Events

Phil Vassar
February 11

March 9 & 10

The Chieftains
March 11

Le Grand Cirque
March 19

XTREME Championship Fight League
March 26

Super Scientific Circus
March 30

Girls Night: The Musical
April 16

Tony Orlando
April 17

One Night of Queen
Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works

May 6

Daniel O'Donnell
May 26

Golden Gloves Boxing
Feb. 2, 9, 12, 16 & 17

Did you know?
Built upon a once densely wooded lot at the forks of the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium is located at a site once inhabited by the Wamesit Indians.
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