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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Downtown This Week 1/25/2010 - 2/01/2010

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Get Ready for Winterfest 2010!  Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6.  Families from around New England can celebrate the wonders of winter at Lowell's 10th Annual Winterfest Celebration. Festivities include live entertainment, arts & crafts, kids activities, outdoor ice skating, soup bowl competition, the crowd favorite - the National Human Dogsled Championship.   For more information visit www.lowell.org.
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Got Tickets?
Business News
Retail & Restaurant News 
 
Cobblestones, 91 Dutton Street: Open Valentines Day, Sunday February 14 4:30 to 9:30 PM.  Boston Improv comes to Cobblestones, Monthly Comedy Night.  Comedy Begins Friday, February 12 at 8:00 PM.  For reservations call 978-970-2282..
 
La Boniche, 143 Merrimack Street: We will be Open Sunday February 14th 4:00 PM-9:00PM! La Boniche wants to help you celebrate in style! Come enjoy Rack of Lamb, Baked Oysters and glass of something sparkling with that special someone. For reservations call  978-458-9473

Centro, 24 Market Street:  Valentine's specials Starter wild mushroom and goat cheese strudel chive butter $8.50, Entrees chicken rouladewith cranberry and apricot brandy sauce stuffed with brie, bacon and broccoli, coated with panko wild rice pilaf $24 beef tenderloin (8 oz.) with pink peppercorn crust potato gratin, asparagus red wine molasses demi $32, Dessert cheesecake lollipops for two $12.00.  For more information visit www.centrolowell.com

Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.: February 2010 - "Stout is Love!" from Lowell Beer Works featuring "Stouts"including Espresso Stout, Curley's Irish Stout, Milk Chocolate Stout, and Buckeye Oatmeal Stoutand "Chocolate-infused" food specials including Chocolate Chili, Cocoa Scallops, Chocolate Club Steak,  Stout Bread Pudding.  Beer Works is a great place for your Business or Personal Private Party - with space for groups of 20 to 300!  For details & availability please contact us at @ 978-937-2337 or lowell@beerworks.net.   Check out our Live Bands each week.  For more information visit www.beerworks.net
 
The Gazebo Cafe, 491 Dutton Street:  Open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM and Saturday-Sunday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Delivery available. Call 978-454-7455 to place an order, or to ask about having a function at the Gazebo Café.
 

Garcia Brogan's Cantina Pub & Restaurant, 131 Middlesex Street: Live Traditional Irish Music Every Friday at 6:00 pm.  For more information visit www.garciabrogans.com.

 
Sports & Events 
 
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding  "Monday, February 22 at 7:00 PM, Athenian Corner Restaurant, 207 Market Street, Admission: $5 suggested donationEnjoy this fun, romantic sleeper hit comedy starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett! More information at www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org "Upcoming Events."
 

Special Film Event: "The Invention of Lying" Comes to The Old Court Thursday, February 18 at 7:00PM, The Old Court Irish Restaurant and Pub, 29 Central Street.  The City of Lowell was the center of attention in 2008 when the cast and crew of Ricky Gervais' "The Invention of Lying" filmed right here in the Mill City! Were YOU cast as an extra in the film or do you know someone who was? If so, come to The Old Court for this special community film screening. See Lowell in all its glory and look for your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers who made it to the silver screen! This event is open to the public! Presented by The Old Court Irish Pub and The Lowell Film Collaborative. Admission: $5. For more information: lowellfilmcollaborative@live.com or www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org

 

Join the Celebration! Celebrate the new Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Friday, February 5! It will be the first hockey game with the University as owner of this premier entertainment venue (formerly known as the Tsongas Arena), and you'll see the difference as soon as you arrive. In addition to the new name, the building has an exciting new look and feel, including dynamic signage, banners and a 400 ft. LED ribbon display.  The Div. I River Hawks face off at 7:30 PM against the defending national champion Boston University Terriers. UMass Lowell players and fans are coming off the excitement of last weekend's spectacular wins against Boston College and Merrimack. The game between these long-time Hockey East rivals promises to be a thriller!
 
The  Lowell Devils
  Power Play Pack is the best way to catch the exciting hockey action, get your hands on the most-wanted Lowell Devils collectibles and save some money!  Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond Bobblehead giveaway,  Saturday February 6, 7:00 PM vs Portland.  For more information visit www.lowelldevilshockey.com.  
 
 Lowell Spinners:  When Group ticket sales begin on February 1, so will the sale of the 2010 Mini-Plans.   Packages are limited (some packages more than others). Mini-Plans will be available both online and by phone at 978-459-BALL, as well as in person at the Spinners Box Office.  For more information visit www.lowell.spinners.milb.com
 
 
Pollard Memorial Library:   Join us this winter for our Pre-school drop-in story times. We'll read stories, sing songs, and do all sorts of fun activities. Storytimes begin at 10:30 AM. Here are the winter Pre-school storytimes dates: February 3rd, March 17th, 24th, & 31st  For more information call Chidrens Library at 978-970-4122 or visit www.pollardml.org

 

Museum & Gallery News 
 
 
American Textile History Museum,  491 Dutton Street: Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time, to spin, weave, recycle, and design your way through textile history. See how textiles are changing your world, from protective clothing for firefighters and soldiers to revolutionary "shark skin" suits for our gold-medal Olympic swimmers - and so much more. You'll never look at the fascinating world of textiles the same way again. For more information, visit www.athm.org.
 
The Loading Dock Gallery:  Body & Soul Reduction Linoleum Prints and Paintings by Susan Jaworski-Stranc and Gail Zwerling February 3 - February 28.  Artists Reception:  Friday, February 5th from 6:30 - 9 pm.  For
more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com
 
Brush Art Gallery & Studio, 256 Market Street:  Sunday, January17  - February 21: EXTINCT! Endangered Species & Habitats.  For more information please visit  www.thebrush.org
 
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street:  House of 1000 Dust CatchersExhibit through February 13.   For more information visit www.119gallery.org.
 
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street: Current exhibit: Lowell Dreaming: Linda McCluskey; exhibit continues through February 20.  For more information visit www.whistlerhouse.org 
 
 
The New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street: Masters: 40 Contemporary Art Quilters through  February 25, 2010.
Masters explores the cutting edge of art quilting, with today's most regarded global quilt artists represented in this comprehensive exhibition. Guest curator Martha Sielman has assembled a seminal collection of representative works by master art quilters, explored in this exhibition and in Sielman's companion book, Masters: Art Quilts. This expansive look at state of the art quilting brings together works by artists from around the world including Australia, the UK, Japan, Israel, Hungary, France, South Africa, Denmark, and Belgium.   For more information visit a  www.nequiltmuseum.org
 
The ALL Gallery, 246 Market Street:   Exposed II, January 9, 2010 - February 21, 2010.  For more information visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com.  
 

Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue:  Open Studios -First Saturday of every month, noon to 5pm - Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists!   For more information visit www.westernavenuestudios.com.

 
The Whistler House Museum of Art is proud tocollaborate 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. Saturday, February 13th, with a cocktail reception at 7PM and a show at 8PM and Sunday, Feb 14th with cocktails at 2PM and a show at 3PM. The price of $59 a couple, $30 for 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.  Call 978-452-7641 for your reservations.
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Tsonga s Arena
: Tickets currently available for  Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin, Saturday February 13 at 7:00 PM.  For more information visit www.paultsongasarena.com.
 
Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Black Pearl Sings!  2/11/2010 - 3/7/2010.  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.  Featuring many beloved American folk songs and spirituals, 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. (Estimated Run Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes including one 15-minute intermission). For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.
    
 

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for Golden Gloves Boxing  Phil Vassar, February 11 and Stomp, March 9 .   For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

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 Sincerely,
 
 
Christopher Samaras
Downtown Coordinator
Cultural Affairs & Special Events
City of Lowell,
375 Merrimack Street 
Lowell, MA 01852
t: 978.674-1481
f: 978.446.7089

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