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Monday, February 8, 2010

Downtown This Week 2/08/2010 - 2/15/2010


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.comor www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org

In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Got Tickets?
Business News
Retail & Restaurant News 

Salon City 173, Market Street : Now offering a specially priced Valentine's Day package ! One hour Massage, one hour Recovery Facial, Pedicure and Wash & Style $150.00 (regularly $180). For other Specials, first time customer coupons, and to enter our monthly drawing, please visit 

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

Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus, 61 Market Street:  Valentine's Day & Sweet Lydia's S'mores.  Chocolate and Valentine's Day have been going together for many years. So send your sweetheart, friend (or even clients) homemade s'mores. Many treats to choose from chocolate covered heart shaped sugar cookie s'mores, original, raspberry flavored and a whole bunch more. Stop in at Brew'd and order some for the holiday.  For more information visit www.brewdawakening.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."
The Lowell Devils are teaming up with the Mary Kay Foundation to raise money for the fight against cancer at the Devils' 3rd Annual Ladies Night when the Devils host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 4:00 PM on Sunday, March 28 at the Tsongas Center. Tickets for Ladies Night are just $15!  Proceeds from every ticket sold through this offer will be donated to the Mary Kay Ash Foundation.  
 For more information visit www.lowelldevilshockey.com.  
 Lowell Spinners:  Not sure what to do for Valentine's Day??? Let the Spinners and the Canaligator help. On February 12, the Canaligator will personally deliver 12 roses to your sweetheart at your home or their place of work. **Please note the Canaligator is only able to travel within 15 miles of LeLacheur Park..  For more information visit www.lowell.spinners.milb.com 
Pollard Memorial Library:   Independent Film Night: Storm A Film by Hans Chris.  February 11, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.  For more information visit www.pollardml.org 
Museum & Gallery News 

Music and History Celebrating African American Heritage Month Music and song played a powerful role in sharing and spreading the message of the abolition movement to the towns and villages of New England in the nineteenth century. Join a unique presentation of lecture, song, and pictures called "Singing for Freedom: The Music of the Antislavery Movement." The program looks broadly at the abolition movement use of music with a particular focus on a single group, the Hutchinson family singers, in spreading the messages of the abolition movement through song. The presenters are Dr. Scott Gac, Assistant Professor of History at Trinity College and Deborah Anne Goss, a historical performer and interpreter with the organization Solo Together. Offered on Friday, February 19 at 7:00 PM.  For more information visit www.nps.gov/lowe

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.  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 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. 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.
Got Tickets? 
Tsongas Center
: Tickets currently available for  Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin, Saturday February 13 at 7:00 PM.  For more information visit www.uml.edu/tsongascenter.
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.

 Business News
Shift your business into high gear.  The City of Lowell is once again offering the Best Retail Practices Program and inviting all retailers, restaurateurs and store front businesses to participate.  Free workshop on updating your business and improving your marketing. Free 1 on 1 consultation for qualified stores and restaurants.  Up to $2,500 in matching grant to make recommended improvements.  Wednesday, February 24 8:00 AM, MCC Morse Federal Building, 50 East Merrimack Street.  To sign up call Erin Findlen at 978-446-7200 Ext 1237 or email bestretail@lowellma.gov    
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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