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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Downtown This Week 2/15/2010 - 2/22/2010

Anne ,

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 
Cobblestones, 91 Dutton Street:  Happy Hour, Monday-Frday 3:00 PM  -6:00 PM, Drink & Appetizer specials.Join us for Great Plates Monday 2/22 thru Saturday 3/7.  For reservations call 978-970-2282..
Market Street Market, 95 Market Street:  Now Selling Beer & Wine.  For more information call 978-735-4523.   
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:  Group tickets and Mini Plans are now on sale for the 2010 season.  Tickets can be ordered by calling 978-459-1702 or in person at the Box Office, (Mini plans are available on-line).  Individual tickets will be available online beginning March 16.  For more information visitwww.lowell.spinners.milb.com 

Pollard Memorial LibraryHot Chocolate Movie Matinees, February 20, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM.  What's Better Than Hot Chocolate and a Good Movie? Open to Young People 5th to 12th Grades All Movies will be either PG or PG 13.    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.  Upcoming exhibit: Imagining Past and Present
A Photo Retrospective by Jeffrey Engel, Wednesday March 3 - Sunday, March 28.  Artists Reception:  Friday, March 5 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.   
For more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com
Brush Art Gallery & Studio, 256 Market Street:  Sunday, January17  - February 21: EXTINCT! Endangered Species & Habitats.  Upcoming:   
February 28 to March 27, VISUAL VOICES IV: Primary Colors, Artists' Reception: Saturday, March 6, 1:00 PM  - 3:00 PM.  
 For more information please visit  www.thebrush.org
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street Xfest 2010 Exhibit Tuesday February 23 - Saturday March 6, Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12noon - 5:00 PM.   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.  Upcoming, Opening Reception for Kinder Komforts: Amish Crib Quilts, March 6. 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.
Got Tickets? 
Tsongas Center  at UMass Lowell
:  Curious  George Live April 24th at 11:00 am ON SALE Friday, March 12.   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 Stomp, March 9, The Chieftains, March 11 and Le Grand Cirque, March 19 .   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    
The Lowell Small Business Assistance Center's Right Start Entrepreneurship Training Program begins Wedesday, February 17th.  This six-week program runs from 6pm to 9pm each Wednesday evening.  Each week covers an important aspect of starting and running a business. For more information contact Maria Ramirez at (978)322-8403 or visit our website
Please join the Young Professionals of Greater Lowell on Thursday, February 18th for their 3rd Annual Trivia Night at the Brewery Exchange, 201 Cabot Street 3rd Floor.  This is a great opportunity to test your wits and meet young professionals from the Greater Lowell area.  You can either come prepared with a team of four to six people or we'll help you find one at the event.  Food will be provided along with a cash bar.  The winning trivia team will receive a cash prize of at least $100.  Also, we will be raffling off two tickets to an upcoming Red Sox game (donated by the Lowell Five). Thursday, February 18, 5:30 PM (Trivia starts right at 6:00 PM) $10.00 with a bag of food / $15.00 without a bag of food.  Food will be donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, which is the non-profit agency that YPGL will be supporting in 2010.
 iShop Lowell 2010: Buy Now, Win Later!  Win an iPod Touch, a season pass to the Lowell Summer Music Series, or a new Apple iPad.   The City of Lowell, under the Division of Planning and Development - Office of Economic Development, is initiating a shopping sweepstakes to expose people to the attractive variety of offerings available in downtown and to encourage additional foot traffic and visitation to these retail and restaurant businesses. The sweepstakes will officially run from February 21, 2010 to May 7, 2010 and will be conducted in the following manner:
pend $25 at a downtown retail or restaurant business and enter to win in a weekly drawing.The sweepstakes will occur over an 8-week period from February 21 to April 16; grand prize drawing on May 7.  Weekly prizes are either an iPod Touch or a season pass to the Lowell Summer Music Series (the prize will alternate each week); grand prize is an iPad.  Ballot boxes and entry forms will be made available at downtown businesses for easy submission.  Additional information, as well as rules and regulations, will be available on Lowell.org by Friday, February 19.  No purchase necessary to enter.
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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