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February 24, 2010

"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." -- A.A. Milne

Bette Davis, Frankenstein, Charlie Chaplin: One Weekend of Film

XFEST 2010: Improvised Sounds, Visuals, and Movement

An Evening of Music at UML

Improve Grantwriting & Networking Skills at Local Workshops

Conflict Examined During Bread & Roses Strike

New Dates & Times: Life Alive Agricultural Film Series

Lowell Women's Week Starts February 28

Women's Week Film Event: "Pray the Devil Back to Hell"

"Cinema Paradiso" Screens at Ayer Lofts Gallery

Irish Cultural Week Movie Double-Feature

Lunch and Dinner Meal Deals

Visual Voices IV: Artwork By Lowell School Students.

Helping & Healing: BromYoga Event for Haiti

University Art Gallery at UMass Lowell

Ginger Levant: Landscapes and Still Lifes

Poet Tom Daley Leads Workshops in Lexington

Upcoming Events at Indian Hill

Jack Kerouac Weekend and Birthday Celebration

Fiber Feast at Western Ave Studios

Cambodian Refugee Poetry Book Launch

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance Comes to Lowell

Calls to Artists

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Bette Davis, Frankenstein, Charlie Chaplin: One Weekend of Film

Save the Date!
The 3rd Annual Lowell Film Festival:
Celebrating Hollywood's Golden Age of Cinema

Get ready to experience some of the incredible film classics the nation watched during Hollywood's Golden Age of the 1930s! It was a decade of glitz, glamour, outsized actors and actresses, and of course, the Great Depression. Join us as we showcase a selection of films that defined this remarkable period of cinema -- our weekend lineup includes silver screen favorites starring Charlie Chaplin, Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Boris Karloff, and Claudette Colbert, as well as a family screening of the Disney favorite, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."

Visit www.lowellfilms.org for the current Festival lineup and for continued program updates and information.

Thursday, April 8 - Saturday, April 10
Select locations in downtown Lowell

Presented by the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) in partnership with the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Lowell Film Collaborative.

XFEST 2010: Improvised Sounds, Visuals, and Movement

The format of the festival is simple and challenging: 12 visiting artists and 60 local artists perform. On Friday and Saturday evening there are 10 half-hour sets that include one visiting artist and three local artists. Performers include musicians, and visual and movement artists. Every set is an improvisation; the artists are playing together for the first time.

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 26-28, 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell

More information: www.119gallery.org

An Evening of Music at UML

New UMass Lowell faculty members Mark Berger on viola; 2010 Grammy-award nominee Aristides Rivas on cello & Carolyn Davis-Fryer on double bass, perform with guest artist Ketty Nez, renowned composer and pianist. Meet the artists at the reception following the concert.

Thur., Feb. 25, 7:30pm, UMass Lowell, Fisher Recital Hall. Free & open to the public.




Improve Grantwriting & Networking Skills at Local Workshops

Space is still available for these workshops, but filling fast -- register today!

"Building Relationships"
Workshops for Cultural Organizations, Festival Organizers, and the Arts Community

Building strong relationships is essential to organizing a successful event and planning for organizational growth. Whether you're recruiting volunteers, connecting with grant-makers and sponsors, or trying to build audience, a strong network of supporters is critical to building and expanding your base. Classes will focus on best practices and will incorporate applied learning and exercises.Registration is now taking place -- deadline to register is Friday, March 5.

Workshops held Tuesdays, March 9, 23 & 30, 6-8:30pm
Lowell National Historical Park Headquarters, 67 Kirk Street, Lowell

Tuesday, March 9
"Sharpen Your Grantwriting Skills"

Tuesday, March 23
"Sponsorship Outreach & Volunteer Recruitment

Tuesday, March 30
"Marketing & Publicity with a Focus on Social Media"

Space is limited to 15 participants per workshop.
Cost: $15 per session / $40 for all three*

For registration and detailed information, contact Suzzanne Cromwell at scromwell@lowellma.gov or call 978-674-1483. *If payment is a hardship, please let us know when registering.

Conflict Examined During Bread & Roses Strike

A Lecture and Film Event in Lawrence

Join historians Robert Forrant and Jim Beauchesne for an in­troduction to the Great Strike of 1912 and a tour of selected locations. Then, view excerpts from the documentary film, John Brown's Holy War, followed by a discussion of Brown's choice for armed conflict. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provid­ed.

Sat., Feb. 27, 1-4pm, Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson Street, Lawrence

For more information, visit http://www.masshumanities.org/

New Dates & Times: Life Alive Agricultural Film Series

Lowell's "Agricultural Film Series" at Life Alive Café (194 Middle Street) continues!

The series has announced new dates and times - please visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org for full details. Grab dinner at Life Alive and stay for the following films, all free and open to the public:

Thurs., March 11, 7:30pm
"Good Food Film Shorts from the Media That Matters Film Festival" - Ready for some food for thought? Sixteen fabulous film shorts entertain (and educate!) on the enjoyment of food, healthy eating, and sustainability!

Thurs., March 25, 7:30pm
"Good Food" - Something remarkable is happening in the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest: small family farmers are making a comeback by growing much healthier food, and lots more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms. Come see how!

Presented by Life Alive Urban Oasis and Café, WorldPEAS CSA, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, AudioPark Productions, Community Teamwork, Inc., and the Lowell Film Collaborative.


Lowell Women's Week Starts February 28
For fifteen years, Lowell Women's Week has celebrated women--from the women who have come before us to the women of today.

The Women's Week celebration takes place during March, proclaimed by a joint resolution of Congress in 1987 as Women's History Month. This month-long observance grew out of Women's History Week, initiated in 1978 by the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women and enacted in 1981 by a Joint Congressional Resolution. At the center of the celebration is International Women's Day, celebrated worldwide on March 8.

All Lowell Women's Week events are free, unless otherwise noted. Events are open to everyone!

Visit www.lowellwomensweek.org for a full schedule.


Women's Week Film Event: "Pray the Devil Back to Hell"

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" : Women's Week Film Screening and Reception

Special Guests: Director Gini Reticker and Janet Johnson Bryant, one of the film's activists. Please note that special guests will only attend 6:30 screening and reception.

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women armed only with white t-shirts and the courage of their convictions took on the warlords and nonviolently forced a resolution during the stalled peace talks. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, the film is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

Two screenings, free and open to the public!
Thurs., March 4 at 12 Noon and at 6:30pm (special guests and reception), Middlesex Community College, Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell.

More information: www.lowellwomensweek.org and www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org

Co-sponsored by MCC's Cultural Connections Committee and 2PM Productions.


"Cinema Paradiso" Screens at Ayer Lofts Gallery

Come for "Siciliano Cinema!" at Ayer Lofts Gallery: A special film night showcasing the romance and beauty of Italy! This event is FREE, but seating is limited. Film shown in Italian with English subtitles.

"Cinema Paradiso"
A filmmaker remembers his childhood past when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. A must see for all film buffs!

Thur., Feb. 25 at 6pm, Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street, Lowell

Irish Cultural Week Movie Double-Feature

Celebrate Lowell Irish Cultural Week (March 7-14) with a special film double-feature of two different Irish films that capture the heart of the country with humorous, warm-hearted storytelling. You don't have to be Irish to enjoy this night at The Old Court - come early and enjoy an authentic Irish dinner and stay for the following films. The event is free and open to the public!

6:30pm: "Into the West" - Adventure begins when a gigantic white stallion appears mysteriously to a Traveller grandfather and his two grandsons in an Irish slum.

8:30pm: "Waking Ned Devine" - A quaint Irish village experiences excitement when one of its own dies of shock after winning the lottery. Unforgettable characters and smart humor make this film a must-see!

Thurs., March 4, starting at 6:30pm, Old Court Irish Restaurant and Pub, 29 Central St., Lowell

More information: www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org

Co-sponsored by the Irish Cultural Committee, The Old Court, and the Lowell Film Collaborative

Lunch and Dinner Meal Deals

Great Plates of Downtown Lowell

Enjoy fixed priced menus at 12 participating restaurants!
Athenian Corner, Caffe Paradiso, Centro, Cobblestones, Dharma Buns, La Boniche, Lowell Beerworks, Mama Lia's, Mambo Grill, Ole, Ricardo's Cafe Trattoria, The Olympia

Feb. 21-March 6 For more information, visit www.glcc.biz or Facebook for menus (available on February 20)


Visual Voices IV: Artwork By Lowell School Students.

A multi-gallery exhibition of the finest artwork produced by 250 students from the public, private and charter schools of Lowell, VISUAL VOICES IV and its related events is a collaboration of Lowell's galleries, schools and teachers. This biennial event was conceived eight years ago by Lowell art teacher and Brush Gallery artist Lolita Demers. This year, Demers is joined by Lowell art teachers Marta Magnus, Stephanie Deshenes, Erin Noonan-Descoteaux and Erica Van Fleet to produce this wonderful, city-wide exhibition of artwork by elementary, middle and high school students.

Exhibit runs February 28 to March 27

Fri., Mar. 5, 7-9pm, The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios. For tickets: http://www.thebrush.org/tickets/.

Opening Reception: Sat., Mar. 6, 1-3pm
Primary Colors:
Artwork by Lowell's Elementary School Students Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, 256 Market St.
Performance by the Lincoln School Special Chorus: 1:30pm

Opening Reception: Sat., Mar. 6, 1:45-3:45pm
Secondary Colors:
Artwork by Lowell's Middle School Students ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market St.

Opening Reception: Sat., Mar. 6, 2-4pm
Full Spectrum:
Artwork by Lowell's High School Students Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St, Lowell. Performance TBA: 2:30pm

Special Art Teacher Appreciation Night And Fundraiser
This event, held at the Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, will celebrate Lowell's art teachers and will raise funds for art supplies for the schools.

Helping & Healing: BromYoga Event for Haiti

Join us as BromYoga, Lowell's New Yoga Revolution, and The Space, Lowell's new state of the art rehearsal/recording studio, present a day of healing to assist the people of Haiti with their recovery. Unwind and learn to heal yourself with Yoga & Meditation classes as well as Massage Therapy. Get into the groove with Live Music while enjoying a light buffet. Enter a raffle to win cool prizes and gift certificates donated by local businesses.

$20 donation - all proceeds given to the American Red Cross

For more information, call The Space: 978-459-4755 or visit: www.inthespace.net or www.bromyoga.com

Sat., March 6, 4-7pm, The Space, 150 Western Avenue, Mill B, Unit 5A.

University Art Gallery at UMass Lowell

"Food Court" : An interactive installation by Jeffu Warmouth

Warmouth is a conceptual humorist/artist who creates interactive video installations and other artworks that use satirical humor to investigate the viewer's relationship to language, advertising, food, and culture. One of the installations included in "Food Court," "Jeff burger," combines a video projection with an interactive touch-screen podium, along with a set designed to resemble a fast-food counter. The artist stands behind the counter awaiting the viewers' 'selection' from the menu. The menu includes unique specialties like "Fibonacci Salad," "White Cube," and "Invert Burger."

Exhibit runs: March 1 - April 2
Reception: March 3, 3 - 5pm, 71 Wilder St., Lowell
Hours: Mon - Thurs 11am - 4pm, Fri., 9 - 2pm

More information: www.uml.edu/dept/art/galleries

Ginger Levant: Landscapes and Still Lifes

From the artist, Ginger Levant:

"Landscape is central to my work. The paintings juxtapose human history as seen in local architecture with the wildness of the natural elements. I am inspired by these aspects of my surroundings and react to them visually by finding an underlying pictorial structure through rhythm, movement and infinite variations of patterns of light. Painting on location, these places are sometimes remote-the Spanish Pyrenees, the hills of Tuscany, sometimes close by-New York City."

Exhibit runs: March 3-April 17
Reception: March 13, 2-4pm
Wed.-Sat., 11am-4pm

More information: www.whistlerhouse.org/

Poet Tom Daley Leads Workshops in Lexington

Tom Daley, who has had great turn outs for his workshops and performances in the Lowell area, will be running his popular poetry writing workshop with Lexington Community Education (only about a 30 minute drive from Lowell). Cost: $85/Seniors $65

The workshop will run for seven Wednesdays, 6:15-7:45 pm
Dates: Feb, 24, Mar, 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, and April 7
Location: Lexington High School, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA

To register call 781-862-8043 or go online http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/

Upcoming Events at Indian Hill

Family Pajama Jam: Put on your PJs and have fun with us at our next musical story hour!
Fri., March 5, 6:30-7:30pm

Faculty Recital: Indian Hill Music School piano faculty member, Michelle Kelley, will perform music of contemporary Boston area composers.
Sat., March 6, 7:30pm

Teen Open Mic: Indian Hill Music School's "Jammin' on the Hill" open mic night for teens ages 13 - 18. $5 cover charge for audience and performers.
Fri., March 12, 7-10pm

Orchestra of Indian Hill: Bela Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra" Littleton High School. Pre-concert talk at 6:45pm.
Sat., March 13, 7:30pm

'Bach's Lunch' Concert: Indian Hill Music School's monthly faculty series presents celebrated soprano Dr. Nancy Leinonen Howells singing songs that are all about love, from classical to cabaret.
Thurs., March 18, 12-1 pm

Call 978-486-9524 or e-mail sal@indianhillmusic.org to request a spot.

More information: http://www.indianhillmusic.org/.

Jack Kerouac Weekend and Birthday Celebration

Events Include:

*A screening of the Big Sur Docudrama "One Fast Move Or I'm Gone" and a conversation with Producer Jim Sampas

*A Book Launch of Jay Atkinson's lastest work "Paradise Road--Jack Kerouac's Lost Highway and my Search for America"

*Governor's Proclamation of Jack Kerouac Day in Massachusetts

*Two "Amram Jams" with David Amram and an array of local musicians

Thurs., - Sat., March 11-13 at select Lowell locations

More information: www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org

Fiber Feast at Western Ave Studios

Come to a gathering of artists who work with fiber. Meet each other, share work, ideas, laughter and food. Please bring a piece of work if you'd like to show it to the group, and your business cards to exchange. Please bring something you'd like to eat (and share) and your own place setting. We'll provide beverages.

Sat., Mar. 20, 4:30-6:30pm Lowell Fiber Studio - Studio 512, Western Avenue Studios RSVP by March 13 to Gwen Stith at gwenst@comcast.net and share information on the dish you will bring.

Cambodian Refugee Poetry Book Launch

Please join us at our Cambodian Refugee Poetry Book Launching and Reception and kick off national touring and community readings across America of the "O! Maha Mount Dangrek" poetry book featuring editor/publisher Samkhann C. Khoeun, Ms. Srey Peov Phoeun, and Mr. Sinat Nhok. The latter are students of the Cambodian Living Arts, a project of the Marion Institute.

Thurs., April 1, 5:30-7:30pm, Middlesex Community College, Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell

For more information:
Mr. Samkhann Khoeun Cambodian Expressions, 978-853-5807,
Mr. Sayon Soeun Light of Cambodian Children, 978-275-1822, sayonsoeun@gmail.com

Supported by Middlesex Community College and the Light of Cambodian Children, Inc. with funding from the Cambodian Refugee Poetry Book & CD Project

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance Comes to Lowell

Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance taps its way into Lowell this May featuring cast members Scott Doherty and Michael McHugh, both crowned World Champions at the 2009 World Irish Dance Championship. Don't miss this international Irish dancing extravaganza at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium!

Wed, May 12, 8pm, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack Street.
Tickets go on sale Mon., Feb. 22 at 10am. Tickets are $56.50, $46.50 and $30.50 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


Calls to Artists

Paste Up. A juried exhibition of small format collage
ALL Gallery

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.

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


Arts League of Lowell members and non-members are invited to submit work for the ABSTRACTIONS 2010 exhibition which opens April 10, 2010.

This is a juried show. You are invited to submit up to 3 works in either 2D, 3D, or installation media, for consideration. The jurying will be by actual work submitted. For large 3D works or installation proposals, see the full prospectus for submission deatils.

For access to the full prospectus click the link below.



Encaustic Instruction with Kellie Weeks

Come and learn the basic techniques of Encaustic, a wax medium that dates back 2000 years ago to Fayum, Egypt. This technique, revived by Jasper Johns, Diego Rivera, and many others, offers both vigorous spontaneity while also giving the artist full control over the medium.

Encaustic is ideal for someone interested not only in painting, but for exploring all that can be accomplished with achieving textural and translucent, layering effects. Combined with collage and other methods, encaustic will help to precisely execute your artistic ideas and promote full self-expression.

These are one-on-one or one-on-two workshops. If you are interested in a beginners workshop with Encaustic, please contact Kellie Weeks at kefg96@comcast.net or by phone at 978-342-2705, to schedule a class.


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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