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March 4, 2010

"If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success." -- "Avatar" director James Cameron

Registration continues for "Building Relationships" workshops

Bette Davis lights up the screen at Lowell Film Festival opening night

Celebrate Visual Voices IV at opening receptions

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" screens tonight!

Lowell Women's Week continues

Irish movie "shenanigans" at the Old Court

Brew'd Awaking hosts "A Celtic Angkor"

First Saturday of every month has something for everyone

Helping & healing: benefit the people of Haiti at The Space

119 Gallery's XFest 2010 gets rave reviews

Stomp out hunger

March events celebrate Jack Kerouac

University Art Gallery at UMass Lowell

View works by local artists at Jeanne D'Arc

Ginger Levant: Landscapes and Still Lifes

Calls to Artists

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Registration continues for "Building Relationships" workshops

Registration is now taking place for all workshops.
Registrations are now accepted THREE DAYS in advance of your selected workshop!

Building Relationships
Workshops for Cultural Organizations, Festival Organizers, and the Arts Community
Presented by the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL)

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 or fan base, a strong network of supporters is critical to building and expanding your networks. Classes will focus on best practices and will incorporate applied learning and exercises.

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

Tuesday, March 9: "Sharpen Your Grantwriting Skills"
Phil Hall, Grant Administrator, Theodore Edson Parker Foundation
Joyce Mannis, Non-profit Management Consultant

Tuesday, March 23: "Fundraising Outreach & Volunteer Recruitment
Sue Ann Pearson, Executive Director, Lowell Festival Foundation
Genet Jeanjean, Boston Global Communications

Tuesday, March 30: "Marketing & Publicity with a Focus on Social Media"
Marianne Gries, Lowell Alliance for Families and Neighborhoods
Anne Ruthmann, Anne Ruthmann Photography

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.

Bette Davis lights up the screen at Lowell Film Festival opening night

Don't miss the electrifying Bette Davis in her Academy-Award winning role in "Jezebel!"
Don't miss the electrifying Bette Davis in her Academy-Award winning role in "Jezebel!"

Save the date!
Don't miss the 3rd Annual Lowell Film Festival's opening night soiree on Thursday, April 8 from 5:30-9pm at Caffe Paradiso! Finish the evening with a 7pm screening of the opening night film, "Jezebel," starring Lowell's own Bette Davis!

The 3rd Annual Lowell Film Festival
Celebrating Hollywood's Golden Age of Cinema
Go back in cinematic time and see 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.

The 2010 Lowell Film Festival
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.

Celebrate Visual Voices IV at opening receptions

Visual Voices IV: Artwork by Lowell School Students February 28 to March 27. Artwork is exhibited at these Lowell galleries:

Primary Colors: Artwork by Lowell's Elementary School Students
Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, 256 Market St.
Opening Reception: Sat., Mar. 6, 1-3pm
More information: www.thebrush.org

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

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

Award ceremonies will follow the performances at each venue.

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" screens tonight!

"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.

"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.

Thurs., Mar. 4, 6:30pm, 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.


Lowell Women's Week continues
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.


Irish movie "shenanigans" at the Old Court

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., Mar. 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


Brew'd Awaking hosts "A Celtic Angkor"

Lowell-based trio The Celtic Angkor comes to Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus for an evening of live acoustic music inspired by Celtic, Cambodian, folk, and early-music traditions. Songs range from creative covers to original compositions performed with guitar, violin, and vocals.

The Celtic Angkor is led by singer/songwriter Victoria Vann (vocals, guitar) and features Emily Levine (violin) and Suzzanne Cromwell (vocals).

Sat., Mar. 6, 7pm, Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus, 61 Market Street, Lowell. Free admission!

First Saturday of every month has something for everyone

The northeast's largest concentration of working artists in one facility opens its doors to the public the first Saturday of every month. See more than 160 artists in all disciplines, media and styles located in two converted mill buildings.

Noon to 5pm, Sat., Mar. 6, Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Ave.

More information about the studios and directions, go to: http://www.westernavenuestudios.com



Helping & healing: benefit the people of Haiti at The Space

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

119 Gallery's XFest 2010 gets rave reviews

Read about the success of the 119 Gallery's XFest -- a FREE weekend of improvised sound, visuals, and movement -- in this feature story and event review by Gordon Marshall in the online magazine "All About Jazz."

Learn more about what you may have missed! For more information on XFest 2010, which took place Feb. 26 - 28, visit www.119gallery.org.

Stomp out hunger

STOMP is partnering with The Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank to help STOMP Out Hunger. From Mar. 1 to Mar. 6, Lowell Five will be accepting non-perishable food donations at each of its 14 branch locations. Coupons offering a 10% discount on tickets to STOMP will be available for anyone that makes a food donation. All food donations will go to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. STOMP is an international percussion sensation that has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments - matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

Don't miss STOMP, Mar. 9 and Mar. 10, Lowell Memorial Auditorium

March events celebrate Jack Kerouac

Join "Lowell Celebrates Kerouac" for the following events:

* 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 and a full schedule: www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org

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

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

View works by local artists at Jeanne D'Arc

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union is hosting an open house art exhibition featuring the photographic works of local artists Lisa Anderson-Bisson, Amanda Mae Frankland and Ted Ogonowski. All artwork is for sale and admission is free.

Tues., Mar. 23, 6-8pm, Jeanne D'Arc corporate headquarters, 1 Tremont Place, Lowell

More information: https://www.jdcu.com/home/home.

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/

Calls to Artists

A juried two-part exhibition at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts

In the Gallery: Art in any medium with a floral theme, ready for gallery presentation. Exhibit runs April 9 - May 6

In Veterans' Memorial Auditorium: Non-floral themed art in any medium, ready for gallery presentation. These works will be interpreted by floral designers and exhibited with the floral arrangements April 9 - April 11.

Submission: A completed entry sent by mail with a photo of the work or an e-mailed entry with a jpg attached. Entries must arrive no later than March 22, 2010. Notification of acceptance will go out no later than March 29, 2010. Mail your entry to: CCA, 1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824 or e-mail the information to: 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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