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March 18, 2010

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." -- Winston Churchill


Today's politicians could learn from Mr. Smith

Trolleys mean it is spring

The Space hosts an Irish cultural celebration

A weekend of film in downtown Lowell

Next "Building Relationships" workshop focuses on fundraising & volunteerism

Imagining Past and Present

"China Blue" screens at MCC

Let's return to the Beat heyday with poetry readings and jazz!

Mad hatters and more at Ayer Lofts Gallery

Life Alive brings "Good Food" to the big screen

Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light

Rachmaninoff Vespers

Earth Day cleanup

"More Than a Number" comes to the ATHM

March at the 119 Gallery

Save the date! "The Napa Valley Suite" at La Boniche

Audition for Image Theater's next production!

Call to artists

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Today's politicians could learn from Mr. Smith

James Stewart plays the idealistic Mr. Smith at this year's Lowell Film Festival.
James Stewart plays the idealistic Mr. Smith at this year's Lowell Film Festival.

About Jimmy: Stewart was the first movie star to enter service for World War II, joining a year before Pearl Harbor was bombed. He was initially refused entry into the Air Force because he weighed five pounds less than the required 148 pounds, but he talked the recruitment officer into ignoring the test. Don't miss "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" at 7pm on Fri., April 9 at the Lowell National Historic Park Visitor Center as part of the upcoming Lowell Film Festival!


Join us at Athenian Corner for opening night!
The 3rd Annual Lowell Film Festival celebrates opening night on Thursday, April 8 at 5:30pm at Athenian Corner restaurant with special guests, music, and great food and drinks. 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: April 8 - 10
"Hollywood and the Great Depression: 10-cent Entertainment in Difficult Times"
Come see the films the nation watched during Hollywood's "Golden Age" of the 1930's, including "It Happened One Night," "Modern Times," and James Whale's horror classics "Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein." V
isit www.lowellfilms.org for the current Festival lineup and for continued program updates and information. Events take place at various locations in downtown Lowell. All films are free admission, but your donation is greatly appreciated - donate today!

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

Trolleys mean it is spring

Trolley 4131 and Streetcar 966 will be riding the rails, bringing visitors throughout downtown Lowell!

Special trolley tours will be offered at 11am and 1pm to include traveling on all available rail line in downtown Lowell. Tours are 1 hour 45 minutes in length, free, and begin next to the trolley stop in Mack Plaza. See staff in the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center for more information and directions. Join us as we celebrate the return of the trolleys - a true symbol of the beginning of spring!

Sat., March 20, 10am-4pm

More information: www.nps.gov/lowe

The Space hosts an Irish cultural celebration

March 19th is ALSO a great day for the Irish! "The Space," the place for you and your music, is hosting a Lowell Irish celebration. Enjoy a traditional Irish buffet, listen to traditional Irish music performed LIVE by the likes of Jim O'Connor and members of Boston Black Thorn, Irish poetry, plus a reading from Lowell Author Steve O'Connor "Why the Irish are the world's greatest lovers." Come for great story telling and a bit of blarney - there will also be some surprise guest singers.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door and a cash bar will be provided.To purchase tickets in advance, please email Sharon at sharn@inthespace.net or call The Space at 978-459-4755. We accept Visa, Master Card or Discover.

Fri., Mar. 19, 7-11pm, The Space - The Place for Music, 150 Western Ave., Mill B, Unit 5A, Lowell

More information: www.inthespace.net

A weekend of film in downtown Lowell

Join us this weekend for two great film events presented by the Lowell Film Collaborative (LFC)!

"The Skin Quilt Project" - Special Guest, director Lauren Cross
Hear passionate stories from African-American quilters on the historical impact of the quilt arts on their lives and their communities. This poignant documentary was made in Waltham, MA, by director Lauren Cross, who will be our very special guest at the event. Presented in partnership with the New England Quilt Museum.

Sat., Mar. 20, 1:30pm, New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St., Lowell
More information: www.nequiltmuseum.org and www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org
Join the LFC on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/LowellFilmGrl

"Under Great White Northern Lights"
Don't miss the Lowell premiere of this newly released acclaimed documentary on alt-blues super-duo The White Stripes! Hot off its premiere in Austin, TX, at the South by Southwest festival, this incredible film captures Jack and Meg White on their 2007 tour through Canada, culminating in their 10th anniversary show in Nova Scotia. The film will be presented on a large screen in HD at the newly renovated Boott Cotton Mills Museum Event Center!

Sun., Mar. 21, 1pm, Boott Cotton Mills Museum Event Center, 115 John St., Lowell
More information: www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org.
Join the LFC on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/LowellFilmGrl


Next "Building Relationships" workshop focuses on fundraising & volunteerism

A few spaces are still available for upcoming "Building Relationships" workshops.Please register (3) 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)
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. 23 & 30, 6-8:30pm
Lowell National Historical Park Headquarters, 67 Kirk Street

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 is $15 per session. View the full schedule here (pdf download).

For registration and detailed information, contact Suzzanne Cromwell at scromwell@lowellma.gov or call 978-674-1483.

Imagining Past and Present

A Photo Retrospective by Arts League of Lowell (ALL) member, Jeffrey Engel.

Exhibit runs
March 3-28

Loading Dock Gallery,122 Western Ave., 2nd. Floor, A-Mill. 987-349-8069

"China Blue" screens at MCC

Don't miss this free screening of the award-winning documentary film. The event is co-sponsored by Middlesex Community College Cultural Connections and the UMass Lowell Department of Regional Economic and Social Development. A discussion with UMass Lowell Emerita Professor Jean Pyle and a reception will follow the screening.

About "China Blue:" Shot clandestinely at a blue-jeans factory in southern China where 17-year-old Jasmine and her friends work around the clock for pennies a day, 'China Blue' reveals what international retail companies don't want us to see: How the clothes we buy are actually made. There are striking parallels to Lowell in the days of its boarding houses and 'mill girls'.

Mon., April 12, 6:30-8:30pm, Middlesex Community College Federal Building, Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square

Let's return to the Beat heyday with poetry readings and jazz!

Back to the Beat Generation: A Poetry and Jazz Party

119 Gallery and Lowell Poetry Network invite you to celebrate National Poetry Month with all that poetry and all that jazz. Come read or perform your own poetry; or poetry by Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, or Kerouac; or the Beat poet of your choosing (with or without bongo or bass). Music, poetry and your enthusiasm will make this a snazzy, jazzy fun filled day. Ticket price includes includes hot/cold buffet, a beverage, also beer & wine. Advance ticket reservations recommended. General ticket in advance $12, at the door $15. Student ticket (with ID) in advance $8, at the door $10.

Sat. April 3, 2pm-8pm, 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street

Contact Janet Stevenson at janetize@aol.com to reserve your ticket in advance or for more information.

Mad hatters and more at Ayer Lofts Gallery

Don't miss the "Mad Hatter Show" at Ayer Lofts Gallery!

Arts League of Lowell (ALL) members: Ted Lavash, Laura Shaw, Eleni Zohdi and Dug North; and Ayer Loft's resident artists and their guests show off their latest creations including: paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery and installation.

Exhibit runs March 5-28
Hours: Sat. & Sun. Noon-4pm

Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street, Lowell

For more information: www.ayerlofts.com

Life Alive brings "Good Food" to the big screen

Come for the final film in Life Alive's three-part Agricultural Film Series!

"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. "Good Food" visits producers, farmers' markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all! Come early and enjoy some great food at Life Alive and stay for this fascinating film! Presented in partnership by Life Alive Cafe, AudioPark Productions, WorldPEAS CSA, Community Teamwork, Inc., and the Lowell Film Collaborative.

Thurs., Mar. 25, 7:30pm, Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafe, 192 Middle St., Lowell

More information: www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org
Follow the LFC on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/LowellFilmGrl

Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light

Joy Harjo performs her one-woman play "Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light" with Grammy award-winning musician Larry Mitchell. Harjo tells us how trickster Rabbit creates a clay man, more out of whimsy than for any real purpose. But Rabbit's prank backfires. The clay man's insatiable hunger for game, women and all the riches of the Earth, soon throws the universe out of balance. For more information, visit www.joyharjo.com. Tickets: $10 (free with Merrimack I.D.) Both venues are wheelchair accessible.

March 23, 7pm, Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College

To reserve tickets for the performance with Joy Harjo, contact the Women's and Gender Studies Program at 978-837-3530 x.5478 or email mackenzieg@merrimack.edu or colellan@merrimack.edu.

Rachmaninoff Vespers

The Rachmaninoff Choir will offer a special performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Russian Orthodox All-Night Vigil. Tickets: $15, general admission. Contact Susan Pappas at 603-886-4717 or http://www.transchurch.org.

Sat., April 10, 7:30 pm, Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way

Earth Day cleanup

Sign up on your own or in a group!

There are various clean-up areas such as: the Northern and Western Canals, Community Gardens Greenhouse, and Kerouac Park, just to name a few. Put your work clothes on and come out to lend a hand!

For more information or to sign up in advance please contact: Lowell National Historical Park, Volunteer Office, 978-275-1740
; Lowell Canalwaters Cleaners, Bill Moreau, 978-835-5147; Community Gardens Greenhouse, Deb Harding, 978-761-5902. To sign-up on the day of the event, please come to the Middlesex Community College Cafeteria between 8-9am.

Earth Day Cleanup, Sat., April, 24


"More Than a Number" comes to the ATHM

"More Than a Number" opens at the American Textile History Museum

The story of the survivors of the mass genocide of the "killing fields" of Cambodia expressed through the powerful and inspirational images of its people. As hundreds of thousands of Cambodians escaped the country, they lived in holding centers and refugee camps until they were accepted into a third country. Upon leaving the refugee camps, they were identified through "transit" or "T" number photos. These transit photos - symbolizing the refugees' first glimpse of hope for their future - are an eerie reminder of the photographs taken by the Khmer Rouge of S-21 prisoners, which served as the foundation for Rachel Faller's painted portraits on rough silk. Exhibit features works by Khmer artists Chanthou Oeur and Yary Livan. Free with paid admission to the Museum.

Exhibit runs April 17 - July 25, American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St., Lowell

More information: www.athm.org

March at the 119 Gallery

March 18, 6pm - 9pm: "Stress Factor", WUML Broadcasting
March 19, 6pm - 9pm: Free Verse Youth poetry
March 20, 5pm - 10pm: Wed Night Militia and Friends, music starts 6:30pm
March 25, 6:30pm - 9pm:
Lowell Poetry Network Featured Poet: Leo Racicot & Open mic with Janet Stevenson
March 26, 8pm - 11pm: Stop Loss Music by multiple Bands
March 27, 3pm - 6pm: UML Painting Reception
March 27, 8pm - 9pm: Ladderlegs Music by multiple Bands
March 31, 7pm - 8pm: ARTBEAT! Dance, Live Painting and more

"Perspectives II"
March 16 - 27 and Reception on March 27, 3-6pm
Paintings from the Art Department of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, curated by Jan Johnson and Caitlyn Cedarstrom. Participating artists include Dorena Carrillo, Frances Conrad, Sara DeRoeck, Savitha Devisetti, Polina Dorosinskaya, Alexander Eagleston, AlexGiavis, Elizabeth Hart, Amy Hoehn, Byron McNeal, Sarah Morkunas, Holly Moss, Jeremy Nash, Phyllis Procter, Sam Riebe, Giselle Sterling, Jennifer Stone, Anna Struna, Victoria Valente.

More information: www.119gallery.org

Save the date! "The Napa Valley Suite" at La Boniche

"The Napa Valley Suite" by Pamela Wamala
New pastels inspired by the artist's recent trip through the Napa Valley region of California

Exhibit runs March 27 - June 26
Reception with the artist: Sat., April 17, 1-3pm. Light Refreshments to be served

La Boniche Restaurant, 143 Merrimack St. Lowell, MA

For further Information, contact Pamela Wamala at 978-387-7220.

Audition for Image Theater's next production!

Lowell's Image Theater will hold auditions for Stephen Metcalfe's play, "Strange Snow." Seeking two men (40's to 50's) and one woman (40's to 50's).

This is a mid -May production, actors are paid a stipend. Strange Snow became the motion picture "Jack Knife," starring Ed Harris, Robert DeNiro, and Kathy Baker. Auditions to be held Mon., March 22 and Tue., March 23 upstairs at The Old Court Pub, 29 Central Street, from 7pm on.

Call 978-441-0102 to reserve your slot. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.

Call to artists

"The Elegant Miniature"

June 26th - July 24th
Open to all artists 18 years or older living in MA. Any original 2D artwork. Jurying will be done from actual work. No slides or JPGS. For full guidelines and entry form please go to: http://gallerysevenmaynard.com/docs/pdf/Gallery_Seven-The_Elegant_Miniature_Juried.pdf

Summer pARTy

The Museum Council of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is seeking qualified artists, or their representatives, to submit work to a juried silent art auction being held on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Museum Council's black tie fundraising event - the Summer pARTy. Upon the sale of the artwork, each artist or gallery will be awarded up to 50% of the final silent auction price. All media are eligible and will be considered.
The Submission Form can be found at:
All submissions are due by April 5, 2010. For more information, please contact the Museum Council Office at 617.369.3268 or museumcouncil@mfa.org.


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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