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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Downtown This Week 4/19/2010 - 4/26/2010

The ninth annual Doors Open Lowell,
presented as part of Lowell's National Preservation Month activities, will take place May 13 - 15, 2010.  The event offers an insider's look into the preservation nearly thirty of Lowell's fabulous historic buildings, many not normally open to the public.  It's a celebration of urban living and culture where people and preservation have made Lowell a creative
and exciting place to live, work, and visit.  In 2002, Lowell was the first city in the United States to launch this prestigious event dedicated to preservation, architecture, and design.   
Buildings will be open Friday May 14 (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM) and Saturday May 15 (11:00 AM - 6:00 PM).   Look for old favorites this year such as well as exciting new additions to the roster of participating buildings.  Don't miss Doors Open XTRAs where you can enhance your Doors Open experience through interaction with design professionals and other special activities.  Check the event's website www.doorsopenlowell.org for full event information and regular updates.  Doors Open Lowell is presented by the Lowell Historic Board, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Heritage Partnership, City of Lowell, Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL).
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News 
 iShop Lowell 2010:  Buy Now, Win Later!  Shop downtown Lowell for your chance to win! Shop or dine in Downtown Lowell and you could win one of eight weekly prizes of an iPod Touch or a Season Pass to the 2010 Lowell Summer Music Series, or even the Grand Prize of Apple's new iPad!  To enter the City of Lowell's iShop 2010 Sweepstakes print your name, address (including zip code), home and work telephone numbers and email on an entry form (available at participating downtown businesses) and attach an original receipt from ANY downtown retail or restaurant business valued at over twenty-five dollars.   The sweepstakes runs from 2/21/10 through 4/30/10. There will be one random drawing per week from which the winners will be chosen - so start shopping today!  Additional information, as well as rules and regulations, available on www.lowell.org.
Downwntown Dancewear, 120 Merrimack Street:  "Diva For A Day" Sunday, April 25th 4:00 PM-6:00 PM.  A mother-daughter afternoon with Mary Kay cosmetics.  Join us after-hours to have your colors done, learn about stage makeup, and enjoy refreshments & savings throughout the store.  Space is limited...RSVP required by April 15th.  For more information visit www.downtowndancewear.com.
Centro Restaurant & Bar, 24 Market Street: On April 21 Centro will be switching to their s
pring menu and also available Centro's three course lunch for $9.50 Wednesday - Friday 11:30 AM -3:00 PM and three course dinner for $23.00 Monday - Wednesday 4:00 PM-9:00 PM.  Open Mother's Day from 12:00 PM -9:00 PM. Wednesday April 21, 7:00 PM, Live music with Kevin Burgess.  For more information visit   www.centrolowell.com. K

Market Street Market, 95 Market Street:   April 22 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Wine Tasting with Shaun Green, wine expert & enthusiast, featuring many wines from around the world!  For more information call 978-735-4523

Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.: February 2010 - "PLAY BALL!" For April Lowell Beer Works features American Pale Ales and Ambers - "Splendid Splinter Ale", "Triple A Amber", MVP Wheat" and "Little Rhody Lager" along with "Ballpark-themed" menu specials including "Cracker Jack Chicken", "Surf & Turf Sliders", "Ty Cobb Salad", "The Hanger Steak", "Baby Ruth Layer Cake".  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 at 978-937-2337 or lowell@beerworks.net.   Check out our Live Bands each week.  For more information visit www.beerworks.net.
Cobblestones, 91 Dutton Street: Ride on over and talk Derby to me!  Cobblestones celebrates Derby Day, Friday May 1st at 4:00 PM, Drink Specials, Derby Day Snacks, Contests & Prizes.  Call for more details 978-970-2282.  Don't forget our 17th annual Mothers Day Brunch Buffet Sunday May 9th.  Now accepting reservations. 
STUR, 179 Central Street: Mediterranean fine dining & cocktail bar, Creation of Executive Chef Gary Gianchetti (Culintary Institute of America graduate; previously chef at high-end restaurants in Boston's North End, New York, and Las Vegas, celebrity caterer at Sundance and Manhattan). Open for both lunch & dinner (including patio) starting at 11:30 AM. Stur Lounge open for a Tribute to Elvis show by top Northeast impersonator (10:00 & 11:30 PM, free). Menus: www.SturLowell.com   Phone: 978-451-STUR   Email: info@SturLowell.com .
Giovanni's Trends, 134 Merrimack Street:  Basement Bargains value center with well-priced offerings for the whole family in apparel.  For more information call  978 441-2916
Sports & Events 
Concord River Whitewater Rafting: It's not too early to sign up for this year's Concord River Whitewater Rafting Season!  Class III & IV rapids through the green heart of Lowell.   Trips run at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays through May.  For more information visit www.lowelllandtrust.org or www.zoaroutdoor.com.                                   . 
June through September the Lowell Summer Music Series  presents summer concerts at Boarding House Park at French and John Streets in Downtown Lowell.  For more information visit www.lowellsummermusic.org
The Lowell Devils:  Playoff  tickets availble  vs. the Worcester Sharks, Game 4,  Tuesday April 20 and Game 5 Wednesday, April 21.   For more information visit www.lowelldevilshockey.com
Lowell Spinners, Individual and group tickets now available.  For more information visit www.lowell.spinners.milb.com  
Pol lard  Memorial Library:  Come support the Pollard Memorial Library and enjoy an evening of wine, passed hors d'oeuvres, and conversation with author Michael Holley.  Mr. Holley is renowned Boston sports author and a WEEI sports radio host.  He has written Red Sox Rule, Patriot Reign and Never Give Up: The Tedy Bruschi Story.  A book signing will also take place at this event.  This event in sponsored in part by the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation and will be held at the library.  Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased at the door. Thursday, April 29 from 6:00 PM  to 9:00 PM.  For more information, visit www.pollardml.org.
Earth Day Event!  April 24.  Sign up with a group or as an individual. There are various clean-up areas such as the Northern & 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 at 978-275-1740 Lowell Canal waters Cleaners - Bill Moreau at 978-835-5147 Community Gardens Greenhouse - Deb Harding at 978-761-5902 To sign-up on the day of the event, please come to the Middlesex Community College Cafeteria between 8-9 AM. on April 24.


"Julie & Julia" - Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30 PM, Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street. See the 2009 Oscar-nominated film starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams that celebrated Julia Child's passion for cooking. This special film screening is the first of three events in the National Park's Foodways program, "Native Americans and Julia Child - Food Traditions and Innovators in Massachusetts." Visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org for more information.


"One Man's Hero" - Tuesday, May 4 at 7:30 PM, Garcia Brogan's Cantina, Pub and Restaurant, 131 Middlesex Street. Tom Berenger stars in the controversial epic films that tells the true story of "St. Patrick's Brigade" ("Los San Patricios"), a band of Irish and other European immigrants who fought alongside the Mexican Army during the Mexican-American War. Join the Lowell Irish Cultural Committee and the Lowell Film Collaborative for this "food & film" event at Garcia Brogan's, Lowell's own Mexican-Irish restaurant. Visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org for more information.


"Browsing Through Birke's" - Tuesday, May 18 at 6:00 PM, Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street. Come learn the full story behind downtown Lowell's renowned Birke's Department Store owned and operated by Nathan and Sala (Sally) Birke for almost 50 years. Considered a retail and neighborhood treasure by locals, Birke's closed its doors in 2004, leaving a myriad of stories and memories behind. Visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org for more information.


"Enlighten Up" - Monday, May 24 at 7:30 PM, Life Alive Urban Oasis and Organic Café, 194 Middle Street. Follow Nick Rosen and filmmaker Kate Churchill on a global journey to find what's at the heart of Yoga. Humorous, real, and wonderfully emotional, Yoga skeptic Nick does his best to find enlightenment as he reveals the good, bad, and often confusing side to the practice of Yoga through the gurus and practitioners he meets along the way. Presented in partnership with BromYoga, Life Alive, and the Lowell Film Collaborative.

Museum & Gallery News 
May Day Celebration at Harmony Park, Presented by The Revolving Museum:  Saturday, May 1, from 2:00 PM - 6:00PM. The Revolving Museum will host the 4th community arts event at Harmony Park in Lowell's Acre neighborhood located at the corner of Cross and Cork Streets by Saint Patrick Catholic Church. Festivities will include games and crafts, dance and music performances by local artists and food by local vendors.  Celebrate spring with your neighbors at this afternoon block party on the first day of May! For more information visit www.revolvingmuseum.org. 
All Gallery, 246 Market Street:  Abstractions 2010, April 10 - May 9.   For more information visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com
American Textile History Museum,  491 Dutton Street: .More Than a Number. April 17 - July 25. 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. Ashundreds of thousands of Cambodians escaped the country, they were admitted to refugee camps and identified through "transit" or "T" number photos. These transit photos - symbolizing the refugees' first glimpse of hope for their future through acceptance into another country - are the poignant foundation of Remember, a series of S-21 prisoners painted on rough silk by Rachel Faller. Exhibit features works by Khmer artists Chanthou Oeur and Yary Livan.  Free with paid admission to the Museum. For more information, visit www.athm.org

The Loading Dock Gallery:  Glass: Please Handle with Care, Kilnformed Art Glass Tina Silverio, April 2 - April 25.  For more information visit  www.theloadingdockgallery.com. 

Brush Art Gallery & Studio
, 256 Market Street:  April 4 - June 6, TEA, SWORDS AND STITCHES: A Contemporary Interpretation of Classic Kimono Design.  Curated and organized by Cynthia Hughes and Glenn Szegedy.   Exhibition Features Displays of Classic Japanese Kimonos, Swords, Embroidery, Netsuke, and Soari Weaving. F
or more information please visit
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street Gotta have it, Tuesday April 6 - Friday April 30, 12 Noon-5:00 PM.  For more information visit www.119gallery.org.
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street:  Bill Giavis: On the Road and Home Again, April 1 to May 15.  For more information visit www.whistlerhouse.org  

Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue:  Open Studios -First Saturday of every month, noon to 5:00 PM - Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists!   For more information visit www.westernavenuestudios.com
New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street: Dorothy G. Bosselman Collection of Miniature Amish Quilt Replicas on Display DuringKinder Komforts, exhibition runs through May 9.  For more information visit www.nequiltmuseum.org
Got Tickets? 
Tsongas Center  at UMass Lowell
:  Curious  George Live April 23rd - 25th for five shows.   For more information visit www.uml.edu/tsongascenter.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre:  Regional Premiere!  The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, April 22 to May 16.  A cheating husband, a meddling neighbor and a dropped ice cream cone combine to shatter Rhonda Russell's quiet, suburban life.  Seven very different characters each offer their own perspective of the day Rhonda went berserk - all played by a single gifted performer.  A captivatingly brilliant and heartfelt tour de force about loss and ultimate redemption.  For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen & the Works May 6, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance May 12 and Darius Rucker May 23.  For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

 Business News
C I TY MANAGER'S SUMMIT SERIES SPRING 2010 START UP YOU SPOKE AND WE LISTENED.  Cobblestone finish work has begun which includes the completion of the handicapped ramps and crosswalks at the intersections shown on the map. Final paving and crosswalk work will also be done at Market/Central/Prescott before the end of May. Any need for detours will be communicated in advance. Parking will be minimally impacted this year with a goal of the least impact possible. All parking will be restored when work is complete. The contractor will also do his best to complete work timely and with minimal disruption and inconvenience. We appreciate your cooperation during the finish process which will result in an improved historic district streetscape and enhanced pedestrian experience for all.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DPD at 978-446-7200 and mention the Downtown Improvements. 
Innovative Cities: Best Practices in Urban Development:  Learn About Best Practices in Place at Six Model Cities June 17-19,at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn & Conference Center. For more information, visit http://www.innovativecitiesconference.com
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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