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April 8, 2010

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." -- Mark Twain

Celebrate Opening Night of the Lowell Film Festival!

MCC Celebrates Asian Culture

Glass: please handle with care

Angkor Dance Troupe's 23 Cambodian New Year Celebration

The Space, a peaceful place

Once Upon a Chair

"How to Make a Downtown Great"

Catch an "Impression" of Andover Chamber Music before they are done

Urban Village Arts Series (UVAS)
Alzheimer's art exhibit

Earth Day Festival

Prevent homelessness

Colrain Conference

Tsongas Boott camp
Cinco de Mayo Annual Fundraiser
Swann heads new Lowell jazz day camp at The Space
Free small business support
119 Gallery

Art sales!

Call to artists

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Celebrate Opening Night of the Lowell Film Festival!

Join us at Athenian Corner for opening night of the Lowell Film Festival!
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. Come dressed in your 1930's BEST! 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 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "The Grapes of Wrath," 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.

The Lowell Film Festival is made possible by our generous donors and sponsors. Be a part of the Festival's success -- 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.



MCC Celebrates Asian Culture

Rachel Faller, Founder of KeoK’jay
Noon-1:30 p.m. Thur., April 8
Lowell Federal Building Assembly Room
KeoK'jay is a social enterprise established by Bostonian Rachel Faller to train and provide jobs for women living with HIV in Phnom Penh. The women create clothes and gift items in their homes. Faller will discuss the role of fair trade and handcrafted production of traditional textiles, which has played a role in rebuilding Cambodian society, culture and the economy.

Cambodian New Year Celebration

1:30pm-2:30pm Wed., April 14
Lowell Campus Cafeteria

Join us in celebrating Cambodian New Year – the year of the Tiger! This event will feature Mayuth Pich, One Man Band, a Cambodian fashion show, Cambodian cuisine, dancing and more.


Passport to Malaysia
1:30pm-2:30p.m. Wed., April 28
Multicultural Center (Lowell City Building, ground floor)
Phooi Wah Khoo, a UMass graduate student from Malaysia and intern in MCC’s International & Multicultural Office, will share cultural, social, economic and political aspects of Malaysia. Come enjoy this interesting presentation.

Glass: please handle with care

ALL Gallery Committee Member, Tina Silverio, opens her solo show:

Glass: please handle with care
A kilnformed art glass show
at the Loading Dock Gallery on April 2-April 25.
There will be an Artists Reception, open to the public, on
April 8 from 6-9pm.

The Loading Dock Gallery is located at:
122 Western Avenue
2nd Floor -- A Mill Building
Lowell, MA 01851
Gallery Hours:

Angkor Dance Troupe's 23 Cambodian New Year Celebration

Angkor Dance Troupe is welcoming in the Year of the Tiger with performances of Cambodian dance, a five-course Southeast Asian dinner, cash bar, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, book signing, special presentations by two artists from Cambodia, a performance by Angkor Ballroom, and lots of social dancing.
Admission is $50 for adults, $25 for children, $60 at the door; $425 for a table of ten if purchased in advance. Proceeds will support Angkor Dance Troupe's programs. The mission of the Troupe is to preserve and promote Cambodian culture, provide a safe and healthy out-of-school-time environment for youth, and provide cultural diversity for the community.

Fri., April 9, 6pm-Midnight
Sompov Meas Hall, 450 Chelmsford Street

Tim Thou
Founder and Program Director, Angkor Dance Troupe
P.O. Box 1553; Lowell, MA 01853
Phone: 978.275.1823
tim@angkordance.org, or info@angkordance.org

The Space, a peaceful place

Complimentary Joyful Music Class

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and the people who love them.

Fri., April 9th at 5pm
To RSVP please email Jane at joyfulmusic4us@aol.com or call Karen at (978)589-1161

Open Kabbalah Seminar

The Space in conjunction with the Kabbalah Center of Brookline MA is proud to present a lecture series that will present useful philosophies for managing our daily lives. Come and learn how we can have success in every area of our lives - in fact, anything less isn't really success at all.

Sun., April 11th, 1pm
Tickets $9.00 each.
Please call The Space to sign up in advance at (978) 459-4755

The Space - The Place for Music, 150 Western Ave., Mill B, Unit 5A, Lowell, MA. For information about The Space check out our website www.inthespace.net

Once Upon a Chair

Auction and Art Exhibit to Benefit the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust

Ten talented local artists have painted ten charming children's chairs for a silent auction to benefit the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. The ten artists include Katharine Bell, Tim Chamberlain, Susan Marion, Erin Mullins, Martha Oldham, Jill Pottle, Don Torgersen, Janice Toth, Virginia Fitzgerald and Sharon Wooding.

Feb. 13-April 10
Reception and Silent Auction: Thur., April 8, 6:30-8:30pm

Library hours are Tue. & Thur. 10-9, Wed. & Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-3, & Sun. (Jan.-April) 1-5.
For more information, go to the library's website at

"How to Make a Downtown Great"

The Lowell Plan and the City of Lowell invite you to participate in a discussion with nationally renowned city planner, Jeff Speck. The discussion on progressive development, streetscapes, public transportation, walkability, and more is free and open to the public.

Sat., April 10, 10am-noon
MCC's Federal Building, 50 Kearney Sq.

For information call, 978-459-9899.

Catch an "Impression" of Andover Chamber Music before they are done

Now completing it's thirteenth season of bringing unique thematic chamber music concerts to the Merrimack Valley, Andover Chamber Music will present its final concert, "Impressions."
Julie Scolnik, artistic director and flutist, is always on the lookout for beautiful, little-known works to introduce to her audiences, and this program of music for flute, harp and strings is no exception. It will draw you into a shimmering kaleidoscope of colors!

Sun., April 11, 4pm

West Parish Church, Reservation Road, Andover

Tickets $30 Adults. A limited number of $20 Senior discounted tickets available. Student rush $10. Order securely online at www.AndoverChamberMusic.org, email sales@andoverchambermusic.org, or call 978-474-6222.

Urban Village Arts Series (UVAS)

Michael Murray & Tsoysli
They are all seasoned musicians with their own long musical stories that have taken each of them to strange places.

Jay Atkinson's new book about Kerouac's routes through the US and Mexico is called "Paradise Road." He's an UVAS alum as well! We're glad to have him back.

Todd Hearon wrote me to say: "I'm looking forward to my UVAS reading in April. On the subject of book launches, I'll be reading from my own then, just out (April 6 release date) -- my first book of poems called Strange Land. Here's a link if you're interested." http://www.siupress.com/product/Strange-Land,5447.aspx

Thur., April 15, 7pm, Upstairs at the Old Court

Alzheimer's art exhibit
Forgetting Piece by Piece, a juried exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's disease, will be in Exeter
NH at the RiverWood Retirement community April 17-19. This exhibit was conceived in 2005 by
Ami Simms. It is extraordinary and worth the trip.

Hours are 9am-6pm April 17-18, and 9am-noon April 19.
Directions at
If you miss this venue, your last opportunity to see the show will be at the Shelburne Museum May
16-Oct. 24. After that show closes, the quilts are finally returning home.

Linda Dunn

Earth Day Festival

Earth Day Festival
Hosted by Lowell's Community Gardens Greenhouse

Free hands-on fun for the whole family!
Create arts and crafts from the earth
Participate in educational workshops
Tour the greenhouse
Learn about nature, gardening, and the environment

Find out about improving our environment through:
Community Gardening
Organic Agriculture
Canal Water Cleaning
Plant a Row for the Hungry

Featuring special guest Radio Disney, music by local musicians, prize drawings, food, free plants, and more!

April 18, 12pm-4pm, Rain or Shine
220 Aiken Street, Lowell National Park Maintenance Site

For more information, visit: www.communitygardensgreenhouse.org

Prevent homelessness

Join us for the 8th Annual Fundraiser to Prevent Homelessness, hosted by Community Teamwork, Inc. and the Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness.

All proceeds benefit families and individuals living in Greater Lowell and the Merrimack Valley who are homeless or facing homelessness.
Only 500 tickets are being sold at $100 each - share the cost with friends and family (we suggest 2 can attend on one ticket), with each ticket holder being entered into a Grand Prize drawing for $10,000.

Thur., April 22, 6-10pm, Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Colrain Conference

Applications are now being accepted for the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference for April 30--May 3. This conference has been created for poets who are either ready to publish a book-length (or chapbook-length) manuscript or who feel they need a reality check on their current manuscript-in-progress. Since our first conference, in March of 2006, over 35 Colrain manuscripts have been accepted for publication.

Our publication news is found here:

Complete information, including application, can be found here:

Tsongas Boott camp

Tsongas Industrial History Center Offers Summer Day Camp!

Sign up for summer day camps that explore Lowell's history, the Merrimack River, local national parks and much more. The Tsongas Industrial History Center offers week long summer day camp sessions. The Center is a hands-on education partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Lowell National Historical Park located at the Boott Cotton Mill Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Boott Camp is offered July 12-16, July 26-30 and Aug. 9-13.
Boott Camp: Discovery! is offered July 19-23.
Wonders of Water is offered July 19-23, Aug. 2-6.
National Parks Adventures is offered July 26-30.

Camps are Mon.-Fri., 8:3am0-3pm
Price: $175 per week. Sibling discount available.

Boott Camp and Wonders of Water are open to boys and girls ages 8 to 11, Boott Camp: Discovery! and National Parks Adventures for those 10 to 14.

Sign up begins Mar. 23

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 978 970-5080 for
information/registration, or visit www.uml.edu/tsongas.

Cinco de Mayo Annual Fundraiser

Catered dinner of delicious Mexican cuisine by Mambo Grill http://www.mamboburrito.com
Music, Dancing, Art Auction, Great Gift Raffles and Fun to follow in a large tent under the stars and the moon in the beautiful Market Mills Courtyard adjacent to the Gallery.

Tickets purchased in advance:
$50.00 ($40.00 for paid members.)
Purchase tickets on-line securely: Click here.

Tickets purchased at door:
$55.00 ($45.00 for paid members. Not a member? Click here http://www.thebrush.org/membership.htm )

Sat., May 8, 6-10pm
Cocktails, 6-7pm at the Gallery

The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios
256 Market Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Swann heads new Lowell jazz day camp at The Space
Sign up for this summer's brand new Lowell Jazz Day Camp!
Camp Director: local musician and band leader, Stanley C. Swann, III

Camp dates/times:
Mon. - Fri., July 12 - 23, 9am-4pm

Ensembles will perform at the Mambo Grill during the Lowell folk Festival July 23 and 24!
Complete information is available at:
Free small business support

PRIME, the International Institute's small business assistance program. offers free business classes, business coaching and business services (e.g., legal help and Website design).

To learn more, sign up for an information session at our office:
One Milk Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA
(Corner Washington & Milk Streets, 2 mins from Downtown Crossing and State Street T stops.)

Massachusetts residents only. Income & other eligibility criteria apply.

To sign up, or for more information, email prime@iiboston.org or call Ryan McDonnell or Hillary Rettig at 617-695-1639 x151

119 Gallery

Gotta' Have It...
Cambodian Artist Exhibit 2010
April is the month of the Cambodian New Year. To celebrate, this
show will be based around consumerism and Cambodia as a developing country and America in its debt.
Curated by Setheyny

Traditional Cambodian Fashion and Dance
Showcasing fashions by the local bridal shop that's located on Chelmsford Street, the night will feature performances by the Angkor Dance Troupe and the Adams Project.

Strotter Inst
Thu., April 8, 8pm-9pm

Lowell Film Festival
Fri., April 9 "Frankenstein" 10pm
Sat., April 10 "Bride of Frankenstein" 10pm

Daniel Francis Doyle
Abram Taber Math the Band Daniel Francis Doyle The Woodrow Wilsons Packrat Produced by Ben Farley
Tue., April 13, 7pm-10:30pm

Dance + Fashion Show
Thur., Apr 15, 2010

Herb Robertson Trio
Fri., April 16, 8pm-9pm

Spiral Event
Sat., April 17, 7pm-1am

Field Recording Workshop
Description Field Recording
with Rick Breault
Sun., April 18, 11am-3pm

Lowell Poetry Network
FreeVervse + Open mic with Janet Stevenson
Thu., April 22, 6:30pm-9pm

Dinner and a Movie
A classic Khymer film
Fri., April 23, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Forrest Larson
Sat., April 24, 8pm-9pm

Analogue Heaven North East
More info here -
http://stretta.com/ahne/2010/ Produced by Eric Crawley and Mike Fun
Sun. Apr 25

Sound Thinking
UMass Lowell Dept of Music
Thu., April 29 7pm-1pm

Grassroots Arts Conference
Fri., Apr 30 - May 2

Art sales!

Martell's Greeting Cards

Lowell artist, Robin Martell, is now selling her fiber art and collage artistic greeting cards at Market Street Market located at 95 Market St., Lowell, MA 01852 (978) 735-4523.

The card display includes a large variety of holiday, bridal, birthday, celebration, environmental awareness, multicultural, animal, and Lowell themed cards. The artist's card line integrates color, fiber art, postage stamps, and international papers into unique three-dimensional art cards that can be mailed or framed.

For more information, contact the artist at: InnisfreeCards@comcast.net.

The Big Painting Sale

Sat and Sun April 17 & 18 1 to 4 PM at X/O Studio Market Mill Lowell MA
Benefit for Doctors without Borders

Call to artists

Grumbacher paint is looking for accomplished artists who can teach two hour workshops at a major retailer. We have developed a flexible curriculum in acrylics for an artist to use or to adapt it to fit the artist's style.

Compensation is $100/workshop. We plan to conduct approximately one to four workshops per store per month and the artist will have flexibility in their scheduling. The retailer is geographically located all over the U.S and Canada making it easy to locate a store within driving distance of many artists. All teaching materials will be provided to the artist at no cost.

If you or anyone you know may be interested, please have them contact Jen Kopec at jkopec@Chartpak.com for details. Email is the preferred method of contact.


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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