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April 21, 2010

"Do not be too moral. You cheat yourself out of much life so. Be not simply good, be good for something." -- Henry David Thoreau

Doors Open Lowell 2010
Celebrate National Park Week

Happenings at Pollard Memorial Library

UMass Lowell orchestra pays tribute to the movies
Cinco de Mayo Annual Fundraiser at The Brush!

Have some "Key West Fun" and prevent homelessness

"Julie & Julia" screens in Lowell as part of Foodways programming
Forrest Larson Trio at the 119 Gallery

"One Man's Hero" & "Browsing Through Birke's" screen in downtown Lowell

The New England Orchestra gets spring fever

The Strata exhibition

Join the Revolving Museum at Harmony Park

Lowell's first Jazz Camp comes to The Space

Enterprise Bank seminar on "Branding"

Ancient Echos Arts classes

Strange Snow at The Old Court Pub

Calls to Artists

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Doors Open Lowell 2010

The ninth annual Doors Open Lowell, presented as part of Lowell's National Preservation Month activities, will take place May 13-15.

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.

Thurs., May 13: Kick-off event!
Join the Lowell National Historical Park and the Lowell Heritage Partnership in recognizing recipients of cultural heritage and historic preservation awards as well as the opening of a new exhibit on the history of historic preservation in New England and Lowell sponsored by Historic New England. RSVPs for the reception and awards should be made to 978-275-1700.

Buildings will be open Fri. May 14 6-9pm and Sat. May 15 1am-6pm. Admission is FREE to all venues. Visit www.doorsopenlowell.org for full event information and regular updates.

Celebrate National Park Week

Lowell National Historical Park is FEE FREE for National Park Week, April 17-25

Lowell National Historical Park is waiving museum fees at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum for National Park Week. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has directed all National Park sites to celebrate our common heritage collectively represented by our National Parks.

The Boott Cotton Mills Museum is open daily from 9:30am to 5pm at 115 John Street. Visitors are encouraged to begin their visit to the Park at the Visitor Center, 246 Market Street. While there, information is also available about many other park offerings and cultural attractions in the City.

For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000. For information about national parks nationwide that are participating in fee free events during these same weekends, please visit http://www.nps.gov/npweek/

Happenings at Pollard Memorial Library

Dining to Donate -- Enjoy a meal that's filling and fulfilling. Dine at the Tewksbury Applebee's on April 21 and 20% of your bill will be donated to the Friends of the Pollard Memorial Library. (Sponsored by the Friends of the Pollard Library).

Meet the Author -- An evening with Michael Holley, author of Red Sox Rule, Patriot Reign, and Never Give Up - The Tedy Bruschi Story. Mr. Holley will sign his books. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $35.00 at the door. (Sponsored by the Pollard Library Foundation). April 29, 6-9pm at Memorial Hall (2 floor of the library).

Donate books for the Annual Book Sale.
May 1, 9am-12pm at Lowell Senior Center (256 Broadway)

Annual Book Sale -- Friends' Preview Sale (Members Only). Light refreshments will be served. May 21, 5:30pm-7pm at Lowell Senior Center

Annual Book Sale -- Regular book sale, all welcome.
May 22, 9am-3pm

Annual Book Sale -- Second chance book sale, all welcome.
May 29, 9am-1pm

UMass Lowell orchestra pays tribute to the movies
"A Night at the Movies"
UMass Lowell University Orchestra
Kay George Roberts, conductor

If you love movie music, the UML University Orchestra's Spring Concert is for you! From epic soundtracks to gentle love themes, great silver screen classics to modern award winners, this program has it all.

Thurs., April 22, 7:30pm, Durgin Concert Hall - 35 Wilder Street, Lowell. 978-934-3850

Free and open to the public / wheelchair accessible

Cinco de Mayo Annual Fundraiser at The Brush!

Don't miss the Brush Gallery and Artists Studio's
Cinco de Mayo Annual Fundraiser!"

Enjoy an evening of Mexican-inspired food, cocktails, music, and dancing, plus a silent auction, and great gift raffles! The fun takes place in a large tent under the moon and stars in the beautiful Market Mills Courtyard adjacent to the Gallery!

Saturday, May 8, 6-10 pm
Cocktails, 6-7pm at the Gallery
Catered dinner by Mambo Grill

Advance tickets: $50 gen. public / $40 paid members
Click here to purchase tickets on-line securely
(Not a member? Click here.)

Tickets purchased at door: $55 gen. public / $45 paid members
(Not a member? Click here.)

The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, 256 Market Street, Lowell. Visit www.thebrush.org or call 978-454-7819 for more information.

Have some "Key West Fun" and 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 attending on one ticket). Each ticket holder will be entered into a Grand Prize drawing for $10,000. Enjoy this fabulous "Key West-themed" event featuring live music, food, and cash bar!

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

More information: www.comteam.org

"Julie & Julia" screens in Lowell as part of Foodways programming
Don't miss Amy Adams and Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia!"
Don't miss Amy Adams and Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia!"

"Julie & Julia"
Tues., April 27 at 6:30pm
Lowell National Historical Park
246 Market St., Lowell
Free and open to the public!

Presented as part of "Native Americans and Julia Child: Food Traditions and Innovators in Massachusetts"

Don't miss this special FREE screening of the Oscar-nominated 2009 comedy-drama written and directed by Nora Ephron and starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, the first of three events presented as part of Lowell National Park's "Foodways" program. "Julie & Julia" depicts the life of Julia Child in the early years of her culinary career, contrasting her life with Julie Powell who aspires to cook all 524 recipes from Child's cookbook during a single year, a challenge she described on her popular blog that would make her a published author.

The film screening is a prelude to guest speaker Rayna Green, Smithsonian curator of Julia Child's Kitchen, who will speak at Lowell National Park on April 30 and May 1.

This screening of "Julie & Julia" is presented in partnership between Lowell National Historical Park and the Lowell Film Collaborative.

Forrest Larson Trio at the 119 Gallery

Forrest Larson's music comes from listening to and collecting "found sounds" from both natural as well as urban landscapes.

Forrest Larson - analog electronics, shortwave radio, found sounds
Todd Brunel - bass clarinet
David Brown - didgeridoo, percussion

The other-worldly sounds of old pre-digital analog electronic instruments and unusual noises found on the shortwave radio spectrum are of deep interest as well. And his many years as violist has attuned his ear to the rich complex timbral qualities of sound His instrumental works explore the coloristic and lyrical possibilities of non-tonal harmonies and the infinite possibilities contrapuntal and simultaneous sound events. He has written music for string orchestra as well as works for unaccompanied violin, viola and cello. Some of his works combine electronic sounds and live acoustic instruments, including pieces for cello and tuba. Seabird Fantasy, commissioned by the MIT Wind Ensemble, incorporates sounds of Eastern seabirds with winds and percussion.

To learn more about the trio: http://www.forrestlarson.com

Sat. April 24 8pm, donation at the door.
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street, Lowell MA

"One Man's Hero" & "Browsing Through Birke's" screen in downtown Lowell

"One Man's Hero"
Tues., May 4 at 7:30pm

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 for this "food & film" event at Garcia Brogan's, Lowell's own Mexican-Irish restaurant!

"Browsing Through Birke's"
Tues., May 18 at 6pm

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. Join us in welcoming Sally Birke herself as our special guest for this event!

"Enlighten Up"
Monday, May 24 at 7:30pm

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 throughout his travels. In addition to the film, a short guided yoga/meditation experience will be lead by Jon Brandi of BromYoga, appropriate for all ages and levels. Come as you are (no mats or specific attire needed) and learn the wonderful benefits of yoga and meditation. Presented in partnership with BromYoga, Life Alive, and the Lowell Film Collaborative.

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

The New England Orchestra gets spring fever

"Spring Fever"
String Music of the Americas - presented by the New England Orchestra
Kay George Roberts, conductor

Special Guests: The Leo Blanco Trio
In alliance with the Lowell Youth Orchestra and
UMass Lowell Music Faculty & Students
Free admission / wheelchair accessible

Wed., April 28, 7:30pm
Eliot Presbyterian Church, 273 Summer St., Lowell. 978-452-3383



The Strata exhibition

An exhibition of new and recent work by notable Boston-area printmakers Marc Cote, Arts League of Lowell (ALL) member Susan Jaworski-Stranc, Ellen Shattuck Pierce, and Anne Silber focusing on the versatility of printmaking, its brilliance of color and the means by which ink can be manipulated to create infinite layers of meaning. Together, the show's four artists employ stencil-based serigraphy, linoleum-block and woodblock printing to produce worlds that can be serene, humorous or meditative.

Exhibit runs April 15- June 12
Artists Talk and Reception: May 20, 7-9pm

Join the Revolving Museum at Harmony Park

The Revolving Museum will host their fourth community arts event at Harmony Park!

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! This event is funded in part by Eastern Bank and the Cultural Organization of Lowell with in-kind support by UMass Lowell Community Psychology Department, City of Lowell, Action King Services and Whole Foods.

Sat., May 1, 2-6pm
Harmony Park is in Lowell's Acre neighborhood located at the corner of Cross and Cork Streets by Saint Patrick Catholic Church

Lowell's first Jazz Camp comes to The Space

Sign up for this summer's brand new Lowell Jazz Day Camp led by camp director, local musician and band leader, Stanley C. Swann, III. Camp ensembles will perform at Lowell's Mambo Grill during the Lowell Folk Festival on July 23!

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

Complete information is available at: www.inthespace.net


Enterprise Bank seminar on "Branding"

"Brands are not everything about your organization; they are only about what makes you different."

Presenters: Jack Foley and Joe Benson of Ovus Ater: Ovus Ater works with non-profit organizations across the country to help them become a clearer choice to those audiences that matter most. This 90-minute interactive session will focus on providing your organization with the specific tools necessary to define your positioning, communicate your benefits and ultimately become a clearer choice to your customers and your donors. The program is highly customized to the relevant Branding, Fundraising and Marketing issues that keep you awake at night. Please come prepared to share experiences, learn about new ideas, and have more than just a little fun.

Tue., May 11 8-10am
North Cafe Mt. Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street Gardner, MA 01440

Tue., May 18 8-10am
Holiday Inn
4 Highwood Drive Tewksbury, MA 01876

Enterprise Bank Non-Profit Collaborative Seminars are free. Light breakfast provided.
To register or for more information, call Andrew Duncan at 978-459-9000 x 4582 or e-mail: andrew.duncan@ebtc.com.

Ancient Echos Arts classes

Ancient Echos Arts invites you to participate in their new class sessions beginning April 27.

The classes are great fun for adults with little or no clay experience all the way up to the experienced potter/ceramist. We also encourage sculptural work as well. To see more of what Ancient Echos Arts is doing, be sure to join us at Earthly Connections III in the Arts League of Lowell Gallery, 246 Market St. beginning May 15.

For further information regarding special requests, the classes and/or shows, please contact Ancient Echos Arts at
ancientechosarts@gmail.com or 978-869-2912 or visit http://www.ancientchosarts.com.

Strange Snow at The Old Court Pub

"Strange Snow" became the major motion picture "Jack Knife," starring: Robert DeNiro, Ed Harris and Kathy Baker.

Image Theater's production will feature the acting talents of Sharon Mason, Bob Stachel, and John Carozza. It is directed by Jerry Bisantz, with the assistance of Ann Garvin. Lighting and sound design by Alex Savitzky.

Performances are May 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8pm.
Upstairs at The Old Court Pub,* 29 Central Street, downtown Lowell.

Tickets are $19 and can be purchased online at www.Imagetheater.com or by calling 978-441-0102

*Check out The Old Court Pub on Facebook for menu and specials


ARTmorpheus is a recently launched non-profit initiative that connects individual artists working in any media with access to entrepreneurial and career development resources. ARTmorpheus coordinates many existing resources artists generally don't know about, provides individual consultation and runs monthly programs on issues including: fundraising strategies, legal issues, social media and marketing, financial management and how to set up a business.

Your input will impact the future development of these services for your community and we would value you input. Please consider taking a couple of minutes to respond to the following anonymous and brief survey:

Calls to Artists

The Danforth Museum of Art invites you to submit to its Annual Members' Juried Exhibition this April.

Guest jurors this year are Jen Mergel, Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Submissions will be held April 24-May 1, the prospectus with all important information is available on the Museum's website, http://www.danforthmuseum.org/annual_members2010.html. You must be a member of the Museum in order to submit. Join or renew your membership by visiting the website or calling the Membership Department at 508-620-0050 ext. 14. There is a $15 handling fee for each work; artists may submit up to two works created within the last 5 years. The exhibition will be on view June 12-August 8.


You are invited to take part in a community printmaking project which will take place at the 7 Annual Printing Arts Fair at the Museum of Printing, 800 Massachusetts Avenue in North Andover on June 20, 2010 (Father's Day).

We will be creating a huge alphabet print using a steamroller as a printing press.The theme of this year's alphabet print is flora and fauna. The suggested format is to include the letter, an image, and the word associated with your letter (see picture of last year's print for ideas, last year's theme was printing and book arts). The blocks are ten inch squares, one eight of an inch thick linoleum and are available for participants to pick up at the museum for free.

To sign up for a letter please reply to Sally at: museumofprinting@gmail.com.

List your top three choices of letters, but bear in mind that letters go fast on a First-Come, First-Served basis. By joining in the Museum of Printing steamroller community printmaking project all participants agree that their images may be used by the Museum for display, reproduction and fund-raising purposes.


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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