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April 28, 2010

"You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love."
-- Julia Child

Celebrate Lowell's Cultural Economy at COOL's Annual Breakfast

Innovative Cities Conference comes to Lowell

Happenings at Pollard Memorial Library

Don't miss first Saturday at Western Avenue Studios
Doors Open Lowell 2010

Garcia Brogan's hosts "dinner-and-a-movie" event

Cinco de Mayo Annual Fundraiser at The Brush!

Join the Revolving Museum at Harmony Park

Native Americans & Julia Child are explored in LNHP events
Lowell dining destinations featured in The Boston Globe

Open Mic night at The SPACE

Enterprise Bank seminar on "Branding"

Strange Snow at The Old Court Pub

"Browsing Through Birke's" and "Enlighten Up"

Art shows

Three Exhibition Opportunities from The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios

Events coming up from Indian Hill

Call to artists

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Celebrate Lowell's Cultural Economy at COOL's Annual Breakfast

The Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) cordially invites you to attend our Annual Breakfast to be held at the American Textile History Museum on Wednesday, May 5. Come celebrate the launch of COOL's new Discover Lowell program and hear more about our positive impact on Lowell's creative economy. Keynote speaker: Robert Billington from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council. Enjoy continental breakfast and refreshments and see the Textile Museum's compelling "More Than a Number Exhibit." Cost for the event is $20/adults, $10 artists/students.

Your RSVP is requested. Please contact Suzz Cromwell at 978-674-1483 or scromwell@lowellma.gov for registration or for more information.

Wed., May 5, 7:30-9am, American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street, Lowell

Innovative Cities Conference comes to Lowell

Innovative Cities: Best Practices in Urban Developement

This special 3-day conference will bring together urban planners, urban policy professionals, public administrators, legislative leaders, scholars, students, and the interested public to share their knowledge about successful strategies for economic and social development and discuss opportunities and challenges faced by growing cities in these difficult economic times. Register now and save $50. Presented by: Lowell National Historical Park, The Lowell Plan,Inc.,Middlesex Community College, and the University of Massachusetts/Lowell.

June 17 - 19, UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center

For complete information, visit http://www.innovativecitiesconference.com

Happenings at Pollard Memorial 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

Don't miss first Saturday at Western Avenue Studios

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.

12pm-5pm, Sat., May 1, Western Avenue Studios,122 Western Ave., Lowell.

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

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.

Garcia Brogan's hosts "dinner-and-a-movie" event

"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 film 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 "dinner-and-a-movie" night at Garcia Brogan's, Lowell's own Mexican-Irish restaurant!

Cinco de Mayo Annual Fundraiser at The Brush!

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
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Tickets purchased at door: $55 gen. public / $45 paid members
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The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, 256 Market Street, Lowell. Visit www.thebrush.org or call 978-454-7819 for more information.

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

Native Americans & Julia Child are explored in LNHP events

Whatever Happened to Julia Child's Kitchen?
It's not every day that someone's kitchen becomes a museum exhibit. Julia Child'skitchen - the cabinets, appliances, utensils, pots, and pans - all left Cambridge and found a new home at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. The exhibit remains popular with visitors since it opened in 2002. To explore the kitchen's journey to the Smithsonian, join us for a talk by Dr. Rayna Green, folklorist and Smithsonian's curator of Julia Child's kitchen. She will also touch upon the French Chef's impact on the home cook in the 1960s and 70s through her cookbooks and her legendary television show produced by Boston's PBS station, WGBH. Free admission!

Fri., April 30, 7:30pm, National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street

Native American Foodways in New England
Join Dr. Rayna Green for a presentation on Native American foodways of New England. She will provide a broad overview of Native foodways in New England (coastal cultures versus inland, seasonal food, agriculture, etc.) as well as talk about the impact of Native American foodways on what some would define as 'traditional' New England cuisine. Free admission!

Sat., May 1, 1:30pm, Boott Events Center, 2nd floor, Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John Street

More information: www.nps.gov/lowe

Lowell dining destinations featured in The Boston Globe
Proprietors from Lowell's Southeast Asian Restaurant
Proprietors from Lowell's Southeast Asian Restaurant

Read more on some of Lowell's ethnic and fine dining restaurants in two recent Boston Globe features!

"An uptown look for downtown"

"A melding of ethnicities, flavors"

Open Mic night at The SPACE

The next Open Mic Night at The Space is Fri., May 7 at 8pm. We are getting more people each time so if you would like to sign up ahead of time to reserve a spot please contact us via email or call The Space directly at the number below. Our café is always open if you need refreshments, subs, salads, sandwiches or goodies!

Fri., May 7, 8pm, The Space & The Place at the Space Cafe,122 Western Avenue, Mill B Unit 5A. 978-459-4755. 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:

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

"Browsing Through Birke's" and "Enlighten Up"

"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
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Art shows

East Mill North Andover presents:

Art from the East Mill
A collection inspired by The Davis and Furber East Mill

Opening public reception Thur., April 29, 5-8pm
Show runs through Memorial Day,
Mon., May 31

21 High Street, North Andover, MA 01845


Tewksbury Community of Artists presents:

Members Only Art Show
May 1, 10am-3pm
Tewksbury Public Library
300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury

Sponsored by the Tewksbury Community of Artists and in part, by the Tewksbury Local Cultural Council. Mixed media and judged show, free and open to the public.

Tewksbury High School Senior Art students are participating in this show and winners will be awarded scholarships.


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


Wally Brooks Photography Announces:

The Changing Face of Lowell
A Photography Exhibit & Wine Tasting, May 1, 2-4pm at the Loft 27 Art Gallery, 27 Jackson Street, Lowell

The work in the Loft 27 Gallery exhibition is a view of the changing landscape in and around the historic districts of Lowell. Wally is capturing the renovation of mills in the historic district and views of Lowell including the trolley cars, clocks, selective buildings, and diners.

More Information 978-835-8376 or ki6mf@yahoo.com

Three Exhibition Opportunities from The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios

Art in the Courtyard at the Lowell Folk Festival
Exhibit and sell your art and fine crafts at the Lowell Folk Festival
Deadline: June 1
Click here for prospectus and on-line application

Art Quilts Lowell 2010 at the Brush Gallery
6th Annual Exhibition of Art Quilts; A venue of the Lowell Quilt Festival
Deadline: June 1
Click here for prospectus and on-line application

Quilt Candy in the Courtyard at the Lowell Quilt Festival
New! Exhibit and sell fiber related crafts at the Lowell Quilt Festival
Deadline: June 1
Click here for prospectus and on-line application

Events coming up from Indian Hill

Benefit road race and walk: Third Annual Road Race & Walk to support the Linda Marley Forrest Scholarship Fund at Indian Hill Music School. Donation: $25.
Sat., May 1, 8am, Nashua River Rail Trail, starting in Pepperell, MA.

Indian Hill music birthday party: Indian Hill Music celebrates 25 years of excellence in teaching and performance in Littleton! Music, food, reminiscences, presentations, and special guests.Tickets: $50 per person. All proceeds benefit Indian Hill Music of Littleton, MA.
Sat., May 8, 6:30pm, 36 King Street, Littleton

Voice soiree: Indian Hill Music School Voice Department students will perform songs in many languages. Light refreshments served. Admission: $5 donation at the door.
Fri., May 14 at 7:30pm, 36 King Street, Littleton.

Call to artists

The Chelmsford Cultural Council has put out a call to artists for illustrations to be part of a new illustrated edition of a poem entitled, "Chelmsford," by Tom Ryan. The details of the 'Call to Artists' and a link to the poem can be found on the Cultural Council's website at http://www.chelmsfordculturalcouncil.com. The entries will also be part of an exhibit at the Chelmsford Library in November.

Deadline for submissions May 21 at 5pm Open to all artists.


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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