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May 13, 2010

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be can be changed until it is faced." -- James Baldwin

Doors Open Lowell 2010 starts tonight!
Innovative Cities conference at UMass Lowell
Strange Snow at The Old Court Pub
The Space is featured during Doors Open Lowell
"Browsing Through Birke's" and "Enlighten Up"

Celebrate 50 years of the ATHM

Now showing at the Whistler House Museum of Art

Brenda Cirioni at the Groton Public Library
Congratulations NEQM and CW Morey!
Civil War film series comes to the Pollard

Open house and art exhibit at Jeanne D'Arc

Celebrate at St. Anne's Church

May events at the 119 Gallery

Calls to Artists

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Doors Open Lowell 2010 starts tonight!

The 9th Annual Doors Open Lowell, presented as part of Lowell's National Preservation Month activities, takes place Thursday, May 13-Saturday, May 15. Come out and get an insider's look into the preservation of 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!

Thursday, May 13: Kick-off event at Lowell National Historical Park
Join the Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP) 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. For information on what LNHP has lined up for Doors Open Lowell, visit www.nps.gov/lowe.

Buildings will be open Friday, May 14, 6-9pm and Saturday, May 15, 1pm-6pm. Admission is FREE to all venues. Visit www.doorsopenlowell.org for full event information.

Innovative Cities conference at UMass 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

Strange Snow at The Old Court Pub

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."Strange Snow" became the major motion picture "Jack Knife," starring: Robert DeNiro, Ed Harris and Kathy Baker. Tickets are $19 and can be purchased online at www.Imagetheater.com or by calling 978-441-0102

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


The Space is featured during Doors Open Lowell

For Doors Open Lowell, The City of Lowell's Historic Board selects 25 of Lowell's historic buildings to be open to the public. This year, The Space has been selected as one of the event's featured buildings! This is an opportunity to tour our building and see what we have to offer, including a fully equipped rehearsal & recording studio, music classes, open mic nights, and a café with comfortable seating and WiFi. The Space can also be booked for private functions! Stop by this Saturday during Doors Open Lowell for a free sample of our delicious gelato and check us out!

Saturday, May 15, 10am-5pm, The Space - The Place for Music, 150 Western Ave., Mill B, Unit 5A, Lowell

For more information, call 978-459-4755 or visit www.inthespace.net.

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

Join the Lowell Film Collaborative and their event partners for these upcoming downtown Lowell film screenings!

"Browsing Through Birke's"
Tuesday, May 18
Visit with Sally Birke and other family and customers. Share your story of Birke's!
7-8pm: Film screening
8-9pm: Q&A and discussion
9pm: After-party at Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus
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! Location: Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street

"Enlighten Up"
Monday, May 24 at 7:30pm
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. Location: Life Alive Urban Oasis and Organic Café, 194 Middle Street

For more information and film trailers, visit www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org
Follow the LFC on Twitter: www.twitter.com/LowellFilmGrl

Celebrate 50 years of the ATHM

American Textile History Museum's 50th Anniversary Celebration, May 23!

From spinning wheels to space gloves, from hand looms to nano-technology, the American Textile History Museum has come a long way in their first 50 years. Free admission on May 23 Includes admission to all three exhibitions: Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time; More Than a Number; and Inspired Design: Lasell College at ATHM. Enjoy 50% off all Museum memberships, special discounts at the "TexStyles" boutique, and hands-on fun for the kids, including a scavenger hunt and take-home crafts.

Free admission on Sunday, May 23, 10am-5pm, American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street, Lowell.

For more information, visit www.athm.org.

Now showing at the Whistler House Museum of Art

David Wells Roth: Places and Faces
Exhibit runs through June 12, 2010
Artist Reception: May 15, 2010 from 2 - 4pm

A Massachusetts artist commissioned to paint a total of thirty-one federal judicial portraits as part of a historical project in the United States Federal Court in Puerto Rico has just completed the final painting. The three-year project was awarded to David Wells Roth, a Boston painter. The remaining five portraits will be on public display at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell in an exhibition along with Roth's cityscapes, still lifes, and early portraits.

For more information, visit www.whistlerhouse.org.


Brenda Cirioni at the Groton Public Library
  Brenda Cirioni, Déjà vu, acrylic on paper.

Brenda Cirioni, Déjà vu, acrylic on paper.

Brenda Cirioni is currently exhibiting work at the Groton Public Library until Fri., June 25. Brenda will give a talk about her work at the artist's reception on Tue., May 18, 6:30-8pm.

Cirioni's paintings are characterized by her attention to surface and a sense of touch. Her work is inspired by the land around her; woods, pastures and ponds. These ethereal, impressionistic landscapes convey a world both solitary and meditative, filled with promise and hope. The exhibit and artist's talk was made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust and the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund.

For more information, visit www.gpl.org (click on 'Events and Activities' and 'Art Gallery') or email the curator, Deborah Santoro, at artem6@comcast.net.

Congratulations NEQM and CW Morey!

New England Quilt Museum and the CW Morey Elementary School are recipients of a Massachusetts Excellence in Engery and Environmental Education Merit Award presented April 30 by Secretary Ian Blowles at the State House for the collaborative program We Will Keep our Oceans Blue. Rhonda Galpern, Outreach Manager for NEQM, and kindergarten teacher Deborah Graves were honored on this project in the category of ocean science. The project was funded by the Lowell Cultural Council in 2009

Civil War film series comes to the Pollard

All films shown in conjunction with Pollard Library's display of Forever Free, a traveling exhibition that "reexamines President Lincoln's efforts toward the abolition of slavery during the Civil War," running from May 15-June 25. Forever Free is organized by the Huntington Library and the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History in cooperation with the American Library Association.

"Life and Legend of Sojourner Truth"
May 27 at 6pm
This 2004 film traces the lifelong odyssey of a woman who literally walked out of bondage, changed her name in 1843, and traveled the country as an abolitionist and women's rights advocate. Along the way she met Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Louisa May Alcott. Sponsored by Roxbury Community College.

"Abe Lincoln in Illinois"
June 1 at 6pm
This 1940 biographic film traces Lincoln's life from the time he left Kentucky to his presidency. Raymond Massey's moving and mesmerizing performance gives us the real Mr. Lincoln in all his complexity. Massey was nominated for an academy award for Best Actor in a leading role for this film. Sponsored by Friends of Pollard Memorial Library.

"Johnny Shiloh"
June 5 at 1pm
John Lincoln Clem was born in Newark, Ohio, and gained fame as the drummer boy who ran away from home to enlist in the 22nd Michigan Infantry at the age of 11. He was the youngest noncommissioned officer in Army history. Legend suggests he came near to dying when a piece of shrapnel crashed through his drum and left him unconscious at the Battle of Shiloh. Sponsored by Friends of Pollard Memorial Library.

June 17 at 6:30pm
Story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first African American U.S. Army units led by Robert Gould Shaw who had to fight prejudice in both Union & Confederate armies. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Actor in a supporting role (Denzel Washington). Also stars Matthew Broderick and Morgan Freeman. Sponsored by Friends of Pollard Memorial Library.



Open house and art exhibit at Jeanne D'Arc

Jeanne D'Arc's next Open House/Art Exhibit will feature artist Molly Farrell of Lowell. Molly is a sophomore at Lowell High School and her interest in digital photography was recently featured in the Lowell Sun. Molly's photographs capture the beauty of New England, from Lowell to Boston to the coastal areas and beyond. All artwork is for sale and admission is free.

Thursday, May 20, 6-8pm, Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union,1 Tremont Place, Lowell.

For more information, visit www.JDCU.com.

Celebrate at St. Anne's Church

Over the winter, St. Anne's Church in Lowell had renovations done to one of the five divisions that make up their organ. Come celebrate the completion of the renovations and formally thank the family who donated the money with a service of Evensong for the Feast of Pentecost and Organ Recital. All are welcomed to attend! A reception will follow the performance.

Sunday, May 23, 4pm, St. Anne's Church, 8 Kirk Street, Lowell


May events at the 119 Gallery

Billerica: Time and Place -- Eugene C. Vining Elementary Student Show
Eugene C. Vining Elementary students create a mixed media study of their town and its architecture. Funded in part by the Mass Cultural Council.

A|Symmetrical Love: Photography Exhibit 2010
Nicole Ratos Enerson's video "In and Out" was selected as Best in Show in our 2009 Annual Juried Show, jurored by Nick Capasso, Senior Curator at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. This exhibit showcases her self portraits, which are much more than they appear. Exhibit opens May 19. Opening reception is May 22 from 3-6pm.

GAN-e-meed Theater Production: "Hamlet"
Friday, May 14 at 7pm and Sunday, May 16 at 6pm
"Hamlet," featuring an all-female cast, is the inaugural production of GAN-e-meed Theater Project, founded to advance the roll of women in theater. Set in a world not unlike our own, this ghost story of revenge, heartache and woe is woven in to today's technology and yesterday's passion: a contemporary reinterpretation of a classic. General admission is $15. For tickets and more information, visit www.ganemeed.org.

For more event information, visit www.119gallery.org.


Calls to Artists
Registration is open for Lowell Open Studios
Now through June 1, save $10 on your registration fee and pay just $40. On June 2 the fee increases to $50. If you registered last year, your personal information is still active. Login at

Payments may be paid via PayPal or in person at Van Gogh's Gear, 200 Middle Street, Lowell. Mail payments to: Lowell Open Studios, c/o The Arts League of Lowell, P.O. 7134, Lowell, MA 01852.

The Chelmsford Cultural Council
Call for 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.

Call for Photographers: "Artists Wanted"
Artists Wanted is a collaborative project between several New York City artists and creative organizations working to build new lasting opportunities for emerging talent. We have experienced first hand the difficulties in breaking into the professional art world and it is our mission to make this process more welcoming, dynamic and open-ended. For details on our current call for submissions, visit http://www.artistswanted.org/pages.php?id=7.

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

Art Teacher Wanted - International Institute of Lowell
Lead weekly one-hour class at the International Institute of Lowell of school aged, refugee children for 5 weeks through the summer. Provide art instruction and develop creative projects for the class using various media and materials. Class size capped at 15 pupils. Goal of the class is to gain experience with various media and materials and to provide a safe place for the creative outlet of children who have experienced trauma and loss. Ultimate goal is to produce artwork that we could display at the office and pieces that the children can bring home for display or keep in a portfolio. For more information, contact Rebecca Feldman at 978-459-9031.


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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