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Thursday, May 6, 2010

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May 6, 2010

"If you want work well done, select a busy man. The other kind has not time." -- Author Elbert Hubbard

Groundbreaking "More Than a Number" exhibit featured in Sunday Boston Globe

Innovative Cities Conference comes to Lowell

David Phaneuf at Ayer Lofts Gallery

This Saturday! Cinco de Mayo Annual Fundraiser at The Brush

"Tea, Swords, and Stitches" at the Brush

Doors Open Lowell 2010

Lowell Spring Cemetery Tours

Explore Lowell's urban development

Enterprise Bank offers workshop on "Branding"

Now showing at the Whistler House Museum of Art

Celebrate at St. Anne's Church

Upcoming at the 119 Gallery

Open Mic night at The SPACE

Stock up on books, raise funds for the Pollard

Strange Snow at The Old Court Pub

Perfect your music chops this spring and summer

Save the date for Bela Lugosi's "Dracula"

Calls to artists

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Groundbreaking "More Than a Number" exhibit featured in Sunday Boston Globe

"More Than a Number"
Exhibit runs April 17 - July 25, 2010
American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street, Lowell

Read last Sunday's coverage of the exhibit in the Boston Globe:
Exhibit in Lowell pays tribute to Cambodian refugees"

"More Than a Number" highlights Cambodian life before, during, and after the genocide and includes artwork by Rachel Faller and Khmer artist Yary Livan, transit number photos and stories collected from Cambodian American individuals and families, along with survivor video testimonials by filmmaker Socheata Poeuv, dance costumes, textiles, and various artifacts used in the healing process. A project of Light of Cambodian Children, Inc., in collaboration with American Textile History Museum, Angkor Dance Troupe, Lowell National Historical Park, Khmer Legacies Project, Cultural Organization of Lowell, Lowell Community Health Center, and Voice of Cambodian Children. Visit www.reaksmey.org or www.athm.org for program information.

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

David Phaneuf at Ayer Lofts Gallery

"Gatehouse #5" by David Phaneuf
"Gatehouse #5" by David Phaneuf

David Phaneuf: Solo Show -- Pen and Ink Drawings
Artist's reception: Saturday, May 8, 6 - 9pm
Exhibit runs through May 30

If you've ever walked around Lowell in the afternoons or early evenings, you may have seen artist David Phaneuf with his sketchbook capturing the city's scenery. Don't miss his solo exhibit at Ayer Lofts Gallery of pen and ink drawings, featuring lovely views of Lowell and other vistas. Ayer Lofts Gallery is located at 172 Middle Street in historic downtown Lowell. For directions, visit www.ayerlofts.com.

This Saturday! Cinco de Mayo Annual Fundraiser at The Brush

Brush Gallery and Artists Studio's "Cinco de Mayo Annual Fundraiser"

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

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!

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.

"Tea, Swords, and Stitches" at the Brush

Tea, Swords, and Stitches: A Contemporary Interpretation of Classic Kimono Design Exhibition Features Displays of Classic Japanese Kimonos, Swords, Embroidery, Netsuke, and Soari Weaving.
Exhibit runs April 4 - June 6, 2010

Special Event!
Saturday, May 15, 2pm

Tea Ceremony: Performed by Kaji Aso Studios of Boston. Visit Kaji Aso Studios at http://kajiasostudio.com/webroot/intro.cfm.

For further information, visit www.thebrush.org or call 978-459-7819.


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 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. RSVPs for the reception and awards should be made to 978-275-1700. For information on what LNHP has lined up for Doors Open Lowell, visit www.nps.gov/lowe.

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.

Lowell Spring Cemetery Tours

Join us for an interesting walk through our beautiful garden-style cemetery, focusing on both art and history. Explore early mourning customs, learn the significance of Victorian monument symbols and listen to engaging anecdotes about the people buried here. The tours are conducted by local historian and Register of Deeds, Richard Howe, Jr.

Tour dates & times:
Friday, May 7 at 1pm; Saturday May 8 at 10am; Saturday, May 22 at 10am

Save the date for our Memorial Day Celebration and Parade on May 23! For more information, please call 978-454-5191 or visit www.lowellcemetery.com.


Explore Lowell's urban development

"Innovative Lowell: Real World Examples of Creative Urban Development"

Come share your ideas at a teach-in for students, faculty, and the community with free lunch! Panelists include: Peter Aucella, Acting Superintendent, Lowell National Historical Park; Adam Baacke, Assistant City Manager for Planning and Development; Professors Bob Forrant and John Wooding, Dept. of Regional Economic and Social Development Sponsored by UMass Lowell's Office of Community and Cultural Affairs. For more information, contact Allegra Williams at Allegra_williams@uml.edu or 978-934-2957.

Monday, May 10, 12:30-1:30pm, 61 Wilder St., UMass Lowell, S. Campus, O'Leary 222

Enterprise Bank offers workshop 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.

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

Tuesday, 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:

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.


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

Upcoming 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"
Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm: May 7, 8, and 14
Sundays at 6pm: May 9 and 16

"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.


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

Stock up on books, raise funds for the Pollard

The Pollard Memorial Library invites you to the following May book sales. Peruse and purchase titles and help support the library!

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

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

Perfect your music chops this spring and summer

Don't miss these upcoming events presented by the Lowell Jazz Day Camp!

Thursday, May 27, 6:30pm
British Guitarist Jeff Purchon will demonstrate tone essentials, effects essentials, guitar set up, jamming hints, and soloing techniques. Jeff has toured / played with some of rock's great musicians: Noel Redding and Buddy Miles (Hendrix), Ginger Baker (Cream), Clive Bunker (Tull), Steve Holly (Wings) and many more. Admission is $5. Complimentary raffle ticket.

Thursday, June 10, 6:30pm
Drummer Sergio Bellotti, a Berklee faculty drumset teacher, will focus on grooves and playing the melody on the drumset. Event sponsored by Zildjian Cymbals. Admission is $5. Complimentary raffle ticket.

All events take place at The Space,122 Western Avenue, Lowell
Visit www.inthespace.net for more information.

Save the date for Bela Lugosi's "Dracula"

Coming Saturday, June 26 to the 119 Gallery featuring a LIVE soundtrack performed by Rob Byrd (www.robbyrd.com) and Wisteriax (www.myspace.com/wisterax)!

Calls to artists

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



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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