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Monday, June 14, 2010

Downtown This Week 6/14/2010 - 6/21/2010

Innovative Cities: Best Practices in Urban Development:  Learn About Best Practices in Place at Six Model Cities June 17-19, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn & Conference Center. For more information, visit www.innovativecitiesconference.com
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News 
Barnes & Noble, 151 Merrimack Street: Author Reading and Signing, Friday, June18, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Author Tracy Winn will be at the store to read and sign her debut book, Mrs. Somebody Somebody. A collection of connected stories set in Lowell, Massachusetts, is by turns funny and sad, with stories that intersect in surprising ways. The authentic characters are etched memorably by Winn, who nails a diverse swath of Lowell life over some 60 years. Tracy Winn's firm command of narrative and her ability to evoke emotion puts this high on the list of must-read story collections. Paperback will be available in June.  All events are free. Events may change without notice, please call the 978-458-3939 to confirm.
Cobblestones Restaurant, 91 Dutton Street:  Now Open Sundays!  Summer Hours 2:00 PM -10:00 PM. Outside seating coming soon.  For more information please visit www.cobblestonesoflowell.com.


 Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.: "The Heat Is On!" For June Lowell Beer Works features Fruit Beers and BBQ from around the World - "Watermelon Ale", "BlueBEERy Ale", "Cherry Bomb" and "Castle Rock Raspberry Ale" along with BBQ menu specials including "Pulled Pork Sliders", "Smokey Iberian Ribs", "Gaucho Chicken Chimichurri", "Grilled Shrimp and Linguica", "Chocolate-Key Lime Cheesecake" and more.  Beer Works is a great place for your Business or Personal Private Party - with space for groups of 20 to 300!  For details & availability please contact us at 978-937-2337 or lowell@beerworks.net.   Check out our Patio and Live Bands each week.  For more information visit www.beerworks.net. 
The Village Smokehouse, 98 Middle Street:  Every Thursday, Ice Breaker Party, dance the night away.  Twenty-Five Cent Wings,  Sunday- Thursday, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  For more information visit www.villagesmokehouse.com  

Worthen House Café, 141 Worthen Street, Acoustic Music every Friday night, 9:00 PM (no cover). 

Sports & Events 

Yoga on the River:  Saturday Mornings, 9:00 AM.  Lawrence Mills Green - in between the Lawrence Mills and Tsongas Center (just off of the Riverwalk.  Are you looking to free yourself of the stress of the week?  Would to start your weekend off feeling refreshed and centered from the fresh morning air, sun, and soothing sounds of the Merrimack River?  Join us for Yoga on the River!   Classes will feature a sequence of postures and breathing exercises designed to build strength, flexibility, balance and gain a deeper sense of well being.  In the event of a forecast of rain classes will meet at The Space Cafe, 150 Western Avenue.   All levels welcome. Classes led by Jon Brandi, Certified Yoga instructor. For more information visit www.bromyoga.com.

The African Cultural Association of Greater Lowell presents the 10th Annual African Festival at Lowell's Sampas Pavilion June 26. Celebrate Africa's rich culture through music, dance, and traditional foods. For more information visit www.africanfestivallowell.org.

Frannco American Festival Week, June 19 - June 26.  For more information visit www.francolowellma.com.

Lowell Spinners:
Individual tickets for the 2010 Spinners season are now on sale, by phone and in-person. Tickets are selling fast, so don't miss out on your date by ordering today!  For more information and tickets visit www.lowell.spinners.milb.com  
Pollard  Memorial Library:  Thursday June 17, 6:30 PM  viewing of the film, Glory, the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The 54th was one of the first African American U.S. Army units led by Robert Gould Shaw who had to fight prejudice in both Union and Confederate armies. This 1989 film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards. Denzel Washington won for best actor in a supporting role. Also stars Matthew Broderick and Morgan Freeman.For more information, visit www.pollardml.org. 
June through September the Lowell Summer Music Series  presents summer concerts at Boarding House Park at French and John Streets in Downtown Lowell.  For more information visit www.lowellsummermusic.org


Museum & Gallery News 
Art in Whistler Park, Thursday June 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM:  Join us and the artist members of the Lowell Art Association, Inc. at "Art in WhistlerPark" on Thursday evening June17th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Members will be selling their work. Art makes a great gift for Father's day or a wedding anniversary. Our artist members represent a wide range of media. There is no admission fee. Art Collectors, come and see what we have to offer.

American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street. Inspired Design: Lasell College at ATHM. May 15 through August 1. Showcases contemporary hat designs by talented young designers from Lasell College, paired with the hats from ATHM's amazing historic collection that inspired them. From the whimsical to the dramatic, the design competition culminated in a juried exhibition, with students vying for one of the coveted spots in ATHM's Lowell Sun Charities Gallery.  For more information, visit www.athm.org.

Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street: "Summer Solstice Show".  Opens  June 5th  The residents are once again showing their talents including painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and photography.  Hours are Saturday and Sundays from noon to 4:00 PM.  
The Loading Dock Gallery, From Mundane Foundations to Monsters:
An Homage to the Home Depot, Michael Miller  May 16 - June 20.  For more information visit  
Brush Art Gallery & Studio
, 256 Market Street:  Artists at the Brush Exhibition: Fluidity, June 13 to August 6, Opening Reception: Thursday, June 17, 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  F
or more information please visit
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Streetof nightmares,
Tuesday June 15 - Saturday July 3 12:00 PM  - 5:00 PM,  Reception Thursday June 17 6:00 - 9:00 PM.   Experimental studies of dreams; of relating and connecting dreams to waking life; "of nightmares." Are they reality or illusion, past or present. The obsession to create connections and to understand one's "self."
  For more information visit www.119gallery.org.
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street:  Lowell- Rooftops and Widow's Walks by Don Sullivan.  June 23 - July 29, Reception: Saturday, July 10, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  For more information visit www.whistlerhouse.org  

Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue: First Saturday of every month, noon to 5:00 PM. Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists.  For more information visit www.westernavenuestudios.com.   
New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street: Current exhibition: Women's Writes: Signature Quilts & Stories, May 13 - July 11.  
For more information visit www.nequiltmuseum.org
The United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) presents a free public art show, showcasing the work of local community teen artists. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by UTEC's Fresh Roots. For More information visit www.utec-lowell.org
Got Tickets? 
Tsongas Center  at UMass Lowell
:  Jason Varitek Celebrity Putt Putt, Thursday, July 1 at 7:00 PM.  Slayer and Megadeth w/ Testament, Saturday, August 14th at 7:00 PM.   For more information visit www.uml.edu/tsongascenter.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre: 
July  5 - August 13.  Young Artists at Play Summer Theatre Program for students in grades 1-12, that includes theatre camps, performance seminars and musical theatre workshops.. For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for An evening with Ken Burns June 16 and Menopause The Musical, August 3 & 4.  For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

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Christopher Samaras
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375 Merrimack Street 
Lowell, MA 01852
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