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Monday, July 12, 2010

Downtown This Week 7/12/2010 - 7/19/2010


The Lowell Folk Festival, July 23 - 25.   The Folk Festival will begin on Friday evening, July 23 with a kick-off parade and music and ethnic foods at two performance stages: Dutton Street Dance Pavilion and Boarding House Park.  On Saturday, July 24, everything kicks off at noon until 6:00 pm with music, ethnic foods, crafts demonstrations and more throughout downtown Lowell.  At 6:40 the evening kicks off with a parade, then at 7:00 pm, the music continues into the evening at Dutton Street Dance Pavilion and Boarding House Park.  On Sunday, July 25, the final day of this year's festival will run from noon through 6:00 pm throughout downtown Lowell.  For more  information  please visit the Festival website at www.lowellfolkfestival.org.

In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News 
The Athenian Corner presents Thursday Night Concerts on the Corner, an outdoor music series featuring local musicians in our outdoor seating area. This week's show features up and coming Lowell artist Mike Ryan. Mike and his band performed at the Athenian Corner during last year's Folk Festival weekend and they'll also be featured during this year's Festival July 23rd and 24th.  Showtime is 6:00 PM. All Concerts on the Corner are free and open to the public.
Lowell Taekwondo, 17 Shattuck Street:    Home of Respect and Discipline:   For more information visit www.lowelltaekwondo.com.
Sidewalk Sales Downtown Lowell:  Saturday's From
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.  Particiapting businesses include:  Humanity, Cravings, Gissy's Boutique, Metro PCS Wireless for All, Welles Emporium, Giovanni's Trends, Downtown Dancewear, Monkeys Ice Cream & Gifts, Sweet Lydia's.
Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.: "Saddle Up!"  For July, Lowell Beer Works features Wheat Beers and Southwestern Chow you'll be willing to ride across the range for!  - July's featured beers include Summerworks (a medium-bodied, unfiltered summer ale), Weizen Bock (a German style strong, dark wheat beer), Salem Amber Hefe (a spicy copper colored Hefe) and The Haymarket Hefe Weizen  (a German-style wheat beer brewed with authentic Weizen yeast).  Enjoy these great wheat beers along with  Beer Works' Southwestern menu specials including "BBQ Pork Sliders", "Grilled Chicken and Chipolte Sausages", "Pasillo Swordfish", "Texas Style Steaks", "Chocolate Mole Layer Cake" 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.   
Sports & Events 
Lowell Farmers Market:  Locally grown produce is better tasting, better for you, better for our local economy and better for our global environment!  Open every Friday from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM through October 22nd at JFK Plaza, Lowell City Hall.  Live cooking demonstrations at 4:30 PM.  For more information contact Community Teamwork, Inc. (978) 459-0551.
Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market Street: Through August 23: Canal boat tours daily: "Working the Water Boat Tour" - 90-minute tour on the Pawtucket Canal; daily at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, Thursday. & Friday at 1:00 PM  "Engineering Innovation Tour" - two hour tour; daily at 12:00, Thursday & Friday  at 3:30 PM.  The "Full Works" Tour - by boat, trolley and foot, starting at Lower Locks, through Swamp Locks and Guard Locks on the Pawtucket Canal, to the Merrimack River, Francis Gatehouse, Pawtucket Gatehouse and "River Transformed" exhibit at the Wannalancit Mills; three hour tour Saturday, July 31, 2:30 PM; Sunday, Aug. 8 & 22, 2:30 PM; "Evening Cruise" - pack a brown bag supper for a cruise on the Merrimack River, Pawtucket Canal, the mill pond and the upstream section of the river; two hour tour, Thursday and Friday, 6:00 PM.
ArtWalk Lowell 2010 is here! Celebrate the City of Lowell's vibrant art scene during Lowell's annual ArtWalk, a collection of storefront window art displays created by 17 Greater Lowell artists. View sculpture, collage, fabric art, photography, paintings, and other dynamic mediums cleverly arranged in both occupied and unoccupied storefront windows in Lowell's historic, cultural arts district. Each artist has designed a unique display representing their finest work and are eager to hear what you think!  WALK, VOTE, WIN!  For more information visit:  www.cultureiscool.org/lowell-artwalk-2010.
Lowell Spinners:   Tuesday, July 13 at 7:05 PM vs. Brooklyn, Jacoby Ellsbury stolen base record bobble head giveaway, Saturday July 17 at 5:05 PM vs. Aberdeen, Celebrating 50 years of Bubble Wrap, Sunday July 18 at 1:35 PM vs. Aberdeen, Boston College Night / Scratch Card Sunday. For more information and tickets visit www.lowell.spinners.milb.com.
Pollard  Memorial Library:  Beat the heat and join us for a summer storytime! These storytimes are designed for children ages 4 to 7. Space is limited, and registration is require, July 21, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.   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 

ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market Street: Paste-up 2010, A juried exhibition of small format collage.  June 26 - July 18, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM  - 4:00 PM.  For more information visit www.artsleagueoflowell.org

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.
The Loading Dock Gallery: Cycles and Seasons by Margot Stage and Glenn Szegedy, June 30 - July 25.  For more information visit  
Brush Art Gallery & Studio
, 256 Market Street:  Artists at the Brush Exhibition: Fluidity, June 13 to August 6.  F
or more information please visit
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford StreetMembers Exhibit, July 13 - July 31, Reception Satuday July 13, 3:00 PM.  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.  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: Contemporary Broderie Perse: An Elegant Revival, July 15 - October 17.  
For more information visit www.nequiltmuseum.org
Got Tickets? 
Tsongas Center  at UMass Lowell
: 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 Menopause The Musical, August 3 & 4 and The Cast of the Deadliest Catch Live, Featuring Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers, September 11.  For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

 Business News

The Cultural Organization of Lowell is seeking nominations to serve on the board at two and three year terms. If you are interested, please send a resume and a letter of intent to lznunn@lowellma.gov by July 20, 2010 at 5:00 PM. Click here for complete details on nominations. To learn more about COOL, please visit: www.cultureiscool.org or call 978-446-7162.  


Christopher Samaras
Downtown Coordinator
Cultural Affairs & Special Events
City of Lowell, 
50 Arcand Drive 
Lowell, MA 01852
t: 978.674-1481
f: 978.446.7089

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