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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, August 25

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"Old age is like climbing a mountain. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your view becomes much more extensive."

-- Ingmar Bergman

Discover Lowell 2010

Be sure not to miss our next Discover Lowell event, the Buy Art! tours during Lowell Open Studios. While there, have your Discover Lowell Event Pass validated and get one step closer to winning our Discover Lowell raffle prize! Click here for complete details!

Get on the bus! Join the Buy Art. Buy Lowell tour

Curious about where in Lowell to find local art to show off your space? Interested in seeing how a few local companies feature art that helps boost their bottom line? Come explore the opportunities to buy art that will enhance your space and support the local arts community. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to: Joseph Cutrufo, jcutrufo@lowellma.gov
More Information: www.cultureiscool.org

Book sale and signing, August 26

Be sure to mark your calendars for the third annual Local Authors Book Sale and Signing at the Haverhill Public Library from 4 - 8:30pm. Authors will be reading passages from their books and autographed copies will be available.
More Information: www.haverhillpl.org

"Concerts on the Corner" continue, August 26

This Thursday, catch the classic American music of Ralph Funaro and Connie Diamond at Athenian Corner's outdoor "Concerts on the Corner" series. Music starts at 6:30pm and is free and open to the public.
More information: www.atheniancorner.com

CTI seeks nominations for "local heroes"

Do you know a hero among us? Community Teamwork, Inc. is seeking nominations for their 2010 Local Heroes awards given to people, businesses and organizations that amaze and inspire us by consistently going above and beyond ordinary expectations to make our community a better place for everyone. Nominations close August 31.
More information: www.comteam.org

Live music at Beerworks

Enjoy live music on the patio in an intimate open air setting. Upcoming artists include Mike Gracek (Aug. 28), Brian Weeks (Sept. 4) and The Flip (Sept. 10).
More Information: www.beerworks.net

2010 Lowell Summer Music Series
There are only a few weeks left for the 2010 Lowell Summer Music Series and it continues this weekend with musical performances by Marcia Ball and Natalie MacMaster. Don't miss Sunday afternoon's performance of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."
More information: www.lowellsummermusic.org

Lowell will rock for food! August 29, 4-11pm

Four bands, no cover, great cause! Come to Brian's Ivy Hall for a great night benefitting WorldPEAS CSA and Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Whether you bring a can or box of food or donate $10 toward the cause, you will help them help others.
More Information: www.lowellwillrockforfood.com
Grantwriting workshops, Sept. 2 & Oct. 7

The Lowell Cultural Council will host 2 grant workshops in anticipation of the upcoming 2011 grant cycle. Workshops take place at the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall, Lowell. Sessions begin promptly at 6:30pm. RSVP's are required if attending a session. Email: lowellculturalcouncil@lowellma.gov
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First Saturday at Western Avenue Studios, Sept. 4

On the first Saturday of every month, Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public from 12 noon-5pm. Browse through six floors of studio space and visit with over 180 artists working in a variety of disciplines, media, and styles!
More Information: www.westernavenuestudios.com

Job postings at NEFA

The New England Foundation for the Arts has job openings for New England Services Coordinator, Program Coordinator, National Dance Project, and Finance & Information Technology Manager. NEFA is committed to hiring individuals who reflect the diversity of the communities it serves, and is an equal opportunity employer.
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Outdoor screening of "No Impact Man," September 14

See the award-winning documentary No Impact Man which chronicles the highly publicized story of Colin Beavan and Michelle Conlin who embarked on a controversial year-long "No Impact Project" to reduce their carbon footprint to zero by completely giving up their Manhattan lifestyle.
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Enterprise Bank Seminar for Non-profits, Sept. 14 & 17

Information Services Director of Enterprise Bank, Keith N. Soucie, will facilitate a peer-sharing session on current technology challenges facing non-profits. Seminars are free and take place in Tewksbury (Sept. 14) and Gardner (Sept. 17) from 8-10am.
Registration and more information: Andrew Duncan, 978-459-9000 ext. 4582 or andrew.duncan@ebtc.com

Riverdance at the Tsongas Center, October 16 at 7pm

For one night only at the Tsongas Center, world famous Riverdance take the stage alongside an incredible cast of world champion figure skaters. As a supporter of the Cultural Organization of Lowell, you can take advantage of group pricing offering $5 off regular face value. For tickets, click here and use the promotional code "COOL."
More information: Jane Comeau, 978-934-5751

Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture at ATHM

Get a rare and fascinating glimpse into the personal world of style of Betsy Bloomingdale, one of America's most celebrated socialites and fashion icons. See magnificent designs from the couture houses of Givenchy, Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, and many more, worn to celebrated occasions, including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
More information: www.athm.org

Tickets on sale now for Garrison Keillor

Share an exciting afternoon with Garrison Keillor at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Sun., March 6, 2011 at 3pm. Tickets range from $30.50 to $56.50 and go on sale Mon., August 23 at 10am. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office or online at www.lowellauditorium.com.
More information: www.lowellauditorium.com

Pink Floyd Experience comes to Lowell, February 25

Tickets are on sale for The Pink Floyd Experience at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Fri., Feb. 25, 2011 at 8pm. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office or by calling 978-454-2299 or online at www.lowellauditorium.com.
More Information: www.lowellauditorium.com

Call to artists

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2010 (Space is limited)
Lowell Poetry Network is once again combining other media with our poetry and we invite you to take part. The theme is "Rock/Paper/Scissors," we ask that your offerings relate in some way to that theme - however you interpret it.
If you will be taking part, please send your name, phone number, a description of your proposed work (including the space required) and any special considerations via email to gallery@lowellpoetrynetwork.org.
More Information: www.lowellpoetrynetwork.org

Grant Opportunity
Deadline: Sept. 24, 2010
National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the arts Offers Grants for Artists and Nonprofits.Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to Latino artists and arts organizations for the creation or presentation of artistic works, organizational capacity-building, or professional development.
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About the COOL Cultural E-newsletter

The COOL Cultural E-newsletter is emailed every week by the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) in conjunction with the Lowell Cultural Roundtable. News items for consideration may be sent to scromwell@lowellma.gov. Please limit description to no more than two lines of text and include full contact information and URL if applicable.

Deadlines: To insure your posting is in the coming week's e-blast, we must receive it by the previous Friday.

To subscribe, send an email to scromwell@lowellma.gov with the subject line, "Please subscribe to COOL e-blast."

To unsubscribe, scroll down to the bottom of this e-newsletter and use the "SecureUnsubscribe" link.

If there is an upcoming event that you would like to put on the COOL calendar (www.cultureiscool.org), email LZ Nunn at LZNunn@lowellma.gov to obtain a password.

Links to our cultural community:

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

119 Gallery, www.119gallery.org

For a fuller listing of links see the COOL website, www.cultureiscool.org

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Downtown This Week 8/23/2010 - 8/302010


The 2010 Lowell Summer Music Series continues this weekend with performances by Marcia Ball (Friday) & Natalie MacMaster (Saturday) at Boardinghouse Park in downtown Lowell. Experience incredible live music under the stars every Friday and Saturday evening until September 11, 2010! For more information visit: www.lowellsummermusic.org

In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News 

Edible Arrangements, 60 Merrimack Street: Now Available!  Harley-Davidson Ride Free Celebration with Dipped Bananas.  Guaranteed to start any Harley lover's engine, this exciting arrangement combines trademark flame shaped pineapples, chocolate dipped apples, melon, oranges, grapes, strawberries and chocolate dipped bananas in a collectable fuel tank inspired container. LIVE. RIDE. EAT. Collect all 3 tank designs! Tank design may vary. For more information visit www.ediblearrangements.com


Centro Restaurant and Bar, 24 Market Street:  3rd year anniversary party! September, 8 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  Live Music,

Complimentary champagne and appetizers, 10% off all food and the best part...gift certificate giveaways.  For more information visit www.centrolowell.com

Lowell Beer Works,203 Cabot Street: Join us on the patio for live music in our intimate open air setting.  Upcoming Artists Include: Mike Gracek, Saturday August 28th;  Brian Weeks; Saturday September 4th  and the Flip, Friday September 10th  For more information visit www.beerworks.net. There's still time to enjoy this months' Caribbean Themed Specials before August runs out! And what goes better with that than one of Augusts' featured golden brews like Shawsheen Light (a cold, crisp and refreshing golden ale) or Baker's Island Blonde (a mildly bitter, German style lager).  Beer Works is a great place for your Business or Personal Party - with private space available for groups of 20 plus!  For details please contact us at 978-937-2337 or lowell@beerworks.net

The Athenian Corner presents Concerts on the Corner, an outdoor music series featuring local musicians in our outdoor seating area. This Thursday August 26th, catch the classic American music of Ralph Funaro and Connie Diamond. The music begins at 6:30 PM. And don't forget live jazz music Tuesday August 24 with the spectacular 8-piece jazz band, Casual Saxtet. Showtime is 7:30-10:00 PM.  All shows are free and open to the public. For more information about the Athenian Corner and all of our entertainment, log onto www.atheniancorner.com

Brians Ivy Hall, 74 Merrimack Street:  Lowell Will Rock For Food.  Four bands no cover! August 29, 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM.   Your donations toward World PEAS at this event will be used to purchase "shares" or boxes of locally grown food from these farmers. The shares will be distributed to low to moderate income families that the Merrimack Valley Food Bank serves through their member food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens in 29 cities and towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Whether you bring a can or box of food or donate $10 toward the cause, you will Help US...Help OTHERS. w w w . l o w e l l w i l l r o c k f o r f o o d . c o m

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 Spinners:  Purchase 12 tickets to any combination of games, August 12 - September 2 and finish the summer with a bang.  You will receive over a $150.00 in other family fun tickets. Passes to Water Country, York Wild Kingdom and Davis Farm Land will help you end your family's summer with an affordable bang!.  For more information and tickets visit www.lowell.spinners.milb.com.  
Pollard  Memorial Library:   Upcoming childrens events.  Mother Goose on the Loose!  Tuesday, September 14, 10:30 AM, Drop-In Storytimes! Wednesday, September 15,10:30 AM, Lego Club!  Saturday, September 18, 9:30 AM, UNscary Halloween Celebration!  Wednesday, October 27, 10:30 AM, Family Concert!  Tuesday, November 9, 10:30 AM.   For more information, visit www.pollardml.org.  
Museum & Gallery News 

Lowell Open Studios 2010 - Saturday & Sunday, September 25 & 26, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. - featuring more than 140 artists who live and work in Lowell: fiber artists, painters, multi-media artists, sculptors, potters, jewelers, filmmakers, photographers, and more.  For more information visit www.lowellopenstudios.org.

ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market Street: The Fabrication of Imagination, August 7 - 29.  Fiber based work spanning a wide arc of intent, technique, 2D and 3D forms, created with hand sewing, machine stitch, weaving, printing, painting, assemblage of found objects and the use of traditional sewing techniques with unconventional glass and wire.    For more information visit www.artsleagueoflowell.org.
American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street: High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture, August 14 - January 2.  This exhibit gives a rare and fascinating glimpse into the personal world of style of Betsy Bloomingdale, one of America's most celebrated socialites and fashion icons.  For more information visit www.athm.org.
The Loading Dock Gallery: Metaphorically Speaking, Laura Gawlinski and Laurie Simko, July 28 - August 29.  For more information visit  
Brush Art Gallery & Studio
, 256 Market Street:  Art Quilts Lowell, August 10 - September 11.   F
or more information please visit
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street: Linda Maletz: French Landscapes, August 4 to September 4.  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
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Tsongas Center  at UMass Lowell
:  Upcoming Shows.  Living Proof with Beth Moore,  Friday October 1 at 7:00 PM & Saturday October 2 at 7:00 PMRiverdance on Ice, Saturday, October  16 at 7:00 PM and Drake, Tuesday October 26 at 7:30 PMFor more information visit www.uml.edu/tsongascenter.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre: 
The Complete World of Sports (abridged) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, featuring the Reduced Shakespeare Company , September 9 - October 3.  The "bad boys of abridgement" sprint through the world of sports at record-breaking speed in this brand-new championship comedy.  From the earliest cavemen playing "Neanderthal in the Middle" to your own kid's soccer practice, it'll be a marathon of madness and mayhem as the entire history of world sports explodes in a tour de farce of physical theatre. (Estimated Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes including one 15-minute intermission) For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently The Cast of the Deadliest Catch Live, Featuring Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers, September 11.  Special Event Wednesday September 1, The U.S. Air Force's TOPS IN BLUE (Free admission).  For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

 Business News
The Young Professionals of Greater Lowell will host their fifth annual leadership forum on Thursday, September 23, 2010. This year's event will feature Mark King (CEO and President, Taylor Made-Adidas Golf) and Milton Ezrati (Partner, Sr. Economist and Market Strategist at Lord, Abbett & Co.). A table of 10 is $500. If you'd like information about sponsorships and tables, please email info@ypgl.org. The on sale date for individual tickets will be determined in the near future
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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