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Monday, August 2, 2010

Downtown This Week 8/02/2010 - 8/09/2010

Restaurants throughout the Greater Merrimack Valley region will participate in the Greater Merrimack Valley Second Annual Restaurant Showcase Week, August 1 - 15 presented by the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Food lovers will have the chance to sample the best cuisine that each participating restaurant has to offer.   There will be either a two-course lunch or three-course diner with fixed prices starting at just $9.10.   For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit www.merrimackvalley.org .
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News 
Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.: "Come Join Us for Caribbean Month!" For August, Lowell Beer Works features Light Golden Ales and Caribbean Specials that will send your taste buds on an Island Vacation - Our featured beers for August include Shawsheen Light (cold, crisp and refreshing)and the Patriot Pilsner (moderately bitter, with a rich and slightly sweet malt profile).  Enjoy these and more featured light beers along with  Beer Works' Caribbean  menu specials including "Mayaguez Grilled Pork", "Spicy Jamaican Meat Pies", "Blackened Swordfish", "Jerk Hanger Steaks", "Chocolate-Coconut 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

The Athenian Corner presents Concerts on the Corner, an outdoor music series featuring local musicians in our outdoor seating area. This Thursday August 5th, catch the music of Sandy Lee Caseybeginning at 6:00 PM. Sandy has been entertaining audiences at many of the most high profile music venues throughout New England for over 30-years.  The music begins at 6:00 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.


Chantilly Place, 107 Merrimack Street:  Creating happily ever afters, one gown at a time.  For more information visit www.chantillyplace.net.

Sports & Events 
Outdoor film screening and National Night Out celebration:  See "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial", Tuesday, August 3 (rain date, August 10) at the C.W. Morey Elementary School, 114 Pine Street.
Don't miss this FREE special outdoor event presented by the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group, the Lowell Police Department, and other event partners in commemoration of National Night Out! Festivities begin at 6PM with visits and demonstrations from the Lowell Fire Department and the Lowell Police Department K-9 Unit. Stay for a special outdoor screening of "E.T." starting at 8PM, including free popcorn! Complete details at www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org.
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 are hosting a special comedy show to benefit Spinners Charities August 19 in the Gator Pit. Comedians Jimmy Dunn (NESN, Olympia Sports), Paul Nardizzi, Dave Rattigan and Graig Murphy will partake with a buffet included for $25.00!  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 story times are designed for children ages 4 to 7. Space is limited, and registration is require, August 11, 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.

Lowell's Southeast Asian Water Festival is a tribute to Southeast Asia's centuries-old annual celebration that pays homage to the rivers, lakes, and ponds that villagers depend upon for their livelihood and economic development. Enjoy traditional foods, dancing, boat races, and much more at this free event! For more Information: www.lowellwaterfestival.org

Museum & Gallery News 
Lowell Quilt Festival, August 12 - 14.  This year's festival offers more excitement than ever before as this judged and juried exhibit will feature hundreds of entrants from around the country and around the world.  For more information visit www.lowellquiltfestival.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.  Artists Reception: August 6, 6:00 - 9:00 PM   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
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street: Linda Maletz: French Landscapes, August 4 to September 4, Reception: August 14, 2:00 PM to 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: 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: 
Subscribe now!!  EASY, FLEXIBLE AND AFFORDABLE.  Save money and get the best seats with a season subscription package.  You will enjoy great benefits and services not available to single ticket buyers.  Merrimack Repertory Theatre has a wide array of subscription packages available to fit every lifestyle and budget.  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.

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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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