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Monday, August 9, 2010

Downtown This Week 8/09/2010 - 8/16/2010

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 

Ricardos Café Trattoria, 110 Gorham Street:  Live Jazz Thursday - Saturday.  For more information visit www.ricardoscafetrattoria.com

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 12th, take a trip down soft rock memory lane with Carl & Dean. The music begins at 6:30pm. 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 
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. 
Great tickets are available for upcoming Lowell Spinners home games.   Tuesday, August 10 vs. State College Spikes, Red Spinners T-Shirt Giveaway, Wednesday, August 11 vs. State College Spikes Lou Merloni Utility Bobble Head Giveaway, Thursday August 12 vs. State College Spikes, Pink Hat Giveaway, Friday August 13 vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Diecast Car Giveaway, Saturday August 14 vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Scratch Card Giveaway, Sunday August 15 vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Scratch Card Giveaway.  For more information and tickets visit www.lowell.spinners.milb.com.  
Pollard  Memorial Library:   Independant Film Night, Thursday August 12, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM.   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

FREE Film Screening at Lowell's Shedd Park Pavilion, August 18 at 7:30pm:  "The Nature of Cities" Take a world-wide tour of inspiring, groundbreaking sustainable living projects in San Diego, Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Freiburg, and Malmo, including a real urban bat-cave in the heart of Austin! Learn how cities are bringing their urban environments closer to the natural world and meet the renowned landscape architects, city planners, and community groups behind some of the worlds most creative city spaces. More information: www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org.  
Museum & Gallery News 
ALL Arts Gallery, 246 Market Street: The Fabrication of Imagination 2010.  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.  August 7-29 Gallery Night Thursday, August. 12, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Artist Reception Saturday, August. 14, 2:00 - 4:00 PM.  For more information visit www.artsleagueoflowell.org.
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.  For more information visit  
Brush Art Gallery & Studio
, 256 Market Street:  ART QUILTS LOWELL, August 10 - September 11.  A feature of the 2010 Lowell Quilt Festival, which runs on August 12, 13, 14.  Artists' Reception: Saturday, August 14, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Gallery Night: Thursday, August 12, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM.  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. and Riverdance on Ice, Saturday, October  16 at 7:00 PMFor 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 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
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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