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Monday, August 16, 2010

Downtown This Week 8/16/2010 - 8/23/2010


The 2010 Lowell Summer Music Series continues this weekend with great performances by the B - 52's (Friday) andJames Montgomery Blues Band with the Uptown Horns (Saturday) at Boardinghouse Park in downtown Lowell. Experience incredible live music under the stars every Friday and Saturday evening until September 11, 2010!  More information: www.lowellsummermusic.org

In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News 
Tutto Bene - a wine and cheese cellar, 58 Prescott Street (rear).  August is a wonderful time to experiment withnew wines and food pairings.  So much can be done with fresh vegetables from the local Farmers' Markets, fresh seafood, grilled meats and other delicious summer flavors.  Stop by Tutto Bene and select from hundreds of wines including NEW Rutherford Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, NEW The Show malbec, NEW Over the Edge Pinot Noir, Terra Antiga Vinho Verde, Italian whites and Argentinian reds.  For more information please visit www.tuttobenecellars.com.
Dharma Buns Sandwich Company, 26 A Market Street:  A pop culture-infused gourmet shop serving fresh rib eye steaks, house-ground burgers, hand cut belgian fries and over 85 varieties of beer. For more more information visit www.dharmabuns.net.   
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. Thursday August 19th, catch the music of Sandy Lee Casey. Sandy has been entertaining audiences at many of the most high profile music venues throughout New England for over 30-years, and is back at the Athenian Corner by popular demand.   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. 
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.  
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 

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: BetsyBloomingdale 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
Got Tickets? 
Tsongas Center  at UMass Lowell
: 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
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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