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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, August 4

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"Passions unguided are for the most part mere madness."

-- Thomas Hobbes

Discover Lowell 2010

Don't miss our next Discover Lowell event, the Southeast Asian Water Festival. 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!

"Metaphorically Speaking," July 28-Aug. 29
Laurie Simko and Laura Gawlinski present "Metaphorically Speaking," works that explore 'paying attention' and connecting to the intelligence, wisdom and beauty that the natural world offers. Artists reception Fri., Aug. 6, 6-9pm.
More Information: www.theloadingdockgallery.com
Concerts on the Corner, Aug. 5
This Thursday 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. The music begins at 6pm. All shows are free and open to the public.
More Information: www.atheniancorner.com
Open Mic Night at The Space, Aug. 6, 8pm
Come to The Space and enjoy an open mic night featuring local musician, Tim Bergeron. All live performers (musicians, poets, comedians) are welcomed to sign up to perform -- don't miss a great night of local entertainment!
More Information: www.inthespace.net

Artists lofts coming soon: Appleton Mills Lofts

Located at 219 Jackson Street and currently under construction, Lowell's Appleton Mills Lofts are being renovated with artists in mind:130 affordably-priced, loft-style rental apartments designed for those who create art and those who appreciate it.
More information: www.LiveAppletonMills.com
Free screening of "Forgotten Faces of Haiti" at Essex Art Center, Aug. 6
Explore the vast culture and lives of Jamaicans and Haitians of white European, Chinese, East Indian, and Middle Eastern descent, living in Jamaica and Haiti in Forgotten Faces of Haiti. This documentary project brings awareness to and celebrates these important minority ethnic groups currently living in the West Indies.
More information: View the event flier or visit www.essexartcenter.com
2010 Lowell Summer Music Series
The 2010 Lowell Summer Music Series continues this weekend with exciting performances 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
2010 ONE Lowell World Cup, Aug. 7 and 8

The ONE Lowell World Cup 2010 is a 24 Team International Soccer Tournament held at Cawley Stadium in the city of Lowell. This is the fourth year of the tournament, with each year drawing more competitive teams and larger crowds.
More Information: www.onelowellsoccercup.org

Restaurant Showcase Week 2010, Now through Aug. 15

Dine out during the Greater Merrimack Valley Second Annual Restaurant Showcase Week presented by the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. Food lovers are invited to sample the best cuisine that each participating restaurant has to offer! All proceeds to benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
More information: www.merrimackvalley.org

2010 Longfellow summer reading series

Attend the New England Poetry Club's summer reading series at the Longfellow National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge. The events are "NEPC Poets with New Books" (August 8) and "Poets appearing in 'Cambridge Voices'" (August 22).
More Information: www.nepoetryclub.org

Lowell Quilt Festival, Aug. 12-14

Experience one of the country's foremost celebrations of the art and craft of quilting! "IMAGES", the centerpiece of the Festival, is moving to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. This judged and juried exhibit will feature hundreds of entrants from around the country and around the world.
More Information: www.lowellquiltfestival.org

Lowell National Park Boat Tours capture Lowell's historical scenes and stories
Lowell National Park's daily canal boat tours provide a unique perspective of Lowell's historical waterways. Cruise during the day on the Pawtucket Canal and the Merrimack River and learn more of Lowell's industrial history, or take in an "Evening Cruise" for night-time boat tour enjoyment!
More Information: www.nps.gov/lowe

"High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture," Aug. 14 - Jan. 2.

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, and Yves Saint Laurent, which have been worn to celebrated occasions, including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
More Information: www.athm.org.

"The Nature of Cities," Aug. 18, 7:30pm

Enjoy this free outdoor film screening at Lowell's Shedd Park! "The Nature of Cities" visits beautiful, sustainable locales around the globe and introduces the concept of bringing our urban environments closer to the natural world. With the current BP tragedy, this film is a much needed journey into environmental hope. Sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust.
More Information: www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org

14th Southeast Asian Water Festival, Sat. Aug. 21

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!
More Information: www.lowellwaterfestival.org

Volunteer at the Southeast Asian Water Festival

Volunteer at the Southeast Asian Water Festival and enjoy being a part of an incredible day of celebration! Select your volunteer preference: donation brigade, recycling team, set-up and break-down team, boat transportation, and general floaters. For more details, contact Dahvy Tran at dtran555@gmail.com, subject line "Water Festival."
More information: http://lowellwaterfestival.org/race_perform_vol/

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

Call to artists

Deadline: Mon., Aug. 23, 2010 (materials received)
Trinity Financial invites artists/designers/teams to forward qualifications for an artwork to be permanently installed in the four-story atrium of the Appleton Mills redevelopment, a historic textile mill located at 219 Jackson St. in downtown Lowell. The work to be commissioned could be a freestanding, wall-mounted or suspended piece. This project is open to all artists/ designers/ teams residing in New England, including collaborations with writers or sound artists/musicians.

Budget: $15,000. Five to ten finalists will receive a $500 honorarium to develop a proposal for public exhibition at the 10th Annual Open Studios in Lowell on Sept. 25 and 26, 2010. One artist/designer/team will be commissioned for the project.

Contact: Christina Lanzl, Project Manager, Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design christina.lanzl@massart.edu

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.

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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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