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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rave Reviews - Only 2 Weekends Left to See FOUR PLACES

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This is no trick.  Looking for an incredible treat this Halloween? Tickets to the 7PM Halloween evening performance 
of Four Places are only $20 for orchestra seats, and $15 for balcony seats.

Order tickets online now!


"Utterly engrossing"
- Boston Herald

"With Monferdini bravely and brilliantly excavating the twists and turns of Peggy's self-justifying thought processes, she emerges as an American original"
- Boston Globe

"This well rounded production speaks to the parent and children in all of us"
- Lowell Sun

"Another feather in Merrimack's cap"
- Hub Review

"Perfectly acted and directed"
- Acton Beacon

"Wonderfully layered performance"
- Woburn Advocate

"A reminder that love and family are what matter after all"
- Broadway World

"Make room for Four Places at Merrimack Rep"
- Chelmsford Mass News

by Joel Drake Johnson

Only Two Weeks Left
Must End November 7

The powerfully real and humorous Four Places is on stage now at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. When middle-aged siblings Ellen and Warren pick up their eldery mother Peggy for lunch at her favorite restuarant, she suspects something is not right. Over the course of the meal, secrets are revealed, lives are changed, and through it all, one family finds that love is still possible.

Directed by MRT Artistic Director Charles Towers, Four Places features Carole Monferdini, whose performance as Peggy has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe and Boston Herald, Kate Udall, John Wojda, and Laura Latreille.

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Series Packages Starting at $46

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, including free and unlimited exchanges, free parking, and special dining and theatre discounts. Merrimack Repertory Theatre has a wide array of subscription packages available to fit every lifestyle and budget. As little as only $14 per ticket, a subscription to Merrimack Rep is your ticket to the best seats for quality professional theatre - at a quarter of the price of a Broadway show and half the cost of a show in Boston - all right in your own backyard.

$5 OFF

Order tickets to Beasley's Christmas Party online at www.MerrimackRep.org by November 26th and save $5 off each full priced adult ticket.  Enter the promo code: BCP5OFF at checkout. 
Offer Expires: 11/26/10.  Cannot be combined with any other discount.


Stay tuned for other special discounts to Beasley's Christmas Party, a perfect family friendly holiday celebration! Opening Thanksgiving weekend.

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Get your tickets to Four Places now. Our online box office is open 24/7 for your convenience. To purchase tickets over the phone, please call 978.654.4678.

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Now Accepting Reservations

Each season, MRT shares the joy of live theatre with over 2,000 students through its acclaimed Student Matinee Series.  Teachers and schools can now book their classrooms for student matinee dates during the 2010-2011 Season, including our upcoming production of Beasley's Christmas Party in December.

MRT offers schools discounted or free tickets through its Partners in Education program.  Students also receive educational study guides tied to the curriculum and the opportunity to participate in a post-performance discussion with the cast of the show.  For many students, these trips to the theatre are their first experience of live professional theatre. For more information or to reserve tickets for your school, please contact Dan Berube, Marketing Manager at 978.654.7595 or click here.

December Student Matinee Schedule
Beasley's Christmas Party
adapted by C.W. Munger, from the story by Booth Tarkington

Matinee Dates:
December 9 at 10:30AM
December 14 at 10:00AM
December 15 at 10:30AM

Parents, tell your child's school about this special opportunity!


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

THIS WEEK: Vote for LOWELL in the Mayors' Arts Challenge!

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Lowell Mayor Jim Milinazzo showcases the City's art, culture and history in the Mayors' Arts Challenge, produced by Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC).
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Sixteen municipal leaders from across the Commonwealth rose to the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Mayors' Arts Challenge with powerful testimonials on how arts and culture make their cities better places to live, work, and visit.

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VOTE FOR LOWELL by signing in to YouTube or Google and clicking the "Like" thumbs-up button. PLEASE NOTE: you must be signed in for your votes to be tabulated by the site.

Once voting closes, the three videos with the most "Likes" on the Mayors' Arts Challenge YouTube Channel will be reviewed by an in-house panel at the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). The video that speaks most enthusiastically to the arts and culture of a particular city will be determined the winner. MCC will announce the winner of the Mayors' Arts Challenge in that mayor's town soon thereafter.

The winning video will also be showcased at the State House in February 2011 as part of the Commonwealth Awards, the state's highest honors in arts and culture. It will also be shown by the national advocacy group Americans for the Arts at its annual presentation at the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Let's show the Commonwealth - and the nation - what a great place Lowell is for art and culture!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Downtown This Week 10/25/2010 - 11/01/2010

Monster Bash and Halloween Stroll, Thursday October 28 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM is taking on a different look and location this year. The event is now located at Edson Hall behind St. Anne's Church featuring kids games, a haunted house, DJ Steve Munroe and dance performances by Mill City Dance, best costume contests, bike raffle (free) give away, and trick or treating at a number of participating downtown business locations. Event is free and for more information visit www.lowell.org.
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Got Tickets?
Business News
Retail & Restaurant News 


Barnes & Noble, 151 Merrimack Street: AUTHORS SIGNING and READING, Thursday, October 28th, 6:30-7:30 PM.  Coffin Dust by award winning author, David Daniel is a collection of short stories that will keep you reading late into the night! Daniel is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.  Chasing Curves by local author, Lloyd L. Corricelli is the second hard boiled detective novel featuring Ronan Marino and set in Lowell! Corricelli is a 1987 graduate of the University of Lowell.  Events may change without notice, please call the store to confirm, 978-458-3939.


Centro, 24 Market Street: With the holiday season just around the corner!  Have you thought about Centro to host or cater your party??  Plenty of dates are still available so book it early and have piece of mind.  Thanksgiving catering menu will be available online soon!  For more information visit www.centrolowell.com.


Cobblestones, 91 Dutton StreetTrick or treat!  Gimme somethin' good to eat! Friends, boys and ghouls.  Inspired by a good friend's request for a birthday brunch buffet this Halloween weekend, you are all invited!!   Available from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, and no costume is necessary!  It includes a complimentary Fall Champagne Cocktail, and a "Make your own Bloody Mary Bar"  Of  course, to avoid waste, reservations are ALWAYS greatly appreciated.  978-970-2282.


Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.:  Pumpkinfest Ist Hier!  It's all treat and no trick with our October specialties like the Grilled Bratwurst (with beer-braised onions and warm German potato salad) or Butternut Squash Ravioli (in a sage cream sauce with roasted vegetables & toasted pepino seed). Even better while sipping on an Oktoberfest or Autumn Amber ALT;  Gϋt Times!!!   Check out our live bands each week in our Pub.  Upcoming feature artists include:  Mike Moore Friday, October 29th & Mike Gacek Saturday, October 30th. Beer Works is also a great place for your Business Event or Holiday Party.  Please contact us at 978-937-2337 or lowell@beerworks.net  for details & availability.    

Sports & Events 


Lowell Spinners Yard Sale, Saturday November 6 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Lelacheur Park.  This bi-annual event offers fans a chance to pick up Spinners collectors items, fixtures, game-used equipment, autographed items, bobble heads and more. Fans will want to be the first to arrive, as the more popular items are quickly scooped up.  For more information visit www.lowellspinners.com.  


The Arts League of Lowell and the Lowell Film Collaborative present the second film in their "Film and the Arts" Series. Save the date for Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision showing at the Art Gallery at Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, Tuesday, November 9,  6:30 PM. Free admission, refreshments served. Seating is limited! For more information: www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org.


Come to the Pollard Library to get into the Halloween spirit early! We are having a very UNscary Halloween celebration full of stories, rhymes and songs all about Halloween. Wear your costume for extra fun! This program is for kids of all ages, and no registration is required. Wednesday October 27 from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.    For more information visit  www.pollardml.org.

Got Tickets? 

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Upcoming shows  An evening with Styx The Grand illusions/Pieces of Eight Tour, November 3 and An Evening with Buddy Valastro: TLC's Cake Boss, November 5.   For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell:
Upcoming shows Drake, Tuesday October 26 at 7:30 PM,  Bob Dylan & His Band, Saturday November 20 at 8:00 PM and Micky's Magic Show, Sunday November 28 at 12:30 PM & 3:30 PMFor  more information visit  www.uml.edu/tsongascenter/.


Merrimack Repertory Theatre:  Four Places by Joel Drake Johnson.  EAST COAST PREMIERE!  October 14 - November 7.  This honest, compassionate and profound drama evokes the most familiar and heartfelt aspects of family relations. Two middle-aged siblings take their mother out to lunch where the conversation turns from routine banter to life-changing revelation. The indelible characters are both marvelously funny and devastatingly human as they lead one another to a place where forgiveness and understanding are tested, but love is still possible. Estimated Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes with no intermission. 

For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.


Museum and Gallery News


American TextileHistory 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 ofBetsy Bloomingdale, one of America's most celebrated socialites and fashion icons.  For more information visit www.athm.org. 

Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue: First Saturday of every month, Noon to 5:00 PM (November 6). Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists.  For more information visit  www.westernavenuestudios.com.                                                                             
The Loading Dock GalleryIn an Instant, October 27 - November 21.  Photography by Adrien Bisson and Paintings by Bill Tyers and Adrien Bisson.Artists Reception: Friday, November 5 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  For more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.

119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street: New works by David Crane and Margot Stage, Fibrous Forms, October 19 - November 13, Tuesday - Saturday, 12- 5:00 PM.  For more information visit www.119gallery.org.


The Whistler House Museum of ArtMEREDITH FIFE DAY, 35 Years: A Beginning, September 16 - October30.  For more information visit www.whistlerhouse.org.

New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street:   African-American Quilts Today: A Celebration of Motherhood, Sisterhood & The Matriarchs.  October 21 through January 3.  For more information visit www.newenglandquilt.org

Brush Art Gallery & Studio, 256 Market Street: October 31 to December 5, Three Generations Romance The Stones: The Artwork and Poetry of Three Generations of Women, Organized by Carol Boileau.  Opening Reception:  Saturday, November 6 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.   For more information please visit www.thebrush.org


X/O Studio will be open for the 10 Sundays leading up to Christmas, (12 Noon-2:00 PM). A beautiful selection of oil paintings as well as monoprints and drawings for sale. First time collectors welcome. Prices negotiable and payment plans available. For More information contact Kathleen Cammerata, cammerata@mac.com.


 Business News

Young Professionals of Greater Lowell.  Please join us on Thursday, October 28 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Lowell Beer Works for YPGL Octoberfest.  The cost for this event is $15.  Each person will receive four beer samples, a brewery tour, food and the opportunity to network with your fellow YPGL members. If you would like to attend, please rsvp to info@ypgl.org.  Payment will be accepted the night of the event.  Anyone that brings a bag of food for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank will be entered to win a gift certificate to Lowell Beer Works, Taylor Made Golf accessories and other great prizes.


The third annual Made in Lowell event will take place Friday, November 5, from noon to 2:00 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren Street.  For more information call 978-446-7200. 


The Lowell Creative Economy Census 2010:    October 1 - November 5 Lowell's first Creative Economy Census is now under way! Are YOU a part of Lowell's creative workforce? If so, we want you to "Make Yourself Count" by taking our brief Census survey. This local project will document and measure the City's creative  industry and its impact on the local economy. Take the Census survey TODAY at   www.countmeinlowell.org For more information, call 978-674-1483.



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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