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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Downtown This Week 11/29/2010 - 12/06/2010


Lowell  Summer Music Series 2011 Season Pass Holiday Sale!  For the Holidays, give the gift of music and take advantage of the lowest price of the year!  For a limited time only: Get a 2011 Individual Season Pass good for all 2011 Lowell Summer Music Series concerts for $270. Pay less than $15 per concert for a summer of quality entertainment - the lowest price that will be available for this Series. A great buy! This offer is only available online and offer ends December 31.  For more information visit  www.Lowellsummermusic.org.


In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Got Tickets?
Business News
Retail & Restaurant News 


Dharma Buns, 26-A Market Street: Thursday December 2, Beer Tasting and Open Mic Night, Thursday  featuring Ipswich Brewing Company. For more information visit www.dharmabuns.net.


Cobblestones, 91 Dutton Street: Booking Holiday Functions Every day, on all three floors!  Sunday Sweepstakes and weekly Patriots giveaways every Sunday, including Patriot Tickets! Featuring Wild Game Specials every week through Super Bowl.  For more information visit www.cobblestonesoflowell.com.


Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.:  Happy Holid-ales!  Beer Works ushers in December with a feast of comforting Ales and Fare. Forget about your Aunt's Fruit cake and stop by to try some Lobster Mac & Cheese (Holiday decadence with a cracker topping!), or Roasted Lamb Sirloin with Port Wine Gravy. A hand-crafted Holiday brew is enough to chase those winter blues;  a perfectly spiced Winter White, or Winterfest should have you thinking warm thoughts.  Check out our live bands & events each week:  Upcoming artists include:  120 Minutes Saturday, December 4th; & the Flip Friday December 10th.  Please contact us at 978-937-2337 or lowell@beerworks.net  for details & availability. 

Sports & Events 


Free photos with Santa, Thursday December 2 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble, 151 Merrimack Street and Saturday December 4 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Office, 131 Merrimack Street.  While you are out shopping for the holidays, stop by and meet Santa where you can have your picture taken with Santa for Free.  Presented by the City of Lowell,  Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Downtown Business Committee, Center City Committee and The Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.   For more information visit  www.lowell.org.

Immaculate Conception School, 218 East Merrimack Street: Annual Christmas Fair, Sunday, December 5, 9:00 AM - Noon. Pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, arts & crafts, children's gift raffles, face painting, music, white elephant table, baked goods, gift baskets for all ages, book sale, ornaments, and wreaths.  Admission is $5.00.  


Holiday Art & Craft Fair, hosted by the UMass Lowell Center for Women & Work. Begin your holiday shopping and enjoy musical performances. UML Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren Street,. The event runs from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM and is open to the public.  For more information www.uml.edu/centers/women-work. 



Don't miss out as UMass Lowell takes on the best competition in college hockey as part of the Hockey East Conference.   River Hawks vs. New Hampshire,  Thursday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM.  Micky Ward Night Promotion with a special mini boxing gloves giveaway. Visit www.GoRiverHawks.com for more information. 


Pollard Memorial Library:   Independent Film Screening, Saturday, December 4th at 12:00 PM,  Under the Eightball directed by Timothy Grey and Breanne Russell.  Join us for this free screening of an independent documentary about Lyme disease -- it's murky history and the medical profession's difficulty in diagnosing the disease. Timothy Grey's sister was afflicted with the illness in 2006 prompting him to investigate the history and cause of this disease. He was shocked with what he found. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Gray.  For more information visit  www.pollardml.org.


Lowell Spinners, 9th annual Alumni Dinner, Wednesday, January 19.  For tickets and information visit http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t558.


Lowell premiere of "The Fighter"; Showcase Cinemas,  Thursday December 9  at 7:30 PM, reception at the Courtyard by Marriott, 5:30 to 7:00 PM; Tickets $75; 978-459-6150. Proceeds will benefit Team Micky Ward Charities and the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Upcoming shows: Cats, December  3, Abba Mania, December 4 and Lewis Black,  December 5 .   For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell:
  Snoop Dog,
January 28
For  more information visit  www.uml.edu/tsongascenter/.


Merrimack Repertory Theatre:  Beasley's Christmas Party, adapted by C.W. Munger, from the story by Booth Tarkington, November 26 - December 19.  For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.  

Museum and Gallery News

All Arts Gallery, 22 Shattuck Street: The Arts League of Lowell opens its new gallery on December 1 with the Holiday Show running through January 9, 2011.  Opening reception, Sunday, December 12 from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

For more information visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com.   


Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street: Ayer Loft's artist-residents and their guests show off their latest creations including art, sculpture, photography, pottery and jewelry making.  Saturday and Sunday  12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, December 5 - December 26.  For more information visit www.ayerlofts.com.


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: Holiday Open studios, December 4 & 5 and December 11 & 12 from Noon to 5:00 PM. Six floors of artisits offering unique items for holiday gift giving.  For more information visit  www.westernavenuestudios.com.                                                                             
The Loading Dock Gallery:   Winter Lights III, Creations by artists & artisans Ann Lee, Barbara Guilmet, Barbara Frost, Betsy Keeney, Kristin Kelley, Heather Wang, and Peter Zimmerman Opens November 24.  Artists Reception: Friday, December 3 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.   For more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.

119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street:  Secrets" 6th Annual Juried Exhibit, Tuesday - Saturday 12 PM - 5:00 PM, November 23 - December 16   For more information visit www.119gallery.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: Current exhibit, Three Generations Romance The Stones: The Artwork and Poetry of Three Generations of Women, Organized by Carol Boileau.  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 UGLY SWEATER HOLIDAY MIXER:    What better way to get into the holiday spirit than showing off the ugliest holiday sweater you can find!  Please join the Young Professionals of Greater Lowell Thursday, December 16 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Hookslide Kelly's for our First Annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Mixer.  This will be a great opportunity to network with other young professionals from the area and show off your favorite holiday threads!  Ugly sweaters are not mandatory, but highly encouraged.  Prizes will be awarded for the best (aka fantastically ugly) holiday sweaters (bonus points for ugly holiday socks and turtlenecks). The cost to attend is $5.00 per person. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar. The mixer will take place in the heated tent/back bar area of Hookslide Kelly's. Hookslide Kelly's is located at 19 Merrimack Street in Lowell.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to info@ypgl.org by Monday, December 13.  

Christopher Samaras
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, November 24

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--Aldous Huxley

Discover Lowell 2010

City of Lights Parade & Holiday Art Stroll
This Saturday, November 27!

Don't miss our next Discover Lowell event, the City of Lights Parade & Holiday Art Stroll. Enjoy a city-wide Hot Chocolate Competition and Stocking Scavenger Hunt, the Festival of Wreaths, and the much anticipated holiday lighting of Downtown Lowell! 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!

Charity Knit-a-Thon at The Brush Gallery, November 26

Calling all knitters! Come to Lowell's Brush Gallery and knit mittens and hats for local Merrimack Valley charities and be entered into a drawing for a beautiful Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom. Yarn will be provided or bring your own. Fri., Nov. 26, 12-4pm.
More information: www.thebrush.org or 978-459-7819

Holiday Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios

Shop local at Western Avenue Studios during "Holiday Open Studios" the first two weekends in December (Dec. 4 & 5 and 11 &12) from Noon - 5pm. Six floors of unique artists offer an incredible variety of gifts for everyone on your list!
More information: www.westernavenuestudios.com

Currently on exhibit at The Whistler House Museum of Art

In the Parker Gallery: "Annual Juried Members Exhibit 2010," through Dec. 30. See a diverse representation of the artist/members' work including oil, watercolor, photography and more. In the Member's Room: "Back Central in Black & White, Inside & Out," photographs by Joe Quinlan, through Dec. 30.
More information: www.whistlerhouse.org

"Women's Works," December 2

Holiday Art & Craft Fair, hosted by the UMass Lowell Center for Women & Work. Begin your holiday shopping and enjoy musical performances. UML Inn & Conference Ctr, 50 Warren St., Downtown Lowell. The event runs from 2-8pm and is open to the public.
More Information: www.uml.edu/centers/women-work

"The Baroque Big Band" at Andover Chamber Music, December 4

Andover Chamber Music presents "The Baroque Big Band" Sat., Dec. 4, 5pm at South Church, Andover. Join Mistral, ACM's Ensemble-in-Residence, and other guest artists for three of Johann Sebastian Bach's beloved Brandenburg Concertos (#2, #3, & #4) and his Double Violin Concerto. Tickets $30/adults, $10/student rush.
More information: www.andoverchambermusic.org

David Amram's 80th Birthday Bash! December 9

A musical birthday celebration of composer and multi-instrumentalist David Amram, featuring the University Orchestra, the New England Orchestra and the Lowell Youth Orchestra, plus special guests. Dec. 9, 7:30pm, UMass Lowell Durgin Concert Hall. Free and open to the public.
More Information: kay_roberts@uml.edu

Hooping comes to The Space, December 9

"Ladies Night" Full Motion Family Empowerment Free Open House at The Space, Dec. 9, 6-9pm. Enjoy adult fitness hula hooping and partner stretch demonstrations. Come dressed to stretch, dance, hoola, or lounge and watch in The Space's great cafe! RSVP at gofullmotion@yahoo.com.
More information: www.inthespace.net and www.fullmotionfamily.com

"Beasley's Christmas Party," November 26 - December 19

Filled with humor, heart and hope, Beasley's Christmas Party receives its New England premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theater. See this story of a curious journalist and his extremely eccentric next-door neighbor who is planning a most unusual Christmas party.
More Information: www.merrimackrep.org

"It's a Wonderful Life" screens at The Pollard Library, December 11

Celebrate the holidays with a screening of the classic Frank Capra film "It's a Wonderful Life" starring James Stewart. When a guardian angel appears to the bankrupt, heartbroken George Bailey, it's up to George to examine his life and the impact he has made on others. All welcomed to this free holiday event on Sat., Dec. 11 at 1pm.
More information: www.pollardml.org

Live music and salsa dancing every weekend at Ole!

Ole Restaurant and Tapas Bar hosts a variety of entertainment over the next few weeks. Enjoy the fabulous Grupo Fantasia (Nov. 27). Ole features salsa dancing and live music every weekend.
More Information: www.oletapas.info

Independent Film Night at the Pollard: "Bomber," December 9
The Pollard Memorial Library screens "Bomber" for December's Independent Film Night, Dec. 9, 6:30pm. The Pollard has partnered with Film Movement, Inc. to bring award-winning, independent and foreign films for you! Don't miss the second Thursday of each month for a different film experience. Free admission!
More information: www.pollardml.org

"Growth" at Ayer Lofts Gallery through November 28

See "Growth," a solo exhibition of Contemporary work by Indian Artist and Arts League of Lowell member Haroon Khimani. Khimani's interests within contemporary arts are in self-assembling scaffolds and evolving or structured facades or backdrops. Visit www.haroonkhimani.com.
More information: www.ayerlofts.com

Image Theater's Naughty Readings, December 4

Image Theater's 6th Annual "Keep Your Kids At Home Naughty Readings" fundraiser evening will take place at The Old Court Pub in Lowell, Sat., Dec. 4, 8pm. See sexy, silly short plays by local playwrights Stephen O'Connor, Matt Hanf, Phyllis Rittner, Ron Radice, Richard Westcott, and Jeff Johnson. Tickets $25.
More information: www.imagetheater.com or call 978-441-0102

"The Art of Healers" at Lesley University, through December 4
Riverscape 1 by Jean Winslow
Riverscape 1 by Jean Winslow
The Art of Psychotherapists runs through Dec. 4 at Lesley University Marran Gallery, featuring works by Deborah Bohner, Nancy Cahan, Shaun McNiff, Yvonne Parma, Helen Shulman, Jean Winslow. Reception Tues., Nov. 16, 4:30-7:30pm. Lesley University Marran Gallery, Mellen & Oxford Streets, Cambridge.
More Information: Jean Winslow at jeanwinslow@msn.com

Join the Revolving Museum Communications Team!

Become part of a vibrant team of dedicated individuals working to improve the Lowell community through art! Positions now available to work closely with Revolving Museum staff, other Commonwealth Corps members, participants and community partners to build an extensive communication network.
More Information: dtesta@revolvingmuseum.org

Calls to artists

Space available for Artists
Live-work space available for artists near downtown Lowell. Contact Rick Underwood at 978-454-2010 for details.

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Beasley's Christmas Party - Opens This Weekend

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Adapted by C.W. Munger
From the story by Booth Tarkington

Begins This Friday!

Just in time for the holiday season comes this creative new stage adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Booth Tarkington's novella, Beasley's Christmas Party. When a curious reporter finds himself living next door to a reclusive and eccentric gubernatorial candidate, he launches an investigation and uncovers a surprising and inspirational holiday revelation. 
Magically and imaginatively delivered, it is a distinctly American and spiritually uplifting holiday story for the whole family filled with humor, heart and hope.

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Performances are selling out!
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Friday, Nov. 26 at 8:00pm

Saturday, Nov. 27 at 8:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 28 at 2:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 28 at 7:00pm

Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 2:00pm

Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30pm

Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7:30pm

Friday, Dec. 3 at 8:00pm

Saturday, Dec. 4 at 4:00pm

Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8:00pm

Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2:00pm

Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7:00pm

Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30pm

Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7:30pm

Friday, Dec. 10 at 8:00pm

Saturday, Dec. 11 at 4:00pm

Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8:00pm

Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2:00pm

Sunday, Dec. 12 at 7:00pm

Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 7:30pm

Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7:30pm

Friday, Dec. 17 at 8:00pm

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 4:00pm

Saturday, Dec. 18 at 8:00pm

Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2:00pm


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In the Press
Beasley's Christmas Party
was recently featured in the Boston Globe Holiday Arts Preview.  When asked what audience members should expect, actor Joey Collins said, "This play has that feeling, it's like coming inside from the cold to a warm fireplace with friends and family that you love.'' Read the entire interview with Joey, Tony Ward and Carl Forsman here.

On the Blog
Today, Beasley's author Booth Tarkington is best remembered for the Orson Welles screen adaptation of his novel, The Magnificent Ambersons, but during the early part of the 20th century he was one of America's most popular and acclamied playwrights and novelists. Learn more about the life and work of Booth Tarkington, and how you can read many of his most famous works for free in our latest "About the Production" article on our blog

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Looking for a great ticket deal or to add a little something extra to your theatergoing experience? Check out all the special events and discounts for Beasley's Christmas Party, which starts November 26.
Lowell Night - November 27 at 8pm. Lowell residents get in for only $10. Tickets are available starting at 5pm that night, and you must bring proper ID. Subject to availability.

Opening Night - November 28 at 7pm. Come celebrate the official opening with the cast, crew and staff of Merrimack Rep. There will be champagne and desserts available following the performance.

Cookie Matinee December 1 at 2pm. Free cookies and coffee before the show, courtesy of Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus.

Post Show Forums - December 2, 9, and 16 at 7:30PM. The actors will take your questions following the production and give you the inside scoop on their characters and how the play was staged.
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What does theatre mean to you? Does it still matter in America, and if so how? Theatre Communications Group recently asked this question to a diverse group of people, including authors, actors, teachers, military veterans, business people, students,and more, and got many great perspectives on what theatre means to people.

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Share the holiday spirit of Beasley's Christmas Party with your entire family! Family 4-Packs are now on sale. Get 2 Adult/Senior Tickets and 2 Youth Tickets to any performance of Beasley's Christmas Party for only $100. Family 4-Packs are only available through the Box Office by calling 978.654.4678.


Share the gift of live theatre this holiday season with Merrimack Repertory Theatre gift packages. Great for family, friends, co-workers and customers, MRT gift packages fit everyone, and you never have to worry about getting the right size, color or style.

Choose between our Special Holiday FlexPass or Gift Cards. The Holiday Flexpass is a great introduction to Merrimack Rep for only $25 per ticket, and can be used for any show January-May 2011. Gift Cards are always a year round hit, and can be purchased in increments of $50 and $100. Gift Cards are easy to redeem, and can be used to purchase tickets to an individual show or towards a subscription.

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping, and call 978.654.4678 or  purchase online.



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