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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, December 16

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Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring."

- Edward Gorey, poet, writer, illustrator

Congratulations to city-wide Hot Chocolate Competition winners

Brew'd Awakening Coffehaus, Lowell
Brew'd Awakening Coffehaus, Lowell

A big congratulations to the top winners of the 3rd Annual Hot Chocolate Competition, announced at the City of Lights Parade: Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus (1st Place), Groovy Grub (2nd Place), and Humanity (3rd Place). Thanks to all the competitors and to everyone who cast their vote!

Drawing and collage workshop at X/O Studio

Jump start your drawing and deepen your collage work! E-mail Kathleen Cammerata at cammerata@mac.com to reserve a space. Sat. & Sun., Jan. 15 & 16, 9am-3pm. Cost: $200, includes $50 registration fee.
More information: Kathleen Cammerata, 978-458-3788 and

Listenting party: "Workshop by Clairaudience," December 19

Enjoy light food and libations while listening to fascinating, locally captured field recordings from Rick Breault's "Workshop By Clairaudience" on Sun., Dec. 19 at 8pm. What you hear may astound you! Free admission.
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Call for submissions for "Femnoir: The Women's Playwriting Festival"

Lowell's Image Theater seeks submissions of short plays and/or monologues by local women playwrights for their March production of "Femnoir: The Women's Playwriting Festival." Pieces should run 10 minutes or less. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 10, 2011.
More information: Jerry Bisantz,
jbisantz@comcast.net or Ann Garvin, anngarvin4@aol.com

Young adults invited to the Pollard to build a Gingerbread City, December 30

Put your creative caps on and help build a gingerbread building, school, library & playground on Thurs., Dec. 30, 1-3pm. Open to grades 5-12. Space is limited, free event. Register by calling 978-970-4122 or e-mail Beth Brassel at ebrassel@mvlc.org.
More information: www.pollardml.org

Winter Solstice Show at Ayer Lofts Gallery, through January 30
Ayer Lofts Art Gallery presents their "Winter Solstice Show" from Dec. 12-Jan. 30. Ayer Loft's artist-residents and their guests show off their latest creations including, art, sculpture, photography, pottery and more. Hours: 12-4pm. More information: www.ayerlofts.com

Last weekend to view "Secrets," on exhibit at the 119 Gallery

Artist Dan Rocha
Artist Dan Rocha

The 119 Gallery's 6th Annual Juried Exhibit "Secrets" showcases a variety of works from 27 artists, including Dan Rocha, who was awarded Best in Show. The exhibit runs through Sat., Dec. 18.
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Celebrate "The King's" birthday with a matinee at the Pollard!

Chase away the winter blues on what would have been Elvis' 76th birthday at a free public screening of George Sidney's "Viva Las Vegas" starring Elvis Presley (sideburns encouraged). Sat., Jan. 8, 2011, 1pm, Ground Floor Meeting Room, Pollard Library.
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"Winter Lights III" at the Loading Dock Gallery, through January 2, 2011

The Loading Dock Gallery sparkles with delightful, affordable gifts for the holidays and unique works of art during Winter Lights III, through Jan. 2, 2011. Gallery hours: Wed-Sun,11am-4:30pm.
More information: www.theloadingdockgallery.com or Maxine Farkas, 978-349-8069.

Holiday Marketplace at the Brush Gallery, through December 31

Lovely handmade scarves by Cindy Hughes
Lovely handmade scarves by Cindy Hughes

Ship for unique, affordable, artful gifts created by artists and artisans at the Brush Gallery & Studios in downtown Lowell, including fine art, jewelry, clothing accessories, pottery, and much more.
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Lowell National Historical Park holiday hours of operation

Please note Lowell National Historical Park holiday hours: Boott Cotton Mills Museum - closed Dec. 24. All Park facilities - closed Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 2011. Lowell National Historical Park will reopen Sun., Dec. 26, with regular hours of 9am-4:30pm.
More information: www.nps.gov/lowe

"Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People" on view at MCC, through December 17

"Rob & Julie," photo by Jack Pierson
"Rob & Julie," photo by Jack Pierson

Through first-person accounts & positive images, "Pioneering Voices" seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes. Dec. 1-17, Middlesex Community College Federal Building lobby, 50 Kearney Sq., Lowell.
More information: Melissa Welch, 978-656-3363 or

Tickets on sale December 17 for "Yanni in Concert" at LMA

Mill City Management presents Yanni in Concert at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Wed., Apr. 6, 2011, 8pm. Tickets are $49.75, $59.75 and $89.75 and go on sale Fri., Dec.17 at 10am.
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Currently on exhibit at The Whistler House Museum of Art

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

Arts League of Lowell "Holiday Show," on exhibit through January 9, 2011

The Arts League of Lowell has opened its new gallery on 22 Shattuck Street in downtown Lowell. Currently on view is their Holiday Show, on exhibit through January 9, 2011.
More information: www.artsleagueoflowell.com

Calls to artists

Artist Partners Wanted for Lowell Public Schools
Lowell Public Schools is creating a database of local artists interested in working in the school system with art teachers and students. Opportunities include classroom visits and short residencies where students can have hands-on involvement in the creative process. For information on the Lowell Public Schools Visiting Artists Roster, contact Leslie MacPhail at lmacphail@lowell.k12.ma.us.

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.

Deadlines: To insure your posting is in the coming week's e-blast, we must receive it by the previous Friday.

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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

Lowell Folk Festival, www.lowellfolkfestival.org

Moses Greeley Parker Lectures, http://ecommunity.uml.edu/parkerlectures/parkersite.html

For a fuller listing of links see the COOL website, www.cultureiscool.org

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