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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, December 23

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"I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process."

- Vincent Van Gogh

Events at the Pollard

The Pollard Memorial Library has a variety of events for patrons of all ages, including non-fiction book club, independent film night, movie matinees, lego club, mother goose on the loose, and preschool story time. Coming Dec. 30 for grades 5-12, help build a real gingerbread city!
More Information: www.pollardml.org.

Join a Painters Forum, January 8

Come meet other painters at this workshop designed for all levels. Talk about techniques, hear new ideas, and potentially set up an ongoing painting group. Space limited to six artists. Fee: $40. Sat. Jan. 8, 2011, 10am-2pm, X/O Studio, 256 Market Street.
More Information: 978-458-3788

Tryst opens at Merrimack Repertory Theater, January 6

Merrimack Repertory Theatre starts 2011 with the suspenseful drama Tryst by Karoline Leach: set in Edwardian London, a handsome con-man marries simple, well-off women only to leave them poor and inexplicably husbandless the day after their honeymoons. Tryst runs Jan. 6-30.
More information: www.MerrimackRep.org or 978-654-4MRT.

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

Special screening of "Chocolat" in Lowell, February 12

Save the date! "Chick Flick & Chocolate" fundraiser for The Brush Art Gallery, Feb. 12, 2011, featuring an all-you-can-eat chocolate tasting PLUS a screening of the award-winning film Chocolat (Johnny Depp & Juliette Binoche). Admission is just $10/per person.
More information: Click here for complete details

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

Flying Orb Productions wins Grand Jury Prize in Screaming Ant Short Film Fest

Lowell-based Flying Orb Productions was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and Best Experimental Film in the online Screaming Ant Short Film Festival for their 20-minute film, A Fairy's Tale, shot entirely in Lowell. Congratulations to filmmaker Jim Higgins and his cast & crew at Flying Orb Productions!
More information: www.thescreamingant.com

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

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

Shop for unique, affordable and 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

Free premiere screening of "The Journey," January 22
Director Fred Barzyk
Director Fred Barzyk

Chelmsford Telemedia presents a free screening of The Journey, a locally produced original drama by Fred Barzyk. A screening of Dan La Blanc’s tongue-in-cheek Making of The Journey will follow. Sat. Jan. 22, 7pm, Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road.

More Information: Fred Barzyk, 978-251-5143

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.

Lawrence Public Arts Master Plan & Pilot Project for Union Crossing
Lawrence Community Works has posted an RFQ for a Public Arts Master Plan and Pilot Project for Union Crossing. Deadline for applications: Jan. 3, 2011. Project is open to artists residing in New England; artists from Lawrence and the Merrimack Valley are encouraged to apply.
More Information: www.unioncrossing.org

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.

To subscribe, send an email to scromwell@lowellma.gov with the subject line, "Please subscribe to COOL e-blast."

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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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