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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, January 19

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"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."

- Frank Zappa

Cambodian Opera Fund, Grant Proposal Requests

The steering committee from 2007's Where Elephants Weep project is seeking proposals for grants between $2,000 and $5,000. Supported projects will be representative of Cambodians and managed by Cambodians.
More information:
Read the Press Release or contact LZ Nunn at lznunn@lowellma.gov.

Get ready for Lowell Winterfest 2011

Photo: Adrien Bisson
Photo: Adrien Bisson

Don't miss Lowell Winterfest on Friday, Feb. 4 and Saturday, Feb. 5! Events include live musical entertainment, the Human Dogsled Competition, a Husky Dog Demonstration, a soup competition, downtown sleigh rides, and kids activities!
More information:

Volunteer for Lowell Winterfest's Human Dogsled Competition

Come be a part of the action! The Lowell Winterfest Volunteer Committee seeks individuals interested in being official score-keepers for Winterfest's famed event, the Human Dogsled Competition! This is a fun volunteer opportunity for friends and family to do together.
More information: Suzzanne Cromwell, 978-674-1483

Lowell Jazz Day Camp's First Anniversary, January 24

Celebrate Lowell Jazz Day Camp's first year anniversary! Meet LJDC faculty, hear this very talented versatile ensemble perform, and meet the staff of The Space studio for this festive celebration. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.
More Information: www.inthespace.net
See locally filmed short "The Journey," January 22

Chelmsford Telemedia presents a free screening of "The Journey," a locally produced original drama by Fred Barzyk filmed in Lowell & Chelmsford. Also showing is Dan La Blanc's "Making of 'The Journey." Sat. Jan. 22, 7pm, Chelmsford Center for the Arts. Read event coverage in the Lowell Sun.
More Information: Visit Fred Barzyk at WGBH

Lowell Celebrates Printmaking, February 3

Jan Arabas
Jan Arabas

The City of Lowell celebrates printmaking in conjunction with the Boston Printmakers Biennial 2011. Opening on Thurs., Feb. 3, four galleries will demonstrate the diverse approaches taken by printmakers in producing their unique work. Opening reception: Sat., Feb. 26.
More Information: www.thebrush.org

"Inspired" at the ALL Arts Gallery

Arts League of Lowell artists exhibit their work next to the source of their inspiration, be it an image, a poem or a found object. Exhibit runs through Feb. 27 at the new ALL Gallery at 22 Shattuck Street. Artists reception on Jan. 22, 3-6pm.
More Information: www.artsleagueoflowell.com or 978-441-ARTS (2787)

Winterfest Movie - "Eight Below," February 5

While enjoying the sights and sounds of Lowell's Annual Winterfest, come out of the cold and warm up with Disney's 2006 family film "Eight Below," based on the true story of a sled-dog team in the frozen wilds of Antarctica! Pollard Memorial Library, Sat. Feb. 5 at 1pm. Free admission.
More Information: www.pollardml.org

"Form, Transform: Etchings and Collagraphs" by Michal Truelsen
In "Form,Transform," Michal Truelsen looks at the way geology and humanity transform each other over time. Exhibit runs Feb. 6-Mar. 5. Artist's Reception on Feb. 26, 4-6pm. Part of Lowell Celebrates Printmaking in conjunction with the Boston Printmakers Biennial.
More Information: www.119gallery.org

An evening of "Mexican Chocolate Traditions," February 12

Indulge your sweet tooth and learn about the amazing Mexican tradition of roasting, grinding, and cooking with chocolate made from stone-ground cacao beans! Special guests: Taza Chocolate and owners of Mr. Jalapeno Restaurant, Ricardo & Maria Candiani. Lowell National Park Visitor Center, Feb. 12 at 4pm. Free admission.
More information: Read the official press release

The Flip with Clara Berry, January 28

Popular local band The Flip celebrate the release of their new CD which was recorded at The Space. Hear them live at The Space along with Clara Berry on Jan. 28 at 7:30pm. $5 at the door, cash bar.
More Information: www.inthespace.net and www.myspace.com/thefliponmyspace.

Carole Rabe: The Color of Light, January 29

Natick, MA, artist Carole Farnsworth Rabe is exhibiting her work at the Groton Public Library through Sat., Mar. 5. Artist reception: Sat., Jan. 29, 12:30-2pm, Groton Public Library. Public warmly welcomed, refreshments will be served.
More Information: http://www.carolerabe.com/

Merrimack Valley Dream Factory hosts charity, February 12

The Merrimack Valley Dream Factory Inc., a non-profit, volunteer organization granting dreams to children ages 3-18 with critical or chronic illnesses, hosts an Art Extravaganza featuring an Amazing Hero Art performance by Rob Surette and art auction. Tickets are $20/adults, $10/children.
More information: Amy Young, 978-257-5718 or

Discover Lowell's "Hidden History" in January

Lowell National Historical Park presents Lowell's Hidden History free programs every weekend in January at 2:30pm. Programs include "Farm to Factory," "Immigration Stories," "Mill Girls & Immigrants," and "Lowell: American's Early Water Laboratory."
More Information: www.nps.gov/lowe or 978-970-5000

Drawing and collage workshop, February 5 and 6

Jump-start your drawing and deepen your collage work. Work will be experimental in nature and focused on a wide use of materials. $200 course fee, including $50 registration fee. Send payments to: Kathleen Cammarata,181 Market St. #14, Lowell MA 01852. Email cammarata@me.com to reserve a space.
More Information: Kathleen Cammerata, 978-458-3788

Coming soon to Ayer Lofts Gallery

Ayer Lofts Gallery presents: "Elusive Illumination: The Encaustic Monotype" (Feb. 12 - Mar. 5), reception for the Boston Printmakers Biennial (Feb. 26, 2-4 pm), and a demonstration of Encaustic Printmaking (Sat., Mar. 5, 2:30pm). Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street, Lowell. Gallery hours: Thurs. & Fri. 4-7pm, Sat. & Sun. 11-4pm

Creative Enhancement Group workshop, February 19

Jean Winslow
Jean Winslow

Explore your possibilities and honor the rich stories that make you unique. Use art, drama, visualization, and mindfulness practices to expand the scope and depth of personal creativity. Sat. Feb. 19, 9am-1pm, Merrimack Repertory Theater Rehearsal Hall, Bagshaw Mills, Warren St., Lowell. $50 per person.
More Information: Jean Winslow, jeanwinslow@msn.com

Steve O'Connor book launch party, February 20

Join writer Steve O’Connor for the launch party of his new novel “The Spy in the City of Books" on Sun. Feb. 20, 2pm. Free event, all are welcome! Athenian Corner Restaurant, 207 Market Street, Lowell.
More information: Steve O'Connor, osocon@aol.com
Participate in a Lowell Women's Week public art project

Contribute to Lowell Women's Week public art and honor a strong woman, strong women, or show what gives you strength as a woman. Finished piece to be displayed at Western Avenue Studios with a reception, Mar. 5, 5pm.
More Information: Click here for full details or contact Dr. Anne Mulvey, Anne_Mulvey@uml.edu

Lisa Lampanell comes to LMA, March 25

Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli is coming to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Lampanelli has won accolades from Howard Stern who called her "a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who'll steal the show every time." Fri., Mar. 25, 8pm.
More Information: www.lowellauditorium.com

Calls to artists

Massachusetts Artists 2011
Contemporary Work by the Artists of Massachusetts provides an overview of work by artists who live in Massachusetts. This show, the fourth biennial organized by the Brush Gallery, will run from Mar. 20 to April 29, 2011. Deadline: Feb. 4, 4pm. Eligibility: Artists who are residents of Massachusetts may submit 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional work, including paintings, drawings, photographs, monoprints, mixed-media and sculpture. No video, crafts, or installations accepted.
Apply for Entry:

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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