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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, March 31

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"War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over."

- Union General William T. Sherman

Save the date! COOL Annual Breakfast, May 11

Mark your calendars for COOL's Annual Breakfast event on Wednesday, May 11, 7:30am.

This year's event will feature several of Lowell's creative businesses and cultural innovators, who are integral to the City's vitality!

Location: Arts League of Lowell Gallery, 22 Shattuck Street, Lowell.

To attend, kindly RSVP to Dimitrios Booras, dbooras@lowellma.gov by Friday, April 29, 2011.
Tickets are $25 (general public) and $10 (students and artists).

More information: Contact LZ Nunn, (978) 674.1480


2011 Lowell Film Festival SPOTLIGHT: Traces of the Trade

James DeWolfe Perry VI
James DeWolfe Perry VI

In Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. See this incredible story unfold on Fri., Apr. 29 at 7pm at the 4th Annual Lowell Film Festival! Post-film discussion with James DeWolfe Perry.
More information: www.LowellFilmFestival.org

Attention artists! Assets for Artists Information Session, April 14

Assets for Artists is a collaborative program aimed at helping Massachusetts artists who wish to become home owners and/or strengthen their creative businesses. Lowell artists: don't miss an Information Session on this exciting new program, Thur., Apr. 14, 6:30pm at the ALL Arts Gallery, Lowell.
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The City of Lowell celebrates 175th Anniversary with kick-off event, April 11

Celebrate the City of Lowell's 175th Anniversary of its incorporation with fun, engaging events and activities throughout the year! Don't miss the 175th Kick-Off Celebration at City Hall on Mon., Apr. 11, 4:30-6:30pm, featuring honored speakers, musical performances and City Hall tours.
More information: Download/view the press release (PDF)

New Orleans jazz dynamo Glen David Andrews performs at Western Avenue Studios, April 2

New Orleans rising star Glen David Andrews (the "Crown Prince of Treme") brings his band back to Lowell's Western Avenue Studios on April 2 for From Basin Street to Western Avenue: Celebrating the Roots of Jazz and Preserving Its Future. Andrews will perform twice and speak to young local musicians. Free event, donations appreciated.
More information: www.inthespace.net

"40 Under 40" Lowell Anthology - Call for Work

If you are an artist under 40 years of age who lives, works, or goes to school in the Greater Lowell area, Bootstrap Press encourages you to submit your creative work for their "40 Under 40" anthology to be released this year.
More information: Click here for submission and project details

Faculty Recital & Art Songs at UMass Lowell, March 31 and April 7

Faculty Recital by pianist Thomas Strumpf, with Bonnie Anderson, piano, Thur., Mar. 31, 7:30pm, AND, Music on the Merrimack Concert Series - An Evening of Opera Scenes and Art Songs, Thur., Apr. 7, 7:30pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
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Do YOU have a Lowell story?

  Lowell City Hall

Lowell City Hall

In commemoration of the Mill City's 175th birthday, the City of Lowell is collecting fun and engaging stories celebrating Lowell's history, diversity and spirit. If you have a story to tell, submit it! You could win 2 season passes to the Lowell Summer Music Series!
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Whistler House Museum of Art Exhibits, March 23 - April 30

In the Parker Gallery: "Looking @ Lowell" - Explore City of Lowell sights commonly overlooked. In the Member's Room: "Whistler's Mother around the World"- A themed quilt exhibit featuring Whistler's Mother reinterpreted in several different settings. Reception: Apr. 9, 2-4pm
More Information: www.whistlerhouse.org

Departures/Arrivals on exhibit at Loading Dock Gallery, March 30 - April 24

Departures/Arrivals, on exhibit at Lowell's Loading Dock Gallery from Mar. 30 to Apr. 24, presents new work by Cornelia Jutta Forster and Maxine Farkas. Artists reception Fri., Apr. 1, 6-9pm. The gallery is located at Western Avenue Studios, 2nd Floor, A-Mill (122 Western Avenue).
More information: www.theloadingdockgallery.com

Massachusetts Artists 2011: Contemporary Work by Artists of Massachusetts, March 20 - April 30

The Brush Art Gallery will showcase artists from all over the state of Massachusetts (32 total) represented by a diverse range of work including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, mixed media and sculpture. Artists' reception: Apr. 3, 2-4pm
More Information: www.thebrush.org

2011 Young Artists at Play at Merrimack Repertory Theatre

Merrimack Repertory Theatre announces the program schedule for the 14th season of Young Artists At Play (YAAP), a successful summer theater program that includes theater camps, performance seminars and musical theater workshops.
More information: http://www.merrimackrep.org/education/yaap.aspx

Who Killed Chea Vichea? screens in Lowell with filmmaker appearance, April 19

Lowell National Historical Park & the Lowell Film Collaborative partner for a film screening of Who Killed Chea Vichea? on Tues., Apr. 19, 7pm, in recognition of the Cambodian New Year. Special guests include the film's producer, Rich Garella. Free admission.
More information: www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org or Suzzanne Cromwell, 978-674-1483

Andover Chamber Music's season finale, April 10

Allison Eldredge
Allison Eldredge

Andover Chamber Music presents "Pinnochio's Adventures in Funland" by Michael Gandolfi, narrated by renowned former radio host Richard Knisely. Also performing are Grammy award winner Todd Palmer and Boston Trio members Allison Eldredge, Irina Muresanu & Heng-Jin Park. Sun., Apr. 10, 4pm, West Parish Church, Andover.
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The 4th Annual Lowell Film Festival, April 28 - 30

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the 4th Annual Lowell Film Festival will showcase classic & popular films, historical documentaries, and contemporary independent films that explore themes traceable to the Civil War and its societal impact. Don't miss this historic cinematic event!
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Save the Date! LTC Grand Re-opening, May 13

See Lowell Telecommunications Corporations' brand new home and get a first-hand look at what all the buzz is about including their state-of-the-art studio, a Green Room/Lounge, and a new art exhibition space. Fri., May 13, 5-8pm, 246 Market St., (across from the Visitor Center).
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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."

To unsubscribe, scroll down to the bottom of this e-newsletter and use the "SecureUnsubscribe" link.

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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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Final Two Weeks of "Two Jews Walk Into A War..."

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 by Seth Rozin  



The last two surviving Jews in all of Afghanistan attempt to continue their lives and find a purpose amidst the chaos and destruction of their country in Seth Rozin's comedy Two Jews Walk Into A War..., directed by Melia Bensussen, and featuring Jeremiah Kissel and  Will LeBow. Inspired by the true story of the last two Jews living in Kabul, Afghanistan, the only thing seeming to bind this small Jewish community together is that they both hate each other's guts. Hysterically funny while at the same time amazingly poignant, this odd couple's bold solution for rebuilding their community not only brings them closer to the essence of their faith, but, quite possibly, to each other.  



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Merrimack Repertory Theatre is proud to weclome Mark Zeisler (Picasso) and Kate Udall (Miss Fischer) back to the MRT stage in Jeffrey Hatcher's suspenseful drama A Picasso, directed by Charles Towers. Mark Zeisler last appeared at Merrimack Rep in The Seafarer, which was nominated for several awards including Best Production and Best Ensemble by the Independent Reviews of New England (IRNE). Earlier this season, Kate Udall was featured as Ellen in Merrimack Repertory Theatre's critically acclaimed production of Four Places, a role that earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2011 IRNE awards, which will be held this spring in Boston.

Mark Zeisler (Picasso) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: The Seafarer, Tranced, The HomecomingBroadway: A View from the Bridge, Brooklyn BoyOff-Broadway: Eurydice, Second Stage; The Accomplices, The New Group; Self-Defense, New Georges; Acts of Faith, Mosaic Theatre/92 St Y.  New England: Major Barbara, Road to Nirvana, The King Stag, The Homecoming, Once in a Lifetime, The Caretaker, American Repertory Theater; The Black Dahlia, The King Stag, Eurydice, Yale Repertory Theatre; Big Love, Long Wharf Theatre; Hamlet, The Matchmaker, Elm Shakespeare Company.  Regional: Yankee Tavern, Florida Stage (World Premiere); The Tempest, The Seagull, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Big Love, Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre; BAM Next Wave Festival; Measure for Measure (Helen Hayes nomination), Folger Theatre; A Picasso, City Theatre; A Doll House, McCarter Theatre; Art, Hangar Theatre; Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Arcadia, Alabama Shakespeare; Julius Caesar, Philadelphia Drama Guild; Romeo and Juliet, Baltimore Center Stage.  Film: Random Hearts, Torch Song Trilogy, Shaft, The Thomas Crown Affair, Two Week Notice, Head of State, Revolution #9, After School (2008 NY Film Festival entry).  Television: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch, New York Undercover, Rescue Me, many soaps.  Education: BFA, SUNY-Purchase.


Kate Udall (Miss Fischer) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Four Places, A Moon for the Misbegotten (2009). Off-Broadway: Blue Heron Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, MHStages. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, George Street Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and Wittenburg (world premiere), Arden Theatre. International: She has played at the Edinburgh Fringe, in Bamberg, Germany and Italy. She is a founding member of Vox, an international ensemble that was featured in the documentary Giving Voice: The Actor's Journey. In 2006, Vox was invited to present Metamorphoses at the International Theatre Festival in Lisbon. Film: Choke. Television: Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, SVU and Kidnapped. Other: Ms. Udall is a designated teacher of Linklater Voice Technique and she spent six years as an Associate Professor of Voice/Acting at West Virginia University. 


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Merrimack Repertory Theatre is proud to announce the program schedule for the 14th season of Young Artists At Play (YAAP), a successful summer theatre program that includes theatre camps, performance seminars and musical theatre workshops. This summer between July 5 and August 19, YAAP will offer 8 theatre workshops ranging from one to three weeks for students entering grades 1-12. All programs are age appropriate and are led by professionals in the theater with strong education backgrounds. Workshops include Musical Theatre, Improvisational Theatre, Performance Seminars and The Young Company, a 3-week program for high school students culminating in a fully-staged production on MRT's Liberty Hall stage. Each class will culminate with a performance by students for their parents and other invited guests. Tuition ranges from $350-$950, and registration is limited to 20 students per class. For additional enrollment information, please call Michael LaChance, YAAP Registration Coordinator at 978.654.7550 or view our online brochure




One Week Theatre Camp

Students Entering Grade 1-3

August 1- 5, 9:00am - 3:00pm 

It's theatre camp - so let's have fun! Children are never too young to discover the magic of theatre! We'll play games together, act out stories, sing, dance, and do theatre arts and crafts. We will create our very own short play, based on a story or a completely original idea, and perform it for family and friends on Friday!

Two-Week Performance Seminar

Students Entering Grades 4-5

August 8-19, 9:00am - 3:00pm


We do it all in two weeks! The YAAP staff has designed a really fun program where participants will help create an original play, either based on a known play of their own idea, rehearse it and then perform on August 19th on Merrimack Rep's Mainstage for family and friends! Activities include singing, movement and dance, acting, rehearsal, play creation and art and crafts in order to make sets and costumes! Sign up and join the fun! 


Improvisational Theatre Week

Students Entering Grades 6-8

July 5-8, 9:00am - 4:00pm

A week of playing improvisational theatre games! We'll explore the basics of improv - thinking on your feet, working together, audience participation and of course having fun! Students will learn by doing - so come ready to play and play! At the end of the week, family and friends are invited to our Improv Show, which will be co-hosted by the 9-12th grade Improv Group!

Two-Week Performance Seminar

Students Entering Grades 6-8

July 11-22, 9:00am - 4:00pm

The play's the thing! During this 2-week performance program, participants will create an original play with the help of the YAAP staff. This play will be designed to emphasize ensemble work and the strengths of each participant. Creative movement, dance, singing, acting and improve, set and costume creation, and group work will all be a part of the experience. On Friday, July 15th, the students will present their own cabaret - a chance to perform something of their choosing. Then for the big event, on Friday, July 22nd, they will perform their original play on the Merrimack Rep Mainstage - family and friends are invited of course!  

Musical Theatre Week

Students Entering Grades 6-8

August 8-12, 9:00am - 3:00pm

This week-long seminar, led by our professional musical director and choreographer, will focus on the skills needed to perform musical theatre. Students will work on warm-ups, cool-downs, audition technique and group musical numbers - singing and dancing. Students will rehearse these musical pieces along with short scenes created by the instructors and students. At the end of the week, participants will perform their musical theatre extravaganza! 

Improvisational Theatre Week

Students Entering Grades 9-12

July 5-8, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Improvisational theatre is challenging - there are no scripts! But it is also fun because there are no scripts! It is a theatre world of surprises and discoveries that push actors to be creative, think on their feet and work as a team. This week will be dedicated to learning the art of improvisational theatre. On Friday, July 8th, we will join together with the 6-8th grade Improv week group to present our very own, original IMPROV SHOW!  

The Young Company

Students Entering Grades 9-12

July 11-29, 9:00am - 5:00pm

YOCO is an intensive experience of every aspect of the process of performance. Each day includes training in techniques of acting and improvisation, movement and voice. Exercises build individual mastery of each performer's instrument, while creating a strong ensemble. All actors are encouraged to not only explore their existing strengths, but to stretch into unfamiliar territory. The first two Fridays the actors will perform for family and friends in their own cabaret, an informal presentation where everyone can show off their talents of try out new skills developed during the week. The ensemble creates a safe space to grow and experiment, and together the group will create its own performance piece, under the guidance of the professional YAAP staff. Not only do our actors create amazing pieces of theatre, they build lasting relationships and have an unforgettably fun time together! The whole experience culminates on Friday, July 29 with YOCO's original, never-seen-before play performed for the public on Merrimack Repertory Theatre's Mainstage.  

Musical Theatre Week

Students Entering Grades 9-12

August 1-5, 9:00am - 4:00pm


Want to be a triple threat? Singer, Dancer, Actor! Bring your singing voice and dancing shoes and join us for a week of Musical Theatre. Students will work on solo and group numbers, led by our professional music director and choreographer. Then you will get a chance to show off your skills for family and friends on Friday, August 5th during our Musical Theatre Spectacular.


For more information on YAAP, the YAAP Scholarship Fund, or for an application, please call Michael LaChance, YAAP Registration Coordinator, at 978.654.7550.





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