City of Lights Parade & Holiday Art Stroll: This SATURDAY!
The City of Lowell kicks off the holiday season this Saturday, November 28 at the Annual City of Lights Parade & Holiday Art Stroll from 11am - 8pm. Enjoy family activities, music and other holiday treats in downtown Lowell, all in addition to the City's anticipated parade and holiday decorative lighting!
New this year: Holiday Stocking Stuffer Scavenger Hunt!
Additional Activities Include: * 2nd Annual Hot Chocolate Competition (vote for your favorite!) * Trolley Rides * Street Performers * Festival of Wreaths * Arts & Crafts * Photos with Santa at City Hall ($3 per photo)
For information on the 2009 City of Lights Parade & Holiday Art Stroll, including a detailed schedule of events, visit www.lowell.org.
Lowell's Creative Economy Featured in the Boston Globe
Jon Bell & Bob Nista, co-owners of "The Space" in Lowell
Local Filmmaker Premieres Documentary Tonight in Pelham
Fillmmaker and Lowell wrestling coach Tim O'Donnell will premiere his new documentary, "George: Wrestling with Resistance" at Chunky's Cinema Pub in Pelham, NH., tonight at 6:45pm. The screening is freeand open to the public!
O'Donnell, a 2001 graduate of Alvirne High School in Hudson, NH, where he won a state wrestling title, is currently a teacher and chair of the Fine Arts Department,coaches wrestling at Springfield Central High School, and is a volunteer wrestling coach at the Doughboy Wrestling Club on Lincoln Street in Lowell.
"George: Wrestling with Resistance" is a touching documentary that has already enjoyed screenings at Brookline's Coolidge Corner Theater and at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. Both events were sold out and covered by ESPN Radio, Fox News, and Channel 22 WWLP News.
"Angels and Demons" PLUS Buffet at Mickey's Bar & Grill
Come to Mickey's Bar and Grill in Lowell (179 Central Street) for Sunday movies PLUS buffet!
Join us for this Sunday's film! November 29:"Angels and Demons"
Buffet opens at 1pm. Movies screen on Sundays at 2 and 6pm. Admission: Buffet and Movie - $10 adults, $7 children, $8 students (with I.D.)
Each time you watch a movie at Mickey's you'll receive a contest entry ticket. Drawing held at end of 6pm showing on January 31, 2010. Movies open to all ages (note: R rating requires under 17 to be accompanied by adult); contest open to 18+.
Upcoming films: December 6: "Night at the Museum 2: Smithsonian" December 13: "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"
Professor Bob Forrant of the UMass Lowell Regional Economic & Social Development (RESD) department will unpack the economic realities of the "Great Recession" of 2008-09 in this fall's final lunchtime lecture at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. Forrant will examine both global and local situations and offer ideas for how our region can climb out of the economic ditch.
Register now for the talk and discussion and the free lunch that comes with the program. Seating is limited to 50, so reserve a spot or two this week by sending an email message to Professor Bill Mass of RESD at email@example.com.
Mon., Nov. 30, 12pm, UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell
Free Holiday Concert with the USAG Bank of Liberty
Free Holiday concert at Lowell Memorial Auditorium featuring USAF Band of Liberty Tue., Dec. 1, 7pm
For further questions, please call Jon Linker 781-377-2436
Women's Works' Holiday Art and Craft Fair
Women's Works' Holiday Art & Craft Fair
Celebrating the Creativity of Women at UMass Lowell
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2 - 8 p.m., in the beautiful UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in downtown Lowell.
Holiday Shopping Start your holiday shopping and find something unique from a bountiful array of art works, hand crafts, artisanal foods and books - all created by women associated with UMass Lowell.
And much, much more!
Scarves of painted silk
Original note cards
Continuous performance stage Music, historic skits and spoken word add to the festivities.
Raffles - prizes throughout the day Prizes from local businesses add to the fun.
Wine and cheese tasting, silent auction Join us for wine and cheese, 6 - 8 p.m., and bid on special high-ticket items.
Admission General admission $5; students $1 Advanced sales: $25 for 6 tickets Admission and a portion of all sales will support the Center for Women and Work, dedicated to improving the conditions of work and economic opportunities for women.
Sponsors: Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union UMass Lowell Office of the Chancellor Center for Women and Work
Last Call for artists, artisans and performers (UMass Lowell alumni, staff, faculty, partners, etc) Contact Darcie Boyer ASAP at 978-934-4380 or firstname.lastname@example.org about availabilities.
Andover Chamber Music Presents "The Baroque Big Band"
Andover Chamber Music presents "The Baroque Big Band," your new holiday tradition! Dazzling Baroque Concertos performed without a conductor by the dynamic members of Mistral -- features a loving tribute to Hart Leavitt, ACM board member emeritus.
Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 @7:30 pm First Church Congregational 11 Garden St. Cambridge, MA 02138
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 @5:00 pm South Church 41 Central St. Andover, MA 01810
Visit the Brush Gallery Holiday Marketplace behind the National Park Visitor Center in downtown Lowell From Dec. 12 - 13 for the perfect cookie. Taste a variety of cookies made by Brush Gallery Artists old family recipes, vote for the one you like best, and then take a copy of the recipe with you so you can make great cookies for the holidays.
There will be a raffle of a variety of beautiful gift baskets including decadent chocolate, wonderful wine, sumptuous spas and creative candles.
Visitors may also stroll the studios of 13 talented resident artists, see the work of 22 associate artists,and discover an oasis that celebrates art and creativity.
The Holiday Marketplace starts on November 28 during Lowell's city-wide City of Lights celebration and runs through December 31. Find handcrafted items made here in Lowell by our own artists, including stained glass, jewelry, sculpture, paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, photography and more.
Fri., Dec. 11, 7pm-1am: Lowell and behold electric night at Gemstones (above the Blue Shamrock, 105 Market St., Lowell)
Sat., Dec. 12, 7pm-1am: Lowell and Behold acoustic night at the 119 Gallery (119 Chelmsford St., Lowell)
Bands: Onslo, Coalmine Canary, The Kominas, Hot Day at the Zoo, Hetfield & Hetfield, Jen Kearney & the Lost Onion, The Whale Watchers, Runaway Red Wagon, 3 Dub Mice, Packrat, Beneath The Sheets, That Really Awesome Guy With A Guitar, Ralph Eats Dynamite, Pathos, The Bay State, Joshua Beetler, Manifest, Arielle Natale, The Sin Busters, Benedict Arnold, Cemetary Blues, Matt Ely, The Big Sway, Clara Berry, Oh My The Moon, Brandon Downs, Goosepimp Orchestra, The Bella Birds, Ladderlegs,
All proceeds will go to the Lowell and Behold Scholarship, which aids in a Lowell High senior to attend a collegiate music program.
Jazz Brunch at the 119 Gallery
Great art, great food, great music!
Celebrate the artists in our 5th Annual Juried Show Sun., Dec. 13, 11am-2pm Tickets $30
Brunch menu: Assorted quiches: Spinach & feta, Mixed vegetable, Ham & cheese. Pan fried potatoes, Scrambled eggs, Bacon & sausage. French toast Station, Desert station. Mimosas & Bloody Marys (included with ticket)
"Mr.Platz produces beautiful tunes. He generates creative freedom through use of harmonic and melodic ingenuity". --- Jazz Review "Kit has been swallowed whole by a passion for analog music synthesis which he incorporates into each of his performances". --- Out-Bop
View fiber artist Margot Stage's new work in downtown Lowell. "The Acre Across the Ages" depicts the cultural history of one of Lowell's most interesting neighborhoods. This three-fold screen will be displayed at the Pollard Library November 13-30 and at the Enterprise Bank at 222 Merrimack Street from November 30-December 18.
Fiber Art Demonstration and Workshop by Robin Martel
Fiber Art Demonstration and Workshop by Robin Martel
Mixed media collage fiber artist, Robin Martell, will demonstrate how to use textile fibers such as angelina, tyvek, silk, ribbons, wool, bamboo, fabric, etc. to design handmade paper. The artist will demonstrate how to integrate "found" objects such as beads, buttons, postage stamps, vintage pins and glitter to add texture, sparkle and dimension to a collage project using handmade and commercial paper.
Each participant will work on his/her own project by integrating textile fibers into the design of handmade paper using angelina as the foundation fiber. Participants may bring bring ribbons, buttons or fabric to use in their project but it is not required. Robin Martell's work has sold in museums, art galleries, art auction shows, and in private collections. The artist has a mixed media collage art card line, Innisfree Cards.
The Cambridge Arts Council (CAC) in Cambridge, MA is seeking an artist/team to create art for the public realm along the Cambridge Street Corridor. The Cambridge Street Corridor site is defined by Inman Square on the west end to Lechmere Square on the east. This is a stretch of urban street, a little over one mile in length, that reaches three different neighborhoods and is a vibrant mix of demographics, businesses, homes, and street activity.
The final commissioned project may be in any of the arts and design media - visual, performing, mixed media, architectural, landscape, social, etc., and can be temporary, durational, or permanent events or objects.
The Cambridge Street Commission process/timeline will be as follows: Artists submit images of previous work and biographic information Art Jury selects up to 10 finalists Finalists attend required workshop on Public Art Up to 10 finalists paid $1,000 each to create a proposal and a visual presentation All proposals exhibited in the CAC Gallery for consideration and discussion by the public/Committee Site Committee selects one artist/team to be awarded with the $50,000 commission The selected artist/team then executes the project in public
Kick off the Holidays In Style! Join us Saturday, November 28th at the Annual City of Lights Parade and Holiday Art Stroll! From 11 AM to 8 PM, enjoy family activities, music and other holiday treats. Start your visit at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, located at 246 Market Street, to get your program and map! FREE Parking all day at the John & Market Street Garages! New This Year - Holiday Stocking Stuffer Scavenger Hunt! Pick up a stocking at the National Park Visitors Center anytime between Noon-3:00 PM, decorate it at the ALL Art Gallery between Noon-3:30 PM, and then explore the downtown to find gifts from over 13 participating locations. Once you've collected all of your gifts, head to the Brush Art Gallery for holiday family photos before 3:30 PM. Additional Activities Include: 2nd Annual Hot Chocolate Competition, Trolley Rides, Street Performers, Festival of Wreaths, Arts & Crafts, Photos with Santa. For more information visit www.lowell.org
Barnes & Noble, 151 Merriamck Street: Book Signing! Author Jackie Mac Mullan, Thursday December 3 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. When The Game Was Ours, a compelling Portrait of Larry bird and Earvin Johnson. For more information call 978-458-3939.
Cappy's Copper Kettle, 245 Central Street: Wednesday night Thanksgiving Eve "Katrin" who is touring in support of her newest cd, "Soul Wide Open". Join us for some great music and get together with some old friends. Cappy Turkey Day!
Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.: November is "New England Harvest Time" at Lowell Beer Works featuring "Harvest Ales" along with a "New England Harvest" special menu! Beer Works is a great place for your Business or Personal Private Party - with space for groups of 20 to 300! For details & availability please contact us at @ 978-937-2337 or email@example.com. Also check out our Live Bands each week. For more information visit www.beerworks.net.
Monkeys Ice Cream, Gifts & More, 66 Merrimack Street: Now selling gifts!! We have a selection of Fair Trade crafts from around the world, local art like ornaments, mugs, paintings, prints, cards, and other fun gifts. So think of Monkeys for the holidays and all your gift needs throughout the year. Monkeys is also are selling ice cream throughout the winter. Bring a pint or quart to the party and eat with your pies and cakes. May we suggest Pumpkin Ice Cream. For more information call 978- 452-0444.
Centro Restaurant & Bar, 24 Market Street: Let Centro lend a helping hand. We can take the stress OFF OF YOU cooking an entire Thanksgiving meal, side dishes or desserts. For more information, please call us at 978.453.4630. Have a great and safe holiday.
L&I Army Navy Store, 70 Bridge Street, Military clothing for the whole family, EMS uniforms and supplies. For more information visit www.liclothing1militaryoutlet.com
Cobblestones Restaurant: 91 Dutton Street: Never too early to book your holiday party rooms! Plated Dinners, Buffets & Cocktail Receptions. Available for groups from 15 to 100 people. For details & availability please contact Function Manager Kelli @ 978-970-2282 or firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't forget to visit us for our Happy Hour specials Monday - Friday 3:00 - 6:00 PM. For more information visit www.cobblestonesoflowell.com.
Sports & Events
Free photos with Santa at 131 Merrimack Street, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Office, Thursday December 3 from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM and Saturday December 5 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at Barnes and Noble. While you are out shopping for the holidays, stop by and meet Santa where you can have your picture taken with Santa for Free. Sip on some complimentary hot cocoa while you wait! Validated parking available at with a receipt from any purchase downtown. Presented by the the City of Lowell, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Downtown Business Committee, Center City Committee and The Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Pollard Memorial Library: Lecture, Thursday December 3 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. The Coconut Grove Fire, November 28, 1942, which killed nearly 500 people, led to major changes in fire and safety codes and manslaughter law as well as innovations in burn treatments and post-traumatic shock therapy. Join Stephanie Schorow as she discusses the impact of this fire and the 1872 Great Fire of Boston and their lingering mysteries. Brought to you as part of the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series. . For more information, visit www.pollardml.org or call 978-970-4120.
Lowell Devils: INTRODUCING THE LOWELL DEVILS 4 FOR $40 TICKET OFFER! With the 4 for $40 Ticket Offer, you receive one ticket to any four regular season home games during the 2009-10 season AND you get them at the discounted rate of just $10 per ticket! That's a total savings of $32 off regular box office prices! PLUS, with this special offer, we'll also give you a Lowell Devils baseball cap - FREE! Discounted tickets AND a free hat! Don't pass up this tremendous offer! Order your 4 for $40 package today by calling the Devils at (978) 458-PUCK or visit www.lowelldevilshockey.com.
Lowell Spinners: The Greek God of Walks is returning to Lowell. December 29 the Spinners will honor Red Sox MVP and 2001 Lowell Spinner at the Spinners annual Alumni Dinner to be held at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. For tickets and information visit www. lowell.spinners.milb.com
Museum & Gallery News
American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street:
October 23 through March 14, 2010. Changing Landscapes: Contemporary Chinese Fiber Art. Wednesdays - Sundays, 10:00 AM. - 5:00 PM.
The Loading Dock Gallery: Winter Lights II, November 25 - December 27. For more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street: MATERIAL IS LANGUAGE," 119 Gallery's 5th Annual Juried Exhibit. Reception Saturday December 5, 6 -10pm. For more information visit www.119gallery.org.
The Brush Art Gallery & Studio, 256 Market Street: November 1, 2009 - January 10. THE ART OF HEALING: The Art of Psychotherapists curated by Jean Winslow. For more information please visit www.thebrush.org.
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street: New England Fiber Collective November 21 - December 31. For more information visit www.whistlerhouse.org
Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue: Holiday Open Studios. December 5th & 6th and December 12th & 13th from noon to 5:00 PM. Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists! For more information isit www.westernavenuestudios.com.
The New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street: Masters: 40 Contemporary Art Quilters. November 19 - February 25, 2010. Masters explores the cutting edge of art quilting, with today's most regarded global quilt artists represented in this comprehensive exhibition. Guest curator Martha Sielman has assembled a seminal collection of representative works by master art quilters, explored in this exhibition and in Sielman's companion book, Masters: Art Quilts. This expansive look at state of the art quilting brings together works by artists from around the world including Australia, the UK, Japan, Israel, Hungary, France, South Africa, Denmark, and Belgium. For more information visit a www.nequiltmuseum.org.
The ALL Gallery, 246 Market Street: Super Duper Holiday Show November 28 - December 20. For more information visitwww.artsleagueoflowell.com.
The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for the Air Force Band of Libery, December 1 and Bill Cosby, December 5. For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Heroes, 11/19/2009 - 12/13/2009 Henri, Gustave and Philippe survived World War I. Forty years later, as residents in a veterans' home and armed only with what is left of their wits and a 200-pound stone dog, they battle old age, nagging war injuries, and a masochistic nun. A heartwarming tale of camaraderie and a moving portrait of the frustrations inherent in growing older. For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.
Tsongas Arena: Tickets currently available for Jeff Dunham, Sunday, January 17th at 5:00 PM. For more information visit www.paultsongasarena.com.
Christopher Samaras Downtown Coordinator
Cultural Affairs & Special Events
City of Lowell, 375 Merrimack Street Lowell, MA 01852 t: 978.674-1481 f: 978.446.7089
Our new workshop on starting a consulting business is geared for the serious-minded professional interested in exploring consulting as a career.
Seminar presenter Michael Salach founded the Bay StateConsulting Group, Inc. Michael provides an array of management coaching and consulting services to small and medium size businesses and frachises. His experience includes Fortune 100 multi-national corporations, start-up and turn-around businesses such as Daimler-Benz, Schneider Electric, AGFA, The US Treasury Department , Renaissance Design, and the Hexel Corporation. Michael has also taught business classes at area colleges and universities.
So, You Want to Start a Consulting Business!
This seminar has been designed to review and discuss the fundamentals of starting a consulting business as well as minimize the risks associated with making that decision.
Topics to discuss include:
How to generate revenues immediately
Plus other topics designed to assist an individual evaluate whether or not they can be successful in this career
Cost: $30 You mustregister and prepay for this event.
Final Phases of Work on Downtown Improvements for this Season Full Completion – Spring 2010
Please be advised that the road closures and detour routes will need to be implemented this weekend to finish the majority of work associated with the improvements to the intersection of Market/Central/Prescott.
Overall, work includes removal of all cobble and granite to be replaced with a binder coat of asphalt and temporary painted crosswalks at ramps for the winter months.
This weekend is the 2nd phase of work. Access to businesses, delivery vehicles, residents, visitors, and customers will be maintained at all times by implementing temporary 2-way operation on Prescott Street during the closure. Detour routes are well signed and police details will be present for all shifts of work.
Spring 2010 less disruptive intersection work will include details such as new curb, new ADA compliant handicapped ramps, and decorative new crosswalks outlined with granite with a smooth concrete walk surface, final asphalt coat and stop lines and lane markings. This schedule and phasing was developed to cause minimum disruption to traffic for the shortest period of time.
Inspectors will be in the field to answer questions quickly, see that work moves forward and is completed as quickly as possible. Shifts will be reduced or extended as needed to meet completion date of Nov. 23 at the intersection. Work on Middle/Palmer/Shattuck will continue until weather prohibits.
Final details of all cobble, crosswalk, and ramp work will be completed in the Spring of 2010. Spring work is expected to cause less disruption than the bulk of this year’s work. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated. Our Downtown will be enhanced for all to enjoy.
REVISED — Phase 2 – starting November 21, 2009 Phase II estimated at less than 22 hrs. with 2 shifts running approximately 7a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and a possible Sunday shift to complete work. A short shift on Monday will be needed to complete all paving by no later than 1 p.m. All Monday work will attempt to minimize disruption during peak travel hours if possible. Prescott Street will be re-opened when work crews are not present. MARKET/CENTRAL/PRESCOTT IMPROVEMENTS Phase 2 CLOSURES AND DETOUR ROUTES City of Lowell Division of Planning and Development