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"I see TV ads about detergents that can get blood stains out of your clothes. I say if you have blood stains on your clothes you should be thinking about something other than laundry."

-- Comedian Jerry Seinfeld

"Metaphorically Speaking," July 28-Aug. 29

Laurie Simko and Laura Gawlinski present "Metaphorically Speaking," works that explore 'paying attention' and connecting to the intelligence, wisdom and beauty that the natural world offers. Artists reception Fri., Aug. 6, 6-9pm.
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ArtWalk Lowell ends July 31

View this year's ArtWalk Lowell 2010 window displays until Saturday, July 31! Peoples' Choice winners are: 1st Place - John Cascio, 2nd Place - Norm Caron, 3rd Place - Donna Berger. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all participating artists.
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Brian Bergeron performs TONIGHT at Athenian Corner

Don't miss Brian Bergeron for a one-night only performance at Athenian Corner's outdoor music series "Concerts on the Corner." Bergeron's music has been featured on MTV's "Real World" and E! Network's "Keeping Up With The Kardashians." Show begins at 6pm, free and open to the public. If inclement weather, performance takes place indoors.
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2010 Lowell Summer Music Series

The 2010 Lowell Summer Music Series continues this weekend with exciting performances at Boardinghouse Park in downtown Lowell! Experience incredible live music under the stars every Friday and Saturday evening until September 11, 2010!
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2010 ONE Lowell World Cup, Aug. 1, 7, and 8

The ONE Lowell World Cup 2010 is a 24 Team International Soccer Tournament held at Cawley Stadium in the city of Lowell. This is the fourth year of the tournament, with each year drawing more competitive teams and larger crowds.
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Restaurant Showcase Week 2010, Aug. 1 - 15

Dine out during the Greater Merrimack Valley Second Annual Restaurant Showcase Week presented by the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. Food lovers are invited to sample the best cuisine that each participating restaurant has to offer! All proceeds to benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
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"E.T." outdoor film screening for National Night Out, August 3

Steven Spielberg's classic "E.T." screens outdoors in celebration of "National Night Out" at the C.W. Morey Elementary School in Lowell! Fun family festivities start at 6pm -- film screening at 8pm. Sponsored by: Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group, Lowell Alliance for Families and Neighborhoods, Lowell Police Department, Lowell Film Collaborative, Chelmsford TeleMedia, YWCA of Lowell Green Team, and Target.
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Open Mic Night at The Space, Aug. 6, 8pm

Come to The Space and enjoy an open mic night featuring local musician, Tim Bergeron. All live performers (musicians, poets, comedians) are welcomed to sign up to perform -- all are invited to enjoy a great night of local entertainment!
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2010 Longfellow summer reading series

Attend the New England Poetry Club's summer reading series at the Longfellow National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge. The events are "NEPC Poets with New Books" (August 8) and "Poets appearing in 'Cambridge Voices'" (August 22).
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Lowell Quilt Festival, Aug. 12-14

Experience one of the country's foremost celebrations of the art and craft of quilting! "IMAGES", the centerpiece of the Festival, is moving to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. This judged and juried exhibit will feature hundreds of entrants from around the country and around the world.
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"High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture," Aug. 14 - Jan. 2.

Get a rare and fascinating glimpse into the personal world of style of Betsy Bloomingdale, one of America's most celebrated socialites and fashion icons. See magnificent designs from the couture houses of Givenchy, Chanel, Dior, Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent, which have been worn to celebrated occasions, including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
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"The Nature of Cities," Aug. 18, 7:30pm

Enjoy this free outdoor film screening at Lowell's Shedd Park! "The Nature of Cities" visits beautiful, sustainable locales around the globe and introduces the concept of bringing our urban environments closer to the natural world. With the current BP tragedy, this film is a much needed journey into environmental hope. Sponsored by Enterprise Bank & Trust.
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14th Southeast Asian Water Festival, Sat. Aug. 21

Lowell's Southeast Asian Water Festival is a tribute to Southeast Asia's centuries-old annual celebration that pays homage to the rivers, lakes, and ponds that villagers depend upon for their livelihood and economic development. Enjoy traditional foods, dancing, boat races, and much more at this free event!
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Volunteer at the Southeast Asian Water Festival

Volunteer at the Southeast Asian Water Festival and enjoy being a part of an incredible day of celebration! Select your volunteer preference: donation brigade, recycling team, set-up and break-down team, boat transportation, and general floaters. For more details, contact Dahvy Tran at, subject line "Water Festival."
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Call to artists

Deadline: Mon., Aug. 23, 2010 (materials received)
Trinity Financial invites artists/designers/teams to forward qualifications for an artwork to be permanently installed in the four-story atrium of the Appleton Mills redevelopment, a historic textile mill located at 219 Jackson St. in downtown Lowell. The work to be commissioned could be a freestanding, wall-mounted or suspended piece. This project is open to all artists/ designers/ teams residing in New England, including collaborations with writers or sound artists/musicians.

Budget: $15,000. Five to ten finalists will receive a $500 honorarium to develop a proposal for public exhibition at the 10th Annual Open Studios in Lowell on Sept. 25 and 26, 2010. One artist/designer/team will be commissioned for the project.

Contact: Christina Lanzl, Project Manager, Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

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Links to our cultural community:

Lowell Memorial Auditorium,

Merrimack Repertory Theatre,

The Bridge Review: Merrimack Valley Culture,

Website for Lowell artists,

Art community chronicle,

Arts League of Lowell,

Western Avenue Studios,

Ayer Lofts,

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios,

The Image Theater,

Whistler House Museum of Art,

American Textile History Museum,

119 Gallery,

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Downtown This Week 7/26/2010 - 8/2/2010


Mark your calendars.   From August 1 -15, restaurants throughout the Greater Merrimack Valley region will participate in the Greater Merrimack Valley Second Annual Restaurant Showcase Week presented by the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau..   Food lovers will have the chance to sample the best cuisine that each participating restaurant has to offer.   There will be either a two-course lunch or three-course diner with fixed prices starting at just $9.10.  Restaurant Showcase Week kicks off on July 29th at Lowell's LeLacheur Park, home of the Lowell Spinners, with our  Summer Sam Fest celebration.  Come experience food samplings from our participating restaurants and take part in our Sam Adams comparative beer tasting while enjoying live music provided by Jen Kearney and the Lost Onion.  All proceeds will benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.  For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit
In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Museum & Gallery News
Retail & Restaurant News 
Barnes & Noble, 151 Merrimack Street: Author Book Signing and Reading, Saturday, July 31st 2:00 PM. Thousand-Cricket Song, by Catherine Strisik, is a glimpse into Cambodian life 25 years after the invasion by the Khmer Rouge regime.  For more information call 978-458-3939.

Welles Emporium, 175 Merrimack Street:  Handmade gifts, clothing, jewelry, home accessories and collectibles for any occasion.  For more information visit

Olympia Restaurant, 453 Market Street:  July 19 - September 1.  Half price menu Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.  For more information visit    
Sports & Events 
Outdoor film screening and National Night Out celebration:  See "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial", Tuesday, August 3 (rain date, August 10) at the C.W. Morey Elementary School, 114 Pine Street.
Don't miss this FREE special outdoor event presented by the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group, the Lowell Police Department, and other event partners in commemoration of National Night Out! Festivities begin at 6:00 PM with visits and demonstrations from the Lowell Fire Department and the Lowell Police Department K-9 Unit. Stay for a special outdoor screening of "E.T." starting at 8PM, including free popcorn! Complete details at
Lowell Farmers Market:  Locally grown produce is better tasting, better for you, better for our local economy and better for our global environment!  Open every Friday from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM through October 22nd at JFK Plaza, Lowell City Hall Live cooking demonstrations at 4:30 PM.  For more information contact Community Teamwork, Inc. (978) 459-0551. 
Lowell Spinners are hosting a special comedy show to benefit Spinners Charities August 19 in the Gator Pit. Comedians Jimmy Dunn (NESN, Olympia Sports), Paul Nardizzi, Dave Rattigan and Graig Murphy will partake with a buffet included for $25.00!  For more information and tickets visit
Pollard  Memorial Library:  Beat the heat and join us for a summer storytime! These story times are designed for children ages 4 to 7. Space is limited, and registration is require, August 11, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.   For more information, visit 
June through September the Lowell Summer Music Series  presents summer concerts at Boarding House Park at French and John Streets in Downtown Lowell.  For more information visit
Museum & Gallery News 
Quilt Festival, August 12 - 14.  This year's festival offers more excitement than ever before as this judged and juried exhibit will feature hundreds of entrants from around the country and around the world.  For more information visit 
Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market Street
: Through August 23: Canal boat tours daily: "Working the Water Boat Tour" - 90-minute tour on the Pawtucket Canal; daily at 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, Thursday. & Friday at 1:00 PM  "Engineering Innovation Tour" - two hour tour; daily at 12:00, Thursday & Friday  at 3:30 PM.  The "Full Works" Tour - by boat, trolley and foot, starting at Lower Locks, through Swamp Locks and Guard Locks on the Pawtucket Canal, to the Merrimack River, Francis Gatehouse, Pawtucket Gatehouse and "River Transformed" exhibit at the Wannalancit Mills; three hour tour Saturday, July 31, 2:30 PM; Sunday, Aug. 8 & 22, 2:30 PM; "Evening Cruise" - pack a brown bag supper for a cruise on the Merrimack River, Pawtucket Canal, the mill pond and the upstream section of the river; two hour tour, Thursday and Friday, 6:00 PM.
American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton Street:  High Style:  Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture. August 14 - January 2. This exhibit gives a rare and fascinating glimpse into the personal world of style of Betsy Bloomingdale, one of the America's most celebrated socialites and fashion icons. Showcases magnificent designs from the couture houses of Givenchy, Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, and many more, worn to celebrated occasions, including the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Visit
The Loading Dock Gallery: Metaphorically Speaking by Laura Gawlinski and Laurie Simko, July 28 - August 29. Artists Reception: August 6, 6:00-9:00 PM  For more information visit 
Brush Art Gallery & Studio
, 256 Market Street:  Artists at the Brush Exhibition: Fluidity, June 13 to August 6.  F
or more information please visit
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford StreetMembers Exhibit, July 13 - July 31.  For more information visit
Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street:  Lowell- Rooftops and Widow's Walks by Don Sullivan.  June 23 - July 29.  For more information visit  

Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue: First Saturday of every month, 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 visit   
New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street: Contemporary Broderie Perse: An Elegant Revival, July 15 - October 17.  
For more information visit
Got Tickets? 
Tsongas Center  at UMass Lowell
: Slayer and Megadeth w/ Testament, Saturday, August 14th at 7:00 PM.   For more information visit
Merrimack Repertory Theatre: 
July  5 - August 13.  Young Artists at Play Summer Theatre Program for students in grades 1-12, that includes theatre camps, performance seminars and musical theatre workshops.. For more information visit

The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Tickets are currently available for Menopause The Musical, August 3 & 4 and The Cast of the Deadliest Catch Live, Featuring Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers, September 11.  For other shows and tickets please visit

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