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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, April 27

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"You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing."

- Dale Carnegie

You're invited! COOL Annual Breakfast, May 11

Mark your calendars for COOL's Annual Breakfast on Wednesday, May 11, 7:30am. This year's event will feature several of Lowell's creative businesses and cultural innovators integral to the City's vitality! Special guest: Andre Dubus, III

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

To attend, kindly RSVP to Suzzanne Cromwell,, by Friday, April 29, 2011.
Tickets are $25 (general public) and $10 (students and artists).

More information: Contact LZ Nunn, 978-674-1480

Award-winning film Glory and live music open the Lowell Film Festival, April 28

  Glory headlines the Lowell Film Festival

Glory headlines the Lowell Film Festival

The true story of the Civil War's 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry is dramatically told in the Oscar-winning film Glory, opening the 4th Annual Lowell Film Festival,Thurs., Apr. 28 at 7pm. Pre-film performance from 6:30-7pm by local musician Alex Demas who will play Civil War-era traditional songs on banjo. [Please note that the Sat. 7pm showing of Gone With the Wind is now at UML Comley-Lane Theatre!]
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An Evening of Poetry with Michael Casey and Nicholas Samaras, April 28

Michael Casey and Nicholas Samaras will be reading from their works of poetry including Casey's "Obscenities" and Samaras' "Hands of the Saddlemaker." The event will take place on Thurs., Apr. 28, 7pm on UMass Lowell South Campus in O'Leary Library Rm 222.
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Pollard Memorial Library Foundation presents author Linda Greenlaw, April 28

Linda Greenlaw
Linda Greenlaw

Meet Linda Greenlaw, America's only female swordfishing captain and author of three New York Times bestselling books about life as a commercial fisherman. Donations: $40/pp, proceeds to support library programs. Thur., Apr. 28, 6pm, Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell.
More information: Sean Thibodeau, Community Planning Librarian, or 978-970-4118

Dancing in Concert: East Meets West, April 30

Members of the New England Orchestra (NEO), Lowell Youth Orchestra, and UML/MCC faculty perform a cultural fusion concert with the Angkor Dance Troupe on Sat., Apr. 30, 7pm, centered on the music of Cambodian-American composer Chinary Ung. 

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Stand-up comedy comes to the Old Court in Lowell, April 30

Rohit Sharma brings his stand-up comedy show to Lowell on Sat., Apr. 30, 7:30pm, at the Old Court. See a total of 7 stand-up comics from Boston and enjoy appetizers and DJ. Tickets are $10 at the door. Upstairs at the Old Court, 29 Central St, Lowell.
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Artist's Reception: "Colors of the English Countryside," April 30

Tour the English countryside through the work of Lowell artist Pamela Wamala in her new exhibit "Colors of the English Countryside." Reception: Sat., Apr. 30, 4-7pm, Mark Caputo's Studio, 194 Middle St., Loft 3 (upstairs from Life Alive).
More information & RSVP: Pamela Wamala, or 978-387-7220

Boston-based film Joy and the Apocalypse screens in Lowell with filmmakers in attendance, May 1
The world has been waiting for this day to come for 4 years: At 7:15pm, an asteroid will hit the earth, killing everyone but a chosen few who will live in an underground colony. What happens next? Boston-based film Joy and the Apocolypse screens in Lowell Sun., May 1, 2pm with filmmakers in attendance!
More information: Click here for details or visit

Free May Day concert by Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, May 1

Winston Huang
Winston Huang

The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra presents a free May Day concert on Sun., May 1, 3pm at the Old Yellow Meetinghouse, United Church of Christ, Dracut. Fifteen-year-old pianist Winston Huang performs Franz Liszt's Totentanz.
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The Arts League of Lowell presents ACME: Reception May 1
The Arts League of Lowell's newest exhibit, ACME, features the work of Arts League of Lowell Co-op Members, on exhibit until May 22. Artists reception Sun., May 1, 3-6pm.

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Sign up for Enterprise Bank's upcoming non-profit seminars

Managing Your Organizations Most Important Asset: People (Mt. Wachusett Community College, May 4), Volunteer Cafe: Core Competencies in Volunteer Management (Indian Hill Music, May 10), and Social Media II (Tewksbury Inn, May 10 & Jun. 14). Start time at 8am, doors at 7:30am. Light breakfast provided.
More information & RSVP: Andrew Duncan,

The Closer You Get screens for Irish Film Night at Lowell's Garcia Brogan's restaurant, May 3
The Closer You Get
The Closer You Get
The single men of a quaint Irish town cause a stir when they take out an ad inviting American women to the village for the big town dance. The Closer You Get unfolds into a fun, Irish romp into the hearts of some unforgettable characters! Tues., May 3, 7:30pm, Garcia Brogan's Restaurant, Lowell.
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Percussionist Evelyn Glennie is showcased in the film Touch the Sound, May 12

Evelyn Glennie
Evelyn Glennie

The Arts League of Lowell & the Lowell Film Collaborative present Touch the Sound, Thurs., May 12, 6:30pm, the next film in their Film & the Arts Series taking place through October. The inspiring story behind Glennie's extraordinary career as an award-winning musician is made more remarkable by the fact that she is a deaf performer. The Space Recording Studio, 150 Western Avenue, Lowell.
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Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser & Celebration at the Brush Gallery, May 7

The Brush Gallery's annual Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser and Celebration is almost here! Bring your friends and family for a night of great music, dancing, salsa lessons, delicious Mexican-inspired hors doevres, an auction, and raffle prizes. Sat., May 7, 6-10pm, Brush Art Gallery, 246 Market St., Lowell.
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"Simplicity" at the Whistler House Museum of Art, May 11-June 22

On view: "Simplicity," featuring the works of Almerinda Silva and Peter Kostoulakos at the Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street, Lowell. Artist Reception: Sat., Jun. 11, 2-4pm.
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Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents "A Picasso," through May 15

MRT's "A Picasso" is full of sly humor, sexual tension and suspense! In an underground vault in war-torn Paris, a more singular conflict takes place between an enigmatic female officer from the Ministry of Culture and the world famous painter, Pablo Picasso. Tickets currently on sale!
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"A Look to the Future" - UMass Lowell Student Videos on Climate Change, May 9

UML students took part in a NASA-sponsored workshop to create 5 short films on one of the greatest challenges faced by society & science: Climate Change. See their films Mon, May 9, 5:30-7:30pm at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 Foot of St. John St. (2nd fl), Lowell. Free & open to the public.
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The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, May 12-14

Tom Sexton
Tom Sexton

The 2011 Massachusetts Poetry Festival takes place in historic Salem, MA, Thurs., May 12-Sat., May 14! Tom Sexton, Poet Laureate of Alaska, will kick-off the festivities with a reading at Salem State University. Events include readings, panel discussions, workshops, and a special high school poetry program on May 13.
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fufu & oreos, created & performed by Obehi Janice, May 13-22

Obehi Janice
Obehi Janice

In her one-woman show, Lowell-native Obehi Janice soulfully contemplates her multiple identities: Nigerian-American, Black Female and Christian. Sat., May 14 show includes special reception with traditional Nigerian food. May 13-22, 119 Gallery.
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"Shared Prosperity," May 20

Save the date, Fri., May 20, for "Shared Prosperity: Social and Economic Contributions of Refugees and Immigrants to the Community." This special event is focused on successful integration of refugees and immigrants into the Lowell community.
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LTC celebrates their 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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Portrait workshop with Mary Minifie at the Whistler House Museum of Art, May 13-15

Register for a 3-Day Portrait Workshop with Mary Minifie, professional portrait painter and modern master of the Boston School, Fri. - Sun, May 13-15. Emphasis will be on the beauty of the flesh color notes in the natural light and understanding the form of the head. Deposit required to register.
More information & registration: or 978-452-7641

Save the date! African Cultural Festival comes to Lowell, June 18

  African Festival attendees

African Festival attendees

This summer brings the outdoor African Cultural Festival back to Lowell, Sat., Jun.18, 9am-7pm, at Sampas Pavilion. Enjoy traditional foods, crafts, dancing, music and activities paying tribute to the City's diverse African community and culture. Families welcome, free admission!
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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 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 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 (, email LZ Nunn at to obtain a password.

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,

Lowell Folk Festival,

Moses Greeley Parker Lectures,

UMass Lowell Center for Arts & Ideas,

African Cultural Festival,

For a fuller listing of links see the COOL website,

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

City of Lowell Happenings 4/26

Spring is the perfect time to get to know Lowell, the Merrimack Valley's Live, Work, Play destination...


Beer WorksEnter to Win a Night Out! 

The best way to experience Lowell is to stop
by for a visit!


We're treating five (5) lucky winners to dinner


and a show courtesy of the Lowell Summer Music Series and Lowell Beer Works.


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4th Annual Lowell Film Festival 

Thursday, April 28th - Saturday, April 30th


Lowell Film FestivalDon't miss this year's event,  exploring the lasting legacy of the American Civil War through film.

Designed to educate and entertain, this year's line-up includes films like Glory, Gone With the Wind, John Brown's Holy War and more!

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iShop 2011 - Last Chance to Enter! (

Shop or dine in Downtown Lowell, spend $25 or more, and you could win the Grand Prize... an Apple iPad! Enter by April 29th for your chance to win!   


Get Social and Save with City Tweet Deals!(!/CityofLowellMA

Follow us on Twitter and stay in the loop on special, limited time only offers from Downtown businesses.  Look for upcoming offers from Edible Arrangements, Cravings and more!


New at Market Street Market! ( 

The Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine has arrived! Stop by soon for a tasty treat.  Also, check out the new catering menu, perfect for all of your Spring and Summer event needs.


Live Music at Blue Taleh!(

Every Friday and Saturday night @ 8:30 PM stop by for live music on the baby grand piano!


Upcoming Performances:

Friday, April 29th: Ralph Funaro
Saturday, April 30th: Jim Zaroulis


Mother's Day Weekend at Cobblestones(
Friday, May 6th: Comedy Night "3rd Wheel"
Saturday, May 7th: Kentucky Derby
Sunday, May 8th: Mothers Day Brunch Buffet
Call 978-970-2282 for details & reservations. 

King Star Coffee NOW OPEN!

(201 Market Street

King Star Coffee offers a unique fusion of Asian  teas and pastries with traditional espresso and cappuccino.  Come taste Hong Kong's finest coffee, Bubble Tea filled with tapioca pearls and other treats.  Now open from 6 AM - 7 PM.  Stop by and experience something new!


The Arts League of Lowell Presents ACME(

Now through May 22nd, this exhibit features the work of Arts League of Lowell Co-op Members. Artists Reception: Sunday, May 1st, 3 PM-6 PM.


The Closer You Get Screens at Garcia Brogan's


The single men of a quaint Irish town cause a stir when they take out an ad inviting American women to the village for the big town dance. The Closer You Get unfolds into a fun, Irish romp into the hearts of some unforgettable characters! Tuesday, May 3rd, 7:30 PM at Garcia Brogan's Restaurant. 


Lowell Association for the Blind Annual Spring Party


Thursday, May 5th from 7 PM - 9 PM join us at the beautiful historic home of William and Cora Gauthier and support the programs and services of the Lowell Association for the Blind. 

Call 978-454-5704 for more information or tickets.

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