Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, August 3

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-William Morris

City Visioning Session on Open Space & Natural Resources, TONIGHT (August 3)

Share your thoughts and provide input alongside other community members at the City of Lowell's final Visioning Session on Open Space & Natural Resources, TONIGHT from 6-8:30pm.

More information: Click here for details

Lowell Al Fresco: Festive Summer Fridays, through August 26

Celebrate the warm summer nights in downtown Lowell with outdoor dining, sidewalk sales, the Lowell Farmers' Market, and more, every Friday throughout the summer!

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Lowell Farmers' Market, every Friday through October

Buy local and stock up on farm fresh vegetables, meat, cheese, baked goods, and even handmade crafts at the Lowell Farmers' Market every Friday from 2-7pm on JFK Plaza.

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119 Gallery welcomes Setheyny Loeub-Pen as Executive Director
Setheyny Loeub-Pen
Setheyny Loeub-Pen

The 119 Gallery welcomes their new Executive Director, Setheyny Loeub-Pen, a local artist, musician arts administrator, and educator. Congratulations to both Setheyny and the 119 Gallery on this announcement!

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2011-2012 Season Subscriptions are now on sale at Merrimack Repertory Theatre

Save money and get the best seats in the house when you purchase a season subscription to Merrimack Reperteory Theatre. A variety of packages and prices are available.

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Richard James & the Name Changers perform outdoors at the Backyard Music Series, August 4

Hear Richard James & the Name Changers on Thurs, Aug 4, 6-8pm, as part of the Tsongas Center/UMass Lowell Backyard Music Series.

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Non-Fiction Book Club discusses Kurlansky at the Pollard Library, August 4

The Pollard Library Non-Fiction Book Club will discuss Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky, Thurs Aug. 4, at 6:30pm.

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Lowell Cultural Council Community Input Meeting, August 4

The Lowell Cultural Council will hold its annual "Community Input" meeting on Aug. 4, 6:30pm, in the Mayor's Reception Room/City Hall. All are invited to attend!

If unable to attend the meeting, send comments to:

ONE Lowell World Cup, August 6 & 7

The 5th Annual ONE Lowell World Cup 2011 comes to Cawley Stadium in Lowell on Aug. 6 & 7, 8am-8pm. Admission: $5/adults, children under 12 are free.

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13 Points of View on exhibit at the Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios, through August 6

Thirteen juried artists with studios at the Brush Gallery showcase a variety of work in 13 Points of View at Lowell's Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios.

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First Saturday at Western Avenue Studios, August 6

The artists at Western Avenue Studios open their doors to the public on the First Saturday of the month! Shop six floors of studio space and meet over 200 artists working in a variety of mediums.

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Chinese paintings in oil by George Chen: Opening Reception, August 6

“Ancient Visions New Canvases: Figures and Landscapes” Chinese paintings in oil by Lowell artist George Chen on view at the Chelmsford Public Library. Opening reception: Sat, Aug. 6, 2-4 pm.

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Commemorate 2011 ArtWalk Lowell at its closing reception, August 9

Commemorate the close of the 2011 ArtWalk Lowell season at a public reception on Tues., Aug. 9, 5:30-6:30pm. Enjoy light refreshments and celebrate this year's Juried and Peoples' Choice award winners!

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Grupo Fantasia perform in Chelmsford, August 10

Grupo Fantasia will perform Salsa and Merengue at "World Wide Wednesdays @ Chelmsford" on Aug, 10 from 6:30-7:45pm at the MacKay Library.

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UTEC Superhero Art Contest deadline extended to August, 10

Call for Submissions from ages 16-23: Super hero Art Contest at UTEC!Pay tribute to a mentor by creating a Super hero in their image and entering them in UTEC's art contest. Deadline extended to Aug. 10.

More information: or Oscar Brogan, 978-856-3977

Independent Film Night at the Pollard Library, August 11
See Illegal this month at the Pollard.
See Illegal this month at the Pollard.

This month's Independent Film Night at the Pollard Memorial Library features the foreign film Illegal by Olivier Masset-DePasse. Free admission! Thurs., Aug. 11 at 6:30pm, Pollard Library Meeting Room.

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The Lowell Quilt Festival: A Citywide Celebration of Quilts, August 11 - 13

The Lowell Quilt Festival comes to Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Aug. 11-13, featuring guest speakers, trunk shows, a vendor mall and participation by dozens of area galleries & restaurants.

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The Merrimack Valley Jazz Festival at Lowell's Sampas Pavilion, August 13

Hosted by Lisa Garvey of 92.5 "The River," the Merrimack Valley Jazz Festival comes to Sampas Pavilion, Sat., Aug. 13 at 3pm. Free and open to the public!

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Art Quilts Lowell 2011 comes to the Brush Gallery, August 11 - September 10
Garibaldi (detail) by Betty Busby
Garibaldi (detail) by Betty Busby

The Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios presents Art Quilts Lowell 2011: The Sea, on view from Aug. 11-Sept. 10. Opening reception: Sat., Aug. 13, 3-5pm.

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Invest in local youth at Lowell's United Teen Equality Center

Staff positions are now available at the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) -- work with local youth and make a sustainable investment in Lowell's future!

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"Refer an artist" program at Appleton Mills Lofts

Refer an artist to Lowell's new Appleton Mills work/live artist space and receive $500 in return! Some restrictions do apply.

More information: or Dan Drazen at 617-720-8400, ext. 24

Call for Entries: "Getting Graphic: The Art of the Graphic Novel," deadline August 26

The Brush Gallery announcees a Call for Entries for their upcoming exhibit "GETTING GRAPHIC: The Art of the Graphic Novel," deadline Aug. 26.

More information: View the detailed prospectus

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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,

Lowell Folk Festival,

Moses Greeley Parker Lectures,

UMass Lowell Center for Arts & Ideas,

African Cultural Festival,

Culture Hive,

For a fuller listing of links see the COOL website,

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

City of Lowell Happenings 8/2

The fun continues all Summer long... with Lowell's festival and event schedule there's never a dull moment. Take advantage of free entertainment, outdoor dining, live music and more!


Merrimack Valley Jazz Festival

Saturday, August 13th @ 3:00 PM


MV Jazz FestivalCome to the Sampas Pavilion Saturday, August 13th at 3:00 PM for the first ever Merrimack Valley Jazz Festival!  


Enjoy LIVE Jazz Music, Dance and Family Entertainment throughout the day. The festivities will conclude with a spectactular fireworks display over the Merrimack River!


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Browse Local Art at Western Avenue Studios( )

Stop by the first Saturday of every month as the artists open their studios to the public. View and purchase unique pieces across a variety of mediums including painting, jewelry, apparel and more. Next Event: Saturday, August 6th, Noon - 5:00 PM. 


Buy Locally Grown Produce at the Lowell Farmer's Market(

The Lowell Farmer's Market season is just getting started! Every Friday (through October) from 3 PM - 7 PM, stop by JFK Plaza in front of City Hall for fresh, locally grown produce from area farmers. Purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, homemade preserves and even homemade crafts from local growers and artisans. 


Shop Early and Save with an MRT Season Pass!( )

The season doesn't kick-off until September, but now is the time to reserve your season tickets. As a season pass holder, you get guaranteed, first priority seating. Plus, you can always exchange if you need to come another time. Get an adult pass - that's 7 shows - for as little as $154! Call the Box Office at 978-654-4678 to purchase tickets.


Live DJ Every Saturday at Village Smokehouse(

All Summer long, stop by every Saturday from 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM for a fun evening with Lowell's premier resident DJ, Jonny Dougs. Plus, check out their new private funtion rooms - booking now! Check them out on Facebook  for more news and events.


August "Full Moon Party" at 50 Warren


Visit Lowell's newest restaurant and lounge inside the UMass Inn & Conference Center.  Stop by Saturday, August 13th for one of their monthly "Full Moon Parties" featuring live music by Brian Weeks and complimentary food on their riverside patio. 


Mark your Calendar - MV Restaurant Showcase Week


From August 28th - September 11th, restaurants throughout the region will participate in the Greater Merrimack Valley's Third Annual Restaurant Showcase Week. Food lovers and diners will have the chance to sample some of the best cuisine in the Greater Merrimack Valley. Dine on a two-course lunch or three-course dinner with fixed prices starting at just $9.11!


Current Exhibits at Whistler House Art Museum(

Don't miss two special exhibits on view now through August 4th: "Summer Scenes" (Parker Gallery) and "Folk Festival Paintings" (Members Room)


ONE Lowell World Cup Returns August 6th and 7th!


August 6th and 7th, the 2011 ONE Lowell World Cup will be held at Cawley Stadium. In its fifth year, this 20 team International Soccer Tournament helps ONE Lowell raise money for the school truancy program and fosters relationships between different ethnic groups. Don't miss a great day of soccer!


The Lowell Quilt Festival: A Citywide Celebration of Quilts(

 The Lowell Quilt Festival comes to Lowell Memorial Auditorium, August 11th-13th, featuring guest speakers, trunk shows, a vendor mall and participation by dozens of area galleries & restaurants. 

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