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January 18, 2013

GLTHS Students Create Magic

by at 7:55 pm.

Via Jen Myers on Facebook, this awesome story on the Patriot’s website. I can’t embed the video (darn NFL and their tight hold on all things) but go and see it.

The group of students completed a nearly 10-month tile mosaic picture honoring Myra Kraft and the Patriots. They, as the video explains, wanted to give Bob Kraft and the team something they could touch when leaving the locker room, and for that a painting wouldn’t work very well. They completed it on time for this weekend’s AFC Championships and to thank them, Kraft asked them to come to the game this weekend.

The mosaic is really awesome looking, top rate and really polished and precise, and what a cool project. It reminds you that no matter what the bad press and problems we talk about here regarding the school’s board and leadership, the students and the teachers are hard at the work and achieving great things.

Have fun at the game this weekend, kids!!

October 25, 2012

Like Us On Facebook!

by at 2:29 pm.

Normally I don’t push too hard on Facebook likes, but sometimes I get in the mood. This is one of those moods. So, if you are a Facebook user and wanna catch our feed, it’s here.

I post lots of stuff on Facebook that I don’t get to here, tidbits that I find on subjects political, cultural, and community-based, most often very local. Some days I post more than others, but it’s never more than 3-5 items per day on average. Some of my tweets from @leftinlowell.com make it there as well, when I remember to check off the box to send them (I most often tweet from my phone). But often you’ll find stuff there that you’ll find no where else, like my most recent post on non-chemical agriculture, or sharing an article from Howl about the chicken movement in Lowell. Yes, chickens! If that intrigues you then go hit the LiL FB page. :)

I also try to remember (with varying success) to post a link when I create a new blog post here, so it can be convenient for knowing when LiL has new content. Jack and Mimi also have admin access to the FB page though they don’t use it very often (though, hint hint, feel free to).

If you find something of particular interest, you can always hit the share button on Facebook to publish something of ours into your own feed. We’re only as good as the community who spreads the word! And if you like our feed, then share our page with others!

Now, back to your regularly scheduled program. Whatever that was. ;)

July 31, 2012

Folk Fest Snippets

by at 6:57 pm.

So I know it ended a couple days ago, but I was just reviewing my Qik video, the bits I did record, and they came out quite decent. So I thought I’d post them for your enjoyment.

I was particularly pleased with the quality of the sound of the Lúnasa video.


I got a much shorter segment of Joan Soriano at the Dutton St Pavilion.


This new phone is splendid at taking videos for Qik, I ought to get in the habit of using it again.

July 27, 2012

Come check out UnchARTed’s NEW DIGS!

by at 3:18 pm.

I grabbed this from Facebook. This will be one of the best “happenings” of the weekend.

We have put together an excellent exhibit of new art from our roster of artists/members.
Our first night, Friday July 27th from 6pm to 10pm.
Come check out some amazing art at our new gallery at 66 Merrimack St. in beautiful downtown Lowell….
Take a tour of our studios around the corner at 9 Central St. (take elevator to floor 5)
Enter our drawing for a FREE MEMBERSHIP to join our revolution!
Get the juicy details on our upcoming GRAND OPENING in the fall….
Saturday July 28th we are open from NOON TIL 11:30PM…. Come enjoy our spiffy new gallery featuring brandy new hardwood floors, ice cold air conditioning, crisp white walls covered with AMAZING NEW ART!!! Meet the artists, tour their studios, learn about the benefits of membership and stick around for a GREAT NIGHT OF LIVE MUSIC!!!

Here’s the lineup:


(more…)

July 7, 2012

Enough Movie Buffs?

by at 8:40 am.

I want this to succeed:

Now, a group of movie-loving Lowellians with downtown connections has been meeting quietly in hopes of returning just a little piece of the majesty to the downtown business district by opening an independent movie theater.

During the last several months, the group has studied the rich movie-house history of Lowell, taken road trips to numerous urban movie houses throughout New England, researched the projection and sound equipment needed for a venue, developed capital equipment and operating budgets, drafted the necessary nonprofit legal documents, and toured about 15 potential sites in downtown Lowell.

The current concept is for a downtown site, 2,500 to 4,000 square-feet with 75 to 125 seats. It would show everything — from popular box-office second-run titles to classic and Golden Age movies to award-winning and festival-circuit films to documentaries to midnight screenings of cult favorites — six days and nights per week with periodic film festivals and filmmaker events.

It would be a gathering place for movie lovers of all ages, from students to seniors,” said lawyer Michael Gallagher, who is among those leading the effort. “It would be clean and neat, and have a contemporary feel with first-rate projection and sound equipment.”

I grew up watchng the greats. To this day, my favorite actors are Henry Fonda & Jimmy Stewart. This is not to take away from modern day films. My facebook page longs for the release of the next Peter Jackson movie, The Hobbit. But the classics relied more on actors, than special effects. The scripts were more nuanced, allowing the actors to fill in the difference with facial expressions and body language. These actors studied people. Each scene was a tutorial on the human condition.

Okay, I’m back. They were awesome. We don’t truly appreciate their craft, as much as we should. So, such a theatre would allow for us to reexperience these artists. That would be wonderful.

Further, some films are just fun or quirky. I’d love to take my daughters to see the Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense or the Scorcese film The Last Waltz.

Your taste in cinema may vary. It’s all good. If the folks behind this effort get the formula correct, Lowell will be that much better for it.

June 12, 2012

Music Hits the Streets

by at 9:25 am.

Buckers in downtown Lowell this summer…Howl has the scoop:

Downtown Lowell’s Busk Stops will be marked with signs and placed in areas with heavy foot traffic, including Market, Central, Merrimack and Middle streets.

Jacobson says Busk Stops should be in full swing for the launch of Fresh Air Friday, beginning the first Friday in July.

[…]

The stops will be active seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the exception of the Folk Festival during the last weekend of July, when the busk stops will be on hold due to other festival happenings.

Keen. Hope I get a chance to enjoy this! After June, which is a hellish month for me, maybe I will. :)

May 9, 2012

Irish Murphys

by at 12:35 pm.

Via dedicated brother Murphy (the not-mayor one), I was alerted to the upcoming performance of Gráinne Murphy along with band mate and pianist Kathleen Boyle. Gráinne is a fiddler of some renown. They’ll be upstairs at The Old Court Irish Pub on 29-31 Central St. this Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $18, at the door or in advance.

HiL has a great interview with the Lowell native. And if we’re really lucky, we might even get the Mayor to jump in for a spell! (On the tin whistle, apparently.)

Irish music rocks.

April 4, 2012

3D Lowell

by at 11:53 am.

I missed this until I went through all my blogs at lunch today, but Greg had an April 2nd post about a Google contest where people “modeled their towns” in 3D. Beryl Reid’s render of Lowell is in the final six. So, go vote!

I have to admit, when it comes to these things, I am totally on board with the “Lowell Firsters.” ;-)

March 2, 2012

Howl a Little

by at 12:39 pm.

The launch of the new arts and entertainment webzine was yesterday, and as it came online, lots of people are talking about it, on Facebook especially. I’d like to offer a toast for what appears to be a very organized and well-staffed endeavor. I couldn’t make it Wednesday night to the kickoff event, but I hear that the snow didn’t stop anyone.

Please follow them on Twitter, and also on Facebook. (Might I suggest a new special hashtag? #lowellhowl?) And you’ll see lots of familiar names in bylines all over the site. I am hoping at some point they’ll be able to offer a feed we can put into blog sidebars - now that would be howlin’!

February 29, 2012

3 .. 2 .. 1 .. Howl!

by at 5:59 pm.

Update: www.howlinlowell.com

From Rita Savard:
We’re here and it’s time to Howl! Please join us tonight at the Back Page for open mic and a whole lotta howlin’ at the launch party for Lowell’s new online A&E magazine.

Don’t forget to order up our signature Howlin’ elixer, courtesy of the lovely Courtney Sott. It’s got some bite!

See you there, 8:30 p.m. to close, 15 Kearney Square along the Eastern Canalway

And the snow? Pfffft!

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