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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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’!
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!
Remember why you came to this city? Longtime residents, do you remember why you stayed? With all the negative news surrounding latenight downtown, it’s nice to come back to all the reasons why this city rocks.
Here’s a great video of a great new venture in Lowell:
James McSwain, employee at the Old Court, was one of those attacked in our fair city in recent months, last December the 15th. Local bands are putting together a show (Facebook event link) at the Old Court for him:
Please join us on Friday, February 17th for a special show at the Old Court to benefit James McSwain. James is an Old Court employee who was severely injured in a vicious attack on the night of December 15th after walking a friend home. James suffered multiple skull fractures and major brain trauma in the attack and is undergoing extensive rehabilitation at the New England Rehabilitation Center in Woburn.
We’re donating all proceeds from our show for a couple reasons - first, the Old Court has always been a great venue for us and we were inspired by their earlier benefit for James. Second, we were all horrified by the extreme violence of the attack and think it’s unacceptable that you can’t feel safe just walking home from work downtown.
We hope you’ll join us and donate what you can. And we’ll try and put on a good show for you.
The Subprime Lenders
Tickets at https://www.wepay.com/events/rock-for-james. This would be a good opportunity to check out Lowell’s rock scene for a good cause. The community needs to come together, and not just to solve the problem for the future, but to help victims of past violence.
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