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-Ansel Adams

Save the Date: Winterfest 2012, February 9-11

Save the Date for the new and expanded WinterFest 2012! Food, music and fun for the whole family! Plus don't miss out on the Looks of Lowell Fashion Show, Lowell Gallery Walk, the Soup Bowl Competition and National Human Dogsled Competition! -Feb. 9-11

More Information: Click Here

MRT presents, The Voice of the Turtle, January 5-29

The MRT PRESENTS, The Voice of the Turtle, written by John Van Druten, fresh and surprisingly-modern 1943 romantic comedy about single life and sexual yearning in wartime Manhattan. -Jan. 5 – Jan. 29

More information: http://www.merrimackrep.org/

The Prince, Non-fiction Book Club at the Pollard Memorial Library, January 5

Join the Pollard Memorial Library's Non-Fiction Book Club and spend an eveing discussing one of the first works of political philosophy, The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli! The Non-Fiction Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month. -Jan. 5, 6:30pm

More information: http://www.pollardml.org/

Elvis' Birthday Matinee at the Pollard Memorial Library, January 7

Chase away those winter blues at the Pollard Library’s 2nd annual Elvis Birthday Celebration matinee and see Jailhouse Rock! Bring your family and friends to enjoy a fun Saturday Matinee at the Pollard! -Jan. 7, 1-3pm

More information: http://www.pollardml.org/

Open Studios at Western Avenue Studios, January 7

First Saturday of every month, Western Avenue Studios opens its doors to the public. Come browse the latest works by our artists! -Jan. 7, 12-5pm

More information: http://westernavenuestudios.com/

Portrait Drawing & Painting Classes with Todd Casey begins January 10

Portrait Drawing & Painting classes with Todd Casey at the Whistler House Musuem of Art. Price for the class is $125 dollars per month (4 sessions). -Classes on Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 from 6:30-9:30pm

More information: jdyment@whistlerhouse.org or call (978) 452-7641

Independent Film Night at the Pollard features Karen Cries on the Bus, January 12

Come to the Pollard Memorial Library for Independent Film Night and see the Spanish Drama, Karen Cries on the Bus, a film by Gabriel Rojas Vera. Independent Film Night is the second Thursday of the month. -Jan. 12, 6:30pm

More Information: www.pollardml.org

Creative Healing with Jean Winslow, January 14

Begin the New Year on a Creative High with Jean Winslow's Creative Healing workshops. Through art, psychodrama and energetic methods we focus on increased awareness, mindfulness and skill development that will help you reach full creative potential. -Sat., Jan. 14, 10am-4pm

More information: Contact Jean Winslow at jeanwinslow@msn.com

Lowell Women’s Week Public Art Project , January 17

Learn how to guide your group of girls or women in making simple books that express the 2012 Lowell Women’s Week theme: “All Our Voices.” Free drop-in workshop, refreshments and supplies included, with book artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord -Tues., Jan. 17, 5:30-7:30pm

More information: www.lowellwomensweek.org

Lowell Residency Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) Program

The City has created a Residential Energy Efficiency Loan program (REEL) to supplement incentives available through National Grid’s Mass Save program. This is a great program to help to make your home more energy efficient, check it out today!

More information: Click Here or Here for Application

Open call for “After Hours Passions” photography project

Do you have an “after hours passion” or hobby that you pursue in addition to your “day job?” Does this passion or hobby contrast what you do for a living? If so, Adrien Bisson and Suzzanne Cromwell would like to know more … read on for details!

More information: www.adrienbisson.com/open-call

Seeking Submission Femnoire: The Women's Playwriting Festival, January 21

Image Theater of Lowell is seeking original ten minute plays and/or monologues written by women for their second annual Femnoire festival to be held at The Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA on March 30 & 31. -Deadline is Jan. 21

More information: Anngarvin4@aol.com or Jbisantz@comcast.net

Annual Brush Members' Art Exhibition on view until January 21
Annual Brush Members' Art Exhibition with the New England Sculptors Association. This annual, juried exhibition features the artwork of members from both the Brush Gallery and the New England Sculptors Association. -on view until Jan. 21

More information: www.thebrush.org
Calling all Filmmakers/Makers of Shorts
In February 2012, the Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine, will inaugurate a new series of short creative films entitled Rockland Shorts: An International Short Film Series. Submit your films and shorts!

More information:
http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org/rocklandshorts
Call for Contributors, culturehive.com

Culturehive.com is looking to bring together writers and photographers to contribute to blog.culturehive.com. Contributors of accepted articles or photos will be paid $5 per post.

More information: justin@culturehive.com

Stanley Swann Jazz Showcase, Black History Month presentation, February 16

Stanley Swann Jazz Showcase and buffet Black History Month presentation: The Valerie Stephens Group, "Tribute to Nina Simone - Life and Music." Special guest Lowell's Spoken Word Artist Masada Jones. -Feb. 16, 8pm Tickets (buffet include) $25 at door/ $20 advance.

More information: http://www.stanleyswann.com

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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 hhagman@lowellma.gov. Please limit description to no more than two lines of text and include full contact information and URL if applicable.

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