Downtown Lowell First Thursdays

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DATE:             April 22, 2016

CONTACT:     Mary Hart, Gates Block Studios   

PHONE:          (781) 856-4097




Get your passport stamped at Downtown Lowell First Thursday.

May 5, 2016 5:00-8:30 pm


Lowell, Massachusetts .  Downtown Lowell First Thursdays (DLFT) returns on Thursday, May 5, from 5-8:30 pm for 2016.  A consortium of galleries, businesses and restaurants will throw open their doors again this year on the first Thursday of the month from April through September.


Downtown Lowell First Thursdays provide great opportunities to get out and explore lively downtown Lowell, taking in the music, art, history, food, and culture that make our city such a unique destination. Visitors, locals and college students can check out the galleries, learn something new at an artist demonstration, try a new restaurant (or an old favorite), do some shopping, ride the trolley, take a summer stroll along the canals, and listen to some jazz- it’s all here at Downtown Lowell First Thursdays.


Arts Research Collaborative,  82 Prescott Street.
Perspectives 8 Reception: May 5, 6-8:30 pm

A selection of paintings and drawings from the Department of Fine Arts, UMass Lowell.

Curated by Stephen Mishol


Ayer Lofts,  172 Middle Street.

The Natural Connection

…turning the world around Koichiro Kurita & Machiko Shibata Beyond Spheres Photography Project


HyperText  Café,  107 Merrimack Street.

Elizabeth Lorrey crafts a dark blend of edgy, intense acoustic rock. At once deeply personal and painfully universal, Lorrey’s lyrics will stay with you long after the last clear note fades away. And while her polished, professional recordings are mesmerizing, her live shows have made her a local favorite.

Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen Street

At 6:30PM: Author and Lowell City Historian Mehmed Ali will give a lecture on his latest book, “Yousuf Karsh & John Garo: The Search for a Master’s Legacy”. Mehmed will also be signing copies of his book. Light refreshments will be served.


Athenian Corner, 207 Market St.
Music and dancing from 8 until 11 p.m.


Luna Sessions, The Luna Theater at Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street.

Join us at 8:05 for live jazz on the theater stage. Have a seat in one of our plush armchairs, sip a craft brew, and enjoy the musical styling of some of the most talented players in the area.Drop by early to visit our independent shops and grab a treat at Coffee and Cotton. 

Time: 8:05-11:00


Arts League of Lowell,  307 Market Street.
Enjoy the fine works at ALL’s newest show, JOHN GREENWALD RETROSPECTIVE, while listening to ambient acoustic guitar performed by Ed Newton of “Jenny & the Gents”. In the back gallery, William Gotha, Lowell and Beyond”

Any questions, contact Eva Glazebrook…


Mandarin Bistro,  24 Market Street.

Digital paintings by Western Avenue artist Garry D. Harley

UnchARTed Gallery,  103 Market Street. 

Artist JonHen. Show is called white walls II music is Light Caverns and Settler.


The Brush Art Gallery,  246 Market Street.
Ceramic artist Lolita Demers will throw pots on a wheel from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. She will answer questions on wheel throwing techniques, general  firing guidelines, and the process of working with clay. If someone would like to, she will let one or two people try it out. Keep in mind it’s very messy!


Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market Street (parking at 304 Dutton Street.

The Visitor Center, with free parking at 304 Dutton St, is your hub for maps, information, and schedules for First Thursday activities and venues.  Check out the new park film, Lowell: The Continuing Revolution, shown every half hour.  Free trolley rides on car 966 “Desire” departs from Mack Plaza to the Boot Mill. 5:00 p.m. until dusk.


El Potro Restaurant, 124 Merrimack St.

Delicious dining and listing to the vibrant sounds of our Mariachi Band, 6 to 9 p.m.


Worthen House, 141 Worthen Street.
Tip a beer where Jack Kerouac did.


LTC, 246 Market Street

Opening reception for the show of selected works from Middlesex Community College Studio Arts and Graphic Design students. This showcases the best ceramics, photography, drawings, paintings and artworks by students. Refreshments and music. 5 to 7 p.m.


Lowell Gallery,  219 Central Street
The Lowell Gallery will be featuring the art of Janis Sanders whose vigorously painted landscapes and seascapes show us an expressive world of intense light and visceral forms.


Watch for the Lowell Humane Society “Adopt Me” dogs on the streets of downtown.  

Wonderful adoptable dogs will roam the streets of downtown Lowell (with handler) and will be available for questions & “free snuggles.”


Tutto Bene, 58 Prescott Street

Discount on wine purchases


Cobblestones, 91 Dutton Street

Appetizer and drink specials


Fuse, 45 Palmer Street

Special summer drink menu


Little Delights, 132 Merrimack Street

10% discount with program


Navigation Brewery, 122 Western Ave

Tours and beer tasting


50 Warren, 50 Warren Street

Special entrée menu available


Bishop’s Legacy Restaurant, 142 Merrimack Street

Humanity, 128 Merrimack  Street
Stop in for fresh fashions and art.


1981 Ramen, 129 Merrimack Street


Van Gogh’s Gear, 307 Market Street
15% off Walter Foster Books


Wings Over Lowell, 26 Market Street

Special discount




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