Downtown Lowell First Thursdays returns on Thursday, June 2

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DATE:             May 24, 2016

CONTACT:     Mary Hart, Gates Block Studios   

PHONE:          (781) 856-4097




Get your passport stamped at Downtown Lowell First Thursday. June  2, 2016 5:00-8:30pm


Lowell, Massachusetts .  Downtown Lowell First Thursdays (DLFT) returns on Thursday, June 2, 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.

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.

Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center
246 Market Street

Your source for maps and information! Park in the visitor center lot and stop by to pick up schedules and maps for tonight’s events!

Film at 6:30 p.m. Cats Don’t Have Vertigo a Portuguese film by António-Pedro Vasconcelos, produced by MGN/ RTP, with English subtitles. Sponsors: UML-Saab-Pedroso Center for Portuguese Culture & Research, Lowell National Historical Park and Downtown Lowell First Thursdays. 

Industrial Canyon tours at 5 & 6 p.m. Tickets $6, available at the Visitor Center, kids under 5 ride free.

246 Market Street

Making Art with Artists: artwork by children in MAwA’s After School program in Lowell. Volunteers, interns, and teachers are enriching the lives of children through free art classes with professional artists.

Lowell Gallery
219 Central Street

For the month of June, the Lowell Gallery will be featuring the photographic artwork of our very own Jeffrey Engel. He will be displaying Polaroid emulsion lift works as well as black and white prints. As usual, we’ll be offering 20% off all custom framing orders.

Whistler House Museum of Art
243 Worthen Street

Kingdom Animalia will be the theme for the evening. Along with the exhibition, guests are invited to bring their pets for an animal party in Whistler Park. The Humane Society will be presenting pets for adoption. Light refreshments will be served. There will be treats for the animals as well.

Ayer Lofts Gallery
172 Middle Street.

Walks of Life Photography Exhibit By Teri Ton. June 2 to June 26

Opening reception Saturday, June 4th from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

DIY Lowell
The Lowell Pop-Up History Trail

Recently designed and installed by Do-it-Yourself Lowell community volunteers. It leads from the NPS Visitor Center to Boott Cotton Mills Museum and back again, with signs that point out fun facts about the sights along the way. DIY Lowell members will lead a walk starting at the Visitor Center at 7:00 pm, talking about how the trail was designed and leading a brainstorming session for future pop-up ideas. Come for the 7:00 pm walk or tour it yourself anytime!

UnchARTed Gallery
103 Market Street

Art by Ben Jundanian Come meet Ben and hear him talk about his process. 6 to 8 p.m.

Arts League of Lowell
307 Market Street

Listen to the relaxing rhythm of ambient guitar played by Ed Newton and Derek O’Sullivan of “untitl’d” during the last week of ALL’s John Greenwald Retrospective.

The Luna Theater at Mill No. 5
250 Jackson Street, 4th FL
Luna Sessions 8:05 – 11:00 p.m.

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 stylings 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.

Brush Art Gallery & Studios
256 Market Street

Join us at the Brush and see our current exhibition “Telling America’s Stories: 100 Years of the National Park Service.” Guitar Trio: Judie Como Toti, Crystal Hartwell, and Erin Kania, all from from Middlesex Community College will be performing a variety of music. 5:15 to 6 p.m. Cindy Hughes will be demonstrating how to make silk paper. 6-7 p.m.

HyperText Bookstore
107 Merrimack Street

PopUpPlays Theater where you least expect it An evening of short play readings 6 to 8 p.m.

Lowell Walks with Richard Howe Jr.
Downtown art walk circular route through downtown highlighting public and private art spaces. departing the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

Lowell Humane Society
Our volunteers will be walking friendly, petable and adoptable dogs through town from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mandarin Asian Bistro
24 Market Street.

View the artwork of digital artist and architect Garry D. Harley in the beautiful setting of the Mandarin Asian Bistro. The Bistro features live music and a full bar from 8 until 10 p.m.

El Potro Restaurant
124 Merrimack St.

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

Bishops Legacy Restaurant
143 Merrimack Street

View the colorful and exciting work of artist Barbara Fletcher.

Athenian Corner
207 Market St.

Music and dancing from 8 until 11 p.m.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation

100 Merrimack Street
The Works of Lowell Artist Janet Lambert Moore paintings, on display through August. 5 – 7 p.m.

Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios
Explore the work of the many gallery members, 5-8:30 p.m

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