Culture

$100,000 Grant to Lowell Heritage Partnership for Waterways Vitality

MAJOR GRANT & AWARD FOR WATERWAYS VITALITY PROJECT The Lowell Heritage Partnership’s Waterways Vitality Initiative surged forward this month with several milestone achievements. The initiative’s recent successes include receipt of a $100,000 grant from the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation of Boston; a MassINC Innovation Award to be presented on November…

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Kerouac and Cassadys at the Olympia

There’s a big event taking place tonight at 7:30 pm at the Olympia Restaurant, 453 Market Street in Lowell. It’s a 60th Anniversary Celebration of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road with featured performer Kevin Devine, with special guests Will Dailey and Neal Cassady’s daughter, Jami Cassady. The purpose of the…

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“Beatnik Barflies” by David Daniel

David Daniel has a new book: Inflections & Innuendos, a collection of 100 very short stories, many set in Lowell and vicinity. Dave, the author of the Alex Rasmussen mysteries series and several other novels and books, has kindly shared one of the Inflections & Innuendos stories with us –…

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Lowell Municipal Elections: 1965-2015

  Were you happy about Tuesday’s election results? Perplexed? Eager to put them in historical context? If you answer “yes” to any of those questions, you should get  a copy of Lowell Municipal Elections: 1965-2015 which gives the full details of every city election over the past 50 years. The…

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Lowell Festival ’81

Lowell has a great tradition of festivals. Last week I posted the lineup of performances in the summer of 1990. Today, the schedule of “Festival ‘81”, a weeklong roster of events built around Memorial Day 1981. Friday, May 22, 1981 9 am to 9 pm: Acadian Traveling Art Exhibition –…

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‘Jack Kerouac Dreaming’ by Dan Sklar

The annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! literary festival is coming up, October 5-9. Here’s the schedule of events. My writing colleague from Somerville, Mass., Doug Holder, sent us this poem by his fellow faculty member at Endicott College, Dan Sklar, who teaches creative writing. Dan’s latest book, Flying Cats, Actually Swooping, was published…

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Lowell’s Summer Performances 1990

This past weekend’s inaugural Creaticity Festival on Market Street got me thinking about civic events in Lowell in the past. That got me digging into the archives where I found a schedule of performances in Lowell during the summer of 1990. Here they are: Mondays – Classic Car-Nite with the…

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