…LIGHT SNOWFALL MAY LEAD TO SOME SLIPPERY CONDITIONS TONIGHT…
SOME LIGHT SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. ALTHOUGH SNOWFALL RATES WILL BE RELATIVELY LOW…AND FINAL TOTALS WILL ONLY BE A COATING TO ABOUT 2 INCHES IN MOST PLACES…CONDITIONS MAY BECOME SLIPPERY AT TIMES. THE BULK OF THE SNOW WILL BE FINISHED BY THE TIME OF THE MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE. (via Lowell Weather Advisories - Weather Warnings & Watches for Lowell, MA)

…LIGHT SNOWFALL MAY LEAD TO SOME SLIPPERY CONDITIONS TONIGHT…
SOME LIGHT SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. ALTHOUGH SNOWFALL RATES WILL BE RELATIVELY LOW…AND FINAL TOTALS WILL ONLY BE A COATING TO ABOUT 2 INCHES IN MOST PLACES…CONDITIONS MAY BECOME SLIPPERY AT TIMES. THE BULK OF THE SNOW WILL BE FINISHED BY THE TIME OF THE MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE. (via Lowell Weather Advisories - Weather Warnings & Watches for Lowell, MA)

Today is the birthday of Beat novelist Jack Kerouac (books by this author), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (1922), to parents who were French-speaking Québécois. He grew up speaking French, and didn’t start learning English until grade school.

He was a track and football star in high school, and he got a football scholarship to Columbia in New York, where he met Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Neal Cassady. Jack Kerouac idolized Neal Cassady, and he typed the story of their cross-country adventures together on a single scroll of paper, 120 feet long, which was published in 1957 as On the Road. He depicts Neal Cassady — whom he calls Dean Moriarty — as a charismatic bad boy American hero. Kerouac took a backpacking trip with another friend whom he idolized, the poet Gary Snyder, and he turned Snyder into the character Jaffy Ryder and made him the hero of The Dharma Bums (1958).

From On the Road:
"I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn’t know who I was — I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I’d never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside, and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn’t know who I was for about fifteen strange seconds."

Ziggy Marley, George Thorogood, Pat Metheny, Gaelic Storm

Three pleasant things to occupy your thoughts this overcast late February day: outdoor, summer, music.

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2012 SEASON ANNOUNCMENTS!ZIGGY MARLEY
PAT METHENY
GEORGE THOROGOOD
GAELIC STORM
Lowell Summer Music Series
February 24, 2012 
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Ziggy Marley 
ZIGGY MARLEY
FRIDAY, JUNE 22

 

Reggae Super Star
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Day of Show Price: $45



 

 

Pat Metheny 
PAT METHENY
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3

 

Jazz Guitar Great 
Advance Price: $45
Day of Show Price: $55


George Thorogood 
GEORGE THOROGOOD
& THE DESTROYERS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
Classic Rock & Blues

Advance Price: $35
Day of Show Price: $45

Gaelic Storm 
GAELIC STORM 
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24
Traditional Irish Party

Advance Price: $18
Day of Show Price: $25

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Occupy Hospitality. Occupy <3

LOWELL — Dozens of area veterans plan on filling “every chair” at the Babylon restaurant tonight for an “eat-in” to show their support after an unidentified man vandalized the Iraqi-owned business.

A witness reported seeing a male suspect exiting the passenger side of a vehicle last Wednesday at 3 a.m., and hurling a large building stone, about 20 pounds, through the restaurant window. The witness was able to give the vehicle’s New Hampshire license-plate number to police.

Lowell Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee said yesterday officers are investigating the incident.

"At this time, there is nothing to indicate this is, indeed, a hate crime," Lavallee said. "We will continue to pursue this matter and hopefully resolve it soon."

Patrick Scanlon, coordinator of Veterans for Peace, said that until police can prove otherwise, evidence suggests the restaurant was targeted based on who the owners are.

"I find it hard to believe that somebody is going to pull up at 3 a.m., with a 20-pound stone and randomly pick the Middle Eastern store out of all the other businesses on the street," Scanlon said. "In my opinion, this was a hate crime."

Tonight [Jan. 10], from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., local veterans plan to fill the restaurant, on Merrimack Street near Bridge Street in downtown Lowell, and give it their business. They’ll also stand outside with a flag to show support for Babylon’s owner, Leyla Al-Zubaydi, and her father, Ahmed Al-Zubaidi.

Several of the veterans joining the movement have served in Iraq, Scanlon said.

Most of the Iraqi refugees who live locally have worked with the coalition forces in some way, putting themselves and their families’ lives in danger.

Following the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., Uzbekistan won favor in Washington by allowing a military base there, affording ready access across the Afghan border.

In 2003, Ahmed Al-Zubaidi, a respected journalist, broadcast a special report detailing Saddam Hussein’s torturing of Iraqis.

Soon after the broadcast, Al-Zubaidi said he received threatening phone calls. Then one night, on his way home from eating dinner with friends, he said he was attacked in the street and severely beaten by six men. Left for dead, he said he spent two months recovering in a hospital. After his release, he no longer focused his reporting on charged political issues, instead working on feature stories and managing two restaurants.

His family immigrated to the U.S. in January 2011.

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What would take real courage would be to go in and sit down and get to know these folks, and see what they’ve been through. Have you so little faith in America as to create more trauma and not realize our capacity to absorb these asylum-seekers?

LOWELL — Police are looking for a suspect who threw a large stone through the window of the Babylon restaurant early Wednesday morning.

A witness reported seeing a male suspect exiting the passenger side of a vehicle with New Hampshire license plates and hurl a stone through the restaurant window about 3 a.m., according to police reports.

The witness was able to get the full license plate of the vehicle.

Leyla Aldubaydi, owner of the 225 Merrimack St. eatery that serves Iraqi and Middle Eastern cuisine, said she hopes her family business wasn’t the target of a hate crime.

"My father left Iraq because of all the violence that was happening there," she said. "We just hope this was a random act and not done purposefully because of where we come from."


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Once and for A.L.L. at the Brush Gallery in Lowell


Once and for A.L.L.

Artists’ Reception and Exhibition Opening:


Saturday, September 17th, 2 - 4 pm

An exhibition of work by members of the 
Arts League of Lowell
at
The Brush Gallery & Artists’ Studios
256 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Directions: www.thebrush.org/directions
Phone: 978-459-7819
Web: www.thebrush.org

Lisa Anderson-Bisson
Betul Arin
Donna Berger
Roberta Bloom
Norm Caron
Maureen Chase
Christine Chisholm
Tarja Cockell
Penny Cox
Michael delaVega
Lori DeMartin
Gillian Frazier
Claire Gagnon
Rorrie Gallagher
Arthur Garrone
Laurie Hartwick
Ethel Hills
Dian Hosmer
Donna Howard
Linda Jean Kapeckas
Haroon Khimani
Sharon Levy

Michael Lichtenstein
Richard Marion
Lieby Miedema
Barbara Nolan
Vincent Parent
Georgia Renfroe
Stacy Topjian Searle
Elaine Seidel
Thea Shapiro
Laurie Simko
Bob Stegmaier
Steve Syverson
Dayna Talbot
Rita Thompson
Kellie Weeks
Cindy Wilkening
Doug Wilkening
Jean Winslow
Will Winslow
Bruce Wood
Elaine Wood
Sophia Yee

Video of Talk by Leymah Gbowee, 2011 UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, 4/4/11

2011

Leymah Roberta Gbowee, Peace Activist
UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies
"Days Without Violence" - Featured Speaker
April 4, 2011

Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Roberta Gbowee is an African peace activist who organized a peace movement that helped end the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Gbowee organized the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, bringing together Christian and Muslim women to pray and sing for peace, and eventually forcing national leaders to create a peace process. Gbowee is now the executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa in Ghana. In 2007, the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government honored her with the Blue Ribbon Peace Award, and in 2009, she and the women of Liberia were awarded the Profiles in Courage Award by the Kennedy Library Foundation. She is the central character of the award winning documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.”

http://library.uml.edu/media/campusvoices/gbowee.html

Shemekia Copeland, Dervish, Bill Kirchen at 25th Lowell Folk Festival

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Lowell Folk Festival 2011
25TH LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL
LINEUP ANNOUNCED
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The largest free folk festival in the nation, with continuous music on six outdoor stages takes place
July 29-31 in downtown Lowell.

 

See below for a partial list of performers representing folk, bluegrass, gospel, world music, dance and more. A family friendly event, the Lowell Folk Festival has presented an international array of folk music, ethnic foods, traditional arts, and kids activities to enthusiastic New Englanders for over 20 years. For more information visit www.lowellfolkfestival.org
Dervish - Irish http://www.dervish.ie/
Eddie Pennington - “Travis style” thumb picked guitar http://www.eddiepennington.com/
Hector del Curto’s Tango Quartet - http://www.hectordelcurto.com/
Le Vent du Nord - Quebecois  http://www.leventdunord.com/
Michael Cleavland & Flamekeeper - bluegrass http://www.flamekeeperband.com/
Shemekia Copeland - blues http://www.shemekiacopeland.com/
Stanky & The Coal Miners - eastern-style Polka
The Birmingham Sunlights - a capella gospel
The Quebe Sisters Band - Texas Fiddling and harmony singing

 

Quebe Sisters Band -
Quebe Sisters Band - “It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie”
Shemekia Copeland's
Shemekia Copeland’s “Who Stole My Radio”

 

Eddie Pennington - Chasin' My Tail
Eddie Pennington - Chasin’ My Tail

 

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2011 CONCERT SCHEDULE
6/18/11   Chris Isaak
6/23/11   Indigo Girls
6/24/11   Indigo Girls
7/23/11   Jonny Lang
8/5/11     Punch Brothers
8/13/11   Red Horse
8/19/11   Mavis Staples
8/26/11   Great Big Sea
9/2/11     Richard Thompson
9/3/11     Matisyahu
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Chris IsaakCHRIS ISAAK
Saturday, June 18th
$45 in advance/$50 day of show

 

Chris Isaak’s mournful, melancholy ballads, full of ache and lost love, suggest 1950s rockers like Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley.  His string of hits started with “Wicked Game”
 and he is touring in support of his hard rocking Live At The Fillmore album.
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Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak “Please” “wandering”
WICKED GAME - Chris Isaak
WICKED GAME - Chris Isaak
Chris Isaak - Somebody's Cryin' (Live)
Chris Isaak - Somebody’s Cryin’ (Live)
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Indigo GirlsINDIGO GIRLS
Thursday, June 23rd
& Friday, June 24th
$27 in advance/$35 day of show
Grammy-winning Indie folk rockers  return tor two very special concerts after a series of sell-outs at our Series!  Their 2010 live album “Staring Down the Brilliant Dream” features the song “Watershed” recorded at the Lowell Summer Music Series in 2008!

 

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Indigo Girls, 'Closer To Fine'
Indigo Girls, ‘Closer To Fine’
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Indigo Girls - Land of Canaan
Indigo Girls - Land of Canaan
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Jonny LangJONNY LANG
Saturday, July 23rd
$28 in advance/$35 day of show
Grammy-winning blues guitarist and singer!  

Touring to follow up his
new live album!   
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