Taken from their Facebook page,“UnchARTed is a multimedia art space that offers the public a fresh and innovative approach to art.” The space is home to 24 resident artists along with visiting artists, musicians and other creative minds.
66 Merrimack St. Lowell, MA 01852 – unchartedstudios.tumblr.com
Western Avenue Studios (WAS)
WAS is two buildings, six floors and 245 studios filled with more than 300 working artists of all kinds; they also hold screenings for independent movies. Visit their Facebook page for upcoming public events. Their gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12-5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12-4 p.m.
122 Western Ave. Lowell, MA 01851 – facebook.com/westernavenuestudios
The Luna Theater at Mill No. 5
Mill No. 5 was built in 1873 and functioned as, of course, a textile mill. Still mid-renovation, the Mill is now home to a yoga studio, café, various shops and an independent theater, The Luna. The Luna seats 80 people and will showcase indie and classic films, live music, theater productions and other types of performance art.
250 Jackson St. Lowell, MA 01852 – lunalowell.com
The Last Safe & Deposit Co.
In the ‘90s, The Safe was one of the best venues in the area to showcase local talent; their open mic nights brought out the best musicians in the area and the venue was a huge asset to the local music scene. Reopened only a month ago by new owner Steve Perez, a.k.a. D-Tension, The Safe has already become the most talked about venue in Lowell again. (21+)
160 Merrimack St. Lowell, MA 01852 – facebook.com/thelastsafe
Lowell Memorial Auditorium (LMA)
The LMA is a 2,800-seat venue that hosts all types of events: boxing matches, plays, concerts, comedy acts and family events, among others. Located just steps from downtown Lowell, it is a great start or end to date nights and barhops alike.
50 E. Merrimack St. Lowell, MA 01852 – lowellauditorium.com
Merrimack Repertory Theater (MRT)
The MRT is the only non-profit professional theater in the Merrimack Valley. Coming up, the theater will be featuring Year Zero (a play about a Cambodian-American teenager who, feeling disconnected and rejected from his community, chooses a skull as his friendly companion). Here’s a tip – the MRT has early-bird specials where, if you purchase them far enough in advance, you can grab tickets for just $5.
50 E. Merrimack St. Lowell, MA 01852 – mrt.org
Within the Zeitgeist Gallery, you will find an ever-changing exhibition space, displaying the work of local artists to the public. They are also open to holding different events, such as live music shows and other types of art showcases. The gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 12-7 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
167 Market St. Lowell, MA 01852 – zeitgeistlowell.com
Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaüs
Brew’d is Lowell’s staple indie coffee shop. Along with serving an array of drinks, bagels and sandwiches, Brew’d showcases artwork by local artists on their walls and has frequent live music and poetry slams. Check out their bathroom when you’re there (you’ll understand what I mean).
61 Market St. Lowell, MA 01852 – brewdawakening.com
As described in last week’s paper, Life Alive is a vegan eatery located in downtown Lowell across from the New England Quilt Museum. They frequently have live music, generally folk/bluegrass or acoustic. It is a comfortable atmosphere to grab a bite, relax and listen to some good music.
194 Middle St. #3, Lowell, MA 01852 – lifealive.com