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DJ Manny

Lowell's Acre neighborhood is one thriving place. One of the city's oldest and most diverse locales, it's rich in tradition and blessed with many artists and families who call it home.

On Saturday, June 21, the Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood is hosting the 3rd annual Acre Festival at the North Common Amphitheater from 11 a.m.-4 pm.

On tap is music from Mike Gacek and Mike Poulin, performing as Mike & Mike/Take Two, plus DJ Manny with his karaoke machine, and Holly Brewer and Mat McNiss from The Folks Below/Humanwine.

Cote's Market, Charlie's Bar and Grill, Sweet Lydia's and St. Patrick's Church will sell food. Lowell Parks and Recreation will have activities for kids.

Creative creatures on view through July 12 at ALL Gallery in Lowell
Creative creatures on view through July 12 at ALL Gallery in Lowell

Artists from Western Avenue Studios will be on hand, offering demonstrations and information. And other Acre institutions will also be there.

All are invited to the family-friendly event.

For information, email ACTION at or visit the organization's Facebook page.

Art picks


  • CLEVER CREATURES: The Arts League of Lowell presents All Creatures: Real and Imagined, on view through July 13 in the ALL Gallery of the renovated Gates Block, 307 Market St., Lowell. The exhibition features visual arts representations of real or imagined life forms. A reception takes place Saturday, June 21, 4-6 p.m., and features a silent auction for the framed original postcard illustration by member artist M.M. Moyer. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Visit
  • CHANGE IN COMMAND: Jim Dyment, longtime gallery and exhibits manager at Lowell's Whistler House Museum of Art, last week was named executive director of the Brush Gallery and Artists Studios, also in downtown Lowell. He replaces Eileen Byrne, the Brush's executive director for the past several years, who is retiring. The change is good for both organizations, agree Byrne and Sara Bogosian, the Whistler House's acting executive director. "We're excited to have Jim on board, and I look forward to continuing as a volunteer at the Brush," said Byrne. Bogosian is interviewing people for the job and wishes Dyment well in his new role.
    From the exhibit ALL Creatures: Real & Imagined
    From the exhibit ALL Creatures: Real & Imagined
    "I am excited for him and wish him the best. I look forward to collaborating with him on various projects," she said. Dyment is excited about his new job and will train with Byrne before taking over in the coming weeks.
  • BIRTHDAY BASH: The Powers Gallery celebrates its 50th birthday with a Patio Party on Saturday, June 21, 4-7 p.m., at the gallery, located at 144 Great Road, Acton. It was started in 1964 by John Powers, an avid collector of antique prints, as a fine framing shop and gallery. His son Larry Powers took over the business in the early 1980s and began offering more original art.
    Seven years ago, the gallery relocated to an historically significant home in Acton -- one of the four so-called Lottery Houses built with proceeds that four Acton residents received when they split the winnings on a lottery ticket that they bought which helped to fund the construction of early buildings at Harvard University in the 1700s. All are invited to the celebration, which features music from 1964 and the official opening of the summer group show. Summer hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 978-263-5105 or
  • AFRICAN MUSIC: The Gallery of African Art, 62 High St.
    Powers Gallery in Acton turns 50 with a birthday celebration on Saturday, June 21
    Powers Gallery in Acton turns 50 with a birthday celebration on Saturday, June 21
    , Clinton, presents its Summer African Music Series on select Thursday evenings as a collaboration between the gallery, Crocodile River Music and Coffeelands Café. The next program is Thursday, June 26, and features Senegal-America Project, featuring Tony Vacca, a West African percussionist, and Abdou Sarr, a Senegalese dancer. Programs begin at 6 p.m. at the museum with a lecture/demo by the musical guest, followed by a performance at the café a block away at 50 High St., Clinton. Free and open to all. Visit

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