LOWELL, Mass. ߝ UMass Lowell’s Urban Village Arts Series (UVAS) will celebrate the release of its first CD, “The Best of UVAS, ’07-’08,” with a free party at the Revolving Museum at 22 Shattuck St., Lowell, on May 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.
The double CD features live recordings of poets, musicians, authors, singers and other artists of varying specialties who have performed at UVAS over the last year.
Sound recording technology students Rebecca ZuWallack and Erh-Chuan Lai did all of the live recording, engineering, and editing for the CD. Recent UMass Lowell graphic design graduate Brian Wiles designed the CD’s booklet and T-shirts. English and philosophy major Eric Hultgren wrote CD liner notes highlighting performances and audience reactions.
UMass Lowell faculty and staff featured on the CD include Andre Dubus III, assistant professor and author of “House of Sand and Fog”; Paul Marion, vice chancellor of community outreach; and author and University publications writer Geoffrey Douglas.
The CDs will be available for $10 with all proceeds going toward funding the UVAS 2008-2009 season.
The reception at the Revolving Museum will include entertainment from Lowell poet, Ryan Gallagher, and local UVAS veterans, the band Hot Day at the Zoo.
The Urban Village Arts Series is a free, monthly event held in the National Park Visitor Center theater. Each night features three novelists, nonfiction writers, sculptors, filmmakers, painters, poets, musicians and other artists in 20-minute sets. Audience members are encouraged to join the artists after each performance downtown. The program is sponsored by a variety of organizations from UMass Lowell and the city of Lowell, and was recently awarded the UMass President’s Award.
For more information on the Urban Village Arts Series, please contact GiGi Thibodeau at Gigi.Thibodeau@gmail.com or Todd Avery at Todd_Avery@uml.edu.
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