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AUG
06
5:30 PM

Alumni BBQ


Join fellow alumni and friends for a BBQ and baseball game - two summer staples that you won't want to miss! Catch up with old friends and play classic lawn games on the Campus Recreation Center patio before walking across the street to the Spinners game together.

BBQ & Lawn Games from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Campus Recreation Center followed by Lowell Spinners vs. Connecticut Tigers at 7 p.m. at LeLacheur Park. Cost: $21 per person, $10 for kids under 10 which includes BBQ, a ticket to the game and a tax-deductible donation toward student scholarships.

AUG
07
7:30 PM

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band


A singer, composer, actor and four-time Grammy Award winner, Lyle Lovett, fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner. Lovett is touring in support of Release Me, a smart collection of originals and songs written by some of his favorite songwriters that show the breadth of this Texas legend's deep talents. Tickets $52 in advance/$152 premium/$60 day of concert.

AUG
08
10:00 AM

Hamilton Canal District Walk with Planning Dept.


The Hamilton Canal District project will reinvent 15 acres of vacant or underutilized land as a new, vibrant mixed use neighborhood. Walk the site with members of the city's Department of Planning and Development. A free tour begins at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center at 246 Market St., Lowell. The tour lasts 90 minutes, requires no advance registration, involves a moderate amount of walking and is conducted rain or shine.

AUG
09
10:00 AM

Backyard Sunday River Festival at Tsongas Center


Join us at the Tsongas Center for the third Backyard Sunday River Festival of 2015! Open air market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including our guests the Lowell Humane Society, Mill City Grows, the Lowell Firefighters and their "Safe House" tour for kids of all ages! Bucky Fereke and the Pony Express takes the Lowell Jewelry & Loan stage from 3 to 5 p.m. with their upbeat folksy music. Market is free, parking is free, concert is free, food and beverage available all day at Aramark's backyard concession stand. (Wine and Beer available only during concert portion.) Blankets and lawn chairs welcome! For more information about the Festival or becoming a vendor contact 978-934-5536.

AUG
12
11:00 AM

Airborne Comedians @ Boarding House Park


Moses GreeleyParker Lectures present Dan Foley and Joel Harris as The Airborne Comedians at Boarding House Park. An act that began 20 years ago as a snowball juggling contest in a Laundromat, now escalated to riding six and seven foot high unicycles and flaming lawn chair juggling.

AUG
13
11:00 AM

Josh & the Jamtones @ Boarding House Park


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures present Josh and the Jamtones, an interactive kids-version musical mash-up, at Boarding House Park. The band's albums, "Jump Up" and "Bear Hunt!" are filled with hooky sing-alongs, feature frenetic dance party jams and hysterical improv-comedy skits played by some of Boston's very best session and live musicians.

AUG
13
7:30 PM

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue


New Orleans native Trombone Shorty fronts Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy-nominated Backatown, followed by For True in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, Say That to This, features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.Tickets $34 in advance/$134 premium/$40 day of concert. 

AUG
14
7:30 PM

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers


Three-time Grammy winner, Bruce Hornsby, whose albums have sold over 11 million copies worldwide, continues to make memorable music with his longtime band, The Noisemakers.  Bassist J.V. Collier, a 20 year veteran of the band, keyboardist/organist John "JT" Thomas, 24 year veteran, drummer Sonny Emory, 12 years, and the two newest members- fiddle/mandolin player, Ross Holmes, and guitarist Gibb Droll make up the Noisemakers. Tickets $40 in advance/$140 premium/$45 day of concert.

AUG
15
10:00 AM

Natural Lowell Walk with Jane Calvin


Bricks and mortar might come to mind when thinking about downtown Lowell, but the city also has some amazing natural places in the central business district. Discover them on
this walk. Jane Calvin is the Executive Director of the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust. A free tour begins at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center at 246 Market St., Lowell. The tour lasts 90 minutes, requires no advance registration, involves a moderate amount of walking and is conducted rain or shine.

AUG
15
7:30 PM

Warren Haynes @ Boarding House Park


As rock's foremost MVP singer-guitarist, Warren Haynes has been constantly in the spotlight for the past two decades. Accolades range from Grammy wins and nominations to his number 23 ranking on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Tickets $42 in advance/$142 premium/$45 day of concert.

AUG
22
10:00 AM

Lowell Artists Walk with Jim Dyment


Lowell has a long history of supporting art and artists. Visit some of the city's galleries and learn about artists and art festivals past, present and future on this walk. Jim Dyment
is the Executive Director of the Brush Gallery & Studios. A free tour begins at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center at 246 Market St., Lowell. The tour lasts 90 minutes, requires no advance registration, involves a moderate amount of walking and is conducted rain or shine.

AUG
22
7:30 PM

Brian O'Donovan's A Celtic Sojourn


WGBH Radio host Brian O'Donovan will present A Celtic Sojourn Roots and Branches Concert featuring traditional and contemporary artists from around the Celtic World. Performers from Cherish the Ladies, Socks in the Frying Pan, Matthew Byrne and The McCarthy Family will join O¿Donovan in Lowell. Tickets $37 in advance/$137 premium/$40 day of concert.

AUG
27
7:30 PM

John Hiatt & Taj Mahal Trio Perform


John Hiatt, who the Los Angeles Times calls "one of rock's most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years," released his latest album Terms Of My Surrender in July 2014. The record is musically rooted in acoustic blues, accentuated by Hiatt's soulful, gritty voice. Taj Mahal, the two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was feted in 2014 with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award for decades of recording that reshaped the blues via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific. Tickets $44 in advance/$144 premium/$50 day of concert.

AUG
28
7:30 PM

Lake Street Dive @ Boarding House Park


Lake Street Dive has been performing since 2004 after meeting as students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Rolling Stone reviewed their new album, Bad Self Portraits, as "a fresh, knowing collection of tunes that split the difference between Motown soul, Sixties pop zip, and British Invasion swagger. With award-winning jazz vocalist Rachael Price as their secret ingredient, LSD boasts an unflagging collective charisma and sense of humor that will take them far." Tickets $33 in advance/$133 premium/$40 day of concert.

AUG
29
10:00 AM

Lowell Monuments Walk with Richard Howe


The people of Lowell have always commemorated members of the military, public servants and ethnic groups by erecting monuments around the city. Visit some of the city's most interesting and intriguing monuments on this walk. Richard Howe is the Register of Deeds of the Middlesex North District and is the official tour guide of Lowell Cemetery. A free tour begins at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center at 246 Market St., Lowell. The tour lasts 90 minutes, requires no advance registration, involves a moderate amount of walking and is conducted rain or shine.

AUG
29
7:30 PM

Melissa Etheridge @ Boarding House Park


Academy Award and Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge will take the stage with her band to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., as well as some of her greatest hits. Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics, blazing guitar and riveting stage presence, Melissa will share stories about her remarkable life. Tickets $64 in advance/$164 premium/$70 day of concert.

AUG
31
10:00 AM

Opening Week: New Student Convocation


This event is the formal welcome for all students entering into the UMass Lowell academic community. It serves as the ceremonial start for our new students, just as Commencement serves as the ceremonial finish for our seniors. This required freshmen event is the highlight of Opening Week and the official launch of the academic year. Celebrate the official start of the academic year with faculty, staff, the Chancellor and featured speaker.

SEP
05
10:00 AM

Trains & Trolleys Walk with Chris Hayes


Lowell was a leader in the early railroad industry and featured a comprehensive streetcar network. On this walk, learn about these and future plans for trolleys and public transportation in the city. Chris Hayes is a transportation planner and coauthor of the Learning Lowell blog. A free tour begins at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center at 246 Market St., Lowell. The tour lasts 90 minutes, requires no advance registration, involves a moderate amount of walking and is conducted rain or shine.

SEP
12
10:00 AM

Lowell Walk: Renewing the Acre with Dave Ouellette


Long home to successive immigrant groups, in the 1980s the Acre was troubled by crime, drugs and dilapidated buildings. Since then, the neighborhood has been transformed by new and revived housing and businesses with a revived neighborhood spirit. Dave Ouellette is the founder of ACTION (The Acre Coalition to Improve Our Neighborhood). A free tour begins at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center at 246 Market St., Lowell. The tour lasts 90 minutes, requires no advance registration, involves a moderate amount of walking and is conducted rain or shine.

SEP
13
10:00 AM

Backyard Sunday River Festival @ Tsongas Center


Join us at the Tsongas Center for the final Backyard Sunday River Festival of 2015! Open air market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including our guests the Lowell Humane Society, Mill City Grows, and American Student Assistant's $ALT Truck!  Krewe de Groove takes the Lowell Jewelry & Loan stage from 3 to 5 p.m.! Market is free, parking is free, concert is free, food and beverage available all day at Aramark's backyard concession stand. (Wine and Beer available only during concert portion.) Blankets and lawn chairs welcome! For more information about the Festival or becoming a vendor contact 978-934-5536.

SEP
21
11:45 AM

Lunchtime Lecture with Howard Bauchner


Lunchtime Lecture on "US Health Care: Important Emerging Policy Issues" at UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center with Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Lunchtime Lectures are co-sponsored by the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures and UMass Lowell Office of Community Relations, with support from Prof. Bill Mass of the UMass Lowell Center for Industrial Competitiveness, the UMass Lowell College of Health Sciences and Lowell General Hospital. The program begins with a light buffet lunch. Reservations are required (seating is limited.) To reserve a seat, contact community@uml.edu call 978-934-2957.

SEP
24
7:00 PM

Thatcher Freund: "Why Your Story Matters"


Moses Parker Greeley Lectures present Thatcher Freund, a journalist and memoir writer, who will talk about the importance of stories in our lives and why it matters that we preserve them at the Pollard Library, 401 Merrimack St, Lowell. Thatcher is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in History, and the Columbia School of Journalism. Our stories matter, and people a thousand years from now will use the stories of people living today to help them better understand themselves. Civilization owes its existence to our ability to tell stories and pass them down.

OCT
04
2:00 PM

Meg Noonan "The Coat Route"


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures present Meg Lukens Noonan who learned of an unthinkably expensive, handcrafted overcoat that a fourth-generation tailor made for a longtime client and set off on an adventure to understand its provenance, and from that impulse unspooled rich and colorful stories about its components, the centuries-old industry and traditions, and the master craftsmen whose trade is an art form. The Coat Route was named "Best General Nonfiction Book of 2013" by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. The Coat Route is part travelogue, part fashion history and part love song to things of lasting value. The event will be held at the American Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St.

OCT
10
2:00 PM

Tim Z. Hernandez "Searching for the Real Mexican Girl" @ LNHP


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures presents author Tim Z. Hernandez for the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival at the Lowell National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St. In 2010, Hernandez located the real woman behind Jack Kerouac's 'Terry' from On the Road. At age 92, Bea Franco was living in relative obscurity, in Fresno, California. In this presentation, Hernandez will share his journey from research to the writing of his award winning book, MaÑana Means Heaven (University of Arizona Press, 2013), as well as the choices one must make when writing a counter-narrative to Kerouac's portrayal of California's Mexican communities in the late 1940's. Hernandez is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas El Paso's Bilingual M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.

OCT
14
11:30 AM

WE ARE MARKET BASKET: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement that Saved a Beloved Business


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures presents Daniel Korschun "WE ARE MARKET BASKET: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement that Saved a Beloved Business," by Daniel Korschun and Grant Welker. We Are Market Basket is inspiring and instructive as it explores arresting firsthand accounts from the streets and executive suites.
Reservations are required (seating is limited.) To reserve a seat, contact community@uml.edu or call 978-934-2957. Lunchtime Lectures are co-sponsored by the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures and UMass Lowell Office of Community Relations. The program begins with a light buffet lunch.

OCT
15
7:00 PM

Haley Sweetland Edwards "Dancing on the Heads of Snakes" @ Pollard Library


Moses Greeley Parker Lectures presents Haley Sweetland Edwards @ Pollard Library. What does Yemen's collapse mean for Americans, al-Qaeda, and stability in the Middle East? Drawing on years of on-the-ground reporting, the talk will be about the current political, economic, and cultural realities in Yemen. I hope to flesh out recent headlines while simultaneously raising deeper questions about Americans' obligation to that small, war-torn country. In light of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, should the U.S. continue its on-going drone campaign on Yemeni soil? And what can, or should, the United States do to help Yemenis themselves?

MAY
14
8:00 AM

University Commencement


Commencement Day at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Two ceremonies will be performed at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.