Thursday, February 16, 2012

Have you liked these pages on Facebook?

Ok boys and girls, it's time to get your clicker ready and click like on all these buttons. It will help you to follow what is going on in Downtown Lynn and show your support for the businesses and organizations that are doing such great work bringing our Downtown to life.  Some of them are in Downtown and others are simply incredible supporters of everything happening Downtown. Either way, they are worth a Like from all of you. Just click down the list.

We'll start with us. If you haven't liked this yet, what's wrong with you?

Arts After Hours is producing one night events in Lynn with visual artists and musicians as well as a full season of theatre. Next up for them is Bourbon Street Fundraiser on February 18th followed by the musical, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown from May 24-June 9. If you're an actor, sign up for the auditions which will be held on Feb 27th and 29th.

LynnHappens is run by Seth Albaum and is a phenomenal resource for the latest happenings, calendar, and some great articles about the city as a whole. He religiously records all city council sessions and covers important committee meetings as well. 

Lynn Auditorium is on fire if you haven't noticed. I mean that in a good way. A sold out Frampton will be followed up with the incredible Pink Floyd Experience this weekend.

Lucia Lighting & Design is a gem of a lighting store located on Western Avenue. The owners, Lucy Dearborn and David Solimine, Jr. are phenomenal supporters of the Downtown and all things Lynn. If you need to brighten up your life, just stop by this store and talk to Lucy. You can't help but be happy in there.

EDIC is turning up the heat on creative economy. Recently purchased 33 Central to convert into artist lofts and have led an effort to unite all the arts organization in an effort to obtain a state designation as an Arts & Cultural District in Massachusetts.

Centerboard is in the middle of their busy tax preparation season. Free tax prep for low income families. An incredible service. They are also diving into the arts head first. Next up for them is the 2nd in a 3 part film series on the urban hero. Check out the movie "Falling Down" on Feb 23rd.

LynnArts houses two great galleries, a black box theatre, and several artist studios as well as the radio station, WFNX. Right now they have an exhibit called "On or Of Paper". They also show several professional visual artists throughout the year and house a very equipped Black Box theater available for rent for your next show or event.

Lynn Museum is a great resource for Lynn history and also houses the Historical Society and all the records and archives that go along with that. It has been an incredible hot spot for some of the most amazing events downtown in the past few years. Recently they went through an entire renovation making their first floor even more attractive for event rental!

Tatiana's is a neighborhood favorite. A lot of the downtown residents go there for brunch. It's also a great spot if you want to play darts or pool while you grab a drink or some food. The menu is very diverse meaning there is something for everyone. Every single dish makes you wish Tati was your mom.

Check out Girl's Inc. Lynn. An awesome organization that has done amazing things for the Lynn youth. Great new building up on Essex at the bottom of the hill from High Rock Tower.

Love the folks at RAW. They do wonderful things for the youth in Lynn and surrounding communities but they also run a mad awesome event every May. This year's BASH is on May 21st.

CSI Lynn is about conversing, socializing, and interacting about Lynn with Lynners past and present.

LotsaShots Photography is a wonderful photography studio right in Downtown Lynn for headshots, portraits, events, collateral, etc. They are also very generous when it comes to the arts scene in Downtown Lynn. There hasn't been an event yet that the owners haven't bought tickets to. Show your love with a like.

Nest Forward is a great local real estate company that has done a great deal of work in Downtown Lynn. Most of our friends have found apartments and condo thanks to this gem. They are also extraordinarily philanthropic giving a portion of every commission to a local charity. Very cool! 

Turbine Wine Bar is located right in the heart of Central Square. A great place for late night drinks and dinner/dessert.

Northern Nights is a new night club and restaurant catering to alternative lifestyles on The Lynnway.

Cirque (formerly 47 Central and still called that on the sign out front) is a great place for drinks, beer, and their kitchen is soon to re-open, I hear. Cast and crew of Arts After Hours I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change enjoyed many a Thursday singing karaoke at Cirque.

I could go on and on. Put your favorites in the comments!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lynn Museum Hosts Lecture on Frederick Douglass

On Thursday evening, February 16, 2012 from 7-8:30pm, Julia Greene will speak about Lynn’s role in the abolitionist movement of the 1830’s. The fight to end slavery captured Lynners’ imaginations and when Frederick Douglass moved to Lynn to join the fight, the then-small town was thrust onto the national stage. In his five years in Lynn, Douglass became internationally known as an abolitionist leader, intellectual author, and escaped slave who still did not have his freedom. Julia Greene’s talk covers the rise of the abolitionist movement in Lynn’s Quaker community, Frederick Douglass’ time in Lynn, and the local and international campaigns he and the Lynn Abolitionists joined to fight racism in the North and slavery in the South. The talk will shed light on national abolitionist leaders’ ties to Lynn including: William Lloyd Garrison, Abby Kelly Foster, Wendell Phillips, Sojourner Truth and the Grimke sisters and highlights the role Lynn’s Hutchinson Family and noted leaders James N. Buffum, Alonzo Lewis, Francis and Henry Newhall, and John Bassett Alley played in the Abolitionist movement.

Julia Greene is working on an independent history project on Lynn’s abolitionists to illuminate this important but little-known era of Lynn’s history. Ms. Greene grew up in Lynn and makes the city her home. She is on the Lynn Historical Commission and teaches history, speech and state and local government at North Shore Community College. In addition to this lecture she is currently working with the Lynn Museum on a Civil War anniversary exhibit slated for May.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Admission is free for museum members and students and $5 for non-members. In case of inclement weather, the event is re-scheduled for February 23 at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Abby Battis, Assistant Director of Lynn Museum at 781-581-6200 or visit our website at

A Little Schubert on the 19th at First Lutheran Church on Broadway

Schubert’s Winterreise
Sunday, February 19  | 4:30 PM
First Lutheran Church | 280 Broadway |

Just in time for the snow (that came and went), First Lutheran Church invites you to a free performance of Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey). This piece will be performed by George Heath, an accomplished singer from New York, accompanied by David Greatrix, our Director of Music, on piano. The concert will be preceded by a brief lecture on the piece at 4:00 PM and followed by refreshments.

First Lutheran Church is a handicapped-accessible congregation that is welcoming and affirming of all people. Located in Wyoma Square, just behind Walgreens. On-site and street parking available; MBTA Bus 434, 435, 436.

About the piece:

Schubert’s Winterreise is an exploration of the hardships of winter. It also explores the feelings of lost love, regret, and the acceptance of one’s ultimate fate. The season of winter serves as an allegory for the dark recesses of one’s own mind. Occasionally we are greeted by the flower filled hopes of May, or sitting warmly next to the hearth. These however, are fleeting thoughts, for as soon as we are comfortably greeted by the glow of a cheer filled home, we are once again trudging in the snow consoled only the rattling of chains and the howling of dogs. Thoughts of the one we loved will cause tears which will melt the snow below us, only to be frozen over again.

Composed in 1827, and published in 1828, Schubert’s Winterreise stands as one of the most monumental achievements in German Lied. A cycle of 24 songs, Schubert masterfully set the stirring poetry of Willhelm Müller. The pianist serves not as accompanist, but rather as a partner in creating effects. Beloved by singers and pianists alike, Winterreise provides a haunting journey for all who partake in its presentation.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bourbon Street Comes Back to Downtown Lynn on February 18th

Arts After Hours (AAH) announces the 2nd Annual Bourbon Street event to be held on Saturday, February 18th, 2012 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the LynnArts building at 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA. Admission is $15 per person and includes one complimentary food item. Additional food, beer, and wine will be sold for $5 each. Live music and art will fill the evening. Tickets are available at or by calling 781-205-4010. Proceeds from Bourbon Street will help to raise money for AAH’s remaining 2012 theater season.

Bourbon Street brings the traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration to Lynn with live music from Elephant Wrecking Ball; creole culinary creations by local resident and owner of GFB Consulting Greg Gray; a fantastic beer and wine menu; and local artists and vendors. Elephant Wrecking Ball, with members from the Berklee College of Music, is known for their brassy New Orleans-style sound and special trombone effects. “We can’t wait to have them back to Lynn,” says Kevin Parker, AAH Production Manager. “This band is the kind of unique professional entertainment that fits very well with Arts After Hours’ mission.”

Guests will also enjoy special hands-on art projects thanks to Artists and Craftsman Supply store in Saugus. Artists from Lynn and Montserrat College, alongside other premiere vendors, will sell their wares. Lynn photographer Cheryl Ransom has participated in AAH since its inception. “I love Arts After Hours events. They’re always so much fun,” says Ransom. “Food, music, great people, and lots to do. I look forward to Bourbon Street!”

After two successful musical productions in Downtown Lynn, Arts After Hours is excited to host this Mardi Gras celebration and and raise money for the remainder of its 2012 theater season. To that end, AAH is excited to launch THE AAH CARD, which will be available to Bourbon Street guests at a very special price of $50. THE AAH CARD admits the buyer to all Arts After Hours 2012 events--a 50% discount off each regular ticket price. THE AAH CARD will retail at a 25% discount or $75 moving forward. “The AAH Card will provide an entire season of quality, local theatre for just half the cost of one Broadway ticket,” says Corey Jackson, Managing Director of Arts After Hours. “We have received extraordinary support over the past year, from our amazing audience members to our corporate sponsors. It’s very encouraging to welcome thousands of these people to Downtown Lynn each season. The Downtown economy is truly starting to benefit from this crowd--and that’s just as important to us as offering excellent artistic and theatrical events at an affordable price. We hope that the AAH Card will help to increase the number of people coming to Lynn for unique artistic experiences.”
Photography by Brian McDermott

Guests are encouraged to buy tickets online at or call 781-205-4010. Arts After Hours is sponsored in part by The Daily Item, EDIC, The Office of the Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Lynn Housing Authority and Neighborhood Development, Councilor Brendan Crighton, Rick’s Auto Collision, Willow Labs, Red Lulu Cocina and Tequila Bar, Lucia Lighting and Design, Mr. David Solimine, Tatiana’s Restaurant, and Northern Nights.

For tickets and more information and directions, please visit or call 781-205-4010. Parking is available behind the building, and the LynnArts building is located directly across the street from the Lynn commuter rail stop, diagonal from the Daily Item. The MBTA garage is located on Union Street and costs $3.

The PINK FLOYD experience! This Sunday, Feb 19th at the Lynn Auditorium!

On sale now at  
by calling
or in our box office at Lynn City Hall 
Monday - Friday
Click the photo below for a video of
The Pink Floyd Experience  

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Cuts" A New Play by the MBTA Performs at Lynn Auditorium

Last night I was expecting to find a public hearing inside of Lynn Auditorium with useful facts, reasonable proposals, and intelligent debate on the merits of the scenarios presented by the MBTA. I expected to see a scenario with deep cuts to service and another scenario with extreme fare increases. I expected to not agree with either proposal but would be convinced of the necessity and figure out which side of the fence I would eventually be on. I got none of what I expected.

Instead, I got a show!!!! How fun? A complete 3 hour spectacle of absurdist theatre. I didn't even know the MBTA did shows!! I always thought they were a transportation company. The show opened with this brilliant scene where they showed these two really funny scenarios. The first scenario had insane increases in fares and 1/4 of the routes slashed. The second scenario had even more insane increase in fares and 3/4 of the routes slashed. In a surprise comedy bit, they announced that both scenarios would cut weekday service after 10PM and all weekend service. Now that's funny!!!  If only they had a third scenario. Comedy is always better in threes.

There were some amazing cameos from our State Legislature, who gave very dramatic and poignant monologues (in all seriousness, I was quite impressed with Senator Tom McGee, State Rep Steve Walsh, Mayor Kennedy, and Councilor Phelan).

Since we've broken from sarcasm, let me end by saying, really? Really? You (MBTA) expect us to believe that there was any merit in what you proposed last night? You expect us to believe that all of this was not just a tactic so you can turn to the state and ask for help? Well, I hope the state does exactly that. I also hope the state takes a hard look at re-org and new management. What we have is not working. We will continue to have these useless theatrical events if we don't sit down and fix this for the long term. I urge all of you to be heard. For even if it is theatre of the absurd, I firmly believe your state legilature is listening. Call them. E-mail them. Beg them to keep Downtown Lynn alive at night and on the weekends. We can't afford these cuts and some of our neighbors and downtown businesses will suffer unimaginably by these proposals if for some reason, this mismanaged organization is allowed to do what they've put on the table.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Gallery Show at LynnArts - On or Of Paper

Check out the latest in the Time Warner Gallery at LynnArts: On or Of Paper

It's on display now through March 7th (which means you can catch it while at Bourbon Street 2012).

Opening reception will take place on February 4th, 2012 from 2-4PM

Live music provided by Vive la Renaissance

Gallery is open M, T, W, Fri 10-4PM, Thurs 10-8PM, Sat 11-4PM

Best of Show - Robin Similjan, Bonsai

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