This is truly BIG NEWS. Rita Savard and Caroline Gallagher are about to launch Howl in Lowell, an online arts and entertainment magazine celebrating the music, art and culture of Lowell. Howl in Lowell will debut next week on March 1, but its creators have given us a taste of what’s to come with this video, and an explanation of what they hope to accomplish in the letter that follows:
Something electric is in the air. Do you feel it? You should because you, dear readers, are the charge, the spark, the burst of energy lighting the way to a new era in our city.
Welcome to Howl in Lowell, an online arts and entertainment magazine celebrating the voice of a new generation – yours.
During the past seven years, I have worked as a full-time staff writer at The Sun newspaper and was often asked the same question: Why isn’t there more coverage of the city’s eclectic and flourishing arts scene?
The time to fill the void is now. I have left The Sun to team up with Caroline Gallagher, an experienced filmmaker, broadcast news veteran and webisode guru. With help from a very talented group of local writers, artists and art-lovers, we have created howlinlowell.com. Launching March 1, Howl in Lowell’s mission is bringing you the latest and greatest in entertainment news and reviews, and introduce the talent of tomorrow, today. Whether you’re an artist, musician, writer, photographer, filmmaker or simply an art-lover, Howl in Lowell is a portal for connecting people like you to the music, art and culture that inspires your world.
Check howlinlowell.com daily for news bites and feature stories spotlighting the names, faces and places making Greater Lowell a destination location for the arts. We’ll also be your tour guide for shows and events in the city and beyond. So come out and play.
The Howl in Lowell name stands for our strong desire to hear the city’s unique voices. Howl out, we want to hear you! Our name also gives a big salute to the Beat Generation, a period in time when the unique voices of a small but creative group of friends led to a movement that rocked the world. Lowell native Jack Kerouac, along with Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady, believed in stirring things up and living out loud. Their infusion of new ideas and talent dropped like a bombshell into staid 1950s America.
With your help, we’re here to shake up the Merrimack Valley. Our message: Open your mind, dream big, create, play and take an active part in a community cultivating culture.
Think of Howl in Lowell as the new Beats, improving quality of life through exposure to beauty. So, as Kerouac put it so brilliantly, let’s “burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’ ”
The centerlight is you. Keep your mind open, your heart full and follow your unique voice. It’s time to Howl!
Rita Savard, Editor
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