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Annual Kerouac Birthday Celebration - Boston Events INSIDER

Annual Kerouac Birthday Celebration at Boston Events INSIDER Johnny's Summary
Also arty, Jack Kerouac, the 1950s American novelist who wrote "On the Road", was born in Lowell and they're doing a whole weekend to celebrate his birthday. Movies / book readings with discussions, live music, and more. - . Lowell, MA . See my Johnny Monsarrat prank on Dan.
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MARCH 8-11, 2012



[To help defray the costs of this weekend, a $5.00 Donation is requested by those taking the Kerouac Tours. Thanks!]

Early Bird Event. Monday, March 5, 3pm: A Screening of Henry Farrini's Lowell Blues Documentary Film.

The film features passages and images from Jack Kerouac's novel Doctor Sax.

UML South Campus. 210 Coburn Hall on Broadway.

Also shown daily at 4:00 at the LNHP Visitors Center, 246 Market Street.


4:00 p.m.: Introduction to Kerouac’s recently released novel, The Sea Is My Brother.

Book-signing & talk by book’s editor Dawn Ward.

UML South Campus, O’Leary Auditorium #222

7:30pm: An Evening with John Sampas.

John Sampas, Literary Executor of the Estate of Jack and Stella Kerouac will engage in a dialog with Michael millner and Todd Tietchen, Professors of English at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, about his history with Jack Kerouac and his literary estate.

Visitors Center: Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market Street


5:30—7:00 p.m.: Exhibition Opening: Jack's Serious Exuberance: Paintings and Drawings, Abstractions of Jack Kerouac's The Scripture of the Golden Eternity by Barbara Gagel

Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle St. (Exhibition runs from March 8 to 30.)

6:00—7:30 p.m.: Kerouac’s Downtown Lowell Walking Tour. Led by Roger Brunelle. Meet at Kerouac Commemorative at Bridge and French Streets. Visit some of the places Kerouac writes about in his Lowell novels and experience the town that first shaped his literary consciousness.

7:30--9:30 p.m. (And beyond?) “Let’s Talk About Jack!” Readings and Discussion led by Nomi Herbstman. Kerouac’s body of literature resonates with many people in many ways. We’ll gather and share how Kerouac’s writings resonate with you. Bring your memories of how you were pulled into the Kerouac circle, and how your image of Lowell is shaped by his Lowell novels. Share your favorite JK passages. Not an open mike so much as it is an opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow Kerouac aficionados and discuss his writings.

LCK will provide some food for munchies; feel free to contribute snacks of your own

White Eagle Cafe,.585 Market St.


1:00---2:30 p.m.: “Kerouac at 90” panel to discuss his life and influence. Panelists include: Steve Edington, Past President of LCK and author of The Beat Face of God; scholar John McHale of Salem State University; and Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell, award-winning author and painter, who is presently editing Kerouac's poetry for the Library of America edition. UML professor of Beat Literature Todd Tietchen will serve as moderator; Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Event Center. Foot of John St.

3:00--4:30 p.m.: Socio-Linguistic Origins of Kerouac. Tour and talk led by Roger Brunelle at St. Louis Church-School compound at Boisvert and 6th Streets in the Centralville neighborhood

5-:00—7:00 p.m.: Kerouac Pubs of Lowell Tour, Part 1. Begins at Ricardo’s (Formerly Nicky Sampas’ Bar) at 110 Gorham St. and goes to Cappy’s Copper Kettle and Major’s Pub. Led by Mike Wurm.

8:00—12:00 p.m.: Jack Kerouac 90th Birthday Celebration The Back Page at 15 Kearney Square behind the Blue Taleh Restaurant. Coordinated by Judi Stadelmaier.

Events Include:

*A Dramatic Reading of Jack's Last Call, a play by Patrick Fenton with actor Jerry Bisantz. Jerry was nominated for the ""Best Actor Award"" from the Independent Reviewer of New England for his performance of Jack's Last Call as produced by Lowell's Image Theater. Mr. Bazantz and Playwright Fenton will perform short selections from the play.

*Reading of the ""Jack Kerouac Day in Massachusetts"" Proclamation by Mayor Patrick Murphy.

*Sauce and Special Guests. Jazz standards of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

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