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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.
Special Added Attraction: Well known Lowell Songwriter and Singer, Bob Martin, will be part of the program this evening. It's always a good night when Bob is on hand!!
There will also be some French Canadian Foods that Jack grew up with. Come and enjoy some Cote's beans, pea soup, pork and salmon pies and Quebecois Butter Tarts! PLEASE let us know if you plan to attend so we can be sure and have enough food. 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 Kerouac90th Birthday Celebration The Back Page at 15 Kearney Square behind the Blue Taleh Restaurant. Coordinated by Judi Stadelmaier.
*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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1-4 pm: "Walking Jack" 90th Birthday Loop Walk from Kerouac Commemorative at Bridge and French Streets to significant boyhood homes and sites on both sides of the Merrimack River, ending along Merrimack /Moody Street corridor, being led by Mike Wurm and Bill Walsh with special guest readings
4-6 pm: Kerouac Pubs Tour, Part 2, Merrimack St. area & a taste of old Moody St. bars. Begins at Charlie’s Pub at 14 Cabot Street, and goes to The White Eagle then to The Old Worthen. Led by Mike Wurm.
Others Kerouac Birthday Related Events:
"Jack’s Serious Exuberance" art exhibition by Barbara Gagel. Also noted in the program above.
Wed., March 14, 7:30-8:30: Panel discussion with local writers and poets. The panelists will include Long Island based peot, George Wallace, former LCK President Steve Edington and Lowell based writer and poet, David Robinson.
Wed., March 28, 7:30-8:30: "A Lesson from Jazz," a musical interpretation
The Ayer Lofts are located at 172 Middle Street in Lowell. Check out their website www.ayerlofts.com