Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival 2014

OCTOBER 9—13, 2014

“October is always a great time for me (knock on wood), ‘s why I always talk about it so much...”
Jack Kerouac. Desolation Angels

“Everybody goes home in October”
Jack Kerouac. On the Road

Kerouac: Music, Art, Prose, Poetry

Pre-Festival Event

Jack Kerouac 5K Road Race. Begins at noon on Sunday, September 28th at Kerouac Park, intersection of Bridge and French Streets. For full information go to: kerouacrun.com.

Concurrent Exhibit: “Lawrence Carradini—A Poet in Lowell”. This exhibit honors the life and work of Lawrence Carradini (1953-2014)—scientist, poet, Lowell resident and past President and Board Member of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac. The exhibit runs from September 18 through October. Opening Reception and Readings on September 18 at 7:00 pm. Jim Dunn, Meg Smith, Ala Khaki, and Tony Sampas will read some of Lawrence’s poetry. Pollard Memorial Library. 401 Merrimack Street.


Thursday, October 9

5:30-8:00 pm: Traditional Kerouac Pubs Tour. Old Worthen, 141 Worthen St., to Ricardo’s to Ward Eight to Cappy’s Copper Kettle. Meet leaders at the Worthen.

6:00—8:00 pm: Opening Receptions for Haiku/Art Exhibits. Greater Lowell Community Foundation, 100 Merrimack Street, Second Floor. And Lowell Telecommunications Corporation, 246 Market Street.

8:30 pm: Traditional LCK Kick-off: Music-and-Readings. Cappy’s Copper Kettle, 245 Central St. Alan Crane and friends, including Colleen Nicholas, will perform with David Amram. Readers of Kerouac passages will do the interludes. Always a kick!

Friday, October 10

9:00 am: The Annual Jack Kerouac Poetry & Prose Competition. Held at Jack Kerouac’s alma mater, Lowell High School. Students will read their poems and prose entries. David Amram will share his memories of collaborating with Jack Kerouac. Location to be announced on the LCK website, our Facebook page, and Twitter @LCK1922 by Thursday, October 7.

12:30 pm: A Walk in Doctor Sax's Woods. Through the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest or at your leisure throughout the weekend. A map of the forest trails is available from the Mass EEA web site: Lowell-Dracut Tyngsboro State Forest map.

3:30 pm: Talking Jack. Readings and discussion. The shop is open—come with whatever Kerouac related topic or idea you’d like to have some conversation about. Mike Hudson, a playwright from New Zealand who wrote the play "Beautiful Losers" about On the Road, will be attending. UML Inn & Conference Center Lobby, 50 Warren Court. Look for the LCK group by the fireplace or on the patio, depending on the weather.

5:00—8:00 pm: Opening Reception for “A Visual Interpretation of Kerouac’s Spiritual Influences from Lowell.” A solo exhibition by Barbara Gagel at the Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street. Wax and pigment are the vehicles used to express the dream-like images that influenced much of Kerouac’s writing.

8:00 pm: Subterranean Homecoming Blues with Rhoney Stanley and Alligator Wine. Rhoney Stanley was part of the Grateful Dead scene from the mid-60s to the mid-70s with Owsley Stanley, and has written of her experiences in a recently released book Owsley and Me. She’ll be appearing with local band Alligator Wine—described as “Lowell’s own Grateful Dead tribute band” to share some stories and take part in the music. About Rhony’s book, Kerouac biographer and Grateful Dead historian, Dennis McNally, says: “An eyewitness accounts of inner space can’t come from a more credible source...Read this book!” The Last Safe & Deposit Company. 160 Merrimack Street. A $10.00 donation requested.

Saturday, October 11

9:30 am. Commemorative at the Commemorative. French and Bridge Streets. New location: Boott Cotton Mills, 115 John St. (directions) This year’s observance will include a remembrance of the life of Lawrence Carradini, a former President of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac who passed away this past spring.

10:15 am. “Kerouac’s Lowell” Birthplace-to-Gravesite Bus Tour. Visiting his homes and other important Kerouac sites, finishing at gravesite. Led by Roger Brunelle. Leaves from Commemorative. $10 Donation. Reservations at 978-970-5000.

11:00 am: A Presentation on Japanese Haiku—and It’s Influence on Jack Kerouac—by Yuko Otomo. Lowell Telecommunications Corp. 246 Market Street.

12:00 noon. Haiku Readings. To follow Yuko Otomo’s presentation at the LTC. David Amram will accompany artists reading their chosen Kerouac Haiku.

2:00 pm. Annual Parker Lecture with Steve Dalachinsky: “A Bird in Hand.” Steve Dalachinsky has brought his poetry to several previous LCK weekends, and this year we are delighted to bring him back as our Moses Greeley Parker Lecturer. His talk will focus on poetry, jazz and the Beats. Steve is a widely published New York City poet, lecturer, and educator. Steve will be interviewed by WCAP's Wireless Mike Flynn. He has published 10 volumes of poetry including “And the Beat Goes On” and “The Superintendent’s Eye.” In a scholarly vein he is the author of “Logos and Language: A Post Jazz Metaphorical Dialogue.” The Lowell National Historical Visitors Park Visitors Center Theater. 246 Market Street.

3:30 pm. Kerouac’s Library Haunts and Hooky Tour. Led by Bill Walsh, Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St. Meet at the Merrimack Street entrance.

4:30 pm: Open Mike at the Old Worthen Upstairs, 141 Worthen Street. Poets, musicians, and readers are welcome!

8 pm: An Evening of Jazz and Poetry with John Sinclair and Others. John Sinclair will be making a presentation of selections from his Thelonious Monk work in verse titled Always Know: A Book of Monk. He will be accompanied by David Amram, Kit Demos, and John McLelland. Also on the bill will be Steve Dalachinsky reading his poetry. Opening the night will be Mia Eliopoulos and Peter Eliopoulos; and Zach Stadelmaier and Josh Rosberg. The Old Court Pub—Upstairs. 29-31 Central Street. A $10.00 dollar donation requested.

Sunday, October 12

10:00 am: Kerouac’s Nashua Connection Tour. Visit the Kerouac family sites and graves in Nashua, NH, led by Steve Edington, author of “Kerouac’s Nashua Connection.” Meet at Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell, to ride in van or car pool. $10 donation requested. Reservations at 603-883-3141.

1:00-5:00 pm: Serious Amram Jam! Our annual event featuring David Amram performing with a cast of many volunteer readers, poets, and musicians. You can feel the spirit of Kerouac moving here! Lowell Beerworks, 203 Cabot St.

6:00 pm: Ghosts of the Pawtucketville Night Tour. Led by Roger Brunelle. Visit Kerouac sites in Pawtucketville neighborhood and possibly the mystical Grotto. Group leaves from Cumnock Hall—University of Massachusetts, Lowell, North Campus. 1 University Avenue. $10.00 donation requested.

8:00 pm: Reception for “Up you go Little Smoke-The Holy Hipness of Jack Kerouac” by Artist Cat de Leon. 119 Gallery. 119 Chelmsford St. Music provided by David Amram.

Monday, October 13

10:00 am: LCK Kerouac Loop Walk from the Kerouac Commemorative. Bridge St., to St. Louis church, W. 6th St., Centralville.

10:30 am: Mystic Jack Tour. Led by Roger Brunelle. Visit the church, school, and home that were so important in his early years as described in “Visions of Gerard.” Meet in front of St. Louis Church, 221 W. 6th St. $10.00 donation requested.

12 to 4 pm: Walking Jack: Continuing the Kerouac Loop Walk. From St. Louis School past Kerouac homes and landmarks in Centralville and Pawtucketville, finishing at Old Worthen Tavern for toasting to Jack.

Post Festival Events

Tuesday, October 14. 7:30—9:00 pm. Cappy’s Copper Kettle—Central Street. Musical performances interpreting the influence of jazz on Kerouac’s writing. Donations accepted for the performers. Event coordinated by Barbara Gagel.

Monday, October 20. 7:30—8:30. Ayer Lofts Gallery. Middle Street. Movie: Jack Kerouac’s Road—A Franco American Odyssey. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Admission free. Event coordinated by Barbara Gagel.

During the Festival LCK Merchandise will be for sale at the “LCK Pop Up Shop” at the Zeitgeist Gallery—167 Market Street. T-Shirts, Posters, Bookmarks, Magnets, and Buttons are available for purchase. Proceeds go to help fund future LCK events.

And while you are browsing the LCK merchandise be sure to take a look at the current show at the Zeitgeist: The Good People of Lowell—Stories and Photographs.

Find us on FACEBOOK! We are now on TWITTER! Please follow us on Twitter at @LCK1922 for short quotes from “Kerouac in Lowell”, and please retweet often!



A special thanks to Darrells Music Hall of Nashua, New Hampshire for providing the keyboard for David Amram.

Note for the visitors parking at the Lowell National Historical Park parking lot: parking is free, but must be validated at the Visitor Center.


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