2012 LCK Festival

The Festival is co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell Kerouac Center and Center for Arts and Ideas, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Inc., and the Cultural Organization of Lowell. Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public. Donations of $5 or $10 for music events and tours are suggested.

Pre-Festival Events

Tuesday 7 August 2012

Kerouac Bobble Head Night: Lowell Spinners vs. Brooklyn Cyclones
Time: 7:05pm
Location: LaLacheur Park, 450 Aiken Street
The first 1,000 ticket holders (buy tickets online) through the gates will receive a Jack Kerouac Bobble Head. The Bobble Heads are designed to honor On the Road—featuring a bobbling thumb. These collectible items can be pre-ordered for $20, with half the proceeds support scholarships in the UMass Lowell English Department, which is the game sponsor. To pre-order, contact jgoode@lowellspinners.com. This benefit is offered in collaboration with the Estate of Jack and Stella Kerouac and literary representative John Sampas.

Sunday 30 September 2012

Jack Kerouac 5K Road Race
Time: 12:00pm, registration starts at 10:00am
Location: Brewery Exchange, 201 Cabot St.

Saturday 6 October 2012

The Kerouac Connection in Films
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St.
Films screened by the Lowell Film Collaborative, starting with double feature: Who Is Bozo Texino and Beat Angel.

Songwriters in the Round
Time: 7:00-10:00pm
Location: UnchARTed gallery, 66 Merrimack Street
"Songwriters in the Round" is a celebration of songwriting. This very unique event will feature some of greater Lowell’s top songwriting talent. Hosted by Lowell native Michael Dion (Hot Day at the Zoo/Alligator Wine), the event will take place at the new UnchARTed gallery in downtown Lowell.

Monday 8 October 2012

Walking Jack: Kerouac Loop Walk
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Jack Kerouac Commemorative at Jack Kerouac Park, intersection of French and Bridge Streets
See the author’s boyhood houses and other landmark sites on both sides of Merrimack River. Starts and ends at Kerouac Commemorative, French and Bridge streets, downtown Lowell.

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Young Angel Midnight: UMass Lowell Alumni Reception & Book-Signing
Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Allen House, 3 Solomont Way, UMass Lowell South Campus
More than 20 UMass Lowell alumni from the departments of English, Music, and Art are represented in the award-winning anthology Young Angel Midnight: An Emerging Generation in the Arts in Lowell." Meet the writing, visual, art, and music contributors and have your book signed in between readings, visual displays, and performances.

World Film Premiere of The Typewriter
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center Theater, 245 Market St.
Explores the role of typewriters in the literary legacy of Kerouac and other great writers of the 20th century. A Lowell Film Collaborative event.

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Tanya Donelly and Rick Moody
Time: 3:30pm (Book signing at 3:00pm)
Location: Room 222, O'Leary Library, UMass Lowell, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
Singer-songwriter Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders, and Belly) will discuss songwriting, influence, and inspiration with the novelist, short-story writer, and essayist Rick Moody (Ice Storm, Garden State, and music essays, On Celestial Music: And Other Adventures in Listening). They will talk about their recent collaborations which experiment with the line between music making and prose writing.

World Premiere of "Beat Generation", a play by Jack Kerouac
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St.
Kerouac's only full-length play will premiere in a stage reading on Oct. 10. This is a story of friendship and karma set in the 1950s. The characters and dialogue capture the Beat mentality at the root of American counterculture as only Kerouac could. The play follows a group of friends based on Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, and others through one day in 1955. Written in 1957, when the now-legendary novel On the Road was published, and set in 1953, this is a play "about tension, about friendship, and about karma—what it is and how you get it." The Los Angeles Times wrote: "It bears traces of a deeper vision, defined by beatitude and despair... This is what continues to give Kerouac resonance." The play is being presented in collaboration with Kerouac Literary Estate representative John Sampas. The production is sponsored by UMass Lowell with additional support from 92.5 The River. MRT is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Kickstart the Beat!

Merrimack Repertory Theatre is bringing Jack's long-lost play, "Beat Generation", to life. Your donation will help ensure Jack's words are finally spoken aloud, and that "Beat Generation" receives the best production possible. The scale of Beat Generation is larger than anything MRT has attempted to produce in the past decade. You can help bring the play to life by donating to the project on Kickstarter.

Thursday 11 October 2012

"Beat Generation", a play by Jack Kerouac
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St.

Poet Anne Waldman in Performance
Time: 3:30pm (Book signing at 3:00pm)
Location: Room 222, O'Leary Library, UMass Lowell, 61 Wilder St., Lowell
Anne Waldman is the author of more than 40 books of poetry and co-founder of the Jack Kerouac writing school at Naropa University in Colorado, where she is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics. She is one of the most important writers of her generation. An activist-artist, she has been a strong voice for feminist, environmental, and human rights causes.

Traditional Kerouac Pubs Tour, Worthen-Ricardo's-Cappy's
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: The Old Worthen, 141 Worthen St.; Ricardo’s Café Trattoria, 110 Gorham St.; Cappy's Copper Kettle, 245 Central St.
Meet at the Old Worthen Tavern and proceed on guided tour to Ricardo’s Café Trattoria (historic Nicky’s Bar), and end at Cappy’s Copper Kettle. Under-21 travelers welcome, but beverage laws apply. Suggested donation: $5.

"Beat Generation", a play by Jack Kerouac
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St.

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Music-and-Readings
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Cappy's Copper Kettle, 245 Central St.
Join local musicians, poets, and Kerouac lovers and interpreters for a spirited tribute to Jack! Suggested donation: $5.

Friday 12 October 2012

Lowell High School Poetry Competition
Time: 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Lowell High School Freshman Academy, 40 Paige St.
Student poets read their poems in a judged contest at the school where Kerouac shone as a scholar, athlete, and budding writer-poet from 1936-39.

David Kaiser: How the Hippies Saved Physics
Time: 2:00pm (Book signing at 1:30pm)
Location: Alumni Hall, 1 University Avenue, UMass Lowell North Campus
David Kaiser is Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and Department Head of MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and Senior Lecturer in Physics. He is the author of the How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival (2011), which charts the early history of Bell's theorem and quantum entanglement, and the award-winning Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics (2005).

Talking Jack: Discussion and Readings of Favorite Kerouac Passages
Time: 3:00pm
Location: UML Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren Ct.

Mystic Jack: Walking Tour Led by Roger Brunelle
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Meet at St. Louis Church, 221 West Sixth St.
Guided tour of Kerouac’s elementary school and childhood neighborhood. $10 donation requested; reservations advised (978-970-5000).

This Is Beat!: Improvisational Music Extravaganza
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Dom Polski Social Club, 10 Coburn St.
Featured artists include Kerouac's friend David Amram, bop jazz singer Mark Murphy, and rock poet John Sinclair. Suggested donation of $10 at the door.

"Beat Generation", a play by Jack Kerouac
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St.

Saturday 13 October 2012

Commemorative at the Commemorative
Time: 9:30am
Location: Jack Kerouac Commemorative at Jack Kerouac Park, intersection of French and Bridge Streets
Reflections of the literature and life of Jack Kerouac and friends with readings and performances.

Jack Kerouac's Lowell: A Bus Tour
Time: 10:30am
Location: Jack Kerouac Commemorative at Jack Kerouac Park, intersection of French and Bridge Streets
A guided tour with Kerouac scholar Roger Brunelle. $10 donation requested; reservations required (978-970-5000).

Writers on the Road: Charles Dickens and Jack Kerouac
Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St.
Nancy Metz, Prof. of English and Dickens scholar at Virginia Tech, and journalist Kathleen Pierce, who has written about Kerouac’s American journeys will discuss the travel writing of both authors. Metz is the author of The Companion to Martin Chuzzlewit.

Jack as Jock: Kerouac, the Writer-Athlete with Author Jay Atkinson
Time: 12:30pm
Mogan Cultural Center, 40 French St.
The author of Paradise Road about his own tracking of the spirit of Kerouac on the routes traveled in On the Road, Atkinson will share his knowledge of the star athlete of Lowell High School who went to Columbia University on a scholarship to play football.

Connecting the Bop: Whitman, Kerouac, Steinbeck, & Beyond: A Talk by Poet George Wallace
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Lowell National Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St.
Presented by Lowell Celebrates Kerouac and the Moses Greeley Parker Lectures.

Reading and Book-signing with Poet Tom Sexton
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St.
Tom Sexton will read from his new book of Lowell poems, Bridge Street at Dusk.

Kerouac Open Mike
Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: Old Worthen Tavern, 141 Worthen St.
Writers, musicians, and Kerouac admirers are invited to contribute their own work or favorite passages by the author.

Reading Jack: Tours of Kerouac's Boyhood Library, Source of His Literary Passion
Time: 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St.
Lowell historian Bill Walsh will lead a tour of young Kerouac's favorite hideaway, an architectural and literary landmark. Suggested donation: $5.

Book Signing with David Amram
Time: 3:30pm
Location: Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell

"Beat Generation", a play by Jack Kerouac
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St.

Creative Non-Fiction: A Reading & Book-signing by Judith Dickerman-Nelson and Joe Blair
Time: 5:00pm (Book signing at 4:30pm)
Location: Old Court Pub, 29 Central St.
UMass Lowell 1991 alumni Judith Dickerman-Nelson (Believe in Me: A Teen Mom's Story) and Joe Blair By the Iowa Sea (about marriage and fatherhood) will read from and sign their 2012 memoirs. They are graduates of the MFA programs in writing at Emerson College and the University of Iowa, respectively. Their 1991 classmate, Finbarr Sheehan is co-owner of the Old Court Irish pub in downtown Lowell.

Ghosts of the Pawtucketville Night: Walking Tour Led by Roger Brunelle
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Meet at Cumnock Hall, One University Ave., UMass Lowell North Campus
Guided tour of neighborhood sites in Kerouac's life and the novels Doctor Sax and Maggie Cassidy. Suggested donation: $10.

The Part Time Buddhas
Time: 7:00-8:00pm
Location: UnchARTed gallery, 66 Merrimack Street
The Part Time Buddhas ignite spoken word and cello improvisations sparked from thoughtful, challenging and effervescent juxtapositions of image, metaphor, meaning and sound. The Part Time Buddhas explore realms that unfold from spontaneous interaction of Gil Helmick's poetry with freshly emerging sonic landscapes of Ben Noyes and dancing from Shana Bloomstein.

Book Signing with Joyce Johnson
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell
Author of: The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac; Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir; Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958

"Beat Generation", a play by Jack Kerouac
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St.

Jazz For Jack: David Amram, Judith Murray, Sauce, and More
Time: 9:30pm
Location: Back Page, 15 Kearney Square (behind the Blue Taleh restaurant)
Suggested donation: $5.

Sunday 14 October 2012

David Amram: Double Feature
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 115 John St.
Amram Presents the classic independent film narrated by Kerouac, Pull My Daisy, and David Amram: The First Eighty Years. Amram will also read from his memoirs of days with Kerouac and on his own musical road.

Amram Jam
Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Lowell Beerworks, 203 Cabot St.
LCK! presents the world-renowned musician and composer David Amram for an afternoon of music and spoken words in the spirit of the jazz-poetry collaborations of Amram and Kerouac in the 1950s. Everyone is welcomed to perform. Suggested donation: $5.

Book Signing with Marilene Phipps-Kettlewell
Time: 1:30pm
Location: Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell
Jack Kerouac: Collected Poems: Library of America Series Jacket

"Beat Generation", a play by Jack Kerouac
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St.

Sunset on Jack's Bridge
Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Intersection of Pawtucket St. and University Ave.
Join LCK! members in bidding adieu to the legendary Moody Street Bridge, a.k.a. Textile Memorial Bridge, Watermelon Man (of Dr. Sax) Bridge, and University Avenue Bridge—to be demolished in 2013; flowers and readings will be dropped. Suggested donation: flowers and watermelons.

"Beat Generation", a play by Jack Kerouac
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Merrimack Repertory Theater, 50 E. Merrimack St.

A Night of Music & Verse with John Sinclair & David Amram
Time: 8:00pm
Location: 119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St.
Featuring John Sinclair, Amram, and friends.

Sunday 21 October 2012

Jack Kerouac Memorial Walk and Wake. On the 43rd anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s death, please join us as we celebrate his life and his Lowell roots! Sponsored by Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! & University of Massachusetts Lowell. For further information, call Mike Wurm at 978-501-1021.

The King of the Beats: A Documentary about Jack Kerouac
Time: 2:00pm
Location: O’Leary Library, Room 222 (Auditorium), South Campus, UMass Lowell
Followed by Q & A with director John Antonelli. $5 donation suggested to help defray event costs.

Kerouac memorial walk
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Franco-American School, 357 Pawtucket St.
Kerouac memorial walk past important Kerouac sites starting at the Grotto behind the Franco-American School, 357 Pawtucket St. Stops and readings will be at the funeral home, church, a school, and library tied to Kerouac’s life and death, as well as the old Moody Street Bridge made famous in his Dr. Sax novel and soon to be demolished.

Waking Jack! Kerouac Wake
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Old Worthen Tavern, 141 Worthen St.
Waking Jack! Kerouac Wake at the Old Worthen Tavern upstairs room with music, readings, and poems. Celebrating the spontaneous spirit of Kerouac. A small buffet of foods will be provided. $5 donation suggested.

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