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Schedule


Wednesday, Oct. 3rd

12:30 p.m.: Middlesex Community College will host, in cooperation with LCK!, an early showing of film maker Henry Ferrini's film, Lowell Blues, at the Middlesex Community College lower cafeteria, Kearney Square. For information call, Jo Mucci, 781-280-3724.
Thursday, Oct. 4th

12:00 noon: Atop An Underwood Readings from Kerouac by editor, Paul Marion. Mogan Cultural Center, French Street.

Related Activity 1:00 p.m.: Walking tours of Kerouacs downtown Lowell sites led by National Park Service--Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP) rangers. Call 978-970-5000 for information.

Related Activity 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.: University of Massachusetts Lowell, South Campus, Beat Attitudes Conference with guests Janine Pommy Vega, Omar Schwartz, and other notable speakers. O'Leary Library, Wilder Street

Related Activity 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Opening Reception. Kerouac Paintings and Drawings. Courtesy of John Sampas, Estate of Jack Kerouac. Gallery talk at 7:00 p.m. with Ed Adler. University Gallery, 71 Wilder Street.

9:30 a.m.--4:00 p.m.: Whistler House/Parker Gallery, Gallery Exhibition: Kerouac Passing Through: A Retrospective In Photographic Prints. Family photographs on loan from John Sampas, the Estate of Jack Kerouac (September 22 to October 20). Open for viewing on weekdays and on Saturday. 243 Worthen Street. For information, phone 978-452-7641.

5:00--8:00 p.m.: Opening Reception. Whistler House/Parker Gallery.

9:00 p.m.: Kerouac's Lowell Acropolis, A Night of Music and Poetry with a Greek flavor, at the Athenian Corner Restaurant. Meg Smith, host. 207 Market Street.


Friday, Oct. 5th

Related Activity 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Beat Attitudes Conference continues

10:00 a.m.-- 11:30: High School Poets. Barbara Concannon-Crete Memorial Poetry Prize. Open to all high school students. Awards by Garrity Antiques. Lowell High School, 50 French Street.

11:30 a.m.: Photography Competition. Open to Lowell High students only. Lowell High School.

Related Activity 12:00 noon: Poet, Charles Levenstein reads from his book, Lost Baggage. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 151 Merrimack Street.

Related Activity 1:00 p.m.: Walking tours of Kerouacs downtown Lowell sites led by LNHP rangers. Call 978-970-5000 for information.

3:00 p.m.: Book Signing - David Amram reads from his memoirs, Vibrations, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 151 Merrimack Street.

4:30 p.m.: Mystic Jack. Walking tour led by Roger Brunelle. Experience the streets of Kerouacs boyhood in the Centralville neighborhood. Meet at the St. Louis de France Church, Boisvert and W. 6th Streets.

6:00 p.m.: Memorial Mass for Jack and Stella Kerouac. All faiths welcome. St. Louis de France Church, Boisvert and 6th Streets.

7:00 -- 9:00 p.m.: Legacy of One Thousand Steps; Kerouac, Buddhism, and Lowells Asian community. Featured performers will include, the Angkor Dance Troupe. Park Cafe, Market Street, opposite Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center.


Saturday, Oct. 6th

9:00 a.m.: Bus Tour of Kerouacs Lowell. Led by Roger Brunelle. Bus leaves from Middlesex Community College, City Campus, 33 Kearney Square. Reservations required; call 978-452-7966. Donation: $5.00.

11:00 a.m.: Commemorative at the Commemorative. A time for reflection on Kerouacs life and work. This years observance features David Amram in a remembrance of poet, Gregory Corso. Lawrence Carradini, Master of Ceremonies. The Jack Kerouac Commemorative at Kerouac Park. Bridge and French Streets.


12:00 noon: Cairo to Kerouac: World Music and Poetry for Children of All Ages. Featuring David Amram and friends. Whistler House Museum of Art.

Related Activity 1:00 p.m.: Walking tours of Kerouacs downtown Lowell sites led by LNHP rangers. Call 978-970-5000 for information.

1:00 p.m.: A Two Part Roundtable Discussion. Part One will focus on Kerouac's intimacy with the French language, and his place among other contemporary writers of French-Canadian heritage. Participants include: Brigitte Lane, Ph.D.(Harvard), professor of languages, Tufts University; Montreal writer, publisher, Francois Pelletier, and Montreal linguist, Richard Gingras. Moderated by Lowell Kerouac aficionado, Roger Brunelle.
Part Two will focus on other cultures from which Kerouac drew, and the international influence which Kerouac ultimately achieved. Margarita Zapata-Turcotte, editor of Todos Unidos, and poets, Pablo Nelson Calle (Bolivia), and Chath pierSath (Cambodia) will join the discussion. Kerouac scholar, Steve Edington, moderating. Whistler House Museum of Art.

4:30 p.m.: Traditional Open Mic Readings at the Rainbow Cafe. Sign up and read. Hosted by Lawrence Carradini. Opening remarks by Roger Brunelle. 14 Cabot Street.

5:00 -- 5:30 p.m.: Showing of film maker Henry Ferrinis Lowell Blues. Lowell National Historical Park in collaboration with Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! and the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitor Bureau. LNHP Visitor Center, Market Street.

4:00 -- 6:00 p.m.: Book Signing - David Amram reads from his memoirs, Vibrations, at Borders, Nashua, N.H., Daniel Webster Highway. Exit 1 off Route 3 North, turn right on Spitbrook Road and right (south) on Daniel Webster.

5:30 p.m.: Kerouac Downtown Places, walking tour with Roger Brunelle. Meet in front of Barnes and Noble, Lowell.

Related Activity 3:00 -- 5:00 p.m.: Kerouacs Merrimack. Boat Tour led by Richard Scott. Lowell Heritage State Park(LHSP) and LNHP. Call 978-970-5000 for information.

7:00 -- 9:00 p.m.: Espiritu de Kerouac; Mexico City Blues, and the Latin literary world. Included will be a tribute to Kerouacs Latin contemporaries and jazz master, Tito Puente. Music by Los Pleneros del Coco. Poets, Margarita Zapata-Turcotte, Michael Ortiz, Miguel Almestica, Maria Vejar, Meg Smith. More surprise guests to be announced. David Amram, who performed on stage with Puente, will appear with Los Pleneros del Coco during the tribute. University of Massachusetts - Wannalancit Mills Banquet Hall, 660 Suffolk Street.

9:00 p.m.: CD Release Party - Spirit: A Tribute To Jack Kerouac, produced by Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! An evening of music featuring singer, songwriter, Jim Dunleavey. Also, Dave Norton. Will include a film clip tribute to musician, talk show host, Steve Allen, with special guest David Amram. Hosted by Meg Smith. Admission, LCK! members $10 includes one CD, non-members $10, $15 with CD. Additional CDs available for special reducedRelease Party sale price of $10. The Dove Cafe, Saint Joseph the Worker Shrine. 37 Lee Street.

Sunday, Oct. 7th

12:00 noon: Improv with Amram. David Amram joins with local writers and musicians in a jazz and poetry improv session. The Sugar Shack. 100 University Avenue.

Related Activity 3:00 -- 5:00 p.m.: Kerouacs Merrimack. Boat Tour led by Richard Scott. LHSP and LNHP. Call 978-970-5000 for information.

5:00 -- 5:30 p.m.: Showing of film maker Henry Ferrinis Lowell Blues. Lowell National Historical Park in collaboration with Lowell Celebrates Kerouac and the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitor Bureau. LNHP Visitor Center, Market Street.

7:30 p.m.: MuseSic. An evening with poets, Lee Kidd, Jesse Piaia, KJ Nutter, and Jim Phelps and a very live band. The Sugar Shack. 100 University Avenue.

10:00 p.m.: Pawtucketville Walking Tour, with Roger Brunelle. Leaves from The Sugar Shack.

Monday, Oct. 8th

10:00 a.m.: Bus tour of the Kerouac Sites of Nashua, New Hampshire. Explore Jack Kerouacs deep family roots in Nashua and see how his French Canadian ancestry is portrayed in his Lowell based novels. Led by Steve Edington, author of Kerouacs Nashua Connection. Bus leaves from the Lowell Barnes and Noble at 10:00 a.m. Additional at pick-up at the Nashua Borders Book Store at 10:30 a.m. Reservation suggested. Call 603-883-3141. Requested donation: $5.00.







To hear a Canadian Radio interview with Richard Gingras and Francois Pelletier discussing their trip to the festival click here and scroll down to the picture of Jack. The interview is in French.