Special Events

The Luna Theater

One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur
6:05 p.m. Thursday, March 7
Documentary about the Big Sur period, 98 minutes
Carolyn Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sam Shepherd, Patti Smith, and S.E. Hinton are among the interviewees.

King of the Beats/Panel Discussion
Donahue Theatre at MCC
7 p.m. Friday, March 8 (7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. including both film and panel)
Partnership with Pollard Memorial Library, MRT, MCC

This is a kick-off for the Library’s marathon reading of On the Road on March 9 and other events that lead-up to Kerouac’s birthday, March 12.

Kerouac: King of the Beats / Haunted Life Panel Discussion
Friday, March 8 – 7pm – Middlesex CC Academic Arts Center, 240 Central Street
Join us for a screening of the newly restored in high definition version of the John Antonelli film Kerouac: King of the Beats (1985 | 78 min. | Trailer). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about Kerouac as a young writer and the Merrimack Repertory Theater’s adaptation of the novel fragment The Haunted Life set to make its premier later in March.

Panelists Sean Daniels, Artistic Director of Merrimack Repertory Theater; Todd Tietchen, Associate Professor at UMass Lowell and editor of The Haunted Life; Jim Sampas, Literary Executor of Jack Kerouac Estate. Moderator Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning at Pollard Library.

Post-Show Discussion with Dr. Robert Forrant
Presented by Mass Humanities
Immediately after the 2 p.m. show
Sunday, March 31
The renowned historian will discuss the historical links between Lowell and The Haunted Life. Dr. Forrant is the distinguished History Professor and Senior Research Fellow at UMass Lowell. He teaches courses on labor issues, immigration, and international development. He will soon release a book on the industrial history of the Connecticut River Valley and New England.