’You Don’t Know Jack!’ at Zeitgeist Gallery
'You Don't Know Jack!' at Zeitgeist Gallery

Lowell artists help celebrate iconic author Jack Kerouac's 92nd birthday with events in the Zeitgeist Gallery and the ALL Gallery, both in conjunction with Lowell Celebrates Kerouac's weekend-long party March 7-9.

On Friday, March 7, it's a "Happy Birthday Jack" evening from 6-9 p.m. at the Zeitgeist, 167 Market St.

The informal gathering includes a chance to share a favorite Kerouac passage or Kerouac-inspired writing of your own, plus birthday cake and the official opening of You Don't Know Jack, which runs through March 23.

The exhibit is, according to Zeitgeist, "a rumination" on two American icons who shared the same first name -- Jack Kerouac and JFK.

The two-part exhibit includes an on-site collage, which is open to all participants to add to, and a show of two and three-dimensional work featuring words, images and settings relating to either of these key figures in American culture.

Participating artists include Jennifer Aradhya, Ben Brierre, Barbara Gagel, Mary Hart, Tom Hart, Markus Nechay, Alan Nidle, Sharon Silverman, Kerri Velasquez, Sergio Velasquez and Mari Weinberg.

The weekend also includes several surprise guests appearing on Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m., and a birthday weekend informal wrap-up on Sunday, March 9, noon-4 p.m.


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The Arts League of Lowell celebrates the opening reception of its Travels Off the Beaten Track exhibit in the ALL Gallery, 307 Market St., on Saturday, March 8, from 4-8 p.m. The exhibit features images on canvas, in photographs and other media that honor Jack Kerouac's vagabond spirit. Legendary musician and Kerouac crony David Amram will be on hand to play music and offer commentary.

For a full listing of Kerouac Birthday events, visit lowellcelebrateskerouac.org

"The Medicine Game" documentary plays Peabody Essex Museum as part of Salem Film Fest
"The Medicine Game" documentary plays Peabody Essex Museum as part of Salem Film Fest

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  • READING AND ART: Chelmsford residents are reading B.A. Shapiro's intriguing The Art Forger as the 2014 One Book town-wide community reading program. The novel deals with the infamous art heist at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 25 years ago and what happens when one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist, Claire Roth. Shapiro visits the Chelmsford Library on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m., to discuss her book. Before that, the library has scheduled related programs. They include artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord's illustrated talk Art Lessons: Reflections from an Artist's Life on Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m.; Professor Marie Frank's talk Why Rembrandt and Vermeer? Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Old Masters on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. and author David Daniel's discussion on Writing with a Painterly Eye on Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m. Visit chelmsfordlibrary.org/onebook for other events and locations.
  • FILM FEST: Salem's Peabody Essex Museum is a venue for the Salem Film Fest, the largest all-documentary festival in New England, March 6-13. The annual festival screens more than 30 documentaries from around the world, including nine at the PEM's Morse Auditorium that feature Q & A sessions with the filmmakers after the screenings. The PEM line-up include Tokyo Waka, Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.; Chimeras, Saturday, March 8, noon; Everybody Street, Saturday, March 8, 2:30 p.m.; Magical Universe, Sunday, March 9, 11 a.m.; Frontline at Salem Film Fest, Sunday, March 9, 1:30 p.m.: The Medicine Game, Sunday, March 9, 3:30 p.m.; The Exhibition, Sunday, March 9, 6 p.m.; Brookford Almanac, Thursday, March 13, 5:15 p.m., and Brothers Hypnotic, Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m. Adults, $10; members/seniors/students, $8. Fest pass holders free, but reservations required. Call 978-542-1511 or pem.org or CinemaSalem.com. Visit salemfilmfest.com for full schedule.

Nancye Tuttle's email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.