Get hip to the Beats at the Imperial for Kerouac's birthday


If Jack Kerouac had lived to see his birthday this year, he’d be 93 – and he’d likely despise your iPhone. After all, he was the man who wrote, “Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.” Tonight, put your phone away for a while and rather than bask in the glow of the digital screen, immerse yourself in the author’s poetry and prose (which, if you’re familiar with how he wrote, were often one and the same). The Modern Music Movement hosts this spoken-word event at which Trevor Fraser, Samuel Butcher and Megan Faubel read selected pieces from Kerouac and his friend and fellow beat poet, Allen Ginsberg, in honor of Kerouac’s birthday (March 12). Kerouac died of liver cirrhosis at the age of 47 in 1969, and though he left behind no offspring (that we know of) he did leave behind lots of writing – which, he once said, was his intention all along: “I’m going to marry my novels and have little short stories for children” is one of his notable quotes. Spend some time with those little ones tonight, and let them know how much you loved their daddy.

9 p.m. Thursday, March 12 | The Imperial at Washburn Imports, 1800 N. Orange Ave. | 407-228-4992 | free