Michael McClure, A Reading

Michael McClureOctober 5, 3:30 pm. Allen House, UMass Lowell South Campus, 61 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA 01854

Free and open to the public

Allen Ginsberg described Michael McClure’s poetry as “a blob of protoplasmic energy.”

At the age of 22, McClure read at the legendary Six Gallery event in San Francisco, where Ginsberg first performed Howl. McClure has not stopped working since — as a globally recognized poet, playwright, actor, lyricist, and lecturer.

Exhibit, Film Shine Light on Prolific Artist Edward Gorey

Film screening – Thursday, Sept. 3, 5:30 p.m. Curator’s talk and reception – Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m. Exhibit runs through Friday, Oct. 16.

Edward Gorey artwork“E is for Elephant,” an exhibition of prints by world-renowned artist and writer Edward Gorey, will be on display and will accompany a screening of a documentary about his life. Gorey – whose animation for the opening credits of PBS’ “Mystery!” series introduced his work to millions of television viewers – illustrated his books and those of authors such as Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett and John Updike in a sometimes macabre yet playful style. The exhibit includes a sampling of Gorey’s etchings, original plates, memorabilia and other objects curated by Art Prof. James Edwards of UMass Dartmouth, who will discuss the collection before a reception highlighting the show. The film will be shown as part of September’s Downtown Lowell First Thursdays event, which encourages the public to explore the city’s cultural programs, attractions, shops and restaurants. The film screening, exhibit and curator’s talk at UMass Lowell are all free and open to the public.

Film screening – Comley-Lane Theatre, Mahoney Hall, South Campus, 870 Broadway St., Lowell.

Curator’s talk – O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell. Reception and exhibit – University Gallery, Mahoney Hall, South Campus, 870 Broadway St., Lowell.

“A Conversation with Le Ly Hayslip”

Thursday, Oct. 15, 4pm in Moloney Hall at University Crossing

Le Ly HayslipLe Ly Hayslip is the author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman’s Journey from War to Peace (1989) and its sequel, Child of War, Woman of Peace (1993). She also founded the East Meets West Foundation and the Global Village Foundation, charitable groups that seek to improve the health and welfare of people in Vietnam and other countries in Asia. (Her memoir was the basis for Oliver Stone’s 1993 film Heaven & Earth.) http://www.wic.org/bio/lhayslip.htm