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6PM Doors – Live music and mixer in lounge

6:30PM to 7:15PM – Talk by Professor Richard Thomas, author of Why Bob Dylan Matters

7:30PM West Coast Premiere of Peter Coonradt film

9PM to 10PM Book signing reception and live music in lounge


Event Info

The 1960s counterculture rises again and shines a blazing light on today’s realities.

UNDERGROUND 68 is the latest film from independent filmmaker Peter Coonradt. It tells the story of a Harvard student writing her senior thesis about campus opposition to the Vietnam war fifty years ago. She digs up more than she bargained for in the rebellious lives of artists, musicians and activists from the Harvard class of 1968.

Before the screening Harvard classics professor Richard F. Thomas will give a talk titled Bob Dylan and the Classics. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book Why Bob Dylan Matters and the co-producer of UNDERGROUND 68.

Professor Thomas and Peter Coonradt will join the audience for a reception following the film. Live music will be provided in the Empress Lounge by pianist Peter Larson playing themes he composed for the film, his arrangements of Bob Dylan tunes and some of his favorite melodies from his days as a pianist on Broadway.

Doors open for live music and mixer at 6:00 p.m. Professor Thomas will talk from 6:30 to 7:15. The film will screen at 7:30 with the reception and more live music from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Film Official Website


Underground 68 Preview Trailer

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