Archives for November 2011

Writers as Witness: Pen, Paper and Palate Tonight

How It’s New York:  These events are the brain child of Ruda Beresford Dauphin, a New Yorker who is not Irish, but is deeply involved with film and the arts.How It’s Irish:  The writers are Irish and it takes place at the Half King, one of New York’s nicest Irish pubs. I reported on the […]

A Living Puppet: (Re) Creating Golem with Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre

Steven Ryan (Lee Wexler) How It’s New York: La MaMa E.T.C. is one of New York’s theatrical/performance treasures, and this year they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary.  Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (C.A.M.T.) is one of the city’s most consistently creative and interesting companies. How It’s Irish:  It’s Jirish, because Golem is set in a Jewish ghetto, and […]

The Rory (Damian McGinty) Report: Glee through 11/15

How It’s New York:  Rachel still dreams of starring on Broadway…How It’s Irish:  Potato jokes, I suppose, and more of Rory. I’ve been late with the Damian report, so thought I’d better hurry these two before tonight’s episode of Glee airs.  Since his first episode, he’s been in the background– could it be those acting lessons […]

Don O’Neill Dresses the Town (and First Lady) with Theia

What do Ireland’s First Lady Sabina Higgins, Oprah Winfrey, and the Big Apple Rose of Tralee have in common? A penchant for the fashions of designer Don O’Neill, whose women’s wear combines NYC glamour with an Irish sensibility.   Lucy Healy-Kelly interiewed the designer during fashion week (a first for the women of NYIA!) How It’s […]

Bell X1 at (Le) Poisson Rouge

How its New York: Bell X1 played Wednesday the 16th at (Le) Poisson Rouge, a Bleecker Street film, music, dance, theater, and fine art venue that opened in 2008 and quickly rose to the top of New York’s venues with eclectic programming and quality production values. Other Voices NYC played there Oct. 27 and 28 […]

Album Launch: Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna 11/23

How It’s New York:  Violinist Dana Lyn is a fixture in New York Irish music, and used to run the session at Mona’s.  Guitarist Kyle Sanna plays jazz and his own composition in Brooklyn.  The album is eclectic, and what’s more New York than that? How It’s Irish:  Dana played with the late Johnny Cunningham,  […]

Blazing The Trail: The O’Kalems in Ireland

How It’s New York: Screened as part of  Doc NYC 2011 at the IFC Center, Peter Flynn’s Blazing the Trail documents the story of the Kalem Company, a New York-based film studio, during the early 1900s. How It’s Irish:  The Kalem Company traveled to Queenstown, County Cork, in 1910 to make the first fiction film […]

The Stinging Fly Takes on New York

How its New York: For many contemporary writers in the English language, a stint in New York, however brief, is de rigueur. The City calls out to the literary, and this draw is evidenced by the multitude of short stories, essays and poems in Stinging Fly Volume 20 which use New York as setting, character […]

Paul Byrom is the Man of the Moment: B.B. King’s Nov. 18

How It’s New York: Paul Byrom, formerly of Celtic Thunder, lives much of the time in  Queens.  He plays B.B. King’s TONIGHT, November, 18th. That’s 237 West 42 St (212) 997-4144.And he dreams about doing a Broadway musical!  How New York is that!How It’s Irish:  Paul is Irish of course, an Irish tenor from Dublin.   […]

The Swell Season Captures the War of Fame, Art- and Love

How it’s New York: the new documentary, The Swell Season, recently showed in Manhattan and Brooklyn. How it’s Irish: Glen Hansard, the Irish musician, is one of the subjects of the documentary – his life with his ex-partner and fellow Oscar-winner, Marketa Irglová, during their 2007 tour. Michelle Woods, back from Prague, responds to the […]

Tonight: Cork Literary Review New York Launch

How Its New York: New York is one of 5 U.S. cities on the Cork Literary review’s first U.S. tour, and this year’s review is the first to include writers on both sides of the Atlantic. How its Irish: Cork Literary Review was established in Cork in 1985, and has featured some of Ireland’s top […]

Blend of Irish and African-American Dance at Joyce Soho, Nov. 17 – 20

How It’s New York:  “Very Little Step” combines Dance Theatre of Ireland with Soul Steps, a NY Slapping group .  Fusion  is intrinsic to New York, and they’ve been rehearsing it here.  The Joyce Soho, where they’re performing, is a downtown former firehouse.  Soul Steps recently performed in Ireland to commemorate the 10th anniversary of […]

Irish Teen Singer-Songwriter Mark Boylan at Breeders’ Cup

How It’s New York: We love those “you’re going out an understudy, coming back a star” stories.  A teenager getting tapped by his YouTube video is our kind of story. How It’s Irish:  Mark Boylan and his family are from County Offaly.  And the Irish have a great respect for, love of, and deep understanding […]

The Rehearsal, in Performance: Review of Pan Pan’s Playing the Dane

Daniel Reardon and Conor Madden (Ros Kavanagh) How It’s New York:  When I saw The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane in Ireland, I’d had no time to eat.  Closest food:  McDonald’s on Grafton Street.  When I saw this in NYC, I’d had no time to eat.  Closest food:  Colombian food truck with fresh arepas around the […]