Archives for January 2012

Conscience and Kings: Kevin Spacey as Richard III at BAM

Kevin Spacey as Richard III (Joan Marcus) How It’s New York:  Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is one of New York’s beloved institutions, founded in 1861, and at its present location since 1908, it’s the go-to place these days for international work,a s well as cinema, music, local performers and of course theatre.  And some […]

Pardon Coming for Irish Deserters Who Fought with Allies in WWII

Éamon de Valera inspecting his neutral troops How It’s New York:  There’s a Jirish component here, which is very New York.  Éamon De Valera, who infamously signed Hitler’s condolence book, was born in New York City.How It’s Irish:  Ireland was officially neutral during WWII, but that didn’t stop some men from crossing the border to […]

Call For Papers: the Legacy of Oscar Wilde, by Jan. 31

Oscar Wilde in 1882 (taken in NY by Napoleon Sarony) How It’s New York:  The symposium about the legacy of Oscar Wilde will take place at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey in June– an easy commute by train from the city.   Incidentally, Oscar visited NJ in his 1882 American tour, and spent time in […]

BORDERLANDS artist talk and reception with Kate Arslanian Jan. 26

How its New York: Irish Arts Center’s multidisciplinary mission includes providing gallery space in Hell’s Kitchen for Irish and Irish American artists.How its Irish: Kate Arslanian is an Irish artist who spends time between her hometown on the North and South border at Crossmaglen, County Armagh and Paris, France.  Not too shabby! We haven’t done […]

Come On Over! Silent Film Review from Cork

How It’s New York: This 1922 film is partly set in New York, where the Irish emigrant protagonists make their new home in Amerikay; and what is more New York than that? The film has recently been acquired by the IFI Irish Film Archive from the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art, which […]

Máirtín De Cógáin Brings Us Love From Cork

How It’s New York: Máirtín De Cógáin is playing at Rocky Sullivan’s in Brooklyn on the 24th and at Murphy’s Bar on the 27th.  He has led sessions at Lillies (we wrote about that here), performed at Glucksman Ireland House and at Catskills Irish Arts Week.How It’s Irish: Máirtín is a Corkonian and proud of […]

Dreaming of Queen and Love at Dedalus Lounge: Theatre Review

Dedalus Lounge (@Russ Rowland) How It’s New York:  Royal Family Productions is a New York company with a growing rep, trying on new things and earning a strong reputation.How It’s Irish:  Gary Duggan is an Irish playwright, who has been produced in the 1st Irish Festival here, has written for Fair City and has a […]

Music Line-up for Benefit for Tom Furlong Today

How It’s New York:  Look at some of the great players from the area!How It’s Irish:  Tom Furlongw as an All-Star footballer for Co. Offaly, and of course ran Furlong’s Pub in East Durham, where many trad musicians loved to play and stay. You can still get yourself to the benefit today– the snow has […]

Benefit for Tom Furlong Jan. 22 in Yonkers

Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, Furlong’s Pub, 2010 How It’s New York:  This is a benefit for Tom Furlong, and Furlong’s Pub was simply synonymous with the Catskills hooley for years.  Two summers ago I stayed across the way from Furlong’s and left early– 3 am.  When I got up for my class with Liz […]

Frankie Gavin on the Real De Dannan (in NJ 1/14)!

How It’s New York:  Frankie Gavin and De Dannan were here showcasing at APAP NYC.  I found out about this gig when I saw Frankie at Ambassador Noel Kilkenny’s reception for the Irish delegation Sunday (pics of that to come!)How It’s Irish:  De Dannan are one of those Irish trad bands that non trad players […]

APAP report: Jan. 6

Amy Conroy, Kia Corthron, Gwen Orel, Deirdre Kinahan How It’s New York:  The APAP conference takes place in NY, and brings a party with it.How It’s Irish:  Mingling, talking, greeting and enjoyment! I’ll be giving you brief write-ups of my interactions with APAP as I go!  I might not get up to much today unfortunately […]

Poetry in Pavements

May 1954: Yvonne Voigt Molloy, John Molloy, Christopher Fitz-Simon and other members of the Trinity Players head off on a University Tour that included Oxford University How It’s New York: Honor Molloy is a New York writer and a regular partner in crime at the Irish American Writers and Artists Salon. How It’s Irish: Amemory […]

“Write On” and Pursue Your Dreams in 2012!

How It’s New York:  New York is still the literary capital of the country, if not the world.  The publishing houses are here and coffee houses are full of folks with laptops.How It’s Irish:  The Irish are great for the dreams, and great for the words, too.  Put them together:  golden.Mike Farragher encourages us all […]

Charter 77 Celebration at Czech Center Tonight at 8

How It’s New York:  The event takes place at the Czech Center in NY, which in itself is a wonderful testament to the diversity that built this city– a building created for an immigrant population, recently renovated.How It’s Irish:  It’s Celto-Slav. This celebration was put together rather quickly but it fills in some gaps in […]