How It’s New York: Bloomsday attracts lawyers, actors, writers, and that’s soooo New York.. Also multiple, competing celebrations are more the norm than not…
How It’s Irish: Bloomsday celebrates the day the James Joyce’s Ulysses, June 16. All the event sin the book take place on that day in 1904. Today is June 15, and it’s already underway…I’m heading to the Bloomsday Celebration put on by the Irish American Bar Association of New York, which takes place in the Supreme Court ceremonial Courtroom and features a reenactment of the 1921 blasphemy trial in which the publishers were fined $50.
Here are some of the events taking place this weekend– if you go, report back!
1. Bloomsday Readings: at Ulysses Pub, readers include Larry Kirwan, Colum McCann. Aedin Moloney. 1 p.m. on. This is a fave celebration– food, drink, good times! The pub opened on Bloomsday 2003. I love this event and will be there tomorrow afternoon– here’s some of what I wrote about it last year for Speakeasy at the Wall Street Journal:
“The first pint of Guinness I poured that morning was for Frank McCourt at the reading,” says owner Irishman Danny McDonald. Usually Colum McCann coordinates the readings that start at 1 p.m., … Past readers have included Frank and Malachy McCourt, Peter Quinn, Pete Hamill, Sam Shepard and Stephen Rea.
2. The session at Lillie’s, a lovely bar and restaurant at 13 East 17th Street between Union Square Park and 5th Avenue. Dan Neely, NYIA blogger and artistic director of the the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra runs this Saturday session from 4-7. His email announcing this year’s session is a very clever parody of Ulysses, included below. It’s really brilliant so do read more and soak it in!
The session this Saturday features James Keane.
….then I put the pint to my mouth and drink it back while chatting away under the light of the flat screen and then ask for another and draw it close letting the foam stick to my mustache with the tunes still going like mad in my head Dan you have really lost the plot on this one yes I suppose yes definitely I have Yes.
3. Bloomsday on Broadway: Music in Bloom. Sponsored by Symphony Space and Irish Arts Center, this yearly marathon of readings from Joyce’s novel features Fionnuala Flanagan, David Margulies: Saturday at 7. Also from Speakeasy:
When asked to participate, Flanagan said, “Yes, I said, yes, I will, yes. I will and I can and I do,” quickly riffing on the famous passage.
4. Staten Island OutLOUD presents their 10th annual Bloomsday celebration, 4 St. Pauls Cafe, 8 pm. Readings and live music by Guy Klucesvsek.
Gwen saw it (because she’s on the list to get these emails) and asked if I wouldn’t mind posting it here, and I was like “yeah, cool.”
So here we are:
So, I woke up this afternoon and decided in this week’s email to paint a picture of the Lillie’s session so complete that if this Saturday suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my email. Here goes:
–Let’s do it. Let’s do it! he said eagerly.
|Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, John Quinn|
The performance ambled around on wobbly legs, the result of rushed tempo and intonational discrepancy.
He’ll get no free drinks when I’m playing the tunes
But have to stand barside and wish he was play’n
And look on when turn becomes the tune agai’n.
So that’s that.