Bloomsday Events in the USA

Arizona
Tucson
Festivities include readings from Joyce’s Ulysses; Irish Music, Dancing & Poetry
The Manning House Bar will be open for soft drinks, beer, wine and mixed drinks. Presented by the Irish American Gaelic Society of Tucson.
Admission: $5 adults; children free.

Arizona Public Media broadcast a radio story by Mark Duggan which summarized the 2011 Tucson Bloomsday Celebration at the Manning House You can see the pictures and play the broadcast story from the AZPM website:

http://radio.azpm.org/kuaz/podcasts/2011/7/21/2227-tucson-bloomsday-a-celebration-of-irish-culture/

When: Saturday, June 16, 2012
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Manning House
450 W. Paseo Redondo
Tucson, Arizona 85701

More? The Irish American Gaelic Society of Tucson is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/139491492798384/

LA
The Hammer Museum
What:
James Joyce’s comedic pathos is unleashed in this fast-paced presentation of the Aeolus chapter from his classic novel Ulysses. The Hammer’s third annual Bloomsday celebration is set in the Dublin newspaper offices of the Freeman’s Journal and Evening Telegraph, where Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus almost meet face to face. Organized by Stanley Breitbard, this program features a stellar cast of seasoned actors.

Come early to read aloud from Ulysses and enjoy live Irish music and Guinness happy hour.

When:
Saturday, June 16, 2012

4 – 6PM Open reading from the Wandering Rocks chapter of Ulysses in the Hammer Courtyard. All are welcome to participate!

6 – 7:30PM Live Irish music by The Sweet Set, plus Guinness Happy Hour in the Cafe Hammer

7:30 – 9PM A stellar cast of actors reads from the Aeolus chapter of Ulysses in the Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater

9 – 10PM Live Irish music by The Sweet Set, plus Guinness Happy Hour in the Cafe Hammer

Where: Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd. (at Westwood Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90024
www.hammer.ucla.edu
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More? www.hammer.ucla.edu
(310) 443-7000
mkroll@hammer.ucla.edu

http://www.facebook.com/HammerMuseum

http://twitter.com/hammer_museum

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Florida
Orlando
Creative writer, podcaster, and Joyce scholar John King and fellow Orlando writers will celebrate Bloomsday at Urban ReThink (http://urbanrethink.com/) in downtown Orlando.

There will be Irish food and drink and readings from James Joyce’s masterpiece novel.

When: Saturday, June 16th, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Urban ReThink
625 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801

More? http://www.facebook.com/events/358124300921819/.

http://www.facebook.com/TheDrunkenOdysseyWithJohnKing

http://www.thedrunkenodyssey.com

Tampa Bay
What: Bloomsday Tampa Bay is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network, a non-profit organization that provides educational and cultural programming and events to enrich the lives of Tampa Bay residents.

Where: O’Brien’s Irish Pub & Family Restaurant
701 West Lumsden Road
Brandon

When: June 16th: 6-10pm

More: http://www.bloomsdaytampabay.com

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Illinois
Chicago
The Irish American Heritage Centre

The annual event includes performances with readings, music and song, presented by notables from Chicago’s theatre and music community, including Brad Armacost, Brendan Gregg, Vera Kelly, Brigid Duffy Gerace, Kevin Cassidy and Mark Piekarz.

The 12th annual Rattlin’ of the Joists is Saturday, June 16 at 8pm at the IAHC and is a benefit for the IAHC. Donations are accepted. For more information, call the IAHC 773-282-7035.

Programming at the Irish American Heritage Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from The Illinois Arts Council, CityArts grants, from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Humanities Council.

When: Bloomsday Celebration
Saturday, June 16
8pm

Where: Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N Knox Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630
www.irish-american.org

More? 773-282-7035
info@irishahc.org

The Newberry Library
Where:
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton
Chicago, Illinois 60610-3380

When: Thursday, June 14th, 2012: 5-8pm.
Cash Bar 5-6 p.m.
6:00 P.M. Irish Consul & opening passage
6:15 -7:00 Readings from Ulysses
7:00-7:15 Intermission
7:15-7:50 Readings
7:40 p.m. Penelope/ Molly
7:50 p.m. wrap up
Adjourn to Fado Irish Pub for dinner and pints

For more:
marynellmurphy@mac.com
ctraudt@uchicago.edu
robertreidy@sbcglobal.net

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Louisiana
New Orleans
All ages welcome
Food and drink available all day
Come read “Ulysses”
No sign-up…all welcome to read
Stay for as little or as long as you wish

When: Saturday, June 16th, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: NOLA BLOOMSDAY at The Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA

More? books@crescentcitybooks.com

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Maryland
Bethesda 

What: Motley mix of seasoned Joyce readers, residents of the greater Washington DC metropolitan area. Organised by brother and sister Deborah Sherer and Dr. David Sherer.

Where:
The Irish Inn at Glen Echo
6119 Tulane Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20812

When:
Bloomsday Reading
June 16, 2012
11:00 a.m. until 3:00
Reservations only: 301-229-6600

More Info:
deboshe@gmail.com

Please go to
http://www.planetpdf.com/planetpdf/pdfs/free_ebooks/ulysses_NT.pdfto access page-numbered text. Contact Deborah at e-mail cited above with section you wish to present at the reading.

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Massachusetts
Greenfield, Boston

What: Come celebrate Bloomsday at The People’s Pint in Greenfield, MA with The Literacy Project, an adult education organization in the Pioneer Valley. Hear readers, enjoy live music and dancing by Celtic Heels, get your picture taken with James Joyce, eat like Joyce with People’s Pint specials, win a prize for best Edwardian costume, and help support literacy in your community!

When: June 16th, 9:00-11:00 PM

Where: The People’s Pint
24 Federal Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
USA

More? www.literacyproject.org

Irish International Immigration Center
What:
Dramatizations of excerpts from:
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,
Ulysses and
Finnegans Wake
by The Here Comes Everybody Players.

Music associated with Joyce with Stephen Mark Brown, Tenor and Linda Papatopoli, Piano.
Where:
100 Franklin Street, Boston MA, 02110, USA
(entrance at 60 Arch Street or 201 Devonshire)
When:
Bloomsday 2012, Music and Drama to celebrate the work of James Joyce

8 PM, Friday, June 15, 2012
8 PM, Saturday, June 16, 2012

Suggested donation: $25 per person

More?
Reservations Suggested
by calling (617) 542 7654
or emailing reservations@iiicenter.org

Worchester

What: The Worcester Ramble and the series of pre-Bloomsday events are coordinated by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Most of our events are participatory readings. We encourage readers and listeners to enjoy the language of Ulysses. We help each other with pronunciation, explain bits to each other, generally try to have a good time. Hardcore Joyce readers, Irish ex-pats, professors or Greek mythology and modern Irish literature mix enthusiastically with beginners of all ages. We plan pre-Bloomsday events to remove some of the Ulysses-anxiety and remind people of Joyce’s humor. It varies each year but we’ve touched on everything from Irish politics in 1904 to Joyce’s relationship with the church to Joyce’s life in Paris. Most events and locations are free and open to the public and handicapped accessible. Free refreshments are provided at some locations; participants must buy their own meals.

Where: Various locations throughout Worcester, Massachusetts.
Sponsored by Worcester County Poetry Association, 1 Ekman Street, Worcester, MA 01607

More? web: http://wcpa.homestead.com/BLOOMSDAY2012.html
email: wcpaboard@yahoo.com
telephone: 508-797-4770

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New Jersey
Monmouth County Library Headquarters

What: Bloomsday – Ulysses Demystified

Please join us for a lively discussion and enjoy selected readings by Mícheál ÓMáille, Irish Language Chair of Monmouth’s Claddagh na nGael (Irish Shore) and librarian, Donna Mansfield. While Ulysses has a reputation as being difficult, the readings will also show that it is also lyrical, clever, charming and very funny.

ÓMáille will also provide background about Ulysees and put the novel in the context of the times and the great myths that influenced it. The traditional of celebrating Bloomsday started in 1954, on the 50th anniversary of the events in the novel. Joyce fans all over the world celebrate the unique literary event, with a range of cultural activities including Ulysses readings and dramatizations. No registration is required. Free admission and open to the public.

When: Bloomsday – Ulysses Demystified
Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Where: Monmouth County Library Headquarters
125 Symmes Drive
Manalapan, NJ 07726 USA

More? Donna Mansfield
Programming Coordinator
Monmouth County Library Headquarters
125 Symmes Drive
Manalapan, NJ 07726 USA

Phone: 732-431-7220

http://www.monmouthcountylib.org

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New York
Brooklyn
At each stop there will be a short reading from various Episodes of Ulysses, by the Bloomsday Players, additionally the Bloomsday Trio will play traditional Irish music and our Piper will lead us to our stops.

Literary pub crawl, along 5th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, June 16,2012. We will gather at the Black Sheep Pub – Bergen Street & 5th Ave. at 2P.M.; continuing to Union Hall; Benchmark (where Mr. Bloom’s lunch will be served) ; to the historic Old Stone House, George Washington Park -where Leopold Bloom will be made an honorary Brooklynite and a member of The Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin, by proclamation of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; the next stop will be Jackie’s 5th Amendement and our last stop Smith’s Tavern.

There is no charge, but an official “Bloomsday Mug” can be purchased to qualify for discounted beverages and we strongly encourage tips for – the Piper, Musicians and bartenders.

Where: 3rd Annual Bloomsday in Brooklyn, Sponsored by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the City of Brooklyn,est. 1861.

For further information email: bklynbloomsday@aol.com

Greenport

What:
Written and directed by Mel Mendelssohn, with Jere Jacob, Rebekah White, and music directed by Dee Laveglia. This one hour program tells the story of how Nora and Jim met, eloped to Europe, struggled to survive, had two children, and how Jim eventually managed to get published.

Through the letters they exchanged, and the songs they sang (with some original settings of Chamber Music Poems), we focus on how Jim used Nora as the model for the character Molly Bloom in his great work, Ulysses.

Where:
Floyd Memorial Library
539 1st Street
Greenport NY 11944
USA

When:
The Making of Mollie Bloom: the lives and love of Nora Barnacle and James Joyce
Saturday, June 16, 2012, 3 PM
Admission free

More?
Mel Mendelssohn
Box 485
Shelter Island Hgts NY 11965
USA
mmredone1116@gmail.com

Soho
At the Village Zendo in the heart of New York, a day of meditation and study to help bring Joyce’s great work and its profound teachings of unity and compassion into the heart of our lives. All are welcome!

When:
In Full Bloom: The Bodhisattva Way and James Joyce’s “Ulysses”
A Workshop
Saturday, June 16, 2012, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fee: $30

Where:
Village Zendo
588 Broadway, Suite 1108
NY NY 10012
between Houston & Prince Streets in Soho NYC

More? http://villagezendo.org/2012/03/bloom-bodhisattva-workshop/
info@villagezendo.org

Supreme Court 

What: James Joyce did not just give us one of the greatest works of world literature. He also gave us a landmark ruling in U.S. First Amendment jurisprudence. This year, the Irish American Bar Association of New York holds its fourth annual Bloomsday celebration on June 15, 2012 (one day before Bloomsday), celebrating Joyce’s contribution to the principle of free speech. Keynote speaker, the Hon. Adrian Hardiman, Justice of the Irish Supreme Court, will deliver the John Quinn Memorial Address, named after the famed Irish-American lawyer who represented Joyce’s publishers in their criminal prosecution for obscenity.

His address will be followed by a re-enactment of the 1921 trial in which the publishers were convicted and fined $50 each. The event also features readings from Ulysses. This free event has been over-subscribed in its first three years, and is one of the most unique and memorable Bloomsday celebrations you will experience.

When: June 15, 2012 (one day before Bloomsday)
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Ceremonial Courtroom
Supreme Court New York County
60 Centre Street
New York, NY 10007

More? RSVP to Domhnall O’Cathain: do@lmllawyers.com

Symphony Space
What: 31st Annual Marathon Celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

MUSIC IN BLOOM!

Hosted and Staged by Isaiah Sheffer

Symphony Space in partnership with the Irish Arts Center

Saturday, June 16
7pm until after midnight

There’s no better way to greet summer than with Symphony Space’s 31st annual BLOOMSDAY ON BROADWAY, celebrating the life, love, and language in James Joyce’s ULYSSES. This year we pay tribute to the music and songs throughout Ulysses with “Music in Bloom.” For the first time in Bloomsday on Broadway history, listen to a reading of the entire “Sirens” episode with full performances of the music central to the drama. Broadway star DAVID MARGULIES performs the role of Mr. Bloom and director-host ISAIAH SHEFFER narrates. And, of course, no Bloomsday on Broadway would be complete without FIONNULA FLANAGAN bringing down the house with the final “yes” of the entire uncensored Molly Bloom monologue.

When: Sat, Jun 16 at 7 pm

Where: Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990

More? Tickets: $25; Members $20; UNDER 30 (with ID) only $15
$20 tickets with code: BLOOM
http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/7093-31st-annual-bloomsday-on-broadway or 212.864.5400
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North Carolina
What:
This year we have an extra special treat for Bloomsday: We will have a staged reading of the play within the book! Jeff Pollock of both The Scoop Ice Cream and Hotdogs and Changing Channels fame will be directing. We still need performance readers! If you are interested, please get in touch with Jeff. He can be reached at The Scoop or by phone (910) 409-5047.

This year’s festivities will commence at 4:30 PM on Saturday June 16th at Old Books on Front St. The Scoop will be serving a hotdog inspired by Ulysses, maybe a Bloomsday Ice Cream, and of course we will be purchasing delicacies from Sugar on Front St!

Bloomsday celebrates James Joyce’s contribution to literature by annually honouring June 16th, the day of the events chronicled in his masterwork, Ulysses.

Where:
Old Books on Front St.
249 N. Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401 USA

When:
Staged Reading 4:30- 8:30 PM with Bloomsday Hot Dogs, Ice Cream and Irish Baked goods.

More?
www.OldBooksonFrontSt.com
OldBooksonFrontSt@gmail.com
+1 (910) 76 – BOOKS
@OBOFS
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Books-on-Front-Street/175302588615

The Scoop
+1 (910) 763 – 3566
+1 (910) 409 – 5047

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Ohio
What:
We’ve been reading selections of Ulysses on Bloomsday at Nighttown for the last three years, last year a marathon reading from 9 AM till 2 AM.
This year we are planning some musical interludes featuring songs referenced in the text.

Where:
Nighttown
12387 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44065
216-795-0550

When:
All day Saturday, June 17, 2012

More?
Bill Kennedy
billkennedy@windstream.net

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Oregon
What:
Sponsored by the EH Deery Division of the Ancient Order Of Hibernians Portland Oregon

We will have Joyce readers throughout the morning from a variety of his writings.

Where:
Kells Irish Pub
112 SW Second Ave
Portland, Oregon 97204

When:
Bloomsday Begins With Breakfast 15th annual celebration
June 16, 2012
9am -Noon
No charge except for the breakfast you choose

More?
First come first served
No reservations
Kells Irish Pub telephone: 503 227 4057

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Texas
Dallas

What: Joyce’s Ulysses
A Bloomsday Celebration of the Modern Classic
Undermain Reads at the Dallas Museum Of Art, Horchow Auditorium
June 16th, 2:00PM, included with general admission to The Museum, free for Museum members and Undermain Theatre season pass holders.

As part of its acclaimed reading series, Undermain Theatre presents a new theatrical adaptation of James Joyce’s hilarious modernist classic, Ulysses. Widely considered the greatest novel of the 20th century, Ulysses reworks the events of Homer’s Odyssey into the comical journey of a day in the life of Dubliner Leopold Bloom. On June 16th, celebrated by bookworms the world over as Bloomsday, take advantage of the rare opportunity to hear Joyce’s words performed by a stellar ensemble of professional actors. Join us for an afternoon with the humor, the music, and Joyce’s own literary derring-do, in this celebration of the masterpiece.

When: June 16th, 2012 2:00-3:30pm

Where: Undermain Theatre Reads at the Dallas Museum of Art
The Horchow Auditorium
1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas, TX

More? For more information, you can contact Undermain Theatre at www.undermain.org, mail@undermain.org, or 214-747-5515.

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Washington
– Seattle
What: The Wild Geese Players of Seattle will present a staged reading of Chapter 17, “Eumaeus”, adapted from the 1922 edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

We had a successful reading of the Eumaeus chapter last year. In Eumaeus, Leopold Bloom took a very drunken Stephen Dedalus to a cabman’s shelter to sober up over a cup of coffee.

In Ithaca, Bloom returns home to 7 Eccles Street with Stephen, around 2AM. The two men discuss a wide variety of topics. The episode is written in the form of a rigidly organised catechism, and was reportedly Joyce’s favourite episode in the novel. The style is that of a scientific inquiry, with questions furthering the narrative. The deep descriptions range from questions of astronomy to the trajectory of urination.

Where:
Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. Donations towards costs of room rental, posters, and props are welcome.

When:
Saturday, June 16th, 7–9:30pm

More? http://www.wildgeeseseattle.org/

Washington DC
What: 43 readers in all, diverse levels of knowledge/skill – group includes some top people.

When:
BloomsdayDC is the 5th Annual Program of its kind sponsored by the Harvard Club of Washington, DC

Schedule of BloomsdayDC Celebration on Saturday, June 16, 2012:

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Reading from Part I of Ulysses at Politics & Prose (5015 Connecticut Avenue NW), Free-of-charge

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Reading from Part II of Ulysses at James Hobin’s Irish Restaurant (1 Dupont Circle), Free-of-charge

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Reading from Part III of Ulysses at Cosmos Club (2727 Mass Ave. NW) Attendance by advance reservation only, cost $35 per person (includes light food and drink), reservations at www.harvard-dc.org, not limited to members of Harvard Club

Where:

10:00 – 11:30 AM at Politics & Prose Bookstore – 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC

2:00 – 6:00 PM at James Hobin’s Irish Restaurant – 1 Dupont Circle, Washington DC

8:00 – 10:00 PM at Cosmos Club – 2727 Mass Ave. NW, Washington, DC

More? www.harvard-dc.org

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