Today, June 16 is Bloomsday, a literary holiday commemorating the life of Irish writer James Joyce. Bloomsday celebrations relive the exploits of Leopold Bloom, the main character in Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses. The events in Ulysses’ all took place on the same day, June 16, in Dublin in 1904. June 16 was also the date of Joyce’s first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle, when they walked to the Dublin village of Ringsend. (Wikipedia)
In New York, what better way to celebrate Bloomsday than at Ulysses’, which opened on Bloomsday in 2003. Ulysses’ will be celebrating their anniversary and commemorating Bloomsday all day and all night.
Tuesday, June 16
Bloomsday at Ulysses’ Folk House
Carvery lunch: 11:30am – 3pm
Celebrated tastings from Dublin with complimentary glass of Burgundy and Gorgonzola
Readings from “Ulysses” with Colum McCann
Irish novelist Colum McCann hosts selected readings from Ulysses’
with literary guests: Aedin Moloney, Chris Barrett Kelly, Larry Kirwan, Joe Hurley, and many others. (Last year Stephen Rea and Sam Sheppard appeared).
Followed by “an assignation with Molly Bloom”.
Anniversary Drinks – 5-7pm
Complimentary drinks from hosts Danny, Mike and Peter
by Mr. North from 8pm
followed by DJs.
Complimentary drinks 10 – 11pm
all day & all night
95 Pearl St./58 Stone St.
New York, NY
But wait, there’s more…
Symphony Space hosts its 28th Annual Bloomsday Celebration,
in association with The Irish Arts Center.
From the Symphony Space website:
The 28th annual celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses will be a literary feast focusing on food. Performances will include a major section on Stephen Dedalus’ breakfast with Buck Mulligan in the Martello Tower and Mr. Bloom’s famous fried kidney breakfast, as well as the breakfast-in-bed he served to his wife, Molly.
Other foods examined include Bloom’s lunch as the sirens sing; the catalogue of Irish vegetables, meat, and poulty found in the Cyclops episode; the snacks that Blazes Boylan brings to his afternoon assignation with Molly; the sobering cup of late-night cocoa that Bloom prepares for Stephen; and the wakeful Molly’s erotic seedcake kiss.
Performers include Ivy Austin, Stephen Aubrey, Clodagh Bowyer, Mary Brienza, Niall Burgess, Aidan Connolly, Mia Dillon, Terry Donnelly, Keir Dullea, Barbara Feldon, Lisa Flanagan, J. Hadary, Adam Harvey, Cynthia Harris, Paul Hecht, Neil Hickey, Charles Keating, Larry Keith, Stephen Lang, Kit Lukas, Ted Marcoux, Robert MacNeil, David Margulies, Kathryn Markey, Colum McAnn, Frank McCourt, Malachy McCourt, Charlotte Moore, Terry Moran, Bernadette Quigley, Peter Quinn, Ciaran O’Reilly, Rochelle Oliver, Leenya Rideout, Thane Rosenbaum, Barbara Rosenblat, Andrew Seear, Marian Seldes, John Shea, Isaiah Sheffer, John Spinks, George Stack, Frances Sternhagen, KT Sullivan, Fritz Weaver and Harris Yulin.
Admission: $25 General Sale; Members $20
6pm – midnight
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
2537 Broadway (at 95th St.)
New York, NY