It is Bloomsday, 2010 -- the only fiction holiday in the calendar! Today, writers around the world celebrate the creation, publication, and dissemination of James Joyce's big dirty book "Ulysses," a book which writers have been unpacking ever since in order to make fiction stronger, weirder, and more confrontational.
Even though the computer company Apple is currently trying to censor Ulysses anew, we have full confidence that Mr. Joyce will outlast Apple and will be "giving pause" to whole new generations long after we are all moldering bug hotels
HERE ARE YOUR NEW YORK CITY BLOOMSDAY EVENTS, IF YOU ARE THE SORT OF PERSON WHO IS FREE TO ROAM AROUND TOWN, IDLY PEEKING INTO WINDOWS, MASTURBATING ON BEACHES, AND SPECULATING ABOUT ALL AND SUNDRY THAT SURROUNDS YOU (events courtesy of http://bloomsdaynyc.com):
IABANY/AIHS/IRISH CONSULATE ANNUAL BLOOMSDAY CELEBRATION
American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
The Irish American Bar Association of New York, the American Irish Historical Society and the Consulate General of Ireland, are holding their annual Bloomsday Celebration, featuring the John Quinn Memorial Address, delivered by Judge John Gleeson, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York. The address honors the role James Joyce played in the development of First Amendment jurisprudence in the United States, through a revolutionary decision by Judge John Woolsey in 1933 permitting the publication of Joyce's masterwork. Judge Gleeson will be introduced by the Hon. Reena Raggi, U.S. Circuit Court Judge, and the program will conclude with several readings from the work that Judge Woolsey described in his seminal decision as a "true picture" by a "real artist in words." Niall Burgess, the Consul General of Ireland will be one of the Ulysses readers. This event is free and begins with a reception with traditional Irish music. Priority registration will be given to IABANY and AIHS members. And please note, space is very limited!
RSVP to IABNY Director JaneAnne Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org
BLOOMSDAY ON BROADWAY XXIX
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY (SW corner of 95th and Broadway).
The 29th annual celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses will once again follow selected adventures of Joyce's hero, Mr. Leopold Bloom, as he makes his way through his ordinary Dublin day, and back home to his ever-loving Molly. As on every Bloomsday, a cast of Broadway and film stars, Selected Shorts regulars, and avid Joyceans will join in the carefully crafted excerpts staged by Isaiah Sheffer. Couldn't make it to Symphony Space? Visit their website for more information on how you can listen to Bloomsday on a live streaming webcast at http://www.symphonyspace.org/.
WBAI 99.5FM or anywhere in the world at http://www.wbai.org/
Radio Bloomsday will be broadcast live on WBAI 99.5FM on Wednesday night June 16, 2010 from 7pm until 2am. You can listen anywhere on the world at www.wbai.org. Artists will perform selections from James Joyce's Ulysses as well as other works of world literature related to the book through spoken and song. Radio Bloomsday is made possible, in part, by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. A great nation deserves great art. Performers who have broadcast with Radio Bloomsday in the past include Alec Baldwin, Anne Meara, Paul Muldoon, Brian O'Doherty, Aaron Beall, Bob Dishy, Judy Graubart, Kate Valk, Jim Fletcher, Richard Maxwell, Zeroboy, Merideth Finn, Raluca Barbulecu, David Dozer and many more.
FASHION EVENT: THE BLOOMSDAY COLLECTION
Greg Lord Studios - 526 West 26th Street Room 520
Four scenes from Ulysses are staged as living backdrop for a recital. Irish actors John Keating and Laura Knight with three others, Maureen O'Malley as Molly Bloom and Brian Kerstetter (the Swiss artist Olaf Breuning's favorite video subject) as Blazes Boyland. The tableaux are photographed. The new collection features details common in period clothing: buster brown collars (collars whose points button to protect from wind), cuffs that open to the elbow.
BLOOMSDAY ON STATEN ISLAND
ETG Book Cafe, 208 Bay Street (just 3 blocks from the Staten Island Ferry)
For nearly ten years, Staten Island OutLOUD (a community dialogue and performance project) has hosted an annual Bloomsday event in various locations throughout Staten Island. We gather neighbors to read selections from James Joyce's Ulysses, to make a little music, and to share ideas about Mr. Joyce's comic epic.
But what you are wondering, of course, is where the Fiction Circus will be. We will be HERE all night...
...because fuck everywhere else! Ulysses pub is buying free drinks for everyone for like two hours! Come on about it! Also free gorgonzola cheese!
Posted by miracle on Tue, 15 Jun 2010 22:19:39 -0500 -- permanent link