By Irish Echo Staff
Bloomsday is almost upon us and first up is tonight’s “Alternative Bloomsday,” an evening without “Ulysses” at Dixon Place, 161A Christie St., on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, beginning at 7 p.m. Among the readers of “Dubliners,” “Finnegans Wake,” “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” etc. are native Dubliners Kevin Holohan, Honor Molloy and Maeve Price.
But most Joycean events in June are, as usual, scheduled for the 16th. Here are a few favorites worth checking out next Thursday. Origin Theatre’s 3rd annual Bloomsday Breakfast at Bloom’s Tavern, 208 East 58th St., will begin at 7:30 a.m. Among the notables attending will be writers Malachy McCourt and Colin Broderick, and actors Jim Norton, Fionnula Flanagan, Charlotte Moore, Terry Donnelly, Brenda Meaney and Fiona Walsh.
The 13th annual Bloomsday celebration at Ulysses Bar, Stone Street, in the Wall Street district will kick off at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the day.
The Irish American Bar Association of New York will hold its 7th Annual Bloomsday Celebration and John Quinn Memorial Address at 6:30 p.m. at the National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, to honor James Joyce, his novel “Ulysses” and its contribution to U.S. First Amendment jurisprudence.
The Hon. Reena Raggi, United States Circuit Judge of the U.S Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, will be the keynote speaker. For tickets to the event, which includes a reception, go to iabany.org.
And the 35th annual “Bloomsday on Broadway,” produced by Symphony Space (on Broadway at 95th Street) and the Irish Arts Center, will begin at 7 p.m. It will be directed by Fishamble’s Jim Culleton, with musical direction by Lisa Flanagan. Molly Bloom’s soliloquy will be performed by Fionnula Flanagan. So far the other performers listed for the event are: Ellen Adair, Clodagh Bowyer, Reg E. Cathey, Valorie Curry, Joe Dettmore, Mia Dillon, Rebecca Donner, Barbara Feldon, Joanna Gleason, Dion Graham, Zach Grenier, Michael Simon Hall, Peter Halpin, Maeve Higgins, Sonia Manzano, Jon McCormick, Alphie McCourt, Malachy McCourt, Alison McKenna, Robin Miles, Charlotte Moore, Terry Moran, Eilin O’Dea, Amanda Quaid, Peter Quinn, Carolina Ravassa and Sam Underwood. For tickets, call 866-811-4111.