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Blazing music, dance, and heat in Catskills
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Blazing music, dance, and heat in Catskills
By Earle Hitchner Confronting a stagnant economy and stifling weather, the 16th annual Catskills Irish Arts Week of July 11-17 emerged as an artist...
Lance Daly's 'Kisses' blow into U.S. theaters
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Lance Daly's 'Kisses' blow into U.S. theaters
By Karen Butler letters@irishecho.com When his plans to make an Irish racecar picture crashed and burned a few years ago, Dublin writer-director La...
Holmes is where the heart is
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Holmes is where the heart is
By Earle Hitchner "Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life." That warning comes from Bertolt Brecht's play "The Mother," and the l...
Remembering a valued friend
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Remembering a valued friend
By Elaine Ní Bhraonáin The Irish Arts Center was one of the first places I visited when I moved to New York in early June 2003 and I knew straight ...
'Merchant of Venice' sells Pacino short
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'Merchant of Venice' sells Pacino short
By Joseph Hurley "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare • Directed by Daniel Sullivan • Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater, ...
Setting Meter to Music
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Setting Meter to Music
By Earle Hitchner Last week I wrote very briefly about Natalie Merchant's "Leave Your Sleep," featuring the Irish traditional band Lunasa on four t...
Quinn mines history for laughs
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Quinn mines history for laughs
By Karen Butler Irish-American funnyman Colin Quinn is bringing his unique and hilarious perspective on world history to Manhattan's Bleecker Stree...
Irish crime fiction has  something for everybody
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Irish crime fiction has something for everybody
By Peter McDermott For all our connections to the NYPD, it was a Greek-American lieutenant that captured Irish hearts. Adult viewers had "Kojak" re...
Gannon, Smith, Blake are a trio in tune
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Gannon, Smith, Blake are a trio in tune
By Earle Hitchner Presenting traditional music and dance of the highest quality, the Washington, D.C., Irish Folk Festival abruptly ended in 2000 a...
An island romance
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An island romance
By Joseph Hurley "Lascivious Something" By Sheila Callaghan • at the Julia Miles Theater, 424 West 55th St., NYC • Through June 6. Marsha Ginsberg'...
Ireland finds its place on Noir map
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Ireland finds its place on Noir map
BOOKS/Peter McDermott A few weeks ago, an enthusiastic American reader of Benjamin Black's "Elegy for April," and its predecessors in the Quirke Se...
Conan back on the late shift
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Conan back on the late shift
By Karen Butler Irish-American comedian Conan O'Brien recently experienced a bittersweet return to New York to talk up his new late-night chat show...