Arts & Leisure

Al Smith was political trailblazer Al Smith was political trailblazer
For 75 years, America’s most powerful politicians have come to New York City for the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner. Presidents Obama, ...
Spring is in the Air Spring is in the Air
The Christian world begins its observation of Lent on Wednesday, a sure sign that spring is on its way: daylight saving time begins on March 13; th...
It's special when these 3 meet It's special when these 3 meet
This week I’ve been listening to “All Jokes Aside,” an exceedingly charming album of mostly instrumental music from Kathleen Conneely, John Coyne, ...
A remarkable artist and activist A remarkable artist and activist
In Mount Jerome cemetery, not far from Dublin’s Grand Canal at Harold’s Cross, the epitaph on one gravestone reads: “Artist and Friend of the Poor....
Life and time are one in 'The Same' Life and time are one in 'The Same'
Who among us, when we by chance happen upon something or someone from our yesteryears, has not known the unmistakable feeling: a rush of comfort, a...
"Made by God' doesn't judge "Made by God' doesn't judge
In an age where social argument has reached a fever pitch and divisiveness towards the other opinion is at breaking point, it is vital to realize t...
Supergroups set to go on tour Supergroups set to go on tour
It’s almost that time of year again. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations have been on the back burner for almost two years now, but I’ve been hearing ab...
Musicians in focus for CraicFest films Musicians in focus for CraicFest films
The CraicFest is known for its music and its films, but this year the latter are paying particular homage to the former. “This is unprecedented,” s...
Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2022 is going to be fantastic Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2022 is going to be fantastic
Big news, folks: all systems are go for the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2022, which will take place in Mullingar July 31 to Aug. 7! It’s been a while...
Embracing New York City's history Embracing New York City's history
Part II I had high hopes for Charles Dineen. Lots of people did. He went to work each day, leaving behind his wife and three children in the apartm...
Super Sunday Needs Super Foods Super Sunday Needs Super Foods
Super Bowl LVI kicks off at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles next Sunday, drawing what will probably be close to 100 million viewers. The competition bo...
CDs' performances uniquely superb CDs' performances uniquely superb
In the spotlight this week is the newly-released revised & updated edition of “The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin,” a collection describing the life and...