12th Annual Rattlin’ of the Joists: Celebrating
the Life and Work of James Joyce
with the Bloomsday Celebration
at the Irish American Heritage Center

Saturday, June 16 (8pm)

Donations accepted.

Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox Ave.
Chicago, IL   60630

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Celebrate the life and works of writer James Joyce with the Irish American Heritage Center’s annual Bloomsday Celebration, Rattlin’ of the Joists this June. Josephine Craven directs.

The annual event includes performances with readings, music and song, presented by notables from Chicago’s theatre and music community, including Brad Armacost, Brendan Gregg, Vera Kelly, Brigid Duffy Gerace, Kevin Cassidy and Mark Piekarz.

On June 16, 1904, writer James Joyce met his future wife, Nora Barnacle and immortalized the date in his monumental epic, Ulysses. Modern Joyce aficionados have denoted June 16 "Bloomsday"; a day set aside throughout the world to honor the great man and his controversial and thought-provoking works. 

The 12th annual Rattlin’ of the Joists is Saturday, June 16 at 8pm at the IAHC and is a benefit for the IAHC. Donations are accepted. For more information, call the IAHC 773-282-7035.

Programming at the Irish American Heritage Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from The Illinois Arts Council, CityArts grants, from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Humanities Council.


The Irish American Heritage Center, which occupies an 86,000 square foot building on the City's northwest side, near Wilson Avenue and the Edens Expressway, at 4626 North Knox, fosters the practice, study and celebration of Irish, Celtic, and Irish-American cultural traditions. For more information, call 773-282-7035, or visit www.irish-american.org.

 
 
The Next Objectivists & Ulysses

Thursday, June 14 (8 p.m.)

Mess Hall
6932 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL  60626

free and open to the public

You are invited to attend a Next Objectivists meeting during which we will creatively explore James Joyce's Ulysses. We will read and discuss pieces of writing that have used Joyce's works as inspiration -- such as writings by John Cage
In collaboration with the Borderbend Arts Collective, the Next Objectivists will celebrate Bloomsday by reading & writing through the "Eumaeus" episode of Ulysses

This will be the first of a two-part workshop dedicated to Joyce & a question that has been haunting us for a while, which we have conceptualized as "radical banality." When, where & how does an overcommitment to the banal, the humdrum, the petty & quaint, the everyday slog & habitual mechanizations of routine pass over into its opposite--extraordinary puncture? How do we & might we feel about projects such as Joyce's, which novelize in epic fashion quotidian banalities? 

Participants will be invited to workshop poems that use passages from Ulysses as grist. Several strategies will be used during writing activities, such as an Oulipo method. Some pieces of writing generated during this Next Objectivists meeting will be made available to the public by Bloomsday. 
During the second workshop (on June 21), the Next Objectivists will continue to explore these questions by reading & writing our way through sections of Finnegans Wake (a word file of selections is attached). In both workshops, we will employ automatic writing, acrostics & other surrealist & oulipian techniques as keys to help us unlock these texts.

Join us! As always, the Next Objectivists' workshops are free and open to the public. All meetings are held at the Mess Hall.

Finally, the Next Objectivists' summer schedule is now available at www.nextobjectivists.blogspot.com.





Note: Click here to read the poems that were written during this workshop. 

 
 
Bloomsday: Readings
from James Joyce’s Ulysses

Thursday, June 14 (5 p.m.)


Ruggles Hall in the Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

The Bloomsday Committee invites you to celebrate Ulysses with this much-beloved annual reading of passages from James Joyce’s masterpiece. The Irish Consul will introduce the evening and read the opening passage. Bring your copy of the great work and follow along as snippets from ten chapters are interpreted by a variety of readers. We’ll travel through Dublin from the top of the Martello Tower to Sandymount Strand to Barney Kiernan’s pub and to Hades and back! 

This program is free and no reservations are required. Click here to find out more, and you can email marynellmurphy@mac.com
for more info. 
Image of James Joyce.
Midwest MS Butcher, Bx. 41, Fl.#1727

 
 
Bloomsday Dinner with The Queen of Luxuria, Molly Bloom and André Schürmann

Saturday, June 16 (7 p.m.)

Guerilla Smiles
1371 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

You are invited to come to a Bloomsday Dinner, with performances by the Queen of Luxuria, Molly Bloom and André Schürmann. For dinner reservations please RSVP to carronlittle@gmail.com
The Queen of Luxuria at the Jackson Junge Gallery (10/2011)
photos by Jamie Gannon
 
 
The Galway Arms host an annual reading
from James Joyce’s Ulysses
sponsored by Puddin’head Press


Saturday, June 16, 2012 (7-9 p.m.)
$5.00 donation at the door


Presenting fifteen excerpts from the book that The Modern Library ranked first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, the two-hour presentation will encapsulate the events of 16 June 1904 as experienced by Stephen Dedalus, Leopold and Molly Bloom, and a host of other characters from James Joyce’s Dublin.  As in previous years, the emcee for the evening will be Chicago playwright and novelist Jeff Helgeson, and the readings will feature a number of local actors, as well as authors whose works have been published by Puddin’head Press.  



Voted “Best Irish Pub” in 2010 by City’s Best Chicago, The Galway Arms is the ideal setting for the 8th annual Bloomsday reading sponsored by Puddin’head Press.


The Galway Arms, second floor
2442 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois
60614
773-472-5555

Contact Jeffrey Helgeson for more information.