31st Annual Marathon Celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses


Hosted and Staged by Isaiah Sheffer

Symphony Space in partnership with the Irish Arts Center

Saturday, June 16 -- 7pm until after midnight

There’s no better way to greet summer than with Symphony Space’s 31st annual BLOOMSDAY ON BROADWAY, celebrating the life, love, and language in James Joyce's ULYSSES.  This year we pay tribute to the music and songs throughout Ulysses with “Music in Bloom.”  For the first time in Bloomsday on Broadway history, listen to a reading of the entire “Sirens” episode with full performances of the music central to the drama. 
Broadway star DAVID MARGULIES performs the role of Mr. Bloom and director-host ISAIAH SHEFFER narrates.  And, of course, no Bloomsday on Broadway would be complete without FIONNULA FLANAGAN bringing down the house with the final “yes” of the entire uncensored Molly Bloom monologue. 

Tickets:  $25; Members $20;

UNDER 30 (with ID) only $15

Visit the Irish Arts Center website to find out more. 
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A Bloomsday performance happens during the 2012 What You Will Festival of Improvised Music. Click here to find out more about the performers, audio recordings and photos. 
photo of a sculpture by Dale Johnson
& What You Will Festival location (2011)
photo credit: Dan Focht
The First Annual TLN Bloomsday Garden Party

2012 is the 90th anniversary of the first edition of Ulysses..Bloomsday was first celebrated in 1954, though the novel takes place in 1904.
  • WHERE: NE PDX (details TBA)
  • WHEN: 3–7 PM wander in, picnic on
  • HOW: we're finalizing how to reserve (stay tuned)
3:00–4:30 ► Ulysses In An Hour: Wander among 30-odd readers to hear the fullness of Ulysses in an hourl! CALL FOR READERS: Be part of Bloomsday history (and get free admission). Get in touch.

4:30–6:00 ► SPECIAL GUESTS: ★ Chris Hagen of Powell's Books discusses his Ulysses collection (with show'n'tell) ★ Chuck Barnes does music from Ulysses and beyond on the banjo  and the proverbial more.

6:00–7:00 ► The first ever HugoBall Test Match: We're inaugurating a brand new avant-garde sport, HugoBall! Think Dada croquet. Sort of. Get in touch to participate. No experience possible.

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

Contact Jeffrey Helgeson for more information.