Cork Literary Review Launch
IAC Film Series: Build Something Modern
We're hosting a special reception on November 17 at 7:30pm to launch Cork Literary Review: No. XIV, featuring Joseph Woods (an IAC PoetryFest 2009 poet), Eugene O'Connell and Brian Turner. Highlights include interviews with the Irish Ambassador, James J. Sharkey, a childhood friend of Seamus Heaney; and Liadain O'Donovan, the daughter of Frank O'Connor. The Review features an American section, edited and introduced by the poet Brian Turner, showcasing poetry from diverse writers across the U.S.
A poem to whet your appetite!
for Philip King
by Gerard Smyth
After a few false starts, the harmonica player
picks up a bluesy melody or slow air,
a cracked tune or one that was lost
and found, borrowed and returned
but never a burden to the one who carries it.
Maybe 'Bless the Weather' or 'Sweet Little Mystery',
or something more traditional
from a place that never runs out of rhythms
in the hills of Clare or Mississippi.
After the first few faltering drones
the artisan of the consummate solo works the keys
of the melodeon until there's an upswing
in the tempo of the window-rattling jig
that a lord of the dance could catch with his heels.
Build Something Modern, directed by Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley, will be screened on November 15 at 7pm. The film is beautifully made and tells the story of a hidden canon of Irish architecture; groundbreaking young architects who pushed the boundaries. From the 1950s to the 1970s, adventurous architects, eager to be among the first Irish modernists, travelled to Africa for excitement and creative freedom. They designed hospitals, schools and churches and were commissioned by Catholic missionaries. See the trailer below!
|Build Something Modern Trailer |
Scroll down for more details about these events, The Arrogant Years, Sundays at Seven, and some great IAC Recommendations around NYC!
Bradshaw Books Publishing launches
Cork Literary Review
edited by Eugene O'Connell
Thursday, November 17 | 7:30 pm
Cork Literary Review celebrates 25 years of Bradshaw Books Publishing in Ireland with the New York launch of Volume XIV of its seminal Irish anthology, edited by Eugene O'Connell. Highlights from the new, deluxe 400-page hardback edition include the inaugural American section, edited and introduced by award-winning American poet Brian Turner, a conversation between Eil�an N� Chuillean�in and James Harpur, and poetry from the best of Irishcontemporary writers, including Joseph Woods, Liam � Muirthille, Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Helen Kidd. Join us for an evening of readings and a reception with O'Connell, Turner and Woods.
Since it first appeared in 1994, the Cork Literary Review (Bradshaw Books) has evolved from a slim anthology of winning competition entries, into a widely respected, high-end literary journal through featured contributions from a host of noted Irish poets and writers, among them Seamus Heaney, Paul Durcan, Frank McGuinness, Jean O'Brien, Brian Turner, Medbh McGuckian, Eugene O'Connell, Mary Rose Callan and Roderick Ford.
Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866.811.4111
This program is supported, in part, by Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's year of Irish arts in America in 2011.
The Arrogant Years:
One Girl's Search for Her Lost Youth,
from Cairo to Brooklyn
Wednesday, November 30 | 7 pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Edmond J. Safra Plaza
36 Battery Place
New York, NY
Author Lucette Lagnado in conversation with Malachy McCourt (A Monk Swimming)
Bestselling memoirists Lagnado and McCourt have a lively conversation about their immigrant stories and discuss Lagnado's poignant, new book, a follow-up to her award-winning The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit.
Co-sponsored by the Irish Arts Center
Admission: $10, $5 IAC and Museum members
mjhnyc.org or 646.437.4202
Use Discount Code IAC1130
Build Something Modern
Tuesday, November 15 | 7 pm
2011, 70 minutes
Directed by Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley
Build Something Modern is a moving documentary that tells the little known story of ground-breaking and idealistic young Irish architects, including Se�n Rothery, Richard Hurley and Gerald Fay, who travelled to Africa from the 1950s to the 1970s in search of both challenge and creative freedom.
As champions of modernism, the young architects, aided by the efforts of colleagues from home, produced a large canon of remarkable architecture including churches, hospitals and schools deep in the heart of Africa.
Sundays at Seven
Comedy at Night!
November 13, December 11 | 7 pm
Producers Ann Design and Fiona Walsh continue to assemble the best and brightest of New York City's rising stars of comedy. Join us on the second Sunday of every month with featured performers from Comedy Central,
Gotham's Comedy Club, Letterman, Conan O'Brien and more.
Admission: $10 general / $8 member
irishartscenter.org or 866.811.4111
FREE for Sponsor ($125) members and higher.
Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866.811.4111.
New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane
November 10 -12 | 8 pm
Monday, November 13, 2011 | 3 pm
NYU Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)
New York, NY 10012
In Pan Pan's purgatorial presentation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, you as the audience are faced with a choice: who is to be, or not to be, Hamlet?
Actors compete to play the title role, but as we enter the graveyard world of this icon of individualism, can anyone escape playing the Dane? Highly innovative and visually breathtaking, this is an audacious and irreverent riff on Hamlet that plays fast and loose with our familiarity and expectations. The onstage Director rations out Shakespeare's text in a series of theatrical devices and conceits that focuses the large cast, and the audience, on the existential plight of its characters. The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane was winner of the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Production and Best Design.
Admission: $20 - $40 with IAC Member discount. Use Discount Code IACPD
nyuskirball.org or 212-352-3101
EVERY LITTLE STEP... the Rhythm of Hope
Dance Theatre of Ireland (IRL) & Soul Steps (USA)
November 17- 20
Thu-Sat at 7:30pm | Sun at 2pm
Joyce SoHo, NYC 155 Mercer Street
New York, NY
Dance Theatre of Ireland (DTI) are pleased to premiere Every Little Step... the Rhythm of Hope, a collaboration with Soul Steps Company (NYC), combining African-American Stepping, Irish and modern dance, urban rhythms, and storytelling. Featuring dancers from both companies, Every Little Step... draws on sheer human energy and exhilarating body percussion while touching on the ways people sustain themselves in good times and bad - the results of which are primal, personal, and highly energized.
|Every Little Step... Second Steps|
Admission: $20; $15 stu/sr; $15 DancePass
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New York or Boston to Dublin from $199*
Travel Jan 10 - Feb 29, 2012. Purchase flights by November 15th, 2011.
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Irish Arts Center programs are supported in part, by Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's year of Irish arts in America in 2011; the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.