From our buddy Tom Shawver comes this news about a great annual event for Kansas City's Irish and literary communities:
Annual Bloomsday Celebration
Kansas City Irish Center
Monday, June 16, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The 20th century has begun and Dublin, ancient city of noble buildings and ignoble slums, awaits you. It is a wanton place, a soldier's paradise hosting the largest military garrison in the world with a multitude of brothels to serve the soldiery. It is also a musical city where all ages talk knowledgeably of opera and musical plays. The city's census shows 223 female and 169 male music teachers. It is the setting of James Joyce's masterwork, Ulysses on a day when the protagonist, Leopold Bloom, journeys throughout the city, visiting Davy Byrnes' pub, Bella Cohen's bordello and Molly Bloom's bedroom, just to name a few.
Join us on Monday, June 16 as we celebrate James Joyce and his protagonist Leopold Bloom with our annual Bloomsday Celebration at the Irish Center!
2 p.m. - Do you have a favorite passage from Ulysses? Join us for our community read-along of this literary classic, either as a reader or a listener. (If you are interested in reading, please give us a call so we can add you to the schedule.)
4 p.m. - "Joyce to the World" movie, highlighting Bloomsday celebrations around the world, including our very own KC Celebration.
5:30 p.m. - Songs of Dublin by one of our favorite Dublin-born lads and musicians, Eddie Delahunt
6:45 p.m. - Brief introduction to Ulysses by Rockhurst University Professor John Kerrigan, followed by the theatrical presentation of "Bloomsday Dublin: 16 June" featuring many of Kansas City own fine and upstanding citizen actors.
Admission to the Bloomsday Celebration is free for KCIC members and $5/person for non-members. Our wee pub will be open with food and beverages available for purchase. Say "yes I said yes I will Yes" and join us for all the fun on Monday, June 16.