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Bloomsday at the Hammer

June 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Professor Neal Stulberg has shared with us a recent “Bloomsday” experience at the Hammer Museum:

“June 16 is celebrated around the world as “Bloomsday” — the 24-hour period portrayed in James Joyce’s epic novel “Ulysses.” (The protagonists of the book are Leopold and Molly Bloom.)

This past June 16, Los Angeles celebrated Bloomsday at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater; three of our UCLA singers — Lauren Edwards, Brian Vu and recent MM graduate Doug Carpenter — and I were part of the festivities. It was a terrific evening.

The program interspersed readings from “Ulysses” by four outstanding British actors (Bairbre Dowling, John Rafter Lee, James Lancaster and John O’Callaghan) with songs that are mentioned in the book. The readings included excerpts from the “Calypso,” “Lestrygonians,” “Cyclops,” “Ithaca,” and “Penelope” sections of the book, and the songs included “Seaside Girls,” “La Ci Darem la Mano,” “My Girl’s a Yorkshire Girl,” “Sinn Fein Amein,” “Eamonn an Chnuic,” “In Old Madrid” and “Love’s Old Sweet Song.” I accompanied at the Hammer’s estimable Yamaha YDP-223 electronic keyboard.

The theater was packed, Lauren, Brian and Doug sounded fabulous and everyone had a great time. At the reception in the Hammer courtyard afterwards (featuring a spirited Irish band and lots of Guinness), our ears were buzzing with wonderful comments.

Thanks to Stanley Breitbard, a self-described “certified James Joyce fanatic,” who organized the evening, and bravo to Lauren, Brian and Doug!!”

Monroe Bloomsday
(Photo: Eve Arnold, Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses, 1954.)

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