Up and Coming: We're delighted to put the spotlight on a growing number of intriguing events in metro New York in September. Here's a sketch of each along with links for more information:
(BTW, don't hesitate to reach out to fellow WG in NYC members for any reason, including companionship and promoting your own local fave Irish cultural event. You can do this via our Group's broadcast feature, which allows you to send a message to the entire group. To access this feature, use the link directly above the thumbnail images in the Members Gallery)
LABOR PAR-TAY, Friday, September 5, from 6pm to 8pm, Cornelia Street Cafe, Greenwich Village. Keep the spirit of Labor Day going (and maybe make summer last just a little bit longer!) as Three Rooms Press present Labor Par-tay, the latest edition of The Monthly, with performances by and about all things labor: The Party, The Job, The Birth of a New Creation. Fellow member John McDonagh, co-host of WBAI's "Radio Free Eireann," will be reading 2 poems about how from the front seat of my yellow cab. There are numerous other high-profile presenters.
'CASEY AT THE BAT' AND IRISH ASSIMILATION, Wednesday, September 10, from 7:30pm to 9pm, Garden City Library. As most of you know, the Irish played a significant role in baseball from the very beginning. Baseball was an important avenue for Irish assimilation into American life. Presenter is Richard Piorec, organized by member John M. Walsh. (Left, an illustration from 'Casey at the Bat,' by Phineas Thayer, 1912)
'THE ALT' IN CONCERT, ONE NIGHT ONLY! Saturday, September 13, 8pm, at The Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, Manhattan. Buy tickets online or by calling 866-811-4111. Grammy nominee John Doyle returns to IAC and blends his powerhouse rhythmic guitar style with the raw energy and confidence of Irish singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy (last here in spring 2014) and the many talents of bouzouki player, guitarist, and singer Eamon O'Leary of The Murphy Beds as The Alt.
'A TERRIBLE BEAUTY: 1916' screens at 1pm, Sunday, Sept. 14, Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue, Manhattan. 'A Terrible Beauty' is a 90-minute feature docudrama that takes a unique look at the events of Easter Week 1916 in Dublin. (Right, a still from the film, showing a soldier in the British army preparing to engage Irish 'rebels' on the streets of Dublin.) This is the first film to tell the story from three different perspectives, showing the human cost of the fighting on all sides. Using first-hand accounts to drive the narrative, we tell the little known stories of the ordinary people involved in the rising; Irish Volunteers, British soldiers and the innocent civilians caught in the middle. 'A Terrible Beauty' is screening around the US in September and beyond, so check in with the production's official Facebook page for updates.
'RÉILTÍN ,' September 16-20, 2014, Arlene’s Grocery , 95 Stanton Street, Manhattan. This world premier musical as Gaeilge is written and directed by Paul Mercier. Fíbín are delighted to be making their first appearance at the 1st Irish Festival. Told in Fíbín’s trademark visual style, Réiltín is a coming-of-age story of a young Irish woman in the middle of an economic crisis. Réiltín is 20 years old. She is a fallout girl, an economic casualty. This is not how her life was supposed to be - she was destined to be a singer. She needs to escape her dead-end world before it is too late. She is back to perform the gig of her life that will decide her future. The performance marks the first Irish language production ever to premiere in the U.S. It features the amazing and powerful Dublin singer Clíona Ní Cliosáin.