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SPRING 2016


JANUARY

St. Ann’s Warehouse presents 
Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera 
The Last Hotel 

A New Opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh

Co-Presented with Prototype and Irish Arts Center

January 8 – 17

A man silently mops the floor with a bucket full of bloody water. He prepares a room that’s not yet ready for its next guest. A woman meets a man and his wife in the parking lot. All three are nervous. Tonight there will be a death. The Last Hotel unites two of Ireland’s most fascinating artists, multi award-winning playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy in a new chamber opera.

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Helen Vendler on Seamus Heaney

Thursday, January 28 | 6 pm – 9 pm

This seminar will survey poems from the three volumes Seamus Heaney completed between the 1995 Nobel Prize and his death in 2013. Explore his adaptation of classical motifs and ethics to modern circumstances, his debts to Virgil and Ovid in constructing his own autobiography, and his stark poems of oncoming death.

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FEBRUARY

Donnacha Dennehy's Tessellatum

Presented by Symphony Space in association with Irish Arts Center and Q2 Music as part of Nadia Sirota’s Fuse Project Residency at Symphony Space

Friday, February 5 | 8 pm

An ambitious piece for viola, viol consort, and electronics by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy (co-commissioned by Symphony Space), as well as pieces by members of the Bedroom Community, including American contemporary classical music composer Nico Muhly and Icelandic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday, February 6 | 11 am - 1 pm

Come in pajamas, grab some pancakes, and snuggle up on the Donaghy Theatre stage to enjoy the best feature films, TV shows and short films from some of the leading Irish animation companies.

$5 per person

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Muldoon's Picnic

Monday, February 8 | 7:30 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet, New Yorker Poetry Editor, and pop music lyricist Paul Muldoon returns for his fourth season of monthly words-and-music jamborees, joined by his house band Rogue Oliphant. Featuring Glenn Patterson, Salman Rushdie, and Miracles of Modern Science.

$30 premium 
($24 members) 

$25 general 
($20 members)

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SongLives
Gráinne Holland and Barry Kerr

Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown

Thursday, February 11 | 8 pm

Vocalist, songwriter, TV presenter, and producer Gráinne Holland is known as a traditional artist but this performance will feature her original songs of her experience growing up in the north, and fellow northerner Barry Kerr, one of Ireland’s most accomplished traditional musicians, will showcase songs from his most recent album Boy in a Boat.

$18 general / 
$14 members

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Belinda McKeon

Tuesday, February 16 | 7:30 pm

An evening with the celebrated author (and PoetryFest co-curator) Belinda McKeon to celebrate the launch of her second novel, Tender, following her astonishing debut Solace.

$12 general / 
$10 members 

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Show Your Love

Thursday, February 18 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Enjoy a lovely evening with Irish Arts Center’s incredible group of young professionals at our Park Avenue Penthouse Party.

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I Draw Slow

Friday, February 19 | 7 pm & 9 pm

Top Dublin country/folk band I Draw Slow returns to Irish Arts Center to perform songs from their newly released White Wave Chapel album, rooted in the style of the Appalachian Mountains, traditional Irish music, and modern Americana.

$20 general /
$16 member

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P R O C L A M A T I O N

A Group Exhibition, led by artist Andrew Duggan

February 22 - May 28

Visual artist Andrew Duggan's project, P R O C L A M A T I O N, showcases new lens-based and moving-image works by leading figures in Irish visual art, dance, and performance, engaging with the Centenary of the 1916 Rising.

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The Man In The Woman's Shoes

Special Return Engagement by Popular Demand!

February 24 – 28

Wednesday – Friday | 8 pm
Saturday | 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday | 3 pm

In spring 2015, our audiences fell in love with Pat Farnon, and now he’s back in the award-winning hands of Mikel Murfi for a special return engagement.

$50 premium 
($40 members)

$40 general 
($32 members)

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The Architecture and Playability of Theatre with Mikel Murfi

Back by Popular Demand in an Extended Version!

Sunday, February 28 | 5 pm

In this lecture Mikel Murfi talks about his work and influences with particular reference to his recent works with writer/director Enda Walsh and designer Sabine Dargent.

$56 general /
$45 members, students, and seniors

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MARCH

Púca Party

Friday, March 4 | 3 pm – 3:45 pm

Explore the Irish trickster fairy's mischievous and quick-witted ways in an interactive story session, followed by a mask-making activity.

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St. Pats for All Benefit

Friday, March 4 | 
6 pm – 10 pm

The annual fundraiser in support of the inclusive St. Pat's For All Parade which takes place in Sunnyside/Woodside on Sunday, March 6th.

 

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Traditional Song Exploration & Songwriting with Carrie Erving

Saturday, March 5 | 11 am – 1 pm

Ages 9 and up

Children will work with SongLives performer, IAC instructor, and Ponyhof lead singer Carrie Erving to craft their own songs. Working in groups, children will explore the structure of traditional Irish songs, and cultivate their creativity together to create, record, and design the art for an original short song. 

$25 general /
$20 members

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Irish Film Club

with Donall O’Healai

Beginners-Intermediate

Saturday, March 5 | 5 pm - 9 pm
(includes a break for dinner)

This class is designed for anyone interested in the Irish language, and its use in contemporary visual media, in Irish film, and minority language broadcasting.

$45 general /
$35 members, students, and seniors

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Irish Film Club

with Donall O’Healai

Intermediate-Advanced

Sunday, March 6 | 5 pm - 9 pm
(includes a break for dinner)

This class is designed for anyone interested in the Irish language, and its use in contemporary visual media, in Irish film, and minority language broadcasting.

$45 general /
$35 members, students, and seniors

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Debut Voices with Sara Baume

Tuesday, March 8 | 7:30 pm

Our third season of Debut Voices kicks off with a reading from one of the most intriguing new voices in Irish literature, Sara Baume.

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SongLives
Sean Millar with Patrick Freeman

Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown

Thursday, March 10 | 8 pm

SongLives showcases some of Ireland and North America’s most exciting contemporary songwriters, bringing the rich tradition of busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street and beyond to New York City.

$18 general / 
$14 members

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5th Annual
Celtic Appalachian Celebration

Saturday, March 12 | 8 pm

Our legendary and longtime artistic associate, folklorist and bandleader Mick Moloney leads audiences on a journey of discovery from the music of Ulster Scot and African banjo traditions through the American South to the development of bluegrass, country, and old-time music.

Premium Orchestra Seats: $60

Rear Orchestra: $50 general /
$40 member
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Balcony:
$40 general /
$32 members / $25 student
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Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day

Sunday, March 13 | 12 pm – 4 pm

This St. Patrick’s weekend explore and engage in a free day of Irish arts and culture.

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Muldoon's Picnic

Monday, March 14 | 7:30 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet, New Yorker Poetry Editor, and pop music lyricist Paul Muldoon returns for his fourth season of monthly words-and-music jamborees, joined by his house band Rogue Oliphant. Featuring Laurie Anderson, Timothy Donnelly, Mark Mulcahy and Cait O’Riordan.

$30 premium 
($24 members) 

$25 general 
($20 members)

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The Quartet: Stories, Poetry, and Dreams

March 15 & 16 | 7:30 pm

Assuming the characters in Murphy’s books, the quartet share deeply insightful reflections on love and sex, friendship and family, and celebrate the happy though fragile human spirit triumphing against the odds. Featuring author Michael Murphy and his RTÉ friends.

$20 general /
$16 members 

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6th Annual Irish Arts Center Book Day 

Presented by Irish Arts Center in association with the New York City Council

Thursday, March 17 | 7 am until the books run out!

Great works of Irish fiction will find their way into the hands and hearts of thousands of New Yorkers as IAC gives away up to 10,000 free books written by noted Irish and Irish American authors on the 6th annual Book Day at over locations across all five boroughs.

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Sundays at Seven

Sunday, March 20 | 7 pm

Curated by hosts Fiona Walsh and Ann Design | This long-running staple of the New York City comedy scene offers laugh-out-loud standup comedy from an ever-changing line-up of performers.

$12 general /
$10 members

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Twinsome Minds: 
Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories


Tuesday, March 22 | 7:30 pm

Through an interplay of storytelling, animation, music, and poetry, Twinsome Minds – which takes its title from a phrase in the novel Finnegans Wake – re-imagines a series of micro-narratives surrounding 1916 in Dublin and the WWI battlefields of Belgium. Performed by Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher, with original music composed and performed by Dana Lyn.

$20 general /
$16 members

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Irish Arts Center presents 
Ten42 Productions in association with Meath County Council Arts Office 
Wild Sky

March 29 - April 2

The acclaimed Co. Meath-based playwright Deirdre Kinahan returns to Irish Arts Center with the U.S. premiere of Wild Sky, a moving and evocative tribute to the people of 1916 from a uniquely rural perspective. Directed by Jo Mangan with music by Susan McKeown.

$50 premium 
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$40 general
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APRIL

Sheila Agnew: Reading and Workshop

Saturday, April 2 | 11 am - 1 pm

Ages 9 and up

A special afternoon celebrating writer Sheila Agnew's tenacious, brave, and funny Evie Brooks character with a reading and creative writing workshop for children.

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Camille O'Sullivan
Encore

April 6-9, 13-16 
Wednesday – Saturday | 8 pm

One of Ireland's most profoundly moving and thrilling musical performers, the unforgettable Camille O'Sullivan returns to Irish Arts Center for a special encore engagement with pianist Feargal Murray and her band.

$40 premium 
($32 members)

$32 general 
($28 members)

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Muldoon's Picnic

Monday, April 11 | 7:30 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet, New Yorker Poetry Editor, and pop music lyricist Paul Muldoon returns for his fourth season of monthly words-and-music jamborees, joined by his house band Rogue Oliphant. Featuring Anne Enright, AM Homes, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

$30 premium 
($24 members) 

$25 general 
($20 members)

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New York Live Arts and Irish Arts Center present
Arcane Collective
Return to Absence


April 14-16 | 7:30 pm

Constructing a fluent language of movement as abstract and absurd as Beckett's words, the dance weaves a non-linear tale of decrepit persistence and playful futility of life at the end of its tether.

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Voices of the Gaeltacht
Féile na Gaeilge / Irish Language Day

Sunday, April 17 | 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Meet other fellow language enthusiasts and explore the voices of the Gaeltacht through education, literature and storytelling, with an awareness of the traditional Gaelic speaker at its heart.

$20 students and seniors /
$28 members /
$35 general

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Michael Cunningham 
in conversation with BBC host and Booker Prize judge Frank Delaney

As part of Pen, Paper and Palate presented in association with Ruda Beresford Dauphin

Monday, April 18 | 7:30 pm

Widely praised as one of the most gifted writers of his time, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham joins Frank Delaney in what will be an insightful and lively discussion about his celebrated writing career.

$12 general / 
$10 members

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Irish Arts Center and Baryshnikov Arts Center present The Corn Exchange, in association with Cusack Projects Limited
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

April 20—30

The Chicago native and Dublin-based director Annie Ryan and The Corn Exchange come to New York with the U.S premiere of A Girl is a Half-formed Thing adapted from the novel by Eimear McBride, starring Aoife Duffin.

$25
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Bill Whelan and Paul Muldoon present
Ireland Rising: Words and Music for a New Century

Friday, April 22 | 8 pm

We mark Ireland's Centenary Celebrations with a once-in-a-lifetime concert event, Ireland Rising: Words and Music for a New Century, presented by Grammy Award-winning composer Bill Whelan and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. Featuring a stunning line-up of artists, this concert celebrates the virtuosity and originality and the dynamism and diversity of contemporary Irish culture and launches the public phase of the Almost Home Campaign for the New Irish Arts Center. 

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Transforming the Space: Physical Theatre and Ensemble Improvisation

Saturday, April 23 | 2 pm - 5 pm

This intensive workshop is designed for performers and facilitators to introduce the principles of transformation of space, time, and character through physical theatre and ensemble improvisation.

$56 general /
$45 members, students, and seniors

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DruidShakespeare Documentary

Thursday, April 28 | 7:30 pm

To universal acclaim, fearless, pioneering director Garry Hynes and her ensemble took on Shakespeare’s History Plays, casting Irish women as English kings and men as bawdy widows. Wildfire Films and award winning director Maurice Sweeney were with them all the way, documenting the journey from text to triumphant premiere and to rave reviews in New York City at the Lincoln Festival this past summer.

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MAY

15th Annual
Irish Dance Festival

Curated by Niall O’Leary TCRG, ADCRG

Sunday, May 1 | 1 pm - 7 pm

Our annual outdoor celebration of Irish dance kicks off the Summer-on-the Hudson series with traditional dance from notable professional and student talent from around the region.

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Story Picnic with Yvonne Cassidy 
A Family Workshop

Saturday, May 7 | 11 am – 2 pm

Ages 8 – 10 

Led by Irish novelist and IAC instructor Yvonne Cassidy, parents and children will participate in a warm, rich, and meaningful family workshop creating, sharing, and binding an original story, focusing individually on a favorite memory or event.

$30 general / $24 members

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Abrons Arts Center presents 
Travelogues: Colin Gee and Angie Smalis

with the promotional support of Irish Arts Center

May 6-8
Friday-Saturday | 7:30 pm
Sunday | 3 pm

Colin Gee and Angie Smalis appear in two distinct works as part of Abrons’ Travelogues dance series curated by Laurie Uprichard.

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Open the Door for Three

Saturday, May 7 | 8 pm

Taking their name from an old Irish slip jig, fiddler Liz Knowles, uilleann piper Kieran O'Hare, and singer/bouzouki player Pat Broaders have formed a powerful, well-traveled seasoned trio.

$24 general / 
$20 members

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Louise Erdrich and Anne Enright

Thursday, May 12 | 8 pm

Presented by 92Y and Irish Arts Center | Two of the most significant writers today read from their new novels.

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Clones Lace Workshop
with Máire Treanor

Saturday May 14 & Sunday May 15 | 10 am - 5 pm 
(with a break for lunch)

Join instructor Máire Treanor on this two-day Irish crochet workshop dedicated to historical aspects of Irish crochet and Clones lace, a crochet technique that has gained popularity for its delicate, intricate design elements. 

$150 general /
$145 members, seniors, students, and children under 16

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Masters in Collaboration X Colin Dunne Meets Nic Gareiss

May 14 - 15 | 8 pm

The thrilling and expressive young percussive dancer Nic Gareiss (This is How we Fly) joins Irish dance legend Colin Dunne (Out of Time) for our 10th Masters in Collaboration Series.

$24 general / 
$20 members

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Fortune’s Wheel 

May 17 | 7 pm

Presented by Irish Arts Center and Irish Film Institute | The remarkable, implausible story of Bill Stephens, an ordinary young Dubliner in the 1950s with an extraordinary ambition: to become an international circus star as a lion tamer.

$12 general / 
$10 members 

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SongLives
Luan Parle with Mickey Coleman

Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown

Friday, May 20 8 pm

SongLives showcases some of Ireland and North America’s most exciting contemporary songwriters, bringing the rich tradition of busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street and beyond to New York City.

$18 general / 
$14 members

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Film Fleadh Foundation (Craic Fest) and Cuala 2016 present
Craic LGBT 

Saturday, May 21 | 6 pm

Enjoy some of the best of LGBT short films with some of the filmmakers in attendance.


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Sundays at Seven

Sunday, May 22 | 7 pm

Curated by hosts Fiona Walsh and Ann Design | This long-running staple of the New York City comedy scene offers laugh-out-loud standup comedy from an ever-changing line-up of performers.

$12 general /
$10 members

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David Power and Willie Kelly 

Wednesday, May 25 | 8 pm

The sound of the uilleann pipes evokes an avalanche of emotions: sadness and joy, love and longing, nostalgia and regret, and the abundant talent and technical prowess of David Power kindles all of them within a virtuosic and sensitive musicality that is rarely heard.

$30 general /
$24 members

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The KennedyCenter and IrishArtsCenter present
Fishamble: The New Play Company
Tiny Plays for Ireland and America 


as part of the
Kennedy Center's IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture

Thursday, May 26 | 8 pm

Script-in-hand presentations of Fishamble's Tiny Plays for Ireland and America, directed by Jim Culleton. In celebration of the Kennedy Center's IRELAND 100 festival, Fishamble's acclaimed series of twenty tiny plays that portray contemporary Irish life will be accompanied by six new tiny American plays selected from an open competition across age groups.

$35 general /
$24 members

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Pen, Paper, and Palate
Eating for Health, Love, Sex, and Death

Moderated by Bill Yosses

Presented in association with Ruda Beresford Dauphin

Tuesday, May 31 | 7 pm

Former White House pastry chef and author Bill Yosses moderates a conversation with an esteemed panel of writers including Joel Salatin (on health), Paula Butturini (on love), Giulia Melucci (on sex), and Jon McGoran (on death) for a witty and engrossing literary salon. 


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JUNE

Sculpting Beckett in Space

with Sarah Jane Scaife, Artistic Director Company SJ, PhD & Adjunct lecturer in Trinity College Dublin

Wednesday, June 1 | 7 pm - 10 pm

Beckett's concentration on the body and its experience in space is paramount to the understanding of all Beckett's prose and drama. This workshop will involve exercises to help students experience their body physically, both outwardly and from within. It will focus on Beckett's shorter plays, illustrating his use of the body as sculpture within the canvas of the stage. No prior experience of performance is necessary for this workshop.

$30 general /
$25 members, students, and seniors

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Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday, June 4 | 11 am - 1 pm

Come in pajamas, grab some pancakes, and snuggle up on the Donaghy Theatre stage to enjoy the best feature films, TV shows and short films from some of the leading Irish animation companies.

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William Doyle

Tuesday, June 7 | 7:30 pm

William Doyle reads from PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy, the extraordinary World War II story of shipwreck and survival that paved John F. Kennedy's path to power

$12 general /
$10 members

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SongLives
We/Or/Me and Vincent Cross

Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown

Friday, June 10 8 pm

SongLives showcases some of Ireland and North America’s most exciting contemporary songwriters, bringing the rich tradition of busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street and beyond to New York City.

$18 general / 
$14 members

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Sundays at Seven

Sunday, June 12 | 7 pm

Curated by hosts Fiona Walsh and Ann Design | This long-running staple of the New York City comedy scene offers laugh-out-loud standup comedy from an ever-changing line-up of performers.

$12 general /
$10 members

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A Doctor's Sword

Tuesday, June 14 | 7 pm

Presented by Irish Arts Center and Irish Film Institute | An unbelievable tale of a young man who survived some of the most harrowing episodes of World War II, and his family’s search to uncover the origin of the Japanese Samurai sword which he brought home.

$12 general / 
$10 members

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Bloomsday on Broadway XXXV

Co-produced by Symphony Space and IrishArtsCenter

Thursday, June 16 | 7 pm

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

$26 general /
$21 members / $15 Groups and 30 & Under (with valid ID)

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Dance Forum Ireland 6th International Conference: UpRising

June 22- 26

This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore themes related to rebellion in terms of movement and performativity.


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American Irish Historical Society, Glucksman Ireland House NYU, Irish American Writers & Artists, Irish Arts Center, Irish Repertory Theatre, and Symphony Space
present
A Tribute to Frank McCourt

Sunday, June 26 | 7 pm

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the first publication of Frank McCourt's masterpiece, Angela's Ashes. Join us for a very special evening featuring readings, music, memories, and tributes to Frank from Gabriel Byrne, Jean Butler, Paul Muldoon, Lisa Dwan, Pierce Turner, Maeve Higgins, and more.

Tickets: $20
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