Celebrate the 107th anniversary of one of literature’s most famous days. James Joyce’s epic, groundbreaking novel Ulysses takes place entirely on June 16, 1904. The Hammer’s 2011 Bloomsday program celebrates the women of Ulysses: fictional women in the novel; the women who published and supported Joyce; and the women in Joyce’s family—his wife and daughter. This program, with its wide variety of dramatic readings, will appeal to the Joyce scholar and novice alike.

Enjoy Irish music and Guinness on tap at the Hammer Cafe before and after the performance.


6:30PM — Live music in the Hammer Courtyard by The Sweet Set, Guinness Happy Hour at Cafe Hammer

7:30PM — Staged reading and performance in the Billy Wilder Theater.

9:00PM to 10:00PM — More music by The Sweet Set…and another Guinness Happy Hour!

About the Band

The Sweet Set is a collaboration of traditional Irish musicians that play as an ensemble to share the excitement and joy of Irish music. The Sweet Set's players are fiddlers Melanie Nolley and Kira Ott, concertina/whistle player LeeAnn Gorne, and mandolin/guitar player Jimmy Murphy.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets for assigned seating in the Billy Wilder Theater are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis. As a benefit for their support, members enjoy priority ticketing and seat selection, subject to availability.

Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6PM. 

Public programs are made possible by Hammer Members and the generosity of Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and an anonymous donor.