The Hammer’s fourth annual Bloomsday celebration is fueled by the musicality and raucous dialogue defining the “Sirens” episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses. A playful arrangement of words belies heavier meanings and reaches farther than the sexual appeal of two barmaids in this year’s staged dramatic reading by actors Jane Bacon, Bairbre Dowling, James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Rafter Lee, and Johnny O’Callaghan. The public is invited to participate in a reading of the “Lestrygonians” episode from Ulysses in the Hammer courtyard, where festivities include live Irish music by The Sweet Set, Guinness Happy Hour all day, and Irish fare from Ammo at the Hammer. Bloomsday at the Hammer is organized once again by Stanley Breitbard, James Joyce enthusiast. Musical director and pianist Paul Floyd is joined by baritone John Atkins and tenor Robert MacNeil.

Guinness happy hour begins; Irish fare from Ammo Café and public reading of the “Lestrygonians” episode from Ulysses in the Hammer Courtyard

Live Irish music by The Sweet Set

5– 6:30PM
Dramatic reading of the “Sirens” episode from Ulysses in the Billy Wilder Theater

Live Irish music by The Sweet Set, Guinness happy hour and Irish fare continue 


ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Assigned seating is available in the Billy Wilder Theater. Free tickets are required and available at the Box Office, one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Members enjoy priority seating and seat selection, subject to availability. Membership does not guarantee seating. Arrival at least one half hour prior to program time is recommended.

Parking is available under the museum for a flat rate of $3.

Public programs are made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Our programs are free to the public thanks to generosity of Hammer members; Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy; the Simms/Mann Family Foundation; The Brotman Foundation of California; Bronya and Andrew Galef; Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley; and an anonymous donor.