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
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. 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 rate of $3 on weekends.
All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.