Music & Performance Readings

Bloomsday at the Hammer, 2010

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The Hammer Museum invites you to join in celebrating the 106th anniversary of one of literature’s most famous days. James Joyce’s epic, groundbreaking novel Ulysses takes place entirely on June 16, 1904, and follows Leopold Bloom, who walks the streets of Dublin while his wife entertains a lover. A celebration of both Ulysses and Joyce, the Hammer’s Bloomsday will appeal to the Joyce scholar and novice alike, with dramatic readings by actors, Irish songs, and Guinness Happy Hour. Audience members are encouraged to wear their most fetching Edwardian-chic.

In conjunction with Bloomsday, the UCLA Library is pleased to present an exhibit of early editions of Ulysses from the holdings of Library Special Collections. These include an early chapter published in The Little Review, as well as editions published by Shakespeare and Co.



Screening of Bloom (Ireland, 2004, Dir. Sean Walsh, 113 mins)


Live music in the Hammer Courtyard by the Dublin 4

Guinness Happy Hour at Cafe Hammer


Staged reading and performance in the Billy Wilder Theater


More music by the Dublin 4

…and another Guinness Happy Hour!

Actors: Bairbre Dowling, John Rafter Lee, Johnny O’Callaghan, James Lancaster

Singers: Doug Carpenter, Lauren Edwards, Brian Vu

Music Director: Prof. Neal Stulberg

Organizer: Stanley H. Breitbard

Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.

Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelly, an anonymous donor, the Hammer Programs Committee, and Susan and Leonard Nimoy.