Bloomsday at the Hammer, 2013

Bloomsday at the Hammer, 2013

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


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking:  Under the museum, $6 flat rate on weekends. Cash only. 

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

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.