Readings Music & Performance

Bloomsday at the Hammer, 2014

Monday Jun 16, 2014 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM This is a past program
Bloomsday at the Hammer
6/16/10 --- 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 appeals to the Joyce scholar and novice alike, with dramatic readings by actors, Irish songs, and Guinness Happy Hour.

You’ll blush to find out why James Joyce’s Ulysses was banned in the U.S. from 1922 to 1933 at the Hammer’s fifth annual Bloomsday celebration. Elegant language once denounced as obscure, unintelligible, and nonsensical is delivered by a talented cast of actors and interspersed with cheerful live music. The finale – for a mature audience – will feature selected racy parts of Molly Bloom’s famous soliloquy.

Actors: Jane Bacon, Bairbre Dowling, James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Rafter Lee, and Johnny O’Callaghan. Singers: Robert MacNeil and Daniel Armstrong. Musical direction and piano: Douglas Sumi. Organized by bonafide Joyce fanatic Stanley Breitbard.


5:30-7:30pm: Guinness, Irish fare and live music by Rattle the Knee in the Hammer courtyard

7:30-9:00pm: Dramatic reading in the Billy Wilder Theater

9:00-10:00pm: Guinness, Irish fare and live music Rattle the Knee in the Hammer courtyard


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

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.