Susan Weil, Giacomo's Song, 1990.

Bloomsday at the Hammer, 2016

The stirring live readings from the book—presented by a cavalcade of dramatic actors in the museum’s Billy Wilder Theatre—is most certainly gratis, and most certainly glorious. —Alysia Gray Painter, NBC LA

Our seventh annual Bloomsday celebration features dramatic readings of episodes in James Joyce’s Ulysses and live songs—including the debut of a commissioned work by Patrick Gutman based on a quotation from W. B. Yeats in Ulysses that incorporates a fragment of a tune composed by Joyce. Followed by live music by Rattle the Knee and Guinness on tap in the courtyard. 

Actors: James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Rafter Lee, and Johnny O’Callaghan. Baritone: Lyle Mitchell. Soprano: Oriana Falla. Cello: Niall Ferguson. Flute: Nuala Kennedy. Music director: Mona Lands. Organizer: Stanley Breitbard

7:30 p.m. Reading (Billy Wilder Theater) 

9 p.m. Music and Guinness (courtyard)


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 after 6 p.m. 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 an anonymous donor.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, and all Hammer members.

The Hammer’s digital presentation of its public programs is made possible by the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.