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SPRING 2018

GROUNDBREAKING

PERFORMANCE | EXHIBITION | EDUCATION IRISHARTSCENTER.ORG


Groundbre It’s finally here. More than a decade ago, together we set forth to build a New Irish Arts Center. Not just a new building, but a new way of telling our story, of relating to each other and the world around us. Bringing people together through the excellence and dynamism of Irish arts and culture, in an environment fueled by the warmth and friendship of Irish hospitality. The term “groundbreaking” to us has always had multiple meanings. It was a milestone to strive for in the future—but also something to achieve every day. It meant supporting innovation and creativity in our artists, empowering them to connect with other great artists and audiences of all backgrounds in one of the world’s iconic cultural capitals. A gateway and hub to the global diaspora in the melting pot of the world. We hope you’re proud of that evolution, and when you turn the pages that follow you will see we haven’t skipped a beat, with a bounty of groundbreaking collaborations for you this season. From Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell (pages 11-12), to Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna (page 24), Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis (page 22), Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss (page 31), not to mention THISISPOPBABY: RIOT (pages 13-14), the return of Martin Hayes: In Residence (page 27), the words-and-music smorgasbord Muldoon’s Picnic (page 10), and so much more. The New Irish Arts Center, in word and note and gesture, is indeed already here!

Now, at long last, it’s also time to begin “bricks and mortar” construction on the landmark new facility that will provide the infrastructure to support that mission for future generations. With almost $58 million raised of our $60.1 million target, construction will begin on our new building on 11th Avenue in the coming months. Between now and then, we ask you to help us close that final gap by making a gift to our Almost Home campaign in whatever amount is meaningful for you. Recognition opportunities are available at all levels (detailed on pages 3-4), or contact our development office at 212-757-3318 for more information. Once we begin construction we will commence a new campaign to support the renovations on our existing building, which will connect to the new facility to form the totality of our permanent home—a wonderful combination of “the old and the new” that mirrors our history. Standing on the shoulders of those who preserved our heritage, together we charge forward with new ways to share our ever evolving story. In advance of our 50th anniversary in 2022, we will build a new fund to support our long-term programming and operations, and an endowment to secure the future of the organization. This project is a first for Ireland, and Irish America. Nothing of its kind has ever been undertaken. It’s new territory for us. Maybe it’s new for you, too. If that’s true we would love to talk to you about it, and encourage you to join us on this journey. Thank you.

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ON THE COVER An artistic rendering of the 11th Avenue façade design for our new building. Credit: Office of Public Works

Aidan Connolly Executive Director

Pauline Turley Vice Chair


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Photo Credits: Conor Horgan, Elliot Mandel, David McClister, Mike MeInyk Photography, Vitaliy Piltser, Niall Sweeney

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Break Grou

An Invitation to All As important as our leadership gifts are to the success of our campaign, we want everyone to be part of this New Irish Arts Center, at whatever level feels right to you. Whether it is donating $5 or $5,000, or bringing friends, family and colleagues to a performance, or introducing us to your corporation or foundation, we invite our entire community to join us in building the New Irish Arts Center. Please visit our website—www.irishartscenter.org—or contact our development office at 212-757-3318 for more information on how to make a donation or get involved. 3


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$100,000 and up The Centenary Circle will celebrate the history of Ireland and Irish America through a collage of moments in a beautiful physical feature within the stairwell of the new building. Limited to no more than 74, of which 34 have been reserved.

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DRESSING ROOM 2 $500,000 DRESSING ROOM 3 $500,000 DRESSING ROOM 4 $500,000 CYBERT TIRE The development of our new Center crossed an important milestone last season with the completion of construction of the new home for Cybert Tire, which was relocated to make way for the New Irish Arts Center on 11th avenue, due to break ground this spring.

$50,000 and up By naming a seat in one of our performance venues, you will ensure that generations to come will have access to exciting, high quality cultural experiences that tell our story, and create memories to last a lifetime. Limited to no more than 181, of which 43 have been reserved.

THE DONOR WALL $25,000 and up Gifts of $25,000 and up will be recognized on an elegant donor wall inside the 11th Avenue entrance of the new facility.

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IAC Recent News

Movements

Weekend of Words

The Women Speak

Ay Marieke Marieke

Continuing our new series of public affairs programming, former UN Ambassador Samantha Power joined us for a provocative conversation with The Hill’s Niall Stanage. Pictured here with Ireland’s recently appointed Ambassador to the United Nations, Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ambassador Power reminded audiences that “the most important role in our democracy is not president, but citizen.”

Beckett enthusiasts from all over—including actress and producer Roma Downey—celebrated the opening night of Sarah Jane Scaife’s stirring site-specific work Beckett in the City: The Women Speak featuring Joan Davis, Michèle Forbes, and Bríd Ní Neachtain. TheaterMania hailed the sold-out Company SJ production as “hauntingly beautiful and brilliantly performed.”

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Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz, acclaimed Beckett interpreter Lisa Dwan, and actor, writer and IAC honorary chair Gabriel Byrne came together for our 9th annual PoetryFest, pictured here with festival curator and poet Nick Laird and IAC’s Director of Programming and Education Rachael Gilkey.

Praised by Time Out New York as one of the top cabaret shows in New York City, Camille O’Sullivan returned to IAC for a “sexy, wild and dangerous” (The Telegraph) journey into the songs and stories of the iconic, influential Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.


Rí Rá

Scores of young people (and their young at heart parents) flocked to the Center for our beloved Rí Rá Children's Festival of Literature, Oíche Shamhna Halloween celebration, and Family Music Day. Visit irishartscenter.org for more information on our innovative, inclusive children’s programming.

Family and Friends

Generations of Crowleys and friends of the Center came together for a musical celebration of our great friend Congressman Joe Crowley. The evening featured songs and stories around the theme of immigration, which underpins the Congressman’s biography and our community. In addition to the powerful musical line-up including Gabriel Donohue, Emedin Rivera, Kathy Maguire, and the legendary Willie Nile, the evening concluded with a moving encore featuring the Congressman’s mother, Mrs. Eileen Crowley, and siblings, Sean, Eileen, and Maura.

The New Diaspora

Our national flight map expanded—along with Ireland’s global cultural impact—with the tour of our Masters in Collaboration series featuring Cassandra Wilson, Liam Ó Maonlaí and a stunning ensemble of jazz, folk and Irish musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. This dynamic performance traveled to the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago before returning to the intimate Irish Arts Center theatre for one last night where it all began. “Both performers seemed to be reveling in their unlikely partnership, which was conceived last year by the Irish Arts Center in New York… their innate musicality allowed their distinct vocabularies to speak as one.”–Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Photo Credits: Amanda Gentile, Iain Toft

Liam Ó Maonlaí, Cassandra Wilson, Consul General of Ireland in Chicago Brian O’Brien, Irish Arts Center Executive Director Aidan Connolly, and Chicago Irish Heritage Center Executive Director Meg Buchanan celebrate at the after-party at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

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IAC Recent News Spirit of Ireland Gala Hundreds of close friends of the Center gathered at Cipriani 42nd Street for our 14th annual Spirit of Ireland Gala, honoring the legendary writer and entertainer Steve Martin, pioneering business leader Sharon Patrick, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. The October 13th event raised $1.5 million to support hundreds of programs and performances in our 2017-2018 season.

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Previous Spirit of Ireland Gala Honoree Dolores McCall

Michael Devlin presents the Spirit of Ireland Award to Steve Martin

Gala Co-Hosts Mary Kelly and Shaun Kelly, IAC Board Treasurer, with Steve Martin

2017 Spirit of Ireland Gala Honorees Paul Muldoon, Sharon Patrick, and Steve Martin

Gala Co-Chair Declan Kelly, CEO/Co-Founder of Teneo, and Steve Martin

Irish Arts Center Board Member James E. Quinn and Diane Quinn with Keynote Speaker Senator George Mitchell and Gala Co-Chair Loretta Brennan Glucksman

Kate Devlin with Liam Neeson, Tony Award-winning director Mark Lamos, and Jerry Jones

Gabriel Byrne with Pat Nallen and John Nallen, Senior EVP and CFO of 21st Century Fox

Gala Co-Chairs Bob and Cindy McCann

Photo Credits: Erin Baiano, Amanda Gentile, Nuala Purcell, Iain Toft


SPRING 2018 CALENDAR DATES

TIME

DISCIPLINE

TITLE OF EVENT

HIGHLIGHTS LOCATION

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IAC | Kids & Family

JANUARY January 22

varies

Education

Winter Classes Begin

varies

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FEBRUARY February 3

2 PM

Kids & Family

Anna & Elizabeth Family Concert

IAC

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February 4

2 PM

Education – Master Class

Writing Young Adult Fiction with Denise Deegan

IAC

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February 7

7 PM

Music

IAC

11-12

February 9-11

8 PM

Music

IAC

11-12

Masters in Collaboration XII: Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell in Conversation Masters in Collaboration XII: Rhiannon Giddens Meets Dirk Powell

pg. 9

February 12

7:30 PM Words & Music

Muldoon's Picnic

IAC

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Anna & Elizabeth Family Concert

February 15-17

7:30 PM Theatre

RIOT

NYU Skirball Center

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An Imbolc Celebration

February 22

6 PM

Special Events

Show Your Love

Mutual of America

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February 22-24

8 PM

Words & Music

Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak

Princeton University

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6 PM

Neighborhood & Community St. Pats for All

IAC

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IAC | Music

MARCH March 2

FEBRUARY 3

March 7

7 PM

Music

Saint Sister

National Sawdust

March 8

7 PM

Literature & Conversation

Families, Histories, Novels: A Talk by Peter Behrens

Glucksman Ireland House 16

March 11

12 PM

Neighborhood & Community Open Day

March 11

7 PM

Comedy

March 12

7:30 PM Words & Music

March 17

7 AM

March 27

6:30 PM Literature & Conversation

Literature & Conversation

March 31

2 PM

Education – Master Class

April 3 – June 29

varies

Visual Arts

April 3 April 5-7

IAC

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Sundays at Seven

IAC

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Muldoon's Picnic

IAC

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Book Day

NYC

IAC Book Club: She Read to Us in The Late Afternoons IAC by Kathleen Hill Introduction to Hard Shoe Dance Technique IAC with Betty Sheehan

19-20 28 40

IAC

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6:30 PM Visual Arts

Born in Time: Artist Talk with Eóin Francis McCormack IAC

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8 PM

Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis: In Residence

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Music

IAC

April 8

12:30 PM Education & Language

Féile na Gaeilge / Irish Language Day

IAC

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April 9

7:30 PM Words & Music

Muldoon's Picnic

IAC

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April 11

7:30 PM Literature & Conversation

Greg Delanty in conversation with Colum McCann

IAC

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April 13

8 PM

Music

Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna: The Coral Suite

IAC

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April 15

7 PM

Comedy

Sundays at Seven

IAC

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April 16

varies

Education

Spring Term of Classes Begin

varies

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April 17

7:30 PM Film

Little Old New York

IAC

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April 18

7 PM

Pen, Paper, and Palate

The Half King

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April 19

7:30 PM Music

Tobin's Run on 51

IAC

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April 22

2 PM

Introduction to Irish Genealogy with Bridget Bray

IAC

40

Literature & Conversation

Education – Master Class

MAY May 1

7:30 PM Literature & Conversation

Life Through the Reading Lens

IAC

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May 3-4

8 PM

Music

Open the Door for Three

IAC

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May 6

1 PM

Neighborhood & Community Irish Arts Center NYC Irish Dance Festival

Riverside Park

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May 11

8 PM

Music & Dance

IAC

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Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss

Masters in Collaboration XII:

Rhiannon Giddens Meets Dirk Powell PERFORMANCES: FEBRUARY 9-11

APRIL Eóin Francis McCormack: Born in Time

pgs. 11-12

May 20

varies

Literature & Conversation

Between the Lines: Meet Dublin’s Tramp Press

IAC

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May 23

8 PM

Music

SongLives: The Murphy Beds with Abby Ahmad

IAC

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May 31

7:30 PM Music

Tobin's Run on 51

IAC

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June 2

11 AM

Kids & Family

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Bold Girls and Rebel Women

IAC

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June 3

12 PM

Education

End-of-Term Party

IAC

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MID-RESIDENCY CONVERSATION: FEBRUARY 7 IAC | Words & Music

pg. 10

Muldoon’s Picnic Hosted by Paul Muldoon with Rogue Oliphant Featuring Sophie Cabot Black, Nollaig Casey, Andy Fitzpatrick, Ivan Goff, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Virginia Hefferman, The Lost Brothers, Lucy McDiarmid, Arty McGlynn, Fintan O’Toole, The Prodigals, Gary Shteyngart, Pierce Turner, John Vanderslice, Monica Youn FEBRUARY 12, MARCH 12, APRIL 9 IAC | Music

JUNE

pg. 17

June 5

7:30 PM Film & Conversation

Autism and Me: An Evening with AsIAm’s Adam Harris

IAC

35

Saint Sister

June 8

8 PM

Music

SongLives: Heather Maloney and David Keenan

IAC

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Presented by Irish Arts Center and National Sawdust

June 10

7 PM

Comedy

Sundays at Seven

IAC

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June 12

6:30 PM Literature & Conversation

IAC Book Club: Orange Horses by Maeve Kelly

IAC

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June 16

7 PM

Bloomsday on Broadway

Symphony Space

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Literature & Conversation

MARCH 7 | AT NATIONAL SAWDUST

Photo Credits: Christian Högstedt, David McClister, Ruth Medjber

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KIDS & FAMILY

Anna & Elizabeth Family Concert An Imbolc Celebration SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 | 2 PM – 4 PM $10 general / $8 members FREE for Junior Joyce & Family Circle members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

“There’s something truly inspiring about this collaboration… a very

Old-time duo Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle will join us for an intimate candle-lit concert. Grab a hot chocolate and cozy up as Anna & Elizabeth bring to life the vibrant world of Appalachia with a variety show featuring their signature crankies—scrolling storyboards inspired by ballads and oral histories, each drawn and crafted to be hand-cranked and unfurled at the pace of a song. Just in time to celebrate Imbolc, a Celtic traditional festival in February commemorating the turning of the season and the lengthening of days, audiences will set the mood for the show by making their own candles and take a piece of the afternoon home with hand-made crankies.

special treat for lovers of pure traditional singing and playing, aficionados of the great ballad, and anyone that gets excited witnessing culture carried forward with mastery, love and a profound and real understanding of what makes old material great.”

–SING OUT MAGAZINE

OUR JOIN CIRCLE LY FAMI e 46 ag See pdetails. for

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WORDS & MUSIC

Muldoon’s Picnic An omnium-gatherum of words and music Hosted by Paul Muldoon with house band Rogue Oliphant AT IRISH ARTS CENTER $40 general / $32 members The critically-acclaimed feast of music, storytelling, poetry, and more—now in its eighth season—has become a staple of New York’s cultural diet. Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning Northern Irish poet Paul Muldoon, this words-and-music jamboree features an evolving lineup of world-class special guests from across the spectrum of arts and letters.

“Okay, it’s not actually a picnic but a music-and-literature extravaganza.” –TIME OUT NEW YORK

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 | 7:30 PM

MONDAY, MARCH 12 | 7:30 PM

Nollaig Casey (fiddle) and Arty McGlynn (guitar)

The Lost Brothers Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech

Ivan Goff, uilleann pipes

Lucy McDiarmid, scholar and writer

Maggie Gyllenhaal, actress

Pierce Turner, singer-songwriter

Fintan O’Toole, The Irish Times columnist, literary editor, and drama critic

Monica Youn, poet

MONDAY, APRIL 9 | 7:30 PM Sophie Cabot Black, poet Andy Fitzpatrick, singer-songwriter Virginia Heffernan, journalist and cultural critic

John Vanderslice, author of The Last Days of Oscar Wilde

The Prodigals Gregory Grene, button accordion, vocals Eamon Ellams, drums Eamon O’Tuama, guitar, vocals Ed Kollar, bass, double bass Gary Shteyngart, satirical novelist

Photo Credits: Christian Högstedt, Brigitte Lacombe

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MUSIC

RHIANNON GIDDENS

DIRK POWELL

2017 MACARTHUR “GENIUS” FELLOWSHIP

FOUR-TIME GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER

STEVE MARTIN PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN BANJO AND BLUEGRASS GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER FOR CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS

Masters in Collaboration XII:

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MUSIC

“The fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues.” –THE NEW YORK TIMES ON RHIANNON GIDDENS

“God gave this one an overdose of talent.” –JOAN BAEZ ON DIRK POWELL

PERFORMANCES FEBRUARY 9-11 | 8 PM $65 general / $52 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER CONVERSATION Audiences will have an opportunity to peer into the creative process of these dynamic performers with an exclusive midweek conversation. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 | 7 PM FREE | Reservations Encouraged AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

Rhiannon Giddens is one of the most astonishing talents of the modern era. A co-founder of the Grammy-winning traditional string band Carolina Chocolate Drops and an accomplished solo artist—including the acclaimed recordings Tomorrow is My Turn and most recent Freedom Highway—her immense gifts as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, dancer, and actor are powerfully matched by the artistic and social narrative she brings to her work. She is the recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, the only woman and person of color to win the prize in its history, and was recently awarded a 2017 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Giddens joins us for our 12th Masters in Collaboration Series with Dirk Powell, one of the preeminent American traditional musicians of his generation. In addition to his own solo recordings, Powell has recorded and performed with artists such as Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Steve Earle, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Linda Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne. His ability to unite the essence of traditional culture with modern sensibilities has led to film projects with Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella, Spike Lee, Victor Nuñez, and Steve James. He was a founding member of the Cajun group Balfa Toujours and has been regularly featured in the BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions. Rooted in his Appalachian heritage, with deep bonds to Louisiana and the mountains of Kentucky, he has become a recognized force on the international music scene. Between them, Giddens and Powell have brought audiences on journeys of intertwining cultures and genres, including African American folk, Scots-Gaelic and Celtic, Creole, and Cajun traditions—in the evolution of American music, bringing people together through the virtuosity and emotion in their playing, and the unifying essence of traditional music. Together, over a weeklong residency, they will explore ideas for a new work in development, culminating in three exclusive showcase performances at week’s end for Irish Arts Center audiences. Do not miss this rare opportunity to experience the creative process of these two extraordinary artists in the intimate setting of our Donaghy Theatre.

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THEATRE U.S. RE IE PREM

“Sensational.”

–THE IRISH TIMES

Irish Arts Center and NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts present

THISISPOPBABY

RIOT Photo credit: Conor Horgan and Niall Sweeney

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THEATRE “I walked out believing change is possible, believing that I can make a difference in the world.” –ENTERTAINMENT.IE

“Gorgeous, with glitter on top.” –THE DAILY MAIL

“RIOT is thrilling, exhilarating, uplifting and unique.” –THE SUNDAY WORLD

“Thrilling, hilarious, joyous and well, riotous!” –HOT PRESS

FEBRUARY 15-17 | 7:30 PM $50 / $60 cabaret seats / $15 NYU students AT NYU SKIRBALL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 566 LaGuardia Place New York, NY 10012 Created and Directed by Jennifer Jennings and Phillip McMahon

Costume Design by James David Seaver

A disorderly cocktail of wild theatre, gutpunching spoken word, banging jigs, slapstick comedy and eye-popping circus, RIOT is your big night out, infusing the magic of theatre with the excitement of variety and the energy of the dance floor. It is both party and politic, a love letter of hope to the future, a state-of-thenation clarion call, and celebration and blunt criticism of the world today.

Movement Direction by Peter Harding and Suzanne Clearly

Running time: 95 minutes

Composed by Alma Kelliher With original text by Emmet Kirwan and Panti Set design by Niall Sweeney

JAW- THE D THEA ROPPING PHEN TRICAL O COMEMENON AMERS TO ICA

The jaw-dropping theatrical phenomenon makes its U.S. debut! RIOT, which broke box office records and won Best Production at the Dublin Fringe Festival, will set hearts soaring and pulses racing during a very limited run this February at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

The all-star cast features Queen of Ireland Panti, Emmet Kirwan (Dublin Oldschool, Heartbreak), former Riverdance leads Up & Over It, Street performance world champions Lords of Strut, Megan Riordan (Once The Musical, Dublin), along with resident strongman Ronan Brady and the glorious Sirens—Alma Kelliher, Nicola Kavanagh, and Adam Matthews.

Originally co-produced by Dublin Fringe Festival and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. RIOT is supported by The Nancy Malone Living Trust.

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WORDS & MUSIC

Olagón A Cantata in Doublespeak Text by Paul Muldoon Music by Dan Trueman, in collaboration with Iarla Ó Lionáird FEBRUARY 22-24 | 8 PM $15 general / $5 students

AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet.”

“One of the

–CHICAGO TRIBUNE ON EIGHTH BLACKBIRD

most dramatic

“One of the voices in contemporary music.” –THE GUARDIAN ON IARLA Ó LIONÁIRD

“Trueman is a man out of time, one foot in tomorrow’s software, the other in yesterday’s folk music.” –ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN ON DAN TRUEMAN

Wallace Theatre, Lewis Arts complex Princeton, NJ 08544 Directed by Mark DeChiazza FEATURING Eighth Blackbird: Nathalie Joachim, flutes Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets Yvonne Lam, violin and viola Nicholas Photinos, cello Matthew Duvall, percussion Lisa Kaplan, piano and bitKlavier Dan Trueman, fiddle, vocals, electronics Iarla Ó Lionáird, vocals Pascal Le Boeuf, vocal conductor

“One of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems—word-playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy. And angry. Only Yeats before him could write with such measured fury.” –THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW ON PAUL MULDOON

Four-time Grammy-winning contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird collaborates with composer and fiddler Dan Trueman, vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird of the contemporary Irish supergroup The Gloaming, and Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon for a special performance of new work co-commissioned by lead commissioner Poetry Foundation with Irish Arts Center, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts: ArtWorks, and the University of Richmond. A modern retelling of an ancient Irish epic, Olagón depicts the legendary Irish tale Táin Bó Cúailnge as a story of hardship in contemporary, post-recession Ireland, while honoring the traditional music of Ireland, Norway, and America. Muldoon’s text— written in both English and Irish—is sung in the sean-nós style by Ó Lionáird. Running time: 90 minutes Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak was released on CD in 2017 and is available on Cedille Records.

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NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY

St Pat’s For All Benefit Concert FRIDAY, MARCH 2 | 6 PM – 10 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

Irish Arts Center hosts the 19th St. Pat’s For All Benefit Concert, supporting the inclusive St. Pat’s for All Parade which takes place in Sunnyside/Woodside on Sunday, March 4. Led by Ireland’s 2016 Presidential Distinguished Award recipients Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy and Brendan Fay, the parade and concert celebrate the openness and diversity of New York’s Irish and Irish American communities. “St. Pat’s for All has a vibrant and joyful spirit of its own, and is enthusiastically supported by the local community.” –HUFFINGTON POST

TICKETS AT STPATSFORALL.COM

LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

Families, Histories, Novels: A Talk by Peter Behrens Presented by Glucksman Ireland House NYU in association with Irish Arts Center THURSDAY, MARCH 8 | 7 PM $15 Suggested Donation at the Door

AT GLUCKSMAN IRELAND HOUSE NYU 1 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003

Peter Behrens’ first novel, The Law of Dreams, is published in nine languages and won the Governor General’s Literary Award, Canada’s oldest and most prestigious book prize. The New York Times Book Review called his second novel, The O’Briens, “a major achievement” and Megan O’Grady, writing in Vogue, calls Carry Me, his latest novel, “another meditation on history and destiny…that make[s] the past feel stunningly close at hand.” Carry Me recently won The Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature. A native of Montreal, Peter Behrens held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and was a fellow of Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He lives in Cambridge. TICKETS AT AS.NYU.EDU/IRELANDHOUSE

Sundays at Seven

COMEDY

Curated by Fiona Walsh and Ann Design MARCH 11, APRIL 15, JUNE 10 | 7 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

$12 general / $10 members Free for Friend / Young Patron ($125) members and higher Come check out New York City’s funniest comic minds from Comedy Central, Gotham’s Comedy Club, Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and more at this ever-changing evening. Set in our Donaghy Theatre with no minimum, this is a comedy show like no other. Line-ups to be announced on irishartscenter.org. TICKETS AT IRISHARTSCENTER.ORG OR 866-811-4111

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MUSIC

NEW PRE YORK MIE RE

Saint Sister Irish Arts Center and National Sawdust present

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 | 7 PM AT NATIONAL SAWDUST 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249 Named “Best Irish Band” in 2016 by The Irish Times, Saint Sister is the collective moniker of atmos-folk duo Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre. Fusing a unique blend of electronica, Celtic harp and soulful vocal harmonies, the duo have been touring extensively since their first EP was released in 2015—turning heads at SXSW, on tour with Lisa Hannigan, in concert at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, and more. Come hear Saint Sisters’ “strong, resonant, magnetic sound” (The Irish Times) with us at National Sawdust, when they make their highly anticipated New York premiere.

“Their haunting performance is impeccable. Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty’s harmonies are so in sync it’s difficult to believe they’re not the same voice. Masters at creating atmosphere, they command the room.” –THE IRISH TIMES

Photo Credit: Ruth Medjber

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NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY

Annual St. Patrick’s

Open Day SUNDAY, MARCH 11 | 12 PM – 4 PM FREE AT IRISH ARTS CENTER AND PAL WILLIAM J. DUNCAN CENTER

Bring the whole family and engage in a free day of Irish arts and culture for all! Enjoy authentic music and dance performances while sampling some of the 40+ adult and children’s classes on offer throughout the season. Visitors can learn the basics of Irish language or a new dance step, get their face painted, create art with children’s crafts, or simply relax with a cup of tea and experience a taste of Ireland’s rich culture. For all ages!

“Show your love for Ireland’s national holiday by stopping by Irish Arts Center’s annual extravaganza… an Irish favorite for kids and parents.” –TIME OUT NEW YORK

Photo Credit: Amanda Gentile

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LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

8th Annual Irish Arts Center

Book Day Presented by Irish Arts Center in association with the New York City Council, New York State Assembly, and Literature Ireland

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LITERATURE & CONVERSATION “Promote a positive message about Ireland and the Irish through our literary greats this St. Patrick’s Day. We have so many storytellers to celebrate and I hope you will join us.” –LIAM NEESON

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 7 AM until the books run out! FREE

“This is a lovely way to remind everybody that the Irish are known for their literature.” –THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

CITYWIDE Since 2011, Irish Arts Center staff and volunteers have distributed tens of thousands of free books to New Yorkers of all backgrounds every St. Patrick’s Day. On March 17, 2018, we once again take to the streets across the five boroughs, this year armed with literature by Irish and Irish American writers and authors from the Caribbean, to share one of the great legacies that bridge these diverse cultures— their stories.

Get YOUR free book at one of our dozen Book Day pop-up stands across the city. Locations will be announced soon: watch for updates on irishartscenter.org, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook (#IACBookDay). During the whole month of March, don’t forget to use the hashtag #GetLit to promote your love of Irish literature and spread the word of Irish literary greats. Special thanks to all our generous donors who help make our free programming possible: Dan Barry, Steven Barry, Gina Boonshoft, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Simon Burke, Jumana and Brendan Culligan, Susan C. and Martin Dempsey, Katherine and Robert Devlin, James Donaghy, John Duffy, Mark Fitzgerald, Sheila and Mark Flinn, Priya Gandhi, Claire Kelly, Dr. Franklin Lowe and Ambassador Anne Anderson, Willie McCaffrey, John McDonagh, Michael McEvoy, Steven McInnis, Kieran McLaughlin, Elise and Jim McVeigh, Niall O’Muilleoir, Robert Petersen, Tom Quick, Kathy and Peter Quinn, Rebecca Rooney, Anne Stringfield, Thomas Troy, and Maureen and Thomas Wipf.

Last year our #GetLit crowdfunding campaign raised over $40,000 as part of Book Day. #GetLit encourages people to raise a glass for the write reasons and help us deliver thousands of books to New Yorkers of all backgrounds.

GET INVOLVED! For book donation and sponsorship opportunities contact Rachael Gilkey at Rachael@irishartscenter.org. For volunteer opportunities, contact volunteer@irishartscenter.org. Photo Credit: Amanda Gentile

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VISUAL ARTS

APRIL 3 – JUNE 29 Gallery hours by appointment Monday – Friday | 10 AM – 6 PM Please call 212-757-3318 Artist Talk & Reception Tuesday, April 3 Pre-reception 6 PM | Talk 6:30 PM FREE | Reservations Encouraged AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Eóin Francis McCormack is blazing a trail in Dublin with his bold and vibrant abstract artwork. With innovative techniques and an avant-garde approach, McCormack’s pieces have been exhibited widely throughout Europe. He explores painting as a work ethic—mixing his own paint, fabricating his own tools, and stressing the aspects of routine and physical labor in being an artist. The large-scale canvases are created with limited color palettes and found objects, leaving distinct marks on each painting. The final pieces offer an utterly unique viewing experience and mark the appearance of an arresting new voice in Irish fine art. LONG-LISTED FOR THE SAATCHI NEW SENSATIONS AWARD

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MUSIC

Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis

: In Residence

APRIL 5-7 | 8 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

$40 general / $32 members Longtime collaborators and pillars of the Irish Arts Center artistic family, Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis return to our intimate theatre for an exclusive weekend of performances as a duo and with special guests, culminating in a closing night performance to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Green Fields of America. For over fifteen years, Moloney and Tergis have stood together at the forefront of traditional Irish music. Moloney has been awarded the National Heritage Award, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and the TG4 Outstanding Contribution Award, and combines the careers of professional musician, folklorist, musicologist, teacher, and arts presenter. Acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, Tergis is a frequent soloist with the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra and has written and performed with Riverdance composer Bill Whelan. As a duo, these masters embody a special chemistry—a collaboration transcending tradition and uplifting audiences in Ireland, Scotland, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cuba, and throughout the USA.

“It is creative people like Mick who have contributed to the wonderful reputation that Ireland enjoys for the quality of its art and culture, allowing the rest of us to walk with pride in this reflected glory.” –PRESIDENT MICHAEL D. HIGGINS

“Fluid phrasing and an innate rhythmic sensibility define the music of San Franciscan fiddler Athena Tergis.” –THE IRISH TIMES

Photo Credit: Amanda Gentile

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EDUCATION & LANGUAGE

Féile na Gaeilge / Irish Language Day Poetry and Song

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 | 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM $35 general / $28 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

Enjoy a full day of activities for language enthusiasts, including immersive workshops in music, film, writing, drama, and storytelling led by our Irish language teachers and special guests. This year’s Irish Language Day centers on the theme Poetry and Song, featuring bilingual performances, sean-nós songs, and a screening of Song of Granite, Ireland’s 2017 submission for the Academy Awards in the Foreign Language category. For all levels!

LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

Greg Delanty in conversation with Colum McCann WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 | 7:30 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

$12 general / $10 members Free for Friend / Young Patron ($125) members and higher The internationally celebrated poet Greg Delanty reads from his newest collection, Selected Delanty, and discusses his work with Colum McCann. Delanty’s words speak with vitality of the simultaneous comings and going of life, evoking his transatlantic experiences living in the U.S. and in Ireland. Often described as a poet who is remaking language, Delanty’s vast collections of poems and wide regard establish him as one of the leading poets writing today.

“A true poet.” –THE GUARDIAN GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP FOR POETRY

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PATRICK KAVANAGH

Photo Credits: Richard Gilligan, John Minihan

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MUSIC

“Lyn and Sanna challenge our expectations and assumptions about Irish music [and] invite us to consider our perceptions of the natural world and how attuned we are to its rhythms and phrases.”

Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna –THE BOSTON IRISH REPORTER

M ALBU CH N LAU

The Coral Suite FRIDAY, APRIL 13 | 8 PM $30 general / $24 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

Bringing to life the fragile ecosystem of a coral reef, fiddler Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna use light boxes, projections, and the vocabulary of Irish melody to create an audiovisual poem in a vivid, impressionistic, and riveting performance.

“Deep musical work full of lavish, evocative textures.” –THE IRISH ECHO

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FILM

Little Old New York Presented by Irish Arts Center and The Irish Film Institute TUESDAY, APRIL 17 | 7:30 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

$15 general / $12 members Free for Friend / Young Patron ($125) members and higher Directed by Sidney Olcott | 1923, USA, 110 minutes The Irish Film Institute brings a cine-concert of Sidney Olcott’s 1923 silent film, Little Old New York, to Irish Arts Center with live musical accompaniment by pianist Morgan Cooke, one of Ireland’s leading film accompanists. An invaluable addition to the catalogue of films made for and about the Irish emigrant population, Little Old New York is a delightful comedy about a young Irish girl (Marion Davies) who comes to America disguised as a boy in order to claim a fortune left to her late brother. Directed by Olcott (formerly of Kalem Films 1910-1915) and lavishly produced by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (with whom Davies was romantically involved), the film was a huge box office success. Discover 100 years of Irish film heritage at ifiplayer.ie, or download the free IFI Player app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Roku. This film was recently acquired by the IFI Irish Film Archive from the Library of Congress in Washington, with the support of The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

Pen, Paper, and Palate Authors Who Write About Personalities: Chapter 2 Presented in association with Ruda Beresford Dauphin WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 | 7 PM

AT THE HALF KING

$10 general / $8 members Free for Friend / Young Patron ($125) members and higher

505 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

Join us for the second chapter of “Authors Who Write About Personalities,” featuring a panel of writers who have spent their careers researching and documenting the lives of some of the most important people of our time. Panelists include Patrick Hunt (Hannibal) and Gareth Russell (Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII). The evening will include live music, a special menu, mingling, and book signings. This series is indebted to the invaluable partnership with BBC host and Booker Prize judge Frank Delaney and carries on in his memory.

“This semiannual salon hosts big-name authors, often all writing in the same genre, to talk over the finer points of their work.” –TIME OUT NEW YORK

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MUSIC

“[Tobin] uses her warmly distinctive voice, malleable, poised phrasing and impeccable intonation to get inside the material and make it personal.” –THE IRISH TIMES

Tobin’s Run on 51

A jazz series curated by Christine Tobin and Phil Robson

The award-winning Irish vocalist, songwriter, and composer Christine Tobin and acclaimed jazz guitarist Phil Robson return with Tobin’s Run on 51 for a third season, bringing together some of New York’s best Irish and international musicians to play sets and share stories about jazz music’s greatest treasures. AT IRISH ARTS CENTER $24 general / $20 members

Fine and Mellow Billie and Ella, Side by Side THURSDAY, APRIL 19 | 7:30 PM Christine Tobin, a devotee of Billie Holiday, and charismatic jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro, a longtime fan of Ella Fitzgerald, will pay tribute to these mothers of jazz by singing a special selection from their repertoire. Vitro will be accompanied by pianist and musical partner Mark Soskin along with other fine guest musicians, including Peter Brendler on double bass and David Mason on drums. The concert will include rare film footage and interviews.

Lullaby of Birdland Bird, Bebop, and 52nd Street THURSDAY, MAY 31 | 7:30 PM Tobin, Robson, and special guests bring to life the jazz scene around 52nd Street during the 1940s and ‘50s—focusing on the influence of jazz saxophonist, composer, and the father of bebop Charlie Parker. Featuring the legendary jazz singer Sheila Jordan, who Charlie Parker called the “singer with the million dollar ears,” seminal alto saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Mark Lewandowski, and drummer Charles Goold.

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MUSIC

Martin Hayes

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In Residence APRIL 25-29

One of the world’s greatest exponents of musical virtuosity and aesthetic emotion, Martin Hayes, returns to Irish Arts Center for a residency with a range of special guests. Details to be announced.

“The great fiddler Martin Hayes speaks with the soul of a poet.” –THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

Martin Hayes In Residence is made possible in part through the generosity of Howard Wolfson, Culture Ireland, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

Life Through the Reading Lens Into the life of the author, a novel appears, and changes everything. TUESDAY, MAY 1 | 7:30 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

$12 general / $10 members Free for Friend / Young Patron ($125) members and higher

Kathleen Hill’s spellbinding new memoir, She Read to Us in The Late Afternoons: A Life in Novels, examines the defining moments in which works of literature shaped the way she read the world. A panel of authors will join Hill in conversation, moderated by Belinda McKeon, to discuss each writer’s relationship with the works of literature that profoundly affected them, or that they in turn allowed to affect a beloved character, shaping the way they, or their characters, read the world. IAC Book Club: She Read to Us in The Late Afternoons by Kathleen Hill Tuesday, March 27 | 6:30 PM | FREE Reservations Encouraged Join author Kathleen Hill and our community of book lovers to discuss Hill’s She Read to Us in The Late Afternoons. This book club will be led by IAC’s director of programming Rachael Gilkey. Light refreshments will be provided.

“Hill writes with great elegance, clarity, and soul…This is no mere book-lover’s memoir, for it too gives the illusion of speaking beyond time and place, from across a quiet room and decades of thoughtful living.” –PARIS REVIEW

“In this multi-faceted gem of a book, Kathleen Hill, a great reader, pays tribute to the masterworks of literature which have inspired her, and uses her prodigious memory and her lucid prose style to celebrate love and compassion as the most noble and enduring of human qualities.” –COLM TÓIBÍN

Photo Credit: Aengus Woods

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MUSIC

“Theirs is a big and brilliant sound.” –THE IRISH REPORTER

MAY 3-4 | 8 PM $24 general / $20 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER Fiddler Liz Knowles, uilleann piper Kieran O’Hare, and singer/bouzouki player Pat Broaders return to Irish Arts Center to celebrate their newly released album The Joyful Hour. Veterans and mainstays of the Irish music scene around the world, these artists have played with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, the New York Pops, Bonnie Raitt and Josh Groban, and at venues including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Their music is comprised of unearthed tunes from the archives, new arrangements of acclaimed songs, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and an unmatched energy that comes from a trio of good friends playing great music together.

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NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY 17th Annual

Irish Arts Center NYC

Irish Dance Festival Curated by Niall O’Leary TCRG, ADCRG SUNDAY, MAY 6 | 1 PM – 6 PM FREE | Reservations Encouraged AT RIVERSIDE PARK SOUTH Pier I at W 68th Street, New York, NY 10023

We return to Riverside Park South to kick off the Summer-on-the-Hudson series and celebrate all aspects of traditional Irish dance and culture. Enjoy a day filled with free performances from top Irish dance companies and learn the difference between sean-nós, céilí, and step dance with opportunities for all to join in. Performers

will include festival favorites Donny Golden Dancers, Niall O’Leary Dance Troupe, Darrah Carr Dance, and Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance, plus special guests. With music and Irish language lessons, children’s crafts, face-painting, and more, this is one for the whole family to enjoy.

FR AND OEE TO ALPEN L!

Photo Credit: Amanda Gentile, Vitaliy Piltser

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MUSIC & DANCE

Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss FRIDAY, MAY 11 | 8 PM $24 general / $20 members

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

Harpist Maeve Gilchrist and percussive dancer Nic Gareiss (This is How we Fly) bring their original infusion of music and dance to the stage for an enthralling performance. Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and culture while drawing on contemporary elements of music, movement, rhythm and improvisation, Gareiss and Gilchrist have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in their fields. The percussion and drive of Gareiss’ footwork combined with Gilchrist’s melodic and improvisational sensibilities make for an explosive duet that delights both the ears and the eyes.

“The human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being... the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene.” –THE IRISH TIMES ON NIC GAREISS

“If there’s a musician who can bask in tradition yet immerse herself musically in the multicoloured experience of life, it’s Gilchrist.” –THE IRISH TIMES ON MAEVE GILCHRIST

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LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

Between the Lines: Meet Dublin’s

“Tramp Press has dared to think outside the box…a new voice, and indeed a new breed of Irish novel has been launched aloft.”

Tramp Press –THE GUARDIAN

Meet Ireland’s indie publishers and the important voices they’re bringing to the world. SUNDAY, MAY 20

Per event: $10 general / $8 members Buy both together: $16 general / $13 members AT IRISH ARTS CENTER The award-winning Dublin independent publisher Tramp Press, founded by Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen in 2014, are publishing some of Ireland’s best and brightest new voices, while reintroducing some of the country’s marginalized and muted writers through their Recovered Voices series.

Mike McCormack: Solar Bones 3 PM

Mike McCormack, author of Solar Bones (2016 Goldsmiths Prize, 2016 Irish Book of the Year), joins us to read from his funny, strange, and other-worldly novel. “One of the most original and important voices in contemporary Irish fiction” –The Irish Times

TRAMP PRESS BGE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2014 NOMINEE

Recovered Voices: Maeve Kelly and Dorothy Macardle 5 PM

Join us to discover two Recovered Voices authors, Maeve Kelly, whose Orange Horses is a ferocious and witty collection of stories detailing the multilayered lives of Irish women rarely brought to the surface, and Dorothy Macardle, whose The Uninvited and The Unforeseen are masterful, bone chilling novels of the supernatural. Maeve Higgins (comedian, writer) and Sam Underwood (Fear the Walking Dead, Fundamental Theatre Company) will read. Caroline Heafey will join Davis-Goff and Coen to discuss why these brilliant voices belong back in the canon.

IMAGE MAGAZINE BUSINESSWOMEN OF THE YEAR NOMINEE WINNER OF DAVID MANLEY AWARD FOR ARTS 2015

Presented with marketing support from Glucksman Ireland House — New York University

IAC Book Club: Orange Horses by Maeve Kelly

Tuesday, June 12 | 6:30 PM | FREE | Reservations Encouraged Join our community of book lovers to discuss Maeve Kelly’s Orange Horses. This book club will be led by IAC’s director of programming Rachael Gilkey. Light refreshments will be provided.

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MUSIC

SongLives Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown SongLives showcases Ireland and North America’s most exciting contemporary singer-songwriters, bringing the rich tradition of busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street to the cozy confines of our Donaghy Theatre. AT IRISH ARTS CENTER $15 general / $12 members

Murphy Beds with Abby Ahmad WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 | 8 PM The acclaimed folk duo Jefferson Hamer (guitar, vocals) and Eamon O’Leary (bouzouki, vocals) of The Murphy Beds return to the IAC stage with traditional and original ballads showcasing their tight harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements. Opening for The Murphy Beds is New York-based folk rock/blues/alternative singer-songwriter Abby Ahmad. “Their great feat turns out to be taking what’s best of the classic Irish folk revival without falling into any of its clichés.” –HUFFINGTON POST ON THE MURPHY BEDS

Heather Maloney and David Keenen FRIDAY, JUNE 8 | 8 PM Massachusetts-based folk and indie rock singer-songwriter Heather Maloney has been likened to Joni Mitchell and Lucinda Williams. She performs at SongLives with Irish singersongwriter David Keenan, fast becoming one of Ireland’s most talked about young artists. “Lyrics that cut to the chase.”

–THE HUFFINGTON POST ON HEATHER MALONEY

“This Dundalk singer-songwriter is a classic storyteller, one man and his guitar giving it to the world as he sees it.” –THE IRISH TIMES ON DAVID KEENAN

“Abby Ahmad is one of those rare talents... on par with the works of Dylan and Dickinson or even Plath.” –SONGWRITER’S MONTHLY ON ABBY AHMAD

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KIDS & FAMILY

Saturday Morning Cartoons Bold Girls and Rebel Women SATURDAY, JUNE 2 | 11 AM – 1 PM $5 per person / FREE for Junior Joyce & Family Circle Members Contact Amanda@irishartscenter.org for group rates AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

Feast on free pancakes for kids and mimosas for their adults as we snuggle up on the Donaghy Theatre stage with some of the most popular and entertaining feature films, cartoons, and shorts Ireland has to offer. To honor the centennial of women’s suffrage in Ireland, this edition of Saturday Morning Cartoons will feature selections with strong female characters as well as crafts inspired by suffragettes. Before the screening, check out new books including Bold Girls from Children’s Books Ireland and Rebel Girls’ new edition of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Fun for boys, girls, and the whole family!

“You’ll want to reserve tickets…” –MOMMY NEAREST

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FILM & CONVERSATION

Autism and Me An Evening with AsIAm’s Adam Harris TUESDAY, JUNE 5 | 7:30 PM

AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

FREE | Reservations Required The young Irish social entrepreneur Adam Harris was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at five years old. Drawing on his experiences, he founded AsIAm, an organization that supports people with autism and educates institutions and the general public to become more sensitive about the condition. Through media appearances, awareness-building events, and the recent RTÉ documentary Autism and Me, Adam has launched a national conversation in Ireland. Now, Adam brings that conversation to New York, with a special screening of the film and a moving and inspiring discussion of autism, stigma, and the important work AsIAm is doing with the support of organizations like the Ireland Funds and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. TICKETS AT IRISHARTSCENTER.ORG OR 866-811-4111

“Brilliant…Autism and Me can play a valuable role in an evolving culture.” –THE IRISH TIMES Autism and Me Directed by Liam McGrath 2017, Ireland, 52 minutes

LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

Bloomsday on Broadway XXXVII Presented by Symphony Space and Irish Arts Center

JUNE 16 | 7 PM From $16

AT SYMPHONY SPACE 2537 Broadway at 95th Street New York, NY 10025

We return to the essential source of Bloomsday in an evening dedicated to the brilliance of Ulysses. From the stately plump entrance of Buck Mulligan to the “yes I said yes I will Yes” of Molly Bloom, we present a whirlwind tour through the first 17 episodes and wrap up with a chorus of Mollys led by Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds). With music and dance inspired by one of the most important works of modernist history and an after-party in Bar O’Thalia! TICKETS AT SYMPHONYSPACE.ORG OR 212-864-5499

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LITERATURE & CONVERSATION

Person, Place, Thing Hosted by New York Times Magazine celebrated Ethicist columnist Randy Cohen Humorist Randy Cohen joins us to host his live podcast, an interview show based on this idea: people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers.

RANDY COHEN

FIVE-TIME EMMY AWARD-WINNER

Guests are drawn from a range of New York life including politicians, artists, thinkers, and academics. Past guests have included Paul Shaffer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Maya Lin, Laurie Anderson, Andy Borowitz, A. O. Scott, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Julianne Moore. Line-up to be announced on irishartscenter.org.

“Richly entertaining…a talented satirist.” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ON COHEN’S WRITING

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EDUCATION

Classes at a Glance Meet Our Teachers

Monday 4-5 PM 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7 PM 6-7:30 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-9 PM 7-9 PM 7:30-9 PM 8-9 PM 8-9 PM

Beto O’Byrne hails from East Texas and is the co-founder of Radical Evolution, a multiethnic, multi-disciplinary producing collective based in Brooklyn, NY. The author of 15 full-length plays, his work has received productions in Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX, San Antonio, TX, and New York City, where he was the most recent playwright-in-residence at the Stella Adler School of Acting and a 2050 fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. 

Introductory Step Dance for Kids | Beginner Soft Shoe Step Dance I: Beginners (Section A) Tin Whistle I: Introduction Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners Irish Language III and IV (Combined): Intermediate Tin Whistle II: Beginners Fiddle IV: Intermediate Storytelling Step Dance II: Intermediate Irish Language I: Introduction (Section A) Fiddle II: Beginners (Section A) Tin Whistle III: Advanced Beginners

Tuesday 6-7 PM 6-7:30 PM 6:30-8 PM 6:30-8:30 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7:30-9 PM 8-9 PM 8-9:30 PM

Concertina I: Beginners/Basic Guitar Accompaniment for Irish Tunes Irish Language I: Introduction (Section B) Dramatic Writing: From Inspiration to Revelations Bodhrán I: Introduction Concertina II: Advanced Beginners Set Dance: Old Style Irish Social Dance Bodhrán II: Advanced Beginners Irish Language II: Beginners

Wednesday 6-7 PM 6:30-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7-9 PM 8–9 PM 8-9 PM 8-9 PM 8-9 PM

Fiddle V: Advanced Irish Language V: Advanced Fiddle II: Beginners (Section B) Traditional Irish Singing (Mixed Level) Celtic Harp I: Introduction Creative Writing Fiddle III: Advanced Beginners The Ballads of Francis J. Child Celtic Harp II: Exploring Melody, Chords, and Rhythm Tae agus Comhrá (Tea and Conversation)

Thursday 5-6 PM 6-7 PM 6:30-7:30 PM 7-8 PM 7-8 PM 7:30-9:30 PM 8-9 PM

Tin Whistle for Kids The Music of Seamus Ennis Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music for Kids Step Dance I: Beginners (Section B) Tin Whistle IV: Advanced Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music on the Piob Mhor Hard Shoe Irish Step Dancing

What made you become a writer?   I’ve been creating stories since I was a child, and I have always known that I wanted to be a storyteller. My earliest memory of writing was reading a fantasy book called The Crystal Shard about an outsider who was rejected by the world because of his heritage. Being a bicultural person of Mexican and Irish descent in rural, East Texas, I had an instant connection with him and the book. And I knew I wanted to make stories that did the same for others. Many years later, I found that theatre was to be my calling and I have pursued perfecting this craft ever since.  What do you like most about playwriting?  So many things. If I have to pick one, I would say the best thing about making theatre is the collaborative act. It is by far the most collaborative art form. I have worked on and around theatre since about the age of 16, and it always boiled down to working with great people that I wanted to work with on project we were all passionate about. When all three of those ideas come together, the shows are unbelievable. What is your favorite thing about living in NYC? I would say the caliber of art that happens here. There are always a hundred great things to do any night of the week. I can go places where I never have to worry about whether or not the work will be good, if it will be well-produced and of high artistic rigor. That is unique to the city and very special. And the bagels, did I mention that? I love a great egg and cheese sandwich! What is your least favorite thing about living in NYC? Beyond the obvious (the subway, the crowds, etc.) I would say that the hardest thing about being here is the sense that if you aren’t creating and always working then you’re failing. Artists need down time. We need space between, and it is rarely given to us. What advice do you have for new writing students? Do whatever you can to get from lights up to lights down. You can’t really start working until you are rewriting, so you have to complete your first draft. And remember that pencils have erasers, and keyboards have delete keys for a reason. You can always change something later!

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SPRING TERM CLASSES WITH IRISH ARTS CENTER 8-week term begins April 16th, 2018 MUSIC

BODHRÁN Bodhrán I: Introduction Siobhan Egan | Tuesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $165 general / $135 members

EDUCATION DANCE

Bodhrán II: Advanced Beginners Siobhan Egan | Tuesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members TIN WHISTLE

FIDDLE

Tin Whistle for Kids Stuart Jackson | Thursdays | 5 PM – 6 PM $130 general / $100 members

Fiddle I: Absolute Beginners James Cleveland | Mondays | 6 PM – 7 PM $165 general / $135 members

Tin Whistle I: Introduction Christina Dolphin | Mondays | 6 PM – 7 PM $165 general / $135 members

Fiddle II: Beginners (Section A) James Cleveland | Mondays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members

Tin Whistle II: Beginners Christina Dolphin | Mondays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members

Fiddle II: Beginners (Section B) Caitlin Warbelow | Wednesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members Fiddle III: Advanced Beginners Caitlin Warbelow | Wednesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members Fiddle IV: Intermediate James Cleveland | Mondays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members Fiddle V: Advanced Caitlin Warbelow | Wednesdays | 6 PM – 7 PM $190 general / $160 members CONCERTINA Concertina I: Beginners / Basics Douglas Barr | Tuesdays | 6 PM – 7 PM $190 general / $160 members Concertina II: Advanced Beginners Douglas Barr | Tuesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members CELTIC HARP Celtic Harp I: Introduction Mia Theodoratus | Wednesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members Celtic Harp II: Exploring Melody, Chords, and Rhythm Mia Theodoratus | Wednesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members

Tin Whistle III: Advanced Beginners Christina Dolphin | Mondays | 8 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members Tin Whistle IV: Advanced Stuart Jackson | Thursdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members BAGPIPES AND UILLEAN PIPES Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music for Kids Tom Downes | Thursdays | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM $145 general / $115 members

Step Dance I: Beginners (Section A) Betty Sheehan | Mondays | 6 PM – 7 PM $165 general / $135 members Note: Two different class times and locations! Step Dance I: Beginners (Section B) Laura Neese | Thursdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $165 general / $135 members Note: Two different class times and locations! Step Dance II: Intermediate Betty Sheehan | Mondays | 7 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members Extended to a 2 hour class! Set Dance: Old Style Irish Social Dance Dan Hunt | Tuesdays | 7:30 PM – 9 PM $140 general / $110 members Hard Shoe Irish Step Dancing Laura Neese | Thursdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $165 general / $135 members

Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music on the Píob Mhór Tom Downes | Thursdays | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM $165 general / $135 members The Music of Seamus Ennis Open to Uillean Pipes and all accompanying instruments Stuart Jackson | Thursdays | 6 PM – 7 PM $175 general / $145 members VOICE AND SONG Traditional Irish Singing (Mixed Level) Carrie Erving | Wednesdays | 7 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members The Ballads of Francis J. Child Carrie Erving | Wednesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM $175 general / $145 members GUITAR Guitar Accompaniment for Irish Tunes Peadar Hickey | Tuesdays | 6 PM – 7:30 PM $175 general / $145 members Includes 6 sessions

The Bill Ochs Scholarship Fund The scholarship allows those in need to receive scholarships to participate in Irish Arts Center’s music and education programs. The fund is made possible by a generous donor and is named in honor of our dearly departed friend and educator, Bill Ochs, who taught with us for more than four decades. A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, please contact classes@irishartscenter.org. To learn more about contributing to the Bill Ochs Scholarship Fund, please contact Adam Lamberg at 212-757-3318 x222 or adam@irishartscenter.org.

All music classes require an instrument. For information about instrument rentals and purchases please visit irishartscenter.org.

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EDUCATION For course descriptions and locations, please visit irishartscenter.org.

IRISH LANGUAGE

LITERARY ARTS

CHILDREN’S CLASSES

Irish Language I: Introduction (Section A) Siobhan Kavanagh | Mondays | 7:30 PM – 9 PM $140 general / $110 members

Creative Writing Yvonne Cassidy | Wednesdays | 7 PM – 9 PM $190 general / $160 members Includes 6 sessions

Tin Whistle for Kids Stuart Jackson | Thursdays | 5 PM – 6 PM $130 general / $100 members

Irish Language I: Introduction (Section B) Frances Mulraney | Tuesdays | 6:30 PM – 8 PM $140 general / $110 members Irish Language II: Beginners Frances Mulraney | Tuesdays | 8 PM – 9:30 PM $190 general / $160 members Irish Language III and Irish Language IV (Combined): Intermediate Siobhan Kavanagh | Mondays | 6 PM – 7:30 PM $190 general / $160 members

Dramatic Writing: From Inspirations to Revelations Beto O’Byrne | Tuesdays | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM $190 general / $160 members

THEATRE ARTS

Bagpipes: Traditional Irish Music for Kids Tom Downes | Thursdays | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM $145 general / $115 members Introductory Step Dance Beginner Soft Shoe Niall O’Leary, TCRG, ADCRG Mondays | 4 PM – 5 PM Ongoing (except holidays) Annual Registration fee $30 Rolling Enrollment / per class: $15 This class runs year round

Irish Language V: Advanced Paul Ferris | Wednesdays | 6:30 PM – 8 PM $190 general / $160 members Tae Agus Comhrá (Tea and Conversation) Paul Ferris | Wednesdays | 8 PM – 9 PM FREE

Storytelling Brad Lawrence | Mondays | 7 PM – 9 PM $170 general / $140 members Includes 6 sessions

End-of-Term Party Enjoy tea and conviviality with friends old and new as instructors and classmates gather to celebrate the end of a wonderful term and share new skills in music, dance, literary arts, and language. SUNDAY, JUNE 3 | 12 PM – 4 PM FREE AT IRISH ARTS CENTER

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Master Classes

EDUCATION

Writing Young Adult Fiction with award-winning YA author Denise Deegan SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 | 2 PM – 4 PM $50 general / $40 members, students, and seniors at Irish Arts Center Every so often a Young Adult novel comes along that has teenagers (and adults) rushing to bookstores. Think Twilight. Think The Fault in Our Stars. And more recently: The Hate U Give. There is something very special about teen literature. Call it passion. Call it drama. Call it truth. This hands-on workshop will address the particular demands of writing Young Adult fiction. It will cover: finding “The Idea,” creating characters that teens will relate to, writing with an authentic teen voice, dialogue, keeping it real, touching the emotions, and understanding the market.

Introduction to Hard Shoe Dance Technique with Betty Sheehan SATURDAY, MARCH 31 | 2 PM – 5 PM $60 general / $48 members, students, and seniors at Irish Arts Center This three-hour workshop will cover all the basics of Irish solo dancing in hard shoes from the ground up. Students will learn how to make percussive sounds with proper form in both jig and hornpipe timing. The focus of the class will be connecting movement and rhythm, and understanding how the dancer becomes musician. This class is most suitable for those who have taken a beginner level step dance class and is meant as a bridge to intermediate level dancing.

Introduction to Irish Genealogy with Bridget Bray Back by Popular Demand!

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 | 2 PM – 5 PM $50 general / $40 members, students, and seniors at Irish Arts Center Curious about your Irish ancestry but not sure how to begin? Then join this beginner level workshop and learn about the key steps to researching Irish genealogy. The workshop will identify common research challenges, free and paid genealogy sites and resources, the impact of history on types of record availability, beginner steps to building a family tree, the use of DNA in genealogy research, and more. Led by Bridget Bray, founder of The Genealogy Event conference held in Ireland and New York, attendees will participate in building the family tree of a well-known Irish figure by applying their newly developed genealogy skills. All workshop participants will receive special discounts and offers for key Irish research and record sites.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

As a member of the Irish Arts Center community, you help us accomplish so much. You give artists a home to create and innovate, and you expand the hearts and minds of audiences, exposing New Yorkers of all ages to dynamic Irish arts and culture. Please join us at our upcoming special events— and help us present the best of Irish arts and culture.

Show Your Love THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Our annual members’ party at Mutual of America’s Park Avenue penthouse honors our newest supporters. Honorees this year include Ruth O’Farrell & Olena Ripnick-O’Farrell and Kevin Murphy. Tickets from $150 (or $125 via Host Committee).

Spring Cocktails APRIL/MAY Our spring cocktail party is an intimate gathering for our most dedicated supporters, raising vital support for our season.

Claddagh Circle Luncheon APRIL/MAY Honor the Women of Irish Arts at our newest special event, celebrating leading ladies in business, media, government, and the arts.

Golf Outing MAY/JUNE Enjoy a spirited day on the greens in support of Irish Arts Center. We are welcoming new members to our Golf Committee!

Spirit of Ireland Gala FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 On Friday, October 19th, we will celebrate our 19th Annual Spirit of Ireland Gala hosted by Irish Arts Center Honorary Chairs, Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson.

To learn more about these events and how they support our work, please call Adam Lamberg, Development Officer, at 212-757-3318 x 222 or adam@irishartscenter.org.

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For Your Visit

Irish Arts Center In the Heart of Hell’s Kitchen

How to Book Tickets

Getting to IAC

866-811-4111 irishartscenter.org

Irish Arts Center 553 West 51st Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues) New York, NY 10019

Ticket Collection All tickets for IAC events are Will Call only. Tickets can be picked up from the box office up to 60 minutes before show time.

Late Seating Policy Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the House Manager and some performances may have no late seating. Please aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance, allowing extra time for traffic, public transportation delays, and parking.

Wait-List Policy Wait-list tickets for sold-out events at Irish Arts Center may be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting 60 minutes before performance start time and in person only at the IAC Box Office (limit 2 tickets per person; subject to availability).

Irish Arts Center is easily accessible by public transit and car, and is within one hour from almost anywhere in the Greater New York Metropolitan area.

Refunds

Bus The M31, M11, and M50 buses all make stops nearby.

As a benefit of IAC membership, IAC Members will be granted day-ofshow ticket exchanges whenever possible and subject to availability. All other tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Booking Fees Some tickets are subject to booking fees which help us deliver a superior customer experience. Booking fees are waived for IAC Members.

Make it a Night Out You can save on IAC events and classes, get invited to exclusive members only parties, and enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee at our partner venues by becoming a member today. See pages 45-46 for details.

Subway C/E to 50th Street, 1 to 50th Street, or N/R to 49th Street.

Car There are parking garages on 51st Street between 10th and 11th Avenues and between 11th and 12th Avenues.

Gift Cards Give the gift of Irish arts and culture and let someone you love enjoy Irish events all year round! Buy an Irish Arts Center E-Gift Card online at irishartscenter.org, and let them choose their ideal outing with a range of offerings from theatre, music, dance, talks and readings, comedy, film, children’s events, and more!

Contact Us 212-757-3318 info@irishartscenter.org Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10 AM – 6 PM For exclusive offers and updates, join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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With gratitude to all the annual fund donors and members whose generosity keeps Irish arts and culture thriving

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“Great artists are not just born. They grow with the nurturing and support of institutions and patrons who give them the opportunity to tell their stories and take us, the audience, on a journey that connects us ever deeper to our artistic heartbeat. Irish Arts Center is exactly that kind of welcoming home.” –LIAM NEESON Our Claddagh Circle is our most dedicated and loyal group of supporters who provide critical support for more than 200 performances, events, and classes every year. Most importantly, our Claddagh Circle helps to ensure Ireland and Irish America’s cultural and artistic legacy for generations to come. Claddagh Circle Membership includes premium tickets to all performances through a dedicated concierge line, plus invitations to opening night celebrations, special concert evenings, behind-the-scenes events, and artist meet-and-greets all year long. For more information, please call Adam Lamberg at 212-757-3318 ext. 222 or email adam@irishartscenter.org.

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Irish Arts Center Spring 2018 Brochure  
Irish Arts Center Spring 2018 Brochure  
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