March 28, 2012
March 23, 2012
You see the work of illustrator Tim O’Brien on the covers of Time, Rolling Stone, Harpers, in advertising and on book jackets.
Thanks to one series of book jackets, an expanding universe of people will see his art, especially starting today, opening day for the film, “The Hunger Games.”
Tim wrote, “The artwork for the Suzanne Collins novel, “The Hunger Games” was an illustration done in 2008. Since then I did all three covers for the series and now my artwork/design is featured on the movie poster and as a pin IN the movie “The Hunger Games,” opening nationwide 3/23/12. It may be the biggest movie of the year and perhaps one of the largest openings ever.
“Seeing it plastered everywhere is amazing and after going to the premiere in Los Angeles and then the after party, I feel I might have just watched my career high point cruise by. Still basking in the glow though.”
Tim is a board member of the Irish American Writers and Artists. To see more of his work, go to http://www.obrienillustration.com/
She has bit the dust, expired, gone to a better place and or the other side. And where is the other side exactly? How do you know if it is a better place? I’d like to know so that I can plan ahead.
by John Kearns
|Waving to the Parade Committee|
Late one Saint Paddy’s Night past, amid all of the discarded cups and cans, the seashells filled with cigarette butts, and the other debris left behind by the revelers at Marty O’Brien’s Public House, Kevin McKee, my friend from Chicago whom I only see on Saint Patrick’s Day, was about to take his leave. Since we had had such a good time, as we always do, I made a suggestion.
“Y’know, we should keep in touch during the year.”
“No, John,” said he. “I’m afraid that’s not possible.”
The uninitiated or the skeptical might ask why. Why fly from other cities and countries, take trains and boats from other states and boroughs for this old tradition of marching? Why are we so bound and determined to march on a beautiful day or in the driving snow?
True, the parade is exclusionary and stodgy and conservative and martial. It may be out of touch with modern Irish culture. But the New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is an Irish-American institution older than the United States itself and a chance for the scattered members of the Irish diaspora to get together for one day in the center of the world. The New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is the granddady of all the other parades, the biggest civilian parade in the world. If you are going to be anywhere in the world on Saint Patrick’s Day, Fifth Avenue is the place to be.
March 22, 2012
March 21, 2012
Charles Hale debuted his short film “Breathing of an Ancestor’s Space and Time” at last night’s IAW&A Salon at The Cell.
By understanding the events that surrounded one incident in his grandfather’s life through this video, Hale is able to get the “feel of things,” he is able to breathe from his grandfather’s space and time.
Author Peter Quinn called Hale’s video, “Concise and eloquent, narrative that borders on poetry, subtle yet emotional….The restraint in the piece is powerful…a willingness to let viewers and listeners have their own thought instead of telling them what to think.”
March 19, 2012
March 9, 2012
Kevin Holohan & Honor Molloy read funny bits from their novels
Sunday – March 18th – 1:30 – 2:30 pm at the Brooklyn Public Library
What is this now?
Did you know many people experience what is called post-patrician perdition.
They do now? And what class of affliction would this be?
They don’t know what to do with themselves the day after Patrick’s Day when it falls on a weekend.
And your solution to this is?
Reading out loud.
Is it, now? I assume you are talking of books. Where?
Central Library, Brooklyn.
Sunday March 18 at 1:30pm
On the other side of St. Patrick’s Day, when the green-tinted beer has gone flat and the strains of puzzling bagpipe music have died away, you can get a taste of an Ireland that is a little more riverrun than Riverdance, more Pogues than Clancy Brothers. Please come along to the Dweck Center of the Brooklyn Central Library on Sunday March 18 at 1:30pm 10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11238 718-230-2100 where I will read from The Brothers’ Lot alongside Honor Molloy who will be reading from her terrific debut novel, Smarty Girl.
Is there a website to back this up?
And what does the Brooklyn Library have to say about all this?
Double Dublin: Join Kevin Holohan and Honor Molloy for an afternoon of Irish comic writing. Holohan reads from The Brothers’ Lot, a satirical and hilarious novel that explores religious hypocrisy in an Irish secondary school. Molloy reads from Smarty Girl – Dublin Savage, a wild child’s struggle to hold her family together in 1960s Dublin.
I have to see a man in about a dog in Bay Ridge but I’ll try to make it.
Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza, Lower Level
Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
March 8, 2012
TODAY’S SONG: THE BELLS OF HELL
Hell’s Bells and the The Bells of Hell were a central theme of Tuesday’ night Irish American Writers and Artists’ salon at the Thalia Cafe on Tuesday. Malachy McCourt, one of the owners of the old Greenwich Village saloon Hell’s Bells, told a riotous story of how the name of the saloon was banned from the New York telephone directory and then led the attendees in a chorus of The Bells of Hell. New member David Coles also invoked the spirit of the old saloon, reading from his novel In the Midnight Choir, based on his New York City life in the 1970s, hanging out in two Village saloons, the aforementioned Hell’s Bells and The Lion’s Head. Wonderful story.
John Kearns reminded the audience that his play In the Wilderness will be on stage in early June. John read two St. Patrick’s Day selections. The first, from his book, Dreams and Dull Realities, was about a young boy’s refusing to wear a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” button on Saint Patrick’s Day. The second, a story called “Making a Visit,” described a Paddy’s Day memory of a young woman’s dancing a jig on top of a bar.
First time presenter Guenevere Donohue read and sang from her new playKiller is My Name. As Guenevere described it, Killer is personal myth, memory as legend, and the mystery of the Marine, poet and spy who was her father. I look forward to this multi-talented woman sharing more of her art.
Tom Mahon shared a story “Lat Life Happiness,” a love story for seniors, which he noted there are far too few. Sheila Walsh read from her new play“Mr. Tweedy’s Nieghbors,’ a play about spiritural renewal the Irish-American way. John Kearns and Sarah Fearon assisted Sheila in the reading. Sarah then provided the evening’s comic relief reading from new comedy notes.
Mikelle Terson read three poems. ”So No, We Cannot Be Friends”, a poem about betrayal and soap, “Behind”, which speaks to the depth of story behind “the bones of the brow” of each person we meet in our everday lives, and ”For Those Who Can Hear” which addresses the urgent situation of the African Elephant.
Maureen Walsh followed with a story “The Enemies of Rose” about an eccentric godmother who enlivens the narrator’s childhood during the Irish-American heyday of 1950′s New York, when St Patrick’s balls were held at midtown hotels and everyone summered at the ‘Irish Riviera,’ also known as Rockaway Beach.
Robert Haydon Jones read “My Tawdry Story” a tale about what happens to a highly respected senior citizen from Connecticut when his DNA is a perfect match with semen found at an unsolved rape murder in Miami more than 30 years ago. A riveting story and well read.
Kathy Callahan’s laugh out loud memoir in progress, A Tale of Two Snoring Readers was anything but sleep inducing. She read of those suffering from sleep apnea, discovering how to overcome its significant challenges, the stigmas and complications that effect intimate relationships, daily functioning and emotional health.
And Kate Vaughan, calling on her substantial Irish wit, read from her novel in progress Shennanigans, which takes place at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Home and shows how even in sad times we can always make the best of it, and know that with God’s help/love anything is possible.
Great evening enjoyed by a full house.
The next Irish American Writers and Artists’ salon will be at The Cell theatre, 338 W.23 Street, on March 20, beginning at 7PM. For more information about the salons or the Irish American Writers and Artists contact Charles Hale at email@example.com
March 6, 2012
After an award-winning staged reading 2010 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, John Kearns’ In the Wilderness has been accepted for a full production for this year’s Festivity and will be on stage for six performances in June upstairs at the New York’s Bleecker Street Theatre.
For the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, every show works to promote and/or raise money for a social cause or charity. Kearns’ charity will be the Mercy Center for women and families in the South Bronx.
In The Wilderness depicts the struggle of teachers and students in an all-girls high school in the South Bronx in the late 1980′s, when the neighborhood was rife with crime, crack addiction and AIDS. Dispirited from the stress of the school year, dedicated young teacher Paul Logan decides that if he can get just one student to be successful, then all of the frustrations would be worthwhile. Carmen Marquez, a smart, sexy sophomore who writes poetry and succeeds in school despite pressures from home and from her neighborhood, seems to be the one Paul is hoping for.
The play is being produced by Boann Books & Media, LLC. Author John Kearns is the Treasurer Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc. and a regular contributor to the IAW&A Salons.
Venue: Upstairs at Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, New York, NY (at Lafayette.)
Dates and Times:
Friday 6/1/12 – 9pm = Performance #1
Saturday 6/2/12 – 7pm = Performance #2
Saturday 6/9/12 – 11:30pm = Performance #3
Sunday 6/10/12 – 1:30pm = Performance #4
Thursday 6/14/12 – 6pm = Performance #5
Sunday 6/17/12 – 9:30pm = Performance #6
Festivity site: www.planetconnections.org
Company site: www.boannbooksandmedia.com