Bloomsday: A Celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses with Live Music From "Where The Band Has No Name : A Tribute to U2"

On Friday, June 16th, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, Booksmart Tulsa, and the Guthrie Green will once again host a Bloomsday Pub Crawl through the Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa–and this year’s event will be the biggest yet.  Participants will work their way through different venues and be greeted at each stop by short theatrical pieces, exhibitions, music, street performances, drink specials and more.  And we’ll cap the evening off with a live performance by a U2 cover band on Guthrie Green.

Bloomsday is a global celebration of James Joyce’s great novel Ulysses–a kind of Saint Patrick’s Day for nerds.  But it’s also much more than that.  The book itself, set on a single day in Dublin in 1904, celebrates the joys, confusion, and everyday surprises of urban life.  Each June, hundreds of cities around the world host Bloomsday celebrations, where participants drink a bit, read a bit, and sing bit.  Tulsa itself is home to the James Joyce Quarterly and the International James Joyce Foundation; it’s thus a global hub for Joyce experts and fans alike.  Bloomsday, however, is not just for the bookish or just for the Irish.  It’s a chance to celebrate the city as a whole and all are welcome for what should be our biggest pub crawl yet!

Tentative Schedule

5:00     Doors Open at the Zarrow Center for a Special Exhibition on Joyce
5:30     An Introduction to Joyce’s Life and Work and Welcome by Irish Council to the United States
6:00     Mainline Art Bar
6:45     The Hunt Club
7:30     Chimera
8:15     Guthrie Green
8:30     Where The Band Has No Name : A Tribute to U2