August 15, 1985
The UCLA Folklore and Mythology Center has published its first Irish Cultural Directory for Southern California. The 150-page book, the result of more than a year of research, lists sources of Irish culture, art, education and commerce. America's largest Irish community lives in California, according to researchers.
November 23, 1996
I thought Lewis Segal's review of "Riverdance" somewhat short-sighted (" 'Riverdance': Irish Culture on the Hoof," Nov. 18). "Riverdance" is a "show" aimed at entertaining a diverse audience, not an esoteric dance performance. Judging by the ovation it received on Saturday night, I think it achieved this goal. I saw "Riverdance" in London last year and felt that the performance at the Pantages had been modified for L.A. audiences: There appeared to be less dancing and too many breaks to allow time for the audience to applaud, and the stage settings were unnecessarily realistic.
July 10, 2012 |
This just in: The Irish really know their way around telling a story. Yet despite America's eagerness to embrace Irish culture for one Guinness-addled day every March, few are familiar with many of the island's titans of the written word beyond an ambitiously purchased copy of "Ulysses," a tear-stained "Angela's Ashes" or perhaps stumbling through the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" during the holidays. Consider celebrated Irish playwright Tom Murphy, whose name falls below the radar in mainstream American pop culture.
November 25, 1996 |
Some things are incontrovertible. The sun rises in the east, a triangle has three sides and "Riverdance" is an enthralling expression of the glory of the human spirit and of the power of art to convey beauty. Concerning his review " 'Riverdance': Irish Culture on the Hoof" (Calendar, Nov. 18), I would like to ask Times dance critic Lewis Segal . . . in the immortal words of Jay Leno's greeting to Hugh Grant . . . what the hell were you thinking? I cannot sit quietly and allow Mr.
March 17, 1986 |
There was a man from Roscommon who used to get lonely for his brothers in America around St. Patrick's Day, so he'd go to the pub each year and have three drinks--one for him and one for each of his brothers. Well, one year he came in and ordered just two drinks. The bartender, puzzled, asked him: "John, why are you having only two drinks? Did one of your brothers die?" John replied, "Oh, no. I gave it up for Lent."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2001 |
Irish-born William Mulholland probably never imagined that 40,000 people would be celebrating Irish culture and heritage in the San Fernando Valley nearly a century after the city engineer established Los Angeles' municipal water system. Mulholland is a prime example of Irish American contributions to Southern California and one of the reasons that 1.