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2005 FESTIVAL CALENDAR
March 5 - 12, 2005

TThe Irish have been meeting at the American crossroads for five
hundred years. The Crossroads Irish American Festival explores
and celebrates the culture, experience and identity of the Irish in
America. Crossroads 2005 will showcase the San Francisco Bay
Area as a cultural crossroads of Ireland and America, both past
and present. Join us to uncover the strands of the Irish American
story, through poetry, song, theatre and film.

From Blue Grass/Green Grass to the music of Eugene O’Neill,
from the underworld to the bench and bar of Justice, from the
Mission Irish to the Irish in the Bronx, Crossroads, 2005 showcases the Irish American journey.

The Irish Arts Foundation and the Irish Studies Program at New
College of California are committed to creating a space for the
creative energies of Irish cultural expression. The Crossroads
Irish American Festival, 2005 is an annual event that continues
the tradition of providing substantive programming in the San
Francisco Bay Area during the month of March and indeed,
beyond..


Calendar of Events

Saturday - March 5th
San Francisco Main Public Library
Co-sponsored by the United Irish Cultural Center

11:30AM -1PM - Fisher Children's Center
Children's Stories, Music & Dance

2 - 2:30PM - Koret Auditorium
Melanie O'Reilly
Vocal Performance from her song-cycle
on Irish women immigrants

2:30-3PM
Dramatic Readings by Wilde Irish Productions

3 -5PM
Irish/America Now
Panel Discussion Moderated by Hillary Flynn
Susanna Bogue - Irish Immigration Attorney
Catherine Brady - Author, Curled in the Bed of Love
Margaret Mc Peake - Co-Director, New College Irish Studies Program
Trina Robbins - Author of Wild Irish Roses: Tales of Bridgets,
Kathleens and Warrior Queens

8PM - Delancey Street Theatre
Blue Grass /Green Grass - An Acoustic Evening
with the Rowan Brothers
– Chris & Lorin & Irish
Musical Guests

$15 - Concert at 8PM - Doors open at 7PM - Refreshments
Delancey Street Theatre - 600 Embarcadero - San Francisco
Tickets available at the door. In advance: City Box Office 415-392-4400 - CityBoxOffice.com

Sunday - March 6th
7:30 - 9:30PM - New College of California
Co-sponsored by the Poetics Program, New College of California

An Evening of Poetry
Panel Discussion Moderated by John Norton
Sara Berkeley -Author, Penn, Swimmer In The Deep Blue Sea, Facts About Water.
Adelle and Jack Foley - Author, O Powerful Western Star and Foley’s Books
Liz Burke - Adjunct Professor at JFK University, Poet and Translator
John Norton - Author, Light At The End of the Bog, Re: Marriage
New College Cultural Center - 766 Valencia Street (between 18th & 19th Streets)

Tuesday - March 8th
8PM - Delancey Street Theatre

West Coast Film Premiere - Beautiful Kid
A young Irish-American auto mechanic in the Bronx
finds himself at a crossroads, torn between allegiances
to family, friends, addictions and love.

Conversation to follow with Writer/Director Michael Carty and Producer Patrick McCullough

The story is great. It’s very tough and unyielding.
A very different view of Irish America...no sentimentalism,
shamrocks or shillelaghs.” - Frank McCourt

$10 - Screening begins at 8PM - Doors open at 7PM - Refreshments

Delancey Street Theatre - 600 Embarcadero - San Francisco
Tickets available at the door. In advance: City Box Office 415-392-4400 - CityBoxOffice.com

Thursday - March 10th
7:30 - 9:30PM - New College of California

The Mission Irish: Reflections on the history of the Mission
District’s Irish Community in San Francisco

Panel Discussion Moderated by Margaret Mc Peake
Juan Pedro Gaffney - Director, Coro Hispano de San Francisco
Sr. M. Edith Hurley - Sisters of Mercy
Nancy Keane - Poet & Proprietor of the 3300 Club
Larry Lynch - Author, Set Dances
of Ireland: Tradition and Innovation

New College of California - 766 Valencia Street (between 18th & 19th Streets)

Friday - March 11th
7:30 - 9:30PM - New College of California

A Reading by and Reception for T.J. English, Author, Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster
With an introduction Michael Walsh, author of And All The Saints

New College of California - 766 Valencia Street (between 18th & 19th Streets)

Saturday - March 12th
San Francisco Main Public Library - Koret Auditorium

2-3:30PM
Cops & Robbers: Irish-American Gangster & Gangbusters

Panel Discussion Moderated by Daniel Cassidy
with T. J. English
Author, Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish
American Gangster

Terence Hallinan - former SF District Attorney
Michael Hennessey - San Francisco's Sheriff
Kevin McCarthy - San Francisco Superior Court Judge
Michael Walsh - Author, And All The Saints

Musical Interlude

4-5PM
Irish Storytelling Now
Elgy Gillespie, Author, Changing the Times:
Irish Women 1969 - 1981
In conversation with Frank Delaney, Author, Ireland

8PM - Delancey Street Theatre
Co-sponsored by the Eugene O'Neill Foundation

O’Neill: The Rhythms Of His Soul
A lively musical revue, featuring songs from the plays of America's
most renowned playwright, Eugene O’Neill, who wrote many
of his greatest plays in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Performed by Derek Lux, Bobbie Duncan & Michael O’Dell (piano)
and Dan Cawthon in the role of Eugene O’Neill

$10 - Performance at 8PM - Doors open at 7PM - Refreshments Delancey Street Theatre - 600 Embarcadero - SF
Tickets available at the door. In advance: City Box Office 415-392-4400 - CityBoxOffice.com