Arts & Leisure

For Michael Harrington, social media represents opportunity as the “arts are so visual.”   By Orla O’Sullivan It’s the biggest theatre you’ve never heard of, unless you’re attuned to the trendiest social media, like Periscope. The 860-seater off Washington Square is the biggest theatre below Manhattan’s Theatre District,...

Pat Kinevane in “Underneath.” By Orla O’Sullivan Pat Kinevane, who pioneered the “show in a bag” idea, lives his life from a bag. “Thank God I live near an airport because I’ve spent the last nine years traveling with these shows, either playing in Ireland or abroad.” The shows, “Forgotten;” “Silent” and now...

The cover of New York fiddler Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna’s fabulous new album “The Great Arc.”   By Daniel Neely Gailfean is an excellent new group that features John Whelan (button accordion), Brian Conway (fiddle), Máirtín de Cógáin (vox and bodhrán), and Don Penzien (guitar). Around since 2012, when all the...

HamsandwicH.     By Colleen Taylor Ireland’s sounding pretty cool these days. Two of the island’s freshest-sounding groups have released even newer hits, albeit of very different styles. HamsandwicH, a feel-good indie ensemble, is taking their latest album, “Stories from the Surface” stateside this week, along with...

PHOTO: WARNER BROTHERS By Karen Butler British filmmaker Joe Wright has been taking a lot of heat for casting Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily in his Peter Pan origin tale “Pan,” but he maintains the Irish-American actress was the best woman for the job. “When I first started considering Neverland as a world, before I started...

Tina Santi Flaherty is the author “What Jackie Taught Us.” By Orla O’Sullivan There was an affinity between Ernest Hemingway and President Kennedy and their widows, which few appreciate, attendees at the first major exhibition dedicated to the master of the modern novel heard last week. The exhibition, now in New York,...

Ellen O’Byrne DeWitt established Columbia Records’ Irish catalog.   By Daniel Neely Women in the early days of recorded Irish music is the focus of “If There Weren’t Any Women In The World,” a fascinating new CD reissue project from OldTime Records. In it, the compilers have presented a number of recordings from the...

The author goes down memory lane at Weldon House.   By Pat Fenton For 33 years, my father Andrew Fenton worked for Con Ed down on Hudson Avenue in the Vinegar Hill section of Brooklyn. Most of those years were spent working the coal furnaces, shoveling coal into their open doors as the shadows in the room took on a...

Former “Ceol na Gael” host Kerri Gallagher, placed 3rd, and Shannon Rowbury was 2nd in the 1,500 meters at the USATF Championships and went on to represent their country in Beijing in August.   By Colleen Taylor What do the 2015 IAAF World Track and Field Championships and Irish music have in common? As it turns out, a...

Peter Maloney and Rufus Collins in a scene from “The Quare Land.” PHOTO: CAROL ROSEGG By Orla O’Sullivan A man walks into a bath… Well, not quite, though the play just opened at the Irish Repertory Theatre is about a farmer taking his first bath in four years when a stranger walks in. In years of theatre going, it was...