Bay Area Theater & Art

Daughter of a Garbageman, Los Gatos • October 6

Back to the South Bay by popular demand! One night only at the Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival.

“Daughter of a Garbageman” is a tale of Maureen Langan’s 1970’s upbringing in New Jersey. Her Irish mother and Bronx-born father, a New York City sanitation worker, told her to work hard, get educated and life would reward her.

Maureen Langan is a journalist turned standup comic and talk show host. Maureen has performed on Broadway with Rosie O’Donnell and has opened for Steven Wright, Dennis Miller, Joy Behar and Gladys Knight.  She’s been featured on HBO, Gotham Live, Comics Unleashed, CBS, FOX, and HLN.  She’s performed at festivals in Canada, South Africa, Switzerland, Ireland, and the UK. Daughter of a Garbageman completed a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August.

“She has something to say about family, relationships, self-acceptance and American culture and is willing to be completely honest without sacrificing her killer since of humor.” –SF Examiner

Tickets: $15 – $20

Eugene O’Neill Festival, Danville • September 2017

The 18th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival takes place in Danville, CA, from September 1-30, and celebrates the Nobel-winning writer with events around town, and at the National Historic Site of Tao House – where O’Neill wrote his most celebrated plays.

This year celebrates the great tradition of Irish storytelling with powerful and playful productions of Eugene O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet and John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World.

On September 7, the grand tradition of Irish story-telling and music will be proven in “Ballads and Blarney: An Evening of Traditional Irish Music and Song.” The evening features the UICC’s storyteller Donagh McKeown, and singer Erin Ruth Thompson with Cormac Gannon (on guitar and uileann pipes), Kenny Somerville (banjo and mandolin), and John Caulfield (fiddle and mandolin).

Other events include a historic tour, hikes, and an evening of Irish storytelling with the all with strong Irish roots.  

“Both plays feature characters who swear by a fantastic story of heroic deeds only to have their stories catch up with them,” says Eric Fraisher Hayes, the O’Neill Foundation’s director of artistic programs. “Their reckonings are both comical and tragic, displaying the resilience of the Irish people.”

For more information visit The Eugene O’Neill Foundation website

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Bay Area Art & Artists

Bridie Ryan Art • Opening Sep 8

Artist Bridie Ryan discusses her work at the opening of her art exhibit at Streamline, San Francisco on September 8.

Bridget Ryan grew up in Connemara, Ireland. She was awarded a BA in Fine Art in 2004.

Her work conveys the beauty and history of this area. She shows old, often deserted farm buildings and the surrounding landscape. The traces of her ancestors work can be seen in the surviving marks on the landscape and she finds the echoes of their voices in the old buildings.

She has exhibited throughout Ireland and her work has been acquired by collectors worldwide. more

Fine Art Photography from Ireland • Los Gatos, October

Stunning exhibition of abstract, architectural fine art photography by Cork-based artist Roseanne Lynch is on view at Whitney Modern Gallery, Los Gatos, in October.

‘Eloquent proof’ is a play on the term ‘elegant proof’ used in a 2015 dialogue between photographer Roseanne Lynch and a research mathematician. From this Lynch saw the resemblance between how a mathematician and an artist describe their research practices, both driven by curiosity to find particular outcomes. The term ‘elegant proof’ describes a novel and refined resolving of an exact mathematical problem, while her play on words allows something searching, uncertain and communicative.

Lynch’s photographical architectural studies made in early 20th century French modernist houses, including Eileen Gray’s E 1027, are an exploration of her experience of designed space, rather than a documentary of the various sites. She approaches her work with the question ‘What could a photograph that I make here do?’ whereas a mathematician looks for a one true unyielding outcome. Lynch rather brings the viewer into a photographic enquiry of space and time, and presents a question with her photographic evidence of her bodily engagement with place.