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INBA Holiday Event, SF • Dec 6

Irish Network Bay Area (INBA) rounds off another year with the INBA annual Christmas party in San Francisco on Thursday December 6th, at 6pm at 100 Vallejo Street, San Francisco.
INBA facilitates business networking opportunities among members and friends, and builds and educates community through regular networking, leadership, educational, and cultural events. New members always welcomed. More information

Appetizers and drinks tickets will be available for purchase and all proceeds will go towards to the California Fire Foundation.

Celtic Voices Choirs, SF • Dec. 7

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center, Celtic Voices Choirs presents ‘Mistletoe, Memories & Music’
The choirs, directed by Mary McKeever, will be joined by a host of local artists to present a special selection of the best in Irish music from the past 20 years, including all the Christmas favorites.

The event takes place at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory Auditorium. more

Irish Marvels • Dec. 8

A Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange) Riddle. In this presentation, Jo Coffey will discuss Brú na Bóinne which was built 5 millennia ago during a Golden Age in Ireland. The monument gives evidence of a high degree of social organization among a people who had sophisticated expertise in astronomy, architecture, engineering, art and cosmology.

Jo will focus on a story about Brú na Bóinne, found in several ancient books of Ireland (from the 12th through the 17th centuries), and specifically on a very curious riddle found in these stories. Celebrate the Winter Solstice! more

Michael Keane, Andy Leon, Michael Keehan, SF • Dec. 8

Native son, Michael Keehan returns to San Francisco from the LA music scene for a showcase of folk-rock music at the Plough & Stars on December 8th. Michael will be accompanied by acclaimed singer, Andy Leon and supported by The Fruit Flies (Molly McCormick and Danni Parpan) and fellow San Francisco legend, Michael Keane, in a debut performance.
More information on The Fruit Flies.

Plough & Stars, 116 Clement St. 8pm.

An Irish Christmas, UICC • Dec. 9

An Irish Christmas features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by Caterina Coyne (Principal dancer, Riverdance), world champion dancers Tyler Schwartz and Connor Reider. An Irish Christmas is a memorable night that sparkles with charm and magic. Celebrate the great tradition of butter making, chase the wren on St. Stephen’s Day, draw down the half door for spectacular dance, enjoy superb music-making and singing of Christmas carols in an unforgettable Irish night. Tickets for UICC show. ICBA Special Ticket Giveaway: sign up a friend and enter to win two tickets!
Additional shows in San Jose, Mountain View, Napa, Vacaville, Rohnert Park, Monterey, Redding. more info

Shalom Ireland film screening, Palo Alto • Dec. 11

Shalom Ireland is a documentary about Ireland’s remarkable, yet little known Jewish community.  The one hour film, by Bay Area filmmaker Valerie Lapin, chronicles the history of Irish Jewry while celebrating the unique culture created by blending Irish and Jewish traditions.  From gun running for the Irish Republican Army during Ireland’s War of Independence to smuggling fellow Jews escaping from the Holocaust into Palestine, Shalom Ireland tells the untold story of how Irish Jews participated in the creation and development of both Ireland and Israel. JCC, Palo Alto. more

Tony McManus, Soquel • Dec. 12

Tony McManus is the leading Celtic guitarist worldwide and has just been listed as one of the 50 transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. Julia Toaspern is a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music. The duo’s twin guitar treatment of traditional music is unique as they support the other in exploring the harmonic possibilities of old, and not so old, tunes. Each of the pair flatpicks and fingerpicks at the highest level, servicing the tune.  more

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde • Dec. 14

Check out the exquisite new publication of  The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, with an introduction by Merlin Holland, Wilde’s grandson, at Presidio-based fine press book publisher Arion Press. Artist Sandow Birk will talk about his illustrations, which put a very modern-day twist into these 130-year-old tales. The deluxe edition, with decorative initials foil stamped in 22k gold is sold out, so you can save that $2,200. The 225-copy $800 standard edition has decorative initials printed in green ink. It is machine-sewn; bound with an olive green cloth spine and paper sides imprinted with titling and a foil stamped butterfly; and housed in a slipcase. [more]

A Celtic Christmas, Santa Cruz • Dec. 19

Now in its 20th season, Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland – when the neighboring families gather around the fire to grace the wintry night with the haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music and to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances, and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories.
UCSC Music Center Recital Hall, Santa Cruz. more

Looking for a Holiday Netflix Binge? “Derry Girls” coming Dec. 21

“Derry Girls” follows a group of teenage girls growing up against the backdrop of The Troubles era of Northern Ireland in the early 1990s.

The series earned an average audience of 2.5 million in the UK, making it Channel 4’s most successful original comedy in 15 years, and it has become the most-watched series in Northern Ireland.” Watch trailer

“Angela’s Christmas” Stealing Hearts on Netflix

“Angela’s Christmas”, an animated holiday short based on a story by Frank McCourt, and inspired by a story McCourt’s mother told him as a child, has arrived on Netflix to rave reviews.

Limerick native Ruth Negga, and McCourt’s brother Malachy provide the narration, with a closing credits song by the late Dolores O’Riordan. Watch trailer