Highlights Coming Up


Tara Brandel, FRESH festival • January 24 & 25

The FRESH festival, directed by dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf and musician Albert Mathias, showcases contemporary dance and music via collaboration, improvisation, production, curation and education. The festival comprises three weekends of performances. Tara Brandel is a dance artist from Ireland who has been choreographing extensively since 1990, and recently completed an MFA in Choreography from UC Davis. Most recently Tara has toured Cappaghglass, a one woman show about migration, to Cork Midsummer Festival, D-CAF Cairo Egypt, Echo Echo Derry, San Francisco FRESH Festival, and Ponderosa, Germany. more


The Paperboys • January 24

The Paperboys are a Canadian folk music band from Vancouver that formed in 1991. The Paperboys blend Celtic folk with bluegrass, Mexican, Eastern European, African, zydeco, soul and country influences. The band will be performing at the Irish Center at 7:30pm. Tickets


Jim and Susie Malcolm • January 28

The Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay presents the ultimate Scots troubadour Jim Malcolm with his wife, singer Susie Malcolm at an intimate House Concert in Soquel. Traveling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, Jim sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”. more


Mostly British Film Festival Irish Spotlight • Feb 16

Irish Spotlight features “The Man Who Wanted to Fly,” a documentary by Frank Shouldice that tells the irresistible story of 80-something bachelor farmer Bobby Coote and his desire to fly; “Extra Ordinary” is the story of Rose (played by celebrated Irish comedienne Maeve Higgins) who sees paranormal activity everywhere, but wants little to do with it and “The Delinquent Season” – an examination of love, lust and family relationships starring two of Ireland’s most lauded actors, Cillian Murphy (“Peaky Blinders,” “Dunkirk”) and Andrew Scott (“Fleabag’s”hot priest, “His Dark Materials”). Sunday, February 16, 2020. more


Richard Mosse • through February 17

From 2014 to 2016, artist Richard Mosse documented the mass migration and displacement of people unfolding across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa in an attempt to find “adequate images” for today’s society. Filmed with a military-grade camera that detects and images body heat across great distances, these powerful scenes are on view in the exhibition Richard Mosse: Incoming. more


Discovering Antartica • February 23

The United Irish Cultural Center presents a one-man play about Tom Crean, the Irish man who went to the Antarctic three times with Shackleton and Scott. “Discovering Antartica: Heroric Tales of Shackleton, Crean and Scott” is set during The Golden Age of Antarctic Exploration (1901–16). Discover the riveting true stories of Shackleton and Scott through the eyes of Tom Crean who was at the center of three of the most daring & challenging expeditions to the great white continent – including Shackleton’s ill-fated Endurance expedition. The intimate piece of theatre, performed by Aidan Dooley, re-enacts the heroic endeavours with a blend of drama, humor and rich Irish storytelling. more


The Chieftains • February 28

The Chieftains started their journey in Ireland in 1962. Since then they have won six Grammy Awards and are highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music has hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day. In 2020, The Chieftains will be going on their Irish Goodbye tour and will be performing in Berkeley at 8pm. more


Lúnasa, Presidio Theater • Mar. 6

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. Folk Roots magazine has termed them an “Irish music dream team.” more


James Galway, SF Symphony • Mar 17

Experience one of the great masters of the flute repertoire in recital, when the internationally acclaimed James Galway takes the Davies Symphony Hall stage for the first time in nearly two decades. more


A Statue for Ballybunion • Mar 17-21

An original comedy—penned by former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery. A Statue for Ballybunion is based on the true story of a group of Ballybunion residents who hatch a cunning plan to unveil the world’s first statue to the leader of the free world—then U.S. president, William Jefferson Clinton. When events in the Oval Office with a certain intern put his visit to Ireland in jeopardy and something unexpected happens to the statue, you won’t want to miss what happens next! more


Riverdance, San Jose • May 15-17

With the show entering its 25th year, producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have made some changes so it’s not as you have ever seen or heard it! May 15-17. more