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WHEN: MONDAY NIGHT, JUNE 16,
7.30 - 10.30pm
WHERE: THIRSTY DOG TAVERN, Corner Howe
Street and Karangahape Road, Auckland
WHAT: BLOOMSDAY with THE JEWS BROTHERS
BAND and a cast of thousands!
Lucy Lawless and Michael Hurst, stars of the epic
sandals & skirts TV soap Xena, Warrior Princess, will be
re-united in June in a K Rd pub for Auckland's fabulous
annual literary bash, The Jews Brothers' Bloomsday.
They'll be part of a tribute to James Joyce's
masterpiece Ulysses, celebrated in pubs the world over
on June 16, the world's sole annual commemoration of a
totally fictional date, June 16, 1904, a date in which
something happened only in a book.
On that single all-including day, Irish saint, scholar,
hurler Joyce re-imagines Homer's epic poem The
Odyssey unfolding its ten Mediterranean years out onto
the streets and seaside and red-light district of
It's a day now celebrated as "Bloomsday", in which
Homer's hero Odysseus becomes a Dublin Jew, Leopold
Bloom (in the words of one essayist "the greatest Jewish
character in world literature, more forgiving than
Moses, funnier than Jesus, filthier than Portnoy").
Sighed French Nobel Literature prize-winner Albert
Camus, "The poignancy of the enterprise..." God knows
what Camus would have thought of this internationalist
musical cabaret version, done in a pub on the corner of
Howe St and K Rd deep down in the South Seas.
But it's a lovely madness, fittingly pulled off amidst
massage parlours and hookers. "It's not the Ku-dam,"
cries out chanteuse Linn Lorkin, "Or the Reeperbahn, or
the port of Amsterdam! It's Karangahape-dam!"
This year's Auckland Bloomsday has a dazzling line-up of
talent that top-bills with Lucy Lawless reading from
Molly Bloom's midnight dreamy soliloquy, Michael
Hurst as young Stephen Dedalus (and also as outrageous
French cabaret star of the 1930s, the wonderful
Josephine Baker!), Bruce Hopkins as the fiercesome
transvestite dominatrix Bella Cohen and Unite Union
organiserJoe Carolan as the frothing nationalist, The
Citizen (and his mangy dog).
Yuko Takahashi will be singing Mozart, so will Farrell
Cleary, aka Blazes Boylan. Tenor and political
commentator Chris Trotterwill sing Dominic Behan's The
Patriot Game, Jean McAllister will be backing Linn
Lorkin, Hershal Hersher, Peter Scott and Auckland's
yiddisher Jews Brothers Band.
Dublin actor Brian Keegan will be reading from The Book.
And there'll be a surprise appearance from Dame Sister
May Leo, dropping in from heaven.
Thirsty Dog Tavern, Karangahape Rd
Monday night, June