Friday, March 17, 2006

Divine Ratio


In a room where it is forever 4:44 in frozen time, we teach each other in four-minute lessons. Not five. In that we are congruent, we measure analogue time in digital increments, but it interferes with the metaphor of clock and moon. Or take five. The metaphor hasn't yet caught up with technology. We measure triangles, we invoke Pythagoras, and integers. We decode rational numbers using analogy. We question the golden ratio, calling it the Golden Mean. Take St. Patrick's Confessio, it was a secret word puzzle to unfold, invoking the divine ratio.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

2006 CROSSROADS: Irish-American Festival




Calendar of Events
Wednesday - March 1st, 7:30-10 pm
An Evening of Resistance Music to Commemorate the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike
March 1, 2006 marks the 25th Anniversary of the beginning of the hunger strike that was a turning point in the struggle for Irish freedom and equality. Join us as local musicians honor
the hunger strikers’ memory with a rich and moving tribute to their struggle.
Performing Musicians:
Pat Hamilton; Ben Hunter; Tony
McMahon and Liam Tiernan of the legendary group, Barleycorn
March 1, 2006 marks the 25th Anniversary of the beginning of the hunger strike that was a turning point in the struggle for Irish freedom and equality. Join us as local musicians honor the hunger strikers’ memory with a rich and moving tribute to their struggle.
Moderated by Hillary Flynn, Crossroads Community Program Director
Location: New College of California, 766 Valencia @ 18th Street, San Francisco
Location: The Liberties Irish Bar & Restaurant, 998 Guerrero Street @23rd Street, San Francisco

Thursday - March 2nd, 8:00 pm
An Evening of music with Karen Casey and Flook (co-produced by the United Irish Cultural Center and The Fresh Air Festival)
Tickets: $20. Purchase at: www.ticketweb.com
Location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue @ Sloat, San Francisco

Friday - March 3rd, 7:30 pm
The Irish-American Memoir: A conversation and reading with Irish- American memoir writers.
Maura Conlon-McIvor, She's All Eyes: Memoirs of an Irish-American Daughter
Bridget Connolly, Forgetting Ireland: Uncovering a Family's Secret History
Maureen Murdock, Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory
Maureen Waters, Crossing Highbridge: A Memoir of Irish America
events surrounding the Irish Hunger Strike of 1981 in Long Kesh prison and its powerful impact on the politics of Ireland and America down to the present
Moderated by Hillary Flynn, Crossroads Community Program Director
Location: New College of California, 766 Valencia @ 18th Street, San Francisco

Sunday - March 5th, 7:30 pm
Poetry Night
Jack Foley, Letters/Lights—Words for Adelle, Gershwin, Adrift, Exiles, and with Ivan Argüelles, New Poetry from California: Dead/Requiem; Host, Cover to Cover on KPFA
Katherine Hastings, Director, WordTemple Poetry Series at Copperfield Books in Santa Rosa, and a widely published poet in many journals and anthologies.
Maureen Hurley, Falling to Sea Level, Klarlight; Cleveland Elementary School Arts Instructor
Chad Sweeney, Salt Plain and Other Stories, Co-Editor, Parthenon West Review; San Francisco WritersCorps teacher
Moderated by Liz Burke, Adjunct Faculty, John F. Kennedy University
Location: Bird & Beckett Books, 2788 Diamond Street @ Chenery, San Francisco

Tuesday - March 7th, 7:30 pm
25th Anniversary of The 1981 Hunger Strike: A Lasting Impact
Join us for a conversation about the day.

Tuesday - March 7th, 7:30 pm
College of California Irish Studies
25th Anniversary of The 1981 Hunger Strike: A Lasting Impact
Join us for a conversation about the
Michael Corrigan, Confessions of a Shanty Irishman
Daniel Cassidy, Co-Director, New
events surrounding the Irish Hunger Strike of 1981 in Long Kesh prison and its powerful impact on the politics of Ireland and America down to the present day.
John Fogarty, Western Regional Representative, Irish American Unity Conference
Hon. Tom Hayden, Author, Activist, Educator
Bobby Lavery, Elected Representative to the Belfast City Council for 11 years for Sinn Féin
Bill Simmons, International Indian Treaty Council
Nadya Connolly Williams, Global Exchange Study Tour Coordinator for the north of Ireland, and other destinations
Moderated by: Daniel Cassidy, Co- Director, New College of California, Irish Studies Program
Location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue @ Sloat, San Francisco

Wednesday - March 8th, 7:30 pm
A Celebration of the Life of Peter Tamony
A night celebrating the life and work of a forgotten Irish-American folklorist from the old Mission District of San Francisco.
Karen Ellis, author, teacher and publisher of print and online media. Her work can be found at: Educational CyberPlayGround
The public is invited to join in a conversation about Irish-Americans in social justice movements.
Ellen Barry, prison rights activist,
Michael Corrigan, Confessions of a Shanty Irishman
Daniel Cassidy, Co-Director, New College of California Irish Studies Program
Location: New College of California, 7:30–10 pm, 766 Valencia @ 18th Street, San Francisco

Thursday - March 9th, 7:30 pm
The Irish in the Sunset District
An exploration of the history of the Irish- American community of the Sunset District of San Francisco, featuring a variety of panelists including Anne Carew, Pat Maguire, Diarmuid Philpott, Bob Twomey, and Jeffrey M. Burns, the Archivist for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, as well as other members of the neighborhood.
Moderated by Margaret McPeake, Co- Director, New College of California Irish Studies Program.
Location: United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue @ Sloat, San Francisco

Saturday - March 11th
1:30–2:00 pm
Tipsy House, Traditional Music Group
2:00–4:00 pm
Irish-Americans in Social Justice Movements
lawyer, organizer and 2005 Nobel Peace
2:00–4:00 pm
The public is invited to join in a conversation about Irish-Americans in social justice movements.
Ellen Barry, prison rights activist, lawyer, organizer and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee
Kevin Fagan, Award-winning San Francisco Chronicle Journalist
Sister Maureen Hally, RSM, Educator, Activist, Warrior Crone.
Moderated by Hillary Flynn, Crossroads Community Program Director.
Location: San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Grove Street, San Francisco

2006 CROSSROADS: Irish-American Festival