Photos by Gordon Gilbert, Jr.
The early May IAW&A Salon at the Symphony Space Studio, hosted by Maureen Hossbacher, featured a superb mix of memoir, music, humor and emotion. Only at IAW&A might a program that starts with a story of a kind-hearted Irish woman and ends with a chilling tale about Charles Manson feel so fully engaging.
Oh, a stream like crystal it runs down
It’s rare for to be seen,
Where there you’ll see the Irish oak
Trimmed with the ivy green
Dan’s new book, The Unstoppable Irish, Songs and Integration of the New York Irish, 1783–1883, just released by Notre Dame Press and commended by The Irish Echo and Irish Central, can be found at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or directly from Notre Dame Press: 800-848-6224. 20% discount code is 14ND419.
Jill Caryl Weiner read a brilliant new fictional story called “Couples Therapy.” Jill is also an award winning journalist and author of a series of parenting-related memory books:
Singer/songwriter/hot sauce maker John Munnelly debuted a new song, a delightful upbeat waltz that he’s calling “Butter Knife” at the moment. Then he changed the mood with two songs. His plea for the environment, “The Despair of Monkeys” asks us to stop “robbing and wrecking the place we’re living in.” John covered the 1970s hit by Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Alone Again, Naturally” with us singing along and occasionally misting up.
Sign up for John’s entertaining mailing list and look out for his hot sauce on his website.
Salon newcomer Rebecca Coffey is a science journalist with broad national recognition (Scientific American and Discover magazines, PsychologyToday.com, and many others), a humorist and novelist of the highly praised, serio-comic Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story. Choosing humor for her Salon debut, Rebecca read from her witty, literary Nietzsche’s Angel Food Cake: And Other ”Recipes” for the Intellectually Famished. On the menu:Lady Chatterley’s Liver, and B.F. Skinner’s Asparagus.
For more information please visit Rebecca’s website.
Beannaigh Dia Liam.