by Charles Hale

Are you looking for some low cost entertainment in New York this week?  Here are three alternatives:
 On Tuesday night, April 17th, The Irish American Writers & Artists Salon at The Cell begins at 7PM.  The salon allows members up to ten minutes to present in the medium of their choice, reading from a published work or one in progress, staging or reading from a play, a musical performance, presenting a work of art or telling a story. While the presentations are limited to members, all are welcome. This week highlights will include Aedin Moloney, who recently appeared in the Irish Repertory Theatre’s Dancing at Lughnasa, reading Molly’s soliloquy from James Joyce’s Ulysses, TJ English, author of a number of bestsellers, including Havana Nocturne, reading from his latest book, Savage City, and Connie Roberts, (photo left) the 2010 winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award will be reading her poetry. The Cell is located at 338 W23rd Street. Admission is free.
On Thursday evening, April 19th, at Fornino’s restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Billy Barrett will be hosting an evening of reading and performances. Barrett, master of the neo-beat confessional will riff on being brassy Boston Irish, while Honor Molloy (photo right) and Kevin Holohan will be providing the Irish Black Comedy. Holohan will read from The Brother’s Lot, a satirical and hilarious novel that explores religious hypocrisy in an Irish secondary school and Molloy will
be reading from Smarty-Girl-Dublin Savage, a wild child’s struggle to hold her family together in 1960s’ Dublin.  Word is the evening will be kicked off by a jazz trio. Fornino’s is located at 254 Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Admission is free. I’d be attending this event if it weren’t for the fact that I’ll be back at The Cell that same night, Thursday, April 19th, appearing in a full length reading of ….
Stoopdreamers and Other Brooklyn Stories, a play by Pat Fenton. Fenton intimates the dreams, trials and travails of ordinary people trying to find the American dream in post WWII Windsor Terrace, among them a cop who really wanted to be a writer, a movie projectionist at the Sanders Theatre whose life is defined by the continuance of movie reels as he waits for the changeover mark, and a beautiful dreamer named Janice Joyce who tried to go home again. Fenton’s play is an Irish-American story about an area that was once the hub of one of the greatest, Irish working-class neighborhoods in Brooklyn.  Jack O’Connell, who appears in the TV program Blue Bloods, will be performing the role of Moon Mullins, I, (photo left) who haven’t appeared in Blue Bloods, will be reading the role of Terry Smith, an Irish cop…talk about stereotyping.  Admission is free.