Letters to the Editor Jay Hubbard
I must admit I’m a trifle disgusted (I don’t even think that’s the word
for it) at some of the glasses in the March 9 “By the glass” article
(Jenny Coon Peterson, March 9, Gazette). As a man who’s a trifle
Irish, it makes my blood (or the liquor in my blood) boil to see an
improper pint — one without a handle.
Head to Norman tomorrow night for free wine, cheese and Irish songs.
World Literature Today magazine is hosting the biggest Irish-centric cultural event Norman’s seen since U2 rocked its football stadium more than two years ago. Its Puterbaugh Festival Opening Night event is of course much scaled down from the goliath, 360-degree stage in the middle of the OU football field, but arguably more Irish, as playwright Marina Carr graces Oklahoma with her authorial presence.
So head out to Norman’s Performing Arts Studio (known by some as the Train Depot) to enjoy some free wine and cheese; the tunes of Mike Hosty, Ali Harter, Brine Webb and Steven Eiler; and Irish poetry ready by Lauren Zuniga. The musicians will play original songs, as well as covers by Irish artists (think Van Morrison, Fionn Regan, and sigh The Swell Season).
right Ali Harter
Also be sure to check out the Irish Film Festival at Meacham Auditorium Friday night, which costs the same in admission as the Opening Night activities: nothing! Head to ou.edu/wlt for more information, and watch Webb’s recent performance at TEDxOU:
Norman plays host to a free Irish Film Festival on Thursday.
With the smell of shamrock shakes in the air, St. Patrick’s Day is near. That makes it the ideal time for all things Irish, movies included.
On Thursday, lil’ ol’ Norman plays host to the 2012 Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature & Culture’s Irish Film Festival. From 12:45 to 4 p.m., one Oscar-winning movie and two 15-minute shorts will unspool in Meacham Auditorium on the University of Oklahoma campus.
Kicking it off is 2006’s Once, a musical love story that remains one of the 10 best movies I saw last decade, and whose soundtrack forever is imprinted on my brain. Seriously, this film gives me goose bumps each time I see it. Once won the Best Original Song Academy Award for “Falling Slowly” — a victory that had me cheering from my living room.
Also showing are The Crush (not to be confused with 1993’s wretched Alicia Silverstone jailbait thriller; this one was up for an Oscar) and The Other Life, which are about, respectively, a 8-year-old fawning over his teacher and a wealthy woman realizing money ain’t all that.
Horror Rod Lott
I swear, the luck o' the Irish: While moving from her condemned apartment building, a young, pretty and very pregnant woman (Amy Shiels, Veronica Guerin) is brutally attacked by three youths in hoodies while her husband, Tommy (Aneurin Barnard, Ironclad), watches helplessly from the elevator in which he's stuck.
OKG7 things to do Gazette staff
Irish eyes are smiling on Wandering Boundaries, an art exhibition
inspired by a recent trip to Ireland by Fulbright Scholars Joan
Phillips and Erin Treacy. On display weekdays through March 7, it debuts
with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the University of Oklahoma
School of Art & Art History’s Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval
in Norman. Admission is free. Call 325-7370 or visit art.ou.edu.