Citizens Report American Irish Culture

Movie Hooley gets the hat trick this weekend!

  There’s a hooley brewing in Chicago and today’s Chicago Tribune delivered rave reviews for all three films in the 2nd Annual Irish American Movie Hooley at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State Street, Chicago. This Friday night, Sept. 30, 2016, 8PM is the kickoff to The 2nd Annual Irish American Movie Hooley… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Milwaukee Irish Fest loose

Danahey on the Milwaukee Irish Fest loose

Best fest buddy Tom and I are heading to Ireland Friday – so keep an eye on our houses, okay? And stay out of his hot tub. The neighbors are still talking about the last time. In advance of our journey we headed to the Milwaukee Irish Fest this past Saturday to get in a… Continue Reading

DOTL: A Ren Faire, Irish Fest, Greek Fest weekend

DOTL: A Ren Faire, Irish Fest, Greek Fest weekend

The weekend after the 4th of July typically is one of the most fest-filled ones in the Chicago area – which is fitting. With all the seeming acrimony in the country right now, such gatherings remind what’s best about this nation. And I’m not kidding about that. Our collective love of frivolity of all sorts,… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Solstice Loose

Danahey on the Solstice Loose

Here, in photos, is what I did the weekend before the summer solstice time, that longest day of the year, which brings out the Druid in me. Friday night Best Fest Buddy Tom and I hit one of  our locals, where we met TV legend Larry David. Maybe it wasn’t him. We had a lot… Continue Reading

Movie Hooley Redux

Hollywood can’t make up its mind, whether to call it “Movie Hooley II” or “Son of Movie Hooley”. But Barbara Scharres, program director of The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and Irish American News columnist and radio personality Mike Houlihan, have announced  their plan to present the second annual “Irish American Movie Hooley” at… Continue Reading

Danahey On The Loose at the Byrne and Kelly Concert

Danahey On The Loose at the Byrne and Kelly Concert

Each Saturday night – well, late afternoon in our case –  and direct from Las Vegas, The Gino Fontine Strolling Trio makes its way from table to table at Marie’s Pizza & Liquors on Lawrence Avenue, serenading diners. I guess they must fly in just for the weekend gig. Such is show business. Or maybe… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose with Riverdance star James Greenan

Danahey on the Loose with Riverdance star James Greenan

Turns out I have something in common with James Greenan, the lead dancer in Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour, which plays the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago April 5 – 10. To have enough energy to perform, Greenan said he and other cast members carbo-load, piling plates with pasta, potatoes and other starches.… Continue Reading