Citizens Report American Irish Culture

3rd Annual IRISH AMERICAN MOVIE HOOLEY SEEKS 3rd FILM FOR FEST

When a party gets rowdy, the Irish call it a “hooley.” Barbara Scharres, program director of The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and Irish American radio personality Mike Houlihan announced two of their three selections for their third annual “Irish American Movie Hooley” at the Siskel Film Center September 29, 30th and October 1st… Continue Reading

Whiskey Classes Set for Irish American Heritage Center

Whiskey Classes Set for Irish American Heritage Center

In Ireland, the number of distilleries, either in production or under construction, has grown from a mere three to nearly 40 in just eight years. “There are now distilleries working in Dublin for the first time since the John Powers distillery shut down back in 1976. They even have an Irish Whiskey Museum in the… Continue Reading

Danahey On the Loose at Phantom of the Opera

Danahey On the Loose at Phantom of the Opera

So I recently went to see that musical that everyone’s been talking about – 30 years ago. Yeah, I finally made it to “Phantom of the Opera,” which is on tour again and playing the Cadillac Palace Theatre downtown through Jan. 8. A friend had to back out at the last minute due to a… Continue Reading

Irish Theatre of Chicago revisits “The Weir”

Irish Theatre of Chicago revisits “The Weir”

Once again, actor Brad Armacost finds himself at the holiday season confronting theatrical ghosts and the very real demon known as Chicago traffic. For Armacost is back at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace starring as Ebenezer Scrooge in the chestnut that is “A Christmas Carol.” From that gig, he’s been heading back into… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose at Stomp

Danahey on the Loose at Stomp

If you’re looking for a show that’s festive and that might  get your mind off the holidays, Stomp is afoot at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. In case you’re not familiar, Stomp is one of those theatrical experiences that arose in the 1990s, like Riverdance, Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil that… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose: A Visit to Northern Ireland

Danahey on the Loose: A Visit to Northern Ireland

My late summer vacation to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland gave me an idea for an app. There might even be one like it already, but I’m too lazy to rifle through the online stores, so here goes the simple version: Somebody should set up a system where you can find people where… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose at Graeme of Thrones

Danahey on the Loose at Graeme of Thrones

As luck would have it, opening night for “Graeme of Thrones” happened to be the same time the Chicago Cubs were in Cleveland battling the Indians in the seventh and deciding game of the World Series. I thought about not going. Another reason: No matter what’s happening, from where I live in the northwest suburbs,… Continue Reading