The Madeleine Brand Show for June 15, 2012

Weekend Alibi: Pastrami and Bloomsday

A statue of Irishman James Joyce, author

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June 16th marks the celebration of Bloomsday, named for the protagonist of James Joyce's novel Ulysses, Leopold Bloom.

KPCC's Meghan McCarty brings you the Weekend Alibi, a roundup of the best weekend entertainment around L.A.

This weekend, you could enjoy the #19 pastrami sandwich at Langers Deli, which is being offered for free all day Friday and Saturday at Langers Deli to celebrate its 65th year in business.

Or, you could partake in a different sort of celebration on Saturday: Bloomsday, the yearly celebration of the Irish writer James Joyce and named for his most famous protagonist, Leopold Bloom, from his novel Ulysses.

Our book critic, David Kipen, the founder of the bookstore/lending library, Libros Schmibros, in Boyle Heights, suggests you could undertake your own Bloomsian journey: have a ploughman's lunch and a pint at a local pub followed by a trip to a local newspaper office. Also, the UCLA Hammer Museum will be holding a Bloomsday extravaganza with readings by academics, actors and amateurs as well as Irish music and - of course - some pints of Guinness.


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