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17th to 19th July
The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Performances at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School: Nolan Center
1524 35th Street NW, Washington, DC
For more information visit or email the Box Office
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31st December 8:00 pm
New Year's Eve on the Queen Mary

While the world will countdown to 2023, the world-famous Queen Mary will celebrate decades of decadence with our New Year’s Eve: Past and Present party. The ship’s decks and ballrooms will be brought to life with live music on multiple stages, dancing, themed experiences, and immersive entertainment, with a nod to Art Deco and the over-the-top Roaring Twenties. Ring in the New Year by stepping into our world of fantasy and liberation, and enjoy a night of incredible live music and performances from our wild cast of characters, on the stern of the ship. You also won’t want to miss the hidden speakeasy and VIP experiences that only the Queen Mary’s New Year’s Eve can offer. This party sells out every year and will start promptly at 8 pm, with one of SoCal’s most dazzling fireworks displays lighting up the sky directly overhead at midnight.
Queen Mary 1126 Queens HighwayLong Beach, CA 90802877-600-4313

11th March 11:00 am
Annual Canoga Park St Patrick's Day Celebration.


Community March, Live Irish Music & Comedy featuring True Thomas, Owen Dara, and many more,
Vendors, Free Food, Door Prizes, and much more! Great Family Fun for All Ages
A FREE Event presented by the Canoga Park Improvement Association!
Gathering forms at the Madrid Theatre with stages set up at the Farmer's Market!


The Best Present Ever.

A Sinners Guide to the Holy Land. 

 Laced with humor and purposefully non-preachy, The Best Present Ever: A Sinner's Guide to the Holy Land, introduces readers to the unexpected beauty of Israel, the unyielding work ethic and salesmanship of the ubiquitous hawkers, an argument at the Shrine of the Nativity involving a Russian tour guide, night-time lovers tiptoe across the rooftops of old Jerusalem, the narrator's disastrous three minutes at the Tomb of Jesus, his pilgrimage-ending confession described by the tour group priest as "a good one”, and his impromptu sojourn through the poverty-stricken Muslim District of Jerusalem that he will never forget.
The bus driver is Muslim, the tour guide is seriously Catholic, and the story is do we all get along?
Written for believers and non-believers, men and women, this entertaining, informative, and quietly spiritual book reveals some of the most cherished shrines in all of Christianity, not from the perspective of a scripture-quoting pastor or history-gushing travel writer, but through the eyes of a faithful everyman Catholic with a sense of humor, struggling to be less judgmental and more compassionate. I didn't want to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land because I thought it would be hot and dry and boring, and I'd have to drag around on someone else's schedule with a group of serious religious types looking at one ancient shrine after another. No, thanks. This is what I told my wife every time she asked me to go with her and her parents, but a few days before Christmas, in my usual state of panic over what to get her, I signed up, put the receipt in a box, and gave her the gift of myself. Did I mention I'm a bad gift-giver?
Two months later, we joined a Dutch couple who owned a Catholic gift shop, a soft-spoken priest devoted to Mary who had never been to the Holy Land before, some Americans, an opinionated teacher and her photog husband, two young Brazilian lads learning to be tour guides, and thirty Filipinos oblivious to the shopaholic stereotype, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
And let me tell you something. Just because you kneel at the Tomb of Jesus for three minutes doesn't mean it's easier to be like Him.
It isn't. It's still war every day.
Early feedback has been enthusiastic: One reader from Oklahoma, who doesn’t believe in God, said it’s very relatable and funny and he’s surprised at how much he’s enjoying reading it. Another in Buena Park, CA who believes in God, but in a lukewarm way, said she’s loving the descriptions and the writing. A Catholic priest from Hawaiian Gardens, CA said it’s very humorous. And an Irish-American Catholic from Long Beach, CA said it’s very entertaining. 
Sean Gunning was raised in London by Irish parents and has lived in Long Beach, CA since 1989. This is his second published book.
Available at (preferred) and
“A bona fide tour of the Holy Land.  A very well-written travel book. It is also sardonic, musing, introspective and hilarious.”
Frank X. Gaspar, Author of Stealing Fatima
The perfect give for the Holiday Season.
Available from Sean Gunning. and other sites.


No Samaritan
The Poems of Sean Gunning.

London was born and raised during the 60s, 70s, and 80s by Irish-Catholic parents Sean Gunning's 48 poems about love, war (not pro-war, not anti-war), loss and longing, remembrance and letting go, gratitude, homelessness, human frailty, the paradoxes of urban life, the struggle to be true, the creative process, and humor and laughter. You could say that in one way or another they're all love poems--in all their glory and brokenness. For only $10 (includes shipping & handling). you could read this collection of Poems.
Order here:
Almost all sale proceeds will directly fund Tebot Bach's mission, including poetry workshops with the homeless, battered, and war-ravaged.
Tebot Bach is a non-profit corporation, so all purchases are a tax deduction

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Michael Patrick Breen

Irish Dancer / Instructor / Choreographer  teaching Irish Set Dancing (Traditional Irish Country Dancing)

Los Angeles (Los Feliz / Hollywood area) Visit a class.

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Looking For an English Screen Play

Mad Mike and the Chindits’  (working title only) Feature Action/Drama Historic
This feature 90-page screenplay needs a production outfit.

Logline: This brilliant hard-fighting WW2 Brigadier is hated by his superior officers. It’s the conventional soldiers’ dislike of the unconventional. This soldier is court-martialed on trumped-up charges and dismissed. Synopsis: Dubbed 'Mad Mike, because he laughed loudly in moments of danger. This fearless, heavy drinking, hard fighting idealist-the acknowledged expert on guerrilla warfare is recommended for the V.C. Astonishingly it’s quashed at senior level. This daring soldier and his strong association with SAS beginnings of which he was Commanding Office; is ill-prepared for a battle he never saw coming. Why in 1952 is Calvert set-up, court-martialled on trumped-up charges dismissed from the Army without pension or benefits. As friends turn away, he falls from favor into obscurity and starts drinking. Eventually defeating the bottle, he pens a classic, ‘Prisoners of Hope,’ lectures on guerrilla warfare, and secures a post at Manchester University. The most decorated soldier in the British Army sold all his medals for 18,000 pounds and drank most of it away. He died in an East End London hospital aged 84 in 1998. Montgomery said of him, ‘He’s the only officer who gave me a straight answer.” I now know who had the power to frame this man.
For details on obtaining this screenplay contact Ron Shears:

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