THE EMERALD ISLANDER: Many bartenders are characters, but few have the character of Cyril Kenny at Rí Rá Irish pub
Cue the cutest lilting giggle this side of Kilkenny, Ireland. Which is fitting because, respectfully, we’ll call him Cyril Francis Martin Kenny — from, yes, Kilkenny, Ireland. We go beyond the awards ceremony to hang out and spend time with the feel-good bartender from Rí Rá at Mandalay Place.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of that famous run of shows that kicked off July 31, 1969, journalist Richard Zoglin argues that Elvis Presley’s white-hot, two-week concert series was a watershed event for both performer and city.
Now in its fourth year, the Neon Museum residency, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, also builds in benefits for locals. It features opportunities to interact with and learn from the resident artist, along with a public-engagement project.