10 things to do in Dublin this weekend
Jeepers, April is flying in. There’ll be another bank holiday weekend before we know it. Until then, there’s still plenty of fun to be had while the weather gods play havoc with our emotions (and our wardrobe).
Gig? Sorted. Pub? We’re on it. Family entertainment? But of course. Now, switch off the telly, pick yourself up off the sofa and get to it. The city won’t wait…
Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Whelan’s
Yes, it’s sold-out, but we gotta mention multi-instrumentalist Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames) and his album launch gig at Whelan’s for two reasons. One: You could get lucky and pick up a return ticket at the door.
Two: the album – Colm’s second, and the follow-up to 2008’s The Hare’s Corner – is called And Now The Weather (Agus Anois An Aimsir). That’s a hell of a title, right? And, what we’ve heard so far is pretty darn good. Sure, the Frames are all set to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a handful of outdoor gigs this summer, but methinks it’d be cool to watch Colm (a gifted violinist) do his solo thing first on Wexford Street this weekend. That is, if we can find a ticket…
Friday at 8pm. Sold-out. Keep an eye on www.whelanslive.com.
Record Store Day 2015
It’s happening all around the world! Yep, this Saturday marks the one day of the year when indie record stores go all out to encourage vinyl aficionados to keep the spirit alive. Or something. Let’s just say that the kind folks over at Tower Records are all set to spoil us. For instance,
there’s the week-long Vinyl Countdown Sale, which wraps up on Sunday. It’s at 8am on Saturday morning, however, when the real party starts, with more than 250 individual vinyl releases hitting the shelves at Tower’s Dawson and O’Connell Street premises.
TXFM will be broadcasting live from the Dawson outlet throughout the day, and – get this – Tower is the only place you’ll find the brand new HamsandwicH LP this Saturday. Sweet. Did we mention the two-day live weekender? The aforementioned Colm Mac Con Iomaire will be popping by to play a few tunes. Mundy and The Mighty Stef are also on the bill - and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You know what to do.
Saturday and Sunday. For more, visit www.towerrecords.ie.
The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre
Mikel Murfi brings his Gay Byrne-approved one-man show (seriously, there’s a quote courtesy of Uncle Gaybo on the website), The Man in the Woman’s Shoes, to the Peacock stage this week. What do we know about it? Well, it’s set in Ireland in 1978 and it’s about a man named Pat Farnon who has “some business to do in town”. That’s it. But it’s supposed to be funny.
We’ll take their word for it. Put it this way, Mikel Murfi is on writing and acting duty, and we loved him in Ballyturk so, yeah, we’re willing to give it a shot.
Friday and Saturday at 8pm (Sat matinee at 2.30pm). Running until May 2nd. Tickets priced €18 – €25 available at www.abbeytheatre.ie.
The Nualas, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
“Lock up your husbands!” That’s the name of the game with the Nualas. Actually, it’s the name of their current show, Ireland’s favourite female comedy musical trio picking up where they left off with a gig that promises new songs, shorter dresses and, um, tighter foundation wear. Hey, don’t look at us – we’re merely quoting the press release…
Saturday at 8pm. Tickets priced €17 / €19 available at www.paviliontheatre.ie.
Ugly Duckling, George’s Street Arcade
According to their Facebook page, the Ugly Duckling serves American style diner food. We popped by the George’s Street Arcade premises during the week (there’s another one in the food hall on Liffey Street) and we’ll tell you somethin’ for nothin’ – they ain’t lyin’. Jeez Louise (we’ll stop soon), the ‘Ugly Club’ (eggs, chicken, tomato, lettuce – the whole works) is to die for. And, they’ve only got a bloody Sega Mega Drive beside the till. So, you know, you can play Sonic the Hedgehog while you wait for your food. Amazing.
For more, visit www.facebook.com/uglyducklingdublin.
The Library Bar, Central Hotel, Exchequer Street
“Do you wanna go to the Library Bar?” “Uh, where’s that?” Honestly, we’ve lost count of the amount of times we’ve had this conversation. Look, the Library Bar is on the first floor of the Central Hotel.
The Library Bar
We’ve already given you the name of the street. It’s a quiet, charming and rather stylish little spot, too, with big, comfy chairs and lots and lots of book shelves. Like a library. Only, they serve beer. And wine. It’s the perfect spot to conduct business during the week, and a better place to kick back and enjoy some elegant, wine-fuelled sophistichat at weekends. How do you like that new word, eh? Sophistichat. We just made it up. It could catch on.
For more, visit www.centralhoteldublin.com/library-bar
The Film Event
Glassland + Q&A with director Gerard Barrett and actor Jack Reynor, IFI
Now this looks interesting. Winner of the Dublin Film Critics Circle Award for Best Irish Film at this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Glassland tells the story of a Dublin taxi driver named John (Jack Reynor) who gets himself caught up in Dublin’s criminal underworld. But he’s doing it for love, what with John trying to make enough money to send his alcoholic mother, Jean (Toni Collette), to an expensive rehab clinic.
Actor Jack Reynor and director Gerard Barrett talk Glassland
Co-starring the always reliable Will Poulter, the trailer suggests a dark and accomplished feature from director Gerard Barrett. Luckily for us, Barrett will accompany the film’s leading man Reynor in a special Q&A session at the IFI, Temple Bar this Friday night to mark the film’s nationwide release. Early reviews suggest we may have a modern Irish classic on our hands. See, Jackie boy (last seen talking to robotic monsters in Transformers: Age of Extinction) is better off sticking to the indie dramas…
Friday at 6.30pm. For more, visit www.ifi.ie.
The Tribute Gig
A Tribute to Levon Helm, The Sugar Club
A stellar line-up of Irish musical talent descends upon the Sugar Club this Friday night for the third annual tribute concert in memory of the late, great Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist with the acclaimed Americana outfit, The Band, who passed away in April 2012.
The Strypes, The Minutes, Gavin Glass, The Lost Brothers, Graham Hopkins and renowned Last Waltz tribute band The Group are just some of the acts that will perform tunes from every corner of Levon’s sublime catalogue, with a host of after-show DJs keeping the party rockin’ until the wee hours. All proceeds go to the Irish Cancer Society.
Friday at 7.30pm. Tickets: €17.50. For more, visit www.thesugarclub.com.
The Family Event: Part One
Monster Music Improv, The Ark
Dublin City Council’s inaugural MusicTown festival continues this weekend and, on Saturday, there’s a cracking treat in store for the little music and art fans in the audience, courtesy of The Ark (Temple Bar) and Improvised Music Company. Basically, a singer (Lauren Kinsella), a guitarist (Shane Latimer) and an illustrator (Patrick Sanders) will combine forces to create an entertaining, animated and musical presentation on the spot. So, Lauren and Shane funk it out, while Patrick draws some cool cartoons that will be projected onto a big screen. Simple. A visual and musical delight, check out the trailer online. There may be monsters – the kids will love it.
For ages 5+. Saturday at 2pm and 4pm. Tickets are free, but must be pre-booked. For more, visit www.ark.ie.
The Family Event: Part Two
Walking Like Dinosaurs, Draiocht, Blanchardstown
The folks over at Draiocht would like to know if we might be able to transform a shoebox into dinosaur feet. I’d be willing to give it a try, but sure it’s the kids’ time to shine in this fun family day out at Blanchardstown’s favourite arts and entertainment centre. There will be three afternoon dino-making sessions on the day with several of Draiocht’s fine artists overseeing the workshops. Admission is free, but spaces are limited, so best get booking. Oh, and we’re told to “dress for mess”. Obviously.
Saturday, 12pm – 2.50pm. For more, visit www.draiocht.ie.