10 things to do in Dublin this weekend
Gigs? Check. Exhibitions? We’re on it. Classic film screenings for the little ones in the audience? You know we’ve got this covered. Heck, we’ve even sorted your Saturday night supper.
Well, we’ll point you in the right direction, anyway. Buckle up, folks, it’s time to make the most of another action-packed weekend in the city…
The Next Big Thing
Rae Morris, Academy Green Room
She could be, you know – the next big thing, that is. The 22-year-old songstress from Blackpool cracked the UK top-ten earlier this year with debut album, Unguarded. We’re sure you’ve heard this girl’s tunes, if not on the wireless then in that trendy clothes ad on telly – the one where everyone’s dancing at a gig in a desert? Keep an eye out for it. Granted, the young pop star has yet to leave her mark with a truly sensational (hit) single, but we like what we’ve heard so far. Let’s see how she gets on at this intimate gig on Middle Abbey Street…
Friday. Tickets priced €16 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The (Classic) Film
Pinocchio, Pavilion Theatre
Walt Disney’s finest, digitally restored and back on the big screen for one afternoon in Dun Laoghaire. You know the gist. Geppetto makes a puppet, the puppet comes to life (thanks to a fairy) and, against all odds, little Pinocchio sets off on his adventure to become a real boy. It’ll warm your heart, for sure, even if you’ve already seen it a hundred and one times. Come on, Jiminy Cricket singing When You Wish Upon a Star? Jeepers, it still brings a tear to our eye. Here’s a fun fact: the animated classic was origainlly released in 1940. Yep, Disney’s Pinocchio turns 75 this year. They grow up so fast…
Sunday at 3pm. Tickets: €5. For more, visit www.paviliontheatre.ie.
Duke Special, Vicar Street
One of the most prolific music-makers in Ireland, the man born Peter Wilson released his eighth studio album last month, the spellbinding Look Out Machines! One of the best records we’ve heard this year, it’s another stellar addition to the Belfast-based songsmith’s rich and expansive repertoire, and believe us when we tell you that an evening with the dreadlocked Duke and his exquisite bag of cinematic, orchestral pop tunes is an evening like no other. Look out for the gramophone. There’s always a gramophone.
Saturday. Tickets priced €25 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Book Festival
International Literature Festival Dublin
The country’s “premier literary event”, we’re told, in which a host of acclaimed writers from Ireland and beyond descend upon the capital for a series of readings, debates, discussions, workshops and performances. Kicking off on Saturday, organisers have assembled one heck of a bill. Take your pick – perhaps the ‘Date with an Agent’ seminar at Belvedere House is right up your street, or maybe you might like to know that the Festival Club takes place on Saturday night in Oscars Café’s Bar on Fishamble Street? Elsewhere, the Alice in Wonderland 150th anniversary celebrations kick off at Smock Alley Theatre on Sunday afternoon. You’re spoiled for choice, really.
Running until May 24th. For a full list of events and ticket prices, visit www.ilfdublin.com.
Peachy Dublin, Temple Bar Gallery
The admirable team over at Peachy Dublin - an art and documentary venture in aid of Aware and “driven by the thoughts, hopes and dreams of the public” - unveil their highly-anticipated exhibition this evening in Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, with the three-day event featuring the work of more than 40 Irish artists across four floors. The party starts at 6.30pm tonight - expect music, food and inspirational art work aplenty.
Running until Saturday. For more, visit www.peachydublin.com.
The Heritage Act
Mark Knopfler, 3Arena
Back on the road again in support of his ninth solo album, Tracker, the former Dire Straits ringleader won’t be lost for tunes when he touches down at that big old shed on the docklands tomorrow night. Look, we’re not going to hold our breath – it’d be a wonderful surprise if Mark Knopfler (now 65, would you believe) played Walk of Life, or Sultans of Swing. But hey, there’s a good chance that Romeo and Juliet will pop up (fingers crossed). An acclaimed British guitar hero and vocalist, Knopfler’s got a full band behind him tonight. Prepare to be mesmerised.
Friday. Tickets priced €54.65 - €65.45 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
Mary’s Bar, Wicklow Street
Actually, the correct title is ‘Mary’s Bar and Hardware Shop’. You read that right. They also sell biscuits, tea, beans, crisps and…oh, you get the picture. It’s been open a while now, but we’re still not over the shock of a (city-centre) bar that advises customers to “grab your masking tape, a pint and a packet of Mikados on your way home.” Gas, isn’t it? They serve toasties, too. Tis a hip auld joint, to be sure, but a smashing little bar all the same.
For more, visit www.marysbar.ie.
The Trad Festival
Skerries Traditional Music Weekend
It’s pretty self-explanatory, this one. Trad players from every corner of Ireland take over the shop at Skerries for the entire weekend – simple. We’re talking concerts, recitals, sessions, workshops, street parties and more, the annual trad weekender celebrating its 14th year with a stellar line-up of players, including Mary Bergin, Mick Conneely, Siobhan Peoples, Mick O’Brien and Michelle Mulcahy. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…
Friday - Sunday. For a full list of events, visit www.skerriestraditionalmusic.com.
The (Musical) Meal
Jazz Supper Club Night, the Workshop Gastro Pub
It’s first-come, first-served at the new, weekly Saturday Night Jazz Supper Club series at the Workshop bar beside Tara Street DART station (formerly Kennedy’s). What’s it all about? Well, the clue is in the title. Food, jazz, good times, etc. They’ve only got room for 30 seated guests, and tickets are available online (€37 for a three-course meal with wine and live music included), or from the bar during the week. And yes, you can don your finest vintage clothing, if you like. The cocktail-fuelled fun begins at 7.30pm. Enjoy…
For more, visit www.eventbrite.ie.
EX-hib-IT-Us 2015, Filmbase, Temple Bar
An “urban mini opera”, basically, presented by the Outlandish Theatre Platform, EX-hib-IT-US 2015 is a 60-minute “visual and aural spectacle about the changing cityscape of Dublin today,” featuring otherworldly songs. We’re not entirely sure what that means, but sure listen, the always reliable Phelim Drew is part of the cast. Worth checking out, so…
Opens today. Thursday and Friday @ 1pm and 7.30pm / Saturday @ 7.30pm (with post-show talk). Tickets: €10 / €12.50. For more, visit www.outlandishtheatre.com.