Monday 24 April 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

Michael Madsen, Harvey Keital and Steve Buscemi in Reservoir Dogs
Michael Madsen, Harvey Keital and Steve Buscemi in Reservoir Dogs
Model Yasmin H pictured with some of the Dublin Comic Con characters ahead of their weekend long event to be held in the Convention Centre Dublin on the 8th and 9th of August 2015
Michael James Ford in The Happy Ford
John Travolta (Vincent) in Pulp Fiction
Kevin Herm Connoll
The Taming of the Shrew
Gavin Glass
05/08/2015 Sarah O Neill 7 from Barna, Galway during the Discover Ireland Horse Show at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

A little bit of Shakespeare, a whole lotta sci-fi, plenty of horses and a handful of secrets – who said that August was off to a shaky start? Not us. This is it, folks. This is your weekend in Dublin. Sorted.

The Convention

Dublin Comic Con at the Convention Centre

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San Diego had its fun last month, and now it’s time for comic book, sci-fi and movie fans in Dublin to get their geek on (we say that as massive Batman fans, so you know, no hard feelings with the word ‘geek’).

Now in its third year, DCC sets up shop in its new home at the Convention Centre and features numerous Hollywood sets, displays and props from our favourite science-fiction actioners; cracking guest panels and discussions – Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Nicholas Brendon (Xander) and Emma Caulfield (Anya) are flying in; plenty of comic book exhibitions (our favourite bit), and maybe even some zombies.

Anything could happen here. A limited number of tickets are still available online. You know what to do…

Saturday and Sunday. For a full line-up of events and ticket prices, visit www.dublincomiccon.com.


The Intimate Gig

Lilla Vargen at Odessa

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New singer songwriter alert! There are three things you need to know about young Lilla Vargen. One: she’s from Belfast, and she played her first ever gig in June. Two: tomorrow night’s gig in Odessa will be her debut performance in Dublin. Three: You should have listened to ‘This is Love’ ages ago. Quick, get in before the hipsters take over!

Friday. Tickets priced €10 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Lunchtime Treat

The Happy Prince, Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt


Oscar Wilde’s enchanting children’s story of a sparrow that befriends a downhearted statue (‘The Happy Prince’) is brought to life by the wonderful Michael James Ford. Accompanied by composer and pianist Trevor Knight, what we have here is a bittersweet tale of love and redemption, brimming with imagination, charm and wit. A lovely piece of lunchtime theatre and a spellbinding treat for both the little ones and their parents.

Running daily (except Sundays) at 1pm until August 15. Tickets: €8 - €12. For more, visit www.bewleyscafetheatre.com.


The (Movie) Festival

Tarantino Week at the Sugar Club

John Travolta (Vincent) in Pulp Fiction

A week-long celebration of all things Quentin Tarantino continues at the Sugar Club on Leeson Street, complete with film screenings, choons, grub and after-parties. Tonight, it’s all about True Romance. This weekend, we’ve got Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and the great Jackie Brown. Best hurry – each screening is limited to 150 viewers. The fun starts at 7.30pm. Things may get violent (on screen, that is). Enjoy.

Running until August 9. For a full list of screenings, visit www.thesugarclub.com.


Acoustic Tunes and Pints

Kevin Herm Connolly at the Cobblestone, Smithfield

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Galway music maker Kevin Herm Connolly – whose 2009 album, Monsters, is well worth digging out – settles down in the cosy environs of the Cobblestone this weekend for a gig with Spanish singer songwriter Su Garrido Pombo. Grab a drink, take a seat and expect to be mesmerised.

Saturday at 8.30pm. Tickets: €10 at the door. For more, visit www.cobblestonepub.ie.


The (Beer) Festival

The Harbour Hopster Fest at the Harbour Bar, Bray

Okay, so we’re kinda cheating with this one, the Harbour Bar being located in County Wicklow and all. But sure look it, consider this an instruction to hop on the DART at Tara Street and head on out to Bray for the Harbour Hopster Fest at the Harbour Bar, a “mini festival”, celebrating “craft brews and all things tasty”. They’ve also got wings and hot dogs in the mix, live music, giant Jenga and something called the ‘Beer Pong League’. Buy the ticket, take the ride, etc.

Saturday and Sunday, 1pm – 6pm. For more, visit www.theharbourbar.ie.


Outdoor Theatre

Shakespeare in the Iveagh Gardens


The ambitious folks over at Fortune’s Fool Productions have once again decided to stage a Shakespeare yarn in the picturesque surroundings of Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens. Kicking off tonight, ‘(Not a Traditional) Taming of the Shrew’ runs daily until August 16th. Oh, and there may be something of a modern twist to proceedings (the clue is in the title). Bring a blanket. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain…

Mon – Fri (7pm), Sat and Sun (3pm). Free admission. For more, visit www.fortunesfoolproductions.ie.


The (Music) Festival

Blues, Roots & Brass Festival at Whelan’s and the Opium Rooms


An entire weekend of blues, roots and brass music on Wexford Street, and whaddaya know? It’s all free. We’ve got Clara Rose and Jem Mitchell. We’ve got Barefoot Magicians, N.C. Lawlor and The Eskies. And, we’ve got Gavin Glass and the New Shakers (we love those guys). Four stages, two days and a cracking line-up. What more could you ask for?

Saturday and Sunday. For more, visit www.whelanslive.com.


The Exhibition

SECRET at the Science Gallery

“What is a secret? Why do humans like to keep and reveal secrets and why are we attracted to cracking codes and solving puzzles?” These are just some of the questions posed as a new exhibition, SECRET: NOTHING TO SEE HERE, opens at the Science Gallery, Trinity College this weekend. Exploring “the social and technological aspects of secrecy,” and featuring the work of more than two dozen artists, SECRET will give visitors the chance to wrap their minds around a ‘secret handshake training device’ and something called the ‘Transparency Grenade’. We’re definitely intrigued…

Opens tomorrow, running until November 1. Free admission. For more, visit https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/.


The Family Day Out

The Dublin Horse Show at the RDS


Apparently, there are more than 1,500 horses competing in this year’s Dublin Horse Show. That’s a lot of horses right there. But it’s not just about the classes or the show jumping, you know. They’ve also got live music, food, drink, a wide range of shopping and trade stands (art, antiques, fashion – the lot), Irish dancers, a juggling act, competitions and much, much more. Again, we’re all praying for blue skies…

Running until Sunday. For more, visit www.dublinhorseshow.com.

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