Wednesday 26 April 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

Actors Adrian Dunbar (Tommy) and Laurence Kinlan (Dec) alongside Ian-Lloyd Anderson (Ian) on left and Frank Grimes (Uncle Maurice ) on right at rehersals in costume for Dublin Theatre Festival and the Lyric Theatre Belfast’s Irish Premiere of Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive at the Gaiety Theatre which runs until October 4th next
The Henry Girls
Bruce Lee in The Way of the Dragon
Aidan Killian

It’s the last weekend in September, and boy, is it shaping up to be a good one. Movie festivals, antiques, adventures in science and an award-winning comedian – yep, we’ve got your whole weekend planned out. You’re welcome.

The Star Comic

Dylan Moran at Vicar Street

Apparently, the man occasionally known as Bernard Black (bring back Black Books!) has spent the last year in America, where he’s been touring relentlessly whilst working on a TV pilot for ABC. Well, la-dee-dah. But seriously, Moran – a gifted observational comic, and Ireland’s funniest grumpy-old bastard – is in a league of his own. Off the Hook is his new stand-up show. A five-night residency at Vicar Street started on Wednesday. You know what to do.

Until Sunday (returning in October). Tickets: €30. For more, visit www.aikenpromotions.com.


Movie Treats #1

Fingal Film Festival, Movies at Swords


“A platform for emerging independent filmmakers nationally and internationally,” Fingal Film Festival packs a mighty cinematic punch, squeezing an impressive bag of screening and workshop goodies into its three-day schedule out in Swords. There are animation and sound design workshops (Friday and Saturday) and a total of 50 films on the bill, including a screening of documentary 7 Days in Syria, followed by a Q&A with the film’s producers (Saturday), as well as a special opening night premiere of Surviving Auschwitz (also Friday). And don’t forget about the awards ceremony on Sunday night…

Friday to Sunday at Movies at Swords, Pavilions Shopping Centre. For a full line-up of screenings and ticket info, visit www.fingalfilmfest.com.


The Soul Sensation

Leon Bridges, Olympia Theatre


There are three things you need to know about Leon Bridges. One: the dude lives in Texas. Two: this highly-anticipated gig had to be moved from Whelan’s to the Olympia Theatre, “due to demand”. Three: Leon Bridges is, in fact, the bloke behind that tasty R&B treat Coming Home, which blew up Spotify last year.



Comparisons have been made to Sam Cooke, and you know what? They’re not far off the mark…

Friday. Tickets priced €21 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


Curtain Time

Dublin Theatre Festival

Actors Adrian Dunbar (Tommy) and Laurence Kinlan (Dec) alongside Ian-Lloyd Anderson (Ian) on left and Frank Grimes (Uncle Maurice ) in The Night Alive at the Gaiety Theatre which runs until October 4th next

Running city-wide until October 11th, there are no less than 28 first-rate productions on the bill at this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. That’s a hell of a lot of acting right there. How about we pick three shows for your weekend? Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive, starring Laurence Kinlan and Ian Lloyd Anderson is running at the Gaiety until October 4th and promises to be a masterclass in contemporary Irish theatre. Wayne Jordan’s new version of Oedipus, currently previewing on the Abbey Stage, should be all kinds of epic, and Star of the Sea (based on the novel by Joseph O’Connor) is running until Saturday in Draiocht, Blanchardstown. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check back next week for more DTF recommendations…

For a full programme of events and ticket prices, visit www.dublintheatrefestival.com.


Church Tunes

The Henry Girls at the Unitarian Church


Let’s be real for a second, okay? Churches do not make for the most comfortable of gigs. It’s the benches. A killer on the auld back, like. But then, a spot of roots and folk music does sound lovely under that high ceiling, and Donegal sisters The Henry Girls should bring a spark of magic to the Unitarian Church by Stephen’s Green on Saturday night. Gorgeous harmonies; gorgeous songs. Liam O'Maonlai joins the fold this weekend, along with some very special guests. Maybe bring a cushion…

Saturday. Tickets priced €16 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


Movie Treats #2

Hong Kong Kicks at the Light House Cinema


You wait ages for one movie festival to come along…but hey, Hong Kong Kicks at the Light House in Smithfield definitely warrants a mention, if not for its fine selection of cinematic classics from Hong Kong, guest curated by Roger Garcia, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Film Festival (featuring Bruce Lee’s The Way of the Dragon), then instead, for the martial arts demonstration taking over Smithfield Square on Friday afternoon from 4.30pm. How’s that for an after-work treat, eh? See you up the front.

Friday to Sunday. Tickets: €11. For more, visit www.diff.ie.


Scientific Treats

Discover Research Dublin 2015

Trinity College Dublin opens its doors tomorrow night, welcoming the general public onto its campus to take part in a series of tours, talks, demonstrations and conversations, showcasing the very best research in science, arts and humanities. A total of 66 events are planned, and the themes are ‘Human, Tech, World and Society’. Time to get your research on, folks.

Friday. For more, visit www.discoverresearchdublin.com.


The History Lesson

Dublin Festival of History 2015


Because the educational fun doesn’t stop at Trinity, you know. Oh yes, the 2015 Dublin Festival of History kicks off this weekend, running until October 10th, so might we suggest checking in on ‘Napoleon the Great’ with Andrew Roberts on Sunday afternoon in Dublin Castle? Or, how about bringing the little ones to the pop-up museum at the Castle, also on Sunday? Of course, you could always head out on an historical walk – a tour of Grangegorman Military Cemetery, perhaps? The choice is yours. But do hurry – events are booking out fast…

Running until October 10th. For more, visit www.dublinfestivalofhistory.ie.


Theatrical Comedy

Aidan Killian’s The Holy Trinity of Whistleblowers at the Mill Theatre


Now there’s a title. “Can Aidan Killian Save Julian Assange?” Now there’s a question, too. So-called “activist comedian” Aidan Killian brings his latest truth-seeking venture to the Mill Theatre in Dundrum on Saturday evening, with a show that promises to “spark fires and inspire audiences”. So long as there are a few laughs to be had, too, we’re all good…

Saturday at 8.15pm. Tickets: €10 / €12. For more, visit www.milltheatre.ie.


Antiques Galore

The Irish Antique Dealers Association 50th Anniversary Fair at the RDS Main Hall

An antiques fair at the RDS is pretty self-explanatory now, isn’t it? But then, this being a special anniversary year for the IADA, organisers have only gone and assembled some very special exhibitions and guests to celebrate. Hurrah! Judith Miller of Miller’s Antiques Guide and Mark Hill from BBC Antiques Roadshow (love that show) are on the guest list, folks. Elsewhere, there’s the ‘Treasures from the Archives’ exhibition, and various lectures throughout the weekend on everything from furniture and diamonds, to country houses and fashion. Very fancy, indeed.

Thursday to Sunday. For more, visit www.iada.ie.

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