Monday 24 April 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

The Dice Bar is a known haunt of the hipster
Liam O Maonlai with singers (L to R) Ju...09/10/2014 Liam O Maonlai with singers (L to R) Justine Nantale, Esosa Ighodaro & Zeenie Sarumi during a music Rehearsal for The Bob Marley Project as part of IMRAM - Irish Language Literature Festival last year
Chilling: Barry John O'Connor and Fiona Bell in 'Oedipus' at the Abbey Theatre.
Joshua Jenkins and Stuart Laing in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in Bord Gais Energy Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival
Giveamanakick in 2007
SEA CHANGE: Hugo Hamilton
Jack Lemmon in The Apartment

It’s getting frosty out there, folks. But hey, chilly spells and darker evenings aren’t going to ruin our fun, right?

Not when there are festivals popping up left, right and centre. So, grab your coat and don’t forget your scarf - we’ve got your entire weekend sorted.


The Handsome Guitar-Slinger

Jack Savoretti at the Academy


Ah here now. Is it just us, or does one Jack Savoretti remind anyone else of a young lad named Paolo Nutini? Think about it. They’ve both got Italian blood, they both play acoustic guitar and they both…well, they kinda sound the same when they sing. Seriously. And, they’re both fabulous-looking fellas with great hair.

Of course, Nutini has long since stumbled upon his inner funk, but Savoretti – whose fourth album, Written in Scars, was a top-20 hit in the UK earlier this year - is still ploughing ahead with those big, folk-lined, anthemic choruses. Catch him before he goes supernova.

Saturday. Tickets priced €22.90 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Food Fest

Smithfield & Stoneybatter Food Festival


Celebrating businesses and food in the Smithfield and Stoneybatter area, #FoodInTheCity (the hashtag is encouraged) or the inaugural Smithfield & Stoneybatter Food Festival (it seems to have two names) kicks off tomorrow. We’re talking feasts, special menus, tasting sessions and “boozy brunches” galore. We’re talking Viking Tapas in Lilliput Stores. We’re talking whiskey tasting at the Old Jameson Distillery. Lads, they even have something called “a celebration of Joyce Banquet” prepared for us over at the James Joyce House of the Dead. Oh, and oyster and stout tasting in Dice Bar. Anyone else feeling a little peckish?

Friday – Sunday. For a full list of events and participating businesses, visit www.smithfieldstoneybatter.com.


The Comedy Show

Pat Shortt at Vicar Street


Nobody is safe at a Pat Shortt show. Front row, back row, the folks on the balcony – chances are, at least a handful of you are going to be part of the set-up, whether you like it or not. With Pat Shortt’s new show, ‘Selfie’, the former D’Unbelievable “tells the tales of a singing undertaker” named Mossey Burke. Apparently, Mossey will be filling audiences in on his “favourite funeral”. Oh, and he’s not the only character involved. Nobody is better at lampooning the everyday trivialities and traditions of rural Irish life. The wigs might be awful, but the jokes will more than make up for it. Remember to play along now, you hear?

Friday and Saturday. Tickets priced €31.50 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Language Fest

IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival 2015

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Kicking off on Saturday, the IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival runs until October 18th, featuring “a multifaceted mix of literature, music, theatre, dance, poetry, readings, talks, discussions and workshops.” Well, that covers everything, doesn’t it? Apparently, IMRAM is set to take audiences on a “voyage of discovery” (we’ll hold them to that).

Highlights this year include a celebration of the life and work of poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Songs of the Damned: The Pogues Project (featuring poet and singer Marcus Mac Conghail on vocals) and Sweet Fire: The Joni Mitchell Project, in which Caitríona O’Leary gives us Joni as Gaeilge. First up this weekend, writer Micheal Ó Conghaile will be appearing at Books Upstairs on D’Olier Street to read excerpts from his new short-story collection, Diabhlaíocht Dé, with guitarist Enda Reilly adding a musical touch.

Running until October 18th. For a full list of events and ticket prices, visit www.imram.ie.


The Reading

A Reading of Oedpius Rex, Abbey Theatre


With Wayne Jordan’s new version of Sophocles’ Oedipus currently filling seats at the Abbey (spoiler alert: the king of Thebes still marries his ma), Ireland’s national theatre has decided to stage a one-off reading of W.B. Yeats’ adaptation of the Greek tragedy this Friday afternoon. Well, it is 150 years since Yeats’ birth, and Jordan’s play certainly owes a lot to the great man’s work. No details yet on who will be reading the text – keep an eye on the website.

Friday at 4pm. Tickets: €5. For more, visit www.abbeytheatre.ie.


The Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


We’ve heard there were tears on opening night. Indeed, the National Theatre of Great Britain touched down in Dublin earlier this week with one of the highlights of Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 - the critically-acclaimed and multi award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Adapted by Simon Stephens, the play (based on the 2003 novel by Mark Haddon) tells the story of Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old maths genius, “ill-equipped to interpret everyday life”, who investigates the murder of his neighbour’s dog, taking him on “a journey that upturns his world”.  Co-starring Joshua Jenkins, Geraldine Alexander and Edward Grace, we’re told to expect ‘a play within a play’. Whatever the case, it’s supposed to be nothing short of mesmerising. Tissues at the ready.

Ends Saturday. Tickets €15 - €55. For more, visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.


The Comeback Gig

Giveamanakick at Whelan’s


It’s ten years since Limerick rock duo Giveamanakick released their acclaimed second album, We Are the Way Forward. Alas, Stephen Ryan (Steveamanakick) and Keith Lawler (Giveamanakeith) called it quits back in 2009, and that was the end of GAMAK as we know it (we’re going somewhere with this).

Fortunately, for everyone involved, the boys have decided to pick up their instruments again for four special gigs, celebrating the anniversary of their acclaimed record, one of which should blow the roof off Whelan’s this Saturday night. “Turntable fondler” Naive Ted provides support. Things might get loud.

Saturday. Tickets priced €15 available at www.whelanslive.com.


The Exhibition

A Postcard to Ireland at the RDS

Irish artist Eve Parnell combines the work of previous international exhibitions and travels for A Postcard to Ireland, currently showing at the RDS Library and Archives. Apparently, Parnell’s pencil and chalk works “are characterised by a sense of wonder at the world and her fascination with people, nature and objects.” Sounds like a lovely way to pass a Friday afternoon.

Free admission. Running Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm until October 30th. For more, visit www.rds.ie


The Book Fest

The Red Line Book Festival 2015

Hugo Hamilton

Setting up shop in various venues across South Dublin over the next week, including the Civic Theatre and Rua Red Arts Centre in Tallaght, this year’s annual Red Line Book Festival commences on Sunday afternoon, with a programme “showcasing the best of national and international contemporary writing which will have a significant impact on the literary landscape of Ireland.” Joe Duffy, Hugo Hamilton, Gerry Duffy, Gill McCaw and Jennifer Johnston are just some of the authors who will be making appearances and giving talks over the next week. Best get booking.

Running until October 17th. For a full programme of events, visit www.redlinebookfestival.ie


The Movie Party

The Apartment at the Sugar Club



Another movie-themed shindig, is it? Oh, go on then. This weekend at the Sugar Club on Leeson Street, the kind folks at Film Fatale have designed a night of “classic film, cocktails, dancing, vintage glamour and retro music” with a screening of Billy Wilder’s 1960 comedy-drama, the Oscar-winning The Apartment, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Afterwards, you can expect a party straight out of the swinging sixties, with live music courtesy of Katie D and The Rhythm Section. Remember to dress sharp, film lovers.

Saturday from 8pm. Tickets: €16 / €17. For more, visit www.thesugarclub.com

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