Monday 24 October 2016

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend…

Yep, it’s weekend time again – the last one in October, too. So, why don’t you make it count?

Tattoos, ghosts, Halloween parties, a little bit of Hollywood and a whole lot of James Bond.


The Gig

Richard Hawley, Vicar Street


The coolest guitar-slinger in Sheffield hits the road in support of his eighth studio offering, the warmly-received Hollow Meadows. What, you still haven’t heard anything from it? Try the gorgeous ‘Heart of Oak’ on for size. The man’s voice is simply divine, and yes, he still has one of the trendiest hairstyles in rock. Nice set of axes, too…

Friday. Tickets priced €33.50 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Film Fest

Feminist Film Festival, The New Theatre


Helping to “counteract the mis/under-representation of women in film”, the second annual Irish Feminist Film Festival kicks off at the New Theatre this Friday. Run entirely by volunteers, all profits from the festival go to Sasane and the Sasane SOS/Sisterhood of Survivors, Nepal. Highlights include the Irish premiere of Mary Dore’s She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry and the Halloween horror special on Saturday at 12pm (they’re screening Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook…it’s terrifying).

Running until Sunday. For a full programme of events and ticket prices, visit www.feministfilmfestivaldublin.com.


The Party #1

Ghostbusters / Thriller / Fancy Dress / 80s MTV Vids Halloween Party, The Sugar Club


That’s a hell of a title for a Halloween bash, isn’t it? Not only is the Leeson Street venue showing the sublime Ghostbusters on Friday, they’re also screening the full Michael Jackson Thriller video, with 80s tribute band DFUNK and a host of killer DJs (Sally Cinnamon, Glamo, Tiny Choons) bringing the noise afterwards. Fancy dress is encouraged, but you already got that from the name of the party. We’re guessing they’ll be showing some other classic music videos, too…

Friday from 8.30pm. Tickets: €12.50 - €15. For more, visit www.thesugarclub.com.


The Convention

Dublin Tattoo Convention, Red Cow Inn



Now in its 13 year, the annual Dublin Tattoo Convention sets up shop at the Red Cow Inn this weekend. What can we expect from this year’s event? A whole lot of ink, for a start, with live tattooing courtesy of some of the best artists in the world. It’s a family friendly show and there might be a few cool bands on the bill, too…

Friday – Sunday. Tickets: €25 weekend / €15 day pass. For more, visit www.dublintattooconvention.com.


The Big Movie

Spectre (General Release, 12A)


In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new James Bond movie out this week. Spectre (the 24 Bond flick, and the hugely-anticipated sequel to 2012’s Skyfall - easily one of the finest instalments of the franchise) finds Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 in a movie that, despite its penchant for overblown set pieces and action sequences (fisticuffs on a helicopter; fisticuffs on a train; fisticuffs everywhere, in fact) is every bit as magnificent as we had hoped.

We won’t spoil the plot, but let’s just say that Bond embarks on a globe-trotting villain quest without the permission of his MI6 superiors. Along the way, he befriends a beautiful psychologist in the Alps (of course he does), named Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), gets the new Q (Ben Whishaw) in all sorts of trouble and, eventually, comes face to face with the shadowy chief of a worldwide terrorist organisation (the always reliable Christoph Waltz). Returning director Sam Mendes delivers on every count, presenting a sharp, intense and beautifully-shot spy thriller in which a bruised and hunter-like Craig cements his status as the greatest Bond of them all. It’s quite funny, too, and as for that killer tracking shot in Mexico, well, there’s been a lot of talk about it online, hasn’t there? Some critics are calling it the best opening scene in Bond history. Yeah, that sounds about right. A superb film.


The Musical

Mack & Mabel, Bord Gais Energy Theatre


Michael Ball shows the young ‘uns how it’s done, taking the lead role in Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s Mack & Mabel, the classic musical based on “the real-life romance” between Hollywood director Mack Sennett and actress Mabel Normand. Get set for a little history lesson in movies (well, Mack was the man behind Keystone Studios). Oh, and Herman’s tunes will knock your socks off. Altogether now: “Time heals everything…”

Running daily (except Sunday) until Nov 7. Tickets from €18. For more, visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.


The Workshop

Day of the Dead Floral Headdress and Facepaint Workshop at MVP


It’s pretty simple, this. You know that very cool and very trendy cocktail and spud place down on Clanbrassil Street? Well, their renowned floral headdress workshop continues this weekend with a special ‘Day of the Dead’ theme in which you can create your very own Halloween costume. Sweet. You might even pick up a Liberties Lover (it’s a drink) and some chili con carne while you’re at it…

Saturday at 3.30pm. Price: €30. For more, visit www.mvpdublin.com.


The Party #2

U:MACK Halloween Fancy Dress Party, Vicar Street


It’s a busy weekend in Vicar Street, and boy, does this special Halloween shindig (the venue’s first club night in more than a decade) sound like fun. Get the costumes ready, folks – the music is already taken care of. Spread across two rooms, we’ve got a cracking Basement Jaxx DJ Set to look forward to, as well as live performances courtesy of Lasertom and Adultrock. The Orb Soundsystem and Mark Gill are also on the bill. You know what to do.

Saturday. Tickets priced €30 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Singer Songwriter

Lucy Rose, The Button Factory


Having cracked the UK top-ten earlier this year with her second album, Work It Out, British singer songwriter Lucy Rose touches down in Dublin with an endearing collection of indie folk pop tunes under her belt. Check out the infectious Our Eyes. Oh yes, that chorus will be stuck in your head all day…

Friday. Tickets priced €19 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Charity Concert

A Night for Pieta House, Olympia Theatre


A first-rate gathering of Irish talent will descend upon our favourite Dame Street haunt this Sunday for what promises to be a memorable evening of live music in aid of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide in Ireland. Artists performing on the night include Tom Dunne of Something Happens, In Tua Nua, Mick Pyro of Republic of Loose, The Waterboys’ Steve Wickham, Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains, PictureHouse, Blink, Mundy and many, many more.

Sunday. Tickets: €20. For more, visit www.pieta.ie / www.ticketmaster.ie.

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