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Sunday 4 December 2016

Ten things to do in Dublin this weekend…

It’s the last weekend in August, so you had better make it a good one. With plenty of horror movies, sci-fi goodies, craft beer treats and lobster dishes on offer in the capital over the next few days, you can’t go wrong. See you in the autumn…

The Hipster God

Sufjan Stevens at The Helix 

We’re not mocking Sufjan, you know. The Brooklyn-based maestro may be adored by hipsters and trendsetters the world over, but the man is truly a talented (and prolific) music maker; a multi-instrumentalist, whose genre-spanning catalogue should go down a treat in…the Helix? The Helix? Cool, haven’t been there in a while. Be grand – dude’s got the voice of an angel. Expect a lotta material from the critically-acclaimed ‘Carrie & Lowell’ album, and maybe a gem or two from the so-called ‘Fifty States Project’ (that didn’t last long). Of course he’ll play Chicago. Jeez, lads, there’d be riots if he didn’t. 

Friday (sold out) and Saturday (tickets still available from €40.05 at www.ticketmaster.ie).

The Movie Weekender

M. Night Shyamalan at Light House Cinema

Yep, the writer and director responsible for The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs is on his way to Dublin this weekend for a special screening of his new psychological horror, The Visit. To celebrate, the Light House Cinema is revisiting some of M. Night Shyamalan’s finest moments. 2fm DJ Rick O’Shea will be hosting a sold-out Q&A / premiere event in Smithfield on Sunday night, but hey, you can still get your hands on tickets for one-off screenings of, um, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs. Come on, you didn’t think they were going to screen The Happening, did you? Watch out for the twists…

Friday – Sunday. For more, visit www.lighthousecinema.ie.

Comics and Beer

Irish Craft Beer Festival and MCM Ireland Comic Con at the RDS

Right, so we’re going to cheat a little here. Let’s be very, very clear about this – the Irish Craft Beer Festival and the MCM Ireland Comic Con are two SEPERATE events. But sure look it, they’re both in the RDS this weekend, so we thought we’d save some room by squeezing both…oh, you get the point. One event features all kinds of craft beer, food, live music and discussions on, well, beer. The other is a massive comic book, movie, video game and sci-fi convention. Got it? Good. The beer party kicks off on Thursday, running until Saturday, with tickets starting at €10. The comic convention sets up shop on Saturday morning for two days (tickets from €16). Take your pick.

For more, visit www.irishcraftbeerfestival.ie and www.mcmcomiccon.com/ireland.

The Heritage Act

John Prine at Vicar Street

One of the most lauded American singer songwriters of all time, the great John Prine (still a beguiling force at the age of 68) has made some high friends in high places over the years, but it’s the following line from his ‘founder’ Kris Kristofferson that cracks us up. “He’s so good, we’re gonna have to break his fingers”. Ah, Kris. Leave it out, yeah? After all, that’s the way that the world goes round…

Friday. Tickets priced €45 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.

Friday Evening Treats

Summer Sessions at Whelan’s

It’s pretty simple, this. “BBQ, Beer & Banter” at Whelan’s on Wexford Street from 6pm this Friday. That’s free burgers, a free bottle of Desperados and free, uh, banter. That’s right, it’s week four in Whelan’s ‘Summer Sessions’ series and everything is – yep, you’ve guessed it - free. Except for the second beer. A tasty way to unwind after work…

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

Friday Evening Tunes

Minimum Maximum, Civic Offices’ Amphitheatre at Wood Quay

Speaking of after-work goodies, this sounds like a cracking evening’s entertainment. Basically, the folks over at Happenings have teamed up with renowned music blogger Nialler9 for a mini series of Friday-night, after-work gigs at Wood Quay, the first of which takes place tomorrow night. It’s a fiver on the door, running from 6.30pm – 9pm. This Friday’s bill includes I Have a Tribe, Stomptown Brass and Saint Sister. Enjoy. 

Friday. A non-alcohol event. For more, visit www.minimummaximum.net. 

Seafood Delights

Dalkey Lobster Fest 2015

It’s a lobster festival, it’s taking over the pubs and restaurants in Dalkey and it also features live music (Bagatelle play a special ticketed gig at the Dalkey Parish Car Park tomorrow night) and a kid’s zone. Simple. There’s also something called the ‘Giant Lobster Ceremony’ happening this Saturday. Now this we have to see.

Friday to Sunday. For a full line-up of events, visit www.facebook.com/DalkeyLobsterFest. 

The Open Mic Event

Takin the Mic at the Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square

Guest MC, writer and spoken word artist Stephen James Smith hosts a special evening in which aspiring poets, prose writers, songwriters and comedians across the city are encouraged to flaunt their wares in a live setting. Here’s the deal: performer passes are sold out, but hey, it’s always worth rockin’ along to check out some fresh new talent. Every performer gets five minutes, you can bring your own beer, and the venue suggests you donate a fiver at the door. Sorted. 

Friday, 7pm – 9pm. For more, visit www.irishwriterscentre.ie.  

The Music Festival

Proms on the Pier, Dun Laoghaire

“The best music of the 70s and 80s” at Dun Laoghaire Pier this Saturday and Sunday. That’s quite a statement. Now, let’s have a look at the Proms on the Pier bill. There are 14 acts in there, including Johnny Logan, Midge Ure, 10cc, Phil Coulter and Bjorn Again. Let’s hope the weather gods play ball - this is gonna be gas craic altogether… 

Saturday and Sunday, 4.30pm – 10.30pm. Tickets from €49.50. For more, visit www.promsonthepier.ie. 

The Family Day Out

Merrion Square Open Day

It’s an “open day on the square” this Saturday. We’re talking loads of exhibitions, talks and tours, kicking off at 9.30am and taking us everywhere from the National Gallery and the Park to the Museum and Pepper Canister Church, with plenty of events happening along the way. Get planning, folks…

For more, visit www.merrionsquare.ie. 

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