Monday 11 December 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Darwins restaurant Aungier St, Dublin 2
Ryan Adams

So, how’s Lent coming along, then? That bad, yeah? Fear not. Even the Big Guy himself took a rest on Sundays (this may not be true). Allow us to take things one step further.

You’ve had a long week. You’re in desperate need of some world-class entertainment. You want to have a laugh in the city, basically. So, how about a whole weekend of fun? We knew you’d be interested. Take your pick from the following goodies…


The Meal

Darwin’s Restaurant, Aungier Street

Everything you’ve heard about the magnificent steak at Darwin’s is true. But there are a couple of other reasons you should consider popping in for a bite-and-a-half this weekend. Let’s see, well, it’s a gorgeous spot; handsomely decorated and with excellent staff to boot. Oh, and the seafood dishes are tasty, too and…oh, you know it’s a nice place. We need to talk about the desserts already, and something called the ‘deconstructed cheesecake.’ Holy moly. Out of this world, lads. Book a table – book a table now.

Darwins restaurant Aungier St, Dublin 2

For a full list of menus, visit www.darwins.ie.  


The Film

Still Alice (General Release, 12A)

This is the movie for which Julianne Moore picked up an Oscar for Best Actress a few weeks back, and it’s a tough one. Based on Lisa Genova’s 2007 novel, Still Alice tells the story of Dr. Alice Howland (Moore, in a career-best performance), a linguistics professor at Columbia University who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Co-starring Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish as Alice’s husband and children, the film received glowing reviews upon its US release late last year, and we can expect more of the same from Irish critics this weekend. Believe the hype. Oh, and you had better bring the tissues…


The Conference

OFFSET at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre

The three-day creative conference, featuring leading industry experts from the world of graphic design, animation, advertising, fashion, film and more, returns to Grand Canal Dock this weekend. So, we can expect presentations, interviews and discussions with this year’s speakers, including Peter Maybury, Emily Oberman (Pentagram NYC), Rory Hamilton (Boys & Girls), Steve Doogan and more. You could learn a lot from those folks…

Friday – Sunday. Tickets priced €135 - €225 (all weekend) available at www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.


The Pop-Up Store

Seven Wood at the Fumbally Exchange, Dame Lane

Right, so we have a new “lifestyle and wellness” company / website headed our way, folks. To mark the occasion, Seven Wood owner Niamh Banks – the woman responsible for curating an “incredible selection of kitchenware and apothecary goods based around functional, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing pieces” - has decided to launch a pop-up store at the Fumbally Exchange. Ceramics, serving bowls, men’s shaving and skincare ranges – it’s all up for grabs here, and we haven’t even mentioned the vintage furniture pieces and glassware yet. Luckily, there will also be a pop-up coffee & juice bar (courtesy of the ‘Green Beards’ boys) running alongside Niamh’s set-up. So, you can get your daily fruit intake while you shop for new teapots. Handy, innit?

Running until March 22. Opening times (Saturday and Sunday) 10am - 6pm. For more, visit www.sevenwood.ie.


The Comedian

Milton Jones, Olympia Theatre

“Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft”. We’re quite fond of that title. Who is Milton Jones? Why, he’s the comedic master of imaginative puns and one-liners. Almost as famous for his loud shirts and mad-scientist hair-do, Jones insists that most of us won’t remember his material after we’ve left the theatre.



He’s being modest. The truth is, we wouldn’t dream of repeating it to a friend. For no other reason than we’d be afraid of messing it up. Watch and listen as the straight-faced professional looper from London delivers some of the sharpest - and daftest - punchlines in comedy. The guy is a genius.

Saturday. Tickets, from €25, available now at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Play

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Abbey Theatre

We love the posters. Yes, that is John Kavanagh with a wheeled walker, sporting a rather fabulous pair of luminous trousers. And yes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has, indeed, undergone something of a 21st century makeover for this shiny new production on the Abbey stage.

Put it this way – most of the action takes place in a nursing home, Shakespeare’s hallucinogenic comedy about magic, young love and arranged marriage having been turned on its head by director Gavin Quinn so that the famous quartet (Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena) are no longer kids. Clever, right? The potions and fairies are still there, only Puck (a beguiling Daniel Reardon) now looks like a rock star. It’s not quite the masterpiece it could have been, the Bard’s clunky exchanges and soliloquys often jarring with an otherwise modern setting, but it certainly is wonderful to look at. Declan Conlon co-stars, with the inimitable David Pearse turning in another sublime theatrical performance, this time as the hilarious Peter Quince.

Running until March 28. Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm (Sat matinee at 2pm). Tickets priced €13 - €40 available at www.abbeytheatre.ie.


The Gig

Ryan Adams, Olympia Theatre

Listen, we’re just going to put it out there: Ryan Adams, that denim-clad, long-haired rock / alt-country ‘hero’ from North Carolina, is over-rated. Good? Yes. Prolific? You betcha. But things have been patchy since Heartbreaker. At least he can cut it live.

Ryan Adams

Dude’s got a cracking sense of humour, too. Armed with a new, self-titled solo album (his fourteenth, would you believe), Adams already sold out a date at the Olympia tonight (popular man). Him being super generous and all, he’s only gone and added another on Friday. Enjoy.

Tickets for Friday’s gig, priced €39.05 - €44.05, available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Pop Preview

Markus Feehily, Olympia Theatre

Jeez, it’s all happening on Dame Street this weekend, but we reckon this renowned Irish crooner deserves a mention. If only because of the way everyone’s been harping on about young Markus’ forthcoming debut solo offering. I mean, come on, you’d swear the artist formerly known as Westlife’s Mark was about to unleash the greatest pop record of all time (he probably won’t). Still, we’ll save our judgement until we hear the tunes. Keep yizzer fingers crosses that it’s been worth the wait…

Tickets, from €27.90, available now at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Bar

Camden Exchange, Camden Street

AKA, the place we all used to call ‘Raw’ (because that’s where the RTE restaurant drama was filmed…at least, from the outside). Now, it’s a brand-new - and particularly swanky - bar and restaurant, serving food, craft beers, cocktails and our usual (a pint of Heineken, cheers). It’s big, it’s dark and the hipsters will love it. But don’t let that put you off. We think we just found our new favourite Saturday night haunt…


The Family Day Out

St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans at the National Wax Museum Plus, Temple Bar District

Basically, the Wax Museum Leprechaun (a creepy looking yoke, if we’re honest) has gone AWOL. Don’t worry, he’s in the building somewhere, and you’ll be given a list of clues at reception that – surprise, surprise – will lead visitors all around the museum until they’ve found the little fella. At which point, you’ll be encouraged to post a picture on the Museum’s social media pages to be in with a chance of winning prizes. Yipee. Ah sure, it’s just a bit of fun in the lead-up to the big day, begorrah and bejaysus…

Running until March 17. Tickets priced from €8. For more, visit www.waxmuseumplus.ie.

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