Monday 11 December 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

Michael Flatley
Zaragoza restaurant
The hills are alive: A scene from the Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews

It’s the last weekend in March. This time next week, the only thing on everyone’s minds will be chocolate.

Lots and lots of chocolate. But that’s ages away - keep it together and live in the moment, people. Grab your coat, your sunglasses and everything you need to survive four seasons in one weekend – it’s time to get cultured, watered and fed in this fine capital city of ours…


The Gig

Bipolar Sunshine, Whelan’s

Right, so it’s still only Thursday, but we think you should get things started early. Manchester music-maker Adio Marchant, aka Bipolar Sunshine, touches down in Whelan’s tonight on the back of last year’s much-talked about festival turn at Longitude. We’re expecting big things from this chap, whose debut album is due for release later in the year. A hipster favourite (dude wears all the right clothes) young Adio is quite good at the old dreamy, electronically-fused alt-pop. Check out ‘Love More Worry Less’ and we guarantee you’ll be booking a ticket afterwards…

Thursday. Tickets priced €14.35 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Show

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, 3Arena

The quick-footed one is on his way home, to be sure, to be sure. Indeed, Michael Flatley has only gone and given his Lord of the Dance extravaganza the remix treatment. Just kidding. Actually, Dangerous Games is pretty much a new staging of the “traditional masterpiece” (their words, not ours), with new costumes, music and choreography.

Michael Flatley

Flatley will direct 40 of “the world’s most outstanding young performers”, with Gerard Fahy providing the all-important score. Take it from someone who doesn’t usually go for the glitzy, arena-sized, Irish musical and dance set-up – this show looks kinda awesome. No, seriously.

Friday and Saturday. Tickets priced from €60.45 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Brunch

Sister Sadie, Harrington Street

Sister Sadie is the younger sibling of Brother Hubbard (that cracking little café on Capel Street). Except, Sister Sadie is on the other side of the city, in Dublin 8. Confused? Don’t be. We just thought we’d open with a fact. The important thing to remember is that, on weekends, Sister Sadie does good brunch (and whopper salads). It’s been closed all week for building works, so there will be a lot of hungry trendy types looking for good eats on Saturday morning when it re-opens. Get there early and get there fast. You can bring the dog, if you like. Sure half the place is outside, and they’re only too happy to accommodate your furry little friends…

Opening times, Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 4.30pm. For more, visit www.brotherhubbard.ie/sistersadie.


The Musical Meal

Jazz & Tapas Drunch at Zaragoza, South William Street

Drunch: That’s lunch and dinner, for the uninitiated. Only, every Sunday, the folks over at the Zaragoza Spanish restaurant do things differently, with a feast of live jazz, blues and soul music to accompany your meal.

Zaragoza restaurant

This weekend, we’ve got vocalist Natalie Turner and guitarist Dave Long bringing the (sweet and sophisticated) noise between 5pm and 7.30pm. We can’t think of a better nor tastier way to sign off the weekend. There’s no cover charge, either. Always a bonus, that.

For more, visit www.zaragozadublin.com.


The Bar

Sweeney’s, Dame Street

“A drinking pub with a music problem…” Straight from the Sweeney’s home page, that description. Dozens of live bands and DJs float in and out of the three-storey Dame Street haunt every week, and yes, it’s a smashing spot for a well-deserved post-work tipple, too.


They’ve got lots of reggae and jazz planned for us this weekend, including an eight-piece original live band (After the Ibis) on Friday night. Admission is free. We’re totally in, man…

For more, visit www.sweeneysdublin.ie.


The Exhibition

Once Upon a Picture at the Ark, Temple Bar

“Every artwork has a story to tell…” You can’t argue with that one. A free exhibition in the Ark, for ages four and up, Once Upon a Picture is all about allowing your imagination to run riot, apparently, with mysterious and magical artworks on show. It’s up to you to come up with ideas about what you’re looking at and what kinds of stories they tell. Sounds fun, right? Inspired by W.B. Yeats and his “dedication to the preservation, collection and the imagination of Irish fairy tales and folklore”, Once Upon a Picture features the work of artists Sam Keogh, Clare Langan and Alice Maher, among others, and also includes various workshops, talks and performances. The little ones will love it.

Every Saturday from March 28, 10am – 5pm (running until May 2). Free entry. For more, visit www.ark.ie.


The (Recorded) Tunes

Classic Vinyl Sunday at the Twisted Pepper

Okay, so we all know the deal with this clever monthly music gathering on Middle Abbey Street, where vinyl fans convene to enjoy a seminal record courtesy of some of the greats. This month, it’s the turn of Canadian-American roots-rock ensemble The Band, whose eponymous second album from 1969 will be played in full. However, organisers have added a twist, welcoming along local guitar maestro, the inimitable Gavin Glass, for an exclusive playback of his forthcoming new album. That’s two records for the price of one, folks - you don’t want to miss it. Gavin will also partake in a pre-listen discussion panel, and there’s a free coffee / glass of wine for everybody in the audience. Excellent.

Sunday at 5pm. Tickets priced €10 available at www.eventbrite.ie.


The Film Event

Public Interview with Julie Andrews, Bord Gais Energy Theatre

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival closes out with a bang this weekend, as iconic stage and screen actress, the magnificent Julie Andrews flies into town for a highly-anticipated public interview.

The hills are alive: A scene from the Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews

Hosted by RTÉ Lyric FM’s Aedin Gormley, Andrews looks set to discuss everything from The Sound of Music and her Academy Award-winning turn in Mary Poppins, all the way through to her side careers as an acclaimed author and Grammy-award winning, children’s spoken artist. And yes, of course there will be an opportunity for the fans to ask questions. It’s gonna be an afternoon to remember…

Sunday at 3pm. Strictly over 18s. Tickets from €25 available at www.jdiff.com.


The Play

I, Keano, Olympia Theatre

Actually, it’s a comedy musical. And yes, after all these years away, it’s finally back. You know the gist – it’s the Roy Keane in Saipan Saga with big jokes, big numbers and a few updates here and there (obviously). Written by Michael Nugent, Paul Woodfull and Arthur Mathews, the I, Keano 2015 version sees Gary Cooke returning to the role of Dunphia and Fergie, alongside Dessie Gallagher (Macartacus), Stephen Jones (Keano) and Sile Seoige (Surfia). We know - you’ve probably seen it before. But that’s no excuse. Get involved and experience the most bonkers moment in Irish football reimagined as an epic Roman war drama (well, that’s one way of putting it…).

Running until April 12. Tickets from €25 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Comedian

B.J. Novak – One More Thing, Project Arts Centre

American writer, actor, stand-up, author and director (jeez, this guy is talented), Benjamin Joseph Novak shoots into town this weekend to present a series of dramatic readings from his debut collection of short stories, One More Thing. So, yeah, it’s that very funny guy we know from The Office telling very funny stories and anecdotes from his acclaimed (and very funny) best-seller. All in all, it should be a very funny night.

Sunday at 8pm. Tickets: €20. For more, visit www.projectartscentre.ie.

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