Friday 15 December 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

SPEAK SOFTLY: Wyvern Lingo in the studio. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
SPEAK SOFTLY: Wyvern Lingo in the studio. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Bill Murray in Caddyshack
Alan Carr wants Beyonce as a guest on Chatty Man
Vinyl albums have staged a surprise fightback
The Market Bar, Fade St...HF

The first proper month of the summer is only getting started, and there’s still plenty of gas left in the tank. Brunch, movies, comedy, music and markets – it’s another busy weekend in the capital. Don’t worry, we’ve got your itinerary sorted...

The Movies

Bill Murray Season at the Light House Cinema

Bill Murray in Caddyshack

Bill Murray in Caddyshack

We’ve been looking forward to this one for ages. Why are the folks over at the wonderful Light House Cinema in Smithfield serving up a month’s worth of Bill Murray cinematic goodies? Easy: they love Bill Murray, and they know we love him, too. Seriously, that’s the official tagline (it’s good enough for us). Murray has been invited and everything. Whether or not he shows up is a different story (they’re trying to track him down on Twitter – hey, stranger things have happened).

Launching tomorrow night, the first Bill Murray Season weekend is a cracker. Friday: Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation followed by Japanese-style karaoke and cocktails. Saturday: Stripes and Caddyshack (honouring the late, great Harold Ramis). Sunday: Groundhog Day. That’s a smashing bill (if you’ll excuse the pun) right there. And believe us when we tell you that it’s just the tip of the iceberg. What else have they got in store for us? Well, put it this way: we ain’t afraid of no ghosts…

For a full list of screenings and ticket prices, visit www.lighthousecinema.ie.


The Comedian

Alan Carr, Olympia Theatre

Alan Carr wants Beyonce as a guest on Chatty Man

“Yap, Yap, Yap!” That’s the name of Alan Carr’s brand new show, and it’s an apt title for the bloke otherwise known as television’s second favourite ‘chatty man’ (Graham Norton is unbeatable, obviously). Also, it’s nice to see that Carr has ditched the arenas and returned to a more appropriate setting for his latest tour (fact: stand-up works better when you don’t have to squint to see the comic on stage). Oh, and he’s here for four nights, too. Popular guy. Methinks we’re in for an uproarious time with the bespectacled joker in the flashy suits…

Thursday to Sunday. Tickets from €33.50 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.


The Gig

Wyvern Lingo, Whelan’s

SPEAK SOFTLY: Wyvern Lingo in the studio. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

There’s a lot of buzz about this charming folk trio from Bray. Saoirse, Caoimhe and Karen, aka Wyvern Lingo, just got back from touring the UK with man-of-the-hour, Hozier, and they’ve also been signed to indie record label and management company, Rubyworks (home to Hozier and Ryan Sheridan). Not a bad auld start to the career, then. Check out The Widow Knows EP and trust us when we tell you that things could go stratospheric for this lot. Best get on down to Whelan’s tomorrow night and catch ‘em in an intimate setting while you still can…

Friday. Tickets: €15. For more, visit www.whelanslive.com.


The Market

Thomas House Record Market, Thomas Street

Vinyl albums have staged a surprise fightback

One of the best little rock ‘n’ roll bars in the city is hosting a vinyl fair at the weekend. You know what that means, don’t you? Yep, there are thousands of records for you to get your hands on this Saturday, and every genre is covered, even trash and hardcore (it says so on the posters). Oh, and they’ve got beers, tea, coffee, DJs and listening booths. Sounds like heaven.

Saturday, 11am – 6pm. Free entry. For more, visit www.facebook.com/thomashousedublin.


The Brunch

Noshington, South Circular Road

Now here’s a great spot to get your grub on this weekend. What’s more, there are two outdoor seating areas (one out the front, another out back) in this stylish café and restaurant on the corner of South Circular Road and Washington Street (they really do have all the best things over in Dublin 8 at the minute). Open seven days a week,  it’s all about the brunch menu this Saturday and Sunday, from the epic Big Brekkie dish to fluffy pancakes and smashed avocado on granary toast with poached eggs, cherry tomatoes and rocket. That kinda food will brighten up anyone’s day…

For opening times and a full menu, visit www.noshington.ie.


The Educational Fair

Language Fair 2015 at Filmbase, Temple Bar

You could be a language teacher, or someone who is merely interested in language learning. The point is, the inaugural Language Fair 2015 is all about showcasing language learning and teaching in Ireland. The aim here is to get people sharing their interest in languages, with Saturday’s free event at Filmbase hoping “to raise awareness and profile the diversity and vibrancy of language learning at all levels and ages in a variety of mainstream and non-mainstream educational contexts.” Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Of course it does.

Visitors can attend presentations and meet language practitioners on the day with proceedings split into two parallel events - Language Fair 2015 and a “Continuous Professional Development (CPD) on ‘The Language Experience Abroad’.” Yep, we’re definitely ready to get our learning hats on…

Saturday 11am – 4pm. For more, visit www.filmbase.ie.


The Night Out

Pogo at the Twisted Pepper

Get yo bodies movin’ (sorry) with Late Nite Tuff Guy and Young Marco this weekend at the hippest joint (again, sorry) on Middle Abbey Street. We’re talking acclaimed, genre-defying DJ sets here, people; ambient, electronic grooves to shake up your Saturday night like nobody’s business. The hipsters will love it. The rest of us will try to stay cool on the dancefloor. We can’t make any promises, though…

Saturday at 10.30pm. Tickets €13 / €15. For more, visit www.bodytonicmusic.com.


The Festival

MythFest at Trinity College

The Unquiet Hour

“A platform for the revisiting, reimagining and interrogation of Ireland’s unique and incredibly vibrant allegorical history,” MythFest 2015 at Trinity College aims to bring Irish mythology and legend to life for audiences of all ages this week. And that’s it in one, basically. The headline theatre event, ‘The Unquiet Hour: A Tale of Faeries’ (inspired by W.B. Yeats) sounds particularly promising. Saturday is family day at MythFest, and most of the events are free. Definitely worth popping in…

Ends Sunday. For a full timetable of events, visit www.mythfest.ie.


The Pubs

The Market Bar and The Woolshed

The Market Bar, Fade St...HF

Right, so we’ve got two big football matches to look forward to over the coming days, with Juventus v Barcelona in the Champions League Final on Saturday night, and the Republic of Ireland taking on England in a highly-anticipated friendly on Sunday afternoon. We need a good pub for both. Might we suggest heading on down to the Market Bar on Fade Street for Saturday’s game, and the Woolshed Baa & Grill (that’s not a typo) on Parnell Street for some big-screen action on Sunday? The former offers a delicious tapas menu, and the latter could be perfect for some pre-game shared platters ahead of Sunday’s match. Just don’t overdo it, yeah?

For more, visit www.woolshedbaa.com and www.marketbar.ie.


The History Lesson

70th Anniversary of the end of World War Two, Collins Barracks

The National Museum of Ireland has prepared a special event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this Saturday, inviting history lovers to interact with ‘The WW2 Club’ (a historical re-enactment group) and to take a look at the uniforms and equipment used by the Allied and Axis Forces. Might come in handy for those sitting exams over the coming weeks…

Saturday 2pm – 4.30pm. No booking required. For more, visit www.museum.ie.

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