Thursday 23 November 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

'Scotch and Soda' is an energetic performance
'Scotch and Soda' is an energetic performance
Jordan Belfort: Spoke to 3,000 punters at the RDS. Photo: Arthur Carron.
Busyfeet & Coco Cafe, South William Street
Conversation: Patricia Routledge
Workman's Club
BOOGIE NIGHTS, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly
Sharon Shannon on stage on Friday night
Exterior view at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Fringe, brunch, tea, Burt Reynolds and the real Wolf of Wall Street. Oh yes, we’ve got plenty to keep us entertained in the capital this weekend. And, we’ve only gone and planned your itinerary so you don’t have to. Enjoy…

Fringe It Up

Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015

Tiger Dublin Fringe continues its city-wide takeover this weekend, and with more than 80 productions on the bill, it’s possible that some of you are at a loss about where to begin. Luckily, you have us to steer you right. In the mood for some comedy? Well, Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii at the International Bar on Friday night. The fabulous Spiegeltent on Wolfe Tone Square comes alive with shows courtesy of Brisbane acrobatic music makers Scotch & Soda and local lads Booka Brass Band. Oh, and we’d totally recommend Eric O’Brien and Jed Murray’s play about gambling culture, Sure Thing (Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt).

For a full list of show times and ticket prices, visit www.fringefest.com.


The Big Bad Wolf

The Wolf of Wall Street at the RDS

Jordan Belfort: Spoke to 3,000 punters at the RDS. Photo: Arthur Carron.

We’re talking about Jordan Belfort here, the former stockbroker-turned-motivational speaker whose notorious memoir, The Wolf of Wall Street, made for sensational viewing in the Academy Award-nominated, Martin Scorsese / Leonardo DiCaprio big-screen adaptation, back in 2013. Here’s your chance to hear Jordan’s story in the flesh. Actually, it’s a one-day seminar, in which visitors will learn “the eight skills you must know for business, sales and entrepreneurial success”. G’luck, students.

Saturday. Tickets from €41.40. For more, visit www.wolfofwallstreetdublin.com.


Tea Time

Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival at the RDS


Sticking with Ballsbridge, there are no prizes for guessing what this one involves. Apparently, the Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival is about “celebrating all that's new and exciting on the coffee and tea scene.” Hmmm, hear that now? There’s a scene and everything. There’s also a ‘roaster’s village’, a home barista competition, a food village (we’re expecting cakes) and live entertainment. In a word? Yummy.

Friday – Sunday. Tickets: €10.40 / €15.40. For more, visit www.dublincoffeefestival.com.


The Brunch

Busyfeet & Coco Cafe, South William Street

Street cafe South William Street

Still the hippest stretch in Dublin, it’ll be a long time before we run out of places to while away a Saturday morning on South William Street. Our bright and early snack tip for this weekend? Skip on in to the delightful Busyfeet & Coco for a delicious breakfast bagel and coffee. You won’t regret it.

Open from 10am. For more, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Busyfeet-Coco-Cafe/118294784889880


A Night with Mrs Bucket

Patricia Routledge, in Conversation with Edward Seckerson, at the Pavilion Theatre

Conversation: Patricia Routledge

“Facing the Music - A Life in Musical Theatre,” finds British actress Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances) touching down in Dun Laoghaire to discuss her long and fruitful career as an award-winning star of musical theatre, with writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson. There may be a spot of humour involved…

Friday at 8pm. Tickets: €25. For more, visit www.paviliontheatre.ie.


A Workman’s Celebration

The Workman’s Club 5th Birthday

Workman's Club

Our favourite Wellington Quay haunt is celebrating its birthday all this week, and we suggest you join in on the fun. Virginia rockers Eternal Summers, with special guests, Belfast noisemakers Pleasure Beach, will be blowing out the candles this Saturday from 8pm. Tickets are only a fiver. Happy days.

For more, visit www.theworkmansclub.com.


Cinematic Boogie

Boogie Nights at The Sugar Club

BOOGIE NIGHTS, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly

As in, a screening of Paul Thomas Anderson’s award-winning drama about a bloke who works his way up the adult movie industry in the 1970s, starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore. There’s also a, erm, “Special Disco 12inch After Party” following the screening (nice in-joke, guys). Tickets start at a tenner, but you could always pay a little extra for some pizza, beer and cocktail deals…

Saturday from 8pm. For more, visit www.thesugarclub.com. 


Trad Delight

Sharon Shannon at Draiocht, Blanchardstown

Sharon Shannon on stage on Friday night

The happiest accordion player in the history of Irish music? Probably. Think about it for a second – have you ever seen Sharon Shannon play music without a smile on her face? Exactly. We might be in for a proper traditional throwdown at Draiocht this weekend. Anything is possible when you’ve worked with as many major Irish musicians as Sharon. Tenner bets she and her band will play Galway Girl. Obviously.

Saturday from 8pm. Tickets: €25. For more, visit www.draiocht.ie.


Furry Fun

The Doggie Do at Merrion Square Park

A festival for and about dogs, apparently (again, the clue was in the title). We’ve got doggie talks, demonstrations, a training area, lots of grooming and  - get this – a ‘canine costume competition’ (hosted by Darren Kennedy) where the 2015 Dog of Dublin will be crowned. Serious business, this.

Saturday. Tickets from €10. For more, visit www.thedoggiedo.com.


Art Attack

Dublin Gallery Weekend

Exterior view at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland. The building was the former Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

“Three days, 30 galleries, 60 events.” Now that’s a lot of artwork in one weekend, but we think we can handle it. A new visual arts festival, Dublin Gallery Weekend takes charge of the city’s greatest spaces for a series of unique events, exhibitions, talks and workshops. Most of it is free, too, with Irish and international work at DGW setting up shop in RHA, IMMA, Science Gallery, Project Arts Centre and NCAD Gallery to name but a few.

Friday – Sunday. For a full line-up of events, visit www.dublingallerymap.ie.

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