Thursday 23 November 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend…

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Keith Barry.

Boy band mania, a bona fide guitar hero, a whole lot of poetry and a little bit of magic.

Strap yourselves in, folks – things are about to get crazy in this fine city of ours. And, as usual, we’ve got your entire weekend sorted…

The Big Concert

One Direction at 3Arena

Yes, we know. Tickets for One Direction’s three-night stand at 3Arena sold out yonks ago, but sure listen, there are more than 30,000 Directioners (and a fair few parents, we’d wager) headed to see the world’s biggest pop act in Dublin this weekend. So, you know, it definitely warrants a mention. If only because a) it’s One Freakin’ Direction we’re talking about, and b) this could very well be your last chance to catch Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and our very own Niall Horan in action for a long, long time.

What, you haven’t heard? The 1D lads are taking a break next year, and we all know what that means, right? Exactly. A fifth album, Made in the A.M., is due for release next month, so don’t be surprised if you hear the line “this is from our new record”. Besides, that Drag Me Down tune is ace and, truth be told, they’re a smashing live act. No, really. Support comes from Ed Sheeran’s new label signing, Jamie Lawson. Mums and dads would be doing well to pack the ear plugs…

Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sold out. Keep an eye on www.mcd.ie for stage times.

The Mentalist

Keith Barry: Out of Control, Olympia Theatre

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Keith Barry.

Leave your scepticism at the door, folks. Everyone’s favourite Irish mentalist, Keith Barry, is “out of control” and is once again ready to mess with our heads. According to the promoters, “this show will contain more audience interaction and involvement than any of his previous shows”. Yikes. We’re told that Barry will be hacking brains and conducting mentalism experiments that will, ahem, blow our minds (we’ve seen him before – they ain’t lying). There’s also a spot of hypnosis and – get this – a death-defying “danger stunt”. It involves Keith’s face and a missile. Crikey, fella, look after yourself now, you hear?

Friday and Saturday. Tickets priced €29 / €30 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.

The Poetry Feast

Lingo Festival, City-Wide



The second annual LINGO spoken word festival kicks off tomorrow, and boy, do they have an exciting programme in store. This year’s performers include Cormac Fitz, Deirdre Sullivan, Damon Blake, Temper-Mental MissElayneous, The Brownbread Players and many, many more. The Lingo Launch Night with Tongue Fu at the Workman’s Club takes place tomorrow night, and we’re particularly excited about the Headstuff Poetryhunt over at Pearse Street Library on Saturday. Get in and get your rhyme on.

Friday – Sunday. Weekend passes available, priced €64.50. For a full programme of events, visit www.lingofestival.com.

The Film Event

THREADS: Moulin Rouge at Axis: Ballymun

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Organisers are calling this one a “special screening”. Yeah, that pretty much covers it, what with Axis: Ballymun screening Baz Luhrmann’s hypnotic, Parisian love fest, the enchanting Moulin Rouge!, starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. But wait – there’s more. The THREADS: Women in Dance programme will also be staging a simultaneous live dance spectacle in the theatre. Don’t ask us how they even began to choreograph that one. All we know is that there’s gonna be a cinematic treat on the screen, and a whole lotta dancin’ on the floor. Now that sounds like a hell of a party to us...

Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets: €5. For more, visit www.axisballymun.ie.

The Music Icon

Johnny Marr, Olympia Theatre

Johnny Marr's trademark 12-string guitar sound and songwriting talents were central to the success of The Smiths

Who here was at Johnny Marr’s gig in the Academy back in 2013? That was some night, wasn’t it? Plus, for some reason or other, everyone thought that Morrissey was gonna show…he didn’t. Currently touring his second solo album, Playland (released last October, would you believe), Marr is both an iconic axe man and a deadly live performer. Not the greatest vocalist, mind, but the magical fretwork more than makes up for that minor setback. Might the former Smiths guitarist be tempted to brush off a few of ‘the hits’ in Dublin this weekend? Of course. That’s what he’s there for. Give us a light that never goes out, dude…

Sunday. Tickets priced €26.50 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.

Art Attack

Dublin Animation Film Festival, Dun Laoghaire

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The only festival in Ireland “dedicated completely to showcasing animated films” the Dublin Animation Film Festival (DAFF) sets up shop in Dun Laoghaire tomorrow for two days at IADT and the Pavilion Theatre. There are plenty of animated treats in store, courtesy of Irish and international animators, but we’re especially excited about the theatre screening the critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated ‘Song of the Sea’ on Saturday at 12pm, after which, Tomm Moore, co-founder and creative director of Cartoon Saloon, will participate in a Q&A session with audience members.

Friday - Saturday. For more, visit www.dublinanimationfilmfestival.com.

The Play

Olympia at the New Theatre, Temple Bar

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The New Theatre’s resident writer/director duo, Lauren-Shannon Jones and Nora Kelly Lester (aka ‘PYGMANKENSTEIN’) present a creepy adaptation of E.T.A Hoffmann’s ‘The Sandman’, entitled Olympia, a tale of “horror, medical menace and latent obsession.” Hmmm, sounds intriguing. Comparisons have been made to ‘The Woman in Black’, and I’ll tell you something for nothing – that play freaked the bejaysus out of us. Co-starring Michael David McKernan, Shane Robinson and Aenne Barr, this is one theatrical spectacle that is certain to leave a mark...

Running until October 24. Show time: 7.30pm. Tickets: €12 / €15. For more, visit www.thenewtheatre.com

The Free Gig

DUBLIN2020 LIVE at Meeting House Square

The Hot Sprokets ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ (Generated thumbnail)

Celebrating the handover of Dublin’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2020, there will be a free gig taking place at Meeting House Square this Saturday night. Who’s on the bill? Why, it’s only the Hot Sprockets (deadly bunch of lads), Anderson (formerly of The Rags), and local rock duo, Darling. MC duties fall to professional funny man (and Fair City newbie), Eric Lalor. Again, entry is free, but this is a first-come, first-served basis we’re dealing with. For guaranteed entry, emails should be sent to info@dublin2020.ie

Saturday from 8.30pm. For more, visit www.dublin2020.eu.  

Boozy Fun

Dublin Cocktail Festival 2015


Okay, so here’s the gist with the second annual Dublin Cocktail festival…ready? There are three dozen venues participating across the city, including Vintage Cocktail Club, Coppinger Row, Gin Palace and 57 Headline. Walk in, buy a €5 wristband and hey presto, you’re up and running. What that wristband then entitles you to is a discount on special festival cocktails in every single venue (just don’t lose the darn wristband). Easy, right?  Just remember to be responsible…

Running until Saturday. For more, visit www.greatirishbeverages.com.

Write On

Dalkey Creates Festival 2015

Martina Devlin at the launch of her new book, ‘About Sisterland’

“Learn to write with the best”. Well, okay then. Dalkey Creates returns for its second year, and with it the official DC goal “to nurture, create and celebrate new writing”. Events include Deirdre Purcell in conversation with Dermot Bolger at Dalkey Castle on Friday evening, while there are plenty of workshops to avail of, including a beginners Creative Writing class with Martina Devlin on Saturday and Sunday at The Magpie Inn. Best of luck to all the aspiring writers…

Friday – Sunday. For more, visit www.dalkeycreates.com

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