Wednesday 13 December 2017

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend...

Van Morrison
Van Morrison

Well, that was a miserable auld week. We need some catchy tunes, memorable movies, powerful theatre, delicious grub and a wee bit of science to help cheer us up. We need our weekend to deliver, basically. It looks like we’re in safe hands with this lot…

The Big Concert

Van Morrison, 3Arena

The Belfast Cowboy skips into town, celebrating his 70th birthday and his 35th album release, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue (featuring Michael Bublé, among others). Anyone who’s ever seen Morrison live will understand the irony of that title. Has Van the Man still got it, where it counts? Well, let’s just say that he’s a bit like Bob Dylan: every night is a new experience, with Van mixing up the set list and the arrangements, but those phenomenal tunes are still worth it. Just don’t go expecting any jokes…

Tonight. Doors: 6.30pm. Tickets priced €76 - €95 available here


The Play

Through a Glass Darkly, Project Arts Centre

Through A Glass Darkly

We’re rather fond of the Corn Exchange Theatre Company, you know. Their version of James Joyce’s Dubliners was a sensational triumph; Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing hit us hard. Now, they’ve only gone and adapted Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s 1961, Oscar-winning “chamber film”, Through a Glass Darkly. Director Annie Ryan takes the reins on this gloomy and, occasionally, unsettling family drama in which a troubled young woman named Karin takes a rather strange vacation with the men in her life. Starring Beth Cooke, Peter Gowen, Peter Gaynor and Colin Campbell.

Running daily (except Sundays) at 8pm until December 5th. Tickets: €20 / €22. For more, see here


The Performance Festival

Dublin Burlesque Festival, Leeson Street

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“Ireland’s premier celebration of cabaret and burlesque!” Straight from the website, that one, but sure listen, the fifth annual DBF does exactly what it says on the posters, setting up shop in both the Sugar Club and House on Leeson Street over the next three days. Tonight is all about Circus Macabre, and there’s a Vintage Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea planned for

Sunday. You can even get in on a special burlesque workshop with festival headliner, Miss Polly Rae, on Saturday afternoon. Entertaining and educational, folks…

Running until Sunday. For a full line-up of events and ticket prices, see here


The Soul Man

Maverick Sabre, The Academy

Maverick Sabre.

Born in London and raised in Wexford, young Michael Stafford (his ma didn’t answer to Mrs Sabre, you know) has slipped ever so slightly in the popularity ranks recently, but hey, even if second LP, Innerstanding, hasn’t yet done what it was supposed to, the artist also known as Maverick Sabre has still got time to turn things around. Looking for a bit of reggae-tinged soul to kick-start your Saturday night? Look no further. There are some tasty tunes in this chap’s arsenal, including the infectious Let Me Go. Just don’t ask us where he got that unusual singing voice from…

Saturday, 7pm. Tickets priced €24.90 available here


The Food Fest

Bite 2015, RDS

Willie O'Byrne, BWG Managing Director Spar and Eurospar, Niamh Craughan from Hogans Farm, Ged Nash, Minister For Business and Employment and Patrick OSullivan, BITE 2015

There is no such thing as too many food festivals, so how about we welcome a new one to the mix? We’re told that Bite 2015 features no less than 150 of the best artisan food and drink producers in the country, including Bear Market Coffee, Cúlcow Artisan Ice Cream, McCormack Family Farms, Roll It Pastry and much, much more. They’ve also got wine appreciation courses, cocktail making classes and a kids’ interactive food session. The latter involves crepes with chocolate sauce and caramelised pears. Yummy.

Main Hall, until Sunday. 11am-8pm (Fri), 10am – 6pm (Sat & Sun). Tickets: €10 (children under 16 go free with adult). For more, see here


The Musical Duo

The Proclaimers, Vicar Street

The Proclaimers had the food vendors dancing on the roofs of their vans

Aw, this is gonna be gas. Identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reed have been going for 32 years now, would you believe, and they’re, um, ‘on their way’ to Dublin. Yep, there are, ahem, plenty of miles on the clock when it comes to, uh, everyone’s favourite, Scottish musical duo. Oh, to hell with it. We’ll walk 500 more with them. It won’t hurt. There are worse musical families out there, and The Proclaimers at least have the decency to sing intheir natural accent. Which, by the way, we’ve always liked. Yeah, we know, we’re only digging a hole for ourselves…

Tonight, 7.30pm. Tickets priced €36 available here


The Exhibition

Trauma: Built to Break, Science Gallery Dublin


“Would you choose to erase a traumatic memory?” That’s the big question over at the Science Gallery in Trinity College. Actually, it’s one of several, with Trauma – the Gallery’s newest and most intriguing exhibition yet, exploring the “biological, psychological, societal, and cultural traumas” in our world. We’re dealing with an artistic and scientific look into “breakdowns and breakthroughs, altered memories, stories of survival, and resilient futures” here. Sounds intriguing. It’ll all be unveiled today - we’ll see you inside… Running until February 21st. For more, visit https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/.


The Cult Band

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Whelan’s


The press release refers to ‘em as “the UK’s greatest cult band”. Hmmm, we’re not so sure about that, but then, four albums in six years is good-going by anyone’s standards, not least, a little-known heavy metal quartet from Cambridge. Comparisons have been made to Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath. They’re not far off, with Kevin Starrs and his men trading in the kind of scuzzy, theatrical and nightmarish rock that made those two legends of the genre household names. Oh, and Uncle Acid’s last album was called The Night Creeper. Makes sense.

Friday. Tickets priced €20 available here


The Movie Fest

IFI French Film Festival 2015


Do we really need to tell you what this one involves? Now in its 16th year, the IFI’s acclaimed celebration of French cinema includes 35 screenings (among them, 16 Irish premieres) and a rather impressive line-up of guests. For example, tonight’s screening of Dheepan (winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2015) will be followed by a Q&A with director Jacques Audiard and screenwriter Noé Debré, and Audiard will be sticking around over the weekend for further discussions and events. Other films on the bill include Standing Tall, A Prophet and Fatima. Best get booking, folks…

Running until November 29th. For a full programme of events, see here


The Alternative Rock Heroes

Mercury Rev, The Button Factory

Mercury Rev are in Cyprus Avenue in May.

It’s been a long time since we’ve checked in on the status of New York alt-rock stalwarts, Mercury Rev. So long, in fact, that we hadn’t realised it had been seven years since they’d last released a record. That’s a huge gap, man. Luckily, the drought came to an end last month with the release of Mercury Rev’s self-produced, ninth studio album, the warmly-received The Light in You. Jonathan Donahue and his boys touch down in the capital this weekend - things might get a little psychedelic. We can’t wait.

Sunday, 7.30pm. Tickets priced €30 available here

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