10 things to do in Dublin this weekend
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, ain’t it? You could spend your weekend getting those all-important prezzies in. Or, you could always put off the shopping for another week and get tucked in to this lot. The decision, as always, is yours. We trust you’ll make the right one…
The Rock Carnival
The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow, Vicar Street
The man with the best moustache in Irish music brings his rock ‘n’ roll carnival to the Liberties, complete with dancing girls, strongmen, contortionists and the San Patricio Mariachi Band. Local guitar trio The Minutes are in there, too. Actually, there are quite a few ‘special guests’ lined up for this one. And yes, this is indeed the show that always gets the best crowds at the Electric Picnic. Think of it as a city-based music festival under the one roof, and for one night only, with the inimitable Fish leading the way as our generous and mesmerising ringmaster. Yep, things might get wild… Saturday, 7.30pm. Tickets €26 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Big Musical
Mary Poppins, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Did you know that the man behind the script for Mary Poppins: The Musical is none other than Mr Julian Fellowes, aka the bloke who created Downton Abbey? How about that for a fun piece of trivia? Ah yes, the most famous nanny of them all touches down in Dublin this weekend for what promises to be a dazzling musical event like no other. Just don’t ask us to type Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious…hey, look at that! We got it right!
Running until January 9th. Tickets from €25. For show times and more, visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.
The Charity Event
YULE, Dublin CO-OP, Newmarket Square
Dublin based collective Young Hearts Run Free return with their annual, festive-themed music and literary event in aid of the Simon Community. Now in its eighth year, this year’s Yule line-up includes musicians Dónal Lunny, White Collar Boy and Women's Christmas, spoken word poet Stephen James Smith, comedians Alison Spittle and Colin Chadwick, the
Young Hearts DJs and much, much more. Bring your own beer - and maybe even your dancing shoes. We’re told that there might be cake…
Saturday, 7.15pm - 2.30am. Tickets from €22 on the door. Visit here.
The Lunchtime Show
It’s a Wonderful Bleedin’ Life, Bewley’s Café Theatre at Powerscourt
We love the new title. Playwright and director Gary Duggan reimagines everyone’s favourite yuletide story, moving the action to The Summit Inn in Howth on Christmas Eve where poor ‘Georgie Travers’ is at his wits’ end. Fortunately for him, there’s one other bloke at the bar, and he’s about to put everything he’s got into convincing our mate Georgie that, well, life ain’t as bad as it seems. Stephen Kelly and Gerard Byrne co-star.
Running daily (except Sundays) at 1pm until December 19. Tickets available here.
The Hometown Heroes
The Blades, Olympia Theatre
It’s become something of an annual tradition now for Paul Cleary and the gang to reunite for a gig at the Olympia. Actually, this weekend marks their third consecutive Christmas stop-off at Dame Street, and whaddaya know? They’ve got some brand new tunes in their back pocket. The recently-released (and warmly-received) Smalltime EP tells us that one of the best rock bands to ever come out of Dublin might just be in the mood for sticking around. Fingers crossed. Watch out for the pogoing down the front…
Saturday. Tickets from €28 available here
The Day Out
Glow, Smithfield Square
A free family festival, celebrating “seasonal themes of winter and light”, the second annual Glow event returns to Smithfield this weekend. Taking place indoors and outdoors on the Square, highlights include campfire stories, Big Screen Pictionary at Generator Hostel (Paul Tylak and Sharon Mannion are on MC duties for that one), various workshops and music performances, a kids disco, and a whole lot more. They’ve even got an LED light installation called ‘Firefly’ lined up for us and everything...
Saturday 2-6pm. Free admission. Visit here for details.
The Rock Concert
Def Leppard and Whitesnake, 3Arena
We weren’t quite sure how to open this paragraph. It was a tough choice between ‘let’s get rocked’ and ‘here we go again’ (eagle-eyed fans will spot the mistake in that second one). Look, what’s important is that two heavyweight giants of 1980s hair metal have come together for a “joint headline” tour, and we are just days away from the Def Leppard / Whitesnake Dublin stop-over. Exciting times. Who’s on first, we hear you ask? Dunno. Maybe Joe Elliott will flip a coin or something… Sunday, 5.30pm. Tickets from €59.50 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.
The Movie Fest
Naughty or Nice Christmas Films, Light House Cinema Smithfield
This one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a Christmas movie season, and it’s kicking off this weekend at one of the best cinemas in the city. Alas, the Elf Fancy Dress Karaoke Party tonight is sold-out, but hey, there’s plenty more where that came from. Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands is showing tonight at 10.30pm and on Sunday at 4pm. There’s another Burton treat in store over the weekend, too, with three screenings of The Nightmare Before Christmas (an animated gem) taking place over Saturday and Sunday. We hear they have a few more classics lined up for us later in the month, including Gremlins, Scrooged and Home Alone. You know what to do. For a full programme of events, visit www.lighthousecinema.ie.
The Children’s Show
The Henry Girls, Tracks in the Snow, The Ark
Well now, this could be lovely. Donegal’s finest musical sisters, The Henry Girls, have only gone and created a brand new festive show for children, “celebrating some of the things we love to do and see when the world turns white”. We’ve just watched the trailer and from what we’ve heard, it sounds positively gorgeous (those harmonies get us every time). Fresh new winter tunes in time for the holidays? Hey, it beats listening to the same old festive numbers over and over…and over again. We reckon the adults in the audience will be just as entranced as the little ones…
Tonight at 6pm, and every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 4pm until December 20th. For ages 5 and up. Tickets: €9 / €12 (€40 for four people). For more, visit www.ark.ie.
RTÉ Contempo Quartet: New Airs, Pavilion Theatre
Together with Irish composer and producer, Glen Austin, the RTE Contempo Quartet will be merging the classical with the contemporary at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday, as this talented ensemble of musicians set about reinterpreting Irish pop and rock standards from the last 30 years. And, they’ve even thrown in a bodhran (Aimee Farrell Courtney is also part of the fold), and some electronics, not to mention a few snazzy visuals courtesy of Barry Chapman. Basically, the entire team will be performing songs by Kodaline, U2, Snow Patrol, Thin Lizzy and Enya, to name but a few – only, in a way you’ve never heard them before, all rearranged and reimagined for a string quartet. Sounds delightful…
Saturday, 8pm. Tickets priced €15 available here