Saturday 16 December 2017

Ten things to do in Dublin this weekend

Members of the public enjoying the good weather in St. Stephens Green, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the public enjoying the good weather in St. Stephens Green, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Festivals, BBQs, photography, sand sculptures and a comedy classic. It’s all kicking off in the capital this weekend and, as usual, we’ve got your itinerary sorted…

The Final Hurrah

The Twisted Pepper Closing Weekender

Everyone’s favourite Middle Abbey Street haunt is gearing up for the mother of all farewell parties this weekend. Indeed, the good people over at the Twisted Pepper announced earlier in the week that, after seven years, the much-loved venue was to close its doors for the last time on Sunday. Pity. A revamp will commence soon, we’re told, but in the meantime, there are some tasty treats in store over the coming days. There’s lots happening from Thursday – Sunday at Twisted Pepper, but the official closing party is on Friday with some fine dub step, hip hop and house choons on the cards, courtesy of a fine selection of DJs, to help sign things out with a bang.

Tickets: €8 / €10. Doors: 9pm. For DJ/crew info and more, visit www.bodytonicmusic.com. 

The Theatrical History Lesson

Pals: The Irish at Gallipoli, Collins Barracks

We saw this one back in February, and boy, did it leave a mark. Returning for a limited run at the National Museum of Ireland this month, Pals: The Irish at Gallipoli - “the untold stories” of the 7th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the First World War – is a theatrical display like no other; a searing and often heart-breaking historical drama from ANU Productions.  There are no comfy chairs here – no, this is a play that takes its audience from courtyard to bedside, as a small band of soldiers grapple with the hardships of war. Starring a spellbinding John Cronin and the excellent Laura Murray, Pals will hit you right in the gut. 

Morning/afternoon shows running until September 6th. Suitable for ages 12 and over. Tickets: €10. For show times and further info, visit www.pals-theirishatgallipoli.com. 

The Movie Event

Mrs. Doubtfire at Merrion Square

On the first anniversary of Robin Williams’ death, the good folks over at Happenings have decided that the best way to celebrate the life and work of one of Hollywood’s finest, is with a screening of the timeless Mrs. Doubtfire. And you know what? We wholeheartedly agree. Bring a blanket, grab a bite from the Irish Village Market stalls, and get comfortable – the weekend starts early, and we’re about to see a true comedic genius at work. 

Thursday. Gates: 7.30pm (film starts at 9.20pm). Tickets: €5 at the gate. An alcohol-free event. For more, visit www.happenings.ie. 

A Sandy Day Out

Dublin Castle Sand Sculpture Exhibition

Well, now, this one is pretty self-explanatory. The artists have finished carving, and the sculptures are officially on display. And yes, they are made of sand (don’t ask us how they manage to survive the rain). The theme for this year’s sand sculpture display is all to do with emotions, apparently, and hey, one of the sculptures is a big baby drinking a bottle. That sounds a lot weirder than it actually looks but…no, wait, it doesn’t. Those sculptures are bonkers. Well worth a visit, though. 

Free entrance - on display until August 25th. For more, visit www.dublincastle.ie.

The Brunch

Herbstreet, Grand Canal Dock

Okay, so we’re gonna need some pancakes this weekend, and the Herbstreet pancakes, we’re told, “make people happy”. Sold. Situated on Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Herbstreet’s weekend brunch menu (served on Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm) is the stuff of pancake dreams. Make ours a tall stack, please, with blueberries, topped with an orange and honey butter. Oh! They have waffles, too – and French toast! Screw it, we’ll take everything. 

For more, visit www.herbstreet.ie.  

The (Indoor) Exhibition

David Claerbout at Project Arts Centre

Belgian artist David Claerbout, whose work encompasses photography, film and sound, presents a “multiple video installation” at Project Arts Centre (opening tonight) that will, according to the official blurb, “challenge conventions of exhibition-making”. That’s quite the statement. His first solo exhibition on these shores, we can expect to see work from some of Claerbout’s recent projects, including Travel and The Quiet Shore. Get there early for the opening, and you might just catch a floor talk courtesy of the man himself…

Running until October 10th. Free admission. Open 11am – 6pm / 8pm. For more, visit www.projectartscentre.ie. 

School Night Stand-Up

The Comedy Crunch at the Stag’s Head

Head on down to the Stag’s Head on Dame Lane this Sunday night for the weekly Comedy Crunch club night and maybe – just maybe – you might get a free ice-cream. Actually, the ice-creams are always on the house, and entry is free, too. This weekend’s bill includes John Gilligan (no, not that one), Emmanuel Edama, MC Colm McGlinchey and headliner Fred Cooke. Enjoy. 

Doors 8:15pm, show starts at 9pm. For more, visit www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330. 

The Big Gig

Marti Pellow with the RTE Concert Orchestra, National Concert Hall

Did you know that Scottish soft-rockers Wet Wet Wet are coming to Dublin next February? That’s ages away, like. So, why not take a seat at the National Concert Hall this weekend for an evening with the Wets’ iconic front man, Mr Marti Pellow (accompanied by the RTE Concert Orchestra), singing “personal favourites from some of pop’s greatest albums” as well as a few classics from the auld theatre career (Pellow was in Evita and Chicago, would you believe). 

Friday at 8pm. Tickets: €29 - €49.50. For more, visit www.nch.ie.

The Indoor Music Festival

Reverberation Psych Fest at the Grand Social

“Ireland’s first psyche/drone festival” takes place at the Grand Social on Lower Liffey Street this weekend. “A fusion of shimmering, mind expanding aural surrealism and psychedelic grooves”, we’re promised a cracking line-up of local and international live bands (The Watchmakers and Cian Nugent & The Cosmos are on the bill), DJs, classic movies, record stalls, a vintage flea market, grub and more. And it’s all indoors, too, so you don’t even have to worry about the weather. Sweet.

Friday and Saturday. Doors: 7pm (Fri) / 5pm (Sat). Tickets: €12. For more, visit www.thegrandsocial.ie. 

The Grilled Food Jamboree

The Big Grill Festival, Herbert Park

Everything you need to know about this mouth-watering weekend treat is in the title. BBQs, craft beer, food workshops, music, puppets, campfire kebabs and more as The Big Grill Festival gets underway at Herbert Park, Ballsbridge later today (running until Sunday). What’s more, Henry Denny’s Fire & Smoke - a brand new selection of premium cooked meats - will be making its debut. Yep, over at the Fire and Smoke Zone (opening Friday), “delicious joints of meat will be cooked low and slow for more than eight hours, glazed, then fire grilled over flames and smoked with oak wood chips.” Better still, food fans will be given the chance to try out the entire Henry Denny’s Fire and Smoke range for free. Oh, we are so in. 

Thursday – Sunday. Day Tickets start at €10. For more, visit www.biggrillfestival.com and www.fireandsmoke.ie. 

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