Event Guide 58: La Guitarra, Lakeshore Loops, Kings of Concrete, Chocolate Festival, Bray Summerfest, Big Bang Festival, Farmleigh Summer Events

July 25th, 2008

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Hi all!

I hope your week was good! I had a slightly mixed week this week! But based on the Dilbert (??) quote “Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue.” :-) this is nothing I worry about too much. …and considering that I usually bring an umbrella anyway, even being the statue doesn’t pose an absolutely unsolvable problem! ;-)

I did “try” a few events again last weekend and had a great time in Bray (Salsa band on Friday, and lots of bands and Fireworks on Sunday), in St. Ann’s Park on Sunday and at a birthday party with lots of very nice people on Saturday. :-) Especially the St. Ann’s Park Festival surprised me. The amount of visitors was impressive and it seems to be the most successful Dublin City-organised event! Oh and I tried the Button & T-shirt making event in the Bernard Shaw Pub in Richmond Street and – if I am brave – you will see the result at our next Dublin Event Guide meeting. :-)

And some really good news on the subscriber front: Someone (Clare? Olive? Bill? Cormac? Michelle?) in Microsoft sent last week’s Event Guide to the Sports&Social Club mailing list in Microsoft and lots of people joined. So, a special welcome to all the new Dublin Event Guide Community Members from Microsoft!! I hope you will enjoy the Event Guide AND I hope you will let all the other people in Microsoft know as well. :-) And I like the idea: If any of you work in another large company with a Sports&Social Club or similar mailing list, maybe you can ask the committee of the club to forward this newsletter to all the members in your company? It would be great to keep increasing the number of the subscribers. You can all help! :-) Google employees? IBM? Ebay? Yahoo?

One other thing: If you know of regular LIVE music events in pubs or other venues where there is NO admission charge, please let me know. It does make sense, I think, to include the regular Live music events every week. I am talking about live music events (bands, singer/song writers, etc) and about other live performances. Not about DJ events. I might or might not include DJ events at a later stage. At the moment I am looking for help from you finding all the regular free live music events only! Thanks!

Please note: This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E., Cliodhna D., Brian L. and Padraig S. Thanks for the support! If you too want to provide some financial help and see your name in this list, you can donate here: tinyurl.com/68dmlq or contact me to arrange another route (Remember this Event Guide is a hobby project and NOT a commercial enterprise….and there is NO minimum amount! ;-) )

All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges or at least appear to be free. I try to find confirmation in all cases, however, there are occasionally events that did appear to be free while writing this newsletter but later it turns out that some admission is charged. Apologies in that case!


The Brazilian Guitar Duo, Siqueira & Lima and the Argentinean Composer and Guitarist, Lucas Gonzalez will perform one night only in Dublin in St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street on Friday 01 August at 20:00. This night of guitar music “La Guitarra” has been brought to Ireland by Raffael Abarca, a promoter of new generation Latin music performers. Raffael has previously made tickets available to the Dublin Event Guide Community and again he is making two pairs of tickets available. Thanks!!!
Raffa describes the concert here: “The South American guitar duo Fernando Lima and Cecilia Siqueira, originally from Uruguay have received acclaim from critics wherever they have played. They trained under world-class master guitarists David Russell, Fabio Zanon and Henrique Pinto and have won many prestigious awards for their guitar-playing which encompasses classical music and popular Brazilian music.
Lucas Gonzales is one of the distinguished talents in film music today, Gonzales has scored movies in virtually every genre, all with strikingly original music. Born in Cordova, Argentina, and a guitar player for more than 10 years, Gonzales opened up a new world of unfamiliar classical melodies with film scoring. If you enjoy classical Latin music this is an event you cannot afford to miss!”
Some samples of Siqueira&Lima’s music are here:
The admission to the concert is EUR 15 and you can pre-book on 086 1541703.
Raffa’s website is here: www.raffaabarca.com
Two lucky readers will win a pair of tickets each! All you have to do is to send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject “Guitarra” and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me before 13:00 on Wed 30 July!

“Lakeshore Loops: Exploring Ireland’s Lakes” is a brand new book by John Dunne and published by Liberties Press. Liberties Press ha previously already made some books available to you through a competition and again they are making two books available.
The book is guide to Ireland’s lakes and environs, offering maps, tips, and places of interest, as well as loads of history and legends. John Dunne is a cyclist, and so the book is written with cyclists in mind, but it’s just as useful for walkers and motorists. So, if you are ready to explore Ireland a little further, on your bike, on foot or by car, and if you like lakes, their tranquillity and the magical world around them this book is for you!
Liberties Press describes the book with the following: “Lakeshore Loops is an inspirational read, which will brush off those rainy day blues, and send you traipsing across the country in search of Ireland’s neglected heritage – the beautiful and historical lakes. John Dunne’s wonderful guidebook is the perfect companion to those seeking solitude cycling by the Shannon, a weekend walk in Westmeath, or a day trip diving into the deep water of Lough Derg. Dunne’s easy-to-read narrative educates and informs users about the lakes of Ireland, and promotes a healthy and fun approach to holidaying at home! Full of anecdotes and local lore, the author includes the many nearby points of interest, the origins of some of the more unusual place-names and the legends of lake monsters and banshees. There are maps of each lake with the points of interest and nearby attractions clearly marked. In Lakeshore Loops, nature and culture go hand in hand with the green hills and glistening waters of the Irish countryside.
And Emerald Line Cruisers were so impressed with the book, that they have offered readers a chance to win a weeks cruising holiday exploring the Irish inland waterways. Lakeshore Loops is available nationwide for EUR 14.99.
The Liberties Press website and an opportunity to buy the book online can be found here: www.novenaltd.com/jsp/Liberties/book.jsp?prod=lakeshore
If you want to be in with a chance to win a copy of the book, please send an e-mail with “Lakeshore” in the subject line to dublineventguide@gmail.com. The body of the mail has to include your full address and a phone number. The book will be sent directly to the two winners. The deadline for entry is Monday 04 August at 13:00.
Thanks to Liberties Press and Sinead in Liberties Press to make these books available to us!

All events in this Competition section are non-free events, but the organisers are making free tickets available for you to win. I get often lots of entries and unfortunately not everybody can win, but you should consider going anyway! :-) If you don’t win, and will go to the event, please help showing the organisers that promoting their event in the Dublin Event Guide is beneficial and mention to them that you heard about the event through “Joerg’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Thanks!


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The Farmleigh Summer Season is in full swing, but if you want to goto any of the Drive-in movies in August or to the readings and recitals that will take place in August, you HAVE to register for tickets TODAY! The Farmleigh Affair Festival (03-04 August) is completely booked out and I was too late as well to get tickets, but the Drive-In movies (09+10 August) and some other events are still bookable for free. Just follow
The full programme can be found here: www.farmleigh.ie/media/farmleigh%20brochure%20lr1.pdf

I registered last night – with a degree of sadness – that Café Mocha in South William Street is gone! I liked that place! And the replacing sterile looking restaurant is not a worthy successor, as far as I can see. Luckily next door to where Café Mocha was, is the Busyfeet Café. What a yummy chocolate brownie they serve! Thanks Louise for recommending that! ;-) Oh, and the opening hours (e.g. Thursday until 00:00) are brilliant for a Café in Dublin!

South Dublin County Libraries are inviting you to take part in their 9th annual heritage photographic competition “Oidhreacht08”. Entries have to be submitted in JPEG format via email and photos must portray an element of the heritage of the South Dublin County administrative region. Examples of heritage include: built heritage (castles, houses, churches, bridges, mills, monuments), rural, agricultural, mountain natural and man-made landscapes; schools, colleges, libraries, museums, heritage centres and community buildings and facilities; roads, lanes, canals, railways and vehicles; sport and entertainment; people at work and at play; customs and practices; festivals, events and occasions. You can view a map of the South Dublin County administrative region on the South Dublin County Tourism website (www.southdublincountytourism.ie) and you can also find links to some of the highlights of South Dublin County heritage sights to help you with ideas.
Some of the rules are: Entry is free and open to all and entrants do not have to reside in the County. Photographs must be relevant to the South Dublin County administrative area, otherwise they are deemed ineligible and a maximum of three photos per person may be entered. Entries must be submitted in JPEG format only and no bigger than 2MB in size. Entries must be emailed to: oidhreacht2008@gmail.com Closing date for receipt of entries is 31st August 2008. The complete rules can be found here:
The winners will get: 1st prize is a MacBook 2.1 GHz, 2nd prize is EUR150 and 3rd prize is EUR100. www.southdublinlibraries.ie

The Carlsberg Comedy Carnival is taking place this weekend in Iveagh Gardens. However, since none of the events is free, I will leave the advertisement for this event to other publications.

MUZU.TV an Irish based Internet Music website has launched recently. Have a look at www.muzu.tv to find out more.


“You, You & Me” is an exhibition by Louise Cherry, Fiona Fullam & Kitty Rogers. The Opening Reception in on Fri 25 July at 18:00 and the exhibition will be open on Sat & Sun 12:00-18:00. (Gallery Details: Studio Six, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, access via Fownes Street entrance, www.templebargallery.com). For further information contact: whitenoise@mavis.ie

The New York-based theatre company Wreckio Ensemble present “an exploration of questions surrounding the process of making and selling art in a new play created specifically for thisisnotashop in association with the Ladies Aide Society and the Foundation For Ethical Art And Culture”. The show opens on 23 July and continues until 2 August 2008. For bookings and more information about the show please contact:T: 087 986 7643, E: info@wreckio.com. The performance is NOT free, but the ticket price is determined by YOU after he show. I.e. you pay as much as you think the show was worth. (Gallery Details: Thisisnotashop, 26 Benburb Street, Dublin 7, www.thisisnotashop.com. Open: 11:00-19:00)

“Interim Dialogues” is the name of a group show of Irish artists. It is made up of a number of art works and research materials and these elements are combined to form a picture of the variety of formative stages involved in a creative learning process. The show runs from 23 July – 26 July 2008. “Interim Dialogues” will also host a series of talks on Sat 26 July from 14:00-16:00 in which Padraic E. Moore, Ciara Moore and Declan Long will speak about literature that they currently find interesting or significant. In addition there are film screenings on Friday (today) from 12:00-14:00:
The films will relate to some of the topics raised in the artists’ works and to the subject of exploration in the creative process.
Further information on: interim.exhibition@gmail.com. (Gallery Details: Back Loft, 7/11 Augustine Street, Dublin 8, www.lacatedralstudios.org)
Hmmmm, strangely I found elsewhere the announcement of the SAME exhibition with a completely different venue: Opens daily from Thursday 24th July to Saturday 27th July from 10:30-18:00 in Broadstone Studios, 36 – 40 upr. Dominick Street, Dublin 7. This is a bit of a strange one, so maybe check with the organisers first!

“Order. Desire. Light.” is an exhibition of contemporary drawing that brings together some 250 works on paper by major international artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Francis Alÿs and Arturo Herrera as well as Irish artists including Dorothy Cross, David Godbold, William McKeown, Isabel Nolan, Kathy Prendergast and Tom Molloy. All works are from the private collection of the Spanish collector Mercedes Vilardell and the exhibition presents many different approaches to the art of drawing, from the expressive to the conceptual, focusing especially on its experimental nature. Exhibition opens 25 July and continues until 19 October 2008. (Museum Detail: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, www.imma.ie, Tues-Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun+Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:30. from 05 June-18 Sept: Thurs: 10:00-20:00)

“other men’s flowers” is an exhibition of early drawings and paintings by Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff from the Tate collection, some works from the Hugh Lane’s Francis Bacon Archive that have never been publicly viewed before, as well as work by Jeff Wall, Patrick Graham, Ben Geoghegan and Brian Fay. The exhibition continues until 5 October 2008. (Gallery Details: Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, www.hughlane.ie, Open: Tues-Thurs 10:00-18:00, Fri+Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun: 11:00-17:00)


The Summer Festival in Bray continues. On Fri 25 July “Men in Coats” perform from 13:00-14:00 on Mermaid Civic Plaza. The description says: “Visual Comedy / Street Theatre: An explosive duo, absurd and delirious. Startling visual comedy, surreal slapstick that is as funny as it is clever. Don’t miss Men In Coats they are among the UK’s most respected and explosive street performers.” www.braysummerfest.com

Last week I told you about the exhibition by Samule Walsh, but I found out now that this exhibition has been cancelled and a new venue is being searched for. Last week’s announcement said:
“The Inferno” by Samuel Walsh is a series of paintings and studies made after Dante Alighieri’s ‘The Divine Comedy’. The exhibition is opening in The Crypt of Christ Church Cathedral on Friday 18 July 2008 at 18:00 and the show runs until Friday 29 August. www.samuelwalsh.com
This exhibition is now cancelled!!!

On Fri 25 July from 16:00-20:00 in the Adult Education Centre, Level 5 a Recruitment Fair will take place in the Dundrum Town Centre. The organisers explain “Are you on the lookout for an amazing career opportunity? How about meeting a range of potential employers face to face to discuss their employment opportunities? Here at Dundrum Town Centre on Friday July 25th, you will have just the chance. The Dundrum Town Centre Recruitment Fair is taking place on Fri 25th July from 16:00-20:00, with representatives from Free Spirit, Zavvi, Bershka, Tescos, Coast, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, Ladybird and Eddie Rockets. Exciting new arrivals The Counter and Hamleys will also be in attendance looking to perfect their workforce prior to their opening. Check out www.dundrum.ie for further information, or call Customer Service on 01 2991740.”

The Diamond Way Buddhism Centre is offering a Public Meditation every Tuesday and Friday at 19:30 in 334 North Circular Road. For booking and information: 01 8423306.

Every Friday free Sahaja Yogais taught and practised for free in Temple Bar. A free Sahaja Yoga Meditation program is available to members of the public every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street (bell 3, next to the IFI), Temple Bar.
Sahaja Yoga is a unique method of meditation based on an experience called Self Realization that can occur within each human being. The process is described as ‘an inner transformation takes place by which one becomes moral, integrated and balanced’. The meeting organisers welcome newcomers. For more information on these yoga meetings contact Seamus Harten on SHarten@upc.ie


On Sat+Sun 26+27 July the yearly Kings of Concrete event will take place again.
Skateboarding, rollerblading, bmx, parkour, breakdance, live street art and sweet sounds is all taking place at the Civic Office Amphitheatre (behind Christ Church!). Two fun-filled days of winding and grinding, popping and locking action packed fun are planned for you to take part or just to watch. There will be ramps, a brand new street course, parkour zone, art areas and more and during the day there will be workshops for the kids and loads of competitions with great prizes. There is a detailed event plan, but unfortunately it is a .gif file and it contains a huge amount of information which I honestly don’t fancy typing in. Would be great if Dublin City could make their information available in a user friendlier way! For now, you have to check the detailed schedule here www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/Events/Documents/Schedule_WEB%5B1%5D%5B1%5D.gif
I will, however, summarise a few highlights so that you can bring this list if you go there:
**Saturday 26 July
-Ramp Competition: Skate 12:30-13:30, Open Session 13:30-14:30, BMX 14:30-15:30
-Rail Competition: 13:30-15:00
-Street+Vertical Wall Session: 11:30-14:30 + 16:30-18:00
-The circle: Open Session 11:-13:00, B-Boy Battle 13:30-15:30, Freestyle Footie 13:30-16:30, Beatboxing 16:30-16:40, Parkour 14:40-17:00
-Workshops: T-Shirt Printing: 13:00-13:45, Parkour 13:45-14:30, Graffiti 14:30-16:00, Capoeira 14:45-15:15, Hip Hop 15:30-16:15, Mini Ramp 16:30-17:00, Beatboxing 16:40-17:15
**Sunday 27 July
-Ramp Competiton 12:30-13:30 Blades, 13:30-14:30 BMX, 14:30-15:30 Sk8
-Street+Vertical Wall Session: 11:00-18:00
-The Circle: Big Bang Drumming 11:00-12:30, Capoeira 12:00-12:30, Manual 12:30-13:30, B-Boy Battle 14:00-16:00, Parkour 16:00-16:30, Open Session 16:30-18:00
-Workshops: Hip Hop 13:00-13:45, T-shirt Making 13:45-14:00, Parkour 14:30-15:00, Mini Ramp 14:30-15:30.

Dublin’s first ever Chocolate Festival is taking place this weekend from Fri-Sun 25-27 July. All events are free, but many require tickets and all tickets have been allocated. The link www.templebar.ie/home_nav_2_t_15.html brings you to the complete programme. The ticketed events include “Sensory Analysis and Tasting of Chocolate” (that is probable the most interesting event :-) ), A talk about Fairtrade and Cocoa Beans, a screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a talk and tasting called “The Chocolate Revolution” and reading of chocolate themed books and poetry. All great stuff, but if you missed out and didn’t get any tickets, then don’t despair, there is still something to do for us chocolate addicts! The free events are:
**Temple Bar Food Market Chocolate Carnival
“On Meeting House Square from 10:00-16:30, the Temple Bar Food Market will be extra sweet this Saturday as chocolate and cocoa tasting from some of your favourite weekly traders including Chez Emily’s Fine Chocolates, Sabores des Mexico, Crepes in the City, Ariosa Coffee, Sheridans Cheese and Chocolates and Nóiríns Bakehouse.”
**Cachimbo: Percussion & Vocal Group
“From 12:00-13:00 Cachimbo will perform on Meeting House Square. Put down your shopping bags at this Saturday’s market and get ready to dance as percussion and vocal group CACHIMBO take to the Square bringing their Spanish, Carribbean and African sounds to the great outdoors at the Temple Bar Food Market.”
SUNDAY 27 July
**Chocolate Fair
On Sunday Meeting House Square will turn into a chocolate lovers paradise from 12:00-16:00. “Get ready for the largest gathering of chocolate artisan producers on Meeting House Square this July as 12 of the country’s finest producers come together to sell, display, taste, sample and celebrate handmade chocolate. Chocolate Artisans taking part are: Chez Emily, Co Meath, Dublin and Temple Bar Food Market, Natasha’s Living Foods, Dublin, Skellig Chocolate Co & Cocoa Bean Chocolates, Co Kerry, Wilde Irish Chocolates, Co. Clare, Glenstal Abbey, Co Limerick, O’Conaill Chocolates, Co. Cork, Áine Hand Made Chocolates, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Celtic Chocolates Ltd, Co. Meath, Gallweys of Waterford Ltd, Lorge Chocolatier, Co. Kerry, Wicklow Fine Foods: The Chocolate Garden of Ireland, Amnesty International – Fairtrade, organic chocolates
Special features on the day are
Visual Arts Display – Newly commissioned work from Designer Mart at Cow’s Lane artists – A display of handmade jewellery, clothing and visual art all inspired by chocolate! Artists taking part include: Naoimh Tuohy (photographer), Deirdre Griffin (glass sculptor), Simon Bradley (photographer), Ann Tyrrell (jewellery designer), Katharine Quin (clothing designer and illustrator), Raasay Jones (jewellery designer), Mark Lynch (print maker), Iwona Stefanczuk (painter), Carol Eakins (painter), Fiona Archibald (designer), Jennifer Duggan (jewellery designer) and John O’Connor (graphic designer).
Chocolate Mould Display – ‘Tracing the Chocolate Mould: 1920’s to the present day’ – From O’Conaills Chocolate Shop in Cork, Lola O’Conaill presents her personal metal collection of chocolate moulds retained from a long family tradition of chocolate making.
In addition there are Chocolate Themed Menus available from many Temple Bar restaurants and cafes throughout the festival.

Please see Sunday for more details.

Farmleigh House invites children to a Puppet Building workshop: “Give free rein to your imagination and create your own puppet – A robot princess, a sea monster, a woodland fairy or anything you come up with! From a selection of card, sticks, recycled materials and found objects, each child designs and creates a unique rod puppet to take home. Workshops may take place outdoors depending on the weather. Spaces for the workshops are limited.
Make a Puppet for 5 – 8 year olds in Cowshed Theatre or Outdoors will take place on Sat, 26 Jul 2008 at 13:30. For the older age group (8-11 year old), the workshop will start at 15:30.

“The Hijab, Racism and Education” is the title of a public meeting on Sat 26 July at 16:00-17:30 in Wynns Hotel, Lwr. Abbey Street, Dublin. Speakers are: Sinead Kennedy (Socialist Worker Party) and a speaker from The Islamic Cultural Centre. The organisers describe the context: “A Community school in Wexford has become the focus of a debate about the headscarf or hijab, that muslim women wear. 14-year-old Shekinah Egan’s parents requested that she be allowed to wear the hijab to school in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Her school board of management granted permission but the principal referred the question to the Department of Education, which refused to provide the guidance sought. Nicolas Sweetman, Principal of the school, has called for the Department of Education to issue an official policy for schools. While the Department has said very little politicians such as Chris Andrews of Fianna Fail and Ruairi Quinn of Labour have both said that headscarves should not be worn in state schools.” Not surprisingly the Socialist Worker Party is against a ban on the hijab.
To hear the arguments and the debate surrounding this issue you can attend the meeting on Saturday. For further information info@swp.ie

The event that is announced in some publications and on a few websites which was entitled “Enfusement” and was meant to take place on Smithfield Plaza is NOT taking place as it seems. No idea what it was meant to be and why it is not taking place, though.

And as always: Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-17:00.

The Open Air Movie Screening on Saturday (26 July) in Temple Bar will take place at 22:30 and the film will be “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”. You need to get free tickets before and you can get them from the Temple Bar Information Office (they are available since 19 July and could be all handed out, but it is worth trying). Tickets can be collected from the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre at 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Open Mon-Fri 09:00-17:30, Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 12:00-15:00. www.templebar.ie/home_nav_2_t_13.html. On the night a small number of people without tickets will be let in if ticket holders don’t show up. So, you could try getting in that way, even if you don’t have tickets.

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The Bray Summer Festival is not over yet. Like last year a big air display is planned for the second weekend of the festival. Last year the weather was sooooo bad that it had to be cancelled and took then place a few weeks later. This year all is looking well and I am hoping for a nice weekend again.
On Sat 26 July there will be practice sessions for the Bray Summerfest Air Display at the seafront from 12:00. On Sunday 27 July then the main event will take place and from 15:00-17:00 the Air Show will take place. If you plan to go there, I suggest that you take the Dart. The main access routes will have to stay clear as emergency roads, and I expect that this will reduce the car park spaces significantly.
I am this year too busy in Dublin to go to Bray on Sunday, but I am always fascinated by Air Shows despite the fact that on 28 August 1988 I got – nearly terminally – involved in a very bad accident at an air show.

Please check Saturday for detailed information.

Please check Saturday for detailed information.

The Big Bang Festival is a “Festival of Rhythm” from 25-27 July. Over these three days a number of concerts will take place in different venues in Dublin and there will be some free events as well. For the full programme, including the non-free events, you should look at their website www.bigbangfestival.com.
The free events are
**Cherry Orchard on Friday 25 July at 20:00 at the Cherry Orchard Equine Centre
“The Cherry Orchard Drummers are providing the rhythms for the dance and acrobatic skills of Oficina de Caopeira and Hakuna Matata.”
**BIG BANG 3 on Sunday 27 July at 11:00 at the Amphitheatre, Civic Offices
“Drummers and drumming groups from all over the city converge as part of the Big Bang Festival in conjunction with the “Kings of Concrete” festival at the Civic Offices Amphitheatre (behind Christ Church) for an amazing live event.”
**JAM SESSION on Sun 27 July at 19:00 at Havana in George’s Street
“Close the festival with a drumming session at Havana restaurant in George’s Street”
The non-free events are in the Sugar Club on Friday and Saturday and cost EUR 10 and one other non-free event I want to mention because I got a chance to listen to one group of performers.
I was in South King Street (at the side of Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre near Wagamama) and Morro 16 a new 16-piece Samba Drum Band played for at least 1.5 hours in the street. The amount of people that assembled was impressive and the great rhythm got the the majority of the crowd to shake their bones.
Morro 16 is performing tonight (Friday) at the BANG THE PARTY at the POD in Harcourt Street from 23:00-03:00. In addition to Morro16 Capoeira Dancers, Global DJs and Scribble DJs will perform. Admission is 10 Euro and if you can get hold of a flyer it is EUR 5.
I will definitely at the BIG BANG 3 on Sunday morning!! See you there? ;-)

Athletics Ireland is inviting to a Family Fitness Festival in the grounds of Farmleigh House on Sun 27 Jul 2008 from 09:30-17:00: “An action-packed day of fun events that emphasise the importance of regular physical activity and healthy choices – for both children and adults. A perfect opportunity for the whole family to experience a variety of sporting activities in the beautiful surroundings of Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park. The festival commences at 10:30 with a 5km open road race (12years +) from Farmleigh Estate and continues through the Phoenix Park and back to Farmleigh. A great way to Run, Jog or Walk your way to fitness. Following the race there will be a Treasure Run for all the family, an exciting mixture of orienteering skills and treasure hunting. The Little Athletics Challenge (5-10 year old) will have agility tests to delight and excite the children, with a goody bag reward. The Young Athletics Challenge (10-14 year old) will have agility/talent assessments with a goody bag reward. Walking workshops will include Fitness walking, Nordic walking and Race walking for all the family. In a specially constructed fitness village there will be a mixture of Fitness Expos combined with Workshops for you to enjoy while learning about health and fitness activities. After all the exertions of the day why not relax and enjoy the Dublin Concert Band as they play music from the Big Band era, Marches, Broadway hits and popular classics. To complete the day we have Mumbo Italiano who will entertain you with with music from Ricky Martin to Frank Sinattra.”
To participate in the Athletics Ireland Family Fitness Festival you must pre-book online and participation is NOT free. However as a non-participating visitor you don’t need to pay any admission. For further details please visit www.familyfitnessfestival.ie or telephone: 01 886 9933. Parking on the day will be for free in Castleknock College and only Pedestrians are allowed to enter the gates of Farmleigh House (on other days parking is provided on the grounds).

If you are visiting Farmleigh House for the Fitness Festival, you should check out the Food Market there as well. It runs from 10:00-17:15 on Sundays and is a very vibrant market.

The Rollerblading “Meet&Train” is meeting this Sunday again in Phoenix Park and I expect that the weather will be good. We were between 15 and 20 people in the beginning, but lately there are only 4-6, so if you remember where you hid the Roller Blades/Inline Skates, bet them out before the summer is over and give it a try again. There are people to teach and help you if you need that! We meet at 13:00 every Sunday at the Papal Cross – unless the ground is wet. See www.skatetraindublin.blogspot.com for details.

There are a number of regular events every week, where the same band plays in the same venue every week and over the coming weeks I will try to gather them a little more. Today I have two events for you:
*The Mary Stokes Band (blues) plays every Sunday from 18:00 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and the Westbury Hotel.
*Sunday Jazz will be provided in The Globe in George’s Street every Sunday from 17:00.
*Jazz in The George in George’s Street is performed every week from 16:30-18:00 by the Jazz Band Zrazy.
*Sunday Roast is the event in Thomas Reads The Oak in Dame Street/Parliament Street every Sunday from 19:00. On offer are free live music, games & roast potatoes.

If you are just looking for Sunday events, please check the event list for Saturday as well. A good few events are taking place on Saturday AND Sunday, but it wouldn’t make sense to list them twice.

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The Northside Music Festival will run from 29 July – 28 August and in the coming weeks I will tell you more about it. This week there will only be one event. On Monday 28 July an Opera Gala will be performed in St. Finbarr’s GAA Club, Fassaugh Road, Cabra. The time is a little surprising: The event starts at 14:30.
It is described this way “Due to their resounding success at last year’s festival, Opera Gala returns with all your opera favourites and magic songs from the musicals. Led by musical director David Wray, performers will include highly acclaimed opera singers Sandra Oman, Declan Kelly, Liz Ryan and Simon Morgan, among others.”
www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/ArtsandFacilities/Events/Pages/NorthsideMusicFestival.aspx Admission is free.

The Bookcube Gallery is showing an exhibition by Maria Brennan and describes it mysteriously as “While not a direct representation of music, the work is primarily inspired by it.” The show opens on 28 July and runs until 16 August 2008. And more mystery from this gallery: The opening hours are no where specified, but maybe the library opening hours apply to the gallery as well? (Gallery Details: Bookcube Gallery, 203 Lr Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, www.bookcubegallery.com, Opening Hours: not specified on website!)

South Dublin County Council, with the support of the Heritage Council, is commencing the process of preparing the County’s first Heritage Plan and is inviting to public consultation meetings. The council describes: “Heritage is all around us, reflecting all that we have inherited from preceding generations. It helps to define us and it influences the way we live our lives. Aspects of heritage in South Dublin County include the natural environment, architecture, archaeology, and our cultural inheritance. The County Heritage Plan will be a five-year programme, listing broad objectives dealing with heritage matters on a county-wide basis. It is an opportunity to identify heritage issues and heritage needs at a local level, and to address them locally, within a regional and national framework. South Dublin County Council is actively encouraging participation in the preparation of the County Heritage Plan. You are therefore invited to take part by attending any of the 5 public consultation meetings being held throughout the County.”
The public consultation meetings will be held at 20:00 at the following locations:
* Monday 28th July 2008: Lucan Library, Superquinn Shopping Centre, Newcastle Road, Lucan, Co. Dublin. (01 621 6422)
* Thursday 31st July 2008: Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue, Rathfarnham,, Dublin 16. (01-4941900)
* Thursday 28th August 2008: County Library, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24. (01-462 0073)
* Tuesday 2nd September 2008: Rathcoole Community Centre, Main Street, Rathcoole, County Dublin. (4580238)
* Thursday 4th September 2008: Clondalkin Civic Centre, 9th Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 (01-414 9000)
Alternatively, you can submit your views and ideas in writing to Mr. Paddy McNamara, Administrative Officer, Planning Department, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, by 17th September 2008.
Thanks to Niamh for this information!


Howard Linnane who showed short films for free in the Tapas bar Havana in Georges Street, Dublin 2 for the last seven weeks is now looking for a new venue and therefore there won’t be any Cine Café this week. If you do know a suitable venue that would be happy to host free short film screenings once a week from 16:30-18:00, please let either Howard or myself know. Howard Linnane can be reached on 086 3614787.

The National Library is inviting to a free workshop for children from 12-15 years of age from 29-31 July from 10:00-13:00. “After the Flight of the Earls many Irish men, women and young people made a perilous journey into the unknown. Explore their adventure – and your own creativity – through a variety of different media in this three-day workshop, run in conjunction with the Library’s new exhibition Strangers to Citizens. This is a free workshop (limited to 10 spaces), just bring your ideas and your enthusiasm! To book, call (01) 6030277.

Abbey Associate Artist and award winning sound designer, Denis Clohessy gives an experiential talk on the theatre of sound. The event takes place in the Peacock Theatre) next to the Abbey Theatre on Tues 29 July from 18:15-19:00. Admission free but booking essential on 01 87 87 222 www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html


Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown are offering you a chance to hear great music from Wed-Fri on the bandstand in Blackrock Park. The concerts will run from 13:00-14:00 and are free.
30 July Slovak Ensemble (Classic from Vivaldi to Johann Strauss)
31 July The Folksmen (Trad/Folk)
01 Aug Karen Egan (Cabaret)

Howard Linnane (086 3614787) is – in co-operation with the pub “Russells of Ranelagh” – running a film club. The film club shows screenings of Irish short films and feature films for free on the big screen in “Russells” in Ranelagh.
The next event is on Wed 30 July at 14:00. To find out what the feature film will be, please ring Howard. (Russells of Ranelagh is on the main street, just down from the Luas station and across from the Triangle).


Key West will be performing a live acoustic set and signing copies of their debut single ‘Livin’ in the Summertime’. Tthis will take place on Thurs 31 July from 18:00 in HMV in Henry Street. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

With his unique brand of theatrical storytelling writer, performer and song-smith Little John Nee (The Derry Boat, Rural Electrification) examines the power of stories.
The event takes place on Thurs 31 July from 18:15-19:00 in the Abbey Theatre. Admission free but booking essential on 01 87 87 222. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html

Moloch – an online journal of new art and writing at www.moloch.ie – is hosting a showcase night in Dublin on 31 July in the Winding Stair on Ormonde Quay. The event starts at 19:00, admission is free and all are welcome. See molochjournal.blogspot.com/ or contact editor[at]moloch.ie for further details.
Moloch describes the event here: “We’re going to show off just a few of our lovely talented crew, including Kevin Higgins, Alan Jude Moore, Stephen Kelly and The Perfect Consonants. Moloch was founded in December 2006 by Ailbhe Darcy and Clodagh Moynan. Tying different art forms together in new and refreshing ways, Moloch aspires to allow artists and writers to find inspiration in each other and, in doing so, add new dimensions to each others work.
For the showcase night, Kevin Higgins will be joining us from Galway. Kevin’s first collection of poems, The Boy With No Face, was published in February 2005. The collection was shortlisted for the 2006 Strong Award for Best First Collection by an Irish Poet. The Boy With No Face was Salmon Poetry’s bestselling book of that year and has recently been reprinted. Kevin’s second collection of poems, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published this year.
We’ll also have poetry read by Alan Jude Moore. Alan is a Dubliner whose poetry has been published in a wide range of journals here and abroad, including Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Kestrel (USA), Jacobs Ladder (USA), Pelagos (Italy) – and, of course, Moloch. Alan’s collection, Black State Cars, was published by Salmon Poetry, and was the recipient of a Salmon Poetry Publication Prize for a first collection.
Poet and songwriter Stephen Kelly is from Drimnagh, Dublin. He has been published in Watermarks and entertained the masses with wonderful readings in a variety of Dublin venues. His poem ‘Ladybird’ featured in the first issue of Moloch.
Plus there’ll be music from The Perfect Consonants, sometimes known as the Darran-Mark-and-Aoife Quartet. Mark Noonan, Darran Kelly and Aoife McGrane have been writing and playing songs together for the past two years. This summer they’ve been gigging like nobody’s business, and the Moloch night will be their last blast for the season. Mark’s series of City poems makes an appearance in the current issue of Moloch, while Darran’s plays have been hailed by Irish play-writing legend Frank McGuinness as “that rarest of theatrical joys – the real thing!”


The Summer Festival in Bray is coming to an end, but there is one more event: On Fri 01 Aug “Trihornophone” are performing from 13:00-14:00 on Mermaid Civic Plaza.
“A remarkable quartet dedicated to performing original, new music written for trumpet, two saxophones and a drum kit Composer Seán Óg has liberally taken influences from pop, European folk and the avant-garde, along with developments in contemporary jazz and re-moulded them over a rhythmic bed of bouncing rhythms and odd meter grooves.” www.braysummerfest.com


And a pre-announcement:

Gallery 3 at the Douglas Hyde Gallery presents James Blackshaw at the Chapel, Trinity College on 14 August 2008. Doors open 19:30 and the performance begins at 20:00 sharp. Tickets for the performance are free but are only available in advance from the Douglas Hyde Gallery. For further information please contact Sheena on:
T: 01 896 1116. www.douglashydegallery.com

The film on Sat 02 Aug (22:30) will be “Some like it Hot” tickets are available from the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre from 26 July.

This week I will definitely go to the Chocolate Festival and Kings of Concrete and in between I might help making a BIG purchasing decision at the Temple Bar Designer Mart. :-) On Sunday I definitely want to hear some performances of the Big Bang Festival and will probably be at Havana in the evening.
Join me if you have no other plans! :-)

Enjoy the weekend!


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