Event Guide 67: Ranelagh Arts Festival, Elvis Presley Story, ToeJam Carboot Sale, Polish Reporter in Dublin, French Friday, Gardiner Street Gospel Choir

September 26th, 2008

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 67
| 26 Sept 2008 ……………Subscribers: 2244

Hi all!

I am just back from our concert in the Olympia Theatre. Tonight was the second night of The Elvis Presley Story and it is a super show, if I may say so. ;-) The stage looks great and Kevin Doyle (as Elvis Presley), the whole band and us in the choir have put an impressive show together. Oh, sure, I AM biased on this, but I got text messages from the winners of the ticket competitions for the concert who saw the show on Wednesday and the comments were “brilliant show”, “awesome”, “had a ball” and “fabulous”. Nothing more to add! :-) I found out today that due to the high level of interest a few more tickets in the Upper Circle were made available for Friday and Saturday. So you still have a chance to see the show, but hurry! ;-)

I mentioned last week that my parents visited me and I expected that consequently my weekend would be a little quieter than usually, but they were keen to go to a good few events during Culture Night. I selected a few events that were more along the lines of their interests (Christ Church visit, City Hall visit, Organ Recital in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the great light show onto the wall of the Peppercanister Church) and we had a great time. I wouldn’t have gone to the Organ Recital at Culture Night if they hadn’t been here, but I said it a few times here before: It is great fun to do something different to the usual and often you realise that there are so many other interesting events out there in addition to what you normally would go to. So if you have the time try to go to at least one event per week that is slightly outside your comfort zone or that expands your horizon somewhat, I expect you will like it! Tell me about it, if you feel like it!! ;-)

Just a few minutes ago I got a mail from Gary Fox who tells me that this month’s DIT Newspaper contains an article about the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Gary wrote the article on how students can make the best use of their money during the current economic situation and he mentioned this Event Guide. Thanks for that Gary! We are all looking forward to welcoming more DIT students and staff in this Dublin Event Guide Community!

And speaking of community: A good few of you know Silvia Rimola who was at both of our previous Dublin Event Guide meetings (You might have met here there!) and who has told many many people about this weekly newsletter. Silvia is unfortunately leaving Dublin to take up a new position in Germany and she will be missed. I would have liked to organise another meeting to say “Tschuess” to her in style, but unfortunately it couldn’t be arranged in time. So, Silvia, you know that as a consequence you have to come back again for the next Dublin Event Guide Community Meeting…whenever that will be! :-) Take care!

I have a few more bits of news for you, but I will leave that until next week because this week I need to get this Event Guide finished a little faster, I have to be in good form for the gig tomorrow night. No snoozing on stage! ;-)

Please note: This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E., Cliodhna D., Brian L., Padraig S., Kathie S., Orla niF and Jef B. Thanks for the support, guys! If you too want to provide some financial help and want to see your name in this list ;-) , please send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “Donation” in the subject and I will reply to you with a link to the PayPal website where you can donate via PayPal or Credit Card. Alternatively you can contact me to arrange another route for your donation. This Event Guide is a hobby project and NOT a commercial enterprise, so I do rely on donations. Oh …and there is NO minimum amount for contributions! ;-)

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! All information about events is checked as much as possible, however since I mostly relay information from other people or from websites etc, errors can happen and no guarantee for correctness can be given. (What a nuisance to have to add disclaimers like that!)



The winners of the two pairs of tickets were Niamh Nestor and Maura O’Rahilly and I hear (see above) they entirely enjoyed the show!
If you want to experience and enjoy it too (and you will be sorry if you don’t :-P), then check this www.ticketmaster.ie/artist/909624 and www.elvisthewayitwas.net/
And this is how I described the event last week: The Way It Was Orchestra fronted by the brilliant Kevin Doyle and backed by the Gospel Choir in which I am singing is performing The Elvis Presley Story for four nights in the Olympia Theatre. Last year we performed The Elvis Presley Show in the Tivoli Theatre in front of a total of 5000 people, this year we presented the show in the completely sold-out National Concert Hall and if you haven’t seen it yet, you have now the opportunity to come to our even further improved show in the Olympia Theatre. For four nights only we will describe Elvis Presley’s life to you. The Elvis Presley Show in the Olympia is a concert, not a musical or theatre and you will understand Elvis’ life in the context of what describes it best: His songs! The songs are combined and enhanced further with multimedia clips from his life and voiceovers from people that performed or worked with him. The Elvis Presley Show will be in the Olympia Theatre from 24-27 Sept.

Liberties Press has launched a new book called “A Restless Life” by Leland Bardwell. Leland is an Irish writer, poet and playwright, is now 87 years of age and A Restless Life is her memoir. It tells of her life growing up in Ireland in the forties, her literary life and associates in London of the fifties and her subsequent return to Dublin in the sixties. The Irish Protestant child, Leland, was born in India, her family returns to Ireland when she is five years old, settling in Leixlip, Co. Kildare. She is the youngest of the three children and although she is an energetic and inventive child she suffers from a desperate shyness which prohibits her from practically any emotional contact with the adult world, consequently she is ignored and positively disliked by her mother, who finds her ugly and unattractive. This is the start of an interesting life. As an adult Leland’s bohemian attitude is completely at odds with the political and religious institutions that ruled Ireland during those years. Leland also describes life in London during WW2 and later in 50s Soho, as well as Paris and Scotland.
I had a chance t read parts of the book and it is beautifully written and very interesting!
The nice people in Liberties Press have made two copies of this new book available for the Dublin Event Guide Community and if you would like to win one of the books, please send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject “Leland” and your phone number and postal address in the body of the mail. Your e-mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Tues 30 Sept.
And a final comment on these book competitions, who are so hugely popular with you: Sinead M. from Liberties Press who was so instrumental in making all these books in previous weeks available to us, is (unfortunately) leaving Liberties to realise an exciting dream. Please, wish her good luck and great success with me and let’s hope that her successor and colleagues in Liberties Press continue the great co-operation with the Dublin Event Guide Community!

The band Fifteen Minutes (www.myspace.com/fifteenmins) is releasing their debut single “Another Self Portrait” on 26 Sept in Radio City (www.radiocitydublin.com/) in Store Street (near the Busaras) at 20:00. Tickets for the launch are EUR 10, and Luciano (bass) and Donna were so kind to make two pairs of tickets available for a competition. The winners are Jessica Young and Simon-Pierre Laurent! Congratulations and enjoy the gig.

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 Dublin Theatre Festival is starting this weekend, but unfortunately there are only a few free events. Last year a huge vertical stage was built in George’s Dock and an impressive performance was provided for free. Unfortunately there is no repeat of such a generous gesture by Ulster Bank, the sponsors of the festival. The free events are mainly panel discussions and all theatre performances during the festival are in general relatively pricey.

The Ranelagh Arts Festival, an impressive festival with loads of free events is in full swing! Make sure that you check out www.ranelagharts.org! I will list a few of the events below, but there are more (e.g. exhibitions). If you have a chance, explore Ranelagh!!


I sometimes feel like lobbying for _understandable_ descriptions of exhibitions and I often wonder what planet curators or exhibition organisers are coming from. What do you understand from this example of a description: “Both artists are completing a Lacanian ‘circuit’ in the development of a personal aesthetic, emphasising the performative and tactile aspects of their respective practices.” or “The process of arduously detailed repetition in the creation of multiples and creation of new realities through enlargement are essential parts of her practice.” I do not understand much and certainly don’t get the message and it is a pity! If curators want to attract us normal people, I think they should come down to our level! I refuse to take out the encyclopaedia to understand what an exhibition is about. So please give us explanations of arts that we get with our little (and normal) minds!!

Monster Truck Gallery & Studios are inviting to ‘Keep’, a showcase of video, sculpture and painting that have seemingly nothing in common. ‘Keep’ features work by artists Shea Dalton, John Kenny, Hugh O’Connor, Marion McManus and Vanessa Richardson. The show is available from 25 Spet – 07 Oct.
(Gallery Details: Monster Truck Gallery, 73 Francis Street, Dublin 7, www.monstertruck.ie, Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun: 13:00-19:00, Wed closed, Thurs: Opening night 18:00-20:00)

‘Chronicles of a Dying Cloud’ is an exhibition of new and renewed work by Irish and international artists Katie Brown, Andreas Scholz, Ian O’Neill, Stephen Nolan, Amanda Elena Conrad and Mia Doering at The Joinery in Stoneybatter. The show runs from 24-28 Sept. (Gallery Details: The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, www.thejoinery.org, Open: ???)

Anne Marie Hayes and Colm Desmond exhibit their new works from 24-29 Sept in Broadstone XL. (Gallery Details: Broadstone Studios, Hendrion Building, 30-40 Upper Dominick street, Dublin 7, www.broadstonestudios.com, Open: 10:00-20:00 every day)

‘sentence-image’ is the NCAD MA – Art in the Contemporary World graduate exhibition of Áine Macken and Oonagh O’Brien. Their Masters combines theory and practice and they are presenting a visual thesis in the Digital Hub. Unfortunately the location is not further described and there is no end date given for the exhibition either. That combined with a wrong Internet address for the Digital Hub makes it REALLY difficult to find the exhibition. The correct Internet address here www.thedigitalhub.com won’t help much (no reference to the exhibition), but at least you might find some contact information.

‘Recent Finds’ is an exhibition of photographs by Sean Lynch that brings together a wide range of almost-forgotten historical subjects. The show will run from 24 Sept – 09 Nov. An accompanying artist’s talk with Sean Lynch will be held at the Gallery of Photography at 13:15 on 22 October 2008. www.galleryofphotography.ie

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios are inviting to the premiere of ‘Here Lies in film…’, a digital film installation by Operating Theatre (Olwen Fouere and Roger Doyle) in collaboration with master cinematographer Christopher Doyle, edited by Simon Hudson. The film extends and reworks a durational installation ‘Here Lies’, which Operating Theatre first made with theatre director Selina Cartmell in 2005.
The show will run from 25 Sept – 01 Nov. (Gallery Details: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, www.templebargallery.com, Open: Tues-Sat 11:00-18:00 (19:00 on Thursday))

‘Nim Kruasaeng and a friend’ is the title of an exhibition by Nim Kruasaeng in the Stone Gallery from 26 Sept. – 25 Oct. (Gallery Detail: Stone Gallery, 70 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, www.stonegallery.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Thurs 10:0-19:00, Sat 11:00-17:30)


Emily Gravett will be signing copies of Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears in Eason’s in O’Connell St, Dublin on Friday, 26 Sept from 11:00.

Burma Action Ireland is inviting to a silent in memory of the “saffron revolution” led by Buddhist monks in Burma last autumn and its repression by the military dictatorship. The event takes place on Fri 26 Sept from 12:00-13:00 at the junction of Grafton St and St Stephens Green. Please try to wear a red shirt or other red garments in solidarity. www.indymedia.ie/article/89131

“Southern Tenant Folk Union” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street at 13:00 on Fri 26 Sept.
“We Should Be Dead” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street at 18:00 on Fri 26 Sept. www.myspace.com/tower_records

The Give It A Swirl Day 2008 is taking place on 26 Sept. Give It A Swirl Day (GIASD) is the national day of volunteering organised by Volunteer Centres Ireland in conjunction with member Volunteer Centres and other partner organisations. GIASD is a unique initiative as it concentrates on hands-on involvement rather than just fundraising, giving volunteers an immediate sense of achievement. For GIASD, we encourage organisations to create once-off volunteering opportunities that benefit them and the community – and which show that volunteering, even for a few short hours, can make a difference and be a lot of fun.
www.volunteer.ie/giveitaswirl/ and search here for volunteering opportunities on the day: www.volunteersouthdublin.ie/volunteer_database/Volunteer/VacancySearch.php
The Hope Foundation invites to a 24 hour fast to raise money for street children in Calcutta: www.hopefoundation.ie/index.php?option=com_civicrm&Itemid=88
Other charities invite to help with bag packing in supermarkets, beach cleanups, painting of rooms, garden face lifts, etc.

As part of IMMA’s international residency programme, Almut Linde exhibits ‘IMMA Sculptures’, where everyday events and forms turn into sculptural art works. Linde focuses on seemingly uneventful activities involved in the overall process of running an art museum – storage, cleaning, putting up and taking down exhibitions. The exhibition runs until 28 Sept. Linde will also be holding a talk/performance in The Process Room on Friday 26 Sept at 17:00 which will run for about 20 minutes. All are welcome. No booking needed. www.almutlinde.com (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)

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is presenting Beatrix Ruff in conversation with the artist Ulla von Brandenburg on Friday 26 Sept at 18:00. The conversation will focus on themes apparent in Brandenburg’s current exhibition in IMMA’s east ground galleries and it will be followed by ‘Holes in the Light’, a shadow-play to ‘The Waves’ by Virginia Woolf, by Julia Horstmann and Ulla von Brandenburg. Followed by a wine reception. Booking is essential for both parts of the evening. To reserve a place contact IMMA at: 01 6129919/3 or talksandlectures@imma.ie

The Worldview Film Club (worldview.project.googlepages.com), which is inspired by the Bahai faith (info.bahai.org/), is inviting to a screening of the film “Manon of the Source” (1986) on Fri 26 Sept at 19:00. The topic of the discussion after the film is “Forgiveness”. worldview.project.googlepages.com/invitation
The screening will take place at 24 Burlington Rd, Dublin 4, Tel: 085 8188 482, 085 818 8483.

On Fri 26 Sept at 21:00 the Dublin Over-50s Meet-up group will meet in the Westbury Hotel near Grafton Street. The group describes: Meet other people over 50 in Dublin. Plan and attend events which you want to part take in. Make friends and enjoy activities with others: Theatre, Meals out, Holidays, Walks, Excursions, Dancing, Music events, social get-togethers. Join now and meet others just like you. This is totally free. The group meets every Friday in Dublin City Center (The Westbury Hotel). Contact Elizabeth on 0872725257

The Ranelagh Arts Festival is in full swing this weekend. Please check the website www.ranelagharts.org for details about free exhibitions. All (or most) of the other free events I am trying to list here.

At Last, the 1989 Show! Music and Comedy Cabaret featuring Dermot Carmody and Morgan C. Jones are performing on Friday 26 Sept at 19:00 in McSorley’s Pub.
Musicians and comedians Dermot Carmody and Morgan C. Jones host a special edition of At Last, the 1989 Show!, bringing their original songs, splendid asides and off-the-cuff improvisation to the Ranelagh Arts Festival for one night only.
Dermot Carmody, a graduate of the exacting University of Belgrave Road, started his comedy life in 1988 when he co-founded the Comedy Cellar club in Dublin’s International Bar with Barry Murphy, Kevin Gildea, Ardal O’Hanlon and other villains. www.ranelagharts.org/2008_comedy.php

The Blow Ins: Stand-up comedy are performing on Fri 26 Sept at 21:00 in Smyth’s Pub. Bulmers’ Comedy Competition winner 2007, Mayo-based comedian Kieran Lawless will be joined by a selection of comedians from ‘down the country’, bringing their zany humour to deepest Ranelagh. www.ranelagharts.org/2008_comedy.php

* Sahaja Yoga Meditation program is available for free every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street (bell 3, next to the IFI), Temple Bar. For more information contact Seamus on SHarten@upc.ie www.templebar.ie/home_ns_9_action_view_nid_229.html


September’s Carboot Sale (the 6th) is happening on Sat 27 Sept. in the car park (through the pub out to the smoking area and onto the car park) of the Bernard Shaw Pub at 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2. For people interested in buying things, you just arrive and enjoy it. There is no admission charge. If you want to sell your items you have to e-mail john@bodytonicmusic.com and let him know what you plan on selling and how you are going to sell it (i.e. from a car or stall and how you are going to fancy up your stall and make it really attractive). He will then get back to you with the details of how it works. There is no charge to enter but it is first come first served.
It is a cool car boot sale and the one I was at (in May?) absolutely fascinated me. It was a surreal experience to come from the streets of Dublin through the corridors of the Bernard Shaw Pub and to arrive in a 70s zone of flower power atmosphere.

On 27 Sept the National Conference “Surviving Breast Cancer” will take place in the Alexander Hotel in Dublin 2 (near Merrion Square). Europa Donna Ireland, The Irish Breast Cancer Campaign, is holding its 2nd National Conference from 10:00-15:00.
The Conference, which will be opened by Mary Harney, Minister for Health and Children, is aimed at highlighting progress and plans in relation to Specialist Breast Centres in Ireland – one year on from the shocking misdiagnosis revelations of 2007. With over 25,000 women living in Ireland following a diagnosis of breast cancer, the conference will focus on follow-up and advocacy in action.
The conference will be of interest to all with an interest in breast cancer in Ireland, in particular women and family members, support centre staff, volunteers, health care and promotion professionals, policy makers and administrators.
Admission is free, but registration is required.
Speakers include: Judy Caldwell, Founder, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, British Columbia/Yukon Region; Professor Tom Keane, Acting Director of Cancer Control; Professor Niall O’Higgins, Professor Emeritus, University College Dublin;
Dr Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive, Health Information and Quality Authority.
The full programme can be found and registration can be done at www.europadonnaireland.ie or via e-mail ediconference08@gmail.com. For more information phone: Deirdre at 01 496 0198

‘The Four Temperaments of Man’ is a show that considers the internet as a facilitator of emotional expression, whether it be through blogs, chat rooms or social networking sites. The work by MSc Multimedia graduates interrogates such emotional openness by juxtaposing the ancient theory of humourism with modern emoticons and invites users to explore emotional expression in the digital age. ‘The Four Temperaments of Man’ is a fully interactive digital art piece by Darin Egan, Qi Jia, Ross Mulcahy, John O’Connor, Farzad Qasim and Robert Shiels. The show will be available from 24 Sept – 28 Sept (Thur-Sat:10:00-18:00 and Sun 10:00-16:00) The Science Gallery is in the Naughton Institute which is at the back of the TCD campus near Pearse Street. www.sciencegallery.ie www.tcdmultimedia.com

Darren Shan is signing copies of his book in Eason’s in O’Connell St, Dublin on Saturday, 27 September 2008 from 11:00. Darren Shan will at 15:00 in the Pavillions Shopping Centre in Sword. On Sunday at 11:00 he will be in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre and at 15:00 in Eason’s in the Square in Tallaght.

Gloria Hunniford is signing copies of her book “Always With you (Embargo 18/9) in Eason’s in O’Connell St, Dublin on Saturday, 27 September 2008 from 12:30.

On Sat 27 Sept from 12:00-16:00 and on Sun 28 Sept from 12:00-14:00 this engine, which was used for the generation of electricity will be puffing away at the Triangle in Ranelagh. Hornsby Ackroyd engines provided the power for illuminating the Statue of Liberty in New York and for Marconi’s transmitter that sent the first wireless message across the Atlantic Ocean in 1901. www.ranelagharts.org

Ranelagh Gardens will be the venue on Sat 27 Sept from 13:30 for the annual Mark Cabena Battle of the Bands. Once again, local teenage bands will compete on an open-air stage for top prizes. Last year’s brilliant winners, Funky Thursday, will headline the show. www.ranelagharts.org

The national Museum has a brand new website and it is much improved in comparison to the old website. BUT some areas don’t work (yet) properly, so it is a bit of a pain to navigate it. For the moment I will therefore only provide LINKS to the Family events provided by the museum for Saturday and Sunday:
Family Programme: www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events-arts-and-history.aspx?eventID=127
Toddlers Workshop: www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=85
Write like an Egyptian: www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=86
Adult Gallery Talk: www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events-arts-and-history.aspx?eventID=126

One of the few free events in the context of the Theatre Festival is a Panel Discussion on Sat 27 Sept at 15:00. The title is “Off Stage” and the discussion is with Artists from Off Stage Productions about challenges and possibilities of creating work in unconventional spaces. The discussion will take place in the Project Arts Centre in East Essex Street in Temple Bar.

On Saturday 27 Sept from 15:00-16:00 a National Gallery Family Programme event will take place. The Family Programme provides an opportunity for adults and children to enjoy the excitement of learning about the arts through a wide range of free Gallery-based activities including exploring storytelling, music, art, poetry and drama. The topic of this week’s event is “A Kaleidoscope of Colour” with Susan Farrelly. The programme takes place in the Baroque Gallery and is suitable for children from 4-10 years. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#2

A presentation lecture illustrated by slides will take place in the Ranelagh Multidenominational School on Sat 27 Sept at 15:30. David Scott’s book, The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing (2008), is the first to relate boxing to the visual arts, focusing on the 20th century when the emergence of boxing in its modern form coincided with much interest in the sport by artists. A slide presentation will show the way the book brings out the aesthetic potential of boxing. It will show, in particular, the way modern painters, sculptors and installation artists have used boxing to clarify the dynamics at work, both in sport and modern art. A middle-weight amateur boxer and boxing coach, David Scott has had fights in the last few years in Dublin and New York. A professor of French at Trinity College, Dublin, he has also written books on art, literature and travel.

The Worldview Project (worldview.project.googlepages.com), which is inspired by the Bahai faith (info.bahai.org), is inviting to their regular meditation programme on Sat 27 September at 17:00. Special guest is Luke Slott and his Guitar. For more details:
Please confirm your attendance by contacting Balázs on 085-8188482

“Stories of the Irish in the Great War – A dramatic performance by the Ranelagh Players” is the subtitle of the play on Sat 27 Sept at 18:00 in Birchall’s Pub and on Sun 28 Sept at 18:30 in McSorley’s Pub.

In autumn a number of Polish “va banque talks” will take place in Dublin. They are meetings with influential modern Polish directors, writers, musicians etc. The events are organised with the support of the Consular Section of the Polish Embassy and thanks to Agnieszka and Niamh I found out about them.
The next meeting will be with Wojciech Tochman (tochman.com.pl/) who is considered as one of the most outstanding Polish living reporters. His last book, “Like Eating a Stone”, was published in English by Portobello Books recently. The talk/meeting with this influential writer is taking place on 27 Sept at 19:00 at the Banker’s Club, Stephen Street Upper, Dublin 8.
Admission to all talks is free and there will be a translator so that non-Polish speakers will be able to fully understand the talk as well.
More information (in Polish) can be found here: www.dublin.polemb.net/index.php?document=347 and in English it is here: www.dublin.polemb.net/index.php?document=354
Upcoming “va banque talks”:
18.10.2008, 19:00 – Ewa Woydyllo, psychotherapist and author of many books regarding psychology (www.woydyllo.pl/)
14.11.2008, 19:00 – Marek Kaminski, Polish explorer, the first man who reached both, North and South Poles in the same year 1995 without external support.

On Sat 27 Sept at 19:00 in Russell’s Pub Niceol Blue (singer-songwriter, guitar player and a powerful vocalist) will cross genres from blues to folk and percussive rock. She was born in the USA and now lives in Ireland. She has played on stage at both the Folklife and Bumbershoot Festivals in Seattle, and has played venues from Portland Oregon and Seattle to Honolulu and all over Ireland, including the Róisín Dubh in Galway and The Helix in Dublin.

For details of our four nights in the Olympia, please check the competition section. …and make sure that you come to one of our gigs! ;-)

Nellie and the Boys: Comedy Stand-up will be on stage on Sat 27 Sept from 21:00 in Humphrey’s Pub.

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 10:00-16:30.

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Did you know this week is Positive Ageing Week? The second annual Home Instead Senior Care Memory Walk in aid of Age Action Ireland takes place in Cabinteely Park, Dublin 18 on Sun 28 September from 11:00-15:00. Walkers of all ages, particularly seniors, are encouraged to get sponsorship (or make a donation on the day), come along and complete the gentle 20 minute circuit as many times as they wish. Last year over 200 people took part, raising over EUR 200,000. There will be T-Shirts and goody bags for all participants and there will be music, entertainment and refreshments in the park. Thanks to Carry for informing me about this event!

“The summer is over” is the message from the Hugh Lane Gallery with this week’s start of the new Sunday at Noon series, a free concert series throughout Autumn, Winter and Spring. Every Sunday at 12:00 a free concert will take place in the gallery. No booking is required. This week the new season will start with the opening event of the Brazil Now! Festival. The concert features contemporary music from Brazil by composers Edson Zampronha, Rodolfo Coelho de Souza, Victor Lazzarini, Rubens Ricciardi and Gelberto Mendes with musicians Rodolfo de Souza (electronics), Paulo Demarchi (percussion) and pianist Edson Zampronha. www.hughlane.ie

Ranelagh Gardens will be the venue for the Family Fun Day on Sun 28 Sept from 13:00.
1.00pm: Recital by St. James’s Brass and Reed Band
2.00pm: Children’s Pirate and Crooked Crew Parade from Scoil Bhríde to Ranelagh Gardens
2.30pm: Tin Drummers’ Percussion Ensemble
2.40pm: Unveiling of Commemorative Statue for Ranelagh
3.00pm: Mad Hatters
3.20pm: Conor Lambert’s Punch and Judy Puppet Show
3.50pm: Capoeira, Brazilian martial arts group
4.10pm: Finale: Independent Theatre Workshop
The Family Fun Day begins in Ranelagh Gardens at 13:00 with a lively performance by Ireland’s oldest band, St. James’s Brass and Reed Band. The band’s oldest member, John Gannon, has over 70-years’ continuous service. In the meantime, the Children’s Pirate Parade will be setting out from Scoil Bhríde, in the company of the Pirate and Crooked Crew, making its way to Ranelagh Gardens via Beechwood Road and Annavilla, led by Grand Marshall Michael Bourke and the Mad Hatters. The Tin Drummers’ Percussion Ensemble will entertain the crowd and later puppet-master Conor Lambert will enthral us with his unique adaptation of Punch and Judy. Watch out for the Mad Hatters’ performance on the bank! The Brazilian martial arts group Capoeira will perform their specially adapted stage show and also test the agility of some young members of the audience. The renowned Independent Theatre Workshop will bring the Family Fun Day to a close with a music and drama production. This has proved to be a great crowd-pleaser every year. Other attractions during the Family Fun Day include traditional games, clowns, face painters, stilt walkers and lots more. These fringe events are supported by Dublin City Council.

From 13:00 on Sun 28 Sept Ranelagh Gardens will be the venue for “Taste of Ranelgh”. Mouth-watering food will be available free-of-charge for everybody at the Family Fun Day in Ranelagh Gardens. Throughout the day, A Taste of Ranelagh will offer a selection of delicacies from the growing number of food outlets in the village.

The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery on Parnell Square invites to a public lecture on Sun 28 Sept at 13:30. Robert O’Byrne will talk about ‘Hugh Lane: The Man and His Milieu’, which places Hugh Lane in the context of his time and explains how one of the Edwardian era’s most successful art dealers became a benefactor to Ireland. An extra Public Tour will be available at 14:30 following the lecture. www.hughlane.ie

The contemporary music group Concorde perform at the Shaw Room of the National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin on Sun 28 September. With three performances, at 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00, the ensemble will feature guest bass clarinet player, Harry Sparnaay. Admission is free to all concerts, which will feature the music of Irish composers Jane O’Leary, Stephen Gardner, Alyson Barber and Brian Keegan as well as a number of international composers, including the Korean Si-Hyun Yi and a work by Sparnaay himself. www.concorde.ie

The food market at Farmleigh House is taking place on Sun 28 Sept. from 10:00-17:15. www.farmleigh.ie

The Navan Silver Band will perform on the Bandstand in the Pleasure Grounds of Farmleigh House on Sun 28 Sept from 14:00-16:00.

As part of Axis, Ballymun’s Art Project, nearly a hundred young people from Ballymun have spent six months exploring and writing rap, song, poetry and spoken word. A selection of those will perform at this event in The Paddock in Farmleigh House on Sun 28 Sept at 14:00. www.farmleigh.ie

John McLoughlin from the Tree Council is guiding Tree Walking Tours in Farmleigh Estate. The tours start at the cross roads near Farmleigh House at 15:00 and at 16:00. www.farmleigh.ie

“Sunday Sketching” is a workshop for 7+ year olds. It will take place on Sun 28 Sept from 15:00-16:00 and is titled “Hugh Lane 100 Years: The 4 Seasons”. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended.

The French Friday on a Sunday is back this week: Every last SUNDAY of the month at the Bia Bar 28/30 Lower Stephens Street, Dublin 2 (Near St Stephen Green’s shopping center) all French people in Dublin (and all Francophiles) are invited to meet. The next meeting is on 28 September and the meeting goes from 18:30-23:00!

Some of you know that in addition to my singing in the Elvis Tribute Band and a few more hobbies, I do the sound engineering and a bit more with and for the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir. After a long summer break the weekly Gospel Mass has started again and is taking place every Sunday evening at 19:30 in Gardiner Street Church at the top of Gardiner Street (temple-like church near the junction with Dorset Street). You don’t have to be catholic or religious to come and join us on a Sunday evening! www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

There are a number of regular live events every week and over the coming weeks I will try to gather more of them and include them as a regular feature:
*Live Jazz from 13:00-15:00 in Powerscourt Centre in South William Street.
*The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) from 18:30 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel. I listened to them last Sunday and they are brilliant!
*Sunday Jazz in The Globe in George’s Street every Sunday from 17:30-19:30.
*Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
*Sunday Roast is the event in Thomas Reads The Oak in Dame Street/Parliament Street every Sunday from 19:00. Provided 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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“Development and Accountability – New Opportunities for Civil Society is a seminar organised by Transparency International Ireland. It is taking place on Mon 29 Sept from 09:30 to 13:00 in Seminar Room 3.19, School of Business, Trinity College Dublin. Aimed at NGO professionals and policy advisors, the purpose of the workshop is to take stock of where Civil Society has come in promoting accountability in development and aid over the past year and to discuss how Irish Civil Society build on these achievements. It will also introduce participants to new strategies aimed at advancing citizen participation in decision-making and the prevention of corruption. Participants should find resources from last year’s workshop useful preparation for this session. Participation is free but places are limited and on a first-come first-serve basis. To book a place, please contact TI Ireland
email info@transparency.ie or call 086 173 5040.
With Kulan Amin, TI’s Programme Manager on Poverty and Development. www.activelink.ie/ce/active.php?id=4194

Hughes&Hughes in Dun Laoghaire are hosting an event that is different from the usual: A Tokyopop Recon is taking place on Mon 29 September from 18:00-20:00. On the night, there will be an art competition where they encourage people to bring artwork of themselves as a manga character and a cosplay competition – come dressed as your favourite manga character! There will also be a manga quiz, prize draw and free gifts and there will also be a few Nintendo Wiis for people to try out the latest games from Nintendo. The event is not totally free, but for EUR 2.00 is is nearly free in addition Karina from Hughes&Hughes promised to inform me about upcoming free events in the bookshop too. For more information contact 01-2020010 or dunlaoghaire@hughesbooks.com. The event is suitable for the age category 13+

I haven’t heard from Howard for a while, but I assume he is still running his film club: Howard Linnane’s (086 3614787) film club is taking place again upstairs in “Russells of Ranelagh”. (On the main street in Ranelagh, just down from the Luas station and across from the Triangle, it is the pub with the nice balcony at the front). The film club screens Irish short films and usually a feature film. Admission is free.
The next screening will be on Mon starting around 19:15 or 19:30. Please ring Howard to confirm the time and to check which films he will show.

The Strutts (www.myspace/thestrutts and www.thestrutts.com) are playing in Captain America in Tallaght on Mon 29 Sept.

* From 21:30 in the International Bar in Wicklow Street: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Jacqueline Tuck. Entry is free. The music styles vary from pop to folk to traditional. www.myspace.com/jacquelinetuck


‘Topophilia’, or ‘love of place’, is an exhibition of prints and installation work by Pat Burnes at the Signal Arts Centre in Bray. Burnes uses Bray itself, as seen through the eyes of the local paper ‘The Bray People’. The opening reception is on Friday 03 Oct from 19:00-21:00. The exhibition is on show from 30 Sept to 12 Oct. (Gallery Details: Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, www.signalartscentre.ie, Open: Tue – Fri: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00-17:00)

* In the Bankers Inn on Trinity Street (off Dame Street) at 21:30: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Dave Murphy. A contribution is requested but not required. This is a listening club so is very quiet and features a lot of experienced songwriters trying out new material. www.myspace.com/davemurphyandfriends


Seventowers and Chapters Bookstore are inviting to a “Chapters And Verse Lunchtime Reading” on Wed 01 Oct from 13:15-13:55 with poet Ross Hattaway and Anne Morgan. More information on: www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=210

“Jubilee” (Memebers of Qotsa / Nin) will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street at 17:00 on Wed 01 Oct. www.myspace.com/tower_records

The Spanish Cultural Institute in Dublin invites regularly to interesting talks and film screenings. All talks and screenings are usually in Spanish but translation into English or subtitles (for films) will be provided.
On 01 Oct at 18:30 the film “Things I never told you (Cosas que nunca te dije)” will be screened. This film is in English with Spanish subtitles.
The Instituto Cervantes is in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (just opposite the Dental Clinic at the back of TCD).

* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 on Wednesdays as well. www.myspace.com/thesongroom


The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery on Parnell Square invites to an artist’s talk “Retracing – the use of other works” by Brian Fay, whose work is included in the current exhibition ‘other men’s flowers’, on Thurs 02 Oct at 17:00. Fay will look at contemporary artists, principally in drawing, who work with and re-interprete pre-existing cultural objects. www.hughlane.ie

“Land Lovers” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street at 17:00 on Thurs 02 Oct. www.myspace.com/tower_records


“Grand Pocket Orchestra” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street at 17:00 on Fri 03 Oct. www.myspace.com/tower_records


Next week, on Sat+Sun, the Festival of World Food will take place in Marlay Park. More about that next Friday, but keep in in mind so that you have some time to go to Marlay Park.


Sorry, no “odd” or other story this week. ;-) It is now 09:00 and I better get this mail sent out otherwise there won’t be any sleep for me again. :-) I hope to see some of you over the next two days in the Olympia Theatre!

Enjoy the weekend!


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