Event Guide 75: Christmas Markets Overview, Jewellery Exhibition, Christmas Storytelling, Flea Market, Guide Dog Service, Temple Bar Christmas Lights, Italian Party

November 21st, 2008

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 75
| 21 Nov 2008                      Subscribers: 2731

Hi all!

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir gig last Sunday in the chq building near George’s Dock was a huge success and while it was an extremely busy day for me (I do the technical coordination and sound engineering for the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir), I enjoyed it entirely AND it did get me nicely into the Christmas Spirit!
So no more complaints, the time has come now when Christmas lights can be switched on – even in my books! :-)
BUT there IS something that surprised me during the week: I saw the switched-on Christmas tree in O’Connell Street! To me Christmas is green (tree) and red (candles) and maybe a bit yellow (stars and lights). I LOVED the old (until 2006) decoration in Grafton Street www.flickr.com/photos/irisheyes/320818005 and don’t really like the non-Christmassy chandelier look since last year, despite the outrageous cost www.flickr.com/photos/irisheyes/2093048486. But O’Connell Street in 2008 tops this – unfortunately in my eyes on the negative scale – and again is the same company involved that made the lights for the chandelier look in Grafton Street. :-( The rather ugly white plastic monster of a tree in O’Connell Street, which flashes blue, green and red, and seems to have some cancerous growth on it, just doesn’t do it for me. www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/3014520506. It has a pyramid form (with warts) and that is the ONLY thing that resembles it slightly to a Christmas tree. Apart from that it has not much to do with Christmas atmosphere!
Now, there is another aspect to that: Christmas decoration in Ireland got a lot more sophisticated and less garish in the last 10 years in Ireland. But to me this tree is a step back. I wonder if the same tree would have been put up in Grafton Street or if it just and only fits into the Henry Street/Talbot Street area, an area which – for decades – gets the somewhat cheaper look in Dublin.

The few little layout elements I added to this Event Guide last week were received positively by you. So, it is a good start and more is to come…over time! ;-) Feel free to tell me what you think: dublineventguide@gmail.com. All opinions are welcome!

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges or at least appear to be free unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no guarantee for correctness can be given.



ArtPolonia, the Lab for intercultural cooperation and exchange is having the last event in this year on Sun 30 Nov at 20:00 in the Liberty Hall Theatre. ArtPolonia is delighted to present for the fist time in Ireland the Leszek Mozdzer Trio with their improv jazz concert “Between Us and the Light”. “Between Us and the Light” is the latest sparkling gem in Leszek Mozdzer’s rich catalogue. The Polish piano genius performs in a jazz trio context, alongside Swedish bassist and cellist Lars Danielsson and Israeli percussionist Zohar Fresco. Like the previous album of the trio (The Time, 2005), “Between Us and the Light” has garnered double platinum award in Poland only two weeks after it’s premiere. For more information about Leszek Mozdzer: www.myspace.com/leszekmozdzer
ArtPolonia is a young and not-for-profit organisation for intercultural exchange in Dublin run by a small group of volunteers (www.artpolonia.org) and Monika Sapielak from ArtPolonia so nice to offer a pair of tickets for a competition here in our Dublin Event Guide.
To win the pair of tickets for this interesting jazz event you have to enter the competition by sending a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “Mozdzer” in the subject line and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Make sure that you have time on Sun 30 Nov and then send your mail to me before 16:00 on Thurs 27 Nov.

The Irish Writers Centre (19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1) has even more tickets for you! The tickets for the John Boyne reading were won by Cara Strachan and Kate Ferguson, but there is another reading coming up and again the Irish Writer Centre gave me two pairs of tickets for you!
On 02 December Eugene McCabe, who wrote “Death and Nightingales”, which has been described as “a deeply moving, powerful, and unforgettable book” and as “clearly one of the great Irish masterpieces of the century”, will read and discuss his work as part of the Writers Centre “Hourglass Readings”. The reading starts at 19:00 and tickets are EUR 7 per reading. Tickets are available two weeks prior to each reading by calling 01 872 1302.
To win a pair of tickets for Eugene McCabe’s reading, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject “McCabe” and include your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 17:00 on Fri 28 Nov. writerscentre.ie/centre/events/hourglass/intro.htm
Another series of events at the Writers Centre is called “Into Print” with literary agent Jonathan Williams. It is a series of talks aimed specifically at aspiring writers and you can find the details here: writerscentre.ie/centre/events/intoprint/index.htm. The last event in this series is on 16 Dec at 19:00.

I have to admit that I enjoy ringing a competition winner to surprise them with good news. I don’t do it always, but for the brilliant Cowboy & Angels prize notification, I HAD to do it. Do you remember? The “Cowboy & Angels” salon in South William Street, specialists for cuts, colours, upstyles and extensions, full makeup and makeover services, made a EUR 100 Makeup voucher available and I got more than 200 entries from you! It just blew me away, but, hey, if makeup was something for me, I would have wanted to enter too. ;-)
Last week I didn’t want to announce the name of the winner yet, because I hadn’t rang her, but the call has been made and she seemed thrilled. And here it is….the winner is Suzanne Barror!!!!!!!! Congratulations, Suzanne!
And if you are not Suzanne, then you don’t have to miss out completely! Just check out www.cowboys-and-angels.ie and then ring Valerie and Sheila in Cowboys & Angels on 01-6797654 to book your own appointment. Spoil yourself! :-) (The website doesn’t say it yet, but the salon will be opening on Sundays coming up to Christmas!)

The organisers of the Polish Cinema Festival have made a pair of tickets available for the Sunday evening event of Kinopolis and the lucky winner of this pair of tickets is Gosia Rebis. Congratulations!
If you are interested as well in this film festival, then you can find the details once more here:
From 21-23 November 2008 the Festival of Polish Cinema is taking place in Dublin. KINOPOLIS is a project organised by the Pomeranian Film Foundation and the Polish Embassy in Dublin. This year a further co-operation partner is the Dublin Cinema Group. The Festival comprises of a 3-day exposition of Polish feature films and animated films as well as Polish silent cinema accompanied by live jazz music. The festival guests will lend weight to the whole event: The outstanding Polish film and theatre actor Zbigniew Zamachowski as well as Marek Skrobecki, co-creator of Peter and the Wolf – an animated film awarded an Oscar in 2007, will be in Dublin.
“Unusual life of everyday people”
The Reservation, (‘Rezerwat’), dir. ?ukasz Palkowski
Fri 21 Nov at 20:30 in Screen Cinema, D’Olier St., EUR 9

“Rysiu, Edek, Tomek – three embodiments of Zbigniew Zamachowski”
Sat 22 Nov in Screen Cinema, D’Olier St., EUR 9
16:00: The Big Picnic, (‘Wielka majówka’), dir. Krzysztof Rogulski
18:00: The Convert (‘Zawrócony’), dir. Kazimierz Kutz
20:00: Hi, Tereska (‘Cze?? Tereska’) dir. Robert Gli?ski
A Q&A session with Zbigniew Zamachowski will follow the last screening!!

“Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Polish animation: Marek Skrobecki”
DIM, Ichtys, Peter and the Wolf
Sun 23 Nov at 18:00 in The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson St., EUR 10
A Q&A session with Marek Skrobecki will follow the last screening.

“For dessert: Antiquities with live jazz in the background”
Strong Man, dir. Henryk Szaro – screening accompanied by the jazz trio “Gda?sk Jazz Trio” with Wojciech Staroniewicz (sax), Janusz Mackiewicz (double bass), Marcin W?d?owski (guitar).
Sun 23 Nov at 20:00 in The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson St., EUR 10
Combined ticket to both events on 23 Nov in the Sugar Club: EUR 15

Tickets for the Screen Cinema can be purchased at the Screen Box Office and for the Sugar Club screenings tickets can be purchased at www.tickets.ie. Films will be presented in the original language version and will have English subtitles. Any additional information can be obtained from the festival coordinator Klementyna Kasprzyk-Kucharz, klementyna.k@gmail.com.

In Polish: www.dublin.polemb.net/index.php?document=372
In English: www.dublin.polemb.net/index.php?document=371

All events in this Competition Section are non-free events, but the organisers are making free tickets available for you to win. I usually get lots of competition entries and unfortunately not everybody can win, so even if you are not the winner, please consider going to an event to support the organisers. :-) 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!

______Dublin News______________

December is fast approaching and with Christmas Lights being switched on left, right and centre it is about time to mention some of the main events this year. The main and – as far as I know – only every day Christmas Market in Dublin is the 12 Day of Christmas Market in the Docklands (at George’s Dock). This year is the fourth year (I think!) and over the last 3 years the Docklands Christmas market grew into a quite good Christmas market (I am comparing with the best ;-) ). Ok, it is still not comparable to a German or Austrian Christmas Market, but it is getting better and hopefully this year will be another step in the right direction. The Docklands Christmas Market starts on the 12 Dec and runs every day (12:00-20:00) until the 23 Dec. www.ddda.ie/12daysofchristmas/

I seem to remember that there were two weekends of Christmas Market in Temple Bar last year, but unfortunately this year this will not be the case any more. Nevertheless the Temple Bar Christmas Programme contains a good few interesting events on the 6, 13 and 20 Dec in addition to the normal weekend events in Temple Bar. (www.templebar.ie/home_nav_2_t_17.html). All events are free, but some require booking, so please check as soon as possible!

During the last 1-2 years Farmleigh House kept impressing with brilliant cultural events and Christmas 2008 is no different. The Farmleigh House Christmas Programme contains a long list of activities on 6/7, 13/14 and 20/21 December and you should go to their website to checkout the programme (www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/currentevents/christmas2008) and to plan your own activities. Children and adults will be entertained over the 3 weekends and there should be something for you too!

Another HUGELY popular event in Phoenix Park is the guided walk (Saturdays & Sundays in December) with Deer Keepers in Phoenix Park to meet Rudolph’s cousins, the Fallow Deer, in the surroundings of one of the largest enclosed city parks in Europe. However, pre-booking is essential and this event is soo popular that it could be booked out already. Call the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre as soon as possible on 01 677 0095 if you want to surprise your children with this visit to the “reindeer”.

In addition to the free events, there are the non-free ice skating events at the RDS (19 Nov-11 Jan), Liffey Valley (19 Nov-04 Jan) and Smithfield Plaza (21 Nov-11 Jan). At the RDS and Liffey Valley there are Peak and Off-Peak prices. Smithfield only has one price. Off-peak prices at the RDS and Liffey Valley are cheaper than at Smithfield, but the peak prices are more expensive than at Smithfield.
I will include all the free Christmas events at the Docklands, Temple Bar and Farmleigh House here and if I come across any other markets etc, I will tell you about them as well, but in order to plan ahead, it would make sense if you checked out the websites I listed above.

______Joerg’s Plans______________

My plans and recommendations from this Event Guide are:
*Saturday: Kathie Stamou’s International Jewellery Exhibition, the 178th Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition, and the Video Installation at Red Stables Studio. And for children the BIDs for KIDs Storytelling.
*Sunday: On Sunday I will go to the new Flea Market in the Dublin Food Co-op Building off Cork Street. And in the evening I will be at the Gardiner Street Gospel Mass again.
* During the week: I would go to some of the lectures, but because I am training and teaching Krav Maga this week, I won’t be able to go. However, on Thursday I will try to make it to the Temple Bar Event for a little while before I start writing next week’s Event Guide.


The Czech photographer Miroslav Tichý is exhibiting in Gallery 1. This is accompanied by a video about Tichý’s work by Annelies Štrba and a series of her own images, “From My Life Dreams”. The exhibition will run from 20 Nov-22 Jan.
Barry White and Sheena Malone will give talks on the exhibitions on Wed 10 Dec 2008 and Wed 14 Jan 2009. ‘Kárhozat’ (Damnation) by Béla Tarr will be screened on Thursday 4 December 2008 at 17:00. (Gallery Details: Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2, www.douglashydegallery.ie , Open: Mon-Fri: 11:00-18:00, Thurs: 11:00-19:00, Sat: 11:00-16:45)

Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740-1808) is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished Irish portraitists of the 18th century. His “A Life in Pictures” is an exhibition of oils, pastels and drawings marking the bi-centenary of his death. The exhibition will be on show from 22 Nov-15 Feb in the Beit Wing of the National Gallery of Ireland.
A special series of talks relating to the Hamilton exhibition will take place in the Lecture Theatre over the period 23 November to 9 December 2008. Admission free. Further details are available from the National Gallery website.

From 11 Nov-13 Dec the Royal Hibernian Academy will exhibit the 178th RHA Annual exhibition. 536 artworks are in this year’s exhibition, with 73 invited artists and 300 works selected from this year’s open submission section.
Opening Hours are Mon-Sat 11:00-19:00 and Sundays from 14:00-17:00.

Paintings, sculptures, drawings and installations expressing the arrival of the winter and dark evenings feature Sara Baume, Louise Butler, Michelle Considine, Young Rima Lee, Michelle Melody and Bennie Reilly. The show will run from 20 Nov-02 December 2008.
The exhibition will also be accompanied by a Storytelling/Poetry Night hosted by Dermot Bolger on Wednesday 26 November 2008 from 19:00 and a Film Night featuring work by Irish filmmakers on Sat 29 Nov from 19:00. (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)

“30” is a collection celebrating 30 years of photography at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar. Fifty photographers including Trish Morrissey, Michael Durand, Martin Parr, Paul Seawright and Seán Hillen, are represented in “30”, which will run from 21 Nov-22 Dec.
(Gallery Details: Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, wwww.galleryofphotography.ie, Open: Tues-Sat 11:00-18:00, Sun 13:00-18:00)

The exhibition ‘Francisco Bores: Project of illustrations for García Lorca’ presents work by Bores inspired by the meeting between the painter and the poet. The exhibition is composed of watercolours and crayon works dedicated to different García Lorca’s poems. The exhibition will run from 20 Nov-29 Jan in the Exhibition Room in the Instituto Cervantes in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2. Open:
Mon-Thurs: 14:00-20:00, Sat: 10:00-14:00. Closed from 19 Dec. 04 Jan.

“Best in Show -The Best Graduate Digital Media Work 2008” is an exhibition of creative digital work from graduate students from a cross section of colleges. Open from 21-27 Nov 2008 from 10:00-17:30 (excl weekends) at the Digital Exchange, Crane Street, The Digital Hub, Dublin 8. www.thedigitalhubexhibit.com

Artist and naturalist Don Conroy will be exhibiting ‘Light and Shadow: Journey Through Silent Landscape’ at Berry Bros & Rudd, 4 Harry Street, near Grafton Street, from 25 Nov-08 Dec 2008. www.donconroy.com

In Bea McMahon’s first solo show at Green On Red Gallery, titled “Present” is Bea McMahon’s exhibition in Green on Red Gallery. It will be on show from 20 Nov-23 Dec and consists of drawings, video and sculpture. (Gallery Details: Green On Red Gallery, 26-28 Lombard St. East, Dublin 2, www.greenonredgallery.com, Open: Mon- Fri 10:00 – 18:00, Sat 11.00 – 17.00)

“Northland” is an exhibition by the Australian painter Noel McKenna. It will run from 19 Noc-20 Dec. (Gallery Details: Mother’s Tankstation. 41-43 Watling Street, Ushers Island, Dublin 8, www.motherstankstation.com, Open: Thurs- Sat: 12:00-18:00)

Figurative work by Michael Kane will be shown in Rubicon Gallery from 24 Nov-20 Dec 2008. (Gallery Details: Rubicon Gallery, 10 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, www.rubicongallery.ie, Open: Tues- Sat 12:00-18:00)

“Mark” is the current group show of drawings etc featuring works by Shane Bradford, Kris Emmerson, Amanda Coogan, Damien Flood, Ida Mitrani, Clive Murphy, Caroline McCambridge and Mary Ruth Walsh. The show will run from 20 Nov-23 Dec. www.oonaghyoung.com

Niall Naessens exhibits “Vico” a show with thirteen new etchings and thirteen new paintings. It is on view from 13-29 Nov 2008. www.dalkeyarts.com


The ‘Chapters And Verse Lunchtime Reading’ is taking place again in Chapter and Verse on Parnell Street. On Fri 21 Nov at 13:15 Dublin poet, teacher and broadcaster Catherine Ann Cullen reads with poet, publisher, editor, consultant and activist Seamus Cashman from their works. For more information, contact Sarah 0872283351 sarah AT seventowers.ie. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=224

The Irish Polish Society and The Polish Social and Cultural Association would like to invite you to the promotion of the book entitled “Belina’s Eight Cavalryman” with materials collected by prof. Maciej Smolenski and historical research and editing by Grzegorz Nowik. The event will be attended by Prof. Maciej Smolenski – General Josefz Smolenski’s son, Dr. Grzegorz Nowik, The Military Bureau of Historical Research, Warsaw. Chairman will be Juiliusz L Englert.
The event is taking place on Fri 14 Nov at 18:30 in the Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2. www.irishpolishsociety.org/

To celebrate the Fifth Centenary of the birth of Andrea Palladio (1508-1580), Dr Concetto La Malfa will give a talk on the life and achievements of the famous Italian architect and on the influence he had for centuries on world architecture. The talk will be followed by the showing of a short documentary compiled by Dr La Malfa on the architectural projects which made Palladio famous. The event will take place in the Italian Cultural Institute (11 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2). The event will take place on 21 Nov at 18:30. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Mike Hands from the Inga Foundation will speak at an event of Tai Chi Ireland, 90 Lower Baggot Street on Fri 21 Nov at 20:00.
Mike has developed a way to stop slash-and-burn agriculture in the rainforest by giving the landless farmers a way to grow crops in alleys of a particular species of tree, called the INGA. By allowing the trees to grow, all weeds are smothered (a big problem) and then by carefully pruning the trees, mulch is obtained to give the soil its much needed phosphorous fertility, as well as supplying the farmer with months of fuel wood. It’s been up and running in Honduras for about 10 years, but funds are needed to grow demo and Inga seed farms, because the demand is phenomenal. Inga Alley Cropping, as it’s known, is a way to halt the rainforest destruction by slash-and-burn farmers, who are mainly responsible for its destruction. The Inga Foundation offers them a way to feed their family sustainably, give them a cash crop, and preserve their forest heritage, whose destruction contributes a massive 20% to
global warming. www.theecologist.org/pages/archive_detail.asp?content_id=424
Come and hear Mike Hands talk about the projects and see part of the documentary being made about him. The documentary maker will be there filming the event, so you will be in it if you wish! If you are interested in attending, please email taichidublin@eircom.net or text 087-9795042. Admission is free, but money for the Inga Foundation is more than welcome. www.taichi-ireland.com

Midnight Swing, a swing band from Dublin are playing in the Submarine bar in Crumlin on Fri 21 Nov. Admission is free. www.midnightswing.eu

“Invasion” is the name of the event and the bands performing at it are “The Urges” and “The Strutts”. The venue is at first glance a little unusual, but Captain America’s in Tallaght regularly hosts live music events and they seem to be very popular. “Invasion” is taking place on Fri 21 Nov. Admission is free. DJ Dave Murphy will start the evening at 20:30 and the bands will play from 22:00.
www.thestrutts.com and www.myspace.com/theurges

* 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


I mentioned Kathie Stamou’s jewellery being featured on www.dailygrommet.com in last week’s Event Guide and I know that a good few of you were interested in her work. This week Kathie and two other jewellery and accessory designers are exhibiting in Dublin at an International Jewellery Exhibition in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street. On Sat 22 Nov from 10:00-17:00, the Central Hotel at the corner of Exchequer Street and Georges Street will be the host of this exhibition.
Kathie Stamou, is a designer from New York and she creates inspired accessories with eclectic materials gathered all over the world. www.kathiestamou.com and her online store is at www.kathiestamou.etsy.com
“Les Perles d’Ysikem” is the collection by Carole Debut from Paris. Carol designed pieces made from Swarovski crystals, Venetian and Bohemian glass, pearls and beads. carpalysa@yahoo.fr
And the third contributor is Raquel Schwarz with her “Bauble Jewellery” range. Raquel is from Tel Aviv and uses silver, semiprecious stones and crystals to design her works of art. www.baublejewellery.com
The jewellery is for sale at the exhibition, but admission is free.

The University College Dublin – School of Languages and Literature is inviting to a Arrigo Boito International Study Day on the Newman Building A318 in UCD from 10:00-17:00 on Sat 22 Nov. Arrigo Boito (1842-1918) was an Italian poet, journalist, novelist and composer, best known today for his opera libretti and his own opera, Mefistofele. More information about Boito is here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrigo_Boito and the full programme for the study day day can be found here: www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=232&citta=Dublino Admission is free.

The Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID) is inviting children to free Christmas Storytelling Sessions as part of its BIDs for KIDs programme. From 22 Nov to 14 Dec special Christmas storytelling sessions will take place each Saturday and Sunday in St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and The Gresham Hotel.
The storyteller, Susie Minto, will draw in listeners around the imaginary hearth and warm their hearts with Christmas and Winter themed stories from many traditions – Irish, Native American, European, and Japanese.
The storytelling sessions will last 30 minutes and all children aged four to ten years old, accompanied by an adult, are welcome. The sessions are free but pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please telephone the Dublin City BID on 01-6334680 or email bidsforkids@dublincitybid.ie to reserve a space. See www.dublincitybid.ie for more information.
Storytelling Session Details:
The Gresham Hotel – 11:00, 12:00, 13:00
St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre – 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
Each Saturday and Sunday from the 22nd November to 14th December.

On Sat 22 Nov the TCD PhD candidate Tim Redfern brings you a one-day workshop in the Science Gallery that is a hands-on experience in creating network-responsive mobile soundscapes, using the authors’ Audioscan platform, as well as a chance to contribute to ongoing PhD research in network sonification. Free to attend, but booking is required. For more info and booking information go to: echoweb.eclectronics.org

The Red Stables Studios invite to an exhibition/screening of video works with the title “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible” by Aideen Barry, Anne Maree Barry, Daren Bolger, Cliona Harmey, Gavin Murphy, Kelly O’Connor and Fiona Whitty. The screening will take place on Sat 22 Nov + Sun 23 Nov 2008 at The Red Stables Studio in St. Anne’s Park, Dublin 3. The launch with a discussion with the artists and a screening will take place on Sat 22 Nov 2008 at 13:00, followed by a reception. www.redstables.ie

A Bring and Buy Sale for the dog rescue charity “Dog Rescue Ireland” is taking place in Church Hall in Homefarm Road in Drumcondra (Dublin 9) on Sun 23 Nov from 11:30-15:00. Come along to donate your unwanted items for them to sell or to buy items on sale. Items have to be in good condition and if you wish to either donate or to help on the day you must ring us 086 2171628 in advance.
Proceeds go to Greyhound and Lurcher rescue: www.dogrescueireland.com

Brian Darcy will be signing copies of “Through the Year With Brian Darcy” in Eason’s on O’Connell St, Dublin on Sat 22 Nov 2008 at 12:30.

The Harvey Nichols Wine Shop in Dundrum Town Centre is inviting to a complimentary Wine Tasting every Saturday until the 20 December. Tastings are complimentary and take place between 12:00 and 17:00.

Saturday 22 Nov: Liberty present Aussie Award Winners
Saturday 29 Nov: Searsons present Louis Roederer Champagne
Saturday 6 Dec: Febvre present a Christmas selection
Saturday 13 Dec: Nicholson present aperitifs and dessert wines
Saturday 20 Dec: Liberty present Christmas Favourites

The National Museum’s brand new website is now working and the events are accessible in the searchable Event Calender! There are still some improvements possible and the nice people in the National Museum are telling me that they are working on it.
All events are in this documents www.museum.ie/GetAttachment.aspx?id=77841bfe-3b9a-40e4-8830-aed0cb22f325
But relevant for this week, these are the events taking place:
* On 22 Nov at 12:00: Adult Gallery Talk: “The Irish Defence Forces Aid to the Civil Power” by Olly O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer Óglaigh Náisiúnta Na hÉireann Teoranta, (Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women), in Soldiers & Chiefs – Claiming the Future. In Collins Barracks
* On 23 Nov at 14:30: Free Themed Tour for Family Groups (in Collins Barracks)
* On 23 Nov at 15:00-16:00: My Museum Family Programme: “Fighting Men!” – All ages. Join members of Legion Ireland: the Roman Military History Society of Ireland, to discover what it was like to be a member of the Roman army. In Kildare Street.

On Saturday 22 Nov 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 “”Bah! Humbug!” said Scrooge” with Mary Noonan. The programme takes place in the Baroque Gallery and is suitable for children from 4-10 years. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

The Prairie Dawgs, a 9 piece bluegrass country band, is playing a charity gig on Sat 22 Nov in Krugers in Howth Village (opposite the church). Admission is free, but donations are welcome. All donations and proceeds from a raffle are for Focus Ireland. www.myspace.com/theprariedawgs

On Sat 22 Nov a Multicultural Party will take place in Havana in South Great George’s Street. Organised by Louis from Obsession Salsa, the party will start at 22:30 with a Salsa Beginners class followed by a Salsa club until late.
Event details can be found on the facebook page www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/event.php?eid=63107482488 and you can join the facebook group for future update of events and parties:
www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=33256271269. Club entrance is free. For more information contact Louis on 086 3776636.

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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On Sun 23 Nov at 11:00 the Pepper Canister Church on Mount Street Crescent is the venue for a Christmas Thanksgiving service on aid of Guide Dogs.
One of the assistance dogs owners will speak at it about their experience of having an assistance dog. Guide dogs are used for the blind, for autistic children and as assistance dogs for the disabled. The talk last year from the mother of an autistic child and I am told, it was hugely inspiring, and this years service promises to be nice and interesting as well. Working dogs are welcome to the mass, so there will be guide dogs, assistance dogs, Peata dogs (pet therapy www.peata.org) and puppies in training. There will be a collection for Guide Dogs and Christmas Cards etc are on sale. There is no admission fee (it is an ecumenical church service), but donations are very welcome. There will be tea and coffee after the service.
Margaret G tells me that this is a really nice event to support and a lovely opportunity to see the wonderful work Guide Dogs do in opening up people’s lives. The organisation behind this Annual Guide Dog Service is www.guidedogs.ie, but there is no further event information on the website.

There was once a flea market where the Stephens Green Shopping Centre now stands and there and in other places Dublin used to have quite a few flea markets to rummage through on any given weekend until Grafton St and Henry St took over as shopping promenades. But it is time to go back to the roots! Making its first appearance on 23 Nov from 11:00-17:00 a new Dublin Flea Market will take place in the Dublin Food Coop Building, Newmarket (off Cork Street). After the first date it will take place either fortnightly or monthly from then on.
There will be musicians, food stalls, a music room, organic goods, vintage goods, bikes, records, art, trinkets, furniture, bric-a-brac and loads more….and all indoors.
If you’re interested in selling your wares contact dublinflea@gmail.com. The fee is EUR 20 per pitch.
It is a great idea and it would be brilliant to have a vibrant flea market in Dublin. Unfortunately I could not find out in time if admission to the flea market is free, but I seriously hope that the organisers will not charge any entrance fee, otherwise this great idea is at risk to be killed before it comes alive. There is no website or even a contact phone number and the e-mail that I received was an anonymous e-mail, but hopefully this will all evolve. A map that shows where the Food Co-op is can be found here: www.dublinfood.coop/html/about_find.html

The Sunday at Noon Concerts are free 1-hour concerts in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Every Sunday at 12:00 a free concert will take place in the gallery. No booking is required. This week Dean Power, Aoife O’Sullivan and Claudia Boyle will  sing Irish Melodies by Thomas Moore. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=193

“Sunday Sketching” is a workshop for 7+ year olds. It will take place on Sun 16 Nov from 15:00-16:00. The title this week is “Graffiti art”. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=134

“torc”, the 3-piece band behind front vocalist Marlo is playing in Thomas Reads (at the corner Parliament Street and Dame Street) on Sun 23 Nov at 21:00. www.myspace.com/torcmusic

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. I got reports that this event was not taking place last weekend and will try to find out more detail!
*The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) from 18:30 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel. I listened to them a few times and they are brilliant!
*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.
* Loose Change play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

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.

______Next Week_______________


Grupo Raíces – Grúpa Fréamhacha are inviting to an event to raise awareness to the situation of the Columbian social movement.
It is a public talk where participants in an Irish delegation to a Colombian conference of social movements will let the public know of the current situation on Colombia, of the efforts and struggle of social organisations to defend their rights and of ways to support and show active solidarity with the Colombian people.
A lot more interesting detail about the event can be found here www.indymedia.ie/article/89819
The event will take place in the Social Hall in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1 on 24 Nov at 19:00. Admission is free.

* Pint&Picture or Cine Café. From 19:30 Howard Linnane is screening short films and full-length films in his fortnightly alternating movie event in the Portobello Pub in South Richmond Street. Ring Howard (086-3614787) for more information. The film screenings are free.
* From 21:30 in the International Bar, 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


The Europen Anti-Poverty Agency (EAPN) is inviting to a DVD Launch on Tues 25 Nov at 17:00 to the Oak Room in Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The EAPN will launch “A Journey for Change”. This DVD documents the experience of the Irish delegation at the 7th European Meeting of People Experiencing Poverty in Brussels and details their experiences of housing and homelessness in various different contexts. The DVD will be launched by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Eibhlin Byrne, with comment by Mary Lou McDonald MEP.
All are welcome! Please RSVP to EAPN by 18th November at 01 8745737 or by email info@eapn.ie. The 18 Nov has passed, but if you want to go, I would still suggest that you contact the EAPN. There might still be some space.

The Irish Human Rights Commission’s Annual Human Rights Lecture is taking place on Tues 25 Nov in the  National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 at 18:00. The Irish Human Rights Commission’s Annual Human Rights Lecture will be delivered by President of Ireland, Mary McAleese. To register for the lecture please contact Karine Petrasuc, tel: 01 8589601, email: kpetrasuc@ihrc.ie. www.ihrc.ie

The Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS) is inviting to a talk by Prof. Philip Lane by the title “Ten Years of the Euro”. The event is taking place on 25 Nov from 18:00 in the Robert Emmet Theatre (Arts Building) in Trinity College Dublin.
The organisers explain “2008 marks the tenth year of European Monetary Union. We assess the impact of EMU on the European economy, with a special focus on Ireland. We show how the euro has transformed the European financial system. While financial integration offers considerable long-term benefits, the first decade of EMU has also been marked by significant credit booms in peripheral member countries that are now leading to significant adjustment problems.
Looking to the future, we address the macroeconomic policy challenges that face domestic and European policymakers in successfully adapting to life inside the euro area.” www.tcd.ie/iiis/pages/events/IIISpubliclectures0809.php

The regular lecture and discussion series on the Abbey Theatre continues with another “Meet the Makers” event. On Tues 25 Nov from 18:15-19:00, Billy Roche and Conor McPherson, two of Ireland’s best loved playwrights, will discuss the art of making theatre. The event is taking place in the Peacock Theatre (next to the Abbey Theatre). Admission is free but booking essential on 01 87 87 222. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html

* 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


“What’s so hot about Climate Change?” is the topic at the ECO-UNESCO’s National Youth ECO-Forum 2008, which will take place on Wed 26 Nov in Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7. This event is open to any 15 to 18 year old from any part of Ireland. It will provide young people with the opportunity to explore the issue through interactive workshops and meeting experts from fields that relate to climate change and that can influence the issue through their policies and practices.
To register to take part or for more information contact Claire Lyons, Environmental Youth Officer or Elphie Quintard, Assistant Environmental Youth Officer in ECO-UNESCO on 00353 1 6625491 or e-mail youth@ecounesco.ie
ECO-UNESCO develops and runs environmental programmes for children and young people on a broad range of environmental issues through schools, youth organisations, community groups or local authorities. www.ecounesco.ie/25.aspx?nav=50

“The Royal Botanic Gardens of Jordan” is the title of a lecture by Dr Matthew Jebb, Dr Colin Kelleher, Dr Darach Lupton and Dr Noeleen Smyth. This lecture will take place in the Education and Visitor Centre in the Botanic Garden in Glasnevin on We 26 Nov at 15:00.
Close new collaboration has been developed between one of the world’s newest botanic gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens Jordan, and the National Botanic Garden in Ireland. In April 2008 a team from the National Botanic Gardens visited Jordan to collaborate and advise on the development of this remarkable garden project. This lecture will illustrate this fascinating initiative and its plants, to create a major botanical institution for the Middle East. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

“The Crown & the Shamrock – Ireland & the British Monarchy from Queen Victoria” Renowned Journalist Mary Kenny will provide her insights into the complex and sometimes surprising relationship of “Crown & Shamrock”. This lecture is free and open to the public. The event will take place on Wed 26 Nov at 18:00 in the Minerva Suite in the RDS in Ballsbridge, D4. For more information check with lectures@rds.ie or 01-2407254. www.rds.ie/speakerseries

A whole range of Italian Organisations, including the Italian Embassy, are inviting to the free Italian Generation Party on 26 Nov from 18:30 in Howl at the Moon, Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. Admission, food and music are all free. All details are on the website www.altrairlanda.com

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.
The next film screening will be on Wed 26 Nov at 18:30 and the film will be “El Sur” (1983) by Victor Erice. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha51306_16_2.htm
The Instituto Cervantes is in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (at the back of TCD near the National Gallery).

Ensemble ICC will perform at the third and final concert in the CMC Salon Series 2008. The performance takes place on 26 November 2008 at 18:30 at the Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin. Ensemble ICC is the performance wing of the Irish Composers’ Collective (ICC). The ICC is a democratic organisation designed to support composers at the early stages of their careers, and Ensemble ICC is the outlet through which their music is performed. Members of the ensemble, Rachel Factor (harpsichord) and Enda Collins (horn), are performing four new works by Dylan Rynhart, Donal Sarsfield, Johanne Heraty and David Bremner.
The Salon Series is designed to introduce the newcomer to contemporary music as well as capture the interest of those already familiar with it. Each performance takes place in an informal atmosphere in which the composers and performers invite questions and feedback from the audience.
Admission to the concert is free but booking is recommended. For details please contact Aoife FitzPatrick on 01-673 1922 or email afitzpatrick@cmc.ie.

Médecins Sans Frontières (or Doctors Without Borders) (MSF) is holding an information evening in Dublin on Wed 26 Nov from 19:00-20:00. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of MSF’s overseas humanitarian medical aid work and to give interested professionals the opportunity to learn about the MSF recruitment process. The event will take place in the Walton Lecture Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College, Dublin 2. (accessible via Dawson St gate). www.msf.ie

The Herzog Centre and the Holocaust Educational Trust of Ireland are organising a number of events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht.
* Wednesday, 26th November, 19:00: Film Screening “Beyond Hitler’s Grasp” This will be followed by a short lecture by Dr Emil Yalnazov, Ambassador of Bulgaria. Swift Theatre, Arts Building, TCD.
These events are open to the public and there is no charge. For further information about the speakers and other activities of the Centre, please visit the website: www.tcd.ie/Religions_Theology/herzogcentre/

Since this conference is in French, it does make sense to leave the announcement in French as well.
Le Cercle Français présente une conférence de Alan Dukes – Président de l’Alliance Française de Dublin, ancien Président du Fine Gael, ancien Ministre, et ancien Directeur Général de l’Institut des Affaires Européennes et Internationales.
“Barack Obama, le nouveau visage des États-Unis. Quelle en sera la signification pour l’UE ?”
Conférence en français suivie d’une période de questions-réponses (en français et anglais) et d’une réception. Entrée gratuite. Réservation fortement recommandée à: info@alliance-francaise.ie
It will take place on Wed 26 Nov at 19:00 in the Alliance Française, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. For more information go to www.alliance-francaise.ie/ then ‘Cultural Events’ and then ‘Cultural Programme’

SevenTowers is inviting to Cassidy’s bar in Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2 for the “Last Wednesday Series Reading And Open Mic” on Wed 26 Nov at 19:30.
The readings will be performed by Dublin writer and Phantom FM DJ Steve Conway; New Zealand poet Ross Hattaway; Dublin poet Eamon Lynskey; Waterford writer Donal Moloney; Kerry born, Wexford based poet, playwright, director and producer Noel Ó Briain. For more information please contact Sarah on 0872283351 or sarah@seventowers.ie. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=227

* “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


AkiDwA and the Immigrant Council of Ireland invite you to a seminar on
Migrant Women in the Irish Labour Market on Thurs 27 Nov from 10:00-13:00 in
Irish Aid Centre, Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
This seminar will look at positive approaches to challenge barriers preventing their full access to employment. It seeks to promote the utilisation of migrant women’s qualifications, expertise and experience and to explore the balance between the needs of migrant women and marginalised indigenous workers in the current economic climate.
Representatives from private businesses, trade unions, statutory agencies, Government Departments and NGOs will come together to develop a solutions-based approach that uses the potential and contribution of migrant women to promote their greater inclusion in the Irish labour market. This seminar will also inform the European Women’s Lobby advocacy work towards integrating a gender perspective in integration policies at the European level.
For the full seminar programme, please check www.activelink.ie/ce/active.php?id=1998
Please book with Monica McMahon in AkiDwA at 01 814 8582 or info@akidwa.ie by 14 November as the event is free but seats are limited. If you want to go to that seminar, you should check if there is still availability, despite the fact that the deadline has passed.

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.
A second film screening in this week will take place on Thurs 27 Nov at 18:30 and the film will be “Balseros” (2002) by Carles Bosch, Josep M. Domènech. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha51305_16_2.htm
The Instituto Cervantes is in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (at the back of TCD near the National Gallery).

On Thurs 27 Nov Christmas will reach Temple Bar and this is – in my opinion – the perfect timing! The Christmas Lights will be turned on in Temple Bar at or around 19:00 accompanied by Music (from 18:30), Mulled Wine and Mince Pies in the Old City area of Temple Bar (i.e. East of Parliament Street in the area around Cow’s Lane). The Lord Mayor Eibhlin Byrne switches on the Christmas lights and it seems that she will have pressed every single light switch in the City when Christmas is over. Afterwards there will be Christmas carols performed by the 30-piece Drogheda Brass Band. www.templebar.ie/home_nav_2_t_17.html

The Dublin City Enterprise Board is inviting to a new series of free Ilac Library Talks for people that are interested in starting their own business. The fifth talk is oddly NOT talking place on Thurs 27 Nov in the library in ILAC Centre, Henry Street, from 18:30-19:45, but instead is advertised for Sat 29 Nov at the same time. The topic is “Your business plan – summing up workshop” presented by Ron Immink.
www.dceb.ie/starting-a-business/library-talks. As admission is free, booking is essential.  To reserve a place for the complete programme or an individual lecture, telephone the Business Information Centre (01) 873 3996, email: businesslibrary@dublincity.ie or the Open Learning Centre (01) 873 4333, email: openlearning@dublincity.ie or call into the Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1.


The ‘Chapters And Verse Lunchtime Reading’ is taking place in Chapter and Verse on Parnell Street. On Fri 28 Nov at 13:15 Waterford writer Donal Moloney and  Dublin poet Jean O’Brien will read from their works. For more information, contact Sarah 0872283351 or sarah@seventowers.ie. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=228

Powerscourt Open is the event series in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. The November events are titled “Style Diary” and are quite multi-facetted. Fashion, fun and world design in the context of customer evenings, swop shops & free style consultations are all on offer.
28-30 Nov: The Loft Market 2nd Birthday Party – Free Styling Weekend
The Loft celebrates its second birthday in customary style over the weekend of 28-30 Nov. Each day resident designers and professional stylists will be on hand to provide insights into what’s on offer and guide you through your perfect personalised shopping experience. You can book your free personal shopping appointment in advance on the website or drop by with some old or new garment and watch it being customized into a bespoke fashion item before your eyes.


From 27 Nov – 02 Dec the Science Gallery is inviting to a new exhibition. Part of this exhibition is a seminar and workshop programme on Fri 28 Nov. If you want to take part in these seminars and workshops, you need to request (free) tickets on www.sciencegallery.com/events
Why should research be hidden away in labs or universities? Together Higher Education Authority and Science Gallery offer you a unique opportunity to meet the people behind the research. From wearable sensors to ubiquitous computing and the future of drug discovery, Transformations offers an extraordinary window into our future as it is being created by researchers working across Ireland.
On Friday the 28th November TRANSFORMATIONS hosts a series of high profile seminars and workshops. For a full list and to book your free tickets go to www.sciencegallery.com/events

Hothouse, the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at Dublin Institute of Technology will have a final “Be Inspired. Be an Entrepreneur” Talk. This last talk is with Eamonn Fallon (Daft.ie) on 03 Dec. The event is free, but you have to register and it is advisable to do that as soon as possible!

Sarah Ferguson, yes, the one that is the Duchess of York, will be signing copies of “Tea for Ruby” in Eason’s in O’Connell St, Dublin on Sat 29 Nov 2008 at 12:00.

______This is odd!!______________

I don’t think it is a good thing that there are sooo many pipe bombs and other potential or real explosive devices found in Dublin at the moment, but it seems to be a sign of the gang war that is going on at the moment.
Now, in this context, I came across one rather odd thing: When a bomb has been found and the Army Bomb Disposal Unit have done their work, then certain media outlets always report the “bomb was made safe”. It seems that this is the official line from the Army Bomb Disposal Unit. But if you investigate a bit further then you find other media reports that explain in nearly all such cases that a “controlled explosion” solved the problem. Isn’t “bomb was made safe” the best euphemism in the world for blowing the whole damn thing up? I thought – as learned from all James Bond films – “that making safe” is more like cutting the red (or was it the blue?) wire! If only George Bush had known this term! He would have told us that “we made the ammunition factory in Baghdad safe!”


Incredibly all indications are positive for me getting a bit of sleep tonight. What a change! :-) Well, I guess it has to do with the fact that I started writing this week’s Event Guide already during the week!? Maybe an idea for coming weeks? Nahhh, that would be too simple. In addition it seriously interferes with me social life DURING the week. ;-) I hope you enjoy the Event Guide again and I guess I have to accept that there will never be a really SHORT Event Guide again! I just find too many events now! :-P

Enjoy the weekend!


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