Event Guide 123: DEAF 2009, Red Line Roots Music Festival, Capoeira Festival, Halloween

October 23rd, 2009

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 123
| 23 October 2009 Subscribers: 5207

Hi all!

This week and next week I will be so busy that writing the Event Guide will be a little more of a challenge than normally, but I will still do my best to provide you with all the information about the big amount of free events in Dublin. From Friday until Tuesday I will do the next step of my NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) course and all going well, my Masters qualification will be completed at the end of next Tuesday. I signed up for that course purely because I was hugely interested in it. But since starting that path of education, it really widened my horizon and who knows what will come from it. ;-)

As far as the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” is concerned, I can tell you that this new educational direction has had and is still having a huge impact. So, indirectly you ALL are part of it! :-) My interest in Personal Development started many years ago with a book by Joseph Murphy (“Power of the Subconscious Mind”: astore.amazon.co.uk/dubeveguiforf-21 ) which everybody should read. MUCH later, I searched for free events for this Event Guide and came across the free 3-day seminar Breakthrough to Success which will take place in Dublin again from 19-21 March 2010 (www.breakthroughtosuccess.eu/?af=CLA1035324) and that is when things really took off. If you are interested in more detail about this path or have any questions, drop me a mail (dublineventguide@gmail.com) and I will be happy to tell you more.
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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.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

Since this newsletter is getting longer and longer with all the free events available, this section is meant to provide some help in picking and choosing the events I will or would go to. This is not the “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences, so if it helps you I am glad, but feel free to ignore this section completely! :-) All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

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From Friday until Tuesday, I will be at a training course, so I won’t be able to go to any events. But if I were around, I would definitely go to the Red Line Roots Music Festival and to some events of the DEAF 2009 Festival. I hope you will have a nice bank holiday weekend. As usual the bank holiday itself is not a hugely busy day, but with the Dublin City Marathon a big event is taking place even if that is not a mass appeal event. ;-)


Castle Dracula & Sillybilly.ie present “The Secret Castle of Magic”. The ‘Secret Castle of Magic’ – a show for older kids and adults – opened its doors in November 2008 and is Ireland’s only Magic venue. There is only one public night per month so you have to book in advance. The Secret Castle features Eamonn Murphy (Winner of ‘Irish Magician of the Year 2009), Nevin Cody (Secretary of the Society of Irish Magicians) and Ronan MacGabhann (Winner of the Gold Star for good spelling – Age 7 ;-) ). Tickets are EUR 12 (EUR 10) and children have to be at least 12 to be allowed in.
The next performance will take place on 30 Oct close to Halloween ;-) and after the success of last months competition, Sillybilly.ie have made another pair of tickets available for this show. If you want to be in with a chance to win this pair of tickets, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with MAGIC2 in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. IN ADDITION you have to tell me what flying object the magician on the Sillybilly.ie poster is reaching for. Check it here www.sillybilly.ie/news/42/secret-caslte-of-magic The venue for the show is Castle Dracula in Westwood Club, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3. Your mail has to be with me by 17:00 on Tues 27 Oct.

The Dublin Shakespeare Society is performing “The Merchant of Venice” in the Teachers Club Theater, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 from 03-07 Nov (19:30). The play is directed by Savio Sequeira. It was written between 1596-1598 but the production is set in Mussolini’s Italy between 1933 and 1938; it was during this period that Mussolini passed a range of anti-Semitic laws causing great pain, suffering and hardship to the Jewish Community living in Italy at that time.
The nice people from the Shakespeare Society invite you all to come to their performances and tickets (EUR 15/12) can be bought via 085-8432881. And to make it even more interesting, two of you can win a pair of free tickets each. The winners can choose on which night they want to attend (subject to availability). To be in with a chance to win, you need to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with VENICE in the Subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your entry has to be with my by 17:00 on Tue 27 Oct.

Michael Teehan from the Rock/Pop/Indie band Van Cleef told me that the Lower Deck in Portobello will be the venue for a big Halloween Party on Sat 31 Oct. Van Cleef are launching their single on that evening and will perform on that evening together with guests The Gandhis & The Civilians. The event starts at 20:30 and admission is EUR 5 (a free single is included!) Find out more about Van Cleef on www.myspace.com/vancleefmusic Van Cleef made a pair of tickets available for a competition and if you would like to win these two tickets, you need to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject CLEEF and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 17:00 on Tues 27 Oct.

The brilliant 80s Tribute Band “The Spectrums” was performing on Thurs 22 Oct at a charity event for the neo natal ward of the Coombe Hospital in Dandelions. They had made a pair of tickets available and the lucky winner was Majella Moloney. Congrats!

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______________

The Irish Times reported last week that U2 will stream their concert in California live on YouTube. The concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California will start at 20:30 Californian Time on Sun 25 Oct. Since the Summer Time in Ireland ends on Sunday morning, I am – like many other people slightly confused. The YouTube website claims that the concert will start at 04:30 Irish Time (that is Monday morning!) but my calculations suggest that it will start at 03:30! You better check for yourself, I could be totally wrong! Either way you will have to get up VERY early. YouTube didn’t stream a full live concert until now and U2 didn’t make their full concert available before, so it is a new direction for both. www.u2.com/news/title/live-on-youtube-this-Sunday On You Tube you will be able to follow the concert via www.youtube.com/u2official

Performing arts venues all around Ireland are making an attempt to promote the performing arts in Ireland. “Take Your Seat” is the name of a nationwide promotion aimed at encouraging people to attend performance art venues. The Take Your Seat promotion will run from 09-14 November and offers a great range of discounts, including free tickets and discount offers to shows around the country. Check www.takeyourseat.ie

A new venue was added to my long list of closed pubs or pubs/nightclubs in trouble. During the week I was at the Irish Life Centre in Abbey Street and found out that Floridita, the once very popular Salsa Club, bar and restaurant, seems to be closed for some time already. I was in Floridita a few times and always liked the music, but found the admission charge of EUR 10 quite excessive. Searching a little further, I found out that it already closed in January. :-o As I said, I was there only a FEW times! :-) www.floridita.co.uk/dublin/

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that Focus Ireland is looking for volunteers. Focus Ireland is a charity that helps homeless people and people in danger of becoming homeless. They provide services, supported housing and advice. On Fri 20 Nov their “Key to a Home” collection day is coming up and on that day volunteers are needed to sell key rings to get money for the organisation. I know this is NOT a good day for most of you because we have to work on that day, but in case you are available from 07:30-13:30 or from 13:30-19:30, please contact Joanne Ryan on 01-8815916 or email: joanneryan@focusireland.ie Focus Ireland needs another 200 volunteers for the day and there is only one month left. Maria H, a Dublin Event Guide Community Member, is one of the volunteers and asked me to mention the initiative again. www.focusireland.ie


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and to create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. If you are one of the courageous people who has recently taken the risk and has started a company and if you could do with spreading the word, I am happy to help you! My contribution will be to let the 4600+ readers of the Event Guide know about your new business and hopefully that will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide – not a demanding task, I would think. :-) (Please note that this offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages, not for established companies/enterprises. If you are established and you want to reach the readers of this Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) I will be happy to discuss the (very affordable) advertisement options with you. :-) )

If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.


‘the grey before dawn, part 2’ is an exhibition by Kathy Prendergast. It will be on show from 23 Oct – 21 Nov. (Gallery Details: Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2, www.kerlin.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:45, Sat 11:00-16:30)

‘Every version belongs to the myth’, an exhibition of works from Maria Barnas, Michael Fortune & Aileen Lambert, Felix Gmelin, Mahony, Gareth Moore, Pavel Pepperstein, Amalia Pica and Elizabeth Price is on show from 22 Oct -05 Dec. (Venue Details: Project Art Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.projectartscentre.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00)

Aoife Joyce is exhibiting her works in Mount Pleasant Lawn Tennis Club, Ranelagh on Wed 28 Oct from 20:00-22:30. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150484996429

‘The Drawing Room’ is an exhibition of drawings by Mark Beatty, Michelle Considine, Ida Mitrani and Julia Pallone. It will run from 21-27 Oct. www.michelleconsidine.com www.idamitrani.com www.juliapallone.free.fr (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)

‘Storytelling’ is a group exhibition that explores the themes of narrative and ubiquitous human curiosity through urban legend, fairytale, folklore and more. Exhibiting Tinderbox Network artists, illustrators and photographers are Frances Tyrrell, Emma Rowe, Damien Martin, Noirin Collins, Michael Cawley, Michelle Cunningham, Jacqueline O’Neill, Seán McGarr, Gareth Foley and Claire Gallagher. The exhibition is on show from 21-25 Oct. Live music from 19:00 on Sat 24 Oct (BYOB – Bring your own beer) and Live Storytelling in association with the Red Line Roots Festival from 19:00 on Sun 25 Oct. www.tinderboxnetwork.blogspot.com (Gallery Details: Thisisnotashop, 26 Benburb Street, Dublin 7, www.thisisnotashop.com. Open: 11:00-19:00)

‘Automatic’, a two-part international group show will open with a reception on Friday 23 Oct from 19:00-21:00. The show features work by Karl Burke, Alicia Frankovich, Candice Jacobs, Gereon Krebber, Ruth Proctor, Linda Quinlan and Berndnaut Smilde, and continues until 21 Nov. (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00)

‘Come with me and you’ll see a world of pure imagination’ is an exhibition of painting, textile art, sculpture, written-word and video installation inspired by and made with chocolate by 30 emerging artists, as part of the Temple Bar Chocolate Festival. The show will run from 22 Oct-03 Nov. www.templebar.ie/home_nav_2_t_15.html

‘Endurance’ is an exhibition of mixed media work by Mary Murphy. It will run from 21 Oct – 23 Nov. www.marymurphy.weebly.com (Venue Details: Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, D2. www.alliance-francaise.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 09:00-19:30 and Sat 09:00 to 13:00)

‘Whispering Pines’ is an exhibition by Shana Moulton. It will run from 21 Oct-21 Nov. (Gallery Details: Broadcast Gallery, Dublin Institute of Technology, Portland Row, Dublin 1, www.broadcast-gallery.blogspot.com and www.broadcastgallery.ie, Open: Thurs 11:00-20:00, Fri+Sat: 11:00-16:00)

“Images of Resistance – Iraq and Beyond” is a photography exhibition in UNITE (Merrigan Hall), 55 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. The exhibition will close on 30 Oct so you don’t have too much time to see it. (Mon-Thurs: 11:00-16:00, Fri 11:00-15:00).
“A collaboration of the work of many photographers including serving and former soldiers, the main purposes of this exhibition is to help raise consciousness and awareness in the public of the opposition to wars, the plight of the people in war torn countries, the real reasons behind wars, the effects of war and also to show the situations soldiers find themselves in. Many of the images come from war zones including Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.” The original closing date was extended to the 30 Oct. www.indymedia.ie/article/94201

The new art space “Adifferentkettleoffishaltogether” was opened on 21 Oct. It is located at 18 Ormond Quay Upper and will open daily from 12:00-17:00 I am not too sure if the choice of name is genial or stupid. I guess time will tell. But my tiny bit of understanding of Marketing would have made me choose a different name. Could you imagine the name of the website for this gallery/art space? Not surprisingly they specify two other addresses: www.farcryproductions.ie and www.dialogueatvynerst.com

An exhibition with work by Leo Boyd, Lucy Braddell, Eddie Cahill, Phil Daly, Naomi Enright, Catherine Foley, Dawn Freeborn, David J, Susan Kennedy, Niamh Murphy, Colm O’Connor, Clare Turley, Imelda Healy and Liz Walsh will be on show during office hours from 22 Oct. Unfortunately the end date is not specified. The venue is The Bar Council of Ireland, 145-151 Church Street, Dublin 7.

‘Exposed’ is an exhibition by Pakistani artist Mohsin Shafi. It will be on show at The Ireland Institute, Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street from 22-31 Oct (daily 11:00-18:30). For more information contact Dino on: 086 3260990

The Swan Society, a collective of artists Laura de Búrca, Mary Hoare and Síobhán Jordan will exhibit from 23 Oct (18:00) until 25 Oct in the Joy Gallery, Rutland Place.

‘Frolitics and Econocomics’ is an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Brigit Beemster that will be on show from 22 Oct. (Gallery Details: Gallery Zozimus, 56 Francis St, Dublin 8, www.galleryzozimus.ie, Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun 14:00-18:00)

The RHA is pleased to present a new series of exhibitions which will be taking place at the gallery on Ely Place. The Winter Season at the RHA (from Fri 23 Oct) will host ‘More Rules than Road’, an exhibition of work by Sonia Shiel, in Galleries I, II and III; Graham Crowley at the Ashford Gallery; ‘New Works – Father & Child’ by Mary Kelly in the RHA Foyer; ‘Night Canvas’ by John Kindness in the RHA Atrium; and ‘Landscapes from the RHA Collection’ in the Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery. Sonia Shiel and Graham Crowley’s exhibitions will close on 22 November, while the Mary Kelly, John Kindness and Landscape Painting from the RHA Collection shows will be on view until 20 December 2009. (Gallery Details: Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, www.rhagallery.ie, Open: Mon-Sat 11:00-19:00 Sun 14:00-17:00)


The Contemporary Music Centre (19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8) presents Soundscapes, a ten-day outdoor celebration in sound of the work of veteran Irish composer Roger Doyle, often described as ‘the Godfather of Irish electronic music’. The show runs from 22-31 Oct (12:00-16:00), as part of the DEAF Festival 2009. In an imaginative use of its 200-year old listed building in Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, the Contemporary Music Centre will create a dramatic outdoor sound gallery to play Doyle’s strikingly contemporary electronic and piano music from speakers located on the front of the building and in its enclosed rear courtyard. Six different playlists spanning Doyle’s career across the last three decades will be broadcast each afternoon. www.cmc.ie

DEAF 2009
DEAF 2009 (Dublin Electronic Arts Festival) returns this year to various venues around Dublin city from 22-31 October 2009. A full timetable of events is here www.deafireland.com/2009/ and since the majority of events are completely free, you should definitely check it out. The number of events is huge and far beyond of what I can list in this newsletter. So I only picked two events (more or less at random) to describe them here:
# SOUNDSCAPES see description above
Continuing with last year’s theme of re-interpreting the medium of video art and its context, this year’s ‘If these walls could talk’ exhibition at The Joinery as part of DEAF 2009 looks for the literal and conceptual presence of the walls and structures that define the urban environment and how space is re-used, recycled and re-invented. The show runs from 21-31 Oct. www.thejoinery.org

The Zealots will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Thurs 22 Oct at 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

“Writing about the New Germany” is the title of a reading and discussion with authors
Jenny Erpenbeck, Ulrich Peltzer and Julia Schoch. The event will take place on Fri 23 Oct from 17:00-18:30 in the Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (in English). Admission free. The three authors will read from their works and participate in a panel discussion on continuity and changes of Germany’s cultural identity 20 years after the wall. The discussion will be chaired by Karen Leeder, University of Oxford. The event is part of the conference “Re-Imagining the Nation? Transformations of German Cultural Identiy since 1989” from 22 to 24 October 2009, which takes place at University College Dublin and the Goethe-Institut Irland.

Last weekend Mundo Capoeira had their annual Capoeira Festival, but during the week I was told that there is another Capoeira group Grupo Candeias Dublin) and that they have their festival this weekend. So here is the information for another Capoeira Festival:
This weekend the “IV Gingarte Capoeira Festival” will take place. From 23-25 Oct workshops, performances, demonstrations, a grading ceremony and a Brazilian Party will take place The main venue for the weekend will be Gloucester Street Sports Centre, Gloucester Street, Dublin 2 (behind the Ulster Bank building).
# Fri 23 Oct: Workshop and Open Roda from 18:00-21:00
# Sat 24 Oct:
+ 10:00 Street Roda, Grafton St (near St Stephen’s Green) Weather permitting!
+ 12:00-18:00 Workshops and Roda, Gloucester Street Sports Centre. This will include workshops by the Brazilian Masters from Grupo Candeias and teachers from all over Europe from Grupo Candeias, Origens do Brazil and Capoeira Gerais.
+ 20:00 Brazilian Party at Kobra Bar, Lower Leeson Street (Admission EUR 10). DJ, Capoeira and Maculele Demonstrations
# Sun 25 Oct: 12:00-17:00 Grading Ceremony, Maculele Performance by students from Grupo Candeias Dublin, Danca Guerrera Performance by teachers from Grupo Candeias Ireland and a Closing Roda.
Participation at the workshops is EUR 40 for 1 day and EUR 60 for 2/3 days, but if you just want to watch the workshops you won’t be charged. The event on Sunday is free and open to everyone. Phone: 087 782 8284 and www.candeiasdublin.com

The Red Line Roots Festival will run from 22-25 Oct. It is a music festival that is spread across the three venues Sin E, the Dice Bar and The Cobblestone, which are all quite near to each other in the vicinity of Smithfield Plaza.. The music is a very interesting mixture of Blues, Country, Rock, Bluegrass with some Balkan Beats, Punk and Folk added to it. The website www.redlinefestival.com/ details the programme and if you want to hear some music samples and read lots of details about the bands go to www.myspace.com/redlinefestival. The gigs in The Cobblestone are not free, but all gigs in Sin E and the Dice Bar are completely free.
It is a pity that I will probably not be able to make it to any of the gigs, because I definitely would have liked to “try” the Red Line Roots Festival. I hope you will be able to give it a go. It is a great idea and a great initiative by the pubs involved. It would be great if more pubs came up with similarly good ideas!

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
* Inspirational Film Club / Inspirational Readers Club – Every Friday at 18:45 either a film screening or – on the 1st Friday of the month – a reading of inspirational material takes place. The event is inspired by the Bahá’í Religion (www.bahai.ie) and it takes place in the National Bahá’í Centre, 24 Burlington Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. sites.google.com/site/inspirationalfilmclub or www.mbs-coaching.com/en/spirit-coaching/inspirational-readers-club
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes in Temple Bar every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3). These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information email info@sahajayoga.ie or check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie. Classes are also on Mondays at 19:00 in Blanchardstown Library.
* The Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.


(See Friday for details.)

(See Friday for details.)

The Saw Doctors will be signing copies of their new album, ‘To Win Just Once .. The Best of The Saw Doctors’ on Sat 24 Oct at 14:00 in Grafton Street. Please note: There will be no performance. The Saw Doctors will do an album signing only. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

Dartmouth Square in Ranelagh is the venue for an event for the 350 – International Day of Action on 24 Oct. The event will run from 14:00-15:00.
“350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide – measured in “Parts Per Million” in our atmosphere. 350 PPM – is the number we needs to get back to as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change. We are currently at 390 and rising, so its time to act!! The 350.org events want to send a loud signal to our leaders who will meet in December in Copenhagen to draw up a strong, new and binding climate treaty, with the necessary pressure from us, the people of planet earth!”. www.facebook.com/pages/Dartmouth-Sq/55506430889 www.350.org/node/8665

# Adult Gallery Talk: “On the way to Valhalla Weapons from the Irish Viking Graves in the Museum” is taking place on 24 Oct from 12:00-12:30 in Kildare Street for Age 14+. Join Archaeologist Dr Stephen Harrison to discover the Vikings art of war and weapons. No booking required. First come, first served. Limited to 30. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=865

# “All the Fun of the Fair” with Emma Finucane is the Family Programme in the National Gallery on Sat 24 Oct from 15:00. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

* 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.
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* The Dublin Food Coop runs a food market every Saturday (09:30-16:30) and Thursday (14:00-20:00) at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Fresh local and artisan produce, mainly organic, and other products for sustainable living are on sale. www.dublinfood.coop
* Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale at Kart City
Old Airport Road, Santry, Dublin 9. The Kart City Weekend Market is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 08:00-16:00 and until the end of May all car boot sellers can sell for free. sundaymarket.ie/
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

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I know it feels like winter on some days and especially some nights, but what I mean with “Winter Time” here is that the Summer Time came to an end last night and you hopefully have set your clocks back by one hour, otherwise you will go to events at the wrong time! ;-)

(See Friday for details.)

(See Friday for details.)

Once Halloween was a day (31 October), but lately it is extended more and more and this year there is a whole Halloween week starting on Sunday 25 Oct. South Dublin County every year has one of the best Halloween Celebrations and it seems that this years Hallowfest 2009 is better than last years again.
Not all events are free, so you have to search a bit, but there are some walks and Library events that are free. Have a good look at www.hallowfest.ie

The October Flea Market at Newmarket off Cork Street in Dublin 8 (in the building of the Dublin Food Co-op) is taking place on Sun 25 Oct. from 11:00-17:00. I like this Flea Market and it is going from strength to strength. dublinflea.blogspot.com/ and www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182064845711

Nearly every Sunday a free “Sunday at Noon” concert is taking place in the Hugh Lane Gallery. From 12:00-13:00 classical music will be performed for free. No booking is required. This week’s concert on 25 Oct is: The Fidelio Trio (www.fideliotrio.com) is playing Schumann.

A Lecture & Film Screening about Francis Bacon & David Cronenberg “The Inner Beauty and other aspects” is taking place on Sun 25 Oct at 13:30 in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square. Film criticism suggests a connection between the paintings of the Irish artist Francis Bacon and the films of the Canadian director David Cronenberg, well known for movies like Scanners (1979), The Fly (1986) or Dead Ringers (1988). After discussing selected paintings and film scenes, David Cronenberg’s The Fly (95 mins) will be shown in full length. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=373

The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square is running a “Sunday Sketching for 7+ year olds” programme. The title of the Sunday Sketching this week (25 Oct 15:00-16:00) is “Halloween Hats & Masks”. Admission is free. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=349

# My Museum: “Does Nature Influence Style?” is taking place on Sun 25 Oct from 14:00-16:00 in the Riding School at Collins Barracks. (Age 6+). Be a designer: inspired by animal prints – experiment, predict, create and bring your designs to life in this art workshop. Booking essential – places limited to 15. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=881
# A free themed Family Tour is taking place on Sun 25 Oct from 15:00 in Collins Barracks. (Age 6+). Free themed tour for family groups. Please note that places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=843

# “The Medusa – Italian 15th Century Parade Shield: Conservation and Research Project” by Lecturer Simone Mancini, National Gallery of Ireland is the title of a lecture on Sunday 25 Oct. from 15:00. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

Nearly every Sun from 16:00-21:00 “Holy Joes Infernal Cabaret” takes place in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Admission is free. The next few events are
Sun 25 Oct: Miss Paula Flynn, Cold Castle Lake, Tandem Phoenix, Garret Baker
The event will be recorded for the GigEvent Live Video Podcast on www.mixtape.ie.

On Sun 25 Oct from 17:00-21:00 Marlay Park will be the venue for a free fright fest of spooky thrills and chills for Samhain 2009 hosted by DLR Events.
Samhain returns for its fourth year to Marlay Park where the Haunted Forest will be open for all to explore from 17:00-21:00. You’ll be led along a woodland walkway lit by festoons, where you will find plenty of thrilling treats and surprises. Come in fancy dress to scare off the ghosts and enjoy a magnificent fireworks display at 19:00.

“The Comedy Crunch” continues in Shebeen Chic. This is a comedy programme of yet lesser known comedians and admission is free. The next event is on Sun 25 Oct from 21:00 (Doors: 20:30). The venue for this show is Shebeen Chic, Downstairs Bar, 4 Georges Street, Dublin and “Comedy Crunch” is taking place there every second week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

The Songs of Praise Bank Holiday Party is taking place on Sun 25 Oct from 22:00-03:00 in The Village in Wexford Street. Admission is free. “Songs of Praise” is a “night of Musical Mayhem with Rock & Roll Karaoke, DJs and lashing of rum for all performers.” www.getpraise.com or www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160512867105

* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Gigs in The Mezz. Every Sunday 5 acts ranging from Soul to Funk, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop and Alternative/Indie music will perform between 15:00-21:00 in The Mezz, Eustace Street, Dublin 2 (in Temple Bar near Dame Street) Admission is free.
* The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) will be back in Bruxelles, Harry Street near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel from 30 Aug. The start time is advertised as 18:00, but the actual start is usually significantly later. The gigs are not EVERY week, but most weeks. Admission is free.
* Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Globe in Sth George’s Street from 20:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.myspace.com/sundayroast1
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* The Tangenteers (Rock/Reggae) are playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Francois G reported that this 18:00 performance is not taking place. I am trying to find out more.
Ro Byrne (Acoustic/Rock/Indie – www.myspace.com/earthquakehair) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* The Brazilian Samba Rock Band +55 is playing every Sunday at the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-22:00, followed by a DJ playing Forro, Axe, and a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and salsa beats. Admission is free before 21:00 and EUR 5 after that.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* 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
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Vir gin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.

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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This Monday is a bank holiday. Expect shops to be open like on Sundays. In Dublin City the Pay & Display Parking will not be enforced so you can park there without paying, however Loading Bays and Bus Lanes are “active”, so stay away from them. :-) Regular events MIGHT not take place on a bank holiday, so check them out first.

Traditionally the Bank Holiday Monday is the day of the yearly Dublin City Marathon. The impressive number of more than 12,000 runners and walkers will take part and the event starts at 09:00. The Start will be near Fitzwilliam Square and the Finish is on Merrion Square. The last person has to be back by 17:00, so for 8 hours the course will be open. In the City Centre the traffic will be severely affected, so plan your journeys wisely. The course map is here dublinmarathon.ie/general_course.php and all other information can be found on www.dublinmarathon.ie Race registration closed already at the beginning of October, but you can watch the race and cheer on the participants.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that the Edvard Munch exhibition in the National Gallery is free every Monday. This might not be much help to many of you, but this week you can make use of it. The National Gallery is open on Mondays, so it should work out to get a visit in to the exhibition for free if you are interested. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/exhibitions.html

* Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the recently-formed music collective the ‘Lazy Band’ is playing roots, trad and folk songs from Ireland, England, America and anything else they like. Admission is free and the bar serves during the show. Some people order up pizzas from downstairs. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.myspace.com/thelazyband
* ‘Hugh Cooney Don’t Like Monday’, a cabaret and live visual performance by Hugh Cooney, will take place every Monday night from 20:30 at The Pygmalion, South William Street, Dublin 2 (formerly Ba Mizu in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.myspace.com/hughcooneycomotions
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelans is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghues on Suffolk Street every Tueas from 20:00. It’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844
* 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
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


Seven Towers, the creative arts agency, are inviting to their ‘Last Wednesday Series Reading And Open Mic’ on Wed 28 Oct from 19:30. The event is an Open Mic Night with readings from featured Writers and guests and takes place in Cassidy’s Bar Westmoreland St, Dublin 2. Featured writers are Oran Ryan, Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Eamonn Lynskey and Noel O Briain. And for this month only special guest Eamon Carr, reading new work and from The Origami Crow, Journey into Japan, World Cup Summer 2002. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=cal

The National College of Ireland in the IFSC is running a “Legends in your Lunchtime” programme. Important, influential or otherwise interesting business people, politicians etc are invited for an interview and to talk about their life and what drives them. The next event will take place on Wed 28 Oct and you better hurry if you want to get a place. You need to book your free ticket! On Wed 28 Oct, Newstalk’s Claire Byrne will be talking to Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay. The event takes place from 13:00-14:00 at the College’s IFSC campus. www.ncirl.ie/Events/Fergus_Finlay:_Legends_In_Your_Lunchtime today.

Rachel Allen will be signing copies of “Home Cooking” on Wed 28 Oct at 15:00 in Eason’s, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

From 07 Oct -16 Dec, the German Department of the (SALIS) at Dublin City University (DCU) presents a film series about the “Berlin Wall 1961-1989” in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. All films will be screened in Original language with English subtitles. The venue is DCU in Glasnevin in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Room C124. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en5067693v.htm
The films in the series are
# Wed 04 Nov 15:00: Lichter/Distant Lights (2003)
# Wed 18 Nov 15:00: My DDR-T-Shirt (2008)
# Wed 02 Dec 15:00: Wir können auch anders/No More Mr Nice Guy (1993)
# Wed 16 Dec 15:00: Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker/The German Chainsaw Massacre

“The Dirty 9’s” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Wed 28 Oct at 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The Department of Italian of Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with Casa Italia Cultural Centre are inviting to “Il barocco siciliano dopo il terremoto del 1693, prologo dello stile georgiano?”, a public lecture in Italian by Prof. Paolo Giansiracusa (Accademia di Belle Arti di Catania). Sicilian refreshments will be offered by Siracusani nel Mondo. The lecture takes place on Wed 28 Oct at 18:00 in Room 3074 of the Italian Department in TCD. www.tcd.ie/Italian/

* CoCo Markets at Docklands. Every Wed from 15 Apr-28 Aug from 12:00-14:30 a CoCo food market is taking place at Excise Walk in the IFSC. www.dublindocklands.ie/index.jsp?p=94&n=341&i=26
* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “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 SOME Wednesdays. The frequency got less predictable in recent weeks/months and you should check the website before going. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Wed a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


“8 Ball” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Thurs 29 Oct at 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Frangos Restaurant on Level 3 in Dundrum Town Centre are inviting to free cooking demonstrations. Their new Executive Head Chef Peter Oppermann will showcase the new Frangos menu, which is inspired by hearty and wholesome dishes from around the world every Thursday for 4 weeks, starting on Thurs 15 Oct at 18:00.
On Thurs 22 October at 18:00 Oppermann will cook “Baked stuffed fillet of pork en croute” and “Double Swiss chocolate torte”
On Thurs 29 October at 18:00 “Baked salmon salad with lime, honey & coriander marinade”, “Slow cooked shin of beef in a Chianti red wine and mushroom jus” and “Buttered Polenta” are on the menu for the demonstration.
And finally on Thurs 05 Nov at 18:00 you will see the demonstration for “Baked pork and prawn meat balls with sweet chili dipping sauce” and “Baked breast of chicken with a tangy sweet and sour sauce”.
Booking not essential but if you would like to reserve a place call Ian or Aisling on 01-2962954 www.frangos.ie

Leinster (I assume this means a few team representatives!?) will be signing copies of “Leinster” in Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin Thursday, 29 October 2009 at 18:30.

Kim McCoaker & Rachel Bermingham will be signing copies of “4 Ingredients” in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin on Thurs 29 October 2009 at 19:00.

A book launch and special multi-media literary evening near Halloween at which the origins, truths and myths surrounding the world’s most infamous vampire will be discussed will take place on Thurs 29 Oct at 19:00. Journalist Sean Hillen wrote a book about vampires. “His unique book-in-a-coffin, ‘Digging For Dracula,’ published on the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s classic novel, weaves a tale of travel and adventure spiced with humor; a search for literary truths and the meaning of medieval and modern myths.” This special Halloween event will take place at Waterstone’s book shop at 7 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Due to restricted seating please reserve your seat via columbia@diggingfordracula.com on or before Tuesday 27th October. Admission is free, but bring some garlic… just in case! ;-) www.diggingfordracula.com

The Latin America Solidarity Centre is inviting to a lecture in their “Blue October” series. On Thurs 29 Oct Stephen O’Dwyer will talk about the “The Colombian Water Referendum: Propositive Civil Society Responses to Neoliberal Policies”. The event will take place at 19:00 in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre 27-31 Upper O’Conell Street, Dublin 1 www.lasc.ie/activities/TnT.html

The Irish Met Society invites to the lecture “Climate Change & the Developing World” by Tom Arnold, CEO Concern Worldwide. The venue is the Trinity College Botany Theatre (near the rugby ground) and the lecture will take place at 20:00 on Thurs 29 Oct. Admission is free and all are welcome. www.irishmetsociety.org/cms/
On 26 Nov Dr Frank Mulligan (NUIM) will discuss “What can we learn about climate change from studies of the Earth’s upper atmosphere”.

* Open Mic Night – Lucan County Bar. Set-up and run by Ian Smith, who is a friend of mine, this event will take place every last Thursday in the month at 20:00. The venue is the 1st floor of the Lucan County Bar (on the grounds of the Lucan Spa Hotel on the N4). www.lucanspahotel.ie/ENG/map.html
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Mullingar House in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111621257112
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.turkshead.ie
* The Poor Boys play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Tim. Admission is free.


Friday and Saturday will be filled with Halloween events in lots of different locations. If you have children in the right age group, I will list a few more events for you in the next Event Guide. But I am fully aware that if you do not have any children the attractiveness of Halloween is not necessarily huge. ;-) For Halloween events have a look at these websites

Midori Hirano will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 30 Oct at 13:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The Basics will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 30 Oct at 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

On Fri 30 Oct Charley Boorman will be for an exclusive free but ticketed event in Swords. Details are not yet available, but if you are interested you should contact the Hughes & Hughes book shop in Swords on 01 8700340 to reserve tickets and to find out more. Charley, will be available for Questions and Answers and he will be signing his new book ‘By Any Means 2’. www.hughesbooks.com/

The next monthly get-together by all French and Francophile people will take place in Bia bar on Fri 30 Oct. french-friday.com/


This section contains lots of events this week that happen in the future some of them require free tickets and it is mentioned where this is the case. Put the events in your diary and for the ticketed events hurry to request your tickets:

The National College or Ireland is bringing the “Legends in your Lunchtime” series back by popular demand. From 30 Sept-11 Nov a whole range of prominent speakers will talk about their life/job/business and you can listen and often even ask. The event is free but ticketed and past experience indicates that the tickets will go VERY fast. So if you are interested, do not hesitate and check the website. The event takes place from 13:00 – 14:00 in the National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1 and the speakers will be:
Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive, Barnardos on Wed 28 Oct
Eamonn Fallon, Chief Executive, Daft Media on Wed 11 Nov

From 30 Oct-01 Nov, the second annual Chocolate Festival will take place in Temple Bar. The event has a huge potential, but the Chocolate Fair on Sunday was a little disappointing last year. Let’s hope it will be better this year.
One aspect, however, that was already very impressive-sounding last year, was the free (and non-free) ticketed events. Again, this year there are a number of free but ticketed events and more non-free events. If you are interested, check out www.templebar.ie/home_nav_2_t_15.html or if you want to have a look at the full programme, then go to www.templebar.ie/docs/choc-fest.pdf

The RDS has an very interesting free public lecture coming up:
The RDS Darwin200 Public Lecture: “Fragile Web, What Next for Nature?” will take place on Tues 24 November in the RDS Concert Hall at 19:00. In celebration of Darwin200 and to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Origin of Species’ by Charles Darwin, the RDS has invited Professor Jonathan Silvertown who will be speaking on the matter of biodiversity. This lecture marks the fourth in the series of RDS Irish Times ‘Ireland in 2030’ lectures which aims to look at the serious long-term challenges that face us today. Admission is free but advance booking is essential. More information is available on www.rds.ie/science

______This is odd!!______________

On Monday I came across a very interesting article about the mass immunisation project in Germany against the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus and after a long search I found a translation into English. The most interesting thing in my opinion is that the head of the “Drug Commission of the German Medical Association”, Prof. Dr. med. Wolf-Dieter Ludwig, seems to think that the alleged swine flu threat is not much more than a panic that has been created artificially and intentionally by the pharmaceutical industry to make a huge amount of money. There are many more concerns raised in this article about the safety of the vaccines and to make sure that you can consider all aspects, I suggest that you read it and then make up your own mind. On balance I have decided that I will not get any vaccination against a flu virus and I suggest you gather all available information so that you can make the decision that makes sense for you. www.thelocal.de/national/20091018-22649.html

Enjoy the week!


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