Event Guide 137: Trad Fest 2010, Facebook Megaparty, Dublin Flea Market, Alchemist Cafe, Bewley’s Debate

January 28th, 2010

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 137
| 29 January 2010 Subscribers: 5623

Hi all!

It is ONLY Thursday morning when you find this Event Guide in your Inbox, not yet Friday, so make sure that you come back tomorrow to work and please don’t use the excuse on Friday “I thought yesterday was Friday because I had received the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) yesterday morning!”, your boss might not understand. ;-) The reason why I am a day early is because I will be away until Sunday and to make sure that you will not be bored over the weekend you are getting this mail earlier.
Are you having a good week? If it wasn’t the best, you have still two days to turn it around. ;-) And if you don’t think you can change your own week, then maybe make someone else’s better!?

Oh, and did you celebrate something last week as I had suggested? Did you achieve something? – I am sure you did! A friend recently told me that there was a phase in his life when getting up in the morning was an achievement because he suffered from depression. So don’t be too demanding on yourself. Start celebrating the little achievements and then make them bigger week on week. :-)

Originally I thought that this introduction today is enough “Feel Good”, so maybe I would leave the “Feel Good Slot” empty this week, but then I came across a video on Kerwin Rae’s facebook page (You might remember that Kerwin is coming to Dublin on Saturday. Check the Saturday section if you want to know more.) and that video clip is so good that I can’t keep it from you. ;-) The video is about failure and if you ever have failed you have to watch it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tjYoKCBYag

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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 promise for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “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. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

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Since I will be away this weekend, I can again only tell you what I would have done: On Saturday I definitely would have gone to the talk with Kerwin Rae, then in the afternoon the outdoor events and in the early evening the pub trail of the Trad Fest sound interesting. Later on the Facebook Megaparty is the place to be. On Sunday the Dublin Flea Market and later in the evening Comedy Crunch would have been my thing. Then on Tuesday the Alchemist Lecture and on Wednesday the Bewley’s Debate are what I would recommend.


The Zagmar Theatre Company is presenting “Bad Faith”, a new play by O. J. Ryan. Bad Faith explores the deep psychological triggers that fashioned a young man’s life. The small-town that formed him, the father he rejected, the psychologist that changed his life… and the reasons he abandoned home, family and faith for a life on a Dutch building site. Returning after 20 years, the adult Gerard makes a series of painful discoveries on his road to redemption. The performance will be in the T@36 Theatre in the Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 from 01-06 Feb (20:30 every evening) and you can still get tickets for EUR 15/12 from Karolina on 087-1495222 or via badfaithplay@gmail.com The Zagmar Theatre Company made a pair of tickets available for a competition and the lucky winner was Irene Hall. 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______________

Well it has been a slightly odd week as far as news are concerned. I usually keep checking the online News Pages for interesting snippets, but the week was filled with news that are not really interesting or suitable for this section. If you find any news or discover something in Dublin that should be included you can always it to me: dublineventguide@gmail.com with Subject DUBLIN NEWS.


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. The banks don’t help anymore, the government doesn’t want to help, so we have to help ourselves! The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will help you if you have recently started a company and if you could do with spreading the word. I hope being mentioned here and being seen by the 5500+ readers of the Event Guide will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

Next week I will tell you about more new companies.


‘What happens next is a secret’ is an exhibition that examines what happens to artworks when they become part of a museum collection. It will be on show from 26 Jan – 18 Apr. (Museum Detail: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, www.imma.ie, Tues-Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun+Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:30. from 05 June-18 Sept: Thurs: 10:00-20:00)

Two new exhibitions will open in the Douglas Hyde Gallery at Trinity College on Thurs 28 Jan from 18:00-19:30. Ciaran Murphy will be exhibiting in Gallery 1 and in Gallery 2 ‘Nepalese Shamanism’, an exhibition of ritual objects from Nepal with photographs by Kevin Bubriski, will be on show. Both exhibitions will run until 16 Mar. Before the opening at 17:00 on Thurs 28 Jan, Ciaran Murphy be interviewed by Tim Stott about his work. Admission is free. (Gallery Details: Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2, www.douglashydegallery.com , Open: Mon-Fri: 11:00-18:00, Thurs: 11:00-19:00, Sat: 11:00-16:45)

‘History appears twice, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce’ is an exhibition by Paulette Phillips inspired by Eileen Grey’s E 1027 villa on the Cote d’ Azur. The show opens on Thurs 28 Jan (18:00-20:00) and runs until 6 Mar.

‘Counter Earth’ is an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Damien Flood. Opening reception is on Thurs 28 Jan (18:00-20:00) and the show runs until 06 Mar. (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)

‘Coffee, Cakes and Country Air’ an exhibition by Deborah Donnelly will open on Thurs 28 Jan (18:00-20:00) and will be on show until 18 Feb. (Gallery Details: Bad Art Gallery, 79 Francis Street, Dublin 8, www.thebadartgallery.ie, Open: Mon-Sat 10:30-18:00)

‘Freshlatino’, a project that uses video installation to explore the work of 14 architectural practices from Ibero-America will open at 19:00 on Thurs 28 Jan with a series of talks on contemporary architecture by Ariadna Cantis, Pedro Bandeira and Simon Walker (Walker Architects). The venue is the Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Cultural Centre on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 www.cvc.cervantes.es/artes/freshlatino/default.htm

The 6th instalment of ‘The Golden Bough’ series by Katie Holten will be on show from 27 Jan – 02 April. It is an installation of drawing, sculpture and text. (Gallery Details: Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, www.hughlane.ie, Open: Tues-Thurs 10:00-18:00, Fri+Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun: 11:00-17:00)

‘A Mythical Army’ an exhibition by Sheila Gorman opens on Sat 30 Jan from 15:00-17:00. The show runs until 20 Feb. In addition ‘AltEnts Connections’, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture, sound installation, DVD and photography by Vincent Browne, Fiona Cashell, Susan Connolly, Gabhann Dunne, Carol Eakins, Paul Gregg, Joan Healy, Anthony Judanath, Brian Kennedy, Brian Maguire, Hugh McCarthy, Talia Moscovitz, Isabel Nolan and Louise Ward will open at the same time and will continue until 27 Feb. (Venue Details: Rua Red, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24, www.ruared.ie, Open: Tues-Sat: 10:00-18:00)

‘CLICK CLICK’ is an integrated web-based arts project completed by young people from the Irish Wheelchair Association Youth Service and the Tallaghtfornia Foróige Club in collaboration with artist Aileen Lambert. The launch of it will take place at Rua Red on 30 Jan at 16:30. Admission is free, but ticketed. To reserve a seat ring 01-4515860. www.aileenlambert.com

‘Originals’ is an exhibition by Morgan & Eimear-Jean McCormack. It will open with a party at Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street on Sat 20 Jan from 21:00. The show runs until 28 February 2010.

‘Princess Dress’ is an exhibition of new photographs by Helena Lehtinen. It will open on Thurs 28 Jan from 18:00-20:00. The exhibition will be on show until 1 Feb. (Gallery Details: The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, www.thejoinery.org, Open: ???)

‘Circus of Emotions’ is an exhibition of acrylic and oil paintings by Katarzyna Gajewska and Sofia. It will open at 19:00 on Thurs 28 Jan and will run until 11 Feb.
(Gallery Details: MadArt Gallery, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, www.madartstudio.com, Open: ?)

‘Blasphemy’ is an exhibition by David Godbold, Factotum, Nevan Lahart and Paul Murnaghan. The exhibition will open on Fri 29 Jan from 18:00-20:00 and runs until 27 Feb. The film ‘Rocky Road to Dublin’ (1967) will be screened in the gallery alongside ‘The Making of Rocky Road’ (2005) on Wed 10 Feb at 19:00.
(Gallery Details: Oonagh Young Gallery, 1 James Joyce Street, Liberty Corner, Dublin 1, www.oonaghyoung.com, Open: Thurs+Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat: 13:00-16:00)

‘The Problem with Stability’ is an exhibition by Pat Foster and Jen Berean. It will open on Fri 29 Jan from 19:00-21:00. The show will continue until 13 Mar. (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00)

See Saturday for details.

The first French Friday of the year, a party for all French and Francophile people, will take place on 29 Jan from 21:00-02:30 at the Bia Bar, 28 Lower Stephens Street Dublin 2. french-friday.com/

* 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.
* 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.


I mentioned it last week already that Kerwin Rae, the Australian Sales & Marketing specialist, Coach, Mentor and International Speaker will be in Dublin on 30 Jan. During the week I attended a conference call where Kerwin outlined that he plans to talk a little more about his own path to success at his Dublin event and I can guarantee you that this will be very interesting. Kerwin is in his 30s and had a stroke last year and it didn’t look good for him but he turned everything around and seems to be fit and fine again. You can imagine that he has not just an interesting professional life story. It seems that there are still a few tickets available, so if you are interested: Kerwin’s first session on 30 Jan is at 10:00 and the second at 14:00. The talk will last approx. 2 hours and it will take place in the former Berkley Court Hotel (D4 Berkley) NOT In the Ballsbridge Inn as previously announced and as communicated in an e-mail from the organisers! The D4 Berkley is just around the corner from the Ballsbridge Inn, though. Admission is free and you can register here: www.marketingsecretsexposed.co.uk/?af=CLA1035324

The Temple Bar TradFest 2010 is Dublin’s main festival for traditional music and culture. It’s hard to believe that before the first ever Temple Bar Trad Fest in January 2006, Dublin had lacked a traditional music festival for almost twenty years! Since 2006, each year Ireland’s top traditional musicians play during the festival weekend in Temple Bar. All the gigs on the “PubTrail” throughout Temple Bar and the outdoor events are free. The headline events and more formal concerts are not free but could nevertheless be interesting. The festival is organised by TASCQ, the local traders group in Temple Bar, and if you are around you should go to some of the events to show your appreciation for running this festival.
There are a number of outdoors events in Temple Bar as well and most of them are suitable for children, have a look at the website!
The event starts on Wed 27 Jan and will run until Sun 31 Jan. The website templebartrad.com/ has all the information and programmes but is a little awkward to navigate. Instead you can get the printed programme in the Temple Bar Information Centre and in most other venues in Temple Bar or you can download a (sizable) zip-file that contains pdf files for all sub-programmes that are part of the festival. The zip-file with the PDFs is here: www.templebartrad.com/wp-content/themes/tradfest/TBTF_WEB%20programmes.zip If you only want the free PubTrail events then you can find the programme here:

The Irish Chinese Chiu Chung Lung Ying Academy who teaches Dragon Style Kung Fu is performing a Dragon Dance for the Chinese New Year. The performances will be on this weekend in Collins Barracks, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to find out the timings. Their website lists the following upcoming events:
30/31 Jan – Lion / Dragon performances in Collins Barracks, Dublin.
13 Feb – Lantern Festival and parade through Dublin city centre
14 Feb – Chinese New Year Celebration, Wolftone Park, Jervis St., Dublin

# An Adult Gallery Talk “The Ancient Egypt Collection” is taking place in Kildare Street on Sat 30 Jan from 12:00-12:30. Age 14+. “Join us for an introduction to the fascinating Egyptian Collection at the National Museum led by Egyptologist, Dr Jodi Tabitha Neal. No booking required. First come, first served. Talk limited to 30.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=952
# A Drop in Event about Asian Art is taking place on Sat 30 Jan in Collins Barracks in the Education Resource Room from 15:00-16:30. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=930

The Family Programme in the National Gallery in Kildare Street on Sat 30 Jan from 15:00 is “Inside the Chocolate Factory” with Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

On Sat 30 Jan the 2nd Facebook Megaparty will take place in Dublin. The party has nothing really to do with facebook apart from the fact that people are invited via facebook, but the company is not involved in organising the event. Instead it is organised by Roberto, Daniela and Sarai. The party will start at 19:30 and admission is free until 23:00. After 23:00 you will have to pay EUR 10 (which includes a drink). I strongly suggest to be there well before 23:00 because according to the facebook group www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=231286818243 currently 342 people plan to go to the party and more than 600 MIGHT come. I was at the party last year and it was great night. But it was very crowded after around 22:30 and maybe a bigger venue would have been a good idea for this 2nd party. Nevertheless the atmosphere was great and hopefully it will be as good this year. Interestingly, the vast majority of party guests were last year Italian. ;-) No surprise, really if the majority of the organisers are Italian and are well connected in the Italian community.
The Purty Kitchen (formerly Bad Bobs) is between the Meeting House Square and the Porterhouse Pub in Temple Bar.

* 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 Designer Mart is on winter break and will return from 13 March!
* 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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See Saturday for details.

The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is taking place every Sun from 10:30-12:30. Up to 20 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The upcoming themes are
31 Jan: Pond Life
07 Feb: Make a Valentines card

The next Dublin Flea Market, the first this year is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 31 Feb from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information check out www.dublinflea.blogspot.com. If you have items to sell contact dublinflea@gmail.com to find out if there is space available etc. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. And if you have a quirky selection of odds and ends hidden away in your attic and fancy taking a stall at a future market contact them at dublinflea@gmail.com

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 is a Schumann / Wolf Recital by Paul McNamara , tenor and Philip Mayers piano. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=455

A public lecture entitled “Francis Bacon, Luis Bunuel and Surrealism” has been rescheduled to Sun 31 Jan at 13:30. Lecturer is Dr Bruce Swansey. “Continuing the Hugh Lane series of vibrant lectures on the current exhibition Francis Bacon: A Terrible Beauty Dr Bruce Swansey will discuss the films of Luis Bunuel and their influence on Bacon.” www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=396

The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square is running a “Sunday Sketching for 7+ year olds” programme. This week (31 Jan) the title is “Sources of Inspiration. The Photographs of John Deakin” and the event takes place from 15:00-16:00. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=408

# The national Museum in Collins Barracks is “Celebrating St Brigid’s Day” on Sun 31 Jan from 14:00-16:00 (for Age 5+). “Drop into the activity area to learn how to make a traditional St Brigid’s cross and then listen to some of the magical stories of this great Irish woman. This is a drop in event and there is no booking required.”

The Sunday Lecture on 31 Jan at 15:00 in the National Gallery in Kildare Street is: “Turner’s Travel’s Abroad” by Lecturer Niamh MacNally, National Gallery. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

The Odeon are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (13:00+15:00), major international sporting events on the other big screen, kids under 3 eat for free are the main attractions of this offer. Upcoming Movies are on 30/31 Jan: Happy Feet. For further information ring 01 672 7690 or check www.odeon.ie/ The Odeon Bar & Grill is in the Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2.

On Sun 31 Jan the Final in at the African Nations Cup will take place and you are invited to celebrate this and to watch the fame. The event will start at 15:00 on 31 Jan and will continue until late. . The Bohemian Football Club at Dalymount Park, North Circular Road, Dublin 7 is organising this event. With traditional and not so traditional home made African food and DJs playing some Afrobeat/Reggae music, it should be a very interesting event. Admission is free. Kick off is at four so come early to grab some food and seat. English Premier League games at the same time will be shown on another big screen – so you won’t miss anything. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=260647943467

Véronique Doisneau was a member of the corps de ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet and this film by Ferome Bel was made when she was approaching 42, the mandatory retirement age in the Paris Opera Ballet. The film sketches out her life as a dancer.
A panel discussion on the topic ‘Career Transitions in Dance’ will follow the screening. Panellists are Joanna Banks, College of Dance; Finola Cronin, UCD; Paul Johnson, Dance Ireland, Jenny Roche, Dance Advisor to the Arts Council and Davide Terlingo, Head of Dance, the Arts Council. This event will take place on Sun 31 Jan at 16:00 in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield. Admission is free, but tickets are required. You can book tickets in advance or collected them from the Light House Box Office: booking.lighthousecinema.ie/film.tpl?eventcode=VERO

The Freeway Blues Rock Sunday Sessions at the Lower Deck Pub in Portobello, Dublin 8 will take place again on Sun 31 Jan from 18:00-21:00. The band “The Freeway” will perform and Special Guests will contribute too. This is a High Energy Blues Rock Session where you will hear Music of Cream, Free Rory Gallagher, Freddie King, Albert Collins etc. Admission is free. www.gumtree.ie/dublin/38/51764138.html

All who like artistic independent animation are invited to a free short lecture supported by movies of the style’s masters (brothers Quay, Jan Svankmajer, Jerzy Kucia, Piotr Dumala, Witold Giersz, Norman McLaren, Ryan Larkin and others). The title is “Auteur Animation” and the lecturer is multimedia artist and designer (and Event Guide supporter) Aga Grandowicz. The event takes place on 31 Jan from 19:00 in the Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2 Further information and contact e-mail addresses can be found on aga-grandowicz.blogspot.com/2010/01/auteur-animation-lecture.html and on www.cfcp.ie

Representative for all other Haiti Fundraising events I will mention one event this week, but please don’t complain to me for not listing YOUR Haiti Fundraiser. In the end the money from all fundraisers will (or should) arrive in the same Haiti. The Dublin Musical Societies are inviting to this event in the Burlington Hotel. The event will take place on Sun 31 Jan at 20:00 and Admission is EUR 20. To book your tickets you can call or text 087 2063309.
If you are unable to attend this event but still want to make a contribution there’s a webpage page where you can make a donation.
www.mycharity.ie/event/dublinmusicalsocietiesforhaiti/ (This is only for donations if you can’t attend, tickets will have to be paid at the venue.)

Free comedy, free ice-cream. What more do you want? :-) The Comedy Crunch is a brilliant free Stand Up comedy which decamps regularly downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street. It starts at 21:00 and the line-up is impressive. The next performance is on Sun 31 Jan and the details can be found on: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

* 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
* Story Telling Time in Hughes & Hughes in Dundrum, every Sunday from 12:00. Bring all the family for storytelling+cookies plus activities like crafts & face painting. All ages welcome. www.hughesbooks.com/
* 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 great Funk/Soul/Reggae/Jazz band Mob Fandango are playing in the newly renovated Camden Street Palace every Sunday evening from 20:00-22:00. Admission is free. www.myspace.com/mobfandango
* 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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The next meeting of the Kilmainham Arts Club will take place on 01 Feb at 19:30 in the Patriot’s Inn pub in Kilmainham, Dublin 8. This month’s meeting will host artwork by Brian Palm and Cora Buckley, performance art by Delta O’Hara, the stop-motion animation film ‘Paper Piano’ by Stephanie Barnes, poems by John McKeown, and music and dance from Tingle Sisters, Alan Lynch, Alina Gazdieva and Yves Mbowoua. Admission free. The club is also open to submissions/participation by arrangement with: kilmainham.arts.club@gmail.com

Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening night Cine-Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) take place on alternating weeks with the next event taking place on Mon 01 Feb at 19:30 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)).

* 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.


On Tues 02 Feb the National Gallery in Kildare Street invites to a lecture at 10:30. The title is “The Duke of Ormond and Kilkenny Portraits” by Lecturer Dr Jane Fenlon, Freelance Historian. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

Elaine Agnew is the featured composer in a free lunchtime concert by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the third of four in the orchestra’s Horizons series. The concert takes place on Tues 02 Feb from 13:05 in the National Concert Hall. A Pre-concert talk with Elaine Agnew will start at 12:30.
Admission to talk and concert is free but you need to book a ticket via 01-417 0000 or here www.rte.ie/performinggroups/2010/0202/horizonseagnew.html The final event will feature Brian Irvine (9 Feb).

The National College of Art and Design/Gallery is inviting to a public roundtable discussion hosted by the MA Art in the Contemporary World. ‘Eileen Gray and Modernism in an Irish Context’ will take place at 17:30 on Tues 02 Feb in the Harry Clark Lecture Theatre, National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas Street. Participants are Francis Halsall (MA Art in the Contemporary World, introductions), Lisa Godson (GradCAM, chair), Padraic Moore (curator, Hugh Lane), Paulette Phillips (artist) and Prof. Kathleen James Chakraborty (Chair, History of Art, UCD). www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin/NCAD-Gallery/125259231235

The February 2010’s Alchemist Café is entitled “‘Because I’m worth it!’ but are you really?” by Vanessa Hyde. How are cosmetics tested in Ireland before they get onto the shelves and do they really perform miracles? What about over the counter (OTC) medicines – how are these tested and approved? Functional foods are also a new group of products making medicinal claims (e.g soy protein, cranberries) – are these claims verified in controlled clinical trials?
Vanessa Hyde will talk about the current state of cosmetic, medicine and functional food testing in Ireland and de-bunk some of the myths about clinical trials. Vanessa has a background in basic and clinical sciences including 15 years experience in quality management of clinical trials in Ireland with emphasis on Good Clinical Practice (GCP). In addition she is an experienced Clinical Trials Auditor. The event will take place on Tues 02 Feb at 19:30 in the Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2. Admission is free. www.alchemistcafedublin.com/

* 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
* From 21:30, O’Briens on Dame Street (next to the Mercantile Pub) is the venue for a further Open Mic event of acoustic rock’n’roll organised by the band The Mighty Stef. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


The Royal Hibernian Academy is inviting to the second part of their series of lectures by RHA Members and Honorary Members:
– 03 Feb: Patrick J Murphy
– 10 Feb: Des McMahon
– 17 Feb: Peter Harbison ‘High Crosses’
– 24 Feb: Louis Marcus ‘Documentary Film: Fact or Fiction?’
– 03 March: Bruce Arnold ‘William Orpen’
– 10 March: Carey Clarke
– 24 March: Martin Gale
– 31 March: Brian Ferran ‘The William Scott & FE McWilliam commissions at Altnagelvin Hospital’
There is no admission fee and spaces will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Lectures begin at 17:30 in the Friends Room of the RHA, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2. For further information: www.royalhibernianacademy.ie

“Building Houses or Building Minds – which is a better option for sustainable development?” is the title of the next Bewley’s Debate on 03 Feb at 18:15. Speakers are Hugh Brennan (The Haven Project), Philip Crowley (Progressio Ireland) and the chairing the lecture is Laura Fletcher (RTE). The event takes place in upstairs in Bewleys Café Theatre. The event is free of charge.

The Spanish Cultural Inistute, Insituto Cervantes, is inviting to a series of films starting on Wed 03 Feb at 18:30. The title of the series is “Sesión 1. Espacio femenino 3a Edición: Mujeres en dirección” and the programme begins with the screening of short films directed by women. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha61536_16_2.htm
The Instituto Cervantes is on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery.

“In 3 Tagen bist du tot” is the title of the film script Thomas Baum will read from on Wed 03 Feb at 18:30 in the Goethe-Institut Irland, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. The reading is in German and Admission is free. “The Austrian author and script writer Thomas Baum predominantly deals with socio-politically relevant subjects and taboos which often are discussed publicly much later. In the Goethe-Institut Thomas Baum will read from his script of the film “In 3 Tagen bist du tot” and will show excerpts from the film. The film tells the story of a group of young people who are confronted with murder threats by SMS which shortly afterwards are followed by actions.
The discussion afterwards will also deal with the differences of writing film scripts and (theatre) texts. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en5479014v.htm

On 03 Feb the launch of the fund raising campaign for the documentary series, “Michael Collins, Path To Freedom” will take place at 19:00 in Wynn’s Hotel, 35-39 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
During the evening Nora Owen, patron of the society, provides a reflection on the life of her grand-uncle Michael Collins. Author, broadcaster and journalist Mary Kenny addresses the relationship between Winston Churchill and Michael Collins and explores the relationship between the British monarchy and the people of Ireland, the subject of her most recent book Crown and Shamrock: Love and Hate between Ireland and the British Monarchy. Dublin Historian and Lecturer, Michael Doran will talk on “Collins and The Success of the 1920 National Loan”, described by Arthur Griffith at the time, as one of the most extraordinary feats in the country’s history.
Documentary director, Noel Duffy will provide an insight into his creative vision for the feature-length documentary, Michael Collins:Path To Freedom. Discussing cinematic approach, casting and direction, global translation and production complexities. (The event will be filmed and footage may be used in the documentary or for promotional purposes.) www.generalmichaelcollins.com/events/michael_collins_night_dublin.htm

* 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
* 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.


The Ballymun Book Exchange runs on the first Thursday of every month in Ballymun Civic Centre between 09:30 and 13:30. The next exchange is on Thurs 04 Feb. Bring a book and exchange it for another, free of charge. The aim is to help and encourage more people to read. For more information, or to make book donations, contact Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership on 01-8423612 or e-mail elizabeth@ballymun.org. www.ballymun.org

CFS Markets, a Financial Spread Trading Company in Dublin, will run their seminar “Learn to trade” from now on every week on the Thurs at 18:30. The seminar is free and will cover a wide range of trading topics. For details and to register check cfsmarkets.com/learn-to-trade/ The seminar will take place in the Sweepstakes Centre in Ballsbridge, opposite the RDS. I won’t list this event after this week, so please note down the details.

“Turloughs, Biodiversity and the Farmers’ role in maintaining it” by Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington is the next lecture in the botanic garden on Thurs 04 Feb at 20:00 in the Visitor Centre of the Botanic Garden in Glasnevin.

* A weekly pub quiz is taking place in Peadar Kearneys, Dame Street every Thursday. Register from 19:00. There is no charge.
* 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
* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* “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.


On 05-07 Feb the second Life Lasting Success Conference will take place in the Red Cow Hotel on Naas Road. It is billed as the “Irish Entrepreneurs Superconference” and a number of better-known and a number of lesser known entrepreneurs will tell you what and how they made it. Some of the speakers are Sean Gallagher, Jairek Robbins, Pat Slattery, Tim Paulson, Mark Anastasi, Debbie Allen, Anthony McCarthy, Greg Secker, Chris Guerriero, Owen O’Malley, Jason Osborn. The organisers are offering 20 Event Guide readers free tickets for this event, so if that is something for you go to lifelastingsuccess.com/dublineventguide/


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:

Dr Craig Barrett is a former Chairman and CEO of Intel and a leading advocate for improving education worldwide. He will be taking about “Competitiveness” on 08 Feb at 18:00 in the Round Room in Mansion House, Dublin 2. If you want to attend this lecture, you have to book your free tickets for the limited amount of seats here:

The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) will run from 12-21 Feb and celebrates the year of the Tiger. A variety of arts and cultural events, exhibitions and activities will take place with a Chinese carnival on 14 Feb (Chinese New Years Day and Valentines Day).www.dublin.ie/arts-culture/chinese-new-year-2010.htm

Kevin Doyle Sings the Elvis Presley Story at The Olympia Theatre on Fri 12 and Sat 13 Feb. So if you are still looking for something special to do at the Valentine’s Day Weekend, come to the Olympia.
Kevin Doyle will commemorate the life of the King of Rock and Roll and his recent birthday through his music. Kevin will be supported by the brilliant The Way It Was Orchestra and the Valley Gospel Singers. In total there will be 22 people on stage providing an unforgettable musical experience, bringing back memories from your past or creating new memories about great music that influences the music scene until today. Stand-out numbers include That’s All Right, Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, It’s Now Or Never, An American Trilogy and of course Suspicious Minds. The show also features film footage, special guest voiceovers to give audiences a rare look into Elvis’ life through sound, image and live performances. Tickets from EUR 25 are on sale from Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.ie/search?tm_link=tm_header_search&q=kevin+doyle

______This is odd!!______________

Did you read about the armed robbery at a bank in Dublin? The Ulster Bank was robbed during the week at 10:00. And what I found interesting is that they didn’t bring a knife or a gun. No, just a metal bar did the job! The men got money and ran away on foot but lost some of the money on the way. So clearly these robbers weren’t the smartest ones, but I am wondering how much smaller you can go and still get money. If a metal bar is enough, will maybe a baseball bat do it too? And if a baseball bat is enough, what about a broom stick? Or a wooden spoon? Or a pencil?? Will the employees still hand out “a sum of money”? I know that they are told not to play heroes, but you do wonder how easy it is today.

Are you looking for an absolutely unique Valentine’s Day gift? Get the iPod that you give to your loved one personalised by Apple’s engraving service. clk.tradedoubler.com/click?p=27340&a=1719778&g=17649662

So, I am running late again and will have to hurry to make the plane to Germany. I hope you will have a nice weekend!.


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