Event Guide 150: SoGo Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, Bealtaine Festival, Green Drinks

April 30th, 2010

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 150
| 30 April 2010 Subscribers: 6267

Hi all!

Can you believe it? We have arrived at issue No 150! That means for the last 150 weeks I have gathered information about free events and have told you about it and it means that some of you have received up to 150 e-mails FULL of free events. :-) Some friends of mine think I am mad for investing about 20 hours every week in writing this newsletter. Yes, they might be right and some of you probably agree. ;-) But, I am very dedicated and passionate and see a wonderful and bright future ahead for the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) and thankfully many of you support me with donations and supportive e-mails and by telling all your friends to continue growing the Dublin Event Guide Community. More than 6200 we are now!! And growing every week! Thank you all, because it is YOU who make this Event Guide such a success!
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My week turned out very different than original planned. I had intended to do a lot of writing of this week’s edition during the week, because last night we had a 4-hour self-defence training session at www.kravmagaireland.com. But then there were some little challenges in my day job, then the harddisk in my Laptop decided to kick up a fuss and use bad sectors to stall me and in the end even a fire alarm in the building where I live in the night at 03:00 was “presented to me”. Consequence? A mad dash now to get the newsletter to you. I hope you will enjoy it so that it all was worth it!

Stamina, determination and not giving up is something we often need to achieve what we want and what we know we deserve. Do you occasional feel you want to give up? That you have enough of something or that you can’t be bothered any more? I sometimes have moments of thinking “Wouldn’t it be nice to take it easy on some Thursdays and to sleep during the night instead of writing pages and pages of newsletter?” and I am sure you all felt something similar – probably about a lot more important things in your life!? This week’s “Feel Good Slot” tells you to NEVER GIVE UP!

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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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I love that there is so much happening in Dublin! :-)
This weekend I will spend most of the time at the new and hugely promising SoGo Festival. Check out the Saturday section for more information. The festival runs from Friday until Sunday. In addition I will try to get to the Bray Jazz Festival!
On Monday I plan to take it easy AND already do some preparational work for next week’s Event Guide because next weekend I will be in Ennis and need to get the Event Guide finished a little earlier than normal.
On Tuesday I would love to go to the Green Drinks event, but will unfortunately not be able to, maybe you can go in my place? ;-)
On Thursday the E-Cars lecture interests me and if I can I will squeeze it in. However, I already have another event on Thursday, so not sure if it will work.


Castle Palooza, the “small festival with the big heart and the stunning setting” in Charleville Castle, Tullamore will take place on 31 July and 01 August this year and I got truck loads full of entries for the Dublin Event Guide Competition for a pair of tickets to the festival. Ohh nooo, I totally forgot to do the draw during the week, I will do it as the first thing once this week’s newsletter is finished! Apologies!
Two-day tickets including camping are EUR 99 plus service charge. (There are some premium tickets available as well if you prefer a more sophisticated camping experience. Check the website for details.) And you can find all details, including the line-up and a facility to buy tickets on www.castlepalooza.com.

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!

If you work in a company or have your own company where running a competition in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) would help to reach the 6000 readers of the Event Guide, just drop me a mail and we can discuss the details: dublineventguide@gmail.com If you organise a non-free event and want to have it listed in this Event Guide then through a competition you have the opportunity to do that.

______Dublin News______________

In a very quiet way, the Natural History Museum on Merrion Square re-opened on Thurs 29 April. No party, no balloons, no speeches, just somebody opened the door again and let people in! I recommend this museum to everybody. It is odd because it is so outdated. Stuffed animals, no multimedia shows, but that exactly makes it different and gives it some type of charm. Admission is free, so go for a visit when you get a chance!

Do you remember Cultivate, they were in a building in the Old City Part of Temple Bar and had a shop there and ran many events as well. For some reasons they moved out of that building many months ago and where homeless for quite some time. Right from the beginning they were hoping to move into the former Enfo building in Andrews Street, but there were a few problems that needed to get sorted. It seems that it took a lot longer to sort the problems, but finally Cultivate is back and the shop is open again. Check out the corner of St. Andrew’s Street and Trinity Street, near the
tourist office and between Dame Street and Grafton Street. www.cultivate.ie

Fiona from www.twopalmsyoga.com, who is a Dublin Event Guide Community Member for years is helping Dublin Simon AND is providing a great service to you. Every Saturday from 01 May and until it gets cold again after the summer, Fiona will run a Yoga Class from 11:00-12:00 in Phoenix Park near the Wellington Memorial (the obelisk type monument near the entrance to the park). Fiona already volunteers with Dublin Simon teaching Yoga and Yoga Nidra to the men and women in rehab at their Ushers Island facility and now she will run the Phoenix Park classes to raise money for Dublin Simon. You can donate for the classes as much as you can afford and ll proceeds will go to the charity. Classes will be suitable for all levels, from beginners to more advanced students. You don’t need to register, just turn up.But if you have questions, get in touch with Fiona on 085 8147402.

Nick Carosello, a long term member of the Dublin Event Guide Community, is running a brand new regular free event. The first time will be tonight and from then on he will organise a pub crawl for free on 7 (!!) nights a week. Meeting point is in Messrs Maguire on the Quays near O’Connell Bridge between 19:45 and 20:45 and at 21:00 the pub crawl starts. Two more pubs will be visited before the finish will be in a club where you will get free entry. Discounted drinks and games and raffles will be available on the night. Check out bignightout.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. 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 6000+ 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.

More to come!


“Displacement” is an exhibition by Shelley Corcoran in The Joinery from 05-11 May (daily 11:00-18:00). On 05 May from 19:00-21:00 an opening reception will take place. Shelley Corcoran explores, through video, projection and photography, the psychiatric mechanism of displacement. (Gallery Details: The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, www.thejoinery.org)

“Believe in your Dreams” is an exhibition of paintings by Sandra Schoene. The opening night will be on Sat 01 May (from 19:30) and the exhibition will run until the end of May Crunch Cafe, 10a Aungier St, D2. There will be some refreshments for the official opening on Sat evening. www.irish-art.com/artistgallery/index.php?artistid=960

Barrie Cooke is exhibiting paintings in the Kerlin Gallery from 06 May-06 June. The opening will be on 06 May from 18:00-20:00. (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)

The Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield is exhibiting ‘New Irish Architecture 2010’ from 23 April-16 May. The exhibition displays award winning architecture projects from around the country and features a variety of built and unbuilt work.

‘Spaced Out’ a group exhibition by PrettyvacanT – an Arts Initiative that repurposes vacant properties as temporary spaces for artists – opens this week. It runs from 01-23 at Unit 41-43, Moore Mall, ILAC Centre. www.prettyvacantdublin.com

“Lines, Layers & Light” is an exhibition by Gerda Teljeur and it will be on show in the Stone Gallery from 29 April-15 May. www.gerdateljeur.com (Gallery Detail: Stone Gallery, 70 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, www.stonegallery.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Thurs 10:0-19:00, Sat 11:00-17:30)

The second year BA photography students from IADT, Dun Laoghaire are exhibiting at Moxie Studios from 30 Apr-07 May (from 11:00-19:00). The exhibition is titled ‘loose-threads’, it explores personal legacies and will show a diverse collection of intriguing and highly creative images. (Moxie Studios, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2)

“MisFit” is a group exhibition by international artists. It will be on show from 29 April – 02 May. The exhibition brings together over 20 of Europe’s freshest contemporary artists whose work, although diverse in style and medium, has been carefully knitted together under the umbrella term “Mis-Fit”. Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see performances, paintings, videos and installations, in a celebration of all that is ‘subversive’, ‘corrupted’ and ‘in-between’. (Dublin Art Mill, Mill Street, Dublin 8)

“The Sleep of Ulro” is an exhibition by Bartosz Kolata.It will be on show from 04 -17 May In the Dame Street Gallery, Dublin 2. www.olliart.com/artists/bartoszkolata.htm (Gallery Details: Dame Street Gallery, 36 Dame Street, Dublin 2, www.damestreetgallery.com, Open: 11:00-20:00??)

Borderland drawings and paintings from Ukraine are on show from 01 May – 03 June. The exhibition will officially be opened by representatives from the Ukrainian Embassy on Sat 01 May 17:00-18:30. (Venue Details: Mill Theatre Gallery, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, www.milltheatre.com, Open: during theatre opening hours)


(see Saturday for details)

The 2-dy conference “History, Digestion and Society: New Perspectives” will take place at University College Dublin (UCD) from 30 Apr – 01 May (12:30-17:15 on Fri and 10:00-15:15 on Sat).
Diet and digestion, diseases and ailments of the digestive system, hunger strikes, and the rise of organised movements such as the Temperance movement and organised vegetarianism have been relatively neglected in histories of the body, health and medicine. This workshop aims to act as a platform to discuss and critically engage with these themes. Find out more here www.ucd.ie/history/body/workshops_symposia09_10.htm#diet and register by sending your details to Michael.liffey@ucd.ie.

“New Amusement” will be in Tower Records on Fri 30 April at 13:00 for an in-store event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

An Artist’s Talk with Niamh McCann is taking place in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square on Fri 20 Apr at 13:00. Artist Niamh McCann will introduce her current exhibition, which is part of the Golden Bough series. This talk is free and open to everybody. Please meet in Gallery 8. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=491

Darren Shan will be in Eason’s O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 on Fri 30 Apr at 16:30 for a book signing. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

The UCD Earth Sciences Institute is running a series of seminars that began in March and will be on most Fridays until December. The next lecture will be on Fri 30 Apr from 12:30-14:00 in the Mont Clare Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin 2. The topic will be “Getting to grips with uncertainty? – Climate change: What is likely to happen?” by Professor Fraser Mitchell, TCD. To find out more about upcoming lectures, contact esi.admin@ucd.ie.
I find it a little odd that the Earth Sciences group can’t cobble a website together that gives a bit of a heads-up about upcoming lectures! You would expect more from a University Institute. :-o

The largest and longest established jazz festival weekend in the Greater Dublin area will be back from 30 Apr – 02 May. In addition to many non-free events there will be a huge amount of free Jazz Festival events in the different pubs in Bray. If you are interested in Jazz or Blues, this is a must-go-event. The website is here www.brayjazz.com and the detailed programme page where free and non-free events are shown, is here www.brayjazz.com/brayjazz/Main/Programme.htm

“The Literary Legacy of Christabel Bielenberg” a lecture by Gerald Dawe, Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, School of English, Trinity College Dublin will be held in the Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin on Fri 30 Apr at 19:00. Admission is free www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/ls_notices.html#15619

“Shake Down” in Pacino’s Restaurant in Suffolk Street will feature the “Peaking Trippers” on Fri 30 April. Shake Down is entertainment by a live band and DJ from 23:00-02:30, while you can enjoy a low priced pizza and a cocktail in Pacino’s. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000604976870

* 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 (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3) and every Monday from 19:00 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15. These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* 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.
* “Shake Down” in Pacino’s restaurant, Suffolk Street is a weekly Friday event from 23:00. Live Bands a DJ, Pizza and Cocktails and free admission make this event hugely attractive. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000604976870


Have you heard of the new SoGo Festival? SoGo stands for “South of George’s Street” and is a new arts festival that involves the while area around South Great George’s St, South William St, Drury St, Exchequer St, Wicklow St, Castlemarket St, Chatham St, Stephens St, Dame Lane, Dame Court, Fade St, Coppinger Row. The festival sounds really cool and I will definitely be there. I wonder if it could be a new candidate for my “most loved festivals” list. ;-) The people who have organised it have done a HUGE amount of work to put a very interesting programme together and I hope you will all reward them by coming to the festival. It is a bit of a well-kept secret, because they didn’t have money to advertise it, but, hey, that’s what the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) is there for! :-) Most events are free and it is a LONG list of events.
It starts on Friday at 13:00 with a Tug of War (two teams pulling a rope in different direction, if you didn’t know the term) between two radio stations. And from then it continues virtually non-stop until Sunday evening. Circus Exhibition, Film screenings, BBQ, Bands, Exhibitions, Music Sessions, In-store performances, Busking Festival on Saturday Gourmet Food Market in Powerscourt Townhouse, Live Music in lots of places including outdoor stages, Car Boot Sale on Sunday in Andrew’s Lane, a Children’s Garden party, and I could go on and on and on!
Make sure that you check out the programme for the festival on www.sogo.ie/pdfs/sogo_eventguide.pdf and then just come along and enjoy. If the weather plays along this will be a super festival.

(See Friday for details)

The Bealtaine Festival is a festival all over Ireland “celebrating creativity in the older age”. It will run from 01-31 May and there are hundreds of events taking place across the country. Libraries are a bit part of the event organisation for Bealtaine and if you are a little older, you should definitely check it out. I think it is a great idea to do something like that for older people. However, there is absolutely no reason why “older people” shouldn’t full participate in all the other festivals in and around Dublin. So having a separate festival is good, but otherwise, let’s make sure that all ages feel welcome at the other festivals as well.
If you are interested in the Bealtaine festival, check out www.bealtaine.com and the library’s programmes:

The Africa Centre is hosting a 5-a-side soccer blitz (Mini World Cup Tournament) on Sat 01 May from 11:00-17:00 in Bushy Park, Dublin 6. The 5-a-side will be open to all age groups and anyone interested in soccer. I unfortunately can’t tell you if you can still participate and if that was free, but you will definitely be able to watch. Also at the event, there will be African music by a DJ and African Food will be served. www.africacentre.ie

# On Sat 01 May no special events will take place in the National Museum.

On Sat 01 + Sun 02 May from 14:00-16:00 the Powerscourt Gallery (Powerscourt Townhouse, 59 South William Street )invites children to do crafts. Admission is free and materials will be provided. www.powerscourtgallery.com

On Sat 01 May from 14:30-17:30 a Milk&Cookies story telling event will take place in the new Cultivate location in Andrew’s Street, Dublin 2. It is an afternoon of fairytales and other stories, with open-mike spots and free cookies. www.milkandcookiestories.com

On Sat 01 May and Sun 02 May the Heineken Cup Semi Finals (Rugby) will be played. Most pubs will show the games, bit if you prefer to see the games in the plush Sugar Club (Leeson Street, Dublin 2) on the big (as in MASSIVE) screen, then get there on Sat for 15:00 (Leinster vs Toulouse) and on Sun for 14:30 (Munster vs Biarritz). Admission is free.

The Family Programme in the National Gallery in Clare Street & Merrion Square on Sat 01 May from 15:00 is ‘Afloat in a Boat!” with Lynn McGrane. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the 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
* 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.

______Sunday __________________

(see Saturday for details)

(see Friday 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 workshops are continuing but it seems the topics are a big secret as is the whole Phoenix Park Visitor Centre Programme unless you arrive at their door to get a brochure (which they ran out of!). The programme was once here www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html Phoenix Park Visitor Centre: 01-6770095.

As part of the Sogo Festival “StorySketch in Tinderbox Circus exhibition” will take place in the Powerscourt Centre on Sun 02 May from 12:00-14:00. Adam Wilson and Coilín The Oh-Aissieux of the Narrative Arts Club are inviting to a storytelling show in association with the Tinderbox Network’s Circus exhibition. Sketch artists are welcome to draw as the inspiration takes them, while two of Dublin’s most engaging and innovative storytellers tell stories including:
Oisín in the Land of Youth by The Oh-Aissieux
The seduc tion of Éadaín by Adam Wilson
This StorySketch show will follow a dance performance by Rachel Wiseman. Admission to the event is free. www.narrativeartsclub.com tinderboxnetwork.blogspot.com/ www.sogo.ie

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 (Sun 02 May) the concert is “Brahms: The Piano Quartets” with the Riverrun Piano Quartet. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=476

A community festival will take place on the Green in Harold’s Cross. Music & Dance, Children’s Games & Magic, Art & History, Food Stalls and lots more will be provided from 14:00-16:00 on Sun 02 May.

On Sat 01 + Sun 02 May from 14:00-16:00 the Powerscourt Gallery (Powerscourt Townhouse, 59 South William Street )invites children to do crafts. Admission is free and materials will be provided. www.powerscourtgallery.com

# The Family event “Solve the History Mystery” will take place on Sun 02 May in Collins Barracks from 15:00-16:00. Suitable for families with children 6 yrs+. “If old objects could really talk, what would they tell us? Have a look at mysterious objects, which all the family can touch and explore together.” No booking required. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1199

On Sat 01 May and Sun 02 May the Heineken Cup Semi Finals (Rugby) will be played. Most pubs will show the games, bit if you prefer to see the games in the plush Sugar Club (Leeson Street, Dublin 2) on the big (as in MASSIVE) screen, then get there on Sat for 15:00 (Leinster vs Toulouse) and on Sun for 14:30 (Munster vs Biarritz). Admission is free.

The Farmleigh House Food Market will take place again on Sun 02 May from 10:00-17:15. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,12875,en.html Farmleigh House is at the Northern end of Phoenix Park.
From 14:00-16:00 “The Group Band” will be entertaining the visitors with classic hits from the 60’s & 70’s at the Pleasure Grounds bandstand. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,13028,en.html

The Sunday Lecture on 02 May at 15:00 in the National Gallery in Clare Street & Merrion Square is: “Printmaking in Ireland and Some Recent Prints at the National Gallery” by Lecturer Dr Angela Griffith, Trinity College Dublin www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) 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 plus kids under 3 eat for free are the main attractions of this offer. Upcoming Movies are on 01+02 May: Bee Movie, 08+09 May: Little Mermaid, 15-16 May: Ratatouille, 23 May: Robots, 29-30 May: The Lady and the Tramp. www.odeon.ie/

Free comedy + free ice-cream! The Comedy Crunch is a brilliant free Stand Up comedy which is downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street every week. It starts at 21:00 and the line-up is changing but always impressive. The next performance is on Sun 02 May OR on Mon 03 May. There is a bit of confusion over this week’s date for the event due to the bank holiday. Check here before you go: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Songs of Praise, the Rock Karaoke, will be back on the Sunday for this bank holiday weekend. It takes place in the Village in Wexford Street and Admission is free before 23:00. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121005267913891

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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 Holy Spirit Church, Silloge, 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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Traditionally Bank Holiday Weekends are not the busiest days as far as events are concerned, because many people leave Dublin for holidays or to go home to visti families when they are either from the country side or from other countries. This year we are lucky with the new SoGo festival in May and in June will be the Maritime Festival, so we can’t complain. :-)
For all motorists: Pay & Display parking is not enforced on a Bank Holiday Monday, BUT bus lanes, loading bays etc are all active as on any other Monday.

On Mon 03 May the Men’s Mini-Marathon will take place in Phoenix Park. The race, a 10 km road race, starts at 10:00. arcchallenges.com/run/the-arc-2nd-mens-mini-marathon/

The G ay Theatre Festival will take place from 03-16 May in Dublin and while most events are not free, there are a few free events provided. Some of the free events already take place now before the Festival kicks off.
+ 24 Apr-16 May: Art Trail at Filmbase and throughout Temple Bar.
+ Sun 09 May, The George, Sth Grt George’s Street at 21:00: Drama Queen Bingo
+ Sun 16 May, Front Lounge, Parliament Street: Unwind (Unofficial Wrap)
The complete programme for the festival can be found here www.absolutgaytheatre.ie/images/uploads/AGTFD_Programme.pdf

Eileen K told me that the Skjaergaardskoret (Seagarden Choir) from Norway will be in Dublin and will perform in the Unitarian Church, St Stephen’s Green on Mon 03 May at 12:00. According to her information, admission is free. Their website (though outdated and in Norwegian) is here www.skjaergaardskoret.no

I am not sure if any of these regular events will take place:

I am not sure if Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening night Cine-Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) will take place on Mon 05 Apr at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). You might want to check with Howard: 085-1351822.

* 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 04 May the lecture “Showcasing Highlights of the Library and Archive Collections” by Lecturer Andrea Lydon, National Gallery of Ireland will take place in the National Gallery at 10:30. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

Hosted by Leafliving.com(“your one-stop-shop for eco friendly products”), Green Drinks Dublin is a free event that brings people with an interest in environmental issues together for an event once a month. You don’t have to be an ecowarrior or a hardcore carbon neutral to fit in and to enjoy the evening! This month, Green Drinks presents James Nix who will be discussing what sustainability means and whether or not the ordinary citizen can lobby for it. James works with the IEN (Irish Environmental Network) to facilitate communication between the IEN and the government over Transport and Planning Policies.
Green Drinks will be held on Tues 04 May from 18:00 in Messrs Maguire, 2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=321472685014&ref=mf or www.leafliving.com

The launch of Paul Garrigan’s book “Dead Drunk” will take place on Tues 04 May at 19:00 in the Writers’ Centre on Parnell Square. “”Dead Drunk” is a memoir of Paul Garrigan’s time spent in a buddhist temple in Thailand, fighting alcoholism. The author will read and will be available to sign copies of the book. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

“Falling Slowly” a new novel by Robert Fannin, which will be launched in the Gutter Bookshop (Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar) on Tues 04 May between 18:30 an 20:00. www.gutterbookshop.com

Brian Dalton runs a book club in the Santry/Whitehall/Drumcondra/Artane and welcomes all ages and interests into their group. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month, so the next meeting is on Tues 04 May at 20:00 in Fagan’s in Drumcondra. Contact Brian to find out more: 087-2363282

* 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 Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) will protest outside the CRH Annual Meeting (AGM) in the Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road in Dun Laoghaire on Wed 05 May from 11:00. The Protest is against CRH’s involvement in the building of the massive and hundreds of kilometre long wall that is built to keep Palestinians out of Israel. Meeting time is at 10:15 at the Catholic church plaza in Marine Road. For more information www.ipsc.ie/crhdivest

Dirk van Damme, Head of the Centre for Educational Research and
Innovation, OECD will talk about “Education in Internationally Competitive Knowledge Economies: Rhetoric, Resistance and Realities” in this TCD Public Lecture. It will take place on Wed 05 May from 19:00-21:00 in the Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, TCD. All welcome. www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/15741.html

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Wed 05 May at 19:30 the film “La suerte está echada” (2005) by Sebastián Borensztein (in Spanish with English subtitles). The Instituto Cervantes is on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha64144_16_2.htm

The launch of the book “Part-Time Writer – Notes & Reflections” by Marjorie Quarton will take place on Wed 05 May from 18:30 in the Writers’ Centre on Parnell Square (next to the Hugh Lane Gallery). “Part-time Writer” guides the reader through all aspects of writing – from the embryonic stages of researching and planning, to the hard slog of the writing and editing, through to the presentation of the manuscript, and finally, approaching agents and publishers. At each stage, the author explains how she did it – and how the reader can do it too. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

* 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
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* 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.


A public lecture on Thurs 06 May at 13:10 covers “Illuminated Qur’ans of the Medieval Calligrapher Yaqut al-Mustasimi and his followers”. Seyda Algac, Visiting Scholar, UCD will talk in the Chester Beatty Library.

“Von Shakes” will be in Tower Records on Thur 06 May at 18:00 for an in-store event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

“Ecars – The Transformation of Transportation” is the title of an RDS Energy Lecture on Thurs 06 May at 18:00 in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Merrion Room in Ballsbridge. Paul Mulvaney is Managing Director of ESB ecars, the new Electric Vehicles division within ESB. He is responsible for the rollout of electric vehicle infrastructure as well as creating awareness and demand for electric vehicles in Ireland. “Ecars are no longer a niche. All of the major car manufacturers have ecar programmes. Production runs will commence in the near future. The availability of ecars coupled with cleaner, greener electricity will see the transformation of transportation leading to quiet, fun, cheap, planet friendly driving.” The Irish Government has set a goal of 10% electric vehicles by 2020.

The Royal Irish Academy is inviting to the seminar “Writing and the possible” on Thurs 06 May from 18:00-20:30 in the RIA Academy House in Dawson Street. Places are free but registration is required. This seminar will explore the state of writing and reading in Ireland in 2010 and will consider the role for the literary artist at a time of economic and social upheaval and crisis. www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Writing-and-the-Possible-in-2010.aspx

On Thurs 06 May from 18:30-21:00 a book launch of “The Avenue” by James Lawless will take place in the Irish Writers’ Centre on Parnell Square, next to the Hugh Lane Gallery. Wine and finger food will be served and all are welcome. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

On 06 May from 18:30-20:30 the public lecture “What’s to Be Done about Breast Cancer?” will take place in Trinity College. The lecture covers “Challenges in Prevention and Treatment Services” and is organised by The School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. The seminar is free and open to everybody, but places must be reserved in advance through Jeni Ryan (ryanjen@tcd.ie or 01 896 3860). Refreshments will eb served from 17:30-18:30. The event notice does not specify where the lecture takes place, but you will be able to find out when you register. www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/14871.html

The public lecture “Burning ice – the good, the bad and the ugly” organised by the Atlantic Centre for Atomistic Modelling at UCD is taking place on Thurs 06 May. Lecturer is Professor John Tse, Canada Research Chair in Materials Science, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan. The event will take place at 18:30 in the UCD Jefferson Clinton Auditorium and everybody is invited. www.ucd.ie/science/outreach/2010/060510_physics_public_talk.html

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The theme this month is “Cops&Robber” and the films are 06 May: Bullitt, 13 May: Se xy Beast, 20 May: The Enforcer, 27 May: The French Connection. For Seat/Table reservations call 478 2088 or mail hello@odeon.iewww.odeon.ie/gallery.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.


“Fred and Bob” will be in Tower Records on Fri 07 May at 13:00 for an in-store event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The UCD Earth Sciences Institute is running a series of seminars that began on Fri
19 March and will be on most Fridays until December. The next lecture will most likely be on Fri 07 May from . To find out more about upcoming lectures, contact esi.admin@ucd.ie

Cathy Davey will be performing live and signing copies of her new album ‘The Nameless’ in HMV Grafton St on Fri 07 May at 17:30. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080


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:

As part of the Dublin Dance Festival a Headphone Disco will take place on Sat 08 May from 21:00-23:00. Admission is free, but the event is ticketed and you need to collect your tickets from the Dublin Dance Festival Box Office at The Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar Opposite Meeting House Square) from 01 May. www.dublindancefestival.ie/2010/02/26/bumper-2-bumper-a-headphone-disco/

The National College of Ireland is inviting to their series of “Legends in your Lunchtime” talks. The next event is taking place on Wed 12 May from 13:00 – 14:00. John O’Shea is the CEO of GOAL Ireland and he will talk about his life and GOALS’s work in the developing world. The intention of this series of free public interviews is to lift the lid on how great modern leaders think, and what has made them the people they are today. All sessions take place at the National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC. Admission is free but you have to register here: www.ncirl.ie/Events/John_O%27Shea_-_Legends_In_Your_Lunchtime

On Fri 14 May a free 1-day seminar about Internet Marketing is taking place in the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown. The event is a preview event for other training courses. The speakers on the day are James Schramko (Internet Marketing Guru), Andrew McCauley (Social Media Master) and Julian Treasure (Sound Branding Master). I heard James Schramko before and will possibly meet him in July and he definitely seems to know what he is talking about. Tickets are limited and you have to register here www.wealthfrommarketing.co.uk/?af=CLA1035324

______This is odd!!______________

Please note: This section contains observations taken from the world I live in that strike me as odd. I express my personal opinion and you might not share it. If you are easily offended by opinions that are not identical with your own, please don’t read this section. ;-)

I know, only last week I wrote something about Gardai in this “This is Odd” section and it seems they like being prominently featured here! ;-) This week a new story made it into the news. This time it is the Garda Representative Association (GRA) who represents the vast majority of the Gardai. It is not the first time that the GRA stands out due to odd opinions. This time they demand that Gardai should be allowed to take on other jobs in their spare time – they are currently not allowed to do part time work outside of their duties.
The jobs that come to mind immediately are in the areas of security and investigation and I can’t help it, but to my mind nearly everything in these areas has the potential to interfere hugely with their day job. Imagine a Garda takes work as a private investigator and is looking into a case that he works on in his day-job as well? Or imagine a Garda as a bouncer outside a pub and someone who he arrested a few months ago wants to get into the pub. Doesn’t sound like a clean and problem-free situation! Another surprising and odd thing is that the Gardai even have the time to consider part-time work, considering the huge amount of overtime they get paid for. It makes you wonder if the GRA has really thought the whole thing out! www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0426/breaking45.html


Have a great bank holiday weekend and make sure you go to the SoGo Festival! :-)


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