Event Guide 180: Tower Record Birthday, Protest March, Flea Market, Senior Citizen Day, DATA 44.0

November 26th, 2010

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 180
| 26 Nov 2010 Subscribers: 7626

Hi all!

What an eventful week! And with this I am not referring to all the interesting free events, but more to the political/economic news over the last week. We all have our opinion about the EU/IMF take over of economic policy and of the outgoing government’s last gasps of 4-year plan and the budget on 07 Dec. Many people are outraged and I know some who were very upset about the 4-year plan. Yes, it hits some people harder than others, but I think we are still doing relatively well and it could be a LOT tougher. Maybe we have to look for solutions (even inconvenient ones) instead of spending all the energy we have on feeling upset? I know for some that is a lot easier said than done. But if you need help, send me a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject HALF FULL. ;-)


As far as events are concerned, the end of the year is approaching and apart from Christmas markets, there will be slightly less happening now in the coming weeks until Christmas. Nevertheless, I found a few interesting things for you and I hope you are not bored. ;-)

Did I mention before that I might organise a “Event Guide Party” for the 04 December? I haven’t put any details to that plan yet, but I can tell you that much: We will meet on the Sat evening at 20:00 in a place in the City Centre for a get-together and for meeting up with lots of other people. All details will follow, but it would help me with the planning if you let me know if you are coming. Please send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with MEETUP in the subject line if you plan to meet lots of other Event Guide subscribers. Last time we were 100 people and we had a BRILLIANT evening. ;-)

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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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This week I will probably go to the Temple Bar Food Market, the Ha’Penny Flea Market and maybe the Tower Record Birthday Party on Saturday. Then maybe the Dublin Flea Market on Sunday. Apart from that I have the pleasure to be invited to two parties of wonderful friends on Saturday evening. And on Sunday I might just take the day off. ;-)
During the week I have a number of training commitments AND (slightly contradictory) I need to give my back a rest, because it is better but not fully back in good shape. So, it will be a relatively quiet week as far as Events are concerned. So, for a change I will let you pick your own events during the week. ;-)


This week, I have a number of VERY short notice competitions for you, so you have to react FAST:

An Beal Binn’s inaugural Irish Music and Theatre festival is on this weekend coming to the Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin (next to Liberty Hall on Eden Quay). Tickets are available from www.tickets.ie (search for “An Beal Binn”) and more information together with a short preview of the play is available on www.anbealbinn.com. There is also currently an offer of 2 tickets for the price of 1 for the Friday night show and you have to contact Colm O’Foghlu (087 3299392) if you are interested in this. Mention to him that you heard about it in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”.
The festival line up is as follows:
+Fri 26 Nov: 20:00 Two short plays (Cireib by Aisteori Bulfin and Ar Lorg na Maidne (“In Search of Morning”) by Compantas An Bheil Binn)
+ Sat 27 Nov: 14:00 A showcase of youth theatre and musical comedy by Rang 2, Scoil Chualann, Rang 5 Gaelscoill Thaobh Na Coille & The Musicians of Colaiste Raithin
+ Sat 27 Nov: 20:00 The Beal Binn Award – A celebration of the life and work of Nuala Nic Con Lomaire with internationally acclaimed musicians and singers followed by Festival Club with Niamh de Burca and friends.
+ Sun 28 Nov: 15:00 Concert performance and CD launches of Aifreann Na Naingeal agus Greannta/inscribed. Geraldine Plunkett, Siobhan Ui Bhraoin, Noreen O’Donoghue, Dublin String Ensemble, Cor Scoil Oilibheir & Colaiste Iosagain.
Irish speakers to the front! ;-) Because if you speak some Irish you get more out of this event than if you don’t. The organisers have made one pair of tickets available for each event, so you need to do this to be in with a chance to win: Send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject BEAL BINN and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. In addition you have to tell me for which event you would like to win tickets and if you number them 1) + 2), I will try to consider your preference. Make sure that you have time to go to the events you enter the competition for! Your mail has to be with me by 18:00 this evening (Fri 26 Nov)

Polish Theatre Ireland production “Scent of Chocolate” returns to the Focus Theatre (6 Pembroke Place, Off Pembroke Street, Dublin 2) following successful sell-out shows in September. Scent of Chocolate, a play by Radoslaw Paczocha and directed by Anna Wolf will have performances in English on Mon 29 Nov & Sat 04 Dec and performances in Polish on Tues 30 Nov, Wed 01 + Fri 03 Dec. Tickets are EUR 16/13/10 and you can book on 087 2744125 or visit www.focustheatre.ie.
“Enter into 13 year-old Misza’s world where elephants are gods and chocolate reigns supreme. Join him and his sisters as they tackle the broken family left them by their emigrant mother. Experience the effects of separation, distance and the imagination of a boy living in his own world on a small family unit and we watch as the lines of communication between them fall further apart in this heart-warming, surreal drama.”
The lovely people from Polish Theatre Ireland have made a pair of tickets available and to win you need to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmial.com with MISZA in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. In addition you need to tell me on which day you would prefer to see the play (you choose your language by choosing the day!). Your mail has to be with me by 18:00 tomorrow Sat 27 Nov. www.focustheatre.ie

Perfectgift.ie is a brand new gift voucher business that sells vouchers and presents online and in shops in Dundrum Town Centre and the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords. Have a look in the “Opportunities” section a little further down to find out more details! To promote their new venture, perfectgift.ie is running a number of competitions and one of them is exclusively for Dublin Event Guide Readers. Austin Kenny from PerfectGift.ie has a pair of tickets for this weekend’s Wine&Food show in the RDS (www.foodandwineshow.ie/) for one of you! If you want to win you have to do this: 1) Go to www.perfectgift.ie 2) In the perfectbox category on the website find the Ultimate box. 3) If someone gave you a Ultimate box which of the gifts (there is a list) would you choose? 4) Email your selection to info@perfectgift.ie Austin will contact the winner this evening and you can visit the Food & Wine Show this weekend either on Sat or Sun.

This weekend (26-28 Nov) the Dublin Christmas Art & Antiques Fair is taking place in the Shelbourne Hall of the RDS in Ballsbridge. The fair will offer Irish art and interior design, along with antiques, Christmas gifts & ideas and much more.
Gerard McGourty & the Millrace Gallery (www.millracegallery.com)
invite you to this event and to visit their stand at A9 with a wide selection of fine paintings framed in quality hand-made frames. They have made two pairs of tickets available for a competition and if you want to win a pair of tickets (you need a printer to print the electronic tickets), send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject MILLRACE and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with my by 18:00 tonight (Fri 26 Nov). Tickets are available at the door for EUR 10.

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______________

Next Friday (03 Dec) the Christmas Festivities will kick off with a vengeance. Originally it was three, now there are still two (see news about the Point Village Market) proper Christmas Markets taking place in Dublin. To prepare you for it, I want to tell you about them:
+ Docklands Christmas Market
Established and still brand new! This year’s Docklands Christmas Market in the IFSC, next to the chq Building will take place in the 4th or 5th year, but this year ALL will be different. In previous years, it was a home made Christmas Market. Not bad, but with many shortfalls. This year the market will be an authentic German Christmas Market and if I understand it right, many of the 100 traders will be “imported” from Germany. It has nothing to do with the people that are imported to help with the economy, I am assured. ;-) Being totally biased, I expect (and hope) that we will see this year a PROPER Christmas Market in Dublin. :-) The market will run from 03-22 December and Opening hours are Mon-Thurs 12:00-20:30, Fri 12:00-21:30, Sat 11:00-22:00, Sun 11:00-20:00. www.ddda.ie/index.jsp?p=94&n=105&a=1794
+ Fitzwilliam Christmas Market
For the first year, a second Christmas Market will take place on Fitzwilliam Square, the private square in Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2, not too far from Merrion Square. 70 stalls will make up this new and promising Christmas Market. It will run from 03-23 December and Opening hours are Mon-Thurs 12:00-20:00, Fri 12:00-21:00 and Sat-Sun 10:00-21:00. www.dublinchristmasmarket.com
+ Shorter Markets
A few shorter Weekend Markets will pop up in different parts of the City Centre. The Temple Bar Chocolate Festival will take from 03-05 Dec, a Christmas Market at the Belvedere College will take place on 04-05 Dec and there will be Christmas related “Fun Days” on 08 Dec and on the weekends 4+5 and 11+12 Dec. In addition Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park will have Christmas Events on 4-5, 11+12, 18+19 Dec. I will tell you more about all these events in the coming weeks.

Had you checked www.pointvillagemarket.ie last week, you would have found the announcement that the Point Village Market will have a daily Christmas Market from the beginning of December. If you check now, you will see an announcement that says “The Point Village Market is closed for winter from Saturday 20th November 2010 until spring 2011.” :-O Can that be interpreted as a clear indication that the project “Point Village Market” failed or is close to it? The idea was good (and I was out there at least 4 times), but the location is totally unsuitable – it is just too far away from the City Centre.
As an aside, I wonder what that means for the Dublin Big Wheel next to the Point Village. The Point Village Market at least brought SOME visitors to that remote corner of Dublin at the weekend, but if the market is gone, then the Wheel – which has already lowered prices due to lack of customers – will get even less business.

Are you bothered, bewildered or just bogged down with life at the moment? – Mary Keating, MA, trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist, is available for appointments in Custom House Medical Centre, IFSC or at 20 Lower Baggot Street. Please phone 01-6776253 or 0868783086 or email mkeating@iol.ie for enquiries or to make an appointment. Her fees are appropriate to circumstances, so talk to her if you could do with some help and support. www.agalma.ie/therapists/mary-keating

Tearfund, a charity which promotes grassroots development, HIV education and deliver emergency relief in developing countries, is running a Cambodia campaign for Christmas and will sing Christmas carols to raise money. If you want to help raising money and sing your little heart out ;-), you can join them when they sing carols in Dublin’s streets and shopping centres. Register here www.facebook.com/tearfundireland?ref=ts or send a mail to cliona.murphy@tearfund.ie if you want to help. Some confirmed dates are Fri 03 Dec from 16:00-17:30 in Dundrum Shopping Centre, Fri 10 Dec 11:00-12:30 in Dundrum Shopping Centre and Sat 11 Dec from 11:00-12:30 in Jervis Street Shopping Centre. A fourth date (for Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre still needs to be confirmed. www.tearfund.ie/

Last opportunities to take part here. It will all close on 10 Dec. Make sure that you share your opinion: Dublin City wants to improve the city. For “Your Dublin, Your Voice”, you are asked to complete a short survey before Fri 10 Dec to share your Experience of Living, Working or Studying in Dublin. If you help with your opinions you will be entered into a prize draw and two lucky winners will each receive a voucher for two people for a scenic helicopter tour of Dublin. Go to the survey here: surveys.delve-surveys.com/dccpanel?friendref=133545975
Once you register and complete the first survey you will then become a member of the ‘Dublin Opinion Panel’. As a panel member you may be contacted up to four times per year to complete a short survey about Dublin…and you can win more prizes.
For more information about the whole initiative check www.dublincity.ie/YOURCOUNCIL/Pages/Yourdublinyourvoice.aspx


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 7000+ 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! New companies that will be mentioned here soon are a Car Sharing Scheme and a Nutritionist. Watch this space.

Austin Kenny has recently launched a new business in the gift voucher area and he is keen to let as many people as possible know before Christmas that they have great presents available and even offer the possibility to exchange the voucher for cash. PerfectGift.ie offers a five year expiry on vouchers, a significant improvement on the traditional one-year offer, and there is a refund policy which allows the gift recipient to exchange the voucher for cash (minus a processing fee of EUR 7.50). You can choose from PerfectGift.ie’s extensive collection of great value gift experiences online at www.PerfectGift.ie and in their own stores in Dundrum Town Centre and the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords. From kitesurfing, to driving lessons, wine tastings, scuba diving to cookery courses and helicopter lessons, all is available. Tell y our friends what gif you would like to receive! ;-)


Based on your feedback, I have decided to do the following with the Exhibition section in this newsletter from now on: I will provide you with a link to a near-comprehensive listing of exhibitions provided by www.visualartists.ie. For me to list all exhibitions would only be doubling their good work and would be an inefficient use of my resources. The link is visualartists.ie/category/listings/exhib-lein/
On top of that I will every now and then include here a small selection of exhibitions that either are not mentioned in the Visual Artist listing or are note-worthy to be mentioned separately.

The Project Art Centre in 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 has launched the exhibition “Repetition Festival Show” yesterday and it will now be on show until 11 Feb 2011 (Open: 11:00-20:00). The Repetition Festival Show brings together four of Clemens von Wedemeyer’s most celebrated film installations for the first time in Ireland. Occupation (2002), Otjesd (2005), From the Opposite Side (2007), and a selection of artworks from ‘The Fourth Wall’, including Against Death (2009), will be presented in one gallery space, to create a gallery installation which is both film festival and video installation in one. A different film installation from von Wedemeyer will open every three weeks in the gallery:
25 Nov – 11 Dec: Occupation, 2002 / The Making of Occupation, 2002
13 Dec – 08 Jan: Otjesd (Leaving), 2005 /The Making of Otjesd, 2005
10 Jan – 29 Jan: Against Death, 2009 / Interview, 2009 / Found Footage, 2009
31 Jan – 19 Feb: From the Opposite Side, 2007

The exhibition “Architecture of Murder” contains architectural drawings for Auschwitz-Birkenau and will be on show in the Irish Architectural Archive from 22 Nov-17 Dec. The exhibition is presented by the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland. It was originally shown at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2010 and the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Built by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland, Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest and most important concentration and extermination camp complex. During its operation between June 1940 and January 1945, the German Nazis murdered approximately a million and one hundred thousand people there, the majority of whom were Jews.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Blueprints collection, consisting of 29 documents, show details for expanding the camp, including the addition of a crematorium and a gas chamber.
The Irish Architectural Archive Exhibition Gallery at 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 is open to the public from 10:00-17:00 from Tuesdays to Fridays. Access is free+everyone is welcome.

The Christmas Show in the Balla Bán Art Gallery (Unit 10, Westbury Mall, Dublin) will run from 01-24 Dec and brings together a collection of art pieces from Grahman Knuttel, Frank O’Dea, Markie Robinson, Norman Teeling, Pervaneh Matthews, John Morris, Tom Byrne, Roy Wallace, Annie Robinson, JP Rooney, Peter Dee and others. You can view and buy all pieces and more information is here www.frankodea.net and www.ballaban.net

Artist Ed Parkinson opens his home gallery to the public for his Arty Party from Fri 26 – Sun 28 Nov in 9 Churchtown Avenue, Dublin 14. Opening hours are Fri 18:00-22:00, Sat+Sun 14:00-18:00.
There will be demonstrations, explanatory videos, fun, food and wine. The artist will be there to offer insights into the pictures and reveal his thinking behind them.
In his work he brings inner visions and dreams into realistic images. Using a combination of painting, photographs, 3D art and computer generated images, he brings images from his imagination into pictures the world can see. It is a view from a different angle which gives an insight the viewer probably hadn’t considered before or else confirms a concept they had trouble visualising. www.SpiritualArtBllog.com www.EdP-SpiritualArt.com


A McLaren Mercedes Grand Prix simulator will be in Hugo Boss in their Dundrum Store and in the store customers will take part in the ultimate racing competition. You can compete against each other, friends and family for the best race time – with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes on offer for the winner and runners up. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes simulator will be in the shop for 4 days only from Thurs 25 Nov. From this date customers can register to take part in the racing competition. Once registered, customers will be allocated a set time-slot to race and the winner of the fastest overall lap and two runners up from the four days will then receive a special prize from Hugo Boss. To book a race time contact Hugo Boss in Dundrum Town Centre on 01-298 0000 www.dundrum.ie/events/hugo-boss-installs-vodafone-mclaren-mercedes-grand-prix-simulator-in-its-store/

“‘No Uncertain Voice’ – the Shemus cartoons in the Civil War period in Ireland”
On Fri 26 Nov at 13:00, Felix M Larkin, historian and author of Terror and Discord: the Shemus Cartoons in the Freeman’s Journal, 1920-1924, talks about the political cartoons of the artist “Shemus”, one of which is on display from November in the exhibition Discover Your National Library: Explore, Reflect, Connect
Admission is free. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday at 13:00 at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

The National Library of Ireland in association with DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, DIT Digital Media Centre and Heritage Music Productions Ltd invite to “Musical Treasures from the National Library”. Featuring world-premiere performances of music from the National Library of Ireland’s collections and the launch of The National Archive of Irish Composers (www.naic.ie) with a prototype digital collection of historic piano music, live web streaming, video and audio files. This event will take place in the Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8 on Fri 26 Nov at 19:30. Tickets are free but places must be reserved by phoning 01- 603 0200 or email at booking@nli.ie www.dit.ie/conservatory/events/nationallibraryconcert/

* 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.
*Graeme McKenna is playing an acoustic gig (Trad to contemporary) every Friday in the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood near CityWest from 19:00.
* 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.


Over the next three weekends (Saturday and Sunday!), Henry Street and Grafton Street will come alive with special street performances, music and Christmas offers to tempt you into the City Centre. ;-) . Unfortunately it is not specified what will happen and where, so be surprised and look out for music and street performances. Specifically this weekend, the Business Improvement District Scheme (BIDS) is inviting to a Christmas event in conjunction with Dublin Tourism: A small street procession running on both Henry Street (11:00 – 12:00) and Grafton Street (13:00-14:00) will take place. Participants are the Tallaght Youth Band, King and Snow Queen on stilts, 10 Stage School Christmas Crackers and 10 Stage School Christmas Presents.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is organising a protest march on Sat 27 Nov from 12:00 from Wood Quay to the GPO. This is a rather unusual route (most protest marches go from Parnell Square to the Dail in Kildare Street) so make sure you check the route on the website if you want to join at a midpoint. The march is entitled “A better, fairer way” and it is a demonstration against the budget that will be announced on 07 Dec. Wood Quay is on the South Side of the Liffey at the Dublin Civic Offices and the GPO (General Post Office) is in O’Connell Street. The ICTU has assured people that this will be a peaceful march, but some people are a bit concerned about the march being hijacked by other groups. Stay alert and distance yourself if other hijack the protest. www.ictu.ie/
As with previous ICTU events, I would have preferred if they had made it a little clearer what people protest for or against. Nobody wants any cuts, but the status quo is not maintainable any longer, so the only option is to cut. So is the protest against any specific cuts? Or against just ANY cuts?
In online discussion forums many have complained that the involvement of trade unions and left wing groups will keep many people away that would have happily supported a citizen protest but have nothing in common with unions.

Tower Records in 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 are celebrating their 17th birthday with an event on 27 Nov from 12:00-18:00. Headlining the event will be the Republic of Loose, accompanied by Ham Sandwich, The Mighty Self, The Danger is, Howlin Dowlin, KVX and Kasette. At the event the homeless charity Depaul Ireland will be supported and Depaul will have a strong presence at the event and will inform about homelessness. Admission is free. www.towerrecords.ie/News/198

“What is Modern and Contemporary Art?” is the title of a talk on Sat 27 Nov at 12:00 in the Lecture Room of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in Kilmainham Hospital. This talk series provides a general introduction to key concepts and themes in contemporary art. Francis Halsall and Declan Long responds to this subject by presenting their paper titled, How Soon is Now?What is Modern and Contemporary Art? www.imma.ie/en/page_212301.htm

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 12:00-17:00. The next Flea Market is on Sat 27 Nov. Vintage, Retro, Clothes, Music, Books, Furniture, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Food, Stalls, Live Performances, Vinyl Dj’s. And if you want to sell something yourself, just contact hapennyflea@thegrandsocial.ie

The first Craft Market at the Exchange Dublin in the Old Town Area of Temple Bar and across from Czech Inn will take place on Sat 27 Nov from 12:00-18:00. Orignal art work, records, leather goods, hand made cards, knitted craft, high quality baked goods, good quality second hand and vintage clothes, jewelery, books, hand made matroyska purses and much more will be on offer. exchangedublin.ie/featured/craft-market

+ The Adult Gallery Talk “Conserving Biodiversity and the Importance of Museums” will take place on Sat 27 Nov from 12:00-12:30 in the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street. Join Rob Gandola, zoological researcher, on this tour to learn of the importance of museums in the conserving of biodiversity. No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1770

John Giles will be signing copies of “John Giles the Autobiography” in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords on Sat 27 Nov at 13:00 www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

A Christmas Food & Craft Market will take place in Scoil Mhuire, 15 Gilford Road in Sandymount on Sat 27 Nov from 13:00-17:00. www.gumtree.ie/dublin/30/68979730.html

The Storytellers of Ireland present a free public event at the Irish Writers’ Centre featuring The Armagh Rhymers, stories from the Jewish tradition and a DVD of excerpts of the stories of asylum seekers in Ireland. All are welcome along to hear a diverse mix of storytelling traditions. The event will take place on Sat 27 Nov at 14:00 in the Irish Writer’s Centre on Parnell Square, between the church and the Hugh Lane Gallery. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

On Sat 20 Nov at 15:00 the National Gallery Family Programme “Time Travel” with Clare Henderson will take place. The National Gallery is accessible via entrances from Merrion Square and from Clare Street. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a new event in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with live bands Pavement Kings and The Wayward Sinner Boys (in alternating weeks, it seems) from 20:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie

* 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 Point Village Market is taking place every Sat+Sun from 08:30-17:30 next to the Point Depot (a.k.a. The O2) at the final LUAS stop in the Docklands. There are more than 100 stalls every week and you can find out more here www.pointvillagemarket.ie/
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-12:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock and you can find just everything. The 50 stalls sell collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening hours are Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30 and Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* 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
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.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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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 next workshops are 28 Nov: Medieval life; 05 Dec: Christmas cards; 12 Dec: Christmas decorations; 19 Dec: Making wrapping paper. You can check with the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (Phone 01-6770095) to make sure that it takes place. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street now has a Swop Shop included and is now a weekly market. The next Crafty Market will take place on Sun 28 Nov from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there’s live music all day. Expect Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.facebook.com/craftymarket?ref=ts

The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 28 Nov from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information or if you want to sell your own stuff, check out www.dublinflea.ie. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. A few months ago the Flea Market extended to outdoors and features now 20 additional outdoor stands.

The Sunday Concerts in the Hugh Lane Gallery, formerly called “Sunday at Noon”, are free concerts of mostly classical music in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Before the summer these concerts took place from 12:00-13:00, but the gallery’s website still doesn’t tell us the starting time. Assume it is again 12:00-13:00! On Sun 28 Nov the concert is performed by S?awomir Wilk on piano. He will play a variety of pieces from Chopin. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=586

Saucy Sundays is a new live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. It will run from 15:00-21:00 every Sunday with a line up of musicians from all round the country. The line up on Sun 28 Nov is Jezzebelle, Hamlet Sweeney, Wil Mullen, Justin Manville, Dirty Car Tape Bastards, Crimson, Pop Scar, Dene Downes. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=info

+ The My Museum event “Junior Archaeologist” for ages 7+ will take place on Sun 28 Nov from 15:00-16:00 in Kildare Street (Archaeology). “Examine the mysterious and ancient stone carvings in the Museum and sketch what you find using an archaeologist’s record sheet and clipboard. Can you figure out what they mean? No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1773
+ The Public Tour “My Favourite Things at Collins Barracks” will take place on Sun 28 Nov from 15:00-16:00 for an adult audience. “Join Michael Kenny, Keeper of the Museum’s decorative arts and historical collections on a special tour to see some of his favourite artefacts in the Museum. No booking is required. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.” For a few months now the National Museum charges EUR 2 for public tours, but no charge was indicated for this tour. It could have been an oversight OR maybe the tour is indeed free. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1775

On Sun 28 Nov at 15:00 the talk “The Irish Museum of Modern Art: a contemporary collection” by Lecturer Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Richard Tuttle in focus” and will take place on 28 Nov from 15:00-16:00. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=539

* 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
* 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 (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street is taking place from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there are Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs – ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.thecraftymarket.com
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* Shazwanda Show – Dragon Bar. Each Sunday the ‘The Shazwanda Show’ takes place in the Dragon in Sth Great Georges Street from 20:00 to watch X Factor followed by a cabaret and comedy show from 21:00. Admission is free www.facebook.com/Shazwanda www.sharynhayden.com
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* 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

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 majority of you are in the 25-34 age group, so you might not directly be interested, but without a doubt you have a granny, granddad, aunt or maybe parents or friends of the family that fall in the category of “Senior Citizen” (over 66). Tell them that there is a special day for them on Mon 29 Nov. On Senior Citizen Day a good few events take place and access to venues is free in a number of places as long as you are a Senior Citizen. Dublin City is doing a lot on that day and many shops are giving discounts as well. Find all the information here: www.dublincityseniorcitizensday.ie/

Soprano Rebecca Nelson will provide entertainment on Mon 29 Nov from 13:00 in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre in 59 South William Street, just off Grafton Street in support of Senior Citizens Day.
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre will also be hosting ‘The Grand Tour’ at 11:00, 12:00, 14:30 and 15:30, opening the entire Powerscourt Townhouse Centre for the first time in years. www.powerscourtcentre.com

J.A.D.D (Jobstown Assisting Drugs Dependency) presents two short films by RADE (Recovery through Art, Drama and Education) on Mon 29 Nov in the Jobstown Community Centre from 10:30 to 13:00. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
The short films are “Today” by Pom Boyd and “Hard Day” by Pom Boyd as well. Register with Clara on 01-459 7756 or clara1037@yahoo.com if you want to go to this event. www.rade.ie/programme/film/hard-day/

A free Employment Law Seminar organised by ISME (Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Assoc.) will take place on Mon 29 Nov at 17:30 in the Stillorgan Park Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. www.dceb.ie/event-calendar/partner-event or www.isme.ie/events-page53529.html

On Mon 29 Nov at 18:00, Liffey Press will launch “Rambling Round Ireland” by Peter Lynch in the Irish Writers’ Centre. Admission is free. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

* Suspended until September, but resuming after that: Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the 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. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.myspace.com/thelazyband
* Cine Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) are Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening nights at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). To make sure that it is still continuing, check with Howard 085-1351822.
* ‘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 (in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.facebook.com/pygmaliondublin
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 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 www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
+ Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* 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 Whelan’s 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 30 Nov at 10:30 a lecture in the National Gallery on Merrion Square/Clare Street will take place. The title is “Discovering some of the National Library’s most treasured collections” by Lecturer Fiona Ross (Director, National Library
of Ireland). www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

On Tues 20 Nov at 18:30 a Winter Lecture 2010 will take place in the Chapel of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Kilmainham Hospital. As part of the IMMA established Winter Lectures series which had featured prominent Irish and international artists, Barrie Cooke presents an illustrated lecture on his artistic practice consisting of semi-abstract paintings and collaborations with leading poets which include Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes. The talk is followed by a mulled wine and mince pie reception www.imma.ie/en/page_212286.htm

The Crackity Jones’ Tuesday Movie is a brand new cinema event, taking place every Tuesday in the downstairs room of The Grand Social (formerly Pravda) in Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. The screening starts at 19:30 (sharp) and will be followed by a themed DJ set. Admission is free and you are invited to bring your own cushions. The film on 30 Nov is “Casino” and you find all information here www.facebook.com/crackityjonespromo

The Instituto Cervantes (Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, near Merrion Square) together with the Mexican Embassy is inviting to a Film season marking the centennial anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Between 09 and 30 Nov four movies from the 1930s and 1940s with a variety of themes associated with the Revolution will be screened (Spanish with English Subtitles). Admission is free.
+ Tues 30 Noc, 18:00: Enamorada (1946), dir., Emilio Fernández No booking required but only limited number of seats available. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha68079_16_2.htm

“Dublin: Ten Journeys, One Destination”, presented by Irish Writers Exchange, is a collection of short stories centred around one place: the atmospheric, irreplaceable chaos of Dublin, a city which has attracted writers from across the island and around the world. The launch/showcasing will take place in the Centre for Creative Practices (CFCP) in 15 Pembroke St Lower, Dublin 2 on Tues 30 Nov from 18:00-22:00. Admission is free. More details here www.cfcp.ie/events/dublinjourney1110.html

The Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA) was formed in March 2002 and is dedicated to both showcasing the work of technologists, musicians and artists using technology as well as providing a meeting point for the intersection of these disciplines. The next event “Data 44.0” will take place on Tues 30 Nov from 18:30 in the Science Gallery. Presenters are Evan Roth, Constant Dillard, Benjamin Pothier and all details about them can be found here www.sciencegallery.com/events/2010/11/data-440

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk Street every Tues 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
* O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) has a live music session with Sean Og McKenna and Friends every Tue at 21:00. Musicians welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Live Jazz and Blues from 21:00 every Tuesday in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
* 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 National College of Ireland in the IFSC is inviting to another event in its event series “Innovation Unplugged”. On Wed 01 Dec from 14:00-17:00 a Human Resources Master Class will take place. ‘Getting your HR right’ is of extreme importance to startup companies yet it is often the last area that founding entrepreneurs focus on. A panel of experts will focus on the following topics in an informative way and will engage with attendees to answer any queries presented at the session: Recruiting great people, Managing bad hires, Investing in the employee life cycle, Legal compliance, Communication, Role of the founding Entrepreneur. www.ncirl.ie/Events/Innovation_Unplugged_Series-_Human_Resources_Master_Class

“Beauty and the Beast: Understanding Jellyfish in the Irish Sea” is a talk by Dr. Tom Doyle on Wed 01 Dec (18:30 – 19:30) in the Science Galley. The talk is organised by the Dublin University Sub-Aqua Club.
“Dr Tom Doyle is a marine biologist with a special interest in jellyfish. He will speak about the secret lives of jellyfish and how they are being affected by climate change. Usefully, he will also tell us how to treat a jellyfish sting! There will also be a competition to win a new Northern Diver HiD membrane drysuit worth over EUR 1000 thanks to Flagship Scuba. Registration is required here: www.sciencegallery.com/events/2010/12/beauty-and-beast-jellyfish-irish-sea

Colman Farrell, Chief Executive Officer of Suas Educational Development, Matthias Fiedler, Director of the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) and David Dalton, Chief Executive Officer Plan Ireland will be discussing the question “Unwrapping Christmas Ethical Gifts: Patronising or Positive Pressies?” at the Comhlamh First Wednesday Debate on 01 Dec. The debate will take place from 18:15-19:45 in the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.

“Modern Ireland has Nothing to Inspire Modern Writing” is the topic of an open panel discussion on how the current economic climate is affecting modern writing in Ireland. The discussion will be chaired by poet Michael O’ Loughlin, who will be joined by The Sunday Business Post’s Books and Arts Editor Nadine O’Regan, Sean Love, co-founder of Fighting Words and former Amnesty Ireland director, Gavin Kostick award-winning playwright, literary officer for Fishamble and Gerry Smyth, Managing Editor of the Irish Times and poet. The discussion will take place on 01 Dec from 19:00 in the Irish Writers’ Centre and admission is free. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

“This is not a book; this is dynamite: Reading and writing literary autobiography” with Greg Baxter will take place on Wed 01 Dec from 19:00. Admission is free. The last talk in this series on memoir will be given by Greg Baxter. Greg Baxter is a fiction writer, essayist, and freelance journalist who has lived in Dublin for the last decade. He is the author of A Preparation for Death (Penguin), a memoir. He is the founder and director of the Creative Writing Workshops at Some Blind Alleys. He has published short stories and essays in journals such as the Dublin Review, Cincinnati Review, and Southwest Review. He regularly reviews for the Irish Times. He was born in Texas in 1974. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Wed 01 Dec at 19:00 the film “Amateurs” (2008) by Director Gabriel Velázquez (in Spanish with English subtitles) will be shown. The Instituto Cervantes is on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha67773_16_2.htm

Fernanda Parente runs a weekly film evening in Shebeen Chic, 4 Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It normally takes place on Tues, but due to World Aids Day next Wednesday the screenings will take place on that day. It is a charity screening, but I am not sure if that means you have to pay admission or if there is just a collection. On Wed 01 Dec from 19:30 the short film Henry & Sunny (2009-15min) by Fergal Rock, who will introduce the screening will be shown . And after that the documentary “Clown around Lesotho” (2009-60min) by Mike Casey will be screened, followed by a Q&A with director Mike Casey and Jonathan Gunning from Clown Without Borders. www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=159300784110293&notes_tab=app_2347471856

Brian Dalton has set up a book club for the Drumcondra/Santry/Whitehall area and everyone is welcome to come along. They meet in a local pub on the first Wednesday of each month at 20:00 to talk about a book and if you are interested you should contact Brian Dalton on 087-2363282.

On Wed 01 Dec (20:00) Phantom 105.2 & Becks Vier present the Final of ICon’s Next Becks Thing, the ultimate Battle Of The Bands in Whelan’s, Wexford St. Admission is free and the competing bands are Howlin Dowlin, Shouting at Planes, Juliets Resue, The Crayon Set, The Riot Tapes.
www.phantom.ie/nextbecksthing www.whelanslive.com/listings

* 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 every Wednesdays. 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
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* Rhythm ‘n’ Booze in Sin É, Ormond Quay takes place every Wed from 21:00. Live music with DJ afterwards is the weekly programme and the details are here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001171626567
* 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 Babies on Board Tour “Winter Clothes” will take place on Thurs 02 Dec from 11:30-12:15 in the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street. “Learn how animals keep warm in the winter and inspect our grey wolf. No booking required.” Monthly tour for parents, grandparents or carers with pre-toddler age children. Buggies welcome! 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=1777

The UCD Earth Sciences Institute lecture will continue until December and talks are normally taking place on Thursdays from 12:30-14:00.
On Thur 02 Dec from 12:30-14:00 the venue is The Wood Quay Venue in the basement of the Dublin Civic Offices building near Christ Church. Two talks will take place. The first one is entitled “Green Car Roll-out” by Paul Mulvany, Managing Director, ESB ecars and the second talk is “Cycling and Electric Bikes” by Olivier Vander Elst, Greenaer. The meeting is chaired by Dr. Ciaran Fallon, Cycling Officer, Dublin City Council For more information contact check www.ucd.ie/earth/ or www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?dt=d.en.67588&f=week&d=03/12/2010&sd=Thursday,02Dec

“The Wanted” will be signing copies of “Wanted” in Eason’s, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1, on Thurs 02 Dec at 17:00. Admittance is by wristband only. The wristbands will be handed out to the people in the queue until the limited places are filled. A maximum of 2 books per person will be signed. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly event on Thursdays from 19:00-01:00 in the Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2. It is a new night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. “Featuring at the Beauty Spot will be regular beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. The weekly Beauty Bar will have a different theme and treatments every week.

Every Thursday Wallace Huey, Co-Director of personal development website www.trans4mind.com, invites to an inspiring talk from 19:30-21:00 in the Lantern Centre, 17 Synge Street, Dublin 8. The series runs from 29 Oct until 16 Dec and every week will cover a different aspect/topic. Wallace promises that you are provided with practical tools to nurture inner peace regardless of your personal circumstances. There is no fee for these talks, but he asks for a donation to support the work of Aware, the charity that assists people with depression. The venue is near the centre of Dublin and has free reserved off street car parking. Come along, bring a friend and be inspired! For more details go to www.trans4mind.com/peace-talks/index.html

The Lecture “Hollies and Lavender” by Susyn Andrews will take place in Education and Visitor Centre of the National Botanic Gardens on Thurs 02 Dec at 20:00. Susyn Andrews is a consultant Horticultural Taxonomist and Honorary Research Associate of Kew Gardens. She will talk about Hollies and Lavender, two of her special interests and will be delighted to identify any specimens brought in, after the lecture. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The theme of the December movies is not announced yet and the list of movies is not yet up on the website. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

The Rock+Funk Band “Me in the Park” will have their Christmas Gig in Whelan’s in Wexford Street on Thurs 02 Dec and invite you all to this free event. Start time is 20:00 and if you want to check them out, go to www.myspace.com/meinthepark or www.facebook.com/meinthepark.

The music duo R.E.D. are hosting a free Open Mic Night for musicians every Thursday in Darky Kellys pub on Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8. Would you like to play music in front of a live audience or hear undiscovered stars? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. For details check:

* 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 Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* 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.


The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday at 13:00 at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

I have to admit that I am always extremely hesitant including messages that I don’t understand, but I gather that this book launch on Fri 03 Dec is for one or two books in Irish, so the event is only interesting to the few Irish speakers among you:
“De hAoine-Friday Book Launch – Coisceim at Club Chonradh na Gaeilge, 6 Sr. Fhearchair, BAC2. Beidh Riona Nic Chongail mar aoi speisialta le linn seoladh dha leabhair le , iar-phriomhaistritheoir Dhail Eireann, Sean O Se – Cuimhni Cinn, Cuimhni Pinn agus Buile Shuibhne. Doirse 19:00” www.cnag.ie/


Compadrito Tango is organizing a charity tango party in aid of the Capuchin Homeless Centre on 04 December in Pinocchio Wine Bar in Ranelagh (underneath the Luas station). www.flavourofitaly.ie/pinocchio.aspx All events are free of charge, but your help for the Homeless Centre via donation will be much appreciated.
Separately, Pinocchio will offer an Aperitif of Italian tapas and wine for 12 Euro and to plan the workshop/party you need to register before 28 Nov if you want to be part of it. Just send a mail to tangofever_ireland@yahoo.com
We only ask people to donate as much as they can to the Homeless Centre.
The Capuchin Homeless Day Centre near Smithfield serves daily meals to homeless people in Dublin. In the past year only, the number of homeless people availing of the centre facilities has almost doubled, putting enormous pressure on the centre’s already tight budget. CompadritoTango would like to raise funds for the Christmas Dinner for the Homeless.
On Sat 04 Dec Simona & Hernan will teach a Creative Tango Workshop from 14:30-15:30. This is a workshop for all levels, all ages, all backgrounds… anybody who wants how to have fun on the dancefloor and a partner is not required. However, you have to have a Santa hat!! ;-) From 15:30-16:00 a Tango video will be screened and from 16:00 a Milonguita (Social Dancing) will take place. www.tangofever.net

On Wed 08 Dec at 18:00 a Life Sciences Lecture is taking place in the Royal Irish Academy. Professor Luke ONeill MRIA will talk about “What Science is telling us about Inflammatory Diseases”. Inflammatory diseases are a major burden on humanity and include such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and asthma. Other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease also have a major inflammatory component. The scientific investigation of these diseases has revealed important clues as to what is going wrong in the body during these diseases. We have as yet no cure however, and also we still don’t know what actually causes them. Very complex biochemical pathways operating in the immune system are important however and as our scientific understanding of these diseases progresses, there is much optimism that better treatments will emerge. This lecture will present an overview of how science is informing this progress. You need to pre-register for this event: www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Life-Sciences-Lecture.aspx

Irish Soprano Virginia Kerr will be in Farmleigh House, Pheonix Park for two Evening Performances together with Colman Pearce and Michael D’Arcy on Wed 15 + Thurs 16 Dec. Tickets are free, but limited and need to be requested here:

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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. ;-)

During the week I had the opportunity to discuss the current political and economic situation with a number of people. They all have a strong interest in politics, but have different political backgrounds and preferences. Oddly, they all agreed on something. They agreed that Enda Kenny, the leader of Fine Gael, is the most uncharismatic and uninspiring party leader imaginable. They agreed as well that he was virtually unelectable despite his reported good works ethic and hard and dedicated work, because he has no experience and is so uninspiring. But oddly they thought that now, after the EU and the IMF took over the financial side of Irish politics, he is more electable than he ever was because he will not have responsibility for the economy anymore and therefore there would be no risk that he messes things up. – Interesting way of looking at it! ;-)
But he still has to show that he is the right man: www.herald.ie/opinion/andrew-lynch-now-its-up-to-kenny-to-show-hes-ready-for-the-big-job-2433421.html

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Have a great weekend and thanks to the wonderful people among you who sent me good wishes after I mentioned last week that I had hurt my back. It has improved somewhat and it was sooo nice to get your lovely mails! :-) Thanks!
Take care,


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