Event Guide 189: Science Gallery, Temple Bar Trad Fest, Dublin Flea Market, Chinese New Year Fest

January 28th, 2011

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 189
| 28 Jan 2011 Subscribers: 7902

Hi all!

The life post-Christmas is back to “normality”, whatever “normality” is! ;-) For me it is lots of plans and ideas and exciting opportunities and I hope it is the same for you. :-) My slight problem is, though, that 24 hours per day are just not enough to do everything I would love to do and achieve. Do you have a similar challenge? My guess is that most of you do know what I am talking about because if you were the “easily bored” type, you would NOT read an Event Guide full of free events! ;-) But maybe you know a few people that could do with some help to find something to do? Tell them about this newsletter!

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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 be part of teaching 65 people how to defend themselves should they get in difficulty at a 2-day course with www.kravmagaireland.com In addition I will go to a (non-free) Gospel Concert in Tallaght on Saturday evening and then later to two parties. But in the afternoon, I will try to spend at least a little time in Temple Bar to see what is happening for the Tradfest. And if I had time I would definitely go to the Rip Tide Movement Gig in Lucan.
On Sunday there is more training, but if I could, I would go to the Dublin Flea Market (Apologies that I wrongly listed it last week! My mistake!) and in the evening the Mob Fandango gig and the Santoria gig would be on my must-go list.
On Tuesday the Storymap launch sounds good, but we have a gig with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir where I need to be. On Thursday the BTW Meetup is on my list, but I might be away next weekend and then I will have to start writing the Event Guide early. Busy as always. LOL


I am working on getting more competitions for the new year, I know how much you like them. :-) If you work in a company that would like to let the readers know about your products or events through this competition section, just contact me on dublineventguide@gmail.com

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______Dublin News______________

The programme of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival has been launched and is available on
www.stpatricksdayfestival.ie This year the festival weekend starts with the St. Patrick’s Day on 17 March and continues until 20 March. The programme is similar to last year’s which is good. So the festival parade, the Fun Fairs, a Treasure Hunt and the brilliant Big Day Out will take place again. In addition there will be the Gannon Cup Boat Race on St. Patrick’s Day this year and a (non-free) cultural evening in the Concention Centre will take place. Good news: The Ceili at Stephen’s Green will be back, however it will take place on 18 March, not on St. Patrick’s Day after the parade as until last year. The big disappointment AGAIN is that the Skyfest, the big fireworks, will probably again take place somewhere far away from where most people are. The location hasn’t been announced yet, but it seems that the sponsor (National Lottery) doesn’t like the 1.5 mio people in Dublin, but prefers to go to the small towns throughout Ireland.

During the week the news emerged that Bertie Ahern, the former Taoiseach, might have been caught by Google’s Streetview. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0121/ahernb_streetview.html Going by the circumference of the person on the picture, I would guess that it is not him, but who knows. ….and many would say “Who cares?” after his performance in recent months. When, this week, he finally left the Dail forever, it seems he just put another nail in his reputation. A variety of radio and newspaper commentators were very explicit in their astonishment about Bertie Ahern’s embarrassing statements yesterday. He was asked about his biggest regret and he said that he regretted most that the crazily expensive stadium that he wanted to have built (the Bertie Bowl) was never built. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0127/fiannafail.html

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

Thanks for the Good News mails last week. I didn’t get a huge amount of mails, but not the quantity is relevant! It is the quality! :-) Helen Q told me about a website that only contains optimistic messages about the economy. econ-optimist.blogspot.com/ Let’s hope that all these announced jobs will become real jobs.
Alicia P told me that the Aran Islands are to be a test environment for electric cars (www.rte.ie/news/2011/0114/electric_car.html). And Xen Ch. checked the Chinese Horoscope to see what they have to say about the world economy in 2011 since we are approaching the new Chinese Lunar New Year on 03 Feb. The new year will be the year of the Rabbit and Xen told me that it has been predicted that the World will be out of Recession, Middle East will be calm & politicians will be focusing more on domestic polices: www.myqualities.com/forecasts/world-forecast-2011.asp


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 7500+ 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.

Anita Thomas, a friend and supporter of this Event Guide has a young daughter and was keen to teach her daughter music in a fun, but at the same time educational way. In her search for a suitable way to teach, she came across “Kindermusik”, which is the world leader in music and movement programmes for babies, toddlers, young children and their parents, reaching millions of families all over the world. Anita realised that there was a gap in Ireland because the classes weren’t available, so she decided to take various courses and qualified as a Kindermusik educator. The innovative Kindermusik music and movement programme nurtures the cognitive, emotional, language, social, physical and musical development of children, and involves families in the joy of their children’s musical learning experience and if that sounds interesting to you then you have the opportunity to come with your child to a Demo Class in the coming week. The first “Kindermusik ABC Music & Me – Demo Class” will take place in Taney Church – Dundrum on Thurs 03 Feb from 15:00-16:00 and on Sat 05 Feb from 11:00-12:00. Ring 083-3612570 or 01-4427762 to book your place and check here to find out more www.facebook.com/pages/Kindermusik-with-Anita-Thomas/171572422858338?v=wall

More to come! New companies that will be mentioned here soon are a Car Sharing Scheme. Watch this space.

A water pipe burst at our www.kravmagaireland.com gym just after Christmas caused a lot of problems, but then we found HireHere Ltd. in 159 South Circular Road (beside National Stadium), Dublin 8. They have all types of DIY, Household and Gardening equipment for hire and with heaters and de-humidifiers from www.HireHere.ie we got the gym sorted again in no time. Thanks guys!



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.

03-14 Feb: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Offices
Fresh from the Irish pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, Chinese Voices, Dublin Lives is an exhibition featuring a set of five 5 minute videos presented on the lives of the Chinese Community in Dublin. Four of the films are narrated by Chinese people or people of Chinese-Irish descent who are working, studying and living in Dublin. These include the themes of Knowledge – Xiaojing Yue, Culture – Jenny Siung, Innovation – Zengyu Huang, Economy – Sunnie Sun and the fifth Celebration – Dublin Chinese New Year Festival DVD 2010. www.dublin.ie/arts-culture/chinese-new-year-exhibition.htm The Wood Quay Venue is in the basement of the Dublin City Council building, which is closest to Christ Church.


Fri 28 Jan: 10:00-17:00 – Glasnevin Museum next to Glasnevin Cemetary
Today only there will be free entry to Glasnevin Museum. Normal price is EUR 6. This applies to the Museum only and not the cemetery tour. www.glasnevinmuseum.ie/news/free-entry-to-glasnevin-museum-this-friday/

Fri 28 Jan: 15:00 – Egyptian Embassy, 12 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
In Solidarity with the Egyptian People in their current opposition to the Egyptian Government, a demo will take place today from 15:00-17:00. The location of the Embassy is here www.yelp.ie/map/embassy-of-egypt-dublin www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189979791020502

Irish Academic Press invites to a reception to celebrate the launch of the book “From the Medieval to the Contemporary Glass Making” by John M. Hearne. Guest Speaker will be Dr Patrick F. Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland. Refreshments will be served and the event will take place in the Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2 on 28 Jan at 18:00. Admission is free, but you have to register with Karen O Donoghue on 01-2989937 or info@iap.ie

Throughout January the Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 28 Who’s Eddie
Sat 29 Bree Harris Band
Fri 04 Feb Donal Kirk Band
Sat 05 Feb Dead Ringer
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:30. In addition on Sundays at 21:00 Mick Harvey & Guests will be on stage.

Fri 28 Jan: 23:00-02:30 – The Mercantile, Adams Trinity Hotel, 28 Dame Street, D2
After a long long break since summer last year, the French Friday party is finally back this week. It is a party for all French, everything French and all Francophiles in the basement of the Mercantile (entrance off Dame Lane). There will be a lot of French Music and admission is free. All details are here french-friday.com/ www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189260287769611

* 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.


The Temple Bar Food Market has moved and will be in the new, slightly scattered locations until June: Due to the long construction process of the umbrella project, an umbrella type retractable roof for Meeting House Square (Pictures are here: blog.templebar.ie/?p=821), the Temple Bar Food Market will have to leave Meeting House Square until June. Instead the market will now take place at three new locations around Temple Bar. The new locations are ‘Up-Town’ Old City, ‘Mid-Town’ East Essex Street and ‘Down-Town’ Curved Street which you can see on the map at blog.templebar.ie/?p=1859 . ‘Up-Town’ will offer a diverse range of fresh fruit and vegetables, ‘Mid-Town’ will be filled with stalls offering fresh hot food and ‘Down-Town’ will offer a range of stalls trading fresh Irish meats and freshly baked breads. The Temple Bar Designer Mart in Cow’s Lane will be on holidays until 12 March.

28 Jan-25 Feb: Science Gallery, Naughton Institute, Trinity College, Pearse Street, D2
A new exhibition has opened in the brilliant Science Gallery in TCD. The title is “Visceral – The Living Art Experiment” and the artwork falls in the unusual area of “bio art”, which is art made of living things like living tissue, blood cells and other biotechnology-related life forms. It is a fascinating theme and while maybe not stomachable for everybody, it will be a unique experience for most. The exhibits are described in this brochure www.sciencegallery.com/files/VISCERAL_THE%20LIVING%20ART%20EXPERIMENT.pdf but it won’t beat seeing the exhibition in reality. You have from 28 Jan until 25 Feb and the opening times are Tues-Fri 12:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 12:00-18:00 (closed on Mondays). Admission is free (with a suggested donation of EUR5) and the exhibition is suitable over the age of 15..
A variety of additional and related events will take place throughout the month. Some are free, others aren’t. One is taking place on Sat and another on Sun:

Sat 29 Jan: 10:00-18:00 – Science Gallery, Naughton Institute, TCD, Pearse Street.
On Sat 29 Jan the Visceral Symposium will take place and because you need to pre-book here www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/01/visceral-symposium , you better hurry. Go to the website about this full day of talks etc about the new Science Gallery exhibition. The description says “The symposium will cover cultural strategies that engage and scrutinise with development in the life sciences, with a particular emphasis on hands-on artistic research embedded within a biological laboratory. Two of SymbioticA’s co-founders and a selection of SymbioticA residents will speak on art and biology from different perspectives: political, ethical, historical, aesthetical and more.” All clear? :-P Admission is free, but booking is required.

26-30 Jan: Temple Bar
From 26-30 Jan the cobbled streets of Temple Bar will play host to Ireland’s premier celebration of Irish Music and Culture. Make sure you don’t miss it and bring the while family on Saturday and Sunday. This will be TradFest’s sixth year and is set to be the biggest and best yet. Concerts, pub trails, parades, marching pipe bands, a playground, film screenings, street performers, a restaurant trail, free street entertainment and much more are part of the festival. Check out the website at www.templebartrad.com to find out what exactly is taking place. Most free events will take place at the weekend and are in this brochure www.templebartrad.com/_domain/media/familyflyerfinal.pdf
There will be a Gig Rig in East Essex Street with the following programme:
Coláiste Eoin & Íosagáin Trad Band 12.00pm
St.Maurs Pipe Band 12.45pm
Air Corps Pipe Band 1.30pm
The Arlington Irish Dancers 2.15pm
Mike Hanrahan and Eleanor Shanley 3.00pm
The Furey Brothers 3.45pm
DIT Trad Ensemble 12.30pm
Artane Senior Band 1.15pm
Garda Band 2.00pm
Shaskeen Céilí on the Cobbles 3.00pm
The Legend of Luke Kelly 4.00pm
Fun and Dancing will take place on a stage in Fownes Street with the following programme:
Atlantic Steps 12.30pm
Craobh Sean Treacy CCE 13.15pm
Scoil Rince Dunleavy 14.15pm
Nyah Festival Cavan 14.50pm
Paidí Bán O Broin 15.45pm
Ceoltóirí Chluain Tarbh (U18 group) 12.30pm
Ceoltóirí Chluain Tarbh (O18 group) 1.20pm
Nova Scotia Pipe Band 2.15pm
The Arlington Irish Dancers 3.15pm
In addition to all that, there will be a Children’s Club in the Temple Bar Hotel with Face Painting and Balloon Modelling. And there will be street performers throughout Temple Bar.

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 22 Jan. 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 Gallery Talk “Herds, Regiments and Troops” for adults will take place in the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street on Sat 29 Jan from 12:00-12:30. “Join Catherine McGuinness to discover the hidden history of the soldiers and officers who donated animals and game heads to the Natural History Museum.” No booking required, space limited. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2028

Sat 29 Jan: 15:00-17:00 – Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
Harry Brown (Lecturer in Journalism) will speak in the Central Hotel on the topic of WikiLeaks and the campaign against Julian Assange, after he leaked top-secret US documents. www.indymedia.ie/article/98636

Sat 22 Jan: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Clare Street/Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Patterns in the Landscape” with Aoife Dwyer. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 29 Jan: 20:00-22:30 – Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar
The Rock/Garage Band “The Minutes” will be for a gig in the Button Factory. Admission is free. www.myspace.com/theminutesireland

A new monthly gig night “Lucan Live” will start in the County Bar in Lucan (next to the Lucan Spa Hotel on the N4) to promote local bands. The band line up is very promising and admission is free. The first event on 29 Jan will feature the brilliant Lucan band “Rip Tide Movement”. I have heard them a number of times in Temple Bar and Grafton Street where they promoted their CD and they are very good and hugely entertaining. theriptidemovement.com/

Sat 29 Jan: 21:30-00:00 – Timothy Croughs, 1 St Vincents St West, Inchicore, D8
The 3-piece 60s and 70s band “Trilogy” will be in Inchicore for a gig. Trilogy will be dressed up in clothes from that era and will play all the music you might remember (or remember from your parents ;-) ). Say Hi to Annie, the front woman, from me, when you go to the gig. ;-) www.facebook.com/pages/Trilogy-Band/150004048364099

From next week, this event will be in the Regular Events Section: “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 in 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 on a break until spring (or possibly forever, says the cynic in me). 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, you find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food + there’s free popcorn and ballons&facepainting for the kids. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening: Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, 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 30 Jan: Pond Life; 06 Feb: Make a Valentines card; 13 Feb: Valentine gifts to make; 20 Feb: Save the Planet! Discover Eco-Art; 27 Feb Tracing Fun. 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

Sun 30 Jan: 11:00-17:00, Dublin Food Co-op, Newmarket Square, (Off Cork Street), Dublin 8. Since last year all car boot sales and outdoor flea markets were ruthlessly stopped by Dublin City, this is one of the few remaining flea markets in Dublin. Stalls with hand-made goods, art, jewellery, furniture, records, vintage clothing, bric-a-brac and lots more unwanted items that may just be what you always were looking for. Admission is free. www.dublinflea.ie/
Apologies for listing this event already last week! I checked the Food Co-op website last week and since the week before the Brocante Furniture Market took place in the Food Co-op, I took it that the Flea Market would be next. But I didn’t think! The trick is that the Brocante Market is on the 3rd Sunday and the Flea Market is on the last Sunday. Because this month has 5 (!!) Sundays, I wrongly announced the flea market for last week! I am very sorry!

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! The concert on the 30 Jan is entitled “Previn & Messiaen”. Virginia Kerr (soprano) and Thérèse Fahy (piano) will perform Andre Previn: Honey and Rue (1992) and Olivier Messiaen: Poemes pour Mi (1936). www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=666

On Sun 30 Jan from 12:30-16:00 the “SymbioticA Masters programme info and artists’ talks” will take place. SymbioticA is the Australian lab, that has created this exhibition and its co-founders are in Dublin to talk about the SymbioticA Masters programme at the University of Western Australia. Afterwards, from around 13:30, the artists involved in VISCERAL will be giving talks throughout the gallery about their exhibits. Admission is free. sciencegallery.com/events/2011/01/symbiotica-masters-programme-info-and-artists-talks Find out more details about the exhibition in the Sat section of this newsletter.

The Crafty Market became one of the regular markets. Before Christmas it took place every Sunday in Sheebeen Chic, but since the facebook page hasn’t been updated for a while, I am not sure if it is still taking place. If you are near Shebeen Chic on Sunday, please check for me and let me know! Thanks! ;-)
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 should take place on Sun 30 Jan from 13:00-18:30 – IF it still takes place. 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

Sun 30 Jan: 13:30. Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square.
Kie Ellens will be in conversation with Logan Sisley, Exhibitions Curator, in relation to “Richard Tuttle: Books”. This lecture is free and open to the public. Places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=602

Saucy Sundays is a new live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. On 30 Jan it will run from 16:30-23:00 with a line up of musicians from all round the country. The line up is Mob Fandango (see separate listing a little further down), Come On Live Long, North Sea, Eric McGrath, Andy Early, Barrie Cassidy and Lisa Mc. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

+ The St Brigid’s Day event “The Saint, Goddess and Woman” for adults will take place on Sun 30 Jan from 15:00-16:30 in the Decorative Arts & History section of the National Museum in Collins Barracks. “An afternoon of storytelling inspired by the powerful figure of Brigid. Join storytellers in the Palatine Room and learn about St Brigid Day traditions with curator Clodagh Doyle.” Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2031

Sun 30 Jan: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Inspirational Places”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=634

Sun 30 Jan: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Clare Street/Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
The lecture “The Genius of Turner” with William Gallagher, freelance art historian will take place. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

“The Long Hard Road”, the debut album from Tom McElvogue (Flute) and Paddy Kerr (Bouzouki, Guitar, Bodhran) features original compositions from both Tom and Paddy as well as traditional tunes. The launch event will happen on Sun 30 Jan at 16:00, upstairs in the Oliver St John Gogarty’s pub, Temple Bar. The event is part of the Temple Bar Trad Festival 2011 www.tommcelvogue.com/music.html

Sun 30 Jan: 20:00-23:30 – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1
The brilliant band “Mob Fandango” will be on stage tonight and you should see them, they are REALLY good! “Come on Live Long” is the supporting act, who will start the evening at 20:00. Admission is free. Find all the details here

The Soul Band Santoria will be (in 6-piece formation) in the Q Bar, O’Connell Bridge, Dublin 2 on Sun 30 Jan from 21:00. It is not absolutely clear if admission is free, but it seems to be. www.santoria.ie/santorialive.html

* 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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* 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. Admission is free. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lazy-Band/137845161717
* 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.


Tues 01 Feb: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Clare Street/Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The lecture “Victorian History Painting – the Highs and Lows” with Janet McLean, NGI will take place. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

From 01-14 Feb the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2011 will take place. Lectures, a Film Festival, an Exhibition, Arts and Crafts Workshops in the Libraries in Dublin, a Business Seminar and a Carnival will take place in the next two weeks. The full programme is here www.dublin.ie/cny Most events are free and next Saturday (05 Feb) a Chinese New Year Festival Carnival will take place on Wolfe Tone Square in Jervis Street. Apart from the Arts and Crafts Workshops (check your local Library!) I have listed all other free events for this week and will include next week’s event in the next Event Guide.

Tues 01 Feb: 14:30. Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle
A film screening of Renaissance of Glory, episode 2 of Iran the Forgotten Glory: An Awe-Inspiring Journey into the Majesty and Splendour of Ancient Persia, by Makan Karandish, Mystic Films International, from Alexander to the fall of the Sassanid Empire and the arrival of Islam (43 mins) will take place in the CBL. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Tues 01 Feb: 18:30 – Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, D2
Poetry Reading and launch of “In Other Words” by Mary Madec will take place in the Centre for Creative Practices. The book will be launched by Michael D. Higgins. “In this debut collection, Hennessy XO Award for Emerging Poetry recipient Mary Madec tests the power and resilience of language to explore the intractable intimacies of our connection with the world, from first memories and love to brave and incisive portraits of real and imagined lives.” www.cfcp.ie/events/madec0211.html

Tues 01 Feb: 19:45 – Marian Pool, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4
The Dalkey Scubadivers are running a free “try-a-dive” class on Tues 01 Feb to give you a chance to try out Scuba Diving. The Dalkey Scubadivers are in existence for 35 years and are starting a new training course on 08 Feb, for which you can sign up (not free!) if you like it. You have to book the “try-a-dive” class on www.dalkeyscubadivers.com and you can check out the poster at www.dalkeyscubadivers.com/images/DSD_Poster_2011.jpg

Tues 01 Feb: 19:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The lecture “Some Observations on the Architecture of the Irish Country House” by Dr Conor Lucey, lecturer in History of Art and Architecture at University College Dublin and the National College of Art and Design is part of the series of events associated with the photographic exhibition Power and Privilege: Photographs of the Big House in Ireland, 1858-1922. Admission is free.

Tues 01 Feb: 19:30-00:30 – The Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1
“Storymap is a web based multimedia project that tries to capture the personality of Dublin city through its stories and storytellers. These are a very wide variety of true stories – from historical stories to personal anecdotes, from romantic meetings to drunken antics. These stories are filmed and integrated into an online map of the city to create a charming and layered collective vision of our city made by the people of the city.” The launch of this website will take place on Tuesday and you are invited. At the free party in the Grand Social Live music from “Junah” and “Til Death do us Party”, Burlesque dancing from the “Three-O Troup” and story telling will be provided. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=146722262050378

Tues 01 Feb: 19:30 – Shebeen Chic, 4 Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2.
At the next Shebeen Flick event the films will be: Blush (2009) by Cathy Brady, a Documentary (8min) and “Pyjama Girls” (2010) by Maya Derrington, a Documentary (80min). The screening will be followed by Q&A with director Maya Derrington. www.facebook.com/shebeenflick?v=wall

The Crackity Jones’ Tuesday Movie event takes 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 01 Feb will be “The Breakfast Club”. www.facebook.com/crackityjonespromo

The New Volta Film Club is a monthly screening of new short films and animations. It takes place on the first Tuesday of the month, on Tues 01 Feb from 20:00-23:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Grafton Street (Upstairs).
newvoltafilmclub.wordpress.com/ and www.facebook.com/pages/New-Volta/127768761573?v=wall

Tues 01 Feb: 20:00-21:00 – Ireland Institue, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
The Agni Acting Studio invites to an Actor Showcase, where students of the Acting Studio perform various scenes from various authors. Admission is free. Just register on www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143697989021869 Dom K. who told me about this event (Thanks!) said that the last Actors Showcase was really good and entertaining with lots of talented actors.

* 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 UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School invites potential MBA students the chance to attend a series of free breakfast lectures designed to give you a taste of an MBA. Held between February and May, each event is hosted by a leading academic from UCD Smurfit School who will give a talk on his or her specialist area. A member of our admissions team will also be on hand to answer any questions you have. The first breakfast lecture of the series, entitled “Marketing for growth during a recession”, will be given by Professor Damien McLoughlin, Professor of Marketing and Director of the Marketing Development Programme, and will take place at UCD Smurfit School in Blackrock on Wed 02 Feb at 07:30. To register visit www.smurfitschool.ie/tasteofanmba/

Wed 02 Feb: 13:05-13:45 – National Gallery, Clare Street/Merrion Square, Dublin 2
A poetry reading with Tony Curtis will take place in the gallery. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Wed 02, 09, 16, 23 Feb: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
A Lunchtime Lecture Series Dr Jerusha McCormack and Dr John G Blair is organised as part of the Library’s celebrations of the Chinese New Year. It will take place on 02, 09, 16, 23 Feb and 02 & 09 March and is entitled “Old China, New China – and Us”.
The lectures are free and open to all, no booking required.
On Wed 02 Feb the topic is ” Dangerous Dichotomies: China versus the West – How can we look at China without being trapped by Western habits of mind?” www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Wed 02 Feb at 18:00 the film “La vida secreta de las palabras” (2005) by director Isabel Coixet (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/Ficha69636_16_2.htm

Wed 02 Feb: 18:15-19:45 – Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
The first Comhlámh First Wednesday Debate for 2011 will take place on Wed. The discussion is about ending 21st Century Slavery with the topic “Child trafficking – Whose problem to solve?” Jillian van Turnhout (Chief Executive, Children’s Rights Alliance) will chair the debate and speakers Muireann Ní Raghallaigh(Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Science, UCD) and Albert Llussa (Solicitor, with expertise on immigration issues) will be speaking. This will be followed by an open Q&A session. Tea and coffee will be provided and admission is free, but space is limited. Comhlámh (Irish for ‘solidarity’) is an organisation open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development issues. www.comhlamh.org/bewleys-debates-are-back.html

Wed 02 Feb: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
The Irish Writers’ Centre presents an open panel discussion entitled “Modern Ireland has Nothing to Inspire Modern Writing” on how the current climate is affecting modern writing in Ireland. The discussion will be chaired by poet Michael O’ Loughlin, co-founder of Raven Arts Press. He 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, Claire Kilroy award-winning author and Gerry Smyth, Managing Editor of the Irish Times and celebrated poet. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/

* 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.


Thurs 03, 10, 17 Feb: 13:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Michael Grant will talk about and present “The Broadway Musicals” over the coming three weeks. Admission is free and booking is not required. A variety of Broadway Musicals will be looked at and the Libraries’ website provides more detail. The three topics are
03 Feb: The Musicals of composer Richard Rodgers
10 Feb: The Musicals of lyricist Alan J Lerner
17 Feb: The Musicals of lyricist Stephen Sondheim

Thurs 03 Feb: 13:30 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Richard Tuttle Lecture and Seminar Series “Points of Departure, Lines of Flight” will take place from 03 Feb-08 Apr in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Over the course of 5 weeks artists, critics, and curators will respond to the Richard Tuttle exhibition and take a point of departure to discuss current arts practice. A free public lecture will take place on Thursdays at 16:30 followed by (non-free) seminar on Fridays from 11:00. The exceptions to this are the events taking place on Thurs 03 Feb and Fri 04 Feb which will both take the format of free lectures at 13:00.
+ Thurs 03 Feb, 13:00: Richard Tuttle and Thomas McEvilley in conversation
+ Fri 04 Feb, 13:00: Thomas McEvilley lecture: “Recent Developments in the Social Situation of Art” www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=652

For details check the OPPORTUNITIES Sub Section in the DUBLIN NEWS in this Event Guide. Two “Kindermusik ABC Music & Me – Demo Class” will take place this week in Taney Church – Dundrum. The first one on Thurs 03 Feb from 15:00-16:00 and the second one on Sat 05 Feb from 11:00-12:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Kindermusik-with-Anita-Thomas/171572422858338?v=wall

Thurs 03 Feb: 14:00-17:00 – Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
“Migration and Recession – Implications of the Economic Crisis for Migrants and Immigration in Europe” is the title of a public discussion in the Goethe Institut. The lectures and the panel discussion will assess the impact of the recession on the economic, social and cultural lives of immigrants and migration policy in Europe, focussing on Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Spain. Participants are Siobhan O’Donohue(Migrants Rights Centre Ireland), Prof. Nigel Harris (University College London), Dr. Anna Myunghee Kim (Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn), Dr. Steven Loyal (University College Dublin), Dr. Francisco Javier Moreno Fuentes (Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), Madrid). Admission is free, but registration is required on 01-6024403 or rottke@dublin.goethe.org www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/ver/en7033303v.htm

Thurs 03 Feb: 17:00 – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, D8
“Referencing the impact of ROSC, the Moderns include abstract works by William Scott, Patrick Scott, Cecil King, Gerda Fromel and Deborah Brown among others from 1960s and 70s. To mark the significant impact of ROSC Exhibitions from 1967 – 1988; Panelists are invited to contextualize the visual art scene in Ireland at that time, and to explore the legacy of ROSC on contemporary exhibition and gallery practices in Ireland. Among the panelists included are Jerome O Drisceoil, Francis Ruane, Brenda Moore Mc Cann, and Chairperson Gemma Tipton.” Admission is free, but booking is required www.imma.ie/en/page_212298.htm

Thurs 03 Feb: 18:30 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Maurice Scully will be in the gallery for a poetry reading. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=665

Thurs 03 Feb: 19:00 – O’Byrne’s Beverage House, 199 King Street North, Dublin 7
The “Blogger Twitter Whatever” Meetup in February will take place in O’Byrne’s. Admission is free and there will be some food. jasonroe.me/blog/category/btw-blogger-twitter-meetup/

Thurs 03 Feb: 19:00-21:00 – Trinity College, Room 5025, Arts Building
The Italian Department at Trinity College is inviting to the lecture “Prospettive sull’ imperialismo antico e medievale” by Dr Flavio Sanza (UCD, Center for War Studies). The seminar will be in Italian, all are welcome and there will be a glass of wine after the lecture. www.tcd.ie/Italian/

“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 the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The theme for February is “Romantics” and the movies are 03 Feb: Romeo and Juliet; 10 Feb: Gone With The Wind; 17 Feb: Dirty Dancing; 24 Feb Moulin Rouge. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

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.


Fri 04 Feb: 09:30-13:30 – Dublin City Council’s Wood Quay Venue
Chinese animators will join Oscar-nominated companies Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon to participate in an Animation Seminar on 04 Feb.The seminar will be a key component of Ireland’s first Chinese Film Festival, which forms part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2011. The Seminar will be an opportunity to look at business practice and the legal aspects of co-production in China, and to nurture contacts that should provide innovative and rewarding opportunities in the years ahead. Ireland and China can together gain a more competitive ground in the fast-growing animation market in China and the rest of the world. To book a place at the animation seminar and for more details go to www.eventelephant.com/dcnyfanimationseminar It is not clearly stated that the event will be free, but it seems that it is.

On 04 Feb, La Dolce Vita, the Italian Wine Bar and Restaurant in Cow’s Lane, Old City, Temple Bar, will launch their new weekly Live Jazz every Friday from 21:00-23:30. There will be no cover charge and tables can be booked on 01 7079786. www.ladolcevita.ie


This section contains events that will 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:

Sat 05 Feb: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Hugh Lane Gallery at this free event for the whole family. This year it is the year of the Rabbit. In China they use big bright red dragons in their street celebrations and artist Janine Davidson will lead you in an oriental flavoured workshop where you can make your very own red dragon. To book contact the Gallery Reception on 01-2225564. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=618

Mon 07 Feb: 18:30-20:30 – National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1
“Accounting for God” is NCI’s 60th Anniversary Lecture Series in 2011. To mark its 60th Anniversary and celebrate its academic contribution, National College of Ireland will host a series of guest academic lectures in 2011. The series will feature thought-provoking lectures by leading Irish and international figures in academic, business, professional and cultural life. The first lecture is entitled “How the Jesuits Paved the Way for Modern Management” by Prof. Paolo Quattrone from the IE Business School, Madrid. “Do you think accounting is all about numbers? Ever wondered where commonly used terms such as inventory, record and hierarchy came from? Paolo Quattrone will talk about how the Jesuits influenced this and how they have been considered an exemplary case study of management success.

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I reported about the end of the Dub Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures here in the “This is odd” section and since there are a good few odd things surrounding the (sparse amount of) new developments, I will report about it here again.
A big THANKS to the people that contacted me to offer their help in setting up a small, but beautiful World Culture Festival in 2011. I mentioned that I am tempted to think about organising something like that and about 15 people either sent supportive mails or offered to help! Thanks!
I thought about it and discussed it with friends and kept a close eye on the developments in Dun Laoghaire and taking all this into account, I have decided that I better focus on TELLING you about all that will take place instead of getting more involved ….at least for the moment. :-)
After more and more people heard about the sad end of the festival (I don’t believe that it will be back in 2012!), many expressed their shock and others saw opportunities. A politician of the Green party in Dun Laoghaire started a “Save the Festival of World Cultures” petition and facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Save-the-Festival-of-World-Cultures/120699541336407?v=wall), but with just about 1100 signatures and about 1300 friends on Facebook, this campaign doesn’t seem to go far. And then some political groups even further left are getting involved and want to organise a “People’s Festival, not a private substitute”. One group seems to be heavily supporting the United Left Alliance and oddly that group doesn’t seem to like the “Save the Festival” petition and vice versa. So it all got very political and the dislike of the “private substitute” makes me wonder if they saw the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Culture as a capitalistic event or some strange stuff like that.
A politisation of the World Cultures Festival just seems wrong to me and it is a pity that these are the only groups that are prepared to get involved. – On the other hand, I rather have a free music festival that brings some fun, than none. :-) So, if I can make it, I will go to the public talk “Save our Festival”, organised by a Daryl Southern and the “Dun Laoghaire Community Activists”. It will take place on Sun 06 Feb from 14:30-17:30 in the Kingston Hotel in Adelaide Rd (at the Seafront and opposite the pier). www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123424021061059 Unfortunately the “Dun Laoghaire Community Activists” had nothing better to say than: “Time to tell DLRCoCo (Dun Laoghaire County Council) that it is the PEOPLES Festival of World Cultures – Not theirs…..and now we want it Back!!” I hope the meeting will be more inspired! :-O The festival was never political, nor was it NOT a festival for the people, so where is the class-struggle nonsense coming from? The new independent festival is planned to be this: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Peoples-Festival/117831271623016

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Enjoy your weekend and make the most of it, as if it was your last …in January 2011! ;-)

Take care,


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