Event Guide 197: Honey Bee Year, Dublin Flea, Hacktivism, Designing Dublin Prototypes, French Choral Music

March 25th, 2011

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| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 197
| 25 Mar 2011 Subscribers: 8256
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Hi all!

Last Monday was the official start of Spring and promptly the thermometer climbed to top temperatures around 13-15 degrees. I just love when the days get longer and the weather gets warmer. The St. Patrick’s Day weekend was great for most of the time, let’s hope that this positive start of the “outdoor season” will set the scene for the whole year.

Two weeks ago I went to the National Museum in Collins Barracks and if you have any opportunity you should go there to see the Irish High Cross exhibition. The crosses are in life size in the museum and while they are all replicas, I was absolutely impressed when I entered the room. I am not sure what it is, but they are displayed in an awe-inspiring way and I definitely recommend the one-room exhibition. This picture shows the crosses, but doesn’t get the impressiveness across: www.museum.ie/en/exhibition/irish-high-crosses.aspx

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Today’s Feel Good Slot video clip is not very deep, but the rugby fans in Ireland will still get something out of it. If you are English you might not, but you know that you will get a chance to turn the table. ;-) And if you are not a rugby fan, then it still might make you chuckle, but the same strong feeling is possible not there.
Seemingly the video is based on a Nike ad that was created to celebrate England’s Grand Slam title (when a team wins all matches in the Rugby 6Nations cup, they win the Grand Slam.). But then Ireland did beat England unexpectedly. So England didn’t win the Grand Slam, but the Nike ad was leaked and someone “modified” the original ad. Have a look and see the funny side of the ad (even if you can’t see the funny side of the Rugby result.) www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB5eu0EwK34

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NATIONAL ACHIEVERS CONGRESS – LONDON
The National Achievers Congress in London from 02-04 July will bring three of the most inspiring achievers and speakers together on one stage. Anthony Robbins, Richard Branson and Alan Sugar will speak at this 3-day congress. The standard ticket will be GBP 297+VAT soon, but from tomorrow a number of early bird tickets are available for GBP 147+VAT. And if you are super fast and can decide right NOW, then you will still get a ticket today (Fri 11 Mar) for GBP 127 + VAT. You can book at successr.infusionsoft.com/go/72/ranger2285/ and you will find out more information there as well.
I plan to go to this event in July because I always wanted to see and hear Richard Branson and Anthony Robbins.
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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.

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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 is an odd week, originally it seemed as if there are less events and then as the night of writing this Dublin Event Guide went on, the events came from all corners. No really big events, but lots of smaller and nevertheless very interesting events.

I want to get outside for some time this weekend, but we have a new self-defence beginners course again at www.kravmagaireland.com, so I have to see how that will work.

The bee event in the Botanic on Sunday is one of these random events, but it sounds interesting. In the evening is the Brown University Jazz Band gig and Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly, who allegedly is mad. ;-) On Sunday the Dublin Flea Market and the Hacktivism talk grab my attention. On Monday the Barrack Obama talk sounds interesting and on Wednesday I will definitely try to go to the Prototype Extravaganza of the Designing Dublin team. The talk about Immunology in the Science Gallery would be great, but I will probably not be able to go. And there are two more interesting talks (Irish Aeronaut and Consequences from Election) and two concerts (French Choral Music and New Music) that evening and then the Brownbread Mixtape (you need to book free tickets this time!). What a mad busy Wednesday!

And then there is Thursday, i.e. another Event Guide Writing Night. :-O

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BOUNCERS – COMEDY – TIVOLI THEATRE
The Tivoli Theatre will host the hilarious comedy “Bouncers” with performances from Tues 29 Mar – Sat 09 Apr at 19:30 every evening. The play takes you back to 80s Ireland and it is a highly decorated play having won 5 Joseph Jefferson Awards in Chicago, 7 Los Angeles Drama Critic Awards and has also been nominated for the Laurence Olivier Comedy of the Year Award. The four actors in the play portray over twenty different characters from the disco scene set against the tatty glitzy glamour, flashing lights and pulsating beat of a Dublin night club. And in co-operation with the Tivoli Theatre in Francis Street (near Christ Church) I can help 6 of you to see this popular play. The Tivoli Theatre has provided me with 3 pairs of tickets for you and if you want to win a pair, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with BOUNCERS in the subkect line and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. In addition you need to tell me the first name of the writer of the play. His last name is Godber and his name is on the poster on www.tivoli.ie/ttsite/Tivoli_Theatre/Home.html The tickets are for the performance at 19:30 on Tues 29 Mar and your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Monday 28 Mar. www.tivoli.ie

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YOU STOLE MY HEART – COLETTE HENRY – ALBUM LAUNCH
Colette Henry, a talented Jazz singer, is launching her brand new album on Fri 08 April at 19:00 in 4 Dame Lane (upstairs), Dublin 2. Entitled “You stole my heart”, the album contains jazz songs, sultry tango rhythms and some modern R&B. At the launch on 4 Dame Lane, Colette and her band (Johnny Taylor – piano, Andrew Csibi – double bass, Dominic Mullan – drums) will play songs from the album as well as other uptempo swing tunes, blues and ballads and Colette will tell the stories linked with the music choices on the album, so it promises to be a very special and entertaining night. After the gig DJ Ian Clarke will be playing chart, soul, funk and house from 22:30-03:00. Colette made a pair of tickets available for you to win. Tickets are normally EUR 8 (EUR 14 with album) and if you want to have a chance to win the tickets, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject COLETTE and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. In addition you have to tell me what the symbol is that represents the “listen” section in the menu on her website: www.colette.ie Your mail has to be with me by Tues 05 April.

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LIGHTHOUSE CINEMA (SMITHFIELD) IN SERIOUS TROUBLE
The landlord of the Lighthouse Cinema is trying to close down the company it seems. He has applied to the courts to terminate the company that runs the Lighthouse Cinema and on Monday it will be decided if the cinema has to close. The cinema is at Smithfield and not in a perfect location to attract lots of customers. When it opened the re-juvenation and modernisation of Smithfield Square was something that must have given the company behind the cinema enough hope to sign a contract that allows the increase of the rent from EUR 100,000 to EUR 200,000. But Smithfield Square never became the cultural centre it was meant to become. Restaurants, Hotels and shops around it closed over the last years and even the events that Dublin City ran on the Square were first scaled down and then stopped. www.rte.ie/ten/2011/0322/lighthousecinema.html – Landlords are damaging the cultural life in Dublin and more and more rip the heart out of the city. Check the “This is odd section” at the bottom of this Dublin Event Guide for a more detailed look at some aspects.

POINT VILLAGE MARKET TERMINATED
Some of you might remember that I speculated that the end of the Point Village Market came just before Christmas when in a surprise move the Christmas Market was cancelled and on top of that the complete Point Village Market was sent into hibernation for the winter. At the time the official line was that it would be back in Spring, but I expected that it might never be back since it wasn’t really a blow-away success. It now has been confirmed that there will be NO Point Village Market for the whole summer of 2011. www.pointvillagemarket.ie/ The official reason is “major construction work on the Point Village Plaza” but I wonder if an alternative solution would have been found had the market been REALLY successful.

HIDDEN WICKLOW – NEW SHORT FILM SERIES
For the last 10 years, Sheila Keegan lives in Wicklow Town and she is very passionate about her home. So passionate that Sheila plans a series of short films about Wicklow and has completed the first one. The film doesn’t show the standard sights of a town, but, true to the name of her new blog, it shows the hidden or less obvious aspects of Wicklow. Have a look at it here hiddenwicklow.wordpress.com and maybe it will inspire you to visit Wicklow on a day out of the big city (i.e Dublin). ;-)

FINDINGS AT MEETING HOUSE SQUARE
Meeting House Square in Temple Bar closed on 24 Jan 2011 and it was planned that in June of this year it would be re-opened again. The closure was to facilitate the construction of a retractable canopy (more or less a set up BIG umbrellas that will be able to cover the Square in bad weather and will fold away of the weather is good.
I had a look at the site a number of times and was surprised how deep the builders were digging. The area there is very close to the old city wall and the deeper you dig, the more likely it is that you will find “stuff”. And in early March it did happen: As part of the construction processs, an archaelogical examination was carried out and a significant archaelogical find has been made. Now further excavations have to take place and the re-opening of the Square will have to be postponed. The Temple Bar Cultural Trust currently thinks that the summer programme which was planned to start on 15 July will still go ahead as planned. Let’s hope that the delays are not more significant. www.templebar.ie/Space/Meeting_House_Square
By the way, I have to admit that I am caught between two positions/opinions. On one hand we should be excited about the find because it might reveal even more facts and maybe secrets about our city. On the other hand a compromise between LIVING in the city and digging it up for archaeological reasons, with the consequence of putting life on hold, is essential.

DIY EXPERTS WANTED FOR TV
Vision Independent Productions are working on a TV project for which they want ultimate DIY experts to be the faces of their TV and Web Instructional Series. They are looking for real characters who know what they’re talking about and who can tackle any home improvement job big or small. Both a male and female DIY expert who will be able to teach complete beginners how to tackle household projects is required and the job is paid! Applicants must be available for filming between 25 April and 03 June. (Applicants’ Safepass must be up to date.)
For more information and an application form contact TotalDIY@gmail.com or call 01 864 1444.

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More new companies that have discovered opportunities will be presented here soon!

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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.

More exhibitions to come next week and in the meantime just check the visualartists website for all listings. ;-)

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CLIMATE INSPIRATIONS – TALKS – BRITISH COUNCIL
Fri 25 Mar – 09:30-14:00 – European Commission Representation, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. The Challenge Europe International Showcase Event “Climate Inspirations” aims to energise the climate debate and inspire action towards a low carbon future. Speakers include:
* Professor John Mitchell, Chief Scientist, UK Met Office
* Dr Tara Shine, Head of Research and Development, Mary Robinson Foundation
* Dick Strawbridge, Television Presenter, Writer and Eco-Engineer
European champions from the British Council’s climate project, Challenge Europe will also share their experiences and present their final projects that aim to reduce CO2 emissions across Europe.
This is a ticket only event and to request tickets contact challengeeurope@britishcouncil.org For details check www.britishcouncil.org/ireland
www.cultivate.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1020

VACCINES LECTURE – TCD
Fri 25 Mar – 13:00-14:00 – TCD/UCD Innovation Academy, 3 Foster Place, Trinity College Dublin. – The TIDI Lecture: New Vaccines for Global Health by Prof. Adrian Hill (Professor of Human Genetics and Director of Jenner Institute, Oxford University) will be part of the TCD/UCD Development Research Lunchtime Seminar Series. The seminar series is organised jointly by TIDI at TCD and the Human Development Initiative at UCD. Sandwiches provided.
Contact: tidi@tcd.ie, Website: www.tcd.ie/tidi www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/ls_notices.html#18687

INK SLINGERS CREATIVE WRITING HOUR – WRITERS’ CENTRE
Fr 25 Mar: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday 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

POETRY NOW – POETRY FESTIVAL – DUN LAOGHAIRE
24-27 Mar – Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
One of Ireland’s biggest festivals of poetry, “Poetry Now” in Dub Laoghaire, reaches its sixteenth year in 2011. It is a weekend of readings, workshops, talks and events, as well as The Irish Times and the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award presentations and the majority of events is not free. However, there are a few free events:
Fri 25 Mar 14:00 – The Ireland Literature Exchange Seminar
Sat 26 Mar 13:00 – Irish Times Poetry Now Award
www.poetrynow.ie/readings.html The DLR Poetry Now 2011 festival takes place in the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire and the full programme is here
www.poetrynow.ie/Brochure11.pdf

LIVE JAZZ – LA CUVEE BISTRO AND WINE BAR, IFSC
Fri 18:00-20:30 – La Cuvee, Custom House Square, IFSC, Dublin 1
From 25 Mar, every Friday live jazz will be provided in La Cuvee. The line up is
25 Mar Midnight Blue; 01 Apr Emily Cole Duo; 08 Apr Midnight Blue; 15 Apr Joan Shields Duo; 22 Apr CLOSED, 29 Apr Kevin Morrow Duo; 06 May Anne Marie Kelly Duo, 13 May Midnight Blue, 20 May Kristina G. Duo. www.lacuvee.ie

STORYTELLING & ILLUSTRATIONS
Fri 25 Mar: 19:30 – Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
“events…on the corner” invite you to enjoy the age-old tradition of storytelling in a whole new way! Joining the four story tellers Eleonore Nicolas, Nina Tanis, Michael Phelan and Fiona Dowling from Story O, will be Raúl Mv, Killian Dunne and Kevin Bohan from Blind Elephant Illustration Collective.
“Story O started off as 5 friends who met once a month to cook together and tell stories. They were having so much delight that they thought they owe to spread the joy and share it with you. While their love to perform and elicit laughter mixed with their sense of play and fun brought them together, each of them can bring you on different journeys: Fiona tells you about all the colours of love, Eleonore prescribes stories to cure the symptoms of our time, Michael will wrap you around his little finger with tales where the grotesque and the sublime go hand in hand, Nina will share her love for humanity while Adam will fool you into thinking you’ve heard it all before and next thing you’ll be laughing uncontrollably. Come, sit, relax for an hour or for few minutes. They love travelling with their audiences!!!”
Blind Elephant Collective are a group of artists from various backgrounds who came together to create unique illustrations. Raúl Mv is a graphic designer interested in all sorts of media and visual languages. Killian Dunne is a Dublin based freelance illustrator and print maker. Kevin Bohan worked in printing for 11 years before dropping out to study Graphic design and illustration. He is currently working in the design and layout department of a national newspaper and studying Web design full time. eventsonthecorner.blogspot.com/

JAZZ EVENING – LA DOLCE VITA
On Fri 04 Feb, La Dolce Vita, the Italian Wine Bar and Restaurant in Cow’s Lane, Old City, Temple Bar, launched 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 The band line up for the Jazz evenings is: 25 Mar: Emilie Conway Duo.

LIVE MUSIC – STILLORGAN ORCHARD
The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 25 Mar Cornerstone
Sat 26 Mar Superfly
Sun 27 Mar The Hustlers
Fri 1 Apr Donal Kirk Band
Sat 2 Apr Dead Ringer
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

QUE PEZON – STONEY’S BAR, HILL STREET
Jose Dominguez tell me that himself and Pia Dunne will perform as the duet “Què Pezón!” every Friday in Stoney’s Bar, Hill Street, off Parnell street. The Show starts at 21:30. www.myspace.com/quepezon and www.quepezon.com

ZEALOTS – SWEENY MONGREL
Fri 25 Mar: 22:00-02:30 – The Sweeney Mongrel, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The band “Zealots” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdYh5SyDerg) will perform supported by “The Gold Standard” (breakingtunes.com/goldstandardband) and “Swords” (www.facebook.com/swordsband). Adm free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109474405797975

REGULAR EVENTS – FRIDAY
* 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.

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YEAR OF THE HONEY BEE – LAUNCH – BOTANICAL GARDEN
Sat 26 + Sun 27 Mar: National Botanical Garden, Glasnevin.
The Launch event for the ‘The Year of the Honey Bee’ will take place on Sat and Sun. A series of talks, lectures and demonstrations will mark the official launch of 2011 ‘The Year of the Honey Bee’. Speakers will include Philip Mc Cabe, John Mc Cullen, Eanna Ni Lamhna, Giles Ratia, Jim Ryan and Peter Whyte. The official launch ceremony will commence on Saturday at 11:30 in the Education and Visitor Centre.
Further talks and lectures are:
+ Saturday 26 March
11:00-12:30 Opening Ceremony
14:30-15:15 Honeybees – The Global Picture by Gilles Ratia
15:30-16:15 3,000 Years of Irish Beekeeping by Jim Ryan
+ Sunday 27 March
10:30-11:15 History, Landscape & Wildlife of the Phoenix Park by John McCullen
11:45-12:30 Insecticides and Pesticides and their effect on the Environment by Éanna Ní Lamhna
14:30-15:15 Plants for Bees by Peter Whyte
15:30-16:15 Honey – The oldest known medicine to mankind byPhilip McCabe
Some interesting talks that I normally wouldn’t have considered. Maybe you find something too? www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

HA’PENNY FLEA MARKET
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 05 Mar. 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
thegrandsocial.ie/event/hapenny-flea

NATIONAL MUSEUM
+ The Adult Gallery Talk “Minerals for Life” will take place on Sat 26 Mar from 12:00-12:30 in the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street. Join Matthew Parkes, geological curator, in an investigation of some of the strange minerals used in everyday products. No booking required. There are no SPECIAL events taking place this Sat in the National Museums. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2131
+ The Gallery Talk “Women in Ancient Greece and Rome”, suitable for all ages, will take place on Sat 26 Mar from 12:00-12:40 in Kildare Street. Dr Maeve O’Brien, Department of Ancient Classics, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, invites you to join her in comparing the lives, times and mythologies of women in ancient Greece and Rome. No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2132

JOSH T – IN-STORE EVENT – TOWER RECORDS
Sat 25 Mar: Time: TBA – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
An in-store event with Josh T is taking place.
entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

DAY TIME PLANET WATCH
Sat 26 Mar: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit 75, Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road. Artane, Dublin 5. Astronomy Ireland will host a special Daytime Planet Watch at their headquarters in Artane where you will get to see Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system. While the sun is blazing in the south, you will train gigantic telescopes to the east to hope to get an elusive daytime view of Jupiter. There will also be an opportunity to see our closest star (The Sun) in incredible detail using special filters that will reveal intricate detail on its surface. Activity on the sun has been hotting up as we approach a solar maximum and massive sunspots are visible most days. This will be a free event and is suitable for all the family. www.astronomy.ie/jupwatchfeb.php

NATIONAL GALLERY – FAMILY PROGRAMME
Sat 26 Mar: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Long ago in ancient Ireland” with Valerie Moffat. Admission free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

WELSH IN IRELAND – PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION
Sat 26 Mar: 19:00-late – James Toners (downstairs), 139 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. Aled Owen-Tomas is a photographer and he is exhibiting “Dreigiau Werdd” (which is Welsh for Green Dragons) in Dublin on Saturday. His photos show Welsh people who live in Ireland and he is showing the images to all the people who took part and anyone else is very welcome to come along and have a bit of hwyl (craic). www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197677763591638
www.aledowenthomas.com

STRANGE BREW – BUTTON FACTORY
Sat 26 Mar: 19:30 – Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Live music from Lost Chord, We are Losers, Le Galaxie, Daithi and Elaine Mai will be performed in the Button Factory. Admission is free. ww2.buttonfactory.ie/profile.php?ID=2443&PHPSESSID=32b58f692803c548fdc84ddf7671ff43

EURO 2012 QUALIFIER
The Euro 2012 Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Macedonia will take place in the Aviva Stadium in Ballsbridge on Sat 26 March at 19:45.
Many pubs will show the game and in addition the Sugar Club in Leeson Street will show it again on its big cinema screen. Doors at 19:00 and Admission is free. www.thesugarclub.com/what-is-on.html

BROWN UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND
Sat 26 Mar: 20:00-22:00 – Ballyroan Church, Rathfarnham
The Jazz Band of the Brown University, Rhode Island, USA are holding a Charity Concert in Ballyroan Church on Sat. Admission is free and donations will be given to the Dublin Housing Mental Health Association and Homeless. Here is the church’s announcement www.ballyroanparish.ie/events-diary
, some details about the Jazz Band www.brown.edu/Departments/Music/ensembles/jazzband.html and a You Tube clip www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLTRKXSGW8o

EARTH HOUR
On Sat 26 Mar from 20:30-21:30 this year’s Earth Hour will take place all over the world. During that hour you are asked to switch off any electric light to remind yourself and others about the need to conserve energy and protect our planet. With time zones the light will obviously not be switched all over the world at the same time, instead the Earth Hour is moving around the planet. In some countries there are events planned around this day and impressively Ireland’s contribution in 2010 was an official one, when the light in and around Customs House were switched off. changeblog.ie/2010/03/31/lights-go-off-on-the-custom-house/ Unfortunately I don’t know if there is anything official planned this year. If not, then just switch your light off at home.

DING DONG DENNY O’REILLY – LUCAN LIVE – LUCAN COUNTY BAR
Sat 26 Mar: 20:30 – Lucan County Bar, next to Lucan Spa Hotel on N4
The next “Lucan Live” event will feature Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly (www.myspace.com/dingdongdenny). lucanlive.com.

HARP BAR – SWORDS
Every Sat live bands will perform in the Harp Bar in the Carnegie Court Hotel
North St., Swords, Co Dublin. Unfortunately the website neither lists this nor does it specify the starting time. A lot of room for improvement! The bands on 26 Mar is Ruffus. www.carnegiecourt.com

RHYTHM ROCKER – THE GLOBE
“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly 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

REGULAR SATURDAY EVENTS
* 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 Food Market is – until June – divided in parts and distributed in different locations in Temple Bar.
* 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
* 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 latin DJs. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing and you are invited to add your own percussion. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821

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SUMMERTIME – CLOCK CHANGE
Last night the clock was put forward by one hour, so make sure that you don’t forget it. The summer time in Europe will be in effect until 30 Oct.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Summer_Time

CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP – PHOENIX PARK
Sun 10:30-12:30 – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops is taking place every Sun. Up to 15 children (5yrs+) can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. The next workshops are 27 Mar: Tracing & Drawing “Sporting themes”; 03 Apr: Make a wallet (Bring clean large juice carton); 10 Apr: Make Spring paper crafts, flowers, insects etc; 17 Apr: Easter Cards and Decorations; 24 Apr: Painting Easter Bunnies, Eggs, Chicks etc. To confirm that it takes place ring 01-6770095. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

HANGING BASKETS – DLR BIODIVERSITY EVENT – GOATSTOWN
Sun 27 Mar: 11:00-13:00 – Deer Park (off Mount Anville Road), Goatstown
The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Biodiversity Plan 2009 – 2013 is the reason for quite a number of biodiversity related events in Dun Laoghaire. The next one is entitled “Make a Hanging Basket with Spring/Summer Flowers”. Come along to this workshop and make your very own hanging basket with various Spring and Summer flowers. Andrew Fleming from ‘OWLS’ The Children’s Nature Club, will run the event. Admission is free, but booking is required by contacting Andrew on 087 32 999 36 or info@owls.ie Meeting point is at the playground in Deer Park.
www.dlrevents.ie/pdfs/FOR%20WEB-DLR%20Bio%20leaflet-Feb-May.pdf

DUBLIN FLEA MARKET – FOOD CO-OP
The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 27 Mar 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. The Flea Market extended last year to outdoors and features now 20 additional outdoor stands.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO – PRACTICAL INFORMATION DAY
The Irish Society of the Friends of St. James, a voluntary organisation to promote the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela in north western Spain, is inviting you to a Practical Information Day. This gives you the opportunity to get all you need in order to prepare your own pilgrimage, information on the different walking routes, tips for packing, book recommendations, a pilgrim’s passport as well as special information on doing the Camino on wheels. The event takes place in St. James’s Church Centre, James Street, Dublin 8 on Sat 26 March between 13:00 – 16:00. Admission is free.
www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170427269674155
www.facebook.com/pages/Irish-Society-of-the-Friends-of-St-James/110131172387472

HACKTIVISM – PUBLIC LECTURE – EXCHANGE DUBLIN
Sun 27 Mar: 13:00-16:00 – The Exchange, Temple Bar
The first part of a 3 lecture course giving an introduction to practical technological activism, called Hacktivism, will take place. The lecture is an event of the Knowledge Exchange (www.facebook.com/KnowledgeExchange?sk=wall), which is a project that aims to give people the opportunity to study different disciplines in order to broaden their fields of knowledge. This is achieved through a series of free lectures open to the public and all age groups each Sunday. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137073226362459

NATIONAL MUSEUM EVENTS
+ No special events are taking place on Sunday, however there are always (parent-guided) activities for children and really interesting exhibitions for adults, even if there are no special events. www.museum.ie

SUNDAY SKETCHING – HUGH LANE GALLERY
Sun 27 Mar: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title ” Ireland at Venice; design your own gallery”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

NATIONAL GALLERY – LECTURE
Sun 27 Mar: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
The free lecture “Nano Reid and Norah McGuinness” with Fiona Loughnane, National College of Art and Design will take place. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

SAUCY SUNDAYS – THE GRAND SOCIAL
Saucy Sundays is a live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. On 27 Mar it will run from 16:30 with the line up: Mark Buckeridge, The Light Parade (Austin Texas), Fia Rua, Hail To Farewell, Wake Hooverville, The Tender Hooligans (Sweden), Preachers Son & The Hypergiants. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall and all Myspace etc links for the performers are here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=201129413245045

OSCAL MCLENNAN – BOOK LAUNCH
Sun 27 Mar: 19:00 – Cumiskey’s Bar, Upper Dominick St, Dublin 7.
Scottish writer and performer, Oscar McLennan, will be giving a monologue performance based on his new novel, ‘Kiss of the Chicken King’. He will also be launching his book and there will be live music.

FLOOR SHOW – IRISH WRITERS’ CENTRE
Sun 27 Mar: 20:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The FloorShow is an open mic night for poetry, prose, comedy and performace. Free admission. For more info email thefloorshowiwc@gmail.com www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

TRAD HAPPINESS – WORKMAN’S CLUB
Sun 27 Mar: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
The Workman’s Club presents “M.A.M.M.O.T.H: Massive Amazing Magical Moments of Trad Happiness” a gig by a group of musicians and friends from Dublin’s north-side with no generation-long background in Traditional Irish music. Musicians from Que Pezon, the North Strand Kontra Band and a few other bands, came together and will entertain you on Sunday. Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/03/09/sunday-trad-session-270311/

PICTURE SHOW – EXCHANGE DUBLIN
Sun 27 Mar: 20:00-23:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar. Starting with a selection of recent short films at 20:00, the main film of that night of film screenings will be the 1950 feature film ‘The Woman In Question’ (aka ‘Five Angles on Murder’). Admission is free.

REGULAR SUNDAY EVENTS
* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-17:00 the Jamestown 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. www.jamestownmarket.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

WEEKEND EVENTS
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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BARACK OBAMA – LECTURE – TCD
Mon 28 Mar: 19:00 – Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.
The lecture “Barack Obama and the American Democratic Tradition” by Professor James Kloppenberg (Charles Warren Professor of History at Harvard University) will take place on Monday. There will be a reception after the event in the Ideas Space on the 3rd floor of the Trinity Long Room Hub Building. This lecture is the first in a new Annual Lecture Series in U.S. History funded by Trinity alumni. Admission free. All welcome. www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/events/forthcoming/index.php

COME GET YER ACT TOGETHER – GIG – WORKMAN’S CLUB
Mon 28 Mar: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
“Come Get Yer Act Together” is a band showcase that takes place every Monday in the Workman’s Club, a relatively new live music venue on Wellington Quay. On Mon the band line up is The Light Parade (www.myspace.com/thelightparademusic
), Novastone (www.myspace.com/novastonemusic), Circus Cat (www.myspace.com/ciruscatmusic). Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/listings/

SOLAR TRIO – GIG – ANSEO, CAMDEN ST
Mon: 21:00 – Anseo, Camden Street, Dublin 2
The first three Mondays of every month the Solar Trio with guests, host a free improvised music gig upstairs in Anseo on Camden st. Creating their own unique takes on old jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams. Expect swing and hard, deep grooves meshed together with post progressive and contemporary meandering sections.

REGULAR MONDAY EVENTS
* 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
* This event is currently on hold: 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.

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NATIONAL GALLERY LECTURE
Tues 29 Mar: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The free public lecture “Anne Yeats: Artist and stage designer” with Valerie Alexander, Freelance art historian takes place. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

RECESSION STRESS – TALK – RATHFARNHAM
Tues 29 Mar: 19:00 – Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. “Managing Your Emotions in Time of Recession” with Olivia Carr is a talk in the Ballyroan Library. Admission is free, but booking is essential: 01-4941900 or ballyroan@sdublincoco.ie www.southdublinlibraries.ie/events

HISTORIC HOUSE IN 21st CENTURY – NATIONAL LIBRARY
Tues 29 Mar: 19:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“Representing the Historic House in the 21st century: New Perspectives in England, Ireland and Scotland” is a lecture by Professor Christopher Ridgway on the subject. Professor Ridgway is curator of Castle Howard and Adjunct Professor at the History Department at NUI Maynooth. This is the final lecture in the series of events associated with the National Library’s photographic exhibition Power and Privilege: Photographs of the Big House in Ireland, 1858-1922.
www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

SHEBEEN FLICK – SHEBEEN CHIC
Tues 29 Mar: 19:30-21:00 – Shebeen Chic, 4 Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2.
At the next Shebeen Flick event the screened films will be the Animation “Cúilín Dualach” (2005) by Nora Twomey (12min) and the Comedy/Drama “Summer of The Flying Saucer” (2007) by Martin Duffy (95min). The screening will be followed by Q&A with director Martin Duffy (tbc) www.facebook.com/shebeenflick?v=wall

TAI CHI TASTER CLASS – KNOCKLYON
Nicola Jones is inviting to a free Tai Chi class on Tues 29 Mar in Knocklyon, D16. Open to beginners of Tai Chi, this free class runs from 20:00-21:00. Booking is essential via earthbalance-taichi.com/contact/ All details about the free taster class and the other courses Nicola runs, can be found here earthbalance-taichi.com/2011/03/free-tai-chi-dublin/

DUBLIN SOUTH TOASTMASTERS – LEOPARDSTOWN
Tues 29 Mar: 20:00-22:30 – Bewleys Hotel, Leopardstown (just off the M50 motorway and within walking distance of Sandyford LUAS station) – Come along to the Dublin South Toastmasters and have fun developing your public speaking and leadership skills in great company. Guests may attend for free and do not have to speak unless they would like to. www.dublinsouthtoastmasters.com

REGULAR TUESDAY EVENTS
* 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

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PROTOTYPE EXTRAVAGANZA – DESIGNING DUBLIN
As spring appears in the City, so too do our prototypes!
Since last September “Designing Dublin” has worked on a project called Love the City, focused on Dublin’s City Centre. The team of volunteers has created ideas, invited influencers and opinion leaders, have analysed ideas and suggestions and have used mountains of sticky notes to capture all the ideas on big sticky-note-wallpapered panels. ;-) And now it is time to turn the best ideas into reality. Ideas remain ideas, unless they are tested and applied. So for the past month the team has engaged with residents, stakeholders, workers and visitors to the Markets Area in order to understand their many needs. As an outcome, they have prototyped eight ideas that could bring new love into the Markets Area. (The Markets Area is the area where the Fruit and Vegetable Market is situated on Mary’s Lane and extends to an area on the Northside somewhere between Church Street and Capel Street and between Liffey and Mary’s Lane. You are now invited to experience and input your thoughts into these prototypes on 30 March between 09:00-21:00. Have a look at the poster here www.designingdublin.com/?p=5144 to find out more.
www.facebook.com/designingdublin

ENERGY SHOW 2011 – RDS
30+31 Mar: Wed 30: 09:30-19:00, Thurs 31: 09:00-17:00 – RDS, Ballsbridge
Online registration for this event is closed, but you can still register at the venue and it seems that access to the exhibition is free. (Seminars cost EUR 60 each.) The target audience is industry and business and you can find more details about the exhibition at www.seai.ie/News_Events/Energy_Show/ The Energy Show is organised on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

FILM SCREENING – INSTITUTO CERVANTES
The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Wed 30 Mar at 18:00 the film “La mujer sin piano” (2009) by Director: Javier Rebollo” (2006) by Javier Rebollo (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/Ficha69762_16_2.htm

ADVANCES IN IMMUNOLOGY – TALK – SCIENCE GALLERY
Wed 30 Mar: 18:00-19:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
Luke O’Neill talks about “What You Don’t Know Won’t Kill You”. Advances in immunology are revealing amazing things about our own bodies’ defenses and weaknesses. Over the next decade, researchers will know what we don’t know today, and will reduce the risk of many of today’s lethal diseases. But that can have it’s own downside. Professor Luke O’Neill kicks off our inaugural SFI speaker series, and discusses his award-winning work in Biochemistry. Book your free tickets on www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/03/sfi-speaker-series-luke-oneill

IRELAND’S FIRST AERONAUT “RICHARD CROSBY” – LECTURE
Wed 30 Mar: 18:00 – Minerva Suite, RDS Members Club, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Bryan McMahon will talk about Richard Crosby. The event is free and open to everybody, but advance booking is essential on www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=959934 Richard Crosbie (1756-1824) is rightly celebrated as Ireland’s first aeronaut. Inspired by balloon experiments in France, he constructed a hydrogen balloon with the aim of flying across the Irish Sea. A crowd of over 20,000 witnessed his first flight from Ranelagh Gardens, Dublin, in January 1785. He organised two further flights in Dublin, from Royal Barracks and from Leinster Lawn, and made a final flight from Limerick in 1786. Crosbie’s adventures enthralled the public and he won the support of influential figures, but he never achieved his goal of crossing the Irish Sea.

NIGHTS OF NEW MUSIC – NATIONAL CONCERT HALL
The Contemporary Music Centre and the Irish Composers’ Collective have joined forces again to present a second Nights of New Music in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall on 30 March. Each night begins with The Contemporary Music Centre’s new music::new Ireland salon series, followed by the Irish Composers’ Collective monthly concert, with a special offer on wine and tapas in the National Concert Hall during the break. The new music::new Ireland salon (18:00-19:00) on 30 March is a feast of contemporary piano works presented by Therese Fahy in advance of a US tour in April/May of this year. This event is free, but booking is required.
The Irish Composers’ Collective concert, later on the same evening (20:30-21:30) begins with a pre-concert talk at 20:15. It features Manuela Meier, Accordion and Nick Roth, Saxophone performing works by Irish composers Amanda Feery, Piaras Hoban, Donal Mac Erlaine, Emma O Halloran and Matthew Whiteside. The later event is not free (EUR 10) and tickets and bookings for both events are available through 01-417000 l or info@nch.ie For more information see www.nch.ie/Box-Office/Performance-Listing.aspx?date=30/03/2011

CHANGE AFTER ELECTION 2011 – LECTURE – TCD
Wed 30 Mar: 18:30-20:00 – Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Block, TCD
The Grattan Lecture “Change and the Political System in Aftermath of 2011 Election” with Professor Michael Gallagher, Head of Political Science Department, Trinity College Dublin will examine the implications for the political system of the economic crisis and of the 2011 general election. For additional information go to www.tcd.ie/policy-institute/events/political_system.php

IRELAND’S RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS – BOOK LAUNCH – GUTTER BOOKSHOP
Wed 30 Mar: 18:30 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
“Ireland’s New Religious Movements” is the title of a book and Marion Bowman will launch the book (editors Olivia Cosgrove, Laurence Cox, Carmen Kuhling, Peter Mulholland) with a talk on “Contemporary Celticity”. Admission is free and all details are available here www.indymedia.ie/article/99140

SOCIAL NETWORKS AND JOBS – TALK – CENTRAL LIBRARY
Wed 30 Mar: 18:30 – Central Library, Business Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1 – “Using Social Networking To Access The Hidden Jobs Market” is the title of the talk/workshop by Greg Fry (ww.careerscoach.ie) in the “Career Direction and Development Programme” of the Central Library. Admission is free, but booking is recommended: 01-873 3996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie.
www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/career_development_programme_2011_using_social_networking.aspx

SHORT STORY INTRODUCTIONS – IRISH WRITERS’ CENTRE
Wed 30 Mar: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions will take place on the last Wednesday of every month. Up to four short story writers will be selected and invited to read their work at the event. Especially emerging writers, who previously may not have had the opportunity to read their work in public, will get a chance. All details are here:
www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/thelonelyvoice.html
The next event will take place on Wed 30 March. The reading is free, so come along to hear the very best of this month’s submissions. Submission deadline is Friday 1st April. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

FRENCH CHORAL MUSIC – PEPPER CANISTER CHURCH
Wed 30 Mar: 20:00-20:50 – St. Stephen’s Pepper Canister Church, Dublin 2
The DIT Chamber Choir conducted by David Brophy brings together third-level vocal and instrumental students from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama for an evening of French Choral Music. The 22-member choir presents a number of performances throughout the academic year and Wednesday’s evening concert marks the choir’s début with members of the DIT Symphony Orchestra.
The programme contains Berlioz La mort d’Ophélie, Saint-Saëns Quam dilecta Op. 148, Fauré Tantum ergo Op. 55, Fauré Requiem Op. 48
Admission is free, but booking is essential: info@alliance-francaise.ie
www.alliance-francaise.ie

BROWNBREAD MIXTAPE – STAG’S HEAD
Wed 30 Mar – 20:30 – Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2.
Another month over and another Brownbread Mixtape coming up. This time is No. 18 and the theme is “The Internet”. MC will be as always Kalle Ryan who together with Enda Roche is running this brilliant event. It became so popular that now overcrowding is becoming an issue and you will have to register for free tickets if you want to attend. Go to www.eventelephant.com/thebrownbreadmixtape18 to request up to 4 tickets and then make sure that you arrive by 20:00.
This week the performers are: Music: Fia Rua, Robotnik; Poetry: Erin Fornoff; Theatre: Roger Gregg (Crazy Dog Audio Theatre); Comedy: The Brownbread Players. brownbreadmixtape.wordpress.com/ www.facebook.com/thebrownbreadmixtape

JAZZ – O’REILLY’S PUB – SANDYMOUNT
Every Wed from 21:00-23:00, The Swing Factory (Paul Sweeney trpt., Neil McMahon sax, Bob Whelan vocals/keys Dave Fleming bass, Ian Hyland drs) will be playing Jazz in O’Reilly’s Pub in Sandymount, D4. Admission is free.

REGULAR WEDNESDAY EVENTS
* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* “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/
* 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.

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WELCOME TO THE FIVE LAMPS ARTS FESTIVAL
The Five Lamps Arts Festival, an initiative of Marino College of Further Education, will take place from 31st March 2011. This festival, which is in its fourth year, is run by volunteers who want to promote the arts in this area of the city. The festival will run until 09 April and most music and community events are free (not the theatre events!). The “Timetable” on the website doesn’t seem to work yet, but hopefully it will come online before the festival starts. I will list some of the free events in the next Event Guide as they are more for the weekends of 02/03 April and the week until 09 April. In the meantime you can search through the different categories on the website to see if you find some interesting events: www.fivelampsarts.ie/

NATIONAL MUSEUM
+ A Babies on Board tour “A Soldier’s Story” will take place on Thus 31 Mar from 11:30-12:15 in Collins Barracks. The tour is made for Adults with toddlers and babies. Join curator Lar Joye in the ’Soldiers and Chiefs’ exhibition to hear the story of an Irish soldier from Independence in 1922 until 2011. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis. The museum is suitable for buggies etc. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2136

AFTER-EFFECTS OF COLONIALISM – LECTURE – IMMA
Thurs 31 Mar: 16:00-17:00 – Lecture Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. – In conjunction with the exhibition Romuald Hazoumè, Colin Graham presents a lecture on the after-effects of colonialism and the resources it leaves behind as a legacy and a curse in post-colonial societies. Romuald Hazoumè’s work takes control of the materials and ideas of this colonial aftermath. www.imma.ie/en/page_212353.htm

EXIT: PERUSED BY A BEAR – IN-STORE EVENT – TOWER RECORDS
Thur 31 Mar: 18:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
An in-store event with “Exit: Perused By A Bear” is taking place.
entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

DERMOT HEALY – BOOK LAUNCH – POWERSCOURT GALLERY
Thurs 31 Mar: 18:00 – Powerscourt Gallery, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 South William Street Dublin 2 – Dermot Healy’s much awaited new novel from this contemporary Irish novelists, “Long Time no See”, will be launched in Powerscourt Gallery. Admission is free, but booking via art@powerscourtgallery.com is required. www.powerscourtgallery.com

CONFLICT RESOLUTION – LECTURE – BUSWELLS HOTEL
Thurs 31 Mar: 18:00 – Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin
In the context of the Northern Ireland conflict, the lecture of the Institute for British-Irish Studies on Thursday looks at “Conflict Resolution and Transitional Justice”. Speakers are Professor Colm Campbell, Transitional Justice Institute (University of Ulster) and Dr David Bloomfield (Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation). Chaired by Professor John Coakley (UCD). Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. (Ring Dara Gannon on 01 716 8670).
www.ucd.ie/ibis/newsevents/latestnewsevents/conflictresolutionandtransitionaljustice/
www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?dt=d.en.80825&f=week&d=01/04/2011&sd=Thursday,%2031%20March%202011

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
Thurs 31 Mar: 18:30 – Alliance Francaise, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Four artists, Joby Hickey, Doreen Kennedy, Roseanne Lynch and Jean-Luc Morales, were shortlisted to exhibit for the first Alliance Française photography exhibition. The first photography prize will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday by Claire Bourgeois, Director of the Alliance Française.
Admission is free, but booking is required: info@alliance-francaise.ie
www.alliance-francaise.ie

THE BEAUTY SPOT – DAKOTA BAR
Thurs 19:00-01:00 – Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2
“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. Beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. Different theme and treatments every week.
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114929628540407

RAILWAY SESSIONS – OPEN MIC – O’REILLY’S ROCK BAR
Thurs: 20:30 – O’Reillys Rock Bar, underneath Tara Street DART Station, Dublin 2
If you are a Singer, Songwriter, play an Instrument or just want to jam then come to the Railway Sessions in O’Reilly’s every Thurs at 20:00 and showcase maybe a new song or a cover. All performing musicians will receive a complimentary drink. The event starts at 20:30. To contact the organisers: info@dublinsocialtv.ie An Indie-Rock Club starts immediately afterwards at 23:00. Admission free.
entertainment.ie/event/gigs/O%27Reilly%27s-Rock-Bar/Railway-Sessions/2575255.htm

ODEON MOVIE CLUB
Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. No cover charge. The theme for February is “Romantics” and the movies are 31 Mar The Van. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

REGULAR THURSDAY EVENTS
* 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.
* Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s, Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk) with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00 and the line up is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* Open Music Night in Darky Kellys pub in Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8 organised by the music duo R.E.D.. Would you like to perform or just listen? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Mic-Night-Dublin/121048244620948
www.myspace.com/redmusic11
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN

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JAMIE LAWSON – IN-STORE EVENT – TOWER RECORDS
Fri 01 Apr: 13:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
An in-store event with Jamie Lawson is taking place.
entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

INK SLINGERS CREATIVE WRITING HOUR – WRITERS’ CENTRE
Fr 25 Mar: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday 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

LIVE JAZZ – LA CUVEE BISTRO AND WINE BAR, IFSC
Fri 18:00-20:30 – La Cuvee, Custom House Square, IFSC, Dublin 1
From 25 Mar, every Friday live jazz will be provided in La Cuvee. The line up is
01 Apr Emily Cole Duo; 08 Apr Midnight Blue; 15 Apr Joan Shields Duo; 22 Apr CLOSED, 29 Apr Kevin Morrow Duo; 06 May Anne Marie Kelly Duo, 13 May Midnight Blue, 20 May Kristina G. Duo. www.lacuvee.ie

NATIONAL MUSEUM
+ A Special Gallery Tour “Who’s Fooling Who?” will take place on 01 Apr from 12:30-13:00 in Collins Barracks and is suitable for adults. For the day that’s in it, you’re invited to join a special guided tour of some of the decorative arts galleries in the Museum and find out what’s true or false. No booking required. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2137

LAURA SHEERAN – IN-STORE EVENT – TOWER RECORDS
Fri 01 Apr: 13:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
An in-store event with Laura Sheeran is taking place.
entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

GLUAISEACHT SKILL SHARE WEEKEND
From 01-03 April the Gluaiseacht Skill Share Weekend will take place. It is a weekend of workshops and talks to be held in Seomra Spraoi, Dublin 1 (Directions: seomraspraoi.org/copy_of_contact-us) and the purpose of the weekend is to get people from various backgrounds interested in activism and to meet up, get to know each other and learn from activists and others. Nearly all events are free of charge and food will be provided. Talks will cover as diverse areas as Gardening, Make your own Moisturiser, Publicising Campaigns, Protecting our environment, Keeping Ireland GM-free, Ireland, Palestine & the media, Legal issues around a protest, etc.
All details can be found here: www.gluaiseacht.ie

BASKETBALL INTERVARSITIES – UCD + TCD
From 01-04 April the Basketball Varsities 2011 take place. They are the Basketball games between the competing universities and colleges. The 2011 Varsities are being hosted by UCD on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April. A full schedule of games will be made available on www.ucdmarian.com
The A varsities will be in UCD while the pool games of the B varsities will be in Trinity and the quarter finals, semi finals and finals in UCD.
www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160199510699954

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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:

IDEAL HOME EXHIBITION – RDS (BALLSBRIDGE)
The Ideal Home Exhibition takes place twice a year and the spring exhibition will take place in the RDS from 15-17 April. The exhibition is targeting “home owners and home lovers”, so you don’t have to have your own home to find something interesting there, but the exhibitors are definitely more interesting to people that can make alterations and improvements in their own home than to people renting an apartment. The organisers describe “We have everything you need for your home improvements, extensions, home energy, interior design, room make-overs, gardens, patios, lifestyle and so much more.” The attractive aspect about the show is that you can get free tickets for admission on Friday or Saturday. Go to www.idealhome.ie/free-ticket-spring11/ to register and your ticket will then be emailed to you one week before the show (you need to print it). Your ticket will be valid for free admission on Friday/Saturday OR 2 for the price of 1 admission on Sunday. More details about the show are here www.idealhome.ie/

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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. ;-)

DEATH OF RESTAURANTS, PUBS, SHOPS AND EVEN CINEMAS
You might be disappointed that your most favourite restaurant or pub or shop closed recently and in the Dublin News this week you can see that even cinemas are affected and in danger. When we hear that another place closed, then everyone immediately thinks of the economic difficulties and blames them. But when you look into it further, you find out that this is only part of the truth.
Ireland has a very strange rent legislation for commercial properties. Until about 2 years ago, all rental properties had a clause in their contract that gave the landlord the right to increase the rent, but he never had to decrease it. This strange and nonsensical rule is called “upwards only rent”. It was abolished in 2010 for NEW rental contracts, but old contracts are not affected by this change. So, restaurants like the Mermaid café, which closed a few months ago or pubs that were rented for many years already pay in a lot of cases horrendous rental prices because the rent was continually increased. When the Mermaid Café opened in 1996, the rent was 15,000 Irish Pound (approx. EUR 19,000). At the time only one of the two building parts was used, but even if both had been used, it would have been well below EUR 40,000. When they closed at Christmas last year (2010), the rent was EUR 190,000. The restaurant didn’t get bigger, but the rental price was nearly 5 times as high as in 1996. And since salaries and raw materials increased in price as well, it explains why eating out is so expensive in Dublin. If a main course in 1996 would have been EUR 5, in 2010 that same should have been EUR 25 if we just consider the factor of the rental increase. A main course was not as cheap as EUR 5 and charging anywhere near EUR 25 in 2010 would have been outrageous for most place. So you can see where the problem in this country lies. Restaurants, Pubs, Shops and even Cinemas will close until landlords will be stopped from greedily charging rents that bankrupt their customers. And everyone who is in favour of keeping the “upwards only” legislation should be ashamed! And who is in favour? Interestingly it is the real estate companies (in addition to the landlords): www.businessandfinance.ie/bf/2011/3/commentanalysismarch2011/rentdangersofabolishingupwardo
What absolutely makes no sense is that the landlord of the Lighthouse Cinema is trying to shut down the Lighthouse Cinema company. Either he has another tenant waiting OR he wants to put all his property into NAMA. Otherwise you would think that he rather takes 100,000 than nothing and gives up on the claim to get 200,000. VERY odd!

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Enjoy the longer days and as, Jo, a friend of mine said: The good weather is a bonus event that is give to us all for free. Go out and enjoy it! :-)

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