Event Guide 206: Dublin City Soul Festival, National Drawing Day, Dublin Shakespeare Festival

May 27th, 2011

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 206
| 27 May 2011 Subscribers: 8574

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This week’s one BIG and IMPORTANT event is the Dublin City Soul Festival. There are many many events taking place in a variety of locations in Dublin and you should definitely go to some. Most of them are free and especially the main events on Saturday and Sunday in Merrion Square are completely free and LOTS of fun. Check the Saturday section for a list of all the events and bring your friends. I will definitely be there and hope you will ALL join me for the Soul picnic on Sunday. Let’s hope the weather will be as nice as it is today! www.dublincitysoulfestival.com

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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 weekend will be a SOUL-ful weekend. On Saturday I will go to the Miranda Rosenberg gig in the evening and to the Soul Picnic in Merrion Square during the day. On Sunday we will perform with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir at the Gospel Brunch in the Church Pub. It will be a great gig, so come along! And later on I will be in Merrion Square to listen to the music there and hopefully enjoy some sun.

I won’t even look at next week’s events, because I am going to a training course in the UK on Wednesday and have soooo much work before that. So this week, I will leave you all alone with your choices of events. I am sure you find something good in the list of events! But definitely check out the fabulous Shakespeare Festival!


You and Me productions is a new Dublin based production company and has two plays in pre-production. ‘Str iptease’ by Adrienne Lee and ‘Shooting Stars’ by Alice Lynch, these plays are running for one week at the Focus Theatre, 6 Pembroke Place, Dublin 2, preview is on 30 May and the run goes from 31 May-04 June. www.facebook.com/pages/You-and-Me-Productions/210290088983777
youandmeproductionsireland.blogspot.com/ Tickets are EUR 12/10 and can be booked by ringing Ann on 085-2754057. The production company has made a piar of tickets available for the show on 02 June and if you want to win this pair, you hav eto send a mail to dublineventguide@gmial.com with YOU AND ME in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 15:00 on Mon 30 May.

Bord Bia’s Bloom festival is taking place from 02-06 June in Phoenix Park. And in addition to a number of free tickets, Bloom is providing special ticket discounts to Dublin Event Guide readers. Book online before the event and use the promotional code DEG11 to get an extra EUR 2 discount off the advance ticket price. This means you are saving a total of EUR 7 off the onsite price. (This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.)
The lucky winners of the 5 pairs of tickets are Analeen Mackin, Rita Joyce, Deirdre McNicholas, Dearbhla Cullen, Ieva Rubule.
If you didn’t win, read here what it is all about and then go back to the discount offer above. ;-) Bloom is a great day out with something planned for all ages. Iit is a very unique show showcasing the finest Irish food, drink and of course horticulture. For any budding gardeners it will provide lots of inspiration and opportunities to pick up some beautiful plants, flowers, seeds and shrubs. Or if you want to explore growing your own fruit and vegetables then you’ll get lots of tips on how to start at the show. But if gardening isn’t your thing then you’ll still have plenty to keep you busy including the New Food Village with plenty of artisan producers; the Best in Season tent featuring growers of seasonal fruit and vegetables; the cookery stage with chefs like Darina Allen, Neven Maguire, Jenny Bristow and Catherine Fulvio. With an outdoor music stage, picnic area, engaging spaces, kids playground and lots more besides, the Bloom festival is a great place to spend your June Bank Holiday weekend. www.bloominthepark.com for tickets and more information.

On 29+30 May 2011 the IHF (Irish Hairdressers Federation) in conjunction with the OMC (Organisation Mondial Coiffure) will host the OMC European Championships 2011. Visitors to the two day event will see some of the Worlds leading hair & beauty experts demonstrating key trends and sculpting, teasing and styling hair into stunning works of art. It is a unique opportunity for visitors to watch the Worlds most creative battle it out for the title of OMC European Cup Champion 2011. More than 5000 hair and beauty experts from over 40 countries are expected at the event. In addition, visitors will be wowed by spectacular body painting from world class artist’s competing for top class honours. Make-up artists and nail technicians will also compete for titles within bridal, editorial and fantasy categories. As part of the event, the Irish Hairdressers Federation will host their annual National Hairdressing Championship 2011, showcasing the best of Irish hairdressing to a global audience. The hairdressing/beauty industry in Ireland employs over 25,000 hairdressers and approximately 12,000 in the beauty industry!
The event will take place in the RDS in Ballsbridge and will run from 08:00-19:00 on each of the days. The detailed schedule is here www.omcireland.com/omchairworld/Files/OMC_timetable.pdf and all other information can be found on this page: www.omcireland.com/omchairworld/Main/Welcome.htm
Tickets are now on sale for EUR 20 per day or EUR 30 for both days: www.ticketmaster.ie/venueartist/197554/1103734
Two pairs of tickets were won by Natalie Lough and Natasha Deegan. Congratulations!

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One of the main events of the Dublin City Soul Festival will be the Soul Jam for the Musical Youth Foundation, a gig starring Mirenda Rosenberg (USA) & the Rare Groove Funk Orchestra. This gig will be a treat and it will take place in the Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay on Sat 28 May from 20:00-23:00. I will definitely be there and hopefully some of you will make it too! Tickets are EUR 15 including all fees and you can buy them on www.entertainment.ie All proceeds go directly to the Musical Youth Foundation children’s charity, which is helping children to discover music and learn to play guitar instead of wasting their time on other pursuits. One pair of tickets has been made available by the guys from the Dublin City Soul Festival and the winner is Emer Cassidy! Congratulations! www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie/highlights/soul-jam www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111407152278985

On Thurs 26 May the ArtPolonia ran a concert of Hasidic Klezmer music and free, improvised jazz in the Button Factory, entitled “Ha-Tichona”. The two pairs of tickets that Art Polonia made available were won by Margaret Gallery and Rory McCafferty. www.artpolonia.org

______Dublin News______________

The Dublin City Soul Festival has arrived! From now until Sunday there will be lots of events taking place and it will all culminate in the Soul Picnic on Sunday. Let’s hope and pray for nice weather, so that there will be 10s of thousands of people again in Merrion Square. Good music in the nice Merrion Square with lots of nice people, how can a Sunday be better. Check out the Saturday section for a list of Soul Festival events and the official programme is here: www.dublineventguide.com/media/DCSF_Programme2011.pdf This programme, doesn’t contain all events, though, so you better check the list in the Saturday section in this newsletter. www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie

Do you have enough of negative media reporting and are you looking for good news in life? A new Irish website can help you with that: The Good News Times is dedicated to supplying ‘good news’ from both home and around the world to all readers. Updated daily, the site is split into five sections: From the News (stories from around the world), Your News (stories of good news submitted by the readers), Reasons to be Cheerful (short tweets by the readers), Ideas Corner (cool ideas from around the globe) and Home News (local good news).
You can simply submit your own good news and stories and get them published on the site.
Through a Facebook page and Twitter you can even receive the daily updates of Good News. Check out www.goodnewstimes.ie and if you want to read a good news story where YOU are part of it, check this out:

Did you follow the visit of Barack Obama in Ireland? A lot has been said and written about it and many people were at College Green to hear Obama and Enda Kenny talk (and to hear Jedward and Westlife! Ughhh!). I have to admit that I was impressed by Enda Kenny’s speech. It was a different Enda Kenny than the one I had heard before and it was great to see this new inspiring statesman who governs us.
But then on Tuesday I hear this mashup on radio: soundcloud.com/justinmactdfm/so-who-wrote-endas-speech It is Enda Kenny’s speech from Monday intermixed with Barack Obama’s speech in Chicago after he got elected. And suddenly we find out that Enda Kenny’s speech writer just copied Obama. jrnl.ie/142675 :-O Now I am a LOT less impressed. I am not outraged like some people seem to be, but being impressed has been replaced by the realisation that Enda Kenny did NOT become an inspiring speaker overnight and that unfortunately he is a lot less the statesman than he appeared to be on Monday. Ah well, maybe I was too optimistic. But could we get the Enda Kenny from Monday back sometimes?
BTW: allegedly the copying was done as a tribute to Obama: www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0524/breaking41.html?via=mr He could have mentioned it in the speech and before he was found out!

Wow, that is an achievement! 2 mio trips on Dublin Bikes since its launch in Septermber 2009. Not bad! Over 6000 trips are made in Dublin on some days. Compare that to the 70 trips per day in Melbourne. And some other news: In Paris 3,000 bikes were stolen in the first year. In Dublin it was two and both were recovered again. In London you pay EUR 50 per year for your membership, in Dublin you pay EUR 10.
I love the Dublin Bikes Scheme and hope that it will be expanded and extended further and further. In the direction of Ringsend new bike stands are needed. And outside of the canals and near Heuston Station. But we are on the right way. There are 44 stations now with a total of 550 bikes and – imagine that – there are 55,000 subscribers. It was originally expected that in the first year less than 2,000 would subscribe and being generous maybe 3,000 were added in the second year. In reality you had to multiply this by 10! That is massive. www.dublinbikes.ie

The National College of Ireland in the IFSC is offering a limited number of fee free college places for unemployed people. The courses are:
– Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Management
– Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing
– Certificate in Cloud Computing
– Certificate in Web Development
– Certificate in Science in Web Technologies
And if you are interested, check out www.ncirl.ie/News/Springboard_at_NCI

Have a look at this video: The Restaurant Workers Action protested first and then instigated a Flash Mob at the Irish Restaurant Awards event in the Burlington to protest against a cut in salaries. There is definitely something Gandhi-like and very peaceful about the Flash Mob part of the event and I think it got people talking! Well done. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfc_mUxcssM&feature=channel_video_title The organisation that ran the events is the Migrant Rights Centre here:


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More new company introductions to come!


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.

Until Sun 29 May at 18:00: Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Eye Candy Gallery is part of the Dublin City Soul Festival and all the art & photography has been donated and is for sale by silent auction, register your bid with the team and the highest bid gets to purchase a unique piece of art to take home.
All funds raised will go to the Musical Youth Foundation children’s charity.
www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie/category/events/visual/eye-candy www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=226129600731132


Fri 27- Sat 28 May: Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD; Dublin 2
The conference “Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages” takes place in TCD. Following on from the success of 2010’s Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages: the final frontier Space and Settlement is back for a second year. This year, the two-day international conference will be held in the Trinity Long Room Hub Building on the 27+28 May 2011. The conference will host a range of speakers from universities, the commercial sector and government organisations. Four inter-disciplinary, thematic sessions will address key issues, including: Landscape and Environment; Domestic Architecture; and Church, Culture and Society. Dr Tómas Ó Carragáin of University College Cork will deliver the keynote address on Friday evening, followed by an informal reception. Registration for Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages is free, but places are limited, so it is essential to register in advance at spaceandsettlement.eventbrite.com/
Queries can be addressed to spaceandsettlement@gmail.com www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/events/forthcoming/index.php

Thurs 26 May: 13:00-19:00, Fri 27 May: 10:00-19:00, Sat 28 May 10:00-16:00: National College of Ireland, IFSC, Mayor Street, Dublin 1. The Docklands Book Sale, where up to 30,000 books all just cost EUR 1 raises funds that go directly to providing critical services to older people in the Docklands area. This event is run by the Docklands Senior Provider Forum, a cooperation of five organisations, which works to improve services for older people in the Docklands. www.carelocal.ie www.carelocal.ie/events.php#2ndAnnualDocklandsBookSale2011
For this vent your help is needed twice: If you have books that you don’t want anymore, you can deliver them and help making the Book Sale possible and then you can come and buy your books back ;-) or choose completely different ones. :-P

Fri 27 May: 10:00-16:00 – Bank of Ireland, College Green
During the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Week an Artisan Market will take place on the Bank of Ireland car park at College Green. Irish craft/retail traders and food traders will be there with fresh produce in the Farmer’s Market section and other tasty things to eat there or to take away.

Wed 25 May – 03 June: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Griffith College will once again celebrate their Creative Fortnight. The event will s tart on Wed 25 May with a Farmers’ Market at 16:00 on the College Campus. At 18:00 the “Exhibition of Interior Design, Fashion and Digital Media” will be opened and then at 20:00 the (non-free; EUR 15) “Creative show with Live Fashion Show and Audio-Visual presentation from photography, interior architecture and design, TV & Video and Digital Media” will begin. For more information check: www.gcd.ie/creativeshow2011
Creative Fortnight 2011 culminates in a graduate photography exhibition on Friday 03 June, with a special screening of graduate video work and the official launch of a new website: GCD Digital. The best work of media and photography students will also be on display.

Fri 27 May: 12:30-15:30 – National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8. “A Taste of Africa” is a free Africa Day event. African music, African food, African drumming and much more will fill the Liberties. www.dublinevents.com/events/other/a-taste-of-africa.php

+ The Gallery Tour “The North Strand bombings – 27th May 1941” will take place in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) from 12:30-13:00. It is a Bealtaine event that is explicitly for adults. “To mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the North Strand, curator Lar Joye will recall this extraordinary event in Dublin’s history during the Second World War. Places are limited.” . www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2314

06, 13, 20, 27 May: 13:00-14:00 – Central Library, Open Learning Centre, Ilac Centre, Henry St., Dublin 1. At “Dublin Revealed” each Friday in May authors will read and speak about Dublin as revealed in their writings. The authors are Jennifer Johnson (06 May), Carlo Gébler (13 May), Kevin Barry (20 May), Paul Murray (27 May). Admission is free, but booking is required: openlearning@dublincity.ie or 01-8734333 . www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie

Fri 27 May: 13:00 + 16:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
The Elective Orchestra will perform at 13:00 and “Over Head The Albatross” will perform at 16:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Thurs 19-Fri 27 May: 14:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Between 19 and 27 May the demonstration “Fabergé – Decorated Real Eggshells” with May Deane will take place in a variety of libraries. On Thurs 19 May, the event will be in the Central Library. (All other dates are on the website.) – May Deane first discovered the art of egg decorating in 1985 and became an enthusiastic egg decorator, using domestic eggshells from the humble cockatiel to the largest egg, namely Ostrich. All her decorated eggs are created on the theme of the Russian goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé whose egg shaped treasures have been an inspiration to egg decorators all over the world. An exhibition of her work will be on display in the Central Library from 17 –31 May.

Fri 27 May – 16:00- 23:00 – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham Hospital, Dublin 8. To celebrate its 20th anniversary in May 2011, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is staging a special season of performances. The main day for this will be the 27 May and the day will be filled with all sorts of celebrational events. The events are free, but booking is essential. Go to www.imma.ie/en/page_212379.htm to find more information and to book.

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
27 May Colette Henry. www.lacuvee.ie

Fri 27 May: 19:00 – Hello Operator, 12 Rutland Place, Dublin 1
(An)Other Irish Cinema (anotheririshcinema.blogspot.com/) is the name of a short film screening by a group of young Irish independent filmmakers (Donal Foreman, Rouzbeh Rashidi and Maximilian Le Cain). The screening will will take place in “Hello Operator”. Admision is free (with a suggested donation of EUR 5). Find all details here: hellooperator.org/wordpress/?p=630/

Fri 27 May: 19:30-21:00 – Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upr O’Connell St, Dublin 1. The Congolese musician Niwel Tsumbu performs with his band to celebrate Africa Day. The event is free, but booking is essential. www.irishaid.gov.ie/africaday

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 27 May – Murphy’s Law
Sat 28 May – Superfly
Sun 29 May – Minus Seven (12 piece Big Band Jazz) 18:00-20:30
Fri 03 June Donal Kirk Band
Sat 04 June Take it Easy
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

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

* 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 Blakestown Community Resource Center, Blakestown Way, Dublin 15 (next to Lidl). 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 list of events for the Soul Festival is here:
+ Sat 28 May: 20:00 – Soul Jam starring Mirenda Rosenberg & The Rare Groove Funk Orchestra in The Workman’s Club. EUR 15/10
+ Fri 27 May: 18:00 – Grapevine starring Proudfoot, International Racket Squad & Tara Stewart in The Grand Social EUR 6
+ Sat 28 & Sun 29 May: 11:00 The Soul Picnic in Merrion Square Park. Adm free.
+ until Sun 29 May: Eye Candy Exhibition in Exchange Gallery, Temple Bar, Exchange Street. Adm free
+ Sat 28 & Sun 29 May: 12:00-15:00 Gospel Brunch at the Church Pub in Mary Street with Maynooth Gospel Choir (Sat) & the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir (Sun), Admission free, for 2 course meal 18 Eur
+ Fri 27 May: 20:00 – Rising Stars Festival Club in The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street. Adm free (Starring: Rachael McCormack, The OBCD, The Raglans, Special Guests & Captain Kennedy)
+ Sat 28 May: 21:30 – Rising Stars Festival Club in The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street. Adm free. music starts after Champions League Final. Starring: Morgan Faye, Jack & The Band, Sal Vitro, Special Guests & The Candidates
+ Sun 29 May: 18:00 – Rising Stars Sunday Roast Special & Soul Picnic After Party in The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street. Adm free.Starring: Tara Stewart, Brendan Flynn, Wyvern Lingo, The J-Walkers, Jupe, Karma Parking & Special Guest and from 22:00 The Goods and the amazing band SoulPower will be on stage in The Mercantile.
+ Sun 29 May: 13:00-15:00 – G Miley & The Soul Street Orchestra at the Conrad Hotel, Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace. Adm free. Brucnh menu available
At all events donations are appreciated. These donations will be for the Musical Youth Foundation, a charity that intends to provide children with musical instruments to enhance and support their creativity. www.dublincitysoulfestival.com

Sat 28 May: 09:00 – Merrion Hall Office Building, Sandymount
A charity 10 km (and 5 km) run will take place on Sandymount Strand. As with most charity runs, you are asked to collect money for the charity, but refreshingly different from all other charity runs, the Camara run is free to enter. Not charging an entry fee, is a great idea and it seems it is rewarded by the participants. Registration will start at 08:00 already to accommodate all participants and all details can be found here camara.ie/web/giving/fundraising/sandymount-fun-run/
Every EUR 250 raised gains entry to a draw for a trip of a lifetime to Kenya. Spot prizes.

Throughout the summer last year Fiona Moloney was running weekly Yoga classes to raise money for The Dublin Simon Community. It was a successful effort with EUR 1,600 being raised for homeless people in Dublin. Yoga in the Park is now back and will be run by Fiona and Tine Schnell.
Each Saturday at 11:00-12:00 until September, Fiona and Tine will be taking turns to lead the classes. Meeting point is the Bandstand near the Zoo and near the Tea Rooms. Classes will be suitable for all levels and are donation based. That means you can give what you can afford, but please be fair. Fiona and Tine are doing a great job for the Simon Community and they need your support.
Wear some loose clothes, preferably layers to be prepared for all type of weather and bring a mat (or a big beach towel). For contact details, directions and to find out who is teaching when, go to www.twopalmsyoga.com ..and when you go to the Yoga, say HI to Fiona and Tine from me, please! ;-)

Sat 28 May: 11:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
This is a “fun event exploring the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and minibeasts living in the National Botanic Gardens. Everything from tiny bugs to butterflies. This workshop is suitable for 8-10 year olds.” Admission is free, but advance booking is essential. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Sat 28 May: 11:00-16:00 – Royal Hibernian Academy, Ely Place
The National Gallery’s Drawing Day Programme has been moved to the Royal Hibernian Academy on Ely Place, which is quite near to the Gallery. Drawing Day was started in 2004 by the National Gallery’s Education Department and has developed into a nationwide event, held in partnership with national and local museums, galleries and cultural centres.
+ 11:00-13:00 Session for adults: Join professional artists and tutors in the RHA and learn some tips for beginning and inproving your drawing skills
+ 15:00-16:00 Family Session: Come along for a drawing workshop for children and families and enjoy the fun of creating your own artwork!
Admission is free and no booking is necessary. You are advised to bring drawing tools such as an A3 sketch book, soft pencils, charcoal and an eraser.

Sat 28 May: 12:00-17:00 – Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
Saturday 28 May is National Drawing Day and Farmleigh Estate hosts the following Children’s workshops for that reason. Workshops run from 12:00-13:00, 13:20-14:20, 14:40-15:40, 16:00-17:00. The workshop categories are:
+ Junior Group (5 – 7 Years) Self Portrait Collage
Young students learn all about drawing, portraits and collage as Artzone teachers take them through a step by step process to first draw and later create a self-portrait collage. Lots of drawing, colouring, cutting and pasting
+ Older Group (8 – 12 years) Personalised Bedroom Door Plaque
A cool combination of Drawing and Craft. Students design and draw your own name ‘tag’ using a variety of lettering styles. To complete their personalised door plaque they learn about body shape and form as they create their air dough self portrait.
The workshops go on for 1 hour and parents do not need to attend. 30 students can take part in a workshop and there will be a booking system on the day. Participation is free. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,15883,en.html

Sat+Sun 28-29 May: 12:00-17:00 – Powerscourt Gallery, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 South William St, Dublin 2
The Powerscourt Gallery is hosting a unique Arts and Crafts market on the last weekend of every month over the Summer, called “Last Weekend Market”. The May market will commence on Sat 28 at 12:00-17:00 and on Sun 29 at 12:30-17:00. The Market aims to showcase the best of Irelands Artists and Crafts people.

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 28 May. 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 Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street will be back on Sat 28 May (12:00-17:00). 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. Check out www.thecraftymarket.com

+ There are National Drawing Day events in all three branches of the National Museum in Dublin. Check out the details here:

Sat 28 + Sun 29 May: 13:00 (on Sat) and 10:00 (on Sun): National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. The biennial show of the Cactus and Succulent Society will be presented in the National Botanic Gardens. As at previous shows there will be an open section for members of the public, a section exclusively for members and a novice’s section. It will take place in the Conservatory of the Botanic Gardens.

Sat 28 May: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit 75, Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road. Artane, Dublin 5. Astronomy Ireland will host a Daytime Sun Watch at their headquarters in Artane every Saturday over the summer, where you will get to see the Sun in a way that very few people have ever seen before. Our closest star will show 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 is a free event and is suitable for all the family and all attendees will receive a European Space Agency DVD. www.astronomy.ie

Sat 28 May: 14:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
“Take a stick for a walk and do a ‘Mystery Drawing’ with artist Martina Galvin. Have fun drawing large mystery objects in bags and then create your own colourful story around these objects! This is a free drop-in family event, and while no booking is required, numbers may be limited.”

Sat 28 May: 16:00 – Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Niamh Debarra will be in Tower Records for an In-Store event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Sat 28 May: Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2
The Sugar Club invites to a screening of the Magner’s League Final with Leinster vs Munster as well as the Champion’s League Final with Man Utd vs Barcelona on their big cinema screen. Doors open at 16:30, Admission is free and the first 100 in get a free pint of Heineken. www.thesugarclub.com/what-is-on.html

“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

* 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 09:30-16:00. 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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Sun 29 May: 10:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Another day of the Cactus and Succulent Show in the Botanic Gardens.

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 29 May: Insects & Birds of the Park. To confirm that it takes place ring 01-6770095. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 29 May 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 things, check out www.dublinflea.ie. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. Last year the Flea Market extended to outdoors and features now 20 additional outdoor stands.

Sun 29 May: 11:45 – Ballyboughal, The Slí na Sceacha/ Hedgerow Walk – Back Lane Trail. – Landscape Gardener and good friend, Peter Donegan asked me to tell you about this event: The 5th Garden Group outing takes place this weekend coming Sunday May 29th. Meeting point is outside O’Connors Pub – the only pub in the village in Ballyboughal. 15 places are available and there are no cost. Check all details on blog.doneganlandscaping.com/2011/05/23/the-garden-group-may-summer-outing/

Sun 29 May: 12:00-21:00 – The Bernard Shaw Pub, South Richmond Street, Dublin 8 (Portobello). The Cafe ToGetHer Italian food festival is back on Sun in the Bernard Shaw beer garden. Following on from the success of the first one – Sagra dell’Arrosticino – last November, this one is also a party to celebrate the first Birthday of Cafe ToGetHer in The Bernard Shaw. This time around it’s ‘Sagra della Polpetta Cacio e Ova’ and with more traders and more space than the last time its shaping up to be another great day out. There will be 12 stalls this time with Anthony’s Italian Burgers, Hand made cake and buscuits from Zia Sabrina, Italian Delicatessen, Franco’s Taste with Gusto with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pasta, Olives, Sauces & more, Big Blue Bus pizzas, Lambrustella with Lamb Skewers, Cafe ToGetHer coffee and more. m.bodytonicmusic.com/events/other/2011/may/25/cafe-together-italian-food-festival/

Sun 29 May: 12:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell St North, Dublin 1
The weekly “Sunday at Noon” concerts are free and no booking is required. This week “Music for Violin and Guitar” with Elizabeth Cooney, violin and Redmond O’Toole, Brahms guitar, is on the programme. www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/389-elizabeth-cooney-violin-and-redmond-otoole-brahms-guitar

Sun 29 May: 12:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
This event sees novelist and screenwriter Eoin McNamee (Resurrection Man, Blue Tango, Orchid Blue) revisiting Don DeLillo’s ninth novel, Libra, a fictional account of a pivotal moment in US history. From Lee Harvey Oswald’s Bronx childhood to the actual trauma of Kennedy’s assassination, Libra remaps and re-imagines the events leading up to that fatal Dallas day in November, 1963. This is a free event but booking is advised.To book email book@dublinwritersfestival.com www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Sun 29 May: 13:30: Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1. The Film Screening of “About Beauty: Dorothy Cross” will take place. Admission is free, but places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/358-film-screening-about-beauty-dorothy-cross

The Dublin Sketchers Group is an informal group of typically hobby artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. Collins Barracks, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle), sketch for an hour or so, and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches. www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/ Find out on their website where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. Meeting time is usually around 14:00.

+ The My Museum event “Making Faces” will take place on Sun 29 May from 15:30-16:30 in Kildare Street for Ages 7+. Come face to face with people from our past, from Egyptian mummies to Iron Age bog men. Once inspired by these ancient faces, make your own mask with archaeologist, Natasha Walsh. Places are limited to 20, first come basis. No booking required. Not wheelchair accessible. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2320

Sun 29 May: 14:30 – Meeting at Baggot Street Lower, at the canal.
This Biodiversity walk along the Grand Canal/spring clean will highlight the
native Tree species and Wildlife/Birdlife found along this corridor. In addition it will increase public awareness of the unique public waterways flora and fauna in an urban setting. www.indymedia.ie/article/99855 For enquiries contact Dermot Deering, tel: 01.4549902, mail: dermotdeering@gmail.com

Sun 29 May: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Fashion and Fabrics”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 29 May: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
The free lecture “The use of Landscape in the Work of Jack B. Yeats” with Dr Yvonne Scott, TRIARC, TCD will take place. Free public lecture. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Saucy Sundays is a live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. The next event will be on 29 May from 16:30-22:30, but the line up has not been announced. Admission is free. Check www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall to find out all details.

Sun 29 May: 22:00-01:00 – The Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The Goods & Soul Power will be collaborating to close Dublin City Soul Festival at The Mercantile. This will be great gig! Make sure you are there! www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=201486273227575

* 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
* 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.
* 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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Mon 30 May: 13:10: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI invites to free screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your free tickets at the IFI Box Office when you get there. (You might have to pay a 1 Euro membership for the day.) The film on Monday is “The Columban Fathers present: President Kennedy in Ireland” (1963, 25min). This is the only professional colour film of President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in the summer of 1963. Kennedy was the first U.S. President to visit an independent Ireland and his visit was greeted with a joyful display of national pride. This film records his speeches and captures the spirit of the visit in Dublin, Cork and Galway. www.irishfilm.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7334&Date=30/05/2011&PageID=15

Mon 30 May: 13:15 – St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Aslak Fisk Fjakstad is a student in guitar at DIT, who is performing a lunchtime recital in St. Ann’s Church. Admission seems to be free. stann.dublin.anglican.org/concerts/index.php

Mon 30 May: 18:30-20:00 – Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1
The Talking Shop is a new discussion forum organised by the Campaign for Old City Arts Building, Dublin Housing Action and the Provisional University and is open to everyone. The second session this Monday looks at The Creative City.
“In this session we’ll reflect on the emergence of a cultural Dublin in the last decade, asking who benefits from this, and if it’s still possible to be culturally political when culture is so easily co-opted by capital?” It is not clearly stated if admission is free, but there are indications that it probably is. campaigncityarts.wordpress.com/

Mon 30 May: 19:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The Wild Bees’ Nest Concert, features new traditional unaccompanied song and the previously announced concert was for 20:00 on Tues 31 May. But there was sooo much interest that the Monday date had to get added. The concert on Tuesday is full, so look at the Monday if you are interested. Join some of Ireland’s best known traditional Irish singers – Pat Burke, Luke Cheevers, Fergus Russell, Tim Lyons, Anne Dunne, Niamh Parsons, Paddy Daly, Tony McGaley, Michael Marrinan, Mick Fowler and Tim Quan – for a concert of new songs written in the traditional style at workshops in the National Library and the Traditional Music Archive.
www.thewildbeesnest.ie www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx?article=05ed6007-a602-4806-8526-f3172f468e7b

Mon 30 May: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Over a number of weeks “Get your Act Together” was a weekly event, where every week two or more bands got a chance to introduce themselves and to compete for the final price of a live Launch gig and an instore event at Tower Records. This Monday, the “Get Your Act Together” event will be a “Best of” event. The line up has not been revealed, but as a “Best of the competition” it is promising. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/05/26/come-get-yer-act-together-best-of-300511/

Mondays (starting 30 May): 20:00 – Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Song Cycle is a new weekly singer songwriter showcase every Monday, upstairs in Whelan’s. This week’s line up is Julian Muller, Riona Hartman, Allison Sleator and Martina Flaherty. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/

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.

* 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
* ‘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 31 May: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The free public lecture is entitled “Jack B Yeats in the Context of the Cultural Revival” with Professor Kevin Whelan, Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 31 May: 12:00 – Charleville Mall Library, North Strand, Dublin 1
This might be the last Bealtaine event this year: Join historian, Pat Liddy as he visits the sites that were bombed by the German Luftwaffe on the fateful night in May 1941, bringing a taste of the horrors of World War II to Dublin. The tour will last 90 minutes and will include eye-witness accounts of the bombing. It will start and finish at Charleville Mall Library where the North Strand Bombing Exhibition will be on display. This special event has been organised to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the bombing. Participation in the Let’s Walk and Talk events I is free. www.dublincity.ie/Community/LetsWalkandTalk/Pages/WalkandTalk.aspx www.northstrandbombing.wordpress.com

Tues 31 May: 17:00 – UCD John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies, UCD, Belfield – The Dublin Kapuscinski Lecture ‘Climate Change and Development’ will take place on Tues. The series is named after Ryszard Kapuscinski, a Polish reporter and writer who was a “Voice of the Poor” in his famous reportages and books covering the developing world. Ms Barbara Nolan, Director of the European Commission’s Representation in Ireland will open the Dublin Kapuscinski Lecture 2011 and Professor Dirk Messner will deliver the keynote lecture. Jan Szczycinski (UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre) will chair. A panel discussion will follow, chaired by Prof. Patrick Paul Walsh (UCD Chair of International Development. Book your place by emailing jean.brennan@ucd.ie ec.europa.eu/development/services/events/kapuscinski/ www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?dt=d.en.87816&f=week&d=02/06/2011&sd=Tuesday,31May2011

Tues 31 May: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. Spanish poet of Peruvian origin and Bolivian roots, Diego Valverde Villena and Irish teacher of Spanish and translator of contemporary poetry from Italian and Spanish into English, Anamaría Crowe Serrano will be in the Instituto Cervantes for a poetry reading and a round table discussion. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha72914_16_2.htm

Tues 31 May: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Peregrine Series continues this week with readings from writers Molly McCloskey, Leo Cullen and Anne Haverty. The Peregrine Readings is a touring prose reading series and every Tuesday a number of talented prose writers will read in the Irish Writers’ Centre. Each week there is a different line-up and after their reading in Parnell Square, they will take to the road. Admission is free, even if it doesn’t say so in the brochure and all details about the reading authors and about the other events, are here.

Tues 31 May: 21:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
An Acoustic Covers Night with Shane O’Reilly and guests will take place every Tuesday in the Workman’s Club. It is a busker night whereby people are invited to come in and play songs from their favourite artists whether they be Radiohead, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or Suede. Bring your own instrument if you want to play. Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/05/26/acoustic-covers-night-with-shane-oreilly-310511/

* 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


01-11 June: In various locations throughout Dublin.
The Trinity College Dublin Shakespeare Festival will return for a third year this summer following the success of the previous two festivals and will run from 01-11 June. The Shakespeare Festival is an amazing Festival for Shakespeare enthusiasts and all lovers of free culture. In addition to the (non-free) headline events “Romeo and Juliet” and “Twelfth Night” (performed by internationally renowned GB Theatre Company), there is a huge number of free outdoor performances, lectures and master-classes. The grounds of Trinity College and many other venues of Dublin City will be brought to life as the backdrop for Shakespeare’s work. More than 300 performers, an expected number of more than 10,000 spectators and a total of 50 free outdoor events promise a great festival. The Festival Hub is in Trinity’s Front Square. The festival is free for Outdoor Performances, workshops and masterclasses. For the headline performances, ticket prices vary between EUR 10 and EUR 25.
Some of the outdoor venues are St. Stephen’s Green, Iveagh Gardens, Temple Bar, Merrion Square and Christchurch Cathedral.
And jus tto give you an impression about the impressive enormousness of the festival, here is the schedule for Wednesday:
+ 12:00 Bandstand – Five Sonnets
+ 13:00 St. Stephen’s Green W.B. Yeats Memorial – Much Ado About Shakespeare
+ 14:00 Merrion Square Park – Macbeth’s Witches
+ 15:00 St. Stephen’s Green Summer House – Starcross’d Dancers
The story of Romeo and Juliet told through dance to the music of Prokofiev’s ballet with a modern twist.
+ 16:00 Trinity College Front Square – Shakespearean Madrigal Ensemble. In association with Trinity Singers and the College Chapel Choir, an ensemble of acclaimed student singers will be serenading passers-by near the stage for the main evening show with a programme of Renaissance madrigals and other Shakespearean choral equivalents.
+ 17:00 St. Stephen’s Green Bandstand – Five Sonnets
Scehdules for all other days can be found here: www.dublinshakespeare.com/

Wed 01 May: 13:10: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI invites to free screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your free tickets at the IFI Box Office when you get there. (You might have to pay a 1 Euro membership for the day.) The film on Wed is “A sense of Poetry: The Poem as Irony”. This unusual short film, part of a Canadian educational series, is a visual illustration of the poem, The Beggars of Dublin, by renowned Canadian poet Alden Nowlan. It follows a visitor to Dublin as he disembarks from a plane and wanders the streets of Dublin encountering beggars and homeless people along the way. (12 min, 1975, Colour)

Wed 01 June: 13:15 – Twisted Pepper, Abbey Street, Dublin 1
This is a regular literary even run by the Seven Towers Agency, a small publishing house and event host, occurring at various locations and Internationally see www.seventowers.ie On Wed you can expect he very best performance poetry and writing from the following poets and writers: Ross Hattaway Phil Lynch, David Murphy, Karl Parkinson. www.indymedia.ie/article/99467

Wed 01 June: 18:00-19:00 – Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street, Dublin 2
“Designer Dublin- Year of Craft 2011” is an initiative to promote craft and design in Dublin during the month of June. A variety of events are free and you can find all detail at designerdublin.ie/ On Wed the launch will take place with live craft demonstrations of the best of Dublin designers at the launch and every Saturday in June in the Kilkenny Shop.

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

* 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 Wednesday. www.hamletsweeney.com/events/
* 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.


Thurs 02 June: 13:00-13:50: Design Tower,Trinity Centre, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2. Michiel De Hoog – resident instrument maker in The Design Tower has organised a lunchtime concert in The Design Tower with string Viola Quintet Altissimo. This quintet is made up of members from the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and is Ireland’s only Viola Quintet. This event is also unique as the five instruments have been made by Michiel! The performance will take place in the foyer of the Design Tower. The quartet will be performing Dvorak’s Vla 5tet Op97 and Ralph Vaughan-Williams “Phantasy Quintet”. Admission is free. thedesigntower.blogspot.com/2011/05/lunchtime-quintet-performance-in-design.html thedesigntower.com/

Thurs 02 June: 13:15 – St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
A Lunchtime Recital by Robert Solyom (Clarinet) and Elena Gekker (piano) will take place on Thursday. Admission is free. stann.dublin.anglican.org/concerts/index.php

Thurs 02 June: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle.
The Public Lecture “Matisse and the Decorative Arts” by Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Professor of Art History and Head of School, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy will take place. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Thurs 02 June: 18:00-19:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
“Talking Heads: Who Wants To Live Forever?” – Natasha Vita-More, author of The Transhumanism statement, and one of the principal founders of the transhumanist movement, and Des O’Neill, Professor of Gerontology, will address the possibilities, problems and passions that flare up when we ask the question “Who wants to live forever?” This is the pilot of a brand new event format: International speakers are featured over video calls and the audience gets placed between two different perspectives in a Science Gallery-style take on the traditional debate. Admission is by donation and you can reserve your ticket here www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/06/talking-heads-who-wants-live-forever-0

Thurs 19+26 May + 02 June: 18:30 – Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
A film screening and discussion for 3 films about soccer, migration and youth identities. In the last few years football has attracted the interest of a growing number of documentary filmmakers, who through the observation of sport practices often address a variety of social issues, including migrants’ life trajectories, human rights and youth identities.
The opening film of the Football on Screen series “Football Under Cover” celebrates women’s football in 2008, the year of the sixth Women’s World Football Cup, which this year takes place in Germany from 26 June. The following two films “The Champions” and “HalfTime”, are part of a unique long-term film project whose aim is to follow a small group of young players of different ethnic background and origin trying to make a career in professional football. All films are in German with English subtitles. Admission is free. The first event on 19 May will take place in the Goethe Institut, the venue for the other events is to be decided. More details about the films is here www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/ver/en7603311v.htm

Thur 01 June: 18:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Conor Kostick will launch his book “Edda” www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Thurs: 18:00-20:30 – Twisted Pepper, Basement, Abbey Street, Dublin 1
The Yelp Ping Pong Social Club is a free weekly event at the Twisted Pepper in Abbey Street. Each week on a Thursday from 18:00-20:30 you can come along to prove your ping pong potential and be crowned ‘King Pong’ or just sit back, watch balls fly. www.yelp.ie/events/dublin-yelp-ping-pong-social-club

Thurs 02 Jun: 19:00 – Royal Irish Academy of Music 36-38 Westland Row Dublin 2
The Royal Irish Academy of Music presents Daniela Troiani (flute), Erasmus Professor Conenza Conservatoire, Italy. Daniela will give a Flute recital in the Katherine Brennan Hall, RIAM. This concert of appealing music includes pieces by Telemann, Mozart and Jolivet. Admission is free. www.riam.ie/inside.aspx?id=1904

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.

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.

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. No cover charge. The theme for June is “Sci-Fi Season” and the movies are 02 June: No Movie (private party), 09 June: 2011: A Space Odyssey; 16 June: Alien; 23 June: Planet of the Apes; 30 June: Metropolis. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* 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
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday (and Bank Holiday Sunday) from 22:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Fri-Sun 03-06 June: RDS, Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Woman’s World one of Irelands largest retail event is back for its 14th year in the RDS this June Bank Holiday weekend. You can still get free tickets, but you better hurry! Go to www.womansworldshow.com/ as soon as possible. Once the free tickets are gone it will cost EUR 12 per person. Womans World will have areas dedicated to Fashion & Accessories, Food & Drink, Health Checks, Beauty & Hair, Health & Fitness and Holistic Lifestyles so your bound to leave feeling inspired, rejuvenated & pampered from head to toe.


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 11 June: 14:00-16:00 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle.
The Thai Cultural Family Day will take place on 11 June. Enjoy Thai Dance, music as well as activities exploring the Library’s collection. This event is free, but you have to book and places are very limited. You can book online from Monday 30 May on www.cbl.ie under Online Booking. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

______This is odd!!______________

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

It is one of my bugbears! Something that really annoys me at times. And something that in my eyes totally discredits the organisers of events. Have you read in newspapers the number of attendees for different successful events? Be it the Maritime Festival in previous years, the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Culture, or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, it seems that logic, reason AND honesty goes completely out the window when organisers or media outlets “estimate” the number of visitors to their event. And just this week, we had another set of outrageous claims. Before the Obama @ College Green event on Monday, the Gardai told us that a maximum of 25,000 people will be allowed in and the Irish Independent confirmed that. But after the event suddenly the Irish Independent claimed there were 40,000 people, the Irish Times saw 60,000 and another article in the Irish Independent even claimed there were 100,000:
+ Irish Independent (25,000): www.independent.ie/national-news/presidential-visit/kenny-bid-to-make-ally-of-obama-on-our-bailout-2654661.html
+ Irish Independent (40,000): www.independent.ie/national-news/presidential-visit/concert-hits-high-notes-in-becoming-a-call-to-arms-2655157.html
+ Irish Times (60,000): www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0523/breaking32.html
+ Irish Independent (100,000): www.independent.ie/national-news/presidential-visit/obama-of-the-lsquomoneygallrsquo-obamas-wows-thousands-in-college-green-2654987.html
All lies in our newspapers? It seems so! Don’t believe a word they are telling, they can’t even make up their mind about the number of people at an event. (Had they any sense and interest in accuracy, they could simply calculate the people. Calculate the area multiplied by the number of people per square metre and you can double check your figures. And stop telling us rubbish!

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I hope to see you all at the Dublin City Soul Festival this weekend. Make sure you don’t miss the Soul Picnic on Sunday, even if you don’t have time for anything else!

Have a great weekend!

Take care,



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