Event Guide 222: Fringe Festival, Tweed Cycle, Made in China Film Festival, Oktoberfest, Culture Night

September 16th, 2011

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 222
| 16 September 2011 Subscribers: 9753

Hi all!

This week is less busy than in previous week and with a massive event coming up next Friday, it is probably a good idea to gather all energy for the exciting and long Culture Night. Not that I am complaining about it to be too long, not at all. It starts at 17:00 and most venues don’t close before 23:00, so if you make best use of the time, you can get SIX hours of culture on one single evening. ;-)

So use the rest period and make the most of next weekend. However, don’t worry about this weekend and the week, there are still lots of different event taking place, so that you will not be bored.

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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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Definitely less events this week, but that is not a bad thing, because then you can get to all the interesting events instead of missing half of them. ;-)

I plan to go to the Book Sale in Ranelagh either on Saturday or on Sun. Then I will have a look at some of the Fringe Festival Outdoor installations and would love to see the Sculptures in Context exhibition in the Botanic Garden.

On Sat evening the Moo album launch and the Seanie Vaugahn gig both sound interesting and continuing with music there are is the Jamie Lawson gig on Thursday that is worth going.

The Made in China Film Festival will possibly see me online (it starts online and then moves to a cinema).

But because I will leave on Thursday to spend a few days away, I will not have a lot of time to go to events this week. The Oktoberfest starts on Thursday and you would see me there, but it is on my list for when I am back! ;-)


Last chance to enter (If you have entered last week, you don’t need to do it again!): Some of you might remember the Bord Bia Septemberfest last year, it took place in Farmleigh House and was focusing on small breweries and cider makers (what do you call them?). Unfortunately the Septemberfest won’t be back, but the good news is that something much better is taking place instead.
From 23-25 September the 1st All-Ireland Craft Beerfest, a three-day celebration of Irish Craft Brews, will take place in the RDS, in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
The organisers Seamus O’Hara and Bruce Mansour are intending to create a world-class gathering of breweries each year, where you can sample, experience, learn and be entertained. The festival will feature over 40 beers and ciders along with select whiskey makers and there will be talented bands from all over the country entertaining you. The festival dates and times are: Fri 23 Sept from 16:00-00:30, Sat 24 Sept from 12:00-00:30 and Sun 25 Sept from 12:00-18:00. Tickets are now available and are EUR 10 per day or EUR 15 for a three day pass. All tickets include a free souvenir glass and a half-pint of beer or cider. Similar to some of the food tasting festivals, there will be an on-site currency, in this case called “Beer Bucks”, to pay for food and drink. Each Beer Buck is EUR 2.50 and will buy you 1/2 pint. Check out
www.irishcraftbeerfestival.com and buy your tickets on ticketmaster.ie or even better in one of the three pubs that sell tickets or in the Dublin Tourist Office, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2. All details are on the website.
Great news for all Dublin Event Guide readers: Bruce and Seamus have made FIVE (!!!) pairs of weekend passes available AND they are even adding EUR 20 worth of beer bucks for each pair of tickets. So, get your mails to me to enter this competititon! You have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with CRAFT BEER in the subject line 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 19 Sept.

The Vintage Atelier Studio in 57 Lower Gardiner Street is inviting to a Health & Beauty Day on Sat 17 Sept (11:00-16:00) and you can win a free collagen treatment,
makeup and photo. How to get that is described in the Saturday section under the headline “HEALTH AND BEAUTY DAY”. Have a look and do it right now. Speed matters! ;-)

“Celtic Fete Fatale: See No Evil – Wear No Evil” is a masked ball on Sat 24 Sept in the Gibson Hotel, Point Village, D1 ( Behind the 02 and last stop on red Luas line to 02) from 19:30. Organised by the Fashion Business Network, it is an annual event where Dubliners, members of the fashion industry including fashion lovers, designers, stylists, makeup artists and photographers will be in attendance. The event, complemented by a glamorous atmosphere of wining, dining and entertainment, is a great occasion for high profile socialising and networking. A contemporary fashion show will present couture from Irish designers in a new dimension. The strict dress code for this event is “Wow and Masked!” Tickets are EUR 30 and can be purchased from ticketmaster.ie and also at the door. The event will be supporting the charity, Beyond Skin Foundation, an organisation that helps women from disadvantaged backgrounds to get high quality training in the beauty industry so that they can live finan cially independent lives to break out of poverty and achieve self-reliance and dignity. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176164762436761
The organisers have made TWO pairs of tickets available for this ball and if you want to have a chance to win, you need to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject MASKED and with your name and mobile phone number in thebody of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 15:00 on Tues 20 Sept.

I had this competition included a few weeks ago, but unfortunately the date had to be moved due to unforeseen circumstances. All sorted and now this workshop is back: “Irish Etchings”, which is run by Camilla Fanning, will run a number of art classes in autumn and to find out more, you should check (and Like) www.facebook.com/IrishEtchings where you can read all about the upcoming courses and invitations to gallery openings. The tutor for these courses will be Camilla an experienced teacher and professional practicing artist.
The next course is the “Watercolour Workshop” on 01 October it will take place in Knockrose House, Co Dublin and the fee is EUR 110 (book by 19th September!). And then there will be a ten week course ‘Eco-Friendly Home Crafts’ EUR 300 (5 week EUR 155) which starts on Tuesday 27 Sept in the Mount Merrion Community Centre, the Rise. (book by 15th Sept. Fees EUR 300 for 10 weeks or EUR 155 for 5 weeks) . See irishetchings.wordpress.com/workshops/ for more details or email info@irishetchings.com for enquiries and to book your place. Other upcoming workshops include Artist Books and Life Drawing. An interesting programme for all artists! And for one lucky artist, Irish Etchings are making a place on the Watercolour Workshop on 01 Oct (Value: EUR 110) available for free. You will spend a day painting in the beautiful Gardens of Knockrose House, Co Dublin. The workshop starts with a demonstration, you will learn how to create and keep your colour fresh and alive. Your course tutor will be on hand throughout the day to help and advise. Lunch and Refreshments are included!
If you want to win send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with WATERCOLOURS2 in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 18:00 on Mon 19 September. If you want to book directly, don’t hesitate, places are limited and to book contact Camilla on info@irishetchings.com

If you want to know anything about Flamenco and related culture, you know already that the people in the know are Flamenco El Indalo, a group that aims to spread the word about Flamenco. Recently they successfully ran a big Flamenco Festival in Dublin and regularly they offer taster classes for dancing or clapping etc. This month new Flamenco Masterclasses will start and if you are interested check out www.flamencoindalo.com for all the details.
On 17 Sept you now have the chance to feel the rhythm and get involved by learning how to play Castanets.
Flamenco El Indalo made a pair of tickets available for a competition and the lucky winner is Emer Cassidy. If you too want to learn how to play Castanets at this master class on Sat 17 Sept (13:45-14:30), go to www.flamencoindalo.com/en/component/content/article/255/ now and sign up. The training takes place in the Liffey Trust Studios not far from the Point Theatre / O2. It will be a fun class with a professional Spanish teacher!

______Dublin News______________

Good news if you nearly missed the Macnas opening performance for the Fringe Festival. The Fringe Festival opening event last Saturday was cancelled due to the weather forecast and has now been re-scheduled for Sunday 25 Sept (19:30). In a somewhat controversial decision previously issued tickets have been declared invalid and new (free) tickets are being issued at the Fringe Festival ticket office in Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar (Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00). You have to collect tickets in person and you can get up to 5 tickets per person. Spread the word! The event is entitled “On the Edge of Things is a Fierce Beauty” and it is a multi-stage play, performed (outdoors) in Collins Barracks. Last year it was a super event, so I recommend it strongly!

Very soon another big event is taking place in Dublin and some might others will have never heard that name: Richard Bandler the co-creator of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) will be in Dublin on 05 October. Some of you might know that I am qualified as a NLP Master Practitioner and as a NLP Trainer. I find NLP fascinating because it studies and looks at how we use language to influence our own behaviour, our thinking and therefore all aspects of our life. The language that we use is the self-talk, the little voice in your head that tells you that you can do something or can not do something. That you are good or NOT good enough to achieve something etc. We use this self-talk to influence ourselves constantly and oddly we are often not very good at keeping the message positive and supportive, but we are much more talented in talking use down. NLP helps in all other forms of communication as well, but the I don’t want to go tooo much into it here.
Richard Bandler is a fascinating trainer and therapist he has a very colourful story, but he is without a doubt a brilliant speaker, book author and therapist. Some people might not be interested at all in anything like that and that is absolutely fine, but if you are interested then have a look at this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q03YJVpm2J8
Richard Bandler will be in Dublin on 05 October from 19:30-21:30 in the D4 Hotels in Ballsbridge. He will talk about his new book “The Secrets of Being Happy”. Individual tickets are sold for EUR 55 and I will definitely go, but if a few of us group together, we can get the cost down to EUR 30 per person. So if you are seriously interested, send a mail to me at dublineventguide@gmail.com with BANDLER in the subject before Tuesday evening. Tell me how many tickets you are interested in and I will get back to you. We won’t get it for free, but by grouping together we will get a significant discount. Information is here, but if you want to benefit from the lower price don’t buy there: seminars.ie/inspirational-seminars/seminar_details.php?event_id=216

Only a couple more hours! Get your submissions in! The submission deadline for the Dublin Living Awards has been extended to the 16 September and even better, the EUR 30 nomination fee has been waived, so that even more businesses can submit their nomination. And here is what I wrote last week:
Alchemy Event Management together with sponsors Vodafone, Metro Herald and 98FM are running a new award for businesses and organisations in Dublin. The “Dublin Living Awards” will showcase the businesses and organisations that make Dublin a great place to live, work and visit. The deadline for nominations is the 09 September (now 16 September!) and if you have a business (e.g. bars, restaurants, boutiques, gyms, spas, hotels, restaurants etc) have a look at the website at www.dublinlivingawards.ie to see if you would like to put your business forward. There are some non-business categories (e.g. “Outstanding Contribution to Dublin Life” or “People’s Choice Award), where you might want to nominate organisations or individuals that contribute greatly to the life in Dublin.
One the recruitment/nomination phase is over, a number of judges will shortlist the entries and then you will have an opportunity to vote for your favourite finalists to decide the winner. So check out www.dublinlivingawards.ie

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This is a Fringe Festival installation that will stay in place from 10-25 Sept. West of the Samuel Beckett Bridge (that’s the lying harp) an island is floating in the Liffey.
“A desert island will appear overnight in the midst of the Liffey, complete with sand, a tent, even palm trees. This island is an unreal place with room for only one; a constructed urban oasis where the artist will live on the Liffey during the festival. Islands have always been potent spaces for the imagination. The idea of a desert island floating in the middle of the Liffey may seem intriguing but is it any less incongruous than those half-built edifices that rise alongside the riverbanks? Like Robinson Crusoe’s island, being stranded on the river could feel like paradise or prison. The artist’s temporary colonisation of an unsteady island on the Liffey reflects many aspects of Ireland’s current crisis of identity.”
The artist Fergal McCarthy will be communicating from the island via twitter with hashtag #NoMansLand. fergalmccarthy.blogspot.com/

The first (?) 24 hour restaurant has opened in Dublin in July but I only found out now about it. In a somewhat unusual location for restaurants (Lower Gardiner Street) this new Pizza restaurant and delivery service has opened. The restaurant, called “I love food”, is open 24 hours Monday to Sunday and the delivery service (covering most areas of Dublin between 22:30 and 04:00 and a limited area between 16:30-22:30) is available until 04:00. The menu and the pricing is comparable to the many other Pizza delivery services so not particularly cheap, but not outrageously expensive either. Considering that a number of 24 hour supermarkets and petrol stations have limited their opening hours since the economic “boom” has come to an end, this could be perfect timing for “I love food” or they are a number of years to late. We will see. www.ilovefood.ie

Unfortunately there are no more tickets available for this event (I only found out about it this week.), but it is a somewhat unique event, so I will mention it anyway: On Saturday morning 8000 people will watch the Rugby World Cup Game Ireland vs Australia in the O2 / Point Theatre. Doors open at 08:00 and the kick-off is at 09:30. And tickets were available at the end of August. The tickets were free and the event is sponsored by O2.
If you are a Rugby fan, check with a number of pubs, because I saw that some of the pubs said that they would open for the games, at least for all games involving Ireland.


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Yasmin Ward Khan contacted me to tell me about a new service she works for. ACT NOW run workshops and training events in mindfulness and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Training). The events are tailored to help people “get unstuck” and live more vital and meaningful lives. The workshops are open to all members of the public, be they those with a history of mental illness, members of the healthcare professions looking to learn new skills, or those who just want to devote some time to themselves. The workshops are facilitated by qualified psychologists, and all of the content is based one large amounts of empirical evidence. Mindfulness and ACT has been shown to be helpful for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship issues, self esteem, confidence issues, smoking cessation, weight loss, chronic pain and more.
Their next “Get Unstuck” workshop in Dublin is on 17-18 Sept. And they are also running a 6 week group in Dublin City Centre every Thursday evening from 22 Sept. Smoking Cessation/Weight Loss groups are available as well. Find all details www.actnowireland.com


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.

07-23 Sept: 08:00-17:00 – Atrium of Civic Offices at Wood Quay
The Atrium of Dublin Corporation Offices at Wood Quay is the venue for this exhibition. This is a hands-on exhibition consisting of wood samples from around the world. It consists of 22 very colorful and informative panels that tell what is happening to our forests and what we must do to ensure responsible timber sourcing and manage our forests better. Panels cover issues that impact our everyday life such as: Wood and Sport, Wood and Music, Wood and Medicine, Wood and Fair Trade, Wood and Climate Change, etc. The exhibition is suitable for all age groups and admission is free. irishenvironmentalnetwork.irishengo.com/2011/wood-of-life-at-wood-quay/

06 Spet – 31 Oct: From Iveagh Gardens to Camden Street, Aungier
Street to St. Stephens Green Centre, Temple Bar to O’Connell Street (Map: www.dublincontemporary.com/home/news/roadworks)
I wanted to tell you about this exhibition which is part of Dublin Contemporary 2011, so I read the description….then I read it again…. Then I read it again….and once more….and I still have no clue what this thing is about! Do you know what they are trying to say??
” The Office of Non-Compliance Hits The Road. In recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest in street art. A highly democratic art form that escapes easy definition, examples of this evolving medium have long covered the streets of Dublin—with dissent, political concern and committed reflexivity gaining prominence in the period following the demise of the “Celtic Tiger” economy.
In this generously agitated spirit of protest, Dublin Contemporary 2011 has collaborated with ANEWSPACE (Dublin) to commission a host of Irish and international artists to cover 22 urban sites in what amounts to a restlessly creative walking tour of the city. From the Iveagh Gardens to Camden Street, Aungier
Street to St. Stephens Green Centre, Temple Bar to O’Connell Street, Dublin is literally awash with the radically accessible, communicative potential of the street.”
Total gobbledigook if you ask me, I hope you are smarter than me!!

Thurs 08 Sept – 21 Oct: National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The “Sculpture in Context” exhibition celebrates 10 years at the National Botanic Gardens, showcasing the work of new and established artists, taking interesting directions with exciting new work. The Botanical Gardens give the artists a rare opportunity to realise large scale work. It also gives the public the opportunity to ramble and find some sculptures in the most unusual places. Over 120 sculptures will be displayed throughout the gardens, ponds, Great Palm House, and Curvilinear Range, with the smaller works exhibited in the gallery above the Visitors’ Centre. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm Last time that I include this exhibition, promise! The reason why I list it here again is so that I don’t forget it. I DEFINITELY want to see it! :-)


Fri 16 Sept: 10:00-16:00
Dublin’s first Park(ing) Day is happening this Fri at various locations around the city. Park(ing) Day is a global event which transforms on-street car parking spaces into public open spaces for one day. Car parking spaces around the city – from Arbour Hill to Portobello and right through the city centre – will be converted into temporary public parks. The purpose is to create awareness of sustainable travel and the need for more public open space in urban areas. A diverse range of organisations and individuals are volunteering to design unique installations that will each make its own statement in favour of more people-friendly streets. The event has become a global phenomenon since it started in San Francisco just a few years ago, with over 180 cities now taking part. www.facebook.com/groups/201267119929061/
In Dublin the locations where car park spaces have been converted this morning are
St Stephen’s Green, South William Street, Camden Street (How to fit 10 cars into 1 space), Jervis Street, Earlsfort Terrace (100 years of architecture at UCD. Celebrate by spraying 4,271 dots – one for every graduate), Mary Street (It’s a wrap. Storytelling in the City.), Harcourt Street (Paint a Tree Art Park. Paint a tree in a pop-up art-space on the street.), Chatham Street, Dame Court, Strand Street, Molesworth Street, South Frederick Street (Archaeology Don’t bury the past. Dig it up. Archaeology in the city), North Wolfe Tone Square, Grantham Place, Montpelier Hill (Fowl Play. Hens and ducks and games for kids), Manor Street. And some of the themes are in brackets behind the street name.

Fri 16 Sept: 10:30 – Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
Derek Landy, author of the Skulduggery Pleasant series and winner of the Irish Book of the Decade, will be in Liberty Hall on Friday. If you want to meet him, contact Dublin City Public Libraries to book a place. Ring 01 6744840 or 01 6744858 between 10:00-16:30 (Mon-Fri). www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/top_author_derek_landy.aspx

Fri 16 Sept: 13:00+18:00 – Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
The Koubas (13:00) and Murder Plan (18:00) will be in Tower Records for an In-Store event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Fri 16 Sept: 13:30 – 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

Fri 16 Sept: 18:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Ward Wood Publishing invite to an evening of Poetry & Fiction with Sue Guiney, Mike Horwood, Shauna Gilligan and Noel Duffy. Sue Guiney is a native of New York now based in London. She will read from her second novel “The Clash of the Innocents” and her debut poetry collection “Her Life Collected”. Mike Horwood was born in London, but is now living in Finland. He will read from his debut collection “Midas Touch” and his novel “The Finn’s Tale”. Dublin author Shauna Gilligan will read from her forthcoming collection of short stories “Red Girl”, while fellow Dubliner Noel Duffy will read from his collection of two novellas “The Return Journey” & “Our Friends Electric” and his debut poetry collection “In The Library of Lost Objects”. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri 16 Sept: 17:00 – HMV Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Bressie will be playing live and signing copies of his debut album ‘Colourblind Stereo’

Fri 16 Sept: 19:00 – Dawson St, Dublin 2
Labour Equality invites to an evening with some of Ireland’s leading voices in equality. The panel will be discussing the values Inclusive Citizenship, The Creative Society, A Real Republic and Ireland in the World. The panel will be Michael D Higgins, Suzy Byrne, Niall Crowley, Robin Hanan, Alice Leahy, Eric Yao, Katherine Zappone.
I just realise that the location “Dawson St, Dublin 2” doesn’t help you much, so contact Kirsi Hanifin on Kirsi.hanifin@labour.ie or 087-6258043 to check with her, where exactly it is!

Fri 16 Sept: 20:00 – Exchange, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
“Introduction to the Music of Afghanistan” is an information evening with Nasruddin Saljuqi on Friday. Admission is free. www.newcommunities.ie/events/2011/09/16/introduction-to-the-music-of-afghanistan/

16+17+18 Sept: La Dolce Vita Wine Bar, 5 Cows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
La dolce vita will have live music every weekend in September. This weekend it will start with
+ Fri 16: 21:00 – Emil guitar & Ewa voice, a wonderful jazz duo.
+ Sat 17: 21:00 – Caco guitar & Dani voice, a travel across the best tradition of
Brazilian Samba and Bossanova
+ Sun 18: 13:30 – Antonello sax & Mario guitar, Swing and Gipsy jazz standards

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 16 Sept Three’s Company
Sat 17 Sept Who’s Eddie
Sun 18 Sept Minus Seven (12 piece Big Band Jazz) 18:00-20:00
Fri 23 Sept Lucky Bones
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html www.facebook.com/thestillorganorchard?sk=wall

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.
* Ruairi Maguires Bar & Organic Kitchen, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum has every weekend live music from Friday until Sunday at 21:30. Sometimes the line-up is listed here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000462805646&sk=wall often not.
* 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.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Friday from 23:00 in the Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com


Sat 17 Sept: 10:00 – Phoenix Park
As a preparation to the Dublin Marathon in October, a Half Marathon takes place this Saturday. You won’t be able to take part (and it wasn’t free) as 8500 participants already have registered, but you might want to see the spectacle or cheer on the participants. Start time is 10:00. (If you had planned to drive into Phoenix Park between 10:00 and approx. 14:00, expect a lot of road closures.) dublinmarathon.ie/race_series.php

Sat 17 Sept: 10:00-14:00 – Alliance Francaise, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
An Open Day is taking place in the Alliance Francaise so that that you can discover all that the Alliance Française has to offer. You will have the opportunity to meet the staff and learn everything you always wanted to know about the institute and the courses they offer. www.alliance-francaise.ie/

15-25 Sept: Nutgrove Shopping Centre
The Nutgrove Arts Fest is a free arts festival with something for everyone. This new festival includes art exhibitions, music, dance and drama performances and also workshops for adults in the arts such as live art demonstrations and dance classes. There is also a range of activities for children. The programme is here for you to download www.nutgroveshoppingcentre.ie/_fileupload/INSIDELR.pdf All events are free and there is a wide spectrum if events. Further details on

15 July – 23 Sept: Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
“Elements – The Beauty of Chemistry” is the title of the current exhibition in the Science Gallery. The exhibition explores the beauty of the elements, the design icon that is the periodic table and stir up some reactions in the atomic kitchen. The Science Gallery and Trinity College Dublin’s School of Chemistry present an interactive exhibition exploring the beauty of chemistry. This is the last week of the exhibition and if you don’t want to miss it, this weekend might be your very last chance: Opening hours are Tues-Fri 12:00-20:00 and Sat-Sun 12:00-18:00. The exhibition is closed Mondays. Admission is free (A EUR 5 donation is suggested.) www.sciencegallery.com/elements

10-25 Sept: All over Dublin.
The Fringe Festival is continuing until Sun 25 September. It is the nature of a festival like this that most events will not be free, but the Fringe Festival always has at least a few free events and you can find them here: www.fringefest.com/i-like?tags=free The complete programme is here www.fringefest.com/absolut_fringe2011_programme.pdf

Sat 17 + Sun 18 Sept: 11:00-17:00 – Car Park of AIB Ranelagh
Ranelagh Arts Festival is a strange beast! For years it was one of the best suburb Arts Festivals, but seemingly due to internal disagreements, it imploded this year, which a big pity. So the Arts Festival was cancelled, but now left right and centre Ranelagh Arts Festival events take place. A case of “The Ranelagh Arts Festival is dead! Long live the Ranelagh Arts Festival!” maybe? NO matter what it is, the events are interesting and high quality, so let’s enjoy them! The website is here www.ranelagharts.org/ and there is a fragment of a programme brochure there. No idea where the rest of the brochure is, but the fragment helps!
This week a “Giant Book Sale” will take place at the AIB in Ranelagh. “Hundreds of books on art, history, culture and plain old fabulous literature to be had. Tons of bargains… Everything must go! Come and support your local art centre and fill your shelves. “https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=217175221671238

Sat 17 Sept.: 11:00-16:00 – Vintage Atelier Studio, 57 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1. A Health and Beauty Day takes place at this Photography Studio. The description goes like this: “Everyone wants a clear, smooth, youthful complexion. Natural beauty is the ideal many people strive to achieve when they purchase makeup, creams, shampoos and other forms of cosmetics. But what really constitutes natural beauty, and how can it be achieved? – Find out more about natural health by visiting us on Sat 17 September.” You will learn about Collagen and how to make your own natural cosmetics, if make-up is good for your skin and how to feed your brain and a lot more.
And for all Dublin Event Guide Readers there is an exclusive opportunity to win a price: The first 3 people who send a e-mail to healthandbeauty@dublin.ie with the subject “Dublin Event Guide” win a free collagen treatment, makeup and photo! Your mail will go directly to Izabela Twardowska, who is the organiser of the Health and Beauty Day. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=247253301979683

Derek Landy, will be touring the Eason Stores in Dublin during the week and at the weekend. Derek Landy will be signing copies of his ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ Series in the stores below:
Eason Swords on Friday 16 Sept @ 16:00
Eason Dundrum on Saturday 17 Sept @ 11:00
Eason Blanchardstown on Saturday 17 Sept @ 15:00

Fiona Moloney’s (and Tine Schnell’s) Yoga in the Park to raise money for The Dublin Simon Community is continuing. 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.
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

Sat 17 Sept: 12:00 + 15:00 – Hughes & Hughes in City Centre
Hunky Dory managed to get attention with a somewhat controversial advertisement campaign earlier in the year around Rugby and they have done it again. The theme this time is Gaelic Football and the campaign is definitely geared at men and not at women. A calendar with 6 female models in very untypical sports gear is being launched on Saturday and two of the six models will be in Hughes & Hughes to sign the calendar. They will be in Hughes & Hughes Jervis Street Shopping Centre at 12:00 and at 15:00 you can meet them in Hughes & Hughes St. Stephen’s Green. www.hunkydorys.ie/

10-25 Sept: 12:00-18:00 – Changing room installation in five different shops:
Ted Baker, 42 Grafton Street / Pamela Scott, 84 Grafton Street / Bow, Powerscourt Town Centre, South William Street / indigo&cloth, Basement, 27 South William Street / Enable Ireland, 8 South Great George.
“What are you looking at? Embrace your inner voyeur and explore the uneasy relationship between the digital and real worlds. Visit one city centre store or complete the journey across town from one changing room to the next. Enter the changing room and sense the discomfort of this personal, private space in its intensely public setting. Find the peephole, look through it and gaze at the chaotic nature of the information age.” Each film lasts 2 minutes. Admission is free.

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 11:00-17:00. 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 www.facebook.com/pages/Hapenny-Flea-Market-at-The-Grand-Social/155979801107323

Sat 17 Sept: 12:00-16:00 – National Performing Arts School (NPAS), The Factory, 35a Barrow Street, Dublin 4. – NPAS offers classes for Dance, Acting & Singing and if you want to try out some of the classes for free, go to the Factory on Saturday. www.npas.ie

+ The Special Lecture “Celtic Art and Pagan Treasures” takes place on Sat 17 Sept from 12:00-12:40 in Kildare Street (Archaeology). (Suitable for Age 14+). This talk by Eamonn P Kelly, Keeper of Irish Antiquities, will introduce the major Iron Age treasures, which are ornamented with the distinctive Celtic La Tène art style of the period. The different techniques used to produce the ornamentation will be outlined and the context of the treasures will be discussed. No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2463
+ The Family Tour “Super Animals!” will take place on Sat 17 Sept from 15:00-16:00 in Merrion Street (Natural History). Discover more about the super strengths animals have and then design your own “new” animal with its own super powers! No booking required. Not wheelchair accessible. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2464

Sat 17 Sept: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit A8 Airside Enterprise Park, Swords, Co Dublin. 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 17 Sept: 14:00 – Sandford Park School Auditorium, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
(5 min walk from Luas stop in Ranelagh and close to bus routes 11, 18, 44, 48A)
Compadrito Tango (in collaboration with the Ranelagh Arts Festival) is inviting to a free Tango workshop and performance from 14:00-15:30 for absolute beginners. This workshop will be followed by a Tango Performance. Admission is free. Please book by sending a mail to tangofever_ireland@yahoo.com (Wear comfortable shoes with a soft sole. No runners, no stiletto heels.) www.ranelaghfest.com and www.tangofever.net

Sat 17 Sept: 15:00 (Meet-up at 14:30) – Front Square, Trinity College Dublin
I am not sure if I should call this an expensive free event or if I should just mention it (like Marathons etc) so that you know what you see when you see people passing by you? Initially I was told that the event is free, now I see that it is EUR 15, but in return you will get tea and scones in Phoenix Park, BBQ in Grafton Lounge and entry to Lillies Bordello before midnight. So, I leave the assessment regarding the cost to you. (It seems you are not forced to pay if you don’t want the bonuses.)
The organisers write “The Tweed Run is a group bicycle ride through the centre of Dublin, in which the cyclists are expected to dress in traditional cycling attire, particularly tweed plus four suits, blazers or dresses! Any bicycle is acceptable on the Tweed Run, but classic vintage bicycles are encouraged. Some effort to recreate the spirit of a bygone era is always appreciated.
Inspired by the success of the London Tweed Run (www.tweedrun.com) it… has been decided that Dublin shall host its own cycle of satorical elegance. […] We shall make our way to the Phoenix Park Castle Cafe for tea before taking in some of the Greater Dublin Georgian scenery on the return journey to the City Centre where a charity BBQ in aid of Barnardos will be held in the Grafton Lounge. The partying will continue into the early hours of Sunday morning with an after-party in Lillies Bordello. The route description and some other relevant details can be found here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=234271803275372

Sat 17 Sept: 15:00 – Marlay Park, Rathfarnham
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council invites you take part in a leisurely stroll around the beautiful Marlay Park on Saturday. This event forms part of a number of events and activities being held by the Council during European Mobility Week. The event is free and is open to all age groups and abilities and starts at the car park at the College Road entrance. Light refreshments will be served after the event. If you wish to take part, please register your interest by emailing Felicity Gill at fgill@dlrcoco.ie www.dlrevents.ie/walk.html

Sat 17 Sept: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Night Owls” with Janine Davidson. Admission free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 17 Sept: 18:00 – Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
“Moo” will be in Tower Records for an In-Store event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Sat 17 Sept: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
The great Ukulele group “Ukeristic Congress” will perform in Whelan’s. I had the pleasure recently to hear the Ukerisitic Congress at the Ukulele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire and if you like Ukulele music, then this band is for you. If you have an aversion against Ukulele’s, then don’t go. I liked it, so give it a go. ;-) Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/5081

Sat 17 Sept: 19:30 – Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Seánie Vaughan and Band will be performing tracks from their ”Altered Vision” album. Influenced by lots of different styles, Vaughan’s music is a mixture of Rock, Folk and Soul. Have a listen on www.seanievaughanmusic.com and get an impression of his easy-listening style.

Sat 17 Sept: 21:00 – Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2
MOO Debut Album Launch Night, The Mercantile, Saturday 17th September
To celebrate the release of their debut album “Wanted”, the rockabilly n’roll trio “Moo” will perform songs from the album on Saturday in the Mercantile. Admission is free. Doors will open at 20:00 and the opening acts “The Martin Staunton Band” and “Los Putas” will be on stage from 21:00. www.mooband.com.
Moo will play in Tower Records this weekend as well, but oddly the band thinks they will perform there on Friday at 18:00 (www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=284774734872308), while Tower Records has them scheduled for Saturday at 18:00 (www.facebook.com/TowerRecordsDublin?v=wall#!/TowerRecordsDublin?sk=app_4949752878). Let’s hope they get that sorted! ;-)

“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 22:00 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
* Salsa/Latin Party in the Merchant Arch Bar, opposite the Ha’Penny Bridge from 23:00-02:30. Admission free.

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Sun 18 Sept: Palmers Golden Ball Tavern, Carpark, Kilternan, Dublin 18. Every second week a Car Boot Sale, which is a fundraiser for the Niall Melon Township Trust, will take place until the middle of September. That means the next and last one is on 18 Sept. The Car Boot Sales runs from 09:00-16:00 (Traders arrive at 08:00). EUR 15 for traders, free admission for potential buyers. dublincity.olx.ie/niall-melon-township-trust-fundraiser-iid-216570807

Sun 18 Sept: 10:00-17:00 – Farmleigh House at the Castleknock end of Phoenix Park. From 10:00-17:00 the Food Market with a selection of food produce by artisans from around Ireland will take place in the Farmyard
From 14:00-16:00 the Beatles Tribute act “The Moondogs” will perform. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerEvents2011/Title,16068,en.html

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 18 Sept Tracing Fun, 25 Sept Kings and Queens of Ashtown Castle. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html To confirm that it takes place ring 01-6770095.

Sun 18 Sept: 11:00-17:00 – Dublin Food Coop, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
The Brocante Furniture Market will take place on Sun it is a collection of antiques, furniture, collectables and curiosities from the past and present, second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house and garden. This is the only market of its kind in Dublin, giving the opportunity for everyday people as well as collectors and new enterprises an affordable outlet in an up and coming business. If you are an interior designer or just have and eye for style and are looking for a special piece or maybe a bargain then this is the market for you. The market is held every 3rd Sunday of the month. www.thebrocantemarket.com/

Sun 25 Sept: 12:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Sundays at Noon Concert Series takes place in the beautiful Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Now in its 35th year, this series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June. The next concert will not take place on 18 Sept, but instead on 25 Sept. www.hughlane.ie/sunday-concerts

Sun 18 Sept: 12:00-16:00 – Tibradden Forest (6km south of Rathfarnham)
A range of activities for the whole family will take place at this Forestry Family Fun Day. You can get involved in Den Building, Cross-cutting, Tree identification, Mountain biking, Field archery, Deer & wildlife, Blindfold Trail.
For more information visit www.dublinmountains.ie & www.coillte.ie or

Sun 18 Sept: 13:30 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The public lecture “Willie Doherty: Marks and Stories” by Lecturer Dr Colin Graham, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, will take place on Sunday. Admission is free and booking is not required, but places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/460-publiclecture-williedoherty

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 “Horse Power” will take place on Sun 18 Sept from 15:00-16:00 for Families with children aged 6+ in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). “Catherine McGuinness from the Natural History Museum introduces you to the famous war horse skeleton, Dickie Bird. Learn more about horses and compare our skeleton to bones from other animals. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come basis from one hour before event starts.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2465

Sun 18 Sept: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “A Contemporary Artist looks at an Old Master Painting” with Conor Walton, Artist will take place and Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 18 Sept: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Fashion & Art! Create your own stylish fashion book!”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 18 Sept: 16:30-23:00 – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). Saucy Sundays is a weekly live music afternoon and evening in the the Grand Social. This week the line-up will be: Peter Fitzpatrick, Aaron Finn, Gar Cox, Johnny & The Beep Beeps, Alpaca Jamboree, Fear of Folk, The River Fane, Manodeio Music, Foxe & The Good Hands. For all details including links to the bands, go to www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

* 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.
* 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/
* 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 on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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
* The Gardiner Street Gospel Mass is on a summer break until 11 September and will be back from that date 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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Lucan Festival 2011 is taking place this week with the main events next weekend. Events, acts and performances for the kids, adults and the young at heart. These will take place all week leading up to the Festival weekend which expects to attract over 5,000 people to Lucan Village on Sunday 25 September for the Festival Family Day when the Lucan Village will be closed from 11:00-19:00. Check out the full programme here: lucanfestival.com/festival-programme/

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI continues with its free Archive at Lunchtime screenings. Two programmes will be shown in an alternating way.
The first programme on 05, 14, 19, 18 Sept: 13:10 is ifi.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7519&Date=05/09/2011&PageID=15
The second programme on 07, 12, 21, 26 Sept: 13:10 is ifi.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7520&Date=07/09/2011&PageID=15

19-25 Sept: Online + Swan Cinema, Rathmines
On Monday the first “Made in China” Film Festival will take place in Dublin. Interestingly, the first few days it will be an online film festival and then on Friday until Sunday (23-25 Sept) it will take place in the Swan Cinema in Rathmines. Interesting concept/idea! 13 films will be screened altogether. 6 full length films and 4 animation shorts in the online portion of the film festival and the rest in the offline portion.
The full programme is here www.madeinchinafilmfestival.com/docs/Festival%20programme.pdf and an abbreviated version can be found here www.madeinchinafilmfestival.com/festival-news/full-festival-programme-released
Some more free events; On Sat 24 Sept at 17:00 “An introduction to Chinese Independent Cinema”, a live online/web discussion will take place. And from Wed 21 – Sun 25 the Bernard Shaw Pub in South Richmond Street is the official festival bar, where on Wed 21 Sept at 20:00 the screening of the Chinese themed episode of Father Ted “Are you Right There Fr. Ted” will take place and on Sun 25 Sept from 22:00 the festival wrap party will complete the week.

Mon 19 Sept: 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 not yet announced, check it out by following the link here. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/4726

Mon 19 Sept: 20:30 – Conradh na Gaeilge, 6 Sr. Fhearchair, BAC2
I have to admit that I don’t like including information that I don’t understand and therefore am extremely hesitant to include Gaelic-only information: Beidh Liam Mac an Iomaire ag seoladh an leabhar nua Duinnin ar an Scelig le Biddy Jenkinson. Am: 8.30in. Doirse 8in.

* 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
* Solar Trio Gig in Anseo (Camden Street, D2) on the first three Mondays of every Monday. Jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams.
* 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 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 on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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 20 Sept: 10:00-11:00 – The Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. Alan Early launches his new children’s book “Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent”, a story about what Arthur and his friend find in the Metro tunnel his father is employed to work on. Admission is free. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/sept_2011_alan_early_book_launch.aspx

Tues 20 Sept: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Concepts of Civic Architecture” with Shane O’Toole, Architect will take place and Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 20 Sept: 13:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
The last event of this three week exploration of “The World of Operetta” in the Music Library within the Central Library will take place on Tuesday. Admission is free and booking is recommended at 01 8734333 or musiclibrary@dublincity.ie. The performances are
+ 20 Sept: American Operetta
Michael will explore the operettas of Victor Herbert, Sigmund Romberg and Rudolf Friml: The Red Mill, The Desert Song, The New Moon, the Student Prince, Rose Marie, The Firefly etc.

Tue 20 Sept: 13:00-13:45 – Wood Quay Venue, basement of Dublin Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. The Friends of Medieval Dublin and Dublin City Council invite to the new series of Tales of Medieval Dublin, a yearly lunchtime lecture series exploring the lives of seven different and fascinating inhabitants of Medieval Dublin. This months’ lecture is entitled “The Archdeacon’s Tale”. Nicholas de Clere was both archdeacon of Dublin and treasurer of Ireland in the late thirteenth century. This
tale looks at his spiritual and secular careers and explains why they ended in imprisonment and disgrace. Lecturer is Margaret Murphy. Each of the subsequent lectures will run on a Tuesday mid-month from July to December in the Wood Quay Venue of Dublin City Council. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required. www.fmd.ie/events/110614-tales-of-med-dublin.html

Tues 20 Sept: 14:00-15:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2.
Scott Snibbe is a media artist, filmmaker, and researcher in interactivity and will discuss his work (Scott Snibbe: Biophilia and Interactive Art) in multi-device, multimedia interactive art, as well as his work with artists such as Björk and James Cameron in the Science Gallery’s Paccar Theatre.
Snibbe’s artwork is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) and The Museum of Modern Art (New York); and has been shown in several hundred solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including a solo retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.
Through his two companies, Snibbe Interactive and Scott Snibbe Studio, his large-scale interactive projects have been incorporated into concert tours, Olympics, science museums, airports, and other major public spaces and events.
Admission is free, but pre-booking is essential: www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/09/scott-snibbe-biophilia-and-interactive-art

Tues 13 Sept: 17:00 – Douglas Hyde Gallery,
The Douglas Hyde Gallery presents a series of ten weekly discussion groups focusing on key elements in the Gallery’s recent exhibition programme, taking into account films, music, and texts relating to the proposed themes. The groups will be introduced by John Hutchinson and discussions led by Kathy Tynan.
The discussion groups will take place each Tuesday from 13 September 2011. Interested participants should ideally be available for all ten sessions. Numbers are very limited so please confirm your attendance with the Gallery in advance.

Dr Michael O Grady Md.Nd.Hmd will give a free presentation on the scientific validation of meditation at exchange dublin on tuesday 20th sept at 6 pm to 8 pm. anyone wishing to learn will be taught free of charge…. www.facebook.com/exchangedublin?sk=wall

Tues 20 Sept: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
“Ireland Is Changing Mother” is the latest collection from Rita Ann Higgins: provocative and heart-warming poems of high jinx, jittery grief and telling social comment by a gutsy, anarchic chronicler of the lives of the Irish dispossessed, before as well as since the demise of the Celtic tiger. Rita’s latest collection will be launched at the Irish Writers’ Centre by Fintan O’ Toole.

Tues 20 Sept: 20:00 – The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Mutefish, a brilliant Irish band which often has the biggest crowds when they perform in Temple Bar, has a regular gig in the Mercantile. This Tuesday there w ill be even more entertainment: King Kong Showcase Night, Hot Sprockets, Katie & The Carnival The Raglans and Wyvern Lingo are the line-up. Admission is free. www.dublinsessions.ie/mercantile.html

Tues 20, 27 Sept + 04, 11 Oct: 21:00 – La Dolce Vita Wine Bar, 5 Cows Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. La Dolce Vita will run live music events every weekend and film screening every Tuesday for 6 weeks. Admission is free.
The cinema event is a retrospective about the original and expressive Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki. Some of his best films will be screened and a special show will take place on the last night with original live music performance played during the screening. The screenings are
20 Sept La Vie de Boheme, 27 Sept: Leningrad Cowboys go to America, 04 Oct: Man without a past, 11 Oct: Absurd Lights.

* 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


Wed 21 Sept.: 14:00-16:00 – National College of Ireland, IFSC, Mayor Street, Dublin 1. R&D incentives such as the R&D Tax Credit could give a company the support it needs in difficult times. So whether you’re a start-up wondering if the R&D Tax Credit is applicable to you, or an established SME already claiming the credit, it pays to make sure you get the most out of your claim. KPMG will provide advise through a seminar and a walk-in clinic on Wed. Find all the details and schedule here: This event is free, but you need to book your place here www.ncirl.ie/site/event_form.asp?id=266

Wed 21 Sept: 18:00 – Deanery House of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 40 Upper Kevin Street, Dublin 8. In the series “Great Writing – Great Places”, the next event is entitled “Inspiring Lives: Stories of Courage and Determination”. Amazing stories of courage and determination in the home of Jonathan Swift with Brian Keenan, Dave Kenny and John Lonergan. Admission is free, but booking is essential via Tel. 01 674 4862 / 674 4873 or email: cityofliterature@dublincity.ie
Other events will follow during October and November. www.dublincityofliterature.ie or www.writing.ie and www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/great-writing-great-places-210911.aspx

Wed 21 Sept: 19:00 – Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh, Dublin 6. (opposite Ranelagh Luas Stop). “Green Rain – Irish Composers on Stage” by Miriam Gallagher, (author and playwright) will be launched by Andrew Robinson, composer and musician. Mia & Miriam Gallagher will read from the book and Andrew Robinson will entertain with music. Admission is free. Contact 085-7437212 for more information.

Wed 21 Sept: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The inaugural Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair for first-time novelists will take place on 10 March 2012, it will aim to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents. It is still a while until March, but the Launch of this event will take place now and this is an opportunity for all aspiring novelists to find out more about the competition and to meet fellow writers. To mark the occasion, Dermot Bolger will be reading and refreshments will be served. Admission is free and all are welcome! www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Wed 21 Sept: 20:00-00:00 – Sweeneys Mongrel (Basement), 32 Dame St, Dublin 2.
The line-up for this week’s Juke Box is: Tristan Carroll, Fabrizio Pierazzi, CalmState, Boondalk Saints, Arthur & The Velvetones. For stage times and band links check

Wed 21 Sept: 20:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
The Lazy Band will be performing in Whelan’s Bar. Admission is free. www.myspace.com/thelazyband

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 22 Sept: 10:00-14:00 – Wood Quay Venue in Dublin City Civic Offices, entrance near the Amphitheatre behind Christ Church. The EmployAbility Jobseeking Fair 2011 is aimed at individuals with a disability / health issue / acquired injury / mental health difficulty and will provide job seekers (both graduates and non-graduates) with professional advice and information on all aspects of sourcing and securing suitable employment.
To book a place at the seminars CV & Interview Preparation and Social Welfare Entitlements & Return to Employment, email info@employability.ie or call 01 460 3081. www.employability.ie

22 Sept – 09 Oct: George’s Dock. IFSC, Dublin 1
The hyper-popular Bavarian Oktoberfest is coming back to George’s Dock in Dublin. I love it because I can – once a year – have some very very typical German food that I would never have otherwise (and probably wouldn’t have either if I lived in Germany!). ;-) George’s Dock is a great location but it has a HUGE disadvantage, the Oktoberfest takes place on the platform IN George’s Dock and on the walk-way next to the CHQ building. The big tent / marquee with the music and the Oktoberfest atmosphere and the best food is on the platform, but due to the limited number of people that are allowed on the platform, last year a long long queue of people waiting to get on the platform already started forming at 17:00. …and it got longer and longer. No fun!
Another odd thing is that you have to buy a wristband after 22:00 to be allowed to purchase beer. The wristband is EUR 6 and you get EUR 5 in food for it and EUR 1 goes to a charity. Allegedly this is an alcohol license stipulation (you have to eat a “substantial meal” to be allowed to remain on site after 22:00), I wonder why this doesn’t apply to pubs.
If you ignore or rather accept these two issues, the Oktoberfest is lots of fun. The Stein Bier (1 litre) is EUR 10, which is not too outrageous and the food is usually on the upper end of the pricing scale, but still acceptable.
Opening times are Mon-Sat 12:00-00:30, Sun 12:00-20:00. More 30 German food stands are available for you and Erdinger beer is the beer provider. You can reserve tables, but you better check the details about that on the website www.oktoberfest-dublin.de/ Otherwise make sure that you come as early as possible or alternatively don’t event try to get onto the platform. Around George’s dock you can get beer and food as well, just not ALL types of food and no Bavarian music (not the biggest loss! ;-) ).

Thurs 22 Sept: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The Public Lecture “Pattern in Matisse’s Art” by Fionnuala Croke, Director, Chester Beatty Library will take place. And this will be the final lecture before the Matisse exhibition closes. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Thurs 08, 15, 22 + 29 Sept: 13:00 – Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. – “Crime and the City: Crime and Drugs” is the title of a series of crime related lunchtime readings and discussions in the Central Library over the five Thursdays of September. This series brings together writers from fiction and biography with researchers from social sciences to inform, entertain and promote discussion.
22 Sep – Cormac Millar – Crime Author
29 Sep – Paul O’Mahony – Criminologist
Admission is free but booking is advised as space is limited: 01-8734333.
Find details about the individual contributors on

Thurs 22 Sept: All over Dublin
The Guinness Promotion Day, called “Arthur’s Day” is totally unrelated to Arthur Guinness. Many think it is his birthday or the anniversary of his death, but that is not the case. Actually, Arthur’s Day is a moving day! It is always on a Thursday and its only purpose is to provide Guinness with more revenue. I am somewhat critical of the mystique around the day, but I have to give it to Guinness, from a marketing point of view it is an extremely smart event. Gigs take place in many pubs, but the gigs are in most cases not free even if they take place in pubs that normally don’t charge in. All a bit odd. There is nothing free about Arthur’s Day, but a frenzy will spread through Dublin where all Guinness drinkers think they need to get involved and most disturbingly, people even wish each other “Happy Arthur’s Day”. That is like saying “Happy McDonald’s Day” on 23 May (Why not THAT arbitrary day?) or “Happy Toyota Day” on 01 June (another arbitrary date).

Thurs 22 Sept: 18:00-23:30 – Morgan Hotel, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Singer/Songwriter Jamie Lawson is playing a free gig, but you need to e-mail liveinvite@gmail.com to get an invite. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170645886344136

Thurs 22 Sept: 18:00 – Eason, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
An Evening with L.A. Weatherly & Paula Rawsthorne will take place on Thursday. L.A. Weatherly & Paula Rawsthorne will be reading extracts from their latest books ‘Angel Fire’ and ‘The Truth About Celia Frost’. There will be a Q&A and a signing by both authors. This is a ticketed event so book your place in store or call 01 8583815 to secure aplace. www.easons.com/events_display.asp?K=e2011090713131112

Thurs 15 Sept – 20 Oct: 18:30-20:00 – Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. This Start Your Own Business course costs elsewhere approx. EUR 175, but in the Central Library you can get it for free. Another example of exemplary services provided by the Libraries in Dublin!
The course consists of a series of six free lectures to assist new and existing small business owners and managers. The lectures will be provided by Dublin City Enterprise Board trainers and will include novel ways to overcome some of the challenges of starting a business despite the current economic challenges. For the first time a lecture element on Ethnic Entrepreneurship will be included to cater for the City’s diverse population.
The lectures are
* 22 Sept Ideas Generation & Market Research
* 29 Sept Ethnic Entrepreneurship
* 06 Oct Financing your Business
* 13 Oct Marketing on a Shoestring
* 20 Oct Business Planning Structure
Importantly, you HAVE TO book a place and because it is a VERY popular series of lectures, you better hurry! Send an e-mail to businesslibrary@dublincity.ie www.dceb.ie/starting-a-business/library-talks

Thurs 22 Sept: 19:00 – Rúta, 199 King St North, Dublin 7
The next meeting for all online folks (Blogger, Twitter, Whatever), the “BTW Meetup” will take place on Thursday. This is an informal get together organised by Jason Roe. To register go to jasonroe.me/blog/blogger-twitter-whatever-september-22nd/ Admission is free and there will be some free food as well.

Thurs 22 Sept: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Lapwing Publications invites to a Book Launch of seven brand new collections from the following seven writers, who will all be reading on the night:

Una Ní Cheallaigh, Teresa Lally, Gerry McDonnell, James O’ Sullivan, Alistair Graham, Helen O’ Dwyer and Adam Rudden www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Thurs: 20:30 – O’Reilly’s 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. There is no cover charge. The theme for September will be “Gangsters” and the films are: 22 Sept Goodfellas, 29 Sept The Departed. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

Thurs 22 Sept: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
In February the pub Sin È was closed down due to high rents, but just about 4 weeks later it opened up again and is doing well since. The new owners (?) are running regular live music events and one regular event is with the Brazilian Soul + Funk Band “Banda Baque Soul” on Thursdays. www.facebook.com/sin.e.dublin?sk=wall

* Lunchtime Market at Christ Church Cathedral from 12:00-15:00. www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php
* 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
* 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 23 Sept: 17:00-23:00 – All over Dublin
This is one of the best events of the year, but unfortunately I will miss it this year. :-( So I hope you will do Culture night for me as well. ;-) Culture Night was invented by the great people in Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) and now has spread all over Ireland. The concept is simple: One night per year (unfortunately only one) cultural venues will stay open late AND will invite people to visit them and to enjoy the culture for free. Most venues stay open until 23:00 and even the ones that normally charge an admission charge are nearly all free during Culture Night. The central hub is Temple Bar, but check the map (www.culturenight.ie/explore-the-night/) and you will see that Culture Night takes place all over Dublin. Museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artist’s studios and cultural centres are part of it and all included more than 150 organisations are opening their doors until late in Dublin.
Bring the whole family and all your friends! To make it easier to get around, Dublin Bus even provides a free service. Enjoy the many live performances, workshops, tours, talks, drama, dance and a whole range of other creative activities for free.
I could attempt to recommend some things to you, but it is really difficult to chose from the more 150 offers. My strategy often is that I go for venues that are either normally NOT free or that offer something special that night.
It definitely is advisable to pre-plan the night a bit if you want to make best use of it and you can do that either by picking up a printed brochure in a variety of venues in town or by checking the PDF programme here
For some events you need to book in advance so don’t wait until Friday afternoon before you check the brochure. www.culturenight.ie.
I know there is another whole week, but I will already list a number of events here, so that you can pre-plan.

Fri 23 Sept: 11:00-12:45 – Cinema 1, Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – Temple Bar Cultural Trust and the National Campaign for the Arts (www.ncfa.ie) are bringing all Presidential candidates to Temple Bar on Friday from 11:00. Despite the fact that the Irish president has absolutely no influence over any day to day politics, the purpose of the event is to get the candidates to present their vision and ideas on the role of culture and the arts in the Presidency. What can we expect? They will all tell use how most important art and culture is and that they will do everything in their might to support culture and arts. And once one of them became the president, he/she will not be able to do anything. A bit of a nonsensical event in my opinion, but the candidates have nothing else to do yet. ;-) The event starts at 11:00 at the IFI and no tickets are needed. blog.templebar.ie/?p=3778 The event is being chaired by journalist Olivia O’Leary and I hope she will start the discussion by clarifying what exactly the Irish President can do with respect to arts and culture.

22-25 Sept: Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
The 46th Irish Antique Dealers Association Annual Fair will take place from 22-25 Sept and by coincidence I came across a free invitation for all of you: You can visit the fair on Fri, Sat or Sun by just printing this invitation and bringing it along: www.iada.ie/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/IADA-Fair-Invitation1.pdf
Opening Hours are Fri 11:00-23:00, Sat 11:00-19:00, Sun 11:00-18:00. The long opening hours on Friday are to accommodate the Culture Night. www.iada.ie/

Fri 23 Sept: 13:00+18:00 – Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Ben Carrigan (13:00) and 1922s (18:00) will be in Tower Records for an In-Store event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Fri 23 Sept: 15:00-22:00 – Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle
The Chester Beatty event for culture night is an Arabic Jazz Night combined with the last chance to see The Art Books of Henri Matisse exhibition. From 15:00 family activity packs are available and from 18:00 the Arab Jazz Night with Sami Moukaddem and his band takes place. Free guided tours at 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00 will bring you through the exhibition. The Silk Road Cafe and Gift & Book Shop are open as well. No booking required for these events. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Fri 24 Sept: 15:00: Meet outside the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1. In this unusual ‘pilgrimage’ we will visit a number of places in North Dublin City which are closely associated with Ireland’s foremost stained glass artist, Harry Clarke, including the Hugh Lane Gallery, Belvedere College and the site of his former studios on North Frederick Street before finishing at St. Peter’s Church in Phibsborough. The tour will be led by Pat Liddy, assisted by fellow historian, Ray McGovern who recently helped produce the book “Strangest Genius and Film Documentary, Revel in Blue on the life and work of Clarke.” As a special treat, the documentary will be shown in St Peter’s Church following the tour. All ‘Let’s Walk & Talk’ events are free and no advance booking necessary, they last about 90 min. www.dublincity.ie/Community/LetsWalkandTalk/Pages/WalkandTalk.aspx

Fri 23 Sept: 19:00-20:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
Culture Night marks the final night of Science Gallery’s current exhibition, ELEMENTS: The Beauty of Chemistry, and to celebrate the gallery will be hosting Carbon Barbecue, a series of talks (and a bit of food) where you can hear, see, learn and taste more about carbon than you ever imagined. What is carbon? How do carbon credits work? How do you conserve charcoal art, and what would carbon-based life look like on other planets? Admission is free, but first-come-first-serve. And for Culture night, the rest of the exhibition will stay open until 23:00, so you can have some late-night elemental fun. www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/09/carbon-barbecue-culture-night

Fri 23 Sept: 20:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
Helena and Nora are a Ukulele duet that plays a nice blend of Mexican, Hawaiian and Old American Ditties from times long gone. It was the love for this little instrument from Hawaii that brought them together. They have been performing in Dublin since 2010, sharing stage with bands such as “Sick and Indigent Song Club”, “Minnie and the Illywhackers” or “Little Ass Birds”. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha75524_16_2.htm

Autumn Sounds is a Classical Music Evening with ‘Duo Chagall’ on Fri 23 Sept (20:00). Gillian Williams and Arun Rao present the Late chamber Music of French composers Debussy, Franck & Fauré with guest pianist Darina Gibson.
To apply for tickets, send a mail to brian.dockery@opw.ie with the subject the subject “Autumns Sounds Friday 23rd” if you want tickets for the 23rd. Tickets are drawn by random lottery – only winners notified www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerEvents2011/Title,16068,en.html


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 24 Sept: 14:00-15:30: Olive Tree Studio, 15 Grantham street (off Camden street), Dublin 2. This workshop will take place on Sat 24 Sept, but you need to book by Mon 19 Sept! – “Feeling stressed and run-down? Lacking energy and vitality? Lost mental focus? This workshop will show you how to manage stress in a wholesome way, create a balanced life even in the midst of turmoil, and develop positive thinking.
Stress in our lives can be overwhelming. Experts agree that stress can bring about physiological changes that lead to disorder and disease, weakening the body and accelerating the aging process. Sivananda Yoga combines several techniques used for stress reduction. It provides the benefits of breathing exercises, stretching, physical exercise, meditation and autosuggestion, all in one practice. Suitable for all Levels.” The workshop is free of charge and donations are welcome to help cover the studio rental. Info and booking on www.yogikula.com/Dublin_classes.html

Mon 26 Sept: 18:30-20:30 – National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1. To mark its 60th Anniversary and celebrate its distinctive academic contribution, National College of Ireland is hosting a series of guest academic lectures in 2011. The series features thought-provoking lectures by leading Irish and international figures in academic, business, professional and cultural life. www.ncirl.ie/site/event_form.asp?id=268 Guest Lecture by David Begg, General Secretary of ICTU. David will talk about the current economic crisis and how we can come out of it with a better and more equitable society. Admission is free, but booking is essential. www.ncirl.ie/Events/A_better,_fairer_future_is_possible_after_the_crisis_-_NCI%27s_60th_Anniversary_Lecture_Series_2011

Wed 28 Sept: 07:00-08:45 – National College of Ireland, IFSC, Mayor Street, Dublin 1. “Corn Flakes and Commerce with Dr Pete Lunn” is the next NCIRL event in the series that is sponsored by Metro Herald and Kellogg’s Ireland (hence the Corn Flakes!). Business executives are being invited to start their day with this event with Dr. Pete Lunn of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). He will speak on the following topic: “Behavioural Economics: What is it and why does it matter?”. Registration will be open at 07:00, with the event starting at 07:30 and finishing up by 8:45. A free continental breakfast will be served. Places are limited and to reserve your seat, please book your place online where you find more details as well: and, to save time at the registration desk on the day, please fill in all requested fields.
Fri 30 Sept: 20:00-00:30 – Kudos Bar, The Clarion Hotel, IFSC, Dublin 1
Two friends of mine have identified that 1-2-1 is very time-consuming, especially because it is a hit-and-miss effort where the “chat” can be VERY awkward if you know already in the first 5 seconds that there is no chemistry whatsoever and all you want is any excuse to leave early. To help that, this singles night will give you a chance to meet all the girls/guys you’ve been chatting to via Facebook, Bebo, MySpace and Dating Sites and want to meet in person. You can then quickly establish who you’d like to date, who you’d like as a friend and who you never, ever want to see again. There is no speed dating and no formal programme to this evening, the idea is rather to meet in a normal bar environment but with the difference that you and everyone is there for one reason…to meet others.
So invite your friends to it to make sure that there is a good mix of people. Admision is free and the organisers will do their best to make sure no girls or guys are left on their own. www.facebook.com/notes/paul-hurley/dublin-singles-night-friday-september-30th-entry-is-free/10150379761775097

______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. ;-)

This week there were numerous “oddnesses” in the normal event announcement. The nonsense that is called Arthur’s Day and the odd wishes some people feel are appropriate on the day is one of them. Just reply “Happy Toyota Day” or maybe “Happy Aer Lingus Day” if someone greets you with “Happy Arthur’s Day”.
The wrist band system for after 22:00 alcohol purchases at the Oktoberfest is another odd story.
And the discussion about art and culture with the powerless candidates for the Irish Presidency is the third odd thing. The same event with the potential Taoiseach’s before the General election made a lot of sense and it seems that the same organisation is running the event again, but this time it does not make sense.
With so much odd stuff, I will not bother you with ANOTHER odd story and will keep that maybe for next week! ;-)


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This week is a little less busy, but with Oktoberfest and especially Culture Night coming up, the next weekend will definitely make up for that. I will be in away at a training course from Thursday until Tuesday, so at the moment I don’t know yet how and when you will get the next Event Guide, but one thing is certain: You definitely will get an Event Guide! :-) Enjoy the week!

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