Event Guide 232: Victorian Christmas Fair, Festival of Light, Israeli Film Days, Brownbread Mixtape

November 25th, 2011

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 232
| 25 November 2011 Subscribers: 10082

Hi all!

After a long time, I managed to get a bit of Dublin Event Guide housekeeping done again last week. There are endless amounts of improvements that are on my list, but I only get sometimes time for it. This week two new headlines got added. The “Feel Good Slot”, which was initially just a mad idea, became an institution and I get regularly mails that tell me that some of you really really like the “Feel Good Slot”, so now it is a proper category with its own headline. But I need your help for it! Send me the articles or video clips that you feel fit into it. Send them to dublineventguide@gmail.com

And another section that got its own headline is the “Support the Dublin Event Guide” area that lists the – much appreciated – sponsors and donors. You help is needed and I am very grateful for it and on www.perfectresults.info/donation.htm you will from next week find the full list of all people who ever helped with donations. Here in the weekly newsletter, I will change the list to the people that helped in the last 12 months. This is done to shorten the Dublin Event Guide a bit and to invite people who have helped more than a year ago, to think about helping again!

And a note about “spreading the word”: Last week the great Ellen Gunning invited me to an interview on her impressive Mediascope programme, which is a radio programme on DublinCityFM that is mainly – but not exclusively – targeted at public relations professionals, event managers and journalists. The podcasts are here mediascope.podomatic.com/ and in case you are interested in Ellen’s interview with me last Tuesday, you can hear it here mediascope.podomatic.com/entry/2011-11-22T16_00_00-08_00 Thanks to Ellen for a very enjoyable interview! …and I hope you enjoy it.

The Early Bird deadline was extended until 02 Dec!! So if you were undecided but would love to go to the event, maybe that is a sign. ;-)
Anthony Robbins outstanding “Unleash the Power Within” event will be again in London and you can get two tickets for the price of one. “Unleash the Power within” is about not waiting any longer. It’s about seizing the power that is already within you and challenging you to lead a life of your own design, rather than one that’s been scripted by your environment, society or anyone else.
The event will take place from 18-21 May 2012 in the Excel Centre in London and only until midnight the “Buy 1 Get 1 free” is still valid, which gets you a ticket to this 3.5 day event for less than GBP 500 per person. If you are stuck in your life and need a push in the right direction, “Unleash the Power Within” will help you to break through the fears that hold you back and create momentum in your life to make difficult things become effortless. www.amiando.com/e/gtetvj

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The “Feel Good Slot” at this place in the Dublin Event Guide is to share some inspirational, motivational or thought provoking quotes, stories or video clips. You wonder why I added this section to this e-zine? If your week was great, you might not need it, but most of us had some challenging moments in the last week and this section is for the people that want to remind that despite all, life is great and it is important to be alive!
This week posting one of the best Feel Good films I ever found. It is called “Validation” and I did include it here before, but that was a long time ago! :-)

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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.

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

This week, I plan to go to the Irish Record Fair and possibly to the Israeli Film Days on Sat or Sun. Then on Sunday the Aviation Enthusiasts’ Fair near the airport sounds interesting. The Dublin Flea Market is always good and the intriguing sounding Victorian Christmas Fair is so unique that I have to give it a go. Later on Sunday afternoon the switching on of the Christmas Lights at the Festival of Light in O’Connell Street is on my list as well.

During the week there are a number of music events and talks that are interesting, but I am fast forwarding to Wednesday. The spiritual talk “Be here and now” competes with the Brownbread Mixtape and the Science Gallery Make Night.

On Thursday I would definitely go to the Affluenza discussion if I didn’t have to write an Event Guide again!


Mirenda Rosenberg & The Rare Groove Funk Orchestra will be at the Grand Social this Sat 26 November at 21:00. And will help raise funds for the Musical Youth Foundation. I was one if Mirenda’s gigs before and she is really good. A super singer with a big personality, a great combination. If you want to experience her great performance of Soul, R&B, Groove and some more, you can get tickets for EUR from entertainment.ie/myf
This is a charity event organised by the ‘Musical Youth Foundation’ as part of their autumn fundraising events. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to the Musical Youth Foundation for their “guitars for kids” programmes. The “guitars for kids” provides children in community centres in Dublin 1 and 2 with weekly guitar tuition and their own guitar starter packs. The MYF charity has been running for nearly two years and looks to continue to expand around Dublin and Ireland as funds allow.
The Musical Youth Foundation has mad a whopping FIVE pairs or tickets available, but you have to be fast. Send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with MIRENDA in the subject of the mail and your mobile phone number and name in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 21:00 tonight and you have to be available for the gig tomorrow! Here’s a video of Mirenda’s gig last time: vimeo.com/31111271

Following on from a great performance at the Electric Picnic this year, Laser Tom & The Blast Crew will be in Crawdaddy for a big gig on Sat 03 Dec. With support from very special guests The Gandhis. Doors open at 20:00 and tickets are available at the door for EUR 10. Here you can check our Laser Tom & The Blast Crew: soundcloud.com/lasertom-blast-crew So a great gig waiting for you next weekend! The organisers have made two pairs of tickets available for a competition and if you want to be in with a chance to win one of the pairs, then you need to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with LASER TOM in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Tues 29 Nov.
The full gig details are here: www.pod.ie/index.php?show_event=2778

Every now and then there are other competition items available here, not just tickets to events. With Christmas coming up and you possibly thinking about suitable presents, you should have a look at the Coin Cufflinks! Unique, rare and therefore special, they could be exactly the present you were looking for. Have a look here: www.birthdaycufflinks.ie/ The cufflinks are made from Irish coins spanning 84 years until 1928, so regardless of the occasion, if you would like to mark an important year in some special person’s life www.birthdaycufflinks.ie has the perfect gift for you. The cufflinks feature authentic Irish coins which have been cleaned, polished, shined and mounted by hand in Dublin. One lucky winner will be able to win a set of beautiful 1968 Threepence cufflinks and you can see a picture on www.birthdaycufflinks.ie When you look at it, remember what animal is on the coin, because I need that as your answer for the competition. ;-) If you want to win this pair of cufflinks, you need to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with CUFFLINKS1968 in the subject of the mail and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. In addition you need to tell me in the mail what animal is on the coin from 1968 (you see it on the website ;-) ). Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Tuesday 06 Dec.


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Flamenco El Indalo, an association that that aims to promote and enrich the culture of flamenco in Ireland through a programme of education and entertainment, regularly runs flamenco and sevillana classes. Sevillanas are a traditional folk dance from the south of Spain and Flamenco El Indalo teach it in a short set of three classes. Before the end of the year, there are only two more opportunities to learn Sevillanas and if you are interested, you should check all the details on www.flamencoindalo.com/en/classes/sevillanas The class is not just about dance, it’s about the rhythm and how to clap to it too. So you learn lots of interesting things AND learn how to dance.
One lucky Dublin Event Guide reader won a free space on the next course which will take place on 28 Nov + 05 + 12 Dec (19:30-20:30) and I will notify the lucky person later today. www.flamencoindalo.com/en/classes/sevillanas

______Dublin News______________

LOTS of Irish people have thought about emigrating to Australia. A HUGE amount have travelled there and came back after 1 year, but if you ever were thinking about emigrating to Australia, you better look into this: Not everybody who is interested found this not too widely publicised important news. Australia has changed the immigration rules with effect from July 2012 and this will affect everyone who is interested in a long term/permanent work visa. From July next year, the application process will be changed completely and you will only get in if you are sufficiently qualified, have not been unemployed in the year before emigrating and if the quota in your specific job has not been reached yet. In addition you will not be at liberty to chose where you want to go in Australia, but will be told. Some information can be found here www.herald.ie/news/visa-move-making-it-harder-to-work-in-oz-2945268.html and on Sat 26 Nov (15:00) an information event organised by www.australianvisaspecialists.ie will explain the current and future process. Check out the website or the Saturday section for event details.

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Last week I looked at a calendar that I have next to my desk and it showed that this year the days off at Christmas are 25, 26, 27 AND 28 Dec. I was happy. ;-) Until I started wondering why there were so many days. It turns out that the calendar is wrong but then I researched a bit more. Normally in Ireland you get the next day off if a bank holiday falls on a weekend. This affects only a small number of days. Patrick’s Day and Christmas and New Year are the only days that take place on moving weekdays all other bank holidays are on a Monday.
But when you look into the rules, then you find out that nothing is completely clear. It surprises many that in a country with an (official) 87% of the population being catholic doesn’t see Good Friday as a public holiday. But on the Citizeninformation website, I found this about public holidays that fall on a weekend:
“Where a public holiday falls on a weekend, you do not have any automatic legal entitlement to have the next working day off work. This occurs in 2011 when Christmas Day (25 December) falls on a Sunday. It also occurs in 2012 when New Year’s Day (1 January) falls on a Sunday. This means that Tuesday 27 December 2011, and Monday 2 January 2012 are not public holidays. When this happens you are entitled to the normal alternative arrangements concerning employment and public holidays that is:
* A paid day off within a month of the public holiday
* An additional day of annual leave
* An additional day’s pay
* The nearest church holiday to the public holiday as a paid day off.
Your employer can require you to attend work on those days. www.citizensinformation.ie/en/employment/employment_rights_and_conditions/leave_and_holidays/public_holidays_in_ireland.html
So with that in mind, you better check with your employer soon what the story is for you this year regarding the 27 Dec and the 02 Jan!

Dublin’s 2nd Halloween Festival of Gothic Horrors is STILL continuing. There will be events on 26+27 Nov. Howard Linnane, the organiser is still looking at the possibility to add some more events. The definite events are horror/ghost short films at 14:30 on Friday and a walking tour on Sat 26 Nov at 14:30 (meet at Central Hotel in Exchequer Street). You should ring Howard on 085-2350530 to confirm and to find out more details if you can’t find the information here www.facebook.com/pages/Dublins-Halloween-Festival-of-Gothic-Horrors/296296653730523


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

Sun 27 Nov: 16:00-18:00 – The Rathgar Bookshop, 100 Rathgar Road, Rathgar Dublin 6. Contemporary textile artists will exhibit at the Rathgar Bookshop from 27 Nov – 22 Dec. This event showcases the launch of an emerging Irish Textile Art Collective. The collective comprises of four recent graduates from the National College of Art and Design who specialize in producing innovative embroidered textiles. The artists are: Carrie Kinahan, Ciara Harrison, Clodagh kelly and Meabh de Burca. textileartcollective.weebly.com www.therathgarbookshop.ie
Opening times at Rathgar Bookshop are Mon-Sat: ß9:30-18:00, Sundays: 11:00- 16:00.

Thurs-Mon 24-28 Nov – Royal Hibernian Academy, Ely Place, Dublin 2
For the first time, the Crafts Council of Ireland will hold an exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in Dublin. A selection of work from Irish Craft Portfolio 2011 will showcase contemporary work by some of Ireland’s most internationally-recognised makers. www.irishcraftportfolio.ie

Fri 25 Nov – Sun 04 Dec: Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2. – WoodsAtWork returns to the Centre for Creative Practices with a showcase of the beautiful craftwork the Woof family produces in the duration of a year. There will be furniture, wood work, stone work, Paintings, knitwear and jewellery. Opening Times: Mon-Fri 11:30-18:00, Sat 10:30-17:30, Sun 12:00-17:30


Fri 25 Nov: 10:00-16:00 – Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2
For the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Week an Artisan Market will take place outside the bank at College Green. Irish Craft, Retail and Food traders will offer their products.

Fri 25 Nov: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
A lunch time reading with poet Susan Connolly will take place in the Irish Writers’ Centre on Friday. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri 25 Nov: 17:00-22:30 – Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place, off Upper O’Connell St., Dublin 1. – The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of FGM. A difficult balance act to have entertainment a fashion show, singing and dancing to remind people of such a serious subject. But hopefully it will work.

Fri 25 Nov: 18:00: Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2 – The Amergin University Institute of Research in Irish Studies was founded at University of A Coruña to promote academic research on issues concerning Ireland, the teaching of Irish Studies, and providing a source of information on Irish issues with the overall objective of relating such questions to the context of Galicia and Spain as a whole.
At this event on Friday the bond between Irish and Galician cultures will be explained and members of the Amergin Institute will introduce their specialized research and promotion work on Irish culture from 18:00-19:00. A presentation on St. James´s Way (Camino de Santiago) by Conselleiro Roberto Varela will follow at 19:30 until 20:30. All details are here dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha77841_16_2.htm Admission seems to be free.

Fri 25 Nov: 19:00 – Royal Irish Academy of Music 36-38 Westland Row Dublin 2
This Master Seminar Concert is a free classical music performance with the RIAM Chamber Orchestra in association with the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama presents a concert featuring works for violin and orchestra performed by participants on this collaborative project. www.riam.ie www.dublinevents.com/events/concert/master-seminar-concert.php

Fri 25 Nov: 20:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
The band Crow Black Chicken began their life as a blues band and are now fusing jazz, blues, punk, folk and rock to create their unique style. www.crowblackchicken.com/ Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/6188

Thurs 24 – Sun 27 Nov: 18:00-21:00: Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Israeli Film Days will take place from 24 Nov. Over the four days, you will be able to view a unique selection of English subtitled Israeli feature and documentary films, a performance of Israeli rock-music with an Irish twist, tastings of Israeli culinary delights, Irish dancing Israeli-style and elements of a photographic exhibition by the Aerial photographers Albatross.
Israeli film critic Danni Muggia will discuss the recent success of Israeli cinema. Rock musician Izhar Ashdot and his band will perform his unique blend of Israeli rock with an Irish twist and Israeli Irish dancer Yair Vardiger will show his performance in the popular Israeli TV series “Naor’s Friends”.
Most of the films comprising the Israeli Film Days programme are international prize winners and will be having their Irish premier. Admission to all screenings is free. For more details check www.facebook.com/IsraelinIreland#!/event.php?eid=121724084604500
The detailed programme is here israelifilmdays.wordpress.com/
The political situation with regards to Israel and Palestine means that some feel very strongly about this event and I can fully understand that. Nevertheless, I think events like the Film Days have their place in the context of learning or understanding how other cultures think and operate and why they do or feel the way they do.

Fri 25 Nov: 18:00-19:30 – Curved Street, Temple Bar
The Irish Palestine Solidarity Committee (IPSC) is protesting against the “Israeli Film Days” in Filmbase for the duration of the film festival.
I am mentioning both sides in the Dublin Event Guide, because I think both have merit. The protest – as long as all protesters stick to the rules of democracy and the law – is and should be protected by our democracy. But at the same time I think the Israelian Embassy has every right to run the film festival in Filmbase. My personal opinion is that the protestors should watch the films first and protest afterwards based on the quote “You can’t really know a man until you walk a mile in his shoes.” But I do think as well that cultural censorship is wrong no matter if committed by the IPSC or the Israelian State.
At the opening on Thursday, it seems that both sides behaved questionable: Assuming that (hopefully!) the protest was permitted by the gardai, it seems from some reports that I got hold of, that the gardai reacted harsher than was needed. At the same time, it seems that the protesters tried to interfere with the event inside Filmbase, which can be seen as not sticking to rules of democracy.
The other protest activities are on Sat 26 Nov from 20:00-21:00 and on Sun 27 Nov from 18:00-18:30 and 19:45-20:30. www.ipsc.ie

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant (19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2) host live music three evenings a week (Thurs, Fri and Sat). The restaurant is a Wholefood & Vegetarian Restaurant and is open until 22:15.
+ Every second Thursday (03 Nov, 17 Nov, 01 Dec) N.C Lawlor, a songwriter, session player and troubadour plays a mix of country, bluegrass & blues from 19:30-21:30.
+ Every Friday (19:30-21:30) Junshi Murakami plays Irish Harp.
+ Every Saturday (19:30-21:30) Nollaig Mann plays a collection of popular and jazz classics that often have customers singing along and requesting their favourites.

Fri 25 Nov: 19:15 – The Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Architect Vincenzo Anello will talk about “Rural Building Conservation in Sicily”. He will be discussing his experiences as a rural fabric conservationist, illustrating some of the traditional and renewable methods and philosophies of intervention used. He will also talk about his interest in the study of the rural building stock and cultural resources for the economic and sustainable prospects of long neglected areas of Sicily.
Admission is free and all are welcome. The talk will be followed by a wine reception. www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=389&citta=Dublino

Fri 25 Nov: Bianconi’s Bistro, 232 Merrion Rd, Dublin 4
Bianconi’s Bistro & Restaurant in Dublin 4 is providing Jazz every Friday night from this week until the end of January. Bianconi’s is an Italian restaurant with delicious food and, while a little outside the City Centre, it is worth the trip into Merrion Road. There is no cover charge. www.bianconisbistro.ie www.facebook.com/pages/Bianconis-Bistro/271041702925005?sk=wall

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 25 Nov Bree Harris
Sat 26 Nov Santoria
Sun 27 Nov Flanagans 18:30
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00 unless otherwise stated. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html www.facebook.com/thestillorganorchard?sk=wall

Fri 25 Nov: 21:30 – The Patriot’s Inn, 760 South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. – A double bill with two great bands. “Dublin’s finest Nashvillabilly meets Dublin’ finest alt.gothic.roots.jazzabilly in the Patriot’s Inn. Revernd JM’s Panic Workshop and the Poison Hearts will perform. www.reverendjm.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 26 Nov: 10:00-16:00 – 11 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
The Big Smoke Writing Factory invite to the first Big Smoke Writing Fest. This marathon of words will take place at 11 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. The aim of this event is to give writers a distraction-free space to write. Drop in for an hour or two, or stay the whole day – it’s up to you. There will be a quiet room solely dedicated to the task of writing, complete with a table of prompts for inspiration. There will also be another room with refreshments where writers can relax and discuss their work and growing word counts. This event is free and open to all. www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com

Sat+Sun 26+27 Nov: (Sat 10:30-19:00/Sun 10:00-18:00) – Culture Box, Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (opposite Meeting House Square). – Ireland’s biggest collection of vinyl, cds and music memorabilia comes to the Culture Box with dealers from the UK and all over Ireland. Admission is free and all types of music are catered for. Other “appearances” of the Irish Record Fairs before Christmas will be here
+ Whelans Record Fair, Wexford St., Dublin 2 on Sun 04 Dec (13:00-17:00)
+ Smithfield Christmas Market, Smithfield, Dublin 1 on 10+11 Dec (11:00-18:00)
+ Dublin Flea Market, Newmarket Sq., Dublin 2 on 18 Dec (11:00-17:00)

Sat 26 Nov: 11:00-16:30 – The Ark, 11a Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
The Ark, the cultural centre for children in Temple Bar is now providing a “Cosy Corner” not only for children. It is a reading room and free events space where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of town and drop in to enjoy a coffee and a range of special free events including author readings and signings. On the Saturdays before Christmas the Cosy Corner opens its doors from 11:00. ark.ie/events/view/join-us-in-our-cosy-corner

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 26 Nov: 12:00 – Garden Of Remebrance, Parnell Square, Dublin 1
The Dublin Council of Trade Unions is organising a Budget protest on Saturday. Meeting point will the the Garden of Remembrance at 12:00. The organisers explain that the protest is being organised by the Dublin City Council of Trade Unions, individual unions, community groups and the Left but they assure that the protest will “not be swarmed with overpaid trade union officials on the platform but front line and ordinary rank-and-file speakers prepared to make a difference, the ordinary workers who have been affected by the cuts over the past few years and who have shown real leadership over the years against the cuts.”

+ The Special Talk “Transit from Tehran: Qajar Metalwork in the National Museum of Ireland” will take place on Sat 26 Nov from 12:00-13:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) and is aimed at adults. “Join Dr Moya Carey, curator in the Asian Department of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, to discover how a group of Qajar Iranian metalwork objects came to Dublin, and how 19th-century Islamic art has been regarded.” No booking required, places allocated on a first-come basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2541
+ The Gallery Talk “Arctic Ancestry” will take place in Merrion Street (Natural History) on Sat 26 Nov from 12:00-12:30 and is aimed at adults. “Researcher Daniel Bradley explains the ancestral link between modern polar bears and extinct populations of Irish brown bear.” No booking required but places limited. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2543
+ The Family Workshop “Lucky Holly Pendant” will take place in Merrion Street (Natural History) on Sat 26 Nov from 14:00-16:00 and is suitable for all ages. “Join Mouse from O.W.L.S. at this drop-in workshop to make and decorate your own wooden pendant.” No booking required but places limited.

Sat 26 Nov: 13:00 – 40 Foot Bathing Place, Sandycove (south of Dun Laoghaire)
Iseult told me that she is organising a Movember swim on Sat. They will be swimming with moustaches at 13:00 and all details are here www.facebook.com/#!/events/301976409822323/ Participation is free, but donations are appreciated.

Sat 26 Nov: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour now takes place every Saturday (instead of Fridays) 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

Sat 26 Nov: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “A view from my window” with Aoife Dwyer. Admission free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 26 Nov: 15:00 – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood Park, Santry, Co. Dublin
A Visa Information Seminar for Australia & New Zealand will take place. This is a free event where you will find out all you need to know about Australia and New Zealand Visa and Job Prospects. All details about the current visa programs and especially about the new skilled visa program for Australia from 01 July 2012 will be explained. www.australianvisaspecialists.ie/

Sat 26 Nov: 16:30 – Eason’s O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
X Factor participant Mary Byrne will be signing copies of her autobiography ‘This Is My Life’ in Eason O’Connell Street. www.easons.com/events_display.asp?K=e2011112112124225

26-27 Nov: Ard Scoil Rís School, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9
This Art Exhibition of local artists with be opened at 20:00 on Saturday by the Lord Mayor. The exhibition is being organised by the Ard Scoil Rís Parents’ Council as a fundraising event in support of the school. On Sunday 27 Nov, the exhibition will be open from 10:00-17:00 and all paintings can be bought. More information is here: asrdublin.wordpress.com/

(see Friday 18:00 for details)

(see Friday 18:00 for details)

“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
* 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
* Nearly every day and especially at the weekend, the Porterhouse in Temple Bar is hosting live bands that are always worth a visit. www.porterhousebrewco.com/livetemplebar.html
* 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

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Sun 27 Nov: 10:00-16:00 – Aer Lingus (ALSAA) Club, Old Airport Road, Santry, Co. Dublin (next to long term car park at airport).
The 19th Aviation Enthusiasts Fair will take place on Sun. You will find everything there that interests the wide spectrum of aviation enthusiasts. From air band radios via flight simulators to model air planes. Admission is free. www.dublin.ie/calendar_details.aspx?eventid=3412

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 title of the next workshops have not been announced, but you can check by ringing 01-6770095. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html To confirm that it takes place ring.

Sun 27 Nov: 11:00-17:00 – Dublin Food Coop, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information or if you want to sell your own stuff, check out www.dublinflea.ie. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. The Flea Market has been extended to outdoors and features now 20 additional outdoor stands.

Sun 27 Nov: 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 is “J.S. Bach’s Partitas for Harpsichord II” with Malcolm Proud on Harpsichord and lecturer David Ledbetter. www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/484-js-bachs-partitas-for-harpsichord-ii

Sun 27 Nov: 12:30-15:30 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange St. Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Knowledge is an open collective group that aims to bring education and learning to everyone. “Our public spaces, parks, streets corners – in fact anywhere we can gather – should be places where we share everything we know with each other.”
This Sunday the last talk in the 8 week series is taking place, but unfortunately the websites and Facebook pages aren’t updated again, so I can’t tell you what the topic will be. Check it out here and if you are lucky the organisers will tell you before Sunday! www.facebook.com/KnowledgeExchange

Sun 27 Nov: 13:00-19:00 – The Brian Boru (Hedigan’s), 5 Prospect Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – Enter the world of Festive Wonder. Step back in time and find Gifts, Decorations, Accessories, Photos with Father Christmas, Gourmet items, Vintage clothing, gifts and much more upstairs in The Brian Boru. Mulled Wine, Hot Apple Juice and Mince Pies are available as well. www.thebrianboru.ie/images/xmas-fair-2011-large.jpg

Sun 27 Nov: 13:30 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Public Lecture “An overview of Francis Bacon’s private Library- the influence of books on his art.” will take place on Sunday. Lecturer is Monika Keska, Researcher on the Francis Bacon’s Books project, TCD and Post-doctoral fellow from the University of Granada. Admission is free, but places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/all/471-lecture-baconlibrary

Sun 27 Nov: 14:00-17:00 – Rubicon Art Gallery, 10 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
This is the second in a series of sic afternoon performances by Concorde, the contemporary music ensemble. The venue is the Rubicon Gallery and the performances of music for violin, cello, clarinet or accordion will take place at 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00. More information about the composers etc can be found here www.culturefox.ie/event/up-close-with-music/5020.aspx www.rubicongallery.ie/

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 “A Roman Invasion” will take place on Sun 27 Nov from 14:00-16:30 in Kildare Street (Archaeology). It is suitable for all ages. “Meet Legion Ireland: the Roman Military History Society of Ireland, to discover what it was like to be a member of the Roman Army. Join in hand-to-hand combat and drill formations and handle replica armour and weaponry.” No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2546

Sun 27 Nov: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Innovating Portraiture: Katherina Knoblauch and Stella with a Flowered Hat” with Carla Briggs, University College Dublin will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 27 Nov: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Looking at 3D works of art”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 27 Nov: 16:00-18:00 – O’Connell Street, outside the GPO.
Of the main streets of Dublin, the last one to switch the lights on and the one with the biggest Christmas Light event is O’Connell Street. The Festival of Light will take place on Sunday. The official switch on of the O’Connell Street lights by the Lord Mayor will take place at 18:00. There will be a full programme of entertainment including The No.1 Army Band, Christmas characters (stilt walkers, elves, an ice King and Queen and many more) from the Seasonal events in the City, the Bubblegum Santa truck, a giant snow globe, the St. Andrews Choir and the Hallelujah Gospel choir and an extract from the Nutcracker performed by the Monica Loughman Ballet. The event runs from 16:00-18:00, but O’Connell Street will be closed to traffic from 15:30-20:00!
The event schedule is:
16:00 Army Band
16:00-18:05 Bubble Gum Club Charity will have their face painters/balloon modellers/Christmas Strolling Characters; they will also have their Santa Truck decorated in Christmas lights on O’Connell Street for the event
16:35 St. Andrew’s Choir
17:10 Halleluia Gospel Choir
17.35 Monica Loughman Ballet “Nutcracker “
17.55 Lord Mayor Speech
18.00 Turning on of the Christmas tree lights
18.05 Halleluia Gospel Choir
18.20 Event concludes

Sun, Mon + Wed (until 14 Dec): 16:00 – Disney Store, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
The Disney Store in Grafton Street invites children to take part in their Snowflake decorating activity. Children can decorate their own free snowflake tree decoration with an array of sparkly gems which they can take home and keep. This activity takes place every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday with the last one taking place on Wednesday 14 December.

Sun 27 Nov: 17:30-23:00 – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). Saucy Sundays is a weekly live music afternoon and evening in the Grand Social. This week the Saucy Sunday lineup is John Fairhurst, Neon Wolf, Soundproof, Niamh Parkinson, Broken Glass On Broadway, The Aftermath. Links to the performers can be found here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=319667318059543

(see Friday 18:00 for details)

(see Friday 18:00 for details)

Sun 27 Nov: 21:30 – The Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The weekly Sunday Roast is an event in the Mercantile where live music is combined with free roast potatoes. The line up this week is Dem Fools, John Fairhurst, Fun With Ropes, Autonomous I. www.facebook.com/thesundayroast www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=242129539184891

* 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/thesundayroast
* 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 (from 18:00) will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* Comedy Crunch – The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane 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 invites to a 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.

______Next Week_______________


Mon 28 Nov – Fri 02 Dec: RDS Library, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Opening Times: Mon, Tues, Fri: 10.00-17:00, Wed, Thurs: 10:00-18:00.
Duplicate and out-of-date books from the RDS library will be available for purchase. at this yearly Library Book Sale. Admission is free. www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099430

Mon 28 Nov – Sat 03 Dec: European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
To celebrate the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and to recognise the tremendous contribution which student volunteers make to the lives of their communities, third level institutions from across the island of Ireland have come together to develop “We Volunteer!” a mobile and virtual photographic exhibition of student volunteering. This exhibition showcases the work of students from over twenty Higher Education Institutions across Ireland with diverse organisations and activities. www.wevolunteer.ie

Mon, Wed, Sat in Nov: 13:10 – Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 – The IFI continues with its free Archive at Lunchtime screenings. A number of free programmes will be shown at lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays. The details and the relevant dates when the programme will be screened are:
7, 16, 21, 30 November: ifi.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7650
9, 14, 23, 28 November: ifi.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7651
A double bill that includes both programmes will be screened on the Saturdays in November (5, 12, 19, 26 Nov):ifi.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7652 Admission is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk.

Mon 28 Nov: 18:00-19:00 – Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. A briefing for Emerging Practitioners and you are invited to come along and meet the Board and staff of the Theatre Forum. The Theatre Forum is really interested in hearing your thoughts and concerns on the sector so that it can develop its strategy going forward to include you. It’s also an opportunity to find out about some of the Theatre Forum programmes and practical services available and an opportunity to ask questions. www.projectartscentre.ie/programme/whats-on/1474-theatre-forum-briefing-for-emerging-practitioners You need to register for the event and all information for that is on the website.

Mon 28 Nov: 20:00 – Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
The Ballyfermot School of Rock Presents the three acts “Me and The General”, “Champagne Animal” and “Broken Glass on Broadway”. Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/11/23/ballyfermot-school-of-rock-presents-281111/

Mon 28 Nov: 20:00 – Grand Social, Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). – This is a weekly Jazz Club in the Grand Social pub. The Jazz Kitchen presents two contrasting bands every week, offering a diverse range of jazz and improvised music from the next generation of creative emerging artists to more established jazz musicians. Admission is free (a donation of EUR 5 is suggested) www.thegrandsocial.ie/event/jazz-kitchen-0

Mon 28 Nov: 20:00 – Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Song Cycle will take place on Monday. It is a (weekly) singer songwriter showcase every Monday, upstairs in Whelan’s. The line up is Dave Hope, Darren Giles, Jeannine Philippi, Lukus Brunner and John Stubbs. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/6532

* 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 – The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy in the Stag’s Head, Dame Lane 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 29 Nov: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Bartlett’s picture ‘His Last Work’ tells a story” with Niamh MacNally, National Gallery of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 29 Nov: 11:30 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The Clean Sweep is a major project in the National Library to clean and protect 50,000 rare books. A behind the scenes tour of this Preservation project will explain the project to you and you can maybe get some tips on taking care of your own books and papers. The tour is free but places are limited to 10 per tour so booking is essential: contact learning@nli.ie or (01) 603 0346.
If you cannot make the tour, the project is open to the public from 14:00-15:00 Monday to Friday. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx?article=2ff9ef92-3fcc-4fff-a0ac-bb1a8edd2332

Tues 29 Nov: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. In the series of talks “The taste of words: literature, gastronomy and much more” the next event at the Instituto Cervantes will be a discussion about the topic “Alcohol and Literature” with Javier Barreiro, a writer and literature professor and Carmen San Julián. The discussion is in Spanish with English interpreting. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha77392_16_2.htm

Tues 29 Nov: 19:00-20:30 – RDS Concert Hall, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal Conferral & Public Lecture with the title ‘People, Places and the Joy of Discovery: Fast X-Rays from Fast Lasers’ by Margaret Murnane will take place on Tuesday. Margaret Murnane, Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, United States, has been awarded the RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal for Scientific Excellence for her pioneering work which has transformed the field of ultrafast laser and x-ray science. Born in Limerick, Professor Murnane is a graduate of University College Cork.
Aimed at a general audience, Professor Murnane will discuss the joy of working with scientists from all over the world, sharing the Eureka moment, and figuring out how to make laser-like beams of x-rays that can capture the fastest events in our natural world. Admission is free, but booking is essential via the contact details on the website www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099436

Tues 29 Nov: 19:30 – Pearse Centre (aka Ireland Institute), 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
On 29 Nov 2001, the International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign was formally launched at a public meeting in Trinity College Dublin. This year will mark a decade of the IPSC and you are invited to an evening with IPSC founders and present members for an evaluation of the achievements, failures and prospects of their activities. Reminiscences, debate and analysis will be followed by gossip, Palestinian food, and refreshments. www.ipsc.ie

Tues 29 Nov: 20:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
Belfast based indie pop band Runaway Go + guests will perform. Admission is free. www.runawaygo.com/ www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/6741

* 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 30 Nov: 14:00 – Eason’s O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
International and Munster rugby player Donncha O’Callaghan will be signing his autobiography in Eason’s in O’Connell Street. An autobiography of a just 32 year old rugby player?? www.easons.com/events_display.asp?K=e2011111709234009

Wed 30 Nov: 15:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
At this lecture entitled “Ireland’s Lilliputian Flora: Conservation of Irish rare Mosses and Liverworts” Christina Campbell (a postgraduate researcher at the National Botanic Gardens and Trinity College Dublin) will take about her research into rare species of mosses and liverworts, some of which are growing in threatened and specialised habitats. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Wed 30 Nov: 18:00 – RDS Minerva Suite, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
In the RDS Speaker Series, Enzo Farinella (Director of Casa Italia Cultural Centre, Dublin) will talk about “The Fascinating Journey of Irish Monks towards Italy and Europe”. More details about the topic can be found here: www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099347 It is not clear if booking is required, so it might make sense to check that. All contact details are on the website as well.

Wed 30 Nov: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – “Chef’s Special” is the title of the next film in the film series “Cinema and gastronomy”. “Fuera de carta” is directed by Ignacio García Velilla (2008). The film will be in Spanish with subtitles.

Wed 30 Nov: 18:00-19:00 – National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
The Contemporary Music Centre’s “new music::new Ireland salon” in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall closes the Centre’s 2011 Salon series. The Quiet Music Ensemble, a Cork-based contemporary music group led by composer and performer John Godfrey, will perform. The salon will feature four members of the ensemble performing works by Susan Geaney and John Godfrey as well as a group improvisation. Admission is free, but booking is recommended on 01-4170000. www.cmc.ie

Wed 30 Nov: 18:00 – Tercentenary Lecture Theatre, Bio Science Building, 152-160 Pease Street, Trinity College Dublin. – Inaugural Lecture by Prof Louise Gallagher (Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is entitled “Genes, Family, Time and Place: The Future Challenges for Child Psychiatry” and will take palce on Wed. The lecture will be Followed by a reception. Book your place with Elizabeth Derwin on derwine AT tcd.ie www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/20969.html

Wed 30 Nov: 18:30-20:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
A Make Night to make “Christmas Jumpers and More” will take place in the Science Gallery. Make Nights are about making anything you want at all in a friendly atmosphere. You pick your own project, get your materials together and then join in on the night, socialise and show off your skills. Admission is free. www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/11/make-night-christmas-jumpers-and-more

Wed 30 Nov: 19:00 – Stillorgan Park Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Dublin 18, Co. Dublin.
Organised by Amma Ireland, the organisation that represents Mata Amritanandamayi, who is better known as Amma, the “Hugging Saint”, this spiritual talk by Brahmachari Shubamrita will share with you practical spiritual wisdom, music and meditation to help you reconnect with your inner centre of strength, peace and joy.
Admission is free and to get to the venue you can use bus routes 46A, 63, 84 and 145, which stop directly outside the hotel. www.ammaireland.org/retreat_info.htm

Wed 30 Nov: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Lonely Voice Short Story readings will take place on Wed, where the four short-listed writers, will read from their winning stories. The readers will be selected anonymously by a guest judge. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Wed 30 Nov: 20:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2
The Lazy Band is back every Wednesday in Whelan’s.

Wed 30 Nov: 20:30 – Stags Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The last Brownbread Mixtape of 2011 will take place on Wednesday. Kalle Ryan and Enda Roche have built a hugely popular monthly event with a good mixture of different performances. Kalle Ryan is the resident MC and Enda Roche is looking after the sound. The theme for this week’s event is “Surprise!” and the performers are
MUSIC: Fiach (www.fiach.net/), Leanne Harte (www.leanneharte.com/),
Ailbhe McDonagh (www.ailbhemcdonagh.com/),
SPOKEN WORD: Fintan O’Higgins
SKETCH COMEDY: The Brownbread Players (www.youtube.com/thebrownbreadmixtape)
The event will be streamed live on www.ustream.tv/user/brownbreadmix
Admission is free. brownbreadmixtape.wordpress.com

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/
* 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 01 Dec: 10:00-12:00 National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
At this monthly event National Gallery Curators appraise paintings, prints and drawings brought into the Gallery. No appointments necessary. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

01-23 Dec: Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00/Sun: 11:00-18:00 – The Design Corner features the work of twenty-two talented craftspeople and designers for the month of December only. It is located at Park House in Dun Laoghaire, opposite the People’s Park, Georges Street. www.facebook.com/thedesigncorner
The craftspeople are featured on the facebook page with their products and a somewhat unorganised (and comma-less) list provided by the organiser, is here: Featured Designers/Makers Jewellery Makers: Ali Nash Fado: John Condron Vivien Walsh By Laragh: Laragh McMonagle True Colours: Mary Varilly By Aisling: Aisling Smith Rebeka Kahn Artwear: Rebeka Kahn Shine: Dawn Mullholland Cadenza Glass Beads: Ruzica Ruane Blaze and Sparkle: Shanna Steele Melanie Hand Design: Melanie Hand Craft Companies @ The Design Corner Red Rufus: Christina Sanne Slated: Tara Hammond Paperbird: Carol Crimmins Hothead: Jenny Toland Killiney Arts: Simon Hoe SNOW: Fiona Snow Brenda Biggar Cathy White Marianne Flood Heather McKay Susannagh Grogan

Thurs 01 Dec: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The Public Lecture “Reframing the Other: A Scotsman Looks at China” by Jerusha McCormack and John G Blair, Visiting Professors at Beijing Foreign Studies University. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Thursdays: 16:00 – Baggot Inn, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.
The Ladies Night “S.. & The City” (I can’t write the 3-letter word as otherwise all spam filters will block this newsletter! :-) ) is a new weekly event every Thursday. At this evening of “Carrie and Cocktails”, your favourite episodes of the show will be screened and the resident Mixologist will be demonstrating how to make the
perfect Cocktail (there are specials and you can even mix your own). Call on 01 6618758 or email reservations@thebaggotinn.ie for further details. www.thebaggotinn.ie

Thurs 01 Dec 18:00-19:30 – Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
This is a public Interview with British author Oliver James on his book “Affluenza”. The interview will be conducted by Ian Robertson, Professor of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. “Affluenza” is defined by the author as a set of values which increase our vulnerability to emotional distress and it entails placing a high value on acquiring money and possessions, looking good in the eyes of others and wanting to be famous.
“An epidemic of ‘Affluenza’ is sweeping through the English-speaking world, an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-with-the-Jones, that makes us twice as prone to depression, anxiety and addictions than people in other developed nations. And now we are infecting the rest of the world with this virulent virus.”
Sounds like a very interesting event! If you want to find out if the “virus” has affected you and want a chance to win the book, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/affluenza More information about the event and the participants can be found here www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/ver/en8438626v.htm Admission is free, but booking is required and all contact details are listed on the website as well.

Thurs 01 Dec: 18:00 – Cow’s Lane, Old Town of Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The shops in Cow’s Lane came together to organise a late shopping event with entertainment outside, festive food & music, and a range of unusual gifts from independent shops such as DesignMart, Industry, Retrospect, Ubode, Debbie Paul and The Gutter Bookshop. Charity gift-wrapping will be available and there will be mulled wine & mince pies. www.gutterbookshop.com

Thurs 01 Dec: 18:30 – Business Information Centre, Dublin Central Library, ILAC Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. – The Central Library will host an event by Comhlámh, the Irish Association of Returned Volunteers and Development Workers. Comhlámh will talk about “Volunteering Overseas: What you need to know!” And if you are thinking of volunteering overseas then you can get independent advice, guidance and support on Thursday. www.volunteeringoptions.org www.comhlamh.org Admission is free, but booking is recommended on 01 8733996. This event is part of the Career Direction and Development Programme of the Central Library.

Thurs 01 Dec: 18:30 – Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 2. This is definitely not the typical type of cultural events that I include in the Dublin Event Guide, but since so many people have mental health challenges, some of you might be interested or know someone who is interested.
Mental Health Reform invites you to a consultation meeting on community mental health services on Thursday.
“This meeting aims to develop a shared understanding among citizens about good quality, community-based mental health services, and the role these play in promoting good mental health. Community-based mental health services reduce the incidence of suicide as well as reducing admissions to hospital. In these economically strained times, it is vital that people have easy access to community mental health services. The meeting will provide a forum for honest debate on what a quality mental health service looks like. Admission is free, but you have to book your place by calling Christine on 01-6121422 or via RSVP@mentalhealthreform.ie www.facebook.com/mentalhealthreform

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 November will be “Buddies” and the films are: 01 Dec: Dumb & Dumber. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

Thurs 01 Dec: 21:00 – Hard Rock Café, 12 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
“Rock OBSESSIONS” is an event series in the Hard Rock Café, where every Thursday until the end of December an established Irish band will play to big crowds and enthusiastic fans. This week “Pyramid Hill” will perform. Admission is free.

Thurs 01 Dec: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
Sin È 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
* Songs from a Café is a Dublin singer-songwriter showcase session, dedicated to the art of contemporary songwriting. 20:00-22:00 at Brick Alley Cafe. www.facebook.com/songsfromacafe
* The Max Zaska group (06+20 Oct, 03 Nov) and the Patrick Groenland (13 + 27 Oct, 10 Nov) group will perform on alternating Thursdays from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street.
* “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 02 Dec: 12:00-13:30 – Hanover Quay, Spencer Dock, Dublin 2
Carphone Warehouse is organising this Guinness World Record Attempt in aid of The Simon Community. Carphone Warehouse hopes to raise over EUR 10,000 for the Dublin Simon Community this Christmas through a number of initiatives (donation of all profits from in-store gift-wrapping and donation of EUR 1 for every facebook friend until 22,000). And in the same spirit and to support these initiatives, Carphone Warehouse is also hoping to break the current world record for the highest number of Christmas crackers pulled simultaneously. Unfortunately it seems that they are not completely clear on where the current record stands: Some event notices say it stands at 1570, others say it is at 1478. So let’s hope at least 1600 people will be there to pull Christmas Crackers. But to get such a large number will probably only work if the majority of Google employees, who are based around the corner, will help out. Otherwise 1600 people at 12:00 on a Friday is a LOT of people!
There will be mince pies, mulled wine, and hot chocolate for everyone who takes part, in addition to Christmas carol sing-along with some very special Irish music acts. www.facebook.com/events/275870025782964/ www.facebook.com/Thecarphonewarehouseireland?sk=app_325953020754419

Fri 02 Dec: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
A lunch time reading with a prose author should take place in the Irish Writers’ Centre on Friday, but has not yet been announced. Watch the website. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri+Sat 02+03 Dec: (Fri 17:00-20:00/Sat 10:00-17:00) – The Exchange, 50 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1. – Come to the old Labour Exchange in Gardiner Street for the 4th Trinity Church’s Christmas Craft Fair to buy beautiful hand crafted gifts at affordable prices, enjoy the Food Hall and Café and Saturday will be a Family Friendly event with face painting etc. www.trinity.ie

02 Dec: 20:00-22:00 – Martello Tower Car Park in Sandymount. (www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/?page_id=59). The Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers will meet to observe the first quarter Moon. If you have a telescope you would like help with or just have general queries about the IAS or astronomy you are more than welcome to come along. If the weather is bad they will be there from 20:00-21:00. All are welcome. www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/


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:

Fri 16 Dec: 19:30-22:00 – Convention Centre Dublin, Liffey Quays, Dublin 1
“Unity in Diversity – a World Peace Party” is the title of the free event that is organised by Instruments of Peace, an Irish Charity foundation for Peace initiatives through international cooperation to promote a Culture of Peace. It is a two-part programme celebrating Peace through thought, music, song, poem, prayer, dance, and parables. There is a short break in between for groups to create their own mini-party. Performers in the Convention Centre will be Julie Feeney, Charlie McGettigan, The Sands Family, MikeDonaghy, a Latvian Choir, ELVE and a Latvian Dance Troupe.
For more information, visit www.peacebeginswithme.eu Tickets are free, but have to be booked on the website. There is only a limited number of tickets available, so better book now.

______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. ;-)

Have you ever been at a red traffic light in a bus or taxi or in your own car? My experience is that the driver in front of you is either asleep and wastes unnecessary time when the signal has turned green or if it is a bus driver, then he doesn’t even wait until the traffic light turns green. A driver waiting at a red light has NOTHING else to do but to watch for the light to change and then to drive again, but that seems to be much to challenging for some! Argh! ;-) Now Cork North West TD Michael Creed has asked the Minister for Transport if it wouldn’t make sense to change the signal sequence so that before the light turns green, the amber light goes on together with the red light to tell the driver to get ready. This makes a lot of sense and I never understood why it was not the case. Good that Michael Creed instigated this thinking process. I doubt it will happen soon, but why not? And at least equally importantly: Why did it take soooo long until someone suggested it formally? Many of us who are from different countries saw that inefficiency 20 or so years ago. But then, that was the case for “signal controlled roundabouts” and it took until two years ago until the M50 access roads where made roundabout-free. www.irishtrucker.com/news/creed-welcomes-amber-light-from-minister-on-traffic-light-proposal-008194


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This weekend is already the 1st of Advent! Slightly odd because it is still November, but because the 25th is a Sunday, Advent already starts on 27 November. So, now it is time to start Christmas properly! :-) But Christmas Markets are on hold for another 1.5 weeks!? Well, I complained a few weeks ago about the too early start of Christmas, I guess the wait until 08 Dec for the Christmas markets is my well deserved punishment for that complaint. ;-) Have a nice weekend!

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