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Event Guide 185: Dublin New Year Festival 2011, Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP)

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 185
| 31 Dec 2010 Subscribers: 7690

Hi all!

When you got last week’s newsletter on Thurs, I was in Germany for short holiday, visiting my parents over Christmas, but I nearly didn’t make it. Due to the snow in Dublin my originally booked flight on Monday was cancelled and the time being a busy one for flights out of Ireland, it didn’t seem likely that I would be able to get on any of the already booked out other flights to Germany before Christmas Eve. But a wonderful friend and Aer Lingus’ realisation that a bigger plane would relieve the chaos at Dublin airport significantly allowed me to get to Frankfurt on Wed. Big thanks to Linda and Aer Lingus.


I hope your Christmas was at least as nice as mine. ;-) Since last night I am back and this being the reliable ‘Dublin Event Guide for Free Events’ ;-) and not one of these other publications that take time off over Christmas and New Year (Whimps! ;-) ) here is your last Event Guide for 2010 and at the same time (it will cover the days until Thurs 06 Jan) the first for 2011. (Seriously, it surprises me that some event publications take holidays at this time and don’t tell their readers about the events on one of the nights that is perceived by many as the most compulsory party nights, New Year’s Eve.)

I hope I was able to enrich your life a little in the last year either with my writing or by telling you about good events that you otherwise might have missed and I hope you will stay with me and with the other 7600+ people in our Dublin Event Guide Community for the new year.

I can promise you lots of new events, a reliable newsletter every week and in 2011, I have concrete plans to make some improvements regarding the layout of this newsletter and a few other significant elements.

After the great success of the Event Guide Party in December, we will have some more opportunities to meet and I am looking forward to it.

I will still need you to tell people about the newsletter (The goal is to reach at least 10,000 people by the end of this year!) and I still need and appreciate your (voluntary, but hugely helpful) donations.

So, here is to an exciting, successful, good and happy 2011 for you and for this Dublin Event Guide newsletter.

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Today’s Feel Good Slot is just a song by Zach Berkman, called “Never Look Back”. I think it is quite a good song for this new start that we will have in just about a day. Move forward, happily into the future and remember that the past is over and the future still has to be created! www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdnE6wtu6-s

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______Joerg’s Picks______________

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.


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This week is not the busiest! Many are still away, others are still in holiday mode and most event organisers will not surface until the 03 or 04 Jan again. However, a few evens do take place AND there is the one event that everyone – rightly or wrongly – associates with PARTY. New Year’s Eve is for a long time a slightly strange day. Overemphasised as a party night and therefore usually quite expensive when even venues that normally don’t charge admission think that they should charge a LOT, it is the night where you should double check the cost if you are on a budget. Don’t be afraid to walk away if you are not prepared to pay EUR 20 into a pub that offers nothing else than every other weekend of the year. YOU as the customer are in charge and there are venues that do not charge. The Grand Social and the Baggot Inn are only two examples.

I will have to pleasure to be invited to what promises to be an amazing SEVEN parties in one in the house of friends. I don’t know much detail yet, but I know that I will miss another party in Shankill to which I would have liked to go too. A friend told me she will go to 4 parties on New Year’s Eve, but I think I will be happy with one. ;-)

The other days of the coming week, I will take easy. That doesn’t mean I won’t do anything, but I will check some of the sales and will see what the Dublin New Year’s Festival is all about etc. And then on 04 Jan it is back to work…and no bank holiday until March in sight. ;-)

Enjoy the next few days no matter if you stay at home or go out and if you are prone to making New Year’s Resolutions, definitely read the paragraph at the very end of this newsletter about New Year’s Resolutions vs. Goals.

Next week all will be back to normal and this Event Guide will arrive with you on the Friday again!


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

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Caoimhe Ní Laighin, a journalist with RTE/TG4, a reader of this “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” and a good friend of mine, had the idea for and was involved in making a documentary for TG4, the Irish-language TV station. The programme sounds really interesting and it comes with English subtitles, so if you have some time on Sunday evening, check it out.
The documentary is called “Irlandskii Mhosco” (“The Irish of Moscow”) and it is amazingly about people that aren’t Irish at all. Instead they are full-blooded Muscovites who just happen to be able to speak fluent Irish! This group of Russians – who have absolutely no diasporic link to Ireland – celebrate Irish culture, language, music and dance! In addition to telling their Ireland-related story, the film looks at how the lives of everyday Muscovites have changed since the fall of the USSR in 1991. The programme will be broadcast on TG4 at 19:00 on 02 Jan and it will definitely be the first Irish-made film in 2011, that will explore life in Russia during the 20th anniversary year of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. www.tg4.ie/bearla/scei/scei.asp?Dt=2011-1-2

For some odd reasons’s the Christmas Time seems to be a time when a higher percentage of people go missing than at any other times during the year. Since 14 Dec Blathnaid Timothy, a 33 year old woman, who lived in Camden Street, is missing. Have a look at the picture and article about her disappearance, maybe you can help. www.rte.ie/news/2010/1221/timothyb.html

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

The frost period and burst water pipes caused by the frost are seemingly the reason for a higher than normal consumption of water and consequently Dublin City is restricting the availability of water in some areas of Dublin even more than before. Check here for an update and to see if your area is affected: dublincity.wordpress.com/


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


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.

From 28 Dec – 12 Jan, “Happening in Dublin” will take place in the Monster Truck Gallery and Studio in 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2. The organisers write “‘Happening in Dublin’ is a unique combination of reflection, discussion and engagement with the true course of the human journey.” The centrepiece of the Happening will be an exhibition on the life and work of the Irish-American novelist Flannery O’Connor, entitled “Hotly in pursuit of the real”. The exhibition will be punctuated by occasional talks and encounters about the author.
On 05 Jan at 20:00 “Seeking the Human Face” is taking place in the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street. It is a discussion of Monsignor Luigi Giussani’s work “The Religious Sense” by Dr Diarmuid Martin (Archbishop of Dublin), Father Julián Carrón, Giussani’s successor as President of Communion and Liberation and the author and newspaper columnist John Waters.
Happening in Dublin is organised by The Icarus Foundation and the conservative catholic organisation “Communion and Liberation” and for more information go to www.clireland.com


New Year’s Eve is not the night when you easily get cheap or free access into venues. Even places that normally don’t charge do sometimes demand extortionate amount of Admission free from customers on New Year’s Eve. So, shop around! Ring your preferred nightclub or pub over the next few days to check if they will charge Admission or not.
Myself and many many others have criticised in the past that Dublin doesn’t have ANY central New Year’s Eve Celebration. People travel to Sydney, to New York, to Paris and to Berlin to experience this big party in the middle of the night on 31 Dec, but there was nothing at all in Dublin. Luckily this is changing. This year will be the first year for the “Dublin New Years Festival 2011”.
If you are from another country where you enjoy the fireworks on New Year’s Eve and you are looking forward to seeing the Irish version of New Year’s Eve fireworks, I have bad news for you. Fireworks are illegal in Ireland and I won’t go into the reasons, otherwise this will be a “This is odd” paragraph. Suffice to say that the reasons are nonsensical. On the other hand, pets and babies appreciate the lack of bangers and noise, so at least not all news is bad. ;-)

In the first place this is a website at www.dublinnewyearfestival.com/ that intends to collate all the gigs and events in Dublin this New Year. But there is a lot more!
There will be Street Entertainment and Performers over the 3 days of the New Year’s Festival from 30 Dec-01 Jan when Dublin plays host to ‘It’s a Knockout’, which sees world class street performers, performing for public votes along the main shopping districts of Grafton Street and Henry Street. Unfortunately I was not able to find any further details about this, which is very surprising. (It must be a Dublin City organised event considering that there is hardly any detail available! :-S)
On Thurs 30 at 16:30 there will be an illuminated choreographed spectacular by Solas to launch the festival in the Dubh Linn Gardens in Dublin Castle. It is perfect for families of all ages and the event has over 40 performers from illuminated stiltwalkers, musicians and a choral performance by the Dublin Gospel Choir. Stunning lighting effects will add to it and Dublin Castle will provide the amazing backdrop. This is a free event and requires no ticket.
At midnight the Ringing of the Bells will take place at Christ Church Cathedral and you should come early and dress warmly. LOTS of people are expected and space for pedestrians is tight in the area.
On New Year’s Day (Sat 01 Jan) the Wolfe Tone Square will be the venue for Circus Workshops with engaging and interactive entertainment and fun, combined with Funfair activities for all the family.
Two non-free events, a concert in Christ Church Cathedral with the Dublin Gospel Choir and a gig in the Guinness Storehouse with the Knights of Leon, The Joshua Tree, the Donal Kirk band and a still unannounced headline band are mentioned on the site as well, but the tickets are pricey.
The website contains lots more uninteresting information and left room for improvement, but at least a start is made.

A New Years Eve Celebration Party will take place in the Baggot Inn, 143 Lower Baggot Street Dublin 2 and it has been confirmed to me that there will be no Admission charge. If you want to reserve ring 01-6618758 and tell Miriam, that you heard about it in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. www.thebaggotinn.ie/

On Fri 31 Dec the bands The Hot Sprockets, Water Woods & Mountain, Shadows Throwing Shapes will be in the Grand Social in Liffey Street (former Pravda). Admission is free before 22:00. After that it will be EUR 5. thegrandsocial.ie/event/new-years-eve-party

I have doubts that the Regular Events are going ahead in all cases as normally, so double check to make sure:

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
*Graeme McKenna is playing an acoustic gig (Trad to contemporary) every Friday in the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood near CityWest from 19:00.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3) and every Monday from 19:00 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15. These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* The Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.


Expect that many shops will be closed on this year’s New Year’s Day, but they will open again tomorrow.
In 2011 the first day of the year, which is normally a public holiday, falls on a Saturday. Since there is a rule that public holidays are not “lost” if they fall on a weekend day, we are in luck this year. You don’t have an automatic entitlement to get the next working day (03 Jan) off, but you have a right to get that day back. Check here for the details: www.citizensinformation.ie/en/employment/employment_rights_and_conditions/leave_and_holidays/public_holidays_in_ireland.html

(See Friday for details)

Please note that the next Temple Bar Food Market will take place on 08 Jan. There will be NO Temple Bar Food Market on Sat 01 Jan!

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 12:00-17:00. The next Flea Market is however on Sat 08 Jan. There will be no Flea Market on 01 Jan. Vintage, Retro, Clothes, Music, Books, Furniture, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Food, Stalls, Live Performances, Vinyl Dj’s. And if you want to sell something yourself, just contact hapennyflea@thegrandsocial.ie

+ There are no special events in the National Museum this Sat.

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a new event in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with live bands Pavement Kings and The Wayward Sinner Boys (in alternating weeks, it seems) from 20:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. The Designer Mart is on winter break and will return in March!
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* The Point Village Market is on a break until spring (or possibly forever, says the cynic in me). www.pointvillagemarket.ie/
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-12:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock and you can find just everything. The 50 stalls sell collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening hours are Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30 and Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.com/
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

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The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is taking place every Sun from 10:30-12:30. Up to 20 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The next workshops are 09 Jan: Make a Castle, bring an empty box, 16 Jan: Climate change – Make wind chimes, 23 Jan: Medieval Life – Includes visit to Ashtown Castle, 30 Jan: Pond Life. You can check with the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (Phone 01-6770095) to make sure that it takes place. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

The Sunday Concerts in the Hugh Lane Gallery, formerly called “Sunday at Noon”, are free concerts of mostly classical music in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Before the summer these concerts took place from 12:00-13:00, but the gallery’s website still doesn’t tell us the starting time. Assume it is again 12:00-13:00! “Sunday at Noon” is taking a beak until 09 Jan. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=655

I am not sure if the Crafty Market will take place this Sunday!
The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street now has a Swop Shop included and is now a weekly market. The next Crafty Market will take place on Sun ?? Jan Dec from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there’s live music all day. Expect Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.facebook.com/craftymarket?ref=ts

Saucy Sundays is a new live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. On 02 Jan it will run from 16:30-21:30 with a line up of musicians from all round the country. The line up is Liz Seaver, Brian Canavan and The Difference Engine, Films, The Hyper Giants, Last Second Magic, The Wayward, Adela and the Meanits. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

+ A Traditional House Visit by the Armagh Rhymers will take place on Sun 02 Jan from 14:15-15:15 and from 15:30-16:30 in Collins Barracks. This is a Family event. “Come learn about the mumming tradition with a performance of a mummer’s play with characters such as St. Patrick, Slick Slack (with the wife and children on his back!) and the Doctor with his bag of medicines and cures. It’s full of music, song, laughter and plenty of audience participation! No booking required. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2003

On Sun 02 Jan at 15:00 the talk “Unfaded Turner: Great Watercolours from Other Collections” with Adrian Le Harivel, National Gallery of Ireland will take place. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Alphabet forms” and will take place on 02 Jan from 15:00-16:00. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=630

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street is taking place from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there are Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs – ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.thecraftymarket.com
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* Shazwanda Show – Dragon Bar. Each Sunday the ‘The Shazwanda Show’ takes place in the Dragon in Sth Great Georges Street from 20:00 to watch X Factor followed by a cabaret and comedy show from 21:00. Admission is free www.facebook.com/Shazwanda www.sharynhayden.com
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

If you are just looking for Sunday events, please check the event list for Saturday as well. A good few events are taking place on Saturday AND Sunday, but it wouldn’t make sense to list them twice.

______Next Week_______________


For many this day will be a day off work because the New Year’s Day fell on a Saturday, however, you have no automatic right to take the day off, so you better check with your employer and additionally check the information and the link provided in the Saturday section of this newsletter.

* Cine Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) are Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening nights at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). To make sure that it is still continuing, check with Howard 085-1351822.
* ‘Hugh Cooney Don’t Like Monday’, a cabaret and live visual performance by Hugh Cooney, will take place every Monday night from 20:30 at The Pygmalion, South William Street, Dublin 2 (in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.facebook.com/pygmaliondublin
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
+ Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelan’s is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


On Tues 04 Jan at 10:30 a lecture in the National Gallery on Merrion Square/Clare Street will take place. The title is “Turner Abroad” with Dr Philip McEvansoneya, Trinity College Dublin. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The New Volta Film Club is a monthly screening of new short films and animations. For a while it always took place in Bewley’s Café in Grafton Street on the first Tuesday of the month, but the December edition was planned for a different venue. It had to be cancelled in the end due to the bad weather, but as a consequence, don’t rel< on the venue being Bewley's. Normally the Film Club takes place on the first Tuesday of the month, but the website newvoltafilmclub.wordpress.com/ or the facebook page doesn’t announce it yet for 04 Jan. So at the moment there are more question marks than information, but it MIGHT take place on 04 Jan, so check the website to make sure you know!

The Crackity Jones’ Tuesday Movie is a brand new cinema event, taking place every Tuesday in the downstairs room of The Grand Social (formerly Pravda) in Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. The screening starts at 19:30 (sharp) and will be followed by a themed DJ set. Admission is free and you are invited to bring your own cushions. The film on 04 Jan is “Withnail & I” and you find all information here www.facebook.com/crackityjonespromo

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk Street every Tues from 20:00. It’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844
* O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) has a live music session with Sean Og McKenna and Friends every Tue at 21:00. Musicians welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Live Jazz and Blues from 21:00 every Tuesday in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
* In the Bankers Inn on Trinity Street (off Dame Street) at 21:30: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Dave Murphy. A contribution is requested but not required. This is a listening club so is very quiet and features a lot of experienced songwriters trying out new material. www.myspace.com/davemurphyandfriends
* From 21:30, O’Briens on Dame Street (next to the Mercantile Pub) is the venue for a further Open Mic event of acoustic rock’n’roll organised by the band The Mighty Stef. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 every Wednesdays. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* Rhythm ‘n’ Booze in Sin É, Ormond Quay takes place every Wed from 21:00. Live music with DJ afterwards is the weekly programme and the details are here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001171626567
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (in Polish: Wielka Orkiestra ?wi?tecznej Pomocy – WO?P) is one of the biggest, non-governmental, non-profit, charity organizations in Poland. It will take place the 19th time in all Polish diasporas across the globe this January. The money collected will be used this year to buy medical equipment for children with urological and nephrological diseases. WOSP Dublin is organizing charitable events across the city
On Thurs 06 Jan from 18:00-23:30, ArtWave is inviting you to a charity art exhibition in the Teacher’s Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1. Admission is free and all profits from the sales will go directly to the charity.

“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly event on Thursdays from 19:00-01:00 in the Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2. It is a new night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. “Featuring at the Beauty Spot will be regular beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. The weekly Beauty Bar will have a different theme and treatments every week.

The music duo R.E.D. are hosting a free Open Mic Night for musicians every Thursday in Darky Kellys pub on Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8. Would you like to play music in front of a live audience or hear undiscovered stars? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. For details check:

* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.turkshead.ie
* The Poor Boys play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Tim. Admission is free.


No news for next Friday yet.


The new year will bring lots of events and the big Pre-Announcement today will be that I will do whatever I can to keep you SUPER busy (for free) – if you wish to be. Bring your friends and family along for the ride and get them to subscribe to the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)! ;-)

______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 in a plane towards the front and have watched people coming into the plane? What is it about planes or the imminent air travel that makes people switch their brains off? Why do they come in, read out loud ’16F’ and then look intensely at the row number of the FIRST or SECOND row to see if it is ’16’ already?? Do they expect that someone cheekily jumbled up the row numbers and miraculously the rows now start with ’16’? People are odd! :-)

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Dear Dublin Event Guide Community, I would like to wish you all a good start of the new year and a very successful, healthy and happy 2011.
Don’t make any New Year’s Resolutions, but instead set your goals for the future. New Year’s Resolutions are usually failing, Goals (when set correctly) will be successful and if you are not sure what I mean with that, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with GOALS as the subject and if there is enough interest, I will run a one-day seminar on this subject to teach you the tricks of setting goals successfully. I have the seminar more or less ready to go (I am a qualified Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)) and your input will help me to decide if I will run it now or later in the year.

Take care and see you in 2011,


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