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Event Guide 220: Liffey Swim, Dun Laoghaire Book Swap, Dance House Taster Classes, Phizzfest

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 220
| 02 September 2011 Subscribers: 9607

Hi all!

We definitely had winter temperatures on some mornings of last week. Brrrr! The main downside of this is that at that time of the year outside festivals really come to an end (for good reasons). The last (non-free) big one is the Electric Picnic this week and I know that many of you probably will be at it. But not everyone is going and for everyone who “has been left behind”, this week’s issue of the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” will be the best starting point to plan your weekend!


I will be in London for the whole weekend for a training course. This is the reason why you get this newsletter earlier than usual. Another thing that maybe helped ;-) is that this newsletter/e-zine comes with “go-faster-stripes” this week, because with the help of the great John M. I managed to get an upgrade for my Internet connection to a very good and appropriate speed. My training in London is the reason for a somewhat shorter Dublin Event Guide. All events I came across are still included, but some explanations are shorter and simplified.

Two journalists contacted me in the last two weeks, and John Cradden from the Irish Independent wrote a brilliant article that you were able to see on Thursday (yesterday). If you missed it, check it out here: www.independent.ie/lifestyle/going-out-is-the-new-staying-in-how-you-and-the-family-can-enjoy-free-fun-2863663.html and there is another part that mentions the Dublin Event Guide too: www.independent.ie/lifestyle/i-find-it-amazing-how-many-things-are-free-in-dublin-2863664.html Thanks a lot John!!

If you are working in the field of media and could help spreading the word a bit, your help would be appreciated as well! (Could Niamh, who rang me about two weeks ago regarding an article, please contact me again? I can’t find your e-mail address anywhere!)

Every week 30-70 people join our growing Dublin Event Guide Community and it is great to see that it doesn’t stop. We are coming closer and closer to the 10,000 reader milestone and this week I upgraded my e-mail sending plan with iContact (www.icontact.com/?cobrand=318993) who I use to send this newsletter as reliably as possible. The next milestone based on the e-mail sending limits is 15,000 readers and with an upper limit of 90,000 e-mails per month, you could call me a major spammer … if the content wasn’t so valuable. ;-)

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The “Feel Good Slot” at this place in the Dublin Event Guide is something I added to share some inspirational, motivational or thought provoking quotes, stories or video clips. This week it is a clip from the Australian X Factor audition. Emmanuel Kelly performs and while he most likely won’t win the competition, the story of his life is very moving. Let’s hope that many many children get the opportunities he got and make such good use of it. www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCHS6geSs-k

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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

After the really really busy weekend last week, this weekend is decisively quieter. You could think it has to do with the children being back in school and therefore the country turning back to work, but I think the reason for the peace and quiet this week is the Electric Picnic. If I remember the numbers right, then about 30,000 people are expected in Stradbally, Co Laois and if you take sooo many people out of their normal routine, then most event organisers would shy away from running an event this weekend.

I will be away myself and so I will let you browse through the event list without influencing you (too much). ;-) Only two things I will mention: I would be at the Liffey Swim on Saturday and would DEFINITELY be at the free Sugar Club gig on Saturday evening when Kevin Doyle, Ireland’s best Elvis Presley tribute singer, will sing a few Elvis songs but will put the emphasis a lot more on the earlier days of his singing career. When Soul and Rhythm&Blues was their thing. Kevin won’t do it alone, but he will be on stage with 17 other musicians. I know them all and can tell you that every single one is amazingly brilliant. So, if you are not going to the Electric Picnic, go to where I would be: Sugar Club on Saturday evening. Admission is free.


The Musical Youth Foundation is hosting a very special “No Tent Required Funk & Soul Weekender” at The Grand Social (35 Liffey Street, Dublin 1) on Fri 02 Sept and Sat 03 Sept to help raise funds for their “Guitars for kids” programmes. This is your chance to witness some truly amazing musical performers while helping a very worthy cause at the same time. Tickets just EUR 10 each or buy a weekend pass and get two nights out for just EUR 15. On Friday “Proudfoot”, an 8 piece band that combines soul, rock and funk, and “Wyvern Lingo”, a 3-piece girl band who won the Rising Stars Award at the Dublin City Soul Festival will be on stage from 20:00.
And on Saturday the amazing Mirenda Rosenberg & The Rare Groove Funk Orchestra will entertain. I heard them recently at a gig and they are really good! You can buy your tickets here www.entertainment.ie/myf
Chris Maher made two pairs of tickets for Friday and two pairs for Saturday available and the winners are: For Friday (Proudfoot): Tamsin Lyons and Simon Greaves and for Saturday (Mirenda Rosenberg): Semhar Tekeste and Sue Reilly. Congrats!
If you didn’t win, make sure that you don’t miss out. There will be some tickets available at the door on the night. musicalyouthfoundation.org/2011/07/15/no-tent-required-funk-soul-weekender/

Last week at Midnight at The Academy the gig “Legend – A celebration in The Life & Music of Bob Marley” took place. MCD made a pair of tickets available and the winner was Oleg Rudkovskij. Congrats. www.theacademydublin.com

______Dublin News______________

Alchemy Event Management together with sponsors Vodafone, Metro Herald and 98FM are running a new award for businesses and organisations in Dublin. The “Dublin Living Awards” will showcase the businesses and organisations that make Dublin a great place to live, work and visit. The deadline for nominations is the 09 September and if you have a business (e.g. bars, restaurants, boutiques, gyms, spas, hotels, restaurants etc) have a look at the website at www.dublinlivingawards.ie to see if you would like to put your business forward. There are some non-business categories (e.g. “Outstanding Contribution to Dublin Life” or “People’s Choice Award), where you might want to nominate organisations or individuals that contribute greatly to the life in Dublin.
One the recruitment/nomination phase is over, a number of judges will shortlist the entries and then you will have an opportunity to vote for your favourite finalists to decide the winner. So check out www.dublinlivingawards.ie (For the business categories there is a EUR 30 fee for a nomination. For the non-business related categories there is apparently no fee.)

You can be part of the live studio audience for the new game show ‘Who Knows Ireland Best’. The show is presented by Derek Mooney and two teams are set against each other to answer questions about Ireland. Contestants are employees, sports clubs, hobby groups in teams of three, for example Cabbies will play against Footballers, Nurses against Barkeepers and Firemen against Dancers. Big Mountain Productions have asked 1000 people 100 questions about everything from their manners and morals to their hopes and expectations, so the questions are more about opinions than facts.
The game show will be produced for RTE and a studio audience is required for the recordings in RTE in Donnybrook on 13, 14 + 15 Sept. If you would like to be part of that live studio audience, go to www.bigmountainproductions.com/news-012.html and download the application form, fill it in and send it to whoknowsirelandbest@bigmountainproductions.com or alternatively phone Katherine on 01 208 4643.


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With Christmas preparations in full swing (Luckily we didn’t see any Santas yet in shops!!!), there are some opportunities for part time workers over Christmas. Argos needs 800 seasonal staff and it is possible that Ikea and other large stores will look for additional staff as well. If you are looking for work, keep your eyes open for seasonal opportunities. The 800 additional staff for Argos will be required across the country. Recruitment ads are out now with all the details and application forms are available to download from www.argoscareers.com/christmas or in all local stores in Ireland. www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/argos-seeks-800-seasonal-staff-518446.html

Stena Line has announced that the HSS fast craft Dún Laoghaire-Holyhead service will be end on 13 September and might resume in April or May of next year. The company said the decision was taken because of the high cost of operating the Stena Explorer, which had lost them money for years. The two ferries from Dublin Port to Holyhead will not be affected. 53 employees are affected by this decision. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0830/stena.html


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will help you if you have recently started a company and if you could do with spreading the word. Being mentioned here and being seen by the 9000+ readers of the Dublin Event Guide should help to kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very much appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.


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

Thurs 08 Sept – 21 Oct: National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The “Sculpture in Context” exhibition celebrates 10 years at the National Botanic Gardens, showcasing the work of new and established artists, taking interesting directions with exciting new work. The Botanical Gardens give the artists a rare opportunity to realise large scale work. It also gives the public the opportunity to ramble and find some sculptures in the most unusual places. Over 120 sculptures will be displayed throughout the gardens, ponds, Great Palm House, and Curvilinear Range, with the smaller works exhibited in the gallery above the Visitors’ Centre. Participating artists this year include Emma Bourke, Frances Brosnan, Michelle Byrne, Cathy Carman, Susan Cuffe, Cliodna Cussen, Mike Duhan, Seamus Dunbar, Seamus Gill, Catherine E Greene, Joe Hogan, Petr Holecek, Catherine Keenan, Eva Kelly, Ayelet Lalor, Fidelma Massey, Adam May, Brid Ni Rinn, Niall O’Neill, Brigitta Seck, Niamh Synnott, Grainne Watts, and Thomas Wollen. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

02-04 Sept: Fri 02 Sept from 19:00, Sat+Sun 12:00-18:00 – Plastic House, 26 Spencer Street North, East Wall, Dublin 3. – The Plastic House, an award-winning project by Architecture Republic, turns into an art gallery for the weekend. “The theme of the exhibition is the act of making domestic space; investigating innovative ways of housing the modern family in all its variants. As society develops and evolves, the accepted standard of the family house is no longer as relevant as it once was, and as a society we must adapt and grow our housing stock in ways which meet the challenges of this new orthodoxy.
The exhibition will explore a variety of refurbishments, extensions, conversions and new-build housing on urban-infill sites. To reflect the increased prevalence of adaptation and re-use in recent years, it will be hosted in a converted Victorian terrace house which has been re-imagined to provide a contemporary modern dwelling – The Plastic House.”

07-12 Sept: 11:00-19:00 – Laundry Room of South Studios, Dublin 8.
As part of the Fringe Festival, the sponsor ABSOLUT Vodka has commissioned 10 global artists to use a 2.5 metre tall replica of the Absolut bottle as their canvas. An exhibition of the work will run from 07-12 Sept and you will have the opportunity to attend the official launch on 07 Sept. And when you come to the exhibition, you will have the opportunity to create your own Absolut Vis10n as an art station will be set-up with art supplies and blank bottles. Follow in the footsteps of some of the 20th Century’s most influential artists Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Louise Bourgeois, when you get the opportunity to design your own bottle. The official launch will take place on Wed at 19:00 and if you want to attend, go to the Vodka Ireland Facebook page and reserve a place on the guestlist:

01 Sept – 30 Oct: 11:00-20:00 – Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bat, Dublin 2. – The Project Arts Centre invites to “Notes on the Missing Oh”, a visual art exhibition by Adrià Julià, that is supported by the Instituto Cervantes.
“Revisiting sites, areas and characters from a 20 year old screenplay, and one of the biggest financial and cultural flops in the history of cinema, this three screen installation is a portrait with a subject as complex as it is mysterious. Adria Julia’s beautifully filmed sequences are meditative, composed more through the grammar of photography than film to create a startling document of time.” www.projectartscentre.ie/programme/whats-on/1316-notes-on-the-missing-oh

18 Aug – 01 Oct: National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin
06 Sept – 22 Sept: RDS, Library, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 (Open: 10:00-17:00)
I mentioned this exhibition already last week and this week another venue was added. The RDS Library will be part of it now as well.
On September 11, 2001, New York City was shaken to its core when two jet airliners crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. In the wake of the chaos, New York-based Irish photographer Nicola McClean tried to capture the confusion and panic that surrounded her. In 2011, McClean brings her stunning collection of images to the public for the first time. Through harrowing visuals, chilling audio clips and a unique panoramic installation, Ground Zero 360 invites you to step into the past and feel what eight million New Yorkers were feeling in the days that followed the attacks. Find out more at www.groundzero360.org or at the National Museums website www.museum.ie/en/exhibition/ground-zero-360.aspx


Fri 02 Sept: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. Sarah Griffin will be hosting the Ink Slingers throughout June.

Fri 02 Sept: 14:00 – Farmleigh House at the Castleknock Gate end of Phoenix Park.
At this Garden walking tour with guest speaker Elizabeth Morgan, Elizabeth (a landscape conservation architect with the Office of Public Works) will bring you on a tour of the garden at Farmleigh. Elizabeth will be joined by the Farmleigh gardening team. Assemble at the Walled Garden. Admission is free. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerEvents2011/Title,16068,en.html

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 02 Sept Donal Kirk Band
Sat 03 Sept Cornerstone
Sun 04 Sept Minus Seven (12 piece Big Band Jazz) 18:00-20:00
Fri 09 Sept Superfly
Sat 10 Sept Full Circle
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html www.facebook.com/thestillorganorchard?sk=wall

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

Fri 02 Sept: 22:00 – Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.The Ubangi Stomp Club returns to the Odessa Club for a night of wild and primitive rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and rhythm ‘n’ blues from the 50s and early 60s. Dancers and sharp dressers particularly welcome. Admission free and all are welcome. www.facebook.com/ubangistompclub

* 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 03 + Sun 04 Sept: Dun Laoghaire
The third Mountains to Sea Book Festival returns to the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire from 01-11 September. Many interesting workshops and readings are talking place and all the details can be found on www.mountainstosea.ie/
The two free events during the festival are a Book Swap and a Family Event.
+ Sat 03 Sept: 11:00 Great Book Swap
The Great Big Mountains to Sea Book Swap in the Pavilion Theatre is an initiative dedicated to inspire readers, helping people to share their literary passions whilst raising funds for charity.
11:00: Bestselling authors Paul Howard, Martina Devlin, Declan Hughes and Marita Conlon McKenna discuss their favourite books of all time in the Pavilion Theatre. Audience participation is not just requested but essential.
12:00: Swapping of books begins on the Pavilion Concourse. Bring a copy of your favourite book with a note attached recommending it to another reader, explaining why they absolutely have to read it. Approach total strangers and tell them. Admission is free but you are invited to make a cash donation to the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).
+ Sun 04 Sept: 12:00-14:00 Picture Book Picnic
The Picture Book Picnic in People’s Park (in County Hall in case of rain) with Chris Judge, Kunak McGann and Steve Simpson is a family event for our very youngest readers. Come and share the picture book bonanza with three of Ireland’s top picture book writers and illustrators. Storytelling, art and colouring fun. Bring a rug and picnic, dress up as a character from a picture book and win a fantastic book prize. Admission is free and Children of all ages are welcome with their parents/guardians
The full programme can be downloaded here:

Fiona Moloney’s (and Tine Schnell’s) Yoga in the Park to raise money for The Dublin Simon Community is continuing. Each Saturday at 11:00-12:00 until September, Fiona and Tine will be taking turns to lead the classes. Meeting point is the Bandstand near the Zoo and near the Tea Rooms. Classes will be suitable for all levels and are donation based. That means you can give what you can afford, but please be fair.
Wear some loose clothes, preferably layers to be prepared for all type of weather and bring a mat (or a big beach towel). For contact details, directions and to find out who is teaching when, go to www.twopalmsyoga.com

Fri 01- Sun 04 Sept: Shelbourne Hall, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The new Range Rover Evoque Experience will be in the RDS this weekend and this event is your first opportunity to see Land Rover’s smallest, lightest and most fuel-efficient model ever – before it arrives in dealer showrooms.
Both 5-Door and Coupe models will be showcased and an interactive customisation hub will offer the opportunity to explore the extensive personalisation options for the Evoque. Admission is free. www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099273
The RDS is most likely the perfect place to show this car. With all the rough terrain around D4, the muddy roads and the requirement to pull your trailers I am sure the demand will be huge there. ;-)

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. 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

20 Aug-10 Sept: Jervis Shopping Centre, Jervis Street/Henry Street, Dublin 1
Each Saturday there will be four fashion shows (12:00, 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30) throughout the day showing the hottest trends from Forever 21, New Look and Topshop bringing to the cat walk the best Autumn / Winter looks in Urban Cool, Fast Fashion, Looks from the Catwalk for less and City Chic Tailoring for those who like to dress to impress for work.
Brendan Courtney will carry out mini style makeovers and share his top tips on how to wear your wardrobe this season and for anyone who ever had a love affair with a pair of denims a drop into the ‘Jean-ius Jean’ style centre will give you personal advice on what pair of jeans are suitable for your individual shape or size. See www.jervis.ie for more details.

Sat 03 Sept: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit 75, Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road. Artane, Dublin 5. Astronomy Ireland will host a Daytime Sun Watch at their headquarters in Artane every Saturday over the summer, where you will get to see the Sun in a way that very few people have ever seen before. Our closest star will show incredible detail using special filters that will reveal intricate detail on its surface. Activity on the sun has been hotting up as we approach a solar maximum and massive sunspots are visible most days. This is a free event and is suitable for all the family and all attendees will receive a European Space Agency DVD. www.astronomy.ie

Sat 03 Sept: 14:30-16:30 – Meet at the entrance to Roche’s Hill on Claremont Road.
At this Dun Laoghaire Biodiversity event you will explore the plants and insects of the heathland and scrub. Bring along a magnifying glass or hand lens and a clear plastic bag if you have one. No booking required. All biodiversity events are free (many events require pre-booking so please contact the event leader where stated) and the full programme is here www.dlrevents.ie/pdfs/DLRExploring%20Nature%20leaflet-Sept-Dec.pdf

Sat 03 Sept: 14:45 + 15:30 – Liffey between Watlin Street Bridge and IFSC
On Sat the 91st Dublin City Liffey Swim will take place. Swimmers will swim from Rory O’Moore Bridge (Watlin Street) beside the Guinness Brewery to the pontoon near the Sean O’Casey Bridge beside the Dublin Docklands Authority – a distance of 2,400 metres. Over 250 men and 100 women will compete and the men’s race starts at 14:45, followed by the women’s race at 15:30. Come along to cheer the swimmers on and to support the event. See www.swimleinster.com and www.swimireland.ie for more info. www.swimireland.ie/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=details&id=72:dublin-liffey-swim

Sat 03 Sept: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “A Home in the Woods” with Caroline Donohue. Admission free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 03 Sept: 20:00-23:00 – The Sugar Club, Lwr Leeson St., Dublin 2
Some of you know that I sing in the backing choir of the best Elvis Tribute Band. Kevin Doyle heads this band in the role of Elvis Presley and he is just brilliant. But there has been a past that had nothing to do with Elvis and it is time to go back to the roots and mix all influences a bit. On Sat Kevin and the Band will be in the Sugar Club for a Soul + Rhythm&Blues + a sprinkling of Elvis gig. An 18 piece band with full brass section and backing choir will perform for you and all is free. I normally would DEFINITELY be there as well, BUT next weekend I am in London for a training course. Darn! I hope, though, that many of you will be at the gig and will tell me all about it afterwards! :-) Put it in your calendar, it will be a super gig! www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=250679961619740

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

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. The Food Market is – until June – divided in parts and distributed in different locations in Temple Bar.
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-16:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food + there’s free popcorn and ballons&facepainting for the kids. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening: Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 22:00 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.com/
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with latin DJs. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing and you are invited to add your own percussion. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* Salsa/Latin Party in the Merchant Arch Bar, opposite the Ha’Penny Bridge from 23:00-02:30. Admission free.

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(see Saturday section for details)

Sun 04 + 18 Sept: Palmers Golden Ball Tavern, Carpark, Kilternan, Dublin 18. Every second week a Car Boot Sale, which is a fundraiser for the Niall Melon Township Trust, will take place until the middle of September. That means the next one is on 04 Sept. The Car Boot Sales runs from 09:00-16:00 (Traders arrive at 08:00). EUR 15 for traders, free admission for potential buyers. dublincity.olx.ie/niall-melon-township-trust-fundraiser-iid-216570807

Sun 04 Sept: 10:00-17:00 – Farmleigh House at the Castleknock end of Phoenix Park. From 10:00-17:00 the Food Market with a selection of food produce by artisans from around Ireland will take place in the Farmyard and From 14:00-16:00 there will be music in the Bandstand with Joe Monks, who will perform songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Michael Buble. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerEvents2011/Title,16068,en.html

Sun 10:30-12:30 – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops is taking place every Sun. Up to 15 children (5yrs+) can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. The next workshops are 04 Sept Animals in the Phoenix Park Zoo, 11 Sept Discover Our Native Trees, Bark and leaf rubbings, 18 Sept Tracing Fun, 25 Sept Kings and Queens of Ashtown Castle. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html To confirm that it takes place ring 01-6770095.

Sun 04 Sept: 13:00 – Dunboyne, Co. Meath (close to Blanchardstwon)
The Dunboyne Motorclub is remembering the “Spirit of Dunboyne”, which seemingly was a motor race between 1958 and 1967, with a Parade Lap on Sunday. 50 cars and 60 motorbikes. The website www.dunboynemotorclub.com contains virtually no details, so I gather from the AA’s website that the Parade Lap and Festival will take place at some point between 13:00 and 18:00, because a number of road closures in Dunboyne has been announced during that time.

Sun 04 Sept: 14:00 – Dublin Docklands from the Point Village to Talbot Bridge and up through the Grand Canal Area. This 5km run is for Breast Cancer and for it, the paln is to turn the docklands pink. Participation in the run is not free, but you can watch it and there will be some entertainment around it. Check the details here www.greatpinkrun.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.

Sun 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Did the post-Impressionists change the history of art?” with Fiona Loughnane, NCAD will take place and Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 04 Sept: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “At the Seaside- Beach Scene by Edgar Degas”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-17:00 the Jamestown Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. www.jamestownmarket.com
* The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* The Gardiner Street Gospel Mass is on a summer break until 11 September and will be back from that date in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

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

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Mon 05 Sept: 12:00 – Meet outside Phibsboro Library, Blaquiere Bridge, Dublin 7.
This Let’s Walk & Talk event will look at Famous Institutions & Hidden Treasures in Phibsborough. The walk will take you past some famous institutions such as Mountjoy Prison, The Mater Hospital, Dalymount Park and St Peter’s Church whilst also revealing many hidden gems like Blessington Street Basin, the Royal Canal Linear Park and Victorian terraces, some of which have had notable residents in the past. This is an event in the context of the Phibsborough Festival (www.phizzfest.ie) All historical walking tours are led by acclaimed historian Pat Liddy and last about 90 minutes. The event is free and no advance booking is necessary. www.dublincity.ie/Community/LetsWalkandTalk/Pages/WalkandTalk.aspx

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

Mon 05 Sept: 20:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Song Cycle is a new weekly singer songwriter showcase every Monday, upstairs in Whelan’s. This week’s line up is not yet announced, check it out by following the link here. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/4720

Mon 05 Sept: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Mark Earley is a Dublin-based music photographer and Photo Editor with the Irish and UK music website Ragged Words (www.raggedwords.com). He has shot gigs all across the capital for the past 3 years and a selection of his work can be found on his website: www.markearleyphotography.com. In the Workman’s Club he will show an exclusive exhibition of photos from events in the Workman’s Club throughout the first year. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/08/15/mark-earley-photography-exhibition-050911/

* Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the music collective the ‘Lazy Band’ is playing roots, trad and folk songs from Ireland, England, America. Admission is free. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lazy-Band/137845161717
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* Solar Trio Gig in Anseo (Camden Street, D2) on the first three Mondays of every Monday. Jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams.
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelan’s is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


Tues 06 Sept: 11:00-18:00 – Croke Park Stadium, Hogan Suite, Jones Road, Dublin 3
This is a tradeshow and therefore not an event that is suitable for everyone, but I know that a good few of you will be interested. Have a look at the exhibitor list and find via this link as well the vast amount of free seminars: www.forwardevents.co.uk/roadshows/dublin/exhibitors-list.html Tickets are free for trade visitors, but you should register now!

Dublin Contemporary has been making a lot of big waves. People talk about it, many were looking forward to this event and the organisers proudly claim “Dublin Contemporary 2011 is one of the most ambitious art exhibitions ever staged in Ireland. Dublin Contemporary will take place for eight weeks from 06 Sept- 31 Oct and will present the work of Irish-based artists, alongside leading artists from around the globe.” The theme of the event is “Terrible Beauty – Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance” and as if the confusing and even slightly irritating title is meant to be an indicator for the character of the complete event, I was prepared to punch someone when trying to find information on their website at www.dublincontemporary.com because the website really annoyed me. Not many manage to seriously annoy me, but if I have to search for 20 minutes to find some crucial information about the planned (free) events, then something is wrong.
Don’t get me wrong, it is not that there is too little information on the website, there is LOADS of information available. So much that you experience information overload while looking for ONE simple (and non-existing) list that lists all events and with it the relevant charges. I was NOT successful, so for that reason, I will leave it to you to make sense to the mess of a website. I will just summarise for you what the whole thing is about as far as I can see: Dublin Contemporary 2011 will take place from 06 Sept-31 Oct and will feature more than 90 Irish and international artists from five continents. The main exhibition hub is the former UCD building next to the National Concert Hall on Earlsfort Terrace. Further venues are Iveagh Gardens, the Annex to the Earlsfort Terrace Building, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Hugh Lane Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland and the Royal Hibernian Academy.
There are a few talks and lectures which are allegedly free, but to find these events you have to do Trojan work. Apart from these few free events, the exhibition stands out due to its amazingly high admission charges. EUR 8 for a child, EUR 15 for an adult and EUR 35 for a 3-day pass is definitely a premium price and considering that the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is sponsoring this event, I would have expected a lower admission charge. I will most likely not be among the 150,000 people the exhibition expects to attract!

Tues 6, 13, 20 Sept: 13:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Over the next three weeks Michael Grant will explore”The World of Operetta” in the Music Library within the Central Library. Admission is free and booking is recommended at 01 8734333 or musiclibrary@dublincity.ie. The different dates feature
+ 06 Sept: French fizz
Michael will explore the operettas of Jacques Offenbach and some lesser known but equally brilliant French composers in the genre (Louis Varney, Edmond Audran, Charles Lecocq): Orpheus in the Underworld, La Belle Hélene, La Vie Parisienne, Les Mousquetaires au Couvent, La Mascotte, La Fille de Madame Ancot etc.)
+ 13 Sept: The Gold and Silver of Vienna
Michael will explore the operettas of Johann Strauss 11, Franz von Suppé, Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kalman, Karl Zeller, Robert Stolz: Die Fledermaus, Boccaccio, Merry Widow, Paganini, Grafin Mariza, Der Vogelhandler, etc.)
+ 20 Sept: American Operetta
Michael will explore the operettas of Victor Herbert, Sigmund Romberg and Rudolf Friml: The Red Mill, The Desert Song, The New Moon, the Student Prince, Rose Marie, The Firefly etc.

Tues 06 Sept: 17:00 – CHappel of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hopsital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. – IMMA Artist Sarah Pierce and artist Liam Gillick take part in a conversation to discuss Gillick’s most recent installation project at IMMA entitled “A Game of War Structure” and how this is informed by Kriegspiel, a chess-variant game designed by French Situationist Guy Debord. This talk is followed by a wine reception and exhibition preview. www.imma.ie/en/page_212426.htm

Tues+Wed 06-07 Sept: DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1
The DanceHouse in Foley Street hosts two days of free classes on 06+07 September from 18:30 each evening. Classes are aimed at younger & older adults alike. All welcome, no experience necessary. Check out our full list of free dance and fitness classes at www.danceireland.ie
Six state of the art dance studios…. Twenty six free taster classes…. Two nights…. The new term of classes startys on 12 Sept and before that you have a chance to try the dance form that you might like. The classes available are 1960’s GoGo, CanCan, Street Jazz/Funk, Latin American and Ballroom, Latin Hip Twist and a Dance, Tone, Stretch class and in addition there is Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Irish Dance, Burlesque, Zumba, Salsa, Aerodance, Reggaeton, Nia and Flamenco. And to get fit, you can try Ireland’s first Bokwa Fitness class (an intense cardio workout combining elements of African dance, capoeira, kickboxing, light-boxing and step) or Yoga, Pilates, Boxercise, Aikido and Kettlebells. All details are on www.danceireland.ie.

Tues 06 Sept: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
O’Brien Press will launch Celine Kiernan’s new young adult novel “Into the Grey” on Tuesday. The book will be launched by Robert Dunbar at The Irish Writers’ Centre . As well as being an award-winning writer, Celine Kiernan has also taught creative writing courses at the Irish Writers’ Centre. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Tues 06 Sept: 20:00 – The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Mutefish, a brilliant Irish band which often has the biggest crowds when they perform in Temple Bar, has a regular gig in the Mercantile. www.dublinsessions.ie/mercantile.html

* 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


Entry charges at nearly all OPW sites are waived once a month. Since the Office of Public Works (OPW) has launched an initiative to encourage more people to visit the historic sites that it manages, this is only the second First Wednesday. Most sites can already be visited for free, but the sites that normally charge a fee will now be free as well on every first Wednesday until the end of the year.
In the (extended) Greater Dublin Area this will affect the following sites:
+ The Casino, Marino
+ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
+ Kilmainham Gaol
+ Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange
+ Glendalough Visitor Centre in Wicklow
Expect a huge amount of people on 07 Sept at these sites, so be early. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage.html The list of all sites that are affected nationwide is here www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage1.pdf

Wed 07 Sept: 13:00 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The lecture “Why collect? Collecting techniques of great collectors” by Charles Horton, Head of Collections and Curator of the Western Collections, Chester Beatty Library will take place in the Chester Beatty Library. This lecture is part of the Dublin Contemporary series. Details can be found on www.dublincontemporary.ie

Wed 07 Sept: 13:15-14:00 – Twisted Pepper, Abbey St, Dublin 1
This is a regular literary event run by the Seven Towers Agency, a small publishing house and event host. The following poets and writers will contribute on Wed: Phil Lynch, Anne Tannam, Ross Hattaway. www.seventowers.ie

Wed 07 Sept: 16:00 – Lecture Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. – In association with the exhibition at IMMA “For Tomorrow For Tonight”, film-maker and film festival programmer Tony Rayns presents an illustrated introduction to the art of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Admission is free, but you have to book here www.imma.ie/en/page_212418.htm

Wed 07 Sept: 21:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
The Lazy Band will be performing in Whelan’s bar, every Wednesday in September. Admission is free.(www.myspace.com/thelazyband) www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/4738

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

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 every Wednesday. www.hamletsweeney.com/events/
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


Thurs 08 – Sun 11 Sept: Phibsborough, Dublin 7
“Phizzfest” is the Phibsborough Community Arts Festival, an Arts festival which is held every year over the first weekend in September, is a celebration of artistic life around Phibsborough. Some earlier events already take place during the week, but the proper Phizzfest will run over the weekend. Check out the packed programme full of free events here phizzfest.ie/documents/pdfformat/Phizzfest2011.pdf

Thurs 08 Sept: 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

Thurs 08 Sept: 10:00-12:00 – Foam Café, 24 Great Strand Street (parallel to the Jervis Luas stop & the Quays), Dublin 1. – OpenCoffee Club is an informal event for web / business people to get together and chat about anything and everything. Usually, people talk about their work or what’s going on at the moment on the web. www.opencoffeedublin.com

08-11 Sept: Dublin City Centre
Promising title! But when you check who is organising the event, then you will understand that there is maybe a different driver than what you expect from a Fashion Festival. Not that this driver is a wrong one, but the organisers, the BID (Dublin City Business Improvement District) are trying to get people to come to the City Centre to spend money there, so the passion is not directed at fashion, but a fashion festival is more a vehicle. Unfortunately the programme is not yet available (as of Thurs 01 Sept) and only a view discount offers from different shops are listed. Hopefully the programme will make it soon onto the site at www.dff.ie/news/programme-download/ and then you should be able to find out what is happening. Allegedly Thursday is the “Fashion by Night” day with the promise “Special after-hours events will be hosted by shops across the city between 18:00-23:00 on Thurs 08 Sept. The city will spring to life with exciting on-street and in store events. You can also enjoy special offers and menus in bars, cafés and restaurants across town. Shops, bars and restaurants are currently putting together their fashion night plans.” Let’s hope that they get their plans together by Thursday! www.dff.ie

Thurs 8 Sept: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The Public Lecture “Matisse and Classical Mythology” by Jessica O’Donnell, Curator of Education & Research, Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Art, Dublin will take place. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

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

Thurs 08 Sept: 18:00 – Eason, O’Connell St., Dublin 1
An Illustrators Evening with Oliver Jeffers, PJ Lynch and Sarah McIntyre will take place. Illustrations, Q&A and Book signings will take place. The event is free but ticketed. To book tickets come to the Eason’s shop or call 01-8583815. www.eason.ie/events

Thurs 08 Sept: 18:30 – The Bull & Castle, 5-7 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2
Pub Standards is an open social meeting for everyone who is or would consider themselves a web design & development geek. There is no structure, no presentations and the conversation doesn’t even have to be work related. pubstandards.ie/

Thurs 08 Sept: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Book Republic are inviting to the launch of Mick Rooney’s new novel “The Memory ofTrees”. Peter McCluskey, founder and director of Danceline Records and Music Publishers, will launch the book on Thursday. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

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

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. There is no cover charge. The theme for September will be “Gangsters” and the films are: 08 Sept Casino, 15 Carlitos Way, 22 Goodfellas, 29 The Departed. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

Thurs 01 Sept: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
In February the pub Sin È was closed down due to high rents, but just about 4 weeks later it opened up again and is doing well since. The new owners (?) are running regular live music events and one regular event is with the Brazilian Soul + Funk Band “Banda Baque Soul” on Thursdays. www.facebook.com/sin.e.dublin?sk=wall

* Lunchtime Market at Christ Church Cathedral from 12:00-15:00. www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php
* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s, Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk) with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00 and the line up is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* Open Music Night in Darky Kellys pub in Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8 organised by the music duo R.E.D.. Would you like to perform or just listen? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Mic-Night-Dublin/121048244620948
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Fri 09 Sept: 12:00-14:00 – The Hopsack, Unit 6A, Swan Centre, Rathmines, Dublin 6
The Hopsack in the Swan Centre invites to a free guided meditation on Friday. John Levine will do the meditation and you don’t need to book. Meet the composer behind Alphamusic. Find out more about his amazing music and join him for a guided meditation session using his CD “The Silence of Peace” www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158668720880799

Fri 09 Sept: 17:30-19:30: Rody Bolands, Rathmines
Yelp is a very successful review community, where people leave their comments about restaurants and other experiences. But unlike an environment where everybody just complains, Yelp builds community and supports businesses. From 09-16 Set the “Passport to Rathmines” will take place. 26 local businesses in Rathmines are participating by giving deep discounts for that week to entice people to shop local and discover or re-discover Rathmines. On Fri 09 Sept the launch will take place and everbody is invited, but you have to book your place either through the link here or by e-mail to dublin@yelp.ie Here is a link to the event and how people can access the offers: www.yelp.ie/events/rathmines-dublin-yelps-passport-to-rathmines If you don’t book your place you won’t get in. There will be some free drink and food. The drinks will be provided by Brian from Rody Bolands. Marta from Lu Fattarelle will provide pizza bites & Tony from Café Moda will provide dessert bites.

09-11 Sept: various venues
The Underground Cinema Film Festival (UCFF) will take place from 09-11 Sept. The key idea is to celebrate independent Irish Film with 70 shorts, 15 features and Q&A sessions with renowned guests: Terry McMahon (Charlie Casanova), actor Mark O’ Halloran (Paul & Adam), actor Emmett Scanlan (Blood, 3 Crosses) and director Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings). Additionally, there will be over 20 free workshops from some of the country’s best writers, directors and actors. The film screenings will not be free, but all the workshops are and there is a really long list!
The website is here www.undergroundcinema-filmfestival.com and if you are particularly interested in the workshops check the full programme with all event descriptions here www.undergroundcinema-filmfestival.com//Workshops/2011%20Underground%20Cinema%20Program.pdf
The major venues for the festival are the IMC Cinema, the Royal Marine Hotel, the Kingston Hotel, the Dun Laoghaire Club and Privé Nightclub.


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:

Farmleigh House is a brilliant venue for all sorts of events and the OPW who look after Farmleigh House really make a big and positive effort to provide interesting free events. The outdoor events are typically do not have limited audience sizes, but indoor events are extremely popular and the rooms available are just not big enough. So when free indoor events are made available the OPW often runs a ticket lottery. This month there are three events and you will need to apply for tickets, don’t leave it too late:
+ Bastien & Bastienne by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed by the Opera Theatre Company on Sat 10 Sept
Written when Mozart was only twelve, in 1768, this dramatic love-story is one of Mozart’s earliest operas. Although very young, Mozart already had excellent vocal writing skills and a talent for parody and whimsy that still delights the modern day audience.
This enchanting one-act singspiel is sung in English with piano accompaniment and directed by Annilese Miskimmon. Bastien and Bastienne stars soprano Nicola Mullingan, tenor Dean Power and Nathan Morrison. This charming 45 minute piece is the perfect introduction to opera.
To apply for tickets, send a mail to brian.dockery@opw.ie with the subject “Bastien & Bastienne”. Tickets are drawn by random lottery – only winners notified
+ “Actors In Their Own Write” on Wed 14 Sept is a chance to see well-known actors reading, performing and discussing their own work.
From evocative, humourous theatre piece to stirring fiction to captivating memoir to entertaining, innovative film-making, this is a rare opportunity to see a different side to some of the best known names and faces from the world of TV drama, theatre and film. Amongst the stars of stage and screen who will be performing are: Tom Hopkins (Christy in Fair City), Elizabeth Moynihan (actor & playright), Gemma Doorley (Sarah in Fair City), Mick Nolan (Ray in Fair City), Claudia Carroll (former Soap Star and now best-selling author).
To apply for tickets, send a mail to brian.dockery@opw.ie with the subject “Actors in their own write”. Tickets are drawn by random lottery – only winners notified
+ Autumn Sounds is a Classical Music Evening with ‘Duo Chagall’ on Fri 16 Sept and on Fri 23 Sept. Gillian Williams and Arun Rao present the Late chamber Music of French composers Debussy, Franck & Fauré with guest pianist Darina Gibson.
To apply for tickets, send a mail to brian.dockery@opw.ie with the subject “Autumns Sounds Friday 16th” if you want tickets for the 16th and with the subject “Autumns Sounds Friday 23rd” if you want tickets for the 23rd. Tickets are drawn by random lottery – only winners notified www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerEvents2011/Title,16068,en.html

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

______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. ;-)

Bord Gais, the Irish gas company which is still part owned by the state, has recently announced that the gas prices will increase by 12%. This is quite a big increase and for people in financial trouble, this news is not good. There seems to be a real basis and justification for this increase and similar price increases can be seen in other countries, but nevertheless it will cause pain for a good few customers.
A part of Bord Gais is now moving into new offices on Warrington Place and this morning first broadsheet.ie (www.broadsheet.ie/2011/08/30/this-will-make-you-very-upset/) and then thejournal.ie (jrnl.ie/213861) reported that Bord Gais did spend 100s of thousands on…office chairs.
Office chairs for EUR 650 a piece is definitely slightly excessive. If we assume that chair is meant to last maybe 10 years, it might be less shocking even if you could find a very good office chair for a fraction of the EUR 650. But if nothing else, it was just plain stupid to bring these chairs through the front door of the building in broad day light!

“This is odd” stories are not limited to Ireland and this week I found a really odd story from my home country: The female night workers in the street trade in a city in Germany, now have to buy a EUR 6 tax disc from a machine like a Pay&Display meter to be allowed to carry out their trade with their male customers during the night.
www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0830/breaking48.html (The reason why I don’t use their normal “job name” is because otherwise all the Spam Filters of the Western World would block this mail.)


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So, I left you with all the information you need to enjoy your weekend. I won’t spend it with you in Dublin this week, but I know that many of you will have run away to the Electric Picnic anyway. For the ones who keep the fort in Dublin: Don’t wreck the place. ;-) …and have a wonderful weekend.

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