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Event Guide 240: Chinese New Year Festival, Kickstart 2012, Temple Bar Tradfest

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 240
| 20 January 2012 Subscribers: 10301

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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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The Chinese New Year Festival is the main event this weekend and I will try to go to some events. On Saturday the Telescope Watch of Astronomy Ireland interest me too and if you can’t make it on Saturday, you have the opportunity to go from Mon-Sat of next week as well.

On Sunday I will try to go to Kickstart 2012 in Dun Laoghaire, but I will have a rehearsal as well, so there won’t be much time. I am part of a backing choir for a band that prepares a two week run in the Tivoli Theatre and we have to prepare for it. (I will tell you more about this event in the coming weeks!)

On Tuesday there is another chance to experience the Lunchtime Concert of the National Symphonic Orchestra. On Wednesday the Temple Bar Tradfest will begin (more about that in next week’s Dublin Event Guide!). And finally Thursday. Thursday has surprisingly many different types of events. I don’t know why everyone seems to push their event to the Thursday. Considering that less events take place on Monday or Tuesday, they might be better days to get people!?
The event I picked out on Thursday is the lecture of the German Ambassador with the title “Europe will prosper”. Sounds interesting! But if you want to go you have to book your place TODAY (Friday!). Check the event notice in the Thursday section and send a mail if you want to go to that event!


Sammy contacted me with a ticket offer that I immediately accepted: ComedyHaHa is a Comedy night in Mercantile (Dame Street) on Wednesday nights. ComedyHaHa now has new management and will re-launch on Wed 25 Jan. Sammy, together with the comedy Improvisation troupe ‘The Princes of Lagos’, are now running the show and have lots up their sleeve for you. Admission is EUR 5 and tickets are available at the door. But for the Dublin Event Guide Readers, Sammy has provided FIVE (!) pairs of tickets for a competition. So, if you want to win a pair of tickets, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with COMEDYHAHA in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Make sure that you have no other plans for Wednesday 25 Jan. and send the mail to me before 15:00 on Mon 23 Jan. www.facebook.com/Comedyhaha

______Dublin News______________

The Lighthouse Cinema at Smithfield Plaza has re-opened. It was an arthouse cinema until high rental cost forced it to close the doors in April 2011. The government, which had invested more than 1.7mio was looking for a new tenant and has now found a Element Pictures, who will operate the cinema from now. The article in the Journal.ie seems to indicate that the permanent opening is not yet a definite: jrnl.ie/329228 but the Irish Times doesn’t indicate that there are some question marks about he longterm future. However, it quotes the new operator who seems to indicate that the Lighthouse Cinema might enter the main stream cinema world as arthouse cinemas are challenged: www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0117/breaking39.html Either way, I think it is good news that the Lighthouse Cinema got another chance!
The re-opening was today at 15:30 and you can book here www.lighthousecinema.ie

Details for the 350 year celebrations are not yet announced, but I found an overview document that probably will be filled with further details over time. If you want to check out what is planned for the Phoenix Park celebrations, check www.phoenixpark.ie/media/350%20Programme%20for%20websites.pdf
The Office of Public Works (OPW) has announced its intention to run a number of exhibitions, competitions, lectures, workshops, a street party and other events this year in the Phoenix Park.

Remember the First Fortnight Festival that ran until 14 Jan and intended to “challenge mental health prejudices through creative arts”? Street Art was one of many components of the festival and at seven locations from the Camden St Simon shop down to the Quays side of Fitzsimons in Temple Bar these art objects can still be seen. A map has been compiled now so that you can find them easily. Not sure how long they will stay there, so check it out soon maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=215968621248150106767.0004b35d1e5d49813a0fa&msa=0

Last week I included a search notice for Pete The Dog, the DSPCA rescued dog that found a new home with Linda and Tom after having been treated badly by previous owners. Pete had disappeared in the Dundrum area, but luckily he was found again and is re-united with his happy family. Thanks for your help!

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I only found out this week because the neighbours around Croke Park complained (www.dublinpeople.com/article.php?id=752&l=100): An Bord Pleanala granted permission for rooftop tours on Croke Park stadium. This means that tied to a harness (spoil sports!) soon you will be able to get on top of Croke Park at a height of approx. a 14-storey building. There will be five viewing platforms and the installation of the platforms will cost 1mio. From ticket sales (10-15 Euro per person) it is expected that a revenue of EUR 150,000 can be achieved, but if really 10 jobs will be created, then I don’t see how this whole project makes financial sense. Tours are expected to start “mid-spring”. www.independent.ie/national-news/skyhigh-tours-at-croke-park-next-spring-as-planners-give-walkway-plan-goahead-2976671.html Oh and you might wonder about the neighbours complaints!? They are worried about their privacy. As if anybody standing at a 14th storey level a) would be able to see any details on ground level and b) would be interested in the slightest if a neighbour is in his garden.
By the way, if anybody can organise some tickets for me, I will happily report back from the roof top tour once it is available! ;-)


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

17 Jan – 27 Feb: 10:00-17:00 – Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. – This Photographic Exhibition documents the lives of ethnic minorities in Vietnam. The Irish Times photographer, Frank Miller, captures the lives of the Hmong people in Vietnam, one of Vietnam’s poorest and most isolated ethnic groups. Miller visited families, schools and education projects in the remote town of Dong Van, close to the border with China. His exhibition showcases the daily lives of the Hmong people, particularly school, community and family scenes. Admission is free. A slideshow of images is available on the Irish Times website. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/magazine/2011/1112/1224307239601.html.


The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. The location of the new indoor market is 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto) an opening hours are 11:00-18:00. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. A near-Permanent flea market for Dublin! www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

+ The Curator’s Talk “Victoria’s Wars – The Irish in the British Army in the 19th Century” will take place on Friday 20 Jan from 12:30-13:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) and is suitable for adults. “What did the Irish do in the British Army? Find out and explore, with curator Lar Joye, this section of the ’Soldiers and Chiefs’ exhibition. Places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before event starts.” Admission is free. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2600

Fri 20 Jan: 14:00-15:00 – Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Children’s Laureates meet. Laureate na nÓg Siobhán Parkinson and UK Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson will meet at this event to discuss their work and role. This is an adult event and not suitable for children. Spaces are limited, so book your place via info@childrenslaureate.ie Both authors will sign books after the talk. childrenslaureate.ie/blog/2011/11/breaking-news-joint-event-with-siobhan-parkinson-and-uk-childrens-laureate-julia-donaldson/

Fri 20 Jan: 17:00 – DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1.
Maria Nilsson Waller will perform on 20 Jan in the context of the Dance Ireland New Movements programme series. Admission is free, but you are asked to book seats via reception@danceireland.ie or by phone on 01 855 8800. www.danceireland.ie/events/event.php?id=869

Fri 20 Jan: 18:30- 20:30 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
The Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA) was formed in March 2002 with the intention of promoting, exploring, discussing, and exhibiting art and technology in Ireland and the world. D.A.T.A 2.0 is dedicated to both showcasing the work of technologists, musicians, and artists using technology as well as providing a meeting point for the intersection of these disciplines.
Their upcoming event DATA 50.0 pays particular attention to the Sonic Arts, showcasing the intersection of practitioners across Digital Media, Electroacoustic Composition, Spatial Audio, Networked Performance and New Interfaces for Musical Expression. This is a good opportunity to see a diverse range of Dublin based sound artists talk through their practices, demonstrate their instruments, interfaces and tools, discuss upcoming projects and perform new work. Presenters include electronic collective Dublin Laptop Orchestra, and sound artists Slavek Kwi and Cobi Van Tonder. For more information about programme and contributors, check www.data.ie/

Fri 20 Jan: 18:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The website of the Exchange Dublin (exchangedublin.ie/) says that there is an Open Mic event at the Giant Kaleidoscope exhibition in the Exchange, but neither on the Exchange’s facebook page nor on Paul G ay’s facebook page (Paul is the Kaleidoscope artist) can I find any further information. So, I am not sure what this event is and if it takes place. Either way, make sure you have a look at Paul’s Giant Kaleidoscope exhibition (Admission is free). www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Gay-Giant-Kaleidoscopes/245699112149258

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

Fri 20 Dec: 19:00-21:00 – Bianconi’s Bistro, 232 Merrion Rd, Dublin 4
Bianconi’s Bistro & Restaurant in Dublin 4 is providing Jazz every Friday night from this week until the end of January. Bianconi’s is an Italian restaurant with delicious food and, while a little outside the City Centre, it is worth the trip into Merrion Road. There is no cover charge. www.bianconisbistro.ie www.facebook.com/pages/Bianconis-Bistro/271041702925005?sk=wall

Fri 20 Jan: 20:00 – Whelan’s (upstairs), 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Dublin based band Sleepwalker take their ecletic mix of energetic acoustic rock songs to Whelans on Fri 20 Jan. They will be supported by “Sixteen Dead Men”. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/7839

Fri 20 Jan: 20:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Crow Black Chicken, who began their life as a blues band are fusing jazz, blues, punk, folk and rock. Admission is free. www.crowblackchicken.com/

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 20 Jan: Country Rock with “The Colonials” or Irish Music with “Murphy’s Law”
Sat 21 Jan: Beatclub
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00 unless otherwise stated. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Fri 20 Jan: 21:30 – The Patriots Inn, 760 South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
A double bill of music with Reverend JM’s Panic Worship and The Poison Hearts will take place in the Patriots Inn. “Dublin’s finest Nashvillabilly meets Dublin’s finest alt.gothic.roots.jazzabilly all under one roof for free.”

Fri 20 Jan: 22:00-01:30 – Dark Horse Inn, 1 Georges Quay, Dublin 2
Poster Fish Promotions present Reggae Richie and Garfield Irie at a Reggae gig in the Dark Horse Inn. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/events/279112002135617/

* 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


The Chinese New Year is this year on Monday 23 Jan. The new year is the year of the Dragon, one of the most prestigious animals in the Chinese Calender. The Chinese Community together with Dublin City have worked hard and have put a great Chinese New Year Festival together. Some events are not free (e.g. Film Festival), but the majority of events are free and you can find all the information about the festival here www.cny.ie
Here are some key events:
+ Fri 20 Jan: 18:30: Opera – Varvara Shavrova on Meeting House Square, Temple Bar cny.ie/headlines/E9700759051324033151037B00C0EFC7
On Saturday 21 Jan an Opera Makeup Workshop will take place and on Sunday 22 Jan Opera Family Portraits will be made for you. All events are free, but booking is required. On the website above.
+ Sun 22 Jan: Asia Market – Chinese New Year Carnival on Temple Bar Meeting House Square: cny.ie/headlines/4164C2AF84723C8EFD3461CBD7EADF2D
+ Lecture “Would a Chinatown work in Dublin?” on Wed 25 Jan 18:00 in DARC Space, North Great Georges St, Dublin 1 Booking required TODAY (Friday). cny.ie/headlines/B8778B596318133381A7E141220C401F
+ Harnessing the Dragon’s Energy: A Sino-Irish Business Seminar on Fri 27 Jan from 08:30-14:00 in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 cny.ie/headlines/39B571310607D5984E949755AA41DA4D
+ Chinese Porcelain – Lecture and Antiques Road show on Sun 29 Jan from 12:00-16:00 in the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Booking essential! cny.ie/headlines/C9DB49011C58CE073042AD2378FAB815
Check out all events here: cny.ie/headlines
I will definitely go to the Asia Market on Sunday on Meeting House Square! See more information about it in the Sunday section of this Dublin Event Guide.

Sat 21 Jan: 09:00-13:00 – Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin
In case you got lots of unwanted Christmas presents or if you got new replacements for older, but still sellable goods, you need to find people that want to buy it from you. Perfect place: A Car Boot Sale! Unfortunately there are not many car boot sales left, so the Tallaght Car Boot Sales is unique and it is (normally big). Last week only about 45 cars where there, but normally over 200 cars sell their goods. The Tallaght Stadium Car Boot Sale takes place every Saturday and is very popular. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red LUAS line terminal and numerous bus stops. For traders the Car Boot Sale opens at 07:00 for buyers from 09:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on www.irishcarboot.ie If you want to buy goods, just come after 09:00.

Sat 21 Jan: 10:00-20:30 – South William Space, 27 South William Street, Dublin 2.
The South William Space is a Holistic and Arts Centre and on Saturday they invite to an open day with lots of free classes and information. There will be free classes and talks in the following and more: Tarot, Yoga, Pilates, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Biodanze, Tantra, Laughter Yoga, Theatre, Film, Singing Bowl mediation, Free Movement, Kirtan and a Raw food cafe. The full schedule is here and the facebook page of the South William Space is www.facebook.com/SouthWilliamSpace

The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. The location of the new indoor market is 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto) an opening hours are 11:00-18:00. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. A near-permanent flea market for Dublin! www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Sat 21 Jan: 11:00 – National Gallery, Entrance Hall, Clare Street, Dublin 2
National Gallery of Ireland is providing a guided tour of “Nature in Art – European Masterpieces of the Collection”, which is specially organized for the Irish Wildlife Trust by Dr Marie Bourke, Keeper, Head of Education. Meeting point is in the entrance hall in Clare Street. Booking is required via dublinbranch@iwt.ie to secure your place iwt.ie/events/

Sat 21 Jan: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour now takes place every Saturday at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Sat 21 Jan: 14:00 – Johnston Suite, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. – The Round Table Conversation: “First Love – Drawing as record, memory and process of exchange” will take place. “Brian Fay (artist and Lecturer, DIT) chairs an open conversation exploring the relationship between drawing as an act of memory, invention, categorisation record and nostalgia. Panelists include Gary Coyle (artist), Jan Szymczuk (forensic artist) and Medb Ruane (writer and practicing psycho-analyst). The impetus for the discussion stems from First Love, an artwork by Neuenschwander which involves a forensic artist recreating an image of the face of a visitor’s loved one, who’s been lost in the past. The portraits produced are part memory, part fiction and the result of the partnership and exchange between narrator and recorder.” www.imma.ie/en/page_212467.htm

Sat 21 Jan: 14:00 – The New Theatre, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
“Citizen Dwyer” by Sean McCarthy, a historical novel about Michael Dwyer (The Wicklow Chief) is launched by Aonghus McAnally in the New Theatre. Sean McCarthy’s historical novel traces the story of Michael Dwyer – the Wicklow Chief – a revolutionary idealist, an inspirational guerilla leader, and a violent alcoholic. From his humble beginnings as a Wicklow farmer, the story of Dwyer’s life takes him from Ireland to Australia, from poverty to wealth, and from incarceration to freedom – from everybody but himself. Admission is free.

+ The Family Tour “Whale of a Time!” is taking place on Sat 21 Jan from 15:00-16:00 in the National Museum in Merrion Street (Natural History). “Fishy fun as we take an in-depth look at marine animals on this family tour, including the sharks and whales. No booking required.” Admission is free. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2601

Sat 21 Jan: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Skating on Ice” with Emma O’Toole. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Mon-Sat 16:00-18:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit A8, Airside Enterprise Centre, Swords, Co Dublin. Until the end of January, Astronomy Ireland will do Stargazing Telescope Watches every day. Powerful telescopes are available for you to use . Of all the stunning sights you will see, the most amazing one will be the huge planet Jupiter. Through the telescopes you will get to see its thick cloud belts and Great Red Spot, a storm which has been raging for centuries. Not only that, but you will also be able to easily see its four largest moons, known as the Galilean Moons, named after Galileo who saw them first over 400 years ago. For more information on the Telescope Watches please click her www.astronomy.ie/moonjupiter1201.php or call (01) 890 11 11.

Sat 21 Jan: 17:30-20:00 – 12-17 Marks Street (off Pearse St, beside St Marks Church), Dublin 2. The School of Improvisation, which is a music school, invites to an Open Day on Sat. This open day is for anybody interested in taking up music lessons or improving their current level, whether it’s singing, piano, guitar, bass, drums, saxophone or something else. Lessons are offered for Pop, Rock, Worship, Gospel, Classical & more! There will be some music performances, you can get all require information and there are complimentary drinks & snacks

Sat 21 Jan: 19:30 – Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Especially for the Year of the Dragon Dublin City Council’s Opera in the Open has developed a new Chinese style opera for the Lunar Spring Festival. Temple Bar Meeting House Square will host a unique performance of Puccini’s opera Turandot. It will be performed in Italian in an abbreviated version. “With its familiar arias (including the renowned tenor aria Nessun Dorma), this oriental fairytale of disguised identities, riddles, ritual executions and – of course, powerful, triumphant love – will be brought to life in the Opera in the Open style.” Tickets are free but must be booked in advance at cny.ie/headlines/C7AD69A1A5D9FBC1E557C811BF2CFF7B

Saturdays: 22:00-00:00 – Oil Can Harry’s, 31 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2
“The Urban Mojo Blues Band, a Dublin based five piece band drawing influences from electric Chicago blues and rock to produce a lively uptempo grooving blues will be performing every Saturday.” www.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Mojo-Blues-Band/87569518524 www.urbanmojobluesband.com

* 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. (Update: The Designer Mart is on a Winter Break until 04 Feb 2012.)
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-16:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food + there’s free popcorn and ballons&facepainting for the kids. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening: Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Nearly every day and especially at the weekend, the Porterhouse in Temple Bar is hosting live bands that are always worth a visit. www.porterhousebrewco.com/livetemplebar.html
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 22:00 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.com/
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with latin DJs. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing and you are invited to add your own percussion. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821

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(see Saturday section for overview and details for Asia Market and Chinese Carnival here in the Sunday section)

The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. The location of the new indoor market is 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto) an opening hours are 11:00-18:00. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. A near-permanent flea market for Dublin! Great! www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Sun 22 Jan: 12:00-18:00 – Temple Bar Meeting House Square, Dublin 2
An Asia Market and Chinese New Year Carnival will take place on Meeting House Square. In this very special year a unique Irish dragon has been designed and produced at a Shaolin Temple in Hong Kong and brought to Ireland for the Year of the Dragon. A special performance by Yung Ling Academy will ring in the Spring Festival with a blessing of the dragon by a Shaolin monk and an Irish druid. The carnival will also include Chinese food and craft stalls, information booths, authentic Chinese performances with dragon and lion dances, tai chi and martial arts displays. Traditional and Contemporary Chinese music, dance and fashion will also feature during the day. Food stalls will sell Chinese foods, while the programme takes place.
The entertainment programme looks like this:
12:00-13:00 Welcoming of the Dragon; Lion Dance; Martial Arts Performance;
13:00-13:10 Traditional Chinese Dance
13:15-13:45 Tai Chi Performance & Workshop
14:00-14:20 Han Costume T Walk
14:30-14:30 Chinese Karaoke
14:30-14:50 Tai Chi Performance & Workshop
15:00-15:30 Welcome of Chinese New Year; Speeches & Blessing; Lion Dance
15:30-15:40 Traditional Chinese Dance
16:40-16:50 Introduces Singers
16:00-16:10 Link to Beijing
16:10-16:30 Han Costume T Walk
16:30-17:00 Tai Chi Performance & Workshop
17:15-17:30 Dragon Dance Final
18:00 End
A very very detailed plan! Expect changes! ;-) cny.ie/headlines/4164C2AF84723C8EFD3461CBD7EADF2D

Sun 22 Jan: 12:00-15:00 – People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
With Christmas and New Years well behind us, it is time to kick start the new year and Dun Laoghaire does that reliable every year with a free family activity day that promises to get the whole family moving & put some much needed colour back in everyone’s cheeks! Kickstart 2012 aims to get people out and about to have some fun ESPECIALLY if your New Year’s Resolution is to get fit and healthy. The Dun Öaoghaire Rathdown (DLR) Sports Department will be on hand with some sporty fun and DLR Leisure Services will be in the park to offer their fitness assessment as well as information on the DLR leisure centres in the county. There will be bouncy castles and inflatable games with an active theme and face painters and the DLR Events DJ will complement the programme. Admission is free.
The weekly CoCo Market is taking place as well on Sunday in People’s Park with delicious (diet-challenging) food. www.dlrevents.ie/kickstart12.html

Sun 22 Jan: 12:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Sundays at Noon Concert Series takes place in the beautiful Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Now in its 36th year, this series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June. The next concert will be the Irish Youth Chamber Choir (Conductor Greg Beardsell) performing works by Pawel Lukaszewski, James Macmillan, Eric Whitacre, Greg Scanlon and Moses Hogan. www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/523-irish-youth-chamber-choir

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

+ The My Museum family event “Pictures of the Floating World” will take place on Sun 22 Jan from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). “Did you know the Japanese name for woodblock prints is ’Ukiyo-e’, which means ‘pictures of the floating world’! Find out more and make your own picture with artist Debra Bowden. Places limited and allocated on a first-come basis one hour before event starts.” Admission is free. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2602

Sun 22 Jan: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Approaches to Painting in Watercolour” with Eamon Coleman, Artist will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 22 Jan: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Looking for Trees!”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 22 Jan: 15:00-17:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – I got a mail for this event only a couple of hours before the deadline doe this issue of the “Dublin Event Guide” and I have to admit that I do not have a clue what the event is about. Hopefully some of you know what is meant with:
“Preparing for systems disruption, working out Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps, GIY, DIY strategies etc.” Everybody is welcome.

Sun 22 Jan: 17:00-23:00 – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). Saucy Sundays is a weekly live music afternoon and evening in the Grand Social. This week’s line up is: Myles Manley, The Strypes, Johnny Murphy, Alpaca Jamboree, TT Love, Red Dancers Cometh, Aaron Sheehan & Hugh Taggart. Details and links to the performing bands and artists are here: www.facebook.com/events/314699758568888/

Sun 22 Jan: 21:30 – The Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The weekly Sunday Roast is an event in the Mercantile where live music is combined with free roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/thesundayroast The next Sunday Roast has this line up: Rufus Coates and the Blackened Trees, The Statics, The Kartels, The Mistaken Dreams. Links to the band sites and more information can be found here: www.facebook.com/events/329143600436773/

Sun 22 Dec: 21:00 – Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of that there is some free ice cream. This Sunday’s line up is Sean Flanagan, Eddie Naessans, David Burke, Michael Noone and the main performer of the evening will be well-known Rory O’Hanlon. Danny O’Brien is the MC for the night. www.facebook.com/events/278461442218384/

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event on Sunday night in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with alternating (week by week) live bands Pavement Kings, Donna & The Sazzy Catz, The Mosquitoes and The Pacifics from 21:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie/events.php

Sun 22 Jan: 22:30-01:00 – The Mezz, 23/24 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The great Soul / Funk / Rock/ Reggae band “Mob Fandango” is every Sunday in the Mezz for a late night gig, but I am not sure if that will start again on 08 Jan or already this week. Their facebook page doesn’t give it away either. www.facebook.com/mobfandango

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

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

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Mon, Wed, Sat in Jan: 13:10 – Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 – The IFI continues with its free Archive at Lunchtime screenings. A number of free programmes will be shown at lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays. The details and the relevant dates when the programme will be screened are:
2, 4, 7 January: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-radharc-programme-1/
9, 11, 14 January: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-radharc-programme-2/
16, 18, 21: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-radharc-programme-3/
23, 25, 28, 30 January: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-radharc-programme-4/
This month the Archive at Lunchtime films celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment by Fr. Joe Dunn of Radharc Films, a company which between 1962 and 1996 produced a range of provocative, sometimes humorous and always informative films on social, political and religious issues. Admission is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk.

Mon 23 Jan: 13:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – “Adolescence 2: hormonised poems” is a collection of alternative love poems by Andalusian poet Manuel Arana and this book will be launched in the Instituto Cervantes. Taking inspiration from a range of contemporary and historical sources, his poems invite the reader into a playful conversation on the subject of love and all its subsets: friendship, doubt, metaphysics, tolerance, romance, excess, torment, truth, insomnia and waking revelation.

Mon 23 Jan: 20:00 – Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Disaffection presents: “An evening of play readings of new plays”. This is a new monthly night of new writing play readings by emerging and established Irish playwrights. The readings are “X and Y” by Niamh Moroney and “A Wishaw Funeral” by Del Lennon. The event starts at 20:00 sharp and there is no late admission. Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/12/28/disaffection-230112/

Mon 23 Jan: 21:00-23:00 – Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday and Monday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. This Monday’s line up is Magic George Quinn & Stephen Elliott with support from Marcus O’Laoire, Iain O’Connor & Colm McGlinchey (MC). www.facebook.com/events/241680122573840/

* 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 month. Jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams.
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Comedy Crunch – The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy in the Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* From 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 24 Jan: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Studies in Watercolour” with Ruth O’Donnell, Artist will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 24+31 Jan: 12:30-13:00 + 13:05-14:00 – National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 – The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Horizons 2012 Contemporary Music Series will take place over four Tuesday lunchtimes in January and is a free concert which showcases the work of emerging (‘Green Shoot’) and established composers as well as works by other figures who have influenced some of the featured composers. Karen Power and Garrett Sholdice feature as ‘Green Shoot’ composers; Ronan Guilfoyle and Kevin Volans feature as established figures. Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, another voice from the younger generation of Irish composers, will also feature as will Michael Alcorn, Morton Feldman, James Tenney and Giacinto Scelsi.
Each of the featured composers can also be heard in conversation at 12:30 before his/her concert in Composers in Conversation with Contemporary Music Centre Director, Evonne Ferguson. Admission to all concerts is free, but advance booking is advised. The featured composers are 24 January: Kevin Volans, 31 January: Garrett Sholdice.
More on the concerts, the composers and the programmes can be found here www.rte.ie/performinggroups/nationalsymphonyorchestra//horizons2012concertscomposersprogrammes.html

Tues 24 Jan: 18:40 (??) – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
“Absent Friends: The Naming of the Rooms” is a celebration of the contribution made to The Irish Writers’ Centre and to Irish literature by Eithne Strong, Robert Greacen, Eilis Dillon, Michael Hartnett, Benedict Kiely, Mary Lavin and James Plunkett. As a mark of appreciation the classrooms and reading room will be named after the writers. All are welcome to this evening of celebration. The website of the Writers’ Center didn’t specify a time when I checked, but I expect that the start time is either 18:30 or 19:00. You might want to check, though. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.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


Wed 25 – Sun 29 Jan: Temple Bar
For 5 days the Temple Bar Tradfest will take place in Temple Bar. Year after year the festival is getting bigger and better and this year there will be lot of family events and even outdoor stages with entertainment. The website is at www.templebartrad.com Unfortunately the organisers decided to use the awkward issuu reader to display the programmes instead of listing them in an easier readable way, but at least you will be able to get access to the information.
From Wed-Fri a few exhibitions will run already and the MusicTrail will already start on Wednesday. The main events will take place over the coming weekend and I will provide more information in next week’s Dublin Event Guide.

Wed 25 Jan: 18:00 – Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh Main Street, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. – To celebrate Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, who was born on 25 Jan 1759, Howard Linnane is organising a poetry reading on Wed and is inviting everyone. There will be some haggis to sample and some Scottish drinks. For more information ring Howard on 085-2350530.

Wed 25 Jan: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Lonely Voice Short Story readings will take place on Wed 25 Jan, where the four short-listed short story writers, will read from their winning stories. The readers will be selected anonymously by a guest judge.

Wed 25 Jan: 19:30 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“Window and Mirror: RTE Television – 1961-2011” is the title of a talk by John Bowman. Dr John Bowman, broadcaster and historian, will give an illustrated lecture about the challenges of writing his recent history of RTE television’s first fifty years. He will be available to sign copies of the book. Admission is free, all are welcome and booking is not required. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx?article=61723870-4f45-4953-81a3-18d09d9c2002

Wed 25 Jan: 20:30 – Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The hugely popular Brownbread Mixtapes is back. MC and organisers Kalle Ryan and Enda Roche have selected “Money” as this month’s theme and the line up is:
Music: The Dying Seconds + The Lazy Band
Musical Comedy: Trevor Browne
Spoken Word & Wit: Shane Lanagan
Sketch Comedy: The Brownbread Players
Admission is free, but make sure you come early it usually gets so full that you won’t get space if you arrive too late. brownbreadmixtape.wordpress.com/

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

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


Thurs 26 Jan: 10:00 – Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
A Chinese New Year event entitled “Dragon Stories and Dance” will take place in a number of libraries on Wed and Thurs. Admission is free, but booking is required. The libraries in which it will take place are Cabra, Central Library, Coolock and Raheny Libraries. The event is for children and is described as “Although dragons are usually associated with Asia, these mythical creatures can be found in fairy tales and folklore all over the world, including Celtic Ireland. To celebrate the Chinese New Year 2012, the Year of the Dragon, join us in Dublin City Public Libraries to explore dragon myths from China and Ireland. Head Druid Con Connors will be telling thrilling tales about Celtic dragons and heroes and Sufi Nicky Costello will be showing us how to perform basic Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance steps. These exciting events will take place in the following libraries:
* Cabra Library, Wednesday 25 Jan at 12:00
* Central Library, Thursday 26 January at 10:00
* Coolock Library, Thursday 26 January at 12:00
* Raheny Library, Wednesday 25 January at 10:00
A few more Chinese New Year Festivals in other libraries will take place as well and you can find them here

The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. The location of the new indoor market is 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto) an opening hours are 11:00-18:00. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. A near-Permanent flea market for Dublin! Great! www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

+ The Babies on Board Tour “A Little Bit Lost” will take place on Thurs 26 Jan from 11:30-12:15 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). The tour is targeted at Adults and Children aged 0-4. “Join artist Liz Smith and search for hidden animals lost in the Museum, followed by a story and puppet making! Places are allocated on a first-come basis 15 min before the event starts.” Admission is free. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2605

Thurs 26 Jan 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
A public lecture entitled “John Thomson’s Illustrations of China and Its People” by Professor Nick Pearce, Head of School, History of Art, University of Glasgow will take place. Admission is free. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Thurs 26 Jan, 16:00, New Galleries, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. – Irish artist Grace Weir will respond to selected works in the Rivane Neuenschwander exhibition. This gallery talk explores the nature of time in film and the portrayal of presence and absence in the artists’ work. Similarly overlapping themes are evoked in Neuenschwander’s film The Tenant and Weir’s film Dust Defying Gravity, from IMMA’s Collection. www.imma.ie/en/page_212471.htm

Thurs 26 Jan: 17:00 – Long Room Hub, Fellows Square, Trinity College Dublin, Dubloin 2. – The Institute for International Integration Studies invites to a public lecture by Dr. Eckhard Lübkemeier, Ambassador to Ireland of the Federal Republic of Germany, who will talk about “Never Waste a Good Crisis – Why Europe will prosper”. More details are here: www.dublin.diplo.de/contentblob/3400786/Daten/1878606/download_Public_Lecture_Crisis.pdf If you want to attend this lecture, you will have to reserve your plae by Friday 20 Jan by sending s mail to colette.keleher@tcd.ie

Thurs 26 Jan: 18:15 and 19:30 – iYOGA, 1st Floor, 365-367 North Circular Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7. – Over the four Thursdays in January, iYoga are offering free yoga classes and insights into the benefits of yoga and complementary therapies. Every Thursday at 18:15 a free Iyengar Yoga class will take place. From 19:30 then the following talk or demonstration will take place: 26 Jan Iyengar Demo. These evens and classes are free and you only have to register via info@iyengaryogacentre.com More information can be found here www.iyoga.ie

Thurs 26 Jan: 18:30 – County Library Tallaght, Town Square, Tallaght, Co. Dublin
South Dublin County Council and South Dublin Libraries, in association with Institute of Technology Tallaght, invites you to come along for an evening of Chinese and Irish Culture to celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dragon 2012.
Highlights of the evening include a Lion Dance by the Chinese Irish Cultural Academy, Traditional Chinese and Irish Stories, Chinese Cookery, Traditional Irish music and dancing and Chinese music. Chinese students studying at ITT Dublin will share their experiences of how the Institute of Technology Tallaght through its International Office is collaborating with the Nanjing University of Technology.
The line up for the day is
10:00 Chinese Arts & Crafts (School Visit)
11:30 Chinese Year of the Dragon Stories with Seosmah Ó Maolalaí (School Visit)
16:30 Chinese Cookery Demonstration with experienced Chinese chef
18:30 Launch of New Year’s Celebrations with Mayor Cllr. Caítríona
Jones & Registrar of ITT, John Vickery, who will talk about the experience
of collaborating with Nanjing University of Technology
ITT Students talk about the Year of the Dragon and about living in Tallaght
19:00 Lion Dance by the Chinese Irish Cultural Academy with live drummer
19:30 Traditional Chinese & Irish Stories for adults & children with Seosmah Ó Maolalaí, Chinese Music – Gu Zheng & Recorder
20:15 Irish Dancing with Scoil Rince Ní Aogain and music by Aoife Desmond & Friends
Screenings of 10 minute short film Yu Ming is Ainm Dom throughout the day
Admission is free and all are welcome.

Thurs 26 Jan: 18:30 – Business Information Centre, Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. – Through a range of events, including lectures, workshops, information stands, helpdesks, displays and user education programmes, the Dublin City Public Libraries’ Career Direction and Development Programme aims to provide concentrated support in sourcing employment opportunities, developing job-hunting skills, and adapting to career changes in the current dynamic environment.
“Sell Yourself In An Interview” is the topic at the next event and you will learn the essential skills with Declan Farrell (Carr Communications).
Earlier on the same day (26 Jan: 13:00-16:00) an Independent Colleges Free Helpdesk will help with questions about retraining, upskilling and course selection in the areas of Accountancy, Business, Law, Media or Journalism?
If so come along to Independent Colleges Free Helpdesk on Thursday 26th January from 1pm – 4pm.

Thurs 26 Jan: 18:30 – Bull & Castle, 5-7 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2
The next Dublin WordPress Meetup will take place on 26 Jan. The meetup is aimed at bringing together a community of WordPress business users/entrepreneurs, bloggers, developers. The meeting takes place on on the last Thursday of every month in the upstairs beer hall of the Bull & Castle next to Christ Church and all WordPress users and developers are welcome. www.meetup.com/Dublin-WordPress/events/42327322/

Thurs 26 Jan: 19:00-21:30 – NovaUCD, UCD Campus, Belfield, Dublin 4
“The UCD Commercial Law Centre will run the 16th “Handling Employment Law Issues” course on 26 Jan, which will run for ten weeks every Thursday evening until 29 March. The course is designed to take delegates through the important legal issues arising in the employer/employee relationship in its totality from the formation of the contract of employment to its termination whether by agreement or in conflict. The course is aimed at professionals in the human resource, personnel and management sectors, as well as professional advisors and trade union officials. More information is on www.ucd.ie/law/events/title,112826,en.html This website and the UCD site at www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?lang=en&dt=d.en.113580&f=week&d=27/01/2012&sd=Thursday,26January2012 doesn’t indicate if there is a charge for this course or not., so you might want to check.

Thurs 26 Jan: 19:30 – Twisted Pepper Café (Loft Bookstore), 54, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. – The Dublin Writers’ Forum is back after the Christmas break and welcomes writers of all genres, of all ages and all levels of experience. Founded and facilitated by writers Liz McSkeane and Anne Tannam, DWF is an open group of writers who share a common passion for all things literary. It is a safe ‘working space’ where on a weekly basis writers can bring their work to be critiqued by other writers. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/DublinWritersForum

Thurs 26 Jan: 20:00 – Gonzaga College, near Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
The monthly meeting of the Astronomical Society will take place in Gonzaga College in Ranelagh (directions are here: www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/?page_id=179). John Flannery will give a talk on the upcoming transit of Venus and the historical importance of the observation. Admission is free and all are welcome. The IAS Irish Astronomical Society is a society for amateur astronomers throughout Ireland.

Thurs 26 Jan: 20:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The lecture “The Future of Botany – A Personal Perspective” with the subtitle “The Life and Times of a Present Day Botanist” with Dr Trevor Hodgkinson is taking place. Dr Trevor Hodkinson has been a lecturer at Trinity College since 1997 and runs a busy research team at the Trinity Botany School. He is actively working to improve the quality of Irish timber and the productivity of exotic grasses as biomass crops. He will talk about his work and travels around the world. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

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 January will be “Mental Monty” and the films are: 26 Jan: The Holy Grail. www.odeon.ie/gallery.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.

Thursdays: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
Sin È are running regular live music events and one regular event is with the Brazilian Soul + Funk Band “Banda Baque Soul” on Thursdays. www.facebook.com/sin.e.dublin?sk=wall

Thurs 26 Jan: 21:30-11:30 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Dundrum Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14. – The Cabin Sessions in Uncle Tom’s Cabin take place with the McGrane Family, Cathy McEvoy (fiddle), Con Butler (bass), and Gerry Fitzpatrick (dobro). Special guests Tim Hawkins, Richard Hawkins, & Cathal Cusack (old-time American), Emma Butler (contemporary folk), Dave Hardy (clarinet). Admission is free. bluegrassireland.blogspot.com/2006/02/calendar.html

Thursdays: 21:30 – Frank Ryan’s Bar, Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Every Thursday “Left Right & Centre” plays a mix of blues & soul with a bit of rock&roll. www.frankryans.com/2011/10/10/left-right-centre-the-homecoming/

* Lunchtime Market at Christ Church Cathedral from 12:00-15:00. www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php
* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s, Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk) with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00 and the line up is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall
* Songs from a Café is a Dublin singer-songwriter showcase session, dedicated to the art of contemporary songwriting. 20:00-22:00 at Brick Alley Cafe. www.facebook.com/songsfromacafe
* The Max Zaska group and the Patrick Groenland group will perform on alternating Thursdays from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street.
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* Open Music Night in Darky Kellys pub in Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8 organised by the music duo R.E.D.. Would you like to perform or just listen? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Mic-Night-Dublin/121048244620948
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Fri 27 Jan: 08:30-11:30 – Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2
Leman Solicitors are hosting a seminar for early stage technology companie with leading stakeholders in the technology sector who provide or arrange financing for technology companies. The seminar is bringing together leading Venture Capitalists, Corporate Finance Advisors and Successful Entrepreneurs to share their practical experiences and thoughts on the fund raising process and the key issues that entrepreneurs need to consider throughout the process. The seminar will consist of presentations followed by panel discussions and Q&A sessions. There will be an opportunity to network with the panel participants and other attendees following the seminar. Admission is free and more information is here www.leman.ie/news_items/18 On the website you will also find out how to register.

27+29 Jan: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. – To mark the closing weekend of the exhibition Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other, in the New Galleries, IMMA invites you to a weekend of literary events including a rendition of Samuel Beckett’s novella First Love and of Arabian Nights. On Fri 27 Jan at 18:00, the IMMA Chapel is the venue for a reading by actor Conor Lovett, who will read an excerpt from Samuel Beckett’s novella First Love in response to Neuenschwander’s artwork of the same title. This takes the form of a short reading selected and performed by Lovett involving a dramatic narration and closes with a chaired discussion with Nicholas Johnson exploring the interpretation, translation and adaption of Beckett’s work in the performing and visual arts. www.imma.ie/en/page_212468.htm

Fri 27 Jan: 20:00 – Martello Tower Car Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4
The Sidewalk Astronomers, a grouping of the Irish Astronomical Society, is inviting everybody to find out more about Astronomy, to ask questions and to come to their next moon watch to observe the moon and other astronomical objects. www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/?page_id=59


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:

Thurs 02 Feb: 18:30 – James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s St., Dublin 1
The James Joyce Birthday Lecture “Joyce, Exiles, Suffragism and the Summer of 1912” with Professor Andrew Gibson will take place in the James Joyce Centre. Andrew Gibson is Professor of Modern Literature and Theory, Royal Holloway, University of London. The website at www.jamesjoyce.ie/detail.asp?ID=373 doesn’t request it but it might be advisable to reserve a place via info AT jamesjoyce.ie

Thurs 16 Feb: 18:00 – Royal Irish Academy (Academy House), Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Apologies that I have to misspell the main word in the title of the talk. Where I wrote “seks”, there should be a three letter word starting with an “s” and ending with a “x”, that sounds like “seks”. If I properly spelled that word, you yould most likely not get this e-zine because all sorts of Spam-Filters would ruthlessly catch it.
This Academy Discourse in the Royal Irish Academy is entitled “God and Seks: what the Bible really says” by Michael Coogan. Coogan is one of the leading biblical scholars in the United States, Michael Coogan is Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum and Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School.
Coogan has written many books about the bible and his newsest has the same title as he talk. Tthe Bible speaks with many voices, not one, and some of its values are no longer ours. A close look at the story of David and Bathsheba, one of the most famous and most ambiguous biblical narratives, will illustrate these issues.
It is another while until this talk will take place on 16 Feb, however Royal Irish Academy events are usually very popular and “sell out fast”. Admission is free, but you have to book your place for this event, so do it as soon as possible here

Sat 18 Feb: Áras Chrónáin Irish Cultural Centre, Watery Lane, Orchard Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. Creative Young Musicians have the chance to perform on stage with true professionals: Irish musicians Colm Quearney, The Kane Sisters and The North Strand Kontra Band will work with and perform alongside young musicians (Age 13-25) at the NOISE Sounds Music Festival on 18 Feb.
From 15:30-18:30 free workshops will take place:
* Songwriting Masterclass with Colm Quearney (aka Q)
* Trad Session with The Kane Sisters
* Brass Masterclass with The North Strand Kontra Band
NOISE South Dublin are opening their doors to all musicians from all music genres, aged 13-25 to take part in the first year of this unique Music Festival.
From 19:00-21:00 a performance featuring The North Strand Kontra Band, The Kane Sisters, Colm Quearney and festival participants will take place. There is an admission fee of EUR 5 for this gig.
To apply to take part in the Music Festival, check out www.noisesouthdublin.com for the application form and full terms and conditions or send an email to aduffy@sdublincoco.ie or ring 01 4149270 for application and details. The deadline for submissions is 03 February at 17:00. www.facebook.com/noisesoundsmusicfestival

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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. ;-)

Is this the oddest event of them all??? And do the Taoiseach, Ceann Comhairle and Chief Justice really witness that event every year? What would happen if they just decided not to do it anymore? OMG, would that mean Ireland would lose its sovereignty? I was not able to find any official notice of invitation to this event, but allegedly it is open to the public: Every year on 21 Jan at 12:00 the Irish Seal (which is an Irish harp) will be “turned” in the presence of the Taoiseach, Ceann Comhairle and Chief Justice. I know that every country has some odd ceremonies (e.g. the US flag ceremonies) and religious organisations are full of them anyway, but this ceremony seems soo archaic that it is just odd: The harp will be whiled around a few times and then declarations from 1919 will be read one after another after another. You would think that a modern state doesn’t need to repeat to declare its independence year after year after year! why – And why is the ceremony so little publicised? If it is meaningless then just forget about it. Based on the You Tube videos (search for “Turning of the Sovereign Seal” on You Tube and be amazed) the people that are involved take it VERY VERY serious. Odd! Maybe it is only some nationalist element that is so keen on this procedure, but then I wonder why the Mansion House is used for this event and why the mayor and possibly all the other three are present. www.irishpressreleases.ie/printer-page.php?p=15750


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This weekend is the Chinese New Years Festival and it is great that in the multicultural Ireland we celebrate this Festival as well as Africa Day and the Festival of Russian Culture, to mention just some of the recognitions of other cultures. Enjoy our multicultural Dublin!

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