Event Guide 45: Elvis Social Club Concert, Percussion Festival, Block Party – Dance, Pipeworks Organ Marathon

April 25th, 2008

Hi all!

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There is still another chance to enter the competition for tickets to the concert organised by the Elvis Social Club during which you will be able to see myself and about 20 others on stage.
From Fri 02 May-Sun 04 May, the Elvis Social Club is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ 68 Special, one of the first “unplugged” TV concerts and one of Elvis Presley’s most important gigs because it was the start of his comeback in 1968.
The Elvis Social Club has an interesting programme put together and as part of this programme we will perform twice. Kevin Doyle, The Way it Was Orchestra and the Graceland Gospel Choir will perform “Elvis – If I Can Dream” on Friday 02 May and on Sunday 04 May in the Red Cow Complex on the Naas Road (near the Luas Line). Both evenings will start at 19:00 and tickets are EUR 30.
This Weekend Elvis Charity Spectacular will benefit “Cinemagic – World Screen Festival for Young People”. www.cinemagic.co.uk
Performing with us is Ray Walker from Nashville who is and was a member of The Jordanaires and who sang with Elvis for 13 years. Ray was in Ireland before and performed with us last year in the Olympia in front of 800 people. He is great guy, an amazing singer, the same age as Elvis (73!) and full of hugely interesting stories.. In addition Jerry Schilling, a close friend of Elvis’ for 20 years and the former manager of The Beach Boys and Jerry Lee Lewis will be part of the event.
Come to this great event!! You can buy tickets for EUR 30 by ringing 01-4593650 or you can enter the Dublin Event Guide Competition. John Kavanagh from the Elvis Social Club made FOUR pairs of tickets available (two pairs for Friday and two pairs for Sunday) and if you want to win a pair of tickets, you have to send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject “Elvis” and with your mobile phone number and the day for which you want to win the tickets in the body of the mail. (If you don’t mind which day it is, just write “both days”.) Your mail has to be with me on Mon 28 April at 13:00. For more information about this event check www.elvissocialclub.net

“but what about the noise of crumpling paper…” is the title of the Festival of Percussion in Liberty Hall (Eden Quay) on Sat 26 April. Chris Stynes who is involved with the Royal Irish Academy of Music Rush Hour Recitals (great free events organised by the students of the academy) told me about this event and in the end managed to get two pairs of tickets for the event. Unfortunately it was a little late for last week’s Event Guide and with the event taking place already on Saturday any kind of competition would have been tight for this week, but then I dropped the ball and forgot to get back to Chris. So, unfortunately we won’t do a competition on this, BUT because Chris has put so much work in and because I messed it up in the end, I decided to include this non-free event anyway. It certainly does sound interesting!
The events during the festival are
— Latin Percussion Workshop with Fernando Hashimoto (Brazil) and Roberto Oliviera (Spain), 11:00-12:00, 6 Euro
— Jazz Impov for Drum Set Masterclass with Brian Wilson (New York), 12:00-13:00, 6 Euro
— 17:00-18:00 and 20:00-22:00 Concerts of contrasting programs featuring Lehman College Percussion Ensemble, Directed by Morris Lang (New York Philharmonic) and Royal Irish Academy of Music Percussion Ensemble, Directed by Richard O Donnell (RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland), 9 Euro per concert, 6 Euro for Students and OAP.
The concert programme includes:
– “Ionisation” by Varese (for 13 Solo Percussionists), which is the piece that famously inspired Frank Zappa to pursue a career in music.
-“Third Construction in Metal” By John Adams
plus music from young Irish composer Aengus Ó Maoláin and upcoming English composer James Else.
Places are limited and tickets can be bought at www.ctb.ie or phone 0818 205 205
Visit ergodos.ie/?page_id=25 for detailed information.


The Chester Beatty Library at the back of Dublin Castle (www.cbl.ie) is one of Dublin’s great museums (and a library!). Admission is free and in addition to great exhibitions on show, there are regularly many free events. Rie Mishima is part of the Dublin Event Guide community, does work in the library and she will keep us informed about their events from now on. This week the information comes with a very short notice, but maybe some of you will be able to make this: On Fri 25 April at 13:00 Dr Benoy Behl will present a short talk followed by the film “The Dance of Shiva, temples and sculptures of the Chola period (c.10 century AD) of Tamil Nadu, in South India”.

The Paul Kane Gallery (6 Merrion Square) is showing “Polish Strongholds” an exhibition of new works by Matthew O’Kane from Friday 25 April until Saturday 17 May. Gallery opening hours are Tues to Fri, 11:00 to 18:00, Saturday 12:00 to 17:00. The gallery is closed Sunday+Monday.
Since his experiences as an Erasmus exchange student in Krakow, Poland, Matthew O’Kane he has become interested in recording the situational aspects of travel and home through the media of Video, Charcoal drawings and painting.

New York based visual artist Ed Chaplin makes his Irish debut at thisisnotashop with a selection of drawings from a lifetime of work. Born in 1932, Chaplin has pursued a life in art and architecture outside the traditional gallery system. His meditative drawings combine blurred geometry and multiplex colours to form an exploration of total abstraction. Thisisnotashop is an alternative not for profit gallery space in 26 Benburb Street, Dublin 7. The exhibition is on show from 25 – 27 April only, so you have to be fast if you want to see it. Opening hours are 14:00 – 19:00

The Alliance Française in 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 is showing “Photograph on Canvas” by Sonny Condell from 22 April – 27 May 2008. Sonny Condell, founder member of the famous musical innovators, Tir na nOg and Scullion is perhaps better known as a performer and songwriter, than that of a graphic artist. However this new exhibition of his digital photographic collages will be his fourth in as many years. The work comprises a montage of digital photography, drawing and painting.
The official opening is on 01 May at 18:00. Yes, it is a little unusual to have the official opening a week after the exhibition is on show. For that reason I suggest that you double check that this is correct if you are interested in attending the official opening. www.alliance-francaise.ie/Newsletter/ Phone:01- 6761732

As part of the Dublin Dance Festival, Dance Theatre of Ireland will be performing in Grand Canal Square (on the south side of the Liffey, between Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and Pearse Street) on April 25+26 (Fri and Sat) at 12:00 and 13:00. The performance lasts 30 minutes and is an outdoor event. Tickets are not required and the event is free.
“Roving dancers and musicians, flying blocks, vanishing structures, instant architecture – it’s a BLOCK PARTY! This colourful outdoor spectacle unfolds at Grand Canal Dock – a movable feast for the eyes and senses, for the adult and the child (in you). Merging the worlds of dance, music and architecture, BLOCK PARTY will immerse you in a vibrant world of colour and play. Set to explosive percussion by Robbie Harris and Friends, Dance Theatre of Ireland perform within a design more clever than a Rubik’s cube on pointe.”
Thanks to Olwen Grindley for letting me know.

At 17:00 on Fri 25 April, The Aftermath will perform (and sign their new album) in HMV in Grafton Street. www.myspace.com/theaftermathband

Have you ever heard of Airfield in Dundrum? It is an old 35 acre estate/farm in the middle of greater Dublin, just off Upper Kilmacud Road between Dundrum and Stillorgan. (Balally is the nearest Luas stop). Airfield (www.airfield.ie) describes ” Enjoy the changing seasons as you walk around the old estate, taking in the wonderful selection of farm animals, our ornamental walled garden and the car museum which houses Letitia’s 1927 Rolls Royce, Naomi’s 1936 Austin Tickford and Lily’s 1920’s Peugeot.”
The sisters Letitia and Naomi Overend mentioned here were the last members of the Overened family who owned Airfield and an exhibition about them is on show until 04 May with the title “Letitia and Naomi: Independent Spirits”. The description says: “It is thanks to the generosity of Letitia and Naomi that we can enjoy the wonderful estate that is Airfield. They were strong independent women that were way ahead of their times, travelling internationally, giving huge amounts of time to various charitable organisations, and tending the gardens and farm at Airfield. Their records from their lives give us a unique insight into life from 1800’s up to the 1970’s. This exhibition takes photographs and information from our archives and brings to life the interesting lives of the Overend family and their contribution to our society.”
Unfortunately hardly any events at Airfield are free, but the exhibition is “free to the public”. Opening hours are Tues-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 11:00-17:00

The Gasworks Bar (former Kitty O’Shea’s) is continuing their Friday’s of live music.
Tonight (Fri) Brendan Keeley and Paul Skelton will perform in The Gasworks at 22:00. (The Gasworks Bar, Upper Grand Canal Street, Dublin 4 on 01 230 9628). www.brendankeeley.com. Paul Skelton probably has a similar website, but unfortunately I couldn’t find it.

Many of you have probably heard of the Taize Community, an ecumenical Christian monastic community in France. Because it reaches across all Christian religions and due to its international nature it is well known and seems quite popular.
On Fri 25 at 20:00, the Prior of Taize, Brother Alois, will be in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Marlborough Street for a an evening prayer for young people.


Michael Quinn told me about a fund-raising event organised by Pipeworks (formerly Dublin International Organ & Choral Festival) in Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday 26th April, from 10:00 to 16:00. Admission is free; tea and coffee will be available in the crypt. A team of organists will be playing short 15-minute programmes in succession during this time (Michael is playing at 10:30). Each player has arranged sponsors for their programme, so for you it is free, but I am sure if you want to contribute, your offer won’t be rejected. The event is to support the Pipeworks festival, which will be taking place 20-29 June in a number of venues in Dublin, Kilkenny and Dundalk. Full details of the festival are on www.pipeworksfestival.com.
The Marathon day on 26th April will conclude with a recital (admission EUR 10/EUR8) at 18:00, given by Irish organist Simon Harden (who’s currently based in Germany). He has won a number of prizes, including the Alkmaar organ competition, The Netherlands. Anybody who comes along to listen to some of the Marathon is as well welcome to become a Friend of Pipeworks Festival – details will be available at a stand in the Cathedral. Michael also pointed out that if anybody with corporate connections is interested in becoming a sponsor of Pipeworks they can contact him via mppquinn [AT] eircom.net. Any support is very welcome.
I will try to listen to some of the music during the Organ Marathon, maybe you will support them too!?

There are two more performances on Sat of “Block Party”. See the Friday events for details.

On Sat 26 April at 13:00, Cowboy X will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street. www.myspace.com/cowboyxmusic

The Science Gallery in the Naughton Building at the back of Trinity College (near Pearse Street DART Station) is opening with a new exhibition this weekend: “Shirts that send hugs from a loved one, spray-on dresses and semi-living clothes. This is not a scene from a science fiction movie, but from the new exhibition TechnoThreads, starting this Saturday, 26th April. TechnoThreads is all about the creative sparks that fly when the worlds of fashion and science collide. The exhibition, running from 26th April – 26th July 2008, offers you a glimpse into the future of fashion in a world where Biotech and Nanotech are combined with traditional craft and Haute Couture skills. Admission is FREE. Opening hours Tue-Fri 12:00 – 20:00, Sat/Sun 12:00 – 18:00
Technothreads is more than an exhibition. You can take part in a range of thought-provoking workshops, talks and debates, and watch films. Book tickets at www.sciencegallery.com/events This weekend’s event is called “Future of Fashion: Clothes with a Conscience?” and the description says “Fashion embodies beauty and controversy. From biotechnology and wearable sensors, to sustainability, join panellists Oron Catts, Marie O’Mahony and Dermot Diamond as they explore some of the issues currently making headlines.” The discussion takes place on Sat 26th April, 14:00 – 15:30. Admission to the discussion is free, but you have to pre-book on www.sciencegallery.com/events
Workshops on Bioresponsible Wearables and Gaming & Textiles, talks such as Future of Fashion and From Skinning Machines to Skinning Humans and films such as The Man in the White Suit and China Blue will follow and to find out the full programme of events, go to www.sciencegallery.com

The National Gallery offers a regular Saturday Family Program. This Sat 26April from 15:00-16:00 the theme is “Furry Mammals”. The programme is free and is suitable for children from 4 -10 working together with the accompanying adult. The number is limited to 70 (first come first served) and it will take place in the Baroque Gallery. www.nationalgallery.ie

The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology & History in Kildare Street in Dublin 2 is running a Family Event on Sat 26 April for all ages from 11:00-12:00 with the title “Vikings”. “Get your hands on Viking artefacts. Come and discover our Viking collection and then handle artefacts from the Viking chest.” Admission is free.

On the same day 26 April, but this time in the National Museum in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) near Heuston Station from 12:00-12:30 an Adult Gallery Talk “The Irish at Gallipoli in World War One” by Curator Lar Joye in the Soldiers & Chiefs – WW1 section will take place.

Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets, the Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane, are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.

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The Hugh Lane Gallery is continuing their Sunday at Noon series concerts. This week Concorde, the contemporary music ensemble, will perform “European Connections: Ireland/Slovenia (Part I)”. The concert in the Hugh Lane Gallery (Parnell Square North) starts at 12:00 and goes on for one hour. Admission is free. www.concorde.ie

I have never experienced it and I need you to tell me if it is still on: In 2004 the Speaker’s Square project was launched and I read that every Sunday from 14:00-18:00 “ranters, ravers, poets and debaters” are still welcome to speak up on Temple Bar Square. The website speakerssquare.org is unfortunately defunct and I have never seen anybody there ranting and raving (apart from drunks on a Saturday night), but I have a flyer in front of me that I picked up just last week in the Temple Bar Information Centre! So is it still taking place or not? Does anybody know?

It might surprise you, but Ireland had a vibrant and active Jewish community in the area around Portobello and there is still a Jewish bakery (“Bretzel”) there that bakes kosher food. The Jewish community is in decline since the 1950s, but the “Irish Jewish Museum and Heritage Centre” in 3 Walworth Road (off Victoria Street), near South Circular Road in Dublin 8 is telling their history. Admission to the museum is free (donations are accepted) and opening times are until 30 April on Sundays 10:30-14:00 and from 01 May-30 Sept on Sun, Tues+Thurs from 11:00-15:30. If you have a bit of time on a Sunday, have a look at this historic aspect of Dublin.

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

______Next Week_______________

“Now that getting older no longer means slowing down” is the title of a lecture by
Justice Catherine McGuinness, President of the Law Commission on Mon 28 Paril at 18:30 in the Maxwell Theatre, Hamilton Building. I am NOT 100% certain that this event is free, please note that! The lecture followed by a reception and to to reserve a seat please contact Emma Coonan, phone 01-896-2088, email coonane@tcd.ie

The Royal College of Physicians is inviting to a free talk “Childhood Obesity-A Sizeable Problem”. The sixth in the RCPI Public Meeting Series ‘Promoting a Healthy Nation’ takes place on Tues 29 April at RCPI, No. 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, at 18:00-20:00. “Chaired by Ray D’Arcy, the meeting will address important issues concerning the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity and discuss the roles of physical activity and nutrition. With families and health services working together we hope to have Ireland leading the way in the fight against this sizeable problem.
This meeting is open to all members of the public and there is no charge for attendance. However in order to cater for the expected numbers wishing to attend, members of the public are asked to apply for tickets in advance.” To apply for tickets contact Edel Harrington 01- 8639700 or email college@rcpi.ie. www.rcpi.ie/PublicMeetings

The Dublin Art and Technology Association (D.A.T.A) is inviting to “DATA:EVENT:30 – Special 30th Event Anniversary” in the Science Gallery at the back of TCD on Tues 29 April at 20:00. DATA was formed in March 2002 with the intention of promoting, exploring, discussing, and exhibiting art and technology in Ireland and the world. Based in Dublin, DATA is built on the idea that collaboration between artists, musicians, technologists, and academia is the key element in creating a cultural environment for the dialogue and conception of technological art practices.
Speakers at the next event are Alessandro Ludovico (Italia), a media critic and the editor in chief of the magazine Neural, Jaime Villarreal (Mexico), an artist, technologist and researcher whose work explores the use of emerging technologies and electronic media as tools for creative expression, and Ivan Twohig (Ireland), an artist and student of the NCAD.
All D.A.T.A. events are free and open to the public and more information about the event and the speakers can be found here www.data.ie/

A book launch is taking place in the Alliance Française in 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 on Wed 30 April at 18:00. “Samuel Beckett taught French literature in Trinity College, Dublin, in 1930-31. Among the relatively rare documents relating to these lectures, the most complete are contained in the notebook left to Trinity College in 1977 by one of Beckett’s students, Rachel Burrows.
This document, which has never been published before, nor even studied in full, represents the main focus of Beckett before Beckett. Its contents allow us to better understand Beckett’s ideas about literature. Brigitte Le Juez’s study of Rachel Burrows’ notes explores the early articulations of artistic principles that would inform the work of one of the greatest writers. Brigitte Le Juez is Head of the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies in DCU. Dr Phyllis Gaffney, School of Languages and Literatures UCD, will launch the book.”

A regular event, that deserves to be mentioned again: Every Wednesday Bruxelles in Harry Street (just off Grafton Street near the Westbury Hotel) has an Open Mic Session called “The Zodiac Session”. Eight or so musicians go up, play a few tunes and express their musical talents. The event starts at 20:30 and finishes at about 01:00 and admission is free. Closer to the Wednesday the band list is usually on www.thezodiacsessions.com. The line up has a nice mix, so there should be something for everyone.

The Start Your Own Business! series of free lectures called “ILAC Library Talks” in the Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1 is continuing. The lectures take place between 18:30 and 19:45 and admission is free, but booking is essential. To reserve a place for the complete programme or an individual lecture, ring the Business Information Centre (01) 873 3996, email: businesslibrary@dublincity.ie or the Open Learning Centre (01) 873 4333, email: openlearning@dublincity.ie or call into the Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1.
The next lecture, on Thurs 01 May, deals with “Finance for the Small Start Up”, presented by Ron Immink. www.dceb.ie/event-calendar#dceb-event

The Instituto Cervantes (Spanish Cultural Institute) will show the Mexican film “El Angel Exterminador” on Wed 30 Apr at 18:30. The film screening is free and the film will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles.
dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha48435_16_2.htm. The Instituto Cervantes has its offices in Lincoln House on Lincoln Place (back of TCD, between Kildare Street and Westmoreland Street).

The National Concert Hall does offer Parent & Toddler Workshops. These workshops are not free, but since I know that a good few of you currently have or will soon have children that are either in the right age group or are getting there faster than you think, I mention this one again and despite the price. I think it is a great idea to teach a child languages and music etc from an early age and the National Concert Hall is helping with these workshops for children of 6 months to 3 years: www.nch.ie/Learn—Explore/Parent-and-Toddlers.aspx
In the Learn&Explore section are many more events (including free dance and music tasters for above-55 year olds!) for many different age groups, so have a look. www.nch.ie


I am regularly asked where and how I find out about these events. This week I got about 7 e-mails with different type of event announcements (not all are suitable). I checked through a large pile of publications and leaflets that I picked up during the week and checked approx. 120 web pages with different type of event announcements. And what you have just read is the condensed version of this weekly research. :-)

Enjoy the weekend!


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