Event Guide 44: Elvis Social Club Concert, Lindsay’s Africa Pub Quiz, Rathmines Festival, Franco Irish Literary Festival, Visit 2008, Dance Festival, Baroque Master Class + Concert

April 18th, 2008

Hi all!

I had a good, busy weekend and I hope – with or without the help of this Event Guide – you had a great time as well. :-) I helped training Krav Maga (a self-defense type) to a big group of people and will tell you more about that hobby of mine next week or so. In addition I was at the Messiah on the Street performance in Fishamble Street on Sunday and while the weather gods were not hugely co-operative, it was a very interesting event. – Did any of you go to the Budrising event in the Docklands? If you did, I am keen to find out more about it, especially about the venue.

A little problem hit me this week, not really bad news, but maybe you can help with it. I haven’t found a good solution to solve it yet. Since January, when I started the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” group on facebook, loads of you found out about this Event Guide via facebook and joined the Event Guide community. There was always a discrepancy between the facebook members and the people on the distribution list. More people join the facebook group than subscribe to this weekly newsletter and the consequence is that many of the facebook group members don’t ever get to see this e-mail. In the past I did send a few reminder mails to the whole facebook group and every time after sending such a mail, I “woke up” at least 30-40 people who then subscribed to the e-mail. Since last weekend, the facebook group has grown to more than 1200 members and while this is a good thing. Facebook doesn’t allow any group mails in groups with more than 1200 members. So, that means that I can’t “wake up” non subscribing group members (at least 300!!) anymore. Now, where can you help with that? If you talk to family, friends and colleagues and the topic of the Event Guide comes up, tell them that they HAVE to send a mail to me (dublineventguide@gmail.com) to be added to the list. Joining the facebook group is not sufficient.

And two more little notes: Last week I was informed by one of our Community Members that the Event Guide in his Gmail Inbox was flagged as “spam”. This seems to be the first time that happened, but it means that you might have to watch out for it. If one week you didn’t receive the Event Guide by mid morning on a Friday, check your Spam-Folder and if you find the Event Guide in there, make sure that you tag it as “NOT Spam”. Oh and if any of you don’t want to receive it any more, PLEASE don’t tag it as Spam or Junk, but just drop me a mail with “Unsubscribe” in the Subject line or the body of the mail. If you tag it as Spam or Junk, your service provider might declare all mails coming from me (even to other people who still want it) as Spam.

And the final “organisational” message before we come to a LONG list of events this week: You might remember that I mentioned recently that I am looking for ideas for sponsorship and for raising some funds to cover the cost of this Event Guide. I got a number of interesting ideas and am working on some of them. One suggestion was that I would look for an easy way so that you can contribute a bit IF YOU WANT. No worries, this newsletter is free and will always remain free and nobody will ever be expected to pay and I won’t bother you with begging letters either. :-) But if a few of you would like to help out a bit financially, you can do that via Paypal by following this link: tinyurl.com/68dmlq All contributions are appreciated, but nothing is expected!!!


Most of you know by now that I sing in the backing choir of the best ;-) Elvis Tribute Band and that we recently filled the National Concert Hall. For our next concerts I was able to get free tickets for a competition and after talking to John Kavanagh from the Elvis Social Club again during the week when I asked him for which day the free tickets were for, he was so kind to add another pair of tickets. So read on…
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. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley's_'68_Comeback_Special
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 (on 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”. Cinemagic is a Belfast charity that embraces the magic of film, television and digital technologies to educate, motivate and inspire young people through the medium of workshops. Cinemagic caters for young people (from 4 to 25) with just about every level of interest in film – whether they want to watch and enjoy, create their own work or take things one stage further and find out more about a possible career in the film or television industry. The Cinemagic – World Screen Festival is taking place from the 23 April in Dublin.
As I said last week: If you thought that an Elvis Tribute Concert with a brilliant Elvis performer and an amazing band and choir is already a good thing, it gets better! 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 is a lovely guy, the same age as Elvis, full of hugely interesting stories and a great singer. 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.
So it promises to be an unforgettable event and you can be part of it. You can buy tickets for EUR 30 by ringing 01-4593650 and you can hope for Lady Luck to help you and 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 even more information about this event check www.elvissocialclub.net

Lindsay Rountree, a friend of mine and tireless worker for good causes, is organising a Pub Quiz to raise funds for “Lindsay’s Africa Project” www.lindsaysafricaproject.blogspot.com. But let me hand over to him “Lindsay’s Africa Project Pub Quiz. The quiz where it’s fun not serious! The quiz where because Lindsay set the questions, they’re easy! The quiz where the losers have more chances to win than anyone! Normally there’s a EUR 10 entry fee per person (we’ll help you to join into teams of 4) then answer topical questions, to win honour and possibly prizes!! But the first 4 people to come from the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” participate for free!” So, all you have to do is to go on Thur 24 April to the Chaplin Pub (beside the Screen cinema, Hawkins St) and be there close to 20:15. When you get in ask for Lindsay and tell him that you are part of the Dublin Event Guide Community. The first four people that do that will get in for free. The pub quiz runs from 20:30-23:00.

The Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray is showing “Mandscape” from 11 April – 10 May. Mandscape is an exhibition of landscapes where mankind is present, or where mankind has left a trace. Curated by Martin Drury, founding director of The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, from The Ark’s visual art collection, this exhibition offers children and their families an opportunity to form and explore ideas about urban and rural landscapes through art of different media.
Mandscape features works by contemporary artists Brian Bourke, Oliver Comerford, Daniel de Chenu, Michael Durand, Martin Gale, Joy Gerrard, Nickie Hayden, Clare Langan, Brendan Neiland and Barbara Rae.
The exhibition is free, but the workshop for children on 10 May does cost EUR 8: Children can take part in the Mandscape Drawing Workshop with artist Liz Smith on Saturday 10 May at 14:30. Children aged 10 and upwards will be given the chance to use their local environment as a catalyst to designing a futuristic building that will continue to grow and change. The workshop will develop skills in observation, perspective and spatial awareness, through drawing. The workshop will take place in the Mermaid gallery and encourages children to respond to the exhibition.
The Mermaid Arts Centre is in Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow (www.mermaidartscentre.ie, 01 272 4030) and the Mermaid Gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 18:00. Admission is free.

The Temple Bar Gallery shows a joint exhibition of siblings John Gerrard and Joy Gerrard from 11 April – 24 May. Gallery Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00-18:00, Thursday: 11:00-19:00. The Temple Bar Gallery & Studios are in 5-9 Temple Bar. www.templebargallery.com. Reading between the lines (Why can’t galleries clearly say what type of “art” an artist uses???), I understand that Joy draws and John uses 3D animations.

Frozen in Time, Photographs of Dance is a world-wide touring exhibition presented by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Dublin Dance Festival and DanceHouse. This stunning exhibition features a series of images that set out to preserve the fleeting fragments of movement that become lost amidst a sequence of dance, offering a unique opportunity to view dance devoid of motion. Frozen in Time includes work by Peter Welz, Gert Weigelt and features images of The Forsythe Company, who are performing in this year’s festival. Frozen in Time is on show from 01 April – 20 April in the Dance House, Foley Street, Dublin 1. Admission is free and the opening hours are Mon-Thurs 10:00 – 22:00, Fri+Sat: 10:00 – 18:00, Son 12:00-17:00.

The best kept festival secret is the fact that the Rathmines Festival is taking place this whole weekend. I am not sure if the organisers wanted to keep the festival local and therefore didn’t tell anybody or if they just didn’t know who to tell. Of all the websites that I track every week, only one single one mentioned this Festival! The whole program is at www.rathminesfestival.com/RathminesFestival2008.pdf and some more information you find on the webpages at www.rathminesfestival.com
Because there are so many events, I will list them for the relevant weekend days separately.
Here are all the free events on Friday:
10am – 1pm Dharma: Tai Chi in the Park with Sarah Crosbie, Belgrave Square
10am – 6pm Menagerie a Trois: Art and sculpture exhibition, Book Cube Gallery 1pm – 8pm Teenager’s Photographic Competition – announcement of winners and exhibition, Stair Case, Swan Center
12.30pm – 2pm Oxfam Fairtrade Spring Celebration announcement of winner of short story competition, Rathmines Library
2.30pm – 5.30pm Bowling for Pleasure, 52 Grosvenor Rd
5.30pm – 9pm European Meeting: Italian & Irish Video/Art Exposition with Nantes Photographic display, DIT Grand Hall
2.45 – 4.45 Dharma: Mindfulness workshop-relaxation and meditation. Please bring a mat or blanket, Rathmines Library
7pm – 9pm Pays Blanc Pays Noir Choir from St Nazaire, Our Lady of Refuge Church
10.30pm till late Festival Club: Rob Smith and special guest, Mother Reilly’s Pub
With so many free events on offer, it is only fair to mention the non-free events too:
6pm – 7.30pm Flute and Piano Recital by Emer McDonough and Catherina Lemoni-O’Doherty, DIT Main Theatre, EUR 5
5pm – 6.30pm Dance: Tango Workshop. For 18 years and older, DIT, EUR 5
6.30pm – 8pm Dance: Hip Hop Workshop. For 18 years and older, DIT EUR 5
8pm – 9pm Festival Drama – Premier of “The Mines Dublin 6” written by Tommy O’Neill of Fair City, St Mary’s College, EUR 10
10.30 till late The FitzaFrenic: rock multi-instrumentalists, Lower Deck Pub, EUR 10
10pm till late Festival Club: with Lynda Lucas and her six piece band, Slattery’s Pub, EUR 10

In addition to the “Rathmines Festival” and “Visit 2008”, the third BIG event this week is the 9th Franco Irish Literary Festival. Organised by the Alliance Française Dublin and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, it will be held on the 18th and 19th April 2008 in the Coach House, Dublin Castle and on the 20th April at the Alliance Française (Kildare Street). All events are open to the public and are free!! The website is www.francoirishliteraryfestival.com/2008/ and the programme in brief is:
—Friday (18 April) in Coach House
2.00pm Opening of the festival, H.E. Mr Yvon Roé D’Albert, Ambassador of France to Ireland
2.15 to 4.15pm Panel discussion, Love secrets, Moderator: Jean-Philippe Imbert
With: Nicolas Fargues, Dominique Fernandez, Camille Laurens, Colette Nic Aodha, Pedro Serrano.
4.30 to 5.45pm, Café Littéraire, Moderator: Johnnie Gratton
Presentation of their latest work by: Louis Gauthier, Philippe Grimbert, Fred Johnston
6.00 to 7.00pm, Readings, Introduced by Sinéad Mac Aodha
With: Dermot Bolger, Patricia Nolan, Pedro Serrano, Colette Nic Aodha.
(readings in English, Irish and Spanish)
—Saturday (19 April) in Coach House:
10.30am to 12.00 Panel discussion, Childhood secrets and family secrets, Moderator: Emer O’Beirne, With: John Boyne, Anne Enright, Frédéric Ferney, Philippe Grimbert, Evelyn Schlag, Jan Costin Wagner.
12.15 to 1.15pm An hour with…, Moderator: Jean-Philippe Imbert, Interview with: Anne Enright
1.15 to 1.45pm Signings
3.15 to 4.30pm Panel discussion, Secrets, gossip and hearsay, Moderator: Jean-Philippe Imbert, With: Sorj Chalandon, Frédéric Ferney, Louis Gauthier, David Park, Pedro Serrano
4.45 to 6.00pm Café Littéraire, Moderator: Dominique Le Meur
Presentation of their latest work by: John Boyne, Nicolas Fargues, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jan Costin Wagner.
6.15 to 7.15pm Readings, Introduced by Joe Woods, With: Fred Johnston, Camille Laurens, Evelyn Schlag (readings in French and German)
—Sunday (20 April) in Alliance Francaise:
11.30am to 12.30 An hour with…, Moderator: Antoine Boussin, Interview with: Dominique Fernandez
12.45 to 2.45pm Literary brunch, Secrets, politics and societies, Moderator: Lara Marlowe, With: Dermot Bolger, Sorj Chalandon, David Park, James Ryan, Evelyn Schlag, Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

In the context of the Franco Irish Literary Festival, the Alliance Francaise is instigating a Bookcrossing: “Everyone knows the feeling, when you close a book that you liked, which affected you, to want to share it with someone else. Since the minstrels of the Middle Ages to today’s city dwellers, books have been shared and travel at the whim of their owner. Bookcrossing offers a simple way to share books with strangers, and follow their trail. Bookcrossing began in April 2001 in the United States. It now has just over 350,000 members in more than 90 countries. This treasure hunt of a new sort consists of leaving a book with an identifier in the open enabling its journey to be tracked as it is found, then left down again in a different place. An Internet site, bookcrossing.com, acts as a base for records and follow up. To date, over 2 million books have been left and recorded.
There are three simple rules:
– Find one of 100 books that we have left around. Information and details are available on bookcrossing.com, you can see here which books are released, travelling, or caught.
– Sign in this book on the site bookcrossing.com by entering the BCID code (BookCrossing ID) written on its first page.
– Read the book and release it anywhere so that its adventure can go on.
Under the Franco Irish Literary Festival, for the second time in Dublin, we are organising, a huge leaving of 100 books (in French and in English) all over Dublin. The authors invited to the festival will be foregrounded, but also many Irish writers.”
A nice idea! Let me know if you came across a book!!!!

Like with regular live events in pubs, I won’t list these film screenings every week, but I will mention them every now and then only. However, this week I received a mail with the new website address for the The Worldview Film Club and so I will mention it again this week. As I had explained last week, the film club is a project by a group of young Bahá’ís that believe that arts can advance the affairs of mankind. The presentation of the movies is followed by discussion on various topics by the participants.
The movies are presented in the National Bahá’í Centre in Dublin in 24 Burlington Road, Dublin 4 (near the former Burlington Hotel) and all screenings are free of charge. Worldview Club events are on every Friday starting at 18:50. The next event is today (Fri 18 April). The theme is “Faith” and the film shown is the 1976 film with Anthony Quinn “The Message – The story of Islam”. If you want to receive regular invitations for the events you can contact worldview.filmclub.dublin@gmail.com or you can check from now on worldview.project.googlepages.com/

“The Irish Times: Past and Present” is a new book by John Martin and it will be launched on Fri 18 April at 19:30 in Liberty Hall. The main speaker at the launch is Conor Lenihan T.D., Junior Minister for Integration.
The book description says: “This book is a comprehensive review of the history of The Irish Times since its foundation in 1859, drawing on archival records, interviews and other primary sources – including the British Public Record Office. It covers the early development of the newspaper as the organ of Anglo-Ireland, and examines the positions it adopted throughout the turbulent century and a half that followed. It reveals for the first time the strange legal and financial structures of the newspaper and examines conflicts involving some of its leading personalities.”

The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Trinity College Dublin will mark ‘World Heritage Day’, Friday, 18 April 2008, with a World Heritage forum.
The event will take place in the Swift Theatre from 16:00-18:00 and admission is free. ICOMOS – The International Council on Monuments and Sites, is hosting this International Day for Monuments and Sites 2008. The theme for this year is “Religious Heritage and Sacred Places” – which is particularly appropriate for the Hill of Tara. The purpose of the TCD event is to launch a fresh international appeal, calling on ICOMOS International to insist that the M3 motorway be rerouted away from the Hill of Tara complex, before it is nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Legal issues relating to the M3 motorway at Tara will be outlined by Frank Callanan, SC, at the World Heritage Day forum, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), on Friday 18th April.
Speakers at the TCD event will include:
– Aideen Ireland, President of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
– Dr Sarah Alyn-Stacey, Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, TCD
– Frank Callanan, SC, about legal issues relating to the M3 motorway at Tara
– Lisa ‘Squeak’ Feeney – Member of the Rath Lugh Direct Action Camp. Graduate of TCD.
– Vincent Salafia – of TaraWatch. Graduate of TCD.
All are welcome and admission is free.
More information:

Amnesty International, Trócaire, Christian Aid and the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa have come together in organizing an ecumenical prayer service for peace and justice in Zimbabwe. The service will be followed by an event to mark Zimbabwean independence with food, music and guest speakers, including from the Zimbabwean community in Ireland. Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin the Most Revd Dr John Neill will officiate at the service. Barry Andrews TD will be speaking at the Independence Day celebration along with other guest speakers
Ecumenical Service at St. Ann’s Church, Dawson St, Dublin 2.The Independence Day celebration will take place at Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
Service from 19:30-20:30. Independence Day celebration from 21:00

The Gasworks Bar (former Kitty O’Shea’s) is continuing their Friday’s of live music.
Tonight (Fri) the Tributes will perform in The Gasworks at 22:00. (The Gasworks Bar, Upper Grand Canal Street, Dublin 4 on 01 230 9628). Only after a LONG search with Google I found a website for the band. Maybe “Tributes” is not the best band name?! www.myspace.com/thetributesireland. Unfortunately there is not a single song sample on the website.


The great thing about Festivals like the one in Rathmines is that there is something for every age group to do and for every interest category. Sure the real “top acts” are missing, but I am impressed with what the organisers were able to put together.
Saturday in Rathmines is just bursting with free events:
10am – 8pm Teenager’s Photographic Exhibition Staircase, Swan Centre
10am – 6pm Menagerie a Trois: Art and sculpture exhibition by UK artists, Book Cube Gallery
11am – 121.5pm Dharma: Tai Chi in the Park with Sarah Crosbie, Belgrave Square
11am – 6pm European Meeting: Italian & Irish Video/Art Exposition with Nantes Photographic display, DIT Grand Hall
11am – 12noon Musical Storyteller: Toby Kinsella, Town Hall
12.30pm – 7.30pm Leinster 1st XI v Belvedere 1st XI. Start of Leinster Open Tennis Tournament, Leinster Sports Club
1.30pm – 2.15pm Púca Puppets for young children, Town Hall
1.30pm – 3pm Ceardlann Sean-Nós do tosnathóirí le Máiread Ni Fhlatharta. Level 1, Rathmines Library
3.15pm – 4.45pm Ceardlann Sean-Nós do tosnathóirí le Máiread Ni Fhlatharta. Level 2, Rathmines Library
2.30pm – 3.15pm Púca Puppets for young children accompanied by adults, Town Hall
2pm – 4pm Guided Tour: Cathal Brugha Barracks, Cathal Brugha
2pm – 4pm Basketball performance and coaching by University of Notre Dame, Indiana, St Mary’s
2pm – 3pm Medieval Dublin interactive DVD and film, Town Hall
2pm – 3.30pm Dharma: Gut Instinct. Talk/Q&A, DIT
3pm – 4pm Book reading for children by author Enda Wyley, Dubray Books
4.30 – 6pm Rathmines Forum: Trial By Media, Town Hall
5pm – 6pm Medieval Dublin interactive DVD and film Town Hall
7.30 – 8.30 Readings by members of Rathmines Writers Workshop, Town Hall
7pm – 10pm Bollywood movie screening: Rang De Basanti, Main Theatre DIT
8pm – 10pm DIT Wind Ensemble and DIT Wind Sinfonia. John Meehan, conductor, St Louis High School
And again, with so many free events a bit of advertisement for non-free events is only fair:
2pm – 3.60pm Anthony Cronin: reads from his work and gives a talk based on it, Town Hall, EUR 5
2pm – 4.30pm Dharma: Tibetan Singing Bowls & Chanting the Chakras, Main Theatre, DIT, EUR 10
2pm – 3.30pm Dance – Contemporary dance for children 7 – 12 years, DIT, EUR 5
3.30pm – 5pm Dance – Hip hop dance workshop for children 7 – 12 years, DIT, EUR 5
5pm – 6.30pm Dance – Hip hop dance workshop for children 7 – 12 years DIT, EUR 5
5pm – 6.30pm Dance – Tango workshop. For 18 years and older, DIT, EUR 5
6.30pm – 8pm Dance – Salsa workshop. For 18 years and older, DIT EUR5
8.30 – 10.30pm Mélange: Your MC Proinsias O’Ferfaille with Bugle Babes & Shirley Temple Bar, Town Hall, EUR 10
8pm – 10pm Drama: Thanks for the Dance by Jim Martini with Sweet and Dry Theatre Company, St Mary’s College, EUR 7
10.30pm till late Festival Club: Home Brew and the Bad Examples. Rockabilly music Slattery’s Pub, EUR 10
10.00pm till late Festival Club: Traditional Music, Lower Deck Pub, EUR 10

The National Gallery offers a regular Saturday Family Program. This Sat 19 April from 15:00-16:00 the theme is “Let’s make a castle”. 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

Have you ever wondered what an artist’s studio looks like? Are you curious to find out? On Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th April, fifteen artists’ studio organisations in Dublin will open their doors and invite you to visit their workplaces. Over 150 visual artists are participating in VISIT 2008. Offering a snapshot of artists working across a wide range of media including printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, glassmaking, ceramics, video, film, photography, installation and conceptual art, VISIT 2008 celebrates the vibrancy of Dublin’s visual art scene. Throughout the city, artists’ studios are dotted and clustered in unusual settings: faded Georgian buildings, renovated stables, urban warehouses, an old mill, a hidden gem above a car salesroom, dormant council flats, an old firestation and a state of the art studio complex.
There are six studios open on Saturday 19 April. The studios are Black Church Print Studio (4 Temple Bar, 12:00-17:00), Broadstone Studios (36-40 Upper Dominick Street, 11:00-18:00), CommonPlace Studios (10 Burgh Quay, 11:00-18:00), Independent Studio Artists (11&16 Eustace Street, 14:00-18:00), The Market Studios (Corner Halston Street & Mary’s Lane, 12:00-18:00) and Temple Bar Gallery & Studios (5-9 Temple Bar, 12:00-18:00). All studios are located within a reasonable walking distance. And you can visit them individually or you can take part in one of two walking tours departing from Temple Bar Gallery at 14:00 and 15:00.
On Sunday nine studios will be open. The studios are Archway Studios (Unit 13, Seville Terrace, D1, 12:00-18:00), Artists’ Residency Programme – Irish Museum of Modern Art (Royal Hospital, Kilmainhm, D8, 13:00-17:00), Brunswick Mill Studios (32 North Brunswick Street, D7, 12:00-17:30), Fire Station Artists’ Studios (9-11 Lower Buckingham Street, D1, 13:00-17:00), Pallas Studios (three locations: 17 Foley Street, D1;111a Grangegorman Road Lower, D7; Brunswick Mill, Brunswick Street North, D7; 13:00-17:00), The Red Stables (St. Anne’s Park, D3, 13:00-17:00), Richmond Road Studios (1a Convent Road, Fairview, D3, 12:00-18:00), Stoney Batter Studios (32 North Brunswick Street, D7, 13:00-17:00) and The Visual Art Centre (32 North Brunswick Street, D7, 12:00-18:00).
Again you can visit the studios individually but in addition there will be a full bus tour which will bring you to the venues. The free bus (first come first serve!) will leave at 13:00 at 59 Upper O’Connell Street and will bring you back to there at the end of the tour. It is a great opportunity to look behind the scenes of the Dublin artists world, if arts is your thing, you should at least visit some of the studios!

On the Global Day of Action to Ban Cluster Bombs on Saturday 19 April, people all over the world will be taking action in support of a ban on cluster bombs. Cluster bombs have killed and injured thousands of civilians during the last 40 years and continue to do so today. The organisers invite you to sign their petition wall urging the Irish government to ban all cluster bombs. Sat 19 April, 12:00-17:00 with speakers from 12:00-13:00 at the Central Bank Plaza, Dame Street, Temple Bar.

Pearse O’Siadhail, director of Waldorf training in Clare, is giving a lecture in the Dublin Food Co-op on Saturday 19 April from 14:00-16:00 on Steiner education, followed by discussion on realising an early years kindergarten in Dublin. See www.dublinfoodcoop.com for a map. The Food-Coop is in Newmarket off the Coombe/Cork Street Dublin 8. All welcome!
Contact: steiner@dublin.ie. Background info at www.steinerireland.org

This event is stretching the “in the Greater Dublin area” concept for events in this Event Guide a little, but since there are some readers of the Event Guide who live in that area and who are very much interested in music AND because the nice people from the Royal Irish Academy of Music are involved, I will mention it.
The Contemporary Music Centre presents a marathon of new music by student composers from around Ireland at Riverstown Hall, NUI Maynooth, Kildare, 14:00-18:00, Sat 19 April. A number of performances of new music by student composers, programmed by Dr Martin O’Leary, composer and music lecturer at NUI Maynooth, will take place throughout the day.
Composition and performance students from University College Cork (UCC,) Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University of Limerick (UL), Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) are all participating.
The programme for the day promises to be a diverse assortment of new instrumental, electro-acoustic and electronic music. There will also be an opportunity for discussion and interaction throughout the day. The forum provides students with a valuable opportunity to have their work performed, as well as the chance to meet their peers and discover the trends in new music in different institutions around the country.
Admission to all events during the day is free. For more information and details of the programme please contact Aoife FitzPatrick, Promotion Officer, The Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Tel. 01 673 1922, email afitzpatrick@cmc.ie, web site www.cmc.ie. Thanks Aoife for letting me know!

If you got your free tickets or if you want to give it a try hoping that some people won’t arrive and you can get in after 19:15: Dublin Dance Festival and Dublin Docklands Development Authority present Bumper to Bumper (a headphone disco) in association with Phantom 105.2 on Sat 19 April from 19:00-22:00 on Grand Canal Square (Gates open at 18:30). Phantom 105.2’s Sinéad Ní Mhórdha and Jim Carroll are going head to head on the decks, and you can dance to their music by bringing your headphones and FM radio device tuned to 105.2 (and your dancing shoes) for a nifty, noiseless night out! This event is an outdoor event – please dress warmly. This is a broadcast event – attendees must bring headphones and an FM Radio device.

Monkey Music will introduce music to very young children in a way they can understand and enjoy. Monkey Music is a training concept (and a company) that introduces music to very young children in a way they can easily understand and enjoy. The company was founded in London in 1993 by Angie Davies, who developed the classes for her first newborn baby daughter. As a trained classical musician and experienced teacher, Angie was aware that all babies have an innate love of music and as a keen new mum she looked for local music classes to attend. Finding a lack of classes in the appropriate age group, she decided to write an original music curriculum that was fun and interactive for everyone!
On Sat 19 April and Sun 20 April, Monkey Music will offer free trial classes from 11:00-16:00 on Level 3 in Dundrum Town Centre (i.e. in the new shopping centre, not in the actual town centre :-S) To book your free trial session you can telephone 01-2989185 or email ann.maybin@monkeymusic.ie. www.monkeymusic.ie

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The Hugh Lane Gallery is continuing their Sunday at Noon series of Classical Concerts. This week the Seoirse Bodley (piano) will perform his song cycles to the poetry of Micheal O’Siadhail with Sylvia O’Brien (soprano). The concert in the Hugh Lane Gallery (Parnell Square North) starts at 12:00 and goes on for one hour. Admission is free.

A workshop from 17-21 April about “Masters of the German Baroque” culminates in a Master Class on Sun 20 April from 14:30 at the Goethe Institut (37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2) and a Concert on Mon 21 April from 19:30 in the Katherine Brennan Hall, Royal Irish Academy of Music (Westland Row, Dublin 2). The Master Class is open to the public and is free. It appears that the concert is free as well, but to be absolutely sure, I recommend that you ring the phone number 01 845 4447.
The official description reads: “eX”, Ireland’s early music vocal ensemble specializing in innovative staged concerts and productions, of rarely performed musical gems from the 11th through 18th centuries, announces BAROCK, a concert of German baroque sacred vocal music. The concert features the renowned German Early Music conductor and lutenist Konrad Junghänel in his first performance in Ireland. Junghänel one of the world’s leading authorities on the music of the German baroque is celebrated internationally for his intense iconoclastic interpretations of Early Music, particularly in his revelatory recordings with his vocal ensemble, Cantus Cölln.

The last day of the Rathmines Festival and again I list all events. Yes, I know some people might be unhappy about that, but if you are not interested in anything happening in Rathmines, just skip this section and IF you plan to go, at least you now have a comprehensive event listing with you. The main event for the day for the whole family might be the “Fun in the Park” and the “Party at Portobello” both starting at 14:00. All free events:
10am-12noon Club Open Morning: Professional coaching in cricket, squash and bowls, Leinster Sports Club
11am – 1215pm Dharma: Tai Chi in the Park with Sarah Crosbie Belgrave, Square
10a. – 8pm Teenager’s Photographic Exhibition Stair Case, Swan Ctr
11am – 6pm European Meeting: Italian & Irish Video/Art Exposition with Nantes Photographic display, DIT Grand Hall
11.30am – 1.30pm Eanna Ni Lamhna Nature Walk, Portobello Civic Space
2pm – 3.30pm Dance: Drums and percussion for performance, DIT
2pm – 5pm Family Fun in the Park, Tranquilla Park
2pm – 4pm Guided Tour: Cathal Brugha Barracks, Cathal Brugha
2pm – 5pm Party at Portobello, Portobello Civic Space
15.00 – 17.00 Old Time Variety Show, St Marys Comm Ctr
4pm Dance: Clown Parade, Rathmines Bridge
5pm – 6pm Dance: Combined performances of hip hop, tango, contemporary, and salsa, DIT
7pm – 10pm Bollywood movie screening: Namastey London, DIT
10pm till late Festival Club: Arís Arun with Doreen Kearns, Mother Reilly’s Pub
And finally the non-free events on that day:
2pm – 3.30pm Dharma: Healing benefits of Reiki with Mary Tuohy, DIT, EUR 5
3.45pm – 4.45pm Dharma: Angel Workshop with Anne Sweeney, DIT, EUR 5
6pm – 7pm Classical guitar recital by John Feeley, COI College of Educ, EUR 10
8pm – 10pm Drama: Philadelphia Here I Come by Brian Friel performed Silken Thomas Players, St Mary’s College, EUR 7

Triathlon Ireland is organising a training event on Sun 20 April for all new tri-athletes. What will be trained is the transition between the disciplines and if you are new to Triathlons or if you would like to train for triathlons, but were always puzzled about the transition have a look or participate on Sunday. It is a “Coached cycle / run / transition training” in Furze Road, Phoenix Park. The training is free. From 09:00-10:30 roads in Phoenix Park will be closed. 08:30 registration for 09:00 start – 10:30.
Please email newjoiner@triathlonireland.com if you are going to attend or know someone that can help marshall the event. Everyone that participates in these sessions must be either an associate member or full member of Triathlon Ireland, but if you only want to watch you don’t have to be a member.

In Thomas Reads in Dame Street every Sunday the award winning “Sunday Roast” is taking place. Live music combined with Roast Potatoes has turned the Sunday Roast in a successful regular event. This week two bands are in Thomas Reads: At 12:00 “Pocketpromise” are performing (www.myspace.com/pocketpromise) and at 17:00 “The Red Labels” are on stage (www.myspace.com/theredlabelsire)

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.

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The Irish Astronomy Society (www.irishastrosoc.org) is inviting to the lecture “Carbon Stars: Cool Stellar Dudes” by Tony O’Hanlon (S.A.C.). The lecture takes place on Mon 21 April from 20:00 in the Dunsink Observatory in Castleknock. All are welcome and admission is free. A map to the Observatory can be found here homepage.eircom.net/~irishas/ima/dunloc.jpg. Plenty of free parking is available.

The Jesuit Youth Organisation Slí Eile is running their 7th Slí Eile Debate on Tues 22 April from 19:30-21:30 in the Sli Eile building (20 Upper Gardiner Street). The topic is “How can I take care of the Earth? and the guest speaker is Catherine Devitt. Catherine is a social scientist and recently participated in the ten week residential programme on ecology in the Dominican Ecology Centre in Wicklow. She was also in Korea in July 2004 to represent Ireland at a UNESCO/IYHF Peace Festival in Seoul, where issues such as sustainable development, conflict resolution, human rights, impact of climate change, as well as visiting the Demilitarized Zone at the North/South Border were covered.
Fernando Galligo who organises these Sli Eile debates explains the topic further: “We must care about environmental and climate issues because we are called to love our neighbors and to protect and care for the “least of these”. The consequences of these problems will most likely hit the poor the hardest, in part because those areas likely to be significantly affected are in the world’s poorest regions. Poor nations and individuals have fewer resources available to cope with major challenges and threats. Therefore, we should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy and the helpless through proper stewardship.”

The Cinemagic World Screen Festival for Young People is starting on 23 April and will run until 01 May. Cinemagic is Film Festival for children and young people that use the magic of film, television and all forms of moving image to entertain, educate and inspire. The festival caters for all young people (aged between 4 and 25) with any range of film and television interest – whether they want to watch and enjoy, create their own work or take things a stage further and find out more about a possible career in the film or television industries. This years festival is taking place in a number of venues in Dublin. In addition to film screenings (not free), there are a number of workshops for young people to the age of 18 and others to the age of 25 and it might be something for you if you are in the lucky position to be young enough or maybe there is a movie and cinema fan in your family that would enjoy it. Because there are only a few free workshops and because the majority of the Dublin Event Guide Community has matured already too much, I won’t list individual events. :-) But here you can find all the details www.cinemagic.org.uk/

New Acropolis (www.newacropolis-ireland.org) was founded in 1957. Since then, its aim is to help people by providing them the best kind of philosophical education – one that is adaptable, independent and unrestricted by any religions, political or socio-economic influences. In April they are starting a new course “Foundation Course in the Philosophies of East and West”. The course is an introduction to the main currents of thoughts from the East and West, discovering the relevance of these traditional teachings today. The programme of the course is described here newacropolis-ireland.org/events.html. Free Introductory Talks will be held on the following dates:
Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th April at 19:30, Saturday 26th April at 11.30. The full course costs EUR 160, though.

“Not here, not now, not us” is the title of the Abbey Talks with Professor Michael Lloyd, School of Classics, UCD. He examines the role of theatre in classical Athens on Thur 24 April from 18:15-19:00 in the Peacock Theatre (next to the Abbey Theatre in Talbot Street). All talks take place at the Abbey or the Peacock. Admission free but booking essential on 01 87 87 222. Keep up to date with what will be talked about by joining ‘The Abbey Talks’ emailing list on abbeytalks@abbeytheatre.ie

“Series 1 Cuba 2008 – Images of the people” is the exhibition of photographs by Dublin Photographer Patrick Donald that will take place in the Monster Truck Gallery on Francis Street, Dublin from 24 April (Launch: 18:00-20:00) until 29 April. It is open daily from 13:00-19:00 and on Sunday from 13:00-16:00.
This collection of black and white photographs is social documentary of the Cuban people through the eyes of the photographer at this particular time just one month before Fidel Castro steps down having lead Cuba for almost 50 years. He focused on people on the street, going about their daily business. This is the first in a series of three exhibitions on Cuba. The next one is planned for 2018 and then the last one in 2028. Hmmmm, watch that space! I will definitely remind you in 2018 and 2028 of the next two exhibitions. :-) The Monster Truck Gallery is in 73 Francis Street, Dublin 7 (www.monstertruck.ie and www.patrickdonald.com)

Thinking about starting your own business, but not yet quite sure? If you find yourself in this category, a great way to clarify your thinking is to attend the Start Your Own Business! series of free lectures called “ILAC Librar Talks” that take place twice a year during Spring and Autumn in the Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. The lectures are a primer that will whet the appetite of new entrepreneurs who want to go further and engage in training before setting up their own businesses.
The lectures take place between 18:30 and 19:45 and the expert lecturers are Ron Immink, Yanky Fachler and Brian O’Kane. As admission is free, booking is essential. To reserve a place for the complete programme or an individual lecture, telephone 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 24 April, deals with ” Pitching, Presenting & Networking” and is presented by Yanky Fachler. www.dceb.ie/event-calendar#dceb-event

April 23 is a symbolic date for world literature. On this date, in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died. The World Book Day (also known as the International Day of the Book) is a yearly event on April 23, organised by UNESCO to promote reading and publishing. The Day was first celebrated in 1995. To commemorate this day the Instituto Cervantes is organising a recital and translation contest. Participants are Philip Johnston, Miguel Ángel, Miguel Julia Piera, Anastasio Sánchez. The event takes place in the Instituto Cervantes (Lincoln House, Lincoln Place) on 23 April at 18:30.

The Instituto Cervantes (Spanish Cultural Institute) will show the film “Antonio: Machado: A lomos de la Quimera” on Wed 24 Apr at 18:30. The film screening is free and the film will be shown in Spanish with NO English subtitles.
dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha49306_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 Dundrum Town Centre is offering free parenting workshops on Thursdays from 11:00-12:00, in Frangos World Cuisine, located on Level 3. The upcoming events is: Alice Walsh, expert on First Aid for Infants on Thursday, 24. The events are free of charge and available on a first come-first served basis.


Again, I had to leave a few things out. I could have filled another 4 pages or so! By the way, I don’t think that more free events are offered, it is just that my search is getting more and more fine-tuned.

Enjoy the weekend!


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