Event Guide 70: Oktoberfest, Open House, Irish Comic Day, Legends in your Lunchtime

October 17th, 2008

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 70
| 18 Oct 2008 Subscribers: 2422

Hi all!

The Budget announcement is over! The taxes did go up as expected and the money in our pockets will be less by a few hundred per year as a minimum. If you are a smoker or a wine drinker or car owner it hurts even more and travelling will cost more from March. That, combined with all the other changes, means that more or less EVERYBODY will have less available money from the 1st of January than today. Not great news, I agree. But, hey, we only have two options: Either say farewell to this country (but is it guaranteed to be better elsewhere?) OR to make the most of it and still enjoy life. Less money doesn’t have to mean less fun!

A change in shopping habits or a change in your personal daily habits could save you potentially a LOT and for your entertainment you always have the free Dublin Event Guide for Free Events which this week is celebrating the 70th edition! Hurray! :-)

And if any of your friends of colleagues are telling you how much less money they have now and that from now on they will be in (financial) trouble, tell them that you can help! :-) Yes, you guessed it! Just ask them to subscribe to this weekly Event Guide (send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com) and to make use of all the brilliant events that are taking place all over Dublin.

And, I have mentioned it before, I expect that in less affluent times MORE free events will be provided. So more things to do for all the people IN THE KNOW! ;-) You are one of them! Congratulations! :-)

(To calculate the result of the budget on your own budget from 01 Jan 09 you can use this Tax Calculator: www.deloitte.ie/tc/Default.aspx. Thanks to Lauren R. for sending the link to me!)
As you hopefully know, I always appreciate comments and suggestions from you and a regular suggestion is to “beautify” this Event Guide by using better formatting and layout and to make it better readable by adding a different way of headlining and cross-referencing. I would LOVE to do all that! BUT the problem is that writing this weekly mail already takes about 10 hours and all formatting would be ADDITIONAL time that is required. So if I get lots of donations and can focus more on this project, I will happily change/improve the layout substantially. But as long as it is just a hobby, the changes will be small and very gradual. Some might not be happy with that, but I suggest you TRY a different way of reading this looooong mail: Many of you tell me that they read this Introduction and the bit at the end. Then in between they check the headlines (in Capitals) only and only read details of sections that they are interested in. So with your help and your selective reading skills, even a 11 page mail can be browsed through in relatively short time. I hope you understand why I can’t provide you with a nicer looking Event Guide!!!

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges or at least appear to be free unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no guarantee for correctness can be given.



Ian Oliver from the Irish Writer’s Centre has a brilliant offer for all book/writer/reading enthusiasts and authors. The Irish Writer’s Centre is making tickets available for two of their current event series.
a) The Irish Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce an exciting new series of fortnightly readings by leading contemporary authors at the Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. This unique and intimate series of hour-long public readings has been curated by leading novelist and poet Dermot Bolger. In conversation with Bolger, writers will read from and discuss their work in the surroundings of this Georgian building in Parnell Square in Dublin overlooking The Garden of Remembrance. The readings are
October 21 – Anne Enright
November 4 – Deirdre Purcell
November 18 – John Boyne
December 2 – Eugene McCabe
All readings start at 19:00. Tickets are EUR 7 per reading and tickets are available two weeks prior to each reading by calling 01 872 1302.
b) Into Print with Jonathan Williams
Starting in October, leading literary agent Jonathan Williams presents an exciting new monthly series of talks aimed specifically at aspiring writers. Each month he will provide indispensable advice and information to those who are looking to see their work into print. From choosing and dealing with agents, editors and publishing houses through to issues of presentation, publicity, and marketing one’s work, these unique presentations in the Irish Writers’ Centre will provide aspiring writers with expert insights into the world of letters and how to negotiate one’s way within it.
Into Print – autumn season
Tuesday 28 October at 19:00.
Thursday 20 November at 19:00.
Tuesday 16 December at 19:00.
Tickets are EUR 8 per event or EUR 20 for all 3 autumn presentations. Places are limited.
The Irish Writer’s Centre is now offering exclusively to the readers of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) two season tickets to the Hourglass Readings and Into Print (combined) for the winners and 3 pairs of tickets to each separate event as runners up prizes. This is a very generous offer and I want to make sure that you can make use of it as soon as possible, so the deadline for competition entries is very tight: Your entry has to be with me by Monday 20 Oct at 15:00 (because the first Hourglass Reading is already on Tuesday). Because of the different ticket variations, please read this carefully: Every entry (Mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with Subject “Writers Centre”) will be entered into the draw for the main prize (combined season tickets for all events). The entries that didn’t win the main prize will then be entered into a draw for tickets for the individual events. To do that most beneficial, please provide this information in the body of the mail: 1) Your name. 2) Your phone number 3) Your preference for either 1 or 2 tickets if you win the main prize. 4) The event you would prefer to win runner-up tickets for specified by the date. 5) An alternative to 4) in case there is too much demand for the same event.
I know it sounds a little complicated, but I know you can do it! :-)

The hugely helpful Sinead from Liberties Press is gone a few weeks already, but luckily she is not REALLY gone yet. :-) And because of that, I have the pleasure to announce another book competitions brought to you by the nice team in Liberties Press. This week I have two copies of the new “Film Quiz Book” by Michael Dwyer for you to win.
Michael Dwyer is a film critic for the Irish Times and his film quiz questions are based on his encyclopaedic knowledge of Irish, American and world cinema. The book consists of 50 rounds of ten questions each and the book says “the questions have been designed to entertain and amuse, inform and infuriate in equal measure.”
If you want to win a copy of the book, just send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject “Film Quiz” and your name, phone number and postal address in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with my by 13:00 on 29 Oct 08. For more details about all Liberties Press books check their website www.libertiespress.com and if you are interested in the Film Quiz Book, then you can find out more her (and order the book): www.libertiespress.com/index.php?option=com_cartage&main_page=products_all&disp_order=6

The two copies of the book “Condemned: Letters From Death Row” by Sean O’Riain and Ray that Liberty Press made available were won by Fionnuala Nixon and Paul Allen. Congratulations! If you didn’t win, please don’t be upset with me. The number of entries for book competitions is always huge and unfortunately only two can win.
To find out more about the book and to order you can check this website:

All events in this Competition Section are non-free events, but the organisers are making free tickets available for you to win. I usually get lots of competition entries and unfortunately not everybody can win, so even if you are not the winner, please consider going to an event to support the organisers. :-) If you don’t win, and will go to the event, please help showing the organisers that promoting their event in the Dublin Event Guide is beneficial and mention to them that you heard about the event through “Joerg’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Thanks!

______Dublin News______________

Thanks to all of you who replied to Simon C.’s enquiry about pubs that had an open fire to make the winter nights a bit cosier. Quite a long and impressive list came together – great that you were able to help Simon! These are the pubs that you told me about:
– Hole in the Wall Pub on Blackhorse Avenue, D7 (beside Phoenix Park)
– Central Hotel (Library Bar) at corner Sth Grt Georges Street+Exchequer Street
– Harry Byrne’s on Howth Road
– Gaffney’s in Fairview
– Eden Pub in Rathfarnham
– O’Neills on Pearse Street
– Long’s in Donnybrook
– Whelan’s on Wexford Street
– Duke on Duke Street
– Brooks Hotel (Bar) on Drury street
– Halfway House in Walkinstown
– Johnny Fox’s in Glencullen, Wicklow Mountains
– The Station House in Raheny
– Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann on Belgrave Square in Monkstown
– Polly Hops far out in Newcastle
In all cases the contributor remembered seeing an open fire there at some stage in the past. This means that it is possible that in some locations they do not light it anymore, so don’t rely on the list, but use it as a basis for your own pub crawl / quest for open fires! (Thanks to Karen, Orla, Phil, Olwen, Katia, Estelle, Gerry, Damien, Maurice, Andrew, Ivan and Steven! Great job!!)


“The Green Room Project” is the title of an art exhibition at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. The project is an artistic collaboration between visual artist Pauline Keena and a group of mothers who experienced the loss of an infant. Responding to an advertisement by the artist in the ISANDS Newsletter, bereaved mothers embarked on an artistic project through an artists residency in the clinical environment of the Rotunda Hospital in 2007-2008. The exhibition will be on show from 15 Oct, but will move to the Hugh Lane Gallery afterwards where it will be on show from 21 Oct – 11 Nov.

“made to make do” is Liam O’Callaghan’s exhibition in the Rubicon Gallery (from 17 Oct 08 – 15 Nov 08). (Gallery Details: Rubicon Gallery, 10 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, www.rubicongallery.ie, Open: Tues- Sat 12:00-18:00)

From 17 Oct – 01 Nov the Sebastian Guinness Gallery will host the first show in Ireland of the Hilton Brothers (Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg). The show brings together two portfolios, the ‘ANDYDANDY’ and ‘Hippofolium’. (Gallery Details: Sebastian Guinness Gallery, 18 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.sebastianguinnessgallery.com, Open: ???)

“I live in the cracks in the walls” is Margaret O’Brien’s new exhibition. After a Preview on Fri 17 October from 18:00-20:00, the show continues until 15 Nov 2008. (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00)

Art that has not been selected for the RHA Annual Exhibition is getting a chance in “Unselected”. From 16 Oct – 06 Nov this exhibition is shown in the Bad Art Gallery. (Gallery Details: Bad Art Gallery, 79 Francis Street, Dublin 8, www.thebadartgallery.ie, Open: Mon-Sat 10:30-18:00)

‘Split 8 Ways’ is a group exhibition by eight recent fine art graduates from NCAD. The exhibition features paintings, drawings and photography by Judy Carroll Deeley, Caroline Kennedy, Sabina Mac Mahon, Michelle Melody, Susan O’Brien, Lesley-Ann O’Connell, Martin O’Malley and Kathy Tynan. The show will run from 17 Oct – 11 Nov and will be opened by the poet Patrick Deeley at 18:30 on Friday 17 October 2008. (Gallery Details: Gallery 53, 53 Capel Street, Dublin 1, gallery53@hotmail.com, Opening Hours: Not clear! Best ring 01 8782844/ 8724274)

From 14-18 Oct the Main Concourse of St. James Hospital, Dublin will be the home for Open Window Exhibition. The Open Window Project is a unique Art and Health research project which is investigating the impact of art on patients in isolation for the treatment of leukaemia. The project was a Five Year Clinical Trial funded by the Irish Cancer Society and has been presented at MoMA in New York at a Symposium of Art and Health. The project began in 2003 to combat the loneliness and isolation experienced by patients in the National Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in St.James Hospital.
Featured are works by artists Barrie Cooke, Nick Miller, John Gerrard, Brian Maguire, Pam Berry, Remco de Fouw, Cathy Fitzgerald, Paul O’Connor, Paul Monaghan, Anthony Lyttle, Emma Finucane, Andy Folan, Sheila Gorman, Denis Roche, Liadan Cooke, Fran Hegarty, and patients of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.

“The Divided Plane” by Sharon Murphy will be on show from 16-26 Oct. (Gallery Details: Crow Gallery, 6 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.crowgallery.net, Open: 12:00-18:00)

The inaugural exhibition at Dublin’s newest graphic arts gallery, The Factory Space, is featuring Landscape Photographer Eoghan Kavanagh He has worked as a location photographer for over 10 years and is best known for his dramatic Irish landscapes. The exhibition runs from 17-30 October 2008. The Factory Space, 100 Capel Street Dublin 1, www.designfactory.ie

“Bye Bye Polaroid” is the title of an exhibition of photographs by Richard Gilligan. The exhibition will be on show from 16-28 Oct 2008. (Gallery Details: Monster Truck Gallery, 73 Francis Street, Dublin 7, www.monstertruck.ie, Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun: 13:00-19:00, Wed closed, Thurs: Opening night 18:00-20:00)

The LAB is inviting to the exhibition “Krickle Krackle” by Dorothy Ann Daly. The exhibition will run from 14 Oct – 22 Nov. (Gallery Details: The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1, www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/ArtsandFacilities/Pages/TheLabFoleyStreet.aspx, Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00-18:00)

An exhibition of paintings by Mags O’Dea and Liz Levey is taking place in the Red Stables Arts and Crafts Centre, St Anne’s Park, Raheny from 16 Oct to 22 Oct 2008. (Venue Details: Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, off Mount Prospect Avenue, Dublin 3, www.redstables.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 12:00-16:00, Sat+Sun: 11:00-17:00)


For all people that have registered, this seminar is taking place on Friday and Saturday from 09:00-22:30 and on Sunday from 09:00-19:00. I will be there on all 3 days and hope to meet a good few people from the Dublin Event Guide Community. More than 160 have registered, but I know that a good few couldn’t make it in the end. In case you missed the registration deadlines you can book already the next course which will take place in March 2009. The course teaches you how to achieve goals, how to overcome hurdles on the way and how to give your life a kick in the backside. It is a free event because the organisation around the instructor, Christopher Howard, wants to promote their other seminars that way. I will tell you more about the seminar in coming weeks/months, but if you already want to register for the next course you can do that here: www.breakthroughtosuccess.eu/?af=CLA1035324

On Fri 17 Oct a commemoration of this UN International Day will take place at the Famine Memorial on Customs House Quay (near the IFSC). The event starts at 11:30 and includes the unveiling of the new World Poverty Commemorative Stone.

A free one-day symposium on ‘Cultural Diversity, Media and the Creative Arts’ is taking place in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle on Friday 17 October. Full programme of topics and speakers: www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en3760176v.htm
The symposium is an initiative of the Goethe Institute and Alliance Française, supported by the French-German Elysée Cultural Fund, in collaboration with the School of Languages and the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology.
Registration is required for this event and you have missed it, but since it is free there might be a few “no shows” and maybe you can still get in if you arrive on site in time. The person who was looking after the registration is Barbara Ebert, Goethe-Institut Dublin, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, Phone: 6611155 or email: ebert@dublin.goethe.org

The inventive, award-winning theatre O discuss their ‘free and outrageous’ engagement with The Brothers Karamazov and Enda Walsh on Fri 17 Oct from 13:00-14:00 at he Peacock Theatre.
Admission free but booking essential on 01 87 87 222. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html

Gerry Ryan will be signing copies of “Would the Real Gerry Ryan Please Stand Up” in Eason’s in O’Connell St, Dublin on Fri 17 Oct at 13:00. www.eason.ie/events

“Sweet Jane” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street at 17:00 on Fri 17 Oct. www.myspace.com/tower_records

“Messiah J & The Expert” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street at 18:00 on Fri 17 Oct. www.myspace.com/tower_records

This is a unique and hugely interesting event. For the third year Open House Dublin is taking place, this year on 16-19 Oct 2008. Over the 4 days a large amount of buildings (136!!) – most of them are normally not accessible – can be visited and guided tours are provided in most locations. All is provided for free and it is a bit like a 3-day Culture Night that focuses on buildings and architecture. Last year I was on top of Liberty Hall (there won’t be too many opportunities anymore if it will be demolished as planned), in the Department of Foreign Affairs, in the Taoiseach’s Office in Government Buildings and in Customs House. All is completely free and in most cases no booking is required but a first come first serve system and a bit of queuing works quite well. A printed booklet will be available from the Temple Bar Information Centre and probably other venues as well. In addition it is available as a PDF: www.architecturefoundation.ie/openhouse2008/swf/OPENHOUSE_DUBLIN_2008.pdf For the events that require pre-booking you can do so between 09 Oct and 16 Oct, so you should have a look at the brochure over the weekend to plan your visits for next weekend.

Coinciding with the third annual OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN (Thursday 16 October to Sunday 19 October 2008), CULTURSTRUCTION is a visual arts programme taking place the same weekend. It features four Irish artists who have produced site specific work in response to the architecture and spaces of Dublin. Culturstruction is initiated and produced by Jo Anne Butler and Tara Kennedy and funded by Dublin City Council’s Arts Office as part of the Open Spaces programme.
Featuring: Mary Jo Gilligan, Padraic E. Moore, Jesse Jones, Eilis MCDonald, Culturstruction Screenings – a series of recent artists films with an architectural relevance ( Michelle Browne, Christine Sullivan and Rob Flint, Bea McMahon, Emma Houlihan, Gareth Kennedy & Sarah Browne and Finola Jones)
All events free of charge but some require booking. For full information on artists, sites and times please look out for the Culturstruction brochure or log onto www.culturstruction.wordpress.com

The Latin America Solidarity Centre is opening its doors to those interested in their activities and becoming a member and/or a volunteer. The event is taking place on Fri 17 Oct from 18:00-20:30 at LASC, 5 Merrion Row, Dublin 2. Phone: +353-1-6760435. www.lasc.ie

The lecture “Birdwatching in Ireland” by Eric Dempsey will take place on Fri 17 Oct at 19:30 in the Education and Visitor Centre in the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin (D9). The well known broadcaster and bird expert Eric Dempsey will present an illustrated talk celebrating Ireland’s Birdlife. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm
Thanks to Margaret G. who reminded me that the Botanic Gardens runs a lot of free seminars, lectures and exhibitions.

All week this week famous Munich Oktoberfest’s cousin is in Dublin. From 09-19 Oct George’s Dock in the IFSC is the home of the Paulaner Oktoberfest in Dublin. There is no admission charge (the quoted EUR 52 is only for corporate tickets) and there is lots of delicious food and certainly beer available. I was there twice now and lots of aspects of it bring memories back of times in Germany when I played in a band at wine festivals (never at a beer festival) etc. I enjoyed the time there. So, have a look at that piece of German culture and enjoy. :-)
The festival programme is described as
*Monday to Friday:
–Daytime 11:30-18:00
Browse the many authentic Bavarian food stalls and enjoy a free lunchtime concert of Bavarian Brass & Dance Music with Die Alpen-Show.
–Evening 18:00-23:00 (Thurs+Fri)
Enjoy traditional Oktoberfest activities, food and beverages including German Bretzels, Pastries, Black Forest sausages, Sauerkraut, Nockerln, Crepes, Love Apples and Ginger Bread Hearts. Meet our Oktoberfest German waitresses dressed in the traditional ‘Dirndl’.
*Saturday & Sunday:
–Daytime 11:30-19:00
Browse the many authentic Bavarian food stalls and enjoy a free lunchtime concert of Bavarian Brass & Dance Music with Die Alpen-Show. Family Entertainment activities with our host Sepp, include face painting & creating balloon animals.
–Evening 19:00-00:00 (Sat) and 19:00-20:00. (Sun)
Enjoy traditional Oktoberfest activities including; entertainment from the Bavarian Brass & Dance band Die Alpen-Show. Sample the many authentic German foods ranging from; German Bretzels, Pastries, Black Forest sausages, Sauerkraut, Nockerln, Crepes, Love Apples and Ginger Bread Hearts. And meet our Oktoberfest German waitresses dressed in the traditional ‘Dirndl’.

* Sahaja Yoga Meditation program is available for free every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street (bell 3, next to the IFI), Temple Bar. For more information contact Seamus on SHarten@upc.ie www.templebar.ie/home_ns_9_action_view_nid_229.html


Check Friday for details.

Check Friday for details.

Duke Special will be performing live and signing copies of his latest album, ‘I Never Thought This Day Would Come’ at hmv Grafton Street on Saturday 18 October at 11:00 with special guests ‘The Specular Choir’. Entry to the event is via wristband only. Wristbands for the In-Store Performance and bus tour available from this store only from 08:30 on Friday 17 October. There are limited number of wristbands available for the Belfast bus tour and only 2 are available per person.
Fans with Bus Tour wristbands will travel with Duke Special from hmv Grafton Street to Belfast Donegal Arcade to enjoy the live performance once again! (hmv Belfast Donegall Arcade Saturday 18 October at 17:00 with special guests ‘The Lowly Knights’ and ‘The Specular Choir’)

Yes, it IS amazing what ideas some people have! :-) Rob Curley had the idea to do an Irish Free Comic Day to promote Irish Comics. Unfortunately the website www.irishfreecomicday.com/ wasn’t touched by the creativity that the Irish Comic writers hopefully have, but from secondary sources I understand that most of Ireland’s Comic Book stores throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland will give away Irish comics for free to promote the Irish comic writers.
In addition people can take part in the Irish 24 Hour Comics Day, held on the same weekend from 12:00 on 18 Oct to 12:00 on 19 Oct. You can meet other Comic drawers and writers in the Central Hotel in Exchequer Street and draw or talk about comics for 24 hours. It’s free to take part and all skill levels are welcome. Rob can be reached on rubsubcity AT gmail.com. Some more information is here www.creativeireland.com/forums/showthread.php?p=228525

Michael Parkinson is signing copies of his new book “Parky” on Sat 18 Oct from 12:30 in Eason’s in O’Connell St, Dublin. www.eason.ie/events

Twiggy is signing copies of her new book “Guide to Looking and Feeling Fabulous Over Forty” on Sat 18 Oct from 13:00 in Eason’s in Dundrum Shopping Centre. www.eason.ie/events

The National Museum’s brand new website is still not repaired, but there is good news: With a bit of luck I will soon get first hand information about all the events taking place in the Museum. Keep your fingers crossed!

On Saturday 11 Oct from 15:00-16:00 a National Gallery Family Programme event will take place. The Family Programme provides an opportunity for adults and children to enjoy the excitement of learning about the arts through a wide range of free Gallery-based activities including exploring storytelling, music, art, poetry and drama. The topic of this week’s event is “Storytelling” with Gordon Snell. The programme takes place in the Baroque Gallery and is suitable for children from 4-10 years. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

In autumn a number of Polish “va banque talks” will take place in Dublin. They are meetings with influential modern Polish directors, writers, musicians etc. The events are organised with the support of the Consular Section of the Polish Embassy and thanks to Agnieszka and Niamh I found out about them.
The next meeting will be with Ewa Woydyllo, psychotherapist and author of many books regarding psychology (www.woydyllo.pl/) The talk/meeting is taking place on 18 Oct at 19:00 at the Banker’s Club, Stephen Street Upper, Dublin 8.
Admission to all talks is free and there will be a translator so that non-Polish speakers will be able to fully understand the talk as well.
More information (in Polish) can be found here: www.dublin.polemb.net/index.php?document=360 unfortunately this document is not available in English: www.dublin.polemb.net/index.php?document=23
Upcoming “va banque talks”:
14.11.2008, 19:00 – Marek Kaminski, Polish explorer, the first man who reached both, North and South Poles in the same year 1995 without external support.

This is the second last day of this year’s Oktoberfest in George’s Dock! For more details see Friday.

And as always: Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (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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Check Friday for details.

Check Friday for details.

The Sunday at Noon Concerts are free 1-hour concerts in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Every Sunday at 12:00 a free concert will take place in the gallery. No booking is required. This week Tommy Halferty and Izumi Kimura are playing Songs for Guitar and Piano, a programme of original and Brazilian material including songs by Pat Metheny, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento, Bill Dobbins, John McLaughlin and originals by Tommy and Izumi. www.hughlane.ie

At 13:30 on Sun 19 Oct the Hugh Lane Gallery will screen the film “Frank Auerbach – To the Studio”. This film offers an exclusive invitation into the secret world of Frank Auerbach. Auerbach is filmed in his studio, sketching in the National Gallery and around Camden town, talking about his sitters, his routine, his ambitions and his heroes. (Running time approx 55 min.) www.hughlane.ie

“Sunday Sketching” is a workshop for 7+ year olds. It will take place on Sun 19 Oct from 15:00-16:00. “Frames in focus” will be the theme for the day. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended.

This is the last day of this year’s Oktoberfest in George’s Dock! For more details see Friday.

The fortnightly Czech film screening at 33-35 Upper O’Connell Street (film room located on level -1, entrance through Murray’s), Dublin 1, will feature “Hearty Greetings from the Globe” (1982), Directed by Oldrich Lipsky on Sun 19 Oct from 16:30. Admission is free and more information can be found here czechmovies.blog.com/ The film is in Czech with English subtitles and you can read up on the film here: www.imdb.com/title/tt0084721/

There are a number of regular live events every week and over the coming weeks I will try to gather more of them and include them as a regular feature:
*Live Jazz from 13:00-15:00 in Powerscourt Centre in South William Street. I got reports that this event was not taking place last weekend and will try to find out more detail!
*The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) from 18:30 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel. I listened to them last Sunday and they are brilliant!
*Sunday Jazz in The Globe in George’s Street every Sunday from 17:30-19:30.
*Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
*Sunday Roast is the event in Thomas Reads “The Oak” in Dame Street/Parliament Street every Sunday from 19:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes.
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

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

______Next Week_______________


The Royal Irish Academy runs a conference “Human Rights in the 21st Century”, which will take place on the afternoon and evening of Mon 20 Oct 2008, in Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. The conference marks the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. There will be two panel discussions, one reviewing and one looking forward to the future for human rights legislation. The keynote address will be given by Harold Koh, Dean of Law at Yale, on “Human Rights and the next US Administration”.
All sessions may be attended free of charge, but early advance registration is strongly recommended as there are limited spaces available.
Registration closed on the 15 Oct 2008, but MAYBE they will let some people in without being registered IF there will be cancellations or if people don’t show up??
The first two panel discussions are private conference sessions (at 14:30 and 16:15) at which attendance is by invitation only. The evening session (at 18:00) is a public Academy Meeting, at which Professor Harold Koh will give the keynote address and Professor Bill Schabas, MRIA will respond. Admittance to this session is by ticket only. For further information contact: humanrights2008@ria.ie or check www.ria.ie

The National College of Ireland has teamed up with Newstalk 106-108 fm and Metro to bring you Legends in your Lunchtime, a series of free public interviews that lift the lid on how great modern leaders think, and what has made them the people they are today. Newstalk 106-108 fm presenters will uncover the personal and professional experiences of renowned and respected leaders in the fields of business, sport, arts, politics and social philanthropy. This is your chance to hear individual stories of exercising leadership to achieve change and to make a difference. Confirmed speakers in this series are:
– Willie Walsh, CEO, British Airways on Mon 20 Oct 08 at 13:00-14:00
– Bill Cullen, Irish Entrepreneur on Wed 12 Nov 08 at 13:00-14:00
– Danuta Gray, CEO, O2 Ireland on Wed 03 Dec 08 at 13:00-14:00
– Denis Casey, CEO, Irish Life & Permanent Group on Wed 21 Jan 09 at 13:00-14:00
– Maria Mahon, CEO, Mahon Associates on Wed 25 Feb 09 at 13:00-14:00
All sessions take place at the National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC. Catering facilities are available in the College and the surrounding area but you are also welcome to bring your own lunch.
There is no attendance fee for these events but you must register online here www.ncirl.ie/site/event_form.asp?id=160&pageId=1143&sectionId=49&level=1 to attend.

From Mon 20 Oct – Sun 26 Oct the Italian Language week will take place and the Italian Cultural Institute “Istituto Italiano di Cultura” in Fitzwilliam Street is inviting to a number of free events. If Italian and Italian Culture interests you, have a look here for a listing of all events: www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/Menu/Gli_Eventi/Calendario/

Howard Linnane (086-3614787) is back with his weekly film screenings! After a re-grouping and after finding a new venue, Howard is inviting everybody to his “Pint & Picture Show” and his Cine Café. Both events will take place on Mondays from 19:30, however they will take place in alternating weeks. The first new Pint & Picture Show will be on 20 Oct and the first new Cine Café is taking place on 27 Oct.
Both events are free film screenings in “Toast” in Rathmines (near the clock tower), however the difference between the two events is this:
Pint & Picture consists of a full-length film (feature or documentary) preceded by some quality Irish short films. When possible there is an informal Q&A session with one (or more) of the filmmakers whose work is being screened on the day, immediately after their film is shown.
Cine Café consists of a first half which features a pre-selected set of short films – most of which have been shown at film festivals – and in the second ‘Potluck’ half of the event short films submitted there and then by members of the audience from their own work may also be screened (dvd only pls). No feature-length films will be shown as Cine Café is a ‘shorts-only’ event.

* From 21:30 in the International Bar in Wicklow Street: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Jacqueline Tuck. Entry is free. The music styles vary from pop to folk to traditional. www.myspace.com/jacquelinetuck


Cathy Hopkins is signing copies of “Mates, Dates Guide to Life” on Tues 21 Oct from 11:00 in Eason’s in O’Connell Street. www.eason.ie/events

On Tues 21 Oct from 18:15-19:00 Abbey Theatre Director Fiach Mac Conghail talks with Joe Duffy about the new season and the highs and lows of running the national theatre. The event takes place in the Abbey Theatre. Admission free but booking essential on 01 87 87 222. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html

* 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


Ireland, as an island nation, has a wealth of archaeological material relating to its rich miscellany of maritime history, tracing back many hundreds of years. In a series of public lectures to be held in the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare St during October and November, visiting specialists and staff of the National Museum will explore a variety of topics relating to the Irish experience of underwater archaeology.
Admission is free and Lectures take place at 13:00 and 18:30 in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street.
Louise Troy from the National Museum tells me that the lecture last week unfortunately couldn’t take place and had to be re-scheduled. For this reason the next talk is still the one that I had listed last week. :-) It sounds very interesting and I wish I could go to it!
The next event is on 22 Oct 2008:
“La Trinidad Valencera – 1588 Spanish Armada wreck: Recent work at the site by the Underwater Archaeology Unit” by Connie Kelleher, Underwater Archaeology Unit, Dept. Environment, Heritage & Local Government.

On 22 Oct at 13:15 an artist’s talk is taking place at the Gallery of Photography in context with the current exhibition “Recent Finds”. The exhibition will be on display until 09 Nov. www.galleryofphotography.ie

The Spanish Cultural Institute in Dublin invites regularly to interesting talks and film screenings. All talks and screenings are usually in Spanish but translation into English or subtitles (for films) will be provided.
On 22 Oct at 18:30 the film “Camarón”, the story of the legendary flamenco singer known as Camarón de la Isla will be screened. This film is in Spanish with English subtitles. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha51774_16_2.htm. The Instituto Cervantes is in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (at the back of TCD near the National Gallery).

Kate Fergusson told me about an interesting event for writers. Thanks Kate! The ‘Open Wall’ free creative writing workshop is held every second Wednesday in Cassidy’s on Westmoreland St at 19:30. At Open Wall – a workshop where participants are not obliged to read aloud – participants can pin up their work to the Open Wall at the end of each workshop if they want. This allows that the works can be read and discussed on a more personal level.
Every fortnight a different person presents the workshop. The workshops can be made up of a variety of different exercises or guidelines using a number of different mediums (such as art, literature, music) designed to give the group inspiration about a certain topic or theme. Themes so far have been childhood memories, dreams, imagism and character development. Discussion of the work pinned up on the wall takes place after, people are free to participate or not, whatever they are comfortable with.
Admission is free (except for the drink you buy at the bar) and all that’s needed is a pen, paper, and inspiration. The next workshop will take place on 22 October.

The book “Tallaght 1835-50: A Rural Place” by Seán Bagnall will be launched at the County Library, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24 on Wednesday 22 October at 19:30. This will be followed by the Seventh Annual Leo Swan Memorial Lecture ”
‘From Deserted to Vagrancy: The Pre-Famine Poor in Tallaght’ by Seán Bagnall. All are welcome and admission is free.

* “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 on Wednesdays as well. www.myspace.com/thesongroom


The Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF) is taking place from Thurs 23 Oct to Sun 26 Oct throughout the city. A large number of free events are part of this hugely diverse arts festival that includes visual arts, concerts, talks, workshops. I will write a bit more about it in next week’s Event Guide. Have a look at www.deafireland.com and especially the “Listings+Event Info” section. You will find lots of free events.

Part II of Moving Worlds: Cinemas of Migration runs from 16 October – 20 November, 2008. In this second series, the programme includes a range of dramatic and documentary stories about migration: from the lived realities of family reunification, to cultural expressions produced within immigrant youth cultures, or the complex power relations associated with human trafficking, in addition to the comparative histories of labour migration across Europe, and more.
Moving Worlds is an initiative of the Forum on Migration and Communications (FOMACS, School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology) in association with the Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, L’Alliance Francais and the Austrian Embassy.
Admission is free and open to all: To reserve a place for the screenings please contact series co-ordinator Dr Rashmi Sawhney, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Email: rashmi.sawhney@dit.ie, tel: 01-4023108
The second film in this series is “The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite)” by Turkish-German writer and director Fatih Akin. It is a compelling drama of fractured families, dislocated cultures and bridged gulfs, in which several characters shuttle back and forth between Turkey and Germany, even as the quest for home and respite seems increasingly quixotic.
The screening (German with English subtitles) is taking place at 18:00 in the Instituto Cervantes – Café Literario in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (at the back of Trinity College near to the National Gallery). After the film a discussion with Dr. Alan Grossman, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practise, School of Media, DIT will facilitate a discussion. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha52024_16_2.htm

Lord Powerscourt moved into his beautiful Townhouse on South William Street in 1774 at a time when Dublin was THE place to be. As a Member of Parliament his Townhouse provided musical soirees in what is now the Town Bride Shop, dinners in the dining room, now Spy and balls in the ballroom which is the Solomon Gallery for Dublin’s elite. The party continues in today’s Powerscourt Townhouse, with monthly musical themes Powerscourt Open the Centre invites to some great music performances. This October Powerscourt Open and Opera Ireland present ‘SH-OPERA’ every Thurs from 18:00-18:30. The remaining dates are 23+30 Oct and the performers are: Claudia Boyle & Brendan Collins with Mairead Hurley

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir will introduce itself on Thurs 23 Oct to UCD students and whoever else is interested in Belfield Church on the UCD Campus. The event starts at 18:45 in the UCD Church and it will be a Gospel Concert with some reflective elements sprinkled in. For UCD students there is a pre-concert reception in St Stephen’s Chaplaincy (opposite 10 bus stop) at 18:00.

The Dublin City Enterprise Board is inviting to a new series of free Ilac Library Talks for people that are interested in starting their own business. The first talk is taking place on Thurs 23 Oct in the library in ILAC Centre, Henry Street, from 18:30-19:45. The topic is “Should I, Shouldn’t I start my own business?” and it is presented by Yanky Fachler.
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 Latin American Solidarity Centre is inviting regularly to Thursday Night talks. On Thurs 23 Oct (usually from 19:00) the topic will be ‘Water Rights and Presidential Power: Rafael Correa and Ecuador’s New Constitution’. The event is free but due to space limitations, it is possible that not everyone will get in. Now for next week the venue has not been determined yet, so please have a look on
www.lasc.ie/activities/TnT.html if you are interested in this event to find out where it will take place. Alternatively check with Nessa / Eimear 01 6174835 or Pepe 01 6760435. www.lasc.ie

The Botanic Garden in Glasnevin (D9) is inviting to a lecture with the title “Ireland’s Beautiful Bogs” by Dr Catherine O’Connell on Thurs 23 Oct at 20:00 in the Education and Visitor Centre. Dr O’Connell is Chief Executive of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council. The IPCC is an independent conservation charity established in 1982 to campaign for the conservation of a representative sample of living intact Irish bogs and peatlands as part of Ireland’s heritage. Its activities include education and publicity, promoting environmental awareness, provision of information and encouraging the protection and conservation of our national heritage for the common good. The Council also owns and manages a number of peatlands for conservation and runs the Bog of Allen Nature Centre in Co. Kildare which is open to visitors and school groups. Admission is free as far as I can see.


Snow Patrol will be signing copies of their new album ‘A Hundred Million Suns’ at
hmv Grafton Street on Friday 24 October at 13:00. Eentry to the event is via wristband only. Wristbands available from this store only from 08:30 on Friday 24 October. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

Following the successful transition from the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre to the Irish Writers’ Centre the Out to Lunch Series continues into 2008. Series Director John McNamee has put together an exciting line up of established and emerging poets. The readings take place every other Friday at 13:15 in the Irish Writers’ Centre in 19 Parnell Square and admission is free. On 24 October Philip Casey will read his poetry.

Organised by Seventowers a “Chapters And Verse Lunchtime Reading” will take place in Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1 on 24 Oct at 13:15 – 13:55. The contributors are Ross Hattaway, Ann Marie Glasheen and you can find more information on www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=213

Let me quote the organisers “This October, the first annual RED LINE FESTIVAL hits the city for a sensational celebration of all things Rootsy! Taking place between the 24-26 October at four venues around Smithfield, the festival promises music fans the very best Trad, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Rockabilly, Americana and Old Timein’ that the country has to offer! Roots music branches in many directions including Trad, Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Rockabilly, Americana, Folk, Old Time & more. All styles have a strong connection with the soul of where and how music began, the instruments, geography, history and stories. Nowhere in Dublin do these connections still prosper as much as in Smithfield. From the institution that is The Cobblestone Pub to the nearby Dice Bar and Sin E, these rich musical traditions are being given a new birth.”
A good few of the events are completely free and you should reward the organisers for their efforts with your attendance! The main free events are
24 Oct 19:00 Trad Sessions @ The Coblestone
25 Oct 16:00 Bill Whelan & Friends Session @ The Cobblestone
25 Oct 19:00 NC Lawlor, Thomas Kitt & guests @ Sin é
25 Oct 19:00 The Bonnevilles @ The Dice bar
25 Oct 20:00 Trad Sessions @ The Coblestone
26 Oct 17:00 Rockabilly day @ The Dice Bar
26 Oct 18:00 T-Bone Kelly & guests @ Sin é
26 Oct 19:00 Aces Wild @ Dice Bar
More detail can be found here: www.myspace.com/redlinefestival
Thanks to Mary M. and Ruairi G. for letting me know about this Festival.


The Ideal Homes Exhibition takes place over the bank holiday weekend (23-27 Oct) in the RDS in Ballsbridge and there are free tickets available for the event on Thursday (12:00-20:00) or on Friday (14:00-22:00). To request the free ticket voucher follow this link: www.idealhome.ie/register/index.htm. Tickets for Sat/Sun/Mon are NOT free.

______This is odd!!______________

I definitely am NOT an expert on fresh milk and I explicitly invite you to educate me and this is what I need help with: I was in a supermarket during the week and they sold Avonmore Fresh Milk (1 litre) for EUR 1.14, Premiere Fresh Milk (1 litre) for EUR 0.97 and their own brand of Fresh Milk (1 litre) for EUR 0.87. Now I am NOT talking about a certain grape variety or a certain vintage in wine and I am not talking about different recipes like Own Brand Cola and Coca-Cola and Pepsi. I am talking about milk! This is the product where hundreds of cows produce something that will be poured in a big tank and then you get the MIXTURE of all of the individual products. With milk you usually do NOT know your cow or the cow’s age and there is NO different recipe – since the milk is meant to be pure – between the brands.
But can someone please explain how come that people are prepared to pay 27 cent (31%!!!!!) of a surcharge just because the container has a certain brand written on it??? This is not a few measly cent, this is a surcharge of a THIRD of the price of the cheapest products!!! I find it amazing! Can anyone explain that? It is just milk!!!
If you are buying the more expensive brand of milk in a shop that has a NUMBER of brands available then I am sure you have a reason for it…or maybe not? Maybe your family always bought Avonmore and therefore you gave a pledge that “for the rest of my days on this earth I will promise to buy only Avonmore, no matter what the price”? This IS odd!!

Another Event Guide completed! Hurray! I am now swiftly moving to bed because for the rest of the weekend I will be at the super “Breakthrough to Success” Seminar in the Ballsbridge Inn. If you are there as well, let me know (087-2931571) and if you wish you were there ;-) , then remember that you can register for the next one in March 2009 already here www.breakthroughtosuccess.eu/?af=CLA1035324.

Enjoy your weekend and have a look at the Oktoberfest and go to one or two of the Open House venues!

Enjoy the weekend!


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