Event Guide 76: Café Market, Christmas Storytelling, Aline Barros Support, French Friday, Songs of Praise, Senior Citizens Day Out, Astronomy Talk, Blaze Away Exhibition

November 28th, 2008

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 76
| 28 Nov 2008 Subscribers: 2775

Hi all!

I am writing this on Thursday evening and am just back from the lighting of the Christmas Lights in Temple Bar. Mulled wine, minced pies and brass music was part of the ceremony and there are REAL Christmas Trees in Temple Bar and tasteful lights. So, I am happy!
While strolling through Temple Bar, I got some hugely relevant advise from a guy on Temple Bar Square, so I had an educational experience as well. ;-) The slightly unsettled guy told everybody “Don’t let them lock you up! DON’T let them lock you up! Cause they will never let you out again!” …and seeing him dance outside a pub to the music inside the pub a few minutes later did make me FULLY understand what he meant. :-) Dublin has some great characters!
November is nearly over and we definitely are getting into Christmas territory now. The “do a daily random act of kindness” challenge is still ongoing, as I had suggested a few weeks back, and I still get lovely and supportive mails from many of you. Thank you very much!
Some people/companies who have offered prices for competitions in the past have offered some discounts or bonus products for the Dublin Event Guide Community in the run-up to Christmas and I will inform you about these great Christmas present ideas at or around the 08 December. If you own a company or work in a company that sells products or services and that are interested in getting involved in this or want to find out more, just send me a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “Xmas” in the Subject Line.
Have a look at Dublin News and the Competition section today, there is loads of interesting stuff. :-)
Please note: This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E., Cliodhna D., Brian L., Padraig S., Kathie S., Orla niF, Jef B. and www.stickyfingerstravel.com. The main sponsor is www.kravmagaireland.com, the self-defence training centre for everyone, which provides 12-week or 2-day self-defence training courses for beginners. I am grateful for the support!
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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.


______Joerg’s Plans______________

This Dublin Event Guide is quite long again, but you will see that there are not many MUST GO events in it. A slightly quieter week before all Christmas events will start next week. So my own plans this week will include some chill-out time. But nevertheless there are some events that I will try to attend:
*Saturday: The Fundraising Concert for Aline Barros on Saturday evening is an event I will definitely try to go to. Why don’t you nominate this cause as your random act of kindness for Saturday and join me in the support of Aline. Read her tragic story here www.herald.ie/national-news/herald-am-worker-left-paralysed-by-hitandrun-1447774.html
In the morning I might visit the Temple Bar Food Market again, I haven’t been there for a while, and after that I will probably go for a stroll in Grafton Street and will try to go to the RHA Gallery Exhibition at 15 Ely Place. I was warmly recommended to me.
*Sunday: The Flea Market was great last week and hopefully there will be another one before Christmas, but this week I will probably just go to the Gardiner Street Gospel Mass and spend the day doing some work on some “secret” ;-) project in the context of the Dublin Event Guide.
* During the week: I will try to find time to go to the play in the Project Art Centre “Everybody loves Sylvia” (you find it in the Competition section).


LOTS of really interesting competitions today! Make sure you check them out!

Jessica from the theatre company “Randolf SD – The Company” contacted me during the week, she is a member of the Dublin Event Guide Community and is involved in what seems to be a brilliant play on show in the Project Arts Centre. The newspaper reviews I saw praise the performance hugely and “Randolf SD” want you to come to see their performance. The play is called “Everybody Loves Sylvia” and is an updated adaption of the classic French comedy “La Double Inconstance” by Pierre de Marivaux and is a s a look at the question ‘ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn’t have’. The performance is taking place in “Project Cube” in the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar (39 Essex Street) at 20:15 every evening but ONLY until Sat 06 Dec, so you better book your tickets immediately! Tickets are EUR 18 and you can book online following www.project.ie/cgi-bin/eventdetail.pl?id=790 or on 01-8819613.
Exclusively for the Dublin Event Guide Community, Randolf SD have made a pair of tickets available for the performance on Tues 02 Dec at 20:15. If you want to win this pair of tickets send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “Randolf” in the Subject Line and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Because there is very little time until Tuesday, your mail has to be with me already by 17:00 on Sat 29 Nov.

Internationally-renowned virtuoso flamenco ‘cantaor’ José Parra will be in Dublin for one night only and RaffaAbarca Promotions (www.raffaabarca.com) have made a pair of tickets available for a competition.
José Parra is a “Flamenco singer who is weaving a path between pure flamenco and bulerias, his superb singing style evokes comparisons with Flamenco legend Camarón de la Isla. With impressive album sales and legions of devoted fans around the world, José Parra sings an instantly-recognisable and ultimately unmissable brand of Spanish flamenco, this time along with the international guitarist El Macareno and flamenco dancer Jorge del Pino. Formerly lead singer with Vicente Amigo for many years, this award-winning artist bring his Camaronesque talent to the spectacular surroundings of St Anns Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.” The concert will take place on Fri 05 Dec at 20:00. Tickets are EUR 25 and are on sale on www.tickets.ie.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpZv6t2JPqQ&NR=1 and www.joseparra.org
This is a unique opportunity to see José Parra in Dublin and if you are a Flamenco fan, you should definitely put it in your diary.
If you want to win a pair of tickets for this concert, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject “Parra” and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 17:00 on Monday 01 Dec.

Studio 23 is a specialist studio for Pilates, Personal Training and Bodywork Therapy (including Massage and Weight Management) and is run by Aine Crossan. “Studio 23, offers treatments for chronic back, head, neck and shoulder pain, sports injury, remedial and holistic massage, using a rounded approach to treat and alleviate pain, through treatment and then rehabilitation. They also offer regular classes (Pre- and Post-Pregnancy) in Pilates and Yoga. Studio 23 is in Dame House, 24-26 Dame St. Dublin 2. And you can find all the information about the comprehensive therapy and training types on www.studio23.ie. Studio23 is just updating their website and the new website will go live today, so if you follow the link and you do NOT see a menue with all the therapy and training types on the left hand side of the screen, then please try again a little later today. The new website will definitely go live today and is worth a visit.
Studio 23 can help you with pain, injury, training or weight loss and to find out how they can do that you should check the website or ring 01-633 6023.Gift Certificates for Christmas are available as well.
Studio 23 has made available a special and very valuable competition price: You can win a 1-hour Massage in Studio 23 and all you have to do to win is to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject “Studio23” and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 17:00 on Wed 10 Dec.

Last chance for the Hourglass Competition of the Irish Writers Centre (19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1)!
On 02 December Eugene McCabe, who wrote “Death and Nightingales”, which has been described as “a deeply moving, powerful, and unforgettable book” and as “clearly one of the great Irish masterpieces of the century”, will read and discuss his work as part of the Writers Centre “Hourglass Readings”. The reading starts at 19:00 and tickets are EUR 7 per reading. Tickets are available two weeks prior to each reading by calling 01 872 1302.
To win a pair of tickets for Eugene McCabe’s reading, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject “McCabe” and include your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 17:00 on Fri 28 Nov. writerscentre.ie/centre/events/hourglass/intro.htm
Another series of events at the Writers Centre is called “Into Print” with literary agent Jonathan Williams. It is a series of talks aimed specifically at aspiring writers and you can find the details here: writerscentre.ie/centre/events/intoprint/index.htm. The last event in this series is on 16 Dec at 19:00.

ArtPolonia, the Lab for intercultural cooperation and exchange is having the last event in this year on Sun 30 Nov at 20:00 in the Liberty Hall Theatre and they made a pair of tickets available to one of you. The lucky winner is Ursula Kolodziejczyk. Congratulations!
ArtPolonia is delighted to present for the fist time in Ireland the Leszek Mozdzer Trio with their improv jazz concert “Between Us and the Light”. The Polish piano genius performs in a jazz trio context, alongside Swedish bassist and cellist Lars Danielsson and Israeli percussionist Zohar Fresco. For more information about Leszek Mozdzer: www.myspace.com/leszekmozdzer
ArtPolonia is a young and not-for-profit organisation for intercultural exchange in Dublin run by a small group of volunteers (www.artpolonia.org).

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______________

Do you wish you could get the Metro newspaper every morning, but where you work or on your way to work nobody is handing it out? OR do you like reading Metro, but are uneasy about the impact the printed paper has on the environment? Then this is for you: Metro is now available online: www.e-metro.ie

Not too surprisingly the Farmer’s market at Smithfield Plaza doesn’t seem to be very lucrative. I think the marketing for this market could be a LOT better, but the more profitable target market is definitely elsewhere. However it surprised me to read that Dublin City are the main drivers behind the choice of location. Because the traders don’t make enough money in Smithfield it is considered to set-up another farmer’s market at Portobello Harbour beside the Grand Canal. This is probably the square right beside Portobello College and opposite the Lower Deck Pub. A decision hasn’t been made yet.
Another interesting fact is that there is a farmer’s market in Coppinger Row, beside the Powerscourt Town Centre, I hadn’t known that.

From 01 Dec the Pay&Display prices in the Yellow, Red and Green Zone in Dublin are being increased again. I guess this is part of the plan of making Dublin more attractive for shoppers. :-/ (See as well the “This is odd!” section at the bottom of this mail.) The new charge in the Yellow Zone is EUR 2.90 (previously EUR 2.70), in The Red Zone EUR 2.40 (up from 2.20) and in the Green Zone EUR 1.60 (up from 1.50).

You might have seen during the week, that in 2012 Dublin will be the European City of Science. Imagine the number of events in that year. I hope most of them will be free!! :-P


The Gallery Winter Show will run 02 Dec- 23 Dec and exhibits works by Veronica Bolay R.H.A., Marc Reilly, Jackie Nickerson, Philippa Sutherland, Roisin Mc Guigan, Chris Doris, Megan Eustace, Leonard Sheil, Mary Clancy, Michelle Rogers, Deirdre O’Brien, Fiona Flinn, Brian Garvey, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Matthew O’Kane,
Zita Reihill and Ita Freeney. (Gallery Details: The Paul Kane Gallery, 6 Merrion Square North, www.thepaulkanegallery.com, Open: Tues-Fri 11:00-18:00 and Sat 12:00-17:00)

Somebody asked me to list this a second time: From 11 Nov-13 Dec the Royal Hibernian Academy will exhibit the 178th RHA Annual exhibition. 536 artworks are in this year’s exhibition, with 73 invited artists and 300 works selected from this year’s open submission section. Opening Hours are Mon-Sat 11:00-19:00 and Sundays from 14:00-17:00. www.rhagallery.ie The gallery is in 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

“Fifty Percent solitude” is a group exhibition of 9 works by nine artists: Willie Doherty, Maureen Gallace, Liam Gillick, Siobhán Hapaska, Stephen McKenna, Isabel Nolan, Sean Scully, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Paul Winstanley. The exhibition will run form 27 Nov- 09 January 2009. (Gallery Details: Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2, www.kerlin.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:45, Sat 11:00-16:30)

“What Lies Beneath”, an exhibition of new work by Katarzyna Gajewska and Rikki van den Berg. The exhibition will be opened by Robert Engels, Dutch Ambassador to Ireland, and Dr. Jacek Rosa, Deputy Head of Mission, Political and Cultural Affairs for the Polish Embassy in Ireland, on 02 Dec 2008 at 19:30 at Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. The exhibition will run until 05 Dec.
www.solart.ie (Venue Details: Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.filmbase.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 09:30-17:30, Sat: 11:30-17:30, Sun: varies)

The Butler Gallery in Kilkenny is inviting to the exhibition “The Brief Tremendous” by Sonia Shiel. The exhibition will be on show from 29 Nov-18 Jan. To attend the opening of the show a free bus from Dublin to Kilkenny will be provided and is scheduled to leave Dublin on Saturday 29 Nov at 13:00 and will return on the same day 22:00. Please call the gallery for booking details on 056 7761106.

“Vanishing Landscape”’ is Giita Hammond’s photography exhibition. The exhibition will run from 27 Nov-10 Dec. www.giita.com (Gallery Details: The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, www.thejoinery.org, Open: ???)

This Christmas Group Show will feature work by Samantha Clarke, Edia Connole, Susan Connolly, Hugh Delap, Laura Fitzgerald, Claire Halpin, Deirdre Hayden, Vanessa Donoso López, Vanessa Marsh, Hugh McCarthy, Kate Murphy, Beth O’Halloran, Ciara O’Hara, Ben Readman, Bennie Reilly, Sheila Rennick, Emer Roberts, Emma Roche, Liam Ryan, Gerda Teljeur, Louise Ward and Dianne Whyte. The exhibition will run from 27 Nov-23 Dec. (Gallery Detail: Stone Gallery, 70 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, www.stonegallery.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Thurs 10:0-19:00, Sat 11:00-17:30)

“The Eye of the Tiger 2008” is an exhibition of social documentary photography by Barry Delaney about the Blackrock artist Pieter Sluis (1921 – 2008). The exhibition will run from 26 Nov-30 Nov. www.paviliontheatre.ie

“Sinks & Reservoirs” is an exhibition of a series of photographs, digital images and paintings by Alan Boardman. The exhibition will be open from 26 Nov-07 Dec.
www.canvas.ie (Gallery Details: Crow Gallery, 6 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.crowgallery.net, Open: 12:00-18:00)

“4 + 1” is the exhibition by four printmakers and one mixed media artist. The printmakers are Johnny Bugler, Aisling Dolan, Louise Meade and Niamh Flanagan. Joanna Kidney will show mixed media pieces. The exhibition will be on show from 27 Nov-21 Dec. (Gallery Details: The Factory Space, 100 Capel Street Dublin 1, www.thefactoryspace.ie, Open: Tues- Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 12:00-17:00)

Hillsboro Fine Art are inviting to their Annual Christmas Exhibition from 27 Nov-23 Dec. Artists are John Hoyland, Larry Poons, Jules Olitski, Alex Katz, John Gibbons, Anthony Caro, Alex Kanevsky, John Noel Smith, Michael Warren, Stephen Lawlor, Patrick Graham, Michael Canning, Gwen O’Dowd and David Crone. (Gallery Details: Hillsboro Fine Art, 49 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1, www.hillsborofineart.com, Open: Mon-Fri: 10.30-18:00, Sat: 10.30-16:00)

“Timbucktu” is the group exhibition of Irish and international contemporary artists at Pallas Contemporary Projects The show will run from 28 Nov (18:00-21:00) until 20 Dec. Exhibiting artists are Robert Armstrong, Gayle Anderson, Grainne Brady, Peter Cabocky, Aoife Cassidy, Gordon Cheung, Cora Cummins, Hugh Delap, Blaise Drummond, Clodagh Emoe, Brendan Flaherty, Mark Garry, Andy Harper, Des Kenny, Gillian Lawler, Stephen Loughman, Maggie Madden, Colin Martin, Brian McGuire, Bea McMahon, Joe Nagle, Margaret O’Brien, Sarah O’Brien, Beth O’Halloran, Eamon O’Kane, Ann Quinn, Linda Quinlan, Sheila Rennick, Sonia Shiel, Sanja Todorovic and Kate Warner. (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00)

“Inhabit” is the group exhibition by Blackchurch Print Studio Members Caroline Byrne, Janine Davidson, Aoife Dwyer, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Mary Frazer, Jane Garland, Catriona Leahy, Colin Martin, David McGinn, Piia Rossi and Daryl Slein. The exhibition will be on show at the First Floor Gallery in Draíocht from 27 Nov-17 Jan. www.draiocht.ie

“At the Heart of Chance” is the paintings exhibition by Orla Whelan in Draiocht. The exhibition will be on show at the Ground Floor Gallery from 28 Nov-17 January

“Wicklow Photographs” is a fine art photography exhibition by Peter Evers. It take place from 27 Nov-22 Dec. Image Now Gallery, 17A New Bride Street, Dublin 8.

‘New Paintings’ is the paintings exhibition by Derek Fitzpatrick in the SIngal Arts Centre. It will run from 27 Nov-07 Dec from 19:00-21:00.
(Gallery Details: Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, www.signalartscentre.ie, Open: Tue – Fri: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00-17:00)

“Snapshot” is the paintings paintings exhibition by Emma Moore in Bookcube Gallery in Rathmines. From 27 Nov. (Gallery Details: Bookcube Gallery, 203 Lr Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, www.bookcubegallery.com, Opening Hours: not specified on website!)

FLOOD launches its first project on 1 December 2008. Theresa Nanigian’s ‘I will be a Phenomenon’ is available for free upon email request direct from FLOOD. Theresa Nanigian’s project is the first in a series of posters / leaflets providing opportunities for the presentation and dissemination of work in alternative ways. To receive a copy of ‘I will be a Phenomenon’ check www.flooddublin.com. And if you have not the slightest clue what this “project” is about then there is two of us!


From 27 Nov – 02 Dec the Science Gallery is inviting to a new exhibition. Part of this exhibition is a seminar and workshop programme on Fri 28 Nov. If you want to take part in these seminars and workshops, you need to request (free) tickets on www.sciencegallery.com/events
Why should research be hidden away in labs or universities? Together Higher Education Authority and Science Gallery offer you a unique opportunity to meet the people behind the research. From wearable sensors to ubiquitous computing and the future of drug discovery, Transformations offers an extraordinary window into our future as it is being created by researchers working across Ireland.
On Friday the 28th November TRANSFORMATIONS hosts a series of high profile seminars and workshops. For a full list and to book your free tickets go to www.sciencegallery.com/events

The ‘Chapters And Verse Lunchtime Reading’ is taking place in Chapter and Verse on Parnell Street. On Fri 28 Nov at 13:15 Waterford writer Donal Moloney and Dublin poet Jean O’Brien will read from their works. For more information, contact Sarah 0872283351 or sarah@seventowers.ie. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=228

Powerscourt Open is the event series in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. The November events are titled “Style Diary” and are quite multi-facetted. Fashion, fun and world design in the context of customer evenings, swop shops & free style consultations are all on offer.
28-30 Nov: The Loft Market 2nd Birthday Party – Free Styling Weekend
The Loft celebrates its second birthday in customary style over the weekend of 28-30 Nov. Each day resident designers and professional stylists will be on hand to provide insights into what’s on offer and guide you through your perfect personalised shopping experience. You can book your free personal shopping appointment in advance on the website or drop by with some old or new garment and watch it being customized into a bespoke fashion item before your eyes.

* Chapters And Verse Lunchtime Reading in Chapter and Verse on Parnell Street at 13:15. More information: Sarah 0872283351 or sarah@seventowers.ie or www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=cal&date=2008-12-01
* 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


Sarah Ferguson, yes, the one that is the Duchess of York, will be signing copies of “Tea for Ruby” in Eason’s in O’Connell St, Dublin on Sat 29 Nov 2008 at 12:00.

The Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID) is inviting children to free Christmas Storytelling Sessions as part of its BIDs for KIDs programme. From 22 Nov to 14 Dec special Christmas storytelling sessions will take place each Saturday and Sunday in St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and The Gresham Hotel.
The storyteller, Susie Minto, will draw in listeners around the imaginary hearth and warm their hearts with Christmas and Winter themed stories from many traditions – Irish, Native American, European, and Japanese.
The storytelling sessions will last 30 minutes and all children aged four to ten years old, accompanied by an adult, are welcome. The sessions are free but pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please telephone the Dublin City BID on 01-6334680 or email bidsforkids@dublincitybid.ie to reserve a space. See www.dublincitybid.ie for more information.
Storytelling Session Details:
The Gresham Hotel – 11:00, 12:00, 13:00
St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre – 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
Each Saturday and Sunday from the 22nd November to 14th December.

The monthly Cafe Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month from 13:00-17:00 in Curved St Cafe, Filmbase, Temple Bar. It is a Fashion Market and you can browse the many stalls displaying Vintage Fashion, exciting New Designs, Art, Photography and other quirky bits and pieces while sampling the tasty treats of The Curved St Cafe. The next market is on 29 November.
Thanks to Lynsey for telling me about this event.

Benji Bennett will be signing copies of “Before you Sleep” in Eason’s in Dundrum Shopping Centre on Sat 29 Nov 2008 at 13:30.

The Harvey Nichols Wine Shop in Dundrum Town Centre is inviting to a complimentary Wine Tasting every Saturday until the 20 December. Tastings are complimentary and take place between 12:00 and 17:00.

Saturday 29 Nov: Searsons present Louis Roederer Champagne
Saturday 6 Dec: Febvre present a Christmas selection
Saturday 13 Dec: Nicholson present aperitifs and dessert wines
Saturday 20 Dec: Liberty present Christmas Favourites

All events are in this documents www.museum.ie/GetAttachment.aspx?id=77841bfe-3b9a-40e4-8830-aed0cb22f325
And specifically for this weekend, these are the events:
* On 22 Nov at 12:00: Adult Gallery Talk: “The Irish Defence Forces Aid to the Civil Power” by Olly O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer Óglaigh Náisiúnta Na hÉireann Teoranta, (Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women), in Soldiers & Chiefs – Claiming the Future. In Collins Barracks
* On 23 Nov at 14:30: Free Themed Tour for Family Groups (in Collins Barracks)
* On 23 Nov at 15:00-16:00: My Museum Family Programme: “Fighting Men!” – All ages. Join members of Legion Ireland: the Roman Military History Society of Ireland, to discover what it was like to be a member of the Roman army. In Kildare Street.
* On Sat 29 Nov from 14:00-16:30: “Don’t fight it, write it!” for young adults: 13–17 years in Kildare Street. Join our four-week creative writing workshop and hone your skills with writer Catherine Phil McCarthy. Max 15. Please check, it could well be that this event is NOT free.
* On Sat 29 Nov at 12:00: Adult Gallery Talk: “A Dubliner’s Collection of Asian Art’ – the Albert M. Bender exhibition of Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan art” in Collins Barracks. A talk by Audrey Whitty, NMI, in the Albert M. Bender Exhibition
* On Sun 30 Nov from 14:30-16:00: “Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!” for Age 5-10 in Kildare Street. “An art and craft workshop where you’ll look at and even touch real lion, tiger and bear specimens as well as many other creatures. No booking required. First come, first served.”
On Sun 30 Nov from 15:00-16:00: My Museum Family Programme: “Daring Design” for Age 8+ in Collins Barracks. Explore the fantastic chairs and interiors in the Eileen Gray exhibition with Natalie Katona and design and make your own model chair.
* On Thurs 04 Dec from 13:00-13:45: “Attention to Detail: Every Body in the Museum – All Ages” in Kildare Street. “Examine some of the human remains on display and discover the fascinating stories behind the Museum’s more permanent inhabitants.”

On Saturday 29 Nov 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 “All on Board for the Santa Express!” with Kitty Rogers. The programme takes place in the Baroque Gallery and is suitable for children from 4-10 years. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

Some of you might have heard of Aline Barros. Aline is a 26 year old Brazilian woman, who is paralysed from the waist down after being hit by a truck while cycling to work in Dublin. She has been in hospital since the accident happened on 22 July. First she spent two months in the Mater Hospital and now she is in the Dun Laoghaire rehabilitation centre. Her friends are now attempting to raise money for Aline’s future care and rehabilitation in Ireland and Brazil.
A Fundraising concert is taking place on Sat 29 Nov at 18:30 in the Seven Day Adventist Church in Ranelagh (very near to the Luas Bridge).
Read Aline’s tragic story here and come to the fundraising event. www.herald.ie/national-news/herald-am-worker-left-paralysed-by-hitandrun-1447774.html I understand that admission to the concert is free, but obviously your donation is more than appreciated. It is not completely clear what type of concert it will be and I wasn’t able to find out more before sending this mail, but it seems to be a concert of classical music.
Thanks Miren for telling me about Aline’s story and about the concert.

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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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 Camerata Kilkenny is playing J.S. Bach’s ‘The Musical Offering’. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=194

Kathryn Thomas will be signing copies of “Off the Beaten Track” on Sun 20 Nov at 12:30 in Eason’s in O’Connell St, Dublin. www.eason.ie/events
Later that day, at 15:30, she will be for a book signing in Eason’s in Dundrum Shopping Centre.

“Sunday Sketching” is a workshop for 7+ year olds. It will take place on Sun 30 Nov from 15:00-16:00. The title this week is “Pop art”. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=135

The French Friday (which now always takes place on a Sunday) is on this weekend again. On Sun 30 Noc from 18:30-02:30 all French people and everybody who likes anything French are invited to the Bia Bar in 28 Lower Stephen’s Street (near Break for the Border and between Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and South Great George’s Street). There will be a pub quiz and a lot of gifts can be won. www.french-friday.com

“Songs of Praise” is a Rock&Roll Karaoke which takes place every Sunday in The Village Front Bar. I had included this event a good few months back, but then suddenly I read that it was not free and consequently took it out of the Event Guide again. I am not sure if the information back then was wrong or if a few events did cost money, but I now found out that Songs of Praise is actually free, so here it is again:
The event starts at 21:00 and The Village is in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
“This is no ordinary karaoke. Songs of Praise has brought karaoke Back (In Black). The inner rock star is release when people to do Rock & Roll Karaoke songs on a big stage thru’ a very loud sound system. Rock & Roll Karaoke is credible, alternative rock songs. Think Van Halen, Kaiser Chiefs, Van, U2 and the Sex Pistols. There’s no ABBA on OUR list – only Air Guitar Anarchy! It works so well and people have so much fun that it has made Karaoke COOL.
But don’t think we only have Karaoke. There are our awesome DJs playing alternative tunes. This is how we do it, we have 20 minutes of DJ action and then it’s over to the stage for 15 minutes of Rock & Roll Karaoke.”

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 a few times and they are brilliant!
*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.
* Loose Change play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* 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.

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On Mon 01 Dec is the Dublin Senior Citizens Day Out taking place. The Friends of the Elderly with support from Dublin City Council and Dublin City Business Association will host this day and many shops will give discounts to senior citizens on that day. The event start at 10:30 under Clery’s Clock in O’Connell Street and in addition to the discounts other attractions are “Free photos under Clery’s Clock, free trips around O’Connell Street on Eco Cabs, free refreshments in the Lord Mayor’s House in Dawson Street, free musical entertainment in the GPO and the ILAC Shopping Centre, free gift from Santas Grotto, free perfume samples and much more”. Shops that have discounts for older people with proof of age are Arnotts, Clerys, Boyers, Eason, Boots, Peter Mark, Gresham Hotel, Body Shop on Henry Street and all shops in the chq Building in the Docklands. I am sure there are more so if you are eligible, just ask in the shops. www.friendsoftheelderly.ie/article.html?ID=1303

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Arts Office Education and Community Programme are delighted to present the Artists Panel 2008/09. This panel will be working in primary schools throughout Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County – Paula Barrett, Joe Coveney, Aoife Dwyer, Gerard Greene, Lucinda Jacob, Kathy Marsh, Liz McMahon, Julie Merriman, Terry O’Farrell and Anna Rosenfelder.
To celebrate they have invited Jole Bortoli, director and founder of Art to Heart, to share her experiences of working though the arts with children and adults working with children. Jole will give a talk about her work to date on Monday 1 December 2008 from 17:30-19:00 in The Pavilion Gallery Space in Dun Laoghaire. Admission is free but places are limited. For details and bookings contact Máire Davey at: 01 2719528 or mdavey@dlrcoco.ie

The Irish Astronomical Society is inviting to the talk “Wonderful Eclipses: The Greatest Saros” by John O’Neill (IAS) on Mon 01 Dec in the Dunsink Observatory. The event starts at 20:00 and you can find more details about all events including information about how to find the Observatory here homepage.eircom.net/~irishas/meet.htm. The website of the Astronomical Society is www.irishastrosoc.org/

* Chapters And Verse Lunchtime Reading in Chapter and Verse on Parnell Street at 13:15. More information: Sarah 0872283351 or sarah@seventowers.ie or www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=cal&date=2008-12-01
* Pint&Picture or Cine Café. From 19:30 Howard Linnane is screening short films and full-length films in his fortnightly alternating movie event in the Portobello Pub in South Richmond Street. Ring Howard (086-3614787) for more information. The film screenings are free.
* From 21:30 in the International Bar, 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


Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up for a beer at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. Green Drinks Dublin is publishing their events on www.greendrinks.org/index.php?country=Ireland&city=Dublin and they do plan to have an event on 02 Dec from 18:00 in the South William Bar (upstairs) in South William Street, Dublin 2. The details (topics and speakers) are not finalised yet, but will be published on the listed website closer to the event.
Thanks to Miren for this information.

The lecture and discussion series in the Abbey Theatre continues with another
“Bearing Witness” event. On Thurs 04 Dec (18:15-19:00) John O’Shea, the Chief Executive of GOAL reflects on witnessing Darfur and other crises. The event is taking place in the Abbey Theatre. Admission is free but booking essential on 01 87 87 222. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html

Immigration, Residency and Protection Bill will be discussed at Seomra Spraoi, 10/11 Belvedere Court, Off Mount Joy Square on Tue 02 December from 19:00.
David Landy will give a talk at Seomra Spraoi on the new Immigration Residency and protection Bill. The IRP bill will bring some key changes to the ‘management’ of migration, including a number of draconian elements with some very important political implications. David will talk about some of these elements but also talk about the problems with NGO sectors opposition to the Bill.

Stress – Worry – Fears ….. We deal with these issues everyday. But how well do we deal with these issues? The PCI College is holding a free lecture series over Autumn 2008 which will give you the right tools to deal with the pressures of today effectively. In association with No Panic – support for sufferers of Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder and Tranquilizer Withdrawal.
The lecture on Tues 02 Dec (20:00-21:00) in the Red Cow Hotel will deal with “Flagging the Problem: A new approach to dealing with Generalised Anxiety Disorder” by Dr Harry Barry, GP. Dr Harry Barry is a medical doctor based in County Louth and a board member of Aware. He has a particular interest in mental health and has extensive experience of dealing with issues such as depression, addiction and anxiety as part of his busy practice in Drogheda.
For more information contact Sarah Mc Dermott on 01 464 2268. www.pcicollege.ie

* 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


Hothouse, the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre at Dublin Institute of Technology will have a final “Be Inspired. Be an Entrepreneur” Talk. This last talk is with Eamonn Fallon (Daft.ie) on 03 Dec. The event is free, but you have to register and it is possible that you are too late for it, however you can still try!

The National Museum (Decorative Arts and History) in Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 is inviting to a new exhibition from Thurs 04 Dec which will be officially opened on Wed 03 Dec by Gerry Ryan at 18:00.
The new exhibition entitled “Blaze Away” examines duelling in Ireland and the work of two Irish families who made swords and guns in Dublin in the 19th century.
Blaze Away highlights the work of the Rigby family of Suffolk Street, who were Ireland’s most famous gun makers, and the Read family of Parliament Street, who were Ireland’s most renowned sword makers.
Lar Joye, military history curator at the National Museum of Ireland, said “Duelling reached its high point during the early 1800s. Using the latest interactives, the exhibition explores the history of this gruesome practice and also places duelling in its social and economic context”.
www.museum.ie (Open: Tues-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 14:00-17:00, Mon closed) Admission is free and free car parking is available.

Comhlámh’s next First Wednesday Debate at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre
(Grafton Street) is on 03 Dec at 18:15-19:45. The title is “A new world order? The impact of the US election on International Development”. Everybody is welcome. Early arrival is advised as spaces are available on a first come first served basis only.

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.
The next film screening will be on Wed 03 Dec at 18:30 and the film will be “A mi madre le gustan las mujeres” (2001). dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha51308_16_1.htm
The Instituto Cervantes is in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (at the back of TCD near the National Gallery).

* Chapters And Verse Lunchtime Reading at 13:15 or Whitehouse Poets Reading at 09:00. More information: Sarah 0872283351 or sarah@seventowers.ie or www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=cal&date=2008-12-01
* “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


On Thursday 04 Dec at the Loft in the Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin, Punho Forte will hold a unique photography exhibition showcasing the work of some of Brazil’s poorest children. Punho Forte provides educational, recreational and mentoring programmes for disadvantaged youth in Itacare’s shanty towns. It is supported in its work by Punho Forte Ireland, a registered charity in the Republic of Ireland. The programmes aim to offer innovative ways to attract the most vulnerable children in the community into a structured and supportive environment where they can develop and attain their potential. Recreational programmes such as this photography project, Ponto de Vista, reach out to and engage the children otherwise forgotten in rapidly sprawling towns.
The point of view of the children taking these photographs is captured in their shots; vibrant and optimistic. Where adults see poverty, suffering and need; children see colour, fun and opportunity. Punho Forte hopes to develop this vibrancy with your help and all proceeds from the sale of prints at the exhibition will go toward the building of a community centre in Itacaré.
The exhibition is open from12:00-21:00 and tickets to a Brazilian inspired reception afterwards are available from Bridget Freyne, bridgetfreyne@hotmail.com, 087-9806866. However, I couldn’t find if/what the price of these tickets is.

On Thurs 04 Dec at 17:00 a Public Lecture entitled “Artist in Conversation – Absence in the Everyday” will take place in Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square. Artist Fergus Martin, whose work is currently on exhibition, will be in conversation with the Gallery’s Head of Exhibitions Michael Dempsey.


Gabriel Rosenstock was born in Kilfinane, Co Limerick in 1949. He writes primarily in Irish and is the author or translator of over one hundred books. His children’s poetry is selected as Dánta Duitse (Cló Iar-Chonnacta, 1998). A member of many literary societies and organisations, he has been widely published abroad. He lives in Dublin and is a member of Aosdána. Out to Lunch is an Irish Writer’s Centre Event (19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1). It takes place on Fri 05 Dec from 13:15. www.writerscentre.ie

______This is odd!!______________

Some of you might remember that in 2003, Mary Harney – she was then the Minister for Enterprise – told us to “Shop around” so that we don’t pay overhiked prices in Ireland. (business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/article1158660.ece) This good and valid advise was not everywhere appreciated at the time, but now in 2008 we were even explicitly told by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Eibhlin Byrne, while she switched on the Christmas Tree lights in O’Connell street that out of “civic patriotism” we should shop in Dublin not outside the country (www.rte.ie/news/2008/1109/dublin.html).
Now, you might now that the Lord Mayor of Dublin has a purely symbolic and representative role (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Mayor_of_Dublin) and is a city councillor chosen by the other city councillors to be Lord Mayor for just one year. So maybe the opinion of this symbolic figure is not too relevant. But could somebody have pointed out to her that the new and flashing, totally non-christmassy Christmas Tree in O’Connell Street (part of a 1 million Euro investment into new Christmas lights) was bought in FRANCE??? (www.thepost.ie/breakingnews/ireland/mhideyeyqlid)
Even the Lord Mayor of Dublin won’t stop me from shopping around and comparing prices and if the prices are competitive in Dublin, I will definitely buy here. But if they aren’t, then it is my civic duty to spend my hard earned money elsewhere!!

Speaking of Dublin City Council: Have you heard that Brown Thomas in Grafton Street was told by Dublin City that the Christmas Music which they emitted at the front of the shop has to be switched off because it is noise pollution (www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2008/1122/1227293431700.html)?? Is that the same Dublin City that got the Christmas lights in O’Connell Street switched on 3 weeks earlier to get people earlier in the festive shopping mood (www.rte.ie/news/2008/1109/dublin.html)?? Do they want a nice Christmas atmosphere or not? I am puzzled!


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