Event Guide 92: Beats International, Be Inspired DIT, NovaUCD Open Day, Science Gallery, DLR Poetry Now

March 20th, 2009

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 92
| 20 Mar 2009                      Subscribers: 3607

Hi all!

Thanks a lot for two things: 1) Thanks for all the nice and caring messages I got regarding my “tuna vs stomach” problem last week. I can confirm that I am fully repaired and will promise to stay away from tuna – at least near the night when I write this Event Guide. ;-)
2) The second big THANK YOU goes to all the people (and there were many!) that offered help in getting tickets for the “The Spheres” event on Grand Canal Square. It seems that people who registered very early for this event never got their activation code, but in the end the tickets weren’t even checked at the venue. Well, crowd control can be “issuing and checking tickets” OR “issuing and _threatening_ to check tickets”.
I did see the performance and thought it was nice and definitely different. ;-)

I hope you all had a nice St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! I had a brilliant time at the Big Day Out and even at the quite good St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The weather was great and the atmosphere in town was busy but good – until around 18:30 when every year the atmosphere turns and gets increasingly dodgy. For me that is the time to leave the City Centre to the drunks (many of them under-age!!) and to retreat.

It was a really good weekend! But, hey, I am lucky! I have another long weekend ahead of me. This morning I will – if the annoying taxi driver protest won’t interfere – fly to Germany for a few days to be there for the baptism of my little nephew and god-son. Keep your fingers crossed that I make it in time to the airport and don’t be surprised if I won’t reply to any mails until Monday night.

By the way, my mail backlog is still huge. I am trying to reply to as many mails as possible every week, but I can’t keep up. Nevertheless, send me your mails, I read every single one of them!


And please read this: This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E, Cliodhna D, Brian L, Padraig S, Kathie S, Orla niF, Jef B, Susanna N, Kate C, Nicola J, Claus Sch, Gordon S, Jeanne M, Fiona O’C, Marta M, Angela C, Isabelle F, Saundra S, Meisoon N, Ruth F, Valerie McN, Estelle O, Aoife M, Mairin M, Fionán O’L, Maeve L, Blaithin O’D, Ciara D, Mike G, Andrej G, Deirdre R, Vanessa O’L, Chris McK, Frank B, www.stickyfingerstravel.com (The travel guide for parents travelling with their children.), www.target2020.com (…a training company that focuses on personal and career development.), www.thepaulkanegallery.com (A great Art Gallery, located at 6 Merrion Square, which supports contemporary Irish artists.) and www.a1computers.ie in Dun Laoghaire/Cabinteely (…who repair computers, printers and sort out Internet problems fast and who sell computers, laptops and low priced printer cartridges). 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 all support, the sponsoring is picking up, but YOUR support is NEEDED too! Going to free events saves you a LOT of money. True? ;-) Knowing about these free events is essential, so that you then can decide if you want to go or not. True? This is at least worth 1 Euro per month, which is just 25 cent per newsletter!? Do you agree? Can I count on your 12 Euro per year? Feel free to give more if you can, but please do seriously consider the 12 Euro.
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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 Picks______________

Since this newsletter is getting longer and longer with all the free events available, this section is meant to provide some help in picking and choosing the events I will or would go to. This is not the “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences, so if it helps you I am glad, but feel free to ignore this section completely! :-) All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

Sat March 21st – The Gospel Project in concert @ The Cobblestone, Smithfield. Doors 20:30, Tickets EUR 10.
This unstoppable vocal harmony group, backed by their superb 4-piece band, continue to raise the roof with a series of nationwide gigs to promote their debut album “On the Outside”.
“On the Outside” is available from www.cdbaby.net and from selected record stores nationwide.  www.thegospelproject.net

Last week I got a bit confused! I mentioned that I will try to go to The Gospel Project Concert on Sat as advertised above, but this concert was not last week, instead it it taking place THIS week The reason why I got confused is because Cathy who is in charge of The Gospel Project is as well the musical director of the Ballymun Gospel Choir who did have a concert last Saturday. I hope I didn’t confuse anybody. The Gospel Project Concert is THIS Saturday and I hope many of you will go!

Unfortunately I can’t and I won’t be able to go to any other events this weekend either, because I will be away. Nevertheless, here is what I would do if I were in Dublin this weekend:

On Friday the Beats International event in Bia Bar looks interesting. Saturday and Sunday are a bit of an anti-climax after all the events of last weekend, but I guess it is a good thing that you can take it easy after such a busy weekend. Go to St. Stephen’s Green for no good reason. ;-) Or go for a walk in Phoenix Park, especially if you haven’t done it for a while or maybe have never done it before! On Monday the DIT and UCD events look very interesting during the day. Between Tuesday and Sunday I will try to go to the Science Gallery event and on Thursday I will try to go to the Connector Meeting (but since Thursday is for me “Event Guide Night”) I am not sure yet if I will succeed.


The three pairs of tickets for “Funky Seomra”, the club/disco event where you can dance to funky world music in an alcohol-free and drug-free atmosphere, were won by Suzanne Barror, Caroline McGrath and Laura Byrne. Congrats to all of you, I hope you had a great night! The next Funky Seomra will take place on 18 April in the RDS. Put that date in your calender!
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34897260145 and here www.dancefree.ie/

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______________

I was quite busy during the week and forgot to “gather” news, but here are a few little bits:

In time for Mother’s Day and just 3 weeks before the concert in the Olympia Kevin Doyle’s Album “Hollywood & Broadway” has been released. Many of you know that I have a personal and direct interest in this because I sing in Kevin’s backing choir and will be on stage with him and more than 20 other performers in the Olympia on Sat 04 April. Kevin is widely known as Ireland’s best Elvis Presley performer and has filled the Olympia, the National Concert Hall and the Tivoli Theatre many times with The Elvis Presley Story and even the Point Theatre saw a hugely successful event a few years ago. Not turning his back on Elvis concerts, but diversifying slightly, Kevin has recorded an album with well known and popular Hollywood & Broadway songs and will perform these songs in the Olympia Theatre.
The album is available in all good record stores, which in Dublin is mainly HMV and Tower Records due to the financial troubles of Golden Disc and tickets for the concert in April are available here: www.ticketmaster.ie/Doyle-Sings-Hollywood-Broadway-tickets/artist/978937 Kevin’s website is here www.doylemusic.net/ Oh, and if you listen carefully you can hear the great singing of our backing choir on the album, we recorded three songs with Kevin and can be heard quite well. ;-)

Yes, it might happen! It seems that the Aya restaurant behind Brown+Thomas has been taken over by Yo! Sushi and might open again soon as a Sushi restaurant. That wouldn’t be a bad thing. Ok, if you look behind the façade you might wonder if Yo! Sushi is a “worthy” successor to Aya, because Yo! Sushi is owned by the same company that is behind Abrakebabra and the Bagel Factory, so the Asian or Japanese heritage is well hidden. ;-) However another way of looking at it would be this: Maybe an Abrakebabra owned Sushi bar has the stamina that the Aya owners didn’t have! And if you dig a little deeper you will find out that Yo! Sushi is just a Franchise from the UK company, which was secured for Ireland by the owners of Abrakebabra. So there is NO Asian or Japanese background ANYWHERE in the whole company. www.yosushi.com

The “friendly” taxi drivers of Ireland will protest again today www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/eyaumhmhgbsn/rss2/ and couldn’t be more thrilled if they created an absolute traffic chaos in Dublin. I am not sure if it is just me who has difficulties understanding their reasons for the protest. I do understand that they are saying that there are too many taxis on the street and that a regulator should limit the numbers to ensure that they all earn enough. Does that mean we will have to regulate Spar/Londis/Centra shops? There is definitely too many of them! Will all Spar/Londis/Centra shop owners soon protest and try to cause chaos?


A few weeks ago I suggested/invited everybody on the distribution list who has recently started a company – out of need or because they saw this great opportunity -, to send me some information about their venture and I promised to let everybody in the Dublin Event Guide Community know. I got a good few replies and am still open to receive more. Initially I had planned to list all of these business ideas here together, but to keep the size of the newsletter a little under control, I will now distribute them over a few weeks.

If I haven’t featured your idea yet and you had contacted me before, please get back to me. I have a few more waiting, but need some more information from the remaining “Opportunities”.


“Prospect” and “Progress II” are video works by Anthony Haughey – in collaboration with Susanne Bosch – which will be screened over the coming weekends in the Gallery of Photography in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. At 6.30pm On Friday 20 Mar at 18:30 this show will be officially launched. Screenings will take place on 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 March, and 3, 4, 5, 11 and 12 April 2009.
(Gallery Details: Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, wwww.galleryofphotography.ie, Open: Tues-Sat 11:00-18:00, Sun 13:00-18:00)

A group of NCAD students are presenting public art pieces in the Liberties area of Dublin on Wednesday (25 Mar) and Thursday (26 Mar) of next week. Artificial Paradise is an exhibition of public art which analyses how we approach each other and our surroundings in a rapidly changing and evolving city-scape. Siobhan Carroll, Oonagh Comerford, Niamh Moriarty, Emily McFarland and Hillary O’Mahony, third year students from the National College of Art and Design, have created unique and engaging artworks reflecting ideas about the regeneration of the Liberties where the college is located. As part of ongoing spatial research, the work includes community interactions, sculptural performance, intervention and large scale installation.
The opening takes place on Wed 25 Mar at 17:00 in the NCAD Concourse, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8. The different art installations are
* ‘Pack Walk’ by Niamh Moriarty, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Wed 18:00
* City Membrane by Oonagh Comerford, Cork Street, Wed 18:00-21:00, Thurs 10:00-18:00
* Polyvinyl City by Hillary O’Mahony, Adree Street, Wed 18:00-21:00, Thurs 10:00-18:00
* Regeneration Tours by Siobhan Carroll, Leaving from Cork Street, Wed 19:30
* The Floating World by Emily McFarland, Leaving From The Coombe Hospital Cork Street, 20:00
Thanks to Michelle B for letting me know! www.artificialparadise.wordpress.com

‘Fogtíogarburn’ is a multimedia installation project by Andrea Stanislav which is best viewed from the LUAS. thisisnotashop is showing the installation from, 19 Mar – 02 Apr. www.thisisnotashop.wordpress.com (Gallery Details: Thisisnotashop, 26 Benburb Street, Dublin 7, www.thisisnotashop.com. Open: 11:00-19:00)

Pallas Contemporary Projects are showing ‘2 films by 2 artists’ from 20 Mar-19 Apr. Manon De Boer’s ‘Resonating Surfaces’ and Hito Steyerl’s 2007 film ‘Lovely Andrea’ will open on Fri 20 Mar 2009 from 19:00.Hito Steyerl will be in the gallery on 06 April 2009 at 19:00 to talk about her work. (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00)

‘What Hiver’ is an exhibition by invited artists hosted by Cora Cummins in her project studio in Temple Bar Gallery & Studios. The exhibition will be on show on 20 and 21 March 2009 from 14:00-17:00. Exhibiting artists are Niamh O’Malley, Lynda Deveney, Naomi Se  x & Sinead McCann, Kevin Doran, Aaron Lowry, Fiona McDonald, Alison Pilkington, Cora Cummins, Marcus Oakley, Carly McNulty, Liam Sharkey, Mark Cullen, Jason Oakley, Gillian Lawler, Anne Kelly, Deirdre Houlihan, Beatrice O’Connell, Wendy Judge, Sam Horler, Roisin Lewis.
www.whathiver.blogspot.com (Gallery Details: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, www.templebargallery.com)

‘The Life and Times of Lillian Virginia Mountweazel’ is an exhibition of work that explores the fictitious life and legacy of the 1975 New Columbia Encyclopaedia’s Lillian Virginia Mountweazel. Exhibiting artists are Teresa Gillespie, Fiona Hallinan, Philip Kennedy, Sabina Mac Mahon, Françoise de Mulneton and Jim Ricks. The show will run from 19-31 March. (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)

‘Aliens and others’ is an exhibition of works on paper, paintings and sculptures by John Kelly. It will be on show at the Original Print Gallery in Temple Bar from 12 March – 03 April 2009. (Gallery Details: Original Print Gallery, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.originalprint.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 10:30-17:30, Sat: 11.00-17:00, Sun: 14:00-18:00)

‘Push to Open’ is the inaugural exhibition of BombHouse, a new artist studio and exhibition space at the Five Lamps in Dublin 1. The exhibition will run from 19-26 Mar and features painting, sculpture and installation by BomBHouse studio artists Eric Walsh, John Kenny, Sebastian Rohr, William Pontillo, John Mernagh, Nina Holmes and Emma Moore. (Gallery Details: Bombhouse, 20-25 Aldborough Avenue, FiveLamps, Dublin 1, www.bombhouse.ie, Open: ???)

James Horan, Robin Daly, Gary Kearney and Tim Collins will exhibit sculptures and paintings in the Crow Gallery from 19-27 March. (Gallery Details: Crow Gallery, 6 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.crowgallery.net, Open: 12:00-18:00)

The Pastel Society of Ireland is inviting to their Member’s Exhibition at Kennedy Gallery, 12 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday 20 March 2009 and it will continue until 04 April.
On Saturday 28 March 2009 there will be a demonstration of pastel painting in the Kennedy Gallery by Greg Moore. The demonstration will be free of charge and will give you a chance to learn more about the art of pastel painting.

‘The Love Triangle’ is an exhibition of work by artists Lady Loki Bee (Mexico), I Love Lamp (Ireland) and Lints (Denmark). It will open on Friday 20 March 2009 at 19:30 at All-City Gallery (downstairs at all-City Records) in Temple Bar. The show will run until 28 March 2009 and limited edition prints, zines, stickers and badges will be available for the duration. www.myspace.com/ladylokibee

“Loneliness in West Germany” is the title of an exhibition by Declan Clarke which will be on show in the Goethe Institut (37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2) from 30 Jan-28 March. Admission is free. Clarke has created two new film works along with a number of interventions in the Goethe-Institut’s reading room, gallery space, library, car park and an upstairs apartment.
As part of the exhibition there will be a number of screenings:
* Mon 23 Mar at 18:00
Before Your Eyes- Vietnam (1982), 114 mins
The Words of the Chairman (1967), 3 mins, dir. by Harun Farocki

‘Faoi Bláth’ is an exhibition of photography by Jane Talbot at the Signal Arts Centre in Bray from 18-29 March 2009. The exhibition will be launched with a reception on Friday 20 March 2009 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)


From 20 Feb 2009 to 1 May 2009 the Department of Music in TCD is running a series of public lectures on Irish Traditional Music. The background, forms instruments, practices and aesthetics of Traditional music in Ireland will be explored. The event is taking place from 11:00-13:00 in the Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5, College. Further details from Gráinne at musicsec@tcd.ie or 8961120.

The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 20 Mar from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is ”
Cellulosic bioethanol: can it be part of the cure for our oil addiction? A behind-the-science look at predictions of species extinction from climate change” by Shahin Ali, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science. An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth.

Daniela S. informed me about another event in the Bia Bar aimed at the international community. In addition to the regular French Friday, the Bia Bar is organising a night called “Beats International” which is aimed at the international community living in Dublin. The event will be launched on Fri 20 March from 21:00 until late and if successful it will run every 3rd Friday of the month. Admission is free.

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
* Sahaja Meditation program 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


Patricia Scanlan will be signing copies of “Happy Ever After” in Dubray Books in Bray on Sat 21 March from 11:00. www.dubraybooks.ie/news.asp?
She will then be in Eason’s in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin from 13:00.
And on the same day at 15:00 she will be signing her book in Hughes&Hughes in Santry. www.hughesbooks.com/

The 3rd Dublin Basque solidarity festival is taking place on Sat 21 March at Seomra Spraoi, 10, Belvedere Court, Dublin 9 (between Mountjoy Square, Gardiner St. side, and Dorsett St.). The festival starts at 14:00 and finishes late. There will be basque food, music, film screenings and an exhibition. irishbasquecommittees.blogspot.com or www.indymedia.ie/article/91554

* Saturday Club: “Going Round in Circles” – Examine Stone Age carvings. Was it more than just art? Limited to 15 children, Age 7-12. on Sat 21 Mar from 14:00-15:00 in Kildare Street. Booking essential: 01 6777444.
* Adult Gallery Talk: “A Dubliner’s Collection of Asian Art: The Albert Bender Exhibition” on Sat 21 Mar from 12:00 in Collins Barrack (Main Reception). Talk by Audrey Whitty, Curator of Asian Collections at the National Museum of Ireland. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=294

Nearly every Saturday from 15:00-16:00 a National Gallery Family Programme will provide 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 “March into Spring!” with Aoife Dwyer. The programme takes place in the Baroque Gallery and is suitable for children from 4-10 years.

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and – on a long break until 14 March – the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* The Dublin Food Coop runs a food market every Saturday (09:30-16:30) and Thursday (14:00-20:00) and Jonas G reminded me of this regular event at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Fresh local and artisan produce, mainly organic, and other products for sustainable living. The Co-op sells its own wide range of organic dry foods and other processed organic products. Dublin Food Co-op is an alternative to commercial profit-oriented business. Surplus funds are used to benefit the members Co-op and to reduce prices. www.dublinfood.coop
* Enda Reilly (Acoustic/Rock/Trad – www.myspace.com/endaderoad) is playing from 19:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Fiach (Acoustic/Rock/Soul – www.myspace.com/fiachmusic) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* Island of Tranquility – A meditation evening organised by the Worldview Project at 19:00. worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitationtotheislandoftranquality (Pls remove the space before the “.com” in the web address.) is taking place in 24 Burlington Road near the Burlington Hotel in Dublin 4.
* La Vie Latin Club – ObsessionSalsa are running this event every Sat in La Vie, 1-5 Exchequer Street from 22:00. Entrance is free. Best latin tunes, salsa, reggeaton, meringue, bachata will be played. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33256271269
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

______Sunday __________________

On Sun 22 March (4th Sunday in Lent) is mother’s day in Ireland and in the UK, by coincidence this is very near to the Mother’s Day on 21 March (spring Equinox) in many Arabic countries, but the majority of countries do celebrate it on the second Sunday of May (10 May 2009). If you live in Ireland, but are from elsewhere in the world you should use the opportunity and thank your mother twice! Give her a call on Sun and tell her you were thinking of her because it is Mother’s Day in your current/chosen home country. And then ring her again in May. Without a doubt she will appreciate being appreciated twice. ;-)

Until December 2009 an impressive programme of workshops for children will be provided in Phoenix Park every Sunday from 10:30-12:30. Participation is free. The max number is 20 and the workshops are suitable for ages 5+ (Parental supervision required.) The children’s workshops combine art, nature awareness, history and heritage and are taking place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
Next Workshops:
* 22 Mar – Easter Cards and Decorations
* 29 Mar – Medieval Life includes visit to Ashtown Castle
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie

Every Sunday a free “Sunday at Noon” concert is taking place. Until recently that concert always took place in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square but it has now been moved to City Hall for a while. From 12:00-13:00 classical music will be performed for you. No booking is required. The next concert takes place on Sun 29 March, so there will be no Sunday At Noon this week!

* My Museum: “Eat, drink and be merry!” Age 6–12 on Sun 22 Mar from 14:30 in Collins Barracks. Have you ever used a marrow spoon or dined from a strawberry dish? Take a tour of the Irish Silver gallery and find out what and how the wealthy ate in the past, then have a go at and decorating your own dinner plate.

“Sunday Sketching”, the weekly workshop in Hugh Lane Gallery (Parnell Square) for 7+ year olds from 15:00-16:00 is this week entitled “Finding views around the gallery”. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=225

The next Worldview Film Club screening is on Sun 22 Mar at 18:30. The film is “And when did you last see your father” (2008) and the theme of the discussion afterwards is “Appreciation”. Check worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitation (Googlepages URLs are suspicious to some spam filters, therefore you have to copy the address in your browser and then remove the space between “googlepages” and “.com”) or check www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=27560436112
The Worldview Film Club is inspired by the Bahá’í Religion: www.bahai.ie. The event takes place in the National Bahá’í Centre, 24 Burlington Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

*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! It is not clear to me if the band is currently playing every two weeks or only once a month. I will try to find out.
*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 21:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes.
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* The Tangenteers (Rock/Reggae) are playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Francois G reported that this 18:00 performance is not taking place. I am trying to find out more.
Ro Byrne (Acoustic/Rock/Indie – www.myspace.com/earthquakehair) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* The Brazilian Samba Rock Band +55 is playing every Sunday at the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-22:00, followed by a DJ playing Forro, Axe, and a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and salsa beats. Admission is free before 21:00 and EUR 5 after that.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* 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
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Virgin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.

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 DIT Conservatory of Music is providing Jazz Recitals at your lunchtime. The concerts are:
* 23 Mar – Sean Mac Erlaine (Alto Saxophone), Pawel Szumilo(Guitar), Pawel Wysota (Double Bass)
* 30 Mar – Cian Boylan (Piano), Hugh Buckley (Guitar), Damian Evans (Double Bass)
All recitals will take place in the Theatre in DIT Conservatory Music and Drama, 163-7 Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6 from 13:10-13:50. Admission is free.

A series of six public lectures, supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, will take place at University College Dublin from 02 Feb – 23 Mar. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are the seven deadly sins that were deeply rooted in Dante’s spiritual and cultural makeup and affected the conception and composition of his Commedia. Five scholars of Italian language and Literature and one historian will speak about violence and deviancy in the late thirteen century, Giambattista Vico’s philosophy and Leon Battista Alberti’s architecture…
The last lecture is on:
* 23 Mar at 19:30 – Christian Moevs, Associate Professor of Italian, University of Notre Dame: “Contemplation, Deadly Sins and Dante’s Paradiso”
All lectures will take place in Lecture Theatre N, Newman Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. And more information can be found here: www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=256&citta=Dublino

The next lecture in the Seamus Heaney Lecture Series is taking place on Mon 23 March in St Patrick’s College Drumcondra. The theme for this year’s series is ‘”All changed? – Culture and identity in contemporary Ireland”. And this week’s lecture is entitled: “Theatre of the Oppressed” with Chrissie Poulter. The event will take place in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, D9 and will start at 20:00. Booking is not required and admission is free. www.spd.dcu.ie/shl

* 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
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.


The “Be Inspired. Be an entrepreneur” series of talks will continue in DIT in 2009. On Tues 24 March Sarah Newman from Dragons Den will be in DIT, Kevin Street. From 12:45-14:00 in the Gleeson Theatre.
Doors close at 12:45 so you better be on time. Sarah Newman is a dotcom millionaire and Ireland’s only female dragon on the hit TV series Dragons Den. She grew a business of booking hotel reservations online from nothing to EUR 100m and employing 95 people and sold it for a speculated EUR 50m with long term contracts with Ryanair, Aer Lingus, and BMI.
The event is free, but you have to register on hothouse@dit.ie.

On Tues 24 March the NovaUCD Open Day will give budding high-tech entrepreneurs an opportunity to drop in and discover the unique services, supports and facilities available and to meet members of NovaUCD’s successful community of entrepreneurs. Unfortunately on the same day and at the same time as the DIT event above, UCD will host a talk with another Dragon’s Den member: The guest speaker in UCD be Sean Gallagher, co-founder of Smarthomes and a ‘Dragon’ on RTE’s ‘Dragons’ Den’ TV programme. He will deliver a lunchtime NovaUCD ‘Entrepreneurs Live!’ seminar.
The Open Day starts at 10:30 and all are welcome “especially budding entrepreneurs”. www.ucd.ie/nova/events/novaucdopenday/
The NovaUCD Entrepreneurs Live Seminar with Sean Gallagher from Smarthomes will start at 12:30 (www.ucd.ie/nova/news/currentnews/novanewstitle,26874,en.html).
Sean Gallagher will talk about his experiences of setting-up and running his businesses emphasising the highs and lows encountered along his entrepreneurial journey and highlighting the secrets of his entrepreneurial success. After the seminar, attendees will have the opportunity to ask probing questions of the guest entrepreneur.

The new programme in the Science Gallery in the Naughton Institute of Trinity College (Pearse Street/Westmoreland Street end of the Trinity College campus) looks at crowds and crowd control. The exhibition/research runs from Tues 24 March until Sun 29 March and you can find more information here www.sciencegallery.com/metropolis

A new lecture series, entitled “Blaze Away – A History of Duelling in Ireland” started on 03 Feb at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History in Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. The lectures will examine the history of creating and using pistols and swords in Ireland before mass manufacturing as well as the evolution of small arms technology in the twentieth century.
“The Ballistics Section of An Garda Siochana since 1934”  with
Detective Inspector Kevin Brooks of An Garda Siochana is the last lecture in that series and will take place on 24 Mar at 18:30. So this week 17 Mar there is no lecture due to the bank holiday. The Lectures will take place on Tuesday evenings between February and March at 18:30 in the AV Lecture Theatre at the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks. The lecture series is free of charge, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
For further information on the lecture series please contact the Education and Outreach Department at Collins Barracks on tel: 01 6486 453 or e-mail: bookings@museum.ie. www.museum.ie

The Instituto Cervantes is inviting to a book launch on Tues 24 March at 18:30. “No Soy Tu Musa” is a bilingual anthology (English-Spanish) of the work of eight leading Irish women poets. The anthology features work by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Eléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Sara Berkeley, Rita Anne Higgins, Paula Meehan, Eavan Boland, Medbh McGuckian and Catherine Walsh. Edited by Carlota Caulfield and John Goodby. It has an introduction by John Goodby, and translations by Carlota Caulfield.
Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.

On Tues 24 March at 15:00 Tower Records will host the launch of the Dun Laoghaire SE3 Album. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

* 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


The Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice (CTMP), which is part of the Faculty of Applied Arts in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) offers an interdisciplinary research environment, dedicated to understandings of migration and globalization, post-conflict/border zones and transcultural identity formations in Ireland and beyond. The CTMP invites now to a series of public conversations and the next one will take place on Wed 25 March from 18:00. Melanie Friend, University of Sussex, UK will present “Border Country: Strategies of Representation”.
“‘Border Country’ offers insight into the experiences of immigration detainees, particularly through the use of the voice as an emotional force acting as a counterpoint to the formal images of the institutions.”
The talk will take place in the Irish Film Institute, Meeting Room, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar Further information: Dr Rashmi Sawhney, CTMP. email: rashmi.sawhney@dit.ie; tel: 402 3108. www.ctmp.ie/event_detail.php?id=191

“Easter 1916 and America: a provisional appraisal” is the title of a lecture by Robert Schmuhl on Wed 25 March in the National Library in Kildare Street. The event will start at 19:0 and admission is free.
Robert Schmuhl is a Professor of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame. He is working on a book about America’s role and involvement in the Easter Rising and its aftermath. In his lecture, he will discuss US influence on key participants and the varying reactions to the events both in the American press and among American Irish. He will also explain the dramatic change in US public opinion following the Rising and what impact that had on American foreign policy. Admission is free, but booking is essential. To reserve your place, please telephone Orla Sweeney at +353 1 603 0244 or email osweeney@nli.ie

Seven Towers is inviting to a literary/poetry Open Mic evening in Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2. Open Mic Nights feature readings from Writers and guests, including you! The next one is taking place on Wed 25 March at 19:30-21:30 Participants are Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Eamon Lynskey, Donal Moloney, Noel O Briain, Oran Ryan among others.

Wurm im Apfel and eek art collective present Poetry by Judy Kravis and Christodolous Makris on Wed 25 March in Sycamore Club, 9 Sycamore Street, Temple Bar (next to the Project Arts Studio) at 20:00. The reading will be followed by an open mic with the theme of “The Stuffed Owl” — read the worst poem you know (if that’s not by you, please confine your readings to safely dead poets!) www.wurmimapfel.com

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “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


Each year six postgraduate students in the field of science battle it out to present their research to the audience in accessible terms. The audience, together with a celebrity judging panel, have the task of choosing the winner. Following the success of AccesScience ’08, the 2009 competition will include finalists from a range of UCD Science Schools. AccesScience ’09 isa taking place on Thurs 26 March from 12:30 in the O’Reilly Hall. www.ucd.ie/conway/ed_outreach7.html. All are welcome.

From Thurs 26 Mar until Sun 29 Mar Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown will organise and host the DLR Poetry Now Festival 2009. Now in its 14th year, this literary and poetry festival brings together poets of many nationalities and many styles, many languages and many concerns. A variety of readings, discussions and workshops will take place and the majority of them are not free. In fact some appear surprisingly expensive (Example: an author reading with three authors for EUR 20), but maybe that is just my perception. There are, however, a few free events as well and I will list them all here:
* Thurs 26 Mar: 13:00 Lecture by Belinda McKeon
* Fri 27 Mar: 13:30 Contemporary Irish Poetry: Between Old and New Worlds –
Panel Discussion
* Sat 28 Mar: 14:00: The Irish Times – Poetry Now Award Announcement
For all free events booking is essential. The festival is taking place in the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. For further information about the free and/or non-free events and to find out all the relevant booking information, please go to www.poetrynow.ie or download the brochure directly www.poetrynow.ie/Brochure09.pdf.

On Thurs 26 March, Cuckoo Savante will be in Tower Records in Wicklow Street from 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Peter Fischli and David Weiss will talk about their work and about their upcoming exhibition in the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Admission is free, but booking is required and tickets are only available in advance from the Gallery. The event will take place on 26 March at 17:00. (Gallery Details: Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2, www.douglashydegallery.com , Open: Mon-Fri: 11:00-18:00, Thurs: 11:00-19:00, Sat: 11:00-16:45)

The Connector Meetup No. 8 will take place on Thurs 26 March in Renards Bar & Club, South Frederick Street. The Connector Meetings are networking events and the theme for the next one is ‘Open Mike’. You have the chance to speak about your projects for 1 minute, so you have to have an elevator pitch ready if you want to get in front of the microphone. Special guest speaker is Eamonn Fallon, the CEO of DAFT.ie and there will be sponsored drinks and ice cream, courtesy of Bulmers Light & Ben & Jerrys. The event is free to attend but you should register your interest by sending a mail to niall [@] connector.ie with the names of attendees if you would like to come along. www.connector.ie/connect


This annual event has been running since it first started in UCD in 2002, ISTO sees approx 400 competitors from across the UK and Ireland compete in individual trampoline, synchronized trampoline and tumbling events during the weekend. The event will take place from Fri 27 March until Sun 29 March in the UCD Sports Hall. www.isto.ie

UCD School of Education and Lifelong Learning presents a lecture by Professor Sheelagh Drudy entitled “Education and the Knowledge Economy: A Challenge for Ireland in Changing Times” as part of UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland’s Seminar Series, Culture, Society and Change. The lecture is taking palce on Fri 27 March in the UCD Humanities Institute, Belfield at 13:10. For more information contact 01-716 4690 or hii@ucd.ie

From 20 Feb 2009 to 1 May 2009 the Department of Music in TCD is running a series of public lectures on Irish Traditional Music. The background, forms instruments, practices and aesthetics of Traditional music in Ireland will be explored. The event is taking place from 11:00-13:00 in the Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5, College. Further details from Gráinne at musicsec@tcd.ie or 8961120.

The Priests will be signing copies of their new DVD, ‘The Priests: In Concert At Armagh Cathedral’ at hmv Grafton Street on Friday 27 March at 12:30.

The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 27 Mar from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “Food versus fuels: an Irish perspective” by Dr. Kevin McDonnell, UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine. An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth.

On Friday 27 March, Torc will be in Tower Records in Wicklow Street from 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm


You have to register for this event, so I am mentioning it in this section first: Nathan Kingerlee is inviting to a free rock climbing trial at the end of the month and since you might schedule it in etc, I am mentioning it a bit earlier. During a two-hour session in Dalkey Quarry (South of Dun Laoghaire) you will learn to use climbing gear, tie knots, belay and try climbing techniques as well as being given information about an upcoming two-day Rock Climbing Courses and Scrambling Courses. All equipment will be provided. The event will take place on Sun 29 March and two hour sessions are available at 09:00-11:00, 11:00-13:00, 13:00-15:00, 15:00-17:00 and 17:00-19:00. outdoorsireland.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-rock-climbing-promo.html

Jamie H. informs me about this event: OSS Bar Camp is a free meeting with presentations and discussions about Linux, Ubuntu, PHP, Javascript, and related Open Source Technologies. There are three streams of talks so there will be items of interest for anyone involved in IT, Business, Education, Government and everyone wanting to learn more about Free Software. The event is on at DIT Kevin Street on Saturday 28 March from 09:30. www.ossbarcamp.com you can sign up there or just come along for part  or all of the day.

And another event Jamie H. told me about: Geek Girl Day is a free event to celebrate all things girly and geeky. You don’t have to be a developer or sysadmin, it’s for women who have any interest in technology. The day is going to be very informal.
There are two rooms set aside for the day. If you want to do a talk, or hold a discussion group, it’s your day, you decide. Geek Girl Day is being held at DIT Kevin Street on Saturday 28 March.  Find out more at www.girlgeekday.com/.

On 28 March from 09:30-15:30 Dublin City Library & Archive,  138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 will hold a Family History Day. The programme for the day is
09:30 Registration
10:00 ‘Know your Surname’ Seán Murphy UCD
10:45 ‘The New Dublin Freeman and Trade Guild Database’ John Grenham M.A.P.G.I.
11:30 Tea / Coffee
12:00 ‘Searching for the Stoker Family’ Douglas Appleyard
12:45 Lunch (not provided)
14:00 ‘Can I Trace Emigrants?’ Paul Gorry  M.A.P.G.I.
14:45 ‘Ireland’s Court Records – What Survived 1922?’ Steven Smyrl M.A.P.G.I.
15:30 Finish
All welcome but booking is essential via 01-674 4873 or dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie

______This is odd!!______________

Why is it that organisers in Ireland (Maybe it is not just an Irish phenomenon, but I have no current experience with other countries!) completely loose the run of themselves when they estimate the numbers of attendees at an event?
It has been reported on Tuesday that there were 675,000 people lining the streets to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin. Using the calculation that I already mentioned in last week’s Event Guide, this means that over the 2.5km of the parade route, there were 270 people per metre!!! With two sides of the street and a max of 3 people per metre, this means that on each side of the parade route the crowd must have been 45 people deep. And 45 people is a minimum of 15 metres, which is probably approx. 3 lanes of a street. So, with about 1.5 lanes for the parade, and 3 lanes on each side of the parade route for the people, Dame Street must be 7.5 lanes wide!!! Yeah, right!!!!
Yes, I understand that organisers always want to overestimate the numbers, but where do these blatant lies come from?
And since the next year always has to be better and bigger than the previous year, the over-exaggerations are getting worse and worse every year.
The big question is then: How to do it? Well, you can either use the formal and scientific method using Minkowski fractal dimensions ;-) (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minkowski_dimension) or do it the “presidential way” by balloon www.tucsoncitizen.com/daily/local/108026.php OR – and I think that is the best approach – you better stop completely giving figures with the same good reasons as the organisers of the iFest in Heuston www.ifesthouston.com/2008/03/14/why-we-dont-estimate-crowds/

I am lucky this week and will have another long weekend. So, enjoy the weekend in Dublin while I am away!


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