Event Guide 176: Halloween, Darklight Fest, Design Week, Green Drinks, Urban Cycling

October 29th, 2010

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 176
| 29 Oct 2010 Subscribers: 7465

Hi all!

The last “normal” bank holiday of the year came….and went. Now we are heading directly to Christmas before we will have any more days off. And shockingly today in 2 months Christmas is already over! This week the clock will be set one hour back again and then the weeks and months of darkness will start. Doom and gloom! :-P Actually, as a child I always found November a particularly grim months!
But then when you grow up, you realise that the darkness outside can be compensated by cosy time in front of a fire place or near a heater OR – even better – at an interesting event. :-)


Obviously you don’t want to just keep these events to yourself, but you want all your friends to know about them as well. Correct? You can forward this newsletter to them by clicking on the FORWARD link at the very bottom of this mail and that way you did something nice for your friends and they can signup, just by sending a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject MY FRIEND MADE ME. Sure they can just write SUBSCRIBE in the subject as well, but the other suggestion is a LOT more fun. ;-)

I had to promise to one of my friends that I would organise a Dublin Event Guide Meet-up/Party before Christmas if we make it to the targeted 7500 subscribers. It is looking very probable that this meet-up will take place. ;-) Provisionally you can already mark the 04 December in your calendar. But because it is another 5 weeks to that day and we are already sooo close to 7500, I would like to challenge you a bit more. Will we be able to reach 7777 subscribers by 04 December?? Are you prepared to help? If you are prepared to help send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject TARGET 7. Use these to let your friends know:

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This space in the newsletter is called the “Feel Good Slot” and this week I found a simple story for you. It is about how the smile and the excitement of a child has such a big impact on us and is so infectious. And during the week I read that a child laughs 400 times during a day and an adult only 15 times. It seems that this is a slight misquote, but the truth is not far from it: In “Living Wonderfully” by Dr. Robert Holden (1994), Holden says “Social psychology research shows that children laugh on average 150 times a day; adults laugh on average only 6 times a day. During an average day, a child will smile 400 times; an adult will smile no more than 15 times”. What has happened to us when we left childhood behind? What happened to the 385 smiles and the 144 laughs??? I bet this story will make you smile: www.agiftofinspiration.com.au/stories/inspirational/Hoo.shtml

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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 promise for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “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. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.


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This week is full of Halloween events and if you are a child, young at heart or have children, you will be kept soooo busy. ;-) I will be at a seminar this weekend again, so my research into events in Dublin was solely for your benefit. ;-) I won’t be able to go to any of the events myself.
But I would do the following this week: On Saturday I would definitely go to the Point Village Market to see the Michael Jackson Thriller Flashmob. If any of you go, please video it and put it on You Tube (and send me the link!) :-). On Saturday evening, the Soul Power gig in the Westin Hotel is a MUST go! On Sunday I would go to the Dublin Flea Market and you will find me in Gardiner Street later for the Gospel Choir Mass.
On Tuesday the Green Drinks and the talk about the Future of Urban Cycling sound interesting. On Wednesday it is the Bewley’s Debate and – if my French was better – I would love to go to the talk about Ocean Waves in the Alliance Francaise. On Thursday the Amnesty International Talk about Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories interests me.
Check as well the Upcoming Events, there are some interesting talks and you need to request tickets for them!


“Stop! In The Name Of Love” is the name of the “Sounds of The Supremes” live event in the George on Fri 05 Nov. The “Sounds of The Supremes” led by 70s and 80s ‘Supreme’ Kaaren Ragland will perform live on stage at the Irish Gay Bar “The George”. For one night only, South Great George’s Street will be alive with the sounds of Motown as the band performs classic hits from the ‘Supremes’ including, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’, ‘Baby Love’, ‘Love Child’, ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, and of course, ‘Stop! In The Name of Love’.
Since 1989 “The Sounds of The Supremes” (the only group of their type legally endorsed by Motown) led by Kaaren Ragland, a former member of original Supremes Mary Wilson’s 70s/80s group have achieved a remarkable degree of worldwide success. Tickets are EUR 10 and are available directly from The George. www.thegeorge.ie The generous organisers have made SIX pairs of tickets available for a competition among the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) Readers and to win a pair of tickets you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject SUPREMES and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Tues 02 Nov.

Last chance to enter this competition: The ART FAIR 2010 RDS will take place from 05-07 Nov in the Main Hall of the RDS. Within the space and elegance of the Main Hall, in the historic complex of the RDS Ballsbridge, the Artists and Galleries gather from all national and international corners to show and sell their work to the Art loving Public, with works on canvas, sculpture, prints, photography and other media. Live music and interactive demonstrations will also take place including a pottery demonstration and painting classes. Visit www.rds.ie/artfair for more information. Tickets are EUR 10 for adults and EUR 8 OAP, Students, children under 17 (Children under 12 are free)
The organisers are generous and have made FIVE pairs of tickets available for a competition in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), so if you would like to win a pair of tickets, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject ART FAIR and your name and address (!!) in the body of the mail. The tickets will be sent to you! Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Mon 01 Nov.

“Where on Earth is Heaven?” is the title of a talk and film screening by documentary film maker Jonathan Stedall. It will take place in the Unitarian Church, St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2 on Sat 30 Oct at 19:30. Admission is EUR 5 and tickets will be available at the door. Stedall worked for the BBC for many years and made documentary films about Gandhi, Tolstoy, Jung, Betjeman, van der Post, the Camphill Movement and many ordinary people. One of the threads which runs through his work is the question of meaning and spirituality in modern times and of finding the relationship between our earthly and spiritual natures. His recent autobiography is called “Where on Earth is Heaven?” and he will be speaking and showing excerpts from his films at this event.
Martin Henry, the organiser, has made 2 pairs of tickets available and the winners are Tom Murphy and Anna Slomczynska. Congrats! www.jonathanstedall.co.uk/

The Comedy Drama “Into the Jest” by Martin McDonagh will run in the International Bar in 23 Wicklow Street from 01-06 November. “Into the Jest is an intense rural Irish drama so entrenched with black humour that it will tickle and taunt. Far removed from the hustle n’ bustle of city life, the show consists of two short plays depicting firstly themes of bitterness & bickering in revealing the family secret to themes of murder and mayhem over a family pet in the second, all taking place in Ireland’s forgotten West.” Tickets are EUR 5 and can be booked by calling 086 8557755.
The organisers made two pairs of tickets available for this event and the winners are Ann Mackin and Hugh Cardiff. Congratulations. The tickets are for the performance on Mon 01 Nov. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=161054590580350&v=info

The festival of Halloween, or Samhain as it was originally known, dates back to ancient times in Ireland. This Samhain, the people of the Leprechaun Museum in Jervis Street invited to a special Halloween event on 28 Oct and the Leprechaun Museum made a pair of tickets available to their event on 28 Oct. The winner was Stephen Boland. Congrats! www.leprechaunmuseum.ie

Dublinia, near Christ Church, had made available six family tickets for a competition and the winners were notified last week already, they are Alan Stanbridge, Kate Schiko, Jane Doyle, Sheila Keegan, Thersa Tighe and Peter Admirand. Congratulations!
Dublinia has only been renovated recently and focuses on the exciting Viking and Medieval past of Dublin. The sights and sounds of Viking and Medieval Dublin will be brought to life during this mid-term break and visitors to the heritage centre Dublinia will be transported back in time. A detailed event schedule and further information is available on the events page on www.dublinia.ie
Admission to Dublinia is EUR 4.95 for children and EUR 6.95 for adults, family tickets are EUR 20.00 (for two adults and two children).

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______________

A number of people asked me to leave this information in the Event Guide for another week or two, so that as many people as possible will find out about it:
There are quite a number of initiatives taking place at the moment that all aim to improve Dublin. One new one, run directly by Dublin City is called “Your Dublin, Your Voice”. You are asked to complete a short survey before Fri 10 Dec to share your Experience of Living, Working or Studying in Dublin. If you help with your opinions you will be entered into a prize draw and two lucky winners will each receive a voucher for two people for an scenic helicopter tour of Dublin. Go to the survey here: surveys.delve-surveys.com/dccpanel?friendref=133545975
Once you register and complete the first survey you will then become a member of the ‘Dublin Opinion Panel’. As a panel member you may be contacted up to four times per year to complete a short survey about Dublin…and you can win more prizes.
For more information about the whole initiative check www.dublincity.ie/YOURCOUNCIL/Pages/Yourdublinyourvoice.aspx

Are you bothered, bewildered or just bogged down with life at the moment? – Mary Keating, MA, trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist, is available for appointments in Custom House Medical Centre, IFSC or at 20 Lower Baggot Street. Please phone 01-6776253 or 0868783086 or email mkeating@iol.ie for enquiries or to make an appointment. Her fees are appropriate to circumstances, so talk to her if you could do with some help and support. www.agalma.ie/therapists/mary-keating

I wrote about Café Bar Deli a few weeks ago. About the fact that the one in Ranelagh had closed down and about the fact that the one in South Great George’s Street was closed for renovation and allegedly was meant to re-open. It didn’t! Café Bar Deli is gone! In Sth Great George’s Street the restaurant has been taken over by “Le Café des Irlandais” and re-opened under new management in the beginning of October. A new décor and a new atmosphere has arrived, but it seems that the customers are not yet convinced. When I walked by yesterday it was emptier than it should be on a Thursday evening. The dishes on the menu look unfamiliar and they are not well described which might be an issue. What is needed is good food, that is easy understood for an attractive price. Look at Green 19 a massive success built on a very simple and straight forward concept. If you want to have a successful restaurant, just do what the people in Green 19 did (www.green19.ie). Delicious food, all main courses at 10 Euro and the people are running the door in.

From Tues 02 Nov until Thurs 04 Nov Tefal will be bringing ‘The Tefal Greaseless Spoon Cafe’ to Dublin. This new concept has never before been seen in Ireland and involves Tefal taking over a cafe where they will cook meals using only Tefal products and serve them up to lucky patrons free of charge. The Greaseless Spoon Cafe will be operating for breakfast and lunch and reservations are open to everyone. Simply become a fan of our Nutritiousanddelicious facebook page, for full details on how to make a reservation. All bookings must be made in advance and as places are limited you should book as early as possible. Steve Lowe, Consumer Marketing Manager commented ‘The Greasesless Spoon Cafe aims to demonstrate that consumers can still enjoy their favourite meals but in a healthy, tasty and nutritious way’. Interesting marketing idea! www.facebook.com/nutritiousanddelicious

A1 Computers one of the main supporters and sponsors of the Dublin Event Guide is looking for a Computer Shop Sales Person for Dun Laoghaire. If you are interested in this full-time job, see www.a1computers.ie for more information and how to apply.


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and to create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. The banks don’t help anymore, the government doesn’t want to help, so we have to help ourselves! The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will help you if you have recently started a company and if you could do with spreading the word. I hope being mentioned here and being seen by the 7000+ readers of the Event Guide will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

More to come!


Based on your feedback, I have decided to do the following with the Exhibition section in this newsletter from now on: I will provide you with a link to a near-comprehensive listing of exhibitions provided by www.visualartists.ie. For me to list all exhibitions would only be doubling their good work and would be an inefficient use of my resources. The link is visualartists.ie/category/listings/exhib-lein/
On top of that I will every now and then include here a small selection of exhibitions that either are not mentioned in the Visual Artist listing or are note-worthy to be mentioned separately.

“The Brainbelt Illustration Collective is a diverse network of twelve creative professional artists and designers who bear a heartfelt passion for illustration. The group’s visual disciplines vary from sculpture, print design, motion design, multimedia and photography.” They will exhibit in the Centre for Creative Practices (CFCP), 15 Pembroke St Lower, Dublin 2 From 01-07 Nov (12:00-18:00 daily) with the exhibition launch on 01 Nov from 19:00-22:00. www.cfcp.ie

As part of Design Week 2010 “Design Week at the Malthouse” presents a collaborative exhibition featuring the Cream of Irish Design, Locker 13, Duff-Tisdall, Phase Design and James Carroll. This exhibition is entitled Imagined/Re-imagined and will be launched by the Irish architect Dermot Bannon. It will be launched on Tues 02 Nov at 18:00 with a drinks reception and will run daily until Sun 07 Nov from 11:00-19:00. The event will be held at The Malthouse, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, Dublin 1 www.designweek.ie/index.html
On Sat 06 Nov a ‘Greenwood Workshop’ by designer/maker James Carroll will take place. He will be demonstrating how to make ‘A Leg from a Log’.


This Halloween weekend is full of activities for children in the different parts of Dublin. All events that are organised or co-organised by Dublin City are listed here:

From Tues 26 – Fri 29 Oct “Halloween Antics” will take place on Barnardo Square, next to the City Hall in Dame Street. Face painters will be there from 11:00-17:00 and a twenty minute family-fun comedy show centred around the hilariously incompetent Inspector Slayer who is trying to track down the infamous Dracula with the help of the audience are scheduled at 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00.
Blackthorn Arts return to City Hall with Halloween Mask Making, the Story of Samhain, Traditional Halloween Games including a fun treasure/scavenger hunt and a Fancy Dress Fashion Show. (To book call 01 4089750 as places are strictly limited.) Further information about the events is here

The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday at 13:00 at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Contemporary German Animation Films will be screened as part of the Darklight Festival 2010 on Fri 29 Oct from 12:00 in The Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1. The Darklight Festival and the Goethe-Institut Irland present a selection of 14 German animation films from recent years, curated by Ulrich Wegenast, head of the Festival of Animated Film in Stuttgart. The programme reflects the diversity of styles in German animation film since 1989. It includes the two German Oscar-winning films “Balance” (1989) by Christoph und Wolfgang Lauenstein and “Quest” (1996) by Tyron Montgomery and Thomas Stellmach. Admission is free. www.darklight.ie/ www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en6617991v.htm

The next Critical Mass Cycling Event will take place on Fri 29 Oct. It is a cycling tour around Dublin for people that are passionate about cycling in Dublin. Meeting time and point is 18:00 at the Grafton Street side of Stephen’s Green. You are invited to come in Halloween Dress. This and more information can be found here: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160408317320430
After the Critical Mass cycling event a film screening will take place at 19:30 in Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belevedere Court, off Upper Gardiner St, Dublin 1. The film is “One Less Car and Three Cycling Cities”, which is part of DCTV’s Pedal Project.
More info at: www.dctv.ie/main/?page_id=1504

Project Arts Centre is pleased to present Repertoire on Selected Films and Screen Savers, a four-day film and performance programme in the Cube theatre from 27-30 Oct (from 19:00). Feidlim Cannon of Brokentalkers will perform a voiceover, consisting solely of memorised lines from previous performances, and in response to a series of films selected by Aurélien Froment, as well as Nina Beier’s previous performance Repertoire. Repertoire on Selected Films and Screen Savers will change nightly to include Jean Comandon, Jean Painlevé, Andy Warhol, Hollis Frampton and finally close with The Best of Screen Savers, Ever. This is a free, ticketed event but seats are limited so be sure to book your place with Box Office on + 353 1 8819 613 or at box-office@projectartscentre.ie. For more information please see www.projectartscentre.ie

“Love Music Hate Racism” is inviting to a “Halloween Hoodoo” on Fri 29 Oct from 21:00 in the Mercantile Pub, Dame St , D2. Live music will be by Singer Barri Cassidy (www.myspace.com/barriecassidymusic), Irish/American Indie-Rock Act “Lights Over Phoenix”, (www.myspace.com/lightsoverphoenix), Eastern European Latin/Funk/Blues band “Captain Magic” (www.myspace.com/captainmagicwonderland), Roots/Rock/Reggae maestros “The Whipround” (www.facebook.com/pages/The-Whipround/107431775978628). And DJ Martin Ansbro will be playing as well. Admission is free. www.lmhrireland.com/

* 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.
*Graeme McKenna is playing an acoustic gig (Trad to contemporary) every Friday in the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood near CityWest from 19:00.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3) and every Monday from 19:00 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15. These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* The Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.


Every weekend on Sat and Sun the Point Village Market is taking place from 09:00-17:00. It is an outdoor food market with a flea market-like add-on. The market is next to the Point Depot (O2), right beside the last Luas stop “The Point” on the Red Line. In addition to the market, there is outdoor entertainment every week on a truck stage. You can find more details here: www.pointvillagemarket.ie/events
This week the “Halloween Harvest Festival” will take place at the Point Village Market. On Sat+Sun 30-31 Oct from 10:00-20:00 a range of activities including traditional apple bobbing, pumpkin-carving workshops, best fancy dress competition for adults and children, face painting and balloon modelling will add to the atmosphere as the Point Village Market.
Jane Shortall is staging Ireland’s first ever Thriller Flashmob at the Point Village Market at 15:00 on Saturday 30 Oct. The last rehearsal for the Michael Jackson Thriller routine will take place on Saturday 30 Oct in the Liffey Trust Studios beside the O2 at 13:30.
The De Paul Trust will be running a pumpkin-carving workshops and mask-making and painting workshops at the market for kids from 12:00-16:00 on both days and the traders will be out in their fancy dresses and there will be a competition for the best costume. www.pointvillagemarket.ie

The Hallowfest in South County Dublin (with HQ in Tallaght) is famous by now. Every year lots of Halloween events take place and it is the same for 2010. Not all of them are free, but many are and you can find all the details on www.hallowfest.ie/ Many events are taking place in libraries and if you have children that need entertainment, you will definitely find lots for them to do.

On Sat+Sun 30-31 Oct, the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre is inviting to Halloween Fun. There will be free face painting and balloon modelling (on three floors) and on both days there will be shows by magician Pat Fallon on the Ground Floor at 13:00 and 15:00. On Saturday from 12:00-16:00 children can “Trick or Treat” around the shopping centre. www.stephensgreen.com/events.php

The Gutter Bookshop in Cow’s Lane invites children to make spooky Halooween Masks in the shop on Sat 30 Oct between 13:00 and 16:00. All ages welcome, young children should be supervised. www.gutterbookshop.com

Throughout the day film related events take place in The Grand Social (former Pravda) near the Ha’Penny Bridge and all events are free. Check www.darklight.ie/ if you are interested in Film Workshops!

The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street now has a Swop Shop included and is now a weekly market. The next Crafty Market will take place on Sat 31 Oct from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there’s live music all day. Expect Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. Check out www.thecraftymarket.com

Ryan Tubridy will be signing copies of “JFK in Ireland” in Eason’s O’Connell Street on Sat 30 Oct at 13:00. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming
Later on the same day he will be in Dubray Books Grafton Street from 15:30.

“Halves” will be in Tower Records in Wicklow Street for an In-Store event. It will take place on Sat 30 Oct from 13:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Clodagh McKenna will be signing copies of “Homemade” in Eason’s in Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire on Sat 30 Oct at 14:00. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

+ The Samhain Workshop “Bad to the Bone” will take place on Sat 30 Oct from 11:00-12:00 for Families with children 6+. The location is the National Museum in Kildare Street (Archaeology). “Dare yourself to examine the ancient Viking bones in the National Museum and create your own bad to the bone skeleton for Samhain. Spooky costumes are welcome!” Booking required. Places limited to 15. Contact the Education Department at 01 6486332. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1740
+ The Halloween Family Tour “Monsters of the Deep” will take place on 30 Oct from 15:00-16:00 in the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street. The event is suitable for families. “Join this tour to find out more about the monsters in Irish waters, including the Thresher Shark and the Atlantic Football Fish. No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1742
+ Admission to all exhibitions at the National Museums of Ireland is free. Museum Opening Times: Tues-Sat 10:0017:00 and Sun 14:00-17:00. Closed Monday (Incl. Bank Holidays).

On Sat 30 Oct at 15:00 the National Gallery Family Programme “Legends and tales of long ago” with Joseph Coveney will take place. The National Gallery is accessible via entrances from Merrion Square and from Clare Street. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

The Book Launch of “Patrick Pearse – The Making of a Revolutionary” will take place on Sat 30 Oct in the Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. The event starts at 15:00 and the book author Joost Augusteijn will talk at the event. (Refreshments provided.) Attendance is free but you have to register with Madeline Voke via m.voke@palgrave.com Event information is here links.info.palgrave.com/servlet/MailView?ms=MzU4NTkwNTIS1&r=NjI4MjY0MjIzNQS2 and the book is www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=399084 here.

A new trad session has started on 25 Sept in the Schoolhouse Hotel & Restaurant in Ballsbridge (2-8 Northumberland Road). Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.com/

On Saturday evening Halloween Parties take place in nearly every pub and night club. Many of them are not free, but if you are looking for free Halloween Parties then the Bernard Shaw Pub in South Richmond Street (m.bodytonicmusic.com/thebernardshaw/events/), Hogan’s in Sth Great George’s Street and The Grand Social (former Pravda – www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156631127710708) are promoting their free events. I am sure there are more around, just try a number of them! If you want brilliant music but are not too mad on the dressing up bit, then you have to go to see Soul Power:

If you know and like The Ratzingers, a brilliant Soul+Cover Band, then you will love Soul Power too. Made up of many musicians from The Ratzingers, but fronted by the talented and cool Michael Sheridan, Soul Power is correct by calling themselves “The funkiest and most soulful band in Ireland”. James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack, Stevie Wonder and other great soul artists make up the repertoire of Soul Power and trust me, you will enjoy them! Soul Power will be in the Mint Bar in the basement of the Westin Hotel in Westmoreland Street on Sat 30 Oct from 22:00-00:30. Admission is free. www.soulpowertheband.com and www.myspace.com/soulpowerbandireland

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. The Designer Mart is on winter break and will return from 13 March!
* 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 Point Village Market is taking place every Sat+Sun from 08:30-17:30 next to the Point Depot (a.k.a. The O2) at the final LUAS stop in the Docklands. There are more than 100 stalls every week and you can find out more here www.pointvillagemarket.ie/
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-12:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (http://www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock and you can find just everything. The 50 stalls sell collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food. http://www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening hours are Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30 and Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* Car Boot Sale in Tallaght – Every Saturday from 09:00-15:00 a car boot sale is taking place at the Victory Centre, Firhouse Road, Tallaght. Ring 086-3394009 / 086-1961815 for more information. http://www.gumtree.ie/dublin/01/58061901.html
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. http://theblackhorsemarket.com
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* 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.

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Did you change all your watches? At 02:00 on Sunday morning the clock is set one hour BACK to 01:00. Some clever phones do it automatically, so if you change the clock before you go to bed and the phone changes it again, your time is wrong in the morning. Ideally you have one “dumb” reference clock …or just use TV or radio for a time check. ;-)

The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is taking place every Sun from 10:30-12:30. Up to 20 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The next workshop is 31 Oct: Halloween masks and after that the workshops are 07 Nov: Tracing fun; 21 Nov: Pond life; 28 Nov: Medieval life; 05 Dec: Christmas cards; 12 Dec: Christmas decorations; 19 Dec: Making wrapping paper. The website doesn’t have an up-to-date list at the moment, but I am assured the workshops are going ahead. You can check with the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (Phone 01-6770095) if you prefer. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html
(Last minute Update: One of the guides who run the workshops is sick, so it could be that this Sunday’s workshop will have to be cancelled. Ring on Sunday before you go to check!)

The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 31 Oct from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information or if you want to sell your own stuff, check out www.dublinflea.ie. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and free parking spaces are right outside the door. A few months ago the Flea Market extended to outdoors and features now 20 additional outdoor stands.

The Sunday Concerts in the Hugh Lane Gallery are back. They were called “Sunday at Noon” but don’t have that name anymore. They are free concerts of mostly classical music in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Before the summer these concerts took place from 12:00-13:00, but the gallery’s website still doesn’t tell us the starting time. Assume it is again 12:00-13:00! On Sun 31 Oct the concert is “Common Tongue” with Lorcán Mac Mathúna, Cathal Roche and Ian Wilson, a unique trio combining sean-nós singing, improvising saxophone and live electronics. This group of musicians have together undertaken an exploration and re-contextualization of the art of sean-nós, providing new melodies to old Irish songs, considering fresh ways of defining and presenting melody itself. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=580

After two book signings on Sat, Ryan Tubridy is on the road again and will be signing copies of “JFK in Ireland” in Eason’s, Dundrum Shopping Centre on Sun, 31 Oct at 12:30 and after that he will sign books in Eason’s in Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire at 14:30. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

The next event in the Lavery, Passion and Politics Lecture Series is on Sun 31 Oct at 13:30 in the Hugh Lane Gallery. It is a Guided tour of the exhibition, followed by a film screening of “One Family” at 15:30. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=519 Both events are free and booking is not required. However, early arrival is recommended as places are limited to 63. The film “One Family” was produced for the Empire Marketing Board by British Instructional Films in 1930. It tells the story was of a young boy who meets a friendly policeman and together they go to Buckingham Palace where they are met by the ‘Dominions’ of the British Empire, each of whom present the boy with a product from their country for the King’s Christmas pudding.

On Sun 31 Oct from 14:30 the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin will celebrate Halloween with seasonal Halloween games, a pumpkin display and an environmental art experience, where visitors can participate with various materials, to weave a tapestry on a giant loom set up underneath the trees.

Saucy Sundays is a new live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda). It will run from 15:00-21:00 every Sunday with a line up of musicians from all round the country. It is organised by Singer/Songwriter Lisa Mc Laughlin and Joey Sauce (The Hot Sprockets) and was launched on Sun 03 Oct.
I contacted the organisers and they now have changed their Facebook Privacy settings so that you see the information about the current event on their Facebook Wall here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=info

Surprisingly there are no free family events taking place on Sun 31 Oct in the National Museum. But I guess, the huge amount of Halloween events in the previous week means that the people in the museum need a bit of a break.

On Sun 31 Oct at 15:00 the talk “Conservation of furniture and historic interiors” with
Lecturer Sven Habermann (Conservation Letterfrack) will take place in the National Gallery in Clare Street/Merrion Square. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Lavery’s Ulster Portraits in focus” and will take place on 31 Oct from 15:00-16:00. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=535

This year’s Otherworld Halloween Festival in Ballymun will begin with the return of the Halloween Parade and finish with a special performance of KILA on the main stage. There will also be a Magic Tent, Games Stalls, BRYR Cafe and Circus Gerbola, the Mollidolls, MUN TV, Setanta Traditional Music Tent, BRYR Music Tent, B-Force and Dark Direction Dancers. The festival will take place on Sun 31 Oct from 18:00-21:00 on Ballymun Plaza in Ballymun, Dublin 9. All details can be found here www.otherworldfestival.com/ Admission is free.

The Finglas Halloween Festival on Sun 31 Oct at the Finglas Civic Centre, Mellowes Road will have a “Halloween Village” with stalls, novelty acts, a showcase of local talent and a performance by the Garda Band. A fireworks display is also planned. The event runs from 18:00-21:00 and the poster is here
www.dublincity.ie/YourCouncil/LocalAreaServices/NorthWestArea/Documents/Final_Halloween_Poster_A2.pdf and some further information can be found here

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy which is downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street every week. It starts at 21:00 and the line-up is changing and I was at the Comedy Crunch a few weeks ago and experienced a very interesting and fun evening. The comedians where a mixed bag: From good, via ok to the, ahem, other side of the spectrum ;-), they spanned the whole range. I was there with some friends and all in all we had a really good laugh. The next Comedy Crunch is on Sun 31 Oct Sept. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street is taking place from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there are Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs – ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.thecraftymarket.com
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* 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 Design Week 2010 runs from Mon 01 Nov until Sun 07 Nov and if you are interested in design you most likely (and hopefully) already know about it. The purpose of Design Week is to put a spot light on the Irish Design Scene by running events during this week. The event listing (scroll to the Dublin section) lists 39 events in the context of Design Week and you should check them out to see if a few of them grab your attention: designweek.ie/events.html A good few of the events are exhibitions, but there are talks/lectures as well and a number of workshops. The full programme is here: designweek.ie/DesignWeek_layout%28LoRes%29.pdf

A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St is hosted by Joe Kearney. The October Schedule is
Karnage, Shinoxy, Aidan Killian, Sonya Kelly, Culchie Nora, Carol Tobin, Emma Weafer. The events start at 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm

The Academy Discourse “The antibody revolution; turning scientific inventions into medicines & companies” by Gregory Winter (Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge UK) is taking place on Mon 01 Nov at 18:00 in the Royal Irish Academy. Admission is free, but booking is essential on www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Academy-Discourse–The-antibody-revolution;-turnin.aspx
In recent years there has been a revolution in the pharmaceutical industry with therapeutic antibodies displacing small molecule drugs as blockbuster pharmaceuticals. The talk will explain how this revolution started and where it is going.

* Suspended until September, but resuming after that: Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the music collective the ‘Lazy Band’ is playing roots, trad and folk songs from Ireland, England, America and anything else they like. Admission is free and the bar serves during the show. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.myspace.com/thelazyband
* Cine Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) are Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening nights at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). To make sure that it is still continuing, check with Howard 085-1351822.
* ‘Hugh Cooney Don’t Like Monday’, a cabaret and live visual performance by Hugh Cooney, will take place every Monday night from 20:30 at The Pygmalion, South William Street, Dublin 2 (in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.facebook.com/pygmaliondublin
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelan’s is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


Diwali is the festival of light, an important 5-day festival in the Hindu religion and the Chester Beatty Library celebrates this Hindu New Year, Diwali, with a week of storytelling with Bhanuprakash Darbha who will tell stories based on the festival. Meena Karunaidhi will create a traditional piece of rangoli (pictures made of coloured powder) to welcome the New Year, which will be on display in the atrium. This event will take place in the atrium of the Chester Beatty Library each day from 13:00-14:00 from Tues 02 – Fri 05 Nov and admission is free. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

On Tues 02 Nov at 10:30 a lecture in the National Gallery on Merrion Square/Clare Street will take place. The title is ” The Glenstal Icons” by Lecturer Gregory Collins OSB, Glenstal Abbey. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

The November event of “Green Drinks” on Tues 02 Nov from 18:00-23:00 will look at “A Fishy Tale About Seafood in Ireland”. It will take place on the Top Floor in Messrs Maguire, 2 Burgh Quay and Admission is free. “Hosted by the nice people at Leafliving.com, Green Drinks Dublin is a free event that brings people together every month – not only ecowarriors, not only the total carbon neutrals, just regular people who care about being a little greener. On Tues 02 Nov, Green Drinks will take a look at fishery and seafood from a environmental and wildlife focused point of view. In 2012 the EU will publish a reformed Common Fisheries Policy and it is essential that this puts the environment first, if the last fish in the sea is not to be fried and battered. The Chairman of the Irish Wildlife Trust, Pádraic Fogarty, will talk on 02 Nov about his experience as part of a European campaign to transform how our fish are caught. The IWT is a national, membership-based conservation charity which aims to increase awareness of wildlife in Ireland and its importance to people and the environment. Free vegetarian food platters will be available as well. www.leafliving.com www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165871740105241

The Crackity Jones’ Tuesday Movie is a brand new cinema event, taking place every Tuesday in the downstairs room of The Grand Social (formerly Pravda) in Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. The screening starts at 19:30 (sharp) and will be followed by a themed DJ set manned by DJs Megan Fox & Niall James Holohan. Admission is free and you are invited to bring your own cushions. The film on 01 Nov is “Mean Streets” and you find all information here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112678368795137

Tommy H told me this morning about a talk that will take place on Tues 02 Nov at 19:0 in the Greenhouse (former Enfo building, now the home of Cultivate) in St. Andrew Street, Dublin 2. The talk is entitled “The Future of Urban Cycling” and admission is free. Dr. Peter Cox from Chester University will explore what the future of urban cycling is. He has a wealth of experience in the history of cycling technologies and transport policy and the event will be suitable for academics, transport and planning professionals as well as everyday cyclists.
Dr. Cox’s presentation will provide a broad historical and comparative overview of the development of cycling in a UK and global context. He will comment on the range of initiatives and policies to work out what might be best to safeguard and support cycling in contrasting contexts. More details are available here: www.dublincycling.ie/node/675 and here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100111406725652

The launch of Fintan O’ Toole’s book “Enough Is Enough” will take place on Tues 02 Nov from 18:30-20:00 in the Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Dublin 2. Admission is free. www.gutterbookshop.com

Holocaust Survivor Tomi Reichental addresses the German Society in UCD. Tomi Reichental is one of the last survivors of the Holocaust living in Ireland. He was taken to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp with his family as a child and now works with the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland (www.hetireland.org/), passing on his story to the next generation so that we don’t forget the horrors of The Holocaust. The event takes place on Tues 02 Nov at 19:00 in the Theatre P of the Newman Building and all are welcome. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?dt=d.en.66169&d=05/11/2010&sd=Tuesday,02November2010

Fernanda Parente runs a weekly film evening in Shebeen Chic, 4 Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. On Tues 02 Nov the short film “The Pool” and the feature film “The Eclipse” will be screened. Keeping with the spirit of Halloween, both films are of the spooky type. Admission is free and all details are here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153137148062555

The New Volta Film Club invites to an evening of new short film and animation every first Tuesday of a month. In November the film club will be on Tues 02 Oct from 20:30-22:30 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Grafton Street. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150308968338870&ref=ts

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk Street every Tues from 20:00. It’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844
* O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) has a live music session with Sean Og McKenna and Friends every Tue at 21:00. Musicians welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Live Jazz and Blues from 21:00 every Tuesday in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
* 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
* From 21:30, O’Briens on Dame Street (next to the Mercantile Pub) is the venue for a further Open Mic event of acoustic rock’n’roll organised by the band The Mighty Stef. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


On Wed 03 Nov at 13:15 the next Seven Towers lunchtime reading will take place at Chapters Bookshop, Parnell Street, Dublin. This is a reading of poetry and prose and this time Clar Ni Aoghusa and will Eamonn Lynskey read from their work. Admission free. www.seventowers.ie

The Lecture “Irish Modernism in a Changing World Order” by Cultural Critic, Lecturer and Author, Joe Cleary is taking place on Wed 03 Nov in the lecture room of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) at 17:00. Discussing the ways in which Irish writers and artists moved between English, European and American cultural capitals, Cleary’s talk provides new perspectives on the production and development of the literary and visual arts in Ireland and abroad in a period of unprecedented global turbulence. www.imma.ie/en/page_212285.htm

“Countries shouldn’t use large dams to develop” is the title of this months’ Bewley’s Debate on Wed 03 Nov from 18:15-19:45 in Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafron Street, Dublin 2. Guest speakers, as yet to be announced, will be speaking in support and against this and it will be followed by an open Q&A session in which the audience is encouraged to get involved. Entrance is free but space is limited so admission is on a first-come first-served basis. www.comhlamh.org/bewleys-debates-are-back.html

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Wed 03 Nov at 18:30 the film “Extranjeras” (2003) by Helena Taberna (in Spanish with English subtitles) will be shown. The Instituto Cervantes is on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha66949_16_2.htm

“The fascinating World of Ocean Waves” is the title of a lecture by the expert on water waves for over 20 years, Prof. Frederic Dias from University College Dublin (School of Mathematical Sciences) on Wed 03 Nov at 18:30. “Water waves can have destructive power but they can also be a source of renewable energy, especially in Ireland, which is the country with the best wave climate in the world. In this talk we explain tsunamis as well as freak waves. How are they generated? How violent can they be? Then we review wave energy conversion. How does it work? Is it simply a dream or can it become a reality?” The presentation will be in French with films and slides in English. It will be followed by a session of questions and answers in English and French. Admission free but you need to book via info@alliance-francaise.ie

“Is there a Future for Irish Country Houses?” is the topic of a conversation between Sammy Leslie & Terence Dooley on Wed 03 Nov at 19:00. Sammy Leslie is trustee of the Castle Leslie estate and proprietor of the award-winning Castle Leslie hotel, situated in Glaslough, county Monaghan. Castle Leslie has been in the ownership of the Leslie family for nearly 400 years. Terence Dooley is lecturer in the Department of History at NUI Maynooth and is Director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates.
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Text LIBRARY to 51500 to book a ticket (standard rate SMS). Only 1 ticket is booked per text – you can text up to 3 times to book a maximum of 3 tickets. Text booking available from 1 October. The website doesn’t indicate that the event is booked out, so there is still hope.

* 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 every Wednesdays. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* Rhythm ‘n’ Booze in Sin É, Ormond Quay takes place every Wed from 21:00. Live music with DJ afterwards is the weekly programme and the details are here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001171626567
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


+ The Babies on Board Tour “Baby Birds” will be taking place on Thurs 04 Nov from 11:30-12:15 in the Natural Museum in Merrion Street. The tour is for Adults with toddlers and babies. “Learn more about our feathered friends, the birds, and why chicks look so different to their parents. Monthly tour for parents, grandparents or carers with pre-toddler children. No booking required.”

The UCD Earth Sciences Institute lecture will continue until December and talks are taking place on Thursdays from 12:30-14:00. The upcoming talks are
+ 04 Nov in Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Dublin 2:
“Smart Cities” by Michael Roche, IBM and
“Citi for Cities project” by Jim Kelly, Citi
Admission is free, but booking is required. For more information contact check www.ucd.ie/earth/ and to book your seat go to www.ecce.ie/esi/

Every Thursday in October and November from 15:00-18:30 you can explore and discover a wide-ranging mix of Irish short films by award-winning film makers. There’s something for everyone – comedy, drama, documentary and animation. There will be two sessions/screenings on the day so don’t worry if you don’t get the seat first time round. The “Discover Irish Film” is being launched on 14 October and will take place in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street. Admission is free. The first session will go from 15:00-16:30 and the second session from 17:00-18:30. The dates are 04, 11, 18, 25 Nov. www.visitdublin.com/events/freeevents/dublin.aspx

The Dublin City Library and Archive, 138 – 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 invites to a Hugh M. Fitzpatrick Lecture in Legal Bibliography on Thurs 04 Nov at 18:00. Admission is free, but booking is essential via 01-2692202 or hmfitzpa@tcd.ie James McGuire (MRIA, Joint Editor, Dictionary of Irish Biography) will talk about “Law as a ‘field of interest’ in the Dictionary of Irish Biography” The event is chaired by High Court Judge Roderick Murphy. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/legal_bibliography.aspx

“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly event on Thursdays from 19:00-01:00 in the Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2. It is a new night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. “Featuring at the Beauty Spot will be regular beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. The weekly Beauty Bar will have a different theme and treatments every week.

Every Thursday Wallace Huey, Co-Director of personal development website www.trans4mind.com, invites to an inspiring talk from 19:30-21:00 in the Lantern Centre, 17 Synge Street, Dublin 8. The series runs from 29 Oct until 16 Dec and every week will cover a different aspect/topic. Wallace promises that you are provided with practical tools to nurture inner peace regardless of your personal circumstances. There is no fee for these talks, but he asks for a donation to support the work of Aware, the charity that assists people with depression. The venue is near the centre of Dublin and has free reserved off street car parking. Come along, bring a friend and be inspired! For more details go to www.trans4mind.com/peace-talks/index.html

“Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: When Civil Society Said Enough” is the title of a talk with Mairead Maguire and Denis Halliday at the Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin on Thurs 04 Nov at 19:30. The talk will examine what more can the international community and civil society in particular do, to end the human rights abuses and suffering in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate and co-founder of Peace People, Northern Ireland has travelled extensively to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and campaigned against the Israeli blockade and other human rights violations in Gaza. Denis Halliday, a former United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq, resigned in 1998 in protest at the impact of UN economic sanctions on the people of Iraq. Mr. Halliday now lectures and speaks on Iraq and human rights issues, the UN and its reform. This is an Amnesty International event, but it is not mentioned on the website yet, it is “hot off the press”. www.amnesty.ie

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The theme of this month’s movies is “Coen Brothers” and the list of movies is 04 Nov: O Brother, Where art thou?; 11 Nov: The Big Lebowski; 18 Nov: No Country For Old Men; 25 Nov: Burn After Reading. To book a table find all contact details here www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.turkshead.ie
* The Poor Boys play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Tim. Admission is free.


ReForm 2010 on 05 Nov from 10:30-16:00 is part of Design Week 2010. The ReForm events have now run annually since 2005 and have showcased some of the most inspiring examples of sustainable design thinking and practice at a national and international level. The purpose of the event is to create networks, combine knowledge and this year the focus will be on growing the fledgling sustainable design (SD) network in Ireland.
This year’s event will be in the ‘Pecha Kucha’ format (20 slides each shown for 20 seconds), giving a platform to Irish designers who have made the bold step into sustainable design practice. The seminar will take place in the Science Gallery on Fri 05 Nov from 10:30-16:00. Advanced booking is required on www.sciencegallery.com/events/2010/11/reform-2010Admission is free, but you are invited to give a voluntary donation of EUR 10.

The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday at 13:00 at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

“Qui a assassiné Jacques Perrin?” is the title of a Life Size Cluedo in the Alliance Française on Fri 05 Nov at 19:30. Who killed Jacques Perrin? The situation is serious at the Manor of La Main Noire… Jacques Perrin, a French teacher of the Manor, has been strangled. All the residents of the Manor are upset and each one becomes a suspect. That’s why the Landlord of the Manor decided to call Grolumbo, the famous French inspector. He will resolve this enquiry but must be helped to interrogate all the suspects by a lot of aspiring investigators…YOU. If you want to be part of this event (sounds like fun, but my French is definitely not good enough!) contact info@alliance-francaise.ie to set up a team. Admission is free. alliance-francaise.ie/culture/ This event was originally scheduled for 29 Oct and has been rescheduled now to 05 Nov.


This section contains lots of events this week that happen in the future some of them require free tickets and it is mentioned where this is the case. Put the events in your diary and for the ticketed events hurry to request your tickets:

You are invited to this very special discussion “The Long Debate” which will take place on 11 November (19:00-22:00) as part of the Inventorium project, during Dublin Innovation Festival. You need to register for it and because there could be a good bit of interest, I am telling you so early.
An Innovation Taskforce report was launched earlier this year. It sets out recommendations for developing Ireland into an International Innovation Hub through developing the country’s creative and smart economy. Nine months after the release of this report members of the Taskforce, including some of Ireland’s leading economic commenter’s, industry and government members, academics, creatives and entrepreneurs are invited to discuss the nature of innovation within Ireland, and to give their views and opinions on the current-state-of-play.
An evening of lively discussion and networking, Inventorium have devised a special debate format, 18 of Ireland’s key contributors and commentators have been invited to give their views and opinions. Each speaker will present his or her viewpoint for five minutes, the emerging conversations will be documented and presented on the Inventorium website. It will take place in NDRC, Crane St, Digital Hub, Dublin 8
Registration for this event is essential: www.inventorium.org/events

The Panel Discussion “What’s Smart about Ireland’s Smart Economy in 2010?” will take place on Wed 10 Nov at 18:00 in the Royal Irish Academy (19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2). A panel discussion with Dick Ahlstrom (chairman), Science Editor of the Irish Times; Professor John FitzGerald, ESRI; Dr Brian Kelly, CEO of Celtic Catalysts; Karlin Lillington, Technology journalist, Sean O’Driscoll (CEO Glen Dimplex) and Ferdinand von Prondzynski, former President of Dublin City University. Admission is free but booking is essential. For more information and to book go to:

“Will the world end in 2012? The astronomical evidence.” will be discussed on Fri 12 Nov at 19:00 in the Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin. This is a Royal Irish Academy Lecture for Science Week. Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Oxford University Astrophysics) will look at: What’s all this about the end of the world in 2012? Just what is meant to happen, and how likely is it to happen? This talk examines the threats from space and explains how much truth there is in the suggestions that killer asteroids, lethal solar flares or the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way (for example) could cause the end of the Earth. Admission is free but booking is essential. To book and for more information go to www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/-Will-the-world-end-in-2012–The-astronomical-evid.aspx

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Please note: This section contains observations taken from the world I live in that strike me as odd. I express my personal opinion and you might not share it. If you are easily offended by opinions that are not identical with your own, please don’t read this section. ;-)

Do you know Miguel de Cervantes’ tragic figure “Don Quixote” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quixote)? In Cervantes’ book Don Quixote fights against windmills because he thinks they are a thread and the term “tilting at windmills” is formed. “Tilting” means “attacking imaginary enemies, or fighting unwinnable or futile battles”.
Michael O’Leary of Ryanair reminds me sometimes of Don Quixote when he gets outraged about the travel taxes. It’s not that I think he is wrong, I think the 10 Euro travel tax that was introduced in Ireland in March 2009 is totally wrong and is seriously damaging the tourism industry in Ireland. Now many other countries see travel taxes as a welcome instrument to easily take more money from people and oddly it appears that the low flight prices of the past are a good justification: If flights are soo cheap, we might as well add another bit of a tax, because people’s pain threshold is a lot higher. The travel tax was introduced in the UK despite warnings of a negative effect and will be introduced in Germany from January 2011. In Germany the tax is even crazier than in Ireland because it will be up to EUR 25-45!
Michael O’Leary says that he will reduce flights and will postpone expansions in the countries that have introduced a travel tax. He has done that in Ireland and in the UK and is threatening the same in Germany. (www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE69806L20101009 and www.rte.ie/news/2010/1027/ryanair.html) On one hand I am glad that he does that, because if politicians will listen to anybody, then they will listen to Michael O’Leary more than to you and me. But the big question is: What will O’Leary do if every major country has introduced a travel tax? Will he then close down Ryanair? Or will he increase the number of flights again?
Either way, the years of cheap flights seem to be over. A few years ago, I got a return flight to Germany incl. luggage and taxes for EUR 38. From 01 Jan, the same flight would cost a minimum of EUR 145 in taxes and charges and the flight price still has to be added on top of that! So we are close to EUR 200 at the end. :-o

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