Event Guide 205: Donegal Showcase, Red Bull Flugtag, Africa Week, Towel Day

May 20th, 2011

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 205
| 20 May 2011 Subscribers: 8545

Hi all!

I mentioned last week that I have some great news for you and I am really happy about it. It was a long time coming and while a basic version has been available for a while, I am today formally launching the website www.dublineventguide.com


The e-mail newsletter/e-zine will definitely remain as the main publication. It is the fastest way and the most direct way for you to find out about all free events in Dublin. The website will complement this. If you don’t have your e-zine copy available, you can go to www.dublineventguide.com and find exactly the same information.

The Regular Events are listed on a separate page as well and there is a searchable archive of all 204 Event Guides since I started writing this weekly newsletter in 2007.

The website launch is not the end of a process, but is the mid-point. I am not a web developer, so it is not (yet) perfect because I did all the work myself, but you probably know, it is better to make a step and correct it than to wait until all is perfect before you venture forward. People that wait until all “ducks are in a row” often wait forever, because these ducks are astonishingly resistant to be put in a row. ;-)

So, the website still needs a LOT of improvement and your comments are invited! One thing that is EVEN more difficult than in this e-mail is the formatting of the newsletter itself. What you find on www.dublineventguide.com is more basic than this e-mail with no headlines for the different days etc. (For the technically astute people: It is a limitation that is partly caused by WordPress and partly by my process for writing this long newsletter.) But I am sure that I will be able to find solutions for these limitations going forward. (and if you can help, let me know!)

And more great news: The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) now has a logo as well! It is a first draft and improvements are necessary for the logo as well, but I finally made a step forward in that area as well. Bit by bit, this logo will be improved (help is appreciated!) and will then give the Dublin Event Guide a stronger and recognisable identity.

And on top of all that: The Dublin City Soul Festival was – many years ago – one of these great but under-visited free events that got me to start this Dublin Event Guide. This has changed completely and the Festival has experienced massive growth over the last 4 years. This year is the 5th year and I am very happy to work closely with Chris Maher and his team to spread the word about the Dublin City Soul Festival. You will find the new Dublin Event Guide logo in the programme for the Soul Festival! ;-) …and I promised the Soul Festival team that all 8500+ of us will come to the Soul Picnic on 29 May. Can I count on you? www.soul.ie

Tell your friends and colleagues about the Dublin Event Guide: They can subscribe on www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide by clicking on “Join Email List” in the menu on the left or they can subscribe on the new website www.dublineventguide.com. A mail to me at dublineventguide@gmail.com with subject SUBSCRIBE DEG works as well, so there is no escape. ;-) This might help you to get the word out: www.perfectresults.info/event_guide_mini_flyers.pdf

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This week’s Feel Good Slot video clip was suggested by Will R. He came across the “Greatest Marriage Proposal” and it made him feel good, so he sent it to me. It is sooo elaborate. Guys, if you will be measured by this video clip, then you have your work cut out – BIG time! Girls, go easy on the guys. ;-) The reason why you are still with him is because he IS amazing. So if the proposal is slightly less amazing than then one in the video clip, it doesn’t take away from your guys “amazingness”. :-P www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnVAE91E7kM

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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.

This weekend I will go to one of the self-defence training weekends at www.kravmagaireland.com and on Sunday I might go to the Red Bull Flugtag. If I had more time I would consider as well the Storytelling Playschool on Sat and the Donegal Showcase on Sunday.

From Monday Africa Week (instead of Africa Day) starts with many events. On Wednesday the New Music concert by the Contemporary Music Centre, sounds interesting. The Towel Day is some whacky fun and the Brownbread Mixtapes are on again. And next weekend starting from Thursday have a look at the massive Docklands Book Sale! Books for 1 Euro!


Many of you have no doubt already heard about Bord Bia’s Bloom festival taking place from 02-06 June in Phoenix Park. Bloom is not a free event but there are a lot of special offers on tickets in advance of the show and kids go free AND Bord Bia were super nice again and made 5 pairs of Bloom tickets available to give away to readers of the Dublin Event Guide. If you would like to win please send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with BLOOM in the subject line and your name, mobile phone number and full address in the body of the mail (Tickets will be sent to you by post!). Your mail has to be with me by 18:00 on Monday evening, so hurry!!
In addition, Bord Bia was so kind and is offering all Dublin Event Guide readers a very special discount for 2011. Book online before the event and use the promotional code DEG11 to get an extra EUR 2 discount off the advance ticket price. This means you are saving a total of EUR 7 off the onsite price. (This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.)
Bloom is a great day out with something planned for all ages. I was there last year and it is a very unique show showcasing the finest Irish food, drink and of course horticulture. For any budding gardeners it will provide lots of inspiration and opportunities to pick up some beautiful plants, flowers, seeds and shrubs. Or if you want to explore growing your own fruit and vegetables then you’ll get lots of tips on how to start at the show. But if gardening isn’t your thing then you’ll still have plenty to keep you busy including the New Food Village with plenty of artisan producers; the Best in Season tent featuring growers of seasonal fruit and vegetables; the cookery stage with chefs like Darina Allen, Neven Maguire, Jenny Bristow and Catherine Fulvio. With an outdoor music stage, picnic area, engaging spaces, kids playground and lots more besides, the Bloom festival is a great place to spend your June Bank Holiday weekend. www.bloominthepark.com for tickets and more information.

On 26 May the ArtPolonia invites to a concert of Hasidic Klezmer music and free, improvised jazz in the Button Factory. “Ha-Tichona” (Hebrew for. inner ear), a new musical project by three international giants of contemporary free jazz. HA-TICHONA is building a connection between the Hasidic music with free, improvised jazz. The goal of the project is restoring music’s basic role which is connecting community in spiritual and mystical experience. The performers are Miko?aj Trzaska – sax, bass clarinet (Poland), Olie Brice- double bass (Israel, Great Britain), Mark Sanders- drums (Great Britain). The event takes place in the Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 on Wed 26 May at 20:00 and tickets are EUR 15/12. www.artpolonia.org But ArtPolonia made two pairs of tickets available for the Dublin Event Guide and if you want to win a pair, then send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with HASIDIC in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail in addition you have to tell me if ArtPolonia is supported by the Arts Council. A simple YES or NO is enough and if you don’t know, then just check on www.artpolonia.org it will be quickly very clear. Your mail has to be with me by 18:00 on Monday 23 May.

On 29+30 May 2011 the IHF (Irish Hairdressers Federation) in conjunction with the OMC (Organisation Mondial Coiffure) will host the OMC European Championships 2011. Visitors to the two day event will see some of the Worlds leading hair & beauty experts demonstrating key trends and sculpting, teasing and styling hair into stunning works of art. It is a unique opportunity for visitors to watch the Worlds most creative battle it out for the title of OMC European Cup Champion 2011. More than 5000 hair and beauty experts from over 40 countries are expected at the event. In addition, visitors will be wowed by spectacular body painting from world class artist’s competing for top class honours. Make-up artists and nail technicians will also compete for titles within bridal, editorial and fantasy categories. As part of the event, the Irish Hairdressers Federation will host their annual National Hairdressing Championship 2011, showcasing the best of Irish hairdressing to a global audience. The hairdressing/beauty industry in Ireland employs over 25,000 hairdressers and approximately 12,000 in the beauty industry!
The event will take place in the RDS in Ballsbridge and will run from 08:00-19:00 on each of the days. The detailed schedule is here www.omcireland.com/omchairworld/Files/OMC_timetable.pdf and all other information can be found on this page: www.omcireland.com/omchairworld/Main/Welcome.htm
Tickets are now on sale for EUR 20 per day or EUR 30 for both days: www.ticketmaster.ie/venueartist/197554/1103734
But as you know, Dublin Event Guide Readers can win lots of great prices! The organisers have made two pairs of tickets available and if you want to win a pair, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with OMC in the subject of the mail and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Mon 30 May.

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I have extended the ticket competiton deadline until 18:00 on Monday because a number of people still wanted to submit their entry, so last chance!
One of the mail events of the Dublin City Soul Festival will be the Soul Jam for the Musical Youth Foundation, a gig starring Mirenda Rosenberg (USA) & the Rare Groove Funk Orchestra. This gig will be a treat and it will take place in the Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay on Sat 28 May from 20:00-23:00. I will definitely be there and hopefully some of you will make it too! Tickets are EUR 15 including all fees and you can buy them on www.entertainment.ie All proceeds go directly to the Musical Youth Foundation children’s charity, which is helping children to discover music and learn to play guitar instead of wasting their time on other pursuits. The great guys from the Dublin City Soul Festival have now made a pair of tickets available for this gig and to win you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with ROSENBERG in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your competition entry has to be with me by 18:00 on Mon 23 May. (And please only enter the competition ONCE!). Find out more at www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie/highlights/soul-jam www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111407152278985

The “Adventure Weekend”, Ireland’s first three-day Action Adventure Playground Event will take place this weekend from Fri 20-Sun 22 May. You can try for yourself adventure activities in the RDS such as zip lining, zorbing, rage buggies, water walkers and more. Tickets are EUR 15 and are available at the door. The RDS will be transformed into a giant adventure playground, boasting the most impressive interactive zone this venue has ever seen, including a vertical wind tunnel, zorbing, paint balling, rage buggies and much more. And in addition you can find out about skateboarding, BMX, free running, mountain biking, inline skating, kite boarding, surfing, hang gliding, hiking and equestrian holidays. Many of the interactive events are free after you have bought your admission ticket. Some others cost a relatively small amount. The show elements and the exhibition are obviously free for ticket holders. The lovely organisers made TWO pairs of tickets available for a competition and from among a LONG list of entries, two lucky winners were drawn: Lila Abudalo and Lindsay Rountree are the lucky winners. Congrats!
I will be at the Adventure Weekend this afternoon to try out some events and can’t wait to try the zip line and the vertical wind tunnel/sky diving wind tunnel!
Check out www.theadventureweekend.ie and come to the Simmonscourt hall at the RDS for the Adventure Weekend. The exhibition/event is open from 14:00-21:00 on Friday, 10:00-21:00 on Saturday and 10:00-18:00 on Sunday!

______Dublin News______________

The Dublin City Soul Festival is only a few das away and now is the time to you’re your weekend from 26-29 May. Go to www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie and look at the events and what you want to do. And check your Inbox, because early next week, I will send you a Special Dublin Event Guide that focuses on the Soul Festival only! Make sure that you check it out and keep the next weekend free! :-) I will see you in Merrion Square! ;-) www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie

Yesterday morning the Press Office of the American Embassy told me that final decisions were not yet made about what Barack Obama will do when in Ireland. Believable? Absolutely not! Instead I am sure they wanted to wait to the last minute before releasing the information. And the last minute is just to make the Friday newspapers. After all, Obama doesn’t want to be all on his own when speaking in Dublin.
At 19:38 last night a first announcement appeared on www.politics.ie saying that Barack Obama, his wife and Enda Kenny will take part in a public celebration at College Green on Mon 23 May. About 40 minutes later the Irish Times and RTE announced it too and the formal Press Release is here photos.state.gov/libraries/ireland/32160/press_release/Press_Release%20May%2018.pdf
Obama will address the audience at the end of some entertainment programme which will “involve many well known Irish artists”. Details about the performers have not been provided yet, but I hope it won’t be Jedward.
The event at College Green will be open to members of the public and is free of charge, tickets will not be required. To facilitate the large number of people expected to attend, security gates will open at 14:00 on the day. (Note that the start time of the entertainment programme is NOT specified!) If you want to be there, you are “advised to enter the security gates at the intersection of Parliament Street and Dame Street in front of Dublin Castle. Members of the public should either proceed from the north on Parliament Street or from the west on Dame Street.”
Expect that you will be searched thoroughly and expect that the queues will be VERY long. The traffic chaos in the City Centre will be similar to the one during the Queen’s visit, so streets will be closed and parking will be severely restricted, therefore you should come by public transport.
And a final piece of information for you if you want to be part of Obama’s audience: “Signs and banners along with food and beverages will not be allowed inside the event site. Cameras and mobile phones will be permitted.”

The Irish Museum Association is inviting to “Catch Up On Culture Week” from 18-29 May. The week gives you the chance to catch up with some of the great cultural events available throughout Ireland, north and south of the border. The Irish Museums Association has provided a full event listing on their website:
www.irishmuseums.org/catch-up-on-culture-week There are a good few events on the list and most are free, but I am a little underwhelmed by the programme. I wasn’t able to find many events that are different than the normal suite of Museum events. Maybe that is because the National Museums already offer a great programme Culture Week or not. OR it could be that the museums don’t really think the Culture Week is overly relevant?

It seems that this event was provoked to a degree, otherwise the person involved wouldn’t have filmed the whole thing. But either way, there is something very odd about this event: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abi3hgIxtNM
During a search at a barrier during the Queen’s visit, a small Irish flag is confiscated “under Section 21 of the Public Order Act”. I am definitely not an Irish nationalist, but how can there be a law that allows that during the Queen’s visit Irish flags are offensive? Because that is what Section 21 says! www.irishstatutebook.ie/1994/en/act/pub/0002/sec0021.html#zza2y1994s21It allows the confiscation of alcohol, disposable drink containers and offensive articles at crowd barriers. The flag is no alcohol nor is it a disposable drink container, so it can only have been seen as an offensive article. Very strange! I wonder if a Union Jack would have been confiscated as well!?
(If you watch the video clip a NUMBER of times and look for the details you will see that the Garda intended to confiscate the flag, but didn’t follow it through in the end. Only a small plastic stick was confiscated and carried away. It seems the flag stayed with the owner after the people around her opposed. So there is hope that the situation was a mistake by the garda and not based on the instructions she was given.)

I am really looking forward to summer and am happy that Christmas is still FAR away, but seemingly others are far ahead of me: In the RDS a Trade Fair will take place from 22-24 May that is entitled “Cosmetics Association Christmas Trade Fair”. Slow down people! ;-) www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1095992


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. 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. Being mentioned here and being seen by the 8000+ readers of the Dublin Event Guide should help to 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 much 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.

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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.

18 May – 17 July: Noshington Café, 186 South Circular Rd, Dublin 8
“Finding Ireland” is an exhibition of Landscape Photography by German photographer Hauke Steinberg. Capturing the inspirational quality and stark, dramatic beauty of Ireland, this exhibition is a timely reminder of the romance and wild allure of the landscape on our doorstep. www.HaukeSteinberg.com.


From Sun 01 – Tues 31 May the Bealtaine Festival 2011 will take place. This national arts festival celebrates creativity in the older age (approx. 50+) and hundreds of events are taking place across the country. (Bealtaine is the name of the Celtic festival celebrating springtime.) The Festival embraces all art forms and encourages participation in the Arts by older people as artists, performers, event organisers and audience. From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists.
www.bealtaine.com The complete festival programme can be downloaded here bealtaine.com/sites/all/files/Bealtaine2011.pdf and the programme for the Dublin region is segmented on this page: bealtaine.com/node/93 Nearly all events are free, but often booking is required. – There are sooo many events taking place, that I will not be able to include them all in the Dublin Event Guide. I will include some, but strongly suggest that you check the full programme or the Dublin programme and select the events you are interested in, assuming that you are in the target age group. ;-)

Wed 18- Sun 22 May: Various venues
The Better Fashion Week 2011 is taking place from Wed until Sunday and is organised by the nice people from www.re-dress.ie, who are great supporters of the Dublin Event Guide. “It is a celebration of all things sustainable in the fashion industry and is an exploration of better practice in all its forms. We look to highlight the boundaries and adversities facing all those involved in the industry while celebrating the ever diversifying ways we find to address them.” Talks, Workshops and Pop-up shops are part of the programme and all details can be found here www.betterfashionweek.com/schedule.html The organisers are looking for financial help through fund-it and do charge admission for some events, but a good few are free. If you are interested in fashion, then you should check this event out and you find here which events are free and what the rest costs: www.betterfashionweek.com/tickets.html It is mainly the film screenings (and I guess the Pop-up Shop!?) that are free. www.betterfashionweek.com

Fri 20+27 May: 10:00-16:00 – Bank of Ireland, College Green
During the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Week an Artisan Market will take place on the Bank of Ireland car park at College Green. Irish craft/retail traders and food traders will be there with fresh produce in the Farmer’s Market section and other tasty things to eat there or to take away.

06, 13, 20, 27 May: 13:00-14:00 – Central Library, Open Learning Centre, Ilac Centre, Henry St., Dublin 1. At “Dublin Revealed” each Friday in May authors will read and speak about Dublin as revealed in their writings. The authors are Jennifer Johnson (06 May), Carlo Gébler (13 May), Kevin Barry (20 May), Paul Murray (27 May). Admission is free, but booking is required: openlearning@dublincity.ie or 01-8734333 . www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie

Fri 20 May: 13:00 + 18:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
The Minutes will perform at 13:00 and Aisling Quinn will perform at 18:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Thurs 19-Fri 27 May: 14:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Between 19 and 27 May the demonstration “Fabergé – Decorated Real Eggshells” with May Deane will take place in a variety of libraries. On Thurs 19 May, the event will be in the Central Library. (All other dates are on the website.) – May Deane first discovered the art of egg decorating in 1985 and became an enthusiastic egg decorator, using domestic eggshells from the humble cockatiel to the largest egg, namely Ostrich. All her decorated eggs are created on the theme of the Russian goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé whose egg shaped treasures have been an inspiration to egg decorators all over the world. An exhibition of her work will be on display in the Central Library from 17 –31 May.

20-22 May: In various locations
Mazurka Klandestina is an international folk dance event featuring French Mazurkas and this weekend seems to be a BIG weekend for Mazurka Klandestina. There are events in lots of different locations, most free, some not. I hope you will get your head around what is happening it took me a bit to get the full picture.
“French Mazurka has a delicate, gentle even sensual atmosphere and will bring to Dublin its magic sound. Its spell generates friendship and romance to all who share in the dance. This link is about a Mazurka Klandestina in Milano during the night!! Have a look: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH9hzINJ10w
+ Fri 20 May
Mazurka Workshop at the Exchange in Temple Bar from 17:30-19:30.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome. www.exchangedublin.ie
+ Fri 20 May
Not sure how that fits in: Suddenly Irish dances appear in the list:
Comhaltas Irish Cultural Centre in Belgrave Square, Monktown, Co. Dublin from 21:00-23:00. (Admission EUR 10). www..comhaltas.ie
+ Sat 21 May
Mazurka and folk dances Workshop in SHE-D, 43 Gardiner Lane from 13:00 to 18:00 (EUR 8), www.mcbett.net
+ Sat 21 May
Outdoor Dance in Cow’s Lane at La Dolce Vita from 18:00-21:00
Outdoor Dance in Grafton Street from 21:00
+ Sun 22 May
Blackrock Market, Main Street, Blackrock, from 13:00-16:00 ww.blackrockmarket.com
And after that swiftly to Blackrock Park from 16:00-18:00
And then onwards to Bull Island from 19:30.
And if after that weekend you still feel the need to dance, you should take out the Duracell battery! What a mad weekend the organisers are planning. By the way, you can see that the timings will probably not work as planned, so if you are waiting somewhere give them some additional time to move their tired bodies across town. :-)

Fri 20 May: 18:00 – The Chapel, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
In conjunction with an extended showing of the solo exhibition by leading West African artist Romuald Hazoumè in the east ground galleries, African curator and writer Yacouba Konate presents questions to the artist. www.imma.ie/en/page_212383.htm

Fri 18:00-20:30 – La Cuvee, Custom House Square, IFSC, Dublin 1
From 25 Mar, every Friday live jazz will be provided in La Cuvee. The line up is
20 May Kristina G. Duo, 27 May Colette Henry. www.lacuvee.ie

Fri 20 May: 19:00 – Sweeney’s Mongrel, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The release of the second volume of the KnockanStockan Compilation CD with over 20 tracks on 2 CDs will be celebrated on Fri. On the CD the following performers are represented The Salad Circus, John Fairfurst, More Tiny Giants, Pete & the Purehearts, Mescalito, The Young Folk, Zealots, The Whipround, Sounds of System Breakdown, Louis Barabbas & the Bedlam Six, Absolutely Curtains, I Draw Slow, Hassle Merchants, Mutefish, King Modo, Veroa, Elastic Affair, The Gandhis, Peter Space Invasion, Markas Carcas, Blind Yackety, Spellbound
Some of them will perform at the lanuch, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to find a reliable line-up for Friday night. Admission is free. www.knockanstockan.ie/

Fri 20 May: 20:00 – The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
“The Last Security Man – Final Blow Out” will take place on Friday. IT Crowd and The Savage Eye star Liam Hourican is in the finals of this year’s RTÉ StoryLand competition with a new creation – Dirk de Smet, a psychotic Belgian security guard working in a Dublin shopping centre.
“To celebrate the premiere of the final episode of The Last Security Man, BiG PRiEST will be rocking it up, starlet Betty Conway will moonlight, and of course all 4 episodes will be screened. And that’s just the start of it… so get on your leathers and handlebar moustaches and come down to The Workman’s Club and party!”

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 20 May – Streetlife
Sat 21 May – The Cajun Kings
Sun 22 May – Minus Seven (12 piece Big Band Jazz) 18:00-20:30
Fri 27 May – Murphy’s Law
Sat 28 May – Superfly
Sun 29 May – Minus Seven (12 piece Big Band Jazz) 18:00-20:30
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Jose Dominguez tell me that himself and Pia Dunne will perform as the duet “Què Pezón!” every Friday in Stoney’s Bar, Hill Street, off Parnell street. The Show starts at 21:30. www.myspace.com/quepezon and www.quepezon.com

Fri 20 May: 22:00 – Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2
The third instalment of Music Maker Socials takes place on Fri 20 May. Morning Hush , The Difference Engine & Hill Valley will perform live in the basement and DJ Evan Hargadon will entertain upstairs. 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.
*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 Blakestown Community Resource Center, Blakestown Way, Dublin 15 (next to Lidl). 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.


Sat 21 May: 09:30-17:30 – Robert Emmet Theatre (Room 2037), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. – The 13th Medieval Dublin Symposium organised by the Friends of Medieval Dublin will take place on 21 May. The symposium is a one day event exploring different aspects of medieval Dublin, both archaeological and historical. The archaeological papers include accounts of excavations at Thomas St, Cork St and Chapelizod, as well as the archaeology of St Mary’s Abbey. The historical lectures explore the connections between Bristol and Dublin, the medieval manuscripts to be found in the library of Trinity College Dublin and the sheriffs of county Dublin. You don’t need to pre-book, but you might want to pre-plan your visit.

Event: Friends of Medieval Dublin, 13th Medieval Dublin Symposium, 21 May 2011

Sat 21 May: 10:00-18:00 – Wynn’s Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Ireland’s top dealers of Comics, Graphic Novels, Toys, Artwork, T-Shirts etc. will be there. Prize giveaways will take place every hour and there are book signings, demonstrations,

Sat 21 May: 10:00-16:00 – Lansdown Cricket Club
The Africa Day is on 27 May, but already today, entertainment will be provided. The Africa Family Day will start with Face painting, Kite making, Africa Food, Bouncy Castles, Soccer, Music, Face Painting. I am not completely sure if there is an Admission charge or if the event is free. www.newcommunities.ie/events/2011/05/21/africa-day-family-day-2011/

Sat 21 May: 11:00-16:00 – Dublin Shambhala Centre, 19 Herbert Street, Dublin 2
At this Storytelling playschool with The Oh-Aissieux, one of Ireland’s most playful and innovative professional storytellers invites you to take a fresh approach to telling stories, at the storytelling playschool. And you can invite your friends for an evening of storytelling on the same day. Playschool leader Coilín “The Oh-Aissieux” is the founder of the Narrative Arts Club, which has been presenting innovative storytelling
shows in Dublin city centre since September 2005. (www.narrativeartsclub.com/) At the playschool, you get to play games such as:
Sorcerer’s apprentice – a game of transformations, Whose story is it? – for liars and deceivers, There is a street in Rome – visualisation game and Once Upon a Time – storytelling card games. These games will teach you storytelling skills in a fun and playful way. To book a place at the playschool, send your contact details to narrativearts@gmail.com or by text to 086 060 3818. Admission is free and donations are welcome. www.narrativeartsclub.com/page2.htm
Sat 21 May: 19:30-22:00 – Dublin Shambhala Centre, 19 Herbert Street, Dublin 2
All Playschool participants from the afternoon are welcome to invite their friends for an evening of storytelling. Tea and coffee will be served. Bring your own
baked goods! All welcome. Admission is free, donations are welcome and proceeds will go to promoting innovative storytelling events on a non-profit basis.

30 Apr-21 May: Grand Canal, Royal Canal, Grand Canal Dock etc
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland is reporting about a very unusual and interesting event: Between 30 Apr and 21 May, 34 boats will make the trip to Dublin from the Erne, the Shannon, the Barrow, the Royal and the Grand Canal in the Dublin Rally 2011. The events start this week in Blanchardstown, Phibsborough, Croke Park, Spencer Dock and Grand Canal Dock and if you are interested in the canals and boars, then check all the details here: dublin.iwai.ie/dub_rally11.html

Throughout the summer last year Fiona Moloney was running weekly Yoga classes to raise money for The Dublin Simon Community. It was a successful effort with EUR 1,600 being raised for homeless people in Dublin. This Saturday, the Yoga in the Park class will be back and this time Fiona is getting support from Tine Schnell.
So starting from Sat 07 May and running each Saturday at 11:00-12:00 until September, Fiona and Tine will be taking turns to lead the classes. Tine will take the first class and she will meet people for outdoors yoga practice at the Bandstand which is near the Zoo and near the Tea Rooms (for Coffee and Cake afterwards). Classes will be suitable for all levels and are donation based. That means you can give what you can afford, but please be fair. Fiona and Tine are doing a great job for the Simon Community and they need your support.
Wear some loose clothes, preferably layers to be prepared for all type of weather and bring a mat (or a big beach towel). For contact details, directions and to find out who is teaching when, go to www.twopalmsyoga.com ..and when you go to the Yoga, say HI to Fiona and Tine from me, please! ;-)

Sat 21 May: 12:00 + 15:00: Eason, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Brigitte Nielson, star of Rocky V and Beverley Hills Cop II will sign copies of her book from 12:00-13:30. Louise Rennison will sign her book at 15:00. www.eason.ie/events

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 12:00-17:00. The next Flea Market is on Sat 30 Apr. Vintage, Retro, Clothes, Music, Books, Furniture, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Food, Stalls, Live Performances, Vinyl Dj’s. And if you want to sell something yourself, just contact hapennyflea@thegrandsocial.ie

The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street will be back on Sat 28 May (12:00-17:00), but there will be no Crafty Market this Saturday. 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

+ The Bealtaine 2011 Gallery Talk “Dublin’s Place in the Viking World” will take place in Kildare Street (Archaeology) on Sat 21 May from 12:00-12:30 The event is for adults. Join Louise Troy, archaeologist, to discover more about the establishment of Dublin by the Vikings and its significance in Europe during the Viking Age. No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2308
+ The Family Tour “All Kinds of Everything” will take place in Merrion Street (Natural Museum) on Sat 21 May from 15:00-16:00 and is suitable for families. “What does a mouse and a giraffe have in common? Find out more on this family tour for International Biodiversity Week. No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2307

Sat 21 May: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit 75, Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road. Artane, Dublin 5. Astronomy Ireland will host a Daytime Sun Watch at their headquarters in Artane every Saturday over the summer, where you will get to see the Sun in a way that very few people have ever seen before. Our closest star will show incredible detail using special filters that will reveal intricate detail on its surface. Activity on the sun has been hotting up as we approach a solar maximum and massive sunspots are visible most days. This is a free event and is suitable for all the family and all attendees will receive a European Space Agency DVD. www.astronomy.ie

Sat 21 May: 14:00-17:00 – St. Stephen’s Green Bandstand.
A Dublin Swing Dance Club meets on Sat for a Swing Picnic and if you are interested you might watch their dancing in the bandstand or join the club to take part in future Swing Picnics.

Sat 21 May: 14:30 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. A Guided Walk entitled “Blossoms from China” is taking place in the National Botanic Gardens. Many of our common garden plants are Chinese in origin. May is the best time to see Peonies, the Handkerchief Tree, Wisteria and many other flowering plants in full bloom. Come and see the Chinese plants at their best. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Sat 21 Apr: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Crawling Bugs and Flying Insects” with Edel Campbell. Admission free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 21 May: 15:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Oxygen Thief will perform at 15:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Sat 21 May: 15:30 – Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2
The Heineken Cup Final will be screened on the big cinema screen of The Sugar Club. Leinster will play again Northampton in Cardiff from 17:00. Admission in the Sugar Club is free. www.thesugarclub.com/what-is-on-details.jsp?id_whaton=696

Sat 21 May: 21:00 – Thomas House, 86 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
The Thomas House has a full programme of live acts and DJs and this weekend Oxygen Thief from Bristol and the acoustic punk act SeanR will perform upstairs at a free gig. www.facebook.com/thomashousepage .

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with live bands Pavement Kings and The Wayward Sinner Boys (in alternating weeks, it seems) from 20:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie

* 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 Food Market is – until June – divided in parts and distributed in different locations in Temple Bar.
* 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
* 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 09:30-16:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food + there’s free popcorn and ballons&facepainting for the kids. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening: Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, 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.
* 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. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.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 latin DJs. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing and you are invited to add your own percussion. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821

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Sun 10:30-12:30 – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops is taking place every Sun. Up to 15 children (5yrs+) can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. The next workshops are 22 May: Make your own detailed Maps; 29 May: Insects & Birds of the Park. To confirm that it takes place ring 01-6770095. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

Sun 22 May: 12:00-18:00 – Iveagh Gardens, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
“Donegal Live” is a one-day outdoor showcase of all Donegal has to offer. Last year Donegal Live held its first-ever event in Temple Bar and it was a big success (despite the fact that Daniel O’Donnell performed at the event!!) Donegal musicians will performed, there are Donegal tourism stands, food, giveaways etc The event in the magical Iveagh Gardens will have lots of live music, prize giveaways, promotions, face painting, balloon modellers etc. Donegal artists performing from 13:00 are: The Donegal Tenors, Moya Brennan, Kintra, Mickey Jo Harte, The High Kings, Pat Gallagher and Band, Perfect Mix & Ragus dancers, Johnny Gallagher and Boxtie, Glenties Ceili Dancers. Check www.donegallive.ie or www.facebook.com/home.php#!/DonegalLive

Sun 22 May: 12:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell St North, Dublin 1
The weekly “Sunday at Noon” concerts are free and no booking is required. This week Stefan Arnold (piano) performs Astor Piazzolla’s “Angel”, Franz Liszt’s “Harmonies du soir” and Franz Schubert’s “3 Impromptus op. posth. D 946” www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/387-stefan-arnold-piano

Sun 22 May: 13:00-16:00 – Dun Laoghaire Harbour
I remember the Red Bull Flugtag in June 2001 in Dublin well. It was a mad gang of teams that launched their strange “planes” from a high platform in Spencer Dock at the IFSC. It was a lot of fun to see them TRYING to fly and in most cases failing bitterly. Now, 10 years later, the 100th Flugtag is coming back to Ireland and will take place in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday. Over the 20 years this event is running, the entrants got a bit better and you have properly flying vehicles now, but there are still the madcap teams that are there just to have fun and to make you laugh.
Over 3 hours you can see all the teams launch their “planes” and crash them into Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The public viewing area is from the East Pier and the launch area is the Carlisle Pier nearby. Expect lots of people and a lot of fun. ;-)
www.redbull.ie/flugtag www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149145891813393

Sun 22 May: 13:00 – Eason, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Kay Burley will sign her new book. www.eason.ie/events

Sun 22 May: 13:30 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The film “Art in the Making: Impressionism” will be screened in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Admission is free, bit places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/357-film-screening-art-in-the-making-impressionism

Sun 14:00-18:00 – Whitehall Colmcille GAA Club, Cloghran, Old Airport Road (under the M50 flyover). – “Whitehall Colmcille family fun day and Lá na gClub Guinness World Record attempt” is the brief description I found. Unfortuantely it doesn’t even tell you which World Record they are trying to beat. www.whitehallcolmcille.ie

The Dublin Sketchers Group is an informal group of typically hobby artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. Collins Barracks, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle), sketch for an hour or so, and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches. www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/ Find out on their website where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. Meeting time is usually around 14:00.

+ A Hands-on History family event is taking place in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) on Sun 22 May from 15:00-16:00 for Adults and children 5 years+. “Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects especially for handling.” Drop-in event. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2310
+ The Bealtaine event “Prehistoric Ireland Tour” is taking place on Sun 22 May in Kildare Street (Archaeology) from 15:30-16:30. “Hear the story of Ireland’s earliest people from the Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age to the Late Bronze Age, including a look at the impressive Irish Gold Collection.” No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2311

Sun 22 May: 14:30 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
In celebration of International Biodiversity Day, a guided walk through the collections of the Botanic Gardens takes place. It is entitled “The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation at Glasnevin” and you will explore how the National Botanic Gardens is involved in an ambitious plan to conserve vegetation and plants at a global level. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Sun 22 May: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Townscapes and Landscapes”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 22 May: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
The free lecture “The World of Jack B. Yeats” with Emer McGarry, The Model, Sligo will take place. Free public lecture. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Saucy Sundays is a live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. The next event will be on 22 May from 16:30-22:30 and the line-up will be Antonio Paci, Gavin Wigglesworth, The Filthy Geeks, Pearse McGloughlin, Legion of Ape, Cold Comfort & The amazingly talented Fox.E & the Good hand. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120473921368577

Sun 22 May: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
“M.A.M.M.O.T.H: Massive Amazing Magical Moments of Trad Happiness” is the title of a trad event in the Workman’s Club. Pia Dunne, Stephan Daly: (Fiddle/guitar), Jack McMahon, Eamonn Hall, Deadhbh Harrington, Eamonn Colgan all very much have a NON trad background, but they found each other and are now enjoying trad for the last year. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/05/19/trad-night-with-m-a-m-m-o-t-h-220511/

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-17:00 the Jamestown 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. www.jamestownmarket.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
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/
* 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.
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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.

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The Dublin Writers Festival will run from 23-29 May. It is “Ireland’s premier literary event celebrating the very best of Irish and International Writers”, but unfortunately there are – as far as I can see – only two events that are free and for each there are only 50 tickets available. The events are Readings and are both under the headline “Reading Stories”. They take place next weekend and you can find the details – and the e-mail address to book your tickets, here:

Africa Day is on 25 May and after very big (and expensive) events in previous years in Dublin Castle Gardens and in Iveagh Gardens, this year there are lots of small events taking place throughout the week from Mon 23- Fri 27 May. The whole programme is listed here www.africaday.ie/Dublin.aspx and it is difficult to summarise the events in any way, so go to the Afrika Day website and look at the list.

Mon 23 May: 13:10: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI invites to free screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your free tickets at the IFI Box Office when you get there. (You might have to pay a 1 Euro membership for the day.) The film on Monday is “A Second Of June” (1984, 40min) The visit of President Ronald Reagan was greeted with much less enthusiasm than the visit of John F Kennedy in 1963. This delicately told tale follows two young people on their Ulyssean wanderings through Dublin on the day of his visit, capturing the clamour of the anti-Reagan protesters and providing a finely textured picture of Dublin street life in the early ‘80s.

Mon: 21:00 – Anseo, Camden Street, Dublin 2
The first three Mondays of every month the Solar Trio with guests, host a free improvised music gig upstairs in Anseo on Camden st. Creating their own unique takes on old jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams. Expect swing and hard, deep grooves meshed together with post progressive and contemporary meandering sections.

* 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. Admission is free. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lazy-Band/137845161717
* ‘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
+ Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* 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.


Tues 24 May: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The free public lecture is entitled “JB Yeats and JM Synge and the Turn of the Century” with Dr PJ Matthews, University College Dublin www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 24 May: 14:00 – Meet outside the Barge Pub, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2. Entitled “Dublin’s Little Jerusalem – Where Jew & Gentile lived in Harmony”, this free Walk&Talk event will show you the streets where once many Jewish families lived in co-operative peace alongside their non-Jewish neighbours. There is a surprising number of synagogues in the area and one of them, which is now the Irish Jewish Museum, will be visited. All of the historical ‘Let’s Walk & Talk’ walking tours are led by acclaimed historian, Pat Liddy. They last about 90 minutes and are free. www.dublincity.ie/Community/LetsWalkandTalk/Pages/WalkandTalk.aspx

Tues 24 May: 19:00 – Dublin Writers’ Museum, 18 Parnell Square, D1
Dedalus Press presents the launch of Macdara Wood’s “The Cotard Dimension” and Joseph Wood’s “Ocean Letters” with music by Michael Holohan.

Tues 24 May: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Peregrine Series continues this week with readings from writers Emer Martin, John Maher and Peter Sheridan. The readings will continue every week until 02 June. The Peregrine Readings is a touring prose reading series and every Tuesday a number of talented prose writers will read in the Irish Writers’ Centre. Each week there is a different line-up and after their reading in Parnell Square, they will take to the road. Admission is free, even if it doesn’t say so in the brochure and all details about the reading authors and about the other events, are here.

* 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


Wed 25 May: 13:00-14:00: National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Readings from the work of Jack B and WB Yeats will take place. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Wed 25 May: 13:10: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI invites to free screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your free tickets at the IFI Box Office when you get there. (You might have to pay a 1 Euro membership for the day.) The film on Wed is “The Columban Fathers present: President Kennedy in Ireland” (1963, 25min). This is the only professional colour film of President Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in the summer of 1963. Kennedy was the first U.S. President to visit an independent Ireland and his visit was greeted with a joyful display of national pride. This film records his speeches and captures the spirit of the visit in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Wed 25 May – 03 June: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Griffith College will once again celebrate their Creative Fortnight. The event wills tart on Wed 25 May with a Farmers’ Market at 16:00 on the College Campus. At 18:00 the “Exhibition of Interior Design, Fashion and Digital Media” will be opened and then at 20:00 the (non-free; EUR 15) “Creative show with Live Fashion Show and Audio-Visual presentation from photography, interior architecture and design, TV & Video and Digital Media” will begin. For more information check: www.gcd.ie/creativeshow2011
Creative Fortnight 2011 culminates in a graduate photography exhibition on Friday 03 June, with a special screening of graduate video work and the official launch of a new website: GCD Digital. The best work of media and photography students will also be on display.

Wed+Thur 25+26 May: 18:00-21:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2 – “Storytelling for adults with Mercedes Carrión” is a workshop on Wed+Thur. Mercedes Carrión has worked as an actress, director, screenwriter, mime, magician, tightrope walker, juggler and a storyteller. As a storyteller, she combines a handful of adventures, a pinch of prestidigitation, plus some musical notes and therefore reaches children AND adults. As “Milagritos” the magician, she creates a sort of illusion that through magic some miracles are possible. Admission is free, but booking is essential: adx1dub@cervantes.es or 01 6311533

Wed 25 May: 18:00-19:00 – Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. The Contemporary Music Centre’s forthcoming new music::new Ireland concert at 18:00 on Wed wraps up the Centre’s pre-Summer salon series. The series then resumes in Sep 2011. Entitled “Where a single footprint lasts a thousand years”, it is a music theatre piece based on the diaries of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the poetry of Bill Manhire. Composed and devised by Irish composer Michael Holohan and performed by Donal Kelly (actor/playwright), Simon O’Dwyer (musician), Breifne Holohan (musician) and Michael Holohan (musician).
Admission is free for the new music::new Ireland salon but booking is strongly recommended. For your booking ring 01-417000 or email info@nch.ie. For more information about this event go to cmcireland.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/may-salon/ www.nch.ie

Wed 25 May: 18:30 – LASC, 5 Merrion Row, Dublin 2
The Latin American Solidarity Centre (LASC) is holding a debate entitled “Guatemala Mining vs. Communities” on Wed 25 May with the participation of Juan Carlos Contreras, Guatemalan Community Activist who works with the NGO ‘La Ceiba’ in Guatemala. The talk will focus on the exploitation of natural resources in Guatemala, in particular mining, and its impact on the general population and the Mayan indigenous people. www.lasc.ie

Wed 25 May: 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
‘Alms on the Highway’ is a new collection of work from creative writing students at The Oscar Wilde Centre in Trinity College Dublin presented with a foreword by Irish writer Kevin Barry. The launch of this anthology from some of Ireland’s most promising new writers will take place in the Gutter Bookshop. Admission is free. gutterbookshop.com/

Wed 25 May: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
This month’s reading in the “The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions” series will take place on Wed when Seán Ferrick, Gabriel Fulcher, Andrew Fox and Mark Kilroy, the four short-listed writers, will read from their winning stories. For details of the ongoing Lonely Voice competition and past winner check www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/thelonelyvoice.html

Wed 25 May 19:00 – Royal Irish Academy of Music 36-38 Westland Row Dublin 2
Entitled “L’heure exquise”, this classical music concert with songs of French composer Reynaldo Hahn will be performed by Anna Brady, soprano – Laura Murphy, mezzo-soprano – Patrick Hyland, tenor and Benjamin Russell, baritone – Alexander Bernstein and Nadene Fiorentini, piano. Admission is free. www.riam.ie/inside.aspx?id=1854

Wed 25 May: 19:00-21:00 – Jam Art Factory, Patrick Street, Dublin 8
Jam Art Factory (a new gallery and design shop on Patrick Street, Dublin 8) is inviting to a Gallery Launch Night with live music, wine and art.
www.jamartfactory.com/ facebook.com/jamartfactory

Wed 25 May: 19:00-23:00: Bia Bar, 28/30 Lower Stephens Street, Dublin 2
Towel Day is celebrated every 25 May as a tribute by fans of the late author Douglas Adams. On this day, fans carry a towel with them to demonstrate their love for the books and the author, as referenced in Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after Adams’s death on 11 May 2001. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Day
In Dublin there will be an official Towel Day Party in the Bia Bar and you are invited. Make sure that you bring a Towel, otherwise you won’t get any of the finger food. :-) You will be able to watch the BBC’s adaption of Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy throughout the day & night on the Bia Big Screen and you will meet other fans of the Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Check their facebook page and confirm that you will come:

Wed 25 May: 19:00 – Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2. In 1985 Kapusta discovered a new geometrical shape, an eleven faced polyhedron, that he called the K-DRON. Remarkably simple yet complex structure K-dron possesses remarkable properties; symmetrical and asymmetrical, concave and convex, opposite and complementary. “K”, the eleventh letter of the alphabet; GK-EDRON from greek means surface. K-DRON is a spatial form with unique optical, acoustical and structural properties. Janusz Kapusta has won many prestigious awards. Drawing from his background in mathematics and philosophy Kapusta’s work is multi faceted and wide ranging, he has contributed to publications from the New York Times to Philosophy Today. He will be in the CFCP for a talk on Wed 25 May. Admission is free. His exhibition will open on Fri 27 May in the CFCP and I will tell you about that next week.

Wed 25 May: 20:30 – Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2.
The monthly Brownbread Mixtape is taking place again and this month’s theme is “culchies”. Culchies Kalle Ryan and Enda Roche will run the show and they have a lot of different performances organised: Music will be provided by “The Blue Choir” and Ross Breen. Sarah Maria Griffin and Fergus Costello will look after the “Spoken Word” and The Brownbread Players will contribute the Sketch/Comedy element. The Brownbread Mixtape nights are HUGELY popular and the organisers experimented with pre-issued free tickets, but for the moment they went back to the first come first in system, so no tickets are required, but you should come early if you want to get in!

Every Wed from 21:00-23:00, The Swing Factory (Paul Sweeney – trumpet, Neil McMahon sax, Bob Whelan vocals/keys Dave Fleming bass, Ian Hyland – drums) will be playing Jazz in O’Reilly’s Pub in Sandymount, D4. Admission is free.

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* “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 Wednesday. www.hamletsweeney.com/events/
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* 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.


Thurs: 26 May: 09:30-13:30: Davenport Hotel, near Merrion Square, Dublin 2
“Women, home and work: Towards a policy that’s fair to all families” is the title of a conference on 26 May. “Mothers in the home are given very short shrift by policy-makers. The extremely unfair treatment of one-income married families by tax individualisation is a very good example of that. Overall, policy-makers and politicians assume women either want to work full-time or should work full-time all of their working lives and that the best way to help them achieve their desired work-life balance is to provide affordable child-care, and enhanced maternity/paternity leave. This conference will challenge this assumption.” Interesting topic! And the conference is free! If you are interested in attending, contact info@ionainstitute.ie or ring 01 6619 204. www.ionainstitute.ie/index.php?id=1400

+ The Babies on Board event “Corsets and Crinolines – objects of beauty or torture devices?” will take place on Thurs 26 May from 11:30-12:15 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). The event is suitable for Adults with toddlers and babies. Handle beautiful replica corsets, see some original undergarments on display and learn more about women’s clothing from 19th Century. No booking required. Places are limited. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2312

Thurs 26 May: 12:00 – Meet at Smithfield LUAS Stop, Dublin 7.
Discover “Stoneybatter & Its neighbours – A History Stretching Back 2000 Years”. Let’s Walk & Talk Tour details a fascinating history of an area which encompasses historical features ranging from some dreaded 18th and 19th century institutions to the foundations of the earliest Viking settlements in Dublin itself. The tour is lead by historian Pat Liddy and all ‘Let’s Walk & Talk’ events are free and no advance booking necessary. The tour takes approx. 90 minutes. www.dublincity.ie/Community/LetsWalkandTalk/Pages/WalkandTalk.aspx

Thurs 26 May: 13:00 – The Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. A Lunchtime Recital with Ruth Kelly (Soprano) & Mary Scarlett (Accompanist) will take place. They will perform selections from Mozart, Strauss, Bach, Dvorak etc Admission is free, but booking is recommended on 01-873 4333 alternatively find all relevant booking information here

Thurs 26 May: 13:00-19:00, Fri 27 May: 10:00-19:00, Sat 28 May 10:00-16:00: National College of Ireland, IFSC, Mayor Street, Dublin 1. The Docklands Book Sale, where up to 30,000 books all just cost EUR 1 raises funds that go directly to providing critical services to older people in the Docklands area. This event is run by the Docklands Senior Provider Forum, a cooperation of five organisations, which works to improve services for older people in the Docklands. www.carelocal.ie www.carelocal.ie/events.php#2ndAnnualDocklandsBookSale2011
For this vent your help is needed twice: If you have books that you don’t want anymore, you can deliver them and help making the Book Sale possible and then you can come and buy your books back ;-) or choose completely different ones. :-P

Thurs 26 May: 18:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Storyfold will perform at 18:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Thurs 26 May: 18:00 – Dublin City Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
If you like writing and are in the upper Bealtaine age group, then this might be fir you. A talk about “Becoming a writer in your retirement” is promising to tell you all about someone who did it before you. Pat Coffey talks about the case of Michael Kirby, author of Skelligside, Skelligs Calling and Skelligs Sunset.
Michael Kirby was born in 1906 and is a native of Ballinskelligs, County Kerry. Michael came to his craft later in life by publishing his first book Cliathán na Sceilge in 1984 at the sprightly age of just 78. He is the author of eight books in the Irish language, and two in English: Skelligside and Skelligs Calling.
In this talk, his son-in-law, Pat Coffey will talk about this remarkable and talented man and his daughter Anne Coffey will read extracts from his writings.
Admission is free but booking is essential: 01-6744806 or dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/bealtaine_2011_literature.aspx

Wed+Thur 25+26 May: 18:00-21:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2 – “Storytelling for adults with Mercedes Carrión” is a workshop on Wed+Thur. Mercedes Carrión has worked as an actress, director, screenwriter, mime, magician, tightrope walker, juggler and a storyteller. As a storyteller, she combines a handful of adventures, a pinch of prestidigitation, plus some musical notes and therefore reaches children AND adults. As “Milagritos” the magician, she creates a sort of illusion that through magic some miracles are possible. Admission is free, but booking is essential: adx1dub@cervantes.es or 01 6311533

Thurs 19+26 May + 02 June: 18:30 – Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
A film screening and discussion for 3 films about soccer, migration and youth identities. In the last few years football has attracted the interest of a growing number of documentary filmmakers, who through the observation of sport practices often address a variety of social issues, including migrants’ life trajectories, human rights and youth identities.
The opening film of the Football on Screen series “Football Under Cover” celebrates women’s football in 2008, the year of the sixth Women’s World Football Cup, which this year takes place in Germany from 26 June. The following two films “The Champions” and “HalfTime”, are part of a unique long-term film project whose aim is to follow a small group of young players of different ethnic background and origin trying to make a career in professional football. All films are in German with English subtitles. Admission is free. The first event on 19 May will take place in the Goethe Institut, the venue for the other events is to be decided. More details about the films is here www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/ver/en7603311v.htm

Thurs: 18:00-20:30 – Twisted Pepper, Basement, Abbey Street, Dublin 1
The Yelp Ping Pong Social Club is a free weekly event at the Twisted Pepper in Abbey Street. Each week on a Thursday from 18:00-20:30 you can come along to prove your ping pong potential and be crowned ‘King Pong’ or just sit back, watch balls fly. www.yelp.ie/events/dublin-yelp-ping-pong-social-club

Thurs 21 Apr-26 May: 18:30-20:00 – Business Information Centre, Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry St., Dublin 1
A series of free lectures on hot to “Start and Grow Your Own Business” starts on 21 April. The remaining lectures are
* 26th May Business Planning Structure
Admission is free but booking is essential. To book and fro more information check www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/syob_2011.aspx and www.dceb.ie/starting-a-business/library-talks

Thurs 26 May: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Deirdre Ni Chinneide will join Anne F.O’Reilly and Wayne P Sheehy for an evening of poetry, music and song to launch their CD Breathsong. “This album with Anne’s poetry and Wayne’s original music celebrates the power of the spoken word to open the heart and call us home.” Contact anneforeilly@gmail.com to reserve a place

Thurs 19:00-01:00 – Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2
“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. Beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. Different theme and treatments every week.

Thurs: 20:30 – O’Reillys Rock Bar, underneath Tara Street DART Station, Dublin 2
If you are a Singer, Songwriter, play an Instrument or just want to jam then come to the Railway Sessions in O’Reilly’s every Thurs at 20:00 and showcase maybe a new song or a cover. All performing musicians will receive a complimentary drink. The event starts at 20:30. To contact the organisers: info@dublinsocialtv.ie An Indie-Rock Club starts immediately afterwards at 23:00. Admission free.

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. No cover charge. The theme for May is “Clint Eastwood Season” and the movies are 26 May: Dirty Harry. 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.
* Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s, Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk) with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00 and the line up is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* Open Music Night in Darky Kellys pub in Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8 organised by the music duo R.E.D.. Would you like to perform or just listen? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Mic-Night-Dublin/121048244620948
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday (and Bank Holiday Sunday) from 22:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Fri 27- Sat 28 May: Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD; Dublin 2
The conference “Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages” takes place in TCD. Following on from the success of 2010’s Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages: the final frontier Space and Settlement is back for a second year. This year, the two-day international conference will be held in the Trinity Long Room Hub Building on the 27+28 May 2011. The conference will host a range of speakers from universities, the commercial sector and government organisations. Four inter-disciplinary, thematic sessions will address key issues, including: Landscape and Environment; Domestic Architecture; and Church, Culture and Society. Dr Tómas Ó Carragáin of University College Cork will deliver the keynote address on Friday evening, followed by an informal reception. Registration for Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages is free, but places are limited, so it is essential to register in advance at spaceandsettlement.eventbrite.com/
Queries can be addressed to spaceandsettlement@gmail.com www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/events/forthcoming/index.php

Fri 27 May: 10:00-16:00 – Bank of Ireland, College Green
During the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Week an Artisan Market will take place on the Bank of Ireland car park at College Green. Irish craft/retail traders and food traders will be there with fresh produce in the Farmer’s Market section and other tasty things to eat there or to take away.

Fri 27 May: 12:30-15:30 – National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8. “A Taste of Africa” is a free Africa Day event. African music, African food, African drumming and much more will fill the Liberties. www.dublinevents.com/events/other/a-taste-of-africa.php

+ The Gallery Tour “The North Strand bombings – 27th May 1941” will take place in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) from 12:30-13:00. It is a Bealtaine event that is explicitly for adults. “To mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the North Strand, curator Lar Joye will recall this extraordinary event in Dublin’s history during the Second World War. Places are limited.” . www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2314

06, 13, 20, 27 May: 13:00-14:00 – Central Library, Open Learning Centre, Ilac Centre, Henry St., Dublin 1. At “Dublin Revealed” each Friday in May authors will read and speak about Dublin as revealed in their writings. The authors are Jennifer Johnson (06 May), Carlo Gébler (13 May), Kevin Barry (20 May), Paul Murray (27 May). Admission is free, but booking is required: openlearning@dublincity.ie or 01-8734333 . www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie

Fri 27 May: 13:00 + 16:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
The Elective Orchestra will perform at 13:00 and “Over Head The Albatross” will perform at 16:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Fri 27 May – 16:00- 23:00 – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham Hospital, Dublin 8. To celebrate its 20th anniversary in May 2011, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is staging a special season of performances. The main day for this will be the 27 May and the day will be filled with all sorts of celebrational events. The events are free, but booking is essential. Go to www.imma.ie/en/page_212379.htm to find more information and to book.

Fri 27 May: 19:30-21:00 – Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upr O’Connell St, Dublin 1. The Congolese musician Niwel Tsumbu performs with his band to celebrate Africa Day. The event is free, but booking is essential. www.irishaid.gov.ie/africaday


This section contains events that will 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:

Thurs 02 June: 08:30-17:30 – National College of Ireland, IFSC, Mayor St., Dublin 1
The “dot conf – the sequel” conference is taking place on 02 June. Running for the second year in a row, the dot conf is a conference for anyone who works, rests or plays with the internet. It’s a one day event and it’s free. I was at this conference last year and it was really good. I would love to attend again this year, but unfortunately won’t be able to. This year’s event promises to be even better, with interesting speakers and endless networking opportunities. More information is here thedotconf.wordpress.com/ and to register go to this page: www.ncirl.ie/Events/the_dot_conf_-_the_sequel

Thurs 01 June: 18:00-19:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
“Talking Heads: Who Wants To Live Forever?” – Natasha Vita-More, author of The Transhumanism statement, and one of the principal founders of the transhumanist movement, and Des O’Neill, Professor of Gerontology, will address the possibilities, problems and passions that flare up when we ask the question “Who wants to live forever?” This is the pilot of a brand new event format: International speakers are featured over video calls and the audience gets placed between two different perspectives in a Science Gallery-style take on the traditional debate. Admission is by donation and you can reserve your ticket here www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/06/talking-heads-who-wants-live-forever-0

______This is odd!!______________

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. ;-)

Great news, the Queen has left the country!! No, I didn’t have a problem with her visit due to political or historical reasons. She is the head of a country and therefore I don’t see a reason why she shouldn’t visit another country that invited her. I am very much aware of the historic element, but let’s face it, like most presidents with no political function, she does not and never did have much political influence. (Imagine, even the speeches that she makes (like the one on Wednesday in Dublin Castle) are not written by her/her staff, but are written by the British Government.) So if people have – understandable and justifiable – issues with British operations in Northern Ireland, then PREVIOUS governments, not the Queen deserve all the blame.
There were, however, three things that surprised and even astonished me. The first one is the fact that Dublin City repainted the white lines on the streets her car was driving around Christ Church. As if she would care! The second one is the fact that armed British forces were surrounding her while in Ireland. I find it very odd if a representative from another country on a visit is allowed to bring his or her private army. (By the way, for Obama’s visit HUNDREDS of armed secret service agents are expected. And the third astonishing fact is the media coverage this visit got. RTE was following every step she made.
With these three things in mind and with the mad police operation in Dublin, Kildare etc in mind, it really felt as if this was the visit of the head of state to one of the British colonies (i.e. Commonwealth Countries).
In the end the Queen is nothing more (or less) than the representative of ANOTHER country and while we understandably want our guests to enjoy their time here, an interesting question would be if a similar BIG fuzz us made if the Irish President, Mary McAleese, were to visit the UK. OR – even more interesting – if we or the media dealt with the German or the Polish president in the same over-the-top way as with the Queen??
Anyway, she is gone! Now we can have our streets back again. The guardai can disappear again (where are they hiding throughout the year?), all the snipers who were hiding on the roofs can do some useful work again and we have brand new crowd control barriers for the next two centuries.

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