Event Guide 226: Comic&Toy Mart, Record Fair, Saucy Sundays Birthday, Innovation Dublin, Alchemist Cafe

October 14th, 2011

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 226
| 14 October 2011 Subscribers: 9927

Hi all!

Please note: A few people (2-3) have sent me a mail during the week and asked me to remove them from the distribution list. Not a problem…normally! But today I didn’t get it done earlier and can’t do it now, so you will get the mail again this week and I will remove your name next week. Same applies to people that sent a mail to me to add their name to the list (8-12). The best and most reliable way always is to subscribe on www.dublineventguide.com


The plan was to send you this Dublin Event Guide a lot earlier again this week. I am away for the weekend and I started early this week to get it finished before I have to take the aircoach to the airport. But my departure was already at 07:00, which meant leaving home at 04:30. And surprise surprise, the Event Guide was not finished yet. This meant I had to work on it in the aircoach and during the flight and while writing this, I still have to find a way to send when I arrive on the other side. That wasn’t the plan! But true to the Feel Good Slot today, I just had to deal with the situation and find a solution.

I know that many of you would appreciate if the newsletter could arrive earlier with you than Friday late afternoon and you might wonder why I am able to do it when I go away for a weekend and not in normal times. Well the reason is simple. If I know that I am going away, then the whole week is filled with work on this newsletter and I stop doing my training and any other spare time fun activities. When I am not going away, I live my own life until Thursday evening and only then throw my everything into getting the Event Guide done. Bottom line: If I stopped my other spare time activities, I could send out the newsletter every week on Friday morning or even on Thursday. But then the Event Guide wouldn’t be a hobby anymore and I would need to get some serious pay for giving up all the other things I enjoy. I hope you understand that. I am working on ideas to bring the sending time back to around lunch time on a Friday, but at the moment I can’t promise better than that. (BTW: If you are VERY affluent and love the Dublin Event Guide so much that you want me to do it full time and are more than happy to pay me a good salary, just drop me a mail. ;-) I am open for offers! :-) )

You got a mail from me during the week informing you about the Bob Proctor event this weekend and it is always interesting to see the reaction when I (rarely!) send such a different mail. Two people (out of nearly 10,000!) thought that it was inappropriate to send a mail with such a good offer. The rest of you didn’t have a problem with it and many thought that such a good offer (a reduction of nearly 50% on the standard ticket price) was well worth sending an extra mail. I can promise that you won’t get extra mail too often, but I can promise as well that if I come across a brilliant deal, I will definitely let you know.

The last bit of warmth, an exceptional level of warmth for this time of the year, was with us this week, but the Outdoors events have come to an end with the end of the Dublin Oktoberfest. There will be some Halloween events next and then it will take until the Christmas Markets open before we can enjoy outdoors events again. But luckily the free events don’t stop. There might a smaller number, but I will continue searching more than 400 web pages every week to find as many high-quality free events as possible for you.

Like every week, I am asking you to spread the word about the Dublin Event Guide, your friends will thank you for it! :-) Print a few of these A4 pages out and hang them up at strategically good palaces? At work, or in your local community or gym or in the neighbourhood supermarket! www.perfectresults.info/event_guide_tear_off_poster.pdf And keep telling your friends, colleagues, families about the Dublin Event Guide and help them to subscribe: The website is at www.dublineventguide.com where your friends can subscribe to the weekly newsletter in the sign-up form on the right. On the Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide they only have to click on JOIN EMAIL LIST and while they are there, they should click on LIKE. These are the preferred methods, but if they are not convenient, then your friends can sign up as well by sending an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject SUBSCRIBE DEG.

We now more than 6700 people on the Dublin Event Guide – Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide and it would be really great if we could be as big on Facebook as we are on this distribution list. Click LIKE on the facebook page and tell your friends! You will get last minute updates and event reminders through the Facebook Page and you can share your free events directly there with the other people in the Dublin Event Guide Community.

The “Feel Good Slot” at this place in the Dublin Event Guide is something I added to share some inspirational, motivational or thought provoking quotes, stories or video clips. This week I only have a relatively simple quote. It is a quote that comes from cybernetics is used in NLP and is easiest understood in the context of eevolution. I can’t remember the exact wording, so I have to paraphrase: The individual with the greatest behavioural flexibility controls the system. It means that the more flexible you can react to challenges the more successful you are. Think about that when you encounter a challenge in work or a disagreement in your private life. Can you maybe be more flexible in your reaction? More flexible than the other person? And would that flexibility maybe help you to deal with the situation better?

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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 I will be away again and since there are no real headline events – I even found it hard to write the subject line for the mail – I think I will let you choose what to do for a change. :-)

If you are lost, then maybe have a look at these events: Comic&Toy Mart on Sunday in Wynn’s Hotel in Abbey Street, the Storytelling Playschool and the Record Fair in Whelan’s. On Sunday I would recommend the Saucy Sundays event in the Grand Social. It is the First Birthday of this weekly event and the band line-up is definitely worth going to it.

During the week I would go to the Soul Power Screening on Tuesday or to the Alchemist Café (also on Tuesday).


The Musical Youth Foundation children’s charity has teamed up with best-selling author, TV and radio comedian Tony Hawks to present a very special film screening of “Round Ireland With A Fridge” in Screen 1 of Movies@Dundrum on Monday 24 Oct at 19:00. The event will be hosted by Tony Hawks who will be answering audience questions following the screening. The film is based on the true life adventures of Tony Hawks and his absurd quest to hitch round the circumference of Ireland within a month… with a fridge. The book became a top 10 Sunday Times bestseller in 1998 and has now sold well over 800,000 copies worldwide.
Tickets for this exclusive, fun-filled event are available from just EUR10. from www.entertainment.ie/myf and all proceeds go directly to the Musical Youth Foundation children’s charity which is working to provide every child on the Island of Ireland with access to a musical education.
The Musical Youth Foundation was established in 2009 by Chris Maher under the umbrella of the Dublin City Soul Festival project and is currently running a number of very successful “guitars for kids” projects in Dublin.
Hopefully many of you will support the Musical Youth Foundation by going to the screening. The Dublin City Soul Festival is one of my favourite events and I am more than happy to support Chris Maher’s efforts, but Chris was generous and has made 3 pairs of tickets available for a competition in the Dublin Event Guide. If you want to win one of the pairs of tickets, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with FRIDGE in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with my by 13:00 on Wed 19 October.

A big celebration of Diwali (Festival of light) will take place on 22 October in the RDS. It is a BIG Indian festival and the organisers expect over 2,500 people to celebrate it with them. Some of the spectacular events lined up for the day are: Street Performances, Taal fusion (a percussion ensemble by i4drum), Stand-up comedy by Dean Scurry, a showcase of music and visual art work with Stray Bird, a kids corner and a spectacular sky-fest to enthral you at the end of the day. Details about the event can be found at diwali.unitasisac.ie/. Tickets are EUR 10 and bought on ticketsmaster.ie. The event will take place in the RDS Simmonscourt Hall in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. If you have in interest in Indian Culture or if you just want to see a massive cultural festival, this is the event for you!
The organisers have made one pair of tickets available for a competition here and if you want to win this pair of tickets, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with DIWALI in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Wed 19 Oct.

On Fri 28 + Sat 29 Oct the Beatles will be in Dublin! ..and if you have doubts that it will be the real thing, then you HAVE to go to this gig. :-) Obviously it is a Beatles Tribute Band that is performing the “Get Back Show” in the Tivoli Theatre in Francis Street, but you will be so impressed and it will sound totally like the real thing. I was at the most recent concert of the same guys in the Olympia Theatre and they are really great. The concert tells the story of the Beatles in songs and the two day run in October is a preview for a longer run that will start in late January. You have the opportunity to see it first! Tickets (EUR 29.50) are available on www.tivoli.ie/ttsite/Tivoli_Theatre/Beatles.html and more details can be found on www.getbackshow.com/
I know the organisers well and they support the Dublin Event Guide wherever possible and they were very generous and made 5 (!!!) pairs of tickets available for a competition. If you want to get your hands on a pair of tickets, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with BEATLES in the subject and in the body of the mail I need three things: Your name and mobile phone number has to be in it and the third thing that I need from you is the answer to this question: What is the subtitle of the show in the Tivoli? (You will easily find the answer on www.getbackshow.com/). Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Tuesday 25 October.

Summit Bandslam is a weekly band competition that will take place every Saturday until early December. This Battle Of The Bands Competition will take place at The Summit Inn, Howth, Co. Dublin. There will be 6 bands/artists per week for 8 weeks followed by semi finals and a grand final. The event started on 01 Oct and will run until Sat 10 Dec. The 8 heats will have 5 acts per night and the audience will vote for winner using voting cards. These 8 heats will be followed by 2 Semi-Finals where the winners are decided by judging panel and audience together and the same applies to the Grand Final when 5 acts will each have 20 minutes to impress. For more information see www.facebook.com/summitbandslam
The organisers have offered 2 pairs of tickets for this event for EACH week until the band slam is over! Thanks Paul and team! So watch this space and make sure you enter the competition every week. If you forget of if you don’t win, you can get tickets at the door for only EUR 5 (includes a drink).
I had tickets for this week’s bandslam for you, but unfortunately the e-mail address to send your entry to (because I am away) didn’t make it with me when I had to rush for the aircoach. You can still see Heat 3 this week with Veer left, Fox E and The Good Hands, Wahorez, Sal Vitro, HyperGiants and Brendan Flynn. All you have to do is arrive at the Summit Inn in Howth and pay the low admission charge of EUR 5, which even includes a drink! :-) If you want to win tickets for next Saturday’s Bandslam – Heat 4 with Kerouac, Photosonic Orchestra, Robert O’Connor, Policy, Middlefinger and Five Day Forecast then send a mail with the subject BAND SLAM HEAT 4 in the subject to dublineventguide@gmail.com. Make sure that the mail contains your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Wed 19 Oct.

______Dublin News______________

The trouble at Shebeen Chic is continuing. The staff has now decided to stage a sit- and sleep-in and are sleeping in the basement room of the pub. They want to stay there until the issue has been resolved, but there is still no more clarity about the actual issue. The landlord claims the agreed rent is EUR 160,000 per year, but the tenant says the agreement was for EUR 100,000. You would hope that someone wrote something down and maybe even signed a contract if it is an agreement over such a sizeable amount. And if they wrote it down, you would think that they could produce the paperwork in front of a judge!? A little strange that both sides have a completely different opinion about the rent. A further complication seems to be that the rent was not always paid on time. The tenant says business is difficult and you should understand that and the landlord more or less says that he doesn’t care.
I like Shebeen Chic, think that they are great for the free events scene in Dublin and hope that they will survive, but I can’t shake the feeling that the tenant has to accept a huge amount of blame in the current situation. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/1012/breaking47.html

The Maritime Festival in the docklands that was cancelled in 2011 will not take place in 2012 either. I found this out yesterday through a comment on the Dublin Docklands Facebook Page. Look for an answer to a question asked by a “Debbie Stannard” at www.facebook.com/dublindocks I am disappointed that it will not take place, but the Docklands Development Authority is probably still in such a bad financial state that they lost all interest in cultural events.

They are not really called umbrellas, but you can’t help it to think of umbrellas when you see the retractable roof at Meeting House Square. I did mention it a few times over the many months build period and now the Temple Bar Cultural Trust has released a video of the installation process. Nice video, but the most interesting part is to see how the umbrellas open at approx. 3min and 20 seconds into the video. Fascinating! vimeo.com/30484872

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During the week, the controversy about fold protection in Clontarf was picked up by some media. It is described here jrnl.ie/251767 that four major floods have affected the area and insurance companies are threatening to withdraw insurance cover for approx. 3000 homes and businesses in the area. So now Dublin City has decided to build a wall that is approx. 2.5 metres in height (as high as your ceiling in your home!) along the 3 km promenade. The residents are now complaining that it will destroy their sea view and I can see their point. Faced with serious flooding in the area and no insurance cover, I wonder what they would rather have: A destroyed house or a wall. But maybe the wall of 2.5 metre height is a little over the top.
One thing that none of the media picked up came to my mind: If we need a 2.5 metre high wall in Clontarf – an area that isn’t exposed to the direct force of the sea – , does that mean we will need a similar 2.5m wall in Sandymount to protect the houses there? And with the water rising due to the melting of the polar caps and weather (and therefore the sea) getting more and more unpredictable, does that mean that we soon need a 2.5 metre high wall around most of Ireland? Not a great persepective!

This Friday and Saturday the Internet Expo 2011 was meant to take place in the RDS. Organised by www.exhibitionsireland.com the exhibition was promoted on www.siliconrepublic.com/events/event/2090-internet-expo as “This is Ireland’s No 1 must-attend event for those committed to making their business or organisation an online success through use of the latest technologies and trends.” But those committed to making their business an online success will have to look elsewhere! The exhibition was cancelled before it got off the ground. Maybe next year!? For years there were yearly IT exhibitions in the RDS, but nobody dared to run another one even during the affluent years!


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 9000+ 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.


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.

Tues 11 – Sat 15 Oct: Film Base, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Photography Exhibition “Signs of Life” features 26 Irish celebrities having a go at the Irish Sign Language, Ireland’s third language. TV3 Ireland presenter Sinead Desmond, footballer Robbie Keane, novelist Roddy Doyle, cook Rachel Allen, UTV and Sky TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and musician Andrea Corr use Sign Language to communicate. “Signs of life” is organised by the Irish Deaf society and is the first ever Irish Sign Language (ISL) celebrity photography exhibition. These photos, snapped by a deaf photographer Johnny Corcoran, provide a glimpse of the beauty of ISL with each of the 26 celebrities signing one letter of the ISL alphabet. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage public awareness and appreciation of the Irish Sign Language. Admission is free, but hurry, it will only be open until Saturday. Opening Times: Tues-Sat 09:30-17:30 www.signsoflife.ie

Designyard will celebrate the innovative work and cutting edge design processes of Irish Jeweller, designer, goldsmith and diamond setter Michael O’Dwyer, with an exhibition running in conjunction with Innovation Dublin 2011. Michael showcases the genesis of his designs, from early concept through to production process and finished product. You have a unique opportunity to view some of Michael’s sketches and 3D computer models, along with his current Collection of stunning diamond and precious stone rings. The ‘Genesis’ exhibition will run from 17 Oct-17 Nov at Designyard, 48-49 Nassau Street, Dublin 2.
During Designweek 2011 Michael will give a public talk on Tues 01 Nov at Designyard. He will explain his concepts, design and production processes. Michael has a great knowledge of precious metals, coloured stones and diamonds and will focus his talk on ‘What to Look for when buying a Diamond Ring’. Admission is free, but pre-booking is essential: margot@designyard.ie or 01-474 1011. www.designyard.ie

Galway artist Jennifer Cunningham embarks on her first Dublin solo exhibition at the Mad Art Gallery entitled “Atlas of Memory”. The opening will take place on Thurs 13 Oct from 18:00-20:00. The Mad Art Gallery is at 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 and all details about the exhibition can be found here: www.madartstudio.com/index.php/atlas-of-memory-an-exhibition-by

15-20 Oct: Sol Gallery, 8 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
“Woman” is the title of a new exhibition by Adrienne M. Finnerty, which opens at Dublin’s Sol Gallery on Friday 14 Oct at 18:30. The work celebrates the cultural diversity and individuality of today’s woman. Travelling around many countries, through her camera lens, Adrienne has captured real ordinary women in their everyday lives, their natural radiance glowing – authentic beautiful women. The exhibition will be opened by Maeve Lewis, Spokesperson for ‘One in Four’ and the opening night will include a performance art piece by Paola Catizone, an Italian/Spanish visual artist who works in the field of body awareness and movement and a performance by singer/songwriter Sarah Edwards. www.adriennemfinnerty.com


Fri 14 Oct: 14:00 – Meeting Point outside Alliance Francaise
A Let’s Walk and Talk event in French! Within the framework of Dublin City Council’s community initiative “Let’s Walk & Talk”, “Ça marche!” is a new way for everyone to stay healthy, meet other people and practise French. The walk lasts an hour and a half and everybody is welcome. Admission is free.
www.letswalkandtalk.ie alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

Fri 14 Oct: 13:00 + 18:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Johnny Murphy will be in Tower Records at 13:00 and Mojo Gogo will be there at 18:00. www.towerrecords.ie

Fri 14 Oct: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
This October and November a series of free Lunchtime Readings will take place in the Irish Writers’ Centre in association with Poetry Ireland. Each Friday there will be either a prose or a poetry reading. The second reading is by poet Kate Newman.

Fri 14 Oct: 16:00- 17:00 – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. “Tim Stott presents A Game of War : Model and Symbol”
Not sure what this event is about, the IMMA text confuses more than it explains. I am not sure why Curators can’t talk and write so that customers understand. :-S Check it out (and book your place) :-) www.imma.ie/en/page_212438.htmfri

Fri 14 Oct: 17:30-19:00 – National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“The Worst is Yet to Come: Dystopian Themes in Young Adult Fiction” is the topic of a panel discussion with young adult writers Sarah Rees Brennan, Peadar O’Guilin and Isla J. Bick. They will discuss the popularity of dark themes amongst teen readers. The discussion is chaired by Inis magazine editor David Maybury. Admission is free and booking is not required. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Fri 14 Oct: 17:00-19:30 – Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
The Paulaner Oktoberfest Brew Party will take place with beers and bratwurst from 17:00-19:30. Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/10/06/oktoberfest-brew-party-141011/

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant (19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2) host live music three evenings a week (Thurs, Fri and Sat). The restaurant is a Wholefood & Vegetarian Restaurant and is open until 22:15.
+ Every second Thursday (06 Oct, 20 Oct, 03 Nov) N.C Lawlor, a songwriter, session player and troubadour plays a mix of country, bluegrass & blues from 19:30-21:30.
+ Every Friday (19:30-21:30) Junshi Murakami plays Irish Harp.
+ Every Saturday (19:30-21:30) Nollaig Mann plays a collection of popular and jazz classics that often have customers singing along and requesting their favourites.

Fri 14 Oct: 20:00-23:00 – The Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2. Water Cycle launch the debut album ‘The Company of Friends’ on Friday. Admission is free. Water Cycle is a solo project started by Dublin based musician Aaron Page in late 2009. The album is described as a mixture of electric folk teamed with synthesisers, citing influences such as Bon Iver, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake and Sufjan Stevens. Page aims to recreate the complex arrangements with the help of a 7–piece live band. soundcloud.com/watercycle

Fri 14 Oct: 20:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
The Army of Bandits, The Koubas & Guests will perform in Whelan’s. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/army.bandits www.thekoubas.com

Fri 14 Oct: 21:00 – The Mercantile Pub
The Musicmaker Social is a free showcase gig in The Mercantile on the 2nd Friday of every month. This Friday the line-up is: Fiach, Seven Days, Coby Grant, and Fox E. and the Good Hands.
Another, but not-free Musicmaker event will take place on Mon 17 Oct at 20:00: The Rex Hardy Jr. Drumming Clinic. (Admission: EUR 10). Rex Hardy Jr. is the drummer for Mary J. Blige and American Idol and is in town one night from America to give a drum clinic. Local drummer Jimmy Rainsford will play support for Rex Hardy Jr. www.myspace.com/musicmakerdublin

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 14 Oct Dead Ringer
Sat 15 Oct Full Circle
Sun 16 Oct Minus Seven (12 piece Big Band Jazz) 18:00-20:00
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html www.facebook.com/thestillorganorchard?sk=wall

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

* 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.
* Ruairi Maguires Bar & Organic Kitchen, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum has every weekend live music from Friday until Sunday at 21:30. Sometimes the line-up is listed here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000462805646&sk=wall often not.
* 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.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Friday from 23:00 in the Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com


The 6th Maths Week Ireland will take place from 15-22 Oct. It targets mainly students of all ages and families and the Dublin Events are listed here www.mathsweek.ie/2011/events/events-in-dublin

15-22 Oct: Fingal, Co. Dublin
“Writing 3.0”, the Fingal Writers’ Festival will take place in the second half of October, virtually all events are free and are specifically for aspiring or current writers. Many of the free courses/events require booking and it seems that the interest is big, so you better check their programme now and see if you want to take part in the event before all tickets are gone. Check out www.fingalcoco.ie/writing3.0/index-35099.html

Sat 15 Oct: 09:30 – YMCA, Aungier St, Dublin 2
The Swing Troupe in Dublin are early risers on a Saturday! Already at 09:30 they will have their next practice. There is no charge for the practice, but the YMCA charges EUR 2 to get into the studio. Everybody is welcome and Jazz moves are being practices this week. swingtroupe.blogspot.com/

Sat 15 Oct: 10:00-18:00 – Wynn’s Hotel, Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1
The Dublin Comic & Toy Mart is returning to Wynn’s Hotel on Saturday the 15th of October 2011. Admission is free and all are welcome. Ireland’s top dealers of comics, toys, dvds and t-shirts will be there. We’ll also have a massive selection of Halloween costumes and accessories for sale. A first Halloween costume contest will take place at 15:00. www.dublinevents.com/events/other/dublin-comic–toy-mart.php

Sat 15 Oct: 11:00 – Hughes & Hughes Dundrum.
Rachel Allen will visit the book store and sign her new book “Easy Meals”. www.hughesandhughes.ie/

Joe Duffy will be signing his autobiography “Just Joe” in Eason O’Connell Street on Saturday 15 Oct at 12:00. www.easons.com/events_display.asp?K=e2011101111595394

Cecelia Ahern will be in Eason Dundrum on Sat 15 Oct at 12:00 to sign her book “Time of my Life”. www.easons.com/events_display.asp?K=e2011101112093869

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 11:00-17:00. 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 thegrandsocial.ie/event/hapenny-flea www.facebook.com/pages/Hapenny-Flea-Market-at-The-Grand-Social/155979801107323

+ The Family Tour “Animal Lottery” will take place on 15 Oct from 15:00-16:00 in
Merrion Street (Natural History). “You decide the route of the tour by having an animal lottery – be prepared for a lot of walking! No booking required but places limited. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2495

Sat 15 Oct: Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street (Temple Bar)
From 12:00-14:00 on Saturday a Story Telling Playschool and from 15:00-17:00 a Story Telling Workshop will take place. Participation in the workshop entitles you to free admission to the Dublin Contemporary exhibition. Innovative live-performance storyteller Coilín “The Oh-Aissieux” is facilitating a storytelling workshop at Open Learning Ireland’s unskool at the Dublin Contemporary exhibition. Coilín is the founder of the Narrative Arts Club, which produces innovative storytelling shows. More details here: narrativeartsclub.com/

Sat 15 Oct: 13:00-17:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
A Record Fair where you can buy, sell and trade Vinyl, CDs and Tapes will take place on Saturday. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/5916

Sat 15 Oct: 13:00 – Unit A8, Airside Enterprise Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin
Astronomy Ireland invites to a number of one hour events over the coming weeks, introducing you to Astrophotography, Imaging, the Universe, Halloween and Astronomy and more.
+ 15 Oct: “Astrophotography and Imaging” Lecture by Carl O’Beirnes.
+ 22 Oct: “Presentation of the Universe” by Lee Hurley.
+ 29 Oct: “The Astronomy of Halloween” Presentation by Oisín Creaner.
Admission is free. www.astronomyireland.ie

Sat 15 Oct: 13:00 – Parnell Square
A demonstration against austerity cuts and against the IMF will take place in Dublin. www.indymedia.ie/article/100707A march to Wolftone Square is planned from Parnell Square. www.indymedia.ie/article/100676

Sat 15 Oct: 14:30-17:00 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
On Saturday the Brazilian Mothers in Ireland, LANCI ( Latin American Community in Ireland) and Mostra de Cinema Infantil de Florianopolis productions, are showing a Brazilian animated film to celebrate the children’s day in South America. Admission is free. www.lanci.ie

Sat 15 Oct: 14:30 – Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
“Rancher & Banking Interests in the Irish Economy” by Dr. Conor McCabe will be the Raymond Crotty Memorial Lecture for 2011.
More information can be found here peoples-movement-eire.blogspot.com/ and here www.indymedia.ie/article/100610 Admission is free.

Sat 15 Oct: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled ” Star Gazing” with Clodage Emoe. Admission free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 15 Oct: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
The great Ukulele group “Ukeristic Congress” will perform in Whelan’s. I had the pleasure recently to hear the Ukerisitic Congress at the Ukulele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire and if you like Ukulele music, then this band is for you. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/5570

“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 22:00 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
* Salsa/Latin Party in the Merchant Arch Bar, opposite the Ha’Penny Bridge from 23:00-02:30. Admission free.

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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 16 Oct: Birds and their habitats, 23 Oct: Halloween Art and 30 Oct: Halloween Masks. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html To confirm that it takes place ring 01-6770095.

Sun 16 Oct: 11:00 – Booterstown Marsh, Meet in the car park at Booterstown DART Station. – The Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown Biodiversity Event “Booterstown Winter Bird Walk” will take place on Sunday. You will learn about the wintering waders and
wildlfowl that rely on the marsh and sandflats in the area. No Booking required. www.dlrevents.ie/pdf/DLRExploring%20Nature%20leaflet-Sept-Dec.pdf

Sun 15 Oct: 11:00-17:00 – Dublin Food Coop, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
The Brocante Furniture Market will take place on Sunday. It is a collection of antiques, furniture, collectables and curiosities from the past and present, second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house and garden. This is the only market of its kind in Dublin, giving the opportunity for everyday people as well as collectors and new enterprises an affordable outlet in an up and coming business. If you are an interior designer or just have and eye for style and are looking for a special piece or maybe a bargain then this is the market for you. The market is held every 3rd Sunday of the month. www.thebrocantemarket.com/

Sun 16 Oct: 12:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Sundays at Noon Concert Series takes place in the beautiful Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Now in its 35th year, this series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June. The next concert is “Contemporary Music from Ireland and Slovenia” with Jože Kotar, clarinet and Luca Ferrini, piano. www.hughlane.ie/sunday-concerts

Sun 16 Oct: 12:30-14:30 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange St. Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Knowledge is an open collective group that aims to bring education and learning to everyone. “Our public spaces, parks, streets corners – in fact anywhere we can gather – should be places where we share everything we know with each other. In theory, anyone can use Wikipedia or the Public Libraries to design and follow their own.” This Sunday’s talk is from Dr. Brendan O’Byrne of the Free International University on “World-views, Ideology and Artifice”. www.facebook.com/KnowledgeExchange

Sun 16 Oct: 13:30 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The screening of the film “Sean Scully Why this, Not that?” (2009) will take place. Sean Scully is one of the most widely acclaimed and exhibited painters in the world. After a brief initial period of hard-edge painting Scully abandoned the masking tape while retaining his characteristic motif of the stripe. For over a quarter of a century since he has developed and refined his own instantly recognisable style of heroic geometric abstraction. (Dir. Michael Doyle, CutStone Productions, 2009, 53 mins). Admission is free, but places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/464-screening-whythisnotthat

This Dun Laoghaire Bio Diversity Even is taking place on Sun 16 Oct from 14:00-16:00. The Conker Championships 2011 will take place in Ballawley Park (meet at the playground adjacent to Wesley Heights). Armed with your favourite conker, come along to this event and battle yours against others. Winning Conker is crowned ‘Conker Champion’ of 2011. Booking si required for this event: Ring Andrew on 087 32 999 36 or contact info@owls.ie www.dlrevents.ie/pdf/DLRExploring%20Nature%20leaflet-Sept-Dec.pdf

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.

+ The My Museum event “Living History – Galloglasses and Buannachts” will take place on Sun 16 Oct from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). “See history come alive with re-enactors David Swift and Marcus Seóighe . Watch a sword-fighting demonstration and take a close look at arms, armour and clothing of soldiers in late 16th-century Ireland. Places allocated on a first-come basis from one hour before event starts. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2498

Sun 16 Oct: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Architecture Facing into the Future” with Róisín Heneghan, Heneghan Peng Architects will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 16 Oct: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Art into Shapes. Take inspiration from Sean Scully’s abstract works to create your own geometric artwork.” No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 16 Oct: 16:00-23:00 – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). Saucy Sundays is a weekly live music afternoon and evening in the Grand Social. This week there will be a big 1st Birthday celebration at Saucy Sundays and the line-up is suitably impressive: The Young Folk, The Stoney Brokes, The Hot Sprockets, Mob Fandango, Enda Reilly & Stephen James Smith, Johnny Byrne, Rhiannon and the Face Collectors, Fox E & The Good Hands, Gypsy Rebel Rabble. For all details including links to the bands, go to www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

Sun 16 Oct: 21:15 – The Globe, South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
The Rockabilly Band “Donna & The Sazzy Katz” are playing this Sunday at The Globe. www.facebook.com/#!/thesazzykatz

* 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.
* 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/
* 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 on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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
* The Gardiner Street Gospel Mass invites to a 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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Innovation Dublin runs from 17 Oct – 18 Nov. This year the events have been extended to run over a month to meet the scale of Dublin’s passion to innovate and promises to be better than ever. Activities will be concentrated in key venues spanning the entire Dublin city and county. The principal aim of the festival is to provide Dubliners with an opportunity to discuss, promote and celebrate innovation in the city. There will be seminars, workshops, discussions, tours, exhibitions, performances and competitions and more detail can be found on www.innovationdublin.ie

Organised by Parentline, the week from Mon 17- Sun 23 Oct is Parent’s Week.
The purpose of Parents Week 2011 is to:
-Recognise the challenging and rewarding work parents do
-Celebrate the valuable work organisations do to support families
-Make parents aware of the support services available to them in their area
-Listen to parents to try to identify their needs and how they can be supported
-Acknowledge that ‘children don’t come with a handbook and it is ok and often necessary to ask for help
Further details and events can be found on parentline.ie/events/default.asp

Mon 17 Oct: 10:30 – Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
Children’s Books Ireland will welcome Roddy Doyle in Liberty Hall to celebrate his new children’s title “A Greyhound of a Girl”. Admission is free and all are welcome. www.dubraybooks.ie/news.asp?

Mon 17 Oct: 11:00-16:00 – European Parliament Offices, 43, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. – The Blue Drum Outreach Centre invites to “Another Conversation” and this is how the organisers describe the event:
“Another Conversation” involves exchanges of ideas and tactics to retrieve the public value of culture and community arts during Ireland’s state of exception. A state of exception is a time of not knowing how to resolve the problems facing Ireland’s families and communities. How can we make a contribution that is cultural and not simply economic so as to retrieve an era of being public? Being public involves reclaiming community action, art, responsibility and commitment.
Another Conversation is a day to release ourselves from the bunker we created during the Celtic Tiger and to re-imagine the possibilities. It will involve a silent walk from the EU Parliament (Molesworth Street) to the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht (Kildare St) and to the Arts Council (Merrion Square) in which a Community Arts Petition will be handed over. You can listen to the context for Another Conversation in a Podcast which is available online. soundcloud.com/blue-drum/a-new-pact-conversation www.bluedrum.ie/newsletter-issue58.html

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI continues with its free Archive at Lunchtime screenings. Two programmes will be shown in an alternating way during the week and a new addition is a double bill on Saturdays. Admission is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk.
A double bill be shown on Saturdays 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 Oct at 13:00: ifi.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7549&Date=01/10/2011&PageID=15
The first programme will be shown on Mon 03 Oct, Wed 12 Oct, Mon 17 Oct, Wed 26 Oct, Mon 31 Oct at 13:10:
The second programme is on Wed 05 Oct, Mon 10 Oct, Wed 19 Oct and Mon 24 Oct at 13:10: ifi.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7551&Date=05/10/2011&PageID=15

Mon 17 Oct: 18:30 – Harry Clarke Theatre, NCAD Gallery, Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
This is the third lecture to be presented in a series of four events showcasing the research undertaken by the recipients of the Arts Council/OPW funded Kevin Kieran Award. This bursary is intended to support the artistic formation and career development of the architect and to direct funding towards architectural excellence and innovation.
Orla Murphy, the 2009-2011 Kevin Kieran Award recipient, will be discussing her research on the Irish rural town, its morphology, character, rituals and the challenges that it faces. www.architecturalassociation.ie/event/kevin-kieran-award-recipients-lecture-3-4-orla-murphy/

Mon: 20:00 – Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Song Cycle is a weekly singer songwriter showcase every Monday, upstairs in Whelan’s. This week’s line up is Mara Conner. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/5971

Mon 17 Oct: 20:00 – The Village, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
This is the opening night of a new venue for swing dancing. The Village will be host to a Swing Beginners Class at 20:00 and I am told that admission is free. Details are at www.dublindy.com/

* 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
* Solar Trio Gig in Anseo (Camden Street, D2) on the first three Mondays of every Monday. Jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams.
* 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 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 on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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 18 Oct: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “ROSC in Retrospective” with Dr Marie Bourke, National Gallery of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 18 Oct: 17:00 – Douglas Hyde Gallery, TCD
The Douglas Hyde Gallery presents a series of ten weekly discussion groups focusing on key elements in the Gallery’s recent exhibition programme, taking into account films, music, and texts relating to the proposed themes. The groups will be introduced by John Hutchinson and discussions led by Kathy Tynan.
The discussion groups will take place each Tuesday from 13 September 2011. Interested participants should ideally be available for all ten sessions. Numbers are very limited so please confirm your attendance with the Gallery in advance.

Tues 18 Oct: 18:00-19:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
Adam Greenfield will talk about “Design, Data and Public Space”. How is information technology shaping public space in today’s cities? What opportunities do new technologies offer to empower and activate citizens? And how can we hack these technological systems to do more for us?
Adam Greenfield (founder of Urbanscale, New York and author of Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing) will be talking about his work on these questions and discussing them with a panel including Science Gallery, City Architect Ali Grehan and GradCAM researcher Conor McGarrigle.
This event is part of Innovation Dublin 2011. Admission is free, but booking is essential on www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/10/adam-greenfield-design-data-and-public-space

Oct 18 Oct: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Café Literario, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place
Dublin 2. “El cuento que vendrá (The story that will occur)” is the title of this discussion with Cristina Fernández Cubas, David Roas and Jean-Philippe Imbert. The event description is “We are used to hearing from literary critics and readers alike that Spain lacks great fantasy writers. They mention that throughout the history of our literature there are no such figures as Edgar Allan Poe, ETA Hoffman, HP Lovecraft, Borges or Cortázar. However, from the 80s on, partly due to the proliferation of translations of several geniuses of the genre, a high number of writers started to appear in our country. They started to work on fantasy literature from different perspectives and they achieved very high literary standard. Over and beyond its historic and literary qualities, this genre has a universal sense which is gaining importance and attracts more readers each day. Through their stories they explore current subjects such as identity or memory using fantasy elements such as the double, interactions between fiction and reality or spatial transformations. Elements such as these provide different ways to go into the inexplicably features of our reality.” More information about the contributors can be found on the website. The event is in Spanish with simultaneous translation available

Tues 18 Oct: 18:30-20:30 – Unitarian Church on St. Stephens Green
This event is to raise awareness of the continuing abuse of human rights in Burma and in particular the imprisonment of Poets and Musicians. The concert is entitled “Words and Music” and is being organised in a collaboration between Burma Action Ireland and Poetry Ireland. It will honour the imprisoned poet U Maung Zetha and his fellow prisoner, the renowned musician and composer, Win Maw. Among those playing and reading are Dermot Bolger, Mary Coughlan, Eoin MacNamee and Keith Donald. Admission is free and is on a first come, first in basis.
www.indymedia.ie/article/100674 www.burmaactionireland.org

Tues 18 Oct: 19:15 – The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Premiere: Who Speaks for Palestinian Refugees? (THE RETURN OF TALK + Q&A with director Adam Shapiro)
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign is screening the Irish premiere of Adam Shapiro’s “The Return of Talk”. This important film explores the relationship of leadership and representation among Palestinians, notably Palestinian refugees. Giving air to both historical context and debate over future strategy, the film is a comprehensive look at the meaning of political leadership for a people who face exile, occupation and ongoing dispossession. With the recent debate over the Palestinian UN Statehood bid, this film is a timely combination of grassroots, activist and elite perspectives on the history and strategy of the Palestinian national movement.
More detail can be found here www.ispc.ie and here www.indymedia.ie/article/100682

Tues 18 Oct: 19:30 – Bernard Shaw, South Richmond Street, Dublin 8
On Tues the Bernard Shaw Pub will be the host for a film screening of the music documentary “Soul Power” feat James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, The Spinners and Mohammed Ali as they embark on a 3 day music festival in Zaire in 1974. It’s an incredible insight into the African culture as well as powerful performances from these Soul Legends.
There will also be delicious home made food on offer. Expect to see a spread of Soup, breads & dips, salads, buns, cakes & more. Everything is donation based so just make fair a contribution to the cause and eat as much as you like. The Screening is free (donations are welcome) and for the food a donation of EUR 5 or more is suggested.
This is all in aid of the Irish Cancer Society so come along, bring some friends and enjoy the night. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=259624044080996

Tues 18 Oct: 19:30 (sharp): The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Fernando Blasco and MathsJam will be guests of the Alchemist Café, an event that intends to introduce complex topics in a simple form to non-scientists.
“Most people envisage mathematics only as a necessary tool for science and technology. A tool rather abstruse, composed largely of equations and complex definitions. While it is true that maths provides the language for science, and that its development has been motivated by problems in areas such as physics, chemistry or biology, it is also true that many practitioners have focused since ancient times on its recreational side. Surprisingly, this side of maths tends to be forgotten by both the general audience and not so few mathematicians.”
Dr. Fernando Blasco is a mathematician at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and one of Spain’s best known maths promoters. He uses magic to introduce the public to topics such as prime numbers, knot theory, sudoku, topology, number systems, mind games, Rubik’s cube, calendars or quick calculations.
Alongside the talk you will be able to take part in MathsJam, a free monthly event for maths enthusiasts to get together in a pub to discuss and do problems, games, puzzles or anything they find interesting, all within a relaxed environment. It’s a great opportunity to have fun with maths and make new friends. Founded in London, MathsJam has taken off and has spread to eleven cities. The events all happen simultaneously, allowing to link up online and share ideas.
MathsJam meet on the second last Tuesday of every month from 19:00. Send a mail to dublin@mathsjam.com to join the mailing list.
Complimentary finger food will be provided. www.alchemistcafedublin.com/

Tues 18 Oct: 20:00 – The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Mutefish, a brilliant Irish band which often has the biggest crowds when they perform in Temple Bar, has a regular gig in the Mercantile. Admission is free. www.dublinsessions.ie/mercantile.html

Tues 18 Oct: 21:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
Ciaran Wilde & Friends will be playing a mixture of 50?s, Blue note, Funk, Jazz and Northern Soul. The band of consists of some of Irelands top Jazz Musicians. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/5658

* 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


19 Oct – 14 Dec: Wed 15:00-17:00 – Room C124, Henry Grattan Building, Dublin City University, Dublin. – The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) of Dublin City University presents the film series “Discovering Relation(ship)s” in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. This year’s SALIS Film Series features nine films (Chinese, French and German) which revolve around the topic of relationships – those towards one’s family, towards romantic partners and especially oneself. All films are in original language with subtitles and Admsission is free. The German programme will take place on 19 Oct, 02 Nov, 23 Nov and 14 Nov.
All details about the films can be found here. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/ver/en8214785v.htm

Wed 19 Oct: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery. – The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to the film screening of “Monobloc” (2004) by director Luis Ortega (in Spanish with English subtitles). dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha75504_16_2.htm

Wed 19 Oct: 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
The launch of the book “The Chosen” by Arlene Hunt is taking place in the Gutter Bookshop. Free and everyone welcome.” gutterbookshop.com/

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/
* 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.


Thu 20 Oct: 13:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
“One of the Boys” will be in Tower Records at 13:00. www.towerrecords.ie/viewnews.asp?id=219

Thurs 20 Oct: 18:00 – Eason O Connell Street, Dublin 1
Becca Fitzpatrick will be hosting an evening in Eason O Connell Street. She will be reading extracts from her new novel “Silence” and will be taking questions from the audience. Becca will also be signing copies of her book during the evening.
This is a free ticketed event, to secure your place call in to our Eason O Connell Street Store or call 01-8583815.

Thurs 20 Oct: 18:00 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The Maths Week Lecture “Geometric Patterns in the Alhambra and in the artist Escher” with Professor Montesinos, University of Madrid will take place on 20 Oct. Admission is free, but places are limited and you have to book. Contact Lisa Fitzsimons on 01-4070779 or lecture@cbl.ie to request tickets.

Thurs 20 Oct: 18:30 – 20:00 – LASC, 5 Merrion Row, Dublin 2
The Latin American Solidarity Centre is inviting to the talk “Racism and the Race for Natural Resources: Guatemala Update 2011” by returned activist Tanya O’Sullivan. All details about this event can be found on lasc.ie/content/racism-and-race-natural-resources-guatemala-update-2011 Admission is free.

Thurs 15 Sept – 20 Oct: 18:30-20:00 – Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. This Start Your Own Business course costs elsewhere approx. EUR 175, but in the Central Library you can get it for free. Another example of exemplary services provided by the Libraries in Dublin!
The course consists of a series of six free lectures to assist new and existing small business owners and managers. The lectures will be provided by Dublin City Enterprise Board trainers and will include novel ways to overcome some of the challenges of starting a business despite the current economic challenges. For the first time a lecture element on Ethnic Entrepreneurship will be included to cater for the City’s diverse population.
The lectures are
* 20 Oct Business Planning Structure
Importantly, you HAVE TO book a place and because it is a VERY popular series of lectures, you better hurry! Send an e-mail to businesslibrary@dublincity.ie www.dceb.ie/starting-a-business/library-talks

Thurs 20 Oct: 19:00 – Lecture Theater R, Newman Building, UCD, Donnybrook
Dr. Robert Osburn (UCD School of Mathematical Sciences) will talk about “Ramanujan: his life, the last letter and beyond.” The Indian genius Srinivasa Ramanujan left the mathematical world with many fascinating and unproven assertions that would challenge the finest researchers through the 20th century. Indeed, work on Ramanujan’s mathematics continues today as many of his deepest and most tantalizing writings were only unearthed in 1976 and have yet to be fully explained. In this lecture you hear about his intriguing life, his famous last letter in 1920 to Cambridge mathematician G. H. Hardy and how his visionary work influences the modern scientific community. Admission is free and everybody is invited, especially 5th and 6th year students. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?lang=en&dt=d.en.105702&f=week&d=20/10/2011&sd=Thursday,20Oct2011

Thurs 20 Oct: 20:00 – Gonzaga College, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
The Irish Astronomical Society is holding their next monthly meeting in Gonzaga College (Directions: www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/?page_id=179) on Thurs and Dr Ian Elliot will give a talk on the Earth-Sun climate connection. www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/

Thurs: 20:30 – O’Reilly’s 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. There is no cover charge. The theme for October will be “Horrors” and the films are: 20 Oct The Shining, 27 Oct The Thing on the 27th.. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

Thurs 20 Oct: 21:00 – Hard Rock Café, 12 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
“Pinktober” is a series of events in October in the Hard Rock Café that has the purpose to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. Live music events will take place every Thursday and the next event will feature Sal Vitro and Crash. The website says that admission is free, so I guess money will be raised through collections etc. www.hardrock.com/locations/cafes3/events.aspx?LocationID=392&MIBenumID=3

Thurs 13 Oct: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
In February the pub Sin È was closed down due to high rents, but just about 4 weeks later it opened up again and is doing well since. The new owners (?) are running regular live music events and one regular event is with the Brazilian Soul + Funk Band “Banda Baque Soul” on Thursdays. www.facebook.com/sin.e.dublin?sk=wall

* Lunchtime Market at Christ Church Cathedral from 12:00-15:00. www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php
* 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
* Songs from a Café is a Dublin singer-songwriter showcase session, dedicated to the art of contemporary songwriting. 20:00-22:00 at Brick Alley Cafe. www.facebook.com/songsfromacafe
* The Max Zaska group (06+20 Oct, 03 Nov) and the Patrick Groenland (13 + 27 Oct, 10 Nov) group will perform on alternating Thursdays from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street.
* “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
* 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 21 Oct: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Sean O’ Reilly will be in the Irish Writers’ Centre for a lunchtime reading on Friday.


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:

Tues 25 Oct: 18:30-19:30 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
The next Refresh Dublin will feature Stephen Howell who will talk about “Creative Coding with the Microsoft Kinect”. Focusing on the capabilities of the official Microsoft Kinect Software Development Kit (SDK), this talk will present how Kinect data can be utilised in beginner’s programming languages like Scratch, artistic visualisation languages such as Processing and in C# for augmented reality applications. This talk also will feature ‘5 minute’ Kinect game creation with the Scratch language and how to interface and use the Kinect skeleton data in any program. This talk should be of interest to programming educators, non-programmers who wish to experiment with the Kinect capabilities, digital artists who wish to avail of cheap & easy motion capture and developers hoping to explore natural user interfaces with the Kinect. This talk will show how anybody, especially kids and non-programmers, can develop for the Kinect. Refresh Dublin is a free event that promotes design, technology, usability and standards. Admission is free, but booking is essential: www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/10/refresh-dublin-stephen-howell-creative-coding-microsoft-kinect

Tues 25 Oct: 07:00-08:45 – National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1. The next “Corn Flakes and Commerce” at the NCI will cover the topic of “Gamification” with Nicholas Lovell. What is gamification, what results can it deliver, and how is it altering the way businesses are interacting with customers? Nicholas will focus on how marketing professionals in particular can integrate game mechanics and apply the principles of gaming to their work, to engage customers, enhance the customer experience and deliver solid returns. Find more details about speaker and topic on the website and makes sure you register there as well. Admission is free, but booking is essential. www.ncirl.ie/Events/Corn_Flakes_and_Commerce_with_Nicholas_Lovell

Wed 26 Oct: 18:30-20:00: National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1
“Facebook for Business” is the next in NCI’s 60th Anniversary Lecture Series 2011. Ciaran Quilty from Facebook’s EMEA headquarters discusses how businesses can harness the power of social networking websites to deliver growth. Admission to this lecture is free, but booking is essential. www.ncirl.ie/News_&_Events/Events

______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. ;-)

All the recent “This is Odd” stories seem to come from the candidates for the role of the Irish President. It is odd in itself that these few people create so much nonsense that they deserve to be mentioned here every week. This week’s oddity of the week is not the fact that Gay Mitchell thinks he can still win the presidential election. That is not odd, it is just completely deluded (jrnl.ie/251784). No, the oddity of the week is the fact that he (and earlier David Norris) suggested, that Ireland should re-join the Commonwealth, which was once called the “British Commonwealth” (jrnl.ie/251430). Everywhere people complain about losing sovereignty to the EU, a feeling that I don’t understand because if you have a mortgage or loan you didn’t sell your soul to the bank, so why did Ireland lose sovereignty by taking a massive loan. But joining the Commonwealth seems such a step backwards that it just is extremely odd.
The whole idea has been connected to achieving a united Ireland and that opens a whole other can of worms. Does it make sense to pursue a united Ireland? Economically? Politically? Or are maybe the differences between the two societies politically, economically and in all aspects of life and way of thinking so different that a different solution would make more sense?


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Have a great weekend and enjoy the untypically warm weather for the next few days. Unfortunately, it will get cooler next week. I will be back in Dublin on Monday evening after having visited parents, newborn niece and godson AND after having enjoyed some new wine at the New Wine Festival where I am from.

Take care,



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