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Event Guide 124: Halloween, Chocolate Festival, Crafty Market, Design Week, Spanish Literature Festival

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 124
| 30 October 2009 Subscribers: 5254

Hi all!

I had mentioned that writing the Event Guide this week will be a challenge. I was more or less away until Tuesday and then had to work on a proposal in my day job and was busy in the evenings, so I am now starting with this week’s Event Guide and it is 22:35 on Thursday evening. If you go to the bottom of this mail, you will find out when I will get finished. :-)

The last week was sooo busy for me. I mentioned last week, that I would spend my time at a training course from Friday until Tuesday. Together with 37 other lovely people, we trained, practised, studied and learned from 09:00-21:00 for 5 days with additional work most days for the evening after the course. Tough? Yes! But hugely interesting, exciting and educational. And it was all worth it! Since Tuesday evening I am now qualified as a Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Master Results Coach, have a certificate in Master Hypnosis and in Advanced Neurological Repatterning and am certified as Performance Consultant. :-) Did I mention that the last few weeks were quite busy in my life? ;-) I entirely enjoyed the course and am looking forward to applying my skills to help people that are currently stuck in some aspects of their life and want to move to bigger and better things. Marc Aurelius said “If a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach!” and that is the approach you should take in life. Sometimes we need to clear the path from stones and fallen trees and other obstacles and that’s where coaches can provide the push that is needed. If you want to find out more send a mail to me at dublineventguide@gmail.com. A number of you asked some questions last week already and I will get back to you over the weekend. I just didn’t get a chance yet! ;-)


Because of all this time spent away from the day to day tasks, I wasn’t able to gather and collect snippets for the Dublin News and the “This is Odd!”, so all a bit shorter this week. Next week I hope to be back on track.

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This week the “Feel Good slot” is a repeat of the Marc Aurelius quote: “If a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach!” Think about it! What is stopping you from achieving what you want to achieve and what could you do to leave the old problems behind? If you want to know more about Marc Aurelius, the Roman emperor, check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Aurelius ..And if you feel stuck in your life, make sure that you do something about it!

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no guarantee for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

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

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Tonight and tomorrow I will go to a Halloween Party. Not my preferred type of party, but meeting nice friends is worth the sacrifice. ;-) During the day on Sat I will be busy with a special training day for 70 (!!) of your www.kravmagaireland.com students. It will be either brilliant or mayhem. ;-)
On Sunday I will definitely go to the Chocolate Festival in Temple Bar and in the evening I will be at the Gardiner Street Gospel Mass again. Next week, I hope to be able to squeeze one or two of the Design Week events in.
Have a nice Halloween!


Castle Dracula & Sillybilly.ie present “The Secret Castle of Magic”. The ‘Secret Castle of Magic’ – a show for older kids and adults – is Ireland’s only Magic venue. There is only one public night per month and the next one is tonight. Tickets are EUR 12 (EUR 10) and children have to be at least 12 to be allowed in. Sillybilly.ie have made a pair of tickets available for this show and the winner of the draw unfortunately had to tell me that they can’t make it and it is now too late for a re-draw. If you are fast and can make a decision quickly you still have a chance. The event is already tonight, so if you are available tonight and want to win the tickets, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with MAGIC3 in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The first mail I receive will win the pair of tickets. www.sillybilly.ie/news/42/secret-caslte-of-magic The venue for the show is Castle Dracula in Westwood Club, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3.

The Dublin Shakespeare Society is performing “The Merchant of Venice” in the Teachers Club Theater, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 from 03-07 Nov (19:30). The play is directed by Savio Sequeira. It was written between 1596-1598 but the production is set in Mussolini’s Italy between 1933 and 1938; it was during this period that Mussolini passed a range of anti-Semitic laws causing great pain, suffering and hardship to the Jewish Community living in Italy at that time.
The nice people from the Shakespeare Society invite you all to come to their performances and tickets (EUR 15/12) can be bought via 085-8432881. I will ring the winners today (Fri) and will announce them next week here. www.dublinshakespearesociety.ie/extraextra.html

Michael Teehan from the Rock/Pop/Indie band Van Cleef told me that the Lower Deck in Portobello will be the venue for a big Halloween Party on Sat 31 Oct. Van Cleef are launching their single on that evening and will perform on that evening together with guests The Gandhis & The Civilians. The event starts at 20:30 and admission is EUR 5 (a free single is included!) Find out more about Van Cleef on www.myspace.com/vancleefmusic Van Cleef made a pair of tickets available for a competition and I will ring the winner today (Friday) and will announce the name here next week.

All events in this Competition Section are non-free events, but the organisers are making free tickets available for you to win. I usually get lots of competition entries and unfortunately not everybody can win, so even if you are not the winner, please consider going to an event to support the organisers. :-) If you don’t win, and will go to the event, please help showing the organisers that promoting their event in the Dublin Event Guide is beneficial and mention to them that you heard about the event through “Joerg’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Thanks!

______Dublin News______________

As I have explained in the introduction, I didn’t have time this week to gather news snippets for this section, so only one that I came across.

Only temporary plans are discussed, but the plans on the table are a big step in a new direction. It all seems to be driven by the fact that the shops in Dublin City report a loss of revenue of 30%. The plans are that the only recently introduced car ban at College Green, which got the stupid (and incorrect) name “Bus Gate” will be temporarily lifted from mid-November until mid-January. The second plan that will be discussed at the City Council Meeting on Monday seems to suggest the suspension of pay-and-display parking enforcement for the 15,000 car parking spaces in the City Centre from 14:00 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the pre-Christmas period. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/1029/breaking64.htm

Sean Dunne, who had bought a massive site in Ballsbridge for EUR 450 million in 2005 before the building/development business went down the drain, had originally planned to knock down the three hotels “Jury’s Hotel”, “The Jury’s Tower” and the “Berkeley Court”. Just a few days before an auction for all the contents of the hotels was scheduled for, the decision was made to re-open the hotels while the planning application process runs. So in September 2007 they opened again as D4 Hotels with Ballsbridge Inn, Ballsbridge Towers and Ballsbridge Court as the respective names. Now the former Berkeley Court Hotel will be renamed from “Ballsbridge Court Hotel” into D4Berkeley and it is planned that the hotel will stay open for at least another 5 years. The plan was originally to build a 37 storey building on the site, but thankfully the planning application was refused. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0130/breaking25.htm Only now in October a new planning application was submitted. This time it seems that the development will be more in line with the surroundings and most buildings will only go up to 10 storeys.

It is not the newest news, so you might have heard about it before. SIPTU has revealed its plans for Liberty Hall. Many people don’t like the look of Liberty Hall and I can understand that to a certain degree. But the building has some nice features and is not really that ugly. Inside it “feels” very old and confined. Now SIPTU, the trade union that owns the building has decided to knock it down in 2011 and to replace it with a new 20-storey building. I wonder if the people that dislike the current Liberty Hall really like the new building more. I think it looks bland and uninteresting. www.irishconstruction.com/page/2389 So I am not sure if the existing iconic building is not better than the boring new one!?


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and to create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. If you are one of the courageous people who has recently taken the risk and has started a company and if you could do with spreading the word, I am happy to help you! My contribution will be to let the 4600+ readers of the Event Guide know about your new business and hopefully that will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide – not a demanding task, I would think. :-) (Please note that this offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages, not for established companies/enterprises. If you are established and you want to reach the readers of this Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) I will be happy to discuss the (very affordable) advertisement options with you. :-) )

If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.


‘Tomorrow is Today’, is an exhibition of collaborative work by ten graphic designers paired with ten printmakers. The exhibition will be on show from 29 Oct-15 Nov and features work by Debora Ando, Oran Day, Janine Davidson, Conor Nolan, Lynda Devenney, Bob Gray, Emma Finucane, Ronan Devlin, Hugh McCarthy, Noel Greene, Louise Meade, Paul McBride, David McGinn, Aiden Grennelle, Louise Peat, Liz Healy, Mick Timmins, Dara Ní Bheacháin, Katherine van Uytrecht and Daniel O’Donoghue. (Gallery Details: Original Print Gallery, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.originalprint.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 10:30-17:30, Sat: 11.00-17:00, Sun: 14:00-18:00)

‘EVOCATION – Bog Series’ is an exhibition by Eoin Butler. It will open on 29 Oct at 18:30 in Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre. The exhibition continues until 28 November 2009. www.altents.ie (Venue Details: Rua Red, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24, www.ruared.ie, Open: Tues-Sat: 10:00-18:00)

‘Public Furnication’, an exhibition by furniture designers LOCKER13 (Karl Medcalf & Shane Wilson), Sticks Fine Furnitures (Andy Burdock & Nik O’Donnell), Phil Galbraith and Hugo Thompson, and ‘Shots Fired in the City’, a photographic study of Dublin’s urban environment with work by Dara Mulhern, Barry Keogh, Rachel Randall, Andy Sheridan, Paul O’Connell, Sarah Doyle and David Kelly, will be on show at The Back Loft as part of DesignWeek09 from 02-08 November 2009. A launch party with wine reception will take place from 18:00-21:00 on Tuesday 03 Nov. www.shotsfiredinthecity.com www.designweek.ie (Gallery Details: Back Loft, 7/11 Augustine Street, Dublin 8, www.lacatedralstudios.org and www.thebackloft.blogspot.com)

‘All of this could be true’ is an exhibition by Thomas Brezing. It will run from 29 Oct – 13 Nov. (Gallery Details: Molesworth Gallery, 16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, www.molesworthgallery.com, Open: ??)

A group show of painting, sculpture, print and ceramic work is on show at the Hallward Gallery on Merrion Square in Dublin 2 from 29 Oct until Feb 2010.
(Gallery Details: Hallward Gallery, 65 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2, www.hallwardgallery.com, Open: Tues-Fri 11.00-17.30, Sat 12:30-16:30)

An exhibition of mixed media drawing and oil painting by Frank Hague will be on show at Phoenix Park Visitors’ Centre from 02-12 Nov 2009.


Friday and Saturday will be filled with Halloween events in lots of different locations. If you have children in the right age group, I will list a few more events for you in the next Event Guide. But I am fully aware that if you do not have any children the attractiveness of Halloween is not necessarily huge – at least for some. ;-) For Halloween events have a look at these websites
www.hallowfest.ie/ in Tallaght
www.dublin.ie/calendar_details.aspx?eventid=1709 in Dublin City
www.dublin.ie/calendar_details.aspx?eventid=1711 in Finglas
www.otherworldfestival.com/ in Ballymun

Midori Hirano will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 30 Oct at 13:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The Basics will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 30 Oct at 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

On Fri 30 Oct Charley Boorman will be for an exclusive free but ticketed event in Swords. Details are still not available on Hughes&Hughes website but if you are interested you hopefully already have contacted the Hughes & Hughes book shop in Swords on 01 8700340 to reserve tickets and to find out more. Charley Boorman will be available for Questions and Answers and he will be signing his new book ‘By Any Means 2’. www.hughesbooks.com/

Blaithin O’D informed me about an event in Donabate that she thought might be interesting to some of you. It is a Halloween Ghost/Horror walk for the Irish Wildlife trust in Turvey woods, Donabate on Fri 30 Oct (18:30-21:00). It doesn’t fully fulfil the “free events” criteria because there is a charge of EUR 3 that goes to the Irish Wildlife Trust, but for such a low price it might make sense to include it anyway.

Last chance: The Contemporary Music Centre (19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8) presents Soundscapes, a ten-day outdoor celebration in sound of the work of veteran Irish composer Roger Doyle, often described as ‘the Godfather of Irish electronic music’. The show runs from 22-31 Oct (12:00-16:00), as part of the DEAF Festival 2009. In an imaginative use of its 200-year old listed building in Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, the Contemporary Music Centre will create a dramatic outdoor sound gallery to play Doyle’s strikingly contemporary electronic and piano music from speakers located on the front of the building and in its enclosed rear courtyard. Six different playlists spanning Doyle’s career across the last three decades will be broadcast each afternoon. www.cmc.ie

DEAF 2009
DEAF 2009 (Dublin Electronic Arts Festival) will close on 31 Oct. A full timetable of events is here www.deafireland.com/2009/ but if you are only interested in the last day (Saturday) check this: deafireland.com/2009/?page_id=453 There are still a good number of free events on.

Parallel to Jaki Irvine’s current exhibition ‘Seven Folds in Time’ in Temple Bar Gallery & Studios a conversation between the artist, curator/director Marian Lovett and composer/musician Roger Doyle about the exhibition in Studio 6 will take place on Fri 30 Oct at 17:30. ‘Seven Folds in Time’ is a multi-screen video made specifically for the gallery.
There will also be the official launch of the publication “Jaki Irvine – The Square Root of Minus One is Plus or Minus i – Assembled Works”. For more information and advance booking please contact Rayne Booth at 01 6710073 or on rayne@templebargallery.com. I am not sure if the event is completely free, but could not find a reference to a charge.

The next monthly get-together of all French and Francophile people will take place in Bia Bar in 28 Lower Stephen’s Street on Fri 30 Oct from 21:00-02:30. french-friday.com/

Not the typical type of event I include here, because it is not live music, but just a DJ event. But what is new about this event is that it is a free event in the Sugar Club in Leeson Street, so check it out if you are interested. It starts at 23:00. www.choicecuts.ie/clubs/creme-de-la-creme/

* 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.
* Inspirational Film Club / Inspirational Readers Club – Every Friday at 18:45 either a film screening or – on the 1st Friday of the month – a reading of inspirational material takes place. The event is inspired by the Bahá’í Religion (www.bahai.ie) and it takes place in the National Bahá’í Centre, 24 Burlington Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. sites.google.com/site/inspirationalfilmclub or www.mbs-coaching.com/en/spirit-coaching/inspirational-readers-club
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes in Temple Bar every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3). These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information email info@sahajayoga.ie or check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie. Classes are also on Mondays at 19:00 in Blanchardstown Library.
* 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.


On 30, 31 Oct and 01 Nov a precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters can be viewed at “Number 11”, 11 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1. The opening ceremony takes place on Fri 30 Oct at 17:00. On Sat+Sun the exhibition is open from 10:00-19:00. Admission is free, donations are welcome. The description says “The relics were found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death. Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics. While some are inspired to pray for world peace and to develop their inner wisdom, others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics open their hearts to compassion and loving-kindness.” For more information and images of the relics, visit www.maitreyaproject.org/

Marian Keyes will be signing copies of “Brightest Star in the Sky” in Eason’s, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 on Sat 31 Oct at 12:30. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

Katie Price aka Jordan will be signing copies of her new book, ‘Standing Out’, which reveals all her top tips on looking and feeling good, in Hughes & Hughes, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 on Sat 31 Oct at 12:30. www.hughesbooks.com/

Micheal’s O’Muircheartaigh will be signing copies of “Micheal’s GAA Odyssey” in Eason’s in Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dundrum on Sat 31 Oct at 13:00. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

# “Halloween Inspectorium!: Things that go bump (and scratch, squeal and whistle…)” is taking place on 31 Oct from 14:00-16:00 in the Riding School in Collins Barracks. All ages are invited. “What’s in the mystery boxes? Visit the Discovery Den to look at some ghoulish animals – don’t forget to wear your Hallowe’en costume! Drop-in event.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=885

# “Ghosts, Ghouls and Witches!” with Susan Farrelly is the Family Programme in the National Gallery on Sat 31 Oct from 15:00. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

On Sat 31 Oct dtwo, the night club in Harcourt Street, is inviting to its annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party. Admission is free before 22:00 (EUR 10 after 22:00). EUR 500 worth of prizes for the best costume are available. www.dtwonightclub.com

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* The Dublin Food Coop runs a food market every Saturday (09:30-16:30) and Thursday (14:00-20:00) at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Fresh local and artisan produce, mainly organic, and other products for sustainable living are on sale. www.dublinfood.coop
* Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale at Kart City
Old Airport Road, Santry, Dublin 9. The Kart City Weekend Market is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 08:00-16:00 and until the end of May all car boot sellers can sell for free. sundaymarket.ie/
* 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
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

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The Harold’s Cross Car Boot Sale in the Car Park of the Greyhound Stadium is taking place again on Sun 01 Nov from 08:00-15:00.

From 30 Oct-01 Nov, the second annual Chocolate Festival will take place in Temple Bar. On Sun (10:30-16:30) the “Chocolate Sundae” fair/market is taking place in Temple Bar Meeting House Square. In addition to a Chocolate related market, there will be entertainment throughout the day: 12:00-14:00 Drop into the Gallery of Photography for a cooking demonstration with chocolatier Benoit Lorge. 12:00-15:00 Face-painting with Sarah Verela, 14:00-14:45 4-in-a-Bar Barbershop Quartet, 14:30-15:30 The Milk Choc Goddess Vs The Hot Chilli Devils! Presented by Creative Energyworks.
There are a number of free but ticketed events and more non-free events and I hear that they are not all yet booked out. If you are interested, check out www.templebar.ie/home_nav_2_t_15.html or if you want to have a look at the full programme, then go to www.templebar.ie/docs/choc-fest.pdf

From 10:00-17:15 the irregular Food Market at Farmleigh House will take place. www.farmleigh.ie

Let me quote the organisers Ailbhe O’Connell and Louise Gambrill cause I couldn’t say it any better: “The Crafty Market is back again on 01 Nov, our seventh month in business! On the first Sunday of every month 45 stall holders set out their wares in an indoor marketplace in Dublin’s Coombe district. Customers come from far and wide to avail of the original works for sale, from pottery to woodwork, paintings to crochet, toys to stationery – there’s something for everybody at The Crafty Market. Our policy is to only take in stalls that are selling their own, entirely handmade crafts. Nowhere else in Dublin has such a wide array of handicrafts, that can be bought straight from the artist. Throughout the day a selection of singers and musicians perform in the main hall, and the Zoryanna Bellydancing Troupe also do a set each month.” The Crafty Market takes place on Sun 01 Nov from 12:00-17:00. The venue is the Dublin Food-Coop building in 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8. Parking is free outside.

Nearly every Sunday a free “Sunday at Noon” concert is taking place in the Hugh Lane Gallery. From 12:00-13:00 classical music will be performed for free. No booking is required. This week’s concert on 01 Nov is: Aylish E. Kerrigan, mezzo-soprano & Dearbhla Collins, piano performing songs by Arnold Schoenberg, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Elaine Agnew, April Awakes, Seoirse Bodley and Aloys Fleischmann. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=390

Gok Wan will be signing copies of his new book ‘Work Your Wardrobe’ in Hughes & Hughes in Dundrum on Sun 01 Nov at 14:00. www.hughesbooks.com/

As part of the celebrations surrounding the centenary of Francis Bacon’s birth, the Hugh Lane invites to ‘Francis Bacon: A Terrible Beauty’, an exhibition of rarely exhibited paintings by Bacon and photographs by John Deakin, Peter Beard and Eadweard Muybridge that will be on show at 63 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 from 28 October 2009 to 07 March 2010. A Lecture Series will also accompany the exhibition, but it is not clear from the available information if the lecture will take place in 63 Lwr Baggot Street where Bacon was born or if it takes place in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square. Timetable:
+ Sun 01 Nov at13:30: ‘Francis Bacon: A Terrible Beauty’ by Director and Co-Curator, Barbara Dawson
+ Sun 15 Nov at 13:30: ‘A Game of Chance: The Media and Techniques of Francis Bacon’ by Head of Conservation, Joanna Shepard
+ Sun 22 Nov at 13:30: ‘Latent Images’ by Bacon Scholar and Co-Curator, Martin Harrison
+ Sun 29 Nov at 13:30: ‘“I don’t find it at all violent myself”, Bacon’s Material Practice and the Human Body’ by Marcel Finke M.A. (University of Tuebingen, Germany)
+ Sun 06 Dec at 13:30: ‘“The Street… the Only Valid Field of Experience”: Francis Bacon and the Photography of John Deakin’ by Head of Collections, Jessica O’Donnell

The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square is running a “Sunday Sketching for 7+ year olds” programme. The title this week (01 Nocv 15:00-16:00) is “Investigating Portraits: Focus on Francis Bacon!”. Admission is free. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=350

# “Hands On History” is taking place on Sun 01 Nov at 15:00 in Collins Barracks. Age 5+ “Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects especially for handling. Please note that places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=846

# “Care of Collections and Climate Change: Threat or Opportunity? by Maighread McParland, Conservator is the title of a lecture on Sun 31 Oct. from 15:00. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

Nearly every Sun from 16:00-21:00 “Holy Joes Infernal Cabaret” takes place in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Admission is free. The next event is on Sun 01 Nov with “Readers Wives, The Long Knives, The Dirty 9’s, The D.C. Experiment” The event will be recorded for the GigEvent Live Video Podcast on www.mixtape.ie. www.myspace.com/gigevent

The Humanist Association of Ireland is inviting to their “First Sunday of the Month” Meeting on 01 Nov from 16:00-18:00 in Buswell’s Hotel, Molesworth St, Dublin 1.
“Cleansing the Temple: Holding the Church Accountable for its Crimes” by Kevin Annett is the talk of the day and the meeting is for Humanists, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers. For more information check www.humanism.ie

* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Gigs in The Mezz. Every Sunday 5 acts ranging from Soul to Funk, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop and Alternative/Indie music will perform between 15:00-21:00 in The Mezz, Eustace Street, Dublin 2 (in Temple Bar near Dame Street) Admission is free.
* The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) will be back in Bruxelles, Harry Street near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel from 30 Aug. The start time is advertised as 18:00, but the actual start is usually significantly later. The gigs are not EVERY week, but most weeks. Admission is free.
* Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Globe in Sth George’s Street from 20:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.myspace.com/sundayroast1
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* The Tangenteers (Rock/Reggae) are playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Francois G reported that this 18:00 performance is not taking place. I am trying to find out more.
Ro Byrne (Acoustic/Rock/Indie – www.myspace.com/earthquakehair) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* 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
* The Brazilian Samba Rock Band +55 is playing every Sunday at the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-22:00, followed by a DJ playing Forro, Axe, and a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and salsa beats. Admission is free before 21:00 and EUR 5 after that.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* 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
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Vir gin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.

If you are just looking for Sunday events, please check the event list for Saturday as well. A good few events are taking place on Saturday AND Sunday, but it wouldn’t make sense to list them twice.

______Next Week_______________


From 02-08 Nov the Design Week 2009 will take place in Dublin (and the rest of Ireland). “Design Week is a week long celebration of Irish and international design. The main purpose is to highlight the important contribution good design makes to the cultural and economic life of Ireland through fostering a reputation for creative excellence and innovation.” There are a number of free events taking place during the week, but the website www.designweek.ie doesn’t make it too easy to find which event is free. Maybe that is bad design?? I definitely think so! The event list for Dublin is here: www.designweek.ie/events.html#dublin

The Bistro Martello on Sandycove seafront, Dun Laoghaire is on Monday 02 Nov from 19:00 the venue for an exhibition of new paintings by local artist Tony Gunning. Entitled “Out of the blue” the exhibition will feature many local scenes from the beautiful East coast bay area, including Sandycove, Seapoint and the Forty Foot. This exhibition runs for one night only. www.tasteofireland.ie/frontend/restaurants/show/176-Martello-Bistro-Sandycove-

* Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the recently-formed music collective the ‘Lazy Band’ is playing roots, trad and folk songs from Ireland, England, America and anything else they like. Admission is free and the bar serves during the show. Some people order up pizzas from downstairs. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.myspace.com/thelazyband
* ‘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 (formerly Ba Mizu in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.myspace.com/hughcooneycomotions
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 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
* 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 Whelans 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.


Professor Noam Chomsky will receive a Honorary Life Membership of the UCD Law Society. At the event, Chomsky will take part in an open questions and answers session with the audience. The event will take place on Tues 03 Nov at 19:00 in the O’Reilly Hall on the UCD campus in Belfield. Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political activist and critic, author, and lecturer. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky) Since this is a UCD event, it is not clear if it is open to everyone. If you are interested, you should check if as a non-student you will be let in as well.
Thanks to Claire P for letting me know.

The IXDA (Interaction Design Association) is inviting to an evening of talks about design. The name of the event is “DEFUSE Design For Use” and it will take place in the Sugar Club, Lesson Street on 03 Nov from 19:30-22:00. Admission is free. “The IxDA Dublin will host an evening of 12 Ignite talks. Ignite presentations are eclectic talks based on the Pecha Kucha format. The Ignite format allows technologists and designers to transmit entertaining and engaging ideas throughout the evening. Each speaker has 20 slides, with each slide automatically displayed for 15 seconds.” www.defuse.ixd.ie/

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghues on Suffolk Street every Tueas 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
* 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
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


# “Adult Lecture Series: ‘New Archaeology in Prehistory’ Living in the Neolithic Period” is taking place on Wed 04 Nov at 18:00 in Kildare Street. “‘Monumentality and Ritual in the Neolithic’. Professor Muiris O’Sullivan, UCD School of Archaeology. ‘Tales from the hearth: New research on Neolithic settlement in Ireland’. Dr. Jessica Smyth, UCD School of Archaeology. No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=868

From 07 Oct -16 Dec, the German Department of the (SALIS) at Dublin City University (DCU) presents a film series about the “Berlin Wall 1961-1989” in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. All films will be screened in Original language with English subtitles. The venue is DCU in Glasnevin in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Room C124. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en5067693v.htm
The films in the series are
# Wed 04 Nov 15:00: Lichter/Distant Lights (2003)
# Wed 18 Nov 15:00: My DDR-T-Shirt (2008)
# Wed 02 Dec 15:00: Wir können auch anders/No More Mr Nice Guy (1993)
# Wed 16 Dec 15:00: Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker/The German Chainsaw Massacre

The Lecture “Climate Change in Ireland: How is the National Botanic Gardens responding?” by Glynn Anderson is taking place on Wed 04 Nov at 15:00 in the Botanic Garden in Glasnevin (in Visitor Centre). Admission is free. Glynn Anderson, Guide and Information Officer at the National Botanic Gardens, will talk about how the Gardens are adapting to the inevitable consequences of climate change. He will outline policies, practices and plans that are being adopted at national and international levels to address climate change and the practical measures being taken, in the short term, by the Gardens’ staff at all levels.

“Adolf Mahr, Dublin Nazi No.1” by Gerry Mullins is a lecture about Dr. Adolf Mahr who was Director of the National Museum of Ireland during the 1930s, but he was also Head of the Nazi Party in Ireland at the same time. In this intriguing talk based on his book, Gerry Mullins presents an insight into the Mahr family through photographs; including images from their holidays in Skerries, Hitler Youth camps in Balbriggan, the arrival of a German battleship to Dun Laoghaire and its crew’s visits to Monasterboice and Kilmacurragh. Admission is free, but advance booking is essential. The talk will take place on 04 Nov from 18:00-20:00 in the RDS Minerva Suite in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. www.rds.ie/speakerseries

Bose, the speaker manufacturers, are holding an event to demonstrate their new “L1 Compact” system that is suited for musicians and performers. The event will take place in Mill Theatre in Dundrum on Wed 04 Nov from 19:00-21:00. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to try your own instrument to try out the system feel free to bring it along. For more details on the system please see the following link:
www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/speakers/portable_amplification_systems/index.jsp If you want to attend you should confirm attendance by email to dundrum_store@bose.com or phone the Bose Shop in Dundrum on 01 2965174.

On Wed 04 Nov (from 19:30), the Coolmine Diving Club is inviting to an Open Day. The event is taking place in Coolmine Fitness Centre and you can go for a trial dive as part of it. All you need to bring is your swim suit and everything else will be provided. “Try a dive” means you get to try all the diving equipment as though you were going to dive in the sea. The only difference is that it is done in a completely controlled environment in a swimming pool. Any training necessary will be given on the night and no previous diving experience is necessary. You don’t even need to be a great swimmer! Coolmine is in Blanchardstown near the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. www.vikingsubaqua.com You can find out more via vikingsac@gmail.com too.

* CoCo Markets at Docklands. Every Wed from 15 Apr-28 Aug from 12:00-14:30 a CoCo food market is taking place at Excise Walk in the IFSC. www.dublindocklands.ie/index.jsp?p=94&n=341&i=26
* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 on SOME Wednesdays. The frequency got less predictable in recent weeks/months and you should check the website before going. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Wed a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


The Instituto Cervantes invites to a 3-day Festival (05-07 Nov) of Spanish Literature. The festival takes place in the Instituto Cervantes in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (quite near to the Nassau Street entrance of the National Gallery). The event is entitled “Maletas y mochilas: Geografías mutantes / Rucksacks and Suitcases: Mutant Geographies”. The events are
+ Thurs 05 Nov at 18:30: Mochilas y maletas: apertura / Rucksacks and Suitcases: Opening with Ana María Matute (España) Pedro Sorela (Colombia) Mary O’Malley (Irlanda) Moderator: Philip Johnston (UCD)
+ Fri 06 Nov
10:30: Una maleta para una isla / A Suitcase for an Island with José Carlos Llop (Islas Baleares. España) Zoé Valdés (Cuba) Carme Riera (Islas Baleares. España) Daniel Sarasola (España) Moderator: Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (UCD)
14:30: Documetary projection: “Even the Olives are Bleeding”
16:00: Mochilas y maletas: exilios, migraciones / Rucksacks and Suitcases: Migrations, Exile with Antón Castro (España) Marifé Santiago Bolaños (España) José F.A.Oliver (España/Alemania) Gerald Dawe (Irlanda), Moderator: Catherine O’Leary (NUI Maynooth)
18:30: Geografías mutantes / Mutant Geographies. Cyberpoesia / Cyberpoetry. Performance. Marina Oroza (España)
+ Sat 07 Nov at 12:00: Mochilas y maletas: Retorno y escritura / Rucksacks and Suitcases: Return and Writing – Literary brunch with Claire Kilroy (Irlanda) María Fasce (Argentina) Luisa Etxenike (País Vasco. España) Julio Espinosa Guerra (Chile)
Félix Romeo. Moderator
All events are translated in Spanish and English. I couldn’t find an explicit reference, but it seems that this event is free.

George RR Martin will be signing copies of “Game of Thrones” in Eason’s in O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 on Thurs 05 Nov at 17:00. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

Frangos Restaurant on Level 3 in Dundrum Town Centre are inviting to free cooking demonstrations. Their new Executive Head Chef Peter Oppermann will showcase the new Frangos menu, which is inspired by hearty and wholesome dishes from around the world every Thursday for 4 weeks, starting on Thurs 15 Oct at 18:00.
On Thurs 29 October at 18:00 “Baked salmon salad with lime, honey & coriander marinade”, “Slow cooked shin of beef in a Chianti red wine and mushroom jus” and “Buttered Polenta” are on the menu for the demonstration.
And finally on Thurs 05 Nov at 18:00 you will see the demonstration for “Baked pork and prawn meat balls with sweet chili dipping sauce” and “Baked breast of chicken with a tangy sweet and sour sauce”.
Booking not essential but if you would like to reserve a place call Ian or Aisling on 01-2962954 www.frangos.ie

Dave McKean will be signing copies of “Crazy Hair” in Eason’s in O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 on Thurs 05 Nov at 18:30. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

John Richardson will be in Hughes & Hughes in Dundrum for a talk at 19:00 on Thurs 05 Nov. John Richardson was a regular bloke who enjoys a round of golf in his spare time, until he sets himself a challenge to shoot a level par golf round within the year. With no natural talent, precious little time and no fitness level to speak of, did John pull it off? John will discuss his amazing and hilarious story of the exhausting but exhilarating year he spent living breathing, eating and sleeping golf. www.hughesbooks.com/

* Open Mic Night – Lucan County Bar. Set-up and run by Ian Smith, who is a friend of mine, this event will take place every last Thursday in the month at 20:00. The venue is the 1st floor of the Lucan County Bar (on the grounds of the Lucan Spa Hotel on the N4). www.lucanspahotel.ie/ENG/map.html
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Mullingar House in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111621257112
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.turkshead.ie
* The Poor Boys play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Tim. Admission is free.


The trade union will protest on Fri 06 Nov at 14:30 at Parnell Square. They claim “The ICTU campaign for a ‘Social Solidarity Pact’ to include job creation, job protection, an economic stimulus package and opposition to pay and welfare cuts and pension protection, is now gathering momentum.” But I just don’t get who they target with their protest. Is it the government? Then how will strikes/work stoppages help to get the country into a more competitive position? Or is it big businesses? But will they perform better when the employees refuse to work? Sure nobody likes cuts, but if the money is not available it has to be taken from some where. The only other option is to protest against certain cost, but the ICTU campaign seems to be a blanket approach with no suggestions for solutions and with no specific focus. Maybe someone wants to explain it to me?


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

As part of Design Week 2009 the Hugh Lane Gallery invites you to a free Design Workshop on Sunday 08 November 2009 from 14:00-16:00. Artist Jole Bortoli will facilitate the workshop which includes a guided tour of the Hugh Lane and a practical art workshop in which participants will design their own poster/advert for the Hugh Lane. This workshop is free but pre-booking is essential. To book, contact the gallery reception on: 01 2225564. www.hughlane.ie

The National College or Ireland is bringing the “Legends in your Lunchtime” series back by popular demand. From 30 Sept-11 Nov a whole range of prominent speakers will talk about their life/job/business and you can listen and often even ask. The event is free but ticketed and past experience indicates that the tickets will go VERY fast. So if you are interested, do not hesitate and check the website. The event takes place from 13:00 – 14:00 in the National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1 and the speakers will be:
Eamonn Fallon, Chief Executive, Daft Media on Wed 11 Nov

Emer Burton told me about the Café Culture Project, which invites to a conference entitled “Promoting Dublin Café Culture” on Fri 13 Nov 2009 in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 (10:0013:00). Admission is free, but places are limited so you have to register via cafeculture@googlegroups.com.
The aim of the conference is to promote and celebrate café culture in all its diversity, and to support cafés that contribute to the social, cultural and business life of the city.
The speakers/topics are:
+ Chairperson: Victoria White, Journalist and former Arts Editor of The Irish Times
+ Professor Kieran M. Bonner, Professor of Sociology, St Jerome’s University, Ontario, Canada
+ Máire Kennedy, Divisional Librarian, Dublin City Library+Archive, Pearse Street.
+ Hugh Oram, Writer
+ Dick Gleeson, City Planner, Dublin City Council.
To find out the titles of the different lectures, you can check here: trade.visitdublin.com/detail.asp?storyid=485&cat=4&id=39

The Royal Hibernian Academy is inviting to a series of lectures by the RHA’s artist Members and Honorary Members. There are a limited number of spaces available on selected lectures before Christmas. The lectures still with availability are:
+ Dr Liberato Santoro-Brienza HRHA on 4 November
+ Prof Clive Lee HRHA on 18 November
+ Vivienne Roche RHA on 25 November
+ Louis Marcus HRHA on 16 December
There is no admission fee and the remaining spaces will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Lectures will begin at 17:30 in the Friends Room of the RHA, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2. For further information or to see the full lecture series listings, check www.royalhibernianacademy.ie/html/educate/educate_lecture.html

RDS Irish Times Boyle Medal Conferral & Public Lecture entitled “From Passion to Practical Benefits: Why it’s Great Being a Scientist” is taking palce on Mon 16 Nov at 19:00 in the RDS Concert Hall in Ballsbridge. The 37th Boyle Medal will be presented to Professor Luke O’Neill (TCD) and his lecture will cover everything from his pioneering work on innate immunity and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis to his passion for science. Admission is free but advance booking is essential. More information is available on www.rds.ie/science

The RDS has a very interesting free public lecture coming up:
The RDS Darwin200 Public Lecture: “Fragile Web, What Next for Nature?” will take place on Tues 24 November in the RDS Concert Hall at 19:00. In celebration of Darwin200 and to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Origin of Species’ by Charles Darwin, the RDS has invited Professor Jonathan Silvertown who will be speaking on the matter of biodiversity. This lecture marks the fourth in the series of RDS Irish Times ‘Ireland in 2030’ lectures which aims to look at the serious long-term challenges that face us today. Admission is free but advance booking is essential. More information is available on www.rds.ie/science

______This is odd!!______________

Maybe you followed the current debate about the reduction of the max alcohol level for motorists. In the whole EU only the UK (0.08) and Malta (0.09) have a similar or higher permissible blood alcohol level and with that in mind, the Department of Transport is intending to reduce the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit from 80mg to 50mg per 100ml. I know, that means that if you drive you can not risk drinking alcohol, but considering the dangers of drunken driving, I think it makes sense. But what madness obsessed 18 TDs (members of the parliament) and 3 Senators to sign a petition against a reduction!? Isn’t it odd that Alcohol is so important in Ireland that drinking is more important than driving safely? Sure, a reduction will have to result in a cultural shift away from pubs, but maybe it is time for that? Where would you go if you want to get a coffee after 20:00 at the moment? Would it not make sense to have a number of cafes that open until late like Café Moda in Rathmines? I would like that! (Moda is not anymore what it once was, the prices went up and the quality down and opening hours became shorter, but the concept is in my opinion still something that lots more cafes should adopt. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/1020/breaking27.htm www.menupages.ie/restaurants/cafe_moda.aspx

Phew, I am glad that this week’s newsletter is finished. I wasn’t sure I would make it this week. ;-) It is now 11:30 so it took me just 13 hours. Uff! And I even filled the Dublin News and This is Odd sections! :-) Ah well, what did Marc Aurelius say? Can you remember from the “feel good slot” above? ;-)

Enjoy the weekend,


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