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Event Guide 136: Caribbean Party, ToeJam Car Boot Sale, BeatYard, Kickstart 2010, Temple Bar Trad Fest

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 136
| 22 January 2010 Subscribers: 5591

Hi all!

My last week was quite eventful as far as my day job is concerned. Many of you know that my day job is in telecommunications, we are providing high-bandwidth connections for business customers in the Greater Dublin area (and if your company needs help you always can contact me. ;-) ). And last week we got some good news regarding a new contract we worked hard on. I don’t know about you, but I had a tendency to be happy about good news for a little while but never really celebrated good news. That was until now! One of my decisions for this year is to celebrate good news whenever they occur. Because each time you do something special to reward yourself, you automatically motivate yourself to achieve more AND you give your life a little kick. As you already know, if you don’t reward yourself for having achieved something, it is possible that nobody else will do that for you. So 2010 will be full of rewards for achievements. ;-) Will you join me? Let’s make this year special!
Obviously achievements in context with the Event Guide need to be celebrated as well, so I am planning a few get togethers again for this year. For the last two years we had an “Alternative Valentine’s Day” celebration on 14 Feb. This year the 14th is on a Sunday and on Sunday’s I am on duty helping the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir to sound good (I am doing the sound engineering there.) and on the Saturday before I will be on stage in the Olympia with the best Elvis Tribute Band you can find (I sing in the backing choir.) So neither 13 Feb nor 14 Feb will work as a date for the celebration, but I will make sure that we will not just forget about it but will meet up soon! I am telling you all that already because I hope you will join me on that day and I already want to “plant” this idea in your head! :-)

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For the “Feel Good Slot” this week, I came up with this: I recently saw the movie “Avatar” and LOVED it. I am not a sci-fi fan and was therefore a little hesitant when I saw the trailers. It didn’t appeal to me that much. But when I heard a bit more about it and tempted by the 3D version, I watched the movie and was totally impressed. If you haven’t seen it yet, go and watch it as long as you have the opportunity. If you have seen it, spend a moment and remind yourself of the first meeting between Jake and Neytiri. She rejected him initially until she got a sign from Eywa, telling her that he was a good guy. Do you remember that scene? See it at 0:40 if you can’t remember. www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOppCDbc8gM Have you ever received “a sign” or signal that you should do something? And did you? Often we ignore the signs we are getting because they are not as obvious as the signs Eywa gives. But maybe we can watch out a little better for signs?
If you haven’t seen Avatar yet, here is a good trailer:

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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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There will be quite a number of Haiti Charity Concerts and events this week, but because most of them were ad hoc organised, there is not a lot of information available about them. Understandably they are not free events either, but with the disastrous situation in Haiti, you might want to consider some if you hear about it from friends etc.
I will go back to the Event Guide menu of free events and maybe going to some free events will save you so much money that you then can go to a charity event where your money is needed.
This weekend I will be involved in a NLP training course, so I won’t have much opportunity to go to other events, but I will tell you what I would go to if I could. Tonight the Caribbean party and the Astronomy event in the Friday section sound good, but I will instead be in RTE with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir. The choir will sing in the Late Late Show and I will be there for moral and organisational support. ;-)
On Saturday I would definitely go to the ToeJam Car Boot Sale at the Bernard Shaw Pub and then afterwards to the BeatYard at the Twisted Pepper. On Sunday Kickstart 2010 sounds like an interesting event.
On Monday the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir will be in the Gaiety Theatre participating in a big gig and again I am indirectly involved, And the next big thing is then the Temple Bar Trad Fest from Wednesday. Have a look for that. Even if you are not the BIGGEST trad fan, maybe give it a chance.

The Zagmar Theatre Company is presenting “Bad Faith”, a new play by O. J. Ryan. Bad Faith explores the deep psychological triggers that fashioned a young man’s life. The small-town that formed him, the father he rejected, the psychologist that changed his life… and the reasons he abandoned home, family and faith for a life on a Dutch building site. Returning after 20 years, the adult Gerard makes a series of painful discoveries on his road to redemption. Directed by Noel McCarthy, written by O. J. Ryan and starring Ben Mulhern, this production will be in the T@36 Theatre in the Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 from 01-06 Feb (20:30). Tickets for EUR 15/12 are available from Karolina on 087-1495222 or via badfaithplay@gmail.com The Zagmar Theatre Company has made a pair of tickets available for a competition and you will be able to choose the day that suits you best. If you want to win this pair of tickets, you will have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject ZAGMAR and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on 25 Jan. Please note the deadline is 25 JAN, not – as wrongly listed last week – 25 Feb.

The Flamenco Clapping Workshop and Performance last Friday was brilliant! Definitely worth going and there will be more workshops and performances in the coming months. I can strongly recommend them. The spanish dancer and choreographer Felipe de Algeciras and guitarist Lucas González are outstanding. ;-) The pair of tickets was won by Miren Maialen Samper. Congrats!
For more information check: www.flamencoindalo.com

The Madpromotions event planned for tonight, Fri 22 Jan at 20:00, in 3 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (former Eamon Doran’s) has been cancelled, because the Elvis Tribute Act Craig Memphis King is unavailable.

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

______Dublin News______________

I mentioned last week that Kerwin Rae, the Australian Sales & Marketing specialist, Coach, Mentor and International Speaker will be in Dublin on 30 Jan. Kerwin is a brilliant speaker and as I had mentioned last week if you have something to sell either online or offline, if you are a company owner or plan to start your own company in the future, if you are interested in Internet Marketing or if you just want to listen to an inspiring speaker, you should go to this event. I was at two events by Kerwin and know that it will be a great two hours. One thing I forgot to mention last week is this: The two hour talk will be very interesting and will be a preview of Kerwin’s training course in April and to promote this training course he will offer some special offers. I heard now that there is a good chance that this special offer will offer a 2-for-1 deal, so if you have a business partner or if you have a live partner, husband, wife, girl-/boyfriend that you would like to bring to a course, make sure that they come to the event on 30 Jan.
Kerwin’s first session on 30 Jan is at 10:00 and the second at 14:00. The 2-hour talk will inspire you and in addition give you lots of good ideas and lots to think about. It will take place in the Ballsbridge Inn (former Jury’s Inn) in Ballsbridge and admission is free. Register here www.marketingsecretsexposed.co.uk/?af=CLA1035324

Yesterday morning THE Irish discussion board was attacked by hackers and seemingly the username and passwords of all 270,000 users of boards.ie where accessed. It is not clear what the intention of the hackers was and if the site was hacked for a specific reason or just to cause mayhem, however, users are advised to change their passwords on other systems if the same username and password combination is used there. Today’s Metro Herald (e-edition.metroireland.ie/2010/01/22/) claims that the people from boards.ie claimed they had informed all users immediately. But I am never received any notification, so I am not sure what the criteria was for the user notification. Currently the site still seems to be down. www.boards.ie

The National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (Nirsa) at NUI Maynooth has claimed that more than 300,000 homes in Ireland are currently empty. If that figure is correct and combined with the fact that NAMA will release homes whenever there is the slightest sign of a price increase, we might be able to look forward to low rents and low house prices for quite some time. Not good news for home owners that need to sell soon, but if you own a home and don’t need to sell it, don’t worry. Over time the prices will definitely increase again. All you need is patience!

It was a great idea to make Phoenix Park more accessible for people that don’t have cars: For nearly two years a low price Shuttle Bus connected a variety of locations in Phoenix Park with a bus stop near Heuston Station. Unfortunately the Office of Public Works (OPW) has decided for “budgetary reasons” to terminate this service. The last day of service will be this Sunday 24 Jan. Pity! www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12554,en.html

This is not really Dublin News, but if you currently live in Dublin and plan to move to Poland either to go back or because there will be upcoming job opportunities, you will be able to use the popular and comprehensive property website Daft now as well in Poland. The Polish www.daft.ie is www.daft.pl

The Library’s new exhibition “Discover your National Library: Explore, Reflect, Connect” provides a unique opportunity to view first-hand a representative selection of the Library’s holdings – the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Irish documentary material with almost eight million items including maps, prints, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, books, newspapers and periodicals.
Among the artefacts to go on display are rare manuscripts such as the Book of Maguaran dating from the Middle Ages and a deed signed by Sir Walter Raleigh. There are also curiosities such as a 1795 lottery ticket (we don’t know if it won), and more contemporary items such as a set of cigarette cards illustrated by Jack Yeats from the 1920s. The exhibition will be on show from 20 Jan in 2/3 Kildare Street, approx. 100m away from the main Library Building (towards Trinity College).
The National Library is in Kildare Street, Dublin 2 and the opening hours are Mon-Wed: 09:30-21:00, Thur-Fri: 09:30-17:00, Sat: 09:30-16:30. www.nli.ie


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and to create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. The banks don’t help anymore, the government doesn’t want to help, so we have to help ourselves! The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will help you if you have recently started a company and if you could do with spreading the word. I hope being mentioned here and being seen by the 5500+ readers of the Event Guide will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

No, I am quite happy with my job, so I don’t want a new one. But maybe you do and maybe you are looking for opportunities to make your CV available to employers. Or maybe you are an employer and want to find many interesting CVs? Dave Browe has set up www.iwantanewjob.ie to help you. He is providing a private jobs service and wants to let you know about his new venture. His company is inviting job seekers to register CVs and details on their new job board www.iwantanewjob.ie. For job seekers this is free and if you are an employer you should hurry because until 31 Jan access to the site is free for you as well. So if you are in the job market either searching or offering, then have a look at www.iwantanewjob.ie/


‘Crickets Sing with their Legs’ is an exhibition by Almha Roche and Lucy Hill. It will be on show at the Paul Kane Gallery from 15 Jan – 06 Feb. (Gallery Details: The Paul Kane Gallery, 6 Merrion Square North, www.thepaulkanegallery.com, Open: Tues-Fri 11:00-18:00 and Sat 12:00-17:00)

‘Body Conscious’ is an installation by Olive Barrett. It will be on show at The Window Gallery, 15-17 Essex Street West (the former Cultivate building), Temple Bar, from 18-30 Jan.

‘Your Pretty Face is Going To Hell’ is an exhibition by Enda Mac Nally. It will be on show from 21-28 Jan. www.endamacnally.com (Gallery Details: Master Thief’s Secret Lair, 11 South William Street, Dublin 2, www.mtsl.ie, Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00-17:00, Thurs 10:00-19:00, Sun 12:00-17:00)

‘all colours black (two)’ is an exhibition by John Beattie, Michael Coleman, Dee McDonnell, Gavin O’Curry, Tom O’Dea, Seamus O’Rourke and Jane Proctor. It will be on show from 14 Jan -06 Feb. ‘Observations of an Atheist’, a film by Elijah’s Mantle in collaboration with the artist John Beattie, will be on show at the basement exhibition space at the Cross Gallery from 14 Jan – 06 Feb. (Gallery Details: Cross Gallery, 59 Francis Street, Dublin 8, www.crossgallery.ie, Open: Tues-Fri: 10:00-17:30, Sat: 11:00-15:00)

‘The Peculiar Case of Ms Cloud’ is an exhibition of paintings by Daria Pietryka which will run from 16Jan – 18 Feb. www.milltheatre.com/exhibitions (Venue Details: Mill Theatre Gallery, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, www.milltheatre.com, Open: during theatre opening hours)

‘The Interaction of Time, Place and Being’ is an exhibition of paintings by Edel Bartley. It will be on show from 19-31 Jan. An opening reception will take place on Fri 22 Jan from 19:00-21:00. (Gallery Details: Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, www.signalartscentre.ie, Open: Tue – Fri: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00-17:00)

“Afterward” is an exhibition by Beth Moyses, a Brazilian artist, who be exhibiting in Ireland for the first time. The opening reception is on Wed 27 Jan (18:30-20:30 with guest speaker Olive Braiden (Human Rights Commissioner) and the exhibition continues until 26 Feb (from Tues-Sat 14:30-18:00) at Sycamore, 9 Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. The show is in support of Women’s Aid. www.afterwardsbybethmoyses.blogspot.com/


On Friday 22 Jan and Saturday 23 Jan the Third James Joyce Graduate Conference wil take place. This graduate conference organised by the UCD James Joyce Research Centre in association with the Humanities Institute of Ireland will feature papers by PhD and postdoctoral students working on many different facets of Joyce’s texts. Plenary lectures will be given by Professor Franca Ruggieri, Dr Fritz Senn, and Dr John McCourt. The website claims that “all welcome”, especially Postgraduate Students. If you want to check if you are welcome as a non-student, contact Professor Anne Fogarty on 01-7168159. All further information can be found here www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?dt=d.en.46991&f=week&d=22/01/2010

Jamaicans and the wider Caribbean Communities in Ireland (JCCI) are inviting to a Caribbean Event at the Melody Bar&Restaurant, 122 Capel Street, Dublin 1 on Fri 22 Jan from 19:00-02:30. Admission is free and you are invited to come with your friends if you are interested in exploring the Caribbean culture through music. The website www.jamcarib.ie doesn’t say anything about the event yet, but maybe it will be updated during the week.
At this event, JCCI will ask you as well to help the people in Haiti by donating money to the Haitian charity “A Cry for help”.
Thanks to Miren for telling me about this event!

“Witness to War: the War of Independence and the Civil War through the lens of W.D. Hogan” will be on show from 16 Jan – 24 May at the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar.
Due to his job, the photographer WD Hogan had unique access to the events of the War of Independence and Civil War in Ireland between 1920 and 1923. The photographs featured in this new exhibition include actions shots of military activity; photographs of the Black and Tans; images of both Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins addressing meetings attended by huge crowds; the destruction of the Four Courts and of the Customs House.
The National Photographic Archive is at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 and the – unfortunately not so visitor friendly – opening hours are Mon-Fri: 10:00-17:00 and Sat 10:00-14:00. www.nli.ie/en/national-photographic-archive.aspx

The Irish Astronomical Society regularly invites anybody interested in Public Observation events. The next one will take place tonight Fri 22 Jan from 20:00-22:00 at the Martello Tower Car Park (south side), Strand Rd, Sandymount, Dublin 4. Admission is free and there will be members of the Irish Astronomical Society that let you use their observation equipment and that will be happy to answer your astronomical questions. :-) www.irishastrosoc.org/

* 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.
* 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.


“What is (New) Media Art?” is a talk series in the Irish Museum of Modern Art. It will start on Sat 23 January at 12:00 in the Lecture Room of the IMMA and provides a general introduction to key concepts and themes in contemporary art. Maeve Connolly, Department of Film and Media, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, presents a paper titled New Media Art, Art and (New) Media, Through the Lens of the IMMA Collection. This focuses on artists and artworks in IMMA’s Collection as a means of describing and contextualising this complex and contested area of contemporary art practice. www.imma.ie/en/page_212171.htm (Museum Detail: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, www.imma.ie, Tues-Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun+Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:30. from 05 June-18 Sept: Thurs: 10:00-20:00)

The first ToeJam Car Boot Sales in 2010 will take place on Sat 30 Jan. The venue will be the car park of The Bernard Shaw Pub at 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2. The Car Boot Sales starts at 13:00 and finishes at 19:00. Admission is free and entry is through the Bernard Shaw Pub. The after party will go until 01:00. toejamblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/january-carboot-sale-this-sat-jan-23rd/

There are no events taking place today in the National Museum.

A free Art Workshop for all the Family is taking place on Sat 23 Jan from 14:00-16:00. It is a Francis Bacon inspired collage workshop for all the family. Bring photographs and images from magazines and join artist Michelle Browne in this creative collage workshop. To book contact the Gallery Reception on 01 2225564. Places are limited to 15 children. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=431

Taking place on a monthly basis on Saturday afternoons in the Twisted Pepper, the the Beatyard is about bringing music & multi-media lovers together for an afternoon to share music, art, multimedia and ideas via education, inspiration & perspiration. For the most part, the aim to put music lovers in a space where they’ll meet like minded people and hopefully discover something new and different. For each Beatyard, the organisers are also looking to help raise awareness, money and equipment for a cause or charity that has music in mind.
The first Beatyard in 2010 will take place on Sat 23 Jan and from 14:00 you can experience talks, workshops, music fair, food, films & it features Jim Carroll, All City, 2FM’s Jenny Heuston, FutureSounds, Beatboxing, Photoshop & loads more
The Café will host a Music Fair with All City Records, The Richter Collective, Kaboogie DJs, Futuresounds, Serato, The Cake Café & much more
The Mezz will feature Jim Carroll & On The Record who will chat about
+ The All-City Story with Olan O’Brien (15:00-16:00)
+ “In Bloom: Irish Bands Now” 2fm DJ Jenny Heuston’s new book (16:30-17:30)
The Stage will host Workshops and Demos with
+ Beatboxing workshop with Whitenoise (15:00-15:45)
+ Futuresounds product workshop (15:45-16:30)
+ Real Sound photoshop workshop (16:30-17:15)
+ All City Records graffiti workshop (17:15-close)
The Box will be where the Beatyard Cinema is taking place. It will show screenings of/with Hi Tech Soul, Maestro and Objectified.
The Basement will be the home of the Abelton usergroup.
It all kicks off at 14:00 and is free in! The Twisted Pepper is in 54 Middle Abbey Street Dublin 1, Co. Dublin. bodytonicmusic.com/beatyard/

A play reading of “Garbage, the City and Death” by Rainer Werner Fassbinder will take place in The New Theatre. Garbage, the City and Death is a provocative piece of theatre – filled with songs, dances and drag queen numbers – which focuses sharply on power (in the home and on the street), the brutality in human relationships, collective guilt and the cruelty of commerce. Fassbinder’s controversial play is very timely since A’s voracious real estate acquisition is central to the plot and the suffering of the characters. The reading will take place on Sat 23 Jan from 15:00-17:00 in The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Admission is free. www.thenewtheatre.com

The Family Programme in the National Gallery in Kildare Street on Sat 23 Jan from 15:00 is “Jack Frost is Back!” with Clodagh Emoe. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

* 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 Designer Mart is on winter break and will return from 13 March!
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* The 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 weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is taking place every Sun from 10:30-12:30. Up to 20 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The upcoming themes are
24 Jan: Medieval Life – Includes visit to Ashtown Castle
31 Jan: Pond Life
07 Feb: Make a Valentines card

Kickstart 2010 on Sun 24 Jan (12:00-15:00) is a free family fun day with a sporty twist in the Peoples Park in Dun Laoghaire? The event aims to get people out and about after the excesses of Christmas, get people moving and having some fun. The DLR Sports Department will be on hand with some sporty fun. DLR Leisure Services will be in the park with information on the four dlr Leisure Services centres in the county where you can discuss your fitness requirements and complete a mini assessment.
There will be bouncy castles and inflatable games with an active theme, face painters and DJ Falem will complement the line-up.
New to this year is a walking trail of Dun Laoghaire – starting in the Park follow the clues which will lead you sites around Dun Laoghaire and ultimately back to the Park. Find all the answers to our questions and there will be a variety of prizes available on the day. All activities are free.

It is Storytime in Hughes & Hughes in Dundrum! Every Sunday from 12:00 you should bring all the family for storytelling and cookies plus extra fun activities, including crafts & face painting. All ages welcome. www.hughesbooks.com/

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 is “Trilogue” with Sarah Buechi, voice; Ronan Guilfoyle, bass; Izumi Kimura, piano.

A public lecture entitled “Bacon: The Forces Visible in his Figuration, A Kinetic Viewpoint” will take place on Sun 24 Jan at 13:30. “This performative lecture by artist Fergus Byrne is part of a series of vibrant lectures that will illuminate this extraordinary exhibition and will give the opportunity to debate and explore issues raised by the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue.” No booking necessary, however early arrival is recommended as places are limited.

The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square is running a “Sunday Sketching for 7+ year olds” programme. This week (24 Jan) the title is “Scenes of Africa. Taking inspiration from Peter Beard’s photographs create your own African themed drawings” and the event takes place from 15:00-16:00. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=407

# The My Museum Family Event on 24 Jan is entitled “Skin and Bones!”. It will run in Collins Barracks from 15:00-16:00 and is suitable for all ages. Visit the Discovery Den to see some of our skin and bone collection – feel free to touch! Drop-in event.

The Sunday Lecture on 24 Jan at 15:00 in the National Gallery in Kildare Street is: “John Constable – Impressions of Land, Sea and Sky” by Lecturer William Gallagher, Freelance Art History lecturer. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

The Odeon are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (13:00 + 15:00), major international sporting events on the other big screen, kids under 3 eat for free are the main attractions of this offer. “The Matinee Brunch Club is a place where you, your family and friends can relax, watch a movie [or the match] and eat quality freshly made food in an informal family friendly atmosphere.”
Upcoming Movies are on 23/24 Jan: Finding Nemo, 30/31 Jan: Happy Feet. For further information ring 01 672 7690 or check www.odeon.ie/ The Odeon Bar & Grill is in the Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2.

The Freeway Blues Rock Sunday Sessions at the Lower Deck Pub in Portobello, Dublin 8 will take place again on Sun 24 Jan from 18:00-21:00. The band “The Freeway” will perform and Special Guests will contribute too. This is a High Energy Blues Rock Session where you will hear Music of Cream, Free Rory Gallagher, Freddie King, Albert Collins etc. Admission is free. www.gumtree.ie/dublin/38/51764138.html

* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* The 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 great Funk/Soul/Reggae/Jazz band Mob Fandango are playing in the newly renovated Camden Street Palace every Sunday evening from 20:00-22:00. Admission is free. www.myspace.com/mobfandango
* 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_______________


“Changing Circumstances for International Students – what next?” is the title of this talk. Sheila Power, Director of the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS), will discuss the current proposed changes to immigration procedures for students. This will be followed by a workshop for students during which there will be an opportunity to discuss issues on Immigration, Support Services in College, the GNIB, Current Work Permits and much more. This event is free but places are limited. All students must register for the event by emailing their name and college to Linda Kelly at equality@usi.ie. Closing time for registration is 12:00 on Fri 22 Jan. The event will take place on Mon 25 Jan from 18:00-20:00 in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. More information: www.usi.ie

Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening night Cine-Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) take place on alternating weeks with the next event taking place on Mon 25 Jan at 19:30 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). Howard still has no facebook page or other website, but I hope that within the next 2 weeks he will venture in this direction.

* 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.


On Tues 26 Jan the National Gallery in Kildare Street invites to a lecture at 10:30. The title is “Art in the Age of Queen Victoria” by Lecturer Dr Philip MacEvansoneya, Trinity College Dublin. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

“Child Well-Being, Child Development and Family Life” is the title of a talk by Professor Jane Aldgate OBE, Professor of Social Care, The Open University and Advisor to the Scottish Government. As one of the foremost UK experts on children’s lives, Jane has authored many publications including The Developing World of the Child (2006). She is currently seconded to the Scottish government to advise on the newly developed Getting It Right for Every Child approach to assessment, planning and intervention. The lecture will start promptly at 16:30 on Tues 26 Jan and there will be a small reception after the lecture. Everyone is welcome. It will take place in the UCD Geary Institute Seminar Room and is organised by the UCD School of Applied Social Science (www.ucd.ie/appsocsc, Catherine Baulch 01-716 8419) www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?dt=d.en.47412&f=week&d=29/01/2010

The National College of Ireland is holding a seminar aimed at parents of students from 5th class in primary school, right up to Leaving Certificate level. The free seminar is entitled ‘Pathways to College’ and is intended to provide parents with knowledge about how the education system works and how they can support their children. For further information or to register for a place contact Brigina Crowe on 01-4498618. The event will take place on Tues 26 Jan from 18:00-19:00 and will be followed by tea and coffee. The venue is Theatre 2, National College of Ireland, Mayor St, IFSC, Dublin 1. More information and a list of topics covered can be found here www.ncirl.ie/site/event_form.asp?id=203

Tiffany Murray, the author of ‘Diamond, Star, Halo’ will read from her book, which was heavily influenced by her childhood growing up on the fringes of the 1970s music industry. The event will take place on Tues 26 Jan from 18:00-19:30 in the new “Gutter Bookshop” in Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. The bookshop is just at the corner and was only opened in November. www.gutterbookshop.com

The Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL) is launching a new information pack on Tues 26 Jan at 18:30. “The Know Your Rights: Criminal Justice & Garda Powers” pack is the first of a series of booklets designed to inform people about their rights, which the ICCL is rolling out as part of its Know Your Rights public information project. The launch is in Garrett Sheehan & Partners, Cunningham House, 130 Francis Street, Dublin 8 and you were meant to register your attendance by Thursday 21 Jan. However, with a bit of luck you still might made it into this course if you contact them immediately: Joanne Garvey, ICCL Administrator, info@iccl.ie, Tel: 01 7994504. www.iccl.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
* 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


The National College of Ireland has launched its third series of Legends In Your Lunchtime, the interview series that talks to relevant people in business and public life. Soccer player Paul McGrath kicks off the series on 27 Jan and talks to Eoin McDevitt from Newstalk’s Off The Ball. Admission is free but seating is limited, so you have to register for this event. Book your place at:

The Royal Hibernian Academy is inviting to the second part of their series of lectures by RHA Members and Honorary Members:
– 27 Jan: Amelia Stein
– 03 Feb: Patrick J Murphy
– 10 Feb: Des McMahon
– 17 Feb: Peter Harbison ‘High Crosses’
– 24 Feb: Louis Marcus ‘Documentary Film: Fact or Fiction?’
– 03 March: Bruce Arnold ‘William Orpen’
– 10 March: Carey Clarke
– 24 March: Martin Gale
– 31 March: Brian Ferran ‘The William Scott & FE McWilliam commissions at Altnagelvin Hospital’
There is no admission fee and spaces will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Lectures begin at 17:30 in the Friends Room of the RHA, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2. For further information: www.royalhibernianacademy.ie

The Temple Bar TradFest 2010 is Dublin’s main festival for traditional music and culture. It’s hard to believe that before the first ever Temple Bar Trad Fest in January 2006, Dublin had lacked a traditional music festival for almost twenty years! Since 2006, each year Ireland’s top traditional musicians play during the festival weekend in Temple Bar. All the gigs on the “PubTrail” throughout Temple Bar and the outdoor events are free. The headline events and more formal concerts are not free but could nevertheless be interesting. The festival is organised by TASCQ, the local traders group in Temple Bar, and if you are around you should go to some of the events to show your appreciation for running this festival.
The event starts on Wed 27 Jan and will run until Sun 31 Jan. The website templebartrad.com/ has all the information and programmes but is a little awkward to navigate. Instead you can get the printed programme in the Temple Bar Information Centre and in most other venues in Temple Bar or you can download a (sizable) zip-file that contains pdf files for all sub-programmes that are part of the festival. The zip-file with the PDFs is here: www.templebartrad.com/wp-content/themes/tradfest/TBTF_WEB%20programmes.zip If you only want the free PubTrail events then you can find the programme here:

* 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
* 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.


Katie Holten will discuss her current exhibition in the Hugh Lane Gallery. This event will take place on Thurs 28 Jan at 13:00 in Gallery 8. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=437

Over the course of the Temple Bar Trad Fest, the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) will run a series of traditional-music showcases and master classes. The music showcases will feature performances by some of Ireland’s emerging traditional music talents! As well as the showcases, two masterclasses will take place. Michael Rooney and Eleanor McEvoy will each host a music seminar.
The two showcase concerts which will take place in the New Theatre in Temple Bar at 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2. www.thenewtheatre.com.
Showcase 1 on Thurs 28 Jan: (Doors: 18:00)
18:30-19:00 Anna Falkenau with special guests Lena Ullman and Ivan J Murray
19:10-19:40 Dílse
Showcase 2 on Fri 29 Jan: (Doors 18:00)
18:30-19:00 Imogen Gunner
19:10-19:40 Reelan
Entry to these showcases is free but due to limited capacity, booking is essential. Email keith.johnson@imro.ie to reserve your seat.
The Masterclasses are taking place on Sat 30 Jan:
11:00-13:00: Masterclass by Michael Rooney
Michael Rooney, harpist, concertina player, tutor, producer and composer of traditional Irish music in Ireland, recorded with The Chieftains on their CD “The Celtic Harp” and toured the US with the group. He published a book “Harp Tunes”.
14:00-16:00: Masterclass by Eleanor McEvoy
Eleanor McEvoy is a musician (piano and violin) and songwriter. Her album “A Women’s Heart” became the best-selling album in Irish history, staying in the Irish Top 10 for over a year.
IT is not specified if the Masterclasses are free and where you can register, but all indications are that there is no charge and to register it might be a good idea to send a mail to the same e-mail address (keith.johnson@imro.ie) as for the Showcases.
On Sat 20 Jan from 18:30-19:40 the “Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra” will perform in the New Theatre world premiere of work by the Irish composer Raymond Deane (b. 1953). More interesting details about this Orchestra and about the concert can be found here: www.thenewtheatre.com/onstage.htm#tradfest2

CFS Markets, a Financial Spread Trading Company in Dublin, wants to help you to learn more about how to trade. The CFS Markets “Learn to trade” seminar on Thurs 28 at 18:30 will be a free seminar that will cover a wide range of trading topics including: Identifying trading opportunities using a synthesis of fundamental and technical analysis; Correct timing of entry and exit points; Dealing with volatility by placing stop loss and limit orders; Position sizing and more money management fundamentals. The seminar will take place in the Sweepstakes Centre in Ballsbridge, opposite the RDS. You can find out more and register on cfsmarkets.com/learn-to-trade/

Parallel to the exhibition Freshlatino, the Instituto Cervantes in Dublin will organise a a series of talks about contemporary architectural creation. Ariadna Cantis, Pedro Bandeira and Pilar Echezarreta are among the guests. The 1st session will take place on Thurs 28 Jan at 19:00. The curator of Freshlatino Ariadna Cantis will be in conversation with architects Pedro Bandeira and Simon Walker. The exhibition will be open on the same evening and will be on show from 28 Jan-18 Feb in the Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2. The Instituto Cervantes is the Spanish Cultural Institute.
FRESHLATINO is a project that uses video installation to explore the work of fourteen practices from Ibero-America: from small-scale architectural structures to projects that integrate contemporary art, performance and architecture and even cross the boundaries into other disciplines. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha61584_16_2.htm

* A weekly pub quiz is taking place in Peadar Kearneys, Dame Street every Thursday. Register from 19:00. There is no charge.
* 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
* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the 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 first French Friday of the year, a party for all French and Francophile people, will take place on 29 Jan from 21:00-02:30 at the Bia Bar, 28 Lower Stephens Street Dublin 2. french-friday.com/


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:

Véronique Doisneau was a member of the corps de ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet and this film by Ferome Bel was made when she was approaching 42, the manadory retirement age in the Paris Opera Ballet. On a bare stage, Doisneau sketches out her life as a dancer. She dances short sections of her favourite works, among them La Bayadére, Giselle and Merce Cunningham’s Points in Space. Both humorous and poignant, Bel’s film reveals the person behind the facade of the mutely graceful corps.
A panel discussion on the topic ‘Career Transitions in Dance’ will follow the screening. Panellists include Joanna Banks, College of Dance; Finola Cronin, UCD; Paul Johnson, Dance Ireland, Jenny Roche, Dance Advisor to the Arts Council and Davide Terlingo, Head of Dance, the Arts Council.
This event will take place on Sun 31 Jan at 16:00 in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield. Admission is free, but tickets are required. You can book tickets in advance or collected them from the Light House Box Office:

Dr Craig Barrett is a former Chairman and CEO of Intel and a leading advocate for improving education worldwide. He will be taking about “Competitiveness” on 08 Feb at 18:00 in the Round Room in Mansion House, Dublin 2. If you want to attend this lecture, you have to book your free tickets for the limited amount of seats here:

______This is odd!!______________

My beloved and often highly praised Science Gallery dropped dramatically in my estimation. It is not that they are showing awful exhibitions (“What if” was not as great as others, but nevertheless interesting.), instead they decided to downgrade all their loyal members by raising the bar. Membership in the Science Gallery was always free and it included a few perks. As a member you got a 10% discount on tickets for non-free events, and on purchases in the shop and café and you got access to some events that were only available to the members.
We are now told that they need to raise money and therefore are introducing the wonderful Membership PLUS programme. Only problem is that the “PLUS” Members don’t get anything extra. Instead they get for EUR 30 per year (temporarily discounted to EUR 20 if you “upgrade” before 10 Feb) the perks that the non-Plus members previously got for free. And even worse: all normal members will not get ANY perks anymore. BAD move, dear Science Gallery! Kicking the 8500 people in the backside that felt passionate enough about the Science Gallery to join up, is not smart marketing.
By the way, I am not complaining about the fact that the Science Gallery needs to make money. Sure, it is a pity, but THEY need to decide what is needed to keep the “show” running. However, I wonder if it wouldn’t have been a better idea to charge an admission charge of just 1 Euro (not more!) from every visitor. With 500,000 visitors since the Science Gallery was opened 2 years ago, this might be a much better approach. www.sciencegallery.com/membership_plus

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Have a great weekend and make sure that you celebrate your successes, even if they are small ones.


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