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Event Guide 179: Blue Grass Weekend, Christmas Lights Dun Laoghaire + Dublin, Grand Social Flea Market, Brownbread Mixtape

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 179
| 19 Nov 2010 Subscribers: 7591

Hi all!

An interesting week politically! First we don’t need any help from outside of Ireland, then suddenly we do need help. And the press, which LOVES doom&gloom anyway and the opposition parties panic about losing Ireland’s sovereignty. I think most agree that the current government is not very good sorting all the economic challenges and many think it should be replaced. But I wonder if any other party would be able to do a better job. They all have no experience with a situation like that and maybe it is a good idea to ask people from outside the country to take over for a while. Loosing Ireland’s sovereignty? Well, if a teenager screws up then the parents reduce the independence of the teenager, help getting the trouble sorted and later provide bit by bit more freedom again. Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan are definitely not a good job, but what would qualify Enda Kenny or Eamonn Gilmore more? DO they have more experience?
Does that mean we are doomed and better give up? Not at all!! We should become MORE active and create opportunities and initiatives because in difficult times the best ideas are created. We have to accept that not politicians will “fix” Ireland’s economy, instead it will have to be you and me! Normal people that use their cleverness and energy to come up with ideas to change things. One very recent great initiative is called the “Graduate Plug”. It is part of the Designing Dublin – Love the City Initiative and is a platform for connecting graduates, small business, start-ups and funds. The Graduate Plug ran two workshops on Wed and Thurs and hopefully there will be a lot more activities. If you agree with me and think that these initiatives will be a lot more effective than what the whole lot of our politicians will manage to do, then join the Graduate Plug or look out for other similar ideas. Change starts with you!! www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001851783703&v=wall


One of my initiatives is this weekly newsletter. The purpose is to tell you about free events, but as well to help event organisers to publicise their free events AND a third purpose is to sometimes shake you a little and to point out that what is going on around us is not really as bad as it might seem! And if you are doing something to make a difference instead of working for others to “fix” the world, then let me know. Send a mail to dublioneventguide@gmail.com with the subject DIFFERENCE and might tell your story in one of the next weeks.

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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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Again I have a busy weekend ahead of me, but at least next week will be back to normal after two Thursday evening Gospel choir gigs, which seriously interfere with me writing of this newsletter.
On Saturday and Sunday I will be at a NLP course run by Patrick Cumiskey, the topic this time is “Dynamic Impact” and will cover Negotiation and Influencing. Interesting stuff! We use a good bit of these components in the self-defence training at www.kravmagaireland.com. Because when you think about it, before it comes to a scenario where someone needs to defend themselves, often there is an aspect of negotiation and influencing!
The main events this week are the Christmas Lights events in Dun Laoghaire and in the City Centre. Dun Laoghaire always turns it into a big and impressive festival and in Dublin this year is the first time that the three areas (Grafton Street, Henry Street and O’Connell Street) are co-ordinated, which is a step forward. Sure, if you don’t have children then Christmas lights might have less of an attraction to you. But it still is a nice spectacle if you are just around by accident. ;-)
The rest of the week is full with events, but I have to admit that there is nothing that absolutely grabs me. On Thursday I would be curious about what Tony Humphreys in his “Children Feeling Good” talk will explain and the “Secrets to Staying Positive” workshop in the Central Library sounds interesting.


The Children’s ‘Opera Tunes’ Event is a family event that gives you an opportunity to introduce your children in a nice way to the fascinating world of Opera. On Sat 20 Nov from 12:00-13:00 in the Gaiety Theatre, the Bugs Bunny classic ‘What’s Opera Doc?’ and other opera cartoon favourites such as ‘The Rabbit of Seville’ and ‘Baton Bunny’ will be screened. These cartoons will appeal to parents and children alike and the screening will be followed by a live performance and some very special surprises. Tickets are EUR 10 for adults and EUR 8 for children and a Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) is EUR 30. You can book on 1890 673727 and find all details here www.operaireland.ie/index.jsp?p=94&n=193 Opera Ireland has made a family ticket available for a competition here and the lucky winner is Mary Kennedy.

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______________

Today (Fri) Terminal 2 at Dublin airport will be officially opened. From the outside it is an impressive building and it will be interesting to see the inside of it. It seems that nearly all of us will use it soon, because apparently most airlines want to move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 and Aer Lingus will move all flights from January over to Terminal 2, but the first airline to use it will be Etihad Airlines from next Tuesday. Currently only Ryanair is determined to stay in the old Terminal 1.


Kaizen Recruitment provide permanent, contract and temporary staffing solutions through a quality driven service delivery programme. We are currently recruiting for Bilingual Customer Service Agents, Finance Professionals, IT Professionals and more! Click on the company logo and quote ‘Event Guide’ to apply.

While Aer Arann made it successfully out of examinership again, which will give the airline another chance, there is no more chance for the building company Pierse Group and it is not looking overly good for the other construction company McInerney. The DVD rental company Chartbusters already closed at the end of October and the Four Star Pizza chain is in trouble as well and has an interim examiner appointed. With 40 outlets, Four Star Pizza is the second largest Pizza franchise in Ireland and if the company had to close, up to 435 staff would be affected. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2010/1116/1224283412621.html

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

This year the Ice Rinks in Dublin will be at the RDS and on top (!!) of Arnott’s in Henry Street. The RDS ice rink will be open from 03 Dec-09 Jan and the “ice rink” at the rooftop of Arnott’s is already open and will stay open until 23 Jan. It is a little surprising that an ice rink is on top of a building, but it gets more surprising. The “ice rink” is completely artificial. So there is no ice at all, but I guess it is a sort of plastic surface. The surface is called “Xtraice” and is allegedly used at Disneyland in Paris, it is neither wet nor cold, so all in all, probably rather surreal as “ice”. Despite the fact that the Xtraice doesn’t require any regular maintenance and can be used for 10 years, the “ice” skating charge is still EUR 12 for 50 min, which is exactly the same as for the RDS ice rink. www.7upchristmasonice.ie/
There will be another Ice Rink in Dundrum (and possibly in other locations), however, Smithfield and Liffey Valley will both be Ice Rink-free this year.

….and you are still interested in this, so I will leave it up another two weeks or so. Make sure that you share your opinion: Dublin City wants to improve the city. For “Your Dublin, Your Voice”, you are asked to complete a short survey before Fri 10 Dec to share your Experience of Living, Working or Studying in Dublin. If you help with your opinions you will be entered into a prize draw and two lucky winners will each receive a voucher for two people for a scenic helicopter tour of Dublin. Go to the survey here: surveys.delve-surveys.com/dccpanel?friendref=133545975
Once you register and complete the first survey you will then become a member of the ‘Dublin Opinion Panel’. As a panel member you may be contacted up to four times per year to complete a short survey about Dublin…and you can win more prizes.
For more information about the whole initiative check www.dublincity.ie/YOURCOUNCIL/Pages/Yourdublinyourvoice.aspx


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

More to come! New companies that will be mentioned here soon are a Car Sharing Scheme and a Nutritionist. Watch this space.


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

Garvan de Bruir will run a design exhibition from 22-28 Nov (12:00-18:00) where he will show selected works from his extensive portfolio in the Law Library Distillery Building on Church Street, Dublin 7. Have a look t his website www.debruir.com where you see many of the beautiful pieces of furniture design and other design items that he made.
As well as displaying completed works, there will be collections of drawings, development models and prototypes to explain the visual and technical influences and design philosophies behind each design area, be it in furniture design, sculptural installations or leather luggage.

‘Transformation’ is an exhibit, sale and auction of visual art from leading contemporary Irish artists. Featuring an exciting mix of affordable pieces, high end collectables and celebrity donations. Participating artists are Angela Anderson, John Behan, Henry Blackmore, Veronica Bolay, Michelle Boyle, John Brobbel, Paola Catizone, Elizabeth Comerford, Deborah Donnelly, Roisin Duffy, Ana Duncan, Orla Egan, James English, Willie Evesson, Brian Ferran, Sean Fingleton, Adrienne Finnerty, Mary Fitzgerald, Paul Flynn, Andrew Folan, Denise French, Michael Gemmell, Tim Goulding, Caroline Hunter, John Ironside, Charlotte Kelly, Jonathon Knuttel, Sonja Landweer, Paddy Lennon, Greg Long, Bernadette Madden, Roisin Markham, Marie Louise Martin, John Morris, Stephen McKee, Chris McMorrow, Sara McNeill, Elena Mikhailova, Fionnuala Nolan, David Nolan, Martina O’Brien, Niall O’Neill, Geraldine O’Reilly, Bettina Seitz, Kevin Sharkey, Anita Shelbourne, Rose Stapleton, Manus Walsh, Michael Wann.
The Art Fair will take place on Thurs 25 Nov from 13:00-21:30 in the Atrium of the Dept of Justice and Law Reform, 51 St Stephens Green.


On Fri 19 Nov at 10:30 the “Innovation Dublin Talk: Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614), The visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon” will take place in Room 27 of the National Gallery on Merrion Square. The lecturer is Carla Briggs, University College Dublin. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

An Artist’s Talk with Richard Tuttle will take place on Fri 19 Nov at 13:00. Richard Tuttle will discuss his current exhibition, Triumphs. Admission is free. Early arrival is recommended as places are limited.

“Skibunny” will be in Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 on Fri 19 Nov at 13:00 for an In-Store Event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

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

Shayne Ward will be meeting fans and signing copies of his new album ‘Obsession’ at HMV Dundrum on Fri 19 Nov at 16:30. The event will be a signing only (no performance) and fans can pick up free wristbands at hmv which allow them access to the event. 300 wristbands will be available only from the hmv Dundrum store from 18:30 on Thurs 18 Nov. One wristband per customer maximum, in person only, while stocks last, subject to availability, at participating store only. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

A free Blue Grass Weekend is taking place in the Arlington Hotel on Batchelor’s Walk near O’Connell Bridge. The line up is
+ Fri 19 Nov 22:00-23:00: Cotton Pickin Rodeo Clowns
+ Fri 19 Nov 23:00-01:00: Prison Love
+ Sat 20 Nov 18:00-20:00: Prairie Dawgs
+ Sat 20 Nov 20:00-22:00: The Cujo Family
+ Sun 21 Nov 17:00-18:00: The Red Star String Band
+ Sun 21 Nov 19:00-21:00: I Draw Slow
The lineup is impressive and if you are in the slightest interested in that type of music, this is the event for you! bluegrassireland.blogspot.com/2010/11/arlington-country-bluegrass-weekend-in.html

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
*Graeme McKenna is playing an acoustic gig (Trad to contemporary) every Friday in the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood near CityWest from 19:00.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3) and every Monday from 19:00 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15. These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* The Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.


The last few days of this year’s Innovation Dublin festival will take place. It all ends on 21 Nov. For the 11 days since 10 Nov, venues all over the city region will opened their doors to showcase and promote innovation in the city. Lots and lots of events took place during the Festival and there is just 2 more days left. The programme is here www.innovationdublin.ie/index.php/festival2010/ www.facebook.com/pages/Innovation-Dublin/167207600069

Every weekend on Sat and Sun the Point Village Market is taking place from 09:00-17:00. It is an outdoor food market with a flea market-like add-on. The market is next to the Point Depot (O2), right beside the last Luas stop “The Point” on the Red Line. In addition to the market, there is outdoor entertainment every week on a truck stage. You can (sometimes :-/ ) find more details here: www.pointvillagemarket.ie/events
Please Note: Last weekend the organisers decided to cancel the Point Village Market because of the forecasted High Winds and bad weather. As it often happens in Ireland, the forecast was totally unreliable and the weather was quite good for most of the weekend. So I guess you should check the website before you go to the Point Village Market, just in case the organisers decide again to cancel the event.

The Movember 10km Run will take place in the Phoenix Park on Sat 20 Nov at 09:30. To accommodate this event a number of streets and gates in Phoenix Park will be closed between 09:30 and 12:00. Movember is the initiative that raises money for prostate cancer research by getting men to grow ridiculous ;-) moustaches and then collecting money from their friends that are prepared to pay for the moustache to go. Like all similar runs, participation is not free, but viewing the few hundred men with moustaches running buy is free. dublin.mo-running.com/

The Trinity Church in The Exchange Building, 50 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin 1 is inviting to their 3rd Winter Fair on Sat 20 Nov from 11:00-16:00. Craft stalls and Home Baked Food Stalls, Live music, Cafe, Face Painting will be available and admission is free. www.trinity.ie Thanks to Mandi C for letting me know.

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha*Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 12:00-17:00. The next Flea Market is on Sat 20 Nov. Vintage, Retro, Clothes, Music, Books, Furniture, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Food, Stalls, Live Perfomances, Vinyl Dj’s. And if you want to sell something yourseld, just contact hapennyflea@thegrandsocial.ie

Bernard Dunne will be signing copies of “My Story” in Eason’s in O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 on Sat 20 Nov at 12:00. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

Peña Flamenca El Indalo are inviting to a free Flamenco Show with the brilliant Felipe De Algeciras on Sat 20 Nov in The Culture Box, 12 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 just opposite Meeting House Square. Doors open at 20:00 and refreshments will be available while you wait. The show will start at 21:00, led by dancer Felipe de Algeciras, guitarist Lucas González and singer Olayo Jiménez. Expect audience participation and some surprises! Admission is free and donations are accepted. I have been at a previous show and enjoyed it entirely and if I get a chance I will be in the Culture Box on Saturday again. ;-) To book your seat go to www.flamencoindalo.com/en/activities/monthly-events

+ The Adult Gallery Talk “The Shrine of St. Patrick’s Tooth and the Devotion to St. Patrick” will take place on Sat 20 Nov from 12:00-12:30 in the National Museum in Kildare Street (Archaeology). “Join Cillian de Grás, Historian, on this talk about the relics and shrines connected to St. Patrick in the Medieval Ireland Exhibition. No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1765

The Irish Society of the Friends of St. James, a voluntary organisation to promote the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela in north western Spain, is inviting to their talk “Pilgrimage in the 21st Century” in Wynn’s Hotel (Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1; www.wynnshotel.ie) on Sat 20 Nov at 14:30. The talk will focus on the theme of pilgrimage in the 21st century. This will involve a presentation and panel discussion of significant aspects of the pilgrim experience including solitude, community and hospitality, sacred space and transformation, all universal traits of pilgrimage that are as real today as they were in the life of the early church. The pilgrim narrative will be presented as it was experienced and exercised in the Celtic church. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information ring 085 7819088, send an email to stjamesirl@gmail.com, visit www.stjamesirl.com and RSVP on: www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=101205476619661
Thanks to Cornelia K for telling me about this event.

On Sat 20 Nov at 15:00 the National Gallery Family Programme “Animal Stencils” with Kate Dick will take place. The National Gallery is accessible via entrances from Merrion Square and from Clare Street. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

The free Play-Reading “Memoirs of a Dublin Bus Driver” will take place on Sat 20 Nov from 15:00-16:00 in the New Theatre in 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. “Ever fancy being a fly on the wall of a Dublin bus lunch room? Well, funnily enough, here’s your chance.” Admission is free.

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Lights Festival to officially switch on the Christmas Lights in the Town & Harbour is taking place on Sat 20 Nov and will be preceded by a Parade. The Parade assembles in The Peoples Park at 16:45 and sets off at 17:15 to make its way along Upper and Lower Georges St to the stage area at St Michael’s Church where Carol singers from The Dominican Secondary School will entertain. The parade will be led by giant costumed characters and entertainers and a fusion of colour and Christmas Cheer. The Parade also features many local groups and entertainers and Santa arrive by train to the Peoples Park and make a special appearance. The procession through the streets will feature Gardai, Local schools, Lions Club, Vintage Cars, Library Road Play Centre, Harbour Police, Soccer Club, performing Irish Dancers, Fire Brigade, Patrick St. Cubs, Santa House, Polish Community and local voluntary groups.
Christmas music will be performed at the Ferry terminal from 17:00 and sweets and treats will be given to Children. The Parade ends at the Ferry Terminal at approximately 18:00 when the lights on the Christmas Tree will be switched on, which will in turn illuminate all the lights in the Town & Harbour and a Fireworks Spectacle will light up the sky to officially announce the beginning of Christmas in Dun Laoghaire. www.dlrevents.ie/christmas%20lights_10.html

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

French celtic folk “Chansons de Bretagne & d’Irlande” will be performed by the Duo Stetrice at “The Boars Head”, 149 Capel Street, Dublin 1 on Sat 20 Nov from 20:30-21:30. Admission is free and details are here www.facebook.com/?sk=messages#!/event.php?eid=154906214544059

You thought that Halloween is over now that we have the Christmas lights switched on? Wrong! On Sat 20 Nov at 21:00 a reading of the Dublin-born 19th-century author Sheridan Le Fanu’s celebrated novella ‘Carmilla’, the fictional story that invented the female vampire as a literary character, will take place. This story influenced Bram Stoker in the writing of his novel ‘Dracula’ and also served as the basis for several 20th-century films. The event will take place in the Exchange Dublin in Exchange Street Upper in the Old City part of Temple Bar.
After the ‘Gothic literature’ reading at around 22:00 a screening of a programme of horror/chiller short films will take place. exchangedublin.ie/

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. The Designer Mart is on winter break and will return from 13 March!
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* The Point Village Market is taking place every Sat+Sun from 08:30-17:30 next to the Point Depot (a.k.a. The O2) at the final LUAS stop in the Docklands. There are more than 100 stalls every week and you can find out more here www.pointvillagemarket.ie/
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-12:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock and you can find just everything. The 50 stalls sell collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening hours are Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30 and Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.com/
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with 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 next workshops are 21 Nov: Pond life; 28 Nov: Medieval life; 05 Dec: Christmas cards; 12 Dec: Christmas decorations; 19 Dec: Making wrapping paper. You can check with the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (Phone 01-6770095) to make sure that it takes place. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street now has a Swop Shop included and is now a weekly market. The next Crafty Market will take place on Sun 21 Nov from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there’s live music all day. Expect Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.facebook.com/craftymarket?ref=ts

The next Newmarket Brocante, the flea market for 2nd hand furniture – is staking place on Sun 21 Nov in the market hall of the Dublin Food Co-op. At this event you will find a selection of second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house and garden. There will be bargains, freebies, café, good wholesome food and chilled out tunes all under the one roof. The market will be open from 11:00-17:00. You can find more information here: www.thebrocantemarket.com/
By mistake, I announced the Newmarket Brocante for last week and unfortunately didn’t give the Ferocious Mingle Market, which took actually place last Sunday, the “airtime” it deserves. I will domy best to get the sequence right next month! 2nd Sunday is Ferocious Mingle Market and 2rd Sunday is Newmarket Brocante.

The Sunday Concerts in the Hugh Lane Gallery are back. They were called “Sunday at Noon” but don’t have that name anymore. They are free concerts of mostly classical music in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Before the summer these concerts took place from 12:00-13:00, but the gallery’s website still doesn’t tell us the starting time. Assume it is again 12:00-13:00! On Sun 21 Nov the concert is performed by the Callino Quartet who are playing two Opuses by Haydn. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=586

The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio, featuring Stella Bass on vocals, Yann O’Brien on piano and Nev Lloyd on double bass play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. So if you want to sweeten your Sunday with a bit of Jazz, you know where to go. Details are on www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/ From next week you will find this event in the Regular Event Section.

Let me quote Dublin City: “Come and see the streets of the capital transformed into a winter wonderland with it’s glistening LED Winter street lights. Don’t miss the spectacular switching on ceremony of the city’s Christmas lights on Grafton Street (15:00), Henry Street (15:45) and O’Connell Street (16:30) taking place on 21 Nov. Lots of Christmas fun is planned for the day that is guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained. Enjoy on-street Christmas carol singers, a 3D Light Projection show on the GPO, a hilarious performance from the Tumble Circus and the arrival of “Santa” from Lapland. From 15:00-15:30 the Official Lighting Ceremony, Costumed Skating Performances, Santa & Sleigh and a Choir Performance will take place in Grafton Street. Then from 15:45-16:30 Henry Street will be the venue for the Official Lighting Ceremony, Costumed Skating Performance and the Tallaght Marching Band and finally the main event in O’Connell Street from 16:30-18:00: On street Activities – Costumed Skating Performances, face painters, stilt walker and 98fm live broadcast with music etc, St. Andrews Choir Choral Performance, Projection Show, Tumble Circus Performance, Official Turning on of the Christmas Lights.

Saucy Sundays is a new live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda). It will run from 15:00-21:00 every Sunday with a line up of musicians from all round the country. It is organised by Singer/Songwriter Lisa Mc Laughlin and Joey Sauce (The Hot Sprockets). www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=info From next week you will find this event in the Regular Event Section.

+ The Family Event (from 5 years) “Hands on History” is taking place on Sun 21 Nov from 15:00-16:00 in the National Museum Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). “Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects for handling. No booking required. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1767

On Sun 21 Nov at 15:00 the talk “A University Art Gallery and Collection” by Lecturer Shan McAnena,The Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University, Belfast will take place in the National Gallery in Clare Street/Merrion Square. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Abstraction and Minimalism an exploration” and will take place on 21 Nov from 15:00-16:00. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=538

Each Sunday the ‘The Shazwanda Show’ takes place in the Dragon in Sth Great Georges Street. It starts at 20:00 with popcorn to watch the X Factor results show live on the big screen and is followed by a one-hour cabaret and comedy show from 21:00 by Sharyn Hayden (Actress Presenter Comedian Singer Writer…Northsider) as Shazwanda. Admission is free www.facebook.com/Shazwanda
www.sharynhayden.com From next week you will find this event in the Regular Event Section.

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy which is downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street every week. It starts at 21:00 and the line-up is changing every week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330 From next week you will find this event in the Regular Event Section.

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street is taking place from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there are Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs – ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.thecraftymarket.com
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

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

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From Mon 22 until Wed 24 Nov (10:00-19:00) the Centenary of the Kibbutz Movement and a Reunion will take place in the D4 Hotels in Ballsbridge. The Kibbutz Movement is 100 years old this year and the movement, which began 40 years before the foundation of the state of Israel, brought together people from many nations, including Ireland, in an experiment that combined communal socialist living with productive agricultural work. All over Ireland there are people who have enjoyed this experience and to celebrate the centenary of this movement, Irish Kibbutz veterans are invited to a reunion from Mon-Wed in Dublin. This is an opportunity to share and swap memories of the kibbutz experience with others. Any former volunteer in a kibbutz, or anyone who ever visited a kibbutz or would like to do so in the future, or simply anyone interested in knowing more about the kibbutz movement, are invited to get in contact with the organisers at kibbutz.ireland@gmail.com Just ask for the programme of the three days. Exhibitions, Chats, Talks and Film Screenings are part of the programme.

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

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


Professional Development Ltd is one of Ireland’s largest corporate training providers. But their Positive 2 Work Skillnet Conference on 23 Nov in Croke Park Conference Centre is a free conference “for people seeing new opportunities”. The conference runs from 09:00-13:00 and the title of some of the talks are “Challenging Times”, “Making Your Money Work for You”, “Exploring Options: “Thinking Outside the Box”” and “Start Your Own Business”. For all details and to register for this free event, go to www.professionaldevelopment.ie/positive-to-work-skillnet

On Tues 23 Nov at 10:30 a lecture in the National Gallery on Merrion Square/Clare Street will take place. The title is “Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1969): A great collector” by Lecturer Dr Charles Horton, The Chester Beatty Library. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

Tales of Medieval Dublin, a series of monthly lunchtime lectures at the Wood Quay Venue by the Friends of Medieval Dublin and Dublin City Council is continuing on Tues 23 Nov from 13:05-13:45 with “The Wife’s Tale: Giliana De Moenis (fl. 1340 AD) by Gillian Kenny. From the surviving will of Giliana de Moenis we can gain an insight into how this wealthy Dublin woman ran her household and remembered her friends and family by bequeathing them girdles and tunics, beds and silver cups in 1348. The event is free and no booking is required. The Wood Quay Venue is in the basement of the Northern Dublin City Offices building with the entrance just at the Amphitheatre. More information on www.fmd.ie or from talesofmedievaldublin@gmail.com.

In the second series of talks on memoir, writer and academic Denis Flannery will discuss the process through which he and his late father wrote a collaborative memoir.
Entitled “The Book and the Lake: Preface to a Collaborative Memoir”, the talk will take place in the National Library in Kildare Street on Tues 23 Nov at 19:00. Admission is free. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

The Crackity Jones’ Tuesday Movie is a brand new cinema event, taking place every Tuesday in the downstairs room of The Grand Social (formerly Pravda) in Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. The screening starts at 19:30 (sharp) and will be followed by a themed DJ set manned by DJs Megan Fox & Niall James Holohan. Admission is free and you are invited to bring your own cushions. The film on 23 Nov is “Goodfellas” and you find all information here www.facebook.com/crackityjonespromo

The Instituto Cervantes (Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, near Merrion Square) together with the Mexican Embassy is inviting to a Film season marking the centennial anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Between 09 and 30 Nov four movies from the 1930s and 1940s with a variety of themes associated with the Revolution will be screened (Spanish with English Subtitles). Admission is free.
+ Tues 23 Nov, 18:00: El Compadre Mendoza (1934), dir., Fernando de Fuentes
+ Tues 30 Noc, 18:00: Enamorada (1946), dir., Emilio Fernández No booking required but only limited number of seats available. The website dublin.cervantes.es/en/culture_spanish/activities_cultural_spanish.shtm doesn’t currently list these films yet, but the information reached me directly from the Instituto.

Fernanda Parente runs a weekly film evening in Shebeen Chic, 4 Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. On Tues 23 Nov from 19:30 the documentaries “Happiness” (2005) by Director Conor Horgan and “Fear” (2009) by Conor Hogan will be screened. The screening will be followed by Q&A with director Conor Horgan. Admission is free and all details are here www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=159300784110293&notes_tab=app_2347471856

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk Street every Tues from 20:00. It’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844
* O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) has a live music session with Sean Og McKenna and Friends every Tue at 21:00. Musicians welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Live Jazz and Blues from 21:00 every Tuesday in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
* In the Bankers Inn on Trinity Street (off Dame Street) at 21:30: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Dave Murphy. A contribution is requested but not required. This is a listening club so is very quiet and features a lot of experienced songwriters trying out new material. www.myspace.com/davemurphyandfriends
* From 21:30, O’Briens on Dame Street (next to the Mercantile Pub) is the venue for a further Open Mic event of acoustic rock’n’roll organised by the band The Mighty Stef. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


The aim of the NovaUCD ‘Entrepreneurs Live!’ seminar series is to promote a spirit of entrepreneurship among the academic, research and student population at UCD. The guest speaker at this seminar will be Brian Stephens from Design Partners, an Irish Design Company, based in Bray, with 26 employees.
The event takes place on Wed 24 Nov at 12:30 in NovaUCD, Belfield Innovation Park, Belfield, Dublin 4. Admission is free, but booking is essential: 01 716 3715 www.ucd.ie/nova/events/novanewstitle,68612,en.html

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is inviting to the Lecture “Creating an Exhibition” on Wed 24 Nov at 13:00 in the Lecture Room of the IMMA in Kilmainham Hospital. Christina Kennedy, Senior Curator and Head of Collections, IMMA will present a talk about the development and installation of The Modern’s exhibition. This talk is suitable for a general and second level student audience. The same talk is taking place on Tuesday as well and due to popular demand it is repeated on Wednesday. Make sure that you book on www.imma.ie/en/page_212291.htm

On Wed 24 Nov at 19:30 the artists agency Seven Towers will run the next Seven Towers ‘Last Wednesday’ Open Mic. The evening is there for you and will happen with you. Readings are open to everybody. The event will take place in Chaplin’s Bar, Hawkins Street, Dublin. Admission is free. www.seventowers.ie

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Wed 24 Nov at 19:00 the film “El viaje de Carol” (2002) by Director Imanol Uribe (in Spanish with English subtitles) will be shown. The Instituto Cervantes is on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha67772_16_2.htm

On Wed 24 Nov the monthly Brownbread Mixtapes will take place in The Stag’s Head in Dame Lane at 20:30. The show is hosted and run by Kalle Ryan and Enda Roche and this month’s theme is “A Hero of Mine”. Performers are MUSIC: Miss Paula Flynn, Wayne Brennan; POETRY: Catherine Behan and COMEDY: Carmody & Jones and The Brownbread Players with Sean McDonagh, Eva Bartley, Gus McDonagh and Kalle Ryan. brownbreadmixtape.wordpress.com/

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 every Wednesdays. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* Rhythm ‘n’ Booze in Sin É, Ormond Quay takes place every Wed from 21:00. Live music with DJ afterwards is the weekly programme and the details are here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001171626567
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


The Babies on Board Tour “Dress in Detail” will take place on Thurs 25 Nov from 11:30-12:15 in the National Museum in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). “Let Alex Ward, curator of the exhibition, The Way We Wore: 250 Years of Irish Clothing and Jewellery, take you on a tour of some of her favourite textile pieces. Monthly tour for parents, grandparents or carers with pre-toddler age children. Buggies welcome! No booking required. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.”

John Giles will be signing copies of “John Giles the Autobiography” in The Square Town Centre, Tallaght on Thurs 25 Nov at 12:00. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

The UCD Earth Sciences Institute lecture will continue until December and talks are normally taking place on Thursdays from 12:30-14:00.
On Thur 25 Nov from 12:30-14:00 the venue is Science Gallery in Trinity College. Two talks will take place. The first one is entitled “Energy Mapping” by Jay Stuart, Managing Director, DW Ecoco Ltd and the second talk is “Achieving a stock of Low Carbon Appliances by 2020” by Neil Stewart, Managing Director, Glen Dimplex Renewables. The meeting is chaired by Gina Quinn, CEO, Dublin Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact check www.ucd.ie/earth/

A McLaren Mercedes Grand Prix simulator will be in Hugo Boss in their Dundrum Store and in the store customers will take part in the ultimate racing competition. You can compete against each other, friends and family for the best race time – with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes on offer for the winner and runners up. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes simulator will be in the shop for 4 days only from Thurs 25 Nov. From this date customers can register to take part in the racing competition. Once registered, customers will be allocated a set time-slot to race and the winner of the fastest overall lap and two runners up from the four days will then receive a special prize from Hugo Boss. To book a race time contact Hugo Boss in Dundrum Town Centre on 01-298 0000 www.dundrum.ie/events/hugo-boss-installs-vodafone-mclaren-mercedes-grand-prix-simulator-in-its-store/

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

The Trinity International Development Initiative Lecture “Is an agricultural miracle in sub-Saharan Africa likely?” will take place on Thurs 25 Nov from 16:30-18:00 in the Innovation Academy, 3 Foster Place, Trinity College Dublin. This public lecture will be delivered by Prof. Henry Bernstein, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies in the University of London at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and Adjunct Professor in the College of Humanities and Development, China Agricultural University, Beijing. Admission is free. www.tcd.ie/tidi www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/17683.html

An In-Store event of a different type I staking place on Thurs 25 Nov from 18:30 in Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. The Live Beats event is presenting equipment and software from Ableton and Novation. The Live Beats events are designed so that attendees of all skill levels can discover more about using Ableton Live and Novation hardware. Demonstrator Thavius Beck will mainly focus on the hands-on music-making potential of Live & Launchpad, but will also be showing off other Novation hardware and demonstrating how Automap can be used to take your Ableton Live sessions to the next level. www.novationmusic.com/livebeats www.towerrecords.ie/News/206

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Thurs 25 Nov at 18:00 the film “Profundo Carmesí” (1996) by Director Arturo Ripstein (in Spanish with English subtitles) will be shown. After the screening Director Arturo Ripstein and scriptwriter Paz Alicia Garciadiego will be available for a chat/discussion. The Instituto Cervantes is on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha67864_16_2.htm

The Dublin City Childcare Focus Group invites Parents & Childcare Providers to an information evening on “Children Feeling Good” with Dr Tony Humphreys on Thurs 25 Nov at 18:30. How children view themselves strongly influences how they are in this world. Parents, childminders and teachers act as the mirror for children and their response to them will determine the image children have of themselves. In this talk Dr Humphreys will explore what is necessary for the holistic development of children and outline where the likely blocks to this development occur. Registration & Light Refreshments from 18:00 in the The Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. If you want to attend you have to register by Friday 19 November via 01-222 3259 or community.forum@dublincity.ie

On Thurs 25 Nov from 18:30 a public talk on the “Kurdish Question: the EU, Middle East and what do Kurds fight for” will take place in the Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Speakers are Latif Serhildan of the Kurdistan National Congress and Kardo Bokani of PJAK. Admission is free and the event is organised by “Kurdistan Solidarity Ireland”. Al details are here www.indymedia.ie/article/98215

The workshop “The Secret To Staying Positive In Difficult Times” on Thurs 25 Nov from 18:30 – 20:00 will take place in the Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. The workshop is part of the Programme of Career Direction & Development and has the sub title “Support and coping skills in times of change, recession or unemployment”. Anne Burke and Suzanne Herrity (Psychotherapists/Counsellors) will lead the workshop.

A tri-lingual reading and book launch of “Heart Beat – The Love Poems; Buille Croíé – Na Dánta Grá” by Walter Helmut Fritz will take place on 25 Nov at 18:30 in the Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. The event will be in German, English and Irish and Admission is free. Julia Walther will read the German texts as the author cannot attend due to illness. Walter Helmut Fritz, born 1929 in Karlsruhe studied literature, philosophy and modern languages at the University of Heidelberg, then worked as a secondary teacher in Karlsruhe and later became a freelance writer and editor. He wrote a few novels and essays but his main work is poetry. “Heart Beat – The Love Poems” is the tenth edition in this series of tri-lingual poetry volumes. Translated into English by Hans-Christian Oeser, into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en6718225v.htm

On Thurs 25 Nov at 18:30 a special panel discussion will take place in the National Gallery on Merrion Square/Clare Street. The title is “Writers drawing on Art” with Pat Boran, Enda Wyley, Siobhan Parkinson and Donald Teskey, RHA. Chair: Shane Hegarty, Writer and Arts Editor The Irish Times

“The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions” is a monthly event for emerging writers. The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions will take place on the last Wednesday of every month. Up to four short story writers will be selected and invited to read their work at the event. The November event will take place on Thurs 25 Nov at 19:00 at the Irish Writers’ Centre. The reading is free, so come along to hear the very best of this month’s submissions. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/thelonelyvoice.html

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

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

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The theme of this month’s movies is “Coen Brothers” and the list of movies is 25 Nov: Burn After Reading. To book a table find all contact details here www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

The music duo R.E.D. are hosting a free Open Mic Night for musicians every Thursday in Darky Kellys pub on Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8. Would you like to play music in front of a live audience or hear undiscovered stars? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. For details check:

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


“‘No Uncertain Voice’ – the Shemus cartoons in the Civil War period in Ireland”
On Fri 26 Nov at 13:00, Felix M Larkin, historian and author of Terror and Discord: the Shemus Cartoons in the Freeman’s Journal, 1920-1924, talks about the political cartoons of the artist “Shemus”, one of which is on display from November in the exhibition Discover Your National Library: Explore, Reflect, Connect
Admission is free. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

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

The National Library of Ireland in association with DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, DIT Digital Media Centre and Heritage Music Productions Ltd invite to “Musical Treasures from the National Library”. Featuring world-premiere performances of music from the National Library of Ireland’s collections and the launch of The National Archive of Irish Composers (www.naic.ie) with a prototype digital collection of historic piano music, live web streaming, video and audio files. This event will take place in the Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8 on Fri 26 Nov at 19:30. Tickets are free but places must be reserved by phoning 01- 603 0200 or email at booking@nli.ie www.dit.ie/conservatory/events/nationallibraryconcert/


The majority of you are in the 25-34 age group, so you might not directly be interested, but without a doubt you have a granny, granddad, aunt or maybe parents or friends of the family that fall in the category of “Senior Citizen” (over 66). Tell them that there is a special day for them on Mon 29 Nov. On Senior Citizen Day a good few events take place and access to venues is free in a number of places as long as you are a Senior Citizen. Dublin City is doing a lot on that day and many shops are giving discounts as well. Find all the information here: www.dublincityseniorcitizensday.ie/

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

As you might know, I find it unacceptable that Christmas Lights are switched on in the beginning of November. I love Christmas, but I don’t like the dilution of it. I can understand the worries of the shopping centres and shops and therefore the reason why they start earlier and earlier. The Dundrum Town Centre, for example (The worst offender of early Santa-ism on 06 Nov) has a lot of competition and therefore wants to get the parents and children first to come to them and that’s why there is a yearly competition between shopping centres who will have Santa arriving first. But understanding and condoning or agreeing are two separate things. And I actually think that the shopping centres are deluded about the increase in business an early start gets them. Do people really spend more if the Christmas lights are switched on earlier? Why would anyone do that? So, shopping centres are bad with their early Christmas lights, but imagine my surprise when I saw at an Insomnia branch a big sticker on the door “Happy Christmas to our Customers”. It is NOVEMBER!! Switch the lights on if you must, but at least wait with the “Happy Christmas” until we are closer! I officially declare that if anybody wishes me “Happy Christmas” they risk to get punched! :-P Oh and after mid December, you are MORE than welcome to wish me a Happy Christmas all the time. :-)

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Enjoy your weekend! I am glad I got this Event Guide finished. Last night we had a Gospel Choir Gig in the Button Factory and earlier in the week I had hurt my back, so I was struggling getting this week’s newsletter finished. ;-)

Take care,


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