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Event Guide 214: Kings of Concrete, Zombie Walk, Temple Bar Festival, Bray Air Show, Balbriggan Formula Fun

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 214
| 22 July 2011 Subscribers: 9203

Hi all!

The summer is still hiding and the promised scorching temperature that filled the newspapers in May (Metro Herald on 26 May 2011: “Ireland set for sizzling summer”) definitely didn’t materialise. But let’s face it, when we decided to come/stay in Ireland, the reason was never really the weather. :-) …It would just be a welcome bonus.


We can’t do anything about the weather, but other aspects of our lives in Dublin we can influence. One way is by making the most of Dublin’s Cultural offerings and this is where this Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) comes in. I will tell you all about the free events in Dublin.
Another way is by telling the people in charge what we like and what we want to be improved and this is where Dublin City’s initiative “Your Dublin, Your Voice” comes in. With regular questionnaires/surveys Dublin City wants your opinion about our city and to thank you, you even can win brilliant prices. If you have joined the panel before, make sure you read the piece about it in the Dublin News section in this newsletter. If you have never heard about this initiative you can immediately help here surveys.delve-surveys.com/dccpanel2/?friendref=dublineventguide and you should read the Dublin News section as well. ;-)

And while you are in “survey mode”, please check the second piece in the Dublin News section as well. This Dublin Event Guide would appreciate your support and you can find all the details in the article “Register for surveys – Help the Event Guide”.

And finally in this introduction: Thanks a lot to the people who sent me their testimonials/opinions about the Dublin Event Guide. I will contact you all directly, but didn’t get a chance yet. If you didn’t send a mail yet to tell me how you would recommend the Dublin Event Guide to others, please still do it. Tell me why or how the Dublin Event Guide helps you, makes a difference, is something lots more people should read.

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“I find the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events so great as it allows me to find and do things I don’t normally get the chance to do. I thought that I would be quite good at finding things to do here, yet I didn’t know half the stuff that went on. That was until I signed up to the Dublin Event Guide last year.” Lisa Rogers

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At this point in the Dublin Event Guide I usually have a “Feel Good Slot”. This is the space to come to if your day or week has not been the best OR if you want to be inspired even further. I had a clip of Tony Robbins not too long ago and I will see him in September for a seminar. An amazing guy and if you are interested in his training course, drop me a mail. Tony Robbins is one of the best known inspirational and motivational speakers and many people wonder if even someone like him can have bad days. The answer is a definite YES! But it depends what you do with that emotion! Listen to the brief interview and take his recommendation into your weekend and new week! www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/38434790

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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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Another busy festival weekend. You have probably realised that last week this section was more a listing and not me picking certain events. There are just tooo many good events to pre-select them for you.

This week the Kings of Concrete festival for cool kids is on and I will have a look at it at some point on Sat or Sun. The Malahide Festival runs on both days but I might give that a miss and instead go to the Zoombie Walk in Dublin. The Cuban Film Festival on Sat sounds interesting, but I am hoping for sun and will then not be found inside.

On Sunday the Bray Air Spectacular is competing with the Temple Bar Festival afternoon of gigs. But then there are great bands in Bray as well on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. Difficult decision! If you want to go to Bray, be prepared for LOTS and LOTS of people.

The Balbriggan Formula Fun on Sunday sounds like a lot of Fun as well, but Balbriggan could turn out to be a little to far away for me.

Currently we are in the pre-Edinburgh Fringe Festival phase and all comedians are fine-tuning and rehearsing their material. Lucky for us! In Kilmainham there will be four days of comedy in the patriot Inn from Monday and the Comedy Crunch in Shebeen Chich has an extra evening on Tuesday as well to give Comedians the practice runs they think they need.

The rest of the week I will be busy with other things, so have a look if something tempts you on Tues-Thurs.


On 26 July Reachout.com is hosting a comedy night at The Sugar Club. MCd by funny man Fred Cooke, the night will feature some of the country’s top comic talent, including Jack Wise, Eric Lalor and Shazwanda. ReachOut.com is a service dedicated to taking the mystery out of mental health, to remove the taboos and take mental health issues out into the open. All proceeds from the sales of tickets from this event will go to helping ReachOut.com deliver the best service it can to young people with something on their minds.
Fresh from his performance at this year’s Street Performance World Championship, Jack Wise will mesmerise the audience with his cocktail of comedy and magic all served up with a solid slice of sarcasm. Eric Lalor will leave the audience with a warm fuzzy feeling and lots of laughter and the razor sharp North Dublin wit of Shazwanda will provide the balance to the warm fuzzy feeling but will not be less laughter-inducing. Tickets cost EUR 20 and are available here entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/The-Sugar-Club//2594470.htm. The event starts at 20:00 and is for over 18s only. Visit www.reachout.com to see more about its service. The organiser made one pair of tickets available for a competition and the winner is Simon Eales. Congrats!

The LetsDoItForBen.com charity is raising funds for 7 year old Ben Murphy. Ben was born normally, but after a vaccination a sequence of events was kicked off that lead to serious epileptic seizures and the discovery that Ben had a metabolic disorder called SCAD, which prevents the body converting certain fats into energy. This condition is a life long and life threatening disorder and there are only 4 children in Ireland that have the same condition. There is a chance that doctors in the USA would be able to help Ben, but the family doesn’t have the money to get Ben checked and possibly treated, so they are running events to raise the money. On Fri 22 July Paddy Casey, Phelim Drew and Mick Fitzgerald will be in Ballyfermot Utd. Sports and Social Club, Blackditch Road, Dublin 10 for a charity concert to help the fundraising efforts for LetsDoItForBen.com Doors open at 20:00 and tickets are EUR 15. Reserve them on 087 6327208. All proceeds go to LetsDoItForBen.com and you can find out more on the website or on www.facebook.com/letsdoitforben. The charity has made 2 pairs of tickets available for a competition and the winners are Ciara O’Reilly and Dan Forde. Congrats!

The European Young Professionals (EYP) invite to a Tea Party & Fashion Show on Fri 22 July in the Westbury Hotel (19:30-23:30). The Dublin Fire Brigade will be at the event and you will be allowed to take pictures of them in exchange for donations for Barnardos. Then you can admire some of Dublin’s finest fashions as local talented designers take to the stage and showcase their creations. Surprise performances and other entertainment by artists including DJ Byron will entertain you throughout the evening. This year’s show is headlined by Irish designers Michael Leong, Richard Lewis and Yasmin Velloza and also includes fashion by Eilis Boyle, Mo Muse, Claire O’Connor and Wendy’s Wardrobe amongst others. The evening will also include a display of fashion by some of Dublin’s young fashion professionals including Umit Kutluk and Lucy Gilmor Murphy Hats. The afterparty will take place in Lilies Bor dello nightclub in Grafton Street. Proceeds of the event will be donated to Barnardos Children’s Charity of Ireland. Tickets are EUR 20 at the door tonight or EUR 18 if you buy online via: www.facebook.com/pages/EYP-Dublin/261877113874?sk=app_163538337002366 and find out more details on www.facebook.com/eypdublin#!/event.php?eid=243967705616448
EYP has made one ticket available for a competition and the winner is Grace Lavelle. Have a great night!

______Dublin News______________

Your opinion is needed to help changing Dublin…and when you submit the survey, you can win great prizes. You and a friend could win a scenic helicopter trip over Dublin (a brilliant prize!!). In addition there will be 10 pairs of tickets for Dublin Bus scenic tours of the city (which are valid for the ghost bus tours, coastal tours and sightseeing tours) and 15 pairs of tickets for an exclusive walking tour of Dublin with Pat Liddy Walking Tours where you will explore the hidden medieval and Georgian Dublin. And only 5-7 minutes of your time is needed to get a chance to a) help with your opinion and b) win a prize.
The questions are about the social scene in Dublin, your shopping and spending habits and about how you like to spend your time in Dublin. So, interesting questions and an opportunity for you to make your voice heard.
Here is what you have to do:
If you took part in the first survey before Christmas, but haven’t responded to the second survey yet, check your mails from around 01 June 2011. A mail with the subject “Your Dublin, Your Voice “should have made it to you from surveys@delve-research.com. Read it!
If you never took part or if your e-mail address has changed or if the mail in June never made it to you, then NOW is the time for you to join the group of over 2,500 people who are already registered. Click on surveys.delve-surveys.com/dccpanel2/?friendref=dublineventguide to join the panel and then follow the instructions. If you click on this link you not only can win one of the prizes I listed above, but in addition to that, Dublin City is providing FOUR (!!) EUR 25 shopping vouchers exclusively for the Dublin Event Guide readers who join the panel through this link above. A separate draw will determine the four winners.
My recommendation is that as many of you as possible take part because if we don’t voice our opinions, then we let other people GUESS what you and I want and need in Dublin! The survey closes on 31 July, so don’t delay and respond now.

MySurvey is a company that runs surveys for other companies, for example to find out what people think about the name of a product that will be launched soon, or about an advertisement campaign before it makes it on to the billboards or on the TV screen. So, you influence the approach companies take and to thank you, you will receive reward points which can be exchanged for interesting vouchers or you can donate your rewards to charity if you prefer that.
MySurvey regularly look for new and good panel members. A “good” panel member is someone who doesn’t just sign up, but who replies to questionnaires as well. And for helping them to reach new panel members they are prepared to give prices. I am always looking for ways for you to help the Dublin Event Guide without having to put your hand in your own pocket and here is a way: If more than 200 people sign up by following this link: clk.tradedoubler.com/click?p=83237&a=1719778&g=17705998 and if these 200+ people fill in at least one questionnaire in the next 30 days, then the promoter (i.e. me!) will get an iPad. Not a lot of work for you and it would help me prepare the weekly newsletter in a more convenient and efficient way. Can you help? Unless you ARE already a MySurvey Panel member, click on this link to help! clk.tradedoubler.com/click?p=83237&a=1719778&g=17705998 Thanks! :-)


MySURVEY – Get rewarded for taking part in surveys that help companies to improve their products or the information they provide. You will get paid for your help and can get PayPal vouchers or donate the reward to a charity AND you make your opinion count! In addition MySURVEY will support the Dublin Event Guide financially if you register through this link:

The Ranelagh Arts Festival has been a wonderful multifaceted end-of-summer festival in the last week of September and I remember a number of great events and concerts. Unfortunately all this will not take place this year as the Ranelagh Arts Festival 2011 has been cancelled. Hopefully it will be back next year! It hasn’t even been properly announced that it is cancelled, but I have it on good authority. www.ranelagharts.org

The cancellation of the Ranelagh Arts Festival got Cracked Light Productions to produce a free (unplugged) performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet in Ranelagh Gardens, but this is not a one-night only performance. No, they will perform the play from 09-14 August in Ranelagh Gardens and then from 17-21 August in Iveagh Gardens. What a brilliant idea!
You might wonder why I am already telling you about it. Well, first of all I want you all to show your appreciation for this great initiative by going to one of the free performances. Cracked Light Productions expect a total of 2,500 people to come. But I think that this number can be at least doubled! Let’s help them. ;-) The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will most likely be one of the Media Partners of the event, so help me to spread the word!
There is another area where they urgently need your help:
To fund the whole performance, the team needs some money, so they are using the “crowd-funding” platform fundit.ie to raise money. Fundit.ie works like that: You have a certain amount of time to raise the money that you need, but if you don’t reach 100% of the specified amount you get NOTHING. The Cracked Light team has received funding for EUR 2300 and needs another EUR 700 to reach their target. If you can help, check www.fundit.ie/project/romeo–juliet-unplugged
I will keep you posted about the progress and will remind you in August when the performances start.

BeepBeep.ie are running a free taxi in town for the last time this Friday from 16:00-21:00. I wouldn’t be surprised if all timeslots are booked out, but you can try it anyway. To book the taxi go to www.facebook.com/beepbeep.ie?sk=app_220597357964537 or send a Direct Message on Twitter to @beepbeep_ie


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will help you if you have recently started a company and if you could do with spreading the word. Being mentioned here and being seen by the 8000+ readers of the Dublin Event Guide should help to kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very much appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

More to come here!


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.

Samaritans Ireland is hosting a photo exhibition, entitled “24/7”, which showcases how Samaritans’ services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. The photos will highlight the day-to-day work done by their volunteers in the Dublin and Sligo Samaritan branches. The exhibition will be on display in the European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 and in the neighbouring Fixx Coffee House, 13-17 Dawson Street from Thurs 21 July until Fri 29 July and on Thursday, 21st July, at 7pm. Samaritans is a volunteer-led organisation, which has been supporting those in distress and suicidal crisis in Ireland since 1961. Over 2,000 people volunteer with the Samaritans in Ireland and some of these volunteers are featured in the exhibition. All images were taken by Irish photographer Derek Speirs. The opening hours for European Union House are Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00. The opening hours for Fixx Coffee House are Monday to Saturday, 07:00-20:00 and Sunday 20:00-19:00. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge. www.samaritans.org

20 Jul-21 Aug: Wed-Sun 12:00-17:00 – The Ark, 11a Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. As part of PLAY, The Ark’s summer music festival for families, there is a free foyer sound installations at The Ark. Come along and play with fascinating and quirky electronic sound installations by composer Jonathan Nangle. Create your own surround-sound music and lighting using iPod Touches, play a real drumkit without touching it, discover what a can of baked beans sounds like and meet some double pendulums. Children and grown-ups will be equally addicted!
Demo Sessions with Jonathan Nangle will take place on Sat 30 July and Sat 13 Aug at 11:00. Admission is free to these demo sessions, but you need to book on 01-6707788. www.ark.ie

26 Jul – 25 Sept: Noshington Café, 1a Washington Street, Dublin 8
“Rare Auld Times” is the title of a Photography Exhibition by Dermot Kelly. The opening will take place on Tues 26 July from 18:30-21:30. The show features a collection of photographs taken in Dublin in the last three years. Some are distinctly “of Dublin” or “of the period”, others might have been taken anywhere. Noshington Cafe (dickierock.wordpress.com/) is opposite Griffith College, near Leonard’s Corner, a stone’s throw from Portobello.

22-29 July: Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 2
“Learning Through Design” is the title of a Group show that exhibits the outputs of the projects of the Designing Together library design project. Designing Together / Open Spaces / Heart of Balbriggan / South Dublin-CONNEC T / DLR Creative Future. The projects held over the past year in which young people worked with designers and public authorities so that all could learn from each other about how public services, facilities and spaces can be improved through design. This exhibition forms part of Pivot Dublin, Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital 2014.
The opening of the exhibition will be on Fri 22 July at 18:00. www.pivotdublin.com

01 July- 28 Aug: Mon-Fri 09:30-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00 (except 06 Aug). This exhibition in the the Dun Laoghaire County Hall on Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, traces the history of the towers and shows how / why / when they were built. It also gives the present day condition of each tower. Admission is free. photopol.com/martello/exhibition.html


(see Saturday for details)

(see Saturday for details)

Mon-Fri 18-22 July: 11:30-12:30: Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. The Silk Worm Summer Club is a week of activities based on “The Art Books of Henri Matisse” exhibition. It includes paper cut collage and exploring Matisse’s use of colours, patterns and props. Booking is required on www.cbl.ie and since booking was possible since 11 July, it is possible that all tickets are gone. Only 20 children (6-11 years) can take part every day. Admission is free.
+ Fri 22 July: Explore Matisse’s use of patterns in his work and make your own mini print. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

18-22 July: South Docklands with St. Andrew’s Resource Centre in Pearse Street as the main location. – The South Docks Festival incorporates the communities of Pearse Street, Westland Row and City Quay. This will be the 24th year of the South Docks Festival and the week-long festivities with over 20 events will cater for all ages.
The festival events are all listed here www.facebook.com/pages/South-Docks-Festival/163732077014690?sk=wall and while there is not much detail given, it might be enough to tempt you to find out more. Ring 01-6771930 to find out more.
The last day brings:
+ Fri 22 July: 11:30 South Docks Festival Parade to Merrion Square, 13:00 Fair in the Square, 21:00 Karaoke/ Festival Friday

The “Curator’s Tour: The Replica High Crosses” will take place on Fri 22 July from 12:30-13:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). The tour is for adults.
“Get the inside story with curator, Padraig Clancy and hear at first-hand about their significance as replicas and as important objects in their own right. Places allocated on a first-come basis from 15 minutes before event starts.” This exhibition is truly amazing. It is just one single room with crosses, but the impact they have when you enter the room and are not prepared for what you see is BIG. Even if you can’t go to that tour, put the exhibition on your To Do list for one of the next few weekends!

Fri 22 July: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday 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. Sarah Griffin will be hosting the Ink Slingers throughout June.

Fri 22 July: 18:00 – Eason O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Bestselling crime author, Dennis Lehane will be in conversation with Declan Burke.
Followed by Q&A and book signing. This is a ticketed event (free), call 01-8583815 www.eason.ie/events

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 22 Kaye Twins
Sat 23 Take it Easy
Sun 24 Minus Seven (12 piece Big Band Jazz) 18:00-20:30
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Fri 22 July: 22:00 – Ruairi Maguires Bar & Organic Kitchen, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum. – Ruairi Maguires’ has every weekend live music from Friday until Sunday. This Fri, Stephen Cooper kicks off the weekend in Ruairi Maguires at 22:00.
On Sat, “The Scene” are rocking from 22:00.
On Sun, Roy Taylor makes his debut at 19:00. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000462805646&sk=wall

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

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
*Graeme McKenna is playing an acoustic gig (Trad to contemporary) every Friday in the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood near CityWest from 19:00.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3) and every Monday from 19:00 in Blakestown Community Resource Center, Blakestown Way, Dublin 15 (next to Lidl). These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* The Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Friday from 23:00 in the Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com


15-24 July: Temple Bar
The 20th anniversary of Temple Bar is celebrated with a 10 day Festival full of events. You can find the detailed programme here www.templebar.ie/Upload/EventTheme/file/56/Large_0616201111514200774.pdf On Saturdays Temple Bar is always busy with the Food Market (which currently split up in lots of locations) and the Designer Mart in Cow’s Lane. So there will be less events taking place during the day. On Sunday there will be a music festival on Temple Bar Square from 13:00-19:45 with performances from Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, We cut Corners, Róisín O, Gorgeous Colours, Vertigo Smyth and as the top performer of the day Ryan Sheridan.

08 July – 07 August: Bray Sea Front
The Bray Summer Festival continues with Fun Fair, gigs on the band stand etc, but the highlight this weekend is the Air Show on Sunday from 15:30 and the practice runs on Saturday from 11:00-18:00. Check out the details at www.brayairdisplay.com/
For the remaining festival programme have a look at www.braysummerfest.com/events/ and www.braysummerfest.com/Bray-Summerfest-2011.pdf
The performing bands are:
+ Fri: Sweetcorn Riot, Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, Mac Fleetwood
+ Sat: Hot Licks, Smash Hits
+Sun: The Bogs, Taboo, Bree Harris Band

Sat+Sun 23+24 July: Amphitheatre, Wood Quay, between Christ Church and Dublin Civic Offices. Kings of Concrete is a cool event for the kids! Skateboarding, rollerblading, bmx, parkour, break dance, live street art, graffiti and sweet sounds. There will be competitions, show performances and on Sunday evening at 20:00 there will be even a film screening about Kings of Concrete 2011.
Some of this year’s highlights will include: The RampRage Titan ramp which will be eating into the main amphitheatre standing at a whopping 8ft tall, an awesome selection of skate, inline and BMX comps along with b-boy battles, vespa customisation, freestyle footie, beatboxing demos and more. And the best part is, all of this great urban entertainment is free of charge.
School might be out for summer but the Kids of Concrete programme at this year’s Kings of Concrete festival will open a classroom with a difference to help kids get creative and learn skills such as skating, BMX’ing, rollerblading, Parkour, hip hop dance, graffiti / illustration classes and T-shirt design workshop.
While the l’il scamps are busy learning their new skills there’s plenty to keep the parents entertained. Get involved in the competitions, enjoy some delicious organic food, kick back, relax and enjoy the spectacular visual feast unfolding before your eyes. – Closing the festival on Sunday night at 20:00 is the Capture Kings film screening and winner announcement. Starting on the morning of Friday 22nd, four selected teams will compete to film, edit and deliver a 4-5 minute piece on the festival by Sunday night. Each piece will be shown on a rear projection cinema on site at 20:00 sharp, where attendees can also enjoy some free BBQ, and the winning team of the Capture Kings competition will be announced.
Detailed information and schedules is as sparse as ever. Nowhere you can find when the event starts and when it ends and what takes place when. All a bit chaotic, but, hey, I don’t think the target group will mind too much. :-) Things happen when they happen. So come early and stay late. ;-) www.kingsofconcrete.com

Sat+Sun 23+24 July: 11:00-22:00: Malahide Co. Dublin
The seaside town of Malahide, North-East of Dublin, hosts its summer festival this weekend and offers a great programme of activities for all the family.
Daytime activities include a funfair, face painting, balloon twisting, kids treasure hunt, kids art competition, historical walk, magic show, tai chi, Zumba, tug ‘o’ war, sea rescue demo, lots of life music, entertainment and food. In the evenings New Street and Malahide’s pubs come alive with live music. www.malahidehasit.com/

Sat 23 July: 11:30-18:00 – The New Theatre, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
To celebrate Cuban National Day (26 July), a selection of films from and about Cuba will be screened in the New Theatre. Admission is free and the full list of films is here.

Sat 23 July: 12:00-16:00 – Odessa Club, Dame Court (off Exchequer Street)
A Storytelling playschool with The Oh-Aissieux will take place on Saturday. On the day you play Storytelling games with one of Ireland’s most playful storytellers, the founder of the Narrative Arts Club. Games are “Whose story is it? – for liars and deceivers”, “A street in Rome – collective visualisation game” and “Once Upon a Time – storytelling card games”. Why should children have all the fun? This is a playschool for adults. Sounds interesting and I definitely want to do that one day!
Admission is free but donations are welcome. (All proceeds go to promote
innovative storytelling on a non-profit basis.) To book a place at the playschool, please send your contact details by e-mail to narrativearts@gmail.com
or by text to 086 060 3818.

Sat 23 July: 12:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“Stories with Niall De Burca” is an event for children and grown-ups in the National Library on Sunday. All are welcome and booking is not required. With his dynamic performance style and the diversity of his stories, this story hour will delight audiences of all ages. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Fiona Moloney’s (and Tine Schnell’s) Yoga in the Park to raise money for The Dublin Simon Community is continuing. Each Saturday at 11:00-12:00 until September, Fiona and Tine will be taking turns to lead the classes. Meeting point is the Bandstand near the Zoo and near the Tea Rooms. Classes will be suitable for all levels and are donation based. That means you can give what you can afford, but please be fair.
Wear some loose clothes, preferably layers to be prepared for all type of weather and bring a mat (or a big beach towel). For contact details, directions and to find out who is teaching when, go to www.twopalmsyoga.com

Sat 23 July: 12:00-17:00 Farmleigh House (near Castleknock Gate), Phoenix Park, Dublin. There are two workshops, one is for 5-7 years and the other is for 8+ years. Both will take place in parallel. One in the Motorhouse and the other in Arkle Room in Farmleigh House. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerEvents2011/Title,16066,en.html

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 23 July. Vintage, Retro, Clothes, Music, Books, Furniture, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Food, Stalls, Live Performances, Vinyl Dj’s. And if you want to sell something yourself, just contact hapennyflea@thegrandsocial.ie

+ The Family Tour “Furry Friends” will take place on Sat 23 July fro,m 15:00-16:00 in Merrion Street (Natural History). “Fur helps keep an animal warm and hidden and can even help them swim! Find out more on this tour. No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2384

Sat 23 July: 13:00-16:00 – Jervis Street Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Every Saturday (or Sunday) until the end of August, the Jervis Street Shopping Centre will run a “Children’s Summer Entertainment” event. This Saturday there will be a Magician, a Clown and in addition there will be a Balloon Modeller and Facepainter. www.jervis.ie/home/summer_entertainment

Sat 23 July: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit 75, Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road. Artane, Dublin 5. Astronomy Ireland will host a Daytime Sun Watch at their headquarters in Artane every Saturday over the summer, where you will get to see the Sun in a way that very few people have ever seen before. Our closest star will show incredible detail using special filters that will reveal intricate detail on its surface. Activity on the sun has been hotting up as we approach a solar maximum and massive sunspots are visible most days. This is a free event and is suitable for all the family and all attendees will receive a European Space Agency DVD. www.astronomy.ie

Daily in July: 13:10: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Over the last two months the IFI ran free screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive on Mondays and Wednesdays. The films are really interesting and became so popular that in July the Archive films will be screened every day, but – to make my life interesting when I try to describe that to you :-) – the two films are shown on alternating days. Simply collect your free tickets at the IFI Box Office when you get there. (You might have to pay a 1 Euro membership for the day.)
The first film is “Shamrocks Sky High”, sponsored by Aer Lingus and produced by Vincent Corcoran. This film from 1968 shows the company’s operations in Ireland and overseas. The film looks behind the scenes at Dublin Airport and at the expertise involved in developing and maintaining Ireland’s national airline. This film is 30 minutes long and is shown on all days with EVEN dates (2,4,6,8,10,….). www.ifi.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7437&Date=04/07/2011&PageID=15
The second film is in fact a sequence of two shorter films: “Gael Linn: Amharc Eireann Newsreel Compilation” from 1956-1964 (7min) lets you marvel at inaugural flights to Malaga and New York; new jet airliners; training of air hostesses; and the arrival of stars. And “Radharc: Blessing the Aer Lingus Fleet” from 1962(12 min) shows that Aer Lingus planes are named after great Irish missionaries; are blessed annually by members of the clergy and carry us safely to destinations all over the world. These two shorter films are shown on all days with ODD dates (1,3,5,7,…). www.ifi.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7436&Date=05/07/2011&PageID=15

Sat 23 July: 14:00 – St. Stephen’s Green (Leeson Street Entrance!!), Dublin 2
Up to 4,500 zombies are expected to descend upon Dublin for the world’s largest Zombie Walk. Dressed as the living dead, these zombies will walk from the Leeson Street entrance of St Stephen’s Green to Eustace Street in Temple Bar via a rather twisted path (www.dublinzombiewalk.com/route/). The purpose of the event is to fundraise for the Irish Cancer Society and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The walk with end with a fundraising party in the Button Factory (Admission is free).
“Look dead, walk. The zombie walk is all about having fun, dressing up, walking, shuffling, moaning through the streets and raising much needed contributions to two very important charities, the Irish Cancer Society & the RNLI. A charity event with a twist! The walk will start at 14:00. Everyone will be gathering in St. Stephens Green and leave through the Leeson Street entrance with the walk ending in Temple Bar at the Button Factory.
All photographers and videographers are more than welcome and we will do whatever we can to get you the best shots on the day. Please remember that without videos and photos from the walk it’s really nothing but a rumour.”
+ Button Factory after Party
The Dublin Zombie Walk after party the thank you to all zombie walkers for making this event one of the biggest and most unique event Ireland has ever seen. It will start at around 16:30 and there will be stalls, cakes, face painters, fire breathers, jugglers, stilt walkers, dancers, badges, tshirts and a whole load of zombie surprises! Admission is free but donations are appreciated. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110423785718051

Sat 23 July: 16:10 – IFI, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Apichatpong ‘Joei’ Weerasethakul has become one of the most famous filmmakers in the world since winning the Palme d’Or in Cannes last year, but his work can’t be pigeonholed. He grew up in provincial Thailand, immersed in pop genre movies and comics, and then studied in Chicago, where he discovered surrealist art. Ever since he began making films and installations in the mid-1990s, he has relished opposites, contradictions and alternative possibilities. A number of his films will be screened in the IFI (www.irishfilm.ie/cinema/season2_07.asp?PageID=59&SID=231) and there is also a free event “Apichatpong Weerasethakul In Conversation” on Sat at 16:10. The event is free but ticketed. Call 01 679 3477 to book your seat.
This major retrospective of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s films, which concludes in August, is presented by the IFI in collaboration with the Irish Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of their multimedia exhibition For Tomorrow For Tonight, taking place between 27 July and 31 October.

Sat 23 July: 18:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
“Whatmans” will perform in Tower Records. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

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

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. The Food Market is – until June – divided in parts and distributed in different locations in Temple Bar.
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-16:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food + there’s free popcorn and ballons&facepainting for the kids. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening: Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.com/
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with latin DJs. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing and you are invited to add your own percussion. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* Salsa/Latin Party in the Merchant Arch Bar, opposite the Ha’Penny Bridge from 23:00-02:30. Admission free.

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Sun 24 July: 09:00-19:00 – Main Street + Drogheda St, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
The Balbriggan Formula Fun is a free pedal Go-Kart Garnd Prix raceing event for young and old. Brilliant idea and it sounds like lots of fun. There will be as well Road Safety Promotions, a Craft and Food Market, Family Fun area, Street Entertainment and a Motor Exhibitions www.facebook.com/BalbrigganFormulaFun www.balbrigganformulafun.com/

Sun 24 July, 07 + 21 August, 04 + 18 Sept: Palmers Golden Ball Tavern, Carpark, Kilternan, Dublin 18. A Car Boot Sale, which is a fundraiser for the Niall Melon Township Trust, will take place on six Sundays between now and September.
The Car Boot Sales runs from 09:00-16:00 (Traders arrive at 08:00). EUR 15 for traders, free admission for potential buyers. dublincity.olx.ie/niall-melon-township-trust-fundraiser-iid-216570807

Sun 10:30-12:30 – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops is taking place every Sun. Up to 15 children (5yrs+) can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. The next workshops are 24 July: Make a wallet (Bring an empty Juice Carton); 31 July: Summer flowers in the Park. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html To confirm that it takes place ring 01-6770095.

Sun 24 July: 11:30 – Malahide Rugby Club, Estuary Rd, Malahide, Co. Dublin
A Car Boot Sale at the Malahide Rugby Club will take place on Sunday. Admission is free for buyers, EUR 10 for sellers. (Call 086 7313354 to book.) The event is in support of the Sacred Heart Church, Seabury. There will be a Bouncy Castle and barbecue.

23 July: 15:30-17:45 – Bray Sea Front
After one of the main weekends of the Bray Summer Fest last week, this week the Bray Air Spectactular will be the highlight.
On Sat from 11:00-18:00 you can see the practice runs and then on Sunday at 15:30, the proper Airshow will start.
The skies over Bray Seafront will come alive with the sounds and sights of some spectacular flying as the Bray Air Spectacular returns for its sixth year. Expect two hours of amazing free entertainment. Headliners this year include the high energy display from The Blades in their purpose built Extra 300 aircraft, plus Dave Bruton and five times Irish Aerobatic Champion Eddie Goggins. The Irish Coast Guard and Air Corp will be there and you can expect some amazing sights as Aer Lingus and City Jet fly by. You are strongly advised to arrive early and use public transport – bring your cameras, binoculars and check out all the acts at www.brayairdisplay.com

Sun 24 July: 12:00-16:00 – The Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. “The Contemporary Music centre presents Play with Music II on 24 July as part of the Temple Bar “Made in Temple Bar” Festival. Play with Music II consists of two different multimedia installations, Handchime and Wee-Doodle and offers an exciting opportunity for children and adults to interact with sound and vision.
Handchime, created by Irish composers, Edward Costello and Andrew McGovern, is an interactive melody generator, that uses hand gestures to control pitch and sound textures. The installation makes use of both audio and visual feedback, which provides a simple and intuitive way of creating pleasant melodic textures.
Wee-Doodle, created by Irish composer, Eoin Smith, is an easy and fun way of manipulating visuals and sounds, using a Wii remote. It allows users to control audio, draw shapes and generally explore the sonic and visual world in the installation. The idea is simple – take the controller and enjoy a Wee-Doodle.”
Admission is free and booking is not required. www.cmc.ie

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

Sun 24 July: 14:00-16:00 – Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park.
On Sunday the Blanchardstown Brass Band will perform in the bandstand.

Sun 15:00-17:00 – St. Enda’s National Historic Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. An OPW sponsored Summer Music Fest 2011 in Rathfarnham brings a whole range of performers to St. Enda’s Park.
+ 24 July: Fodhla Ceili Band (Irish Dance Music)
+ 31 July: Innis Free (Ballads and Folk Music)
+ 07 Aug: Al O’Donnell and Friends (Folk Music and Songs)
+ 14 Aug: Niall Toner Band (Country Music)
+ 21 Aug: Avondale (Ballads and Folk)
+ 28 Aug: Murphy’s Law (Irish Music and Ballads)

+ The My Museum event “Become a Scribe!” will take place on Sun 24 July from 15:00-16:00 in Kildare Street (Archaeology). The event is for Families with children aged 7+ years. “Join artist Josephine Hardiman and try your hand at calligraphy, the ancient art of beautiful writing with ink and quills, taking our 1200 year old manuscript, the Fadden More Psalter, as inspiration! No booking required. Places limited to 20, first come basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2385
+ The Hands on History event is taking place in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) on Sun 24 July from 15:00-16:00 and is suitable for all ages. “What can we find out from objects, how do we look for the clues and what stories can they reveal? Drop in to explore some of the Museum’s collection of objects for handling.” No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2386

Due to the school holidays and the holiday season there are National Gallery taking place near daily throughout the week. Some are for children, but the majority are adults. Because the list is so long, please check nationalgallery.ie/whatson Admission is free to nearly all events.

Sun 24 July: – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). Saucy Sundays is a weekly live music session in the The Grand Social. However, this week Saucy Sundays will take place at the Knockanstockan Festival near Blessington, so there will be NO Saucy Sunday in the Grand Social! For all details www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-17:00 the Jamestown Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. www.jamestownmarket.com
* The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* The Gardiner Street Gospel Mass is on a summer break until 11 September and will be back from that date 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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25-29 July: Pearse Street Library
What do you think about Dublin? Is it just a location or is it more? What do you think of the people who live there? The neighbourhoods? The buildings? The landmarks? The rooftops? The stories and histories that surround us? Have you ever thought about the impact that we have on these places?
At “Post Cards from Dublin” with Artist Elaine Leader, children (10-12 years) will be using a broad range of printmaking techniques, Postcards from Dublin will provide children with the opportunity to explore their sense of ‘place’, allowing them to express their responses to the city and their local environment in an experimental and creative way culminating in a range of postcards which will convey their feelings and attitudes towards their Capital City. Admission is free, but booking is essential.
The event will take place in
+ Pearse St. Library from 14:00-15:30 from Mon 25 July – Fri 29 July
For more details and to find out how to book, check

Mon 25 Jul: 13:10-14:00: National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The National Museum will screen the Art Documentary “Caravaggio: The Private Life of an Easter Masterpiece” numerous times during the week, not only on Monday. Admission is free and no booking is required. Check www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson for dates and times of the other screenings.

Mon-Fri 25-29 July: 19:00-21:00 – Patriot Inn, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
“8 Edinburgh Previews – 4 Nights – 1 Venue – 0 Admission Fee – Unlimited Laughter” is the simple formula for this event. In preparation of their performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 8 great acts (2 per night) will put their finishing touches on their shows. I found out through www.colmoregan.com/

Mon 25 July: 20:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2
A Band Called Wanda are a 4-piece indie/folk band from Galway. Melodic “Folk ‘n Roll” is their style. Admission is free. www.myspace.com/abandcalledwanda www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/3835

Mon: 20:00 – Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Song Cycle is a new weekly singer songwriter showcase every Monday, upstairs in Whelan’s. This week’s line up is not yet announced. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/3310

Mon 25 July: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
From June-September 2011, “What the folk?” will showcase some of the country’s finest acts. “This artist showcase is calling for the country’s finest musicians to rock their folking socks off and in a bid to win a prized slot in the esteemed Spirit of Folk festival in September 2011.”
Every Monday night three acts will battle it out to win the public vote and get through to the final heat at the end of each month. The final will take place in early September in front of a live panel of guest judges. Folk acts of all shapes, sizes and sounds are invited to enter and try for their chance to feature in one of the country’s most unique and valued folk festival “Spirit of Folk” (www.spiritoffolk.com)
The line up on 25 July is Tanya and The Whiskey Princes, Louis McTeggart, David Hope & The Henchmen.

The Dublin Flamenco Festival 2011 is currently in full swing. The main events are taking place in the Helix at DCU, but there are some free events as well. From Mon-Fri 25-29 July, every evening from 20:30-21:30 (total of 5 hours) the Spanish music teacher Jerónimo Utrilla from Sevilla will give a free presentation on the history and traditions of flamenco. (in English). Jerónimo Utrilla is the author of “El flamenco se aprende”. The event will take place in the Festival HQ at the Liffey Trust Centre, Upper Sherrif Street, Dublin 1. To participate in this event you need to register here: www.flamencoindalo.com/en/activities-events/conferences Directions can be found here www.flamencoindalo.com/en/festival-headquarters and all details about the festival are here www.flamencoindalo.com/en/festivalhome

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

* Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the music collective the ‘Lazy Band’ is playing roots, trad and folk songs from Ireland, England, America. Admission is free. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lazy-Band/137845161717
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelan’s is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


The event “Take a Trail: Viking Ireland” will take place on Tues 26 July from 11:00-11:40 in Kildare Street (Archaeology). It is a Family Event suitable for ages 7+.
“Discover how Viking children had fun, see what a warrior brought to his grave and find out how to spot a Viking boat on this activity trail tour. No booking required. Places limited to 20, first come basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2388

Tues 26 July: 14:00-16:00 – Stardust Memorial Park in Coolock
A Community Fun Day for all locals in Coolock will take place in the Stardust Memorial Park. The day will coincide with the official opening of the Cadbury Spots V Stripes Activity Trail and feature fun and games for all the family. The aim of the event is to bring all the community together through a variety of games and activities for all the family. All are welcome to attend the event and Games on the day will include skittles, spacehoppers, welly throwing, sack race and much more.
The Activity Trail consists of three separate activity stations linked by a clearly marked path. The types of equipment chosen by the various community stakeholders involved in the project offer users engaging ways to exercise in the park. www.dublinpeople.com/content/view/4853/57/

Tues 26 July: 17:00 – The Chapel, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. On the occasion of exhibition preview of film and photographic works by Irish artist Gerard Byrne, Dr Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, critic, curator and lecturer at University College Dublin chairs an indepth discussion with the artist on selected works featured in this exhibition. This talk is followed by a wine reception and the preview of two solo exhibitions by artists, Gerard Byrne and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (For Tomorrow For Tonight) in the IMMA east wing galleries. www.imma.ie/en/page_212413.htm

Tues 26 July: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. Entitled “Joyce’s Voices: The Legacy of James Joyce in Latin American Literature”, this is a special literary event with two experts on Irish and Latin American Literature. David Vela and Ciaran Cosgrove will focus on the influence of James Joyce most especially on Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Fuentes and Pablo Neruda, authors who changed the Spanish language and, like their Irish model, blurred literary genres. Admission is free. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha75081_16_2.htm

Tues 26 July: 20:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
The Dead Flags are performing in Whelan’s on Tuesday and Admission is free. You wonder what the style of their music is? I wonder too: “A punky take on 1950’s doo-wop with an irresistible chorus floating on dreamy harmonies.”
www.thedeadflags.com/ and www.myspace.com/thedeadflags

Tues 19 July: 20:00 – The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Mutefish, a brilliant Irish band which often has the biggest crowds when they perform in Temple Bar, has a regular gig in the Mercantile. www.dublinsessions.ie/mercantile.html

Tues: 20:30 – La Dolce Vita Winebar, 5 Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar
Travel through Latin America with the Latin American Solidarity Centre (LASC) this summer with their Latin American film screenings. Every Tuesday LASC will be showing a film or documentary in La Dolce Vita. The films will take you through the whole continent, beginning in Mexico and completing the journey in the Southern Cone. The first screening will be on 05 July. lasc.ie

Tues 26 July: 21:00 – Shebeen Chic, Sth Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
A Comedy Crunch special will take place on Tuesday. Comedians going to the Edinburgh Fringe Fest are showcasing their sets and invite you to it. Admission is free. Doors is at 20:45 and the show starts at 21:00. These showcasing nights are a brilliant opportunity to see high-class comedy for free. Don’t miss it. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

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


Wed 27 July: 13:05-13:45: National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
A poetry reading with Iggy McGovern will take place on Wednesday in association with Poetry Ireland. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Wed 13 July: 17:00 + 19:00 – Dundrum Town Centre, Pembroke Square, Dundrum
On Wednesday 13 July “Cinema In The Open” returns to Dundrum Town Centre. Free open air movies will be shown in Pembroke Square each Wednesday until 17 August with a children’s favourite at 17:00 and a classic favourite at 19:00. There will be seating and you will even get ponchos if it rains. The restaurants will provide special take-away movie menus and even take your order from your seat so you dont miss any of the movie action. The Cinema In The Open Schedule is:
+ Wed 27 July: 17:00 Transformers – 19:00 Singin’ In The Rain
+ Wed 03 Aug: 17:00 How to Train your Dragon – 19:00 Roman Holiday
+ Wed 10 Aug: 17:00 Toy Story – 19:00 Chicago
+ Wed 17 Aug: 17:00 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory .- 19:00 Chocolat www.dundrum.ie/events/cinema-in-the-open-returns/

Wed 27 July: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery. – The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to the film screening of “Obaba” (2005), an Argentinian film by Montxo Armendáriz (in Spanish with English subtitles). dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha73159_16_2.htm

Wed 27 July: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
“The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions” is an event to support emerging writers. It takes place on the last Wednesday of every month and up to four short story writers will be selected and invited to read their work at the event. Admission is free. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Wed 27 July: 19:30 – Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
“The Poor Boys are a top class party band who will be gracing us with their presence at the Button Factory for 2 nights of classic, alternative and rock anthems to keep you on the floor till the early hours. The Poor Boys are a four piece all male group, featuring John Colbert (bass) with Damien Dempsey and Mundy; drummer Tim McGrath was a member of Paddy Casey’s band on U2’s Vertigo world tour; guitarist Dom Muldoon played on Christy Moore’s latest album as well as guesting with the likes of Josh Groban, Joe Dolan and Natasha Beddingfield. The band have made several TV and film appearances, including the movie Laws Of Attraction starring Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan and the Meteor TV ad alongside the legendary Joe Dolan.” Admission is free. www.thepoorboys.ie/

Wed 27 July: 20:00-22:00 – The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
“Format Perspective is a film by Phil Evans that explores the work, lives and opinions of six European skateboarding photographers. The film showcases the photography of Nils Svensson (Malmo), Stu Robinson (Belfast), Alex Irvine (London), Rich Gilligan (Dublin), Sergej Vutuc (Heilbronn) and Bertrand Trichet (Barcelona/Tokyo), while also giving us an insight into the different approaches used by this diverse line-up of photographers. Filmed completely on super 8 film, this project gives a behind-the-scenes look at the skating that these guys like to shoot, as well as the resulting photos that emerge from these sessions.” Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/07/19/screening-of-phil-evans%E2%80%99-format-perspective-270711/

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

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 every Wednesday. www.hamletsweeney.com/events/
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


(see Friday for details)

Thurs: 12:00-15:00 – Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8
Lunchtime Food Markets appear like mushrooms in all corners of Dublin for the last 2-3 years. There are so many that I can definitely not keep up with all of them and won’t be able to list them regularly, but if I come across a new one, I am happy to point you in the right direction: The newest Lunchtime Market started this week at Christ Church Cathedral. It will take place every Thursday and you can find more about this market (and 8 others) here www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php

Thurs 28 July: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. The Public Lecture “Matisse and the Art of Book Illustration” by Emma Baudey, Arts and Culture Manager/Curator, Bank of America Merrill Lynch will take place on Thursday. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Thurs 28 July: 14:30-15:30 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
At this children event entitled “History Detectives”, children can explore the National Library of Ireland using your history detective skills – discover the treasures of the Library by investigating old maps, photographs and books. For all the young budding history detectives out there! This event is free but booking is required. To book email learning@nli.ie or call 01-6030346 www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Thurs 21 July: 15:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Come along and meet renowned children’s authors every Thursday in July in the Central Library. On 28 July Oisín McGann will visit the Library. Admission free and all are welcome. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/summer_2011_author_visits.aspx

Thurs 28 July: 17:00 – Lecture Room, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. The Talk+Screening “Burma Soldier” will take place on Thursday. In conjunction with the exhibition Apichatpong Weerasthakul (For Tomorrow For Tonight), film maker Julie le Brocquy presents an introduction on the making of this unique film using the beautiful photographs of Irish photographer Nic Dunlop woven into the smuggled footage of video Journalists from Burma to tell the story of a modern dictatorship and its brutal regime . This film has been adopted by the Burma Campaign internationally, Department of State US and Amnesty International and it has been smuggled extensively into Burma unsettling the military and reaching many millions of Burmese through reverse pirating. This talk is followed by Irish debut screening of Burma Solider (73min). www.imma.ie/en/page_212414.htm

Thurs 28 July: 18:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Tarantella Fall will perform in Tower Records. www.towerrecords.ie/viewnews.asp?id=214

Thurs 28 July: 18:30 – Science Gallery Cafe, Trinity College Dublin, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. In conjunction with Ahead of the Game workshop, DATA will hold a free event on Thursday, featuring talks and presentations from invited international artists Duncan Speakman, Peter Petralia from Proto-type and Dublin based practitioner Teresa Dillon. Duncan Speakman is a Bristol based artist who creates work that physically and emotionally engages audiences in public spaces. He employs walking as both a process and/or outcome in the work. In recent years he has created pre-recorded audio walks, generative GPS-based experiences, live performance using locative media content, and games for public spaces. Dr. Peter S Petralia is a producer, director, writer, curator and artistic director of Proto-type Theater. With Proto-type, he has written over a dozen full-length performance works that have premiered in New York City, North Carolina, the United Kingdom, Romania and Amsterdam. Dr. Teresa Dillon is an artist-researcher. Her main interests include the use and role of existing and emerging technologies within live performance and interaction, particularly in public and site specific settings.
The Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA) was formed in March 2002 with the intention of promoting, exploring, discussing, and exhibiting art and technology in Ireland and the world. Based in Dublin, DATA is built on the idea that collaboration between artists, musicians, technologists, and academia is the key element in creating a rich cultural environment for the dialogue and conception of technological art practices. More information is here: www.data.ie/

Thurs: 18:30-22:00 – Twisted Pepper, Basement, Abbey Street, Dublin 1
The Yelp Ping Pong Social Club is a free weekly event at the Twisted Pepper in Abbey Street. Each week on a Thursday from 18:30-22:00 you can come along to prove your ping pong potential and be crowned ‘King Pong’ or just sit back, watch balls fly. www.yelp.ie/events/dublin-yelp-ping-pong-social-club

28 July: 20:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Sounds of System Breakdown (SOSB) are performing in Whelan’s. What began as a solo project later expanded into a full band with the ambitious premise to take live electronic music out from behind the laptop and truly engage with the audience. “Electro post-punk” is how they describe their music. Admission is free.

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

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. There is no cover charge. The theme for July is Stephen King with the last movie on 28 July “The Green Mile”. In August the theme will be Classic 80 with 04 Aug: Top Gun, 11 Aug: Rain Man, 18 Aug: Cocktail. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

Thurs 28 July: 21:30-23:30 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Dundrum
Gerry Fitzpatrick sent me a message to tell me about “The Cabin Session” in Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Dundrum on Thursday. The Cabin Sessions are featuring The Mc Grane Family with Con Butler, Cathy McEvoy & Gerry Fitzpatrick and Guests. It seems to be a bluegrass gig. Interesting, pity that I will write this Dublin Event Guide while the gig is taking place. bluegrassireland.blogspot.com/2011/06/cabin-sessions-dundrum-dublin-30-june.html

* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s, Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk) with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00 and the line up is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* Open Music Night in Darky Kellys pub in Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8 organised by the music duo R.E.D.. Would you like to perform or just listen? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Mic-Night-Dublin/121048244620948
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Thurs+Fri 28-29 July: 10:00-17:00: RDS Concert Hall
The RDS National Crafts and Student Art Awards Exhibition is a major event in the Irish craft and visual arts calendar and attracts the very best in amateur and professional crafts practice in Ireland every year. It provides a platform for designers and emerging students to gain much deserved attention whilst giving the public the opportunity to purchase unique and magnificent creations. The Exhibition will be open during the Dublin Horse Show from 03-07 August, but it will NOT be free then. If you want to see the exhibition for free, you have to do that on Thrus/Fri 28+29 July. On these two days Admission is free. www.rds.ie/arts

Fri 29 July: 23:30 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
I missed The Cold 100 when they performed last Wednesday in the Workman’s Club, maybe I will make it on Friday. I would really like to hear their electric blues or “blooze”. breakingtunes.com/thecold100
On Fri they will be performing at the “Midnight Hour” event Upstairs in Whelan’s. Doors is at 23:30, but admission is only free if you arrive before 22:30! Make sure you don’t arrive too late. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/3495


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

NO specific pre-announcements this week.

______This is odd!!______________

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

Ireland has a lot of water around it and often with a lot of water comes the opportunity to search for natural resources relatively easily. And so there are gas fields and oil fields around Ireland, which are extremely attractive to companies like Shell etc. 190km off the Kerry coast a hydrocarbon prospect (Dunquin prospect) was discovered that could contain enough gas and oil to supply the Irish needs for more than 20 years. More detailed surveys and test drills still need to be done, but the chance is higher than 50% that it will yield 300 mio (!!) barrels of oil and a huge amount of gas. Wohooo, you would think! The Irish economy will get a nice boost! But that is NOT so, because for some strange and seemingly stupid reason, the Irish governments give all this away for free! Oil extruding companies fell over each other to get a piece of the pie and instead of holding on to part of it, ALL was given away. Exxon Mobile and the Italian Oil giant ENI own it now and they will only have to pay taxes (25% on declared profits) after ALL costs are written off. So, the revenue that the Irish state will get is a fraction of what it SHOULD be.
Granting these scandalous licenses that give everything away, was started by the previous government and it was an outrageous thing to do. Now we have a new government and Enda Kenny promised to repair the mistakes and faults from before. In addition he appointed Pat Rabitte, the Labour TD, the position of Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources. So many expected that Pat Rabitte, based on his political ideology, would put an immediate stop to giving all these resources away for free, but shockingly this is not the case:
At the very least he could change the tax regime, so that 25% has to be paid on all oil and gas that is taken ashore. No such thing! :-(

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The busy last weekend continues :-) and with the PROMISE that the temperatures will rise from the weekend into next week, make sure that you venture out to enjoy the odd glimpse of the sun.

Have a great weekend!

Take care,



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