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Event Guide 242: Temple Bar Designer Mart, Sacred Harp Singing, Picture Show

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 242
| 03 February 2012 Subscribers: 10376

Hi all!

Brrrr! Cold out there, isn’t it? But we can’t really complain. I heard earlier that last night the lowest temperature in Germany was -23 degrees. And Germany is NOT Siberia, where extreme temperatures are totally normal! ;-)
No surprise that there are no outdoor events yet. If you went to last week’s Temple Bar TradFest you probably were wondering why a festival that is getting an increasing outdoor component is scheduled for January. I guess it all made sense when the TradFestival was an indoor affair only, but I would agree with you if you suggested that it should be re-scheduled.


No matter when it will take place, this “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” will tell you about it. :-) Once-off events are relatively easy to keep track of. But the regular events are difficult! Event organisers are much keener to tell me about a regular event when they start it. When it comes to an end I rarely get a notification. As a consequence I rely on your help to keep them up to date. With the upcoming big Dublin Event Guide changes, I will most likely delete ALL regular events and then add the ones that I am certain about still being current. If you know about any of the regular events or even run one, let me know as soon as possible, otherwise you might not find your event anymore in the Dublin Event Guide. All confirmed events will then be added again bit by bit. I know this is not the ideal solution, but it is better than carrying forward incorrect/outdated information every week. I hope you agree.

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Sometimes changing the perspective helps to see if something that we think is BIG and BAD really is as relevant as we thought. Being in the middle of it makes it difficult to simply change its importance, but have a look at this video clip. We are tiny in comparison to our planet Earth and many of our “problems” are quite small in the context of all mankind. But now watch how big Earth is in comparison to the rest! Impressive! Maybe it helps occasionally to put things in perspective: Don’t sweat the small stuff! www.youtube.com/watch?v=58fs5yI8K9I

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______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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To be honest, I find it extremely difficult this week to recommend any of the events. Not because they are bad events, but there is nothing really standing out. So instead of picking some of the events in this week’s list, I will suggest a few other things: On Saturday go to Temple Bar and go to the Temple Bar Food Market and the Designer Mart in Cow’s Lane. After that take the Luas and go to the National Museum in Collins Barracks. Even if museums are not your thing, have a look at one single room. It is the room with the Celtic High-Crosses. I was blown away when I went in the room the first time.

The Scared Harp Singing on Saturday sounds interesting as well, but I know that is not everyone’s cup of tea!

During the week, have a look at the interesting documentaries that Howard Linnane shows in his Picture Show on Tuesday and Thursday.


A brilliant event is currently taking place in the Tivoli Theatre (www.facebook.com/pages/Tivoli-Theatre-Dublin/120319968080952) in 135-138 Francis Street! Get Back is a Beatles Tribute show, telling the story of the Beatles through their songs and audio visuals. The performing band is the absolutely outstanding Beatles Tribute Band “The Classic Beatles” and you really feel as if a Time Machine has transported you back to the REAL Beatles gigs. I saw the show last week and was blown away. Get Back will be in the Tivoli Theatre until 14 Feb nearly every night (not on Mondays) and I can wholeheartedly recommend this gig! Tickets are between EUR 20-28.50 and there is a special EUR 21 offer for Tues-Thurs tickets on www.tivoli.ie/ at the moment. The Tivoli Theatre is a perfect venue for such a gig and – I have to say it again – the band is amazing! The promoters made tickets available and they were won by Kevin Collins. Congrats!
If you would like to see the show, you still have until 14 Feb to see it, but it is getting busier and busier, so you better book as soon as possible: Book your tickets on www.tivoli.ie/ or by ringing 01-454 4472. It is a truly brilliant show! www.tivoli.ie/get-back-the-story-of-the-beatles/ and www.facebook.com/getbackshow

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The Temple Bar Cultural Trust and a number of organisations and venues have worked together and are running the “A Date With Dublin” set of events on Valentine’s Day (14 Feb). Some are free, some are not. Some need to be booked prior to the event (and they are listed in the Upcoming Events section).
As part of the event the Temple Bar Cultural Trust collaborates with cultural partners across the city: National Gallery of Ireland, Whitefriars Church, Hugh Lane Gallery, Project Arts Centre, Gallery of Photography, Exchange Dublin, Gutter Bookshop and Filmbase are all on board. There will be three movies screened on Meeting House Square, however this screening is unfortunately not free.
Have a look at the list of events here: templebar.ie/Event/A_Date_With_Dublin

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Last week I reminded you of threat of Internet censorship in Ireland and asked you to sign the StopSOPAIreland.com petition if you agree. I can report that the number of signatures grew to 80,000. Not bad, but in a country with 1.5 mio households, I would have hope for even higher numbers. It is not too late yet to join the campaign by informing yourself in the first place and by possible signing the petition if you agree. Check the information here jrnl.ie/335983 and here www.stopsopaireland.com

On Saturday at 13:00 a protest against the Irish law that effectively will lead to censorship will take place. Online, approx. 3800 people have said they would take part, however, experience shows that the number could be a good bit less. So, if you are around, consider joining the organisers. Meeting point is the Garden of Remembrance on Saturday. Find out all details here:


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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.

Set up in 2009 PrettyvacanT Dublin repurposes vacant properties as temporary exhibition spaces for artists. The current exhibition “Hidden Currents” by Niamh Heery takes place from 02-11 Feb (13:00-18:00 – Closed Mondays) in Unit 5, Sackville Place, Dublin 1
‘Hidden Currents’ is an exhibition by Niamh Heery uncovering the near-invisible movement of commodities across the great oceans of the world. Have a look at the website here www.prettyvacantdublin.com/content/hidden-currents-3-11-february-unit-5-sackville-place-dublin-1 Niamh Heery’s work looks really interesting and I will try to see the exhibition.

A visual art exhibition of portraits that reflect the diversity of Italian identity in contemporary Ireland will be on display in the Istituto Italiano from 09-23 Feb (Mon-Fri: 11:00-19:00). Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy this visual art exhibition presents an insight into the broad range of Italian professionals who live and work in today’s Ireland. Strangely and surprisingly, though, the exhibition only looks at NEW Italian’s in Ireland. All the first generation Italian’s (including the owners of chip shops and older restaurants etc) are seemingly not included.
The portraits are by photographer Veronica Vierin, who lives and works in Dublin, and is comprised of photographs and a continuous video collage representing the varied experiences of Italian professionals living and working in Ireland.
The Italian Institute of Culture is at 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2. More info


Please note: This event has been cancelled!
The Curator’s Talk: “Witnesses to War – The Irish War of Independence in Their Own Words” will take place on Fri 03 Feb from 12:30-13:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). It is suitable for adults. “Hear about the War of Independence in the words of those who were there. Curator Brenda Malone recounts the witness statements collected by the Bureau of Military History between 1913 and 1921. Places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before event starts.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2612

Fri 03 Feb: Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
“Graffiti – Art or Vandalism?” is a programme of events presented by the Dublin City Libraries. A number of events took place in 2011 and a few more will take place now. Using a variety of drama and visual arts programmes, young people from many areas of Dublin City will work with professional artists and writers to explore the question ‘Graffiti – Art or Vandalism?’. This programme of activities is aimed at educating children, whilst encouraging them to comment creatively on the social conditions in which they find themselves
In January and February 2012, Garbo Productions will present the performances of a specially commissioned play, Rudy in nine libraries.
Rudy by Margaret Callan-Bergin will be both lively and fun whilst also delivering an educational message; concentrating on the consequences of our actions and how our behaviour can affect those around us.
In addition to the performance in the Central Library on 03 Feb, other performances take place in
-Ballymun Library – Tuesday 31st January
-Charleville Mall Library – Wednesday 1st February
-Walkinstown Library – Thursday 2nd February
-Pearse St. Library – Monday 6th February
-Ballyfermot Library – Tuesday 7th February
-Coolock Library – Wednesday 8th February
-Cabra Library – Thursday 9th February
-Rathmines Library – Friday 10th February
The event is free, but booking is essential via library.development@dublincity.ie or 01 6744842 and further detail can be found here www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/Graffiti_mainpage.aspx

Fri 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Fri 03 Feb: 20:00 – Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
The Workman’s Club presents Chaperones, Junah and The Strypes at a show on Friday. Admission is free, so come a long and enjoy a great night of rock ‘n’ roll music. The Chaperones are playing ahead of the release of their explosive first single Fuego en la Sangre while Junah will be promoting their latest music video. The Strypes are a young beat group from Cavan who play 60?s inspired sets.

Fri 03 Feb: 13:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
The Quicksand Band will be in Tower Records for an In-store event (typically signing of their album and often, but not always, a live performance is part of it too).

Fri 13:00-Sat 04:00: 43 Gardiner Lane (Behind: Hill 16 Pub), Dublin 1
Run by the “Subground NautilusCollective”, Sub-Ground is Dublin’s newest underground art gallery, social space, venue and meeting space. On Friday a pre-opening party will take place and if you are interested in the space, you are invited to come. Bring your own drinks, though! The programme for the day is
13:00-17:00: Space Viewing – Free food for people interested in using space in the future.
17:30-19:00: Gallery Opening – Art Gallery opening & Exibition (Emily Dawson)
19:00-20:00: Spoken Word with Mark O’Nuanáin and Andre K-por
20:00 – Official Live Venue Opening
20:00-01:00 Live Sessions with Clarence Goose, Jamie, Stephen Gaughan, The 68’s, T.Stephen O Neil, My Mind Races, Trap Door.
There will be DJ Sets from 01:00-04:00. For more details check

Fri 03 Feb: 18:00-19:30 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
The #DubScience2012 Tweetup takes place. “Get your science on with your fellow science tweeters, and kick off Dublin’s turn as European City of Science in style. We’ll be hosting City-of-Science themed tweetups on the first Friday of each month throughout 2012, so come meet new friends, share ideas, and commiserate offline.” www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/02/dubscience2012-tweetup

Fri 03 Feb: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
The band Crow Black Chicken began their life as a blues band and are now fusing jazz, blues, punk, folk and rock to create their unique style. www.crowblackchicken.com/ Admission is free.

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

Fri 03 Feb: 19:00-21:00 – Bianconi’s Bistro, 232 Merrion Rd, Dublin 4
Bianconi’s Bistro & Restaurant in Dublin 4 is providing Jazz every Friday night from this week until the end of January. Bianconi’s is an Italian restaurant with delicious food and, while a little outside the City Centre, it is worth the trip into Merrion Road. There is no cover charge. www.bianconisbistro.ie www.facebook.com/pages/Bianconis-Bistro/271041702925005?sk=wall

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 03 Feb Redwood
Sat 04 Feb 20thCentury Gold
Fri 10 Feb Colonials
Sat 11 Feb Who’s Eddie
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00 unless otherwise stated. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.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 Blakestown Community Resource Center, Blakestown Way, Dublin 15 (next to Lidl). These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* Ruairi Maguires Bar & Organic Kitchen, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum has every weekend live music from Friday until Sunday at 21:30. Sometimes the line-up is listed here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000462805646&sk=wall often not.
* The Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Friday from 23:00 in the Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com


Sat 04 Feb: 09:00-13:00 – Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin
A weekly car boot sale, one of less than a handful that is still reliably taking place, gets up to 200 cars to sell goods from. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red LUAS line terminal and numerous bus stops. For traders the Car Boot Sale opens at 07:00 for buyers from 09:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on www.irishcarboot.ie

Sat 04 Feb: 10:00-17:00 – Cow’s Lane, Old City area of Temple Bar.
The Designer Mart is back after a winter break between New Year and this week. It will from now on take place every week again in Cow’s Lane. It is an outdoor market where you will find handmade craft & design produced by Irish & Ireland-based artists. templebar.ie/Market/Designer_Mart

Sat 04 Feb: 11:00-17:00 – Grand Social, Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1. The weekly Ha’penny Flea Indoor Market takes place on Saturdays and stalls offer Vintage Men and Womens Clothes, Contemporary Crafts, Books, Vinyl Records, Vintage and Handmade Jewellery, Vintage Hair Styles, Art, Photography and lots more. For more details, check www.thegrandsocial.ie/event/hapenny-flea-indoor-market

Sat 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market, takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Oscar Verne Café and live music at the weekends are further attractions. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Sat 04 Feb: 11:30-16:30 – Franciscan Friary, 4 Merchants’ Quay, Dublin 8
The workshop “Introduction to Sacred Harp Singing” will take place on Saturday and sounds intriguing. Sacred Harp is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. It is a inclusive and democratic part of shared cultural heritage. The tradition is a living, breathing, ongoing practice passed directly by generations of singers. All events welcome beginners and newcomers, with no musical experience or religious affiliation required. The tradition was born from colonial “singing schools” whose purpose was to teach beginners to sing. Sacred Harp is not affiliated with any denomination, but it is a deeply spiritual experience for all involved, and functions as a religious observance for many singers.
Sacred Harp “singings” are not performances. There are no rehearsals and no separate seats for an audience. Every singing is a unique and self-sufficient event with a different group of assembled participants. The singers sit in a hollow square formation with one voice part on each side, all facing inwards so we can see and hear each other. Visitors are always welcome to sit anywhere in the room and participate as listeners.
There is no charge for the workshop but a small donation will be appreciated to to cover the costs of photocopying etc.
Have a look at the You Tube clip included on the facebook event page to get a better understanding. I was reminded of sea shanties when I heard the singing. Interesting! www.facebook.com/events/286989194690269/

This year the 90th anniversary of the handover of Dublin Castle will be celebrated and the Office of Public Works (OPW) is running a number of free specialised tours. The tours are listed on www.dublincastle.ie/NewsEvents/Title,17535,en.htm and are extremely popular. The first tour on 16 Jan “Anniversary of Handover – The Last Years of British Rule in Dublin Castle” was booked out in no time and the tour that is planned for this weekend “A Piece of Make-do and Mend – An architectural tour with William Derham” is full as well. However it will be repeated on Sun 05 Feb and if you are interested (Admission is free) you should book as soon as possible by contacting jenny.papassotiriou@opw.ie or even better, by ringing 01 645 8812.
And another upcoming tour is:
+ Sat 04 Feb: 12:00 “The Pawn and the Castle: Anne Devlin and Dublin Castle 1803 – 1851” Talk and special access tour by Míchaél Ó Doibhilín, author of ‘Anne Devlin… The Bravest of the Brave’. There are limited places available and you have to book soon. The website doesn’t specify if the tour is free, but there is a good chance that it is. More information on the handover of the Castle can be found here. www.dublincastle.ie/NewsEvents/Title,17535,en.htm

Sat 04 Feb: 12:30-15:30 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
This is a weekly meetup for young (10-18 years) coder, designer, Internet enthusiasts. Every week there is a hands on session with technologies like HTML5, PHP or Python. For more details visit coderdojo.com/ or contact the Coder Dojo team at dublin@coderdojo.com. Bring your laptop if possible and participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Parents do not need to register, only attendees. Book here www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/02/coder-dojo-feb-4th-free-coding-club

Sat 04 Feb: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour now takes place every Saturday 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 event “Take a Trail: Spring Into Action!” will take place on Sat 04 Feb from 15:00-16:00 in Merrion Street (Natural History) and is suitable for families. Unfortunately, though, the museum is misinformed about it being spring. As Met Eireann year after year explains that spring does NOT start on 01 Feb. Nevertheless the museum describes: “It’s spring and all of nature is busy building nests, looking after young or finding food after the long winter’s sleep. Find out more on this family tour. No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2613

Sat 04 Feb: 15:00 – The New Theatre, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Playreading “The Rage Of Hercules” by Kevin McGee, a new translation of Seneca’s classic play, will take place on Sat. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of EUR 2 is welcomed.

Sat 04 Feb: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “The Trumpets of Spring” with Valerie Moffat. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 17:00-18:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit A8, Airside Enterprise Centre, Swords, Co Dublin. Astronomy Ireland will do Stargazing Telescope Watches every day. Powerful telescopes are available for you to use. Of all the stunning sights you will see, the most amazing one will be the huge planet Jupiter. Through the telescopes you will get to see its thick cloud belts and Great Red Spot, a storm which has been raging for centuries. Not only that, but you will also be able to easily see its four largest moons, known as the Galilean Moons, named after Galileo who saw them first over 400 years ago. For more information on the Telescope Watches please click her www.astronomy.ie/moonjupiter1201.php or call (01) 890 11 11.

Saturdays: 22:00-00:00 – Oil Can Harry’s, 31 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2
“The Urban Mojo Blues Band, a Dublin based five piece band drawing influences from electric Chicago blues and rock to produce a lively uptempo grooving blues will be performing every Saturday.” www.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Mojo-Blues-Band/87569518524 www.urbanmojobluesband.com

* 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 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
* 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
* Nearly every day and especially at the weekend, the Porterhouse in Temple Bar is hosting live bands that are always worth a visit. www.porterhousebrewco.com/livetemplebar.html
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 22:00 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.com/
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with latin DJs. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing and you are invited to add your own percussion. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821

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Sun 05 Feb: 09:30-16:30 – Appletree Health and Wellness, 126 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6.
A Dhamma Desana & Bhavana, will take place (in Sinhalese!) with Ven. Bhante Punnaratana Thero from the Pagoda Path Hue Buddhist Monastery in Frankfurt. This program is funded by the Irish Sangha Trust. The aim of the Irish Sangha Trust is to foster Theravada Buddhist teaching and meditation practice within Ireland. You are welcome to attend for the whole day or half of the day. Admission is free, but donations for the teaching are accepted. Places are limited, early booking is essential.
On Sat 04 Feb a Loving Kindness and Forgiveness Meditation retreat with Ven. Bhante Punnaratana Thero will take place from 10:00-17:00. The event on Saturday is not free, though. (EUR 10). www.irishsanghatrust.ie/news.php?id=21

Sat 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market, takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Oscar Verne Café and live music at the weekends are further attractions. On Sundays the Ferocious Mingle MARKET is a fancy dress market: In addition to stalls/tables for sellers, there are some “chalets” in the venue where regular sellers have set up. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Sun 05 Feb: 12:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Sundays at Noon Concert Series takes place in the beautiful Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Now in its 36th year, this series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June. The next concert will be with Maria Ryan (violin) and Úna Hunt (piano). They will perform Mozart’s Violin Sonata K301, Pärt’s Fratres, Szymanovski’s Violin Sonata Op. 9

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

+ The event “Hands on History” will take place on Sun 05 Feb from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). It is suitable for all ages. “Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects; a handling session. No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2616

Sun 05 Feb: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Stained Glass in the context of great cathedrals” with Dr Eileen Kane, Art Historian will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 05 Feb: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Un Matin by William J Leech”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 05 Feb: 17:00-23:00 – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). Saucy Sundays is a weekly live music afternoon and evening in the Grand Social. This week’s line up is: Veroa, The Barley Mob, The Blackened Trees, The Violet Roadkills, Manhattan Syndrome, Pearse McGloughlin, Marita Connolly.. Details and links to the performing bands and artists are here: www.facebook.com/events/323834034322707/

Sun 05 Feb: 21:30 – The Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The weekly Sunday Roast is an event in the Mercantile where live music is combined with free roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/thesundayroast The next Sunday Roast has this line up: Able Archer, Parachutes Over Paris, Joel Kachel, Tremoya and Saint Yorda. Links to the band sites and more information can be found here: www.facebook.com/events/274181172635299/

Sun 05 Feb: 21:00 – Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of that there is some free ice cream. This Sunday’s line up is with headliner Eric Lalor, supported by Ruairi Woods, Conor O’Toole, Kevin Lockard, Robert Coyle. MC is Danny O’Brien. www.facebook.com/events/370530276307113/

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event on Sunday night in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with alternating (week by week) live bands Pavement Kings, Donna & The Sazzy Catz, The Mosquitoes and The Pacifics from 21:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie/events.php

Sun 05 Feb: 22:30-01:00 – The Mezz, 23/24 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The great Soul / Funk / Rock/ Reggae band “Mob Fandango” is every Sunday in the Mezz for a late night gig. www.facebook.com/mobfandango

Sun 05 Feb: 23:00-03:00 – In a few pubs and in your living room
Super Bowl XLVI will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana this Sunday. The Super Bowl is the American Football final and kick-off is scheduled for 18:30 Eastern Time, so if I calculate that correctly this is 23:30 in Ireland. The Super Bowl is a big show, not just an Amercian Football game and quite a lot of people are interested in it, despite the fact that it is not a very popular or even available sport in Ireland. The BBC will show the complete game, but the timing of it means that pubs regularly have problems with it. In the past the Woolshed on Parnell Street and a few other sports enthusiastic pubs (Sinnott’s? The Portobello?) have shown it, but the Woolshed is always packed (arrive no later than 21:00!) and I am still not sure what they do once pub closing time approaches. The Dublin Rebels, an American Football Team in Dublin, organise a party in the Capitol on Lower Stephen’s Street, but you have to buy tickets for it before the day. The “Democrats Abroad” run a Super Bowl Party as well (Arlington in Dame Street), but the tickets are pricey at EUR 20 and only Americans are allowed to buy tickets (but can pass them on to others), because it is a political organisation.
So after all this, the best solution still seems to be to watch it at home on BBC. Pity, but it could be worse: It could be on Sky Sports only! ;-)

* 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/thesundayroast
* 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 (from 18:00) will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* Comedy Crunch – The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* The Gardiner Street Gospel Mass invites to a Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

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

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Mon, Wed, Sat in Feb: 13:10 – Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 – The IFI continues with its free Archive at Lunchtime screenings. A number of free programmes will be shown at lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays. The details and the relevant dates when the programme will be screened are:
8, 13, 22, 27 February: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-programme-1-19/
6, 15, 20, 29 February: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-programme-2-20/
A double-bill of both Programme 1 and Programme 2 will be screened on the Saturdays:
4, 11, 18, 25 February: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-double-bill-5/
Admission is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk.

Mon 06 Feb: 18:00 – UCD School of Architecture, UCD Campus, Richview, Belfield, Dublin 4. – This lecture series is intended to present a view of the architectural interests and preoccupations of former teachers in relation to those of new members of staff. Each speaker is asked to present a short lecture (15-20 minutes) on a particular work of architecture from the period 1911-2011 which they found inspirational at first sight, a first encounter with modern architecture that made a lasting impression on them. On 06 Feb the speakers are Professor Loughlin Kealy and Stephen Tierney
www.ucdarchitecture.ie/#event=2301 The UCD website says all are welcome:

Mon 06 Feb: 21:00-23:00 – Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday and Monday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. This Monday’s line up is Rory O’Hanlon and Edwin Sammon, with support from Aidan Greene, Lorcan McGrane & Colm McGlinchey (MC). www.facebook.com/events/148455368604525/

* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* Solar Trio Gig in Anseo (Camden Street, D2) on the first three Mondays of every month. Jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams.
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Comedy Crunch – The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy in the Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* From 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, Dublin 2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


Tues 07 Feb: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Stained Glass: National Identity and European Craft” with Emma O’Toole, Artist and Art Historian will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 07 Feb: 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
The Book Launch of the psychological thriller ‘Nothing Human Left’ by Simon Ashe-Browne will take place in the Gutter Bookshop. Admission is free. www.gutterbookshop.com

07-09 Feb: Libraries in Dublin
“Dickens in Dublin” with Laurence Foster as Scrooge is a performance in three libraries in Dublin. Admission is free, but booking is required. The performances take place in the following libraries
+ Tues 07 Feb, 18:30: Rathmines Library 01-497539 rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie
+ Wed 08 Feb, 13:00: Central Library 01-8734333 centrallibrary@dublincity.ie
+ Thurs 09 Feb, 18:30: Raheny Library 01 831 5521 rahenylibrary@dublincity.ie
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the world’s greatest novelists, Laurence Foster has re-created Charles Dickens’ first public performance in Ireland.
“Dickens in Dublin” is a recreation of a dramatic evening in August 1858 when Dickens visited Dublin to perform here and found it difficult to make his way from Morrison’s Hotel (on the corner of Dawson St. and Nassau St.) through the crowds who were queuing to see his performance.

Tues 07 + Thurs 09 Feb: Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – Howard Linnane’s Picture Show will feature two Irish documentaries this week. Both are from Irish film-maker George Morrison and the first one to be screened on Tuesday 07 Feb at 18:00 is “Mise Eire”. The second one will be screened on Thursday 09 Feb at 19:30 and is called “Saoirse?”.
At that second screening Thurs, there will be time set aside to discuss both films.
“Mise Eire” (made in 1959) and “Saoirse?” (made in 1961) cover the Irish Rebellion or ‘Irish Revolution’ and the whole 1916 to 1923 period of ‘Troubles’ up until the end of Civil War hostilities. The films appear to question whether it was all worthwhile by enquiring if the rebels were successful in achieving their aims, judging by the State that was created. www.facebook.com/pages/CINE-CAFEPintPicPintaPictureShowPictureShow/145568615502560

* 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 08 Feb: 17:00 – Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2
A free Laughter Yoga Session is available to you as a taster for two upcoming courses 6 weeks long Laughter Yoga courses (from Thurs 09 Feb at 19:30 in Travelodge, Rathmines and from Wed 22 Feb at 17:00 in the Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier St.). Booking is essential. Contact Catherine at info@dublinlaughteryoga.com www.dublinlaughteryoga.com/

Wed 08 Feb: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – “Celda 211” (2009) by director Daniel Monzón is the title of the next film in the film series “Goya Awards”. The film will be in Spanish with subtitles. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha78814_16_2.htm

Wed 08 Feb: 19:30-20:30 – St Stephen’s Church (The Pepper Cannister), Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2. – The Merrion School of Music is running a free hour-long “Introduction to the Pipe Organ”. You can get a closer look at the console, see how the pipe organ works, learn what Stops do and listen to the organ in action.
All welcome, you can just show up on the night or book your free place at www.merrionschoolofmusic.com

Wed 08 Feb: 20:00 – The Teachers Club, Parnell Square West, Dublin 1
The public meeting “Ireland’s Financial Famine” is taking place and id described as an open discussion on the Irish economy, introduced by Conor McCabe (Sins of the Fathers) & Kevin Keating (Ireland’s Credit Crunch). Oddly the notice doesn’t mention who organises the event or who is behind it. Do the organisers have something to hide or did they just not realise that it might be relevant for attendees who runs an event. www.indymedia.ie/article/101287

Wednesdays: Mother Reillys, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Bad Boy Jake, a band from Dublin that draws influences from all over the music spectrum including Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, blues rock and classic rock, is playing every Wednesday in Mother Reilly’s.

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

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


Thurs 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market is a flea-market type permanent market with stalls and “chalets” for traders. The Oscar Verne Café and (at least at the weekends) live music adds even more character. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Thurs 09+16+23 Feb: 13:00 – Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Join Michael Grant to explore “The World of the British Musical”.
On Thurs 09 Feb, Michael Grant will explore the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. (Trial by Jury, HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, the Gondoliers etc).
On Thurs 16 Feb he will look at “Sedate De cadence”: The largely forgotten British musicals of the first half of the 20th century. (The Arcadians, The Quaker Girl, The Geisha, The Maid of the Mountains The Dancing Years, Perchance to Dream, King’s Rhapsody, Glamorous Nights, Bless the Bride etc).
And finally on Thurs 23 Feb the theme is “The Great Era of the British Musical” when Michael Grant will be looking at the British musicals of the second half of the 20th century. (The Boyfriend, Oliver, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Starlight Express, Phantom of the Opera, Blood Brothers, We Will Rock You, Billy Elliot etc.)
Admission is free, but booking is essential at the Music Library via 01-6744843 or musiclibrary@dublincity.ie

Thurs 09 Feb: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin2.
The public lecture “Celtic Tiger, Hidden Dragon: exploring identity among second generation Chinese in Ireland” with Nicola Yau will take place. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Thurs 09 Feb: 14:00-17:00 – Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
“How Migration Challenges Notions of Society, Education and Culture” is the title of a public discussion and lecture in the lecture series “EUNIC/UNIQUE Thoughts:
Public Discussions on European Issues”.
Ireland is one of just two EU countries that has a majority of migrants from the EU member states. The diversity and scale of EU migration is a recent phenomenon though there is a long tradition of migration to Ireland from some EU-15 states, especially the UK, Germany and France. Ireland has also become home to a range of people from outside the EU including Nigeria, China, India, Philippines and Brazil.
The lectures and panel discussions for each theme will assess how migrants are integrating in Irish society and in other European societies and will address the on-going impact of migration on these societies.
Over three events on 09 Feb, 15 March and 26 April this will be discussed.
The themes are
09 Feb: Theme 1: Migration, Education and Cultural Diversity
15 Mar: Theme 2: Children and Migration
26 Apr: Theme 3: Culture and Migration
All details about he lectures and discussions and a list of participants can be found on
Admission is free, but you need to register via 01-6024403 or rottke@dublin.goethe.org
Further details about the event this Thursday:
“One of the challenges that any migrant-receiving country faces is how to integrate newcomers into its education system and how to adapt education systems to deal with the newly emerging diversity. The aim of this theme is to consider how this question has been addressed in a range of national contexts and to learn from these experiences, paying particular attention to educational curricula, teacher training and textbook design.”

Thurs 09 Feb: 16:00-18:00 – Boydell Room, House 5, Trinity College, Dublin 2
The Music Composition Centre will continue its series of concerts and talks with Rolf Hind, visiting Composer and Concert Pianist. As a Composer, Rolf has worked closely with Contemporary Music greats as John Adams, Lachenmann, Xenakis and Messian. Hind has performed with world famous music bodies such as The BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Stockholm Sinfionetta as a Pianist. The concert is free, but tickets but tickets must be reserved by emailing Claire Hefferon at compcent@tcd.ie. www.tcd.ie/music-composition

Thurs 09 Feb: 18:15 – Trinity College Gallery Chapel, Trinity College, Dublin 2
The book launch of “Moving Forward Together: Ho mose xua lity and the Church of Ireland” will take place. The book, co-edited by Ginnie Kennerley and Richard O’Leary, includes short articles in straightforward language written by leading theologians, well known Church figures as well as personal accounts from both lay and ordained ga y or les bian individuals. Among the contributors are Dr Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology in Oxford, Dr Andrew Pierce from the Irish School of Ecumenics, the Bishop of Cashel & Ossory, Archdeacon Gordon Linney and Dr Alan Acheson. Judge Catherine McGuinness will speak at the event. Find more details about the book, the event and about where you can get the book on www.marriagequality.ie/events/

Thurs 09 Feb: 18:30 – Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“Rencontre Express – Alliance Francaise Speed Dating” is a Special Pre-Valentine’s Evening. If you are over 18 and want to have fun while practising your French, you could be the perfect candidate for this Rencontre Express evening (speed-dating à la française). You will be provided with a fake identity and a glass of wine as soon as you arrive. The Alliance Francaise writes “We don’t expect you to find your soul mate among the other participants but it might be the start of a wonderful friendship with a fellow Francophile. Join us in a cosy atmosphere with dimmed lighting, candles, roses… and each half of one very lucky couple will win a special treatment (courtesy of Harvest Moon Centre).” The event will be in French and Admission is free. But you will have to book at alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

Thurs 09 Feb: Bull & Castle, 5-7 Lord Edward Street Dublin 2
Pub Standards is a meetup that is open to everyone. It is aimed at web design & development geeks, but that explicitly doesn’t exclude anybody else. Don’t expect structure, don’t expect presentations, just relax with likeminded people and a few beers. pubstandards.ie/

Thurs 09 Feb: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
“Bringing It all Back Home: A Poetry Evening with Peter Sirr” will take place in the Irish Writers’ Centre. “This is one of a series of events being organised by Poetry Ireland. Poets are invited to give readings in a location that has a particular significance for them. Peter Sirr was the Director of the Irish Writers’ Centre for many years, so it is particularly appropriate that he should return to the Centre for this event. The evening will also feature traditional musician, Colm Mac an Iomaire, and poet Michael O’Loughlin. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Thurs 09 Feb: 19:00-22:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Moo! combines Western, Rockabilly and Rock ‘n’ Roll into an interesting mixture of music and entertainment. Admission is free. They will be in Whelan’s either from 19:00-21:00 or from 20:00-22:00, the website seems to be undecided. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/8385

Thurs 09 Feb: 19:30 – Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Check the Tuesday section for details about Howard Linnane’s Picture Show.

Thurs 09 Feb: 19:30 – Twisted Pepper Café (Loft Bookstore), 54, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. – The Dublin Writers’ Forum is back after the Christmas break and welcomes writers of all genres, of all ages and all levels of experience. Founded and facilitated by writers Liz McSkeane and Anne Tannam, DWF is an open group of writers who share a common passion for all things literary. It is a safe ‘working space’ where on a weekly basis writers can bring their work to be critiqued by other writers. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/DublinWritersForum

Thurs 09 Feb: 19:30-23:30 – Grand Social, Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1. “A Night In… London” is the Rolling Stones Live Concert in Hyde Park 1969 and the screening of this film followed by a 60s London themed DJ set will take place. Admission is free. www.thegrandsocial.ie/event/night-london-rolling-stones-live-hyde-park-1969

Thurs 09 Feb: 20:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The lecture “Balancing in the Burren – Conservation in a Living Landscape” by Dr Sharon Parr will take place in the Botanic Gardens. “The Burren is a living landscape – its heart may be of stone but its life blood is agriculture. The landscape & biodiversity we see today has been shaped by a long history of human activity; the challenge we face is how to manage it into the future. This talk looks at some of the Burren’s habitats & biodiversity, the problems they face and the role the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme plays in trying to carry out conservation at a landscape scale.” www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

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 February will be “Arthouse” and the films are: 09 Feb: Good-bye Lenin; 16 Feb: The Wave; 23 Feb: The Class. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

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

Thursdays: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
Sin È are running regular live music events and one regular event is with the Brazilian Soul + Funk Band “Banda Baque Soul” on Thursdays. www.facebook.com/sin.e.dublin?sk=wall

Thursdays: 21:30 – Frank Ryan’s Bar, Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Every Thursday “Left Right & Centre” plays a mix of blues & soul with a bit of rock&roll. www.frankryans.com/2011/10/10/left-right-centre-the-homecoming/

* Lunchtime Market at Christ Church Cathedral from 12:00-15:00. www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php
* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s, Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk) with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00 and the line up is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall
* Songs from a Café is a Dublin singer-songwriter showcase session, dedicated to the art of contemporary songwriting. 20:00-22:00 at Brick Alley Cafe. www.facebook.com/songsfromacafe
* The Max Zaska group and the Patrick Groenland group will perform on alternating Thursdays from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street.
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* Open Music Night in Darky Kellys pub in Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8 organised by the music duo R.E.D.. Would you like to perform or just listen? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Mic-Night-Dublin/121048244620948
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Fri 10 Feb: 13:05 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Paul Murray will be reading at this Lunchtime Reading at the Irish Writers’ Centre. The Lunchtime Readings will run on Fridays throughout February and March in the Irish Writers’ Centre and are organised in association with Poetry Ireland. The readings will be alternating between prose and poetry.

Fri 10 Feb: 19:00 – Café Joly, National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Café Joly in the National Library will host a series of Second Friday nights from February 2012. On the second Friday of each month, an evening of informal talks, new writers showcasing excerpts of their work, music and poetry readings will be on offer. Admission is free. www.nli.ie/en/cafe-and-shop.aspx

10-11 Feb: Quinn Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
The UCD College of Human Sciences is inviting to a talk and conference entitled “Democracy in the 21st Century”. This Garret FitzGerald Spring Conference
is the first in a yearly series of spring conferences focusing on areas of inquiry particularly associated with the late Dr Garret FitzGerald. The keynote lecture at 18:15 on Friday is “The Legacy of Garret FitzGerald: Further Questions and Challenges” by former president Mary Robinson. Seminar topics on Sat 11 February 2012 include “Citizen Participation in Europe”, David Marquand; “Human Rights and the Common Good”, Conor Gearty; “Trust”, Baroness Onora O’Neill.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to determine for certain if the event is free. So, please check with mary.buckley@ucd.ie (01-716 8619) and register via this address as well for the lecture on Friday if you want to attend. www.ucd.ie/humansciences

Fri 10 Feb: 17:00 – Tower Record, Wicklos Street, Dublin 2
The Minutes will be in Tower Records for an In-Store Event.

Fri 17:00-18:00 – DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin1
“New Movements: Jon Kinzel” is a Dance Ireland New Movements studio showing. Admission is free, but you have to book on reception@danceireland.ie or by phone on 01 855 8800. www.danceireland.ie www.culturefox.ie/event/new-movements-jon-kinzel/6916.aspx

Fri 10 Feb: 20:00 – Captain Americas, Blanchardstown Retail Park, Dublin 15
Dublin Rock Band Tarantella Fall are launching their second single “Wasteland” at this event. Special Guests are HyperGiants.
www.tarantellafall.com www.dublinevents.com/events/live-music/tarantella-fall-single-launch-event.php

Fri 10 Feb: 23:00-02:30 – Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1. French Friday an event for all French and Francophiles in Dublinis taking place in the Loft of the Grand Social with French electro/disco/house/hip hop & pop and a BBQ in the Beer Garden. Admission is free. For a long time the French Friday was a regular event in Bia Bar, but then that ended. Now it seems the French Friday is back. www.facebook.com/events/222037771219500/


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:

14 Feb: 12:00-00:00 – Temple Bar and City Centre
The Temple Bar Cultural Trust is inviting to a whole range of events on Valentine’s Day (14 Feb). There are a few free events and some of them require prior booking. I will list all other free events in next week’s Dublin Event Guide. Make sure that you won’t miss out and check if you want to register for an event:
+ Hugh Lane Gallery: 15:00-17:00: A special Valentine’s Day tour of the collection and Francis Bacon Studio will take place. Admission is free, but booking is required. Check out: templebar.ie/EventsDetail/ADWD_DubCityGallery
+ ‘Love Sucks’ at Project Arts Centre: 17:30-20:00: Love Sucks are two interactive games and if you want to take part you have to book your place. Admission is free. Check the details on templebar.ie/EventsDetail/ADWD_Project
+ There will be a movie screening on Meeting House Square called “Magical Movies On Meeting House Square” from 18:00-00:30 but unfortunately these screening are not free. Since in the past movie screenings on Meeting House Square were always free, I nearly missed that difference. I had already added the movie list here, but since it is not free, I had to delete it again.

Thurs 16 Feb: 18:00 – Royal Irish Academy (Academy House), Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Apologies that I have to misspell the main word in the title of the talk. Where I wrote “seks”, there should be a three letter word starting with an “s” and ending with a “x”, that sounds like “seks”. If I properly spelled that word, you yould most likely not get this e-zine because all sorts of Spam-Filters would ruthlessly catch it.
This Academy Discourse in the Royal Irish Academy is entitled “God and Seks: what the Bible really says” by Michael Coogan. Coogan is one of the leading biblical scholars in the United States, Michael Coogan is Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum and Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School.
Coogan has written many books about the bible and his newsest has the same title as he talk. Tthe Bible speaks with many voices, not one, and some of its values are no longer ours. A close look at the story of David and Bathsheba, one of the most famous and most ambiguous biblical narratives, will illustrate these issues.
It is another while until this talk will take place on 16 Feb, however Royal Irish Academy events are usually very popular and “sell out fast”. Admission is free, but you have to book your place for this event, so do it as soon as possible here

______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. ;-)

I know a few people from Kilkenny and I never thought they are particularly odd, but on broadsheet.ie my belief was challenged. In the Dylan Whiskey Bar in Kilkenny a George Clooney lookalike contest took place and a David James Glendon won. The odd thing? This guy has absolutely no similarity to George Clooney. Even odder: The newspaper “Kilkenny People” reported about this even, which should maybe rather be called “NOT-lookalike contest”. www.broadsheet.ie/2012/02/02/eh-11


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Enjoy the extending days. I feel the light is coming back and the dark months are on the way out. Soon you will see the first new flowers again and in no time it will be summer. (I hear this year’s summer will be on a Wednesday! ;-) )

Have a great weekend!

Take care,



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