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Event Guide 243: Edible – Science Gallery, Career Zoo, A Date with Dublin, Dublintellectual

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 243
| 10 February 2012 Subscribers: 10409

Hi all!

It fascinates me to look at pictures of the places we live in from many years ago. My mother was absolutely brilliant in compiling photo albums from the first day of my life until I was about 16. After that she handed the job over to me and somehow the quality and consistency dropped significantly. ;-) Our private photo albums mainly contain pictures of ourselves with friends and family, not of the places we live in. So sometimes it is difficult to find good pictures of the cities, towns and villages. And it is sooo interesting to look at them many years later. By pure coincidence I found a stack of pictures of Dublin in 1961. Have a look at O’Connell Bridge in 1961: ilovephoto.info/file/index/454589 Not THAT much has changed, but watch out for Nelson’s Pillar in the background (it was blown up by the IRA in 1966). …and watch out for the police man in his black and white box on the median. I found it interesting that there are quite a number of cyclists on this picture. But then I found another one here: ilovephoto.info/file/index/454582 Wow, so many bicycles. The description says the picture was taken in Sth Great George’s Street, but to me it looks more like Dame Street. The whole set of 13 pictures is here: ilovephoto.info/item/view/22518


51 years since these pictures were taken and a lot has changed, but wasn’t the year 2000 meant to bring flying cars and all other fancy new beginnings? Instead – and it is a good thing! – we are going back to bikes and trams which were removed to make space for the amazing automobile!

I told you that there are big changes planned for the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” and I can tell you now that one of the big changes is a new and MUCH nicer layout of this weekly e-zine/newsletter, something you were praying for for years, I know! ;-) I am sure, though, that unlike the story with trams and bikes, you will not want to go back to the old layout when you see the new one. :-)

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The “Feel Good Slot” at this place in the Dublin Event Guide is to share some inspirational, motivational or thought provoking quotes, stories or video clips. You wonder why I added this section to this e-zine? If your week was great, you might not need it, but most of us had some challenging moments in the last week and this section is for the people that want to remind that despite all, life is great and it is important to be alive!
This week I found a video that combines a number of strong messages. The theme is Dream – Believe – Achieve! Have a look at this week’s motivational video clip here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm9CT8y2gIU …and feel good about the opportunities ahead.

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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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A very busy weekend and week. One reason is Valentine’s Day and the extra effort that a number of venues and organisations put in to run some events around that time, but in addition the schools are closed for mid-term breaks and due to the direction into the brighter part of the year, it is just that many organisations start again running lots of events. I seem to find more and more!

I will try to go to Edible, the new Science Gallery exhibition, this weekend, and there is the Career Zoo, I am not looking for a new job I have enough jobs, but I will probably go to the event just to see how it is set up etc. On Saturday there are also the Farmleigh Talks and the Contemporary Music Centre concerts that sound interesting. And in the evening, the Ukeristic Congress gig in Whelan’s is fun.

Science Gallery and Career Zoo are available on Sunday as well, so I might do some on Sat and others on Sun. Sunday evening is Gardiner Street Gospel Mass again, the weekly “Gig in God’s Gaff” and you will find me there.

During the week: Check out the “A Date with Dublin” on Tuesday and the Milk & Cookie Stories. On Wednesday the Dublintellectual talks sound interesting and on Thursday I would love to go to the Viking History event, but unfortunately I am a tiny bit too old for that. ;-)


You read about it in the Dublin News section here last week: The Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) is running “A Date with Dublin”, a whole range of events on Valentine’s Day. There are lots of events, mainly in Temple Bar but as well further afield, and you can find all details in the events list for Tuesday. One of the highlights in the event list for “A Date With Dublin” is the screening of three movies on Meeting House Square under the new umbrella roof. The movies are “Casablanca” (1942) at 18:30, “Once” (2006) at 21:00 and the audience choice “The Princess Bride” (1987). The three screenings come with extra bonuses (dinner after Casablanca and hot chocolate and popcorn for the other two), which more than makes up for the EUR 5 per screening. But the dramatic news is that Casablanca and Once are completely sold out since last night and only a very small number of tickets are available for the Princess Bride (Book here: entertainment.ticketsolve.com/shows/126522781/events/on/2012/2/14). Great news that the events are so popular, but if you didn’t take action after me mentioning the events in last week’s Dublin Event Guide, you might miss out this time. …UNLESS you take part in this super competition: The Temple Bar Cultural Trust generously have made four (!!) pairs of multi-tickets available for a competition among the readers of the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events). And these multi-tickets will give you access to ALL three movies with all the bonuses. The fact that nearly all screenings are sold out make these tickets by far more valuable than the face value of EUR 15 per person. If you want to get your hands on one of the four pairs of tickets, you need to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject DATE WITH DUBLIN and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 11:00 on Monday 13 Feb and the four winners will hear from me before 18:00 on Monday.

eBuzz Builders, a new Social Media Training and Consultancy company is running a number of Social Media courses in the coming weeks and months and you can find out more about the courses on www.ebuzzbuilders.ie/ The company is lead by experienced Karolina Gwinner and Karolina has generously made four places on her facebook course on Thurs 16 Feb available for a competition. The course “Using Facebook To Market Your Business” is a practical, step-by-step and interactive 3 hour training session that uncovers secrets of Facebook. It will equip you with hands-on tools and techniques to start using Facebook for your business and make the most of it. It will take place on Thurs 16 Feb from 10:00-13:00 in the Sandyford Office Centre, 17 Corrig Rd, Sandyford, Dublin 18. You will learn what Facebook is, how it fits Social Media and who uses it, why you should use Facebook for your business, how to set up a Facebook page and the anatomy of it, how to plan and share content, how to build and nurture a community and how to make use of Facebook applications, Places and Events. If you want to book the course directly, you can go to ebuzzbuilders.ie/social-media-services/facebook-course/ If you want to have a chance to win one of the four places, you need to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with EBUZZ as the subject and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. In addition you need to tell me at least ONE other service eBuzz Builders is providing in addition to the Facebook Course. You will find all relevant information on www.ebuzzbuilders.ie Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Monday 13 Feb. www.facebook.com/ebuzzbuilders

______Dublin News______________

Last week I wrote about the great series event “A Date With Dublin” that has been planned and organised by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust. When I wrote about all the events I realised that the film screenings on Meeting House Square were – for the first time – not free and I expressed my surprise and – because non-free events don’t fit in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), I had to take them out again. Since then I had an opportunity to talk to the people at the TBCT and they explained that the problem they encountered in the past was that people collected tickets, but then didn’t come to the event. And consequently other people that were interested, but didn’t get tickets, couldn’t come. So in an effort to reduce the non-shows, the TBCT decided to sell the tickets for a relatively low charge and more or less compensate the purchasers with additional value (dinner for the early film and popcorn and hot chocolate for the two later films). After the explanation, I fully understand it now and can see the point in charging for the screenings.
But I was wondering if any of your brainy people out there have an even better idea. I am not sure if there is a better idea, but let’s see: Could something be done that tickets can still be given out for free but the no-show numbers are kept as small as possible?? If you can come up with an idea, send it to me at dublineventguide@gmail.com By the way: The idea of letting other people that queue in if the ticket holders don’t come doesn’t really solve the problem. Because the people that wanted tickets but couldn’t get any might not be too keen on standing in a looong queue banking on the chance that they are in luck and that they are the right point in the queue to get in.
To find out about all the “A Date With Dublin” events, go to templebar.ie/Event/A_Date_With_Dublin

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Kevin Doyle is a hugely talented Elvis Tribute performer and I have the pleasure to sing in his backing choir. Kevin, the band “The Way it Was Orchestra” and our backing choir (“Valley Gospel Singers”) have soo much fun together and you will be amazed by the professionalism and authenticity of the performances. From 23 February until 10 March we will perform every evening apart from Mondays in the Tivoli Theatre and I am really looking forward to it. I have NO idea yet, how I will manage to get all the performances, my day-job, the writing of this Dublin Event Guide and my private life sorted, but it will work! ;-) I need your help, though. It is not much fun to do brilliant performances in an empty theatre, so we are looking for a great supportive audience and that is where you come in. :-) The gigs are unfortunately not free, but I will see if I can get some tickets for a competition if you all buy lots of tickets. :-P Tickets are available here: www.tivoli.ie/elvis-the-return-of-the-king/ Ohh, and if you could like our brand new Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kevin-Doyle-Elvis-The-Way-It-Was/131406400310295 before you do anything else, I would be really happy! :-) Thanks!


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Karoline Gwinner told me this week about a new business that she is involved with and I am happy to spread the word: eBuzz Builders are a team on a mission to explain Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube etc) in plain English to small and medium businesses. They provide training that shows you how to grow your business on a shoestring marketing budget. If you have a business, eBuzz Builders can help you to get online and start using Social Media to build awareness of what you do, engage with customers and win new business. And for more experienced businesses, the team in eBuzz Builders will be able to help with advanced online marketing tools and techniques. All courses are practical, easy to follow and jargon free. Find out more about eBuzz Builders on www.ebuzzbuilders.ie/ And if you have a small or medium sized business and want to learn more about how to use facebook, make sure you check the Competition Section, because eBuzz Builders made 4 places on their upcoming Facebook course available for Dublin Event Guide readers! www.facebook.com/ebuzzbuilders


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.

11-25 Feb: Tues-Fri 10:30-17:00, Sat 11:00-16:00 – Talbot Gallery & Studios, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1. The exhibition “I See a Bad Moon Rising” by Colette Cronin explores the symbolic nature of the ‘home’. www.talbotgallery.com

10-27 Feb: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat 12:00-17:00 – Concourse, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. SOURCE is an exhibition showcasing contemporary craft in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County which will take place in the Concourse, County Hall, in February. It highlights innovative work by new and established craft makers who live in, work in or are originally from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and has been curated by jewellery designer Angela O’Kelly.
The exhibition includes work by Denis Brown, Trudy Feighery, Naomi Fry, Jane Groves, Ciara Harrison, Alison Kay, Tara Ní Nualláin, Laura O’Hagan, Alex Scott and Grainne Watts. It presents fine craftsmanship of the highest quality and focuses on innovative designers and applied artists using craft processes and a combination of traditional and new materials and techniques. Calligraphy, ceramics, glass, mixed media and textiles are all featured.
Further information from Ciara King, Assistant Arts Officer, Arts Programme Development, E: cking@dlrcoco.ie or on the website: www.dlrcoco.ie/arts

13-29 Feb: UCD School of Architecture, Richview, Belfield Campus, Dublin 4
‘Made’ is an exhibition of architectural models by Ryan W. Kennihan Architects, Clancy Moore Architects, Burke Culligan Deegan, Steve Larkin Architect, TAKA.

11-25 Feb: Balla Bán Art Gallery, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2
“Addicted to Lush” is a solo exhibition by Debbie Lush. To get into the mood for Valentines Day, artist Debbie Lush brings a selection of her “De-lushious” shoes, handbags, designer hats and poppy flowers to the Balla Bán Art Gallery. Her shoe paintings were initially inspired by the popular TV series “Seks in the City” where certain designer shoes became a very regular feature on the series and almost to the point of being an obsessions. To compliment her shoe paintings, Debbie expanded her range of paintings to include hats and handbags, creating a fashion theme throughout her work. And if you can’t get enough of designer shoes or handbags, drop into the Balla Bán Art Gallery in the Westbury Mall on Thursday 16 Feb between 17:30 and 19:00 and try on a painting or two. www.ballaban.net


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

Fri 10 Feb: 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

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: 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

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 10 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

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: 21:00 – Cafe en Seine, 40 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Café en Seine is celebrating its launch of a dedicated Havana Club Cocktail Bar on Friday and the night will kick off with music from the Cuban All Stars, famous for the best mix of old rhythms from Latin influence. Groovalizacion DJ’s will follow this with sounds of culture fusions from Latin America. Live Music, Cuban Drinks and free entry, sounds like a good combination. http//www.cafeenseine.ie

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 10 Feb Colonials
Sat 11 Feb Who’s Eddie
Fri 17 Feb Lucky Bones
Sat 18 Feb Full Circle
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00 unless otherwise stated. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

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/

Fri 10 Feb: 23:00 – The Mezz, Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Whipround, a band from Bray (and Cameroon) that plays a mixture of Ska and Reggae will perform in The Mezz. Admission is free.

* 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 11 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 11 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

Thurs-Sun (Thurs-Sat 10:00-17:30, Sun 12:00-17:30) – Unit 95, Malahide Road Industrial Park, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17. – A new-ish indoor market is open in Coolock. Over 40 traders offer a wide range of goods and a café is on site as well. www.facebook.com/MotherRedcaps.Market

Sat+Sun 11+12 Feb: 11:00-18:00 (until 17:00 on Sun) – Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. – Career Zoo is an event for professionals and graduates looking to advance their careers. You’ll be able to talk to leading multinational and Irish organisations with real job opportunities, explore professional courses with top colleges or get expert advice on starting your own business. Bring updated copies of your CV. Admission is free and you can register at the venue or pre-register here: www.eventbrite.com/event/2476579516 Check out www.careerzoo.ie/index.html for all details about the event.

Sat 11 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 Feb: 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

10 Feb – 06 Apr: Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
A new exhibition was launched yesterday in the Science Gallery. I haven’t seen it yet and can therefore only go by an early description:
“Edible – Would you Eat an Exhibit? – Edible, Science Gallery’s foray into the future of food is an exhibition you can eat. As an eater, you are a powerful agent of selection. You make choices at every meal that shape and change the culinary-agro-ecosystem. Edible interrogates the emerging biotechnologies, innovative food cultures and novel culinary practices that are changing the way we eat. Edible will be a sensory feast from morsels of genomic gastronomy to external mechanical digestive systems.”
I have no doubt that it is an outstanding exhibition as all Science Gallery exhibitions are, but I have to go there first before I understand what the exhibition is really about. You would think that the Science Gallery would at least send me their Press Releases, considering how much I like their exhibitions and accordingly promote them here in a big way. The website unfortunately doesn’t contain easily usable information in the context of an Event Guide. Admission is free (donations are appreciated) and the exhibition is open Tuesday-Friday 12:00-20:00 and Saturday-Sunday 12:00-18:00. Find out more on www.sciencegallery.com/edible

Sat 11 Feb: 13:00-16:00 – 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-11th-free-coding-club

Sat 11 Feb: 13:00-16:00 – Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin 2
Last Saturday only a few hundred people came to the demonstration against the Irish version of SOPA and the European ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), two new laws that will lead to censorship on the Internet through the court imposed blocking of websites that allegedly contain copyrighted information. www.facebook.com/events/102444196549692/ It seems that more than 26,000 people have confirmed their attendance at the march in Bucharest on that day. Here in Dublin, only 580 have confirmed (at the time of writing this on Friday morning). Hmmm! Not so impressive!?

Sat 11 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

Sat 11 Feb: 14:00+15:00+16:00 – Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. – This afternoon performances will celebrate 35 years of Concorde, the contemporary music ensemble. A whole variety of composers will be featured and all of the composers will be attending the performances. Tea/Coffee and buns/biscuits will be provided between the concerts.
Admission is free but seating is limited, so you have to book with Karen Hennessy on 01-673 1922 or khennessy@cmc.ie The Series continues on 10 March (Elaine Agnew, commissioned composer), 01 July (Raymond Deane, commissioned composer) and 22 July (David Fennessy, commissioned composer).
The detailed programme for the three performances at 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 is available here: www.facebook.com/events/301682296548920/

Sat 11+18+25 Feb, 03+10 March: 14:00 – Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park. – A Series of Talks and Reminiscence Days will take place at Farmleigh House over the next 5 weeks. Admission is free and if you would like to to attend, you should come to Farmleigh House reception 15 minutes before the start time. The topics are:
+ 11 Feb: The Chapelizod Historical Society will lead a discussion on Farmleigh and the Guinnesses’ connection with the local area.
+ 18 Feb: Ann Marie O’Grady of Russborough House will present a talk covering aspects of life in the big house.
+ 25 Feb: Andrew Smith of St. Patrick’s Cathedral will give a talk on the Guinness family’s long association with the cathedral.
+ 03 Mar: Evelyn Roche of Guinness Archives will present a talk on working life and conditions at the Brewery in times past.
+ 10 Mar: Georgina Davis (House Manager at Farmleigh) will give an insight into the State Visits at Farmleigh and the running of the house during such a visit. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,17891,en.html

+ The Saturday Talk “Green-Coated Irishmen – The National Army Uniform from 1922 to 1939” for adults will take place on Sat 11 Feb from 12:30-13:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). “Design historian Hannah Mullan explores the contribution made by the uniform to visual interpretation of the army in post-independence Ireland. Places limited and allocated on a first-come basis.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2619
+ To celebrate Darwin Day the tour “Evolution, Beetles, Darwin and Dublin” will take place on Sat 11 Feb from 14:00-15:00 in Merrion Street (Natural History) and is suitable for adults. “What’s the connection between Darwin and Dublin’s Natural History Museum? Join Keeper Nigel Monaghan on this tour to find out more. No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2618

Sat 11 Feb: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Mr Fox goes hunting” with Clare Henderson. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 11 Feb: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s Front Bar, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
The Ukulele Band “Ukerisitic Congress” are playing in Whelan’s every second Saturday. I heard them at the Ukulele Festival and Dun Laoghaire and they are really good!.www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/8436

Sat 11 Feb: 20:00 – D-two, 60 Harcourt Street Dublin 2
Many pubs and bars will screen the Six Nations Rugby encounter between Ireland and France, but if you want to experience it with the people from the Alliance Francaise, you have to come to D-Two. alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

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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(See Saturday section for details)

Sun 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 12 Feb: 11:00-17:00 – in all Superquinn stores
This Valentine’s weekend, the supermarket chain Superquinn is sharing the love by hosting a family day across all stores on Sunday 12 Feb with activities for all the family from face paintings to tastings. Check out as well the interesting Superquinn event on Tuesday: “Single Night Shopping”. www.superquinn.ie

Sun 12 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 the Ensemble Blumina performing pieces from Jean Francaix, André Previn and Francis Poulenc. www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/528-ensemble-blumina

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 12 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=2622
+ The My Museum event will take place at Darwin Day and is entitled “Monkey Business”. On 12 Feb from 15:00-16:00 in the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street you can celebrate Darwin Day and find out more about the links between ourselves and other mammals, including why the whale skeleton looks like it has hands! No booking required. (Audience: Families). www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2623

Sun 12 Feb: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Mid 20th Century Stained Glass in the Context of Church Interiors” with Eimir O’Brien, National Museum of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 12 Feb: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Fabulous Fashions”. 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: Red Sail, Keith Moss, The Ourz, Protobaby, Giuliano Nistri Trio, Miriam Donohue, The Hypergiants, Just No. Details and links to the performing bands and artists are here: www.facebook.com/events/292696220795374/

Sun 12 Feb: 20:00 – Sin É, 14 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
The Ubangi Stomp Club features live music from Dublin’s newest rockabilly band “The Slick Hicks”. DJ Tiki Paul will be playing the wildest rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm ‘n’ blues and rockabilly. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/ubangistompclub

Sun 12 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. The next Sunday Roast has this line up: Kaplin, Slackers’ Symphony, Michael MacLennan, Shadows Holding Shapes. Links to the band sites and more information can be found here: www.facebook.com/thesundayroast www.facebook.com/events/274181172635299/

Sun 12 Feb: 21:00-00:00 – 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 Tom Walsh, Eleanor Tiernan, Ben Farrell, Eddie Naessens, Chris Kent (Headliner) and MC Danny O’Brien. www.facebook.com/events/136128429841292/

“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

* 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 13 Feb: 13:00-14:00 – RDS Concert Hall, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The RDS continues its series of lunchtime recitals in the RDS Concert Hall called “Rising Stars Music Recital”. The Spring Series features music from three young Irish pianists chosen to participate in the Dublin International Piano Competition 2012, as well as musicians from the CIT Cork School of Music. On Monday Máire Carroll will perform in the RDS Concert Hall and her programme will include Bach: Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue in d minor, Ravel: Ondine, Schumann: Symphonic Etudes op.13
The remaining recitals in the series will take place on 20 + 27 February and 05 March. Admission is free and no advance booking is required. www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099522

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 13 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 13 Feb the speakers are Noel Dowley and Jennifer O’Leary
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 Conor O’Toole & George Quinn,, supported by Gordon Rochford, David Reilly & Colm McGlinchey (MC). www.facebook.com/events/295968520457169/

* 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 14 Feb: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “The Life and Career of Evie Sydney Hone (1894-1955)” with Dr Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch, Author and Art Historian will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 14 Feb: 10:00-17:00 – National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2
In celebration of Valentines Day and in conjunction with the Temple Bar Cultural Trust “A Date with Dublin” Festival, one of the most romantic watercolours in the National Gallery’s collection “The Meeting on the Turret Stairs” will be on view from 10:00-17:00 on 14 Feb. This is a very special event as normally this watercoulour is only shown for a total of three hours per week. templebar.ie/EventsDetail/ADWD_NationalGallery

A St. Valentine’s Day Special will take place in Kildare Street (Archaeology) on Tues 14 Feb from 11:00-13:00 and is suitable for the whole family. “Did you know St. Valentine was a Roman? Or that Cupid is the Roman god of love? Visit us in the Learning Resource Room to make Valentine’s Day cards, examine replica Roman coins or read stories on Ancient Rome on this day of love! No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2624

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).
+ The National Gallery will run a tour at 14:00 to celebrate romance over time by looking at romantic images in the Gallery’s collection.
+ On Meeting House Square three movies will be screened and there will be bonuses, like dinner or hot chocolate and popcorn for the Admission charge of EUR 5. Check out the Competiton section if you are interested, because the screenings are now nearly all sold out.
+ The Gutter Bookshop is running a Book Speed-Dating and you will find more a little further down here in a separate listing.
+ The New Theatre is performing a play by Henrik Ibsen for EUR 6.
+ The Exchange Dublin will show an art exhibition “Cupid’s Last Arrow”
+ “Love Sucks” is an evening of games in the Project Arts Centre.
+ “Lovers of Dublin” is a – now booked out – opportunity to get a Portrait session.
+ The Filmbase shows short films and you will find a separate event notice further down for this as well.
+ The Viva School of Dance is running a beginners dance classe in the Dance House in Foley Street.
+ The Hugh Lane Gallery is running a special Valentine’s Tour.
+ And last but not least the Whitefriar’s Church in Aungier Street, where (allegedly) some of the remains of St. Valentine are has special choral music performances.
Check out all details for these events at templebar.ie/Event/A_Date_With_Dublin It is a great list of events and a good idea to make the day special. Maybe adding a few more events for non-attached people (not match-making events!) would be even more inclusive and would alleviate the stress that some people feel on that day.

Tues 14 Feb: 17:00-21:00 – Superquinn in Swords, Sundrive Road (Kimmage), Heuston, Rathgar, Rathborne (Dublin 15), Ranelagh.
It seems that Superquinn was running Single Shopping Nights in 1988 and is now bringing this interesting idea back. On Valentine’s night, Superquinn will create a romantic atmosphere to encourage singles to have fun and find love among the aisles.
A press release reads “The Superquinn old tradition of special singles nights were hugely successful in bringing together hundreds of lonely hearts looking for someone to whisk down the aisles. This Valentine’s, with the help of in-store activities in the dedicated single night shopping stores of Swords, Sundrive, Heuston, Rathgar, Rathborne, Ranelagh, Waterford and Kilkenny, Superquinn is delighted to bring back this popular event.
A traffic light sticker system on the entrance doors will allow shoppers to indicate their status. A red sticker equals in a relationship, orange indicates open-minded and a green sticker is for the enthusiastic Single and Ready to Mingle! At various points in store, there will be activities to encourage participation and bring shy singles together with wine tastings, chocolate fountains and sampling of ‘foods of love’ and much more.” Definitely an interesting idea if you are unattached. I wonder if the shops will be packed on Tuesday!? :-)

Tue 14 Feb: 17:30 – Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
The Project Arts Centre suggests “Forget romance, have fun this Valentine’s day and play with us.” Love Sucks is an event with two interactive games. The first game is called “Love at First Sight” and the description says “During this game players try to seduce as many partners as you can! (don’t worry it’s a game, you won’t need to really seduce anyone!)”. The second game is “Peoplehunt” and the description says “A smartphone icebreaker game (bring your iphone for this one!)”. Admission is free but places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book your place contact the Box Office on 01 8819 613 or by email to box-office@projectartscentre.ie www.projectartscentre.ie/programme/whats-on/1506-love-sucks

Tue 14 Feb: 18:00 – Tower Record, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Valentine Black will be in Tower Records for an In-Store Event.

Tues 14 Feb: 18:00-19:30 – RDS Concert Hall, Merrion Road, Ballsbdridge, Dublin 4
The lecture “Metamaterials and the Science of Invisibility” by Sir John Pendry is part of the UCD Physics – RDS Distinguished Speaker Series 2012. In celebration of Physics and Dublin’s status as European City of Science 2012, UCD School of Physics has teamed up with the Royal Dublin Society to bring some of the world’s leading physicists to speak in Dublin about the latest developments in their fields of research. The topics include the exotic physics of cloaking devices, the role of physics in biology, the use of lasers in medicine and a profile of mysterious Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The lectures are free and suitable for a general audience.
The UCD School of Physics describes “Speaking in advance of his lecture Sir John Pendry, Imperial College UK, explained how refractive materials give limited control of light: we can fashion lenses, and construct waveguides, but complete control is beyond simple refracting materials. Ideally we might wish to channel and direct light as we please just as we might divert the flow of a fluid. The laws of electromagnetism show that we can achieve just that and metamaterials open the door to this new design paradigm for optics, providing the properties required to give complete control of light. This lecture will explore the potential applications of this field, including the option to steer light around a hidden region, creating a cloak of invisibility.”
To book go to ssmr.ucd.ie/speakerseries2012/John_Pendry.html and for more information about the speaker series, check ssmr.ucd.ie/speakerseries2012/speaker_series2012.html

Tues 14 Feb: 18:30-22:00 – Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. The next Milk & Cookies Stories event has the theme “Tainted Love”. Milk and Cookie Stories is for anyone who has a story to tell, or wants to hear a tale told well, in a relaxed, friendly environment. Admission is free and everyone is welcome and stories of all kinds are welcome. The event takes place every second Tuesday of a month and always has a different theme. This time the stories should be about love. As always, there will also be a Bake-Off, where you bring you Cookies or other baked goods and the assembled testers will decide the winner, who will win a prize. www.facebook.com/events/248403678568097/

Tues 14 Feb: 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
The Book Speed-dating: Meet Your Perfect (Book) Match! is pat of the “A Date with Dublin” event series on Valentine’s Day.
“Slow and complex, fast and racy, one that makes you laugh, or one that you want to cuddle up with on the sofa – it can be hard to find your perfect book partner sometimes! Join us in the Gutter Bookshop for an evening of fun as our book experts try to match you with your ideal read. No need to register, just come along on the night.” Free and everyone is welcome. gutterbookshop.com/events.html

Tue 14 Feb: 18:30 – Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Filmbase presents Brief Encounters, a selection of Irish short films that will be screened in the Roasted Brown Coffee Shop on the first floor.
The event is part of Temple Bar Cultural Trust’s ‘A Date with Dublin’, the screeningsa re free, but entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Eight short films that all have something to do with Valentine’s Day will be screened and you can find out the details on www.filmbase.ie/events/

Tue 14 Feb: 18:00-19:00 – RDS, Minerva Suite, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Ireland needs to dramatically reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but it is now more important than ever that this is done in a cost effective manner. The economy has to be competitive to overcome the current economic challenges and ensuring the secure supply of energy remains a critical task for government.
In the RDS Energy Lecture “Framing Ireland’s Energy Policy for 2020” Professor FitzGerald will address this complex web of objectives and constraints, focusing on some of the key priorities for Irish energy policy. Admission is free, but advanced booking is required via 01-240 7215 or industry@rds.ie. www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099535

Tues 14 Feb: 20:30 – Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Dublin
Kinoteka will be screening “Kontroll”, a Hungarian black comedy from 2003. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/Kinoteka.Bray

* 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 15 Feb: 13:00 – Academy House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The Library Lunchtime Lecture Series of the Royal Irish Academy continues. The lectures are in in conjunction with the Libraries’ current exhibition ‘From Cromwell to Cholera : A history of Ireland from the Pamphlet Collection of Charles Haliday’. Come along and learn more about this collection and the role of pamphlets in Irish history. This week’s lecture is entitled “The second draft of history: the Haliday pamphlets and Daniel O’Connell” by Kevin Whelan, Keogh-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. No booking required, just come along.

Wed 15 Feb: 13:00-16:00 – RDS, Main Hall, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The postgradireland Further Study Fair 2012 will take place on 15 Feb. This is the official national postgraduate further study event for students, graduates and people returning to full-time and part-time education, in Ireland north and south. More than 80 colleges, universities and other training institutions will be represented and there will be hundreds of postgraduate, further education courses and research opportunities with exhibitors from across Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK and a few from further away. Admission is free, but you have to register by clicking the ‘Register’ tab on gradireland.com/events/54749

Wed 15 Feb: 14:00-16:30 – Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD, 100 Thomas St., Dublin 8. – “Moving on, together!” is a campaign of the The Visual Arts & The National Campaign for the Arts. An Information and Exchange Meeting will take place on Wed. There is still time to register for the visual arts information and exchange meeting with the National Campaign for the Arts. Visual Arts Ireland are hosting this meeting with the National Campaign for the Arts. The NCFA are very keen to open up a dialogue with the visual arts communities and discuss how to move forward, working together. Register your attendance at visualartists.ie/education/register-for-our-events/?regevent_action=register&event_id=70&name_of_event=Moving+on%2C+together

Wed 15 Feb: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – “Camino” (2009) by director Javier Fesser 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/Ficha78820_16_2.htm

Wed 15 Feb: 18:00 – Sheehan’s (upstairs), Chatham Street, Dublin 2
The Meetball Demonstration & Networking Event is the free irregular networking event of the Irish Internet Association (IIA), designed to help you put faces to names and names to faces, shake a few hands, develop opportunities and do more business.
All are welcome to attend whether you are an IIA Member or not, however, only IIA Members are invited to demonstrate their products and services.

Wed 15 Feb: 19:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“‘It’s not the past that matters, it’s the way you see it’: Childhood, Ireland & Fiction” is the title of a lecture by Dr Pádraic Whyte, Assistant Professor of English, TCD in the National Library’s Small Lives Lecture Series. Admission is free and no booking is required. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx?article=32ad7c13-5971-46cc-88f2-2cf128c72748

Wed 15 Feb: 19:00 – Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2. – An Introductory Talk about the Classical Buteyko Method will take place. Martha Roe will show a presentation by Senior Practitioner Christopher Drake explaining the principles behind the Buteyko method discovered by Professor K.P. Buteyko. “The Buteyko breathing method is an effective dr ug free approach to bringing about optimal health and reversing a wide range of chronic symptoms including: allergies, anxiety, depression, fatigue, hayfever and more. Retraining your breathing and improving carbon dioxide levels calms the mind and nervous system, normalizes body ph and discharges toxins and disease. The technique improves overall performance, maintaining energy levels, concentration and a general state of well being.”
At the event there will be a chance to measure breathing followed by a Q & A session with Christopher Drake via Skype. Admission is free and to book a place contact sorcha.oshea@gmail.com or call 087 230 9308. www.cfcp.ie/events/feb2012/buteyko.html

Wed 15 Feb: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
A debate about the topic “In the 50 years since its publication, the influence of Frank’ O’Connor’s The Lonely Voice on the Irish Short Story has been more negative than positive.” will take place in the Writers’ Centre. The debate will be chaired by Anthony Glavin and the panelists are Jack Harte, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Anthony Roche and John MacKenna. Admission is free. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.htmlGfri

Wed 15 Feb: 20:00 – Ormond Wine Bar, 6 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
The “Conversations on Culture” event of Dublintellectual on Wednesday will have three speakers talking about a cultural topic. Everybody can come along, listen and have a drink then join in the discussion at the end. The speakers on Wed are are Jack Thompson on the next Presidential election in the United States, Ben Readman talking about Block T and other Arts Initiatives in Dublin, and Johanna Archbold on her work looking at ties between the university and the city. Admission is free. Programme:
Jack Thompson: “The Republican Party, American Foreign Policy and the 2012 Presidential Election”
Ben Readman: “Block T and Arts Initiatives in Dublin”
Johanna Archbold: “Creativity, the City & the University” www.facebook.com/events/135982583188794/

Wed 15 Feb: 20:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2
We Arrive Alive, Meltybrains, Peak +Guests will perform in Whelan’s. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/8621

Wed 15 Feb: 21:00 – Patriot Inn, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
The monthly Inn Jokes event organised and presented by Colm O’Regan is coming to Kilmainham again. The line-up this month is Keith Farnan, George Fox and Trevor Brown. innjokes.com/

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 16 Feb: 12:30 – Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
As part of the Children Save Dublin reading initiative, a Viking History Show with Michael Moylan of Irish History Live will take place in a number of libraries.
From the year 840 a new and terrifying people came from the north lands. Who were they? What did they look like and what did they wear? You can find out by being that Viking. With replica costumes, jewellery and accessories you can experience the Viking life. Find out more about the world of the Vikings and the Norse gods like Loki by trying out real axes, spears, bows, and swords and armour. www.irishhistorylive.com
Admission is free, but booking is essential. The participating libraries are:
+ Cabra Library – Thurs 16 Feb: 10:30. Booking: 01 8691414 or cabralibrary@dublincity.ie
+ Central Library – Thurs 16 Feb: 12.30. Booking: 01 8734333 or centrallibrary@dublincity.ie
+ Rathmines Library – Thurs 16 Feb: 15:00 Booking: 01 4973539 or rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie
+ Charleville Mall Library – Wed 29 Feb: 10:00. Booking: 01 8749619 or charlevillemalllibrary@dublincity.ie
+ Drumcondra Library – Wed 29 Feb: 12:00. Booking: 01 8377206 or drumcondralibrary@dublincity.ie
+ Raheny Library – Wed 29 Feb: 15:00. Booking: 01 8315521 or rahenylibrary@dublincity.ie

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 16 Feb: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin2.
The public lecture “Travelling, Discovering and Shooting: a Victorian Photographer’s Sport” with Dr Yuping Chung, Curator of Chinese and Far Eastern Civilisations, The Burrell Collection, Glasgow will take place.

Thurs 16 Feb: 14:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
A Mid-term family workshop, which is an afternoon of story-telling and artwork, will take place in the NLI. All ages welcome. No booking required. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx?article=08d978db-3e0e-4d8a-8911-da335273fd54

Thurs 16 Feb: 17:00 – A109, Newman Building, UCD Campus, Belfield, Dublin 4
“Ancient Naval Warfare: new evidence and new approaches” is the fourth in UCD School of Archaeology/UCD Archaeological Society’s Spring Seminar Series. All welcome. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?lang=en&dt=d.en.114151&f=week&d=17/02/2012&sd=Thursday,%2016%20February%202012&ac=*

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.
Admission is free, but you have to book your place for this event:

Thurs 16 Feb: 18:00-20:00 – Irish Aid Centre, 31 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Are you interested in volunteering in your local community? Would you like to meet more organisations that involve volunteers and find out how you can help? Dublin City South Volunteer Centre are holding a Mini Volunteer Fair where you can speak to 20 organisations about volunteering including the ISPCC, Care Local, Depaul Ireland, Foroige, St. John of God and more….
www.volunteerdublincitysouth.ie For queries call 01 473 7482 or email events@volunteerdublin.ie www.dublinevents.com/events/other/mini-volunteer-fair.php

Thurs 16 Feb: 18:00 – Tower Record, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Camille O’Sullivan will be in Tower Records for an In-Store Event.

Thurs 16 Feb: 18:00 – Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2. Robert Ladislas Derr will talk about his Performance, Video, Photography, and installation “In My Shoes: Dublin, Ireland”. www.cfcp.ie/events/feb2012/derrtalk.html
The exhibition will run in the CFCP until 02 March (daily: 12:00-18:00) and I have to say it is a unique, if not strange exhibition. For “In My Shoes” Derr wears community members’ shoes associated with a memorable moment. With video cameras, he returns to the location of the memory to film his walk in the shoes as he recites the story of the memorable moment. www.cfcp.ie/exhibitions/march2012/derr.html

Thurs 16 Feb: 18:00-19:15 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
Poetry Night in the Gutter Bookshop is back. Join in for an evening of poetry – you can read your own poems, read something by someone you admire or just sit and listen. To give Poetry Night a fresh twist for 2012 there will be a topical theme for each night. For February the theme is Oscar related: ‘Film’. So try to pick something related. Free and everyone welcome. gutterbookshop.com/events.html

Thurs 16 Feb: 18:30 – 10 Belvedere Court, parallel to Mountjoy Sq North, Dublin 1
Seomra Spraoi is a not-for-profit autonomous social centre which relies on donations and Valentine’s week will see a collective fundraising effort, the ‘kiss of life’ for Seomra. The Vegan Café Project is running a “Vegan Clothes Swap Disco and Café” on Thursday. You can come to eat tasty vegan food (Donation: EUR 8) or you can come just to the free vegan clothes swap disco. This is a chance to meet those involved in the project, hear about the activities and plans for Dublin’s vegan workers’ coop café. Check out www.seomraspraoi.org

Thurs 16 Feb: 18:30-20:30 – Studios One and Two, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2. – 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.
On Thurs Data 51.0 brings together an international selection of media artists and theorists, to explore the links between activism, art, and business. Speakers: Editor of Neural Alessandro Ludovico and artist Paolo Cirio, creators of the Hacking Monopolism Trilogy: Google Will Eat Itself, and Face to Facebook, and artist/theorist Tatiana Bazzichelli, author of Networking: the Network as Art.
Admission is free and more information is available at www.data.ie/

Thurs 16 Feb: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
An evening of Estonian and Irish Contemporary Music and Poetry will tak place in the Writers’ Centre with Poetry by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Doris Kareva, FS, Triin Soomets and Music by Helena Tulve, Tatjana Kozlova, Tõnu Kõrvits Andrus Kallastu and the Ensemble Resonabilis (Estonia). The website doesn’t clearly say if this event is free, so you better check. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Thurs 16 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 16 Feb: 20:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The lecture “Plots and Plotholders in Dublin – A history of Allotments 1910-1950” with Dr Mary Forrest will take place in the Visitor Centre of the Botanic Gardens. Allotments and Grow It Yourself are very popular today but this is not just a new fashion, allotments were also very common in Dublin in the early 20th century. Mary Forrest, a lecturer at UCD, traces the history of how these allotments developed from 1910 to 1950. 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: 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


The Curator’s Talk: “Irish Lace and Crochet” will take place on Fri 17 Feb from 12:30-13:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). It is suitable for adults. ” Unravel the history of Irish lace and crochet with curator Alex Ward to discover its position at the height of Edwardian fashion. Places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before event starts.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2627

Fri 17 Feb: 13:00+17:00 – Tower Record, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
The Young Guns will be in Tower Records for an In-Store Event at 13:00. And at 17:00, the Lost Brothers will be there.

Fri 17 Feb: 13:05 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
A lunch time reading with Paul Grattan will take place. 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, offering audiences the chance to experience a wide-range of literary talent. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri 17 Feb: 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
The book launch for ‘Collected Poems’ by Michael Murphy will take place in the Gutter Bookshop on Friday. This is a posthumous collection of poems by the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize winning poet Michael Murphy who grew up in Liverpool but was of Irish descent. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. gutterbookshop.com/events.html

Fri 17 Feb: 19:00-21:00 – Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – Last week I informed you about a taster workshop in Sacred Harp Singing and it seems that this workshop was so successful that a group has formed in Dublin who will from now on meet every Friday evening in the Exchange Dublin. Find out more details here corksacredharp.com/post/17337848698/dublinsing

Fri 17 Feb: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Spoke is a new open mic night at the Irish Writers Centre, taking place on the third Friday of every month. Writers, spoken word artists and musicians are all welcome to perform. Admission is free. If you’d like to perform, please be early. People will be signed up at the door. http:// spokedub.wordpress.com/
Every Spoke will feature a guest performer and on 17 Feb this is Jill Battson, poet and activist from Canada. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html


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:

Wed 22 Feb: 07:00-08:45 – National College of Ireland, IFSC, Mayor Street, Dublin 1
The business breakfasts at the NCI are continuing. The series features outstanding, innovative speakers on a range of thought-provoking topics in the areas of management, marketing and human resource management. On Wed 22 Feb Karen McCormick, Vice President HR Europe with Kellogg’s will talk about Human Resources. Admission is free and a free, light breakfast will be served. Places are limited and to reserve your seat, book 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 number of artists and originally thought they are quite normal people, just a lot more creative than me, maybe. ;-) But when I read the descriptions of exhibitions week after week, I wonder if my assessment is correct. Now before I continue, I should mention that these exhibition descriptions are often written by curators. Curators are the people that organise the exhibition for the artists and try to find a market for the artists work. But it is not always clear if the description came from the artist or from the curator and apart from that, curators are artists as well, just maybe with a talent in a different direction.
How do I make the conclusion that artists (or curators) are odd? Well, read this description of a current exhibition: “The study of this fragmented symbolism, is undertaken with an apocalyptic toned deconstruction of domestic iconography, so that the images have an eerie, confrontational quality. The anonymous structures she conceives conceal in their simplicity the struggles that each household undergoes; there is no evidence of human contact or familial presence, save for fallen walls that bespeak a nondescript, unseen level of turmoil.” And then artists wonder why they often have difficulties to reach us normal people!?


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That’s a big/long/juicy Dublin Event Guide this week. Soooo many events! Enjoy them!

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