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Event Guide 255: Art in Action, Bray Jazz Festival, Gravitation, Europe Day Events

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 255
| 04 May 2012 Subscribers: 10777

Hi all!

I love bank holiday weekends! An extra day of the day job that can be used to enjoy events, how great is that! :-)
The weekend is busy and I think I found an event for virtually everybody. Now it is up to you to make use of all the offers that are out there. I will have a busy weekend, but that is not a complaint at all. Instead it is the great sign that the outdoor season is starting. Next week there will be the Gospel Rising Festival in Bray (www.gospelrising.com) and on 24-27 May the Dublin City Soul Festival (soul.ie/), one of my most favourite festivals, will be back.


With soo much happening in the coming weeks, I will keep my eye on all these free events, but that means I can not focus on spreading the word about the Dublin Event Guide much. That’s where you come in! I need you to helpor help a bit more if you already told a number of people.

The Dublin Event Guide Community is growing every week, but lately there are 5-10 unsubscribes because people are moving away from Ireland. I sometimes get the most heart wrenching mails where a number of times people told me “Please don’t send me the Dublin Event Guide anymore, I love it, but I had to leave Ireland and everytime I get the newsletter, I get homesick.” Tough times for some! But all in all it is a worthwhile experience to work abroad for a while if you grew up in Ireland and for people from other countries, it sometimes just brings forward some plans about going back that were there anyway.
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This week’s Feel Good Slot is about an amazing Irish girl. 16 year old Joanne O’Riordan from Cork was born without arms or legs and last week she was speaking in front of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an UN organisation, about her challenges and how she overcomes them. Spend a few minutes to read her full speech here: www.itu.int/en/action/women/Pages/riordan-speech.aspx In December of last year she was on RTE’s Late Late Show, and the video clip is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=R97hDC4hwEs What an amazing girl!

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no promise for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

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Because a lot of people leave Dublin either to go home elsewhere in Ireland or to leave the country for holidays, bank holiday weekends are often not very busy with regards to events. This weekend is different and you should definitely be able to easily find something to do.

I will have some Krav Maga (self-defence) training this Saturday (www.kravmagaireland.com), so I won’t get a chance to do much then, but if I had time, I would go to the “Physics High Flyer” event and to the Crypt Craft Market. In the evening I might go to the Bray Jazz Festival, but unfortunately I will miss the Mexican Cinco the Mayo Fiesta in Dun Laoghaire.

On Sunday I plan to go to the Vintage Fair in the Food Co-op and to Art in Action in Phoenix Park. If you want to go to a gig, check out the Workman’s Club gig and the Independent Rock film screening plus live music in the Button Factory.

On Monday Art in Action is on the plan if I don’t make it on Sunday and I haven’t been in Ikea for a while, so you might find me there.

Tuesday is the day for the Milk & Cookies Stories in the Exchange, an event that is already popular and is attracting even more and more people.

On Wednesday the Temple Bar Cultural Trust is inviting to a whole variety of events Europe Day and some are really interesting and finally on Thursday, I would love to go to the TCD discussion about “Greed and the Crisis”. But next week I will be at Gospel Rising in Bray, so I probably need to start the Event Guide a bit earlier.

A nicely filled schedule for the week! :-)


The Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) in co-operation with the Sunday Times have put together a great Outdoor Film Festival on Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. It will run from 10 May until 14 June and will see a popular movie being screened every Thursday night (Gates 21:45, Film Starts: 22:15). All tickets are free and can be booked online, but you can imagine that they are hot! ;-) As soon as they become available, they are snapped up and once booked out, you will neither get to enjoy the screening nor the complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn which you get on arrival. So, note the list for the upcoming screenings below and put the relevant dates in your calendar!
The first movie on 10 May is “The Wizard of Oz”. It is completely booked out, but the nice people from the Temple Bar Cultural Trust kept one pair of the very much in demand tickets for a competition in the Dublin Event Guide.
If you want to win this last (and priceless ;-) ) pair of tickets, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with WIZARD in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Tuesday 08 May.
The schedule of all movie screenings is:
10 May: The Wizard of Oz [BOOKED OUT]
17 May: Pulp Fiction (tickets available from this Sunday 06 May)
24 May: Amelie (tickets available from Sunday 13 May)
31 May: The Maltese Falcon (tickets available from Sunday 20 May)
07 June: Aliens (tickets available from Sunday 27 May)
14 June: Raiders of the Lost Ark (tickets available from Sunday 03 June)
More information can be found here templebar.ie/Event/OutDoorFilmFesta nd you can book tickets directly on entertainment.ie/tickets/meeting-house-square.asp

If you are interested in Gospel Music and especially if you are or would like to get involved actively, this is a Must Go event! The Gospel Rising Music Festival (www.gospelrising.com) is taking place for the third years and after Ennis and Portlaoise where the festival towns. This year it is taking place in our neighbourhood in Bray. From Fri 11 – Sun 13 May, Bray is the Gospel Capital of Ireland and Gospel Rising is one of the first music festivals of the season.
“Gospel Rising” is a combination of free gospel choir gigs and non-free high quality workshops, giving everyone the chance to experience gospel choir singing.
This years workshops are all listed on www.gospelrising.com/workshop-details.html and even if you have never sung before or are not in a Gospel Choir you can take part and enjoy. Topics and areas that are covered are to improve your soloist skills and styles, join in with large group workshops, experience gospel styles like Contemporary Gospel or Barbershop, and the choreography style this year will be based on the TV show, Glee. You can choose the workshops you like.
There are still some weekend ticket available (EUR 60) and there will be free Gospel Concerts on Friday and Saturday. More details will be included here next week, but in the meantime you can find them on www.gospelrising.com
The organisers have made 2 Weekend Tickets available for a competition and I will inform the winners over this weekend and will announce their names next week.
www.gospelrising.com and www.facebook.com/groups/361605296569

On Thurs 03 May Don Luis Molinar, an international teacher of Toltec Mastery, gave an introductory talk on Toltec Self Mastery. Don Luis Molinar is a Master teacher in the Toltec tradition, an ancient path of self awareness and knowledge from Mexico. The Toltec teaching is not a religion but a system of self awareness, of living life from a place of heart and love and getting past the limited patterns and conditionings we all hold. The Toltecs believe that we are dreaming all the time, whether asleep or awake, and that we have the power to change that dream from fear to love in any moment, to create a new dream of happiness and fulfilment for ourselves, our families and our communities. The winner of a pair of tickets to his talk “Stalking the Emotional Self” was won by Christa Large! Congratulations! Contact 087 6899211 or visit www.ToltecHeartWisdom.com for further details.

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Did you see Molly Malone all covered up in a pretty gold garment? And maybe you saw other changes in Grafton Street that puzzled you? It was all part of an Art project and you can see a picture and read some explanation here ;thedailyedge.thejournal.ie/puzzling-picture-of-the-day-438352-May2012/

The Funky Seomra (www.facebook.com/FunkySeomra) is the trendsetter for the alcohol and d rug-free nights of dancing (next event on 19 May), but now there is a suitor stepping up and you have even more opportunities to go out for a night of dance and music in an alcohol free environment. “The Dance” will start this Saturday (05 May) in Ranelagh (Dublin 6). All details are here www.facebook.com/events/398783580155270/) Both alcohol-free dances are not free and the admission charge is the price you have to pay for this different type of entertainment.

Check out the moon this weekend! It is bigger and brighter than usual and if we have a clear sky on Saturday night, you can enjoy this full moon even more than normally. The reason for the bigger size is because the moon is as close to the Earth as it gets (on its elliptical orbit). More information is provided by Astronomy Ireland here: astronomy.ie/supermoon.php

The Bealtaine Festival continues. It is a full month of events for the older age group and uses the theme “celebrating creativity as we age” this year. Estimates are that over 120,000 people will take part in Bealtaine. “From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. …” There is a vast amount of events and the big contribution of the Public Libraries makes this event even a bigger success.
I have some event included again this week, but for more details you should check bealtaine.com/ and www.dublincitypubiclibraries.ie or have a look at the schedule here

This is unfortunately not an event in Dublin, but this week the Bray Jazz Festival with a whole range of free events will take place and for the people that want even more Jazz, you can directly be part of the “New Orleans Jazz Fest”. From 04-06 May YouTune will live-stream the festival. It all starts today (Friday) at 14:00 CDT, which should be (if I calculated right) 20:00 in Ireland. Go to www.youtube.com/jazzfest

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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/dublin/
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.

Thurs 10 May – Sat 30 June: Mon-Thurs: 14:00-19:00, Sat: 10:00-14:00, Closed Fri, Sun, bank holidays. – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2.
Bullfighting, flamenco, tapas, siesta, sunshine…Is this the perception of Spain abroad? – The Instituto Cervantes Dublin introduces the work of a variety of contemporary artists who are portraying a reality that questions stereotypes and clichés of Spanish culture. Some of these works represent a social criticism of problems experienced in Spain at present: housing, unemployment, immigration and emigration amongst others. Artists are Alicia Framis, María Cañas, Monu & No Es, UHF, C.A.S.I.T.A., Greta Alfaro, Left Hand Rotation, Derivart.
An opening reception takes place on Thurs 10 May from 18:00. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha82076_16_2.htm

Fri 04 – Sun 20 May: 10:00-17:00 – Farmleigh House, Castleknock side of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15
Zelouf+Bell are inviting to a Retrospect of award-winning custom furniture, celebrating two decades making useful, beautiful things. From sleek dining tables to screen panels and exotic desks, zelouf+BELL are showing their beautiful things in Farmleigh for 2 weeks. Farmleigh is open for the duration of this exhibition. Admission is free. zeloufandbell.com
Farmleigh House is used for official government business an is therefore sometimes closed for visitors. For that reason you should check www.farmleigh.ie or ring in advance 01 8155 900 to avoid that the door is closed.

Cian O’S. tells me that 40 Sculpture and Media students in NCAD are inviting to a sculpture exhibition “Us and them”. It will take place in the Dlight Studios, 46 North Clarence St, Dublin 1. It will run from 10-13 May with an opening event on 10 may at 18:00 and a closing event on 13 May at 18:00. Admission is free and all are welcome.


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 04 May: 13:00-13:30 – National Museum, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History), Dublin 7. – The Curator’s Talk “Witnesses to War – The Irish War of Independence in Their Own Words” will take place and is suitable for adults. Admission is free, but booking is required on 01 6777444.
“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.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2814

Fri 04 May: 13:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
“Neon Wolf” will be in Tower Records for an in-store event.

Fridays 18:30-21:00 – Radisson, Golden Lane, Dublin 2.
Radisson Hotel in Golden Lane’s new weekly Jazz Evening will feature on 04 May: Lucille Blue, 11 May: Kristina G., 18 May Stella Bass, 25 May Michael Lennan. www.facebook.com/pages/Sure-Bar/106148898601

Fri 04 May: 19:00 – Clinton Auditorium, Global Irish Institute, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. A free UCD/Abbey Theatre Shakespeare Lecture takes place with Professor Mark Thornton Burnett (Queen’s University Belfast) and is entitled “Shakespeare and World Cinema: Romeo and Juliet”. Book online at www.ucd.ie/alumni/events

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. www.cornucopia.ie

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 04 May Donal Kirk Band
Sat 05 May Dead Ringer
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00 unless otherwise stated. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Fridays 22:00 – La Caverna Restaurant, 12 Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
A new Jazz Club with Live Jazz Music by Lucille Blue (vocals) and Cormac McCann (piano/vocals) has been launched in the basement of the La Caverna Restaurant. Doors at 22:00 and the performance starts at 22:30 every Friday night. There are only about 50 seats, so you might want to book on 087 6739315

* 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.


Sat 05 May: 08:00-12:00 – 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 06:30 for buyers from 08:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on www.irishcarboot.ie

Sat 05 May: 09:30-16:15 – Royal College of Surgeons, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
As part of the 2012 Dublin City of Science Festival, the Institute of Physics in Ireland (IOPI) hosting a ‘Physics High Flyers’ day on Saturday. This public event is open to anybody who would like to hear some influential scientists speak in an informal atmosphere about their careers, their research and the future of physics and science. Admission is free, but booking is requested. The full programme and all information about how to book can is in this PDF document: www.iopireland.org/events/info/file_54906.pdf

Sat 05 May: 10:00-17:00 – Farmleigh House, Castleknock side of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15
Over the Bank Holiday weekend a Food Market will take place every day in Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park. From award winning cheeses to organic vegetables, chutneys, meats, fish and confectionery, Farmleigh Food Markets offers you a selection of fresh food choices for your culinary pleasure. The upcoming dates are Sat 05, Sun 06 and Mon 07 May. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,13468,en.html

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

Sun 05-Mon 07 May: 10:30-17:30 – Farmleigh House, Castleknock side of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15
Art in Action is a 3-day arts & crafts festival where artists and craftspeople from many different disciplines are invited to set up studio and demonstrate their work and skills live. Everywhere you’ll find skilled artists and craftspeople working away: Enjoy the painters, sculptors sculpting, potters throwing, wood being turned, furniture being restored, baskets weaved, glass blown, jewellery made.
In addition there will be an Art & Crafts Market, art courses for novices and talks about a whole variety of topics (from Ayurveda via Ethics to Turbo Mathematics) throughout the weekend. The event is in its 13th year and this year more than 8,000 visitors are expected. Admission is free, but there is an admission fee for the art courses and talks.
The Farmleigh House Food Market will take place over the weekend as well and brass bands will play on the bandstand in the garden.
All details about the event can be found here www.artinaction.ie/ and here www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,18094,en.html
If – like me – you wonder who is running this interesting event, you might be surprised to find out that the organisers are the “School of Philosophy and Economic Science” in Northumberland Road in Ballsbridge, a school that provides courses in practical philosophy, music, Plato, Sanskrit, calligraphy, economics, mathematics, parenting, marriage and family.

Sat 05 May: 11:00 – Iveagh Gardens, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
Experienced Chen style tai chi instructor Alda Gomez of “House of Movement” will be bringing her tai chi practice outdoors, like in previous years and she is inviting you to join her on Saturday. Admission is free. The event may be cancelled if it’s raining, so you might want to check with Alda by ringing or texting her on 087 7750782. More information about this event and about her indoor training courses can be found at www.houseofmovement.com

Sat 05 May: 11:00-16:00 – dlr Leisure Services, Monkstown Avenue, Monkstown, Co. Dublin.
On Sat the Skate Park at the dlr Leisure Centre in Monkstown will be home to boards, bikes, blades and beats for Gravitation 2012. There will be skateboarding, BMX and blade displays and cool hip hop beats. Gravitation 2012 is an initiative by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and will be a free event. You can test your skills and experts will be on hand to provide tips throughout the event. The aim of the event is to embrace the wide selection of alternative sports and urban culture in Ireland and provide a platform to showcase boards, bikes, blades and beats at their best. www.dlrevents.ie/gravitation12.html

Sat 05 May: 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 Women’s 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 05 May: 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 05 May: 12:00-17:00 – Christ Church Cathedral, Christ Church Place, Dublin 8
On Saturday a Bank Holiday Weekend Craft Market will take place in the crypt of Christ Church Cathedral. All manner of Irish craft items will be on sale, from handmade paper, to greetings cards, to candles, to summer hats and jewellery and much more.
Also on Saturday a Farmer’s Market will take place in the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral. www.facebook.com/events/163552037105151/

Sat 05 May: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit A8 Airside Enterprise Park, Swords, Co Dublin. – Astronomy Ireland are continuing their weekly Sun Shows at the Astronomy Ireland Shop in Swords. Each Saturday, the staff of the Astronomy Ireland Shop will be showing you amazing views of our nearest star. Using special filters and some of the largest telescopes in Ireland you will get to see sunspots bigger than Earth and huge solar flare bursting from our nearest star. If it’s cloudy, there will be a telescope demonstration and you will find out how you can safely observe the Sun and undertake some daytime astronomy using your own telescope. astronomy.ie/sunwatch2011.php

Sat 05 Mar: 13:00 – Garden of Remembrance (Parnell Sq) to Dail (Kildare Street) and back. – This is certainly not the type of event that I normally list here. A march to legalise d rugs? I have to admit that I am not in favour of dru g use and I would even include cigarettes and alcohol to a certain degree in that. But I have a close relative that has MS and then you wonder sometimes what would be best.
Oddly, though Luke Flanagan, isn’t someone I expected to promote the use of substances for medical reasons. Maybe he is just piggybacking on this for personal and not so much medical reasons??
Speakers will be Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan – TD, Gordon Mc Ardle – Compassionate Use of Medical Can na bis Act, Jude Campion – Multiple sclerosis patient and Vincent Lavery.
What is also odd is that the march is going from the Garden of Remembrance to the Dail and then BACK again! Never heard that anyone else was doing that.

Sat 05 May: 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 05 – Sun 06 May: 14:00-00:30 – Venues in Bray
For the 13th year, the Bray Jazz Festival is taking place this weekend. A number of non-free Jazz concerts will take place, but in addition the Royal Hotel in Bray is inviting to two free mid-day double bill concerts on Sat at 14:00 with “Nature” and “The Swoo-Beh Project” and on Sun at 14:00 with “OKO” and “ReDiviDer”. And then later in the evening, from 22:00 on Sat and Sun, the Harbour Bar, Martello, Porterhouse, Royal Hotel and a number of other venues will host lots of free Jazz gigs. (There is a late bus going back into Dublin, so check the website!) For a full list, check www.brayjazz.com/brayjazz/Main/Programme.htm

Sat 05 May: 14:30 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
A guided walk, entitled “Blossoms from China” will take place. “Many of our common garden plants are Chinese in origin. May is the best time to see Paeonies, the Handkerchief Tree, Wisteria and many other flowering plants in full bloom. Come and see the Chinese plants at their best. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Sat 05 May: 15:00-17:00 – Pavilion Quarter, The Metals, Seafront, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
The Pavilion Quarter in Dun Laoghaire is inviting to a Mexican “Cinco de Mayo” Festival on Saturday. Experience all things Mexican, try some spicy free food nibbles and get into the fiesta mood with some street performers and dance your blues away with Mariachi music. www.dlrevents.ie/pq.html

Sat 05 May: 15:00 – The New Theatre, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
“Zeitgeist” by Bernard Field is the next Playreading in the New Theatre. Admission is free, but a donation of EUR 2 is appreciated. www.thenewtheatre.com/tnt_php/scripts/page/reading.php?reading_id=14&gi_sn=4fa39ebadd45f|0

Sat 05 May: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Flowers, Foliage and the Great Outdoors’, with Caroline Donohue. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 05 May: 15:30-16:30 – National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2
The Bealtaine Festival Tour “The Top Ten!” will take place for all ages. “Explore 7,000 years of Irish history through 10 exciting artefacts, including a gold lunula, the Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.” Admission is free and no booking is required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2824

Sat 05 May: 18:00 – Clasac, Alfie Byrne Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3 (Behind Clontarf DART Station). The ELVE’s Latvian Society Choir 5th Anniversary Concert will take place in Clontarf with guest choirs from Belgium, Latvia and England. Admission is free. Find out more here

Sat 05 May: 19:00 – Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The line up for this Saturday night gig is The Inde cent Cigar Emporium, The Stoney Brokes, D’Riculous Allstars, Weeday and Co caine Ponytail. Admission is free and lots more information can be found on the Button Factory website www.buttonfactory.ie (Go to What’s on)

Sat 05 May: 20:00-22:30 – KC Peaches (Wine Cave), 28/29 Nassau St., Dublin 2
This is a new weekly Saturday night residency of a Jazz Quartet, featuring Michael Nielsen (guitar), Sam Comerford (sax), Cormac O Brien (bass), James Mackin (drums) in the basement Wine Cave of KC Peaches wholefood restaurant/café. Food will be served until 22:00 and wine, minerals & music will be available until later. Admission is free and a donation into a hat at the end of the evening is appreciated. www.facebook.com/KCPeaches

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 for details)

(see Saturday for details)

Sun 06 May: 10:00-14:00 – The Factory, 35a Barrow Street, Dublin 4
Again a free fencing class, run by Fence Fit, will take place on Sunday. Be challenged in the art of sword fighting! www.facebook.com/FencingFit

Sun 06 May: 11:00-17:30 – Dublin Food Coop, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
The brand new Pure Vintage Market has its second trading day in the Dublin Food Coop. It is a market/flea market for vintage items and will take place on the first Sunday of every month. There will be vintage clothes, furniture, collectibles, jewellery and many more vintage items. Sounds interesting and with 30 stalls, it is well worth a visit. I wanted to go last month and didn’t make it, I will definitely try this month to check it out! :-) www.Facebook.com/purevintagefair

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 06 May: 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 feature “Viola & Piano” with John Lynch (viola) and Elisaveta Blumina (piano) performing Bach: Chaconne for solo viola and Shostakovich: Viola Sonata Op.147. www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/616-sundaysnoon-viola-a-piano

Sun 06 May: 12:30-17:30 – Sweeney’s Mongrel, Dame Street (Opposite Central Bank), Dublin 2.
The next Pop-Up Record Fair upstairs in Sweeney’s Mongrel Pub will take place on Sunday. People will be selling their own collections and there will also be some dealers selling everything from Folk and Jazz to Indie and Metal on vinyl and CD. www.facebook.com/irishrecordfairs

Sundays 14:00 – Meeting point announced on website every week.
The “Dublin Sketchers” is an informal group of typically hobby artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. National Museum, Maritime Museum, Dublin Flea Market, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle), sketch for one to two hours and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches. There are some hugely talented people among them and it is a great idea to meet up with others who have the same hobby. Find out on their website where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. In June they will run an exhibition of their works and I will list the details when I find out. I know that the Dublin Sketchers often use the Dublin Event Guide to find interesting free events and I am delighted to be able to help! www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/

Sun 06 May: 15:00-16:00 – National Museum, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History), Dublin 7.
The “Hands on History” event is taking place and 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=2825

Sun 06 May: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Monet to Montmartre: Music of Impressionist Paris” with Dr Adrian Le Harivel, National Gallery of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 13 May: 15:00-16:30 – National Print Museum, Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Rd, Dublin 4.
Unlike the three branches of the National Museum, the National Print Museum is normally not free, but from now for the coming weeks (excluding bank holiday weekends), there will be a free public tour every Sunday (29 Apr, 13+20+27 May). Every visit begins with a short audio-visual presentation where the audience can observe active retired printers providing practical demonstrations of machines from the Museum’s collection. www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/guided-tours.html
So, no tour this weekend, but it will be back again on 13 May.

Sun 06 May: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Townscapes and Landscapes”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 05 May: 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. But this week it is taking place on MONDAY instead of Sunday (because of the bank holiday weekend. So check out the this week’s line up in the Monday section of this e-zine.

Sun 06 May: 17:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
On Sunday the Workman’s Club will open its doors at 17:00, the Live Room Doors open at 18:00 and the first performance will start at 18:30. Admission is free. The line-up is: The Mighty Stef, The North Sea, The Syndicate, Death in the Sickroom, The Notas, The Merciful Hour. www.theworkmansclub.com/2012/04/24/may-bank-holiday-live-all-dayer-060512/

Sun 06 May: 17:30-23:00 – Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Community Of Independents presents a screening of “A Joyful Slog”, a documentary looking at Dublin’s independent rock scene over the last twenty years or so, and there will be live performances on the night by The Jimmy Cake, Crayonsmith, No Spill Blood, September Girls, Costello featuring GI and William Lee, Nibiru. The screening starts at 18:00. “A Joyful Slog” is a documentary looking at a certain corner of the Independent music scene in Ireland over the last twenty years featuring interviews with artists like ASIWYFA, Adebisi Shank, Jape, The Jimmy Cake plus many more. It is an insight and overview of how the DIY scene has developed in the capital city and country as the music industry has been changing. More information on www.facebook.com/events/420547384640822 and on www.buttonfactory.ie

Sun 06 May: 18:30 – Café en Seine (1st Floor), Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The Ireland France Chamber of Commerce booked a space in the Café en Seine to watch the results of the 2012 French Presidential Election together with everyone interested in it. Gather for drinks, discussions and results analysis at the back of the 1st floor of Café en Seine from 18:30. The organisers are asking you indicate if you are interested via info@irelandfrance.com by Fri 04 May. But I’d say, there is still a chance to attend on Sunday, even if you miss the registration deadline. No free food or drink will be provided, but admission to the event is free. alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

Sun 06 May: 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 not yet announced, so you should check on www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

“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

Sundays: 21:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Jaime Nanci & The Blue Boys are playing a weekly gig in Whelan’s Front Bar on Sundays. Their music is swing, blues, bebop and doo wop. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com www.facebook.com/jaimenanciandtheblueboys

Sun 06 May: 21:00 – 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 line up is Ian Fisher, Ghost Castle, The Kartels, Bennett vs Matrix, The Bambir. www.facebook.com/thesundayroast

* 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
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Stella Bass Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. A video is here www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8aKqtOB5S8 www.stellabass.com
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/thesundayroast
* “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 4 Dame Lane in Dame Lane 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.facebook.com/events/225904860831469/
* 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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Ireland doesn’t celebrate the May Day on 01 May, but instead we do get a bank holiday on the first Monday in May. Virtually all shops are open, Pay&Display parking is not enforced, but bus lanes and disabled car park spaces are off-limits! Public transport usually is on a Sunday schedule on the Bank Holiday Monday.

(see Saturday for details)
Note that the ARC Fundraising Run (see below) will take place on Monday in Phoenix Park, so when you try to make it to Farmleigh House, you might encounter some closed roads.

Mon 07 May: 10:00 – Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
The Women’s Mini Marathon takes place every year on the June Bank Holiday and the Men’s Mini Marathon, which is a 10 km run will take place one month earlier, this Monday. It is called ARC Fundraising Run and ARC (Aftercare, Research & Counselling) is a community-based cancer support centre caring for men and women living with cancer, as well as their families and friends. Participation is not free, but watching the event and supporting the participants is. All information including a route map can be found here: arcchallenges.com/run/mensminimarathon/ Be aware that a whole range of roads in Phoenix Park will be closed on Monday from 09:45-13:00, so getting to Farmleigh House for the Art in Action event will be tricky. All details about the road closures are here www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,18469,en.html

Mon, Wed, Sat in May: 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 first film is www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-come-aboard/ and it will be screened sometimes on Mondays other times on Wednesday. The second film is www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-friendly-ireland/ and www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-prog2-dublin-of-the-welcomes/and it will be screened alternating between Mon and Wed as well. The Saturday double-bill will continue as well, but at the moment the IFI website seems broken, so find out the details through the site below and hopefully it will work again soon. (Currently only a mobile version is shown, not the desktop version!) Admission to all lunchtime screenings is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk. www.ifi.ie/2012/05/?post_type=film

Mon 06 May: 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. But this week it is taking place on MONDAY instead of Sunday (because of the bank holiday weekend. This week’s line up is: Shay Cotter, Noam Weinstein, Caroline O’Neill, Shadows Holding Shapes, Red Queen Contest, Yossarian Lives, Panama Acoustic.

Mon 07 May: 20:00 – Patriot’s Inn, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
CINE CAFÉ will screen a selection of shorts at the monthly Kilmainham Arts Club meeting in the Patriot’s Inn. Kilmainham on Monday May 7th. Admission is free and in addition to the shorts, you can enjoy lots of other types of art contributions at this event. www.facebook.com/pages/CINE-CAFEPintPicPintaPictureShowPictureShow/145568615502560

Mon 07 May: 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 not yet announced, so you should check here www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Mondays 21:45-02:30 – Fibber Magee’s, Parnell Street, Dublin 1
Every Monday, a mix of musicians from bands like The Seven Deadly Skins / Animal Cracker / Upbeat Generation / Crete Boom & more come together to play a free night of Rock & Reggae. www.facebook.com/TheHangoverClub

* 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.
* 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
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 from 23:30. Admission is free.


Tues 08 May: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “The Sir Denis Mahon Gift to the Gallery” with Catherine Sheridan, National Gallery of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 08 May – 14:00-15:30 (Registration at 13:45) – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
“Memories into Memoir” is an interactive lecture and discussion on Memoir Writing with Irene Graham, Founder & Director of The Memoir Writing Club & The Creative Writer’s Workshop. Bring your ideas and experience to this afternoon session with Irene and discover how to creatively translate life experience into memoir. This event is part of the Bealtaine Festival celebrations at the NLI. Admission is free, but you need to book your place via info@nli.ie www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Tues 08 May: 17:00-19:00 – The Organ Room, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, 143-149 Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6
The organ will feature in its various roles at this concert – as a solo instrument, in ensemble with other instruments and voices and as a church instruments, while performances will feature the students and staff of the Conservatory.
22 keyboardists currently study the organ with Una Russell at the Conservatory, full-time undergraduate students, part-time students (including music graduates, ‘Junior Conservatory’ students and continuing-education students). Many current and past members of the DIT organ class have gone on to hold church and cathedral posts in Dublin and beyond. Admission is free and more information is available here www.dit.ie/conservatory/events/archive2012/organathon2012/#d.en.55307

Tue 08 May: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2
In context with the new exhibition “[Excuse me]… Is This Spain?”, the Instituto Cervantes invites to a workshop about creativity, technology and economy.
Derivart produces pieces of work associated with the main problems affecting the Spanish State at present. The economic crisis is the biggest problem in Spain and Hack your Bank is tool which enhances financial education, while becoming a protest weapon. It is a Firefox Browser add-on with which participants can create animated graphics to tell stories that lie beneath the world of banking. You have to bring your own Laptop to this workshop. Admission is free but booking is required via reservas.dublin@cervantes.es The event will be in English. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha81917_16_2.htm

Tues 08 May: 18:00 – Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
As part of the library’s Bealtaine Festival programme, join Christopher Sands as he remembers Jammet’s French Restaurant, the “only French Restaurant in Dublin”.
Christopher trained in Jammet’s 1951-55, moving to the Gresham Hotel 1955-70, before spending over 32 years as Lecturer in Restaurant Management with the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in Cathal Brugha Street. He will share his fond memories of Louis Jammet and his appreciative customers. Admission is free, but is booking essential via dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie or T. 01-674 4806 www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/bealtaine_2012_jammets.aspx

Tues 08 May: 18:30 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The next Milk&Cookie Stories is themed “True Lies” and will take place on Tuesday. It is a storytelling event where every body is welcome. You can come to tell a story or just listen to good stories. The Facebook Event Page explains what the theme means, so have a look. And for the Bake-off, bring some of your baked goods to share, the best baker will get a prize. www.facebook.com/events/301406743268226/

Tues 08 May: 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
The Book Launch of “Ghost Town” by Michael Clifford will take place on Tuesday.
This debut crime novel takes place in Dublin and is written by Michael Clifford, journalist and commentator for the Irish Examiner and Sunday Times. Admission is free. gutterbookshop.com/events.html

Tues 08 May: 19:00 – U-Bar, High Street, Dublin 8 (Next door to St. Audeon’s)
The Dublintellectual event “City Intersections Session #2” will take place on Tues and is entitled “Specific Publics How do we make Dublin a more public city?”
City Intersections is a public forum for the discussion of urban issues facing Dublin today. All are welcome, discussion is open and participation is free. Featured speakers for the second session include: Mick Wilson (GradCAM) and Lisa Cassidy (builtdublin.com). If you have any questions or would like to collaborate or participate in the series, mail cities@dublintellectual.ie cityintersections.wordpress.com

Tues 08 May: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
“The Plateau Sessions is an open mic night that features some special guest acts from all over Ireland. Taking place every second week to offer you a great night of music for free, it offers a plateau in which potential singer/songwriters of the future can have a chance to play on the same stage with some of Irelands already established talent.
Songs are made to be shared so we’ve put together a night to do just that! Share songs :-) acoustic guitar will be on hand but if you want to bring your own that’s cool, the more the merrier as they say… violin, keyboard, harmonica, whatever as long as its in tune bring it!” The line-up on Tuesday is My Fellow Sponges, Cfit, Red Empire and after the live bands DJ Shane O’Reilly (Bipolar Empire) will be playing some of Rock’n’Rolls finest tunes. www.theworkmansclub.com/2012/04/30/the-plateau-sessions-080512/

Tues 08 May: 20:00 – Legal Eagle (beside the Four Courts)
The next Monthly General Meeting Show is entitled “A Brush With The Law” and will take place on Tuesday. Admission is free. twitter.com/MonthlyGM

* 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
* 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
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


Wed 09 May: Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Europe Day will take place on Wed 09 May and Temple Bar will be host to two days of cultural celebration and discussion. All events take place in Temple Bar and all are free. The programme for the days will be

Wed 09 May:
+ 09:30-13:00: Culture & the Economy, Wood Quay Venue. Half-day conference looking at new ways of valuing culture. For more details check the next event entry below.
+ 13:10-13:50: John Boyne, The Gutter Bookshop. Reading of Irish and European Literature, in association with Ireland Literature Exchange. Book at jbeuropeday.eventbrite.com/
+ 18:10-18:50: Paul Murray, The Gutter Bookshop. Reading of Irish and European Literature, in association with Ireland Literature Exchange. Book here pmeuropeday.eventbrite.com/
+ 19:00: Opening: Archipelagos by Hanneke van Ryswyk, Olivier Cornet Gallery. Launch of exhibition of paintings and unique prints by Wexford-based artist Hanneke van Ryswyk. (Exhibition runs till 31 May.) No booking necessary.

Europe Day Events at Meeting House Square will have to be booked here dublineuropeday12.eventbrite.com/ and the schedule is:
+ 21:30 Performance of European Jazz
+ 22:00 Short Cuts Through Europe: Screening of Irish and European short films * + 23:00 Performance of European Jazz

On Thurs 10 May some more events will take place:
13:10-13:50 Celine Kiernan, The Culture Box – Reading of Irish and European Literature, in association with Ireland Literature Exchange. Book here: ckeuropeday.eventbrite.com/
18:30-19:20 Conor Kostick, The Culture Box – Reading of Irish and European Literature, in association with Ireland Literature Exchange Book here: conorkeuropeday.eventbrite.com/

Wed 09 May: 10:00-13:00 – Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8
The Temple Bar Cultural Trust is inviting to a half-day conference on Culture and the Economy on Europe Day 09 May 2012. This event is a great opportunity to gain insights into new thinking and research around measuring the value of cultural and creative activity. It will also be a great opportunity to hear about successful examples of cultural and creative enterprises combining talent and technology to great effect in growing audiences and revenues. Speakers are Irish economist Finbarr Bradley, David Throsby, author of The Culture of Innovation and The Economics of the Performing Arts and Professor John O’ Hagan from Trinity College Dublin. Conor Brophy will chair the event. Online registration is open at tbcultureandeconomy.eventbrite.com/ The conference programme is here blog.templebar.ie/wp-content/CEConf2012_dwnld.pdf and some more information can be found on the Temple Bar website: blog.templebar.ie/?p=5216

Wed 09 May: 10:00-14:00 – Civil Service Cricket Club, Phoenix Park (across from Dublin Zoo), Dublin 8.
Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) in association with the GAA invite you to “Stick with Diversity”, an event celebrating the use of wood in sport. Demonstrations of various stick games like Baseball, Camogie, Cricket, Croquet, Hockey, Hurling, Rounders, Shinty, Softball and Table Tennis along with guest demonstrations of Gilli-Danda (India) and Lacrosse (First Nations of North America) will take place and will bring together young people from the new EU applicants including the Balkan States, Turkey, Iceland and Ireland. Admission is free.
I have to admit that this event puzzled me! It sounds very interesting, but why would anyone run an event like that on a weekday from 10:00-14:00? Should it not better take place on a Saturday or Sunday to make sure that SARI gets the bext exposure and many people can benefit from all the work they do? www.sari.ie/ss/stick-with-diversity/

Wed 09 May: 15:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – The Cine Café invites to a short screening in context with the Bealtaine festival . Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/CINE-CAFEPintPicPintaPictureShowPictureShow/145568615502560

Wed 09 May: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2
The event Art for All Ages: “Cities of Music: Rome, Dresden and Florence” with Adrian Le Harivel, National Gallery of Ireland is taking place. Admission is free and no booking is required.

Wed 09 May: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – “El perro del hortelano” (1996) by director Pilar Miró is the next film in the film series “One Book, One Film” in the Instituto Cervantes. The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha80189_16_2.htm

Wed 09 May: 19:00 – Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
The documentary film “Ordinary Fa scism – About the rise and fall of Italian and German fasc ism” by the Soviet director Mikhail Romm (1965), is the next film screened by the Progressive Film Club. Admission is free, donations are welcome. www.progressivefilmclub.ie/

Wednesdays 21:00: 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.

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:00-19:00 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.havana.ie/opening%202009.htm 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 10 May: 14:30 – Pearse Street Libraries, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
As part of our Bealtaine Festival programme Dublin City Libraries present the play “Circus!” by Carnation Theatre Company. Carnation Theatre was formed by professional actors, Mairead Devlin (RTE’s The Savage Eye) and Mary O’Driscoll (Abbey Theatre), with the aim of providing entertaining, stimulating and interactive plays for the Active Retired and older people.
Circus! explores what happens when a troupe of exotic travelling performers descend on a town. Interaction is a key part of the experience with story telling, shared memory, songs, poetry and jokes woven into the plot. Performances will take place in the following libraries:
+ Charleville Mall Library on Thursday 10 May at 11:00 – T. 8749619
+ Pearse Street Library on Thursday 10 May at 14:30 – T. 6744888
Admission is free, but booking is essential. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/bealtaine_2012_circus.aspx

Thurs 10 May: 17:00 – Eason, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
The “Morganville Vampires” author Rachel Caine will be in Eason, O’Connell Street for a book signing and Q&A of her bestselling young adult paranormal romance novels. This is a ticket-only event, but I wasn’t able to find confirmation if this event is free, so you better check. To book your ticket and to find out more details, contact Eason O’Connell Street on (01) 8583815. www.easons.com/events_display.asp?K=e2012041217161973

Thurs 10 May: 18:00 – Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
The lecture “Rediscovering Medieval Ireland” by Robin Frame, historian of medieval Ireland, marks the launch of CIRCLE: A Calendar of Irish Chancery Letters, c. 1244-1509, a new internet resource for Irish history. The Calendar will be available at www.tcd.ie/chancery Admission is free. www.dublinevents.com/events/other/rediscovering-medieval-ireland.php

Thurs 10 May: 18:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
“Eazy Tyger” will be in Tower Records for an in-store event.

Thurs 10 May: 18:30-19:45 – Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
The public lecture “Greed and the Crisis” with speaker Antti Kauppinen (Philosophy Department, TCD) will take place on Thurs. “Is the economic crisis the result of a moral crisis? In this public lecture Antti Kauppinen, will address the surprisingly popular explanation that it is the greed of bankers, developers, and politicians that accounts for the economic situation. This will require understanding when pursuit of self-interest becomes greed, exploring the role of character in explaining behaviour, and asking how institutional arrangements can promote virtue, or at least discourage vice.”
This lecture is one of a series of talks, by academics in Trinity’s School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, addressing the theme of The Debt Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Controls. To register email: policy.institute@tcd.ie www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/22085.html

19 Apr-24 May: 18:30-20:00 – Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Dublin City Libraries in association with the Dublin City Enterprise Board are announcing a series of lectures entitled “Start and Grow Your Own Business”, aimed at current small business owners/managers or people that want to start a new business. The fourth lecture is
10 May Digital Marketing and Social Media
Find all subsequent lectures here www.dceb.ie/starting-a-business/library-talks or in the Upcoming events section in this e-zine. Admission to the lectures is free, but you have to book and to to reserve a place for the complete programme or for an individual lecture, contact the Business Information Centre in the Central Library on 01 873 3996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie

Thurs 10 May: 18:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
“A Celebration of the work of Brendan Kennelly” is the title of Thursday’s event. The Irish Writers Centre in association with Poetry Ireland presents a celebration of the work of Brendan Kennelly featuring: Terence Brown, Gerrald Dawe, Katie Donovan, Rita Ann Higgins, Michael Longley, David Norris, Leanne O’Sullivan, Paul Perry, Gerard Smyth. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Thurs 10 May: 19:30 – Twisted Pepper Café (Loft Bookstore), 54, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. – The Dublin Writers’ Forum welcomes writers of all genres, of all ages and all levels of experience. 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 10 May: 20:00 – St Patrick’s Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8
The next free months St Patrick’s Cathedral lecture will take place on Thursday. The topic is “St Patrick’s Cathedral, Nineteenth-Century Sculpture” by Dr Paula Murphy. The talk will take place in the Marsh’s Library next to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. There is limited space, so be there early to get in. www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/Talks-lectures-and-events.aspx

Thurs 10 May: 20:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The lecture “Garden Plants and their wild Irish cousins” with Dr Declan Doogue (Honorary Research Associate of the National Botanic Gardens and well known author of The wildflowers of Ireland), will talk about both native and introduced plants in this lecture. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Thurs 10 May: 20:00 – Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1.
An Evening with Dance Exchange as part of the Bealtaine Festival will take place. Anyone interested in dance and health is invited. The company is an intergenerational company of artists creating dance and engaging people in making art. An evening with Dance Exchange offers opportunities to share working methods and dance practice. For more information contact the Bealtaine office 01-8057709.

Thurs: 20:00 – 4 Dame Lane Pub, 4 Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The 4 Dame Lane Movie Club will feature a movie every Thursday from 20:00. The upcoming movies are: 10 May: Pulp Fiction, 17 May: Fight Club, 24 May: Shawshank Redemption, 31 May: The Wrestler. Admission is free. www.4damelane.ie/movieclub.html

Thursdays: 21:00 – Mercantile Hotel, Dame Street, Dublin 2
Jaime Nanci & The Blue Boys are playing a weekly gig in the Mercantile Hotel on Thursdays. Their music is swing, blues, bebop and doo wop. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/jaimenanciandtheblueboys

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

* 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
* 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 11 May: 13:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
“VerseChorusVerse” will be in Tower Records for an in-store event.

Fri 11 May: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
A Bealtaine Reading will take place at the Irish Writers’ Centre. A Bealtaine Writers group was formed from a series of workshops organised by Age and Opportunity at the Writers’ Centre and led by Eithne Strong as part of 1999 Festival. The group chose to continue meeting once a month and 13 years later is still going strong and includes some of the original members. As a group they write and workshop together, give readings in partnership with IWC, Poetry Ireland, National Gallery, Irish Writers’ Museum, Culture Night, Amnesty International and are writers in residence at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Music will be by award-winning guitarist Eoin Flood. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri 11 May: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The exhibition “The tale of the Bamboo Cutter” will open on Friday at 10:00. And later the public lecture “The story behind the tale – the restoration of ‘The tale of the Bamboo Cutter’, The Restorient Studio, Leiden” will take place. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Fri 11 May: 17:00-18:00 – DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1
“New Movements: Robert Heaslip” is a free studio showing in Dance House with Dance Ireland International Associate Artist Robert Heaslip, who will present his latest work from the studio.
Admission for all Dance Ireland New Movements is free, however you are asked to book via reception@danceireland.ie or 01 855 8800.

Fri 11 May: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
The Bambir, an Armenian band that combines hard rock, Armenian traditional music and poetry, pulsing beats and whirling trances, ancient tales and pagan wails into their own unique sound will play. Admission is free. www.youtube.com/TheBambir www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/10800


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:

Sat 12 + Sun 13 May: RDS Serpentine Hall
Going by the 2 km long queue outside the RDS for the recent Working abroad exhibition, it seems that Job Expos are the biggest crowd magnet lately. The upcoming Job Expo will be big and is free, so be prepared for a VERY busy Serpentine Hall at the RDS.
If you are looking for employment in Ireland or abroad? Investigating your emigration options? Want to start your own business? Need to improve your CV and interview skills? Thinking of pursuing postgraduate study? Then come to the Jobs Expo 2012. Admission is free, but it is suggested that you register for your e-ticket to avoid the queues. Leading employers, recruitment agencies, postgraduate course providers, information services and career guidance professionals will be there to give advise and help. www.jobsexpo.ie

Sat 12 + Sun 13 May: The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Opera Theatre Company present Bach’s Coffee Cantata. More than eighty opera companies in Europe and beyond will celebrate European Opera Day on 12 & 13 May. Opera Theatre Company is representing Ireland in this initiative, and in
partnership with The Merrion Hotel, will be welcoming audiences to join them for three performances of Bach’s Coffee Cantata. The cast includes soprano Anna Brady, baritone Nathan Morrison and tenor Eoin Hynes.
The event is free bit ticketed. Tickets for the performance on Sat 12 May (19:30) or on Sun 13 May (14:30 & 18:30) can be booked here coffeecantata.eventbrite.ie/ www.opera.ie/productions-1/bachs-coffee-cantata

Thurs 19 Apr-24 May: 18:30-20:00 – Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Dublin City Libraries in association with the Dublin City Enterprise Board are announcing a series of lectures entitled “Start and Grow Your Own Business”, aimed at current small business owners/managers or people that want to start a new business. The six lectures are
19 April An Introduction to Self Employment
26 April Ideas Generation & Market Research
03 May Financing Your Business
10 May Digital Marketing and Social Media
17 May Ethnic Entrepreneurship
24 May Business Planning Structure
Admission to the lectures is free, but you have to book and to to reserve a place for the complete programme or for an individual lecture, contact the Business Information Centre in the Central Library on 01 873 3996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie
www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/Events/Documents/SYOBposter.pdf www.dceb.ie/starting-a-business/library-talks

______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. ;-)

Sean Quinn was one of Ireland’s most successful business people…until he went bankrupt. In 2008 he was the ri chest person in Ireland with an estimated EUR 4.7 bn, 2011 he was bankrupt. He once owned the Quinn Group, which offered Financial Services, Insurances for Car, Home and Health and himself and his family owned at some stage 15% or even 25% of the Anglo Irish Bank. If you want to read more about his life and businesses you can do that here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Se%C3%A1n_Quinn
The odd thing is that he now said he was unaware of the corporate structures set up to hold international property assets for his children despite the fact that he swore a document during his bankruptcy proceedings in Northern Ireland outlining those structures. If you read about his conduct and his statements in front of the High Court, you wonder he was just a lucky “wheeler and dealer” and was successful despite his ignorance or if he is just trying to outsmart the court with a performance that is more like acting dumb to get away with dodgy stuff to avoid a possible jail sentence. It seems he had not much clue about what was happening in his company:
www.rte.ie/news/2012/0503/sean-quinn-denies-knowing-corporate-structures.html and www.independent.ie/business/irish/quinn-close-to-tears-as-he-tells-of-anglos-underhand-takeover-3096841.html


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Can someone please tell the weather gods that May is meant to be one of the warmest and best-weather months in Ireland!? With night temperatures forecasted to be 2 degrees on Saturday, it seems that the winter-ish climate continues for another while. Irish weather is something I will NEVER get used to, but after living here for a long time, you find ways (mainly warm clothes and umbrellas all year through!) to enjoy the outdoor events anyway! :-)

Have an event-ful weekend,



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