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Event Guide 98: Phantom 1st Friday, National Swap Party, Bray Jazz Festival, Craftymarket, Black Market, Men’s 10k Run

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 98
| 01 May 2009                      Subscribers: 3870

Hi all!

Last weekend was an interesting one for me. How would you feel if someone told you that you will have to be inside in a seminar room for more than 10 hours every day over the whole weekend and some more (from Friday until Tuesday) AND that you will even have to pay money for this pleasure? Yes, even in Irish spring, this is a prospect that would make many turn away. :-) But here is what might change it for some: How about if the training was hugely interesting, very exciting and successful and if it even had the potential to be life changing? Would you then consider it? Well, I can tell you for me, it was an amazing five days. All the studying beforehand has paid of and training and exam went well and I am now certified as NLP Practitioner and as Results Coach and additionally have certificates in Neurological Re-Patterning and Ericksonian Hypnosis. The hard work has paid off and the first step in an interesting new direction is made. I don’t plan to change my job, but I am happy to add new skills to my portfolio. :-) The good news is, that not even my close friends have to worry that I will feel compelled to “therapise” everything that moves. However, if you are interested in what this is all about and if you want to deal with things that hold you back or need some help in setting and achieving the goals you should reach, let me know. I will happily tell you more.

Many of you like the motivational messages I often include here. (Maybe I should add a separate section with uplifting news in these times? :-) ) Today I have a story that some might already now, but it is still nice and relevant:

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.
Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse laying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.
We all have choices of how to deal with the boulders in our life and if we make the effort to move them out of the way, we will find the treasure that lies underneath. So, use the obstacles as an opportunity to improve your path into the future and face and remove the boulders from your life.
Thanks to Colette H who spread the news about this newsletter to all her colleagues and had huge success with it! You can help too by letting more people at work or in your gym or college/university know. Just print this PDF file www.broighter.com/EventGuide_NewSubscribers.pdf and if you know any space where people pass by on a regular basis (any blackboard, university hall, Dart Station, Bus Station etc) you hang it up at a good spot. If you even have a scissors to cut the contact labels at the bottom, it is a bonus! Spread the word and let people know about the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) I will show my appreciation for your help by producing an as comprehensive as possible Dublin Event Guide for Free Events every week. ;-) Thanks! A big welcome to many employees of DDFH&B, who joined this week, it is great to have you with is now. :-)

A big thanks this week to the new sponsors Niamh niS and Gwen H I hugely appreciate your donations! ..and I hope many more people will join you. :-)

This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E, Cliodhna D, Brian L, Padraig S, Kathie S, Orla niF, Jef B, Susanna N, Kate C, Nicola J, Claus Sch, Gordon S, Jeanne M, Fiona O’C, Marta M, Angela C, Isabelle F, Saundra S, Meisoon N, Ruth F, Valerie McN, Estelle O, Aoife M, Mairin M, Fionán O’L, Maeve L, Blaithin O’D, Ciara D, Mike G, Andrej G, Deirdre R, Vanessa O’L, Chris McK, Frank B, Dolores P, Cornelia K, Cathy A, Orla C, Kevin McC, Steph G, Wanda J, Siv M-J, Niamh niS, Gwen H and www.stickyfingerstravel.com (The travel guide for parents travelling with their children.), www.target2020.com (…a training company that focuses on personal and career development.), www.thepaulkanegallery.com (A great Art Gallery, located at 6 Merrion Square, which supports contemporary Irish artists.) and www.a1computers.ie in Dun Laoghaire/Cabinteely (…who repair computers, printers and sort out Internet problems fast and who sell computers, laptops and low priced printer cartridges). The main sponsor is www.kravmagaireland.com, the self-defence training centre for everyone, which provides 12-week or 2-day self-defence training courses for beginners.

I am grateful for all support, but YOUR support is NEEDED too! Going to free events saves you a LOT of money AND is good fun. True? ;-) But if you didn’t know about these free events you couldn’t go. True as well? In that case the question is what the value is of finding out about all the events. Do you agree that 1 Euro per month (which is just 25 cent per newsletter) is a very modest amount? It would be great if I could count on your 12 Euro per year!! Feel free to give more if you can, but please do seriously consider the 12 Euro.
To contribute you can transfer your donation directly to “Joerg Steegmueller, AIB, SortCode 93-36-78, AccountNo 03556043” or go donate using PayPal or your credit card by going “http ://tinyurl . com/68dmlq ” and just remove the three Spaces in the web address (I have to write it like this, otherwise Spam Checkers complain about the tinyurl address.)
Alternatively you can send a mail to me (dublineventguide@gmail.com) and we can arrange a different route for your donation. This Event Guide is a hobby and NOT a commercial enterprise, so I do need donations! But I spend more than 25 hours per week (for some people that is a half-day job!) on writing and researching it.

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 guarantee for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

Since this newsletter is getting longer and longer with all the free events available, this section is meant to provide some help in picking and choosing the events I will or would go to. This is not the “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, so if it helps you I am glad, but feel free to ignore this section completely! :-) All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

If you want to let the Dublin Event Guide Community know about your products or services, you can do that now on a regular and repeated basis by advertising in the Event Guide. Advertisement can be by text – like this note – or with a picture/graphics. The cost for advertisement are definitely affordable and you donate to the production of the Event Guide at the same time.
Contact me via dublineventguide@gmail.com to find out more.

Here are my plans for this week:
This weekend is a little all over the place for me. I had some plans to leave Dublin behind for the weekend to enjoy the country, but then the plans were drastically changed on me. But on Sunday I will still be in Galway at least for a little while because two friends, Orla and Brian, are getting married (Congrats!). With all changed plans now, I might go to Bray to the Jazz festival on Saturday. Then on Sunday early morning I will drive to Galway and will come back again in the evening. If I were in Dublin, I would definitely try out he Craftymarket and the Black Market just to see what and how interesting they are. On Monday I might go to the Kart City Sunday (and bank holiday) market. The weekend is not the busiest as far as events are concerned, but there is still a steady “supply” of free things to do. Enjoy!


Last chance to enter this competition, the deadline is this afternoon at 17:00:
After some turbulent times, the Irish Writers’s Centre is back and doing what they do best: Providing help and support to Irish Writers. In the past, the Writers’ Centre made some brilliant competition prizes available to the Dublin Event Guide Community and I am very pleased to tell you that their support for the Dublin Event Guide continues.
The Irish Writers’ Centre is widely regarded as the leading provider of creative writing courses in Ireland. And starting at the end of April and the beginning of May, the Centre provides a wide range of courses for writers at all levels and stages of development (aspiring, emerging and mid-career) facilitated by experienced creative writing tutors and high-profile writers.
“The late Spring and Summer Creative Writing Program offers a wide variety of courses. These include day and evening courses in Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Creative Writing commencing after Easter. Upcoming specialist courses in poetry will include those given by Mary O’Donnell, Jean O’Brien and Mark Granier. Conor Kostick is offering a course on ‘Finishing Your Book’; Greg Baxter on ‘Memoir and Personal Essay’ and Gavin Kostick on ‘The Art of Dramatic Writing’.”
Full details of all courses are available on www.writerscentre.ie To book a place on a course please contact the Irish Writers’ Centre as soon as possible on 01 872 1302 or at courses@writerscentre.ie. If you are a writer or are an aspiring writer you should definitely consider the interesting course offering and if you know a writer that might be interested, please let them know.
Now, after this introduction I am sure you wonder what the competition is about this time and I have to say that the prize for this competition is absolutely amazing: The Irish Writers’ Centre is making TWO Creative Writing Courses available for this competition!! This means that the two winners will be able to take part in a Creative Writing Course of their choice and this has a value of EUR 200 per person!!
So, what do you have to do to be in with a chance to win? I thought about asking you to work a little ;-) for the prize, but decided for this in the end: All you have to do is to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with WRITERS’ CENTRE in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The draw will be a random draw as always, BUT if you wish – and it is not an obligation and won’t influence your chance to win – you could tell me why you would like to win the prize. I will “anonymise” your comments and will make them (without your name) available to Ian Oliver from the Irish Writers’ Centre to show him that the Dublin Event Guide Community is definitely a worthy bunch for Irish Writers’ Centre prizes! ;-)
Please note: Your entry has to be with my by 17:00 on Fri 01 May 2009.

Ita Breagy and Alive and Kicking are running a number of workshops in May. The topics and dates are
* How to Reduce Stress (full day 02 May, full day 07 May, two evenings 06 May+08 May)
* How to improve Self Esteem (full day 09 May, full day 12 May, two evenings 11 May+13 May)
* How to Build your Confidence (full day 19 May, full day 23 May, two evenings 11 May+20 May)
Full Day courses are from 10:00-16:00 and evening courses are over two evening from 18:00-21:00 each evening. The venue for the workshops is 14 Pembroke Cottages, Main Street, Dundrum, Dublin 14, approx 2 minutes from the Dundrum Luas stop. Places are limited to 8 people per workshop so early booking is important essential. To book contact Ita on: 087 277 5242 or via ita@aliveandkicking.ie. Each workshop is just EUR 90, but if you hurry you can get an additional discount. Check out www.aliveandkicking.ie/events for Early Bird Discounts etc. Now, in this section of the Event Guide you expect a competition and some free tickets or similar here is what Ita is offering: TWO Dublin Event Guide subscribers will be able to take part in a workshop for free (a value of EUR 90 each!). To guarantee confidentiality in this case, I will ask you to send a mail to Ita, instead of sending it to me. So this is what you have to do: Send a mail to ita@aliveandkicking.ie with EVENT GUIDE in the subject and your name and phone number AND the course you would like to do and the date you would like to do it at in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with Ita before 17:00 on Tuesday 05 May. Two winners will then be randomly selected and will be notified by Ita directly.

All events in this Competition Section are non-free events, but the organisers are making free tickets available for you to win. I usually get lots of competition entries and unfortunately not everybody can win, so even if you are not the winner, please consider going to an event to support the organisers. :-) If you don’t win, and will go to the event, please help showing the organisers that promoting their event in the Dublin Event Guide is beneficial and mention to them that you heard about the event through “Joerg’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Thanks!

______Dublin News______________

The County Louth Golf Club, Baltray, Drogheda is the venue for the Irish Open from 14 -17 May 2009 and the sponsor of this Golf Tournament is 3 Ireland. For the opening day (Thursday) 3 is giving away free tickets if you register your interest before the 10 May on their website: www.3irishopen.ie/blog/2009/04/29/complimentary-invitation-for-3-thursday/
Thanks to Aoife M for letting me know.

For a new TG4 show tat will be recorded in May in the RTE Studios in Dublin, audience members are required. The show is an Irish Dancing competition and Adare Productions are describing it in this way “The heart of Traditional Irish dance still beats strongest in Ireland and it is here that the elite troupes and dancers are to be found – and now it’s time to find out who is the best! – The programme will pit the best traditional Irish dancers from around the country against each other.”
There are tickets available for a total of shows in May and the dates are 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28 May. With two shows (13:15 and 19:15) on 21, 24, 25 and 27 and only one show on the other two dates (20 May: 17:15, 28 May: 13:15). Hopefully you will find a date and time that suits you if Irish Dancing is your thing! The invitation closes with the sentence “You’ll be well looked after in the RTÉ studios!”. To book your free tickets call James on 01 284 3877 or send an e-mail to TG4audience@gmail.com.

Sadly the Natural Museum in Kildare Street, a fascinating museum!, has now been closed for a number of years first after the collapse of a staircase and then for some renovation works. I am not sure, but have doubts that this work had been carried out and I am not sure if it will ever open again. To show at least some of the content, a Natural Museum exhibition is now in the National Museum, Collins Barracks. The topic is “The Dead Zoo At Large – Treasures of the Natural History Museum” and the exhibition will open today.

From 01 May – 31 May the Bealtaine Festival 2009 will take place. “Bealtaine is the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. Join over 55,000 people all over the country, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more. Bealtaine is your chance to try something new, to share your talents or to come back to something you haven’t done for years. So come and join in the celebrations!” The festival is specifically for the “older” generation and while “older” is not clearly defined, it seems that the minimum suggested age is 55. The Dublin Event Guide Community has an average age that is somewhere in the 30s and – unfortunately – the information about the existence of this Event Guide is only slowly spreading amongst the slightly older age groups. I will therefore remind you of the Bealtaine Festival and only mention some National Museum and Hugh Lane Gallery events. There are lots more, have a look at bealtaine.com/node/93

Bealtaine is the May-time arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. The theme for the festival in 2009 is ‘Go and open the door’ from the poem ‘The Door’ by Miroslav Holub. The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks is partaking in the festival this year by asking the older members of our community to ‘open the door’ to the Museum through a series of talks, workshops and tours throughout the month of May.
The highlight of the festival at Collins Barracks is a performance of ‘The Wilder Wisdom of Auld Ones… Stories, Legends and Poetry inspired by the Cailleach’ performed by Actor and Storyteller Nuala Hayes and Harpist and Composer, Anne-Marie O’Farrell. This performance tells the stories of the Cailleach, the wise woman or hag of Irish Mythology which are full of mystery and the power, wisdom and imagination of older people. No booking is necessary for individual attendees but groups should make reservations through the bookings office.
* Saturday 2nd May
Bealtaine 2009: Adult Gallery Talk: ‘Thugamar féin an samhradh linn! – May Day Traditions in Ireland
Talk with Crístoír Mac Cárthaigh, Archivist, in the Period Furniture Exhibition.
* Sunday 3rd May 3pm–4pm
My Museum: Bi-plane workshop for grandparents and grandchildren
Discover the appeal of this great aviation design and jet-off with your own bi-plane!
* Tuesday 5th May 12pm
Bealtaine 2009: ‘Go and open the door’: Introductory Tour
This tour provides an introduction to the history of the Barracks itself and then looks at key objects in the collection such as the ‘Fonthill Vase’ and the ‘Fleetwood Cabinet’.
* Thursday 7th May 12pm
Bealtaine 2009: History of the Barracks and its Environs
This tour focuses on the history of the army barracks in Ireland, aspects of the life of soldiers who lived there and the history and architectural heritage of Collins Barracks.

The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square is pleased to announce a series of events and talks as part of Bealtaine 2009, the national arts festival celebrating creativity in older age. Bealtaine at the Hugh Lane will be launched on Friday 1 May 2009 with a gallery tour and poetry reading, and other events happening during the month include an artist talk with Grace Weir on her current exhibition ‘In My Own Time’ (Friday 8 May, 1pm); ‘The Artist in Older Life’, a tour and gallery talk with Yvonne Pettitt (Friday 15 May, 1pm); a Behind the Scenes Conservation Tour with Head of Conservation, Joana Shepard (Friday 22 May, 1pm); African-themed activities to celebrate Africa Day (Sunday 24 May, 12 noon and 3pm); and a Nathaniel Hone Spotlight Talk (Thursday 28 May, 1pm).
All events are free, but places for the Conservation Talk are limited to 10 and should be booked in advance. To book, and for more information on Bealtaine at the Hugh Lane, please contact: 01 2225564 www.hughlane.ie


The current economic situation requires many of us to be a lot more flexible, innovative and to venture in new directions. No government can’t turn the ride around! They can balance the books – or at least try to, but the solution will not be found by the government. In my opinion only courageous individuals will be able to trigger the turn around. If you are one of the courageous people and have recently started a company – out of need or because you saw this great opportunity -, I am happy to help you! If you want, I will let the 3700+ readers of the Event Guide know about your new business and hopefully that will help you a bit. Let me know what you do and over the coming months I will regularly introduce a new company/project/venture/idea.
(Please note that this offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages, not for established companies/enterprises. If you are established and you want to reach the readers of this Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) I will be happy to discuss the (very inexpensive) advertisement options with you. :-) )

If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know (dublineventguide@gmail.com).

Brian from Irish Coin Cufflinks asked me if I could mention his site. He makes cufflinks from old coins and sells them via his website. www.irishcoincufflinks.com/


‘Un-Inhibited’ is an exhibition of fashion photography by Scott Anthony Kelly from 05-17 May in the CHQ Building, IFSC. Scott contacted me and asked if I could invite you all to visit his exhibition in the CHQ building. The description goes like this:
“Un-Inhibited features dark and provocative images alongside sensual yet innocent portraits of girls in the fashion photography vein.
Abandoning size zero, embracing curves, revelling in the natural architecture of the human form, playing with light and shadow…Scott is continually developing his own visual language.
Un-Inhibited will also feature an on location photoshoot where visitors can let themselves go and pose on site and claim their own five minutes of fame.
www.pitchcreativeservices.info And if you are not sure where the CHQ building is (it is right beside George’s Dock), you can find directions here www.chq.ie

‘The Gun Emplacement’ is an exhibition of paintings by British artist Paul Winstanley from 30 April – 30 May 2009. (Gallery Details: Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2, www.kerlin.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:45, Sat 11:00-16:30)

‘perfect near miss’ is an exhibition of paintings by Diana Copperwhite from 30 April – 23 May 2009. www.dianacopperwhite.com (Gallery Details: Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8, www.kevinkavanaghgallery.ie, Open: ???)

‘Shades of Light’ is an exhibition of oil paintings by Mary Horan in Gallery Zozimus. The exhibition will be on show from 08 May.
(Gallery Details: Gallery Zozimus, 56 Francis St, Dublin 8, www.galleryzozimus.ie, Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun 14:00-18:00)

‘Streets: Past, Present, Future’ by Ciara O’Malley and Sven Anderson is an installation at Connolly Luas Stop, Amiens Street, Dublin 1. The installation consists of two large-scale video projections, an immersive sound environment and of drawings, collages, photographs, paintings, videos and text pieces contributed by participating community groups and individuals. The show will start on 29 April and will remain at tha Luas Stop for approximately 12 months. www.firestation.ie

‘The Great Nintendo Famine’ is an exhibition by Hugh McCarthy from 30 April – 30 May 2009. (Gallery Detail: Stone Gallery, 70 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, www.stonegallery.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Thurs 10:0-19:00, Sat 11:00-17:30)

‘Marquee’ is an exhibition of paintings by Sanja Todorovic from 30 April – 28 May. (Gallery Details: Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, www.talbotgallery.com, Open: Tues-Fri 10:30-17:00, Sat 10:30-14:00)

Pallas Contemporary Projects in collaboration with 126 present ‘Unsolicited Fabrications: Shareware Sculptures’ by Stephanie Syjuco, an installation of hand-made sculptures. It is based on a shared database of ‘artworks’ created by users of SketchUp, a 3-D modelling software made by Google. The show will open with a reception from 19:00-21:00 on Fri 01 May 2009 and runs until 30 May 2009. (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00) www.126.ie

thisisnotashop is inviting to an exhibition of work by Fluxus artist Larry Miller in tandem with a series of Fluxus-inspired events and performances with the artist. The exhibition ‘Figures in the Ground’ will run from 30 April – 16 May 2009. A (non-free) Fluxus Concert will take place on Fri 0 May 2009 at 20:00 at the Banquet Hall above Cultivate (former SS Michael&Johns) in Temple Bar. Tickets are EUR 10 from www.tickets.ie. A Flux Clinic will take place on Sat 09 May 2009 from 14:00 – 16:00 at the Market Studios.
An artist talk with Larry Miller will take place on Friday 01 May 2009 from 13:00 – 14:30 at NCAD on Thomas Street. Booking for the talk is essential. For more information contact Francis Halsall or Declan Long or visit the Art in Contemporary World website: halsallf@ncad.ie or longd@ncad.ie or www.acw.ie (Gallery Details: Thisisnotashop, 26 Benburb Street, Dublin 7, www.thisisnotashop.com. Open: 11:00-19:00)

The new exhibition space at Mill Street Studios in Dublin 8 will launch with an exhibition of 42 young artists. ‘Barely Legal’ will run from 30 April – 08 May and will feature an array of multimedia installations, graphic design, sculpture and painting. www.dublinartmill.com

‘Horse’ by John Murray is an exhibition of paintings and drawings inspired by horse racing from 02 May – 04 June. www.jdtmurray.blogspot.com (Venue Details: Mill Theatre Gallery, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, www.milltheatre.com, Open: during theatre opening hours)

The Green On Red Gallery inviting to an exhibition of paintings by John Cronin from 30 April – 30 May. (Gallery Details: Green On Red Gallery, 26-28 Lombard St. East, Dublin 2, www.greenonredgallery.com, Open: Mon- Fri 10:00 – 18:00, Sat 11.00 – 17.00)

‘The following programme may contain scenes that have been created purely for entertainment purposes’ is an exhibition by Fiona Chambers in Monster Truck on Francis Street, Dublin 8. From 30 April – 12 May. (Gallery Details: Monster Truck Gallery, 73 Francis Street, Dublin 7, www.monstertruck.ie, Opening Hours: Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun: 13:00-19:00, Wed closed, Thurs: Opening night 18:00-20:00)

‘The Invisible City’ is an exhibition by 19 second year photography students at IADT, Dun Laoghaire. It will take place from 30 April – 04 May (daily from 11:00-19:30) in the Joinery. (Gallery Details: The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, www.thejoinery.org)

Sean Bryan, a Dublin graffiti artist, also known as KONK, has notoriety on the streets, budding fame in the art world and a long arrest sheet after he was caught for painting street art illegally. KONK has worked with Fulbright scholar Steve Powers on several paintings and most recently with Will St Leger on his Art Raid project last October (2008). A special arts event of Art Raid was put together by urban artist Will St Leger to help raise needed money for Sean’s (KONK) court case as he was facing imprisonment but he received 240 hours community service with a suspended sentence. The exhibition will run from 01 May  – 08 May 08 in the All City Basement Gallery in Crow Street Temple Bar Dublin

Solomon Fine Art is inviting to ‘An Everyday Beauty’, an exhibition of paintings by Trevor Geoghegan. Since Solomon Fine Art does not have a gallery anymore, the exhibition will be in the Merrion Hotel in Dublin 2 from 01 – 03 May 2009. www.solomonfineart.ie

Courtyard Printmakers will be holding a spring exhibition of fine art original prints in Airfield House, Dundrum from 21 April – 17 May 2009.

‘Duggerna Reef’ is an exhibition of new photographs by Paul Lynam from 29 April -13 May in the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. www.paullynam.com


From 20 Feb 2009 to 1 May 2009 the Department of Music in TCD is running a series of public lectures on Irish Traditional Music. The background, forms instruments, practices and aesthetics of Traditional music in Ireland will be explored. The event is taking place from 11:00-13:00 in the Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5, College. Further details from Gráinne at musicsec@tcd.ie or 01-8961120.

On Friday 01 May 2009 from 11:00-19:00, the Audio Cultures seminar at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM), presents a day of public events and activities around listening as a shared space and practice in the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar.
The day will be structured around a number of events and workshops that explore related themes through listening. Admission is Free. A full timetable and more information is available here: www.projectartscentre.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=545:earful&catid=9:cube&Itemid=12

The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 01 May from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “Peat slides in Ireland – causes and prescriptions” by Dr. Mike Long, UCD School of Architecture, Landscape & Civil Engineering. An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth

Tower Records are inviting to an In Store event with “Revolution For Dogs” on Fri 01 May from 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

HMV are inviting to an In Store event with “Vasco” on Fri 01 May from 17:00. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

The radio station Phantom 105.2 is running a “First Friday” event every month and on 01 May the First Friday returns to Andrew’s Lane Theatre with live music from
Ham Sandwich www.myspace.com/eathamsandwich, Hoarsebox www.myspace.com/hoarsebox and Revolution For Dogs www.myspace.com/revolutionfordogs, followed by all of your favourite indie, alternative and electro anthems with Phantom 105.2 DJs til late. Admission is free before 22:00. After that it is EUR 7 in (or EUR 5 when you bring the First Friday ad from Metro). Doors open at 20:00.

* 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.
* Sahaja Meditation program every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street (bell 3, next to the IFI), Temple Bar. For more information contact Seamus on SHarten@upc.ie www.templebar.ie/home_ns_9_action_view_nid_229.html


No, this is not an invitation to undermine the moral structure of the country! It is a CLOTHES, CD, porcelain, cutlery and anything else swap day! :-) Free up some space in your wardrobe and replace the things you don’t want anymore with funky new things. Have a look at the website and then pack your bags to go to a swap party! www.fashionevolution.info/swapit.html Thanks to Veronica C for reminding me of this event!

Colm Tobin will sign copies of Brooklyn from 12:30 on Sat 09 May in Eason’s in O’Connell St, Dublin. www.eason.ie/events

The Irish Aid Centre on 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street is inviting all children from 8-10 to Children’s Workshops on African Stories and Crafts on Sat 02 May and every Saturday in May. The event is free, but booking is essential via irishaidcentre@dfa.ie or 01 854 6923 or barbara.wilson@dfa.ie. africaday.irishaid.org/celebrations-throughout-ireland/Dublin-Events.aspx Strangely another website specifies an age suitability of 4-10. If you have children younger than 8 years of age you should give the Irish Aid Centre a call and check if younger children are allowed as well. The workshops are from 10:30-11:30 and from 12:00-13:00.

“Change more than your clothes” is the motto of this event. Ireland’s annual ethical fashion week, FASHION EVOLUTION, will continue until 02 May. This year “Fashion Evolution” will re-dress current consumption patterns and habits and will call for Irish consumers and industry leaders to get active through swapping, knitting, skilling-up, talking and learning.
Fashion Evolution will host a series of public and industry events and workshops and while the majority of the events are not free, there are definitely some free events and I suggest that you have a good look at www.fashionevolution.info Some of the events are free but ticketed, so you better check the website.

From Fri 01 May until Mon 04 May the Bray Jazz Festival 2009 is taking place. Fri, Sat and Sun sees the main acts performing in Town Hall, Jazz Club, Mermaid Arts Centre and on a World Music Stage. Most of these events are not free. BUT in the midst of all this, there is a set of free gigs and two free Matinee Gigs. The Matinee Gigs are this: On Sat 02 May “The Hot Club of Dublin” will perform in the Jazz Club at the Royal. And on Sun 03 May, in the same location “The Carmel McCreagh Band” will perform. Throughout the weekend another free set of events is taking places.  Called “Guinness Free Jazz”, every evening a number of bands play in different venues throughout Bray. The shows start at 21:30 and the bands and venues are:
* Fri 01 May:
Bree Harris Band in Harbour Bar, George’s Trio in Strand Hotel, Chiara Browne & The Jazz Creche in The Martello, Danny Tobin & Southern Xpress    in Westbourne Hotel
* Sat 02 May
Swing & Co in Harbour Bar, Danny Tobin & Southern Xpress in Hibernia, Aoife Doyle Quartet    in the Martello, Bourbon Street in Coach Inn, Riverside Jazz Band in Katie Gallaghers, George’s Trio in Ardmore Bar.
* Sun 03 May
George’s Trio in Goldsmiths, Riverside Jazz Band in Coach Inn, Bourbon Street in Westbourne, Chiara Browne & The Jazz Creche in Martello, Danny Tobin & Southern Xpress in Hollands, Peakin Trippers in Harbour Bar, East Coast Jazz Band in Katie Gallaghers
* Mon 04 May
Aoife Doyle Quartet in Martello (12:30-14:00) and East Coast Jazz Band in Katies (12:30-14pm).
The full programme is here www.brayjazz.com or in this PDF brayjazz.com/brayjazz/Files/jazzprogramme-2009-F2-3LR.pdf

* The Adult Gallery Talk “Thugamar féin an samhradh linn! – May Day Traditions in Ireland” with Crístoír Mac Cárthaigh, Archivist will take place on Sat 02 May in Collins Barracks (Period Furniture). Unfortunately no time is given.
* Please chek the Dublin News section above for more Bealttaine events for the more slightly older audience.

Nearly every Saturday from 15:00-16:00 a National Gallery Family Programme will provide an opportunity for adults and children to enjoy the excitement of learning about the arts through a wide range of free Gallery-based activities including exploring storytelling, music, art, poetry and drama. This week, the topic is “Silvery Waters, Luminous Skies” with Alan Daly. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

The Sugar Club in Leeson Street will show the Heineken Cup Semi Final Leinster Vs Munster on the cinema screen on Sat 02 May from 17:00. Admission is free. www.thesugarclub.com/what-is-on-details.jsp?id_whaton=190

Someone (and that is slightly dodgy) is inviting all Mexicans and everybody else to a Cinco De Mayo celebration. They explain that only 100 people will be allowed in and you will have to send a reply from within Gumtree to be considered. In my opinion it is not a good sign if an organiser can’t even give you an e-mail address or the VERY basics of a gig! But judge for yourself: www.gumtree.ie/dublin/68/37727768.html

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and – on a long break until 14 March – the Temple Bar 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
* The Dublin Food Coop runs a food market every Saturday (09:30-16:30) and Thursday (14:00-20:00) at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Fresh local and artisan produce, mainly organic, and other products for sustainable living are on sale. www.dublinfood.coop
* Enda Reilly (Acoustic/Rock/Trad – www.myspace.com/endaderoad) is playing from 19:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Fiach (Acoustic/Rock/Soul – www.myspace.com/fiachmusic) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* Island of Tranquility – A meditation evening organised by the Worldview Project at 19:00. worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitationtotheislandoftranquality (Pls remove the space before the “.com” in the web address.) is taking place in 24 Burlington Road near the Burlington Hotel in Dublin 4.
* La Vie Latin Club – ObsessionSalsa informed that there are no more Latin Club Events on Fridays or Saturdays in La Vie. Instead they are working on finding a new venue, so watch this space. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33256271269
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

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Via Twitter I came across blog by “dublinl” that contains some interesting event information. Dublinl mentions a Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale at Kart City
Old Airport Road, Santry, Dublin 9. The Kart City Weekend Market is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 08:00-16:00 and from now until the end of May all car boot sellers can sell for free. The website of the market is sundaymarket.ie/ and dublinl’s blog is here: dublinfree.blogspot.com/2009/04/carboot-free-till-end-of-may.html

The Farmleigh House Food Market is nothing special anymore, there are sooo many Farmer’s Markets around that the only special thing about the Farmleigh House Market is the surrounding and the ability to go for a picnic on a sunny day in Phoenix Park or on the Farmleigh Estate. However, this aspect is definitely worth a go! A serious problem with the food market is the irregularity of it. You will have to check every time if that weekend is one of the few market weekend. The Sunday this week is such a market day and, just so that you can prepare yourself, the next few other days are listed as well. Upcoming Food Markets 2009:
Sunday 03 May, 07 June, 02 August, 03 August. The market times are always 10:00-17:15. www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/foodmarket/#d.en.1506

First there was nothing and now the weekend markets and flea markets are appearing everywhere. The Dublin Flea Market, the flea market in the Church on Parnell Street and the Toe Jam Car Boot Sale in Bernard Shaw’s in Portobello were there first, then the Kart City Market (see above) arrived and now another Sunday market in the Food Co-Op in Newmarket Square, Dublin 8 will open its doors:
“Visit the Crafty Market, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8 this Sunday and the first Sunday of every month! 35 stalls full of handmade crafts and original artworks await you, in a great location – indoors, with a cafe and hot food stalls and free parking outside. Live music during the day from two talented singers, tarot card reading and face-painting for the kids make it a great day out for all the family! Drop your contact details in the box provided at the market and you will be in with a chance to win the two artworks on display – draw takes place at 16:30. The market opens at 11:00.” www.thecraftymarket.com

And ANOTHER market!! :-O We are approaching market overload! On the surface, the Black Market seems to have a slightly different focus – which would be good – the initially intended focus seems to be to sell Artwork, but when you read on, then it still comes down again to more or less the usual things.
“On Sun 03 May, Seomra Spraoi will host the Black Market Dublin. A DIY Market Of Artwork, Books, Records And Oddities. The Seomra Spraoi social centre will be host to a collection of artists, sculptors, zine nerds, record collectors and purveyors of bric a brac and assorted oddities. All are welcome to come and spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon browsing the stalls and food and drinks will also be available, or indeed if you would like a stall of your own please contact us by email: ticabod@hotmail.com, or by phone, 0857103532. Seomra Spraoi is located at 10 Belvedere Place, just off Mountjoy Square and has a website at www.myspace.com/seomraspraoi.

Until December 2009 an impressive programme of workshops for children will be provided in Phoenix Park every Sunday from 10:30-12:30. Participation is free. The max number is 20 and the workshops are suitable for ages 5+ (Parental supervision required.) The children’s workshops combine art, nature awareness, history and heritage and are taking place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. The upcoming themes are:
03 May – Creepy Crawlies in the Park
10 May – Animal masks
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie

Every Sunday a free “Sunday at Noon” concert is taking place. Until recently that concert always took place in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square but it has now been moved to City Hall for a while. From 12:00-13:00 classical music will be performed for you. No booking is required. The next concert takes place on Sun 03 May: The German a-capella ensemble Singer Pur will sing international love songs. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=289

The Events in the National Museum today are:
* My Museum Family Event: “Bi-plane workshop for grandparents and grandchildren” on 03 May from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks. Discover the appeal of this great aviation design and jet-off with your own bi-plane!
* My Museum Family Event: “In the Middle of No Where (A Bear, a sled and a jar full of honey!)” on 03 May from 15:00-16:00 in Kildare Street. Where on earth would you least expect to find a Polar bear? Let us take you on a journey of excitement, danger, fun and thrills as Frederick T. Bear, Polar Bear extraordinaire, sets out with his friend Pat Falvey. No Booking required. Age 4+

On Sun 03 Apr from 15:00 the National Gallery will invite to the lecture “An Introduction to Master Drawings from the Collection” by Lecturer Niamh MacNally, National Gallery of Ireland. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

“Sunday Sketching”, the weekly workshop in Hugh Lane Gallery (Parnell Square) for 7+ year olds from 15:00-16:00 is this week entitled “Nathaniel Hone inspired cloud animation flipbooks”. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=280

*The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) from 18:30 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel. I listened to them a few times and they are brilliant! It is not clear to me if the band is currently playing every two weeks or only once a month. I will try to find out.
*Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
*Sunday Roast is the event in Thomas Reads “The Oak” in Dame Street/Parliament Street every Sunday from 21:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes.
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* The Tangenteers (Rock/Reggae) are playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Francois G reported that this 18:00 performance is not taking place. I am trying to find out more.
Ro Byrne (Acoustic/Rock/Indie – www.myspace.com/earthquakehair) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* The Brazilian Samba Rock Band +55 is playing every Sunday at the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-22:00, followed by a DJ playing Forro, Axe, and a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and salsa beats. Admission is free before 21:00 and EUR 5 after that.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Virgin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.

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.

______Next Week_______________


Expect the shops to be open and remember that Pay & Display Parking is not enforced on that day.

As on nearly every bank holiday, on Mon 04 May a run will take place in Phoenix Park. The run is a charity run for a Cancer Support Centre, but oddly the same discrimination as in June happens with this run. In June only women are allowed to take part in the Women’s Mini Marathon. This week’s run is called Men’s Mini-Marathon. So, only men are wanted. :-O The term Mini-Marathon is a bit silly, it is a 10k race, nothing else.  You can watch the race (in Phoenix Park) for free or you can still register even until 09:15 on the day. www.arcchallenges.com/

* From 21:30 in the International Bar, Wicklow Street: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Jacqueline Tuck. Entry is free. The music styles vary from pop to folk to traditional. www.myspace.com/jacquelinetuck
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.


The Fitzwilliam Health Clinic in 19 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2 is inviting to a series of stress relief talks this week. You will learn how to become aware of stress and how to deal with everyday stress and the talk I provided for free.
The dates and times for the events are
* Tues 05 May at 13:00-14:00 with Dr Danny Scahill Dc Chiropractic
* Tues 05 May at 18:00-19:00 with Elaine Christina
* Thurs 07 May at 13:00-14:00 with Dr Gemma Bailey Dc Chiropractic
For further information please contact Helena at the Fitzwilliam Health Clinic on 01 6618949 or email info@fitzwilliamhealth.ie. www.fitzwilliamhealth.ie

The Sugar Club will be showing the Champions League Semi Final: Manchester United vs Arsenal” on their cinema screen. Admission is free and the screening startes at 19:00. www.thesugarclub.com/what-is-on.html

* 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


‘Darwin the Botanist’ by Dr Matthew Jebb is a new lecture in the Botanic Gardens. It will take place on Wed at 15:00 in the Education and Visitor Centre. Dr Matthew Jebb, Keeper of the National Herbarium at the National Botanic Gardens will present a talk highlighting Darwin’s work on plants following the publication of the Origin of Species. Admission is free. (Venue Details: National Botanic Garden, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, www.botanicgardens.ie, Open: Winter (mid-Nov to 16 Feb): Mon-Sun 09:00-16:30, Summer (17 Feb to mid-Nov): Mon-Sun 09:00-18:00, Admission is free)

Tower Records are inviting to an In Store event with “Riptide Movement” on Wed 06 May from 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Terry Prone will be the guest in the new “Take me to your Leader” series of Abbey Talks in the Abbey Theatre. Advisor to Taoisigh, journalist, speechwriter, editor, author, teacher, director and businesswoman Terry Prone talks about leadership. The event will take place on Wed 06 May from 18:00-18:45 at the Abbey Theatre. Admission is free, but reserving a place is essential. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html

The Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Cultural Institute, wants to take you on a journey through Spanish cinema, from its inception to more recent productions, at the hands of directors that may be described as young, mythical, exceptional and internationally renowned… You can enjoy the best of Spanish comedies, drama, animation and documentaries. From 02 April – 27 May every week a film will be screened in the Café Literario of the Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (near the National Gallery). The next film on 06 May at 18:30 is “Smoking room” (2002). All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha53682_16_2.htm

* CoCo Markets at Docklands. Every Wed from 15 Apr-28 Aug from 12:00-14:30 a CoCo food market is taking place at Excise Walk in the IFSC. www.dublindocklands.ie/index.jsp?p=94&n=341&i=26
* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 on SOME Wednesdays. The frequency got less predictable in recent weeks/months and you should check the website before going. www.myspace.com/thesongroom


Please check events on Tuesday for more details about this talk.
* Thurs 07 May at 13:00-14:00 with Dr Gemma Bailey Dc Chiropractic

Willie Doherty and Elizabeth Magill have been invited to join the Hugh Lane Gallery’s Director, Barbara Dawson, to discuss the gallery’s centenary print collection, which was developed as a unique collaboration between the gallery and 13 contemporary artists in support of the Gallery’s purchasing fund. Doherty and Magill will each discuss their approach to this commission and its relationship to their practice. The talk will take place at 16:30 on Thurs 07 March. Admission is free and no booking is required, but places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=278

Tower Records are inviting to an In Store event with “Herm” on Thurs 07 May from 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The Forum of Migration and Communications (FOMACS) of the Dublin Institute of Technology is inviting to a lecture and reception on 07 May at 18:00 at Alliance Française, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The lecture is entitled ‘A Sikh Face in Ireland: Photography and Life History’ and to register your place you have to contact Maeve Burke at FOMACS – maeve.burke.fomacs@dit.ie
Over the past year and a half, Glenn Jordan and Satwinder Singh have been travelling across Ireland, photographing and documenting the life stories of members of the Sikh community. www.fomacs.org

‘On top but never in control – Tales from a small garden’ is the title of a lecture by Timothy Walker in the National Botanic Gardens (Education and Visitor Centre). It will take place on Thurs 07 May at 20:00.


The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 08 May from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “Performance-based specifications: the key to optimising concrete’s contribution to the climate change challenge” by Dr. Mark Richardson, Head of School, UCD School of Architecture, Landscape & Civil Engineering. An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth

An Artist’s Talk with Grace Weir, entitled “In My Own Time” will take place on 08 May 2009 at 13:00. Grace Weir will discuss her current exhibition in the gallery. Weir’s exhibition, the third in the Golden Bough series, is centred on the film In My Own Time. This informal talk will take place in Gallery 8. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=279

Tower Records are inviting to an In Store event with “Subplots” on Fri 08 May from 13:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Tower Records are inviting to an In Store event with “Verona Riots” on Fri 08 May from 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm


From 21-24 May the Dublin City Soul Festival will entertain us again. I will tell you a lot more about this brilliant festival in the coming weeks, but you should already mark it in your calendar! www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie/

______This is odd!!______________

Due to my training, I didn’t get a chance to look for odd things this week, but I am sure I can find something again next week. It’s an odd world, so often I just have to read a newspaper and already find a number of odd things. :-) If you have any odd stories to share, let me know!

Another Event Guide finished! Hurray! Only two more to go until I have “produced” 100 issues. Not bad, ey? Maybe the Event Guide 100 will bring some surprises!? Not sure yet, if my plans come together in time for it, but I will do my best. ;-)

Have a good weekend!


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