7 days + nights: 11th - 17th March
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
Killruddery Film Festival 2011, Killruddery House, Co Wicklow
As everyone knows, it's all about location, location, location, and locations don't get much more spectacular than the glorious Killruddery House just outside Bray, Co Wicklow. This sumptuous mansion throws open its doors this weekend to its now annual film festival.
This year's festival (running until Sunday) celebrates lost, overlooked and forgotten cinema, including another unmissable selection of rarely seen classics from the silent period.
There are films to suit every age and predilection, with silent treats including two films by the great Swedish director Victor Sjöström, Ingeborg Holm from 1913, as well the inimitable Lillian Gish in The Wind (1928), which closes out this year's festival.
Other highlights include The Magic Lantern and a special outdoor screening of I Know Where I'm Going (1945) by Powell & Pressburger.
I certainly know where I'm going this weekend.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
Nighthawks at the Cobalt, Cobalt Café, 16 North Great George's St, Dublin 1
In a pleasing piece of symmetry, Shay Healy, the presenter of the original Nighthawks -- that off-the-cuff late-night RTE TV show in the 80s -- will be singing tomorrow night at the 21st-century version. The Cobalt Café, situated in north inner city Dublin, is the place to be for this night of literary readings, live music, stand-up comedy, and whatever you're having yourself.
The Eurovision legend is joined on the bill by The Unruly Trinity -- a trio comprising Pony Club's Mark Cullen, pianist Simon Quigley and poet Colm Keegan. Their recently released EP -- Ireland Is -- is now available for download on iTunes. Expect to hear a few Pony Club songs on the night too.
Cork writer Kevin Barry, whose debut novel, City of Bohane, is due for publication at the end of March, will also read from his work, while comedy is provided by Eleanor Tiernan (as seen on RTE's Stand and Deliver and the BBC's One Night Stand), Kieran Lawless and Sean Flanagan.
Singer Della Mannion will also perform songs from her forthcoming album including her current single Against the Universe.
Finally, there's performance poet John Cummins, who combines inventive rhymes with hip-hop rhythms. Tickets are on sale at the Oxfam shop on Parliament St, Temple Bar. Tel. 01 6707022. Price €13. Doors open at 7.45pm.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13
Elizabeth Cooney and Elisaveta Blumina, Bantry House, Co Cork
One of Ireland's most exciting violinists, Elizabeth Cooney will perform a lip-smacking programme of music by Mozart, Prokofiev, Silvestrov and Ravel at an afternoon concert in Bantry House at 3pm.
Accompanied by the celebrated Russian pianist Elisaveta Blumina, Elizabeth will open West Cork Music's Spring Concert Series with this recital which takes place in Bantry House's library.
The concert will begin with one of Mozart's wonderful sonatas that he wrote on a trip to Paris. This will be followed by Prokofiev's Second Sonata, which is one of his sunniest compositions, and then Silvestrov's new pieces for violin and piano. The concert concludes with one of the most popular works in the repertoire, Ravel's Sonata.
Tickets are €20, €10 to students, and available from West Cork Music on 027 52788 or online at www.westcorkmusic.ie.
MONDAY, MARCH 14
Fair Game, general release
Based on the true story of two whistleblowers who fell foul of the Bush administration, Doug Liman's Fair Game boasts a formidably dense plot and two fine performances from Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. Watts is Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA operative who is asked to help investigate Saddam Hussein's supposed nuclear weapons programme in advance of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
But when her diplomat husband Joseph Wilson (Penn) publicly denies a White House claim that Saddam has been importing uranium from Niger, the couple are targeted by the Bush administration and their lives become a living hell. Penn is excellent as the flamboyant and rather arrogant Wilson, and Sam Shepard, Bruce McGill, Noah Emmerich and Ty Burrell co-star.
TUESDAY, MARCH 15
Mumford & Sons, Radisson Hotel, Galway, 8pm
A not-to-be-missed chance to see everybody's favourite nu-folk heroes up close and personal as the mega-selling UK band stop off at smaller venues on their Celtic Tour of Ireland and Scotland, taking in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Dublin.
Here's what the band had to say about it on their website: "We also love touring Scotland and Ireland, going back to our Celtic routes, and wanted to take the chance to play some beautiful smaller towns that often get ignored on the more traditional touring routes. We figured that playing smaller shows would take us back to the beginning of our touring lives again."
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
CEOL: A night of music from Seachtain na Gaeilge, Vicar St, Dublin
The cream of Irish rock, pop, funk and roots take to the stage the night before Paddy's Day in aid of children's charity Barnardos, thanks to those good Irish-language people, Seachtain na Gaeilge.
The line-up features some of our best-loved home-grown artists including funk-meisters supreme Republic Of Loose; guitar heroes Delorentos; harmonious folk-pop duo Heathers; Fiach; award-winning Monaghan band The Flaws; Lumiere; Lir; indomitable soul troupe The Dublin Gospel Choir; and honey-voiced singer/songwriter Luan Parle. There will also be some surprise special guests on the night.
The aim of this concert is to promote and celebrate the Irish language. The acts will be accompanied by a string section led by renowned conductor Joe Csibi, and the house band led by musician and producer Gavin Ralston.
Doors 7.30pm. Tickets €20, with profits going to Barnardos. www.ticketmaster.ie
THURSDAY, MARCH 17
Hercules and Love Affair, Button Factory, Dublin
How better to celebrate National Stereotype Day than by blissing-out to some transgender funk-pop, as purveyed by Denver beat boy Andy Butler and his exotic cast of backing vocalists?
Having lent his dulcet warble to half of Herc's debut LP -- including super-hit Blind -- Antony Hegarty has cried off chapter two in the group's career.
Happily, band leader Butler is more than capable of stepping into the breach -- new LP Blue Songs replaces Blind's redux disco beats with melancholic rave grooves and stronger songwriting.
We can't think of a finer way to spend Paddy's Night, unless you actively enjoy being yakked on by swimmy-eyed tourists in over-sized Guinness hats.
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