Seven days of pleasure and poetry
Friday, July 19
Grizzly Bear play the Festival Big Top at the Galway Arts Festival today, with support from the sickeningly talented Strypes, and will definitely be raising the canvas roof. But if you're in the mood for something a bit more ... well, arty ... then head over to Sanctuary at the Blue Teapot Theatre for a sweet comedy about sex, disability and what it is to share alone time.
Feeling a bit disillusioned with the modern world? Then head to Clonakilty this weekend for the second annual Random Acts of Kindness Festival. The idea is exactly as it sounds – the town is transformed into a beacon of positivity, with the aim of sending attendees home on a mission to do good. Forget Body & Soul or Electric Picnic – this little fest will boast the best vibe of the year.
Saturday, July 20
There'll be some ethereal and dreamlike sounds filling the south city centre tonight – but don't worry. We haven't been invaded by a tribe of chilled-out aliens, nor is this some sort of ploy by the Government to make us all calm the hell down – it's just Beach House play ing at Iveagh Gardens.
Too crazy for Longitude? Can't be confined by the rules and regulations of Oxegen? Want to go wild, but can't wait for Electric Picnic? Then get yourself to the Gerald Manley Hopkins festival, which runs this weekend in Newbridge College, Kildare.
Sunday, July 21
What's that in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well, actually it's several planes. The Bray Air Display takes place today in everyone's favourite seaside town, delivering a carnival atmosphere on the ground and some spectacular sights in the sky. If the weather holds up for this one, it'll be a gem. And if it doesn't, well, just go get a pint in the Harbour Bar.
Glen Hansard takes to the Iveagh Gardens stage tonight with a mixture of Frames favourites and Swell Season standards. Expect an intense affair from the immensely talented frontman – and if you chat during the set, these fans will lynch you. We warned you . . .
Monday, July 22
One Last Drop is a harrowing but intriguing examination of alcoholism, running at NUI Galway's Cube Theatre as part of the city's Fringe festival, using dance and music to tell the most shattering tale.
Based on a dreadful true story, Scott Walker's sombre and effective crime drama The Frozen Ground is set in Alaska in the early 1980s and stars Nicholas Cage as state trooper Jack Halcombe. When the bodies of three women are found on frozen wasteland near Anchorage, Halcombe becomes convinced that the killer is a local man.
Tuesday, July 23
Debi O'Hehir's collection of equine art, from ink drawings to wire and bronze sculptures, will be on display all week at Salthill's Norman Villa Gallery for the Galway Arts Festival.
As part of the Science Gallery's exhibition on Illusion, Keith Barry will be hosting a panel discussion on psychics – an interesting night beckons given the mentalist's previous attempts to out psychics as a bunch of fakes. We're saying nothing. And this event is for nothing too, free!
Wednesday, July 24
Seduced by Light is an exhibition focusing on the tricks photographers can use to create strange-looking pieces that make us wonder whether the camera really never does lie. From shutter speeds to defocusing, these pictures by Patrick Dineen turn reality into a dream – all without Photoshop.
Stick on the white tee and the blue jeans. Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire kicks off a run at The Gate this week, starring Garrett Lombard – who played the unforgettable Scobie in Pure Mule – as Stanley 'Brando' Kowalski.
Thursday, July 25
CANO is one of the most exciting and original flamenco guitarists around today – he really defies the adage that once you've heard one such artist, you've heard them all. Just watch him do his thing on YouTube, then book tickets for tonight in Dublin's City Hall.
What a busy summer they're having at Iveagh Gardens. The Vodafone Comedy Festival kicks off tonight, with sets from David O'Doherty, Dylan Moran and Ardal O'Hanlon. If anyone shouts a Fr Dougal reference at O'Hanlon, by the way, you have our full permission to pour a drink over them.