Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
For 10 years now, COS has been a wardrobe saviour for many a fan of understated style - the Scandi label's clothes tend to be ones you'll wear season after season.
To mark its first decade, the label has launched a 10-piece capsule collection for men, women and children in cotton and technical polyester and a simple palette of sand and white. The whole look is utilitarian and clean, and plays with geometric shapes to make maximum use of fabrics, while also referencing historical techniques. Very cool - and very COS.
BUY: Available in COS stores and online; cosstores.com
A reimagining of Willy Russell's award-winning comedy Educating Rita comes to The Everyman theatre in Cork this Tuesday and runs until Saturday. Starring Kerri Quinn, as no-nonsense hairdresser Rita who enrolls in an Open Learning course in English literature, and Michael James Ford as Frank, her somewhat troubled tutor, it takes the audience on a journey of transformation. BOOK: Tickets €26, available from everymancork.com
Gin and bear it
Another indication that gin is poised to take over from whiskey as the country's favourite spirit is the upcoming four-day Gin Fest, taking place in Galway's Latin Quarter from Thursday March 30 to Sunday April 2. A weekend of gin-joyment is promised, with masterclasses and pairings, gin trails, gin afternoon tea, gin and reels music sessions, and gin cocktails on offer. As well as getting the chance to sample new and established varieties, there's also the opportunity to learn more about how gin is made and how best to serve it.
If you want to show your mother a really good time tomorrow, take her along to Abba Sing Along Social upstairs at MVP on Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 8, from 7.30pm. In honour of the day that's in it, mums are free in, and you don't have to know the words - or even be able to sing - although Abba costumes are encouraged. Twenty per cent of proceeds from the event will be donated to the voluntary Dublin and Wicklow Mountains Rescue Team.
BOOK: singalongsocial.eventbrite.com Tickets are €8 online, €10 on the door.
When it comes to earrings, this season we're being told to embrace shoulder-grazing styles, which, it must be pointed out, are not always the most comfortable or work-appropriate. Thankfully, the trend for delicate, pared-back, elegant jewellery is just as strong, and these 9-karat gold earrings from MoMuse - which have a matching pendant and bracelet - prove that you sometimes need only whisper to make a statement.
BUY: Earrings, €95, momuse.ie
The only Cork performance of Handel's Acis and Galatea - which originally premiered in 1718 - takes place in St Brendan's Church, Bantry, this Wednesday at 8pm. Sung in English and performed by the Irish Baroque Orchestra, conducted by baroque specialist Peter Whelan, this is the most popular of Handel's dramatic works and tells the story of an idyllic romance, brutally interrupted.
BOOK: Tickets priced at €20, available from westcorkmusic.ie
Find your Pride
Hidden messages, vivid colours and big cats are some of the inspirations behind Jin Yong's work. The Korean-Chinese artist, who has been based in Ireland since 2002, mixes colours to create unique shades. For him, the most beautiful are the primary colours in the original paintings and limited-edition prints he creates.
DETAILS: Find Jin Yong Art on Facebook. Jin Yong is among the exhibitors at House 2017, taking place in Dublin's RDS from May 26-28. Buy tickets at house-event.ie/tickets
Luxury gets taken to an entirely new level with the White Glove Package at the five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Galway. Your two nights there will see you treated to a chauffeured drive from the train or bus station, a personal butler throughout the duration of your stay, afternoon tea on a day of your choice, a private screening of Gone With the Wind and the choice of a one-to-one golf or falconry lesson. All that before dinner in a private booth in the famous Pullman Restaurant, made up of two former carriages of the Orient Express.
BOOK: Priced from €445 per person sharing; glenloabbeyhotel.ie
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