EMMA GALLAGHER ON THE TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN SLIGO THIS COMING WEEK
1 BIT O'RED Sligo Rovers take on St. Patrick's Athletic in a crunch tie at the Showgrounds on Saturday. This is the second last home game of the season. Can Rovers clinch the title after a 35-year absence?
2 STOKER PLAY Get yourself down to The Factory this week for the first staging of 'Bram & Mam Stoker', by local youth group, Branching Out. The production looks at the famous Dracula author, Bram Stoker's close connection to the town, where his mother, Charlotte Thornley Stoker, grew up on Correction Street. For three nights from Thursday until Saturday at 8p.m.
3 BEING EARNEST Oscar Wilde's theatrical classic, 'The Importance of Being Earnest', is at the Hawk's Well on Wednesday and Thursday. Acknowledged as one of the greatest comedies in the English language with wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue and a sprinkling of romance. Tickets are selling fast for the London Classic Theatre production, nightly at 8p.m.
4 THE IMPOSTER Opening last week at The Model, 'The Imposter', by director Bart Layton, is a psychological thriller based in 1994, when 13year-old Nicholas Barclay goes missing in San Antonio. A rollercoaster of a story with a good crop of twists and turns, the final screening is tomorrow, Wednesday, at 8.pm. Not to be missed.
5 SCULLION IN SLIGO Scullion have recorded a new collection of songs and to celebrate the band will be embarking on an extensive tour. They play the Hawk's Well Theatre on Friday, October 12 at 8pm. The tour follows the launch of their new album 'Long Wave'.
6 BOLSHOI BALLET Classic Arts Ireland's season of world class performances returns to the Gaiety Cinema. On Saturday, The Metropolitan Opera stage their popular 'L'Elisir d'Amore' at 6pm. Maurizio Benini conducts.
7 RUBY SPARKS Six years after the breakout success of Little Miss Sunshine, husband and wife directorial team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris return with the offbeat romantic comedy Ruby Sparks. Calvin (Paul Dano) is a struggling novelist who can't quite find anything he wants to write. Encouraged by his shrink (Elliott Gould) to start creating his dream girl, Calvin's reality is upended when Ruby (Zoe Kazan) suddenly manifests in his apartment, in love with him and precisely as he's written her. This film, about the unexpected difficulties of getting exactly what you want, also stars Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening and Steve Coogan. Opens Friday in GCG Sligo. 8 TELLING TALES Art Trap takes place in The Model for children between the ages of eight and 11 on Sunday from 12pm. This class, conducted by artist Naomi Draper, uses objects and materials as a starting point, where the children develop a range of colourful characters, which will be brought to life with collaborative storytelling. Places (€5) are limited to 15, so booking is essential. 9 'BELOVED' EXHIBITION Pauline Terry, from Sligo, holds an exhibition at the Very Small Gallery in Carrick on Shannon from Friday. This is a collection of seven pictures influenced by her fascination with old religious pictures that are now appearing in car boot sales and charity shops. Pauline, who has an honours degree in Fine Art from Sligo College, works with mixed media including wallpapers and found materials combined with oil paints and spray cans, helping to create depth and age to the work.
10 SCHOOL MUSICAL Coláiste Mhuire in Ballymote is staging its highly anticipated production 'Little Shop of Horrors' from Thursday until Saturday. Expect plenty of wonderful singing, dancing and enchanting set design.