7 days + nights: 18th - 24th March
FRIDAY, MARCH 18
DublinSwell, National Convention Centre, 7.30pm
To Celebrate Ireland's designation as a UNESCO 'City of Literature', there's a special event taking place at the National Convention Centre on Dublin's north quays. DublinSwell: Words and Voices from the City of Literature, brings together our best-loved names in literature, music, film and theatre under one roof and on to one stage for a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
Through readings, reflections, stagings, film, song and music, DublinSwell will chart the course of literary Dublin. Seamus Heaney will give a short reading and retired broadcaster Mike Murphy will be MC for the event.
Also appearing at DublinSwell will be writers Roddy Doyle, Maeve Binchy, Cathy Kelly, Joseph O'Connor and Paul Howard (aka Ross O'Carroll-Kelly); playwrights and poets Sebastian Barry, Dermot Bolger and Paula Meehan and musicians Mike Scott, Damien Dempsey and Glen Hansard. Tickets €18-€25.
www.tickets.ie/dublinswell or 0818 33 32 31
SATURDAY, MARCH 19
Amnesty Stop You're Killing Me, Vicar Street, 8pm
In a real treat for comedy boffins, Amnesty International have organised a night of stand-up mayhem in the Liberties venue. The cream of domestic funnymen and women take to the stage tomorrow night in a bill which features the award-winning Dublin musical comedian David O'Doherty, Cork lass Maeve Higgins, Navan girl Eleanor Tiernan, Fred Cooke, Cathal Murray, Eric Lalor and MC Dermot Whelan -- plus a gaggle of very special surprise guests. And it's all in a good cause. This show marks the 15th anniversary of Amnesty International's sponsorship of Irish comedy
Tickets are €28 and can be booked at 0818 719 390.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20
Dingle Film Festival/Féile Scannán an Daingin
The Dingle Film Festival has a lot going for it: great movies old and new in a beautiful setting and relaxed atmosphere... with some very special guests. Tonight the annual Gregory Peck Award will be presented to Jean-Jacques Beineix, followed by a special screening of the French director's timeless classic Betty Blue, starring Beatrice Dalle (pictured above).
Other guests making the trip to Kerry include Irish director Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul) and Sophie Fiennes (Over your City Grass Will Grow). There will also be a Creative Screenwriting Panel, featuring Lisa Albert (producer and writer on Mad Men) and Mark O'Halloran (Adam & Paul, Garage).
First showings of documentaries include BBC Arena's Produced by George Martin, Enemies of the People, Client 9: The Rise & Fall of Eliot Spitzer and Gasland; and the Barry McGuigan documentary In Sunshine or in Shadow.
Other films include Pat Collin's What We Leave in Our Wake; Sé Merry Doyle's Non-Alien; and Elzbieta Szoka's look at Irish seisiuns in New York: Beautiful People.
A special screening of Dreaming The Quiet Man, narrated by Gabriel Byrne, will take place tomorrow night, introduced by its director Sé Merry Doyle. The weekend closes with Treacle Jr, and its star Aidan Gillen (from The Wire) and its director will attend.
MONDAY, MARCH 21
Limitless (General release)
Based on a novel by Dublin writer Alan Glynn, Neil Burger's Limitless is an energetic if rather slight thriller starring Bradley Cooper as a man whose life is changed forever by a dangerous new drug. Eddie Morra is a failed writer until his ex-brother-in-law introduces him to an experimental drug.
When he takes it Eddie becomes a brilliant polymath, and after he's finished his book in four days he discovers a new talent for high finance. But there are nasty side-effects, and Eddie will later regret borrowing $100,000 from a Russian mobster.
Robert De Niro co-stars as a Wall Street mogul, Abbie Cornish plays Morra's girlfriend, and Burger uses flashy effects to depict Eddie's altered state.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22
Jerzy Skolimowski season Part 1, IFI, Dublin
Legendary Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski will present his new film Essential Killing at the IFI alongside a season of his early work. Skolimowski was one of the most dynamic and imaginative filmmakers to emerge from the Polish new wave of the 60s. A former boxer, poet and jazz musician, he burst on to the scene as a scriptwriter for legendary compatriots Andrzej Wajda and Polanski.
Essential Killing is an intense and disturbing thriller about survival that stars Vincent Gallo as a possible Taliban member who is captured by American forces, tortured and transported to Eastern Europe.
The programme of films Skolimowski worked on being shown at the IFI includes Innocent Sorcerers, Knife in the Water, Rysopis, Walkover, Barrier and Hands Up! Part 2 of the season will be shown in April.
Tickets are available from the IFI Box Office in person, by phone on 01 679 3477 or at www.ifi.ie.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
Elizabeth Day and Lucy Caldwell reading, Dun Laoghaire, 8pm
Authors Elizabeth Day and Lucy Caldwell will be reading from their new novels, Scissors Paper Stone and The Meeting Point, in the DLR Voices Series in The Concourse, County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire.
Elizabeth Day is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Sunday Telegraph, Elle, and who is now a feature writer for the Observer. She grew up in Northern Ireland and studied at Cambridge. She lives in London. Scissors Paper Stone is her first novel.
Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is a graduate of Goldsmith's MA in Creative and Life Writing. The Meeting Point is her second novel, and she is also an award-winning playwright, currently under commission to write for the main stage of the Royal Court Theatre. Admission €5. To reserve tickets call Pavilion Theatre Box Office 01 231 2929.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24
Heroin, axis, Ballymun, 8pm
After scooping the coveted Spirit of The Fringe Award last year at the Dublin Fringe Festival, Theatreclub's production of Grace Dyas's play Heroin returns to the stage in north Dublin from Thursday until Saturday March 26. Dyas's play is an exploration of the social history of the drug in Ireland over the past 40 years. THEATREclub are Shane Byrne, Doireann Coady and Grace Dyas and they are returning to axis, Ballymun, for the first time since their award-winning play ROUGH sold out its run there.
Tickets are €15/€12.
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