7 days + nights: 25th - 31st March
Friday, March 25
Tease, Break For the Border, Dublin 2
Raid your boudoir for your boldest burlesque bustier -- or your best gravity-defying girdle -- and head to Break For the Border on Stephen Street for this new monthly burlesque night.
Presented by Chaz Royal and Belle Boudoir, tonight's debut show will feature Miss Beeby Rose direct from Amsterdam. Hosted by Regina Bloom, the night's entertainment will also include jazz band Madame Anne and The Teasers, Ephiphany Demeanor, Roxy Rhinestone, The Lovecats Burlesque Troupe, Sapphira Swann and Jack Wise.
Saturday, March 26
dlr Poetry Now 2011, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
It may be a mature 16 years old, but the dlr Poetry Now festival is fresher than ever thanks to its curator Belinda McKeown. Poets lined up for this weekend's impressive event will be flying in from Poland, Spain, Estonia and America, with the keynote address given by celebrated Canadian poet and critic Anne Carson.
Other highlights include an Irish Literature Exchange seminar to mark the centenary of Czeslaw Milosz, and For This, an event in which participating poets, along with special guest readers including Senator David Norris and broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan, share the poems that say something to them about Ireland and where it is today.
SUNDAY, March 27
Taylor Swift, The O2, Dublin 1
Kanye's best buddy, aka Taylor Alison Swift, will be smiling sweetly in that slightly Stepford Wives way she has as she rattles off a selection of her chart-busting tracks. The secret of her success is a tad impenetrable to anyone whose Leaving Cert is in the past, but her cheesy country schtick is an international music phenomenon almost on par with young Mr Bieber. Kanye may mock, but she's still the one having the last laugh.
MONDAY, March 28
47 Roses, Bewley's Café Theatre, Dublin 2
Technicolour life is breathed into 1960s inner-city Dublin in this delicious lunchtime one-man show, written and performed by Peter Sheridan. It takes its title and theme from his second memoir, which reveals how his Irish Catholic father carried on a 47-year relationship primarily through love letters with his Protestant English mistress.
Sheridan's first memoir, 44: Dublin Made Me, also shed light on his boisterous Dublin boyhood. And elements of both are combined in this most personal performance as Sheridan tenderly recreates his childhood.
TUESDAY, March 29
Rewind, Limited Release
In first-time director PJ Dillion's stylishly constructed thriller, Amy Huberman plays Karen, a former drug addict who has rebuilt her life and found stability with her husband, Brendan, and their young daughter. But her newfound peace is threatened when a blast from the past emerges in the form of Karl (Alan Leach), a ne'er-do-well who's just completed a lengthy stretch in prison. Karl did time for a killing in which Karen was implicated, and now he tells her that someone else is about to blackmail her. Scared that Karl will tell her husband the truth about her murky past, Karen plays along with him, but his sinister intentions only gradually become clear. The film boasts strong performances from Huberman and Leach, and a powerful visual style.
WEDNESDAY, March 30
Philip Taaffe, IMMA, Dublin 8
Goodness but the Irish Museum of Modern Art is on quite the roll. Hot on the heels of their deservedly triumphant The Moderns exhibition, they are presenting the work of one of most significant painters working in America today, Irish-American artist Philip Taaffe.
Entitled Anima Mundi, this exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of the past 10 years of his career, comprising more than 30 abstract paintings. An admirer of Matisse's cut-outs and of synthetic cubism, he began to borrow images and designs from more recent artists. Taaffe's influences stem from his extensive travels and from his encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of image making. Prepare to have your artistic knowledge enhanced.
THURSDAY, March 31
Elbow, The O2, Dublin 1
The Coldplay you don't want to punch in the gob, Elbow parlayed their long-time standing as the nicest guys in anthemic rock into a surprising mid-career dash towards arena-scale popularity.
Lift-off was achieved with 2008's Seldom Seen Kid, a big soppy hug of a record that mostly steered the right side of maudlin ( you can argue frontman Guy Garvey wanders back and forth across the divide on gloopy single One Day Like This). The LP bagged a Mercury and, all of a sudden, these bloke-down-the-pub Mancs were headlining 15,000 capacity venues. Rather than rushing to serve up more of the same, they thought long and hard about their next move - this year's Build a Rocket Boys! was a graceful, understated affair, generally lacking in the stadium-friendly hooks for which the band owe their prominence.
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