Lunch for free with Camille O'Sullivan, dine for nothing with Mick Flannery (well, you do have to provide your own food) and it's all thanks to Ireland's National Music Day, love:live music.
Now in its second year, this special celebration of the diversity of Irish music today features hundreds of free music events. O'Sullivan will be wooing the Limerick locals in the Belltable Theatre at 2.30pm and she will be performing alongside new quartet Gato Azul and the Cashell Duo (sisters Sophie Cashel on piano and Anna Cashell on violin). And Flannery will be joined by the Dublin Guitar Quartet, The Listeners and Michael McHale in The Sugar Club at 8.30pm. There is an eclectic mix of concerts all over the land, from an evening of piping and drumming with the award-winning Cullen Pipe Band to rap and rock at Finglas Youth Resource Centre to a choral performance by Laois County Council Choir.
SATURDAY, APRIL 9
The Free Seas, Charleville Mall Library, Dublin 1
The Five Lamps Arts Festival is back to once again shine an artistic spotlight on Dublin's inner city for 10 days, and one of its centrepiece events this weekend, The Free Seas, offers the Late Late promise of something for everyone in the audience. A bit like a festival within a festival, The Free Seas is a collaboration between artists Áine Ivers and Kathryn Maguire. Inspired by a story told by the folklorist Terry Fagan, the artists undertook to build and float a raft and on the Royal Canal at The First Lock. Their installation will be visible on the canal and there is also 'The King Fisher' barge to board and view some children's mini rafts, and the German workboat the Dubhlinn will be available for boat rides throughout the three days. Other Five Lamps events include a little lunchtime light opera from the PreMadonnas; the Irish premiere of Polish mime play Maruczella by Nikoli Wiepriew, the Dublin premiere of a lost Sean O'Casey play, puppet madness with Puca Puppets' Stone Soup and even an old-fashioned tea dance.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10
Diary of a Lost Girl, The Button Factory, Dublin 2
You may not know her name, but you will instantly recognise her trademark angular bob. Louise Brooks' hairdo is possibly one of the most defining of a generation and it is quite hard to separate her acting ability from her singular look in this 1929 film directed by GW Pabst and starring Brooks. Regardless, the film itself is a bit of a cracker, telling the tale of Thymiane Henning, an innocent young girl who is raped by the clerk of her father's pharmacy. She becomes pregnant, is rejected by her family and must fend for herself out in a harsh, cruel world. For this very special screening, a live soundtrack will be performed by the wonderful 3epkano, a Dublin-based septet dedicated to producing original soundtracks for silent and avant-garde cinema. And the music for this was recently commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
MONDAY, APRIL 11
Snap, Limited Release
Carmel Winters' debut feature based on her own play is the stand-out Irish film of 2011 so far and a riveting psychological drama. Aisling O'Sullivan plays Sharon, an angry and bitter woman who lives in chaos in a small apartment and is constantly fielding abusive phone calls and hate mail. Three years previously her teenage son Stephen abducted a small boy from a public park and hid him for days in an unoccupied house. The manner of this abduction and the complex reasons behind it only gradually become clear, and Winters skillfully teases out her grim story in a way that pushes and pulls at the viewer's compassion. O'Sullivan is terrific, as is Stephen Moran, who plays her son, and Mick Lally appears in an unsettling final cameo.
TUESDAY, APRIL 12
Adele, Olympia, Dublin 2
It feels faintly surreal to remember Adele was once an awkward understudy to Amy Winehouse and Duffy. Where the former has swirled down a sinkhole of tabloid infamy and the former was last seen cycling out of a soft drink ad and into commercial oblivion, Londoner Adkins has blossomed into one of the outstanding voices of our age. She made a dent with 2008's Chasing Pavements, a run-away hit in the US. But it is this year's 21 album that has truly cemented her standing as queen of coffee-table warblers. Holding on to the UK number-one spot for an astonishing nine weeks (equalling a record set by Madonna), the LP confirms that, for all her understatedness in person, she's a real star. Such is her popularity, her debut 19 actually re-entered the British charts at number two. In just three months she has shifted more than three million records globally, an astonishing achievement in an age of collapsing music sales.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13
Still Life, Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford
The pleasure of visiting Lismore Castle Arts is always divided between the joys of the stunning location (in a wing of Lismore Castle, in case that wasn't obvious) and the excitement of what new show the team have rustled up. They have a rather stellar record for putting together intriguing visual arts packages for their annual exhibitions, having last year dazzled with Gerard Byrne's most idiosyncratic film work. This year, they are taking what appears to be a more traditional approach with a group show entitled Still Life, but nothing is ever that straightforward. Featuring work by Gillian Carnegie, Anne Collier, Sherrie Levine, Seth Price, Richard Wright and Mark Leckey, this explores the status of images as objects and the assembled artists have suitably individual interpretations of the brief.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14
Old City, New Dreams 2011, Gravity Bar, Guinness Storehouse
So if you had a free hand and a bottomless purse, how would you make our capital city better? Is it in need of a radical overhaul or might some discerning tweaking be enough to block up the holes? What about all those glorious abandoned buildings -- should they be offered up to city? Well, a panel of creative lateral thinkers will be dreaming big tonight as part of The Dubliner magazine's annual month of debate, music, film and comedy. Exploring where the city is today and where it could be tomorrow, the series comes to a close with next week's final double-bill of gatherings, which begins with a music quiz in Doheny and Nesbitt's on Baggot Street, followed by a suitably rowdy musical shindig for Holy Thursday. For more info on all the events check out their facebook page.
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