Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

A date with denim

Current/Elliott at BT2
Current/Elliott at BT2
Kelly's Hotel Wexford
Choreagraphic exercise in obstruction: Whack!!
Burton House
1916, The Rising Handbook, Lorcan Collins handbook
Fallon and Byrne

The quest to find The One may be over, at least when it comes to picking up a pair of boyfriend-style jeans as cult US denim brand Current/Elliott lands at BT2 Grafton Street, Dublin.

The pop-up, which is in The Denim Bar for the next month, offers customers the chance to find their 'perfect boyfriend' from the label's range of jeans, which are often seen swathing the legs of celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba and Diane Kruger. The collection includes the label's covetable key pieces including 'The Fling', 'The Perfect Shirt' and 'The Boyfriend'.

BUY: €275, available at BT2, Grafton Street, Dublin

Wedding belles

If you're in search of a location for your big day, Farnham Estate, Cavan is holding its wedding showcase tomorrow. The Estate, with its 400-year-old house in a woodland and lake setting is a popular choice for couples. Tomorrow will see the Redwood Suite Ballroom decorated for a wedding and a chance to talk to the team here about packages, which start from €64 per person.

DETAILS: From 12pm-4.30pm;

Garden delights

Historic Quaker house Burtown House & Gardens in Athy, Co Kildare has opened its doors for February, and this month is a wonderful time to see its display of snowdrops in the garden and woodland. Its Gallery Café, which uses seasonal produce from the House's Kitchen Gardens, is well worth dropping into for a cuppa and scone.

DETAILS: Adult entrance fee €6, children €4, under-12s free; see for opening times

Rebellious tales

How much do you actually know about the Rising? 1916 expert and founder of the 1916 Rebellion Walking tour, Lorcan Collins, has compiled a reference book explaining all the complexities of the event. It also has the most comprehensive list to date of everybody involved, so, if a relative of yours fought in the Rising, you'll find his or her name here. BUY: €14.99, from good book stores.

The write stuff

Friday sees the launch of the Limerick Literary Festival, which is in honour of Limerick author Kate O'Brien and the theme of this year's festival is 'Rebellion'. Participants in attendance include Captain Corelli's Mandolin author, Louis de Bernières, historian Tim Pat Coogan, artist Pauline Bewick, novelist Donal Ryan and poet Theo Dorgan. A weekend pass for the festival is €125 but tickets to individual events can also be purchased.


Floral note

Spring florals are one of this season's biggest and prettiest trends but you don't necessarily have to go down the frock route to tap into that. Lisa Ryder's 'A Flower Moment' bag is a beautiful way to embrace flower power. Designed in her studio in the West of Ireland and manufactured in Italy, her bags are produced on a limited scale, with her aim to bring fun and crafted luxury to the accessories market.

BUY: €290; see for stockists

Capital fare

It's widely acknowledged that right now is a very exciting time to eat out in Ireland, and Dine in Dublin - now in its 8th year - gives diners the chance to sample the city's culinary talent. The festival, which runs from Monday for seven days, has over 50 restaurants participating, offering festival promotions, including popular spots such as Fallon & Byrne (right), San Lorenzo and Le Bon Crubeen. DETAILS: See for the full line-up and festival offers

Next weekend

Raise a glass

It's all about delicious food and equally moreish wine over the next while for guests at Kelly's Hotel in Wexford. Several experts will be sharing their knowledge at a series of events including distinguished wine producers Christine Dubreuil-Fontaine and Yves Cuilleron, who are hosting spring wine tastings from February 28 to March 4. There's also a special wine tasting dinner on Wednesday March 1, where guests can sample interesting food and wine combos. A five-day mid-week break including accommodation, Kelly's afternoon tea upon arrival and breakfast, lunch and dinner each day is from €595. BOOK:

Dance with danger

A combative and rhythmic delight awaits at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin with Whack!! Philip Connaughton from Dublin and Ashley Chen from Paris are the two performers in the show which is described as a choreographic exercise in obstruction, leaving the audience highly entertained but also unsure as to whether the two are dancing, fighting or just trying to communicate. It runs at the Project from Thursday to Saturday before touring around the country. BOOK: Tickets are €16/€14/€10; and

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