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Art lovers heading to Sotheby's

- SPEED freaks and petrol heads alike will be heading out to Citywest next month when The Masters Of Dirt world tour comes to these shores.

Ticket holders will be treated to a night to remember, with death defying acts from some of the world's craziest freestyle riders, plus some impressive fire-eating displays from the racy Fuel Girls.

PR queen Valerie Roe is organising a VIP evening to kick things off during the April 8-11 event and has invited all the usual social suspects to attend, including Ronan Ryan and Pamela Flood, Boyzone's Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and Mikey Graham, plus Karen Koster and Brian Kennedy.

- A handful of our finest art lovers will be heading to Sotheby's on Molesworth Street next month for a special opening.

Arabella Bishop, Anne Dillon Carrigan and the directors of Sotheby's will be painting the town red as they preside over an invite-only reception on April 19. The gallery will form the venue for a private viewing of the forthcoming Irish Sale in London and features some of the finest works from our most acclaimed authors.

- IF you fancy injecting a little culture into your life, an off-the-wall new drama is debuting in Draoicht tomorrow night. Described as one of the most madcap black comedies ever, Arsenic and Lace is a unique take on the classic Broadway hit. Running at the Blanchardstown venue until next Saturday, the latest production is being staged by the Coolmine Drama Group.

- WORK has just been completed on the latest addition to the D1 bar scene, the Good Bits. Since first opening its doors last October, with a rollicking set from Hollywood producer David Holmes, it has continued building up a steady fan base. More recently, the venue played host to stars including The Saturdays, Michael Fassbender, members of Depeche Mode and Damian Dempsey. It has also just launched a new Stock Exchange concept, where drink prices fluctuate depending on popularity.

- IT'S not a fact that everyone knows, but the Royal Thai New Year is rapidly approaching. And to mark the occasion, Diep Le Shaker will form the venue for a Thai-themed luncheon on April 1. Many of our usual social suspects have been invited to attend the bash, when the eaterie's new menu will be showcased ahead of the festival kicking off from April 13-15.

- LEIGH Arnold will take centre stage at the Hope Foundation Dublin Ball this month.

The charity, which works towards helping the Calcutta Street Children, has heartthrob Jonathan Rhys Meyers as its patron.

The annual black-tie event will be held this year in the Grand Ballroom of the Burlington Hotel on March 26, with many of the party crew expected to support the good cause. A handful of tickets are still available, costing €125 each.

- THE Indigo Lounge of the O2 Dublin will be packed full of revellers for the launch of the latest 'must have' phone to hit the market.

Invited guests will be heading to the northside venue on March 24 for the glitzy bash to unveil the new Sony Ericsson's Xperia handset, where they will be treated to plenty of complimentary nibbles and enjoy a drinks reception.