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Grafton Lounge launches it's new Friday night events

Up-and-coming hotspot the Grafton Lounge will be the place to be tomorrow night as Dublin's glitterati step out for the launch of the venue's new Friday nights.

Popular DJ Johnny Hammond will be taking to the decks on the night, while Hip Hop DJ Frank Jez, Owen Clarke and award-winning radio and club DJ Dean Sherry are all lined up to play at the club throughout October.

Guests can look forward to two-for-one, available every Friday from 5pm till late.

  • author Jilly Cooper will be in town tonight to launch her new book Jump.

A select group of well-known names and faces from the media world have been invited to join the writer at the Shelbourne Hotel.

The invitation-only bash is from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

  • LA Make Up Academy will host an open day this Saturday, October 2, as part of the Dublin Festival of Fashion for anyone looking to enter the world of beauty, fashion and professional make-up.

The event will take place from 11am to 5pm and a team of tutors will be on hand to showcase the various techniques which are used at the academy.

Guests will enjoy complimentary makeovers from the LA Make Up team, demonstrations in specialist body paint, special-effect make -up and high-fashion make-up for the catwalk.

  • Howard Marks and Rhys Ifans will be stepping out to the Savoy theatre tonight for the premiere of their new film Mr Nice.

The movie is directed and adapted for the screen by Bernard Rose and sees former Notting Hill star Ifans in the title role alongside Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis. Among the big-name guests expected to attend the event tonight are Julie Feeney, Camille O'Sullivan, Maura Derrane, Clive Standen and Peter Mooney -- currently filming Camelot -- Holly White, Gail Kaneswaran, Anna Daly, Lisa Cannon, Nick Munier and Ireland's most-capped player Malcolm O'Kelly.

  • SHOPPERS around Grafton Street will have the chance to enjoy a surprise performance by Eurovision legends Johnny Logan and Niamh Kavanagh tomorrow when the singers will perform the Bill Withers classic Lean on Me on South King Street at 1pm.

The singers, supported by the Bray Gospel Choir, will be performing the song to launch a major new campaign called Lean on Me, which is supported by Lundbeck Ireland and Aware.

The campaign will be launched earlier at the Royal College of Physicians at 11.30am. Speakers will discuss the issue of depression in Ireland today and and the website www.leanonme.net will be revealed.

  • THE Gin Palace on Middle Abbey Street is inviting all Father Ted fanatics to their official Father Ted Charity Night for a night of fun and games and tea and sandwiches tonight.

Kicking off at 8.30pm, fans are asked to dress up as their favourite Father Ted characters and to partake in the Father Ted Quiz in aid of charity. The quiz consists of eight rounds of eight questions and costs €20 per table for a team of four.

The quiz will be compiled by Michael Dever and MC'd by Luke Callahan, both of whom are huge Ted fanatics.