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Gigs Theatre

in Concertlead The Half Pennies whelan's Moody acoustic pop four-piece. 8pm, €10, 01 478 0766 n Friday 5TH

High Rankin twisted pepper Crazed monster dubstep to mess with yo' mind in the big room, while things go liquid up in the Mezz with local crew, DnB Hertz U. 11pm, €10, 01 873 4800

The Blue Choir whelan's upstairs Acoustic melancholia and raucous folk-rock. Often in the same song. 8pm, €5, 01 478 0766

The Shoos the academy 2 Riff-laden locals. 7.30pm, €12, 01 877 9999

Thom Southern whelan's One-time Belfast anti-folk busker who is now blazing high. 7pm, €15, 01 478 0766

The Josephs whelan's The new Midnight Hour Club offers a high-energy night featuring these local stomping pop punks at the witching hour. 10.30pm, free, 01 478 0766

Dancehall Queen 2010 the good bits, (store street) European reggaethon contest. 10pm, €15, 01 819 7635

John Digweed tripod International house party producer/superstar DJ, and one half of Bedrock. 11pm, €22, 01 476 3374

Blackout the vaults Savage R'n'B crossover party. 9pm, €23.20, 01 605 4700

Dara ó Briain vicar street See Thursday.

Dara ó Briain vicar street See Thursday. n Sunday 7th

Eduardo Niebla draíocht World-class flamenco guitarist. 8.15pm, €16, 01 809 8029

Dead Cat Bounce twisted pepper Local comedy troupe are going down under to tour, and are throwing their own going-away party with laughter plus dancing. 8pm, €10, 01 873 4800

RTÉ Concert Orchestra national concert hall Signature Series concert for this new decade featuring the works of Argentine composer Lalo (Mission Impossible) Schifrin. 8pm, €45/€20, 01 417 0000

Dara ó Briain vicar street See Thursday.

and joining the revolutionDelicious Network noo bar What used to be Cocoon hosting their Monday club for folks who work the weekends. 8pm, free, 01 679 6259 n Tuesday 9th

Jennifer Batten whelan's Exotic rock guitarist, most famous for being Wacko Jacko's axe lady. 8pm, €16.50, 01 478 0766

Iain Matthew whelan's upstairs Founder of folk legends Fairport Convention flies in with a new jazz-flavoured sound. 8pm, €20, 01 478 0766

The County Sessions the button factory The showcased county is Mayo, with the evening hosted by Mick Lally. 8pm, €15, 01 670 9202

Dave Murphy bankers pub, trinity street The original showcase for Dublin singer-songwriters. A stop on the Dublin city tour that's more crucial than Guinness. 9pm, €5, 01 679 3697

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Theatre

Haunted gaiety theatre A barnstorming cast, featuring Oscar-nominated Brenda Blethyn and stage stalwart Niall Buggy, is a good reason folks who wouldn't normally go to an Edna O'Brien show about ageing and desire, might give this poetic drama a try. 7.30pm, €47.50/€25, 01 677 1717

Last Train to Holyhead project arts centre Writer-director Bernard Field places what was once every Irish traveller's rite of passage (the eponymous train journey) back centre-stage in a tale of two Irish men reaching out to each other across the generations, over a hand of cards, and that other former staple of Irish theatrical life, a bottle of whiskey. 8.15pm, €15/€12, 01 677 8899

Faith Healer gate theatre The Gate's globetrotting production of perhaps Brian Friel's greatest show, about illusion and its many benefits. 8pm, €30/€15, 01 874 4045

Little Gem peacock theatre Gúna Nua's show about the lives, loves and digestive problems of three generations of Dublin women. 8pm, €25/€20, 01 677 8899

Decked theatre upstairs @ the plough A show from Paul Walker about a one-man sit-in protesting at the credit crunch. 1.10pm, €10 (soup and a show), 087 288 9854

Exhibitions

Ciaran Murphy douglas hyde gallery Mix of old and new, with the natural world filtered through photographic means. 01 896 1116

Damien Flood green on red Landscapes, marbled with the uncanny. 01 671 3414

What happens next is a secret imma "An experimental exhibition" in which the art on show will gradually be changed. 01 612 9900

Mark Garry kerlin gallery Building something startling from the steady addition of seemingly innocuous elements is at the heart of his work. 01 670 9093

Family

Hi Bear the Hibernator! national gallery of ireland The artist Kitty Rogers explores the notion of hibernation with the kids. 3pm, free, 01 01 661 5133

The Matinee Brunch Club odeon Cocktails, other kids for your kids to play with, tasty brunch and family movies on big screens: a winning recipe for the less than sporty parents. Kids under three eat for free. Saturday & Sunday, noon, free, 01 478 2088

Dinosaur Encounters the ambassador theatre Animatronic dinofest for the younger palaeontologist. 10am to 8pm, daily, €15/€10, 0818 333 773

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