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Gigs Theatre Exhibitions

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Live

Dara O Briain vicar street Outstanding observationalist turns his attentions to his adopted base, England. 8pm, €28, 0818 719 390

Bryan Adams olympia Canadian photographer and rock philanthropist serves up his well-received solo acoustic tour. 7.30pm, €65.70, 0818 719300

The Gooseberries the sugar club A night of comedy and song, as the third year of this annual awards ceremony for awfulness rewards the likes of worst radio DJs, most useless TV series and cringiest advert. 8.30pm, free, 01 678 7188

Masterworks Series national gallery of ireland The Irish Baroque Orchestra directed by violinist Monica Huggett presents cherished instrumental compositions by Vivaldi, Bach and Handel. 6pm, €20/€13.50 01 661 5133

, grimey Bryan Adams olympia See Thursday. 7.30pm, €65.70, 0818 719300 n Saturday 16th

Pogo twisted pepper Four-room mayhem with Mancunian Modern Love labelmates Andy Stott & Claro Intelecto stirring up the beats, and Discotekken upstairs doling out the acid, while the presence of live electro-poppers Bitches With Wolves assures a premium-grade party. 9pm, €5, 01 873 4800

Gospel Project the cobblestone Beat those seasonally affected blues with this terrifically uplifting eight-piece vocal machine. 9pm, €10, 01 872 1799

Dara O Briain vicar street See Thursday. 8pm, €28, 0818 719 390

O Emperor whelan's upstairs Hot, harmonic Waterford gang playing with Brit bands Sons of Noel and Adrian (all layered and twisted) and Alessi's Ark (curious new-folk). 8pm, €15, 01 478 0766

Just For Laughs the sugar club The Montreal International Comedy Festival format rolls into town and tests out the locals. 8.30pm, €15, 01 678 7188

Ray Collins' Hot Club the button factory Nine-piece German jive swingers. 7.30pm, €17.50, 01 670 9202

Hoarsebox crawdaddy Four-part harmonies and plenty of rock with a twist of bop. 8pm, €10, 01 476 3374

Masterworks Series national gallery of ireland See Thursday. 6pm, €20/€13.50, 01 661 5133

Kevin Gildea laughter lounge See Friday. 7pm, €26, 1800 266 339

Downhill the academy All-ages junket with these Dublin punky popsters. 2.30pm, €11.60, 01 877 9999

Paul Potts olympia See Saturday. 7.15pm, €38, 0818 719 300 n Monday 18th

Brendan O'Carroll olympia Signed up for a six-parter on BBC (in association with RTé), our local hero wonders "How Now Mrs Brown Cow" in this new stage show. 7.30pm, €35/€30, 0818 719300

Accomplished b Trashed alt (andrew's lane theatre) A new decade dawns for this ear-trashing electronica night. 11pm, €5, 01 679 5720 n Wednesday 20th

Pete Doherty the academy Mr Babyshambles returns to make good on his last cancelled gig, which should lead to this night being sold out before it starts, if it happens at all... 7pm, €26.50, 01 877 9999

Eoghan Colgan whelan's upstairs Pondering songsmith who abandoned a career as a doctor to pursue his quiet vocal dreams. 8pm, €7, 01 478 0766

Brendan O'Carroll olympia See Monday. 7.30pm, €35/€30, 0818 719 300

Theatre

Decked theatre upstairs @ the plough The first lunchtime offering from a new venue (opposite the Abbey) is a new show from Paul Walker, starring Ciaran Kenny as a one-man sit-in protesting the credit crunch. Starts Monday, 1.10pm, €10 (soup and a show), 087 288 9854

Missing Football theatre upstairs @ the plough To the now traditional lunchtime 'soup and a show' add the innovative 'pint and a play' evening theatre, launching with Peter McKenna's tale of sporting dreams which will leave you out in time to cross the road to the National Theatre for the evening performance. Starts Monday, 6.10pm, €10 (pint and a play), 087 288 9854

We Will Rock You the o2 At the other end of the spectrum from Theatre Upstairs's intimate offering comes Ben Elton's Queen-based 'jukebox' musical extravaganza, which promises to do exactly what it says on the tin. Aida it ain't. Hopefully. Starts Wednesday, 7.30pm, €55/€40, 01 819 8888

As You Are/Faun project arts centre The music of Freddie Mercury and co turns up again in David Bolger's dance creation, inspired by Nijinsky's L'Après-Midi d'un Faune. Part of a double bill with Muirne Bloomer's directorial debut with CoisCéim. 8pm, €20/€16, 01 677 8899

Exhibitions

James Castle douglas hyde gallery The work of the deaf American artist lies somewhere beyond even the realm of outsider art, created as it was by a man who refused to learn any of the traditional linguistic workarounds offered to deaf people. Instead of signing or writing, Castle created pictures in improvised materials (soot with spit being a favourite) using them, as any artist would, to bridge the gap between the world inside and outside the head. 01 896 1116

Mark Garry kerlin gallery Building something startling through patient assembling of small, seemingly innocuous elements is at the heart of Mark Garry's work. His magical floating prisms, for example, created using humble thread, harbour the power to snare and fascinate far beyond their scant means. 01 670 9093

Picturing New York imma MoMA comes to IMMA, or at least 145 photographs featuring New York arrive from that city's cornerstone collection, featuring snaps by everyone from Diane Arbus to Cindy Sherman. 01 612 9900

Alice Maher green on red An exploration of pencil on paper in a series of 'animated drawings' 01 671 3414 Family Dinosaur Encounters the ambassador theatre Animatronic dinofest for the younger palaeontologist. 10am to 8pm, €15/€10, 0818 333 773

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