Picnic weekend is upon us. Yes, we know, it’s all sold-out at Stradbally, but hey, there are still plenty of music, theatre, movie, market and circus treats in store for Dubliners this weekend. So, grab your coat – it’s time to get cultured…
The Festival Weekender
We’ll get the big one out of the way first, shall we? True, the Picnic takes place in Co. Laois - not Dublin. But sure look it, thousands of Dubliners will be heading along to Stradbally this weekend, and don’t you wanna know what’s in store over the three days at Ireland’s biggest music festival? Of course you do. Underworld (Friday), Blur (Saturday) and Florence and the Machine (Sunday) are at the top of this year’s bill, but there’s so much more happening away from the main stage.
Why not mosey on down to the Electric Arena on Sunday for an afternoon with psychedelic melody-makers Django Django at 5.45pm? The beguiling Staveley-Taylor sisters, aka The Staves, bring their acoustic folk-rock to the Rankins Wood area on Saturday at 6pm, and local hip-hop trio Hare Squead will be tearing it up on the Body and Soul main stage on Sunday at 3am (well, technically, that’s Monday morning, lads). We’re also excited about seeing the Boomtown Rats. And the Manic Street Preachers. And…oh, you know what? We’re looking forward to everything, not least, an evening with Grace Jones…
Friday – Sunday. Sold out. For a full list of stage times, see here
Dance, music, comedy, theatre and circus – is there anything that organisers haven’t thought of for this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival? Well, there’s a spot of wrestling in there, too, so yeah, they’ve got everything covered.
Featuring 80 productions, 47 world premieres, dozens of venues and the return of the Spiegeltent at Wolfe Tone Square, the city’s largest multi-disciplinary arts festival doesn’t (technically) begin until Monday, but there are a few shows previewing over the weekend, including Jellyfish and George Brant’s Grounded at Project Arts Centre, and It Folds on the Abbey Theatre’s Peacock Stage. You know what to do. Check back next week for more Fringe previews…
Running until September 20th. For a full list of shows and ticket prices, visit www.fringefest.com.
The Outdoor Movie
Yep, the Happenings folks have another cinematic treat lined up for us. Disney Pixar’s Up (the one where an elderly balloon salesman named Carl ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies to South America) will be screened this Saturday night out in Sandymount Green. Irish Village Markets and Caryna's Cakes & Vintage Flair Coffee Van will provide the grub, and don’t forget to wrap up warm. Oh, and best of luck with that opening scene. Good God, it’s a tearjerker…
Saturday, 7pm – 11pm (film starts at 8.30pm). An alcohol-free event. Tickets: €5 at the gate (family tickets €15). For more, visit www.happenings.ie.
Head on over to the Grand Social on Lower Liffey Street this Saturday for the weekly indoor market – that’s an order. We’re talking market stall utopia, with vintage clothes, loads of vinyl, retro furniture, contemporary crafts and chic jewellery on offer. They’ve also got all the right tunes on the speakers, and we might just pull up a stool for a cheeky pint while we’re there…
Saturday 12pm – 6pm. For more, visit www.thegrandsocial.ie.
The Big Concert
The RTE Concert Orchestra joins forces with Liverpudlian actor/vocalist Mark McGann and award-winning singers Iain Mackenzie and Claire Martin for The Two of Us, in which our talented team of music-makers explore the back story and, indeed, back catalogue of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Beatles fans will love it.
Saturday at 8pm. Tickets: €12 - €39.50. For more, visit www.nch.ie.
The Intimate Gig
We’re reluctant to call ‘em a supergroup, but come on, there’s a lot of talent in The Delines. Singer Amy Boone (The Damnations), Tucker Jackson (Minus 5), Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists), Sean Oldham and everyone’s favourite Oregon songwriter and novelist, Willy Vlautin of alt-country heroes, Richmond Fontaine. That right there is a fine ensemble of roots players. Debut album Colfax should get a respectable airing, but don’t be surprised if these guys dip into one another’s songbooks...
Saturday. Tickets: €16.50. For more, visit www.whelanslive.com.
The Family Day Out
The so-called greatest circus on earth touches down in Dublin this Friday with Zhelaniy 7 (“the flower with seven colours,”), based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik, by Valentin Petrovich Katayev. Join Wizard Wacko and his sidekick Natalia Mezentceva in the “enchanted garden” for what promises to be a back-flipping, wire-walking, daredevil circus extravaganza like no other…
Opens Friday, running until September 13th. Tickets from €10. For more, visit www.rds.ie.
The Comedy Festival
It’s all happening at the Laughter Lounge on Eden Quay as the Bulmers Comedy Festival returns for four consecutive weekends this September. With more than a dozen Irish and international comics on the bill, this year’s fun kicks off on Thursday evening at 7pm, with Kai Humphries, Totally Wired, Ruairi Campbell and MC Gar Murran taking over the shop for three straight nights. There will be laughs – and lots of ‘em, too.
Running until September 26th. Tickets: €26 / €31. For more, visit www.laughterlounge.com.
Brendan Gleeson starred in Calvary
“Costume in Irish Cinema 1987 – 2015”. Now that sounds interesting. Celebrating the role of costume designers in domestic film, Ireland at the Movies shines a spotlight on some of the most iconic costumes from Irish cinema at the Little Museum of Dublin on St. Stephen’s Green throughout September.
Curated by costume designer Eimer Ni Mhaoldomnaigh and costume historian Veerle Dehaene, the exhibition includes Brendan Gleeson’s cassock from Calvary, various clothing from My Left Foot and Breakfast on Pluto and behind-the-scenes photographs of Julia Roberts in Michael Collins. Wow, it’s a good thing everyone involved in these pictures held on to the outfits, eh?
Running until September 28th. For ticket info and more, visit www.littlemuseum.ie.
The Heart & Soul Theatre Company premiere a new production at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght tonight - writer Hugh Murphy and director Ann Brophy’s The Grandeur of Delusions, starring Noelle Brogan and Aaron Jenner.
Described as a “monologue for two people”, the play “depicts an alcoholic talking to himself through the medium of his delusion - a girl”. Things might get deep, but the play also promises a spot of humour in an otherwise serious story of desperation, suffering and misunderstanding.
Thursday – Saturday at 8.15pm. Suitable for ages 15 and up. Tickets: €10/€12/€14. For more, visit www.civictheatre.ie.