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This year's Dublin Theatre Festival is going from strength to strength.

Last week, Dubliners and Talk Of The Town got rave reviews and this week the line-up is even stronger. You're spoilt for choice but we really recommend checking out Politik in the Samuel Beckett. It's a devised piece of theatre produced by The Company -- who are the next big thing on the Irish theatre scene. This is an interactive piece of theatre -- but don't let that scare you.

The cast are super friendly and will put you right at ease. Expect killer dance moves, cups of tea and bank robberies. Tickets are flying, so see www.dublintheatrefestival.com to make sure you get yours.

•If you love camp pop music and sequinned stage costumes then swing by the Olympia tonight. New York band, The Scissor Sisters will be taking to the stage to perform some of their iconic hits including Filthy Gorgeous and Take Your Mama. Jake Shears and his crew always put on a spectacularly scandalous show -- so it's definitely worth checking out. For more information visit www.olympia.ie

•Dublin women were devastated last month when Dublin City Council removed the Adonis-like poster hanging in front of Abercrombie & Fitch's future flagship store on College Green. But ladies, fret no more. On October 26, the American retailer will throw open its doors. And they're flying 50 oh-so beautiful male models in for the occasion.

•Fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin? Then we recommend heading to the fab Europe Hotel and Resort in Killarney. The hotel is a firm favourite with celebs including Miriam O'Callaghan, Kathryn Thomas and Rory McIlroy. It also just won two gold medals for best 5-star hotel in the country at the Hotel And Catering Awards.

•Pop-up restaurants were a big fad in the restaurant world last year. And frankly, this year, we've sorely missed them. The novelty, the surprise, the fun -- what's not to like? So we were thrilled to hear that Masterchef presenter Nick Munier's restaurant Pichet is going pop-up.

This month, head chef of Pichet, Stephen Gibson is cooking monthly seven-course pop-up suppers in the Ormonde Wine Bar and in a yet to be disclosed Fade Street loft. Seven courses is a lot of food, so best to skip lunch and wear elasticated pants. To book a place email kate_decourcey@yahoo.co.uk

www What girl doesn't like a bit of vintage sparkle? Whether it's a diamante encrusted hair clip, or a knockout engagement ring -- we all deserve something pretty and shiny. So keep your eyes peeled and your wallets at the ready when heading to the upcoming International Antiques Exhibition taking place in Hall 1 in the RDS. The exhibition starts this Friday, for more information see www.rds.ie


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