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Absolut Vodka is launching its Absolut Unique bottles.

Each of the four million bottles released will have its own unique arty design and bottle number.

DJs Star Slinger and Jacques Lu Cont will be performing at the launch party on October 17 in The Academy. See www.facebook.com/ABSOLUT.Ireland for more information.

•Mini festivals are the best and the annual Hard Working Class Heroes festival starts tomorrow.

Six dublin venues will host more than 100 lesser-known Irish bands over three days. This little festival is a real gem and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with special guest performances from Delorentos, We Cut Corners and Le Galaxie.

See www.hwch.net.

•Greta Garbo, the Swedish screen siren who starred in classic Hollywood flicks The Painted Veil and Anna Karenina, was known for her striking Nordic beauty and her fabulous wardrobe.

And this month you can take a look at some of the star's clothes and jewellery at Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons in Co Kildare. For more info see www.newbridgesilverware.com.

•Calling all panto kings and queens. It may seem like months before the festive season gets going, but The Gaiety is starting its panto search early.

The play in question is Cinderella and on Sunday The Gaiety Theatre is holding castings for Prince Charming and is looking for men, aged between 18 and 25, who can act, sing and dance. To register to audition email princecharming@ gaietytheatre.com.

•Donaghmede native and hunky former boxer Damien Dempsey is playing the Button Factory in Temple Bar tomorrow.

The so-called 'Irish Lion' will be performing a selection of his hit songs along with a few numbers off his latest album, Almighty Love. For tickets see www.buttonfactory.ie.

•Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture Of Dorian Gray is a powerful piece of work. The bestseller of 1891 was one of the most damning pieces of evidence used against him during the trial that brought about his downfall.

Now the Abbey Theatre is staging the iconic text as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.

See www.abbeytheatre.ie.


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