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www IF you want an Easter weekend filled with cocktails, not chocolate, then it's worth heading to Dublin hotspot Lillie's Bordello this weekend.

The celebrity haunt will be packed as The Voice of Ireland star Andrew Mann will be performing in the VIP section. Even if you can't wangle your way into the exclusive library bar it's worth checking out the Cream Egg Cocktails on offer.

• FEELING blue? Smurf fans are in with a chance of winning a trip to Brussels and Paris to represent Ireland as the ultimate Smurfs Ambassador. The Face Of The Fan will look for the most dedicated Irish Smurf and Smurfette fan. All you have to do is upload a picture of your face on www. biggestsmurfsfan.ie and a video explaining why you love those blue-faced gnomes so much.

The search is open to fans over 18 and the closing date for entries is April 14.

• AFTER the success of King Lear, the Abbey Theatre is back in the rehearsal room with Drum Belly.

The gangster play focuses on a group of troublemakers in Brooklyn, New York in the summer of '69 – around the time of the moon landing. Richard Dormer, who played snooker star Alex Higgins in the play Hurricane, wrote the stage play.

It also star Karl Shields and Phelim Drew and tickets are predicted to sell like hot cakes.

• ON May 16, Christ Church Cathedral will become a hip Indie venue as bright young musicians take to the stage.

Indie duo Heathers, will perform some of their hits along with Kells based band Ham Sandwich and Cork's Young Wonder. The night, dubbed Evening Song, is set to be a night to remember as the bands will be joined by the UCD Choral Scholars – Ireland's leading collegiate choral ensemble. It should be an atmospheric night out.


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