Saturday, September 26, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
To make things more accessible, the city has been divided into various quarters. Highlights of the Heuston/Museum Quarter include the Guinness Storehouse, the James Joyce House of The Dead and the National Museum at Collins Barracks, where the Dead Zoo will come to life. Lots of galleries in the Historic Quarter are open til midnight and there’s a fair bit of music as well, notably in Christ Church and St Patrick’s Cathedrals, with sound installations and performances at the Contemporary Music Centre. At Dublin Castle you can visit the exotic Chester Beatty Library and be intrigued by the Revenue Museum and Garda Museum (did you even know they existed?).
Oxfam Books, Connolly Books and the Winding Stair (Temple Bar & North of Liffey area) have music and readings, there’s animation workshops in Filmbase, drama workshops in the Gaiety School of Acting, and Seamus Nolan is in Project with his Corrib Gas exhibition. And there’s some great stuff happening in Meeting House Square, including a screening of This Other Eden (1958), a midnight Voyage to the Stars featuring images from the Hubble Space Telescope, and a short CoisCeim-led dance show Night of the Living Debs.
There’s more music in the North Georgian Quarter – you can hear some of Ireland’s leading pipers in Na Piobairi Uilleann; a sprinkling of Joyce and John McCormack at the Teachers Club (they both took singing lessons there); choral music in the Pro-Cathedral; a preview of the Hugh Lane Gallery’s Sunday concerts; Conor McPherson at the Gate; readings at the Irish Writers Centre and Dublin Writers Museum; and free postage at the GPO. In the Trinity College/Docklands area there’s a chance for free tickets for Enda Walsh's play at the Peacock – available from 10.30am. In Trinity you can see Ireland’s Last Great Auk at the Zoological Museum and the Book of Kells in the Library. The Bubbles exhibition is in the Science Gallery, there’s experimental music videos in the Instituto Cervantes and you can hear everything from Bach to the Beatles at the RIAM.
Finally, in the South Georgian Quarter you can take part in an instant orchestra at the NCH, and you can also get free tickets to two RTE concerts (rte.ie/culturenight). Cor na nOg are at the National Gallery, there’s an open-mic session at Poetry Ireland, Sean McSweeney at the Taylor Galleries, Yeats at the National Library, wine-tasting at the Alliance Francaise and an Antiques Roadshow for Books at the RDS. And as if that wasn’t enough Astronomy Ireland are in Phoenix Park, there’s a Giant Whale and a Climbing Wall in Wolfe Tone Park, and 3epkano accompany a live screening of Nosferatu in Dartmouth Square.
Pick up a brochure@ Temple Bar Info Centre or find out more@ www.culturenight.ie
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Taking a stroll through the Fringe programme, the new satirical show from the excellent Volta, All of Human Life is Here could well be referring to what’s on offer. Die Roten Punkte showcase their lipstick-smeared sonic collisions; The Lost Pirates seduce with their campaign of musical debauchery; and Nico Muhly bedazzles with his eclectic creativity. Waterworn invites you to step onboard a barge; Wondermart gets you stepping out in a supermarket; Basin brings you the hidden mysteries of the Blessington Street Basin; One Penny Operas give you instant dance composition from the likes of former Fringe director Wolfgang Hoffman, while other dance includes an Aerowaves double bill with shows from Germany and Belgium. Cirque de Legume conjure up the excitement, danger and sensuality of cast-off vegetables; The Blanch brings you the contemporary shopping experience in all its gory glory, and in complete contrast, Beckett’s Act Without Words II takes to the streets, directed by Sarah Jane Scaife and designed by Aedin Cosgrove.
Chilean director Jose Miguel Jiminez attempts to rewrite history in Who is Fergus Kilpatrick? and, in one of the main international contributions, Argentinean director and filmmaker Gerardo Naumann experiments with his new film on stage in A Useful Play. The Angry School lets you get angry; The Enemies explores Jorge Luis Borges’ sublime short story ‘The Secret Miracle’; and cultural paranoia is alive and well in the provocative juxtapositions of Terror of Living. Shows from a trio of Fringe regulars include Power Point, the Performance Corporation’s stylish take on corporate deviousness; Loose Canon’s Anatomy of a Seagull, dissecting the cruel essence of Chekhov; and Semper Fi’s site-specific Black Bessie, exploring the rituals of a homeless woman. www.fringefest.com