Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dublin Arts Festival

The SoGo Dublin Arts Festival is on over the weekend. SoGo apparently refers to "South Great George's Street"; the festival is "in streets and venues between South Great George's Street and South William Street", and it's on over the May long weekend.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Gutter Bookshop

I popped into a newish bookshop at the weekend, the Gutter Bookshop in (where else?) Temple Bar. I'd been told it had a good section on acting, so I wanted to have a look.

And then it started to rain, and I was trapped, quite unwilling to dash to the nearby Queen of Tarts café. So I picked up two books while waiting for the rain to end, and enjoyed the feeling of smugness in helping a nice little bookstore.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Punch and Judy

As I wandered through Temple Bar on Sunday, I heard something going on in Meeting House Square - it was a Punch and Judy show as part of Dublin Puppet Festival. Now I've never before seen a Punch and Judy show and expected it to be bad, very bad. But I was impressed; they recast the characters in a Dublin context (e.g. a Garda instead of a Policeman) and really worked the audience well. Most of the audience were kids and their parents, and they seemed to love it, at least until The Weather returned to Ireland.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jogging in Clontarf

I love to go running every Saturday morning, and my favourite part of the city for this is the seafront in Clontarf. It's got just what I like for jogging - ground not too hard or soft, fresh air, and nice wide open views.

Herbert Part is quite nice as well, but a bit cramped compared to the bright, breezy seafront.

Dub Laoghaire east pier is good for walking but personally I prefer not to run on such a hard surface.

Phoenix Park... well, wow, what's a whole other subject. We're lucky, lucky, lucky that it didn't get sold to a property developer!

Lady Gaga (more)

Wow, that was close! On Friday I got a ticket for Gaga for 27th October... the 26th had already sold out.

Ireland, I congratulate your taste in music.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lady Gaga will return to Dublin in October!

She's returning to Dublin in October! More details here. I missed her shows earlier this year - sold out - but I'll be getting a ticket first thing tomorrow. I hope.

Lady Gaga! Back in Dublin! Gaga! Back! In! Dublin!

Sorry... but you know, she is the greatest musical talent of our age. Don't even try to deny it.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Temple Bar

I like to walk around Temple Bar at the weekend. Temple Bar is sometimes criticised as just being a place for drunks and stag/hen parties, but that's really just Friday and Saturday nights; and even then, it's not a problem and the place is mostly very pleasant.

On Saturday I wandered through the Food Market and the Book Market. To be honest, the books are only worthwhile if you're a tourist needing a cheap read. The Food Market is very nice though. I was also impressed by the band playing on the square.

And the weather, wow! We've been so lucky.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Philip Pullman 0, Christ 1?

Well, Pullman's talk in Trinity today has been cancelled "due to the travel difficulties currently being experienced as a result of
the volcanic ash cloud".

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Philip Pullman versus Christ

Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, will be speaking in Trinity this weekend. It's a charge-in event as part of Trinity Week along with the Dublin Writers Festival. I've already bought a ticket.

As the linked-to page says, "Philip will be reading and discussing his latest work The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ".

Monday, April 12, 2010

Reminder: Tuesday is Handel's Day

Don't forget the tomorrow (Tuesday 13th) is the day for Messiah on the Street, a choral performance of Handel's Messiah. It's on at 1 pm on Fishamble Street.

See here for more information.

Trinity Week

Trinity Week is about to begin: 12th April - 17th April. It's hard to describe... or rather, to summarise.

I quite like the look of one of the Wednesday events, Ignite, in Science Galley on Pearse St.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Experience Japan / Hanami

With the weather being so wonderful right now, outdoors is the place to be, and it should be perfect for Experience Japan / Hanami at Farmleigh House on Sunday 11th April. Hanami refers to that very Japanese activity of viewing cherry blossoms, often as a sort of party event.

Friday, April 9, 2010

'Clash of the Titans'

A 3D movie about Greek legend? That'll be great!

Except it isn't. Just avoid this.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Dublin Puppet Festival

The Dublin Puppet Festival is on soon, from 19th to 25th April. I know, I know, it sounds like it's just for kids - but I glanced through the program, and I think it would be wrong to assume it'll be of no interest to adults. Only one way to find out, I suppose.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I lived in Dublin for about a decade before visiting Howth. From across Dublin Bay it looks rather bland - I'd somehow managed never to realise that most of the interesting stuff was on the north side of the peninsula. (Should I stop writing now?)

Howth in good weather is beautiful. The sea air helps the atmosphere, as does the isolation from the rest of the city. So I'm pleased to see that local businesses there have gotten together for a new promotion, Howth for 2010. The concept is that each of the participants offers something for €20.10. Most of them are restaurants.

OK, so it's a bit inconvenient to actually charge €20.10 and not a nice round €20, but it's reminded me of how nice Howth is and that I want to go back there this summer, and that's just fine.