Top things to do in the next 7 days
1 A special concert taking place in Calary Church next Monday night sees Grace Toland present ‘Farewell to Delgany, likewise the Glen’, the music and songs of County Wicklow from The Traditional Music Archive. The event has been organised by Roundwood Historical Society. Admission is €5 and booking is essential. The concert starts at 8 p.m. To book a seat please Contact (01) 2818146 or (01) 2818118.
2 Film at the Mermaid Arts Centre next Monday night is ‘The Invisible Woman’ a Charles Dickins biopic starring Ralph Fiennes with Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas. It’s on at 8 p.m. and admission is €8 or €6.50.
3 Hardy Har Comedy returns to the Harbour Bar in Bray this Thursday April 24 at 9 p.m. Headlining is Al Porter (left) Ireland's fastest rising comedian who has been described as 'the next Graham Norton.’ On the night he will be supported by Tom O’Mahoney, a Laughter Lounge regular who played 'Tarquin' in RTE's 'Damo and Ivor' and a host of Ireland's busiest new acts will complete the supporting line up. Resident MC Adam Burke returns to his regular MC duties and as ever admission is free.
4 Opera fans are in for a treat on their own doorstep as Mozart’s barbed comic romance ‘Cosi fan Tutte’ will be streamed live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and beamed by satellite to audiences at Gaiety Cinema, Arklow. The show, to be transmitted in HD on Saturday, April 26 at 6p.m. will afford opera fans accessibility to a high end show considered a gem of its genre at a bargain prices including half price reductions for students and children. This production for the Met is as much a feast for the eye as it is for the ears and the heart. Director Lesley Koenig has produced a beautifully sleek period production starring Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as the sisters, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as their fiancés, and the dazzling Danielle de Niese as their feisty maid Despina.
5 Universal Funk Orchestra will present Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The River’ in two County Wicklow Venues this week. On Saturday night it’s Phil Healy’s in Wicklow Town and on Sunday The Harbour Bar in Bray. Taking 10 songs from this classic 1980 double album, and then 10 from other acclaimed Springsteen albums, The Universal Funk Orchestra will be joined by Emma Nicolai and Dan Barry on vocals, Stuart Crampton on guitar, Mick Healy on bass and Paul Byrne on drums.
6 The beautiful surroundings of Castlemacadam Church, Avoca (left) will be the setting for a performance of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, April 26. Founding member of The Three Irish Tenors, Anthony Norton will perform with friends Franzita Whelan, Dara McMahon and Rory Musgrave from 7p.m. The funds raised will go towards Castlemacadam organ fund and the buiding fund for St. Saviour’s National School, Rathdrum. Tickets are on sale at €20 and include a wine reception. Tickets are on sale now from Centra, Rathdrum, Hendley’s Store, Avoca. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 083 1383910.