10 Things to do this week
1 The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre will host a performance by Kieran Quinn and Seamie O’dowd on Friday. The Sligo-based musicians have been carefully crafting their own sound for over three years now. Described by some as trad fusion, it also incorporates elements of jazz, blues and folk music. Two skilled musicians in their own right, neither of whom are in any way daunted by crossing musical genres with a moment’s notice, they have combined to produce a powerful and exciting musical force. In this show, they will be showcasing new and original songs and tunes from their recently released debut album, Melodic Reflection. 3O’dowd is one of the most loved and respected musicians in this country. As modest as he is talented, this virtual one-man band comes from a hugely musical family steeped in the musical traditions of South County Sligo. Former Sligo GAA star, Quinn he has gained wide acclaim for his piano playing and compositions. His music is original and accessible, ranging in style from ragtime jazz all the way through to mainstream contemporary. Doors open at 8pn. Further information at www.teac.ie.
2 An exhibition of En Plein Air paintings is now open at the The Atrium at County Hall, Swords. This will be a second chance to view the exhibition of En Plein Air paintings of Newbridge House in Donabate. A group of local artists were invited to paint around the House and grounds of Newbridge House during the summer of 2017. As well as creating pieces for the exhibition the artists wanted to encourage visitors to interact with them, ask questions, maybe bring a sketch book and have a go themselves. The project was recorded by photographer Laurent Roger, and his photos will form an integral part of the exhibition. The collection was originally shown as part of a very successful Culture Night in Newbridge House in September. Fingal Libraries then invited the group to hold a second exhibition in the Atrium. The exhibiting artists, Marese Murphy, Patrick Walsh, Jean Culleton, Paula Fee and Carmel Coen all enjoyed the En Plein Air challenge. The public are invited view the exhibition between 9am and 6pm on weekdays until November 17.
3 Live music continues at Duffys in Malahide this weekend with another great line up organised. On Friday, Run for Cover will take to the stage at 10pm. They will be followed on Saturday by the Soundmen, also at 10pm. On Sunday, the weekly traditional Irish music session runs from 7pm to 9pm. No cover charge.
4 Acclaimed Irish singer Tommy Fleming is coming to Balbriggan on Wednesday for a very special one-off concert at SS Peter and Paul’s church in Balbriggan. Wednesday, to be a special night of inspirational music and song where Tommy will be joined by the Irish Concert Orchestra. Tickets are priced at €20 and are available from Balbriggan Parish Office (018412116) or at www.tommyfleming.com.
5 Dublin Zoo ‘s Wild Lights , a magical nighttime event from 5pm – 9pm, featuring giant colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures, inspired by wildlife, is continuing. Visitors to this must-see event will follow the enchanted trail, where they will discover the dazzling array of beautifully crafted enormous silk lanterns. They will then be wowed by the Chinese performers and crafts while enjoying Chinese foods and warm drinks. Tickets are only available from www.dublinzoo.ie.
6 ’The Ladykillers’ by Graham Linehan is the next amazing production by Skerries Theatre Group running from November 16 to December 2 in the Little Theatre. Skerries Community College Parents Association are selling tickets for the Opening Night on Thursday as a fundraiser for the school, all money raised will go towards more instruments and sound equipment for the schools Music Room. Tickets are €12 each (€10 for Senior Citizen’s or Students) available from any PA Committee member.
7 An exhibition by Tina Brooks called ‘Romance and Reason: Weather on the Edge’ is on show at the Easter Snow Gallery at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre in Naul. Tina lives and works in Strandhill, Co. Sligo. Her works have been purchased by Sligo Institute of Technology and The Office of Public Works and can be found in several collections throughout Germany, England, America, Canada and Ireland. The exhibition is open dail from 10am to 4.30pm each day and admission is free. The exhibition runs until the end of November.
8 The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’casey continues at the Millbank Theatre in Rush this week. This production of Sean O’casey’s classic forms the centrepiece of the 90th season. The youth group, MYTH, is well represented in the ranks of this cast, representing for them their first entry into a full-length Millbank play. The production will come complete with a souvenir programme, along with a public exhibition of much of our archive material from our 90 years in theatre. The play itself will be preceded by an informative talk each night on the political, social and cultural scenes context the times. With great value group rates available, we particularly welcome school audiences. It will run Wednesday to Saturday until the end of the month. For further information visit www.millbanktheatre.ie.
9 Aida, from Sydney Harbour (part of the Operafternoons Season) will be screened at movies@swords on Saturday at 3pm. Verdi masterfully puts the intimate affairs of the heart against the grandeur of the universe: where kingdoms rise and fall and the sands of time grind onwards. There could be no grander setting for such an opera than Sydney Harbour itself, awash with the light of the city and the Sydney Opera House silhouetted against the setting sun. For further informatio visit www.movies-at.ie.
10 National Theatre’s performance of Follies will be screened at movies@ swords on Thursday at 7pm. Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George. For bookings and more information visit www.movies-at.ie.
Kieran Quinn and Seamie O’dowd - See No 1
Tommy Fleming - See No 4
Wild Lights at Dubln Zoo - See No 5