the reggae, soul and funk sounds, Sim Simma’s birthday bash will feature food, art and reggae yoga. ALBUM LAUNCH Shit Robot Recent Ticket cover star Marcus Lambkin (above) comes home to Dublin to show off his ace new album What Follows. Out now on DFA, Lambkin’s third album is a record to revel in, where his skill with electronic grooves and collaborative smarts with folks such as Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) and Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem) produced some dark, pulsating and intriguing tracks. Support for his launch party from New Jackson, who also features on the new album. Beginnings always have such promise, no mater how disappointing their endings. This little rehearsal of human hope happens regularly at the end of each year and the beginning of the next, and certainly among the misguided few still trying to have the Best New Year’s Ever, while saddled with the internal audit of the closing year’s profits and losses. Stephen Jones’s play, which premiered at Theatre Upstairs last year and went on to scoop a Stuart Parker Trust/BBC NI Radio Drama Award, started strong itself, and is still ascending, now revived for a significant run in Bewley’s Café Theatre and likely to progress further. In a Lisa Hannigan house named Eden, two strangers, Alan and Eva (Jones and the luminescent Seána Kerslake, above), both damaged souls, barricade themselves into a bathroom to avoid the mandatory cheer of Auld Lang Syne, and come to discover each other. Directed by Karl Shiels, it has the bruised hope of a second chance, or as the title suggests, an offer to begin again.