5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

From a DAVID BOWIE exhibition to a MASQUERADE BALL and copious amounts of CHOCOLATE in between, here’s what we’re planning this EASTER WEEKEND

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WHAT: There’s still time to get tickets for the Masquerade Ball at the RDS on Saturday April 15. Guests can expect to waltz to La Fete Quartet, dance up a storm to Film Fatale’s orchestra, Booka Brass Band and vintage tunes from DJs. As this is a masquerade-themed event, masks and dressing up is a pre-requisite (though not necessarily ball gowns). Tickets are priced at €39 via Ticketmaster.

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WHERE: Ebow gallery will host Bowie by Duffy exhibition from Saturday 15 (for three weeks)  – a show that will focus on the relationship between David Bowie and photographer Brian Duffy that created, amongst others, the iconic Aladdin Sane album cover. With an Athlone-born mother and a father hailing from Mayo, Duffy’s Irish lineage is unquestionable. Now dead, his photographer son, Chris Duffy, continues his legacy by curating the Duffy Archive and exhibiting all over the world. Limited edition prints will be available for sale along with other collectibles. Prices range from €300 – €90,000. 1 Castle Street, Christchurch, Dublin 2, www.theebowgallery.com

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HOW: The Cultured Club at Kai Restaurant are presenting a tasty afternoon called Go Ferment Yourself on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16. Reviving the lost tradition of fermentation, The Cultured Club will introduce the basic tools of the trade, the fun that can be had with simple fermenting techniques, as well as recipes for a happy, healthy gut. From 1pm-4pm; €50. Spaces are limited so pre-booking is essential; email Dearbhla at info@culturedclub.com to secure your place.

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WHY: Because it’s Easter we’re obviously looking forward to the chocolate and a bit of a break from routine. Hotel Kilkenny’s packages, that last for the duration of the school holidays, will appeal to families. Their staycation package is a one-night or a two-night mid-week break for a family of four with two children under 12 staying for free. This includes breakfast, and the choice of family pass to the National Reptile Zoo, a family ticket to K-Bowl, the Dunmore Caves, the Nore Valley Farm or Jellytots plus full use of the health and fitness club, pool and Kids Club. The latter offers a wide range of activities including arts and crafts, splashmania, talent shows, cookery, a Teddy Bears picnic and a Wii challenge plus lots more. Prices start at €175 per room for a one night stay or from €318 per room for a two night stay. www.hotelkilkenny.ie.

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AND: Still haven’t got your Easter eggs sorted? Head to Dundrum Town Centre where you’ll find the Lindt Gold Bunny pop up. On Friday 14 and Saturday 15 April, customers will be able to personalise their Lindt Gold Bunny for just €6, with funds raised going to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Alternatively, grown ups might like to participate in a hunt with a difference. Two hundred chocolate eggs have been scattered across off licences around the country. They contain an egg together with a 50cl bottle of Mór Irish Gin (known for its wild berry botanicals), as well as some tonic water. Priced at €15; it’s quite a bargain.

Penny McCormick

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