5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re planning an evening at ROBERTA’S, Dublin’s newest restaurant and bar, a visit to the DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL and taking part in one of CLIFF ACADEMY‘s one-day cooking courses …

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WHAT: A star turn from Demi Moore, an opera singer and graffiti artist reveal the diversity of Dublin Dance Festival’s 2017 line up, which begins this weekend. Over 40 events are being organised from May 18 – 28, ranging from a hip-hop dance battle to a baby boogie in Merrion Square Park, with inspirations ranging from UFOs, Virginia Woolf, striptease, and the search for true love. The festival director Benjamin Perchet tells us, “The festival continues to honour its fundamental mission: to make choreographic art in all its variety accessible to as many people as possible.” Traditional Irish dance artist Colin Dunne opens the festival. www.dublindancefestival.ie Telephone: 01 679 86 58.

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WHERE: As they say three’s a trend. We can’t keep up with the number of new restaurant openings in Dublin. First came NoLIta, then Morelands Grill and now Roberta’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace, which opens this Friday May 19. Nestled between East Essex Street and Wellington Quay, in the former premises of Dollard Printworks Building, the restaurant is a design-led space with an extensive glass ceiling, inner courtyard and great views of the Liffey. Open for dinner each evening, the menu is created by head chef Troy Watson. Top picks include seafood linguine, and the Iberico Secreto, (prepared on a Robata grill), while at the bar we’re told the Via Lactea cocktail, made with Jameson whiskey, lavender syrup, rose water, lime juice and coconut milk, is a seasonal house specialty. Roberta’s Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, 1 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (Just beside the Porter House). www.robertas.ie.

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WHAT: Elizabeth Strout, Will Self, Ruby Wax, Colm Tóibín, Yanis Varoufakis and Sally Rooney are some of the stellar names we’re looking forward to seeing during the week-long International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin). Beginning on Saturday, May 20 – 29, there are over 60 events in 18 venues, as well as an extensive fringe programme. Festival artist-in-residence is Inua Ellams, who opens proceedings and brings his one-man show An Evening With An Immigrant and his poetry at The Complex on May 20 at 8pm. To book: 01 969 5259www.ilfdublin.com.

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WHEN: To Cork, on Saturday, for the launch of The Piano Bar which adjoins Rachel Allen’s new restaurant Rachel’s. Featuring a performance by Ben Waters, who has worked with The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Paul Weller and Jools Holland, his tunes on the baby grand piano will be complemented with a cocktail menu by in-house mixologists David and Alberto. Jack O’Rourke and Marlene Enright are among the musicians who will be performing at the Piano Bar on a regular basis. For more information visit www.facebook.com/RachelsCork. 28 Washington Street, Cork.

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WHY: A bit bored of your cooking repertoire or looking to improve your summer entertaining skills? Then the one-day cookery courses at Cliff Academy, Cliff at Lyons, Kildare are highly recommended. This Sunday, May 21, Cliff’s Michelin-star chef Martijn Kajuiter, will be focusing on seasonal tastes. Learn the subtle differences in asparagus from tender Dutch whites to the more familiar varieties, cooking them with ham, parsley potatoes and organic eggs. Experimenting with caramelisation is also on the menu, while on Sunday June 11 it’s all about cooking with lobster – this summer’s hottest food trend. Tickets cost €150 per person, and the course runs from 1pm to 5pm, inclusive of refreshments and recipes. Attendees can also avail of a special overnight rate – €170 for two people – in one of the Lilypond rooms. To book call 01 630 3500 or email reception@cliffatlyons.ie. www.cliffatlyons.ie.

Evening in Kerry (Waterford Municipal Art Collection) by Paul Henry
Evening in Kerry (Waterford Municipal Art Collection) by Paul Henry
From Portacloy to Rathlin O’Beirne (Private Collection) by Jack B. Yeats
From Portacloy to Rathlin O’Beirne (Private Collection) by Jack B. Yeats

AND: We’re booking ahead for the gala dinner on Thursday June 1 at The Savoy Hotel, hosted by The Hunt Museum, Limerick to celebrate the opening of Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland. The show features 50 works from public and private collections and is of both national and international significance. Guests at the gala will have a private preview of the exhibition followed by dinner at The Savoy Hotel from 7.30pm. The evening includes an auction and other surprises. Tickets cost €150 and proceeds will go to The Hunt Museum Education and Community Engagement Programmes. To purchase tickets contact Naomi O’Nolan on 061 490082 or email naomi@huntmuseum.com. Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry: Contrasting Visions of Ireland is open from June 2. www.huntmuseum.com.

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Penny McCormick

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