5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re planning a visit to THE MAC, unwinding at SUNDAY SANCTUARIES in the Fumbally Stables and booking in for dinner at SEASONS RESTAURANT …

WHO: Gilbert and George’s latest provocative exhibition Scapegoating Pictures opens at the MAC in Belfast tomorrow, Friday January 26. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the duo’s first meeting at St. Martin’s School of Art in 1967 and their identification as ‘Living Sculptures’ two people one artist – they themselves are part of Scapegoating Pictures, masked as spirit-like forms and capering skeletons. The exhibition will run from January 26 until April 22 in the Sunken, Tall and Upper Galleries at the MAC. Tickets are required and available to book at www.themaclive.com.

WHAT: Not quite embraced the wild swimming trend? Then why not join in the Sea Swim and Coffee on Saturday 27 at 40ft Sandycove, from 10am – 12 noon. Nomad coffee will be standing by with (free) coffee to warm up after the dip. Cold water swimming is proven to release feel-good hormones and create a mildly meditative state.

WHERE: To the stylish Seasons restaurant at the InterContinental Dublin, to try out their new six-course tasting menu, created by executive chef Alberto Rossi. Changing every two weeks, the menus will feature seasonal ingredients such as Wicklow pheasant breast with confit or braised ham hock with desserts such as chestnut mousse and hazelnut choux. Guests also get to taste chef Alberto’s signature amuse bouche and tantalising sorbets. The tasting menu starts from €65, served Tuesday to Saturday in Seasons from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, www.intercontinentaldublin.ie, to book call (01) 665 4000.

WHY: In need of some pampering? Then Sunday Sanctuary at the Fumbally Stables may be the answer. The brainchild of meditation teacher, Niamh Gallagher, and masseuse, Ffion Thomas, it’s a mix of relaxation, pampering and brunch. Attendees can expect to be guided through easy relaxation and meditation practices, followed by an Indian head massage, communal lunch and a gift of an essential oil to take home. Says Ffion, “Sunday Sanctuary is all about letting go of the pressures of your normal life and returning to peace and calm.” Sounds too good to miss.

Fumbally Stables, Dublin 8. Tickets cost €45: createawholenewyou.com/sunday-sanctuary.

HOW: If you wish you were in Paris strolling through the Luxembourg gardens or wandering along the rue du Bac, then Pigalle – Life and Music of Edith Piaf may help. Chanteuse Derby Browne will be performing during a lunchtime recital in the John Field Room at the National Concert Hall tomorrow, Friday January 26, from 1.05pm. Later in the day, something more rousing but no less inspiring, is the RTE National Symphony Orchestra with Toradze playing Shostakovich on the main stage from 7.30pm. www.nch.ie.

AND: We’re booking ahead to see The Collector at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, which is on next Thursday and Friday, February 1 – 2. Based on the novel by John Fowles, The Collector is a tale of possession and obsession. Directed by Killian Collins and starring Andrew Holden, as Frederick, and Paula Weldon as his love interest, Miranda, this is bound to be intense and unmissable theatre. Tickets €18/€16 Bookings: 01-2969340; www.milltheatre.ie.

Penny McCormick

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