5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re visiting KILKENNY ANIMATED, booking tickets for THE UNMANAGEABLE SISTERS at the Abbey Theatre and going to a special WHISKEY DINNER at SUESEY STREET tonight …

WHERE: We’re Kilkenny-bound this weekend for the launch of a new festival which brings together the world of cartoons, street art and illustration. “Kilkenny Animated” is hosted at the animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, and has an exciting programme of workshops, talks and slideshows which feature some of the world’s greatest character designers, illustrators, animators and cartoonists. An exhibition of more than 200 pieces from artists (who have worked for Disney, Dreamworks, The New York Times, Sony pictures and many others) will take place in the Goods Shed at MacDonagh Junction. There will also be an exhibition of street art and graffiti in the Abbey Quarter, featuring local artists Mick Minogue and Dan Leo, and a sketching walking tour of historic sites in Kilkenny. For the full programme and ticket information visit www.kilkennyanimated.com.

WHY: The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation raises funds and awareness for home nursing and respite services for sick children, and is currently supporting 11 families in County Kilkenny, and 50 more in Carlow, Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary. The foundation is inviting people to join in a special fundraising Afternoon Tea at Mount Juliet Estate on Friday, February 23 (€27 per person). Served during two sittings (at 12.30pm and 2.30pm), in lovely surroundings, it is an experience to be savoured. www.jackandjill.ie.

WHAT: The Unmanageable Sisters is playwright Deirdre Kinahan’s new version of Michel Tremblay’s Québécois comedy, Les Belles Soeurs, which debuts at the Abbey Theatre on February 26. Set in Ballymun during the 1970s, it is revolves around the character of Ger Lawless who has won a million Green-Shield stamps and who gathers friends and family to help her claim her winnings in a fateful stamp-sticking party. Directed by Graham McLaren, it is described as “ferociously funny” and is part of the Abbey Theatre’s Free First Preview initiative, where audiences are invited to attend the first night of Abbey productions at no charge. The play runs to 7 April. For the Free First Preview see www.abbeytheatre.ie for details. 01 878 7222.

WHERE: For those who want to learn a bit more about whiskey and the nuances of its flavours, there are still places for tonight’s special Whiskey Dinner at Suesey Street, starting at 7pm. Enjoy a complimentary whiskey cocktail on arrival and a three-course dinner with paired whiskeys and a guided tasting from Niall Tubridy from The Irish Whiskey Museum, for €55 per person. The menu by head chef, Richard Stearn sounds tempting while the tasting includes an experimental whiskey from West Cork Distillery, matured in an ex-Sherry butt and finished in charred virgin oak casks, as well as a whiskey from the micro-distillery at Middleton matured in Sherry and American barrels and finished in French chestnut. www.sueseystreet.ie.

WHY: If it’s a “Netflix and chill” sort of Friday night, then Mute may appeal. Launching on February 23, it’s set in the underground world of Berlin and the futuristic thriller stars Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux. We’ve spent much of the week pondering the demise of the latter’s marriage to Jennifer Aniston.


Going out? Equally dark and more cerebral is Druid’s acclaimed production of Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot, which runs at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway from February 22 – March 3, part of an extensive five week national tour. www.druid.ie.

AND: We’re booking a head for the lecture Taste and Morality: a lens on society from William Hogarth to Grayson Perry with Adrian Le Harivel, Curator for British Art at the National Gallery of Ireland. It is on Wednesday February 28 at 5.30pm in the Friends Room of the RHA and is part of the part of their current exhibition by Grayson Perry, “The Vanity of Small Differences.” www.rhagallery.ie.

Penny McCormick

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