From ARTS AND LITERARY FESTIVALS to a Japanese-inspired listening room at HEN’S TEETH, find out what we’re planning this weekend …
WHO: Lucienne Day’s iconic calyx print brightened up post-war Britain making her one of the most influential female textile designers of the 20th century. Day’s prolific output is celebrated in a new touring exhibition, which begins at the Coach House Gallery, Dame Street, Dublin 2, on Friday July 20 until September 15. “Lucienne Day: Living Design” tells the story of her design career and legacy – she championed design democracy and female visibility in a male dominated profession. One of her most-loved designs was for a series of tea towels “Too Many Cooks”, produced for the Irish Linen company Thomas Somerset. www.dublincastle.ie.
WHAT: We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to festivals this weekend. The seventh Tread Softly festival, Co Sligo, opens on July 19 – 29 with a programme inspired by the work of the Yeats brothers, Jack and William. Highlights include the launch of a new free literary broadsheet The Cormorant, an outdoor production at Hazelwood House of Yeats’ last play Purgatory by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and To the Waters and the Wild, a series of guided walks throughout the county. www.treadsoftly.ie.
Meanwhile there’s an inspiring programme of new Irish writing at Galway International Arts Festival which started this week and runs until July 29. Featuring new Irish plays, two world premieres, four directors, 34 performances, and one venue The Mick Lally Theatre, our top pick is Furniture by Sonya Kelly (left) and Shelter by Cristín Kehoe (right). Both plays are stories told with humour and sensitivity, exploring opposite ends of the spectrum of modern Ireland: from people who covet possessions to people who are homeless and disenfranchised. Tickets €18 – 26; www.giaf.ie.
WHY: Because we’re getting slightly tired of smashed avos on toast and other assorted brunch favourites, we’re eager to check out smart gastropub The Legal Eagle, 1-2 Chancery Place, Inns Quay, Dublin 1 where chef Ian Connolly offers an old-school Sunday lunch menu. He’s taken inspiration from 70s classics such as egg mayonnaise, prawn cocktail for starters and classic mains roast beef and chicken kiev and given them tasty contemporary updates. Two courses are €25 and a three-course lunch is €35. I recommend the three-course option with puddings including a peanut butter baked Alaska, jelly and ice-cream made in-house and a wibbly-wobbly pannacotta. www.thelegaleagle.ie.
WHERE: Music lovers, take note. Hen’s Teeth, Fade St, Dublin 2 has been transformed into a lounge inspired by Japanese listening rooms of the ’70s complete with a custom crafted sound system by Toby Hatchett. Between July 19 – 28, music lovers will have the chance to meet with seven music collectors including the legendary DJ and photographer BP Fallon, who has worked with Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, singer-songwriter David Kitt and 2018 Choice Music Prize-winning band Ships. Tickets cost €8 (plus booking fee), also include a tasting masterclass with Hennessy brand ambassador Paul Tuohy. Tickets are available from Eventbrite.
And? Heading for a spot of retail therapy then don’t miss Jennifer Rothwell’s Dundrum Showcase which runs from this Saturday 21 to Tuesday July 24. www.jenifferrothwell.com. Also, If you’re in Sandymount, visit the newly-opened Baal & Tanit pop-up on 4 Seafort Avenue, Dublin 4, where you can get their iconic pestemals and baskets monogrammed. www.baalandtanit.com.
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