5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best events taking place this weekend …

WHERE: We’re heading to Explorium, which opened last week, to take in some of the 300-plus exhibits. Excelling in science and sports, exhibits include the world’s largest manmade indoor caving structure. Visitors can also get close to almost a million volts of electricity with the Tesla coil, while daredevils can have a go in the G-Force anti-gravity loop track where they are harnessed to a bicycle and rotated 360 degrees on a circular track. Admission prices range from €12 to €28. www.explorium.ie.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), A Shipwreck off Hastings, c.1825. Image © National Gallery of Ireland

WHEN: Near the National Gallery of Ireland tomorrow, Friday January 4? There is a free lunchtime pop-up talk on “Early and Late Turner” led by Marie Pike. As part of the complementary education programme to the main exhibition “Turner – the Vaughan Bequest” this is informative with no booking required. For other activities visit www.nationalgallery.ie.

WHY: We’ve already started our spring cleaning and decluttering and will be tuning into Netflix this weekend to watch an expert in action, to help fine tune the process. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is guaranteed to have us clearing closets and sparking joy …

WHO: On Sunday we’re heading to The Café, Books Upstairs, 17 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2, which is hosting the talk “Madness, Mental Illness and Creativity” with writers and artists Sara Baume, Eoghan O’Driscoll and Arnold Thomas Fanning in conversation with moderator Claire Hennessy. This is part of the European Mental Health Arts Festival. For further information visit www.firstfortnight.ie.

AND … We’re booking tickets (€25) to see actress Saoirse Ronan who will be at the Stella Theatre next Friday January 11, at 5.45pm. She will be discussing her latest role as Queen Mary, what it was like working with Margot Robbie as well taking questions from the audience. We can’t wait to see her rendition of Mary, Queen of Scots. The period drama comprises a love story, rivalry and female regents in a masculine world. www.stellatheatre.ie.

Penny McCormick

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