PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best events taking place this weekend …
WHY: We will be tuning into RadioMoLI, which goes on air around the globe on Saturday February 2. Operating as an internet radio station for Irish literature, it begins with a live broadcast from UCD Newman House – marking the birthday of James Joyce and the publication date of Ulysses. The broadcast will begin with a rare recording of Joyce reading the “Anna Livia Plurabelle” passage from Finnegans Wake. Expect songs, stories and conversation presented by author Sarah Maria Griffin. www.moli.ie.
WHAT: Two musical events for classical fans this weekend include The Violinists at The National Concert Hall, on Saturday February 2. Fourth generation maestros (and handsome brothers) Vladimir and Anton Jablokov will be accompanied by a 25-piece orchestra playing compositions of popular themes including Tarantella Napoletana, Que Sera Sera, Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, Avici’s You Wake Me Up and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. www.nch.ie.
And Chamber Choir Ireland will juxtapose Bach with contemporary composers Julia Wolfe, Santa Ratniece and Anne Boyd in “Before Bach and After 3” on Sunday February 3 at St Ann’s Church, Dawson St, Dublin 2 at 3.30pm. The programme alternates two Bach motets, a cantata and a fugue, apparently “shifting the focus of the texts and indeed the musical inspiration significantly beyond and away from the Western tradition.” Tickets are €20/€15; www.chamberchoirireland.com.
WHO: Author Doireann Coady confronts grief in her solo show at the Projects Arts Centre this weekend (February 1 – 2). “I’m Not Here” will comprise poems, songs and stories all documenting her response to her brother’s death. Says Coady, “Young men like my brother are dying. Every day. In clusters, in groups, alone, surprisingly, expectedly. Taking their own lives. Seeking peace. We’re doing this to keep them alive …” Tickets are €18/€16; www.projectartscentre.ie.
WHERE: We’re on the countdown to rugby season. If you pop into The Ivy you’ll notice the staff are wearing smart new uniforms designed by Paul Costelloe in celebration of the Irish matches. Meanwhile at Conrad Dublin, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Lemeul’s is the place to be on Saturday 2, where it will show the Scotland-Italy game (2.15pm) and Ireland v England (4.45pm). Enjoy the game accompanied by some oysters, a sharing platter, or a glass of champagne in the Lobby. The Coburg is also offering a two-course lunch, €30, with bottomless prosecco, €20, for those who are also marking an end to dry January.
AND … The Chinese new year of the pig officially starts on February 5. Apparently it will be an auspicious year for all signs with an emphasis on love, friendship and happiness. The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival will mark the Year of the Pig with a two week programme of events www.dublinchinesenewyear.com.
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