5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

From garden shows to garden-inspired menus, Penny McCormick rounds up the latest happenings

Kim Gordon. Photograph by David Black

WHAT: Top billing this weekend must be “An Evening with Kim Gordon” at IMMA Courtyard, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. The evening features live performances by Body/Head, an experimental electric guitar duo composed of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace; poet Elaine Kahn; and guitarist Heather Leigh. Gordon is synonymous with Sonic Youth, the iconic band she co-founded in 1981, and her experimental approach crosses boundaries between visual art, music, fashion, film, writing and performance. Those who attend the evening will have free access to Gordon’s exhibition “She bites her tender mind.” Tickets cost €25 plus booking fee at Eventbrite.

WHY: Fancy the next level in facials? Then you must book the Natura Bisse Bubble Pure Air, which arrives at the K Club, Co Kildare for just three days (Friday July 26 – Sunday July 28). It’s a unique spa concept and the “Bubble” has already been on a world tour of spas. Inside the bright white bubble, air is purified to be 99.995 per cent pure, meaning facial treatments are even more effective in rejuvenating skin, detoxifying the body and lifting mood. To book this experience call The K Spa on +353 (1) 601 7330 or email kspa@kclub.ie. There is a non-refundable €50 booking deposit, redeemable against any products purchased.

WHERE: Speaking of bubbles, Perrier-Jouët champagne is launching an “Art of The Wilde” extravagance at Wilde in The Westbury, Dublin 2, for two months, from July 26. Guests can enjoy the new Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blanc – its first presentation in Ireland. To celebrate this new wine, Perrier-Jouët is collaborating with Wilde to create a vibrant menu with gorgeous garden-inspired artwork designed by artist Helen Steele. To book visit www.wilde.ie.

WHEN: The RHSI and The Alfred Beit Foundation have teamed up for the third year to host a Garden Show on Sunday, July 28 in the setting of Russborough Hall and Parklands, Blessington, Co Wicklow. There’s plenty to inspire the experienced or the novice gardener; attractions will include garden design clinics in the RHSI Walled Garden, plant stalls, cut flowers, and botanic-inspired art and crafts. The line-up will include a series of talks from horticultural luminaries such as Éanna Ní Lamhna, Oliver Schurmannn, Hester Forde, Hazel Proctor, Mick Kelly, Ed Burnham and Anne Swithinbank. The show runs from 10am – 5pm and tickets are €8 if booked online: www.rhsi.ie.

WHERE: If you haven’t been to 14 Henrietta Street, which tells the story of the building’s shifting fortunes, from Georgian splendour in the 1700s to tenement buildings in the 1970s, it’s well worth a visit. The museum opened last year, and now a new book Museum celebrates the varied history of the building and the residents who lived there. Inspired by the house, the eleven specially created sonnets by poet Paula Meehan are accompanied by photography by Dragana Juriši. www.14henriettastreet.ie.

AND … IKEA is celebrating ten years in Ireland this weekend and has opened a special one-day pop up at 34 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 (until 7pm today) to mark the occasion. The pop up is open to the public where visitors can join in the birthday celebrations by decorating their very own cake. This weekend, the IKEA store in Ballymun will be hosting a series of celebrations including an ABBA tribute band, party food demo by James Kavanagh, workshops and activities for kids, as well as discounts on some of IKEA’s bestselling products. See www.ikea.com for more details.

Penny McCormick

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