5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re planning a visit to the Frederic William Burton exhibition at the NATIONAL GALLERY, a trip to Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa and listening to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra at the NATIONAL CONCERT HALL

WHO: If you still haven’t seen the excellent exhibition of works by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Frederic William Burton at the National Gallery, this weekend is your last chance, as it closes on January 14. Romantics will especially love the paintings; Irish-born Burton settled in London and the exhibition features over 70 of his works, the most famous of which is the watercolour, Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs (1864). The exhibition also includes art by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Maddox Brown, Daniel Maclise, and William Mulready. www.nationalgallery.ie.

WHERE: We’re pencilling in a visit to The Riddler Café & Restaurant for an after-work cocktail and dinner where we’ll catch their Friday Night Live sessions. The venue, nestled in La Rochelle Building, directly opposite Christchurch Cathedral, specialises in tempting modern Irish cuisine with an emphasis on organic produce, while their Friday sessions start from 7.30pm. A regular guest is blues and jazz singer Lisa Jameson while Spanish guitarist, Juan José Manzano’s vibrant, acoustic flamenco guitar is a good way to ease into the weekend.

The Riddler Café & Restaurant, La Rochelle Building, Christchurch, Dublin 8, www.theriddler.ie.

WHAT: Self-care is one of 2018’s buzzwords and where better to retreat and rejuvenate than a quick trip to Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa? Spa Sessions at Seoid Spa is offering a very affordable Sweet Serenity package for 45 euros. It comprises the use of the thermal suite, a choice of treatments followed by tea and scones. www.dunboynecastlehotel.com.


WHERE: We can’t get enough of dance spectacles at the moment (and are debating a tap dancing course) which is why we’ve booked to see the new version of The Red Shoes at the Gate Theatre this weekend. This new version by Nancy Harris is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale encompassing themes of dance, desire and destruction. Part theatre, part dance, what’s not to like as they say? As for red shoes, we’re coveting the red snakeskin Ganni slingbacks currently on Net-a-Porter … www.gatetheatre.ie.

WHY: For music fans there’s plenty to enjoy at the National Concert Hall – on Friday January 12 (at 7.30pm) the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will be performing Symphonie Fantastique. This includes works by Debussy, Bartok and Berlioz with Valeriy Sokolov on violin. Berlioz’s Symphonie has been likened to a psychedelic experience and recounts the fateful tale of a man in love. Apparently it echoes the breakdown of Berlioz’s own marriage to Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Too much drama? If your musical tastes are more contemporary Reeling in the Showband Years might appeal. It’s on Sunday January 13 at 8pm and recreates the magic of dance hall days. www.nch.ie.

Penny McCormick

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