5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

This week we are CELEBRATING THAI NEW YEAR, visiting Gormleys for their CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR and picking up a piece from a COOL NEW COLLABORATION … 


WHY: As it’s Thai New Year this week, I’m planning a visit to Saba restaurant which is celebrating “Songkran” (which marks the official start to summer) in a two-week festival of events and prizes. Executive head chef, Taweesak, has created a special menu which is complemented by head mixologist Victor’s Songkran Splash. Saba has much to celebrate having received the prestigious Thai Select Premium Award presented by the Government of Thailand. Saba is the only restaurant in Ireland who currently holds this award. Saba is located on 26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2 and 22 Baggot Street Upper, Dublin 4. www.sabadublin.com.


WHO: Cool creatives Jenny Huston, of Edge Only jewellery, and artist Leah Hewson, are presenting a collection of jewellery and limited-edition prints at the EOxLH Gallery Store, 9 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, from today until April 18. Hewson’s canvases are bright and chaotic, while Huston’s jewellery is minimal and industrial. I’ve had a preview and was impressed – should you treat yourself to a print or jewellery item, you’ll love the luxury packaging too.


WHERE: You’ll find me browsing at the Contemporary and Modern Masters exhibition at Gormleys Fine Art, 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, which starts today and runs until May 8. The exhibition will feature important original works by Andy Warhol, Banksy, KAWS, Damien Hirst and Roy Lichtenstein and will also feature original works on paper by Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. The exhibition explores movements such as Pop Art, Street Art, Urban Art and Modern Art from the 1950s to the present day. www.gormleys.ie.


WHAT: I’m reading The Long Gaze Back, An Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinead Gleeson, as part of the Dublin: One City, One Book initiative which runs for the month of April. In tandem with the publication is a wide range of events. I’m going to Walking in Maeve’s Shoes on Sunday April 15 at 4.30pm at Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin 6, which is an introduction to Maeve Brennan’s Ranelagh and New York. The guest speaker is author Kathleen Hill and local guide Sally Corcoran. To book call 01 54777775, and for the full programme of events visit www.dublinonecityonebook.ie.


WHEN: The first instalment of Down in the City takes place at the Sugar Club on Sunday April 15 from 7.30pm – 11pm. Curated by Scullion – Sonny Condell, Philip King and Robbie Overson – the evening will comprise inspirational readings, uplifting music, irreverent banter and powerful songs. Iarla Ó Lionáird, renowned for his distinctive contemporary sean-nós style and vocalist with The Gloaming will perform, as will poet Paula Meehan who will read a selection of her powerful works.

Tickets cost €25 and are available online at www.thesugarclub.com.

Penny McCormick

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