If you only do one thing this weekend
Go and see: the staggering work of Sebastião Salgado. This Brazilian photographer is a former member of Magnum and produces epic photographs that are powerful enough to knock you over. These are images with the cold eye of a photojournalist, the raw heart of an artist and a distinctly empathetic social conscious. Since the 1990s, Salgado has been working on the restoration of a small part of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil and establishing a nature reserve there called the Instituto Terra, and in 2004 he embarked on his Genesis project, photographing natural landscapes and human communities that live in accordance with ancestral traditions and cultures. Perhaps his most famous and most harrowing pictures are from the Serra Pelada gold mine in Brazil. The exhibition will also feature work by other Latin American and Irish artists and photographers.
Ends Sunday. Smock Alley Café & Gallery, 3/4 Smock Alley Court, Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin. Free
Raises your voice: at Milk and Cookies After Dark. For almost a year Milk And Cookies have been holding yarn spinning nights (that’s stories, not something crafty) and now they are turning to the dark side and letting you unleash your filthiest tales on a very suspecting audience. BYOB and let the skeletons in your closet run wild and free.Friday, 8.30pm. The Basement, Clarendon House, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2. €5 (BYOB)
Go and See: Maria McDermottroe in her astonishing solo performance in Frank McGuinness’s ferocious play Baglady. This is a 52-minute play of tragic proportions as one homeless woman tells her heartbreaking story in furious, oblique language. This is one of the darkest works you are likely to see this year, but it is well worth the experience. And the play is hardly ever performed (this is its first time in Dublin in 25 years) so who knows when you will get the chance again?
Until August 21st, 8pm. Focus Theatre, 6 Pembroke Place, Dublin 2. €10-16
Listen to: The Cast of Cheers as they lash through some tracks from their cracking debut Chariot. This is definitely a band with buzz on their side. Real, honest to goodness buzz. Those fine people over at the Richter Collective are organising this one and support comes from Enemies.
Friday, 9pm. Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin. €10
No doubt you have your own ideas so feel free to post them below. Please try and keep it brief and do declare an interest where you have one. What’s that? You want a choice video to get your weekend moving? Well here you go then. And so I Watch You From Afar are at the Kilkenny Arts Festival on Saturday. Here’s a taste of what you do not want to be missing.