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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: December 2, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend . . .

    Laurence Mackin

    See: The way to empower yourselves, women, is to buy stuff and have loyalty cards for shops in town, and only watch television in the evening with a glass of wine. So say the characters of Ellamenope Jones, the latest acerbic, razor-edged play from Wayne Jordan. The main character – played by a sphinx-like Kathy Rose O’Brien, sets up a pyramid scheme (cunningly called ‘a pyramid scheme’, the wench) and lures in unsuspecting ladies who want to lunch with all the charm of a spider about to devour her young. Oh, don’t despair, there are bursts of song and dance routines to liven the whole thing up. This is a whip-smart, laugh out loud play – don’t expect stirring insight, do expect an evening of theatrical, over-the-top fairly adult entertainment at the Project in Dublin.

    Banging tunes ahoy!

    Listen to: Neil O’Connor, aka Somadrone, aka yer man behind them 17 keyboards with the Redneck Manifesto, is about to launch his third solo album, from his new base camp in San Francisco. Expect more polished electronica with a riff-heavy heart of rock. You can listen to a sample track from the album, Vapours, here, and the album proper, called Depth of Field, is out on Skinny Wolves today.

    Go to: Some Blind Alleys is holding its final episode next Tuesday, and author Kevin Barry will be in the house to give a talk on the art of the short story, his own writing, and the works of his literary hero, VS Pritchett. This will be followed by selected short readings from new Irish writers. The event is at Block T in Smithfield, Dublin 7, with doors at 7PM. Entry is €10, with some free wine to get you in the mood.

    Attend: We love Young Hearts Run Free – they are a brilliant organisation putting on fantastic events and all in aid of some very deserving causes. On Saturday, they’ve pooled their resources to come up with We Love Yule (December Will be Magic Again) featuring Dónal Lunny and James Mahon, Alison O’Donnell (Mellow Candle) & Bajik, The Dudley Corporation, Valerie Francis, The Natural History Museum, Rory Grubb, NiamhMcCormackSings and various DJs, at The Complex, Smithfield, Dublin 7. Entry is a mere ¤15, it all kicks off at 7.30pm and its a BYOB policy – make it something mulled in a flask for heaven’s sake. But not satisfied with one hootenanny, YHRF are holding a literary event at the Unitarian Church on Sunday called When Only Words Can Describe. The subject matter is Magic and The Road Less Travelled, with contributions from Martin A. Egan, Nell Regan, David O’Doherty, and a musical performance by Margie Lewis. From 3pm a €10 bribe gets you in the door, and there will be tea and cake. That’s right, people tea and cake.

    So far, it seems most gigs have not fallen foul of the weather – a quick call around to the main promoters indicates that all the major gigs are still a go, including the National which I’m heading to in mere minutes. However, Si Schroeder’s first gig in quite some time, tomorrow night in Dublin’s Mill Street Studios, has most assuredly been postponed until the New Year. Likewise, Alex Mathias’ planned tour playing the music of John Coltrane has been postponed, although he is playing Saturday night’s show at the Kevin Barry Room in the NCH, Dublin. The Temple Bar Chocolate Festival (of course it’s arty – chocolate is the very definition of beauty, like Jacqueline Bissett in Bullitt, a Fender Telecaster or an Eames chair) is going ahead as planned, though its chocolate fair on Sunday has been cancelled. For those of you heading to the Other Voices extravaganza, so far all artists are good to go. Here’s hoping the rest of us manage to make it down.

    If you know of any other cancellations , let us know below and I’ll post any last-minute drop outs that come across the desk here as well.


    Two cancellations that we know of: The Avalon Ensemble Winter Chamber Festival in Wexford scheduled for this weekend has had to be postponed.

    And the Silkworm club at the Chester Beatty Library due to take place tomorrow has been cancelled.

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