If you only do one thing seasonal this weekend …
Listen: As the year winds down, there are fewer international act skipping around but plenty of local Irish bands are putting on a spread for your delectation. Trad meisters Kila will be ripping the roof off Tripod this weekend, Richie Egan will be up to his usual high Japes at the Button Factory tonight, and Vicar Street is currently clearing out room in its stables to house Villagers next Tuesday. But our favourite selection this weekend is the Workman’s Christmas Party on Saturday night, where post rockers Halves will be playing tracks from their delightful new album It Goes It Goes, which has been sneaking its way on to plenty of best Irish releases of the year lists. Shoring up the bill will be the rather excitable Alarmists, with Straight Laces bringing a sense of decorum to proceedings.
Watch: Shameless self plug of the year on the way, but tonight you can see a bunch of short silent Christmas films in the Powerscourt Centre in Dublin’s city centre, with a live musical accompaniment from 3epkano (who I play with – I’ve also just realised that I’m doing a gig in a shopping centre, which I swore would never happen. I’ll have to start a support group with Tiffany). Yes, yes I know it’s shameless hawkery but I let ye do the same in the comments section below, so less of your lip, and it will be more cheerful than Rare Exports, that much I can promise. Proceedings kick off at 8pm, and the show will last about an hour. If anyone wants to send a mulled wine my way during the gig, I’m the good looking one playing poorly at the back.
See: If though, you are proper old school Christmas and have the resistance to cold of a polar bear, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is being screened in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square on Saturday night at 8pm. It’s going to take a whole lot of mulled goods to get us to stay out for this one, but the story itself would warm the heart of even the Scroogiest among you. Wondering what the fuss is about? Then check out the original trailer.
Go:If that isn’t live action enough for you, and there are some childer that need entertaining, then head for the Grand Canal theatre for Scrooge, starring Tommy Steele, Britain’s first proper rock’n’roll star and latter day panto professional. Musicals might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we have it on good authority that this is a cracking show and the production uses the special effect skills of Paul Kieve, a leading theatre illusionist whose work you may have seen in the Harry Potter films. Not your run of the mill tread of the boards then.
That’s our weekend in the bag, leave your own recommendations below. And for something a little artistically inclined, here is a film using the photographs of the wonderful Tacita Dean, who was recently awarded the next commission for the Tate Modern’s fantastic Turbine Hall space (Ai Weiwei currently has the place stuffed with sculpted sunflower seeds). The music is Bloom by Brian Eno and J Peter Schwalm. That’s some top drawer arty nonsense right there. Enjoy your weekend.