If you only do one thing this weekend – unleash in a graphic fashion
See: There is a cracking temporary exhibition of work by some of Ireland’s top illustrators (and one or two most welcome blow-ins) currently on show at a temporary space being run by the Blue Leaf Gallery. The show, called Graphics Unleashed, gathers together the work of Alan Clarke, Brian Coldrick (whose work is below), Cathy Dineen, Una Gildea, Brian Fitzgerald, Chris Judge, Joven Kerekes, Emmet Mullins, Padhraig Nolan, Steve Simpson and Ray Sell (one of the aforementioned blow in, who is also set to get his own show over here in the next few weeks). The show is in the ground-floor unfinished office space at 4-5 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay (go into the lobby and take a left after the desk) and all the work is for sale, if you feel like digging not all that deeply into your pockets. Be quick though – the show finishes up tomorrow. For more information click here, you arty monkeys.
Take in: It’s verses at dawn today as Poetry Now 2011 swings into action in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. Until Sunday, a cracking programme of readings and workshops will be making the south Dublin seaside town a very desirable destination indeed. Anne Carson delivers the keynote address this evening. Tomorrow, Joseph Woods, Luis García Montero and Paul Farley will share a stage, before Heather McHugh and Michael Longley see out the evening. On Saturday, Dave Lordan, Fiona Sampson and Jaan Kaplinski will be in session, as well as Gerald Stern and Sinéad Morrissey – and there’s the small matter of the Irish Times Poetry Award to be handed out. And on Sunday, Don Paterson and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill will end things on a suitably lyric high note. Click here for more information.
Watch: Alternative theatre spaces are always a welcome distraction, so it’s great to see the Matchbox Theatre carving out a home in the Cafe Des Irlandais on Dublin’s George’s Street. For 10 of your ready euro moneys you get a show and a pint, at a post-work friendly time of 6.30pm. The current production is Honest, a dark, witty one-man play following a civil servant as he tries to solve his chaotic life while sinking some pints – what could possibly go wrong? For more information, click here.
See: Heroin was one of the standout shows at last year’s Fringe festival (and I was lucky enough to review it for this paper), and it more than deserves its current run in Ballymun’s Axis Centre. This is tough, taut theatre that glints with the sharpness of reality, all jagged linguistic edges and sudden physical menace. Stark and shocking stuff, then, conveyed with skill and ambition by writer Grace Dyas and the TheatreClub team. Its run ends tomorrow so catch it if you can.
And to send you gloriously on your way into a sun-filled weekend, here’s David O’Reilly’s extraordinary short film The External World, which added to its recent Ifta award with an Adobe Award at the Regensburg Film Festival. Eoin Butler of this parish recently chewed the cud with him, and one look at this is enough to warrant his reputation as one of the best in the business.