If you only do one thing this weekend – bilocate
Listen: We are spoiled for choice this weekend when it comes to live music, and unless some of you have perfected the art of bilocation, tough choices will have to be made. On Friday night, in Cork you have Duke Special and Kate Ellis bashing together Telephones and Gongs, and in Dublin you have the choice of A Hawk and a Hacksaw, O Emperor and Architecture in Helsinki, but the Grand Social in Dublin might just hold the trump card, with an eclectic line-up for a fundraiser for the Joinery Gallery. Halves will be flooding the room with the gorgeous texture of their latest album It Goes, It Goes (Forever and Ever), with support from Donal Dineen, Spilly Walker and Meljoann. And you’re not getting off that lightly – on Saturday night, Sage Francis will be setting Galway on fire (before repeating the trick in Dublin on Sunday), Lykke Li will be tearing Tripod a new one, but we’re leaning towards the quiet conviction of Danish pianist Agnes Obel, who will be (hopefully) mesmerising the Sugar Club. No sleep till Monday then.
Eat: The events run by Young Hearts Run Free (YHRF) are always worth clearing a date in your diary for, and this one is a real afternoon treat. On Sunday, it will be hosting the Leafy with Love Banks event near the Paddy Kavanagh bench of the Grand Canal. From 3pm to 6pm there will be tea, coffee, perhaps something fizzy, lots and lots of cake, and some live music, with dozens of free copies of Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez’s heartbreaking work of staggering genius, being given away without a thought. The entire event, like all YHRF initiatives, is in aid of the Simon Community, so leave a few quid in the donation jars that will be scattered around the area. Cake, coffee and books? You couldn’t ask for more.
See: A few weeks ago we mentioned a group show called Graphics Unleashed featuring by a crack team of Irish and international artists at the Blue Leaf Gallery’s Project Space on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin, and one of the artists who had some particularly effective work on display was Ray Sell. He’s come back from NYC for a solo show in the same space, with some smart, sharp takes on modern culture that are a mixture of graphic art, collage, dark humour and insight. Line of Fire is around until May 6th – go take a cultural bullet to the heart.
That’s our selection for this weekend. A few weeks ago we got very excited when someone sent a copy of Phronesis’s last album our way (and yes we know it’s been around a while, but we are slow on the uptake) and we threw up a video of their jazzy antics. So we were delighted and excited to see that they are playing this year’s 12 Points jazz festival in Dublin. This year’s line up is excellent and among the young, hip and fresh jazz cats throwing this city the slickest musical shapes in May is the Lisbeth Quartett, Susana Santos Silva and the Colin Vallon Trio. You can google away with those names over the weekend, but in the mean time here’s a video of the Lisbeth Quartett playing Grow at the JazzBaltica festival – very slick indeed.