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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 21, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend …

    Laurence Mackin

    Stare: If you find yourself in the capital and at a loose end of an evening (what with all the usual fun spots shutting up shop thanks to our nanny state), then you could do a lot worse than lurk around behind Dublin’s Convention Centre. Here you will find the Art Park, which is curated by the Sebastian Guinness gallery. Its centre piece is an enormous visual arts screen that is currently projecting a six-minute graffiti video by Dublin artist Maser. The film is being looped from dusk until 1am so head down and grab yourself an urban eyeful.

    Attend: If that’s not enough graffiti goodness for you, then wind your way over to Block T in Smithfield (and try not to look the closed Light House cinema in the eye, sob, sob). Tomorrow, from 6pm to 10pm, it is hosting Gurriers, an exhibition of some of Ireland’s top graffiti artists, with work from the likes of Rask, Cisto, Goner, Jor, Elsi, Dats, Jack, TDA and SBC. All City Records is helping to pull this lot together as part of its 10-year anniversary, and it is also hosting a graffiti jam up in the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin 8 on Saturday. That event kicks off at 11am until 6pm.

    See: What happens when you mix the blood and passion of Spanish theatre with the seething, quite anger of an Irish rural setting? Curam Theatre Company hopes to find out with its latest production. It has taken Federico Garcia Lorca’s tragedy Blood Wedding and dragged into the Irish countryside. Family reputations and status in a tight community are dragged through the small streets, when a bride elopes on her wedding morning with her childhood sweetheart. Ronnie McCann has adapted the original text, and the production has more than 20 cast members, so expect plenty of theatrical fireworks at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin. Click here for more details.

    And to send you off into the weekend, here’s a little video. John Grant is a singular songwriter – I saw him play last year at Whelan’s, and had gone along with zero expectations (I simply didn’t know of his existence, I’m slightly ashamed to admit). It was one of those rare occasion when you expect little and in return are witness to the extraordinary. He’s back in town on May 3 in Dublin’s Button Factory (and he is interviewed in tomorrow’s Ticket). Here’s a short documentary about Grant – his story is every bit as heartbreaking as his songs.

    • paub says:

      Got a fright there about Feile na Bealtaine. Pretty sure that it’s next weekend (April 28 to May 2).

    • Laurence Mackin says:

      Aaargh – of course it is! I work on a magazine that’s a week ahead and it makes me get dates wrong all the time. That and the fact I’m an idiot. Thanks for the correction.

    • aaron dowling says:

      Yes, I know laurence well and can confirm that he often gets mixed up and is with a doubt an idiot.

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