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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 19, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend . . . head for New York

    Laurence Mackin

    Listen: New York baby – it’s a cruel mistress and an inexhaustible muse. Just yesterday I was reading this list of books inspired by the Big Apple (some of which I’ve read, more than a few of which I’m looking forward to) and was reminded of the greatest description of the city I’ve read. It’s the opening chapter in Jan Morris’s spectacular Coast to Coast from 1956; I don’t think it has been bettered since. Click here and judge for yourself.

    Of course, you can’t say the words New York without Woody Allen (am I the only one immune to the man’s charms?) springing to mind, so perhaps that was something of a catalyst for Sunday’s Young Hearts Run Free event in the Unitarian Church in Dublin. The subject is When Only Words Can Describe: New York Jewishness/Regret, and among those taking to the podium will be Ivana Bacik, Adrian Crowley, Maeve Higgins and DBC Pierre, with some musical interludes by Katie Kim and David Kitt. It’s at 3pm and all proceeds will go to the Simon Community.

    Go: Africa Day seems to have not taken its name too seriously, and there are a whole host of events on over the next week or so, starting tomorrow. There are too many to list here, so here are just a handful. There’s an interview in Imma tomorrow with Yacouba Konate, curator, critic and professor at the University of Cocody in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on the Romuald Hazoume exhibition; Dublin Zoo is transforming itself into an African Plain on Saturday; and in Galway, Nun’s Island Arts Theatre is screening a shelfload of African films. For much more, click here.

    Learn: The Dublin Writers Festival (shouldn’t that name have a possessive apostrophe somewhere) kicks off this weekend and although the main events don’t really get into gear until Monday – when Louise Welsh, John Burnside, Richard Holloway, Kevin MacNeil, Donny O’Rourke and Dave Whyte get to grips with man’s duality in a Jekyll and Hyde themed reading – Filmbase is jumping the gun. From Saturday, it will be hosting the Sky Arts Den, providing an area to take a break in between traipsing from event to event. It will also be hosting workshops. On Saturday there will be jazz and blues with the Nigel Mooney Duo, a ceramics workshop with Róisín de Buitléar, and Comedic Opera with Opera PlayHouse. Click here for further details.

    Dance: Finally, throughout the weekend De Stilte will be bringing their specialist brand of Madcap to the Ark in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Part of the Dublin Dance Festival, the show builds up a farm-like world with simple objects and exuberant choreography, with dancers Leonor Carneiro, Katarzyna Korc and Camille Pidou, and should charm adults and children aged four and upwards. It’s at the Ark on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can get more information here and here’s a video to get your inner dancing child moving.


    • Patrick Hennessy says:

      If there is only one thing you do this weekend say a special word of thanks for Irelands good fortune to have had a Garret Fitzgerald to help us rise above the mediocrity of the other political minions who ruled us and wish the man who transformed Ireland into the open multicultural european country it is today God speed.



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