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  • If you only do one thing this weekend … send in the clowns

    June 30, 2011 @ 4:29 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    See and hear: The Abbey Theatre is looking to build on its recent big-name successes with the opening this week of Translations, Brian Friel’s classic about language, blight and the fearsome brigade of the English Royal Engineers. The initial reviews are positive, and you can read Peter Crawley’s verdict on tomorrow’s Arts pages.
    However, for something a little more involved, you could take part in an Abbey voice workshop.

  • The greatest photographer you’ve never heard of

    June 28, 2011 @ 5:40 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    This weekend sees the opening of this year’s PhotoIreland festival, and one of the key components of the festival is a focus on the work of Luis Ramon Marin. (more…)

  • Culture podcast: June 28th

    @ 4:22 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    In this week’s Culture podcast Shane Hegarty, Joe Griffin and myself discuss summer blockbusters and sketch shows and John Butler talks about his novel The Tenderloin.

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  • If you only do one thing this weekend: enjoy the last of midsummer

    June 23, 2011 @ 4:18 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    See: You can’t move without bumping into a festival or three at this time of year, and in Cork, the Midsummer Festival is drawing to a close. There is still a chance to get some culture under your skin though. The Year of Magical Wanking has developed something of a cult following, and Neil Watkins’s painfully honest, visceral show seethes with anger and heartbreak. Eileen Walsh is literally holding her own in Corcadorca’s Request Programme to a tiny audience of just 20 at a time. Meanwhile Paul Reid is also leading audiences on a voyage of action-packed discovery in the Commedia dell’Arte-inspired Man of Valour. For more information click here. (more…)

  • Culture podcast: June 21st

    June 21, 2011 @ 4:11 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    In this week’s Culture podcast Shane Hegarty talks to Hugh Linehan, Jim Carroll and Laura Slattery about the future of the media and the magic (or not) of Clarence Clemons.

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  • If you only do one thing this weekend … throw the book at McWilliams

    June 16, 2011 @ 4:44 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    Go: When he’s not travelling the country agitating for change in Ireland’s economic policies or giving politicians a statistical brow-beating, David McWilliams finds the time to get involved with the Dalkey Book Festival, which he organises with his wife Sian Smyth. Giving the strength of its lineup, McWilliams must have pulled in a lot of favours, or maybe he has giving out a heap load of free financial advice, to secure some of the names in Dalkey this weekend (though it helps when a healthy chunk of the local populace is in the writing, film and/or media game). (more…)

  • Impac winner imminent and free Peacock tickets

    June 15, 2011 @ 1:05 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    Today is D-Day for this year’s Impac Dublin Literary Award, and the shortlist is as follows:

    Galore by Michael Crummey (Canadian). Doubleday Canada
    The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (American). Faber & Faber, HarperCollins, USA
    The Vagrants by Yiyun Li (Chinese/American) Random House, US
    Ransom by David Malouf (Australian) Random House Australia
    Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Irish) Bloomsbury, UK, Random House, US
    Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates (American) Ecco Press, US
    Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Australian) Allen & Unwin
    Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín (Irish) Viking UK, Scribner, USA
    Love and Summer by William Trevor (Irish) Viking, UK
    After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice by Evie Wyld (Australian) Pantheon Books, USA

    Given that the award is nominated by libraries, the list always has some firm public favourites, but it’s up to a team of judges to pick the winner of the €100,000. This year the panel is made up of: Susan Bassnett, writer and professor of comparative literature at the University of Warwick; author John Boyne; writer and critic Tessa Hadley; poet and translator Michael Hofmann (who also has an Impac on his mantelpiece); author Nancy Huston; and the non-voting chair is Eugene Sullivan, a former chief judge of a US Court of Appeals and novelist. The announcement is due tonight.

    If you’re not one of the 10 writers listed above, fear not – you can still be a winner, but of a theatrical nature. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to Perve at 8pm on Friday night in Dublin’s Peacock Theatre. The show focuses on Gethin, a young film-maker who deliberately spreads rumours about himself online in a social-media experiment of sorts.

    To win, email your name and contact details to lmackin@irishtimes.com with the answer to this question: Who won last year’s Impac Dublin Literary Award? First in with the goods wins the tickets.

  • Culture podcast: June 14th

    June 14, 2011 @ 4:21 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    In this week’s Culture podcast Shane Hegarty talks to Sinead Gleeson, Declan Burke and Mick Heaney and asks are we witnessing the end of literary fiction?

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  • How-to Video competition winner

    June 9, 2011 @ 5:16 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    The winner of The Irish Times’s recent How-to Video competition was Katie Coleman from Dundrum in Dublin for her instructional video, Cakes with Katie. She wins two tickets to the Electric Picnic. Congratulations!

    And here it is:

    Katie is nine years old and attends Taney School in Dundrum, Dublin. She sells her cakes in Café Libro, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 16, on Saturdays.

  • If you only do one thing this weekend . . . juggle chainsaws

    @ 4:03 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    Watch: The cinema – refuge of those with little to do, and the perfect place for hiding out from whatever ails you. There are few pleasures sweeter than an illicit afternoon spent in the cinema when you should be off doing something much more productive. The IFI in Dublin, now back as the main independent film outpost after the Light House closed its doors (really swift action on that front from the Government), has programmed an extensive list of free films on Saturday for its open day. The line up includes Jack Goes Boating, Sunrise, I Can’t… I Can’t, A Night at the Opera, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, among others. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis from 11am at the IFI on Saturday morning. Bliss in a bucket seat, so.


  • Culture podcast: June 7th

    June 7, 2011 @ 4:21 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    In this week’s Culture podcast I talk to Fintan O’Toole about the state of Irish theatre, while Una Mullally and Jim Carroll discuss Forbidden Fruit and ask just how many festivals Ireland can support.

    Can Irish dramatists tackle big questions?

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  • If you only do one thing this weekend . . . get festive

    June 2, 2011 @ 5:46 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    Go: There are strange things afoot in these parts. A constellation of arts and music events is packing out this weekend’s bank-holiday schedule, but the whole place is being bothered by that oddest of guests – sunshine. Big fat glorious waves of it. Which should make Forbidden Fruit in Imma a mouthwatering proposal. Or how about Listowel Writers’ Week for some Kerry culture? If you are looking for something of a more classical bent, you could could make your way to Waterford for the Lismore Music Festival. Or, perhaps head for the oddest and most intriguing pick of the bunch, the Flat Lake Festival, fed on the fumes of Pat McCabe’s missive from the back of a chip van. In fact, go almost anywhere this weekend, and you’re sure to bump into a rollicking festival of some chaotic description. (more…)

  • The savage beauty of the art/fashion world

    June 1, 2011 @ 1:39 pm | by Laurence Mackin

    Here is a piece I wrote recently for the Magazine in The Irish Times. It’s a little tricky to find on the website so, being an arrogant sort, I thought I would reproduce it here with a few images. There are rumours that the McQueen show is coming to the UK – here’s hoping. (more…)

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