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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 9, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

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

    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.

    Listen: It always amazes me how if a festival isn’t on your doorstep, it can slip under the radar. This weekend the Temple House Festival is taking over the sprawling Sligo estate, with 120 acts across four stages. The organisers say there will be a strong artistic feel to events. With a number of camping options and plenty of family friendly attractions – a Picnic for the west then? (Also has anybody else noticed that a lot of these line-ups could have been touring 10 years ago?) Heading to Sligo this weekend are Ash, Stereo MCs, Something Happens, Lisa Hannigan, Declan O’Rourke, Aslan, Kerbdog, Whipping Boy, The Walls, Clive Barnes and plenty more. Party like its 1995 so (yes it is that long ago since Heartworm was released).

    Enjoy: Steal a march on the capital by getting your fill of the Street Performance World Championships, which are taking over Cork’s streets this weekend before making their way through Portlaoise and on to Dublin. Beware Bob at Large and his three-wheeled unicycle; pick a fight at your peril with the colossal Goliath, who at 4ft tall is the world’s shortest strongman; and give a wide berth to the Mighty Gareth, who juggles chainsaws. Juggles. Chainsaws. Jesus wept. Click here for performance timetables, it’s on Saturday and Sunday and costs whatever you are willing to throw in the hat.

    Gareth’s magical chainsaw grants wishes, it says here

    See: You can get a double shot of events at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin this weekend. First, there is the wonderful exhibition on the art books of Matisse. It might seem odd to have an exhibition around art books, rather than works, but Matisse viewed these as a direct continuation of his large-scale works, and he regarded them as among his best work. Vivid, elegant and the inspiration for countless subsequent posters and graphic works, these are terrific to see in person (and the perfect way to escape the office for a long arty lunch if you’re based in the city centre). Two Matisse books from the library’s collection are also on display: Poèmes de Charles d’Orléans (1950), which is inscribed from Matisse to Sir Alfred Chester Beatty; and a copy of Matisse’s illustrated version of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
    On Saturday the museum is also holding a Thai cultural family day with dance, music and activities. Click here for more details.

    This is exactly what I see when listening to jazz

    And to get your weekend off to a lush start, here’s a little piece of beauty with absolutely no context whatsoever.

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