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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: August 25, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend … put on your red shoes

    Laurence Mackin

    Sing: The stage is set for a very special night at Imma in Dublin this weekend (though when exactly it will be, none can say). An open-air screening of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will be top of a bill also featuring a short, silent version of the film with a live soundtrack by Chequerboard (weather permitting). The night is in memory of Anne Copeland, whose son Aaron was a co-founder of the Upstart organisation. Anne died in recent weeks and was a huge fan of the film – at her funeral, she wore ruby slippers and was played out of the church to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. All proceeds from the event will go towards a hospice that cared for Anne in her final days. The event begins at 8pm but as we write, the Open Air Cinema crew were still staring into the skies and casting runes to figure out which night will be the most favourable weather wise. It could be Friday (unlikely), Saturday (favourable) or Sunday (outside chance). Click here for the event’s Facebook page and check it for updates.

    Go: It’s a glittering little literary line-up and make no mistake: on Monday night, the Young Hearts Run Free collective will be storming the gates of the Unitarian Church on Dublin’s Stephen’s Green to set up a night of praise for the greatest love a man or woman can have: football. Among those performing on the night will be Michael D Higgins, Belinda McKeon, Paul Muldoon and Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, and there will be musical performances from Margie Lewis, Barry McCormack and rising star Cian Nugent. It all kicks of at 8.30pm, admission is €10 (all of which goes into the pockets of the Simon Community) and there will be tea and cake. That’s tea and cake, people – it’s the little things that matter.

    Listen: Fiddling about with Beckett is like playing with theatrical fire – the merest change to his directions and text will have the faithful howling in protest. Pan Pan, though, has no fear, and when the results are as strong as its current production, you can see why. All that Fall is getting fairly astonished reactions (you can read Peter Crawley’s review over here, although be warned, as he says at the top of the review, it might detract a little from the show’s surprising magic). But back to that tinkering – the text remains untouched, but this is a radio play that has been ripped from the box and thrown into a theatrical space. And if that isn’t intriguing enough to get you out of your armchair, you can click here for a few exclusive audio extracts from the production. Yes we know, with these Beckettian riches we are really spoiling you.

    Look: Lismore Castle Arts has created a small but essential art event with its annual show. Last year, the atmospheric space was host to some fantastic work by Gerard Byrne, an artist that seems to get an awful lot more attention outside of Ireland than on the home front. (Have a look here at some of his works.) This year’s show, Still Life,  is a more expansive affair and is curated by Polly Staple, and features work by Sherrie Levine, Anne Collier, Gillian Carnegie, Mark Leckey, Richard Wright and Seth Price. At its off-site space in St Carthage Hall you will find Herbei ein Licht!, the work of 18 German artists addressing the theme of Faust. In a suitably creepy show, only one viewer at a time is allowed into a completely dark room, with just a single candle and their own inclinations to guide them. The curators accept no responsibility if you accidentally sell your soul to the devil. For more, click here.


    Bloody artists. I tell them I want paint, I get wallpaper

    Perform: Busking is all very well and good, but it’s hard to get the crowd to seriously consider your latest novel, which you’ve modestly described as a 21st-century successor to Ulysses, when you are competing with sand sculptures of dogs and painted people who don’t actually do anything. So put a roof over your head and tune into a more discerning and demanding audience at the Irish Writers Centre this Sunday at 8pm, and take advantage of The Floor Show, an open mic night for poets, writers and singers. Allow the atmosphere of the centre’s Georgian building to let loose your inner creative free spirit, or just pop along to here some box fresh prose.

    Lastly, for those of you thinking of popping along to the Unitarian Church to see Cian Nugent, here is a little taster of what to expect. His new album has been getting plenty of red hot word of mouth, and listening to this it’s easy to hear why. Enjoy the weekend. It starts …….. now.


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