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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: October 27, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    If you only do one thing … get the willies

    Laurence Mackin

    Jazz: There’s going to be a lot of sharp-suited folk strutting their stuff in Cork this weekend. They’ll be snapping their fingers and polishing their spats the length and breadth of the Leeside at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Nice.

    For those of you not of a jazz persuasion, there’s plenty to whet the interest, from the excellent electronica of Ghostpoet to the funk rock pop mash-up of Honest Jon’s Chop Up (you can read an interview about the rhyme and reason behind this collaboration over here). For those looking for the real thing, there’s a decent selection, and chief among it is Trygve Seim and Frode Haltli sharing a stage. Marius Neset is yet another Norwegian jazzer setting the world on fire (what the hell is in those jazzy fjordic waters that the country keeps churning them out so effortlessly?); while Greg Osby will be leading Michael Janisch’s group. Expect fireworks. And polo necks. Click here for more details.

    Art: This weekend is your last chance to get to grips with Dublin Contemporary. It was always going to be ambitious and no one verdict seems to have emerged about this sprawling exhibition, so make up your own mind. The 10-minute talk series still has a few issues left to raise, Arnold Lehman from the Brooklyn Museum will be up for a bit of banter on Saturday, and Brian Maguire, Christian Viveros-Fauné and Joe Comerford will be sharing their experiences of being In Dublin’s Killing Fields on Friday. Click here for more details.

    Hold me: Tis the time of year to scare the bejaysus out of yourself, but this one is of a very adult variety. The National Leprechaun Museum (bear with us now) is hoping to give you the willies with its Samhain performances this weekend. Expect dark tales, fairy princesses, the living dead and scares galore (well, it is housed in an old morgue). We repeat, this is not one for the children. It turns out it’s not just Garth from Wayne’s World who gets scared by leprechauns. Click here for more.

    Pesky kids: If, though, your children are demanding to be entertained, you have two excellent options. The Roolaboola Children’s Arts Festival is taking over the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, Co Mayo this weekend. There will be a Speks concert for three to five year olds, The Paper Princess for those aged over three, and the Moon Garden illuminated installation should even give adults something to smile about.

    On the east coast, the International Puppet Festival is making a three-pronged attack on Dublin city centre, Dún Laoghaire and Bray, with 13 puppet companies suspending disbelief. Click here for details.

    And that is our selection for the weekend, but to send you off into the ghoulish weekend with a sneer on your lips: Patrick Kelleher (he of the Cold Dead Hands) and Squarehead (he of the Nice Warm Gloves) have teamed up for a Popical Island double-A-side release that is quite tasty. Kelleher has thrown Just A Tragedy into the mix, and Roy Duffy has fessed up with Attention To Detail. There’s a launch tomorrow night at the Grand Social if you want it live, but first feast your eyes on this 14-minute beauty, that looks back at the tortured recording process. Yes, we spoil you. Yes, you are welcome.

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