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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: December 1, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend . . . go to a wake

    Laurence Mackin

    Crash course in theatre: Festivals should be like friends – small, slightly aggressive, completely unmanageable, always full of surprises and preferably with a city centre location. Live Collision’s Bite Size ticks all these boxes (and am I the only one who thinks of Burger Bites every time they read the words bite size – they were like a perfect yardstick by which all other bite-sized objects should be judged). It kicks off tonight in the Project Arts Centre in Dublin, with the first of three double bills of performances never before seen in Ireland. You may have caught previous incarnations of this festival in the Fringe but now it’s standing on its own much-more-than-two feet. Lynette Moran is the curator and tonight she has lined up Holding Nothing by Bruno Humberto – a theatre and sound performance of a broken, circular poem, written in the darkness – and Spectacular Failures by Maurice Joseph Kelliher, which is a performative lecture. On Friday, Raymond Scannell brings Before Talkies to the space, followed by the immersive performative installation Orchid by Adam Fearon. On Saturday, the Live Art Electro Trash Band bring their digital theatre and sound performance to bear, followed by 7 Day Drunk by Bryony Kimmings. Tickets are €15-10 per night, or €40 for a festival pass. Go along with a friend and see how they measure up. Click here for details.

    Scoops, yeah? Tomorrow, the Dublin-based Save Children Out Of Poverty (Scoop) Foundation will be hosting its Better Than Socks Christmas auction at 7.30pm in the Powerscourt Town Centre. What’s artsy about that? Well, up for grabs are some items that could trigger the very niche artistic impulses of your nearest and dearest, including swing lessons (bear with us, it’s a dance apparently), a walk-on part in Fair City (getting warmer), or the chance to ring the bells on New Year’s Eve in Christ Church Cathedral (kaboom). Just remember, if you are going to bid, have the cash ready. Winning the auction and not being able to stump up is almost as socially awkward as a heteropaternal superfecundation. Entry is €10, and gets you a bidding paddle, lot brochure, cloakroom ticket, raffle ticket and a wee bit of booze. For more information besiege Katie at 087-9805440 or Clodagh on 087-9084055 with your demanding phonecalls.

    Arty books: Come and get your book on this weekend at the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, which will be hosting the Dublin Art Book fair, with more than 20 specialist art-book publishers flaunting their wares. The organisers are also looking for artists who make books, and have self-published books or catalogues to fill up the shelves. Idle curiosity junkies can also sate themselves in the reading area of the art magazine archive. A number of talks will also take place over the weekend, from a look at creative Ireland, to a discussion on book design, and practical tips on book distribution and art writing. Click here for more.

    Listen up: It’s a sad day in radioland when a man like Donal Dineen can’t make his voice heard on the airwaves. We’ve no doubt he’ll soon be back in action and giving us an insight into his excellent taste, and to send off his Small Hours show in fine style, The Joinery gallery are holding a wake for the show. Music on the night will be provided by Katie Kim, David Kitt, Cian Nugent and Beautiful Unit. Now that is what we call a stylish exit.

    Prop up the bar: It’s that time of year again when the fearlessly brilliant town of Dingle becomes the music capital of Ireland for one glittering weekend of big-name acts in a tiny church. Now, at this late stage, there’s not a hope of getting a ticket for St Vincent, Band of Skulls, SBTRKT, Wild Beasts and the rest. But if you find yourself in the area, do pop over. Last year, I managed to buy a ticket to the National on the door, and the atmosphere in Benners across the road, where the bar is stuffed with punters, the musicians and locals alike long into the night, cannot be beaten. And there’s not a velvet rope in sight. Magnificent.

    Blag: If you can’t make it down to Dingle, but you still want to give your blagging skills a run for their money, then hang around the capital and try and show the Heineken Green Spheres event who is boss. Tonight, its the Drums and the excellent Cloud Control in action at the Village, Aloe Blacc in the Olympia tomorrow night, Wild Beasts will be stuffing the Academy on Saturday, and SBTRKT will be turning the Workman’s Club into one big, achingly cool sardine tin. Beg, borrow or steal whatever is necessary to get your way into that last gig. I’m going to go along and pretend to be a roadie. That always works, right?

    And finally: Today is the birthday of one of the finest bassplayers ever to build a groove – Jaco Pastorious. Had he lived, he would be 60 today, but even though he only saw 35 years, his influence on jazz bass is immeasurable. And here is a little inkling of why. Thanks to @mikeflynnbass for the reminder.

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