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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: December 8, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend … get the giggles

    Laurence Mackin

    Classy: Kaleidoscope is one of our favourite events, pitching contemporary classical music in a salon-like atmosphere in the Odessa Club. It’s a testament to its two curators’ taste that it is now celebrating its second birthday (not to mention their facility for persuading, or intimidating, big names from the classical scene to pitch up and perform – Kate Ellis has a mean left hook and if looks could kill, Cliodhna Ryan would be getting sentenced to 20 to life on a weekly basis). On Sunday, it’s splashing out for a party and moving proceedings temporarily around a corner or three to the Button Factory. The programme includes a world premiere by David Fennessy, New Dublin Voices, works by Brahms and Gershwin as well as the Pulitzer Prize-winning Different Trains by Steve Reich. The After Hours show should be quite special to boot. Click here for more information.

    Spooky: Ethereal tunes in a church with all the Christmas trimmings? Sign us up. Tomorrow night, the Unitarian Church will be a home for Dublin band Halves, in their last gig for quite some time apparently. Support comes from rising star Jennifer Evans, whose new album is imminent. There will also be mince pies and mulled wine. Rumours that the pies are made from actual mince are said to be wide of the mark. Click here for more.

    Christmassy: If that gig gets you feeling festive, and you’re hungry for more come Saturday, the Young Hearts Run Free team are pulling out all the stops from 7.30pm at the Co-op on Newmarket Square in Dublin 8. Performing on the night will be (big breath) Dónal Lunny, Tieranniesaur, Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Sunken Foal, Melodica Deathship, Hired Hands, Maeve Higgins, NiamhMcCormackSings, Kevin Barry and You Kiss by the Book with a stack of DJ sets to boot. The theme? Yule (or The Winking Glitter of a Frosty Dawn). The cost? €15 and its BYOB. The payoff? Cake, music and one of the best festive nights imaginable in a warehouse. What more could you want?

    Tight trousers and dungarees. Earlier today

    Literary: When the weekend is putting its feet up, those of a literary nature will probably be preparing to head out into the cold, dark night in search of food for the soul (now there’s as overwritten a sentence as you are likely to find. Apart from the convoluted one in paragraph one about Madames Ryan and Ellis). On Monday night, Britain’s poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be in the Hayloft, upstairs at The Long Valley, Cork for the final Ó Bhéal event of 2011. Meanwhile in Dublin, literary magazine The Stinging Fly is holding a night of readings and music in the Grand Social as a thank you to its readers and supporters. Both events are free.

    Arty: Isabel Nolan has been making waves on the arts scene, so it’s a bit surprising to realise that her show, which opens this weekend in the Model in Sligo, is her first solo museum exhibition. A hole into the future makes its debut on Saturday at 6pm, preceded by a public talk with Nolan and The Model’s director, Séamus Kealy. The show features sculpture, paintings and drawings, and the museum has also commissioned a steel sculpture by Nolan, which will be unveiled in the grounds (we do love a good unveiling). Intriguingly, the show’s title comes from a sci-fi novel by the Strugatsky brothers, which in turn was the inspiration for Stalker, the cult film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Nolan is Dublin-based, represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale, and has had work exhibited in Imma, Beijing Art Museum, Smart in Amsterdam, Artspace in Auckland, and Le Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole, which will also host this show next year.

    Giggly: Ah look it, your high-brow art is all well and good, but with the apocalyptic weather conditions outside, and the tightened Budget announced this week and its affect on the arts in general, we all need a good rip-roaring laugh, no? And who better to provide it than the Pyjama Men, who are in Vicar Street tonight? The pair’s show is completely off the wall, as they flit seamfully between dozens of characters with humour as black as the sky that is currently squatting outside the window. Theirs was the standout show of the 2010 Fringe festival. But don’t take our word for it: here’s the video evidence.

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