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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 26, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend . . . go traditional

    Laurence Mackin

    Hoolies and hijinks: Every so often, Temple Bar does something to remind us that it was originally conceived as a cultural hub – it’s terrific new umbrellas at Meeting House Square, the atmosphere during Culture Night, or at the moment it’s alive to the sounds of the Temple Bar Trad Fest. For fans of all things jigged and reeled, this a mouthwatering line-up. Trad supergroup The Inisturkbeggers, with Kíla’s Lance Hogan leading the charge, will be ripping it up tomorrow night; The Dubliners (below) play two 50th-anniversary shows on Friday and Saturday. Frankie Gavin is putting in a rare appearance and there is a tribute to the mighty Pecker Dunne on Sunday (click here for Mick Heany’s piece on his life and work). Those of you who made it to the Afro-Cubism night earlier in the year at the NCH might remember support act Fidil with Senegalese Kora player Solo Cissokho – the pair are joining Tarab for an intriguing night of music. Are ye dancing? Are ye asking?

    We better finish this one quick: the park keeper is coming to kick us out

    Listen: If you want your music on the rockier side of the equation, The Certain Three tour is still winding it’s way around the country. The triple-headline shows feature Katie Kim, The Lost Brothers and Puzzle Muteson, and you can catch them in the Workman’s Club in Dublin on Friday, or the Spirit Store in Dundalk on Saturday for the unprincely sum of €10.

    Light relief: We’ve plugged it before, and we’ll plug it again – if you haven’t seen the annual Turner: A Light in the Darkness show at the National Gallery then make a date this weekend, as it ends on Tuesday. The show takes place only in the month of January and reveals the stunning detail and clarity of his watercolours, which have lost none of their vibrancy. True, the instructions that these works only be shown in this month, due to the weak natural light at this time of year, might have been superceded by modern musuem lighting conditions, but it seems a good thing that the National Gallery is respecting the wishes of Henry Vaughan, who bequeathed the pictures to the gallery. And, if you make it there on Sunday at 3pm, Dr Philip McEvansoney a of Trinity College will be giving a lecture on “Images of Europe in the work of Turner”.

    Shock and grá: All eyes are on Michael Fassbender at the moment (or certain parts of him) thanks to his unsettling role in Shame, but at the IFI another film on human sexuality is proving just as controversial. Bertrand Bonello’s House of Tolerance caused a furore at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It follows a group of girls working in a 19th-century Parisian brothel, so expect lavish filmography, sumptuous interiors – and shocking scenes of violence. Consider yourselves warned.

    Something for the Small Hours: The Dock in Carrick-On-Shannon is a cracking arty enclave, and tomorrow night is no exception, when Donal Dineen will be bringing his audio visual show to town. The DJ, filmmaker and curator will be playing music together with experimental film and photography. Expect something special and surprising from a man who many envy for his taste.

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