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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 1, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend: check out Dublin’s latest jazz venue

    Laurence Mackin

    Jazz: Good news on the Dublin front, with a new residency and a new venue – KC Peaches on Dawson Street is to begin jazz nights on Saturdays, starting this weekend. There will be two sets, the first at 8pm, and it is free in. Leading the group this and every Saturday for the foreseeable is jazz guitarist Mike Nielsen, who is, according to this newspaper, “One of the best and most original jazz talents ever produced in this country.” I’ve seen Nielsen play several times and his lyricism is something to behold. His quartet for these shows is rising star Sam Comerford, Cormac O’Brien and James Mackin. Click here for more. DOI: my brother is the drummer.

    Have you seen The Artist? No?

    Film: There’s a classy sounding event on at the IFI in Dublin on Saturday. Fastnet is screening its Irish-Slovenian co-production Circus Fantasticus, and the film’s award-winning sound designer Robert Flanagan will do a post-screening Q&A. If that seems like an odd choice, bear this in mind – the film has absolutely no dialogue. It tells the story of a Balkan country sundered by war and violence, featuring a family living in a war zone who are visited by a mysterious travelling circus troupe. The Artist this most certainly is not. There will also be a screening of The Chronoscope, an Irish short mockumentary by writer-director Andrew Legge, detailing the rise and fall of 20th-century Ireland’s greatest female inventor. Click here for more.

    Classical: This weekend sees the Barrow River Arts Festival take place in Graignamanagh and Borris House in Carlow. The event is programmed and organised by Swiss baroque violinst Maya Homburger and her partner, Barry Guy, a composer and double-bassist (Michael Dervan interviews the pair in tomorrow’s Irish Times).

    They’ve created an ambitious programme, featuring the Labeque sisters performing in Duiske Abbey, Evan Parker and the Aurora trio, a Bach and Biber selection from ensembles Calmus and Camerata Kailkenny, an exhibition of the work of English abstract expressionist Albert Irvin and storytelling with Eddie Lenihan. There are no more than three events per day, meaning you can take in all the events without missing a beat. Click here for more details.

    The first rule about Body Duet is, you do not talk about Body Duet

    Dance: Body Duet is the latest production from Irish Modern Dance Theatre (IMDT), and promises to be something rather special indeed. It thrives on intimate dynamics of togetherness, and according to Seona Mac Réamoinn (recently released from her Irish Times Theatre Awards judging shackles) it contains “athletic nerve-tingling energy, an instinctive trust and interdependence; hands, legs, neck, heads seem to merge into one constant moving form. The exuberant confidence, synchronicity and fluidity of movement parallels a relationship that is high on its own visceral intensity.”

    You can read an interview with IMDT director John Scott by Una Mullally over here so that you can wax lyrical before and after the show like you understood exactly everything that happened. At least that’s what I’m planning to do.

    Sci-fi: This last recommendation is a little odd, which is all the more reason to check it out.
    Phoenix Convention IX is at the Irish Writers Centre on Saturday and Sunday. The convention is focused on science fiction and fantasy but there also plenty more mainstream cultural heavyweights putting in an appearance, including novelist Kevin Barry, film director Conor Horgan, Bryan Talbot and Mary Talbot, who will be discussing their graphic novel Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, and writers Robert Rankin and John Connolly. One for the specialists and the generalists then. Click here for more of the necessaries.

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