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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 8, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend … go designer

    Laurence Mackin

    Photography: Sebastiao Salgado’s work is some of the most recognisable in world photography. He is perhaps best known for his epic pictures of Bald Mountain in Serra Pelada, Brazil, which have a biblical quality – enormous teams of men toiling in horrendous conditions at Sisyphean tasks. The Gallery of Photography in Dublin is currently hosting an exhibition of his work which focuses on Salgado’s latest project, in the Amazon region – he is a campaigning photojournalist and has been working on environmental issues for many years. Rosita Boland recently interviewed the photographer and you can read her article here.

    Music: It’s a two-three-five formation on Friday night in the National Concert Hall, when IMC’s Song Cycle concert comes to the Kevin Barry Room. Up first is Norma Winstone, regarded as one of the finest vocalists in European jazz, who will be performing with guitarist Tommy Halferty. Then Kevin Brady leads his familiar trio with bassist Dave Redmond and Michigan pianist Bill Carrothers, before pooling their talents for a quintet finale. We like the cut of this cloth.

    Design: Is there any point in singing Offset’s praises any further? No, so we’ll keep it brief. Simply put, it brings together 25 top-class creatives under one roof for workshops, talks and general tomfoolery in the Grand Canal …. no, wait, the Bord Gais Energy theatre. (Did I get it right?) However, for those of you lucky enough to be in the joint on Friday, you might have to cut things short and get up to Meeting House Square in the evening, where Offset goes After Dark for a party on the Temple Bar plaza, for delegates only. Manning the decks under the umbrellas will be DJs Shepard Fairey (he doesn’t just design Obama posters, you know), Billy Scurry, Tu-ki & Frankie Bingo. Click here to get your creative on.

    Cabaret: Nighthawks at the Cobalt café on North Great George’s Street, Dublin is on again this Saturday, with a cracking lineup of entertainment. For music, you can choose from Crayonsmith, 


Shadows and Dust, 
Aisling Ennis and Dearbhail Finnegan. 
Foil, Arms and Hog are leading the poetry charge with 

Chris Kent and 

Pauline Curtin, and there will be poetry readings with Kit Fryatt. And every punter through the door gets a free DVD of cartoons by Colm Liddy, who is about to release his book Not Quite a Fairy Tale, which is being published by Penguin.

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