Weekender: |wiːkˈɛndə|– noun – what to do with your weekend.
TALIB KWELI @ THE SUGAR CLUB
WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER | THE SUGAR CLUB | €22.50, 7:30PM
After almost 20 years Talib Kweli stands as one of the worlds most talented and most accomplished rappers and now he is here in Dublin, set to grace the stage of the Sugar Club this Wednesday, as Choice Cuts continue to be the go-to for live hip-hop in these parts. If you are tempted to see Kweli why not check out our (easy) competition to win a pair of tickets – quickly!
GUTS LAUNCH PARTY
THURSDAY 11 DECEMBER | TENGU BAR AT YAMAMORI SUSHI | 9PM, FREE
Guts’ Launch Party on Thursday will mark the end of the new, quirky magazine’s successful Kickstarter campaign and the grand unveiling of their very first issue, entitled ‘The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter’ after the brilliantly dark Carson McCullers novel. Taking a growing trend for confessional found online back to the print world in a collectable, beautifully illustrated format (art in issue 1 is provided by Mick Minogue) Guts’ unique outlook seeks to quench this very public thirst and provide the most concupiscent details that the world clearly desires. As well as witnessing the birth of the new mag, there’s also one free cocktail (the best kind) to everyone on arrival and €5 cocktails for the rest of the night (complimentary of Teeling Whiskey Company). Finally, if you pledged the Guts Kickstarter you will be able to get your copy on the night. And if you didn’t pledge yet but now feel a deep need to, find out here: kickstarter.com/projects/2094055735/guts-magazine. More details on the event can be found here.
2014 DUBLIN CHRISTMAS CRACKER FLEA MARKET
FRIDA 12 – SUNDAY 14 DECEMBER | BLOCK T SMITHFIELD CHAMBERS | 11AM, FREE
This December sees the return of the Dublin Christmas Cracker Market. The market is set to boast over 100 stalls in Block B, Smithfield bursting full of all sorts of the usual bric-a-brac, clothes, furniture and trinkets you would find at the monthly Dublin Flea Markets with an injection of Christmas cheer in the form of affordable arts, crafts and design. Furthermore, for all those looking to entertain the family this weekend the market offers the perfect opportunity and is set in Dublin’s best indoor market areas so you can avoid any tantrums taking place in the cold and rain. The Christmas Cracker Flea Market will be a most interesting and enjoyable place to shop for Christmas and moreover due to the huge focus on small, local, Irish businesses and individuals, offers a great alternative to the high street for those more lucrative and special gifts. Full details here.
POTION OF OBLVION, VOL. 2
SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER | PACINOS | €7, MIDNIGHT
Dr. Neil O’Connor, better known as Somadrone, brings his monthly listening club-cum-club night Potion of Oblivion back to life at Pacinos from midnight on Saturday in Pacinos. Promising to delve through the history of electronic music, the night will have sets from O’Connor himself, Sunken Foal and Donal Dineen playing a selection of deep cuts from Krautrock, avant garde, cold wave and minimal electronica. If you want a glimpse of the kind of thing that they’ll be playing, check out this mix put together by Somadrone. Definitely an ear-opening affair with a soundtrack miles away from what you’ll find most Saturday nights. Full details here.
DIMITRI FROM PARIS
SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER | HANGAR | €18/20, 9PM
Dimitri From Paris is a producer and DJ who has been working in the industry for over a decade. His sound, an eclectic mix of funk, disco and house, and rather dapper appearance is set to offer a more eccentric version of ones average night out. Best known for his reworks and take on disco classics such as Chic’s I Want Your Love and Sister Sledge’s Lost In Music. Dimitri himself promises ‘music to swing to, lovingly crafted for you ultimate aural pleasure.’ This opportunity for a Christmas boogie takes place in the revamped Andrew’s Lane Theatre, now Hangar, the latest addition to the Dublin clubbing scene, which has its very own custom built Funktion 1 sound system. Get the details here.
BLOCK T CHRISTMAS PARTY
SATURDAY 13 DECEMBER | THE SUGAR CLUB | €10/12, 8PM
BLOCK T are promising a huge christmas celebration full of a bunch of visual festive treats this saturday at The Sugar Club. They will be showing the hilarious movie Bad Santa for all those who want to just kickback along with a variety of video clip screenings by Darklight. Furthermore, the club will be packed with the hottest, most delicious musical talent including Squarehead, Bantum, Donal Dineen, DJ Rob Le-Nan and the BLOCK T DJs all accompanied by Slipdraft’s visual mapping skillz (with a ‘z’). And if that isn’t magical enough for you Damn Fine Print will be will be setting up shop in the venue, where you will be able to customise your own Christmas T Shirts and Tote bags, which will provide a great last minute present for your Granny when you have forgotten to by her something on Christmas Day. For tickets go here.
DUBLINERS CHRISTMAS BOOK MARKET
SUNDAY 14 DECEMBER | JAMES JOYCE CENTRE, NORTH GREAT GEORGES ST | 1PM, NOON
The final event from the James Joyce Centre in a year that has celebrated the 100th anniversary of the publication of Joyce’s Dubliners takes place this Sunday with a packed schedule of readings from Senator Norris, sometime TD book reviewer Sam Coll, Mary Morrissey, Maurice Scully, the man behind the Big Book project, Jonathan Creasy, and Fighting Words. Bookwise, there’ll be publications from the likes of Tramp Press, The Stinging Fly, Swan River Press, Lilliput Press, Liberties Press, The Salvage Press, New Dublin Press, Little Island, New Island Books, Gorse and The Royal Irish Academy. And of course, mulled wine. Full details here.