Weekender: |wiːkˈɛndə|– noun – what to do in Dublin this weekend.
Happenings presents: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Thursday 27 August | Merrion Square | €5, gates @ 7.30, film @ sundown
The heartwarming feelgood new-classic Little Miss Sunshine is perfect blanket snuggling fodder for a night at the open-air cinema run by Happenings in Merrion Square this week. As usual, it’s a no-booze event where you clean-up after yourself and the film itself will start when the sun goes down, which is around 9pm these days (there’s a fine contraction in the evening, etc.) All the details can be found here.
SEND BAZ TO PALESTINE
Friday 28 August | Tengu Izakaya | €7, 9pm
Acts of charity for their own sake are, of course, a good thing. But, is it not all the sweeter to give to a good cause only to get something for yourself in return? How about a two-room extravaganza featuring some of the city’s best DJs as a reward for your selfless action? You deserve it after all. Widely acknowledged to be an excellent dude, Baz (it’s fine if you don’t know him personally) is heading over to Palestine to work with the similarly excellent dudes at SkatePal, a charity that builds permanent skateparks as a creative outlet for the young people in this troubled part of the world. All proceeds on the night go towards making this skatepark a reality and Baz has managed to put together quite a line-up. Manning the upstairs room for the duration of the evening will be Dublin’s most in demand disco bunnies, the Dip DJs. Should that not be alluring enough in it’s self, downstairs will feature set from the likes of Frank B, Morgan Buckley, OMID and Boya (in their shared Wino Boys guise). A great line-up for an extremely worthy cause. So, what are you waiting for? Support these sidewalk-surfing hooligans.
Nialler9 & Happenings present: MINIMUM MAXIMUM
Friday 28 August | Civic Offices, Wood Quay | 6.30pm, €5
A new series of events run in collaboration between the Happenings folk and blogger-cum-promoter Nialler9 who revives the ‘Minimum Maximum’ banner with a series of gigs over teh next four Fridays in the amphitheatre in the grounds of the Civic Offices at Wood Quay. This Friday’s edition includes the talents of I Have A Tribe, Stomptown Brass and Saint Sister. The music kicks off and finishes early (by 9pm) and it’s a no-alcohol event. Tickets are available from minimummaximum.net
IRISH CRAFT BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL
Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 August | RDS | €10/day ticket, €15/3-day ticket
The enthusiastic efforts of local brewers have seen the range of Irish craft beers and ciders grow steadily in the past few years, and their efforts are celebrated at this month’s Irish Craft Beer and Cider Festival. Featuring over 200 innovative microbreweries, the festival is a great opportunity to sample the fantastic diversity of brews now emerging on these shores. It also offers the opportunity to meet the makers behind the brews, as well as a host of artisanal food offerings from cheese-makers, bakeries, pie-men. For more see www.irishcraftbeerfestival.com
PROTEX, BABY SHAKES & THE #1S
Saturday 29 August | Bello Bar | €10, 8pm
Three rambunctious power-pop acts, one who sounds like a brand of industrial locks (Protex), New York’s Baby Shakes and optimistic, Big-Star channelling local heroes (The #1s) take to the sunken stage of the Bello Bar ripping through three-chord beauties in a hail of sweat and pure energy, probably with a tribute to The Orchard shop thrown in for good measure. For more details see here.