June fun at The Back Loft studio

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

by Antonella Scanu
Music/Live art Performances
RAWCLASSICO by Frances Marshall soprano & John Feeley classical guitar

Two outstanding classical musicians are joining forces to bring you an intimate programme of Italian Baroque music complemented with a selection of Celtic repertoire to serenade you with some of the most beautiful Italian arias by Caccini, Monteverdi, Porpora and Handel, all of which have been arranged by Feeley for the Classical guitar.

Also, MAMUSKA DUBLIN returns on Friday 10th June, featuring a packed line-up of exploratory performance and film to challenge and inspire. Audience and artists mingle in an atmosphere of play and discovery. Free Admission

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Movement of Sound seeks to combine movement and sound in a way that will speak across a number of artistic platforms, attracting fresh and untried audiences and creating new and more complete experiences of movement, sound, movement through sound and sound through movement. Featuring Karen Power (Composer / Live Electronics), Mary Nunan (Dancer and Choreographer), Deirdre O’Leary (Clarinettist) and Kate Ellis (Cellist), Saariaho, Tiensuu and Hyla. SUNDAY 19 th JUNE, Doors open 7.30, € 10/8 admission

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 In the city of Vienna sin has run rampant

Dark and surprisingly modern, Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s least performed and most fascinating plays. Mixing dark humour with pathos and passion, it examined the ambiguity of the human condition and the fragility of goodness in a world without grace.  MONDAY 13th- SATURDAY18th June, 8pm € 10 admission

Celebrating W.B. Yeats with Tamsin Day-Lewis

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tamsin Day-Lewis is doing a reading celebrating the creative legacy of our own William Butler Yeats on Monday, June 13th in the National Library of Ireland. Called Reading and Reflection, ADM is free, and it’s in the Senior Room (NLI, Kildare St)

More on Tamsin Day-Lewis and her day job-cooking.

New Comedy Play: My Wife’s Family

June 5, 2011 § 1 Comment

By Carl Finnegan

My Wife’s Family is a farcical comedy. The play takes place in the 1920’s at the summer home of Jack Gay and his wife, Stella. Jack and Stella are awaiting a visit from Stella’s mother, Arabella Nagg, her husband Noah and Stella’s sisters. In the well-worn mother-in-law/monster-in-law tradition, Arabella’s arrival soon turns the home into anything but peaceful and when notes passed between characters are intercepted and the hidden baby is mistaken for a piano, the consequences become excruciatingly funny. I play Stella’s brother, Willie Nagg who is a young penniless aspiring writer who is married in secret to his family’s servant Sally. It is their “secret” baby lurking around the house. He won’t reveal any of these details to his family until he can perform his duty as a man and provide for both of them. To do this his first book needs to be published. It is in the hands of a literary agent and he is anxiously awaiting a response.

My Wife’s Family will run the 9th – 11th June in Liberty Hall Dublin. Tickets are 12 euro each and are available from the box office, http://www.ctb.ie or by phone 0818 205 205

Ireland’s Creative Expo 2012 RDS

June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yes, I know it’s next year n’all, but this expo sounds so exciting I had to write about it NOW. It’s on from January 22-25 in the RDS and this is the line-up:Fashion accessories, textiles, fashion, fragrance, cosmetics, gift food, cosmetics, musical instruments, stationery, wall art, lovely irish giftware, childrens’ toys/items and more. there are also free retail advise clinics, and a retail clinic with James Burke (advisor on Feargal Quinn’s TV show).

Q & A Jeweller Vivien Walsh

June 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

Jeweller extraordinaire Vivien Walsh has just opened her new shop in Monkstown. dublinzine posed the questions and here are Vivien’s replies.

Q. You set up your jewellery business in the ’80s. Has it been difficult to maintain it through ups and downs of recessions etc?
I am very lucky to have a very loyal following which I have built up since I launched my collection during the 1980s.
Yes, business can be difficult during recessionary times ….. but being a small concern means that I can be very flexible. This has been a key ingredient to maintaining sales and growing my client base.
Q. What inspires you to create pieces?
I get my inspiration from all around me, nature,art, architecture,fashion … I love to travel and am constantly jotting down ideas that pop into my head. My camera is a valuable tool and is never very far away !
Q. What are your fave metals/stones to work with?
Recently I have been working with semi precious stones such as amazonite, jasper, prenhite and coloured agates.I love the earthiness of them. Of course I still use Swarovski crystals and pearls of all descriptions for evening wear and bridal collections.
Q. Are you pleased with your shop now and how has it been going?
I just love my new shop ! …. and I have been quite busy …. lots of my clients live out this way and it has bee great catching up !
Q. Have you any famous customers that wear your jewellery?
Yes ! ….. but I can’t tell ! ….
Q. Advice for budding jewellers or creative/crafts people in setting up on their own?
Be prepared to work hard ….. and listen to the market.

Nifty Culturefox app tells you where it’s at

June 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Culturefox have come up with a handy culture app that tells you what’s going on, culturally, near you. It’s available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, FREE.  I duly downloaded it and have to say after clicking on the ‘nearby’ icon, got a plethora of events to choose from. Woo woo.

Apparently Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan said “It’s an exciting new initiative for Ireland’s arts and tourism sectors.”

Philip Lynott exhibition finishes up June 12th

June 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Still in Love with Philip? The wonderful Phil Lynott will always be immortalized in statue  right beside Bruxelles and of course across from McDaid’s pub (local of Patrick Kavangh et al) but in the meantime if you havent seen it yet,  due to phenomenal public demand, Still In Love With You (the Thin Lizzy star exhibition) has extended its run at Stephens Green Shopping Centre in Dublin for a further six weeks. The exhibition, which has been garnering rave reviews, will now run until Sunday, June 12th 2011.