Things to do in Dublin – 23rd to 29th July

Yeah, Batman didn’t really happen for me, I’m afraid to say. Maybe there was just too much hype, but let us never mention it again.

So what’s new in Dublin this week then…

1. Sam Amidon – July 26th – Dun Laoghaire Pavillion – Yes, this is my gig of the week, but there’s a few other ones that are worth a mention, such as Phronesis in the NCH later today, for some jazz kicks, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins on Friday the 27th and PIL on Sunday the 29th in the Button Factory. A good run of gigs on over the last few weeks!

2. Plough and the Stars – O’Reilly Hall – From July 26th – This is the Abbey on tour (kinda), as our National Theatre is closed for a number of weeks, they’ve moved up the road to the O’Reilly Hall. This is a revival of the 2010 play that was on at the Abbey, and was top notch. Definitely worth a punt, previews start on Thursday.

3. Summer Show – Kerlin Gallery, Hilsboro fine Art – It’s all about the group collective this weather, as the galleries are in summer show mode. Hilsboro fine art’s show starts this Thursday, and the Kerlins has been running since the 13th of July. The Kerlin’s show features work from Mark Francis (above) and Merlin James among others.

4. Vodafone Comedy Festival – Iveagh Gardens – 26th – 29th July – This is a lovely little festival, of all that’s good about comedy, and a nice setting also, if you get the weather. Tickets are a little bit pricey though, and generally 28 euro! Still, if you feel like splashing out. My top tip would be David O’Doherty and Tim Key on Friday.

5. The Fourth Wall – July 28th – IFI – One for a lover of architecture, this is a series of movies that ‘focus particularly on reinterpretation of the urban environment. The relationship between architecture and cinema, particularly the role served by the city as setting and character’. Ahem. The first in the series is ‘London’ at 1.15 on Saturday.

If you’re feeling like getting out of the city, the Galway Arts Festival is in high gear, and as ever, will deliver some real treats!

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