No time to sit around …

hey kids

get off the couch! there is so much to do!

BELFAST

So much choose from in the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival this week.

Some highlights …

 Conor Harrington will be painting the Black Box Gable Wall (the outside side wall) from today (Thursday 3) – Sunday 6 May.

 Hot off the heels of his sold out show at Lazarides Gallery in London this March, Cork born artist Conor Harrington has decided to pay CQAF a well-deserved visit to paint this year’s installation on the Black Box Gable wall. Conor’s work has been exhibited everywhere from New York and Italy to South Korea and Cork.

 Using a mix of fine art and street techniques, spray paint and oils, Conor’s paintings are all loosely based around the theme of masculinity and the male figure, referring to the masculinity of urban culture. They are bold, dramatic and incredibly beautiful. Pop by and have a look.

Our wonderful interviewee from two weeks ago – Fionnuala Fagan has her show

Homebird this Sunday 6th May

at The Dark Horse

Time: 5.00pm & 8.00pm

Tickets: £6.00

 Homebird is the powerfully emotive musical and artistic interpretation of the true story of 19 year old, Maire de Baroid. The piece is written and composed by song-writer and installation artist Fionnuala Fagan, using Maire’s own words, collected from her at interview.

In 1948, Maire’s parents and 8 brothers and sisters emigrated to California leaving her behind in Cork, Ireland.

Using the evocative sounds of voice, guitar, Irish harp and fiddle, alongside sounds, sights and smells of life in the 1940s, folk trio Sheelin re-tell this extraordinary and poignant story. A highlight of the 2011 Pick ‘n’ Mix Festival, Homebird is a unique sensory experience which touches audience members in an incredibly moving way.

“And the most unexpected but exquisite treat came in the form of Sheelin’s Homebird, a musical interpretation of a poignant family story, performed in a sweet little vintage world of lace dresses, bone china teasets, embroidered cushions and bric-a-brac.”

 Jane Coyle, Culture NI

and TONIGHT!

Robin Ince – Happiness Through Science

 3 May at The Black Box

 8.00pm (£8.00)

Robin continues his comic exploration of the human condition, and asks can you be happy and rational at the same time. Join him in a world of Schrodinger cats, multiverses and evolutionary conundrums. Spend an entertaining evening in Robin’s company as he orienteers through the craggy landscape of evolution whilst plumbing the depths of his own murky consciousness, all without the aid of a safety net.

(Full Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival line up HERE)

LONDON

tis a bank holiday weekend which means fun fun fun

Going for a Song

Saturday 5th May, Amersham Arms, FREE

New Cross is on the up, and being given a leg up by enterprising, youth venues like The Amersham Arms. The pub, which is popular with the local student population of the South East, plays host to the now regular Going for a Song market which promises an ever-changing range of cut-price and ‘pre-loved’ clothes, vinyl and boardgames to enjoy with your pint.

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB

“The No.1 outdoor screening blockbuster Rooftop Film Club returns this summer for another film filled season of classic, cult and recent film releases on three of London’s finest rooftops at the Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch, The Roof Gardens, Kensington and Netil House, London Fields from 30th April until 31st August 2012.

Film lovers are able eat fabulous food, drink cold beer and watch their favourite movies on the big screen as the stars begin to sparkle … this is the incomparable film experience in the fresh air of a warm summer’s night.”

Over the bank holiday, catch the ‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘Cinema Paradiso’ and Notting Hill.

All details HERE

DUBLIN

Brasserie Sixty6 Restaurant

Every Sunday, Brasserie Sixty6 restaurant in Dublin are hosting a live Jazz sessions with Patrick Collins of http://www.cafeorchestra.com alongside their delicious Brunch menu.

Brunch is available 10am until 4pm and the Jazz will be live from 12pm until 3pm.

… enjoy their €10 Sunday Roast Dinner while sipping on a mimosa (which a complimentary re-fill is offered) all while listening to the Jazz sounds.

(Booking is essential)

ALICE IN FUNDERLAND, ABBEY THEATRE

(Friday 30 March – Saturday 12 May 2012)

After more than a 20 year absence, the musical is back with a bang at the Abbey Theatre as we present an audacious and modern take on a classic tale. Featuring explosive tunes, razor sharp wit, a message of hope and a whole lot of fun – this is Alice in Funderland.

Alice will not jump for love. But maybe she’ll fall…

 A chance encounter sends Alice, our Corkonian heroine, tumbling through the Dublin streets, where unhinged TV stars sing, politicians grin and everything is loop-de-loop. In this epic pursuit for meaning on the strangest night of her life, will true love prevail before Dolores, The Queen of Hartstown, declares ‘Off with her head’?

 Originally commissioned and developed by THISISPOPBABY, Alice in Funderland brings together some of the most exciting Irish artists of this generation on the national stage as the Abbey Theatre presents the world premiere of this essential and inspirational new musical about the here and now.

So there you have it guys and gals, an tis only a peek at all the things happening out there. Do you know of anything unmissable this week or coming up soon? Please, please let us know and we will get it on the blog.

Tomorrow we will have more photos and some behind scenes footage of the Handsome and Pretty film! We are very excited to be sharing it with you all first, you are our family after all.

handsome and pretty

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