Zoë's Dublin Diary: Literary Salon, HomeBeat Presents, Some Mark Made, and More

Wednesday, 2 March — The Penny Dreadful at Salon Nights, 20:00, Free, dlr Lexicon in Dún Laoghaire

Salon Nights is a monthly series for writers and readers that looks at Ireland’s new literary journals, or the “little magazines”. It is an initiative from writer-in-residence Selina Guinness. This Wednesday will see poet Jessica Traynor, who received the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary in 2014, read from her new collection, Liffey Swim. The event is free but ticketed, and hosted by John Keating and Marc O’Connell of The Penny Dreadful. You can check the Facebook event here, or jump right in and book your ticket here.

Thursday, 3 March — HomeBeat Presents: Lubomyr Melnyk, 20:30, €12/22, Dlight Studios

Ukrainian composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk will be propelling audiences into trance-like states this Thursday, with his new body of work, “Rivers and Streams”. Melnyk is engaged in what he calls “continuous music”, creating prismatic soundscapes that move between melancholy and euphoria, at times incorporating flute and acoustic guitar (in a dedication to the Amazon), and making liberal use of sustain throughout. Inspired by Terry Riley’s “In C” and drawing on Ravi Shankar and John McLaughlin, Melnyk combines lightning-speed delivery with repetition and sustain to transcendental effect. Facebook event here, and tickets here.

Friday, 4 March — Launch of Some Mark Made, 18:00, Free, Winding Stair Bookshop

Some Mark Made is a collection of experimental poetry, prose and criticism, edited by Sue Rainsford and incorporating the work of poets, visual artists, literary editors and curators hailing from Ireland, the US and Canada. They are: Shauna Barbosa, Caroline Doolin, Claire Farley, Michelle Hall, Julie Morrissey, Christodoulos Makris, Jonelle Mannion and Michael Naghten Shanks. More here.

Saturday, 5 March — Launch of Women of Notes / Mná na Notaí, 13:00, 34 Lennox Street

MayKay by Ruth Medjber

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, Women of Notes is a photographic and narrative series compiled by photographer Ruth Medjber and journalist Louise Bruton (of Legless in Dublin fame), the first part of which is a celebration of some of Ireland’s most prominent female musicians. It will include portraits of, among others, Mary Black, Lisa Hannigan, MayKay of Fight Like Apes, SOAK, Heathers, Loah and Feather, Sorcha of Sleep Thieves, Wyvern Lingo, Saint Sister, Joniiiiiiiii and Sinéad White. Facebook event here.

Sunday, 6 March — International Women’s Day Pub Quiz Fundraiser for Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, 18:00, €5, Against the Grain

The second annual International Women’s Day Pub Quiz, with proceeds going to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, features some genuinely brilliant prizes. There’s gourmet pizza and wine for two in Oolong, gift bags from Fallon & Byrne, a one-year subscription to the Poetry Ireland Review, signed copies of Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan and Anna Liffey by Eavan Boland and a vibrator from Sex Siopa. All for a good cause. Facebook event here.

Monday, 7 March — Goodnight Mommy, 20:30, €9, IFI

This certifiably terrifying debut from Veronika Franz, co-directed by Severin Fiala, was Austria’s submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. You’ve probably seen stills if you’ve been anywhere near Tumblr during the last year, but there’s more going for it than its impeccable art-house cinematography. Recovering from surgery, a mother returns to her twin children, Elias and Lukas, and their isolated home. At first frightened by their mother’s new appearance, the twins become convinced that this woman is an impostor. Elias’s distrust of her deepens, and scenes brim with foreboding (a tank of hissing pet cockroaches, a crossbow) as the action peaks. Listed here.

Tuesday, 8 March — Carnage Visors, 10:00-18:00, Free, RUA RED

Image courtesy of Irish Film Institute.

Carnage Visors is a group show exploring the validity of creating artwork in today’s geopolitical climate, squaring political awareness while keeping a work autonomous, and ultimately arguing for artwork as points of reflection within the stream of viral media. The collection features work from Neil Carroll, Amanda Coogan, Martin Healy, Juntae T.J. Hwang, Nevan Lahart, Amanda Rice, Sonia Shiel, Marcel Vidal and Richard T. Walker. More to convince you here.

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