Welcome to this week’s edition of the weekly roundup, packed with lots of ideas for your week ahead!

There are always great free events happening at the IFI in Temple Bar and this week is no exception. To mark the 15th anniversary of the broadcast of States of Fear, the Mary Raferty Journalism Fund in association with the IFI and RTE presents a series of films a day of screenings and discussions this Saturday 24th from 11am until 4pm. More information at www.ifi.ie

Keeping with all things film, this weekend sees the release of great new films including X-Men: Days of Future Past starring Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, released on Thursday 22ndMay, Blended starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler on Friday 23rd and on Wednesday 28th Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie.

This year’s Battle for the Bay Kitesurfing Festival will take place at Dollymount Strand on 24th and 29th of May. It is the festival’s 8th year, where the best riders from Ireland and around the world will be competing in a kite surfing race. There will be live music, a Standup Paddle Boarding competition, a barbeque and lots surprises throughout the weekend.

Marsh’s Library have opened their doors from May 5th to December 31st this year for daily guided tours around their 300 hundred year old library. After the tour why not try writing with a quill or typing on a 1940’s typwriter? Tours are at 3pm daily and no booking is required. The cost of the tour is €3 for adults.

This May in JJ Smyths there are lots of great jazz nights including this Thursday 22nd with Hugh Buckley at 10pm, Friday 23rd with Nigel Mooney at 9pm, Saturday 24th with The Ed Deane Band at 9pm and Sunday 25th with Rag Mama Rag at 5pm. Check out www.jjsmyths.com for more details.

The Olivier Cornet Gallery is currently exhibiting work by artist Hanneke van Ryswyk until 31st May. The exhibition, titled ‘Residues of Time’ is a collection of paintings and drawings responding to the immediate results of glacial melt. For more information visit www.oliviercornetgallery.com

From 12th May until 24th May, the Viking Theatre is showing one of the biggest hits of last year, Fred and Alice, starring Ciaran Bermingham and Cora Fenton. The play follows a couple from their days in care to independent living as they navigate the perils and pitfalls of life and love. Tickets are €10 and more information can be found at www.vikingtheatredublin.com

This Thursday 22nd until Saturday 24th May, Foil Arms and Hog, plus guests Brendan Dempsey and Andrew Stanley, take to the stage at the Laughter Lounge. Tickets are priced at €26 and shows start at 8.30pm. For more information visit www.laughterlounge.com

From 21st until 24th May, No Drama Theatre at Trinity College, present Rope. Originally written by Patrick Hamilton and made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock, the play is set in the 1920’s and follows two young men as they tried to hide their murder of a fellow student. Performances take place in the Player’s Theatre, Trinity College at 7.30pm and tickets are priced at €12.

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