Welcome to this week’s weekly roundup of the best events on in Dublin for the next seven days.

If you’re still recovering from St. Patrick’s weekend celebrations and looking for a relaxed night out, why not head to the cinema to see Labor Day which opens this Thursday, March 21st. Starring Kate Winslet and Toby Maguire, the film features a mother and son who give a fearsome man a lift. As police in the town search for an escaped convict, the man’s true story is revealed. Check out your local cinema for showing times.

If you are passionate about films, check out the IFI’s free lunchtime screenings of films from the IFI film archive. The theme for March is St. Patrick’s Days of the past and films are screened on Mondays and Wednesdays with double bill on Saturdays. Simply contact the IFI box office at boxoffice@irishfilm.ie to book your free seat or call 01 679 3477.

This March 18th saw the opening of Showboat by the Kilmacud Musical Society. This classic musical, based on the novel by Edna Ferber, runs until this Saturday March 22nd at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum and tickets start at €17. For more information on show times and prices, visit www.milltheatre.ie

Comedian Raymond Mearns comes to the Laughter Lounge this Thursday March 20th until Saturday March 22nd. Winner of the Jounglers new act competition and co-star of The Limmy Show, Mearns and his guests Karl Spain and Stephen Cummins, promise to entertain. Tickets are priced at €26 and can be purchased online at www.laughterlounge.ie

There are plenty of gigs on at the Button Factory this weekend. Friday 21st March hosts Daithí at 11pm. (Tickets €12 plus fees at www.ticketmaster.ie) and Saturday 22nd sees Rising- Honoring the Legacy of Ronnie James Dio perform at 7pm (Tickets €15/€20), followed by Shit Robot and The Juan Maclean at 11pm presented by Hidden Agenda. (Tickets €12/€15). For more information on booking tickets and on the gigs visit www.buttonfactory.ie

The play A Lock of Fierce Roars by John McManus comes to the Liberty Theatre this Wednesday March 19th until Saturday March 22nd. Set in rural Ireland in 2001, the play centres around a husband and wife who are trying to groom an elderly neighbour into leaving them his fortune. Performances start at 7.45pm and tickets are priced at €17. To book tickets visit www.myticket.ie and for more information about the play visit www.mothproductions.ie

Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt comes to The Academy on Wednesday March 26th at 8pm. A key member of the hip-hop collective Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt is a formidable young voice in L.A.’s hip-hop scene. Tickets are priced at €30 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.ie

If you fancy fine-tuning your cooking skills then a class at the Dublin Cookery School, Blackrock, is a must. Monday 24th March sees the beginning of a four week ‘Italian Masterclass’ that runs every Monday at 7-9.30pm until April 14th. This hands-on class takes students from Tuscany to Sicily as they learn how to make classic Italian cuisine. The course is priced at €208. For more information visit www.dublincookeryschool.ie

On Wednesday March 26th, Whelans presents Andy Cairns in association with Aiken Promotions. Cairns has helped to redefine the world’s rock scene with his band Therapy? and this gig will feature some new songs as well as songs from Therapy? albums. Tickets are priced at €20 and can be purchased online from WAV tickets or by calling 1890 200 078. Check out www.whelanslive.com for more details.


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