Welcome back to another jam-packed edition of weekly roundup; the one-stop spot for all the latest happenings in Dublin for the next seven days.

We kick off (pardon the pun!) with sport, as Ireland play Italy in the latest match of the RBS 6 Nations this Saturday March 8th at 2.30pm at the Aviva stadium. Tickets are still available starting at €35 so if you fancy being there to support the lads in green then check out www.viagogo.ie

If you are still on a post-Oscars buzz then why not take a trip to the cinema this Friday 7th to see the latest Wes Anderson film Grand Budapest Hotel Saoirse Ronan alongside Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray and Jude Law as well as many other famous faces. This quirky comedy tells the story of a legendary concierge during the wars and features the theft and recovery of a priceless painting and a battle for a family fortune. Check out your local cinema for viewing times.

This Thursday March 6th sees the launch of the New Music Dublin Festival which runs at the National Concert Hall until Sunday March 9th. This is the second year of the festival that celebrates contemporary music and there are performances and events during the day and evening that cover all types of contemporary music such as electronica and piano as well as discussions about what’s currently trending in the on the world’s contemporary music stage.

Sticking with music, this Sunday March 9th Petunia and the Vipers play at The Grand Social, Dublin 1 at 8pm. One of Canada’s most popular bands, they like to play around with music and have toured all over Canada and America and their recent UK and Ireland tours were a huge success. Tickets are €15 and can be purchased online at www.tickets.ie in association with 103.2 Dublin City FM.

Merrion Square Open Air Art Exhibition runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am-6pm and is a great chance to meet artists, browse or buy. The exhibition styles itself on New York’s Greenwich Village or Paris’s Montmartre and now has almost 200 artists exhibiting. For more information visit www.merrionart.com

If you fancy a laugh this Thursday March 6th then head to the Ha’penny Bridge Inn, Dublin 2 at 9.30pm to the Battle of the Axe event that runs every Tuesday and Thursday night. On Tuesdays, everyone from singers and comedians to actors and clowns can take to the stage and try to win the Lucky Duck Award, voted by the audience. Thursday nights see the Battle of the Axe comedy club performing stand-up, comedy and music acts from 9pm-11.30pm. For more information visit www.battleoftheaxe.com

The Project Art Centre are currently showing work by Czech artists Eva Kot’átkova and Dominik Lang titled ‘Wasteland’. The exhibition looks at the systems, forms and rules that define institutions around us. Admission is free and the exhibition runs until April 14th 2014. For more information visit www.projectartscentre.ie

Dun Laoghaire Musical and Dramatic Society present Oklahoma at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, on Tuesday March 11th at 8pm.The show, seen as the greatest American musical, runs until March 15th and tickets are priced at €20. To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.paviliontheatre.ie

The Irish Museum of Modern Art present a series of discussions that explore art and digital culture and how the two can work together. The first of these talks is on Wednesday March 12th at 6pm at IMMA and explores the topic of Film/ Video as Medium. The talks are titled ‘Lunch Bytes’ and have recently been a big success in Washington. They are part of a larger project organised by the Goethe Institute in Northwest Europe. For more information on Wednesday’s talk or the upcoming talks visit www.imma.ie . Booking is essential.

Metronomy play at The Olympia Theatre next Wednesday March 12th at 7.30pm. This will be the modern pop act’s debut show at the Olympia and limited tickets are still available. The band’s album ‘The English Riviera’ was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2011 and they have been nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize. Tickets start at €22 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.ie or from Ticketmaster outlets.  


Lead image © Francisco Casero (edited)


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