Wednesday (October 19)
10.30am: The Midnight Court is a participatory event by Maeve Collins and Marie Connole in collaboration with The Community Café and St. Mary’s Adult Education Centre, as part of Limerick Language Alive Week 2011. The free event will take place in the café of King’s Island Community Centre. It is based on the famous 18th-century poem by Clare Poet Brian Merriman, widely regarded as the greatest comic poem in the history of Irish literature. Dealing with relationships and sexuality this event is a contemporary adaptation in English. Under judgement at the Community Centre Café are the issues of ‘courtship’; the private and often comic challenges of how men and women can meet to appreciate one another. Come along for a cup of tea, bring a friend or two, and enjoy this entertaining event. Any queries, contact Marie on firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is kindly supported by Limerick Community and Enterprise Department, City Hall.
6pm: The School of Architecture in UL will hold the latest in its Autumn lecture series, Ireland’s Living Space, with Irenee Scalbert speaking on the theme of ‘Tomorrow’. The lecture will be on the SAUL main studio, CG-042 in the Main Building.
8pm: Axis Ballymun present When Jolie Met Christie starring Aonghus McAnally at the Belltable. Directed by Ray Yeates. Christie Hennessy, one of Ireland’s great singer-songwriters and much loved performers was fascinated with Al Jolson and spent much of his boyhood in Tralee imitating the great Broadway troubadour. In When Jolie Met Christie Al Jolson speaks of his admiration for Christie and his new understanding of him now they are together in the afterlife. Al compares the struggles and triumphs of their two careers. Jolson, the controversial superstar meets the humble painter-decorator from Tralee in a 90-minute musical meditation featuring many of Christie’s greatest hits. What is the motivation behind all the great performers? And what sacrifices do they make as they try to follow their dream? This is a quirky, funny and sometimes dark meditation on the price of fame. Tickets from €12.50. See www.belltable.ie or call 061-319866.
8pm: Vladimir Jablokov & Classical Twist in Glór Ennis. Vladimir Jablokov makes his first visit to Ennis, with his superb band of young Irish and Slovak musicians,Classical Twist. Vlad is a young violin virtuoso from Bratislava, Slovakia, who started playing the violin aged five, making his stage debut at the tender age of ten. His main musical focus at the moment is his small ensemble and the winning hybrid of classics, jazz and pop he calls ‘Classical Twist.’ From the Stones’ Paint it Black to Bach’s Violin Concerto,Classical Twist puts a fresh, contemporary spin on some of the greatest melodies ever written, delivered with verve in an accessible and approachable style. Tickets are €20, available on www.glor.ie or by calling 065-6843103.
9pm: Limerick Jazz presents Alex Mathias Quartet featuring Jake Herzog (USA), upstairs in Dolans. Award-winning saxophonist and composer, Alex Mathias, joins forces with critically acclaimed US guitarist Jake Herzog, to present a blend of highly energetic original music, drawing on jazz, funk/fusion and other influences. Having met at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, from which they graduated in 2006, they have both gone on to form successful careers in their homelands and beyond. Tickets are €13/10. See more details on this and other forthcoming events on www.limerickjazz.com
Thursday (October 20)
6pm: Launch of the book, Vanishing Ireland, by James Fennell and Turtle Bunburyin the Hunt Museum. Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh will do the honours and it’s a chance to catch the beautiful photography exhibition before it closes on October 23.
8pm: When Jolie Met Christie at the Belltable, see above.
Friday (October 21)
8pm: Barespace Theatre Company & Music Theatre West present Lily at the Belltable. Acclaimed Limerick performer Jean McGlynn brings an exciting world premiere to the Belltable stage. Lily is a theatrical song-cycle of music from across genres, with a common thread running through all of the songs – the lives, loves, worries and worlds of women. Devised by Jean and musical director Noel Lennon, and directed by Mike Finneran, this solo performance with a four piece band is set to be a whirlwind journey, guided by an artist of power and passion. Tickets from €12.50. See www.belltable.ie or call 061-319866.
Saturday (October 22)
4-6pm: Another Limerick Language Alive Week Event with A Limerick Miscellany in the Daghdha Space, St John’s Square. This will be a celebration of Limerick’s language and cultures, through storytelling, music and dance. At the heart of this family friendly free event is storytelling. Seanchaí, Tim Evans, will tell tales from the city’s past; actor Nigel Dugdale will read excerpts from the city’s literary heritage, rapper Jay Red tells stories from the streets of today and a west African Griot will weave his magic. Connecting the stories will be songs – from ancient ballads to modern classics, sung by three choirs – Elikya, Cantette and Limerick Youth Choir, as well as solos from some of the city’s finest singers. Also in the melting pot are the incredible Brazilian Capoeira Dancers, a Togolese drum choir and a variety of dance styles from local troupe Art and Motion. Running throughout will be activities to keep younger members of the audience entertained, including an art table and face-painting.
8pm: Lily at the Belltable. See above.
8pm: The Crystal Swing All Star Show in Glór, Ennis.
Derek, Dervla and Mary are Crystal Swing, a terrific family group from Cork who are a sensation around the world. Crystal Swing perform in glór with special guests, Louise Morrissey, Art Supple & The Bumper Band in the happiest show of the year! Since coming to prominence in 2010, Crystal Swing have rarely been off our screens and never out of the press, including an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where the trio went down a storm. Crystal Swing have been performing to full houses all over the country, and guarantee a great night out. Tickets are €18/20 and available on www.glor.ie or by calling 065-6843103.