From music, comedy and theater to thrilling international cinema, there’s a little something for everyone in Dublin this week. Check out our top picks.
David O’Doherty, Vicar Street
The inimitable comedian returns to Vicar Street next week, and yes, he’s bringing his “glued plastic keyboard from 1986” (it wouldn’t be one of his shows without it). It will be business as usual from O’Doherty – lots of talk, apologies and, of course, some songs. Much like the title of the show, Whoa is Me, things could get a little quirky. But you know what? We wouldn’t want it any other way.
From Monday March 7 to Thursday March 10 (also Saturday March 12). Doors: 7 p.m. Tickets: €28. To learn more, visit www.vicarstreet.com/
Dublin International Film Festival
There’s still time to catch some cinematic gems at this year’s Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. Top of our list this week is haha: the movie, a documentary by Thomas Robsahm on Norwegian pop hitmakers (Thursday at Light House, 8:45 p.m. – followed by a Q&A with the director). Elsewhere we have Jenna Cato Bass’ mysterious psychological thriller, good lady (Friday at the Lighthouse, 10:45 p.m.), the exquisite animation of Ari Folman, Where is Anne Frank (Saturday at the Light House, 10.30am) and – this year’s closing gala at Cineworld – Jono McLeod’s groundbreaking Scottish docu-drama, My old schoolwith Alan Cumming (Sundays at 6:30 p.m.).
Until Sunday March 6. For a full schedule of events visit www.diff.ie
Talk to me, Glass Mask Theater
The Glass Mask Theater on Dawson Street continues its eclectic streak of ambitious, grassroots theater with Talk to Me, an “epic theatrical adventure spanning 170 years of human communication.” Written by Neil Flynn and directed by Rex Ryan, Talk to Me travels back in time to the advent of electricity and humanity’s “feverish desire” on both sides of the Atlantic to connect. The play brings together 100 historical figures, in what should be a bold, bubbly and breathtaking two-handed game. Evanne Kilgallon and Kyle Hixon co-star.
Until Saturday March 19. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: €18 – €22. Food and drink available. Visit glassmasktheatre.com
Wild Youth, The Academy
There are two things you need to know about Irish pop-rock ensemble Wild Youth. First up: After what feels like a million years, the guys – David Whelan, Conor O’Donohoe, Ed Porter and Callum McAdam – are finally releasing a new single, titled Seventeen, this weekend. Two: they’re back on tour and there are still a few tickets available for their highly anticipated concert at the Dublin Academy this Thursday. Hurry up if you want to catch one of Ireland’s most popular bands in the flesh…
Thursday March 3 (show 14+). Doors: 7 p.m. Tickets: €23.90. For more information visit mcd.ie
The David McWilliams Podcast, 3Olympia Theater
It’s been almost two years since outspoken economist David McWilliams was forced to postpone a live taping of his popular Olympia podcast. Now, with Covid restrictions lifted, McWilliams and co-host John Davis finally have the chance to share their views on everything from international trade and Brexit to the biggest political issues of our time.
Saturday March 5. Doors: 7 p.m. Tickets for the original 2020 date remain valid. Limited tickets available from €31.50. Find out more at www.3olympia.ie
SHIT, Arts Center Project
Believe it or not, the folks at THISISPOPBABY, one of Ireland’s most exciting theater and event production companies, are celebrating their 15th anniversary this year. Kicking off the party, then, is a brilliant new version of Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius’ award-winning play, SHIT. This funny, raw and heartbreaking social commentary stars Kate Stanley Brennan, Aisling O’Mara and Nicky Lewis, and is about three “terrifying, awful and hilarious women”. Jennifer Jennings directs.
Until Saturday March 5. Opening hours: 8 p.m. (2 p.m. morning on Saturday). Limited tickets available for €14/€18. To find out more, visit projectartscentre.ie