Wednesday, 18 May – Samiyam (live), 20:00, Free, Bernard Shaw
Sam Baker hails from LA via Michigan, drawing upon the West Coast beat aesthetic and mixing that with a background in piano, clarinet and video games. In 2008 he worked with Flying Lotus to produce his debut, Rap Beats Vol. 1, on the Brainfeeder label, later adding Earl Sweatshirt, Captain Murphy, and Pharaoh Monch to his catalogue of collaborations. His 2016 release Animals Have Feelings, on the Stones Throw label, builds on Rap Beats Vol. 1, with much of the same vibe in beats as the former, but new collaborative work with Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt and Jeremiah Jae. Support for the night will come from Junior Spesh, All City Records, and Bodytonic Music DJs. The event is online here.
Thursday, 19 May – Caoimhe Kilfeather/Turkmen & Uzbek Children’s Clothes, 18:00, Free, The Douglas Hyde
Opening this Thursday, the Douglas Hyde will host, in Gallery 1, Caoimhe Kilfeather’s assortment of objects, chosen to evoke the ambivalence of twilight and the hope given by transformation, all in a light-filled installation.
Alongside this, Gallery 2 will house an exhibition of early to late twentieth-century Uzbek and Turkmen children’s clothes, identical to adult attire, bar small amulets worn to protect the children from harm. Decorative trimming on the fabric, all brightly coloured, intricately patterned and imported from Russian mills, served the same purpose. The Facebook page for the opening is here, and both exhibitions run until 27 July.
Friday, 20 May – Eamonn Doyle: End., 19:00, Free, The Library Project
End., the conclusion to a trilogy in which i and ON formed the first parts, is a collaboration between Eamonn Doyle, Niall Sweeney and Dave Donohoe, and it is launching this Friday in Library Project. Though ostensibly a concluding work, the photobook is an ongoing conversation exploring the collected material – photographs, illustration and sound – of all three, in which the city’s inhabitants are set against their metamorphosing urban world. More information on the collection and launch is here.
Saturday, 21 May – All City Tivoli Jam, 10:00, €5/10, Tivoli Theatre
All City are back for their annual get together in the sprawling yard of the Tivoli Theatre, the longstanding graffiti mecca of Dublin’s street-art scene. It’ll be the usual b-boy jam day of art-making, BMX-skidding and record-spinning, with graffiti jams and a b-boy competition to top it off. More information here, and tickets here.
Sunday, 22 May – Juan Gabriel Vásquez, 18:00, €10/12, Smock Alley Theatre
The Irish Literature Festival runs until 29 May with plenty to choose from, but this Sunday’s talk by Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vasquez may be of particular interest to those looking to learn more about contemporary South American literature. Chaired by Mick Heaney, Vásquez will no doubt discuss his 2014 IMPAC award-winning work on the drug trade in The Sound of Things Falling, as well as his topical new novel Reputations, in which a political cartoonist is driven to confront a long-forgotten part of his past. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.
Monday, 23 May – Stano: In Between Silence, Where We Really Exist, 18:30, €6/8, Light House Cinema
Composer, producer and visual artist Stano has created scores for thirty Irish stories from some of the country’s greatest writers. The stories will take place on a “story trail” that links venues across the city, from Windmill Lane to the New Theatre, the Hugh Lane to City Assembly House. Tickets can be booked on the Irish Literature Festival website, here.
Tuesday, 24 May – Mirror, 15:15, €9, IFI
Andrei Tarkovsky’s most autobiographical work, and the film which perhaps captures his aesthetic most fully, is an associative dreamscape blending individual and collective memory, set mostly in WWII Russia, but also moving between the mid-1930s and early 1970s. Memories – of his son, a neighbouring Spanish family, an orphan at a military school, and his ex-wife and mother (both played by Margarita Terekhova) – are unfolded in such a way as to evoke an entire psychological portrait. As part of the IFI’s Tarkovsky season, screenings of Mirror are set to run until next Thursday. You can purchase a ticket here.