Chico and Rita at Ballina Film Club

Chico and Rita is the next screening at Ballina Film Club on Tuesday night November 1. Set in Cuba in 1948, Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love. Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque ) and Catalan designer Javier Mariscal create a passionate, animated Cuban love story. Admission is €5.

Lynda Devenney exhibition opens next week

The official opening of Lynda Devenney’s new exhibition, Concrete Consciousness, will take place next Thursday night November 3 at 8pm at Ballina Arts Centre. It explores the idea of the communal space, employing installation, video and projection. In the video work Pedestrian, the viewer is navigated through the space by the tracking movement of the walkways of a brutalist council housing estate in London, designed in the late 1960s by architects Alison and Peter Smithson. It was developed as an example of the streets in the sky concept, social housing characterised by broad aerial walkways. Devenney considers what the building has become and their vision for social interaction and asks the viewer to question how we negotiate social space. Admission is free and the exhibition runs until November 26.

Fishamble Theatre Company present Forgotten

Next Friday night, November 4 the Fishamble Theatre Company will present the play Forgotten in the Ballina Arts Centre at 8pm. Flor wants to bath himself. Dora wants her chowder now. Gustus wants his house back. Eucharia wants to make an announcement. With exhilarating theatricality and haunting honesty, Pat Kinevane’s captivating performance brings to life these sometimes forgotten voices of society. This boutique performance is now in its sixth year of touring Ireland and abroad. It has been performed over 100 times throughout Ireland and on tour to England, Scotland, France, Czech Republic, Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, as well as in the US. Admission from €10 to €12 and booking is required.

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