Contemporary jazz at the Linenhall

For a night of fresh and exciting contemporary Irish jazz, check out Dennis Wyers’ Rhombus Quartet, performing at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday August 20 at 8pm.

Rhombus jazz quartet features some of the finest established and emerging jazz musicians on the Irish scene. Led by Castlebar-born composer/saxophonist Dennis Wyers, the group is quickly developing a name for itself as a hotbed for spontaneous, exciting music. The ensemble draws on influences from Norwegian and British jazz, contemporary classical, the blues and South-Indian music, moving between many different styles and textures to create coloristic compositions and intensely rhythmical jazz explorations. Booking advised: 094 902 3733.

Exhibition by Westport artist

States of Flux, the first solo exhibition by Westport artist Betty Gannon, continues at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar.

The exhibition explores architectural forms and spaces, inspired by the construction and demolition that in recent years became a ubiquitous feature of the changing face of Ireland.

Gannon explores this equilibrium of chaos and order through drawing, using a great variety of mark-making. The results are evocative, energetic and expressive, but also display a deft formal awareness of composition and modulation. The exhibition runs until August 29. This exhibition has been grant-assisted by Mayo County Council.

Top drama

Westport’s Other Voices theatre company is back with We Are for the Dark, an exciting new triple bill of one-act plays at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Thursday August 27 at 8pm. The three plays are: The Bright Day is Done, a new play by Gerald Wilson, in which a young man comes to interview an ageing actress and inveigles her into recreating some of her most acclaimed roles — but all is not what it seems. Featuring Rebecca Wilson and Wez Locke, directed by Gerald Wilson.

The Baglady by Frank McGuinness, in which a baglady confronts — and is confronted by — the abused child she once was. Featuring Mary Ryan and Eithne McGreal, directed by Rebecca Wilson.

The Jewish Wife by Bertolt Brecht; set in 1935 in Germany, a Jewish wife packs her bags in a universal motif of tragedy: Every day someone, somewhere, is packing a bag or making a bundle. Featuring Saskia Eland and Wez Locke, directed by Gerald Wilson.

Comedy

Leitrim’s ever-popular Beezneez Theatre Company brings its latest comedy success, A Wake In The West, to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Tuesday August 11 at 8pm.

Self portraits

An exhibition of 21 self-portraits by students from Scoil Raifteirí, Snugboro and Cornanool National Schools continues in the Linenhall Arts Centre foyer until Saturday August 29. Further details from the Linenhall: 094 902 3733; www.thelinenhall.com

 

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