Top Irish drama at the Linenhall
Beezneez Theatre Company brings its new production You’ll Never Walk Alone to the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on Tuesday October 7 at 8pm. Rovers have reached the cup final for the first time in 10 years. Tonto and Dusty are overjoyed with this success while their partners, Trish and Mags, look on in bemusement. Holding a watching brief are friends Luke and Numbers, both with their own regrets and sorrows. When Dusty's brother Tony, who left town under mysterious circumstances after the last cup final appearance, arrives back for the final, the cosy world is turned upside down by a series of life changing events. Typical John McDwyer humour is used to mask a savage tale of life and love in a Beezneez production which will both delight and disturb. Come along and see a sparkling new piece of Irish drama, and what promises to be the company’s latest theatrical success. Beezneez presents You’ll Never Walk Alone at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Tuesday October 7 at 8pm. Booking advised. Phone 094 9023733
Hot Latin jazz at the Linenhall
The Elio Villafranca Jazz Quartet promises to bring a burst of ebullience and sunshine to the Linenhall Arts Centre on Monday October 13 at 8pm, as part of a Music Network tour. Featuring some of the finest players on the American Latin jazz scene, The Elio Villafranca Jazz Quartet delivers a hefty dollop of Afro-Cuban jazz with a dash of Thelonious Monk, Claude Debussy and Errol Garner thrown into the mix. The group features Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca, one of the rising stars of the US and Latin jazz scenes. Noted for his razor-sharp technique, harmonic vision and rhythmic panache, Villafranca effortlessly fuses classical, bebop and African influences with the musical traditions of his native Cuba, while remaining a true individualist. On this tour Villafranca is joined by Juno Award winner and Grammy nominee Jane Bunnett (flute/saxophone ), who has spent the last 25 years touring her own brand of Cuban jazz around the world. The stellar line-up is completed by bassist Yunior Terry and drummer Ludwig Afonso, both with impeccable Latin jazz credentials on the world stage. The Elio Villafranca Jazz Quartet performs here as part of a Music Network tour. Why not put some Latin sunshine into the Irish autumn? The Elio Villafranca Jazz Quartet performs at the Linenhall Arts Centre on Monday October 13 at 8pm. Booking advised. Phone 094 9023733.
Film matinées at the Linenhall
As part of an ongoing initiative, the Linenhall will present a series of monthly matinée films at 3pm on Tuesdays, with a series of classics old and new for absolutely everyone. The first of these, on Tuesday October 17 at 3pm, is legendary director Robert Altman’s Oscar-winning Gosford Park (PG15 ). Set in 1932, a phalanx of moneyed guests arrives for a weekend shooting party. While the masters engage in various financial and sexual intrigues upstairs, the world downstairs has its own curiosities. Altman delivers a fascinating, blackly comic look at the treacherous yet poignant gamesmanship between the classes. A stellar British ensemble cast includes Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson and Eileen Atkins. What better way to pass a damp Tuesday afternoon? Booking advised. Phone 094 9023733.
Linenhall film club
The next screening at Linenhall Film Club is the stunning minimal Japanese movie Tony Takitani, an eloquent, deftly told tale based on a short story by best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The eponymous ‘hero’ is an undemanding mechanical draftsman who lives a lonely existence. But when Tony meets the young and beautiful Eiko, he falls for her instantly despite their 15-year age difference. Life hovers on the brink of fulfilment, but unforeseen tragedy forces Tony to look at his life in a whole different way. All in all, a quiet, beguiling gem of a movie.
Deirdre Walsh exhibition
A highly anticipated exhibition of new paintings by Mayo artist Deirdre Walsh continues at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar for the month of October.
Discovered Moments covers subjects from dusty old collectibles, old dolls and teddy bears to gardens and landscape, all united by Walsh’s painterly impressionism and “a desire to play out the notes of colour revealed by brief and changing light.” Deirdre is a painter who has exhibited over many years, both in Mayo and beyond. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the latest collection of works in Deirdre’s oeuvre. The Linenhall Gallery is open to the general public Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm; Saturday from 11am to 5.30pm. Admission to exhibitions is free. Further details from the Linenhall. Phone 094 9023733 or visit www.thelinenhall.com