Our Penny Pinching Picks for What’s On this weekend!

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Happy New Year! (2)

As January trundles on and we battle our way through the week that brought us storm Rachel we are finding it increasingly hard to leave our house for any greater length of time than is absolutely necessary. But with so many great things happening around the capital in January it is hard not to brave the cold! And in the spirit of the month with the longest stretch until pay day we have found some free & wallet-friendly events around Dublin this weekend!

1. Blood Exhibition, The Science Gallery, Trinity College (Free entry!)

24 October 2014 – 25 January 2015 12pm – 6pm

Visit the website for more info! 

I know what you’re thinking – blood? I’m squeamish and that sounds gross. Don’t worry the faint hearted will not collapse upon entry! With interesting installations covering blood transfusions and stem cell transplants, they even have a vampire-fighting kit at this interactive exhibition! You can also find out what blood type you are on the spot! There are plenty of friendly and helpful student staff on site to answer any questions too!

2. Turner Exhibition, National Gallery of Ireland (Free entry!)

1st – 31st January 2015 9.30am- 5.30pm

Visit the website for more info!

Some of you may have seen the film about the famed J. M. W. Turner starring none other than Peter Pettigrew (real name Timothy Spall). Turner was a 20th Century English landscape painter who travelled extensively throughout Europe sketching and painting as he went.

The paintings on show at the National Gallery were bequeathed unto the museum by an art collector named Henry Vaughan. He divided his entire collection between the national galleries of Dublin, London & Edinburgh. The paintings are only displayed during the month of January as stipulated by the late Mr Vaughan as the light is lowest at this time of year so get in quick before the paintings are tucked away for another year!

3. Sense, Button Factory (Free entry!)

Saturday 17 January 2015- 11pm till late

If you feel like a boogie this Saturday night head down to the Button Factory and check out TCTS. The London-based DJ & producer has collaborated with the likes of Cyril Hahn, Bondax & Disclosure. Supported by Irish DJ & producer Dan Stritch, this is sure to be a great night!

To get free entry, click here! 

4. Concrete Soup, Block T, Smithfield

Saturday 17th January 4pm – 7pm, entry €8

On the third Saturday of every month, Block T hosts a musical and visual extravaganza. This Saturday will see performances by Dublin-based improviser Diarmuid MacDiarmada and Irish trio ¡NO. This musical feast is complemented by cool visual projections spread across the space. For the low, low admission price of €8 not only do you get an afternoon of entertainment – you will also come away with a special ¡NO archive CD!

Click here for more info! 

Afterwards, if you have a few euros to spare and are looking to while away the last few hours of your Sunday (and delay the Sunday night fear), why not head to the Lighthouse Cinema for a film.

Here’s our top cinema picks!

1. Birdman

Birdman centers on a has-been actor who is attempting to redeem his career by directing and starring in a Broadway play. With a stellar cast and knockout performances, this off beat film is hilarious and heartwarming.

2. Whiplash

Andrew Neyman, an aspiring jazz drummer finds himself under the tutelage of an extreme musical instructor.

3. Wild

The inspiring story of Cheryl Strayed who decided to escape form her tumultuous life following the death of her mother, by hiking more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Author: Anne Arnold