Weekend loves: This week’s must do, see & buy

There’s just one week to go until Singin in the Rain finishes its run at Cork Opera House. 

They took on the greatest musical of all time - and the rave reviews are justified. 

These summer spectaculars will hopefully become a staple on our summer calendars. And it’s great to support a local production.

Tickets: €20-€30; family tickets €70-€100

Weekend loves: This week’s must do, see & buy


First she took over the catwalk. Now Cara Delevingne is about to dominate our cinema screens.

The US release last weekend of her movie, Paper Towns (an adaptation of a novel by Fault in Our Stars author John Green), saw her receive rave reviews. 

Justin Chang of Variety called her “the real find of the film”, suggesting that “on the evidence of her work here, this striking actress is here to stay”.

She left her agency Storm earlier this summer to persue an acting career. (She already appeared in the 2015 adaptation of Martin Amis’s novel London Fields, as well as Pan, The Face of an Angel - plus there was that star turn in a Taylor Swift video...) Looks like Karl Lagerfeld was right when he described her “the Charlie Chaplin of the modelling world”.

Paper Towns is released on Aug 17.

Weekend loves: This week’s must do, see & buy


So it hasn’t exactly been BBQ weather, but that’s never stopped us trying. Next Thursday The Big Grill Festival will set Dublin’s Herbert Park on fire (not literally, of course). 

Think expert BBQ demos from top chefs, and a chance to test out the best in craft beers. The Hot Wing and Chilli Pepper Challenges need no description (just bring lots of water) and there’s even pizza making for the kids. All that for a tenner... www.biggrillfestival.com 


Grab your feather-head piece and pop those braces - Gatsby’s Mansion is coming to town. Film Fatale is hosting what has to be the party of the summer - a roaring 20s vintage themed swing.

Be chauffeur-driven to the lawn for gin punch and a chance to dance the Charleston before moving inside for a full Prohibition experience.

Strictly fancy dress.

Meanwhile Film Fatale is hosting Prohibition: Dance Macabre at IMMA, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on October 31 and tickets, €30, will go on sale at www.eventbrite.ie  on August 7.


MAC has gone and done it again. The stunning new eye palette, Eyes On MAC, is every girl’s dream. With a nine- or 15-shade option (€40; €70) it’s the ultimate indulgence. 

With countless colour combinations, there are different textures too, from matte to satin to frost. Want to feel like a professional? This is all you need.


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