Monday, 30 March 2015

Art Briefs

Bealtaine brings cinemobile to Strokestown

Cinemobile, Ireland’s only cinema on wheels, will be visiting Strokestown on Monday next, May 25th and will be parked at the Town Centre Car Park.

In conjunction with Bealtaine, Ireland’s festival celebrating creativity in older age, Cinemobile will be screening Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day free to senior citizens in Strokestown at 2.30 pm.

In Miss Pettigrew Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer.

And, top of the Irish billboard since its release, Cinemobile will also be screening X-Men Origins: Wolverine. ‘Wolverine’ tells the story of Wolverine’s epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program.

When a meteorite from outer space hits a young woman and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years in the action animation Monsters vs Aliens. Monsters vs Aliens will be screened at 4.30 pm.

Free phone on 1800 924 949 for movie listings and times, telephone (091) 751629 or log on to for further information.

Public meeting on Passionfruit

There will be a public meeting this Thursday, 21st May at 7.30 pm in The Bounty, Athlone, to discuss the current difficulties being faced by Passionfruit Theatre Co. in relation to the lease of their venue at 9 Northgate Street, Athlone. All are welcome to attend. For any further info, contact Fiona at (086) 3338457.

Launch of ‘Life In The Universe’

A new book of stories by Creggs-based author Michael J. Farrell will be launched in Dublin on Thursday evening, May 21st.

A journalist sees an otherwise average house rise into the air. Two old codgers speculate about a utopian life created by writing that need never be read. An elderly priest and an even more elderly widow scn deep space in search of the meaning that eludes them at home. A woman invites a friend from the distant past to attend her suicide.

The late great Earth is going through a phase and is desperate for new answers. Its creatures, crawling about seemingly having a good time, are strangled by their stale imaginations. A world that now has nearly everything is still pathetically short of the long haul.

Look around you. A failed farmer becomes writer-in-residence in a town you know. A beautiful artist roars into your village on a motorcycle and neither art nor the village will ever be the same again. A painter paints a picture of himself that then talks back to him.

Written with great compassion and humour, Michael J. Farrell’s stories are crammed full of life; and they quietly celebrate all the mystery and potential of our frail existence. Just live as long as you can, they urge us, and expect the unexpected.

Life In The Universe will be launched in Waterstone’s on Dawson Street at 6.30 pm on Thursday, May 21st 2009.