Brennan & Steven's January Picks

Monthly Picks

9th January 2020
by Clare Brennan

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It's January, but if you're fighting the urge to hibernate our friends at Brennan & Stevens have your back! They've compiled 15 things to read, watch see, visit and taste, especially is you fancy a jaunt around Wicklow or south Dublin, so you'll have plenty to occupy your time. The time you've got left after submitting your work for consideration for the 100 Archive's 2019 Selection, that is...

EXHIBITIONS Plastic Until 2 February at Science Gallery Dublin Thought-provoking exhibition exploring how plastic has changed our daily lives and our environment more than any other material.

Zurich Portrait Prize 2019 Until 12 January at National Gallery of Ireland Annual competition showcasing contemporary portraiture that attracts entries from across Ireland and Irish artists living abroad.

PODCASTS Hidden Brain Using science and storytelling, this podcast reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour, the biases that shape our choices and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships.

The Laughs of Your Life Doireann Garrihy delves into the beauty of having a laugh, speaking to guests from all walks of life.

MUSIC Waking Dreams – Philanthrope Chill, instrumental hip hop album perfect for reading, working in the studio or doing anything that requires concentration

BOOKS Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain Cain argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people. Highly interesting read that helps you better understand your strengths and personality.

The Day That Changed My Life by Caitlin McBride Extraordinary moments in which women's lives changed forever.

THINGS TO WATCH Tina Roth Eisenberg’s Do Lecture talk from 2018. How to notice when the universe is cheering you on. Little Women Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel. Run, don’t walk, to go see this!

COFFEE Hatch, Glasthule  Good coffee, good people and constantly upping their game in how to increase sustainability. 

FOOD SOUP Ramen, Dun Laoghaire.  Definitely worth a visit. Soup is a laid-back but well-run ramen bar with satisfyingly warming dishes on a winter’s day. (Also dog friendly) PLACES TO STAY Firefly, Bray  Set up camp at Firefly, a new self-service place to stay. Firefly gives travellers control, comfort and convenience in a pretty little package. Perfect stay-cation spot. PINTS The Harbour Bar, Bray Cosy atmosphere, great buzz of chatter, dog friendly and pulls a good pint. 

SHOP Reuzi , Foxrock Village, Dublin  Sustainable shop that holds a great selection of minimal waste products and has an excellent refill section.

MOVE Rent a MTB and enjoy a blast in the Dublin mountains. Family friendly trails designed for beginners but great fun for anyone.  

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