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May 24, 2013


FAMILY Belfast Maritime Festival Queen's Quay, Belfast Tomorrow, until Monday Get the Bank Holiday Weekend off to a ship-shape start as this celebration of all things nautical hovesto in Belfast.

The city will be playing host to some magnificent ships that have sailed the high seas with a range of activities including tours, talks, exhibitions and drama as well as family friendly entertainment and music throughout the three days. For details, visit MUSIC Bushmills Live in the City!

White's Tavern, Belfast& Whelan's, Dublin June 6 & 13 Things are definitely hotting up ahead of the forthcoming music festival on the north coast next month, not least with the announcement of a pair of warm-up gigs featuring local acts.

Emerging NI artists David C Clements and Farriers will be playing two special hand-crafted gigs as part of the global whiskey and music festival, which runs from June 19-20.

Taking place on Thursday, June 6, in Whelan's Dublin and Thursday, June 13, in White's Tavern, Belfast, Bushmills Live in the City will be providing plenty of atmosphere in the run-up to the big event.

For details, visit The Skin We''re In Empire Music Hall, Belfast Wednesday, May 29, 8pm Hailing from Newry, Co Down, this rock/soul/jazz/funk sextet has been gaining plenty of airplay and a decent following on the local gig circuit.

And with the prospect of some EPs on the horizon, 2013 is already shaping up to be a busy year for the band.

For details, visit TALKS Women With Extraordinary Stories Arts Council, Malone Road, Belfast Monday & Tuesday, 6.30pm This series of events for One City One Book has proven hugely popular so far, and these final two talks promise yet more deeply personal and enlightening stories.

On Monday, broadcaster and journalist Letitia Fitzpatrick will join OCOB chosen author Lucy Caldwell to discuss her experience of bereavement and living with loss, while on Tuesday former UTV reporter Ivan Little will be discussing the issue of reconstructive surgery with Melanie Grimsley, who suffered horrific burns in a childhood accident.

For details, visit www.artscouncilni.

org/ocob2013 THEATRE The Gruffalo's Child Lyric Theatre, Belfast Tuesday, May 28, until June 2 If you go down to the woods today ... you won't just encounter the lovably rough Gruffalo, but -- the Gruffalo's Child!

Since first appearing in 1999, the ogre of the woods has been charming and chilling children in equal measure, so this latest stage show should be perfect for keeping your little ones occupied.

For details, visit Eddie Izzard Odyssey Arena, Belfast Tomorrow, 8pm He's been an actor, marathon runner and television personality, so it's sometimes a bit of a pleasant surprise to actually see Izzard don his high heels and hit the stage for a bit of standup comedy now and again.

His latest tour -- which is taking him from Cardiff to Kathmandu and Moscow to Mumbai -- is called Force Majeure, although whether he'll be lapsing into cracking gags in French (as he is wont to do) remains to be seen.

We can nonetheless expect plenty of whimsical ramblings and hopefully the odd James Mason impression ...

For further details on the show, visit

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