Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

Howard Zinn’s world famous “Marx in Soho”

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 6th & Friday 7th August / 8:30pm–11pm

Seomra Spraoi is proud to present the Irish dates of Howard Zinn’s “Marx in Soho”. Having travelled much of Europe this is your chance to see Jerry Levy perform this timely, witty and reflective one person play. I hope you get as excited as we are.


Howard Zinn is most known for his book, ‘A People’s History of the United States’, offering an alternative and enlightening perspective of American history as well as a great model for examining history in general. Howard Zinn’s play, “Marx in Soho” portrays the return of Marx.

How you might ask? Imagine all Karl Marx would have to say after one hundred years of just being able to watch… Embedded in some secular afterlife where intellectuals, artists, and radicals are sent, Marx is given permission by those in charge to return to Soho London to have his say. But through a bureaucratic mix-up, he winds up in Soho in New York. Marx returns to clear his name but in doing so he gives the audience glimpses of Karl Marx seldom talked about; Marx the immigrant, Marx the father, Marx the husband, Marx the Man. With captivating wit he shares tales from his life with his wife, daughters, friends and enemies.

The play can stand on its own or it can be used as a tool for dialogue. We like using it not just as an introduction to Karl Marx’s ideas but as an introduction to both classical and contemporary sociological thought. We find it offers something for everyone. For one who is familiar with Marxist thought, it offers a glimpse of who Marx might have been. For someone who knows little of Marx it offers a great introduction. Howard Zinn has crafted a play that not only introduces an audience to the ideas of Marx in a non-confrontational manner, but also inspires an audience to be open to thinking about their community and society from the perspective of these (and other) social theories.

Jerry Levy, who plays Karl Marx in the play, comes to the stage with years of experience as an actor and director in addition to being a professor of sociology at Marlboro College in Vermon.

So be sure not to miss this. If there is demand we can possibly add another date on the saturday. Entry, like all events is donation. €10 waged/€5 unwaged. More if you can less if you can’t. BYOB.

Soupstone kindergarten open day / festival

Soupstone kindergarten, a new Waldorf kindergarten in Dublin city centre, is holding a Lúnasa celebration and open day on Sunday, August 2nd. The festival, and the open day, are in Seomra Spraoi. The festival runs from 2pm to 6 pm on Sunday 1st February and all are welcome. All very much welcome; donations gratefully accepted.

About Soupstone Kintergarden

Soupstone is a place where children can be children, free of academic pressure, the pressure to consume and gender-stereotyping. Each day has a simple rhythm focussed on practical activities like baking, painting, story-telling or gardening, and each child develops their own relationship to this. In a Waldorf kindergarten, children come to develop their own personality more, learn to appreciate their own experience and meet each other with kindness.

Soupstone is a self-organised project run by a group of parents and teachers for our own children. We have different religions and none, come from different countries and speak different languages. Everyone involved has different needs and constraints, but we all try to contribute what we can personally, be that time, money, energy or administrative help. Parents are very much involved in Waldorf kindergartens — we have literally built Soupstone ourselves!

Soupstone will provide morning childcare for children between 3 and 6. For more information, see www.soupstone.info, email us at soupstonekg@gmail.com or contact Aileen on 086 8342545.

Fluid 45 for one night only

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 26th July / 9pm

Seomra Spraoi are damn happy to annouce the only Dublin performance of the infamous Fluid 45. Pulling out all the stops in a fundraider for the social center, we’d suggest you get in on this one early. The only place to be if you’re not in tent in a field this weekend.


Ladies and gentlemen, boyz and grrls, get your sheeeet on this Saturday nite as Seomra Spraoi bring you yet another exclusive one off. Fluid 45 have been a the forefront of souljazz/funk/intimate house parties for over 10 years, and come blistering back to what where like before the Celtic tiger shat all over us with super club of anonimity

Hailing from more north that you know, this turntablist duo have been known to have all and sundry dancing on the tables, melting on the floor. It isn’t always pretty, but looks only go so far. If you like to smile while getting on your getting on, bring your friends down to Seomra for this one off fundraiser.

Door at 9pm BYOB, doors will close at capacity, advised that best to get in by 11:30 as we can’t guarantee entry after then.

Organizing the Digital Assembly Line: Labour’s Resistance in the Call Centre

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 15th July / 8pm–9:30pm

Low pay. High stress. Constant surveillance. Here one day and outsourced the next. Call centre work has exploded in the last 20 years, but delivers precarious and highly exploitative jobs. This discussion and screening explores some of the ways in which workers are responding to life on the digital assembly line and reflects on how they and their allies might extend collective organizing within the call centre. Featuring clips from recent documentaries on call centre work in India and Italy, the evening will be devoted to sharing strategy and building links between call centre workers, trade unionists and community activists.

Enda Brophy is a postdoctoral fellow at York University in Toronto, and is writing a book on labour organizing in call centres.

Des Derwin is a long term trade union activist with his union SIPTU, who will share his experiences of the effects of social partnership on trade union organising over the past two decades.

Brought to you by Volta Cinema. (thanks guys!!! — seomra spraoi)

What’s happening in Honduras? Seomra Info Evening

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 16th July / 7:30pm–9pm

Public Talk by José Antonio Gutiérrez (Research and Development Officer of the Latin American Solidarity Centre)

On June 28th the military staged a coup in Honduras. The coup was quickly sanctioned by most of the Parliament, the Church hierarchies and the Supreme Court. The reason given by them was that Zelaya was trying to perpetuate himself in power, although no serious argument to prove this has been put forward. The coup was immediately rejected by the international community and the Honduran people started bravely to mobilise in the streets of Honduras in defiance of the military: first in their hundreds, later in their thousands. The current crisis in Honduras has made people’s participation reach unprecedented levels: never before have people mobilised in such high numbers in this country.

The current crisis and the prospects of talk in order to solve it, put forward a number of relevant questions in relation to the political changes in Latin America: what was the role of the US in these events? Are we about to enter into a new era of military dictatorships? Is this the end of the possibility for democratic reform of the system?

We invite you to an open discussion on this issue and to explore ways in which we can renew our commitment of solidarity with the struggles of the Latin American people, translating our rejection of this imposition into concrete solidarity proposals.

There will be food served in Seomra Spraoi’s café as usual too.

Soup Kitchen café night with music from Caracoles, Drunken Boat & Michael Canuck

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 24th June / 7pm–11pm

Vegan Café from 7pm
Music from 8pm
Suggested Donation €5

Caracoles
Caracoles is a Dublin based group that have delved into various styles, including funk, reggae, and post-rock. They formed originally in 2007, when singer/guitarist/pianist Kieran started jamming with guitarist/violinist Sergio. The two started writing songs, and soon other musicians joined, including Djembe and Bass players. 2009 saw the rebirth of the band with a new line up after drummer/percussionist/trumpetist Dror and bassist/bio-dancer Richard joined. A new sound was also born, combining elements of minimalism, post-rock, and lo-fi reggae.
http://www.myspace.com/caracolesdublin
Drunken Boat
Dublin based two-piece band, Drunken boat is an experimental ensemble whose music is sensitivily crafted and lovingly looped.
Michael Canuck
Originally from Canada, Michael’s music has taken the Dublin singer-songwriter scene by storm. Catch him at the Seomra Spraoi in a rare low key appearance.

Queer Spraoi Presents: Culchie Queer Night

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 20th June / 8pm–1am

Come outta the sticks: Come Outta the Closet and head to Seomra Spraoi in the Big Smoke. It’s gonna be Munya…

Featuring:

  • Culchie Disco
  • Lovely Bois & Gurrrls
  • Confession Box
  • Culchie Queer Cabaret
  • Sexy Priest Competition
  • & more…

Tea & Sandwiches Provided
Bring Your Own Booze

PLEASE NOTE: TICKETED EVENT

Tickets available from seomra spraoi: 10 Belvidere Court, off Gardiner Street in Dublin 1. Just north of Mountjoy Square.

Suggested Donation: €5 unwaged / €10 waged
www.seomraspraoi.org
018728670 for details

Townies & Heterosexuals welcome… but remember: KEEP IT COUNTRY!

For all our lovely visitors from other countries & Dublin the links below should help you ‘pass’ as the genuine article…

Camogie
Philomena Begley — Truck Drivin’ Woman
Father Ted
Daniel
Culchiephobia: The Culchie Control Platform
Irish Dancing at the Regional finals for the Rose of Tralee

Parents Group Meeting

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 27th June / 7pm

The best of us, at times, can be made feel isolated or alienated for thinking outside the box on issues that affect us & our children’s lives.

Whether it’s the mass media trying to manipulate you and your kids, gender stereotyping from the moment of birth, marketers targeting your kids as evolving consumers, a domesticising education system, authoritarian parenting, whatever negatives… the landscape can seem bleak and lonely if you’re questioning issues like these and feeling alone in your thoughts & efforts.

Instead of wallowing in the negatives of modern parenting, we think it’s important to open up a space where parents from diverse backgrounds can share positive experiences of different parenting and education practises as well as offering solidarity to others of like minds.

We plan to discuss many of the possibles & impossibles of parenting, alternative means of educating, kids’ music, unschooling, homeschooling, radical parenting, alternatives to punishment, teens, anti-authoritarian parenting, noTV, natural birthing, Steiner/Waldorf education, food, surviving the toddler years…

The list is endless!

Come along to our first informal meeting and share your experience, ideas and solidarity.