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Banter's discussion about whether Dublin has lost its creative edge last night thew up a variety of fresh and stale arguments and counter-arguments. Yes there's no joined up thinking, a shocking amount of twentysomethings are vamoose, there's red tape at every turn and grant box ticking is best left to those with the time to bother. On the flipside, people are ever eager to take a punt, bake up a fresh dream, learn from past mistakes and trip over new ones for the first time.

This discussion got us thinking about the white elephant in our city though. Feel free to correct us but where are the so-called new wave social media, down with the kids, companies of Silicon Docks in all this? Who is the Dublin City arts officer for Google, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox etc...? And if not, why don't they have one?

We've heard tell of many been invited in to decorate their spaces for free or brainfeed their employees over a free lunch but isn't it time for more genuine engagement on our turf and not theirs?

Where are their bursaries to support creatives? The genuine commitment to connect with the city? Put your money where your tax break is and chip in.

Whose feeling more semi-skimmed than Double Irish this week? Michael, Kate or Olivia?

"I drew inspiration from the best Halloween-themed film I've ever seen (by a long shot), Hocus Pocus" - Micca Warren
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October 23 2014


where
Theatre Upstairs, Above Lanigan’s Pub, Eden Quay, Dublin 1


when
see link

how much
€10

theatre
Mavericks

A play about two struggling actors struggling to write a play about two struggling actors struggling to write a play, Mavericks confuses you and makes you cringe just the right amount. Although they hit a little too close to home in their portrayal of the struggles of the jobless and terrified youth, you may just find yourself laughing till the bitter end. There are a plethora of bad accents (including one Tom Cruise/Chick Flick inspired monologue with Take My Breath Away amping up in the background), unsubtle digs at all levels of the Theatre Industry, and a slightly terrifying take on Burger King. The writers don’t spare themselves, or their realistically awkward real life friendship (complete with unrequited love), and all in all the show seems like it was written by two mates having a laugh, which it was. Or else they’re just great actors, in which case they’ve definitely got us fooled. / Olivia Rutter

 

October 23 2014


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
Location Map

when
6pm-8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Blood

With All Hallows Eve approaching, global Ebola outbreak and pop culture’s obsession with all things vampire, never has there been a better time to delve into the most vital of crimson fluids. The definitive rhythm and pulse- a comrade of life and death, with the power to charm and repulse in equal measure. Through artistic, medical and scholastic mediums, the Science Gallery’s newest exhibition illustrates the blurred lines that exist between the colloquial and the scientific, as well as answering the all-important question: where can one get a decent Black Market Pudding round here? Not idyllic for the faint-hearted, nonetheless is it not about time we put the bloody taboo to bed? / Claire Mullane

 

October 23 2014


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
9pm til late

how much
Free

dj set
Nosaj Thing

"Clear some way folks. Make some room. Late festival booking coming through!" LA producer Nosaj Thing drops into the Shaw as part of the Beatyard Festival. His sounds are pensive and mercurial reminiscent of deep breathy cityscape swirls at nighttime. Yeah that last line was a bit spoofy but immerse yourself in a track like Fog and tell me otherwise. There's echoes of dearly departed electronic gems such as Plone and Pulseprogramming skittering over his sounds. He's produced tracks for hot to trots such as Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi and Chance the Rapper. He's dropping in from Budapest and off to Milan in the morning so yiz better make him feel at home tonight. A broody beauty a born. / Michael McDermott

 

October 23 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10:30 pm

how much
€10

gig
Lunice

It’s probably fair to say that most of us wouldn’t have known who Lunice was if not for his Hudson Mohawk collaboration TNGHT. While the world waits with baited breath for the next offering, Lunice (and HudMo) are both working on tracks for respective albums. In the mean time, Lunice’s live shows are more than enough to tide us over. No stranger to diving out from the booth to mix it up with whoever is in the front row, his sets are not for the faint hearted. Comfortable playing to a room of 20 or to 2,000 (Just check out his London Boiler Room set), Lunice’s live shows are definitely for the party crowd. Expect Wakka Flocka, Juicy J, Chief Keef and Kanye edits. If Trap is dead, it certainly lives on in these live sets. Paired with his own tight and focused production, it’s a show that certainly not to be missed. / Jack Broughan

   
 

October 24 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
14.00|18.15

how much
see link

cinema
The Way He Looks

Daniel Ribeiro’s coming of age film begins with best friends ‘Gi’ and ‘Leo’ lazing by the pool, wishing for drama, romance, or just someone to kiss. There are small hints that Gi may have a crush on painfully oblivious Leo as they run their fingers through the water… before you realise that the protagonist, Leo, is blind, when Gi walks him home and then uses his keys to open his gate for him. She seems to be Leo’s only defender at school until a new boy, Gabriel befriends the pair and the drama they were wishing for begins. With muted colours, Belle and Sebastian dotting the soundtrack, and slightly too good looking teenagers, this film sucks you in and brings you back to awkward adolescence to the point you’re crossing your fingers and squirming in your chair hoping for a happy ending just as much as Leo is. / Olivia Rutter

 

October 24 2014


where
Alfie Byrnes at Conrad Hotel

when
8pm-10pm

how much
Free

craft night
Cabaret Life Drawing

You might not have drawn still life since Junior Cert art, when your lack of sense of proportion and depth of perception conspired to create a monster of gothic proportions, but that's no reason to eschew Dr Sketchy's cabaret life drawing sessions in Alfie Byrne's at the Conrad Hotel as part of the Bram Stoker Festival. Use your creative licence and allow your pencils to do the talking. I'll be concentrating on improving my shading (or more to the point, trying to disguise absentminded smudges) and trying to persuade the model to obscure their hands (unless they do me a favour and wear mittens). It's fun, frivolous, but stay safe and bring rubbers. / Kate Coleman

 

October 24 2014


where
Dublin Civic Trust, 4 Castle Street, Dublin 2


when
Until 8 November

how much
Free

exhibition
Describing Architecture

The airy, high-ceilinged Octagonal Room of the City Assembly House, with unfinished pinky walls and the last of the summer sun streaming in, is definitely a place to make you appreciate architecture. A diverse group of multimedia displays fill the room with work from Irish and international architecture students, architecture firms and artists, all contemplating the theme ‘memory and place’. They range from videos, to poems written from the perspective of buildings, to a study on the eurythmy of familiar Dublin locations. The exhibition stirs up that feeling you get when you enter a very old building and you can feel all the other people and things that have stood exactly there, or you drive by your old house and you feel a weird pang that strangers are living within walls that absorbed so much of your past. / Olivia Rutter

 

October 24 2014


where
See Link

when
Runs until Monday

how much
See link

festival
Bram Stoker

This fledgling festival gets new fangs and a whole new salvo of puns under the helm of new creative crew The Performance Corporation. This is one of those box clever tourism ideas where a definable brief is open to fascinating and fun interpretations. There's a Vampwire over Wolfe Tone Square allowing people live out their caped action hero fantasy moment (waiting list), the Domestic Godless brigade promise Blood and Earth when they host a interactive cookery demo, Glaswegian artist Claire Biddles brings her Goth Karaoke machine to Meeting House Square where you can shake down some Siouxsie and the Banshees while Macnas provide the perfect antidote to the excesses of the weekend with their parade entitled The Summoning on Monday. A festival well worth sinking your teeth into. / Zach Joyce 

 

October 24 2014


where
Turk's Head, Turk's Head Parliament St. Dublin 2.


when
10pm - late

how much
€8 before 11:30pm, €10 thereafter

club night
AmsterDADDi XXX

DADDi is a turning out to be a very fun, well-attended gay night for Bears, their many, many sub-spieces (Otters, Cubs, Musclebears, Polar Bears etc.) and their numerous admirers. Tonight in the (bear) pit that is the Turk’s Head, the crew are hoping to turn up the heat, and lower the lights, to present AmsterDADDI XXX. Aiming to re-create the Dutch red-light leather bar vibe, there will be a “Wear What you Like” dresscode and Amsterdam’s own DJ Max Del Principe will be on hand to bang out Circuit-style house tunes. Expect bare chests and bear bellies. Also in the pipeline (ahem) is a sexy floor show from a visiting ‘adult entertainer’ Filipe Ferre and there will be plenty of drinks promos. You’ll have to postpone your hibernation for another weekend at least! Woof! / Mick Connell 

   
 

October 25 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
2pm

how much
€12/€15

book launch
Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty)

I find it hard to think of a more whirling dervish of cinematic rapture than Paolo Sorrentino's stupendous Oscar winning opus The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza). It's decadent and repugnant, both a paean to high society and a mockery of it. Anyone who has seen it will be taken by the high octane fashion page flurry opening sequence, the tranquil elegance of its ending and all the brilliance that resides between these frames. Its Director of Photography Luca Bigazzi is on hand today to discuss his work on it as well as previous collaborations with Sorrentino such as the magnificent Il Divo and the so-so This Must Be the Place. He will also launch a book and allow you wallow in the mid-afternoon autumal bliss that is this film. / Michael McDermott

 

October 25 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€22.50

gig
Lee Fields and the Expressions

There's something about Lee Fields that really inspires the people of Ireland to venture out into the wind and rain and get their groove on. It's probably because he's exactly what the show bands should have been, a croontastic, r'n'b overlord, who could probably sing the phonebook with seductive success. Deep funk and soul reverberate through his sets, and with swell swagger he commands his stage, and even more so, his audiences. He's a Choice Cuts regular for a reason along with his soul brother Charles Bradley, so if you trust in the music, and do what it says, you should check this out. Warm up by putting Ladies from his My World LP on repeat. It's too saucy. Ooooerrrr. / Kate Coleman

 

October 25 2014


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
2pm

how much
€5

fundraiser
Chilli con Carnivale

If you read a lot of food writing, you'll know that Chili con Carne is a divisive dish. Every home cook declares to have the quintessential headblowing recipe, each region in the US has its own little recipe quirks, and the only thing you can quite definitely state is that there's no need for tinned tomatoes - that's just a preference of your saucy self. Some recipes demand cacao, Tex-Mex versions ask for cumin, and various cheeses, molasses and vinegars appear on recipe pages. They are an invention of environment and taste, so bowls and spoons at the ready, cos it's Chilli con Carnivale. Pick your favourites from a bunch of fearless seasoned chili-afiocionados in support of Fighting Words, who do stellar work in the field of literacy. Just remember, if you burn your mouth, chew dry bread, cos the water doesn't work. / Kate Coleman

   
 

October 25 2014


where
Outside the Butcher Barber, 12 St. Johnson's Court, Dublin 2.

when
7:30pm

how much
Free

talk
Blood on the Streets

Here's something to get your blood boiling...the legend of Sweeney Todd was about as loyal to its historical context as Neil Jordan's Michael Collins. Barbers weren't just barbers, back in'day, but also your first go-to if you were feeling a little under the weather. Blood letting was considered a quick-fix for ailments, whether it was done by leeches or controlled incisions by a barber. Barbers, possibly in a multi-century-spanning hangover from the Barber-surgeons of the middle ages, always remained local experts on anatomy and such, and even if Sweeney Todd was pure fantasy, never forget that barbers were the most suspected in the Jack the Ripper murders because of their medical knowledge...So check out this talk, and remember, it wasn't always primping and preening... / Kate Coleman

 

October 25 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
see link

how much
see link

screening
Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare is a film made more frightening by its context. In a world where children commit crimes at the alleged behest of internet memes, and people set each other on fire and then put it on YouTube, you can't help but feel unnerved by the premise. A group of students are web celebs for their gory gameshow style videos, and it's all fake, until a superfan decides that it's in need of some hyper-realism. What ensues is a frightfest that will keep you up for weeks. Throw away your webcams... Win Tickets / Rebekah Keane

 

October 25 2014


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
12pm-5pm

how much
Depends

pop-up
Alright Pumpkin

Alright Pumpkin? You should be, cos Meath-based pumpkinteers, Alright Pumpkin, are opening a Dublin pop-up patch where kids and adults can delight in picking their own pumpkin. Halloween is the season to get crafty with jack o'lanterns and the great news is that each pumpkin is also as tasty as it is good looking. All different sizes and colours will be available to test your decisiveness. Above all they promise that regardless of size, from the sublimely small to the monstrously massive, each pumpkin was grown with love and care just an hour outside our fair city. Visit the patch on Saturday the 25th in South Studios from 12 until 5 but when they are gone, they are gone; at least until Thursday the 30th when they return for a repeat show just before the big day. / Jack O'Lantern

   
 

October 26 2014


where
The Screen Cinema, 2 D'olier St, D2
Location Map

when
6:00pm

how much
€8

screening
Beautiful Noise

Apart from interview footage featuring the Gothfather himself, Robert Smith, it’s not entirely clear how Beautiful Noise fits into the Bram Stoker Festival schedule, but let’s not be pedantic. The Irish premiere of Eric Green’s 10-year labour of love – following multiple legal and licensing battles the film was eventually completed thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign – is something to cherish. Focusing on a trio of mind-blowing, genre-creating, seminal acts in the form of My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins and The Jesus and Mary Chain, the documentary traces the bands’ 1980s roots through to their still potent influence on anyone who adores mixing melody and noise. Talking heads include the aforementioned frontman from The Cure plus Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor and Billy Corgan. Multiple eargasms guaranteed. / Brian Keane

 

October 26 2014


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€19.90

gig
Krystal Klear

For all people who shout "he's Irish" in their heads every time Krystal Klear is described as being Manchester-based (small man syndrome) this is a gig not to be missed. His groove-tastic electro earworms are perfectly suited to Bank Holiday weekend abandon, and if you are looking to get in the mood, check out his Hidden Depths picks on Vice's Thump. Expect the set to slink along, a melodic riposte to strobing glitterballs and Sunday sparkles. He's got that retro boogie-nights vibe, that will set you free and lock you into the music all at once. He's a wizard, an absolute wizard, and if you can't feel the force dragging you to the Academy on Sunday night, well, we can't save you. The music can, but we'll be too busy dancing to bring the mountain to Mohammed. Sozzles. Win Tickets / Kate Coleman

 

October 26 2014


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€18

gig
Liars + Wife

It's a bank holiday and the frenzy of 'must do something' mangles in your mind with 'so much on' mashed up with 'gotta do something' which inevitably means the stuff really worth doing gets buried or lost. And this fits into the last category. This is a stonking double bill. Brooklyn art-rock trio Liars arrive off the back of the release of their 7th studio album Mess which gets its dance on. Somersaulting away from 2012's WIXIW which proved to be a denser introspective affair, Mess has dystopian dance  antics akin to Von Sudenfeld on tracks like I'm No Gold. Support comes from WIFE, James Kelly's intriguing lighter dance departure after his days with black metal act Altars of Plague. A bank holiday double bill dream to get the juices pumped.. Wake up or stay awake but don't be making excuses for missing this come Monday. Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

 

October 26 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
Location Map

when
10pm

how much
€12.50

event
Onra

Before Onra released Chinoises, his only online presence was a myspace profile. Mixing samples plucked from the depths of Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai record stores, Chinoises was a triumph of excellent source material and masterful cuts and edits. That said, Onra is no stranger to switching up styles. Long Distance sounds like a late 80’s, early 90’s RnB part synth pop record that never was. Vocal samples weave in and out much like Dilla’s Donuts with touches of Flying Lotus’ Los Angeles. Blooming grainy synth samples that sound like they’ve been sampled straight from VHS dominate throughout. Onra is certainly not to be missed. To cap it all off, a screening of Time is Illmatic. A documentary about Nas’ Illmatic, one of the best hip hop albums of all time, the album needs no introduction to those wise about hip hop records. For those not in the know, it’s required viewing and listening. Win Tickets / Jack Broughan

   
 

October 27 2014


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
6:30 pm

how much
€7.50-€9

screening
American Psycho

American Psycho is not for the faint-hearted. Set in 1980s New York, it follows Patrick Bateman, a handsome yuppie with impeccable dress sense who happens to be a psychopath. Narrated from his perspective, it features mind-numbingly boring descriptions of ivory business cards and the latest Genesis album, interspersed with horrific murders, cannibalism, rape, torture, and necrophilia. Banned in some countries, American Psycho is an overblown gore-fest, but also a deeply intelligent and oddly funny critique of capitalist society. One minute you’ll find yourself trying not to throw up as Bateman plays with a hacked-off tongue or chews on a bit of brain, the next you’re laughing hysterically and secretly wondering whether that makes you a bad person. I’ll tell you something, Brett Easton Ellis is one messed-up dude. / Kayla Walsh

 

October 27 2014


where
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until 3 December

how much
Free

exhibition
Invasion - Lois Weinberger

Despite inducing flashbacks to finding a crop of black mushrooms sprouting behind the toilet in my unheated, consistently damp second year house, this exhibition was strangely satisfying. Tucked away in Gallery 1 of the Douglas Hyde, Lois Weinberger has infested a spotless white room with 40 different varieties of fungi. The large layered mushrooms evoke both a feeling of initial disgust and strange calm, like nature is slowly creeping back through the concrete. Overall, a nice little spot to zen out if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed after dodging your way through new-Luas-line induced traffic. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

October 28 2014


where
Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin 2
01 896 1334
Location Map

when
6:30pm

how much
€5

screening
1943 - A Dance Odyssey

Cited as Ireland's first "modern dance" film, Dance School is seven minutes of Irish-German dance pioneer Erina Brady teaching wee ones dance in 1940 at 39 Harcourt Street. When Deirdre Mulrooney from culture magazine Vulgo, happened upon this video it set in trail a quest to find those kids. "Who were they? How could I find out? Where might they be now?" Well Deirdre did and they turned out alright. She even found out the one boy in the film happened to be the son of Sir John Betjeman, Britain's poet laureate. Tonight she presents her 25 minute film of discovery followed by a post-show discussion moderated by Ruth Barton from Trinity's Film Studies department. / Zach Joyce 

 

October 28 2014


where
Collins Barracks, 7 Benburb St, Dublin 7.
Location Map

when
Until 30 November

how much
Free

exhibition
Beyond Pebbledash

Sat in the middle of Clarke Square, almost blending in but not quite is the front of a typical Dublin house with it’s skeleton left unfinished behind it. The installation aims to change our perspective on Dublin’s residential architecture, and if you’ve ever spent your summer white-washing your granny’s pebbledash house, you might be keen for a bit of variety. Despite a cheery yellow door, the graying wall/facade can’t help but make you long for a bit more Haussman and a bit less pointy concrete. Apart from Dublin, the ominous unfinished home brings to mind the Celtic Tiger ghost estates that still dot the countryside. The fact that the rest of the house blends in almost seamlessly with its surroundings both echoes the grimly identical houses that line some Dublin streets and these forgotten cul-de-sacs... / Olivia Rutter

   
 

October 29 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
Bob Log III

I spent a long glorious winter in Margret River, West Australia. Which is basically Dingle with better waves, even more wine, and instead of 3000 amazing pubs, about 2 very decent ones. One night I walked into one said establishment to find a fully grown man, dressed head to toe in a blue velvet jumpsuit, wearing a glittering motorcycle helmet with a full glass visor which had a telephone receiver installed in it as a microphone, playing the blues guitar like some demented cross between Jack White & WhatHappenedIfGooseDidn’tDieInTopGun Demon. Admittedly not for the faint hearted, or perhaps the easily offended (for instance his Boob Scotch number requires a lady audience member to go on stage and, well, it’s all in the title really..)but in an era of carefully preened indie stars, Bob Log III is bonafide old school rock n roll. Lock up your daughters. / Emmet Condon

 

October 29 2014


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
3pm/8pm

how much
€6-€9

screening
The Shining

All Michael Bay and no Stanley Kubrick makes Jack a dull boy, all Michael Bay and no Stanley Kubrick makes Jack a dull boy, all Michael Bay and no Stanley Kubrick makes Jack a dull boy, all Michael Bay and no Stanley Kubrick makes Jack a dull boy, all Michael Bay and no Stanley Kubrick makes Jack a dull boy, all Michael Bay and no Stanley Kubrick makes Jack a dull boy, all Michael Bay and no Stanley Kubrick makes Jack a dull boy, all Michael Bay and no Stanley Kubrick makes Jack a dull boy, all Michael Bay and no Stanley Kubrick makes Jack a dull boy, all Michael Bay and no Stanley Kubrick makes Jack a dull boy. This weekend you have a choice between seeing four turtles battling CGI idiocy or you could visit Room 237 one more time. Don’t be dull. / Hugh Torpey

 
Dust

There wasn’t a speck of the stuff to be seen when we went to visit Sarah Drumm and Lisa Marconi at their Portobello pop-up, Dust.

(Lisa) We’ve known each other for about 10 years. My husband Ian, he’s Irish, is one of Sarah’s good friends and we all met in London. (Sarah) I studied interior design and I worked for a company there until I came home. (Lisa) I used to direct TV for National Geographic and stuff like that in England. Here, it was more entertainment stuff so I’m retraining as an interior designer—by night. And doing this during the day, so life’s busy.

Once we have a permanent space, we plan to have design consultation alongside it, plus the retail side of it as well as the flower shop.  The reception has been so good, so nice...In the New Year we’re planning to find a permanent space, so that’s really exciting. We wanna get the right location, a nice shopfront, passing trade…

(Sarah) I was away for 10 years, but Dublin's just completely changed and turned around, people are going out there and doing creative things, so much more exciting stuff happening in the city. 

Find Dust at Basement, 30 Lennox St, Dublin 8, or visit their online home here. PHOTO: Alex Sheridan




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