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We're back, and since we saw you last, we have become poster-children for the staycation. We've gone on the kind of holidays where you start the day in a fleece and cagoule, and end it spontaneously going for a swim in your underwear, and eating sandwiches with sand in them (pulled pork, but still. Old habits die hard.)

What we learnt is that there's a lot on your doorstep, if you don't mind forgoing 3G coverage and a choice of blends for your coffee, and that there's nothing worse than being rained out in Rome when the sun is shining right at home (not that we know if it did rain in Rome, but then, we're hardly Jean Byrne).

For now though, we're looking forward to a season of theatre festivals, a smorgasbord of amazing exhibitions, fresh food spots to check out, and possibly knitting ourselves some scarves for the autumn.

Who is adamant that they don't put the bitch into stitch and bitch? Kate, Michael or Ciaran?

Big shout out to Amy O'Connor, who has flown the Le Cool nest to ruminate on the twitterings of Gerry Adams over at the Daily Edge - best of luck!

"... a cheesy, but funny all the same, way of showing some coolness." - Hannah Doyle
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August 21 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
See HERE

how much
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cinema
Lilting

Attempting to diagnose the condition whereby I can fall asleep watching anything on the big screen, is something I'm really hesitant in doing. We're talking comedy or crime, cinema or couch, and always two cups of coffee deep. Having made it through the entirety of Lilting from fits of extended laughter, to slobbering all over my neighbour in a minute flat, I think I've found the cure. The coming out story is one that most of us are pretty familiar with, or at least we know someone who vaguely remembers it firsthand, but Lilting is as engaging as it is endearing despite the unavoidable cliches. Maybe it's the queer language for an LGBT movie, the unusual subject matter, or just Ben Whishaw. Regardless, I can't wait to cringecrylaugh through this again. / Connor Clarke

 

August 21 2014


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until 31 August

how much
Free

exhibition
The Photo Album of Ireland

The Photo Album in question is all ours. It's one we're invited to participate in which makes this project and exhibition all the more thrilling and ambitious. It's the unfolding narrative of our lives as captured through a peep hole. In the Gallery we are given a chance to appreciate the timeframe and scope with images and insightful essays. The cluttered collection brings relief to the walls of a gallery more used to the often sterile, more formulaic, presentation of images. Your gaze is averted at every turn to another face and time. Aran Islanders throw turn of the 20th century poses, nuns magpie around a baby, Lilith Stapleton clutches her chicken with pride in 1995. The enthusiasm with which most foreign visitors greeted the photo album while I was there is testament to it being a crowd pleaser with merit. Explore more here and poke your head into the attic next time your home. / Michael McDermott

   
 

August 21 2014


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€16/€12

theatre
Death Row Cowboy

Opening with a 911 call in which 18 year old Carl Brant explains how he killed his mother and a cop you know that this isn’t going to be Vernon God Little. Five years later, the cop’s widow Hillary wants answers and tries to get them by passing letters to him through a prison guard as he awaits his execution, lingering on death row. Given that the concept of the death penalty, and the cult around death row is so powerfully affecting, it is impossible to be unmoved by this piece. There is a pathos in the air from the off, particularly from Gerard Byrne who gives a compelling performance as he is dragged away to die. Death Row Cowboy is a thought provoking piece that will bring a lump to the throat, an ache to the heart, and leave you hoping you never get framed by the fuzz. / Frances Winston

   
 

August 22 2014


where
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
7pm

how much
Free, book €10

book launch
Self Talk

Like a New Year's Resolution in a pocket sized book, Paul Walsh is telling you that it all boils down to self talk. Best known for *that* babyoiled caLEANdar shoot, and p-p-pushing it to the limit in this Le Cool video, Paul is passing on his good-living wisdom in a tome beautifully designed by Keith Nally and wittily illustrated by that grand drawing Dame Fatti Burke. Whether you're looking to slim down, get fit, or stop being a judgey, stink-eye-shooting pest, Paul's got some advice to you. Stop talking shit to yourself, basically. Think good thoughts, and you will be good beings. "What you say is what you see" is your new maxim, mantra, key to melodic mindfulness, and it could be transformative. Get your mitts on this limited edition book, and be your best you. / Kate Coleman

 

August 22 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€22.50

gig
Roy Ayers Ubiquity

Last time Roy Ayers was in town he brought the house down with jazz-funk hits from his 1970s heyday with his band Ubiquity. Laid back numbers including the much loved Everybody Loves the Sunshine peppered the set amongst disco-infused stompers like Don’t Stop the Feeling and Can’t You See Me. With his malletKAT midi-controller, the Vibesman flits between lead synths and more authentic vibraphone emulations, while his backing band sound like they’ve been transported straight from the 70s, bringing the funk to new levels of audacity. At 73 years of age, Ayers’ vibes solos are as dazzling as ever and his music has indeed become ubiquitous, having drifted into the contemporary mainstream through widespread sampling by hip-hop and R&B artists from Snoop to Jill Scott and Madlib to Mary J Blige. This is where it all began. / Dave Desmond

   
 

August 22 2014


where
Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D2


when
Ends today

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Irish Street Photography

The historical relevance of street photography and its current place in documenting society has been thrown into sharp focus of late whether we're hearing about Arthur Fields or watching the legacy of Vivian Maier in the cinema. This collection showcases 47 images by 47 photographers. There's the juxtaposition of glam advertising with the blissfully unaware, a movie style image of a drag artist in the front of a taxi and the city kissed by sunshine. Running through most of this collection is a soft humour, a palpable sense of delight to have been there and seen that. It's worth a cobble stone hop into the Box to see the art of observation by these photographers. / Zach Joyce 

 

August 22 2014


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

how much
€12/€10

birthday party
MUD: Hunee

If I had 3 words to describe Hunee they would be generous risk taker. The Rush Hour / Future Times daredevil is probably the only DJ in the world to LEAVE Berlin (collective gasp) - exiting the magical mecca after 13 years to enjoy new adventures in plastic fantastic LA. This born-free attitude resonates in Hunee's handiwork, through genre-bending sets and colourful collaborations. With maverick meshes of flashing disco, burning funk and serotonin-laden house: this crate-digging king literally thinks outside the (DJ) box. Hunee is guest of honour at Discotekkens rootin’ tootin’ birthday party as they celebrate hitting the big FIVE. With residents and Loud Mouth Collective handing out the happy vibes - things are about to get totes emoji. / Rachel Hegarty

 

August 22 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
God Help the Girl

God Help the Girl, and all the rest of us too. The directorial debut of Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, this film follows a trio of characters who have definitely described themselves sincerely as 'so fucked up' at some point as they attempt to start a band. It's quirky. Really quirky. Those of you who see fit to wear ankle socks with bare legs in adulthood will love it. It reunites Hannah Murray and Olly Alexander, who had a love-thang in the wrapping up of E4's Skins, and adds Emily Browning (whose lovely fringe in A Series of Unfortunate Events led to an unprecedented self-inflicted scalping for this writer) to the shambolic mix as they attempt to look after themselves and each other, all while trying to become a hit band. All you nineties indie kids will love the music, and all you noughties "WEAR ALL THE TOPSHOP!" kids will fall for the quirks and the characters - this is a film really daring to bridge the gap. / Kate Coleman

   
 

August 23 2014


where
Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2


when
All day

how much
Free

exhibition
Wound with a Tear

A secret corridor. An underground bunker. Allowed only an hour with the priceless article; Or how a friend of mine once described the epic of researching a book held in the fabled Trinity archives. Experience a tour of Trinity campus far from the American tourists and their bum-bagged enthusiasm. Hidden history is all the more rousing when discovered yourself, and Wound with a Tear not only encourages an appreciation of the voices and stories captured in these old, old walls, but the active researching and collating of information by oneself that the Trinity archives exist solely for. Following a booklet of detailed walking instructions and memorandum interludes of the most romanticised discussion of stone erosion I have yet to experience, one easily discovers there is more to this campus then a Star Wars library. / Ciara Roche

 

August 23 2014


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

when
See HERE

how much
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cinema
The Rover

"Australia. Ten years after the collapse" is David Michod's introduction to this dystopian tale from the outback. His follow up to his stunning debut Animal Kingdom is equally unsettling though less fulfilling. A parched landscape and ragged people are left. Entering this tale is Guy Pearce, a last man standing type of character, who sets chase to a trio of thieves who steal his car. Everything is grim and violent and brilliantly accentuated by a saw jangling score by Antony Partos with the likes of Tortoise and Keri Hilson adding heft. Robin Pattinson further embellishes his acting rep with a convincing turn as a slow-witted, estranged member of the fugitives. There's much to admire though little to feel hopeful about in this tense tale that somewhat disengages in spite of its relentless tension. / Michael McDermott 

   
 

August 23 2014


where
Merrion Square, Dublin 2
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when
3pm-11pm

how much
€20

gig
Vestibule X WCB X Merrion Square

Last week, it finally happened. With months of delightful shin baring gallivanting trailing behind me, I finally found myself shackled by the oppressive rayon spun regime that are winter’s black tights. But despite the slight bite in the air, there are still a handful of sunny weeks ahead with a smattering of outdoor parties to enjoy. In conjunction with the ongoing visual delight that is Vestibule, White Collar Boy have been doing some curating of their own to produce a most eclectic suite of performers that will play amongst the eye opening sculptures that have momentarily taken over Merrion Square, with delicious eats provided by Dublin City BBQ. Whether or not it’s a bare legged affair this open air shindig is looking to be one of the Summer’s most memorable. / Sophie Donaldson

 

August 23 2014


where
See link

when
From 11am

how much
Free

exhibition
Global Green 2014

Following the two-week, intensive design workshop, 170 international design students from 26 countries around the world will share their work from 12 projects with the public. The exhibition begins at 11am with an interactive audiovisual installation in Hendrons Collider. It travels through The Chocolate Factory Collective, Green Street Park and Christ Church Cathedral and ends in Dublin Castle with a Pavilion re-imagining the Casino at Marino. This exciting collection of multi disciplinary design work includes concrete and wooden furniture, upcycled transport vehicles, photography, film, clocks, hand made cameras, beehives and many other surprises. Come, join in, meet the people behind the work and see if anything takes your fancy! Some objects will be available to purchase with proceeds going to local charities. / Ailbhe Cunningham

   
 

August 24 2014


where
The Sussex Restaurant (Above M O'Brien's bar), 9 Sussex Terrace, Upper Leeson Street, Ballsbridge.

when
12:30pm

how much
€25

food
Sisterland Disco Brunch

"Oh, I wouldn't be able for anything that's in any way spicy". "That sounds reasonable... What would I get to eat there though?... And would it be handy to park... I'm not really able to walk far at this stage." As much as I appreciate the mother who bore me spontaneously high tailing it to Dublin, and treating me to casual dining instead of one of the three pasta based recipes I have, the woman never makes it easy. All of you that make it to Sisterland's venture can remind me to search "Modern Irish cuisine in a venue yer Mam'd love", next time I'm being treated though. I've had to restrain myself from attending, just in case Brian "Doo Wop" Deady breaks out a cover of Pharrell's Happy. It's for everyone's sake - chances are I'd be the one taking things a little too literally after guzzling down some fine cocktails and Sunday brunch. Happy out. / Connor Clarke

 

August 24 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

fundraiser
Good Will Hunting

As the world mourns and the media whirlwind battles strong, one perpetual sentiment rises above the noise - suicide does not discriminate. His passing powerfully described as “an unstoppable energy stopped,” Robin William’s death has not only affected millions worldwide but on the outbreak of the tragic news, triggered an inner debate on the imbalance of priorities and gratitude. Earning him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Williams' towering performance in Good Will Hunting avoids the typical emotional pitfalls and portrays a character that you can’t help but feel portrays the real Robin, who had to come to terms with his creative genius and inner demons. If you’ve seen it before or it’s on your to-do list, it is a movie that will now be enjoyed with a different viewpoint, proving a zeitgeist movie of both ‘97 and 2014. / Claire Mullane

   
 

August 25 2014


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

screening
Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls is a feminist, epoch-defining classic according to Julie Burchill. A camp, bed-hopping, tragi-comedy, splattered with wince-inducing references to "faggot"-this and "faggot"-that, it's a 1960s classic. The film, which was made hot on the heels of the book, is a pastel-hued exploration of dark characters and ideals - the titular 'dolls' are speed or tranquiliser type pills, for energy, weight-loss, and coping/not coping with life's curveballs. Watching each of the characters become consumed by their reliance on the pills is tragic, but not as tragic as the bizarre unofficial follow-up to the film, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which you should definitely watch post-haste. / Kate Coleman

   
 

August 26 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
The Congress

Ari Folman's follow-up to Waltz with Bashir sees him tackle Hollywood’s fatal fascination with technology. An actress named Robin Wright (played by the actress Robin Wright) gets an offer that she can’t refuse: a fortune right now, in exchange for permission for her digitised likeness to be used in future films. It’s not as original a conceit as Folman thinks, but confident execution and exceptional supporting talent, (Harvey Keitel, Danny Huston) means this metaphor for cinema’s digital death spiral is compelling. When the film then flips into a hallucinogenic science fiction cartoon (including an Adrien Brody lookalike voiced by John Hamm) there just enough method to Folman’s madness to keep you hooked. At times feeling like a Steve Jobs keynote directed by Stanley Kubrick for Studio Ghibli, The Congress is an imagination running riot. / Luke McManus

 

August 26 2014


where
Basic Space, Behind Vicar Street, Dublin 8.


when
Until 28th August

how much
Free

exhibition
What Stands Forth

Basic Space has been the site of some of the most adventurous art pieces I've experienced in a while. Whether bordering on frivolous (like the mad-cap Star Wars re-enaction) or presenting suitably po-faced modern art, the cavernous, glass-fronted building reverberates with artistic promise. Probably leftover vibes from the busy-bee studio space it is between exhibits. An installation is being pieced together as this piece is being written - an ambitious structure that's being kept a closely guarded secret. They might send us a detail shot, they might not. Either way, cloak and dagger or none, the promise from artists Niamh Forbes and Aoife Mullan is a rumination on objects, context, issues and information, presented visually. It's a tease of a show, and lord knows we can't resist a tease. / Kate Coleman

 

August 26 2014


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
Location Map

when
Until 28th August

how much
Free

exhibition
Annual Block T Members' Exhibition

Block T has become an increasingly confident artistic community over the past few years, and it is reflected in their annual members exhibition, which is bursting at the seams with talent. From the glacier-gaze of a man in a bath, to nail-daubed spheres, like bondage snowballs, and crystal balls for you to get lost in your future with, there's a lot of art to get lost in. There's a primitive cartoon-style illustration threaded on a tightrope, pencil sharpening remnants collected for posterity in a perspex box (which is probably exactly what Damien Hirst does with his), and tape tartan, like Rainbow Brite Scotch Tape gone wild. Add to the mix illustration and fine art painting and you've got yourself Block T's class of 2014. / Kate Coleman

   
 

August 27 2014


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

when
7pm

how much
€26.50

showcase
Sargent House Label Show

Hide the good china, Sargent House are sending some of the family over. In the broadest terms the acts on this LA-based label can be categorised as “rock” but these are musicians that offer– not to over-intellectualize it - brains over balls. So you get Tera Melos’ fab time signature flipping songs, Russian Circles and their own brand of grandiose instrumental rock and the snotty, math-pop of Mylets. Don’t be deceived by Emma Ruth Rundle’s ethereal, dream rock either; she’s also a member of post-rock, noise-mongers Marriages. Of the two home-grown bands gracing the stellar line-up, Northern Ireland’s And So I Watch You From Afar need little introduction while No Spill Blood will be road testing synthy, post-metal material from their forthcoming debut album. Come early. Stay all night. Earplugs optional. / Brian Keane

 
Pigment Project

We talked ink to make the boys wink, with Shane Guerrini and Shane O'Driscoll of Pigment Project.

The main aim of Pigment was to produce something creative around tattoo culture and photography. Everyone involved was free to shoot or design or produce as they wanted to, without constraints. We wanted everyone to put something of themselves into the project. A lot of emphasis is put on breaking down the social stigma of tattoos and the tattoo community but honestly its not necessarily about that. The work speaks for itself!

Selecting the photographers wasn't tough. All have them have incredible portfolios and are held in high regard by the entire creative community. We outlined that the project was entirely unfunded and that we wanted to create something that was purely for the love of doing it. The response was amazing.

The tattoo scene in Dublin is, as in most cities in Europe, diverse. You still have some studios putting out bad work but there are strong studios putting out good work. It all boils down to clients at the end of the day.

Pigment Project launches 21 August, 6:30pm, at the Library Project. PHOTO: Daragh Soden




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