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Culture Night is one of the most invigorating nights of the year. That is indisputable. However, year in, year out, what strikes us is that most of the arts organisations that offer after-dark culture (not like that - ew) are doing so 365 days-ish a year.

Culture Night should be a teaser and a taster of what there is to see and do within the city - and the effect of it is as much about the follow-up as it is about the turnout and the atmosphere on the actual night.

So this Culture Night, we have a suggestion for you. Make a long-list; an extreme wish-list of what you would see if time was no issue. Then, tackle your culture night, not rushing, but enjoying what you can. Then, after your evening of watching attention-hogging auteurs, vibrant visual art, or whatever takes your fancy, look at what you missed, and try to catch a show in that space, or a gig by that band in the following months. Cos culture isn't just for a night. It's for life.

Who is currently highlighting their print-out of the programme, Kate, Michael, or Jack?

"She has a rare form of gigantism which is disgracefully under-researched." - Steve Doogan
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September 18 2014


where
National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
Until 5 January

how much
Free

exhibition
Shaped by History: Photographs of Limerick in the 1970s

It often feels like the only good news Limerick gets is in the weekly draw for next week's Winning Streak participants, but that's unfair. It's reputation may have been forged by the oft-disputed memoirs of a certain Mr McCourt, but as a muse to Gerry Andrews, it has been transformed into a thing of beauty. His black and white photography of 1970s Dublin is poignant. They don't just zone in on the Limerick cliché of poverty - that would be lazy. They show the strata as they mingle, the well-dressed middle classes aren't ignored just because they defy the media's preferred portrayal of Limerick. A sense of community is forged, the background is beautifully shot but insignificant, when considering the attitude and spark of the protagonists, who tell as much of a story as any big-budget film. / Kate Coleman

 

September 18 2014


where
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6:30pm

how much
Free

launch
Beers + Suburbia

Forget the bankers who claim to be 'thinking architecturally' and get with the architects who challenge their blue-sky thinking with blue-sky grazing buildings. 2ha is a zine which is interested in the suburbs. Finding beauty in the ordinary is what they excel at, and why we approached them to co-present Le Cool's first ever Suburban Issue in June. Since then, they have crowdfunded another rake of zines, and are launching the new issue on Suburbia + Cinema, as ever filled with thoughtful essays, fine photography, and a sensitive look at the oft-maligned suburbs. Toast 2ha and its accomplishments so far, and yet to come, with a beer, a nibble, and a gander at the new issue in the Library Project. How fitting. / Kate Coleman

 

September 18 2014


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

when
8pm (runs until Sat)

how much
€12

album launch
Rhob Cunningham

Rhob Cunningham returns from his recent Berlin base to launch his new album The Window & Day. As he explains, he "stole a lift to Iceland, gathered some local music folk" and recorded this album with Valgeir Sigurdsson who has worked with such musical luminaries as Bjork and Bonnie Prince Billy. Ease, confidence and a hazy beauty exudes from these 11 tracks which contrast with his summer opus The Head Collector where he collaborated with Cathy Davey and Conor O'Brien. There's echoes of a languid James Taylor and the lush lilt of Kings of Convenience in his delivery. While the sonic tectonics move at a wonderfully glacial pace, if you lie back and listen you'll also catch the awe of those Northern Lights streaking most of his tracks too. / Zach Joyce

 

September 18 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
9.15pm (2.15pm matinee on Sat)

how much
€14/€16

tiger dublin fringe
you told me to wash and clean my ears

Performance artist Amanda Coogan joins forces with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf in this piece about  the shooting of deaf man Eamon McDevitt in 1974 by the British Army. I know this because of the wonderful informative pamphlet we get upon arrival. "Come here 'til I tell you a story" are the first words we hear but the story struggles to unfold with repetition giving way to repetition. Coogan towers above a procession of marchers in a staggering amount of fabric. She wields a cult like ownership over proceedings in terms of her stature and slow gestures with snatches of insight from those below in the symbolic form of shoes and flags being carried. When a glimpse of transformation presents itself in the form of its deaf cast taking centre stage, they in turn revert to repetition. Dark and challenging, at times this as much avant hard as avant garde. / Michael McDermott

 

September 18 2014


where
The Lir, Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay), Dublin 2


when
8.30pm

how much
€15 (matinee Fri/Sat)

tiger dublin fringe
Reckoners

15th Oak delivered one of the most spell-binding shows of recent Fringe history with The Life and Death of Eric Argyle in 2012. Here they return with Reckoners. Conal McCarthy (John Cronin) returns to The Stra, a bleak and desolate bombed out space, after a 22-year prison term for murder. He assures us that while he comes from a violent place, he is not a violent man. Jamie McHugh (Manus Halligan) is the young man tasked with avenging his actions. Ross Dungan's writing is rich, saturated in smart observations and turns of phrase. The actors are flawless in their inflection and delivery. But Reckoners needs to be stripped to match its set. It's an overpopulated story in terms of characters which coupled with the strong Northern accents make it hard to keep attuned to the nuances of the story. These accents in turn make it hard to consciously uncouple The Stra from a sectarian stricken North which it never alludes to. / Michael McDermott

   
 

September 19 2014


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until September 26th

how much
Free

exhibition
Dragana Jurisic YU: The Lost Country

Dragana Jurisic’s YU: The Lost Country guides the viewer through a pilgrimage, unfolding before them a myriad of lives and emotions onto the map of where Yugoslavia once lay. Throughout the series of photographs documenting new life and the remnants of past atrocities in the former conglomerate, Jurisic rhythmically inserts with almost Wes Anderson-like technicolour shots of her travel reading, where sprawling diary entries live in the margins telling of the encounters which shook, infuriated and moved her. Often filled with anger, these contrast against the awesome range of emotions captured in her photography, where domesticity, townsfolk, dereliction and grandeur sit side by side. The quest for her past runs throughout, borne from the jarring assertion that “Yugoslavia”, “Is there any such country?”, “No but that’s where I’m from.” / Jack Gibson

 

September 19 2014


where
D Light Studios, 46 North Great Clarence Street, Dublin 1.


when
8pm

how much
€10

theatre
The Golem

Some of the most eerie and atmospheric horror movies ever made come out of the silent era so this fright fest based on the 1915 Peter Wegener and Henrik Galeen movie should prove suitably creepy for even the most hardened scream queen or king. It tells the tale of an eccentric antique dealer who tracks down an ancient statue known as The Golem, which was once brought to life to protect the Jewish people of Prague. However on waking the ancient creature from its slumber he discovers that it is not that easily controlled. With an original live music score and a visceral theatrical performance this is both a visual and aural feast and almost like a living silent film. If you enjoy feeling the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and a shiver run down your spine then you’ll love this. / Frances Winston

 

September 19 2014


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

when
7pm

how much
€9 Concession €7.50

exhibition/screening
20,000 Days On Earth

If anyone's counting the days he's been alive, it's Nick Cave. And 20,000 was the perfect stop-off point for a documentary by visual artists Forsyth & Pollard (just FYI, I'm at 8998). The spine of the film is Cave's meetings with a psychoanalyst, and his complex archive of photos and memorabilia. We see him conduct an interview whilst driving a car (Kylie Minogue is in the back seat obvs) but they can't see each other's reactions, which adds an innocence, naivete and pathos to the exchanges. Forsyth & Pollard's first feature this may be, but their fine art work has been exhibited in the Tate and as products of Goldsmiths' golden 90s, they have quietly worked alongside the louder Chapmans and Emins of the art world, and have the confidence and skill that means the film surpasses the 'documentary' and becomes art in its own right. / Kate Coleman

 

September 19 2014


where
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when
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how much
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culture night
Culture Night

It's Culture Life rather than Culture Night here in Le Cool. However, when it comes to showcasing and accessing the wealth of wonders in our city, this is a special starting and jump off point for novices and veterans. Doors are opened, tours arranged and everyone is ready to put their best foot forward with increasingly inventive collaborations. On our own doorstep. Dublin Ate sees three distilleries combine forces to showcase their emerging efforts under the umbrella of a food and drink celebration. The Irish Times is owing Merrion Square with a plethora of events on the street and in its basements. Dublin's oldest working charity The Mendicity Institution opens its doors to recreations while Arthur Fields' photos of Dublin will be projected around the city. Consume and subsume but remember culture is not just for tonight. / Le Cool Dublin

   
 

September 20 2014


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
5:30pm

how much
€40

food
Late Harvest Feast

It was during my hobbyist fish mongering phase that I first made the acquaintance of young Giles Clark. A mere pup of an undergraduate at the time, this urbane and impeccably polite chap (with a penchant for wearing multiple shirts) would entertain me with orders like ’22 langoustines and 14 monkfish livers please’. He was of course buying for his now legendary Whitefriar Suppers, where the likes of me got to drink out of jam-jars before you did. Following stints in the kitchens of Noma, Alinea and Chez Panisse he returns for a one-off ‘Late Harvest Feast’ in the formal garden maze at IMMA to close their ’Summer Rising’ season. This young turk cooks with real wit and invention, you need to taste his food. One last hurrah before the nights begin to draw in… / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

September 20 2014


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
Cloud Castle Lake

Question: Which Dublin band have been together since their school days, played bunches of acclaim-garnering gigs, offered up some neat cover versions, graced lots of “ones to watch” lists but still haven’t released a song? The answer would have been Cloud Castle Lake until this week’s release of the trio’s (understatement alert!) long-awaited début EP, Dandelion. So, was it worth the wait? Definitely. On a local level think Halves crossed with James Vincent McMorrow; on an international scale, Radiohead’s detail-riddled, deconstructed anthem DNA is all over their intricately produced songs. Hopefully, a full album of material isn’t far down the line but in the meantime buy the EP, get to this launch gig and mark them down as erm… “ones to watch”. / Brian Keane

 

September 20 2014


where
Martcade, 46 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6.

when
11am-6pm

how much
Free entry

market
Martcade Thrift Market

The idea of a thrift market seemed so glamorous when I was a ten year old, reading weird American YA fiction about two sisters - the cool one who bought her clothes from thrift stores and went to Yale, and the sap one who made her own clothes and wound up working in a haberdashers (but ends up marrying the cool sister's high school boyfriend, who was probably called Logan, cus Y.A = SchWHY.A.) Anyway, the whole thing convinced me that thrift gets you the shift, and that you should keep your passion for Butterick patterns and haberdashery well under wraps of dodgy 1980s ski jackets and granny-knitted illegally merchandised Disney jumpers. If you are of a similar spiritual and material outlook, hotfoot it to Martcade for a 2014 update on the church bazaar. Rummage amongst the bric a brac for your new, cool look. It's what big sister would do. / Kate Coleman

   
 

September 20 2014


where
Opium Rooms, Liberty Lane, behind Whelan's, Dublin 2.


when
11pm

how much
€12

gig
Pantha du Prince

Given that Hendrik Weber started issuing his often breathtaking body of work through Dial, one of those record labels whose every release is greeted with hushed reverence, when he jumped ship to Rough Trade, there were some who assumed his output would suffer. Not so Pantha du Prince. The album Black Noise from 2010 encapsulates his trademark crystalline creations which are both cinematic and ethereal in ambient scope, yet retain a steady dancefloor bump any house and techno fan would dig. The carefully controlled chaos you hear in his production results in some of the most immediately accessible dance music around. Not everyone was down with his ambitious Elements of Light album with The Bell Laboratory in 2012 but you’ve got to hand it to Hendrik, he’s not resting on his laser-cut laurels. Win Tickets / Simon Judge

 

September 20 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€5

gig
Potion of Oblivion

Block T have gained a reputation as a venue for music nights without the dickheads, to put it unpolitely, and the latest of these is Potion of Oblivion, which isn't quite the Wicked Witch nightmare that the title suggests. Featuring DJ sets by the organiser and curator, Somadrone, an a couple of his cool, electro-chic pals, including Cian Murphy (I Am the Cosmos) and Anthony Patterson (Twin Kranes), what you are assured is a BYOB (and mates) experience that is all about the music. If the posters (designed by M&E, swit swooo!) don't have you confident enough in this new, monthly night, the promise of disco, minimal new wave, krautrock and more should have you descending on Dublin 7 en masse. Just sayin', this writer caught one of the esteemed DJs (to remain unnamed) grooving to Eisbaer last weekend, so here's hoping for more of the same. / Kate Coleman

   
 

September 21 2014


where
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
1:30pm

how much
Free

screening
Ek Tha Tiger

It is one of the oldest and largest film industries in the world and this week it stretches far beyond Mumbai to our very own College Green, with a screening of the first Bollywood film to be shot in Dublin. To mark the fifth year of the Indian Film Festival, Yash Chopra’s Ek Tha Tiger marks the unique artistic collaboration between Ireland and India and celebrates the rich and historic film cultures present in both motherlands. Partly shot in Trinity College, the film and festival as a whole promotes Ireland as a location for Indian cinema and in turn Indian cinema to an Irish audience. In days of fast-paced digital downloads and trickled out trailers, the emergence of Indian cinema in Dublin brings a feeling of old school cinema to the fore, considering the shrinking nature of the industry. / Claire Mullane

   
 

September 22 2014


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Magic in the Moonlight

Some of us make facebook albums after we’ve been on our holliers, others might even gluegun scrapbooks of ticket-stubs and postcards. Woody Allen, well, he films a quasi tourism-board promo vid/quipy period romcom, this time featuring a stunning Côte D'Azur set during the opulence of the swinging 20s. With flavours of The Talented Mr Ripley and Agatha Christie, Magic In The Moonlight follows Wei Ling Soo a world-renowned magician AKA Stanley Crawford AKA Colin Firth in the employment of a nouveau-riche American dynasty endeavouring to unmask a soothsaying vixenish Emma Stone as a fraud. Like a Monet painting set to pantomime, this is a film which is, as Stanley would exclaim “sugarcoated claptrap”, and while many might irk at Allen romancing cross-generational amour, one can’t deny that this film is rather pretty, if not silly. Pretty silly. / Jack Gibson

   
 

September 23 2014


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until October 26th

how much
Free

exhibition
Paul Murnaghan: Penumbra

Remember Toy Story’s Sid, that neighbour kid who subjected those unfortunate lost toys to horrible mutations and splices? Well, if poor, messed-up Sid, grew up and by some miracle avoided a life of psychopathy, instead channelling his energies into visual art and a study of mother nature, I’d say he would have come up with something not unlike Paul Murnaghan’s Penumbra. This patchwork video is the diary of a voyeurist, a documentation of the comings and goings of the great ecosystem that is the artist’s back garden. From projections of deep-sea like microscopic life to final, distressing moments of a spasming birds life, this work explores with alternating deference and interference the natural world, whose vitality is often ignored. Invariably visceral and unsettling, Murnaghan’s work makes one glad that Woody and Co. got away. / Jack Gibson

   
 

September 24 2014


where
OLV Building, Cathedral View Court, Dublin 8.

when
2.30pm (until Friday)

how much
Free (suggested donation €5)

performance
Source

Following its sold out run at Tiger Dublin Fringe, RADE make a sprightly return. This magnificent collaboration with choreographer Cathy Coughlan is accomplished, inspiring and entertaining. RADE's mission is to "engage drug users with the arts and therapeutic supports and provide a platform for their artistic expression" and Source is a performance piece to "ignite the dark". The performances weave skill and bravery. The heart of Source is evident in the effort, concentration and pride its cast take in such rewarding material complemented by brilliant visuals and a sublime mixtape. It's impossible not to brim with pride at the quality of work emerging from the artistic integrity and confidence RADE instills in people hacked at by the grey of life. Booking is essential but seeing and supporting this even more so. / Michael McDermott

 

September 24 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
The Jungle Brothers

In a genre where everyone talks about longevity but few actually achieve it, I couldn’t be more excited about the imminent arrival of the Jungle Brothers to our shores. These guys are true innovators, responsible for everything that’s awesome about late 80’s and 90’s hip hop. Working with other ‘Native Tongues’ performers including A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah and De La Soul they worked off the blueprints created by Afrika Bambaataa, going on to pioneer a whole new type of hip hop that was constantly evolving and embracing new genres. The JB’s were the first act to fuse jazz, hip hop and house music with ‘I’ll house you’ widely considered the first hip house record, changing the dance music scene for ever more. So make sure to put on your baggy trews and vintage Adidas, and cover your jimbrowski for a night of awesome music from a group that aren’t ready to hang up their hats just yet. / Rebecca Fitzpatrick

 

September 24 2014


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
€15 (inc. 3 free Blue Moon)

party
Lost Wednesdays

As a place that more regularly embraces a more traditional representation of art, the RHA’s new series of incredible gig nights feels ever the more exciting. Joining together to encourage a loss of preconceptions amongst the many rooms of the RHA, enjoy a celebration of the the burgeoning Irish art scene. Embracing the inclusion of a variety of complementary acts, wander to the dj styling of rising, and pretty much rose, blogger Nialler9, before your ear catches the sound of another room drawing you in through the live sounds of songwriter Maria Somerville. Music is Art, but made ever the more enticing when there is a soundtrack to your humming and hawing over new exhibits and installations. Altogether, this night is an almost necessary reminder to you, that you live in Dublin, Dublin is cool, and if you aren’t noticing that yet, well pity about you. / Ciara Roche

 

September 24 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
6:30pm

how much
€5

talk
Banter: Dublin's Café Society 2014

As long as hangovers exist the greasy spoon will retain an important role as provider of the “cure” in every Irish town. However there is no denying it is a rather jaded looking concept when compared to the sleek interiors and innovative offerings in some of Dublin’s newer cafes. The city’s burgeoning coffee culture has been well documented in recent times - often compared to the likes of Melbourne or Portland. In fact it seems there is no getting away from caffeinated caper here as brew bars pop up in clothes stores, baristas lock horns at competitions and a boozy brunch becomes the new night out. But what has triggered the rise of this cafe society? In the wake of the inaugural Coffee and Tea Festival, representatives from the coalface of this movement will posit their theories and speculate on what’s around the corner. / Aaron Purcell

 
Yarn

Le Cool hit the mic with Kate Feeney and Hannah Donovan of YARN

How did you both get involved in spoken word? Kate: True storytelling felt like a close cousin to improv and stand up so I went along to SPARK London to check it out and fell in love with it. Hannah: I work in a training company where my job is to search the globe for trainers who are essentially good storytellers.

What advice would you give to somebody who is looking to get started in spoken word performance? Hannah: Shoot from the hip. The easiest thing to talk about is ourselves. Trust that we know what to say when faced with sharing a story to a group of people. Use the nerves as fuel.

What should people expect from YARN? Kate: The constants are: a warm welcome and the chance to meet like-minded people. Every night is different however because it completely depends on the people in the room and the stories that are shared.

The theme is 'Lesson Learnt' - what is the best lesson you yourselves have ever learnt? Kate: It’s not where you are that matters, it’s who you’re with. Hannah: There’s no need to complicate things, life is actually really simple.

YARN is tonight, 8:30pm at The Duke, 8-9 Duke Street. Free entry. PHOTO: John McKeown/Six Sem




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