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We're all doodlers, but very few among us are artistes - yep, we added an 'e' in there, froggy style. In past years, our annual covers competition has awakened us to people we've gone on to work with as collaborators, and always ones to mix business with pleasure, we've also become friends with a couple.

We've feasted on photography, illustration, hand-made crafts, and super-cyber gifs, and loved every second of it, so we're back, with a new judging panel and a call for you guys to make our eyes sizzle with glee.

This year's esteemed panel comprises of Fatti Burke, illustrator, Conor Finnegan, videographer, and John Mahon, jack of all trades, master of The Locals. Of course, the talent of these creatives will be much dimmed by our own voting rights, but whaddyagonnadoaboutthat?

Who's gonna follow the link and find out more? Kate or Michael

*We're off on our holliers and will see you back here on the 22nd January. Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho!*

" I had the idea of changing the quartet into Christmas carolers" - Michael Sloane
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December 11 2014


where
Tropical Popical, 28 South William Street, Dublin 2


when
5pm launch, runs until Saturday C.O.B

how much
From €50

sample sale
Danielle Romeril Sample Sale

Tropical Popical has become the sample sale's best friend, hosting designers from Joanne Hynes to Danielle Romeril, who is popping up in the talon salon for the second time, this Christmas. If you keep your eyes on the international fashion press, you'll know that Danielle is a NewGen darling, whose most recent collection, inspired by the Blyton-esque notion of a girl gang being self-sufficient in the Wicklow mountains, was universally acclaimed. You'll be able to buy from previous collections, boasting her signature fabric-layering and bonding, tough-girl lines, and pretty laces and sheerness. With prices from the meek to the way meeker-than buying at retail, I can promise you, you'll claw back that $$$ in therapy you won't need cos of all the compliments that'll be coming your way. / Kate Coleman

 

December 11 2014


where
The Ink Factory, 15 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free

ep launch
Geppetto etcetra

Besides being a bandana wearing, chopper riding, razzmatazz about town, Kilkenny native Geppetto (Paul Mahon) has been stuck into the scene for a good while now. Whether through his video work and visuals with his pal RSAG or commercial and personal work, he brings energy and exuberance to each project. On the music front, Geppetto is where he spools in pals and new collaborators and lands a hefty catch. This morning, the 4 track EP launches online and tonight this event features streaming of it along with a photography project inspired by the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island and reinterpreted on a national level. The opening track Floating Statues has an ethereal and languid beauty to it. There's some Jameson to get some festive glow into ya too. / Le Cool Dublin

 

December 11 2014


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€15

theatre
Hamlet

This is I, Hamlet the Dane! Just Friends Theatre Collective presents a gripping retelling of one of the Bard’s greatest productions. Tucked away in the intimacy of the Old Boy’s School of Smock Alley Theatre, an eerie and gripping performance awaits. Rory Doherty was our Hamlet in a standout debut professional role, supported by a cast who brought the crippling tension of the Danish kingdom to new heights (quite literally – great use was made of the three walkway tiers). From the shadows ghostly figures loomed, casting light on the sins of others, forcing our protagonist to consider mortality and revenge. Chat during the interval confirmed that this was an impressive opening night and even managed to heal a few theatregoers who had been long-suffering from Leaving Cert nightmares, a notable feat. So get yourself in out of the cold and come watch as the body count rises. / Julieanne McMahon

   
 

December 11 2014


where
Tengu Bar, At Yamamori, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1.


when
9pm - 2am

how much
Free (see competiton)

launch
Guts

Stand on the Word. The word of Guts. With the Guts comes the glory and the metallic foil logo. Roisin Agnew set out to raise funds for her bi-monthly journal through Kickstarter a few weeks ago. She cracked her €3k goal within 11 days and currently has €4960 as it edges towards the final hours (3pm deadline). This self-confessional journal picks a theme each time, the first being 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter', and explores it through the prism of essays, poetry and fiction with accompanying artwork by a chosen designer. Tonight issue 1 will be unveiled and there'll be a knees-up to celebrate its birth. Entertainment comes from Buffalo Woman, Nialler9 and Homebeat's Emmet Condon. Special kudos too to Steve O'Connor for his exceedingly eye-catching video for the project. / Le Cool Dublin

 

December 11 2014


where
Whelan's Upstairs, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
Carol Keogh + The City Fathers

Any music offering is and should be a labour of love. It takes time, craft, money and so much belief that it must be utterly exhausting if this is an independent undertaking. However, there's nothing more galling at the end of the process than when critics and potential supporters ignore you, not bother listen to your work or offer a valid criticism especially when you have pedigree in the business. This may be unwittingly or not, of course. Carol Keogh (Plague Monkeys, Tycho Brahe, Autamata) had a valid anger moment about this recently. I got the mail. I didn't listen. I forgot. I played my part in the silent chorus. Well it's time to make amends. I listened and remembered yet again why I've always loved Carol Keogh's delicate and enrapturing voice. This is an album of great beauty and heart. Carol is deserving of more support from us all. / Michael McDermott

   
 

December 12 2014


where
Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€29.50

comedy
Noel Fielding

While Mighty Boosh parties and YouTube marathons of his early stand-up stylings may be a thing of the past, I kind of self-loathingly want to revisit my 16 year old self and head along to this. Whilst his grating presence on Never Mind The Buzzcocks may have cured me of the last of my lust for this goth glam prince, I cannot forget how I used to crease up at his Mowgli stories, at how he was brought up in the jungles of India by Bryan Ferry, and his weird stage stalking, almost Ministry of Funny Walks-esque, and I berate myself for becoming the cynic I have. He'll be joined by his unfunny-but-funny brother Mike Fielding (Naboo) and Tom Meeten (quiet comic genius and Vince Noir's challenger in The Power of the Crimp, aka the one with Future Sailors in it). If you can stand being surrounded by angsty teenage girls, go. / Kate Coleman

 

December 12 2014


where
Block B, Haymarket, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7


when
11am-6pm, Fri, Sat, Sun

how much
Depends

market
Dublin Flea Christmas Cracker

Routine can be grey, but Block T and the Dublin Flea's annual collaboration is anything but. They are taking over Block B, an almost frighteningly sprawling space, and stuffing it with stalls, with all the vigorous energy of Nigella and her yuletide turkey. Expect high class vintage sitting alongside kitsch bric-a-brac. We've heard whispers that Molloy & Son are going to be there with their Donegal tweeds, and that the mustachioed amongst you will be able to invest in some plush balms to keep that upper lip as un-toothbrushlike as possible. There'll also be quirky prints, cool concrete planters for the gardener in your life, or sheepskin lushiness for your fireside pleasure. It's a three day extravaganza, and probably the only three days that you need in order to get everything on that list of yours ticked off. / Kate Coleman

 

December 12 2014


where
Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€15/10

gig
Ryan Vail + Conor Walsh

Already crippled by the fear induced by the marauding gangs of Xmas Jumper wearing yoof (and not so yoof) parading around town? Seeking respite from the blatant consumerism that lines our streets and melts the true meaning of Christmas from it's quivering force fed turkey bones? Fear not, Homebeat have the ultimate solution to start your festive weekend in fine fashion with an evening of heartfelt electronica and hushed piano magnificence in wonderfully atmospheric surrounds of The Unitarian Church. Derry's warm electronic wunderkid Ryan Vail has had a year to remember with shows alongside Nils Frahm and more, while Conor Walsh is on the precipice of releasing his debut album of widescreen minimal piano epics which will only further concrete his status as the most intriguing contemporary musician on this island. This is going to be sacred music, in a sacred space. / Emmet Condon

   
 

December 13 2014


where
Hangar, Andrew's Lane Theatre, Dublin 2.

when
9pm-3am

how much
€20/€18

dj set
Dimitri from Paris

If you missed (or cannot for the life of you remember what exactly happened at) Gesaffelstein last weekend; here, right here, is your opportunity for redemption. On Saturday night, Andrew’s Lane becomes memory lane, as Dimitri — not-actually-from-Paris, but nonetheless a damn pro at this — gets us back in touch with French house, spinning nobly and agreeably from the days of disco, funk and 80s re-edits. A true pioneer of the genre, his 1996 highly influential debut Sacrebleu famously sampling cult films from La Dolce Vita to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dimitri has been everywhere (he was as well as a Casa Bacardi highlight at this year’s Electric Picnic) and seen and heard everything, his cultivated sound and particular brand of French dance music, both rich and qualified, reflects indeed his adroit skill and expertise./ Ross McDonnell

 

December 13 2014


where
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe Dublin 8
Location Map

when
Thurs-Sat, 12pm-6pm, until 17 Jan

how much
Free

exhibition
Periodical Review #4

Pallas Projects is rounding out the year with a varied exhibition of work, curated by Mary Conlon and Paul Hallahan. The poster for the exhibition is the perfect place to start - Anita Delaney's Sssss, a manipulated, minimalist photographic collage of a wet arm, a clean-severed finger in the hand's grip. Ewwwww. To round it off, 'piss' is typographically present. The ew-iest. Structurally, Mark Garry's Winter Light dominates, all geometric, skinny lines/boxes that interconnect like Venn diagrams as you move around the piece, perception doing the hard work so you don't have to. Caoimhe Kilfeather's Skop V is painterly, industrial, and clean. The depiction of perfectly coiled rope makes you think of the precision and attention to detail which dots any practical industry or craft. Make an effort to check this rewarding exhibition out. / Kate Coleman

 

December 13 2014


where
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
Until 24 January

how much
Free

exhibition
Studies on Shivering

Soviet, pale blues and greys, a man, well honed from the gymnasium surveys the task of submerging himself into the frost-edged lake. Damir Ocko's film TK sees lone protagonists standing in the near-nip shivering involuntarily, as is nature's want, but the footage is intercut with images of another kind of involuntary shaking, that of Parkinson's disease. The walls are home to poetry, displayed on pages strewn with mathematical, scientific insignia. There's a beautiful, lonesome photograph, opposite confused, shaken writing, like when you try and write something with your 'wrong hand', and the result? A beautiful, poetic, slightly frightening exploration of what the body can do involuntarily. It can save through shaking, as with shivering, or on the other side of the coin, it can wear away at it, as with Parkinson's disease. / Kate Coleman

   
 

December 14 2014


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

when
6pm

how much
see link

screening
Blade Runner:The Final Cut

There are currently about seven versions of this film knocking around but this one, Blade Runniest is a firm fan favourite as it is the only one on which Ridley Scott has had complete artistic control (he also had complete artistic control over Kingdom of Heaven, so don’t get too excited). The important thing to remember is, it doesn’t really matter which version you see, as long as you avoid the one with the voiceover (My Blade Runneth Over). At it’s core this is a fantastic piece of futuristic film noir, complete with femme fatale, moralistic detective and a highly sexualised game of cat and mouse. Its stunning visuals have influenced every sci-fi film since and it features one of the all time great death scenes, all together now…”I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe”. / David Cadwallader

 

December 14 2014


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€25/€30

gig
Burgundy Stain Sessions

The National Concert Hall has had a marvellously eclectic year, having invited artists as diverse as Pantha du Prince and The Gloaming onto its stage, and they are rounding out the year beautifully with the Brasslands series. One highlight has to be Anna Calvi a guitar-toting goddess amongst women, returning after her support slot for Morrissey, for a far more intimate event. The Burgundy Stain Sessions will see Calvi joined by Glen Hansard, Lisa O'Neill, and Paul Noonan. The ringmaster for proceedings will be Thomas Bartlett, who began the Burgundy Stain Sessions in New York's West Village, but which should slot in nicely for one night in Dublin, sure, we have our own quirky sensibilities that even the West Village wouldn't be able to deal with! / Kate Coleman

   
 

December 14 2014


where
Generator Hostel, Smithfield Sqaure, Dublin 7.


when
From 12pm

how much
Depends

market
Smithfield Market Fair

So many markets, so few people shouting 'paaand a b'nana'. Ain't no Del Boy here, the market has grown legs and run off to Smithfield. The Generator will be bursting with goodies, from pre-loved vinyl (check for scratches!) to vintage threads and jewellery, Cos this is no snide market, it'll also be soundtracked (because life is a Mary-Kate and Ashley film) by Dip DJs. usually best found in the basement of Pacino's, and live bands. There will also be a screening of Home Alone (Macaulay Culkin - gasp!) in the Generator's cinema, and it is set to be a family friendly day out, with all the added edge that mulled wine adds to any affair. Mince pies, affordable art for your eyes, and good clean fun. Lads, it feels like Christmas. / Kate Coleman

 

December 14 2014


where
Pacinos, 18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
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when
Midnight - 4am

how much
€10

party
Trash

What a horrible year for John Waters in Ireland. A much-loved maverick mustachioed filmmaker who suddenly found his name besmeared by the knee-jerk and hypocritical actions of a much-maligned bearded journalist. Anyways, one Waters has triumphed and remains on the throne. The Devine Trash Family Christmas promises images and characters cast from those classy / cringe photo albums which surface online. Hosted by Candy Warhol with Mimi Rogue and Glamo Frowney on the decks, it's a chance to know your drag - Sleezy Kunst, Alexis McQueen, Electra La Cnt will glitter and heel it out to ensure they live up to legacy of Devine best coined in her phrase "As sure as there's trash, I was born to be cheap." Clutch your Pink Flamingos and remember you were born to dance, swagger and strut under that disco ball. Watersque character dress encouraged. / Zach Joyce

   
 

December 15 2014


where
NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8


when
until December 16th

how much
Free

exhibition
Pull Bite Rally

Pull Bite Rally brings together some of Ireland's best young contemporary artists, and it's quite the platter of delicious vittels. Isabel Nolan's Flag (distress) is a screenprint on cotton, and the flag, use of cotton, and aluminium hint at industry and the commercial aspects of print, in a similar but less overt way than say, Margaret Harrison's Homeworkers. On the adjacent wall is Jesse Jones' The Golden Age has yet to come, which this writer mistook for a couple of Darth Vaders at work, before making out the masked industrial workers. Glossy, glassy, the sheen on the finish clashes perfectly with the action at play. The exhibition also features superb work by Damien Flood, Sarah Pierce and Damien Fay, so rally round. / Kate Coleman

   
 

December 16 2014


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

when
7pm

how much
€5

fundraiser/party
FIFA Fundraising Series

FIFA has always transported me back to 1996, and sitting on the floor of my aunty's Bethnal Green flat, where there were mysteriously cactii strewn about the floor (dangerous), hammering away at a Sega console, failing to cope with the nuances of football playstation-ing. It's very very different to the wanton violence you can achieve in Tekken, even with uneducated pummelling of the joystick. Anyway, gamers will be gamers (although I'm about 90% sure that real gamers, as in ones with headsets and blackout blinds in their bedrooms probably sneer at FIFA) and if you can game for charity, with all proceeds going to Oxfam. What better excuse to get competitive, eh?! / Kate Coleman

 

December 16 2014


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

when
4pm|9pm

how much
see link

cinema
St Vincent

Cantankerous old man befriends young boy and uncovers a secreted heart of gold; a cheesy story told before I hear you say. Nonetheless, this film is well-made cheese steered by comedic pioneer and personal hero, Mr Bill Murray. St. Vincent is not to be found at homeless shelters and giving to the poor, but at the race track betting on horses and socialising with ladies of the night. A Nam veteran and reluctant babysitter, Vincent pushes the boundaries of sainthood in an endearing performance that will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. With a dry comedy style and apparent on-screen chemistry between Murray and newcomer, Jaden Lieberher, this director’s full-length debut makes for an elevating watch with much of the cast playing outside of their usual remits. / Claire Mullane

   
 

December 17 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
Saint Pepsi

Vapour wave artists catch a lot of flak. Depending on which side of the fence you're on, it's a vicious attack on an emerging micro genre or a justified kick in the teeth to entitled subset of hack laptop musicians Saint Pepsi however seems to sidestep this debate, seemingly just because of his laid back attitude. Smooth chopped and screwed 80's tracks warm bass lines, it's a far cry from Laser Disc Visions nightmarish take on software demo sound tracks that never were. Like Delroy Edwards, Saint Pepsi seems to just go with the flow. The body of his work's been produced and released during college and released without much fanfare. The approach matches the music, 80's kitsch chopped up and turned on it's head. Slipped out into the internet with little or no PR push, it's hard to moan about royalties not being paid or 'authenticity'. Vapour wave at it's best, without the pretension, politics or frills. / Jack Broughan

 

December 17 2014


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€9/8

screening
Elf

To those who watch this seasonal classic and are seemingly unmoved I tell you this: You sit on a throne of lies. This unequivocal fairytale of New York follows Buddy, the eponymous not-so-little fella in question, and his quest to discover his past and the truth of his own identity, while along the way finding love and saving the countless Christmases yet to come. Will Ferrell singlehandedly rejuvenated what was a stagnifying genre in this instant classic with a performance that is as batshit and hilarious as it is tender and loveable. Teaching us the true meaning of Christmas, the term “cotton-headed Ninnymuggins” and the timeless truism “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”, only a true Scrooge could remain unmoved by this perfect winter-warmer. / Jack Gibson

   
 
Here Comes Santa Claus - Bernard Hughes

I started in Arnotts in 2003 - this is my twelfth year, but I did it for seven years before in different places. Then, Bart who was here before me and created quite a reputation, was getting too old and decided 2002 was his last year.

I've always been into acting. I'm an amateur actor, have won a couple of awards and things like that! When my own kids were growing up I used to bring them to see Santa and it'd always annoy me when they'd have some young fella there, with black hair sticking out from under their hat. I thought that was dreadful - this is a magical time for kids! I've always used the real beard, it has to be done properly, and I thought 'one day, I'll do it!' When I retired from the day job in '96 I did the odd gig, and then it took off!

Frozen stuff is the big thing this year. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm going to have a look at it over Christmas. I believe it's fantastic! The odd little one comes in looking for a doll or a pram, but technology is taking over - they're all looking for i-Pads or whatever! What am I most looking forward to this Christmas? A rest on Christmas day!

Bring your little one to see if they've been naughty or nice at Arnotts, Henry Street until Christmas Eve. PHOTO: Clara Hooper




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