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As people whose main skills lie in between our fingertips and the keyboard, we often find ourselves jealous of those who can craft, make, create. The green monster is only momentary though, because while we may envy their abilities, they also inspire and teach us how to be better creatives, even if we're never going to be incredible designers or illustrators.

OFFSET is basically a Berocca for your imagination. Over the years, we've been taught to circumvent the law and just bloody well draw your own paths a la Jeff Greenspan, or to take the worst thing about your client and build an advertising campaign around it, like Erik Kessels did with the Hans Brinker hotel.

This year, the Irish contingent is strong, with former Le Cool studiomate/inmate Steve Doogan speaking, lead designer on the Grand Budapest Hotel, Annie Atkins, Boys and Girls, and Cartoon Saloon all storming the stage, and this week's cover artist, Sue Murphy, jetting in from the US to teach us well. And that's not even mentioning the internationals, Snask, Barber Osgerby, and more.

Who's getting ready to fire up those Panicdotes, Kate or Michael

"We created music out of tennis data and hosted a live concert on the cloud." - Sue Murphy
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March 05 2015


where
The Back Page , 199 Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7.


when
7:30pm

how much
Free

sport
FunkedUp Gold Sprints

As we stressed when first highlighting The Back Page, this is a sports bar where the bar is designed for holding up drinks, as opposed to pot-bellied sports enthusiasts. Yes, the Back Page lover likes to participate, and FunkedUp Fixies' Gold Sprint ought to make your 6am spin class look like child's play. You'll never take that Ministry of Sound workout playlist for granted ever again. It'll be you, the bike, and 500 metres of imaginary terrain, so keep your eyes on the spot prizes, keep that ass off the saddle and your elbows parallel with the handlebars, and pedal pEDAL PEDAL! / Kate Coleman

 

March 05 2015


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
White God

White God is a film that should perhaps come with a health warning. It is not a pretty watch - it is raw, disturbing, and upsetting. Particularly if you are a dog lover. The premise is an allegory for ethnic cleansing - when non-pedigree dogs are unceremoniously dumped by their owners when a new regulation encouraging the production of pure breeds comes in, it leads to a warlike, man versus dog war. One young girl, adoring of her mutt, is separated by him by her father, but she proves to be the one innocent that can face these dogs, led by her faithful mongrel friend, Hagen. This film undoubtably disturbs, but its daring and very scale, breaking every rule anybody in showbiz ever devised about working with animals and children, makes it a must watch - well, that is, if you have the stomach for it. / Kate Coleman

   
 

March 05 2015


where
Indigo & Cloth, 9 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Just My Type

Remember back when choosing your type meant Time New Roman or Comic Sans? (Times for your CV, Comic Sans - Party!). Well things have come along way since then. We’re all a bit more design savvy and thanks in part to the 2007 documentary Helvetica (which created a new breed of non-designer font snob) we seem to have a better appreciation of the magical world of typography. This exhibition from Hunt & Gather in conjunction with OFFSET celebrates this incredible art form. An open submission show, you can expect marvellous, intricate work, showy off designs and hauntingly gorgeous typefaces. Consider this the haute couture of type. Best of all the A3 prints will be available to order on the night for only €10 + post & packaging and proceeds from sales will go directly to the artists. / Ali Dunworth

 

March 05 2015


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

when
6pm

how much
Free (runs until March 15)

launch
Make Ready - Peter Maybury

Peter Maybury who kicks off the main stage at Offset on Friday morning and celebrates a book launch tonight is been a truly unique staple of the graphic design scene in the city. His subtle and distinctive visual impact will have been witnessed, if not always associated. by many throughout the years. Make Ready explores over 20 years of collaborations and ideas morphing through an exhibition and book launch. The retro design of the book makes it feel like an instant classic, something you might have found in Eileen Gray's study in Paris in the 1950s. "Part manifesto, part process journal it gathers recollections and observations on the making of work". The exhibition will also highlight his work in the field of music with his band Thread Pulls as well as film work, sound projects and various curatorial undertakings. Just ensure that he doesn't stay out too late please! / Michael McDermott

 

March 05 2015


where
Peacock Theatre, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
6:30pm, until 7 March

how much
€15-€20

opera
Suor Angelica

Originally, Puccini wrote Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) in the twentieth century, but set it in Italy in a seventeenth century convent. This production, by the Royal Irish Academy of Music and The Lir Academy, is set in 1980s in Ireland, in a Magdalene laundry. This modern interpretation of the setting fits seamlessly with the tragedy of Sister Angelica, and reminds you how realistic her story is, and how recently it could have taken place. The all woman-cast, led by the haunting and powerful Rebecca Rodgers, sucks you in immediately to their life in the laundries, flawlessly pulling off one of Puccini’s most striking one-act operas. In addition, The Peacock stage is an amazing and intimate place to watch this opera, as there is not a bad seat in the house. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

March 06 2015


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Appropriate Behaviour

At a cursory glance, Appropriate Behaviour may seem like something you've seen before: a young affluent woman mills about New York and deals with the fallout from a recent break-up. Rest assured, however, this isn't Tiny Furniture 2.0. Instead it's an exciting showcase for star Desiree Akhavan, whom you may recognise from the latest season of Girls. As an Iranian-American struggling with a bad case of post-break up angst and wondering how best to come out to her Persian parents as bisexual, Akhavan offers up a refreshing twist on an otherwise familiar genre. This is a witty and vibrant portrayal of life as a twenty-something in New York that heralds the arrival of a distinct cinematic voice. Perfect viewing or those partial to Frances Ha, Obvious Child et al. / Amy O'Connor

 

March 06 2015


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

when
8pm

how much
€10

party
Purple Rain

Let’s be honest, Purple Rain is by no means an auteur's movie, but god is it fun to watch. Less of a documentary about Prince’s early life and more accurately a mythology. Loosely based around Prince’s early life, the film covers Prince’s unhappy home life and bitter rise to relevancy. Sound serious? Purple Rain is anything but. Sprinkled with high waist pants, quiffs, rhinestones and choreographed band dance routines, the whole affair is to say the least a bit kitsch, but in the best sense of the word. Purple Rain's also boasts stunning cinematography. Each live performance in the film is engaging colorful and so chocked with over the top performances it's hard not to gripe about the sheer absurdity of it all. Like a portal to an 80's club circuit that never was, Purple rain in many ways is the definitive Prince documentary. Loosely based in reality and utterly enthralling. / Jack Broughan

   
 

March 06 2015


where
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8


when
7.30pm

how much
€24

jazz
Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds

It's most likely that you, like me, got your most recent jazz kick from the astounding Whiplash. So whether you know your Elvin Jones from your JK Simmons is incidental, this is the real deal made flesh. Perhaps best known in the jazz circuit as part of Brad Mehldau's Trio, in his own right Jeff Ballard is a chance to witness the thrills of a real life human perspiring talent. Fairgrounds is Ballard's most recent project and brings together an ever changing configuration of musicians teasing out new soundscapes with this master of  polyrhythms. Tonight it includes piano, guitar and electronics. Expect this to skim and soar, to dazzle and enthrall and to allow us all to move on from Whiplash with a more fully formed appreciation of the craft. Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

 

March 06 2015


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€19

comedy
Al Porter Is Yours

I first met Al Porter when were both idealistic English students at Trinity College. He was the purple-suit-clad darling of Players’ theatre and when he dropped out of college to pursue comedy, no-one was too surprised. Now, at the age of 21, he is the youngest Irish comedian ever to headline a Vicar Street gig. And it’s not hard to see why he’s doing so well. With his flamboyant personality, triple entendres and filthy in-jokes, the man exudes a stage presence you can’t help but admire. Come hear tales of Al’s childhood in Tallaght, failed conquests and STD clinics. Watch him flirt shamelessly with handsome and desperately uncomfortable audience members until they look like they might get up to leave, and laugh until you cry. All hail Ireland’s new King of Camp! / Kayla Walsh

   
 

March 07 2015


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

when
10pm

how much
€8-€12

party
International Motts Day Party

When Tammy Wynette said it was hard to be a woman, in basically the same breath, she told us to stand by our men. Now, I'm all for the first ladies of country, but we've moved on a little since then. We ain't taking shit, we're breaking glass ceilings and we don't need a man, let alone need to stand by him. In the spirit of girl fierce-ness, GirlCrew and Diskotekken present International Mott's Day, complete with cardboard cut-outs of our leader, Mary Robinson, and deputy Beyoncé (as a side-note, why no love for Mary McAleese?). There'll be music from bitchin' Bitch Falcon and DJ sets from DIP's Cait Fahey and Kelly-Anne Byrne, so pack a pair of flats in your bag and dance around those handbags like Xena at the disco, you she-warriors! / Kate Coleman

 

March 07 2015


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

when
Until 13 May

how much
Free

exhibition
Indian Matchbox Labels

This exhibition will make you want to play with matches even more— these tiny little funky boxes are well worth popping by Trinners for. Originally, Indian matchboxes carried miniature portraits of Hindu deities or scenes from legends. Starting in the 1920’s matchbox production expanded rapidly, propelling small local businesses in India, and now they carry pictures of everything from lotus flowers to babies with moustaches. The vivid colours and bold fonts are reminiscent of tiny vintage travel posters, and they definitely will make you wish you were on a flight over now. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

March 08 2015


where
KC Peaches, 28/29 Nassau Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
2pm

how much
Free

workshop
Koyu Matcha Masterclass

Matcha tea is the kind of thing you probably google in conjunction with words like 'weight loss' and 'mindfulness', but then probably never purchase because of its eye-watering price tag. Help is at hand though - KC Peaches are making it their mission to give you a useful introduction to this vibrant, green wonderpowder, and the methodology involved in making a cuppa matcha. Forget stirring with a tea spoon; you'll learn about why a brush is used to whip up a hunk-green glass of the good stuff, and all about its health benefits. It speeds up any lazy metabolisms, for starters. This introduction to matcha is free too, so there's no excuse not to use it as an excuse to start a new good habit. / Kate Coleman

 

March 08 2015


where
Against the Grain, 11 Wexford Street, Dublin 2.


when
6pm

how much
€5 suggested donation

table quiz
Lady-Themed Table Quiz

Women perform 66% of the world’s work and produce 50% of the food. They earn just 10% of incomes and own 1% of the property globally. It’s a fact, women are awesome, and I’ve heard tell it’s our prerogative to have a little fun. Head over for a pint and pub quiz at Against The Grain to benefit ladies everywhere in honour of International Women’s Day. Categories will include "Irish Women in History” and “Female Anatomy” if you need a leg up. The prizes range from delicious brunch vouchers to Buckfast, so no one will be disappointed. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

March 09 2015


where
The Gaiety Theatre, 46 King St S, D2
Location Map

when
Until 14 March

how much
€19.65-€29.50

theatre
The Pillowman

Once upon a time there was a macabre play. Spoiler alert, it was outstanding. Go and see The Pillowman. What’s the worst that could happen? I suppose you may never sleep again and be haunted by visions of crucified children, little green pigs and the odd severed toe. Believe me though, it will be worth it. Martin Mc Donagh’s play is deeply surreal, dripping and oozing Kafka; certainly something-esque anyway. Peter Campion blazes to the stage with prowess as the imprisoned Katurian K. Katurian, writer and caring brother, whose only crime is an active, albeit perverse, imagination. This ghastly tale is set in a totalitarian state, policed by the likes of David McSavage and Gary Lydon who make a ruthless good cop/bad cop duo. The set was pulled straight from a nightmarish fantasy, and not a fluffy pillow in sight. The end. / Julieanne McMahon

   
 

March 10 2015


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

when
winners informed

how much
preorder from Tower Records

album launch
Sufjan Stevens Listening Party

The first time I heard Sufjan Stevens, I was on a plane in 2006. A friend let me borrow his iPod. I struggled with the new-fangled technology and stumbled on ‘Come on! Feel the Illinoise!’ purely by accident. First my feet started going, then my whole body, and before long I was listening to the album on repeat as a kind of life-soundtrack. Life should have bells, xylophones, harpsichords, and horns (snicker). Whether he’s singing about loss, love, a serial killer’s messed up childhood, or how a city feels, he does strange and wonderful things with music. Preorder the new album, Carrie & Lowell, at Tower Records and you may have a chance to hear it at the location of his first Irish performance, the Douglas Hyde. / Alison Treacy

   
 

March 11 2015


where
The Stags Head, 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
6:15pm

how much
€5, see link to register

talk
Inspire Sessions: Lessons Learnt

What lessons have you learned from all those 9-5s? A few titans from the creative industries, Bren B (Offset and Ways & Means), Steve Doogan (illustrator) and Matthew Thompson (photographer) as well as my not-so-titan self (Kate Le Cool, which is basically my surname now), with MC Shane O'Brien from Rothco, will be discussing just that as part of the Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland's Inspire Session in the cosy confines of The Stag's Head. I can't speak for the others, but the lessons I've even learnt from watching their careers have been innumerable. From Bren, there's been fearlessness as he's grown and matured OFFSET. From Steve, I've learnt that pranks can be art. And from Matthew I've learnt that not everyone's a photographer, but he most definitely is. From myself? That it pays to read Le Cool. / Kate Coleman

 

March 11 2015


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

when
6pm doors

how much
€5

talk
Banter: Generation Z

Generation Z really doesn't roll off the tongue, but it's difficult for me to ascertain whether that is to do with phonetics or the fact that there's a named generation biting at my millenial (but not millenarian) heels. Banter is assembling some young wans at the Twisted Pepper, where Jim Carroll will be questioning a group of mid-90s babies about their much-maligned generation, and more importantly, about the work that they are doing, despite their young ages. Digital natives will include Jordan Casey, programmer and game developer, Melissa Kavanagh, poet, Jessy Rose of Hare Squead (pictured), and Lia Grogan, spunout.ie contributor. Do you know what? The kids are alright. / Kate Coleman

   
 
Seven Wood

Seven Wood has been in the making for a couple of years. I started out with a small concession store in Terenure last 18 months ago and I began curating a kitchenware’s collection that got the ball rolling for the bigger picture that is now Seven Wood, I wanted to build a collection that was relevant to the Irish person of today with a strong emphasis on good design, aesthetic and usefulness.

I source mainly across Europe, this part of the job I love, it is about getting out there and meeting the makers & sellers, so from trade fairs to vintage fairs, flea markets, warehouses and god only knows.

Having a social element to the experience is an integral part of what Seven Wood is building. So we have created a place where you can come in & hang out & interact. We are serving a specialty coffee from Imbibe, and selling Green Beards cold press juices -which are both outstanding products in their own right. The space itself is great, there is an airy gallery feel to the space, which was a dream to work with. The pop up store is setting the scene. For SW, we are an online store but we acknowledge the importance of retailing in the traditional sense and we love to socialize. So what better way.

Seven Wood, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2 until March 22nd, PHOTO: Alex Sheridan




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