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  It's Scorchio Armani out there, and we reckon it's time to compensate for a year's worth of Vitamin D deficiency and get our sorry asses down the strand. In that spirit, we're announcing our annual hiatus.

Yes lads, we're leaving you to fend for yourselves while we go on a Le Cool caravan holiday (Send postcards to Butlins, Bognor Regis, UK). A year of being cool can be draining, so we're ditching the craft beers and dancing the hokey kokey instead.

While we're gone, Dublin's gonna keep on firing out must-go events, so we'd urge you to check out The Festival of Curiosity, the Darkroom's exhibition at Block T, and The Dublin City Block Party in the Tivoli car park, just for starters. Enjoy the weather, the beaches, the parks, pick up your rubbish, hide your cans from the Gardai, and have some good, clean fun.

We'll be back brimming with new ideas (ie. filched from our travels, or lack thereof) on the 14th August, but we will be keeping in touch on Twitter in the meantime, so do keep sharing your events and thoughts on the tweet machine.

Who's gonna look more like a mahogany sideboard than Valentino when we return? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, or Amy?

"Keeping up the sea theme!" - Paula McGloin
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July 24 2014


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

when
6.30pm

how much
€8.60/€10

cinema
Obvious Child

A lo-fi romantic comedy that just happens to sort of deal with abortion is how I would best describe Obvious Child. Although the crux of the film hinges on the lead character terminating her pregnancy, this isn't polemical nor is it a statement film. Starring Jenny Slate as a Brooklyn comedian confronted with an unwanted pregnancy following an alcohol-fueled one night stand, it's a refreshingly sweet and sassy take on a divisive topic with the humour even verging on scatological at points. (Read: fart jokes, female discharge and more contained within.) Here, abortion isn't presented as a life or death choice, but rather an ordinary decision taken by millions of women each year. It's sensitively handled without being overwrought, witty without being flippant. And isn't that refreshing? / Amy O'Connor

 

July 24 2014


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

when
9pm

how much
€15/€12

theatre
Bears in Space

Collapsing Horse are gluttons for punishment. They have Pondling, Human Child, and Bears in Space all on at the Project Arts Centre, like the thinking man's Hunger Games. Bears in Space is a rollicking Walter Moers-esque caper, smartly written and expertly narrated by a borderline-egomaniac storyteller. The script owes a lot to The Mighty Boosh (Hen & Chickens/radio show era) in the structure, which helps keep the piece chuckling along, and is directly homaged in its own Rudi van DiSarzio Jungle scene. The lo-fi simplicity of the set and the props add charm to the piece which is fluidly performed by the cast - the choreography as crucial as the accents, or fighting the will to corpse. Collapsing Horse have done it again. Bears in Space is sure to be a stonker of a hit in Edinburgh. / Kate Coleman

 

July 24 2014


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

when
6:30pm

how much
Win Tickets

screening


Following up from their immersive screening of La Dolce Vita, Cinema Peroni are once again sticking with the King of Italian cinema, and showing Federico Fellini’s autobiographical masterpiece . Almost like watching a live action Vogue shoot, this film oozes style. From Guido’s iconic wayfayers to Claudia Cardinale at her most beautiful, Italian cinema has never looked so good. In an almost Joycean fashion, Guido, a successful director, struggles to gain a grasp on reality as he feigns interest in his current sci-fi project. Instead, he loses himself in dream sequences shot with such cinematic beauty they deserve to be on display at the Museo MACRO. Give this film the respect it deserves and dress to the Italian nines, or scusi, noves, and zoom up in a Vespa with champagne in your bonnet, and a glint in your black-lined eye. Win tickets / Ciara Roche 

   
 

July 24 2014


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

when
16.20 | 20.45

how much
€8.60/€10

cinema
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon

Mensch: a person of integrity and honour. Add a “super” before that and you start to get close to an approximation of Shep Gordon, the man who launched Alice Cooper’s career and just about invented his whole stage persona. From selling weed to Hendrix and Joplin at the Landmark Motor Hotel (where Joplin tragically died a few years later), to managing Groucho Marx and soul legends Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross, Gordon made a name for himself by making big news of others. Along the way he also invented the concept of the celebrity chef, dated Sharon Stone, and helped raise a late friend’s family after she passed. Mike Myers’ debut feature documentary is a snappily cut and fast paced insight into Gordon’s unbelievable career, brimming with tall tales a plenty, with perhaps a few details a little (purple) hazy at times. / Dave Desmond

 

July 24 2014


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
€5

how much
8pm

screening
Labyrinth

Hello. My name is Labyrinth and I am an 80’s fantasy film. Sure, The Princess Bride and Time Bandits claim the throne, but I am clearly the reigning King of Saturday afternoon television. Jennifer Connelly may have graced the screen with her youthful beauty, but we all know who brought the sexy back, and that was the Thin White Duke in tights and a mullet for God's sake. I gathered Jim Henson and George Lucas, and made a wall out of black gloved hands seem almost terrifying (I said almost). I have had to fight many a naysayer to my kinship. Fools can’t appreciate my outlandish storyline. Cannot relive their childhood days of imagination, with trees turned into pirate ships and burnt out cars that were castles. Come forth those who like Sarah, can’t exist in a world without magic and fairytales. And please tell Dave to call me back. / Ciara Roche

   
 

July 25 2014


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
9.30am - 5.30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Texas

Berlin born, but Dublin based photographer Kathrin Baumbach has brought a little Tex Mex to the upper floor of the Copper House Gallery as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2014. You can almost feel the dust aggravate your eyes, as you watch rodeo cattle being mastered by cowboys, before the scene swings to the monotony of familial life, where images of 2.4 children ordinariness are perverted by the guns being toted, or the antlers on the wall that definitely weren't bought from some faux-industrial, chichi store. It's quite a frightening exhibition, (if you're a more reasoned, liberal person than say, Charlton Heston), because seeing children holding guns, and the normalisation of weaponry, reminds us of why incidents like Columbine, Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech occur with such regularity in the US, and not so often in our own country. / Kate Coleman

 

July 25 2014


where
Moxie Studio, Pembroke Row D2
Location Map

when
10pm

how much
€15

party
The Last Days of Disco

It's hot, you're sweaty, need peeling from any surface you encounter and your diet of 99s isn't cutting it. Solution? Embrace Ireland's collective whiney sigh at how 'close' it is? Save that sigh for another heatwave, it's time to dance up a legitimate sweat and party like it's 1979. Humidity's rising, barometer's getting low and the mercury is just right for an all out disco inferno. Stomp, boogie, bust a move to the groove and churn out all the outdated slang you can think of during live sets courtesy of the Mother DJs, Nialler9, Kelly-Ann Byrne and nifty Irish-reader inspired Dioscó na Mbó. Pay homage to disco's feel good phoenix-from-the-flames resurgence and be sure to BYOB to lubricate the hip joints and burn that mother down. / Sarah Folan

 

July 25 2014


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

when
7:30pm

how much
Free

launch
Thread 7 - The Way There

We were panicking that we wouldn't know what to wear next season, but phew! Thread Magazine is back with its A/W14 edition, and as ever, it is the most directional, artistically minded fashion publication in Ireland. Whether the stylists and photographers are established and internationally renowned, like Aisling Farinella and Rich Gilligan, or soon to be, like Kieran Kilgallon and Andrew Nuding, the quality of the content is kiss-your-fingers-like-a-French-chef fabulous. They'll be celebrating with a screening of a short fashion film, complimentary beers, and beautiful people dressed to the nines, like a bunch of Italians doing the passagiata. Remember to pick up your copy of the zine, read it, tear it apart, collage it, put it back together, and be inspired by it. / Kate Coleman

   
 

July 26 2014


where
Iveagh Gardens, 2 Clonmel Street, DUblin 2
01 475 7816
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€28

comedy
Milton Jones / Sara Pascoe

The British answer to Emo Phillips will be gracing the Iveagh Gardens with his much anticipated presence. Yup, that's Milton Jones, the cleanest line merchant in comedy, the garishly shirted owner of one of the most vacant gazes I've ever witnessed, a childlike demeanor concealing razor sharp pun-based wit, coupled with specific and baffling imagery which transports the audience on a haribo acid trip. He is sharing the bill with Sara Pascoe, whose comedic star has been on the rise ever since she stole the show in short-lived Channel 4 show, Campus (from the makers of Green Wing, as we were told over and over again). She is at the vanguard of a wave of funny chicas who don't need to harp on about their anatomy to make you laugh, and her conversational, cool style makes for a easy, free-laughing environment. Tickle yo funny bones, ladz. / Kate Coleman

 

July 26 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€25

gig
The Art of the Song

There were pop stars before and there have been pop stars since, yet nobody has had the same enduring appeal as David Bowie. The king of chameleons was the first and best when it came to combining music, art and fashion to such deadly effect. Throughout the ups (a dodgy hydraulic cherry picker would leave him suspended over the audience during the Diamond Dogs tour) and downs (his acting), highs (most of the mid-70s passed in a chemical haze) and lows (well Low actually), Bowie has earned his Godlike Genius status. Almost 50 years on from his first album the NCH plays host to a talented array of Irish musicians - including Lisa Hannigan, Jape, Duke Special and Adrian Crowley - giving their take on Bowie’s peerless back catalogue. The band for the evening features members of Solar Bears, This Is How We Fly and I Am The Cosmos. / Brian Keane
 

July 26 2014


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

when
1pm

how much
€10/€13

party
Telephones

Oh hello. I just called to say I love you. Oh wait. No. I just called to say are you going to Telephone’s second daytime party? We all knew staying up partying all night would come full circle, and now we are going to stay up and party all day, son! I don’t know about you, but dancing in the summer breeze makes me feel high, and lazing on a sunny afternoon enjoying a wonderful brunch makes me forget all about why I ever waited till night to let my hair down. Capturing a festival vibe without the mud and tents, enjoy the hip-hop bake sale, hopscotch competitions, and array of spinning DJs that recreate Will Smith’s anthem Summertime so succinctly I might just scream for ice cream. First one to double dutch get’s a 99 cone that actually only costs 99 cent! Madness! / Ciara Roche

 

July 26 2014


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
12 noon

how much
Free (pre book)

workshop
Butter Making Workshop

Life really is about the simple things. Dark chocolate and wine, cheese on crackers, cider drinkers' love of cider during Irish heat waves or that first glug of water when you're rudely awakened, post festival, with a mouth as dry as my sense of humour. And then there's my favourite Sunday staple - 'shrooms and Superquinn sausages cooked in and served on a slice of brown, lathered in salted creamery butter goodness. For those of you still of Flora faith, Farmette, neé Imen McDonnell is at hand at Summer Rising to separate the butterfat from the buttermilk. Grab yourself an armful of jam jars and roll up your churning sleeves... Feck the horse outside, who's taking the horse to France? / Connor Clarke

 

July 26 2014


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€15

party
IMMA Summer Party

Following the explosive, discotheque-freakshow launch party WERK (curated by THISISPOPBABY), IMMA’s Summer Rising Festival has been going down a treat with Dublin art-goers, foodies, musos and party monsters alike. Celebrating the exhibition Propositions, a major retrospective of the work of Brazilian visual artist Hélio Oiticica, the festival draws to a close this Saturday with the IMMA Summer Party. Boasting a range of delights to tickle fancies, food will feature from Dublin faves 3FE, Luncheonette,  A Killer Sandwich and Cake Cafe in collaboration with artist Fink, plus cocktails from House in Cork Opera House. Tasty vibes to be served up by Southampton beatster Gang Colours and the beautiful Dublin-based Somerville, with DJ sets from Donal Dineen, David Kitt and others to boot. Bound to be a gorgeous, lazy-hazy, easy evening. Win Tickets / Jack Gibson

   
 

July 27 2014


where
Iveagh Gardens, 2 Clonmel Street, DUblin 2
01 475 7816
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€28

comedy
Eddie Pepitone

Watching Eddie Pepitone perform feels like a flurry of angry thoughts, cynicism and misery flying at your face like a swarm of killer midges. It's really funny though, in the same way that laughing at someone who just fell over, or listening to a tragicomic character who needs your sympathy recount yet more bad luck is. There's an element of 'sad dad' to Pepitone's ire, that renders his rage a little sweeter and more understandable. It's his conscience (referenced in the title of the doc on him, The Bitter Buddha), that makes him so palpably angry - then, his dissatisfaction plays out funny, apt and enlightening. Left of centre, cutting humour is what Pepitone will be delivering in his dry New York manner - call it a bite of the big apple. / Kate Coleman

 

July 28 2014


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

when
Until 5th October

how much
Free

exhibition
Strange Weather

Our favourite topic of conversation, an apt icebreaker and filler of awkward silences; the unpredictable weather shapes the Irish character and the day-to-day mood of the nation. In Evelyn Cusack we trust. While we bask in above average temperatures and send 99’ ice cream sales to record highs, some parts of the West are still in the midst of repairing damage from February’s Perfect Storm. To say the least, our weather of recent years has had a strange disposition. The Romans named Ireland, “Hibernia” meaning ‘Land of Winter’ - perhaps in ancient times they, too, were left confused when it came to daily attire; flip-flops or Aran jumper? Strange Weather looks at future forecasts, how we can benefit from the climate chaos and asks if a cultural reshape needs to take place in order survive when strange weather hits./ Claire Mullane

 

July 28 2014


where
Kerlin Gallery, Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
10am - 5.45pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Deep One Perfect Morning

The question ‘What does your home say about you?’ can receive a truthful answer only when asked of college students. From the sub-optimal furniture, curdled floor puddles and wayward Skittles, a competent man of forensics does not need to guess how these people live; everyone else covers their tracks and maintains their homes like showrooms. The group exhibition at the Kerlin seems to be arranged like a student residence. There are room dividers by Mark Francis and Isabel Nolan sustaining housemate détente, next to unaccounted for ‘Puke Patches’ by Sam Keogh that strains it; scattered are metal chairs with missing seats by Aleana Egan, and fixed to walls are pieces by Jan Pleitner and Liam Gillick. Nobody was home the perfect morning I was there – perhaps still out from the perfect night last night. / Olen Bajarias

   
 

July 29 2014


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

screening
Grease

As one of the only people in the universe who genuinely prefers Grease 2 to Grease 1, it physically hurts to admit that this is sure to be a gargantuan crowd pleaser. Grease follows the ultimate American teens, with their huge gas guzzling cars, non-existent parents and GI Joe pen pals. You'll have no trouble grooving in your seat to the songs - you've been murdering them since you were old enough to filch your Da's midlife crisis leather jacket and rockabilly dance on the shag carpet in front of the TV circa 1986. Get your pink ladies and T-Byrds all on brand, and colour co-ordinated, and dance your way down the stairs at the cinema, as if it's lunchtime at Rydell High and you just gotta dance, dance, dance. / Kate Coleman

 

July 29 2014


where
The City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2


when
Until 31st July

how much
Free

exhibition
The Sochi Project

When the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2014 Winter Olympics to Sochi, it prompted a few raised eyebrows. Located in a geographical area beset by conflict without the necessary infrastructure to hand, it didn't seem a natural fit for an international sporting event. Since 2007, Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen have embarked on a 'slow journalism' project to document the region before it found itself thrust into the international spotlight. Hornstra's compelling portraits depict civilians and towns that will never reap the economic benefits of Sochi 2014, while van Bruggen's enlightening text sheds desperately needed insight into an immensely complex geopolitical situation and an Olympic Games mired in controversy and farce. / Amy O'Connor

 

July 30 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€10 pre sale / €12.50

gig
BADBADNOTGOOD

Having just released their third album III in May, BadBadNotGood have been spreading their hip-hop inflected jazz throughout Europe this summer, and with rave reviews following their last Irish gigs in Dublin and Cork they’ve decided to pop back for one more night at the Sugar Club. The trio, made up of Matthew Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alexander Sowinski bring an element of punk to their performances both live and in the studio, and having started out as students on a jazz program in Toronto, they soon realised their shared passion for hip-hop and began performing their favourite rap tunes as deconstructed jazz numbers. Since their humble beginnings in 2010 the trio (all in their early 20s) have backed Frank Ocean at Coachella, opened for Roy Ayers and recorded a live jam with Tyler the Creator. Support from God Knows + MynameisjOhn. / Dave Desmond

   
 
Sex, Drugs and Tinned Ravioli

We chinwagged with writer Andy Gallagher and director Dylan Coburn-Gray about their new play Sex, Drugs and Tinned Ravioli.

This is my first real foray into writing. The play follows three young people at a music festival and their ensuing antics. The play essentially examines contemporary youth culture and its voracious appetite for hedonism. I sent Dylan the script and we met up and chatted about it. We really hit it off at that first meeting, then the deal was well and truly sealed when I went to see Dylan's last show, Boys and Girls.

Some of the anecdotes in the script came from an Oxegen weekend I experienced with Mark Hughes who plays Stoney in the play. I won't specify which parts of the script were inspired but true events!

I think there's some really exciting stuff going on right now! I'm eagerly awaiting Ballyturk in the Olympia and I'm delighted that Shaun Dunne is going to have his work on the Peacock Stage. And if that wasn't enough, Anú just announced Vardo, the latest installment in their Monto Cycle.

Sex, Drugs and Tinned Ravioli kicks off in Theatre Upstairs on July 29th. PHOTO: Daragh Soden




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