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This week, boys and girls, we're going to mostly talk about ice cream vans. le cool feels it too deserves its own silly season and with the emergence of our sun-kissed freckles, we were reminded of this wonderfully whacky radio documentary on the the 'science' of ice cream van music by Tim Pickup on his Audio Adventures in Science, Pseudo-Science and Nonsense show over on Resonance FM.

The chimes, and crimes, of our ice cream van drivers are well known by anyone familiar with a suburban existence. We've heard about the tabloid headline coined for a blaze of vans as 'Mr Whippy Burning' and though we're only a breath away from bemoaning the demise of glass bottles of milk delivered to your doorstep, we'll save that for another day.

Ice cream vans bequeath summery reassurance to us all. And, as our radio host reminds us, ice cream van owners don't just sell ice cream, they also sell a "wide range of light refreshments".

Tell us your favourite ice cream van story and prizes for spotting the other mention this issue.

Who is dunking two flakes in their 99er this week? Michael or Ciaran? With thanks to Camille and Ruth.

"This is Charlie Parker, my next door neighbour in Hackney." - Linda Brownlee
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July 14 2011


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

when
Until 15th July, drinks reception tonight 5-7pm

how much
Depends

pop-up
Julie Connellan & Theresa Burger

The cry for really interesting jewellery often goes unheard, especially in Dublin, which can be a solitaire city on the fine end of things and cheap and nasty on the other. For pieces on the ‘thoughtful’ point of the spectrum, pay a visit to Julie Connellan and Theresa Burger, both recent NCAD grads, whose week-long residency in RHA’s summer pop up shop is coming to an end. German-born Connellan crafts inspiring and insightful pieces that are organic in material and form, combining dried peat with metalworking skills honed working with a tinsmith member of the travelling community. South African Burger’s work is at once oversized and intricate. Her striking pieces use an array of materials including silver, wood and resin, capturing gold flakes like insects in amber. Go see (and buy) for the few days left… / Natasha Sherling

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July 14 2011


where
Leopardstown Racecourse
Leopardstown Road,
Foxrock,
Dublin 18

when
Races 6pm / Music 9pm

how much
€15

gig
Republic of Loose @ Bulmers Live

Republic of Loose are not the most likely group to inspire a fan frenzy – being far older and far beardier than the likes of Justin Bieber. But once upon a time in a dingy student bar I waited backstage in the hope of rubbing shoulders with the group. On making it into the darkest realms of their dressing room, where I had expected to find some sort of orgy of funk – half-naked women and men in multi-coloured shell suit tops drinking, dancing, smoking, humping – I was instead politely greeted by a mildly inebriated Mick Pyro and then ushered out. But while their off stage presence might not have lived up to my girlish hopes, onstage ROL more than make up for it. Their inimitable melange of dirty soul and filthy funk, with a wealth of tracks from four glorious albums, keep them firmly on the list of unmissable live bands. Win Tickets / Maeve Storey

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July 14 2011


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
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when
12pm-6pm, Until 22nd July

how much
Free

exhibition
Siblings - Fergus Byrne

Fergus Byrne’s work reminds me of really good conversation; you never know where it will go, but it will always be thought-provoking. What sets him apart from many artists who cross boundaries is his skill in all the disciplines in which he works; dance, visual and performance art. In Siblings, an exploration of the parallels between wresting and dance, Byrne has also begun to hone his film-making skills, balancing his established visual ability with a new appreciation of sound design. As well as the film, the show includes prints and sculpture which reflect the interdependence of bodies in both dance and wresting. Tonight, there will be a contact improvisation performance by Fergus and Cindy Cumming, and on Monday a screening of Fergus’ previous film on the subject of wrestlers. Do not expect Mickey Rourke. / Kay Scorah

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July 15 2011


where
All over Temple Bar
Dublin 2


when
Until July 24th

how much
Mostly free, see link.

festival
Made in Temple Bar

This Friday, gallic daredevil Didier Pasquette will walk a high wire above East Essex St to mark the beginning of a 10 day festival, a celebration of 20 years of cultural regeneration in Temple Bar. His aerial feat seems an apt launch for a cultural programme aiming to balance a profusion of events - from outdoor cinema to fort building workshops, from site specific theatre to live art shows. There are over 70 different events for all ages, almost all of them gratis. We are particularly looking forward to seeing the giant inflatable effigy of our old friend Mr. A. Walsh, a.k.a Master of the Universe, hoving into view over Temple Bar Square for the duration. Say what you like about Temple Bar, but you can't ever say it's boring. It's the guts of the city. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

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July 15 2011


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
Opens July 15th / 19 showings today

how much
€8.20/10.20

cinema
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

As possibly the biggest Harry Potter fan ever I was always going to be worried that this movie would suck. Let’s face it, The Deathly Hallows Part I wasn’t great, so naturally I was concerned that Part II would follow a similar route. However, I can safely say that even if I was one of those rare and obviously weird people who hated everything Potter that this movie would still blow my mind. There is no messing about in this final installment, director David Yates drops you right in the middle of the action and does not allow even one teeny dull moment to rear its head during the entire 130 minutes. Also, I feel it is essential and possibly even compulsory for me to recommend spending a day under a duvet watching the first 7 movies before you see this one and then obviously doing this again when it comes out on DVD. / Ruth Aravena

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July 15 2011


where
Mother's Tankstation, 41-43 Watling Street, Dublin 8.
01 671 7654


when
12am-6pm, Until July 16th

how much
Free

exhibition
Kevin Cosgrave - Just the Usual

Upon stepping into the softly lit reception of Mother's Tankstation, one is immediately welcomed by the sumptuous, glistening linens of Cosgrove's latest solo show. The first canvas is a work station, neatly kept, where tools line the walls and machines lie idle. Each edge and surface-texture emerges seamlessly from the buttery strokes, the lip of a can or the teeth of a drill-bit cutting through the busy movements of Cosgrove's brush. Inside, more places of work are illuminated; a door stands ajar casting a soft shadow across a concrete floor, steel girders frame a tidy warehouse while a cluttered garage window evinces the efforts of its absent worker. As an homage to the end product and workmanship Cosgrove so admires, these paintings surpass their modest subject, revealing a curiosity and real questioning to Cosgrove's work. / Tess Motherway

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July 15 2011


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
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when
8.30pm

how much
€5

concert
Sam Jackson - Sharp & Flat

To coincide with the completion of his debut solo album Sharp & Flat, classically trained pianist Sam Jackson is embarking on a set of unique shows to give listeners a taster of what’s to come with the release of his LP. Jackson has quite an impressive musical repertoire, including working frequently with Tony Award winning director Gerry Hynes and touring on keyboards with Moya Brennan,  and his compositional work has been featured in major productions on Broadway and in London, Tokyo and Ireland. Jackson will be joined on the night by a variety of musicians and has promised “an open forum where anything can happen musically”. / Deirdre O'Brien

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July 15 2011


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands

From the mist of Glendalough to the glitter of the city, an auspicious trail has led Patrick Kelleher to his second album Golden Syrup. He’s proved an adaptable creature who tailors his environment to suit his songs, his music first eliciting attention when the now-defunct Box Social collective’s DIY ethos and house party gigs gained a name as an experimental haven in Dublin’s suburbs. The 2009 debut You Look Cold was a starkly solo piece of work: in comparison Golden Syrup is a string of beaded pop songs using warm synths and dark drum tracks for disco vibes like those in the last single Contact Sports. With His Cold Dead Hands band backing him all the way on Golden Syrup his ideal has been refined into a cohesive album that spills in a sweet clear stream like the sticky stuff itself. / Nay McArdle

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July 15 2011


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
11pm

how much
€20

gig
Cut Chemist

Crate-digging supremo Lucas MacFadden earned his stripes as DJ and producer with much-loved West Coast hip-hop act Jurassic 5, adding the deft inflections of turntablism to their feel-good sound. As is typical of the collaborative nature of hip-hop, Cut Chemist also found time to moonlight in Latin fusion act Ozomatli as well as release a series of seminal mixes with buddy DJ Shadow, which explored their penchant for obscure 45s and vinyl fetishism. Following the dissolution of J5, Cut released his début solo effort The Audience's Listening, a typically diverse array of sounds and scores plucked by someone with a voracious appetite for divining beats and samples from a myriad of sources. He is continuing that theme with his latest Afro-tinged project, Sound of The Police, which marries his twin passions of ground-breaking turntablism and sonic voyages of discovery. Win Tickets / Mark Keane

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July 16 2011


where
Severed Head, 16 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2
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when
11am-6pm, Wed-Sat, Until 8th Aug

how much
Free

exhibition
Blindschleiche und Riesenblatt - Anne Schwalbe

Good photography is hard. A lot of the time it's about deciding what you want to say rather then simply taking an image. Anne Schwalbe knows this and when you'll visit her exhibition, that’s what you see…good photography. Her work is soothing and beautiful and her images draw you into another, more meditative, world. Her ability to emphasize the common detail in nature, whether it's blades of straw or a worm (Blindschleiche), draws you in like it is your first time exploring the world. Anne’s work doesn’t just say that she sees, but it allows you enough space to see and say things for yourself. Photography is hard, but Anne Schalbwe definitely makes it look easy. / Jean Curran

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July 16 2011


where
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin


when
12-7pm Mon-Fri, 12-6pm Sat & Sun, (ends today)

how much
Free

exhibition
The Arc of Realism - Zofia Rydet

One can only imagine the type of person Zofia Rydet must have been, given that strangers allowed her to enter their homes to photograph them in their most intimate surroundings; flanked by personal belongings, these strangers sit, open, natural, willing the camera to do its work. It is the great gift of the documentary photographer to capture the lives of others, in the instance between the opening and closing of the shutter. With echoes of August Sanders, observing a defiant courage without sentiment or mislaid sympathy are Rydet’s people. Images of the faith and stoicism of a Poland long since gone, images that suggest the gestural manifestation of who we are, in our tilted head, our half-cloaked eyes, the nervous twitching of hand on sleeve, laid bare, in the phenomenal moment of alchemy when the camera does its work.  / Jeanette Farrell

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July 16 2011


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

how much
€15

fundraiser
Ham Sandwich

For a self-confessed bunch of messers, Ham Sandwich have done well to develop a broad spectrum of sounds that encompass loud, driven rock, catchy pop, agile vocals, deft guitars, and now, a charming shift in style with their quirky single Ants from the second album, 2010’s ‘White Fox’. The Hambos surprised just about everyone when they presented this collection of songs that showed they’d progressed from youthful exuberance to quieter confidence. Maturity is an important ingredient in the relationship between musicians and fans, and despite some off-stage rocky patches, they’ve shown imagination, grit and towering resolve to follow their hearts, building a reputation for one of the best live shows on the Irish scene today. (Tonight is a fundraiser for the family of their former manager Derek Nally who tragically passed away last year). / Nay McArdle

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July 16 2011


where
O'Reilly Theatre
Belvedere College,
6 Great Denmark Street,
Dublin 1

when
8pm

how much
€8/10

gig
Trinity Orchestra perform Daft Punk

After previously giving Radiohead and Sigur Ros a symphonic once over, the Trinity Orchestra surpassed themselves earlier this year by tackling the back-catalogue of French house pioneers Daft Punk. Following sold out performances of student Rob Farhat’s improbable, but inspired, orchestral arrangement, the TCD troupe have become viral sensations, even earning an emphatic thumbs up from hipster music bible Pitchfork. Fret not if you missed the orchestra’s Daft Punk revival at Forbidden Fruit last month, as the organisers  of 10 Days in Dublin have coerced them into performing the score One More Time (er, we’re gonna celebrate).  10 Days in Dublin has already come up trumps with a clutch of outstanding events, but one suspects this orchestral opus may prove to be its pièce de résistance. / Joey Kavanagh

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July 17 2011


where
Various, see link.


when
When the tide is right.

how much
Taster sessions = €35 for 3 sessions.

le other
SUPing on the Dublin Coast

An unlikely stronghold for one of the world’s coolest activities, Dublin has no fewer than 3 Stand Up Paddle (SUP) schools where you can learn to ride the waves or cruise around the east coast. Originally this began as an alternative to surfing when waters were calm but has since has evolved as a bona fide sport with one of America’s best known big wave surfers, Laird Hamilton, as its main proponent. The silhouette of SUPers has become a constant feature of the seascape from Dun Laoghaire to Dollymount and with one attempt in the sunnier climes of Biarritz I bought my first board and off I went. I've found that there are many other paddle lovers around and the lovely lads of Stand Up Surf Zone are busy on a weekly basis organising tours around the Dublin coast, so if you fancy getting onboard (ahem) check out their site. / Jane Downes

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July 17 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
4.40pm & 9.10pm

how much
€8.90

documentary
Bobby Fischer Against the World

Oh Bobby. Where did it all go wrong? A prodigious talent for chess from the age of 7, US champ by 15, World Champ by 29, recluse in the making by 33, certifiably mad by 40, dead at 64. There is little pleasure, but much fascination, in watching Liz Gabus chronicle his downfall. Fischer peaked in his Cold War era victory over Boris Spassky in 1972. His genius in the infinite and abstract permutations of chess spilled into his real-world view, turning him into a seriously disturbed man. Fischer became virulently anti-Semitic and contravened UN sanctions to play Spassky in a re-match at the height of the Yugoslavian war. Featuring Life Magazine's Harry Benson's marvellous collection of intimate portraits, a sadness pervades this solitary soul whose last words were "there's nothing so healing as the human touch". Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

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July 17 2011


where
The Pint, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1
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when
1:30pm

how much
€12

gig
Polar Bear Club

It’s not very often that a band that fuses 90's punk with hardcore gets a mention in le cool, but Polar Bear Club were honestly just too good to overlook. After a frankly spectacular show last year, Polar Bear Club are back in the Pint to unleash some of their rather delicious tunes on Dublin once more. Signed to the awesome Bridge Nine Records since 2009, they have toured with artists such as The Gaslight Anthem and have received a whole load of praise for their 2009 full length Chasing Hamburg. With songs like Living Saints and the brand new Screams In Caves,  there is no doubt that Polar Bear Club are going to put on one hell of a show. This gig also sees support from some really fantastic local bands such as Starters and Driveway and promises to be a few hours of absolute deadliness. / Ruth Aravena

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July 18 2011


where
Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
8pm (until July 20th)

how much
Free

workshop
The Jimmy Rig Slip Jig

There's a touch of the genial boffin at work when it comes to George Higgs. I'm reliably informed girls swoon and some men emit the occasional squeal in the company of this American composer who has made his home here. Whether he's unveiling his Evolaphone in the Science Gallery, premiering new works, or in this instance, performing "battery, lip buzzing, bass vocal and pluck machinist" as part of a six-strong team of song machinists, expect Higgs to be sonically sculpting and scaling new and interesting heights. This is a live music construction of which excerpts were showcased as part of the Sensoria festival in the spring. All indications are that this will be a fully fleshed out so sit back, relax and swoon or squeal. / Zach Joyce

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July 18 2011


where
Creation Arcade

when
11am -6pm Mon-Fri, 12pm -5pm Sat-Sun, Until 5th Aug

how much
Free

exhibition
Not Natasha - Dana Popa

'Natasha' is a word I never thought could mean anything more than just a name - until I visited Dana Popa’s new exhibition. 'Natasha' is a title often given to Eastern European looking prostitutes and is absolutely despised by the individuals pictured in this exhibition who are all victims of sex trafficking. Popa, originally from Romania, focused her attention on victims from her neighbouring Moldova and how these damaged girls cope with their traumatic experiences once they return home. This exhibition is running as part of the ‘Turn off the Red Light’ campaign and gives a very human insight into a kind of suffering that few of us can understand. Popa expertly conveys her empathy for these tragic women in every shot, allowing her photos to stick with you long after you've left. / Ruth Aravena

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July 18 2011


where
Honest To Goodness
25 Market Arcade
George's Street
Dublin 2


when
9am-6pm Mon-Sat

how much
€5.95 for an 'Honest Club'

le other
Honest To Goodness

So you're in the middle of the city, you have a craving for something delicious, yet simple. Healthy, yet indulgent. Nothing processed, nothing stodgy and certainly nothing that would name itself after a New York based underground transportation system. Where do you go where you know that all the bread is baked in store using simple and pure ingredients? The answer is Honest to Goodness, a crazily adorned nook in the George's St Arcade which serves up everything from hearty breakfasts to perfectly filled sandwiches and exquisitely dressed salads. The staff are helpful and cheerful and actively engage you in a bit of banter which makes the miniscule wait for your order fun. No more staring at the back of the head of the person in front of you whilst you wait to be served a processed lump of flavoured gruel, no more! / Jessica Hayden

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July 19 2011


where
Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
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when
Until September 23rd

how much
Free

exhibition
Marín Fotografías

Marín is another in a string of artists whose work was almost lost to the wild mood swings of the last century. Royals and republicans alike populate these images of Spain. Workers and writers, too. The ebb and flow of history is caught time and again in the undulations of another mass public gathering. Here is everything in the swarming ant-hill of life itself in the lead up to the civil war. By 1944 his lens was less widely focused. Taken just after her fortune has been told, Marín's photo of Celia Gámez's hands shows an engaging textural, geometrical landscape. But it is as a temporal study that this photo is most interesting. An appeal to the future is captured in a medium obsessed with the past. The fortune is long fulfilled now, of course. But the space this photo will forever operate within is the future anterior: what will have been. / Kevin Breathnach

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July 19 2011


where
No Grants Gallery (NGG), 12 East Essex St. D2
Location Map

when
9 am - 5:30 pm Mon-Fri, Until 28th July

how much
Free

exhibition
Between A & B

According to photographer Kevin McNicholas most of us tend to lose ourselves when making a journey somewhere and ignore pretty much everything around us which, judging by the four people asleep on my bus this morning, is absolutely spot on. McNicholas’ new exhibition is his attempt to capture all of those moments we miss, the moments, as he puts it, when everything can fall into place. This exhibition is comprised of photos taken on the streets of Dublin to photos take on the streets of Jaipur with each one depicting something funnier than the last. This photographer really has a great eye for those picture perfect moments that the majority of us completely ignore and has managed to make me seriously worry over what brilliant scenes of life I’ve missed by blaring my mp3 at full volume for the last 10 years. / Ruth Aravena

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July 19 2011


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

when
8pm

how much
€25 - €40

concert
AfroCubism

If you’re only going to one World Music gig this year, well here it is. No contest! AfroCubism is a cross-cultural supergroup whose origins lie in the 1996 Buena Vista Social Club sessions in Havana – sessions which were designed to be a Cuban-Malian musical summit. The Malians never made it, it became a solely Cuban event, and the best-selling World Music album of all time. Now the Malians have arrived, and what a line-up! Toumani Diabate is the kora maestro, and one of the most famous musicians on the continent; Bassekou Kouyate is the jaw-dropping ngoni wizard; Djelimady Tounkara is West African guitar hero and Kasse Mady one of the great griot voices. In the Cuban corner is Eliades Ochoa, be-hatted powerhouse of the original Buena Vistas, and with him, a crack team of acoustic campesina compadres. As good as it gets. / Nigel Wood

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July 20 2011


where
Unit 13A
Nutgrove Shopping Centre,
Rathfarnham,
Dublin 14


when
10am-6pm

how much
Depends on the clobber

le other
Tres Fab

Nutgrove Shopping Centre may seem an unlikely destination for vintage wear, but this recent addition is fast becoming one of its hidden gems. With an expertly chosen range of affordable once-off original and vintage-inspired pieces sourced from across Europe and beyond, you could easily lose an hour eagerly rifling through their well-stocked rails. Favourite finds so far: a multi-coloured 80’s playsuit (whoever said it’s the decade fashion forgot?) and a soft purple and green swirly 70’s style scarf, all lovingly wrapped up in fluorescent pink crepe paper. Choose (if you can) between a gorgeous peace symbol or hummingbird patterned Ruby Rocks reusable bag to pop your purchase in - it’s worth the pilgrimage to the suburbs for these alone. Tres Fab indeed. / Aoife O'Regan

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July 20 2011


where
Cross Gallery, 59 Francis Street, Dublin 8
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when
10am - 5.30pm Tues-Fri, 11am - 5pm Sat, Until 30th July

how much
Free

exhibition
Michael Wann

I first saw Michael Wann’s work a year ago, at the exhibition where his three pictures stood out like a lonely tree in the desert. What looked from a distance like a monochrome psychedelic photograph of a deserted house with splashes of ink-black blood, was graphic art, hand drawn in charcoal and wash on canvas. His pieces are both very technical and emotive. They bring associations with grange-like abandoned sights where only ghosts dwell, and he just happened to be a secret observer of their dreamlike apparitions. Elements of mark-making give a careless, neglected air – a coffee stain here, a drip of paint there – as if he just dug out an old print that belonged to the centuries dead owner of a mysterious house. The title of one of his drawings, “I once knew half a house,” about sums up the dark humour of this exhibition.  / Nadia Gativa

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Indiana June - Kingdom of the Pedal Heads

Ahead of her first crusade, le cool caught up with pick-a-path adventurer, Indiana June.

I'm originally from New Zealand. My real name is Diana June Tansey but my alter ego was born after a mix-up in customs. They said the name on my passport didn't match the one they had in the system for me - Indiana June. I thought: "That's cool, I'll have to do something with that name!"

I've always loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books and wanted to do something like it. I'm hoping to cycle the globe and I'm inviting everyone to vote on all the important decisions I need to make as I go.

In 2007, myself and three other girls bought a purple ice-cream truck and travelled around 20 countries. But I want to try it on a bike, and I want to involve other people in the decision process. I think it would make for a great book or documentary.

Voting to kick start Indiana June begins on July 25th. The Bernard Shaw hosts a launch party on August 4th and Indiana sets off on August 5th. PHOTO: Nadia Gativa