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Recently, we've been dipping into the past, mostly thanks to this brilliant post. We love looking at the city through these old photographs, gauging how far Dublin has come, how much has changed, or just how places have remained the same.

It got us thinking about Dublin characters, people like Zozimus and Bang Bang and how they are still talked about, mostly reverentially. Then we wondered which Dublin characters who walked the streets in recent times would stand the test of time. We talked of Matt The Jap, Jonathan Philbin Bowman and Dancing Mary.

Then we wondered about those alive now; Tom Mathews, Peter (Evening Herald paperman), Crikey, Aidan Walsh, David McDermott...the people who add a splash of colour to the city shades. Who will be remembered in 40 years time? So now we are making a list, then we'll post it to ourselves and open it in 2051 and see if we were right. Want to help? Suggestions to dublin@lecool.com.

Who wants to keep it under 850 characters this week? Ciaran or Michael?

With thanks to Camille and a fond farewell to Beth.

"Michael Gondry always has things coming out of people's mouths." - Emily Quinn
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August 18 2011


where
Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the Arch, off Cope Street, Temple Bar, D2
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when
10am-5.30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Summer Show

A gem of a gallery, tucked away under an arch behind Central Bank so as to keep it safe from the be-haircutted petulant tweens -  the Summer Show has enough to look at during your lunch break, with plenty of variety to ensure something will tickle your retinas, and incredibly friendly staff. Oh! And an upstairs (An upstairs! Too many galleries in Temple Bar make me almost claustrobhobic all over myself - I'm looking at you, Clyne). Secret find is Claire Henderson's so-small-you-might-miss-it print of a women in potential distress. I'm not sure what it was but it was tiny, wet and soulful, and I liked it. Other cool dudes to check out include Raymend Henshaw and Katherine Van Uytrecht, but the volume and eclecticism of what's on display will make it impossible for you to love/hate/buy everything. Art yo, it's the tits. / Karl Watson

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August 18 2011


where
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
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when
10pm

how much
€10

gig
Retarded Cop

Gaz Le Rock has been playing music for twenty years. He was a mad alcoholic for a lot of that time. Now he's just mad. He is singlehandedly saving the Irish music scene though, and if you head along to this gig, he may just save your soul too. His own epiphany happened recently enough, he quit the drink and drugs and moved back into the spare room in his mother's house. And then he found the energy of an exploding star. Writing songs all day, every day, producing a volume of work that monks would have to be employed to document fully. But in that mine of music were some gems, some absolute beauties that have propelled him back onto the stage, back into the limelight where he belongs. His shows are lethal, his songs are balls-out fun and he is the nicest man you'll ever meet. This is a sermon, go and be healed. Win Tickets / Vernon Steel

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August 18 2011


where
Christchurch Hall
9 Sandymount Green
Sandymount
Dublin 4

when
8pm

how much
Free

launch
GIY Ireland

I have a theory that most of British and Irish people are born with a gene that kicks in at some point in their mature lives. It forces them, be they a stock exchange broker, a high-end designer or a non-conformist hippy, to move to the village, get a country house and dig, weed and grow their own garden. As a person who can only successfully grow fungus in the fridge, I’m amazed at the passion these people show to become, after much effort and money spent, completely self-sufficient in...lettuce. For those green-thumbed there’s a helpful charity initiative called GIY Ireland. Its community helps bring modern people affected by consumerism back to their roots...seeds and shrubs. Here you can find out the difference between courgette and squash, and get tips on what to do if you got apple scab your GP never heard of. / Nadia Gativa

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August 18 2011


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
Solar Taxi

I have a re-occuring dream involving teeth. Specifically, the pulling of an everlasting twine through my teeth. It haunted my reverie so much that I consulted the internets to find that people all over the globe have the same dental dementia. Seemingly it could be a sign of anxiety or that you are not fully engaged creatively. Solar Taxi's Aisling (Foxy) Browne had a similar night visitor, it haunted her so much that she decided to quit her day job and concentrate fully on the music that had only being the part time taker in her life. Anxiety relieved and creatively fulfilled, Aisling and band went on to deliver the She Dies With Beautiful Teeth EP. Think Goldfrapp with a slice of The Knife and a glitterful of glam rock and you are getting a taste of Waterford's finest export since Dan Shanahan. Get your teeth into them. Win Tickets / Vernon Steel

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August 19 2011


where
POD, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.
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when
5.30pm - 10.30pm

how much
€22

festival
Beer Festival

How smart those Nubians were - they knew the fermented grain would keep them in good health. Their beer contained an antibiotic used for acne and urinary-tract infections. The Teutons cleverly gave their brides honey-beer for a month after they wed as an aphrodisiac. Sound familiar? You cannot take the beer from society. You can only aim to give people the best beer possible, which Deveney's off license does year round but never with such an extreme offering as this. OVER 300 WORLDLY BEERS. Scream that to Silenus. Roar it to Osiris. Cry out to Tezcatzontecatl. The gods will join you for sure. Why limit yourself to one drink, I say. The world is vast and if you walk around on a sunny day with a cold beer in you, everything is sweeter. Win Tickets / Georgia

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August 19 2011


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

how much
€14

gig
Shonen Knife

Shonen Knife is a musician’s band, in the same way Peter Cook was a comedian’s comedian, loved by connoisseurs and music buffs but managing, relatively, to avoid even the alternative music scene’s radar during their impressive career. The predominant vibe tonight will be cutesy, fun and innocent, but the band’s name and anything-but-fluffy abilities with their instruments give the impression that they could just as easily kick your ass as pinch it. Like the Ramones, to who they have been compared, Shonen Knife know the extent of their crowds’ needs and attention spans. One of the things that makes their tracks so engaging is their length. If they still sound and look this good after 30 years, then we could all do worse than to shun the gaudy limelight, go with our instincts and get some sashimi in the fridge. / Denise Tench

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August 19 2011


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when
8pm

how much
€8

ep launch
Alarmist

I think Alarmist are better than Battles. There, I said it. Especially after the latter's dismal, in my opinion, gig at the Forbidden Fruit festival in June. Not only are they better, but they've got more depth, there's more intrigue and layering to the melodies, it's music that doesn't over-embellish itself to prove a point. Their EP launch in Block T is sure to enthrall as these multi-instrumentalists are renowned for their energetic and perfectly synced performances, where visuals from Slipdraft add to the overall experience. Boasting impressive support from The Dying Seconds and The River Fane, this will be a delightful evening spent in the company of very talented musicians. Win Tickets / Jessica Hayden

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August 19 2011


where
Whelan's Upstairs, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
11.30pm

how much
Free before 10.30pm, €7 otherwise.

gig
Low Sea

The announcement of the Hard Working Class Heroes line-up torchlights the music scene of the moment. And besides a few who truly tumble into 'if you haven't made it by now you really shouldn't be hogging a slot' bands, there are acts to get genuinely thrilled about such as Galway duo Low Sea (or Billie and Bobby D as their mams no doubt call them). The breathy and sultry vocals of Billie casts one on a shoe-gaze drift. There's an enveloping aural darkness about a track such as Never Yours that hypnotically transports you along a lost highway. The Gallic pout of Alex will have you reaching for a Gauloises while their cover of the Velvet Undergound's Sweet Jane jig-saws perfectly into their cannon. Low Sea are contenders that can easily go 12 rounds. It might be time to take down that Twin Peaks poster and moodily fall in love again. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

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August 20 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
5pm

how much
€9.90

screening
Je t'Aime, Je t'Aime

Alain Resnais' work is perhaps most famous for its radical experimentation of narrative filmic tradition and challenging plot trajectories. Je t'aime, je t'aime is no exception, and though it is one of Resnais' lesser known pieces, it is arguably the most innovative. The story begins with a man admitted to an institution following a failed suicide attempt. He undergoes a dangerous experiment which requires him to pass through time and space and he is forced to relive painful exchanges with his deceased lover. The constant flux between personal pasts and presents, all occuring under the watchful eye of the anonymous doctors, creates an atmosphere that would unsettle David Lynch. Je t'aime, je t'aime is a unique elegy to love, regret and the unreliable nature of memory, by means of oscillating time and shifting perspectives. / Tess Motherway

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August 20 2011


where
Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
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when
20th-21st

how much
Free

festival
Ukulele Hooley

George Formby never sang Leaning on a Lampost without his, and Eddie Vedder has devoted an entire album to the instrument that is otherwise known as ‘jumping flea’. Yes folks, the world’s happiest instrument is coming to town. A quick whiff of some salty sea air and the sound of these delightful little curiosities at every turn, and you could be forgiven for thinking you were languishing in the paradise isles of Hawaii. Get your Uke on at the country’s 2nd annual Irish Ukulele festival. For the price of a few pints, you can buy and learn something that will keep you amused for longer than your hangover ever could. Try out a workshop; try to join in on a session. Let’s face it, any instrument that can turn Radiohead’s Creep into a jaunty little ditty has the power to do some kind of magic for sure. / Niamh Hassell

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August 20 2011


where
Dublin Ink, Cows Lane
Temple Bar


when
9pm

how much
Free, BYOB

gig
Dublin Ink presents Leaders of Men

Buddha bags, BYOB, and solid tunes from a band that’s actually bothering to voice their complaints about the current state of the nation. Leaders of Men are the headliners tonight and they know how to vent their spleen while never coming across as unnecessarily angry or unlistenable. They’re performing new tunes and are supported by Hellfire Club, a self-confessed troubadour who blends elements of folk, indie and hip-hop. The night is completed by some custom visuals from Dublin Ink’s amazing guest tattoo artists, compiled by the always awesome Geppetto. You can enjoy all this while attempting to keep your cans cold and your spot on a Buddha bag secure from intruders (admittedly the only way to do this is probably to forsake the bathroom for the duration of the gig...) / Beth O’ Rafferty

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August 20 2011


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
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when
8pm

how much
€20-25

concert
The Gloaming

The summer months in Dublin often seem bereft of traditional music events. Sure, there are sessions and hoofing aplenty but little of the 'pure drop' about - probably down to the plethora of summer schools and festivals that lend themselves to playing of the highest order. Well, thanks to ESB Live, the National Concert Hall plays host to an exciting new development in traditional music. The combined talents of mercurial Clare fiddler Martin Hayes, Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, sean nos singer Iarla  Ó Lionaird (no stranger to creating new soundscapes), hardanger player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and New York pianist Thomas Bartlett came together earlier this year to explore new music. The resulting collective The Gloaming now embarks on a nationwide tour with music described as being sparse and beautiful, tune filled with raucous power. / Des FitzGerald
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August 21 2011


where
Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
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when
20th, 21st

how much
Free

festival
Chalk Festival

Warped images that trick the eye, great masterpieces recreated and blazing original works - pavement art has come a long way since we boys used to watch girls draw mysterious boxes on the ground and then seemingly hop around at random. The leading street pavement artists in the world will be creating these temporary wonders over two days at the Dun Laoghaire Chalk Festival, with their giant installations crafted right in front of the public's gaze. Local artists will also partake and there will be limited spaces for any budding chalkers wanting to get their fingers dusty. I’ll be heading for the children's zone, where the festival's artistic directors will guide the kids through the basics, or else just throw them a piece of chalk and tell them to get on with it. I might even learn how those mysterious boxes made girls hop on one foot. / Hugh Torpey

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August 21 2011


where
Hugh Lane Gallery, 1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
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when
Ends today. 11am-5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Sean Shanahan - The Golden Bough

The latest Golden Bough installation is called Oasary, Tracery and has been created by Sean Shanahan. Don’t go expecting an awful lot - I don’t mean that as a criticism, but the installation consists of five small traced patterns on the walls of Gallery 8. The point being that the installation itself is the open space you stand in, and the tracery is an unbounded wall painting. The installation is pleasing, the patterns sort of suck you in the longer you look at them and they are aesthetically pleasing. I felt a small bit cheated by the installation though - none of the promotional material had expressed just how empty the space would be (apart from two space stealing seats.) That said you’re certainly left with lots of time to appreciate the Monets and to gaze at the Harry Clarke windows, which are always worth a look. / Beth O' Rafferty

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August 21 2011


where
The Lantern Centre, Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
All day

how much
Free

festival
World Music Festival

If, like me, you are desperately missing your annual immersion in global rhythms due to the cancellation of the brilliant Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, you may want to check this out. Get your fix of music from far flung places by heading to The Lantern Centre on Synge St. Proving that there is more to Portobello than trendy ‘Bear’ bikes, beards and babaganoush, this one-day festival brings together a multicultural line up of musicians from the local International community. Acts include Martin Healy Trad Band, Emerald Singers (Monserrat, West Indies), Passarim Latin Jazz Trio (Ireland/Brazil) and Skelly B (UK/ Caribbean). While the large scale Dun Laoghaire Festival benefited from high-level funding, this is very much a community based event, supporting the brilliant talent from around the world now living here. / Donal Gorman

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August 22 2011


where
Savoy Cinema, 17 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.
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when
1:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:05pm, 8:30pm

how much
€8.60

cinema
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I know you're dubious and you think there's no need for a prequel to 1968's classic Planet of the Apes, but the clumsily titled Rise of the Planet of the Apes is well made, well acted and isn’t as heavy-handed with the CGI as you’d expect - what else could you ask for from a blockbuster? The plot is predictable but moves at a good pace, plus there's a decent build up of tension despite the inevitable outcome. Basically the story follows James Franco as he looks for a cure for Alzheimer's disease, tests potential cures on apes, adopts an orphaned baby ape, and then eight years later (yet no one has aged a day) things start to go wrong. It's a typical set up for a sci-fi, but the impressive effects and sympathy the director has you feeling towards the apes keep this feeling fresh. Stop being dubious and go. / Beth O' Rafferty

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August 22 2011


where
9 Spranger's Yard
Crow Street
Temple Bar
Dublin 2

when
Mon: Closed, Tues-Sun: 11-6pm, Thurs: 11-8pm

how much
Depends on the duds.

le other
Flourescent Elephant

Something has been troubling me greatly over this vintage revival. Mainly the definition. What exactly is vintage? Who decides? The giant bloomers you found in your Granny’s attic - are they vintage? The grotty polka dot work-shirt your mother bought from Switzers? Because it’s old and loud and garish - it’s vintage? Some of the absolute tat that passes off as vintage is only shocking. Which is why Fluorescent Elephant is such a breath of fresh air. Owner Sinead Kelly does not do vintage for vintage sake.  Launching online originally, Fluorescent Elephant offers a vintage edit that is relevant, trend-driven and modern. The online space has recently converted to a bricks and mortar space on Crow Street and the shop itself is calm and organised - a nice reprieve from the sometimes chaotic vintage experience. A truly forward-thinking vintage shop. / Jennie McGinn

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August 23 2011


where
Collins Barracks, 7 Benburb St, Dublin 7.
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when
Permanent display.

how much
Free

exhibition
Eileen Gray

She’s something of an enigma; Slade Graduate, cigarette smoking, race car driving, bisexual... and all this in the 1920s. Though essentially self taught, she became a pioneer of modern design, her work fascinating her contemporaries and critics, including infamously le Corbusier. Yet she lived as a recluse for much of her life. Her architectural masterpiece E1027 has been ignored almost since its completion, though the French Government have now declared it a National Cultural Monument, and it is due to reopen after extensive conservation next year. Last but not least, Eileen Gray was a Paddy, having been born and raised in Enniscorthy,  and the National Museum of Ireland have a permanent collection of some of her now priceless work on display in Collins Barracks. It’s well worth a look. / andróid

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August 24 2011


where
Hello Operator, 12 Rutland Place, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8.30pm

how much
€7

theatre
Spurt & Playback

Finn's dad died today. So did his fish. And he loved that fucking fish. So begins Spurt, a new play by Karl Watson that uses 30 live goldfish, precariously strung from the ceiling in clear plastic bags, as a starting point for its meditations on mortality. Lonely rabbits, troublesome toddlers and a grieving Jackie O are among the host of characters brought to life by Watson's talented cast of four in the play, which earned rave reviews when it premiered at Cork's Solstice Festival in June. Elegant design, slick choreography and daring direction combine for a powerful piece of theatre, anchored by the cast's artful performances. Despite its bleak subject matter, Spurt radiates a soul-softening charm and will almost certainly resonate with anybody who's ever lost a loved one. Or a goldfish. Win Tickets / Joey Kavanagh

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August 24 2011


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
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when
8pm

how much
€20

gig
Kirstin Hersh

Seminal art-punk legend Kristin Hersh is about to embark on her second of three visits to Ireland this year. The first was in January in light of the publication of her startling, engaging memoir Paradoxical Undressing; the second is this solo show and the iconic songstress will return again in November playing with the band that she rose to acclaim with, Throwing Muses. In the past year Hersh has embarked on a period of marathon recording with her solo work, a new and much-anticipated album with Throwing Muses and an album of work with her other band, the powerful 50 Foot Wave. It seems that now, twenty five years after her career took off, Hersh is more energetic than ever and with every live performance comes that musical vigour, striking vocals and endearing charm she has become celebrated for. / Deirdre O’Brien

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August 24 2011


where
Maint Street, Rathmines
(former Game Stop)


when
Official launch tonight, 5.30pm. Mon-Sat 10am-6.pm

how much
Depends

launch
Alchemy

Alchemy for the times we live in! This new pop up shop by Busybees Furniture ticks all the boxes for the world today. They take your old discarded or found furniture from skips and up-cycle said pieces using design experts whilst also providing FAS training for the unemployed. What you get back is a hand finished custom piece of genuine vintage furniture. Who needs designer mid-century classics at €1000 a pop when you can have a unique, bespoke and sustainable piece of craft that’s good for urban job creation? See their pop-up shop in Rathmines or watch them work their magic in their Crumlin Warehouse, an Aladdin’s cave filled with vintage furniture. I have seen boring old office chairs turned into talking pieces of Burlesque folly and 1930s dressing tables re-varnished and imbued with images from personal photographs. / Elisha Bul

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August 24 2011


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

when
9pm

how much
€5

comedy
Black Cat Comedy Club

One of Dublin’s newest and most eclectic comedy nights, the buzz around Black Cat has been growing steadily. The brainchild of actor and comedienne Tracey O’Neill, the night sees the best of new Irish and international talent take to the stage and there is always huge encouragement from the audience. Don’t be surprised if the crowd start indulging in group hugs as this is one of the friendliest evenings you will find in Dublin and the punters are as much a part of the show as the acts. With a huge variety of performers, this evening is seriously good value for money and is comedy with a conscience. There are charity buckets around the room collecting for victims of the current famine in East Africa, and while donation is not compulsory it could be considered your good deed for the day! / Frances Winston
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Niwel & Nono

Niwel Tsumbu & Nono Madolo are just two of the ten acts that are taking part in Globe, a celebration of universal rhythms, which runs in Liberty Hall August 17-19th.

I [Niwel] grew up in a house with a lot of music. I wasn’t a big fan of music myself, but in Africa, in Congo anyway, music is always outside. Everything is outside; you just hear music that way.

I [Nono] come from South Africa, which is rich and full of music. We have that thing of drawing strength from music, it was music that kept people going.

The arts scene here is great It’s open, compared to Congo anyway. There’s a lot of festivals and I love the fact that Irish people also embrace their own culture. You know if you go around Ireland and search places you’ll find loads of stuff going on. People are really open, so that’s really good.

This show is an absolute delight, its heaven where we can be in a room with all this talent doing their own thing and then playing together... It’s a lot of learning, soaking in everything. People need to get out of YouTube, get out of Facebook, come and support live music.
PHOTO: Cliona O' Flaherty

 

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