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You've got to love Ira Glass. As the voice of PRI's This American Life, Glass has been one of our favourite finds of the last two years. His shows routinely setting new high standards in broadcasting.

But this week, we don't want to concentrate on his wonderfully meaty slices of Americana. Instead, we listened as he absolutely killed it advising anyone who works in the creative fields.

In essence, he maintains that people become creative because of good taste - you appreciate art or music and you want to create something similar. The kicker is though, you hold yourself to the same standard you impose on others.

Inevitably,  when you start, your output is just not that good...but your taste is still killer. Fact is, everyone goes through this, the secret is to maintain your goal, keep producing and that gap will be bridged.

It's going to take a while. But that's completely normal.

Who is working on improving each and every week? Ciaran or Michael

With thanks to Camille.

This image I call BRUTAL and it is in reference to our summer." - Emily Quinn
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August 25 2011


where
CrawDaddy, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
01 676 5445
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€5

gig
Future Bright

There's an amazing energy in the Irish music scene right now, and if you're looking for a snapshot then tonight's chapter in the Heineken Future Bright series is it. Nay McArdle of the blog Harmless Noise has long championed the Irish alternative music scene with a dedicated passion. She's curating tonight and has selected five acts for your maximum pleasure, starting with the headliner, Cork electronic producer Toby Kaar, who's enjoying a smashing year after Whelan's One To Watch (they were right) and more recently Castlepalooza. Also performing are Low Sea, Last Days Of 1984, Versechorusverse, and solo Bantum. It's also a chance to preview a few of the acts before HWCH and, at a fiver in with €3 beers, it's the cheapest one-night festival around. And no need to bother with the wellies, or hidden naggins. Win Tickets / Hayley Reynolds

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August 25 2011


where
The Greenhouse
17 St. Andrew Street
Dublin, Ireland

when
7-10pm

how much
€5 in with complimentary cocktail and BYO for later.

clothes swap
Festival Clothes Swap

Festivals can be an expensive business, especially if you are the type who feels the need to be right on festival style each year. So those good folk in Cultivate, who curate The Global Green space at EP, have organised Ireland's first Festival Clothes Swap, making things a little easier on your purse and the planet. It’s the regular clothes swap format: Bring some stuff, leave with some stuff. Festival wear is the key though, so your dresses, skirts, shirts, shorts, wellies, raincoats, ponchos bags or hats will be welcomed. Whatever your festival style, flamboyant granny, conservative tranny, outrageously plain, or just plain outrageous, re-cycle your festival wardrobe to be super sustainably stylish when you arrive on the grass next Friday. Music will be provided by DJ Steve Reddy. / Amy Bennett

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August 25 2011


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

when
8pm

how much
€10 / €5

concert
Dublin Laptop Orchestra

I'll have to admit that the concept of a laptop orchestra, or a 'lork' to those more familiar with the idea, was new to me until quite recently. It makes perfect sense though, any sizable instrumental ensemble can be considered an orchestra, and if those instruments happen to be laptops, then the range of sound that could potentially be produced would be almost definitely immeasurable; intriguing, yes? The learned souls at Princeton have inspired the foundation of the Dublin Laptop Orchestra who, together with the Irish Composers Collective, are show-casing this form of contemporary music in the NCH. If contemporary music and unusual musical toys interest you, this should be thoroughly fascinating. Win Tickets / Jessica Hayden

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August 25 2011


where
Clontarf Cricket Club, Castle Avenue, Dublin 3

when
10.15am

how much
€40 (Returns only on the door)

sport
Ireland v England

On March 2, 2011 in India, Ireland beat England in the Cricket World Cup to pull off one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history. With the England target well out of reach, Ireland batsman Kevin O'Brien decided to go for broke, to score a few quick runs to put a gloss on what would undoubtedly be a losing score. Two hours and 113 runs from O’Brien's giant bat later, and Ireland were just about there, closing in on an amazing, unprecedented victory. The night in Bangalore got very messy, very quickly, as players, family and fans converged on the team hotel for a night-long celebration. Ireland take on England in the RSA Challenge with memories fresh of that glorious night, and the fixture has added spice in Dublin-born Eoin Morgan leading an experimental English side seeking revenge for the Bangalore embarrassment. / Nick Royle

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August 26 2011


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
8-11pm. (weather permitting. see link for updates)

how much
€5

screening
The Wizard of Oz

The flying monkeys. The suicidal munchkins. The tragic drug-addled Judy Garland. The ‘glorious Technicolor’. The whole damn trippy thing. Open Air cinema is screening the very wonderful Wizard of Oz at IMMA this Friday as part of the Kilmainham Arts Festival. This ageless and magical piece of cinematic history is a veritable institution for many, packed with symbolism, tragedy and triumph. Like a true cult classic, the film has been interpreted in many ways – with Dorothy’s journey likened to a spiritual quest, a Freudian coming of age, an allegory of drug usage, a political metaphor. Whatever the interpretation, it surely is a film like no other, perfect to be enjoyed open air with a blanket and a few bevies. Just remember kids, we’re not in Kansas anymore – this is Dublin, so layer up and bring the raincoat. / Aoife Concannon

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August 26 2011


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

how much
€15

gig
Kíla

A Kíla gig is sort of like sucking up a bowl of Irish stew (with a pinch of exotic herbs and spices) through a tin whistle, while bouncing barefoot on top of congo drums and singing Sean Nós to the moon in the middle of a field on a sunny day in the Gaeltacht. Joyfully rambunctious. Rónán Ó Sniodaigh is a wonderful vocalist who prowls the stage beating his bodhran and dancing like a funky caveman. I am reliably told that Eoin Dillon is the Brad Pitt of the Uileann Pipe world. All seven members pick up a number of instruments and always seem to be having great fun onstage. Recent album Soisin was an instrumental, and quietly beautiful record. In the intimate surroundings of Whelan's you can be sure Kíla will have everyone dancing around the sticky floor like owls trying to perch on an electric fence. / Paddy O'Dwyer

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August 26 2011


where
The Back Loft, La Catedral Art Studios, 7-11 St Augustine St, Dublin 8


when
8pm

how much
€8/€10

pop & poetry
Acoustic Picnic

For those of us packing our rucksacks and heading down to its more famous namesake in a couple of weeks, The Acoustic Picnic is just the thing for gently easing yourself back into the festival vibe. And with its pop-up, ethereal nature, it feels a long way from walks through the mud and overpriced pints. Instead of rucksacks filled with soon-to-be-destroyed valuables, here you can bring a picnic basket full of grub and, more importantly, your own beer. With the excellent Ríona Sally Hartman headlining with support from Peter Delaney, the bill is rounded off by poetry readings from the politically inspired The Poetry Chicks and Stephen Smith. Playing tracks from her debut EP Sealegs, Ríona's wonderfully crafted jazz infused musings will provide the perfect backdrop for what is surely one of Dublin's most unique venues. / Hugh Torpey

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August 26 2011


where
Lillie's Bordello
Grafton Street
Dublin 2


when
6-10pm

how much
ciara@emissionzero.ie to reserve.

fashion show
EmissionZero: Eco Fashion Show

The times, they are a-changin. There’s no doubt in my mind that an Eco Fashion Show would have generated nothing more than a few sniggers and some patronising praise a few years ago. Insert carrot munching stereotypes now. But with fast fashion (mal)practice at the top of the fashion agenda, and with groups like Redress promoting ethical fashion, an Eco Fashion Show couldn’t be more timely. A host of eco-friendly designers, including Sinead Doyle and Nadine Roberts, alongside the Ballymun Rediscovery Centre, will be showcasing cutting-edge designs achieved through ethical and sustainable practice. An oxymoron that is not. Thrown into the mix are eco-friendly cocktails on arrival and a prize for most stylish. Just don’t turn up in your transition year recycling project. Eco-fashion has certainly evolved beyond that. / Jennie McGinn

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August 26 2011


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

when
8pm (until Sat.)

how much
€20 - €25

theatre
It Only Ever Happens In The Movies

National Youth Theatre. Three perfect word bedfellows. In life, often replete with widescale sulking, slouching and door slamming. On stage, comprising of aspiring actors and actresses. Instead of a safe bet adaptation, they decided to devise their own play for their annual curtain call. It's the teen conundrum of how to chat up a girl. Summer lovin' vs summer drubbin'. Most of the smooth and suave boys have it down pat but Derek (Michael Noonan) doesn't. Through a series of sketches, dance moves and Cillian Murphy imparting hammy advice via video dream sequences, Derek learns how to "go where they graze". It takes him to quiz shows and funeral parlours. There's a verve, energy and genuine humour that infects these 16 students (selected from 62 youth theatres) and this show with a freshness that shows the kids are more than alright, they're on fire. Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

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August 26 2011


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

when
10.30

how much
€15/12

club night
Secousse

Mention World Music to some people and they'll look at you as if you just coughed into their mouths. Fact is, it's a niche market. But why should mainstream become your mainstay? The Groovilisation boys started up in the minutes after the recession, but their quest to bring the best eclectic tunes to Dublin has never waned. If you've never been to one of their gigs then buck the trend tonight. They are shipping over DJ Etienne Tron, a 28-year-old anglophile who used to work for the dance label Ninja Tune and is crazy about Roots Manuva. You can also witness the fitness of Mo Laudi, DJ Izem, and even though their names are small on the poster, the fame of Jackmaster and Egyptrixx should have ensured a larger font. This night will offer up some brilliant, globally minded dance-pop, so what's stopping you? Cough, cough. Win Tickets / Vernon Steel

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August 27 2011


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

when
2-6pm

how much
Free

fair
Whelan's Records Fair

With many of our record shops closing their doors, buying records has become like an episode of Columbo. Those long afternoons of rooting for Dusty in Memphis, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter or Black on Both Sides don’t happen as much as they once did; perhaps it is the environment, and the passage of time, and now the pursuit has an even greater specialness attached, which is why record fairs are becoming increasingly important. Whelans are hosting this one, which is ever-pleasing to see, since it has hosted some of the city’s most special live performances, from Owen Pallett to Christy Moore, Daniel Johnston & Friends to The National, Allen Touissant to Grizzly Bear, Villagers to Anti-Pop Consortium and everything inbetween; it is a perfect setting to buy more music to create memories to. / Siobhán Kane

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August 27 2011


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
Location Map

when
From 10pm

how much
€8 for the double bill, €6 for just the midnight movie

screening
Hollywood Babylon: Mondo Cage

“I'll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash you got.” “This is my snakeskin jacket! And for me it's a symbol of my individuality, and my belief... in personal freedom.” “OH, NO! NOT THE BEES! NOT THE BEES! AAAAAHHHHH! ...” “Put... the bunny... back... in the box.” If you can not recognise one or more of the above lines consider this an introductory course to the sublime acting skills of the one and only Nicolas Cage. The lessons that will be taught have just been decided upon...and they will touch a variety subjects such as personal grooming, voice training, child care, law enforcement, biochemistry and how to lose your shit with old women. Students will be required to bring their own beer, and an open mind. Discussions will be held after each lecture film. Win Tickets / Francis T. Spurling
 

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August 27 2011


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
Free

gig
The Hot Sprockets

Want some kick-ass tunes? And some savage drink deals? All for free? Then get your tuckus to the Button Factory to catch The Hot Sprockets. It’s a free gig from one of the best unknown bands in the country. Actually, they're better than most known bands in this country, so hit up the gig and soak in some blues drenched, country inspired rock n roll. What's not to love? If their album launch was anything to go by then this gig will be seriously memorable and with floor-stomping sing-along tunes like Honey Skippin' and Solid Gold as well as support acts (yet to be announced) this promises to be unmissable. If for whatever reason you don't make it in, catch them at Electric Picnic. Afterwards you can legitimately be one of those smug people that knew about them before they made it big. Yeah, sweet! / Beth O'Rafferty

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August 27 2011


where
Various Venues, Blackrock.
See link.


when
From 11am

how much
Free

festival
Blackrock Animation Festival

Who doesn’t love Donald Duck, Ghost in the Shell or Family Guy? Those denying are just lying. We're the animation generation obsessed with apps, programmes, games and computerised panels. So as a representative of Animation Addicts in Dublin, I demand more! After the fabulous Lightbox Animation Film Festival in Sligo, it’s high time to have some animation fun at Blackrock Animation Festival. It's a perfect event for young people with the Cartoon Saloon Animation Workshop and a sweet line-up with such features as The Secret of Kells. However, more mature viewers will appreciate their comfy seat at the ‘Pop Up Cinema’ to watch over forty works from Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, Israel and Netherlands. So my forecast for this weekend: the perfectly drawn sun and Flash-based white clouds on the horizon. / Anna P

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August 27 2011


where
The Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Main Street Ranelagh, Dublin 6

when
12pm-7pm

how much
Free

fair
Zine Fair

Simply put, this Zine Fair has been organised to promote and support independent press, to give makers a platform to network and sell and to enourage and inspire a flourishing scene in Ireland. You may recognise a few faces and fonts from the Summer Edition Book Art as they showcase the best in zines, artist books, comics and independent publications from Ireland and the UK. See handmade artist books and experimental photography zines from Baby BEEF independent art press, comics from Patrick Brown and Paddy Lynch, collaborative book art projects from art collectives Tinderbox and Scissors Cuts Paper, personal stories and drawings from Pepper Morrison, punk rock DIY ethics from Loserdom Zine, novels from Albedo One plus live music and a screening of zine documentary $100 and a T-shirt. / Mylo Green
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August 27 2011


where
Dublin's various squares. See link.


when
All day

how much
Free

celebration
Garden Squares Day

Can you name all of Dublin’s Georgian Squares? I bet David Norris could. Maybe you live in one or walk past one every day, maybe you're trapped under a wardrobe and you’ve never been in one. Either way, these antiquated hallmarks of the past are something Dublin residents take for granted. Step in Dublin Civic Trust with their annual celebration of all things, um, square. To encourage Dubliners to visit these peaceful pockets of green and interact with their city’s history, the events are pretty varied (programme HERE). There are historical walking tours, Gaelic games and archery in Mountjoy Square, Argentine Tango in St. Stephen's Green and watercolour classes in Fitzwilliam Square, in what is a rare chance to access this private garden. Is it time you looked at Dublin’s greenery? / Lisa Hughes

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August 28 2011


where
All over the country.


when
All day, see link.

how much
Free, see link.

food
Street Feast

I’ve had my fair share of bad experiences with dodgy neighbours. One liked to use my front door as a vomit receptacle on his way home from the pub. Last year's Street Feast changed my not so enthusiastic opinion of my neighbourhood. I popped along to my local event, on my tod but armed with home-made cookies. After being warmly greeted by the organisers, I spent a very pleasant afternoon chatting to my friendly neighbours and overdoing it on the treats. So many of us live anonymously and Street Feast wants us to reach out, share great food, meet new people and have fun. There will be street lunches and picnics all across the city this Sunday to help us do just that. You're encouraged to bring some nibbles and I guarantee you’ll have a good time, feel safer in your 'hood and maybe make a few new friends. / Helena O'Connor

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August 28 2011


where
Hugh Lane Gallery, 1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
1.30pm

how much
Free

screening
Julian Opie

Did you know the Hugh Lane Gallery was proposed by Mr Lane and his architect Sir Edward Lutyens to be built either along Stephens Green or to face the Royal College of Surgeons? However, Lord Ardilaun, who had gifted the green to Dublin city, rejected the idea and was consequently attacked by William Martin Murphy, proprietor of the Irish Independent, who praised Lane’s intentions. Is ‘fresh air a more desirable asset for the people than French art’ he aggressively queried Ardilaun. Nowadays, untroubled by such beef, the Hugh Lane has time to put on funky little events such as their Sunday recitals or this screening of Julian Opie's 2001 Illuminations/The Eye documentary. It's a half hour of interviews with the artist. He chats about his career, his interest in both form and content and the influences for his simplistic work. / Georgia

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August 28 2011


where
Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
01 872 2077
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
Free

spoken word
Open Mic Night

Open mics are few and far between in this city of indie gigs and comedy routines. But then, is Dublin not a UNESCO City of Literature? Surely there must be some starving poet reciting verses concocted from pure air and Irish banter in a dank cellar beneath a pub somewhere? Surely there will be some unsigned poets and writers at The Floor Show, a new and regular open mic in the one Georgian building dedicated to scribblers nationwide, the Irish Writers Centre. Free in, open for submissions in prose and verse (they even let you sing), and I'm sure they'll sneak in some red wine or a couple of stouts, this being the city of the Ginger Man. / Marcel Kreuger

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August 29 2011


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

when
8.30pm

how much
€10. Tea and cake will be served.

le other
YHRF: Football/ The Heart's Yearning

Running for President has given me the privilege of travelling far and wide to meet the people of Ireland. But every Friday night, at 7.45pm, no matter where I am in the country, my thoughts turn to Terryland Park, to the 11 men of Galway United, unbowed and proud despite their lowly league position. On Monday I join Micheál Ó'Muircheartaigh, Belinda McKeon, Paul Muldoon and Eamon Sweeney at Young Hearts Run Free's event. We will be talking and reading about the surprisingly interlinked themes of football and hearts yearning and what it means to lose ourselves in a beautiful, but often infuriating, game. There will be music by Margie Lewis, Barry McCormack and Cian Nugent, with the event’s proceeds supporting the vital work of the Simon Community. / Michael D Higgins

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August 29 2011


where
Saga Malaysian Restaurant
49 Dorset Street Lower,
Dublin 1


when
Tues-Thur 12-3pm / 6-10pm. Fri to Sun 12-10pm

how much
Starter €4-6. Main €8-10

le other
Saga

In case you didn't know; the hawker centre is the South East Asian equivalent of the ubiquitous Irish pub. It is a foodie Agora, social hub, and watering hole of the masses while SEAsian street food is really the best way to explore Asian cuisine. Imagine my immense Proustian pleasure when this Singapore girl was recently directed to Saga, a new Malaysian fusion restaurant found on Dublin's northside. Its menu gives a one-stop gastronomic glimpse of the region's multicultural street food, ranging from South Indian prata, to Thai Tom Yum, Hainanese chicken rice and Indonesian satay. Decor is uncluttered thus casting the perfect scene for homing in on the authentic hawker food. Best Dish: the Malay ones, especially the red chicken curry. Named I suspect, after a car: the Malaysian-made Proton Saga. / Elish Bul-Godley

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August 30 2011


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

when
1.20pm, 3,50pm, 6.20pm, 8.50pm

how much
€7.50

cinema
The Skin I Live In

If Chris Morris didn't have a sense of humour, this is the film he would make. Pedro Amaldovar's latest offering shows the same attachment to seismic movements of dark and troubling material as Morris's most surreal skits. The result is an engrossing tour through the unsettling world of surgeon Robert Legard (Antonio Banderas) and his captive test subject Vera (Elena Ayaya). Like last years I Am Love, one could argue that the film is essentially a brilliantly plotted sex n' violence show, with enough of the high-brow vernacular of European cinema to make the IFI cognescenti not feel guilty about seeing it. However, just as was the case with that film, those charges would be unfair: The Skin I Live In is shot with a painterly composition, has a stunning score, and is driven by a compelling and challenging storyline. Win Tickets / Jack Horgan-Jones

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August 30 2011


where
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until September 25th

how much
Free

exhibition
Matisse

This exhibition, featuring four of Matisse’s books, including the famous Jazz and a copy of his illustrated version of James Joyce’s Ulysses, is a total gem. His distinctive line and gorgeous shaping of the body, already infamous from his bold, bright paintings, is clearly recognisable even in the most sparse of these sketches. Grab the chance to see this (the artists proudest work), while you can. The library, tucked in behind Dublin Castle, is considered by Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe. While there, enjoy the short film about the benevolent Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). He was a pretty cool dude, finishing first in his class at Columbia University, making his riches in the gold mines and accumulating a stunning collection of works which he then bestowed on Ireland. / Emily O'Callaghan

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August 30 2011


where
National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
Onrunning till Jan 2012

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Small Lives

Old photographs tell us more about where we are today. The past couple of years alone of history-in-the-making Ireland could fill a dozen Reeling In The Years. Small Lives is a series of juxtaposed images of children showing the disparity between the classes from 1880 to 1970. Historic socio-political events and details are caught in these images, which even the photographer wouldn't have realised the full significance of at the time. Evident here are the kinds of free fun we've been eeking out again around Dublin these days and all of the things our parents, grandparents, even great-grandparents struggled through and did for lolz. This is not only a glimpse into how kids lived before video games but also the evolution of photography from formal, posed shots to the more casual. / Emily O'Callaghan

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August 31 2011


where
Gallery 29
29 Molesworth Street,
Dublin 2

when
Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm

how much
Free

le other
Gallery 29

What do a Philips car radio, Italian Line Shipping and Roth-Handel smokes have in common? A poster of course! Tantalising, provocative, funny, silly or controversial, you name it; vintage posters preserve the spirit of the era in a distinctive manner. A reminder of different times kept in a fabulously arty way. So if you are looking for your favourite poster, John Rogers will be happy to have a chat about your search. Gallery 29 is the place to go, with a great selection of 1890s -1990s works brought from every corner of the world. A cosy space that nicely displays everything from Outlaw Josey Wales to my granny's favourite washing powder. For over 6 years, they have been building an unparalleled poster art collection. Here is a mesmerising picture of life and culture you would love to keep next to your night table. / Anna P

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August 31 2011


where
Collins Barracks, 7 Benburb St, Dublin 7.
Location Map

when
Until October 18th

how much
Free

exhibition
Ground Zero 360

This is a moving tribute to those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Irish-born photojournalist, Nicola McClean, recorded the immediate panic and long-term aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Centre. Her work illustrates the scale of physical destruction but also captures the humanity of those who risked their own lives to rescue others. This (world premiere) exhibition's poignant installations include a wall of missing-person posters and audio clips of frantic radio dispatches guiding rescue workers through toxic dust. However, perhaps the most striking link to that day is the titular, 360 degree panoramic photograph of the Ground Zero devastation displayed next to a segment of twisted steel beam recovered from the rubble of the fallen towers. / Rory Gannon

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Michelle Darmody - Baked and Caked

One can have cake and eat it. Or in the instance of Michelle Darmody, one can have Cake Café and run it for five years.

Sometimes it feels like I've been here forever and sometimes it's flown.

I had just come back from Australia. The cafe culture there was amazing. There wasn't anything like that here. I want to have a quality of life. That's why I opened a cafe instead of a restaurant.

We've a tea towel map of all our favourite places in Dublin designed by Niall from PONY. Mark O'Halloran re-wrote Willow Pattern for a plate. It's an old Chinese story of star-crossed lovers who turn into doves. In Mark's story they turn into the sea horses on Capel Street Bridge.

Whether we'll have five or five hundred people, I have no idea. We're building a five-tier cake and getting music in. A bit of a thank you to everyone.

The Cake Café's 5th Birthday is on Aug. 25th from 7.30pm. The Cake Café is between Camden Street and Pleasants Place. PHOTO: Con O'Donoghue

 

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