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We love the big ideas here at le cool. We hunt them down, soak them up and let them form nimbus clouds in our imagination.

But birthing an idea is only half the battle. How many cloud-filled heads have you seen lounging around lugubriously, trying to figure out how to communicate their thoughts to the masses? And worse still, how to infect others with enthusiasm for the same idea so that minority-thought becomes conventional wisdom?

Well, an article in The Atlantic caught our eye this week. It maintains that in order to get your point across, whether it's 'popularising a foreign cuisine or toppling a tyrant' all you need to do is convince an unyielding minority of 10 percent. Sounds easy enough right?

This network-theory says that turning a small fraction of the population into steadfast supporters of any cause can be the tipping point.

And we started thinking about you, our 11,000 subscribers. We wondered if we have convinced you in any way of the great things happening in our city, and if you are convincing others, then we are well glad the tipping point is in range...

Whose been trawling the Atlantic this week? Ciaran or Michael. With thanks to Camille.

"it's part of Noah’s Ark at the Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate, Parnell Sq." - Mary Furlong
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September 15 2011


where
Liffey estuary between Samuel Beckett bridge and docklands footbridge

when
24/7 during ABSOLUT Fringe

how much
Free

le other
No Man's Land

Castaway on the Liffey betwixt the glassclad monoliths of the IFSC, the NAMA-ed ghost office complexes and Docklands Authority starchitecture is No Man's Land. The Fringe fest desert isle installation is home to Fergal McCarthy, two palm trees and one vintage tent for a week - weather permitting. He has consummated his love affair with The Liffey in this fitting conclusion to a triptych which has seen him submerge in the river; plant houses upon it and now, in grand Hegelian manner, reside within it (downing the odd dry martini at rush hour). A Celtic Crusoe complex? An anthropomorphic metaphor for our nation's economic exile? Or a fitting reaction to our transpontine north-south class divide? Aldous Huxley himself crafted the novel 'Island' in sequel to his dystopian 'Brave New World'. Make of it what you will. / Elish Bul-Godley 
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September 15 2011


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

how much
€16.50

gig
Handsome Furs

Canadian husband and wife duo Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry return to Dublin with a new album, Sound Kapital, in tow. An album borne out of months of touring has driven the pair to almost entirely abandon their guitar driven electro-rock for a more up-tempo, synthtastic sound. Their travels in Eastern Europe and the Far East have inspired a cacophany of sound that reflects the hot, bright, noisy metropolises of those regions. See them at Whelan’s tonight for a turbulent, beat driven, sweaty gig, like some sort of 21st century version of a riotous underground gig in 1980s East Berlin. Listen to Repatriated and Cheap Music to get into the album, but here’s hoping they play some of the excellent tunes from their first album Plague Park as well. Win Tickets / Alex Calder

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September 15 2011


where
The Front Lounge
32 Parliament Street
Dublin 2

when
Until Oct 7th

how much
Free

exhibition
Adrian & Shane - Stencil Sweethearts

Handsome men make art, are in love. Adoracool, to coin an awesome new word (stay with me...). Shadrian, as Twilight fans might call them, have been making work together as one since 1998, which is also when Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls. Coincidence? No. Nevertheless, the Front Lounge is currently displaying their recent collection of stencil arts 'pon the walls 'twixt the kissing gays and karaoke drag queens. The art is of Micky Mouse motifs, rabbit heads and Jesus himself in stencil form (looking well, have to say). It also gets meta with the stencils of kissing gays hung above the real live kissing gays. Best of the bunch is the collection of cheeky love hearts with New Hair with a hint of Slut only just pipped to the post by I absolutely hate hydrangeas (because, I do). They're all affordable and cool: Affordacool. / Karl Watson

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September 15 2011


where
The Globe, 11 South Great Georges St, Dublin 2


when
9pm

how much
Free

art battle
Absolut Creative Edge

Top, middle or bottom? Strike It Lucky at this booze sponsored, live art hooley. The concept is easy, even if the Surrealists were first to come up with it. Take a large bottle (in this instance an Absolut shaped one with abgc's handprints all over it), give it three sides with three panels on each side. Now, round up three artists and give them 30 minutes to draw on each panel, spin around, and repeat the process. What you'll end up with is a mixed piece of hilARTity. Last week saw le cool regular Karl Watson positively perspire in the window of Shebeen as he pitied his wits and sweaty pits against Gaetan Billault and James Kirwan. Tonight sees Alan Clarke, Jovens Kerekes and Steve Simpson in an exquisite corpse three-way. Part of a series of events. Still confused? Watch the video. / Vernon Steel

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September 15 2011


where
Basic Space Warehouse
Vicar Street
Dublin 8


when
Launch 6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Host

Basic Space is currently one of the most exciting art venues around. You have to absolutely check it out. It effortlessly taps into the great romantic art fantasy and is a perfect example of vacant space opportunities within the city. This warehouse (what a cliché) is huge. The building is limited only in its obscure expiry date, available until it is knocked down to make room for a hotel. In the mean time artists use it for a studio, exhibitions and screenings, the odd shoot and filming. Host is 17 artists who applied and were selected to commit themselves to a six week long 'summer camp' with the aim to exhibit. The work is varied, the only thing that brought these artists together was the warehouse's ability. The exhibition previews tonight and is one of #DubCon11's other venues. I can't stress enough how excitingly large a space this is. / Georgia

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September 16 2011


where
Tiesan Cafe
Harrington Street
Dublin 8


when
Regular Opening hours.

how much
Free

exhibition
Political Posters

If you ever wondered where Coir got the inspiration for their wildly misleading guff, look no further than the collection of 1930s political posters currently on display in Tiesan on Harrington Street. In addition to your bog standard proto McCarthyite red scarism, the Cummann na nGaedhal posters have the gall to depict Fianna Fail as a bunch of duplicitous slibhín backstabbers....oh, wait. Belonging to a relative of the cafe's owner, the posters remained in storage until recently, and are on display for the foreseeable future, doubtlessly to the delight of lovers of the Irish election literature blog. While in there, you could sample Tiesan's pure daycent brunch, breakfast, cocktail and wine menus. If you take only one thing from this exhibition, it should be a cast-iron conviction that caricatures of opposing party leaders should be reintroduced. / Jack Horgan-Jones
 

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September 16 2011


where
Across the city centre. See link.


when
10am - 4pm (see link)

how much
Free

event
Parking Day Dublin

You take a space, a designated parking space and make of it what you will. Why? Why not? Parking Day originated in San Francisco and guess what - it's slowly and ever so surely infiltrating this city. So today we're taking it over - all 16 of us! There's UCD, GoCar, Origin Gallery, Cultivate, Story Wrap and others. We might be planting shrubs, conjuring mind-bending wonders in the form of decking or merely battery operating ghetto-blasters. It's our space, for one day only, and we can do what we wanna do and be who we wanna be. But besides the lip, Parking Day aims to create awareness of sustainable travel and the need for more public open space in urban areas. le cool Dublin is hooking up with former cover designers Outerscapes to create something special in the Italian Quarter just outside Buddha Bag. Come say hello! / Michael & Ciaran

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September 16 2011


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

when
10pm (until Sat 17th)

how much
€13/€15

performance
The Year of Magical Wanking

An anagram of Neil Watkins is 'A Silent Wank' but this is far from a flimsy premise by which he bares his soul in this powerful and personal revelation. Perhaps best known for his Alternative Miss Ireland alter ego Heidi Konnt, Neil is now on stage without the frills or masks of drag. It's Neil telling the audience about the dark recesses of his life and mind. He's 33 and prone to a Christ-like complex, yet the refreshing honesty peeled away through sharp, painful and funny hypnotic verse is what sets it and him as a man apart under the simple spotlight. Yet all the shades of a gay existence known, but unuttered, are cast upon this spotlight. Shades familiar, fantasised or flinched at. He wrestles with and rallies against inner demons and the punishment of purgatory. / Michael McDermott

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September 16 2011


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

when
Until Sept 18th

how much
Free

pop-up
Innovative Jewellery Collective

If you haven't been to the Futures 11 show in the RHA yet, then just put down the internet and sort it out. Not only will you see the work of the most exciting artist in Ireland right now - Alan Butler - and the exaggerated pre-teen nudes with Aretha Franklin sized boobs of Lisa Yuskavage, but you'll have an extra perk in the RHA's current pop-up shop. The Innovative Jewellery Collective are seven professional jewellery makers who joined forces after taking part in Agata Stoinska and Eddie Shanahan's Adornment project. They are all Irish and they are showcasing there all-handmade, all-quality, gold silver and textile adornments. Check out Helena Malone's blocky, jangly pendants, Designworks axe edges, Ger Breslin's briliant rings and (my favourite) the embroidered  textile pieces from Vivienne Martin among the works on display. / Vernon Steel
 

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September 16 2011


where
Boys School @ Smock Alley Theatre


when
Sat 10th - Fri 16th

how much
€14/12

theatre
Do You Read Me

"There's a whole lot of obvious stuff in the world that nobody ever talks about... death is something that everybody thinks about at least once a day - but no one ever talks about it," Sinead O' Connor surmised at the end of last month. "I just wanted to believe in something again," says Shaun Dunne, the lead character, who, in response to the Catholic Church becoming as good as dead, begins searching other unprovable areas, such as psychic mediumship. This ABSOLUT Fringe script, written by Talking Shop Ensemble, has a slight bang of modern classic off it. Three skilled actors - old souls in young bodies - portray how lost they feel through juxtaposing their First Holy Communions with present day. Their findings are that it doesn't matter what you choose to believe but how doing so makes you feel. / Emily O'Callaghan

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September 17 2011


where
Cycle starts at Trinity College, Front Square.


when
2:30 pm meet at Front Square

how much
€15 euro donation

fundraiser
Dublin City Tweed Cycle

Tweed! Tweed! Tweed! I like a red and yellow check, nothing gaudy. Whether it's Harris, Herringbone or Primark, don those plus fours, patch up those elbows and get down to Trinity's Front Square with your Pashley/Dawes/High Nelly your Dad rescued from the dump and career down the elegant Georgian malls of our fair city in aid of that most revered and historical children's charity Barnados. This run has been inspired by the London event, and the concept has spread faster than butter left on top of the oven, so now we have our own!  They've really made a day of it; a pedal around to the Phoenix Park for tea and scones, more lovely cycling back into town where there'll be a fund-braising (sorry) barbecue at the Grafton Lounge, followed by a party at Lillie's Bordello. Wow, yet another perfect Sunday in Dublin. / Kate Coleman

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September 17 2011


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10.30pm

how much
€12

club night
Blawan and Karrem Mosse

Post-dubstep may be saddled with an unwieldy moniker, but there's no doubt that some of the most exciting and genre-bending dancefloor music is emerging from that particular oeuvre. Bubbling under future-bass purveyor Blawan is typical of his peers in that his productions plot a nonlinear route through the UK underground electronic firmament, cherry-picking ideas from acid house, footwork and techno to create his own giddyish creations. The producer (aka Jamie Roberts) struck it lucky when, a very short time into his music career, his nascent talent had bagged releases on R&S and Hessle Audio. The Barnsley native was off and running and hasn't looked back. Also on tonight's Pogo bill is Kassem Mosse, the blowing up, tempo-flipping German house dj/producer feted by the likes of Omar-S and Joy Orbison. / Mark Keane

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September 17 2011


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
11am - 6pm

how much
€25

theatre
Twenty Ten

Theatre Club take on their biggest challenge to date with their ABSOLUT Fringe production of Twenty Ten. Based on correspondence with 200 people over a year, they posed the same question each day – what did you learn today? Insights gleamed are bounced between six performers in rapid-fire succession across six shows. Akin to desk calendars replete with tear away thoughts of the day, the universals of love, identity and relationship insecurity are speckled with humourous letdowns and misgivings about our love/hate relationship with alcohol. It curiously retro roots its choice of music and images and correspondents seem highly self-absorbed with rare glints on lives lived in against a social, cultural or geographical backdrop. Ambitious in scope, this marathon culmination may prove richly rewarding or numbingly enduring. / Michael McDermott
 

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September 17 2011


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
8pm

how much
€16.50

gig
Sam Amidon

A frequent visitor to these shores, cherubic-faced Vermont folkie Sam Amidon belies his tender years with an innate, age-old understanding  of the craft of interpreting songs. His unique, homespun take on old-timey Americana, mothballed murder ballads, plaintive porch-songs, and even R Kelly slowjamz is something that is both easy to embrace and admire. But he is not merely a mouthpiece – instead he imbues his chosen songs with a vitality and a colour hitherto unexplored and unrealised. A witty, irreverent orator to boot, Amidon tonight hosts a different kind of show to his usual pin-drop, folk club intimacy. Here he will present Home Alone Inside My Head, an audio visual bricolage of music, storytelling, animation and short film all created by the man himself. On previous evidence it will be nothing less than beguiling. / Mark Keane

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September 17 2011


where
The Factory, Barrow Street, Dublin 2



when
12-4pm

how much
Free

open day
NPAS Open Day

Remember the opening to the TV show Fame where the dance teacher says, “Fame costs. And here’s where you start paying - in sweat.” Well the NPAS  may not be as grueling as that, but they do take the business of training the stars of the future very seriously. Eamon Farrell, brother of Hollywood bad boy Colin, is at the helm and all the teachers are experts in their respective fields. If you have ever considered getting proper training and want to see what it’s all about, this open day gives people an opportunity to try out some free classes and see if it’s to their liking. There’s a broad age range covered from toddlers to adults, and all the details are online if you want to see what’s on offer. But in the meantime don your legwarmers and get yourself down to the Factory to enjoy four hours of top notch fun. / Frances Winston

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September 18 2011


where




when
8.30pm Weds 14th-16th, Sun 18th - 24th

how much
€16/18

theatre
Frisky & Mannish

Peter Andre is a twat, no denying that - but don't we all know the words to Mysterious Girl? We do. Questionably costumed cabaret double act Frisky & Mannish have decided to sing said 90s favourite (the best kind of favourite) in the style of Florence and the Machine. "Huh/What?" - you. It works. Take the Glee style pop mash-ups and make them not shit, and also make them funny. Their impressions are spot on, their grammar impeccable (that's important). Make them be Wuthering Heights sung in the style of Mockney Kate Nash. Each of their previous stints at Edinburgh Fringe have been sell out successes, can't imagine their first foray to Dublin Fringe would be any different. A great gig to get drunk to. / Karl Watson

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September 18 2011


where
Various venues around Dublin, see link.


when
Free

how much
Free

street art
Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins seems to flip streetart into something real. By some of the recent comments, too real. Not posing. Crafted. Developed. Questioning. I wanted him to come to Dublin. He arrived, plus assistant Sandra, and he just sucked it in and gave it a twist. He reacted to the sites and the city. Quickly. Keen to work. Bodies wrapped in layered tape. Support skeletons of tin and acetate. One everyday. Lots of discussion. Balancing on tables. Keen to build bridges with Fionn & Viv. The work stands above asking the viewer to question, sparking a dialog. Right here. Right now. (Part of Roadworks/Dublin Contemporary 2011 - full details HERE.) / Jon Lynn (anewspace)

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September 18 2011


where
Portobello Wharf (by the canal)


when
Until Weds.

how much
Free

installation
Inhaus

Made in collaborative commission with the residents of the de Blacam and Meagher building by Harolds Cross Bridge, INHAUS is the latest in a series of giant interior drawings by Oisin Byrne. The drawing points outwards and is optimally viewed as a pedestrian or motorist, giving the illusion of a vaulted and highly patterned interior to this minimalist modernist building. At night time high powered theatre spots inside the building illuminate the drawing through the paper creating a vast light box effect, which both exposes and conceals the interior life of the building. Byrne's current work plays with the idea of artworks as props and stage sets designed for a visually and spiritually enhanced reality. / Hans Streek

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September 19 2011


where
Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin 2
01 896 1334
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when
8.30pm (until Sat. 24th)

how much
€16/€18/€20

theatre
Man of Valour

Fergus Farrell is an everyman. An office drone, jostled on his DART commute, frigid in his non-communications with a female colleague, subject to the relentless and gratingly lyrical rat-ta-ta-tat from his colleague from Corky Cork Cork Cork. Even in his bleak multi Chubb-locked homestead, he has a busybody neighbour to contend with. So far. So grim. But fear not, this production is in the hands of Corn Exchange, the most consistently rewarding theatre company in this land. And they imbue a transcendent brilliance upon this one-man production. The sounds, movement and character embodiments by Paul Reid as he flits from pools of light are gob-smackingly brilliant. Everything is deliriously exaggerated as the mundanity of his existence duels with the eruptions of his escapism. Man of Valour is a theatrical experience you really need to see. Seriously. / Michael McDermott

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September 19 2011


where
The Botanic Gardens


when
Until October 21st

how much
Free

exhibition
Sculpture in Context

Octopus tentacles creeping from a pond, tree mould made from felt and toy cars, wind chimes in intricate copper globes, all dotted amongst the foliage in the north of the city? Sold. This well established annual festival of sculpture in north Dublin is celebrating ten years at the Botanic Gardens (and the 26th year overall), and Sculpture in Context, as it’s title and setting suggests, showcases the sculpture work of established and new artists in some spectacular surroundings. The gardens are an amazing setting for this kind of artwork and add add an extra level of intrigue to this quiet oasis. Over 120 sculptures will be displayed throughout the gardens, ponds, Great Palm House, and Curvilinear Range, with the smaller works exhibited in the gallery above the visitors’ centre. / Simon Judge

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September 19 2011


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

when
Until Sept. 16th, 6.15pm (14th - 3pm)

how much
€15/13

theatre
Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

Kick ass Australian puppeting magic, which plucks at your heartstrings like a duelling banjo. It’s amazing what people can do with a lightbulb and a white glove - watching Alvin Sputnik come to life is magically delightful. This'd probably make a good first date, warm the cockles of your girlfriend's heart and then get the ride n' all that, but it'd be an even better break-up date (SPOILER ALERT: unhappy ending). There's a totally tits moment with an adorable whale and a bubble machine where the entire audience just goes 'oh yeah dude man this is awesome'. It even manages to make a Mika song passable, and we can all empirically agree that that should be physically impossible. Fair play Tim Watts, now all the hearts belong to you. / Karl Watson

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September 20 2011


where
Swan Cinema, Rathmines, Dublin 6.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€7.40

screening
Pearl Jam 20

Former Rolling Stone scribe Cameron Crowe and self-confessed devotee marks a significant musical milestone with this retrospective, celebrating the two decade long career of Seattle based grunge pioneers Pearl Jam. Born out of the same alternative rock movement that gave rise to Nirvana and Alice in Chains, Cameron charts the highs and lows of their 20 years in the industry and sheds some light on how their commercial success has endured right up to the present day. The film combines performance and interview footage supplied by the band and comes complete with glowing reports from TIFF where it premiered last week. While this is essential viewing for loyal fans, those less familiar with them will enjoy the handsomely rendered archive footage and nostalgic journey through their back catalogue. Win Tickets + soundtrack / Aoife O'Regan

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September 20 2011


where
Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Square E. D2
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when
Tue-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri + Sat 10am - 1.30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
D I A C C L A S I S - Ben Readman

I seized upon the opportunity when asked to write a review for Ben Readman's Solo Show D I A C C L A S I S. For those of you that don't know Ben, he is one of the brains behind Smithfield's vibrant creative space Block T. This show offers you an insight into his creative vision. The exhibition draws the viewer into a personal space inducing an immediate sense of self-awareness. You are confronted with dream-like landscapes that amalgamate actual and imagined worlds. Think inverted waterfalls and cloud formations. His work addresses the sublime in nature and the construction of our perception of the world by presenting us with fragments of truth. The work is in synergy with its surroundings and presents complex ideas in an intricate and unique way. / Grace McEvoy

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September 21 2011


where
Sin-é, 14-15 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 7.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
Free (donations gratefully accepted)

fundraiser
Awkward Teen Stories

Puce faced, absurd and crude could be some words used to describe this evenings shame-driven fundraiser in the cozy depths of Sin é. The shame is to ensure that we can self publish our sixth edition Rag, as we have been doing unsurprisingly enough for the last six years. So come help us and we will help you reconnect with your former teenage self and realise how far or little you have moved on. Or if self realisation isn't your thing, maybe laughing at others is! All accompanied by yummy things to eat and drink, oh and let us not forget the dancing. So bring your good selves and your teenage ramblings and don't forget to look Rag up online - facebook, tumblr. / Sheila Lafferty
 
 

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September 21 2011


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

when
1.30pm, 3.50pm, 6.20pm, 8.50pm

how much
€8.90

cinema
Jane Eyre

It would appear to be a dream pairing: Mia and Michael. We fell in love with her as Sophie, the troubled young gymnast of In Treatment. He came to our attention in that Guinness ad. Her all old-head-on-young-shoulders. Him all brooding and just off the boil. Their casting as Jane and Rochester makes for a thoughtful, dignified new reading of Charlotte Bronte's source text. Director Cary Fukunaga does a very fine job of guiding his characters through the unfolding flashbacks to deliver performances full of restraint and intelligence. Of course it looks beautifully lonely and desolate, awash with stygian gloom and guttering candles. It is a measure of the book's enduring appeal that this is it's 20th screen iteration. This is a more than worthy addition. Not quite Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine but quite lovely nevertheless. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

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September 21 2011


where
Dublin 1 - Bloom Lane

when
Open all the time

how much
Free

le other
The Italian Quarter

If you grew up like me, on a religious diet of Sesame Street, then you too would have known that friendly civic space between Mr. Hooper's store, the apartment block stoop and the tree lined curb. I suspect the Italian Quarter (aka Millenium walkway aka Quartiere Bloom aka Wallacetown) is the closest thing to it in this city. It's a friendly micro Piazza built for people-watching Mediterranean style boasting good coffee, its own arch & street art (THAT Last Supper photograph commissioned by local Don Wallace himself). Bordered by the smiley Caffe Cagliostro, that perfect first-date winebar Enoteca de Langhe, the Tunisian Amir's Cafe complete with shishas, the testosterone-infused Bar Italia and the Sicilian family-run Panem with its perfect croissants, it's a sexy artery bridging the quays to retail therapy in Henry St. / Elish Bul-Godley

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where
Monte Cristo Antiques
First floor, Powerscourt Townhouse
Dublin 2


when
See link for opening hours

how much
Free

le other
Monte Cristo Antiques

Presided over by a charming Frenchman (though he’s possibly Belgian), and filled with a range of antiques from trinkets to treasures, Monte Cristo antiques in the Powerscourt Townhouse is an indispensable place for finding presents for those people who seem to have everything. Minute silver spoons, vintage coats and bowler hats, unusual jewellery and 300 year old pistols all jostle for attention among the many lovely things to be found in here. The best bit is that you can be surprised at how reasonable things are; if you’re on a budget but want to buy something unique this is the place to go. Someone working there once said to me “because you’re young, I will tell you this: in an antique shop always ask for the best price, you can always get ten per cent.” Sound advice. / Alex Calder

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Niamh McCann - The Forty Foot Woman

Niamh McCann takes a plunge with le cool as she tells us about her one woman ABSOLUT Fringe show.

There's something really theatrical about the place in its structure. The sea is almost built like a playing space, there's a natural mini-amphitheatre. I thought about all these fabulously over the top ideas of Grecian plays and orchestras but then thought about what I could really do by talking to people. It evolved into talking to the women.

It's a fifty-minute piece with me talking to these women about why they jump into the Irish Sea 365 days a year and what it gives them. It's as simple as that.

It's about me and all these women who swim at the Forty Foot. It's about swimming, the joy of it and this ritual around this therapeutic space that activates them. It started docu-style but now it has more poetry and movement in it after working with Emma O'Kane from CoisCéim.

Welcome to the Forty Foot is part of ABSOLUT Fringe and runs from Monday Sept.19th - Sat Sept. 24th in The New Theatre. PHOTO: Emily Quinn