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"Dear Potential Mass-Observers" is how Ruth Kenny introduced her e-mail to us this week. We paid attention. It's an idea best explained in her own eloquent words.

I am currently trying to resurrect a social study called Mass-Observation that first took place in the UK in 1937 and which involved 2,000 voluntary observers watching, listening and reporting on the streets of Bolton and London. Run by a group led by Tom Harrisson, an anthropologist and adventurer, Charles Madge, a poet and journalist and Humphrey Jennings, a documentary film-maker, nothing was beneath their attention; from snippets of overheard conversations to the number of people wearing tweed overcoats on a given day; from a survey of window displays to the average number of chips in a six-penny portion (25 and one-sixth chips, excluding the small bits, in case you’re wondering).

My idea is to try and do the same here in Dublin at the end of 2011 and so I’m looking for volunteers to record the minutiae of everyday life, at home, in their work places, on their lunch-breaks, travelling around the city, in the pub. Not through interviews, but just by watching, listening and noting things down." We love this. You should too. Contact Ruth.
                                                                                                                    Observe the sons and daughters of le cool say Michael Ciaran and Kate. With thanks to Camille.

"This brought to my mind the images of religious iconography..." - Iseult Sheehy
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October 20 2011


where


when
7pm

how much
€20 (weeekend pass), €10 (one day)

festival
Darklight

13 years in and Darklight is going all rootsy this year. Strictly Roots is the theme of this annual independent, DIY film festival and their new location of The Factory on Barrow Street is the amazing warehouse space they are inviting you along to. With the likes of directors Kirsten Sheridan, Lance Daly and John Carneyall working out of there, it fits perfectly with the idea of communities, co-ops and just do it attitude that permeates alot of the programming. Besides some of the big gun screenings such as Sound it Out and Bellflower, there's gems such as the Vice Guide to the Congo, Libya and Belfast in the Salon space. Pieminister and Roasted Brown Coffee will also be on hand throughout the festival and it all wraps with a stonker of a closing party featuring a host of live MCs and Leeds Young Authors, the stars of closing film We Are Poets. Win tickets to opening party / Zach Joyce

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October 20 2011


where
Formally Exchange Building, Formally Lane Dublin 8


when
12pm-4pm

how much
Free

workshop
Design Dialogue 8

Whilst the tectonic plates shift in the economic realm; new ideologies sprout and street occupations tip into viral movements, it's time to go with the flow amidst all this creative destruction and surrender to new paradigms. Feed your brain with the Fumbally Exchange. In collaboration with the University of Ulster, and as part of the Innovation Dublin Festival, they will present TED talk-like chats (Abair go maith é workshops) presenting new hypotheticals, an exhibition on the "Unused and Unloved" by Prettyvacant Dublin and glimpses into the hidden world of an architect's sketchbook in "The Secret Laboratory". It's also a great social entrepreneurial setup. You'll come away with a hopeful smile, acknowledging our island is brimming with creative, conceptual talent and world class communicators. / Elish Bul Godley

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October 20 2011


where
Gallery Zozimus, 56, Francis st, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
Mon - Sat: 10am - 5:30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Zozimus Ceramics

This week, my favourite gallery opens a room dedicated to ceramics, both from well-known artists and NCAD graduates, thus proving that good art is valued in tough times. If there is one thing I like about Irish art it is ceramics – some funny and 'primitive', some smooth and 'fondle-able', some translucent and fragile, some wacky and erotic, some lacquered and hand painted, but all showing a lot of work and great technique. I come to the opening with a friend who asks to tell him what's good, since he isn't an art enthusiast. After a thorough browsing I come over and whisper "well, here, everything is good." He agrees. And so, I leave with a relieved feeling that I'm broke, which keeps me from going on a rampant patron's spree and buying absolutely everything in both galleries. / Nadia Gativa

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October 20 2011


where
IFI & Axis Ballymun


when
6.30pm (festival runs to Oct. 23rd)

how much
€2 (festival pass to all screenings)

festival
Music By Prudence

A friend of mine in Inez Hussey told me about Prudence who was in the King George VI School for Physical Disabilities in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She sent me footage and hand written notes. I burst into tears at the power and beauty of her amazing story. Seeing the emotional connection between Prudence and her grandmother as they sang together in a mud hut was so touching. She's an incredible spirit. At the end everyone was asked to write a note about their hopes for the future. Prudence wrote that she hoped I'd win an Oscar for my work. Her dream came true. I spent the year after introducing her to the disability community. She's doing her own thing now working as an advocate and Prudence has blossomed and butterflied on her own and just been named a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador. (as part of the Abära International Disability Film Festival) Win tickets to the Gala Opening with Prudence in attendance / Roger Ross Williams

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October 20 2011


where
Screen Cinema, D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.
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when
6.30pm

how much
€6.70/€6.20 concessions

screening
The Best of the West

"Paedophilia vs Incest" is the succinctly amusing top comment with 21 likes when you go view Vincent Gallagher's Signs on You Tube. Yet it's much more than that. It's a simple idea sharply executed which won The Best First Animation Award at the Galway Film Fleadh. Kealan O'Rourke enlists Alan Rickman's seductive voice over tones on her visual nod to Tim Burton in The Boy in The Bubble which picked up an award for Best Animation. Peter McDonald's Pentecost is an amusing juxtaposition of altar boy duties with match final nerves which won Best First Short Drama. This is just a cinematic amuse-bouche of the selection of award-winning short films presented by Filmbase shown for the delectation of Dublin dwellers tonight. 12 shorts over 2 hours offer a glimpse at the talents of today and some of the titans of tomorrow. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

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October 21 2011


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
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when
Oct 21st - 23rd, opening 6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
ADW - Pricks and Mortar

The world's biggest gallery? Easy. It's the streets that surround us. Street Art is a visual democracy, it's a living exhibition that forms part of our everyday lives and it has the potential to affect more people than any traditional gallery space. Dubliners are lucky to have a talent like ADW. His often humourous, always relevant work has entwined itself into the city fabric. Now, a year and a half after his last show in the BackLoft, ADW returns with a new show; Pricks and Mortar. There's anger, there's laughs and there is real intelligence at play. The streets are bought into South Studios, and, whisper it, they may be paved with gold. Check out his take on the Celtic Tiger and understand that the sitting room set-up is not a chill out area, it's the realisation that we now all live in a building site. / Vernon Steel

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October 21 2011


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when
Oct 20th, 21st, 22nd

how much
€10/8 B.Y.O.B

festival
Bottlenote

Bottlenote Music is a Dublin collective of musicians working in improvised jazz and creative music. Their third festival aims to blend flavours from leading Irish and European musicians who workshop together in the lead up to the festival to create one-off performances . Block T is probably Dublin’s answer to the Berlin night scene so it's only fitting that this years musicians are from the German capital. With trumpeter Tom Arthurs and Roy Carroll on computer all you have to do while clutching your BYOB is close your eyes, listen ans soak up the Ostalgie. Irish artists include Zoid, Djackulate, Seán Mac Erlaine, Shane O’Donovan, Shane Latimer and Phil McMullen and one catch is talented jazz pianist Justin Carroll. You don't have to know your freebop from your bebop to enjoy these gigs. Win Tickets / Hayley Reynolds

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October 21 2011


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


when
7.30pm

how much
€10

place
Opportunity Knocks

This modern morality tale tells the story of Tilly and Charlie, a seemingly average couple. They're young, they're talented, they're a little overweight and they're in love. However their seemingly ordinary average life gets turned on its head when a perfect stranger offers them an opportunity to break out of their rut. Huge success follows but they quickly learn that fame comes at a cost, especially in this age of intrusive media and flash in the pan car crash careers. This was actually written before the News of the World phone hacking scandal but has become an even more telling tale in the light of it and is both humorous and thought provoking. Great performances from the leads really bring this story to life and it should definitely be seen by anyone who has ever thought the grass is greener on the other side. / Frances Winston
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October 21 2011


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

how much
€10

gig
Tieranniesaur

Since her almost-famous teen years as one-third of midget convent-school punk geniuses Chicks, Annie Tierney has been at or close to the centre of some of Dublin's most interesting bands; the near-eponymous Tieranniesaur (geddit?) are no exception. Part of the fantastically diverse Popical Island label/stable/collective, Tierney’s shifting multi-instrumental cast hammer out a loose-hipped amalgam of funk, afro-disco, hip-punk-pop, and several hundred more similarly-hyphenated hybrid elements. If you're somehow unaware of wondrously bonkers breakout single Sketch!, or the similarly all-over-the-shop-in-a-good-way Here Be Monsters, the band’s recent slot supporting Tom Tom Club should give an idea of the territory; big beats, bigger hooks, and boundless on-stage energy. Involuntary booty-shaking guaranteed. Win Tickets / Shane Glackin

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October 21 2011


where
NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8


when
6pm-8pm

how much
Free, Booking recommended

talk
Debt or Democracy

Sometimes, people are totally right to point and say 'ha, ha, I told you so' and waltz off to their unmortgaged bolt-hole with their capital accumulating in gold bars locked up in the Anderson shelter and leaving the rest of us to deal with our lack of foresight. Not David Malone though. If this was an episode of Superman, he'd be Clark Kent, and the Daily Planet would be The Guardian, well their comment pages. He must have seen this comparison coming, because he had his own pseudonym just like Clark Kent! You may remember him writing as Golem XIV. He wrote quite a lot of sense, that we read and brushed off as cynicism and scaremongering. Now we're listening, and he and a panel will discuss the crisis so prep by glancing at his excellent 2008 BBC documentary 'High Anxieties - the Mathematics of Chaos.' / Kate Frances Coleman

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October 22 2011


where

All over Dublin



when
See website

how much
Free

open day
Visit 2011

Okay, so normal workplaces are pretty boring. There's usually a staff room, three broken kettles and a 'you don't have to be mad to work here, but it helps' sign. Not in artists studios though. For a starter, most of the people who work there are a bit mad, or at least pretend to be;  there are pretty things everywhere, even if they are unfinished, they're buzzing with creativity and well, you might be tempted to enroll in life drawing classes the next day, and what's wrong with that? What's wrong with wanting to make the world a little more beautiful? What's wrong with wanting a bit more culture than the Italian blend at Star*ucks? Meet people with skills, knowledge and stories in a selection of Dublin's Studios, and get a little inspiration, a bit of motivation, or just appreciate a smidge of pure talent. / Kate Frances Coleman

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October 22 2011


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€20

gig
Why?

Ever since the LP, Oaklandazulasylum, in 2003, Jonathan 'Yoni' Wolf has been ploughing a very particular, if ever evolving, path through everything from hip-hop to indie rock all the while incorporating roughly hewn assemblages of a much more exploratory nature. Anticon is a label synonymous with experimentation and rather than being just a physical manifestation of releases from Why? and labelmates such as Doseone, Themselves, Sole, Dosh and Jel, is much more of a musical and artistic ideology akin to Factory Records in the UK. Backed by an ever-evolving line-up of cohorts, Yoni is one of the most underrated MCs around, even when pseudo-indie warblings threaten to overtake what can be some seriously solid lyrical dexterity. Err on the side of caution and take a dip in the Eskimo Snow of this odd MC. / Simon Judge

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October 22 2011


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

when
8pm

how much
Free

party
Approach.fm Launch

Ah, the mystery remains: why has radio endured? Well, because we all have our favourite DJs, whether they express opinions we share, know how to get the most out of an interviewee, or produce such amazing, obscure music that you have to listen attentively with pen and paper at the ready. I've a feeling Approach.fm is going to be the latter; with DJs devoted to music genres as disparate as DubStep and Metal it's going to be a mecca for music lovers. And they're having a party. What's not to like? Go to the Twisted Pepper to taste a flavour of what Approach is all about, with their DJs giving it socks, and hopefully you giving it socks, yes even more socks on the dancefloor. Four brilliant things; a party, radio, the internet and the Twisted Pepper. And socks in DJ booths and dancefloors. Sign me up. / Kate Frances Coleman
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October 22 2011


where
The Complex, Block C, Units 18-21, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7.
Location Map

when
7pm - 11:30pm

how much
€10 BYOB

exhibition
After Hours

As someone who recently got inked, I'm all up on my tattoo art right now. Unfortunately, I didn't wait until one of the legendary tattoo conventions dotted around Europe to permanently mark my dermis. I didn't choose Dublin Ink or Johnny Eagle. I went local and took my chances. Now, I'm sure it's 'I before E except after C' but it's too late to argue and at least my tatt has a story. This show comes too late for me but it does to bring a gaggle of international artists' work over for what's billed as 'Dublin's very first tattoo art show'. Prepare to be boozed and cruised as you peruse the art White Lady Art has put together. Whether you are inked or not, a tramp stamper or a Russian criminal tatt aficionado, an empty star on the elbow or a misspelled word on your chest, this is worth checking. Free Sailor Jerry rum all night. / Joe Bean

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October 23 2011


where
Eason's, 40 Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.
Location Map

when
1pm

how much
Free, unless you buy a book

book signing
Shaun Ryder

It's kind of ironic that the Happy Monday's singer is signing his book on a Sunday but then Shaun Ryder has never done things conventionally. The granddaddy of the Madchester scene could teach Liam Gallagher a thing or two about attitude having lived every amazing high and desolate low associated with the music biz. Openly vocal about his issues with drugs, he acknowledges his addiction cost him dearly but refuses to apologise for his foibles, which is exactly why the public took him to their hearts when he appeared on I'm a Celebrity. Now he's put pen to paper to tell all about his exploits in his autobiography Twisting  My Melon. As you would expect from a man once described as the greatest poet since Yeats, it’s a riveting read and the only thing that could make it better is having it personalised by the man himself at this signing. / Frances Winston
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October 23 2011


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

when
7pm-11pm

how much
€10

screening
Twin Peaks is 21

Is it really 21 years since Special Agent Dale Cooper rolled into Twin Peaks with his tape recorder Diane, refueled on 'damn fine' coffee and cherry pie before proceeding to investigate the murder of Laura Palmer? If you were a fan, show your appreciation tonight and dress up as your favourite character. Perhaps you're sexy enough for your own theme tune? If so, Audrey is a good bet. Long grey hair? Then Bob's your man. To make it authentic the Double R Diner will be serving coffee and doughnuts, there will be a screening of the European pilot and the Patrick Groenland Quartet will give a live interpretation of Angelo Badalamenti's evocative and haunting score. With it being so close to Halloween and One Eyed Jacks serving a full cocktail menu you can mask that sheepish feeling that you're at a star trek convention. Win Tickets / Hayley Reynolds

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October 23 2011


where
People's Park, Dun Laoghaire

when
Oct 21st-30th

how much
Depends, see link.

festival
Puppet Fest

Bosco is still popular with children. Not on Reeling in the Years, but out in schools, parties and at events entertaining as much as he* ever was. The idea that you could make a prime TV show with a singing doll and make-and-do may seem ludicrous now, but our fascination with puppetry continues unabated, as it presents on a small stage some very big ideas. The International Puppet Festival brings the best of skilled practitioners to Dublin and Wicklow until October 30. From circus displays to World War survivors; from beanstalks to bears and from Irish fables to International fairy stories, puppeters from Bulgaria, Russia, Hong Kong, the UK, Germany and Ireland will tell stories, weave magic, make people laugh and evoke nostalgia that no TV show can emulate. Expect it to pack a punch. Bosco himself (*not a girl!) may show. / Darragh Doyle

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October 23 2011


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

when
2pm

how much
€8.50

cinema
Nil by Mouth

A British drama habitually described as gritty and bleak may not be many people’s cup of Earl Grey, but Nil by Mouth rightly deserves a place alongside the pantheon of great films. Although it remains Gary Oldman’s only foray into writing and directing, there is enough here to know that the young lad has talent, and he draws the performance of Kathy Burke's (Valerie) career as the wife of the brutal Ray Winstone (Ray). Unemployed and alcoholic, Ray explodes in violence at anyone within reach, including his pregnant wife and her drug addicted brother Billy. Filmed in an oppressive South East London, the film is framed and paced in an almost documentary style, allowing Oldman to bring the viewer right into the lives of these people beset by addiction, violence and abuse. / Hugh Torpey

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October 23 2011


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
Location Map

when
8.30pm

how much
€5

event
Enlightenment Night

Maeve Higgins‘s newest project combines her standup background with the intellectual curiosity of something like TED talks. A series of speakers get 15ish minutes to present an idea and the evening is MC-ed by Higgins herself. Last month, an academic explained the natural adhesive of fruit flies and had me in stitches doing it. Then a businessman explained why “He Liked Models” and showed the audience how to identify and acquire a high quality mate with as little resource wastage as possible. He had me taking notes. I also learned about changing concepts of “teens” from a young comic, causes of heart disease from a PhD who brought an actual human heart with him, and discovered Capoeira from some guys who kicked and explained the origins of their fascinating martial art. All in all, I left with a buzzing brain and a tummy sore from laughing. Who know what will happen this month? But I will be there to find out. / Sarah Murphy

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October 24 2011


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€20

gig
Patrick Wolf

I saw Patrick Wolf about four years ago supporting The Arcade Fire. He was a little known troubadour with a penchant for Bowie-like garb and literary lyrics. Two distinct memories of his performance were the look of shock on the faces of the bouncers when he appeared onstage and his falling off the same stage onto his head and without missing a beat ad-libbing the incident into song. The crowd was won over. Since then he has defied record company norms with a fan-funded album, signed to a new label, modeled for Burberry and can count Lady Gaga among his biggest fans. New album Lupercalia is his most accessible to date and has seen his popularity soar, with single The City receiving rotational airplay. With mainstream popularity beckoning, catch him and his onstage antics at this intimate gig in the Academy on Monday. / Sam Doyle

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October 24 2011


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

when
8pm

how much
€15

screening
Urbanised

Dublin's urban landscape speaks a language of its own. The physical city articulates ideas about identity to its people and visitors as it develops, decays, grows-up, digs down, spreads out and contracts in. The empty carcass of the unfinished Anglo HQ in the docklands acts as a mausoleum to our recent past. The empty shell communicates a story of skewed values in a more effective way than any book might hope to do. A recent proposal to transform the incomplete building into an outdoor park, is evidence of the way a cities design can re-develop. Urbanized is the final installment in Gary Hustwit's Design Trilogy documentary series which explores the development of Urban planning Worldwide. With contributions from academic,civic and design authorities Urbanized is a visually stunning and informative piece of film making. / Dónal C.Gorman

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October 25 2011


where
Savoy Cinema, 17 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
1.40pm, 3.35pm, 6pm & 8.30pm

how much
€8.60 / €6.70

cinema
Contagion

You’d be right in guessing that this is one for fans of apocalyptic thrillers. Inspired by recent outbreaks like Swine Flu and SARS, Contagion follows wife/businesswoman/philanderer Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth ‘Goop’ Paltrow) as she contracts a previously unseen bug on a business trip and then spreads it around the world. Cue scenes of coughing, cold sweats, people falling over in streets and on buses, riots, lots of pseudo-science and Jude Law parading around in a plastic suit. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Contagion, with its all-star cast, follows the team of CDC doctors (headed up by Kate Winslet) who are battling to stop the death toll. More realistic than your average big budget, A-lister medical thriller, Contagion is a pretty gripping affair and is also the best ad for hand sanitiser you’ll see all year. / Lisa Hughes

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October 25 2011


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
9.30am - 5.30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
DubCon11 @ the National Gallery

'Changed, changed utterly/ A terrible beauty is born', Yeats commented on the heroism of 1916 rebels. On entering Dublin Contemporary's exhibition in the National Gallery one is greeted by 'Terrible beauty' graffitied across the wall. Directly facing it is a sink, transcending its humble role in society. Look from far away and you'd expect to see a couple of addicts jacking up in front of it, but the graffiti up close is ornate without totally rejecting the municipal aesthetic. So what other excitement lurks? Well, a mountain range of paperback books, a man laying in suspension like an Aleister Crowley experiment gone wrong and the most controlled paint drips ever witnessed. Go on, it's always satisfying to see graffiti plastered in grand buildings: Hey! Art is making a rude gesture at authority! Ooah! / Kate Frances Coleman

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October 26 2011


where
Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.


when
6pm

how much
Free

talk
Women, Shopping and Public Places

It's x amount of days till Christmas...x amount of days of men lurking outside Topshop at Stephen's Green with twelve stuffed bags at their feet, x amount of days of intercom announcements in toystores 'Would the mother of Anna Murphy please come to the customer service desk...' But we still brave the battle of the prams, queues in Penneys and condescension from Brown Thomas shopgirls, and we don't even do it out of necessity - we do it for fun. Why?! Why, Lord, why?! Let Colette Fahy give you a bit of insight into the evolution of woman's obsession with the shop, and man's disdain therewith (unless the outlet stocks Black and Decker.) The relationship isn't just a girly aesthetic folly: the shop has been integral to feminine emancipation. Don't believe me? Find out for yourself at Dublin Contemporary! / Kate Frances Coleman

 

It's x amount of days till Christmas...x amount of days of men lurking outside Topshop at Stephen's Green with twelve stuffed bags at their feet, x amount of days of intercom announcements in toystores 'Would the mother of Anna Murphy please come to the customer service desk...'But we still brave the battle of the prams, queues in Penneys and condecension from Brown Thomas shopgirls, and we don't even do it out of necessity - we do it for fun. Why?! Why, Lord, why?! Let Colette Fahy give you a bit of insight into the evolution of woman's obsession with the shop, and man's disdain therewith (unless the outlet stocks Black and Decker.) The relationship isn't just a girly aesthetic folly: the shop has been integral to feminine emancipation. Don't believe me? Find out for yourself at Dublin Contemporary!  

 

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October 26 2011


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

when
8pm

how much
€15/€12 concession

concert
Wowos

Luckily, WoWos are good. I say luckily, because if you write those few letters into the internet your face is blown off by World of Warcraft results. And the World of Warcraft world is a world of pain. And the people in it are always willing to blow your face off. But WoWos are a jazzy sextet based in the Big Apple, with saxophones. I mean, they're cool New York Jazz types. With saxophones. They are led by the Irish drummer Sean Carpio - allegedly Ireland's greatest ever drummer(if he wasn't good we'd be describing him as Peruvian. A Peruvian Phil Collins.)His ethos sure isn't 'Wave stick. Hit loud.' It's darned atmospheric stuff,combining the expected with the unexpected; Sean's got some nifty Bangalore beats. A night of Ireland's best drummer, saxophones and guitars and cool, cool jazzz...so cool. / Kate Frances Coleman

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where
Killakee Road,
Rathfarnham,
D16
(50 metres from the Hell Fire Club car park)

when
Anytime

how much
Free


Massy's Wood

It's leaf-kicking season. However, Dublin neighbourhoods are being invaded by loathsomely loud leaf-blowing machines, leaving fewer leaf-strewn footpaths for enjoying this classic autumn pursuit. Luckily, a 30-minute drive from the city centre will bring you to Massy's Wood at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. Unlike the commercial, pine forests of the area, this extensive woodland is predominantly made up of mature deciduous trees which render it particularly beautiful at this time. From the main entrance you descend into the wood via a choice of trails. The going is gentle, though it can get muddy. Legend says a massive spectral black cat roams the area, and the fact that a magnificent mansion once stood on the site and the ruined remains of once opulent gardens are still visible add to the wood's unique atmosphere. / Maisie

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where
The Secret Sell-Off, 12 Dame Court Dublin 2
Location Map

when
Any day except Mon & Tues.

how much
Massively discounted

shop
The Secret Sell Off

Watch the marvellous creature as she meticulously stalks her prey.  With hawk-like vision she spots her next victim; the perfect victim. The famished femme approaches carefully, so as not to attract attention and ruin the perfect hunt. No fox could be quicker than this huntress as she coyly advances, then pauses, pretends to distract her gaze, and finally pounces on this one-of-a-kind opportunity. After checking the quality of the catch, this creature of brain, brawn, and beauty, satisfied by this unexpected and pleasant find, goes in for the kill – a new M Missoni dress for €85 at The Secret Sell Off. Appetite whetted, she circles for more. / Claudia Milena Rodríguez

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where
302 Rathmines Rd Lower,
(above Boots Pharmacy)
Rathmines Village,
Dublin 6

when
Tue-Sat 11:30am-5:30pm

how much
Depends

le other
Green With Envy

A jumbled mix of ethnic and native businesses set alongside gentrified Leinster Square, Rathmines Village could be transplanted to London and not look out of place. Surprisingly, one of the city's most glamorous women's fashion exchanges is located above Boots Pharmacy, claiming a place head and shoulders above the area's other second-hand shops. Owner Margaret Williams is resolutely selective about stocking only quality, quirky items. You bring her worn or unwanted clothing, footwear or jewellery, she chooses what she wants to display and the proceeds from anything that sells are split 50/50. A pair of flawless Jimmy Choo boots, an Armani skirt suit and some mega-glam dresses were on the rails on a recent visit. Margaret stocks many more affordable pieces too, not just designerwear, and she takes deposits. A secret find. / Maisie

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where
11 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2

when
Regular cafe hours.

how much
Depends

le other
Ambala

There was a time in Dublin when an Irishman couldn't get 300 Indian pastries over the counter in time for his Bollywood themed wedding - we had them made by a local housewife instead. Those days are over. Cue my squeal of girlish delight and husband's relief when we stumbled upon Ambala with its glass cabinets and retro styled wooden shelving; heaving under an array of rainbow-hued south asian confectioneries and savoury treats. All ready to be picked 'n mixed into classy gift boxes or consumed in the street front cafe with a glass of Chai. Choose from Jalebi, Chamcham, Gulab Jamun or many other colourful calorie-friendly options including Ali G's favourite: Ras Malai. With Diwali and Halloween both round the corner, its a handy one for the season. / Elish Bul Godley

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Jude Hughes - Tailor, Thinker, Soulful, Spry

He may be Jude the Obscure because of his basement setting but Jude Hughes is well woven into the rich tapestry of his native city.

I was born on the Navan Road and brought up in various institutions. Back then you were given the options of a number of trades to learn such as farming, shoemaking and carpentry. I chose tailoring cause it seemed the least dangerous of them.

I ran the Dublin City Marathon to raise funds for this project involving bringing old sewing machines to this village in Rwanda. I go over for about 3 weeks every year to teach and there's a school named after me.

Most people are looking for alterations now. They are holding on to their old clothes. It allows me time to spend more time concentrating on making suits which is a pleasure.

The key is being reliable. It doesn't matter how good you are if you don't honour your word.

Rapid Tailoring and Alteration Service is at 71 Middle Abbey Street. Contact Jude on 087-6107276 if you have any sewing machines to donate. PHOTO: Cliona O'Flaherty