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Most of us were asleep when the news came through. Like the rugby it was just as well we had those few hours extra sleep. There won't be TV crews greeting the Pivot Dublin crew as they return from Taipei in their bid to become World Design Capital 2014 but there's groundwork and a potential legacy that can be built upon.

Too much effort has been made, too many exciting connections forged and too many potential talents fused to let this fall foul of a winner/loser scenario. There are heads to be held high and meetings to be had as if we won. We know we can elevate this city into a true Design hub.

So where to meet, discuss and plan the revolution? Well, no time like the present. Lets all meet up in the RHA, this Friday night at 7pm to celebrate as if we had won - or in the very least help us celebrate reaching two years of age - with music, cover art, live illustration battles, food and a whole lot more....

It's a homecoming, baby! Come and join us say Michael, Ciaran and Kate. With thanks to Camille.

"The cover is inspired by old horror films..." - Adrian + Shane
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October 27 2011


where
Leprechaun Museum, Twilfit House, Jervis Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 9pm, 9:30pm

how much
€15 online, €20 on the night

tour
Samhain

Samhain at the Leprechaun Museum is the scariest event involving Leprechauns since Leprechaun 5 was released (gulp). With dark tales told by a fairy princess, banshee, walking corpse and also a lost spelunker (so mystical)  that are so definitely not for children. There is even a racy one about The Sex, which I totally have had before. The DARK TALES are legit interesting and I legit made a loud embarrassing noise when groped in a corridor, even though I am an adult who should not be afraid of things that happen in a museum for leprechauns. BUT said museum is, in fact, built over the old Jervis St Morgue, next to the old Jervis St graveyard. Not cool, architects. We were at a mere preview, and when asked, we did suggest “make it sexier”. So if you see some free ginger midget boob in a sexy ghost costume, you know who to thank. /  Karl Watson

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October 27 2011


where
Dublin Contemporary,
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2


when
7pm

how much
Free

talk
Trailblazers

Fearless and gung-ho, these are the people you'll tell bedtime stories to your unborn children about. These are the people who never took no for an answer. These are the people who stood up and made a stand. These are the Traiblazers. All 13 of them gathered here before you will tell tales of derring-do and in the lingua franca of Dublin Contemporary 'non-compliance'. The Trailblazers do stuff. Whether it's festival, fashion or sustainable creations, there's a tick that makes these people tock. Some may go on to greatness. Heck some might even become a future President but for the now they sincerely believe in their voice and their creations. And regardless of what you might think, this country is better with than without. / Zach Joyce

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October 27 2011


where
The She-d, 43 Gardiner Lane D1

when
8pm

how much
€5

performance
Gestures

Hungry for a synesthetic feast? For one night only, in the beautifully haphazard and intimate space of SHE-D, artist Paola Catizone is offering a unique experience in interactive performance art exploring the relationships between movement, mark-making and music. A continuous live soundtrack, replete with diverse vocals and instrumentation, invokes the dynamic expression of musical energy in the form of a tangible artwork, created in real time. Elisabetta Jacomini has gathered a talented group; the haunting folk songs of Sharron Kraus, the passionate fado singing of Paolo Bragança and the melodious voice of kora player Sadjo Sissoko among others. The Midnight Restaurant by La Dolce Vita is offering a choice of main course for €8 advance bookers. DJ Soundman Soro completes the line-up for the night. / Sarah Maguire

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October 27 2011


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

when
October 27th-31st

how much
Depends, see link.

festival
Horrothon

Nobody stays in to watch TV at Halloween anymore because it’s, well, shit. Luckily, the excellent Horrorthon festival returns to the IFI this weekend, for those brave enough. It kicks off on Thursday with The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West, as well as a screening of The Wicker Tree, a companion piece to Robin Hardy’s 1973 film The Wicker Man, which will hopefully banish all memories of Nicholas Cage’s dire remake (bees!). Busy this year is The Terminator star Michael Biehn, who will attend screenings and Q&A sessions for three of his films - on Saturday his directorial debut The Victim, on Sunday his latest acting gig The Divide, and on Monday a 25th anniversary screening of the mighty Aliens. / Ciaran Hall

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October 27 2011


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

when
8pm

how much
€5 - if you're not in a show-off mood

event
Lyricists' Lounge

Twisted Pepper's Lyricists' Lounge is the unshaven, fag-rolling, deoderant eschewing brother of the Poetry Slam. While the knives may be Sunday Roast sharp, it's likely that fewer of the participants will be trying to re-establish their self esteem by telling you about their Father issues. The Lounge is like a packet of Revels without the coffee flavoured ones, check out producers, DJs, MCs, dancers and more. If you're feeling brave and you have that feeling in the pit of your stomach that tonight could be your X-Factor moment, there's nothing to lose by participating. In fact, you can only gain, cos if you do your bit of show and tell, you get in for free. Even if you're still a bit shy, the newest, most vibrant talents in Dublin have jumped on it like a car bonnet, and you should check 'em out. / Kate Frances Coleman

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October 27 2011


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

when
10:30pm

how much
€10/€8

dj set
Toddla T & Serocee

This weekend's Beatyard lineup pretty much has something for everyone who likes their music with a little more bass, but I can't imagine there'll be a more downright fun night than Toddla T and longtime partner in crime Serocee. The Sheffield born producer recently released his second album, Watch Me Dance, despite a disastrously early internet leak and the destruction of 100,000 copies in the Sony warehouse fire in London. Thankfully, the sound of the record stands in stark contrast to its troubled birth. A party-starting cocktail of dance music styles past and present with guest appearances by a like-minded cast of pop eccentrics, including greatest living Irishwoman Róisín Murphy and Britrap oddfather Roots Manuva, it's a hugely likeable concoction that enjoys a relentless determination to have a good time at all costs. / Conor McDevitt

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October 28 2011


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

when
7pm - late

how much
Free, NO GUESTLIST (entry on a first come basis)

party
le cool TWO

We honestly don't care if you've been naughty or nice. We just want to say thanks; for subscribing, reading, sharing, attending, back-slapping and generally supporting ideas and taking part in the thriving cultural scene in the city. We've selected a typical le cool space - a bit off the beaten track - and we hope to leave an indelible mark. It's a gallery. It's August. It pulses with the here and now as an impressive contemporary space and it deserves to be discovered and showcased for its diverse potential. We're transforming it with the aid of considerable talents who are brimful of ideas. It's Friday. Park your worries for the weekend. It's the last bank holiday of the year. It's time to kick back. le cool is TWO and in association with Havana Club we are toasting us, we're toasting you too. All rise! / le cool Dublin

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October 28 2011


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
All weekend. See link.

how much
Depends

food
Eatyard

The Bernard Shaw knows that what most Bank Holiday events undervalue is grub, so say no to cheap pints and potent shots, and line your alcohol chamber first at the Shaw! I really shouldn't be writing this on an empty stomach, but anticipate Lamb Skewers on Thursday, Chilli on Friday (hawt hawt!), a banquet on Saturday - food vendors galore! and 'Guilty Pleasures' on Sunday. That's right, the Shaw want to you to taste guilty pleasures when you should be at church. What would your Mammy say? Of course, it won't just be about the food - beats will be blasting right, left and centre, so if you can groove away the calories, do so. If you can't...well...it was still probably worth every sumptuous bite. / Cora Burke

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October 28 2011


where
Kitchen Nightclub, The Clarence Hotel, Dublin 2,


when
10pm

how much
€12

club night
Lar:P

Fellow fancifully clad voters and further guffawing observers, forget the Presidential race and Choose LAR:P instead this All Hallows Eve weekend. "Nightmare on LAR:P Street" in the Kitchen this Friday will feature the international DJ, producer and Ibiza all-star, YOUSEF on the decks and a Nightmare themed exhibition. All submissions will be glowing under darklight as the LAR:P team have wired the venue with black-light cannons and spooky UV decor. Look out for the Carpathian portrait from Ghostbusters II with laser eyes. Artists & designers exhibiting on the night will include Makeitwork, Paddy Lynch, Unthink, ME&HIM&YOU, and Red & Grey Design. Based on the huge success of LAR:P’s launch night in September, this promises to be a frightfully exciting event. (Discount on door for le cool TWOers) / Rebecca Halliday

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October 29 2011


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
Location Map

when
12am-8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Surface Tension

So difficult to look and not touch at this exhibition. You properly want to have a go on Olivia Decaris' piece Pouch, which is based on the idea of alternative ways of getting water, in this case, through an udder type thing suspended over a basin. Taps are so last year! Also, if all water coolers had a vortex in them like Petroc Sesti's one, I would go to the gym far more often. Another eye catcher was David Bowen's Tele-Present Water, evoking match sticks and paperclips rippling across the sky. Laurence Gill shows us how to use sunlight to clean water, while creating a piece that would be lovely on a feature wall in a Corbusier designed abode. Also, find out what the problem is with the playpump, and advice: don't eat salted popcorn on the trot over; water, water everywhere.../ Cora Burke

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October 29 2011


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

when
8pm

how much
€7

party
Monsters Ball

The witching hour is upon us again, so fold up a piece of neon-green card into an origami-perfect detachable rockabilly-tastic mohawk, upturn the cuff of your jeans (or get yo' momma to), and don your brothel creepers for some creepin' upstairs in Whelan's. Punk, metal and rockabilly will soundtrack the night. It's sort of the opposite of Halloween. One night only: A world in which we can pretend High School Musical never existed. [Cue movie trailer man voice] "He was a Rockabilly Brylcreem addict. She had been pierced more times than a microwave meal. They found love under the Halloween moon, in a sea of Doc Martens, as DJ Demonhog (not a character from a Walter Moers novel) span out on the decks. Little did he know, his new love had a terrible secret...want to find out what it was? Dial 666."  / Kate Frances Coleman

The witching hour is upon us again, so fold up a piece to neon-green card into an origami-perfect detachable rockabilly-tastic mohawk, upturn the cuff of your jeans (or get yo' momma to), and don your brothel creepers for some creepin' upstairs in Whelan's. Punk, metal and rockabilly will soundtrack the night. It's sort of the opposite of Halloween. One night only: A world in which we can pretend High School Musical never existed. [Cue movie trailer man voice] "He was a Rockabilly brylcreem addict. She had been pierced more times than Edie Sedgwick's forearm. They found love under the Halloween moon, in a sea of Doc Martens, as DJ Demonhog (not a character from a Walter Moers novel) span out on the decks. Little did he know, his new love had a terrible secret...want to find out what it was? Dial 666." The witching hour is upon us again, so fold up a piece to neon-green card into an origami-perfect detachable rockabilly-tastic mohawk, upturn the cuff of your jeans (or get yo' momma to), and don your brothel creepers for some creepin' upstairs in Whelan's. Punk, metal and rockabilly will soundtrack the night. It's sort of the opposite of Halloween. One night only: A world in which we can pretend High School Musical never existed. [Cue movie trailer man voice] "He was a Rockabilly brylcreem addict. She had been pierced more times than Edie Sedgwick's forearm. They found love under the Halloween moon, in a sea of Doc Martens, as DJ Demonhog (not a character from a Walter Moers novel) span out on the decks. Little did he know, his new love had a terrible secret...want to find out what it was? Dial 666." The witching hour is upon us again, so fold up a piece to neon-green card into an origami-perfect detachable rockabilly-tastic mohawk, upturn the cuff of your jeans (or get yo' momma to), and don your brothel creepers for some creepin' upstairs in Whelan's. Punk, metal and rockabilly will soundtrack the night. It's sort of the opposite of Halloween. One night only: A world in which we can pretend High School Musical never existed. [Cue movie trailer man voice] "He was a Rockabilly brylcreem addict. She had been pierced more times than Edie Sedgwick's forearm. They found love under the Halloween moon, in a sea of Doc Martens, as DJ Demonhog (not a character from a Walter Moers novel) span out on the decks. Little did he know, his new love had a terrible secret...want to find out what it was? Dial 666." The witching hour is upon us again, so fold up a piece to neon-green card into an origami-perfect detachable rockabilly-tastic mohawk, upturn the cuff of your jeans (or get yo' momma to), and don your brothel creepers for some creepin' upstairs in Whelan's. Punk, metal and rockabilly will soundtrack the night. It's sort of the opposite of Halloween. One night only: A world in which we can pretend High School Musical never existed. [Cue movie trailer man voice] "He was a Rockabilly brylcreem addict. She had been pierced more times than Edie Sedgwick's forearm. They found love under the Halloween moon, in a sea of Doc Martens, as DJ Demonhog (not a character from a Walter Moers novel) span out on the decks. Little did he know, his new love had a terrible secret...want to find out what it was? Dial 666."  

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October 29 2011


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
Location Map

when
12pm-6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Selected Stories Part 2

In 1930, Olaf Stapledon wrote 'First and Last Men', a sci-fi novel about a man in the present who writes a work of fiction which is then taken by a man in the future as a work of historical fact, and this fiction is then integral to the future's understanding of the past. So their history is ALL WRONG. Confusing. Fiona Marron took a dab of inspiration from this and created stories which are either reminisced upon or awaited. How does time and perspective change our memories? How do we change our own memories? Marron gives her stories a solid foundation through landscape. Landscape is often forgotten, but for many of us the dock leaf is as much a part of childhood as scabby knees. Being a teenager wasn't just about gigs-the local Costcutter featured too. Close eyes. Consider time, space, past, future... In 1930, Olaf Stapledon wrote 'First and Last Men', a sci-fi novel about a man in the present who writes a work of fiction which is taken by a man in the future as a work of historical fact, and this fiction is then integral to the future's understanding of the past. So their history is ALL WRONG. Confusing. Fiona Marron took a dab of inspiration from this and created stories which are either reminisced upon or awaited. How does time and perspective change our memories? How do we change our own memories? Marron gives her stories a solid foundation through landscape. Landscape is often forgotten, but for many of us the dock leaf is as much a part of childhood as scabby knees. Being a teenager wasn't just about gigs - the local Costcutter featured too. Close eyes. Consider time, space, past, future...  / Kate Frances Coleman

In 1930, Olaf Stapledon wrote 'First and Last Men', a sci-fi novel about a man in the present who writes a work of fiction which is then taken by a man in the future as a work of historical fact, and this fiction is then integral to the future's understanding of the past. So their history is ALL WRONG. Confusing. Fiona Marron took a dab of inspiration from this and created stories which are either reminisced upon or awaited. How does time and perspective change our memories? How do we change our own memories? Marron gives her stories a solid foundation through landscape. Landscape is often forgotten, but for many of us the dock leaf is as much a part of childhood as scabby knees. Being a teenager wasn't just about gigs-the local Costcutter featured too. Close eyes. Consider time, space, past, future...  

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October 30 2011


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

when
2:25pm/4:35pm/9pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Ides of March

George Clooney knows Hollywood. George Clooney likes to think he knows American politics. Pitch these unequal spheres of knowledge together and you've got a Venn diagram where the overlapping segments will deliver a movie that's stylish and appealing and contains enough tension and artisitc verve to kindle your interest for it's duration but ultimately wont garner you any extra insight into its subject matter. But it's a movie, not a treatise on morality, and it must be judged as such. And it's very good. Clooney is slick as the presidential hopeful, Ryan 'everywhere' Gosling maintains his Oscar-bound arched eyebrow and Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman once again nail the fat, unkept, intelligent man in all of us. Clooney clearing knows how direct good movies. Pat Kenny's Frontline job is safe though. / Vernon Steel

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October 30 2011


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

when
8pm

how much
€33.50

concert
Harlem Gospel Choir

We all know the Harlem Gospel Choir from performing on U2’s Rattle & Hum album, but did you know they’ve also sung with other Irish greats such as Sinead O’ Connor, The Chieftains and, em.... Red Hurley? If you're staying in Dublin over the bank holiday weekend, you have to get your hands on some of the few remaining tickets to experience them for yourself. This music is the perfect antidote to bangers, knick-knacks and banshees. Their soaring melodies and stirring harmonies will give you goose-pimples, and their infectious energy will have you dancing in your seat. The NCH is the perfect venue to see them perform, and it has a lovely bar in which to enjoy a pre-gig drink. Afterwards you might feel a little calmer about those fire-crackers going off at two in the morning. / Helena O'Connor

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October 30 2011


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8:30pm

how much
€28

comedy
Tim Minchin

Are stand up comedians the new rock stars? Maybe, they're certainly the ones filling the stadiums, cashing the outrageous pay cheques and behaving badly. Looking somewhat like a ginger Russell Brand, Tim Minchin is a man who must have decided that music was another thing that comedians could do as well as any rock star. He seems to have been right. Since his triumphant sell-out show in Dublin last year the Australian has toured the world and subsequently the UK with a 55 piece orchestra. He also wrote the lyrics and composed music for the RSC’s stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda, which opened to rave reviews in December. Returning to Dublin with new songs and his much loved classics,  this show will be as big a draw for music lovers as those who love good comedy. / Sam Doyle

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October 31 2011


where
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 21 Patrick's Close, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
Various - see link

how much
Adults:€5.50, Children/Conc.: €4.50, Family:€15

festival
Eve of All Hallows Festival

Get that occult chill down your spine in St. Patricks Cathedral, where the past will be brought alive: fancy a chat with a medieval knight? Not a modern knight. Like Elton John. There will also be an eerie wander about the graveyard, where Jonathan Swift, former Dean of the Cathedral, philosopher, and creator of Lilliput is buried along with the founder of the Hellfire Club. What instrument conjures up the F.E.A.R more than the Organ? Well, they have a massive one in the cathedral. Huge. Big organ, more fear. But the folks at St. Patrick's aren't totally stuck in the past. They will be playing music from Star Wars. Now, I've never seen Star Wars, but I've heard the score, and it will prove the perfect accompaniment to the dark, gothic shell of the cathedral. Which events will you choooose? / Cora Burke  /  /   /  

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October 31 2011


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

when
3pm/8pm

how much
€23-€40

concert
The Bride of Frankenstein

“It’s going to be a terrific storm!” With droning cello, creepy oboe, and lightning crash symbols - the RTE Concert Orchestra brings the Bride of Frankenstein to Life for a Halloween screening with full accompaniment. The sound era was barely seven years old (1935) when German-born composer Franz Waxman conjured up this unlikely masterpiece; which set a benchmark for orchestral atmospherics. The movie itself is much more than just a monster movie, exploring the dark side of human nature, and the score beautifully captures this. The sequence bringing the Bride to life is unequaled - a storm rages, sparks fly, smoke plumes rise, switches are thrown, arcs of electricity jump between devices, and a corpse descends from the roof! Let’s just hope nobody throws black cats at the bassoon player. Win Tickets to 3pm matinee / Paddy O' Dwyer

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November 01 2011


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

when
2:10pm/4:35pm/8:55pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
We Need To Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin. No really we do. The genius of Lynne Ramsey's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel is that they (his parents) never really do talk about Kevin. And guess what? They raise a mass murderer. So cotton on mums! “He's just a boy, a sweet little boy. That's what boys do.” says Franklin (John C Reilly) to Eva (Tilda Swinton) about their son Kevin (Jasper Newell & Ezra Miller). Maybe so. But they don't start out as an unlovable super brat, morph with menace and glare into a modern day Damian and end up unadulterated evil, albeit with supermodel cheekbones. Ramsey respects the nuances, creates the questioning undercurrent of culpability and rinses her film in visual and sonic tones which belie the fact that this is only her third feature film ever (and first in nine years, lazy cow!). / Zach Joyce

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November 01 2011


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€42.50

gig
Honest Jon's Chop Up

Neatly sidestepping the richness of embarrassments so readily proffered by the Supergroup format (see: Dave Stewart's newest and most ghastly incarnation), Damon Albarn brings out the big guns for his Honest Jon's label showcase. You can't help suspecting this is the result of a boozy after hours conversation in the Groucho Club, like so much of Albarn's post-Blur output, but you have to respect his relentless dedication to putting out new music – Gorillaz, The Good The Bad and The Queen, Mali Music, DCR Music and two musicals in the last decade. This line up continues his current leaning towards all things funk, featuring former Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, a Sun-Ra Arkestra alumnus, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Fatoumata Diawara and, er, Flea. Just don't expect anything off Modern Life is Rubbish. / Martin Bradley

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November 01 2011


where

Malthouse Design Centre, 537 North Circular Rd, D1



when
Various - see link

how much
Free

launch
Design Week at the Malthouse

Despite being only a couple of years old, the Malthouse provides a home to some of Ireland's most well-recognised names in design (Dermot Bannon Architects), and some that have been garnering a lot of attention for their work in recent times (Jenny Walsh Design and Jennifer Slattery Textiles to name two). As well as providing studio and retail space to a number of Irish furniture and product designers, the Malthouse also gets Design Week 2011 underway with an evening literally celebrating the best and brightest in their respective fields of design. Beginning a week of events and seminars taking place nationwide, this evening sees 30 designers exhibiting and 10 new products being launched. There are promises of music, light installations, cocktails and canapes to ensure that the evening goes off with an appropriately celebratory bang. / Lucy Watts

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November 02 2011


where
KT Contemporary, KT Contemporary, 25–27 Donnybrook Rd, Dublin 4
Location Map

when
12pm-6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Revenge of the Pleasure Principle

Enda Mac Nally's dark psyche presents a sense of humour from what first appears to be an extremely odd assemblance. A series of collage and drawings give a flippant insight into what it means to be young in today's world. Clowns, punks, lobotomies, Ancient Greece and collagen lips are organised together in flashes of light around sun beams. There is a particularly striking reference to nuclear power. A strip light lighting a dark pair of arms that have been stenciled on to a pain of Perspex glass. If you have been in Donnybrook over the past month you have probably turned to look at the life size dummy in the gallery window with a straw bag on its head. It is by an English duo named Littlewhiteahead. Their work truly makes you stop to think. Leaving an impression. Simple but affective. / Edmund Buckley

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November 02 2011


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€13-€25

theatre
B for Baby

B for Baby is back. After starting life in last year’s Dublin Theatre Festival, Carmel Winters’s controversial play exploring the sexual and reproductive rights of the intellectually disabled returns to where it all began: the Peacock. Winner of last year’s The Irish Times ‘Best New Play’ award, the homecoming is the final leg of a national tour. Set in a care home for adults with special needs, it intertwines the unalloyed relationship between two residents, B and Dee, with the sinister motivations of frustrated relief care worker, Mrs C, and her husband, Brian. A former stand-up, the prolific Winters is better known as writer and director of the psychological Irish drama Snap and has another film and a TV series on the way so this may be her last play for some time. Warning: the show contains partial nudity and a snake. Really. / Brendan Daly

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where
KC Peaches
28/29 Nassau Street
Dublin 2

when
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat: 10am-4pm, Sun: 11am-4pm

how much
Salad from €6.65, Sambos from 5.20

le other
KC peaches

Beginning life as a whole foods caterer, KC Peaches canteen-style restaurant popped up in pastel blue and mint green on Nassau Street early this summer. Occupying what used to be Fred Hanna's bookshop it has rapidly gathered a devoted and ravenous following. The idea is simple: queue up, pick a size, and cram your plate or take-away box with as much deliciousness as it can handle. The reasonably priced and generously sized portions bring to mind the childhood adage "your eyes are bigger than your belly." The food is comforting, healthy, and very filling. This, and a prime location opposite Trinity's Nassau Street gate, makes for a noisy and bustling atmosphere, cafeteria-like and somehow American. Also, coffee obsessives will be pleased to know that the coffee is good, and their coffee machine is nothing short of beautiful. / Alex Calder

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where
Over all Dublin, see link for participating restaurants.


when
Until Oct 30th

how much
Varies, see link.

le other
Dine In Dublin

Nothing like a winter-shortened Dublin day to find youself out and about, work done, dinner skipped and a squidgen squiffy. But where to eat? Thanks to BID this is the time to try that eatery that you have have hitherto ignored. Their Dine in Dublin deals make expensive food cheap. An oxymoron? Not at all. Try Carluccio's for their Antipasto Supremo, €20 for a edible tour of Italy, more than enough for two with a delectable selection that would have Trapattoni thinking of home. Or go to Citron where aptly named new chef Mat Fuller will surprise you you with his laundry-themed amuse bouche. Trust me. Others on the deal worth checking are Bleu (for dessert) and The Washerwoman's Hill (purely for the name). There are 15, 20, 25 and 30 euro set menus and every vital organ will thank you for going for the slow-food option. / Vernon Steel

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Derek Corcoran and Roisin Macken : Monster Cakes

le cool munches with the couple in the kitchen making edible monsters.

We're together eight years. We met in art college. Derek did fine art in Dun Laoghaire I did digital media and 3-D. We're big foodies. Our social lives consists of restaurants and cooking at home. Derek got into baking and desserts. We got inspiration from programmes like Ace of Cakes on the Food Network.

We started in January. I thought myself how to bake last year. We did a cake for the Zombie walk. It was great practice carrying in a corpse for the occasion itself. There's open chest organs. The skulls (pictured) are pretty bizarre. They based on Dawn of the Dead.

It's all word of mouth. Since May we've had at least a booking every week. We've had an order for a pop art cake we've done based on Roy Lichtenstein for next year too. Sometimes you get sick of cake though.

Monster Cakes are contactable on 086-3605606. PHOTO: seanandyvette