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Cape Town may be the designated World Design Capital 2014 but the great work undertaken in bringing Dublin close to success has not disappeared with the announcement.

Last weekend, in the Wood Quay building, a group of 60 people from various backgrounds took part in a design challenge to represent Dublin in Helsinki.

It was there, beside a stretch of Hiberno Norse City Wall that dates back to 1100AD, that 12 teams took on the challenge to find 'Everyday Discoveries' in 2011AD.

le cool were represented, as were graphic designers, architects, students, bio-engineers, musicians, photographers, a fashion designer, a law lecturer and an ambulance driver. The results were indicative of the potential we have to re-imagine the city when pushed.

City vista picture frames, the re-use of phoneboxes, soundscapes, conversation and the humble cup of tea all featured. We look forward to hearing all the ideas again at an upcoming exhibition.

Who is making everyday discoveries everyday this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate or Sarah? With thanks to Camille.

"...naked ladies, tattoos and smoking, being cool involves all those things." - Fatti Burke
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November 10 2011


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

how much
€8

gig
VerseChorusVerse

After five years of incessant touring Tony Wright has chosen to veer off in a new direction as VerseChorusVerse instead of winding down. Having left behind his electrifying role as a member of the instrumental powerhouse ASIWFA, he can now be found wandering with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a clutch of russet songs about seasonal change that make up a new EP. A black-hooded jongleur looking for a new challenge, intent on finding meaning in a cataclysmic world through the power of song, he has walked into the shadows of an uncertain future. The success of his past means it's not quite a blank slate and there are people willing him to succeed once more. Where Dublin is concerned, this means a return to the familiar stage of Whelan's but under the guise of a solo artist with his first headline show in the capital. Win tickets / Nay McArdle

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November 10 2011


where
Gallery Modonov, 114 Capel Street Dublin 1


when
6pm (runs until Nov,. 24th)

how much
Free

exhibition & opening
All Roads Lead To Neustern

All roads surely lead to Neustern and the nerve-centre of Gary Farrelly's delightfully wired brain. Gary has imagined a city where Eugenics Avenue and Fellatio Street intersect at Vanilla Square, one where Libertarians have recently assumed popularity over National Comrades and increasing gun ownership has resulted in less murders. Neustern is Gary's tinted window, cast concrete world with vast gold reserves which help ensure a triple A rating for the sovereign development bonds he's been issuing. Professed to be "obsessed by airports, city planning, robust boys, espionage and despotism", it's all here bar the robust boys, though they might be found loitering along One Night Stand Avenue. Original, inventive and egocentric - Neustern is an unconventionally triumphant intersection of myth and reality. / Michael McDermott

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November 10 2011


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

how much
€5

workshop
How to MC feat. TOPCAT

As someone who's been known to indulge in the odd drunken freestyle (can you believe there's no word that rhymes with 'pint'?) with inevitably horrifying results, I'm always on the lookout for tips on how to improve my dubious skillz. With that in mind, this event offers a prime opportunity for aspiring lyricists to spruce up their flow. Hosted by Top Cat (close friends get to call him TC), who's been a mainstay on the UK Urban scene for over twenty years, the 'How to MC' seminar will feature an array of tips and tricks for anyone who's ever fancied rocking a rhyme that's right on time. It's tricky. Oh and in case you were wondering, there definitely isn't audio evidence of my rap career out there. Definitely not. Win tickets / Conor McDevitt

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November 10 2011


where
Cineworld / The Screen Cinema


when
November 10th-13th

how much
€9

festival
Japanese Film Festival

Konichiwa J-Film Lovers, it is time for another portion of quirky anime, creative visuals and beautifully crafted stories from the country of Cherry Blossoms. Winter brings the 4th edition of the Japanese Film Festival, a kawaii brain-child of the Embassy of Japan, access>CINEMA and the Ireland Japan Association. Among the key titles will be Keiichi Hara’s Colorful, which has won major awards at the Annecy Animation Film Festival, the world's largest animation film fest. A heart-warming story focusing on a boy trapped outside the circle of life and death. Lee Sang-il’s Villain features the lonely Yuichi who struggles to find love in a world full of contradictions. Nine movies create a line-up that highlights the craftsmanship of contemporary film. Win Tickets to opening film. / Anna P

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November 10 2011


where
Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
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when
6pm

how much
Free

le other
A La Mesa

As anyone who watches daytime TV will tell you, Oprah is a genius and anything she says goes. For that reason I’m surprised our kitchen cabinets are not bursting with “herb-savors” - chosen as one Oprah’s Favourite Things 2010. These handy little gadgets, as well as many others – silicone steaming cases (for clams and whatnots), delicate horse-leg handled mugs – perfect for luncheons with your equestrian obsessed acquaintances, and Calippo ice cream moulds are on show at the Instituto Cervantes as part of their exhibition “A la Mesa” (our equivalent of “Jacinta come in for yer be-ans”). A collection of creative design implements that assist us in stuffing our faces while still making everything look very sophisticated. The exhibition kicks off with a free Spanish food reception, ñam, ñam. That’s yum, yum to you and me. / Sarah Maguire
 

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November 10 2011


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
11am-6pm

how much
Free to view (on sale for €780-€2100)

exhibition
Conversion

Filmbase is one of the few city centre spaces with amazing window frontage where you cannot but glance to see what's happening inside. Now out of box office base season, it's hosting the ideal eye-catcher with John Fitzsimons first solo exhibition. Presenting straight lines on canvas, there's an assured control at the core of this work with an edge of uncertainty. This matches the anchoring of each print with a primary colour and the diverting endings for most of the lines. Elevation I could be a prototype for a limited edition Adidas stripe or a flag from an unknown country. Fitzsimons art is one you may instantly fall for or quickly dismiss but neverthless a strikingly confident body of work that ensures you'll be hearing alot more about him. / Zach Joyce

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November 11 2011


where
St Patrick's Hall at Dublin Castle (inauguration)
Collins Barracks (21-gun salute)


when
From noon

how much
Free

le other
21-Gun Salute

Despite the name, it's a peaceful salute. It comes from a defeated ship expending all ammunition to show defeat. Foreign ships coming into harbour would also symbolically fire 21 cannons to ease the locals' worry of attack. Our, also peaceful army, now fires this traditional salute for ceremonies, such as the presidential inauguration to welcome Michael D. Higgins - who I'm proud to say I voted for. I'm also just proud I voted. Although I do have an added fun bonus. You see the same ladies sit at the same table each time I vote and on a previous occasion my parent's address was misspelt on our polling cards so that it read 'SILVER BITCHES'. Gas altogether. Have the best laugh every time an election comes around. Big shout out to them, Michael D. Higgins, the Marys (we'll miss yiz), everyone who votes, and all the bitches. / Georgia

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November 11 2011


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

how much
€12

gig
Gardens and Villa

Pastoral is big news right now. Awash as we are with sensitive young men with acoustic guitars emoting everywhere, it's nice to see sensitive young men with synthesisers catching a break. Gardens and Villa come across like Fleet Foxes mixed with the electronic minimalism of Stan Ridgeway's Wall of Voodoo. Lots of eerie plodding synth bass lines, haunted house organ, spectral harmonised vocals and lyrical content that's more Grimms' Fairy Tales than Little House on the Prairie. Hipster bible Pitchfork jokingly referred to them as Beach Hearse, and if that gag means anything to you then you probably already have tickets. For those of you eager to get a proper folk fix, the lead singer also plays the flute - whether he does so standing on one leg like the bloke from Jethro Tull remains to be seen. Win tickets / Martin Bradley

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November 11 2011


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
8pm

how much
€19.85

spoken word
John Cooper Clarke

“I may never live long enough to be as old as I look.” Having shuffled into his sixties, and considering his less than healthy past, John Cooper Clarke still bristles with a scintillating wit. The original punk poet is always a picture of dishevelled elegance with a murder of crows nesting upon his spindly frame. Recent shows have been a mix of stand-up comedy and spoken-word poetry performance - reciting long, stream of consciousness tales and spitting out furious one-liners. Occasionally he dips in a carrier bag to dig out the poetry that made his reputation.  Beasley Street, his tale of 70’s urban grime, has become Beasley Boulevard, a living hell infested with noodle bars and urban planners. With Clarke's rich Mancunian accent; his comically surreal witticisms and poetry of everyday absurdity become a celebration of words spouted out. / Paddy O'Dwyer

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November 11 2011


where
CrawDaddy, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
01 676 5445
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when
7.30pm

how much
€13

gig
Acid Mothers Temple

Continuing the heavy tradition of postwar experimental underground Japanese rock groups like Flower Travellin' Band and Les Rallizes Désnudés (one of whose members famously took part in a Red Army Faction hijack of a passenger jet in 1970 and now lives in exile in North Korea), Acid Mothers Temple produce uncompromising improvisational krautrock-tinged free jazz psychedelia with a healthy serving of Karlheinz Stockhausen for good measure. Guitarist Kawabata Makoto is the prime mover and one unifying factor in a dizzying array of offshoot bands, on this occasion Acid Mothers Temple and The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., who constantly tour and churn out albums like there is no tomorrow. Julian Cope thinks their music should be available on prescription, so its safe to say this one isn't for Adele fans. / Martin Bradley

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November 11 2011


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
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when
8pm

how much
€8 BYOB

tribute
Tribute to The Fall

If you don't already know who The Fall are (is) there's little point in us trying to introduce you to them (him) now. It would take a lifetime to properly eulogise the 29 brilliantly individual albums they have, thus far, recorded. There are too many apocryphal tales of their legendarily bilious, misanthropic, hectoring leader Mark E Smith. Let's just say you've missed out on possibly the best band in the world. So, for the faithful, here's a chance to celebrate, to Hit the North. Rebellious JukeBox Yeah! present a 3rd Annual Celebration of The Fall. There will be some good bands doing covers, some people talking and reading-uh, some video and possibly some deeply traumatised former members. It's BYOB, so you can bring your own Newkey Brown. We're hoping to finally get the chance to dance to Shoulder Pads 1 in public. Win Tickets / Mr & Mrs Stevens
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November 12 2011


where
The Village , 26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€18.90

gig
Maverick Sabre

I first became aware of Maverick Sabre during our joint school production of Honk (basically, The Ugly Duckling: The Musical). While he was a great honker in the title role, his more soulful talent was wasted on the denizens of New Ross, Co. Wexford. Before long he was on our screens shouldering Professor Green in Jungle and then Jools Holland introduced him on Later... A reggae, sandpapery crooner, he channels the soul of Morgan Freeman with serious affairs-of-the-heart-issues, with lyrics that will require a man-size pack of Kleenex and some intricate white lies about accidentally sticking Olbas oil in your eye, while still leaving you with a shred of hope. Man up and wallow in Let Me Go and I Need; 'cos you'll agree that he is the most exciting force in Irish/British music right now. Win Tickets / Cora Burke  /Cora Burke

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November 12 2011


where
Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin 6

when
November 11th - 13th

how much
Free (donations suggested for some events)

festival
SkillShare Festival

Having met a few of the people behind this year's Skillshare festival at a party last weekend, it’s safe to say these people are serious and genuine - what’s more, determined enough to hand you a flyer with unsteady hands in the small hours of the morning while mumbling something you don’t quite catch. I liked. Kicking off with an ideas-storm of positive solutions and continuing from there with an array of workshops including green skills, gardening, yoga, legal training, bicycle repair skills, and with spatterings of talks and live music, this festival promises..a lot. Supported by Gluaiseacht, the festival is about the lost art of collective learning, sucking us back from the lonely concrete chasms of cityscape, where we're more likely to rely on Youtube to teach us how to poach an egg instead of each other. Aww. / Roisin Agnew

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November 12 2011


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
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when
8.30pm

how much
€10-16

gig
Robert Glasper

Glasper can be, apparently, musically spot-on quite regularly. The LA Times gushed recently "it's a short list of jazz pianists who have the wherewithall to drop a J-Dilla reference into a Thelonious Monk cover, but not many jazz pianists are Robert Glasper.' I'm humbly impressed and I am going to go see him and his band - drummer, bassist and saxophonist/vocalist - perform. The experiment is an experience, his live concept of how music can be mixed and stirred smoothly. He kneads between layers of urban sounds. Of his style he says "Jazz is, for me, just a music that represents the, the society that you're in at the moment. Of the moment, a direct reflection of it." And people dig this, people like Kanye and Lupe and Mos Def. And me. And you? Yeah. Food for the soul. Win tickets / Georgia

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November 12 2011


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

how much
€14.50

gig
Twin Sister

In 2008 a group of friends made the EP Vampires With Dreaming Kids, which was a charming rendering of dreamy indie pop. They followed this up with the equally lovely EP Colour Your Life in 2010, and released their full length record In Heaven earlier this year. Their album sounds both fresh and old-fashioned, from the spine-tingling world of 'Kimmi in a Rice Field' (which is like discovering David Lynch crouching in the middle of Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market) to the Bonanza-meets-Camera Obscura ditty Gene Ciampi; Twin Sister can make you smile and despair in a heartbeat. Andrea's Estella’s vocals have a delightfully strange range, while Eric Cardona sounds like Dan Bejar's younger brother. Their real power is how they mix inventiveness with a sense of innocence; a lightness of touch, with depth of feeling. Win tickets / Siobhán Kane

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November 12 2011


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
11.30pm

how much
€8.50 (on door)

screening
Singalong Zoolander

Get ready to put your pout on! This is your chance to show there's more to life than just being really, really, really good looking and will make you happier than Orange Mocha Frappuccinos. The Sugar Club is hosting an exclusive sing along Zoolander screening! You can *cough* cough* “I think I’ve got the black lung Pop” to your heart’s content. Come dressed in character to strike your best Blue Steel, Ferrari and Le Tigre or blast everyone away with Magnum. Prepare to parade your ambi-turner skills on the catwalk with live Walk-Offs and show off your best moves with a spot of Break Dance Fighting. DANCE MONKEY DANCE!!! Don’t worry if you can't read minds, as always it will be subtitled so you can join in the movieoke mayhem. Cheesily fantastic 80s and 90s tunes follow at the Prom Night special after party. Win tickets / Sarah Maguire

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November 13 2011


where
Terenure Badminton Centre
Whitehall Road
Dublin 12

when
11am - 6pm

how much
15 euro per player, Light lunch and refreshments will be served.

sport
Volcano Badminton Tournament

Badminton: the game of kings and queens and kings with queen-like dainty wrists. Shuttlecocks: The most fabulous of sports projectiles. Put them together and a manly muddy contact sport you do not get. But this isn't Badassminton (trademark: me), nor is it Speedminton, which does actually exist, wtf. But maybe you take your dainty shuttlecock swatting seriously, then you probably already knew about the Volcano Awesome Name Tournament. But us mere fair weather indoor sports players can still dress up as our best Joe Jonas in a Vampire Weekend video, click the "Interested in Playing a Lighter Version" box on the entry form and bring our own mimosas. Oh yeah also, no racists allowed./ Karl Watson

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November 13 2011


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


when
12:30pm

how much
Free

talk
The F Word (Feminism)

Knowledge is power, and it's being doled out here gratis. This week's subject is the F-word. The oh-so-awkward issue comes to the fore once again, and the social networking feeds have clogged up this week around a Guardian article condemning male chivalry. With tremendously intelligent, articulate and most importantly, funny girls like Grace Dent and Dawn Porter doing their bit for the sisterhood, without man-bashing or Birkenstocks, it's probably time we chucked our Simone de Beauvoir biographies and had a chin-wag about it instead. What's made feminism such a taboo? Is it the male dominated world of the political panel show? Is it the proselytising ladies of the old guard, embarrassing the rest of us? Or is it just that feminism isn't an issue anymore? You decide. / Kate Frances Coleman

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November 13 2011


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
12pm/7:30pm

how much
€12/€10

theatre
Romeo and Juliet: That's Amore

Smock Alley could not be a more naturally perfect setting for a production of this, the bard's (or his co-writers') biggest hit. Adorned with fairy lights and flowers and sound-tracked with Italian tunes, after walking in out of the rain the set soon put me in the mood for lurve as we took to our church pews. The 'two hours traffic' soon pulls us into a heady mix of hot tempered passions and impressively choreographed fight scenes under the Italian sun. Many strong high-energy performances abound in this Cracked Light Production of Irish-accents and double-entendres. It's drenched in romantic lust and mostly loyal to the original script. Comparisons can be drawn to our own current state of affairs, where blame is passed, alcoholism rife, wit abounds and in the end, everything is the priests' fault. Win tickets / Emily O'Callaghan

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November 13 2011


where
The Olympia, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2
01 679 3323
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when
7.30pm

how much
from €25

gig
The Naked and Famous

The immaculately album arted famous naked band jet back to Dublin, this time to the Olympia, though we'll forgive their crumbling deathtrap of a venue choice because a) there's zero % chance they had anything to do with it and b) Punching In A Dream. 80s style synth is the best kind of synth, and New Zealand is the best kind of Zealand (eff off Denmark). TN&F are 66% super attractive to boot, and although that shouldn't be a priority when choosing which band's gigs to go to, it's an important factor in choosing which band's gigs to have sweaty backstage lonely groupie friction sex at. Top tip: the Upper Circle has optimum bar access and is a great place to hang out with your Pakistani friend's lesbian-ish mum when you get stood up at Basement Jaxx. ALSO: check out The Sound Of Arrows remix of Young Blood while whiling away the hours 'til Nov 13. Win tickets / Karl Watson

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November 14 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
1.30pm, 4pm, 6.30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
Wuthering Heights

It is so bleak. It ruined an unusually crisp and bright day in Dublin. Amazing...but so bleak. It made the carol In the Bleak Midwinter look like a Disney sing-along-song. Wuthering Heights is a beautiful, tear-stained piece of art, but the best thing about it has to be Heathcliff. He's actually depicted as a believable outsider for once, played smolderingly by James Howson, and his madness is conveyed sensitively, with disorientating camera-work and blurring images. Cathy almost seems the saner partner trying to balance her love for two men - Kaya Scodelairo is restrained in a performance where she could have come at us full pelt with all the psychotic deranged neuroticism of Effie from Skins. Apart from the unfortunate intervention of Mumford and Sons at the credits, all in all, a marvel born on the Moors. Win tickets /Kate Frances Coleman

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November 15 2011


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
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when
11am to 7pm daily until 20th. Launch 6.30pm

how much
Free

fashion
Absolut Mode

It is a fact that models live solely on vodka soaked cotton wool, so what could be more apt than Absolut joining forces with fashion? Having previously worked with the likes of Versace, Galliano and Ford; they have now teamed up with five top Irish designers. Stylist Aisling Farinella will be curating the multi-media fashion showcase and Tuesday marks the unveiling of the exclusive creations by designers Sorcha O'Raghallaigh (see her interview in current Thread magazine), Natalie B Coleman, Helen Steele, Eilis Boyle and Simone Rocha, inspired by the new limited edition ABSOLUT MODE bottle. The event will also be showcasing one-off pieces from the Absolut Fashion archive (Blahnik boots and a Versace dress anyone?), and of course there will be plenty of free vodka knocking around. Bring your own cotton wool. Win Passes / Sarah Maguire

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November 15 2011


where
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
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when
tbc

how much
Free

le other
Open Mic Ideas Jam

We all have our moments of genius, the one idea which will bring us fame, fortune, recognition and decent restaurant service. Sadly these are often put aside for another day, being too busy with your virtual crops to give your inspired thought its proper potential. Happily, the Innovation Dublin Open Mic Jam will be coming to the Odessa Club in order for you to get that step closer to glory. The premise is simple - standing before the microphone, you have three minutes to express your idea to the audience (who will encompass everybody from venture capitalists to onlookers) who will provide you with feedback. The best ideas will get support from the NDRC Inventorium and will be encouraged to apply for the LaunchPad program (worth up to €20000). So there, when was the last night out where you stood to make a fortune? On second thoughts, don’t answer that. / Ciarán Hall

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November 16 2011


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
9am-6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Anthony Haughey - Settlement

Anthony Haughey has spent the last year creepin' and sneakin' into Ireland's ghost estates - no one wants to be chased by security guards while carrying photography equipment! Using long exposures in low light conditions has resulted in a series of eerily empty and haunting photographs displaying the current conditions we are now facing; a scarred landscape, littered with decaying buildings. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as part of the exhibition focuses on collaborations made with established and emerging architects to create proposals for improving and re-using vacant sites. Each visitor to the gallery is invited to take a free print of their drawings. On a larger scale, by using QR codes on the hoardings of Dublin city NAMA sites, you can take a virtual tour of their ideas. / Sarah Maguire

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November 16 2011


where
Unit 3, Spencer Dock (Talk)
Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (Exhibition)


when
6pm

how much
Free

talk
Concentration City

J.G Ballard’s short story The Concentration City famously states “Space is a dollar in cubic feet." The quote rings true for us. Curated by Aoife Tunney, this talk was meant to be part of The Office of Non-Compliance talks at DubCon, but was postponed until now. Investigating the Ballardian concept of the psychological effects of urban landscape on the individual, with relation to Dublin, by combining the thoughts of artists, architects and UCD professors, it promises to shed a little light on the complex relationship between what we build and who we are. An area that begs investigation considering Dublin's troubled history with city planning, from post-colonial angst to the collapse of the property market. Have a looksy at Conquested, the exhibition that predates the talk. / Roisin Agnew

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Dean Scurry - Dole TV

Dean Scurry is one of the presenters on the deadly and irreverent Dole TV.

It's a weekly TV show that's a little bit sceptical. It's not just about being on the dole or not getting on it. We talk about stuff we want to talk about that's not represented in the mainstream media.

Some of the content has been picked up by The Republic of Telly on RTE, which shows that people are watching what we're doing. We don't rely on advertising revenue, but even though we have carte blanche, we're not looking to slag everybody off.

We're linked to Dublin Community TV. There's a lot of creative talented people involved in the production of it. There's always an open call for involvement. We want people to come down and get involved in whatever capacity. We're hoping this might turn into a job.

Dole TV films on Monday evenings in the Community Media Shopfront Studio, 5 Scarlet Row, Essex Street, Temple Bar. doletv@dctv.ie  PHOTO: Con O'Donoghue