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Sobriety. We've embraced it this month. This 30 day, 720 hour, 43200 minute, 2592000 second month. Did we mention we're off the booze? 

Now we don't want to turn into unbearably smug non-alcohol toasting proselytizers but there are benefits of both mind and pocket. We've been more than eager to extol these insights to anyone unfortunate enough to be cornered into listening. One of us has even crowed about the side effects of witnessing Saturday at 7am from the right direction.

I'm sure we're not alone in shuddering at the thought of estimating what we've spent down the years on booze, fags and good times which we struggle to remember. But hey we're human, we're Irish and they were good times.

However, a taking stock moment often helps. We've all cribbed at some stage over the price tag attached to some cultural offering or locally produced craft or whatnot and then proceeded to skull the balance hours later out on the town. An occasional realignment of priorities is never a bad thing even in the harsh eye-rubbing glare of a 7am dawn.

Who is driving the other to drink this week? Michael, CiaranKate or Sarah?

With thanks to Camille
"I hope you like it/ think it's disgustingly cute." - Fatti Burke
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November 17 2011


where
Gallery Number One, 1 Castle Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7pm

how much
Free

launch
For the Love of...Progress

A hungry cat/beaver is gobbling old teabags. Ryan Gosling is on the operating table. Birds are wearing pope hats and bibs. Don't panic, you haven't fallen down the rabbit hole, but you have stepped into the parallel universe of Gallery Number One and its new exhibition; For the Love of Progress (sponsored by ebow). It’s a mishmash of stimulating delights encompassing twenty-five artists from different disciplines. Sound and video installations, interactive pieces - loving the Gukebox by Paul Mahon, and live art; Mick Minogue starting his own Sistine chapel, will be sure to captivate and charm you. Following the theme of progress, workshops on fashion, photography, music producing and illustration will run in conjunction with the exhibition to cater to your every artistic whim. Music from Bantum on the night. / Sarah Maguire

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November 17 2011


where

Public Beware,
East Essex Street, 
Temple Bar



when
6pm

how much
Free

launch
Public Beware

Public Beware began in Truman's Brewery, just off Brick Lane, in London. Check out those cool credentials...that's without even mentioning the fact it faces Rough Trade. There's only one other store in the world. Yup, it's in Temple Bar, and it launches tonight with Wagamama finger food (oms) and cocktails from their super-smooth neighbours at The Garage. So what about the clothes? Topshop prices without the ubiquity means there will be fewer red faces on nights on the razz; look out for their superb patterned chiffon shirts - a modern twist on a classic. Their dresses keep on working from day to night and back again. Public Beware is the place to go for core pieces to jazz up those tired H&M body-con skirts, or for sculptural jackets to flatter that Penney's basic T. /Kate Frances Coleman 

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November 17 2011


where
28 South William Street,
Dublin 2.


when
6pm (runs until Sunday)

how much
Free

pop-up
Style-tonic.com

There's a curmudgeon friend of mine who balks every time I utter the words pop-up in his presence. The verbal trendification of what others might call a temporary little arrangement sends him scuttling in his corduroys solely armed with a mere tweet to vent his disgust and a few followers to guide him to solid ground. But these are shifting sand times and the irony is the pop-up concept seems here to stay. Tonight it's the turn of Style-tonic.com to turn on the momentary ritz in the company of their collaborators Budda Bag, the Make-Up Crew, Helen Steele and the Rocker Lane Workshop. In the week where @IrishIndieXmas started encouraging us to consider spending €100 in local businesses, consider some of the independent fashion, furniture and comforts on display here. And remember there's only five weeks of Christmas shopping left. / Zach Joyce

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November 17 2011


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7.30pm

how much
€28

comedy
Reginald D. Hunter

A comedian that doles out caustic political commentary, but who will always refer to his target as Sir or Ma'am, Reginald D. Hunter is one of a kind. His lazy Deep Southern drawl contrasts with sneakily sharp observations. And a penchant for racist terms. 'Nig Nog, that sounds like some shit black people like to drink at Christmas.' He plays the 'aw shucks' dunce of the classroom, luring the audience into false security, as he points out funny localisms and mannerisms that we take for granted. Sheep shaggers, anyone?  A world apart from the bright-eyed smart alec American comic stereotype, he uses his childish sense of awe and wonder to push awkward subjects, like adhering to the concept of black solidarity when there are men like Robert Mugabe walking the earth. He may be hard-hitting, but you sure don't feel it. Win tickets. /Cora Burke

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November 17 2011


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

how much
€8

fundraiser
Apres Paris

I was aimlessly riding the Metro in Paris in 2007 amongst puppeteers, tuba-playing Roma gypsies and uncaring Parisians when for all of 30 seconds, the train flashed out into the day and the Eiffel Tower stood squarely in view. I don't own a camera, and take terrible photographs when I'm given one, yet somehow I managed to extract the small red Fuji FinePic out of my front pocket and capture the magnificence of that structure in movie form. I could watch that film all day. It is hard to photograph Paris badly, but the images on show tonight at the Sugar Club will feature the work of contemporary photographers in The City Of Light, and will hopefully provide solace for those unable to attend the colossal Paris Photo exhibition showing this weekend. / Donny Mahoney

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November 18 2011


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7.30pm

how much
€25

gig
Okkervil River

Will Sheff is essentially the beating heart of Austin's Okkervil River, his literary and often poetic lyrics standing on the shoulders of giants that have gone before. This has provided the basis of some of their records, such as 2005's Black Sheep Boy, which is loosely based around folk singer Tim Hardin's struggles, both with heroin addiction and the demons within. Through paying homage to those that have gone before, he reveals the more meaningful aspects of life and manages to explore them through a richly layered style of indie and folk rock. His sense of openness and a craving for an epic kind of living have led to some interesting adventures, not least collaborating on legendary musician Roky Erickson's last record True Love Cast Out All Evil, an experience which definitely inspired their most recent record I Am Very Far. Win tickets. / Siobhán Kane

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November 18 2011


where
The Garda Club
8-10 Harrington Street, 
Dublin 8

when
8:30pm

how much
€3/5 members/non

party
African Night

As much as we all hate to admit it, and the (sweet sweet) drink may convince us briefly otherwise, most of us have as much rhythm as a drunk in an oversized potato suit / squirrel in a hoover. No amount of high kicking and 'sexy' style shimmying under the dim lights of Dublin’s hotspots is going to prove otherwise. As graceful and energetic as our Irish dancing is, if you want a chance to learn from the pros / recruit a black man for your crew (gayracist?),  head on down to the African Night in the Garda Club. Father Shaft may or may not make an appearance. Free up those limbs and de-stress after the working week to the African beats of DJ Sikadwa, DJ Daley and DJ Sbu. Cheap pints will help get you in the groove, and don’t forget the excess drug hauls out back. Not just for gardaí. / Sarah Maguire

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November 18 2011


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
7:30pm

how much
€16

gig
John Maus

From his first two records 2006's Songs and 2007's Love is Real, to collaborating with Ariel Pink, John Maus has been a particularly graceful beacon in the musical landscape. His work has always had something of a philosophical bent, no doubt fuelled by his research in political philosophy, the subject of his doctorate. This year's We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves is a really beautiful piece of art, and, like the lighthouse that graces the record sleeve, Maus is searching for something resembling home, a deeper understanding. This depth is contained within his baritone, but also his searching nature that can go from the synth heavy driving Streetlight to the creepy Cop Killer and tender lullaby of Hey Moon. His live performances are just as searching, and you’ll want to be found. / Siobhán Kane

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November 18 2011


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
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when
7pm

how much
Free

launch
Paper Visual Art

Paper is not dead, but it is dying a lot faster than anyone thought possible. Injecting some needed life energy into the publishing of pulp is Paper Visual Art. While paper might be on the wane, the visual arts are thriving here. Tonight PVA launch their Dublin hardcopy edition. 100 copies will be issued to mark PVA's second birthday in specialising in long form art writing. Now, some art writing can disappear up its own arse at times. But the proper critique of art is vital. A self congratulating, back slapping atmosphere will never foster an art scene to be proud of. The publication will include essays and reviews on contemporary art in Dublin from the pens and keyboards of gallery owners and artists and those whose vocabulary is far greater than mine. Bloody sesquipedalianists. / Vernon Steel

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November 18 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6.15pm

how much
€5.20/€8.90

screening
Notes on a Political Journey

Nowadays the idea of a woman holding her own in the cut-throat world of politics doesn’t seem so strange but back in 1969 female politicians were a rarity. Enter Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, the Tyrone born activist who became the youngest female MP ever when she was elected to Parliament at just 21. Now in her 60s she remains impassioned and controversial and this documentary by Lelia Doolan, which won the Best Feature Documentary prize at the Galway Film Fleadh, gives a comprehensive account of her tumultuous career. Featuring archive footage interspersed with more recent interviews this film explains the complex personal and political circumstances that influenced her rise to power. As an extra treat Doolan will be engaging in a Q&A after this screening to give further insight into the woman once dubbed “Fidel Castro in a mini-skirt”. / Frances Winston

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November 19 2011


where
Gallery Modonov, 114 Capel Street Dublin 1


when
3pm

how much
Free

walking tour
New Obsessive Tour of Dublin

We've had the New Wave and the New Romantic but do you know The New Obsessive? Well today is your chance to lock pick the mind of Gary Farrelly, the artist and commander-in-chief, whose behind All roads lead to Neustern, the most intriguing exhibition in town right now, as he leads 'The New Obsessive Tour of Dublin'. This guided walking tour promises to reinvent the histories and functions of the captial's built environment. Taking in existing architecture, Farrelly's tour will warp the Dublin you know into a Dublin unhinged, reimagined, and manipulated by the artist's will and whim - cue H-bomb-proof secret police headquarters, ministries for sexual morality and mind-control, and state visits via U-boat up the Liffey. A one man nation state and self-obsessive Farrelly may also give share some of apocalypse make-up tips. Essential walking. / Daphnie Godson

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November 19 2011


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7.30pm

how much
€16.50

gig
Anna Calvi

Since Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys made them shedloads of cash, Domino Records have been that most dangerous proposition – an indie record label prone to fits of enthusiasm combined with the marketing budget of a major label to stuff them down your throat. But with Anna Calvi they've hit paydirt again, both creatively and financially. Of course, Brian Eno's early patronage and the clever teaming of Calvi with PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis couldn't hurt, but you have to hand it to her – the resulting album really is excellent. It dips into showiness, without descending into cabaret and is just the right side of epic; where Flo Welch and her machine batter every ounce of drama out of every single song, Calvi is smart enough to step back and allow space and subtlety. See her at her best in a small live setting. / Martin Bradley

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November 19 2011


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
Nov 9th - 19th

how much
€20/15

dance
Coisceim - Touch Me

How do you dance a social allegory of a country in crisis? David Bolger’s answer is – through people. People growing and building, in joy of moving together. People buying and selling, in a strong key-jingling metaphor of the property madness. People playing with toy houses, forgetting that those don’t  always become homes. People running in ecstasy towards the unreachable bright light. People remembering things that make them sad. People trying to sit on two chairs with nothing to lean on except each other. People balancing on the verge, gripping on to the ones they love. People distracted by the media, singing an anthem to the hand that ruins them, against the backdrop of a hanged man. People remembering things that make them happy. People rising, facing the sea of life, finally in touch with reality and themselves. / Nadia Gativa

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November 19 2011


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

how much
€5

album launch
Dying Seconds

Praise from The Nationals' Aaron Dresner does not come lightly. When he hails your album as ‘the ferocious coming out of a great new band, a stunningly beautiful and ambitious debut album’, you know that you are doing something right. Dublin six piece The Dying Seconds release their new album Glimmerers this Friday. A love-story in three acts, Glimmerers is a beautiful and luscious album of enormous ambition. With echos of Bat for Lashes, Animal Collective and the aforementioned National, this is the sound of a band who have found their stride. They have gone from two sound merchants making music for themselves to a fully fledged band with great potential. If Aaron Dresner is anyone to believe, it should be a worth a look. / Sam Doyle

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November 19 2011


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

how much
15

club night
Joy Orbison/Floating Points

That Joy Orbsion's ground-breaking debut cut Hyph Mngo still sounds as fresh today as it did when it blew up two years ago is a testament to the track's futureproof appeal, especially praiseworthy given that dance music evolves at such breakneck speed. The groundswell of critical lovebombing that greeted the release could have derailed the nascent talents of Peter O'Grady and while his debut remains a high watermark, he has continued to mine a rich seam of dubstep, house and future bass and remains an artist tantalisingly on the cusp of greatness. Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points had a similar stratospheric emergence in the same year and continues to be one of the UK's most exciting producers, with a wide and ever-changing breath of influences from house to garage, and expect to hear the full gamut in his three-hour set tonight. / Mark Keane

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November 19 2011


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

how much
€15.54

gig
William E. Whitmore

Ireland has something of a special relationship with William E. Whitmore and his banjo, perhaps it is his melding of a hardcore punk sensibility with folk and blues (and the fact that he lives on a farm in Iowa), and his eight records have a sparse beauty, particularly striking on something like Hymns for the Hopeless and this year's Field Songs. His life is quite dictated by farming, the rhythm of one day's work that necessitates the next day, and the way that the seasons dictate action; it has provided him with a real earthiness, while retaining a sense of mystery and the unknowable nature of life; the real lifeblood of any kind of “traditional” music. He also esteems Ireland because of the literary tradition, citing Joyce and Beckett in particular, and now that he brews his own beers, he is essentially one of our own. Win tickets. / Siobhán Kane

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November 19 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
November 16-27th

how much
Depends, see link.

festival
French Film Festival

Is that a smell of croissants? Is that a moustache and a beret that I see over there? Mais oui, it’s that time of year again, the French Film Festival is back. The selection is eclectic and gripping, and you might be lost in all this French goodness. Let me then highlight two films for you. Declaration of War is about a child with cancer. Don’t run away! In her autobiographical film, V. Donzelli succeeds in turning a tearjerker topic into an upbeat celebration of courage because, as explained in the title, it’s not about cancer but about the battle against it. Lights Out, a dark enigmatic teen movie, surprises by its structure and by its atmosphere built up by an original Sonic Youth soundtrack. Now, run to the IFI. Rien de rien, vous ne regretterez rien. / Marine Wong Kwok Chuen

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November 19 2011


where
king 7,
Capel Street,
Dublin 1

when
8pm - late

how much
€5 before 10pm/ €10 after

fundraiser
Rabble Ruckus

The on-going anchoring of the Occupy Dame Street movement points to an admirable and visible backbone not seen since the pensioners kicked up a fuss a while back. Another timely occurance has been the emergence of the Rabble freesheet in the city. Offering an unadorned look at the harsh realities of existence for so many right now, there mission is to offer an "alternative look at Ireland after the boom and help contribute to the popular imagination of what is possible." Tonight they are looking for fellow rousers and even occasional fence sitters to support the cause. And rather than pass the bucket, they've pulled together a damn fine music line-up too that harks back to the days of Lazybird and Bodkins with the likes of Lakker and Sunken Foal on the bill. Some great sounds as well as new voices worth hearing. / Zach Joyce

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November 20 2011


where
Academy 2, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7pm

how much
€13

gig
Vintage Trouble

Last year, Vintage Trouble tore up the Jools Holland stage like a Caribbean tornado; blasting heat and irreverence beyond the confines of the BBC studio, into homes and all over YouTube. With a cheeky awareness of their aura of sheer skittle-bomb fizzing, jazz shoe-glittering, disco ball reflecting awesomeness, Vintage Trouble storm through retro, Lindy-hoppin' inducing numbers, led by the coiffed and cuffed Ty Taylor, whose soulful vocal warrants the reversed obsoletion of the gramophone to evoke the bygone era that the band channels in such a way that it remains relevant, hollering through Blues Hand Me Downs and Pelvis Pusher, or smoothly crooning through Nancy Lee, and Gracefully. It feels a bit like the second coming of Elvis...hopefully this one won't end in cheeseburgers./ Kate Frances Coleman
 

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November 20 2011


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7pm

how much
€25

gig
Chase and Status

Chase and Status are the musical embodiment of the monster that is the Double Vodka Red Bull - hold the ice. They are those hours between 1am and 2am when you've lost your mates and you do the obligatory shoulder twist and arm pump on the dancefloor to Let You Go, squidged between PDAs and ill-advised mini-skirts, glazed eyes unable to figure out whether the neon smudge in the distance is the exit sign or the shot-girl's kiosk. Then you have those hours of tears, sobbing away to Time, possibly involving a stranger on the step outside Costa Coffee. You might calm down a bit to Pieces. And the next morning you'll see the pictures and form fictional memories and realise it was great craic after all. So go and rave up with the masters, but avoid the spirits, eh?  / Cora Burke 

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November 21 2011


where
The Viking Theatre,
Connolly’s - The Sheds,
Clontarf Road,
Dublin 3

when
8pm, 21st Nov-25th Nov

how much
€10

theatre
Port Authority

After a first series of performances in the late Matchbox Theatre and a successful nationwide tour, Port Authority comes back to Dublin in a shiny new venue, The Viking Theatre in Clontarf. The play by C. McPherson introduces us to three men at different stages in their lives. In their intertwined monologues, they evoke with humour and melancholy their hopes and regrets about love and life. When listening to these men’s bittersweet stories, you want to pat them on the shoulder to comfort them, but by the end of the play, you realise that actually, they gave you a mental hug. Yes, such things do exist. Under the direction of P. Reid, D. Toibin, A. Kearns and E. Mullane deliver heart-warming performances. Thumbs up for Toibin who looks like Carl Fredricksen from Pixar’s Up. Who wouldn’t want a hug from him? / Marine Wong Kwok Chuen 

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November 22 2011


where
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
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when
10am-5:30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
A Day Like No Other

Rivane Neuenschwander's art may be an abstract social commentary, but its abstraction makes it all the more relevant. Filling the New Galleries with concepts and interactive opportunities, this is modern art at its most generous. Exorcise the unresolved bitterness of first love by seeing him/her depicted by a forensic artist. Make a wish and donate a wish in I Wish Your Wish, while the creep-fest Coppola film The Conversation is translated into art where one is faced with the destruction and whispers of paranoia that accompanies life in the modern paternalistic state. Gasp at the beauty of Neuenschwander's interpretation of Arabian Nights, painstakingly arranged constellations hole punched from the first full translation of it.  Feast on videos of eggs and spoons, and a soap-bubble so hardy Fairy Liquid may kill for the soap recipe.  /Kate Coleman

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November 22 2011


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8.15pm, up until November 26th

how much
€12/10/8

theatre
Minute after Midday

August 15, 1998. Do you remember where you were? I was 20 years old, on a trip home from the Seminary I was studying in and saw the news. Devastation. Shock. Disbelief. As images emerged from Omagh the sense of loss was deeply affecting and the aftermath changed Ireland. It was people's stories afterwards that stuck with me. Minute After Midday tells a story of those events. Three characters - a child, a wife and a Catholic youth recount their memories of the day and events. With strong writing, great acting and a sentimentality that avoids mawkishness, it seems obvious to call this play a testament or tribute to Omagh, but that it is. I was enthralled for the hour, thinking this should be taught in schools. There's humour, romance and sadness without being depressing, with a lovely twist in the end. A must see. Win Tickets. / Darragh Doyle

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November 23 2011


where
Grand Canal Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
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when
7.30pm

how much
€35-€125

opera
La Traviata

The word Opera doesn't have a lot of positive associations. Whether you immediately think Cosa Nostra, old money aristos braying into their champers, or worst of all – bankers and property developers, it's safe to assume you wouldn't expect to feel very comfortable in these surroundings. But fear not proles! In the new post-NAMA Ireland, Opera is for everyone, and we're reassuringly and patronisingly given instructions like “it's ok to wear jeans” and “pretty much anything is allowed apart from throwing shit at the stage”. The Guardian suggest bringing breath mints and small binoculars to your first opera, which is spookily similar to the peanuts and towel suggested by Ford Prefect for intergalactic travel. If that sounds too demanding, be reassured that there is a designated drinking break halfway through. / Martin Bradley

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TOG team Justin Kelly, Christian Kortenhorst and Jeffrey Roe are part of the TOG Hackerspace.

A hackerspace is a community-run shared physical space for peer learning and experimentation. We've been operating since April 2010 and have 35 members now. It's a 24/7 space.

Our activities vary from a craft night every second Tuesday where we have knitting, screen printing and jewelery making to electronics nights. We've been at the Electric Picnic, Mindfield, Darklight and le cool's second birthday party where we presented the Ruben's Tube.

We've taught over 220 people how to solder badges, make LED flowers and origami. You never come out of the space not learning something.

There are about 500 hackerspaces around the world. It was proposed in Shanghai this week to seek government funding for them. This weekend we have Squishy Circuits aimed at adults and children as part of Science Week and our 48 hour Hackathon.

TOG Warehouse Unit C, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8.PHOTO: mel maclaine