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There is a scene in A View to a Kill where James Bond (Roger Moore in his swan song), intent on impressing upon his paramour Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts), is seen rummaging adroitly around a kitchen for a while, before producing... a quiche.

Not beluga or a bottle of Bolly for Her Majesty's finest on this occasion, but rather, a savory, open-faced pie of vegetables.

Perhaps it says more about the movie and its direness than our basic love for the homely, hearty nosebag, but still, the quiche was warmly received.

Our relationship with food is the one that continues from our first hungry cry to our last, gaspy breath. We all have our favourites; whether it's that first coffee in the morning, that deli you get your lunchtime sambo, or that 'place we always go to'. In this issue, our writers tell you about their favourites - hopefully they'll become yours too. 

They've cocked their eyebrows and presented their platter of recommendations in true 007 style. How you thank them is entirely up to you.

Who is all gourmand and dandy this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate or Sarah? Did you make it to le cool 2? See yourself in the video.

"It's a homage to classical still life painting..." - Con O'Donoghue
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November 24 2011


where
13a Bachelors Walk, 
Dublin 1


when
Regular opening hours

how much
Modest pricing

food
Terra Madre

All Italian women become their mothers - that is their tragedy. Almost all Italian restaurants in Dublin serve shit food - that is ours. We've all borne witness to the menu travesties of lasagne and chips, flaccid pasta and the dolours of dolmioesque tomato 'sauces'. Succour is at hand in the shape of Terra Madre, a tiny basement cafe on Bachelor's walk. Since opening, the place has been rammed with Guidos and Paddys alike and with good reason. These Tuscan brothers are serving up great flavours at modest prices. Begin with some bresaola wrapped around a fine dice of celery with good aged parmigiano. Follow that with Taglioni alla Gricia, a dish that features guanciale and pecorino. Finish with good coffee and a slice of superb clementine tart made by a big-bellied dalmatian called Mario. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

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November 24 2011


where
The Lost Society,
South William Street,
Dublin 2

when
7pm

how much
see competition

party
A Night Of Asian Distinction

If the extent of your affiliation with Asia is that you know your local Chinese’s phone number off by heart, own one of those freaky waving cats, or have ever gorged on curry chips and you are not big on spending your life savings on a flight (or just on a plastic luggage tag…cough), then make your way to this. Open your eyes and ears to the wonders of Asian inspired art, food, fashion and music without having to haul ass halfway around the world. Enjoy the medicinal properties of Tiger beer (may actually just be placebo effect, no tigers were harmed in its making) as you nibble on Asian inspired cuisine from Tao, head chef of award winning Saba. Gisèle Scanlon and Will Barras will be creating unique installations as part of a live art show as well as sets from Kaori & Ninja from The Go! Team. Win Tickets. / Sarah Maguire

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November 24 2011


where
In your own garden!

when
Right now

how much
Your time and effort

food
Grow your own Garlic

It’s a reasonable metaphor for globalisation and an illustration of the concept of the food mile that China produces 77% of the world’s garlic. Which is bizarre considering how easy to is to grow in Ireland. This point was not lost on journo Michael Kelly who, inspired by Chinese Garlic in his local supermarket, started the GIY movement - a 150,000 strong social network - making his garlic a symbol for social change. Indigenous, culinary, medicinal and an aphrodisiac (!), this pungent warming herb is so easy to grow that once you do it you’ll hyperventilate if ever you have to buy the imported stuff again – just take a bulb of seed garlic (now, as it’s garlic planting season), break it into cloves and plant them 3” down and in a 10” grid. Harvest next June when the stems begin to wilt. 1 clove planted = 1 bulb harvested. / andróid

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November 24 2011


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
7pm

how much
€5

talk
For Food's Sake

When I was briefed by le cool HQ to write a 100 plus word insight on whether we're eating too much meat, I dived straight into the search bar. Oh boy! This colourful chart informed me we're eating 92.73kg of meat per capita (that's like 92 bags of sugar!). Then I found out we produce 981 thousand metric tons of meat a year here. I got confused. Could I extrapolate something from these two facts? Nah. Then I realised Juice, one of the few decent vegetarian places in town, recently closed down. Is this because we eat too much meat? Next thing the bloody phone rings and someone from Prime Time Investigates is asking me if I'd like to join the show, like yesterday. Beads of sweat trickled down my armpit hairs. It all became a bit overwhelming. That's why I'm taking a back seat and a beer at For Food's Sake tonight to listen to people who can help me, help you, help us, help Prime Time. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

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November 24 2011


where
The Back Loft, La Catedral Art Studios, 7-11 St Augustine St, Dublin 8


when
6pm-9pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Negative Exposure

What I thought would be a quick look at pretty women au naturel turned into an hour-long insightful discussion on cultural, social and religious aspects of human life with one of the photographers and a random visitor. Is nude art rude? Where to draw the line? Is it the most natural thing or does everyone just like boobs? And if it is sexual, so what? In Europe, the US or Asia, nudity is still very much taboo. It scares, confuses, and therefore excites us. Hello, 21st century and Catholic guilt! This project, involving two photographers and three models (who also produced a documentary and decorated their body casts), is the first of a kind in Ireland. Beautiful, thought-provoking, shocking, inspiring. Think yourself modern and free of prejudice? Come to the Monday discussion / performance / presentation and expose yourself to the truth. / Nadia Gativa

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November 24 2011


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
3.30pm, 9.20pm

how much
€6.80-€10.60

cinema
The Awakening

This film should come with a health warning, don’t attend if your nervous system is already shot to pieces. Health advice over. The plot is a bit tangled. I saw it a week ago with some friends who have well-exercised imaginations and we are still debating what actually happened. This is a good thing, as we’ve not felt the need to become inebriated in order to quench our thirst for arguments and fisticuffs since. Also, Dominic West was in it, and there is a bath scene with some artful towel whipping. Ooerr. Rebecca Hall also has a bath scene, but doesn’t see fit to use a towel. Ooerr ooerr. Imelda Staunton declined a bath scene. I checked my heart rate afterwards and it was the same as it usually is after an hour on a crosstrainer. I regret nothing. /Kate Frances Coleman 
 

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November 24 2011


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
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when
7.30pm

how much
€4

performance
Prenude

Student performance artist Xnthony Keigher and recent architecture graduate Ronan Gallagher are fusing their forces and merging their might in Prenude. After seeing NCAD final year student Xnthony's Idiotica performance, Ronan thought about the terrible wastage of cardboard. It's shocking and not the only thing about it. And so he's constructed a moveable box made from layers of cardboard, foam and plywood box replete with trap door. Xnthony promises more 'obscure' pop tracks from Kylie, Britney and Madonna and will be clothed by Olwyn Kelly in a bed linen creation. Yes, Xnthony prides himself in the rather amusing and wincingly challenging spectacle that's referenced as "positive failure" or "the intentional element of public embarrassment and vulnerability" in his show blurb. Xnthony is a performance artist creation of his time - one of video virals and youtube sensations. / Josh Stones

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November 25 2011


where
Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1.


when
7:30pm

how much
€18-€28.50

concert
Crash Ensemble: Young Americans

Sometimes it feels as if composer and arranger Nico Muhly is from another world entirely, since he manages to mix a prolific work rate with a rather magical way of thinking. From his childhood in Vermont to his perhaps pivotal period at Juilliard, Muhly has made an impression wherever he has gone. Gaining experience with Philip Glass framed some of his work processes. He has worked with Björk (Oceania), Grizzly Bear (Veckatimest), Antony (The Crying Light, Swanlights) and collaborated with kindred spirits such as Owen Pallett, Jónsi, and Valgeir Sigurðsson. His poetic grasp on contemporary classical music has also seen him work with the Britten Sinfonia and English National Opera, and, pleasingly, our own Crash Ensemble, who this year commissioned him as part of their “Young Americans” project. Win Tickets / Siobhán Kane

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November 25 2011


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€5 BYOB

screening+talk
A Night of The Wire

A defining factor in how the first conversation you ever have with someone will go is whether or not either or both of you have seen 'The Wire'. I have seen conversations about the series bring people who have never spoken to the point of proposal within minutes. Who'd have thought that a show set in the Baltimore Projects following the lives of extremely dangerous criminals would bring people together? I'm sure there are many out there among you who can't think of a better way to spend a Friday evening than with a few beers and a boxset but what if you could do this with some random people in Block T with academics discussing the series for the insightful pearl that it is? Lifelong friendships are sure to be forged at this event and Block T will be engulfed with melancholic cries of 'Where Wallace at? Where's the boy, String?' / Jessica Hayden
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November 25 2011


where
(Main Store)
30/32 Upper Abbey Street, 
Dublin 1
(One of four)

when
See link for details

how much
See link for details

food
Oriental Emporium

Go rogue when grocery shopping in our new era of VAT increases and fiscal austerity. Go beyond those blue-yellow Aldi/Lidl juggernauts and follow an Asian shopper some weekend, you will soon discover the Oriental Emporium. It's an open secret: Asian supermarkets deliver just as good produce, more exotic varieties of spices, AND at lower prices (without the wasteful packaging) till 7pm most days. Marvel at the freshness of their live shellfish at the in-store fishmongers. Pick out a full meal for €5 at the hot Schezhuan deli. Salivate at the display of crispy roast duck and belly pork hanging on meathooks. Replicate a Dim Sum blowout from their frozen food section. My favourtie bit, watching Mr Siew the owner explaining the plethora of soya sauce brands in the condiments section to confused locals. / Elish Bul-Godley

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November 25 2011


where
Click 'attend' on facebook and
receive an email with
location details

when
10pm

how much
€5 before 9:30, €10 after

club night
Bitches Be Crazy

Bitches Be Crazy, Dublin's new DIY pop up queer night is the result of a conversation between organizers Katie Guinnane and Vickey Curtis about the absence of alternative and less expensive club nights. "We wanted to set up a night that we ourselves would love to go to," says Guinnane. Moving away from the routine commercial club scene toward a more open, receptive and creative atmosphere, the girls launched BBC towards the end of the summer. DJs are usually mates of the organizers and they are also open to giving fresh young talent a shot at spinning. Comparisons to Berlin speak-easies are expected but unnecessary, this is not 'like' other cities. This is the new Dublin. / Emily O'Callaghan

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November 26 2011


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

when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
Yuck

If, as Benjamin Franklin reckoned, originality is the art of concealing your sources, those located at the polar opposite of the scale must have no problem flaunting their influences for all to see. The difficult part of being unoriginal is being interesting (just ask Noel Gallagher). Say hello then, to Yuck, the London based 4-piece who have plundered and pillaged the coffers of late 80's and early 90's indie rock to devastating effect. Take a listen to their self-titled debut and the pieces of the puzzle slide into place pretty quickly: fragments of Yo La Tengo here, Dinosaur Jr there, with Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth completing the picture. Delivered with a lo-fi aesthetic while packing enough punch to blow away the sceptics, Yuck are the perfect companion piece to Thurston Moore's show 24 hours later. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

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November 26 2011


where
Starts from outide
The Mansion House,
Dawson Street,
Dublin 2

when
see link for details

how much
€50

food
Fabulous Food Trail

Ireland has had a pretty hairy food history. Happily we’ve moved on from hunter gathering and our palate is more sophisticated than gorging on swans and hedgehogs (why did we pick such vicious and spikey foodstuffs??). We are now ready to explore the culinary delights Dublin has to offer and there are plenty. And no it is not all about the potato! Fabulous Food Trails promises to lead you off the beaten track to discover delicious treats from Irish and international cuisine; visiting food halls, street markets, bakers, and cafes all in the city centre. Generous tastings range from gourmet cheeses to award winning brownies to sea salt ice-cream (we love you mr Kerry cow!) and recommends places for lunches, dinners and drinks along the way. This trail guarantees you will not go hungry for lack of amazing eateries again. / Sarah Maguire

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November 26 2011


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

when
2pm

how much
€7.50

documentary and q&a
The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

This documentary charts one of the most influential hip-hop bands of all time over 20 years, from the late 80s when they created a new scene with Jungle Brothers and De La Soul, through the band’s phenomenal success, subsequent downfall and inevitable comeback. There is no shortage of drama as they grapple with illness (‘funky diabetic’ Phife Dawg), inflated egos (Q-Tip in particular) and infighting. There's plenty of star quality too with talking heads such as Beastie Boys, The Roots, Pharell Williams and Common. And that’s not to mention the kicking tunes. But it’s the four Tribe members, who bring the same honesty to the film as they do to their music, that really make it worth watching - even if “those guys wore some questionable shit”. Win Tickets. / Anne Hayden

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November 26 2011


where
126 Upper Leeson Street,
Dublin 4

when
10am - 5pm

how much
market free

food
Rigby's Saturday Market

Rigby's has been le cool's favourite new restaurant since the eponymous chef James rang up and harangued us to visit his shabby-chic, no menu place a few months back. It hasn't always been plain sailing though. We've been temporarily barred (long story), our reservation cancelled at the last minute (short story) and we've stepped in as an almost-fight broke out with our culinary hero and a certain dragon from Dragon's Den (almost-story). The food is undeniably brilliant though - amazing value and the BYOB element is naturally a clincher. Like all good love affairs, it's passionate, dangerous and delicious. Never one to sit still, Rigby is now hosting a fresh, organic produce market at his place on Saturdays between 10am and 5pm. Go and see the maestro at work. Maybe don't drop our name though. / Vernon Steel

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November 26 2011


where
4 Sauls Court,
Cows Lane,
Temple Bar,
Dublin 2

when
9pm

how much
Free, BYOB

gig
di:live presents Bantum

Sssh. It’s gonna be the hottest, most debauched gig Dublin’s seen since Bono started wearing sunglasses. Dublin Ink is an oasis of cool in the old Viking part of town (explaining their casual attitudes towards plunder and pillage) Is it a tattoo studio? Is it a gallery? Is it the centre of the magnetic field that all colourfully sleeved Dubliners are drawn to? Who knows. All I know is that they’re now hosting intimate gigs with hoppin’ bands, and stuffing the studio chock full of hardcore fans, chosen at random on their facebook page. And visuals courtesy of Gepetto. Trippy. I heard the last gig ended with lead singers crouched on sinks and fans crawling out at closing, so get the deodorant out; it’s gonna get sweaty, Betty. This month di:live will present Bantum. Gratis.  So R.S.V.P here for this super exclusive raunch-fest, yo. Win passes. /Kate Frances Coleman

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November 26 2011


where
Forty foot for the swim /
The Bernard Shaw

when
Swim 1pm, Shaw 6pm

how much
Swim: €5-10, Shaw: Free

fundraiser/party
Movember Round-up

The word mustooche, is a little known verb created to describe ones growing of a moustache. I moustooche, You moustooche, He/She/It moustoochez etc. As the time for mustoocheing is drawing to a close it seems appropriate to enjoy the last few days with your furry friend (still applicable even if he’s going to be a year rounder and yes ladies even if he’s a fauxtache). A lovely day out is what he deserves. I Love Minibike have organised a perfect fundraising adventure, to help in making the little fellow into a gold mine. Grab your Mo and take him with you for a delightful dip at the forty foot. To warm up after, head to the Mo'Jam at the Bernard Shaw. Live shaving from the Waldorf crew, live illustration, Mo-jito's and much, much mo-re on offer. See what they did there?  / Sarah Maguire

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November 27 2011


where
19 Crane Lane, Dublin 2.


when
normal opening hours

how much
Pizzas (€8-€13), Heineken Beers (€3.75)

food
SkinFlint

Joe Macken, the Don Juan of Dublin Bistronomics, is back with a swish of his grey locks and hipster scarf. Returning to the pop-up scene of the spring success that was Crackbird, they are now incubating their new grilled pizza idea called Skinflint. They've flipped doors under glass to make tables, created their own Firebee honey drizzle and named the pizzas after their mums. So if you said you had Vonie last night (harissa, free range egg, serrano ham and mozzarella), you'd have had Joe's ma, so to speak. There's Eithne, Angela, Susie, Laura, Joanie and Mary up for grabs too. The jury is out on the bog roll wipes on the table and the teeny weeny beer cans are overpriced. However, Skinflint is yet another tasty, buzzy, tweety, scenestery recipe for success that can only be the envy of every restaurateur in the city. / Zach Joyce

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November 27 2011


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€20

gig
Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore recently announced the breakup of his 27 year marriage to Sonic Youth co-member Kim Gordon, so it's probably safe to assume more solo records are on the cards in future. Based on his current offering Demolished Thoughts this will be no bad thing. It's an acoustic record, but thankfully this doesn't mean diversions into morris dancing or mawkish singer-songwriter territory. Produced by Beck, whose acoustic album Sea Change was his finest moment so far, and borrowing the rhythm section from Beck's long term band, Moore has put together a record which is still in touch with his Glenn Branca-inspired No Wave roots, by turns trippy, forceful and unsettling. At 53 years old Moore manages to remain relevant and defiantly leftfield, while still looking and dressing like a 20-year-old art student. Gnarly. Win Tickets / Martin Bradley

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November 27 2011


where
The Gigs Place, 43 South Richmond Street Dublin 2


when
Sun, Wed, Thurs 12am-5.30am Fri, Sat 12am-6am

how much
see link for details

food
The Gigs Place

You follow the tumbleweed as it blows down Portobello sometime between midnight and dawn, halting outside the Mexican stucco facade of No 43. You notice a dim light inside and the sound of sociability invites you in. You slide into a red faux leather booth and from a menu that echoes the joint's 1970s' beginnings; burgers, spag bol, a mixed grill of liver, bacon, sausages, beans and chips, you order a full Irish and the perfect accompaniment for washing it down - a bottle of the finest white plonk. This place was opened to cater for the city's rock 'n' rollers and many of them still watch down from old photographs on the walls. Unique, strange, odd, wonderful. / Maisie

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November 27 2011


where
12 Moore Street,
Dublin 1

when
see link for details

how much
see link for details

food
Delhi O'Deli

I had long pondered why Dublin didn't have a place that serves Indian street food, so much so that I nearly did something about it. Thankfully, I was beaten to it and my abject failure in bringing decent, low-cost, healthy Indian fast-food to the people of Dublin is nothing short of a blessing because Delhi O'Deli has done it so much better than I ever could have. There is a daily special, a delicious buffet for a fiver at lunch which offers different dishes each day and a startling range of Indian specialities which will soon work their way into your culinary vocabulary. You could almost close your eyes and let your finger just drop randomly onto the menu and be happy with whatever it is you land on and don't worry, the prices don't mean you'll be playing some kind of crazy Indian food-roulette. / Jessica Hayden

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November 27 2011


where
Marley Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.


when
10am-4pm

how much
€5

day out
THE BATTLE oF SPEEDS

Daniel Figgis is at it again. Creating, challenging, contorting ideas and sounds. "Immersing and suspending" us in his latest multi-sensory experience. THE BATTLE oF SPEEDS (you should only approach letters in this way if you're certifiably avant-garde) is his one-day only, family-friendly, new work being staged in the Orangery in Marley Park. There'll be  six new short fantasy movies, each with a separate original orchestral soundtrack, composed by Figgis playing concurrently on all available surfaces in the Orangery. Fold your dog-eared copy of Wire magazine under your arm as you push that buggy with purposeful intent. He's recompositioning man! It's an out of town experience for most and one to welcome on a nice crisp November day. / Zach Joyce

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November 28 2011


where
Monster Truck Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


when
12pm-6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Noilin O'Kelly - Incubated Works

O'Kelly's work is superficially bright and cheerful, but when one gets up close, it is frayed, it has an edge. It makes sense then that her main inspiration is her grandmother's derelict house - she brings the faded iconography, the dust-gathering family photos on the mantlepiece and once, twice, thrice darned bedsheets back to life through her lens. Some of O'Kelly's most striking work is the product of knee-crippling scavenging - the 1940s and '50s photographs, for instance, while damage is celebrated - after all, isn't surviving damage proof that you're still alive? It is a multi-sensory project - resist the lure of soft fabrics and pinch your nose for fear of inhaling mould from old photographs, cos it's all as alive as alive can be. / Kate Frances Coleman

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November 28 2011


where
58 Upper Grand Canal Street,
Dublin 4

when
Tuesday-Sunday from 6pm

how much
see link for details

food
Paulie's Pizza

Sure, it doesn't have the greasy-spoon edge that normally sets le cool salivating. But this Italian joint has bags of New York-meets-Naples attitude thanks to its frenetic, friendly staff who serve up some of the best pizza in town. And they might just give you a complimentary drop from their stash of special Italian liqueur if they like the look of you and if you obviously approve of the loud dance beats they cook along to. The doughy delights created in the open kitchen are designed to conform to real Neapolitan pizza standards by being made from Caputo 00 flour and wood fired at 450°. And they taste, well, fantastico. / Maisie

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November 28 2011


where
Moxie Studio, Pembroke Row D2
Location Map

when
Ends November 28th

how much
Free

exhibition
Beatrice O’Connell: The Flood

Beatrice O’Connell's exhibition is loosely divided into two sections. The first is primarily portraits, capturing quiet and private moments. Women referencing the legend, a nude pregnant woman, a male full nude and younger girls blend seemlessly together; exposed and subsequently somehow vulnerable, vulnerability being key to this collection. The loosely applied paint imbues the otherwise still scenes with a vibrancy and depth of mood. The second part is landscape scenes, slightly romancticised, where heavy skies or deep shadows cast create a pervading sense of unease, as if something might just be lingering out of view. Legends aside, it's the technical skill and overall mood evoked that will really grab you. / Roisin Russell

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November 29 2011


where
Screen Cinema, D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8:45pm

how much
€6.20-€8.60

cinema
Groundhog Day

“...then put your little hand in mine, there ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb...” Okay campers! Rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties because it’s cold out there. Do you think Punxsutawney Phil is going to come out and see a shadow? That’s right woodchuck chuckers, it’s Groundhog Day! And so it begins... over... and over... and over again. For Phil Connors, a self-centered and egotistical TV weatherman, life just got very strange. While this movie can be charming and overly sentimental, it has hilariously dark twists that never fail to raise a few cackles. Bill’s bitter Phil lives his life in a 24 hour loop leading him through some strangely philosophical dilemmas, from confusion, over-indulgence, desire and depression to acceptance, human kindness and finally intellectual and personal improvement. / Simon Judge 
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November 29 2011


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€15

gig
Little Dragon

Little Dragon will have only come to the attention of many music fans (OK, well, me anyway) through their collaborations – they featured strongly on Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach and were involved in one of the stand-out tracks on DJ Shadow’s latest album. They have also worked with Koop, SBTRKT, Jose Gonzalez and Outkast. But don't be fooled into thinking (as I was) that the Swedish four-piece are just a band that other bands call on when they need a digout. After three albums, Little Dragon have developed a spellbinding sound of their own – electronic pop with strong melodies, clever hooks and cool dancefloor beats. What sets them apart though are Swedish-Japanese frontwoman Yukimi Nagano's soulful and ever-distinctive vocals. It's easy to see why Damon Albarn has tipped them as stars of the future. Win Tickets / Anne Hayden

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November 29 2011


where
Dublin Civic Trust,
4 Castle Street,
Dublin 2

when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Space|Overlooked

The days of running in, guns blazing, bulldozers chomping and the coughing out of shoddy buildings are over. In response to the current situation, five architectural graduates showcase their talents in the exhibition Space|Overlooked, a series of design projects that explore alternative ways of inhabiting our city centre while preserving its character and by making the least environmental impact. Choosing to examine the nooks and crannies within the urban block and creating plausible design interventions they have transformed their chosen sites into inhabitable spaces. By using scaffolding as their modular building material they have introduced vertical allotment gardens, external theatre spaces and a community centre into spaces that would otherwise go unused. Ingenious playgrounds for children and adults alike. / Sarah Maguire

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November 29 2011


where
13 Upper Rathmines Road,
Dublin 6

when
see link for details

how much
see link for details

food
Ho Ho

Ho Ho in Rathmines is my favourite Chinese take-away. It takes an unrivaled spot in my heart, mind, belly and wallet. I like their spring-rolls the best because they're big and you get three of them. One time I was walking between Rathmines and Ranelagh, pretty late. I was by myself and eating their springrolls. What happens next is pretty shocking but I'm going to tell you anyway. Maybe I shouldn't tell you this. Maybe take a seat. I dropped one on the ground by accident and then I picked it up and ate it anyway. Nobody saw. I know of someone who lives on the Northside and still orders her takeaway from Ho Ho, more than happy to pay the ridiculous extra delivery charge to traverse at least two Dublin postcodes. Who's shame is worse? / Georgia

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November 30 2011


where
United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2

Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€40, includes 3-course meal and wine.

le other
Speaking Suppers

If you are bored with bistros, sick of the flicks and the club scene leaves you unmoved you should check out Speaking Suppers. This is not for old-fashioned, pompous, bombastic speakers in dickie bows. Everyone gets a chance to speak for three minutes. They talk about debauchery and food and pretty much anything else. It is attracting some of the most original and eccentric people from around the globe. Including people from Tipperary and Mullingar. There are a lot of good looking women, who come to meet good looking men like Tom Creagh and Filly Ryan and Joey Cashman; who is very popular with the ladies. You get all kinds of people; artists, musicians, weirdos, intellectuals and drunks. There is none of the VIP bollocks that you get in other places, everyone is treated exactly the same. / Shane MacGowan

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November 30 2011


where
60 Mary Street,
Dublin 1



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Madina Desi Curry

Indian Restaurants have become a cliche in the West: full of dusty old carpet, heavy carved wooden chairs, stuffy uniforms, epic sitar music and phantasmagoric deities staring down on you from a plinth. On the Northside, a new breed of curry house replicates the South Asian street food buzz. The Madina curry house, run by two hip young Pakistani brothers from Navan with a gentle Sufi side, are closer to the real thing - with open plan seating on two floors, Bollywood tunes, cute decor feature of twirly lamps, a young clientele and great casual canteen vibe. Order their trailblazing Masala Dosai with Sambar (pancake with spicy potatoes) and fluffy white Idli patties - a vegetarian's dream come true. Awarded best curry in Dublin, it's worth trying their buttery curry dishes and grilled tandoori options. / Elish Bul-Godley

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4 Leeson Lane
Dublin 2


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Good Mood Food

Oh my the pizzas are incredible. I can't get over it. How do they even get that amount of cheese on top of that crumbly base and perfect layer of tomatoey sauce. Good Mood Food is located off Leeson Street down a lane across from the Sugar Club. The building is an old cobblers, unchanged amongst silly towering office boxes. It's been converted into a bright and friendly space. Upstairs is quieter and the side area is more vibrant. Sit wherever suits your good mood. You have got to, I stress have to, try the pizzas. The salads are ace too, very satisfying, you just fill up your small or large container yourself. Mix the selection to your liking. What I really like about the food is that it all seems so healthy and fresh, even the pizzas. Oh, and they have proper coffee to be proud of and two choices of beans. Strong Costa Rican or Mild Italian. / Georgia

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Kim Condon - Magill

Kim Condon invites le cool into the oldest delicatessen in town.

The shop has been here since 1922. The first man that owned it was what they called a bachelor. He travelled a lot and brought back spices from the Spice Islands. His brother was a fishmonger. WW2 came along it expanded into a delicatessen because they got loads of German Jews coming here who wanted rye breads and such foods.

It's always been a small family business. I've been involved, on and off, since I was able to walk. It's an interesting business. This year we are seeing the recession biting. We have special offers from our Italian olive oil supplier because the bank is on his back.

Our big sellers are charcuterie and cheese. The next big thing is Hungarian charcuterie. It's unique in terms of quality, flavour and style.

The building is not well preserved. In common with a lot of buildings near here, it is in NAMA. It really needs TLC. It preserves the character of the area. 

Magill Delicatessen, 14 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2. Ph: 01-6713830. PHOTO: Cliona O'Flaherty