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Sometimes it feels like the Angelus bong is a death knell for the state broadcaster. Sometimes our traditional print media has its editorial slanted in ways that can dumb down readers or shy away from the real story. As for you Evening Herald, no-one calls a bank robbery 'a heist' anymore.

Thankfully, we don't have to overly rely on these media monoliths. The digital move is throwing up some exciting new voices, opinions and ways of delivering relevant information.

Our radar has recently focused in on some new channels. We've loved Thread Magazine's take on Fashion. We've raised our fists in a revolutionary sky-punch when we read Rabble. We've laughed at Dole TV and every fifteen minutes we check in on the latest shits, giggles and unfolding stories on Broadsheet.

Last week we saw Argon Magazine, London-based but with a healthy Irish presence as they launched. Next week Poddle Publications comes into existence and who knows what else is hatching in the minds of Dubliners.

Indie Publishing is alive and healthy and...professional. There is no license fee and it's not all owned by one person. And we are loving it. Who's new moniker is William Randolph Heist this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate or Sarah?

'The content was all there from the huge volume of tweets.' - Donal Thornton
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December 01 2011


where
Designist, 68 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2


when
6:30pm - 8:30pm

how much
Free (complimentary Tiger Beer)

launch
#lovedublin

It started with a tweet. We never knew it would come to this. One morning in late September we decided to fire up a #lovedublin on twitter and see if we could crowd-source reasons to stay faithful and enlivened by this city we call home. By the end of the day, it had trended nationally and lead to a deluge of reasons to keep the faith in these tough times. Two weeks later Barbara and Jennie from Designist dropped us a mail. "We'd like to take the content of the twitter feed #lovedublin, turn it into an extraordinarily stylish and clever graphic and get it printed on a series of postcards, teatowels, mugs and plates." And so here we are with a cover this week by Donal Thornton (Practice and Theory) based on those tweets and the ideal stocking filler for those who have made us laugh at another hashtag, #shitxmas. / le cool Dublin

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December 01 2011


where
Cow's Lane,
Temple Bar,
Dublin 2

when
open until 8pm

how much
depends

le other
Cow's Lane

If the prospect of battling the dead-eyed hordes of consumer zombies fills you with dread, and the horror of Henry St gives you the festive fear, then may we suggest that you get off the beaten track for your Christmas shopping. Why not get yourself down to the relative calm of Cow's Lane in Temple Bar's Old City to fill those stockings? You'll find a great selection of independent, Irish-owned stores and cafés in this elegant enclave and best of all, you won't feel like you are shopping in Hull. The possibilities are endless - you could enjoy a glass of wine at La Dolce Vita while the missus gets herself a tasteful tat at Dublin Ink, or browse the shelves in the charming Gutter Bookshop while she trawls for reclaimed delights at Find. All traders will stay open until 8pm every Thursday between now and the big day. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

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December 01 2011


where
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
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when
11am-6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Mike Disfarmer

Working for forty years as an inexpensive portrait photograph in Herber Springs, Arkansas, Mike Disfarmer produced an oeuvre as unassuming and sincere as the people he photographed. These are tiny photographs of tiny people, figures in a catalogue of anonymity that stands in absolute counterpoint to the scaled-up, pared-down grandiosity of Richard Avedon’s. Through anyone else’s lens, there’d be a danger that we might end up sentimentalising the subjects’ clear excitement at the very fact of their being photographed. There’d be a danger, too, that we’d end up patronising the aspirational naiveté of those scrubbed up in their Sunday Best. But Disfarmer was a man of these people, and his gaze – scrupulous, but not severe – will not allow it. / Kevin Breathnach

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December 01 2011


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
6pm

how much
free

exhibition & opening
Revolutions

Whether your idea of 'revolution' is an oompa loompa brandishing a candy cane, turkeys eating people or taking a photo not for facebook, you’ll find something you can relate to. This illustration competition has gathered their top ten finalists for a showdown in the Copper House Gallery. Personally I'm in love with Sharon Bruton’s Revolution Bird, to the point of looking up bicycle anatomy for the words “chain ring” while trying to describe it. You will get it when you see it. And Derry Dillon’s Insert Revolution Here is a perfect guide on how to do it right, brilliant. The winner will be announced on the night so get ready for some hair pulling, but the wine should help comfort the blow. A slide show of other competition entries displays the rest of the talent out there. / Sarah Maguire

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December 01 2011


where
Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Square E. D2
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when
6pm - 7.30pm

how much
Free (see competition)

talk
Affluenza

Oh we all know wealth can buy you happiness right? You have kept up with the Joneses recently haven't you? You know the ones who bought the house beside your negativity equity riddled ball and chain for half the price and have the gall to throw house parties at the weekend. While Oliver James might be five years too late coming to Ireland for this talk, the clinical child psychologist and TV presenter is always insightful and engaging in his observations. Does accumulation equate with status enhancement and do the baubles and trinkets of consumerism lead to a life of contentment? You can start here by taking this test and see whether you're beset by the affliction. Or better still catch James in conversation. Just think about how smug you'll feel telling others about having attended this. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

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December 01 2011


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8.15pm

how much
€12/€15 (€40 all 3 nights)

performance
Live Collision

Just before our slovenly descent into the curd of yuletide binges when the lights switch off in the new ideas pocket of our brains, make room for Live Collision. Bruno Humberto, Maurice Kelliher, Raymond Scannell, Adam Fearon, Lynette Moran and Byrony Kimmings are all stepping up to the stage. There's an investigation of the historical links between artists and mind enhancing drugs (Kimmings), nothingness in Western philosophy, Eastern mysticism, Physics and Poetry (Humberto) and our ever evolving relationship with technology (Scannell). Programming artists and works that have caused major shifts in how curator Lynette Moran personally thinks about theatre/performance/live work provides a uniquely personal backbone to the collision in question. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

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December 01 2011


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

how much
€16.50

gig
Pinback

One of the main reasons I like Pinback is because the late writer and radio host Jean Shepherd is one of Rob Crow’s heroes, but also because they are a great band who evolved from Crow and Armistead Burwell Smith IV’s collaboration, and who have, for over a decade, been making the kind of radiant but melancholy music that you find yourself tapping your toe to amidst emotional despair. They share a common ground with bands like the Sea and Cake and Modest Mouse, but also possess a charming shambolism, evident on their scratchy lo-fi self-titled debut, pop laden Offcell (2003), indirectly emotional Summer in Abbadon (2004) and 2007’s gentle Autumn of the Seraphs. Their music is a pretty kind of indie-rock,the kind that fills hazy, hopeful summer evenings but tonight will ably fill a winter one. Win tickets / Siobhán Kane

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December 02 2011


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
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when
7pm-11pm (Joinery then onto The Grand Social)

how much
€8

gig
Small Hours Wake

I wonder what would have happened if Donal Dineen hadn't come into my life in the mid-90s. Would I be listening to Lady Gaga instead of Gillian Welch? Would I think hip-hop was only about guns and bling and all music from Africa could be summed up under the term world music? Maybe not but I’m pretty sure I'd never have listened to Ethiopian jazz. For 15 years Donal has shared his unparalleled knowledge and deep passion for music via his radio show, providing education and inspiration so great it can’t possibly be summed up here. His reign at Today FM came to an end this week but he has promised he’s not done. So like any good wake, we shouldn’t just lament the passing of the Small Hours but celebrate the time we had together. Katie Kim, David Kitt, Cian Nugent and Beautiful Unit will provide the funeral march. / Anne Hayden

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December 02 2011


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when


how much
€6.80-€10.60

cinema
Moneyball

Moneyball is a film about a book about losers. Billy Beane, a failed baseball player brings a failing baseball team, the Oakland A's, perilously close to glory before failing miserably. It is not a classic Hollywood narrative, and there's not much the biggest actor in the world (Brad Pitt) and the most prolific screenwriter in the game (Aaron Sorkin) can do to blunt that fact. The story Moneyball tells best - how the nerds barged the door down and took over baseball – is quite fascinating though. It raises the following question: is it possible that everything we know about sport (and to follow the logic, life) is utterly wrong? Whether intuition or science is king is still up for debate, but there's no arguing with this unlikely story of how one man changed professional sport forever. / Donny Mahoney

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December 02 2011


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

how much
€10

gig
Goodtime / Angkorwhat / Bill Blood

Goodtime John has pared down his moniker, but bulked up his sound. The erstwhile folkster launches his new release, The Colours of Darkness, after a four-year absence and has re-emerged with a record that offers a broader sonic palette while retaining the artist’s elegant and engaging songcraft. It is not a long record, nor a big sounding one, instead it captures a slow-burning, small hours atmosphere, all wind-blown vocals, smouldering guitars and intoxicated rhythms . Where once Goodtime savoured the porch song, now it’s the parting glass. The record duly occupies this perch between solitary troubadouring and more collective musical endeavours, and the artist gracefully carries off this balancing act without diminishing what has gone before or what promises from here. Win Tickets / Mark Keane

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December 02 2011


where
Powerscourt Shopping Centre, 59 William Street South, D2
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when
7.30pm

how much
€10 entry

fundraiser/party
SCOOP

Present buying season is almost upon us. That panicked last minute dash of buying up various soaps, ties and socks for everyone. Not very inspired. Then again, various Christmas presents I have accumulated over the years include hot water bottle covers, tesco cotton pads, and joy of joys, foot deodorant, so it goes both ways. SCOOP is giving you a chance to change all that with their charity auction of alternative Xmas gifts. Open your purse strings and treat a loved one to being a zoo keeper for a day, entry into the World Bog Snorkelling Championships (still have my t-shirt!) or ringing the bells at Christchurch on New Year's Eve. The night also includes free wine and an after party at the Lost Society. Warning: these presents mightn’t be reciprocated until next year so it’s probably socks again for you. / Sarah Maguire

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December 02 2011


where
Powerscourt Shopping Centre, 59 William Street South, D2
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when
1pm-2pm and 6pm-7pm

how much
call Joe to confirm: 086 2472371

le other
Create Christmas

So you long to be festively frugal but wish to bring some zing to a Christmas thing. We might be a long way from penny apples and clove oranges but is it possible to show the love and still be nifty and thrifty? Quit cursing the impersonal, Create Christmas is here to show that you can have a blast with crafts. Create Christmas is a pop up creative cave in Powerscourt Town Centre that can help make-and-do work for you. Professional art elves will be offering courses in forging cute Christmas cards, wicked wrapping paper, dinky decorations and pretty presents. They provide all the materials you need to impress your ho ho homies - and even throw in a snack or two. So go on, there is still time to literally make someone’s Christmas. / Rachel Hegarty

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December 03 2011


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

how much
€13.75

gig
Demdike Stare

There is something of the night about Demdike Stare’s creepyass low-end grimbiance. There is a lot of the night in fact, everything from the duo’s gothic imagery to its shadowy, stygian soundscapes, is reminiscent, in sound and in deed, of a malevolent nocturnal incubus perched on your chest. The pairing of Manchester crate-digger Sean Canty and minimal Miles Whittaker emerged into the half-light with their Tryptych collection of three EPs on Modern Love records in 2010. The album was a compellingly gloomy trip, the soundtrack to a macabre séance swathed in haunted loops and eerie found sounds. Live they conjure up this distinctly foreboding sound with an immersive panache. There is little light amongst this shade, but there is a comfort in being enveloped in all-consuming darkness. Win tickets. /  Mark Keane

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December 03 2011


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

how much
€20


The North Sea Scrolls

Fatima Mansions and Microdisney’s Cathal Coughlan alongside The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof, and Black Box Recorder’s satirical wonder Luke Haines and “inky hack” Andrew Mueller for an “evening of revelations” called The North Sea Scrolls. Dreamed up a little while ago to the strains of conspiracy, melodrama, satire and madness, Coughlan, Haines and Mueller felt our “past or present…can’t be right” so they are here to tell us that “it isn’t.” The night promises to answer questions such as “Could it be that the guttering violence of Northern Ireland is caused by terrorist tribute acts from Australia?” and “How did Tim Hardin end up commanding a nationalist militia in Cornwall?” They call themselves “reluctant prophets”, the kind that bring music, intelligence and footnotes to bear on ridiculousness. Be afraid, but buy a ticket. Win tickets. / Siobhán Kane

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December 03 2011


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
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when
2pm

how much
Free

screening
Caravaggio: The Private Life...

Caravaggio raised hell in the ways that Oliver Reed could only drunkenly dream about. He killed a man. He slept with other men's wives. He slept with other men. He was a drinker, a brawler and a cheater and it's a wonder he ever had time to paint you you consider he died at 39. Implusive, mercurial and most of all, immensely talented, a heady concoction of bad-boy and genius. This free screening concentrates on Caravaggio the artist, as opposed to Caravaggio the Vice Magazine poster boy. Part of a BBC arts documentary series, expect to hear educated guesses on how this proto-anarchist of the Renaissance created The Taking of Christ, which is now housed in our own National Gallery having shown up in a Dublin Jesuits' residence in 1990. Caravaggio was an ecclesiastical propaganda machine while also a delicious sinner. / Vernon Steel


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December 03 2011


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

how much
€28

comedy
Omid Djalili

If any other comedian presented the material that Djalili does they would probably be accused of being racist, bigoted, narrow minded and run out of town. However, as British Iranian he manages to pull off jokes that never feel offensive but rather reflect his attitudes to both sides of his cultural identity. He doesn’t shy away from jokes about controversial topics and with previous shows entitled “Short, Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son", and "The Arab and the Jew" you just know that there’s not much off limits to this accomplished funnyman. Presenting the material in a tongue in cheek and hugely energetic way he manages to give audiences food for thought without preaching to them. A regular on our TV screens his live shows are edgier than what is broadcast and provide a rare opportunity to see such clever and yet thought provoking comedy. / Frances Winston

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December 03 2011


where
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
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when
11am-4:45pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Grandfather's Envelopes - Kouzaki Hiromu

What seems an undeserving exhibition of three tables covered in small envelopes from Japan with little or no explanation has strangely grown on me. At first I had the odd feeling that I was somehow cheated. I left the Douglas Hyde Gallery questioning "How is this art?" I then considered the time and care given to the collection. The sense of needlessness and having past-times for the simple fact that they are enjoyable to us. A manner of passing the time in an intimate and healthy manner. That's when I understood the piece I had so quickly left. A glimpse is all that we allow ourselves these days and we do not appreciate the quality of life's simplicities as we used to. Once you glance at this collection you will be left with a lingering sensation that you will not want to shake off. / Edmund Buckley

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December 04 2011


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
10:50‎ ‎1:20‎ ‎3:40‎ ‎6:10‎ ‎8:40

how much
€6.80-€10.60

cinema
My Week With Marilyn

On the surface, you get two very good leads (Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne) and lots of famous actors doing amusing impressions of other famous actors. Already that makes for a very entertaining 99 minutes. Yet, underneath is a subtle exploration of the complex intertwining of power with wealth, class, gender and age. Set in and around the shooting of the 1957  “Prince and the Showgirl”, the parallels between the film-within-the-film and the film itself give this more depth than might be immediately obvious. Colin’s vulnerability is that of any 23-year-old with a crush; but we know from the start that his wealth and social standing guarantee a soft landing. Equally, we all know Marilyn will certainly NOT be fine. This time, knowing how it all ends adds to rather than takes from the experience. / Kay Scorah

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December 04 2011


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
Screening 7:15pm Live bands from 8pm

how much
€8, following free records fair.

screening
Road Records - One For The Road

Surely Not Fade Away should have been the last song ever played on Road Records' turntable before owners Dave and Julie switched the power off for good in July 2010 after 13 years in business (it was actually Teenage Fanclub's Everything Flows). For now the unique story of the wee indie music store lives on in perpetuity in an affectionate 33-minute film directed by Mark O'Toole. One For The Road tells the bumpy story of the former Fade Street outlet from start to finish, mainly in Dave and Julie's own words and to a soundtrack of the Irish independent music scene they famously championed. Local musicians and the indie commentariat also pay tribute to what they think made Road special. The last jape goes to Richie Egan: “They sell good records. They make nice cups of tea. They let you use the toilet sometimes if you're desperate.” / Maisie

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December 04 2011


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€8/€6

cabaret
Hurley Burley Cabaret

Cabaret has changed utterly since it's infancy in Weimar Germany, where it acted as a political safety-valve, allowing angered people to satirise the government without becoming an overly embittered threat. 'Nuff with the history though, today we go for the glamour, a cheeky wink and a wiggle of the bum. There's an art in it though, as I learnt at a tender age. Crickety joints maketh not a graceful swagger. It sounded like a bag of gravel being hauled up a ladder. Luckily, there are people with who can put one foot in front of the other without falling over, and all in suspenders and heels. Dress up for the occasion; red lippy and hats, furs and heels, ladies. Fellas, don your Top Hats and channel The Fratellis circa Chelsea Dagger. It could inspire you to try your hand at looking sexy on a chair, too. / Kate Frances Coleman

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December 05 2011


where
The Screen Cinema, 2 D'olier St, D2
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when
6.30pm

how much
Adult €6.70 Student €6.20

screening
ET

What if I cry? Again. Twenty-nine years later. Poor, lost E.T.; so much more intelligent, funny, loyal and lovable than the humans the film portrays, left for dead in that manky stream in the forest and then unresponsive on a life-support machine, stressed out by unsympathetic adults and hounded by the pesky FBI. Still, at least this time my brother won't be in the next cinema seat tormenting me for crying at something that isn't even real. And I won't miss the merchandizing either, having convinced my mother back in 1982 that I really, really liked Shredded Wheat when I actually couldn't stand it in order to get the E.T. transfers inside. And at least at The Screen I can fortify myself with some of the wine it very thoughtfully has on sale. Right, I'm ready. Now let's hope the projector works. It's being shown on 35mm. Magic. / Maisie

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December 05 2011


where
The Arts Block,
Trinity College

when
6:30pm

how much
Free

talk
James Kofi Annan

Life is cushdie in these here parts. Yeah, we might be existing on the €1.99 chicken fillet roll morning, noon and night, but at least we have chicken fillet rolls. Listen to James Kofi Annan, sold into slavery at the age of six, an escapee at the age of thirteen, and self-educated. Wow. You can cancel out the inferiority complex that is creeping up on you as you read this by supporting James’ crusade against slavery. This harrowing reality didn’t end with Wilberforce, and it’s crucial that we are ever vigilant about slavery in both the third world and the Western world. Not all children are as lucky as James. Not every child gets out. Not every child gets the chance to teach themselves English or emancipate themselves. Not every child ever gets to taste freedom, not even fleetingly. It's a noble crusade./ Kate Frances Coleman 

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December 05 2011


where
The Christmas Jumper Shop
George's Street Arcade,
Dublin 2

when
Mon-Fri 12.30pm-2pm sat 11am-5pm

how much
€35-40 for adults, €15 for kids

shop
Christmas Jumpers

World Design Capital status has escaped us so one can officially in good conscience indulge in good old-fashioned over-the-top kitsch. I've salivated over so much hip and contemporary product design lately, I'm kinda glad the Georges St. Arcade has a new "Lovely Christmas Jumper" pop-up Shop, suitably located betwixt the Hello Kitty stand and The Chinese ornament stall. The geansaís come in an array of designs that would turn on any one of Santa's Elves. What's more there's a giveaway every week on Facebook. My personal favourite? The Humping Reindeer motif with ethnic Norwegian background. It's the perfect pitstop for stocking up before joining the world record breaking attempt on Geansai Nollaig Day; 4th Dec in aid of Barretstown on South King St. / Elish Bul-Godley

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December 06 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
1pm, 5pm, 9pm

how much
€7.50 - €8.90

cinema
We Have A Pope

For anyone looking for a scathing denunciation of the Vatican and their handling of clerical sex abuse scandals, you're in the wrong film so kindly leave the pew please. For anyone looking for a ridiculously gentle and charming tale that you could bring your parents to, look no further. Italian writer, director and actor Nanni Moretti (The Son's Room) tells the tale of the chosen Pope who freaks out. Il Papa in waiting (Michel Piccoli) seeks some counselling and tries to break free of the confines  to breath the fresh air of the outside world. The college of cardinals who meet in secret conclave in the Sistine Chapel are a plausibly dotty collection of characters. The rich visual surrounds coupled with the pomp,  circumstance and humour of the occasion mark We Have A Pope as an odd contender for feel-good film of the year. / Michael McDermott

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December 06 2011


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

how much
€13/€15

gig
This is How We Fly

When these four musicians played together during last year’s Fringe festival, they were met with nothing less than awe from the audience. While there was raucous applause between songs, the stunned silence – hard to find at gigs these days – while the music was being played spoke volumes. The words innovative and trad don’t go together too often, but both apply here – to Caoimhin O Raghaillaigh’s mastery of the fiddle, saxophonist Sean Og’s improvised jazz and percussionist Petter Bendalen whose drum solos are based on Swedish traditional tunes. There are no stars in this show but if there had to be one American Nic Gareiss’ step dancing is truly something to behold – you would be forgiven for thinking he is playing a bodhran with his feet and that maybe he really can fly. / Anne Hayden

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December 07 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
3.10pm, 7.10pm

how much
€7.50/€8.90

cinema
The Deep Blue Sea

Wisdom imparted from The Deep Blue Sea: mother-in-laws are to be avoided, passion should be replaced by guarded enthusiasm and love is wiping someone else's arse. Wise lessons indeed but Terrence Davies’ adaption of Terrence Rattigan’s play is about so much more than that. Let yourself be led into this visually stunning, ombré toned, slightly out of focus world, with violins playing and dramatic surges we are introduced to the theme of unrequited love, as poignant now as it was in 1952. Rachel Weisz is captivating as Hester, a woman overcome with love for her feckless lover played by Tom Hiddleston; the story opens with her attempted suicide (based on an event in Rattigan’s life). A series of flashbacks over a 24hr period reveal her situation.  For fans of Terence Davies this has definitely been worth the decade wait. / Sarah Maguire

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December 06 2011


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
11am-7pm

how much
free

exhibition
Apertures and Anxieties

Expecting something in the vein of Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson of Professor Tulp, I went along to the RHA for this exhibition celebrating 300 years of Trinity College’s School of Medicine. Instead of paintings of fancy pants Dutch doctors poking at cadavers, I found a spectacular display of beautifully placed and imaginative drawings, sculptures and installations. Standout works include Escheresque charcoal drawings of the brain accompanied by notes about memory by Theresa Nanigian, watercolours of lab equipment by Ciaran Murphy and intricate jigsaws by Maria McKinney. The vast white walls of the gallery host a huge red circle made of contorted willow, representing dendrites, which are apparently things that conduct things from neurons. I did not understand the science bit, but it made my eyes happy. / Alice Burke

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December 07 2011


where
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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when
11am-6pm Daily from December 2nd

how much
Free

market
Dublin Art Book Fair & Magazine Archive

Temple Bar is fast gaining a reputation as the market capital of Dublin with food, clothing and designer markets a regular occurrence in the popular cultural quarter. This latest addition sees over twenty publishers of art books distributing and selling their wares – some of which may have difficulty getting into the public domain otherwise. Organisers have also invited artists who make books to get involved and use this as a medium to get their work out there. Alongside the vendors beautiful and fascinating offerings the gallery curator has compiled a large archive of art magazines for visitors to peruse in their reading area. With live talks on topics such as self publishing and book design and readings from some of the authors this promises to provide a fascinating insight into the world of art and artists. / Frances Winston

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where
Keshk Café Restaurant. Mespil Road.

when
Open noon til 10. Closed Sundays.

how much
BYOB, No corkage.

le other
Keshk

Just back from our first dinner at Keshk Café Restaurant where chef/proprietor Mustafa Keshk is clearly enjoying having doubled his workload by opening a second restaurant. All you really need to know is that a diner at the next table called out, “See you tomorrow” to the staff as he left. I may join him. We started with the best falafel ever (chef puts this down to only using chickpeas and not beans) and fluffy goats cheese cubes on grilled courgette slices. Every ingredient in the oven baked prawns, okra and tender lamb tasted fresh, clean and distinct. I had the foresight to wear stretch pants; the portions are generous and the bill for two came in at around €50. For aficionados of the original 'Little Keshk' on Leeson St, often frustrated at not being able to get a table, fear not; 'Big Keshk' is just five minutes away. / Kay Scorah

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Simon Cullen : Lasertom & the Blast Crew

Simon Cullen is the human jukebox of his times. He tells le cool about his three music projects on the go right now.

I've been playing music in Dublin for a few years now. A while back I had a band called Les Bien. During that I got involved with Synth Eastwood. We put on interactive art events so I took a break from the music scene.

I made 3 tracks, put them up on line and it's taken off from there. Who is in the group and what it's going to be is still in flux. It's still in the project stage. We want to create music that suits whose is playing at any one time rather than forcing people to fill parts. Part of the live show is to transport synth sounds to brass instruments to make it more visceral.

I also play with Goodtime who is launching his album this Friday in the Grand Social. I've been writing new material with Sorcha McGrath under the name Ships. We've just starting finishing mixes and turning it into a live show.

Lasertom and The Blast Crew headline CrawDaddy this Saturday. Tickets €10. Gig and release updates here. PHOTO: Dave Darcy