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So, as many others are drawing up their end of year lists, reflecting on the year that was and deciding to switch on the Christmas lights but switch off the upstairs lights, what are we doing in le cool? Why we're forward planning in between our newfound addiction to this.

And in the best tradition of moving things forward, we can only do so with the best possible advice. And the best consultants for delivering this advice is YOU. Therefore, please do take a little time out to take our survey and help us decide where to go next.

We know we need an app. but what type? Would a blog like the one our London friends do add to your enjoyment of le cool on a more frequent basis. What content selection from here and elsewhere should we be considering for your daily delectation?

This week also marks the 400th issue for our friends in le cool HQ in Barcelona. They've created this video as part of their celebrations.

2012. It starts right here, right now. Who is the fairest Procatinator of them all? Michael, Ciaran, Kate or Sarah?

It's one of those accidental details that often get missed. - Barry W Hughes
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December 08 2011


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

when
Launch 7pm, runs until Jan 10th

how much
Free

exhibition
le cool Dublin Xmas Show

It's a tradition at this stage, like ridiculous December drinking and granny pissing under the Christmas tree during the Queen's speech. The le cool Xmas show returns to the Bernard Shaw, showcasing the works of graphic and street artists, photographers, fine artists and illustrators. Some we invited to submit, a lot of others sent in their own submissions and in the end there wasn't room on the walls for everything. But, tonight we launch our second show, with 50% of all and any sales going to the Simon Community. Some of the names on show include Alan Clarke, ADW, Maser, JOR, James Earley, Rich Gilligan, FINK and Kitty Moss. Live illustration visuals on the night from Geppetto with our very own Karl Watson (he writes and draws, Renaissance Man) and booze by Bavaria. Hope to see you there / le cool Dublin

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December 08 2011


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

how much
€10

gig
Korallreven

Swedish somnambulist pop makers Korallreven drip fed many influential music blogs a steady trickle of singles, mixes and re-edits over the last two years before dropping their debut album last month. The record – called, in typical piece of Scandinavian transparency, An Album By Korallreven – was warmly greeted perhaps because it offered no nasty surprises: the dreamy swashes of Balearic strings and synths, the swooning vocals bathed in reverb, the carefree pop sentiment were all there, layered and textured like saccharine sweet confection. Korallreven may offer little beyond this initial, moreish and uplifting sense of abandonment (see track A Surf On Endorphins for further details) but such is their disciplined and inspired approach that it’s thrill worth experiencing in this, their debut show in Ireland. Win Tickets / Mark Keane

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December 08 2011


where
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin


when
Registration 4pm | Auction 5pm

how much
Depends on what you bid for.

auction
Art Auction

If you’re a little unsure how to indulge your art cravings in these cash-strapped times the Art Auction at the Centre for Creative Practices could be the perfect answer. Sandwiched between a selection of Christmas-themed creative events making up the third annual Winter Arts Fair the auction gathers together the work of over 20 local and international artists. Considering the quality on offer (Janusz Kapusta’s prints and Monika Fabijanczyk’s photos look particularly impressive) the guide prices are incredibly affordable. Proceeds from the auction go towards helping the artists and maintaining the Centre so whether searching for a unique present, starting or adding to a collection or merely supporting a great cause, peruse the catalogue then get there early for some mulled wine before the bidding begins. / Brian Keane

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December 08 2011


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when
6.30pm

how much
Free

exhibition/screening
Hollywood Babylon

All good things must come to an end... Scratch that. Hollywood Babylon is not over, just taking a brief winter hiatus before bamboozling movie fans with freshly butchered cuts come spring. For the secret sauce in this last movie melting pot, there will be a final flurry of fabulous film posters designed by their favourite Irish and international creatives. For your perusal and possible purchase, they cajoled Tiny Little Horse into slavishly hand-printing a limited series of these delectably designed screenprints. Amongst the highlights of this series of screenings were the dubious but hilarious Trailer Trash intervals featuring some of the most ill-conceived ideas ever committed to celluloid. Add Dennis Kenny’s Super8 B-Movie Spectacular  and some popcorn -  and you’re in for a sweet meet. / Simon Judge

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December 08 2011


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

how much
€23

comedy
Pajama Men

Pyjamas, once the uniform for Argos-bejewelled, severely ponytailed, council housed and violent sprog poppers are now being reclaimed by irreverent Australian comedians Shinoah and Mark. With sexy results. If you find good senses of humour sexy (see the second definition here, but definitely ignore the first). Their Dublin Fringe stint two years ago sold out and so did all the extra dates they added after that and their Python-esque rapid fire, beautifully underscored by accompanist Kevin Hume. They totally gave me an embarrassing laugh boner. Unfortunately there are no anthropomorphized sleepwear attired potassium saturated fruit perpetually descending a staircase, but here they are in action nonetheless. Win Tickets / Karl Watson

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December 08 2011


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

how much
€11.75

gig
Bitches With Wolves

Young, hung but relatively unknown until he was shot out of a glitter cannon, onto our laps and into our consciousness in 2009, James O'Neill is the lead man of synth-pop outfit, Bitches With Wolves. Like every good front man, he oozes sex through every spandex covered pore. James and the Bitches have worked harder in 2011 than a one-armed taxi driver with crabs. And it's paid off. Sets at Oxegen, Castlepalooza, Sea Sessions, Electric Picnic and HWCH have honed their sound and live performances and have added many new (young and beautiful) faces to their ever growing legion of fabulous fans. 2011 also saw the release of EP Hurricane. If you thought that this world of financial fuckery would lead to angst music then take a listen to this positive dance message for every party you'll go to in December. Win Tickets / Vernon Steel  

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December 09 2011


where
Severed Head, 16 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2
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when
7pm

how much
€15/€12

performance
Hi-Miwari

Hi-Miwari, meaning ‘the sunflower’, is a collaborative project between one of Japan’s most celebrated contemporary composers and a cadre of like-minded musicians from Ireland. Post-minimal torchbearer Mamoru Fujieda studied under Morton Feldman and Joji Yausa before receiving his Phd in Music from the University of California in 1988. His micro-opera is rooted in the writings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, an international scribe who spent time in Ireland during his childhood in the 1860s. Fuijeda has selected the Dublin ensemble Yurodny, led by saxophonist and composer Nick Roth, to interpret his piece which will also feature voice, cello, accordion, piano and harp. This world-premiere performance will be repeated in Japan in 2012 but tonight is a chance to capture something entirely unique on home ground. / Mark Keane

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December 09 2011


where
National Print Museum, Old Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
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when
December 9th-11th, 11am – 4pm daily

how much
Free

market
Christmas Market

The festive season is firmly upon us and how better to get in the spirit than a good old fashioned Christmas Fair. For one weekend only, Ireland’s National Print Museum will convert their mezzanine level into a winter wonderland to ho-ho-host market stalls with unique gift ideas. With jewellery, home accessories, cards, books and more on offer this is a great way to support small traders and craftspeople while also getting into the spirit of the season. The fair is entirely family friendly with lots of different activities taking place over the weekend and if you're feeling peckish the scrumptious Gutenberg Café will be open for the duration. The fact that it's indoors also makes this rather appealing given the cold snap of late. Definitely worth a browse to soak up the atmosphere if nothing else. / Frances Winston

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December 09 2011


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

how much
€20

gig
The Big Romance, 10-years later

When David Kitt released The Big Romance in 2001, he set himself apart from the pretty big crowd of Irish singer-songwriters. Instead of sticking to the sensitive-guy-with-a-guitar formula, his brand of indie rock blended folk and electronica influences with dance rhythms, mesmerising vocals and sing-a-long tunes. The result was an album that has stood the test of time. Perhaps the reason we can still be in love with The Big Romance ten years on is that - unlike many of his contemporaries - Kitt did not try to repeat himself but has continued to progress as a musician, venturing into lo-fi electronica, disco and electro, always keeping solid songwriting at the core. His latest New Jackson project is testament to that. So we might get all mushy looking back tonight but tomorrow has plenty to look forward to. / Anne Hayden

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December 09 2011


where
Basic Space
Vicar St
Dublin 8

when
Until December 11th

how much
Free

le other
Cyclorama

Wait until it's dark then walk down the alleyway beside Vicar Street. See how many empty vodka bottles you can count but don't get too distracted. Keep your eyes keen for a door propped open that leads inside a large warehouse containing a screen that shows a continuous video of an even larger warehouse than the one you have walked into. You can walk behind the screen. I was surprised at how mute and secretive it felt there. Within the larger warehouse within a warehouse there is a wrap-around screen stored. The innermost warehouse is used to film scenes for films and the screen to create an illusion of infinity. The scenes are filmed there and transported to cinemas and homes around the world, onto laptops, potentially endlessly. The video doesn't show this though. It's just a space filled with harmonious parallels and tensions. / Georgia

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December 09 2011


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
9pm

how much
€10

gig
Fatima

So, Adele is looking a bit, well, beige these days...and soul music has found itself in a rut (a highly profitable rut, but a rut nonetheless). Is Fatima, the Swedish queen of the London scene, going to save the genre on her white steed? Well, the answer to that would appear to be yes. Yes, she's tearing up the increasingly homogenised scene with homages to the past, hope for the future and really amazing vocals. Championed by Gilles Peterson (a man with very good taste), and many others. Let her music do the talking, check out Innervision, Warm Eyes and hell! just check out the entire back catalogue! I promise it'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Fatima will be joined on the night with a DJ set from Alexander Nut. Ear candy all round. Win Tickets / Kate Frances Coleman

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December 10 2011


where
Meeting House Square
Temple Bar
Dublin 2

when
every Sat 10am-4.30pm

how much
Depends on your fancy

market
Temple Bar Food Market

Having endured some ten months in the wilderness the traders of Dublin's finest food market make their return to Meeting House Square on Saturday. The space they return to has been utterly transformed and now boasts Ireland's only retractable canopy roof. Four giant sci-fi bullrushes bloom at the flick of a switch to form an awesome overlapping rainscreen. It's worth a butcher's even if you're not a foodiphile. If you are, you'll find the best organic fruit and veg, peerless breads and a great selection of meats, fish and cheeses. It's a great spot for lunch too, with top-drawer options for hot food at every other stall. We'll be slurping briny bivalves at the oyster bar and hoping for a deluge... / Mr & Mrs Stevens
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December 10 2011


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when
10th & 11th December, 11am-6pm

how much
Free (Generator hostel are hosting an after party)

market
Dublin Flea at Block T

Christmas Cracker! It is high time to send a letter to Santa and regardless of being naughty or nice, we have a few places for you to get some inspiration from. Block T is reuniting with Dublin Flea Market to bring us the biggest Christmas shopping extravaganza in the city. 120 stalls will bloom across Block T and Block B to satisfy the most demanding Christmas shoppers. They will transform Smithfield into a magic market-place full of creativity and delicacies. What's more, 30 local artists will build a corner of Dublin’s Affordable Art, which will be open over the whole weekend. All of that spiced up with some music and mouthwatering coffee. Also, the Season spirit would not be complete without a charity event. This year the Christmas tree in Block T will encourage visitors to leave small gifts for a local children's charity. / Anna P

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December 10 2011


where
Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.
01 476 3374
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when
11pm

how much
€10

gig
Beardyman

Beat-boxing is an under-rated art form, but no art form is more under-rated than comedic beat-boxing. Beardyman does that thing your Dad said he was a World Champion at...yes, creating an impromptu and original song, using a word you choose at random, in a strange style of your choice: West-country (ooo-arr ooo-arrr Wurzel)  Cajun electro, anyone? The beardless Beardyman smashed up this year's Comedy Proms, standing shoulder to shoulder with such luminaries as Tim Minchin and The Boy With Tape On His Face, with his UK championship winning beat boxing talents, atrociously high BPM, and witty patter. He's definitely a cut or two above your average child-appeasing, cross-country Volvo estate driving participant in improv musical affairs, so climb on board the boom-chicka-chicka comedy vibe. Win Tickets / Kate Frances Coleman

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December 10 2011


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

how much
€12-€15

gig
Junior Boys

When Junior Boys released Last Exit in 2004, it started a deep and lasting love affair with a willing audience; their glitchy, intelligent and romantic electronic compositions outstripping genres. Since then we have had the deeply melancholy So This is Goodbye (2006), 2009’s Begone Dull Care and this year’s It’s All True, with their last two records using filmmakers as a creative touchstone (Norman McLaren and Orson Welles).Their sound is atmospheric and all-conquering, yet retains a delicacy that can leave you winded, especially on songs like Teach Me How to Fight, When No-One Cares, Dull to Pause or the majestic Playtime. Part of their power is Jeremy Greenspan's vocal, which contains a truth and confiding intimacy that punctuates some of our most important moments. Win Tickets / Siobhán Kane

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December 10 2011


where
The Co-Op, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8.
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when
7.30pm

how much
€15

charity
Young Hearts Run Free

Christmas comes but once a year, but luckily for us the wise kings at YHRF bless us with more than one musical feast every 365 days. As charitable donation is their primary function, this their Winter solstice blowout, is no exception, as all proceeds go to helping the Simon Community make this chilly time of year that little bit easier for those less fortunate. In a titular nod to Patrick Kavanagh’s seasonal ode, A Christmas Childhood, Yule – The Winkling Glitter of a Frosty Dawn gathers some very bright lights to decorate this festive gathering, including (deep breath): Dónal Lunny, Tieranniesaur, Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Katie Kim, Sunken Foal, Melodica Deathship, Hired Hands, Kate Ellis (Crash Ensemble), Maeve Higgins, NiamhMcCormackSings, Kevin Barry, You Kiss by the Book, and accompanying DJ's. / Simon Judge

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December 10 2011


where
The Supafast Building, (Capel St.)

when
8pm

how much
€5 with BLACK AND GREEN dress, BYOB

party
The Lynette Thing

A yearly pre-christmas event run by Amber Miles who has the honest intentions to let everyone who wants to come along have a drunken, jolly, green and black party. She says 'last year was really just a party. I'm very excited about this being more.' What do you mean by that, Amber? How much more? She means a whole new venue (one I've personally never been to) the three story big old Supafast building on Capel st. WNot satisfied? Throw in loads of DJs- Eberhart, Kevin Bacon, A.W.O.L.(live), James Mcloughlin, Ladies of the Night and more, loads of fun people, BYOB, some art that I imagine will act more as decoration and a colour theme. Do follow the colour scheme. Amber's a fun, fun girl but if you turn up wearing orange and pink you will be fined extra at the door. Strictly green, olive, lime, emerald, jade, moss, sage, mint, viridian... spinach... brussel sprout? / Georgia

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December 11 2011


where
The Complex, Block C, Units 18-21, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7.
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when
8pm, Until December 17th

how much
€12/10

theatre
On The Batter

This dark comedy from award winning writer Anthony Goulding tells the story of Decko, a paranoid cocaine dealer who tries to make amends with his friend Matty, who was left crippled after trying to save him from a beating. However his plan goes awry as double dealings, lies, deceit, Matty’s ex-girlfriend Niamh and Decko’s nemesis, The Jelly Tott, all come into play. David Gorry is suitably agitated as Decko while Lacy Moore's drug addicted Niamh is pathetic yet hopeful. The final act is truly touching and poignant as a reversal of fortunes causes a major shift in the characters lives. This fine example of a new Irish production shows what a shame it would be if the arts community lost The Complex as the space is used to great effect. A wonderful marriage of venue and production this is definitely worth a look. Win Tickets/ Frances Winston

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December 11 2011


where
Miele Gallery
2024 Bianconi Avenue
Citywest Business Campus
Dublin

when
10:30am – 4pm

how much
€90 for Class / €19.50 for Cookbook

le other
Delish

You know the person behind that vivacious effervescent South African accent on Fridays' foodie slot in the Pat Kenny show on Radio One? Just me then. This could be for you too though, especially if you're embarking on that epic hostess moment: Christmas dinner for the first time. It's not too late for you virgin home-cooks and slow fooders either. Rozanne Stevens offers hope in her Christmas Dinner cooking class, with its modern contemporary twist. Her smiley radio voice translates even better in the real world. I know this from first hand experience. Grab her handy little cookbook of mini-meals Delish and its 101 recipes from around the world. A last ditch chance to inhale everything you needed to know but were afraid to ask about making the most succulent turkey, and glossiest ham. / Elish Bul-Godley

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December 11 2011


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
doors 7.30pm

how much
€10

concert
Laptop Orchestra

So the last time I saw the Dublin Laptop Orchestra it was their first gig, and impressive for it. The audience sat like a still and enchanted nest of soothed souls, surrounded by engrossingly novel sounds whilst being encouraged by the composers to imagine things like the beginning of the universe amongst other things. The musical toys used by the crew really break open your imagination too and you start to wonder what else could possibly be used to control a musical performance? Wii controler? Iphone? Electric toothbrush? The possibilities are endless. This Sunday's DLORK performance in the Smock Alley Theatre is sure to break even more imagination boundaries with performances from trad violinist. / Jessica Hayden

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December 11 2011


where
The Complex, Block C, Units 18-21, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7.
Location Map

when
10am-6pm

how much
Free

market
NCAD Christmas Fair

You could battle through the crowds on Henry Street and Grafton Street, get stressed out queueing in department stores hearing the same Christmas jingles over and over, and go home exhausted with the usual old perfume and boxsets for presents. Or you could potter on down to Smithfield and sip mulled wine while you browse stalls selling paintings, prints and handmade crafts from up-and-coming artists. You'll likely pick up some original gifts and can go home feeling pleased with yourself for buying Irish and supporting struggling students. There's no contest really. Seeing as you’re down here, you might as well check out the Dublin Flea Market next door in Block T too, and sure it'd be almost rude not to stop into the Cobblestone for a pint. Now that’s my kind of shopping. / Anne Hayden

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December 11 2011


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€22.50

party
Kaleidoscope

2011 has seen the Kaleidoscope girls take their bespoke caravan salon throughout the country serenading the masses, as well as continuing to sell out their monthly Kaleidoscope Nights at the Odessa Club. Tonight is their 2nd birthday party. You can be promised a magical Kaleidoscopic cocktail of elegance, excellence and excitement, with a world premiere by David Fennessy, New Dublin Voices (a 20 piece choir), works by Brahms and Gershwin (Dublin saxophone quartet), as well as the Pulitzer Prize winning "Different Trains" by Steve Reich. If you haven’t joined the Kaleidoscope community yet, now is the perfect time to indulge! With yums yums provided by the Cake Café and an after-party featuring two of Ireland's most exciting bands: I Draw Slow and Prison Love. Win Tickets / Rebecca Halliday 

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December 12 2011


where
Sebastian Guinness Gallery, 42 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
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when
Until December 11th

how much
free

exhibition
A Tale Of Two Cities

A Tale Of Two Cities combines the photographs of the late John Deakins on the steel works of Genoa with those of Jonnie Shand-Kydds who has documented the carnality of life in Naples. Both men share intriguing parallels throughout the black and white work given that Deakin was known for his 'Vogue' portraits before succumbing to the excesses of London's Soho, and Shand Kydd left behind the 90s BritArt scene to explore Naples, which he calls the "last great pagan metropolis of Europe", grappling with the contradictions of "grief and humour". The work transports you into this other world, still so 18th century in appearance and practically untouched by tourism due to its primal, neglected state, an unintentioanal factor which makes it so aethetically interesting in the first place. / Emily O'Callaghan

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December 12 2011


where
The Screen Cinema, 2 D'olier St, D2
Location Map

when
8.30pm

how much
€8.60

screening
Die Hard 2

Ah, Christmas movies, full of seasonal cheer, redemptive tales and lessons about how to treat your fellow man. But really, the most exciting thing likely to happen is a run on the bank, a present mislaid or someone spontaneously bursting into a merry song. Not so when John McLane rolls into town. Y’see, John McClane has a feeling, and when McClane has a feeling, insurance companies start to go bankrupt. In this explosion strewn nostalgia fest, guns, blood and snow are the order of the day as McLane fights terrorists on Christmas Eve (again). With plot holes so big that you could drive an exploding 747 through them, Die Hard 2 is still more than just a passable follow-up to one of the great action movies. So dust off those classic one-liners, leave your brain at the door and have a merry little Christmas. / Hugh Torpey

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December 13 2011


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
5pm/7:10pm/9:20pm

how much
€5.80-€10.60

cinema
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 3D

Does anyone actually, genuinely, like 3D? It seems like every week we have another legendary director (first Cameron, then Spielberg, and now, sigh, Scorsese) telling us all about its incredible potential, immersive possibilities etc. but when it comes down to it it's just kind of annoying isn't it? That's why the latest Harold & Kumar movie is the truest expression of 3D movie-making; because the people behind it understand 3D is all about flinging as many gimmicks at the audience as possible. It's about characters throwing stuff at the camera for no reason. It's about trippy Claymation sequences. It's about shooting Santa with a shotgun. The latest instalment of John Cho and Kal Penn's stoner epic is in cinemas from Friday and I guarantee it'll be more fun than Avatar. Oh and Neal Patrick Harris meets Jesus. Sold. / Conor McDevitt

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December 13 2011


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

when
December 13th / 14th

how much
€25.90 (including booking fee)

gig
The Unthanks

The first time I heard The Unthanks it was one of those rare stop-you-in-your-tracks musical moments. Guy Garvey was playing their cover of Robert Wyatt's Sea Song on his BBC 6 Music show (from their second album The Bairns when they were known as Rachel Unthank and the Winterset). The name change is just one of a number of differences between the band as it was then and as it is today. Yes, Northumbrian sisters Rachel and Becky are still in charge of vocals, but other personnel changes and alterations to their earlier musical style impacted in a not entirely welcome way for some fans on their fourth album Last from earlier this year. Their release last month of The Songs of Robert Wyatt & Antony & the Johnsons, a live album recorded at a concert they played at London's Union Chapel last year, signals a possible return to form. / Maisie

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December 14 2011


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€13-€40

theatre
The Government Inspector

A raucous, gaudy satire, a Gogol classic, hi-jacked by our very own Roddy Doyle, complete with the kind of language that would make your Granny blush. Apart from a few slightly suspect accents, this punchy and quirky adaptation ploughs on through farce with the benefit of a fluid set and a cast that must have drunk Mr Tesco out of house and home in the Red Bull department.  Ciaran O'Brien sparkled as the empty-pocketed arm-chancer from Saint Petersburg who inadvertently causes havoc in small town Russia, or from the sounds of it, somewhere just beyond the Pale. Don Wycherley did some monkey man antics on the set, which were bloody exciting. He also frolicked in his underpants. Kudos. It was like being stuck in a Dr. Seuss dream for two hours. And I liked it. Win Tickets / Kate Frances Coleman

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December 14 2011


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
11am-6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Prix Pictet - Growth

I remember coming across one of Chris Jordon’s (Message from the Gyre) images and thinking it must have been a set up. It wasn’t. If you’re looking for an eye opener this is it – Prix Pictet's mandate is to use photography to deliver a message to the masses. It has rapidly established itself as the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability. Their third exhibition Growth has already had a stint in Paris and has now reached our shores. These images invite the viewer to engage with their subject matter, whether it’s the mesmerising blur of industry, limitless habitats or the neon glow of nuclear waste. Twelve shortlisted photographers present their work, with varied topical and stylistic approaches to the theme. There is an undeniable beauty in the truths that these photos convey, even if that truth is uncomfortable. / Sarah Maguire

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where
The Shed
Abbey Road
Blackrock
Co, Dublin

when
Everyday 10am - 6pm

how much
Depends

pop-up
Makers & Brothers

Garden sheds have always been a mix of dim-lit daunting (the potential dead mouse versus dusty gardening gloves conundrum) and promising (toolboxes, random but useful furniture and vintage picnic sets). Thankfully, charming brothers Mark and Jonathan Legge (behind the pop-up A Shop, on South William Street) have taken the latter aspect to a whole new level with their fresh, limited edition store in a ...shed. Albeit a nice, spacious, well-lit shed. Just opened in the last week, this space’s stock showcases the true concept of craftsmanship, considered materials and thoughtful processes. The range of contemporary homewares (including gorgeous small gift ideas) are a much-needed addition to the Dublin design team. The Shed is supported by an online store – and there are plans to move the space between countries. / Natasha Sherling

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where
5 Smock Alley,
Temple Bar,
Dublin 8


when
Tues - Sat: 10am-5:30pm

how much
Depends

le other
Industry

Tis the season to go shopping, fa la la la la, la la la la. If you'd rather avoid going la-la by the head-wreck that Christmas gift shopping can turn into then adding the furniture and home accessories shop Industry to your list could be a smart idea. It's owned by interior designer Vanessa Mac Innes and she carefully selects all the stock which includes vintage and upcycled as well as new items for helping make homes and presumably their occupants hipper and even possibly happier. Her style favours an industrial aesthetic and many items look like they were salvaged from an old German or French factory. Scrabble mugs, retro telephones and vases as well as classic anglepoise desk lamps and framed prints and maps are among the new items on sale. Particularly good for finding gifts for guys. / Maisie

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where

#19 St Anthony's, Bath Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4.



when
4.30pm onwards

how much
Free (Please support generously)

charity
William Tilly

William Tilly's wife passed away around 16 years ago. He was at a loss with time on his hands. “I decided to put a few things in the garden.” Now if you've ever walked down Bath Avenue around this time of year you'll know #19 St Anthony's. An illuminated wonderland in his front garden houses numerous reindeer, singing Santas and heart-warming sights that will thaw even the most cyncial. Besides it being a demand on the national grid, the real beauty is that William is also raising money for the Hospice in Harold's Cross (a whopping €17,000 over the last 4 years). This canny man also upgrades and adds to his collection by purchasing in the sales. William Tilly is the true meaning of Christmas. / Michael McDermott

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where
South Great George's Street, Dublin 2

when
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how much
€19.50 / €24.50 (2/3 courses)

restaurant
San Lorenzo's

San Lorenzo's – now that's a name with a distinct whiff of throwback. Dodgy London geezer nightclub, Costa Del Horror resort or a naff slice of Italy with That's Amore piping through the speakers? Actually the new resident in the home of former vegetarian joint Juice is none of the above. San Lorenzo's is a “modern Italian New York style” place aimed at the hipster heeled. It features Temple Garner (formerly of Dillinger's, Town Bar & Grill) commanding the kitchen and a decor designed by those behind Coppinger Row. On the food side we wolfed down pan fried prawns in a garlic white wine and chilli sauce followed by chargrilled yellow fin tuna with an aubergine caponata. Early days and minor name quibbles aside, the space, friendly staff and appealing menu bodes well for the new kid on this rejuvenated culinary block. / Michael McDermott

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Steven McNamara

Steven McNamara is a graphic designer and photographer whose team won Pivot Dublin's 'Everyday Discoveries' competition and will represent us in Helsinki next year.

After graduating from architecture in June I immediately set up my own graphic design company Roji designs; the name echoing the intention to create something special out of nothing.

I am currently exhibiting some screen prints in the le cool Xmas Exhibition in the Bernard Shaw and have set up a stand selling Traditional German Christmas Biscuits as part of that. I will also be running a screen printing workshop next weekend where people can print their own Christmas cards.

I am part of an interdisciplinary team of five who will represent Dublin in Helsinki. Our winning statement was “the everyday doesn’t need enrichment; it’s our awareness that needs improvement”. We’ll be heading over there in February to suss it out and will be presenting our design in September next year.

Stephen NcNamara will be in the Bernard Shaw December 8th and running a workshop on December 17th. PHOTO: seanandyvette