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Shuush. It's ok, we know, we missed you too.

Have you lost weight? You look different. Damn...it's good to be back.

We are looking forward to 2012, a year that kicked off with the welcome news that the Lighthouse Cinema is to reopen (see this week's le interview) and we've booked our tickets to the returning Offset Festival. And that's just January.

You may have noticed our site has some improvements too. We've added an archive of issues and a few hidden extras. And we have big plans for the year. BIG plans.

As ever, we promise to focus your attention on the best Dublin happenings, spotlight the people behind them...and suck your eyeballs towards brilliant things.

Speaking of which, we announce the first of our cover competition winners in next week's issue.

So we'll get this party started. You keep the party jumping.

It's a new year. So who is testing, testing, one, two, this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Sarah or Conor?

' This is an excerpt from a time lapse sequence of over 1500 photographs...' - Varvara Sharvova
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January 19 2012


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

when
2:10pm, 4:20pm,6:30pm

how much
€8.60

cinema
Margin Call

Margin Call is a very dangerous movie. Why, you ask? Well it manages to make the men who plunged the globe into the economic canyon we're still clawing our way out of into likeable human beings. The film may largely consist of harried looking suits conversing in a succession of sleek offices, but when you've got actors this good and dialogue that snaps and crackles like vintage David Mamet, a simple back and forth is as thrilling as any action scene. Set in an unnamed financial institution on the eve of economic meltdown, we follow various employees as they attempt to save their own skins at the expense of, well, everyone else. The cast is uniformly excellent, but top honours go to Kevin Spacey, as the weary company veteran who's sick of selling out, and Jeremy Irons' Luciferian boss, simultaneously sinister and charming. / Conor McDevitt

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January 19 2012


where
Bewley's Theatre Cafe, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
01 635 5470‎
Location Map

when
12:50pm until Jan 21st

how much
€8 - €12

theatre
Those Sick and Indigent

Two sparsely dressed beds form the frame for this darkly moving and beautifully observed play by newcomer Alan O'Regan. The death of a resident at a homeless shelter in Dublin's city centre leaves two of its long term patrons in a state of confusion and anxiety, while a care worker tries to piece together the life of the deceased using the remnants of his possessions. Finbarr the Cad, played stirringly by Mark Lambert, leads the piece and uses a strong pallette of emotions to pull the audience in, sentence by sentence. “He's soft, Sir,” says Finbarr, referring to the ever-present but hauntingly silent Joe. A phrase we use for those we deem mad, but who are more likely forced in to fragility by a society that is often too hard on the vulnerable. O Regan's play is witty, lyrical and provides a small glimpse into the world of the marginalised. / Alice Burke

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January 19 2012


where
Dancehouse,
Foley Street,
Dublin 1


when
7-8pm

how much
€5

dance
Dance Dance Party Party

Is it possible to last a night out in a pub or a club and not be on the receiving end of some sort of off-balance shoulder charging from drunken strangers? Those with a tendency to head towards the dancefloor know the risks associated with making your way to the allocated dancing destination while losing people along the way, and then the futile attempts to set up some sort of identifiable camp with a pile of jackets, handbags and whatever else may get thrown into the mix. For these very (stressful) reasons, Dance Dance Party Party was set up by two friends in New York, and within a few years has spread across the US and internationally. The rules are simple: no booze, no boys, no judgment. It is for ladies who enjoy dancing on a night out, but don't want the hassles that come with it. (Plus, it even counts as a form of exercise). Win Passes. / Lucy Watts 

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January 19 2012


where
Base Bar,
6 Wicklow Street,
Dublin 2

when
10.30pm

how much
€7/€5

club night
PrHomo

Wherever there is a shot for a euro, that is where you'll find me.  And as it happens, you'll be finding me propping up the bar, intermittently running to the dancefloor to spin round in a circle to the Rihanna tune du jour. Last time there were buff baby-oiled men everywhere - one of my companions was a bit of an embarrassment, basically frothing at the mouth. Nothing like a bit of role reversal for us of the Zoo generation. The crowd is diverse; students, young professionals, tourists...the dancefloor is packed with good looking people and their toned arms....and the drink is cheap and ever-flowing. What more do you want; get yo' pout on cos 'You're sexy and you know it'. / Kate Frances Coleman

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January 20 2012


where
See link for details

when
See link for program

how much
See link for program

festival
Chinese New Year Festival

Chinese Dragons are flamboyant, charismatic, tempestuous creatures that bring uncertainty and change. Upside: All new ventures in the Year of the Dragon will be successful. Herald them in with fanfare. Just get a new outfit, hand out red packets filled with cash, reunite with family and friends round a table groaning with food and make lots of noise to scare away the evil spirits of last year. The Dublin City programme will do its bit to paint the city red too; with a Chinese Film Festival, Photographic exhibitions in the Chester Beatty and Gallery of Photography (see cover), seminars and story telling. Why not catch a chinese opera in your Cheongsam & Samfu? Don't have one? You will probably find them at the Asia Market Food and Craft festival in Meeting House square next weekend. Xin Nian Hao! / Elish Bul-Godley

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January 20 2012


where
The Rothar Cafe, 16 Fade Street Dublin 2


when
10am-6pm

how much
depends

cafe
The Rothar Cafe

The first unusual thing you'll notice about The Rothar Cafe is the "bike menu". So, as well as choosing from from a fine selection of freshly baked goods (home made, I'm assured) and triple-certified coffee, you can also order a reasonably priced racer to accompany your cappuccino. The cafe itself is a pleasant little space with various bits of cycling paraphernalia dotted around the walls, but the heart of the operation is the downstairs workshop where you can leave your ailing velocipede in the capable hands of the shop's staff and grab a coffee while you wait, or even have a go at fixing it yourself for a small fee.  Phew, wheelie glad I made it through that without making a bike-based pun. / Conor McDevitt

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January 20 2012


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

how much
€16.50

comedy
Josie Long

Josie Long first tripped on to the comedy scene as a whimsical teenager with a hit-and-miss home cut fringe. And then she got angry, and whimsy flew out the window. She's hitting her stride with her work on feminism - no holds barred, Special K dissing, voice of reason. Without bashing men, or expecting the ladies to eschew their razors. She's also crusading for the arts, and not so long ago toured around England with a free pop-up style show with her pals. Ms. Long is the voice of a generation bewildered by the realisation that we haven't really moved that far from the politics of the 1970s, even if The Guardian says differently. Who really saw the decimation of Britain's libraries coming? Will the next generation even be able to grasp the concept of a library? / Kate Frances Coleman

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January 20 2012


where
MadArt Gallery, 56 Lower Gardiner St. Dublin 1
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when
Until January 26th

how much
Free

exhibition
Instant Love

It only takes a minute girl, to fall in love. And that's the way it should be. Celebrate the instantaneous with this exhibition in the MadArt Gallery, a collaboration with Prism Photography Magazine. Polaroid has remained a true love to many and in this exhibition it's easy to see why. A host of international artists have assembled their Instant Photo works, catching never to be repeated moments in time. A physical photo reminder in this digital age. I loved Karl Liver's playfully dark realism and the fishy goings on of Amanda Mason. Janina Fleckhaus' polaroids have the texture of oil paintings while Stephen Walsh and Lukas Milota's work had more than a whiff of sex about them. Think of the images like top trump cards, each one enjoying its own magic powers. A beautifully small visual treat. / Vernon Steel

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January 21 2012


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
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when
2pm-5pm

how much
email rivane_firstlove@imma.ie

interactive
Remember Your First Love

Talking about falling in love for the first time is so skin crawlingly embarrassing it makes my, um, skin crawl, especially because for me it happened when Joseph Gordon-Levitt cut off his not-cool girl length not-hot long locks. But in the hands of installation artist Rivane Neuenschwander (not a made-up name) these stories are turned into something endearing, and, somehow maybe even not too kitsch. She is asking you to describe the object of your affection to a police sketch artist for her latest work at IMMA. I'm not quite sure how to put the mmmmf of J G-L's squinty smile into words, but hey, if it's all in the name of art I will soldier through. Book an appointment, hop on the Luas and get interactive. Incidently, IMMA's website is disgusting. / Karl Watson

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January 21 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
Various, check site.

how much
€8.30-€10.60

cinema
The Iron Lady

Love her or loathe her there is no denying that Margaret Thatcher was one of the most enigmatic politicians of the 20th century, so it was only a matter of time before someone chose to commit her story to the big screen. Meryl Streep takes on the role of the formidable Maggie and looks certain to win an Oscar for the part, having already nabbed the Golden Globe. Whatever your thoughts on Thatcher’s politics, this is a difficult watch, dealing as it does with her dementia. The story is told in flashback, as certain things trigger memories in the now fragile former PM. Focusing heavily on the love story between Margaret and husband Dennis, this film is surprisingly touching and poignant. Many people still have very strong feelings about Thatcher’s political legacy, but put that aside and it’s a very fine watch. / Frances Winston

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January 21 2012


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
Location Map

when
8pm - 10pm

how much
€15 / 12 (Conc) / 10 (Preview)

theatre
Billy the Boat Loves Angelina

The first half of this bittersweet drama introduces us to Sandra, a new mum who is struggling with her life and relationships. Clearly fragile she lives by a set of rules that are tailored to accommodate her partner and belittle her. Flashback 18 months for part two and she and her siblings are all dealing with their own personal issues. Sandra thinks she’s pregnant, her gay brother is in love and sister Susan has gone AWOL having rediscovered her passion for heroin. Touching and poignant the story climaxes with a family Christmas and everything working out OK – for now! Gina Costigan gives an amazing performance as the hopeful but put upon Sandra while Rachel Mae Brady and Kevin Shackleton more than hold their own as her siblings. Everyone will relate to the family dynamic and you’ll definitely feel for the put upon trio. / Frances Winston

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January 22 2012


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
2pm-5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
The Horse Show

It’s easy to be romantic about horses (see Warhorse, in cinemas now). For a refreshing and realistic view of the relationship between humans, horses, and art, go see this exhibition. I was wary of this exhibition, because I am a life-long lover of horses and of 'classical' paintings of them. This, I feared, would involve a lot of post-whatever disassembling and dissecting and uglifying of something that is only ever beautiful. But it doesn't. It's a collection of work that seems always honest in its portrayal of the horse and indicative of each artist's relationship, whether deep or fleeting, with the animal. It reminds us of the remarkable fact that they allow us to treat them like pets, though they can fell us with the flick of a hind leg. / Alex Calder

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January 22 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
every hour basically

how much
€8.30-€10.60

cinema
Haywire

Dublin has never looked so sexy. Okay, so that might not be the most convincing way to begin a review, but believe me, Steven Soderbergh's action-packed Haywire makes this dirty old town look pretty damn exciting. Jason Bourne looks a bit Remington Steele compared to this, with real-life mixed martial arts star, Gina Carano, putting her many male co-stars (McGregor, Fassbender, Banderas, et al) firmly in the shade with her ass-kicking, neck-snapping, thigh-choking, Mallory. The scenes shot in around this fair city see a room in the Shelbourne Hotel ripped asunder, a rooftop chase featuring An Garda Síochána's finest and the stately, if somewhat ill-fated, backdrop of Russborough House. Oh, and did I mention a certain Kerry-born chap is in it too? If 2011 was the Year of the Gosling, then 2012 is the Year of the Fassbender. / Simon Judge

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January 23 2012


where
Millennium Walkway,
Smithfield,
Dublin 1

when
10.30am-9pm

how much
depends

le other
Boojum

Ah the irony, that in these belt-tightening, gloomy recessionary times the Celtic Tiger's panini should be knocked off its throne by the Burrito - a whole meal, wrapped up in a piece of bread. A good blueprint of how ALL meals should be served. Boojum, in that corridor of Mad Mick Wallace owned Little Italy, is a laid back, friendly place. Where they won't laugh at you for not knowing what pinto beans are. Don't hang your head in shame, and grab your friends, a burrito and a beer, and hoist yourself up behind their benches for more banter than in an Old El Paso ad. Laugh at the fool who dares to risk the Salsa Roja when they can barely handle the Salsa Verde, and remember to purchase a bottle of water as insurance against being the one laughed at. / Kate Frances Coleman

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January 23 2012


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Monday to Friday - 10am to 5pm

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Coal Story

There’s a real sense of history in Darek Fortas's Coal Story, which explores the lives of miners in Poland's heavily industrialized Silesia region from the 60s to the present. The most striking image in the show is of the miner’s changing room, an ominously empty space with its ceiling covered in a thicket of clothes and boots hoisted on chains off the floor. This purely functional space takes on a haunting weight that’s evocative of the years of struggle these men underwent in the Communist era. This sense of strain appears in his other pictures too, simple, striking shots of items ravaged by use, or the portraits of the miners, their faces coated in soot and grime. The artist’s own colour work is complemented by an incredible array of black and white archive photos scattered across a table for visitors to examine. / Conor McDevitt

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January 23 2012


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
Tickets from €12/15/18

theatre
The Family

Every member of the amazing cast of The Family seems totally emotionally and physically committed to this piece, so much so that it’s hard to know where to look much of the time, which is why I’ve booked to see it again. This is a morally and structurally complex and subtle play, yet it’s still inventive, warm, funny and sad. It draws us in lightly and playfully, and then puts us through mood swings which are as violent and devastating as teenage heartbreak. The company walks a tightrope between risk and skill which had me on the edge of my seat. There were moments when I felt that the characters, the relationships and even the set could all fall apart, and yet it held together beautifully; just like a family, really. THEATREClub now looks like a world-class company of which Dublin should be very proud indeed. Win Tickets / Kay Scorah

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January 24 2012


where
The LAB,
1 Foley Street,
Dublin 1



when
6pm

how much
free

talk
abgc - 'Collaborative Process'

When you get a nod from the Trousersnake himself you know you're onto something good. Step back and admire the ultimate case of office envy...who wouldn't want to sit at a gigantic colourful table made of 28,000 pieces of those little plastic wonder-nuggets - LEGO. Genius. These guys are the ultimate creative design duo, abgc. As well as being rising starchitects they apply themselves to all aspects of creativity and are about to talk for the first time about their many collaborations with artists, photographers, fashion designers and filmakers. Their fantastic flair spans from constructing isolation hippos to convincing people to stand in freezing water for over fifteen minutes (those monsters), resulting in witty illustrations and the coolest ads involving umbrellas you'll ever see. / Sarah Maguire

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January 24 2012


where
Grand Canal Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
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when
6:30pm

how much
Tickets from €25

musical
Dirty Dancing

"Is it..." she asked me "..a case of just waiting until the final scene?" and while I feel that way about the film, the Grand Canal Theatre musical is different, thanks, in no small part, to the skill of the West End dancers and singers. Watching something live is always that much better, and this is a perfect example of why. It's beautifully costumed, choreographed and performed, and while it has all the classic film scenes and songs (that I didn't know I knew all the words to, but I do), there are also new songs and scenes that segue nicely in. Suitors, dutiful boyfriends and husbands will earn major brownie points over the next six weeks from ticket gifts. "Oh, come on, ladies. God wouldn't have given you maracas if He didn't want you to shake 'em."  / Darragh Doyle

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January 25 2012


where
Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.
01 476 3374
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€20

gig
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap! Yeah! Who doesn't love nu-folk? Narks, that's who. CYHSY have had a bumpy road but seem to be back on form with their nu-material.  So watch this beautiful video and then buy two tickets and give one to that girl you like but are in danger of being relegated into the permanent friend-zone by. And strap antlers on your back. Chicks dig antlers. But make sure to tell her that you didn't really dig their difficult second album (she'll agree). Ok, so what if Crawdaddy (still) has the grossest pissfloor toilets ever, come let the forlorn but tantalizingly incoherent mumblings of Alec Ounsworth lull your bladder to ...sleep? Not sure where I was going with that and the gig's been moved to Tripod anyway but still Crawdaddy, wtf? So much piss on floor. Win Tickets / Karl Watson

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January 25 2012


where
PantiBar, 7-8 Capel St, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€40 for table of four

fundraiser
AMI Fundraiser

Having reached the grand old age of 18, the Alternative Miss Ireland is bowing out in style after this year’s pagent. The show has become one of the highlights of the entertainment calendar and will be sorely missed, but before it hangs up its stilettos for good there is still the small matter of fundraising in order to make this year's show one of the biggest and best ever. This night has become almost as much of an institution as the event itself and is one of the most fun and competitive pub quizzes you’ll ever encounter. The prizes on offer are always amazing, but the questions are designed to really test those taking part – that is to say they’re bloody hard! Start swotting now if you don’t want to totally disgrace yourself when quizmistress Panti starts totting up the scores at the end of the night. / Frances Winston
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January 25 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
4.40pm, 6.50pm, 9pm

how much
€5.60-€8.90

cinema
Shame

Yep, it’s that film about sex addiction. It features Michael Fassbender running around bollock naked (to ladies’ joy and gentlemen’s bruised egos) doing what he’s best at – being a sexual predator in way that makes half the female audience want to be the prey. Things turn dark and gritty as his equally disturbed sister (Carey Mulligan) shows up. There’s a lot unsaid about the siblings’ Irish past and makes you wonder what kind of Catholic shame is hiding there. It leaves them on the extremes of human dysfunction; he is cold, clinical, and indifferent, she is needy, explosive, and dependent. Shot in a very non-Hollywood style, with beautifully disturbing extended shots and close-ups, it reveals the acting talent of both leads. Though the film is full of nudity and sex, don’t expect titillating scenes. Refreshing but mind-blowing. / Nadia Gativa

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Andrew Lowe - Lighthouse Keeper

The Lighthouse Cinema reopens this Friday (rejoice!) under the stewardship of Element Pictures. Element Director Andrew Lowe tells le cool of his plans...

We're starting off this Friday with The Artist, Shame, and J.Edgar so while they're all on general release, our plan in the coming months is to show a diverse array of Irish and International films.

We're opening as was, we haven't changed anything.  We know that everyone in Dublin has a view on what should be done with the place and we're very keen to get that feedback.

There's been great reaction to the news that we're reopening. We know that arthouse cinema is very challenging so we're going to try to explore other revenue streams. 

We want to use the building to its full potential. It's a beautiful space that can be use for more than just cinema, so we're going to look into using for launches, exhibitions...anything we can think of.

The Light House cinema in Dublin's Smithfield will reopen to the public on Friday January 20th. PHOTO: seanandyvette

 

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