Dublin Selected *134

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Lets cut to the quick this week. Damien Hirst. Businessman or artist?

We watched the 360 degree tour of his work in the Tate Modern, hosted by the disco feet of Noel Fielding, and wondered aloud to ourselves whether we were looking at the work of the greatest artist, or the richest project manager, of our time.

And either way, does he even care? We checked the subscriber list, he doesn't seem to be there.

His work is sometimes amazing, often controversial and always commands a high price. But is it just hype? Where is the message?

Then we looked at Vita Dobson's cover this week. A simple idea and a strong image that succinctly captures this moment in Irish life. And we thought we understood it - we seem to be all waiting for something; a job, a break or just a bloody url to load.

Who has the thirst for Hirst this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Roisin or Camille.

P.S. We are taking a week off to ponder all of this and more. See you for *135 on April 19th

"...our feelings upon leaving college..." - Vita Dobson
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April 05 2012


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

when
Until 9.30pm

how much
Free

launch
Thread, Issue 3

The manifesto is 'A Fashion Magazine for Dublin' but that, like everything else about this magazine, is an understatement. Thread is a fashion magazine for the jaded, the disillusioned, the cynical. All of us, in other words. Founded last year by Garret Pitcher, Aisling Farinella and Keith Nally, there is an inclusive feel to the output that is unusual in this sphere. It's a sort of luxe DIY fashion fanzine for the independently minded. It's free, the photography is original and inspiring, interviews have an intimate, chatty feel. Issue 3, themed 'Inherited', launches tonight with an exhibition at the Gallery of Photography, with commissioned work from the likes of Rich Gilligan, Liam Murphy and Johnny Savage. If you don't make it along, pick up a copy soon at an anti-Xposé fashion retailer near you. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

April 05 2012


where
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
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when
7.30pm (until Sat with Fri/Sat matinees)

how much
€20 - €48

comedy
Avenue Q

It Sucks to Be Me, If You Were Gay, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist, The Internet is for Porn, I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today, You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want When You're Makin' Love - as musical song titles go Avenue Q jacks one off in the face of the standard West End/Broadway musical we've all come to hate over time. Laden with cheeky charm, this actor/puppeteer double fister cleverly winks in the direction of Sesame Street. Rod and Nicky (Bert and Ernie) are battling their inner impulses, Trekkie Monster (Cookie Monster) is a sticky furball of online porn addiction, while Katie Monster and Princeton are the lovers meant to be. Also in the mix are Gary Coleman (sure why not), Christmas Eve (an Asian therapist) and Lucy the Slut (skanky chanteuse). There's a reason why Avenue Q ran for 2,534 shows on Broadway. They are all evident here. / Michael McDermott

 

April 05 2012


where
No Grants Gallery (NGG), 12 East Essex St. D2
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when
6pm. Until April 24th

how much
Free

exhibition & opening
Brillo - Ken Lambert

Ken Lambert returns to Dublin, all tanned and healthy looking from his sabbatical in Madrid with a new show. There will be over fifty selected drawings, animations and some of his famed sculptures for a show that reflects back on his own experiences, as well as  offering a gentle nod to influences in his life. I've never been disappointed at Lambert's Dublin showings and it's good to know that the move to Spain has not meant a shortage in output for the Dubliner. In fact, recent shows in Berlin and Sienna as well as Madrid mean the rest of Europe is catching on to Lambert perfectly executed work. And with a exhibition name like Brillo, Ken is bringing some of that sunshine and optimism back with him. Not to mention old Dublinese too. Brillo Pads! / Vernon Steel

   
 

April 06 2012


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

when
April 6th, 7th - 10.30pm

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Stop Making Sense

The lights go down, “I can't seem to face up to the facts, I'm tense and nervous and I can't relax”… and so begins what is one of the greatest concert movies of all time, something this Saturday night audience seems to be anticipating at almost feverish levels. As The Talking Heads join David Byrne on stage, things really begin to hot up. By the time he breaks into his synonymous jog-dance, cinema seats rapidly empty. The area in front of the screen is jammers with folk fast losing the plot dancing and singing along to This Must Be The Place and Once In A Lifetime. Maybe it’s the darkness, or maybe it’s just the sheer class of the band, but this is unbridled fun. In 1984, it had a legendary fifteen-week sold-out run in the old Ambassador Cinema - where bouncers were hired to curb the pogoing of the mental heads. / Simon Judge

 

April 06 2012


where
Little Green Street Gallery, Little Green Street Dublin 1


when
Runs til April 13th

how much
Free

exhibition
Draw Tin Tin

Tin Tin made his first appearance in a fascist catholic Belgian newspaper...and he went to the Congo. Apparently Tin Tin in the Congo is one of the most hilariously racist things this side of Disney's Song of the South; other than that I'm afraid I don't know that much about him. I was bought a Tin Tin comic and an Asterix comic when I was 10...The Asterix comic was one of the best things I'd ever read and I love Asterix to this very day, it's one of those father son things I have with my dad. I thought Tin Tin was shit and this Tin Tin comic had robot submarine sharks. It left me really cold. But maybe a re-imagination of Tin Tin under a group of artists with tenuous at best links to the Nazi party and tiny moustaches will cure my fear of tiny white dogs and the Congo. / Seymour Legg

 

April 06 2012


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

when
8pm (until Sat)

how much
€12-€15

dance
The Fall

A sound of engines and distant explosions fills the space becoming louder, almost unbearable, then quickly disappears. The Fall is not an easy piece. For guidance we have Jimmy Carter’s words – “This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images…”. Grounding itself in the physical tension between the two dancers, Conor Madden and Julie Lockett, the performance moves between sci-fi references created by the use of sound and images. There’s Blade Runner and Logan’s Run to name a few. The design is one of the most impressive and vital elements of the production, making the stage look like a room that leads out onto the moon. The production also boasts an impressive team with Grace Dyas as producer, Jason Byrne as designer, and Ella Clarke as director, delivering something poised and slick. Win Tickets / Roisin Agnew

 

April 06 2012


where
Malahide Yacht Club

when
8pm

how much
Donation to Down Syndrome Ireland

fundraiser
Coast to Coast, Tea and Toast

Ah, Good Friday - the one day a year on a bank Holiday when we are told we aren't allowed drink because... well because if we stop, then we'll have to work Friday and Monday in the name of political correctness. So what to do? Well if you are out that way, the Malahide Yacht Club will be hosting the charity gig 'Coast to Coast, Tea and Toast'. Driving from the East Coast to Achill and back and stopping for a short gig in every county passed through, the guys from GoldenPlec are raising money for Down Syndrome Ireland. The last stop will be at 8PM in Malahide with a bunch of local bands and tea and toast freely provided for all. Lovely. No admission fee, but you're encouraged to donate what you can here. For more details (or to play at the event) see here. / Rachel Ray

   
 

April 07 2012


where
The Co-Op, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
Saturday & Thursday, from 9.30am

how much
Depends

market
Dublin Food Co-op

The Dublin Food Co-op doesn’t get enough attention on a Saturday. Every week they combine their wholefoods store with farmers’ stalls to celebrate the joys of eating well. Local, organic fruit and vegetables feature heavily, along with breads and pastries, milk, cheese, yoghurt; everything you would expect from a good market. There is even a selection of fresh artisan produce. If you can’t find that particular type of Japanese mushroom you were after, then I suggest a quality caffeine supplement at the community café, or burying your troubles in the magnificent €8 vegetable plate. Everything fits snugly into the Co-Op’s headquarters, and while you won’t pick up on the trends that flea market Sundays bring, there is a surplus of community feel, which deep down is what we all really love about the marketplace. / Jerath Head

 

April 07 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€21.90

gig
Lee Fields & The Expressions

Like Cee-Lo Green without the pimps and hos and gauche flamboyance. Not to say that Lee Fields isn't flamboyant - he's a dapper dan, and his music reverberates with a deep funk/soul vibe. He is Junior J.B. (James Brown). If he can bust out some J.B. moves as well, I will personally vouch for him being a lady lover, lover of ladies (and the rest). He croons so good you couldn't dump him (should he be your sexy sexy singing man) even if you caught him in bed with the next-door neighbour and the family labrador. Rumour has it a woman in Kansas got pregnant after listening to three of his songs in a row. Her husband was away, and while perplexed by the mixed ethnicity of their child, he gave ole Fieldsy a listen and was found an hour later humping a watertower, wearing his overalls as a cape. Be warned. Win Tickets / Cora Burke 

   
 

April 07 2012


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

how much
€10/8 concession

gig
Dark Room Notes

Dark Room Notes will be more familiar to radio listeners in Hoxton or Berlin than those in their native Ireland, where we're fed a steady diet of singer-songwriters and sub-par American indie. Stubbornly knocking out pop-tinged electronica since their first single in 2007, the band were picked up by Berlin/London label BBE in 2009. Debut album We Love You Dark Matter was a noisy clash of electronics, rock and pop; the follow-up Dark Room Notes, for which this show is the launch gig, promises to be more dancefloor oriented and to feature machine rhythms more to the fore, four to the floor. They've played SXSW, opened for Kraftwerk and Ladytron, sampled Haddaway and been compared to New Order by every lazy journalist under the sun. Catch them on home turf before a Coke ad makes them huge, or Pitchfork cop on. Win ticketsTony Gorman

 

April 07 2012


where
See link

when
see link

how much
€30 (see link for invite info)

rave
Project OO2

If you were at Project 001 on St. Patrick’s Day, then no doubt disjointed memories of it are still imprinted on your brain. Memories of mystery to rival Batman, of places not ventured by the clover-clad masses, and of one epic party. It’s only logical that the next holiday should be celebrated in equal, and possibly even better style. Enter Project 002. With the secrecy surrounding these raves it’s hard to know what to expect, but based on the last venture we can tell you that BYOB, multiple DJ stages (with epic visuals) and large spaces for you to cavort in are all on the cards. Once again, tickets are invite-only so if you’re not on the list, start asking around. The price has been bumped up by €10, but that covers transport to and from the venue. Sounds pretty enticing right? But here, we’ve said too much. / Jerath Head

 

April 07 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10.30pm

how much
€10/8

dj set
Nina Kraviz

It's Berlin, it's 5am and Nina Kraviz is writhing around on the floor of the nightclub. OK, two out of three ain't bad. There is writhing going on, but Nina is safe behind the booth. My elegantly wasted brain is doing the rest. It doesn't really matter that Nina has a perfect Siberian face and a smoking body, her music oozes sex anyway. Her blend of deep house and jackin' rhythms have had clubbers all over Europe pining and yearning for her and her music. It's been a dizzy rise for Kraviz, debuting in 2009 on a shabbily chic Underground Quality imprint before causing controversy with outspoken views on the scene before she had real worthy work accomplished. But her full length debut on RadioslaveREKIDS, shows she isn't all for show. Pay special attention to her karate chops in time to the synth stabs and snare hits. Win Tickets / Vernon Steel

   
 

April 08 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€14.50

comedy
Conversation with Fr. Stone

Father Stone - in the words of a good friend of mine - 'as dry as a ricecake'. Yes, he was to the Priesthood what Ryvita is to cream cakes. And that's pretty impressive considering that priests spend most of their days listening to ladies with blue rinses confessing about how they forgot to clean (27-year-old) Kevin's GAA shirt, and 'Ah sure, didn't I let him down? Poor chap, and that after I ran out of potatoes for the tea!' Yes, Father Stone was an inimitable bore in a world of bores. And by god, he was side splittingly funny. Michael Redmond has always been Father Stone-esque, even before he captured imaginations world-over as Father Ted's terrifically dry acquaintance. He's a genius, and Joe Pasquale can tell you that. Because he stole Redmond's joke and performed it (badly) at the Royal Variety. Plagiarist. / Kate Coleman

 

April 08 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Tiny Furniture

“I am very, very young and it's haaard!” has been my own battle-cry for months, so watching Tiny Furniture's heroine Aura scream it at her mother while throwing things on the floor was rather eye-opening... From childhood best-friends who have been to rehab, to awkward encounters in derelict building sites, it has almost every ingredient necessary to make my perfect movie. It is not a chick-flick. Lena Dunham’s movie is the wittiest and cleverest American indie movie in years. Picking up SXSW’s Best Feature Film 2010 and Independent Spirit’s Best First Screenplay Award 2010, the movie has set up Dunham as the crowned princess to become the next Woody Allen. Written and directed by Dunham who plays the lead, it also stars her sister and her mother playing themselves. All hail Lena Dunham! / Roisin Agnew

   
 

April 09 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
3:30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
A Cat in Paris

Perhaps a childhood full of 90s cartoons is to blame, but 2D, hand-drawn animation is where the heart is. And A Cat In Paris does it so well. The ethereal use of colour, the beautifully rendered Parisian cityscapes, the surreal movements of each character; they all highlight a level of expression that for the large part is lost through the use of CGI. The story itself, too, is more than you might expect. Dino, the feline in question, splits his time between loving housecat by day and thief’s accomplice by night. Things go haywire when his owners become entangled in a struggle with a group of gangsters, and there are some emotional references and witty, satirical humour beyond the younger audience. Combined with superb artistry, it’s not surprising that this gorgeous film was nominated for an Oscar. / Jerath Head

 

April 09 2012


where
3.6km from Portobello
to Sheriff St

when
24 hours

how much
Free

open air
Canal Cycle Route

On a freezing drizzly afternoon in April, I met Paul Mahon (Esq) outside the Barge Pub after many years of separation. I was late. He was shivering and wearing yellow jeans. He wasn’t happy. I offered to get him a drink as a peace offering. But I never did. We embarked on our adventure across the now finished canal cycle route with a certain amount of apprehension. “What might the outcome be?” we asked ourselves. The last time we had attempted the route all sorts of unforeseen disasters had occurred – traffic cones, footpaths, cars, dogs, people, leading us sometimes to even have to dismount our faithful steeds. Mahon’s choice – a red 1990's poof bike. My choice - a 12-year-old boy's bike with a basket. But our course was unimpeded, adding to the perfection of this blissful afternoon. We even MADE A VIDEO. / Roisin Agnew

 

April 09 2012


where
Coke Lane
(bottom of Smithfield Square along Dublin’s North quays)


when
Regular office hours

how much
Free

exhibition
Billion Euro House

On the surface, Frank Buckley appears exceptionally unruffled about money - he has a toilet made out of the stuff, in fact, his whole house is. The reality however, is quite the reverse. Frank Buckley, an artist, has carefully constructed his house from approximately 1.4BILLION decommissioned Euro notes. The effect is baffling. An entire house, an entire economy, hell - the entire concept of Capitalism - built out of paper - even the dumbest of the three little pigs used sturdier stuff. The piece stands on 'Coke Lane' as a modern mausoleum to the Celtic Tiger, but as you stare into the toilet bowl of financial abyss you can see it is a symbol for much more than that... Social constructs like government, law, economy and jobs are all dependent on one simple rule - in order to work, we all collectively and simultaneously believe in them. / Rachel Ray

   
 

April 10 2012


where
No.6 Castle Market Street
(across from Grogans)
Dublin 2

when
Regular opening hours until 29th April

how much
Depends

pop-up
Re-dress Nomadic Shop

Be Good. Be Green. Be Gorgeous. Be Better and score some Lenten credits with this tempting yet virtuous event, the Better Fashion Nomadic shop. It arrives heralding the more significant Better Fashion Week, a series of events due later this month by Re-Dress who are known crusaders of sustainable fashion practices with the industry. Embedded deep in Dublin's newly designated Creative Quarter, this curated selection of clothes and accessories brings that Halo effect within easier reach as it lets us tick any one of these ethical boxes with each purchase: fair-trade, anti sweatshop, locally produced, handmade, organic, sustainable and up-cycled. It also drops some heavy names such as Edun, Malissa by Vivienne Westwood & Lisa Shawgi. My personal fav? Grace & Favour's delicate and ethereal hand-knitted accessories. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

April 10 2012


where
Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Square E. D2
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when
Until May 4th

how much
Free

exhibition
Farbige Schatten

If art is your religion then Easter is an appropriate backdrop for visiting this newly opened exhibition, inspired by Goethe's torchlit visit to the Vatican Museum in 1787. One work is located in a bunker out the back where you're handed a lit candle before entering its pitch black interior, one person only at a time. Eek. So far so evocative of the Easter Vigil, though, in fact, all to do with colours and shadows. This piece is by Berlin-based contemporary artist Albrecht Schäfer and the show also includes original illustrations for Faust by Salvador Dalí, Max Beckmann and Eugène Delacroix. A visit to the bunker involves passing through the Goethe Institute's staff kitchen, making the experience a lot less spooky. / Maisie

 

April 10 2012


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

when
7:30pm (until May 12)

how much
€13-€40

theatre
Alice in Funderland

Alice in Funderland is not just the first musical in the national theatre in 20 years, it's the leap-off moment in the now and future of Irish theatre. Philip McMahon (thisispopbaby) hooks up with Wayne Jordan (director) and Raymond Scannell (music) to create the topsy-turvy looking glass moment of our generation. Corkonian Alice (Sarah Greene) enters the whoopsy LED-backlit madness of Dublin. She falls for Warren (Ian Anderson) but encounters a cast of deliriously delightful crazies before judgment is delivered by the Queen of Hartstown (Tony Flynn). There's show stealing stand-outs  (Paul Reid as The Gay, Katie Rose O'Brien as Gobnait) but the bravado is bound by the unflinchingly brilliant Alice. The conundrum of Ireland 2012 is deftly, not suffocatingly, dealt with. The fear and madness is all yours in not seeing this. Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

   
 

April 11 2012


where
Monster Truck Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


when
Until April 21

how much
Free

exhibition
Stephen Gunning - Les Endormis

Creep upstairs in the Monster Truck, or as they would have it, creep 'North of Monster Truck' and 'ave a butchers. The Parisian urban landscape never looked so grey and ugly. Even the green grass of the municipal parks pale with the presence of the sleeping during the day. Whether they are homeless of narcoleptic, the effect is strangely subversive. After all, the idea that you sleep at night and in darkness is a fixed societal norm at this stage. Some of the images leave you in doubt as to whether the subject is alive or dead...it's not really a coincidence that sleeping bags are modelled on Egyptian Mummies. What Gunning has produced will send a shiver down your spine, leave you contemplating the fragility of life and relationships, and you'll head south down the stairs feeling pretty damn lucky. Sleep tight. / Kate Coleman

 

April 11 2012


where
25/26 Lwr Camden St Dublin 2

when
Regular Opening Hours

how much
Depends (Devil's Bite - €4.75)

le other
Liston's

We’ve all been to the supermarket deli, tasted the bland mix of overly shiny vegetables and questionable meat, and felt the distinct need to be somewhere else. Liston's is not one of those places. The exotic aroma of a huge assortment of tea greets you at the door. The absence of fluorescent lights makes your winter tan less obvious. The staff are friendly, and with their denim overalls they give the place a farmstead vibe. You feel healthier just having walked into the store. The kitchen menu has an assortment of soups, salads and sandwiches, the ingredients for which are decidedly fresh and displayed in real bowls alongside wedges of actual cheese. My Devil’s Bite sandwich was made on a soft Turkish roll, with goat’s cheese, pesto, fresh salad and marinated roast vegetables. It’s deli food the way it should be done. / Jerath Head

   
 
Beyond The Bookshelf

Big dreams in a small venue, le cool meets Kevin Jennings and Shane Fitzmaurice, the organisers of the teeny tiny micro festival Beyond the Bookshelf.

It's an original concept. We’re here at Connolly Books which is sort of an open house for people to exchange political ideas. There are gigs around for left-field, quirky music and we thought why not have one more.  Last year we did it under the radar, the budget was in minus figures.

We have Si Schroeder back who was one of the stand-out acts from last year. And Duke Special just wanted to do it! People love the idea, we couldn’t fit people in this year!

There’s no commercial spin to it. If it wasn’t for the reality of modern economy we would have this entirely for free. It’s heartening to see this happening, it means that culturally we’re in the right step.

Beyond the Bookshelf, A micro music festival, takes place April 5th -7th. Get tickets HERE --- April. PHOTO: Des Moriarty