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The Beacon Theatre in New York is, as we type, housing what could be a pivotal cultural moment. But it's not some Allman Brothers Band reunion.

YouTube vice-president, Robert Kyncl, will be wielding a marker, charting the evolution of television; from massive networks with mass audiences to cable special interest channels to the dawning of the internet video age. He'll be convincing an audience that people will be spending more and more time in the niches.

He'll be doing this in front of 1,000 top advertisers, agencies and content partners as YouTube confidently pitch for advertising with their original channels concept. Not bad for an idea that started seven years ago as a dinner-party experiment.

We also recognise the value in the niche and that content is king. To this extent, we'd be chuffed if you checked out a video we made last week asking people "what kind of old they want to be?"

Who is arrowing for the narrow this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Conor or Camille?

"...disinterested cats in cat cafes, lovely taxis, and Totoro themed playgrounds." - Fuchsia Macaree
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May 03 2012


where
The Market Studios,
D7 (&)
Little Green Street Gallery,
D7


when
6pm - 9pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Harmless Creatures & Kitty Moss: Storytelling

There are a number of media by which people tell stories: literature, film and theatre, song and dance. However fashion is not something that generally makes the list. That being said, beautiful things often happen when we ignore convention. The innovative Kitty Moss has used fashion design and exquisite illustration to craft the chic ghost story Maud and Minet. Few designers can claim a spectral fashionista, and her equally ethereal cat, as their muse; fewer still could use the idea to tell a charming tale that sells clothes. A stone’s throw away, in The Market Studios, design duo Harmless Creatures have revamped the characters from the Wizard of Oz through intricate theatrical costumes, using inventive methods and materials that throw an intelligent, high-end spin on what it’s like to not have a brain. / Jerath Head

 

May 03 2012


where
North Earl Street, Dublin 1.

when
1pm - 1.45pm

how much
Free

launch
Street Feast Banquet

There are few things that describe themselves as 'flash mobs' that don't make me emit a 'ugh, really, so over it' middle-class whine. However, I'll always stifle that whine when it comes to Sam Bishop and his band of merry street feasters. They've been plugging that simple old school idea of everyone, literally, bringing something to the table for a celebration of us. Bake it or buy it, rice krispie bun it or roast hog it, this is about toasting those nameless faces you say hello to everyday or the person you have a secret crush on or even that grumpy taxi driver at the end of the road. This banquet is orchestrated to coincide with the launch of the initiative for this year which happens on June 17th. There's even a choice of parties you can host: the front garden party, the club/community group, the park or the all out street bash. Get busy! / Zach Joyce

 

May 03 2012


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

when
8.50pm

how much
€6/7.50

cinema
Elles

Elles is a contemporary Belle de Jour containing two of the great staples of french cinema – l’hipocrisie bourgeois and sex. Juliette Binoche is a real powerhouse as Anne, a middle-aged journalist for Elle magazine who feels her blood running cold with ennui within the opaque grey walls of her super chic apartment. Her propriety receives an unexpected and welcome disruption when she begins working on a new story. Loosely adapted from real events, the film is based on the scandal that shocked France a few years ago of students working as prostitutes in order to support themselves through college. Anne meets two of these  creatures, Charlotte (Anais Demoustier) and Alicja (Joanna Kulig) whose lack of scruples or insight leave her troubled about her own convictions and sexuality. / Róisín Agnew

   
 

May 03 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€10/12

gig
Kuedo

Kuedo makes it easy for writers really. His solo debut on Planet Mu, Severant, came complete with a ready made set of references; Tangerine Dream, Vangelis' iconic Blade Runner soundtrack, the trap-rap beats of southern producers Lex Luger and Drumma Boy. Oh and one memorable melody borrowed from Carly Simon. The obvious sonic signifiers don't tell the whole story though. Severant was an extremely personal album, a break-up record with a sci-fi sheen, and a world away from his work as one half of none-more-heavy cult heroes Vex'd, who brought an unforgiving bass weight to UK urban music around the middle of the last decade. His live debut in Dublin kicks off the weekend's Beatyard festival in venues around the city. Close your eyes and it could be Los Angeles, 2019, or just your average night in Neo-Tokyo. Win Tickets / Conor McDevitt

 

May 03 2012


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€6 BYOB

gig
Cian Nugent

I’ve known Cian a long time and in that time he has grown more as a musician than anyone I know. From early home recordings through to his much acclaimed 2011 album Doubles, he has developed and refined a sound that has won him a loyal following and prompted Conor O’Brien of Villagers fame to declare Nugent a genius in The Sunday Times. This Thursday he will be playing The Joinery to launch his new 7” Grass Above My Head B/W My War Blues, the B-side of which is a truly original take on Black Flag’s My War. So bring a little of what you fancy to the gig tonight and see what all the fuss is about. / Sam Doyle

 

May 03 2012


where
The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
01 677 9250‎
Location Map

when
9:30pm

how much
Free

gig
The Swoo-Beh Project

Edel Meade has a stage presence that gives people musical goosebumps. You just know something special is about to happen and that something special is a particularly sultry and surprisingly acrobatic voice. Contemporary jazz don't get more scatty than this. Like a bushel of bells in a porcelain parachute landing with rhythmic precision on a steel drum orchestra, this performance will open up vocal possibilities you may never before have considered. Improvisation and experimentation are big parts of the game played by the Swoo-beh members – I wonder if any two performances can really ever be the same (rehearsals included). Known for a refusal to accept musical boundaries, open borders exist here for all contemporary jazz lovers. / Jessica Hayden

   
 

May 04 2012


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
Location Map

when
Until June 6th

how much
Free

exhibition
Happy?

Trinity College Psychology Department has been conducting research for 50 years and to celebrate it's taking over the Science Gallery to ask us simply, are we happy? If we are, why? And how? Important questions these, as we face into our fourth successive year of recession. Anyone can visit and register to take part in the experiments, which will help to answer why Ireland is still ranked in the top-ten happiest countries in Europe. Even if you don't want to take part you can go down and take a look at some of the stories people have posted on the walls about witnessing random acts of kindness and how it effects their happiness – these interesting stories and unusual perspectives might make you wonder is happiness the same for everyone or do we each have different schemas? / Jessica Hayden

 

May 04 2012


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€10

album launch
The Last Days of 1984

Having been on the ‘Ones to Watch’ list for a while, the Last Days of 1984 are now looking to get on that ‘Tick the Box’ list – a place they've been for a long time for many lovers of the Irish music scene. Launching their new album, Wake Up To The Waves, the two-piece band comprised of Darren Moloney and Brian Rice have been pumping out some of the best chilled-out electronica into Dublin's clubs since debuting last year. The sound is that of two 90's clubbers who go home and listen to trippy psychedelica and melting afro-beats. Part of the collective of Irish based bands that are starting to make a real impact, the Last Days of 1984 have managed to successfully span the musical decades from their Orwellian name to the present day. Chilled-out, upbeat, harmonious: ones to watch. Win Tickets / Hugh Torpey

 

May 04 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€10/11

gig
Molly Nilsson

When Molly Nilsson moved from her native Stockholm to Berlin in 2007, she wanted to enact a sea-change. This meant making music under her own name as well as “formerly known as White Bread!” and creating the organisation Dark Skies Association, which allows her to distribute her own music and ideas. She has released four records (most recently History) and various mixtapes, with John Maus borrowing Hey Moon! from her 2008 self-released album These Things Take Time. This then appeared on his last record - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves - as a duet, with Nilsson helping it evolve into something of a different kind of love song. Both Maus and Nilsson create from a similar palette and impulse, which is exploratory - their warm droning vocals and mainly synthesised sounds creating an atmosphere of melancholy wonder. / Siobhán Kane

 

May 04 2012


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


when
7:30pm

how much
€5 BYOB

talk
The World Is A Vampire

Apart from a Smashing Pumpkins' lyric, The World is a Vampire will also be a Dublintellectual event celebrating Bram Stoker's centenary as it casts a penetrating glance on our relationship with those toothy over-sexed creatures we secretly aspire to. Perhaps there will be some insight into Twilight geekdom and puberty issues during Moïra Fowley's "A Field Guide to Teenage Vampires" slot. Or even a satisfying relationship connecting “Vampire Narratives Post 9/11 & the Presidency of George W. Bush"? Is your local Dracula the perfect metaphor for the dark side of our ids or just another easily misunderstood scapegoat? ...as good place as any to bring your nerdy vampy issues and questions to light. And yes there will be a debut screening of Gary J. Byrnes film short Vampire Story to satisfy your bloodlust. / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 

May 05 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
Multiple screenings all day

how much
€8.60 - €11.30

cinema
Avengers Assemble

Fresh from revitalising the American horror flick with his sharp and funny script for The Cabin In The Woods, Joss Whedon continues his one man mission to make summer blockbusters fun again with this mega-budget spin on Marvel comics' longest running bunch of super friends, The Avengers. Captain America and Thor both get their moments in the spotlight and Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man is as weird and witty as ever, but it's The Hulk who lumbers away with the picture. In stark contrast to recent angsty takes on the character (no Ang Lee, it's not "Shakespearean". It's just shit), Mark Ruffalo is sad and soulful as Bruce Banner and a big green ball of fury as the other guy, bashing bad guys with abandon and providing some genuinely hilarious moments of physical humour. Smashing. / Conor McDevitt

 

May 05 2012


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
Location Map

when
10pm

how much
€5

club night
Silent Disco

For the headphone-free observer, the silent disco is like pressing mute on Discovery channel during the mating ritual of a bird of paradise. However the larger percentage of us aren’t nearly as well dressed and are far more awkward. Don’t get me wrong, that isn’t any less true on a dance floor with a working PA system, it just becomes glaringly obvious when you’re watching a whole lot of people dancing to their own rhythm. Therein lies its beauty. Aside from the fact that in a town with noise restrictions you virtually eliminate any chance of a complaint, it’s both liberating and amusing to dance like you're the only one who can hear the song, and to watch everyone do the same. If that self-conscious voice pipes in to tell you it's a stupid idea, just ignore it and let veteran silent DJs Gugai & Ferg lead the way. / Jerath Head

   
 

May 06 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€14

gig
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

It’s a rare thing these days for a band to revisit bygone decades of music with such intuitive skill and swagger that your immediate reaction isn’t “why did they bother?” Siblings Kitty Daisy and Lewis are one example of such a band. Obsessed with 50s-style rockabilly and R&B, they joyously traipse through all manner of non-contemporary music, gaining momentum with a surprisingly broad audience and wielding everything from xylophone to trombone to lap steel. Yet while the trio pays homage to the generations that defined the word ‘cool’, their sound is more than just that; it combines a healthy infatuation with great music and a subtle touch of modernity. It’s the result of growing up in the '90s whilst being schooled in an era far removed from their own. And so is their dapper, smoking sense of style. / Jerath Head

 

May 06 2012


where
Top of the Town

when
9pm - Late

how much
€10

club night
Bitches Be Crazy

Bitches do be crazy. And they're only going to get crazier this Sunday night, as Miss Lady Kier of Dee-Lite ubiquity (you know the groove's in her heart) hits the decks and performance artist Pussy Faggot, specially flown in from New Yawk, New Yawk, struts her stuff in Top of the Town, our current favourite drinking shed hidden all safe and warm in Rutland Place, supported by performance artists like Dorian Gaye (definitely has a painting in the attic) and record-spinning-merchants including Una Mullally and Kay - Z to make bitches be bopping. Feel lighter on the O'Connell St trek; leave the six pack and the shoulder at home, unless yo'lady is a gym bunny, cos the BYOB dealio is no more. There'll be a fully functioning bar; so bitches don't just be crazy, they be classy too. Win Tickets / Kate Frances Coleman

 

May 06 2012


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

when
11pm

how much
€8

gig
Solar Bears

With their new album Supermigration in the works John Kowalski and Rian Trench, aka Solar Bears, are set to perform their first Dublin set of 2012. The Irish duo combine live acoustic instrumentation with beats, synths and samples to create blissfully melodic electronica. With a passion for analogue tape-saturation, they create warm cinematic soundscapes that could just as easily belong to the soundtrack of a 1960s sci-fi flick.  If their recent posts on SoundCloud are anything to go by, you can expect some excellent new material from a band who are definitely on the up. Lending support on the night is the mysterious beat-making duo Letherette, with their Dilla-esque instrumental hip-hop, as well as the up-and-coming Northern-Irish producer SertOne. / Dave Desmond

   
 

May 07 2012


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

when
May 7th - 23rd, 8.20pm today.

how much
tbc, see link.

cinema
Batman, Batman, Batman

With Christopher Nolan's brooding, masterful Gotham trilogy set to reach its epic conclusion with the release of The Dark Knight Rises this summer, the good folks at the Screen cinema are offering a timely chance for us to brush up on our bat-lore. From May 7th-23rd they will be revisiting the six previous big-screen outings of the caped crusader with a series of one-off screenings. Even if you have a girlfriend, there is much to enjoy here, from the glorious production design and snappy dialogue of the Tim Burton movies (I still stiffen at the thought of Michelle Pfeiffer's miaow), to the kinetic power and superb character realisation of the current franchise. Honest appreciation of the Joel Schumacher installments may require intoxicants of some kind. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

May 07 2012


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

when
2.10pm, 6.50pm

how much
€8.60

cinema
Damsels in Distress

Director Whit Stillman isn’t exactly prolific, it’s been 13 years since his last movie (the hugely enjoyable Last Days of Disco), but when he does deliver he does it in style like this offering. Known for his quirky take on life, this character driven tale, which stars a cast of bright young things and is set on a college campus, could very easily have been standard Hollywood frat pack fare. What elevates it to something more is a clever script and great chemistry from the actors, all topped off by a fantastic performance from Gerwig as Violet Wister – the leader of a group of girls whose mission it is to save their fellow students from depression and possible suicide. An intelligent and thoughtful film that relies purely on character development, performances and dialogue rather than gimmicks to get its point across. / Frances Winston

   
 

May 08 2012


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€10/13

theatre
Racket: five new short plays

Oh reality, gritty and unrelenting reality. Why are we so obsessed now about the truth of our nation? Why didn't we examine our feckless and ill-advised revelry at the time instead of having this regretted past come back to haunt us in ever more inventive and cruel ways? Because you see, fiction reveals truth that reality obscures! (Thank you again Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson.) Like morbid children suffering our penance, we pick over our reflections with fascination in mirror-like dramatisations such as Racket; five short plays bringing us on a tour of social workers, missing children, foreclosures and evictions. But the message is ultimately about hope and decency and reminds us that we are, in the end, all connected to one another still. Even after all of the shenanigans, the Bertie Bowl and everything. / Jessica Hayden

 

May 08 2012


where
Speakeasy Café, 4 South Georges Street Dublin 2


when
8pm

how much
€10

theatre
Half A Person

The Speakeasy Café Bar is trying to establish itself as a hip venue, and now that they have renovated their downstairs room so that it can be used as a theatre space, they are getting closer. This is one of the first productions running in the space as part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and is a touching story of two girls and a dog that didn’t die when it maybe should have. Rosie and her girlfriend Sarah struggle to find a balance in their lives as they deal with the dark cloud of depression that constantly hangs over Sarah. Mixing a passionate love story with some dark humour, this production also makes exciting use of new media in a way that may well revolutionise how it is featured in theatre. With a sterling cast and fantastic choreography, this is one of the highlights of the festival. / Frances Winston

   
 

May 09 2012


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

when
1:30pm 6:30pm

how much
€5.20 - €8.90

cinema
Hara-Kiri

For one of the most prolific filmmakers of our time, it’s a rare treat to see a Takeshi Miike film on the big screen here in Ireland.  A director usually associated with yakuza horrors and bizarre science fiction oddities, Hara-Kiri sees the Japanese auteur adapt a more classical approach with this samurai tale of honour, disgrace and revenge. In a time of peace in the early 17th century, many samurai have lost their livelihoods and desperate ronin resort to “suicide bluffs” in an attempt to con money from the houses of wealthy lords. The film begins with one such ronin’s request to commit ritual suicide, but soon a much deeper story of loss and desperation begins to unravel. This is Miike at his best, beautifully shot in 3D with superb performances throughout and a bittersweet orchestral score by Ryuichi Sakamoto. / Dave Desmond

 

May 09 2012


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€16.50

gig
Lianne La Havas

There are folky female singer/songwriters and female soul singers, but the two rarely combine. Though there are plenty of male soul/folk performers, there are few women with soulful voices standing with guitars in their hands and even fewer female troubadours with the vocal power of a soul singer. Lianne La Havas straddles both genres capably. Her well-crafted and beautiful songs, delivered with a rather wry and beguiling smile, are brought to life by both her classic sounding voice and expressive guitar playing. She’s creating quite a buzz after releasing a couple of EPs last year, and this show will see showcasing songs from her debut album which is due this summer. You would do well to catch her on her way up. Win TicketsElliott Childs

 

May 09 2012


where
Various locations. See copy.

when
Tapas Time!

how much
Depends...

le other
Tapas

Oh tapas, those delicious tiny portions of Spain. You can find them all around Dublin, but not all of them are worth your while. If you want to try real Spanish food cooked by Spanish chefs, don't miss La Bodega in Ranelagh. Ask for the patatas con chorizo and the migas and take time to taste the wonderful queso frito: balls of goat cheese and tomato which melt in your mouth. The Porthouse Pintxo in Temple Bar is also a good option with excellent gambas al pilpil and great croquetas de jamon. If you´re on the run and can only grab some street food, try to catch The Paella Guys. Their chorizo and chicken paella is decent for Spanish food on the go, but avoid the alioli sauce! It’s a pity that an edible tortilla de patata, the most popular tapa in Spain, has not yet been found in Dublin. All of them were too dry. Trust me, I'm Spanish! / Verónica Zumalacárregui

   
 
Joe Collins - Nutmeg Clothing

Joe Collins of Nutmeg Clothing tells le cool about their new t-shirt immortalizing the loveable curmudgeons of RTE's soccer panel.

I think with Dunphy it's the eyebrows, and Brady it's the hair. And Giles is probably the most difficult but i think it's the girth of his neck, he's got quite a round, big head on him.The lexicon t-shirt has a limited shelf life, it's very specific to the tournament, but the panel is timeless.

Early days I printed maybe sixty to eighty of each design, I don't have copies of them myself in mint condition and I've tried to buy them back off people and no one will sell them to me. I was up in Christchurch in a bar a while back and I saw someone with a Carlos Valderrama shirt which he must have bought years ago.

The odd time when I would bump into someone wearing one of the Nutmeg t-shirts that I didn't expect to be in a place I would buy them a pint but that deal is no longer in place. Certainly not in Poznan...

Nutmeg will be in designist on Thurs May 3rd kicking off Uproar, a month long series of pop-up shops in association with Tiger beer. PHOTO: seanandyvette