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The sun came out and Dublin was the best place in the world to live in. It's weird the pep in step some natural Vitamin D gives to us. Some took to the beaches, some shook the musty fumes from their picnic blankets and some (naming no names) sat outside Grogan's.

We have an interlude to dream of endless sunny days and ice creams. But we're Irish. By day three: "it's too hot and clammy, I'm baking" had been uttered a few times...

Are there lessons to be learnt from this apart from applying sun factor? Probably not, but the transformational experience witnessed by having sunshine on our brows is utterly endearing. Dublin becomes a world beater what with its proximity to the sea, the buzz of the streets and our innate sunny disposition in synch with the weather gods.

Will it last? Unnlikely. And if it did, what would happen to the cinemas and farmers? Spare a thought. We need and thrive on the imbalance but a moment in the sun every now and again feels oh so good.

Who has been sun stroked this week? Michael, Ciaran, Kate Frances or Camille

"Thoughts, images, music, politics all get thrown into the pot..." - ADW
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May 31 2012


where
Darc Space Gallery, 26 North Great George's St, D1
Location Map

when
Until June 2nd

how much
Free


Punt Nua

Dublin-based graphic designer Con Kennedy caused something of a ruckus last December when his  tongue-in-cheek tender Punt Nua, lampooning key figures associated with the Irish financial crisis, went viral, eventually securing him an audience with Joe Duffy. This week, as we take to the polls to vote on the fiscal wotsit while Greece's commitment to the single currency hangs in the balance, Kennedy and an assortment of other creatives have teamed up to host a Punt Nua exhibition, showcasing interpretations of the Euro's tempestuous tenure. Highlights include artist Will St. Leger's Punti, modelled on Dublin's Doyenne of Drag, Panti, and illustrator Steve Simpson's Señora Lavery, which imagines a Hiberno-Latino economic partnership between Ireland and South America in the wake of the Euro's collapse. / Joey Kavanagh

 

May 31 2012


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

when
7.15pm

how much
Pizza and a drink for €10

screening
Point Break

They don't make 'em like Point Break any more. Starring Keanu Reeves as the FBI agent forced to impersonate a surfer (shouldn't that be the other way round?) in order to infiltrate a team of bank robbers led by Patrick Swayze (letting his hair do most of the acting), the Kathryn Bigelow-directed action-fest rides the thin line between clever and stupid like The Swayze does waves. The film's delights are too numerous to list here, but highlights include ex-President Ronald Reagan operating an improvised flame-thrower, Anthony Kiedis shooting himself in the foot, and Keanu getting whaled on by a lady with a hoover. It's the ultimate rush, brah. And as a rather gnarly extra, the Blue Bus will be dishing out special Gary Busey inspired ("I'm so hungry I could eat the ass off a dead rhino") meatball sub pizzas. Get me two! / Conor McDevitt

 

May 30 2012


where
Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
6.30pm

how much
Free

launch
Colm Keegan - Don't Go There

It's been a while since poets have been considered agitators of the soul or balm for the conscience in this country. Yet there's a new breed emerging too and foremost is Colm Keegan who launches his new collection Don't Go There. As one of the instigators of the Nighthawks sessions up in the Cobalt Cafe but also an annointed slam poet champion, expect a rapid-fire pace to his thoughts on suburban existence and the seething anger and futility felt by many. He lays it bare as well he should. "Burn It Smash It Kill It Trash It" is named after graffiti on a wall in Clondalkin in which a suicide victim is exhorted to "Go get angry. Shake things up". Elsewhere, there's broken pint glasses, piss-stained balconies, joints and junkies. It's a raw, visceral, but ever so real existence that Keegan chronicles so acutely. / Zach Joyce

 

May 31 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€22.50

gig
Dr. Feelgood

Original Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson thrilled Dublin fans a while back by fittingly playing the Leeson Lounge. What better tribute to one of the true originals of the 1970s' English pub rock scene than brown velveteen alcoved seating, yellowing flock wallpaper and sticky beer-stained carpet. Now, his former band are in town to play the equally sticky Whelan's. They're a vastly different proposition today than in their heyday, due to the departure first of inimitable individualist Johnson, then the death of singer Lee Brilleaux and many more line-up changes since (Julien Temple's celluloid ode Oil City Confidential tells their full story). But the current act's live performances are still high-octane rhythm and blues, hit parade affairs. Right, who's for some Milk & Alcohol then? / Maisie  

   
 

June 01 2012


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

when
10pm

how much
€5

dj set
Planningtorock

Like a thick, gloopy electronic fog descending on the dancefloor, Bolton-born but Berlin-based producer Janine Rostron’s Planningtorock has an innate ingredient most musicians would give their little pinky for - a unique sound. Nearest comparison would be to The Knife with whom she recently co-wrote an ‘electro-opera’ based around the writings of Charles Darwin. As you do. The mysteriousness is compounded by her unusual image with alien-like prosthetic nose and odd outfits, but even if the slow-mo, woozy songs are unsettling they are never anything other than utterly compelling. This show is described as a vocal/dj set, so while this doesn’t promise Rostron in all her peculiar glory, she has enough odd in one finger to make this engrossing irregardless of what she is doing on the stage. / Simon Judge

 

June 01 2012


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€12

single launch
Si Schroeder

Good things come to those who wait and when it comes to new material from Si Schroeder, his fans’ patience deserves something spectacular. Fortunately the Dubliner is well capable of matching our mounting expectations. We’ve been feeding off scraps; occasional live shows and last year’s single Jump Ship whetted the appetite further. Now, the momentum is building and six years after his Choice-nominated Coping Mechanisms album blew our minds Si is well and truly back. Friday’s gig marks the release of new single Clocked, a sublimely crafted blend of organic electronica and rock, with the promise of sophomore release Holding Patterns to follow. Support comes from the immensely gifted Katie Kim while a David Kitt DJ set will round off the night. I haven’t been this excited since Kevin Sheedy stuck one in the back of the English net. Honestly. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

 

June 01 2012


where
Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
8pm

how much
€12

theatre
Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

This wonderful and poignant production based on former hostage Brian Keenan’s best selling and award winning memoirs An Evil Cradling tells the story of three men who are captured in Beruit in 1986 and forced to share a cell. Keenan himself wasn’t released until 1990 and endured some horrific treatment during his four years in captivity and it is impossible not to feel for the protagonists in this play who are ably portrayed by Art Kearns, Conor Delaney and Danny Kehoe. They manage to show the triumph of the human spirit over total despair, which is appropriate since all the proceeds from this production are going to Focus Ireland. Everyone involved in this has given their time for free in order to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause and if the subject matter moves you just a little that’s just a bonus! / Frances Winston

   
 

June 02 2012


where
Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin 2
01 896 1334
Location Map

when
8pm (ends today)

how much
€9 / €12 / €15

theatre
Ethica

Fresh from a well received staging in Bulgaria, fledgling Dublin-based company Sugarglass Theatre's Ethica, celebrating the work of Samuel Beckett, has now been granted an Irish run. And where better to see it than the Trinity College theatre named after the late great playwright? (Heck, why not swing by the Samuel Beckett Bridge on the way and make an evening of it?) On this occasion, Sugarglass have opted to tackle four of Beckett's lesser-known works: Play, Come and Go, Catastrophe, and What Where. While honouring the very specific stage directions that Beckett's texts demand, Ethica is delivered with a lightness of touch that breathes new life into the pieces. Deftly directed by Marc Atkinson and Nicholas Johnson, the production's success is bolstered by Colm McNally's stark and sinister design. Win Tickets / Joey Kavanagh

 

June 01 2012


where
Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Mon-Thurs 2pm-7pm, Sat 10am-2pm

how much
Free

exhibition
[Excuse Me]...is this Spain?

Sangria, fiesta, paella, beach, siesta… Is this Spain? Well, it is, but only a small percentage of it.  Did you know that Zara, the worldwide known clothing shop, is Spanish? Did you know that there´s a huge amount of Spanish people who hate toros? Did you know that the unemployment rate in Spain is over 25%? If the answer is no, then don´t miss the exhibition ‘Excuse me, is this Spain?’, which has stopped at Italy, Brazil, Portugal and Poland. A group of young artists have worked on some videos and puzzles which question the stereotypes of their own country. Thanks to them, you´ll see Spain through the eyes of Spaniards, you´ll become engaged with their worries and matters, and definitely, you´ll get to know the real Spain. / Veronica Zumalacárregui

 

June 02 2012


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

when
10.30pm

how much
€12 (€10 with a Forbidden Fruit wristband)

dj set
Friendly Fires DJ set

If you are leaving Forbidden Fruit and find yourself determined to keep the night rolling, or are missing it but have decided to get in on the post-festival vibes, then direct your Saturday night migration towards The Twisted Pepper. Friendly Fires may just meet you there. Having warmed up the masses with their live show, they will be seeing out day one of the festival with a DJ set at the official after party. While it isn’t likely to be an appearance from the whole band, it can be said from experience that their elating stage presence spills out through the decks in no mediocre fashion. Joining them will be DJ collective Horse Meat Disco, purveyors of epic and all-encompassing dance parties, plus a bunch of other support acts. That is to say, it’ll be a night for immoderate quantities of electronic goodness. Win Tickets / Jerath Head

 

June 02 2012


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

when
8pm (ends Sat)

how much
€16/20

theatre
The Chairs

Imagine going to see a play, where the director and cast have worked together for the last twenty years. That’s an entire lifetime for some of you lucky ducks! The Blue Raincoats hail from Sligo and are Ireland’s only full-time ensemble theatre company. They return to the Project Arts Centre with their acclaimed production of Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs. A tragicomic exposé of the banal self-importance of mankind...with lots of chairs. The chairs fill up quickly with imaginary characters. And be warned – there is some gibberish in it. But the gibberish speaks to you, y’know? Anyway it’s classic, absurdist theatre, and a tonic on a balmy summer’s evening. The ripples of bewildered chuckles throughout evidence that the Raincoats have nailed Ionesco’s absurdist mandate to the letter. Win Tickets / Shauna Gillan

   
 

June 03 2012


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

when
2.30pm

how much
€8.50

screening
Rushmore

Although his career has gone from strength to strength, none of Wes Anderson's subsequent work has managed to touch the heights of sophomore effort Rushmore, which remains one of the best American films of the 90s. It helps that its his funniest movie (a quality that owes much to the presence of co-writer Owen Wilson, whose input has been sorely missed in the post-Tenenbaums films) and that there's standout performances from Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, who temper the director's high style with their affecting portrayal of the unlikely pair of friends turned rivals. Murray has spent much of his career since revisiting this sadsack persona to (mostly) diminishing returns but he got it spectacularly right here, balancing his trademark deadpan comedy with a deeply felt undercurrent of sadness. / Conor McDevitt

   
 

June 04 2012


where
Kicking off at Fitzwilliam Square,
finishing at St Stephen’s Green.


when
3pm

how much
It's too late to enter but but free to show support.

le other
Flora Women's Mini Marathon

This has become something of a June Bank holiday institution as thousands of women (and a few brave men who get in touch with their feminine side) take to the streets of Dublin for a mixture of fun and fundraising. Every person participating in this raise is raising money for a good cause and they have spent months training to get to this point. While the race provides them with a huge sense of accomplishment, the charities are the real winners. As always, the runners would be more than delighted with your support and the race route tends to be littered with lots of fun activities that bystanders can get involved in. There is always an amazing atmosphere (particularly at the start and finish points) and there are far worse ways to spend your bank holiday than cheering on these amazing women. / Frances Winston

 

June 04 2012


where
65 Dame St,
Dublin 2


when
8-10am - late, Mon-Sat, 4pm close on Sun.

how much
BYOB, Brekkie €6-8, lunch €6-9, 2-course dinner €21

le other
Rigby's Big Brother

The role of the big brother should not be underestimated. Sure, they are invariably pyschos who like to exert their superior strength and show off their nascent body hair but who else is going to educate you in music that your peers haven't even heard of. James Rigby has opened up a big brother to the fine establishment on Upper Lesson Street and early signs are that he'll do well. If Joe Macken is Dublin's foodie hipster king then Rigby is its pistol punk and cooking cavalier. His no-nonsense approach to quality food (and customers) marks him as the big brother we want to have. Chinese burns notwithstanding. Whether you are after quality breakfasts (Chirozo, roquette & parmesan, Bacon butties and fresh juice), killer lunches (Smoked salmon and crayfish salad) or his trademark no-menu dinners, Rigby will nourish and entertain. / Vernon Steel

 

June 04 2012


where
The Gate, 1 Cavendish Row, Dublin 1
01 874 4045
Location Map

when
7.30pm (Until July 14th)

how much
€20/35

theatre
Glengarry Glen Ross

Mamet's masculine study in avarice and desperation this week begins a welcome run in the august surroundings of the Gate theatre. The action takes place within the crucible of a Reagan-era realtor's office where sweaty, lupine salesmen compete to sell worthless tracts of Arizona scrub or Florida swamp to gullible Chicagoans. The brutal Darwinism of the era reduces men to positions on a sales board, superseding character and negating moral conscience. A fine cast deliver Mamet's spittle-flecked torrents of profanity believably, ably supported by Doug Hughes' taut direction and superb set design from Neil Patel. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

June 05 2012


where
The Annex,
National Concert Hall,
Earlsfort Terrace,
Dublin 2

when
10:00am-6:00pm

how much
Free

screening
1395 Days Without Red

During the Bosnian War, the Siege of Sarajevo lasted three years and ten months. In that time thousands of citizens had to walk the streets every day, under constant threat from sniper attacks. 1395 Days Without Red is a film work inspired by these events. It follows a young woman as she negotiates “Sniper’s Alley”, while an orchestra rehearses Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6, Pathétique elsewhere in the city. The music reflects the urgency and intensity of her situation, stopping and starting in time with her movements. Combined with camera techniques reminiscent of Hitchcock, the film conveys a true sense of the terror that would have gripped anyone forced to navigate the deserted city. It is a remarkable collaboration between director Anri Sala and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers, hauntingly real and beautiful. / Jerath Head

 

June 05 2012


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until August 18th

how much
Free

exhibition
182nd RHA Annual Exhibition

Even though this exhibition has been around for the last 182 years, you wont spot a dusty top-hat or monocle in the place. Madness. The RHA obviously have a honed sense when it comes to exhibitions, the offerings are fantastic, it's just the that crowd changes. Newbies join bigwig names here as painting, sculpture, print and even architecture are represented. Whether you're calling in for the long hall or just popping in for a taster, you should have a giggle at Liam Belton's Twelve Bachelors, stare in awe at the detailed texture of Gareth Reid's History of the World and feel slightly embarrassed that those cat cradle things you still haven't figured out have been made to look like child's play by the abgc boys. Pass me a top-hat and monocle to hide my shame. / Sarah Maguire

   
 

June 06 2012


where
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Mon & Wed 11-12pm, Sat 2pm-3pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Meeting on the Turret Stairs

Perhaps romantic Ireland is not dead and gone after all with RTE naming The Meeting on the Turret Stairs as our favourite painting. Frederic William Burton's 1864 masterpiece is based on a Danish ballad and captures a moment in passing between Princess Hellelil and her lover Hildebrand, a soldier, before he is due to be killed. The beauty of this piece is as dramatic as the back story. Anyone can see the anguish of their forbidden love, the power of emotion conveyed with her turned head and the tenderness of his kiss to her hand. You need to get up close and personal to appreciate this pre-Raphaelite masterpiece in its watercolour glory. The fact that it's only unveiled for three hours a week to protect its delicate sensibilities only serves to make it more magical. We are a nation of softies after all. / Hayley Reynolds

 

June 06 2012


where
Front Square,
Trinity College,
College Green,
Dublin 2

when
8pm (until June 16th)

how much
Adults €22, Concessions €20, Students €15

theatre
Footsbarn presents Indian Tempest

Footsbarn Theatre Company are truly one of the most innovative groups around. They manage to mix serious drama with almost every other performance discipline including clowning, acrobatics and live musicians. Every show yields more than a few surprises and this take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest is sure to be no different. Running as part of Trinity’s Shakespeare Festival this is family friendly culture at its best. Explaining their decision to season the Bard’s work with a hint of India they said: “The richness of this play is a gift, a story we can tell, dance and sing to people of two continents as similar and diverse as India and Europe”. With free tea and coffee available from 7pm onwards this is as far removed from the stuffy Shakespeare productions of old as you can get and even the biggest cynic will enjoy it. Win Tickets / Frances Winston

   
 
Eat My Shorts

Suri Grennell and Dermot Collins tell le cool about Eat My Shorts, an independently run short movie fest.

Dermot comes from a design side and I come from a filmmaking side. We've had events before at Darklight, The Beatyard and Castlepalozza but this is our biggest so far.

We run a really open brief, we are open to anything of any type from anyone and anywhere. As long as its under 15 minutes we'll accept it anything: experimental, documentary, animation, drama, from an established filmmaker or someone who has created something on their phone. As long as it has some merit, we are happy to screen it.

We've had over 100 submissions this year and we simply can't screen them all. The standard has been amazing.

Someone who stands out for us is Jed Murray, his movie Small Time will close out the festival for us this year. Daniel Butler is another guy whose stuff is of a constantly high standard.

Eat My Shorts be taking over The Twisted Pepper on June 9th for a packed day of FREE workshops, talks and screenings...PHOTO: Cliona O'Flaherty. LOCATION: Burritos & Orange