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Last week at le cool HQ we were all about the bicycle. We ride 'em cos they're fast, cheap and damn good looking. Ultimately, our obsession will create a better and less petrol-fume-filled world for our great, great, great, grandchildren.

The dudes at Body and Soul festival were quicker to cop on to this. They have a hundred year plan for the festival. They are improving pathways around Ballinlough estate, building stages that'll withstand the Irish rain, and working towards making the estate a haven for families and a place of retreat for those tired of the city.

We're getting to grips with the idea though. We know that the family that eats together stays together - á la our Streetfeast and that allotments and compost bring us together, healthier and happier than we would have been otherwise - as at the Sitric Picnic last weekend.

So who has got a hundred in the hand this week? Kate Francis, CiaranMichael, Camille or Amy?

"Grecian cyclops steering her way through the Liffey!" - Stephen Maurice Graham
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June 21 2012


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

when
5:30pm

how much
€6.20-€8.60

screening
Jaws

I can't swim. I get the fear when the water rises above my ankles. This may have something to do with my grandfather throwing me over the side of the Dollymount wooden bridge when I was a snapper. It may also have something to do with the profound effect that Spielberg's 1975 meisterwerk had upon my young self. We all know the story...voracious leviathan terrorises the population of Amity Island and feeds upon them until three brave souls set out to dispatch it. It is the manner in which the director transmutes the dreck of Peter Benchley's source material that is most astonishing. You owe it to yourself to see this on the big screen; it still retains the capacity to thrill and unnerve. It's also one of the most quotable scripts of all time, in Quint's immortal words, "here's to swimmin with bow-legged wimmin." / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

June 21 2012


where
Supafast Building, Great Strand Street, Dublin 1,


when
6pm

how much
Free, BYOB

exhibition
Papergirl Exhibition

The submission deadline for Papergirl Dublin has whooshed past, twice, leaving us eagerly awaiting the resulting exhibition. In the spirit of the founding Berlin model, the artwork they have been accumulating for the past few months will be on display at this free event. As the theme was left open we cannot tell you what to expect, aside from the delights of an explicitly non-commercial, all-inclusive artistic collaboration purely for the public. Also, free beer and ice cream for early birds and some live painting to music by RGBeats. Perhaps just as eagerly, we await the expansion of the project beyond exhibition spaces on June 24th (or after, weather pending), with a paperboy-style delivery of the pieces to lucky passers-by. Sunny day or not, I’d be chuffed to receive a parcel from an envoy of art on a bicycle. / Jerath Head 

 

June 21 2012


where
The Dublin Biennial Gallery, Point Village, Dublin 1,


when
Until June 24th

how much
Free

exhibition
Dublin Biennial

In an age of pop-up marriages, pop-up cars, pop-up babies and pop-up restaurants the idea of a Dublin Pop-up Biennial is timely. What’s more, there are excellent reasons to go. The exhibition boasts an impressive line-up of international artists such as Brazilian Christina Oititica and Chinese XinXin Zhi. There will be a series of talks, one with Fergal McCarthy (the guy on the island at last year’s Absolut Fringe), and  a performance installation with Olwen Fuare. Last but certainly not least, Yoko Ono exhibits her “Wish Tree for  Ireland” which invites people to attach notes containing their wishes to the tree, to then later add them to her The Imagine Peace Tower project in Iceland. The artwork will finally be auctioned in aid of the Make a Wish charity. So go lap up that do-good umph. / Roisin Agnew

 

June 21 2012


where
All over the country. 

when
All day, see link for full line-up.

how much
Free

festival
love:live music

Ireland's National Music Day takes place in harmony with International Music Day with a chorus of events happening nationwide. All tastes and timbres are catered for: Indie Hip-Hop label, Working Class Records, will flipmode Filmbase from 6pm with GI, William Lee and Costello, Brazilian beats from Rio Carnival Samba & Morro 16 will turn Temple Bar into a carnival and Meeting House Square host Ceoil which promises to showcase Irish indigenious music. However, the most interesting part of the day is probably the full live set from White Collar Boy which takes place on the 11.10am train between Dublin Heuston and Waterford. How the train trolley dolly is going to get passed this electronic duo is anyone's guess. Traingigging, you say? Choose love:live. / Vernon Steel

 

June 21 2012


where
The Dublin Biennial Gallery,
Point Village,
Dublin 1.


when
Thursday & Friday, 5 - 5.30pm

how much
Free

talk
Dublintellectual Series

Dublintellectual (clever, huh?) have ramped up their output as part of Dublin Pop-Up Biennial and are putting on a series of high brow, but nonetheless accessible, talks. Thursday see's a common le cool motif being addressed; 'Reclaiming Space in the Modern City', with Seoidín O’Sullivan & Aoife Desmond (Trespass, Culturstruction) joining Louis Marborough (Pretty Vacant) and a host of other people with book smarts to discuss and present thoughts. On Friday, the question posed is 'Why Dublin?', another panel has been assembled and our highlighter has illuminated the name of Fergal McCarthy, the artist whose love affair with the River Liffey is unrivaled. Make some time to get engaged and drink some wine. / Vernon Steel

   
 

June 22 2012


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

when
11am - 6pm (until July 1st)

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Open Now

This open submission exhibition organised by Belfast Photo Factory culls 17 emerging talents from 270 entries and distills into 3 images for each of their works on show. Jessica Hines's brother Gary went Vietnam in '67, returned suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and took his own life ten years later. We glimpse the fragments she's assembling to piece together the narrative of his life which is fleshed out here. Malaysian artist Alex Wong peers In and Out of the Mist to pluck delicate outlines and bestow a murky air of uncertainty to scenarios while Paul Gafney examines the storage of museum collections granting a orderly beauty to the slumber of artefacts. All 17 artists make for a worthwhile and robust take on life through a lens. One quibble for the Photo Factory people, there is no excuse for having such an ugly site. / Michael McDermott

 

June 22 2012


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


when
Until June 30th

how much
€5 donation

exhibition
Big Gay Wedding

“One straight girl’s way of doing her bit for the gay rights movement” is how artist Shawna Scott describes her Big Gay Wedding Project, which runs at The Exchange this week, in tandem with the Dublin Pride festivities. A professional wedding photographer by trade, Shawna set out to document some of the first same-sex unions legally recognised by the state in the wake of the civil partnership bill, which came into effect in January 2011. Covering ceremonies big and small, Shawna offered her services free of charge to seven happy couples. A celebration of this historic milestone in the Irish LGBT rights movement, The Big Gay Wedding Project is also a timely reminder that LGBT couples are still denied full marriage rights, and proceeds from the exhibition go to the Marriage Equality campaign. / Joey Kavanagh

 

June 22 2012


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

when
1.00pm/6.05pm, June 22nd-27th

how much
€8.50

cinema
The Apartment

Billy Wilder’s darkly satirical 1960 comedy drama - a slick precursor to the Mad Men drama we know and love - has sex, desire and exploitation in spades. Working with a finely honed script, the characters seem as fresh and relevant today as they did half a century ago. Darkly enduring themes are explored to deliver a thoughtful comment on modern, urban lifestyles. It also drips with glamour and style just like its contemporary HBO disciple. Jack Lemmon is at his anxiety-ridden best as Baxter, a New York insurance clerk so eager to get ahead he lets his bosses use his apartment for illicit trysts. The arrangements are complicated enough, but then he begins to suspect that Fran (Shirley MacLaine), the elevator girl of his dreams, is being taken there by the slimey Sheldrake, played brilliantly by Fred MacMurray. / Maeve Hosea

 

June 22 2012


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

when
7.00pm - 8.00pm

how much
RSVP - see links

fashion show
eBay.ie Online Fashion Week

There is only one website where you can source all the items you need for both your Zhandra Rhodes Halloween costume and key items (leopard print pill-box hat, Manic Panic Virgin Snow hair dye, diet pills) for your Edie Sedwick homage in one sitting. Hallooooo e-Bay! With two sisters who have flogged genuine Chanel 2.55s and Mulberry limited edition Alexas on the site, I can assure you that there are bar-Janes to be found. So it's a haven for fashionistas, and they'll be strutting their stuff tonight, proving e-Bay ain't just about snide Abercrombie joggerbums and used bobby-pins! In another stroke of luck, lest the rain return, the show will be streamed online. So you can enjoy the action and save your suede shoes! Win Tickets / Cora Burke

 

June 22 2012


where
Various, see link.,


when
June 18th-27th

how much
See link

festival
Let's French

Parlez- vous français? Qui, bien sûr! I am in love with the French culture. I am crazy about Tin Tin, cannot get enough of croissants and could watch a Louis de Funès’ movie every weekend. When I heard about Let’s French Festival I simply had to learn more. This seventh edition of delicacies très extraordinaires from the River Seine sounds like a good excuse to stick around. Over 10 days Dublin will turn into La Petite France bringing the best selection of classic and modern films such as the first ever science-fiction movie Le Voyage Dans La Lune and freshly-released drama Cloclo. The film experience will be spiced up with a great mix of concerts delivered by the mesmerizing Lisa Portelli, revolutionary Ina-Ich and energetic Monsieur Roux. Whatever your pick is, you won’t regret it. So let’s French, people! / Anna P

   
 

June 23 2012


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
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when
8.00pm

how much
€12

gig
S.C.U.M

From the picture to the left, one can see that the band in question 'S.CU.M', appear more like a group of Kindergarten teachers than rockers. However, they do make pretty decent music. Amber Hands sounds like the Horrors (Rhys Webb is the bassist's brother) left the drum machine on during the recording of Primary Colours, and Second Sea sounds like a trip through a rusty car wash when there's a hosepipe ban on. In a good way. To be honest, I'm starting to trust Peaches Geldof's endorsement of bands via their frontmen (Faris of the Horrors, and now Thomas Cohen of S.C.U.M.) Pity YouTube comments aren't so welcoming to her blatant A&R credentials. Jealousy will get you nowhere, kids. / Cora Burke

 

June 23 2012


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

when
5.00pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Killer Joe + William Friedkin Q&A

Killer Joe is a film with some fucked up morals. The nudity basically commences with the introductory credits. A tragi-comedy, involving a hit-man, a trailer trash family and a mildly loony but super-hot teenager, the premise might seem a bit faded. It's definitely had its day in the sun. However,  it's not unlike Friedkin to turn shizz upside-down and inside out...You always get the feeling that he uses his Oscar to unblock the sink, or spikes the food of Macrobiotic divas with sugar. He stands for no bullshit. And there's no bullshit in Killer Joe, a deconstructed classic given extra class at the hands of uber-director Friedkin, who is displaying signs that The Exorcist and French Connection may not be the sum of his legacy, and that his zenith is yet to come. Let him fumble for an answer to that! / Cora Burke

 

June 23 2012


where
Earlsfort Terrace,


when
10am - 2pm

how much
Free

workshop
Res Publica

The Central Bank seized for civic use has the capacity to create a dialogue between civic space and civic function. In light of Central Bank operations moving to the docklands, there is an opportunity to begin a public debate on the future occupation of this Stephenson, Gibney and Associates building; an icon that espouses the inherent optimism of modernism. This Saturday, 'Respublica' is extending an open invite to the public to attend an ideas workshop and offer speculations on the future life of this building. Ideas will be explored using old blackboards and an enormous 1:25 model of the building and associated plaza. How would you occupy this space? You can also contribute on Twitter; @ResPublica_IE and #thisisnotcentralbank. / Michael Stack & David Healy
 

June 23 2012


where
The Ark, 11 Eustace Street Dublin 2


when
10am to 5pm, Until August 6th

how much
€5

exhibition
Shoal - Emily Robyn Archer

The world's oceans are running out of fish. In forty years, they will be gone, eaten, the seas will be empty. That is a terrifying thought. If this was happening as rapidly on land there would be chaos. The fact that we are literally eating the oceans dry prompted artist Emily Robyn Archer to create a vast, silver, rippling shoal of fish out of tin cans to try and raise awareness of this horrible and dangerous trend. She invited people to contribute cans and their time, with the growing shoal representing the mass extinction of real animals in the sea. Here children get a chance to make their own fish to add to the work in progress. You can find no better advocate than children, I am haunted still by the fear of acid-rain and the hole in the Ozone layer that we were told of in the nineties. / Alex Calder

 

June 23 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10.30PM

how much
€10/€12

gig
Redshape

Redshape is like a glamorous Jaguar Skillz. Instead of being from Norwich he's from Berlin, and unlike Skillz he's not friendly with buffoons like Trevor Nelson. I suppose, when you boil it down, all they really have in common is a mask. Redshape is all about Detroit techno. Tunes like Coffee and Cigarettes are Berlin all over, begging to be pumped into disused warehouses, and tracks like Goom were made for you to paint yourself neon to, while pieces such as Alone on Mars are orchestral acid trips. The sound is a synthy homage to the 80s while also being determinedly modern. Redshape may ACTUALLY be Marty McFly's offspring, making better use of that machine than his father ever did. Just a thought. / Cora Burke

 

June 23 2012


where
Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
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when
1am-6pm, for full programme, see link

how much
Free


DIA E

Cooking, playing Scrabble, telling stories… They seem to be really easy tasks. But what if you were asked to do them in Spanish? The Dublin’s Instituto Cervantes wants to prove how much of a Spain-fan you are with a full day of activities. Test how good you are at cooking the most traditional Spanish dish, the potato omelette, in a contest open to everyone. Take the advantage to attend the free Spanish lessons. Be brave enough to hold a carnation on your mouth and start dancing tango with a very well-known Argentinean teacher. Enjoy the food tasting prepared for you with Mexican, Cuban, Chilean, Argentinean and Spanish typical dishes. And finish your Saturday feeling that you couldn’t be “latiner” by taking part of the Latin party, with live local music played by the band Kazemi, Sandoval and Cia. / Verónica Zumalacárregui

   
 

June 24 2012


where
Castle Market, Dublin 2.

when
Regular Opening Hours

how much
Depends

le other
JoBurger (Castle Market)

Castle Market has always been a pleasant place to tarry, whether you're dining sur la terrasse at La Maison or just getting tight outside Grogan's. When the sun shines it becomes a sort of impromptu mardi gras for the painfully self-aware. The arrival of a new branch of JoBurger has just taken this shit to the next level. Located in the former Bedlam space, this is a restaurant that we can use. The three most important words on the menu read '...cooked to order'. Our juicy medium-rare specimens were served on over-sized Breton buns, we accessorised with excellent house-made pickles and a pert pesto mayo. The fries rank among the best in the city. Sit outside, order a bottle of 'Muriel' Rioja and marvel at the passing cavalcade of thumb-sucking fashion aspirants. Bigmouth strikes again. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

June 23 2012


where
National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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when
12 - 7pm (final day)

how much
Free

photo exhibition
DIT Grad Show 12

As the grad shows start to wind down and students ponder freedom and the rest of their lives, it's worth sticking your head into this one if you're gandering through town. Rachael Hegarty's Reclaim My Body series is a powerful portrayal of six people using tattoos as therapy to shield and empower. Grainne Quinlan makes the colourful tradition of Strawboys look almost haute couture while Tracy O'Brien's Blanket Debt frames alarming mortgage statistics amongst  comforting images of duvets. Brendan Grimes's explores derelict golf courses Ground Under Repair while Brian Cregan examines the plight of the Cordyline Trees (Cordyline australis) in The Glass Garden. The harsh winters of recent years killed many of them off. They now stand forlorn as abandoned memorials to an aspirational past. Something to go with that holiday home in Bulgaria perhaps. / Zach Joyce

 

June 24 2012


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

when
4:10pm, 6:20pm, 8:40pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Cosmopolis

It was fun to read the YouTube comments from bemused Twilight fans when the trailer for this movie came out. It's a shrewd move by Robert Pattinson though, as there are few directors who balance credibility and weirdness like latter-day David Cronenberg.  Following R-Patt's day long odyssey in a search of hair cut through not quite New York, the bulk of the film's action is confined to a stretch limo in which a constant stream of oddball advisors arrive to hold forth gnomically on life, death, and the rat as unit of currency. Despite D-Cron's usual helpings of sex and violence, it's an incredibly talky movie (our hero can't even shut up mid-shag), and the endless enigmatic conversations may prove too alienating for some. If you're willing to go with it though, it's a darkly comic trip and a fascinating collision of actor and director. / C-Mc

 

June 24 2012


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

when
All day

how much
Free

exhibition
Stephen Maurice Graham - Aftershow

When he is not busy designing covers for le cool, illustrator extraordinaire Stephen Maurice Graham is crafting idiosyncratic gig posters inspired by both his myriad concert-going experiences and a wealth of musicians that have helped shape or inform his sensibilities over the years. A sampling of these posters can currently be seen dotting the walls inside the door of the Bernard Shaw – among them imagined posters for bands such as Silver Jews, Radiohead and Dum Dum Girls. Employing a comic book-style not typically utilised in concert posters, Graham successfully manages to evoke the collective quirks and oddities of figures such as Morrissey and David Byrne, without ever sacrificing his own unique, trademark style. With skulls, cyclopic creatures and an assortment of friendly monsters abound, really, what’s not to love? / Amy O'Connor

   
 

June 25 2012


where
Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
Until June 30th

how much
Free

exhibition
Austerity/Binge

Talbot Street knows all about austerity. It seems that this part of town has always been in a state of wartime paucity; open air dope deals, whoring, shiftiness at ever corner and danger in every eye contact. The Talbot Gallery has been advancing their own cultural trench and should be rewarded by your visit. In this show, curated by Jennette Donnelly, five artists; Myra Jago, Attracta Manson, Nicole Tilley, Killian Dunne and Blathnaid Ni Mhurchu provide works that you shouldn't feel awkward about eyeballing. Top of our list is Killian Dunne's humours depictions of alternative universes where past, present and future get beautifully mangled together. Close seconds are Myra Jago's clever unfolded oil on canvas and Nicole Tilley's delicate creation. Taking the terror out of Talbot street. / Vernon Steel 

 

June 25 2012


where
The Lab, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
Until June 30th

how much
Free

exhibition
Maggie Madden - Site Line

It’s been two weeks and we’re still talking about it, which puts it as the best solo exhibition we've seen this year. Fiber optic strands form ‘impossible’ structures whose complexity out natures nature. Scores of laminate samples cantilever out of walls, there are un-manipulated natural objects too, but they are so carefully presented in the show that you almost believe they are from the artist's hands. Maggie Madden’s show is everything you'd want a visit to a gallery to be. We marveled at the technical virtuosity - we still can’t figure some of it out  and we were engaged by the innovative use of materials, making our own narratives for the pieces. Site Line ends in 10 days. It’s well worth a look. / andróid

 

June 25 2012


where
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
Until July 25th

how much
Free

exhibition
Won-Nil - Nevan Lahart

It is worth noting that a few minutes after I ventured inside to view Nevan Lahart’s latest exhibition, a genteel, elderly man entered. He looked around at what was on offer, let out a chuckle and promptly left. For such is the irreverent nature of Won-Nil that you are likely to be provoked, or at the very least, amused. A collision of art, politics, pop culture and sport, the exhibition is a sharp, witty commentary on Irish society. Skewering a bevy of public figures, the exhibition is politically charged, but retains a light touch. The centerpiece of the show is a rendering of a soccer pitch, which depicts two memorable moments from Ireland’s soccer past – a welcome reminder of better times, particularly in light of Ireland’s recent sporting woes. Alternately angry and celebratory, Won-Nil is a must-see. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

June 26 2012


where
Peacock Theatre, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
Monday & Tuesday, 6pm

how much
€6

theatre
Play readings @ the Peacock

Much complaining goes on about The Abbey – terms such as ‘classical’, ‘dusty’, ‘museum’ and ‘old fart’ spring to mind. But forsooth this is not the case. Well not always. The Abbey, whilst waded down somewhat by the inheritance of Lady G and WB and the mealy-mouthed prudery of the Irish, is one of the great platforms for new writing.  “Into the Woods” presents three new playwrights, Mark Cantan, Jody O’Neill, and Neil Sharpson. The readings, directed by Oonagh Murphy (who recently assistant directed Alice in Wonderland) will include Something Borrowed, Gach Áit Eile, The Fairer Sex and 20: Love. Whilst lacking dramatic action, readings often offer an unrehearsed freshness which often makes them exciting, as this one promises to be with its all-star cast composed of Andrew Bennett, Derbhla Crotty, and Arthur Riordan, among others. / Róisín Agnew

 

June 26 2012


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

when
3.15pm, 8.05pm

how much
€7.50

documentary
Under African Skies

Under African Skies is a fascinating insight into the making of one of the greatest albums of the 80s and the reunion tour of 2011. Joe Berlinger’s film celebrates the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s Graceland album and the South African artists involved who helped make history. However, it is not simply a love letter to Simon; it explores through interviews and archive footage the controversy that arose when Simon decided to record in South Africa, breaking the UN cultural boycott against the apartheid regime. Simon’s unshakable belief in the transcendence of music over politics stays with you long after you leave the cinema humming You can call me Al (a tune which will spread to your loved ones faster than a zombie plague). A genuine delight for Simon fans and newcomers alike. / Sorcha Gallagher

 

June 26 2012


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

when
1pm, 6:05pm

how much
€5.20 - €8.90

cinema
Himizu

Based on a manga story of the same name, Himizu follows the lives of two Japanese teenagers, Sumida and Keiko, who struggle against the odds amidst the devastation of the 2011 tsunami.  The film had already been in production when the tsunami hit, prompting director Sion Sono to quickly rewrite the script while capturing images of the aftermath.  The result only adds to the impact of the film’s main theme, which serves to question the selfish motives of an older generation and the quality of life that they will leave behind for their young. Together with an ensemble cast of weird and sometimes deplorable characters, the teenagers suffer the ruination of both their country and their family lives, while the eternally optimistic Keiko endeavours to prevent Sumida from losing hope when all else seems to be stacked against him. / Dave Desmond

 

June 26 2012


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
10pm

how much
Free

screening
Final AMI

The spectacle that was the final Alternative Miss Ireland graces, or should that be disgraces, the big screen tonight. Bowing and tottering out after a befittingly wonderful finale, it bestowed its Medusa crown upon Minnie Melange who narrowly pipped Lughnasaigh. Hosted by Panti, the doyenne of Drag, assisted by countless volunteers all in aid of charity, AMI's heart was always in the right place even if its other body parts were often misaligned. Behind the scenes footage and the prospect of hair spray highs should prove to be as entertaining as those on stage performances. Bringing back so many previous winners should also lend additional fascination and reflection to the significance of AMI in the city's alternative fun calender. One more chance then for the glitter, the glam and the memories. One, two three...Hold Me Now. / Zach Joyce

   
 

June 27 2012


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

when
Opens Thurs. 21st @ 7pm. (Until Aug 8)

how much
Free

exhibition
Hack the City

The plotting that has taken place under door mats and in drain pipes over the past few months came to fruition on Thursday with the opening of Hack the City. Its mantra is Take Control –adopt a hacker’s mind-set in order to reclaim the urban sprawl as your own,  appropriating objects and elements of the grey quotidian, improving them and living them consciously. The exhibition has a dynamite team of Dublin artists, scientists and curators, along with international guests who stay with selected  hosts and document their experience as part of the exhibition’s Homestay. The infiltration spreads further - workshops in hacking, Ignite talks, a sound installation that makes you aware of the sound pollution, home-brewed cola by some Bristol lasses, contributions from the Upstart team, and a rather suspicious looking thing called ‘stealth underwear’. They’ll get at you somehow… / Róisín Agnew

 

June 27 2012


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

when
3.20pm, 8.30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
A Royal Affair

Corsets and revolution. Ooolala! Two of my favourite things! This Danish tale of a queen's infidelity to her bat-shit-crazy king is a marvel, despite it being a well trodden scenario, cos any adventerous queen's extra-marital escapades must be publicised and sensationalised, while any king who puts the 'lay' into 'laydee-in-waiting' is just a bit of a lad. Rant about sexism in history over. This particular tale of a young noblelady with spunk is one of the better of the genre. It makes Keira Knightley's Duchess of Devonshire look like Mrs Doyle. This is altogether heavier, the colours are darker - it's no macaroon hued sugar fest. It's actually political, possibly at the expense of the love story between the queen and her insane husband's physician, who weasels his way into a king's regents style position. / Cora Burke

 

June 27 2012


where
Olivier Cornet Gallery, The Wooden Building, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
Until July 6th

how much
Free

exhibition
4 x 4

A low-key exhibition of sorts for the Olivier Cornet Gallery, 4x4 is a showcase of four artists – David Begley, Mark Doherty, Yanny Petters and Martha Quinn - and serves as a preview for what they are currently working on. Though small in scope, the exhibition is no less impressive and the work on view is wonderfully diverse. Showcasing a quartet of artists in their prime and featuring everything from Petters' verre églomisé paintings to Quinn's intricately designed paper sculptures, not to mention my personal favourite, David Begley’s series of celestial oil paintings entitled Illuminations. It is a pleasure to view these works in this intimate setting. / Amy O'Connor 

 
We are Fumbally

Luca D'Alfonso and Aisling Rogerson pimp up le cool's hood with The Fumbally, their spacious new hang-out joint.

We chose this area because we had our office around the corner and there wasn’t really anywhere to go for lunch. In other cities, every neighbourhood has its own little place and that doesn’t really happen in Dublin.

The eggs, the falafel and the porchetta are definitely our signature dishes at the moment. We have a few ideas for the future too but we don’t want a menu with fifty things; we want a few things and we want to do them the best we can.

You can definitely eat for a fiver. The idea is we want a nice mix of clientele - from people working in an office to students. The idea is not just to be a restaurant, but also to be something that is completely different.

We want it to be a destination – we want people to come here not just for the food, but for the space as well.

The Fumbally will feed you for a fiver and is located on the corner of New Street South and Fumbally Lane in Dublin 8. PHOTO: seanandyvette