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It used to be the case that every Irish family had a nun. These days, every Irish family has the internet.

It used to be the case that religion fuelled sectarianism. Now, English royalty and Former IRA commanders can shake hands.

Could it be that we've entered what Christopher Hitchens called the renewed Enlightenment'? Have we lost religion and gained civility?

What we do know is that we used to be ruled by the church. Now, we are owned by the Germans. So, this week, we're making you face your fears by having a German nun on the cover.

JP Keating's shot from the Eucharistic Conference reminds us there is beauty in everything, and perhaps the secret is not to outright reject authority, fear, or hatred, but to transcend it. Now, try not to look into her eyes...

Who is taking their vows this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate-Frances, Amy or Camille?

"I've always wanted to take a nun's portrait..." - JP Keating
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June 28 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€17.35

gig
The Hot 8 Brass Band

Randy Newman has spoken of the populace of New Orleans having a "casual talent" for music. This spirit is within Hot 8 Brass Band, who have been performing for almost twenty years, with their roots stemming from second line parades, a form particular to New Orleans, viewed as a "jazz funeral without a body". Their music is about community – to their mind, one cannot happen without the other. When Hurricane Katrina hit, that sense of community became increasingly important, as the world around them became fragmented (see Spike Lee's 2006 documentary When the Levee Broke). Soon after, they were signed to Brighton’s Tru Thoughts label and have been disseminating their mix of hip-hop, funk and jazz to a wider audience ever since; and though tragedy has touched a lot of their lives, it’s the music that pulls them (and us) through. Win Tickets / Siobhán Kane

 

June 28 2012


where
Kerlin Gallery, Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until July 7th

how much
Free

exhibition
Willie Doherty - Lapse

A burnt-out car illuminated by a beatific light in the dead of night; a ditch glistening frost and raindrops; a dilapidated building enveloped in overgrown weeds and scattered bricks. These are some of the images that comprise two-time Turner Prize nominee Willie Doherty’s latest exhibition, Lapse. The series of black-and-white images capturing the city of Derry were all taken between 1985 and 1993, but this is the first time they have been made available for public viewing. The images on display are bold and cinematic and capture Derry City during an era characterised by considerable turmoil and unrest. As such, the passage of time has imbued this series of photographs with greater potency and resonance. / Amy O'Connor
 

June 28 2012


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€28

comedy
Rhys Darby, This Way To Spaceship

Rhys Darby is in flight...of the Conchords. And in Flight of the Conchords. He manages the band with such aplomb that Bret got an Oscar. Poor Jermaine, he must be green with envy. The electric-copper mopped comic is embarking on a solo tour, and it's likely to be the cat's pyjamas cos he's a triple threat...He can act, he can sing, and boy can he dance! He acted alongside Jim Carrey in Yes Man, can sing, if singing is making noises you thought only dogs could hear, and dance, if dancing is a controlled fit. He is whimsical, and the hilarity is only exacerbated by his mannerisms and quirks. If the aliens choose anyone to take back to the planet Zog with them for scientific testing, it'll probably be Rhys Darby. Win Tickets / Cora Burke

 

June 28 2012


where
The Swan Centre,
Rathmines
Dublin 6

when
Monday - Sunday, see site for hours.

how much
Depends...

le other
The Hop Sack

I'm pretty sure The Hopsack (besides Dunnes) is single handedly keeping the Swan Centre open. I love the real village-y vibe about the place. I feel as though the people mulling around me are regulars, well known to the staff, and well used to picking out their Lacender Nappy Salve or Maple Hazel Harmony. I want to ultimately be a regular, but even though I'm not quite at that level yet, the staff are still always super nice to me. I go here for my miso soup sachets - the last time I bought a packet they gave me a cup of hot water so I could make one up right away. I'm also fond of their smoothies, incense sticks and teas. But my favourite thing to do is eavesdrop the health advice people get at the counter. Earlier today I got some Vita Coco water, lemon shower gel and overheard some wonderful information about Vitamin D. / Georgia

   
 

June 29 2012


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

when
3pm; 7pm; 8.40pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Your Sister's Sister

Lynn Shelton's low(ish) budget, partly improvised, off kilter rom-com is just the sort of film that people should see on a first date. It's intimate and charming with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments and enough poignancy to warm the heart. The female leads (Emily Blunt and Rosemarie deWitt) provide the eye-candy to balance Mark Duplass' hang-dog beer-bellied 'niche' appeal. It's a classic tale of boy meets dead brother's ex girlfriend, and her lesbian sister. Set in an isolated lakeside house in an attractively rainy north-west USA location, the action centres around the fall out from a drunken sexual encounter, a declaration of love and a possible pregnancy. The scenes featuring the sisters ring especially true, but there is an appealing sympathy between all three actors that make this a very watchable if not especially great film. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

June 29 2012


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


when
12:30pm - 5pm

how much
Depends

bake sale
Heartbake House

This Heartbake House sounds a tad more positive than my last one - post break up in a bedsit filled with pillowy cream cakes, whopper Belgian buns and snowy-topped London cheesecakes, with a bath, sink and assorted tupperware filled with salty tears and an Adele playlist. No fear though - the only thing that will break your heart at this event will be the weighing scales (industrial size) the next day, but who cares? Let them eat cake! For charity, of course. Monies raised will go to Spoonlight Theatre, who will also be performing samples of their work - it's nice of them really, catering to our sugar and cultural needs in one neat package! We'll be there supporting the arts in the best way we know how. [wipes jam stains from mouth]. / Cora Burke

 

June 29 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7pm

how much
Free

screening
Lady Chatterley

If the French do anything well, it's making films that would be pornographic kitsch in the hands of the Americans or English into...well...more tasteful films that D.H Lawrence would have approved of. It's a classic tale, upper class woman is awakened by working class gardener - a situation that the steely Queen Victoria even fell into. Ohhohoho, Mr Brown! Where the book is all couched in floral language and innuendo, the film doesn't have such literary tools to play with, but deals with the difficulties of adapting such a euphemistic piece of work admirably. / Cora Burke

 

June 29 2012


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
Free

album launch
The Gruesome Twosome Album launch

Brothers Leigh and Blake, otherwise known as the Gruesome Twosome, released a gallant and inventive 18-track free download, All Systems Are Unstable, last Thursday. Tonight, they host an album release party to further the cause of 'decent Irish hip-hop'. According to the brothers, All Systems Are Unstable tells a modern tale of enlightenment through the themes of practical philosophy, psychedelic exploration and spiritual practice in contemporary western society. But don't let that put you off, lead track Braincells is a foot stomping throwback to Death In Vegas in their Contino Sessions pomp. The rest of the LP is a mix of rock, psychedelic and electronica whipped up with dollops of Irish humour and served with a tight lyrical flow. I'm forgiving their book smarts and posh names to enjoy their innovative tunes. So should you. / Vernon Steel

   
 

June 30 2012


where
Mother, Copper Alley, Exchange Street, Dublin 2


when
3pm

how much
Free

club night
Mother Bloc Party

If you're feeling proud as punch you'd be hard pressed to find a better place to scream it than the Mother Bloc Party. But don't take my word for it, take youtube's (in youtube we trust). The block will be jammers with revellers, happy, celebratory full of the joys of life revellers - exactly the type of peeps you should be wanting to party the whole day away with, and that's exactly what they'll do. The man with the plan, Will St Ledge, is a 100% legit awesome dude, and the last bastion of disco to boot. Supplementary forces will be GhostBoy & Rocky, spinning out the synth as the party moves underground in the evening. If the weather's in any way nice it'll be the social event of the season, and if it's not there can just be a Muscle Mary wet T-shirt competition. Alternative Miss Wet Tee, anyone? / Karl Watson

 

June 30 2012


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

when
5.00pm; 9.00pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Dark Horse

Darkhorse is the long awaited film from Todd Solandz, and with a top-class cast - Mia Farrow making a rare appearance and Selma Blair in a role that compliments her down to the ground - her character is Miranda (made for bitchface) - who marries a bit of a no-hoper because she failed in her academic pursuits. The man to her wife is Abe, unsuccessful thirty-something, gathering dust in his parents' house like baubles in the Christmas box, collecting toy horses. If the image in your mind is now a My Little Pony episode of Jerry Springer/Maury, it's not far from the premise of the film...It is charming, funny and touching, which is enhanced by its quirky, plasticky, candy coated visuals. Christopher Walken is also in it - as proof of this film's comedic quality. / Louisa Huckle

 

June 30 2012


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€10/€7

gig
SharkBait

"Simon Farrell shrieks like a tortured cat over the yowl of Dave Finnegan's hyperactive vocals. This is is not for those plagued by vivid nightmares. You may never sleep again," said the Sunday Press (one of the few newspapers that covered SharkBait) back in 1986. Ireland in the 80s was quite ripe for Psychobilly. Denim, Amphetamines and slick hair were the troika that propelled SharkBait to a brief period of success (85-87) until an acrimonious split. Ron Howard, of all people, was SharkBait's Yoko; taking Dave Finnegan with him to become Micka 'don't fuck with me' Wallace in The Commitments. Tonight, the band put their troubles and fashion mistakes behind them for a 25th anniversary reunion. You might not be too familiar with their thumping tunes, and you might be off Ephedrine since '99, but this will be fun. / Vernon Steel

 

June 30 2012


where
Andrews Lane Theatre, 9-17 St Andrews Lane, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until 7th July

how much
Free

exhibition
Homeless Gallery

The Homeless Gallery is the ‘open mic night’ solution to photographers and artists who either struggle to get shown in galleries, or shudder at the thought (and cost) of framing and selling out their art to no doubt make its way to its new home in the back of a 3 series coupé and hang in a recently renovated kitchen in the heart of Ballsbridge. The gallery is set up in D-Lights studio  where each artist personally decides how and where they want to display their art. Walls, stairs, chandelier? Anything goes! Sure, they're bringing down the walls of conventionalism! Go just to observe the art, or to have your portfolio reviewed, and maybe have your own artistic tendencies awakened! / Joanna Stroinska

 

June 30 2012


where
Andrews Lane Theatre, 9-17 St Andrews Lane, Dublin 2.
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when
11pm - late

how much
€20 (open bar)

club night
Last Alt

2 years is forever in clubland. And when your club draws in a young mainly-gay, up for it crowd on Fridays and a slightly older but still party-hearty crew on Saturday, that’s plenty of time to build up some great memories. With a big stage, podium and an interior that lend itself to taking a beating, few spaces created a sense of demented fun the way ALT has. Whether it’s realizing how many Rihanna songs people will expect on a night out (at least 3) or DJing to the glitter-drenched craziness that’s your typical night at WAR, I’ve witnessed some memorable nights. From skinny jean clad baby gays to mid-20 girls about town with heels as high as their hair, anyone who’s wanted to let loose to pop tunes has passed through ALT’s doors in the last 2 years. There’s one last hurrah Saturday for friends of the club so grab your last chance to wreck with both hands and make you way there. I’ll be the one twirling in the DJ booth. / Conor Behan

   
 

July 01 2012


where
Central Internet Cafe, 6 Grafton Street, Dublin 2


when
6.30-8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Never Going To Gif You Up

Basic Premise: Find an internet cafe, rent all the computers they have, place an artist at each terminal and curate a SPEEDSHOW. If yer wan from Criminal Minds can correlate a list of sex offenders in the Quantico area to the number of people who had Cheerios for breakfast and come up with a shortlist of suspects in six seconds, imagine what net-art these .gif-ters can do with the internet as their disposal? This year, the .gif turns 25 years old (look out for le cool .gif issue special, coming soon) and as part of the Open Here festival some 20+ grand wizards in glitch art occupy the Global Internet Cafe in an online face-off. Top of the list is internationally renowned Elis McDonald, who uses pre-broadband internet aesthetics to great hypnotic effect. A glitch in time... / Luka Scoones

 

July 01 2012


where
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
2.00pm - 4.00pm

how much
€25

workshop
Manga Workshop

So...do you need a reason to attend the Chester Beatty's Manga workshops? Here are some. You can impress your erstwhile, 14 year old, Emo son. You can impress your erstwhile, 14 year old boyfriend/girlfriend (provided you are also 14) orrr...Well actually, Manga isn't just a cult for those who have chequered Vans moulded to their feet and vision in only one eye. Manga comics come in all sorts of genres, with a wide appeal - romance, action, history and horror. It's not all fiction...it's non-fiction too. It doesn't have the infantile reputation of Marvel comics and their ilk - albeit undeserved and untrue - but it is certainly overtaking the graphic novel in popularity. So get a bit of practice in - the great Irish novel may well have been written, but the great Irish manga novel certainly hasn't. / Neely O'Hara

   
 

July 02 2012


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
4.00pm

how much
Free

screening
Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte

Remember that odd scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, when they visit the museum and Cameron becomes fixated on a little girl in a painting? Then you’ll remember seeing A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - 1884, even if you haven’t visited the Art Institute of Chicago. It is the 70 square-foot chef-d’oeuvre of artist Georges Seurat, which took him two years to complete using the tiniest of brush strokes, making it one of the earliest examples of pointillism. Having prompted intense fascination from many sources over the decades, it was featured in the series Private Life of a Masterpiece. With trademark BBC charisma and sophistication, the documentary delves into what makes this painting one of the most beloved and enigmatic in the modern art world. Point being you should check it out (pun intended). / Jerath Head 

 

July 02 2012


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

when
7.00pm

how much
€7.50 - €9.00

cinema
Children Who Chase Lost Voices...Q&A

Believe it or not, it is possible to create beautiful and moving anime outside of Studio Ghibli. Director Makato Shinkai has been garnering himself a reputation for such work, particularly with his latest release. Combining fantastical elements from Ghibli works with the more hard-hitting, weapon-toting approach of Akira, Children Who Chase Lost Voices is at once a profoundly unusual and enchanting film. It follows a young girl as she voyages to a world beyond her own, dealing tenderly with our inherent longing for the people we have lost, and the impact that our desires have on the world around us. In typical anime style, certain elements of the plot struck me as whimsical and irrelevant, however this was generally an afterthought when faced with animation of such heartbreaking loveliness. / Jerath Head

 

July 02 2012


where
12-13 (basement) South Great George's Street, Dublin 2.

when
5pm - late

how much
Izakaya Burger (€5)

bar
Izakaya

My recent three visits to Izakaya are indicative of the affection in which I hold this place – I got utterly trashed on a Tuesday, left my i-Pad behind on a Thursday and made out like a hot thing on a Sunday. Not all in the one week granted. However, this basement Japanese joint really reels you in. Almost a year to the good and Izakaya has found its feet, whilst you might be struggling to find yours. It’s got a sophisticated balance in its décor, Samurai flicks on the wall, spaciousness for groups yet intimacy for chats. It sidesteps the need to end up in a club whilst accommodating the need to keep the night going. If you happen upon it earlier you could always wash down their burger with some Hitachino Nest and edamame beans. / Zach Joyce 

   
 

July 03 2012


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

when
8.00pm

how much
€25

gig
Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord have been confusing the hell out of everyone since they first started deploying their bizarre clash of sub-Cascada euro-trance, rap and rave, all bundled up in viral-friendly videos depicting their Zef (Afrikaans equivalent of 'chav') life of dayglo tracksuits, martial arts, singing schoolgirls, midget DJs and prison tattoos. Is it all a joke? Lead Vocalist Ninja (yes, really) had a few incarnations in other acts, and conjures up weapons-grade levels of meta to describe whether or not he's acting out a character – famously alluding to the dynamic between him and Ninja as the same as a superhero who 'never takes off the fokken suit'.  All clear? Good. What's important is that anyone who can get a tune like Enter The Ninja into the UK Top 40 and over 11m views on YouTube is worth checking out. I can't wait to see the audience. / Tony Gorman

 

July 03 2012


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

when
8.00pm

how much
€8.00/€5.00

comedy
The Death of Comedy with Josie Long

“Josie Long: Queen of Whimsy” elicits a litany of results on Google. It is a title that has been bestowed on Long by journalists across the world, for better or for worse, and one that refuses to shift. It’s also a title that belies the newly politicised nature of Long’s stand-up. Now whimsical and indignant in equal measure, Long has ascended the comedic ranks to become an international draw, as well as the undisputed doyenne of British alternative comedy. She returns to Irish shores for the second time this year to play as part of Dublin’s premier alt-comedy night, “The Death of Comedy”. Irish comedians Chris Kent, Rob Kearns and Gangbusters are among the acts that will provide support on the night. As for Long, expect rants about government cuts interspersed with observations about marshmallows. / Amy O'Connor

 

July 03 2012


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

when
9.00pm

how much
€7.50 - €9.00

cinema
Team America: World Police

So you don't think puppets are funny? How about when they are projectile vomiting? Or singing catchy tunes like 'America – Fuck yeah!' and 'Everyone has AIDS'?? No? Not even now? Why you must not have seen Team America: World Police, Trey Parker and Matt Stone's uncomprisingly satirical answer to the Thunderbirds. If you haven't seen it, the Lighthouse are giving you the perfect opportunity to be left mouth agape at humour which would leave Frankie Boyle gasping for air. Interspersed with finely penned and jaunty musical numbers and an exceptional performance from a maniacal dictator puppet inspired by the late Kim Jong-il, if it doesn't make you laugh then you are an android and should have yourself destroyed before you achieve your programme's ultimate goal of destroying the earth and everything on it. (part of the Lighthouse America F*ck Yeah season) / Jessica Hayden

 

July 03 2012


where
bio.space 033, 33 Charles St West, Dublin 7


when
12pm - 6pm

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Neither - Kate Nolan

Kaliningrad Oblast, a post-Soviet enclave, is wedged between Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic Sea. Its geographic isolation (800 miles from 'Big Russia') and that impact on its young women is the driving force behind this exhibition by Kate Nolan. Kaliningrad is rich in history but poor in opportunity. The women featured in these photos are untypical in their dreams, but what sets them apart is the fact that their aspirations cannot be fufilled by their homeland. They yearn and long and look afar for meaning. They are isolated by geography and weighed down by history. Nolan is an Irish photographer based in Cardiff, and this solo exhibition of the work created between 2009-2012 is an excellent kick-starter to the PhotoIreland 2012 festival. / Luka Scoones

   
 

July 04 2012


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

when
11am - 7pm, Until Aug 11th

how much
Free

exhibition
Conjuring For Beginners

Fuck off Theatre, says Project Arts Centre (only temporarily, thank the bejeesus), as it kicks out the thesps and opens up its big blue buildingness to a hot* summer of visual art takeover. And it's all in the name of Dublin City of Science, so it's probably the perfect opportunity for those of us who only got Ds in our Junior Cert Science to get some remedial, non-traditional grinds. Sculpture is the name of the game here, including mahoosive majiggers in the Space Upstairs by Irish laddy Sam Keogh whose impressive and eclectic back catalogue of work you can check out here and Turner prize (oohee) winner Susan Philipsz's evocative sound installation amongst others in the Cube. And if you nick a bit of chalk you can sneakily add your own Art Attack on the wall in the bar. Do Neil proud (Bring back Neil!). / Karl Watson

 

July 04 2012


where
Doyle's, 9 College Street, Dublin 1


when
8pm

how much
€40 per table of 5 - email info@trashfest.ie to book

interactive
Trashfest Pub Quiz

Do you know what the right hand column of shame is? Do you spend several hours a day on the aforementioned column? If you're pure of heart, you won't know that it is the Daily Mail Online's showbiz section that I am referring to. You also won't know that Miley Cyrus is engaged to Liam Hemsworth, that you can get Cheryl Cole's beach body in 2 weeks without ever feeling hungry, and that Liz Jones is totally bitter and alone. Well, no, actually everyone knows that. Maybe all this is gobbledegook to some of you, but fellow trash lovers, Jezabel readers, celebrity followers, crash diet adherents, should all haul ass to Doyles, and finally bask in the glory of a quiz where wasted internet time is your encyclopedia. / Neely O'Hara

 

July 04 2012


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

when
6.35pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
John Boorman presents Deliverance

To the denizens of Glendalough, John Boorman is probably just a nice, quiet neighbour, but in Hollywood he is Don 1. And father of Charley Boorman to Ewan McGregor fanatics. Aside from Deliverance, his films include Point Blank, Excalibur and The Tiger's Tail (he definitely had his finger on the pulse for that one). So 'enjoy' (in as much as you can enjoy a film with a horrific rape scene), what is arguably his masterpiece, starring Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight, an exercise of perfection in the art of film direction. It is as close a physical representation of 'up shit creek without a paddle' as you can get. If you added the Beverley Hillbillies into the mix...To really round off the experience, get a peek into the mind of the director, with a post-screening question and answer session. / Cora Burke

 
Rachel and Ralph - OpenHere

Rachel O'Dwyer and Ralph Borland talk about the 'digital commons' with le cool ahead of the OpenHere festival. 

We wanted to put together an event that expanded on debates that were happening. And it’s the perfect time for it, with things like Hack The City, ESOF (European Science Open Forum) and Dublin City of Science 2012 happening.

We have a really wide range of things on offer - practical workshops, debates, panels, presentations and film screenings on a whole range of things like art, music, science, technology and politics. It’s not just about technology. It’s quite diverse.

Sometimes, there is this idea that the sharing of information online has really strong social, political or economic implications that are very positive for people. But there is a growing awareness of how your information can be used by large corporations, for example. Maybe part of what the conference is supposed to do is to increase people’s awareness about the issue of openness.

OpenHere is a free four day festival that kicks off on June 29th. PHOTO: Eoin Kirwan