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We can never claim to be science boffins in le cool but we can at least appreciate the pursuit of discovery. Whether it's a subatomic particle or a new cultural space, there's a thrill to be had.

The elevation of Science in the city right now is hard to escape. We are the designated city of Science and rising to the challenge.

The Science Gallery is making its mark on an international scale from its current Hack the City series. The UCD Imagine Science Film festival which starts today promises to take the story out on the labs and on to the big screen also with a large discursive and participatory strand to the programme.

On a smaller but equally noteworthy level is Ingenious Tours who are awakening our curiosity and filling in those blanks about how damn good we've always been in the field of scientific invention.

Now is the time and best chance ever to factor in the appliance of science. Remember it was an Irishman who invented Sudocrem after all. 

Who thinks they are God's Particle this week? MichaelCiaranKate-FrancesAmy or Camille?

"...from a series of nudes exploring the insecurities we all have." - JP Keating
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July 05 2012


where
The Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, D1
Location Map

when
8.00pm

how much
€20/€18

theatre
Jerusalem

In Ireland, amateur isn't the derogatory code-word for 'bit ropey' as it is elsewhere. Take the GAA for example. The Silken Thomas Players' adaptation of Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem may come under the amateur moniker, but these Lilywhites were finalists for the 2012 Abbey Award at the RTÉ All Ireland Drama festival. This play is closer to the BBC comedy Jam and Jerusalem than the hymn, which is better suited to a crusade coach trip than a commentary on English country life. Butterworth's play isn't about who can grow the biggest courgette and which steel-haired lady at the W.I makes the bounciest Victoria sponge, it's about the edgier side of life. The English countryside from the perspective of the Emmerdale stalwarts the Dingles, for instance. / Kate Frances

 

July 05 2012


where
No Grants Gallery (NGG), 12 East Essex St. D2
Location Map

when
Opening tonight, 6-8pm. Until July 26th.

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Nicolas Reuland - Up in Smoke

You smoke, I choke. As someone who has given up smoking recently (48 hours ago) I am drawing strength and inspiration from this show by Nicolas Reuland. The artist, celebrating his 10th year off the fags (show off) has put together a gallery of images of that dying breed; the Irish smoker. It's apt that the images are shot in monochrome, not least because of our new found fixation with shades of grey, but also because of that ashen look it gives. It's the same greyed out tint of a smoker's skin. Reuland is a self-taught photographer, but this project, a year's worth of street portraits of inhalers, smoke suckers and fag fiddlers is accomplished and professional. Check out the wrinkled faces of the 20-a-dayers, the innocent gleam of a teen smoker, the stained beards and bleary eyes of the other tobacco addicts.  Light me up. / Vernon Steel

 

July 05 2012


where
Fibbers
78 Parnell St 
Dublin 1


when
All day

how much
Drinks €4

party
The Stone Roses (pre gig)

They are the resurrection. Yep, Ian Brown, main monkey man, Mani and err, the rest, are back, following in the footsteps of Pulp and Blur by reforming/needing a quick cash injection. But we don't mind, cos the Stone Roses have giving us anthems for those with low self esteem I Wanna Be Adored, anthems for girls who dance to the beat of their own drum She Bangs The Drums and the anthem for stoners all the world over, Fools Gold. Class. While Brown's songwriting skills remain fresh and tight, he's not fared so well, looking a bit forlorn on big stages, his only friend an Adidas tracksuit. Hopefully this'll be a springboard to a new confidence in his solo work.  Prep for the return to the  late 80s/early 90s in Fibbers, where you can relive your misspent youth with cheeky pre-gig pints...all day. / Kate Frances

 

July 05 2012


where
See link

when
Until July 15th

how much
See link

festival
City of Science

Some things are more precious as the years pile on with their ensuing cynicism, urbane sensibilities and penchant for satire. I am talking about that sense of wonder; that moment when your pupils dilate, your lips part in reflex and you sigh in awe at new wonderful delicious food for the mind. As Dublin dons its City of Science mantle this year, I shall be supping fully at their smorgasbord of events. I am talking; physics buskers on Grafton Street, IngeniousIreland.ie Science tours, Google's mobile science cinema, citizen science and hacking workshops in the Science Gallery and Avant Garde Science shorts at the Sugar Club. And that's just a taster. Besides, geeky pursuits are the new black and it's definitely hip to be square these days - Higgs Boson particles notwithstanding. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

July 05 2012


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€14

gig
Shackleton

In the distant footsteps (or should that be dubsteps) of Ernst, you could deem Sam Shackleton an explorer in his own right. Never shy of a heavy bassline or intricate beat, Shackleton has been prolific in his output whilst perpetually fashioning new experimental frontiers to conquer. Originally a producer with the highly regarded Skull Disco label, Shackleton has been knocking out some very fine and spazzed out examples of the genre : Stalker, Bottles, Hackney Marshes and Closeness to Nature are all good touchstones. Most recently, he’s found a percursive leaning thanks to an Italian drawbar organ which formed part of a recent series of EPs. Oh and he does a mean line in remixes too such as Hustler for Simian Mobile Disco. To be your very own Shackleton, play several of his tracks at once. You'll be pleasantly surprised by hypnotically effective the mix is. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

   
 

July 06 2012


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

when
Friday 6th - Thursday 12th

how much
€7.50/6

cinema
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

"For forty years they think you're a lunatic and then you get acknowledgement." Marina Abramovic 'the grandmother of performance art' is followed here as she prepares for her greatest ever retrospective at the MoMA. Now considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Abramovic pioneered performance art working in 1970's Belgrade. This documentary is characteristically intrusive, covering everything from her work, to her relationship with her historic partner Ulay, to confessions about marketing the product that has become 'Marina'. It is a brilliant investigation into a creative genius that unwittingly questions some of the precepts of contemporary art. The exhibition staged past pieces with live artists alongside Abramovic's new piece for which she was present every day, all day, for 3 months. / Róisín Agnew

 

July 06 2012


where
2nd floor,
Clarehall Shopping Centre,
Malahide Road,
Dublin 17

when
Until end of July

how much
Free

exhibition
True Potential

It's a virtual shopfront, in an empty site, hosting an exhibition that isn't there. An architectural illusion manufactured by cutting edge 3D graphics showcasing art with a breathtakingly false perspective. PrettyVacant Dublin and 3rd Dimension have cast a new imprint on that growing genre called 'Crash Art' with this first ever virtual installation. Three Irish artists are featured and 16 individual artworks have been scanned, rendered and converted into a virtual gallery - all wrapped in vinyl around an empty shop unit in a mall. A statement on ghost spaces using a ghost exhibition? A nod to the subjugation of our bricks and mortar life within an increasingly virtual existence? Or a projection of this city's true dormant potential embedded in this increasingly vacant cityscape? You decide. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

July 06 2012


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

when
Tuesdays - Saturdays, 11am - 6pm / Sundays, 1-6pm.

how much
Free

exhibition & book launch
Evelyn Hofer, Dublin and Other Portraits

New York Times art critic Hilton Kramer, writing in 1977, described the late photographer Evelyn Hofer as “one of the living masters of her medium”. As part of the PhotoIreland Festival, the Gallery of Photography is presenting a vast retrospective of her work, including photos from Hofer’s 1966 trip to Dublin. A supreme portraitist, the photos on display depict everyone from Andy Warhol to mods to gravediggers, with the one constant being the dignity Hofer imbues each of her subjects with. Her work is vivid and vibrant, formal and nuanced, striking and serene, and this exhibition offers a welcome glimpse into the Dublin of yesteryear and its diverse denizens. If, like me, you were heretofore unfamiliar with Hofer’s work, this exhibition is an excellent introduction and will undoubtedly pique your curiosity and interest. / Amy O'Connor

 

July 06 2012


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

when
8pm / 3pm matinees on Sat & Sun

how much
€12 / €10

theatre
Heroin(e) For Breakfast

Illegal drugs feature heavily in this tale which sees three idealistic flatmates, Tommy, Edie and Chloe, with a tangled romantic history try to escape and misery of the credit crunch by taking heroin. Well except Chloe who is off the drug. For good. Honest. She only took it because Tommy introduced her to it when they dated. Now he’s dating Edie but she is more interested in smoking weed than shooting up. However she does agree with Tommy that the middle classes attach far too much stigma to the drug. They all want to save England from mediocrity and with a little help from Marilyn Monroe they just might. This is a fantastic mix of stand up comedy and absurd physical theatre, with some bitingly sharp and witty dialogue thrown in for good measure. Running as part of 10 Days in Dublin, this is definitely one of the highlights of the festival. / Frances Winston

 

July 06 2012


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

when
See link

how much
Free

cinema
IFI Family Festival

I strongly believe we are all kids inside. Even a Manhattan stockbroker giggles at his high-tech boy toy when no one watches. With the IFI Family Festival, it is easy to immerse yourself in the world of wonders and problems that little people experience. In Alfie the little Werewolf I would follow a little boy’s quest for his self-acceptance and confirmation of his adoptive parents’ love. You might be furry and have thongs but we still love you, pet! I am particularly looking forward to the Irish premiere of the Moon Man, by the Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon & Schesch Filmkreation. Finally, The Irish Animation Trail series is a must for all animation addicts. It compiles all best children’s TV series and compliments them with original artworks and chats with creators. / Anna P

   
 

July 07 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€15

cinema
Film Fatale Presents: Rear Window

There's a fairly hefty difference between accidental voyeurism (kudos to the explicit couple in no. 27) and whipping out the old night binoculars to have a good perv on your neighbours. Things can go two ways, you go to jail for being a peeping tom, or, the better option; you become the hero in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Incapacitated due to a broken leg, news photographer Jeff (James Stewart) spends the sweltering summer days at his window living vicariously through the array of characters in the opposite apartments. After a woman disappears and her husband suddenly develops a penchant for knife and saw maintenance, his suspicions are aroused. Mounting tension and suspense leads to a hilariously bad special effects finale not to be missed! A tip if you’re planning to bump someone off, invest in some blinds. Win Tickets / Sarah Maguire

 

July 07 2012


where
See link

when
Runs daily until July 15th

how much
€8/€10

walking tour
Blood and Guts

Mary Mulvihill has been taking people on her Ingenious tours for over a year now. Blood and Guts takes people from High Street to Stephen's Green (named after the patron saint of lepers, on account of the medieval leper colony that was on Mercer St for centuries) ending up at a body-snatching graveyard near Suffolk Street. Promising horrible histories, she takes in everything from the pox to the plague and cholera to public executions. As part of the City of Science celebrations, Mary's about to go into overdrive rolling out a series of walks around the city every day. Other walks include Earthquakes & Elephants where she traces the origins of modern science here to Friday June 17th, 1681 when a Trinity physician Allan Mullen dissected an elephant. There also the goody bag of inventions and Streets, Stones and Stories tours. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

 

July 07 2012


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€5

fundraiser
Bang Bang's Forty Coats

We all love a good story and there's few better places to throw up the delights of the odd and the perverse than Storymap. Tom and Andy have set about capturing the charm and character of Dublin. They've created a wonderful resource not just committed to Granny O'Grimm stuff. There's Tonie Walsh recounting encounters in the Incognito Sauna, Maureen Grant of Maureen's in the Olympia on how she got her foot in the door and Tom Mathews on his love of the Why Go Bald? sign nestled within over 40 different tales. The title of the night itself comes from two other well known eccentrics - Bang Bang and Forty Coats. Bringing together a wealth of talent befitting their endeavours, Storymap will have word poets, comedians, quirky folk duo The Guilty Folk and covers band Til Death Do Us Party on hand. / Zach Joyce

   
 

July 08 2012


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
Location Map

when
Until 11 July, at 6pm

how much
€10/7

theatre
Sluts

This play may well make the Wesley disco look tame, so beware. Ra-ra skirts and diamonté sandals hide the monsters that teenage girls are. I should know, I was one about ten minutes ago. When Tina Fey said the line in Mean Girls (teenage girl bible, along with Clueless and The Notebook) 'When we call each other sluts, it only makes it okay for guys to call us sluts' she was talking sense. In this play, there is one lucky laaaad who gets to screw all the female protagonists, who concentrate their anger on each other. The backstabbing, lying, point-scoring and crimes against the sisterhood are all so real that you might have to cry into your Forever Friends cuddly toy when you get home. I checked my teenage diary, and it is basically this play. If you replaced all the roidin' with the shift, of course. / Kate Frances

 

July 08 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
See website for details

how much
€8.70 - €11.30

cinema
The Amazing Spiderman

It’s only a decade since director Sam Raimi tackled the Spider Man origins story, but clearly someone felt the time was right for a reboot – and what a reboot. Everyone knows the story of the nerdy teen that gets bitten by a spider and garners incredible superpowers, and Andrew Garfield brings just the right balance of geek and gravitas to this role. The 3D is used to great effect and really enhances the big set pieces, while Rhys Ifans power-crazed baddie The Lizard is a suitably menacing foe for the fledgling webslinger who is still finding his superhero feet. Yes there are plot holes and yes there are many similarities to Raimi’s offering, but who cares when a movie is this thrilltastic. The scenes where he flies through the air on his web will literally give you vertigo and the whole thing is a roller coaster from start to finish. / Frances Winston

 

July 08 2012


where
6a Goldenbridge Industrial Estate,
Inchicore
Dublin 8

when
Open daily, see site for hours

how much
€8

le other
Gravity Climbing Centre

Fancy getting your feet off the ground? Make your way over to Inchicore, where a group of rock climbers converted an old warehouse into a massive 1000 sq/m climbing centre. Gravity has built a great reputation after only a few months on the scene, the friendly staff and relaxed environment have kept loads of Dubliners coming back for more. Complete beginners can book an induction session to get started, while experienced climbers have over 200 bouldering problems of all shapes, sizes and angles to choose from. There’s even a kids climbing wall, so the little ones can monkey around while you’re showing off your skills (or falling gracefully to the ground, which is never more than a couple of metres away). The only gear you’ll need is a pair of climbing shoes and you can rent them on site, so go on and try out your gravity-defying skills! / Camille Boostrom

 

July 08 2012


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
10pm

how much
Free (see link)

screening
Solaris

Film screenings of 'masterpiece' works by late, great directors always run the risk of attracting that gaggle of folk who are already overly familiar with it. For first-timers, the name Tarkovsky probably rings a few bells from a clever dick answer in a pub quiz or from that point when you stopped listening to your film student pal's monologue. But this is a nice example of a time where you'd do well to have boldly gone where you haven't before; Solaris, a distant planet that manifests the unconscious desires of a crew on an orbiting space station. Hoping that you ducked the Clooney version on Channel 4 last whenever, Tarkovsky's Solaris serves as a very part of the UCD Imagine Science Festival and you can apply for tickets here. / Hoss

   
 

July 09 2012


where
1 Lower Rathmines Road,
(Corner unit facing bridge),
Dublin 2,
Reservations: 0872117712

when
8am-7pm, Monday to Saturday

how much
Depends

le other
Café Brazil

My earliest memories are of balmy Singaporean afternoons spent playing to an aural backdrop of mum's Bossa Nova, Hermeto Pascoal and Samba cassettes. I remember watching the Brazilian 70s variety show Fantastico on the local TV station. My now-husband even clinched the deal on the first date by playing Jobim's Waters of March. Kismet continues to haunt me in the new hood via this cheerful orange-clad watering hole with the fab views of Portobello Lock. The display cabinet hosts an amazing array of Brazilian street finger food - savoury and sweet pastries not seen anywhere else, perfect for grazing to the free wifi. A delicious lunch menu also hints at popular dishes from their continent and Brahma beer is in stock. The girls also promised they will play more music from the home country. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

July 09 2012


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

when
See website for details

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
The Hunter

Actor Willem Dafoe is renowned for selecting slightly left of centre roles that a lesser actor might shy away from and this is no exception. He plays a mercenary hunter hired to find the last ever Tasmanian Tiger and collect organ samples from it so a corporation can utilise it’s venom in military weapons. However when he arrives in Tasmania and finds he is lodging with a grieving mother and her two children, he finds it impossible not to become involved in their lives. The scenery in this film is simply breathtaking and the performances are understated and brilliant from all the actors. The story is beautifully crafted and this movie stays with you long after you’ve seen it. It’s a pity more people don’t make movies like this and it would be a shame not to see it while you have the opportunity. / Frances Winston

   
 

July 10 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€14

gig
Nite Jewel

For some artists lo-fi is a choice, for others it's just a matter of circumstance. With Nite Jewel you always got the feeling it was the latter, as even though the songs on her 2008 debut came swathed in a cloud of analog murk, there were hints of a real pop instinct beneath the haze. As with fellow retro-fetishist Ariel Pink you felt it was only a matter of time before she embraced those instincts, and her second album, One Second of Love, confirms this promise. It's a bold, confident record that foregrounds her vocals and songwriting and grounds them in smooth, uncomplicated backing tracks with their roots in '90s R&B and '80s synth-pop. There's nothing ironic about her take on these genres either. It's a straight-up pop album and the shift from bedroom tape deck to proper studio sounds like a move she enjoyed making. / Conor McDevitt

 

July 10 2012


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€5

comedy
The Funeral of Conor O'Toole

It is frequently said that the most important thing about a comedian isn't really their material. And Conor O'Toole is case in point. His material is witty, it's really great, but it wouldn't be great if his silences weren't so awkward, if he didn't stand pulling at his heavy knitted cardigan in a boiling room, if he didn't only really start speaking with fluency and confidence on sufficiently geeky subjects. He's a funny guy. He can just stand there and make a room laugh. Which is why the title of his new show worries me. I really hope it's not a trial run of his eulogy or anything, because while he's done some great stuff with fonts or (for the pedants) typefaces, this babyfaced comic has a lot more to give. So don't worry, I can assure you that, at least artistically, this won't be Conor O'Toole's funeral. / Kate Frances

 

July 10 2012


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€23

gig
Low

Promoted to headliners following Explosions In The Sky’s recently cancelled tour, Low have been regular visitors to these shores during their twenty-year career. It’s on-stage that the Minnesotan three-piece is at their most awesome and where the various strands of their nine studio albums are deftly tied together. Defying typical rock’n’roll clichés (drink and Class A drugs are strictly off the menu due to his Mormon faith) frontman Alan Sparhawk is an incredibly intense performer. Prone to the occasional flip-out (such as at the End Of The Road festival when he flung his guitar at the audience in frustration) Sparhawk and his wife / bandmate Mimi Parker form a formidable and beautiful vocal team. Watch and listen in awe as songs that begin with barely audible chords build to ear-splitting shred-fests and vice versa. Not to be missed. / Brian Keane

 

July 10 2012


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

when
8.30pm

how much
€5-€8.60

cinema
Found Footage Festival

Trashfest are lovers of all things trash and have hosted some of the best cinematic evenings in Ireland this year. This time they are presenting the one-night-only screening of the Found Footage Festival. Founders Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett have been collecting found footage from garage sales and thrift stores over the last 20 years. They are coming to Ireland before touring Europe to commentate this quirky collection of some of the best worst cinema of all time. Among the odd and hilarious found videos from the USA, I eagerly await the long lost exercise tapes from the 80s and 90s starring a pre-murderous (allegedly) OJ and a pre-serious-movie-man, post pants-dropping Marky Mark Wahlberg, not to mention what I've been promised is a travel video presented by a young and frisky Arnie (some things never change). / Emily O'Callaghan

   
 

July 11 2012


where
Sebastian Guinness Gallery, 42 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Opening tonight, 6pm. Runs until July 31st

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Joby Hickey - 20,000 Kilometers

There's a great paradox at play with Joby Hickey's work. At first glance, it feels antiquated; enjoying the smokey hues that age normally brings to old photographs. But then you realise that's a coke can you are looking at, and that's a jet plane, and that naked model is not snapped in a Wild West whore house. She's most likely very respectable and from present day Ranelagh. It's this suspension - sometimes figurative, sometimes literal - that allows Hickey's work occupy both the past and the present. The effect created in these photos is accomplished with a variety of chemicals on gelatine. I know which chemicals, but can't say for fear of copycat artistry. What I can say, and Hickey would no doubt agree, is that where once he produced paintings that look like photos he now produces photos that look like paintings. / Vernon Steel

 

July 11 2012


where
Thomas House, 86 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free

book launch
Rolling Stones 50

The Rolling Stones may be more Strolling Bones than nubile young rock stars these days, but they remain as popular as ever. When I saw them in Slane a few years back they put bands half their age to shame, and it's hard to believe that this year marks their 50th Anniversary. Obviously there are a wealth of publications planned to celebrate them but this is the only one that we know of getting its worldwide launch in Ireland which makes it extra special to us. Hosted in the salubrious surroundings of the Thomas House (one of the best rock bars in the city) the night will see DJs playing the bands vast back catalogue while a very lucky few will get their hands on the tome before anyone else in the world as limited quantities will be on sale. This promises to be a high octane night of nostalgia and no serious music fan will want to miss it. / Frances Winston

   
 
Poddle Publications - Call for Submissions

Ruth and Helen tell le cool about their hand-made books and ask for submissions for their latest project.

We meet in college, Helen did a masters in Art in Cornwall and I did a masters in Literature in Edinburgh. When we moved back to Dublin we realised we were both interested in book production and we decided to do something.

Our sweat is literally in every page. It's a very physical process. We used Helen's mum's house and converted it into a screen printing factory for the first book. The theme for the first one was 'The Long Way Round' and we had over 150 submissions, it was tough as the standard was really good. This time round the theme is 'Small Lives'

With Poddle we've stayed away from online, even though that's the way publishing is going, we think we have something special, physical and unique and we'd love to hear from people who'd like to get involved. There's no money but a lot of beauty.

Want to submit fiction, non fiction, poetry or illustration to the second issue of Poddle? Contact them HERE. Deadline is August 31st. PHOTO: Eoin Kirwan