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A young person speaks...

Last weekend, a knife-wielding youth and some pilled and pissed concert-goers became an indictment of Irish youth. Apparently, Swedish House Mafia influence my generation to take pills more than the Stone Roses led theirs to try E, or the Velvet Underground encouraged theirs to jack up on heroin.

Same old, same young.

We may be the Skins generation, but even those unrealistically cool kids were nervy about procuring weed (in the first series, at least). Our culture isn't any more drug-fuelled than the Young Ones might have suggested in the 80s.

For me, the prevalence of drugs is not as they say, but any time I've been offered them, it's from older people. My generation are not the ones bringing the drugs into the country and we are not the ones flogging the drink deals. We didn’t make this mess, so, listen to us rather than castigate. We're pissed, pissed off, and poor, but isn't everyone?!

Who has been hung out to dry this week? Kate Francis, Ciaran, Michael, or Camille.

"I like the way you've got to look hard to find him and work out his story." - Peter Donnelly
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July 12 2012


where
The Fumbally
(corner of New Street South and Fumbally
Lane)
Dublin8

when
8.15am

how much
Free

comedy
David O'Doherty - AM Joking

D.OD is insistent that he will make you laugh before work. He'll be facing people who got up on the wrong side of the bed, or are suffering from bad hair days, who are stressing about deadlines or who haven't yet had their morning double expresso. He'll be buzzing off the excitement of staging the world's earliest ever comedy gig, if you don't include Mark Watson's marathon shows at previous Edinburgh festivals. Intoxicating stuff...you'll be propelled to work by the laughter energy expended. As long as O'Doherty isn't a grumpy guts in the morning, his performance could land him a role on GMTV, as Eamon Holmes' right ankle. I presume that O'Doherty's prolonged stays in the Rainforest, observing Pandas, and traverses at sea, teasing sharks with joke hands stained with fake blood, have him well used to the early starts. / Kate Coleman

 

July 12 2012


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
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when
6.30pm (launch) until July 15

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Finding Fragments

If you're in a contemplative mood, check out this exhibition, as part of PhotoIreland. Striking images include a back and white of a boy standing outside terraced Dublin houses holding a Greyhound with graffiti scrawled behind him. Fuck off ho ho ho. It is an image of desolation. It is lonely. Despite this, he holds the dog's lead like he's posing for the post win photograph at Shelbourne. Other images are more sterile. A Christmas tree in an office, all shiny floors and authoritarian desks. There are touching images, like a well thumbed book poking out of a tweed coat, the textures luscious and earthy. There's also imagery of skate parks, a release for teenagers whether they skate or vent through the graffiti scars on the concrete structures. The ace photographers include Rich Gilligan, Judith Cornwell and Lena Cronin, masters in photography one and all. / Kate Frances  

 

July 12 2012


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 17 July

how much
Free

exhibition
Took Strength to Tackle those Hills

Tristan Hutchinson's excellent exhibition continues its run in Filmbase until July 17th as part of the PhotoIreland Festival. Even those who consider themselves photo-illiterate would do well not to miss it. The southwestern towns of Cobh and Ringaskiddy provide the context for this photographic essay which is filled with images of a rare and serene potency. Although we are dealing with themes of decline and the inexorable encroachment of the 'built' world into the natural, there is never a hint of hand-wringing or proselytising, just a sort of empathetic detachment. Shots such as Unfinished Housing Estate offer a masterclass in composition, while Crocodile Lines, in which a painted street-arrow points into an unknowable, abyssal darkness will remain with you for some time. Look and see. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

July 12 2012


where
Lanigans Bar (Upstairs), 10 Eden Quay, Dublin 1.


when
1pm

how much
€10 (inc. lunch)

theatre
Perfidia

Periods of uncertainty and change often cry out for some much needed melodrama. It’s compelling, familiar and cathartic. Thus Jimmy Murphy’s new play Perfidia hits the bulls-eye of contemporary soap-operatic melodrama with its tale of home evictions. Una Kavanagh plays Niamh, “the gobshite” who worked for everything she’s ever had and finds herself evicted from her flat and on the street with her few belongings. Here she meets Roseanna Purcell’s explosive Ciara, who “knows how to milk the system” and has just been given one of these same flats by the council. And we’re off! The irony is just too delicious. It’s a drama about class struggle which is effective as it stays personal. Actor-director Peter Gaynor directs two gut-grounded performances for this inaugural show in the anticipated Theatre Upstairs run by lovely Karl Shiels. Win Tickets / Róisín Agnew

   
 

July 13 2012


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Ends today

how much
Free

exhibition
Unsettled

Isabelle Pateer’s landscapes are like theatre sets - in their detail and construction they form backgrounds to stories. These become apparent when she inhabits her images with characters. Earth and concrete have never looked as hard as they do next to her young and vulnerable human relics, left behind by the roar and rumble of industrial expansion. Each photograph seems to capture a moment of abandonment of both place and person, placing cracked tarmac and empty rooms next to barefoot youths with downcast eyes, making it impossible to determine which one forms Pateer’s central subject. The collection of photographs captures the Belgian village of Doel, a forgotten town threatened by the growing port of Antwerp. Her documentary style images look at the relationship between people and the space and architecture they inhabit. / Róisín Agnew

 

July 13 2012


where
MadArt Gallery, 56 Lower Gardiner St. Dublin 1
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when
Opens Thursday, runs till July 19th

how much
Free

exhibition
f/22

Following on from the success of last year’s fabulous Four Floors exhibition, MadArt are once again running an amazing photographic feast. Professionals and enthusiasts are both given the chance to show their work, which has been carefully selected and, as you would expect, there is an eclectic mix on offer. Part of the PhotoIreland 2012 festival, this is an amazing opportunity for people with differing levels of experience to showcase their work to a wider audience while being part of something thrilling. Of course the beauty of the photographs is only enhanced by the opulent Georgian surroundings which have been turned into a massive art space for the duration of the exhibition. While the professionals have done a great job do be sure to check out some of the amateur work as there are definitely some rising stars in there. / Frances Winston

 

July 13 2012


where
The Factory , 35A Barrow Street, Dublin 4.
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when
8.30pm

how much
€10

performance
Sci-Lens – Yurodny Ensemble

The scale tip of art in science and science in art is what's up for exploration in this presentation by the UCD Imagine Science Film Festival and Darklight. More substance and less particle, tonight sees composer Dan Trueman who has worked with the Crash Ensemble perform along aside the Laptop Orchestra and the ravishing Yurodny Ensemble. As one should expect there will be the exploration of sound in space but also an examination of transferring traditional music into a contemporary language. Yurodny, who take their name from the memoirs of Shostakovich, have long held a fascination with Eastern sounds. As always, it's the dancing about architecture syndrome when it comes to the dense conceptual language surrounding an endeavour like this but the pedigree of all concerned should reassure us of the quality of the fusion. Win Tickets / Leopold Doom

   
 

July 14 2012


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
9pm

how much
€10

album launch
Le Galaxie

Is there a better live band in Ireland than Le Galaxie? I’ll bet my entire glow stick collection there is not. They may not sell out arenas or challenge Justin Bieber et al at the top of the charts (they prefer to give music away for free) but they do know their way around 80s infused dance music like few others. Last year’s Electric Picnic performance is already the stuff of legend, and the recent Camden Crawl Dublin set saw the 4-piece take a jaded end-of-work-week crowd and turn them into a bunch of air-punching lunatics in thirty scorching minutes. Saturday’s gig marks the release of a new EP – blessed with the jaw-dropping title Fade 2 Forever - as well as the next step on the band’s neon-lit road to inter-planetary domination. A sterling bill is completed by Ships, Nanu Nanu, Sleep Thieves and Adultrock. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

 

July 14 2012


where
Workman's Club

when
7.30pm

how much
€5

comedy
Be Afraid

It's wet, dull and depressing. This year’s summer makes me curse every last minute offer with sunny beaches and perfect blue skies. Where is this Tinker Bell’s dust when you need it!? I need a boost to keep me going through intricacies of my crazy life and a broken umbrella doesn’t do the trick here. But Humurorisms.com nails it with the Be Afraid show. A part of 10 Days in Dublin festival, it gathers funny (and good-looking) guys with mind-blowing jokes and ideas. This merry troupe involves George Fox, Jon Hozier-Byrne, Giles Brody, Damon Blake, Davey Reilly, Conor O’Toole and Kevin Lockard. I’ve seen their hilarious Student/Teacher webseries, a Storyland project, and I’m ready for more. Their performance is a real eye candy thanks to a mix of live stand-up acts & video sketches. It is high time to raise the endorphin level. / Anna P

 

July 14 2012


where
Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€12/15

gig
Boubacar Traoré

Mali is one of the cultural oases this planet has to offer, yielding more musical talent per square foot than anywhere else. Griots, Koras, Billowing Kaftans and Sub Saharan Blues are amongst my most loved exports from there. Soon, I shall escape briefly from this rain-sodden summer and bask in the warm Saharan glow emanating from IMC’s latest World music happening; featuring one of Africa’s greatest guitar legends, ahead of his headline act at WOMAD. A founding father of modern Mandingo music, Traoré’s unique guitar technique stands at the crossroads between his native Kora influences and intuitive affinity with the Delta blues of America's Deep South. On a rare visit to Ireland, he performs a mix of Malian blues and African influences in the pentatonic style, striking Ali Farka Toure musical and emotional chords. Win Tickets / Elish Bul-Godley

 

July 14 2012


where
The Chocolate Factory,
Kings Inn Street,
Dublin 1



when
6pm-10pm

how much
Free, BYOB

event
Graff House: Live Street Art Show

Things are getting sticky icky in the Chocolate House. The renovated warehouse is hosting a roll call of street artists in this BYOB event. Each artist will be given a two metre squared wooden board and asked to paint it as they see fit (no sprays though, this is indoors). Considering the line up (Solus, FINK, FOX, VERZ, Killian Redmonk, KIN, Art by Eoin, Marca Mix, KVLR, Kevin Bohan, [deep breath] Ellie Downey, Mick Minogue, Shem 1331, Holly Gardner, Myfanwynia Wilko, FRIZ AND Steve Mc Carthy), this is no average get-together, this is the paneled Sistine Chapel of Irish art. There will be enough amazing wood to stretch form here (did he say wood?) to cool and back again. I promise well-behaved hordes toasting amazing boards.  / Vernon Steel

 

July 14 2012


where
Tyrone Place Garden, Inchicore

when
2pm

how much
Free, see link to book

workshop
Composting and Garden Maintenance

I spent my weekends as a teenager kneeling on a Birkenstock knee-pad pulling blight-ridden potatoes out of the ground and crying into the planters of teeny midget onions, so when I moved out of the family home, I swore 'no more soil', concrete would be my friend. However. Something has happened. I want herbs on my windowsill, a tomato plant on the patio, I go to B&Q and get unduly excited by those novelty 'grow in a bag' thingymagigs. There's the added hope that one can attain the sheer bombastic hotness of uber gardener Rachel de Thame (the sexy lay-dee to the left) or snag oneself a Monty Don (the modern woman's Leo Sayer). There are the less comical reasons to do this workshop too - helping the environment, saving money, creating more oxygen etc. But whatever your reasons, check it out. / Cora Burke

   
 

July 15 2012


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
8pm

how much
€33.50 / €35

gig
Wu Legends

If, like me, you are liable to start rapping a verse from Shame On A Nigga - a problematic and bordering on racially insensitive feat if you are a white girl - when buoyed by the most minute amount of alcohol and sometimes no alcohol at all, you were likely excited to hear that Wu Legends are venturing to The Button Factory to perform a selection of solo material, as well as some beloved hits from the Wu-Tang Clan era. Featuring Raekwon, GZA, Masta Killa and my BFF Ghostface Killah, Wu Legends is an assembly of four of the greatest rappers from arguably the most influential hip-hop group of all-time and this gig is a must for anyone who ever avoided studying for the Leaving Cert in favour of learning the lyrics to Daytona 500. (Ahem, guilty.) Just remember to protect your neck. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

 

July 15 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
2.30pm, 8.50pm, until July 26th

how much
€9.90

cinema
The Women on the Sixth Floor

French cinema doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves over here, but anyone who has ever seen any Gallic cinematic offerings will know that they make some beautifully subtle movies with amazing performance and character interaction. This is no exception, set in the 60s, this comedy drama tells the story of Maria, the kind of woman that other women would hate if she wasn’t just so damn nice. She arrives in Paris from Spain to work as a maid for a wealthy family and she quickly makes an impression on everyone around her and has an indelible effect on the lives of her fellow maids and the family she works for. If you’re one of those people who hates subtitles get over it because this is a lovely feelgood movie that gives you the kind of well rounded characters you don’t often see in English speaking cinema. / Frances Winston

 

July 15 2012


where
The Shed,
Fairholm,
Abbey Court,
Abbey Rd,
Blackrock.

when
Saturday & Sunday

how much
11am - 6pm

pop-up
Garden Party

Careful curation is the term that keeps resurfacing when a growing fanbase talks about Makers and Brothers, the Irish-yet-international website stocked full of useful, beautiful craft and design. The past few months have seen some of the virtual shop’s objects on display in the real world - recently returned from a stint at the cool new Standard Hotel in New York’s East Village, they are making their way home for an open weekend at The Shed, their Dublin HQ. Head down to see Claire Anne O’Brien’s knitted stools, or to obsessively (in my case) jangle the smooth weight of Alice Made This cufflinks in hand. On standby to show his skills, Wicklow woodworker (try saying it fast) James Carroll will be producing his three-legged benches on site, and cake and cordial has been promised, as well as an outdoor swing. I’m there. / Natasha Sherling

   
 

July 16 2012


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
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when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
Teengirl Fantasy

Teengirl Fantasy are not really a teen girl's fantasy - they haven't got Bieberlicious mops atop their heads or the ability to look sexy in a bikini that squirts out whipped cream a la Katy Perry. However, what they do provide you with is music that makes you want to put some feathers on your head and go native. Kaftan and all. It truly is summer tuneage for forest raves. Is that the morning song of the birds that I can hear in the background? They tweet over lurchy dub-step-esque beats, and if that wasn't enough,  this will be the best opportunity you will have to listen to panpipes and cymbals outside of a school assembly too. If you are in need of any other encouragement to attend, bear in mind that the band toured with Crystal Castles in 2011. If that isn't an endorsement, I don't know what is. Get grooving to the festival vibes. Win Tickets / Kate Frances

 

July 16 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
Daily until July 31st

how much
€9.90

cinema
Detachment

There have been many movies made about a teacher taking a job in an underprivileged school and working to help the children in it cope with the hopelessness of their lives. What makes this one different is that Adrian Brody’s Mr Barthes is just as disenfranchised and devoid of hope as the pupils. He’s dealing with his own stuff – namely a dying senile grandfather and a teenage prostitute that he’s allowed to stay with him in the hopes of helping her. As such he doesn’t pay quite the attention he should to one especially distressed student with tragic results. This is a damning indictment on the US education system and is a hauntingly subtle story that really draws you in. Brody is brilliant and completely carries the film. You will leave this truly happy that your schooldays are done and dusted! / Frances Winston

   
 

July 17 2012


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
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when
8pm

how much
€20

gig
Nouvelle Vague

My first exposure to Nouvelle Vague came at the tender age of twelve when I first heard their breathy rendition of The Dead Kennedys’ Too Drunk To Fuck. At the time, I remember thinking, “Oh, I bet this is what adults listen to when I’m not around,” and it quickly became a favourite of mine; a song I listened to in secret as though it were somehow contraband or unsuitable. Since then, my appreciation for the French collective has remained steadfast. Famed for their characteristically seductive, lo-fi interpretations of songs originated by bands such as Talking Heads, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Sex Pistols, Nouvelle Vague will visit Dublin to perform a selection of covers from their vast repertoire. And, really, I can think of no better way of injecting chic into the grim Irish summer. Et tu? / Amy O'Connor

 

July 17 2012


where
Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
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when
Mon-Thu.:2-7pm. Fri: 10am-2pm. Until August 31st

how much
Free

exhibition
The Other Side of The Soul

As a Spaniard, I have to admit that our ancestors made a lot of mistakes during the colonization of America. But at least they did one good thing: allowing the slaves to keep their own customs, traditions and beliefs instead of forcing Christian values. Thanks to this practice, Cuba has become a vivid fusion between African and Latin elements, especially in religion. This is what the exhibition The Other Side of The Soul shows - people dancing on coffins, statues of Christian and African saints living on the same shelf, devotees praying while smoking cigars…An odd but extremely interesting combination of rituals is immortalized in this exhibition. I only recommend visiting it on Tuesdays at 5.30pm though, as you’ll be able to understand each of the pictures, thanks to the explanation of a guide. Without it, you won’t get it…at all. / Verónica Zumalacárregui

 

July 17 2012


where
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 18 July

how much
Free

exhibition
Mbuti Textiles

Standing up close to one of these you become incredibly aware of the shakes in every scratchy stroke, the handmade bark cloth, the mild frankness of the flowing lines. But step away, Monet, and you are faced with statement abstract designs made to give the thickest, darkest flowing, blackest definite impression. The marks don't add up to anything formally. Every sheet builds upon the last and the patterns are ordered as to become more complex across the walls of the room. I love how they've been displayed, just pinned ever so by their corners, allowed to ripple away from the wall. I find that kind of thing very seductive. This will sound so pretentious but, anyway, I have a soft spot for tribal artistry. I love the unassuming, modest mentality behind art work made for ceremonial, religious or even just ornamental reasons. I'm a city slicker. / Georgia

   
 

July 18 2012


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
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when
7.30pm

how much
email dublin@lecool.com for passes

talk
An evening with Gered Mankowitz

Hendrix stands, hands on cord wearing hips. A quasi military jacket adorns his upper half, looking like a fiercer member of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It's slightly offset by the purple scarf. The hair is unkempt, the eyes are piercing and the lower jaw seems to ask 'Well.?' It's an iconic image of Jimi and it was shot by Gered Mankowitz. Mankowitz has been working as a photographer in the music industry for half a century, since his friend Peter Sellars encouraged him to get started. He toured with the Rolling Stones on their record breaking 1965 tour of the US, he's shot Bowie, Marianne Faithful, Eric Clapton... Tonight, le cool Dublin, in association with ebow gallery, host an evening with Mr Mankowitz as he talks through his work. Now, excuse me while I kiss the sky. / Vernon Steel

 

July 18 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€23.50

gig
Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones

Describing something as ‘good old fashioned rock n’ roll blues’ can sometimes feel like damning it with faint praise in the era of synths, loops and artificial beats. Well if you don’t feel like looking for the existential meaning in lyrics of two blokes with skinny t-shirts, then try out some actual storytelling from the guy in the Stetson. Dave Alvin, with a voice born from a hundred thousand cigarettes, rips through yarns from across the pond like the bass player's life depended on it. In many of the songs, at least one life seems to be on the line. Soulful, dramatic and with opportunities for a little air guitar of your own, Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones is good old fashioned rock n’ roll blues at its best. P.S. we toyed with the idea of describing it as ‘Grammy winning’, but that really is damning with faint praise. / Hugh Torpey

 
Sean - The Basement Barber

We knew him as Konk when he did two le cool covers for us as a graffiti artist, now, (real-name) Sean tells us about his new basement barbers; Cut & Sew.

This room was basically a stock room for All City Records but I remember when Josh from FucknFilthy had a pop up shop here and that's when I started thinking about a barber's shop.

I trained as a professional hairdresser and did a barber's course on top of that. I worked and trained with Toni and Guy and worked in Queen on Aungier st. I've found with my five brothers, I've always preferred doing men's hair.

I still do my own DJing and still have a few art commissions but I'd prefer to do this than sit at home and watch Ellen. I'm 25 and I'm very hungry to do something for myself.

I want this to be a hang out place. Want people to feel comfortable popping in, finding out what DJs are playing and listen to tunes. I want it to be relaxed, not formal like a salon.

CUt & Sew is in the BAsement of All City REcords, Crow St, Temple Bar. Open Weds - Sat. 12-7pm. Mention le cool for discount. PHOTO: Con O'Donoghue