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So, the Olympics are about to kick off over the pond and a lot of it sits well with us. The shiny lycra, neon spikes and sweatbands, for instance. But all that solitary training in preparation for an eight second performance? Yeah, we're not so into that.

Then we saw the Hipster Olympics that Berlin put on and we starting thinking of a Dublin adaptation - a le cool sports day, perhaps? All fixed-gear Bike Polo and Roller Derby girl action, with equal amounts of blood, sweat and beers. Quail egg and spoon race, anyone? Photoshop putt? Obscure bands edition of Name That Tune?

It could also be an exercise in Lostalgia. Plimsolls that smell like a Dunlop factory and games that must have been dreamed up by the cleaning ladies, with buckets, sponges and copious amounts of water looming large among the weaponry of choice. 

What do you think? We are taking two weeks off to ponder this and more. While we're waiting for your feedback we'll be working out at the new outdoor gym. Watch out, we get competitive...

Who will return on August 16th with our 150th issue? Kate Frances, Ciaran, Michael or Jerath?

"I wanted to highlight great snippets of people's conversations..." - Dannielle O'Connell
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July 26 2012


where
Iveagh Gardens, 2 Clonmel Street, DUblin 2
01 475 7816
Location Map

when
see link

how much
€28

comedy
Tim Key

Last time I saw Tim Key, he basically assaulted the audience in his mission to climb from the back of the audience right up to the front, without touching the floor. Old women fled, children wept and mothers covered their weeping children's eyes as Key wouldn't let anybody stop him in his aim to fulfill his childhood dream of making it across a room without touching the ground. The bedroom wasn't a challenge enough, but a theatre; yes, a theatre would do just fine. It was a less disturbing encounter than the time that Paul Foot crouched over me with his crotch in my face, but it was definitely up there. Key is better known for being a poet than an athletic theatre-creeper, but we'd better use the term 'poet' loosely. He is to poetry what leg-warmers are to trousers. It doesn't really mean anything, but it does keep your ankles warm. Win Tickets / Kate Frances

 

July 26 2012


where
The Thomas House, 8 Thomas St, D8
Location Map

when
Until July 29

how much
Depends

party
The Thomas House is One

You probably don't remember your first birthday party, but chances are it didn't involve punk, psychobilly or post-hardcore music. Most likely it didn't carry on for four days either. But that's what a first birthday party at Thomas House is like. Though not technically one-year-old - they've long been rockin' Dublin Town - it's one year since new management breathed fresh life into the bar, thankfully without succumbing to the overtly shabby-chic or sterile-chrome trap. Instead, Thomas House is an intimate and friendly dive bar that's a melting pot for the alternative music scene. Over four nights there are DJs upstairs and bands downstairs with many acts including Jogging, 20 Bulls Each, Skeleton Crew and The Minutes (DJ set). Regulars will also welcome back the Recession Club. Still can't decide? Pick your poison. Each night has a different drinks promotion. / Rachel Hegarty

 

July 26 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
Regular - see link

how much
€6.12 - €10.17

cinema
The Dark Knight Rises

Make no mistake, the movie event of the year is upon us as Christopher Nolan delivers the coup de grâce to his magisterial Batman trilogy. The result is electrifying, a visual and aural assault of thunderous bombast that rarely relents over its 160 minute running time. From a simple set-up - a decrepit hero must come out of retirement to save the city from a brutal villain - the director deftly references the Occupy movement, the French Revolution and the events of 9/11. It's not all sturm und drang however, there are moments of real pathos between Christian Bale and Michael Caine, while Anne Hathaway steals every scene she's in. The supporting cast are uniformly excellent, and Manhattan (subbing as Gotham) is beautifully shot. This is a blockbuster of rare intelligence and depth with an insistent message about the importance of hope. A fitting end. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

July 26 2012


where
Fibber's, 80 Parnell Street, Dublin 1.


when
9:30pm

how much
€5

party
Pre-Zombie Walk Party

The Dublin Zombie Walk has become one of the most popular fundraising events in the city, and this year the excitement is starting even earlier than usual with this rockin’ pre party. Featuring performances from Pagan Riot, Beltbuckle Overdrive and Wolf Regime, it gives participants a chance to try out their best Zombie make-up and shuffle a week before the main event. Expect plenty of people to show an interest in your brains rather than your beauty as they take advantage of the drinks offers and vie to win the spot prizes. Less Michael Jackson’s Thriller and more full on Zombie killer, this promises to be an exciting way to get yourself in the mood for the main event and is probably the only night out you’ll ever have where looking like hell is a good thing! / Frances Winston

 

July 26 2012


where
Iveagh Gardens, 2 Clonmel Street, DUblin 2
01 475 7816
Location Map

when
Until July 28

how much
€28/Thurs, €25 Fri/Sat

comedy
Natasha Leggero

When asked in a recent interview to describe the worst thing she ever did, Natasha Leggero responded, “One time I wrote to my pen pal in Ireland that she was a loser because she didn’t have electricity.” This anecdote perfectly encapsulates the blunt, bitchy, patrician persona Leggero has cultivated over the last number of years. A typical show by the US comedienne will feature her sporting a fabulous faux-fur ensemble, evening gloves and pearls, while delivering acid-tongued critiques of vacuous pop culture entities such as Kim Kardashian or the television show I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant. Delightfully snarky without being alienating, Leggero is a force to be reckoned with - a lady with a unique, distinct comic voice who doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Don your finest ball gown and leg it to Leggero this weekend. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

   
 

July 27 2012


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

when
1pm, 5pm, 9pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Searching for Sugar Man

It's hard to imagine, in this day and age - viral videos, rude, prying paparazzi and the News of the World - that you could be famous and not know it. In the late sixties and early seventies, Sixto Rodriguez became a cultish figure on the Detroit music scene, often singing with his back to the audience. The music-heads that discovered him remember their first encounter in terms of fog and fog-horns - Rodriguez emanated this sense of the spiritual, the hippy, but with no frills attached. He lived a frugal life, and performed manual labour, while his champions waited for him to become bigger than Bob Dylan. Alas, it wasn't to be. If you want to know what happened, check out this, the documentary of the year, and be swept away by waves of emotion, inspirational music, and a fairy-tale ending. / Kate Frances

 

July 27 2012


where
Iveagh Gardens, 2 Clonmel Street, DUblin 2
01 475 7816
Location Map

when
Until July 29

how much
€20 (Friday), €25 (Sat/Sun)

comedy
Eddie Pepitone

Eddie Pepitone is a lot of things – he is a comedian, star of the daily live-action web series Puddin’ and co-host of the podcast The Long Shot. He has been hailed as a comedian’s comedian and with good reason - he counts the likes of Sarah Silverman, Todd Barry and Zach Galifianakis among his roster of admirers. Mainstream success, however, has largely eluded Pepitone, and it is only now at age 53 that he is beginning to garner much-deserved attention from critics and comedy fans alike. The comic, who has been christened “the bitter Buddha”, is famed for his bellicose rants and self-deprecation. However, percolating beneath the angry, volcanic surface is a sweetness, absurdity and levity that make his stand-up a treat to watch. Pepitone plays three shows this weekend – miss him at your peril. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

   
 

July 27 2012


where
Pavilion Theatre , Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
01 231 2929‎
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€16

gig
Sam Amidon

If you, like me, developed a minor folk obsession in pre-adolescence by listening to worn-out Steeleye Span and McGarrigle Sisters records belonging to your parents, then you might just like Sam Amidon. His arrangements of ancient folk songs are cleverly haunting and capture the kind of other-worldly trances I remember shaking myself out of after listening to Gaudete on repeat for hours as a youngster. Sam always performs intimate gigs with a humour and grace which seems to come naturally to this prized son of the Vermont Folk Community. A truly distinctive voice with alternatively instrumented folk pieces make this fodder for the modern-day folkster, with some truly beautiful moments found in songs like Saro. / Jessica Hayden 

 

July 27 2012


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

when
8pm until July 28

how much
€15/€12

theatre
Overtime

The New Theatre is one of the few places that gives emerging writers a chance to showcase their work, and this latest offering is a brand spanking new production from the pen of Jane McCarthy. Starring Stewart Roche and Gerard Byrne (yes, he did used to be in Fair City but don’t hold that against him) this two hander sees the overworked John having a very bad night at the office as he tries to cover his tracks on some dodgy deals before his world falls apart. His stress is compounded by the ever present Frank who delights in telling him that this mess is all his own fault. Well paced and with energetic performances, this is a great testament to the up-and-coming talents we have in this country, and it certainly bodes well for the future of Irish theatre. / Frances Winston

   
 

July 28 2012


where
The Butcher Barber, Johnson's Court, Dublin 2.


when
Regular opening hours

how much
from €30

le other
The Butcher Barber

As much as we hate to admit it, a good haircut is important to many men. Style has significance, and the bane of any such conscious gent is the ham-fisted barber. Renowned Dublin stylist Emmett Byrne was well aware of this when he chose to combine salon and barbershop in setting up The Butcher Barber. Beckoning to our instincts with a traditional red and white awning, the interior is loaded with subtle touches of class. Vanity-style bulb lighting surrounds the long salon mirror; the walls are tiled on par with the London Underground; and empty butchers’ hooks dangle from a rail above solid woodblock counters. In the level (and exceptionally deft) hands of Emmett and his associates Billy and Greg, you are guaranteed to leave smelling like the man you should smell like, and looking like Marlon Brando’s love child. / Jerath Head

 

July 28 2012


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€10-€38

concert
Blockbusters: From Avatar to X-Men

Me and my friends, just hanging about, often listen to lyric fm's soundtrack show, Movies and Musicals. At the start of each score we race each other to figure out which movie it's from and then, vigorously, jump around on couches, swinging our arms up balleticaly, humming and da-da-da-ing to the fantastic escapism. The real magic of the movies. I can only imagine that sitting in the NCH and listening to a full orchestral performance of some of the most familiar and arousing movie scores will be just the same, except we'll have to contain our excitement at each rendition, bubbling with happiness in our seats, till the very end when we'll leap up into a frothy standing ovation. Star Trek! Back To The Future!! X-FILES!!! What's another word for EPIC? / Georgia

 

July 28 2012


where
Eamonn Doran's 

when
9:30pm

how much
Free ((free mix CD for first 20 people)

launch
VHStival

Just when you thought it was safe to back to the cinema – BOOM! – Dublin’s midnight movie club Hollywood Babylon comes back for a second carnival of ocular delights. This time round they are taking you back to a period when home video was king and low budget, high impact moviemaking was the norm. VHStival is a tribute to the videotape canon bazooka of bawdy screenings and the usual journey through tasteless trailers from some of the most questionable movies. First up is vulgarian filmmaker Ti West’s super-scary ode to to this lost format, The House of The Devil, it doesn’t get much better than this. Prepare for a satanic panic as one girl’s adventures in babysitting take a diabolical turn. As usual with these events, there will be popcorn and posters, and as it is a late bar, a debauched disco of a suitably wicked songs after the main event. / Simon Judge

 

July 28 2012


where
18 South Great George's Street
Dublin 2

when
7 days 12.00pm - 12.00am

how much
€4.50 for starter, €9-12 for Mains

le other
The Good World

A true sign that this Dublin's best Chinese restaurant? You arrive at 2am after a late gig and all the other Chinese restauranteurs, having closed their shutters, are in there tucking in. Not only that, but booking a table on Sunday afternoon is pretty difficult, as it's the traditional time for family Dim Sum. If you are lucky, you can watch three generations clicking away with chopsticks into tiers of steamed dumplings and meaty treats. If you don't look remotely East Asian you'll get the "Ang Mo" menu. And if you want you can order a whole suckling pig (provided you give them a week's notice). The only drawback - no Lazy Susans. I have been going to The Good World for more than 15 Years and it has withstood the rise and fall of neighbouring eateries that fall in and out of fashion on the same strip. Good world, great food. / Elish Bul Godley

   
 

July 29 2012


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

when
1pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
Code 46

Codes governing transport and genetically incestuous reproduction, a mishmash of languages and mesmerizing megalopolises set the scene for this Orwellian Sci-Fi with Oedipal undertones. Michael Winterbottom's provocative cinematography along with an architectural collage of Shanghai, Dubai and London create a complex futuristic world for this gripping account of love and longing. William (Tim Robbins) is an investigator sent to uncover a counterfeiting operation, on meeting a shoe in for Sinead O'Connor (Samantha Morton) he is immediately infatuated leading him to become embroiled in an ethical crime known as "Code 46". Light relief is happily provided by a character with a freckle fetish, an atmospheric score and a cameo by Mick Jones. Word to the wise, miss the first five minutes and you'll need a decoder. / Sarah Maguire

 

July 29 2012


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

when
1pm

how much
Bid as high as you can!

auction
Animation Art Show Auction

Sometimes it's hard to do stuff for charity. Chuggers deserve to be mowed down by the skaters outside the Central Bank, while GAA mothers clothed head to toe in beige bag-packing in Tesco a) offend my eyes b) offend my bag-packing regime and c) offend my pocket. Which is why I like charity auctions. I will be able to make other people happy by buying things which will make my eyes happy. Highlights include a watercolour by Tomm Moore for the Oscar-nominated Secret of Kells, and a frame from Brown Bag's Oscar nominated Give Up Yer Aul Sins. Also bid on Gillian Comerford's monstrous mounds of rag-doll cuteness or Louise Bagnall's clean-cut nostalgic illustrations. These animators put smiles on the faces of kids through their work, so it is fitting that proceeds should go to The Childrens' Sunshine House and Laura Lynn House. / Kate Frances

 

July 29 2012


where
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin


when
7.30pm

how much
€10

readings
Dr Seward's Dracula

Everyone is familiar with Bram Stoker’s classic tale of the vampire Dracula, and this staged reading gives yet another new spin to the story, even featuring the author as a character! Written by Joseph Zettelmaier and telling the story from the perspective of the Dr Seward of the title, who has lost everyone he loved to the evil undead ghoul, this sees him contacted by Stoker who wants to tell his story to the world. However, when a series off grisly murders occur, Seward realises that he must finally face up to his demons once and for all. This is an interesting take on a well loved tale and should definitely satisfy fans of the novel. Forget about Bela Lugosi or Gary Oldman, as the cast here give it a totally new perspective. A must for lovers of classic literature and a great opportunity to see an exciting new production. / Frances Winston 

 

July 29 2012


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€29.50

gig
PiL

For those of you who still regret having missed their 'best gig ever' performance at Tripod last year, and for those who dream of reenacting that same epic experience, here's your chance to see the reformed 80s' post-punk/post-rock band that really needs no introduction play live once again. Presumably, John Lydon et al are here to promote their most recent album This Is PiL. But you can hopefully expect to hear the avant-gardeists' big hits too, like Rise, Careering and This Is Not A Love Song. Admittedly, John Lydon is the only remaining member of the original line-up. If you're still unconvinced, you may do well to heed the wise words of Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Annie Nightingale after their 1980 performance: 'That is the most powerful performance I've ever seen.' See it for yourself here. / Maisie

   
 

July 30 2012


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

when
1:15pm/3:30pm

how much
€6-€9

cinema
El Bulli : Cooking In Progress

Although the culinary 'movement' of molecular gastronomy may have lost some traction in recent years to the extreme locavorism of places such as Noma, Ferran Adria's El Bulli is still regarded as the ne plus ultra in the rarified world of super-luxe fine dining. If you found that something of a mouthful, then perhaps this is not the film for you. In fact Geroen Wetzel's documentary is not really 'about' food. This engrossing film is about the pursuit of a perceived notion of perfection. There is no attempt at narration, nor are any of the principles ever interviewed, we simply observe Adria and his brigade in their Barcelona lab/kitchen as they devise new wonders. Chefs taste obscure morsels and stare into the middle distance before exhaustively documenting the sensation. It is strangely fascinating and mildly erotic. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

July 30 2012


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

when
5:30pm

how much
Free

talk
Sam Keogh in Conversation

I'm not making this up. Sam Keogh is currently one of the biggest and most influential young Irish artists. I first met him at a house party years ago where we held an incredibly passionate discussion around our shared enthusiasm for glitter. I can recall little of it. This is a fantastic opportunity to listen and actually take in what he has to say for himself... aaaand to avoid that awkward silence at the end of the conversation when the audience are asked if they have any questions and someone coughs nervously, here are some titillating interrogation suggestions - How do you feel about the copy cat Keoghs that have been appearing in degree shows? (Seriously, he's started a movement.) Are the allegations of you being quite the ladies man true? (They are) And, if all else fails ask him to talk about why he loves glitter so much. / Georgia

   
 

July 31 2012


where
Grand Canal Dock

when
Any time

how much
Free

le other
Gasworks Sculpture

If the rebranding of the Grand Canal Theatre made your eyes sting and left you thinking that any venture into the South Docklands should henceforth come with a health warning, then look out, because Bord Gáis is up to more arts trickery. It has sponsored a new public artwork on Sir John Rogerson's Quay by Belfast-born John Kindness. He has recreated the shape of an old gas holder and decorated the enamel panels with friezes inspired by the country's story of gas. The land around here was once dominated by the coal gas industry, from the 1820s until the arrival of natural gas in the 1980s. Many were employed in its production, from unloading imported coal from ships to maintaining the gasometer at the nearby Gasworks building. This must elevate Kindness's sculpture far above a mere branding exercise. / Maisie

 

July 31 2012


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

when
Until August 31

how much
Free

exhibition
Group Show

This exhibition brings together six individuals from the UK and Ireland, each a conceptual artist of the highest calibre. Painted spectrographs, superimposed with a grid format, will play tricks on your depth of field. Malay rude boys stare balefully, challenging your idea of Oriental subcultures. Sculptures of various media present a sort of narrative out of space and form. While unrelated in theme, there is almost an unspoken agreement between the works on unconventional sensibilities. Perhaps the most eccentric of all is David Godbold’s series of images, composed from segments of landscapes, cartoons and religious art. Brightly coloured, slightly manic, and subversively humorous, his is work at once outwardly mocking, self-deprecating, and a serious commentary on artistic values. / Jerath Head

   
 

August 01 2012


where
The Pint, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€5 before 10pm, €7 after

gig
Mayors of Miziyaki

Math-Rock has had its poster boys over the last few years. They've generally been pretty bland, like Foals' crowd-surfing loving Yannis. Mayors of Miziyaki are living on the seamier, punkier side of Math-Rock, sitting in detention with Jonny Rotten, not up the front of the classroom, arm straining with desperation, bursting to give the teacher the right answer. The YouTube videos of the Mayors are oddly reminiscent of the Arctic Monkeys in the first throes of success. The energy is throbbing, the eardrums are near bursting, and it's pure electricity. They will be rabble-rousing in Dublin's newest - which doesn't necessarily translate as shiniest - venue, The Pint, which may well have the Fibbers/Workmans clientele out an extra night a week. Which, I reckon, can only be a good thing for the economy. / Cora Burke

 

August 01 2012


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

when
9am-5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter

There are many reasons to visit this exhibition. The two lengthy emakimono (scrolls of alternating text and pictures) are the oldest surviving such versions of this story, dating back to the early 17th century. They are masterpieces from the Edo period and have recently undergone two years of specialist conservation work. The tale itself is the oldest example of Japanese prose fiction, written some thousand years ago. Beyond their historical significance, however, the scrolls are exquisite works of art. They combine consummate Japanese painting skills with the beguilingly innocent story of a moonchild found in a glowing bamboo stalk. She steals the heart of every Earthling she meets, and of course eventually departs for her celestial home. It seems we have quite the history of abandonment by heavenly beings. / Jerath Head

 
HomeBeat

Emmet Condon and Gus O’Toole are using HomeBeat to take music from the venue to their house, and to yours.

We used to live in a party house. We both played music, and we would have sessions in our little conservatory. In the space of a few weeks we had the same idea, to try and put some gigs on in houses. It’s nothing revolutionary, but no one really seemed to be doing it at the time.

The trickiest bit is always trying to convince people to volunteer their space. People are often worried that it will turn into a massive house party, but that’s not the vibe we’re going for. It’s a ‘your house, your rules’ policy.

We generally do three thirty-minute sets a night, everything from experimental electronica to trad. It’s BYOB and BYOC (bring your own cushion).

It revolves around the notion of taking control, giving people a platform and allowing them to feel like they’re taking part in their city.

For more info on HomeBeat, click HERE. Or contact them HERE. Photograph: Eoin Holland