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It's two years since legendary art director and iconic image maker George Lois stood up in front of a pack Grand Canal Theatre as part of the OFFSET festival and declared to the hushed masses "When you look at a design, if you don't get it in a nanosecond it's a piece of shit."

His harsh words were warmly received, not only was it good design advice but the kicker was its delivery in a no-nonsense, Dublinese way. George knew his audience.

It got us thinking about the Dublin wit, the appreciation for brevity, and the predilection for cuss words. Put the three together and you have a perfect storm for a memorable Dublin moment.

So while our cover this week is a collection of images that are unique to Dublin, we want to think of the faces and the sights - not just the fonts and the symbols - that make Dublin living unique. So here's to aul wans scuttlebutting on the bus, saying "sorry" to people who have bumped into you, and watching warm smiles and cold hands lock with the confirmation of friendships old and new.

Who wants to hear about your #unique2dublin moments this week - Ciaran, Michael, Kate Frances or Jerath?

"I wanted to put together a collection of images that are unique to Dublin." - Alan Wall
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September 13 2012


where
Lir Academy, Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay), Dublin 2.


when
4pm/7pm (last night)

how much
€12-€14

fringe
Farm

Exuding wit, invention and charm, Farm is a rootsy week one stand-out in the Absolut Fringe. You'll never have seen sheep dipped the way they're done here in a simple and imaginative opening. This, site specific, warehouse production gently herds and prods the audience into a series of observations and lessons from the land. There's a real-life horse, a talking cow and hilarious bee harmonies. The pride and condescension of the garden plot nerd is explored and a welly tap-dance morphs into a barn dance hooley. In  one of its most introspective and evocative moments, Shane O'Reilly ploughs a furrow with a pitch-fork hinting at the grind, entrapment and loneliness of this seemingly blissful existence. Willfredd Theatre, Spirit of The Fringe winners last year, encapsulate that accolade again. / Michael McDermott

 

September 13 2012


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

when
September 13th, 14th, 15th - 6.30pm

how much
€10-€12

fringe
Mag's Tail

Mag is a mad French clown-ette. She is a mound of clothes surrounded by another mound of clothes which is...you get the idea. She is at once innocent and bawdy, naive and canny. She is like the doll, now stashed at the bottom of the wardrobe, that you grew up with. Mag's adventures are sweet - literally. Don't try and deny her any Chocolat Suisse, and let her seduce you into trying the icing on the cake...the icing on the cake. Mag is high-strung, irrational and her moods span the spectrum. The audience will laugh with her, at her and in spite of her, as she comes to realise and adopt some independence. The performance is perfectly charming, and the set an intelligent use of the intimidating architecture of the Boys' School at the Smock Alley. Sitting there in the audience is a bit like being a mammy for an hour, without the laundry requirements. Enjoy it. / Kate Frances

 

September 13 2012


where
St Charles St. West, next to the Four Courts

when
6pm preview, launch @ The Church Pub, Jervis St.

how much
Free

exhibition
Gentrify This!

The aftermath of gentrification still exists in post Celtic Tiger Ireland, look at the Dublin docklands - you can dress her up but you sure as hell can’t take her out. Dublin Contemptibles 2: Gentrify This! is a celebration of creativity taking place at the heart of Dublin’s emergent creative quarter. It showcases the work of over 30 high-profile creatives with both indoor and outdoor exhibitions taking place with music, screenings and readings including Recapitalise Tir na Nóg with Elaine Garde and How will the Hipster, the Nighlink and the Ace of Cans affect your destiny? A secret panel of practitioners curates Dublin Contemptibles with international experience in visual & plastique arts, music, design, media, academics and public engagement. / Battle

 

September 13 2012


where
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8


when
7:30pm

how much
€12-€16

concert
Irish Baroque Orchestra

In the post-war 1950s no self respecting beatnik would be without pianist Glenn Gould's recording of Bach's Goldberg variations. Sales, for a classical recording, were astonishing. The disputed origins of the work are worth mentioning. Johann Goldberg, Bach's pupil, was given the set of keyboard variations to help ease the insomnia of his patron, Count Kaiserling. Whatever the reason, these thirty variations on an opening theme have become some of the most recorded pieces in classical music. Russian violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky identified strongly with the Gould version and transcribed the work for strings in 1985 (the tercentenary of Bach's birth). The Irish Baroque Orchestra brings this adaptation to atmospheric Christ Church Cathedral, with its noted violinist and artistic director, Monica Huggett. / Des FitzGerald

 

September 13 2012


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

when
September 13th, 14th, 15th - 1pm

how much
€10-€12

fringe
Pinnochio - A Nightmare

"A bit of a buachaill" would be a common phrase where I'm from and there's no better way of describing Pinocchio in Moonfish Theatre's Tromlui Phinocchio/Pinoccho - a Nightmare at Smock Alley Theatre. Rebellious, moody and easily-led, he's the typical young fella - except of course, is as adhmaid é. A modernish Irish retelling of the tale, this adventure is brought to us by talented and enthusiastic theatre makers who have injected some clever, innovative and simple techniques to enchant and captivate. With masks, dance, songs, shadow-puppets and live special effects, they evoke the darker side of this story in a family friendly way - the young girl I sat near was full of questions, gasps and laughs. Somehow they fit it all into 50 minutes. Imaginative and creative, using ordinary props to tell an extraordinary tale, it's enchanting. / Darragh Doyle

   
 

September 14 2012


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

when
September 14th, 15th - 1pm

how much
€11-€13

fringe
Solpadeine is my boyfriend

This one woman show takes you on a journey through a couple of years in the life of a girl from Cork (Stefanie Preissner) as she moves to Dublin for her “career”, finds herself on the dole, falls in love with Stephen, an engineering graduate,  and continues her illicit affair with Solpadeine. Of course she’s addicted – she just doesn’t know it. She just knows it makes everything feel better and helps with the barking of the black dog of her depression. Preissner is brilliant as she morphs into many different personas to tell the story which is ultimately a metaphor for society. She also wrote the piece and there are some beautiful moments in the text. With a sparse stage and just herself as a medium she really holds your attention for the 55 minute duration. Funny and moving this is one of the highlights of the festival. / Frances Winston

 

September 14 2012


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€24.50 (Supporting Death In Vegas)

gig
Solar Bears

When Solar Bears landed a couple of years ago with their Tarkovsky-influenced electro beats and colorful space-laden synth lines it was no wonder that Planet Mu records beamed up the duo faster than they could say "Please, Captain, not in front of the Klingons." Space banter aside, the band who are now performing live as a five piece - as witnessed at their excellent performance at this year’s Electric Picnic – will be lashing out tunes from their superb She Was Coloured In LP as well as some brand new material. While some gig goers may be growing slightly tired of the passing wave of electronic producers playing on laptops and MPCs, Solar Bears new live show promises to push the boat out that little bit further. The rest may be playing catch up very soon. Go see this! / Battle

 

September 14 2012


where
D-Light Studios
46 North Great Clarence Street,
 Dublin 1

when
September 13th - 22nd

how much
€10/12

fringe
Paperdolls

Last week, I was lucky enough to get a taster of the Paperdoll's new performance during a life-drawing class at Dr Sketchy's. To say that it was something extraordinary would be a severe understatement. Trussed up, constricted and physically manipulated, the Paperdolls first seemed totally powerless. Suddenly, their rope prisons became their playground: Mad, twisting limbs, spinning bodies and flying hair erupted from their suspended poses, leaving their audience entranced and in awe. And this was only a small glimpse of Constellations, a performance described as "a shamanic trip seeking truth and necessity in suspended territory of uninhibited youth, energy, physical ability and ropes". They are graceful, formidable, dark, kinky, playful and powerful, and like nothing you've ever encountered before. / Chandrika

 

September 14 2012


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
8pm

how much
€27.50

fringe
Efterklang & The Major Lift Orchestra

The addition of Efterklang to the Fringe programme is a touch of genius by the festival’s organisers. Tripping along the more accessible perimeters of pop’s experimental field the Danes are as innovative a live band as you could possibly hope to see perform in Temple Bar’s coolest square. Stripped of ego and devoid of posturing the three-piece are blessed with a rich musical DNA combining baroque pop, electronica and indie rock. Led by the ever-smiling Casper Clausen, Efterklang exude a warmth in the flesh that can occasionally be lost in their solemn recordings. Accompanied by the Major Lift Orchestra expect cuts from their back catalogue to be given a lovely symphonic sheen as Efterklang’s welcome return to the capital marks the first European performance in support of their magnificent new album Piramida. / Brian Keane
 

September 14 2012


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€24.50

gig
Death in Vegas

Electronica turned Rock 'n Roll when Richard Fearless started to kill it with Death in Vegas. While 1997's Dead Elvis album was a healthy dose of dub, the follow up, The Contino Sessions, was a polished, all-star journey into narcotica. From the slow building hypnotic opener Dirge to the sitar-faced release of Neptune City, this pre-millennium offering tapped into a generation's fears while also marking the end of the century with an excuse to dance. DiV employed the guest frontman model with success; Iggy Pop, Bobby Gillespie, Liam Gallagher and Dot Allison were randomly utilised, but Fearless remained the music master. Three albums have come since 1999 but Contino Sessions remains the crowning glory. Tonight, expect a run though of the better moments of this marriage of live rock and minimal techno. As Iggy says, "I'm vibrating!". / Vernon Steel

   
 

September 15 2012


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

when
September 15th, 16th

how much
See link for details

cinema
IFI Open Weekend

It typically irks me when people set aside more than one day to celebrate their birthday. “I’m having a birthday weekend!” No. You’re an adult. Grow up. However, I’m willing to make an exception for the IFI, whose month-long twentieth birthday celebration has been most welcome. This weekend, the institute hosts its open weekend and will present two days of free screenings. The line-up includes cinematic classics such as The Godfather, The Bicycle Thieves, Singin’ In the Rain and The Dirty Dozen, as well as coming attractions like Liberal Arts and Alps. Additionally, the IFI will honour the late Nora Ephron, Maeve Binchy and Tony Scott by screening When Harry Met Sally, Circle of Friends and True Romance. Tickets will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis. Early bird, worms, etc. / Amy O'Connor
 

September 15 2012


where
See weblink,


when
See links

how much
See links

festival
Paulaner Oktoberfest + Secret Beer Garden

Beery Me! The city is treated to not one but two celebrations of our favourite thirst quencher this weekend. There'll be clinking of steins at Paulaner’s Oktoberfest in the swish Mansion House. Running from Thursday to Sunday, all things German are promised including bratwurst, an Oompah Band, lederhosen and some buxom wench costumes diverting eyes to other froth. Just hoping this party pooper doesn't scupper the fun. In the ‘burbs on Saturday is the one day Secret Beer Garden Festival by Deveneys off licence. With 100s of craft bottle beers from the likes of Brewdog, the Dungarvan Brewing Company and Clada Beers on offer, they're putting the aware back into drink aware. / Zach Joyce

 

September 15 2012


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

when
September 14th/15th -7pm

how much
€12-€14

fringe
Death of the Tradesmen

I've never thought so much about my age as I have done since seeing Death of the Tradesmen. Shaun Dunne and Lauren Larkin, 23 and 21, play Willy and Linda, 54 and 53 with courage, conviction and no small amount of personal acuity in a very Dublin and Irish play. What happens when you're no longer useful? What happens when you can't find a job, can't afford a pint, can't go on holiday, have never turned on a computer? What happens if you feel let down by your country, you don't recognise your city and you don't feel happy at home? What if you're not wanted? Miller covered this in Death of a Salesman and Dunne covers it here. Do you know how lucky you are? It's a situation all too familiar and Talking Shop Ensemble brings it home. Stark, romantic, beautiful and timely, you couldn't but feel pity for anyone in this situation. Brilliant. / Darragh Doyle

   
 

September 15 2012


where
CHQ Building, IFSC, Docklands, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
September 12th - 15th, 8pm

how much
€12/€14

fringe
FLÅTPÄCK - The IKEA Opera

The perverse affection in which people hold IKEA products and its aspirant lifestyle make for a whimsical and absurdist operatic interpretation in FLÅTPÄCK. In the hauntingly beautiful coma that is the chq building, groups are led into 3 chambers. The libretto is made up of the names of their best known product lines. Heimdal is a he/she tug of product placement within the bedroom. Billy nods to self-assembly frustrations in the living room and Gorm's pot clangs and food whisks tensions in the kitchen. The elegance and fabrication of a IKEA lifestyle is exquisitely laid bare in FLÅTPÄCK thanks to composer Tom Lane, the Ulysses Opera Theatre and their talented assembly line of singers and musicians. It’s a peculiar spectacle and one that’s as sexy, stylish, smart and intentionally vacuous as the Scandie giant itself. / Michael McDermott

 

September 15 2012


where
The Back Loft, La Catedral Art Studios, 7-11 St Augustine St, Dublin 8


when
September 12th - 15th - 9pm

how much
€11-€13

theatre
The Circus of Perseverence

Life is one big circus of perseverence. Even if you take a suicidal leap into the Liffey, there could be someone waiting on the wings to save you, and deliver you back to the circus. This production is like a sketch show, with a loose narrative that explores different facets of Dublin life, from the underworld's unison slur of 'spaarree chhaange' to the educated IFI goer in the dole queue and his stupid D4 mate who works at Google. Some of the saddest scenes involve an exploration of what it means today to be in the priesthood, and the challenges that face the modern young priest. Death and new lives, both literal and metaphorical bond the characters who are played with wit and cheek by a remarkable cast. With a sparse but effective set you won't want to make like Nelly the Elephant and say goodbye to the circus. / Kate Frances

 

September 15 2012


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

when
September 14th/15th

how much
See link

launch
Adrian Crowley

The Peacock stage at the Abbey Theatre is a suitably understated but perfectly intimate performance space for a singer like Adrian Crowley to launch a new album. The Choice Music Prize winner has offered an undiminished level of quality over his 18 year career. The Bill Callahan-esque baritone, gently picked chords and lyrics that capture snapshots of life with a vivid poetry are all part of the Galwegian’s trademark tools. That said, I See Three Birds Flying is Crowley’s most lush release to date as the fragile bones of his songs are fleshed out with sumptuously arranged strings. To these ears, album centrepiece Juliet I’m In Flames is one of the most gorgeous songs Crowley has penned. Even with the overload of cultural delights on offer this week the prospect of Crowley weaving his magic at the Peacock is just too good to be ignored. / Brian Keane

 

September 15 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€10

comedy
March for Choice Fundraiser

This is probably one of those articles where I should specify that my opinions do not necessarily reflect le cool's en masse. However, I really appreciate that the pro-choice side's way of doing things. Less billboard images of dead foetuses and more...wit. Abie Philbin Bowman, who could probably lure the rifle-toter back out of Mitt Romney in public, will be MCing. Some of my favourite people will also be hitting the stage; the charmingly distressed young'ting Conor O'Toole, and Tara 'Ain't Gonna Tarry' Flynn. Excellent. Doin' it for the ladies!...And the gents who aren't quite ready for commitment...I've already started painting my a-boards..."My belief is that if men were the ones getting pregnant, abortions would be easier to get than food poisoning in Moscow" - Dennis Miller. / Kate Frances

   
 

September 16 2012


where
Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Location Map

when
10am til Late (starts Friday)

how much
Depends

cinema
Underground Cinema Fest

Now in its third year, this festival spawned from the successful Underground Cinema screening nights, continues to showcase the best of new Irish short films giving many aspiring directors a chance to have their work viewed by more than just their doting mammies. However, feature films also get a look in here and with a day dedicated to Irish Women in Film and another day celebrating the horror genre, including a very special 20th Anniversary screening of Francis Ford Copolla’s classic Dracula introduced by Bram Stoker’s grandson Dacre, they could never be accused of not having variety in their programme. The Jack Sargeant programme looks especially interesting but there’s something for everyone over the four days with workshops and talks also on the cards. Cool and laid back this is my kind of festival. / Frances Winston

 

September 16 2012


where
Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Office Building, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
2pm & 3pm

how much
Free (see link)

fringe
The Cockroach and the Inventor

It's not all swinging hipsters and their digitally re-mastered existential crises in this year's Fringe Fest. A Macnás' family street perfomance rears it's wholesome paper-machéd head this weekend, as a giant Cockroach Inventor and his troupe of imagineers occupy Wood Quay's urban oasis. We have been promised surreal steam-punkery, silly laboratory side-effects and molecular mix-ups that threaten to encroach on your personal space with hyper interactivity. What a way to squeeze out the last of the Summer juice. Childless and worried about that well cultivated culture vulture status of yours? Just declare it a Kafka-esque journey into the absurd that pays homage to Dublin's City of Science at the next dinner party. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

September 16 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€25

jazz
Joshua Redman Trio

Joshua Redman has been one of the most outstanding American jazz saxophonists since he first emerged in the mid 1990s. Born into a highly creative family in Berkeley, California (his father Dewey Redman was a legendary saxophone player), Redman was playing from an early age, influenced by the jazz greats, including John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. Deferring a law degree programme in 1991 to pursue musical endeavours, was the jazz world's gain. Comfortable with both traditional and contemporary jazz, Redman has performed with a host of distinguished names including Charlie Haden, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau, McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette and The Bad Plus. Remarkably, for his many Irish fans, this is Redman's first tour of the country. Joining him are Reuben Rogers on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. / Des FitzGerald

   
 

September 17 2012


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

when
see link

how much
€6-€9

cinema
To Rome with Love

Woody Allen must have fallen on hard times because he's not only churning out the flicks these days, but he's also using them as an excuse to travel. This one sees him being all melodramatic in la bella Roma...there's the walking cliché who falls in love with a Roman on holiday, and becomes engaged after a whirlwind romance. Then there's her parents, who highlight the US/EU divide (with mother trying to play devil's advocate, as ever). Elsewhere there's the young couple, and their dangerously seductive third wheel - (smelling trouble yet?) and Alec Baldwin is basically an architect haunting a younger architect. Add a sprinkle of farce, Penelope Cruz as a lasciviously foul mouthed whore and some intelligent observations on the perks and pitfalls of celebrity, and you have a Woody Allen. There's cinema night sorted. / Kate Frances

 

September 17 2012


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
September 12th - 23rd

how much
€20

fringe
Briefs

If you think “burlesque with balls” is a figure of speech,think again. We’re talking Brisbane-based hunks that are well-versed in the art of tease. Coming from a background in circus, magic, dance, acrobatics, strip, drag and stand-up comedy, this is a show that has been running riot across the UK. Working in the old variety show format, Briefs involves a series of jaw-dropping acts executed with masterful dexterity by a team of performers. It's introduced by Savannah, “the love-child of the bearded-lady and the ring-master” a drag-queen with such an outrageously biting wit she would make Priscilla Queen of the Desert blush! Amid sugar and spice this show is a definite pleaser. If you’re queer (and I don’t mean gay) you’ve got to see it. Bring your boss, your girlfriends, fathers, grannies, one and all they’ll love it. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

September 18 2012


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

when
September 18th-22nd

how much
€10

fringe
Souvenir

Anyone who has seen Bush Moukarzel in any of the Pan Pan productions (The Idiots, Oedipus Loves You, The Crumbtrail) will know that if there was ever a PYT worth watching, it’s this lanky young Englishman. You may think naming off Theodore Adorno, Marcel Proust, David Lynch and Orson Welles as inspiration is enough to make you take intellectual cover and throw rotten veg at the pretension, but dismiss these thoughts! Bush is more likely to give you self-effacing humour than a lecture, well aware that the collective IQ of the audience always trumps. Using a collage of forms, this piece invites you to “be a spectator in your own absence” a look at what hurts, what we fear and what we cannot articulate. Compelling theatre from a talented actor on one of his first solo ventures, this is guaranteed to be beard-strokingly clever. / Marie Claire

 

September 19 2012


where
The Gaiety Theatre, 46 King St S, D2
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€25-€40

theatre
Steel Magnolias

"We've been on the run, driving in the sun, looking out for Mischa Barton. Oh, The Gaiety, here we come. Right back where we started from." We are so excited that our BFF Mischa Barton is finally starring here in Dublin in the role she was born to play - that of Shelby in Steel Magnolias. The ladyfolk of Steel Magnolias are so called because they are "as delicate as magnolias, but tough as steel." Mischa is plenty tough, after DUIs, being sectioned and passing out that time in Tijuana. It wasn't just that Ryan was always to carry her back to safety, alive or dead, but Mischa always had the balls to rebel, become a lesbian, shoot a rapist, star in St Trinians. Whatever it took. In this production Mischa will remind us why we love her as she stalks the stage all doe-eyed and innocent, and at the end, does what she does best...pretends to die. Break a leg, Misch! Your BFFS4EVA / Amy and Kate

 

September 19 2012


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

when
6:30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

If you haven’t seen this film, then your emotional education is seriously lacking. From the first scene it is both disconcerting and arresting, initially shot in first-person perspective through the eyes of a physically paralysed Jean-Dominique Bauby after suffering a stroke. The scope eventually broadens on the situation: the once chic and successful editor of French Elle has locked-in syndrome and can only communicate through blinking his left eye; his life is a tangle of complex relationships; and he is determined to write a book. A bevy of Parisian beauties constitutes much of his support network, but rather than provide objective relief their sincerity makes the story that much more touching. Schnabel’s mature and wonderfully restrained directing reflects the reality of the story, and has made it the IFI’s most popular film to date. / Jerath Head

   
 
Rafael Agapito - Fubá

Rafael is endeavoring to gently introduce Dublin palates to the fire of Brazil.

Cachaça (a type of rum) in Brazil is very intense. Here people are used to vodka and gin and when they get something as wild as cachaça they can be put off by the smell and the after taste. The idea for Fubá came in 2009; to refine the drink and make it a lot smoother.

Our process is very sustainable. We grow the sugar cane on our own farm; the fuel for heating the boilers comes from drying the leftover fibers; we oxygenate the left over liquid after distillation and use it as a fertiliser. Also the first fraction of alcohol that comes out of the distillation is very strong, around 98%, and we use it as ethanol fuel for cars.

We hold a night in Sweeney’s twice a month, to introduce people to Brazilian culture. The reaction has been great. The year before we started selling our product sales in Ireland were around 150 cases per year. So far this year we’ve sold 300 cases.

Rafael and Fubá host a Forró night in Sweeney's on Sunday, Sept. 16th, starting at 5pm. Tickets €10 available from HERE. PORTRAIT: Des Moriarty