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For one night only, Dublin stays up after its bedtime and cultural institutions fling open their doors to the public who try to get a year's worth of culture jammed into one night.

Lord knows we love Culture Night; the buzz is infectious, galleries are revitalised, and there's a real sense that everyone believes Dublin has more to offer than just a massive Penneys on Henry Street.

So why just act like 'culture' only exists on this one day? We should love, live, and breathe it all year round.

Whether you are lucky enough to know the code to Trinity's museum building (like I am), or have never crossed the threshold of The Natural History Museum (moi, aussi), remember that for price of every pint, there's BYOB event to attend, for every manky chicken fillet roll, there's a stroll to be had in Griffith Park, and for every visitor to the Banks of the 212 there's a le cool *155.

So who likes their culture twice nightly, rightly, rather than once yearly, nearly, Kate, Ciaran, Michael or Jerath?

"I found loads of old photos on the National Library of Ireland's Flickr account." - Tom Bourke
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September 20 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10pm

how much
€18-€22

dj set
Skream

My boss just heard me play the seminal Magnetic Man track I Need Air and his contribution, without even raising his head was "Skank". I won't lie. I was first introduced to Skream through being a barmaid skank in the corner of England that all skanks gather in, namely, Essex. Where the Migraine Skank was taken as seriously as the Foxtrot. But Magnetic Man were serious pioneers; there was old dab hand Artwork, beatboy Benga and the wunderkind Skream. He started mixing at 15; and at 24, is one of the most highly respected deckhands in the business, first coming to prominence with his remix of La Roux's addictive, but later grating, hit In For The Kill. This boy's dastardly dubstep in it's purest form, so learn the dubberwubber shoulder pump and get amongst it. Win Tickets / Kate Frances

 

September 20 2012


where
25 Lad Lane,
Baggot St,
Dublin 2

when
8pm-11pm

how much
Free (donation), BYOB

gig
Homebeat #9

Homebeat has quickly become one of the best outlets in the city to promote new Irish music. The reason it has done so is because it’s honest, welcoming and a hell of a lot of fun. As part of the Homebeat alumni I speak from experience when I say that artists get as much of a kick out of Homebeat as the crowd do. The line-up for Homebeat #9 proves this with aplomb! Dublin electro-pop rockers Sleep Thieves are joined by Adela and The Meanits and London’s Life Thru Iris to provide the tunes while you revelers get the chance to be a part of something rather warm and reassuring without digging further into your tightening pockets. Grab a few cans, tell your mates and keep Homebeat going for another winter. It could be a long one… / Battle

 

September 20 2012


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

when
7pm

how much
€11-€13

fringe
The Revolution Will Be Televised, Retweeted, And Available on 4OD

From Angry Birds to the Arab Spring via Gandhi, German bankers and suicide bomber graduation picnics, Abie Philbin Bowman has a lot on his mind. He's as interested in prodding an audience into action as much as getting a laugh. He continues where previous shows (Jesus: The Guantanamo Years and Stand-Up Against The Bankers to name but two) left off as he takes a surreal look at some of his bugbears (capitalism, religion and politics top the list) while simultaneously introducing the concepts of American political organizer Saul Alinsky or analysing Irish people’s inability to stage a revolution. On occasions when Bowman’s passion risks boiling over into all out rage, a one-liner arrives to defuse any potential meltdowns. This is post-boom satire delivered with a punch. / Brian Keane

 

September 20 2012


where
Royal Society of Antiquaries, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
Free (see competition)

dance
Ballroom Dance Off

There he was on stage in tops and tails accompanied by a wind-up gramophone. He was positioned just where he likes to be, the centre of attention, with the only suitable spotlight shining on him - the very sun itself. Hopping like a bunny on laced carrots. Demented to the passer-by yet the definition of decorum to those of us entranced. It was the highlight of a weekend and quite possibly the summer. That was June and David McDermott's (no relation) dance classes at Wonderlust in the Body & Soul festival. An exuberant champion and informer of a bygone era, McDermott's history is as flamboyantly entertaining as the persona suggests. Do you know your Charleston from your Lindy Hop? Your Jitterbug from your Jive? Shake off the shackles of time and any left feet inhibitions in splendidly suited Georgian surrounds. Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

 

September 20 2012


where
Dublin Civic Trust, 4 Castle Street, Dublin 2


when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
A Proposed Exhibition For The Irish House, Wood Quay

You going to the Proposal exhibition? It is, quite humorously, not an exhibition but, as I've said, a proposal for an exhibition to be held in the legendary Irish House pub. Which you may not be familiar with as it no longer exists. Although some of you might be familiar with it for its historic social importance or from a scene from Joe Strick's 1965 Ulysses adaption. It's elaborate stuccoed facade could easily rival the Bernard Shaw and, in fact, trump it with blatant nationalist symbolism. I suppose I should say the building no longer exists as a whole because the plaster figures from it's front were preserved (by Guinness) and now (owned by Diageo) are shown here and there - for example in the Civic Trist building where they create a comfortable backdrop for work created as a proposed exhibition within the walls they used to coat. / Georgia

   
 

September 21 2012


where
All over town

when
Until late...

how much
Free

celebration
Culture Night

For one night only this city throw opens its doors and invites you in. And it even scrubs itself up, gets the good ware out, and gets ready to play its party pieces. Visit grand old friends like the Mansion House, The Freemason’s Hall, and The Irish Georgian Society. Play with exciting new neighbours, in workshops at The Lab or The Lir. Admire the renovations at Urbanrug or poke around the studios at Windmill Lane or New Art Studios. Bring it to the street, with Engage Project’s re-imagined phone boxes. Make some small part of the city your own. Or just sit out, have a glass of something, and watch the exploring hordes, the pedestrians and cyclists, the young families and the old acquaintances; sit out and savour a city buzzing, for one night only, on culture alone. / Kieran Binchy

 

September 21 2012


where
Various locations, see link

when
September 21st - October 8th

how much
Free

exhibition
The Engage Art Project

The phone booth. Made famous by Colin Farrell, or is that the other way around? Abused, neglected, forgotten...and that's just Farrell. The phone box once formed an essential part of everyday living. It was how you made a date, how you broke a date, how you told your ma you were going to be late for your dinner. Emotion as well as loose change were invested in these street cabins. This Friday, watch as these spaces become visible again. Tank Collective (of which I am one) have, in association with eircom, commissioned contemporary Irish artists and designers to customise city centre pay phones. Working together with Culture Night, Open House and HWCH, this public art project also features free content that will be available on the phone lines. 'Engage' aims to amuse, inspire, and connect people to their city and its culture. Locations / Ciarán Walsh

 

September 21 2012


where
See Map

when
12pm - 8pm

how much
Free

event
Parking Day 2012

We approached our first Parking Day not knowing what to expect. We teamed up with the Outerscapes boys and anchored outside the Buddha Bag store. The idea, for those unfamiliar, is simple. Take a parking space and breathe life and ideas into it. Make it a hang-out hub or information point for an organisation. Anyways, we had mates, curious strangers, skangers and one particularly crazy man join us. This year we're back with Outerscapes except now they're off the back of a silver medal at Bloom for their NCBI sensory garden (no pressure Bref!) . We're planning some treats in the next 24 hours and will be tweeting advance notice. We're on Clarendon Row and neighbours with the 3fe barista conquistadors. There are 26 other participants dotted about the city - all pulling up to the bumper and nudging it out of our way. / le cool Dublin

 

September 21 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
12.30-2.00pm

how much
Free

party
Club Sandwich #1

This sambo's gonna be heavy on the May-OH! Ever had a massive lunch and though; Jeez, I'm waddling back into the office a couple of pounds heavier? Well, stress no longer, because help is at hand! Dance off that extra packets of Tayto with a lunchtime boogie-woogie at the Twisted Pepper! The founders of Homebeat will be bringing you an hour and a half of calorie-burning tunes that will make your thunder-thighs into thighs of thunder. The Ministry of Sound themselves couldn't have cooked up such an effective way to get ready for the weekend to begin. Remember though, no mitching off work, or you'll be grounded for next time. / Kate Frances

 

September 21 2012


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
See link.

how much
Free

culture night
Meeting House Square Round Up

Meeting House Square has to be my new flava fav. It’s not new no, but those weird brollies and the fact that the weather hasn’t been too bad (jinx) means that it’s turned into a regular people’s forum, a piazza, a hub, a place of joy friendship bladibla… After the good use the Fringe crowd have put it to, it’s getting some more loving this Friday from the Culturenighters. Start the night early with a dab of salsa presented by Masamba, pace yourself and settle back for some Cantairí Avondal followed by screenings including Far and Away (ahem).  As the darkness of the night closes in, expect some gravity-defying antics from the wonderful Paper Dolls. Melimage will also be there with their light installations which use historical and public spaces to make the city look like you've stepped into a child’s drawing. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

September 21 2012


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


when
6:30pm

how much
€13/€11

fringe
Codes

MIDASpaces have kicked it up a notch at this year’s Fringe with an immersive blend of dance, music and killer projection mapping. The collective’s fourth project is an expansion of their digital prowess - both musically and visually - combined with powerfully choreographed contemporary dance. The show itself looks at the evolving relationship between man and technology, oscillating between stripped down drum beats and intricate digital compositions. Similarly, the motion activated light projection pivots between crisp white blocks and complex graphic designs. What follows is a fluctuation of virtual and actual space wonderfully negotiated by the show’s three dancers. Codes is a marvellous exercise in synesthetic performance, showcasing beautifully what the MIDASpaces collective are all about. / Aoife Herrity

 

September 21 2012


where
South Frederick Street

when
From 6pm

how much
Free

culture night
South Frederick Street Round-up

Some crazy stuff is happening on South Frederick Street on Culture Night. It's East judo-chops West in this deliriously mad clash of cultures, with Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School doing mini life-drawing sessions at the Doorway Gallery, fortune cookie distributing, Trashfest screening Kung Fu movies, noodle-eating at the Brewbaker Cafe, Taiko drumming demonstrations (I don't know what this is, but I intend to find out), bellydancing, live music, origami, and martial arts demonstrations by Bujinkan Meehan Dojo. If it sounds absolutely mental, it probably will be, so tie on your black belt, grab your chopsticks (no seriously, it says to bring some), and prepare your wax-on wax-off routine for a roundhouse-kicking good time. / Chandrika

 

September 21 2012


where
International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7pm

how much
€11/€13

fringe
Foil, Arms and Hog

Welcome to the altar of the Foil, Arms and Hog and Cymbology, their sublime sketch show. The first thing that distinguishes these boys is their evident camaraderie and sense of ease in which they slip between guises. Characters such as Mika (Conor McKenna), the blow-up sex doll girlfriend or the ranty football coach (Sean Finegan) or Clara (Sean Flanagan), the vaguely coquettish Feis Ceoil child all fuel absurd, yet faintly realistic, scenarios. Tight-roping stand-up and sketch with assured audience interaction, the trio roll through what could easily be considered a greatest hits series without even resorting to their well known 'lads who love to flirt' chatline routine. A wonderful pun speckled tale of chair face love lands just before a couple is brought on stage for a fantastic Spanish soap opera finale. / Michael McDermott

 

September 21 2012


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
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when
8pm (ends 22nd)

how much
€11/€13

fringe
I'm Not A.D.H.D....I'm Bold

Teacher Dana Rosemary is visiting her therapist Ingrid. She's been having some issues in First Class with Hugo which is causing her to lash out through some salty rhyming verse. She's also forcing him to drink milk even though he's lactose intolerant. Hugo has A.D.H.D. and so does Dana where her thoughts are like "channel hopping in my head". Ingrid has esteem and relationship issues of her own. What Georgina McKevitt (Dana) and Clare Barrett (Ingrid) concoct is a comic firework and sharply observed slide into crazy. They unscrew the hinges off each other aided by some hilarious drama therapy with a puppet ("Ed Sheeran's love child"). Recommended for A.D.H.D. and koumpounophobia* sufferers and anyone who wants a genuine chuckle and a chance to turn the madness mirror on someone else. / Michael McDermott

 

September 21 2012


where
City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2.
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when
5.45, 6.30, 7.30, 8.30 and 9pm

how much
Free

culture night
Dubliners' Dubliners; from Araby to a Painful Case"

Following on from their exhibition of the same name that ran in the St Nicholas Di Myra Parish Hall earlier this year those Dublin stalwarts The Liberties Heritage Association are working their magic on Culture Night. Yes, there is a lot of free stuff on but where else will you get Marilyn Monroe, an insight into James Joyce’s singing career and a bona fide Broadway star! Eilin O’Dea will be interpreting Molly Bloom having hotfooted it straight from her success in the Big Apple. Offering a truly different insight into the city and its characters this will definitely be one of the more colourful events of the night. You might even learn some useless trivia like who it was that taught Vladimir Ilyich Lenin that “Rathmines accent.” Pop in and immerse yourself in a Dublin long gone but far from forgotten. / Frances Winston

   
 

September 22 2012


where
King 7 Bar and Restaurant, 122 Capel Street Dublin 1


when
9:30pm

how much
€5

birthday party
Rabble's 1st Birthday

rabble’s a wager. We reckoned Dublin could sustain a free paper that gave space to all its best impulses. We’re not naive, we faced huge problems of economy of scale. Producing and distributing a paper in today’s economic malaise was a fool’s mission. Well we managed it. Our next issue will be 32 pages and 10,000 copies. Too many people moan about the mainstream media’s propaganda model, yet do sweet FA to support alternatives. They don’t even imagine they’re possible. We’ve hustled by with gigs, ethical ads and sheer sweat. But we’re failing when it comes to one core aim, that the majority of our funding be crowd-sourced through our readers and supporters. It’d be a yoke off our back and let us concentrate on what we do best: ball-breaking, rabble rousing and bigging-up our rich cultural underbelly. Lets get free. / Reddy

 

September 22 2012


where
Community Centre on Charles St West /
Subground43, 43 Gardiner Lane (behind hill 16 pub), Dublin 1


when
5pm

how much
Free

food
Food for Thought 2

If you're a food-lover who has the stamina to stay up till 4am; this event is well up your insomniac, 3 am fridge-visiting alley. I like that the late-night strategy will alienate food bores - Rachel Allen and your aul mother-in-law, I'm looking at ye! Food for Thought is less about thought and more about pure enjoyment. With sugarpaste bells on. It promises to be somewhat of a disco-buffet, with a gastro-tour of the Carribbean with some Plantain fritters, an opportunity to be Out in Africa with some top-notch Ethiopian caw-fee (visiting the US for the pronunciation thereof) and tunes being spun, cards being dealt and paper being folded. Yup, music, food, card tricks and origami. / Kate Frances

 

September 21 2012


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
8:15pm (tickets also available for 6.15pm on 21st)

how much
€12-€14

fringe
The Oh Fuck Moment

“You’ll never feel more alone than in the moment when you fuck up.” It didn’t strike me until leaving The Oh Fuck Moment how remarkably true that statement is. Together, Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe shed poetic light on those moments that we try so hard to avoid, and are so inept at dealing with when they inevitably find us. Their delivery changes tempo, changes tone, makes you laugh, makes you wince; all the while leaving you with a growing suspicion that the content is aimed at you personally. It is, as much as it’s aimed at the person sitting beside you, or the person in the Abrakebabra across the street. The subject is a world full of evolutionary fuck-ups, born to make mistakes yet living in a society that scorns them, punishes them, and above all fails to learn from them. Participatory theatre at its finest. / Oscar Knight

 

September 22 2012


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

when
9pm - late

how much
€14

gig
Shit Robot

Marcus Lambkin returns to his native city for one last hoopla in 2012. A stalwart on James Murphy's DFA since the release of his Wrong Galaxy single in 2006 right up to From the Cradle to the Rave, his first full length release earlier this year, Shit Robot consistently helps peeps find love among other things in the discotheque. Fond of dropping squelchy, spacey disco and electro-flavoured house, Shit Robot is the man to instill an often absent sense of 'sound' euphoria in clubbing quarters here. Yes there'll most likely be hipster theatre-makers and account executives busting grooves beside you. And chances are you might know them or someone who does. Soak it up, stick on your AV visor and just be fabulous under the disco ball showering Shit Robot's sonic shards of dance illumination. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

 

September 22 2012


where
Fumbally Court Studio

when
6:30pm

how much
€13/€11

fringe
The Healthy Lovely Ladies Exercise Studio for Maximum Sex Attraction

Sick of being forced to scrape the barrel due to your rusty seduction routine? Release your grip on the tesco wonder wine and embrace the mantra of the Healthy Lovely Ladies who promise a 100% effective formula for maximum sex attraction. Open your mind and seize the chance for these energetic babes to get you in the know, all they request is that you "help us to help you to help yourself to reveal yourself to the new you". Four easy steps is all it takes to produce a physically, emotionally and spiritually superior version of your former self. Diaphragm strengthening, calming whale noises, and leotards that don't leave much to the imagination will leave you feeling centred and ready to take on the world. This studio does exactly what it says on the tin, and don't worry it's not all about the downward dog. / Sarah Maguire

   
 

September 23 2012


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

when
See link

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Diana Vreeland : The Eye Has To Travel

Diana Vreeland  knew that you had to suffer for fashion; and was the wise soul that pointed out that heroin addicts always seemed to have clear complexions; advice that many the supermodel has since heeded. This Parisienne of the highest order was responsible for giving us the iconic Edie Sedgwick - she's arguably more responsible for spidery eyelashes and peroxided scalps than the Andy 'you monster' Warhol. Vreeland famously declared that there was no such thing as style in America; just money, and was, to an extent, dismissive of the very style bibles that she shaped. This film promises to encapsulate the different aspects of her influence; the artistic, the personal, and her wider influence. If you come out still thinking a Ralph Lauren cable knit jumper is a valid 'style investment', I will actually weep. / Kate Frances

 

September 23 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
1:40pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
Spirited Away

Above all of Hayao Miyazaki’s work, Spirited Away wins my heart every time. It could be because the themes are up there with the heftiest of Studio Ghibli films, encompassing alienation, pollution and destruction of natural habitat, and the different forms of love. It could be that it is one of the most beautifully animated films to ever grace the anime genre. It could be that these things, combined with the pervading candor and innocence of the young heroine Chihiro, make me feel like a child without in any way feeling immature. Regardless, my excitement was at juvenile levels when I heard it would be playing on the big screen (an event I missed in 2002) as part of the ‘Landmark Films at the IFI’ series. Now, to find someone who will hold my hand and listen to whispered repeats of the above comments… / Jerath Head

   
 

September 24 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8pm

how much
€10

book club
Breakfast at Tiffany's

So,  I said, what about breakfast at Tiffany's? And you said...why? Because Audrey Hepburn is gleefully naughty and bambi eyed; a shoplifter with soul. The Light House invites you to compare and contrast Truman Capote's arresting novella with the somewhat fluffier Hollywood adaptation. Comparing a book with a movie is never easy; Q&A and Slumdog Millionaire, or the adaptations of Breakfast in Pluto were mainly successful because they were only the same story in essence. In association with Chapters, you'll be able to talk it out tonight. Does Holly Golightly really need a sky-high beehive and Moon River in the background to capture our hearts or are words enough? / Kate Frances

 

September 24 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
see link

how much
€6.12-€10.17

cinema
Now Is Good

This is a charming, strangely realistic exploration of being a teenager. Dakota Fanning plays Tessa, who has terminated her treatment for leukemia, and who's on the cusp of death. But there are things she wants to do. This is no Bucket List, as, while trying to get drug-taking and law-breaking aspirations realised, Tessa realises what is really important to her. The boy next door. It sounds awful, I know, like you should have a sick bucket at the ready, but the saddest thing about this film is a 17 year old girl thinking about the children that she will never have. But aside from tackling death, it will also ring true with parents (Paddy Considine, Olivia Williams) who deal with the death of their children's innocence at this time, who try to protect those who want to just forge their own way in the world. / Kate Frances

 

September 24 2012


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

when
see link

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Killing Them Softly

“There’s a man going around taking names/And he decides who to free and who to blame,” Johnny Cash’s gnarled voice sings as Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) struts into the frame. It’s an apt introduction to a man who is both ruthless and aloof in his quest to rid the New Orleans crime scene of potential rivals. Set against the backdrop of the 2008 presidential election, Killing Them Softly follows two tyro criminals as they carry out a heist on a mob-protected poker game and the dire consequences that follow. While that might sound like standard gangster fare, what sets Killing Them Softly apart is its execution. Intermittently laced with gallows humour, political references and shots of a desolate, rain-covered cityscape, it is as gritty and entertaining a film as you will see all year. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

September 25 2012


where
Siopella, 9 Crow Street, Temple Bar


when
All day

how much
€3 per item

fundraiser
It's a dog's life @Siopaella...

Never let it be said that fashion people are as shallow as their ice cream bowls; cos Siopaella are doing plenty of good on Crow Street, with this fundraiser for the charity A Dog's Life. They have stocked up on over 250 designer threads which they're going to sell at...€3 a pop. Yup. That's a double cheeseburger and a burger on the McDonalds Eurosaver menu. Bargain. Don't panic too much about camping on Crow Street on Monday night and missing University Challenge though; the lovely people at Siopaella will be replenishing stocks on the hour. Fantastich! Say goodbye to going all Aer Lingus on consignment shopping and hitting up New York for your fix; and say hello to this little slice of that Big Apple here in humble lil' Dublin town! / Cora Burke

 

September 25 2012


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

when
7pm

how much
€30

gig
W.A.S.P.

Blackie Lawless may well be the most badass man in metal history. Before Nikki Sixx and Ozzy were snorting ants, before Joey DeMaio declared that he was willing to die for metal; Blackie Lawless was setting his boots on fire whilst eating worms onstage… and that’s just the start of it. Along with being a radical lunatic, Lawless possesses one of the most erotic voices on the planet. If Rihanna was out of line with S&M, Blackie Lawless should be thrown in to solitary for his lyrics in Animal: "I'll do whatever I want to, to ya. I'll nail your ass to the sheets. A pelvic thrust and the sweat starts to sting ya, I f*ck like a beast.” With a back catalog of over 30 years and more spandex than Superman and Spiderman put together what more could you ask for on a Tuesday night? / Battle

 

September 25 2012


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

when
7pm

how much
€22.90

gig
DragonForce

Quite possibly known best as the bane of every Guitar Hero geek in 2007 with the absurdly intricate Through the Fire and Flames, DragonForce are the embodiment of power metal. Their epic, fantasy-based lyrics make you feel like Thor wielding his mountain-leveling hammer. The barrage of solos from guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman are like lightning blasts from Zeus. The thunderous double kicks of drummer Dave Mackintosh are portents of the Apocalypse and it’s horsemen. The sheer power in their music could provide enough electricity to run Co. Carlow. How six people could bash out tunes in such ridiculous time signatures whilst maintaining phenomenal levels of technical ability makes my head hurt. In conclusion, this gig will instill you with the might of so many mythological figures that you’ll need a lightning rod and some Solpadeine Max. / Jerath Head

 

September 26 2012


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Until September 29

how much
Free

exhibition
Dave Walsh - The Cold Edge

For most of us the closest we'll get to towering blocks of ice involves picking away at ones freezer, sucking down brightly coloured slushies and, if lucky, an incident with a glacier and an old pair of pjs (long story). That was, until the work of photographer Dave Walsh. Having journeyed to both icy expanses on our globe, clad with a camera and an eye for capturing blink-and-they're-gone moments, Walsh transports us to these crystallized worlds through his mesmerizing shots. The spectacle of this ever changing environment is perfectly portrayed by his ephemeral images of wilderness and wildlife. These photographs are not only breathtaking but, like the floating icebergs, there's a lot more to them below the surface. Even in the warm homey atmosphere of the Copper House they will send a shiver down your spine. / Sarah Maguire

 

September 26 2012


where
Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the Arch, off Cope Street, Temple Bar, D2
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when
10am-5:30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
An Elsewhere Place

For long-term inhabitants of the urban sprawl, Niamh Flanagan’s An Elsewhere Place pounds home the inherent need most of us have to get away, to experience a utopia comprised of clean air and cleaner ideals. Somewhere we can shrug off city living and reassess with the soul-shifting capacity that only travel can provide. Comparing moody, subdued etchings with photography of a similar vein, this exhibition is a love letter to the ideals of stories such as Into The Wild. Her own text work provides a narrative thread, completing a unique and engaging body of work. Upstairs, fellow artist in residence Paul Furneaux from Edinburgh Printmakers showcases an abstract collection of traditional Japanese wood-block prints, reflecting his exploration into the varying conditions of a landscape. All in all, a visual and visceral trip. / Oscar Knight

 

September 26 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
4.20pm, 8.45pm

how much
€8.70

cinema
Premium Rush

If you’ve ever cursed a taxi driver as they sped past you almost knocking you over on your way to deliver an important package (we're all about the bicycle courier here, go Cyclone!) you'll relish this chase movie set in New York on our two-wheeled friends. Wiliee, our courier pal, is just trying to deliver what he assumes is another package but unbeknownst to him his cargo is worth a lot of money and when a dirty cop gets wind of it he hunts Wiliee down in an attempt to procure it to pay off a loan shark. This is far better than the premise suggests, but any film that opens with someone being thrown from their bike after a collision gets  your attention and the thrills don’t let up. Sit back for a very enjoyable ride. / Frances Winston

   
 
Mark Bailey - Aerosol Picnic

Mark Bailey sprays a story about Sandymount's Festival of Urban Art.

I was one of the people who started the Bridge Jam graffiti event in Drogheda 18 years ago, and I think that Ireland has come quite a long way on a global level. Having festivals that bring well-known artists here sparks an interest for younger generations, and makes the public aware that it isn’t just vandalism, it’s an art form. 

When Smith and Kennedy Architects approached me about the project in Sandymount (bringing distressed NAMA properties to acceptable levels) they originally asked if we just wanted to paint the hoarding. I suggested trying to make a festival out of it to get the people who live there involved. They are the ones who have to see it every day.

We’re having bands and DJs play over the two days, with food stalls and workshops for kids. It’s an early project to see how much enthusiasm we can generate, and where the idea might take us.

The Aerosol Picnic takes place this weekend in Sandymount. PORTRAIT: Louise Gaffney