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We love gigs. We push to the front, we throw our knickers on the stage and we bruise our backs in ill-advised crowd-surfing moments.

We know there's an art to capturing these moments for posterity too but we're too busy soaking in the atmosphere to pull out our i-Phones. That's why we were pleased to be asked by Hard Working Class Heroes to judge their photography exhibition on their tenth anniversary. 

We're pleased to say we weren't confronted by images of the dodgy haircuts of OTT or Lorraine Keane and Ryan Tubridy pretending to be hip at Electric Picnic, but instead by dreamy portraits of Niamh Farrell of Ham Sandwich in the Unitarian Church, sweaty action shots of Vintage Trouble, Steve Vrai as man who plays guitar...and rawks. There were crowd shots that made us feel alive, memories reinvigorated, aching for this year's HWCH to just get started already!

If you like music, or photography, or both, join us at the Twisted Pepper on Saturday when we'll be launching an exhibition of the winning shots as the countdown to that annual weekend of Irish music commences...

So who's saying Thunderbirds are go on this one? Kate, Ciaran, Michael or Jerath?

"This cover was inspired by next month's Open House weekend." - Tom Bourke
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September 27 2012


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€16

gig
Om

I first became aware of Om when Joshua Hayward of The Horrors pulled their record out of the bag in an Amoeba YouTube video. Om make psychedelic rock to play Traffic Lights to. It's like pressing down on the screen of your calculator and watching green to to blue turn to pink, it's like looking at the sky for too long, until the clouds turn to dinosaurs and the birds darting by become their prey, or holding your breath under water, trying to count the fishies. These California guys know how to switch your brain into meditation mode with a few instruments. Gebel Barkal will hypnotise you into a blissful state of semi-conciousness, while Meditation is the Practice of Death will leave you well practised. Imagine if Alan Vega and George Harrison had a lovechild...well, that's probably a fair approximation of Om. Win Tickets / Kate Frances

 

September 27 2012


where
Manning's Bakery & Café, 39/40 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.

when
Regular Opening Hours

how much
Depends


Manning's Bakery & Café

Amid the squalid store-fronts of Thomas St, the smart facade of Mannings bakery shines forth like a beacon, a welcoming refuge from the hatchet-faced hawkers outside. For over fifty years now they have been doing something right. All human life is here, intersecting at the common purpose of sustenance. There are mauve-haired local crones, grateful tourists, men mouthing the headlines of their red tops and artfully jaded NCAD students called Suki. They've all chosen well, a recent infusion of young blood means that alongside the high-def bakery confections you will find some of the best sandwiches in town - try the roast beef & horseradish or the 'fresh & tangy' with chicken & fennel. Their brewer's breakfast is a tippler's salvation, smoked mackerel with boxty is delicious and unexpected. Good coffee, good pricing. Just good. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

September 27 2012


where
Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
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when
2pm-7pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Postal Geography

"Weather here, wish you were great." The greatest postcard I've never written, and probably never will. In this age of impersonal and instant communication, the postcard lies just behind the hand-written letter as the thing you always mean to send but know deep down you never will. Thanfully then, there are people like the families of  García Lorca and De los Ríos, who in the first half of the twentieth century sent each other postcards almost daily. Martin Parr, photographer and a specialist in postcards has selected the most important ones for this exhibition. This display will bring us closer to the most intimate side of the life of the most celebrated Spanish poet: Federico García Lorca. The equivalent these days would be something as monstrous as Facebook publishing all your private messages. Oh, wait.. / Vernon Steel

   
 

September 28 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10:30pm

how much
€15/€12

gig
Venetian Snares

Venetian Snares (birth name Aaron Funk, no joke) is one of the few real artists amongst electronic musicians. His music is compiled from a heavily diverse range of genres, an attribute he prefers to refer to as "Surrealism.” Funk can twist evocative string samples into a sort of electro opera, or he can wreck your head with 7/4 timed breakcore and intense references to the zombie apocalypse. With over 30 releases on various labels since 1999, he has the prolific nature that characterizes most artists, to boot. It’s difficult to tell you what to expect from a Venetian Snares set, other than a unique sensory overload that will likely result in a euphoric, mass recession to sweaty, heaving simian-hood. / Oscar Knight

 

September 28 2012


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

when
11pm

how much
€15/€12.50 (early bird)

dj set
Aeroplane

Yes, that's right; Aeroplane has finally landed. Following a number of festivals and sold-out club shows worldwide, the Italian-Belgian DJ producer is coming to our fine city to provide you with the finest in-flight entertainment. Noted for his popular remixes of hits such as Friendly Fires' "Paris", Vito de Luca is sure not to disappoint. With his debut album We Can't Fly, he is guaranteed to give all you electronica and disco fans a great start to the weekend. Having packed in as many funky and energetic tunes as the Ryanair weight policy would allow, Aeroplane is one act you don't want to miss. Get set for some turbulence (the good, sweaty, endorphin inducing kind), as everyone is sure to be dancing down the aisles. Win Tickets / Aisling Keane

 

September 28 2012


where
Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€30

comedy
Ross Noble

Ross Noble is what Russell Brand has spent his sober years trying to emulate, with the aid of a backcombing brush and Oxford Encyclopedia. Noble is an unwilling surrealist comic. He just happens to speak in a manner that resembles a two year old trying to describe a washing machine to a Martian. Noble is a gaudy Geordie; a man who has to really labour his voice in order to be heard over his very loud shirts. Noble is a very funny man; his sets are largely improvised; perhaps reminiscent of early nineties comics like Sean Hughes in that respect; and planning is reduced to just a few topics scrawled on scraps of paper. His sets are palpably electric; highly physical...well they'd have to be when you're demonstrating how to walk with Breville Toaster legs.../ Kate Frances

 

September 28 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
see link

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Holy Motors

Ever wonder what's really going on behind the tinted windows and gleaming exteriors of the stretch limos of the super-rich? Leo Carax's Holy Motors attempts to answer that question in a truly insane way, with a succession of performances from star Denis Lavant that almost defy description. Taking on at least nine different roles (from an acrobatic ninja in a motion capture suit, to a sinister tracksuited hitman, to a wildly bearded hunchback who runs around Père Lachaise eating flowers before kidnapping Eva Mendes) the actor is utterly convincing no matter how outlandish the transformation. Oh and he also finds time to indulge in a musical number with Kylie Minogue. Some may find it baffling and alienating, I found it hilarious and exhilarating. It's a genuine cinematic event and Lavant deserves to win every award going. / Conor McDevitt

   
 

September 29 2012


where
Supafast Building, Great Strand Street, Dublin 1,


when
12pm-8pm

how much
Free

market
Starling Market

What is a Starling Market? Can you buy starlings there? Will there be a murmuration of starlings swirling overhead? Will Elbow be there to serenade you sweetly with their love song Starlings? Am I just staaarling for words? It’s hard to say, really. What can be assured is that this one day pop-up market will be crammed with a glorious array of fares and wares. Local arts and crafts will give way to clothes, jewellery and all manner of pre-loved goods. You can even bag yourself an exotic pet to increase your social status or surprise your mistress with. How bazaar. Any Setar players would no doubt be a welcome addition, however music and the background yammer of a jammed Supafast building will be provided. Oh, and it’s BYOB. How else would we have a market in this city? / Jerath Head

 

September 29 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€12/€10

gig
Toby Kaar

If someone can show me a more vibrant, current scene than that of electronic music in Ireland,I will eat my Macbook (complete with cracked copy of Ableton Live). There is a singularity of ambition and expression, and perhaps even a sense of humour imbued in the music that marks our producers out as top class talent in international terms. At the vanguard of all this is Toby Kaar. Early tracks such as Bread and Bayleaf still stand out as beautifully textured works, but recent live performances have seen a move towards a more intense sound. What sets Kaar apart is his ability to increase this intensity without losing any of his sparkle and vitality. He’s past the stage of being one to watch, he’s one to find headlining. So down jackets and dance your socks off to absolutely top class, homegrown talent. Win Tickets / Emmet Condon

 

September 29 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
see link

how much
€6.12-€10.17

cinema
Looper

After his Wes Anderson-aping misfire The Brothers Bloom, Brick director Rian Johnson is back on surer ground with this noirish mind-bender. I don't have the space to recount the intricacies of the plot here but suffice to say it involves time travel and why killing your future self isn't always a good idea. Buried under a distracting amount of facial prosthetics, Joseph Gordon-Levitt rises to the challenge of playing a guy who's going to grow up to be Bruce Willis with aplomb (it's not quite an impersonation but he's got the smirk down pat) and there's a terrific scene where the two actors attempt to figure out the ramifications of their meeting over an uneasy cup of coffee. Not quite the all out actioner it's being marketed as, Looper is nonetheless a satisfyingly cerebral spin on James Cameron's classic The Terminator. / Conor McDevitt

 

September 29 2012


where
Monster Truck Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


when
9pm-2:30am

how much
€10

fundraiser
Minimum Maximum #4

Reception for Nialler9’s series of fundraising showcases has thus far overwhelmed the Monster Truck Gallery, both in physical capacity and in a display of support. The fourth and final installment isn’t likely to be an exception, signing off the Minimum Maximum nights in blissful fashion. Producer Monto’s restrained, effects-laden tracks will slip you out of the mad sheer of Saturday night in Temple Bar, and into your groove. Dublin duo Forrests will ignite cerebrums with their delightfully progressive melodies, and past le cool sweetheart Simon Cullen sets course for bright shores with his latest project Ships. With DJ sets from Lil’ Dave and Forza Italo to see you into and out of the night and a BYOB policy, it appears we have left you with very little recourse. / Oscar Knight

 

September 29 2012


where
College Green
Dublin 2

when
11am - 1pm

how much
Free, BYOB(ook)

bookfair
Respublica - #engage

Last week, for Culture Night, several city centre phone boxes were transformed by different designers and makers as part of the #engage project. Res Publica, a group of six young architects, built a ‘mini-library’ on College Green, and today they invite you to sit down, have a coffee, read a newspaper, exchange a book. In return for donating one of your previously-loved books, you are welcome to take away some else's. (Strictly no 50 Shades of Grey...) The genesis of the idea is recent research into the potential future use of Central Bank as a new Central Library, along with a general interest in our attitude to Dublin’s public spaces. See a book, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck. / Dominic Hartely

   
 

September 30 2012


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 28 October

how much
Free

exhibition
Patrick Hogan - Still

Tipperary is a county forever immortalized by the British Army in World War 1 and a handy bunch of lads with a hurl and sliotar. It certainly is a long way to Tipperary but once you get there, it can be hard to leave. Patrick Hogan has called the place home for the past two years and it is with ‘Still’, his new collection of images, that the real beauty of rural Tipp becomes apparent for all to see. His collection of compelling portraits, still lives and landscapes explore the quieter parts of the county, finding elegance and charm in places that others would not. Hogan uses the camera as it should be used, as a tool to explore and display the inconclusive uncertainties of everyday life. At the heart of the work is a questioning of whether it is possible to develop a meaningful visual understanding of his intimate and immediate world. / Battle

 

September 30 2012


where
Dancehouse, Foley Street Dublin 1


when
10am-6pm

how much
€10 per class

dance
Day of Dance for Lily Mae

Little Lily-Mae Morrison was recently been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma which effects 1 in 100,000 children in Ireland. Being one of the lesser known variants of the disease funding for research is sorely lacking, so her parents have decided to raise some badly needed cash for the cause. Given that they are well known professional dancers Judith Sibley and Leighton Morrison, and that Lily-Mae loves to dance, what better way to do this than to have people don their dancing shoes and trip the light fantastic on a day dedicated to all things dance. With over 40 different classes on offer, led by some of the country's top teachers and suitable for all levels and ages 2-92, there is something for everyone and what could be more fun than dancing yourself dizzy while helping to raise money for a good cause. / Frances Winston

   
 

October 01 2012


where
Bewley's Theatre Cafe, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
01 635 5470‎
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when
Doors 12:50pm

how much
€10

tribute
The Diceman Show

The Diceman was born with the decidedly less Marvel moniker Thomas McGinty in Glasgow; but became a Dublin cult. The Grafton Street Performer was once mistaken for an actual statue and carried through the streets by a couple of not-so-wily thieves. He's also probably the most recent non-IRA member to have been crowned High King of Ireland. Quite the achievement for a Scot with a penchant for high heels. Unfortunately for McGinty, and our city, he was Ireland's first high profile AIDs victim. His contribution to the city was repaid through the fundraising night The Diceman Cometh, which saw Gavin Friday and others take to the stage, to raise money for his treatment. Dermot Bolger described him as 'a Pied Piper who brought art into the lives of real people' and if you even get the slightest taste of that magic at this show, you will be very happy. Win Tickets / Kate Frances

 

October 01 2012


where
Whelan's Upstairs, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
Devon Sproule

In October 2009 I found myself sitting at the front of Crawdaddy (RIP) braving the winter wind for a quick intake of nicotine when a wild looking but soft spoken American asked me for a light. He told me he lived in Virginia with his wife and played music. Moments later he got the call and was gone. The next time I saw him was, quite literally, minutes later on stage with said wife, Devon Sproule. I admit I didn’t know what to expect from the husband / wife duo but what followed was a magical hour of harmony-laden, bone warming folk. Sproule playfully frolicked around the stage barefoot in a white dress whilst her husband Paul held everything down with a trusty old Fender Telecaster. This one promises lots of between-song-banter and red wine sing alongs to beat the band. Expect plenty of new material from her latest offering – I Love You, Go Easy. / Battle

 

October 01 2012


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
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when
8pm

how much
€15/€12

concert
Sam Jackson

New Irish jazz albums don't come around all that often and the path that pianist Sam Jackson has taken to this point is an interesting one. Jackson's disc Sharp & Flat is a blend of jazz, classical and traditional styles, which, at times, reminded me of the thoughtful European chamber jazz of Munich’s ECM label. It's not surprising therefore to note that the album was mixed by Jan Erik Kongshaug who has worked with some of the greatest jazz artists including ECM artist Keith Jarrett. Reflecting Jackson's nomadic lifestyle touring the globe with Druid Theatre and Moya Brennan, the music was recorded in Europe, the US and New Zealand - along with family flats and, intriguingly, a tree house in Kilkenny. Sam Jackson will be joined in the NCH by Shane O'Donovan on drums, Dave Mooney on double bass with some special guests on the night. Win Tickets / Des FitzGerald

   
 

October 02 2012


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€20

gig
Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group

Omar Rodriguez Lopez is a magician. Through At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta he honed his mind-bending abilities with an electric guitar, and on the side has gathered a group of musicians to indulge in more obscure practices. They are highly adept at warping soundscapes, to the extent that you may experience visions, speak in tongues and lose control over your limbs. If this doesn’t happen, there is still a good chance that the pool of experimental-psychedelic-electronic-progressive-rock-jazz-fusion energy that they have been generating since 2005 will permeate your very being, transporting you to a higher plane of existence. If you fail to experience any of this, then you will probably leave with a bewildered sense of elation that no other gig has ever resulted in. Either way, there will be some degree of magic involved. Win Tickets / Jerath Head

 

October 02 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
see link

how much
€6.12-€10.17

cinema
Savages

Blake Lively admittedly isn't the greatest actress, but she is lucky that she shows exemplary skill in conveying 'concern' and 'hedonism', and even luckier that those are the only emotions that her part in this film call for. She is the paramour of two men, played by Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch. They're best mates, one a hippy, the over a mildly unhinged Afghanistan veteran who used his tours to import prime marijuana seed into the US. So we have a super-weird menage a trois, weed, and then...MEXICAN DRUG WAR! Yipee! Blake gets to change from 'hedonism' to 'concern', Mr Afgahni-war-man gets to wield guns and Benicio del Toro creeps the Caspar out of you. There are guns, blood, intrigue and a hostage situation. It's not brain surgery, but this film is worth seeing; if not for John Travolta's ironed forehead, for Salma Hayek's Spock wig. / Kate Frances

   
 

October 03 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€8/€7

screening
Clueless

This modern adaptation of Emma is full of advice that I know I'll be passing on to my kids, like, there's no need to practice parking, everywhere you go has valet, it's perfectly fine to get laced on a doobie at a party; but it's quite another to be baked all day, and if Calvin Klein says it's a dress, it's a dress. Cher Horowitz lives in a classic Hollywood mansion "the columns date all the way back to the 1970s!" She was brought up by her Dad after her mother died during a routine liposection (she was such a Betty!). Cher may be a brat, but she has a heart, taking the new girl at school, Tai (played by the late Brittany Murphy) under her wing, teaching her the ways of Cindy Crawford's buns of steel and the joys of an expanded vocabulary. It's a film to be enjoyed...and not sporadically! Win Tickets / Kate Frances

 

October 03 2012


where
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
Location Map

when
5pm

how much
€15

opera
Tristan und Isolde

Romance, betrayal, potions, poisons and chivalric code. This is the tragic Arthurian tale of forbidden love featuring an Irish princess, Isolde, who is betrothed to an English king, Marke, and her lovestruck Breton suitor, Tristan. It is a heartbreaking allegory for unachievable desires that echoes through the centuries. You may recall from school the analogous Deirdre & Naoise, in which Conchobar attempts to divide the lovers of the tale’s title. One reason these narratives are so resonant with this writer, is I once played the role of Deirdre in a school play (not my first foray into crossdressing amateur dramatics, having played Mary in The Nativity...). Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde is widely considered to be five of the finest hours the operatic repertory has to offer, so if you can spare it, dig out the dickie bow and toddle along. Win Tickets / Simon Judge

 

October 03 2012


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€29

gig
John Cale

Forget Lou Reed and his tarred vocal range; John Cale has to be the ingredient that pushed the Velvet Underground beyond controversial lyrics and decent tunes sung by edgy PYTs over that thin line, to a band of musical genius. Cale, a Welshman, donated his erratic and fiercely modern Viola skills to the quintessential New York band. Would Heroin or Venus in Furs be as dramatic without the screechings of Cale's Viola? Those screechings always seemed to me the nearest aural representation of the yearning of the soul...Cale has moved with the times; he has covered LCD Soundsystem, as well as releasing original material that is as vibrant as his snappily dressed self. If you fancy joining me basking in his glamorous glory, I can't think of any better way to spend an evening. Win Tickets / Kate Frances

 

October 03 2012


where
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free

talk
Revolutionary Dublin, 1913-1923

I've always thought the 1916 rising was a bit over-rated. After four years studying the thing, I know that to be the case. 1916 wasn't a popular movement, it was a premature and ill organised skuffle and the only thing they really got right was the timing, which they didn't even really take advantage of (who doesn't take the only important man in the Castle hostage when all the soldiers are at the races?!). In 1914, England's Difficulty became Ireland's Opportunity and ideas began to form, in 1915 they left us our Fenian  dead and this got the 1916 ball rolling; the Castle martyred the rebels, popular opinion did a 360 and HELLO, REVOLUTION (or a very effective underground government)! If that potted history leaves you wanting more, hit this up. / Cora Burke

   
 
Tara Leathers

Those aren't elves who've been burning the midnight oil making shoes...we met Tara Leathers' Siana to chat custom cobbling...

I've been working at Tara Leathers for eight years. I've been making shoes for sixteen years, eight here and eight in Mongolia, where I learnt from my brother.

The most difficult shoes I ever made were moccasins for an American man. They were made out of belt leather, which is very hard, so I wet it, and shaped it over a mould and hand-stiched them. 

There aren't very many people in Ireland making custom, handmade shoes. I heard years ago that Ireland was once full of shoemakers, but that doesn't seem to be the case now.  I've made real one-off shoe designs, real uniques for my customers. Also, a lot of people have foot problems, so we can make them properly fitted shoes. It isn't good to buy the wrong size!

Tara Leathers, 1 Tara Street, D1. PHOTO: Cliona O'Flaherty