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The word ‘sound’ is often bandied about. In essence it denotes a decent skin and someone trust-worthy. One of the most significant currencies at use in this city at the moment is based around this very notion of being 'sound'.

Reputational capital is being silently traded every single day without fuss, fanfare or speculation. It's not easily earned but one that every one of or us has access to accumulate over time. It is a resource that was clearly abused and squandered in the boom times. 

Everyday we read about the honest person who take their responsibilities to friends, colleagues and society seriously. Then we read about those who don't blink at the idea of shedding their skin in one fell swoop. But it's a marathon, not a race.

In time, reputation carries more heft than any calculation of financial worth. It's a epitaph for the living and one where true market value emerges.

Whose encouraging you to pay it forward and sing it back this week? MichaelCiaran or Kate Frances?

"I am inspired every day by the creativity here in Dublin." - Ivor Noyek
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October 04 2012


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

when
Runs until October 7th

how much
€15-25

theatre
Everyone is King Lear in his own Home

Brace yourselves: it's loud, there is nakedness, an on-stage toilet and a live rodent. This is Pan Pan's brave, intense take on King Lear. Stripped back to a cast of two, we find Lear and his daughter stretched on humanity's rack in a one bedroom flat. The opening scene, soundtracked by a blaring Venus in Furs, is particularly visceral. They start as they mean to go on. Tracts of original text are stitched together with devised dialogue, very loud music (more Velvets), silence, smoking, singing and bawling. This cacophony comes together due to the singular vision of the director (Gavin Quinn) and two mesmerising performances (Andrew Bennett and Judith Roddy). The ancient, reinvigorated Smock Alley is the ideal intimate venue. See it or pluck out thine eyes. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

October 04 2012


where
Depends, see link.

when
See link for details.

how much
Free

festival
#engage art project

Time to bring it all back phone. This week sees the final leg of the the #engage art project, an offering from the Tank Collective who commissioned six contemporary Irish designers to re-fashion six Dublin city centre phone boxes. You may have followed the saga of the stolen Lionel Richie installation, but now the project moves from art to audio. Supporting HWCH and Open House with audio guides available in the booths, Tank are also offering the public  free walking tours of the installations, free gigs and 'one free phone call' to anyone in the world, famous or fictional, dead or alive (dial 1800 303 464 and press # to leave your message). The most fun in a phone box since this. / Vernon Steel

 

October 04 2012


where
Various venues, see link

when
October 4th, 5th, 6th

how much
€20 (day pass) €45 (weekend)

festival
Hard Working Class Heroes

Perhaps the Hardest (yes, a capital H) thing about this year’s festival (the 10th) is achieving the power of omnipresence whilst still maintaining your street cred and not resorting to those nasty Jesus sandals. This magic trick aside, it’s also pretty tough to plan any sort of all-encompassing route through the maze of native musical excellence that this festival delivers to the funpark of your weekend. Highlights run thick and fast like the BBC at the end of the Olympics – but may I suggest that you build the mansion of your HWCH weekend upon the pillars of these performances: Sans Chateaux, Ghosts, CLU, CFIT, Cocophone, Come On Live Long, Sleep Thieves and The Dirty 9s. The trick is to surrender yourself to the triumphantly shining bastion of indiginous musical ingeniuty and generally life affirming beast that is #HWCH12. Win Weekend Pass / Emmet Condon

 

October 04 2012


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

when
10:30pm

how much
€7/€5 cheaplist

club night
Bad Behaviour

Listen up ma brahs, don't you totally miss Bondi in Stillo? Remember getting the meet in the pissy water at the beach parties? Duderinos, are you like me and are like so ready for a nu-wave to your Dublin clubbing experience? Ma bad ass motha fuck sweet broz at Bad Behaviour are, and they're gonna play ALL of LMFAO's back catalogue of singles and B-sides not to mention mash-up remixes! And we're all totally over Jaegerbombs already. Pffft, nah. SYC. PSYCH Y'ALL! But JAEGERZZ are so two thousand and late - Hogbombz is where it's at, amirite Chris Brown with your sweet noo tatt? It's Dublin hottest, fratboyiest, drinks promotioniest night evar!!!!exclamation mark. Check out their facebook group cuz DOZ BOYZ R 2 KEWL 4 LOWERCASE, so you know you're in for a legit night (*nite). Wigglewigglewiggle! BYOFlunitrazepam. / Karl Watson

 

October 04 2012


where
Meet at National Gallery of Ireland


when
6pm

how much
Free

tour
First Thursdays

Your first valentine's card, your first kiss, your first foray into adult life and first taste of bliss.  If you think you've completed your first of everything then hold up, seasoned pro, you need to add your first Thursday to that list. The First Thursdays Dublin Tour returns today where host, Pace Borza, brings tour goers to at least three Dublin galleries, where they meet the curator, get a better insight in to each exhibition and maybe get a sneaky free glass of wine too. This Thursday the tour heads to Merrion Square, meeting @ 6pm in The National Gallery of Ireland, and also visiting The Goethe Institut and The CfCP. Get rid of all your art awkwardness and hide among the crowd, sip some wine, engage in conversation and dont let your first be your last. / Vernon Steel

 

October 04 2012


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

when
see HERE

how much
see HERE

theatre
Druid Murphy Trilogy

The highlight of this year's Theatre Festival. The one show, or should I say, the three shows you cannot miss. Regarded both internationally and at home as one of the most intense producers of Irish drama in over a decade, Druid Theatre Company celebrate the work of legendary playwright, Tom Murphy with unforgettable skill and class. With standing ovations every night in their native Galway, rave reviews from the West End and the hottest ticket in New York, Druid Murphy has been championed wherever it has travelled to over the last five months. Finally, it has come to Dublin. We have been given two weeks to get our teeth into the three plays; Conversations of a Homecoming, Whistle in the Dark and Famine. Directed by Gary Hynes, Druid Murphy can only be described as epic. / Jack Olohan

   
 

October 05 2012


where
All over, see links

when
October 5th - 7th

how much
Free, see website

festival
Open House

We all harbour the inherent desire to discover what hides behind closed doors, I blame that flame haired scoundrel Bosco for cranking it up a notch. Thankfully it's time to satisfy our curiosity as the Irish Architecture Foundation wows once again with their Open House Dublin weekend, which sees almost 100 buildings throw open their doors and invite us in for a snoop. Peak into the nooks and crannies of urban living by stepping into No. 31 Leeson Street, complete with an interior Ron Burgundy would be proud of, or enjoy a unique city wide view from under the terrace of Dublin's first skyscraper. There's also plenty in the programme to tickle your contemporary architecture fancy with award winning buildings such as the Dept. of Finance and the Trinity Long Room Hub. And yes Bosco's fave, the zoo, is also included. / Sarah Maguire

 

October 05 2012


where
Bagots Hutton
28 South William Street,
Dublin 2


when
8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
The Analogue Studio Exhibition

The tourist in the café lifted his 35mm Leica and whispered. "I take a picture, I don't know what it looks like. I wait until I get home, then I send the roll away, then I wait for the photos to come back. Then I know. Only then." He glanced scornfully at my DSLR. "That…that has no soul." If instant digital gratification (ahem) seems a little too, well, easy for your liking then Alex Sapienza might just be your new favourite photographer. The dapper Roman has been a top documentary cameraman in Dublin for a decade now, but his latest passion is wet plate photography - using the techniques of the Victorian era to take unique portraits in his South William Street studio. The result is a divine fusion of 19th century technology and the impeccable bella figura style of 21st century Italy. You'll never look better. / Luke McManus

 

October 05 2012


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

when
see HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
What Richard Did

Upon first hearing about What Richard Did, the title conjured up thoughts of a children’s novel, detailing the misadventures of a bold, mischievous boy. A male counterpart to What Katy Did, if you will. In actuality, the film is about a young man from an affluent Dublin suburb who is involved in a violent incident that results in the death of a peer. True to form, the film sees director Lenny Abrahamson (Garage, Adam & Paul) conduct a low-key yet powerful character study of a young man forced to grapple with the heady feelings of guilt and remorse. As the titular Richard, Jack Reynor delivers an electrifying and wholly convincing performance and marks himself as one to watch. Devastating, urgent and authentic, What Richard Did is one of the films of the year. / Amy O'Connor

 

October 05 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€15

cabaret
Bella A GoGo's Day of the Dead Cabaret

The Mexican Day of the Dead is such an unusual festival. When we are about to gear up for blood and gore and horrifically skimpy costumes for Halloween, the Day of the Dead is about something else entirely. A Mexican friend told me that in Mexico, not only are the ghosts of your loved ones invited to enjoy your family celebration feast, but the ghosts can also bring ghosts from other families to join them! This kind of philosophy really demonstrates the warmth and love of this festival, and the Sugar Club's Bella A Go Go's Mexican Day of the Dead Cabaret Celebration channels all those good things, and then throws in a generous dose of extra fun with cabaret, aerial performances, fire poi, comedy and loads more. Viva Mexico, y hay más tiempo que vida! / Chandrika

   
 

October 06 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€15

screening
Sunset Boulevard

Are you ready for your close up? If not, you’d better get your skates on as those doyens of classic cinema Film Fatale gear up to screen quite possibly one of the greatest Hollywood stories ever told. Billy Wilder’s amazing film noir contains some of the most iconic lines ever uttered in film and in Norma Desmond the film’s star, Gloria Swanson, created a character that would come to epitomise the aging diva. Noteworthy for the appearance of several top stars from Hollywood’s early days including Buster Keaton, Max von Sydow and Cecil B. DeMille, this has truly stood the test of time and remains as wonderful now as when it was first screened in 1950. Norma’s flamboyant wardrobe offers plenty of fashion inspiration, and while she may say “the pictures got small” this one remains as big as ever. / Frances Winston

 

October 06 2012


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until December 2nd

how much
Free

exhibition
Jack of All Trades

One of Jack B. Yeats’ cartoons depicts two British gentlemen standing around a tennis court and looking perplexed. The caption reads: “During a storm in India the hail-stones were said to be 'as big as tennis balls'. Very confusing.” This is just one of the fifty-six cartoons on display at an exhibition celebrating Yeats’ contributions to Punch Magazine. The pen-and-ink illustrations, published under the pseudonym W. Bird, demonstrate a playful wit as Yeats comments on the issues of the day. While some of the cartoons are very much of their time, one can still appreciate the jibes and jests made at the expense of various figures and institutions. In fact, it makes one wonder what Jack Yeats would have had to say had he turned his quill to the likes of the Troika or Minister James Reilly. / Amy O'Connor

 

October 06 2012


where
email dublinsofar@gmail.com for location


when
email dublinsofar@gmail.com for details

how much
Free - but register online

gig
Sofar Sounds Dublin

On June 1st of this year, I was sitting in a suitably fine apartment on Merrion Row, surrounded by strangers as we waited to be serenaded by quirkmeister EleventyFour. Directly across the road in government buildings, Enda Kenny was sitting in his suitably fine office, surrounded by yes men as he waited to officially ratify the Stability Treaty. I think I had the better night. While Enda prepared his speech, I popped another beer and listened to the ethereal charms of Margie Lewis, the delicateness of Slowskies and a rollicking good time set from The Raglans...all in a stranger's front room. Bringing live music to intimate surroundings is this year's event trend, so if you have not experienced it, here's your chance. So far, so good. / Vernon Steel

 

October 06 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€16.50

gig
Small Moments Live

Ever present on the Irish music scene for the past decade, the frenzied enthusiasm that marked David Kitt’s early career may have dimmed, but the love for his music – in particular Small Moments and The Big Romance – hasn’t. I remember seeing a sheepish looking Kitt with just a guitar and minidisc player for company perform in Whelan's at the turn of the century, and just as Kittser appears to have barely aged, neither has Small Moments, an album that captures the essence of bedroom folktronica in its purest form - intimate, delicate and made to soundtrack the quietest recesses between dusk and dawn. Robbie Kitt, who sang on Another Love Song as a 10-year-old and is now an accomplished musician in his own right, will accompany his brother. Here’s one for the nostalgists among you and proof that some moments are worth revisiting. / Brian Keane

 

October 06 2012


where
Dublin City Library and Archive,
Pearse Street
Dublin 2

when
9:45am registration

how much
Free, booking essential

event
Local History Day

History is having its own little renaissance in the run-up to what feels like is the commencement of a decade of centenaries; and everyone can get a slice of the action. The oft-forgotten Dublin City Library (with an adjacent archive of really great material - and probably the only place where you're not forced to use micro-film) will be hosting a series of lectures on local history; including 'An 18th century gentlewoman's guide to marriage' for all you bachelorettes out there, a lecture on Dublin's number one Nazi for you fellas out there who want to stay bachelors, and a talk on Tea, Cake and Science in Victorian times. You'll wander away, tummy rumbling, but brain thoroughly satisfied. Brain food for all. / Cora Burke

 

October 06 2012


where
The Constant Knitter,
88 Francis Street,
Dublin 8.

when
10:30am-5pm

how much
€130 inc. materials

workshop
The Art of Corsetry

In the past, the humble corset has had something of a bad reputation. Urban legends of broken ribs and suffocated ladies have prevailed, and the fear of misplaced organs has helped to label corsets as symbols of Victorian-like female oppression that we modern gals, internal organs intact, have been able to throw off in triumph. Thankfully, with the rise in Burlesque (ahem) as well as the realisation that the hourglass figure is not only acceptable but indeed should be aimed for (cheers Gok Wan!), the corset is being rehabilitated. Theresa Czerniak, professional costume maker, is providing the opportunity to let you in on the corset revolution. Create a piece of bespoke corsetry that will not only fit you like the proverbial glove but will give you a cheeky grin on your face. Book Here / Róisín Fitzpatrick-Browne

   
 

October 07 2012


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€12

gig
Dylan Carson

Immortalized by In Bloom by his best mate’s band Nirvana, Dylan Carlson is a man with a turbulent but fascinating history. As the leader of drone metal band Earth, he fell into addiction in the mid 90s and didn’t release any music for 10 years. Now clean and sober, Carlson is about to release his debut solo LP, funded via Kickstart. The record combines field recordings from Megalithic tombs along with tales of ritual and folklore (longwinded title: Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders from the House of Albion) - a sort of historical journey to the depths of the man’s dark but intriguing past. Carlson will be accompanied on the night by Dutch experimental drummer Rogier Smal, spoken word artist Rosie Knight, and vocalist Teresa Colmonacco. This could well be the perfect start to the month of Samhain. / Battle

   
 

October 08 2012


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

when
See HERE

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Liberal Arts

Josh Radnor is the new Zach Braff, but without the forced quirkiness that makes you wanna vom like a bulimic at a buffet. Jesse (Radnor) is a 35-year-old, who, despite being constantly taught the cruel lessons of the world, retains enthusiasm for life; a feat made slightly less arduous when he meets Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) on a returning visit to his Alma Mater. Zibby is an old soul in a young body; with wisdom beyond her experience, while Jesse is a bookworm with a stunted emotional and social life. What ensues isn't The Graduate, it is a sad, but mildly optimistic exploration of loneliness, selflessness and self-denial. It's philosophical without preaching, uplifting without the pretence that unicorns exist. It's thoroughly enjoyable without leaving you feel like you just replaced your grey cells with Boots' cotton wool. / Kate Frances 

   
 

October 09 2012


where
The Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, D1
Location Map

when
7:30pm (until Nov. 17)

how much
€18-€40

theatre
The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde's concerns with the universal themes of love and mortality along with his resplendent, if overweening, trademark witticisms form the bedrock of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) which is adapted for stage by Neil Bartlett for this Theatre Festival commission. Witheringly slaying marriage as a "life of deception for both parties", Wilde throws Dorian (Tom Canton) into the midst of a mancrush and Faustian pact of sorts which leads to hedonism and ruination. Jasper Britton chews every scene with utter relish as the camp and coaxing Lord Henry inveigling Dorian into a dismal Faustian pact: "You and I are what we are. You can never change to me". This production bears all the pomp and circumstance of high society casting as unflattering a reflection upon it as the misguided one Dorian falls for. Still exceedingly enjoyable. / Michael McDermott

 

October 09 2012


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€3

event
Rumours

To say that Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album was influential is an understatement. One of the most iconic releases of the 70s, it featured the band at the height of their powers, which was ironic given how much in house tension there was. The Mac are possibly one of the most incestuous bands in the history of music, and their interrelations along with several members' drug dependency eventually led to an implosion and several line up changes. Although they have reformed in some form or another over the years, they have never quite matched the magic of this record. Now six Dublin bands, including Yossarian and Easy Buoy, are coming together to play it in its entirety at this truly unique gig. This is fantastic opportunity to relive those heady, hazy days of the 70s at a 1970s price... Euro? What Euro? / Frances Winston

 

October 09 2012


where
The Little Museum, 15 St. Stephen's Green Dublin 2


when
7pm

how much
Free

tour
City Intersections

Why don’t people like that boardwalk? What doesn’t work about the quay space? How do we go about changing it? The next Dublintellectual instalment of City Intersections promises to awaken your civic consciousness with meaty urban conundrums, civic re-imaginings and gets you re-thinking the communal void. If you missed Fergal McCarthy's visualization of the Liffey's new possiblities in TEdxDublin, catch his ideas here. On the same bill: a political take by ex Green Party minister Ciaran Cuffe on new city design projects and Urban Nexus Initiative will be getting interactive with you, the agora, as they seek concrete feedback to their Liffey re-design proposal. It all kicks off with a quick free tour and attendee citizens will be softened round the edges with a wine reception. Looks like a great year for smart citizenship, urban hacktivism and guerrilla interventions to me. / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 

October 10 2012


where
The Lab, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
€13-€18

theatre
The Boys of Foley Street

The skill and tragedy of the immersive experience that is the The Boys of Foley Street is its blur between theatre and reality. Louise Lowe's third installment in her Monto Series (World's End Lane, Laundry) is a richocet of emotions. The inner city and on our door-step environment of Foley Street remains alien by choice to most theatre-goers. This story, via a series of high speed taxi journeys, brings us into the raw blistering wound left in the community and festering in the domestic. It's angry and passionate but never blind to the purpose of being informative. There's the shuffle of the junkies, the yelps of the pajama clad and skittering of kids. Basing its origins on a original radio documentary which has been revisited since, two-by-two everyone is jolted into scenarios where we uneasily become accomplices, encouragers and part of a jagged pattern of despair. / Michael McDermott

 

October 10 2012


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

when
2pm/8:30pm

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Vertigo

Vertigo. The best movie of all time ever, EVER, ever (ever), according to alls the polls, yo. And if, like me, you love best movies, and hate polls AND find the visage of Kim Novak a nightmarishly harrowing cautionary tale about one face's struggle to accept graceful aging, then there's good news, everybody! Our chums at the Lighthouse are "gunna screen dis mutha!", in the words of Alfred Hitchcock himself. Naaah, fooled ya Brosephs, only joshin', but he did chortle in his jowly way that "there is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it." Don't believe him? Hit the L-house for a masterclass in suspense thrillers, third-act double twists and climax shockers with Scooby-Doosian opening credits, hallucinatory nightmare scenes, insane-o beautiful cinematography, maygeor thriiills, and SPOILER ALERT!! an evil* nun (!!). / Karl Watson

 

October 10 2012


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€59.65

comedy
Joan Rivers

When questioned about her success, Joan Rivers once said, “I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.” And indeed she did. Unapologetically snarky and never one to shy away from controversial topics, Rivers has been saying what everyone else is thinking for fifty years and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. At seventy-nine, she criticizes the sartorial choices of celebrities on E!’s Fashion Police, taunts her daughter on Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best (both of which I watch voraciously) and still makes time to perform year-round. Undoubtedly one of the funniest women to have ever breathed air, Rivers brings her show to Dublin for two nights. An icon, a legend, a treasure – Joan Rivers is all of the above. Miss her at your peril. / Amy O'Connor

 
Hard Working Class Heroes

le cool met up with some Hard Working Class Heroes. Eat your heart out Bonnie Tyler. (L-R Steve Reddy, Brendan Millar, Angela Dorgan)

A stand-out moment has to be when Peaches played in Meeting House Square, and she sent a giant inflatable penis into the crowd... or having a band demand the jet-packs they said we promised. The industry has really changed over the last 10 years...It's great to have bloggers like Nialler9 on the industry panel, especially because bands are often influenced by him. Relationships have really changed, it's more about bloggers and agents these days.

The Irish music industry is in a great state. A few years ago, Irish bands were just filler at festivals, but now, if you were walking around Electric Picnic a few weeks back, you could see bands like the Delorentos packing out the tents. 

HWCH allows bands to see what's going on with their peers. Some bands have met and really got on; so much so that a couple of bands from last year went on tour together, even though their music couldn't be more different!

HWCH kicks off Thursday, Oct 4th. PHOTO: Louise Gaffney