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It was iPads at dawn on Wednesday morning as 4000 pairs of Loakes'n'Louboutins strode (with purpose) down to the RDS for the Dublin Web Summit.

It was like watching Kilkenny fans marching on Croker on hurling final day, but with less polyester. So what are we learning from this Summit? Well, we're certainly not just sitting about forming ass-shaped dents in our couches and trying to match the shade of David Dickinson's face to the Dulux colour chart all day.

We have Coder Dojo dancing 'pon the Summit's stage; the brainchild of James Whelton, teen GENIUS (barely out of school, so he is) which is all about spreading knowledge in a manner that is so ethical it makes Google look like a sweatshop. And then there's 18 year old James Eggers, who is mapping the mood of the Irish people through Twitter.

On a high from the Web Summit and with the youth of the nation intoxicated with the possibilities that the inter-web offers, Archie Talks #8 kicks off on Monday, when the iPad slingers of tomorrow will be strutting their stuff. They're sassy, savvy and have subscriptions to Wired.

Who thinks it's about credible mass not critical mass, this week? Kate, Ciaran, Michael or René (guest appearance). 

"This is a painting I did in 2010 called Silver Tip Symphony." - Chloe Early
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October 18 2012


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

when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Lurking in the environs of New Orleans is a mythical bayou town named The Bathtub. There resides a band of jovial outsiders, resolute in their collective desire to remain in this area of flat land, despite rising waters and orders to evacuate the area. At the heart of this motley crew is a six-year-old named Hushpuppy and her father, Wink. Beasts of the Southern Wild follows the pair as they attempt to survive on their own terms, without the intervention of outsiders. A slice of magical realism, this is a film that poses questions about the fabric of the universe and its unraveling threads, and presents a cinematic heroine for the ages in the form of young Hushpuppy. Triumphant and uplifting, lyrical and poetic, Beasts of the Southern Wild is unlike anything else you will see this year. / Amy O'Connor

 

October 18 2012


where
The Laughter Longue, The Basement 4-8 Eden Quay, O'Connell Bridge, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8:30pm

how much
€26

comedy
Lucy Porter

Lucy Porter and Justin Edwards are like the Posh and Becks (sitting in Yankee caps on thrones) of the comedy world. Porter's visit to Dublin should therefore be dealt with with the gravity reminiscent of Posh Spice's launch of her rags in Brown Thomas. Forget that old myth that 'women aren't funny, and women who have popped out sprogs have forgotten how to laugh' Indeed...but Porter has collected the anecdotes and quirks that come with the ole familial battlefield, spun them into gold, and beaten off Rumplestiltskin and kept the comedy gold for herself. I like seeing a comedian and understanding what they're talking about when they mention Bargain Hunt and Cash in the Attic. Sorry Stewart Lee, I can't always know what's going on in the Gaza Strip...I feel like Lucy and I are gonna be BFFs. Yay! / Kate Frances

   
 

October 18 2012


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
8pm

how much
€25

gig
De La Soul

I found Hip Hop in my youth. I watched Wild Style, acquired some sick Adidas, bought a book on subway graffiti and let the tunes loose from my ghetto blaster (I actually did have an inherited ghetto blaster). De La Soul, BABY, that's the good stuff. The mixes and lyrics - consistently profound. Though only their first album, 3 Feet High and Rising became a massive commercial success, and  every single one of their albums has been critically acclaimed. Cult style. They've sampled 417 songs and, very flatteringly, have been sampled 116 times. Jay wowWW. Also it turns out that, hilariously, they got sued for a sample on 3 Feet... by some chancer 60's band who didn't even write the original song themselves. If no one wants to come with me to this I will literally go just by Me, Myself and I. / Georgia

 

October 18 2012


where
Various, see www.dealz.ie

when
See HERE

how much
Err... €1.49

le other
Dealz

€2 store, I love you, but you're ripping me off. Dealz is €1.49 or less. Halloween's coming up? Sorted. I got luscious hair extensions in blue, pink and red and turned a massive room into a mermaid cave, almost exclusively from here. As for Xmas? In the (shopping) bag. Fairy lights - €1.49. Glam Mrs. Clause washing up gloves - €1.49. Stick on moustaches, inflatable saxophones, DVD's and CD's - all €1.49. Packs of THREE blade disposable razors - €1.49. In the food aisle? ALL the dealz. Hellmann's mayo, Ocean Spray craisins, Heinz ketchup, Denny and Galtee! NUTELLA. Five Capri Sun for the lunches and twenty socket covers to keep your new born safe. A friend talking with a taxi driver- "I'm not cheap," he told her, "but I'd buy my Nestle coffee there." / Georgia

   
 

October 19 2012


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

festival
OneTwoOneTwo

Where the hell do you start when it comes to scheduling a music documentary festival? Like Crocs, Ed Sheeran and mushy peas, everyone has a different opinion as to what constitutes greatness. Praise is due for OneTwoOneTwo, a festival curated by Cillian McDonnell and Una Mullally that gathers together a terrific assortment of music themed movies, both old and new, spanning continents and musical genres, over three days at the Light House. Whittled down to ten choice cuts, the highlights include, but are not limited to, Anton Newcombe’s numerous meltdowns in DIG!, Jeff Feuerzeig’s tender The Devil and Daniel Johnston, as well as the mind-blowing story of Rodriguez in Searching For Sugar Man. It’s not often you can find your weekend’s music fix at the flicks, so cancel your plans and grab your pals. Win Passes. / Brian Keane

 

October 19 2012


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€8 BYOB

gig
Thread Pulls

Melting musical forms as much as anything else, Thread Pulls have been creating shapeshifting and thoughtful music over the last few years, and with their mesmerising percussive slant, they take in trumpet and raw vocals, burrowing a path to real invention. 2010’s record New Thoughts was so layered it is hard to believe that only two people created such rich soundscapes, but there is also a kind of minimalism at work, which becomes a touchstone to return to, allowing their rhythmic impulse space to breathe and swell. Though elements of their sound has at turns been compared to artists like ESG to Liars, sometimes it feels as if David Byrne is a guiding hand - in terms of his creative looseness, and spirited composure, and certainly, these tenets will be observed at the live launch of their new 12” YOUMELTWORDS. / Siobhán Kane

 

October 19 2012


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

dance
Flamenco Festival 2012

I hope it's not just me that finds flamenco a bit...rrrraarrrr, right? It's friggin angry stuff, a bit like a Sharon Watts/Grant Mitchell EastEnders storyline. There are ladies in red, but no Chris de Burgh about to dampen the passion, there are blokes with spindly moustooche and jackets embroidered in gilt, both with clippety cloppety stomping heels and haughty heads. Passion, anger and err...making up after a fiery argument make Flamenco and its related Spanish dances (yeah, I know my Paso Doble, not that I watch Strictly Come Dancing or anything.) With performances at the Smock Alley and other activities such as a family flamenco sesh and a lecture on the history on the fan-waving, heel clicking dance, there'll be plenty inspiration for you to crack open a Spanish Rioja at dinner-time and scratch up the wooden floors. / Cora Burke

 

October 19 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€12

comedy
Stand Up and Answers

Jarlath Regan might have my card marked. I once wrote this piece, dissing his tenure as a presenter on the Den. Sorry Jarlath; I was just trying to make hipsters laugh so much they might choke on the bubbles in their bubble tea. But I know you're a cool dude, and you have a new uber cool quiz night at the (gimme some) Sugar Club, a kind of comedy/table quiz, often attempted by Geography teachers near the end of their tether at Christmas, but rarely conducted with any degree of success. There will be a crisp based trivia round "Crouching Tiger Hidden Crisp" and a mystery voice round, "Who in Jayzis said that?". He also promises special guests...the D.O.D and Ardal Oh! Hanlon both being mentioned...All in all, in times when Joseph Kony is still scuttling round a jungle, we should forgive an ex Den presenter his crimes. / Cora Burke

   
 

October 20 2012


where
Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€19.50

gig
Fennesz

Christian Fennesz has been a permanent fixture on the frayed edges of electronic music for almost 20 years. His outer limits explorations combine the structure of guitar with the avant garde fluidity of laptop ambience and sonic projections. The Austrian follows in a long line of Mitteleuropean electronic vanguardists, always looking beyond the conventional and exploring, not just the technical possibilities, but the human relationship to this aural brave new world. This willingness to forage makes him a popular collaborator, and he has worked with like-minded seekers including Mike Patton, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and, most recently, techno experimenter Mark Fell. The Unitarian hosts Fennesz’s arresting talents in an evening of contemporary composition, with guests Withering Zithering, Cian Nugent and visuals from Donal Dineen. / Mark Keane

 

October 20 2012


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

festival
The Rhythm Weekender

Here we go yo, here we go yo / So what so what so what’s the scenario? The scenario is this my friends, the kind folk at Choice Cuts have teamed up with Becks to bring us a weekend jam packed with rhythmical remedies. De la Soul are bringing their new venture First Serve to the parasol protected confines of Meeting House Square. Joining them will be Rejjie Snow and slick Parisian beat maker, Onra. If that’s not enough, then the next night brings the groovy sounds of Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators, The Hot 8 Brass Band and the boys from up the road – The North Strand Klezmer band. You want more? Well then, watch out ladies, because Saturday sees knee bending, trumpet wielding, Chicago octet The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble bring their roaring sound and exquisite six-packs back. Lock up your daughters. / Battle

 

October 20 2012


where
Avenue Road Gallery,
30 Avenue Road, 
Portobello, 
Dublin 8


when
6pm launch, runs to 27th

how much
Free

exhibition
Leave me Shout - Nina Franco

With the hoop and gooter on show here, you'd forgive yourself from exclaiming 'leave it out' rather than 'leave me shout' at this exhibition. But Art Shock aside, Brazilian artist, photographer, feminist, and anarchist, Nina Franco, head on addresses issues of the treatment of women in a way that is both beautiful and arresting. Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Franco draws inspiration from ‘Carnival’. This feverish flesh festival derives from ‘Carnelevare’ meaning ‘to remove meat’ and the meat here is certainly human and definitely of the female kind. The work touches on elements of sexual violence, dominance and fear and at times feel a little Pirelli rather than personal, but overall, it works. Pussy Plant reminds me of Tracey Emin (for better or worse) while the signature piece Leave Me Shout is a suffocating, primal screaming wake up call. / Vernon Steel

 

October 20 2012


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

when
8:30pm

how much
€15/€12

concert
The White Concert

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of American composer John Cage, the National Chamber Choir, conducted by artistic director Paul Hillier, pay tribute by performing Hymns & Variations (1979). Cage used harmonic subtraction techniques on two hymns by William Billings. Each hymn is treated like this five times, resulting in ten variations. This style of vocalisation is a conscious effort to mirror the less adorned, frontier like singing of early European American settlers. The concert also features the world premiere of Jennifer Walshe’s The White Noisery, which ’explores utterances at the edge of sense, from a vast array of human vocal and gestural languages...’. A pre-concert talk at 8pm, with both Walshe and CMC Director Evonne Ferguson, will give insights to these two challenging works. / Des FitzGerald

   
 

October 21 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
5 Broken Cameras

Utterly straightforward in its execution but carrying a heavy emotional punch, Five Broken Cameras tells the story of Bil’in, a village in the occupied West Bank, almost entirely through footage shot by resident Emad Burnat. It begins with him buying a camera to film his newborn son and ends five years and five cameras later. In that span of time we follow the villagers' desperate attempts to resist the efforts of the Israeli settlers and army to encroach on their land. Their protests are entirely non-violent and it's extremely moving to see their continued defiance in the face of intimidation, tear gas, and bullets. The film doesn't attempt to elucidate the wider political context, but whatever your views on this long-running conflict it's impossible not to be affected by this simple tale of one man and his movie cameras.  / Conor McDevitt

 

October 21 2012


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

when
3:30pm

how much
€6-€9

screening
Psycho

If not Hitchcock’s finest film, Psycho is certainly his most renowned. It shattered acceptable precedents of sexuality in films with the beguiling Janet Leigh, who engaged in partial nudity and pre-marital romance (God forbid) in her role as Marion Crane. Similarly, the brutal nature of the depicted violence was a shock for audiences previously protected by a strict moral code. In particular, the infamous shower scene; masterfully captured from 77 camera angles and featuring a cross-dressing, knife-wielding maniac, chocolate syrup blood, and the unnerving screeching of Bernard Hermann’s score. I’m glad that I only saw this film as an adult; if Scream resulted in sleepless nights for my 10 year-old self then Psycho would likely have given rise to a complex concerning mothers and kitchen knife blocks. / Jerath Head

 

October 21 2012


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

when
4pm

how much
€6-€9

ballet
Swan Lake

If you didn't make it past 'Lavenders Blue, diddle diddle, Lavenders green' when your mother pushed you into a class of precocious four year olds in leotards and chiffon skirts, you may have long been too scarred to go to the actual ballet. I know I'm certainly going to see Swan Lake performed for the first time since last watching a ballet recital video in which I knocked over the orchestra...The Bolshoi always promise a show that serves as a portal into the excesses of Tsarist Russia; and this splendour, accompanied by the classic narrative, always stirred in me the same wonderment that came with reading A Little Princess, or spending a day in a Ragged School (don't ask). With astounding skill and grace, this ballet will re-ignite your candlelit childhood. / Kate Frances

   
 

October 22 2012


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

when
6pm

how much
€30 - see HERE

workshop
How to make an indie games arcade with Teddy-bears, knives and duct tape...

Just off the phone with Carl Sagan and he was all like; "Hey, remember that episode of Macgyver when he was trapped in that science place and all he had to escape with was some blinky LEDs, some duct tape, some old computer stuff and a Teddy Ruxbin? I think the episode was called Baby Castles Got Back. He was in this workshop where he had to emerge with a new independent video games arcade and totally impress the bad guys. No? You don’t remember this episode? " Eh, no Carl your mixing it up with that thing that’s happening between the 22nd and 25th of October here over at the Science Gallery. Idiot. / Mick Minogue

 

October 22 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
Ginger and Rosa

Elle Fanning, woah girl, you cannot possibly be 13. The maturity and nuance that Fanning brings to the daughter of a haughty, rules-don't-apply-to-me liberal. Fanning's character, Ginger, has a slightly unhinged and uninhibited bestie, Rosa, who really appeals to Ginger's Dad. Cos, remember, he's so liberated he can fuck his daughter's teenage best friend! Then there's Christina Hendricks' turn as his increasingly dejected wife (good accent Chrissy!) while Timothy Spall, Annette Bening and Oliver Platt are subtle but convincing parental figures to Ginger. The costume stylist deserves a shout-out, and the beatnik vibes are enhanced by the evocation of the cold and listlessness of Cold-War Britain. / Kate Frances

   
 

October 23 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Illustrated Beatles

Previous le cool cover artist, Peter Donnelly, turns curator for the much anticipated Illustrated Beatles show in association with Illustrators Ireland. It's not just for the benefit of Mr Kite, either. Some heavy hitting, A-list pensmen and women have been assigned classic Beatles songs to re-imagine in their own unique ways. I've spent a hard day's night trying to pick my favourite. Steve 'balls and impact' Doogan's interpretation of Happiness Is A Warm Gun is an exploding piece of nunsploitation, The Project Twin's minimal brilliance comes to the fore in their version of Do You Want to Know a Secret, while Niall McCormack's perfectly simple depiction of Tomorrow Never Knows and Steve Simpson's Obladi Oblada are all up there. As John Lennon said, this is going to be 'bigger than Jesus'. / Vernon Steel

 

October 23 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€5

screening
Beetlejuice

Before Tim Burton and Johnny Depp pricked their fingertip, became blood brothers and set their sights toward remaking every pre-existing children’s tale that ever was, Burton was a highly skilled filmmaker who specialized in quirky, fantastical comedies. Among these was Beetlejuice, the story of a deceased couple and a “bio-exorcist” who wreak havoc on their former home in an effort to scare away its former inhabitants. As the titular character, Keaton steals the show with a tour-de-force performance. Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are the ghostess with the mostess, while Winona Ryder does what she does best, which contrary to popular belief is not shoplifting, but rather portraying sulky teenagers. See this at Mean Screen, but one word of warning - don’t say Beetlejuice three times. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

October 24 2012


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

when
8:30pm

how much
€6-€9

screening
The Birds

The filthy beggar woman in Mary Poppins was so very wrong with her summons to "feed the birds, tuppence a bag". Birds don't want cheap crumbs, they want to feast on your entrails. Hitchcock's The Birds proves they are all creatures of the devil, with their so very beady little eyes peering into your soul and claws and beaks ripe for the ripping out and devouring of infants' hearts. If only the inhabitants of Bodega Bay had heeded. Starring the fun-to-say-out-loud Tippi Hedron who begins the film with some innocent stalking and secret gifting of lovebirds (cute/creepy), the inexplicable and genuinely quite terrifying attacks by the titular winged mammals of class Aves ensue. Beware: the phonebooth scene and fireplace scene in particular are total nightmare fodder. This is masterful stuff, suspense at its most nerve shattering. / Karl Watson

 

October 24 2012


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€25

gig
The Tallest Man on Earth

As a native English speaker, it’s embarrassing that my grasp on a second language is limited to finding bathrooms and beaches in Spanish. Listening to Swedish-born Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) makes it all the worse; his understanding of the King’s is such that his lyrics contain poetry to the effect of “I never knew I was a lover / Just coz I steal the things you hide / Just coz I focus while we’re dancing off / Just coz I offered you a ride.” That being said, he inspires far more admiration than insecurity, with The Wild Hunt sitting pretty on my list of favourite albums. This show will see the addition of a backing band to what has been an almost entirely solo career, although Matsson’s quirky and charismatic stage presence (if not his alleged stature) is more than enough to fill a venue on it’s own. / Jerath Head

 

October 24 2012


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

when
2pm-5pm

how much
Free, book HERE

talk
Making Great Workplaces in Dublin

I confess it: the twinge of envy each time the Dart rolls past Grand Canal Dock and those glazed citadels of our Digerati in that perfect urban ecosystem surrounding them. Offices like technicolor playgrounds defaced with Post-It installations of Super Mario and Pacman, inmates on office treadmills and lounges full of cosy beanbags. It should be on the UN Charter of Human Rights, you know. Don't we all have a right to work places that fool us into thinking its fun, housed in airy light-filled retrofitted lofts free from sick building syndrome? Surely it's only humane to be working metres away from a hip fairtrade Cafe, farmer's market and respectable lunchtime suntrap? Feel strongly about this or want to boast about your workplace? Join the discussion hosted by Dublin City Architects as part of Innovation Dublin Fest. / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 
Get up, you Bowsie!

le cool developed a love for latex and gore as we chatted to the Bowsie special effects team of Ben O'Connor and Aoife Noonan.

We both were in college together. We did the model-making course in IADT which is a mixture of model making, sculpture and make-up. We set up shop together a year and a half ago.

Our first job was on Storyland's Zombie Bashers, and we started getting more jobs from there. They'd say in college that you won't get a job doing this, because no one is doing it here, and then you start doing it and they are like "Oh, someone does that here?!

It's mostly movie and music videos. We've done videos for Tieranniesaur and Big Monster Love. Filmwise, we worked on Conor Finnegan's award winning Fear of Flying, and Stitches (with Ross Noble) too. We are kept busy, work keeps getting in the way of our dreams. How do we describe what we do? A mixture of blazing trails, blowing minds and problem solving.

Bowsie are currently hosting a movie special effects workshop: Latex Horror Mask Making in the science gallery. PHOTO: Sean Breithaupt