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So New York has weathered Sandy and continues to strut proudly as a great, if not the greatest, city in the world. It's hard not to draw breath, gasp and exhale delight at its pace and intimacy.

One of our So Liquid crew had the good fortune to make a hop, skip and plane flight across the Atlantic earlier this month. Here's a few trinket thoughts.

Food Trucks - it's time someone took considered taking potable food options from beyond the chipper. Also Chinese Food is ripe for a shake-up like this.

The Highline - inspiring to see a derelict railway line revived in the heart of the city. 

Sleep No More - Taking over 3 old abandoned warehouses to stage this sensational slice of off-Broadway Macbeth. Looking oh so longingly at the Ormond Hotel on the quays!.

The attitude of can do, will do and follow through permeates New York. We've got it too but then read about this fiasco and scratch our heads in dismay.

Whose all stars, stripes and gripes this week? MichaelCiaran or KateAmy or Jerath?

"...pasting them together to make a big hectic 'panorama-collage'.." - Alex Towers
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November 01 2012


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
6pm

how much
Free (registration required)

talk
The Reality of Science Fiction

Does sci-fi influence the direction of scientific research? Imagine if in 1966, Gene Roddenberry had restricted the Enterprise to an altitude of 9 miles, that it would boldly go no further than a commercial airliner? Imagine if in 1968, hyper-intelligent apes didn’t enslave Charlton Heston? Imagine if in 1979, Douglas Adams hadn’t given the Ultimate Answer as 42 and suggested we aren’t smart enough to understand the question? It strikes me as a faux pas to answer one question with three, so to clarify I would say that sci-fi sets the benchmark for scientific research. And as somewhat of a geek, I will predict the conclusion of this panel discussion by quoting Ray Bradbury: “Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it’s the history of ideas, of our civilization birthing itself.” / Jerath Head

 

November 01 2012


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Nov 1st - 4th

how much
Free

exhibition
Masters of Style

Look around Dublin at the moment, and it's like the seventies all over again...but with less sexual harrassment and beige. There is facial hair EVERYWHERE. Even some women are rocking the look...less successfully mind. Whether you're Mr Fan-tasche-tic or a lady with a furry upper lip, get yo' Gillette on, and not just the razor type. Yup, they've launched a magazine and exhibition to ease the pain of you fresh faced fellas who are getting your mo on this Movember, to get a bit of inspiration. Wanna go for the clipped Lion tamer look? Rugged wood-cutter father of Red Riding Hood look? Talking beard? Lamb-chopped wicked Mr Wickham? There'll not just be inspiration on the walls, cos the best beards in the bizz will be wandering about - perfect time to find out what conditioner those hairy hotties use... / Kate Frances

 

November 01 2012


where
The Screen Cinema, 2 D'olier St, D2
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when
TBC, see website

how much
€5 - €9

screening
Timon of Athens

Money makes the world go around, the world go around, Aunt Liza sang, Bob Fosse shoulders pulled back and tits out. Now that we've discovered the affluent 1% is on the verge of becoming the more-minted-than-the-Bank-of-England 0.1%, it seems like a good time to revive the rarely performed Shakespearean number Timon of Athens. This performance will be streamed from the National Theatre in London to cinemas all over the world, including The Screen Cinema here in Dublin. Simon Russell Beale is sure to wow in the titular role, and with class support from Hilton McRae and Nick Sampson, it is a compelling and timely parable about wealth, and how the mighty can fall...On another note, hopefully these screenings will see more contemporary theatre spread beyond the physical limits of their theatres...fingers crossed. / Cora Burke

 

November 01 2012


where
Peacock Theatre, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm (ends Sat inc. 2.30pm matinee)

how much
€18 – €25

theatre
Shibari

Literally meaning "to bond" or "tie" Shibari is the Japanese term for bondage. Hence the ties that bind some of these seemingly disparate characters in Gary Duggan's commission for the Abbey. There's a Romanian bookseller, a Japanese florist, ahack, an English movie star, a restaurant manager and a radio ad sales supervisor. It's Dublin 2012 and very Magnolia -  "a city where everyone is used to taking what they like and have no idea to receive what's given to them". Shibari is less contrived than it reads and the entanglements that ensue benefit from pacy exchanges and scene interchanges. Ultimately, everyone is trying to finding direction and meaning in their lives and situations. Shibari falters towards the end by hastily resolving a pivotal fallout. The pain should linger as it does in the Dublin of 2012. Win Tickets to closing night / Michael McDermott

   
 

November 02 2012


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7.30pm

how much
€16

gig
The Wedding Present

The Wedding Present have always been one of those Northern English bands that make their Southern peers look (and sound) like the nancy boys they usually are. Formed by David Gedge in 1985, they found in John Peel an immediate fan and champion. Their original gritty jangle evolved when they began collaborating with Steve Albini in 1989. Recorded in just 11 days, the resulting long-player Seamonsters had a more abrasive edge, though the songs still hung upon three chord guitars, inchoate betrayal and Gedge's wounded snarl. It even inspired one of us to make a first foray into graphic design - handprinting T-Shirts to sell outside their 1991 SFX gig. They return to Dublin to play this magnificent record in full. It would be a real kick to see one of those old tees in the crowd, 21 years later.../ Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

November 02 2012


where
Little Green Gallery & Cafe, 13 High Street Christchurch Dublin 7


when
Nov 2nd - 7th

how much
Free

exhibition
Sharp Suits

As Design Week descends upon our rad little debt-riddled town, we are treated like good little boys and girls and polar bears in Coca Cola Christmas Ads, except our St Nick sighting or coke bottle opening is a heeeuge bunch of awesome exhibitions. Which are free, so they're also like presents, to us, from Design Week (with love). The dapperly titled Sharp Suits launches on the 2nd with submissions that were open to anyone who's ever had to sit there and smile and nod as a client says something incredibly, soul-destroyingly retarded. Personally, I will never forget the day when somebody vehemently demanded the-Font-that-shall-not-be-named go on their packaging because it perfectly represented their brand. My mouth filled with bile and the contents of my scrotum sterilized themselves as they looked at me with earnest sincerity. / Karl Watson

 

November 02 2012


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

how much
€15.50

gig
How to Dress Well

How To Dress Well is not the name of a didactic Channel 4 programme presented by Gok Wan. Rather, it is the nom de plume of producer Tom Krell. An exponent of spare and ethereal R&B, Krell made ripples with his debut record and the release of his sophomore album, Total Loss, has cemented his status as one of the brightest, young things in music. His music alternates between being delightfully infectious and quietly devastating, with his latest album inspired somewhat by the twin losses of his uncle and best friend. While Krell’s musical influences run the gamut, with references to everyone from William Basinski to R. Kelly, he operates in a musical plain occupied solely by him. With his haunting falsetto vocals and underlain stark beats, How To Dress Well knows how to make music well. Don’t miss him. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

November 03 2012


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€15

birthday party
The Grand Social Second Birthday

Being that this is your last opportunity to see the Soundest Dude in Irish Music™ perform as Jape in Ireland this year, you would be silly to miss the chance to help the Grand Social celebrate its second birthday courtesy of the always awesome Nightflight chaps. As a longstanding figure at the centre of all that is great and good in Dublin, Richie Egan’s prolific output under a variety of monikers - Jape, The Redneck Manifesto & Vision Air - has rarely strayed from being at the vanguard of Irish music. Having just returned from a well-received antipodean jaunt with his ever-reliable touring wife, Gelatinous Bones, the current Jape combo have promised some bonus LED visual treats for this celebratory blowout. Fuck dancing all night? I’m sure that’s just what we’ll do. / Simon Judge

 

November 03 2012


where
The Gaiety Theatre, 46 King St S, D2
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when
12:30pm Matinee, 7:30pm

how much
€25-€40

theatre
Murder on the Nile

In some bizarre theatrical Halloween experiment they crossed Footballers Wives with Soldier, Soldier seasoned it with a bit of Drop The Dead Donkey and the result is Murder on the Nile. OK, we’re exaggerating slightly but the show does star well known faces from all of the aforementioned shows as well as a scene stealing performance from Nichola McAuliffe as ‘Miss ffiliot-ffoulkes’. If you are familiar with Agatha Christie, you’ll know the formula. There is a literal Death on the Nile and almost everyone on board a cruise ship is a suspect. It’s a tried and tested whodunnit formula that is as much fun and as clever now as when Christie first wrote it in 1937. With plenty of humour alongside the gravitas this will make you laugh and gasp in equal measure and the twist in the tale is just brilliant. / Frances Winston

   
 

November 04 2012


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
November 4th - 10th, 9.30pm

how much
€12/10

comedy
Lords of Strut

I first saw Lords of Strut when incapable of lateral thought at Electric Picnic after a night on the er...Dib Dab. They were perfect for my state of mind, spirit and body at that precise moment. There were leotards, rude-boy caps and florescent hi-tops. It was like I had found my spiritual home, and it wasn't with the barefoot dancing hippy in the next field. Phew, lucky escape. So the Lords of Strut got going...there was skipping, brotherly sniping, some creepy roleplay and a balancing ladder. This is a charming lesson to all lycra-loving human-tower-builders to not let fame go to their heads and always love their families. What gives these Lords their strut is their ability to relate a morality tale through acrobatics. It's like liturgical dance, but without the pervy priest looking on. / Kate Frances

 

November 04 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
3.40pm, 6.10pm & 8.40pm

how much
€7.50 / €8.90

cinema
Rust and Bone

The benefits of having a hit film like A Prophet is quickly evident in Jacques Audiard's new film as the strains of Bon Iver's Wash accompany Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) as he drags his son along a busy roadside. Ali is a hunky hothead single parent who's dumping his son with his sister. Working as a bouncer, he encounters Stephanie (Marion Cotillard), a killer whale trainer at Marineland and victim of a freak accident which leaves her a double amputee as revealed later. Ali pinballs from random and emotionless sexual encounters while Stephanie struggles to rediscover her libido. The convenience of being occasional fuck buddies unites them. As Ali moves into the world of bare-knuckle fighting, Rust and Bone veers away from the obvious redemptive theme as the leads forge an alliance sympathetic only to the damage inflicted upon their mental and physical states of being. / Michael McDermott

 

November 04 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8.30pm

how much
€6/€9

screening
Hard Eight

With the impending release of The Master, The Lighthouse Cinema is presenting a season of Paul Thomas Anderson films starting with his debut effort, the little-seen Hard Eight.  The film begins with an aging gambler (Philip Baker Hall) offering a down-on-his-luck young man (John C. Reilly) a coffee and his cigarette. It soon transpires that the young man needs money to bury his mother and in a bid to help the young man, the gambler recruits him as his protégé and teaches him the tricks of the trade. What follows is a nifty neo-noir from one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of his generation. Taut and concise by comparison to the likes of Boogie Nights or Magnolia, Hard Eight engrosses and entertains throughout, while still bearing the hallmarks of PTA’s later work. / Amy O'Connor

 

November 04 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
3:10pm & 8:20pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
The Shining

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. / Jack Torrance

   
 

November 05 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
10:10, 12:50pm, 3:30pm, 6:20pm, 9:10pm

how much
€8.70

cinema
Argo

Ben Affleck always seemed a little uneasy with his movie star status but since moving behind the camera he's carved out a nice little career for himself as a director of classy thrillers with a pleasingly old school feel. Argo, about the attempted rescue of six US diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis of 1979, is his best effort yet. The period detail is fun (big glasses, even bigger hair), the performances are excellent (Alan Arkin steals the show as a cynical Hollywood insider) and the actor-director (sporting a pretty luxuriant late 70s 'do himself) expertly escalates the tension to a properly nail-biting climax. It's true that some of the historical details have been embellished in the name of entertainment but for a movie based on a true story about a fake movie, a little bit of myth making can be allowed. / Conor McDevitt

 

November 05 2012


where
Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
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when
6pm

how much
Free

screening
Chico & Rita

What can be more mesmerising than a story told through colours and music? Swaying to bolero and Bebop tunes, Institute Cervantes will reintroduce Chico and Rita, the animated wonder celebrating love, jazz and dance. Set against poverty, racial discrimination and betrayal, two lonely souls find and lose each other so that they reunite after 47 years. Part of ISLA Literary Festival, this beautifully crafted animation reminds us of the potential of Spanish animation which gave us such films as El Cid: The Legend, anime-styled Gisaku and The Lady and the Reaper. A real treat for animators would be meeting Javier Mariscal and Fernado Trueba, directors of this Oscar-nominated production that also won the 2012 Goya Award for best animated film. / Anna P

 

November 05 2012


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
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when
Nov 5th - 10th, 7.30pm

how much
€5

theatre
New Writing Week

A night at the theatre for a fiver – there has to be a catch, right? Well kind of – this week is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging new writers and since these are new works you don’t really know what you are getting. As most people tend to book a theatre ticket based on reviews or previews of a production this makes it the theatrical equivalent of a lucky bag – which is a little bit exciting you have to admit. The writers in question, Derek Masterson, Martina Collender, Stewart Roche and Cathal Sheehan have all already enjoyed acclaim for previous works and this new writing week has spawned many productions in the past so for the price of a pint you could be getting to see the next huge theatre hit in the making. If nothing else you’ll be supporting new talent which in itself can only be a good thing. / Frances Winston

   
 

November 06 2012


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7.30PM

how much
€28

gig
Animal Collective

Baltimore: the city immortalized by The Wire as home to a crazy gang of crooked-toothed smack peddlers, witty-assed Irish cops and malicious politicians. It comes as no surprise then, that it’s also home to the demented, experimental psychedelic troupe that is Animal Collective. There must be something in the water over there, whether listening to 2000’s Spirit They’ve Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished or this year’s mind boggling Centipede Hz, you instantly realize this ain’t no ordinary band. The stage will boast enough samplers, synths, tape machines and gadgets to send you audiophiles running in circles like a scalded cat in heat. Prepare for a trip into the depths of the musical creativity my friends; this one is going to be something special. / Battle

 

November 06 2012


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
November 6th - 10th

how much
€20/18/16

theatre
Ulysses

Tis the season of Joyce, his works are hurtling at us from every portal and impossible to avoid since the copyright and all of that freed up and his caviar was dutifully handed to the masses. But so far so good. The Corn Exchange’s Dubliners was excellent, and so funny that I abandoned my polite theatre laugh for my usual braying donkey laugh - high praise. Dermot Bolger’s Ulysses seems to be built on similar ground. He states that he started the mammoth task of dramatizing Joyce’s tome by thinking of Nora Barnacle’s complaint that she couldn’t sleep while Joyce worked on it at night, as he used to laugh so hard he’d keep her awake. Add to this Tron Theatre’s Scottish sensibility and Glaswegian cojones, and you’ve got yourself a winner. / Roisin Agnew

 

November 06 2012


where
Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Square E. D2
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when
8pm

how much
€15 / €10 / €40 (Family)

gig
sonic.art Saxophonquartett

When Adolphe Sax invented his eponymous instrument in the 19th Century, he envisioned it as a powerful member of the orchestra. But musical history points to a very different path for the saxophone, especially its adoption by jazz titans like Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. In the liner notes for their latest album, the sonic.art Saxophone Quartet talk about taking a very different musical path from many of their peers. Formed in 2005, this German based group's energies are firmly placed on what new music composition can bring to the saxophone. Philip Glass’s String Quartet No.3, arranged for sonic.art, is on the Dublin programme and is a fine example of how minimalist sound informs their playing. Other works featured include Irish composer David Fennessy's Björk influenced piece, Neon, and György Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles. / Des Fitzgerald

 

November 06 2012


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

how much
€26.40

gig
Rizzle Kicks

Mama do the hump...isn't something I'd personally ask my own mother to do; mainly because she dances like she's fallen into a pit of snakes at the end of an Indiana Jones film. But Rizzle Kicks are about more than making you and yo' Mama do the Hump, cos they have kinda filled the vaccuum that the Fresh Prince left when he decided to pursue 'acting' and whatnot. It's innocent, vibrant and cheeky, and these are unfortunately qualities that have attracted cringey musicians like Olly Murs to them; but ultimately they make music to dance to, and as their performance at last year's Trinity Ball is the only thing I have so much as a vague recollection of from that event, I will be heading to this gig not just for the unabashed fun, but also in an attempt to reverse the temporary memory loss from that night. / Cora Burke

 

November 06 2012


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
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when
8.00PM

how much
Free

screening
Dazed and Confused

Here's one hell of a movie sure to get you in the mood for a party. I pity the chumps who consider Project X their celebration inspiration. Do they know how many times Mitch Kramer touches his face (drink up)? Or that main characters are based on real people from the director's high school who consider their names slandered. I'd be happy being portrayed by such attractive future stars but apparently it's now really hard for them to get dates without being asked if they still deal drugs. Were bongs really made during woodshop? 'Oh, no, they did that, but it wasn't me' says the real, adult Slater. What a cop out. That's what I love about this movie. The world gets older and more responsible, it stays the same age. L-I-V-I-N. / Georgia

   
 

November 07 2012


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
November 5th - 11th

how much
Free

exhibition
Keep Sketch Seven/Eleven

Stationary is the one thing that can fling budgets out windows and send bank accounts deftly and swiftly into the sticky red area. Sweet stationary creationists and fancy gang extraordinaire Keep Sketch are back to curate a sweet show at sweet art joint, the RHA. Sweet. In an organizational and potentially edutaining twist, each designer is allotted a different day of Design Week for which to create a historically relevant 3-colour print. Let's spotlight the ladies in the line-up: cool-girl-DJ-slash-insanely-prolific-illustrator Kathi Burke (sixth of November), and next/current-big-deal Fuchsia MacAree (ninth), who's fresh from the walls of the Bernard Shaw. Beware: dangerous levels of charm, whimsy and wit in their work. Plus, for a mere twenty blips any of the limited edition print could be yours! / Karl Watson

 

November 07 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8.30pm

how much
€6 - 9

cinema
Boogie Nights

A Calvin Klein days Marky Mark and a Heather Graham in roller skates with the exact same face she has today, to mention just two of the insanely star-riddled cast of 90s homage to porn; Boogie Nights. Mark Wahlberg: model, 'rapper', actor? Though the question mark remains to this day, Boogie Nights was Wahlberg's (and his biodegradable fake dick's) most passable performance to date, rivaling even Keanu Reaves in the Matrix for unlikeliest casting success. Sex, drugs and murder are a winning combination in most given scenarios, but it's the stylishness of this film that makes it a classic, or, as the youff or Cher Lloyd would say: It's got swag. If you've never seen it: this is film so iconic it even warranted a smut cartoon parody (that's how you know you've made it). / Karl Watson

 

November 07 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
10:40, 1:10pm, 3:40pm, 6:10pm, 8:45pm

how much
€8.70

cinema
The Sapphires

The Sapphires isn't pushing any massive boundaries content-wise, you might think; but try thinking of a film about Aboriginals that didn't leave you wanting to slit your wrists...difficult, isn't it? While this film tackles bigotry and racism, it's also a bit of a laugh, sparkly, and very well soundtracked. It is to Aboriginals what Hairspray was to African-Americans. But with Chris O'Dowd, mmmm. The soundtrack is soul-fabulous and mainstream enough for you to play ninja-karaoke in your head, while the feisty female leads captivate with sisterly squabbling that injects the reality into this daunting story of how a few marginalised Aussies stole the hearts of Vietnam soldiers, when they couldn't even get the whiteys in their own town to listen to them. / Kate Frances

 
Curate and Design

It's Halloween outside but James Earley and Shane O'Donoghue are oblivious to the bangers as they prepare for their new show - a tribute to the late great American graphic designer Paul Rand.

We met when Shane was taking down an exhibition in the Workman's Club and James was finishing up a bit of type on the wall. By the end of the chat, we'd discussed putting on a show. We did the Dieter Rams/Braun retrospective on a shoestring last year. It was a leap of faith.

Paul Rand is Design 101. His playful nature and original approach to design was a complete breath of fresh air. He'd made his mark by his early twenties. Something like the UPS logo which is still being used 40 years on is kind of amazing. 

Some of the pieces are loans off collectors in the States. Posters were hard to track down so we have reproductions. 

The idea with this was a better space, wider range of stuff and to step it up in general. There's limited edition posters on sale by James and Johnny Kelly.

Exhibition opens in Ebow Gallery on Friday at 6.30pm and runs to November 16thPHOTO: seanandyvette