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There's a surge and splurge of enterprising products with a nod to even more enterprising design in this town right now. From the beautifully designed crates and bottles of Dublin Kombucha in our local cafe, Jamie Lewis' felted wool animals in Designer Mart in the Old City in Temple Bar or 31 Chapel Lane mailing us about their linen range, people are out there crafting and creating for our delectation.

Across town, our friends Jennie and Barbara in Designist are constantly evolving their range, casting the net further afield for ingenious and affordable gift ideas. We combined forces last November on our #lovedublin range of mugs, tea towels and totes.

This year, we're going one further with le box of cool. We've locked heads to come up with a surprise gift box, the contents of which will only be revealed upon opening. However, much like our le cool experience walking tour, we promise to present and promote the very best.

If you'd like to bring something more original and personal to a party than alcohol then just dip your hand in our box!

Who is boxing clever week? Michael, Ciaran, Kate Frances, Jerath or Amy?

"Have a look at the video to see how it was made." - Cat & Louise
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November 22 2012


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

how much
€20

gig
Jens Lekman

We first heard the music of Jens Lekman as we languished in our bed on a Sunday afternoon, suffering the effects of the previous night's dissipation. As the harpsichord intro of Black Cab chimed from the wireless we stopped what we were doing and, intrigued, listened intently to this spiky, peculiar tune. We were hooked and over the course of three albums and countless EPs he has steadily built a devoted and polite following. The wry, narrative nature of his songs has drawn comparisons with Jonathan Richman and that's not too wide of the mark. Lekman's is a poetry of observation from a man who appears to rue his every decision. The songs seed themselves in your brain before blooming into meaning. We met him in his hometown of Gothenburg some years ago. Quiet chap. I guess he lets the songs do the talking.../ Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

November 22 2012


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Still Life

Nights out can require the flexing of one's acting biceps; feigning interest when cornered by a supercilious dry shite, curtailing an unadulterated hyena laugh into a girlish titter and most importantly, fine tuning a performance of sobriety when suffering from alcohol induced strabismus. The namesake bar of one of Ireland's finest playwrights is the ideal venue to cultivate your skills, against the backdrop of an exhibition of Ste Murray's theatre photography.This retrospective of performance art captures fleeting expressions, glimpses and stances from which to take inspiration to expand your repertoire. Though taken in different arenas around the world each piece in the series is configured to create subtle dialogues between the performers captured. Be warned, if you find yourself talking back, it's time to go home. / Sarah Maguire

 

November 22 2012


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

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
The Invisibles - Brian Finnegan

Although there have been many documentaries about the repression of homosexuality in 1950s America – pre the Stonewall riots and the birth of the gay rights movement – there have been few on the European experience. Sebastien Lifshitz's feature documentary, Les Invisibles is different from its American counterparts not only because it tells the stories of a group of French men and women, all now in their seventies, but because its tone is disarmingly triumphant rather than downtrodden. The unifying bond between its diverse stories is almost militant, showing a particularly European take on personal freedom and a refreshing denial of victimhood. It's also a positive rumination on aging, something that's all too rarely seen in our youth-obsessed gay times. You'll come out of the cinema punching the air after this one. / Brian Finnegan
   
 

November 22 2012


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
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when
6pm (opening)

how much
Free

photo exhibition
10/12

Polish photographer Aga Maru isn't following the herds down to Greece in her first solo exhibition. In 10/12 she hones in upon the out of season desolation, the 10 months of the year where this nameless Greek island is thirsty for the non-existent tourist. Ironically there's an inviting charm about this emptiness of abandoned parasols and the empty Paradise bar. Of course, the sun-kissed romanticised appeal of such destination 'on yer own' belies the truth. Tourism is one of the only resuscitation hopes for their dead economy. Stacked beach chairs, the grass creep towards the Plakafl pool bar and plastic floating in stagnant and water sapped swimming pools tell their own Greek tragedy. What may seem like Paradise Gained to someone wanting the escape the city clamour is well and truly Paradise Lost to those who inhabit it 12/12. / Michael McDermott

 

November 22 2012


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

how much
€10

gig
PillowTalk

I remember the sweet nothings whispered during my first time. Promises that we could "stay all night, listening to the sound of the lonely beating of your heart." Losing my PillowTalk virginity was a soft affair, sunk deep into a leather couch with a thick set of cans. Safe to say their debut Irish performance, taking place in the dark and sweaty confines of the Twisted Pepper, will be far more animated. Backed by beloved electro label Wolf+Lamb, the trio has only recently taken their eclectic live show on the road, intent on crafting a vibe that will result in post-coital bonding for everyone involved. Hidden Agenda are slipping on something special for the occasion, teaming up with lighting wizards Algorythm (who scattered brain cells at Electric Picnic) to set the mood for a soul/disco/R&B-laden house romp. Win Tickets / Jerath Head

   
 

November 23 2012


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
Until November 24th, 8:15pm,

how much
€12-€16

theatre
The Yellow Wallpaper

A gothic lady psychosis play depicting an unnamed woman's descent into inevitable madness. It's a little bit spine-tingling, but always captivating and the text itself is stunningly relevant. Brought to life with finesse and expert subtlety, every shadow considered and the sound of each hand pattering on the floor quite chilling. However, for all the ominous lighting, unnerving passages and creepy (so creepy) creeping, the most harrowing part of the whole piece is how little our attitudes to mental health have changed at all in the last hundred years. "Very, very powerful stuff" - my mum (a women of impeccable taste). / Karl Watson

 

November 23 2012


where
Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€18.50

gig
Nils Frahm

Trace a line from Erik Satie through to Max Richter and you'll stumble across 30-year-old German composer Nils Frahm along the way. One of the latest names on the neo-classical block, Frahm has yet to reach his true potential – releases thus far have hinted at a greatness rather than highlighted it. Last year's gorgeous album Felt was a step in the right direction as was this year's EP with Icelandic composer / producer Ólafur Arnalds. Furthermore, who can't but admire a musician who reacts to breaking his thumb (he fell out of a bunk bed…..) by recording an album of solo piano using his nine working digits and then giving it away for free. The real deal-clincher for this show is the venue – The Unitarian Church has quickly become a byword for high-quality, intimate, left field performances. This one is no different. / Brian Keane

 

November 23 2012


where
Anseo, 18 Lower Camden St, Dublin 2
01 4751321‎
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when
8pm - late

how much
Free

birthday party
Anseo - 10th Birthday

The roll call of characters that have graced Anseo over the last ten years cannot be reproduced within the confines of a le cool write up, but you know who you are so raise a hand and a glass to that fabulously dark bar with the dodgy air con and the dank jacks and proudly proclaim that 'Yes! I was there!' Maybe it was a pre or post gig pint, or perhaps you were lucky enough to earn an ashtray at surprise lock-in, or maybe even you were on the swan, either way, Anseo is one of the best Dublin joints for a pint, a chat and a listen to the always quality tunes on Eddie Bermingham's ipod and his eclectic host of tune merchants including Simon Judge from this parish. Tonight the institution that is Donal Dineen (back every Friday on 2XM) takes to the turntables and nobody boils our piss like Shit Robot who duels Spaceranger on Saturday. Anseo. Anois. Ceart go leor. / le cool Dublin

 

November 23 2012


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
1:10pm

how much
€8-€10

concert
Groove Theory

Imagine the sound of jazz percussion coupled with that of a baroque orchestra using original instruments from the period. In 1999, Monica Huggett, artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, met Oregonian jazz violinist Hollis Taylor. Out of their creative collaboration came 'Groove Theory', a work that marries baroque music with jazz, folk and the scientific concept of String Theory. Joining Huggett for a short Irish tour is drummer Kevin Brady, a stalwart of the Irish jazz scene who's worked extensively with others and his own successful trio featuring pianist Bill Carrothers. The lunchtime performance features a post show discussion with the musicians. Dr Tristan McLoughlin from Trinity Maths Dept will chat about String Theory itself. The evening concert (on the 24th) includes works by 18th century Hungarian and Romani composers. / Des FitzGerald

 

November 23 2012


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
6pm-8pm

how much
Free

interactive
Friday Night Game Social

One rainy day, I stood on the corner of Capel Street waiting for a late friend. In these situations it's either pint or browse. Knowing that I didn't even have enough money to buy the beer mat, I dived into a nearby shop. It was a strange sort of place, full of board game style boxes, yet not a special edition Monopoly in sight. As I walked around trying to convey a sense of purchase, I saw nearly every box had a picture of an ancient warrior, a detective or space ship. Then I noticed shouts coming from the back room. Past experiences of back rooms in Thailand made me hesitate, but such spasms of joy have to be investigated. What I found was a group of people (okay, male people) throwing die across a giant board, swapping cards, destroying armies and solving crimes... So unleash your inner child and start playing a new game. / Hugh Torpey

   
 

November 24 2012


where
Wolfe Tone Square, between Wolfe Tone Street and Jervis Street, Dublin 1


when
11:30am

how much
Free

event
Feeding the 5000

Jesus wouldn't have needed a miracle to feed thousands in 21st century Europe. Just an anti food waste Lifehacker mindset and urban foraging skills for the back of his local supermarket. But don't write off miracles yet! The amount of food needed to feed spaceship Earth in the next 40 years is a nutritional time bomb outstripping what we ate in the last 10,000. Yet we put 30% of our food in the bin. Feeding the 5000 follows in the Messiah's footsteps during European Week for Waste Reduction, serving up hot curry made with cosmetically challenged veg rescued from corporate garbage. You will also get live music, an apple press demonstration with apple juice served all day whilst Tristram Stuart discusses Food waste. Then, bring it all back home with cooking demonstrations from Sian Breslin, the Soul Food Restaurant and The Cornucopia. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

November 24 2012


where
Terenure College Gymnasium, Templeogue Road, D6W

when
7pm

how much
See link

fundraiser
Brawl For Nepal

Ever wondered what it would be like to actually step into a ring with your best mate, your boss, or even some random stranger? Well, for the last 4 years a group of lads based in Terenure have been giving people that opportunity all in the name of charity, in their annual Brawl 4 Nepal Fight Night. The charity is the Umbrella Foundation, an Irish based charity that has dedicated itself for the past 7 years to housing, educating and protecting the orphans of Nepal and all money raised at this event goes straight into the many projects currently in operation over seas. This event has gone from strength to strength since 2008, last year my jaw was on the floor at the level professionalism and authenticity - 1000 people going mental in Terenure College Arena, a fully stocked bar, scantly clad ring girls, it doesn't get better. / Jack Olohan

 

November 24 2012


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

how much
Free

exhibition
The Batman

Would you dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? Visit Gotham City at the risk of unwarranted kidnappings, drug-induced paranoia or ending up a civilian casualty to the war between a man in a bat suit and corruption? Which cinematic incarnation of the Joker do you prefer, Jack Nicholson's eerily comical original or Heath Ledger's sinister psychopath? Which films should be canonised for their development of the iconic superhero, and which should be shunned worse than the Elephant Man? These questions provide some of the themes for The Batman, an exhibition of graphic design inspired by the mythology surrounding the character. These questions, and the fact that every man and boy growing up in the last 50 years has taken moral guidance from the masked avenger, especially from his policies on how to pulverise bad guys. / Jerath Head

   
 

November 24 2012


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

how much
€15

dj set
Ben Klock

I went to Berghain for the first time four months ago. We queued for an hour at 6.30am on a Sunday to get into the famous Berlin nightclub which, at this stage, had been open non stop for 48 hours. On entering it's cavernous underbelly, time and perhaps even the universe both stopped and stretched out before us in it's post industrial Escher-esque landscape. Shadows moved dimly in corners and sounds echoed into the infinity of their darkness, while in the main room sound and light combined like the anger of the gods in the thunder crash and lighting strike of the clearest sound system these ears have heard before. It's from this cacophony that Berghain resident Ben Klock joins us in the relative normality of the Twisted Pepper. This is a chance to transport yourself, through the medium of 4/4 beats, to a different world. Win Tickets / Emmet Condon

 

November 24 2012


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7:30pm

how much
€15

farewell party
Final Richter Collective

No label better sums up the last four years in Irish independent music than Richter Collective. For those into guitar-based music, they were pretty much the only label that mattered. No homegrown label released more exceptional albums in the period. Artists like And So I Watch You From Afar, Adebisi Shank, The Redneck Manifesto, The Vinny Club, Enemies and Not Squares stand tall in their discography. These bands helped Ireland become known as a creatively rich and fervent place for alternative and indie music to thrive and they couldn't have done it without Richter Collective. Alas, that period is over and it's time for a new generation to help redefine what Irish music can mean. The Richter story can inspire them. Pay your repects. / Nialler9

   
 

November 25 2012


where
Hugh Lane Gallery, 1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
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when
12 noon

how much
Free

concert
Kenny Werner

Kenny Werner is a jazz pianist from Brooookl-yn. A legend. A man of substance. He has this book he wrote called Effortless Mastery which is basically the go-to book for musicians aiming for improvement and understanding of improvisation but interestingly it's also a bit of a cult classic read for artists, business professionals, chefs (probably) and people who are interested in a free-flowing thought process that will lead them towards greatness in their work and life. That's the kind of thinking that goes into the music he makes. Proficient. So it's kind of a big deal that he's playing here, in the Hugh Lane gallery for one of their lovely Sunday concerts. For free. He will be playing a solo so get there in time to be seated FROW. And if you have a copy of Effortless Mastery bring it along to get it signed. / Georgia

 

November 25 2012


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
€19

how much
8.30pm

gig
First Aid Kit

The Söderberg sisters are possessed of the sorts of voices that see The Staves and their fellow faux-folksters greening with envy. Their kind of pure, natural musicality can't be faked. What they DO fake rather well though is their origin. We were gifted their most recent album and in the absence of any knowledge of the duo, presumed they were from the American country heartland. The Ozarks, Nashville at least. They also sound (and look) like something straight out the prarie printed folds of 1975. But Johanna and Klara are 21st century Swedes. They transcend the deadening pastiche that enmires so many of their contemporaries with the undeniable beauty of their melodies and lyrics. And that's the truth. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

November 26 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
12:00pm, 2:50pm, 5:40pm & 8:30pm

how much
€6.57-€11.30

cinema
Silver Linings Playbook

Romantic comedies get a bad wrap. In a genre besmirched by the likes of Katherine Heigl and Kate Hudson, it's easy to forget that when executed correctly, a romantic comedy is about as enjoyable and entertaining a film as you are likely to come by. Add David O. Russell, a dash of mental illness, a pinch of bookmaking and a splash of ballroom dancing into the mix, and you've got yourself a winner. And that's precisely what Silver Linings Playbook is – a frenetic, funny, feel-good winner. Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as two delightfully unhinged souls each grappling with their own personal demons, Silver Linings Playbook is a rom-com with a racing pulse, feisty spirit and a jagged edge. Smart, sharp and irresistible, this film about silver linings is pure gold. / Amy O'Connor

 

November 26 2012


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

how much
€43.05

gig
Ben Folds Five

After a prolonged absence of twelve years, Ben Folds Five reunited in 2011 to record songs for a retrospective. Having recaptured the magic that propelled them to fame in the mid-90s, the trio (don't let the name fool you) decided to reunite and release a long-awaited fourth record this year. Led by the bespectacled Folds, the band have long been celebrated for their jaunty melodies and their quirky lyrics. They first won my admiration with their offbeat cover of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit", but with a catalogue comprising of piano-led ballads replete with humour and bitterness, it is easy to see why they have established themselves as one of the foremost exponents of catchy alt-rock. See them or wait another dozen years. / Amy O'Connor

 

November 26 2012


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
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when
8.00pm

how much
€15 / Children €10

gig
Ballymun Lullaby

The Ballymun Lullaby project could have just died with the film. A heartwarming project that gave those of us lucky enough to live in areas where you don't have to carry prams up four flights of stairs because the lift is broken a little cinematic lift on a Saturday morning. But no, the cameras may have left but the hard work in the Ballymun musical community has continued unabated. The first half will be a recital showcasing the talent of the participants in the programme, including a startling young flutist, and the lyricist of Ballymun Lullaby, a streetwise but incredibly articulate poet in a shellsuit. Then there were the cutie pie kiddies in the choir; and their quietly ambitious Mums, who made the Billy Barry mams look like Dina Lohan. Kudos has to go to Ron Cooney for taking the heroin needles and hopelessness out of our perception of Ballymun. Job well done. / Cora Burke

   
 

November 27 2012


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
12pm-8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Game

Remember the build up to the Kinect, that motion-sensing revelation in gameplay? Me neither. 'The future of gaming' seems to constantly be in the present; every advancement is labeled with the phrase and is in stores the following month. In recognition of the developing potential for truly interactive gaming, the Science Gallery has gathered work from an array of designers for Game, an exploration into just how far we can take virtual recreation. The Game Design Lab gives you simple steps to become a coder. The Outerbody Maze takes third-person perspective to a new level, robbing you of hand-eye coordination whilst you navigate a floor maze. Even Pong has been re-imagined with ulterior, physical paddle controls. Allusions are made to practical implications for education and neuroscience, but in reality it's all just for fun. / Norman de Plume

 

November 27 2012


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
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when
10.30am - 11.15am

how much
Free

talk
The Fairytales of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is most synonymous with his witty theatre, but he also bent his wit to two volumes of children's fairy tales, The Happy Prince and Other Tales and A House of Pomegranates. Pitched, in his words, to children and 'childlike people from eighteen to eighty'. That'd be most of us so. Wilde bucked the preachy-pious trend of fairy tales that owed their narrative more to American sitcoms - not able to get through the hour without learning a lesson. Instead Wilde's tales cover fallible human nature and life's journeys. These are beautifully symbolic and visually evocative tales that don't shy away from a dark ending. The truth is, the original little mermaid killed herself and kindness won't protect even The Happy Prince's humble little swallow, from a harsh winter. / Hayley Reynolds

   
 

November 28 2012


where
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7pm

how much
Free

talk
The Ulster League and Covenant

It's the centenary of the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant, when half a million Ulster Unionists protested at the introduction of the Third Home Rule bill. Peter Collins, Tom Hartley, Brian Kennaway and Philip Orr will debate whether the Covenant was an exercise in Mass Democracy or purely reactionary. The motion should fuel a pretty intense debate considering the factitious nature of Ulster, where they adopted Edward Carson as the leader of their cause, despite his staunch dislike of the nature of Ulster's Unionism, and his southern perspective. Also, there is the aspect in which women mobilised (in only marginal less numbers than men) themselves politically against Home Rule at a time when their right to politicise was being heavily debated, rarely in their favour. Question is, can we look at this without resorting to stereotyping? / Cora Burke

 

November 28 2012


where
The O2, Northwall Quay, Dublin 1.
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when
8.00pm

how much
€44.55 - €51.65

gig
Madness

Hankering for a trampling? An ole crush of army boots and baggy trousers will collect as Dublin welcomes back the Caucasian, but resolutely 2 Tone, Madness. They have returned to the scene after a few years out in the wilderness, or in Suggs' case, recovering from spending time too close to Jamie Theakston on the televisual shambles that was A Question of Pop. But one should never discount an opportunity to hear the Ivor Novello winning audio tour of a two-up two-down, Our House, live. They'll also be performing from their latest record, Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da, which came out in a year that saw them cemented as British icons (jubilees, Olympics, they were all over the box), they're as full of confidence as they ever were. Read between the cheeky lines of House of Fun, pull up your baggy trousers, cos it must be love, love, love. / Cora Burke

   
 
The Trailblazers

Clare Mulvaney and Kathy Scott pour some thought petrol on the path before us.

It originated via the Office of Non-Compliance at Dublin Contemporary last year. It's for people pushing the boat, turning the tide or stepping up and speaking for 8 minutes. We're people who curate and create experiences that drive meaningful conversations. We see ourselves as a social glue and dot joining outfit. If we don't fit in a box it's because the box doesn't exist yet

This is our 10th event and we've decided to come back after being around the country this summer – Body and Soul, Galway Arts FestIval and Cork Midsummer.

Venues need a theme and Green Street Courthouse has a history and resonance as a building. We're well out of our comfort zone on this. We're hosts as much as curators and certainly not experts on justice.

Trailblaze # Justice : I fought the law and ? is in Green Street Courthouse, Dublin 7 on Weds., Nov. 28th at 8pm. €15. Competition here. Featuring Colm O'Gorman, Ivana Bacik, Ross Maguire, Elaine Byrne and others. PHOTO: Eoin Kirwan