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...And we're back.

There we were, counting the days until we got to speak to you again, putting Xs on the calendar we got for Christmas, like little January kisses.

Now we are counting the calories, all part of our new year, new lifestyle, motto. We need to work off the festive fat and we are looking to Kettlebell classes (see this week's le interview) and contemplating some frantic dancing at some of the better gigs that Dublin has thrown up this week, like some cultural vomiting bug.

We are glad, then, to have the trusty calculator help us with all that arithmetic. Better still that it graces this week's cover. The piece, by George Longwill, is the first of four winners from our Covers Competition that will grace the next four issues. Thanks to all that entered and we hope you are as awed by the standard as we are.

So, to 2013, may it bring all you desire. Here's to being harder, better, faster and stronger.

Who says viva la resolution this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate Frances, Amy or Camille.

"January is pretty grim and a time for budgeting and well calculating things." - George Longwill
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where
Pho Viet, 162 Parnell Street, Dublin 1.


when
Regular Opening Hours

how much
Depends, BYOB

le other
Pho Viet

No, it wasn't a Siamese dream, it would appear that Dublin's Asian Quarter finally has some worthy Vietnamese food. The place, as the name suggests, is slinging out steaming bowls of Pho, the restorative noodle soup famed for its fragrant broth and subtle flavour profile. Pronounce it to rhyme with 'huh'. Their version, with rare steak and brisket, spiked with mint and chili, would do Saigon proud. Start with some textbook (cold) prawn spring rolls and finish with Che Ba Mae, a bizarre confection of coconut milk, palm sugar and water-chestnut gummis, served in a glass over ice. Excellent Vietnamese coffee, sweet and chocolatey, was soured only by our server's admission that he had also comped one to Tom Doorley. The charming owner sounds like he was born and raised down by the five lamps. He was not. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

January 17 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€30.50

gig
Arlo Guthrie

In Tim Winter's The Riders, a character overhears denizens of an Irish village chatting about the time Arlo Guthrie performed there. Well, recently, I went back to my own little village and my parents were waxing lyrical about a recent gig by none other than the aforementioned gent. While the music left them saying things like "It was like you could feel the spirit of Woodstock!" and "You wouldn't understand, where were you in '68?", what really ensnared them was Guthrie's verve for storytelling...So if you wanna learn how to get on the right side of a gang of Zulus or hear fun anecdotes about what happens when your Ma gets caught with quantities of wacky baccy on her, pay attention to the inter-song patois. You won't regret it - in fact you'll be overheard still talking about it months later, because, don't you know, life sometimes imitates art. Win Tickets / Cora Burke

 

January 17 2013


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

screening
Repulsion

Female isolation turning to psychosis is a theme that never fails to satisfy. With a sizzling Catherine Deneuve as the loony, Repulsion is a great and classic psychological thriller. Deneuve plays Carol, a manicurist in South Kensington whose eyes open in a permanent semi-fearful daze. Lingering shots are filmed over Deneuve's shoulder as she walks down London streets – men's heads perk up from pub windows and road works, eyes transfixed and ogling. Men are menacing and vile throughout and 'repulsion' refers to Carol's intense disgust of them and its unknown origins. Her inability to cope with this eventually brings her to barricade herself in her flat with a rotting rabbit carcass, a razor and a candelabra. Love it. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

January 17 2013


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

when
1pm/6:15pm

how much
€6-€9

documentary
McCullin

Don McCullin was a self-professed 'war junkie' in his heyday. If he wasn't clocking up 2 or 3 a year he really wasn't getting his fix. And he really was spoilt for choice. There was the Turkish/Cypriot conflict, the Biafran War, Vietnam and Northern Ireland. McCullin witnessed and documented these infernos of insanity. He reflects upon these harrowing images of conflict, along with Harold Evans (his editor in the Sunday Times '69-'84), in this sobering documentary. McCullin's gift apart from his eye for the moment was surely having such a steely resolve in the face of such destitute, despair and sheer horror. Whether it's the Goyaesque grieving mother (see image) or a starving Albino boy, McCullin is as Evans called him "a conscience with a camera". He now spends his days photographing the countryside landscape and few can blame him. / Michael McDermott

 

January 17 2013


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

when
6.05pm

how much
€7.50/€9

cinema
Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Seeing the organised pandemonium of Tsukiji fish market with thine own eyes is like nothing else in this world. Thousands of creatures from the deep are brought here every day to be auctioned off and sold to restaurants all over Japan. One of the things I wondered while visiting was where do they all end up? Watching Jiro's elder son, Yoshikazu, search the market for that perfect piece of tuna is a real treat. Here is a man of 50, who for his entire working life has been learning the art of sushi under his 85-year-old father. Jiro, who runs what is widely regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the world, is a man striving for a perfection that is both both wondrous and disturbing. At times this documentary feels like watching paint dry, albeit the kind that adorns a certain ceiling in the Vatican, maybe. / Simon Judge

   
 

January 18 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6pm/7pm/8.30pm/10pm

how much
€6/€10/€12 (€25 mixtape)

theatre
The Theatre Machine Turns You On: Vol. 3

The Theatre Machine is amping it up and turning us on again. With 24 new pieces, or mixtape tracks for the purpose of the analogy, they are inviting people to take a punt on the new. Named after the original bargain price sampler album from '68, they are trying to summon the same spirit of revolution for these times which one can assume is more evident in these works than it is on the streets. Information on the pieces is relatively sparse but Lippy, a work-in-progress from the team behind the superb Souvenir in the Fringe looking at what extras say in the background of movies and The Churching of Happy Cullen set against the backdrop of the 1913 Lock-Out look like the safe bets. In keeping with the spirit of the Machine, throw caution to the wind and have a flutter too. / Michael McDermott

 

January 18 2013


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
Rebekka Karijord

Reading the tracklist on Rebekka Karijord's album, one might get the feeling that she's a Taylor Swift-esque serial dater/songwriter from titles such as Use My Body While It's Still Young, You Make Me Real and Bandages. Luckily, that is not so. It's a rawer and less wailing Florence Welch, the music of the medieval court, all intrigue and suspense, harps and tambourines. Tinged with inherent sadness and loss, there is a definite storytelling quality to the lyrics, while the tunes can be best described as lushly produced chamber pop for the masses. Karijord cites Bjork as a key influence and it is easy to see similarities between the Scandinavian songstresses – both are commercial artists with avant-garde inclinations. Check out this less mad Kate Bush, whether you've a penchant for the scraggly fairy look or not. Win Tickets / Ide Wood

 

January 18 2013


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

when
2pm, 4.10pm, 6.30pm, 8.30pm

how much
€8.50

cinema
The Sessions

Your typical virginity loss movie is usually centred on panicked seventeen-year-olds who want to pop their proverbial cherry before graduating high school. Not so with The Sessions, the sensitive and funny Sundance sensation finally hitting Irish screens. Based on the true story of writer Mark O'Brien, who contracted polio as a child and required an iron lung, the film follows O'Brien as he fulfills his desire to lose his virginity with the aid of a sex surrogate. Loosely adapted from an article penned by O'Brien, the material is handled supremely thanks to the delicate touch of director/writer Ben Lewin. Infused with humour and warmth, and featuring a duo of exemplary, agile performances from John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, The Sessions is a delight from start to finish. / Amy O'Connor

 

January 18 2013


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

when
See HERE

how much
€5.50-€8.90

cinema
Django Unchained

Welcome back to the Tarantino-verse, where Tupac is on nodding terms with Ennio Morricone and cartoonish spaghetti western shootouts sit next to genuinely upsetting scenes of slavery and violence. Teaming up a brooding Jamie Fox (Django with a silent D) with Christoph Waltz (basically a cuddlier version of Hans Landa) as a pair of bounty hunters in the antebellum South on a mission to rescue our hero's wife from Leonardo DiCaprio's preening plantation owner. Django, on the surface, seems like a simple revenge tale, but dig beneath that and there are some uncomfortable questions about race and history being asked here. The film's deceptively complex nature is best embodied in Samuel L Jackson's deeply unsettling turn as the duplicitous head slave Steven. Spike Lee isn't going to see it, you probably should. / Conor McDevitt

   
 

January 19 2013


where


when
7.30pm

how much
€25.40

gig
Mulatu Astatke

How often do you get a chance to see a gig of someone who birthed an entire genre? And, more importantly, how often will they still be as spritely and vital as they ever were? Not often, is the answer. But luckily for us the father of Ethio-jazz, cooler-than-cool septuagenarian Mulatu Astatke, is still jet-setting after all these years. His calling card is the vibraphone, those instantly-recognizable wobbly melodies giving the songs a weird momentum as they twirl and meander over the jazz-meets-Ethiopian-trad rhythms. Managing to be upbeat and melancholic at the same time, there's a bit of magic in the way everything gels. Maybe you heard him all over Broken Flowers? Jarmusch is a fan. Or in a Kanye beat perhaps? Or Nas, or Madlib...the man has a distinguished fan club. After tonight, you'll be in good company. Win Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

January 19 2013


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

when
10.45pm

how much
€7.50-€9

cinema
Jackie Brown

...or Quentin Tarantino grows up. Informed by the tropes of his beloved blaxploitation flicks but not overwhelmed by them, the director's third film was his most mature work to date. A leisurely paced meditation on aging disguised as a twisty crime thriller, Jackie Brown is sweet and sad like a 70s soul track, and contains that rarest of things in Hollywood - a genuinely meaty role for an older actress. Pam Grier, still foxy, brings the accumulated weight of her iconic roles to bear in a performance that's at once badass and vulnerable. She's accompanied by a stellar supporting cast, with Robert DeNiro wheezing his way through his last great role and Robert Forster (with a little help from the Delfonics) proving there's life in his particular old dog yet. If that final scene doesn't get you, you just ain't got soul. / Conor McDevitt

 

January 19 2013


where
The Dragon, 64-65 South Great Georges Street


when
10pm

how much
€8 before 10pm // €10 after 10pm

club night
Sharon Needles

Known for her gothic aesthetic and jagged edges, Sharon Needles is not your typical Cher-worshipping drag queen. Counting Elvira and Peggy Bundy among her inspirations, Sharon Needles backcombs her platinum locks, rocks a lip noir and wears outfits that are more leather-bound than a set of encyclopaedias. Needles initially rose to prominence when she won the last season of RuPaul's Drag Race, a fine television programme. She brings her Every Night Is A Halloween Ball spectacular to Dublin in what is a serious coup for The Dragon. Attendees are encouraged to don their finest Hallowe'en regalia, while The Dragon's interior décor will be transformed into a spooky wonderland. Side-note: Sharon Needles' paramour is named Alaska Thunderfuck and if that isn't the best thing you have ever heard in your life, I can't help you.  / Amy O'Connor

 

January 19 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€15

gig
Thurston Moore & John Moloney

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore blazes into town as part of a short tour of Ireland. If you are expecting to hear songs from his last solo album or your Sonic Youth tunes, think again - Moore is in full improv mode here. Improv can be a challenging listen. At its worst, it can be frustrating and take a long time to go absolutely nowhere.  But at its best, it is an extraordinary experience – one that can transport you to places that don't appear on any maps. So it is lucky for us that Moore and his cohort , drummer John Moloney (Sunburnt Hand of the Man), are true masters of the form. And if the recent Caught on Tape is anything to go by, then expect to be caught up in a psychedelic maelstrom of seismic wave guitars and drum splatter  Win Tickets  / Neil Donovan

   
 

January 20 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€16

gig
Toro Y Moi

Above all else, Chillwave is the sound of summers. Hazy, sun-drenched, unIrish summers. So it's a bit odd that Toro Y Moi, the main project of hyper-prolific Chazwick Bundwick, is visiting us in the (relatively) cold and dark depths of our winter. That being said, his output as Toro Y Moi has always played with expectations, with a magpie approach to genre appropriation. Two years ago we were getting the shiny bits of 70s funk, disco, and soul mixed in with his wistful, nostalgic pop-fuzz. This time around, Chaz has collected the slinky beats of 90s r&b and House music cues of dance-y piano chords and chopped up diva vocals. What that means for you is that his disaffected, laconic Chillwave just got even chillier. Maybe this'll work for winter after all. New album stream HEREWin Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

January 20 2013


where
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
9.30pm - 5.30pm (Wed-Sun until end of Jan)

how much
Free (prints available to purchase)

photo exhibition
Visions of the Phoenix Park

In a week when an unloved chain of music supermarkets went wallop, it's worth giving a thought to the record shops of Dublin's recent past. Dave Kennedy, the affable proprietor of Road Records (RIP) has now reinvented himself as a talented photographer. Specialising in black & white landscapes, often shot on medium format film, Dave's subject of choice is the sprawling grandeur of Dublin's Phoenix Park. At his show in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (naturally) the images of gnarly trees; monuments and forgotten staircases have a cumulative power. His love of infrared shooting imparts a hazy intensity to the lonely rows of wintry forest, recalling the landscapes of Elio Ciol. But Dave's fascination with the majesty of nature seen in monochrome most vividly echoes his photographic hero, Ansel Adams. Luke McManus

 

January 20 2013


where
The Wooden Spoon, 3 Bath Place, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.


when
10am-4pm

how much
€2-€10

le other
Wooden Spoon Café

The Wooden Spoon Cafe looms into view as a reassuring sign you've survived that blistering wind-swept climb from that coastal-surf-whacked Blackrock Dart station. She is a pair of matronly arms ready to swoop you in from the cold and stuff you with today's steaming pastries, latte or carvery roll. Previously named "Hunstons", home of the local builders' breakfast roll, it was a much-loved stainless steel-clad watering hole of Blackrock wage slaves. Now, all feminine and newly made-over with stripey awnings over outdoors decking and New England decor. Food-wise, she lives up to her Blackrock address with the likes of Ballymaloe relish pork rolls, couscous salads, gourmet burgers and sexy brownies on display. My fav touch? The plethora of personally scrawled specials that greet you. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

January 20 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€30

gig
Paul Banks

It's difficult to believe that Interpol's magisterial debut Turn On the Bright Lights recently celebrated its tenth birthday. It seems like only yesterday when I argued bitterly with a dear friend about which of us had first heard the lead single. Tempus Fugit etc. With the band on indefinite hiatus, erstwhile frontman Paul Banks kicks off the European leg of his world tour Sunday night. While the very distinctive nature of Banks' vocals can make the solo work difficult to distinguish from Interpol's own oeuvre, his second, eponymously titled album did see a marked improvement over 2009's Julian Plenti is…Skyscraper. Perhaps the continued company of Helena Christensen has its creative benefits. Do enjoy the show, just don't be seen to be doing so. Oh and Stan, we both still know who heard 'em first... / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

January 21 2013


where
St Finian's Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.


when
7.30pm

how much
€15/€12

concert
IBO Masterworks Series

The Irish Baroque Orchestra's Masterworks series returns for four nights to the intimate and atmospheric St Finian's Lutheran Church. This year's focus is on Mozart's numerous and varied chamber pieces. The IBO's artistic director Monica Huggett will direct works including the Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV581; Flute Quartet in D major KV285; Oboe Quartet in F, KV370 and the Horn Quintet in E flat major, KV407. Soloists during the series include Eric Hoeprich (historical clarinet); Katy Bircher (flute) and IBO principals Malcom Proud (fortepiano); Andreas Helm (oboe) and Anneke Scott (natural horn, pictured). Each concert lasts an hour with no interval. The orchestra will also be running Boutique Baroque at the NCH. This series of workshops and school events will explore the music featured in Masterworks. / Des FitzGerald

   
 

January 22 2013


where
Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
Until January 31

how much
Free

exhibition
Inside the Box

Maybe it's the online communities of 'Aspies' celebrating their otherness or the possibility that all sorts of cultural icons from Jane Austen to Einstein may have lived with Aspergers, but somehow we have come to associate the syndrome with creativity. This exhibition was conceived by the EVE Tuiscint centre as an opportunity for their course participants to explore that association. Each of the simple white boxes in the show opens to reveal a micro-world; an expression of the artist's passions, hopes, dreams and individuality. The strict cubic forms seem the ideal canvases for their artistic endeavours. Each piece is soundtracked by an audio piece by the creator. Intriguing. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

January 22 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€15/€12

theatre
The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle

In The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle, various threads are woven together to create a rich tapestry of the life of an ordinary man – a life shaped by hasty decisions, complex relationships, love, death and regret. The play, which enjoyed acclaimed festival runs last year, follows the newly deceased Eric Argyle as he relives some of the most consequential moments of his life in front of a room of observers and adjudicators. Other characters enter and exit, and the superb ensemble cast throw themselves into the roles with zestful enthusiasm. Meanwhile, a simple set, atmospheric lighting and a gorgeous score all combine to make this an utterly immersive piece of theatre. Charming, life-affirming and brimming with wit, The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle is a soaring triumph. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

 

January 22 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
Free (but rsvp)

talk
Grow it Yourself

Jim Carroll's Banter sessions kick off 2013 with a green-fingered panel on the ins and outs of growing your own fruit and veg. If you're not lucky enough to have space for an urban roof garden, or a dedicated corner on your balcony, phone the friend with the biggest garden and haggle yourself a patch with promises of monstrous, juicy tomatoes. Next, learn how to upcycle a beer keg and all you need to know about the scalability and sustainability of this growing movement in Dublin. Whether your motivation is to provide for local cafes, a distrust of pesticides and factories, or some sense of duty to make Dublin prettier from the air, it's an unassailable fact that if you grow it, you will eat it. And in that effort to advance from a wee bit of basil on the windowsill, you may just make yourself better-feeling as a result. / Hayley Reynolds

   
 

January 23 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8.15pm

how much
€15/€13

theatre
Follow

Having begun life as a work-in-progress at Project Arts Centre's Project Brand New in 2010, Wilfredd Theatre's Follow returns to its birthplace on East Essex Street as a full-length piece, with a Spirit of the Fringe award under its belt and a national tour on the horizon. Born of Wilfredd Theatre's desire to create work that could be simultaneously accessed by deaf and hearing audiences, Follow deftly combines sound, sign language, surtitles and physical performance to tell stories of Ireland's Deaf Community. Anchored by the artful performance of actor Shane O'Reilly, drawing on his own experience as a child of deaf adults, the piece oscillates between moments of heartbreak and hilarity. Equal parts beautiful and bewildering, Follow is something everyone should experience. Win tickets / Joey Kavanagh

 

January 23 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€9.90

cinema
Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby should come with a health warning - never watch it the day before you're due a haircut - apart from that, it is one of the finest horror films ever made. It isn't cartoonish, but instead truly diabolic and eerie. It's also pretty perverted, but what else do you expect from Polanski? Mia Farrow is a wide-eyed young wife (almost a child carrying a child; if the Virgin Mary had got biblically knocked up in the 60s, she probably would have looked like a fresh young Farrow) with a self-obsessed douchebag of a husband who gets up to devilish divilment, while the couple of aul-wans in the next apartment who aren't all they seem...Throw in a couple of untimely deaths, a creepy necklace and a torturous dream sequence, and bish, bash, bosh...a classic. / Cora Burke

 

January 23 2013


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

when
7pm

how much
Free

talk
Dublin Lockout Cartoons of Ernest Kavanagh

The only time politics is genuinely engaging is when it's presented in cartoon form. Sorry, Bryan Dobson, my real affections lie on paper, don't cry too much. The truly great cartoon is the one that keeps on giving. Every time you see it, another tiny piece of satirical detail twinkles in the corner, another little birdie flipped to the establishment, another whiff of dissent to bottle. This talk will explore the 1913 Dublin Lockout cartoons by Ernest Kavanagh, who died most poetically on the steps of Liberty Hall during the 1916 rising. 1913's Lockout (remember William Martin Murphy and your Junior Cert history?) was one of Ireland's most concerted attempts at Trade Unionism and, with such colourful characters as Murphy, Big Jim Larkin and owl-faced John Redmond on the scene, there was much to be depicted. / Cora Burke

 

January 23 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€24, €30, €34

gig
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars

Between 1991 and 2002, Sierra Leone was ravaged by a civil war that left more than fifty thousand dead and two million displaced. Singer-songwriter Reuben M. Koroma (along with other members of the group) fled to neighbouring Guinea where they moved from camp to camp ("today you settle, tomorrow you pack") writing and performing their joyous brand of infectious Reggae fused with jazzy Highlife. It's as if their uplifting, life-affirming music is down to bottoming out and having no option but to look up, all starry eyed from the gutter. Whether that, or a survival mechanism, their music is impossibly upbeat. When the war ended they returned to find a country in squalor, but they managed to mature into one of Africa's top recording groups. Tonight, they come to Dublin to shake us out of our First World problem doldrums. / Vernon Steel

 
Sharlene Bell - Ding Dong!

With the January keep-fit buzz still ringing in your ears, witness the fitness of Sharlene Bell, Kettlebell instructor and owner of Smart Fit Dublin.  

I was in the corporate world for years, working for Microsoft and travelling around Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Before I turned 30, I had one of those life re-evaluation moments. I realised I was dragging myself into work and wishing for the weekend, so I left, and ran a fish stall in the Ranelagh Market while I studied to become a Fitness Instructor. After I qualified, I wanted to specialise in Kettlebell instruction and suspension training.

Normally, in a gym, the men are in the weights section and the women are in the aerobic sections.

What's important to me is instilling the idea in women that weight training is good and being strong is good, not just for sports people but for women with kids too. I want to give women energy to live their lives well.

Smart Fit is located at 6-8 Pembroke Lane, Dublin 2. Six classes for €50. Mon & Weds at 6pm. hello@smartfit.iePHOTO: Philip White