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This week's cover artist, Alan Nagle, describes Busáras as a "hidden gem once you get past the grimy veneer," and we can forgive him for using one of our banned phrases (clichés are to be avoided like the plague) when we realise this one-liner could just as easily be applied to the whole city.

For, every week at le cool, we scratch away the top layer of Dublin's most obvious and uncover its gleaming treats. And though we aren't as old as our central bus station (but perhaps both our designs are loved and loathed in equal measure) we like to think that we offer up a polished version of Dublin for you to admire your reflection in.

A great way to see through the grime is to see the city through another's eyes. Take Pivot Dublin's new map as another example. Flagging up over 200 interesting and independent city experiences, the map's real trick is that everything on it is recommended by designers who live and work here.

What better way to see the city (and it's bus depot) than through these types of all-seeing oculars? Well, apart from a monocle.

Who insists you always take the scenic route this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy, Adam or Camille?

"It's a hidden gem once you get past the grimy veneer." - Alan Nagle
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January 24 2013


where
Monster Truck Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


when
Until January 26th

how much
Free

exhibition
Repetition

Tom Sanford's current show in New York (100 Little Deaths) is a series of 100 small, oil-on-panel drawings, each one a portrait of someone notable who died in 2012. For, as Sanford maintains, "A portrait really doesn't mean something until the person is dead." For those of us confined to Dublin, Monster Truck's Repetition show is a good substitute. A multitude of portraits stare down at us from the wall and with their scratched out faces and cold, sterile descriptions ("six foot tall, brown eyes") they don't leave much room for life, either. There is an unsettling anger in this show; the violence of the mutilated photos, the frantic black painting at the rear of the room and the repetitive vinyl playing out an order can make you queasy. But then again, art really doesn't mean anything until the person is provoked. / Vernon Steel

 

January 24 2013


where
Bernardo Square,
City Hall,
Dame St.
Dublin 2

when
5pm - 11pm, nightly until 27th

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Othered Voices

It would seem, at times, that before the boom, Ireland didn't actually exist. It just appeared, raised out of the sea (probably by Bernard McNamara) or fashioned together from bird shit on Bull Island. We compare almost everything to how it was then. We compare ourselves to how we were then. How refreshing then to be reminded of how it was before all that nonsense, before the before. This photographic projection by architect, photographer and designer, Bill Hastings, takes us back to then. Well, actually the mid 60s to the mid 70s. Most of the photographs arise simply from "the habit of carrying a camera" so they are untinged by a need to document for the sake of history, and they are better for it. Projecting them on one of the more modern buildings on Dame St. further amplifies the time traveling beauty of these stills. / Vernon Steel

 

January 24 2013


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

how much
€10

gig
Eats Everything

That other bastion of Bristolian street cool, Eats Everything, hits Dublin with his lurid threads and equally lurid House...Having jumped aboard the success train last summer with Entrance Song, a soulfully glitchy anthem that transports you back to the organic rave culture of the 90s. Eats Everything's music has been one of the contributing factors to the revival of Shuffling (which, with our national predisposition towards Ugg boots, we were basically born ready for) and is putting some soulful heart back into electronica. Check out Vertigo and Trubble for more acid tone House that makes you want to don a neon string vest, a dodgy Pacha transfer tattoo, and jump in your time machine. Win Tickets / Cora Burke

 

January 24 2013


where
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
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when
6:30PM

how much
€35-€50

theatre
9 to 5

Given that celebrity sourpuss Victoria Beckham and even the Wicked Witch of the West can now lay claim to their own West End shows, it's hardly surprising that Dolly Parton, a woman renowned for her theatrical flair, has decided to have a stab at making a musical. The stage version of her hit 1980 film 9 to 5 has rolled in on it's bright pink bus, on a mission to entertain the masses and answer the question of what ever happened to Bonnie Langford. Telling the story of three female office workers who conspire to overthrow their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss, the Tony-nominated stage version features original music and lyrics by the inimitable Ms. Parton. Light-hearted and lively, 9 to 5 serves as a welcome alternative to Russell Crowe yelping in period costume. / Joey Kavanagh

 

January 24 2013


where
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€8

gig
Mumblin' Deaf Ro

Ronan Hession writes intimate songs to warm the soul - he has been doing so for over a decade, releasing sporadic but carefully measured albums that give listeners an insight into his humble existence. Songs such as My Broken Leg, Being Bill Cosby and Cheers Up Charlie Brown all feature on latest release Dictionary Crimes; a collection of wonderfully crafted acoustic numbers. Ro attentively explores themes of family, heritage and routine all in equal measure, shifting lyrical focus many times but returning to familiar ground by song’s end. It may have come to a surprise to some people to see his name on the list for this year’s Choice Music Prize but after experiencing the aforementioned songs performed live it will all become clear. / Battle

   
 

January 25 2013


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

when
See HERE
how much
See HERE

talk
Digital Biscuit

In 1984, Egon declared that "Print is dead". Almost 20 years later, print is anxiously observing the thriving digital revolution. To examine its intoxicating mechanism, SDGI is to serve Dubliners a truly Digital Biscuit, a three-day event full of talks, workshops, product showcases and screenings dwelling on the subject of digital media and interactive platforms in the field of movie productions. A unique opportunity to tune into discussions with figures such as Karen O'Malley (VOLTA, Element Pictures), Brian Gilmore (Brown Bag Films), David Yates (Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows), Andrew McAvinchey (Citizen TV) and Chris Nee (Disney Junior). A real treat for movie lovers and filmmakers alike. If there is somebody worth listening to, it must be this bunch of amazing creatives seated in the tech savvy Science Gallery. / Anna P

 

January 25 2013


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

how much
Free

book launch
The Penny Dreadful

As history buffs will tell you, Penny Dreadfuls were cheap Victorian pamphlets filled with lurid tales of London detectives, heaving bosoms and gothic calamities. We have Sweeney Todd and modern comics to thank for them. And now we also have a new Irish literary magazine. This Penny Dreadful started life as a free Cork-based zine before editors John Keating and Marc O'Connell, swamped with submissions from eager writers, turned it into something more substantial. Inside you will find original fiction, poetry, art, photography and other kinds of inky goodness you can touch with your fingers. It'll cost you more than a penny but less than a glass of absinthe (€5 magazine/ €3.50 digital) Oh and ask John about his new play: it's a pirate adventure with Yeats, Maud Gonne and John MacBrideAdam Duxbury

 

January 25 2013


where
basement of Pacino's, 18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2


when
10pm

how much
€3

club night
3 Bill Party

Club nights in Dublin are generally an obvious affair; youthful throngs queuing, milling, falling and vomiting over familiar haunts. Production maestro Orlando (aka Orquesta) and accomplice Cait proclaim that they have “been to the crossroads of the Universe and looked the man you know as God straight in his cyclopean eye.” And it seems that his advice was to cut the bullshit. In light of this, they are bringing us the 3 Bill Party. Three bills for entry (unfortunate that in this instance, American slang has a bit more pizazz) and no cheap list, no guest list, no drinks promotions. Not even a Facebook event page. All you have to go by is our word, their word, and the good words ‘uncomplicated fun’. The duo will be taking to the decks with old-school house until late, and there will be a full bar. Guide us, oh shepherds. / Jerath Head

   
 

January 26 2013


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

how much
€14/€12

gig
Ancient Methods

Two rooms, two top-notch artists, two very different approaches to dancing. Nicholas makes sultry, soulful House, a modern take on the heyday of the early 90s Chicago/NYC axis. Ancient Methods makes militant, blackened Techno, an advancement of the industrial warehouse sound of mid 90s East Berlin. Nicholas aims to seduce, with lush synth tones, breathy samples, and deep, deep bass lines. Ancient Methods aim to conquer, with pounding rhythms, throbbing low-end, and unrivaled Teutonic majesty. Simply put, Nicholas is sensuous, Ancient Methods is merciless. A booking that shows how wildly disparate strains of electronic music can all converge at a single point, the dance floor. One room is sex. One room is war. See you in the bedroom or see you on the battlefield. Win Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

January 26 2013


where
The Cobblestone, 77 North King St., Smithfield, Dublin 7.
Location Map

when
4:30pm

how much
Free

talk
Smithfield : Life Through The Ages

Ah Smithfield. Home to the Lighthouse Cinema, Sunday morning horse auctions and some of the oldest and best fruit and veg markets in Dublin. Long before it was the colourful cosmopolitan suburb that we now know and love, it had another life... Once called Oxmantown Green (which sounds like somewhere Robin Hood would hang out) it’s had a long and eclectic history going back to when the Luas wasn’t even a twinkle in its creators eye. In this talk, archaeologist Franc Myles will take his audience on a journey through the areas past and explain what daily life in the area was like through the ages. Part Time Team part nostalgia trip, even if you hated history in school you’ll enjoy this (I mean you couldn’t have a drink or two in history class could you) and you might even learn something! / Frances Winston

 

January 26 2013


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
The Joy Formidable

I remember back in the day when my friend introduced me to The Joy Formidable. I remember thinking, hey, they seem cool, yeah I'm digging this. All of a sudden Dave Grohl is all like "I love you guys come tour with me" and various TV shows seem to think that life should have Whirring as a soundtrack (I am inclined to agree). Their live shows are crazy-good, with frontwoman Ritzy going mental on stage, so pumped and electric you can practically see sparks, bassist Rhydian holding it down while drummer Matt channels Animal in a flurry of arms, hair, and excellent beats. Also with their latest album Wolf's Law superfresh out of the oven from this Tuesday, fans have just enough time to have a listen before hearing the good stuff blasted at them live. It's going to be immense and intense, and totally epic. Win Tickets / Chandrika

   
 

January 27 2013


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
7:30pm

how much
€12.50

gig
Matthew E White

America is permanently in the 70s, well except for NYC which is still stuck in the 90s with Friends coffee shops, but the rest is still bad suits, eight-tracks and a Nam hangover. Matthew E White proves it. His old-school gospel folk rock has the intensity of his beard doppelganger Josh T Pearson and the laconic groove of Ry Cooder. White's breezy spirituality crackles with FM boldness and the unique sparkle of the States' soul similar to how The Band tap into traditional US song writing while absorbing the individual elements which make up the vast country. The string arrangements on the Virginians debut disc, Big Inner, are simply wonderful and his dry tone rasps with a dusty throat seeking the Great Lakes for relief. If you want your Americana laced with god-fearing trucker sweat then White's show is essential. Win Tickets / David Newbury

 

January 27 2013


where
L. Mulligan Grocer
18 Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

when
8:30pm

how much
Free

table quiz
L. Mulligan Grocer

Round one, question one: Who invented the pub quiz? A: Bored people in Lancashire during the 1970s. Q two: Who invented Haggis? A: Bored people in Lancashire during the 13th century* (I know, not Scotland!) Q three: Who had the ingenious idea of combining the pub quiz with haggis? A: Only L. Mulligan Grocers! In honour of Burn’s Night, tonight’s quiz will have a Scottish flavour in both food and questioning. Don’t fear the haggis! There’s a veggie version available too and all the usual menu offerings. You can celebrate your victory/never-speak-to-your-team-mates-again over an Irish craft beer or a fine whisky from their 150 plus selection. Six per table, no cover charge and optional donation to a charity of the winning teams choosing, if you’re feeling all pious and stuff. *Answers are basically true. / Adam Duxbury

 

January 27 2013


where
IMMA
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2

when
Andromeda, Jan 27 @ 12.30 & 3.30pm / The Gift, Jan 30 @ 7 pm

how much
Andromeda = Free / The Gift = €10

exhibition
Alice Maher - End of Becoming

To mark the end of Alice Maher's hugely popular retrospective, IMMA @ Earlsfort Terrace will be hosting two very different events. For those familiar with The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly and The House that Jack Filled, it might seem strange that Theatre Lovett would pair up with Alice Maher. But after all, both parties deal with in the stuff that weird and wonderful imaginations are made of. On the 27th, Theatre Lovett will be doing a family event in which they will guide families through the exhibition. Not so PG but undoubtedly worth booking is The Gift, a Butoh dance performed in response to Maher's piece Cassandra's Necklace. Butoh relies on the often unsettling intimacy it creates in its truncated and fragile quality of movement. It’s sure to bring a new interpretation to her work. / Roisin Agnew

 

January 27 2013


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
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when
8pm

how much
€40

concert
Jane Birkin sings Serge Gainsbourg

Ah Je t'aime... moi non plus, the story goes thus: Serge wrote for and recorded it with his then girlfriend, Brigitte Bardot, in 1967. But she asked him not to release it as her husband might get annoyed. Then two years later, Serge’s new lover, a young English actress, recorded this most amorous song of all, and the rest is a breathy, scandal-filled history... The relationship Birkin shared with the diminutive genius produced many of his greatest works, including the sublime, Histoire de Melody Nelson, in 1971. And having already established herself as a singer in her own right with previous album, Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg, she would go on to forge a successful solo career. So here we have Jane singing Serge, for one night only, and a chance to see the embodiment of one of pop music’s greatest love stories. / Simon Judge

 

January 27 2013


where
Merchant's Market, East Wall Road, Dublin 3.


when
10am-5pm

how much
Depends

market
Merchant Market

Given my level of practical perfection, it took a while to think of a resolution this year. I decided, ultimately, to concentrate on improving my surroundings. One motto of mine is 'always take the scenic route', which might very well surprise if ever you saw the shabby landing in my apartment. It needs to be shown some love and I do love a make over. ('Cher's main thrill in life is a makeover, it gives her a sense of control in a world full of chaos.'- Dionne) In order to get some decorum in the house I held my Merchant (indoor) Market debut in Dublin's docklands. Watch out for the Lichten-style graffiti, you're headed the right way. I bought a small mother of pearl tray, a stunning cut glass lamp and a pretty mirror but I lusted after the unreal ornate puppet theater and a couple of vintage cocktail bars. Grab a cup of tea and a biscuit while you peruse. / Georgia

   
 

January 28 2013


where
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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when
Until 2nd February

how much
Free

exhibition
To Start With, Let's Remove The Colour

There's no shame in a bat-shit crazy exhibition every once in a while...walking into TBG&S you're welcomed by a 40s babelicious pin-up Woodcutter's daughter tied to a tree, waiting for the big bad wolf to get her. Saucy. Then there's the icy chest freezer, emanating a crude red light, probably reflecting all the bloody hacked-off limbs within. Prepare for a noisy fright courtesy of an antlered, television faced robot, covered in gauche Dutch pottery. Of course, to finish, there's a boy scout in hotpant-esque cut-offs, bent over, carrying a gun/tree trunk hybrid on his back. If this short article sounds like the witterings of a fool, I recommend you see it. You won't even know your abc afterwards. / Cora Burke

 

January 28 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

cinema
Zero Dark Thirty

The execution of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in 2011 is surely one of the watershed moments of the twenty-first century, as it signified the end of a hunt that spanned ten years and bore a significant human cost. Zero Dark Thirty documents the decade-long pursuit of bin Laden by the CIA, a search that often moved at a glacial pace, due to the pitfalls of bureaucracy and the fact that terrorists tend to be pretty good at keeping secrets. Told through the eyes of Maya, the self-proclaimed “motherfucker” who led the clandestine operation, it is a taut, journalistic piece of filmmaking – like a great episode of Homeland, minus the hysteria and quivering chin. Ambitious in scope and measured in its approach, Zero Dark Thirty is a riveting account of one of the defining moments of the past decade. / Amy O’Connor

   
 

January 29 2013


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Until Feb 1st

how much
Free

photo exhibition
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

Like in a good short story, what little is stated often suggests a wealth of deeper, far more sinister implications. Amy Hanrahan seems to operate her camera like a John Cheever of photography – behind suburban and rural picket fences there lies a world the viewer wishes they could know more about. Black and white portraits of family, fleeting and often uncertain intimacies seem to be presented as suggestions of stories anecdotes and relationships the viewer will never know about. The world in the photographs seems to operate at a slower pace where everything unfolds gently. / Roisin Agnew

 

January 29 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
Free (see link)

event
The Anti Room

The Anti Room collective, led by Sinead Gleeson and Anna Carey, has been leading the new media charge of cerebral discussion around contemporary feminism in Ireland. This live podcast recording in association with Banter, looks like their best slice of bird banter to date, with the awesome Laurie Penny, known to thousands as @PennyRed, blog queen Suzy Byrne, and kickass editor of The Ticket Anthea McTiernan taking to the stage to rant, rave, inform, laugh and discuss the matters of the day with feminist filter set to RAWK. Plus, you'll get to be in a room full of deadly women on the floor. Doors are at 7.30pm, the record button is pressed at 8pm sharp, and it's free, but you have to sign up: here / Una Mullally

   
 

January 30 2013


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€26

gig
Old Crow Medicine Show

Sometimes you have to hand it to the interweb. Days can be spent trolling, debating, screaming and tweeting self-congratulatory messages that come across to others like the modern equivalent of public masturbation, but sometimes you’ll click a random link and be brought to a little piece of the world that you would have otherwise sadly missed. Such is the case of me and the Old Crow Medicine Show, who appeared on my timeline in much the same way that The Band’s Last Waltz danced into view on an old VHS buried in a friend’s video collection (below The Fugitive, but above the porn). Touring with their new album, Carry Me Back, the alt-country/bluegrass ensemble are rightly lauded for their live shows, full of harmonising vocals and chaotic rhythms. So stop trolling and get foot stomping; you can’t do that on the interweb. / Hugh Torpey

 

January 30 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€7/€6

screening
Predator

There are, as the old saying goes, no bad ideas - just bad execution. Today, simply writing down “Giant Something vs Giant Something-else” constitutes a screenplay. Plot, character and effective film making techniques be damned, sure it’s only an action film, just popcorn entertainment. Predator is testament to this (it originated as a joke pitch for Rocky V) but succeeded in becoming much more. At its core is Arnie, at the midpoint of one the longest purple streaks in film history, bringing a presence and charisma that only he ever could. He is paired with a film villain so effectively deployed, so horrifyingly omnipresent that the tension in the film is like watching a piano wire being slowly tightened until it snaps...Face the Predator or "get to the chopper! / David Cadwallader

 

January 30 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
Free

club night
Moonstompin'

It has somehow managed to remain January for an unfairly long period of time. After the bacchanalian debauchery that was December, people seem to have put the head down, taken up virtuous New Year's Resolutions with gusto and lived altogether blameless lives. So what better way to kickstart your 2013 misbehaviour than by becoming a skinhead for the night? Not the nasty kind, think the start of This is England rather than the end. No Bother are calling all mods, ska heads, punk rockers and potential converts to come Moonstompin' every Wednesday in The Grand Social. Playing Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae on vinyl for that authentic sound, break out your Doc Martens, vintage Levis & Fred Perry shirts and rejoin the human race, ska style, with drink promotions on the night to help you break those new-found healthy habits. / Kate McEvoy

   
 
Molloy & Dowling- Stay Glassy!

Colm Molloy and Jed Dowling are the Gilbert and George of glasses.

We are both qualified opticians with a background in commercial practices. We were looking for an office, saw this place and fell in love with it. We’ve been collecting vintage and retro glasses for years so we thought let’s display them here and set this up as a shop. Glasses are our anchor but we only dispense frames now.

You won’t find 3-for-2 offers here, only vintage, retro and unusual frames. If you’ve got something we want we’re happy to barter for our stock. Artists have brought in paintings and people have paid us in stacks of books and vintage furniture. Our strangest swap? Two taxidermy headpieces made from pheasants.

We love the space so much we want to open it up for events. Over Christmas we invited the public in for readings from A Christmas Carol and mulled wine.This Saturday, French Bird will launch their EP here. We hope to open a little cafe soon so you can sit down with a book and a cup of tea in what just happens to be an opticians.

Molloy & Dowling is located at 18b Kildare Street, Below Cleo Handweavers, Dublin 2. PHOTO: Con O'Donoghue