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Now that there's some light when we get up out of bed, and we find ourselves chipper at the breakfast table (Marty in the Morning glory), we can't help but feel that the January blues are finally ebbing away.

The month of social hibernation is over and we can challenge our non-responsiveness to external stimuli by properly getting into this year and properly getting into the city.

It seems we aren't the only ones who are thawing out from the apathy.

We found these brilliant movie posters by Dublin Art Director, Austin Richards, and Galway Copywriter, Des Creedon, fresh off scamp.ie. We rejoiced as Tony Donoghue scooped the best animation award at the Sundance Film festival and we heard the city now has free wifi.

Let the February felicitations begin!

Wanna get yourself into it? Let us help you do it. Ladies and gentleman, Issue * 170.

Who can feel the rapture this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy, Adam or Camille.
"All the line work was done using black thread." - Neve Connolly
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January 31 2013


where
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€34

gig
Aimee Mann

Back in the 90s, the decade of Alanis and Lillith Fair, you couldn’t swing a cat without somehow hitting a female singer-songwriter in the face.  They were everywhere. But where many of the performers from that era have faded into the background somewhat, one continues to endure and that is Aimee Mann. A prolific songstress who rose to fame when she contributed songs to Paul Thomas Anderson’s magnum opus Magnolia, Aimee Mann has long been one of the stalwarts of the indie scene. With a repertoire comprising of both thoughtful ballads and catchy earworms, Mann has established herself as one of the eminent songwriters of her generation, imbuing her songs with her droll wit and cerebral sensibility. She makes a welcome return to Dublin and with support from pop-punk Ted Leo, it promises to be a whopper. Win Tickets / Amy O’Connor

 

January 31 2013


where
United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2

Location Map

when
8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
An Exhibition of Contemporary Illustration

The Illustrators Guild of Ireland comes out of hibernation with what should be an extraordinary exhibition despite its extra ordinary name in the amazingly unpredictable United Arts Club. It falls to OFFSET's Bren B to open the proceedings - one wonder's what the chess club president and pipe-smoking resident of the smoking area will make of Bren's brash t-shirts and bold baseball cap? The works of over twenty contemporary illustrators will be on show,  among them some familiar faces to le cool readers; Nicola Colton, Chris Judge, Una Gildea, Joven Kerekes and Steve Simpson. I'm looking forward to discovering what fresh madness Kevin McSherry has concocted while also putting works to names like Cathy Dineen and Jennifer Farley. Most of all, I'm looking forward to drinking again from the weird well at the UAC. / Vernon Steel

 

January 31 2013


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

when
6.30pm

how much
€10

screening
ICAD Creative Shorts II

ICAD is kicking off January by saying "Eat my Shorts" with a delicious line-up of young film talent. If you were lucky enough to OFFSET it last year, you might be aware of Johnny Kelly, the Dublin born, London based animator of awe-inspiring talent. If you want to enhance any existing feelings of insecurity, press here, here and here. There will also be the bleakly hilarious Conor Ferguson's Atlantic and Steph Green's New Boy, based on Roddy Doyle's short story of the same title. The talent is whirring with promise and a fearless gung-ho attitude, while it's heartening to see ICAD giving them an ole hand to expand their audiences. Fill up on this plate, and here's hoping you'll be able to go back for seconds. / Cora Burke

 

January 31 2013


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
Free

spoken word
Bare Hands Night of Literary Magnificence

Bare Hands Poetry journal started out as a small, wayward thought in the brain of Dublin poet, Kerrie O'Brien. In just over a year it's grown into a globally read and internationally loved monthly online publication, featuring poetry and photography from all over the world. With the help of Dublin-born, San Fran-based poet Sarah Griffin, Bare Hands released a classy-as-hell print anthology just before Christmas. Now, following on from their Night of Literary Gorgeousness back in August, the Bare Hands team are back at it again, stepping things up a notch with the Bare Hands Night of Literary Magnificence. Poetry, comedy, performances, music and storytelling are all promised, along with tapas-tastic fare available from the Roasted Brown crew. / Carrie King

 

January 31 2013


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

how much
€7

gig
Off The Record

Off the Record is an Irish online mix series which offers DJs a platform to air their mixes as well as an opportunity to meet other like-minded artists and budding producers. And now it’s a club night. With 44 mixes wracked up since the series began in May 2012, there’s plenty of diversity in this genre-spanning collection. For its inaugural night it will be taking over the basement of the Twisted Pepper, with music from an eclectic selection of four of the most inventive DJs featured in the series so far. Each of the performers is also an accomplished producer and will showcase his own original music on the night. Expect a wide selection of genres, from 7ar’s bass-heavy glitch, through Nubus’ melodic drum ‘n’ bass, to Drokkr’s floor-filling techno and the reggae flavoured stylings of the Dub-Doctor. / Dave Desmond

   
 

February 01 2013


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
Quompilation #3

Who doesn’t love a good ol’, multi-band, grab-bag gig? This one’s an all-Irish grab-bag, and also a release party slash swan-song for the Quarter Inch Collective. 12 acts each covering a song, including the daring and unique choice of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which- haha, just kidding, that will not be making an appearance thank God (hallelujah!). No, the selections here are on point. Highlights include Simon Bird’s Swans cover, all imposing electronic bombast, Ginola metallifying Katie Kim, Girl Band covering the techno anthem of 2012 (!), and so on. Spilly Walker even does Moodymann. And all of this collected onto a highly covetable wee cassette, a veritable Irish indie artifact that’s free for every punter.  This will be fun, promise. I’m giving you a no-Hallelujah guarantee. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

February 01 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
Tropics

This writer’s first acquaintance with Tropics came when presenting a radio programme many moons ago. As the name suggests, Tropics has the ability to stir up the warm memory of summer - even in the coldest depths of winter. A young lad of just 22, Chris Ward’s sun-kissed sound has stuck with me, and why wouldn’t it? A collage of 70s jams, post-rock, drum breaks and tape saturated nostalgia, 2011’s Parodia Flare is as solid a debut LP you’ll find. After re-mixing the likes of Bear in Heaven and Little Dragon, Tropics signed to London’s Planet Mu records - home to our friends Solar Bears. Last year’s Popup Cinema is a four-track EP awash with vintage synths, Rhodes keys and enough slap bass to leave you with an arse in desperate need of a good shakin’. Support on the night come from the highly regarded local talents of Sunken Foal and Eomac. Win Tickets / Battle

 

February 01 2013


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11pm

how much
€7

club night
Queer Bash

After reappropriating dyke, faggot, poof and homo it’s time to have a go at queer bashing- the phrase part that is, not the beating people up. In the wise words of the greatest gay wizard of all, Albus Dumbledore (R.I.P) “Fear of the name only increases fear of the thing itself”. So every first Friday this new night will be serving some late night, drink fuelled, dangerous dancing where the only actual bashing will be the collision of flailing limbs, as Dublin’s queerest night owls attempt to out-manoeuvre each other on the dance floor. Those hankering for a break from the clutches of generic-pop-euro-trance nights might just be coaxed out of their roosts by this one. Do expect drinks promos, hypnotic visuals and basement vibrating tunes from A-Trak to Zola Jesus. Don’t expect to come home with a black eye. / Adam Duxbury   

 

February 01 2013


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

how much
€7.50- €9

cinema
Dangerous Liaisons

All new adaptations need to have something new up their sleeves, lest they just become another imdb entry. This after all is where 1999’s adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons, Cruel Intentions, succeeded; making the tale of sex-obsessed, French socialites appeal to the Justin Timberlake generation. Here, director Jin-Jo Hur relocates the action from Versailles to 1930s Shanghai, taking in the city’s Paris-of-the-east decade of decadence. Certainly there’s enough potential for something exceptional, especially when you factor in the pedigree of the cast and crew. Be sure to take that mate who’s always complaining when Hollywood remakes Asian films. / David Cadwallader

   
 

February 02 2013


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

when
12pm

how much
€8.50

cinema
Did Anybody Notice Us

This documentary asks "did anybody notice us?" Well yeah, they did. They bashed you in Fairview Park, and walked free, because they allegedly came from 'good families'. Or, more likely, because the presiding judge, Justice Gannon, accepted the 'excuse' that they had been in the park to clear it of gays. Then they held a victory parade in your faces. This signalled a watershed. A young Mary Harney looked for the resignation of Justice Gannon, TD Mary Flaherty looked for the involvement of the DPP, and victims of homophobic violence, including an Irish Press journalist, came forward and told their stories. Then they marched. And all these years later, which march do we really remember as the Fairview March? No Brainer. / Cora Burke

 

February 02 2013


where
Freemasons' Hall
17 Molesworth S.
Dublin 2

when
Depends, see below.

how much
Free, ring: (0)1 676 1337 in advance

le other
Tour of the Freemason's Hall

The Masons cop a lot of flack, particularly from conspiracy theorists who hold them responsible for, well, everything it seems. As loathe as I am to recommend a visit to an organization that prohibits women for no discernible reason (looking at you also, Portmarnock Golf Club), Dublin's Grand Mason Lodge is worth your time. The second oldest purpose built Masonic Hall in the world, the decor is ... dramatic - to put it mildly. Liberace would be quite at home amidst such ostentatious opulence. The guides lift the lid on daily operations and are extremely polite when faced with questions about giant lizards and the Illuminati. Finally there's a secret compartment hidden by a trapdoor in the floor, which, if you behave yourself, you may be allowed to indulge your inner Famous Fiver and hide in. Now that's a win. / Kate McEvoy

 

February 02 2013


where
City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2.
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when
6pm (also Fri 6.30pm & Sun. 3pm)

how much
€10 / €15 (3 day pass)

event
City Hall

"Are you going to the symphony premiere?" It's a turn of phrase we don't utter enough really but maybe that's down to the dearth of grafters who wake up in the morning and decide they want to compose one. Enter Mr Daniel Figgis. Last time I saw him was on a Sunday afternoon out in the Orangery in Marley Park where he was overseeing an audio visual whizz for people who found themselves replacing the glow sticks of yesteryear with the prams of today in the sanctity of experimental surrounds. With and in City Hall, he's promising an immersive and musician free experience where we become composers in cahoots. Tapping into the acoustics of the Rotunda Room and the directional shuffle of our feet, Figgis is composing a symphony Twister of sorts. Don't expect a baton either. / Michael McDermott

 

February 02 2013


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


when
Until Feb 7th

how much
Free

exhibition
Trying to Make Things Better

Photographer Janet Williams realised a while back that the grey light in Dublin does little to reflect the colour and creativity of those that live there. This inspired her Better City series, illuminating familiar cityscapes with exaggerated, often surreal, colours. She also ran a series called Better Faces, portraits of people who “don’t need their grey skies replaced with colour, they just need the chance to burst open with the colour that's inside”. Now, with their powers combined, she presents these two series as part of a bigger participatory project called, Trying To Make Things Better. In a city that often feels like it's drowning...literally - you need armbands to cross the street - this is a really important celebration of the vibrancy and energy that's going down in Dublin town. / Carrie King

   
 

February 03 2013


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
until Febuary 24th

how much
Free

exhibition
Blackshaw at 80

Using the phrase ‘childlike’ to describe an artist's lean is to damn it with faint praise, but walking around the RHA you can’t help but wear a wry smile at the works of Basil Blackshaw. Titles of works are scrawled in big letters across some canvases, with random numbers thrown in, like the school results of a misbehaving nephew. Distinct styles stand out; one is a selection of scenes, particularly of animals, that seem to be captured from the point of view of someone who doesn’t quite understand what they’re seeing, while the other is a more grown-up, clear-cut documentation. Sometimes the styles merge, as in the wonderfully disconcerting Anna on the Couch. His portraits are a weak point, simply for not standing out, but the rest of the work is a playful joy, giving you a quick glimpse through the mis-shapes of youthful eyes. / Hugh Torpey

 

February 03 2013


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

when
3.15pm

how much
€26- €47.50

dance
One Night in Vienna

Oh Vienna. Stately city of ‘wedding cake’ elegance, nestled farther east than you expect, between the foothills of the Alps and the banks of the Danube. Beloved of people who still talk of ‘Constantinople’, attend palace balls, and deck themselves in full-on fur, Vienna represents an historic meeting place for two Europes. Home of the croissant (take that France) and café culture, and the glorious architecture of the Hapsburg empire, it still remains a gilt-edged city within which a revolutionary heart beats. Go to this wearing your finest gown, or your most resplendent cavalry officer's uniform, clutching a copy of Joseph Roth's Radetzky March and a glass of Grunerveltliner. Take in the dancing and imagine yourself back in imperial Vienna, before the Great War and all that followed. / Alex Calder

 

February 03 2013


where
Harry's On The Green
2 King St South
Dublin 2

when
8pm

how much
€10 (plus booking fee)

sport
Superbowl Party

My mother is a surprising woman. It was she who sat me down and explained the vagaries of American football. Apparently it was all the rage on Channel 4 back in the day. Her pregnancy cravings ran towards knitting, jigsaws and NFL. So perhaps she should be my date to the Dublin Rebels' shindig for the 47th Superbowl, between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens and between their coaches, brothers Jim & John Harbaugh. But more importantly Beyoncé will take on her critics from Lip-Synch-Gate with a half-time performance at the biggest show on earth. With cheerleaders, tailgating & food served all night the seven times National Champions are going full Miley Cyrus. It's worth being tired in work on Monday to have a front-row seat for whatever Superbowl scandal erupts this year. Don't forget to bring your mom. / Kate McEvoy

   
 

February 04 2013


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

when
see HERE

how much
€8.50- €9.90

cinema
Bullhead

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at last year’s Academy Awards, Michael R. Roskam’s tragic crime-drama is set in the unlikely criminal underworld of Belgium’s Hormone Mafia. This isn’t your average gangster flick though. The film primarily deals with a young Flemish cattle farmer called Jacky and his addiction to the illegal hormones that he injects daily, making him physically immense while at the same time masking his emotional fragility. It’s not until an event from his past is recalled that the full extent of Jacky’s vulnerability is revealed. The beefed up Matthias Schoenaerts is magnificent as the tormented protagonist who struggles to ascertain his masculinity within a traditionally male-dominated culture. Roskam’s exquisitely directed and complex debut feature definitely marks him as one to watch. / Dave Desmond

 

February 04 2013


where
The Pepper Canister Church, 2 Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2


when
8pm

how much
€30

gig
Martha Wainwright

The Wainwright gang are spoiling us of late: Loudon plays the NCH in May, Rufus played recently and tonight it’s Martha’s turn. On new album Come Home to Mama, Martha continues her flair for tragicomic lyrics (“I really like the makeup sex, it's the only kind I ever get”). After the premature birth of her son last year, Martha became a mama for the first time; she also recently lost her own mother. She’s turned these traumatic events into a collection of songs that range from sombre (Proserpina) to comedic (Can you Believe it?) and even apocalyptic (Leave Behind). She sings about motherhood, sex, family and loss in a witty and frank way that might make the church's usual audience blush (hopefully the priest’s busy tonight). Come home to Martha. Win Tickets / Adam Duxbury

 

February 04 2013


where
Bewley's Theatre Cafe, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
01 635 5470‎
Location Map

when
1pm/ Until Febuary 23rd

how much
€8- €12

theatre
Fred & Alice

In an age where people are quick to throw labels about for a myriad of disorders and conditions, Fred & Alice takes a unique look at the idea of labelling those whose brains work a little differently. John Sheehy’s play is a quirky love story about two unique individuals, the energetic and word obsessed Alice and the focused music loving Fred. The play charts their relationship from the couple’s first meeting in, as Fred puts it a “home”, to their attempts at creating an independent life for themselves. Fred and Alice are not only faced with the challenges of “responsible pet care and boiler maintenance” they must also learn how to understand the complexities of each other's personas. Funny and moving, the play resists the temptation to label the couple as anything other than themselves. / Ruth Hurl

   
 

February 05 2013


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
Free

screening
Léon

Crave tenderness, violence and some unhinged Gary Oldman for good measure? 'Course you do. A hitman, a crooked cop, a 12-year-old girl and a potted plant make Luc Besson's Léon amazingly unusual viewing. Reclusive 'cleaner' (assassin) Léon seeks anonymity until the day he's forced to offer refuge to his young neighbour Mathilda, following the massacre of her family by corrupt DEA agents. The unlikely pair exchange hitman lessons for reading ones, with Mathilda secretly vowing to avenge her little brother's death at all costs. Whether a first or repeat viewing, Besson's first English language film is a stunner. The affection between Léon and his protégé sees the introverted assassin learn how to live and Mathilda learn how to continue to. Note - young Natalie Portman will make you feel like an underachieving waster. / Sarah Folan

 

February 05 2013


where
Kerlin Gallery, Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until Febuary 23rd

how much
Free

exhibition
Guggi

As I sit down to write about a man famed for his irritable bowl syndrome and a bromance with Bono, U2 blares from the radio. Must be fate. This airy gallery was the site of Guggi's first solo show back in 1989 but whilst banal, everyday objects are still the primary focus of his work, these new paintings are a certain departure as he includes various lettering and text, not readily decipherable unless you are Russian. Large and ceramic bowls with fiery centres are scattered in the space whilst oil painted wooden boards depicting bowl and jug shapes adorn the walls. Large, framed collages of digital prints including various texts and photographs have been manipulated and drawn on. Look out for inclusions of imagery from ‘the Prunes'; the 1980’s band where Guggi got the rocker image he's still famed for today. / Enya Moore

   
 

February 06 2013


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

when
11.30pm

how much
€6- €7.50

cinema
Flight

It is favourable to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed while performing most jobs, but rather essential if you’re a pilot. Take Whip Whitaker, then, a wayward pilot with a predilection for brandy and coke. (Side-note: only in films are people named things like “Whip Whitaker”.) During a fairly routine flight, Whip is forced to crash-land the plane, a manoeuvre that saves scores of lives, but results in the deaths of six passengers. During an investigation it emerges that Whip was flyin’ under the influence. Uh-oh. What unfolds is a thoughtful, introspective drama that details a man’s struggle to come to terms with an addiction that threatens to derail his life. Denzel's acting soars as his character's life in free fall. It is a well-acted, engaging tale of addiction, guilt and redemption. Two thumbs pointed skyward.../ Amy O’Connor

 

February 06 2013


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

when
11pm

how much
€8/€6

gig
Ryan Hemsworth

A few years back (when it was still good) satirical website Hipster Runoff called Animal Collective "a band created by/for/on the Internet". It's a description that could easily apply to Ryan Hemsworth, the young Canadian producer whose music embodies a certain kind of magpie aesthetic that typifies the all music all the time generation, where genre lines are irrelevant and Angelo Badalamenti and the Donkey Kong Country soundtrack have equal value. If this sounds like a veiled insult, it's not (I mean we can all agree that Aquatic Ambiance is at least as good as anything Brian Eno's ever done, right?). This guy is going to have a very big year, and If his previous DJ sets are anything to go by this is a rare opportunity to hear Ryuichi Sakamoto and Waka Flocka go off in the same club. Win Tickets / Conor McDevitt

 
Foo(d) Fighters

Cousins Brendan O’Connor and Adam Dickson from Dublin City Food beef up your lunch options.

If a restaurant puts a slice of Denny ham on a plate it wouldn’t be accepted but put it between two slices of bread and serve it at lunchtime and that’s fine. Surely we can do better.

We prepare our own Irish meats, we smoke pastrami and roast ham and beef in our basement kitchen. We’ve got seven signature sandwiches, each one named after an area in Dublin, and on Fridays and Saturdays we do a special.

If you’re in the states they have these classics, you can order a Reuben or a BLT, you can go from town to town and discover them but in Ireland we found there wasn’t a single classic sandwich, except maybe a ham and cheese toasty! So we’re hoping that some of ours will stick.

The Rialto is inspired by the Reuben and there’s a Reuben St in Rialto...that’s as far as we got with linking the names! We just wanted to answer that pub quiz question; ‘name five areas of Dublin ending in O’. 

Dublin City Food is located at 7 St Andrew's St, Dublin 2. PHOTO: Con O'Donoghue