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“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.” 
- Chuck Close

(With thanks to the Sandymount School of Art)

Who is up in a hot air balloon waiting for the clouds to part this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy, Adam or Camille?
"I've built the image of layers of cut and torn paper." - Julianna Szabo
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February 07 2013


where
The James Joyce Centre
35 North Great George’s Street
Dublin 1


when
See link

how much
Free, book through editor@newdublinpress.com

spoken word
Performing Poetry Project

In a town liberally spotted with word shovellers, literary bums and book mongrels, what is often lacking is some form of thorough gathering to bring these ne’er-do-wells together for a worship of rhyme and verse. Performing Poetry Project takes the words of Thelonius Monk as its credo: “If you can’t hear it, ain’t no use tellin’ you about it.” It’s a night of poetry and music headlined by Kit Fryatt, winner of the Stinging Fly Poetry Award, with emerging poets J.C. Creasy and Rory McArdle. The first venture of The New Dublin Press, it offers a rare opportunity to engage with the performative nature of poetry. Music will be performed by Leafzang, with food provided by surly-cheese-man-cum-lito-culinary virtuoso, Donal Flynn. The compounded wonders of this thing have me all of a tizzy.  / Roisin Agnew

 

 

February 07 2013


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

when
8.30pm

how much
€15

screening
Adventures of Prince Achmed

If you like x you'll like y. If you like live movie scores to silent movies you'll like this. If you like talented independent females from bygone days and left-wing-Nazi-era-Germans you'll be enamored by the film's illustrator. If you like Rob Ryan's paper cutout art you'll like this. If you like pre-Disney animation films, fairytales and storytelling you'll love this. If you like one-off cultural experiences you'll absolutely attend this. 'This' is a rare screening of Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed, an Arabian original. Luscious tales of Princesses, thieves, and dusty footed underdogs, it's captured the imaginations of generations of children who rubbed teapots, squinty eyed, wishing dearly for a Genie to emerge. If you like magical nights... Win Tickets / Georgia

   
 

February 07 2013


where
Room KEG-08,
DIT Kevin Street,
Dublin 8

when
6.15pm

how much
Free but register with caragh.flannery@bt.com

talk
Robot Wars

From da Vinci’s early designs in robotics to C-3PO, RoboCop and Optimus Prime, whether real or imagined, automatons have always fascinated us meatsacks. They range from the lovable (Teddy from A.I) to the terrifying (Teddy from A.I). However none can strike fear, and sometimes hilarity, into the hearts of humans like Daleks can. At this lecture you can come face-to-face with TV’s most badass dustbins alongside demos of other robots and cyber technology. Yeah Daleks are awesome, but the real stars of the show are the battle hardened DIY killing machines from BBC’s Robot Wars. Fans of the show will nerdgasm at the war stories of guest speaker Ian Watts as he attempts to answer that most divisive of engineering dilemmas- 'what makes a great robot?'. / Adam Duxbury  

 

February 07 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€20

gig
Desaparecidos

Fear not if you missed out on notorious band-hopper Conor Oberst's sell-out last week - he's back with his side project, the Garage/Punk outfit Desaparecidos,or The Young Ones, if you will. He'll be taking off his folksy sandals and flicking his emo fringe in his face, cos Desaparecidos feel raw; full on bedroom rock, pent up frustration with a sadistic Maths teacher rendered into laddish yelling of rather unladdish lyrics. Far from Oberst's usual fare. They are their politics - their name refers to the disappeared ones, a phenomenon of totalitarian states, and really something to get shouting about.  If Greenday actually had a clue what they were shouting about, and weren't shit, they'd be Desaparecidos, or, more to the point, Desaparecidos aren't Greenday. Not an inky mullet in sight. And thank god for that. Win Tickets / Cora Burke

   
 

February 08 2013


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

when
6.30pm

how much
Free

talk
DATA 55.0

On the Venn diagram where art, science, music, technology and experimentalism intersect, you can find DATA...just to the left of Kraftwerk. The Dublin Art and Technology Association return tonight for event 55.0 and another line-up of contemporary artists that will challenge you brain binaries. The four that make up tonight's DATA date-night are interdisciplinary artist Nurit Bar-Shai, New York/Amsterdam based experimental instrumentalist Peter Edwards, electronic soundsmith Philip Stearns and new media artists LoVid and Sean Montgomery. Of the four, Philip Stearns stands out to me as the most interesting. If, as Animal New York proclaimed recently, glitch art is 'the new punk rock' then Stearns is its Iggy Pop. His aesthetically pleasing images out of corrupted data are what electronic sheep dreams are made of. / Vernon Steel

 

February 08 2013


where
Players Theatre , 35 Regent House Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2


when
7:30pm

how much
€21/€16 concession

theatre
James Joyce Cycle

James Joyce is one of those Dublin authors that divides people into those that fuss and those that don't know what all the fuss is about. The former group make tribute hanging out near David Norris' gaff, all boatered and bedecked, ready to gambol about town in the steps of a certain Leopold. Berlin-based group TeNTheater brings to Dublin a different kind of Joycean tribute, with three plays of the five-part series, James Joyce Cycle. These surreal, multilingual and colourful plays deal with the mental illness and death of Joyce's daughter Lucia, his sight struggles and psychological problems during the writing of Finnegan's Wake (which even Joyce scholars advise mere mortals to avoid), and emphasise what is so important in Joyce – rhythm, language, wordplay and dark humour. So go figure out Joyce down at the Beckett. / Carrie King

 

February 08 2013


where
The Pint, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€20 advance tickets

gig
Into the Void

Psst, hey you! Yeah, you! Looking for some hot Heavy Metal action? Into the Void’s having a second anniversary party, and they’ve got enough Metal to satisfy all you freaks. You want it hard and fast? The blackened thrash of Destroyer 666 it is then. Slow and filthy? That’s Tome, pure Norn Iron Doom. Long and hypnotic? Despondent Dublin Black Metallers Sodb are masterful. Raw and aggressive? Death Metal maniacs Zom are angry enough by anyone’s standards. Leather, studs, and 40+? English lads Eliminator are picking up where Judas Priest left off. Yep, this is a seriously talented selection of talent. Is anyone surprised though? Into the Void are that scene-lynchpin type of store who just seem to get everything right. So dust off the denim and break out the bullet belt – a lineup this good demands your attention. / Marcus O'Sullivan 

   
 

February 09 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
Johnny Rayge & Friends play Neil Young

On a Sunday morning, I wake up; sometimes hungover, sometimes not. I have breakfast; sometimes greasy, sometimes not. I sit by the window; sometimes it’s sunny, mostly it’s not. And I listen to Neil Young. The soundtrack to any and every Sunday begins with Neil. Maybe it’s because his songs simultaneously sound both sad and hopeful, somehow. Neil knows life is saturated with inescapable melancholy, but with equal amounts of beauty intertwined. That quavering falsetto, those brilliant melodies, the emotionally deft lyrics; we’re talking perfect storm territory here. And he was just so good for so long. But even with the night’s generous two hour run time, a few choice tunes are bound to be missed. So if you’re reading this Johnny Rayge, can you please play side two of On the Beach? Thanks in advance. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

February 09 2013


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

when
18.30pm

how much
€7.50 - €9

screening
Tai Chi 0

I am in the mood for Asian cinema. After watching two South-Korean movies: the kick-ass Woochi and horror comedy Ghost Sweepers, I’ve started my quest in search of some mind-blowing Chinese productions. Delighted to hear about this year’s CNY Film Fest in Dublin, I have stuck to the programme to get my cinematic adrenaline pumping. Tai Chi 0 sounds like good craic for all who dream of martial arts frenzy and good old magic. A bit like famous Naruto-san, main character ends up in Chen Village to study a powerful form of Tai Chi. Looks like a perfect closure of the serious cinematic feast, with some fireworks, steampunk monsters and some sweet flying moves. / Anna P

   
 

February 09 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€8

album launch
Rest

Being a Rest fan is similar to going out with one of those smoking hot Christian girls who wear purity rings. You know you're doomed to wait years for the inevitable payoff but it'll totally be worth it. Six years after their debut album, they've finally taken their panties off...I mean returned, with their new LP I Hold the Wolf and oh man, was it worth the wait. Fifty-six minutes of face-melting harmonised riffs, haunting hammond organ, heaving bass and thundering drums, they're sounding more epic than ever before. Released by the superb Out on A Limb records on delicious heavyweight double vinyl, the Dublin launch is going to be something really special. Rest have toured with the likes of Isis, Zu, Oxbow and Explosions in the Sky, and with this release they're sure to reach similar heights, so make sure not to miss this. / Jen Connell

 

February 09 2013


where
Malahide Castle Grounds

when
9.30am

how much
Free

fitness
Parkrun Malahide

Packed gyms and January go together like dumbbells and A&E. Thank Mo Farrah it’s the balmy month of February then and you can continue/begin your fitness regime in the great outdoors, well, in Malahide park anyway. Parkrun had been gaining a steady following in the UK for a while before coming to Dublin in November. It’s a free, volunteer-run organisation with a simple premise: a bunch of people meet up every Saturday for a run around a park. The, ahem, fun part is the unique barcode you get when you register. This lets the organisers upload your runtime to an online results board: instant motivation/competition/humiliation. Running for the Facebook generation if you will. There’s also some post-run bonding over a coffee in Avoca afterwards where you can brag about PBs (personal bests) and your rapid ascension to leader board glory. / Adam Duxbury

   
 

February 10 2013


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

when
See HERE

how much
€9.90

cinema
A Liar's Autobiography

“Good riddance to him! The freeloading bastard, I hope he fries”, were the words uttered at the funeral of Mr Graham Chapman, former medical student, reformed alcoholic, rugby fan, pipe-smoker and most famously, Python. Of all the Pythons, Chapman’s life was probably the most ripe for film treatment being as it was marked by personal dramas and professional highs and lows…that and at the time of writing he remained the only dead one. Before he snuffed it Chapman had the good manners to record himself reading his book upon which the film is based. With contributions from all the other Pythons with the exception of Eric Idle, A Liar’s Autobiography is the animated, probably very untrue but surreally funny account of genuine comedic legend attempting to understand the bizarre life around him and his place within it. / David Cadwallader

 

February 10 2013


where
Vintage Room, Bison Bar, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.

when
3-6pm

how much
€15, book via rationbookrevival@gmail.com

workshop
Femme Fatale 101

Sometimes it feels like you're born one, other days it's thrust upon you and then there are moments you could do with some brushing up. Being a Femme Fatale is, I concede, a state of mind. Yet, the most dusky, slinky and sultry amongst us have off days too. With Valentines Day around the corner, there's a perfect excuse to attend Femme Fatale hair and make up class by the vintage goddesses at the Ration Book Revival, if only to soak up the oestrogen. Sara Kelly of CosmAddict Make Up lays down the law on the perfect blood red pouts, smouldering eyes and Jessica Rabbit hair over three hours with breaks in between for cocktails and nibbles. Warning: works best with a Devil-may-care attitude, killer stilettos and a predator's instinct. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

February 10 2013


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm onwards

how much
Free

sport
Pawn Stars

Bobby Fischer was the best chess player who ever lived. Well spoken, dapper, the all-round, all-American, nice guy. His infamous battle with Russia's Boris Spassky was the most surreal episode in the Cold War and Fisher's own story arcs like a gripping novel; his evolution from childhood chess prodigy to global superstar, angry recluse and, finally, paranoid fugitive is what secures his infamy as an American icon and elevates chess to something more important than a game, it is, to steal a footballing phrase, more important than that. And while Sunday may be bastion of pub football, why not do something far superior and get down for some pub chess. Open to dabblers, pros or newbies, Pawn Stars will reclaim the pub from the beer-gutted world of Darts and the over-hyped arena of Skysports. Just don't let it go to your head. / Vernon Steel

   
 

February 11 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
No

As a person who often gets told off for not saying "No", I left the cinema after this film wondering if I am, by default, the kind of person that would keep a dictator in power. Fortunately, I am also the kind of gormless gullible that is easily swayed by advertising, and the hawt thang Gael Garcia Bernal. That makes light of Pinochet v The People, which was decided (0-1, to the people) after Bernal's character, a skateboarding, Coke drinking ad exec, persuaded the people to say "No". This dramatisation loosens its tie, unclips its cufflinks and gets its hands dirty behind the scenes. With a doco-feel, the audience is complicit in covert operations and a fly on the wall at governmental top-table meetings. It isn't your slick West Wing, this is gritty but nuanced, and at its crescendo, heart-swelling. / Cora Burke

 

February 11 2013


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
Free

talk
Monthly General Meeting

The last time I attended the MGM, it coincided with the first time I found myself in Dublin's Conservative Club. My surprise that Dublin had a conservative club was only matched by my disbelief that this nomadic night of artsy, creative fun was packed out. 'Go Dublin!', I thought, 'Up Celtic!' I dare not say in front of the barman. MGM moves to South Studios this time round, a place where realism replaces religion and a solitary pool table tries to match the grandiose snooker hall that the conservatives boast. The theme is 'The Fourth Estate' (press and the media to those unawares) and you can count on le cool being there to throw their digital, nu-media weight around while shouting 'print is dead' at anyone willing to listen. Any debate on the fourth estate is sure to be anything but a ghost estate.  / Vernon Steel

   
 

February 12 2013


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


when
6.30pm

how much
Free

storytelling
Toy Stories

I'm a fan of milk and cookies and I'm a big fan of stories. I was raised with both, albeit not always simultaneously. However, it's a combination that can't be beat. Milk & Cookies are on a mission to revive the art of story-telling. They meet monthly and host a mix of invited and open performances. This month, they're going vintage Pixar and looking for toy stories. I once hit my sister in the face with a cricket ball...I'm sure there'll be better tales told on the night. Also, sorry Beth. Again. You're challenged to bring your top-notch noms to take part in the bake-off for the honor of being named King of the Cookies and a hearty round of applause. Brownie points to those who bring a toy for Show & Tell or a treat that's also a toy. Brownie points for brownies too. At least from me. / Kate McEvoy

 

February 12 2013


where
Monster Truck Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


when
Until March 9th

how much
Free

exhibition
The Mystery of Things

Do you have a place that's special to you? Somewhere that's magical simply because of how well you know it. Do you have something that should have been ephemeral, but has become a talisman in your life? Fiona Mulholland's exhibition The Mystery of Things examines the “emotional geography” attached to places, things and times. She takes normal objects used by us all and instills mysticism into them, invokes pagan symbolism that makes us consider our ritualistic devotion to stuff. Using recordings of old vox pops, she edits out the speech to leave the gaps in sentences, the recorded emms and ehs and nothings, showing the absence of what we had and how it's left us wordless. She uses light, reflective surfaces, sculpture and sound to show the transience and mystery in our things.  / Carrie King

   
 

February 13 2013


where
Lanigans Bar (Upstairs), 10 Eden Quay, Dublin 1.


when
1pm (7th-16th exc. Sun/Mon), 7pm (7/8/14/15th)

how much
€10 (inc. light lunch)

theatre
Clear The Air

Clear the Air is an excellent display of storytelling by promising young playwright Hugh Travers. The play weaves together an intimate tale across 3 young voices looking at love, music, Twitter, alcoholism and ambition. Travers is wise enough to pose questions rather than offer answers. A chance for a Dublin based band to gig in New York is scuppered by a volcanic ash cloud, prompting Richard Riley, lead singer and general handsome lad, to launch a mad cap road and rail adventure to reach New York via Madrid and Bogota. His cautious Girlfriend waits to see if the ash clears and beats him there with a regular flight. Tensions are high as the big night approaches but the Atlantic sky is not the only thing that needs clarity. Lisa wants to know what is really going on and her brother Lenny desperately needs a pint. / Joseph Kearney

 

February 13 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
TBC

gig
Mojo Gogo

Mojo Gogo are storming the scene with their lighthearted attitude and energetic stage presence. The Donegal lads have managed to find the difficult balance between honesty and controversy in their lyrics. Their video blog reaffirms this (not for the fainthearted). Their sound doesn't fit into any genre as such but veers toward indie meets blues/alternative/rock, or what they've described as "stindie rock and roll with balls". Their EP The Rounce gave a hint of what was to come and since their EP Cheats, Chicks and Powders we've been won over. Like the Sun is the feel good song of the summer and catchy as hell. It's probably worth mentioning that they write their own songs. If you like mischief and fun, go see them.  / Margaret McLaughlin

 
Bend It Like Beckett
le cool chatted Imprints in the sand with Joan, Deirdre and Grainne

At the Market Studios we decided to start this zine, Imprint, which is to be curated by different artists for each issue. This month's has been curated by Grainne and Eimear Tynan, and the theme is 'Fail Better'.

Each zine is kind of like an exhibition that's in your hand, and as much thought has gone into it as would go into an exhibition, so instead of having editors we have curators.

The website is meant to be reflecting the creative content in each individual zine, and because this issue was all about failed proposals and failed artworks, for the website we copied the Epic Fail meme and built the content from the zine into that kind of format to play around with a parody of internet failure memes as well.

We really want to promote to the average Irish person that they can buy art. A lot of people still think that art is for the elite.

Imprint will be available for purchase for €5 at the launch party at Market Studios and online. PHOTO: Al Higgins