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We found ourselves dreaming of Jiro and his sushi this week. Maybe it was because we were discussing movies as we announced our curated selection with Volta.ie, or maybe it was because we were hungry, but either way, when images of an 85-year-old sushi master and his business in the basement of a Tokyo office building come into your head, it's time to pay attention...or eat.

Our lasting memory of that delightful movie is the life advice that our sushi hero, Jiro, imparts. It's also our new motto:

"You have to fall in love with your work, never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That's the secret to success and that's the key to being regarded honourably."

While that ethos may not work for us all, we think that always striving to improve, aspiring to greatness and having the passion of a perfectionist is our philosophy until a better one comes along. That, our friends, is the way of the Shokunin.

 Who thinks they're a Wu Tang Clam this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy, Adam or Camille

"The house that the angry woman from last week might be living in." - Adrien Merigeau
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February 28 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€14.20

gig
Egyptian Hip Hop

When I first read about Egyptian Hip Hop, I imagined a group of young Cairene rappers spittin’ rhymes about Hosni Mubarak. In actuality, the misleadingly named Egyptian Hip Hop are a quartet hailing from Manchester, who specialise in dreamy, richly textured pop numbers and who have earned comparisons to the likes of Foals and MGMT. After partnering with hitmaker du jour Hudson Mohawke on their debut EP, the band released their long-awaited album last year. The album saw the band take a more experimental approach, blending genres and drawing from seemingly disparate influences to weave an ambitious psychedelic mish-mash. Their lushly produced earworms will make you abandon dreams of a North African incarnation of N.W.A. Don’t think anything rhymes with Mubarak anyway. / Win tickets / Amy O’Connor

 

February 28 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8.35pm

how much
€9/ €7.50

cinema
Oldboy

I have mixed feelings about Oldboy – a film that follows one man’s five day search for vengeance after fifteen years of unexplained solitary confinement. On the one hand it's one of the damn coolest movies ever and on most people’s lists as one of the classics to trial when first dipping your toe in the world of Korean film. On the other hand it's just, you know… *shudder*. The story is a compelling mystery-thriller, the characters - quirky and damned, and it has arguably one of the best shot fight scenes in cinema history (yes, I know I'm going to be starting some serious arguments). Think - some twisted version of The Count of Monte Cristo meets The Raid. Well worth seeing on the big screen - especially before Spike Lee gets his mitts on it. / Rachel Lucy Ray

   
 

February 28 2013


where
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8


when
7:30pm

how much
€16/€12

concert
Handel's Great Conversations

Handel was arguably the first classical music showman with a personality to boot. He became an overnight sensation, coming to London in 1710 from his native Germany. As well as being one of the greatest composers of the 18th Century he also excelled as a harpsichordist of some renown. Handel's Concerti Grossi are a form of music in which the material is passed between a small group of soloists and full orchestra in a musical conversation complete with harpsichord continuo. The Irish Baroque Orchestra will be led from the harpsichord by Lars Ulrik Mortensen in three of these works. The Dane is one of the world’s leading baroque keyboard players and current artistic director of Concerto Copenhagen. The concert will be complemented by two of Handel's finest arias, Salve Regina and Gloria, performed by guest soprano Mary Nelson. / Des FitzGerald

 

February 28 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10.30pm

how much
€10/€8

dj set
Foals DJ set

Five years after first hearing Cassius it still remains a favourite. The feat has been repeated with Foal's latest, Inhaler; indie rock with just enough minimal techno dance influences. Unsurprisingly, the moody, bearded Foals have proven to have great taste in other genres too, just check out keyboard player Edwin Congreave's Boiler Room mix. Definitely more dance and more party appropriate, Edwin will again be the man responsible for the music during Foal's DJ set in the Pepper, although you might see the others bopping along...especially if you have waking, cognisant dreams. If you're an indie rocker don't go expecting the dear sounds of the Foals, but broaden your horizons instead and expect a healthy amount of electronic, some house and plenty of techno. Also on the Night: Shadow Child (Dirtybird, UK) + Arveene & Colin Perkins (Transmit). Win Tickets / Niamh Keenan

   
 

March 01 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
11pm

how much
€10

cinema
Maniac

When not playing a certain hobbit, Elijah Woods excels in the role of sociopathic serial killer. This ultraviolent remake uses a POV camera that makes us both victim and voyeur as Frank, our heavy-breathing killer, stalks his lady prey. It’s a trick that works well (think REC) and, bar fleeting glimpses in mirrors, we rarely see Woods, instead sharing his predatory gaze in a moody, stylish and synth filled LA. If the neglectful mothers of cinema past have taught us anything, it’s that their sons often turn into raving psychopaths. So in true Norman Bates style, this killer’s unresolved mommy complex leads to a fixation with Anna (Nora Arnezeder) and an urge to scalp pretty ladies for his mannequin collection. Slick, sick and scuzzy: this is a classy, clever homage to grindhouse cinema that’s not for the easily agitated. / Adam Duxbury

 

March 01 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
7pm /9pm

how much
€9.90

cinema
Caesar Must Die

Caesar Must Die is the Golden Bear winning film from Italian filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Tavani; it tells the tale of real-life inmates in a high security prison staging a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. It mixes colour footage of the final production with black and white scenes of the cast of murderers, drug dealers and Mafiosi rehearsing the text, allowing them to reflect on their own lives and their own incarcerations. Julius Caesar is the story of a political conspiracy between republicans and monarchists, incorporating themes of power, ambition, betrayal and murder. That this is being staged at such a pivotal time in Italy’s modern political history makes it all the more poignant. As Shakespeare himself put it, “the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bodies”. / David Cadwallader

   
 

March 01 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€15

gig
Holy Other

In a world where politicians tweet about their teddy bears and Paralympic champions shoot people in bathrooms, isn’t it refreshing that some musicians can still be defined purely by their music. Similar to the work he creates, Holy Other is something of an enigma. Preferring to perform wearing a hood and reluctant to court any kind of media attention, the Manchester-based producer is making waves for all the right reasons. Armed with an EP and album of near perfect material (both released on the increasingly cool Tri Angle label), Holy Other’s tracks emphasise the beating heart within his tense, yearning R&B-infused electronica – or “witch house” if you fancy a newfangled genre name. For anyone that didn’t catch him supporting Beach House back in October, make it your business to find out what all the fuss is about. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

 

March 01 2013


where
Inspirational Arts, Basement, 7 Herbert Street, Dublin 2
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when
6.30pm

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Sea Change

Ah, the Forty Foot, where the waves don't so much lap over you as cling fearlessly to your body as your teeth chatter like tea-cups in a bull-infested China shop. This body of photographic work, taken at the most famous of bathing places on the East Coast, is as invigorating as a dip in the snot-green sea. The Forty-Foot has been described as a most liberal and democratic place where, with the donning of bathing suits, social inhibitions and differences dissolve. But try saying that post swim while someone is taking your picture as you try to tease your freezing balls out with a lighter. Seriously though, these photographs capture the best of the Forty Foot; the quality of the light, the endless motion of the waves and the sea's ever-changing moods which all serve to create anything but a cold, unwelcoming exhibition. / Vernon Steel

   
 

March 02 2013


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7pm

how much
€28

gig
A Salute To Henry

In November last, Henry McCullough, guitarist with Joe Cocker's Grease Band and Wings, suffered a massive heart attack. A Salute to Henry is a benefit gig arranged by Pete Cummins of the Fleadh Cowboys. The line up brings us some of the best of the Irish folk scene from the sixties until now. Sweeney's Men, whose sole album of 1968 casts a long shadow over everything folk and traditional since, make a long awaited reappearance. Following a reunion gig a few years ago, old wounds have perhaps healed somewhat, and the three travelling musicians - virtuoso musician Andy Irvine, gentleman Pogue Terry Woods, and true folk troubadour Johnny Moynihan - come together to play for their friend and one time band mate. If you've never heard their album, find it, play it, let it work its magic. / Alex Calder

 

March 02 2013


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7pm

how much
€23

theatre
Singlehood

"Sing-uh-Ah-uh-le, that's how I wanna be", so sang the late, great, crazily serious Natasha Beddingfield. Premise of Singlehood is simple: It's a sell-out Dublin Fringe headlining show about not being in a couple or letting a relationship define you. Just non-performers, real people, talking about their real lives with the creative team of Una McKevitt and yer man from Dan and Becks at the helm. The honesty is as refreshing as a slice o' watermelon on a hot summer's day (and twice as delicious). McKevitt's shows have an intangible warmth that stays with you long after you've laughed your way home. And with its emergence onto a venue like Vicar Street, the documentary theatre genre is proving that it, much like Girl Power before it, is not going anywhere until the ginger woman leaves. / Karl Watson

   
 

March 03 2013


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
see HERE

how much
€5.94 -€11.40

cinema
Stoker

Park Chan-wook neatly sidesteps the pitfalls that have done for many a cult director gone Hollywood with an assured, stylish English language debut. This kinda, sorta, not really vampire flick might be a tad lacking in the plot department (it's a rather perfunctory Hitchcock riff) but the director's masterly command of mise-en-scène makes up for that in spades. There's more than a hint of Tim Burton here, and anyone who identified a little too strongly with Winona Ryder in his early films will find another kindred spirit in Mia Wasikowska, who anchors the film as the moody teen fascinated by the sudden appearance of her mysterious Uncle Charlie. See it for the sound design alone, a symphony scored for creaking floorboards and fizzling light fixtures which puts the lie to 3D as the ultimate immersive experience. / Conor McDevitt

 

March 03 2013


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

how much
€18/€20

concert
Jóhann Jóhannsson

In symphony with the landscape of his being, Jóhann Jóhannsson imbues his music with the same windswept beguiling beauty of his native Iceland. Branching out from his roots in indie-rock and electronic to elegant orchestral sweeps of recent compositions for feature films such as The Miners' Hymns and Mystery, Jóhannsson's profoundly impressive repertoire deserves to be noticed. His minimalist tendencies will be accentuated and counterbalanced tonight by the Hilliard Ensemble - a well respected British vocal quartet. Wrapping up the inaugural edition of the New Music Dublin festival, it's time to look out to sea and envision a great yonder conceived by a fascinating aural architect. / Zach Joyce

 

March 03 2013


where


when
HERE

how much
Free

talk
Weaponising Speculations

It sounds like some sort of art apocalypse, but in reality the event brings together a grouping that excites. The stage has been set for some autonomous discussions to take place. Presented by D.U.S.T (Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought) the theory/art collective have brought together a conference that features artists, historians, theorists, and philosophers who all come from quite diverse backgrounds and are prolific in their field. The selection process for both the conference and exhibition brings with it a plethora of similarities and absurd contrasts. Interested to see if an area exists between speculative academia-cum-practice or whether setting up a premeditated stage for this reasoning is prohibitive from its outset. Copy of anything you've ever read by Graham Harman in tow optional. / Margaret McLaughlin

   
 

March 04 2013


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

when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
To The Wonder

I left my job in a market research call centre the day after watching Terrence Malick’s last film The Tree Of Life. While that’s not that significant compared to what else movies have been blamed for, it does go a way to showing how touching Malick’s films can be. TTOL was unfairly criticised for being overly cinematic and thematically unfocused; To The Wonder is even more so - almost purely sensual over structural. Here two hours of slow moving, perfectly framed shots and breathy voice-overs on love, faith, and the doubts that bubble underneath. Malick’s eye for curating beautiful cinema has never been in doubt but his ear for disquiet, shown here in close-ups of mundane drama, resonates most in To The Wonder. It’s easy to knock the earnestness of the work, but when so much film is right on the nose, this shines with subtlety. / Aaron Rogan

 

March 04 2013


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

when
6:30pm

how much
€20

fundraiser
The Searchers

Nothing evokes nostalgia like a John Wayne film. There were those faded re-runs on TG4 of a Saturday afternoon as the rain intruded on your planned hours of bike-riding and tree-clambouring, and you whiled away the hours until Gladiator. By adulthood, you were well versed in Natalie Wood's Comanche solidarity, John Wayne's dedication to the search for his niece and the sheer bravery of raising the issue of racism in the wild, wild, West. And, with the legacy of the Western, the IFI salute the legacy of their late colleague Pete Walsh, by raising money for Our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross who cared for him before he passed with the proceeds from this screening. / Cora Burke

   
 

March 04 2013


where
34 Camden Street Upper, Dublin 2.

when
Regular Opening Hours

how much
Depends, BYOB

le other
Damascus Gate

From the makers of the ever popular Little Jerusalem in Rathmines comes Damascus Gate; Dublin’s newest Lebanese/Syrian eatery. Reliable word of mouth seems to have guaranteed success as on the night in question the place was wedged. Or maybe this was down to the four letters revered in recessionary Ireland; BYOB. This type of food is made for sharing, so we started with a mezze platter between four which included some great falafels and lamb sambosas. For mains I went it alone and chose the Kofta b’el laban aka meatballs. Conceivably not my wisest decision in light of current scandals. Regardless, they were tasty and well-seasoned in a yogurty sauce, dotted with pomegranate seeds. With a Shish bar in the back for those who feel inclined and last orders around 11pm, it’s a solid option for small groups and late daters. / Enya Moore

   
 

March 05 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€5

screening
Party Monster

Party Monster tells the colourful story of Michael Alig (Macaulay Culkin) and his best friend James St. James (Seth Green). Alig, a co-founder of the club kids’ scene, famed for throwing outlandish parties populated by flamboyant revellers, was convicted of the manslaughter of drug dealer Andre “Angel” Melendez in 1997. The film is based on the book Disco Bloodbath, written by St. James and takes a trippy, kitsch look at Alig’s reign as party king of Manhattan and the gruesome murder which marked his fall from grace. It is a glittering drug fuelled kaleidoscope of excess, hedonism and death, punctuated by hilarious one-liners, an unusually pretty Marilyn Manson and probably the greatest green troll outfit ever created. Put on some war- paint, don some spandex and relive the days of “Money, Success, Fame, Glamour”. / Ruth Hurl

 

March 05 2013


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Until April 5th

how much
Free

exhibition
10 Weeks

"Hey, teenage girls! Why don't you wear these really kee-ute little badges of foetus feet? So cute, right?! Imagine MURDERING those little babies, girls? How cruel would you be then? So cruel!" ...and with this, a generation was indoctrinated into the idea that a foetus was a little human, and to terminate a pregnancy was murder. Ah, the power of those little silver pins...more influential than Meat is Murder, and twice as catchy, considering they embedded themselves in your school jumper. Leszek Wolnik has photographed in eerie detail those pins, and the process, moulds and all. Generously, he has used this imagery as a jumping off point for people to discuss their experiences of the early 90s pro-life movement, the ramifications of their stance, and naturally, exploring the current stance of those who lived through it. / Cora Burke

   
 

March 06 2013


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

how much
€15/€12

comedy
How Much Is That Woman In The Window?

If you hate the term feminist but aren’t a big fan of Penneys selling push up bras to 7-year-olds, a continuing lack of female politicians and pay inequalities, Keith Farnan has a show that may appeal to your political sensibilities. Following in the Caitlin Moran approach to feminism – realistic, rude and with a big chunk of hilarity, Keith questions whether we value women or simply put a value on them. Over the last few years, the r-word has made a lot of women have to make some big decisions regarding work, with more females in the workforce than ever before. Yet still the inequalities remain. This all in the era of Angela Merkel kicking ass and Iceland electing their first female prime minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, to get them out of a nasty situation. So join Keith to redefine feminism and have a few laughs. / Beccy Fitzpatrick

 

March 06 2013


where
Outhouse Theatre, 105 Capel St. D8
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
Free

spoken word
Come Rhyme With Me

Think of a 'spoken word' event and you probably imagine a dimly lit coffee shop in New York where angry poets lurk in smoky corners or a thatched cottage pub in Connemara where Old Whiskey Joe tells tales of days gone by. And yeah, they're both fair stereotypes. The spoken word has long been a malleable art form, sprouting from political roots and spanning traditional storytelling right through to off-beat poetry slams, but performance has always been the common thread. Breathing life into words, the Come Rhyme With Me sessions at Outhouse aim to please, frighten and enlighten. Anything goes. Back after featuring shows at the Dublin Fringe, CRWM performers embrace modern forms and topics and may even let you tell a little story of your own. An open forum, your invitation is in the name. / Hayley Reynolds

 

March 06 2013


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

when
1pm

how much
€8-€12

theatre
Payback

If conniving middle aged women drinking gin & tonic in the middle of the day is your thing, then you should abandon your packed lunch and put some Payback on the agenda. Irish Theatre stalwarts Maria McDermottroe and Marion O’Dwyer have been staging this hilarious little show in spaces round the country for the last while, and it’s back in the Café theatre by popular demand for a full month. Payback is the story of Kitty and Mary, two fifty somethings who are getting their own back on life, each with a drink in their hands. It’s a debut in theatrical penmanship for both actresses and has proved a rollicking success. Turn your back on the queue in Centra and get your mitts on the sambo and cuppa that’s provided whilst soaking up some culture. / Nora Costigan 

   
 
Ferocious Mingle Marcade

We don our bowler hats and take a stroll back in time with Eamon A Mooney at the Ferocious Mingle Marcade.

Myself and Rainey (Dillon) came from two different directions.  I play bass guitar so I came in from a musician’s point of view whereas Rainey is an artist. She had been running a monthly market with a little busker’s corner, I arrived one day with a singer and that’s how we met.

The two of us are addicted to Victoriana and Edwardian style. The mish mash of all this resulted in our little eclectic bazaar. A market and arcade- marcade-  that would be a permanent fixture in Dublin.

It’s all about atmosphere. People are encouraged to wear fancy dress every Sunday and every couple of months we have a speakeasy where we showcase live music. On Good Friday the theme is prohibition era swing. We have old b&w movies on a cinema screen and with the live stage they anchor the whole place together. It’s not just a place you can buy stuff it’s also a place where you can browse and hang out.

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade is open 11- 6pm every Thurs-Sun at 72 Thomas St, Dublin 8. PHOTO: Pól Ó Conghaile