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Of the 16 bridges over the River Liffey, 13 are named after men. None are named after women. An obsolete coin gets more homage (in bridge form) than Irish women! 

The campaign has begun to have the new Marlborough Street bridge named after Rosie Hackett, who, aged 18, led industrial action which resulted in 3000 women getting a pay rise in Jacobs Factory. She was also involved in the 1913 Lockout and fought for the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Rising. And why not? Markievicz has her pool, Elizabeth O'Farrell has her blink-and-you'd-miss-it plague on Sheriff Street, and Molly Malone has her...well, not quite the same thing. Walking round Dublin, you're hard pressed to find the sassy bullet dodgers, crafty revolutionaries, the belles with balls. 

As International Women's Week kicks off, we are getting behind Rosie. We also hope The Women's Museum will find some permanence - why not Dublin as well as Dallas and D.C? We're looking forward to the multitude of talks about Brave Berthas, and this issue sees Oxfam are bringing us together with books to celebrate International Women's Day. Women, know your place! That being prominent in our heads and in our hearts.

So who's singing Here Come The Girls this week? Kate, Ciaran, Michael or Amy.

"I love what you find by moving away from the main streets." - Ale Mercado
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March 07 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
€8

how much
6pm

theatre
Whelp

The misadventures of twentysomethings...le hot topic du jour. Unemployed, underachieving, dipping a toe into adulthood but never quite making the final leap, Whelp explores twenty-first century relations between generation emigration and their mammies. Here, the twentysomething has been christened the ‘boomerang baby’ - clawing their way towards independence but never quite getting it together. Using music, video and a series of questionable wigs, Lola White and Karl Watson (he of this parish) unravel the thinly veiled excuses holding our lives together. Audience participation is expected, if not forced. The result is an unpretentious performance that’s both funny and bleak at the same time. And though the general premise is that we’re definitely failing, at least we’re failing together. / Grainne Hallinan

 

March 07 2013


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

how much
€11.95

gig
Lunice

Thursday night clubbing? Wait, hold up, this one’s not just for students. Currently the hottest property in his home-base of Montreal, and signed to of-the-moment Glasgow collective LuckyMe, Lunice is expertly positioned to bridge the worlds of North American hip-hop and European club-culture. And that’s exactly what he does, weaving a deft tapestry of ass-shaking beats, choice raps, trap– whatever it takes to turn the party out. It really is the best of both worlds. And then we come to the little matter of his work with Hudson Mohawke as TNGHT. If five beats could ever take over the world, then these ones did. So if you need a little break from austere German Techno or nostalgic 90s piano House, the sheer amount of dance-floor fun wrapped up in this music is just the ticket. Dude has earned your Friday hangover. Win Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 

March 07 2013


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
6.30pm

how much
€10

talk
Ignite

Michael Carroll wants to show you the door in his pyjamas. Michael might end up in jail. Catherine Mc Guinness believes dolphins are thugs and Laurence Mackin believes that invading Luxembourg is the answer to Ireland's economic problems. It seems, at a glance, that more than one flew over the cuckoo's nest. However, these are not snippets of mad minds but rather the titles of 5-minute talks that are taking place at Ignite. And if pyjama doors aren't incendiary enough, then maybe you'll find something else of interest in the 13-strong line-up. Reminiscent of a Pecha Kucha night, the talks are based on 20 slides, with 15 seconds for each slide - so, just like great comedy, timing is everything. Ignite started in Seattle in 2006 and has spread its geek fun to to Helsinki, Paris and New York, among others, since. Fire it up! Win Tickets / Vernon Steel

 

March 07 2013


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
6:30pm

how much
Free - RSVP to emma@redress.ie

talk
Better Fashion Conversations

First horses, now poo... it seems we've had a real wake-up call regarding where things are coming from in this wonderful world of convenience in which we live. It's easy to feel powerless in the face of such massive issues but small changes really can make a big deal. You only have to look at the heavily discounted processed meats in the supermarkets to know voting with your feet is having an effect. Now, let's consider what we put on our backs, as well as what goes in our mouths. Re-dress have announced a number of Better Fashion Conversations over the next few months. It's aimed at fashion industry practitioners, students and grads. Give it a go, after all - having a social conscience is de rigueurdahling. / Rachel Ray

   
 

March 08 2013


where
King 7 Bar and Restaurant, 122 Capel Street Dublin 1


when
7:30pm sharp

how much
€5

screening
Stop Making Sense

If you weren’t yet born in 1985, you never saw Talking Heads in their prime, nor did you witness Dublin’s remarkable reaction to their seminal concert film Stop Making Sense. And without a trusty DeLorean, this’ll be as close to the heady days that went down in Dublin music lore as you’ll get. To celebrate how Irish audiences embraced the film; it ran for almost 20 weeks in the Ambassador cinema which punters transformed into a defiant dance floor; those who were there are recreating the mood with an anniversary screening. With post film entertainment from the likes of Citizen Partridge and Ferdia Mac Anna of Rocky de Valera and the Gravediggers, expect plenty of David Byrne like shape-shifting and over-sized suits. This time you’ll know where you’re going and you will know where you’ve been. / Sarah Folan

 

March 08 2013


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

how much
€24.50

gig
The Bloody Beetroots

Bloody Beetroots is the pseudonym of Italian dj, producer and photographer Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo. For this Live tour his pals Edward Grinch and Battles will be banging drums and synthing synths respectively. Whilst the name might have gotten somewhat lost in translation the music hasn’t. Fitting loosely into the EDM mould, Sir Bob also declares his punk roots proudly, both sonically, on tracks like this, and literally, he has ‘1977’  (the year punk rock was born) tattooed across his chest. His music sounds like an electro house dj coming home from a Gershwin recital and having a 3am scrap with a hardcore punk outfit- it shouldn’t work but it does. With a long awaited second album out soon, expect big noisy things this year from the man in the venom mask. Win Tickets /Adam Duxbury

   
 

March 08 2013


where
Oxfam Home, 79 Francis Street, Dublin 8. 

when
1pm-5:30pm

how much
Free

readings
Are We Still Having This Conversation?

Ah Francis Street, home of the hip, land of the lovely and for some reason, the Mecca for antique shops in Dublin City. With such an artful ambiance and undeniable character, it’s no wonder nice little events are held in and around the area. Celebrating International Women’s Day, (hurray for women, you’re all a lovely bunch) this reading marathon will be rejoicing female authors and all they’ve done for the literary world. This quaint event will see women, and even carriers of the XY chromosome, perform readings from Oxfam’s second hand book range along with their own texts which will then be donated to Oxfam. With curators Vaari Claffey and Jennie Guy at the helm, no respectable bookworm should miss out. Catch it now, as the conversation moves to London the very next day. / Philip Notaro

 

March 08 2013


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
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when
7:30pm

how much
€15/€12

theatre
Before Vanishing

The greatest misapprehension about Samuel Beckett is that his work is inaccessible. Ok, maybe the novels require some extra brain juice but his plays consistently offer a staggeringly simple and insightful study of the human condition, albeit one with a darkened lens worldview. Before Vanishing… artfully groups four of the Dubliner’s short plays (Ohio Impromptu, Footfalls, That Time and Come & Go), each of them exploring the transitory nature of life and enduring relationship between the living and the dead. Mouth On Fire’s fine production and gifted cast break new ground with Teacht is Imeacht, Gabriel Rosenstock’s Irish translation of Come & Go that closes the performance and further emphasizes the fact that Beckett’s writing, no matter what language it’s in, always offers far more to the audience than it demands in return. / Brian Keane

   
 

March 09 2013


where
Dublin Men's Shed, Westward House, Russell Street, Dublin 3.


when
7:30pm

how much
€7, BYOB

launch
Vantastival Launch Party

Gone are the days when the only person you knew who owned a van was your dodgy uncle, who may or may not have sold illegal goods from the back. These days, van lovers can proudly unite for a three-day celebration of all things VW and beyond. With a 2013 line up boasting over 70 acts including Damien Dempsey, Elaine Mai and The Barley Mob, Vantastival has established itself as one of the smaller Irish festivals not to be missed. The launch party will be a mini Vantastival of sorts as the Dublin Men’s Shed will be decked out with tents, campervans and everyone’s favourite festival nightmare, the portaloo. Live acts on the night include folk/bluegrass favourites, The Cujo Family, along with Mojo Gogo and Wicker Bones, among others. Entry includes a delightful free beer and with the BYOB policy, nobody looks set to go thirsty. / Philip Notaro

   
 

March 09 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
9pm

how much
€10

gig
Homeboy Sandman

A native of Queens, New York, Homeboy Sandman emerged on the rap scene in 2007 with his first LP Nourishment (Second Helpings). Since then he’s released three more critically acclaimed albums, the most recent being released on L.A.’s ultra-trendy Stones Throw Records. Here his vocal talents have found a home amongst some of the most interesting hip-hop acts in the business, with producers like Oddisee, Oh No, Jonwayne and long time collaborators 2 Hungry Bros laying down his beats. His lateral thinking and dense wordplay is at once thought provoking and humourous making him one of the best lyricists on the planet. Whether he’s rapping about the state of the nation on Illuminati or just about people with angry faces on Mean Mug, the outcome is always equally compelling. Skratch Bastid and Dublin soul-jazz outfit Butter provide support. Win Tickets / Dave Desmond

 

March 09 2013


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

how much
€12

gig
Rrose & Frank B

Atmospherically intense comes to mind when attempting to describe the work of highly anonymous and enigmatic techno producer Rrose. With a string of EPs released on the now disbanded Sandwell District label, Rrose has continued in the same vein on his own label, Eaux. Tracks such as Waterfall and Shepard’s Brine from the Merchant of Salt EP are both as infectious and highly textured as they are eerie, a trait purposely evident in Rrose’s production style. As intriguing as he is elusive, inducing hallucinatory states is one of his aims. Oh, and did I mention he dresses in drag for his live shows? Also in room two, Dublin favourite Frank B will be delivering a huge three-hour set. The massive Chain of Fools has gained Frank some serious notoriety with its addictive soulful house feel. Expect big things from his set. Win Tickets / Philip Notaro

   
 

March 10 2013


where
Nick's Coffee, Ranelagh Village (opposite Luas station) Ranelagh, Dublin 6
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when
3-6pm

how much
Free

poetry
The Ash Sessions does Sunday Brunch

Canadian-Greek poet Dimitra Xidous (don’t you wish everyone’s name was that awesome?) has been running the Ash Sessions at Nick’s Coffee for a while now. Her monthly open-mic slot is a mix of poetry, prose, spoken word, music and coffee- in the middle of belletristic Ranelagh. It has bloomed into a Sunday brunch where you can soothe your hangover (and maybe your soul) with pulled pork sliders and flat whites whilst listening to new Irish music from The Young Folk and poetry from Stephen Murray. There’ll be plenty more guest speakers and singers, who all get seven minutes on the mic, so it’s the perfect place to hear some rising talent. Or if you’ve always fancied yourself a bit of a W.B Yeats/Emily Bishop/Junior Cert-Pencil-Case-Scribbler, grab a slice of the limelight by applying here. /Adam Duxbury

 

March 10 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Robot And Frank

80s Robot from The Muppets and The Terminator from The Terminator, there's a robot for every mood. Robot and Frank tells the story of Frank, an aging ex-convict with dementia who discovers that the home assistant robot that his son got for him cannot tell the difference between legal and illegal acts and so enlists the help of his new battery powered assistant to thieve jewels to help with his hopes of stealing the local librarian’s heart. With an ace cast - Frank Langhella in the titular role, and Liv Tyler and James Marsden as his (good-lookin!) children, this is a tale about life, memories and mortality this movie has something lacking in so many others – heart! Which is ironic when one of the lead actors is made of metal... /  David Cadwallader & Frances Winston

   
 

March 11 2013


where
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
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when
Until March 28th

how much
Free

exhibition
The Paradise

The Douglas Hyde has become a gallery I regularly visit whilst never having been to a single opening it has hosted. This is a compliment. There are many galleries I have only ever been to for free wine of a Thursday. Here, the smaller space off the main downstairs area, is where I find less 'art world' artists and more personable pieces. Not quite the current case as Andrew Vickery is described in the blurb as someone who has served on the Gallery's Board, but the work remains charming. The room is propped with a curtained divide, row of chairs and a small theatre set with various backgrounds of Vickery's scenic paintings that act as backdrops. You have entered a miniature auditorium. You can sit and consider the artist's talent, imagine little people walking across the mountains or by rivers and you can even stand behind the set and make shadow puppets. / Georgia

 

March 11 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6:30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
Rope

The wonderful IFI is continuing their Genius of Hitchcock, now in phase four and this is where stuff starts to get interesting folks. An excellent chance to expand beyond the classics Rear Window, Psycho and The Birds. IFI won't just be showing the film, it will have an introduction by Jamie Young of SET archizine that will be really worth going along to for anyone with an interest in cinema and architecture. The film is highly experimental in terms of how it was shot, so experimental that Hitchcock kept putting off its release, like a sadistic parole officer. And it also involves lots of James Stewart (girlish swoon) while being a damn good story to boot (a sort of reverse 'Who done it?'). / Rachel Ray

 

March 11 2013


where
Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
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when
Until March 30

how much
Free

exhibition
Prism

Fresh faced from a residency in India, which culminated in a solo show, multi-disciplinary artist, Aisling Conroy presents her new solo exhibition; Prism. Through the media of sculpture, painting and sound, Conroy uses illusionary methods to immerse the viewer in a sensory experience. Conroy’s diverse artistic background (Animation, Printmaking and Fine Art) and her conviction in a variety of media, lends strength to the immersive experience being created. Using the contrast of darkness and bold colours, shape and form, Conroy abstracts models of sacred art and iconism, topically addressing the re-emergence of faith in contemporary society. An essay, featured in an accompanying catalogue, by arts writer Marie Soffe, creates insightful personal connections between some of Conroy’s earlier prints and the works on display here. / Enya Moore

   
 

March 12 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
7:30pm

how much
€8/€7

screening
Cinema Paradiso

Most people’s recollections of early trips to the cinema inspire wistful memories of crying during Bambi or tasting buttered popcorn for the first time. Cinema Paradiso encapsulates this romanticism of film and youth while exploring themes of love and loss. Set in a Sicilian village recovering from the turmoil of WWII, six year old Toto falls in love with the movies and forms a bond with the elderly projectionist, Alfredo, who becomes the child’s teacher, friend and mentor in place of his absent father. Giuseppe Tornatore’s love letter to the cinema celebrates films ability to unite and inspire. While Ennio Morricone’s moving score beautifully complements the nostalgic images of kisses, black and white movie stars and sun soaked piazzas. Feast on Italian treats of pizza and wine while reliving the golden days of the cinema. / Ruth Hurl

 

March 12 2013


where
In-Spire Galerie , 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin


when
Until March 14

how much
Free

exhibition
Philographica

Whereas Gotham City looks to the hopeful light omitted from the Bat-Signal, Gardiner Street looks to the In-Spire Galerie to save it from relative obscurity, dwelling in the ominous shadows cast by a train track. In-Spire offers a welcome addition to an area renowned for its sub-Fawltyesque guesthouses and less than social activities. Philographia is an exhibition of black and white ink drawings by Michal Klebs. Klebs cites the work of Polish comic book artist Grzegorz RosiƄski and movie posters as influences on these intensely detailed and often chilling abstractions. Fans of Tim Burton’s illustrations and his celebration of the macabre will enjoy the exhibit as parallels to the Godfather of Gothic can be detected, but with a more scientific twist... / Aaron Purcell

   
 

March 13 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8:30pm

how much
€9/€7.50

screening
His Girl Friday

Has any journalist ever really been as suave as Cary Grant? With the possible exception of your humble correspondent, probably not. That said, there was a time when this ignoble profession was a slightly more glamorous proposition and Howard Hawks' classic is a glorious snapshot of some impossibly cool newspapermen and women. The director pioneered the use of overlapping dialogue to heighten realism, taking the manic back and forth of the screwball to new heights of delirium, but few arguments between divorcees are this witty, biting and stylised. As usual with the genre, the plot hinges on romantic misunderstanding but it's merely a device to showcase the breakneck repartee of stars Grant and Rosalind Russell. Ralph Bellamy's nice but dim insurance man, much like the audience, can only look on in awe. Win Tickets to Screwball Comedy Season / Conor McDevitt

 

March 13 2013


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Until March 17th

how much
Free

exhibition
This Is Not A House

These Dublin days, I don't often have to call upon my ability to plaster. But the daughter of a craftsman, I can wield a trowel better than anyone at a MAC counter. I eye up plumb lines, squint and thumb my way through this uneven city. So I was drawn to photographer Edgar Martins' exhibition This Is Not A House, which documents half-finished houses abandoned after the collapse of the US housing market around 2008. Clean lines of freshly hewn buildings are blurred by the invasion of surrounding nature. Wires from unfinished electrics poke out of walls that were never daubed by sticky little hands. The quiet tragedy of houses that never got to be homes is an absence that echoes in our own ghost estates. But the images bring visitors to these houses in a different way by reflecting upon the beauty of their broken window panes. / Carrie King

 

March 13 2013


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
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when
2pm/4pm/7pm

how much
€15-€20

theatre
I, Malvolio

It takes a brave man to try to whittle down the epic plot of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night into a one man, one hour show but Tim Crouch has done it. Telling the complex comedy through the eyes of the main antagonist Malvolio, he uses witty language, broad physicality and plenty of audience interaction (do not arrive late to this show unless you want to made a example of) to keep you engaged and enthralled. Originally written to be performed in schools, I don’t know any adult who wouldn’t find this absurdly funny, as he strips the Bard right back to his pith (and even strips himself at one stage – albeit tastefully). Had Shakespeare been taught like this in school we’d all have got an A1. If you like your culture but can’t bear the thoughts of a three hour production on a school night, then this is for you. / Frances Winston

   
 
Fusion Sundays

The were fusions and frissions aplenty when le cool met Nadja and Rossa Cassidy, founders of Fusion Sundays...

We felt that there wasn't really a space for people from different cultures to get to know each other, everyone was kind of keeping to themselves, so we thought that it would be nice to have a space for people to meet each other. We've travelled all over the place, and it's our passion to try different foods from different countries, see different fabrics, things like that. So, instead of going away, we want everyone to come here!

We began by contacting the different groups and societies representing cultural groups.  We got a really positive response. All over Dublin, you see little pop-up villages that are becoming more ethnically diverse, but there's not much going on.

At our third market we celebrated Diwali. We still had stalls from different cultures and countries, but even they were celebrating Diwali!  The music was amazing, and  the dancing too - it felt really traditional, but modern too.

Fusion Sundays are held on the second Sunday every month at the Dublin Co-Op, with the next on Sunday 10th March. PHOTO: Al Higgins