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It’s (almost) time for the (almost) annual, much-needed, inspiration injection that is OFFSET.

For three days in April, an impressive line-up of international speakers (including Ben Bos, Bob Gill, Kate MorossOliviero Toscani and Vaughan Oliver) come to our town and today we are delighted to announce our partnership with the best international creative festival in the world. We'll be probing at the panel talks, scrutinising the speakers and interviewing the inspirational ones.

But until then, we've taken over their website where we've worked with photographers (and future OFFSET speakers, no doubt) seanandyvette to present a series of photo essays on Craft Punks. We'll also be talking inspiration with some of our previous cover artists and we'll provide a visual feast of Irish Street Art through the eyes of Louise Gaffney.

So, hopefully, we'll see you in the second room at OFFSET, because, as everyone knows, the smaller room at a party is really where it's at.

Who is a proud partner this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Philip.

"One of my favourite things about dublin is the music." - Alé Mercado
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March 14 2013


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

how much
€11.75

gig
Jacques Greene

“What's your dick like, homie? What are you into?” professional pottymouth Azealia Banks barks at a bespectacled Jacques Greene in the music video for her signature tune 212. My guess is that Greene's penis, like the rest of him, is perfectly formed. And sexual proclivities aside, what he's 'into' is slinky synths and killer, killer beats. The Canadian producer/DJ has demonstrated a singular flair for extracting vocal samples from forgotten-but-not-gone R'n'B stars like Mario, Brandy and Ashanti and using these as cornerstones in gauzy house and two-step constructions. More recently, Greene has deviated from this blueprint, juggling more 'commercial' projects like a guest-spot on the recent Katy B EP, with solo releases that register on the right side of Pitchfork's 5.0. A wunderkind worth witnessing. Win Tickets / Joey Kavanagh

 

March 14 2013


where
4 Dame Lane, Dame Lane, Dublin 2.


when
7.30pm

how much
Free

screening
Murder She Wrote - The Celtic Riddle

Despite a troop of Tonys, gaggle of Golden Globes and a turn as an Oscar-winning singing teapot, Angela Lansbury's crowning glory must be the role of Jessica Fletcher in daytime TV treasure Murder She Wrote. The crime writer was a bafflingly popular guest given her magnetic relationship with murder. Kindly amateur sleuth or fiendish serial killer? Either way, she's provided a window to indulge in one of my personal favorite St Patrick's Day-related activities, the mocking of those who attempt an Oirish accent. Yes, Jessica takes on Ireland in the movie Murder She Wrote: The Celtic Riddle. A disputed will, hidden treasure, a storyteller resembling a leprechaun and of course a murder spells a typical jaunt for Jessica and, particularly when accompanied by requisite drinking games, a good time for the rest of us. / Kate McEvoy

   
 

March 14 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
6.30pm

how much
€6 / €7.50 (all proceeds to Capuchin Day Centre)

screening
Trí Scéalta

"An bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithreas?" The only sign of a "leithreas" in these trio of new Irish language films is the sordid bathroom where a gangster's moll binges on cocaine. "Toto, níl muid i Kansas anois": these intense, visceral shorts dole out a flurry of emotional punches, with family betrayal, terminal illness, alcoholism and some old-fashioned sex and violence all featuring. Even if the dramatic temperature edges too far into the red zone once or twice, there are moments to treasure - Michelle Beamish is heartbreaking in Eoinín, Eoin Geoghegan brings his low-key charisma to Partnéír while Lochlainn O'Mearáin and Aoife Nic Ardghail are red-hot in the lethally illicit clinch in Bás Arto Leary. Director Paddy Breathnach introduces and the Light House's comfy new downstairs bar should get a work-out afterwards. / Tim O'Driscoll

 

March 14 2013


where
Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare St, Dublin 2


when
7-9.30pm

how much
4 sessions = €120 (from 7pm for 2.5 hours)

le other
Chocolate Making

Despite the odd blizzard, we're truly into Spring now and - being a bit list obsessed - I've always thought it a good time to revisit the ole New Year's resolutions. If your list happened to have something about language or cooking, then the Alliance Francaise may have just the thing to start you off. They're holding a four day chocolate making workshop with chef Mathieu Barriquault, and the intimate class of eight is conducted entirely in the language of luurve. A great way to refresh your French skills and learn to make your own Easter treats. All the materials are provided, and they use basic equipment - so you should be able to replicate what you do in the cafe La Coccette at home. Mmmm... chocolate. / Rachel Ray

 

March 14 2013


where
Bewley's Theatre Cafe, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2
01 635 5470‎
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when
8pm

how much
€12


Dubliners Aboard The Titanic

You might have noticed that last year was the 100th anniversary of RMS Titanic’s ill fated voyage to America. I got into the spirit of things by spending a full day wandering around the cavernous, and rather sumptuous, Titanic Belfast building and losing a good bit of last winter to not one but two Titanic tv dramas. I say losing because one was really bad and the other was fairly bad. But anyway what I’m saying is that we seem to have been riding the crest of a Titanic-sized wave of interest in Harland and Wolff’s finest. If you’re still thirsty for more, this multimedia presentation explores the lives of Dubliner’s who worked on board and reflects on why Titanic still has the power to fascinate us today. There will be guest talks and a short film. Plenty for Titanoraks to melt over. / Adam Duxbury

   
   
 

March 15 2013


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

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Sound City

Dave Grohl's directorial debut is a likeable documentary charting the rise (and inevitable demise) of legendary recording studio Sound City in LA's San Fernando valley. Opened in 1969 by a pair of avuncular jews, it was 'a place where real men went to make records'. While detailing the making of classic records such as Rumours and Nevermind, the first 30 minutes fairly hums and crackles with an analog warmth before the emergence of digital technology dooms the whole shag-carpeted dream in the 90s. Grohl then buys the legendary 'Neve' sound desk (hadron-collider sized, with more knobs and sliders than a Dalston burger joint) and sets out to record new material with various buddies. Even the appearance of the odious Paul McCartney failed to harsh my buzz. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

March 15 2013


where
Sweeney's Bar, 32 Dame Street Dublin 2


when
8pm-3am

how much
€5

gig
Love Music Hate Racism

If Bob Geldof proved anything with Live Aid, it was that the universal language of music can be used to spread a powerful message. Perhaps that is why so many causes turn to rock ‘n’ roll in order to highlight their issues and ethos. This event is no different, but if you Love Music and Hate Racism, which of course you do, it is a worthwhile and fun night out. Running as part of the annual European Week Against Racism, this year’s focus is on making hate crime visible by reporting racist incidents and encouraging a change in legislation that sees racism becoming an aggravating factor in criminal sentencing. With 11 bands over two stages, it promises to be a raucous night. With music from the likes of The Viking Project and Punch Drunk champions, doing your bit for society has never been so much fun. / Frances Winston

 

March 15 2013


where
Theatre Uptsairs , Above Lanigan's Pub, Eden Quay, Dublin 1


when
March 14-16th, 7pm

how much
€8-10

theatre
Broken Promise Land

Typically, the stories of Eastern European lap dancers are accompanied by pixelated faces and chyrons reading, "Name has been changed to protect identity." Not so with Broken Promise Land, the wonderfully charming one-woman show from Mirjana Rendulic. Based on her own experiences, Rendulic recounts how she traveled across Italy, Japan and Ireland working in lap dancing clubs in an effort to realise her dreams of studying in America and wooing Dylan McKay of Beverly Hills 90210. Set against the backdrop of Celtic Tiger Ireland, Rendulic paints a mostly optimistic picture of her travails in Dublin's strip clubs, complete with witty asides about everything from Irish girls' predilection for fake tan to tailless cats. Alternately funny and poignant, Broken Promise Land offers a refreshing perspective on the immigrant experience. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

 

March 15 2013


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

how much
€10/12

gig
Ben UFO

Making a massive name for yourself in the electronic realm without creating your own material is certainly no easy task. With a seemingly endless list of producers growing from what feels like an infinite number of electronic sub-genres, it truly is a testament to Ben UFO’s mixing and selecting skills that he’s built the reputation he so deservedly holds today. As co-founder of the Hessle Audio label, who have overseen releases from the likes of James Blake, Blawan, Cosmin TRG and Martyn, it’s no wonder Ben has been referred to as both a tastemaker and an innovator within his area of expertise. With released mixes such as Rinse: 16 and the recent Fabriclive 67, along with his infamous slot on RinseFM, Ben UFO's Dublin gig looks set to be out of this world. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself)./ Win Tickets / Philip Notaro

   
 

March 16 2013


where
Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7pm

how much
From €35

gig
Eels

My last Eels gig was on Paddy's night at Vicar St. Their support act was a documentary about E's quantum physicist father and we were assured that they wouldn't reference our green-garbed, booze-sodden saint. Being upstanding gents, they didn't... until the encore when the band appeared wearing leprechaun suits, fake beards (paltry imitations of E's own magnificent facial hair) and sang an endearingly drawling rendition of When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. Begorrah! The Eels will always bring something different, whether they wear leprechaun suits, tweed, overalls or pyjamas to perform their own special brand of affably energetic, comitragic rock. Profoundly simple lyrics weave stories of love, loss (dear God, the loss!) and sometimes just how bloody great it is to be having a nice day. Win Tickets / Carrie King

 

March 16 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
9pm

how much
€10/12

gig
Mano Le Tough

Berlin. Home to multitudes of hip people, ideas and clubs that Dublin can only dream about. Richtig? Nein! One of Berlin’s current zeitgeist zingers happens to be our very own Mano Le Tough - and he is returning home armed with his new album of emotion laden house for a pre Patrick’s day knees up. Having established himself in Berlin as a DJ of serious note with regular sets in Panorama Bar, Mano’s first LP Changing Days fully cements his production credits with a collection of atmospheric tracks that don’t simply rely on 4/4 beats to keep you interested. Instead we get a demonstration of the man’s true musicality and his diverse ability to weave a tune together. So while this all has a handy ‘local boy done good coming home on Paddy’s Day’ feel about it - don’t be fooled - Mano Le Tough is an international talent. Win Tickets / Emmet Condon

 

March 16 2013


where
IFSC,


when
13-18 March

how much
€5

festival
Irish Craft Beer Village

We've all gurgled down a pint like a freshly cleaned drain because we couldn't stand the yeasty acidity, but luckily, craft brewers all over the country have upped their game, and become increasingly available to us in pubs like Against the Grain and The Black Sheep, and now, they're getting together, and teasing us in swarm formation at George's Dock for five glorious days. It'll be like Sophie's choice, without the pathos, as you umm and ahh between a Galway Hooker and Tom Crean, or a Porterhouse Brew and a Bo Bristle. They're not just about filling you up with amber nectar, though. No, sir. There will be music, artisanal eats and informative talks, and you'll be far from the St. Patrick's weekend Gaza Strip otherwise known as Temple Bar. If Kraftwerk did beer...Win Tickets / Cora Burke

 

March 16 2013


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm-11pm

how much
€15

gig
Power of Dreams

Way back in the distant 90s when I was a mere schoolgirl, every record company seemed to be searching for the next U2. Each week seemed to yield yet another “next big thing” strutting their stuff in long disappeared venues such as McGonagles. Bands such as No Sweat and Thee Amazing Colossal Men…ah the memories. While the standards of the wannabes varied, one band that really stood out and actually did go on to achieve a worldwide fan base (although not quite scaling the heights of U2 ) were Power of Dreams with front man Craig Walker, sending more than a few young hearts a flutter. They may be slightly older nowadays (but so are the fans), but they are no less fabulous following their reformation in 2009. Ably supported by that other great hope of yesteryear (well the noughties), Sack, this will be a true nostalgia trip. / Frances Winston

   
 

March 17 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
12 midday-2.30am

how much
€22

gig
Surgeon, Erol Alkan

Ah, Paddy's Day. Our annual debauched riot of drunken madness. This year, why not get away from it all at the Twisted Pepper, who are throwing their very own annual debauched riot of...oh. No, you're gonna have to party, no matter what you do, so you might as well party in a 3-room, 12-hour, multi-headliner insane dance music bonanza. Three leaders in their chosen fields, dishing out tasty three-hour sets: Surgeon- straight-up industrial techno royalty, Erol Alkan- acclaimed indie/dance/pop Svengali, and Danny Wang- the world's premiere gay 40-year-old Taiwanese classic disco selector. Add on a fully stacked lineup of Irish support (really, check the bill), and you've got all the ingredients for an absolute belter. You've also got no giant green hats, fake orange beards, Galway Girl, or 2pm glassings. It's a no-brainer. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

March 17 2013


where
Howth/Dun Laoghaire

when
10.30am

how much
€20/30 registration fee

open air
Harbour 2 Harbour Walk

Whether you’ve ditched the drink for Lent or fancy a bracing perambulation, the annual Harbour 2 Harbour walk in aid of Aware has become an essential option on our National Day. Starting from either Howth or Dun Laoghaire harbours, the 16.2 mile route follows the zigzag contours of Dublin Bay allowing you to explore both the more natural (Clontarf and Sandymount’s gorgeous promenades) and unnatural (the East-Link) features of the capital’s coastline. Come prepared: good walking shoes, sambos, treats and liquid refreshments are a must, but hail, rain or shine the walk is still more fun than waiting six-deep beside a barrier on O’Connell Street to catch a glimpse of grown-ups in funny costumes. Go join the legion of yellow t-shirts (over 1,200 peeps participated last year) for this exceptional cause. / Brian Keane

 

March 17 2013


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
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when
3pm

how much
Free

talk
Images of St. Patrick

It’s one of history’s eccentricities that a man so esteemed has only two credited writings; the Declaration (“the money was only resting in my account”) and the letter to Coroticus (“how dare you steal those people, I had just converted them!”). Does the omnipresence of Patrick within Irish culture have more to do with the images of him and his fables rather than any specific teachings? From the stick that became a tree, the Saint Patrick’s cross, the ability to rid this land of serpents that weren’t here, and the ability to use a shamrock to explain what a trinity is. This lecture will be an assessment of these images, their evolution and meaning within society as it changed. It may also help to explain to anyone who’s curious why a Welshman who has never been formally canonised has become so intrinsically linked with Ireland. / David Cadwallader

   
 

March 18 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
8pm

how much
€10

cinema
The Found Footage Festival

We've all received that random photo accidentally thrown in our newly developed roll. We've wondered about that strange family on holidays in Spain or found the mulleted man in his garden bizarrely compelling. Similarly, if you've ever lost a roll of film or family video, there's that niggling hope a stranger will find and cherish it. It's unimaginable however, that your footage would end up part of a comedy event in a foreign city. Certainly that's got to be better than laying forgotten, gathering dust. This is a comedy roadshow for the weird and wonderful footage that's too exquisite to be ignored. Home videos, music clips, dated instructional videos, all unintentionally funny and salvaged from thrift-stores and dumpsters the world over.  It's the wake they deserve, like one big you-tube party where videos go to die. Win Tickets  / Hayley Reynolds

 

March 18 2013


where
Ranelagh Arts,


when
Until 24 March

how much
Free

exhibition
Robot Carousel

Fine art can provoke many reactions, but it doesn't often make you laugh (I did crack up at The Scream once, but I was having kind of a weird day). Alexander Reilly's art is above all else, entertainment. The product of a mind steeped in retro sci-fi, video games, and other pop cultural ephemera, this show is a riot of colour and detail, the artist's quirkily conceived characters crowding and jostling their frames for your attention. It never takes itself too seriously, but there are more high-brow influences too, with a number of pieces taking their cues from Indian miniature painting, and some spectacularly detailed drypoint prints revealing the intricacy of the draftsmanship that underlies all the work. There's also a demented robot circus master cracking the whip at some deferential elephants. That one's just funny. / David Ryan

 

March 18 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
Compliance

A film focused on the American fast food industry is nothing new. An American fast food film not focused on pink gloopy meat or chicken brain nuggets on the other hand... Compliance is based on real events that will make you feel queasy on a whole different level. The film focuses on a chicken joint in a small US state. The customers are fairly regular, as are the staff - even the token cute blonde girl. Then a prank phone call takes hold of the day and things start to get a whole lot weirder. Queue a string of unsettling situations, many of which made me squirm. This film questions how gullible society is, especially when confronted with figures of authority. Definitely not suitable for those whose skin crawl in awkward situations, and probably best avoided on first dates. / Niamh Keenan

   
 

March 19 2013


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

how much
Before 5pm: €7.50/6.00

cinema
Broken

In Broken, Rufus Norris explores the bond between parent and child by examining the consequences of a series of traumatic events in the lives of three fractured families. Skunk, (Eloise Laurence) a diabetic 11-year-old, witnesses an aggressive exchange between her neighbours, a troubled widower and a mentally unstable young man. This event brings to the fore the “broken” elements of each family and exposes the ways in which parents attempt to shelter there children may be flawed. These relationships appear natural and believable and are enhanced by moving and subtle performances. Laurence is excellent as the naive protagonist, whose quirky perception of her surroundings imbues the suburban imagery with a dreamlike quality. While the reverse, disjointed organisation of events tinges her story with tension and foreboding. / Ruth Hurl

 

March 19 2013


where
Oonagh Young Gallery, 1 James Joyce Street, Liberty Corner, Dublin 1.
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when
Wednesday to Friday 12pm-6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Handjob

In 2009, 24 hours after Thierry Henry broke Irish football hearts, the French newspaper, Liberation, pulled together an issue featuring hands on every page, including all ads. A baffling accomplishment. If you made a spider diagram of all things hand related would you get anywhere near as many visual points as Alan Phelan has though? Stories and narratives are revealed from objects like people from within a steepled church. Urban myths are unravelled. Master Bates, Seaman Staines, Sherlock Holmes, Lucy Lui, Jelly Babies and the Olympic mascots add layers of pop culture references over self harming teenager's tumblr pics, raising questions of circulation (of images, not blood-flow), identity, physicality and how we engage with the immediacy of images and appearances. I'm told there will be finger food. / Georgia

 

March 19 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

screening
Post Tenebras Lux

A film that provoked an outburst of “belligerent boos and hooting” at its premier at Cannes, yet still managed to pick up the Best Director award. Carlos Reygadas definitely won’t be hitting the mainstream any time soon with his particular blend of magic-realism, though for fans of the director’s previous films (Japon, Battle in Heaven, Silent Light) this may be just the ticket. The film centres on Juan and his well-to-do family, who live an opulent, yet discontented life in the Mexican countryside. Their troubles in the present day are contrasted with childhood memories and hopeful projections of the future, all shot through a disorienting fish-eye-lens. Not one for those who want a quick fix, though if you’re willing to invest some time and delve a little deeper this may well be the film for you. / Dave Desmond

   
 

March 20 2013


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
Until May 19th

how much
Free

exhibition
Analysing Cubism

Forget Tracey Emin, Banksy and Andy Warhol, the original bad boys of modern art were the cubists. Revolutionizing art and sculpture at the turn of the twentieth century, this was the true start of modern art. The founding of the movement is generally attributed to Picasso and Braque, but they were soon joined by all sorts of other cool kids. Irish artists made a strong contribution to the movement too, and IMMA’s latest exhibition, Analysing Cubism, looks at the work of celebrated Irish artists including Mainie Jellet, Evie Hone and Jack Hanlon, as well as their European counterparts. The focus on the Irish artists also looks at the influence they had on modern Irish abstract painting. So hop on the tram and check out what the original art rebels were at! / Beccy Fitzpatrick

 

March 20 2013


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

when
6:30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
Withnail & I

Withnail & I is a victoriana acid nightmare; mouldy terraced houses, hollowed out cottages, a pervy Uncle Monty...If you haven't seen it, you should go sit in a bath of cold beans in shame. An unglamorous road-trip fuelled by joyless alcoholism and a drugged up drug dealer (always a bad sign, a dealer should never use his own product, that's why hairdressers always have bad barnets) it is a tale of bizarrely matched friendships, avoiding unrequited attention from portly older gentlemen (just because a fella will never play the Dane, that's no reason for a pity fuck), and booze. There are definitely lessons to be learnt, like why you should always keep a bottle of clean, alcohol-free piss in the car, and how to kill a chicken - "Best kill it quick before it tries to make friends with us." / Kate Frances 

 
Tropical Popical

le cool talked talons, birds, and taloned birds with cute, ickle Andrea Horan of Tropical Popical.

I worked in PR for 10 years and then took a year out to go travelling with my sister. When we were travelling in the states, we were getting our nails done every three days and got addicted to it. We loved the model over there; you waltz in and waltz out again. There’s no big hulabaloo about it.

We weren’t really into the whole champagne thing, we loved when you got there you got a diet coke or some jellies. So we thought we’d do something like this when we got home.

You don’t need to buy a new outfit anymore, you can just get your nails done and that’s your outfit change. I think I like the more Vegas side of tropical, such as the neon lights, flamingos and coconut cups, so we mixed a bit of both and took the fun and colourful side of tropical. Crackbird (Joe Macken, also pictured) was the original pop up so it made sense to let the pop up go into the pop up. It goes back to the old thing of fried chicken and long talons.

Tropical Popical @ CrackBird, Dame Street. Thurs - Sat from 6pm - 9pm . PHOTO: seanandyvette