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We're always at our best when we're scattering from the Po-Po, with our cameras and a bevy of street artists - kinda like Batman with spray cans.

Well, we lie. They did the running, and we just documented it. And the Po-Po were never involved.

We scoured the jolly underside of Dublin's eye-pleasing, democratic art, and heard from the characters who create it, in order to make this short video.

It was great having knowledge dropped on us by DJ Cool C, a stalwart of the true Irish hip-hop scene. We listened as he explained the difference between street art and graffiti (the former is pop music, the latter is jazz) and how they've evolved over the years.

We enjoyed being schooled by ADW, Solas, and danleo in the process and the inspirations behind their creations.

But what we will take most is the advice from Cool C which says: "there's nothing better than grabbing a cup of tea and a sandwich, heading out, and dropping a colourful bomb on the city."

Who thinks it's all about fine art in public places this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy, Philip, or Camille?

"...a pint, a toastie and a little pot of mustard." - Lauren Kavanagh
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March 21 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€20

gig
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds

Let’s just get it out of the way right now: Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds is a goofy goddamn band name. But forget about that, because your man here also happens to be a bonafide barstool prophet. You know the type - a whiskey-soaked voice, dripping with rock authority, chronicling a life misspent in the seedy underbellies of no-hope towns. And the best part is that Kid Congo does it with flair and originality. This ain't your typical dour mopefest - Congo's in the gutter, but he's damn happy to be there. He's also got a pretty impressive CV, having done time in The Gun Club and The Bad Seeds. There's about three decades of experience at work here, so come along and get a glimpse of a master at work. Not convinced? Listen to this track La llorona- sounds like a panther smoking a cigarette. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

March 21 2013


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
Location Map

when
Until 28 March

how much
Exhibition Free

exhibition
Eternal Spirit Canyon

They already went well past their target for the FundIt campaign so this is not another fundraiser, nor a pity party - just a big celebration that The Joinery is here to stay. Feargal and Miranda have stuck their heels into the ground and no one's going to get them to shove off. Richard Proffitt’s work will be on show from tomorrow, kicking off with music from the ever charming Cian Nugent accompanied by David Lacey. Eternal Spirit Canyon deals with the talismanic power that objects possess, Proffitt’s pieces often looking like something from Voodoo or Navaho Indian culture, standing like shrines to various counter-cultures, hippy to hipster. If you’re still around on Saturday, New Dublin Press and Leafzang will be hosting a night of jazz sessions. Musicians Barry Donohue, Paddy Groenland, JC Creasy will be joined by emerging saxophonist Sam Comerford./ Roisin Agnew

 

March 21 2013


where
The Factory , 35A Barrow Street, Dublin 4.
Location Map

when
8pm & 9.40pm (until Sunday)

how much
€9

screening
Good Cake Bad Cake: The Story of LIR

They say that unfulfilled dreams can be detrimental to a person’s soul, and that almost achieved ambitions can eat away at you. In many ways, this was the case for cult Irish rock gods LIR. This charming documentary explores the gargantuan ambition and uncountable misfortunes of a Dublin band on the brink of worldwide domination time and time again. Leaving behind the tired music documentary format of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, Shimmy Marcus presents a compelling, endearing and at times heartbreaking tale of a band who once had the interest of 21 record companies only to drift off into obscurity. Delightfully Commitments-esque at times and bursting with camaraderie and everlasting hope, this will make anyone with a heart a fan of LIR. / Philip Notaro

   
 


where
15a Wicklow Street,
Dublin 2


when
Monday - Sunday: 11am-6.30pm

how much
Depends

le other
The Secret Book and Record Store

With so many mega chains and impersonal corporations flogging everything and anything, charming indie stores can be a welcome rarity in the Dublin of today. One outlet that truly fits this description is The Secret Book and Record Store. Quaintly nestled amongst the endless line of eateries and retailers on Wicklow Street, this literary and audible utopia offers people a chance to immerse themselves in a world of rare reads and a variety of vinyl to suit even the most eclectic and discerning of tastes. Warm and knowledgeable staff provide great recommendations and insightful chat, as quirky ornaments adorn shelf tops and delectable tunes ring in customers ears. With prices romantically written in pencil on inside covers along with an overall feeling of affection, there’s no reason to not fall in love with the place. / Philip Notaro

 

March 21 2013


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
11am

how much
Free, booking essential

talk
My Journey From Macroom To Vice-President At Intel

Powerful women at the pointy end of the tech sector are often in the news. Despite being in the minority, their actions attract far more attention than their male counterparts (see Marissa Mayer’s move from Google to Yahoo). But how do they get there? Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg says "I don't believe in having it all, but I do believe in women and men having both a successful career and family. The more women we get into positions of power, the more likely we'll get that." Ann Kelleher went from a Macroom farm to co-managing 14,000 employees; the first women to receive a PhD from Cork’s National Microelectronics Research Centre became the first Irish woman to hold a vice presidency at Intel. Is there a glass ceiling or do women, in the words of Sandberg “take their foot off the gas” on the way to the boardroom? / Kate McEvoy

   
 

March 22 2013


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7.30pm

how much
€22/25.50

gig
Yo La Tengo

Thirteen albums in and some thirty years later it has become difficult to imagine a time before Yo La Tengo. It's as if they started gigging around the time of the Enlightenment. They are not so much a soundtrack to your life as a soundtrack to life itself. Formed in Hoboken NJ in 1684(sic) by husband and wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, this is a band possessed of the rare ability to change their sound without ever losing their voice. Their latest recording, Fade is a thing of languid beauty, with melodies shimmering into existence like details glimpsed through a heat haze. Devotees speak of shows that last longer than youth movements and those present on Saturday can expect a set that intersperses twelve-minute guitar wig-outs with phases of intricate instrumental filigree. Count yourself amongst their number. Win Tickets / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

March 22 2013


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

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Spirit of '45

The election of 1945 was one of the most important in Britain’s history; following on the heels of WW2 Clement Attlee’s Labour Party won a massive majority and used it to introduce the NHS and nationalise key industries. It was a mandate for working collaboratively, for the public good as opposed to competitively for private gain. The film charts this and asks where has this feeling gone? As an Irish cinema goer I suppose your main question would be why should I care? Well, although not immediately relevant, it is a film of the moment, one that speaks out intelligently and passionately against cuts and austerity whilst paradoxically finding money to bail out the banks, the antithesis to what Milton Friedman called socialism for the rich, free enterprise for the poor. / David Cadwallader 

 

March 22 2013


where
The Back Loft, La Catedral Art Studios, 7-11 St Augustine St, Dublin 8


when
4pm-10pm

how much
Free

birthday party
Seven Year Itch

Upon entering this organic space of spontaneity, you can’t help but be endeared and overwhelmed by the obvious history of this artistically industrial building. It’s clear that a lot of lively and diverse endeavors have happened here over the past seven years, and the Seven Year Itch marks the anniversary of this creative playground opening in 2006. What was once an old clothing factory has been totally revamped into a hub of endless activity ranging from theatre shows, exhibitions and so much more. Owner Antonella, along with her partner Dylan and creative assistant Ciarna have worked tirelessly to prepare for what promises to be a sensational relaunch of sorts including the new café, cabaret/gypsy décor bar area and an open invitation to jam, along with all the free paella you can handle. / Philip Notaro

   
 

March 23 2013


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

when
Opens 11am, event from 4pm

how much
Depends - event free

launch
Revolver Project

Ever since Kate Moss dusted off a pair of retro Vivienne Westwood pirate boots, vintage has been the order of the day. It feels unique, every piece has its own story, and it's an environmentally friendly way of nailing the sixties/eighties - whatever the flavour of the day is. So what you have to look forward to are chi-chi tea dresses to be accompanied with home-baked scones and your grandma's tea set, leather jackets that Brett Anderson would find worthy of prancing about in, and pretty in pink prom dresses in which to channel your inner Molly Ringwald. Also, if you're a satchel lover, there are suitably bashed and worn specimens for you to love and cherish, while there's retro sportswear for those who can't afford Jeremy Scott Adidas Originals, but who have swagger to spare. There'll be DJ fun and frolics from 4... / Kate Coleman

 

March 23 2013


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

how much
€12-€14

gig
Pariah & DJ Nature

20 years been in this game! Harlem-based DJ Nature (née Nature Boy) has been around for yonks. Literally yonks. And it’s that level of experience and knowledge that separates true originals from jumped-up punks with a few hot productions. Nature is an honest-to-God DJ, seamlessly swinging from house to disco and back again, always with a rough soulfulness. You could call it his calling-card. But if deep house and deep disco cuts just aren’t deep enough for you, there’s also the sub-bass of Pariah to contend with. For the last three years he’s been killing in that hazy inter-zone between Dubstep, Garage, and cold, post-club ambience, and his recent collab with Blawan shows there’s more than three strings to his bow. His DJ set tonight will be a sonic depth-charge. Have we said the d-word enough times yet? No? Well tonight’s gonna be deep. Win Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 

March 23 2013


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

how much
€14

gig
Bob Log III

Who is Bob Log III? He is a deranged, sci-fi version of a one man band. He dresses like a human cannonball and sings through a telephone receiver wired into a motorcycle helmet. He calls two ladies from the audience, but gents will do as he can’t see through the helmet, to sit on his knees while he drums with his feet. He invites anyone who’s willing to ‘stir my scotch with something that’s pink’ before launching into the deranged boogie of Boob Scotch. He sings a song called Bump Pow! Bump Bump Bump Pow! Bump Pow! Bump Bump Bump Baby! Bump Pow! Bump Bump Bump Pow! Bump Pow! Bump Bump Bump! He plays the fastest, most distorted Delta blues guitar you can imagine. He stays true to his gimmick and if you stay on board, he’s gonna show you a real fun time. / Aaron Rogan

 

March 23 2013


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

when
4:40pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
Cutter's Way

or The Big Lebowski: The Early Years. Raymond Chandler might be the daddy of them all, but Ivan Passer's terrific character piece is an oft-overlooked entry in a particular strain of shabby, sunlit noir that runs from Altman's adaptation of The Long Goodbye through the Coens' stoner classic and the sadly brief FX show Terriers. Its similarities to the adventures of The Dude and co. are striking (Jeff Bridges plays an aimless beach bum who along with his bitter Vietnam vet friend get caught up in an investigation of a local rich type) but whereas the later film is largely played for laughs, Cutter's Way is muted and melancholy. Due to studio interference it didn't get the audience it deserved on release, so this is a rare chance to see one of the most underrated American films of the '80s on the big screen. / Conor McDevitt

   
 

March 23 2013


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

how much
€6-€7.50

cinema
Shore Shots

“Surfing’s the source dude, it’ll change your life” – so stand the words famously spoken to Johnny Utah as he gripped his first surf board in Point Break. Despite the increasing recognition of Ireland as a world class surf destination and the massive upsurge in the popularity of surfing here, the public perception of the sport and it’s culture has remained very much rooted in the radical dudeisms of Keanu Reeve’s character. But culture beyond Bodhi it has a plenty, and one of the corner stones of that culture is the tradition of surf movies on the big screen. Happily this mantle has been truly picked up with the advent of Ireland’s first movie festival Shore Shots. While movies like Storm Surfers promise action galore, it’s Patagonia’s souful, environmentally conscious, wanderlust treatise 180° South that steals the lineup for this dude. Radical. / Emmet Condon

 

March 23 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€18

gig
Patrick Wolf

Patrick Wolf is a man of many colours, barnets and sounds. A thoroughly modern raconteur in the fashion of Boy George or Adam Ant, he is a product of constant regeneration and self-improvement, a multi-instrumentalist with lots of eggs and no basket. Every record he puts his name to fizzes with experimentalism and makes for dizzying pop. He's a visual spectacle, an aural spectacle, and if you're to be caught making a spectacle of yourself this year, it had better be at this gig. Put The City on repeat as you wonkily apply your Barry M lime lipstick to your cheeks, tribal stylee. With the Sundark and Riverlight world tour already off to a flying start, the Wolf has been sending fans into audible ecstasy all over Europe since January. Win Tickets / Sara Rose

   
 

March 24 2013


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

when
3.45pm

how much
€6-€9

screening
Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby is a movie we always had lying around on cassette, and it kept me company through every fever and flu I ever had. It's a classic Hollywood romantic comedy. Katharine Hepburn plays Susan Vance, a hair-brained heiress who spends her time being witty and ridiculous,wearing beautiful outfits and ruining the life of a man called David. Even at an early age I could relate. Cary Grant is David Huxley, a meek paleontologist who gets reluctantly entangled in Susan's affairs. He loses the last bone to the dinosaur he's building; she loses Baby, her pet leopard, they run amok and fall in love. It's wonderfully silly, like when David says to Susan, “Now it isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet, I'm strangely drawn toward you - but,well, there haven't been any quiet moments.”  / Roisin Agnew

 

March 24 2013


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

when
2pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
Psycho

The IFI is continuing it's courting of the master of film - Alfred Hitchcock. This Sunday, they will run the much considered tour de force of his achievements - Psycho. I won't sell you on the plot - you know it already. And don't go expecting to be too afraid to shower ever again. Psycho is a psychological thriller rather than horror. It nods to a lot of Hitchcock's strengths as a film maker, but is not his 'masterpiece' of any one of them. I'm not enough of a film buff to remark on the originality of shots, cameras or symbolism - or even 'fake it' but - for me, Psycho is a timeless success for one reason... It uprooted a previously undisturbed part of the human psyche, and held it up to a society whom responded in equal measures of fascination and repulsion - spawning the horrors we love today. So no, it's not a horror, but it was her mother. / Rachel Ray

   
 

March 25 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm (until March 30)

how much
€18 / €22

theatre
Tiny Plays for Ireland 2

25 plays, 25 writers, 5 actors, 100 minutes, no interval. The popularity of Fishamble's View-Master look of Ireland is easy to grasp. In the hands of a competent cast characters, ideas are created and discarded every few minutes. It's a juggernaut of thought, reflection and humour. It's the potent mix of tragi-comic which result in some of the more memorable vignettes. Keith Farnan searingly twists convention in The Straight Talk when a hapless man attempts to withdraw from his bank while Federico Storni takes a side-splitting swipe at stereotypes through Swiss beer maids and a leprechaun in Weekend Abroad. Watching the spittle in Don Wycherley's delivery is a sight to behold in itself but Mike Finn's Life in 2 Syllables is the show-stealer. / Zach Joyce

 

March 25 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
Beyond The Hills

Beyond The Hills, a sobering film from director Cristian Mungiu, explores the complex relationship between two women. Fragile Alinia returns from Germany with plans to start afresh with her childhood friend Voichita, whom she met in a Romanian orphanage and relied on for love and eternal support. Voichita however, has promised herself to God and now resides in a desolate monastery. The intensity of the relationship comes to the fore as Alinia struggles to come to terms with the shift in their union and Voichita attempts to protect and subdue her friend by persistently imposing her beliefs on the girl. Powerful performances and beautifully atmospheric landscapes are used to demonstrate how the need to create a family unit and the belief in symbols and mysticism are a testament to the fragility and ultimate futility of life. / Ruth Hurl

   
 

March 26 2013


where
Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare St, Dublin 2


when
Until April 5th

how much
Free

exhibition
Contours

A tuft of tower blocks jut out over a thick thatch of green and the familiar 60's facade of social housing form a patterned wallpaper backdrop to some saplings. Leaves and trees and pylons shoot long and lovely and lush in this study of a Parisien banlieu by Irish photographer, Shane Lynam. Contours is a study of a landscape that 's both buccolic and bastardised, and that's the point. Drawing on the feeling of social optimism that was present in the area from the 1920s through to the building of the périphérique motorway in 1958, Lynam seeks to recreate a fictional green belt around the city and these photos form a belt of strange beauty along the walls of the Alliance Francaise cafe like a collection of contemporary Constables to ponder while you engage croissant and coffee. / Vernon Steel

 

March 26 2013


where
Hodges Figgis, 58 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
6.30pm

how much
Free

book launch
The Book of Unspecified Things That Look Like Ireland

What do you get when you cross Ireland and things? Why, the Broadsheet Book of Unspecified Things that look like Ireland, of course. The running gag that started with an Irelandesque hedge, and went on to include everything from bread to eggs and from dead birds to volcanic ash plumes, has been one of the defining features of broadsheet.ie for the past two years – so it was only a matter of time until it was launched into book form. Eagle-eyed contributors sought Ireland wherever they went and as it turns out Ireland is often in the eye of the chicken nugget holder. As a statement of our times and the staaaaate of the nation, this book is one that Diarmaid Ferritear and his ilk will dog-ear for future citations. / Zach Joyce

 

March 26 2013


where
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8


when
8pm

how much
€20/€15conc.

concert
National Chamber Choir of Ireland

In recent years it's become impossible to turn on late night eclectic radio shows without hearing Arvo Pärt. This Estonian composer's work has become shorthand for a sense of escape from modernity’s aural overload. Born near Tallinn in 1935 he witnessed the Soviet occupation of his country. His early work was often at odds with the Soviet system; he was the first Estonian to use Schoenberg’s famous 12 tone technique. Becoming more overtly religious in his output, Pärt retreated and developed his own version of plainsong: ’Tintinnabulation’, music based on the sound of bells, where melody and voice are one. Passio, written after Pärt’s exodus to Berlin, is based on St John’s text. Conducted by a leading expert on Pärt’s work, Paul Hillier; the concert also features Theatre of Voices, Denmark and YXUS Ensemble, Estonia. / Des FitzGerald

   
 

March 27 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€15-€40

concert
Ben Grosvenor

We've all learned the hard way not to be too trigger-happy about heralding the great white hope of piano music. Play your cards wrong, and next thing you know Jamie Cullum is pillaging Radiohead's back-catalogue and falling out of nightclubs with supermodels twice his height. 20- year-old classical virtuoso Benjamin Grosvenor's Essex-boy chatter and casual dress sense may seem worryingly 'Jamie Oliver', but his credentials can't be ignored. Winner of the piano section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year aged just 11, Grosvenor's trophy cabinet now includes Gramophone and Classical Brit awards. Last year, he became the first British pianist to sign to the esteemed Decca Classics label in almost 60 years. On his second visit to the NCH, Grosvenor will be tackling Bach, Chopin, Scriabin and Strauss. But thankfully no Yorke. Win Tickets / Joey Kavanagh

 

March 27 2013


where
Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, D7.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free apply HERE

exhibition
Full Moon

What is it about the rising of a full moon that rings of magical phenomena? For all the might of its glowing presence in the night sky, it illuminates nothing of itself but the persistent mystery that shrouds it. While much folklore has attempted to provide the cosmic significance of this lunar phase—we are told of insomnia, insanity, and even lycanthropy, (so essentially the state of Hugh Jackman on party drugs)—local earth-dwellers, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty have turned instead to art to express a narrative of regional history and myth in their exhibition ROTATOR, an ongoing series of exhibitions at Pallas Projects/Studios that seek to prompt viewers to “look beyond our limited perception of infinity” with a tour on the 22nd, and a performance scheduled to coincide with the full moon on the 27th. / Kristen Pye

 

March 27 2013


where
The Lost Society, Powerscourt House, South William St., Dublin 2.


when
10.30pm

how much
€8/6

gig
Lapalux

Essex electronica guru in the making Stuart Howard, a.k.a. Lapalux releases his outrageously anticipated debut album Nostalchic this week after already receiving an abundance of critical acclaim for his two previous releases on Flying Lotus’ powerhouse experimental label, Brainfeeder. Sensually deep textures and an instinctive understanding of smooth glitch and atmospherics are key elements in the 25-year-old's productions, and tracks such as Moments, Gutter Glitter and the freshly released Without You have been cementing Lapalux as a household name to rival Electrolux. XLR8R had this to say, "Like the R&B of another time and place, transmitted from an unknown planet in a distant galaxy into the mind of a wildly creative sound designer.” Luckily for Dubliners, this is his first show since the album release. / Philip Notaro

   
 
Woop Woop - Siren Magazine

Sirens Fiona Hyde and Jean Sutton lured us onto the rocks, to chat the f-word.

The ethos is to create an online magazine that’s more progressive than others. It’s kind of more political and it’s also to tackle certain issues more head on. We love print but definitely read more online.  Being online is great because you can get to more people, but a physical copy is really special too.

The Women’s Museum was an idea I had with a few friends. I always had it in the back of my mind and I just said it as a joke and one girl just said, “actually, yeah." We have our blog up and running, and we've been offered space free of charge and a free consultant.

Siren’s target audience isn’t just women. On our first issue half of our contributors were male. I think a lot more men are embracing calling themselves feminists anyway. We really want to appeal to the widest amount of people that we can. Anybody can email us and talk about anything they want. We just want people to know that we want to include them.

Siren is online now. PHOTO: Des Moriarty