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Tick tock. The clock is ticking. The deadline is looming. The deadbeat client is lurking. Fuckity fuck. Tick tock.

Under pressure, out of time, cursing that last pint, the extra hour in bed, the damned daily dawdling that means, here we are, late again. And yet, by some miracle that deserves a creative canonisation, we pull through by pulling the job off. YES!

Surely the one good thing that can possibly come out of this work emergency and momentary crisis of confidence is a learned lesson and the promising ourselves that we'll never, ever, let this happen again. Until the next time.

Welcome to your Panicdote.

As part of OFFSET this weekend, we are hosting a series of speakers who will share true anecdotes about their creative lives; funny and cautionary tales about lessons learned when they've been up against it. Bob Gill (graphic designer, author, legend), among others, is confirmed and if you are heading to the Bord Gais and have a panicdote you want to share also, get in touch.

Whose motto is "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail," this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy, or Philip?

Bidding Jerath Head and Karl Watson a fond farewell and the best of luck in their new life (together). 

"..the only place I know where you thank the driver when alighting from a bus." - Lauren Kavanagh
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April 04 2013


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Until April 16th

how much
Free

exhibition
Anthroprocene

The most striking thing about these images when you look at them from afar is how abstract they seem. They look like Rorschach inkblots, or Persian rugs. For landscapes created by the driving force of human progress, they have a surprising grace. My first - almost compulsive - reaction to seeing them first on screen was to zoom in, and in, and in, manically searching for some sign of life in a remote composite of familar features. Influenced by the patterns created by Persian and Afghani weavers and how they draw on what they see in the war-torn land surrounding them, David Thomas Smith's powerful and captivating images are a fascinating comment on the socio-political culture of surveillance and intelligence gathering that we accept without too much thought. / Alex Calder

 

April 04 2013


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

when
6.30pm (last chance to see at IFI)

how much
€5.20-8.90

cinema
Reality

Fairytale-like music plays as a carriage delivers newlyweds to a faux Louis XIV castle where they are received by their garish and overweight Neapolitan family. What could be more hideous or more compulsively watchable? Reality is the follow-up to Matteo Garrone's groundbreaking Gomorrah. It deals with the Italian obsession with Big Brother, a truly scary phenomenon. Luciano is a fish-monger who auditions for Big Brother encouraged by his family's unwavering admiration for him. As he becomes convinced that he will star in the show, his own hold of reality begins to slip. The world of fish stands and cafes become his Big Brother, where the village drunk is a spy in the world of his deluded fantasy. Another disturbing take on Italy's imaginatively starved and maddening reality, where insanity is perhaps the happiest solution. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

April 04 2013


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

when
6-7.30pm

how much
Free

talk
Retrocycle

Okay, Vogue - the 'New New Romantic' look really isn't that, er, new, is it? The Kemp brothers are pushing 50, and so is most of your style referencing. It doesn't matter if Vuitton have chequered models in shifts marching down their catwalks this season, I've been there, done that, written about it in my Year 4 history project, bitchez. Give me something new. Courréges looked to the future in 1964, so, in 2013, why aren't we looking back further than anyone has ever dared to before, and bringing retro to its logical conclusion? Why are we still buckling our overcoats like war brides and calling it innovation? Are we just incredibly unoriginal, or is there something holding us back? Maybe we've lost our sense of wonderment. A panel - including the fashion historian Rua Ruth, will discuss.  / Cora Burke

 

April 04 2013


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
11am - 6pm

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Prix Pictet

Swiss-based private bank sponsorship and cynical thoughts of corporate responsibility box ticking aside, the Prix Pictet remains a worthy environmental photographic poke in the eyes. There's the utter devastation wreaked by the tsunami in Japan where cars look like the regurgitation of a Truckasarus by Philippe Chancel. Over in the Gulf of Mexico, Daniel Beltra's aerial shots of oil spills on fire take on a volcanic intensity. On a more human level Luc Delahaye zooms in on Haitian looting midst the rubble while Rena Effendi brings a painterly poise to contaminated food in the Ukraine. Power of a less visible but equally potent kind is wielded via Edmund Clark's Guantanemo series. Devastation aside, it's worth remembering the late Douglas Adams when he said "When you blame others, you give up your power to change." / Michael McDermott

   
 

April 05 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€16

gig
White Hills

White Hills are coming, and you know what that means. Beards! Drugs! At least one leather jacket! Yes, they’re NYC’s finest purveyors of blasted lunar psych damage, and they’re rolling into town this Friday to level the Grand Social with their scorched-moon guitar offensive. Space Rock to some people means wooshy-synth, galaxy-gazing flim-flam, or unwashed, weed-addled noodlings. That ain’t what this is. This is ear-shredding volume and buffeting squalls of feedback, underpinned by pile-driver bass and thunder-drums. But it’s also hypnotic slow jams and zoned-out melodies– White Hills are just as likely to ride a solitary riff out into infinity as they are to turn on the afterburners. So if it’s not clear by now, tonight will be total sensory overload. Pure, molten Rock. Set the controls for the core of the earth. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

April 05 2013


where
All City Records, 4 Crow St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


when
6-10pm

how much
Free

launch
The Animators - Sketch

By day he works for Plusprint, by night he becomes Classquatch and all the time he is one of Dublin's finest BFGs. New to the illustrating game (legend has it he was taught by Mick Minogue in a Stoneybatter dojo over a few intense weeks), Ciaran Smith will tonight exhibit sketches inspired by Ireland's happiest hip-hoppers, five-piece collective, The Animators. They too will be releasing their first EP, Sketch..and if that wasn't enough, The Animators will debut their new video,"Flow 1.0", shot by the indomitable, fun lovin' Al Hooi. So, to avoid confusion; tonight involves a sketcher displaying his sketchings of The Animators who release Sketch. You got that? This will be fun and it all happens in the birthplace of contemporary Irish Street Art, All City records. / Vernon Steel

 

April 05 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€15/12

theatre
The Edge of Our Bodies

Remember that moment of your life when you were teetering on the precipice of adulthood, slouchy knee socks, precocious mouthiness and simmering hormones? With an anti-heroine, Bernadette, that would make Holden Caulfield blush, To The Edge of Our Bodies is the ultimate boarding school escape story - no Enid Blyton-esque sneaking off to the circus in the village here - dive bars, seedy motels and even seedier men are the order of the day. Unnerving, close to the skin and downright uncomfortable at times, this piece confronts coming of age, warts and all. At the edge of our bodies, or close to the bone, whatever you choose to call it, Lauren Farrell's conflicted, confused Bernadette will have you arrested. / Aimee Cullen

   
 

April 05 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€10

screening
The Warriors

In a dystopian New York representatives from over a hundred gangs are travelling to the Bronx for a conclave, not to be confused with the papal variety, there’s no white smoke here. Cyrus, the gangs’ president, plans to unite the groups and create a 60,000 strong army to out number the police and run the city. However, the meeting ends in disaster with every gang hell-bent on bringing down the wrongly accused Coney Island Warriors. Unarmed and outnumbered the hunted Warriors negotiate their way through dingy streets and graffiti covered train stations fighting everyone from the seductive but deadly girl gang the Lizzies to the silent bat yielding Baseball Furies. “For […] all you street people with an ear for the action” get to the Sugar Club and find out if the blood splattered Warriors make it home before dawn. / Ruth Hurl

 

April 05 2013


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

how much
€12/10

gig
Mosca

Described as both a journalist’s worst nightmare and a critic’s most delectable dream, Mosca has been defying tired genre labels for the last few years and inciting euphoric body movements all over UK dancefloors with his uplifting and groooovy beats. Let’s take it back to 2010, with the release of the Square One EP being the first official venture for the Night Slugs label, setting the tone in style for what was to come. Since then, Mosca’s refusal to stick to any one particular sound has captured and infected the minds of listeners. His penchant for addictive productions like this, married with his admiration of beautiful Cubans (see the Eva Mendes EP) have earned him his ever increasing reputation, as well as the title of selector supreme on his BBC Radio 1 show. Don’t miss this. / Philip Notaro

   
 

April 06 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€18.50

comedy
Richard Herring

He burst on to the comedy scene in a childish fit of energy, hosting Fist of Fun and This Morning With Richard, Not Judy with his brother from another mother, Stewart Lee, but Richard Herring has mellowed out; and on his jack/tobler/tod has carved himself out a comedy career to rival the acerbic, older-brother style Lee. His last tour was all about love. Love, which, totally opposite to what Nat King Cole may say, is the most tedious topic a comic can bring up. Even in passing. However, Herring's intelligent, self-effacing and conversational approach to the entire thing made what could have been an absolute bore a fizzy-funny, but also pseudo-Botton-philosophical night of enjoyment. / Cora Burke

 

April 06 2013


where
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
Location Map

when
Friday - Sunday

how much
Day ticket - €70

festival
OFFSET - Day ticket

All set for OFFSET? We're ready, we promise, and no sign of a panicdote either. If you've decided against a full weekend pass then shame on you. But all is not lost, the day pass is still within your grasp. But what day to choose? We'd suggest Saturday, not just because we take to the (small) stage but because the day kicks of with the Disney-bound Hugglemonster, Niamh Sharkey, before taking in great Danes, Hvass & Hannibal, the Amsterdam-based Stone(d) Twins, former Creative Director at Google and current Creative Strategist at Facebook, Ji Lee, not to mention Louise Filli, Vaughan Oliver and JR. And that's just the main stage. Phew. The brainchild of Richard Seabrooke, Bren B and Peter O'Dwyer, OFFSET is the Dublin creative gathering that is the envy of the world and it happens on your doorstep. Be proud and get inspired. / le cool Dublin

 

April 06 2013


where
Copper Alley, Exchange Street, Dublin 2.


when
11pm

how much
€12

gig
The Magician

The Magician playing at Mother is kind of sweeter than fiction. His remix of I Follow Rivers became synonomous with Saturday nights last year, but we shouldn't equate The Magician with Lykke Li only - he's an expert at building up to the drop, that moment when you look your pal in the eye and go men-tal in unison. He also makes weirdly hypnotic, mind bending beats put up against pure party music; debauched but poppy, possibly best exemplified with the current dancefloor filler I Don't Know What To Do. We don't exactly know who The Magician is, but according to his Facebook, his influences include Supertramp, Kim Wilde and Giorgio Moroder, so if that's anything to go by, this gig will be everything from the ridiculous to the sublime. / Cora Burke

 

April 06 2013


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

when
11pm

how much
€15/12

gig
Benoit & Sergio

You probably know them ‘cuz their babies do K all day (someone call Child Services!), but there’s much more to these two louche lotharios than that beguilingly catchy dance-floor smash. Both before and after that dropped in 2011 they were busily building their own brand of luxurious, aesthetic House. B&S, you might call it. And the House of B&S is all about druggy glamour, combined with a sensual, moneyed elegance. There’s a strong sense of composition and narrative here too. It’s not for your yacht– it’s too dark for that. But those models you pay to lounge on the deck will definitely be catching the show. Yes, Benoit does have fantastic hair, and you just know Sergio owns more than four pairs of sunglasses. But don’t worry, they’ve got the tunes to back up the image. Men who can pull off linen suits in 2013– men you can trust. Win Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 

April 07 2013


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

when
Runs until April 25th

how much
Free to browse, prints available for €35

exhibition
Fatti Burke - Thinking Of You

Fatti Burke wasn't born like you or I. But rather, she was painted on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in 1942 and came to life years later by some form of NCAD magic. She's a tattooed, smoking, graphic designing and Illustrating Memphis Belle and her solo show in the Shaw, entitled Thinking Of You, is a well hung, phallic-themed exhibition of impressive proportions. There's the Asparagus with a kidney-tickling kink, the Rocket that would leave Rocco Siffredi blushing and the Pickle that says short and stout is something to shout about. Mickey-messing aside, these vivid visions of fruit 'n' veg and ice-pops announce that Fatti's obvious sense of humour (previous works include: Art That's Formally Known As Print) is matched by her striking, artistic talent. This Flying Girl is soaring. / Vernon Steel

 

April 07 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
Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations, the phrase elicits a positive spark within anyone who truly knows what it is to have a good time. With Northern Irish cinema having the usual connotations of, dare I say it, The Troubles, Good Vibrations bounces onto the screen and chronicles the musically entrepreneurial never say die endeavors of Terri Hooley, the man hailed as the godfather of Belfast punk rock in a city that so desperately needed something. As the owner of the Good Vibrations record label and store, responsible for The Undertones mega hit Teenage Kicks, Hooley is the driving force behind the new wave of mohawked marauders breathing life back into a torn apart town. Shot in an oldschool but familiar Belfast hue, this is a story of pure heart for not much payout, but as the film suggests so well, some things are better than money. / Philip Notaro

 

April 07 2013


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

when
1.05pm, 3.25pm, 8.40pm

how much
€6-9

cinema
West of Memphis

Three dead boys submerged in a flooded ditch, three teenagers imprisoned for a crime they didn’t commit: West Of Memphis trades in the stuff of nightmares. Amy Berg’s exhaustive documentary is an upsetting small-town epic of a hideous murder and a gross miscarriage of justice. The fortitude of the innocent men impresses, but the film ultimately undermines the notion of criminal justice in the US to an unsettling level. The involvement of celebrities in the justice campaign gets a little too much screen time – Eddie Vedder, Peter Jackson and Henry Rollins are less interesting than the damaged yet determined key players of the tragedy, whose testimony veers from gripping to pitiful. Prepare to be incensed. / Luke McManus

   
 

April 08 2013


where
Dancehouse, Foley Street Dublin 1


when
6:45-8:15pm

how much
€20

dance
Work It Like Beyoncé

Who run the world? Girls! More specifically, Beyoncé. Yes, Destiny's Favourite Child is a force to be reckoned with in all spheres, particularly on the dance floor where reigns supreme. Whether she is sashaying, gyrating, patting her weave or popping her booty, Beyoncé dances with a leonine ferocity matched by few. Until now. Choreographer Duane Watters will be teaching us mere mortals how to dance like Queen Bey with a hip-hop medley set to your favourite Beyoncé jams. Under Watters’ instruction, you will learn to wind your hips to Work It Out and strut to Crazy in Love. The class caters to all levels, so even if your experience is strictly limited to doing the Single Ladies hand dance on a Saturday night while under the influence of two Bacardi Breezers, this class will ensure that the club is never ready for your jelly. / Amy O’Connor

 

April 08 2013


where
The Olympia, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2
01 679 3323
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€23-25

gig
The Vaccines

“We don’t want to be an indie band anymore, we want to be a rock band,” insists Vaccines frontman Justin Young in an interview before the release of their anticipated and all important sophomore offering. Admittedly, the London outfit have developed a new mindset, style and ethos ahead of their return to Dublin. Armed with new material, albeit a familiar sound, the four-piece look set to wow their loyal supporters with their own unique brand of Indie (tell them I said that, if you wanna) lad-rock. For a group once heralded as the return of the great British guitar band, The Vaccines have had somewhat of a mixed-up love affair with the press, while also pleasing enough fans to keep their brand going strong and to ensure award nominations. Still, their faithful followers will bring infectious energy to the Olympia. / Philip Notaro

 

April 08 2013


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
Location Map

when
7.30pm until April 13th

how much
€12-16

theatre
The Woolgatherer

Set above a sweet shop in Philadelphia, a girl who has spent her life self imprisoned indoors is met with a man forever on the road trucking across America. When Cliff's rig breaks down he steals into Rose’s Five and Dime with a lusty hope for a brief affair. Tinged with humour and desperation this tale unfolds the story of love and opposites. A rough edged man falls for a girl who can’t stop bleeding. Cliff drifts through life looking for an anchor, Rose is steadfastly rooted to her apartment and wooly jumpers. Her desire to float away compliments his desire to take root. This play looks starkly at domestic violence, mental health and loneliness. It offers no resolutions and may leave the spectator feeling disturbed. Little Red Riding Hood is home alone and the Wolf can smell her intentions. /Joseph Kearney

   
 

April 09 2013


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
10.30-11.15am

how much
Free

talk
J.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge and the turn of the century

Before the Hairy Bikers, there was Jack Butler Yeats and John Millington Synge, the two laaaads touring the aul' West, drawing things, writing about things and giving their thoughts and images to the Manchester Guardian, who, in true Guardianista style were well into what the poor were up to in the Congested Districts. This depressing, early 20th century version of No Frontiers was formative for both men - Jack Yeats perfected his quick-sketch style, while Synge rediscovered his love of peasant colloquialisms and naive belief systems. This talk, enriched by the National Gallery's current exhibition of Yeats' notebooks, will be led by Dr. P.J Mathews of UCD. / Cora Burke

 

April 09 2013


where
St Audeon's Church, HIgh St, Cornmarket, Dublin 8
01 677 0088
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€15/10

concert
Trio Mediaeval

The Norwegian vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval could hardly have picked a more suitable venue than St. Audoen’s. It's the oldest parish church in the city, founded in the middle of the medieval era in 1190. Music has resonated over its stones for nearly a thousand years and it's a special place to hear choral music of the highest calibre. Trio Mediaeval, an all female ensemble, were founded in Oslo in 1997. Since then they've released five critically acclaimed albums on the influential ECM label. Scholarship tells us that women in nunneries would have ignored St Paul's request to keep silent in church. Luckily for us there are no obstacles to Trio Mediaeval's repertoire. A Worcester Ladymass (England C13/14) with Credo and Benedicamus Domino written especially by Gavin Bryars, and a selection of folk songs feature on the night. / Des FitzGerald

   
 

April 10 2013


where
Hendrons Building, Upper Dominick Street, Dublin 7


when
7.30pm

how much
Free/€5 suggested donation

screening
The Room

Are you a fan of intensely long, gratuitous sex scenes? Actors with all the charisma of a potato? Booze? Well, say "Hi!" to the BYOB film event of the year. Slum Cinema presents cult favourite, The Room, a soft-core story of betrayal, seduction and eh.. spoons that makes for extreme car crash viewing. Actor and director (I use these terms loosely) Tommy Wiseau looks like the victim of some terrible accident involving burning wax and Kiss wigs. Cringe while grease ball, Wiseau humps and pumps the "attractive" leading lady that was solely cast so he could cop a feel of her weird tits. You won't be able to look away. If that's not enough for you, here's a guide to the audience participation element of the night too. Get tanked on cheap wine, yell insults and hurl plastic spoons at the screen. How could you resist? / Jen Connell

   
 
Young & Wonderful

Young, wonderful and from Cork, le cool caught up with Rachel Koeman and Ian Ring from Young Wonder, like.

Young Wonder came about because of Brendan Canty of Feel Good Lost. Brendan had previously worked with Ian and asked me to try some vocals on a song. He saw the potential in Ian as a producer and in me as a singer, I guess!

Ian writes drafts on his own in the studio and sends it onto me. I write vocal lyrics and melodies and play around with the structure of the song. The vision of being successful and being able to support myself from music is really motivating but I think if you think too much into it you’re kind of setting yourself up for disappointment.

I went to college for four years studying something which was never truly my passion, so to be able to do my passion fulltime is an amazing motivation.

Most of our videos have been directed by Feel Good Lost, with one exception being the To You video which was directed by Ged Murray. All videos are inspired by beautiful imagery and images that appear on tumblr and other inspiring websites.

Young Wonder play Workman's, Friday April 5th, 8pm, €13. Win TicketsPHOTO: Feel Good Lost