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"In the rain forest, nothing is safe." - Richard AttenboroughAfricaS01E03. Mr. Attenborough explains, in a voice as soothing as Calpol, that in the Congo, trees must rise to great heights in order to survive. The trees squeeze, crush, and slash each other in order to reach the canopy above.

"I am beginning to perceive this vicious loop." - Richard Mosse (see cover) of The Enclave. Mr. Mosse illustrates, through his mix of documentary journalism and contemporary art, that in the Congo, people must go to great lengths in order to survive, they too slash and tear at each other.

What ties these two examples together, outside of their location and the terrible beauty at their heart, is the notion that without the documentation of these facts, these truths would also die.

At le cool we also value documentation. Our version, this weekly snapshot of cultural life, contains little violence but we aggressively support the newly launched 100 Archive initiative, the record of Irish graphic design. In order to survive, the design community must also be fearless, thankfully now that will be documented also.

Who is saying document or die this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Philip.

This is the skull of a victim of the massacre carried out by the FDLR in the DR Congo." - Richard Mosse
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April 11 2013


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

how much
€6-9 or 5 films for €35

film festival
Japanese Film Festival Launch

Presented by Access cinema and the Japanese Embassy, JFF returns with a delicious pick of new Japanese cinema. The biggest coup for the festival is undoubtedly From up on Poppy Hill, the latest from Studio Ghibli, and a second chance for Miyazaki’s son to prove his mettle (apparently this time he does) Naturally there is a strong anime vein and the offerings this year are a decent, intriguing bunch, with violent and bonkers Berserk and sweet and bonkers Wolf Children. There’s time travel in Thermae Romae and cult director Takashi Miike offers up real life Nintendo shenanigans in an Ace Attorney adaptation. But really how could anyone resist a film called Rent-a-cat (Rentaneko)? In it a young woman rents cats out to lonely people from her hand cart, AIRASHII! (That’s adorable in Japanese). / Adam Duxbury

 

April 11 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€12/10

gig
Dyme-a-Duzin

Every once in a while a kid comes along with the potential to shake up a whole scene. In the early 90s we had the epitome of Brooklyn in Busta and Biggie: raw, aggressive with a shit load of attitude. At the nimble age of 20, Dyme-A-Duzin has a lot of ground to make up before he can sit comfortably in the same sentence as the greats, but boy has he announced himself. His debut album A Portrait of Donovan is as daring as it is charming. Dyme announces “I feel old Brooklyn, let me bring you up to date on this, I’m a product of Jay, Biggie and Kanye…and we representin’ Brooklyn.” This year is a big one for the New York chung fella, his live performances are becoming legendary reminiscent of early 90s Hip Hop shows with full bands, brass and a whole crew of hype men. He see’s himself ‘representin’; all he has to do is prove it! / Battle

 

April 11 2013


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
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when
Until May 19th

how much
Free

exhibition
Tino Seghal

One of the brightest stars of the international contemporary art scene, Tino Sehgal is coming to Earlsfort Terrace on the back of two hugely influential shows last year - an installation at the Tate’s Turbine Hall, and a project for Documenta 13. The Anglo-German artist is famous for his modesty and discretion; his pieces cannot be photographed and once they are over they cease to exist. Most significantly, they cannot be bought. The work he is bringing to IMMAThis Situation, hinges on human interaction and the idea of ‘constructed situations’ and the piece involves choreography, conversation and interaction with the visitor. What is often stressed is the idea of the artwork living on in the person’s memory of the experience. So if you feel you’re running low on memorable personal experiences come along. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

April 12 2013


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
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when
7.30pm Monday-Saturday until May 11th

how much
€13-40

theatre
Drum Belly

As Americans watch the 1969 moon landing, enthralled by the ability of humanity to conquer new space, a group of Irish-American gangsters idolise the symbols of home. Crisis arises in the form of an ill-fated truce with a rival Italian gang which consequently highlights the significance of heritage and blood-ties among the immigrants. Richard Dormer’s lyrical script contains moments of surreal hilarity, bloody savagery and anguish punctuated by an affective soundtrack featuring The Stooges, and a brilliant dance sequence to Bad Moon Rising. The stylised stage consists of a stark set of concrete and light that injects freshness into the traditional gangster genre. However, it gradually becomes bloodier and messier, strewn with muck and burger wrappers, metaphorically mirroring the plays dirty climax. / Ruth Hurl

 

April 12 2013


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
7.30pm

how much
€25

gig
Konono No. 1

Hard to believe it is nearly ten years since Konono No 1's seminal Congotronics album quite literally rewired people's auricular canals. They've been playing together for between 30 and 50 years (depending on who you believe), but to most it wasn't until 2003 that their music was heard outside the suburbs of Kinshasa in the DR Congo. In a time when any and all music is a simple click away, describing a band as 'unique' can be both misleading and lazy. Not so Konono No 1. When amplified, initially via scrap parts, custom-built into handmade microphones and amplifiers, the likembé - a variation on the traditional thumb piano - sounds like nothing else on earth. With a virtuoso of this pinging, plinging instrument weave his way through the band’s mesmerising songs and it all adds up to some seriously spellbinding sounds. Win Tickets / Simon Judge

   
 

April 12 2013


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

how much
€11

gig
Duke Dumont

A prolific producer with a penchant for leaving his decidedly shimmery imprint on tracks by the likes of Santigold and Haim, Duke Dumont has long been a star-in-the-making. (See his irresistible remix of Lily Allen’s The Fear.) A stalwart of London’s underground house scene, he has finally broken out of his “producer’s producer” niche and cracked the mainstream with the hum-worthy Need U (100%) currently sitting pretty atop the UK Top 40. One of the leaders of the current dance revival, what distinguishes Dumont from his contemporaries is his ability to successfully weave and synthesize influences to create music that feels totally of the now. Whether he is crafting club anthems à la The Giver or euphoric house cuts like No Money Blues, Dumont is constantly churning out winners.You need to see him. 100%. Win tickets / Amy O’Connor

 

April 12 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
7.30pm

how much
€22.50

gig
José James

Jose James refuses to be pigeonholed solely as a jazz singer. Considering his three solo albums (and the currently touring fourth), that refusal should be respected. Even on his debut album, The Dreamer, James draws on elements of hip-hop and R&B with songs like his cover of Freestyle Fellowship’s 1993 classic Park Bench People. 2010’s Blackmagic took things a step further when he teamed up with electronic producers including Flying Lotus, Moodyman and DJ Mitsu the Beats. Never one to be confined, James’ latest offering No Beginning No End blends R&B, soul and jazz with a pop sensibility that provides a more accessible yet heartfelt sound, and while songs like Trouble and Come to My Door may attract new listeners, others such as Bird of Space provide the depth and raw emotion that returning fans have come to expect. Win Tickets / Dave Desmond

 

April 12 2013


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

how much
€15/12

gig
Goldie

What can we say about Goldie that he hasn’t already said himself in Eastenders, James Bond films and TED talks? Just the concept of the undisputed king of jungle belting out classics is enough to make this mere fellow want to go get a gold grill, shave my head and give Daniel Craig a sneaky text. As a more than well established drum n’ bass aficionado, the man in question has also collaborated with David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, while also dumping Naomi Campbell and insisting “I just couldn’t put up with her shit any longer” rather than playing the irreconcilable differences card. Anyway, unashamed man-crush aside, a night with Goldie in town will be anything but boring, so go channel your inner animal, give in to the jungle and unleash your primal urges. / Philip Notaro

   
 

April 13 2013


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

how much
€6-9

cinema
Pilgrim Hill

Pilgrim Hill has all the greyness that you'd associate with a Cromwellian word such as pilgrim. The camera zones in on the gauche 1970s farm bungalows and Ford Mondeo lined streets of rural Ireland's blink-and-you'd-miss-them villages. Then we peer into the monotony of daily farming life; bashing in fence posts, the morning milking, the solitary rolling on a faded red tractor. It's sedate, monotonous, and heart shattering. We follow Jimmy, existing on the side of a hill with cattle and his callous, dying Father for company. He is breadwinner, housekeeper, and props up the bar in the village, nursing the one pint he can drink without going over the limit. Pilgrim Hill is an exercise in sympathy, and the viewer is sucked in with deft use of soundtrack, documentary style interviews and outstanding performances. / Cora Burke

 

April 13 2013


where
The Pepper Canister Church, 2 Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2


when
7:30pm

how much
€15

launch
Dancing Suns - Goldmine

My mum asked if this was 'too indie' for her to go to with me. She's considering going to the cinema instead. No way, Mum, c'mon. Well, maybe a Nina Hynes album launch in a church is a little bit indie. I think, more than anything, this is just a rare event, not-to-be-missed. Mrs Hynes, a lady who has been covered by Jane Birkin, mainly lives in Berlin these days so we don't see as much of her, and the venue is certainly very intimate and niche. This will be my first time to experience her performing live and I couldn't imagine a nicer initial encounter. Maybe at her Other Voices performance, where Glen Hansard introduced her as someone who writes songs 'like maps of places where people don't live'. I can't think of being in a room with that, surely that's perfect for anyone. / Georgia

 

April 13 2013


where
Probus Wines & Spirits of Dublin, 26 Fenian Street, Dublin 2


when
6pm

how much
Around €6

tasting
Probus Wine Tastings

It's time to relinquish those trusty cans of Dutch Gold and hop on the craft beer bandwagon. A visit to Probus Wines, a charming and ingenius off-licence-cum-pub, demonstrates there's a hell of a lot more to craft beer then throwing an ol bottle of Gypsy Tears down your neck. Get stuck in at their regular tasting sessions where you'll receive an endearing education as you sniff and swirl various brews surrounded by IPA's, British ales, German bocks, as well as local brews that are sure to cultivate your palate. A few drinks in and you'll be dispensing phrases like " spicy upfront, with an herbal and lightly citric hop smack that’s steeping in a border-line boozy, peppery, and warming alcohol chop to the throat that burn". You'll leave, feeling like a craft beer connoisseur, undoubtedly with an armful of bottles. / Sarah Maguire

   
 

April 14 2013


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

how much
€23

gig
Rob Delaney

Whether he is revolting against Romney, sending erotic tweets to Adele or warning impressionable youngsters about the dangers of #pot, Rob Delaney is a Twitter tour-de-force. A prolific exponent of non-sequiturs, he has conquered the internet. Now the Speedo-clad sensation is taking on Vicar Street. How will he manage? This is stand-up, as opposed to tweeting, which can be done in a safe sit-down or, if you're feeling particularly lazy, lay-down position. Don't expect him to speak in 140-character sentences - his stand-up consists of everything from profane witticisms to elaborate, Dada-esque tales. He imbues his material with a warmth and congeniality, and invariably succeeds in making the ordinary weirdly sweet and more than faintly funny. / Win Tickets / Aimee Cullen

 

April 14 2013


where
Green Bench Cafe, 18 Montague Street, Dublin 2


when
Mon-Fri, 7.45am - 4.30pm. Sat 12-3pm

how much
Depends

le other
Green Bench Café

I have a short fuse. Many things annoy me that shouldn’t. But there is one thing that deserves the full power of my wrath: People who think they’re running gourmet food joints who in fact serve over-priced lousy sandwiches. In one of these supposed gourmet sandwich places I was recently told that to toast my sandwich it would cost an extra €1. This Ryanair-school of sandwich making is the pits. Thankfully, a month ago, the clouds parted and The Green Bench appeared - a balm for my weary, hungry soul. Not only are the sandwiches so good that you actually sit up and pay attention to the flavours and the ingredients, instead of simply stuffing, but every time I go I feel like I’ve cheated the gorgeous couple that run the place. Each sandwich is vast, the bread is beautiful and the ingredients are of seriously good quality. / Marie Claire

 

April 14 2013


where
Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2
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when
7.30pm

how much
€16.50

gig
Rachel Zeffira

Rachel Zeffira sings like a princess trapped in a tower, serenading the birds of some enchanted forest sweetly with her lamentations. Her music isn't what you'd expect of Faris Badwan's main collaborator outside of The Horrors with their project Cats Eyes, it is sometimes subtle folk infused with legato piano, and at other times a quick paced layering of strings and the suggestion of synthesizers - and, er, harp. It is all highly unconventional; a kind of filmic accompaniment to the narrative lyrics - there is a real sense of movement and happening in the arrangements, which gives her album The Deserters the feeling of snapshots into an epic motion picture. Canadian Zeffira will no doubt blow the roof off the Peppercanister with the magnificence of her performance, and lord knows that's a pretty tall order. / Cora Burke 

   
 

April 15 2013


where
The Kingston Hotel , Dun Laoghaire


when
Until 31st May

how much
Free

exhibition
Alan Clarke - Dreams Dreamed With Open Eyes

At 147 years of age, Alan Clarke is Ireland's oldest illustrator. The wizened wizard, with his knarled-knuckled fingers and spindly, soft spine is as magical a vision as his creations. But they don't smell of Castor oil. Whiffiness aside, this conjuror of whimsy returns with his latest collection of Laudanum-infused delights. Clarke's images are darkly comic, magical, and sometimes grotesque, but they're always beautifully executed and his work is as popular now as failed rebellions were when he was born. A graduate from the Academy of Alliteration (studying under Gerald Manley Hopkins), Clark now adds Dreams Dreamed With Open Eyes to previous shows like The Loons have Looned their Last and Clarke's Compendium of Compelling Canards. Enough nonsense, the man is a genius, go admire his work. / Vernon Steel

 

April 15 2013


where
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
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when
Until May 22nd

how much
Free

exhibition
Ben Rivers & Simone Kappeler

One is the most celebrated Swiss photographers of her generation, the other a multi-award-winning filmmaker from London: together, Simone Kappeler and Ben Rivers make the current exhibition in The Douglas Hyde Gallery unmissable. Kappeler’s collection of monochrome photos features recognisable locations from around Dublin and explores the atmosphere of the city while bringing out its oddly dreamlike qualities. Rivers, meanwhile, presents us with a 20 minute black & white film shot using an antique camera. Staying true to his usual themes of alienation and marginalisation, he gives us a glimpse into the lives of a family who have exiled themselves to the wilderness of Scotland, where children and animals roam free. The film is shown in its own hut – letting us pretend that we too live like Scottish hermits. / Kayla Walsh

   
 

April 16 2013


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

how much
€6-9

screening
A Late Quartet

Much in the same way that a simple sunrise can be as enjoyable as the most dramatic lightning storm, the world of film occasionally offers up little treasures for us to appreciate. Although they may be devoid of CGI worlds, all-action shoot-outs or massive battle scenes they still hold the power to captivate, humour, and shock; and Yaron Zilberman’s debut is one of those features. The story of a string quartet rocked by the news that one of its members will be retiring through illness and the emotions that unravel as a result, it is filled with great performances from the likes of Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The director’s background in documentary films is a real strength, giving the relationships a great sense of authenticity. A film you could bring your mother to. / David Cadwallader

   
 

April 17 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
11.30am

how much
€6-9

cinema
The Place Beyond the Pines

When Derek Cianfrance arrived on the scene with Blue Valentine in 2010, it signaled the arrival of a filmmaker unafraid of exploring the gritty side of life and capable of coaxing dazzling performances from his actors. His latest film The Place Beyond The Pines may pale in comparison to its predecessor, but it remains an ambitious, episodic exploration of fathers and sons. Starring a peroxide-locked Ryan Gosling as a motorcycle daredevil who resorts to crime in order to provide for his son and a clean-cut Bradley Cooper as a cop hot in his pursuit, it is difficult to discuss the film without wading into spoiler territory. Suffice it to say that it is a brooding, hubristic film that often enthralls and occasionally frustrates, but is nonetheless worthy of your attention. / Amy O’Connor

   
 

April 17 2013


where
Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare St, Dublin 2


when
7.30-9pm

how much
Free for members

interactive
Board Games

Few things in life are as perfect as playing board games while speaking French... Well, that last bit may not sit along the lines of ‘traditional’ board game thinking but being able to learn French while battling someone with great image recognition skills in the throes of a game of Pictionary would be pretty cracking, once you think about it. Alliance Francaise are holding a board game evening featuring cult classics such as Pictionary and Cranium to encourage a bit of cross cultural language learning. For those not yet outed Francophiles, the games serve all language learning levels so there’s no excuse not to drop by. Because wouldn't it be nice if just once at 7pm on a dull Tuesday you could say a few lines of garbled French with your competitive game face showing, all for the benefit of learning? / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

April 17 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
10.30pm

how much
€10

talk
Why does Morrissey (still) matter?

What a ridiculous question. / Kate Coleman

   
 
Makers & Brothers

Mark and Jonathan of Makers & Brothers invite le cool into their shed for some crafty design treats. 

Our family and childhood have definitely been a massive influence on this project. We are not makers ourselves. We are pretty handy, our dad was, still is, always teaching us how to fix just about anything.

The concept for Makers & Brothers evolved from our little test we did in 2009, we wanted to sell a carefully selected collection of the very best of Irish and International craft and design. Everything we offer is for everyday use. For us it is about investing in objects that will last and get better with use.

The way we work is definitely collaborative. It has to be, we are the design side of the process and a designer who thinks he can design without collaborating is a fool. One of the reasons we started Makers & Brothers was a thought that there was a real fatigue with the overload of mass-produced items from undisclosed sources spinning around as part of an ever-speedier cycle.

Makers & Brothers launch their shed in Brown Thomas on Thursday, April 11th at 6.30pm. Runs until May 6th. PHOTO: seanandyvette