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When not fashioning this weekly, cultural snap shot out of blood, sweat and beers, we like to host completely irregular auxiliary events. 

Outside of our almost-annual party/covers' exhibition we've done such diverse things as; shining a spotlight on emerging talent with FULLSCREEN, hosted Jimi Hendrix's photographer (Gered Mankowitz), street-feasted, invited headline speakers to share Panicdotes at OFFSET and MC'd The School of Life.

Last week, we brought a pop up film festival to the Freemasons' Hall (a secret handshake deal) so naturally this week we are doing something completely different.

This Tuesday we are bringing Rob Manuel over to South Studios for our first SPIEL. Manuel is the flashy animator behind B3ta and Sickipedia and he's joined by Ed Melvin, who wants to educate you on 'The Unreal Engines' of virtual currencies and economies. 

This has nothing to do with our underlings having formed a le cool break-away events group and all because of our own fear of missing out. So come and join us on our home patch, and let us lift the petticoat on the bottom half of the internet. 

Who thinks there is nothing like a tasteful glimpse this week? Ciaran, Michael ora FOMO

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April 18 2013


where
Samuel Beckett Theatre ,


when
4pm/7pm/9pm

how much
€20/15

theatre
All That Fall

Despite being presented in a most radical way, there is very little that Samuel Beckett’s notoriously protective estate could object to in this wonderful Pan Pan Theatre production. Essentially All That Fall is still a radio play, except one in which the listeners gather in skull-cushioned rocking chairs, flickering light bulbs and a wall of lights replace the glowing embers of a living-room fire and giant speakers impart the contents of Beckett’s work, which follows the world-weary and pugnacious Mrs. Rooney on an eventful journey to the train station to meet her husband and creeps towards a chilling dénouement. Jimmy Eadie’s superb sound design magnifies every gasp, sigh, shriek and laugh as well as the animals, vehicles and dastardly weather that soundtrack Mrs. Rooney's excursion. An unforgettably evocative experience. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

 

April 18 2013


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

how much
€5

fundraiser
Father Ted Quiz

The legacy of two ex Hot Press lads has resulted in generations of the populace exclaiming "SMALL/ far away", "down with that sort of thing, careful now" and "tough, I had my fun and that's all that matters". Quoting the comedy exclamations of an island of priests and misfits has become as quintessentially Irish as the Eire stamp on our passports. Tonight is the perfect opportunity to tighten your collars, brush your hairy hands and one up on your own personal Dick Byrne by expressing your knowledge of priestliness for a good cause. If stuck for an answer, a gravelly "that would be an ecumenical matter" will get you through most difficulties. And don't worry, the money raised won't rest in the account, a child won't be deprived a trip to Lourdes and you can rest easy in the knowledge that you're a good Catholic. / Sarah Maguire

   
 

April 18 2013


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
7:30pm

how much
€15

gig
Veronica Falls

Veronica Falls sound audibly anachronistic, mired in histories of indie and what can only be described as a kind of romantic grunge they could wedge themselves perfectly anywhere in the early 90s indie pop scene. They are the soundtrack to that elusive endless summer as their jangly guitar riffs sweep through roughly, quelling any potential for being labelled twee. It may seem as if they're teetering too close to the line at times but the dark and oftentimes glum lyrics reconcile any potential for such categorisation. Fresh back on the touring scene since the release of their new album this February, the lads are due to continue banging out tunes until late August for adoring fans but are only in Dublin for a fleeting visit. Tell your mates and get ready to don your denim jackets, summer’s arrived early for once. Win Tickets / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

April 18 2013


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Until April 21st

how much
Free

photo exhibition
Intruders - Donal Moloney

The temporality of things is an oft visited subject for artists. For photographer Donal Moloney, this interest takes the form of buildings which have fallen over the lip of the precipice and are ailing in decay. His fascination enjoys its own term; Urbex (the urban explorations of man-made decaying buildings). Beats a fascination with spandex, I guess. Moloney's study of the crumbling of these buildings that were once decadent, or at least decent, has an extra kicker of the female naked form. On first glance this may appear schlocky, but the addition of the perfectly formed nudes does contrast well with the decrepit, atrophied bricks and mortar. So who is the intruder that the title suggests? Clearly, Moloney got an adrenaline rush from accessing these buildings and photographing the nudes in situ. Maybe you will too? / Luka Scoones

   
 

April 19 2013


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

how much
€11.75

gig
George Fitzgerald

If one beatsmith is in good company at the moment, it’s got to be George Fitzgerald. Nestled beautifully in the bosom of producer extraordinaire Scuba’s ever soaring Hotflush Recordings, everything he touches lately turns to solid, gleaming gold. Despite the name, Hotflush is certainly not in the midst of a menopausal meltdown as artists such as Locked Groove, Mount Kimbie and South London Ordnance are all killing it right now, with George nicely at the forefront. In terms of house and garage infused production with more intense smack in the face drum melodies, Georgie boy just knows what the fuck he’s at. It’s impossible not to bob and weave like a deranged boxer to the dark and overtly sexual Thinking Of You, while the rest of his more than impressive catalogue ensures that Scuba’s golden boy won’t be going anywhere soon. / Philip Notaro

 

April 19 2013


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10pm

how much
€15

launch
Life Festival Launch

Life, oh life, oh liiiife, oh life. In five more weeks you can roam around forests and lounge by lakes in Mullingar listening to endless house, techno and electronic music. If you can’t hold out five weeks for the trip (excuse the pun) the festival is launched this weekend in Dublin’s Academy. Life has been running since 2006 and this year has been amped up with new organisers and a series of launch parties over the country happening this weekend. Keeping to the festivals vibes of versatility, it’ll be heavy on the techno with international acts Boddika and Skudge, house and electro from Waifs & Strays (check out Yeah Yeah) and CLU as well as a solid effort to stick to Life’s psytrance roots in the Green Room with M-Theory, Occular and Aesun. The festival experience, minus the rain and wellies, neatly wrapped into one night. / Niamh Keenan

   
 

April 19 2013


where
Flatpack Gallery and Studios, 32 Brunswick Street North, Unit 5a


when
Until 21 April

how much
Free

exhibition
Neither Spit or Diamonds

Neither Spit or Diamonds is the first exhibition featuring international artists in the Flatpack studios. Each piece is linked under the theme of entropy and the post-modern glitter vomit aesthetic of Rachel Maclean's video pieces pulls you in. Each scene touches a plethora of contemporary issues such as consumerism, celebrity and myth, all translated through unstable fluro- bright characters synced with audio clips of celebrities, Disney princesses and LolCat translationz. In comparison, Tom Hallet's thoughtful video piece is stark, capturing a run of fragile moments lost in existentialism through the smoking of a single cigarette while Tom Dalton playfully uses drawing, sculpture and photography to question degeneration in manmade structures and landscapes. A must see for any discerning consumer of pop culture. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

April 19 2013


where
The Dark Horse, 2 George's Quay Dublin 2


when
5pm

how much
Free

market
Friday Flea

It's windy and wild as hell out there and if this shambles of a weather system prevails, we're going to need suitable nooks and crannies to delve in to. Luckily the Friday Flea is back and just so happens to have such cosy corners, only it'll be more like the craic Dorothy had in Oz rather than all of that hiding away from tornadoes in black and white. Come swap, sell or buy the likes of clothing, jewellery, art, music, shoes, bric-a-brac, cake and soap while having a chat, mingle and a tipple or two. With its winding stairs and atmospheric loft area, find that nook and get haggling. For those about to swap, we salute you. For those optimistic enough to think that Ryan Tubridy will make them a better offer this Friday evening? Well, enjoy Twink, again. / Sarah Folan

 

April 19 2013


where
The Chocolate Factory, 26 King's Inn Street, Dublin 1


when
6:30pm

how much
A book

book club
Milk & Cookies bookswap

Not so long ago, people used to get most of their information from books. Then the laptop, the iPhone and the Kindle and all the other svelte and glowing creations came along and people started to forget about their long-time companions. And the books sat patiently on their shelves, gathering dust, pages crinkling and yellowing, growing the smell that only idle books can grow. And people started turning books into other things, like wallpaper and boxes and stools. But night every year on World Book Night people come together and celebrate and worship their books, and burn ceremonial pyres made of Kindles. This year, go to the Milk and Cookies book swap to rejoice in the name of the printed word, or to rediscover the tactile indulgence of a real-life book, or to even just send your displaced books to their Valhalla. / Alex Calder

   
 

April 20 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
11pm

how much
€10/€7

gig
Fantastic Mr Fox

Still just narrowly evading the clutches of chicken-eating pissheads, Boggis, Bunce and Bean; Fantastic Mr. Fox is tunneling his way to our shores for a night of abstract R&B. Steve Gomberg has been producing tunes since the age of 14, been praised by James Blake and Pariah, toured the States with the XX and now Warpaint want him to remix one of their tracks. The lad is in high demand and it’s not just down to the name, he could have just as easily gone with The BFG and confused the shit out of everyone. With a sound described as “insanely busy, densely layered, intricate digital symphonies” ya’ll are in for a treat with this electronic maestro. And if that wasn’t enough San Fran’s very own Blackbird Blackbird joins the animal (pun intended) line up bringing sun kissed chill-wave to warm our cold black hearts. / Battle

 

April 20 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11am-6pm

how much
Free

celebration
Elastic Witch Record Store Day

Any vinyl junkie will tell you that it’s an addiction. When the needle drops into the groove, and you hear the hiss before the music starts up, well, there’s no better feeling. The act itself becomes as enjoyable as the output, the medium as enjoyable as the message. And yes, it can be very convenient to have your fix flown in from the far corners of the earth, but there’s nothing like the pleasure of browsing a record store. Never tried it? Why not head down to Elastic Witch on this day of all days then? Watch Sea Pinks, Tieranniesaur, and Squarehead perform live! Hear DJ sets by TR-ONE, Toby Kaar, and the Skinny Wolves lads! Who knows, you just might find the constraints of a physical object when listening actually facilitate a deeper and more intense relationship with what you listen to. / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 

April 20 2013


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

how much
€10

gig
Virgo Four

Until recently Virgo Four were something of a footnote in the annals of dance music, beloved by the cognoscenti but largely unknown to the wider public. After releasing one LP in 1989 the Chicago duo more or less disappeared, leaving just a few tracks of deep and dreamy electro soul for collectors to obsess over. That is until Rush Hour Recordings brought their eponymous debut back to the world in 2010, allowing a new generation to discover their unique contribution to the birth of house. Largely played by hand, Virgo's music took the machine soul of Kraftwerk and went deeper, producing music that rivals anything in early electronic music in its emotional depth. Genuine lost legends then, and not only back releasing music but touring too. Who said there are no second acts in American lives? / Conor McDevitt

 

April 20 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

performance
Live Collison

Lynnette Moran is stepping it up a gear and confidently steering her annual Live Collision festival. This year it asks the question: What is the Future of Performance? Timely, given our growing desire to experience theatre, and engage with practitioners, beyond the traditional black box. This is reflected in some of the programme highlights too. Michelle Browne’s Dublin’s Fare City is an informed taxi ride through the city while Rosana Cade is Walking: Holding in her one on one, away with a stranger, walk on the wild side. A Speakers Corner is being set up in NCAD, outside the GPO and Meeting House Square to allow citizens to "assemble peaceably and without arms" as defined in our constitution. A series of double bills offers a more traditional seats and stage option but with none of the standard comforts in material. / Michael McDermott

 

April 20 2013


where
The Village , 26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
Archive

Now here's a band that almost passed everyone by. Over eighteen-years and nine studio albums, Archive has churned, morphed and flirted with genres like a coloured t-shirt having its unruly way in a white wash. They've spanned and spliced trip hop, electronica and prog but if truth be told very few people in these parts played a blind bit of notice to them. Kudos to promoter neua for bringing them to town for a debut show. Hatchet off their most recent album With Us Until You're Dead has a particularly propulsive beat which really screams Top of the Charts. Sadly those charts might be a decade old but it doesn't diminish the power of the angst. There's a chance some of your whites might be spoiled with their eclectic range of sounds but there's also the chance you'll come away with something new to cherish and archive under found instead of lost. / Zach Joyce

   
 

April 21 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7:30pm

how much
€32.50

gig
Public Enemy

I was somewhat surprised to learn of Public Enemy's recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not because they don't deserve the accolade, I just never imagined that they would consent to such a mainstream elevation. Their 1987 debut, Yo! Bum Rush the Show introduced a new intensity to hip hop but it was It Takes a Nation of Millions… a year later that signalled a total subversion of the genre. In Chuck D, Public Enemy didn't have an MC with the flow of KRS-one or Rakim but his ferocious, hectoring delivery was the perfect vehicle for his politically charged, socially aware polemic. Here was proof that the medium needn't be defined by posturing and braggadocio. Flavor still knows what time it is and DJ Lord has proven himself a worthy successor to the mighty Terminator X. Welcome to the terrordome. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

April 21 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
King of the Travellers

As Fran the Man in Love/Hate, Peter Coonan has become somewhat of a national treasure. Mainly for the dancing. King of the Travellers is his third feature with director Mark O'Connor where he acts alongside a largely amateur cast drawn directly from the traveling community. One of O'Connor's main goals was to stay true to a people that attract a lot of white noise in the media which is not always representative. O'Connor's projects tend to be low-budget and collaborative insights into marginalized communities and individuals - as in previous features Between The Canals and Stalker. This realism doesn't deter the project from tackling some big Shakespearean themes of family, revenge and forbidden love with some impressive set pieces to boot. Gritty and ambitious. Sold. / Kate McEvoy

   
 

April 22 2013


where
National Print Museum, Old Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
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when
Until 31 May

how much
Free

exhibition
Imperfect: Letterpress x 3

Remember when print art wasn’t mainly digitally printed visual puns and asinine references to the internet? Me neither. That’s why I was disappointed to see that part of Imperfect: Letterpress x3 was a series called Urban Dictionary, especially since the preview promised to show work from the three American artists as they ‘extend their design processes beyond the computer screen.’ But instead of needlessly aggressive definitions of slang, Mervi Pakaste’s pieces are a satisfyingly off-kilter take on illustrations for children. Joey Hannaford’s work is a vibrantly random, sorry ‘improvised’, look at typesetting and Jeff Pulaski’s more intricate prints embrace the imperfections in letterpress that make you wish more artists would get unplug the printer and some ink under their nails. / Aaron Rogan

 

April 22 2013


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

when
HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Love Is All You Need

On paper this looks easy to dismiss, another rom-com with the man from the Sky adverts in a Mediterranean setting. The story concerns a hairdresser recovering from cancer whose husband has run off with the girl from accounts; travelling to her daughter’s wedding in Italy she bumps into the groom’s single father (him from the Sky ads). You won’t need three guesses or a clairvoyant talent to work out were the story goes from here; the two strike it off romantically only for other love interests to arrive and complicate matters; so far, so Mamma-Mia. However, director Susanne Biers is a fellow of the Dogme 95 manifesto and you can rest assured that no-one will be breaking into song at any point. It should probably be seen as a more intelligent take on a tired formula, a jujjed up romcom. / David Cadwallader

   
 

April 23 2013


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
A Hawk and a Hacksaw

A Hawk and a Hacksaw consist of violinist Heather Trost and Neutral Milk Hotel’s ex-drummer and accordionist, Jeremy Barnes. The duo have been exploring the music of Eastern Europe since the early oughts and are currently touring their sixth studio album You Have Already Gone to the Other World, a soundtrack written for, and inspired by, the 1964 Ukrainian film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. Produced by John Dietrich of Deerhoof, the album ventures into more psychedelic territory than 2011’s brilliant Cervantine, but is still brimming with the effortless virtuosity that the band is renowned for. Expect anything from Balkan folk through Turkish traditional music, as well as the odd wink to their native New Mexico, as the pair recount their musical Odyssey over the past decade. Support from Cian Nugent and the Cosmos. / Dave Desmond

 

April 23 2013


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€5 (BYOB)

talk
Spiel #001

Rob Manuel was the last speaker at The Story conference in Conway Hall in London earlier this year. His speech was on the "bottom half of the internet", you know, under the bridge where the trolls live. Rob proceeded to deliver a riveting and hilarious take on the relevance of this relatively modern phenomenon whereby everyone feels they're a commentator with a searing insight or masterful quip. le cool and Pilcrow were present and thought this deserved to be shared, dissected, digested and maybe even regurgitated by others. Rob is also the co-founder of b3ta, a site which merely promises to "eat your soul and destroy your will to live". Tonight the "Ginger Führer" is over from London. Joining him on the bill of Spiel # 1 is Ed Melvin, a digital designer with Publicis QMP who wants to examine our expanding understanding of virtual economies and new currencies. Get smart and bring yer Bitcoins! / le cool Dublin

   
 

April 24 2013


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€13

gig
Chelsea Wolfe

It's hard to pin down the music of Chelsea Wolfe. Described as drone-metal-art-folk, her echoey guitar strains might conjure Anna Calvi while gothic themes and visuals point to PJ Harvey. Her atmospheric songs can be hauntingly sad but the poetic attention to lyrics gives them a powerful and strangely uplifting confidence. Adding her voice to the list of instruments in her music, she bends and plays with the sound in a Coco Rosie more-than-your-money's-worth way. Down to shyness, and in part theatrics, Chelsea used to perform on stage from behind a veil in an effort to draw the focus to her music. She may have ditched the veil for her third album, Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, but is no less mysterious, pulling off the difficult feat of offering a darkly magical experience without being at all esoteric. / Hayley Reynolds

 

April 24 2013


where
Black Box Theatre, D.I.T Aungier Street


when
7pm

how much
€5

theatre
Anchorman

“There was a time, a time before cable. When the local anchorman reigned supreme. When people believed everything they heard on TV. This was an age when only men were allowed to read the news. And in San Diego, one anchorman was more man then the rest. His name was Ron Burgundy.” Forget the Bible, Simpsons or whatever Shakespeare play you did for the leaving cert, there’s one phenomenon that is infinitely more quotable, memorable and will last longer than any of those guys, and that is of course Anchorman. It swept into cinemas and our hearts, resulting in a culture obsessed with lamps and jazz flute. What better way to revisit it than on the stage, so? I hear they have many leather bound books and their theatre smells of mahogany. / Beccy Fitzpatrick

 

April 24 2013


where
Pavilion Theatre, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
01 231 2929‎
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€16-€18

theatre
Oliver Reed - Wild Thing

I once wrestled Oliver Reed. I went to interview him in Churchtown in North Cork where he'd lived for some time, found him in the local and proceeded to get entangled into his larger than life madness. He was championing a local boxer who went and broke his hand the following day. There was another journalist drunk and asleep at his shoulder. I drove him home eventually. He made an attempt to take the wheel from me as classical music blared. Heady stuff. In truth, I'd dropped my mum at her friends and was on a provisional. Oliver was entertaining and truculent. His wife Josephine was out mowing the lawn as we passed the Rhino at the entrance to his house which Keith Moon gave him as a gift. He attempted to wrestle me. I freaked after a few seconds and said my goodbyes to this loveable scoundrel. Rob Crouch reenacts his hellraiser past in this show. / Michael McDermott

   
 
Bookish Bob Johnston - The Gutter Bookshop

‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars’.  le cool lifts the cover off Bob ahead of World Book Day. 

I’ve been selling books for over 20 years and like most opinionated booksellers I always thought I could do it better, then the opportunity came up and I thought I’d better put my money where my mouth was.

I always knew I wanted to open a bookshop that had stacks of ‘stuff’ going on and felt exciting and inclusive. Bookclubs were a natural step for us and we now run four bookclubs a month. We do book launches, signings, readings, creative writing talks, later this month we’ve even got a band who sing songs about books!

There’s so much talk about ebooks these days and the ‘death of the book’ that it’s easy to forget that 80% of books bought are still the ones made of paper, and they’ve been predicting the end of the book for nearly 300 years (since newspapers began). 

I get most of my reading done on the Dart every day, but given the chance I’ll sneak a quick chapter and a pint in the pub!

The Gutter Bookshop is the only destination this World Book Day - check them out in Cow's Lane, Temple Bar. PHOTO: Al Higgins