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We kicked off our Spiel series of talks on Tuesday with B3ta's Rob Manuel and Ed Melvin from Publicis QMP. Ed opened our eyes with a polished presentation on virtual economies and currencies and Rob gave us a Marxist analysis of internet power structures. Not bad for a guy best known for popularising pictures of crudely drawn cocks on the internet (his words).

And what did we learn? When it comes to the bottom half of the internet (comments on stories), we should ignore those who say "don't read it". Avoiding the haters is one strategy, but it's utterly flawed. When you turn off the feedback loop you lose the good bits. You need to keep listening. Not that you shouldn't block annoying trolls but using them as a reason to stop listening to everyone is a form of creative suicide.

That, and John Waters is the Irish Julie Birchill (thanks unknown member of the crowd).

Judging by the big out, we also learned that Dublin has an appetite for these events and we look forward to the next one. Big thanks to co-host James Kelleher of Pilcrow, the speakers and all of you who showed up.

Who is trip-trapping across the troll bridge this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Aaron?

"I wondered if I could "correct" some simple everyday Dublin icons.." - Aiden Grenelle
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April 25 2013


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€12.50

gig
K-X-P

The Swedes are fair-haired snow elves, too busy wearing the perfect scarf and refusing to boast about their advanced social democracy for things like actual craic. Boring. The Finns are muscular Urgic woodsmen, drinking away their months of darkness in a featureless purgatory and giving two fingers to the evil Russians massed upon their border. Awesome. This supremacy extends to their music. It’s proper weird, and K-X-P are the latest bunch of dirt-shamans to emerge from a long and storied line of Finnish musical crazies (too long to go into here, wannabe Finnophiles contact me for more info). At times sounding like a subterranean dance party on shrooms, at other times like some kind of space-choir of alien children, this is unhinged neo-krautrock of the highest order. Win TicketsMarcus O'Sullivan

 

April 25 2013


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Opening 6-8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Ellen McDermott- Mindscapes

A pig-tailed, pre pubescent girl eyeballs the onlooker in the lead image from Ellen McDermott's Mindscapes exhibition. Her steely scowl is unnerving, so too is the fish she is carrying on a tray. Maybe she's just annoyed at the fish. McDermott's series of fine art photos have an eerie, unsettling feeling. Large-eyed, young girls feature prominently, almost always staring straight out, forcing you to consider their hidden emotion, which, to me, is a mixture of sadness and vulnerability. Girl With Balloon has all the hallmarks of a birthday party, without any of the joy, Girl On A Swing looks like a vision from Body & Soul but Man With A Rope And Girl probably best sums up this collection; as if all the subjects are being restricted by someone else. The show may be tinged with sadness but the works do enjoy a strange beauty. / Vernon Steel

 

April 25 2013


where
Tamp & Stitch, Scarlet Row, Temple Bar


when
6pm

how much
`€12


Burritos and Brews

Burritos. Dublin seems to have more burrito joints than Tijuana these days from Boojum to Burritos and Blues, Pablo Picante to a Little Ass...but there's a new kid in town, who'll come and go like the wind - the Zorro of Burritos. Kevin Powell - best known for his endeavour News of the Curd - has launched Gruel Guerilla in order to fling bullets of burrito goodness and a couple of craft beers into your salivating mouths. Assemble at coffee emporium/boutique Tamp & Stitch for this Mexicana Day of Dead Hungry, cos the burrito isn't going away any time soon, and sure, how else are we gonna get our five a day wrapped in a carbohydrate blanket? Carbohydrate comfort blanket, more like. Heaven. / Cora Burke

 

April 25 2013


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

how much
€10

album launch
Solar Bears - Supermigration

Last week Solar Bears dropped their long awaited sophomore LP Supermigration and boy was it worth the wait. The Irish duo had been recording the album in a state- of-the-art studio in the Wicklow Mountains for the past year and a half. During this time we were treated to occasional teasers, such as the wonderfully poppy Alpha People, featuring the vocal talents of Sarah P of Keep Shelly in Athens. The duo also teamed up with former Air collaborator Beth Hirsch on the album, as well as now extending to a full band for their sporadic live performances. If you’re into fuzzy, detuning synths and warm analogue tape saturation then you won’t want to miss these connoisseurs of vintage, electronic space-rock. Wolverhampton duo Letherette who released their debut album on Ninja Tune last week provide support on the night. Win Tickets / Dave Desmond

   
 

April 26 2013


where
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8


when
7:30pm

how much
€10

table quiz
Game of Thrones Quiz

I'd never been into the fantasy genre, before Game of Thrones. Nor had I ever felt so emotionally invested in a show. I've squealed at the gore and ogled the titties, felt jealous of Daenerys' hair and her marrying the super sexy Drogo. I also fancy Tyrion Lannister, but I HATE Joffrey. He makes me sick to my stomach. He's such a prick. I think Theon Greyjoy is a prick as well. And Ned Stark was a good honest man. How can they just kill off characters the way they do? It's so upsetting. None of my highly strung emotions are going to win me any points at a table quiz though. I need to nerd up between now and then and sort out one hell of a costume. As Wilde wrote 'If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.' Also I don't want to let my team down. As Arya Stark said 'Anyone can be killed.' / Georgia

 

April 26 2013


where
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
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when
6pm

how much
Free

book launch
Melancholy Witness by Sean Hillen

Sean Hillen works in a space even Francis Bacon would tidy, creates collages that would give someone with 20:20 vision a headache, and is as much a cultural institution as a working artist. His photography of Troubles-era Northern Ireland was recently acquired by the state and has been made into a book. It is possibly the most evocative, but least agenda-driven history you could find of this contentious period of unsettlingly recent history. The book will be launched by R.F Foster, his fellow Nordie, a Professor at Oxford no less, whose 'revisionist' histories from Modern Ireland 1600-1972 to Paddy and Mr. Punch have made me a total groupie. There ain't many Oxford dons with le coolers tailing 'em around town, so join us to hail the inimitable Mister Hillen, and get our his-story on. / Cora Burke

 

April 26 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
See HERE

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Jump

Northern Irish cinema seems to be experiencing somewhat of a renaissance as of late, with Armagh native Richard Dormer flying the flag fresh from his Game of Thrones acclaim, along with his outstanding performance in this year’s sure to be cult hit Good Vibrations. It seems the man of the moment can’t be stopped and again pays tribute to his roots with another solid shift in Jump, a high octane and exceedingly introspective tale of four people whose lives everlastingly collide as the clock ticks down to midnight on those most mayhemic of nights, New Years Eve. Auld Lang Syne is all but a distant fantasy here as director Keiron Walsh takes us on a frantically fast paced Derry ride that allows viewers only moments to absorb events before gaining momentum and continuing the thrill with enough twists in store to enthrall, excite and intrigue. / Philip Notaro

 

April 26 2013


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
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when
8pm

how much
€8

gig
Dublin Laptop Orchestra

A French horn or the voluptuous double bass; we all lean a certain way when it comes to selecting a favourite instrument of the orchestra. Whether it is brass or woodwind you're into there’s something there to suit all tastes. For audiophiles this preference is based purely on sound whereas others are stimulated by aesthetic or execution during the performance. DubLork challenges our perception of the archaic orchestral institution and its components, raising questions about the visual impact of a primarily aural pursuit. You are more likely to find these players tethered to a Mac or manipulating a golf controller as opposed clutching the fingerboard of a violin. Not an F-hole in sight. Stall it down to Stoneybatter and experience these laptopists first hand, keep an eye out for some super technical hexagonal speakers also… / Aaron Purcell

 

April 26 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
7:30pm

how much
€12.50

gig
The Egyptian Lover & Jamie Jupiter

Whether you are new school or first wave it is essential that you know who Egyptian Lover is. DJing , rapping, producing and scratching since the late 70’s Egyptian Lover was THE commanding force on the early hip-hop, electro and break-dance scenes . His legacy includes sound tracking the Breakin and Entering documentary with Ice-T, chief comrade with hip hop crew Uncle Jamm’s Army and his legendary drum machine action on albums such as On The Nile and One Track Mind This turntable daredevil concedes that “an 808 beat take you in the arm, it is everywhere” - and while his methods are seasoned his work remains cutting edge. Practice your head spins at his funkylicious live show alongside his homeboy Jamie Jupiter and support from Simon Conway & The Nu-Bromantics. There are no fools in old school. Win Tickets / Rachel Hegarty

   
 

April 27 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
9pm

how much
€10

gig
This is the Oldschool

Squashed at the front of the stage, I moved my Guinness into a small, pint-sized area of space where spillage could be minimised. Or so I thought. 30 seconds into an N.W.A tune and my white t-shirt had suddenly become a bad penguin costume and my pint was occupying a space somewhere on the floor. And it had been my fault; a glorious failure of which I was proud of, and also apologetic to the person behind me. It was the energy, the nostalgia, the musicianship and the pure fun of seeing 300 Dubliners pretending they were in 8 Mile that made the whole crowd throw their arms in the air as if, you won’t believe this, they just didn’t care. This isn’t a discourse into how hip-hop became one of the most popular genres in the music industry and influenced a generation. This is good times, Old Skool style. / Hugh Torpey

 

April 27 2013


where
Molloy and Dowling, 18b Kildare Street Dublin 2
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when
7.30pm

how much
€5

birthday party
The South Circular Birthday Party

Since its first publication over a year ago, The South Circular quickly established itself as a beautiful little online nugget full of panel reviewed literature. Each quarter the journal emerges in a brand new skin with perfectly designed graphics and images and to celebrate their first birthday, they're inviting their readership to a stylish little gathering to shake those internet weary bones. They've enlisted the help of Dublin's hippest opticians to host a sumptuous night complete with select spoken word performances from past editions. The night will be peppered with music from the djing legend that is Sally Foran as well as Lil Dave so get your glad rags at the ready 'cause this ain't no child's party. Oh, did I mention it's BYOB? Do with that information what you will. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

April 27 2013


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

how much
€16

gig
Juan Atkins & Gerry Read

Juan Atkins? Pfft he’s no great shakes, I mean he only INVENTED TECHNO IN HIS BEDROOM WHEN HE WAS LIKE, 23. Playing at the Twisted Pepper? Ah that’s no big deal, it’s only Dublin’s most intimate club environment where the DJ booth is so close you could probably reach out and collect some of Juan’s sweat in a vial to sprinkle over your gear like holy water when- OK maybe you shouldn’t do that but the fact remains that Atkins is the Godfather of Techno. This gig is basically the computer music equivalent of seeing Bob Dylan in Whelan’s, but instead of being willfully difficult and playing annoying shit on his piano that no one wants to hear he just kills it from start to finish. The gig also won’t cost hundreds to attend and be filled with middle-class dads wearing shirts tucked into bootcut jeans, so you know, also a plus. Win Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

April 27 2013


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

how much
€20/€17

gig
Art Department

Pure unadulterated house music from one of Canada's most reputable duo: producer Kenny Glasgow and label owner Jonny White. Friends for years it's hard to imagine how they only recently collaborated. The vocals are laden with provocative lyrics and the backing music is hypnotising and repetitive in the most positive sense. Perfect music to sway to in a dimly lit nightclub, just maybe avoid singing the alluring Touch You Gently or Without You to an unsuspecting stranger. Art Department have an utterly original synth driven sound with an underground feel that's becoming hard to come by. Their live shows and DJ sets come highly praised and their first Irish show is bound to garner the same. To get you in the mood check out their BBC essential mix. Win Tickets / Niamh Keenan

   
 

April 28 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
2pm

how much
Free

fundraiser
Clothes Swap

At times, getting dressed can be the hardest part of the day. You begin mauling through your wardrobe for something that makes you feel like a King among paupers and before you know it, half of everything you own is surrounding you like a scene from America’s Next Top Model. Sometimes it's just too easy to get swept up in a spending spree in Penney's that leaves you feeling like you’ve traded your identity for a mannequin-esque outfit the equivalent to elevator musak. We all know that clothes don’t just serve a utilitarian purpose so why don’t you throw off your store-bought lemming shackles, glean some of the better kept articles from your floor that could be living a better life with a new body & head down to The Twisted Pepper to see if you can trade them in for that crown you misplaced. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

April 28 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
Free

readings
Banter - The Anti-Room

Feminism is the new black. Between Caitlin Moran, Jezebel and Lena Dunham, feminism and popular culture have coalesced in a way unlike ever before. Last year, Canadian author Sheila Heti burst onto the scene with her debut novel How Should A Person Be. Despite the seemingly instructional title, the book is less a manual and more akin to a literary equivalent of Girls, a warts-and-all exploration of female friendship, the pursuit of artistic fulfillment and ugly paintings. Hipster chick-lit, if you will. This Sunday, Heti ventures to our shores for a discussion of feminism and books with the ladies behind The Anti Room monthly podcast, Sinead Gleeson and Anna Carey, along with a reading from How Should A Person Be. And fyi, a person should be a feminist. / Amy O’Connor

   
 

April 29 2013


where
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
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when
7.30pm

how much
€8

talk
An Evening with Ian Nagoski

Radio presenter and musicologist, Ian Magoski, has garnered a reputation for unearthing and compiling lost music of disparate origins and creating treasured archival collections. He specializes in early 20th century recordings, excavating 78s, shellac discs and phonograph cylinders from the dawn of the recording age from India, Anatolia, Greece and Eastern Europe. He comes to Dublin to discuss and share his treasure trove of lost music. This project, entitled The Widow's Joy: Pride, Genius, Grief & Lies from International 78rpm Recordings, seamlessly presents recordings from the mid-1910s to 1950’s across a wide geographic area, covering a multitude of ethnic styles. Nagoski shares often deeply touching performances, some joyous and some heartbreaking but all affirming the importance of music. / Vernon Steel

 

April 29 2013


where
Waterways Visitor Centre, 2 Grand Canal Quay D2
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when
6.30pm

how much
Free

readings
An Evening with Rashers Tierney

Rashers Tierney has always been one of my favourite fictional characters, mainly because his searing wit and constant optimism in the face of awful poverty are things I think we could all learn a lesson from in times of economic freak-out. As 2013 is the centenary celebration of the Dublin lockout, this year's One City One Book is Strumpet City. Tracing the lives of dozens of characters during the tumultuous events between the years 1907 and 1914, Strumpet City evokes the terrible poverty of pre-rebellion Dublin. As part of the surrounding celebrations, Dublin libraries are holding a day of papers, documentaries and debate, looking at what it was really like back then, so if you feel like being a boffin for the day, there's no better place to be! / Beccy Fitzpatrick

   
 

April 30 2013


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

when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
The Look of Love

Lads' mags. In the bushes at the park, on the top shelf at the petrol station and under your brother's bed. Usually. Unless your Da' is a Porn King. Soho is SoHO in this biopic of Paul Raymond and the dark side of the moon...and the rest. Forgive me for the pun. This film explores the definitely 'not right' relationship between Paul and his daughter Debbie, who died of that Soho staple - the drug overdose. There's more than the hint of 24 Hour Party People about this film, which isn't a bad thing, and as someone who never became too familiar with Alan Partridge, I can't really weigh in on that debate, but I can say that the entire affair is suave and sad by turns, the performances affecting and the subject engrossing. / Cora Burke

   
 

May 01 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
Free

competition
Homebrewer's Cup

For a small nation we punch above our weight in certain things. Most literally, in Olympic boxers. You can add Nobel prize winning literature, charitable donations and college graduates to that list and then some. We're also pretty great at self-depreciation but in these depressing times, it's important to celebrate the good. For me, this celebration often takes the form of purchasing delicious Irish craft beer. There's an increasing number of microbreweries springing up across our fair isle and they all had to start somewhere, many as homebrewers. The Homebrewers' Cup gives you a chance to talent spot the next great Irish craft beer before they go mainstream. As far as I'm concerned it can't go mainstream enough. Plus it can't do any harm to change our reputation from drinkers of sheer volume to drinkers of sheer quality. / Kate McEvoy

 

May 01 2013


where
RDS, Anglesea Rd D4
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when
6pm

how much
Free

talk
The Hide and Seek Children

As society attempted to understand the horrors of the Holocaust and restore social structures destroyed during WW II, hundreds of Jewish children were left displaced, orphaned and traumatized. Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld sought to help these children rebuild their lives and reconnect with their faith by bringing them to the UK and Ireland for periods of recuperation. Barbara Barnett’s book The Hide-And-Seek Children describes the stay of one hundred Slovakian refugees in Clonyn Castle, Co. Westmeath, in 1948. Aged between 6-17 the children were anxious, suspicious and so badly affected by war that the game "hide and seek" induced fear and panic. However, the book charts how the children overcame the past to lead successful, stable lives. Barnett will discuss her research and the book with some of the survivors in attendance. / Ruth Hurl

 

May 01 2013


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

when
7pm - 8.30pm

how much
Free

event
The Listening Room

Harking back to yesteryear when folks gathered round the wireless for news of a world beyond their confines, The Listening Room is a charmingly brilliant idea by Julien Clancy. He simply selects great radio from around the world. At its best radio can be a subliminal experience, a portal into the theatre of the mind. Anyone who has ever listened to the current torchbearer of the transistor This American Life or Radio One's exceptional documentary strand will know the truly transportive quality of a tale well told. Tonight Julien is tuning us into material from the recent Megapolis audio festival in New York. With the lights dimmed and a fire crackling in the background, guests are invited to pull up a chair and gather round for some shared wisdom and ponderings. Park the static of your day at the door please. / Michael McDermott

 
Helter Skelton

On a Friday night late last month a generation of disco bunnies got it together thanks to the beardster Ryan Skelton. There's another chance to glitz and glam this weekend.

I love to have a bop. Everyone around me makes me who I am. They know who they are and that I love them. This is the second Together DISCO so it’s not like it’s been running for the last 10 years but what I want to create is what clubs used to be like with all walks of life, from all estates, from all genders and benders.

I love what everyone is doing in Dublin, they’re showing passion, that’s a positive thing and that’s what this city needs but when you come to a Together DISCO night you’ll soon realise what makes it different because the people who come are real people mixing, dancing and getting on like it was in the early days.

I love my clobber and my ones and twos but it doesn’t make or break me. Fuck the bike it’s all about the person who’s on the bike. I love mixing things up and that’s what comes out in Together DISCO. It’s all about the mix up of people, style, sexuality, age and dancing. Let’s bring the good times back. I want the front page!

Together DISCO is on in The Pint, 28 Eden Quay on Friday from 9pm til late. PHOTO: Shay Hunston