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If you didn't have the balls for a brawl this Mayday, listen up, cos there's a new call to arms - constructive arms from the people of Thomas Street. From Guinness' malt to NCAD students on the hop, Thomas Street has been crying out for some TLC for some time. At le cool, we believe the area could be Dublin's answer to the New York meat-packing district, and so we were delighted to hear that the Thomas Street Business Association (TBSA) are aiming to clean it up.

While April was too dismal for the clichéd Spring Clean, May has harkened a new dawn (one with a sun we can actually see), so Thomas Street shopkeepers will be pimping out their shopfronts, the roads and streets will be given a brush-up and there'll be more of a garda presence.

This grass-roots initiated project has assigned itself 90 days to complete the project, and the pro-active team behind the initiative have pin-pointed the vacant and dilapidated buildings, the atmosphere of danger (although Thomas Street is no more dangerous than Dame Street), and litter as core targets.

TBSA are sick of the "State-sponsored dereliction" and are taking the matter into their own hands. It's DIY on a street by street basis. And we approve.

Who is backing the #90DayActionPlan this week? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Aaron

"This is an homage to two former icons of Dublin's street culture and music scene." - Aiden Grennelle
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May 02 2013


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Risk Lab

Did you know it’s possible to get alien abduction insurance? Or that there are dice throwing training camps where one can improve their chances of winning at craps? These are the type of insights the latest Lab in the Gallery series tosses up as it explores the arithmetic and psychology that underpins ideas of risk, chance and probability. Think less Nostradamus, more Isaac Newton. The geeked-up casino exhibit makes for a more measured approach to gambling when compared to the pissed up, post David Copperfield style that reigns in Vegas whilst the Risky Rights and Wrongs experiment may cause some unsettling reflection for your internal moral compass, if at all present. Catch some of the speaker events scheduled including co-curator and self-proclaimed “professor of statistical jiggery-pokery” David Spiegelhalter as he discusses all things serendipitous on Friday night. Go on, risk it for a biscuit… / Aaron Purcell

 

May 02 2013


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€18/€25

theatre
Richard II

Set from 1398 onwards, William Shakespeare’s Richard II is the story of his downfall and the rise of Henry of Bolingbroke (Henry IV). Historians have labelled Richard II as narcissistic and borderline schizophrenic; and Shakespeare follows suit, painting him as cruel, vindictive and managing to blame him for the War of the Roses. Although this tale of rebellion, revolution and civil war is set in England, Oroborous have decided that this particular play has a message for an Irish audience; they dress the stage as an Irish history museum, and Bolingbroke dresses like an IRB officer. The message misses occasionally, when certain parts won’t fit the Irish-revisionist approach, but the lighting designs from Kevin McFadden coupled with the invention and boldness of the production ensure that this is one well worth seeing. / David Cadwallader

 

May 02 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€20/€25

theatre
Digging For Fire

Digging for Fire is the distillation of seven voices that have hung around with each other for far too long. Ireland's most hopeful and educated youth are now on the cusp of 30 and what have they done with their brilliance? Every topic raised is still as relevant to 2013 as they were to a pre boom early 90s Ireland. Alcoholism, disillusionment, adultery and sexism are but the tip of this bawdy piece. With proclamations of love and desperate attempts to abscond this dreadful place for the promise of slightly less misery in God's own America, Digging For Fire will make you feel challenged, upset, cleansed and bereft. From the deepest throes of violence we often find true intimacy and from the forced niceties of friendship we sometimes face disgust and betrayal. What else would you expect from your best friends? / Joseph Kearney

 

May 02 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
9pm

how much
€25

gig
Hudson Mohawke & Maya Jane Coles

No stranger to the Twisted Pepper, HudMo is back again, having gained considerable favour with the music industry’s elite over the past few years. Recent collaborations saw him holding down production duties on tracks with Kanye West, R. Kelly, Azealia Banks and John Legend among others, on the G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Cruel Summer. Now officially signed to Kanye’s label, he has come a long way since his debut, and only album to date, Butter back in 2009. During this time he also teamed up with Lunice to form the incredibly successful TNGHT - their manic take on the now ubiquitous (and abhorrent) Trap genre possibly being a big reason for Mr. West taking notice in the first place. Don’t let that put you off though; Hudson is one of the most original and talented producers out there, and he puts on one hell of a gig. / Dave Desmond

 

May 02 2013


where
Basic Space, Behind Vicar Street, Dublin 8.


when
Any time from 10am

how much
Free

launch
Basic Space

You want to impress people. You want to know what's relevant and new and impressive. So I'll tell you, pay attention. Basic Space. You may be familiar with them from playing host to an air-hanger-sized warehouse behind Vicar Street, an exercise in branding pop-up shop and a NY Times mention. Since then a summer residency at IMMA and an exchange with young French artists has entertained them. Oh, and they built a boat and sailed it up the Shannon. However, right now is key. Where are they now? Accustomed to only the best working environments, they accepted an offer of a Tiger era retail space (open plan, concrete and glass front). A Basic Space sign has been installed, a brand new website launched, and they are inviting all along for a visit because, just like you, they want to impress you, so drop in. / Georgia

   
 

May 03 2013


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

how much
€23

gig
John Grant

Formerly of The Czars, John Grant embarked on his solo career three years ago with his gorgeous debut Queen of Denmark, a confessional tour-de-force that contained wry, self-deprecating observations on topics as wide-ranging as heartbreak, addiction and depression. While that album was more of a lush, acoustic affair, his recently released sophomore album Pale Green Ghosts saw Grant go down an electro-pop route, with the infinitely danceable Blackbelt or the LCD Soundsystem-esque Sensitive New Age Guy. Complimented by backing vocals from Sinéad O’Connor, the album retains Grant’s trademark gallows humour and infectious melodies. After his lauded performances at Other Voices London, he comes to Dublin for one night only and you don’t want to miss it. After all, he is the greatest motherfucker that you’re ever going to meet. Win Tickets / Amy O’Connor

 

May 03 2013


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

how much
€16

dj set
Gilles Peterson

Label owner, producer, ethno-musicologist and tastemaker are just a few of the accolades one can attribute to legendary club and radio DJ Gilles Peterson. Although well known for specialising in jazz-fusion, Peterson’s musical palate has covered everything from electronica to hip-hop, soul to funk, as well as his continuing exploration of Latin American culture. His recent travels included a number of trips to Cuba where, as executive producer, he put together the Gilles Peterson Havana Cultura Band, which resulted in a collection of new recordings that have been released together as Havana Cultura: The Search Continues. It’s quite possible that this is where his emphasis as a DJ may currently lie, however nothing can be certain when it comes to this man’s profound musical knowledge and awe-inspiring collection of vinyl records. / Dave Desmond

 

May 03 2013


where
D.I.T Conservatory Theatre, Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.

when
7pm

how much
€10/€5

theatre
Museum

I used to live beside the National Gallery, and I would often wander down simply to people watch – or more accurately people listen. It seems everybody has an opinion about art, and some of it would put even the best stand up to shame - so entertaining. I always thought it would make a great play, but unfortunately Obie-winning playwright Tina Howe beat me to it with this witty satire about people’s reactions to contemporary art. Set on the closing day of “The Broken Silence” exhibition, it features a vast array of memorable characters – and clothes peg thieving! Brought to life by the first year students of the Conservatory, this is a rare chance to see this acclaimed play, although be warned – you will probably feel compelled to visit the gallery after you watch it! / Frances Winston

 

May 03 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
11pm

how much
€12.50

gig
Daedelus

Like his namesake, Daedelus is an inventor. An inventor of damn good electronica, that is. Donner of Victorian garb and cultivator of some serious muttonchops, his eccentric image seems at odds with the technology he uses in his live performances, yet somehow it all makes sense when you listen in. His vast back catalogue has been released across some of the biggest electronic labels in the world, including Warp Records, Ninja Tune, Stones Throw and Brainfeeder, but as a composer he is almost impossible to categorise due to the diversity of his output. You can always expect an energetic performance from Daedelus, and even if he starts off with some of his more down-tempo beats, he’ll be sure to have you dancing by the end of the night as he taps away on his flickering Monome. Win Tickets / Dave Desmond

   
 

May 04 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
12pm - 5.30pm (Screenings 3.45pm - 5.30pm)

how much
€8 / €10 (€5)

screening+talk
Eat My Shorts

Following on their 'I Love My City' collaboration in the Exam Hall in Trinity, Eat My Shorts reel out a new episode of their buzzy independently run short film fest. Today they enlist the talents of Eoghan Kidney who recently strided across the main stage of Offset charting his work from Del9 days with Caribou through to Shit Robot (who plays town this weekend) and his stunning animation work based on the artwork of Robyn O'Neill. He also announced Rotor, their new tool for musicians to create videos. Also up are the bad boys from D.A.D.D.Y. The original messers Mike and Enda who are turning out some of the smartest and most endearing commercial work for clients such as Spar and the National Lottery as well as finishing their debut feature The Bogman King. These Shorts were made for Eating. / Zach Joyce

 

May 04 2013


where
Various

when
HERE

how much
€35/€55

festival
Camden Crawl

No longer content with setting off the siren to mark the descent of festival season in London’s Camden Town, The Crawl decided to set sail across the Irish Sea last year to enlighten the minds of Dublin’s populous about the brilliance of upcoming music acts. We also, conveniently, have a Camden Street, so there’d be no messing around with a name change; that was probably a bit of a bonus too. The eclectic mix of well-known performers billing with smaller bands and a special interest in indigenous musicians makes this festival different. This year they're expanding with various fringe events including comedy. The flag is being flown here for Irish talent with too many bands to mention individually, these are the guys you want to catch before they get bigger so you can claim you liked them before they were cool. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

May 03 2013


where
see link

when
10am

how much
Free

walking tour
Walking Tour of Grangegorman

Right in the heart of Dublin 7, there is a great emptiness. Not a desperate, existential hopelessness (though on a Tuesday after a heavy weekend that's true as well, come to think of it) but an actual physical gap. In this mysterious empty quarter between Broadstone and Stoneybatter, bounded by Constitution Hill, the NCR and Manor Street, lies Grangegorman; a name that for Dubliners of a certain age conjures up dark spectres of madness and murder. St Brendan’s mental hospital which dominates the area has been winding down for decades now and the neighbourhood is gearing up for redevelopment as the DIT finally moves to its long-awaited central campus: a chance to explore the overgrown ruins of the area couldn’t be better timed. So while this glittering future beckons, stroll among the ivy-strangled echoes of the past on this guided tour of Grangegorman, presented by the ever-improving Phizzfest. / Luke McManus

 

May 04 2013


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

how much
€16.50

gig
Thee Oh Sees

It’s always a sickener when a Saturday night band plays on a Monday. Here we have San Fran’s psych/garage/punks Thee Oh Sees and Dublin’s very own brats The #1s, two definite Saturday night bands, playing on a Saturday night...a bank holiday Saturday night. The American visitors are on a solid path, churning out seven albums of chunky, spacey, danceable rock in the last five years, but it’s their ability to turn their songs into fireworks on the stage that really makes them stand out. And with their most recent album Floating Coffin being their heaviest yet, it’s all set for a night of no shoe-gazing, no posing, just jump-around, chaotic, spill-your-beer fun. With the always messy, always fun show from The #1s to warm up, it’ll be a Saturday night you’ll still feel well into Monday. Thank gawd it’s a bank holiday. / Aaron Rogan

 

May 04 2013


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
2pm

how much
Free

dj set
Optimo DJs All Dayer

Aberdeen and the battered mars bar, Edinburgh and Trainspotting, Glasgow and Optimo; Scotland’s primary cities garnered international attention for their culinary, chemical and clubbing pursuits in the second half of the nineties. Considering respective associations of heart disease and smack addiction with the former, it would seem Glaswegians got the better deal. Born in the Sub Club under the stewardship of JD Twitch and JG Wilkes, the Optimo club night was characterised by a staunch refusal to be pigeon-holed according to genre. Held weekly on the Sabbath, revellers flocked across the Clyde and could experience everything from a 1950’s torch song to a recreated Apocalypse Now film set. Expect plenty of boogie inducing belters from across the musical spectrum as the duo take over The Shaw for this highlight of the Beatyard Festival. / Aaron Purcell

   
 

May 05 2013


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

how much
€15

gig
Tensnake

You know those melodies that when you hear them, you're instantly familiar with? Like they've always been hovering somewhere beyond the edge of hearing and and it just took the right person to pluck them out of the air? The hook of Tensnake's Coma Cat (inspired by the keyboard line from an old Anthony and the Camp tune) is one of those. As soon as those sunshine infused bells hit, you know you're listening to a classic. That unabashed populism and expert use of retro signifiers is a hallmark of the career of a producer who's never met a cheesy dance trope he didn't like, and who's utterly fearless when skirting the line between chart dance and deep house classicism. Yes, this is a man who's not afraid to utter the words "Let's throw some pan pipes on there". Long may he reign. / Conor McDevitt

 

May 05 2013


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

how much
€30

gig
Adam Ant

When 80s icon Adam Ant was sectioned after he brandished a pistol in a pub, it looked like his Dandy Highwayman days were well and truly over (if I’d a euro for every Stand and Deliver headline that generated…) However, the one time Prince Charming has always been a master of reinvention, and in the past couple of years he has put that behind him and made a rather spectacular comeback with several successful tours and a brand new album which sees him return to his punk roots. His last show in Vicar Street, where he gave a storming high energy performance that would put performers half his age to shame, has become the stuff of legend. This is no nostalgic sing-along though, but a performer doing what he loves and taking his audience with him, and you can expect plenty more of the same here – a white stripe on your face is optional. / Frances Winston

 

May 05 2013


where
Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8.
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when
11am-5:30pm

how much
Free

market
Pure Vintage Fair

Inhaled that last box set of Madmen and just can’t wait for the next episode? Or just tired of that mass produced plastic tat shipped in by the container full on a daily basis? Then kindly enter this laid back civilized time capsule of a Sunday market, swan amongst some great retro finds and charge up your green halo. This market thinks it’s a hangout and feels like a lounge. Pick amongst sibyl vane antiques’ clockwork orange -orange display and ruminate on the design credentials of Mid20c’s vintage furniture. Talk to Vinny about his latest kitsch finds, finger Mungo & Midge’s kooky tabletop collection whilst rekindling Proustian moments courtesy of granny’s kitchen table, or just stroke longlingly at the trinket and fashion stalls. Secret is: there’s great conversation to be had and there’s a story behind everything. Besides, where else would you be fed cupcakes by a well known Dublin burlesque dancer Bella Agogo? / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 

May 06 2013


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

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
I'm So Excited!

It opens with a psycho-guitar rendition of Fur Elise and eye-watering credits. You sit there and think, "this is mad!", and it is. I'm So Excited is the maddest, campest, bed-hoppingest romp I've ever seen. It's a farce, a Carry On that you actually want to carry on, that somehow still addresses issues like familial fraction and mental illness without veering between dark and light too harshly. The narrative is simplistic, but it allows for a generous exploration of the ensemble characters - from a dominatrix to a sketchy banker. All in all, I'm So Excited is a joyful cinematic experience, lighthearted, silly, utterly ridiculous, but beautifully crafted. It won't change your philosophy on life, or make you leave your wife, but it will plaster a smile on to any Posh Spice pout. / Cora Burke

 

May 06 2013


where
Powerscourt Shopping Centre, 59 William Street South, D2
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when
Until May 11th

how much
Free

exhibition
The Ophelia Series - Irene Barry

Local artist and photographer Irene Barry exhibits her powerfully compelling collection today in the latest edition of Powerscourt Gallery’s pop up events. In short, the woman’s work is ethereally exquisite. She has an obsessive penchant for water and specialises in vivid, sultry and surreal underwater photography, embracing the untainted characteristics of water such as “light, clarity, buoyancy and reflectivity.” Her subjects are submerged, at which point they take on an aesthetic that simply can’t be duplicated outside of H2O. Flow is Barry’s unique interpretation of the highly praised painting Ophelia, allowing us an insight into the heroine’s dream of an aquatic afterlife. Flora and fabric are lusciously captured and naturally distorted with the rippling effects of this most aqueous of elements. A must see for any Aquarius out there. / Philip Notaro

 

May 06 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8:15pm

how much
€14/€12/€10

theatre
Broadening

Broadening begins benignly enough, as four subjects are individually recruited to participate in a social experiment, which aims to test the roles of the nuclear family. One participant proudly states that she does “this shit” all the time and everything seems to be going fine. Until things begin to go horribly awry, that is, and the researchers behind the project find their morals and ideals tested. Playwright Peter Dunne has crafted a darkly funny, unnerving story that touches on themes of authority, submission and tolerance. Comprised of brief scenes, the action moves briskly and keeps the audience engrossed throughout, while the ensemble cast are collectively outstanding in their respective roles. Performed in The Cube, this is a disconcerting, thought-provoking and intimate show that deserves to be seen. Win Tickets / Amy O’Connor

   
 

May 07 2013


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7.30pm

how much
€20

gig
British Sea Power

For a decade now British Sea Power have been cutting a singular swathe through the flotsam of 'indie pop'. Not as popular as they might be, not so reviled as their (many) detractors would prefer, their proposition remains an entirely original one. This is a group of musicians who exist to mine rich veins of cultural esoterica for the unalloyed pleasure of doing so. From flabby 70s wrestlers to bird-watching, through oil rigs and onward to Field Marshall Montgomery (whose granddaughter once treated me to a descending blow-back), their wilfully obscure subject matter has come to define them. Live shows are generally foliage-festooned and occasionally chaotic, but they continue to craft songs suffused with a rare hypnotic power. The new record Machineries of Joy is as decent a starting point as any. Recording artisans. Win Tickets / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

May 07 2013


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
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when
7.30pm

how much
Free

screening
Strictly Ballroom

When I was a kid I thought that Dirty Dancing and Strictly Ballroom were the same film until a very confusing conversation occurred where someone started talking about a baby and a corner. Although they do share similarities like dancing, tight pants and star-crossed lovers, Strictly Ballroom is kitsch and shiny. Baz Luhrmann’s film tells the story of Scott, a dance rebel who wants to compete in the Pan-Pacific Championship with new steps and Fran the dowdy beginner who introduces him to an authentic Paso Doble. But the world of amateur dance is a murky one, full of deception and sabotage, controlled by the corrupt dance federation president, Barry Fife. Can Fran and Scott clinch the Pan-Pacific title away from the perfect Tina Sparkle and her smarmy partner Ken? / Ruth Hurl

 

May 07 2013


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€27.50

gig
Gregory Porter

If the madness of the May weekend was all a bit too much to bear, then perhaps a bit of smooth vocal jazz is what you need to wind down. Porter’s music isn’t particularly modern, in fact his influences are clearly heard in both his compositions and his singing style. With tracks like Be Good (Lion’s Song) echoing the crooning of Nat King Cole, and some of the more soulful numbers reminiscent of the great Donny Hathaway. It’s not all pastiche though, but rather a celebration of the kind of vocal jazz that is so rarely heard these days, especially when the singer has penned most of their own songs. And he’s no slouch in that department either, having already picked up two Grammy nominations in the Best Vocal Jazz Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance categories. Ok, strange hat maybe, but he’s one smooth dude. Win Tickets / Dave Desmond

   
 

May 08 2013


where
Whelan's Upstairs, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€11

gig
Hiss Golden Messenger

Attention fans of American Primitive, Appalachian, Bluegrass, banjo, or pretty much any aspect of the rich US Folk music tradition: today is your Christmas. Hiss Golden Messenger (aka 20-year music vet M.G.Taylor) hails from North Carolina, and when you hear his slow country drawl it's like falling backwards straight into a sun-drenched field. Now pair it with honest, down-to-earth lyrical songwriting – in direct contrast to those egotistical hobo-dilettantes crafting fantasies in their Brooklyn lofts and dating actresses. See, when your man isn’t filling the world with fine country flavour he’s actually a certified folklorist. This is music so evocative of place you can actually feel the sun beating down on your face. Stuff that can sadden the heart or warm the soul – I don’t think I can describe it any better than that. / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 
Rolling with Louise Ward

Louise Ward welcomed le cool to The Market Studios and invited us to Insert Emoticon

I’m interested in breaking down social boundaries between people; how we are taught to behave and how we might have other desires to live in different ways. I started to perform more absurd repetitive actions and created objects that could turn into things I could wear. I see them as normal everyday objects being given a new function. 

A new dimension to the work is to invite people to participate with me, so within the performance itself a power dynamic is created between the artist and the invited guest. There was one person that came in, a complete stranger, and we were rolling on the floor together.

I think we do emoticons casually, humorously. I think we do them to connect with people on a certain level but that level is quite superficial. Like sometimes I’ve noticed people putting smiley faces at the end of text messages when they are annoyed at something just to keep the peace.

Insert Emoticon runs at the Market Studios until May 2nd, from 9am to 9pm with an open conversation between Louise and Jessica Foley from 7pm to 9pm. PHOTO: Mark Duggan