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Twenty years ago this week, the internet as we know it (the 'World Wide Web') was switched on. Looking back at it now, at its cat-free, porn-less, un-GIFified presence, it's hard to imagine how we got where we are today.

We have socks older than Youtube (formed 2005), yet experts will confidently say, just that as video killed the radio star, youtube has claimed TV as a victim. Premature perhaps? Even our analysis of the internet, despite our relatively nascent understanding of it, verges on the ridiculous sometimes; in the current issue of Frieze magazine a gushing article claims that the GIF is the "embodiment of camp...a stereotypical homosexual display." Oh..kay.

The only certain thing about the power of the web is the uncertainty of where it will take us. From revolutions kick started on facebook pages, the new faceless face of Marxism (Anonymous) and the ability to download and 3D print working guns from your bedroom, what is more interesting will be where the internet is in 20 years from now?

Who is saying; turn around, cyber eyes, this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Aaron?

"...when a relationship degrades to the point where neither person is living a fulfilling life." - Cuts
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May 09 2013


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

when
€10

how much
8pm

gig
Mountains

Hey, remember Myst? The excitement you felt wandering through that vast, eerily deserted world for the first time! The curiosity you felt at these puzzles so deeply intertwined with nature! The pain you felt as you tore your hair out during your third hour staring in utter futility at a panel of incomprehensible levers and gears! Well, if you take away the maddening frustration, that Myst-like sense of immersion and exploration is awfully like listening to deep ambient duo Mountains. Mountains are crafters of sound worlds- lengthy, beat-less sonic constructs of complexity and beauty. No vocals to focus on here either- these pieces inspire your own internal narrative as they swallow you up in sound-saturation. Even the name should give you a clue. Let Mountains take you hiking through the valleys of your mind. Win Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

May 09 2013


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Star Trek Into Darkness

JJ Abrams returns for his second instalment of the rebooted franchise with what promises to be the must-see blockbuster of the summer. It is magnificent. Superlatives are inadequate. I want to see it every day for the rest of my life with the people I hold most dear. I want to introduce it to the bastard children I will never have. I wish for it to be screened at my funeral, before my earthly remains are blasted into a decaying orbit. When I blink I want to see the lovely luminescence of the warp effect against my eyelids. I will incorporate the bellowing of HIS NAME into my lovemaking. I will split infinitives with reckless abandon. The 3D IMAX experience feels like shooting adrenaline speedballs into your eye sockets while travelling at 186,000 miles per second. You'll never want to come down. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

May 09 2013


where
Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6:30pm

how much
€15

tasting
Rias Baixas: Albariño Wine Tasting

For those who didn’t get their fill over the Bank Holiday or for the budding oenologist looking to up their game, pop along to the Instituto Cervantes on Thursday to indulge in a night of Dionysian decadence. Let sommelier Lisa O’Doherty tantalise your palate with her wares from the Rias Baixas region of Galicia as she talks all things grape related in this ninety minute and fully interactive (leave the motor at home) seminar. Adult education at its best. With six wines to get through, recommendations on what to scoff as you quaff and a guarantee to correctly pronounce Rias Baixas by the end of this well lubricated session, it makes for an enlightening and entertaining evening. To stand out as best in class throw an eye over a wine aroma wheel and swat up on some viticulture vocab to articulate those illusive bouquets they will be on about… / Aaron Purcell

 

May 09 2013


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
John Murry

Not many things can transport you to a place full of haystacks and sun-wizened old fellas spitting sunflower seeds, living the Jack Kerouac dream, but John Murry's voice somehow does. Murry's album The Graceless Age is a self-exorcism, he fights his demons as his lives the fuzzy Americana life - the dirty side of the faded tattoos and warm beers. Murry lyrically explores his relationship with illegal substances - the man shouldn't even be alive, if ingestion has anything major to do with it, while also exploring the dusty South with his gruff growl and layered pipes. To be honest, if you're sick of dropping scarily big bucks on seeing Bob Dylan hunched over a piano in silhouette, contrarily refusing to play the hits, your money is way better invested in this raw young turk. Win Tickets / Cora Burke

 

May 09 2013


where
Little Green Gallery & Cafe, 13 High Street Christchurch Dublin 7


when
7pm

how much
Free

launch
Prowlster Launch

If you're any way interested in Dublin fashion, chances are you're already a Prowlster fan. If you haven't heard of it yet, well, meet your new favourite thing. Prowlster is an online lifestyle and fashion magazine with a click-to-buy function that makes shopping worryingly easy. If you like an entire look then all you have to do is click. Boom. Sold. Celebrating all things stylish, Prowlster lets you in on the best local designers and where to shop off the beaten high street. These fine folks are hosting their launch party at Little Green with tunes being spun by Nanu Nanu, Tropical Popical nailing the finest looks for your cuticles and generally providing ball-bouncingly, blue-steel-strikingly good times. Oh and there'll be cupcakes. / Carrie King

   
 

May 10 2013


where
Gaiety Theatre, South King Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€15-€40

theatre
Conversations on a Homecoming

The sad, sarcastic spit of local ennui is embedded in Tom Murphy's exemplary writing in this tale of those who have gone before and are left behind. Michael Ridge, an aspiring actor of dubious stature, arrives back with a Yank swagger to his local, the White House. This 1970s pub was once a homage to JJ, a local JFK lookalike turned alcoholic, and now encases and entraps a generation, most noticeably Tom (Gerard Lombard). He was the one that was meant to get away. The existence of "the boys" sheds a familiar observation upon the complacent and disgruntled plight of home town heroes. This is theatre worthy of any world stage. Tom Murphy articulates lost horizons and thwarted expectations like no other playwright of his generation. Stellar. Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

 

May 10 2013


where
Various Venues

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

festival
Fingal Film Festival

Fingal Film Festival is dedicated to promoting the work of new and independent filmmakers, examining the technical aspects of the industry and introducing foreign films to a wider audience. Film students and rising film makers can avail of equipment demonstrations and interact with professionals such as members of Brown Bag Films at a series of workshops on directing, acting, and animation. Ticket-holders can enjoy a schedule of entertaining and thought-provoking screenings showcasing a range of styles and themes, from the first date of a cone and a pear in the animation Luke and Lotta to a study of the financial irregularities in the Irish Red Cross in the short documentary Committing the Truth. Diverse and intriguing, the festival will appeal to anyone who wants something a bit more unusual than the latest blockbuster. / Ruth Hurl

   
 

May 10 2013


where
Players Theatre , 35 Regent House Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2


when
7:30pm

how much
€15/€13

theatre
Bash

Neil LaBute’s triptych of short plays each presents a different, equally dark slice of American life. Colm McCarthy and Audrey Rooney are entrancing, kinetic and occasionally funny in an intimate production about death, evil and the frightening capacity people have to commit f****d up crimes that are both morally complex and utterly chilling. A Utah businessman becomes slowly unhinged as he confesses a terrible crime, a young couple tell very different accounts of their anniversary weekend and a teenager’s relationship with her teacher takes a sickening turn in later life. This production doesn’t dwell on the characters' shared Mormon faith but allows us a glimpse of life that is all classic Greek tragedy to its tar black soul. Oh, did I mention it was dark? / Adam Duxbury

   
 

May 11 2013


where
Players Theatre , 35 Regent House Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2


when
9:30pm

how much
€15/€13

theatre
My Second Self

My Second Self is a two hander looking at pederasty and the stages of life, from the more recognisable youthful, carefree twink to the older, less confident, golden gay man of yesteryear. A reinterpretation of Adam and Eve, Paul is essentially the Virgin and is depicted as a loving yet much aggrieved father who has a very keen interest in biting the apple of the whore. His situation is desperate; a middle-aged, married, gay man in mourning, his wife herself complicit in the life of deceit. Both victims of their age. Leyton represents the new gay man who, despite his purported liberty, is still unsatisfied, lost, lonely, longing and loathing. We meet two broken men thrust together by circumstance who can perhaps help each other for a short time. / Joseph Kearney

 

May 11 2013


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€17

gig
Little Green Cars

What's that racket? It's the Little Green Cars bandwagon rolling in to town of course! Not that the weight of the “next big thing” label seems to be dragging this young Irish quintet down. From the BBC Sound of 2013 list to hit-maker Markus Dravs taking the helm for their long-awaited debut (dropping tomorrow) via profile-raising slots at SXSW and Coachella, the stars are perfectly aligned for LGC to become, along with the new Abbey / Walton/ Connolly/ Hackett / tbc bridge, Dublin’s best chance of a crossover success this year. Armed with copious boy-girl harmonies, killer hooks, savvy literary references and commercially minded choruses, this Vicar St. show is yet another stepping stone on the band’s road to stardom. Mumford & Sons better watch their backs; their indie-darlings crown is about to be stolen. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

 

May 11 2013


where
PantiBar, 7-8 Capel St, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€15/€13

theatre
The Undutchable - Tales of the Nether Regions

The UnDutchables, Tales of The Nether Regions is the newest offering by Menno Kuijper. While all of his work to date has focused on his own life experiences, which as a gay man are indeed gay experiences, Menno sees himself as a storyteller. His previous work was more about protection through humour, but this time Menno is all grown up and ready for revenge. The one man show explores the futility of searching for love on an iPhone, familial politics and finally accepting second place only to discover you might be less than that. Menno's movement is poetry itself to behold; effortlessly marrying the male and female quarters of himself for all to see simply by accepting who he is. He also has a wry sense of humour and his demeanour belies a man who is curious about the world and intent on explaining it. / Joseph Kearney

   
 

May 12 2013


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

when
12pm-9:30pm

how much
Free

festival
Freshly Squeezed

Being a student isn't just about Murder She Wrote and mapping David Dickenson's darkening mahogany skin tone by holding the Dulux colour chart up to the telly, no. Between slugs of Devil's Bit, some students - albeit the ones with a cultivated air of poverty - talk about doing, making dreams come true, and ideas. The ones without the cultivated airs just do. So here we are. International submissions have been made to the Freshly Squeezed Film Festival in its inaugural year; showing drama, doco, and downright frightening pieces, all by people who are so young you'll feel positively on the cusp of the zimmer-zone. With four hours worth of film lined up, there'll be zingers aplenty, and if the eye-watering line-up isn't enough to get you enthused enough to go all Darren Aronofsky on the town with your iPhone, I don't know what is. / Cora Burke

 

May 12 2013


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

when
3.30pm/8.30pm

how much
€9

screening
Romeo + Juliet

I wonder if Luhrmann knew in '96 that his adaptation of Shakespeare’s most famous play would revolutionise the teaching of English at Junior Cert level forever? It's difficult to quantify the number of teenage sexual awakenings the fish tank scene induced, but one thing is for certain, the underwater kiss plagued many a young mind in those cold state examination halls when scouring the mental Filofax of every quote you had ever learnt. Luhrmann made Shakespeare utterly legible for young audiences everywhere, releasing them from the horror of watching drab BBC re-enactments. Imagine achieving all of that with a sprinkle of glitter over an old story? This film is spectacle at its best, so thrill your inner teenager with a trip to the cinema for what still stands as one of the most enjoyable films of all time. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

May 12 2013


where
All over Dublin - see link

when
12pm-6pm

how much
Free

tour
Visit 2013

Annually, Visit allows us pasty office dwellers to emerge from our asbestos ridden concrete towers, like zombies mutely cracking out of their coffins, and allows us to enjoy creative and artistic environments all over the city. Two days just isn't long enough to savour the event - so prepare to feel like a five year old after gorging on royal icing...My own personal picks would be The Graphic Studio Gallery for its printing equipment, which is as ornate as some of the work it produces, Block T, for being Dublin's answer to 'The Factory' and Monster Truck, for a) always creating the best work, and b) having a genius name. Honourable mentions have to go to The Market Studios, which is an oasis in the desert that is Smithfield, Pallas Projects, for bringing something a little batshit and very fun to Dublin 8, and La Cathedral, which is like a home from home. / Cora Burke

   
 

May 13 2013


where
Dancehouse, Foley Street Dublin 1


when
Runs until December

how much
Free

exhibition
Source - Maurice Gunning

If you Google ‘dance photography’, you will find images of dancers frozen in mid-air, toes pointed or contorted into humanly impossible poses. It is all supposed to show the skill, beauty, and art of dance. What such photography rarely shows is dance itself, or the most important part of it - movement. A Limerick born photographer Maurice Gunning took a different approach for his new work Source. Instead of concentrating on the motionless moments within movement, he shows dance as a process, a journey. Through double-exposure, he creates almost an optical illusion of movement, both confusing and making sense at the same time. His images are intimate, focusing on the sweat-and-bulging-veins of dancer’s training off stage, rather then the posed glamour of performance. / Nadia Gativa

 

May 13 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
White Elephant

White Elephant is the story of two priests working within the Villa Virgin barrio, the notorious shanty town of Buenos Aires; a grim area dominated by the ruins of a 1930s TB hospital (the white elephant of the title). One priest believes in a more direct, intervention based approach (whilst also falling for a local atheist social worker) and the other hopes to inspire the residents through the promotion of the cult of a previous priest. One of the successes from last year’s Cannes Film Festival and stylistically comparable to City of God or Gomorrah, this latest offering from Argentine film director Pablo Trapero has been given a serendipitous shot of relevance by the appointment of an Argentine pope; one who has called out for greater church involvement and accountability with the poorest communities. / David Cadwallader

   
 

May 14 2013


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

when
6pm

how much
€6 per person/€20 per table of 4.

table quiz
The Science Gallery Quiz 3.0

The table quiz, the ‘ol battle ground, the gentlewoman’s duel... IRL this is the only arena where the words 'quiz master' are legitimate and don't sound like you're mocking your friend's occasional dabbling in Dungeons and Dragons. The Science Gallery understands the complexity of the quiz and they promise to deliver the basic tenants such an event requires. You see, they know the stakes are high as champions generally covet one thing, the glory that comes with being named the most knowledgeable in the room. The meaning of outperforming everyone else signifies something so much greater than a mere moniker, it recognises an elite. Expect groups named ‘Don Quizote’ or ‘Quiztopher Columbas’ to whoop intolerably as teams are called out. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

May 14 2013


where
Fire Station Artists' Studios, Buckingham Street, Dublin 1.


when
12pm

how much
Bring Your Own Bicycle

tour
The Green Machine Tour

On yer' bike. Of late, we've taken off our rose tinted glasses and instead of wasting money on maple syrup detoxes and yoga, we are increasingly less introspective and are channelling our energies into improving our social surroundings. The waiting lists for allotments now challenge the waiting lists for the hottest New York members' clubs, while you're as likely to see someone in a pair of Miu Miu wedges pedalling a cargo bike as you would a new-age hippy in Birkenstocks. So, the environment has become cool. This bicycle tour, as part of The Prosperity Project, will explore post-tiger Ireland and its effect on the environment - in particular in the shiny-office-block-cum-wasteland that is the Dublin docklands. / Cora Burke

   
 

May 15 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
9pm

how much
€22/€18

dance
Cure

Warning: Contains nudity. Well, that's one integral part of my Wednesday night sorted. This piece of dance, performed by the rippling torso that is Ferghus Ó Conchúir, is a poetic visitation of problems and their resolutions. The subjects of angst, pain and conflict were almost made to be danced about - contortion and bodily stress is as much a part of the rigmarole of life as raised voices and hollering lungs. Through his work, Ó Conchúir strives to look for perspective, which is easier to find when you're making shapes on the floor of the Project Arts Centre in your birthday suit, right? If you're battling your own demons, tussling over big decisions or even grappling with your place in the world, this hour of potent dance theatre could be your cure. / Cora Burke

 

May 15 2013


where
The Freemason's Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.


when
6:30pm

how much
€16/€12

concert
Ireland's Golden Age

The 18th Century was a period of great prosperity in Dublin. The city thrived, and we are left with many beautiful squares that were home to the wealthy classes. Musical patronage became common, and Dublin saw an influx of composers looking for artistic sponsorship. Francesco Geminiani, Tommaso Giordani and Matthew Dubourg were among the musical names now largely lost to history. The Irish Baroque Orchestra, under their director Monica Huggett, will redress the balance with this concert featuring early Irish harpist Siobhan Armstrong and soprano Roisin O’Grady. Music from Ireland’s Golden Age will including works by Handel, Geminiani, Vivaldi and Carolan. The unique Freemason's Hall in Molesworth Street is the venue for the concert - fitting, as it’s believed Geminiani was a member himself. / Des FitzGerald

   
 
Kay Bear Koss

le cool chats WAKE with Kay Bear...y'know, just 'Koss.

After running the largest studio network (Moxie Studios) in Ireland for the last 8 years, we have so much accumulated stuff that people left behind, or landlords left behind, so I thought it was proper to give all of the physical evidence and artefacts that had been held onto a proper sort of burial or memorial service.

The things you create are like your children so Moxie has been seven, eight years of grief and sorrow and frustration but happiness and excitement and fun.

I think the best way to approach anything if you are commenting on a universal theme is to approach it anecdotally from a personal theme. So these are all the things I have held onto, that have been left behind, that have been cluttering up my mental and physical space as I’m transitioning and starting a new chapter in my life. It was one of those things that you have to do or die...I would never say that I’m proud to be American, or I’m proud to be trans, because I didn’t have anything to do with it.

WAKE opens at bio.space 033 on May 9th, 6pm. PHOTO: Des Moriarty