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We had a vicarious vacation this week as we listened to a friend recount his own travel story. This friend, lets call him Cian, took to Copenhagen for the 'annual party-tsunami, the week-long cavalcade of dance floors on beautiful squares and in ugly warehouses' that is Distortion.

Cian told us about the beautiful, well-dressed, multi-degree holding people that lived there. He spoke with wonder as he described expensive bikes left unlocked in the streets and design shops that were full of covetous charms. 

The festival itself was great; super music in various pop up venues in the city, the street food was lovely, the weather was gorgeous and the place was cleaned up by the council every night so the Danes who worked didn't have to see the mess the next morning. It sounded like the best thing ever and we felt like we were missing out, until we realised we were eating ice-cream, hidden behind shades, sitting out on a sun-soaked stoop in Dublin.

When the sun shines we'd rather cope and hope in Dublin than Copenhagen, says Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy and Kristen.

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June 06 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
8pm

how much
€5

launch
Thread Issue 5

Issue five of Thread is launched out of the glitter canon of fashion cool tonight and I fully intend on rubbing shoulder pads with the photographers, stylists, writers and designers whose collective efforts put this perfect print pout on. The theme of this issue is Move It On, and it's not to be taken in the same tone as Jog On. It's more about development, progress and not being stunted by indecision. And how Thread has moved on, still visually recognisable from Issue 1, the content has definitely evolved. Thread seems less about the culture of fashion and more about the fashion of culture with this issue; an interview with Perry Ogden sits alongside a feature piece on a London-based design collective meaning the famed fashion photo-shoots now have something meatier to sandwich. Move it on down to this party. / Vernon Steel

 

June 06 2013


where
The Copper House Gallery, St Kevin's Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Monday-Friday 9.30am-5.30pm, until 11th June

how much
Free

exhibition
Spleen and Ideal

Spleen and Ideal that it takes as its premise our uncomplicated habit of appreciation for the female nude. To the eye these are delicate and impressionistic portraits of women sprawled across beds, lying across sofas, all the while looking like paintings thanks to the Champassak's technique and treatment of the film. It exercises our practiced way of looking at a female nude in order to then subvert and confuse it. The images taken in Thailand delve into questions of gender difference and similarity with particular focus on the body and its representation in photography. Tian Doan Na Champassak’s masterfully over-exposed photographs capture bodies in their shared mystery, blurring the line between the female and male nude, where each photograph evades being fully understood. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

June 06 2013


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

how much
€10/€7.50

theatre
Kiss Me and You'll See How Important I Am

In we go to see a play smashed with dance bits and accompanied by a drawn on set. About an hour later we leave feeling remarkably impressed. Alex has a mind that’s full of holes and poisonous thoughts. She used to be relevant and do cool stuff like yank her hair out and scratch her inside leg till she bled in maths class. Now she’s all medicated and therefore cured. Diligently medicated, sometimes she takes extra meds to be even more cured. The play is new, the dances are delicious. I am a sucker for symmetry, the Jungian anima and animus, the dance between man and woman, the lovers courting. Throw in a gay guy presenting with autism and a handsome Black English courtier and you had me at delicious. This piece is far from finished, it’s a bit broken and could be more perfect, but when is the human mind ever perfect? / Joseph Kearney

 

June 06 2013


where
The Crypt, Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8


when
6-8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
The Works of Master Poldy

Contentious discourses of progression announced the demise of print culture years ago. ‘The days of squandering hours away in bookshops has come to an end’, they cried, laser cards in hand, unearthing the best Kindle prices online. Thankfully, such proclamations were not true, at least not among the many well-read aficionados with a more than slight penchant for object fetishism. Enter The Works of Master Poldy. Crafted perfectly and hand bound with a truly phenomenal emphasis on design, this sumptuous book is based on the musings of the seminal hero of literature, that darling Leopold Bloom. The exhibition/launch will have the book on show and ultimately, aims to re-solidify the magic of Bloom’s character, carving a new relationship with the printed word. The launch is also in a crypt. Which sounds class. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

June 07 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 22 June

how much
Free

exhibition
Garden - Niamh O'Malley

Shot in monochrome and projected onto black cloth, Niamh O’Malley’s Garden is less a cultivated paradise, more a sprawling tangle of vines, bushes, and greenery in grisaille. Nevertheless, stretched taut across wooden frames leaned against the wall like a set of ivy trellises, the black cloth of Garden’s projection is transformed into a horticulture programme you’d actually watch were it screened on daytime cable. Having produced a body of past work exploring monumental sites, O’Malley creates a monument of her personal surroundings in her current exhibition: her family garden as an intimate portrait of domesticity. Imaging her garden’s reflection in a mirror, any movement of the device topples you into an sensory illusion—but then, this is the kind of garden in which you’d expect to find a rabbit hole to Wonderland. / Kristen Pye

 

June 07 2013


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

how much
€15

comedy
Francesca Martinez + Jeremy Hardy

What the F*** is normal? It’s a question Francesca Martinez has been pondering all her life. Born with Cerebral Palsy she famously describes herself as wobbly and hasn’t let it stand (or wobble) in the way of having a hugely successful career as an actor and stand up. I still laugh just thinking of her appearance on Extras. Of course, it’s OK for her to make fun of it because she lives with it every day and being able to turn the fact the BBC once asked her to play a vegetable into a thing of humour goes to show the kind of steely nerve that got her where she is. Jeremy Hardy on the other hand is fully able bodied – but don’t let that put you off as the award winning comic has been going strong since 1984 so is clearly doing something right. All in all this offers a lot of bang for your comedy buck. Win Tickets / Frances Winston

   
 

June 07 2013


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

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Behind the Candelabra

From the showman who famously said, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful”, a biopic featuring enough glitz and glut to make you glad you don’t share the sentiment. Indeed, Behind the Candelabra radiates rhinestoned excess in every shot—but don’t mistake it as glamour. Featuring Michael Douglas (at his best) in the starring role of idiosyncratic mid-century entertainer Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, Liberace’s much younger live-in lover, chauffeur, and Adonic companion, the outward glamour of their screened lives is cut with drug addiction, infidelity, couples plastic surgery performed by a hilariously taut (and just plain hilarious) Rob Lowe, and a limo-load of animosity. That said, it’s these latter four vices that prove Behind the Candelabra the most compelling biopic you’ll see this year. / Kristen Pye

 

June 07 2013


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

how much
€8

concert
Poolside

Rarely do weather and music converge in such perfect symmetry as this most sun-soaked of gigs. Arriving ashore at the end of the now almost mandatory exam-week heatwave, California’s finest Poolside transport their audience to that most shimmering of waterside settings. Coming on the back of their much-slept on 2012 debut album, Pacific Standard Time, it might have been easy to dismiss their self-appointed ‘daytime disco’ as lacking a certain depth. That could not be further from the truth. Submerge yourself in Slow Down and after a few listens, try to stop yourself diving head-long into the nearest body of water. Poolside's slow-mo disco jams are so laid back they are practically flat on their back lolling about on a lilo. / Simon Judge

   
 

June 08 2013


where
Copper Alley, Exchange Street, Dublin 2.


when
11pm

how much
€10

club night
Mother feat. Nancy Whang

Nancy Whang is the grade A choice DJ for Mother's third birthday this weekend. If you haven't been to Mother before, it is camp, fun-loving, dance-riddled ecstasy, and Ms. Whang's vibes are much the same. Most famous for her collaborations with the sadly no longer formed LCD Soundsystem, Nancy is still trooping along sticking to what she's good at - synth heavy tunes with a heavy emphasis on fun. On top of LCD fame, Nancy has also provided vocals for some of Soulwax's most famous releases - E-talking and NY Excuse, proving her varied skills. Synths, catchy vocalist and infamously savy at sharp track selection, what's not to love? Hell, if that's not enough, Mother resident Ghostboy will be providing electronic music on the night as support. One big birthday present of disco fun. Win TicketsNiamh Keenan

 

June 08 2013


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

how much
€12

dj set
Matias Aguayo

Chilean Matias Aguayo makes disco-sleaze; a slurring polyphonic haze of synths, with nods to funk and groove. His techno rep is a bit misleading; the chiming of percussion in Minimal breaks the illusion; while Rollerskate is a chillin' by the poolside anthem. Aguayo makes deckchair electronic music; shiny, vacuous, and a bit plastic - like Miami on soundtrack. Which is not a bad thing. Warm up by practising the deadpan patois from I Don't Smoke in the smoking area; or blast his collaboration with Battles, Ice Cream, from headphones - the only way to listen to that wonderfully violent aural assault of bouncing electro, and revel in the gloss of the squeaky synth and breathy vocals. If you like Pina Coladas, but not getting caught in the rain, this is probably the sunny side up gig for you. / Cora Burke

 

June 08 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€15/10

multimedia
Theatre of Sound

The word 'lab' brings all sorts of associations: test tubes, wooden workstations, white coats, explosions, chemicals, smoke (if you’re lucky). The sense of adventure — chemic conundrums, meaningful research, or just plain experimental fun — draws you into childhood memories of the science kit you always wanted. Expect a similar sense of discovery from Theatre of Sound. A once-off performance of six new ‘music-video-dance’ pieces, including four newly-commissioned works, the evening showcases creations by three Irish and three Romanian musicians. Multi-media, cross-genre performances are central to this programme. An example of Ireland’s increasingly diverse musical arena, which ever-increasingly, it seems that anything goes. A wholly positive way to be. No need for a white overcoat, but if you like adventure, this one’s for you. / Robert Blake

   
 

June 08 2013


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€20

club night
H.O.T as Phuck

In celebration of two decades of dancing, DJing, music-making, media-mixing, and general enabling of all sorts, the arts collective Horny Organ Tribe is throwing a birthday bash for the ages: the landmark 2-0. Co-founded in the summer of ’93 by legendary LGBT activist Tonie Walsh, H.O.T. is christening its adulthood by reuniting a fantasy league of past and present members for an evening of live music, DJ sets, visual art, burlesque performances, and “freak-out cabaret”, which (if you foolishly thought otherwise) is not a searchable term on Wikipedia—you’ll just have to see for yourself. Walsh calls it a “return to form” for the legendary collective who spent the Nineties setting the bar on wild parties—H.O.T. as Phuck intends to raise it. / Kristen Pye

 

June 08 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6:30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
Before Sunset

Robert Linklater's directing career has been nothing if not diverse. His roots lie in the experimental but his breakout movie Slacker was an era defining work for the grunge generation. His rotascoped A Scanner Darkly bears little relation to comedy blockbuster School of Rock. Nevertheless, through the intervening years we have had the gentle ongoing conversation between a boy and a girl in Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and soon, Before Midnight. His collaboration with (leads) Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy on these films has produced two characters of genuine warmth and interest. We've enjoyed eavesdropping on their ramblings as we have felt their pulses quicken. There's an attractive fragility to this romance and we look forward to seeing how it plays out toward the final curtain. Do your heart(s) good... / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

June 08 2013


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

how much
€10

album launch
The Last Sound, 'Rainbow Xplode'

For those who prefer hanging out under the radar Barry Murphy is probably a familiar name. As well as making appearances with krautrock icon Damo Suzuki’s band, Murphy has, along with Bryan O'Connell, been making music as The Last Sound since the late nineties. Friday’s gig marks the launch of the band’s fourth album, Rainbow Xplode. Fans of acts from the Ghostly International, n5MD and Morr rosters will find endless delights in the duo’s dream pop cum psychedelic electronica. Containing the kind of tunes you can dance and hum along to, I defy you to listen to tracks like Sun Forever and Only The Lonely Know The Glow Is Failing and not have their glorious hooks embedded in your brain for the day. Guests on the night are Osaka label-mates and quality stamped ones-to-watch, Last Days of 1984. / Brian Keane

   
 

June 09 2013


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Until June 16

how much
Free

exhibition
DIT BA Graduate Photography

Photography is one of the most accessible forms of art. Beyond the layers of overly theoretical art installations, video pieces and even painting, photography has always been clearer. With the advent of Instagram, the never ending records of every mediocre dinner with a filter thrown on could dissuade anyone from going to an exhibition for fear of being faced with mindless, overwhelming pretension. Here, they won’t. That is not to say that this exhibition isn't theoretical or thought provoking or artistic, because it is all those things, touching on national identity, unrecorded histories amongst many other themes and issues. This show is above all, promising. That said, it’s not particularly surprising when you enclose 25 artists in a small city with ideas bigger than its station, that glorious things will happen. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

June 09 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
Thérése Desqueyroux

Thérése Desqueyroux, the titular heroine/anti-heroine of Mauriac's 1927 novel, has always made me feel a bit queasy. Somewhat void of morals, selfish and a chainsmoking 1920s Deirdre Barlow, she wasn't easy to love. Especially when she insisted on The artfully quirky Audrey Tatou embodies the role of Thérése in the latest adaptation of this story of misogyny, rebellion and awakenings. Claude Miller's swansong is adeptly performed by an able cast, and the stifling atmosphere is effectively transplanted into the cinema. Fresh from closing the Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme D'Or, the story of Thérese, with her impossible aspirations, niggling unhappiness and descent into hopelessness, is as applicable in 2013 as it was in 1927. She was definitely the Cat Marnell of her day. / Cora Burke

 

June 10 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6:20pm

how much
€9

screening
SET & IFI present: The Shining

Critical research of the works of Stanley Kubrick generally prove to be something of a rabbit hole and the further one digs the more intrigue and questions that are raised. As last year’s documentary Room 237 proved, The Shining could be deepest rabbit hole of them all. The Overlook Hotel itself makes no sense, it has windows that can’t possibly exist, disappearing furniture and turning a corner instantly transports characters two storeys up. It all adds to the sense of unease and is one of the core reasons Kubrick managed to scare the hell out of us whilst keeping the lights kept on, this is the American cut with extra ghosts but it remains the brightest horror film of all time. SET is a publication that looks at the relationship between cinema and its architecture; their second issue could hardly have found a better subject matter. / David Cadwallader

   
 

June 11 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6:30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
Irish Animation Shorts

Animation is Ireland's humble little success story. From The Book of Kells to The Secret of Kells via the Land before Time, animation has kept plugging away, generating employment and awards in equal measure. Cartoons travel. Just look at Dora The Explorer. But seriously, a quick redub and cartoons can find a whole new audience. The great work done here has provided a refuge from recession with its export-focused business model, finding success at Disney, Cartoon Network, CBBC and beyond. For all of the success of Irish animation around the world, there's still not enough emphasis on it being commissioned for consumption at home as well as abroad. Appreciate the achievements and help right that wrong by checking out the IFI's screenings. They're just shorts? So what, big trees from little acorns grow. / Kate McEvoy

 

June 11 2013


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

how much
Free

gig
Kidnap Alice

These good time country boys and girls specialise in smokin' bluegrass-soul-folk music. It's whiskey soaked and brings to mind good men in round collars trying to find god and lose thoughts about loose woman, maybe like an upbeat episode of Deadwood. The band had their debut festival performance at Glastonbury 2010, opening the Club Da Da stage for the Legendary Thursday Night HoeDown. Since then the band have performed at numerous festivals including Camp Bestival, The Big Chill, Green Man, Bestival, Secret Garden Party and more. It's all lumberjack shirts, dungarees, loose stringed double basses and foot-tappin' deadliness. Get banjaxed on their banjo-fused fun and remember, you never, ever, ever, ever stop in the middle of a hoedown. / Vernon Steel

 

June 11 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6:30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
Alien

A long time ago, in what seems like a very far-off place indeed, film makers would employ the use of a wondrous substance called 'celluloid' to transfer ideas and moving images from their imaginations to ours. It was a magical time and those were halcyon days. Now of course, everything is awful and we live out our lives as jail sentences. Kudos then to the good folks of the IFI for bucking the digital trend with a short season of 70mm screenings shown on the only projector of its type in Ireland. Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece is the pick of the bunch, a film that truly transcended genre by providing us with a heroine for the ages in Ripley and a worthy adversary in H.R Giger's nightmarish xenomorph. Production design is sublime, a peerless cast work with a brilliant script. No silly glasses, no IMAX. My belly aches in anticipation. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

June 12 2013


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

how much
€5

talk
What's Eating Dubliners?

Of all the reasons to spend an evening at The Twisted Pepper, partaking in a lecture series does not top the list of the usual incentives. Dancing and drinking to be sure, but discussing our complex and contradictory relationship with food and gastronomy? Seems a tad academic for a place typically too loud to hear someone say “hi!” let alone “how do you feel about the tie between what we eat and the nature of our consumption?” But the upcoming collaboration between Banter and Hot Potatoes promises to subvert opinions of not only your weekend hangout but the very way you chow down. Hosted by Irish foodie Gerry Godley and featuring contributions by industry insiders, “What’s Eating Dubliners?” is poised to prove a dish best served chatty. / Kristen Pye

 

June 12 2013


where
Hugh Lane Gallery, 1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
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when
6 more years!

how much
Free

exhibition
The Hugh Lane collection

The art world always has the ability to ease scandal, intrique and controversy, as well as paint, onto the easel. So, before welcoming the news that four priceless pieces of French Impressionism return to Dublin, consider the story of how we have access to them at all. When Hugh Lane lost his life with the sinking of the Lusitania, he left behind an enviable art collection, which he had originally intended to exhibit in a public bridge-gallery over the Liffey, like the charlatan he was. Cue arguments over what would eventually become the Dublin Municipal Gallery and fodder for W.B Yeats, and the eventual signing of the collection over to the National Gallery in London. Luckily, a deal was brokered under the Barney-ism that 'sharing is caring', so now the collection is in split custody between London and Dublin. It's been six long years, so revel in Renoir, Manet and more, drink it right in... / Cora Burke

   
 
Jason Phelan - Rides in Town
Le Cool talked BMXing, filming and crashing with Ireland's Jason Phelan.

Growing up in Waterford I tried all types of extreme sports from skateboarding to rollerblading before settling on BMX. I spent most of my time in the country and we didn't have much to do but scour the fields or dock yards for any type of entertaining ideas, we would try our own stupid stunts influenced by Jackass.  I never thought I'd make a career out of BMX.

The BMX scene is growing in Ireland and I'd say to young people to have as much fun as you can and don't take it to serious. If your good enough and truly love what you doing you will get sponsored. I would advise to get into filming and editing its a great way to push yourself. I'm of to Paris now for a week to film for a iphone contest. There are three riders picked from France, two from the UK and myself from Ireland. We all go head to head and whoever has the best edit wins a tidy five grand.

Only yesterday I put up a crash video that has bagged 50,000 views, check it out.

Jason Phelan also features in THIS IS ME, a video project by Prowlster and Paul Mahon. PHOTO: Rich Gilligan