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With increasing frequency we've started noticing those "I am on holiday with limited access" replies starting to pop into our e-mail accounts over the last few weeks. However, it's far from holidays we were reared.

Indeed, we've upped the tempo in Le Cool world this week hosting Phoenix Magazine as part of our Spiel series on Tuesday night, offering up some class A(ltered) devotion in the hallowed surrounds of Christchurch Cathedral on Friday and then zipping down to the enchanting Body and Soul festival to Flash Forward on Sunday.

Busting out a peace accord with the Totally Dublin faction across town, we're uniting on the Wonderlust stage this Sunday under the LCTD Soundsystem moniker. We've invited some grafters we admire to step up on stage, put some extra spit and shine on their crystal balls and tell us where they're heading next and ultimately where we'll be joining them.

From the club scene to the suburbs, from urban farming to the export of science, we've assembled some passionate voices so we hope you'll take some time out of your hot tub existence and come bask in the light of our collective dreams, hopes and ambitions.

Whose looking for more than the flash of a smile this weekend?  Michael, CiaranKateAmy or Kayla?

"Tea. It's the fuel behind our love for talking." - Conor & David
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June 20 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
Elevens

About a year ago I approached the DJ in the Globe one Friday night to ask who and what he was spinning at that particular moment, only to be confronted by none other than Martin McCann – long time Sack frontman and all-round Irish music gem. “You’re yer man from Sack” I pointlessly confirmed. “And now I’m in Elevens” he replied, before kindly gifting me a copy of their freshly pressed New Beginning EP. Joined by Tony Barrett (Brilliant Trees) and Mark Healy (The Josephs / Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club) Elevens come with a strong pedigree. Following three excellent EPs and a smattering of live performances, their impending debut album promises finely matured, acoustic chamber pop underpinning McCann’s always-perceptive musings on love won and love lost. Support tonight comes courtesy of singer-songwriter Paul Clancy. / Brian Keane

 

June 20 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
8:50pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Byzantium

I'm very attracted to pleasure-seeking in movies. All my favourite movies are stylish; I'll watch anything luxuriously shot, any visual feast, and Neil Jordan's Byzantium is cinematic gold in my eyes. So much of it – from an incredible shot across a field full of what I believe to be broccolli, to Gemma Arterton's gluttonous portrayal of a vampire Madame and an uninhabited mythical waterfall – spills over the screen lusciously. Saoirse Ronan is something else, her aged-soul-in-a-young-body transformation has left me extremely curious as to where her acting abilities will bring her. The best feature in the movie is the tale itself, an actual tale, in the folklore frame of things, as opposed to a scripted movie. It winds between lives and unveils itself wisely. Leaving only fascination behind. / Georgia

   
 

June 20 2013


where
Dublin Civic Trust, 4 Castle Street, Dublin 2


when
All summer - 10am-5:30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
A Boulevard of Rooms & Corridors

The Elizabethan urban grid that girdles our city centre makes me long for that most precious thing: a void. A simple cry to reclaim some free empty civic space strikes me as such a political act now - in a landscape dotted by NAMA-ed monoliths bailed out by Everyman. A Highline-like ribbon of green, a plaza, piazza or promenade even. The call by citizenry to reclaim urban space has been echoed in several quarters including Fergal McCarthy's #Lovetheliffey project . A new exhibition by David Jordan and Fergus Browne also illustrates this call by re-imagining the Liffey Quays as a grand civic boulevard. Their vision has a Rooms + Corridors strategy, comprising 'rooms' or public spaces designed to punctuate the Quays. Would you like to see the Liffey Quays become the central civic spine and green boulevard of Dublin? / Elish Bul-Godley

 

June 20 2013


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
9pm

how much
Free

gig
Ghosts

They first appeared (seriously, it’s too easy) to me in the form of their Night EP, a collection of slow burning, delicately pieced together electronica that touched off ambient, garage and dub markers yet all the time keeping a sense of purpose often lacking in early releases. Talent has a way of attracting talent as with their stunning remix of Ickis Mirolo’s The Space Between which is typical of the lightness of touch Ghosts apply while still engendering a powerful emotional pull. Their evolution so far has led to a first 12” release WLVS on Champion Sound, which was in turn championed by non-less than VICE Magazine. Which is all fine and dandy, but it’s their excellent live performance at the Camden Crawl this year that really marks Ghosts apart in the current tangle of Irish electronic acts. / Emmet Condon

   
 

June 21 2013


where
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8


when
Doors 7:30pm

how much
Free

celebration
Altered

Down in the depths of the crypt at Christ Church, in the skeleton of the cathedral, you'll hear things that go boom boom boom in the dark of the night as we crank up the volume and the ghosts come out to party. Le Cool, Christ Church and Nialler9 are all in cahoots on this secretive divilment, a ploy to get you sinners floored at the altar, singing a Requiem for a Dean. Our line-up will leave you so gobsmacked you'll be on your knees reciting the Our Father, praising the music like you should. We're not sure how much longer we can string this one out for...We were Navey-scurves dragging it on even for that long. Tickets are super-limited, exclusive, but being released right up until Friday afternoon. Email dublin@lecool.com to get tickets. / Le Cool Dublin

 

June 21 2013


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

when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Citadel

Inspired by a vicious assault suffered by director Ciaran Foy in his teens that led to a crippling bout of agoraphobia, Citadel is a very personal vision of urban horror. Set in the hellish wasteland of a decaying housing estate (Glasgow, looking well), where our paranoid, housebound hero is menaced by a mysterious band of hooded presences who recall the demonic imps of Cronenberg's The Brood, the film stumbles on occasion when things stray too far into the fantastic (about when the foul-mouthed shotgun-wielding priest turns up) but is on surer ground presenting a slightly heightened version of the horrors of contemporary city living. In particular, one terrifying scene on the top deck of a bus will strike a chord with anyone who's ever endured a typically hair-raising Nitelink trip. / Conor McDevitt

 

June 21 2013


where
NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8


when
Until 23 June

how much
Free

exhibition
NCAD Graduate Exhibition

The NCAD Graduate Exhibition is so huge that it has taken over the entire college, to the extent that I almost burst into the staff room, expecting it to contain a porcelain sculpture of a pair of breasts or a projection of someone tap-dancing. The show features a vast range of work, including fashion and textiles, jewellery, fine print, media, painting, ceramics, glass and metals. There really is a mix of everything, from an inflatable paddling pool to a table crowded with hundreds of multi-coloured plastic spoons. I was genuinely impressed by most of the pieces, in particular Pamela Kelly’s adorable textile creations inspired by woodland creatures, Holly Ingram’s retro cartoonish prints, and Maedhbh McIlgorm’s beautiful glass clouds. The exhibition is a great way to spend the evening, or even a whole day! / Kayla Marie Walsh

   
 

June 22 2013


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


when
4pm-12am

how much
€8

festival
Taste of Poland

A salutary lesson here. The next time I choose something to write from Le List, I really should follow the attached link. I had planned to speak of my uncontrollable passion for Ogorki Kwaszone (half-sour pickles), of how my voice deepens imperceptibly when discussing Kielbasa Krakowska (smoked sausages.) I imagined myself unbound in a world of powerfully flavoured Polish foodstuffs, wowing unfeasibly blond women and stout pasty men with my superior pierogi nous. Nix that. As it turns out, Taste of Poland has much more to offer. Rather, this is a celebration of Polish art and culture and an opportunity for the sons and daughters of Polska to foster a sense of community. Expect poetry, photography, music and ladies' jeans with no back pockets. Polacks and Paddys will be welcomed alike. Bring vodka. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

June 22 2013


where
Theatre Uptsairs , Above Lanigan's Pub, Eden Quay, Dublin 1


when
1pm/7pm

how much
€10

theatre
Snake Oil

Theatre Upstairs is so small that you can almost count the number of audience members on your hands. While this meant that I could hear a guy on the other side of the room mouth-breathing, it also made for a very cosy and intimate experience. Snake Oil, which stars Ciara O’Callaghan, a.k.a. Yvonne from Fair City (one of my Granny’s favourite characters) tells the story of Shell, a young perfume saleswoman in desperate need of cash, her nerdy flatmate Conor, and a wealthy (and pretty creepy) businessman, Ed, who she happens to come across in an airport lounge. This play is crammed with so much deception and double-dealing that I spent most of it trying to guess who was conning whom, which was all part of the fun. Prepare yourself for the shocking twist at the end – there are anagrams involved! / Kayla Marie Walsh

 

June 22 2013


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

how much
€12/€10

gig
Lucy & Lakker

If you didn't know any better you'd think Lucy was a cute girl, well, just to fill you in - Lucy's no girl. Moniker of Italian Luca Mortellaro and founder of Berlin label Stroboscopic Artefacts (which if you didn't know better doesn't sound much like a record label either), a label sourcing underground electronic and techno, Lucy sticks close to the label's genre in his own music. A DJ and producer, Lucy's sound is industrial and raw. Perfectly suited to the Twisted Pepper's basement. Lakker is a little closer to home. Dublin duo Dara & Ian accompany Lucy - more electronic and more polished industrial. With a varied sound Lakker provides techno, some experimental electronic and a smidge of garage. A night in the Pepper that will leave your ears ringing - in a good way. / Niamh Keenan

   
 

June 23 2013


where
The Co-Op, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8.
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when
12pm-5pm

how much
€2

market
Independents Day

Striving to cultivate and nurture a DIY print culture, Independents Day has blossomed in the last five years, cementing a space & showcasing the viability of alternative writing in Dublin. Dedicated to independent thought and the craft of zine making, the fair has long been a go-to event for anyone with an interest in garnering different opinions and viewpoints. With such creative autonomy for writers, scribblers and artists, the real beauty of this festival is the wide selection of literature covering topics that don't translate to the 'you can buy this here to be this sort of person' method that proliferates in traditional, mainstream publications. There is no focus on driving consumerism, instead there are options. Here you will find voices of dissent, voices of critique and voices speaking just because they can. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

June 23 2013


where
Somewhere near you!

when
All Day

how much
Free - bring goodies

event
Streetfeast

Ah Streetfeastit sets you all aglow just to think of it. Getting around a table with friends, family and strangers to break bread never loses its magic. Especially if it’s part of a national event brought together with extra smatterings of bunting, donations, impromptu performances and a sprinkle of chaos, it genuinely is one of the summer events worth looking forward to. The baby of wunder child Sam Bishop, it’s aim has long been to get people to connect with the community they belong to through where they live. So whip up the only dish you feel you can present in public, invite a friend you haven’t heard from in a while and call on your grumpiest neighbor who always accuses you of throwing smelly vegetables in his bin, and given in to midsummer delight. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

June 23 2013


where
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin


when
7pm

how much
€6

screening
Mostly Martha

As part of their ongoing German film screenings, the Centre for Creative Practices brings us this German romantic comedy (lower those eyebrows) about a headstrong chef who takes charge of her equally stubborn niece after the death of her sister just as a charming and handsome Italian sous chef arrives on the screen. The film was remade in English as No Reservations, but don’t let that put you off, Catherine Zeta-Jones’ inability to convince as a human being is not a fault shared by Martina Gedeck (Lives of Others, Baader Meinhof Complex) and under Sandra Nettelbeck’s control, the pot of ingredients from romantic interests to estranged fathers through troublesome teens is brought to a very satisfactory boil. One to see if you like to be so hip you can claim you saw it before it was in English. / David Cadwallader

 

June 23 2013


where
Meet in front of St Catherine's Church on Thomas Street (Thomas Court)

when
12.30pm (finishing by 3pm)

how much
Free


Community Clean-up

A few weeks ago Le Cool drew attention to the constructive call to arms from the people of Thomas Street. The 90 Day Plan, a grass-roots initiated project, assigned itself 90 days to complete the task of turning around the "state sponsored dereliction" that they say their historic street has suffered from. Since then? NAMA have supported the plan by redecorating six buildings in the street and businesses like Reilly’s Pharmacy, The Hilltop, Bakers, Café 53 and Manning’s have all had facelifts. So now it's your turn to pitch in. This community clean up day is targeting Meath Street, Francis Street, Thomas Court, Lamb’s Alley, John Street, John’s Lane and Bridgefoot Street. Bags, gloves and brushes will be provided so if you think Dublin 8 is great then pitch in. Enough yakety-yak, take out the papers and the trash. / Luka  Scoones

 

June 23 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€15/€10

theatre
See If You Like It

Stephen Sondheim has written some of the most memorable musicals of the past few decades, and even if you think you don’t know who he is I guarantee you that you’ve found yourself singing along to his songs on more than one occasion. With an amazing repertoire that includes songs from Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Gypsy and Company, it is no wonder that Georgia Snow decided to turn his work into a one woman show. Using songs from all the above and more she crafts a hilarious journey through her time in New York City and her move to Dublin while looking at the pressures imposed upon us all by society. If you’ve no interest in her story this is worth seeing for the fabulous music alone. If you are dying to hear her tales the music will simply punctuate it. Either way this is a musical lover's dream come true. / Frances Winston

   
 

June 24 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
Before Midnight

In what must count as the least likely (and least lucrative) franchise in film history, Richard Linklater's modest but beloved Before series is now a trilogy. Picking up nine years after the events of Before Sunrise, Midnight finds star-crossed lovers Jesse and Celeste finally together and with a couple of adorable kids to boot. Whereas the previous films dealt with the spark of new beginnings, this is a much darker affair, detailing all the not so nice stuff that goes into making a relationship work. The attempts to broaden the scope by including other characters don't always work (an interminable dinner scene feels like a bad Woody Allen homage) but things come to life in the final third with a spectacular set-to in a hotel room that will leave a generation of film fans questioning their romantic ideals. / Conor McDevitt

   
 

June 25 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8:30pm

how much
€9

screening
Shortbus

In the land of porn, acting is an optional extra. The difference between ‘acting erotically’ and ‘erotically acting’ is just too big for most. 9 songs and Antichrist had a decent poke at driving narrative through ‘unsimulated sex’, but really, only John Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus did so successfully. Post-orgasmic sex therapist Sofia attempts to help former child star Jamie and his ex-prostitute boyfriend James spice up their sex life. A menagerie of musicians, artists and sexual deviants lend their support- mainly whilst shagging their way around a hip underground salon/club in Brooklyn. Starting with 500 audition tapes, Mitchell let the characters and plot develop naturally through over 2 years of improvisation, and the result is a film where the relationships feel real and the sex is relevant, squelchy and often very funny... / Adam Duxbury

   
 

June 26 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€19.90

gig
Devendra Banhart

Before we begin, it’s important to highlight the difference between Freak-Folk and fake Folk. Freak-Folk is a fairly broad musical movement that pulled together the disparate strands of (mainly American) primitive guitar tradition into a great big bundle of weirdness. Fake Folk is pantomime costumes and smarmy, saccharine campfire singalongs. And since emerging from the streets of San Francisco by way of Venezuela, Devendra Banhart has crafted quite a career out of letting his freak flag fly. We’re on to album seven now, and while it retains the sense of humour and promiscuous attitude towards the genre he’s always been known for, there’s a newfound cohesiveness in the reverb-y, playfully jazzy material. It’s definitely some of the best stuff he’s done in years– and it’s likely we’ll get a performance to match. Win Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

June 26 2013


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

when
3:45pm/8:30pm

how much
€6-€9

screening
Planes, Trains and Automobiles

How many times have you spent a journey trying to read or sleep in constant danger of a turbulence related spillage all over your lap while the passenger next to you drools down your shoulder? This film explores some of these frustrations by telling the story of two unlikely companions and their attempts to get home in time for Thanksgiving. However, the tension between snobbish, up-tight Neal (Steve Martin) and loud, obnoxious Del (John Candy) turns this into a task of near epic proportions, which sees the men go from strangers to uncomfortable bed mates in a matter of hours. But the transformative quality of their relationship and Candy’s moving portrayal of Del injects this comedy with elements of genuine sincerity, highlighting the much missed actors talents and making this a classic of eighties cinema. / Ruth Hurl

 

June 26 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
6:40pm

how much
Free but ticketed

cinema
The Critical Take

Everyone's a critic apparently. I know I am. Always deciding whether I like something - a film, a book, a sandwich, you know the usual - and of course, the why. Nick Hornby cites the development of a critical faculty as a terrible thing, making enjoyment much more elusive. I'm not so sure about that one. Critics get a bad rep in general, look at the skewering Anton Ego (the clue's in the name) got from Pixar in Ratatouille, for critiquing instead of creating - "the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so." It's easy to dismiss not only the worth but the fun of critical thinking, of figuring out what you like and seeking out more of the same. Once you're not a jerk about it of course. Be your own best critic. / Kate McEvoy

   
 
Irish Design Shop

Laura Caffrey and Clare Grennan talk Irish design to Le Cool as they open their new store on Drury Street.

Laura and I studied metalwork together in NCAD. After that, we started working in Laura’s conservatory, in her family home. We were both making and selling our own jewellery and we couldn’t find any shop that it would fit in in Dublin. So we decided to set up our own.

Everything in the shop is designed and made in Ireland, by Irish people and other people who have settled here. It’s all very personal and we work quite closely with the makers. A few people have even done exclusive products for us.

When we started five years ago, we found it difficult to find ten people’s work who we liked. There wasn’t as much available that we thought suited the style of the shop and what we wanted to sell. But with the recession, a lot of people have gone back to making things, so there’s much more interesting stuff out there. We now have the work of over 30 makers between our two shops. Craft in Ireland is very much vibrant and alive at the moment, and we’re finding new things all the time.

The Irish Design Shop is at 41 Drury Street, Dublin 2. PHOTO: seanandyvette