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Like Nala stalking Timon and Pumba in The Lion King, we are very good at lying in wait. The thrill of the chase gets us buzzing every time.

It's an instinct we like to apply to shopping in Dublin...crawling under rails at the Brown Thomas sale, rummaging the racks at 9 Crow Street, or just getting the inside track on what cool labels Indigo & Cloth have on the way. And of course, the search for sizes to accommodate our ever-expanding waistlines.

This adrenaline rush retail is also why we're welcoming the Toejam Car Boot Sale back! Success at a car boot sale is all about patience, perseverance, and knowing your Ming Dynasty from your mingin'. Because our bargainista spidey senses are so spot on, we knew Toejam couldn't stay away forever. Scavenging in the sun. Delish.

And sometimes, when we want to flash the cash on designer threads without breaking the bank, we take ourselves off to Kildare Village for our slick Sunday get-up. Which is why we are proud to present THIS MAP, produced in conjunction with Kildare Village, and illustrated by former cover artist Kitty Moss.

Who is offering you an insider's guide to chic this week? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Kayla.

"This cover was inspired by the city at night." - James Loughman
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July 11 2013


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


when
8pm

how much
€8/€6

10 days in dublin
Lovely Girl's Guide To Lovely Living

Being a lovely girl is a full time occupation. It takes energy, effort, and a thick (but well moisturised) skin. People might say "She's not really a lovely girl!" even if you have the scones and home-made preserves to prove it. The latest piece from Come As Soon As You Hear suggests that they've moved away from their usual fare (being cheeky in the near-nuddy pants) and have learnt the errors of their ways. Maybe their Mams finally got them to confession or something? Lola White is flying the flag in their first one woman show (and there's no better woman for it) and teaching you, YES YOU, how to preserve your decency in a tea dress, choose topics of conversation so inoffensive you'll be offended by their inoffensiveness, and how many fairy cakes are too many fairy cakes. (Answer: There's no such thing as too many.) Win Tickets / Cora Burke

 

July 11 2013


where
Temple Bar,


when
6pm

how much
Free

market
Temple Bar Night Market

The second in the trilogy of outdoor night markets in Dublin's Culture Quarter has returned, and tonight sees Temple Bar offer up her cobbled streets to artists, musicians and craftspeople to flog their wares. If the first event is anything to go by then the highlight is sure to be the live street and graphic art that will be created on site, with anything not sold to be auctioned for charity. Since summer's officially landed, there's a fierce long stretch in the evenings, so it will hardly feel like a 'night market' - given it will still be as bright and hot as Stephen Fry in a sauna. Let's all just go with it and ignore that niggling sensation that global warming has finally come to claim us. Don't worry, it's grand. / Hayley Reynolds

 

July 11 2013


where
The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
01 677 9250‎
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when
6:30pm

how much
€5

comedy
Conor O'Toole: The Font & The Fury

Not being a graphic designer, architect, or one of those creative types, I don’t really understand how my friends get so worked up about fonts. They have assured me if I were to send them a wedding invitation in Comic Sans they’d be disinclined to attend my hypothetical nuptials. Which actually sounds like a great way of culling a guest list. When he’s not dodging kamikaze aeroplanes, avoiding T-Rex bouncers or naming really ugly spiders Katie (a bit too close for comfort there), Conor O’Toole is deeply concerned about typography. I’d wager he remains concerned during the above activities too. Even if you don’t know what kerning is (no clue) there’s still plenty of whimsy to go around in his compendium of routines for 10 Days in Dublin, as well as a sneak peek at his new material “Conor O’Toole; or the Modern Whale”. Win Tickets / Kate McEvoy

   
 

July 11 2013


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

how much
€10/€8

10 days in dublin
Baring Our Ashes

You’re probably a little bit skeptical of any event that involves a poetry reading. Fair enough. It’s a notoriously hard art form to get right, and when it goes wrong it can go very, very wrong. But you’re also probably curious– you approve of poetry in general, and wonder what a real reading would actually be like. Well, wonder no more! As part of the 10 Days in Dublin fest, two of the leading lights in Dublin’s poetry scene have put together the perfect intro for you, a night of words and a night of music. Kerrie O’Brien and Dimitra Xidous (sick name) run the Bare Hands Anthology and the weekly Ash Sessions in Ranelagh respectively, which combined constitute Dublin’s primary axis for young and emerging poets. Expect emotion, but don’t expect cringe-inducing overwrought paeans to the delicacy of dewdrops. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

July 11 2013


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
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when
8pm

how much
€10/€8

10 days in dublin
Token Word

They May Blaze will bring the spoken word rays to South Studios tonight in the final performance of their showcase production, Token Word. Eight poems by the enchanting Iseult Sheehy form the cornerstone to this concoction of projected visuals and live music. Fans of a good horn won't be disappointed as saxes, clarinet, trumpet, and tuba combine with keys, guitar, bass & drums to throw up the musical goods, from a band aptly named 'The Goods'.  Artist Josh Lim has also compiled a collection of rare and luscious footage that he has remixed and collaged in response to the poetry. With all of this going on, it's clear that They May Blaze hold true to their tenant of 'getting off your knees and thriving.' No token words for praise here, just a solid recommendation for a unique experience. / Luka Scoones

 

July 11 2013


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

how much
€10/€8

gig
Le1f

Sitting at my desk falling asleep one day I asked my friend Jack to recommend something that would make me sit up and set a fire under my ass – Enter Stage Le1F. The worlds of hip-hop and super-campness collide in this artist with the most mouthwatering shit-cool results. A major stand-out on his cv is that he has brought back voguing, the great art-form that was thrown out at the end of the 80’s along with shoulder-pads and those weird jogging shorts for men. ‘Wut’ is probably the song most would recognize, and it’s an addictive tune that showcases why he is an unconventional artist that can both rap virtuously and (in the video) dance like an angel – and all in an extremely enviable wardrobe. Apparently he’s a ‘rap deconstructionist’ but shmah – he’s just fun. Roisin Agnew

   
 

July 12 2013


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
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when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Present Tense

The University of Ulster's MFA in Photography may only be young, but it's shaking the Irish photography world by releasing ace photographer after ace photographer out into the big bad world. This year's show will see Paul Gaffney's project on his revelatory time spent walking the Camino, Yvette Monahan's pieces captured as a millenarian group awaited the new beginning in rural France, and Rory O'Neill's investigation into the reality of asylum seekers' lives. Also gracing South Studios will be the work of Dave Hussey, whose tender examination of illness and family is personal yet familiar, and Eoin Connail, whose work looks at detachment and environment, all bleak architecture and lonely personas. This is only a snapshot of what these kids can do...so support. / Cora Burke

 

July 12 2013


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
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when
9pm

how much
€18-€22

theatre
All Dolled Up Restitched

Panti talks candidly about tranny chasers, sex adventures around the world and the way mortals treat supreme drag queens as fair game to invest their most intimate secrets into and to grab their boobs as though that’s totes acceptable. You are taken on a global excursion detailing not only the existence of Rory and his unification with the inner Panti but you also learn, see and hear about gender, sexism, STDs and the slight and affront that it is to the moral majority to be faced with a man who has taped down his genitals and donned a frock. Tinged with humour and exciting exploits, there are moments of exposure, fright, delight and a soul touching human condition exposing realness to a piece that not only celebrates Panti doyenne of Dublin but draggery in all its glory. / Joseph Kearney

   
 

July 12 2013


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

how much
€10/€8

theatre
Shopping and Fucking

Nicely positioned at the foot of Grafton Street and populated by students teeming with hormones, Trinity College is pretty much at the epicentre of Dublin's shopping and fucking. Heck, a bit of hanky-panky in the Book of Kells gift shop and you can even manage both at once. So, who better to present an update of Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking than some of DU Players' finest upstarts? They're supposed to be on their summer holidays, but they don't give a shit. Directed by Ricky McCormack, this production of one of Ravenhill's earliest plays promises insights into falling in love with your best friend, using microwaves as your only source of heat and trying in vain to find your place in the world, which sounds awfully like my own experience of being a student. But presumably involves considerably more fucking. / Joey Kavanagh

 

July 12 2013


where
Iveagh Gardens, 2 Clonmel Street, DUblin 2
01 475 7816
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when
6.30pm

how much
€33.50

gig
The Tallest Man on Earth

Two things struck me when I saw The Tallest Man On Earth play Vicar St. last October. Firstly, he really isn't all that tall and secondly, I was amazed at how easily Kristian Matsson cooed, coaxed and cajoled his audience into a loved-up, hands-in-the-air frenzy. I mean, he’s a fucking folk singer! The Swede should be moody, introspective and, as a gifted songwriter who frequently garners drooling Dylan comparisons, maybe even downright rude. But somewhere along the line Matsson went off message and let his charisma outta the bag. For that’s what TTMOE shows are: catch-all, life-affirming, mutual admiration parties. The only potential concern about this Iveagh Gardens gig is whether the stunning outdoor venue will be big enough to contain this natural born showman. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

   
 

July 13 2013


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
7:30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
The Afronauts - Cristina De Middel

"We choose to go to the moon. Not because it is easy, because is it hard. That challenge is one we are willing to accept and one we intend to win." JFK roused the American people with these words in 1962, promoting a 250,000 kilometer trip to the top of the nation's wish list. Meanwhile, slightly closer to home, in celestial terms at least, a Zambian school teacher called Edward Makuka had the same goal. Perhaps Zambia was punch drunk on new-found independence, or maybe it was just one of those impossible dreams that gets under the skin and irks until you act on it. Either way, this incredible picture-book brilliantly documents one of the most eccentric moments in African history, a history dotted with too much violence and despair for it not to touch the dreamer in everyone. / Vernon Steel
 

July 13 2013


where
The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
01 677 9250‎
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when
6:30pm

how much
€5

comedy
Alison Spittle: Stoat Toast

The amalgamation of a plethora of backgrounds, one could say that Alison Spittle is, in many ways, an enigma. Fiercely quick witted, she spends most of her time eschewing normative gender expectations that're regularly (and unfairly) heaved upon most female comedians. By this I mean, you won't find many people proclaiming, 'She's funny, for like, a girl' but instead, a pretty neutral acknowledgement of her genuine aptitude for making rooms of people consistently laugh. Stoat Toast centres on the subject of mental health with shout outs to Will.I.Am and jelly beans, obviously. Alison's ability to artfully weave comedy through her stories, will leave you feeling like you've had a phenomenal chat, filled with a ream of personal in-jokes, uttered from an energetic but friendly stranger. Or mad woman. Mad woman works too. Win Tickets / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

July 13 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7.30pm

how much
€10

album launch
Halves: Boa Howl

Bolstered by a Choice Music Prize nomination for their debut and universally positive reviews for their new, recently released sophomore Boa Howl (you’ve not heard it? well, what are you waiting for?) the Button Factory plays host to Halves as they kick off their nationwide tour. The three Dubliners face the unenviable task of translating their intricate studio compositions – you could label it experimental, but I reckon a highly bred cross section of rock and ambient electronica is more accurate – to a live setting. They’ve managed to cram 11 musicians on stage before, but this time a streamlined five-piece set-up (they’ll be joined by new drummer Neil Crowley and Canadian violinist Elaine Kelly-Canning) will add flesh to the delicate bones of their work. Support comes from Overhead, The Albatross and Bantum. Brian Keane / Win Tickets

   
 

July 13 2013


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

how much
€12/€10

gig
Urulu & Tessela

Urulu and Tessela, two intriguing monikers indeed. In the modern age of electronica, where it can sometimes seem that choosing the perfect pseudonym to accompany a beatsmith's body of work is vitally important, these two certainly fit the category of those select few who find synchronicity between their name and their work. LA groovester Urulu makes his way to the Pepper from LA with a crammed box of 90’s inspired smooth house delights such as Things I Didn’t Mean and 1991, while also consistently putting out soulful grooves that would make Kerri chandler weep with pride at the onslaught of the new generation of deep house dynamos. Let us not forget Tessela though, who with the recent launch of his own Polykicks label, looks set to make 2013 his definitive year. / Philip Notaro

 

July 13 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
9:30pm

how much
Free for Nerds vs Jocks ticketholders

screening
Super8 Study Series

Last time we met Dublin’s Super8 wizard Dennis Kenny he was screening a bunch of old sci-fi gems including a glorious original trailer for Blade Runner that might actually be better than the real thing. He will take a different tack this weekend when he brings his travelling Super8 show back as part of Hollywood Babylon’s Nerds v. Jocks event. Dennis rifled through his extensive collection of original Super8 reels and rustled up mis-educational gems including Shark Doctors!, a film by Life Aquatic inspiration Jacques Cousteau and a sleazy-ish 1970s mardi-gras documentary. With this pseudo-educational atmosphere, it’ll actually feel like we stepped into the school from The Wonder YearsSuper8 movies are like Ramones songs - you don’t like one, next one comes around pretty quickly. / Vince Lancaster

 

July 13 2013


where
The Abbey Tavern, Howth, Co. Dublin


when
8pm

how much
€20

gig
Declan O'Rourke

As one of our most successful troubadours it is rare that fans get a chance to see Declan O’Rourke up close and personal, but the “Galileo” singer is making an exception and bringing his remarkable talents to this intimate venue for one night only. Lauded by his peers, including The Modfather himself Paul Weller who has said of him, “He writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, songs that sound like they’ve been around forever”; it is easy to get lost in his live shows as he has an almost hypnotic ability to hold an audience in his grasp. Every song comes from the heart, and you can almost feel the pain or joy behind it as he bares his soul on each number. Music like this is absolutely best enjoyed in a smaller venue, and this should be a truly emotional, moving and memorable evening. / Frances Winston

   
 

July 14 2013


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
Until 29 August

how much
Free

exhibition
Illusion

You often hear people say “it has to be seen to be believed”, but in the modern world, can we really trust our senses? Are things really as they seem? Illusion, the latest exhibition at the Science Gallery, explores these questions in an interactive way. Comprising a number of playful and fascinating installations including a mirror that transforms you into an animal, an apparatus that gives you a virtual haircut, an “invisible eye” that constructs itself as you watch, and creepy digital bugs that crawl up your arm, Illusion combines science, psychology, art and performance to show us how what we perceive is often drastically different from reality. It’s an incredible insight into the human mind and how easily we can be tricked. / Kayla Walsh

 

July 14 2013


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
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when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
The Music Tapes

They Kickstarted their tour with a Travelling Imaginary tent in the US and created a 7ft metronome. While neither of these make it over this side of the pond, The Music Tapes first jaunt here promises songs, stories, games and Static (the singing television). Blending experimental pop and performance art in a sometimes woozy, sometimes ramshackle blender, they travel in support of Mary's Voice, their latest release. The Music Tapes hold special appeal to Neutral Milk Hotel fans as it's Julian Koster's project. Reminiscent at times of Sufjan Stevens on sonic day release, the banjo strum and lyrical wail all adds to an experience you'll wish to rewind, replay and maybe even unspool in your mind. This show promises abundant charms. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

 

July 14 2013


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

how much
€10

event
Mississippi Records & Alan Lomax Archives

It is impossible to quantify just how important the work of Alan Lomax was in recording the oral and musical history of folk music. The thousands of hours of recordings, photographs, film and notated music he collected for over 60 years form a body of work as important to preserving folklore as any other, made clear by it being preserved by the U.S. Library of Congress. During the 1950s, Lomax spent time in Ireland recording alongside our own ethnomusicologist and piper, Seamus Ennis. This night is a rare opportunity to experience first-hand some of the rarities from the Lomax collection including live footage performances presented by crate diggers Mississippi Records. Label head Eric Isaacson will be playing music too, culled from Mississippi's library of folk, blues, spirituals and roots music, from 1890 to today. / Simon Judge

   
 

July 15 2013


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

how much
€16/€14

theatre
Twelfth Night

Shipwrecks are usually the end of the story. You get cold. You die. However, the shipwreck was a device that Shakespeare used to trampoline-launch into farce, romance, and sheer havoc. In this production of Twelfth Night, by AC Productions, they heighten the sense of the ridiculous with flamboyant costuming, thrilling performances, and a pace that doesn't have you clock-watching.  The EastEnders lovers among you will appreciate the drag, convoluted love-connections and drama piled upon drama. A sandwich of love, lies and lost-at-seaness, or what you will. You know they say Shakespeare was the first ever soap writer...well this particular production is fizzing with suds. Win Tickets / Flora Twerk

 

July 15 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
See http://www.ifi.ie/film/play/

how much
€5.40-€9

cinema
Play

Play, directed by Ruben Östlund, tells the story of a gang of black immigrant teens who bully and rob a smaller group of middle-class kids (two white and one Asian). It’s the sort of film which would never get funded over here – it sparked serious controversy in the Swedish press, with many accusing Östlund of racism. We watch the attackers “play” (see what I did there?) with their victims’ confused ideas about ethnic minorities and exploit their attempt to be politically correct in the face of aggression. As one-sided as the film’s perspective is, it raises some important questions about social conditioning and the abuse of power, and is both thought-provoking and interesting. Just close your eyes for the scene in which the Asian boy soils himself and then rips his own underwear off. / Kayla Walsh

   
 

July 16 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6.30pm

how much
€5.40-€9

cinema
Raging Bull

Boxing is probably the most cinematic of sports. Americans love making films about their native forms of recreation, as much as they like giving competitions consisting only of US teams titles like The World Series. Despite owning both Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights, I’m still not sure exactly what’s going on out there. You can imagine the confusion if those across the pond were confronted with an opus about hurling. As Invictus proved, even if you throw in Morgan Freeman as Madiba himself, rugby’s a tricky sell. Pugilism transcends national borders. You hit the other guy til he falls down. Raging Bull takes that one step further by bringing us into the ring with Jake LaMotta, instead of treating us as passive spectators beyond the ropes. We hit the other guy til he falls down. If we win, we win. If we lose, we still win. / Kate McEvoy

 

July 16 2013


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

how much
€9/€7.50

cinema
A Field in England

This must have been an odd sell; from the man who brought you horror classics Sightseers and Kill List comes a monochrome period drama about four men high on mushrooms looking for treasure in the English countryside…oh and by the way, they plan on releasing the film in cinemas, DVD and Television simultaneously. I suppose the incredibly modest £300,000 budget must been a considerable help in getting them the green light. However credit should be given where it’s due as this little art house number has generated more interest than 99% of films with a similar budget, so it could become a hit through curiosity alone. And if experimentation in cinema distribution models doesn’t whet your appetite, you could always remember how good Sightseers was and go on that basis. / David Cadwallader

   
 

July 17 2013


where
Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8


when
1:30pm-5:30pm, concert at 6pm

how much
Free

concert
Screens

The word ‘contemporary’ often has polarising effects: enthusiastic zealots automatically endorsing anything with the label; our more conservative friends (or elderly relatives) simply stating “Oh! that’s not for me”. With any luck the word does not rouse fear in the reader, but rather a sense of adventure in the discovery of something new. What distinguishes the Irish Composers Collective is the youth in their ranks. Screens offers up these artists’ work on a looped screening throughout this daylong showcase. These multimedia works and electroacoustic pieces testify to a youthful spirit of experimental exploration. A live performance at 6.00pm rounds off the day in a new collaboration called Feeding Time, where improvised dance interacts with projection and electronics. Polarising? We prefer engaging. / Robert Blake

 
Traxedoz

Move over Pyjama Girls, The Traxedoz boys are on your stoop. Le Cool limbers up on the starting blocks with Ian Murphy and Johnno.

Myself and Johnno were sitting around at his gaff having a few drinks when we came up with the idea. We tried to find a Traxedoz online and realised that there was no-one out there selling them. We figured it would be a bit of a buzz to do.

We’ve sold tons of them to the States, England and Oz. We were only doing black, but now we’re also doing green, pink, red and blue. We have loads of other ideas as well; we’re going to do tartan and leopard-print ones. It’s real tacky but it’s a bit of craic. They help you stand out from the crowd. They’re great fun for festivals, stag and hen nights.

At the horse show in the RDS, on the last day when everyone gets spruced up, four of us went in Traxedoz and canes and top hats. We actually got on the news and in a few of the papers.

I had my stag night in London and there were twenty-five of us, all in the different types. We got mad attention over there. I’m getting married this week...but I’m not allowed to wear a TraxedozPhoto: Eoin Kirwan