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We're bronzed. We're back. While we were away, it appears that Arthur Guinness Fund fever took over the city, leached into the water sources, and quickly became the topic on tap.

Everyone from artists from disadvantaged backgrounds to well-established movers and shakers on the scene have the begging caps for popularity out. Also, the sheer volume of entries has left roses amongst thorns undiscovered.

With tweets, facebook statuses and mails flooding in, so is fatigue. Crowd-funding was born out of the collapse of the music industry, but it's quickly become a para-legal arts council of Ireland. The old routes of funding, with their smoke and mirrors, are being supplemented by us – the support and generosity of family and friends, the potential footfall of real-life enthusiasts.

So what does this latest twist on crowd-funding say?

Who's conflicted but knows God loves a trier? Michael, Ciaran, Kate or Amy

"...a few characters trying to get me the hell out of the way!" - Lee Grace
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August 15 2013


where
Dublin Whiskey Company , (formerly Mill St Studios) Mill Street Dublin 8


when
7pm - 11pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Outlined

Allow Le Cool to present to you the argument on the merits of proper Street Art and Graffiti. Not the stuff that every PR company shoehorns into product launches. Nor the 'Wacker loves Chantelle' stuff that is scrawled on street signs but the colour and paint that is so expertly applied and the ways the people who create it are not accepting of the polished and planned urban environment that is reflective of the few. Among those on show will be Rask - Godfather of Irish graffiti, Solus - the last punk left in town, Morgan - the steady handed tsar, Danleo - the uncontrollable doodler, DMC - the Clark Gable of gable ends and Aidan Kelly - Renaissance man. Music comes courtesy of Bantum (and maybe more). We'll lay on the Peroni, all you have to do is come. / Le Cool Dublin

 

August 15 2013


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

when
11pm

how much
€12.50

dj set
Bez

A band so dysfunctional they made Fleetwood Mac’s cocaine induced spats look like a schoolyard row over Top Trumps, The Happy Mondays bring their recently reunited musical circus to the leafy surrounds of Leopardstown on Thursday night. Preferring the professional title of “mover” to “dancer”, Bez was the bug-eyed, ass-shaking talisman of the group and came to personify the chemical fuelled hedonism of both the Hacienda and the wider Madchester movement. Following the band’s implosion and with a hefty tax bill to settle he became a cabbie, won Celebrity Big Brother and managed to feature in the best Club Orange advertisement of the noughties. With these dizzying career heights behind him, the maracas wielding Mancunian and human apothecary returns to court jester duty for some post gig ructions tonight. / Aaron Purcell

   
 

August 15 2013


where
Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square, D7

when
7:30pm

how much
€20 per team of four

table quiz
Upsmart

In the interest of maintaining the journalistic integrity of Le Cool, I must disclose that I donated to the Upstart crowdfunding campaign to create Granby Park. Because it's a great idea, pure and simple. The not-for-profit arts collective are aiming to transform a vacant lot on Dominick Street into a pop-up park. For four weeks they are replacing nothing with something. And what a something. Granby Park aims not just to be a green space, but a creative space, with outdoor cinema & theatre performances, live music, educational activities and a pop-up café. Even with the success of their Fund It initiative the campaigning to make Granby Park the best reality it can be continues. Upstart believe that creative collaboration is a tool for social change. Come collaborate at the Granby Park Table Quiz to make something better. / Kate McEvoy

 

August 15 2013


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€25.50

gig
Swans

It was more than 30 years ago that Swans emerged from the primordial musical stew of Koch-era NYC– that magic epoch when new genres were growing legs and crawling out of the filthy sea on a daily basis. Swans were dark, Swans were mean, and Swans were LOUD. And if that was all, we wouldn’t be talking about them right now, but over two decades their music twisted and grew into a seedy urban tableau of barren lives, broken emotions, and yes, beauty, that Tom Waits could only dream of. So, with ringleader Michael Gira now 59 instead of 29, have they mellowed with age? Well, yes and no. Gira’s inky baritone is as bottomless as ever, and the band are still capable of going from zero to supernova at the drop of his Stetson hat, but Swans now are less raw edge, more collective climax. This is musical maximalism. Win TicketsMarcus O'Sullivan

   
 

August 16 2013


where
See link

when
16th - 18th August

how much
Free

festival
Jack of Diamonds

If you ain't never been to a Rhythm & Roots festival I feel bad for you son. Cause they sure are all kinds of fun. 13 venues, three days and a whole bunch of rough 'n' ready musicians, handy with a fiddle and heck, not ashamed of feeling lonesome sometimes. Old-time roots, bluegrass, folk, trad, rockabilly and blues from over 100 of the country's finest musicians who just happen to boast some of the best band names in the business. You could do worse than to catch the always great I Draw Slow, or The Hot Sprockets, the blue-grassy melodies of Prison Love (the album title This Corn Is Awesome says it all really), the Balkan tunes of North Strand Kontra Band or the raspy sounds of The Cujo Family. Among the madness raise your glass in respect to the pipes on The Eskies or the trippiness of The Urges. / Hayley Reynolds

 

August 16 2013


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€13/45

theatre
Major Barbara

Major Barbara is the Bernard Shaw play that isn't Pygmalion...but still kind of is. Girls with pluck and can-do spirit, self-improvement that Gok Wan would applaud and humour are the order of the day. This production sees Clare Dunne take on the demanding role of Barbara, good-doer, Salvation Army Major, and the still luscious Paul McGann as Andrew Undershaft. The action has that parlour-gossipy quality to it and a definite farcical element which the ensemble cast plays expertly. The set is absolutely incredible in its smooth movements from classy mansion to West 'Am Salvo headquarters, to armament factory, while the only bad thing I could probably point out are a couple of Essex-ified Cockney accents (native talking). While Barbara is a dislikeable Desdemona of a goodytwoshoes, that's the point, and Dunne shows star quality. / Cora Burke

 

August 16 2013


where
Glasnevin Cemetery, 11 Finglas Road, Dublin, Co. Dublin City
01 830 1133‎
Location Map

when
10am-5pm

how much
€6/12

tour
Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum

Perfect for taphophiles, tourists and locals alike, Glasnevin is more than just a cemetery, and with 1.5 million people below ground there, it is rich with tales. The sleek museum boasts an online archive that lends itself to genealogical hunters, history buffs and the morbidly fascinated. The walking tours of the graveyard offer a proper insight into the characters underfoot. You can make like Yoko Ono and leave a rose on the final resting place of Daniel O'Connell, or leave one of the hundreds of optimistic love letters that are thrust every year upon the headstone of Michael Collins. The grounds of the cemetery are all sweeping lawns and gently swaying boughs, while Kavanagh's pub is nestled next door. Fondly dubbed The Gravediggers, it's the perfect resting place for pints. / Sophie Donaldson

   
 

August 17 2013


where
Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
Until 18 August

how much
Free

fair
Dublin Zine Fair

Founded in 2011, the Dublin Zine Fair has gone from strength to strength, growing in popularity and size all while finding its feet in a world of freely available soft copy. Launched to promote and celebrate independent publishing, the fair has afforded a solid territory for purveyors of autonomous print. This has come with the added advantage of providing support to individuals so they can pursue the self-determining practices of the art form. In an increasingly futuristic world where pieces of cultural capital are so freely transferred to digital formats taking up no more than miniature fractions of a hard drive, this event reclaims the joy of being a tactile person. It is these provisions that have worked to enhance and diversify the scene, because sometimes, tangibility is what really makes an item unique. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

August 17 2013


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

when
See HERE

how much
€6/9

cinema
Kuma - The Second Wife

Fatma, the dying matriarch of the film, provides for her family by choosing a successor. With a face marked by a topography of challenges undergone and overcome, she plucks a girl named Ayse from her local village in Turkey, instructs her on how to run a household, and drops her headfirst into the Panopticon pool of the immigrant Turkish community in Austria – drawing ripples of gossip from the idle and nosy; not to mention agitating delicate, familial scabs barely concealing pulses of anger, sibling rivalries and shame. Burgeoning self-discovery sends Ayse into a struggle between obligation to her adopted family and resistance to a life mapped by Fatma’s hand. Filmmaker Umut Dag weaves many sharp turns into the plot that would surely fix audiences to their seats, if only to recover from the consequent whiplash. / Olen Bajarius

 

August 17 2013


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


when
1pm

how much
€10

theatre
SCABS

It’s 1913 and there’s a miasma in the air. It’s percolating down through Irish society to the Dublin slums and tenements, here camping out at the setting of Naomi Elster’s Scabs. The Dublin Lock-Out is at its height; Marxism has insinuated itself into the Irish political scene in the form of Larkinism and while the workers and their soapbox leader, Audeon Kelly, are locked out, the audience is locked in; into the Kelly family’s struggles against starvation, infirmity and into the prevailing morality that underpins the play top-down. What we have here is a microcosmic exploration of morality, of means-to-an-end survival and of gender politics, as personified by Audeon’s wife Nora Casey, a woman who aspires to more than wifehood and who dreams of better for her daughter Mary Casey-Kelly. Scabs is insidious. It’s infectious. So let the message spread. / Aisling Smyth

   
 

August 18 2013


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€16

gig
Lord Huron

Purveyors of widescreen indie folk Lord Huron somehow rarely seem to breeze onto our shores. Out there, the sun turns the mousey hair on your arms a summer shade of blonde as you drive from the beach on an effortlessly breathless evening - the air pregnant with hope and opportunity. The sun itself seems filtered through a shade of sepia and the roads are smooth as butter as you and your friends glide into the bruised evening sky in a vintage convertible with the palm trees standing as sentinels to the glorious now. All of this is softly and inevitably soundtracked by Lord Huron’s mystery tinged Americana. With beautifully arranged songs like The Stranger, Ben Schneider and co. take a leaf out of Fleet Foxes book and transcribe it into a less earthy and more celestial tome. Custom made to provide the perfect accompaniment to an evening of fading light. / Emmet Condon

   
 

August 19 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
Wadjda

For most people their first bike symbolized their earliest taste of freedom, even if you did push it all the way to the park because you were too afraid to cycle it on the street. However, for Wadjda, a spirited Saudi schoolgirl, the green bike in her neighbourhood store represents more than just freedom. It signifies equality and more importantly the possibility of racing and beating her friend Abdullah. But in a patriarchal society where female cycling is frowned upon, raising the money to pay for the bike is the least of Wadjda’s troubles. While her parents argue over the possibility of a second wife joining the family, a Quran recital competition may offer Wadjda a solution to all her problems. This film, the first shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first directed by a Saudi woman, offers a unique perspective on the realities of life for women and girls in Saudi Arabian society. / Ruth Hurl

   
 

August 20 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€23

gig
Low

Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker have been making downbeat and melodic folk since the early 90s, when they released their first album. Since then they have released an album every couple of years, and now to mark their twentieth anniversary as a band they’re touring their most recent album, The Invisible Way, that was released earlier this year. Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, the album is comprised of stripped down gospel-folk hymns, led by the pair’s effortless vocal harmonies. Hailing from Duluth, Minnesota, the couple are regular visitors to Ireland, possibly due to their being unusually popular here; their last two albums making the Billboard Top 100. With live shows often steering considerably far from their recorded material, it’s always interesting to hear which gems will crop up and what new incarnation they’ll surface in. / Dave Desmond

 

August 20 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
Call Girl

Sweden in the 1970s presented itself to the world as the model utopian society, a place of true gender equality and liberal politics. Based on a true story, Call Girl is the tale of how a prostitution scandal involving many of Sweden’s political elite rocked this perception to its core. This is the debut feature from Mikael Marcimain, best known for his work on the fantastic Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. That film’s influence can be felt here with the attention to period aesthetic oozing out of the screen and detail in the plot layered incredibly thickly. This is one for those of you needing a break from what has been a blockbuster-a-week summer, a welcome respite from the superheroes, explosions, robots and monsters. Or if that’s not enough you could always just snigger immaturely after asking for tickets. / David Cadwallader

   
 

August 21 2013


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
Torche

In a world of alt-metal types competing to see who can make the most self-indulgent opus about Scandinavian fishing rights in the Middle Ages, Torche have a rather unusual gimmick - they're simply a really good pop band (albeit the heaviest pop band in the universe. ) That's not to cast aspersions on their rock credentials, they can do sludge with the best of 'em (and guitarist Andrew Elstner was once treated for rabies after a bat pissed in his eye, which ranks just below being eaten by a wolf on my list of most metal accidents that can befall a person) but what really distinguishes them from the riffing hordes is frontman Steve Brooks' innate gift for crafting a chorus that it's almost impossible not to bellow along to. Perhaps while not wearing a shirt. Hey, if it feels good... / Conor McDevitt

 

August 21 2013


where
The Gate, 1 Cavendish Row, Dublin 1
01 874 4045
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€25-€32

theatre
A Streetcar Named Desire

Blanche DuBois is one of the great lushes in theatre. Her 'hoity-toity' swagger, into the lives of her sister Stella and her hot head husband Stanley Kowalski, belies a fall from grace. Set in the sultry environs of a two room apartment in New Orleans, Tennesse Williams 1947 play bubbles and builds with little more than a ceiling fan to chill the tension. This production by Ethan McSweeney puts Blanche to the fore in contrast to the iconic film version where Brando delectably chewed and spat every scene with brutish brilliance. We know the mounting see-saw tension between Lia Williams (Blanche) and Garret Lombard (Kowalski) can only end in injury piled upon insult. This 'rattle-trap' Streetcar careers down the tracks over three hours but there's no stop we want to get off at other than Desire. / Michael McDermott

   
 
Prop Hunters

Le Cool say 'props!' to Daire Carolan and Colin Farmer, organisers of Prop Hunters.

"Prop hunting" according to the dictionary is the art of gaining others' respect through skateboarding prowess. Essentially it's a celebration of the creative side of skateboarding. Skateboarding is a creative activity and that feeds into other areas like photography, design and film-making. We wanted to showcase that side of things...

There's a real mix of subject matter, as well as straight-up skate shots, there's also more documentary photos which capture the moments between the tricks. A stand out moment last year was the lads riding a toilet on skateboards down the lane beside Little Green Bar where the exhibition was on, until they eventually ended up breaking it. The whole crowd outside cheered, it was pretty hilarious. 

Seeing people like Rich Gilligan, Niall O'Brien and Phil Evans go on to greater things is both inspirational and reassuring. There's really quite a small scene here, so it's nuts that they're making an impact on the international stage. 

Prop Hunters #3 takes place at the Mabos Warehouse, Saturday 17th August from 4pm. PHOTO: Daragh Soden