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Potential. That was the catch call when the arse fell out of the economy, ‘but we have so much potential.’ And it was true, but somewhere along the line potential was hamstrung by bureaucracy and politics. Same old, then.

NAMA may have inherited the largest (non-performing) property portfolio in Europe, but it was ordinary Dubliners who tried to perform within the vacant landscape they inherited. First out of the blocks were the Block-T crew, and it looked promising for a while. Mabos and The Chocolate Factory were the heirs apparent, the former a unique city space where emphasis is put on creative education and experiential entertainment, the latter a collective space of studios and the home to Dublin's first rooftop urban garden. But recently, something has gone wrong. They both, for a variety of reasons, face closure.

Tonight (event LINK), reps from both buildings talk at the newest collective space, Loom Studios, to educate the rest of us on the lessons learned and how there still is potential for more. With Granby Park this week, they might just be right.

Who is descendant from unused space this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Olen
"[This] is an update of an iconic John Hinde postcard photo." - The Stone Twins
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August 22 2013


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€15/€12

theatre
A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Round Talking

Welcome to suburbia. Population: two. This is Westchester, and it comes replete with hilarious highs and touching lows. It is home to Maude Mix (Ruth Calder-Potts) and her absent husband; the birthplace of her friendship with immoderate Texan Hannah-Mae (Sharyn Hayden); and the setting of her unwitting quest for self-realisation. It’s unsurprisingly about A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. What IS surprising is that it’s a play with a soundtrack. A really very good soundtrack, delivered (for the most part) by ‘Singer’, songstress Truly DiVine. Two is a small number, but with Calder-Potts and Hayden on stage it never gets lonely. It’s safe to say that whether they’re hitting the high notes in tone-deaf cat fights or pitch-perfect in one of DiVine’s bluesy acappella musings, this play is a hit. / Aisling Smyth

 

August 22 2013


where
Dtwo, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€10

fundraiser
First Fortnight Fundraiser

When someone asks how you're doing in Ireland, the standard reply is “grand”. This covers a spectrum from delirious joy to dying on the inside. We've made great strides in having a national conversation about mental health, but we still have a way to go. First Fortnight challenges this stigma through the creative arts. During the staple slump that follows the festive period, First Fortnight has become a January fixture combining a good night out with dispatching you into the new year knowing there's space to talk if you need it and that you're not alone. As a non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, they need a little help to keep things rolling. To this end, they're running a table quiz with a frankly dazzling array of prizes too long to list to help fund their 2014 incarnation. Get on it and keep the good vibes going. / Kate McEvoy

   
 

August 22 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€17.50/€20

gig
Lonnie Liston Smith

Ah Lonnie Liston Smith where have you been all my life? No idea really cause I’ve never went looking but that’s what Choice Cuts do for me. Listen, dig, unearth and then bring it to my doorstep. Jazz, soul, funk – they blow the dust off the treasured vinyl and artists which time and trends may forget but wikipedia never does. He’s 72 now and has played with the ledgebags such as Miles Davis and Pharoah Sanders. I’ve no idea if he’s been here before or even knows where we are but presume that his true skills as a one night stand performer means he’ll pass it off with aplomb and maybe even reference the Bomber Liston as a first cousin of his. Dig it! Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

 

August 22 2013


where
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8


when
8pm

how much
€8

screening
3epkano scoring Der Golem

3epkano have conquered many a venue with their haunting original scores. From Metropolis in the sharp-cornered spaces on the National Gallery, to Pandora's Box in the redcurtained opulence of The Savoy and The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari in leafy Fitzwilliam Square, they've transformed spaces around Dublin with lush strings and urgent percussion, to say nothing of their triumphs further afield. Now they combine with singer Iarla Ó Lionáird to take over Christ Church Cathedral with their rendition of the eery and eerily prescient Der Golem. The 1920 horror classic combines German Expressionism with characteristics of an early monster movie, as an enormous man of stone and clay becomes the frightening protector of the citizens in Prague's Jewish ghetto. Another a great marriage of venue and text worth being there for. / Kate McEvoy

   
 

August 23 2013


where
Dalkey

when
August 23rd - 25th

how much
Free

festival
Dalkey Lobster Fest

There's a fair bit of Dalkey-love taking place this weekend at the second annual Lobster Fest. Artisan stalls, cookery demos from local chefs, local artists opening their homes for perusal, and Pat Kenny hosting a celebrity, Ready, Steady Cook - though it'd be more entertaining to have him host the kids' Little Master Chef Final instead. If lobsters and jazz aren't your bag then there's always the mass drumming with 'found objects', the Glam Gran or Dodgy Dog comps (which are totally two separate events) or the chance to win an Aston Martin. Lobfest is certainly bursting with Dalkey-pride and will be especially so after the re-crowning of the current 'King of Dalkey' on the local Island. Nice tradition you must admit. Does kinda make those of us without a King feel a lil' sheepish though. / Hayley Reynolds

 

August 23 2013


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

when
10pm

how much
€10-12

screening
This Is Spinal Tap

Rob Reiner’s film satirises the excessive pomp and pretension of the heavy metal bands of the eighties by chronicling the fictional group Spinal Tap’s efforts to promote their new album “Smell the Glove” in America. But the ageing British band’s tour is marred by poor ticket sales, a Yoko Ono style girlfriend and the backstage catastrophe that is the miniature bread that won’t fold the right way. However, This Is Spinal Tap is more than just a series of hilarious one-liners and set pieces. The film’s parody of the hair metal genre is so successful that not only has it become one of the most influential mockumentaries, inspiring countless comedians, but the phrase Spinal Tap has become a byword for describing ridiculous, overblown rock and roll antics, like the time U2 got stuck inside a giant lemon on stage. / Ruth Hurl

   
 

August 24 2013


where
Hendrons Building, Upper Dominick Street, Dublin 7


when
11am-5pm

how much
Free

market
Meerkat Market

Crocheted curios and cake are a promising start to this jumble of vintage treasures, records and bric-a-brac. A welcome reprieve from the fervid hordes of shoppers that descend upon the Northside's retail emporiums, the Meerkat Market is the perfect tonic for those yearning for the spoils of a good old fashioned flea market. A newbie to the scene, it is a noteworthy sibling to Dublin's boisterous cluster of weekly and monthly markets. Look out for the pretty pastel sidewalk chalk, paving the way to bigger and better things. *DISCLAIMER: There probably won't be any meerkats there, but what can you do? They're prissy divas. / Sophie Donaldson

 

August 24 2013


where
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.
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when
2pm

how much
Free (but donate!)

charity
The SCOOP Olympics

It doesn’t seem like over a year since we basked in the pursuits of the world’s finest athletes at the greatest show on earth and names like Taylor, Froome and Phelps entered the pantheon of Olympic heroes forever more. Sporting highlights aside, London 2012 was also a defining moment in pop culture as Bond and Her Maj exchanged pleasantries, Russell Brand sang The Beatles and eh, the Spice Girls reunited…The Scoop (Support Children out of Poverty) Olympics aims to fill the void in this year’s calendar with an eccentric day of madcap events in the Phoenix Park. The Stiletto Sprint (obligatory 7cm heels) is sure to make the Bolt vs. Blake encounter of last year look like mere child’s play. The Grand Social hosts the Crowning Ceremony where DJs, comedy and live visuals feature. Never has the motto of Citius, Altius, Fortius been more relevant! / Aaron Purcell

 

August 23 2013


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

how much
Free (see win tickets)

gig
Wild Turkey Mash!

A Battle of the Bands you say! A guitar riffing, peddle pumping, drum thumping, vocal wailing, hip wiggling moment in one's life. A moment when you stand before your mates, when you hope there’s an A&R man or jaded music hack slinking in the background. You dream of the battle, armoured with songs jammed in garages and bedrooms and half-empty rooms. And so tonight on the edge of Temple Bar, when the drugs begin to take hold. You may find yourself thinking "I feel a bit lightheaded" And suddenly there will be a terrible roar and the sky will fill with what looks like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around. And a voice will scream "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?" Tonight my friends these animals are Mojo Gogo, Redwoods and Storyfold, all aided and abetted by Hunter S Thompson’s whiskey of choice. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

   
 

August 24 2013


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

how much
€13.95

gig
Levon Vincent

Houston native Levon Vincent moved to the east coast before starting to DJ in the eighties, then moving to Berlin and producing ever since. His music is consistent techno and house with a rough edge that remains subtly rather beautiful. Although perhaps the softer side is more prevalent in track titles - it's rare enough you'd see a techno song titled Polar Bear Make Nice With That Sea Lion. Another rarity is that Levon Vincent is just as loved by the critics as legions of dancers in sweaty dark nightclubs. Support on the night comes from Dublin's own increasingly popular Frank B and Belfast's Twist DJs. If you like music, if you like dancing and especially if you like getting totally lost in it all, this isn't to be missed. / Niamh Keenan

 

August 24 2013


where
Moxie Studio, Pembroke Row D2
Location Map

when
From 11am

how much
€20e per kilo


Shutterbug Kilo Sale

A kilo is exactly 400 pennies, or at Dublin's latest Shutterbug sale a whole lot of vintage. The biannual event is super simple, pick up whatever catches your fancy, weigh it and each kilo of clothes is €20. Infamous at this stage, Kilkenny's Shutterbug is adored by Irish vintage shoppers for kimonos, distressed Levis and perfectly sourced sequin embellished pieces, attracting visitors nationwide. Covering all bases, equally successful online store Folkster will have a pop up, and if brand spankin' new is more your scene there'll be the usual shoe section with Jeffrey Campbell & Mista to tempt and add a few inches while bopping along to the live DJ. Hit up Moxie Studios for rails of internationally sourced gems, go early to avoid the inevitable queue - and prepare to come home with a few less pennies and a few kilos of Kilkenny vintage. / Niamh Keenan

   
 

August 25 2013


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

when
13.00|15.00|18.20|20.30

how much
€7.60-9

cinema
Lovelace

When a project starring cinematic kryptonite Lindsay Lohan predictably spluttered to a stop, the mantle fell to her former Mean Girls co-star Amanda Seyfried to bring the story of '70s porno pin-up Linda Lovelace to the big screen. Told in two acts, Lovelace does its best to allow viewers to come to their own conclusions about the circumstances that led to the most infamous blowjob that side of Bill Clinton 'not having sexual relations'. It does so with varied success, feeling oddly lightweight considering the often heavy subject matter, but Lovelace is salvaged by some inspired casting. A barely-recognisable Sharon Stone is fearsome as Linda's shamed mother, while Peter Sarsgaard oozes '70s sleaze as her lover and mentor Chuck. Seyfried's gutsy performance, meanwhile, steers Lovelace clear of made-for-TV3 movie territory. / Joey Kavanagh
   
 

August 26 2013


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

when
2.10pm Other showings HERE

how much
€7.50

cinema
What Maisie Knew

It may have taken one hundred and sixteen years to make it to the big screen, but Henry James’ 1897 novel is finally on the silver screen. The tale of the divorce of an incredibly selfish couple told from the perspective of their child, the American realist’s novel has been updated to modern day New York. Like the novel, the film retains the theme of a condemnation of what is seen as excessive selfishness in modern society - what happens when people are no longer willing to face their responsibilities and parents use their child as the catalyst and the medium for exacerbating their petty differences. It may not be a laugh riot, there is not one car chase nor does Julianne Moore walk slowly away from an explosion, but it is one the most thought-provoking and considered pieces of cinema you’ll see this year. / David Cadwallader

 

August 26 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

documentary
Morrissey 25: Live

Morrissey has now been a solo artist for 25 years. 25 years without gladioli hanging out of his ass, 25 years without hugging or being hugged by Johnny Marr, and 25 years of making hits. Yes, we all loved The Smiths, and no, we didn't want to see it end in the High Court, but it did. I think that the microphone wagging in Last of the Famous International Playboys, the cow-bongoing in Suedehead, and the weird national-front-esque obsession with boxing have more than made up for that acrimonious split though. What would break-ups be without You Have Killed Me, and how would we know how to treat our ball-and-chain friends without Girl Least Likely To? This is a celebration of Mozza and his fans. It's really one for the hard core fans, so there's always death by the Morrissey method if it all gets too much. / Kate Coleman

   
 

August 27 2013


where
31 Drury Street,
Dublin 2

when
http://www.kaph.ie/

how much
Depends, see link

le other
Kaph

Kaph is the newest addition to Dublin's flourishing coffee scene. The angular interior of polished copper and ash wood is punctuated by glossy red sacks of Has Bean coffee, an indication of good things to come as the staircase winds away from the frenetic energy of the ground floor into Making Space @ Kaph. Owner Chris Keegan has left this beautifully panelled room clear, intending it to be a formative space for the creative community. It is at once a transient gallery, a musician's studio, an artist's enclave- the possibilities are unbounded. September plays hosts to four artists in residence who will be making, exhibiting and selling their pieces. Kaph is more than a caffeine kick, as it fuels Dublin's creative landscape one good coffee at a time. / Sophie Donaldson

 

August 27 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€5

spoken word
Handle With Care

Handle With Care started tentatively as an inventive fundraising event for Just The Lads debut Fringe performance, 'The Last Post'. After a soaring success last month, JTL have decided to embrace the momentous rapture of the night, returning confidently for Volume 2. At the heart of it, this is an unconventional spoken word night, unaffected by routine standards of similar events. The real premise of the evening lies in the act of translation, as a group comes together to transform the intimacy of written word in the style of love letters, emigration letters et al, into spoken word performances, alongside the more acutely comedic cover letters, complaint letters and school notes. With such varied subject matter, Handle With Care is reshaping the penned language of letters into catharsis and comedy. So get into it. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

August 28 2013


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

when
Screening times HERE

how much
€7.50

cinema
Kings of Summer

Frustrated by a stunted larval existence and dying to scratch the prickly itch to be men, teens Joe and Patrick claw out of the silken cocoon of suburbia, pre-dusk curfews and family game nights and flee into the woods, where they build a shelter out of pilfered scraps and metal. They are joined by Biaggio, an inexplicable kid whose non sequiturs invite as much laughs as furrowed brows. Away from civilisation (but just out of reach enough that a shop is never too distant when hunger calls), the trio engage in play: diving into lakes, slumping into indulgent naps and – when reminded that they ran away from home to be ‘‘real men’’ – going through the motions of hunting, gathering and toil. A film that celebrates play both as pleasure and as means for the young to test-drive adulthood, to feel its texture and heft. / Olen Bajarias

 

August 28 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€16.50


Joe Henry (& special guests)

In a career spanning more than two decades, critically acclaimed songwriter and Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry has defied categorization, crossing genres and beautifully blending folk, blues, jazz, rock and country. His musical direction has shifted many times over the course of his career, reflecting his restless, adventurous spirit. This diversity also reveals itself in the wide range of artists that he’s worked with - from Madonna to Elvis Costello to our very own Lisa Hannigan. Reverie, his twelfth album, is a poetic exploration of memory and longing and is deeply evocative. Don’t pass up this opportunity to experience the mysterious, seductive alchemy of Joe Henry’s music live, accompanied by very special guests Lisa Hannigan, John Smith and Ross Turner. Win Tickets / Camille Boostrom
   
 
The Homebirds and the Bees

Le Cool knows that to look fly, you gotta fly like a Homebird. We got up close and personal with Maser to chat threads.

Leah (Burke, the other half of Homebird) and I went our separate ways for years and then crossed paths again. In the studio we lay out our ideas together, amalgamate them and then literally start spraying it onto the walls in the studio. 

For this collection, there’s a bit more colour range. There are eight pieces in total and a tote bag as well. We get little touches of influence from things we see.

With the first range, we had the ‘Guaranteed Irish’ logo; for this current range, we have a t-shirt with the ‘Try Love’ logo. The inspiration was the BnB logo of shamrocks that you see everywhere. I just thought it looked like three hearts. Right now, HomeBird is local. It’s an appreciation of where you’re from – for me that’s Dublin. But I’d love for it to go internationally. We take great pride in seeing people wear our product. It’s an extension of my art onto apparel, and it’s nice to see that. It’s our baby.

Homebird's second collection launches tonight at 52B South William Street, from 7pm. PHOTO: Al Higgins