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With the founders of Le Cool leaving their baby in the capable(?) hands of their resident "two young sassy bitches", we're going all Macaulay Culkin and talking ourselves and our peers up in this editorial.

There's plenty to shout about; interviewee Oisin McKenna has arguably devised the must-see Fringe event of the season with GRINDR / A Love Story, while ensemble theatre has been rocked by Collapsing Horse. Add to that Bedlam and Southpaw hosting motherhonkin' gigs, Gerard Barrett's incredible Pilgrim Hill and James Whelton gracing the pages of Forbes, and you've got the children of the revolution sewn up.

With the babyfaced Daniel Gray sadly leaving Totally Dublin, but going on to frighteningly grown up and successful things, and ourselves pressing 'publish' on this fine publication, we can't help but think it timely and fitting that new bridge be named after Rosie Hackett, who organised her first strike in 1911 at the tender age of 19. We'll never be so brave, but she's an inspiration to all of us.

Who says youth ain't wasted on the young? Kate, Amy, Ciaran, Michael or Olen?

"Freud or Jung would probably have a field day..." - Matthew Griffin
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September 05 2013


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


when
1pm/7pm

how much
€10

theatre
Gas Lights

Gas Lights is a dark, haunting cabaret well worth your time and shillings. It is a series of powerful moving bespoke pieces that will bring you to the brink of tears and bounce you back to laughter and joy. Some characters sing their sorrows to you, others physicalise the pain, one character just stands there in a white shirt extolling the pain and beauty of love lost in the Kingdom of Kerry, mesmerising. The Ring Master has commedia dell'arte style face make up and while frighteningly fiercely confident he is also quite likeable. The scenes are feathered together with ease; each macabre and soulful. A very helpful Applause sign centered on the back wall lets you know when you can smack your fists together. It is Hammer Horror meets the Circus and you even get free sweets. What’s not to love? / Joseph Kearney

 

September 05 2013


where
The Church Bar, Corner of Henry Street and Mary Street.


when
6:30pm

how much
€10

fashion show
The Mad Hatter's Party

There isn't a hat I won't wear. It began in the mid-nineties with bonnets and Ocean Colour Scene-homage fishing hats and continues to this very day. Turbans, leopard print bill-boxes, cloches, fascinators, cossack beauties and tweed fishing hats. Luckily, I've been blessed with a face that is vastly improved by being hidden beneath a brim, and equally blessed with a sensibility that has me advising my friends never to go anywhere without a co-ordinated beret stuffed in their bag, lest the skies open and the rain doth fall. Unfortunately, my attempts at millinery were misguided and shoddy, so I'll be praising the talent of tomorrow at this feast of all things 'hat'. It promises old hat glamour with new hat innovation. I'm excited, so you should be too. / Kate Coleman

   
 

September 06 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
Museum Hours

In Brueghel’s Conversion of St. Paul, it takes a while to pick out the namesake Apostle among peasants, horses and trees – substantial clutter that spills over most of the space and makes one wonder whether its title belies its subject. To wit: might the crowds themselves be the real point of the painting? Is there only one point to it? Multiple points? What is reality? The same tangents arise when locating the heart of Jem Cohen’s film, which traces the burgeoning friendship between a museum guard at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum and a Canadian tourist, but is also interspersed with shots of bare-faced Vienna and slides of Old Master paintings. Cohen shuffles them all – deftly, impartially – into a single deck that challenges, with each draw, the distinction between art and reality, the sublime and the everyday. / Olen Bajarias

 

September 06 2013


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
Free

gig
Wild Turkey Mash!

We're gonzo, we're there...where we at? Why, the Wild Turkey Mash Bash, of course. With a reception of free whiskey, followed by drinks offers that surely should be extra-legal, if not illegal, we'll be speaking lines from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas out of the corners of our mouths super-shadily, and checking out some fresh Irish musical talent in the forms of Dirty Epics (who we'll hope will be very dirrrrty Xtina style indeed), Jemson Green, and Yellowbridge. A free gig in the scuffed and scurvy-bold Workman's is always welcome, and with the opportunity to be ahead of the march on the newborn-wonders of the Irish music scene, you can allow yourself some post-gig bragging rights. Apply for your free tickets through this lottery system, may the luck of the Irish be with you! / Ciara O'Leary

   
 

September 06 2013


where
Powerscourt Steps

when
7pm

how much
Free

festival
Creative Quarter Parade

A highlight of Dublin Fashion Festival the parade will be showcasing all that's up-and-coming and coming at you from Ireland's emerging fash pack. There is so much to show off South William will be closed to traffic, leaving plenty of room for all your street style swagger while the steps of the Powerscourt play catwalk and the area's independent boutiques provide the clobber. With so much talent and so few employment opportunities creating one hell of a stylish bottleneck this is a chance for young designers to unleash their visions on home turf. Worth it for the people watching alone, don your finest threads and head down for a street party that would put LFW to shame- just do be prepared for this new generation of It girls and boys to show you how it's done. / Sophie Donaldson

 

September 06 2013


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

when
7:30pm/8:30 film starts

how much
€12

screening
VHStival

Treat night. Time to put your feet up at the Irish premiere of Josh Johnson’s documentary Rewind This!. It’s been celebrating all things VHS at various film festivals, SXSW and South Korea for example, so a big thanks to the Hollywood Babylon fiends for arranging this screening. I expect kitsch footage, nerdy interviews and insight into a niche collector community. For anyone who saw Keanu Reeves’ documentary, Side By Side, the subject of movie preservation comes up again here. So far, film reel is the sturdiest archival method, and VHS the best domestic solution. CDs are the pits. This docu-delight will be followed by Street Trash, a dirty-gore delight that will melt your brain. A cute tip for anyone with stacks of rare VHS at home – the lovely NCAD library technicians can help you convert those onto pit discs of doom. / Georgia

   
 

September 07 2013


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

when
7pm

how much
€16/€14

comedy
C'est La Bea & Don't Swim With Killer Whales

A double bill of comedy equals double the fun and double the chuckle count. The good people behind Dublin Fringe Festival know this, hence why they have brought together two of our most exciting comedy prospects, Aisling Bea and James Walmsley, for a two-hander that promises to be a basket of laughs. Fresh from her sojourn to Edinburgh, which saw her garner a nomination for Best Newcomer, Aisling Bea returns home with a show filled to the brim with silliness, hip-hop and hula hoops, and just a pinch of the real stuff, i.e. the economy. James Walmsley, meanwhile, goes out on his own ahead of Dead Cat Bounce's upcoming swansong with a new solo show offering musical comedy that will get your ribs-a-ticklin' and your toes-a-tappin'. All in all, a rare opportunity to see two comedians at the top of their game. Seize it. / Amy O'Connor

 

September 07 2013


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
Location Map

when
2pm

how much
€15

workshop
Foley Audio Illusions

Ever wonder if that’s really the sound of a neck being snapped in a movie? Wonder no more, as Ardmore Sound are here to shed light on how breaking a head of lettuce in half is much more ethical than breaking a set of ribs to get that crunch. Or how jamming a pen into a grapefruit is the better option than stabbing someone in the eyeball for that all important squish. Foley is the often overlooked art form of recreating audio sound effects for film, TV and radio. Ardmore Sound’s very own Emmy nominated Jean McGrath and Caoimhe Doyle will be providing an undoubtedly interesting three hour workshop introducing you to all things Foley. Between them, these audio enigmas have worked on Game of Thrones, The Hobbit and The Men Who Stare at Goats. So why not drop in and learn the amazingly fun art of recreating sound? / Philip Notaro

   
 

September 08 2013


where
Granby Park, Dominick Street Lower, Dublin 1.


when
2pm

how much
Free

celebration
Discotekken's Jazz and Hip Hop Family Fun Day

Granby Park is continuing with its assault on the city's cultural scene this weekend, firing bullets of hot-hot jazz, hip hop and reggae into the environs of Dublin 1. With Discotekken celebrating their fourth birthday, their taking their killer vibes and soundtracks into Granby Park, where there will also be live Grafitti-face offs, MC workshops from TemperMental MissElayneous and gorgeous grub courtesy of Gruel Guerilla. Bring yo' kids, pay yo' nieces and nephews to pretend to be yo' kids, and get into the groove with music from Stone & Jezreel and the Discotekken regulars. / Cora Burke

 

September 08 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€16.50

gig
Caitlin Rose

Caitlin Rose has the lungs of a sweet southern belle, all sweet and hurt and loved and loving. The beauty of her swelling arrangements break the heart, while the added pathos of her evocative lyricism shatter the fragments further. At the tender age of 26, she shows the Solomon-esque wisdom and empathy in her narration that is often seen as the sole preserve of Laura Marling. Having first heard the tear-inducing For The Rabbits in a live session on Marc Riley's BBC 6 Music show, I can affirm that her emotion transcends the airwaves so potently that I'm slightly scared to wear mascara to this gig... / Cora Burke

   
 

September 09 2013


where
74 Francis Street

when
Regular opening hours

how much
Depends


Make Do and Mend

Make Do and Mend isn't just a thing that your Granny tells you to do with your rotten socks anymore, it's also the hottest vintage spot in town. One of the few shopfaces in Francis Street that doesn't scream 'you can't afford this!' With a wonderful offering of vintage clothing, but not so much that you have to wade through buckets of old Penney's gear, and the 70s kaftans and glittery pieces mounted up so they easily capture your eye, the lovely people at Make Do also have super-cool retro furniture for sale and prices that make chucking out the broken spring-wooden bottomed hard-ass sofa in your rental seem not-so-prohibitive. Also resident on the premises are Locks and Lashes, who specialise in retro-style barnets and getting your face did all nice. You'll step out seeing the world in sepia, you'll see! / Cora Burke

 

September 09 2013


where
See link

when
8:15pm, 9:15pm

how much
Free but limited, book in advance

theatre
Thirteen

ANU apply their skills and knowledge of their city to capturing what was the closest Ireland ever got to a socialist revolution. Over 13 days, Thirteen will commemorate the 1913 Lockout with events increasing incrementally, with all of the events taking place across the city on day 13. Hard-hitting and visceral, The Boys of Foley Street at last year’s Dublin Theatre Festival was the talk of the town, in large part because of the audience involvement and complicity that ANU relish and rely on. Thirteen will involve the same unpredictability and risk that audiences seem to crave. Last year’s performances ended with a compromising photo of the audience member being produced, as though it were the end of a rollercoaster ride. There might not be a photo, but the roller-coaster ride is guaranteed. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

September 10 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
Ain't Them Bodies Saints

According to director David Lowry, the title of Ain't Them Bodies Saints came from a folk song and while it may not necessarily roll off the tongue, it's a suitable title for a film that unfolds like a tragic folk song as it follows a doomed romance over a number of years. The film follows Ruth and Bob, two outlaw lovers whose crime spree comes to an abrupt end when Ruth shoots and wounds an officer. Like any proper gentleman, Bob takes the wrap and is imprisoned for the crime. Four years later, he breaks free and embarks on a quest to reunite himself with Ruth and their daughter. Think of it as Bonnie and Clyde shot through a dreamy, sun-speckled lens. A deeply felt film with a deceptively quiet surface and timeless quality, it's a swooning romance as epic as any western and intimate as any folk song. / Amy O'Connor

 

September 10 2013


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

when
9:30pm

how much
€14/€12

comedy
Foil, Arms and Hog - There's a Plant on Stage

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, AHHH-men. Foil, Arms and Hog have captured our hearts and our funny bones over the years with their theatrics; 3 fella-y fellas bringing to life Clara, the sweet, Irish-dancing infant; the film that the Irish hate, the English think is shit, and the Americans study at college; and asking the question, "who's a prick?". The answer is you're a prick. You might feel bad yelling "You're a prick!" at these lovely, well brought up young men, but sure, there's no point in going unless you participate. Foil, Arms and Hog are here to protect and serve (your sense of humour), so go check them out. We promise, they'll be a berocca-load of manic energy...and there'll be a plant on stage. / Cora Burke

   
 

September 11 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until 26 October

how much
Free

exhibition
Practical Magic

Walking around Jennifer Tee’s exhibition requires a drastic shift in function for human cervical vertebrae: instead of keeping the neck up to meet mounted canvas, one looks down to explore. A feeling that some rule has been breached…looking down? I only ever had to do it picking up reception leaflets that have dropped to the floor – and even then, stealthily. Here, sculptures that resemble stacked meringues sprouting from pots identical in everything but name: one bears Occult Geometry, another is tagged Practical Magic – flanked by seashells on skewers. There, a makeshift barbell from two ceramic weights inviting a frown from a pliable bamboo rod…Oh look! Woven rugs over there – are they actually rugs or beach umbrellas viewed with seagull eyes? Hand-dyed? Everywhere, flotsam borne to land by tides of delightful whimsy. / Olen Bajarias

 
Bump'n'Grindr

We put our phones aside and got personal with Oisin McKenna, of PETTYCASH and GRINDR / A Love Story

It’s about how social media affects our experience of intimacy. At first I conceived it as a satire, but I realised that it’s actually quite a serious and pressing issue in young people’s lives. It’s quite topical and because the phenomenon is so new, I don’t think we know the extent of it yet.

A lot of people find themselves in situations where they become intensely attached to people over the internet, but don’t have the tools with which to translate that into a real-life connection – which could lead to loneliness and isolation. I wanted a nuanced approach to the subject matter: to treat it in a way that is accessible and entertaining, while at the same time seriously engaging with it.

After Fringe, PETTYCASH plans to do full-length productions of other people’s works – so far, we’ve only done my own. We’ll also have more social events that are more party-heavy. We’re planning on launching a new venue in October.

GRINDR / A Love Story is on at the Player's Theatre from the 10th September. PHOTO: Al Higgins