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The world's largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and new media content creators descend on Dublin for TBEX's European Conference over the next two days and not only is it a landmark event for the city, but it's a chance for us to show what makes us special and stand out in a global context.

To mark the event we worked with Failte Ireland to create a bespoke issue of Le Cool, one that has a different audience to our regular 18,000 readers, and this time we introduced Dublin to people who have never been here before.

We stood back and viewed Dublin though an outsider's eyes. It was a worthwhile lesson to remind ourselves of our perfect size and location - with our coastal setting and mountain surrounds - our energy and ideas, our amazing food scene, our burgeoning coffee culture, our standard of live music and the quirks, curios and characters that combine to make our city great and one which we are proud to call home.

So while others come to see how we are doing it well, it's as good a time as any to stand back and pat ourselves on the back for creating a place with so much fodder for a travel blogger.

Who wants you to see our Dublin bucket list this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Olen?
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October 03 2013


where
Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€29.90

gig
Bonobo

Like the penis-fencing primate from which he draws his name, Bonobo’s musical output has charted a pretty drastic evolution to get to where he’s at today. Over a decade in the game, Brighton producer Simon Green has managed to remain king of the swingers thanks to a canny ability to adapt to ever-changing musical landscapes. From early trip-hop and jazz leanings, he’s edged towards a more ambient electronic output, arguably arriving at a career zenith with current album The North Borders. Fractured two-step rhythms and downbeat melodies combine to create a mood of dreamy melancholy, with guest of honour Erykah Badu adding a perfectly-manicured finish to an album already imbued with a singular sophistication. Joined by a live band on the Olympia stage, Bonobo will be serving up a fresh take on his magnum opus. / Joey Kavanagh

 

October 03 2013


where
126 Leeson Street Upper
Dublin 4

when
From 6pm

how much
Mains 16-23e / Ramekins 3e each

le other
Rigby's FIFO evenings

James Rigby, Dublin's food punk, is back. The course-tongued chef pioneered the no-menu idea in 2011 and quickly rose to the upper echelons of Dublin's fickle-as-fuck food scene. Every good hero needs a story arc, though, and 2012 was the year Rigby suffered. An expansion to Dame St. was ill advised and the fearlessly made food took second stage as a flaying grasp of media and 'bidness' consumed the chef. Thankfully, for every trough there's a crest and tonight could well be the moment that our taste-buddy rises again. After a three month hiatus, Rigby reopens for his FIFO nights. I'll leave it to your imagination to guess the acronym but know he's promising sweet ramekin deserts and choice of mains including saltmarsh duo of duck, smoked kessler and chicken for 'the feint hearted'. This could be the return of the king. / Vernon Steel

 

October 03 2013


where
12 Henrietta Street 
Dublin 1

when
7:30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
@The Drawing Room

Exhibition spaces are most often the blank canvas waiting to show off the 'proper stuff' but this new project merges the exhibits with their surroundings, drawing in the architecture of the spaces to become as indispensable as the works themselves. 12 Henrietta Street has gone from being one of Dublin's grandest addresses to being one of it's poorest, the magnificent Georgian pile drawn and quartered into tenements. It is currently being restored to its former glory and it is in this bare bones state that the first exhibition is being held. As well as a swathe of different mediums, from photography to furniture design, ceramics and multimedia, this is a rare opportunity to explore the raw inner workings of Georgian architecture where the walls are just as noteworthy as the pieces hung upon them. / Sophie Donaldson

   
 

October 04 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
1pm | 6:10pm

how much
€7.60/€9

cinema
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

For a Slovenian philosopher renowned for putting forth a contrarian viewpoint, Slavoj Žižek is a surprisingly charismatic guy. In The Pervert's Guide To Ideology, the sequel to the acclaimed The Pervert's Guide To Cinema, Žižek casts his philosophical eye over the ideology presented to us in Hollywood films. He keeps the audience on their toes by flitting from subject to subject with ease, broaching everything from Titanic to Soviet propagandist films, all the while prompting and answering questions that you didn't even know you had.  He delivers this masterclass in a deliberate, Yugoslav lilt and let me tell you, you haven't lived until you've heard Slavoj Žižek say, "Kinder Surprise Egg. A quite astonishing commodity." Fascinating, provocative and utterly one-of-a-kind./ Amy O'Connor

 

October 04 2013


where
All over Dublin

when
All weekend

how much
Weekend pass €45

festival
Hard Working Class Heroes 2013

If you happen, as I do, to be experiencing symptoms of post-summer festival withdrawal symptoms, particularly in light of the amazing showcase of homegrown talent that was Castlepalooza, head on into town this weekend. You're guaranteed to be blown away by a salvo of musical abandon to shake off those Autumn blues. The 11th instalment of the eclectic institution that is HWCH sees numerous, hallowed Dublin institutions of live music opening their doors to over 100 of our most promising new acts. As choosing between the myriad of raw talent can be remarkably difficult might I advise that you cast your ears in the direction of Daithi, September Girls, Princess, I Have a Tribe, Come On Live Long, Tandem Felix, The Notas and Spies, to impart you with but a small selection of the excellent local music on offer. / Oisin Leonard

 

October 04 2013


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
7:30pm

how much
€10

gig
Solar Bears

What a year it’s been for Irish music. We’ve been hemorrhaging some phenomenal talent over the decades but 2013 is the year when the levee finally breaks. And the result? Music pie all over our faces. One of these fine talents is Wicklow’s Solar Bears. With Supermigration they have released one of the albums of the year. Steeped in rich piano and soaring synth not to mention beats to shake fist and booty at; this band have grown phenomenally over the past two years. From a shy, heads down to the floor duo to an explosive live experience, Solar Bears are now one of those must see live bands. The blend of lush, atmospheric, soundtracking is one that many bands have tried to master with few conquering. These are one of the few. With a Choice Award nod anticipated, sit back and watch this space. Win Tickets / Battle

   
 

October 05 2013


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€15.50

gig
No Age (Sub Pop)

With Dublin still shaking off the hangover from last week’s Diageo Day, celebrated L.A. road warriors and D.I.Y. rock duo No Age roll in to town like there was some kind of bat signal. If you were looking for an alternative path for the budding musician than licensing fees and strategic brand partnerships, then look no further than the trail these ferociously independent musicians have blazed across America over the last decade. But while the practices and politics of No Age are pure punk, the music is more like deconstructed, melodic noise-rock. The songs are structured like a game of Jenga– imagine a sturdy, well-produced column, then remove as many pieces as possible without toppling the whole thing. More than just simple noise terrorists – the wicked hooks they weave into their clatter and feedback are proof. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

October 05 2013


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€15

comedy
Andrew Lawrence

Andrew Lawrence is fucking miserable. Saying 'cheer up, you old sod' isn't going to work. He wallows in the safety of his sadness, angrily spitting out insults at people; comfortably filling the social pariah boots he feels he should be wearing. However, he is the whipsmart, articulate antidote to the panel-show mould that Jack Dee has become over the past few years. A textbook 'comedian's comedian', his shows have be known to also feature an acoustic guitar, which, as we all know, is the default instrument of choice for the emotionally crippled, and while it might be cruel to laugh along at his victims of choice, it's cathartic, and possibly exorcises any predisposition you may have towards very public, inappropriate breakdowns if you live vicariously through him for a mere hour. / Cora Burke

 

October 05 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€12 / €10

theatre
The Swell Party

A gas-mask hums over slender-limbs, over tentacle rags that sway with limp sighs, over a wilted tulip skirt, over a ballet dancer hovering in brisk staccato snaps. Garish blues and reds fall on corpses of familiar faces – Hemingway and his chest-thumping machismo in a tub, the Fitzgeralds, Picasso slumped near the piano – a post-war collage greeting the audience, subsiding somewhat, but bubbling throughout. Like shadows it lurks in corners while the great creative pulses of the 20th. Unlike its dancer, whose entire weight is borne by needle point toes, the play is cradled by a sturdy net of an ensemble cast: graduating student actors whose collective verve brims and strains the caricature shells of the figures of the ‘Lost Generation’ worn smooth by constant revisit. / Olen Bajarias
   
 

October 05 2013


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
Caroline Moreau

Like all the best French stereotypes, Caroline Moreau is a bit batty. Weaving her eccentricities in- between songs with an alluring charm, she’s as likely to try sell you one of her sisters paintings as tell you about getting drunk for the first time listening to Jaques Brel age 12. But what she does best is sing, and oh boy this dame can sing! Sticking mostly to the French classics, she adds in her own unique dose of whoopass and joie de vivre and will normally have the crowd singing like drunken sailors by the end of a night. For this gig, she’s joined by the wonderful Dermot Dunne amongst other musicians so it’s will be a knees up of epic proportions. However, males be careful as between her husky voice and frenchiness, you’ll be on ryanair booking flights to paris before the night ends! / Beccy Fitzpatrick

 

October 05 2013


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

how much
€20

gig
Julio Bashmore

OH BABY. Try and listen to Julio Bashmore and not want to dance around in a state of bliss. That is the effect bass heavy producer and DJ Bashmore tends to have. It's rare to find someone who isn't somewhat enamoured by the tones Bashmore produces, maybe it's because his take on house is accessible (check out his Jessie Ware collaborations) or maybe because it's just so very good. From Au Séve to Mirror Song and Footsteppin', each use clever snippets of vocals and infectious grooves. In addition Velour, a Bashmore and Heytal collaboration exuding 80’s vibes, will be providing a live set with support from the UK's Voyeur and Hidden Agenda resident Frankie Grimes. A night in the Button Factory that is not to be missed, I'm so excited I have new release Peppermint on repeat - and you should too. / Niamh Keenan

 

October 05 2013


where
4 Mulberry Lane, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

when
Thurs, Fri & Sat from 6pm

how much
€40 per person

le other
Mulberry Garden

Sometimes, the greatest thrill is not from discovering that brand new thing, but uncovering something that's always been there, but just invisible. Mulberry Garden is one of those places. Closeted on Mulberry Lane in Donnybrook (behind Kielys), this rustic gem can no longer be reserved for rugby types. The decor is dated but forgiveable as the food is exquisitely made and the staff appear as if freshly graduated from a London finishing school. From the moment your cocktail aperitif is artfully prepared, through to the explanation to where each of the ingredients originated (right down to the butter) and right up until the moment owner, Laura Peat, checks in, you are cradled through the weekly changing menu. The food itself is delectable, delicious and downright morish. This garden path should be well trodden. / Vernon Steel

   
 

October 06 2013


where
The O2, Northwall Quay, Dublin 1.
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when
6:30pm

how much
€59.50/€69.50

gig
Jay Z

Bed-Stuy corner boy, hustler mc, producer, record label CEO, Roc-a-Fella founder, hooch magnate, N.B.A team-owner, sports agent, philanthropist and allover motherfucking hip-hop mogul. The trajectory of Shawn Corey Carter's career would suggest a man plagued with crippling indolence, wracked by chances untaken. Indeed, it has become increasingly difficult to even regard Jay Z (he officially 86'ed the hyphen) as a mere recording artist. He has become his own brand portfolio, generating benjamins with monomaniacal zeal. Nevertheless, he remains a colossus amongst his peers and is, undoubtedly the finest rapper of his generation. Expect pyrotechnics and carried-away caucasians throwing they hands in the air as if indifferent to the consequences. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

October 06 2013


where
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin


when
7pm

how much
€6

screening
Lore

France had the new wave, Italy the neo-realists, Germany…symbolism. In the likes of Nosferatu or The Tin Drum, German filmmakers invited us to read between the lines. Lore is very much of that tradition and with the recent debates over military intervention in Syria its message could not be more relevant. Lore is the daughter of ex-SS officers, escaping across the Black Forest with her siblings to avoid capture by the Allies, she is conflicted when forced to rely upon a Jew for aid. The film is as much about hiking as it is of Lore’s beckoning adulthood, her awakening sexuality and the realisation that her parents and dear leader were responsible for genocide. Lore shows how easy it is to ignore brutalities, a tale of how simple it can be to lose oneself in propaganda until the fog clears. / David Cadwallader

   
 

October 07 2013


where
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
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when
11am-6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Ema and Mandrake

Frances Upritchard's figures seemed to be part of the opening, on the night, engaging with the attendees. But really we gathered towards them, while chatting in clusters, including them, drawn in their direction. To their hippy attire. There seemed to be twice as many people in attendance. Hilariously I have no time for such hippy sorts, but the characters are silly knock offs, full of ridicule without malice, it’s hard to take them seriously which was perfect to accept. Maybe they’re there to share the secrets from the side room, my favourite little space for looking at art. I like how removed the exhibits are from art world hype, they’re more ethnological. As I said it’s a room full of secret wishes. Beautiful little secrets. Or at least secrets covered up beautifully. These 'Ema' are usually hung up in shrines for the gods to receive. / Georgia

 

October 08 2013


where
Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8
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when
10.30am-5.30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
A Painful Excess of Pleasure

Entering the gallery you will be drawn immediately towards a skeletal wooden frame. A green house, perhaps a wendy house, a private space laid open and bare. Inside, antique trestle tables, cases and chairs are piled high with pots and frames. Each is filled with cascading flotsam and jetsam, memory shelves of bleached white plants, glass cabinets and strange curios. You’ve just fallen, like the proverbial rabbit, into the world of Vanessa Donoso Lopez. According to the psychoanalytic theory of Jaque Lacan, Jouissance is the notion that we can experience a limit of pleasure- anymore and the excess pleasure turns to pain. The objects here represent the transitions we go through: moving countries, childhood, identity and reconciling the past. These works are memories, when examined too closely all memories have the power to inflict pain / Adam Duxbury

 

October 08 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€22.50

gig
Everything Everything

Everything Everything's glitch-pop has been tingling our ears over the past couple of years. They play long-jump between octaves, which has made Jonathan Higgs' falsetto one of the most recognisable sounds on the radio-waves of late is their calling card. MY CUZ/UR BF may have launched them into the big time, but be warned, while that song title may be like, way derivative, their style is pretty unique. It's a weird clash of electro, pop, traditional indie rock, and futurist vision. It's got those art-rock, intellectual values that we clung to during the early Franz Ferdinand years in droves. Everything Everything bring fine craft to their songs, Higgs' vocal range allowing for brave divergences between light and dark, intense and carefree. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, there's televisual proof of a Mercury nomination, so suck on that. / Cora Burke

 

October 08 2013


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€10

screening
Breaking Ground - The Stoy of the Irish Women's Centre

Feminists get a bad rap thanks to a few who set fire to some rather restrictive undergarments back in the day (which I personally think had more to do with an uncomfortable underwire than any political statement). However, feminists and women’s group in general hae been purveyors of great social and cultural change over the decades. Case in point is the London Irish Women’s Centre which was set up in 1983. They managed to create their own artistic, social, cultural and activist community which was active right up until last year. This documentary, directed by Michelle Deegan, gives an insight into their work and the women themselves. On limited release in Ireland this is a rare opportunity to view it and the screening will be followed by a Q& A with Deegan and a former member of the group which should prove insightful. / Frances Winston

   
 

October 09 2013


where
12 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1.

when
7.30pm

how much
€10 (refundable against book purchase)

event
The Finishing School

From learning to tie my shoe laces to my mum deciding to start learning the piano accordian at the age of 76, there's always room in our lives for development. The Finishing School is born out of the idea of the imparting of ideas and wisdom from experts in their field. Gill and Macmillan who have been in the publishing game since 1968 have teamed up with the whipper snappers at Le Cool to co-host a series of events this autumn which aim to help you get smart! Kicking off in the elegantly wasted splendour of a Georgian pile on Henrietta Street, Emily Hourican discusses How Really to be a Mother and Lilly Higgins shares recipes and insights from her Dream Deli. With a blazing fire, some armchair chats, a glass of wine and food courtesy of Lilly, The Finishing School is an extra curriculum activity worth signing up for. / Zach Joyce

 

October 09 2013


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

when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
The Irish Pub

Ears must surely pop as one crosses the threshold into any of the pubs featured in this insightful documentary, pierced by the sharp gradient in air pressure between the sealed warmth of the island space inside, and the unpredictably shifting villages and cities outside it. Silt left behind by patrons deposits over time on the walls – expired cans, a bloodied sports jersey, a lone boot, even a confessional box plucked from its congregation – fortification against change; thickening the walls inwards; strengthening the resolve of the pub owners that things must remain as they are no matter what, while their spines yield to constrictions of circumstances and age. The film presents the pub as it is: a vital weight, dwarfed and eroded by time, that dents the Heraclitean canvas of Irish communities, drawing drifting strands back to a centripetal core. / Olen Bajarias

   
 
junk ensemble

le cool checks out the junk in the trunk of twin sisters Megan and Jessica Kennedy who are clearing a path for our senses in their new dance show.

We started the company in 2004 mostly making pieces to do with ourselves. Schizophrenia and split personalities formed the basis of one of our first pieces. We’ve consciously taken ourselves out of the last three as it gives us a full perspective.

Dusk Ahead emerged from the impending sense of the darkness arriving, when you’re not sure what’s there. It’s about metamorphosis. The idea of attachment came later. A lot of the ideas we developed in our research period in Newcastle had alot of ideas of being attached in uncomfortable or non-traditional ways -  the lip, by rope or hair. The co-dependency happens when the fact that one person is blind and the other isn’t. Who is most dependent? It’s something we have in relationships.

With the performers singing and playing, we didn’t cast on the basis of musical ability. We wanted them to learn. They all added rhythm but a vulnerability and rawness. The whole show is a collaboration and this best represents what we’re trying to do.

Dusk Ahead is part of the Dublin Theatre Festival and runs in the Project Arts Centre until October 6th PHOTO: Clara Hooper