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Malcolm Gladwell – global phenomenon, icon of the unexpected, no.1 bestselling author of Blink, The Tipping Point  and Outliers – comes to Dublin on November 1st and we're delighted to announced that Le Cool Dublin is the exclusive media partner.

His Tipping Point book was laid out on a Barcelona desk back in 2009 when we first made the blink decision to bring this magazine to Dublin. Since then we used this magazine for our own Gladwellian needs, reaching out to Dublin mavens with our simple formula and putting in almost exactly 10,000 hours doing so. It's fitting then that we've partnered up with the curly-headed social scientist for this live performance around his latest book, David And Goliath. We're more than happy to play David.

It's also fitting that the new book concerns 'Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants', something we feel resonates for Dubliners. As a city we've had our fair share of disadvantages, but the creativity of our people and our ability to turn those things to our advantage is something that compliments the ideals in this new publication, explained, as ever, through a breezy and accessible voice.

Who wants to have your view of the world turned upside down this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or OlenTo win tickets for the event in the RDS, email us. 

"Sean, a bricklayer by day and a coach to the kids during most of his spare time." - Donal Moloney
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October 09 2013


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
6pm

how much
Free

talk
The Quantified Self

Benjamin Franklin kept a record of 13 virtues daily to chart his progress toward “moral perfection". His finding: "I was surprised to find myself so much fuller of faults than I had imagined." This gap between our instinct about ourselves and the reality of hard data is at the heart of the Quantified Self movement. Started by two self-trackers in the US, Quantified Self meet-ups are now held around the world. Think of it as personal experimentation - how do I run faster, sleep better, feel happier. From a diabetic tracking insulin levels to a researcher wearing a camera that takes a picture every 2 minutes, the variety of people and stories behind the data is what makes this so fascinating. / Martha Maguire

 

October 10 2013


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when
Until 23rd October

how much
Free

exhibition
Vertical Instincts

Block T has long had a reputation for playing as prolifically on the international stage as it has with friendlies at home. With a residency programme, they expose us to fine international artists in their revamped ground floor gallery space. The latest to be flaunted is Caroline Le Méhauté, a French artist whose installation work feels clean and modern - very slick indeed - but has earthy and textural qualities to it that add substance. Her drawings are also quite a site - very illustrative, and using a palette reminiscent of a victorian governess' botanical sketches, she creates charming, leafy patterns. They are surreal and abstract, but sweetly so, and their unusual nature and whimsy feels anything but contrived. / Cora Burke

   
 

October 10 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6:30pm

how much
€10

cinema
Life Is No Piece of Cake

Life is definitely not a piece of cake, nor is it like a box of chocolates (but we’ll leave that conversation for another day.) It is something too varied, too all-encompassing and too grand to be summed up by a little turn of phrase. When Babette dies in an accident, her husband and teenage daughter are left behind to pick up the pieces. Although he makes attempts to hide his pain behind a brave face, this simply results in alienating his daughter who retreats further into her Goth persona before running off with her boyfriend. Using death as a starting point for a light-hearted film about family, grief and loss is nothing new, but it is the skill with which Andre Erkau executes the film that makes the difference here. A deserved award winner in its native Germany, you should take this chance to view it here. / David Cadwallader

 

October 10 2013


where
Peppercanister Gallery, 3 Herbert St Dublin 2


when
10am-5:30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Jazz - Neil Shawcross

Jazz. The word sends some people running out of the room. Some come running in, looking for skins before it ‘gets to the good bit’. For Neil Shawcross, it makes him run to the canvas. J-A-Z-Z. The letters themselves seem to have a life of their own, weighed down or buoyed up by a century of meaning, music and stories. Shawcross has lived with the word all his life – his brothers are jazz musicians – but it was a letter sent by a friend from New York that fired his imagination. The letter's stamp had those four letters writ large across its front. J-A-Z-Z. The free form, colourful style of the work it inspired has all those elements of jazz, including the crucial underlying structure. J-A-Z-Z. Roll the letters around your tongue, and wrap these canvases around your iris. No need for those skins. / Hugh Torpey

   
 

October 11 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
2pm | 4:10pm | 6:15pm | 8:20pm

how much
€7.60/€9

cinema
Le Week-End

On the Eurostar, the kids long weaned, careers clogged, passions charred, Nick and Meg find the tunnel of their lives branching into glaring light. What’s next? A weekend in Paris! Casual barbs are volleyed with limp wrists as they search for a restaurant that isn’t too tourist- y – Nick is called ‘stupid’ and an ‘idiot,’ Meg a glacier and potentially adultery-positive – niceties once pert now weathered and drooping after thirty years of marriage. They settle for somewhere cramped that shrugs when asked for a menu in English. Intent on a re-jolt to their lives, the couple reverts to an adolescent’s cache of provocations: hotel room vandalism, eschewing bills, theft. Mere distractions from painful reflection. Godard’s Band of Outsiders echoes in Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan’s flinty portraits of these drifting souls. / Olen Bajarias

 

October 11 2013


where
City Assembly Building, South William Street, Dublin 2


when
10am-5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Describing Architecture

Describing Architecture's Work in Process exhibition demonstrates the continuous evolution of architecture and buildings through work at different stages of design development. Submissions address architecture using varied media as they examine inhabitation, collaboration and the social ethics concerning the built environment. Whether drawn to the tactile material qualities of TTT's  sculptural concrete, or moved by Frances Leach's visceral piece on the plight of Priory Hall residents, the exhibition provides an insight into the design, exploration, and social aspects of creating space. The motif of the exhibition is reflected in its location, the spectacular Octagonal Room of the City Assembly House which is currently in the process of being restored. Guided Tours available. (Image by Brian Cregan) / Sarah Maguire

 

October 11 2013


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Until 31st October

how much
Free

exhibition
The Art of Superstition

Illustrators Ireland have a fine track record in class exhibitions - their Illustrated Beatles show at the Grand Social was so oversubscribed that it was near-impossible to get within a metre of the actual work on the opening night. This show is inspired by superstitions - Steve Doogan has illustrated the superstition of the automatic 'bless you' that we utter on hearing an 'atishoo', while Kevin McSherry has nailed poor Noddy to the cross (don't worry, there is a context!), and I've only seen a detail from The Project Twins' piece, but it's enough to have me camping outside the Copper House Gallery for the opening. With Steve Simpson, Peter Donnelly and more!more!more! involved, it's gonna be everything you expect from this crayon-wielding crew and beyond.../ Cora Burke

   
 

October 12 2013


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

how much
€10/€12

gig
Move D

There’s something in the water over there in Germany. For a country burdened with the stereotype of being unflinchingly formulaic, its rich tradition in dance music completely dispels any such notion. The career of Move D is a case in point. Growing up in the shadows of two grandmothers who were classical pianists has to have some effect - music was always an integral part of his early life - but a seminal trip to a late 80’s Techno club in Mannheim changed the movement of his musical compass forever. Despite the rawness of the early techno scene, his burgeoning productions were laced with strong hints of musicality and texture. Fast forward 20 years and his DJ sets, running the full stylistic gamut of his long career, are still most notable for being imbued with a jazzy warmth. / Emmet Condon

 

October 12 2013


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
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when
2:30pm

how much
Free

screening
Da Vinci: The Last Supper

Perspective is always a funny thing, and while Da Vinci undoubtably had a lot of it, what of our modern perspective on his work? The Last Supper has been printed in 1000s of text books, reinterpreted in pop culture (as seen in Dublin's 'Italian Quarter') and gloriously bastardised by Paddy Power. But that's just tip of it. The 'real' thing has been bombed, had doors cut into it and suffered restoration by well meaning incompetents to the point no original brushstroke is left... So what does the work even mean as a piece of work any more? Sometimes a fresh perspective can come from the story behind the art work itself. The National Gallery will be holding a free one hour screening of a BBC documentary that examines the story of the famous fresca - the arguments, the politics and the mistakes. / Rachel Ray 

   
 

October 12 2013


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
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when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray stands shoulder to shoulder with the greats of the dawn of modernist design, such as Le Corbusier, at whose pavilion she once exhibited in the Paris Exposition. Spending much of her career in Paris, she hasn't had the due credit paid to her in her home country, but in recent years this has been remedied, and this exhibition in the newly reopened IMMA is the most overt expression of pride in this brilliantly talented Irish woman. You may recognise a lot of the furniture exhibited, or even own a cheeky knock-off at home. The E1027 table is a work of minimalist genius, all glossy chrome and glass that won't be kind to late-night spillages. The Bibendum chair also still stands untouched as the epitome of elegance for people with a modernist bent who enjoy sitting down. / Cora Burke

 

October 12 2013


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
October 12/13th

how much
€39

gig
The Boomtown Rats

‘She’s so 20th Century; she’s so 1970s’. It could be a knowing lyric from bearded folksies waxing lyrical about Zooey Deschanel, but its actually from track 1 side 1 of Tonic for the Troops, The Boomtown Rats’ second album which also gave the world Rat Trap, the first UK number 1 single by an Irish act. Of course this was actually recorded in the 70s like nearly all the Rats’ finest work, effectively ending with the release of 1980’s Banana Republic which excoriated our priest-ridden septic isle. In 1980 another little known band from North Dublin released their debut, and the Rats’ time had effectively passed with Bob Geldof going on to other great things, like Live Aid and producing The Big Breakfast. Now they’re mostly back in action (no Johnny Fingers / no stripey PJs), sewer where would you get it? / Martin Bradley

   
 

October 13 2013


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Last day October 15th

how much
Free

exhibition
Vilnius & Unfixed

Lithuanian master black and white photographer Kęstutis Stoškus minimises everything, cars people and signs, to take us on us on a winding tour of the romantic old town and the baroque architectural jewels of his hometown Vilnius. We are presented with ghostly buildings, graveyards, empty streets and laneways hidden in the heart of the Lithuanian capital. These images are taken at the optimum moment, exposed and framed with acute perfection. Together they create an architectural portrait which reveals the seductive character of this charming old Baltic dame. To compliment this collection, new work by Irish based Lithuanian photographer Ieva Baltaduonyte is also being displayed. In Unfixed, Ieva explores the lives of Lithuanian migrants in contemporary Ireland.  / Conor McTernan

   
 

October 14 2013


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
6:30pm

how much
Free, booking essential

talk
Maths and Gaming with Keith Devlin

Although I knew early on I was a lost cause for 'hard sums' (or at least the theoretical kind), even I can grasp how crucial the world of numbers will be for our economy over the next few years. However, in a country where less and less students are taking on honours maths... in a society that can't survive without calculators, just how do we get Ireland's youth ready for this 'grey matter' demand? As part of Maths Week, Prof. Keith Devlin [insert string of letters and prizes here] will discuss one potential option - gaming. Could the very devices those crazy kids are already hooked on hold the key? Having literally written the book on it, one supposes Devlin is something of an authority, and judging by his podcasts it should be both an entertaining and interesting hour. / Rachel Ray

 

October 14 2013


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

how much
Free (with membership)

cinema
Archive at Lunchtime - October

Poet In Limboland joins the late, great, Seamus Heaney as he walks through the ghettos of Belfast and the barren fields of the countryside where spent his formative years. The wise man recites a selection of his finest poetry against the harsh backdrop of the Ulster landscape, which inspired and informed his seminal work. Written and presented by Heaney himself, this short reflection on living through this difficult period is harrowing and beautifully cinematic.  A City Solitary focuses on Heaney's beloved Derry and was written by his close friend and fellow Nobel Prize winner John Hume. This featurette focuses on a 26-year-old teacher Heaney working in his alma mater St Columb's College in Derry. That's an inspiring lunch break. / Conor McTernan

   
 

October 15 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6:30pm

how much
€20

cinema
Feast Your Eyes: Jamón Jamón

Set against the backdrop of a dusky and desolate Andalucian landscape, Bigas Luna’s Jamón Jamón titillates our taste buds as it explores ideas of Spanish social class and culinary culture. Jose Luis is heir to an underwear empire and in love with Silvia. For his mother Conchita, this romance is more than unnerving. Not only does Silvia over-season omelettes, but her mother is a prostitute. Unable to cope, Conchita hires Raul, a veritable skulking erection who uses a Hemingway style machismo to woo Silvia with unintended consequences. A perverted parrot and a pugil stick sparring session with an epicurean twist provide just some of the lighter moments. As a side, Forkful TV will accentuate those hunger pangs with their take on the humble beet and a meal inspired by the film follows in the café. Yum, yum pig’s…/ Aaron Purcell

   
 

October 16 2013


where
White Lady Art Gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2


when
12pm-7pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Monsters, Monsters!

Ciou and Malojo’s creatures press themselves up against the walls, breaths and specks of movement held while gallery visitors roam and the lights gaze on. Ciou’s hybrids: cat-heads with too-round eyes, bright with rays of plump lashes, wobbling up small human bodies; framed in black, soaked in colour and flat like tattoos; cavorting like pagans in the woods. Immense detail crowd like scales. Their neighbours, Malojo’s monsters: striding plutocrats, bespoke-suited, be- gloved, be-pimp-stick’ed, masked as corrupted Disney characters. The whimsy of the exhibition is anchored from dispersing into air by nods to concretely un-fantastic issues: substance abuse, blind capitalism and the danger that comes, apparently, when kids are left unsupervised. In Long Live the Wolf a boy is swallowed whole by his beloved cartoon. Awww. / Olen Bajarias

 

October 16 2013


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€17.35

gig
AlunaGeorge

AlunaGeorge, the moniker under which Aluna Francis and George Reid operate, have been on an upward trajectory since last year. Their austere R&B jam Your Drums, Your Love caught the attention of the blogosphere, but they hit the quote unquote big time earlier this year when Aluna provided the sultry vocals on Disclosure's smash White Noise. Their debut album was released this summer and delivered on their early promise. Chock-a-block with breathy vocals, lush production and scintillating synths that you can break it down to, it remains one of the most impressive, cohesive debuts of the year. Those who were lucky to catch the pair at Longitude witnessed dancing that can only be described as boneless gyration and a genius cover of Montell Jordan's This Is How We Do It.  This gig surely promises that and much more. / Amy O’Connor

   
 

October 16 2013


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

how much
€15

gig
Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit

Falling into a group of musical contemporaries comprising of well known names such as Laura Marling and Noah and The Whale is no small feat for a singer-songwriter of any persuasion. But this is Johnny Flynn, new wave folk guitar extraordinaire who counts these crooners among his coterie of musical pals. Ergo, the categorisation is inevitable. Although he falls behind Laura and Noah in terms of mainstream acknowledgement, Johnny and his band, The Sussex Wit, are no strangers to critical acclaim, and after a brief hiatus, he's back, brandishing a third album and performing a ream of tour dates to showcase it. Cooler than Mumford and Sons could ever be, this is the lad who makes me wish I could wear plaid and wool so effortlessly. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 
Money, Cash, Hozier

Le Cool catches up with viral sensation Hozier, whose music video Take Me To Church has racked up 250,000 views in the past ten days.

Brendan Canty and Conal Thompson are the directors who made the video. I suggested maybe bringing in elements from what was going on in Russia at the time and bringing in themes of sexuality. It seemed like a good time, it seemed relevant and it seemed like a good opportunity to make a powerful video that would make people think.

At The Button Factory gig we had last week for Hard Working Class Heroes, there was something like fifteen senior A&R people there from labels globally. I wasn’t informed of that, thankfully. It’s something that’s quite surreal, because it went from zero to ninety very fast.

I’m going into the studio in mid-November for the next hatch of songs. I’m back in Wicklow at the moment and I have a studio there to work in and it’s quiet. It’s secluded, so I can make as much noise as I want.

Hozier's EP Take Me To Church is out now and available for download here.