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As befits a finishing school, we found ourselves learning last Tuesday at our Gill & McMillan event. Katie Tsouros, one of the writers in a new collection of essays. New Thinking New Ireland, took to the stage to explain the future of art in Ireland.

Rightly so, we were told to look elsewhere for inspiration. Germany was prominent, its example of government-led collection and exhibition initiatives was held aloft. The Young British Artist (YBA) movement was also lauded for its branding skills in giving us thirst for Hirst, et al. Finland's Helsinki was mentioned too, a country and city comparable in population size to Ireland and Dublin who created a contemporary art movement by concentrating mainly on photography.

In each example was something we could transport and modify for our own needs. But we can't rely on others to enact these ideas. We should be confident and fearless and even aggressive about the work we produce here. We should properly critique (and laud) the good and support it when we can. Movements need catalysts and voices and leaders. But we're going to have to do it ourselves. Only then will other cities look to us as the example.

Who wants to show no fear this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Jane

"I wanted to produce something to comfort any fearful Le Cool readers." - John Dillon
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October 24 2013


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
6pm-8pm

how much
Free

launch
Grow Your Own

"We have the technology, we can rebuild him." In a world that’s still trying to wrap its head around the fact that a 3D printer can make a ship in a bottle, we now have to get used to the possibility that the Six Million Dollar Man isn’t too far away either. The emerging field of synthetic biology is expanding almost as rapidly as the DNA that these boffins can now grow from scratch. That’s right, we can now create DNA. The Grow Your Own exhibition in the Science Gallery will explore the potential of this game-changing technology and what effect it will have on our lives and how playing God might affect us. Now if they just sorted out my ever growing bald patch I’d be golden. What? They have? Where’s the nearest boffin, they’ve got some rebuilding to do. / Hugh Torpey

 

October 24 2013


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Our Type

Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you got till it's gone? In this Trevor Finnegan exhibition they haven't paved paradise and put up a parking lot just yet, but the time is close at hand. Our Type documents the disappearing face of towns and villages throughout Ireland. With shop fronts and signs, Finnegan has created a collection of postcards from our soon-to-be past, those familiar and comforting facades that landmark every journey throughout Ireland. When Starbucks, Centra and McDonalds finally complete their eye-fucking of us street walkers we'll look back longingly on these images with our John Hinde-tinted glasses. The Bernard Shaw have gone the clever, extra step with this show and transformed their own hoardings with depictions of the various frontages. This is certainly our type of show. / Vernon Steel

 

October 24 2013


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 27th October

how much
Free

exhibition
Still We Work

The Taoist Yin. The Universal Female. That dark invisible half of the double helix keeps civilization coherent, and is merely "women's work" to some. An exhibition by the National Women’s Council of Ireland Legacy Project bears witness to such undervalued truth with an artistic commission encompassing photos, multimedia and sculptural installations. Women’s work is brought closer to the bone, in the context of the 1913 Dublin Lockout anniversary, and the changed landscape of labour today. Sift through their moving anecdotes from seemingly ordinary to collectively poignant. The glue that binds our society is laced with oestrogen, a cumulative result of the thousand peripheral unseen acts of organising, belonging and caring by the other half that hold up the sky. / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 

October 24 2013


where
The Olympia, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2
01 679 3323
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when
7pm

how much
From €22.90

gig
Local Natives

It’s difficult to ask anyone about a new band without them instantly naming a plethora of other bands that they sound like. So… Arcade Fire, The National, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes. Phew, nice to get that out of the way. Really though, Local Natives have become an established band in their own right, their breakthrough album Gorilla Manor sweeping through the music loving community like the comb that goes through frontman Taylor Rice’s magnificent moustache. Rising choruses and delicious harmonies are blended against roaring guitars and pounding drums in a heady mixture. Their gig in Whelan’s a couple of months ago was a genuine triumph, riding on the wave of positivity from their second album, Hummingbird, and they should be expected to do the same in the Olympia. Go forth and spread the word. / Hugh Torpey

 

October 24 2013


where
CFCP, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, D2
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when
12pm-7pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Life and Death - The Temple

It's probably safe to say that Burning Man is a festival that transcends everything else on the planet in terms of togetherness and its collective volume of strange things. Goers will preach that it is more than a week in the desert, it's a way of life. In 2011, photographer Peter Gordon travelled to the fabled gathering in Nevada to document the myriad of humans, aliens, art and oddities that you may find there. This exhibition focuses on the cathartic experience that is the building, and burning of the spiritual temple of transition which is a hub for spirituality, grief, marriage and of course partying. This collection of images isn't just photographically stunning, it tells a poignant story... / Conor McTernan

   
 

October 25 2013


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
From 6pm

how much
Free

launch
We Are Islanders

We Are Islanders have row, row, rowed their boat ashore to launch their new collection at the RHA. The unholy trinity of fashionistas behind the label are promising an aesthetic sartorial scene, after a few busy months of high-profile activity. Their involvement in the Clean Clothes Campaign saw them campaigning on the frontline after the Bangladeshi factory crisis, and their Fringe event, 4/704, was a sell-out success. From this event, expect a preview of their tide-dyed pieces, and a silent disco (noise pollution is still pollution!) and a look at what all the cool kids will be wearing once they manage to get their glitter-grimed hands on it. Their ethical sportswear-luxe is the modern girl's Le Smoking, so check it out if you wanna be bang on trend. / Kate Coleman

 

October 25 2013


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

how much
€16

gig
Sam Amidon

It’s a difficult problem- how do you produce work that looks forward in a genre intrinsically linked with the past? It’s one most popular folk artists have no interest in solving, but also where Vermont’s Sam Amidon has made a name for himself. Amidon has a talent for unearthing gems from historical songbooks and polishing them until they gleam in strange and exciting ways, and he doesn’t always do his mining in the usual eras– witness his magical R. Kelly cover for one, or this cut off his latest album by none other than yee-haw Tim McGraw. But while he picks a neat path around the usual folk music tropes and cliches, this music still transports you back decades. His strange, drawling singing voice is the definition of a grower, and a creative ear for arrangements means his songs still crackle with life as they echo past lifetimes. Win Tickets / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

October 25 2013


where
Whelan's Upstairs, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
12am

how much
Free

gig
The #1s - Sharon Shouldn't

I became infatuated with The #1s two years ago when I heard them harmonise/shout-at-the-same-time the line “say yeah fucken right” on the last song of their three song debut cassette (I don’t know why either) Italia 90. It’s been a sporadic but rewarding love affair since and their third release, a 7” single Sharon Shouldn’t is the highlight so far: two and a half minutes crammed with snotty hooks, clattering drums and buzzing guitars. Like ten-penny bags, it’s of the past but even more enjoyable now for it. It’s that lo-fi high-energy stuff with barely-tuned guitars and bratty lyrics with girls names in them that just makes you want to jump around in a room full of people. / Aaron Rogan

   
 

October 25 2013


where
St Laurence's College, Cherrywood.

when
7pm

how much
Free

workshop
Dublin Spitfires

Hey fresh meat! Are you looking for a sport that's fast, furious and comes with the possibility of an awesome nickname? Of course you are. Who wouldn't welcome the chance to be known across the land as Battlestar Kickasstica? Then roller derby is the game for you. If the idea tickles your fancy, head along to the Open Skate Evening hosted by Dublin Spitfires. Fear not if you are a rank amateur as gear will be available to rent along with a raffle to win some spanking new skates. There'll be expert advice provided so it doesn't matter if you haven't skated since your days in your Fisher Price 1, 2, 3 Grow With Me Skates. If this free taster tickles your fancy and you want to find out if you're a blocker or a jammer at heart there is an 8 week course starting from November 15th . / Kate McEvoy

 

October 25 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
10.30pm

how much
€10

cinema
IFI Horrorthon

The IFI always has an edge because there's nothing like seeing a movie in the company of enthused fans... and there's no better crowd than a horror crowd (OK maybe a 'Rocky' Horror crowd). Zombies are 'so hot right now', surpassing even tween interest in sparkly Twilight vampires. But two dudes that can definitely say 'I liked it before it was cool' are George Romero and Tom Savini. Night of the Living Dead (1990) is Savini's only output as a director but also the only remake of Romero's 60s classic to be taken seriously by any fans, undead or otherwise. Pack this in back to back with 5 gruelling tales from a Stephen King - Romero collab and you've got yourself horrorthon that'll have you searching your room before you switch of the lights... (don't forget under the bed). / Rachel Ray

   
 

October 26 2013


where
All over the city

when
Runs until Oct. 28

how much
Mostly free or advance tickets (see website)

festival
Bram Stoker

Stoking it up and staking its claim on the creator of Dracula for a second year, this nifty addition to the festival circuit is starting to put its fangs into the consciousness of the city. Christchurch, The Mansion House and Stephen's Green shopping centre will be drenched in red, Dame District looks to Raise Your Spirits with their mini-pop up festival while vampire opera takes over St Werburgh's Church with the first ever English production of Der Vampyr by Marschner. Dublin Castle plays host to a ghoulish parade on Sunday evening while more sedate encounters will be held in the United Arts Club with 'Projections of Peril - Hammer Films Appropriation of Bram Stoker' being scrutinised by historian Robert Simpson. And there's something for those who preferred their Dracula in 1933 or want the spooks all year round too. Fangtatsic! / Zach Joyce

 

October 26 2013


where
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
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when
10am-4pm/ 1pm-4pm

how much
€50

fashion
Fashion Illustration Workshop

In a time before the likes of Scott Schuman and the endless ream of style bloggers he has spawned, before Style.com and Vogue, photographers Annie Leibovitz or Richard Avedon, it was fashion illustrators who ruled supreme. Inspired by the couturiers of the day they took pencil to pad and created the fashion ads of the day, vibrant, stylised and intricately detailed miniatures of the real thing. The Chester Beatty Library is currently exhibiting Costumes Parisiens, a beautiful reference of Parisian style and for those itching to get sketching themselves, illustrator extraordinaire Jane Ryan is leading a two day fashion illustration workshop, developing your doodles into the works of a true artiste. / Sophie Donaldson

 

October 26 2013


where
The Pint, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1
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when
11pm

how much
€5

club night
Church - Halloween Party

In the spirit of full disclosure and with a hint of scrupulosity, I must confess that I've never been to Church. I'm scared of the people I'll find there, all (presumably) fervently focused on their idol, sweaty and glowing in His glory with raised hands and droning words coming from their mouths. But for this Halloween party, I might just make it to this ministry of sound. If the promotional videos are anything to go by, these nights are truly epiphanic - papal parties for sinners who want to repent. And that's a congregation I should at least experience. DJs on the night are Colin Devine and Davey B (check out his mix here). So, as the witching hour approaches, give in to you sinning side. Who said that necromance was dead? / Vernon Steel

   
 

October 26 2013


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7.30pm

how much
€13.50

gig
Drenge

Don't be put off by the fact that they are equally lauded by both NME and the Guardian, or that they appeared on that most-reliable barometer of bland, Later with Jools Holland. Even their local Labour MP cited his love of Drenge in a resignation letter to Ed Miliband. So what's the big deal? Like Portland, the dream of the 90s lives on in Drenge's home - a little village in Derbyshire. While everyone jumps at the lazy White Stripes/Black Keys comparison on account of Drenge's reductive guitar/drums lineup there is a clearer lineage going back to Derby's great lost hopes Cable. Think Morrissey fronting Black Sabbath. Or if the Arctic Monkeys had listened to more Sonic Youth than Dick Dale. Dour, Doc-Marten wearing and defiantly anti-careerist (they cite £0.00 as an influence on their homepage): Do not miss. / Martin Bradley

 

October 26 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10.30pm

how much
€15

gig
Karenn

What’s better than one grimey techno heavy producer? TWO. Karenn merges Blawan and Pariah, an alias that fuses the pair’s techno laced music into something altogether more industrial and raw. This won’t be a mild night of electro and your ears will more than likely suffer the wrath of pounding beats. If you don’t like gritty I’d stay away. On the plus if you do – this will be a night not to be missed. Karenn are masters of the genre and produce sets that are individual of both Blawan and Pariah. The sound is experimental, deep bass and a strong combination of pure techno and house. It’s clear both get on and share impeccable musical taste, resulting in something harmonious for the rest of us. With Karenn there’s no guarantee what to expect but be sure energy levels will be high... / Niamh Keenan

   
 

October 27 2013


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
Bar opens 2pm, music from 4pm, Triptych from 6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Killustration

When it comes to trios, I'm going to put Mick Minogue, Steve McCarthy & Fatti Burke up there with Kelly, Babb & McAteer and Rice, Chips & Curry Sauce. If this week's Le Cool editorial is to be heeded and if we are to create a new brand of promising artists, a la the YBAs, then we should start with these folks. We've given these artists plenty of coverage in these digital pages before, so rather than cover old ground, lets talk about this show instead. A giant 3-panneled triptych has been constructed from salvage yard finds and will own the stage at the Shaw, as part of The Beatyard. Then, the three amigos will spend the next 4-5 hours intricately painting and detailing it live. Yeah, sounds like Bram-the-man would approve. / Myra Glass
 

October 27 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10.30pm

how much
€8

gig
Anthony Naples

Levitating somewhere between churning out melodic floor-fillers and pushing his music way off the grid into left-field, Anthony Naples is a bright new spark in the dance music community. This rising New York producer has blown up and made a huge breakthrough in the past year. His first single Mad Disrespect was one of the most memorable tracks of 2012 and a soundtrack  to all good parties from Brooklyn's loft scene to a squat on Dorset Street. He's already had three whopper releases on a fine selection of boutique labels (Mister Saturday Night, The Trilogy Tapes & Rubadub) done an official remix for Four Tet and put out a string of mix tapes for the likes of Fact magazine and RVNG which are well worth checking out. This kid is on a roll, expect to be moving your body to an eclectic mix of everything and anything. / Conor McTernan

 

October 27 2013


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
5pm

how much
€20

club night
Network #1

This bank holiday Sunday Network hosts it's debut night with Omar S headlining proceedings. Omar S has immense range. A master at intertwining different genres and consistently producing music that is not like what he has done so successfully before. One song might be pure funk, another more melancholic house all topped off with drum machines and warped musings. Ideal to ease you into the night after a heavy Saturday. For the innovative title alone check out psychotic photosynthesis. If that's not enough to tempt you out into the rain also playing on the night will be Neil Landstrumm, AnD, Lerosa and a host of homegrown talent. / Niamh Keenan

 

October 27 2013


where
The Olympia, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2
01 679 3323
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when
Not listed yet

how much
From €34

gig
Primal Scream

Having stolen The Stones’ thunder at Glastonbury and producing their best material since the Andrew Weatherall collaborations, it’s Primal Scream’s musical output as opposed pharmacological excess which is back garnering renown. Bobby Gillespie, the rakish and debonair frontman has put a decadent existence behind him, but this hasn’t nullified the belligerent attitude that became characteristic of the group and is ever-present, articulated with caustic Glaswegian drawl throughout More Light – the Scream’s tenth studio album. Whilst a psychedelic volatility remains central, tracks like It’s Alright, It’s OK nod to the more upbeat gospel elements of Screamadelica. With a mix of their dirty hits and new releases, there’s no better reason to get your rocks off this Bank Holiday weekend. / Aaron Purcell

   
 

October 28 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
Clipping

2013 was the year rap brought the noise back. Whether it was the aggressive industrial textures of Kanye West's Yeezus, Danny Brown's unhinged electro hedonism, or Run The Jewels' supercharged boom-bap, much of the year's most exciting production has recalled the go for broke sonic rawness of late 80s hip-hop. LA-based collective Clipping are bringing the ruckus too, but in a subtler, stranger fashion. Their debut album Midcity will invite comparisons to rabble rousing art pranksters Death Grips but where that group pummel you with punk-inspired aggression, Clipping bob and weave, punctuating intricate almost acapella raps with snatches of musique concrète and sudden blasts of static. By the time you reach the infinitely looping Steve Reich street mantra of Outro you'll know these guys ain't playing. / Conor McDevitt

 

October 28 2013


where
The Olympia, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2
01 679 3323
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when
7:30pm

how much
From €44.05

gig
Suede

Brett Anderson is a dark angel, his lyricism could melt the concrete slab council flats that he pranced about in, singing of sordid shacking-up in Animal Nitrate, or about dead-eyed would-be manic pixie dreamgirls who don't need those Sleeping Pills. With each album, Suede have become more anthemic, whether it's Dog Man Star's We Are The Pigs, Coming Up's Beautiful Ones, or Head Music's Can't Get Enough. While nothing can compare to having seen them writhing about the stage in the early 90s, they still put on a flamboyant show peppered with the hip-swivelling early hits, and more recent material from the excellent Bloodsports such as It Starts And Ends With You and Hit Me. No band has ever encapsulated a moment in time quite like Suede, and it'll be an honour to witness their tortured mastery again. / Kate Coleman

   
 

October 29 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Captain Phillips

130-minute films don't go by any faster than Captain Phillips, a pulse-pounding thriller directed by Paul Greengrass and inspired by the true story of a US-cargo ship which was seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia in 2009. Tom Hanks is outstanding as the as the eponymous Phillips, a calm, routine-led sea-captain whose unarmed ship becomes the target for Muse (brilliant played by Barkhad Abdi) and his dishevelled but tenacious pirate crew. "Look me in the eye – I'm the captain now!" Muse says, taunting Phillips as he commandeers the ship, igniting a full-scale battle of wits that is made all-the-more tense by Henry Jackman's superb score and Greengrass's trademark hand-held lens and sharp editing. Plan a relaxing last-order pint on the way home as you'll need it. / Michael Fleming

 

October 29 2013


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
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when
7:30pm

how much
€15/€12/€10

theatre
Waking Nosferatu

F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent vampire flick Nosferatu ran into a few problems upon its release having stolen the premise of Bram Stoker's Dracula without permission. Stoker’s estate sued and a judge ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed, but thankfully one print survived the cull. The movie has come to be regarded as a cult classic and has proved hugely influential to subsequent horror filmmakers and even inspired a movie about its making, Shadow of the Vampire. This theatrical piece is basically the film.  Performed live. It is a scene by scene adaptation that also features footage from the original film. Although unlike Murnau, these guys have resisted the dark arts and obtained permission to use their source material. / Frances Winston

 

October 29 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
7pm

how much
€15/€10

talk
The Yellow Wood Series

Wow for the Yellow Wood Series. The first of many, I hope. Eight creatives (something nursery rhymes are made of) in one night. Two each on the subjects of food, music, art & design, and technology. Modern muses, people we know or know of. Raised up. Elevated. Interesting and exciting is the new religion. Cool is the new cult. The line up is worship worthy - Niall Harbison of PR Slides (a man making the media easier), top chefs from Cleaver East and Bunsen to make our tummies grumble (YO, no actual grumbling), extraordinaire Lorenzo Verzini, and fab fiddler, Sarah Lynch. Come for their 'Eureka!' moments, the help they sought, or maybe just to find out what notebooks they use (Muji for the designers, Samsung for the techies, eh?). The idea is that you listen, and learn. / Georgia

   
 

October 30 2013


where
The Picture Rooms, 12 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.


when
Until 31st October

how much
Free

exhibition
CUSP

Leah Hewson brings us spiralling back into the realms of our childhood with a pastiche of join the dots, jigsaws, colouring books and crayons. Torn scrap pages and wooden boards resembling the smooth craft tables that we used as kids present us with surreal images that are painted and collaged over them. Little girls dancing with twisted horse legs for bodies or sitting with bulging eyes as they hold up an apple remain endearing while being mixed with unsettling images of faceless spray painted dolls or bulbous spheres protruding from the back of a child’s head. Hewson cites the juxtaposition of charm and creepiness as being the boundless imagination of childhood compared with losing it upon entering adulthood. It’s time to embrace our childhood imaginations and leave the banality of adulthood at the door. / Jane McDonald

 

October 30 2013


where
Gate Theatre, Cavendish Row, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
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when
7.30pm

how much
€32

theatre
The Threepenny Opera

There's a night at the theatre and then there's a night at The Threepenny Opera. This bawdy and audacious production by Wayne Jordan is a terrifically entertaining indulgence. With a 19-strong cast accompanied by a musical octet, all the Gate's a stage for these fine players. Bertolt Brecht's 1928 'opera of the people' is given a deliciously delirious Dublinese reboot. We meet the philandering criminal Mac The Knife and his motley crew of prostitutes and beggars. While it's a trifle hard and unfair for special mentions, the see-saw sassy jealousy jousts between Ruth McGill's 'Lucy Brown' (Widow Twankey playdoughed into Shirley Temple Bar) and Polly Peachum 'Charlotte McCurry' are hilarious. Ciaran O'Melia's spartan, but supremely effective, set design also complements this truly memorable staging. / Michael McDermott

 

October 30 2013


where
19 Main Street, Blackrock Village, Co. Dublin 

when
Weekdays open from 7am, Weekends, 9am

how much
Depends


Bear Market Coffee

An artisan cafe with strong claims to hipster cool has just staked its claim in one of the most cultivated strongholds of Dublin's suburban savannah: Blackrock. Their cafe fixtures have been re-purposed from architectural cast-offs made with skeletal steel, copper fixings and base plywood. Signage is scrawled chalk set on tiny blackboards. Roughly hewn sandwiches rest reassuringly on slate, with trendy snacks beckoning from the exposed brick walls. As you start the purchasing process, a barista-Jedi counsels gently on the coffee roast befitting your current state of mind whilst tapping into the IPad App that (wait for it), IS the cash register. And the cherry on the top? Sitting next to the owners as they tell you their story behind the Tuxedo-ed Bear poster on the wall. / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 
Think Thanking

Louise Hodgson brings twenty-one bright young things together to consider where next for our country.

With New Thinking, New Ireland, the people came before the idea. I was struck one day by how lucky I was that I had met so many interesting, intelligent and passionate people. I met these people through my day job – running The Undergraduate Awards – and through various networks. They had one thing in common: they were creating a brighter future for Ireland.

Two particular themes stand out. Firstly, there were a lot of references to Ireland’s growing tech sector. The location of HQs of these major global brands has made a difference to Ireland’s psyche, I believe. And, secondly, a lot of people reiterated the positives of the recession. In the words of contributor Roslyn Steer: “if the next generation of artists is not burning with frustration, there’s probably something wrong.”

Tap into any network you can and surround yourself with positive thinking, especially if you’re trying to create change. If I had one piece of advice to impart it would be to start something! Even if it all goes completely haywire, you won’t regret just starting it.

New Thinking, New Ireland, is published by Gill and Macmillan.