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The Summit is a curious beast. Having morphed from 500 attendees in 2010 to 10,000 this week, moving into the sphere of food, music and beyond, the astute hustle and chutzpah of Paddy Cosgrave and his cohorts knows no bounds. 

Garnering global attention with clever coups such as having the NASDAQ opening bell rung in Dublin by Uncle Enda yesterday, it has truly become a juggernaut in the tech connectivity sphere.

Out there, it's a pitch jungle. In Tech We Trust. With every start-up dream being touted for investment, media attention and peer recognition, the energy and exuberance evident in the RDS means it would be churlish not to think there are 'next big thing' ideas being incubated and presented. 

In true democratic start-up style, you can catch it live or join us as we pluck our four favourites for chats in the city today. The CEO of the Huffington Post, former CTO for Obama's re-election, former digital director of The Onion and creator of the MakeLoveNotPorn site join us and so can you for €5 in aid of Movember

Who is asking you to ring our bell this week? Michael, Ciaran, Kate, Amy or Jane?

"...we both had to ask for them using some code word." - John Dillon
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October 31 2013


where
Library Project &
The Stags Head

when
1.30pm, 2.15pm, 6pm, 6.45pm

how much
€5

talk
Spiel @ The Summit

The tech world has descended on Dublin. The Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave's brainchild, has grown into a heaving mass of the world's best thinkers and doers. While start-ups bend investors' ears for capital out in the RDS Le Cool & Pilcrow have hi-jacked four of the Summit's most exciting speakers for pop up talks in the city centre. In the Library Project in Temple Bar Jimmy Maymann, CEO of The Huffington Post, and Baratunde Thurston, former Director of Digital of The Onion, will be talking global media companies while in The Stags Head, Cindy Gallop of MakeLoveNotPorn and Harper Reed, Obama's chief tech officer, will teach us about crowd-sourcing and cloud-computing and the importance of women in tech. All proceeds towards Movember. Win Tickets / Le Cool Dublin

 

October 31 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€24

gig
Youth Lagoon

Maybe you clocked this as yet another dream pop group and started to skip ahead- stop! Youth Lagoon are a bit different than your standard swoon-peddlers. For one thing, they’re a lot weirder. These young lads are obviously not unfamiliar with Syd Barret-era Floyd, or more importantly whatever ‘sources’ of inspiration they were using back then. The creaking, disembodied vocals sound beamed in from a Dr. Seuss book. Songs meander down unpredictable paths, forking and branching off into strange directions or allowed to run off on their own accord. And that focus on out-there instrumentation translates live a lot better than tape hiss. A glimpse at their cover art will give you an idea of the kind of world this music inhabits– dreams definitely more lysergic than nostalgic. / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 

October 31 2013


where
Hogan's, 35-37 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2.


when
5:30pm

how much
Free

talk
The Fashion Discussion

Do you spend more time pinning, click-clicking and Visa verifying your way to a new wardrobe rather than dodge the elements and the human traffic around town? Will Grafton St become a street of empty buildings with window displays and QR codes for the savvy shopper? Will we become on first name terms with our couriers? We’re bunching together some of the greatest Fashion-Tech minds from around the globe to hash out the future of the High St in the intimate settings of Hogans Basement. Speakers: Chris Morton from Lyst, Liz Bacelar from Decoded Fashion, Shauna Mei from AHALife and Jennifer Hyman from Rent the Runway. There are limited spaces available so if you would like to attend please email sarah@opsh.com to reserve a space. #BigFashChat / Sarah McGinn

 

October 31 2013


where
The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin, Ireland


when
6pm

how much
€10

party
Ghouls of Ghostbusters Past

In possibly the most perfectly themed venue of recent times, MART will be doing Halloween Ghostbusters style in their renovated fire station. I say perfect because as all good Stay Puft fans know, the team used a real fire station - the Hook & Ladder 8 is in New York and looks eerily similar to tonight’s venue - as their base of operations. In small groups you will be taken on a musical and artistic journey to hear the station's bloody history. There will be a screening of the titular movie, a photo booth for recreating the Psycho shower scene (oh the profile pic opportunities!), a live band and a chance to strut your stuff for best costume on the catwalk. Entrance fee goes towards renovation costs, and it’s BYOB. / Adam Duxbury

   
 

October 31 2013


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

how much
€5

gig
Halloween Ball

When it comes to the spookiest time of the year, Phantom 105.2 have an obvious head start on the competition. What better way to live up to their spectral sobriquet then with a fancy dress Halloween Ball? Get thee to the Workman's Club this All Hallow's Eve in the most inventive and indeed fanciest of dress you can muster to compete for the much coveted, top secret prize for best costume. You also get to feast your ears on a double helping of Ireland's finest indigenous acts. Wicklow is clearly a rock hot spot as both Croupier and Enemies were grown in the Garden County. After they exit, pursued by a bear or a werewolf, a zombie, or something equally fitting, Phantom DJs will be on the decks till late. Don't be left with the plastic mask and binbag option. / Kate McEvoy
 

October 31 2013


where
777, 7 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2


when
9pm

how much
Free

party
Dia De Los Muertos Party

Hey you! Tired of dressing as a slutty [insert random word here] at Halloween? Is that Miley Cyrus Wrecking Costume getting old before you even put it on? Well if you fancy something different, 777 is hosting their 2nd annual fiesta loca in the theme of Dia de los Muertos this Thursday. There will be Mexican food, there will be DJs, there will be Margaritas... oh and they have over one hundred types of tequila. What could possibly go wrong? (Don't answer that) Prizes for best costume - so be sure to steal some awesome makeup ideas off Pinterest (which for some reason is filled with Halloween costume ideas under this theme). Here's hoping they'll put some balloons on the door or something, cause that place is damn hard to find during the day, never mind at night. / Rachel Ray

   
 

November 01 2013


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
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when
3:50pm, 8:20pm

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Cutie and The Boxer

At the beginning of Cutie and The Boxer, Noriko Shinohara plaits her hair and prepares a dessert to celebrate her husband Ushio Shinohara's eightieth birthday. Despite it being a landmark occasion, celebrations are low-key. A candle intended for a 3rd birthday adorns the miniature desert. When Noriko presents a pair of novelty duck slippers to Ushio, he quacks gleefully. These kinds of no-frills, verité moments are peppered throughout Cutie and The Boxer, a jewel of a documentary about what it means to be a struggling artist, an immigrant, a husband, a wife. If love is patient and love is kind, then Cutie and The Boxer demonstrates that it's also frustrating and difficult, and not without its trials and resentments. A gorgeous ode to the endurance of love, it's life-affirming in the truest way. / Amy O'Connor

 

November 01 2013


where
Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1
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when
6.30pm

how much
€5 unwaged/€7 wages/€10 un-constumed!

party
Queer Zombie Bloodbath

Werewolves are old news darling. And as for vampires, they are simply passé in this day and age. World War Z, The Walking Dead, zombies are where it's at. As is so often the case the LGTBQ + community are bang on trend with the Queer Zombie Bloodbath. Not only is this oh so a la mode, it's got the socially and politically relevant subtitle “fuck marriage... we want brains”. Catchy too. The safe space of Seomra Spraoi is about to get scary as it's invaded by queer flesh eating zombies, undead drag queens, monstrous bloody horrors from beyond the grave to share in such delights as live music, belly-dancing and a screening of the classic creepy tale The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with a specially curated soundtrack. All that, tunes til late, and a “don't be a jackass” house rule. You can see why the discerning dead are rising for this one. / Kate McEvoy
 

November 01 2013


where
Hugh Lane Gallery, 1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
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when
Until 19th January

how much
Free

exhibition & opening
Bubble Wrap Game

A shower of a show; Bubblewrap Game is the culmination of a year's work by Jim Ricks with the Hugh Lane Gallery and their private collection; the latest of their Sleepwalkers series. An impulsively considered display of hip-hop, graffiti and skate culture, American dreaming, war, media coverage, Orientalism, the art institute, appropriation, forgery, fakes, layers and layers of recognition. When you walk in, visually, it's pop culture and political pops, 'POP! POP! POP!' (no surprise then that the gallery technicians have been genuinely unable to resist poking their heads in throughout it's install), but the show itself acts as a step-by-step, join-the-dots tour between works of art and artifacts, allowing the oval exhibition room to reveal each individually before opening up larger statements and discussions. Poppin' bubbles in da club. / Georgia

   
 

November 02 2013


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

how much
€15

dj set
Bicep

Well who doesn't love a good bicep? An enviable body part, sure - but also the enigmatic dance duo that Belfast born Matt and Andy indeed are. In the business just over 2 years, the back story of this pair is as impressive as their music. The lads began with their entertainingly named blog Feel My Bicep which then developed to the Bicep that produces and DJs today, if only all biceps were developed so quickly eh? Held partly responsible for the revival in 90's house, Bicep is a combination of disco, house, garage and techno, and with influences including The Wire and Aphex Twin, what's not to like. Rarely disappointing, Bicep are known for strictly vinyl sets of old school influenced tracks, perfect Saturday night dancing material.  / Niamh Keenan

 

November 02 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
11pm

how much
€12/€15

dj set
Machinedrum

Travis Stewart comes from a musical family, so it's no surprise that he started making recordings around the age of 5 or 6 in his hometown of Eden, North Carolina. He started producing electronic music in school and put out his first record as Machinedrum in 2001. Spanning Machinedrum and his various other musical pursuits (Sepalcure, Jets, Syndrome, Tstewart) he has directly produced a jaw dropping 27 albums and a plethora of EPs. His latest album, Vapor City ties shuffling drum & bass breakbeats with twisted pop vocals to make for a dense urban soundscape which is as intense as it is meditative. The prolific beat-smith is bringing his live show to The Button Factory for the Irish leg of his Vapor City World Tour. This will be a banging existential affair. / Conor McTernan

 

November 02 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€16.90

gig
MMOTHS

"Soulful" is rarely a term used to describe electronic music, although the textured, atmospheric soundscapes MMOTHS fit that label perfectly. Jack Colleran's ethereal productions ebb and flow to hypnotic effect, with instrumental hooks sporadically surfacing from the depths of lush synth sounds and infectious, pulsating beats. The emotional scope of this music sets MMOTHS apart from other purveyors of electronica and is indicative of a broad range of influences, with the unbridled euphoria of tracks such as THNX and Heart suggestive of Bon Iver at his most heartfelt. When you consider his mesmerising Body & Soul set last summer, the recent addition of live drums and guitar to his touring setup making for a more dynamic live sound, and the promise of an album on the horizon, this is looking absolutely unmissable. / Oisin Leonard

   
 

November 02 2013


where
The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€10

screening
Happiness

As part of the sex and death element of UCD Science Expression, Happenings have chosen to screen the powerful and hilariously unsettling HappinessNone of the characters in Todd Solondz's radical film are happy. Each of them struggles with their demons on the search for their individual ideas of happiness. This is a film that deals with intense themes of crisis, loneliness and dark desires interwoven with black comedy. It's not a film for everyone, but to view this with an open mind and close friends in the warmth of the Fumbally Café over some delicious movie nibbles (included in price) will be an experience that brings you closer together and truly appreciate what you have. For 10 blips this night is a steal and the perfect wind-down after Hallowe'en. / Conor McTernan

 

November 02 2013


where
The Coach House, Dublin Castle


when
9a.m

how much
€50/€75

debate
Forge Design Forum

Well if a man from Lego is going to be there to discuss all of our all time favourite childhood toy, need more be said. Forge Dublin has lit one hot-to-touch, sparky fire. A whole day of quality speakers from all sorts of inspiring design paths. The schedule is packed with plenty of Irish, international and international Irish talent, such as Tom Maxwell of Turbospeak, CURVE, the beautifully coherent furniture designer Steuart Padwick, Dr Paddy Tobin, and John Coppage of the previously mentioned Lego company (You might be familiar with the brand). Before breaking into discussion panels the day is split up into six speaker groups and three may only be attended, on a first come first serve basis, so make sure you're the early bird who catches the worm. A stand out event. / Georgia

   
 

November 03 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
3.30p.m

how much
€8.60

screening+talk
The End of Time

There are fewer things in this world that are harder to categorise than the films of Peter Mettler. He shares the curiosity and tenuous links of Adam Curtis but his works are certainly not documentaries, his films can share the pondering tone of Mark Cousins’ work, yet they are not essays. I’ve only seen two of his films but am happy to share the director’s own description as travelogues…the films will certainly make you feel like you’ve been somewhere. The End of Time is not a study of time or a search for the meaning of time but a reflection on time. A reflection on what it could mean, has meant and will mean. From the work of CERN through the lava flows of Hawaii and the wastelands of modern day Detroit, this is a meditation on something we all share but something we all fail to define or understand. / David Cadwallader

   
 

November 04 2013


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

when
Various

how much
€4

theatre
New Writing Week

There was a time when he was just Will. A time before he was lauded as the world's most successful playwright, even as the greatest writer in the English language. Before this, Shakespeare needed someone to cut him a break. The New Theatre's inaugural New Writing Week is committed to showcasing this generation's most promising talent. Over the course of a week it does just what it says on the tin, giving six of Ireland's newest talents a leg up to deliver a debut play. Be it a seasoned author or recent college graduate, each is a debutante playwright and this handful of performances will be as varied and eclectic as the brain power behind them, and well worth acquainting yourself with before they set out for the world's stage. / Sophie Donaldson

 

November 04 2013


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

when
14.00|18.30

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Short Term 12

Delving into the gritty world of parental abuse, Short Term 12 focuses on the story of Grace and the abandoned foster kids she cares for. Director Destin Gretton uses a handheld camera (code for: you’ll get used to the shakiness) and shoots over shoulders and between heads to give an authentic experience of both the carers and foster kids, complemented by the highly acclaimed acting skills across the cast. Brie Larson gives a stellar performance as Grace and compels us to empathise with her as she loses hold over herself, reliving her own abuse upon seeing herself in a new girl entering care. You’ll be suitably enthralled while emotions run high as well as enjoying a peppering of comic relief in between, but prepare yourself for the occasional grimace too. / Jane McDonald

   
 

November 05 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€16/€12

gig
Chatham Saxaphone Quartet

Take a look at the Chatham Saxophone Quartet’s YouTube account. On there you'll see a video of four guys in sharp black suits - and Converse runners - entertaining the shoppers in the George's Street Arcade. This little extra sartorial detail tells you something about the group’s approach to their music. Based in Dublin, the quartet is comprised of DIT graduates who formed in 2008. Since then they've achieved an astonishing amount in their music careers. Often seen as a challenging instrument in the contemporary classical realm, the quartet are adept at arranging and composing work for the instrument. The concert includes a work commissioned from Golden Globe-nominated composer Brian Byrne, Steve Reich’s mesmeric New York Counterpoint and pieces by Bach and Radiohead. / Des FitzGerald

 

November 06 2013


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

when
13.45|16.00|18.15|20.30

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Philomena

Usually any film based in and around Ireland is accompanied by more than a handful of stereotypes and some terrible, terrible, Irish accents. Although Philomena, a film following an old Irish woman’s search for her lost son, may be accused of having a predictable storyline, they somehow manage to do us, and in particular Irish grannies, some justice, with the help of Judi Dench. She plays the straight talking, naive and unintentionally hilarious 70-odd Philomena who epitomises the Irish nana. Her co-star, the weary human interest journalist Martin, joins her in her search of her kid but only to redeem his quickly sinking career. Although the film addresses a harsh topic, the Magdalene Laundries, it manages to stay pretty upbeat and charming for the most part. It’s one of those laughing one second, bawling the next sort of films. / Molly-Ann Fergus

   
 
Chris Haughton

Illustrating your kids' books and the rugs beneath your feet - we talk (fairtrade) shop with Chris Haughton.

In college I had a romantic view that designers should be actively changing things for the better. When I started working as a designer and illustrator, very few of the projects lived up to my expectation.

I volunteered for People Tree as they think very thoroughly about economic and sustainability issues and went further with them than I thought was possible. Inspired by fair trade work I went to Nepal and India for 8 months to develop products more directly.

Rugs were the most exciting as it seemed to fit with my work as an illustrator. The rugs and toys I made in Nepal became a success online but I had no way of facilitating the orders so I began to do it myself. I met Akshay, founder of Nepal's equivalent to Amazon, and we put a plan together for NODE. Its been a huge amount of work but its been incredibly rewarding.

Chris will be exhibiting in the Mess It Up Movember Exhibition at the RHA on the 7th November.