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Flashlights and explosions have been extraordinarily regular in the Le Cool office in the run up to our science extravaganza in the Gallery of Photography.

Mentos and Coca Cola molotov cocktails have been hurled across the desk, we've sat in liquid nitrogen fogs and still, all we came up with was this lousy exhibition.

Brian Kenny and Tom O'Dea have created an interactive installation based on Conway's Game of Life, while Designgoat have created an installation which allows you to make your own sound using pencils, paper, a couple of wires and a crocodile clip or two. The Urban Farm will also be displaying its aquaponic farming system, for all of you who didn't make it to their base in The Chocolate Factory before it was cruelly closed to the public in a maze of red tape and bureaucratic box-ticking.

The exhibition will run from 11am-6pm on Friday and 11am-4pm on Saturday, so get your goggles on, and if you're the family type, we have a special kids' tour on Saturday at 3pm.

Who says "Oxygen and Magnesium are back together, OMg!" Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Jane?

"...a massive mirror in space so that people on earth could see into the past..." - Tom O'Dea & Brian Kenny
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November 14 2013


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 17th November

how much
Free - buy online

pop-up
Coldlilies Pop-Up

Magpies, flutter down from your trees and fly south to the Coldlilies pop-up at the RHA. The online e-commerce platform has been selling mid-price range, but high-fashion jewellery for the past year. The 'Lilies, Ciara and Kim, have set a new gold standard for online shopping, with incredible attention paid to the curation of the designers they stock, and their beautifully directed marketing campaigns. This pop-up is try-before-you-buy genius, so style your pieces in anticipation of having them made to order and delivered within two working days to your door. Will it be wound-leather Una Burke, bubblegum-bright Melissa Curry or Natasha Sherling's preciously delicate pieces? Christmas is coming, so drag your nearest and dearest by the plastic fantastic and play dress-up. / Kate Coleman

 

November 14 2013


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


when
1pm/7pm

how much
€10

theatre
The Bear's Tuxedo

Kieran Roche tells an enormous story of pain and death in the most humorous and high camp fashion. Mid tear jerking tale of burials his character Billy Sendoza will insist on relating the scenes to famous movies or actors. While scurrying under cover of night through a high security compound he takes time to compare its empty cold structure to Julia Roberts’ acting style. Billy is mostly miserable and as a funeral director who has faced much rejection the recipe should spell sadness, yet the beauty of the writing and the gay-friendly comedy stirs both laughter and greater appreciation for life. When it is revealed that the joy of new shoes should be enough to make firearms redundant, I truly felt writer Keith James Walker had solved gun crime in America. / Joseph Kearney

 

November 14 2013


where
The Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, D1
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when
8pm

how much
€25

theatre
Silent

Pat Kinevane lies on his back under a blanket on an otherwise bare stage. Then, he performs an almost hypnotic movement piece. No words. Just movement. It's silent. Before he ever speaks, the audience in enraptured. Silent is heart-achingly tragic story, of Tino, a homeless man. Kinevane engages the posture, physicality and voice of Tino, and a range of cohorts, aiders and abetters to tell the story. It unfolds like a Rudolph Valentino film montage, and the emotional turmoil leaves the audience terse and on edge. This is incredible theatre. Lean in closer, listen in attentively, and lose yourself in the drama. / Frances Winston

 

November 14 2013


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
6.10pm

how much
€7.50 / €9

cinema
The Broken Circle Breakdown

Best described by my housemate as a cross between Walk The Line and Blue Valentine, The Broken Circle Breakdown is the love and loss tale of Elise and Didier (beauty and the beard). United on stage with their bluegrass band, off stage the strains of coping with the illness of their daughter Maybelle threatens the implosion of their relationship. Flicking back and forth as we trace their story, the tie that bonds the brilliance of this Belgian indie hit and Oscar prospect is a gorgeous bittersweet soundtrack. Apart from brushing up on your Flemish, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a great chance to make acquaintance with one of the finest indie films of 2013 and one you / Zach Joyce

   
 

November 15 2013


where
The Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.


when
Until 30 November

how much
Free

exhibition
103 Small Paintings, One Big Thought

Sadkowsky's paintings are surreal and saturated with colour...There are peacocks being accused of being womanisers, eyelashes you could plait, cats painted with red lipstick grins and extra long claws, and allusions to home as he sneaks in modified versions of his native Swiss flag into a select few pictures. The diversity of Sadkowsky's life experience (jazz musician, razor blade salesman, Spanish teacher, tap dancer...) comes through in the diversity of his subject matter and although surreal, he doesn't overuse the Dada sensibilities, and shows off his immense skill as a painter by being incredibly exacting in his brushstrokes. / Jane McDonald

 

November 15 2013


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8-11pm

how much
€10

album launch
Cian Nugent & The Cosmos: Born With The Caul

Cian Nugent has been steadily honing his ability to create diverse musical arrangements for his new album. Complete with full band, this latest working confirms his journey into the halls of critical appreciation. His skill at plucking the tendril-like guitar strings with the deft hand of a surgeon is one of the main reasons he's become a musical mainstay in a culture of fads and fashion. While one would be easily fooled into thinking each moment is an organically woven piece of improvisation, it is clear that he has calculated every second to the nth degree. With such exacting standards, this launch promises to highlight the precision and craft behind his work. Get ready for reverence. Win tickets / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

November 16 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
11pm

how much
€23

gig
The Orb

It all started on a sunny Sunday in the summer of '88 when Alex Paterson and Jimmy Cauty (The KLF) drove from one of Danny Rampling's 'Shoom' parties in Brighton to Cauty's notorious recording studio/squat 'Transcentral' in London where they began pioneering a new wave of ambient electronic music. Many members have come and gone over the years, in turn paving musical paths in house, dub-reggae and techno. Paterson remains the celestial cornerstone, partnered with Swiss-German innovator Thomas Fehlmann. Try to visualise two bald lads composing classic weekend come-down music on a science fiction theme, played over surreal video montages of floating pigs and absurd alien symbologyWin tickets / Conor McTernan

 

November 16 2013


where
The 02, Northwall Quay, Dublin 1.
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when
6.30pm

how much
€40

gig
Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós make music that makes you want to crash about in a pit of cymbals, covered in paint. Their Icelandic nonsense-harmonia is ethereal and triumphant at once, and inspires involuntary pathos in even the sternest of hearts. It may be ubquitous, but Hoppípolla is the only crescendo finish for your world cup/marathon/eating competition, but that isn't all you should get your oboe in a twist about with the enormity of the compelling sound filling the hollows of the 02. Beware of those recently returned from Iceland Airwaves, who will surely be standing in all their insufferable glory at the front, pointing out which songs are Icelandic and which are Vonlenska, so drive them crazy by singing a phonetic mash of syllables along to your favourites, from Ísjaka to Hrafntinna. / Kate Coleman

   
 

November 16 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
1-8pm

how much
€6-€15

film club
Why Not? Adventure Film Festival

Showing at The Sugar Club, Dublin’s bastion of the left-field film night, the good folks behind Why Not? have kept with their original intention of bringing innovation to the well-trodden film festival formula. Four feature length premieres will pin down a structure on proceedings whilst they play fast and loose with the surrounding events. Look out for the Judge & Jury screening where you vote for the film you hope to see before going in and another screening featuring the Silent Disco idea, Choose Your Own Soundtrack. They’ve wisely decided not to repeat the after party with nine different bands (think of the stress) but that doesn’t mean that the DJ and band they’ve got in place will make for anything less than a great night. / David Cadwallader

 

November 16 2013


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
1pm, 2pm, 3pm

how much
Free - RSVP essential

talk
Fashion Talk

Fashion's movers and shakers are converging on Coldliles X Irish Design Shop's RHA pop up this Saturday. The who's who of the industry will be leading an afternoon of stylish insider chat. Meet stylists and designers such as Aisling Farinella and Natalie B Coleman, inimitable independent creatives making waves in Ireland and further ashore. Editors from powerhouses such as The Prowlster and Image Magazine will be combining their expertise in both online and print mediums and a clutch of innovative new gen bloggers will be on hand to offer their inspiring vision for what lies next in this evolving industry. This is an exciting opportunity to hear first hand from the stars of the present and future- and, of course, RSVP is essential, darling. / Sophie Donaldson

 

November 16 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
12pm

how much
€10

talk
The Myth of the Perfect Woman

Do you ever wish the rest of the world would get out of your knickers and let you get on with your day? Imagine, you could go about your business without worrying where you fall in the virgin/whore dichotomy or if you’ll be a terrible mum because you don’t coo at every human miniature that toddles by. That is, IF you choose to have kids. For a long time, those without wombs have been whittling down the formula for the perfect woman, so, as luck would have it, this archetype is a deluge of contradictions. Put simply, a woman can’t just chose whatever she wants to do, she must choose everything, at once and that’s the real talking point. Annoyed? Glean the nitty gritty truth of whether the epitome of feminine perfection will ever really be found and if she's any use. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

November 17 2013


where
Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€16.50

gig
Julia Holter

You’d never peg Julia Holter as a Los Angeles native from listening to her music- the lush accents and neo-classical touches of her beguiling chamber pop seem a world away from a sprawling, smog-filled celebrity ground zero. But in interviews Holter has spoke about the isolated scenes and lives that make up a city as large as L.A, and this is a clue to the character of her music. She’s interested in creating hermetic sound worlds, and each layered composition seems to show different sides of a highly personal musical vision- almost like pages of a secret diary. There was an album based on a play by Euripides, and the latest one is inspired by the movie/musical Gigi. That’s not to say the music is overly academic, though. While orchestration abounds, it’s pop music first and foremost, with her wonderful voice at the centre. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

November 17 2013


where
55 South William Street, Dublin 2.

when
12-6.30pm

how much
See Menu

restaurant
Cheesecake

This is how my Wednesday unfolded; went to Cheesecake, ate my fill of creamy but light Nutella cheesecake, robbed large bites off my mate’s Rhubarb and Ginger baked cheesecake, was extremely happy. They have lovely staff and the shelves have jam jars packed with blended cheesecake just to make the world a better place. The counter has a selection of the most beautiful and delicious looking cake slices known to man. This is a pop-up so get in by January or you will never taste the heaven and bliss of this fleeting cake place. I also had a latte, cause I’m a fan of delicious things, and all in all it was reasonably priced. As the establishment is a cake only business it is best suited for take away but they do have two tall tables for the more committed cake gorger. / Joseph Kearney

 

November 17 2013


where
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
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when
Until 26 January

how much
Free

exhibition
The Everyday Experience

You know what more exhibitions need? Swings. More exhibitions need swings. But until everyone else catches onto the trend, The Irish Architecture Foundation's The Everyday Experience at IMMA has a pretty good one. Urban Agency's Play Station is only one of the pieces at the exhibition that demonstrates that architecture isn't a lofty ivory-tower concept that involves drafting tables, protractors and characters from Ayn Rand novels, but an integral and often unacknowledged part of our lives. Besides the exhibition itself, keep an eye out for free walking tours, film screenings, talks and workshops, and don't forget to have a look at the Eileen Gray exhibition upstairs while you're at it. / Chandrika Narayanan Mohan

   
 

November 18 2013


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
See HERE

how much
€9/€11.60

cinema
Don Jon

Porn, it's definitely been a hot topic of debate for the last decade and Don Jon circles in on the subject immediately from its opening. It's quickly established that our protagonist Jon has no problem with the ladies (hence the Don Jon nickname). Every weekend he's got a girl home to do the nasty, but it just can't seem to cut it. He frequently slips out of bed with a sleeping woman beside him to 'take care of business' and we all get to preview the montage of moaning women before him. Attempting to find sex he can fully enjoy he looks for something meaningful with Barbara, a woman with her own addiction: Hollywood romance stories (cue some warped relationship expectations). The story never chides porn watchers, thankfully it instead accepts it as a social inevitability and tells a story of trying to move past it. / Jane McDonald

   
 

November 19 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7.30pm

how much
€17.50

gig
MÚM

For the first time in nigh on six years, and in the wake of the recent release of their sixth album, Smilewound, Múm return to Dublin to trade their experimental wares for patented crowd review. If six is the magic number in this equation, or at least a commonality, then it might be worthwhile to imagine their musings as the work of a kindergarten group of six-year-old child geniuii, at least in the manner in which they imbue their work with softly-vocalised and child-like precociousness. With a multitude of instruments to strum on, these vocals are forever underpinned with glitch electronic beats that suggest the darker side of genius. There’s nothing more enticing than exploring your subconsciousness in all its expansive wonder, especially when self-reflection has such a superbly attendant soundtrack. / Aisling Smyth

 

November 19 2013


where
The Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.


when
Until 30 November

how much
Free

exhibition
Lacuna [01]

Lacuna poses the idea that we desire to fill empty spaces but raises the question, what with? Being a collaborative project, the pieces offer a lot of aesthetic variation. There's charming collodion photography showing empty spaces being filled with nesting birds, squirrels and mice that look like something from a Grimms fairytale, there's the anti-Lichtenstein where spots create empty spaces in a complete portrait, and a curious glass of water suspended in a glass case. The collection makes more empty spaces in its display than it does fill them, but it has enough going on to keep your interest piqued throughout. / Jane McDonald

   
 

November 20 2013


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
7.30pm

how much
€20

gig
Shellac

Dude, Incredible. Not a record title you envisage from one of the most abrasive and brutalist three-pieces about. Apparently, they all sing simultaneously on the new album too. Just don’t expect Queen, they say. Performing in their 21st year as a trio, Steve Albini, Bob Weston and Todd Trainer have been around the block a few times. Some would argue they are partly responsible for building the block in the first place. Albini is, of course, apart from having a reputation as being the surliest man in music, a producer and engineer of some note. He will after all rap your head with a ratchet. His computer-less Electrical Audio studio in Chicago is the destination of choice for a roster of bands far too long to list. Fans of the least pretentious band in rock are unlikely to read this. To the uninitiated, however, prepare to pop your Shellac-coated cherry. / Simon Judge

   
 

November 20 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
11pm

how much
€8/€10

gig
Ryan Hemsworth

Last time the ever so lovely Ryan Hemsworth played Button Factory, my friend who never fails to spend a night in the smoking area glued herself to the dance floor and remained in a haze there for the night. Ridiculously good at making you want to dance and just be an all round happy camper, Ryan is back with new material. Surely it's only been a year since his last, and debut album, but when the new one's just as good, who's to complain? Lots of experimental electronic and ample amounts of synth are the consistent theme found in his new tracks. Versatile and varied it's difficult to put Hemsworth in a particular genre, there's definite hints of R'n'B, some 70s vibes and funk all mixed together with hypnotic guest vocals. Last year's Movements appearance was packed and I'd imagine this year will be much the same. / Niamh Keenan

   
 
Five & Dime

Claude Vella, Karla Healion and Vinnie Dermody of Five & Dime are set to stuff your Christmas stocking.

Ourselves and Designist had talked about the idea of a music-meets-Designist affair. We decided that we'd try out a pop-up shop for two months that was basically a tasteful love letter to Christmas shoppers, in that they could walk into one small building and walk out with everything they needed for Christmas and avoid the total chaos outside.

It's the kind of stuff you'd like to buy for yourself, but you wouldn't have the money, so it's that kind of idea of presents that you would like to get, so you can drop hints to people to buy them for you. You can pretty much get something for the whole family. There's everything from the silly to the erudite, from classic music to great books on both ends of the popular spectrum.

My favourite item in the shop? I'm quite partial to the book Things Come Apart, which I think is kind of incredible. That would be my personal favourite.

Five & Dime, 62 Dame Street, Dublin 2. PHOTO: Clara Hooper