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The hubbub around The Summit may be finally over (you can of course re-live Le Cool's participation here and here), but it was great to hear Dublin's other tech stronghold, The Digital Hub, make some noise this week.

That old Le Cool chestnut about using derelict buildings for the arts was picked up by the state-owned centre near Guinness as news leaked of a possible plan to allow artists and cultural bodies to use empty buildings on the site to help regenerate the area. The plan was borne out of The Space Invaders Project, a competition that was open to a young Irish planners under the tagline; 'Dublin 8 is your playground'.

Which reminded us of another worthy project. The Cork Street Park campaign was set up to convince the Dublin City Council Economic Development Department to turn the derelict Chamber Street site in Dublin 8, into a public park for all the community. Compared to other areas within the city, D8 suffers from an unacceptable lack of green space and parks for a young population. If DCC sees fit to sponsor the Space Invaders award to young planners for the Digital Hub site, we'd hope they''d also look favourably on this common sense campaign too.

Who wants to come out to play this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Conor.

"Andy was trying to tre flip..." - Alex Sheridan
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November 21 2013


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€32

gig
Television

Marquee Moon. That first listen was indelibly burnt into my consciousness. Decades after its 1977 release it sounded so fresh, so vital, it took me over. The title track alone felt like the only song I would ever need. Tom Verlaine's vocal - strangely unmusical - combined with his and Richard Lloyd's intertwining, virtuoso guitar lines to create a unique sound amid CBGSs' early 70s roster of Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith and Talking Heads. After just two albums they split in 1978, Verlaine & Lloyd's singular visions cateracted through the dirty prism of smack. A surprising reformation in '92 resulted in a third album and sporadic touring. We are honored to have them in our city this Thursday and weak at the thought of hearing that legendary cut live. Ask yourself whether you deserve to be there. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

November 21 2013


where
The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
The Project Twins

The Project Twins aren't real, they're a mad trip, an hallucinogenic state of mind. One of them is right-handed, the other one left-handed. They sometimes work either side of the one sheet of paper, and create minimalist pieces of geometric illustration that you want to hang on a pristine white wall, shrouded in unsmeared plexiglass. They created two Le Cool covers, one of which was a cryptic who's who of famous literary heads, and the His Girl Friday style reporters, pencils tucked behind ear, and paper folded into the band of the trusty trilby. These Cork boys don't dally in Dublin for long, so they've powered through page after page a sizzling design. Pause, and reflect on their A-Z of Unusual Words, before basking in the fruits of their week-long labour. / Cora Burke

   
 

November 21 2013


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


when
1pm/7pm

how much
€10

theatre
The World Will End In Fire

Paul Kennedy frames conversations with perfectly placed signifiers helping to instantly create not only a scene but also a mood. A finger chasing up the crispy chips in a burger box, sucking straws in Burger King, a billowing blue dress outside the Shelbourne, all bring the listener directly to the very places being described. Witness Dublin spring to life before your mind’s eye as gruff business men march down Wicklow Street, or elderly gentlemen spoon gruel into their aging gobs and a gorgeous girl gets carried away. Alison, played by Carla Mc Glynn is hopelessly in love with her insurance salesman boss. Their first pseudo date is filled with chicken eating intenseness. Does he love me? Do I love him? Why won’t he pounce on me in the lift? Carla nails this one woman piece. Watch out for the truth, it may upset you. / Joseph Kearney

 

November 21 2013


where
Chancery Lane, Unit 3B, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8.
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when
6.30pm (until Nov 23rd)

how much
€12

theatre
Danny and The Deep Blue Sea

I don't know what Unit 3B on Chancery Lane was before it was turned into this cafe/theatre/music space but I expect the name suggested the height of its 'to let' aspirations. However, Gavin Logue and Elaine Fox (see le interview) are making strides in their efforts to etch out a new haunt. Danny and The Deep Blue Sea presented by Back of the Hand and written by John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt), back in 1984, presents two lonesome figures in a Bronx dive bar. Danny (Edwin Mullane) is fused with bitterness while Roberta (Clodagh Downing) is riddled with insecurity. The dialogue is taut and vigorously delivered. Each scene a powder keg. Initial repulsion twists into attraction as their muddled and dark existences unfold to expose a chink of redemption. It's a gritty black box jolt. / Michael McDermott

   
 

November 22 2013


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

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Blue Is The Warmest Colour

One is an inexperienced ingénue and the other is a seasoned sophisticate. Each falls under the other’s spell and before you can breathlessly utter “embrasse moi”, a whirlwind rollercoaster affair begins. The audience is quickly scooped up in the passion of this beautiful cinematic love story. Forget the controversies and quarrels that have surrounded this film since it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this year, this is a mesmerising tale that swells and breaks the heart in equal measure. Sure, the visceral nature of the lovemaking scenes are vivid, but is that not exactly what the all-consuming intensity of falling head over heels for someone is like? One cannot help but empathise with the seesaw of raw and devastating emotions both Adèle and Emma go through. If you’ve ever loved or been loved, this one is for you. / Simon Judge

 

November 22 2013


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

how much
€15

talk
The Blizzard Football Quarterly

FOOTBALL! The exclamation mark is a post-requisite of the word nowadays, ever since Sky decided that Stoke versus Swansea can be categorized as a 'Super Sunday'. The Irish football landscape has had its own bit of hyperbole lately, which makes the arrival of the Blizzard Football Quarterly team perfectly timed, and adds a little bit of perspective. The panel will be ‘Floating Brain in a Jar’ Jonathan Wilson, the adroit Philippe Auclair, Irish football’s Miguel Delaney and host Eoin McDevitt from Second Captains. The Blizzard is for the proper fan, the one that knows their regista from trequartista, the importance of the partnership between inside-winger and overlapping fullback and, mainly, for those tired of reading football sites that go for transfer rumour hits over quality. They’re about football, without the ! / Hugh Torpey

   
 

November 22 2013


where
Bello Bar, 1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.


when
8:30pm

how much
€5

gig
The Night Tripper III

The Bello Bar is the new haunt for those barred from Whelan's Upstairs for dancing to Whole of the Moon INSIDE with cigarettes hanging out of their mouths, or who have eye strain from trying to appreciate art works hanging inside after dark in the Bernard Shaw. Newly opened on the lower deck of The Lower Deck, this space has new sound equipment, a new typeface, and new bands, and is ready to shred your tiny mind with killer gigs. The return of The Night Tripper, which smacks of raving madness and pumping tunes to the extent that the po-po can smell it a mile off, couldn't have a more fitting venue, and with music from Come On Live Long, Meltybrains and Sunken Foal, you're getting a sweaty, mini-festival for a flippant fiver. / Cora Burke

 

November 22 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7:30pm

how much
DJ Set free with gig ticket or €5 at door.

gig
Austra

Canadian synthpop outfit Austra’s current album Olympia is the sound of a band defiantly giving the middle finger to Difficult Second Album Syndrome. More of a collaborative project than debut LP Feel It Break, the record is a big step-up in terms of the scope of their sound, but retains the best elements of early tracks Lose It and Beat and the Pulse. The tremulous voice of frontwoman Katie Stelmanis remains firmly in focus, endowing the material with a sense of operatic foreboding, but there is plenty of other black magic lurking in Olympia’s textured arrangements. On the strength of past Irish gigs, Austra have been welcomed into that peculiar canon of touring acts who are arguably more popular here than in their homeland. Tonight, a free DJ set by the band after the show should help further the case for outright adoption. / Joey Kavanagh

   
 

November 23 2013


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

how much
€14.50

gig
Ms Mr

Not to be confused with Romanian pop royalty Mr & Ms, MS MR is the combined talents of New York singer Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow. Plapinger cut her teeth as co-founder of Neon Gold Records, a transatlantic boutique label with an outstanding hit-rate, and her flair for picking out a strong pop hook comes up trumps on their debut opus Secondhand Rapture. Perhaps best pegged as doom-pop, the album’s blustering bubblegum melodies are markedly at odds with MS MR’s macabre lyrics, brilliantly masking a barely- felt malevolence. Having originally used Tumblr to launch themselves, it’s not surprising that bold visual aesthetics are a pillar of the MS MR experience. And while we may not get glitter-spewing cheerleaders at their Dublin debut, it’s a pretty safe bet that Lizzy won’t be sporting her natural hair colour. / Joey Kavanagh

 

November 23 2013


where
The Back Loft, La Catedral Art Studios, 7-11 St Augustine St, Dublin 8


when
5pm - 10.30pm

how much
€11

party
Souvenir: Mixtape Project

Jaysis, Dublin, sometimes I f**kin' love ya. Here's an event that practically sums up all that's good about living in this city right now. Steve 'he's a lumberjack and he's ok' McCarthy has put together an evening of illustration, themed culinary delights, aerial dance (!) and light installations which all combine to create a one-night-only live visual mixtape. The ethos of the night is well suited to the 'mixtape' idea -  a ritual of spending time and energy to carefully curate elements that, when put together, create something greater than the sum of its parts. Tonight's elements are Paper Dolls, Gruel Guerilla, Ickis Mirolo, and MIDAspaces and guests are also invited to bring their own mixtapes/CDs to get a souvenir poster in exchange. Get betwixt the mixing here. / Myra Glass

 

November 23 2013


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

how much
€6

workshop
Synthetic Biology Superheroes

In a time where there are more robots than humans, the greatest minds in science and technology now look to the world of nature to unlock the next stage of our human 'evolution'. Synthetic biology may hold a lot of solutions from regrowing missing limbs to self-reproducing computers, but as whats-his-face's Da said; 'with great power comes great responsibility' and a truck load of potential disaster scenarios. Designer Johanna Schmeer has dreamed up just what those potential bio-error scenarios might be (my money's still on Zombies, or something to do with chlorophyll-charged silicon androids). She'll be holding a hands-on comic book workshop in the Science Gallery to explore those potential outcomes with attendees and of course, the superheroes of their individual design to conquer it all. / Rachel Lucy Ray

 

November 23 2013


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

how much
€10

gig
Inni-K

Inni-K encourages us all to 'find your beat' but it's hers which has been capturing most attention of late. Currently in the midst of a fundit campaign to raise the requisite spondoolies for her debut album, this Kildare native has popped up in the city in the likes of Dux and Co (HWCH) and the launch of Five & Dime. Tonight she brings her quirkly quilted sounds to the Unitarian Church for her first Dublin headliner. It's easy to identify influences such as Lisa Hannigan in her Gentle Star EP with a folk-pop flow to her sounds, Inni-K wraps embracing lyrics around her fiddle and ukulele playing whilst tapping her loop pedal for a charming spin cycle. Supported by the stalwart Rhob Cunningham, this promises to be the aural winter warmer equivalent of an early mulled wine. Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

   
 

November 23 2013


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

how much
€15

gig
Ben Klock/Joss Moog

The fabled techno god who reigns over Berghain, famous for his marathon 12 hour sets will touch Irish soil for the third and final time this year to bring his A-game to the stage of the Twisted Pepper. In both his DJing and production Klock explores the deepest and darkest hypnotic qualities of techno. To top that off, forward-thinking French producer Joss Moog will play his own blend of laid back, soulful house in the basement backed up by a strong selection of local talent. Expect an intense night of relentless dancing while the walls of the pepper reverberate to the point of rupture. Techno Techno Techno. / Conor McTernan

 

November 23 2013


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

how much
€10

dj set
Simian Mobile Disco

Simian went to the dogs but thankfully not all was lost and we still have the techno lads Simian Mobile Disco. A duo that merges fabulously well and are known for mixing sets that are both unexpected and infectious. Whether you like them entirely for their Hustler video or their electronic acid tinged vibes, their DJ sets are undeniably good. If their new material with Bicep is anything to go by, this will be intense and perfectly suited to dancing. Support comes from Irish duo SubAltern - more electronic and more synths (we all play synth). The pair will be debuting new material and if old (and very varied) tracks Epheremal and Otherwise are to go by, their live show will be worth checking out before Mobile Disco's DJ kicks off as a more than worthy warm up. / Niamh Keenan

 

November 23 2013


where
The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.
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when
7.30pm

how much
€25 (inc. food)

concert
Reijseger Fraanje Sylla Trio

This Dutch and Senegalese fusion brings together the world music freewheeling delights that their backgrounds suggest. With the merits of Arts Council funding of music and it's objectivity being necessarily questioned and defended with reservation, this certainly seems like the sort of necessary thrill which benefits from support and is unlikely to be a consideration for juggernaut promoters. Reijseger (cello) Fraanje (piano) and Sylla (vocals, m'bira, xalam and kongoma) don't mind if, like me, you never made it to the Mali Music Festival or have to google to find out what a m'biraxalam and kongoma are. Myles O'Reilly who directed this wonderful Encounters on Tour video of them will also be on hand to blow out 40 candles. Expect to draw breath and live again with a newfound smile on your face after this encounter. / Michael McDermott

   
 

November 24 2013


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
8:45pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Computer Chess

The spectacles in Andrew Bujalski’s latest film are exclusive only to those perched atop the sniffling nose bridges of guys who look like voted-off undesirables from a bad Weezer tribute band and/or puzzling extras from The Sarah Silverman Program. Everything else is wonderfully unspectacular: a competition in the early 80s for the best computer chess programme draws groups of computer programmers (a token female is later dropped into this wishing well of men) into one of those anonymous hotels where Self-help cults re-enact human birth downstairs while un-sexy people conduct un-sexier affairs upstairs. The film brings up issues with technology and Artificial Intelligence, and fetishises the ordinary in the same way that saline-pure blandness is celebrated as an aesthetic in hipper-than-thou fashion-y blogs on Tumblr. / Olen Bajarias

 

November 24 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
From 2pm

how much
Free

festival
Ginfusion / The Cake Smash

Gin and cake-smashing haven't gone together this well since you criticised your Mam's Victoria Sponge and she went on a rampage with a rolling pin and a bottle of mother's ruin. At this bread-and-liquid bonanza at the Twisted Pepper, they're celebrated gin and cake. So, while you're quaffing Madame Geneva, you can simultaneously line your stomach with brownies, macaroons, and, maybe even the first minced pie of the season. For those who like to try out a new look whist quaffing, Revolver Project will be all set up with era-spanning threads for you to buy. Gin and cake will make you a better, more well dressed person, we swear. Also, for the retro-loving gamers amongst you, there will be a Nintendo 64 Goldeneye contest. I never got past the watchtower as a console bashing 11 year old, so I'll be seeing if I can do any better now. / Cora Burke

   
   
 

November 26 2013


where
Kerlin Gallery, Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 7 January

how much
Free

exhibition
Art School : Paul Winstanley

The first photograph in the series packed tight and hung on one wall brings instant, bone-crushing denial. To wit: a photograph of a red brick wall. One gets an obstruction, the opacity of which becomes all the more frustrating given that the eye was allowed free Visa through the wanton transparency of the frame glass, only to get to this visual equivalent of a concrete ‘‘NO.’’ This very deliberate Show-Us Interruptus continues to the main body of Paul Winstanley’s exhibition: panels puncturing windows through the gallery’s white walls offer the viewer a promised glimpse of art schools in the UK and then somewhat deny it by showing only further white walls. Themes of permission and denial take on weightier import when the blankness and whiteness of these empty studio spaces recall the hospital or the asylum. / Olen Bajarias

   
 

November 27 2013


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

how much
€15/€12

gig
Klangkarussell

Klangkarussell, meaning ‘Sound Carousel’ and not something to do with Kangaroo, as some of my mates would have you believe. This pair of Austrian messers formed back in 2011 after deciding to go for a long overdue pint and whacked out their illustrious name-making and saxophone laden track Sonnentanz in one night. Since then, Adrian and Tobias have been insisting their increasing popularity has been through no fault of their own, “People made it what it is; they made it popular.” Fresh off a banging set at Belgian pillfest I Love Techno, and signed up  with Universal, the lads bring their warm summery vibes to Dublin tonight slap bang in the middle of winter, with definitely enough ammunition in their arsenal to warm us all up. Check out their Hit Parade mix or We Want Your Soul to boil your blood before the gig. / Philip Notaro

 

November 27 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
Doors 6:30pm

how much
Free

talk
New Now Next - Urban Agency

So I was at the most recent Now New Next talks and have become fascinated by Dan Stubbergaard of COBE Architects. His projects, practice and seemingly effortless working relationships are inspirational. On that alone I booked my (free) ticket to this, only to be told via email last week that due to a larger venue my ticket was now void and the event will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. One of the least satisfying emails I have ever received. Will I have to fight my way in? Queue at the door? Sit way at the back? I presume this will run as relaxed and enjoyable as the last. Young architect pioneers Andrew Griffin and Maxim Laroussi of six month old Urban Agency will be talking. They have offices in Dublin, Copenhagen and Lyon, and work everywhere. They'll talk urban urgency, design, and rebuilding in the post-crash era. / Georgia

 

November 27 2013


where
Lillie's, off Grafton Street, Dublin 2.

when
8pm

how much
€10

fundraiser
Hats On For Headstrong

As we watch the Isabella Blow exhibition roll on in all its fabulous garishness in London, we in Dublin can revel in our own hat-heaven for one night only. Fascinating fascinators and tip-top top hats will all assemble for judgement day, in the faded glamour (remember 2004?) of Lillie's Bordello, as much a remnant of our own golden age as a beaded cloche is of the Jazz Age. Get confident in the most outlandish design you can find in the dusty depths of your wardrobe, cos this is all in aid of youth mental health. Most people in Ireland have been directly or indirectly affected as a result of stigma against mental health issues, and Headstrong is providing crucial information for people who want to reach out for support, as well as the many people keen to aid and support those in need. Good cause, good hats, good times. / Cora Burke

   
 
Chancery Lane

We chat with Gavin Logue and Elaine Fox - the thespian couple behind the new theatre on Chancery Lane

We met doing a play in the Fringe festival around nine years ago. We both have a background in theatre having worked all over town as well as Michael running The Matchbox Theatre. We decided that this was the logical next step. It’s basically a wine bar style cabaret club, which seats 50 people.

It’s very experimental for the time being. We’re open to try lots of different things within theatre, comedy and performing arts. This is our living and it’s very personal. We like the idea of not being programmed any more than three months ahead, so there are lots of slots available next year. We encourage productions to come along and take ownership of the space to make it their home while they’re here.

We’ve had an extremely positive reaction so far and Michael D. has already been to visit! Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is on at the moment - a romantic Bronx tale presented by Back of The Hand Theatre Company.

Chancery Lane, Unit 3B, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8. PHOTO: Aoife Herrity