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In previous years we had one using only black thread by Neve Connolly, a paper-cut layered collage by Julianna Szabo, a 3D paper design of Dublin City by Ciara Rapple, fairytale creatures by Nicola Colton, a 'very large' painting by David Booth, a tasty food cover by Issy Uhlemann, a fabulous fashion shot by Sean Jackson and a Rasputin-inspired piece by Diarmiud O'Catháin.
 
Before that, it was Raul Arantes, Faye George, Trevor Finnegan, Jamie Saunders and Eleanor Reilly that wowed us with graphic design, illustration and photography. This year? It should be you.
 
Our almost nearly yearly COVERS COMPEITION returns over Christmas and we are looking for entries to grace the opening le cool issues of 2014. Irrespective of your background or field of expertise we want to uncover the fresh princes and princesses of creative work. Do you have what it takes to wow our 19,000+ subscribers?
 
As ever, we've assembled a crack team of infallible judges who cannot be bought. Just as well, as we aren't paying them. To submit a piece or ask questions, CLICK HERE. To the winner(s) go the spoils.
 
Who thinks they are a cover star this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate, Amy or Conor.
"This was shot up on the roof of St. Stephen's Green shopping centre." - Alex Sheridan
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November 28 2013


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm (suported by Le Cool & Peroni)

how much
Free

album launch
The Animators - Drawn Together

WARNING: This hip-hop album contains Irish accents. If you are ok to read on with this information at your disposal, then well done you. Your reward is this LP launch (and poster slam) where you'll not only be blown away by the beats employed by Adam 'Mathman' Fogarty, but you'll be impressed with the lyrical flow of Karl 'Mango' Mangan, Jesse 'Smokey J' Heffernan, Rob 'Russel Flow' Peare and 'Ricki Rawness' Lewis. The 'Decent Irish Hip Hop' label may be a catch-all for a burgeoning scene, but the Animators soar above that. This album, a follow up to the Sketch EP, is a excellent slice of hip-hop, there's no need to qualify that with the 'Irish' part. The recent addition of Classquatch as a creative force behind the videos and identity of the collective means that this collective could make it outside these boarders. / Vernon Steel

 


where
Worscht Limited, Georges Street Arcade, Dublin 2, 087 2536261

when
Regular Opening Hours

how much
Depends

food
Worscht

Eliot measured his life out in coffee-spoons, me, I've punctuated the misery of existence with meaty encapsulations of joy. Sausages - sauscisson, wursts, wieners, frankfurters, kielbasas and korv. I have had 'em all, across multiple continents and in all weathers. As an aficionado of all things lips & asshole I specialise in the hotdog, that direct fuel injection system for the time-poor. Now, finally, we have a joint in Dublin doing it right. Amid the musty kipple of the George's St Arcade you will find a 'world of gourmet sausages at Worscht', where the German-born owner is slinging some righteous teutonic tube steaks. The Chicago-style beef dog is my current go-to-guy but the duck, the chipotle pork and the prime beef are all killer. More banger for your buck. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

November 28 2013


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 12 January

how much
Free

exhibition
Men and Women

Mayo born, photographer Tom Wood moved to Merseyside in the late seventies.  In Men and Women he takes us on a Joycean bus ride spanning four decades where he seamlessly encapsulates the zeitgeist of working class scouseland. Largely shot while riding the buses of Liverpool and Merseyside, on visits to the humdrum chip shop, or at the estate pub, it’s a mixed collection of portraits and candid shots of weary faces in dreary places culled from 40 relentless years spent shooting thousands of rolls of film. The humblest staples of western society provide for a terrific social documentation in the latest arrangement of the artist’s seminal work. It oozes character. Wood focuses on human presence juxtaposed with social environment. These aptly captioned prints are charming, hilarious and simply real. / Conor McTernan

   
 

November 28 2013


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€15

theatre
Circus of Perseverance

A dark but comic sketch show that’s set in beloved Dublin, the skits form into a loose plot and seemingly flitting scenes fall together to draw you in and make you feel for the characters. Poking fun at recessionary times is a delicate art and Philip Doherty has landed perfectly on the line of funny, familiar and fast paced. Committed to engaging with the Ireland of today this circus theatre is a modern ‘Dublin by lamplight’, comprised of seven stories that overlap, all herded along by the ringmaster narrator. Cavan based theatre company, Gonzo, brought this show to the Fringe and are now returning triumphant; having picked up a few awards in the interim. Themes of spirituality, financial woe, death and new beginnings are all layered across this theatrical spectacle. / Joseph Kearney

 

November 28 2013


where
The Helix, DCU Collins Avenue, Glasnevin D9
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when
7:30pm

how much
€25/€19

theatre
Othello

Second Age handled the Bard's Scottish play (Macbeth, shhh) with vim vigour and a healthy respect for the occult. Those lucky enough to have seen it will still remember the dance choreographed battles. Violent fight scenes splashing to life with red sand sprinkled across the stage as slow motion blood oozing from sword and wound. This year they are back with Othello. Aimed at Leaving Cert audiences mainly, it is also for Bard buffs and theatre luvvies to devour. Chris Obi is cast as the title character, the Moorish merchant married to the highly desired Desdemona (Dagmar Doring). Chris is himself a thing of majestic beauty but it is the female cast who are the stronger players; watch out for Eva Bartley’s impressively loyal Emilia. / Joseph Kearney

 

November 28 2013


where
The Lab, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1
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when
Until 25th January

how much
Free

exhibition
I'm Astonished, Wall, That You Haven't Collapsed Into Ruins

Had I shown up centuries too early to Kimye’s great-great-grandson’s in-church, post-baptismal party co-hosted by Daft Punk, Rem Koolhaas and Pope Alexander VI, and yet found that it had already long ended, I would have found myself in the same position I did entering the sealed space housing Mark Durkan’s exhibition for the LAB. The work: baptism fonts along one wall, cupping swirling burbles; projectors spitting bars of light resembling roaming eyes; pews broken into miniatures of the CCTV Headquarters building; a heaving calm scored by murmurs from a fountain hidden in a dark grotto at the back; the weight of a humidity that crowbars one’s knees to give way and genuflect before the altar-cum-DJ booth dedicated to the worship of opulence and objects. / Olen Bajarias

   
 

November 29 2013


where
Mabos, 8 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2


when
Doors 7pm

how much
€15 BYOB

birthday party
Homebeat 2nd Birthday

Homebeat is the gig you can experience from bed, or on top of the wardrobe, or while heating your ass on the radiator. Two years old, they've brought 40 acts into sitting rooms of varying shabbiness, and even put on a mother-hooter of a festival, Fading Light, beyond the pale, in Kerry. This bonanza in Mabos will kick off gently enough, with a talk at 8pm on 'Looking Sound - Music and Visual Art', featuring Bantum and LeTissier, before blowing you away with sets from Bantum, Carriages, Sleep Thieves and Swords. Homebeat DJs, including Le Cool's own Emmet Condon, will then be spinning those crazy tunes until you've been danced dizzy, shaking yo' meat to the (home)beat. / Cora Burke

 

November 29 2013


where
The Freemason's Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.


when
7:30pm

how much
€15

concert
Vyvienne Long

If you missed the opportunity to catch Vyvienne Long on her nationwide tour last spring, here's your chance to see her in Dublin. A classically trained cellist, Long became widely known for her work with singer-songwriter Damian Rice. Besides the cello, she sings, plays piano and writes music. Long became something of a viral sensation with her unique take on the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. This year has seen Long produce her second album accompanied by the Balanescu Quartet (they of University Challenge theme fame). This followed her well received debut album Caterpillar Sarabande which was released in 2010. This concert in the atmospheric Freemasons Hall sees Long perform new music with Nick Holland, cello; the Blunnie sisters; Raoul Empey, piano and Cliona Ni Fharharta on backing vocals. / Des FitzGerald

   
 

November 29 2013


where
Indigo & Cloth, 27 South William Street Dublin 2


when
7pm, runs until 6th.

how much
Free in

pop-up
Club Filthy

Filthy Club, an off-shoot of Joshua Gordon's FucknFilthy mini-empire pops its awesome head up tonight in Indigo & Cloth, in collaboration with Indigo creative director, Keith Nally. Taking inspiration from the gritty underbelly of the weird and wonderful, the collection makes nods to psychedelia and the roots of rave culture. Filthy Club has enlisted artists such as Jiro Bevis and Michael Willis to create the designs, with photography from Leonn Ward. Joshua Gordon is an Irish Manchester-based photographer and owner of the FF brand, and can be sometimes found on UK sites having his work on sub-cultures picked up or at other times working on Irish rap sensation, Rejjie Snow's video endeavours. Oozing cool, like. / Vernon Steel

 

November 29 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
9pm

how much
€17.50

dj set
Mr. Scruff

Mr Scruff was the sound track to my youth; he raised me from funky soul wax first steps to full on jiving jazzy break beats. When I lived in the north of England for three bizarre years he was the guiding light leading me to Brummy dance floors across the county, when I moved home to Kerry he was gigging in Cork, I’ve wiggled my hips to his dirty sassy swoon music in fields and hotel discos. At one point I wondered if like Riverdance there was three of him on tour simultaneously. And now in the winter of my youth he has found me, in Dublin, Friday at the sweet Sugar Club wherein I plan to hop and bop as Mr Scruff teaches me a new tune or two. Word has it even a brew can be had on the night. / Joseph Kearney

 

November 29 2013


where
Damson Diner, 52 South William Street, Dublin 2


when
10am - 4pm

how much
Free

market
Vintage Trainer Market

Concealing a 20p in the tongue of your KangaROO, pumping up a Reebok or bursting the bubble of an Air Max - everyone has an indelible runner-related childhood memory. In obligatory tracksuit-filled schoolyards, kicks were the only outlet for both aesthetic originality and expression. Status and reputation were built on acquiring the latest or more obscure edition of a particular shoe. This lies in the fact that footwear, more so than other attire, has credibly penetrated street, sporting and music culture through iconic collaborations with figureheads like Run DMC, Pelé and Ian Brown. Aside, we can also thank the myriad of modish trainers on the market for getting this city off the couch - a pair of Lunarglides is a fine incentive for the most token jogger! Reclaim that coolest in class tag at the Dclo Kicks trainer sale. / Aaron Purcell

   
 

November 30 2013


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

how much
€15

gig
O Emperor

O Emperor are an Irish band, and they may be made up exclusively of boys - but they are definitely not a typical Irish boy band. Their mix of alt rock and almost ambient new material comes at a time when Irish guys are doing good for themselves. Comparable to the harmonious tones of boy wonder James Vincent McMorrow and more similarly yet, Villagers, this is bound to be a dreamy, rather lovely gig with just enough edge so that you'll still be put in the mood to head out after. Playing in The Workmans it will be small enough to remain intimate, so that you can blissfully sway along. To get a feel for their range have a listen to Contact and newer material This Is It. Support on the night comes from the equally lovely Cat Dowling. Sure aren't the Irish only great. / Niamh Keenan

 

November 30 2013


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
11pm-3.30am

how much
€12

gig
Onra (Live) & Fort Romeau

Onra's stylistic fusion of broken hip-hop beats, sample heavy aesthetic and lush melodies pop and flow with such ebb that the listener cannot but succumb into a hazy head-nodding stupor. His 2006 breakthrough Chinoiseries is the result of a trip to his ancestral Vietnam where he collected and sampled over thirty odd Vietnamese & Chinese records, matchlessly blending them with hip-hop instrumentals to form a 32 track LP that is something truly special. Put it on shuffle and it will surprise you with gems every time. He took a soulful R'n'B path on his 2010 tour-de-force Long Distance LP the result transports you and your boom box to a backyard BBQ in L.A. circa 1988. This and the second installation of Chinoiseries have been released by Dublin stronghold, All City Records, so get playing. / Conor McTernan

 

November 30 2013


where
CHQ Building, IFSC, Docklands, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
Until 22 December

how much
Free

exhibition
World Press Photo Contest

There will always be a handful of events that define a year, the history making moments and movements that will go down as the ones to remember, but between those landmarks stretch the mundane minutiae of human life, the everyday loss, despair, triumphs and joy. Our history wouldn't be one without the other, and the entries in the World Press Photo exhibition, returning to Dublin after a 20 year hiatus, eloquently capture the entire spectrum of human existence. The spectacle that was the London Olympics, the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the terror of gang war, the simple act of waking up are all captured in a single frame, and sitting beside each other each they give us the bigger picture and define the year that was. / Sophie Donaldson

   
 

December 01 2013


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
€8.10-€11.60

cinema
Carrie

Everyone knows, and has hopefully watched, the cult classic Carrie. The thoughts of a remake were met with collective sighs from all Carrie fans in preparation of a butchering of their beloved butcherer. I myself approached the cinema with trepidation, bracing myself for the 90 minutes ahead. Here's the thing though - it was actually quite good. It doesn't get overly gratuitous with the gore like we've come to expect with the modern horror, it follows the original story pretty methodically when it comes to where the blood splatter should be. It also brings in the good 'aul camera phone to add to Carrie's torment (it is after all, a classic modern day torture device) and we get more a modern classroom feel from the film overall. It'll never replace the original as a cult favourite, but it's a must watch for the horror fan. / Jane McDonald

 

December 01 2013


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


when
6pm

how much
Free

screening
Firehouse Film Contest

The Firehouse Film Contest is the newest hitter on the Irish independent film scene. Catching the zeitgeist a generation of creatives are experiencing, the organisers are highly attune to issues of a slackened cash flow hence the opening theme; Being Broke. Taking this at times debilitating reality and using it as a means to instigate a large volume of productive outputs, the lads will be awarding appropriate 'budget' prizes to celebrate the new works by a spate of first time directors. The inaugural launch will see the event take over MART to provide a space for budding auteurs to stretch their creative wings. With free entry for voyeurs, you'd be hard pushed to find a better way to spend a sulky Sunday. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

December 02 2013


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


when
7:30pm

how much
€8

concert
Téada Orchestra

If you chose Stowey or Hoedown for your Grade 1 Violin exam, this orchestra isn't for you. If you edgily chose Ecossaise, they definitely are. Téada Orchestra are a string orchestra with multi-disciplinary backgrounds, which they use in order to interpret classical orchestral pieces in a more modern, evolved manner. Experimentation and collaboration are the cornerstones on which this orchestra is built, so expect to hear Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, Duff's Irish Suite for Strings and Pärt's Cantus In Memorium Benjamin Britten, as you've never heard them before. Will there be jazz inflections, blasé trad trickery, or straight-laced classical on the night? Probably d - all of the above. It's sure to be a music mixologist's dream. / Cora Burke

   
 

December 03 2013


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


when
7pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Trinity Students & Staff Exhibition

For its fifth annual exhibition, Trinity’s Visual Arts Society dove headfirst into the university’s creative pool, eyes micro-sensitive to telling glints that promise pearls. Aiming to create dialogue between its creative body and the wider community, it is the first fully student-organised exhibition in the university’s history. Sample catch: Aleksei Parahhin’s photographs of offal hearts hung on twine and exposed; the eye-play in Conor Casey’s Transience; Thibaut Loiez’s caricatures of semi- famous-depending-on-who-you-ask alumni Bram Stoker, Swift, Wilde and Beckett; Sarah Elizabeth Coates Parallel series of ink on paper, geometries superimposed with columnar strips; and the maximalist quirks of the delightfully rococo-infusing Crab ‘n’ Shroom. The exhibition will open at 7pm, running until 5 December. / Olen Bajarias

   
 

December 04 2013


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€12 (includes copy of book)

talk
Fear & Loathing in La Liga

Forget Messi vs Ronaldo. This is Lowe vs Early. One is a sports writer for a national newspaper and a podcaster who's views on football are hot currency and the other... actually that describes both of them. Both are also blond, balding, glasses-wearing, stubbled, soccer oracles. So let's replace the acronym with an ampersand and start over. This is Sid Lowe & Ken Early as they discuss nation against the state, freedom fighters vs Franco's fascists, majestic goals, mesmerising skills, red cards and bench brawls. Sid's new book Fear & Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid forms the cornerstone of this talk and everyone's favourite Second Captain, Ken, will build up the conversation while also, hopefully, segueing into Roman mythology, theories of economics and the occasional Kate Bush cover. Game on. / Vernon Steel

 

December 04 2013


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

when
14.15|16.15|18.15

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Leviathan

If you are looking for a bog-standard documentary on the trials and tribulations of the fishing industry Leviathan is not for you. It's less a film and more a experimental, immersive experience of life aboard a battered fishing trawler with little by way of traditional narrative, the cameras strategically positioned around the boat saturate the audience with waves of material capturing life on board – heaving ocean, extreme weather, cranking machinery, the capture and gutting of the catch of the day, punctuated by quiet moments below deck. It makes what is ordinary to the brave souls who earn their living aboard extraordinary to the rest of us. Its not an easy watch as it's draining and visceral viewing, poetry that feels like a punch in the stomach. But its strange beauty is unlike anything you'll see this year. / Kate McEvoy

   
 
The Animators - Drawn Together

Ahead of the launch of their new LP, Drawn Together, and accompanying poster slam tonight in The Bernard Shaw, we slugged raps with The Animators. Really though. 

Hip-hop comes in all different shapes and sizes, you’ve got your underground, grime, pop and your rubbish stuff we sit somewhere in the middle of that.

A lot of people don’t realise the amount of work that goes into an album. Getting six or five people together in the studio to record. The hustling you have to do. We don’t get funding or free studio time. It costs a lot of money if you want to do these things to a high standard and we do. 

We have an ethos called 'Future Classics'. It's about creating standards for ourselves as artists and creative people. Being the best you can possibly be at something and creating things you can be proud of in 10 or 15 years time. Its not about disposable music and art. Quality never dates. 

'Drawn Together' drops tonight in The Bernard Shaw, 8pm. Free In and beers courtesy of Peroni. EXTENDED INTERVIEW HERE. PHOTO: Alex Sheridan