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Niall McCormack conceived of a currency for Le Cool with his cover this week and we're going to see if we can help you, our lovingly spooned readers, to cash it in for one day only - today!

So here's the plan: Print off your own Yule Yo-Yos from the Banque De Le Cool. Once our self-designated stock exchange for transactions opens (we're going to say 11am cause we work late on Wednesdays), we will try to hook you up with whoever is willing to accept your fistful for a once-off, one day only treat.

This tender will be valid for until 7pm on Thursday and has to result in a genuine cash-free exchange. Of course, offers will be limited and most likely on a first come, first yo-yoed basis. We want photographic evidence of a customer transaction and our stock exchange of fluctuating offers, trades and meaningful studio analysis will be conducted via our twitter account @lecooldublin #yuleyoyo

Whose thinking ISEQ, NASDAQ and Nikkei might be getting their stock tickers in a twist today? Michael, CiaranKateAmy or Conor.

"Banque De Le Cool backs these notes to their full intrinsic value." - NIall McCormack
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December 05 2013


where
Gallery 27, Gallery 27, 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2


when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Conceptually Me

Beginning with a raw photograph, Ellen McDermott's fine art photography utilises a medley of mediums to conjure her ethereal portraits of transcendental beauties. Her porcelain lovelies are embraced by a natural world, rendered fantastical. Blossoming garlands crown their milky complexions and eyes like viscous ink ooze from the frame. They drift through shimmering underwater grottos, wander through forested enclaves draped with clusters of molten leaves, inhabit pastel dreamscapes and toy daintily with the elements. Fusing photography, graphics and painted finishes hyper realism is cast with the supernatural; the fertile wilderness at one with the exaggerated femmes that dwell amongst the growth. / Sophie Donaldson

 

December 05 2013


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


when
7pm

how much
€10 Buy HERE

screening
Future Shorts

Future Shorts started this week in Hong Kong and will end it in Madrid. The boast of the being the world's biggest pop-up film festival is down to its simple 'cinema for the masses' distribution model meaning anyone can pay a modest licence fee and encourage friends, family and cinephiles along. Back in the intriguing and splendorous Freemasons Hall, seven films will be screened including Megan O'Hara's meditation on colour and Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli reveal of 'Inspector Norse' best known to most of us via the Todd Terje track. There's survival in the slums of Rio and the mating habits of Canadian birds on view too. And finally to reel you in, there's some complimentary hot whiskeys courtesy of Teeling's, who announced distillery plans for Blackpitts this week. Win Tickets / Le Cool Dublin

   
 

December 05 2013


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

when
8pm (until Dec. 11)

how much
€12/€10

theatre
Fishes

Larry is in his dressing gown in his grim flat. His girlfriend has dumped him, he's lost his job, become too fond of the drink and the fiddle music from the bar downstairs is toe-tapping him to the edge. Eldridge, the dole officer, calls round on a standard form-filling exercise. He's in for a surprise. Fishes, written by and starring David Fennelly is a tragi-comic zinger. Eldridge (John Doran) morphs into several characters who punctuate and propel Larry's downfall whilst we keep returning to their central relationship. Whether it's a crazy stoned Slovakian housemate, a distracted mother, a schoolboy prankster or his Coppers encounter; Doran hilariously and convincingly conjures them up. With this debut script, Fennelly crazy coats the mundane with a relish reminiscent of Pat McCabe. Fresh and flawless, Fishes is unmissable. / Michael McDermott

 

December 05 2013


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free

party
Sounds Damn Fine

December's line up of festive frivolity is filling up fast, but be sure to save a slice of Thursday eve for this print-tastic knees up. Doing what they do best, Damn Fine Print is hosting thirty brilliant artists to display their hand printed posters, running under the theme of "Iconic Music and Lyrics". Forming the perfect accompaniments to such an exhibition will be VJ Slipdraft, masters of audio visual eye candy, tunes from a gathering of Dublin's finest DJs, live screen printing sessions and Tiger beer, for all that thirsty work. Nothing looks quite as good as a limited edition item sitting snug beneath the tree, and with just thirty editions of each poster available be sure to snap one up for extra gifting kudos. / Sophie Donaldson

 

December 05 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€12

screening
Sign Painters

In 2010 filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon travelled the United States coast to coast documenting the near lost art of sign painting. With a mere drag of a brush coated in paint; logos, emblems, messages and icons embellished public space. Profiling sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals, they found a cast of characters keeping the art alive, but they also found a resurgence in demand and interest in this particular hand craft and a new lease of life for the man made signs. The Toejam team are bringing the Sign Painters movie to town. They will also be debuting a new short documentary about Dublin sign painters past & present, featuring Kevin Freeney, Colm O'Connor, James Early and Maser. Sign up! / Janice Masterson

   
 

December 06 2013


where
The Market Studios, Cnr. Halston St. & Mary's Lane, Dublin 7.
Location Map

when
Until 8 December

how much
Free

exhibition
The End is the Beginning

Our time on this earth ain't no a linear gangplank to oblivion. More like a fluid, rollercoaster ride back to where you started, Oruburos-like, consuming itself only to reproduce again. And us mortals like innocent blank canvases at the start, are mauled, scarred and spat out by our past experiences into new narratives of who we are. A group of artists hailing from Argentina, Ireland, Spain and Poland, will soon bear witness to this creative-destructive cycle using a blend of media – comprising painting,collage, video and installations. They will be harvesting personal memories, milestones, and emotional turning points, to distil new narratives. Watch the results of their year end fermentation at the Market Gallery Studio; reflective artwork that seeks to express the impact of last year's loves, longing and learning. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

December 06 2013


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10:30pm

how much
€10

gig
Jackmaster

Self-recognised as not fitting into a precise genre, Jackmaster is all about getting the crowd going and proves fairly reliable at doing so each time - whether it be in Berghain, his native Glasgow or in our own Twisted Pepper. A pro at mixing old school retro numbers, disco pop influenced songs and more straight up techno and house, Jackmaster is as likely to play Whitney Houston as he is one of the artists from his label Numbers. Playing on Friday he should be the perfect go to for those end of work/it's the weekend lets drink and dance weekend lovers - and he'll provide ample energy so that you won't lose momentum half way through. Want to get in the mood? Check out one of his many mixes - my favourite being the recent Jackmaster 2013 Mastermix. / Niamh Keenan

   
 

December 06 2013


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when


how much
€9

cinema
Nebraska

"It's from that guy who directed The Descendants, Sideways and About Schmidt," I said to my mother, while explaining Nebraska. "Oh, so did it have pathos?" she asked half-mockingly. "Yes," I replied. "Oh, I do love a bit of pathos." I, too, love a bit of pathos and Alexander Payne's films typically have it in spades. Nebraska is no exception. An elegiac ode to the midwest and the American dream, Nebraska centres on Woody, an elderly man who has fallen prey to a scam and believes he has won $1,000,000. While Woody's family are rightfully skeptical, he persists and the family take a roadtrip to collect his winnings. What ensues is a romp through the American heartland - spearheaded by Bruce Dern in a glorious performance - that is by turns droll, sentimental and, yes, filled with pathos. Sure, you have to have a bit of pathos. / Amy O'Connor

 

December 06 2013


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
Until 1 Feburary

how much
€13-€45

theatre
The Risen People

I approached this play emotionally braced for a story of poverty-stricken working class victims amidst the Dickensian tenements of the Lockout. My dour expectations were quickly disrupted by a series of colourful Dublin snapshots, set against multimedia-ed newsreels. Injections of bawdy music-hall song, dance and a live band, set to work discombobulating my assumptions. I laughed along and surrendered. I formed a genuine relationship with the inhabitants, their sometime vigorous beliefs, tenuous relationships and the dignity of their fragile dreams. I sighed too, as I watched the colour drain from their lives, hopes, and the set itself. Melodies grew more haunting and languid as the play progressed and winter descended on-stage. In the end, I walked away feeling as though more of Dublin's history was made flesh for me. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

December 06 2013


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

when
9pm

how much
€16.50

gig
Floating Points vs Edan The Deejay

A driving force behind the tightly fit puzzle that is Eglo Records, classically trained Sam Shepherd is one of the most consistent names in dance music today. Having steadily climbing the ranks and with a particular affection for jazz, Shepherd possesses the vital ingredients that enable a DJ to fluently transcend genre in his sets, implausibly blending mismatched melodies to weave something that is surprisingly wholesome, texturally dense and utmost refreshing. This prolific producer and selector of everything jazz, house, disco, techno and bass descends upon Dublin for an audio visual set that will be sure to provide for a soulful evening packed full of secret weapons and hypnotic bass fuelled bangers. Here’s a little something to get your boogie on. / Conor McTernan

   
 

December 07 2013


where
Tropical Popical, 28 South William Street, Dublin 2. 

when
11am-8pm

how much
Depends

sample sale
Joanne Hynes Pop-Up

Joanne Hynes is a sparkly, perspex shard of design genius. If you haven't salivated over her embellished collars in those pesky glass cases in in Brown Thomas and BT2, you have a lot of catching up to do. The Central St. Martins graduate has produced some of the most covetable costume jewellery to leave these shores in the past five years, and the rewards have been vast, with a collaboration with Pretty Polly, young starlets such as Marina and the Diamonds and Paloma Faith sporting her wares, and features in all the hottest style rags. This Galway girl has stellar style, and you can buy into the dream at a discount at her sample sale in everyone's favourite destination for knarly nail art, Tropical Popical. Let's hope there isn't a stampede. Poor Mufasa. / Cora Burke

   
 

December 07 2013


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
Depends

market
Craft & Design Christmas Pop-Up

Having recently learned that hell is in fact the car park of Dundrum Town Centre on a Saturday afternoon, it pleases me greatly that there are in fact a host of more pleasant festive shopping options around Dublin. One such haunt to seek out unique gifts is the Craft & Design Christmas Pop-up Shop @ BLOCK T. Firstly, it's away from the maddening crowd and secondly you'll be supporting local artists, designers and creatives. Remember to chose wisely when it comes to spending your hard-earned cash on the joy of giving. You've the power in your pocket to keep indigenous artisan businesses alive. But perhaps most importantly of all, if you stroll down Smithfield way full of the joys of the holiday season, it's unlikely you'll have a small child run into you as he sprints the wrong way up a packed escalator. / Kate McEvoy

 

December 07 2013


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
Until 12th January

how much
Free

exhibition
Pictiúr

The art of illustration for children’s picture books, could anyone think of a more inherently pleasant occupation? One can only imagine what the day-to-day lives of these artists must be like…Whimsical folk who never returned from never-never land, those who spend their days sipping the opium of imagination, creating bright miniature worlds full of fictional monsters and fuzzy anthropomorphic beasts. Pictiúr comprises 42 works from 21 of Ireland’s leading illustrators including piece from Chris Judge’s awesome The Lonely Beast and Oliver Jeffers’ charming watercolour book Stuck which is a tale of trying to solve a problem by throwing things at it. As a child there was nothing as aesthetically pleasing as a good bedtime story. Pretty as a Pictiúr. / Conor McTernan

   
 

December 08 2013


where
Block B, Haymarket, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7


when
12pm-7pm

how much
€20 per kilo

pop-up
Shutterbug Vintage Kilo Sale

We're all probably pretty au fait with Shutterbug and their kilo-sale, where raging vintage shopaholics grapple with their inner weighing scales, but what we haven't given sufficient thought to are Shutterbug's other wings. As Folkster, they kindly provide us with almost-holographic Miista brogues and Jeffrey Campbell sandal/boot hybrids, and Sister Jane peter-pan collared goodies. What is most exciting though, is their new furniture venture, Gild and Cage. Prepare yourselves to be Laurence Llewelyn Bowled away by their collection of shabby chic Turkish rugs, mirror, mirrors, for your wall, as you are the fairest of them all, and battered trunks for you to cherish. This is just completing the flea market-on-speed vibe. Get cool vintage threads, shiny shoes, and start nesting, bitchez. / Kate Coleman

 

December 08 2013


where
5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2.

when
10am until 6pm (until Dec 24th)

how much
depends

pop-up
Makers & Brothers & Others

The Brothers Legge are refined, suave and craft conscious chaps. Not just content with their swit-swoo selection of online offerings, they've opened their 'tiny department store' to bathe you in the glow of some genuinely created retail therapy. Whether it's honey created in the apiary of 87-year-old Benny Meyer out in Tallaght or being exclusive stockists of the much fabled Aussie skincare range Aesop, there's a truly considered selection here ably embellished by staff with masters level insights into the provenance of each product. Among the many finds, there's cookies by WildFlour Bakery, photo prints by Linda Brownlee, fabrics by Petria Lenihan, Jennifer Chan's copper candle holder, Donna Wilson's lambswool veggie creatures, Connemara marble cheeseboards, cards by Snow or a simple paper white daffodil by Cornelia. / Michael McDermott

   
 

December 09 2013


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

when
See HERE

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Kill Your Darlings

Lucien Carr is portrayed as a soupy-eyed lush with lips like Jagger in this narration of the Carr/Kammerer affair. It is portrayed through the poetic eyes of Allen Ginsberg, his youthful protege, and conveyed in the cyclical context of Yeats' A New Vision. It unfolds like a Dead Poets' Society without the stabilising influence of adults - there are delinquent style library break-ins, poetry recited atop tables, and speed-induced marathon typewriter sessions. The Beat Generation is distilled into empty philosophies, sex and drugs, and the film is all the more entertaining for it. However, this is a breezy, sensationalised approach to a complex scene, and it's about as insightful as the beatnik contemporary-dance flailings of Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. A frivolous foray into insolence and intrigue... / Cora Burke

 

December 09 2013


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8:15pm

how much
€14/€12

theatre
Souvenir

The New York Times recently described Bush Moukarzel as “a handsome Irishman with a goofy smile,” nailing it in all but one count. In spite of his superlative goofiness, the Lebanese-English actor who runs Dead Centre theatre company remains one of the most impressive theatre practitioners around. After selling out to audiences in London and New York, Dead Centre return with their debut show Souvenir. Fusing Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past with self-referential anecdote and dashings of irreverence, Moukarzel performs a hallucinogenic tour-de-force that sees Albertine suddenly transposed from the Victorian dining room to a night-club, while a cardboard box of the fateful madeleines fuels the toing and froing between Bush and Marcel’s conjoined life-stories. Deadly and delightful til the last evocative crumb. / Roisin Agnew

   
 

December 10 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€8, €7

screening
Die Hard

Die Hard is my favourite movie, with the possible exception of Sunset Boulevard. Let's not linger on what those choices reveal about me and concentrate on the sheer perfection that is John McClane's first outing or as I like to call it “The Action Film That Changed Everything” ©. Every action film since has wished it was Die Hard, or at least owes it a massive debt. Because it is an action movie, how good it is in every other aspect can be overlooked. The characters are pin sharp, the dialogue is endlessly quotable, the soundtrack mixes an original score with Christmas pop classics and classical music's most iconic symphony to great effect and the production design is so quintessentially 80s it's a potted aesthetic guide to a whole decade. Nothing says Christmas like "Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho." / Kate McEvoy

   
 

December 11 2013


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

when
11pm-3am

how much
€10

dj set
Kele

As Bloc Party exploded onto the burgeoning indie scene we were acquainted with their enigmatic frontman, Kele Okereke, he of the pillowy lips that let loose those signature vocals that glided over knee jerk tracks and fused the plucky guitar chords with electro twangs. As he seamlessly gyrated to a solo endeavour he left no doubt that he could hold his own. As the group takes an indefinite hiatus Kele turns his hands to the decks and goes full throttle with the dance and electro sounds that cameo through Bloc Party's trademark sound. Proving to be a musician of insurmountable talent, Kele will no doubt have the heaving crowd whipped into a frenzy as he works his turntable magic. / Sophie Donaldson

 

December 11 2013


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

when
8pm

how much
€5

ep launch
Tandem Felix

My introduction to West Dublin indie rock quartet Tandem Felix came in the form of a hilarious video of them performing their song Canyons on the Luas tracks near Harcourt station, culminating in somewhat of a heated exchange with orange-clad security officials. This gung-ho ethos is integral to their subtle, experimental music; this is a band who have opened a track with a sample of Simpsons character Jasper Conrad's immortal "that's a paddlin'" dramatic monologue. Their ethereal songs combine elements of folk, pop and psychedelia, with Bob Dylan and Radiohead being key influences. Lush guitar and piano soundscapes frame David Tapley's haunted vocal to mesmerising effect. / Oisin Leonard

   
 
Spill The Beans

We gave Peter Williams a roasting over 3fe's latest venture.

I’ve been into coffee for three years now. I hung up my chef’s uniform and became a barista with 3fe and most recently trained as a roaster. I’ve had the best tools and the best teachers. You could say I’m a spoilt barista.

Things are taking off very quickly here in terms of simply getting a good cup there are so many good coffee joints. I’ve been all over and I’d say Dublin is ahead of Los Angeles in coffee culture. 

We’re not just a company that sells great coffee, we’re here to help our clients with any coffee problems they may have. As baristas we really want to showcase what the farmer has done in our final product. We’re going to start off with eight different roasts, which will rotate through the seasons.

We source our product from Central and South America, Ethiopia, Kenya and a couple of places in Asia. Right now I’m all about Bolivian blends with super bright floral notes. 

3FE begin roasting today and will have bags in store early next week. PHOTO: Al Higgins