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We've taken a break from twerking for a few minutes to sit down and mull over the year that was. We spent a lot of it, admittedly, posing for selfies and eating cronuts, but we also co-hosted a stage at OFFSET, published a booklet for the Web Summit, and briefly had our own currency (thanks to Project Arts Centre, Damn Fine Print, and VICE coffee).

We launched Spiel, celebrated our 4th birthday and 200th issue, acquired a new title, presented a new food video series, had a gig in a Cathedral, threw a couple of parties (including one #sausagefest), launched a few books, media partnered on Malcolm Gladwell's tour and engineered our own science compound. And this weekly 'zine is the cornerstone on which all of the above is built.

So, to the huge team of contributors, photographers, cover designers, story tellers, dung gatherers, event organisers, and everyone else of enormous talent, we say THANK YOU. Dublin, you've been kind to us and we hope we've returned the favour.

We're off for a long snooze - we'll be back on the 16th of January, New Years' resolutions ditched, and back to our old ways.

So, who's still got legal action pending from last year's mistletoe incident - Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy, or Conor?

"After last week's high-concept cover I decided to take a simpler approach." - Niall McCormack
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December 12 2013


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

when
10:30pm

how much
€8/€5

gig
Princess, Monto & Terriers

Described on their Facebook page as "a pop band with distortion pedals," Dublin noise outfit Princess kick off a tantalising triple salvo of Irish artists in the Twisted Pepper tonight. Expect rumbling bass lines, abrasive, reverb- drenched guitars and indestructible drum grooves coalescing in perfect disharmony. Princess combines the thunderous drones of My Bloody Valentine with the industrial harshness of post-punk and some krautrock thrown in for good measure. Wicklow electronic music producer Monto will follow, serving up some dreamlike, catchy and cerebral tracks with Burial-esque nocturnal atmospherics and scintillating beats. And if that wasn't enough, stunning deep house duo Terriers will provide all the infectious grooves and mesmerising bass lines required to keep you dancing well into the wee small hours. / Oisin Leonard

 

December 12 2013


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

when
9:15pm

how much
€16/€14/€12

theatre
Assassins

9 principle characters, 5 chorus members and a live band, this latest offering from the Rough Seeds programme is big; slicing through history with a scalpel, expertly dissecting and conjoining a litany of Presidential assassinations to form a murderous story arc. Clare Barrett and Erica Murray come very close to stealing the show in a sisterly, witchy bind of love for Charles Manson but O’Reilly and Olohan both have standout performances as menacing murderers. Ray Scannell is a highly likeable all-knowing balladeer with impeccable comic timing and the ability to reel off complicated verse effortlessly at a thousand words a minute. This show is high energy, super-fast and murderous. Go and see it and in 5 years when everyone involved is even more famous you can say you knew them when they were two bit assassins. / Joseph Kearney

   
 

December 12 2013


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free

talk
Beauty and the Revolutionary Subject

Dave Beech, a very esteemed London-based artist, writer and senior lecturer at Chelsea College of Art will be giving a talk titled Beauty and the Revolutionary Subject and, afterwards, taking part in a chaired discussion with IADT lecturer, Sinead Hogan. This is a man who has been around since the YBA days, recorded songs, written that 'Institutionalisation occurs when the social system gets a grip on art, threatening art’s autonomy, independence and dissent' and, constantly challenged himself and the art world. The talk will concern the politics of the revival of beauty in art during the neo-liberal epoch, an extension of his book, Beauty, which is part of a series published by Whitechapel Gallery discussing themes within art. Basically he's a very interesting man and I'm excited to hear him say anything. / Georgia

 


where
16a South Anne Street, Dublin 2.

when
Mon-Fri: 7:30am-5pm

how much
Depends


Coffeeangel

Dublin’s ever-expanding café culture has been well documented and proudly championed within the panels of this here zine. Thus, there is a healthy chance that a coffee-related gift (of some description) may get you out of a hole when it comes to ticking off that final pressie for your awkward-to-buy-for sibling or über-cool mate. This being the case in point, look no further than Karl Purdy’s Coffeeangel. Karl, a celestial inspiration among the city’s barista fraternity, and his halo-worthy staff will happily guide you through a carefully curated selection of apparatus necessary to create that perfect cup of Joe. With far flung jaunts up for grabs to compete on the international stage at the Aeropress Championship and Brewer’s Cup, there's also plenty of motivation to work on your own brewing technique while you still can! / Aaron Purcell

   
 

December 12 2013


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

when
7pm

how much
€16/€14/€12

theatre
Way to Heaven

This play looks at a time in history when the world didn’t really want to face up to how cruel humans can be, how evil and violent we can be and most worrying of all how capable we are of absolute denial. Karl Quinn transforms into Commandant, an emotionally bereft general who sees the decimation of a race of people as a necessary task similar to tidying up your yearly planner. Will O’Connell is equally convincing as the Jew Assistant helping to manage the sick charade. This play deconstructs acting, theatre and what it is to rehearse and deliver lines but still remains a play, still holds the magic and the tragic metaphor in place. The message should never be forgotten; the tragedy is some of us already have. It’s not about how did we do that to ourselves, the real horror is why are we in such a rush to forget? / Joseph Kearney

 

December 12 2013


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€20

gig
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Eight sons of an esteemed trumpeter, reared in the windy city, jazz coursing through their veins, the hypnotic brothers were born in a soul kitchen, destined for a future in brass works. Brandishing an eclectic musical style, Hypnotic blend jazz, hip-hop, funk, rock, calypso and whatever you’re having yourself to channel a furious and fiery energy through their assorted horns. Performing extensively as adolescents, they even put on a special gig for the late Nelson Mandela shortly after his release from prison in 1990. After a couple of years on and off the group deciding that they wanted to take their careers to the next level and started putting out records in 2004. Having claimed in the past that Ireland is their favourite place to play in The World, it would seem that this ought to be a gig to remember. / Conor McTernan

   
 

December 13 2013


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

when
11pm

how much
€20/€18

gig
Kerri Chandler

So, this weekend will inevitably be filled with tinsel and mulled wine and reindeer antlers and acrylic Christmas jumpers. Not your thing? Escape into some house and head to one of the pioneers of the genre - Kerri Chandler. The master of house in the eyes of many, Chandler will be returning to Dublin to play an 'All Night Long & Live Keys Set' on the stage of Twisted Pepper, that if previous performances are to go by shouldn't be missed. Bound to be full of New Jersey soul, disco and breaks, this will be more than worthy of ditching your Christmas party. The fact that this will be a live performance and not just a DJ set alone should be enough to persuade you to attend - if not maybe stick to the tinsel and acrylic. / Niamh Keenan

 

December 13 2013


where
The Olympia, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2
01 679 3323
Location Map

when
11:30pm

how much
€19.90

birthday party
Nialler9's 8th Birthday

Nialler9's eight birthday is upon us and this patron saint of musical bright­young­things is throwing a mega birthday bash. His unbridled championing of emerging musical talent, including the homegrown variety, has pushed scores of unknowns to the forefront and planted him firmly in the swivel chair throne of music blogging royalty. This late night birthday bash will have two foot stomping favourites on hand to mark the occasion. The baroque finery of the Olympia will be doused in electro prodigy Young Wonder's sherbet fizz synth pop beats, as well as the cavalcade of pulse quickening tracks and retina expanding visuals that are Le Galaxie. Expect thrusting hips and pumping fists under the glow of a thousand frantic glowsticks. / Sophie Donaldson

 

December 13 2013


where
Axis Ballymun, Main Street, Ballymun Dublin 9.
Location Map

when
8pm (and Saturday)

how much
€12/€10

spoken word
Man Up

Carlos Andrés Gómez is here to crack the code of modern manhood on a tour of his debut book Man Up. To those unfamiliar with Gómez, now is probably time to yank you off the thought track leading to Tom Cruise’s ‘Frank T.J. Mackey’ character in Magnolia. Gómez is a widely respected poet, actor and writer. He’s an impassioned performer, whether it’s talking to inmates of Rikers Island or on Russell Simmons HBO Def Poetry series. Gómez rekindles his connection with the Axis having worked with them on their Hip Nós show back in 2008. Looking to bring an emotional literacy to the way men confront their fears and challenges, his book is more memoir offering occasional insights through the prism of his own life to date. For this read, the metamorphisis of an asshole into a more considered person in touch with his emotions. Live is ultimately his platform and one where his real energy abounds. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

 

December 13 2013


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free

spoken word
One Night Stands: Michael Harding

No you haven’t stumbled upon one of “those” sites. One Night Stand is actually a series of one off performances and readings followed by discussion with the audience. The latest person to bare their soul for your entertainment (and reflection) is none other than Irish Times Theatre Critic Michael Harding, whose memoir has gone to the top of the bestseller list. Of course it helps that he’s had a fairly interesting life, having left the priesthood to follow a different path before later battling with depression. In between all this he fell in love, and he is bringing the same remarkable honesty he brought to the memoir to this event. This is a truly remarkable tale, and hearing it from the mouth of the man himself promises to be something really special. / Frances Winston

   
 

December 14 2013


where
Kennedy's (The Underground), Westland Row, Dublin 2

Location Map

when
10pm

how much
€12 before 11pm, €15 after

gig
Ivan Smagghe & JG Wilkes

The Underground was a fantastic place to rave in its heyday, and dance music fans in Dublin got an early Christmas present when the historically ace and unfortunately shuttered venue turned the lights back on after a prolonged closure (and then right back off again because we need darkness to feel comfortable dancing). This week JG Wilkes and Ivan Smagghe are in the mix- a cracking DJ doubleheader. Wilkes was and is one half of the legendary Glasgow duo Optimo, an eclectic force for good for over fifteen years now. Ivan's equally grizzled, making his name since at least '97 with erudite tune selection. How will the two of them play out in a 5 hour back to back session? Look for Wilkes to keep the dance floor ticking over with his well-honed club nous, while Smagghe throws as many curveballs as he can get away with. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

December 14 2013


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

when
11:30pm

how much
€15

gig
J. Rocc

J. Rocc quickly made a name for himself when he established the hip-hop crew known as The World Famous Beat Junkies in the early '90s. Together, they were hugely influential in hip-hop and turntablist circles, working alongside mainstream hip-hop acts such as Jurassic 5, Cypress Hill and Dilated Peoples. Apart from his work with the Beat Junkies, J. Rocc has collaborated on numerous occasions with Madlib both in the studio and on tour, including being the third member of J. Dilla and Madlib’s Jaylib project while playing live. In recent years J. Rocc has taken to the studio, releasing his first solo album Some Cold Rock Stuf in 2011 on Stones Throw Records, putting a new spin on the instrumental hip-hop genre by musically breaking free from conventional Dilla inspired trends.  / Dave Desmond

   
 


where
Stephen's Green Shopping Centre,


when
Regular Opening Hours

how much
Depends


Cherry's

Take a good hard look at yourself. Are you wearing any bling? If you have a sequin of sense you'll know that there's nothing more alluring or eye catching than a flicker of glitter in the the sparkle of an eye. Nothing more cheering either, in my opinion. The dark early nights must be divided by the light and I'm not the only one who thinks so - 'Let there be light' cried God one dark evening (יְהִי אוֹר in Hebrew) and so Cherry's opened a rockin' store, and God saw the light, and it was good. They're the maraschino cherry on top of the glazing, so to speak, particularly coming into their own for Hello Kitty or Smurf merch. All the limitless jewels in the world, a diamond as big as the Ritz, and a custom service, so you could bring anything at all in and have it returned in a state of dazzle-array. Twinkle Twink. / Georgia

 

December 14 2013


where
Pygmalion, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
10pm

how much
€10/€8

dj set
DJ T

Over the past twenty years DJ T has made his mark on the electronic music landscape, not only excelling as a DJ, producer and a driving force behind Get Physical! but he’s also been a club operator, publisher and the journalist who founded Germany’s seminal Groove Magazine in the late eighties. Today Dj T is fully focused on being an artist, re-inventing classic sounds for modern dance floors. His sets are varied, fitting within no set parameters, the man is obsessed with bass and building kinetic energy to get bodies grooving and reach peak party spirit. Travelling the world for his 25th anniversary tour, this event will overflow into the main room of Pyg in all its Georgian splendour. Popular UK duo Waifs & Strays have just been added to the line up as a festive bonus too. Deck the halls! / Conor McTernan

   
 

December 15 2013


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

how much
€8/€5

gig
Dictator

Dictators rule right? Well they certainly enhance their chances of a glorious reign when said despots turn out to be sexpots too. Splice the hip-thrusting swagger of former Dead Cat Bounce frontman James Walmsley with the knee-jerking peacocking of Pop Céilí's Megan Riordan and you've got the basis of thousand year rule. Well it all starts here tonight so get down the front. Promising "a big crumbling edifice of theatrical rock and roll", Dictator carry the weight of expectation given the pedigree of those involved. While the acoustic track on soundcloud is certainly a departure from their manifesto, all will be revealed tonight. Support comes from The MagpiesZach Joyce

 

December 15 2013


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

when
11pm

how much
€22.90

gig
Peaches

To watch Peaches perform is to enter the glitter crusted sphere of reality she inhabits. Both the stage and lyrics are littered with sexually charged imagery as this counter culture icon swings her lasso of gender warped electronic punk and snatches up the adoring revellers. Ever the outspoken maverick, her influence has stretched from the soundtracks of Lost In Translation and South Park to collaborations with Iggy Pop and Karl Lagerfield, and that neon inked brand of bedlam will be particularly potent during this performance­ art-­cum-­DJ set as the godmother of controversy courted electro is flanked by vampish werewolves whilst lashing the crowd with champagne raindrops. Total mayhem is what she has promised, and mayhem is no doubt what we will get. / Sophie Donaldson

 

December 15 2013


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until December 20th

how much
Depends

pop-up
Wishlist

Santa Baby, I would love to see the most internationally acclaimed and uber contemporary array of Irish design from around the world gathered in one go-to pop-up. Just bring me the 20 coolest craftspeople, artists and designers from Ireland brought home this Christmas along with their handpicked gift-friendly favourites, curated in one prestigious venue in a sexy part of Dublin. I wish for the crystal clad genius that is Merle O'Grady, mind bending leather accessories from Una Burke, plus some kooky and clever home accessories by Jenny Walsh. And to top it all off, the millinery contortions of Martha Lynn. Perhaps you'll let me meet these people, hear how they turn passion into product and lap up those stories from deep within their workshops? Oh and most of all Santa honey, don't forget your credit card number too. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

December 15 2013


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€20/€15

concert
Baroque Christmas

Two of your humble scribe’s favourite groups - Chamber Choir Ireland (formerly the National Chamber Choir of Ireland) and the Irish Baroque Orchestra - are coming together for one special Christmas performance. The baroque era produced seasonal music of great variety, and the concert programme reflects this with some of the most beautiful compositions ever written for voice and instrumentation. The highlight has to be Heinrich Schütz’s Weihnachts Historie (the Christmas Story). The piece was described in the Elector of Saxony's court diary in 1660 as 'the birth of Christ in recitative style', a first in music. Interestingly the work fell into obscurity shortly after the original performance until it was rediscovered in Sweden’s Uppsala university in 1908. / Des Fitzgerald

   
 


where
Powerscourt Shopping Centre, 59 William Street South, D2
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when
11am-5:30pm

how much
Depends


Dolls' Hospital

Maybe people are already aware of the Dolls' Hospital's new location on the top floor of Powerscourt Townhouse. I hadn't realised until recently when I saw the heart-wrenchingly gorgeous display house at the steps' entrance. I was obsessed with this place when I was a child, and then when I was a bit more grown up I would still use Christmas as an excuse to browse around for sweet gifts for my younger relatives. These days they stock little wooden laptops and teeny tiny toilet rolls in among the velvet chaise lounges and porcelain dining sets. Oh... how time goes by, kids will grow tech savvy and stores will move location, but I'm glad that some things stay the same and may I always find a reason to visit the Doll's Hospital - unless that reason is a 'ouch!' teddy bear ailment. Poor Snowfluff, time really does fly by. / Georgia

 

December 16 2013


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

when
11:30pm

how much
€8

screening
Scrooged

As a fable for the interdependence of the classes, a yarn about redemption or the story of ghosts who harass a small business owner, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is second to none. Constantly retold over the years as Christmas turned from a pagan inspired Christian knees-up to the expression of love through consumerism, it’s odd that the two definitive retellings should come within four years of each other. The Muppets in 1992 and this cracking Bill Murray vehicle from 1988 which swaps the stone cobbles of Victorian London for the excesses of 1980s Manhattan. Murray is every bit as good as you’d expect and is ably supported by Bobcat Goldthwait (no really, he’s good in this) and Karen Allen. If you’ve already seen it you’ve skipped this blurb and already have tickets.  / David Cadwallader

   
 

December 17 2013


where
11 South Anne Street, Dublin 2.

when
Mon-Weds: 10am-6pm

how much
Depends


Sheridan's Cheesemongers

I love cheese! Not the corny movie or joke variety. Rather the edible kind. Hard cheese, soft cheese, smelly cheese – you name it I’ll devour it. In fact I’ve gone so far as to state that if cheese was a person I’d marry it. Therefore Sheridan’s to me is what stepping into Willy Wonka’s Factory was for Charlie Bucket. Wall to wall fromage from all over Ireland and Europe adorn the shop – each one more fragrant and delicious than the last. If the variety is too much for you, the staff are fantastic at helping you find what you want (in my case all of it) and they even let you taste the cheeses (yes really!) before you commit to buying. They also stock accompaniments such as wine and olives, but really it’s all about the cheese. With the cheese plate now as much a staple of Christmas Day as turkey, this is your one stop shop. / Frances Winston

 

December 17 2013


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

when
13.00|18.15

how much
€5.20-€8.90

screening
It's a Wonderful Life

What to say about a film as well known and written about as this.... It’s a Wonderful Life is shown on TV countless times every Christmas (not to mention the rest of the year), I own it on DVD and yet I never miss an opportunity to see it on the big screen during the festive season. Frank Capra’s culturally iconic work is now such a Christmas stalwart that it is surprising to learn that the studios dubbed it a box office failure on its release. It wasn’t until the 1970s that it was rediscovered, this time by TV networks that aired it countless times due to the fact that it was out of copyright. Cynics would argue that it is this repeated viewing that has made it such a feature of Christmas time for many; I’d argue that its success is down to the timeless and uplifting nature of the story. / Eugene O'Connor

 

December 17 2013


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

when
6:30pm

how much
€12

screening
Gremlins

The Christmas season frequently involves friends and family gathering around the telly box to watch the favorite Christmas films, 'what hi-jinx has Santa gotten up to now?' we ask ourselves. Well forget Santa for 100mins, forgo the casual capers for the pure comic chaos that is Gremlins. In case you didn't already know, the story centers on all around American boy Billy who gets a cute and furry 'Mogwai' named Gizmo as a gift, the only catch is you can't get Gizmo wet or feed him after midnight - full marks for guessing what happens next - the gremlins spawn and we have a good old fashioned showdown of monsters versus men. It's rare chance to see Gremlins on the big screen and in the glorious wide screen 70mm format (it's rarely used outside IMAX these days). Grab your friends and settle in for the seasonal mayhem. / Jane McDonald

   
 

December 18 2013


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

when
11pm

how much
€10

gig
Moon Boots

Presumable Neil Armstrong enthusiast and American Nu-Disco don Moon Boots finally returns to Dublin after his silky smooth show back in February. Firstly, who couldn’t love a guy whose bio reads, “Moon Boots came to life during a classified experiment aboard the International Space Station, and became a sentient creature, equipped with reason, intuition and groove.” Awesome! Funky and infectious productions are an ever-present staple in Moon Boots’ catalogue, and I swear if you close your eyes while listening, you can easily imagine yourself laying poolside during a roasting hot summer. Tracks like Sugar and No One are already well established gems, but right now it’s his uplifting remix of CHVRCHESThe Mother We Share that has people subscribing to his brand of feel-good groove. No space jokes here, just don’t miss this! / Philip Notaro

 

December 18 2013


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

when
6:15pm

how much
€20

screening
Trading Places

Even bilious misanthropes are allowed to harbour festive film favourites. Trading Places might not be quite as specifically festive as say, Bad Santa, but it too features a shit-faced Santa and clearly takes place during Winter. How well I remember my first boyhood viewing and that warm funny feeling in my special area as Jamie Lee Curtis busted out that stupendous rack. On a less important note, the film delivers a searing polemic on race and class in Reagan's America. The main leads are at the height of their powers etc. The IFI (with the aid of the forkful.tv chaps) will be laying on some festive canapés afterwards, so you could re-create Billy Ray's super sleazy party at Winthorpe's crib. Who knows, they may even lay on some (ho-ho) hos. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 
Ladies Who Luncheonette
We ditched the packed lunches and got chatting to Jennie Moran of new NCAD café Luncheonette. 

I often try to find ways of contextualising an art practice in the real world. I think a lot about light, and using it as a tool to create atmosphere. This led me to using food as a material to bring a layer of hospitality. Food changes how people spend time in a place, they become so much more relaxed. It’s a great decoy. I like the fact that it is awkwardly straddling the line between an art installation and a business.

The aesthetic is like a refectory. I designed all the lighting and the tables are sanded down scaffolding boards. I have four full time staff and a number of volunteers from the college who help out. They bring inspiration for recipes, which rotate from day to day. I feel that this is the most I’ve ever engaged with my art practice. It’s so active and relevant.

We really push our vegetarian options and serve food that will keep people going. The angsty younger population of male students has even started coming down for mint tea with honey, which we think is lovely.

Luncheonette is open to the public, Mon-Thurs: 8.30am-3.45pm PHOTO: Al Higgins