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We came to on the 1st of January, party-popper string in our hair, clutching empty bottles of champers like they were babies, and decided something had to change.

Packets of cigarettes were discarded into the dark abyss of wheelie bins, we refused to enter public houses, even to shelter from the torrential rain, and we thought a 30 day yoga challenge in a sauna would be a great idea. Two days later, shrivelled carcasses of our former selves, we decided to try a new tack. Softly softly catchy monkey...

For our intellectual well-being, we decided to extend the deadline of the cover competition in order to sharpen our crayons and get Pictureworks on board to produce a post-card print run for the winners. Fitness wise, we decided The Form School satisfied our need to work out in a design-y, cool space. In fact, we made a video about it, and have purchased legwarmers and leotards for ballet barre workouts. Diet wise? We slugged a couple of detox juices from interviewees Staple Foods and chowed down on healthful salads. Yum.

Who wants to be lean, mean and get a new routine this year? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Oisin

"I'd like to say Tactical Weapons Expert, but I suppose Ad Gun for Hire is more fitting." - Gordon Bent
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January 16 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
9pm

how much
€5

club night
Dublin Tropical

What is Cumbia? The purveyors of Dublin Tropical aim to answer this question we've all been racking our brains about while sautéing our senses out of the Grimnagh and Grimmage of the last 15 days. With its African roots as a courtship dance, it re-emerged on Colombia's Caribbean coastal region before taking a firm grip on Hispanic music cultural especially among the working class. You're encouraged to bring your everything from your Andean ponchos to Caribbean shirts though caution, as well as a gawk in the mirror in advance, is advised. The turntable troubadors tonight are Dj iZemLex Woo, Mick T-woc and James Keating. Live visuals, in more ways than one, come from Venezuelan Valentina Alvarez and Argentinian Mariana Garcia Moreno. Shed your resolution skin and embrace some soaring tropical temperatures in Il Grande Sociale / Zach Joyce

 

January 16 2014


where
Kerlin Gallery, Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2.
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when
Until March 4th

how much
Free

exhibition
Willie Doherty : Remains

Filmed in his native Derry, artist Willie Doherty's latest work is inspired by violent events that have taken place there over the years. Included are more recent 'organised' punishment shootings of teens. In the vein of Sophie's Choice, some parents have faced the unthinkable: to deliver their child to a certain location for kneecapping or risk worse. Doherty's work is not gruesome though, instead he aims to tell stories of broken communities and hints at the ever-present menace, waiting in the wings. A witness to Bloody Sunday as a child, he's influenced by the power of memory, distortion of truth and landscapes that carry scars of past trauma, visible or not. Twice nominated for the Turner Prize he skillfully brings unsettling themes to light through his noir-style video installation and photography. / Hayley Reynolds

   
 

January 17 2014


where
Samuel Beckett Theatre ,


when
7:30pm

how much
€25/€20

opera
The Cunning Little Vixen

Foxes. Some people love them, most don't. However, The Cunning Little Vixen says little or nothing as to whether you should like or loathe these furry feisty friends. Instead, a story unfolds before your eyes, in blazing colour and emotion.... This new production, directed by Lynne Parker, is a collaboration between Ireland’s finest student creatives, lending the stage a sense of sophistication and youthful energy. Costumes and set design, constructed from recycled and salvaged materials, were made and are operated by students of IADT and the Lir. Students of RIAM display their talent and dynamism as the many animals and characters that inhabit this stark yet spectacular, humorous yet poignant, world. Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s music is brought to life afresh by this enthralling, provocative and sharp performance. / Robbie Blake 

 

January 17 2014


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

how much
€10/€15

gig
Max Cooper

Max Cooper constructs beautiful, hypnotic and intelligent dance music. His cerebral soundscapes are an experimental combination of classical and computational elements. Classic vs. Glitch, Soft vs. Jagged, Natural vs. Unnatural…polarising extreme opposites is something that this Belfast native has been experimenting with for years. His compositions are resonant of seminal trailblazers Phillip Glass and Richard D. James. Cooper's work is often accompanied by a cinematic side project - providing an audiovisual feast for the senses which would be right at home in the turbine halls of the Tate Modern or at Barcelona's Sónar Festival. Revellers shall witness a catharsis of looping electronica and throttling baselines embellished by parfait melodic riffs. / Conor McTernan

   
 

January 17 2014


where
Anseo, 18 Lower Camden St, Dublin 2
01 4751321‎
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when
8:30pm

how much
Free

event
Soul Sides

With January comes optimistic resolutions, bloated bellies and of course a thirst for all things new. Looking to educate your ears & boogie the bulge n' blues away? Want a better resolution than starting your Egyptian Pyramid collection, first edition just €2.99, complete with free miniature Sphynx? Yes and yes. With a moniker in homage to Cork's finest late 90s club night, Soul Sides may be just the shake your arse needs after those festive TV binges. Accomplished vinylphiles will be spinning a hefty dose of soul, funk, afrobeat, boogie and disco. Some you'll know, some you'll discover, but to all of it you'll dance. Soul Sides will take credit (not responsibility) for the Richard Simmons/Simpsons style dance meltdown you'll inevitably suffer. It's either this or the Davina McCall fitness DVD. Muffin top disco pants it is! / Sarah Folan

 

January 17 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
10:30pm

how much
€9/€7.50

screening
The Big Lebowski

That’s just, like, your opinion, man.. The temptation to write this article entirely in Lebowski speak is almost overwhelming. Say what you want about the tenants of National Socialism Dude, at least it’s an ethos. Strangely for a movie based on the premise of a rug really tying a room together, this Coen brothers masterpiece of absurd marvelousness is one of the most quoted and loved of all time - The Dude Abides! I have friends with whom communication on any meaningful level only takes place through Lowbowski-isms, and part of my inner being wishes to attain the Zen like cool of Jeff Bridges as he cruises from adventure to mishap whilst drinking a White Russian. To get the chance to watch it wearing a dressing gown and holding a carton of milk in my favorite cinema with a bunch of other Dudes?! Careful man, there’s a beverage here. / Emmet Condon

   
 

January 18 2014


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

how much
€13/€10

gig
Boddika

Boddika's dance floor is not particularly friendly. You won’t find disco breaks, soul sisters, uplifting melodies or syrupy strings. It’s a dark, driving, and at times claustrophobic place, bouncing between aggressive bass workouts, mechanical techno, and dystopian drum’n’bass. In other words, it’s fantastic, and it’s also the result of over a decade spent honing his craft through tracks across that entire range of styles. The Zoo, his London studio, is one of the most creatively deep wells of dance music in the UK today- probably best known for the dance-floor-destroying collaborations with Joy O, but also acting as the nexus of a larger network of co-conspirators such as Loefah. Imagine Santa’s workshop, filled with analogue gear, churning out priceless gifts for well-behaved ravers. This then is a DJ set from the big man himself. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

January 18 2014


where
Hugh Lane Gallery, 1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
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when
1pm

how much
Free

event
Savage State

Hey foodies, you might be interested in the closing event for Jim Ricks' show, Bubblewrap Game: Hugh Lane. Robin Hoshino and Kevin Powell of Gruel Guerilla 'will produce a reduced, minimal 6 course banquet' for you, the attending public to this afternoon delight. Pádraic E. Moore is scheduled to be in charge of music and there will be a spectacular reveal of a previously unseen work from Ricks himself as well as from a selection of artists he has curated to take part with him, in this end game. Including the Neoclassical Irish painter, James Barry, David Eager Maher (whose work produced in response to Barrys forms a spin-off show to the main exhibition) and eh... Jeremy Deller, who will be submitting new work (Jeremy Deller!). So foodies and art lovers, now is your chance to mix in the city. Behave yourselves. / Georgia

   
 

January 18 2014


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€30

spoken word
Under My Bed

Tis the season after the season which means one thing – spring cleaning. My parents are putting their place through a purge and I have tackled the not-so-treasure trove under my bed. The good people at Barnardos think you can tell a lot about someone from what was under theirs as a child. In the beautiful Smock Alley Theatre, a host of well-known people from many walks of life; politicians, broadcasters, sports stars, singers, chefs, and actors will be telling us just what it was that made under their beds such a special place. After a murky period in the area of fundraising, it's comforting to know that every cent raised from the three nights will go directly to Ireland's leading children's charity to help them with their invaluable work. Now that's worth doing. As is cleaning under your bed. I'm a whole €2 richer! / Kate McEvoy

 

January 18 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
1:15pm | 18:30pm

how much
€7.60/€9

screening
The Night of the Hunter

Like a dream (or nightmare) The Night of the Hunter is better experienced than described. Briefly, it's the tale of two children on the run from a terrifying preacher (Robert Mitchum, a wolf in priest's clothing) who covets the proceeds of a robbery committed by their convict father. As a simple thriller it would be compelling, but director Charles Laughton (working from a script by the great critic James Agee) turns it into something darker and stranger, a grim fairytale constructed from shadows and light. The famous sequence in which the children flee downriver is one of the greatest in American movies, a stygian interlude that is unlike anything else ever filmed. The picture was a commercial failure and Laughton never directed again, but it remains one of the most singular artistic achievements of the twentieth century. / Conor McDevitt

   
 

January 19 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6:30pm

how much
€10

screening
Taxi Zum Klo

Resplendent in leather jacket and studded baker boy hat, Frank is happily ensconced in Berlin's bountiful landscape of anonymous sex. School teacher by day, come night he navigates public toilets and grimy clubs where scores of willing strangers satiate his cavernous appetite for casual sex, the constant flux of men halted only with the arrival of Berndt. Momentarily, Frank finds gratification within a partnership, but Berlin won't stop calling and inevitably Frank answers. Playing himself in this semi autobiographical film, Frank Ripploh does not flinch as he quite literally strips back the existence of a man who craves cruising, the brutal pairing of desperate lust and desperate longing interspersed with unashamedly desperate romps. / Sophie Donalson

 

January 19 2014


where
Dublin Castle, 2 Palace Street, Dublin 2
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when
1:15pm

how much
Free

concert
Bluegrass Ensemble

For a charming Sunday afternoon, here's what you should do. Enjoy a stroll through town and amble into Dublin Castle just in time for their lunchtime concert series. They take place in the opulent Chapel Royal. Have a seat in one of their desanctified pews. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere. I went to one in November and it was lovely, though, looking out my window right now, I would be planning to keep my coat on. This weekend a bluegrass ensemble is planned. Which sounds hella fun. You need to email ahead to book a place and obviously turn up on time so you don't have to sneak in between tunes. Really the chapel itself is the draw, how many chance encounters would you normally have with it? there is incredibly worked wood carvings and beautiful stained glass and, when it's over, it feels like a secret. / Georgia

 

January 19 2014


where
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
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when
2pm

how much
Free

screening
Los Angeles Plays Itself

Possibly in response of recently snowballing voices, posts and articles calling out for protection of LA's rich modernist architecture, SET collective have arranged a screening of Los Angeles Plays Itself, the 2003 documentary by Thom Andersen. SET Collective are of course the winners of last years IAF's Archizine competition. Their zines look at architecture within film. LA is apparently the most recorded place on earth, and not just from all those dirty pappz. This doc is a discussion on the city, through movie clips showing the reality and the myth that Hollywood has created over the city and with a philosophical and sympathetic yet deeply critical narrative. It's somewhat cult among film folk. Something to note though, it's incredibly long - I imagine there'll be a break halfway to breath and take it all in. / Georgia

   
 

January 20 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
12 Years A Slave

Unless you have lived under a rock or possess no deductive reasoning skills whatsoever, you likely know the story of 12 Years A Slave: a freeman named Solomon Northrup is captured and sold into slavery, where he remains for twelve years. The end! Only joshin'. What ensues is an artful, harrowing rendering of an era in American history that has long craved a worthy cinematic portrayal. What sets the film apart  is the degree to which it demonstrates restraint and composure when dealing with a subject matter that lends itself to overwroughtness. Anchored by an understated but powerful performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor, the entire ensemble delivers, including newcomer Lupita N'Yongo and notorious divil Michael Fassbender, whose menacing performance will make you rethink your big ol' crush on him. / Amy O'Connor

 

January 21 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
The Wolf of Wall Street

Based on a confessional memoir, this sensational account chronicles the meteoric rise and inevitable fall of smooth-talking but reckless Wall Street stockbroker, Jordan Belfort who is portrayed as a flashy, larger than life playboy, driven by the burning desire to become rich. Fuelled by a constant cocktail of uppers, Leo DiCaprio gives a powerhouse performance as Belfort, his wildest to date. It earned him a Golden Globe on Sunday night. Jonah Hill is equally supercharged and Matthew McConaughey's role is short and sweet in sowing the seeds of chaos. Men are broken, stocks are pushed and dwarves are tossed. This is three unforgettable hours of marvellous decadence to the highest degree. It's likely to give the academy a heart attack. / Conor McTernan

   
 

January 22 2014


where
Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
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when
Until 25th January

how much
Free

exhibition
Additionals

By giving them mouthful Gradgrindian names that emphasise utility, Céline Condorelli consciously renders her five sculptures clunky and impractical: Structure for Reading is a wooden ladder fused to a metal Ercol chair; Structure for Public Speaking, a streamlined post-Mitterrand pulpit-cum- guillotine with an overhead semi-reflective red rectangle of glass for that just-right pre-decapitatory selfie; Structure for Preparing the Piano, a reading lamp stooped over a bench; Structure for Listening, a pyramid of speakers; and Structure for Communication with the Wind, a scaled-up levitating piece of gold tinfoil wrapper that rustles when agitated. These structures are used as subjects by The Company, a theatre company interested in exploring the artistic possibilities of these potentially useless chimeras. / Olen Bajarias

 

January 22 2014


where
Steambox Gallery, School Street, Dublin 8


when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Prospective

Mindfulness is a Buddhist practice that roughly means taking time to be truly aware of yourself and the world around you. It’s been trotted out a lot over the last couple of years as an antidote to the anxieties brought on by our fast-paced, smartphoney lifestyles. Dan Raul Pintea’s exhibition Prospective suggests that our best efforts to be mindful might just be missing the point. We slip back into disengaged patterns and view all the world’s beauty through Instagram. Pintea’s work focuses on the prism, refracted light, rainbows and fleeting moments. The exhibition requires you to be wholly present or you might not notice the tiny darts of colour in each piece. The Romanian artist reminds us all that if you don’t focus on the present and really look at the world, you could miss all the colour in life. / Carrie King

 
Staple Foods

Meet the magician behind your new staple diet - Kevin Mulvaney of Staple Foods.

I think that healthy food tends to be polarised between very hippie-ish and very clinical. I thought that if you can create an atmosphere that's normal and that you're not 100% concentrating on it being healthy, and it's still tasty and filling and all that kind of stuff, that it would work.

It's more about creating something that I'm able to produce fresh every day. Obviously the space is small, so nothing in here is kept for more than a day. I have no freezers and I just have one fridge. In the morning it's full of fruit and veg and meats and by the end of the day the goal is to have that empty.

Letting go of control is difficult; at the beginning I spent eighteen hours straight just juicing. But now I have some really good staff in here, two guys and a girl, and I think they almost love it as much as I do! It's a great buzz in here when I turn the music right up - So I'm loving it.

Staple Foods is located in Merchant's Arch, Temple Bar. Read the extended interview here.  PHOTO: Al Higgins (For extended interview click HERE).