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Controversy has erupted over the proposed suspension of activity at The Exchange in Temple Bar. A flurry of tweets, press releases and a petition has seen an Andreas fault style rupture develop between the volunteer-run Exchange, and DCC.

It's messy with claim and counterclaim. The Exchange states that the Dublin City Arts officer has only given them mere days to comply with this order and suspect this might be a ploy to boot them out. Meanwhile, DCC claim this is the culmination of months of concern and insistent that it's only a temporary suspension with the possibility of re-opening if a solution can be found.

Some residents and businesses have weighed in both in support of, and questioning of, the 'anti-social behaviour' claims but these lie outside the door rather than inside the door of The Exchange and are by no means unique within Temple Bar. There's a bigger societal issue at stake.

The keys are meant to be handed over on Friday. What to say? What to do? How about a one week stay of execution with an independent third party drafted in to mediate and seek a resolution? Logical?

Which Messy Monday amongst us is making it their mission is to commission a commission and stop the commotion this week? MichaelCiaranKateAmyOisin, or Maxime?

"...that childhood urge to grab a crayon and, tongue stuck out to one side..." - James Casey and Jennifer Behan
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January 30 2014


where
Tamp & Stitch, Scarlet Row, Temple Bar


when
6pm

how much
Free

food
Crusties and Rusties

Gourmet insurgents Gruel Guerrilla are intent on ambushing taste buds via Essex Street’s garrison of cool Tamp and Stitch this week with their latest instalment of the lauded ‘andPOPUP’ series. Having worked some culinary magic with Buffalo wings and beef cheek tacos, surf replaces turf with some fruits de mer on the hit list as Irish Lobster takes centre stage for this ninth epicurean onslaught. Unlike the fate of Eddie Murphy’s Larry the Lobster, these kings among crustaceans will be lovingly attended to and macerated in some spicy vanilla goodness for your pleasure. Intent on catering to the thirsty as well as the famished, local favourite Teelings whiskey features heavily in the ‘Rusties’ end of the combo. Enjoy a claw full. / Aaron Purcell

 

January 30 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€3

screening
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

David Lynch played a hand in shaping many a young mind with his weirdly captivating film endeavours. One of the first tentative ports of call for anyone starting to foster a more developed taste in television is Twin Peaks because ohmygod, Dale Cooper. After its cliffhanger ending, Lynch gave fans more of that dark 'je ne sais quoi' in the form of Fire Walk With Me, another cult classic to be devoured by fans. In perfect keeping with those dominant Lynchian values, tonight's venue lends itself to nights of debauch and excess once the respectable daytime veneer has been chipped away. Dress as your favourite character for extra points. (Audrey, if you're asking). / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

January 30 2014


where
Bello Bar, 1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.


when
7:30pm

how much
Free

launch
Flesh of the Runt

Flesh of the Runt, the exciting new issue of Dublin based zine, The Runt centres on its most provocative theme to date: sex. Eschewing those venomous catholic guilt ridden notions of sexuality, this edition examines the many aspects of our carnal leanings in a variety of poems and prose. This inaugaration will feature a satirical piece of theatre to entertain and excite the audience, entitled Ride Irish, taking a protectionist stance on the Irish sex industry. ...Flesh showcases the best and brightest in Irish literary talent with a bent toward humourous, dark and unconventional pieces. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

January 30 2014


where
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
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when
1pm

how much
Free

talk
The Thrills and Spills of Costume Design for Film

Dublin owe a debt to copper, or more accurately to the King of Copper, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty for his stunning bequest to the city in the form of his unparalleled collection of Oriental art and manuscripts. In the spirit of their founder they believe in contributing new value to the cultural life of Ireland rather than merely resting on their extremely pretty laurels. In that vein, they are hosting three time Emmy-winning costume designer and kind of a big deal Joan Bergin for a lunchtime talk on The Thrills and Spills of Costume Design for Film, which promises to offer insight into the sumptuous outfits on The Tudors, the nitty-gritty of Vikings and the harsh reality of the biblically hard work involved in working in wardrobe. / Kate McEvoy

 

January 30 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€25/€22

theatre
A Tender Thing

So timeless and universal is Romeo and Juliet that it has lent itself to many adaptations and reworkings in the 400 or so years that have elapsed since it was initially written. (Who among us can forget Gnomeo and Juliet?) Another addition to the canon of such works, A Tender Thing is a cleverly constructed reimagining of the Shakespeare classic that imagines the two star-crossed lovers in their old age and confronting mortality. Lines, passages and plot points from the original are placed within this new context, and the result is a touching meditation on the endurance of love. At the centre of the production are two brave, graceful performances from rockstar thespians Owen Roe and Olwen Fouéré. Warning: you may find yourself surreptitiously dabbing your eye with a tissue at certain points. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

 

January 30 2014


where
LA College of Creative Arts, 26 South William Street, Dublin 2.

when
7pm

how much
Free

fashion show
Natalie B Coleman

Having first come across her jewel prints in that weekly bible - the Sunday Style supplement, I was happy to hear multi-award winning Irish designer, Natalie B Coleman is showing off some of her latest couture A/W collection in Dublin's own little fashion hub, LA College of Creative Arts, where she'll be discussing the course she's lecturing in March. As a designer, she's particularly exciting because her clothes strike a lot of hard-to-get balances - bold but feminine wearable fashion that creates an equally strong impression at the office or at a late night bar. From bad-ass gold napa biker suits to girlish contrast skirts, Coleman is one versatile lady and we're eager to see what she has in store next. This collection is called Get Your Own Mistress and Coleman says it's 'darker and more elegant than previous seasons'... / Rachel Ray

   
 

January 30 2014


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 12th March

how much
Free

exhibition
Richard Mosse: The Enclave

In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes wrote; “to be outside of a political community is to be in an anarchic condition where there is no place for industry, no arts, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." Half a millennium later, building on the works of Capa, Adams and others, Richard Mosse echoes his sentiments in The Enclave. Filmed in 2012 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the installation follows armed rebel groups in a war zone plagued by ambushes, massacres and sexual violence where at least 5.4 million people have died since 1998. Shot on 16mm infrared film that eerily adds a charming and hypnotic edge to this treacherous and fragile environment and with a haunting soundscape by Ben Frost, The Enclave emphasises a narrative that the written word cannot. / Battle

 

January 30 2014


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


when
7pm

how much
€10

screening+talk
Future Shorts

We're back with our friends in Happenings hosting the "world's biggest pop up film festival". Bringing shorts from France, Poland, Serbia, Finland and Afghanistan to the beguiling Freemason's Hall. On the more frivolous side;  there's brainless rabbits, the conundrum of hosting a date for a stud cat  see-sawed by absent parents and coming of age dramas. One thing they all have in common is a clutch of international awards. Coupled with these is the homegrown The Last Days of Peter Bergmann, which is fresh from screening at Sundance and recipient of the audience award at Stranger Than Fiction. It will be followed by a Q&A with director Ciaran Cassidy and editor John Murphy. Oh and there's some complimentary drinks from Franciscan Well. Tickets here / Le Cool Dublin

 

January 30 2014


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
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when
8pm

how much
€17.50-€39.50

concert
Hollywood Rhapsody

The best thing about these rare movie music concerts in the National Concert Hall is thinking you're not going to know any of the scores and then recognising literally every single one of them. Very satisfying. And I don't know about you but I'm a sucker for romantic old school Hollywood. Robin Hood, Casablanca, Ben-Hur, Psycho, Citizen Kane (maybe that's not the most romantic list actually), the music of Tom and friggin Jerry and a medley of all the best loved theme tunes from 'non-musical' movies. Yeah right, as if such a thing exists. This programme was a hug hit at BBC Proms, an open air festival in Hyde park. Imagine the atmosphere. In the immortal words of Abba, 'Thank you for the music... Who could live without it, I ask in all honesty?' / Georgia

   
 

January 31 2014


where
The Beerhouse, 84.5 Capel St, Dublin 1.

when
9pm

how much
Free

club night
Games People Play

This is not one of those ‘last night a DJ saved my life’ nights. It’s more like ‘last night a guy played this cool synthy tune I recognised and I hadn’t heard in ages and I was momentarily lost in a brief reverie, and swayed to myself, humming the next few bars while I ordered a pint and contemplated how glad I was that it was Friday, and, that, you know, it was good to be alive and out and listening to decent music with friends, and yes, although I did talk some major league gubbins to that lad who’s name I don’t know that I met at a party once, it was all good because I laughed, had fun and danced a bit’. So it’s one of those kinda nights, with added synth, Italo disco, coldwave and miscellaneous audible delights. / Mark Keane

 

January 31 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
13:40 | 18:20

how much
€8.60/€10

screening
Journal De France

There are few things these days that don’t come without a camera installed. Next up will be kettles with apps that instantly tweet images of your face repeatedly as you forlornly watch on, waiting for it to boil. Despite this, photography as an art and as an historical and cultural record continues to flourish. Through casually applying filters we sometimes dupe ourselves into thinking we’re Dublin’s answer to Kevin Carter. A quick look at the work of a true master soons dispels this myth. Depardon is one of those masters, revered in his native France as the man who has chronicled and captured the true France of the last few decades. This documentary is a great introduction to do those who not only share his love for a great image but respect the patience, skill and craft of a true photographic artist. / David Cadwallader

 

January 31 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€10

gig
The Gorgeous Colours

In this widely acclaimed ‘golden age’ of Irish music the sad stories are in the minority. So, the impending end of The Gorgeous Colours not only swims against the current of high spirits in the local indie scene, but given the quality of their output it’s a timely reminder of the difficulties in keeping a disparate group of humans together in harmony to play music for our delight. This five piece certainly achieved that, but also managed to release hands down two of my favorite Irish singles in recent years in It’s Ok To Be Normal and Bright Ideas. The latter was just relased in July of last year and promised a continued rise in the band’s fortunes. Now it sadly looks like the second album it belongs to is never going appear. If we all go, maybe we can convince them to stay with us. / Emmet Condon

 

January 31 2014


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

how much
€15/€14

dj set
Hessle Audio

Hessle Audio is an imprint with no parameters. Its credo is known as a golden benchmark of quality. Like the three wise men, each founding member brings a unique gift to the party. Ben UFO, the standout turntablist, bestows an exquisite taste and eclecticism in selection. Pearson Sound, the heavy-hitter producer offers acute precision, channeling brilliance with his stripped-back sound every time. Finally, the noble Pangea, he is the quietest of the holy trinity. He plays techno with a twist. On the back of his monumental FabricLive mix the spotlight is now on him. When the people of the future look back in retrospect on the definitive sound of clubs and warehouses following the turn of the decade, it was foretold that the Hessle trio and their higher level legacy would be pioneers of this brave new world. Win Tickets / Conor McTernan

   
 

February 01 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11am

how much
Free

birthday party
Vice is 1

In this town of cake shops bank-rolled by Daddy and groaning ranks of International coffee chains it's good to see the independently spirited folks at Vice Coffee are celebrating their 1st birthday. Tom and the crew will be slinging top-notch coffee from their brand new espresso bar in the lobby for a mere €1. Their friends Gruel Guerrilla and Big Smoke BBQ will be slinging hash (no, not that) while Boxcutter Barber, Tropical Popical, Revolver Project & Super Hoshi will ensure we're well turned out when the cocktail hour drops. Music comes courtesy of Diskotekken, Nialler 9 and Bodytonic. Expect highly caffeinated dancing. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

February 01 2014


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

how much
€10

screening
The Jungle Book

“We have acquired the rights to screen The Jungle Book cos we're thug like that.” Fair enough, Discotekken. You might be pretty fuckin’ fly for white guys but, if we’re gonna talk being badass, let’s please devote a little airtime to Kaa. The Jesse Pinkman to Shere Khan’s Walter White, The Jungle Book’s sinus-afflicted serpent is often overlooked. But for all the bluster of the Bengal baddie, it was Kaa’s hypnotic gaze and the sibilant strains of Trust In Me that had me cowering behind the couch as a kid. In addition to the screening, Discotekken have gone above and beyond the bare necessities to provide for mancubs and womencubs in attendance. As well as a live performance by afro-groove outfit Manden Express and DJ sets from Donal Dineen and John Mahon, there’s also the promise of BBQ action, cheesecake and Jungle Juice cocktails. / Joey Kavanagh

 

February 01 2014


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

how much
€16.50

gig
Anna Calvi

It's the kind of voice that could at once be skimming the vaulted ceilings of a cathedral, then curling like smokey tendrils in a dimly lit speakeasy, but Anna Calvi was so petrified of it we very nearly didn't hear it. Thankfully, she quite literally found her voice and emerged as an indelible modern day chanteuse, her diminutive frame swathed in angled collars and sharp tuxedos, her red pencilled lips parting to unleash vocals that could have feasibly come from a chain smoking madonna. Gutsy foot stompers like Eliza and Suddenly paved the way for her second album, that divine voice but one of the cavalcade of instruments that shimmy through her latest offering and this heavenly creature is sure to delight as she graces the stage. Win Tickets / Sophie Donaldson

 

February 01 2014


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

how much
€15/€12

gig
Boo Williams

Don’t be fooled - Chicago house alumni Boo Williams might be termed second generation but this does not mean second rate. Shaped by heavyweights Ron Hardy & Frankie Knuckles this Chi-town champ began turntable telecasting over 3 decades ago before advancing to production. Boo’s background of soul, funk and jazz makes it a mammoth Chicaaaggo back catalogue of hi-fidelity snorkel deep house. Go see this Windy City wonder - the fine lick of Flashback awaits you. Swiss supremo Ripperton will take charge of the Stage -an artist whose intuitive approach to music has lead him to rework tracks for Laurent Garnier and Radiohead amongst others. His intention is to “give people goose bumps and help them to discover new music that they’ve never heard before” - SOLD . Hold on to your hi-hats, Saturday is looking Tickety Boo. Win Tickets / Rachel Hegarty

   
 

February 02 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
8pm

how much
€18/€13

gig
The Little Radio

Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen’s The Little Radio starts out traditionally enough. Ballamy’s sonorous tenor saxophone blows out the opening bars of that standard Body and Soul. Then, rather surprisingly, in comes the playful button accordion of Carstensen. These two obviously know how to have fun (they do a version of Teddy Bears Picnic) and have been known to take special requests via Twitter at their gigs. This is one concert where it's definitely ok to whip out a smartphone. Ballamy is making a quick return to these shores having played a critically acclaimed concert with English compatriot June Tabor in January. He’s also a former member of the pioneering British big band Loose Tubes. Curiously, Carstensen became the first person in Norway prosecuted for playing the violin whilst driving. Best take the bus to tonight's gig.../ Des FitzGerald

 

February 02 2014


where
Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:15pm

how much
€27.50

gig
Bill Callahan

Of course everybody likes Bill Callahan now, but don't believe them when they say that they 'prefer the early stuff'. Callahan has been labouring in relative obscurity for almost a quarter of a century now so you could say that the recognition has been a long time coming. Recording as 'Smog' between 1990-2005, this uniquely talented artist has always ploughed a singular furrow while also garnering a reputation as a difficult and taciturn interviewee. The lo-fi noisescapes of early recordings such as Sewn to the Sky have (very) gradually given way to a spare, anti-melodic style that showcases his terse baritone and signature poetry of observation. Expect a crowd made up of people who never thought they'd end up in Lucan with three kids. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

February 03 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
13.40|20.45

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Out of the Furnace

Director Scott Cooper's follow-up to Crazy Heart is a gritty backwoods drama that focuses on Russell Baze (Christian Bale), who toils at the steel mill by day and works as an exotic dancer by night (ok, that last part might not be true). Superficial similarities to Flashdance aside, this is very much a manly movie, with a cast of manly men who gulp down shots of whiskey in between bouts of deer hunting and bare knuckle boxing. These guys' tattoos have tattoos basically. The script is a straightforward affair but it's elevated by a trio of terrific performances, with Bale, Casey Affleck, and especially Woody Harrelson, as demonic mountain man Harlan DeGroat, bringing real intensity to their roles. The rust-bitten Pennsylvanian locations add a further layer of authenticity to a satisfyingly down and dirty crime picture. / Conor McDevitt

 

February 03 2014


where
Gate Theatre, Cavendish Row, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
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when
Until February 8th

how much
€25/€32/€35

theatre
Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s romp through the dating lives of the Bennet family is still funny as fuck. The writer claimed heroine and sister number two of five Lizzy was "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” Setting the standard for smart, feisty and independent female leads long before Joss Whedon appeared on the scene, she stands apart from older sister Jane, whose defining characteristic is being really, really, ridiculously good looking and the younger trio of Mary, Kitty and most notably Lydia, who let’s face it, manage to be ridiculous with commendable variety, bringing the LOLs along with their redoubtable matriarch and match-maker in chief. The Gate is tackling the familiar tale with a host of familiar faces. It may be considered a great love story but for me, it’s all about family. / Kate McEvoy

   
 

February 04 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 14th February

how much
Free

exhibition
Eva Kotatkova: The Theatre of Speaking Objects

A leap of faith would not have been necessary had somebody told me that Theatre of Speaking Objects was actually the set of a mashed-up production of several plays of a certain Irish playwright- cum-Nobel laureate-cum-Ted Danson look-alike. From unremarkable objects – a brick wall, a tree mid-swoon, a wardrobe and a scribbled chalkboard – issue disembodied voices: a mother teaching her son the names of things, two brothers forced to invent their own language in order to communicate, incomprehensible whispers, a woman struggling to express her fear of just about everything. The ability of language to fulfil the human desire to communicate seems to be the subject of Eva Kotátková’s exhibition. But the hopscotch from one jagged shard of a story to the next dims any too-sunny belief in language fully connecting individuals. / Olen Bajarias

   
 

February 05 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7pm

how much
Free

talk
Peace talks without end or conflict without end?

In the early 90’s, I was on a family trip in Israel when we took a drive along the border of the Gaza Strip. Halfway along the valley road, my sister got out, approached the wire fence, and took a picture of the mountains on the Palestinian side. When we reached the end of the road (bizarrely, to find a crocodile farm) several Israeli army officials held their hands up for us to halt. While searching the car they showed us a picture of my sister’s footprint, told us that they had listened to everything we had said inside the car and coolly informed us that a sniper rifle had been trained on my dad’s forehead the entire time. The paranoia was startling. The people however, were lovely. We found that out through talking to them; probably the best way for everyone. / Hugh Torpey

 
A Barber on a Bike

Le Cool talked to Owen Crudge, Dublin's Barber on a Bike.

It all began when a friend of mine was at the wrong end of a drunken head shaving incident and I did my best to patch it up with what little skill I had. He joked that I should become a barber. The next week I signed up.

I didn't have the funds to start a barbershop on my own, so I decided to cut out the middleman and call to clients' houses. With little pop ups and quirky new businesses so well supported by the people of Dublin and the fact cycling has become so popular, I knew it had potential to take off.

I'm currently cycling a fixie created entirely from recycled parts. It's my pride and joy. I'm happy to pedal anywhere within a 5 mile radius of the city centre. The fashion that won't shake at the moment is the 1950's style side parting. I still love creating this "Mad Men" look. To own this trend a zero fade with a heavily parted slick back or quiff is key.

For styling in your sitting room tel:0851064280 or email: imabarberonabike@gmail.com for appointments. PHOTO: Al Higgins