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In a week where we've been shamed on national media, Rolling Stone and even by our spiritual leaders at Dazed Digital, we have decided not to choke on our Catholic guilt, but instead celebrate the people who congregated on South King Street in support of marriage equality.

We were told to starve the opposition of their media coverage, so we won't be dropping any four letter words in this editorial, but what we can say is that the peaceful, reasonable people of all classes, genders, and orientations stood in solidarity, and rapt silence as speakers reminded us that, although there may not be public stonings or imprisonments in Ireland, homophobia, though subtle, is still present.

It's good news though. The campaign for Marriage Equality is united but underfunded, and can be aided with your time and talents, or your precious dolla. This isn't about censorship, or noble calls gone viral, or payouts, not to discount the important place those things occupy in the discourse, but it's about the people who took half an hour out of their lives to cheer themselves hoarse, and clap their hands sore. You're the people who'll change the fabric of our unequal society.

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February 06 2014


where
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
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when
1:10pm

how much
Free

talk
The Aran Sweater: Fact and Fiction

Since 2012 big knits have meant big business for fashion and this year is no different. From McQueen and Fendi to high street names like Topshop and SheInside (my new online love), the Aran sweater can be found everywhere and knows no season nor gender. Which, given our  weather, can only be a good thing. As part of the holy trinity of geansaí, tweed cap and pint of Guinness, tourists love em too. But from whence did the Aran originate in our mystic Celtic history? Irish Time's fashion ed and author Deirdre McQuillan will be giving a lunchtime talk in the Chester Beatty, answering just that question. And like much of our paddywhackery, this traditional favourite may just surprise. As Pat Ingoldsby says, sure 'if we can't get the cobwebs, we'll spin them ourselves'. / Rachel Ray

 

February 06 2014


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


when
Until 11th February

how much
Free

exhibition
Evgenia Espinoza: Femininity

From dove to gunmetal, pewter to charcoal, a thousand shades of grey mould Evgenia Espinoza's self portraits. Her covey of identities surface from the feathery oil strokes, each one an exploration of femininity that delves far beyond the female form. Constantly in flux, the feminine energy she paints emerges as a myriad of identities as they slip in and out of the infinite guise of woman; she is the Medusa, smouldering under thickened tendrils of hair, the Mother Nature beneath a spindly crown sprayed with ivory blossoms, and the untamed warrior, sheets of hair whipped up in armour against the elements. They are one and the same, a push and pull of energy traced from the earth to woman and back again. / Sophie Donaldson

   
 

February 07 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11:30pm

how much
€5

club night
French Friday

The French are an exceptional people that do most things well. Their “take no shit” approach to life, born of a revolutionary past, hatred of the mediocre and blatant refusal to accept below par standards, results in a country that excels on most fronts: food, fashion, film and football. What is often overlooked is their influence on music. From the melodious and tragic chanson of Edith Piaf to Laurent Garnier’s housey beats, the residents of la république know a tune. French Friday salutes the electronic side of this contribution with three DJs looking to inject some joie de vivre into your weekend. Mani.Z, Jo and DJ Bastos lure both belles and bohemians to The Loft for this Francophile love in. / Aaron Purcell

 

February 07 2014


where
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
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when
9pm

how much
€10

dj set
Wave Forza

Want to be in the same room as the worlds smartest crate digger? Veronica Vasicka - The Empress of Electronic and co founder of East Village Radio in NYC began hosting a radio show of old new wave (yes, that’s a thing) italio and disco house as well as undiscovered electronic beauties . After having a eureka moment as she DJ’d - many were asking where they could buy the records playing answering “You can’t...but maybe I should do something about that” and Minimal Wave Records was born. Since 2005 she has curated the label carefully discovering , documenting and releasing electronic music that has lay undiscovered since the late 70’s and early 80’s - taking “Minimalism to the Max” . The Queen of Cool will play synth, new beat and italio disco in the cosy surroundings of Odessa ..This will be special - Get involved. / Rachel Hegarty

   
 

February 07 2014


where
Sin-é, 14-15 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 7.
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when
11pm

how much
€12

party
All Fur No Knickers

Fur coats inevitably lead to no knickers, and vice versa. Apparently, men love a lady who moults all over their laps, so go with it. The mysterious damsels at Hunt & Gather have arranged for a sequinned soiree in Sin-e, soundtracked by unadulterated cheese-pop for you to sway along to, glittering and garnished in gems. Expect the floor to be littered with sequins and rhinestones, and the girls to be all cotton secret possessions, rather than Agent Provacateurs, cos it's all about the heaped on furs and mazes of jewels, not the skimpies underneath. Also expect performances from Faune to bust you out of your 9-5 fatigue, and cabaret from Azaria Starfire, a lady with the best name we've ever heard. Go forth fabulous. / Cora Burke

   
 

February 07 2014


where
Broadstone Studios, 22 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2


when
Until Feb 22nd

how much
Free

exhibition
Fuckier, Shittier, Pissier

Most of the pieces that give body to this exhibition are placed below eye level. To view them, one has to either quite literally look down one’s nose or kneel. I had to get down on my knees to see that Simon Cummins’ ‘‘Lord God, how immaculate’’ was a leaf of stamped-flat cotton wool topped by wrinkles of gold foil descending from the ceiling. A persistence of suggestive tugs made me retrospectively aware that I had just genuflected before an artistic representation of Almighty piss. Fuckier, Shittier, Pissier is a collective up-cycling attempt by nine artists to make something of the empty words ‘fuck,’ ‘shit’ and ‘piss’ – expletives that have lost their teeth. But it also a perceptive articulation of the idea that the desire to create art is actually not unlike the need to ‘fuck’ ‘shit’ or ‘piss’: it is a primal itch. / Olen Bajarias

 

February 07 2014


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

how much
€10/€8

dj set
Lapalux

There's no shortage of producers churning out cerebral, downtempo electronica these days, with the Mercury Prize winning James Blake and the jazzy atmospherics of Nicolas Jaar taking centre stage. Essex based electronic music guru Stuart Howard, aka Lapalux, has recently established himself as a key contender in this burgeoning scene on the strength of a solid run of critically acclaimed EPs released on Flying Lotus' powerhouse experimental label Brainfeeder. His multi-textured, minimalist, intensely detailed productions feature stunningly executed build-ups and immersive depths of synth, notably on tracks such as Without You and the recently released Gold. XLR8R has described his unique sound as "the R&B of another time and place, transmitted from an unknown planet in a distant galaxy into the mind of a wildly creative sound designer.” / Philip Notaro/Oisin Leonard

   
 

February 08 2014


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

how much
€10

dj set
Psychemagik

Psychemagik bring their eclectic mix of thumping house, infectious disco and creative remixes of wildly varying genres to the bass-heavy surroundings of Button Factory tonight. These massively prolific purveyors of synthesised, electronic psychedelia have taken a sharp, astute producer's axe to a number of much-loved classics over the past few years, including stunning disco takes on Fleetwood Mac's Everywhere and Bryan Ferry's Don't Stop The Dance, along with fresh remixes of Metronomy, Hot Chip and HAIM. And if you thought This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads couldn't get any trippier, check out the fantastic Psychemagik edit. Their industry reputation for the possession of extremely obscure records and samples will make this especially unmissable for the very hippest of dance music aficionados. Win Tickets / Oisin Leonard

 

February 08 2014


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

how much
€13/€15

dj set
Kassem Mosse

Gunnal Wendel, the German enigma delivers wildly diverse beats ranging from amorphous dub techno to laid-back house grooves. Often on the same piece of wax. Having released on The Trilogy Tapes and Bodikka’s Nonplus last year this is evident, but it’s his much sought after Workshop volumes (the ones with the bearded fellows) and earlier Mikrodisko releases where his sound takes it’s full form. Preferring a hands on approach to making music, his live performances are fundamentally built upon improvising on the spot, synchronising his hardware to resonate the mood of any given space. Maayan Nidam is a purveyor of fine underground house with a global upbringing. This marks her Irish debut and no better place than in the basement of the pepper! Together they will put that awesome Void sound system through it's paces. / Conor McTernan

 

February 08 2014


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€10

single launch
Girl Band

If memory serves, it was last March and we had been tasked with finding 'some hot new Irish music' to soundtrack some kind of tv commercial. We were getting nowhere and thought it might be a good idea to relocate to an abandoned trailer park in Wexford to continue our vital work. Halfway through the third bottle we lit upon the France 98 ep by Girl Band and listened to nothing else for 72 hours. Comparisons are not really helpful - the fast ones sound like electricity and detonations, the slow ones feel like a barbiturate come-down. The single Lawman was a recent (and unlikely) single of the week in the Irish Times. Titles like Heckle the Frames and That Snake Conor Cusack suggest that this Dublin quartet have a sense of humour too. Absolutely worth the tinnitus. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

February 09 2014


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

how much
€26

gig
Moderat

After a months-long gap in their album world tour, a break in momentum resulting from the motorcycle crash of member Sascha Ring in September of last year, Moderat are finally set to take to the stage in Dublin this Sunday and look to be worth the wait. Founded as a collaborative music project between Modeselektor and Ring, (a.k.a. Apparat), together they make the equation Moderat = Modeselektor + Apparat possible. Their eponymous first album is my all-time favourite music to jog to, if you’re looking for something to pump you full of dystopian superhuman adrenaline. Moderat II keeps up its pace nicely. With rave reviews and rave-like photos of their January and February gigs to date littering their social media sites, this promises to be a visual and experiential delight. Massive ticket sell outs in the dates running up to Dublin prove it. / Aisling Smyth

   
 

February 10 2014


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

how much
€15/€12

theatre
Breathless

Directed by the award winning Iseult Golden, Breathless is the story of four women brought together to reflect on the highs and lows of their lives. Based on real events, we're brought through the full spectrum of life from pain, anger, sadness and loss to joy and love, as the girls recount their ordeals and memories. There are moments when the play is intense in both its setting and subject matter but humour is well used to lighten the atmosphere when needed. Hearing the characters talk about their loved ones and those special moments we all take for granted makes it more emotional as they recall the details leading up to and during their deaths. A gripping journey that will have you reflecting on your own life and what really means the most to you. / Sean Keyes

 

February 10 2014


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

how much
€5

readings
Handle With Care: Valentine's Day Edition

If you spend hours trawling through Shaun Usher's Letters of Note, this event is right up your quill-feathered street. There'll be ammunition aplenty for your Valentines cards as people get up and read from letters of love. Whether you want to read the letter you wrote to Leonardo DiCaprio in 1997, the letters your great-grandparents sent to each other during the war, or the 'will you shift my mate' notes you were hurriedly passed during CSPE. It's a sweet, reflective opportunity to dote on people you haven't met yet, and to think about the glory of words. Maybe it'll inspire you to travel to a dystopian future and embark of a Her-style career. With or without Scarlett Johannson's voice telling you ye'r great. / Cora Burke

   
 

February 11 2014


where
Theatre Uptsairs , Above Lanigan's Pub, Eden Quay, Dublin 1


when
7pm

how much
€10

theatre
The Dig

Offering a fresh perspective on the crash of the building industry, Mark Wale's drama The Dig centres on the character of Arthur, a Dublin building contractor who finds himself faced with redundancy and the imminent repossession of his house. He responds to this setback by throwing a punch at his boss and fleeing to a field in Kildare in the hope of a fresh start. A one-man show, Declan Mills really brings Wale's script to life through seamless shifts between multiple different characters, the best of all being his stunning portrayal of Arthur's unbreakable resolve to build a house for himself and his wife against overwhelming odds. His sustained, almost delusional confidence in the face of mounting adversity is admirable and unsettling to an equal extent - the central character warrants both our sympathy and reproach. / Oisin Leonard

   
 

February 11 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
1:15pm | 6:30pm | 9pm

how much
€7.60/€9

cinema
Dallas Buyer's Club

There's no better genre of film that HIV/AIDS drama. They win Oscars, they make you tear up, and hell, they make you wrap up. Matthew McConaughey completes the rehabilitation of his career in Dallas Buyers Club, playing Ron Woodruff, the reluctant Robin Hood who imported life-lengthening drugs and sold them to the desperate masses fading away with HIV/AIDS. Jared Leto gives a performance that makes you forgive him his years in an inoffensive indie band, a gender-bending powerhouse that rolls with the punches, until faced with the consequences of his vice for drugs. Flawed characters reform, the bad-guy pharma lobby has its ass kicked and there's forbidden love. The most intoxicating kind of love. It'll have you weeping in the aisles of the cinema. / Cora Burke

 

February 11 2014


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

how much
€6

screening
Limp

There has been a steady trickle of Irish horror films in recent years, seeping their way into underground cinema and whetting the appetites of horror fans both at home and abroad. Writer and director Shaun Ryan has picked up the baton and used it as a proverbial axe to smash his way into the Indie Horror scene with his directorial debut, limp. This incredibly stark and unapologetic feature invites its audience to experience the world through the eyes of Mr. Grot; a dysfunctional loner who resorts to murder and necrophilia as a final, desperate attempt at intimacy and connection. Deliciously dark, stylishly shot and wonderfully scored, this debut feature is undeterred by a miniscule budget and is a prime example of less is more./ Aoife Herrity

   
 

February 12 2014


where
The Liquor Rooms, 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
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when
9pm

how much
Free

launch
Duke Special's Gramophone Club

Duke Special's rummage in the vinyl vaults of bygone eras is well documented in his performances, collaborations and deft orchestration. Now he's having new Adventures in Gramophone, teaming up with the Shellac Collective to launch his own Club in the cabaret style basement confines of the Liquor Rooms. With everything from big band jazz, jump jivin' to unconcentrated rock 'n' roll, the Duke will free wheel with a sophisticated selection of spin dizzys. Toe tapping, shoe shuffling and some dreadlock swishing expected. / Zach Joyce.

 
Sex, Toys and Videotape

We talked to Shawna Scott of Sex Siopa about what you really need in your bedside locker. 

I was inspired by shops in the States that are owned by women and have a body-safe ethos. I've always been the person all my friends would go to for sex and relationship advice. I found myself giving toy recommendations and shopping around, then it clicked that this is what I should be doing full-time.

I've had retired couples treat themselves to toys for their anniversary or folks who know quite a bit about toys and need something new. I've also noticed that it's about 50/50 men and women and 50/50 urban and rural areas.

I really look up to local business owners like Jennie in Designist and Panti from Pantibar. I always watch what they do well and try to apply those aspects to my business.

At the party I'll have the pop-up and I'm launching a load of new toys. It starts at 7pm with cake and bubbly followed by a Q&A. I'm asking folks to write their question down on note cards...Then more shopping and mingling. I'm super excited!

For more on Sex Siopa's 1st Birthday, see here. PHOTO: Clara Hooper