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The Irish may no longer top the bill as the world's most prolific cinema-goers, but clearly less time spent in the dark stuffing ourselves with salted popcorn is conducive to making increasingly impressive cinema. You may have been gagging to see Calvary and The Stag at JDIFF, but our homegrown fare was amongst the fastest to sell out at the festival, and this is a symptom of our increasing confidence in cinema.

Lenny Abrahamson and Ciaran Cassidy featured in the Guardian's Rising Stars of 2014, while Frank was rapturously received at Sundance, and is off to SXSW. Gerard Barrett, responsible for the heartwrenching Pilgrim Hill, is working with Jack Reynor, Toni Colette and Will Poulter on an upcoming feature, whilst Bl!nder Film's Katie Holly is co-producing Whit Stillman's upcoming film, which stars Sienna Miller and Chloe Sevigny. Domhnall Gleeson will star in the adaptation of Colm Toibin's Brooklyn, and godknowswhatelse. He works very hard, y'know.

That's not even mentioning the top-secret projects in development, or the gifts that festivals like  the Galway Film Fleadh and Darklight will bestow upon us in the coming months...

Who's fluffing for the money shot? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy, Maxime or Connor

"...it is evil at its most pointless." - Cathal Duane
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February 13 2014


where
The Lab, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
Until 22nd March

how much
Free

exhibition
Tonight, you can call me Trish

In jumps that might be diplomatically called eclectic, shrouded speakers alternately issue garlands of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and choice scraps of heavy metal. Further invitations for whiplash are strewn among the curious flotsam that dot  Tonight, You Can Call Me Trish. To wit: a distorted, vaguely classic Graeco-Roman column stands next to a scaled-up statue of an extra-limbed letter E that seems to have been lifted from somewhere primitive. The surface on which they rest also changes abruptly, from a white board flecked with colour so it looks marbled, into a patch of astro- turf. Moments of transition and transformation, and their consequences, seem to be the subject of the exhibition, avideo installation showing a visitor not making friends at Disneyland for dressing up as Snow White. / Olen Bajarias

 

February 13 2014


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8:00 PM

how much
€16.50

gig
Planningtorock

Planningtorock’s Janine Rostron had what she called a creative meltdown after coming down off the tour for her well-received intense, moody and gender flipping second album, W. After almost giving up making music entirely, the Berlin-based producer changed her name by deed poll to the gender-neutral, Jam, and set about tackling issues head on for a more politically charged third long player, All Love’s Legal. With song titles such as Patriarchy Over And Out, Let’s Talk About Gender Baby, and Misogyny Drop Dead, Jam nails her colours to the mast with a mantra-like rallying call. Setting her stall to the backing of some very danceable tunes, Rostron clearly wants us all to get down. So while she is clearly one of the most mesmerising vocalists around, please don’t forget your best dancing pants. / Simon Judge

 

February 13 2014


where
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
6pm

how much
Free (runs until Feb 23)

exhibition & opening
In Search of the Truth: Afghanistan

In August and September last year, the Truth Booth tour visited cities and communities in Afghanistan undertaking a video and photographic snapshot of this war torn country. A giant inflatable speech bubble provided some confessional privacy to citizens to articulate their hopes and fears. Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, and Hank Willis Thomas undertook this Cause Collective task. Dominant themes include poverty, the repression of women within society with instances of lack of access to education as well as forced marriages. There's deception, corruption, fraud and power struggles clouding basic cravings for peace and stability. Humanising a country which triggers the off switch in so many of our minds is the simplest and most heart-warming success of these stories and images. / Michael McDermott

 

February 13 2014


where
Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Office Building, Dublin 8
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when
6pm - 8pm

how much
Free

debate
City Limits

In the week in which the current dreams of Mabos, in their Hanover Quay space, were dashed owing to the building being purchased by a US hedge fund, this discussion about "Inventive Uses for Urban Spaces" is a timely reminder as to what can be achieved and cruelly snatched. DCC seemed to have a degree of humming and hawing over proper recognition and support for this as well as its ancillary Kings of Concrete venture. They cite over 600 prime sites and a wealth of historic buildings within our nation’s capital which are currently vacant or disused. Tonight Nutbush might be off the agenda but everything else is under consideration as initiatives such as Granby Park and the Allotment Homes project share their insights into how to push, contort, extend and embrace limitless possibilities within limited means. / Michael McDermott

 

February 13 2014


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8:00 PM

how much
€12

gig
Teengirl Fantasy

The only socially acceptable teengirl fantasy you're allowed to have is these guys, and we can count ourselves lucky because they're electro bliss. The duo arrive in Workman's after the recent release of their EP, Nun, which feels like an aural caress. Their previous form was on the mellow side of electro spectrum, mixed in with rattling drum, and occasional nostalgic eighties beats, but with newer tracks like Eric and Platinum they're approaching a more ethereal territory. They keep it fresh by steering clear of over- repetition and are known to shake it up with some musical improvisation on gig nights.  / Jane McDonald

   
 

February 14 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8:30 PM

how much
€9/€7.50 concession

cinema
Only Lovers Left Alive

What would you do if you had all the time in the world? Well for the deathly cool vampires of Only Lovers Left Alive, eternal life is the ultimate lazy Sunday; a chance to read all those books you never read and listen to the coolest records, the only inconvenience an occasional trip to the blood bank to stave off that thirst for a glass of red. With a love that will never die (but the good sense to spend the occasional decade of forever apart) Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton embody the titular pair of immortals with wit, charm and an irreverent attitude to the less savoury necessities of vampire life. Throw in a cameo by a surprisingly undead Christopher Marlowe (blithely taking credit for that hack Shakespeare's best work) and you've got an elegant spin on the vampire myth that very much doesn't suck. / Conor McDevitt

 

February 14 2014


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
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when
until Saturday

how much
€15/€12 concession

theatre
Counter Culture

Nobody is kidding themselves here. They don't really want to know, and you don't really care to tell but still the question will be asked. You are fine, yes, fine, thank you. Your eyes decidedly averted beneath the merciless fluorescent bulbs, the gentle probe continues until you are forced to unload your final verbal weapon. I'm fine, really­ just browsing. Those who've never crossed the hallowed threshold from shop floor to counter will be happily unaware of the delicate tug and pull of politics, power and polish at play. Managers and mannequins, customers and commissions, Katie O'Kelly dissects the labyrinthian rule book of department store retail with the nerve twanging clarity of a true insider, the resulting belly laughs interspersed with the occasional eye twitch from any shop girls and boys in the audience. / Sophie Donaldson

 

February 14 2014


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

when
11:00 PM

how much
€12 Early Bird/€15 General Admission

gig
Wankelmut

You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t jammed to the track that launched this Berlin student DJ into unprecedented fame. Wankelmut’s One Day/Reckoning Song was one of the anthems that drew house music out of the underground scene and onto chart radio shows back in 2012, its bitter-sweet mix of melancholic folk and and an ecstatic, yearning beat catching onto that organic sound that has made him his name. He says Wankelmut, meaning Fickleness, describes his taste – developing sets that delve into deeper house vibes. That said, you’ll hear samples that could have come from O Brother, Where Art Thou? throughout the night but his mixing maintains a delicious star-gazingly giddy sound that will be perfect to get lovin’ to this Valentine’s. Win Tickets / Heather Keane

 

February 14 2014


where
Crowbar, Button Factory, Temple Bar, D2.

when
11pm

how much
Free

dj set
The Greatest Love

A pie chart of the '80s would be 20% shoulder pads, 30% cocaine, and 10% pre-conspiracy theorist John Cusack (sigh). The hulking 40% remainder would be the power ballads of the brokenhearted and unlucky in lust. Men with billowing mullets in Willie Brown utility-wear hung around Blitz (Spandau Ballet were the house band), made up to the nines, singing synth-pop about China Dolls and Cantonese Boys to unimpressed girls dressed in masculine Wendy Dagworthy. These new romantics wore make-up and knew one end of a comb from another. They were also really f*ckin' soppy when it came to love, which was always prefixed with one superlative or another. This evening in Crowbar will salute the optimistic saps of the '80s and their air-punchingly-glorious music to romance to. / Kate Frances

 

February 14 2014


where
Pavilion Theatre, Marine Road, DĂșn Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
01 231 2929‎
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when
8pm

how much
€8

talk
An Evening with Armistead Maupin

Any self-respecting or even self-disrespecting gay of a certain generation will appreciate the scintillating wit and caustic repartee which Maupin brought to book in his Tales of the City series. Chronicling an era spanning 1974 to 1989, these Tales start with 'Dorothyesque' Mary Ann Singleton being tossed into the hedonistic twister called San Francisco. Consider it a Wisteria Lane of its times rudely intersecting Hysteria Lane. There was the eccentric pot growing landlady Anna Madrigal: "some people drink to forget. Personally, I smoke to remember". Maupin also tackled the AIDS epidemic as it swept through, and stole, the lives of so many. In conversation with journalist Edel Coffey, this will be both a Funny and Poignant Valentine. Maupin should also have some interesting remarks to make in support of #TeamPanti. / Zach Joyce

   
 

February 14 2014


where
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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when
9.30 PM

how much
Free

le other
Lovestock

Looking for a Valentine’s Day like no other? Look no further. Curated by the Market Studios’ wonderful live-art initiative, Lovestock is an artistic response to all things Love. In Temple Bar Gallery + Studio’s austere surroundings, experience a subjective, multifaceted and engaging romp through the world of sexuality, relationships and love lost. Happenings include Francis Fay’s beautiful Shall We Dance, Ciara Scanlan’s interactive speed-dating installation and—for that warm, fuzzy feeling inside—a baked goods installation by Diana Caramaschi. Fathers of Western Thought and Dublin Laptop Orchestra give their musical responses. Kwyer perform with distinctive improvised vocal textures. A spectacle, aural wonder-world and visceral adventure like, this is the Valentine’s Day gift for you. / Robbie Blake

 

February 14 2014


where
Damson Diner, 52 South William Street, Dublin 2


when
11:00 PM

how much
€6

club night
Luv Thang

It's a Laaaaaahhhve Thaaaang. It’s a Friday night, it’s Valentine’s Day, and what’s worse is you’re probably single and as miserable as the weather outside. Save yourself the torture and don’t even bother looking through the Facebook event page to see if that friend of a friend of yours is attending. Step away from the ice cream, scrape together six quid, grab your mates and hop on down to South William St. There’ll be three floors of licquored singletons (and probably the occasional couple or two to berate), the best damn Damson cocktails, and James Rodgers, William Courtney & co. will be spinning ‘music to massage your mate to’ until late. Assuming they haven’t ditched you and headed home after finding their own masseur. / Connor Clarke

 

February 14 2014


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
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when
8:00 PM

how much
€10/€8 members

gig
Catscars

Catscars is set to perform in the Joinery as an appropriately fitting music accompaniment to these lingering winter nights. Catscars consists solely of Robyn Bromfiend, whom you may know from Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands, she works together odd and occasionally jarring yet satisfying beats. Tracks like B-song and New House are great exemplifiers of the heavy echoes and dark edge that her experimental electro lady is known for and you can check out the album on the Catscars Bandcamp - which you totally should. Go to soak up the deep ambience and finish up the night with the added compliment of the Skinny Wolves DJ set. / Jane McDonald

   
 

February 14 2014


where
Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin 2
01 896 1334
Location Map

when
7.30 PM

how much
€20/€15 concession

theatre
Godot Has Come

The significant difference between Beckett’s infamous play Waiting For Godot, and Minoru Betsuyaku’s updated version Godot Has Come, is fairly obvious even from the title. This homage to the original contains all of the familiar characters from Beckett’s existential drama: Vladimir, Estragon, Pozzo and Lucky but with the addition of two receptionists, an old lady, and Godot himself. Like the 1953 staging of the play this modern updating contains little drama, with the arrival of Godot going unrecognised by most of the characters, meaning that he is forced to repeatedly introduce himself. Unlike the original, the slapstick and clowning in this production is genuinely comic, meaning that it is a slightly more watchable play for a freezing February night. / Benedict Shegog

 

February 14 2014


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

when
8:00 PM

how much
€15

cinema
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

With its fantastically bizarre storyline, crazy costumes and catchy songs, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has won itself a dedicated cult following and holds the record for the longest-running theatrical release in cinema history. This Valentine’s Day, The Sugar Club are offering an alternative to the saccharine romance of the season with a screening of the film, complete with full audience participation and prizes for the best dressed/most naked (no pants required). There’ll also be free sweets and a special performance from Miss Belle a Go-Go – sure how could you say no? So don those fishnets, practise those Time Warp moves and prepare to be irresistibly attracted to Tim Curry in drag. In the words of the sweet transvestite: “I see you shiver with anticip…ation.” / Kayla Walsh

   
 

February 15 2014


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
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when
4.00 PM

how much
€11

cinema
Design is One

Massimo and Lella Vignelli are the glamananna and glamanonno of design, having created the singular identities for American Airlines, the New York subway, and Bloomingdale's. This film, Design is One, follows the couple who set up their design firm in 1971, and weathered the aesthetic storms of 5 decades by producing design with incredible longevity. Expect anecdotal tales of rogue clients, fatherly advice on what makes good design, and a sweeping gaze at their brimming archive of work. A white, lacquered look at the original purveyors of good taste, you'll be left with a wanton desire for a minimalist life of simplistically stylish design. Now, just to keep the hoarding tendencies in check... / Vera Blake

 

February 15 2014


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
11:00 PM

how much
€13.50/€15

gig
Leon Vynehall & Pional

Pional is John Talabot’s best mate and the warbling half of his acclaimed live show. Swaying towards the R'n'B end of the bass music spectrum, Miguel Barros is a well established artist in his own right, having developed a signature sound and joined the Young Turks roster last year. He likes to sing and sample tentative vocals loops through pedals along with big fuzzy chords, pounded out via analog synths and drum machines. The live result being mesmerisingly melodic soundscapes drenched in an tropical immersion bath of deep Mediterranean euphoria.  Second billed is UK producer, Leon Vynehall. A tour de force turntable-ist with a distinctive flair for bumping hooks. Having taken the electronic music community by storm, this man brings the heat. This deluxe double header is absolutely not to be missed. / Conor McTernan

 

February 15 2014


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

how much
€18.50

gig
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobious Pip

Taking advice from their new album title Repent Replenish Repeat, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip have finally reunited after an overlong saunter exploring some respective solo work. Both halves have returned more mature since their 2008 debut, brandishing a keenly developed sense of their own individual artistry which gives their second release a succinct synergy. A string of recent sell out live shows brings a sense of keen excitement for fans who want to experience the pair balance the spoken word/rap divide once again outside of the limitations of a DJ set. The current single You Will See Me has been stuck in my head for the last two weeks, causing me to see the duo behind me every time I glance in a mirror and that's a serious feat. Tag along to admire Pip’s inimitable beard. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

February 15 2014


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

when
5.10 PM

how much
€10

cinema
Scarface

“Say hello to my little friend!” a quote exploited by many thanks to its adaptability to everyday life and of course the cult classic that is Scarface. The IFI will screen Scarface as part of Drugs, the second of their three month Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll season. Drugs is dedicated to excess, and what flaunts excess more than mountains of cocaine, extreme violence, outrageous 80’s decor and apocalypse style bloodbaths? Set in 1980’s Miami, Scarface tells of a penniless Cuban immigrant, Tony Montana and his violent rise to the top of a powerful drug cartel. This legendary film has become a pop culture benchmark for its portrait of a criminal top dog, an eminently quotable script (as seen above) and of course Al Pacino, in one of his most iconic roles. It’s a must-see, so sit back and see how cinema takes on excess. / Claire Mullane

   
 

February 16 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
6:15pm

how much
€11

jdiff
Blue Ruin

I have mixed feelings about funding films through Kickstarter. On the one hand, anything that leads to Zach Braff directing more movies is clearly evil, but on the other it's enabled someone like Jeremy Saulnier to raise the $36,000 (after exhausting his savings and maxing out every credit card) to take an unconventional project like Blue Ruin from pipe dream, to winning prizes at Cannes, and now JDIFF. Screening on a Sunday evening but fitting nicely into the midnight movies slot that any festival worth its salt needs, Saulnier's tale of a bearded beach bum exacting revenge on a gang of murderous (is there any other kind?) hillbillies promises to blur the lines between art-house lyricism and straight up genre mayhem with a level of style and visual panache that belies its humble origins. Win Tickets / Conor McDevitt

   
 

February 17 2014


where
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin


when
until Tuesday

how much
Free

exhibition
Love Letters

“I never was very good at writing letters”. Well surprise surprise! 70 years later this love letter is worthy to feature alongside other handwritten declarations of love exhibited just in time for St. Valentine’s Day. But fear not, those who resent being manipulated by the commercialism of the season of schmaltz, the exhibition reaches beyond the sweet and light to a real depth of emotion that has been largely lost since the advent of texting, Facebook and Twitter and the demise of the humble letter – a point that doesn’t go unmentioned in the room with Declan Whitney’s poem referencing how his love letter is “set down beneath her new mobile phone”. Whitney’s poem is one of the more contemporary pieces which are exhibited together with the wartime letters and others which date back further still. / Lauren O'Toole

 

February 18 2014


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

when
13.00|15.40|18.20|20.00

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Her

I was going to open with the subtitle - 'Do cyber-onanists dream of electronic boxes', but this would be to do a disservice to this rather special film. Joaquin Phoenix delivers a fine, nuanced performance as divorcee Theodore Twombly, a professional writer of billets-doux who finds himself falling in love with the world's first 'conscious' operating system (Scarlett Johannson). The result is a tender and affecting study of the nature of human intimacy and of how we are diminished by our interactions with the technology that serves us. This (near) future is as brilliantly realised as director Spike Jonze's dialogue throughout. Do take your online Valentine and do switch your phone off. Easing that memory stick in will never feel the same again. A Sci-Fi lullaby for our (too) modern age. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

February 19 2014


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

when
until March 1st

how much
€12

theatre
Care

One of the most exciting companies to have emerged from the Dublin theatre scene in recent years, Willfredd Theatre have previously dreamed up the multi- award-winning shows Follow and Farm. For their latest production, Willfredd are tackling the delicate subject of end-of-life care. Developed with the assistance of a number of practicing Irish Hospice staff, Care fuses movement, live music and text in the hope of capturing the daily rhythms and routines of life at Irish hospice facilities. In less capable hands, Care might have been bogged down by its morbid subject matter but, under the stewardship of resident director Sophie Motley, Willfredd’s celebration of those who bring life to days, if not days to life, promises to be a humbling and hope-inspiring study of humanity. / Joey Kavanagh

   
 
Appassionata Affair

Ruth Monahan agrees to be our floral Valentine....

I retrained in floristry in London after travelling. We opened the shop on Drury St. 9 years ago, catering to the client and taking inspiration from what they’re looking for. If it’s a fashion brand doing a perfume ad we would look at fashion editorials that they've done that year. We would always try to complement the interiors of a hotel or a restaurant.

Beyond daffodils, roses and peonies there isn't a huge domestic growing industry so we have to import other flowers from Holland. To offset that we use recycled glass and vases, we have an electric van and we try to monitor waste as much as possible.

It’s still a 50/50 split, and a lot of men are still looking for a classic bouquet arrangement with 9 large roses but we do cater for buyers that are looking to impress by thinking outside the box. The Tray of Love Blooms has been really popular, with flowers held in vintage bottles.

I love the theatricality that flowers can bring as well, particularly the living walls that Raf Simons did for Dior couture S/S ‘14.

Appassionata, 29 Drury Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-6729425