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FTSE have theirs, Dow Jones too - why, every damn schoolbook has an index. Here at Le Cool, we've founded the #chillindex - a ratio of how chill you are, to how really not at all chill you are. Before challenging your friends to the #chillindex, be warned that in Le Cool Towers, the chill people found it really fun, but the unchill people had to be sent home to re-colourcode their bookshelves.

Get your news from Twitter? 10% chill. Get your news from your shopkeep? Chill. Carry plasters in your handbag? Not chill. Carry condoms? Chill.

If you clean your house before you go on holiday, you're about 30% chill. If you own a pedometer, you're 20% chill. If you test yourself against it daily, you're beyond saving. And if you've worn the same underwear two days running, you're the Big Lebowski. Chill on.

If you're more un-chill than chill, we prescribe Yoga, hippy retreats, a raw food diet and Le Cool, with this week's Le Interview with Paddy Hanna, highlights from Smock Alley's Collaborations, and some saucy film...Keep us up to date on your #chillindex at @lecooldublin. Namaste.

Who's so chill they're horizontal? Kate, CiaranMichael, Amy, Maxime or Connor?

"...shoot, shoot, shoot." - Áine McDermott
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February 20 2014


where
The Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, D1
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when
until April 12th

how much
€13 - €45

theatre
Sive

More than any other play, I am probably best acquainted with Sive, having written countless essays on it for my Leaving Cert. And while the mere thought of most Leaving Cert texts is enough to give me hives, I'm pleased to say that my fondness for John B. Keane's melodrama hasn't dissipated and this Abbey revival, the first since Keane's death, is an accomplished, assured production with searing central performances. You know the story: a matchmaker attempts to arrange a marriage between schoolgirl Sive and the elderly Seán Dóta with the aid of her unscrupulous aunt. Relatively simple in its execution, it's a powerful play that touches on class, greed and love, with Keane's earthy, acerbic turns of phrase peppered throughout. Or at least that's what I said in my Leaving Cert. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

 

February 20 2014


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
5pm (exhibition runs to March 30)

how much
Free

talk
John Myers

The 1970s wasn't all about technicolour glam and sass as currently evidenced in American Hustle. You might have been Santa Claus in Tesco in 1972 with your dodgy cotton wool beard or Nicola stuck in your bedroom with only blu-tacked posters of Donny Osmond hinting at the starry-eyed dreams of youth. Photographer John Myers views Middle England through the lens of people who dreamed of bright lights and big cities and others content of never knowing of the existence of such places. There's a bleak, humorous honesty to Myers work which is shot in black in white across "33 portraits, 14 boring photographs, 10 televisions, 8 sub stations, 6 houses, 3 furniture and one giraffe" There's no filter that can be applied to the humdrum of the quotidian. Today Myers will talk about how he documented it so truthfully. / Michael McDermott

   
 

February 20 2014


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

how much
€10

screening
Who Are You, Polly Magoo?

I see William Klein with my mind’s eye any time I hear the word artiste. He set a precedent for much of the fashion and street photography we see today, developing a signature style that jumped from the gritty to the hyper-chic, from Paris to New York in a way that has since become iconic. Countercultural, zany and satirical, his work stretched between film, painting, commercials and photography long before the cool kids had even heard of the word ‘crosspollination’. His exhibition alongside Daido Moriyama at the Tate Modern last year highlighted just how influential Klein was as a game-changer in modern photography. So it’s loola that he will actually be here in person for a Q&A about his fantastical and farcical look at celebrity and the world of fashion. Altogether awesome. / Roisin Agnew

 

February 20 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10:00 PM

how much
€10

gig
DJ Rashad

Chicago’s footwork scene existed for many years on dance music’s frayed edges, its high-BPMs, sparse sampling and staccato rhythms were used primarily as a tool to showcase dancers’ movements, hence the name. It has however come in from the cold in recent years, thanks to a general appetite for listeners to explore new sounds and textures and to the work of the genre’s mainstays including RP Boo, Traxman, DJ Spinn and, one, Rashad Harden. DJ Rashad has pushed footwork and juke forward by whittling away at the raw beats of ghettotech, to create something different; dance music that is supple, spartan yet frenetic and pulsating. His Double Cup album from last year was arguably a high water mark for footwork, and spurred on by critical acclaim, DJ Rashad is now a sort of de facto ambassador for this emerging sound. Win Tickets / Mark Keane

 

February 20 2014


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
Until 27th April

how much
Free

exhibition
Fail Better

‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better’. Our own Beckett coined the phrase that has gone on to become a manifesto for lean Silicon Valley start-ups, but why is there still a stigma involved in failing in the Irish psyche? Banks fail, athletes fail, and my phone battery fails twice a day. Some of these can be for the better and some for the worse. It took 5,127 prototypes for James Dyson to develop the vacuum cleaner that’s now sitting in the corner of my living room after mysteriously giving up one day. Failed experiments are an inherent part of the design process, we refine and adapt to our mistakes. Fail Better is about cultivating a cultural openness about failure, and aims to open our eyes to how failure can have unintended positive consequences. / Connor Clarke

   
 

February 21 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
7:30pm

how much
€6

screening
Almost Famous

There is a moment in most music lovers’ lives where they stick on a Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin album for the first time, and tiny centres in their brain start producing fireworks. This is a story about losing that rock n’ roll cherry, with William Miller, the 15-year old reporter who blags his way into the inner Rolling Stone sanctum. When the inevitable crisis comes, he turns to Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s character, channelling the real-life Chester Bangs, who gets the immortal line ‘The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we're uncool.’ And coolness is the currency of the movie too, with William’s integrity and honesty winning out above the rock bullshit at a time when music started becoming less about making art, and more about making money while looking good in a t-shirt. / Hugh Torpey

 

February 21 2014


where
Chancery Lane, Unit 3B, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8.
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when
6.30pm (ends Sat)

how much
€12/€10 (inc. bottle of beer)

theatre
The Art of Wedlock

Director Matthew Ralli's debuts his Speckintime company with five astutely selected one act plays all concerning the shaky bedrock of marriage. Chekhov, Dorothy Parker, Molnar, AR Gurney and the playwriting couple Neith Boyce and Hutchins Hapgood pen the prickly and punchy dialogue spanning a timeframe of 100 years. The constant remains the trials and tribulations of love. Here We Are (Parker) concerns the deliciously witty bickering of sweethearts a mere 2 hours and 26 minutes into their marriage and whilst written in 1931, the universal petty insecurities on display and yo-yo delivery are timeless and universal. The Problem (Gurney) lurches into theatre of the absurb as a couple tease and test reactions to a seemingly shambolic relationship. A brilliant debut and one for all concerned with its making to take a deserving bow to. / Michael McDermott

 

February 21 2014


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
until Sunday

how much
€10

performance
Between the Absence

Face it, you’ve been meaning to get into choral music for a couple of years now, and every time the Dublin Dance Festival comes around you’ve intended to check that out too, but it just hasn’t happened yet. Well now’s your chance to kill two birds with one… collaboration. Tonnta have been making waves over the last few months creating beautiful vocal soundscapes in unusual locations, while Janna Kemperman has choreographed increasingly ambitious works with a multitude of disciplines over the past year. Between the Absence is the culmination of their progress so far, concocted in the FRINGE LAB with Dance Ireland over the past few months, with works focusing on themes of ‘the group’ and ‘the individual’ (so just about everything). A performance likely to be greater than the sum of its very talented parts. / Rob Farhat

 

February 21 2014


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
until Sunday

how much
€8

theatre
Liam Hallahan Buries his Da Live on Stage

This may sound morbid but if your father turned into a spider monster you’d want to bury him as well! I kid you not. Remember John Carpenter’s cult horror film The Thing. Remember the guy whose head turned into the aforementioned Spider Monster. Well he was Charles Hallahan, a prolific actor who left behind a legacy of film, television and theatre appearances when he died in 1997. Here, his son Liam who was just six when he passed, celebrates his life through film, clowning and narrative. Less of a wake and more of a wake up and celebrate life kind of show this semi devised piece will show a side to both Charles and Liam that most people don’t know and will tug on even the hardest of heart strings. It is ironic that this is part of the Collaborations initiative as this is probably the ultimate father/son collaboration. / Frances Winston

 

February 21 2014


where
The Pint, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1
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when
9pm - 2pm

how much
€12

club night
Together Disco + Early Shift

Whose up for a 17 hour bender then? The Grimsville weather has reduced our social interactions to little more than tweet appreciation of House of Cards and True Detective. Well it's over. You are alive. Snowdrop your way back into the loving embrace of your mates. Firstly, celebrate the hirsute hooley that is Ryan Skelton's Together Disco as they sweat blast their first birthday. It's proven a stonking stomper from the get-go uniting the emerging and semi-retired party set under one roof. Tonight Billy Scurry, who has emerged in his own right as a DJ after his apprentice with Ray Newby, is flanked by Dicky Trisco and Padraic Disconaut. Plan where your pre-Early Shift interlude will take place. Cold beers, warm fire and loved up babbling recommended before you gurn it right back up. Remember sleeping is cheating! / Zach Joyce

   
 

February 22 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10:00 PM

how much
€15

gig
James Holden & JD Twitch

When James Holden’s album The Inheritors hit last year it seemed to burst up through the ground of a fog-shrouded dance-Albion. An 80 minute feast of raw electric currents, the music was a complex web of electronic rhythm, pastoral melody, free jazz influence and analogue hum, with Holden as the mythical techno druid somehow knitting these disparate elements together. The aural glow of these tracks is amazing - Holden is a master of the modular synthesizer, coaxing a staggering number of sounds and textures from within its circuitry. It’s a remarkable record, which explains why Resident Advisor has picked him to headline another curated night of electronic genius at the Twisted Pepper. Besides James playing live, you’ll also have JD Twitch of Optimo fame, the Irish excellence of New Jackson and Adultrock, plus a whole lot more. Ear-candy! / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

February 22 2014


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
9pm

how much
€10/€8

theatre
X and Y

The modern gal isn't an overconfident boozing ladette, or a preening and prudish princess and the pea, but a mess of contradictions. Like any flawed creature, really. X and Y presents a cacophony of theatrical genres, and explores the frayed lives of the GIRLS generation. Taking inspiration from the glitterball world of tack that is drag, this production is a must-see for Cosmo guzzling, It girl Googling, Wonderbra-pumping modern millies. It was rapturously received in Cork, so Smock Alley's Collaborations have done the capital a favour by importing this fresh piece of theatre. Win Tickets / Stephanie Murphy

   
 

February 22 2014


where
Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30 PM

how much
€25

gig
St. Vincent

There was some trepidation surrounding St Vincent's recent self titled album, with critics questioning whether Annie Clarke could maintain the level of quality of her previous works; but all bets are off now that it has received a wave of gushing 5 star reviews. The supporting European tour, which concludes this Saturday at the Olympia, showcases the development of Clarke's 'skewed and hugely appealing take on pop' as well as the new look St Vincent complete with Einstein inspired candyfloss hair. St Vincent's last performance in Dublin (which was forced by popular demand to move from Workman's to the Button Factory) saw stunning lightshows and repeated stage dives, so attendees are urged to work their way to the front to enjoy the full phenomenal effect. / Benedict Shegog

 

February 22 2014


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

how much
€18

screening
One Night Stand: Nymphomaniac I & II

From Shia LeBoeof’s ‘penis cam’ to the review that described it as “catching a glimpse of a middle-aged Dane masturbating alone in a darkened room”, Nymphomaniac is a film we’ve all been prepared for with the O faces, the tentative and careful leaks, the co-star hook ups and deranged Cantona references. A four-hour grueling, grinding and garrulous account of a woman’s sexual history is a teddy-bear's picnic to those of us raised on cornflakes and hard-core porn. What of it if the sex scenes are explicit and eviscerate your body and soul, make you wish you never had a mother and had never ridden a bike in the sunshine? But then, this isn't just sex - it's a descent into the dark, dry-rot ridden cellar of a man’s psyche.../ Roisin Agnew

 

February 22 2014


where
Stoneybatter - see link

when
1:30 PM

how much
Free / Joinery Membership (€20)

le other
Cowtown

Stoneybatter is a not-insignificant hipster conurbation, an oasis in a north side of needle-punching, drunken 'RA roaring and pubs where wearing white trainers won't get you kicked out on your Kappa clad ass. Cowtown, which returns for its second year, is a boisterous celebration of the homegrown businesses that Stoneybatterites have founded, and other Stoneybatterites continue to support. There will be music at The Joinery, readings at The Lilliput Stores, and freebies and deals in local stores, from L. Mulligan Grocer, to Walsh's, to the quaint Lilliput Stores. Cowtown is basically the village fete for this City Village, so Marple on down and wear your best bonnet. / Cora Burke

   
 

February 23 2014


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
12pm

how much
Free

dj set
The RnB Club

Discotekken is this, that and the other these days. So it makes sense that the folks that brought the Jungle Book to the Sugar Club and that are bringing a Pizzacuzzi to the Shaw have found a few cribs to spin the biggest RnB throwbacks of a Sunday night. Kicking off in The Bernard Shaw once a month and The Twisted Pepper every second Saturday you can expect Aaliyah, D'Angelo, Baydu, vinyl and vibes all round. Start clearing room in your wallet for some of Louis Scully's letterpress membership cards, it's going to be as well worn as that copy of Voodoo. / Connor Clarke

   
 

February 24 2014


where
The Little Museum, 15 St. Stephen's Green Dublin 2


when
7pm

how much
Free

talk
Does Dublin Need A Real Mayor?

Even Springfield in its politically inbred dysfunction had a Mayor with executive duties to supercede the cardboard cut-outs we have here in Ireland. Surely my tax-euros could be paying for more than a mannequin that gets wheeled out by PR chickies for bog-standard photo-calls advertising the campaign dujour alongside assorted bikini clad models/ puppies/ toddlers (pick one) in Stephen's Green. Let's get one of those Mayors that gets to stand on a press conference podiums wielding heroic decision making powers like in them disaster movies. City Intersections is taking on town hall in their next public debate on the topic. Maybe its time to empower a champion, find him a cause and start dreaming up the kind of person we want in the job. / Elish Bul-Godley

 

February 24 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
6:30pm

how much
€9/€7.50

screening
High Fidelity

Reworked from Nick Hornby's mid nineties cult classic novel into the early millennial cult film, High Fidelity stars John Cusack as the moping music store owner Rob, a brilliantly self-absorbed man who begins to trace the landscape of failed romances that trail behind him as he descends into his thirties. The only faithful companionship that remains in his life is with his two music nerd assistants, one of whom is played by the ever bombastic Jack Black who apparently has not aged, or quietened, since the late nineties. Cusack nails the emotional immaturity of this boy­cum­man, rendering some scenes so painfully awkward one is tempted to politely excuse themselves from the screen. Featuring a sneaky cameo from Bruce Springsteen, this one is worth it for the record store soundtrack alone. / Sophie Donaldson

   
 

February 24 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
until April 14th

how much
Free

exhibition
Wasteland

Exiles of all stripes give shape to the topography of Eva Koťátková and Dominik Lang’s exhibition. Strewn over the gallery space are unsettled trees, a bench, a skate ramp chopped into wedges, loam in boxes, a spot of tarmac, a lost/stolen bike, sundry fallen leaves, a parcel of burbles (possibly a sample slice of a rivulet), and a mailbox without an address. The space looks not unlike that of someone who had purchased a ‘Make Your Very Own Generic Communal Park (with Playground Annexed) at Home’ kit from Ikea, but who found its accompanying fun-sized sheet of set-up instructions in microprint a bizarre prank, and who, after heroic improvisational attempts at setting it up anyway, threw in the blood-sweat-and-tear-soaked towel in the interest of preserving what is left of the atrophied human spirit. / Olen Bajarias

 

February 24 2014


where
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
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when
until March 30th

how much
Free

exhibition
Costumes Parisiens, Fashion Plates from 1912-1914

Long before the idea of disposable fashion ever existed, chichi ladies in the upper echelons of French society were clamouring over style bible Les Journal des Dames et des Modes. Drawing heavily on ideas of opulence and theatricality, the pochoir (copper plate engraving and stencil technique) illustrators married new silhouettes with luxurious fabrics. Gone were the organ-compressing corsets and the door was opened to the beautiful flowing lines of Art Nouveau, the bright colours of Cubism and the over-the-top ornamentalism of the Orient. Whether you're lusting over lfw or you simply have an eye for stylish aesthetics, this one is well worth a gander. / Sharon Love

   
 

February 25 2014


where
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
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when
until March 1st

how much
€25 - €45

performance
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Before Billy Elliot made us cry and before Cha-Tay pulled on his Step Up legwarmers, Mathew Bourne’s 1995 debut of Swan Lake put men in tights centre stage for the first time since the Georgians hung up their white stocking and now this limber posse are coming to Dublin. Turning the traditional Tchaikovsky ballet ever so slightly on its head, the typically female swans are played instead by men, transforming one of ballets best loved stories into a witty and contemporary tale, full of drama and amazing costumes. As Britain’s longest running ballet production, it’s a choreographic cocktail of ballet, jazz, contemporary and folk dance. / Beccy Fitzpatrick

 

February 25 2014


where
Kerlin Gallery, Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2.
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when
until March 15th

how much
Free

exhibition
Remains

Off the beaten cobbles, The Kerlin Gallery exhibits new highly acclaimed video work of Turner-nominated artist, Willie Doherty. Remains is a lingering and restless retrospective of the Troubles in Northern Ireland and reflects upon the remains of past violence that still exists and that cannot be forgotten. As a young boy,the Derry native witnessed the Bloody Sunday killings and this formative life event has become the foremost point of reference for his work. Doherty tackles the Troubles indirectly through photographs of bleak and isolated terrains accompanied by a chillingly detached voice-over, which describes inexplicable acts of brutality. Doherty poetically tackles the profoundity of memory through places with a troubled past and untold history. / Claire Mullane

   
 

February 26 2014


where
Mabos, 8 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2


when
until Friday

how much
Free

exhibition
End of the Line

We are bidding a tear-dashed ciao-for-now to Mabos' current incarnation as an arts-infused warehouse of education and event at Hanover Quay. Money talks, and money that talks redeveloped space talks even louder. The Kings of Concrete, who benevolently ruled this pile of steel and grey matter with imagination and enthusiasm, are saying goodbye with a last hurrah that will meld all of their artistic loves into one thunderball of glory - projection mapping, audio-visual feasts, interactive and digital art and illustration. Head along and toast the hallowed site of notorious warehouse parties, workshops, gigs and more with all the crazy abandon of the adrenaline junkies they've loved and supported so well. And don't fret - they'll be back. / Cora Burke

 
Paddy Hanna

Leafy stilettos and playing musical chairs with the seasons; we chatted with Paddy Hanna about his new album. 

I’m kind of a confused, dyslexic person when I’m working in a band. You do things by committee and that can jumble your brain. Working on my own was really freeing but it was also fucking terrifying.

We wanted to record the music as if we didn’t have access to digital equipment or studio trickery. The best way to do that is to learn every song inside out, so we did that for five months and drank beer and stuff. It was like being in a band in your parent’s garage, and it brought back the joy of being in a band...I’d like to think the songs experienced all of the seasons so they have a well worn quality to them, like they were road tested.

I guess to me, looking at people’s shoes is a natural thing when I’m not making eye contact, and that kind of fits together with leaves being a part of nature so that’s where Leafy Stilettos comes from.

Leafy Stilettos is available now, and Paddy Hanna plays Whelan's on Feb 22nd. PHOTO: John Scully