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Camden and Wexford Street have given us far more than we have ever given it. The Wednesday silent disco boogie in Whelan's, great grub in its numerous eateries, and day to day practicalities - phone chargers, groceries, and more.

The beauty of the area is in the sense of interaction. When you go into one of its many independent stores, you actual feel like you're socialising as you gossip and small-talk with the proprietor. So, working with graphic design/can-do whizzkid Nicky Hooper, we will install a free-to-vend machine of goodies on Camden St. from 3pm on Saturday, with prizes donated from the streets' finest retailers, as part of OFFSET and Absolut's Transform Your City project.

Garguantuan thanks to all the businesses involved...Right-Click, Burritos and Blues, Liston's, Jerusalem, Tommy Moore Jewellers, FriteHaus, Green Nineteen, O'Sullivan's Graphics, Bunsen, Opium, O'Sullivans Graphics, John Gunn's, Hogans Butchers, Camden Clothing, Restore, Dermot James Barber Shop, Fabulous Mingle Marcade, Go-West, Djinn Jewellers, and more to be announced. 

Who's feeling vend-ful? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy, Maxime or Connor

"...based on all those unfortunate times my iPod has died..." - Aoife Dooley
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March 06 2014


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

how much
Free and up

festival
New Music Dublin

Along with the snowdrops and crocuses, New Music Dublin blooms this weekend to brighten up the city. Regardless of what you may expect of a contemporary classical music festival, this four-day event has a depth that surpasses staid categorisation. The festival showcases a world of sight and sound, multi-media installations and aural experiences full of surprises. Roam around the rooms of the NCH taking it all in, or get yourself to some of the world-class ticketed concerts. Homegrown talent is aplenty with Irish performers and composers highlighted across the programme. The fostering nature of the festival speaks volumes of its worth: workshops encourage the next wave of compositional creativity, while providing insight for the interested amateur. Colourful in style, medium and genre, this festival is a treat for all. / Robbie Blake

 

March 06 2014


where
Tamp & Stitch, Scarlet Row, Temple Bar


when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Andrea Ho Posani - Technicolour

The international down-turn in construction has left a lot of architects at a loose end. Andrea Ho Posani is one of those who has chosen to make lemonade out of those lemons. She has alternated between architecture, set design for film (in Venezuela and France) and illustration for the past 10 years, most often focussing on the latter. Her appealingly rhythmic drawings range from large murals to much smaller canvasses, but are rooted in an architect's preoccupation with spaces, structures and how we occupy them. This is her first full colour exhibition and she's bringing a DJ to Tamp & Stitch who will sound-track the artist as she creates a large-scale work, live and in person, to launch the show. To complete the sensory experience add a cup of top notch coffee... / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

March 06 2014


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

how much
€10/€8

dj set
Eliphino

Not to reduce an entire artist's work to three minutes of sound, but Eliphino's More Than Me has framed my nightlife since 2011. His chopped up vocals are perfected on this one, owning the floor with addictive, hypnotic, moaning love lyrics mashed up with dark and deep vibes. His less emotional tracks get grubby and dusty and the Pepper's basement hosts nothing better than the stomping garage sounds Eliphino offers. He started out in hip-hop and is currently working on a headphones EP of the genre, so expect to hear some of that influence worked into the set. He also likes his fair share of weird, ambient stuff so prepare yourself for a varied selection as the night goes from smooth and slow on up to jungle. Cute fact to share in the smoking area; his name is taken from a Muppets joke. / Heather Keane

   
 

March 06 2014


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
8:00 PM

how much
€22

gig
Nina Persson

As compact as Ikea furniture she may be, but as flatpacked or ubiquitous? That's one thing this Swede can never be accused of. The Cardigans may have soundtracked a thousand Dawson's Creek-esque teen scenarios in their time but Nina Persson's soul-bearing lyricism bound by effortless vocals, saw her shake any flavour of the month titles long ago. Following two albums with side project/husband collaboration, A Camp, she's released her first proper solo record - Animal Heart. But hey, even if she'd done nothing but attend stitch n' bitch sessions and watch Breaking Bad for the past few years, I'd still be telling you that seeing her perform in such an intimate venue is not the kind of opportunity one should snuff at - or should that be snüff? Win Tickets / Sarah Folan

 

March 06 2014


where
The Lir, Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay), Dublin 2


when
until Wednesday

how much
€15/€10

theatre
The Night Season

It really does sound a horrible experience. Eyes red raw, stomach sick and swooping, knees like melted rubber, coiled nerves, thudding heart. In fact it sounds awful, but our collective desire for that most elusive of all experiences charges on. Love, in all its gloriously wretched forms, remains the favourite thematic exploration in the infinite amount books, plays, songs and terrible rom­coms written on the subject. Rebecca Lenkiewicz's The Night Season treads this much plundered territory with three sisters yearning for their own idyllic ever­after beyond their small town existence in Sligo. Not just a study on romantic love, Lenkiewicz wryly sheds light on the staunch, unwavering bond found within a sisterhood that remains long after the honeymoon period has ended. / Sophie Donaldson

 

March 06 2014


where
Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
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when
until March 8th

how much
€16/€18

theatre
Faith

It’s difficult to make a play about male depression an enjoyable watch, but that’s exactly what Gúna Nua theatre have managed to do with Faith, their new co-production with the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. Recession, redundancy, inadequacy, mental health and football - all the main concerns for the modern man - are dealt with in an insightful and humorous manner. But a dark undercurrent is floating in the background, and the play will leave you questioning your own pre conceptions of what it is to care for someone and how friendship can sometimes be dangerous. With a stellar cast of well known faces (Fr Cyril, anyone?) and an optical illusion of a set which left everyone with a feeling of vertigo by the end, this is one of the best recent examples of home grown Irish writing and theatrical talent. / Rebecca Fitzpatrick

   
 

March 07 2014


where
MART,
190a Rathmines Road Lower,
Dublin 6

when
8:30 PM

how much
€10/€7 (B.Y.O.)

fundraiser
Katie Kim & Owensie

Katie Kim's music is frequently described as 'haunting' and after my first time seeing her play in the Grand Social last year I can see why. When she starts playing she has her audience captivated in an instant - entire rooms fall silent, hanging on every note, aching to hear more. Whether on piano or guitar, she layers her music beautifully while still maintaining an echoey sparseness that gives each track a feeling of personal vulnerability (and if you don't believe me, check out 'Freddie' and 'When I Die'). Owensie will be performing during the night too, his latin twist on folk gives his tracks a funky UMPH and are a nice upbeat contrast to Katie Kim, but are all in keeping with the forecasted mellowness of the evening. BYOB and get comfy, you're in for an easy night of chillaxin' with good mates and good music. / Jane McDonald

 

March 07 2014


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

how much
€15

concert
Michael Gordon / Ligeti Double Portrait

Many ears may be unknowingly familiar with the music of György Ligeti through its use in Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. His dense micropolyphony bled terrifyingly through scenes of intense atmospheric tension to melt our fragile brains. However, more innate compositional techniques will be celebrated by the Crash Ensemble through performances of his Chamber Concerto and selected Piano Etudes. These rhythmic works will be performed along with Michael Gordon's XY and Dry. Gordon, one of the founders of the Bang on a Can collective, is a master of blending beautifully hypnotic textures with direct rythmic drive. Let your ears be knowingly familiar. / Warren McCarthy

   
 

March 08 2014


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

how much
€10/€15

dj set
Jacques Greene & John Heckle

Vocal snippets from songs and artists you have forgotten you really do like, Ciara? Maybe even some Ashanti? And definitely not forgetting Kelly Rowland's Motivation. Jacques Greene combines house with solid samples and remixes to make something all together more danceable and fresh. A fan of female vocals these are usually accompanied by a few sighs and breathy exchanges, amped up with some R'n'B and garage. Surrounded by an on-going buzz and with little else to know about this young Canadian producer, just know this will be his first Irish live audio-visual show and it'll be one not to be missed. Support on the night comes from the equally enthralling John Heckle with one of his infamous full hardware sets. / Niamh Keenan

 

March 08 2014


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

how much
€20.25

dj set
DJ Koze

Sitting at the top of my Best of 2013 list since a very bored Christmas and lack of internet bandwidth, Amygdala shouldn't have fallen by the wayside. Showing his entitlement to his DJ moniker, with an album spanning a range of electronic styles from end of night house to hallucinatory haze, it's obvious that Koze's range of influences gives an accessibility that has won over dance dummies (me), and electronic enthusiasts alike. Roaring, untuned jazz horns, pitched soul vocals reminiscent of noughties Hip Hop production come together to soften house beats, and that's before warbling vocals from guests like Matthew Dear appear on tracks like Magical Boy. With what he's achieved over 80 minutes, I can only imagine what kind of sonic soundspace Koze will transform the Button Factory into given four hours. Win Tickets / Connor Clarke

   
 

March 08 2014


where
Tengu Bar, At Yamamori, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1.


when
11pm

how much
€12/€14

dj set
Genius of Time

The idea behind the chosen name of this Gothenburg duo is that time is one of the dimensions which determines daily life. We live our lives through unique moments and music is the art form in which we can experiment with that experience most effectively. For the debut of a promising new party - Enigma, the maestros of searing synths and the slinkiest of rhythms have been summoned to stop the clocks and sprinkle some magic sand upon eyes and ears of the enlightened ones of our fair city. Their acclaimed live performance is an affair best experienced in a harmonious environment (like Tengu Bar) with a few hundred like-minded heads, in order to trigger the pheromones of inter subjectivity and kindle that stellar party atmosphere to keep yourselves on the floor perpetually. If togetherness is what you seek, then this is le party for you… / Conor McTernan

 

March 08 2014


where
Everywhere

when
all day

how much
free

day out
International Women's Day

“All the women who are independent / Throw your hands up at me.” Yeow! With Queen Bey gracing the O2 with her flawless presence on Saturday those lyrics really could not be more apt. The annual International Women’s Day is here and Dublin is celebrating it in style. An international costume and food fair with some inspiring speakers thrown in for good measure. Every good show has a theme and this one is no different. ‘Inspiring Change - Empowering Women’ is the mantra for the day. Food, fabulous ladies and fashion; this is the way to celebrate the sisterhood. / Aisling Kett

   
 

March 09 2014


where
Generator Hostel,
Smithfield Square

when
12:00 PM

how much
Free

festival
MURO Mini-Fest

A homemade farrango of jaunty pop-up market stalls, swap-shops and screen printing workshops from the adoit wizards Ink Tonic make this mini fest no humdrum flea market. Daylight hours will see the genesis of live street art in addition to spoken word by Wordsmiths Blue bottle collective. Craft beers and choice chow will ease your transition into a lush evening of short films and a cooking pot of acoustic folk, experimental, electronic and classical music. Think less rooting through someones crocheted castoffs more DIY cool fest (sans artistic wankery of course). / Sharon Love

 

March 09 2014


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8:00 PM

how much
Free

dj set
Space Dimension Controller

Join Mr. 8040 on his intergalactic adventures through time and space, as he Journey[s] to the Core of the Unknown Sphere' and then back in time to 'The Love Quadrant’, meeting up with his old pal Max Tiraquon along the way, the lead Space Dimension Controller and founder of the Tiraquon Security Council. If you’re sick of living in deep space then why not try life on Mikrosector-50, mankind’s new home, where a unique brand of space-funk permeates the very fabric of the space- time continuum. With his latest concept album Welcome to Mikrosector-50 Belfast based producer SDC has expanded his intriguing sci-fi universe, making full use of brilliant cinematic sound design and comic narrative to compliment his trippy compositions even further. Pop into the Shaw and join him on a trip ‘Back Through Time With a Mission of Groove’. / Dave Desmond

 

March 09 2014


where
The Helix, DCU Collins Avenue, Glasnevin D9
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when
7pm

how much
€45

gig
Nosowska/Maria Peszek/Brodka

When Maria Peszek, one of Poland’s finest musical exports, played the Button Factory last year, there was one notable absence in the packed-out crowd. Moments before the platinum-plated Peszek took to the stage, the concert’s organiser had to peg it to the hospital to welcome his first-born child into the world. Possibly because he’s raging to have missed out on such a good gig, but more likely because of popular demand, he’s decided to bring Peszek back. This time, she’s joined by Nosowska and Brodka for what’s being billed as “the Polish equivalent of Lady Gaga, Madonna and Björk playing the one concert” i.e. a pretty fucking big deal. From Brodka’s winsome electro-tinged arsenal to Nosowska’s beguiling balladry and Peszek’s politically-charged pop, this line-up packs star-power on par with an Ellen Oscars selfie. / Joey Kavanagh

   
 

March 10 2014


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

when
until March 15th

how much
€12/€15

theatre
Snow Angels

It's snowing in Inchicore, the pipes are frozen, the rooms are locking themselves and our three characters are becoming increasingly more penned in. Well three human characters, the piece also boasts a white rabbit and a foreboding sense of paranormal ennui. Lies, deceit, ever moving goal posts and brotherly rivalry are all key elements of this claustrophobic psychological experiment. The set and lighting are spectacular; the story itself has some teething problems. This is a play that explores the internal externally; that hangs out our inner thoughts physicalized as people with intertwining plots. Novelist Christine Dwyer Hickey has turned her hand to playwriting and while her descriptive prose is indeed a beautiful thing, the piece at times sounds as though it should be read rather than heard. Well worth a look. / Joseph Kearney

   
 

March 11 2014


where
1-3 South William Street, Dublin 2. 

when
8am-midnight

how much
Depends


Meet & Meat

"Our verdict is that it is good for first dates or just straight up chilling!", us sassy young women tweeted while washing down a meat and cheese board with some premium vin rouge. Us glamorous young 'wans were wisely advised that their eyes were bigger than their bellies when ordering, which was kind of their waiter (we think he was good looking?), and the people-watching was A1 standard, at the window facing out on to South William Street. We agreed that it was refreshing to have a snack'n'sup option in Dublin - a healthy compromise between the pub, the cocktail bar, and the restaurant. It was a bit New York-y, and we felt like Carrie Bradshaw, cos we know good meat, and aren't afraid to ask. / Kate and Amy

 

March 11 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
13.50 | 16.00 | 20.55

how much
€9/€7.50 concession

cinema
The Stag

The word "stag" typically fills me with dread and conjures up images of droves of apes staggering through Temple Bar, mounting taxi bonnets and, like, singing Olé, Olé, Olé. You know, men things! The Stag follows a highly-strung groomzilla, whose wife-to-be and best man join forces to plan a stag for him, despite his initial reluctance. The only hitch? His future brother-in-law, known menacingly as The Machine, comes along and what's planned as a low-key walking trip becomes something else entirely. With a very game ensemble cast - including a stand-out performance from Peter McDonald - and a tight script, The Stag is a little charmer that keeps the laughs coming on the reg and ensures that your pronunciation of Fionnan is always on-point. Will warm even the coldest of hearts. / Cora Burke

   
 

March 12 2014


where
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
until 18 May

how much
€5/€3 concession

exhibition
Patrick Scott - Image, Space, Light

The late Patrick Scott died mere days before this retrospective of his work opened, adding a bittersweet nuance to the exhibition. The streams of people parading through the New Galleries at IMMA are as much a testament to his impact on Irish art as any obituary, so let's cut to the chase. While his 1940s works baffle this author, his later work, shimmering and geometric, are stunning and far more entangling than you'd expect from such clean and simplistic work. Drown in the clashing patterns of Device, which is my favourite tapestry ever. Fuck you Bayeux. There is a lot of gold, glinting at you from the pristine whites of the gallery walls. It's a more fitting celebration of life than mourning blacks or sad music on the radio, so we beseech you to go and pay homage. / Kate Frances

 

March 12 2014


where
Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30 PM

how much
€22

gig
Metronomy

In an early interview lead singer Joseph Mount recalls when he came across '"these lights in a pound shop and I thought ‘we'll whack these on our t-shirts and do some synchronized light shows!' I'm totally aware that some people hate it but equally I think some people enjoy it just for the fact that it's a bit of fun." Things have changed since then, and the band now boasts a Mercury nomination, a successful third album, and two new members. Despite this the band continues to build their live reputation as a visual feast, with the besuited Mount, baby faced saxophonist Oscar, flame haired Anna Prior, and deeply cool bassist Gbenga Adelekan looking like they've been 'assembled from four different bands'. Essentially, the new tour to support their greatly anticipated album Love Letters promises to be an absolute treat. / Benedict Shegog

   
 

March 12 2014


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

when
8:00 PM

how much
€8

screening
Batman

Gene Wilder does a better Wonka and Jack Nicholson does a better Joker. Period. It’s not as easy to argue a case for Michael Keaton’s portrayal of the caped crusader as a definitive performance, but he does bring an essential unhinged psychology to the billionaire philanthropist come man-bat Brue Wayne. Tim Burton’s inaugural and stylish take on the Batman franchise presents a dystopian Gotham City with bucketloads of his uniquely haunting yet alluring gothic brilliance. A quagmire of corruption, the paranoid metropolis relies solely on the latex clad phantom to stop Jack Napier – a chemically obsessed artsy jester. It is Nicholson that steals the show with his usual panache, maniacal euphoria, sharp tailoring and some Partyman dance moves which accompany Princely beats. Tell all your friends about him…he’s… / Aaron Purcell

   
 
The Dark Side of the Room

We spoke to Mella Travers, Micheal Higgins, Aubrey Robinson (not pictured) about The Dark Room at Block T.

I (Mella) approached Block T and asked for a space and then built the Darkroom to house it. We’ve got colour, Super 8 and digital, with about 20 courses. I love seeing people doing well, I get really excited when they do their first print. The joy of photography or any kind of medium is that there’s so much to learn. Photography has evolved into digital but it’s very important to connect to something that’s tangible rather than sitting at a computer. With film, you learn about lighting. Lighting in film is so different, that enables you to become very good at digital as well.

Digital and film are really valuable, they don’t compete but they complement each other. Even camera phone photography and disposable cameras are valid mediums, they're fun. No matter what format people are using it’s good that they’re out there expressing some form of creativity. It’s about picking up something and taking a risk on what it’s going to produce. I think it’s the nostalgia and connecting with the past that has people using older formats.

The Dark Room launches 6th March, 7pm at Block T. Find out more here. PHOTO: Mark McGuinness