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Living at home, living abroad. Boozing in the Stag's or drinking herbal concotions in Wall & Keogh. Running around the Phoenix Park, or hiding from the elements in the Light House Cinema. Whether you've traced your lineage back to the High Kings of Ui Fáeláin or arrived fresh off the boat from France, on St. Patrick's Day, we can share in Irish pride (not the sliced pan, although that's great too.)

Let's leave our American guests free to say St. Patty, lord knows it isn't hospitable to chastise a visitor, and if it upsets us that much, let's cheer ourselves up with a cup of tea. Barry's or Lyon's, up to you. Let's rejoice in men who aren't too proud to cry in public for the love of a good rugby player, children who embarrass seasoned TV professions on festive TV, and funny women. Apparently they don't exist in other countries. Sad for them.

Let's celebrate the TeamPanti shop windows, the old dears/fierce salespersons on Moore Street, and the tabloid winter-bikini photo-calls on Stephen's Green. Sure, we're great. Every single one of us is unique, just like everyone else. 

Who's already hiding in the boot of the Grand Marshal's car, Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Maxime?

'Typebography'... - William Doherty
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March 13 2014


where
Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
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when
until March 29th

how much
Free

exhibition
Existing on the Edge of Anatomy

Human hair and toenails upcycled into pieces of art will always draw a very clear keratin line between themselves and the flinch-y, a de facto no-contact zone that those born Iron Stomach-negative best not breach. Medical anomalies and one’s reactions to things that do not conform to ‘normal’ anatomy are preoccupations of Siobhan McGibbon’s exhibition. There are two sculptures made of toenails: both are miniatures of conjoined torsos. Co-loitering are fiberglass resin studies of tumours attached to limbs, and a sculpture of what looks like an inside- out nostril – tufts of hair erupting from the blotched membrane – with a tree sprouting up from it. The latter, called Tree Man, is a quite literal interpretation of a sensational name for an ostracising skin disorder. It is perversely delightful. / Olen Bajarias

 

March 13 2014


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
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when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes' latest work of whimsy is a joy. As only Anderson can, a meticulous, fictional world - the State of Zubrowka - has been created and perfectly retrofitted to accommodate the charmers, cads, scoundrels and bounders that take us on this labyrinthine narrative. Our heroes; Zero (Alternating between F Murray Abraham and Tony Revolori) and Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes in exquisite form) are on a caper, one that is saccharine sweet and has it's genesis in the swanky, titular hotel. A place so purple that Prince would blush and an environment so design-led that creatives around the world are leaving wet patches on cinema seats. Welsh-born and Dublin-based graphic designer Annie Atkins is the dab hand behind those graphics and the dialogue, style and story all combine to make this a most pleasant cinematic treat. / Vernon Steel
   
 

March 13 2014


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Until 3rd April

how much
Free

exhibition
DIY

Rich Gilligan isn't a man who shouts 'DIY', in the boorish Sunday-at-B&Q way that we're accustomed to, but he is a guy who shows thoughtful resourcefulness through his work. Quietly, he has become a photographer of international renown, despite having begun his career ensconced in the work of skate photography. Since then, he has diversified and shoots in several spheres, but this exhibition revisits his first love. It is a fine-art documentation of skate cliques throughout Europe and the USA, and how they DIY skate parks and infrastructure in order to indulge their need for speed, flips, and tricks. The second edition of his tome, also DIY, will be available so that you can have the work with you always. A comforting reminder of DIY spirit, the self-determination of sub-cultures, and incredibly workmanship. / Kate Coleman

 

March 13 2014


where
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
6pm (exhibition runs until March 23rd)

how much
Free

book launch
i - Eamonn Doyle

Eamonn Doyle is a stealth shooter of the traversers and traipsers of Dublin. These are the 'aul dears and the 'aul wans with scarves pinched to their heads, trollies wheeled and bags clutched. There's a stoicism to the gait of the men as they stuff hands in pockets, lean on sticks or simply make their way in the city today. Eamonn's photographs are defiantly Dublin, taken from an angle which bestows an anonymity and dignity upon these lens passengers. There's also a style for all seasons which the comfort of age brings. The photos are on display in their natural home on the hoardings of O'Connell Street as well as here tonight. / Michael McDermott

   
 

March 14 2014


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Under The Skin

A man struggles mutely like a fly encased in amber, mouth open in a silent scream. A baby cries alone in the darkness of an empty beach as the tide rushes in around it. Black snowflakes fly from of a blindingly white sky like a star field in negative. These are just some of the gorgeous and unsettling images that have remained with me since I saw Jonathan Glazer’s jaw-dropping Under the Skin, his first feature since the chilly modern fairy tale Birth in 2004. Based on the cult novel by Michel Faber, Under the Skin introduces us to a nameless woman played by Scarlett Johansson, who cruises the gloomy backstreets of Glasgow picking up men and luring them back to a deserted house where they meet their demise in disturbing fashion...for The Prowlster's feature interview with Jonathan Glazer, click here. / Conor McDevitt

 

March 14 2014


where
The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin, Ireland


when
1pm - 6pm (ends today)

how much
Free

exhibition
Human of Rathmines

First New York and now Rathmines, Emily O'Callaghan shutterbugs the soupy mix of characters populating this Dublin 6 enclave. There's Madalia, the Big Issue seller, Dave from Abner Browns, Jack from Wolverhampton and his girlfriend Devon from LA who have moved here with "nothing but a one way ticket and a suitcase". There's also Radek who dreams of the old Stella cinema as "a forgotten spaceship that will one day take off and hover over Dublin, its fallen neon all gleaming and restored" and many more besides. It's a simple, straight-up and a reminder we are only human after all. If you are exploring this old converted fire station, do step through the side door to also discover the charming Pigeon Portal and On A Wing and a Prayer signage by Jessica Walsh and Ciara Scanlan. / Zach Joyce

   
 

March 15 2014


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

how much
€15/€17/€20

dance
Agnés

Agnes Bernelle was a Marc Almond collaborating, Special Operations broadcasting, thespian of stage and screen. Not to mention also one-time creative director of Project Arts Centre. CoisCéim perform a work inspired by her life, but more so, by the music she made, as choreographed by the multi-awardwinning David Bolger. Bolger has cited her as a huge influence, having been exposed to the world of cabaret through her. Her escapades and experiences are best explored through The Fun Palace, her autobiography, but until then, revel in this athletic and immersive homage by CoisCeím, Ireland's foremost dance ensemble. Contorting creations of emotive and narrative dance, we can but imagine that Bernelle would have given this post-mortem collaboration her blessing. Win Tickets / Kate Coleman

 

March 15 2014


where
Meeting point - The Mansion House

when
10am (every Saturday morning)

how much
€55

walking tour
Fabulous Food Trails

Did you know Slice and Brownwood opened this week? Don't worry it's hard to keep track such is the pace of change on the food scene. The jaunty Eveleen Coyle has a veritable feast for her trails. Gathering outside the Mansion House, she leads us into the home of the original cheese police - Sheridan's, next up is the PepperPot girls serve up their scrumptious homemade bagels. Pamela from Blazing Salads shares some samosas and a divine cranberry chocolate. Then we nip into the Swan for a swift whiskey before gourmet sausages compliments of Worscht, chocolates from Cocoa Atelier, signature sandwiches from Fallon and Byrne and the ultimate Saturday treat of oysters and wine in Meeting House Square. It's a snack fest, an easy amble and a trail where every crumb is scoffed. / Michael McDermott

 

March 15 2014


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
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when
2.30pm

how much
€8

screening
Je, Tu, Il, Elle

Chantal Akerman's black and white portrait of perpetual displacement is regarded by many as an exploratory stepping stone to her feminist film theory favourite, Jeanne Dielman. Stark and robustly structuralist, its Warholian use of viewer perception probes themes of disconnection, identity and voyeurism. Cast in the lead role, Akerman is wryly deadpan in contrast to the often comedic setting. Whether she's giving a trucker a handjob, spooning sugar from a brown paper bag or having a drawn out athletic tryst with her lesbian lover, her disquieting eroticism is painfully acute in every act. / Sharon Love

 

March 15 2014


where
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
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when
Until 8th June

how much
Free

exhibition
Are Jee Be?

Haroon Mirza's Are Jee Be? is a thumping, flashing installation that may well cause flashbacks for those who pilled too hard in the early nineties. Bjork is on the TV, talking about how she loves her TV, despite the poets telling her it was bad. "Don't let the poets lie to you." Okay, Bjork. Spikes jut from the walls, like a premonition of how Changing Rooms would have adapted to the 3D printing era, while the music jolts and falters, putting you physically off-balance and making you feel like you're searching for a friend in a packed club, inducing that very peculiar shallow anxiety. The link to Eileen Gray is tenuous, and takes more away from the overall presentation than it lends, but apart from that, this is a marvel. / Kate Coleman

   
 

March 15 2014


where
Temple Bar,


when
10am - 5pm

how much
Free

interactive
Making Space: Transform Your City

There's a lot going on in our favourite city these days (but you read Le Cool, so you don't need me to tell you that)! We're preaching to the choir when we say there's bucket loads of creativity and a can-do innovative attitude grasping Dublin by the kahunas... but to borrow a phrase from Iarnrod Eireann, 'we're not there yet, but we're getting there'. What would make Dublin your dream city? What's missing? Whether it's a little innovation, conservation or transformation you think is needed, share your hopes, visions and stories about Dublin via the hashtag #Transformyourcity or #transformingDub. Then - this is the cool bit folks - see your contribution shared as part of a live page in the heart of Temple Bar this weekend. #OFFSET2014 just got real-time ya'all. / Rachel Lucy Ray

 

March 15 2014


where
The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin, Ireland


when
11am-6pm

how much
Depends

market
The Big Upcycle Market

Upcycling is a funny one... on the one hand it's all about taking what would otherwise be thrown away and making it into something of tangible awesomeness, but on the other, supply is low (uniquely crafted pieces after all) so costs can rocket (maybe that's part of the whole hipster 'irony' thingy, I don't know). The Big UpCycle Pop Up Market however will be jam packed this weekend with something for all budgets - from boozey lampshades to disco coffee tables. If your the kind of crafty fox that would like to try, rather than buy, you can participate in one of their workshops and make your own shot glass lanterns or maybe beer bottle tumblers. All materials supplied. Entry to the market is free but you'll wana check out theupcyclemovement.com for the (very reasonable) workshop prices and bookings. / Rachel Lucy Ray

 

March 15 2014


where
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8


when
8pm

how much
€10/€12

concert
Discovery Gospel Choir

They've performed in Mountjoy prison and for everyone from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the Reverand Ian Paisley. Tonight the Discovery Gospel Choir take to the stage to celebrate ten years of singing with multi-cultural soul. If you care to spin the green cycle into a more reflective rainbow of our land right now, make sure to catch this joyous and exhilarating choral collection. Joining them for some sonic streamers will be Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu and Norwegian ensemble Drøbak. I'm hoping Betty and William will be there too making special guest appearances. / Zach Joyce

   
 

March 16 2014


where
Grand Canal Dock 

when
7:30pm

how much
Free

screening
Waking Ned Devine

If you like elderly nudity, perilously placed phone booths and small-town conspiracies then boy, is there a treat in store for you! Waking Ned Devine will be showing down at Grand Canal Dock open-air cinema style (yay, Summerishness!) on a barge right next to the um, sparkly red glow sticks. It's a lovely movie close in style to the dark humour small-town feel of Keeping Mom, with an Irish twist. The film follows the misadventures and elaborate cover ups of one small village, who try to claim the lotto winnings of a member for themselves. Great craic altogether and best off all, the weather's supposed to be good that evening. So grab a pizza in Milano's across the road or some nice hot coffee from Il Valentino and pull up a cement block. Hosted by Happenings - watch @Happenings1 for more events whenever the sun cracks through... / Rachel Lucy Ray

 

March 16 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7pm

how much
€20 on the door

club night
Network #3

It’s difficult to know where to start with this one. Basically, for eight hours the entire Grand Social is being carpet bombed with top drawer electronic talent. These Network events are more like hostile takeovers- the two main rooms and the city’s best smoking area suddenly become a buzzing, thriving super club complete with multiple headliners. With Levon Vincent you have a masterful NYC House DJ, with Ben Sims you have an O.G. Techno purist, and with TR // ER you have live, hardware-based Acid Techno- scorching stuff. Not to mention a supporting cast of 12 (yes twelve) other DJs. But the real fun of the Network events is the controlled madness, the transformative effect on the building, which temporarily turns into the kind of multi-room, discovery-based chaotic club space Dublin otherwise lacks. Go nuts in there you crazy kids! / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 

March 16 2014


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

how much
€18

launch
Dimensions Launch

Ah, Dimensions. Ah even more; the Irish at Dimensions. For those of you lucky enough to be finishing off your summer in Croatia this year, and even for those of you who'll be stuck at home seething with jealousy, the Pepper is the place to be this St Patrick's Eve. Bop along to Marcel Dettmann's echoing techno and Zed Bias's jazzy garage as you gaze all around at your fellow festival goers: these are the people who will fill the Bodytonic boat party to create a floating slice of home in the Adriatic sea; these are the people who will get pissed and flirt their way into one of the artists' caravans; these are the people you will be magnetically drawn to as dawn falls and all that can save you is a chicken fillet roll – but a dirty Croat burger will have to do. Get excited! / Heather Keane

 

March 16 2014


where
See link

when
3pm

how much
See link

exhibition
Homecoming

Are you coming or going to the homecoming of the year? That is the question and if you want your Paddy’s weekend to be more cultural than cringey, then the answer is yes. An art trail of 100 minutes followed by a par-tay is the format for this celebration. A stroll across Dublin city will showcase paired posters on the theme of coming home, and going home. These artworks will be yours to purchase as a souvenir but with Gruel Guerilla supplying the snacks, you’d almost go for the food alone. In reality you will be more than tempted to stay for the afterparty hosted by Hunt & Gather, your home for the night. / Aisling Kett

   
 

March 17 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
9pm

how much
€19.50

gig
Moodymann

Moodymann is Detroit’s modern day Rasputin. Wild-eyed, a prophet of soul, a man of huge influence and mystical powers of composition. He exudes sexual energy in everything he does, with a fevered devotion to the holy church of Black Music. A true icon, with a body of work so deep you could drown in it. Snippets of funk, soul, gospel, jazz, used oh so judiciously by the Afro-ed One to create some of the deepest grooves known to man. Moodymann’s all-vinyl DJ sets are less like traditional club nights and more like debauched house parties. The mann holds court, frequently addressing the crowd directly in that honey-smooth voice of his, building a vibe, coaxing a state of sexually charged soul-hypnosis. Not saying the Grand Social on Paddy’s Day will be exactly like Rasputin’s wild orgies in the Russian Imperial Court, but it’ll be close. / Marcus O'Sullivan

 

March 17 2014


where


when
March 14th - 17th

how much
see www.stpatricksfestival.ie

celebration
St. Patrick's Festival

There used to be three choices for things to do on St. Patrick's Day in Dublin: (1) Catch the parade (2) Drink yourself witless (3) Run, head for the hills, save yourself! Thankfully, in recent times, The St Patrick's Festival cultural programme has saved us from ourselves. This year, the 'I Love My City' itinerary will shelter you from the plastic paddy explosion. Sixteen eclectic events and happenings, featuring both established and emerging artists take place, ranging from Jape at the RHA and Hunt & Gather's Enchanted Banquet in Earlsfort Terrace to Donal Dineen's Street Feelings and Happenings screening of Remembering Luke in O'Donoghue's pub on Baggot Street. You'd almost forget the blasphemy of this Irish Central article claiming our patron Saint was a dirty slave trader and tax collector. #IrelandInspires / Myra Glass

   
 

March 18 2014


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Tim's Vermeer

Is Tim Jenison an artist or an inventor? In an age when conglomerates like Apple see themselves at the intersection between technology and the arts, is the problem that we have a distinction between the two when advances in technology are an intrinsic part of the artistic process? Visiting his home of Delphi and building an exact replica of Vermeer's studio, Jenison attempts to delve deeper into the common theory that Vermeer's photorealism had a helping lense or two. Combining his animation rendering skill with painstaking attention to detail we see the journey that attempts to bring an understanding to what is possible when two seemingly incongruous worlds collide. / Connor Clarke

   
 

March 19 2014


where
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin


when
Until 27 March

how much
Free

exhibition
Silk Road

Bridging Eastern and Western cultures and christened by a lucrative trade, the Silk Road is treasured as history’s greatest trade route and boasts a thrilling journey of intercultural dialogue and understanding. The traders, monks, intellectuals and urban dwellers whom carved the way brought with them more than silk, but the Four Great Inventions, religion, bubonic plague, the expansion of the Great Wall and an artistic platform that continues to inspire. For the first time in Dublin, the Silk Road Film Festival brings to life the versatile art, culture and images from the many stops along the road, with a spectacular exhibition by both artists from and who have travelled the countries on the legendary route. / Claire Mullane

 

March 19 2014


where
Screen Cinema, D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€10

screening
JR's Inside Out Project

Our tiny minds were smooshed to smithereens by JR's talk at OFFSET 2013. After a short debate on whether we thought he was hot without his ever-present shades, we were sufficiently recovered enough to fathom the sheer enormity of his Inside Out Project. I still tear up thinking about his Women Are Heroes and Face to Face projects in the Brazilian favela, and Israel/Palestine respectively, so this documentary about his Inside Out project should also be a corker. The Inside Out project facilitates communities of people to do their own paste-up portraits, with materials and advice being disseminated from Inside Out photobooths, located internationally, where people can partake in the project for free. A global project for the internet age, the positive messages, and JR's chill good vibes will have you smitten. / Kate Coleman

   
 
Ireland VS Sweden : 1-1

We spoke to Lars Wikstrom, who came to Dublin from Sweden to make art as part of Dublin City Council's Art Plan.

Well I am a Swedish artist living outside Falun, which is famous for its printmakers. I started printmaking in the late sixties, and a lot of my inspiration comes from travelling. I didn't know if I'd be able to work in another studio. It turned out to go well and I was very inspired by the city, taking lots of photographs that I used in my photo polymer-etchings. I think that was one of the reasons why they chose me for the residency - to inspire the Graphic Studio-members to use the photo polymer-technique.

Living in Red Stables/St Anne's park, working in the Graphic Studio or Chester Beatty Library...I am very grateful I had opportunity, and for the superb hospitality I experienced. Ireland and Sweden differ very much from each other in so many respects, but it is more important to see to what we have in common, like things in our history as well as belonging to the same European culture and being economically very much on the same level. We are different - but not too much!

Lars' exhibition, 'Aramu Muru', runs until 29th March, alongside Sharon Lee's (pictured) 'Primordial Soup' at Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar.