Dublin The OFFSET Special

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Almost five years ago, the OFFSET festival promised to be a weekend of talks, and a lifetime of inspiration. Audacious! we thought, but true to form, turns out those aul muckers from The Small Print were right.

Our memories include George Lois on design - "if you don't understand a particular design in a nanosecond, then to me, it's a piece of shit", and Erik Kessel's general, cool Dutch-ness - "yah, we do it better, so what?". The next generation of design superstars, Kate Moross, heckling the last generation in Bob Gill, who slammed her with a put-down she'll treasure forever.

This year, we're honoured to have our own stage at the festival which will host panel talks, Panicdotes, Stylus Wars and portfolio hours. If you are coming, pop up and say hello. We're looking forward to creating some new memories.

Over on the main stage, the Irish talent this year includes this week's cover artists Design., Aisling Farinella, Maser, Chris Judge, and Brown Bag Films. In a week when Irish people's pride in Dublin was brought into question, OFFSET returns to remind us that we've all come a long way.

Who ready for the off this week? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Maxime.

"...we're very excited to be speaking at the OFFSET..." - Holly Brennan, Detail. Design Studio
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March 20 2014


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
All Day

how much
Free

exhibition
Cut It Out - ADW Solo Exhibition

It's clear from when you meet ADW (if you are looking enough to unveil the mask) that art is a way of life for him. He itches with withdrawal when he doesn't have a stencil cutter in this hand and his mind is constantly whizz-popping around for ideas and new works. It's like he simply has to create, otherwise he'll spontaneously combust. Messy. A determined creative and social activist (artivist?), the econopocalypse provided the backdrop for much of his work. Laced with satire and burnt by honesty, his works are often imbued with a dash of acerbic humour. This solo exhibition, representing hundreds of hours of meticulous work, includes lithoprints, screen-prints, assemblages and installations and is an auxiliary event to OFFSET. / Vernon Steel

 

March 20 2014


where
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Chasing The White Whale

Is there anything more likely to perk your day up than seeing Bill Murray's haggard old head? What about dozens of Bill Murray's haggard old head? That's what Hunt & Gather are offering to celebrate this year's OFFSET; wall to wall sunken cheeks, wispy locks, and the eyes that define middle-aged angst. From Ghostbusters to The Life Aquatic, Murray's facial expression has remained the very same, the one that's been credited for introducing America to the 'male menopause'. This – and the fact that he's an absolute legend – has made him the most appealing old man in show business to dress up in fan art, so this print exhibition is sure to dazzle with intrigue and inspiration taken from the most mysterious of messers. Sure who knows, Bill himself might arise from the rubble of St Patrick's weekend yet: don't miss this. / Heather Keane

 

March 20 2014


where
Hendrons Building, Upper Dominick Street, Dublin 7


when
8.30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
DO THE ART MAN

'Doodling' is the long-established home for delivering social commentary. From the street art and graphic novels, to the likes of our own Annie West, from the mouths of babes (or at least their medium) comes truth. As the longest running show in history (over 20 years) The Simpsons has left a giant imprint upon Western culture about as noticeable as Lard Lad and his smashing donut. From same-sex marriage to Google glassware, there's little the Simpsons family manage to avoid, and true to namesake, Homer is still one of the greatest accidental philosophers of our time. Hendrons Collider will be hosting a 'miasma of multidisciplinary masterpieces' all inspired by the TV show from a host of arty types. There will be music, there will be Duff Beer (if you bring your own). Looks like things are comin' up Milhouse! / Rachel Ray

   
 

March 20 2014


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
12.00 | 14.40 | 17.20 | 20.00

how much
€12 (inc. 2 tickets, 2 small drinks and reg popcorn) HERE

cinema
Private Lives

As every first year communications student knows, the way we consume media is rapidly evolving. Netflix over RTE, The Journal over the broadsheets, getting our grubby mitts on Game of Thrones within hours rather than months of its HBO debut, and in this case, catching a live West End show in all its glory on our own Parnell Street. The tasty dish in question is Noel Coward’s comedy of bad manners, the deliciously scathing Private Lives. Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens will take on the “LiznDick” (Sorry Olivier, but I know who I’d rather have seen) one-two punch of bickering ex- marrieds Amanda and Elyot. Incidentally, I adore the former, of course for her undoubted acting chops but also for her mouthy insouciance which culminated in her dropping the F-bomb on This Morning, scandalizing Richard and Judy. Respect, AC. Respect. / Kate McEvoy

 

March 20 2014


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
7.30pm

how much
€12/€10 concession

theatre
The Master and Margarita

Based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, Seventh Land Theatre’s adaptation of The Master and Margarita is unique and refreshing. It transports the action from 1930s Moscow to modern-day Dublin, and is told almost entirely through movement and dance. It opens with the beautiful Margarita meeting The Master on a busy city street. They strike up a relationship, but the Master finds it difficult to get a job (there are some references to the recession shoehorned in), and they are forced to beg for money. Humiliated, the Master disappears. While searching for him, Margarita attracts the notice of the Devil, who chooses her to be the host of his grand ball. With a cast hailing from all over the world, and live music by Brazilian guitarist Gabriel Caetano, this is an interesting take on one of the greatest texts of the 20th century. / Kayla Walsh

   
 

March 21 2014


where
32 Grand Canal Street Lower, Dublin 2. 

when
Mon–Fri 7:30–5:30 / Sat–Sun 10–6

how much
Depends


3FE

Toffee, wafer biscuit, raspberry acidity. Floral, strawberry sweetness, vibrant lemon acidity. Slow roasted shoulder of lamb, mint yoghurt and pomegranate. Sometimes reading the menu at 3FE’s bastion on Grand Canal St, you’d forget about the so called panini culture we had in the city four years ago. “Make a nice coffee, be nice to people and they’ll come back”, was the mantra that Colin Harmon started Third Floor Espresso with in the lobby of the Twisted Pepper, and it’s safe to say that it’s worked in shaping the speciality coffee offering in the city. With the sweet scent of Arabica now wafting from the new 3FE roastery in the Docklands, and all eyes on us as WBC ’16 hosts, it’s time to sort yourself out with an espresso set, and to start inventing cheekily complementary ways of ingesting your signature single origin. / Connor Clarke

 

March 21 2014


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

when
See HERE

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
The Unknown Known

For the year's scariest movie villain, look no further than Donald Rumsfeld in Errol Morris's spiritual sequel to The Fog of War. As a prominent figure in the cabinets of Nixon, Ford, and Bush Jr. Rumsfeld has undoubtedly been one of the biggest influences on American foreign policy over the last half-century but he's not giving much away here, skilfully evading Morris's more pointed questions with an ever-present smile and largely presenting himself as a dutiful functionary who did his best for his country and wrote a lot of memos. The director's usual array of artfully assembled archive footage and snazzy graphics builds a much different picture however, and the film takes on pervasively unsettling air as Rumsfeld grins his way through a catalogue of crimes like the High King of the Lizard People. Brrrr. / Conor McDevitt

 

March 21 2014


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when
8pm

how much
€10

album launch
OKO

An OKO gig is a beautiful thing. The ephemeral allure of improvisation is combined with solid structural awareness to establish a uniquely captivating aural experience from a live band setting. Their music is intelligent and emotional. It shifts its way through sonic states that have the ability to scramble the brain and rub the heart. The playing is meltingly hot but it appreciates the goal of celebrating sound. It is liberal but awake to all around it. It is talented. Experience it in front of your face and relive the beauty with the new record, I LOVE YOU COMPUTER MOUNTAIN. / Warren McCarthy

   
 

March 22 2014


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 27th April

how much
Free

exhibition
Dorothy Cross

The pieces that make up Dorothy Cross’s exhibition are not unlike the assortment one brings back home from a day trip to the beach: pre-fossils of marine life, curious scraps of metal picked up and pocketed because of persistent and weirdly specific visions of cashing them in big time at an auction of Titanic memorabilia, and bits of sediment that held some magic at the coast but that somehow wilt, just like the others, into paperweights and mantel trash on the way home. The artist’s sculptures, however, seem to have been fixed at a point mid-metamorphosis when they are neither man-made nor of nature, feminine nor masculine, relics of the past nor portents of the future. They are dislocated not only from the sea but also from any familiar context, existing only in the artist’s own re-configured Connemara. / Olen Bajarias

 

March 22 2014


where
Starts RDS

when
7:30pm

how much
€43

fundraiser
Electric Run

I'm the worst runner in the history of Ireland. I hate it with every wobbly step, every laboured breathe. I loathe other runners and I hate lycra... I even hate my own running playlist and I probably hate you. But nothing beats how you feel mentally and physically after. So I do it. As such, anything that motivates me to actually put the trainers on - like FitBit, or the Zombies Run! app - is a god send The Electric Run is one such wonderful distraction - a 5K night run with a difference. Think, Colour Run but with neon (so much amazing neon). Starting from the RDS, the run will take you down Electro Rainforest, Rainbow Road until you rock down to Electric Avenue to a neon clad party at the end. Check out the awesome vid here. Don't forget your glow sticks, LEDs and glow in the dark body paint. / Rachel Ray

 

March 22 2014


where
The Freemason's Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.


when
8pm

how much
€15

talk
Sounds Alive Presents: The Moth

The story goes that The Moth is so-called because of the moths that would gravitate towards the light on the small-town Georgia porch on which George Dawes Green and his friends would sit, regaling each other with stories. Despite these inauspicious beginnings, The Moth has soared and blossomed into a veritable phenomenon, its podcast helping revitalise the art of storytelling. Whether it's Elna Baker recounting her Mormon upbringing, Damien Echols recalling his time on death row or a member of Milli Vanilli describing their fall from grace, The Moth is always compelling. This event will see Sounds Alive curator Julien Clancy joined by The Moth's artistic director Catherine Burns to discuss the evolution of The Moth and more in the spectacular surroundings of The Freemason's Hall. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

   
 

March 23 2014


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€27.50

gig
Doom

Yo, Doom is mad tight I seem him the other day in Paris and even though at the age of 40 and with a belly like your dad, he still rocks the mic like no other and that's word to everything I've ever stood for. Doom has been pivotal in the lives of so many, from rappers to producers to fans. He stands for everything there is in hip hop and to me that's my main attraction to him. The wordplay and the lyrics and metaphors that he throws at you even are amazing. He really paints a vivid movie with the words he uses and shit. Doom showed me why music should 100 percent just be about the beats and rhymes and not about the money, or  anything else. And that's why he is still relevant to this very day and can sell out and still maintain a correlation to young or old. Win Tickets / Rejjie Snow

 

March 24 2014


where


when
Mon - Sat: 09:30 - 17:30 Sun: 14:00 - 17:30

how much
Depends


Urban Plant Life

Dublin City's ONLY garden center is an oasis for fresh herbs, flora and fauna decor, jungle-loving city dwellers, green fingers and budding horticulturists. Surprisingly large, with a little coffee shop to put a hot drink and a warm spring in your step while you browse this leafy labyrinthine. And behold, there's a forest of cacti, bonsai and indoor plants behind those foreboding fridge-style plastic curtains, where you'll also find post-display plants at wonderful reductions. Not that their prices are crazy anyway, in fact, they're the best value I have found. A painter friend of mine is kitting his studio out to counter-act the toxins from his paints. What a conveniently aesthetic way to look after your health. I got delicate primrose plants for 1.25 for my windowsill and succulents from 2.50. It's a breath of fresh air. / Georgia

   
 

March 25 2014


where
Peacock Theatre, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm (until April 12th)

how much
€18/€25

theatre
The Conservatory

Michael West's new play concerns the tit for tat bickering of an elderly couple which peels the initial frivolity to reveal a deep darkness. Magnificently portrayed by stalwart actors Stephen Brennan (He) and Deirdre Donnelly (She), their world is one of crosswords, piles and sock darning. Seemingly sedate and geriatric. He is reminiscent of Michael Winner as he shuffles about distracted and accusatory. She sits in her chair feigning disengagement yet poised to retaliate. He's estranged from their daughters, frittered away their finances and philandered in his past. He wonders if she'd be afraid of being left alone if he dies to which she responds: "I'm used to it. I've been married to you for years." The Conservatory is a tremendous two-hander proving the bonds that tie are the hardest to sever. Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

 

March 25 2014


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until April 27th

how much
Free

exhibition
Souvenirs - James Hanley

If you can afford the detour between a cup of coffee at the RHA's Coppa Cafe and the new Dorothy Cross exhibition, I would seriously recommend that you have a look in at the very attractive show in their Ashford Gallery — the room at the foot of the stairs. I did. It was too tempting. There are 24 moments, polarized and painted by James Hanley. The show is called Souvenirs and the paintings are worked from photographs of Hanley's own personal (and possibly professional) travels. That's 24 locations, wildly obvious and seriously obscure, with nailed down paintwork being the only common theme I could observe running between them all — other than an intriguing cyan blue frame painted around each image. Very desirable. If you can afford to buy one of these, I would seriously recommend that you do. / Georgia

   
 

March 26 2014


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€7/€5

spoken word
Pen Collective

Word on the street is that there is a novel in all of us. If yours is buried beneath excuses, time pressures and writer’s block, pencil this into your diary before you decide to put pen to paper. The first in a series of literary events in Workman’s for 2014, this novel idea is a joint venture with Irish Pen, The Association of Irish Writers to draft in a collection of Dublin’s noted wordsmiths to tell their tales. The speakers list is composed of an assorted bunch from author Colin Barrett to poet and performer Abby Oliveria. Last week a stranger at the bus stop reliably informed me that anyone who wears brogues, my choice of footwear at the time, goes to Workman’s. As Irish people are fabled storytellers, it must be true. So strap on a pair of those, grab your Moleskine notebook and head along to see what the story is with this event. / Aisling Kett

 

March 26 2014


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€30

gig
Earl Sweatshirt

Not to alarm you, but Earl Sweatshirt was born in 1994. 1994! To put that in context, he is the same age as Justin Bieber. Once a figure shrouded in enigma, owing to his year-long detention at a centre for youths in Samoa, Earl has emerged as one of the most exciting, prodigious talents in hip-hop. His debut studio album Doris served as a showcase for his cerebral sensibility and preternatural skills as a lyricist, as well as his impressive producer chops. (He produces under the moniker "randomblackdude".) While the charismatic and goofy Tyler The Creator remains the undisputed breakout star of Odd Future, Doris announced to the world that the decidedly more introverted Earl was a force to be reckoned with and his first solo outing in Dublin is sure to demonstrate why in spades. / Amy O'Connor

 

March 26 2014


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

when
See link

how much
See link

talk
Addiction - Theatreclub

Public conversation is a dwindling practice.The pair at the next table are engrossed by their Twitter feeds and I by my laptop. Not a spoken word for several minutes. A nation of all trades and a master of one-an aptitude for avoiding blatant elephants in the room and shrugging off prevalent issues with a lackadaisical “be grand” mentality. In light of the Paddy’s Day come down a pertinent public conversation, infused with art takes the floor. ADDICTION is a festival about addiction, inspired by people who have lived with it and amongst it. ADDICTION addresses drug use, street begging,and how to help the homeless that exist in the city. When next interrupted by someone asking for change, really think about the desperate need for it. / Claire Mullane

 

March 26 2014


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€30/€25

concert
Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory

Pantha Du Prince has always been an innovator. Known for experimenting with the formulas of electronic music, 2010‘s Black Noise featured guest spots from Animal Collective and !!!, mixing echoes of shoegaze and indie rock into his hard-edged minimal house. It was 2013 however when he really rang the changes, and released an entire album based around a three-ton instrument of 50 brass bells called a carillon. Yeah yeah, you’re probably sick to death by now of all the carillon records cluttering up your iTunes, but this one’s different! The insistent electronic pulse and percussion elements, when combined with the glorious euphony of the bells creates an effect almost like some kind of pastoral rollercoaster. If 15th century Franciscan monks held midnight raves in their convent yard, this is what they’d sound like. / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 
Boris called it Wiff Waff...

The chats were ping-ponging between ourselves and Steve O'Connell and Simon Sweeney, who are bringing the first ever World Graphic Design Table Tennis Tournament to Dublin as part of OFFSET 2014.

We went to college (and played a lot of table tennis) together in DIT. We’re both working in Conor & David (where we don’t play much table tennis). We both enjoy table tennis.

We flagrantly ripped the idea for the WGDTTT off Karlssonwilker, a New York design studio who have been holding the WGDFC (World Graphic Design Foosball Championship) for the last ten years. They did give us their blessing though, so it’s alright.

People should expect table tennis, brewskies and awesome power ballads. As regards our own team, there’s been of talk of kimonos.

Work the glutes, get in the right mindscape and eat a lot of red meat. Now let’s get out there and have some fun.

Join the warring teams at the WGDTTT for a beer and exhibitions of mighty ping-pong skills from 6:30pm at South Studios. PHOTO: Mark McGuinness