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Disruption isn't just for the naughty kid at the back of the classroom. It's a concept that we are increasingly using to keep our computer-fatigued minds fresh and connected to our concrete surroundings. The Mayor of London unveiled a £1.8 million incubator fund in order to disrupt the streets, piloting possible new layouts, green-belts, and alternative uses of streets in order to change the relationship between the pavements and the pavement-pounders.

It is clear that street interventions are becoming less taboo. Playing with our urban environment, whether it is sponsored street-art, an installation, such as ours on Camden Street, or painting guerilla tourist lanes down the streets of New York - à la Jeff Greenspan - are no longer blurry illegal acts, but inspiration for the powers that be to play with the infrastructures they've stewarded for decades, too scared to be creative with them.

How could we apply this in Dublin? Make College Green green again? Start a Saturday market on bereft O'Connell Street? A summer strawberry-and-champagne dispenser in Stephen's Green? How would you disrupt YOUR Dublin?

Who got detention today? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Maxime?

"The joy of found art...Bord Gais tagging the city!" - James Delaney, Detail.
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March 27 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

festival
The Back Page

It's a glorious time to be a sports nerd. The success of Con Artist's events in The Sugar Club, popularity of Second Captains and ascent of sites like Grantland are testament to the insatiable appetite for intelligent, insightful sporting analysis. It makes sense then that Banter would jump in on the act and curate a series of talks touching on everything from racism in sports to the economics of the GAA to the tale of the Rwandan cycling team that inspired a nation post-genocide. While the back page is typically associated with puns and clichés (I'm thinking of The Sun describing Manchester United's loss to Olympiakos as "a pitta-ful tragedy"), this three-day festival will feature sporting and journalistic heavyweights stepping up to the plate to chat, debate, entertain and enlighten. Ain't nothing pitta-ful about that. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

March 27 2014


where
Theatre Upstairs, Above Lanigan's Pub, Eden Quay, Dublin 1


when
1pm/7pm

how much
€10/€8

theatre
Slippers

I first met Jeda de Brì while she was putting up posters of the Backstreet Boys in my bedroom which served that day as the set of her grad film. Fast forward one year and she's directing her first original script of three debuting as Theatre Upstairs' Company in Residence 2014. The play hones in on two estranged sisters, Jean and Sarah, who return home after the death of their mother, a compulsive hoarder. Darkly twisted and verging on creepy, it's an illuminating and off kilter peek through the keyhole into one family's esoteric dynamic. Something for the subversive this Mother's Day perhaps. / Sharon Love

 

March 27 2014


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free

launch
Darklight Festival

Once Upon a Time, you waited until autumn rolled round and with it can the perennial mind-blowers with their blow-out parties namely DEAF and Darklight, the later being a true survivor in the creative, experimental and boundary-pushing sphere. After a stint on Barrow Street, they are moving back to Smithfield. Having just completed a fundit campaign, they're launching the programme and a new website tonight. Rebooting in 2014 by exploring four strands this year namely What's Up Doc? Digital Storytelling, Game Changers and Short Film with free beers and food. The ever discerning Colin Perkins is DJing, Damn Fine Print are fresh from Offset and sure hasn't the Dice laid on a keg or two also. Time to toast 15 years of savvy spotlights and space babies being switched on and beamed into our brains by Darklight. / Michael McDermott

   
 

March 28 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€20

gig
CAN's drummer Jaki Liebezeit with Burnt Friedman

Everyone loves a groove. Moving to a beat comes naturally to (most of?) us. Even those normally dance-floor-shy find it hard to resist the sonic webs made by Jaki Liebezeit and his collaborators. An evening of unique beats, grooves and rhythmic melodies, this concert is a rare occasion to hear a rhythmic master who has shaped rhythm in music since the 1960’s. Creating a language of improvisation all of his own, Liebezeit's music brings principles of physics, balance and harmonics into an effervescent rhythmic mesh. Experimental and powerful, Drums of Chaos are a drum laboratory that communicate through this language, creating instant compositions of high energy and flow. Along with Burnt Friedman and Drums of Chaos, Jaki Liebezeit creates a musical mesh of sublime evolving repetitive grooves like nothing you've heard before. Win Tickets / Robbie Blake

   
 

March 29 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€12.50/€15

gig
Dean Blunt

Better known for having made his mark as one fraction of Hype Williams, Dean Blunt is going it alone. His new album, The Redeemer fleshes out those indescribably fuzzy emotions of being in a relationship and the subsequently crushing aftermath. Charging his music with melodic textures containing sounds of nature scapes, brusque spoken word and teetering piano keys, Blunt's talent is showcased in the softly oscillating moments of mystique I can only liken to the haze of half sleep between 10 minute alarm clock snoozes. His live shows have been described as something halfway between an art installation and a theatre piece. With that in mind, his first gig in Ireland is set to get pulses racing; nothing like a smoke machine to add a sumptuous dream quality to your evening. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

March 29 2014


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

when
12pm-6pm

how much
Depends

shop
One Box Record Fair

Music technology could advance to the point where you upload music to an implant in your ear and vinyl would still hold a special place in my heart. There is something about the rawness of the sound and the crackle of the needle as it hits the record that is deeply exciting. Clearly Choice Cuts agree with me as they are playing host to this event which sees sellers invited to bring just one box (or around 50-60 LPs) to trade with or sell to like minded individuals. They are weeding out the time wasters and chancers in advance to ensure that what is on offer is high quality, lusted after albums. With a “no dollar bin trash” policy this promises to be a vinyl heads dream. Expect it to resemble Black Friday in New York as collectors scramble for rarities alongside the more mainstream collections. / Frances Winston

 

March 29 2014


where
Eden, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar.

when
11pm

how much
€12/€14

club night
Uner

Uner has gone from strength to strength since his 2009 debut. A luminary riding on the crest of the new wave of Spanish producers, his sound is championed by veterans in club capitales tenfold. He presents sweeping house of a Latino vibe, juxtaposed with rolling percussive soundscapes. It's low key music is built for the most finely tuned of sound-systems, poised in club spaces crafted by audiophiles. What’s most interesting is his creative set-up. Uner supercharges his 4 deck set with a laptop, controller and a sampler to deliver a hybrid live-show trademarked Vicious, factoring in the best of both universes to take ultimate control. Uner is having the time of his life and you shall too once you enter Eden. / Conor McTernan

   
 

March 29 2014


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

when
11pm

how much
€12

gig
Pachanga Boys

Electronic music is a many varied and wonderful thing. It runs the full gamut of genres from soul stopping mind melting Burial darkness to Skooter-esque 90’s rave classics to the smoothest German house and more. The common denominator in the music that I like is something that is uniquely not electronic, and that is heart. This is something the Pachanga Boys imbue in spades in what they coin their ‘hippie dance’. Their seminal track Time is responsible for more hands in the air action than the Late Late Show at prizegiving time, but you shouldn’t be confused by the soft image they portray in their own musical musings. As a DJ pair, Superpitcher and Rebolledo seriously bring the heat and the heart they play with is backed up with some serious spine, expect plenty of darkness amidst the overbearing light. / Emmet Condon

 

March 29 2014


where
The Olympia, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2
01 679 3323
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€23.40

gig
Wild Beasts

Refining their sound by emphasising electronic electronic flourishes has worked a treat for Wild Beasts. 2011's Smother marked their embrace of synth, and their sound has become more rounded since, with lush soundscapes as backdrop for their mistakes and rumination on their peers. Gone are the shrieking theatrics of a choir boy run amok on debut Limbo, Panto - Thorpe's falsetto now intertwines indistinguishably with Fleming's lower register. The beauty of their latest effort lies in the final layers added at the apex of tracks, before falling apart or ending mid sentence; the rippling percussion and narcotic guitar on Mecca, frantic panting on Sweet Spot, or hand drums and staccato plucking breaking up vocals on Past Perfect. Throw in an hidden gem or two and the Olympia is set for goosebumps galore. Win Tickets / Connor Clarke

   
 

March 29 2014


where
6 Rathgar Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

when
8pm

how much
€10 (for a regular cut)

event
Abner Browns

The upsurge in media clatter around Abner Browns barbershop would make the unacquainted think this joint is the latest buzz cut about. However, Dave Judge has been singing his Johnny Cash ballad since 1996. What Dave's done of late is amped up awareness of the space when they sweep away the hair before letting their own down for some live sessions. Acts such as The Viking Project and Gavin Glass have dropped in to perform and this week it's Ray Scully. Music memorabilia adorns every visible space from framed albums to Bush radios and encased guitars. On the day I sit down for a shear, there's a hack from The Star debating whether Teenage Kicks is the greatest song of all. It's great to see that Abner Browns is experiencing its own well justified teen kicks of late too. / Michael McDermott

 

March 29 2014


where
Outhouse Theatre, 105 Capel St. D8
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
Free

festival
Ladyfest & Transfest

The festival aims to give a platform to groups who may ordinarily not be centre focus, a voice to the usually silenced, an opportunity to rap, sing, perform and teach, a moment for wimmin* and trans* voices to be heard. A badass Queer Feminist weekend event, an arts festival running the gauntlet of as many forms of art as one can muster. Behold stalls to sell wares, talks, art expos, theatrical performances, music, multi venues and crash pads for visitors. We're particularly excited for the spoken word night at the Outhouse. You can take a look at the third gender, you might actually gain greater insight into your own gender, the one you were told you had and the one you identify for yourself may correspond or they may differ. Take a look at yourself but take a look at this Lady and Trans* fest first. / Joseph Kearney

   
 

March 30 2014


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€10

party
Mother's Day Party

If like Whistler and Stacey, your mom truly has it going on and this year you want to show your appreciation with more than just a bunch Topaz carnations-come celebrate the institution that is the Mammy with live music, a screening of the exquisite His & Hers and scones for good measure! She is the giver of good advice, the waver of the wooden spoon, “Muggins” who puts up with your feckin carry on and the philosopher who taught you-what a prayer to Saint Anthony cannot find is lost forever. This is not a mother only event so bring your fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents and friends. “Discotekken!? Ah yeah, that’s more of it now.” / Claire Mullane

   
 

March 31 2014


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

when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Starred Up

One of the big draws at JDIFF last month, Starred Up is a powerful new prison thriller from director David MacKenzie. Set in a slammer so sordid it makes Shawshank seem like Shankill, the film pits Ben Mendelsohn and Jack O’Connell against each other as father and son Neville and Eric Love, forced to share a cell- block when the teenaged Eric is transferred early from a young offenders facility. Pitched somewhere between Scum and a British version of A Prophet, Starred Up is imbued with a gritty realism that belies its short filming schedule in two Belfast prisons. Benefitting from convincingly claustrophobic cinematography, the film is buoyed by some great performances from Mehdelsohn, Rupert Friend and the supporting cast, but its Skins alum O’Connell’s magnetically brutish turn as Eric that makes Starred Up essential viewing. / Joey Kavanagh

   
 

April 01 2014


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

when
See HERE

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Yves Saint Laurent

A long time ago, before they were stocked on the stalls of Meath Street (the sellers tell me they’re genuine), the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent was apparently quite a big deal. Such a big deal in fact that the French have chosen to give him the Coco Chanel treatment with a big screen biopic; the French have every right to be boastful of their cultural history but it’s worth bearing in mind that Coco wasn’t as big a fan of cocaine as Yves was, so this history will be harder to whitewash. So far most of the praise has been heaped upon Pierre Niney in the leadd role (he’s also Yves’s doppelganger) but the true standout is Guillaume Gallienne as his lover Pierre Berge. The first of two films concerning Laurent to be released this year, this one comes with the official stamp and the better reviews. / David Cadwallader

   
 

April 02 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free

talk
Banter: Damian Barr in Conversation

Damian Barr knows all about your quarter life crisis. The half-filled out PHD applications, the abandoned gym memberships, and the merry-go-round of aimless relationships. His journalistic approach to post-graduate depression created the premise for his first book, Get It Together: How To Survive Your Quarterlife Crisis, and despite cultivating a Bloomsbury book-club style persona in the meantime, he has found the precious hours to complete his latest, Maggie & Me, a childhood memoir of growing up in Scotland, under the shadow of Thatcher's Conservative PMship. His journalistic, literary, and political credentials will make for a stimulating conversations, and as ever, the Banter will be mighty. / Kate Coleman

   
 
Genevieve Hulme-Beaman

We clowned around with Genevieve Hulme Beaman who has written and performs Pondling

I went to the Gaiety School of Acting. You do a bit of everything - clowning, Chekov, mime. I was working on Pondling for about a year before the Fringe. I was trying to find inspiration from so many sources. I was watching La Vie En Rose, Amelie, La delicatesse, The Triplets of Belleville, Grey Gardens. Pondling is about a little girl who lives on a farm with her grandfather and her brother. She loves everything that's glamorous and romantic and she thinks that being French is one of the most glamorous things you can be. The play is about her journey to become the most glamorous woman she can be and she gets herself into a lot of trouble.

I didn't know how it would go down at the Fringe. We had a preview show for five people in the rehearsal space and they were deadly silent from beginning to end. I knew that it was a dark piece.The reactions varied every night. A lot of women, I found, were very moved. But a lot of my friends thought it was the funniest thing ever.

Pondling runs from 31st March - 5th April at Smock Alley Theatre. PHOTO: Aoife Herrity