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We're giving the beacon of the north side, the Five Lamps, some love this week, as the annual Five Lamps festival in the area is well under way, celebrating the exciting, multicultural, goodwill vibe of the area. At the confluence of Seville Place, Portland Row, Amiens Street, Killarney Street and North Strand Row, this architecturally exquisite monument stands guard over the north side.

Imagine the things it has survived, the north strand bombings in WWII, seeing Georgian grandeur turn to tenement, turn to the trench between the glistening IFSC and Parnell Street's Chinatown-lite. Now the area is regenerating once again.

Under the gaze of the Five Lamps, you'll find buzzing studio spaces like D-Light, the dance studio at Foley Street, and cutting edge exhibition spaces like the Lab. Say what you want about the north side, but we like a place where you can pick up a new pillow at Guineys and then head to a dance class and a high-falutin' exhibition. This is the revolution.

Who only has four lamps, and needs a fifth to complete the collection? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, or Amy?

"I try and bridge the gap between art and design..."- William Doherty
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April 03 2014


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free, but pre-book

talk
Girl Geek Dinners

As the proud owner of more than one Firefly T-shirt and a staunch believer in food I would love if I were the target audience for Geek Girl Dinners. However, it's much more than it says on the tin. The event acts as a mixer for women in all sectors of tech, from code-head engineers and developers to savvy entrepreneurs and marketers, providing them with an opportunity to connect and pool their knowledge and resources. The event is also open to gentlemen callers but only at the invitation of a woman. Given the paucity of women in technology and the sometimes shabby treatment of those who do make it through, I'd hope few would be perturbed by such a request. Hosted by the good folk at The Science Gallery, the event is run by a collective of groups which promote women's participation in STEM, Geek Girl Dinners are all about saying #weAREhere / Kate McEvoy

 

April 03 2014


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6:30pm

how much
€15/€10

talk
Thinking + Typography

After gorging itself at the creative buffet that was last month’s Offset Festival, the Dublin design community is being offered up a set course offering in IDI’s evening of design thinking & typographic design. Irishman Paul Hughes will be laying on one of his ‘10 Meters of Thinking’ presentations. Paul provides a ‘visual-verbal’ experience as he unrolls 10 meters of paper, telling stories as he goes that strive to inspire organisational change. Hamish Muir will be familiar with anyone who owns a graphic design book from the early 90s. Perhaps not in name but you’ll recognise his work with design studio 8vo for clients such as The Haçienda, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Factory Records & Flux New Music Festival. More recently Hamish co-founded MuirMcNeil who have set about crafting some remarkable contemporary typefaces. / Jon Averill

 

April 03 2014


where
The Lab, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
2pm - 5pm

how much
Registration HERE

talk
Listening for the City

Remember the thril of picking up a shell as a kid and being told you can hear the sound of sea from afar? Most of us know about Living for the City but what about Listening to it? 'Beyond Noise and Silence' is a symposium which looks, or rather listens, to adventurous sound and how it can make its mark on urban environment and public landscapes. Curated by Sven Anderson who is currently working on a public art commission for the city. Whether it's looking at the electromagnetic waves that surround us, the beeps of the pedestrian crossings or a remix of the squall of seagulls, the city is ripe for recording, remixing and more finely attuning our ears to the possibilities beyond the headphone immunisation we have become prone to. / Zach Joyce

   
 

April 04 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€15/€12

dance
Woman Stood Regardless

The dancers in Woman Stood Regardless move as though gripped and pummelled by an unseen fist. Bound by writhing and whipping movements that send limbs askew, the bodies of the four females are pliable flesh, quaking and tender and racked with violent shudders. Amidst a women’s support group choreographer Catherine Young was exposed to the mechanism of resilience and resolve that functions within an individual who exists in a state of utter despair, the nature of their grievances wrapped in social taboos, insecurity or fragility, rendering them totally silent. This unspoken suffering upon her back, each woman resolutely moves forward and woven across the stage is the battle cry of those refusing to be broken. Friday’s performance culminates in a post show discussion with Young, amongst other guest panellists. / Sophie Donaldson

 

April 04 2014


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

when
8:30pm

how much
€10

concert
The Joinery Off-Site

One would struggle to find two institutions further apart on the spectrum than Smithfield’s lo-fi flashlight of creativity The Joinery and the regal city center chandillier of classical culture the NCH. But both in their own right cater for a specific niche of performance and artistic endevour in a city that desperatly needs both. Anyone who was lucky enough to attend the incredible Pantha Du Prince show at the Earlsfort Terrace establishment will be further enthused by this melding of musical mores and minds as lo-fi meets high brow under the guise of an ‘off-site’ evening of virtuoso musicans curated by the Joinery folks in the Kevin Barry Rooms. As we hopefully mature in our attitudes towards space and continue to recognise the multifaceted nature of the people who make art in this city we need more of this kind of crossover. / Emmet Condon

 

April 04 2014


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

when
9:30pm

how much
Donation to Simon Community

fundraiser
Records Night #2

The young hearts behind Young Hearts Run Free present an evening of record spinning and hip swivelling to choice tunes, in aid of the Simon Community. This, therefore, seems as good a time as any to point out that everything Young Hearts do is not for profit - they do it for love of the arts, and love of humankind. They are extraordinarily lovely people, who just happen to have exquisite taste in, well, all things. Having explored incredibly varied spaces, from churches to pubs, and filled them with soaring music, poetry and literature, they are providing us with the chill soundtrack to accompany base good vibes and charitable giving. Young hearts run free, so we can't force you to go, but you should. / Kate Coleman

   
 

April 05 2014


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

how much
€14

gig
Mr G

No the fabulously camp Mr.G of Summer Heights High will not be making a Twisted Pepper debut, instead Colin McBean aka Mr.G will be making his first live Irish appearance. A pioneer of house with a strong tinge of soul this is a booking that surprisingly wasn't made sooner. On the scene now for almost two decades, Mr.G for some is the absolute definition of tech-house. Inspired by everything from old school rave, drum and bass and techno the sound is heavy with infectious bass and emotion. Even more than the sound Mr.G himself just seems so god damn likeable. A seasoned live performer, you can see just by watching his infamous Boiler Room mix that he is outrageously energetic and could make the most rigid eager to dance. A time old cliché, but this really is one night you won't want to miss. / Niamh Keenan

 

April 05 2014


where
The Hub
23 Eustace St.
Temple Bar
Dublin 2

when
11pm

how much
€5

party
TD x IMMA (Afterparty)

If there's anything Jeff Greenspan's website - theworldsmostexclusivewebsite.com - tells us, is that we all crave that inner sanctum, the backstage pass, the after-party. If you were unlucky enough to miss out on a ticket for Totally Dublin's party in IMMA then hold your horses for the after show in the Hub. This is TD's first party since the celebration of their 100th issue at Ely HQ. That night deserved an after party but all I remember is walking in a gaggle of the remaining gurglers as we sought an establishment that would serve us 'one more drink'. Thankfully, this time around, that aimless walk has been replaced with a proper plan. I've been meaning to try out the Hub too ever since unsuccessfully pitching them a tagline: The Hub, where you can rubadub. I hope I get let in. / Vernon Steel

 

April 05 2014


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€15/€12

theatre
Desire

Based on Leo Tolstoy’s short story The Devil, this tells the tale of Eugene a young man who returns home to run the family farm after his father’s death. He begins a relationship with a Latvian woman living in the area but tosses her aside after he marries a more suitable girl. However he finds her harder to forget than he thought and, paranoid and irrational, he arranges to meet her one last time. Neil Fleming commands the stage of this one man show and takes the audience on a rollercoaster ride through his unreliable confession. The momentum of the story builds well and the simple staging means that the focus is always on the words rather than the action. Presented in two acts this could feasibly be done in one but other than that this is a powerful piece of theatre that will resonate long after you leave. / Frances Winston

 

April 05 2014


where
Generator Hostel, Smithfield Sqaure, Dublin 7.


when
2pm - 8pm (one hour screenings)

how much
Free

screening
The Debut

Flipping a combination of snowboarding, surfing and water skiing, wakeboarding has grown in appeal over the last two decades. Indeed Dublin boats Ireland's first cable wakeboard park in Docklands. The Debut which erm, debuts, in Dublin today is a celebration of the passion of some of its greatest exponents in the world such as Raph Derome, Nick Davies and Felix Georgii. Capturing the high octane passion of the sport you might spot your Moby Dick from your Tweety Bird if you're au fait with the sport, enjoy Derome's maxim "The one that got up is stronger than the one who never fell" or just enjoy dudes living the life. Regardless the crew from Above Board in Dun Laoghaire who are hosting this screening will be on hand to assist with your edging or seating techniques. Meanwhile, surf's up across the Square in the Lighthouse too with their Shore Shorts Festival. / Zach Joyce

   
 

April 06 2014


where
Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
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when
11.30am - 6.30pm

how much
Free

market
Vintage Fashion & Décor Fair

For the lady or gent who finds themselves collecting heavy typewriters, travelling with 1930s trunks, or wearing twenty-times-cobbled brogues, the Vintage Fashion & Décor fair is an opportunity to rub zoot suit shoulders with people just. like. you. Parade arounf the stalls with your umbrella perched on your arm at an unflinching ninety degree angle, and experiment with a little makeover, listen to the wireless or to some live Motown. There will be hair and makeup artists to get you looking your Veronica Lake best, so you had best practice your pencil skirt sashay in the run-up to Sunday. Even bitter singletons will be seduced by the lovely, lovely Irene O'Brien presenting a parade of bridal gowns spanning four decades, and not leave the fellas out, there will also be a masterclass on knotting those bow ties. Tricksy business no more. / Kate Coleman

 

April 06 2014


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

when
7pm

how much
€12.50

documentary
Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton

Since 1996, Chris Manak (a.k.a. DJ Peanut Butter Wolf) has only released music he loves on his Stones Throw record label. It’s a personal business. Most releases are hip-hop, though there’s some soul, electro, disco, and psychedelia thrown in for good measure, and include names like J Rocc and Aloe Blacc. With such an unusual business plan the label has built a name for itself and this feature-length documentary tells its story using concert footage, home videos, archive material and interviews with artists like Snoop Dogg and Kanye West. The documentary itself is well worth a viewing but the founding Wolf will do a Q&A after this screening as well as a DJ set so dust off your records and head along. / Aisling Kett

   
 

April 07 2014


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€20

gig
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile is as productive as a doe's womb. Since 2008, he has released five albums and five EPs. This productivity may invite the fear of complacency but he perfectly progresses with every release. He is a student of his own records and of his heroes. Influences like Pavement and John Fahey can be detected in his structures and soundworlds but when his slouched Philadelphian vocal sits on re-verbed fret slides or a rigid strum, it uniquely speaks and you want to be best friends with it. Minus The Violators, it will be this friendly voice carrying the evening. The perfect sieving device for what remains of Monday's fear. / Warren McCarthy

   
 

April 08 2014


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
The Double

When Richard Ayoade, the bespectacled star of The IT Crowd, branched out into directing and emerged with his debut Submarine, the world took notice. What was striking about the coming-of-age comedy wasn’t its humour or charm, but the style and confidence with which it was delivered. In The Double, an adapatation of a Dostoyevsky novella, Ayoade has demonstrated that he is no one-trick pony and delivered a slice of existential noir that is a far cry from Submarine in terms of its ambition and the degree to which it challenges the viewer. For The Prowlster's extended interview with Richard Ayoade, click here. And for tickets to this modern noir masterpiece, click here. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

April 09 2014


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

when
6:30pm

how much
€10

talk
Women of Letters

What would you say in a letter to your missing piece? Would you ask why it's gone roving? Would you know what was missing at all? Would you ask for advice on the best place to track it down? India, or South America? Would you ruminate on the possibility that all you need to do to complete the puzzle is a month of yoga and a viewing of Eat, Pray, Love? Would you ask it if pasta can fill the void, or if pizza's better? Would you ask it why only Italian food makes it better? Why not sushi? Will a child fix it, do I need to quit my job, am I selfish, should I give up, should I bother starting, does karma exist, or is it all a big myth? Is there even such a thing as a missing piece, when all I am is flesh and bone? Just sayin'. / Kate Coleman

 

April 09 2014


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
€5

talk
Flounders

Sometimes good things come to those who flop hard. Just look at Lindsay Lohan, who flopped so hard that, these days, she gets to cavort with James Deen and hang out with Oprah on the regular. The speakers at Science Gallery’s Flounders event may not have landed themselves in the Betty Ford Centre on account of their career missteps, but they do share La Lohan’s tenacity to turn things around. The Flounders, or failed founders, are uniting to share stories on how it went drastically wrong before it went right, as part of the current Fail Better exhibition. With a panel of adjudicators that includes the largely flop-immune Jamie Heaslip whittling down the speakers to crown a “winning loser”, Flounders sets out to celebrate those in our midst who take life’s lemons and make Limoncello. / Joey Kavanagh

   
 
Green Door Market

We took a sneaky peek behind the Green Door, and spoke to Oonagh Duggan (market manager), Norman Kenny (grower), Christy Stapleton (grower) and Deirdre O'Sullivan (grower). 

It was by coincidence that we found this place.  There's a lot going on in this area, Teeling's are moving in, there are allotments down the road, and there's a new park being built. Positive things happening!

Food has become a lot more price sensitive, but people are very interested in quality, and that's something we're addressing. We'll have a butcher, organic meat, a baker, confectionary, fishmonger, and food here, with tables, chairs and music. It will be a good vibe.

Inspiration-wise, Borough Market in London is amazing. It is a big destination food space for restaurateurs, for householders, for people to visit. We were looking at St. George's Market in Belfast, which is well run too. There are some things we like, and other things we'd choose to do differently.

The Green Door Market is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 18 Newmarket, Dublin 8. PHOTO: Al Higgins