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Last night’s Beatyard Banter on ‘Covering the City’ threw up audience questions about the forthcoming local elections and whether we should be more politicised.

With a platform and audience comes a degree of power and responsibility. Our actions and motives are to make the city a better and more informed experience for those who live here and have chosen to stay. We’re not naive enough to think we function as an end goal for people’s opinions and choices.

So what part can we play? What we can do, and have done, is encourage and support initiatives. Yes, it behoves us to reach beyond what may be seen as the cosy confines of our constituent at times but never once have we not responded to an e-mail or call looking for advice as to how our knowledge and network can be distilled and tailored to the events and needs of others.

Every action can be political without being splayed on a poster, pushed through a letterbox or trumpeted from the loud speaker of a passing car. Subtlety doesn’t equate with apathy and may simply reflect the channels we choose to become so-called ‘politically’ engaged. But we can always do more.  

Whose putting the manifesto to the testo this week?" MichaelKateCiaran or Amy

"So I decided it would be fun to draw a whale breathing out all the stars into the night sky" - Lynn MacPherson (aka Salty Philip)
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May 01 2014


where
Walkinstown Cross, The Long Mile Road, Dublin 12. 

when
8pm

how much
€5 gear rental

sport
Boomtown Rollers Open Skate

The Boom Town Rollers ain’t got time for roller disco dancing to The Bee Gees or donning novelty costumes. For them, skating is a serious business, competitive to the point of violence. They play roller derby, a contact sport which looks a bit like rugby on wheels. Their motto is “If you can’t play nice, play roller derby!” and their Facebook page terrifyingly describes new members as “fresh meat”. According to unreliable sources, organisers of roller derby tournaments like to give them names like “Season’s Beatings” and “Knocktoberfest”, just so people know what they’re getting themselves in for. If you don’t mind the risk of death, this looks like a great chance to trick yourself into exercise, make some new enemies and let out all your rage in a socially acceptable way. Also, there’s free cake. / Kayla Walsh

 

May 01 2014


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
All You Need is Love

Love is all you need, but a limited edition print is pretty nice too. This exhibition, in aid of Marriage Equality, will be soundtracked by Mother DJs, so it's fitting that all the art on the walls will be disco-fabulous. Trevor Finnegan (detail shown), Denise Nestor and Homebird are amongst the exhibitiors/exhibitionists and the theme has been translated soppily (see Aiden Kelly's piece), Scandi-sensibly by Gianni Dolce Merde, and with a space-age bent by Matthew Griffin. If that sounds delightfully obtuse, well, someone's gotta pique your interest without handing it to you on a plate. Get down there, cos if all you need is love, then the next best thing must be waking up, spooning an All You Need Is Love print taped onto a pillow. / Kate Coleman

 

May 01 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
6:30pm

how much
€5

screening
Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham is one of the most important people in Fashion, according to Anna Wintour. He has been taking photos of how people in Manhattan are dressed as they go about their daily business since the flower children congregated in Central Park. This film is a fond insight into the octogenarian's work and life and it's a pleasure to see him talk about his photos - joyous, giddy, "maahv'lous" as he would say. His approach is utterly democratic - it's 'all about the clothes'. Bill is a rare bird - a man of integrity, honesty and intense individuality working within an industry where so little of those qualities exist. OPSH will chair a panel discussion with local fashion stars, including Aisling Farinella and Conor Clinch, before the screening. To quote the man himself " he who seeks beauty will find it". / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

May 02 2014


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

how much
€20

gig
DJ Jazzy Jeff

It's hard to believe that there was once a time when DJ Jazzy Jeff took primacy over Will Smith. When the duo initially joined forces, Jazzy was already a local celebrity in his own right, a turntabling trickster honing his craft at block parties around Philadelphia. A young, goofy Will Smith offered to be his hype man one night and, well, the rest is history. After selling millions of albums, producing several goodtime jams, sporting jazzy sweaters and being physically ejected by Uncle Phil from a Bel-Air mansion too many times to count, DJ Jazzy Jeff is a cultural icon. As summer, summer, summertime looms and pints outside Grogan's is set to become a regular occurrence, it's time to sit back and unwind in the company of DJ Jazzy Jeff. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

 

May 02 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€13

gig
Normski

Chief among the things I will miss about Dublin, when I bid slán to this cracking little city of ours in a few weeks’ time, is the wonderful work of the Young Hearts Run Free collective. While attending some of their recent charity fundraisers, I have found myself dancing atop tables into the small hours at the Project Arts Centre, rapt by readings from Michael D Higgins and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh in The Unitarian Church, and witness to life-affirming musical performances in some of Dublin’s most offbeat nooks and crannies. Given the breadth and depth of their passion for the arts, who better than Y.H.R.F. to host TV presenter, DJ, photographer and rap pioneer Norman ‘Normski’ Anderson for a Q&A, during a rare visit to these shores? Proceeds, as ever, benefit the Simon Community. The good vibes are yours to keep. / Joey Kavanagh

   
 

May 02 2014


where
The Hacienda, Little Green Street, Dublin 1. 

when
From 8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
The Luxury Gap

This isn't an exhibition of Gap's cashmere range in all its camel/beige/tastefully bland glory, but a site-specific (the infamous Hacienda, no less) art event, curated by Padraic E. Moore, the era-defying, all-pop-culture-knowing, art historian, writer and curator. Featuring work from Jonathan Mayhew, Lucy Stein, Andrew Vickery and Marcel Vidal, it's a rare opportunity to glimpse fine art out of the stuffy, white walled institutions that are so often suffocating and unapproachable. The work explores the idea of luxury, and what luxury is about. Small luxuries versus extravagant ones, modern luxuries versus traditional ones, for what is a luxury to me, may not be to you. Ensconce yourself in the Hacienda, between the bar and the jukebox, and revel in time spent drinking in art. A luxury in itself. / Kate Coleman

 

May 02 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
8pm

how much
€12

screening
Good Vibrations

Given the weather is cracking and the beer garden is calling as I write this, I've an internal Beach Boys soundtrack going on. Sharing the name with on of the Wilson Brothers et al's biggest summer jams, Terri Hooley's record store Good Vibrations, together with his own vision and drive as a producer and promoter were instrumental in the rise of the Belfast punk scene, influencing such luminaries as The Outcasts and perennial Peel favorites The Undertones. The Sugar Club will be paying tribute the man himself with a screening of last year's chronicle called, you guessed it, Good Vibrations, followed by a Q & A and DJ set from Terry and friends, bringing you reggae and soul late into the night. Hosted by filmmaker Paul Duane, this is the first in a series of nights centered around cult music movies so stay tuned for further good vibes. / Kate McEvoy

   
 

May 03 2014


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€17.35

gig


So, you’re probably familiar with the work of Karen O. But how about Karen Ø? Better known by her stage name , 25-year-old Danish singer Karen Marie Ørsted has graduated from blog favourite to fully-fledged pop siren in little under a year. Current album No Mythologies To Follow occupies a point on the musical spectrum somewhere between the resourceful eclecticism of Santigold and the sultry Scandipop of Lykke Li but, great as she might sound on record, Mø is infinitely more impressive in a live setting. Having done her utmost to upstage AlunaGeorge at their own gig at The Academy last October, she returns to the scene of the crime for her debut Irish headliner. Expect pigtail-thrashing, Spice Girls cover versions and the kind of furiously energetic live performance we typically associate with her Yeah Yeah Yeahs namesake. / Joey Kavanagh

 

May 03 2014


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when
From 12pm

how much
€40 inc. Luncheonette lunch

festival
Super8 Film Festival

Don’t know about you, but when I was growing up the family memento-maker du jour was a Super8 camera. Sure 35mm film stills were very much top dog, but for capturing memories that moved, those tiny joyful inconveniences were the shit. Yes we graduated to cumbersome VHS in the 80s but there was always something way more cinematic, despite its puny size, about 8mm film. With that in mind, the line-up of this first Super8 Film Festival should quench the celluloid thirst of any darkened roomed enthusiast. From the experimental montages of Alan Lambert and Fergal Brennan to the 70s cine trash of Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry from the eye-popping collection of Dennis “Mr Super 8” Kenny, this is the perfect setting to savour this diminutive format. There are only so many people you can fit it one room to screen Super8 so as as result tickets are crazy limited. Get on it! / Simon Judge

 

May 03 2014


where
Meet at Powerscourt Centre

when
See link

how much
€45

food
French Foodie in Dublin

Striped shirt, not check. Check. Garlic necklace and complementary baguette? Why not. Beret? Set at a rakish angle.* Beatyard introduces your inner Francophile to Dublin and takes you on a tour of classically chic streets that your eyes might not mistake for Paris but your taste buds certainly will. Foodie blogger Ketty leads the way through winding narratives of French gastronomy that you can digest over wine** and cheese tastings like a caricature of a French stereotype - lending you fresh eyes with which to view well-trodden Dublin paths and a stomach full to the brim with joie de vivre. And wine**. Don’t forget the wine. *Garlic necklace, baguette, beret and striped shirt not supplied. **Did I mention wine? / Aisling Smyth

 

May 03 2014


where
Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1
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when
10pm

how much
€5 unwaged, €10 waged

fundraiser
#rabbleRuckus6

Rabble do brilliant things. Socially aware news pieces, thought-provoking longform, parties... Wait, what was that last one? Yes, you read me right, parties. Most of us are probably more familiar with Rabble as the free sheet tucked inside the doorway of our favourite haunts but every once in a while, the gang relieve themselves from scouring the streets of Dublin, throwing caution to the wind for a night of rowdy record spinning. It can't all be about print and big scoops up in HQ, that shit's no good for morale. If these lads can create a #rabbleRuckus between the (news) sheets, imagine what they get up to when they're out for a spot of divilment. All proceeds go to keeping the paper in credit (free doesn't come cheap, dudes). Come one, come all, be a Rabble rouser and raise the roof! / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

May 03 2014


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

how much
€15

gig
Bicep

Well who doesn't love a good bicep? An enviable body part, sure - but also the enigmatic dance duo that Belfast born Matt and Andy indeed are. In the business just over 2 years, the back story of this pair is as impressive as their music. The lads began with their entertainingly named blog Feel My Bicep which then developed to the Bicep that produces and DJs today, if only all biceps were developed so quickly eh? Held partly responsible for the revival in 90's house, Bicep is a combination of disco, house, garage and techno, and with influences including The Wire and Aphex Twin, what's not to like. Rarely disappointing, Bicep are known for strictly vinyl sets of old school influenced tracks, perfect Saturday night dancing material. / Niamh Keenan

 

May 03 2014


where
Number 25, Eustace Street, Dublin 2.

when
11am-8pm

how much
€75

workshop
BASHprep

I'm into Pinterest. We’re talking reams of boards dedicated to centerpieces and up dos. Sadly, the end results of my endeavours - be it winged eyeliner or floral arrangements - are more blindfolded blunders by Junior Infant dropouts than a glamour-craft paragon of the world. Thank Christ for BASHprep. Think of the reality behind a step-by-step photo blog post and you’re on the right track. Judging by the sumptuous Instagram accounts of the creators being drafted in for the afternoon, you'll leave laden with knowledge of cake decor and event styling. If you’re getting hitched, you'll be buzzing with ideas for your day but if gaff parties are more your scene, you could be the talk of the estate for months to come. A proposal involving catered lunch, cocktails and fresh skills? What else could ya say but I DO! / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

 

May 03 2014


where
The Back Loft, La Catedral Art Studios, 7-11 St Augustine St, Dublin 8


when
10am - 4pm

how much
€10/€5 unwaged

event
Body Painting Jam

To answer your first question, yes some people will be naked. Strip down to nothing but a smile or cover up, Dublin’s first Body Painting Jam is a celebration of the body and a judgement-free zone. Regardless of whether you are the Monet of the body painting world or potato printing in primary school was your last artistic enterprise, all are welcome to a day of creativity and self-expression. Dublin Body Painting is a group inspired by the annual Camden Palace World Naked Bike Ride and provide an open and nurturing environment for an emerging and liberating art form. Experience something new, meet like-minded folk and celebrate the body your Mamma gave you. All shapes and sizes are welcome and encouraged! / Claire Mullane

 

May 02 2014


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11pm - 3am

how much
€10/8

club night
Profile

The bouncer appraises my companions and I: “Yous here for the gay night, lads? – Round the back, yeah”. And so we traipse to the rear entrance of the Academy on the North Lotts, to Profile. Some have argued that Dublin has lacked a certain tops-off, go-go-dancing, laser-beaming, circuit-party-music-banging nightspot since HAM (RIP). Well, every second Saturday, argue no more, as Profile plugs that particular ripped-torso-shaped hole in the capital’s gay scene. The clientele is pretty mixed gender-wise with a huge, hefty and hot contingent of Latino lads werqing their stuff on the dancefloor. Some of your fellow Profilers may also be working the dancefloor, available by the half-hour. But sure, a dude’s gotta eat. If you’re still unsatisfied when the lights come on; follow the crowd as the later-than-late- Latino after-parties are legendary. Mick Ers

   
 

May 04 2014


where
Third Space, Block C, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7.

when
Doors 6:15pm

how much
€45

fundraiser
Cinco de Mayo SCOOP Social

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican-American tradition; the stuccoed houses that dot California's varied landscapes, the ballooning burritoes of Texas, and the literal parallels evoked in San Diego, Los Angeles or New Mexico. SCOOP Social is celebrating the spiciest of festivals with an incredible feast of Mexicana with Chilli Outside's not so chilly chilli, as well as more courses cooked up by one of Coppinger Row's finest chefs, all swished down with cocktails. This event is fund-raising in order to build schools in India for street-children, and it's rare you get to be quite so ignoble for a noble cause...So dance to the Mariachi band and remember, what happens in Tijuana stays in Tijuana. / Kate Coleman

 

May 04 2014


where
The Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court Dublin 2


when
7pm

how much
€15

club night
Forza Giro

One of the signs that Dublin has outgrown its own cultural provincialism to become a truly cosmopolitan city is that we now have our very own Italo Disco flavoured community and they are celebrated as being at the heart of some of the very best parties that are being thrown here. That the Forza crew should be thus insconsced in the scene means that just the bare sniff of The Giro coming to town meant there had to be a party, and what a party they have lined up. Helena Hauff leads the field having built herself quite the reputation from the relatively obscurity of Hamburg’s Golden Pudel Club with variety and groove being her twin hallmarks. Add this to a bumper peleton of DJs and the sleekest looking poster I’ve seen in quiet some time and we’re all going to be considering EPO to keep us going through the night. / Emmet Condon

 

May 04 2014


where
The Hub, 23 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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when
10.30pm - late

how much
€12/€10

dj set
Crazy P

Once upon a time, this space housed the greatest club that ever there was for a certain generation - Central @ Switch. It's had some mildly diverting reincarnations but the latest under Al 'Adorelocks' Keegan signals the best hope of a heyday mk 2. Besides gay club night F.A.G. launching on Friday and Together Disco's Ryan Skelton kicking off Staunch (May 17), the chance to catch The Crazy P Heartbreaker (Phead honcho Mr Ron Basejam) delivers spin shivers and euphoric tingles at the thought. Ably propped and shouldered by Billy Scurry and the Greedy Pig crew, expect an exalted order of swish and sway on the dancefloor as disco and house are anointed bank holiday bedfellows. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

 

May 04 2014


where
tbc

when
10.30pm - late

how much
€10

gig
Torn Hawk

Neither Tony Hawk nor a Tomahawk, Luke Wyatt (aka Torn Hawk) drops into town for a debut in a tbc D2 space. And his is a deposit you'll want to withdraw to keep your bank holiday edge cred account topped up. With a vast range of releases through labels such as L.I.E.S. up to his most current Through Force of Will on Not Not Fun, Hawk's sound is an enrapturing and propulsive squelchy chug. With '80s reference in his accompanying B-movie "video mulching" and titles such as 'Born to Win' (Life After Ghostbusters), these shoulder pad synths and sequined segues should be high-heeled between the sense of nostalgia and discovery his sounds evoke. These wings can truly fly. Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

   
 

May 05 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
5pm

how much
€15/€17.50

screening
Brothers Hypnotic

Film director Reuben Atlas' first feature length documentary follows a family of incredible musicians from Chicago, a brass band of blood brothers. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are to brass what Prince is to the electric guitar. Sweaty genius. The eight brothers are sons of legendary jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran, a man who is deeply revered by both the Chicago jazz scene and his own sons and in this documentary his shadow looms large. The brothers try to adhere to their father's vision of music as a path to consciousness-raising, meaning their sound often goes deeper than the brass instruments they play, it's almost spiritual. The Hypnotic treat Dublin like a second home, fitting in time for collaborations with home grown talent, The Animators, so while this doc is mostly shot in NYC and Chicago, it feels strangely familiar too. / Vernon Steel

 

May 06 2014


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
Shonen Knife

Osaka, Japan, 1981: three hyper-active Japanese teenage girls form Shonen Knife, fusing the cutest J-pop with grungy garage rock. Lyrical themes: Excitement, cats, fruit, boys. Needless to say, it was awesome. Now fast forward over thirty years later and inexplicably, they’re still around and sound fresher than ever! What’s also inexplicable is how brilliant this stuff is. Kurt Cobain himself loved these ladies for their uncanny ability to transport their audience into the headspace of a hysterical 9-year old overdosed on pixie sticks. There’s just something magic in their mash-up of grungy punk-guitar, mega-cheerful vocals and perfect pop structures that will turn even the most jaded, surly rock fan into a grinning idiot. / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 

May 07 2014


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

when
See link

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Run and Jump

Vanetia and Conor Casey (Maxine Peake and Edward MacLiam) had an idyllic life until Conor suffered a debilitating stroke. Now their home is invaded by an American doctor Ted (Will Forte) who is studying Conor’s recovery. With her life in total upheaval Vanetia must try and hold her family together as she struggles with her growing connection to Ted. Despite the complexity of the subject matter this manages to be entertaining and touching. There are plenty of laughs alongside the drama and really strong performances from the leads. Most refreshingly there is no hint of the paddywhackery that often features in Irish films with American stars. It was well received at the Tribeca Film Festival and JDIFF, so if you were unfortunate enough to miss it there, now's your chance. / Frances Winston

 
Alison Spittle

As she prepares for Edinburgh Fringe, we chatted with comedian Alison Spittle about her new show and avocados.

My show is called Alison Spittle Needs An Agent and it's about me trying to get an agent. I was trying to write a blurb and I just decided to do that as a joke instead.

I've been doing comedy for close to five years, but two of those years were in Westmeath. Once I came to Dublin, I hit the ground hard and found my own voice. Maybe it's the bohemian lifestyle. I think it's the avocado on toast that's fueling my creativity.

I was on the New Comedy Awards and a few producers from Republic of Telly were there and they asked me to audition. They tried me out and I did a bit on it. They've called me back occasionally to do stuff, which keeps my Mam happy.

This new show consists of new bits and one-liners. I'm trying to explore different sides of comedy.. Normally when I do comedy, I'm like, "I'm going to talk about animals or the voices in my head," but this time it's adult comedy time.

Alison Spittle will preview her Edinburgh show this Friday in the International Bar. Photo: Clara Hooper