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  At Le Cool, we like things twice as nice. The Chuckle Brothers, the Olsen twins, the Winklevoss twins, and, indeed, Ciaran and Michael. The editor-on-high and publisher, respectively, of this here zine pressed publish on the first issue of Le Cool five years ago.

In anticipation of eating the icing off the cake and terrorising everyone by popping balloons, we're gonna pay homage to our little slice of Dublin, which never was, never has been, and never will be, a two-man zine.

Le Cool owes its vibrancy to an ever-changing network of fun, can-do creatives. Over 100 artists have contributed their beautiful work for our covers, there's our imaginative, talented panel of writers, who positively sizzle with enthusiasm, and the incredible photographers who create beautiful portraits for the zine, week in, week out.

Five years is a long time, and we've seen many of our original contributors grow up, establish themselves, and refine their styles, and it makes us proud as punch. We hope the next five years will see more of the same.

Who got five on it? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Ciara

"...elephants and dinosaurs playing in the clouds." - Brendan McCarey
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May 15 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8.15pm

how much
€13/10/8

theatre
Boys and Girls

A quartet of nameless characters deliver monologues in verse, touching on everything from pre-drinking and pills to unrequited love and elusive rides. This, ladies and gents, is Boys and Girls. One of the breakout hits of last year's Dublin Fringe Festival, Dylan Coburn Gray's play returns for a series of encore performances for those who missed it on its initial run. Featuring college-aged youngsters waxing lyrical about sex, it's a frank, funny and frequently sweet piece with the four actors nailing the cadence and comedy of Coburn Gray's finely constructed words. Clocking in at just under an hour, there's not an ounce of fat on this lean script that stands out as one of the freshest, vibrant portrayals of Dublin I've seen on stage and marks the young playwright as one to watch/be supremely jealous of. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

 

May 15 2014


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
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when
9pm

how much
€15/€12

theatre
Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho

With many of the trappings of being a gay icon, Margaret Thatcher never really realised her full potential. The Iron Lady was not for turning into a drag cabaret act. However, Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford (who stars as Mrs T) have examined the former Prime Minister through the prism of song, dance and Section 28 which basically tried to ban the actual or perceived promotion of homosexuality in its day. Convincingly fronted by Tedford, there’s a mixture of song, dance and camp theatrics wrapped around a well paced telling of this tale. Yes, there’s YMCA and Relax. Yes, there’s strapping lads in denim shorts but there’s a simple infotainment value which runs throughout. Particular enjoyment on the night I saw was reserved for the sign interpreter’s challenge of conveying the word ‘rimming’ to the audience. Handbags at the ready! / Michael McDermott

 

May 15 2014


where
Tropical Popical, 28 South William Street, Dublin 2


when
Starts 5pm until 17th May

how much
Up to 70% off

sample sale
Danielle Romeril Sample Sale

Why decorate your house, if you're not going to decorate yourself? Fashion, so often misrepresented as folly and fancy, is the most accessible form of artistic expression, whether your rags are Penney's or Prada, and Danielle Romeril's collections are here for your delight. A NewGen award winner, following in the footsteps of Simone Rocha and J.W Anderson, Danielle's work is ladylike but street. Textures, shimmers, transparencies and embroidering elevates the quite innocent aesthetic, and flips the bird at anyone who says that florals can't be a little bit hard. She's bringing the love home with this sample/archive sale, so if you missed out on pieces the first time round, you have another chance to go ninja on her collections. Research by checking out her visual-candy collections (many styled by the wonderful Kieran Kilgallon) on her site. / Kate Coleman

 

May 15 2014


where
Various, see link.,


when
6:30pm-9pm

how much
Free

readings
Words on the Street

Summer is just around the corner (fingers crossed) and every beach-based savvy bookworm worth their sea salt is in the market for the next big thing. To get a taster of what's hot in euro lit circles, you'd wanna make an appearance at this offbeat event. Assemble your bookish buddies to hear the likes of Anne Doyle, Joe Duffy and everyone's favourite primping newsreader Aengus Mac Grianna read excerpts from acclaimed contemporary authors such as Kim Leine and Jacek Hugo- Bader. All coming to you from a diverse array of buildings scattered around Nassau St. Take this opportunity to have a nose around inside The Freemasons' Hall or the Mansion House. Top tip! Don't miss Jon Mc Gregor reading his third novel Even the Dogs in the National Library, recently named in the Guardian's Top Ten Writers to see live. / Sharon Love 

 

May 15 2014


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

how much
€15/€12

exhibition
Here and Now

Home is where the heart is, the place you can close the door to the world and its demands. Sometimes though, this isn’t the case. Here & Now is a project by freelance theatre practitioner Veronica Dyas that examines the places we call home by looking at homelessness, housing and walking. Dyas started the project in 2012 when she had to move out of the home she owned and lived in to rent it so she could afford the mortgage. Also in the space is Project Downsize. This came about when, after letting out her house, Dyas walked the Camino with only a schoolbag of essentials which inspired her to give away her possessions on returning. This will run alongside an installation of video, pictures and audio. A wonderful exploration of the way we live. / Aisling Kett

 

May 15 2014


where
The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2
01 670 3361
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when
7:30pm

how much
€15/€12

theatre
Civil Parting

There's nothing delicious about an amicable divorce, which is why Chris & Gwyneth < Paul & Heather, and why the nicey-nicey act in this South African import doesn't last long. Jealousies are heated, distrust is rife, and, well, thank the lord they called it a day, cos that shit ain't working. Sitting in an Alan Partridge-esque attorney's office, waiting for the least punctual lawyer ever, they play out a snapshot of all the contributing factors to this divorce, snarking and sniping, but every so often sharing a moment of tenderness. Then, the play mutinies against its lawful, staid surroundings and descends into slapstick violence and tumbles. Weirdly though, they manage to come to more resolutions during the moments of emotional fraughtness than they probably would have within several hours of pretending to be okay in a mediator's office. / Kate Coleman

   
 

May 16 2014


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
3pm

how much
Free

talk
Making Human Soap

‘Do you want to go to the Science Gallery this weekend?’ ‘Oh yeah, great place the Science Gallery; seen some very cool and strange stuff there. What’s on?’ ‘It’s an exhibition about a man who makes soap out of body fat that he collected through his own liposuction procedure.’ Pause. ‘I’m in’. After all, how could you not be? The man himself, Miami-based artist Orestes De La Paz, will be there, which should make for an interesting Q&A (and merchandising stand). Exploring our objectification of the body - what uses we can make out of its waste, and how squeamish can you make an audience - this should be one of the Science Gallery’s most memorable moments. Anyone for a bath? / Hugh Torpey

 

May 16 2014


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
6pm

how much
Free

launch
The Other Half Lives

“This is not just another photographic book on Ireland” declares Tony Murray in his foreword to Wally Cassidy The Other Half Lives. His images are the grit and groan of a city in its transitory phase of 1989 - 1993. "This is photography ‘from’ the street not ‘of’ the street” laced with anger and humour but above all pride and defiance. In four sections - street, protest, punks and Smithfield, Cassidy’s gift is that of all great photographers - being in the right place at the right time delivering unobtrusive yet vivid depictions of the pleas and taunts, the falling down and getting back up again. Emblems of that era such as the The Diceman are captured but it’s the nameless faces who shared in our story which captivate. It’s a skin we feel we may have shed 25 years later but there’s a honesty to the voices here, one which has sadly subsided with us morphing into the ‘ofs’ rather than the ‘forms’. / Michael McDermott

 

May 16 2014


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

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Godzilla

What if the atomic experiments in the South Pacific during the 1950s had nothing to do with the advancement of nuclear weaponry? What if it was actually an attempt to destroy an ancient and terrifying kaiju? So sets out the premise to one of the biggest cinematic tentpoles to explode onto eyeballs in 2014. The continent-hopping human story at the heart of this city-stomping epic threads tangible mini dramas to retain an empathy rarely seen in mega movies such as this. But enough about those pesky humans, when the creature we all came to gawk at is finally revealed, glorious chaos ensues and director Gareth Edwards teases the audience with some (faithfully) dazzling set pieces ahead of the cataclysmic final act. And thankfully, there’s no Godzooky in sight. / Simon Judge

 

May 16 2014


where
Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
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when
Until May 24th

how much
Free

exhibition
Precognition

The Talbot Gallery is one of the most atmospheric in the city, with the eerie ambience of a former raggy school or something. Their current exhibition, Precognition, is a beautiful, imaginative curation of art, from the delicate, mottled pheasant soaring above the staircase to the looking glasses, which invite you to explore rainbows, like watching a mutating smear of Skittles dust apparate before your eyes. Add to that a tightrope pendulum, a spike of a pendant grazing the ground ever so slightly, and mirroring the clock outside Connolly Station, which you can see from the sash window that the piece stands by, soldier-tall and unmoving. Sprinkle in a deconstructed table - legs made the centrepiece - and abstract, misty paintings, and you have much to explore within the space. / Kate Coleman

 

May 16 2014


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


when
1pm/7pm

how much
€10/€8

theatre
On City Water Hill

Beginning with the familiar scene of the dodgy meeting in a secluded area, Philip St. John’s new play quickly steers away from the stereotypical depiction of a hitman and client meet cute. Each trying to initially one-up each other in the ruthless stakes, self-proclaimed ‘three-time IFTA award-winning producer’ Gary and been-there done-that hitman Frank, devise a revenge plot that will shatter themselves as much as their intended victims. Staged in the Theatre Upstairs in Lanigan’s, Pat Nolan and Neil Fleming use the confines of the miniscule stage to depict the ever stifling breakdown of the once arrogant partnership. This small space hidden in the epicentre of Dublin captures the impression that we are dropping in a reality of contemporary Ireland slowly rising amongst stories of corrupt Gardaí and careless bankers. / Ciara Roche

   
 

May 17 2014


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
7pm

how much
€20/€18

talk
Gruff Rhys - American Interior

No stranger to embarking on a quest, his 2010 documentary Separado saw the singer trek to Argentina in search of a distant Patagonian uncle/60s musician - but, hey, why be straightforward when you can be Gruff Rhys? The ever-intriguing Furries' frontman's latest output escorts us back to 18th century America in the footsteps of his ancestor John Evans, an explorer who sought a supposed tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans. Always pushing the boundaries of his work's form and delivery, his latest release American Interior naturally comes in a multimedia juggernaut of a package - comprising an album, a book, a documentary and even an app. Never less than compelling, witty and the right dose of surreal, expect all three as Rhys performs acoustic tracks and chats with Tony Clayton-Lea. / Sarah Folan

 

May 17 2014


where
The Hub, 23 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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when
11pm

how much
€10

club night
Staunch

We might have reached peak beard but there’s no sign of peak Ryan Skelton yet. The bearded wonder who delivers Together Disco, the most euphoric retro night around, is back with the launch of Staunch in a new monthly venue. Swapping the delightful dinge of the Pint for the neon clean of the recently renovated Hub, Staunch is about placing your trust in the man who can. The policy is “doors open at 11pm and close at 12.30am!!” to ensure a vacuum pack of the 'up for its'. Acts will never be announced in advance. Brace yourself and place your trust and thrust in Staunch. To the victors, the dance floor! Win Tickets / Michael McDermott

 

May 17 2014


where
Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1
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when
8pm

how much
Free

club night
A Night of Queer Disco (for Choice!)

There ain’t no party like a queer anarchist disco party to fundraise for transport to the pro-choice event in Belfast, because it also features a super groovy roller disco. Run by the self-proclaimed ‘non-hierarchical, anti capitalist’ guys at Seomra Spraoi, expect to wash down your punch with a side order of organic food stalls and a flip through their collection of independent zines. Whilst roller discos may seem like an alien concept, pottering around in high heels on dance floors saturated with spilled drinks can’t be that much different. Throw on some elbow and knee pads if you think you're hard enough and glide around the floor on four wheels like a skate-less John Travolta. There will be a screening of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on beforehand so pop that in your rainbow headband and glitter eyeshadow and smoke it. / Ciara Roche

 

May 17 2014


where
The Pint, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1
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when
4pm-late

how much
€5 before 10, €10 after

party
Day/Night Party

For a relatively small city, Dublin sure punches above its weight in magnitude for music bookings with cutting-edge artists performing on this hallowed ground touching on almost every night of the week. As pointed out in an excellent piece in The Irish Times last week, it’s just as important to support the grassroots crews, those who are nurturing the local scenes from the ground up. Enigma are a tightly knit bunch of fellows who have thrown some sensational little soirees in recent months. This Saturday they're taking to The Pint for an almighty day/night takeover. They've got a couple of sneaky tricks up their sleeve and since they will be saying Auf Wiedersehen for the summer, it’s your last chance to share the vibe until the soon-to-be prodigal sons return… / Conor McTernan

 

May 17 2014


where
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe Dublin 8
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when
12-9pm

how much
€10

party
Telephones

Just in time for the sun, cool kids HSSH and Discotekken are taking over the playground for an all-day outdoor party. Taking their lead from Brooklyn-based garden parties Mister Sunday, the grounds of the former Victorian institution, now Pallas Studios, will be like an intimate micro festival. Hopscotch to your hearts content as the yard pulses with super sweet summer beats from the likes of John Mahon and Louis Scully, whilst food stalls and local drink purveyors will be on hand to take you through to sundown. As the al fresco frivolities wrap up, Twisted Pepper will be hosting the Horse Meat Disco after party, a most gentle transition from dusk to dawn. / Sophie Donaldson

 

May 17 2014


where
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
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when
7:30pm

how much
€15-€85

opera
Nixon in China

Turning Richard Nixon’s trip to meet Chairman Mao in 1972 into an opera was an audacious idea by John Adams when it debuted in Houston in 1987. Bringing this grandiose spectacle to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is an equally audacious and costly one by Wide Open Opera. The set changes and scale of production is jaw-dropping for what one might expect in Dublin. Replete with a large cast and orchestra, this is a three-act play about a historic moment in world events but ultimately rather slight in terms of what actually happened. This opera reflects that switching from the profound to the inconsequential during pleasantries, banquets and speeches. Audrey Luna is a show stealer as the malevolent Madame Mao. Shout outs too for the students of DIT and RIAM who form most of the chorus. A sight and sound to behold. / Michael McDermott

 

May 17 2014


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

how much
€7/10

ep launch
Zaska

When I was a young ‘un, Max Zaska used to busk on the streets of my home town and play small gigs in local pubs, captivating gangs of giggly teenage girls (aka, me and my friends). Fast forward ten years, and Max has come extremely far. Now, with a degree in Jazz Performance under his belt, he is a familiar face on the Dublin music scene and one of the most exciting up-and-coming artists in the country. His original songs, which are a combination of funk, rap and soul, are both catchy and unique, with a hypnotic beat that almost dares you not to dance. Backed up by an eight-piece band including trumpets, saxophone and sublime vocals from Karen Crowley, Zaska is a funky force to be reckoned with. With support from Richard Farrell and the Last Tribe and Feather, this EP launch is one not to be missed. / Kayla Walsh

   
 

May 18 2014


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
The Two Faces of January

Bearing reference to the two-faced Roman God Janus, the God of beginnings and passages, gates and doors; the story which unfolds in Hossein Amini’s directorial debut, observes a deceptive alliance with veiled motives and the emergence of a suspenseful love triangle borne from infatuation, envy and the charm of ubiquitous Rydal, a tour guide played by fresh success, Oscar Isaac. Chester and Colette MacFarland (Mortenson and Dunst) appear a glamorous American couple surrounded by a lure of wealth and sophistication in the beautiful city of Athens, though the eminent facade begins to crumble and soon resembles the Ancient Grecian ruins around them. In an engaging thriller, jovial exteriors quickly fabricate into dark truths; their fortune left in the hands of the Gods. / Claire Mullane

 

May 19 2014


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

when
4.15pm

how much

cinema
Next Goal Wins

When the Australian soccer team recorded a 31-0 victory over American Samoa in 2001, the small island nation gained notoriety as being on the receiving end of the greatest defeat in international football. It's a dubious honour and a spectre that has continued to haunt the soccer team, not least the unfortunate goalie. Next Goal Wins follows the team as they attempt to turn their luck around and qualify for the World Cup. After a series of scenes depicting this ragtag bunch of amateurs conceding goal after goal to the irritance of their exasperated coach, a beacon of hope arrives in the form of Thomas Rongen, a feisty Dutchman who assumes the role of team coach. What ensues is a hilarious and humane documentary that is as much a portrait of a culture as it is an underdog sports tale. This one shoots and scores. (Sorry.) / Amy O'Connor

 

May 19 2014


where
The Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1. 

when
2pm - late

how much
Free

exhibition
Create

Lots of coffee, Red Bull, Lucozade, insomnia-riddled nights and most importantly, oodles of creativity and original designs. For the first year in quite some while, if ever, DCU's final year Multimedia students will be holding an exhibition of their final year projects in the city centre, rather than their Northside college campus. With no fixed brief to begin with, these students have ended up with a vast array of completed projects. Ranging from an interactive magazine, colourful children's apps and documentaries, each as impressive as the last. At a time when design led online media is ever dominant, the 'Design' exhibition is perfectly on point. Don't be put off by the fact that this is a student showcase - instead embrace the innovation, stellar design and most importantly, the free food and booze. / Niamh Keenan

   
 

May 20 2014


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€13

gig
Speedy Ortiz

I never really lived close enough to mates with musical dexterity to start a band. Garage-less until I moved when I was 10, I mostly used our new square footage to show screenings of Matilda on DVD. Robbed of setting my MySpace-aged angst to song or incubating a shit-hot startup under fluorescent outdoor bulbs, I fed off others' creative output instead. An adult throwback to summers spent with broken limbs and lunch time seating dynamics, with less Scuzz-iness, Speedy Ortiz come into their own when the testosterone, and the amp is turned down from eleven. Front woman Sadie Dupuis' voice wavers and falters between blasts of bass on standout single No Below, and suddenly the stifling Irish humidity and teenage hormones come flooding back / Connor Clarke

 

May 20 2014


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Until 24th May

how much
Free

exhibition
Slackwater

Water is the fluid of life; slackened, it is listless, undeveloped as it slowly grows putrid. Maciej Pestka has approached depicting Grabówek, a peripheral district in Poland that has seemingly halted on the precipice of progression, with a sympathetic eye. Common elements synonymous with regions skirting the edge are made manifest in the form of derelict and dilapidated shanty buildings, dumped waste, as well as failing, scant green zones. While the still life shots document living conditions oft devoid of human subjects, the portraits acknowledge the point of civilian interaction against the milieu of economic stagnancy. The photographs reveal the inhabitants of a half city; some dispossessed, some strong but always morose. Catching the fraught nature of living on the brink, Slackwater is intimate but brutal. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

May 21 2014


where
The Ambassador, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.


when
Hourly sessions

how much
€8-€14

exhibition
The Art of the Brick

Engaging with the child who made sculptures out of their potatoes and spent all day doodling in their homework notebook, The Art of the Brick uses that childhood paradigm, the Lego brick, and creates endearing works of art. Leaving the corporate lawyer world to sculpt a more creative way of life, Nathan Sawaya and his Lego art, exhibit a joy of artistry and creativity no matter what the materials or subject matter. Sculptures out of a children’s toy may be all well and good, but it is the pure love of creation that truly promotes the childish glee of the exhibition. Encapsulated in a Lego portrait of Andy Warhol in his distinctive pop art style, The Art of the Brick captures the notion of art being for everyone even more succinctly than Andy and his trademarked Campbell Soups ever could. / Ciara Roche

 
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves

Le Cool chatted with Sabine Hobbel of Leaves Catering (pictured), who runs the #LunchRelief project with her partner, Nico.

We wanted to get involved in charities, but because we are a start-up we don’t have a huge budget. We decided to do a pick-up service that involved charities. We made sure a donation would go from the sandwich to the charities, and world hunger is something we care about, so for us it was for logical to contact Gorta to begin this project with.

We get our produce from lots of different suppliers; we think there are a lot of producers out there who are doing great things and distributors have picked up on that. We don’t only think about the freshness and health, which is a necessity for us, but also other issues like how far it has travelled and ways that we can reduce waste. We try to make sure our packaging is recyclable and combustible. We package or goods in a paper that disintegrates after 6 weeks because it is made out of corn starch. We like to make sure that we are concerned with these elements and those we work with are too.

Tweet or email Leaves Catering before Wednesdays at 4pm to order your #LunchRelief sandwich, and pick up at Gorta, Capel St. on Thursdays, 10am-2pm. PHOTO: Aoife Herrity