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One of our number, after feeling themselves politically energised after grafitting one of Mannix Flynn's election posters, decided to check out the Let Dublin Vote meeting in the Mansion House on Tuesday morning.

We thought that in this week of exercising the votes we do have, we should also consider the votes we don't have, and particularly, the vote for a directly-elected mayor. What was clear from the meeting was that the remit of a mayor is yet to be prescribed, but it will be the result of reasoned and varied debate. Exercising your franchise in this way might make us more socially responsible and invested in our city.

Until then, we have our local and European elections to flex our X-ing muscles with, but maybe in four years, you'll be looking at three ballot papers. What would you look for in a mayor? Do you think it's a good idea? Most importantly though, what powers would you allow a directly elected mayor? Tell us on Twitter - @lecooldublin is an ear, awaiting your opinions of niceness. 

Who's voting or dying? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy, or Ciara?

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May 22 2014


where
Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin 2
01 896 1334
Location Map

when
€22, €18 conc / €17 Early Bird

how much
7.30pm

dance
Tundra

Tundra is a sparse, Soviet piece of intense physical movement. Sitting behind a gauze curtain, the audience feels like Big Brother, observing an occultish scene with an Andy Warhol-esque poltergeist and weary travellers, collapsing and delicate after escaping the Tundra. Melancholy turns to hysteria, soundtracked by hissing white noise. An industrial glow, ever-flickering, illuminates the scenes, and three Morticia-like soundless dolls haunt the limits of the stage. The dance is battlelike, the dancers appear to be keeping evil at bay, even as it lurks quietly, a twirl of smoke, in the corner. This is a beautiful, unsettling piece of haunting dance theatre. Feel the tingle down your spine. / Kate Coleman

 

May 22 2014


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

when
6pm/9:30pm

how much
€22

dance
Return to Absence

Let the quote ‘Dance First. Think Later’ allow the Arcane Collective a posthumous approval for their adaptation of Beckett’s trilogy. Combining the novels Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable, Beckett’s style of meandering monologues and absurdist characters may only be truly captured through the interpretive and emotive expression of contemporary dance. Pan Pan Theatre company have also adapted the television play Quad to continue your enjoyment of Beckett’s darkly humourous questioning of the absurdity of the human condition. With the inclusion of contemporary dance for the literary inclined, Dublin Dance festival continues broadening the audience for what could easily become quite a niche festival. / Ciara Roche

 

May 22 2014


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

when
6pm

how much
€12/10

talk
Simon Armitage

In Dublin to talk about his new dramatisation of Homer’s Iliad, The Last Days of Troy, and to read work from his 25-year poetry career, Simon Armitage is without question one of the most prolific and varied writers at the Dublin Writers Festival. A relatively new fan of his simple but thought-provoking work, his latest poetry offerings are of particular interest, especially In Praise of Air - the poem printed on 10 metre by 20 metre pollutant-absorbing material and erected on a building in his university workplace. Irish poet Enda Wyley will introduce the talented former probation officer, one of the faces of modern British poetry. / Aisling Kett

   
 

May 23 2014


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

when
10pm

how much
See HERE

cinema
Hill Street

When you think of the origins of skakeboarding in the US, you think of empty swimming pools and endless summers. The Dublin experience was different but no less worthy. This brilliant doc charts the rise of this most underground and subcultured of things from its DIY beginnings (when the early pioneers would take a hacksaw to a roller-skate and attach the separated wheels to a two-by-four) to today. Not before stopping off in Clive’s of Hill Street, a BMX shop whose owner, Clive Rowen, progressed the skate scene through the building of primitive ramps before graduating to a temporary skate park in Dún Laoghaire. There, in 1989, Rowen enticed Tony Hawk and his Bones Brigade over for an famous demo visit, something akin to Muhammad Ali visiting a small Dublin boxing club. Heartfelt and totally rad. / Vernon Steel

 

May 23 2014


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

when
10pm

how much
€5

gig
L/B/W

It’s a common refrain that we Irish can be too hard on ourselves. So common in fact, that I am starting to suspect that it’s not the truth of this that we believe but the stereotype itself. If we tell ourselves too often we are too hard on ourselves, we just end up being too hard on ourselves doubly. All of this is a very veiled reference to the fact that Lamont Bailey Wall are one of the many current Irish acts who make music as smooth and polished sounding as any international outfit you will listen to today, or tomorrow for that matter, and if you are in any doubt you should listen to their gloriously upbeat L/B/W EP and then get yourself to the Pepper for this show. Support on the night is very ably provided by the widescreen Ana Gog and highly tipped Corkonians Eulogies. / Emmet Condon

 

May 23 2014


where
Whelans Upstairs, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2


when
8pm

how much
€8

gig
Bouts

Has there ever been a time when the Irish music scene has been so strong in so many facets? From the largely guitar-driven output of the 90s and 00s we now have a situation where the Fender sits comfortably on stage with the drum machine and very often the two intertwine gloriously, if not in the one act, then certainly on the same bill, and this show is a case in point. Bouts’ blend of jangly guitars and wistful lyrics hold their side of the equation while the breadth of the scene is cleverly collected in this all-encompassing line-up – BANTUM has long been one of the leading lights in the crossover between laptop and lap steel, and while both the excellent Carriages and Otherkin are relative newcomers, the message is all the same – Irish bands are now comfortably brilliant doing it all together. / Emmet Condon

   
 

May 23 2014


where
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower Dublin


when
1.30pm

how much
Free; book with info@cfcp.ie

talk
The Purpose Economy

This week Richard Bruton described startups as the lifeblood of the economy and stated the challenge facing our Government is to build on the achievement of over 60,000 new jobs last year. Turbulent times  have greatly altered our job sector and frame of mind as a nation, revealing a pattern that points to relationships and personal growth as a new driver of the economy. We are sharing everything; from rooms in our homes, bikes and even designer handbags. We have become more human-centred and rooted back into the local community. Aaron Hurst argues that this new era is driven by connecting people to their purpose; which is driving innovation and dramatically reshaping careers and organizations. The Purpose Economy is your roadmap to create a better future,today.” / Claire Mullane

 

May 23 2014


where
Damson Diner, 52 South William Street, Dublin 2


when
11pm

how much
Free

party
Damn Son!

 
Damn Son returns for another night of tasty cocktails, mockltails, over use of Yo (yo'self, yo'momma, yo-lawnda) and vibes so shamelessly late 70s/early 80s that Rick James called and wants his jumpsuit back. South William Street can cater for most Friday night needs but Willy's Way, the smokey lane way to the side of the Damson Diner, will be niched and freshly creased as moustachioed maestro, Gianni, turns the tables and encourages you to get freaky. With the relatively new downstairs section of Damon catering for your infused drink thirst also this is a worthy option for your Friday night frippery. Mero joins Gianni tonight and they've taken the theme from everyone favourite youtbe viral video, 'Hide Yo Wife'. We want the funk...and the house...and the disco. / Myra Glass
 

May 23 2014


where
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
€15

performance
Hirta Songs

Hirta Songs is a collaborative album of music and poetry that focuses on the Hebridian islands of St. Kilda. Hirta, the biggest island, was permanently inhabited for two millenia before being evacuated in 1930. The album's emphasis is on the hardships of life on the island. The music's limited instrumentation and directness creates a portal to transport our minds to the tough, mysterious nature of the archipelago. At times, however, the accompaniment is bright and uplifting to celebrate the pride of the people. By combining their soulful talents, Roberts and Robertson have created a beautiful work of art as a tribute to intriguing islands of physical hardships but strong democracy. Witness the album live, while helping the lives of our own island's inhabitants, as all proceeds go to the Simon Community. / Warren McCarthy

   
 

May 24 2014


where
The Village , 26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
1 day - €14. 2 days - €20

festival
Let's French

The French french, and the Irish shift, but it's all the same at the end of the day. The Alliance Française annually melds our respective electro-heavy musical preferences into a stomper of a music festival. This year, perennial favourites Daithí and Le Galaxie are headlining, and Lasertom is also representing the home crowd. Straddling the programme, in a tale of two countries, is Classroom Battles, while Da Sexuality and Fakear will be representing the froggy contingent (not to speak disparagingly of our Gallic brothers). We're going skinny in honour of the night that's in it - shoes, cigarettes, jeans and t-shirts will all be shrunk in honour of dirty French electro, and the good vibes that go with it. / Kate Coleman

 

May 24 2014


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€15

gig
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings make bouncy castle indie-pop, with layered punchy guitar riffs and the kindergarten-vocals of lead singer Dylan Baldi. Every song feels like an upgrade on the song that some cool 'I loved you all along' fella sings at the end of a Hilary Duff movie. The new album, Here and Nowhere Else, is a continuation of their angsty, attention-deficit punky sound, exploring the usual romantic lad-themes. (ASIDE: BOYS - why you all so romantic?) It is fast paced and frenetic, buzzing with the danger and electricity that all good public information films are made of. Risk the sea of artfully mussed fringes, and make your way to the front of this gig for a premium moshing opportunity. Whip yourself up some nice volume, there. / Kate Coleman

 

May 24 2014


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

when
8.15pm

how much
€6.90 - €9.00

cinema
The Punk Singer

James Murphy may his have lost his edge to kids from Tokyo and Berlin, but Kathleen Hanna’s punk credentials have only grown with the years to canonise her into becoming a true cultural icon. As much of a biography as the capturing of a cultural revolution, The Punk Singer chronicles Kathleen Hanna’s major influence not just in music history, but as an integral part of the third wave of feminism. Kathleen Hanna’s impressive career is displayed through personal interviews and archival footage that show that even a pretty, little 18-year-old with a vocabulary straight out of Clueless can still become an inspiring force. Dig out that Girl Power belly top from the back of the wardrobe and remember a time when being a ladette wasn’t just downing shots on Geordie Shore. / Ciara Roche

 

May 24 2014


where
The Lir, Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay), Dublin 2


when
Free

how much
1pm & 4pm

dance
Bodies in Urban Spaces

You know how it is – you’re strolling through Dublin on a (hopefully) sunny afternoon and suddenly a collective of people in colourful clothing start climbing various landmarks to create stunning tableaus! Oh you don’t? Well you will after this offering which is part of the Dublin Dance Festival. This hour long walking tour takes in some of the city’s best known streets and spaces and sees 20 local performers creating live body sculptures on the sites. This physical display of public art is both breathtaking and stunning and has proved hugely popular everywhere else it has been undertaken. You’ll gain a whole new perspective on the city and get to take in some culture at the same time. Let’s face it, there are worse ways to spend an afternoon. A word of advice though – come prepared for the Irish weather! / Frances Winston

   
 

May 25 2014


where
Lilliput Press, 63 Sitric Road, Dublin 7


when
7:30pm

how much
€10

spoken word
Listen at Lilliput

Having endured Dublin during the era of the singer-songwriter - when the words ‘intimate gig’ meant you were squeezed into a smoky dark hole and glared at by over-precious, self-important ‘SHhhhsssshhhh-ers’ - the advent of friendly, fun, yet still respectful evenings like this have become a godsend. ‘Listen’ also taps into our increasing vision of ourselves as cultural polyglots - no more ear-bleeding, life-shortening, mental health shattering exposés of 7 guitar strangling troubadours for us. No, increasingly we are seeing events take in the full gamut of talks, spoken word and, of course, music, and we’re much better for it. Lilliput is one of the city’s gems, a bastion of creativity and individuality and these gorgeous gatherings are a lovely Sunday snapshot of all that is good here right now. / Emmet Condon

 

May 25 2014


where
Farmleigh, Farmleigh Castleknock D 15
Location Map

when
11am-6pm

how much
Free

celebration
Africa Day

Shakira's Waka Waka and Vampire Weekend Afropop KWASSA KWASSA has been soundtracking my feverished excitement re. Africa Day this week. Farmleigh will play host to a 'melting pot of ethnicities' not unlike the one described in the case study of the America's south west in that leaving cert. geography module, except we're possibly even more melty/cool. With an African Bazaar, Colours Afrobeat Ensemble playing groovy beats and face-painting to keep the young ones happy, it's a celebration of the colours, spirit, and identity of wild, wild Africa. It's like Notting Hill Carnival, without the violence, nudity, and general awfulness. It's an actual celebration of what the African community has given us, and a way of us saying thanks. So we echo Shakira when we warble "It's time for Africa!" / Kate Coleman

 

May 25 2014


where
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
11am

how much
Donation to charity

open air
Outdoor Yoga

Outdoor yoga is a completely different experience to an indoor practice. There's grass, sunshine, a gentle breeze, sometimes even dogs. I've been attending Yoga Hub's weekend classes. Saturdays are in Herbert Park and on Sundays they take over the Phoenix Park. It's fun. You should go. Obviously, with no rental costs it's cheaper for them to arrange (bonus for you) and each week they donate all proceeds to different charities (bonus for everyone). The pace depends on the weather, so last Saturday's class was hot and chilled out, but advanced yogis can expect pose variations to stay attentive. Big ups to my mate who turned up for her first yoga class ever, no bother. I'm surprised at how un-self conscious we felt, but don't expect me to become some pony-tailed old man practicing tai chi on a crowded beach any time soon. Not my style. / Georgia

   
 

May 26 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€22

gig
Camera Obscura

Like their Glaswegian peers Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura have long been subverting dour Scottish stereotypes with their brand of dreamy, horn-soaked indie-pop. Five albums in and they have created a sound that is at once familiar and distinct, rarely deviating from their carefully honed sound with Tracyanne Campbell's Petula Clark-esque vocals lending a degree of warmth to songs with otherwise melancholy sentiments. Their fifth album Desire Lines is an exercise in what we've become accustomed to from Camera Obscura. Songs like Troublemaker have a jangly vibe reminiscent of Best Coast, while I Missed Your Party is a guilt-ridden number augmented by a swinging brass section. Rich and soulful, you won't want to miss this party. / Amy O'Connor

 

May 26 2014


where
Various, see link.,


when
Until 20 September

how much
Free

exhibition
Vestibule

Rightfully boasting its status as an epoch of rich history and high culture in our dirty old town, Vestibule serves as a welcome exhibition of contemporary art held amongst, and within, the 250 year old Georgian architecture of Merrion Square. Going hand in hand through their parklife, the centre green will play host to outside works by Eva Rothschild, Alena Egan and Daniel Gustav- Cramer, whilst satellite exhibitions will be held within the ornate walls of The Goethe Institute and The Irish Architectural Archive. Grab a camisole and a picnic, and enjoy a morning stroll around the square imagining past resident W.B Yeats’ gazing out his window and feverishly writing ‘He Tells of the Perfect Beauty’, as neighbour Oscar Wilde rolls his eyes at gentlemen bowing at your silk stockinged feet. / Ciara Roche

   
 

May 27 2014


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

when
7.30pm

how much
€26

gig
Schoolboy Q

Top Dawg Entertainment certainly lives up to its name with its collective of artists consistently churning out top-quality albums and mixtapes. Of course we all know Kendrick Lamar, TDE's pride and joy, the rare hip-hop artist to transcend the genre and command the attention of mainstream critics and hip-hop nerds alike. His labelmate Schoolboy Q, meanwhile, has been quietly prolific, dropping mixtapes and verses left, right and centre in his trademark snarl. With the release of Oxymoron, a collection of jams that are addictive and slightly menacing in equal measure, Q is no longer living in the shadows and finally attracting the mainstream attention he deserves. Making his Irish debut with support from buzzy label compadre Isaiah Rashad, it behooves you to get down and shake it for the men of the year. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

May 28 2014


where
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free

talk
Quenching the Prairie Fire

As the fandom of football spreads to become the Brooklyn literary set’s new hobby, let GAA forever claim to be the true spirit of working-class, national pride. Remember packed ham sandwiches and thermos flasks full of tae, and try not to laugh at the image of the parish priest/coach swearing at the referee, whilst your father roars at the beauty of a goal from the half point line. Indented so profoundly in Irish history that it’s origins are covered on the Leaving Cert curriculum, GAA has always transcended its status as a mere sport. With news that many clubs in the West are closing down due to a lack of players, Richard McElligott’s discussion of the 1890 collapse of GAA due to mass emigration and economic recession strikes a bitter contemporary chord to bring a tear to even the most apathetic of Irish citizens. / Ciara Roche

 
Unforgettable Superwomen

We spoke to Ebun Akpoveta about The Unforgettable Women's Network...

I observed that many women were being socialised into reproducing self-limiting patterns and even when opportunities were presented, women were ‘programmed’ not to go for it or aim for such opportunities.

Our service is available to all women so it is a great place for integration and focusing on our common struggle against subservient positioning of women.

Social media is a valuable asset if properly harnessed. #BringBackOurGirls proves that. Many women are so busy, cannot arrange childcare so the Unforgettable Women's Network puts a lot of information about what is happening to women around the world out through our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We need to value the role women play in society for a more equal world.

These unforgettable women will be showcasing African women's writing at The Africa Day Bazaar. PHOTO: Emily O'Callaghan