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You speak, we listen. Well, in as much as our 4 second attention spans can cope, that is. What we've heard is that as much as city centre events are great, it'd be nice to give the 'burbs some loving too.

Now, when we do something, we don't do it by halves, which is why we've invited 2ha, a zine about architecture and suburbia, to guest-edit next week's Suburban Issue. 2ha is an incredible resource for anyone who is inquisitive about social housing and their own surroundings, and its success has been down to the self-starter nature of its team, who come from cross-disciplinary backgrounds, and started the zine as part of last year's Archizines competition. They came second, but didn't let runner-up syndrome prevent them from rolling the zine out. So the next voice you hear will be theirs, with a little of ours mixed in.

Tell us on Twitter about what you love, loathe, and long for in the suburbs. From the loveliest lollipop ladies and the best picnic spots to the the cafés we should be frequenting and bars we should be ditching our inner-city snugs for. This is the issue for those who live the city by day, and the 'burbs by night, or vice-versa. 

Who's ditching D8 for some double digits? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Ciara

"I try to bypass the 'thinking' bit of my brain as much as possible..." - Sarah Bowie
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May 29 2014


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7.30pm

how much
€20.00

gig
The War On Drugs

I thought I knew what jet lag was. A recent trip to Tokyo proved me wrong. I would find myself haunting the streets of Shibuya every morning at 5 or 6am, inhabiting a baroque internal interzone between exhaustion, anxiety and hangover. The city didn’t give a shit. My only salve was Lost in the Dream, the third studio album from Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs, on perpetual repeat. Make no mistake, this is an important record. It is our Blood on the Tracks. While the songs of former bandmate Kurt Vile seem to travel light, this collection from Adam Granduciel comes freighted with emotional heft, the rubble of a bombed-out relationship. Much has been made of the influences - Dylan, Springsteen et al, but this is a work of real transmutation. Without a doubt the gig of the year. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

May 29 2014


where
see link

when
Until 2nd June

how much
Free

festival
Bloom Fringe

You should be able to earn some serious guerrilla gardening stripes should you take the challenge and get your hands dirty at Bloom Fringe - an inaugural urban interventionist event-cluster that loves biodiversity and sustainability. It will present a multi-loci multi-org fest and the itinerary reads like an inner city hipster playground. I am talking secret tours and foraging food trails, urban picnics and community gardens, street art and theatre installations, seed bombing and swapping, upcycling workshops, compost bootcamps - you name it. I hear it's a moveable feast as the list keeps growing daily. Their SOBO HQ boasts a plastic garden installation in South King St mall. Be sure to look out for the #bloomfringe-themed Killer Sandwiches arriving in that first world Tuk-Tuk, Saltpeter Deli. / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 

May 29 2014


where
Peacock Theatre, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€22

dance
Swing

Every good rom-com needs a dance class scene. Future lovers bashfully stepping on each other's toes, people showing off, paying homage to that idea that your prowess between the sheets is directly correlated with your prowess on the dancefloor, and the ever-striving optimists who just really want to learn a new skill. (The latter are also to regularly be found at French classes and talks about medieval history.) Swing is a personality-led piece of theatrical dance from Fishamble, a heartwarming sketch show-style piece where the dance is the medium of discovering the characters within the class-style narrative. This is a sweet, empathetic piece of dance theatre, which dispels all hoity-toity notions of what dance theatre is. It is, simply, rather lovely. / Anna Winter

 

May 29 2014


where
J.M Synge Theatre, Trinity College.

when
7:30pm

how much
Free, register in advance here: http://goo.gl/SB7RjI

talk
The Cosmic Microwave Background

When we look at the moon, we are looking into the past. Light from the moon takes about a second to reach our eyes, therefore we are looking at the moon not as it is, but as it was one second ago. The sun we see is the sun that existed eight minutes ago. Every time we look to the skies we are looking into the past. Some of the stars we see don't even exist anymore, all we get is their ghostly light. In the beginning, the Big Bang beginning, the Universe expanded by 100 trillion, trillion times in the mere blink of an eye and you can expand your imagination (at not quite the same rate) by attending this lecture on our cosmic origins and the mysterious ‘dark energy’ that holds it all together. Dr Tristan McLoughlin (TCD) joins Dr Créidhe O’Sullivan (NUI Maynooth) in this talk that will blow your mind. / Myra Glass

 

May 29 2014


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

how much
€3

screening
Office Space

A film relying on the personification of Marx’s theory of alienation combined with scenes such as a faulty fax machine being beaten to the dulcet tones of ‘Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Gangster’, Office Space was always going to struggle to find a mainstream audience. A now bona fide 90’s cult classic, that renders a sly smile across my face every time I see a stapler, enjoy Burger from Sex and the City and Rachel from Friends experiencing life outside of the bubble of New York City. Showing in the epitome of a ‘Living for the Weekend’ space, let the soothing darkness and ambience of the Twisted Pepper help you forget the week of corporate drudgery that you must drag yourself back to come Monday morning. There was once a time when ‘Don’t Copy That Floppy’ was America’s anti-piracy slogan. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. / Ciara Roche

   
 

May 30 2014


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
12pm - 8pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Fat

Fat. What is it good for? Absolutely quite a few things, actually. Waging war on fat has been a major preoccupation of our image obsessed world but how does fat really feel about all this misdirected disdain? ‘I’m a simple food compound,’ it could yell, ‘Let me have my dignity.' Well fat, just like Russell Brand predicted, the revolution is here. Indulge yourself in The Science Gallery’s diner-come-laboratory and gorge on more probing experiments about fat content then you can shake your Ben and Jerry’s at. Chef Kevin Thornton and his poitín brewed from a pig’s head are joined by American artist Rachel Herrick and her satirical representations of obesity, to fill out and pop the buttons of your scientific appetite. Remember, when the weather plummets to sub-zero temperatures next winter, it won’t be l casei immunitas keeping you warm. / Ciara Roche

 

May 30 2014


where
Anseo, 18 Lower Camden St, Dublin 2
01 4751321‎
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when
8:30pm

how much
Donation on exit

comedy
Pun Run

In Le Cool towers, this writer works beside a young lady whose most recent published pun headlines include "Work to Rouleur", "Glazed and Confused", and "Heavy Meitheal". It's a very pressurised environment, to say the least. Hopefully, inspiration for witty, puntastic replies will spring forth at the Pun Run, starring my own perennial favourite, Conor O'Toole, as well as Trevor Browne and Abie Philbin Bowman. Founded by Bec Hill, it's a regular London night, and is venturing over to us Dublin lushes for one night only, so expect a stupundous (deliberate typo) night of genius wordplay, with no doubt, a good dollop of cringe lobbed in. / Kate Coleman

 

May 30 2014


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when
11pm - 5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
RHA Annual Exhibition

I considered bringing my own sheet of little red dots in order to cause a mini riot. I decided art dealers are actually terrifyingly persuasive, and my prank could end with 5 paintings, a colossal bill and the usual ‘I’m a bit low on funds this month’ text to my mother. Nevertheless, the pleasure of the RHA exhibition was all mine, as I strolled amongst paintings, sculptures, and drawings from young and old, new and established artists. The exhibition brims with beautiful craftsmanship and sheer loveliness, showing an appreciation for traditional form and genre whilst still appearing fresh and creative. Shamelessly drag your less-than-impressed friends as the casual art appreciator won’t find themselves confused or oddly disturbed by a second-year art student’s conceptual sculpture here. / Ciara Roche

   
 

May 31 2014


where
Royal Hospital Kilmainham,
Dublin 8


when
2pm - 12am

how much
€59.50

festival
Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit is the festival you go to with very little planning and very little fears that something could go horribly wrong. It's in the city centre, hence getting there is a breeze. There is no camping so you won't have to battle with a tent and/or sleep in a field. Once again, there is no camping so you won't live with the constant fear of rain and/or wind and/or more rain. As well as avoiding the usual festival pitfalls, you also get a solid line-up. This year the lineup is quite varied with my picks set to be Warpaint and Flying Lotus, but if they're not your cup of tea, there's plenty more to choose from, with the headliners being The Flaming Lips and the aforementioned Flying Lotus on Saturday, followed by 2manydjs and Wild Beasts on Sunday. G'wan - embrace the bank holiday and festival spirit in one. / Niamh Keenan

 

May 31 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11pm

how much
€10

gig
Com Truise

Few can carve such clean lines and hew such glacial tones as Com Truise. Cultivating razor-sharp rhythms and fizzy off-key synths that are instantly recognisable is producer Seth Haley’s sound and treacle-tempo glistening 80s funk is the name of the game. On first listen, Haley’s music can appear austere and cold, but this interstellar maestro knows how to explore the outer edges to give it real warmth and depth. In a live setting, he deconstructs it further and harmonically teleports his audience. His latest release, Wave 1, is described as music for the intergalactic journey of a synthetic astronaut. So step aboard this interplanetary funk odyssey, sit back and enjoy the ride. Win Tickets / Simon Judge

   
 

May 31 2014


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
7.30pm

how much
€10

festival
Down With Jazz

Nothing goes better with a sunny bank holiday weekend than a good dose of jazz. With that in mind, get your sweet selves to the third Down With Jazz festival, taking place in and around Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square. Bringing the audience back to the risky divilment of the anti-jazz movement , this festival has become one of the most interesting celebrations of jazz, swing and blues that Dublin has to offer. Some of the delectable delights on offer for all you hip cats to enjoy include the wonderful Booka Brass Band, The Tommy Halferty trio, Toot Sweet and much more. There’s also porter and oysters on offer, sure what more would you want! Best bit is that if you’re an aspiring Art, Miles, or Bird, they encourage the audience to bring along their own instruments along and join in. So what are you waiting for?! / Rebecca Fitzpatrick

 

May 31 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11pm

how much
€15

dj set
Phil Hartnoll

To celebrate Subject's 7th birthday, Phil Hartnoll of Orbital fame will be providing an Orbital Classics DJ set. A one of a kind electronic band at the time, and now, Orbital have always been infamous for putting on a fairly amazing show. Although this is a DJ set, the focus will be heavily on Orbital. You can expect a fairly special setlist of Orbital Classics with some rare remixes and Orbital mixes thrown in for good measure. If you were or are a die hard Orbital fan or even if you just couldn't stop hitting repeat on Belfast after watching Human Traffic, I can fairly guarantee you might just love this. Support on the night comes from DJ Mog-Y, Conor Feeney, Austin Molloy and Al Murphy./ Niamh Keenan

   
 

May 31 2014


where
Rua Red Gallery, South Dublin Arts Centre Tallaght, Dublin 24.
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when
12pm - 2pm

how much
€15

workshop
Leonie McDonough

If we take the equation "white men + dancing = can't" and replace the value of white men with white women, we rather disappointingly arrive at the same solution. At least in my case. I’m white. I’m a woman. I can’t dance. This is my personal equation of life. The thing is, I have two left feet, a fault that wasn’t corrected at birth. I walk into walls. I walk into puddles. I walk into people. In fact, I’ve become a pro at the awkward dance with passersby which is, to date, the only move I’ve mastered. Regardless, I love to dance, or at least, to pretend to. Leonie McDonagh, however, can dance. And she wants to teach me how to do it, and you how to do it better. This workshop comes with a warning: you may leave this workshop feeling smug. I hope so - so long as the door doesn’t hit me on the way out, or I it. / Aisling Smyth

   
 

June 01 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
6.30pm

how much
€9

festival
Georgian Film Festival

All things Georgia, all things #dabizz, I always say. So the Georgian Film Festival gets my full interest and support. I had already heard about In Bloom (a good alternative activity to this weekend's Bloom festival), a coming-of-age story set in the newly independent Georgia, just after the Soviet demise in 1992. Also, looking over the festival programme, Keep Smiling, about a sassy pageant for mothers of more than three children, immediately struck my fancy,The winner will win an apartment. The wonderful thing about films is how easy it is to be transported to another place and other than the obvious name bias, I'm attracted to these films for a glimpse of lives completely different from how I know life to be, with struggles, politics, goals and aspirations, even aesthetics that are unfamiliar, yet gorgeously captivating. / Georgia

 

June 01 2014


where
The Pint, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1
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when
9pm

how much
€10

club night
Together Disco Weekender

What to say about Together Disco that hasn’t been already said? Well for one, I haven’t made it along yet, which is pretty unique at this stage and probably puts me well down the list of Le Cool’s Coolest Cats Around. (I’m busy doing other cool shit, honestly.) But Ryan Skelton seems a man with a singular talent for creating community, and that my friends, is the coolest trick of all. It doesn’t matter how many fashionistas, photographistas, baristas or even the most dreaded (shock! horror!) hipsteristas you have at your party, what makes it really stand out is a sense of community. The best nights are not just nights but gatherings of hearts and minds and this is what Together Disco seems to have achieved in spectacular fashion. I’m looking forward to finally being there with you all, together. / Emmet Condon

   
 

June 02 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
6pm - 10.30pm

how much
€15

talk
Brazil World Cup Preview ft. Ossie Ardiles

As World Cup is nigh upon us, here are some key nuggets of insight. Firstly, vuvuzuelas are out. That beautiful, aurally pleasing instrument has been replaced by the caxirola, which is essentially a maraca copycat that was declared the "official instrument of the tournament". Secondly, the mascot is a an armadillo named Fuleco who, according to his official website, likes cashew nuts and is really sociable, "unlike most armadillos". And that's all I've got. For deeper insights into, you know, the game, Con Artist has enlisted Argentinian footballer Ossie Ardiles and journalist Fernando Duarte to preview this year's World Cup, with proceedings ably hosted by Eoin McDevitt. That Q&A will be followed by a screening of Argentina Campeones. As the World Cup slogan says, "All in one rhythm." (Wait, what?) / Amy O'Connor

 

June 03 2014


where
Kerlin Gallery, Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2.
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when
10am - 5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Karen - Mark Garry

Mark Garry’s exhibition has a sheltered delicacy that I suspect would be singed even by the mildest of pyrotechnical words. Piano hammers repurposed into convincing neo-Pocahontas tchotchkes of the kind flogged on Etsy share the gallery space not only with a sculpture made out of a vinyl record – bent into the shape of a bonnet or a saddle then upholstered with weaved ribbons – but also with several wooden grids, each crisscrossed by fine threads that fix tiny coloured beads into constellations. Entropy is held at bay by fragile (flammable) connections and there is an emphasis on the handmade. Perhaps the affinity for crafts alludes to the Cherokee heritage of the exhibition’s namesake, Karen Dalton, an American folk singer of the 1960s whose brittle, quivering voice strikes at hearts like shards of glass. / Olen Bajarias

   
 

June 04 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
8.30pm

how much
€9

cinema
Venus in Fur

So it’s a film about a male director exploring taboo sex subjects with an aspiring actress directed by Roman Polanski; how did this even get funded? By now, the previous crimes of Mr Polanski are well enough aired that you’ve already made up your mind as to whether his name being attached to a film will affect your attendance. Assuming they haven’t (you are reading a preview for his film) then the signs are that you’re in for treat. With Carnage, Polanski proved himself a deft hand when it comes to limiting the action to the one room and as polarising a figure as he may be, he has always been one of few directors to be capable of handling erotic material without it descending into either farce or pornography. There are few genuinely intelligent films about sex, Polanski appears to be bucking the trend. / David Cadwallader

 

June 04 2014


where
Anseo, 18 Lower Camden St, Dublin 2
01 4751321‎
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when
9pm

how much
€5/€8 with a drink

comedy
The Lads of Comedy

Bygone audiences turned to the timeless Bull Island for a satirical examination of Irish life, now such analysis lies in the trusted and talented comedic hands of what remains the most entertaining credit by the public broadcaster; Republic of Telly. The actors, contributors and writers behind the show are proving to be Ireland's freshest talent and a camper van of such humorists will be making its way to a public house, town or venue near you with a tour as erratic as the Irish summer ahead. The Lads of Comedy Tour (not forgetting an cailin amhain) promises to be a key event in the summer calendar with guaranteed good-for-the-soul belly laughs. The Lads hope to gig in as many towns and villages as possible, so no snug is too small, no boreen too meandering! /Claire Mullane
   
 
Pog Mo Print

Le Cool played three-and-in with Kie Carew, designer and co-editor of Dublin's newest print mag, Pog Mo Goal

Póg Mo Goal has been going for about four years as a website. We designed a t-shirt ahead of the Euro Championships; it was a Muhammad Ali vs Glen Frazier boxing poster but we changed it to Keith Andrews vs Glen Whelan. It got picked up by The Sun and Broadsheet and Andrews' wife wore it.

We saw potential to keep moving up. My brother is a very good writer so we concern ourselves with that first then I look at the design. We are interested in the culture, fashion and design of football. There are some great soccer print magazines - Howler and The Green Soccer Journal - they've really inspired us.

With the design of the magazine we obviously wanted it look right but we also believed that the quality of writing had to be good too. We got in contact with a German guy and he wrote us a piece on Schalke. We had to get it translated from German by our brother's girlfriend's nephew who is Brazilian, but living in Germany. It's a project built out of love!

Póg Mo Goal, Issue 1, is available across Dublin, including Indigo & Cloth. PHOTO: Ciara Corrigan