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World Cup fever is upon us. While people are lobbying for Rik Mayall's Noble England (?!) to get to number one, we've decided to compile our top five World Cup anthems (either tournament or nation-endorsed.) Drumroll please.

5. Shakira - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) In which Shakira shakes booty and goes 'eh eh' a lot. 

4. Dario G. - Carnaval de Paris A horny number. The video has people painted as countries in depressing landscapes. 

3. Skinner & Baddiel/The Lightning Seeds - Three Lions (It's Coming Home) 18 years on, football still hasn't 'come home'. 

2. Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma Dry your eyes, mate. Later made really, really famous by Paul Potts. (The ex-Carphone Warehouse employee and singer, not the footballer.)

1. Jackie's Army - Put 'Em Under Pressure A mental Horslippy, traddy ode to the beautiful game. A nation once again, etc. etc. It makes a true Irish person melt with national pride.

Who fought, really fought, for New Order - World in Motion? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Maria

"Lunch in St. Stephen's Green with uninvited guests..." - Sarah Bowie
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June 12 2014


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
11.30am - 5.30pm

how much
€5/€3

exhibition
The Weakened Eye Of Day

'Love this show,' I declared happily. 'Me too,' replied Hannah. 'Did you see the stained glass?' And I hadn't, but make sure that you seek it out (advance apologies for any overcast weather that might interfere with its sunny disposition). Isabel Nolan gives a thrillingly multi-disciplinary account of light = purity = truth. Colourful, illuminating, larger then ever. The whole show could stretch out happily in vast sweeping rooms. I found being tightroped between the opulent "rug arranged to accommodate a medieval mind" and a table of nine un-functional ceramic bowls precarious, magnificent as they are - my favourite room despite this complaint. Of additional note within the four rooms are the stone plinths, cosmic sketchings, monumental colourless spiral, and a Heliotropic Obstruction. Very photogenic, although "No pictures allowed". *ahem* / Georgia

 

June 12 2014


where
Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D2


when
Until 14 June

how much
Free

exhibition
Personal Effects: A History of Possession

Glimpse into the mysteries that lie beyond the bolted doors of mental institutions. After a lengthy legal battle, Counihan managed to get his hands on old patients’ possessions - objects that were taken from them on their admission to St Brendan’s Hospital. The enchantingly eerie exhibition plunges the visitor into darkness. Rosary beads hang from the walls and purses dangle upside down from the ceiling, their contents spilling out of them. On one wall, photographs of patients are projected - their faces erased like their identities in the wards. Recorded voices reading the patients' letters home play spookily on a loop. Although the topic is heavy, my own experience of the exhibit was somewhat lightened by Harry, the invigilator that decided to challenge me to a joke-telling competition - he won hands down. / Maria Hagan

 

June 12 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
2.20pm & 8.20pm

how much
€7.60/€9

cinema
Fruitvale Station

This is a tale of heartbreak. The true story of the death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by the Bay Area police in San Francisco in the early hours of New Years Day 2009. He was unarmed and the actions of the 'bitch ass police' lead to public outrage. Ryan Coogler's drama is a very worthy and solid piece aided by a strong cast including Michael B Jordan and Octavia Spencer. His back story remains somewhat simple - young guy and father gets into a bit of trouble but tries to do good. The film slightly suffers and faded midway whilst recounting not alot but it's chilling climax scenes in Fruitvale Station are heart-wrenching and incredibly powerful. A real tragedy and one sadly destined to be repeated many times again. / Michael McDermott

   
 

June 13 2014


where
Location on ticket purchase

when
11pm

how much
€15.90 inc booking fee

party
Totem

Last night, I had a dream (or was it a nightmare), that I was in Penney's looking for extra socks before a festival, and there were these huge, sequined, neon-bright Native American head-dress-cum-hood things hanging up on high pillars. Two emotions overcame me: 1) How grotesque to belittle Native American tradition. This is like Michelle Williams and AnOther all over again. 2) I really want one. Let me have one. I'll steal it if I have to. If this garment existed it would fit right in at Totem, where the hottest revellers have been convening of late, all fur coat and no knickers. Expect performances in a secret location, facepainting, and hedonistic vibes. Wave your totem in the air like you just don't care. / Kate Coleman

 

June 13 2014


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

when
See link

how much
See link

cinema
The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet

The ol’ cowboy boots and lassos are back in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's new film. He hones in on a family of quirky, loveable American misfits and their life on a ranch in Montana. The film tells the coming-of-age story of T.S. Spivet, a scientific child-prodigy that wins a prestigious award and leaves home to claim it. Alone on a cross-country train trip to DC, TS deals with grief and his family history, becoming aware of his parents as vulnerable human beings, and using his imagination to come to terms with it. Jeunet artfully uses 3D effects to layer snippets of memory and scientific calculation over the action as it unfolds. He also takes a marked political stance, weaving a critique of American gun culture into the story, bringing home to viewers just how easily weapons can fall into anybody’s hands. / Maria Hagan

 

June 13 2014


where
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8


when
Until Sunday 15th

how much
€12

festival
Dublin Garden Festival

Flowers are de rigeur, and you can trust me on that. Mark Colle has lent his genius to the Dior runway, and now we're all following suit, as bloomin' usual. Christ Church will this weekend be bursting with blooms, pouting with peonies and dazzling with daffodils in the inaugral Dublin Garden Festival. There will be events and talks to compliment the floral displays, from how to grow your own gardens to a concert of Benjamin Britten's Five Flower Songs. With Chelsea silver medal winner Christopher White also displaying a garden, this festival will take the 'Woodie's DIY' out of your preconceptions of gardening. / Kate Coleman

 

June 13 2014


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€25

theatre
High Heels in Low Places

One minute Miss Pandora “Panti” Bliss was just your regular Irish drag queen (albeit a very successful one by whom all other drag queens measured themselves) and then a random TV appearance in which she uttered the “H” word caused a media firestorm and the rest is history. Of course, all of this is already well documented, but in this stand up show you get the full story in her own words. Her journey up to the moment when she made her revolutionary Noble Call on the Abbey Stage takes in Melbourne and New York, Maury Povich, The Pet Shop Boys and of course her darling Penny (the Wonderdog). Outrageous and heartfelt, this is stand up with soul. She’s sure to be looking divine as always when she takes to the stage, so apply your finest lip gloss, don your highest heels (guys too) and expect all kinds of fabulousness at this show. / Frances Winston

 

June 12 2014


where
The Hub, 23 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
11.30pm - late

how much
€7/€9

club night
Sweatbox

Last Friday saw the launch of SweatBox, a welcome new addition to Dublin’s gay nights cape.The folks behind WERK, Bukkake and Mother have teamed up to deliver a dark, sleazy and sweaty kick off to your weekend. Descending into the re-vamped Hub basement, where DJ Feidlim Cannon’s banging house selections and transparent PVC slash curtains make you feel like you’re raving in a cross between a crime scene from Dexter and an abandoned Crazy Prices freezer section. Homos Underground: While there will be promos at the bar, there’ll be no bars on your phone, meaning the lad you’re eyeing up may actually look back at you and not at his Grindr. There’ll be no roving club photographer to papp or tag your activities (or proclivities) ,whether on thedancefloor or on your way to the darkroom (yup!). Win Passes / Mick Ers

   
 

June 14 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€16

gig
Wye Oak

Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner started making music together in Baltimore around 2006. Back then they were doing other stuff together too. While the latter fizzled out, the music bit went from strength to strength. Her beautiful, emotive alto and impressive guitar skills paired with his drums / keyboards (seriously - he plays both, simultaneously, live) to create a classic indie-folk sound of unexpected originality. They burned out touring their 2011 album Civilian for two long years and when it came to writing new material Jenn found herself stymied by the guitar. Shriek was born out of a brave new approach; living in different cities, swapping the guitar for synths and collaborating only via email the pair have managed to create a record of swooning, sweeping emotion and power. It makes the heart grow fonder. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

June 14 2014


where
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe Dublin 8
Location Map

when
7pm - 3.30am

how much
€15

sport
Noite de Futebol

We've had conversations in this office about how there's a gap in the market in Dublin for a hipster sports bar. Now as the World Cup begins in earnest, Dublin's resident Italophiles Forza Italo have used their smarts and ingenuity to create a series of events for the "discerning spectator". No Carlsberg-swigging hooligans here. This one is for the football aficionado who longs for a complete Panini World Cup sticker collection.The first installment is a fancy-schmancy screening of this weekend's clash between England and Italy, complete with prosecco for those supporting the Azzurri side and ale for the Anglo sympathisers. Grumbling bellies will be satiated with pies from Pieman, while jams will be provided by Forza Italo's resident disc jockeys. Expect to hear Seven Nation Army. / Amy O'Connor

 

June 14 2014


where
See link

when
Sat & Sun - see link

how much
Free

concert
Singing in the City

Whether you care to raise the roof or merely sing for your supper, pay heed to the pros as they descend upon Dublin this weekend. Various Voices, the LGBT choral festival, celebrates 30 years and Dublin will play host to this larynx love-in. 2341 delegates, 80 choirs from 19 countries will be singing to their hearts content and competing for glory and the affections of our homegrown Glória choir. Besides the main competition out in the Helix, this Singing in the City strand brings these choirs into public spaces such as the Hugh Lane (Sat/Sun 2.30pm - 4.30pm), City Hall (Sat/Sun), the Axis in Ballymun (Sat 4pm) and Meeting House Square (Sun 12-4pm) for pop-up recitals. Whether they sing Britney or Hallelujah, at least one hopes it will be with a smile on their face and a twinkle in their eye. / Zach Joyce

   
 

June 14 2014


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

when
1pm-8:30pm

how much
Free

cinema
IFI Open Day

In the 21 years since it opened its doors, the IFI has become a vital part of the city's cultural infrastructure. With its carefully curated film seasons, talks, public engagement and lovely bathrooms (the loveliest in Dublin, I'd wager), there's an awful lot to like about it. Despite having us all wooed, the cinema is hosting its annual Open Day to remind us exactly what's so good about it and present twelve free screenings in the process. The programme is filled with vintage fare and future classics alike. Personal picks include Richard Linklater's groundbreaking coming-of-ager Boyhood, Trish McAdam's tale of female friendship Snakes and Ladders, and an encore screening of last year's stunner Short Term 12. As always, tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis from 11am. Be there or be square. / Amy O'Connor

 

June 14 2014


where
James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George's Street, Dublin 1.

when
2pm-4:45pm

how much
€7

tour
Joycean Pub Crawl

Billows of smoke ooze from Zelda Fitzgerald’s ruby mouth as T.S Eliot snores along to a jazz band into the late hours of the night. Joyce ducks and stumbles away from the swinging fist of a frenchman. ‘Hemingway!’ he once again drolls, ‘deal with him’. What came first? The writer or the stereotype of the heavily drunken writer? Joyce once claimed you could not cross Dublin without passing a pub. One wonders if he stated this fact with sheer admiration or complete personal experience. Whilst you may not have as sharp a wit - or liver - to reenact the hedonistic days of Joyce et al, enjoy a gentle public crawl that revels in our greatest writers' favourite pastime, and enjoy a passage or two from his work as you do. Perhaps attempt to start a brawl, and a strapping young Hemingway-type might just hurry to your defense. A girl can dream, can’t she? / Ciara Roche

   
 

June 15 2014


where
North Great George's Street

when
1pm

how much
Pick up free ticket at 12:45pm

event
Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch

A day that has more to do with all that is good in this country than any succession of green-tinged rivers, tricolour hammers, marching bands from Boston to Brisbane, demented Yanks, O’Carroll's fucking gift shops, pints of Guinness, rain sodden rural pageantry, or god forbid snakes of any shape or size. If romantic Ireland died and went, it was probably because it was sick to the hind teeth of days like St Patrick’s Day. Bloomsday has 'til recently been the almost-exclusive pasture of high fallutin' literary types who gave it all the cut and verve of Roy Keane’s Cucumber Sandwich brigade at a croquet tournament. But the mighty folk at Happenings and Street Feast are, as they are wont to do, opening up the often passed through spaces of Leopold’s old town for the people that the incredible tome Ulysses was written about. / Emmet Condon

 

June 15 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
Dam Funk

Following the release of last year’s 7 Days of Funk, a collaborative album with Snoopzilla (aka Snoop Dog), Dam-Funk is riding high, touring the world as an ambassador of boogie funk. Channeling the ghosts of '80s electro-funk bands like Kleeer and Slave, he has managed to carve a niche for himself on the west coast of the US, releasing a number of albums on the renowned Stones Throw label since the late noughties. He has even released an album with a personal hero of his, Steve Arrington, the former lead singer of Slave. In fact, this is where Dam-Funk really shines - working with vocalists like Snoop and Arrington, he gets the chance to hang back and let his synth bass lines roll behind soothing pads and sleazy lead melodies. Sit back and marvel while he lays down the funk with his array of vintage synths and keytars. / Dave Desmond

 

June 15 2014


where
Generator Hostel, Smithfield Sqaure, Dublin 7.


when
1pm-Late

how much
Free in

market
Smithfield Fair

They say you don’t know what you got until it’s gone, and boy do I miss my leisurely Sundays. The overpay may be great, but the sense that I am missing out on a day devoted to simple pleasures is not. Once, shops were all closed on a Sunday, and boredom bred activities such as craft making, walks on the beach, and afternoons re-watching all three Back to the Futures. The Smithfield Market Fair is one of those absolutely lovely Sunday activities that I’ve grown so nostalgic for. Enjoy a relaxed stroll browsing vintage markets and sampling mini-tasters from food stalls, whilst live jazz and skiffle lead the dance unto screenings of old movies and cult classics. Don’t cry for me Sunday revellers. The truth is that a 9 - 5 will come someday, and I will once again be with you. / Ciara Roche

   
 

June 16 2014


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

when
7pm

how much
€10

screening
Romping Through Ulysses

Ireland’s bookshelves creak beneath the weight of unread copies of Ulysses. Somehow the fame of the novel precedes its distinct and almost alien prose; one virtually unrecognisable to how the modern novel is written. Thankfully these days we all have wikipedia, and so can keep up with everyone’s masturbation jokes and dirty Molly references. Here to add to your bluffer’s bank of references is the Sugar Club’s Romping Through Ulysses; a night of cross-dressing, fancy-dressing, standard dressing (some of us will be coming from the office) mixed together for an interactive presentation of the 1967 film. Afterwards there’ll probably be occasion for a Charleston or two, and for many an absinthe to be consumed. Eye patches optional. / David Cadwallader

   
 

June 17 2014


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€36

gig
Jurassic 5

Having called it quits in 2007 shortly after releasing their fourth album, Jurassic 5 reformed with their original line-up in 2013 to play Coachella. Since then they’ve played a smattering of gigs and sho’ nuff they didn’t forget their old chums in Ireland. Backed by two of the most entertaining turntablists in the business, Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark, the 4 MCs trade verses with a flavour of daisy-age hip-hop and never fail to deliver at live shows. Chali 2na’s distinctive baritone rap provides a distinct contrast to the higher registers of Marc 7, Akil and Zaakir. Their playfully sampled, melodic beats and infectious hooks mean that there’s no shortage of memorable verses to sing along to, while the two DJs provide mind-bending instrumental intervals that are consistently inventive and crowd-pleasing to boot. / Dave Desmond

 

June 18 2014


where
15 Fade Street, Dublin 2. 

when
See link

how much
Depends

food
Duck

Asian street food is ever getting closer to my Dublin doorstep with this latest Hong Kong style deli, DUCK. Duck enters this hipster hot-spot with a reassuring display of roasted duck, crispy pork belly with seasoned crackling and sauced chicken suspended from meat hooks in the window in a way that would make Hannibal proud. Witty Neo-Chinois decor, white tiling and spartan wooden seating brought back a flood of memories from equatorial hawker centres and lunches spent eating by the roadside. My tuckshop favourites: prawn crackers were for sale, making this a happy hang for yours truly. / Elish Bul-Godley

   
 
Katie O'Kelly

To celebrate Bloomsday on June 16th, we spoke with actress Katie O'Kelly about her one-woman show Joyced!

The show was written by my Dad, Donal O'Kelly, who is an actor and playwright himself. I saw this thing in 2011 on an actors' forum asking for a one-person show about James Joyce to go to Oslo for their Bloomsday celebrations. I said it to Dad, but he was doing a play in The Abbey at the time and couldn't do it. So he said, "Why don't you give it a go?"
 
It's all about James Joyce when he was 22, so it's an odyssey through Dublin of that year and all the stuff that then inspired him to write his characters. It's very fast-moving. It's like being on a rollercoaster through 1904 Dublin.

I never thought I'd be able to play James Joyce. There's 32 characters in it. It's this mad show. You've got Nora Barnacle, you've got his Mum, the Dad, Oliver St. John Gogarty. It's way more fun to me. Why would you play one person when you can play thirty?
 
O'Kelly will perform Joyced! in the National Library of Ireland this Monday. PHOTO: Daragh Soden