Dublin Selected *235

If you can't read this email, Click here! | Click here to unsubscribe from this newsletter




   
 
 

On the 22nd February 1977, Cathal O’Shannon presented an RTÉ report on homosexuality in Dublin. On the night of broadcast 39 calls were made to the controller; 26 calls were specifically to congratulate RTÉ on the programme, including a call from a grandmother and parents who felt it had been ‘tastefully handled’. Four requests were made for the gay rights movement’s address.

In subsequent days the address was again sought, a caller said that it had changed their attitude and it was declared ‘about time’ such a programme had been broadcast. Sr. Anne of the Dominican convent in Ballyfermot wrote that she enjoyed the RTE show ‘100% better than BBC one previous night.’ Cathal O’Flanagan of the Franciscan Priory at Merchant’s Quay complained that ‘The League of Decency and similar groups will be baying for your blood and demanding apologies from RTÉ...’

37 years on, Pride is one of the most important expressions of the struggle for equality in Ireland, and it is as important as ever to hit the streets and declare your support, especially with a potential picket on the horizon.

Who's got Think Pink in their head? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, Amy or Maria?

"... as is usual the rain is back in full force..." - Shane Gavin
... Read More
   
 

June 26 2014


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
11am - 6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Breaking The Silence

It leaves you dumbstruck when soldiers themselves start to answer the question ‘war - what is it good for?’ with an emphatic ‘absolutely nothing!’ Breaking the Silence is an organisation of Israeli war veterans set up in 2004 to expose the unjust realities of the occupation of Palestinian lands. The exhibition displays soldiers' own photographs alongside anonymous accounts of their own brutal acts. ‘It becomes a game’ is a harrowing phrase used over and over again. All sense of reality has disappeared, blurring the notions of morality that are at the crux of human nature. The exhibition is made all the more palpable by the ex-Israeli soldier present at the gallery to answer questions about his own experiences of hitting the streets fueled with a fear-inspiring sense of duty to impose his authority over civilians. / Maria Hagan

 

June 26 2014


where
Hugh Lane Gallery, 1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10am - 6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
A Modern Panarion

Is there more? The occult is endlessly fascinating, and as a theme in this exhibition of esoteric ideas, curated by Pádraic E. Moore, it proves a transcendent, illuminating subject. It features A Journey to Avebury by Derek Jarman, in all its unsettling neolithic madness, work from Richard Proffitt, who always has the knack of making his work look like it has just been filched from a satanic shrine, Gunilla Klingberg's sci-fi, mind-melting illusions, as well as work from Bea McMahon and Garrett Phelan. Ponder occultism, theosophy, and the people who adopted Kabbalah before Queen Madge, the Olsens, and every celeb flashing her knickers getting out of her limo, adopted the teaching and the red string bracelet. / Kate Coleman

 

June 26 2014


where
Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare St, Dublin 2


when
Until June 27th

how much
Free

exhibition
Life and Death - The Temple

Festivals, like all good things, must come to an end. Using the temple structure as a lynchpin to explore Burning Man, Gordon captures the transience of the event, and in broader terms, explores the passing of time. This is not a heady mix of traditional festival tropes with a boring view to hedonistic insight. Conversely, the exhibit takes a glance at the ceremonial acts of the revelers, again, focusing on the temple which acts as a space for mourning, celebration and community. Despite my knowledge of Burning Man, I was continuously struck by the eastern aesthetic of the environment and architecture caught in the hazy, ephemeral photographs. The majority of shots catch the movement of sand, creating visually enrapturing images glazed with a ghostly smokescreen befitting an exploration of life and death. / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

June 27 2014


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Mistaken For Strangers

Mistaken For Strangers opens with radio host Jesse Thorne observing that The National is essentially a band of brothers, as it is comprised of two sets of brothers (Aaron & Bryce Dessner, Bryan and Scott Davendorf) and Matt Berninger. It is then put to Matt whether he himself has any brothers. Enter Tom Berninger, Matt's decidedly schlubbier brother and the man behind this documentary. An aspiring filmmaker with a penchant for gore, Berninger set out to make a documentary about The National, but what we have instead is a warts and all portrait of sibling dynamics and the process of making a film. Tom Berninger inadvertently overtakes his older rock star brother and emerges as the real star of the film, which is hilarious and touching in equal measure. Will make you want to call your brother or sister immediately. / Amy O'Connor

 

June 27 2014


where
MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6


when
6pm

how much
€20 weekend ticket

festival
The Fire Escape

Since THE MART launched in 2013, it has been home to countless exhibitions and film screenings and has quickly become an integral part of the fabric of Rathmines. It has consistently stayed true to its core ethos of engaging with the local community and providing supports for Dublin creatives, and this weekend is no different as it plays host to its first music festival. A two-day extravaganza presented in collaboration with Flaming June Records, The Fire Escape will feature thirty-odd homegrown acts including Nanu Nanu, Twinkranes and Paddy Hanna doing their thing in THE MART and the wonderfully intimate Abner Browns Barbershop. The festival will also present a screening from music video maestro Myles O'Reilly and his Arbutus Yarns banner. It all promises to be utterly unique and a little bit special. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

June 27 2014


where
The George, 87-89 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
Conchita Wurst

Conchita Wurst represents the next frontier in our neo-liberal gender-queer education. A bearded drag queen with Princess Jasmine eyes, it is easy to get caught up in a flurry of panic over whether this Barbie-eyed performer is L, G, B, T or Q, but don't waste time on subtleties, because Conchita is here to spread a message of equality, tolerance and sing a song. Call it a one man Live Aid. Conchita would rather you danced than spent an evening philosophising in a panic about gender-queer norms. Prepare yourselves for the euro-smash Rise Like A Phoenix, and her other Austrian smashes on the hit parade, and dress up for the occasion. Think bearded Liz Hurley, lashings of mascara, and you'll be good. / Kate Coleman

   
 

June 28 2014


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

when
10.30pm

how much
€7.50 - €9.00

cinema
Blues Brothers

It's 106 miles to Chicago, Jake and Elwood are on a mission, a mission from God, with a full tank of gas and a half pack of cigarettes; they have 11 days to make $5,000. Behind the wheel of the Bluesmobile, their journey of redemption begins with the stern stick of Sister Stigmata, a convergence with the Illnois Neo-Nazis, a mall chase (which involved the demise of sixty stunt police cars), musical performances from R&B greats Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin to name but a few and a hot pursuit by the not so Good Olde Boys. Originally a popular SNL sketch, The Blues Brothers has earned its place on the cinema wall of fame as one of the most outrageous musical comedies ever released. It's dark out and they’re wearing sunglasses...Hit it! / Claire Mullane

 

June 28 2014


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

when
10pm

how much
€10, BYOB

fundraiser
Running in the Hall

While teachers may admonish you for running in the hall, we fully endorse it, particularly when it goes to helping fund Pallas Projects/Studios and their endeavors. One of the city's leading facilitators of contemporary art, it will host a fundraiser this weekend and encourage people to dance and drink tins for the sake of art. Johnny Moy, Ghostboy and Nic James will take to the decks to spin deep house and hip-hop cuts, while outgoing artist Anne Maree Barry will get the chance to indulge her inner DJ for a guest slot, all in the perfectly nostalgic surrounds of PP/S's schoolyard and assembly hall. All are donating their time and services free of charge, so the least you can do is pop along and show your support. Up with this sort of thing. / Amy O'Connor

 

June 28 2014


where
The Shed, Abbey Road, Blackrock

when
10am-6pm

how much
Free

event
Makers & Brothers

These curators of "everyday craft and design" are throwing open their shed door once again and inviting folk to join them in the shed at the back of their lovely family home in Blackrock. You might have last caught them with their super pop-up on Dame Lane before Christmas and now they return to home patch showcasing their new finds, the Brothers Legge are also laying on a workshop by James Carroll (maker) for carving wooden spoons, fetching some lobster rolls from the fantastic Fish Shop nearby and offering some elderflower cordial to wash down over a game of ping pong. Having constructed their shed for New York Design Week last month, Makers and Brothers are passionately flying the flag in their own commerical nous. / Zach Joyce

   
 

June 29 2014


where
Marley Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.


when
7pm

how much
€61.50

gig
Arcade Fire

Doubtless many of you will be schlepping over to Worthy Farm this weekend to open the doors of perception and throw your tent flaps wide. Bully for you. For those too old, or scared, not down with the cod-mystic wankery, or simply not rad enough, you could do a lot worse than head to Marlay Park on Sunday for the Arcade Fire/Pixies double-bill. I’m certain one of us earlier made some kind of withering comment about them ‘not really being The Pixies without Kim Deal’, but whatever, you can’t argue with that back-catalogue. The headliners are one of the best live acts around, especially if they avoid disc 1 of Reflektor and dial down the righteousness. There will be beer and rain aplenty and then you get to go home to your house that rose in value by 20% this year. Rock and roll. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

June 30 2014


where
Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2,


when
Until August 23rd

how much
Free

exhibition
Ulysses Cylinders

Maybe we've had enough with artistic apartheid and boxed off disciplines. Collaborative convergences between art-forms supply us with an increasingly irresistible trend in cultural circles. A new exhibit premiering in Dublin promises such a composite pleasure forged by an amalgamation of fire, silicon, metal and ink inspired by scenes and characters from James Joyce’s Ulysses, that touchstone of Irish literature. Bear witness to the ethereal gold-leafed cylinders breathed into existence by master glass artist Dale Chihuly, all seared into life with illustrative scratchings from painter Seaver Leslie's pen. Visually hypnotic portals into the storylines between the pages, they make for postmodern icons to our literary heritage. / Eilish Bul-Godley

   
 

July 01 2014


where
Department 51
Eason
Level 3
Dundrum Shopping Centre

when
8pm

how much
FREE but limited spaces, see link.

talk
Rise of the Geek

Does a trend start with one person who suddenly and unexplainably wears his hat at a jaunty angle or rolls up a trouser leg? Do trends spread virally and are they predictable and measurable? In this age of gnat-sized attention spans, a trend can last a day before the 'new thing' takes over. We devour culture like locusts, with barely any time for reflection. One week we are True Detective the next House of Cards. Gimme, gimme, gimme. Must. Have. More. To mark the opening of a new store that treats trends as artforms - Department 51 - we are hosting a panel talk on all of the above. To discuss the Rise of The Geek - Trends, Trash, Influencers and Pop Culture are David O'Callaghan (Eason Youth Book Buyer), Derek Landy (Author), Mick Minogue (Maker and Doer), Ciaran Walsh (Le Cool) and Fiona Hyde (The Daily Edge). / Le Cool Dublin

 

July 01 2014


where
Hugh Lane Gallery, 1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10am - 6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Eva Rothschild

As someone who can't see an animated snake in the cinema without squelching as deep into their seat as possible, I find Eva Rothschild's work somewhat cruel and perverted - not that that is a bad thing. Pictures of People With Snakes is like a deconstructed trip to the zoo, except there is the teeniest bit of terror in the eyes of the participants. Rothschild's sculputures are dark, moody and twisted - sometimes literally. Weighty, monotone and industrial, form and material conspire to create awing structures, whether they are smooth, lacquered and tribal, or a bondage-twist of melodrama. Precariously balancing, lifeform interacting, this is a homecoming show of splendour for Rothschild. / Kate Coleman

   
 

July 02 2014


where
Marley Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.


when
5pm

how much
€59.50

gig
Kanye West and Pharrell Williams

Last year, Yeezus received a near perfect score of 9.5 by cultural tastemakers Pitchfork. With several critics proclaiming it would be the album to inspire future generations of rappers, it was also lauded as the start of a mainstream hip-hop revolution which begs the question; is Kanye’s outlandish behaviour somewhat allowed? Teaming up with Pharrell Williams, aka King of the Summer Jam, this Irish date is the first of many big feature concerts over the next few months and if 2012’s Watch the Throne tour is anything to go by, we’re gonna get lucky (soz). Obviously carting around Kim West (née Kardashian) in the Irish countryside for a brief honeymoon spell was only a preliminary sojourn for Kanye but, hopefully, Marlay Park's 300 acres is enough to contain that megalomaniacal ego. Clap along if you feel like Yeezus! / Laura Hayley Kavanagh

   
 

July 02 2014


where
Yoga Hub Studio, Camden Place, Dublin 2,


when
6.30am - 9.30am

how much
€15

rave
Morning Gloryville

Dancing is the vertical expression of an horizontal activity we all love, so wouldn't it make sense to channel some sexy chi into an up-at-dawn rave workout? Zero alcohol here as you are urged to create your own DIY cocktail of heady endorphins, fast-moving oxygenated haemoglobin and bubbly pheromones. All assisted by intoxicating grooves and world class DJs. This disruptive event is an urban moment in Xanadu, that seduces with ‘Wake Up Angels', fresh smoothie and coffee bars, motivational dance teams and yoga, all aimed to get you into a shamanistic oneness with your fellow man. Dress to sweat, albeit sensually, and bring your inner rainbow for unleashing. No metaphysical masks allowed at this location ironically (placed by the universe) on the back of Copperface Jacks. / Eilish Bul-Godley

   
 
Kevin Gaffney

With Pride approaching, we spoke to crafty curator Kevin Gaffney about photo-exhibition Belonging: Irish Queer Youth

When BeLonG To’s 10 year anniversary came about, I suggested that we pull together an archive to celebrate it. The NLI has been very supportive, and is a great backing to have at a time when queer youth is so crucial to the national dialogue. We wanted to present a genuine picture of the past decade of LGBT youth culture: very few images are staged, and we have used disposable camera snaps as well as professional photographs.

Progress has been made, but there’s still a lot to be done. Many young LGBT people still wouldn’t be comfortable having their picture up for all to see. It’d be ideal if we were at a stage where this exhibition didn’t even need to happen because queer youth was just an integral part of society. People say ‘you have civil partnership and an equality law, so why do you need Pride too?’ But the situation is not perfect yet and we’re not going to settle for second-rate equality. Pride is important and it’s fun - that’s the power of it. We’re going to be ourselves no matter what - people are just going to have to get on board!

The exhibition runs at the National Photographic Archive until 27th July.  PHOTO: Mark Earley