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A couple of days ago, the Irish Times published a (really great) piece by Sara Keating on how arts establishments are creating bespoke events for children with autism, which is an incredibly positive thing to be doing. The Ark, Vue at the Liffey Valley Centre, the National Concert Hall and more got honourable mentions, and rightly so.

This is part of a wider trend though, as the arts become more inclusive; or more to the point, reach out to new audiences, whether it's with parent and baby screenings at the Light House Cinema, or the IFI's Wild Strawberries film club for the over 55s. The Axis in Ballymun has proved that social housing and the arts can have a symbiotic relationship, and community led festivals are thriving in what might seem unexpected places.

So, what is the new frontier, and how do you feel we can create environments that make the arts feel accessible to everyone? Your opinions here, please. Tweet us here.

Who got da smartz for da artz? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, or Amy

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July 03 2014


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

when
6.30pm

how much
See HERE

screening
Beyond The Bechdel Test

It just ain’t good enough when all it takes to pass the Bechdel Test is a ‘chat’ between two women about something other than a man. The suggestion that such a test is necessary seems almost insulting to the progress made towards gender equality in recent years. And while you’d expect that all of today’s films would pass with flying colours, just half of the top-grossing films in 2013 actually scraped a pass. So *relief* the IFI has decided that women will be the talk of the town for July. The cinema is offering a series of screenings that not only pass the Bechdel Test, but go beyond it and celebrate female empowerment.The series opens with experimental feminist sci-fi (what else?) in the form of Born In Flames and continues on Sunday with Peter Weir's haunting Picnic at Hanging Rock. Let's hear it for the girls. / Maria Hagan

 

July 03 2014


where
The Market Studios, Cnr. Halston St. & Mary's Lane, Dublin 7.
Location Map

when
Until 5th July

how much
Free

exhibition
Groove Chronicles and Radical Lines

Time can only be apprehended through the changes it leaves in its wake. The works that constitute Groove Chronicles are found objects whose transformations through time are charted by artefacts: lengths of wood, before they are made into mosaics, are used as rulers against which pens mark paper with lines that echo barcodes or compressed soundwaves. Each facsimile is then displayed next to what was its original, the latter now unrecognizable to the former. The composition of the ink that was used to create the records changes as it is exposed to the environment, so that the seemingly permanent records are themselves rendered ephemeral. The artist continues this study in Radical Lines, which will be held at Pallas Projects/Studios and will run from 2-6 July. / Olen Bajarias

 

July 03 2014


where
O'Connell House, 58 Merrion Square, Dublin 2


when
7pm

how much
See HERE

readings
Kevin Barry

In the current landscape of contemporary Irish fiction, it is quite difficult to feel as if you are experiencing the edge and vitality that should come with new authors. One could accuse our top writers of still being stuck in the tragic past of Irish history, unwilling to encourage their readers to move on to fresh and exciting narratives. Kevin Barry burst onto the scene with a collection of short stories, an admiration for U.S television drama, and a cocky attitude that screamed more Kanye West than Peig Sayers up the West. His dystopian novel City of Bohane imagined an Ireland torn by modern gang warfare, whilst keeping the traditions of Irish fiction within the expressive language and slang that beautifully decorated this stunning book. Expect dark humour and guaranteed shocked gasps at this reading. Ireland has a new star. / Ciara Roche

   
 

July 04 2014


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

when
10:30pm

how much
€15

dj set
Simian Mobile Disco

First impressions are all important they say, and can sometimes be wildly misleading. In the case of Simian Mobile Disco, the ubiquitous indie dancefloor filler We Are Your Friends left this scribe with a very set idea of the duo’s output. Needless to say this preconception was duly smashed wide open during a blistering set of relentless and futurist tencho at The Berlin Festival a few years back and I’ve never looked at them in the same way. True proponents of the dance 12 inch, they are currently touring new long player Whorl. Having composed and committed to performing it solely on modular synths, they have completely taken away any safety net of modern producing and are thus ensuring that the version of the tracks you hear on Friday night will be unique to that setting. Go have your expectations challenged. / Emmet Condon

 

July 04 2014


where
Moxie Studio, Pembroke Row D2
Location Map

when
10pm

how much
€10

party
Hussey Riot

After the likes of Drop Everything, Body & Soul, Glastonbury and Pride, this weekend seems like the first in quite some time where there's a bit of freedom to slow down, catch up with mates and enjoy some balmy summer good times in the city. And you're in luck as Una Mullally and Vickey "Ragin" Curtis come together to throw a warehouse soirée. Usher in July with tunes from the newly formed and puntastically named female DJ collective Come On Na mBan, beer pong and "lezzer tag". (For you to shoot your enemies, of course.) As always, it's BYOB and you're also invited to bring your own spirits, so the folks at the BYOBar can make cocktails. Summer good times sorted. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

July 04 2014


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

when
8.30pm

how much
€25

gig
Ike Stubblefield

Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, Ike Stubblefield has worked with a who’s who of soul and jazz acts. Cutting his teeth on studio recordings with Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield and Esther Phillips, he has also played with jazz giants including George Benson, George Duke and Quincy Jones. The list goes on and on. One of the Hammond B3 organ’s most prolific proponents, Stubblefield has showcased the versatility of the classic instrument throughout a spectrum of genres while also dappling with vintage synthesizer favourites like the Mini Moog to provide additional sonic scope. Returning to Dublin after last year’s breathtaking performance with Jimmy Cobb, Stubblefield is joined on the night by Eddie Roberts on the guitar and Jamal Watson on drums. / Dave Desmond

 

July 04 2014


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

when
6pm-8pm

how much
Free

launch
Love Is A Stranger

"A clairvoyant told me to." No, this isn't Most Haunted, this is Darragh Shanahan's approach to photography. Love Is A Stranger, titled in an homage to the Eurythmics lyric, is a photography book, or diary, or accumulation of images that have all been captured with an analogue, plastic, Goldenhalf camera. There's a fly on the wall detachment between the subjects and the photographer which creates a beautiful sense of otherness, and adds a documentary aspect of travel and discovery to the work. More used to facilitating the exhibitions of others in the Gallery of Photography, where he works, Shanahan is having his moment in the sun, while throwing black and white shade on the images he is presenting in this incredible book. Raise a glass, buy a book. / Kate Coleman

   
 

July 04 2014


where
The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€8

gig
Carriages

Carriages began, initially, as a recording project. It was unknown whether a live performance was possible when producer Harry Bookless and singer-songwriter Aaron Page joined forces to spawn their brand of experimental folk music. Fortunately, the possibilities proved endless. They have triumphantly succeeded in constructing sets that are as natural and refreshing as a blistering day's breeze. By combining found sound formed beats and soundscapes with traditional song constructions, they create and perform music that generates equal movement in the listener's heart and hips. They celebrate the release of their new single Roots/Significant Landscapes, supported by the stunning sounds of Somerville, before setting out on their Wild Atlantic Tour. / Warren McCarthy

   
 

July 05 2014


where
South Studios, 27 New Row South, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies

Truths, Facts, Fictions, Lies is one of this year's PhotoIreland stand-out exhibitions. Held in the the historical, shabby-chic surrounds of South Studios, the enamel white, scuffed walls are laid heavy with works of attitude. On a rogue mission to the exhibition as it was being hung, I was startled by a still life of unnaturally formed fruit, projects with Scream style humour, all post-slaughter yellow fishing jackets and ghostly, white-plastic masked faces. There are projects detailing soviet-esque monotony, from the car garage to the humble dining table, as well as personal projects - collections of snapshots from moments of familial closeness, like you might see on the blu-tacked wall of a college room-mate. Not a patch of the canvas is left unwritten, and this show bursts at the seams with promise. / Kate Coleman

 

July 05 2014


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
7pm

how much
Free

exhibition
The Time of Dreaming the World Awake

The Time of Dreaming the World Awake is Yvette Monahan's eery, spacey exploration of the landscape surrounding Bugarach, a mountain heavy with legacy of Mayan prophecies and clouded in stories of the supernatural. Shooting as the 21st December 2012 loomed ever closer - the date that Mayans prophesised the foundation of a millenarian arcadia at Bugarach - Monahan was not distracted by the hullabaloo of tabloids and sensationalists who gathered as the day drew near, and instead studied the spiritual serenity of the woodlands, and the earthly forms of its denizens with enrapturing portraiture and landscapes with minute detail. One of the most affecting exhibitions you'll see for a while... / Kate Coleman

   
 

July 05 2014


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6.30pm

how much
Free

party
A Fest Called Tribe

Few groups can claim the consistency or ingenuity of A Tribe Called Quest. Between 1990 and 1993, they released three of the most influential, timeless hip-hop records and completely turned the genre on its head, incorporating jazz samples when their contemporaries still favoured funk or soul. With a deep reservoir of mellow jams, they remain one of the most fascinating, beloved bands in hip-hop. A Fest Called Tribe, as well as being just a genius name for an event, is a celebration of Q-Tip and the crew, featuring a screening of Michael Rappaport's excellent documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life, and sets packed with your favourite ATCQ joints. Meanwhile, the Big Blue Bus will serving up Ham 'N' Eggs pizza. Can you kick it? Yes, you most certainly can. / Amy O'Connor

 

July 05 2014


where
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
Brunch, 12pm, Dinner, 7pm

how much
€70

food
Manatsu

I think I'm turning Japanese-e, I really really think so, when it's this darn tasty. Manatsu is the brainchild of Gruel Guerilla, Hunt & Gather, and Making Space, all experimental, collaborative projects in their own rights, and they are all bringing their signature verve and creativity to this project. With two sittings a day, at brunch and dinner, the menu uses the freshest and brightest of Irish ingredients to bring Japanese cuisine to life. Expect kelp-cured trout, oshizushi (or pressed sushi), and more "am I pronouncing this correctly?" moments than you can shake a stick at. Temple Bar Gallery & Studios is a fitting location as gastro and art collide in tastebud tingling masterpieces, and surely has the ideal feng shui to ensure that everything is serene and light. / Kate Coleman

 

July 05 2014


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

when
8:30pm

how much
€10

performance
Jack of Diamonds Old Time Radio Show

You can do it, put some swing into it. Be transported back in time with Jack of Diamonds' Golden Age of Radio. Remember when the family gathered around the wireless to listen to the football/hear wars announced/listen to their political leader reassure them that "everything's gonna be alright, lads!"? Well, this event aims to recreate that, so put on your Zoot Suit, curl your quiff into a Victory Roll and flirt with the cigarette girls at half time, like you're gonna paint her on your Spitfire in the morning. With guest like Ross Breen, Laura Ann Brady and Conor Linnie, as well as jazz and swing bands to jive to, this is a back to the future mind-melt. Be a time-traveller's war wife, for one night only. / Kate Coleman

 

July 05 2014


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

when
10:30pm

how much
€9

cinema
Cabaret

The stage version of this drove Shia LeBeouf slightly cray cray last week. Okay, he probably had other issues going on but it would be nice to think that he got so carried away by the hedonistic world of the Kit Kat Club that he decided to live it for real – after all this one of the darkest yet sexiest musicals ever made. Based on the true experiences of author Christopher Isherwood during his time in Berlin prior to World War II during the period when the Nazis were rising to power it manages to mix serious political issues with supremely catchy tunes and erotic choreography. It made a star of Liza Minelli, won Joel Grey an Oscar and remains an absolute classic. If you’ve never seen it this is your chance. If you have, just sit back and relive the magic. After all what use is sitting alone in your room on a Saturday night! / Frances Winston

   
 

July 07 2014


where
The Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, D1
Location Map

when
7.30pm (2pm Sat matinees)

how much
€13- €40

theatre
Aristocrats

Aristocrats is a solid, if unspectacular, choice for the main stage of the national theatre this summer. Brian Friel is a truly gifted playwright but his insights into the last days of Ballybeg Hall and the last vestiges of Catholic ascendancy in the late 1970s remains somewhat rooted and lost in its timeframe. The revivalism of time fails to meet the resuscitation of script under the direction of Patrick Mason. This is "a house of reticence with things unspoken" like many Irish dwellings and it is served well by a cast including stand-out performances by relative newcomers such as an outstanding Tadhg Murphy (Casimir) amongst true stalwarts such as Tom Hickey and John Kavanagh. Aristocrats is a genuinely relevant documentation of the end of an epoch, the death of a patriarch and way of life but one trapped on stage rather than memory once seen. / Michael McDermott

 

July 07 2014


where
Patrick Donald Photography Gallery, 8/9 Royal Hibernian Way, Dawson Street, Dublin 2


when
Weekdays 10-6

how much
Free

exhibition
The People of Rajasthan

Are the Insta­ready tendencies we now gravitate towards stripping photography of the integrity and honesty it possesses in its ability to accurately document our existence? Perhaps so, but Patrick Donald’s street photography manages to capture his subjects unaware, snatch real moments of serenity and sadness, struggle and solace, single moments and emotions that tally up to form our daily lives. Donald took to the streets of Rajasthan and within single frames contains the vibrant, dilapidated grandeur of the landscape and it’s mournfully beautiful inhabitants. With not a single louche pose in designer denim in sight, this is life documented as it is lived. / Sophie Donaldson

 

July 08 2014


where
Brick Alley, 25 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


when
9am-10pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Judea Cora

These are the Coras­ bare chested men caked in lashings of vivid paint, boy warriors with liquid brown eyes that pour out of teal streaked faces, heads covered in animal masks or bright bandanas, and eyes eerily blacked out with jaunty reflector sunglasses. These are the Coras of Mexico who fled to remote and mountainous regions to escape the Spanish and retain their language, culture and religion, an effort that was somewhat successful as they incorporated certain elements of Spanish life into their existence. Their Holy Week festivities are a by­product of this partial cultural invasion, an amalgamation of Spanish Catholicism and pagan ritual as captured in Cesar Rodriguez’s striking portraits. / Sophie Donaldson

   
 

July 09 2014


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Damn Fine City

Damn Fine is right. An exhibition featuring a mere glimmer of Dublin's sparkling design talent, you can get your grubby mitts on prints for a mere 60 yo-yos. Participants include Annie Atkins, who was lead graphic designer on the pink visual feast that was The Grand Budapest Hotel, Chris Judge, whose cheeky monster creation The Lonely Beast has put smiles on cutie-pie faces all over the world, and Peter Donnelly, an illustrator whose maps and murals delight over and over. Add to that M&E of OFFSET fame, Steve Simpson, and Big Apple-based Kevin Waldron and you have yourself an art scramble on your hands... / Kate Coleman

 

July 09 2014


where
Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
01 872 2077
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€10

talk
HomeBeat: Songbook II

You know when they tried to convince you in Junior Cert English that songs and poetry were once and the same? It's not so. While both mediums have their similarities, they also have their own quirks. Poetry, with more time to consider, can convey meaning through its structure, punctuation and other literary devices. Songwriting, however, has a crucial immediacy, and hooks, choruses and chants meld together to create an aural experience that still evokes emotion and tells a story. It ain't that easy. That is, unless you Crazy Frog it and appeal to the Nokia ringtone market. This event will see Cathy Davey sharing her wisdom, and a host of attendees hanging on to her every word, in a bid for enlightenment and inspiration, as well as a song or two, if you're lucky. Acoustic guitar and dreads non-essential. / Kate Coleman

   
 
The Golden Keg

We talked Golden Discs and Golden Kegs with Mark Earley of this weekend's Ultimate Frisbee tournament...

Ultimate Frisbee is a 7-a-side non-contact sport played on a pitch the same length as a rugby pitch. The goal of the game is to pass the disc from one team-mate to another until you catch it in the endzone for a score, similar to American Football. You're not allowed run with the disc and you can't tackle people. It is self-refereed, an aspect of the sport that makes it unique.

The Golden Keg is a new tournament aiming to provide a high level mixed (men and women playing on the same team) Ultimate event for Irish players and visiting teams alike. We have 16 international teams coming to Dublin this coming weekend including Spanish, Polish, Danish, French, American and Australian teams! The name is simply because we have a miniature wooden gold-coloured keg for the winning team.

It's a very physically demanding sport so it get you fit and the self-refereeing aspect tends to lend itself to less aggression which appeals to many players.  For a sport that began in 1995 here in Ireland, our player-base is growing rapidly!

Find out more: Golden Keg, Irish Ultimate Frisbee and event details here. PHOTO: Mark Earley