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While many are abroad taking holiday snaps, attempting to look glam despite having the plasticky grooves of sun loungers imprinted into their backs, the photographic community in Ireland is celebrating the culture of photography with the annual PhotoIreland festival. 

Everyone's a photographer, and that's something that the festival actually relishes. Take for instance The Photo Album of Ireland, currently being exhibited at The Gallery of Photography, which celebrates pictures from the perfectly ordinary Irish family album. What it is saying is that a photo taken on Fuji film, with a disposable camera, and developed at the local pharmacy is no less important than the goings on in photo studios. Kate Moss' involvement isn't needed to legitimise the fact that you have captured a moment. 

This willingness and outward looking disposition is down to the creative, open-minded organisers, who run the entire month-long festival voluntarily (as in, without pay, not as in 'they didn't even have to be shackled!') Their reward is in the public's interaction with the event, so check out the programme, and you might inspire the Ansel Adams within.

Who's snap-happy, Kate, Ciaran, Michael, or Amy

"...it explains the ancient and mysterious origins of the Poolbeg fossils..." - Rob Mirolo
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July 10 2014


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

how much
€8

gig
Night of the Machines VI

I've always fancied myself as a bit of a music supervisor. Spawning from my attempts to be Seth Cohen, and my first cultural reference point of The O.C., I've been trying to match music to the moment for as long as Mischa Barton has been trying to get it together. Occasionally I haven't just purchased a fortnight's worth of quesadillas to the sound of Icelandic post-rock, in the pouring rain, and what NOTM offers is what I'd probably coerce a taxi driver in to playing at 4AM in celebration. The punchy melody of Diary Song is getting caught doing an awkward half-dressed dance. Rogue Spirit is the one you almost miss racing back from the bar with four Brahmas in tow. Chromatics-meets-George Michael, KuBO is rooting around for the one-too-many night cap. "I get paid at midnight." / Connor Clarke

 

July 10 2014


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
7:30pm

how much
€17.50

gig
Ghostface Killah

"Who want to battle the Don? I'm James Bond in the Octagon with two razors!" My personal standout member from the most influential rap crew ever - WuTang Clan - who has himself has sustained an illustrious career spanning over two decades, Ghostface Killah will be spitting his cerebral mafioso raps with a charisma and energy that will enthrall teenagers to thirty somethings alike tonight. Tony Starks, AKA Pretty Tone, AKA Ghostface Killah remains one of the most iconic rappers in the Hip-Hop game. In the renaissance of ‘golden era’ Hip-Hop legends coming back to play impressive crowds in Dublin thanks to the Choice Cuts crew [The Pharcyde, Doom, Kane, Jeru the Damaga] this will be a show to brag about being front row throwing up your ‘W’ in years to come. / Mango

 

July 10 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€15

theatre
Hear Me Sing Your Song / With Raised Arms

This double bill will leave you feeling like you have been dragged through an emotional mill in the way that only thought provoking art can. The first piece Hear Me Sing your Song deals with displacement and the idea of having only others to call home rather than a physical place of your own. Meanwhile With Raised Arms tackles the choices we make within the strange rationale and cynicism of politics in the status quo. O’ Donohue has collaborated with renowned musicians Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Bryan O’Connell on the first piece and Tom Lane on the second one and both promise to be engaging and moving. Just a warning though With Raised Arms does contain scenes of moderate violence. / Frances Winston

 

July 10 2014


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
2pm

how much
€5 / €2 Gallery of Photography members

talk
Making the Scene

Do you know your Jürgen Teller from your Aisling Farinella, or are you just an ardent Instagrammer hoping to make the leap from the ever entertaining food pics? Join Ireland’s top fashion photographers and stylists for a series of lunchtime talks and displayed works, to gain an unfiltered and contrasted insight into this bubbling scene. From Conor Clinch, a photographer just out of his Leaving Certificate, to Barry McCall who is currently exhibiting a 20 year retrospective of his portraiture work, these talks invite a view of the inner circle of the movers and shakers in Ireland’s fashion scene. What does it take? Confidence? Expensive equipment? A Kate Moss muse to find you on a busy day in Dublin airport? It sure as flash doesn't take Snapchat. / Ciara Roche

   
 

July 11 2014


where
52 Williams Park
Lower Rathmines Road
Dublin 6

when
Regular hours, see site.

how much
€7.70 for two coffees and a croissant

coffee
Two Fifty Square

Rathmines has changed its facade more than Joan Rivers but people have always gravitated towards this not-quite-suburb-suburb. Recent times have seen a Good vs Evil business battle on the streets; McDonalds and Starbucks hold the centre but you'll find a vintage store, an arts collective, a craft beer pub, a 3D printing shop and a Jo Burger on the edges. Add in the all new cafe/roast house Two Fifty Square and we're an art house cinema away from Rathmines becoming the epic-centre of Dublin. Hidden next to the Swan pool this place has the airy, spacious vibe of a converted building (was it a regular gaff beforehand?) and is littered with sun traps and hipster trappings. The coffee was a little thin but it's only fair to give some days of grace before they hit their stride. Welcome addition to Dublin bean scene. / Vernon Steel

 

July 11 2014


where
Pacinos, 18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
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when
11pm

how much
€3 before 11:30, €5 thereafter

club night
Dip

Think of it this way; Pacinos is the guac, and you are the quesadilla. Dip into this brand new, sweatbox of a night, where the clubkids are dancing like the floor's made of Tabasco, and the drinks flow like that too-thin Tzatziki but taste like Moscow Mules (although ask for beer, normal beer, cos I'm not sure they even sell those). They have promised to accessorise their best dancers with dip pom poms - so you can dip it low with all the grace of a crumping Hayden Panettiere in Bring It On 3. Or you could sit at the sidelines and snark that "looks like there's snow on campus" if you're more of a Solange. Either way dip yo' a$$ on the dancefloor on Friday, and earn yourself a yolky dip for your soldiers on Saturday morning, baybay. / Kate Coleman

 

July 11 2014


where
Oliver Sears Gallery, 29 Molesworth St. Dublin 2
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when
Until 31st July

how much
Free

exhibition
We Make The Path By Walking

Paul Gaffney created the body of work that eventually became We Make The Path By Walking whilst trudging 35,000 kilometres of the undulating landscapes of Portugal, Spain and the South of France. This isn't the photography equivalent of Wordsworth's guides to the lakes, but a meditative body of work about the process of walking, almost as a form of therapy or search for self-knowledge. Landscape is incidental, which is why shadow, debris on the road, and those oftentimes frighteningly clawed trees become almost personified as companions on a lonesome journey - well, if you're as away with the fairies as this writer is. It's a beautiful, moody, thought-provoking exhibition, and if you've wanderlust, you might find yourself making lo-fi journeys of discovery as a result. / Kate Coleman

   
 

July 12 2014


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

how much


Lovely & Amazing

Few contemporary filmmakers have a track record to rival that of Nicole Holofcener. From her first examination of female friendship, Walking and Talking, through to last year's tale of middle-age romance, Enough Said, she has seldom put a foot wrong. Her second feature Lovely & Amazing is a sharp, perceptive insight into a family steeped in dysfunction. The inimitable Brendan Blethyn plays the matriarchal figure to a struggling artist (indie queen Catherine Keener), an insecure, image-obsessed actress (Emily Mortimer) and a young African-African adoptee. Acutely observed, it's a film that is brimming with smarts, humanity and unflinching honesty that puts other so-called "chick flicks" to shame. Lovely and amazing by name, lovely and amazing by nature. / Amy O'Connor

 

July 12 2014


where
City Spectacular Meeting Point, Fleet Street.

when
11am or 3pm

how much
€10

tour
Street Art Tour

Just as a Frenchman knows his proverbial onions, Will St. Leger knows his street art. The musician and artist will be getting you to look up, down, all around, as he guides you around a city where the walls dance with art and attitude. If you've been looking for explanations of how James Earley paints his psychedelic animal murals, or how Conor Harrington creates large scale classical works with a rough, urban edge, look no further. Expect some of Will's own brilliant work - never forget, he was the instigator of Crony 2012 - and also a guide to who's behind ceramic street art pieces, paste ups, and how to know a beginner stencil-artist from a more established one (hint:it's all in the colour consistency). / Kate Coleman

 

July 12 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10:30pm

how much
€15

gig
Ejeca & Sunil Sharpe

It seems like every other week Dublin is host to a Berghain resident, or a European DJ with a somewhat familiar moniker but this weekend the Twisted Pepper will have a range of Irish talent to entertain. Headliner Ejeca hails from Belfast and can't quite seem to make up his mind as to which genre he prefers (much to our delight.) Producing disco, house, techno, garage and any other genre worthy of a night out, Ejeca consistently uses emotive vocals to get you in the mood. Sunil Sharpe, a pioneer of the electronic scene in Dublin at this stage, will be providing one of his much loved DJ sets whilst pal DeFekt will be playing a live show in the close confines of the Twisted Pepper basement. Prepare to get sweaty. Win Tickets / Niamh Keenan

   
 

July 12 2014


where
Fibber's, 80 Parnell Street, Dublin 1.


when
8:30pm

how much
€7 or 2 for €10 online

gig
Pat McManus

For decades the gods of rock ruled the world, in a hail of hair, screaming guitars and absent vowels. Camp? Frequently. Indulgent? Unashamedly. Utterly awesome? You betcha. Now, living blues rock guitar legend Pat McManus is keeping the faith, with an all too low-key act deserving of a main stage. Having toured with the greats as lead guitarist of Irish rock bands Mama’s Boys and Celtus, today McManus is undoubtedly the greatest guitar hero on this island. A bringer of rain, his live show is one of the most exciting musical feasts you’ll ever gorge yourself on. Featuring classic and original songs so electrifying your fingers won’t be able to stop air strumming. Solos so fast you’ll scream like a teenage girl, and an artist so talented yet so humble he’ll renew your faith in humanity. So put on your shit-kickers and get ready to rock. / Caroline Byrne

   
 

July 13 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Boyhood

My Holy Communion? Photos are the only memory. My first kiss? Clenched eyes and too much teeth erase any romanticism. The Debs? One word: blur. Where The Tree of Life attempted to apply great abstract significance to the childhood of it’s main character, Linklater takes a simpler and more effective root. Simple, poignant and light, the gradual aging of Mason from 12 to 18 skips the cliché milestones of the first kiss and parental divorce. Filmed over a real time of twelve years, the movie floats, expressing the beauty of everyday experiences. Essential for anyone who grew up amongst Mason’s generation, references to Harry Potter and Britney Spears may stir a nostalgia you weren’t ready for. Let the magic of cinema transport you back. Warm, lazy nights on the grass and days of endless wonder and limited worry. / Ciara Roche

 

July 13 2014


where
Moldova Grocery Store, 
Rathgar Rd
Rathmines
Dublin 6

when
Seven days a week

how much
Depends

le other
Moldova

In this city the fruit game is generally sewn up by the large chain stores. Miserable punnets of strawberries at extortionate prices, frozen hard kiwis, blackened bananas and avocados that are not yet ripe, not yet ripe, not yet ripe aaaaand too late, inedible. Thankfully there remains the odd sole trader for Aldi other Lidl things. Moldova shop features inside, unsurprisingly, Eastern European produce but outside, organised like a succulent still life, is a selection of some of the best fruit in Dublin. Now, it's hard to write about fruits without sounding seedy but Mr Moldova's peaches are the juiciest, tastiest things. His strawberries taste like strawberries did when you were a child, not the water-injected excuses of today. In short, this man deals in fruit that would satisfy a Bacchanalian maiden. Summer's up. / Vernon Steel

   
 

July 14 2014


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when
9am - 6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
I Have A Lot Of Feelings

I have a lot of feelings. In fact, I have so many, I am currently on a self-imposed Morrissey ban. It was cathartic, then, to check out La Jeunesse Collective's installation in Block T. On opening night, they ran a spin-the-wheel gameshow, the artists gold and glittering like a pair of Marty Whelans, and thus ensued a word game, where you must guess the emotion that they describe. Returning mid-week, the glitz and the glam may have evaporated, but the game remains. It's a game of thesaurus versus thesaurus, where your emotional vocabulary is expanded and redefined, but made somewhat less frightening in the candy surrounds of the gameshow. To sum it up, it's like Winning Streak, except you'll get a little enlightenment instead of a new Opel Corsa. / Kate Coleman

 

July 15 2014


where
The Ambassador, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.


when
10am - 6pm

how much
€8.50 - €17.50

exhibition
Terracotta Warriors

The idea of a Terracotta army is up there with claymation marshalls but there's substance behind their description. Couple the historical intrigue with an attractive and potentially lucrative tourist attraction over the summer and this mausoleum at the top of O'Connell Street might be on to a winner. These sculptures depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. As most archaeological finds unearth, there's coins, pendants and swords to be found. Simply and appealingly presented the Warriors are lined up and lit up to fire imaginations. Bear in mind that these are replicas since the last time they were here we let some scaffolding dropped in on them down in IMMA. There's an air of intrigue and dynasty fascination that should be enhanced by a trip to the  permanent Chester Beatty or Collins Barracks exhibitions afterwards. In the meantime, this baked earth shall continue to unearth sensational  Win Tickets / Zach Joyce 

   
 

July 16 2014


where
Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
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when
€28.90

how much
8pm

gig
Cat Power

The most memorable scene in Juno, the achingly indie film that spawned a thousand identical knock kneed Michael Cera performances, is that of the teenage parents huddled in a tableau of wonder gaping at their newly born child. Cat Power's Sea Of Love pours over the scene, a perfectly lyrical backdrop that gently etches out the poignancy. Her music often does that and such is the Power; lilting melodies that hover just beyond, waiting for that dreamscape of a voice that creeps from whisper to bellow in an instant to swoop in and gather her listeners into the fold. Win Tickets / Sophie Donaldson

 
Shota Kotake

You kotake the boy outta Japan, but you can't take the Japan outta the boy, we talked Mart and art with Shota Kotake...

My parents always asked me "If you wanna go study abroad, we can support you", so I said why not! Japan is islands in the extreme East of Asia, and Ireland is an island in the extreme West of Europe, so my father thought it would be more interesting to study here.

I like Ireland's environment and attitude towards art and artists. When it's "good craic" and people like it, they say how much they like it and give a lot of compliments. Artists are then to be motivated for more creation. The founder of McDonald's Japan, Den Fujita, said "Human will eat the same food, which he/she has been eating up to age of 12, forever". Most Japanese people including me have been reading Manga since we were young, so I guess it is one of the art/entertainment formats that remain forever in our lives. In fact, most Japanese people who wish to be artists may start pursuing their dream purely because they wish they could draw like Manga. Therefore, it remains as a mainstay in my art.

Check out The State of Me by Shota Kotake, which runs at the Mart until 27th July. PHOTO: Emily O'Callaghan