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  "North Cider or South Cider?", the ad proclaims as you trudge towards Busarus to become a neither-sider. The question still means something to someone, we're sure, but finding ourselves as people who are more concerned about living in postcodes which are greater than 6, but less than 9, well, not to brag about being further evolved, but we're kinda post- the North Side/South Side debate.

Other people are feeling like this too, and taking their businesses to the flip-side. Bodytonic were the first dudes to foster cross-border relations with the Twisted Pepper and Bernard Shaw, but there's been a spate of cross-city dashing of late, beginning with Cake Café, who ventured from their Portobello sun-trap to set up Slice in Stoneybatter. Then, Nelly's, the South Circular Road stalwart started teasing on Facebook, with pictures of a victoriana space and allusions to a Drumcondra location. Even Jo'Burger has sidled into a nook in Smithfield, which, in a nordie dream could one day be a rebuttle to the al fresco delight of Castle Market. Then, turncoats! Brother Hubbard, the dyed in the wool northsider has spouted a renegade Sister Sadie, currently being fitted out by Designgoat on Harrington Street.

Forget northsiders and southsiders, who's a blindsider? Kate, Michael, or Jack

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September 11 2014


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
7pm

how much
€14/€12

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To SPACE

Astronauts are the new zombies, but I have a cynical conspiracy. Why release a huge astronaut blockbuster (Gravity) and begin production on a new Star Wars if NASA isn't trying to psych us for something? It turns out they are. To SPACE is about Niamh Shaw's quest to make it into outer space. A moving acceptance of human limitations, persistence, family expectations, and self worth, with a far-out finale. As a one woman show it is very personal, real gravitas came from the more open book parts. But also in it Shaw discusses the current 'race to space'. Getting people to live on Mars. Guys, that's what they're up to. I can't decide to class To SPACE as propaganda or not. Despite grand cosmic talk I found it emotionally rooted in Ireland. On another note, a smart show to take any young girls beginning to feel the gravitational pull of boys to. / Georgia

 

September 11 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7pm

how much
€10

talk
Made it Series: How To Start From Home

One of the countless things I love about Dublin is its demonstrated agility in the domain of technology, world class food and innovation, to name but a few. A muse for its many entrepreneurial and innovative inhabitants, the city is a nucleus of pop-ups, start-ups, collectives and creative spaces, but how does one create something worth talking about? Resonated by many the Gen Y Millennial, “How do you know when you’ve made it?” In the third of the series, Made It focuses on entrepreneurs whose big break originated at home– those who have tried, failed, prospered and turned their passions into a reality. Today, in 2014, the entrepreneurship sector is still young and many questions remain on how to take the plunge and get started. What now may only be a thought; could become a reality if armed with insights from the right people. / Claire Mullane

   
 

September 11 2014


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Attila Marcel

Moving away from the elegant animation of The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet is immersing audiences in his bold and beautiful live action rendering of Paris with Attila Marcel. Centre of his latest crop of madcap characters is Paul, the mute concert pianist, orphaned as a child and now fully grown, still living in the clutches of his two twee fussing aunts. A chance encounter with the local boho hippie drug-pusher and memory therapist Madame Proust, leads him down a path which will unveil the causes that brought about his unfulfilling life and eventually give him the means to achieve what he seeks. Through a series of mushroom tea-fuelled psychedelic musical visions from lullabies to sambas, this gorgeous film ambles along wonderfully with a winning soundtrack and all the warmth and joy we have come to expect from this master filmmaker. / Jack Gibson

 

September 11 2014


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Watermark

With the ice-bucket challenge fad just after sweeping the nation and water charges sitting bitterly on the tips of tongues of every Irish mammy and daddy, it seems like an opportune time to make avail of a beautiful film on the topic. Watermark is a documentary by renowned filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier exploring the nexus of relationships between man and water, how it is essential to our lives and industries, how we use it and then often sully it in return. The opening shot of cascades at the Xiaolangdi Dam makes it evident that this film is an unapologetic ode to water’s beauty and depravity, in all its forms and uses. Taking us from dried up river deltas to expanses of venn-like irrigated land, mollusc farms, rice paddies and tanneries, this film is a breathtaking exposé and well worth your money. / Jack Gibson

 

September 11 2014


where
The O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1.


when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

opera
The Rape of Lucretia

Benjamin Britten centenary celebrations last year saw quite a spotlight placed on the English composer’s work. Ireland’s latest operatic venture, Irish Youth Opera, bring their production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia to Dublin for two nights, following on from a well received premiere in Wexford Opera House. First performed at Glyndebourne in July 1946, the opera came 13 months after the triumphant premiere of Peter Grimes, which had been seen as signalling a renaissance in English opera. Whereas Grimes was a full scale work, The Rape of Lucretia requires just eight singers and 13 musicians, perhaps indicative of the new postwar aesthetic. The opera tells of the virtuous Lucretia's rape by the politically ambitious Etruscan Tarquinius, in a work that deals with loss of innocence and the persecution of the outsider. / Des FitzGerald

   
 

September 12 2014


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 21 September

how much
Free

exhibition
University of Ulster MFA Graduate Exhibition

This is the only reason I know I'm getting older. Year after year, I visit it and wish I had a creative talent. Alas, it isn't so, and you leave the exhibition feeling happy-sad that beauty is in such safe hands. Two Le Cool contributing photographers, Des Moriarty and Oliver Smith, are showing in this year's crop of MFA graduates. Des' project is a primary-plastic hued examination of processed food. It's gross, but shiny and fun, like a fifties themed diner. Oliver has gone into battle, documenting the youth of today in a pure, non-judgemental form, creating mist in the midst of the party. Leading commercial photographer Simon Burch has stretched his fine art chops with a US-based project, and Johnny Savage creates beauty out of dereliction. Bursting with Irish photographic talent, the Belfast course is earning its reputation as the course that separates the wheat from the chaff, so all the more reason to check it out. / Kate Coleman

 

September 12 2014


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
10:30pm

how much
€16

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Jape

It's about more than just flo-wo-wo-wo-woa-ting - Jape has evolved into an incredible live act, a main-stage filler (as in all killer, no filler, fillin' the stage with groove). Since Richie Egan relocated to Sweden (because tall blondes do it better, we think not), Jape has been quiet since the release of 2011's Ocean of Frequency, but it feels (and we could be simply projecting our emotions) that a new album and a summer of gigs in large, not so intimate settings is beckoning, so this gig in Meeting House Square is sure to be something incredibly special. With new music, and an eye-shock of immense visuals, this is only going to be rivalled by the support act, Dimman, which is 50% Egan and 50% Matthew Bolger. What kinda glutton for punishment signs up to be his own support act? The genre-bending, Egan kind. / Kate Coleman

   
 

September 12 2014


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
11pm

how much
Early Bird - €10

gig
JACK Presents Felix Da Housecat

Back once again for the renegade master, Da Housecat is curling up on the decks for the second time this year and don’t expect this to be anything less than a purrfect night. We can throw every single genre we like at you. Recommend a psytrance night in an abandoned shopping centre or a reggae party in the back of a Chinese restaurant on the Docks. But what you want to know is can you mother flipping dance at this gig? Felix leaps from the garden porch to the neighbors wall of many different genres. Beginning with his roots in the Chicago house scene he is currently prone to spinning avant-garde electro-disco. I’m not saying I know art, but I know what I like, and if his last visit is to go by, leave the heels at home, heck, leave the other half at home, and party like it’s 1999. Sure, don’t we all wanna be Prince anyways? / Ciara Roche

 

September 12 2014


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

when
6.30pm

how much
€9

cinema
At Berkeley

For those of you who never had the stamina for your double Social Policy class on a Monday morn, the lengthy yet lovely At Berkeley is perhaps a marathon you ought to give a miss. If however you’d love nothing more than to re-immerse yourself in those golden days or to trigger for that Back To School buzz, look no further. This latest doc from the brilliant Frederick Wiseman is a look at this amazing institution as a whole, a world class Uni that is uniquely affordable (at least by US standards), diverse and vibrant and, lets face it, unapologetically lefty-liberal. With glimpses into the battles fought at admin level, anarchic and ill-advised student protests and a plethora of clips from classes with all range and depth of an Open University membership, this film is enthralling look at what education does and means in society today. / Jack Gibson

   
 

September 13 2014


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

how much
€15

gig
SHED (Live)

Sometimes techno can be a big blur of a hazy repetitive electronic rhythm, but when done right it can be just about the best thing you can hear on a night out and absolutely irresistible to dance to. Similarly within the genre some producers and DJs can just blur into one, but then there are the few who anyone with a slight interest will be familiar with - one being Shed. Consistently energetic this Berlin producer always provides a diverse set with everything from classic techno and house to hints of ambient and hardcore. If you need any more convincing just throw on Warped Mind & if it all gets a bit much on the night there'll be funk and disco upstairs from Bop Gun. / Niamh Keenan

 

September 13 2014


where
Long Mile Road, Dublin, Ireland


when
9:30pm

how much
€15

party
Roller Disco

I am too young for roller discos. They are from the eighties. I am from the nineties. I went to ice skating discos because cocaine socialism made us go crazy and look for more, more danger. Then, in the twenty-tens, Olly from Made in Chelsea tried to shift a fella at an roller-skating disco in Vauxhall, and it struck me that the a happy medium between Whip It and the soft-play section at Burgermac did indeed exist, and it was Wham's greatest hits and a pair of hi-top Reebok Classic inspired roller-skates. Not blades (early noughties, in case you were wondering about their golden era), but skates, with stop-blocks on the front that you can stand up on and show your legs off in your favourite Ra Ra skirt. Basically, a roller disco is an excuse to 1) behave badly 2) skate badly 3) Skate badly. What more could you want? / Kate Coleman

 

September 13 2014


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
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when
10pm

how much
€12

cinema
Hollywood Babylon Double Bill: The Breakfast Club and Real Genius

Dear LeCoolers. I accept the fact that you may not want to spend an entire Saturday night reveling in the angst of privileged teen America. But I think you are crazy if you do not accept The Breakfast Club as one of the greatest films of the eighties. You want to see it by it’s most convenient definitions. Dated, over emotional, containing dialogue more suited to a middle-aged persons counselling session then to a group of teens detention banter. But what you will find is each one of of you is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a freeze frame air puncher. Does that answer your question? Yours Sincerely, much more of a Ferris Bueller fan. P.S As a double bill with Real Genius witness a beautiful Val Kilmer challenging James Spader for the biggest fall from 80’s heartthrob grace. / Ciara Roche

 

September 13 2014


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
7:30pm

how much
Free

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The TD Family Presents Together Disco

Come together, stay together, dance together. Even if you arrive alone. Together Disco is all about inclusion, so the only thing stopping you from having a good time is your own insecurity about throwing caution to the wind, donning your sparklies, and dancing till you're crippled by your platforms and saddled with whiplash from head-spinning. It's a traditional disco vibe, which is essentially 'a safe-house for weirdos', and therefore, a hotbed for meeting certified-cool people who you can idolise and emulate until it just gets that bit too weird. So fly your freak flag half mast, in mourning for the painfully self-referential clubnights that were, are, and will be, before dicing with disco in Meeting House Square. / Kate Coleman

   
 

September 13 2014


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
10pm

how much
€15

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Clu Presents Gems with Support from T. Williams

Clu are one of those few Irish talents that you can easily imagine being hugely popular not just on our tiny island but just about anywhere where decent music is a goer. Kevin and Sean are the duo that make up Clu; Sean in charge of the ethereal and infectious music, Kevin in charge of the just as hypnotic visuals that compliment said music so very very well. If you haven't had a listen before, Clu's musical genre isn't the easiest to describe. Sure it's electronic but it's also a paradox being mellow, but making you want to dance, upbeat, but just as easily listened to alone through earphones (the day after the aforementioned dancing.) As part of Tiger Dublin Fringe Clu are showcasing material from their new EP Gems complete with live visuals, promising to be an extra special night. A real treat for the senses. I promise. / Niamh Keenan

 

September 13 2014


where
Kerlin Gallery, Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
See link

how much
Free

exhibition
Dorothy Cross

To simply read a description of the pieces that constitute Dorothy Cross’s exhibition is to be elbow- deep in a treasure trove shamelessly deep enough to repel even Shylock. Yes, that is a section of a human skull carpeted with gold leaf. Yes, those are meteorites. No, that sculpture of a crab is not porcelain, but solid cast sterling silver. Don’t even ask if that’s real shark skin. But the hush that is engendered by a serious inspection of these objects is not the toe-shuffling discomfort that results from close contact with great wealth, but awe in the face of great beauty. The exhibition, however, has temporal concerns too: a piece called ‘Distil’ is a barrister’s wig contained in a bell jar and sealed from time, and on the walls are photographs of squalor opposite those of postcard landscapes. / Olen Bajarias

 

September 13 2014


where
Turk's Head, Turk's Head Parliament St. Dublin 2.


when
11pm

how much
€5

club night
Pop Rox: Kate Bush Special

Kate Bush is in London. You are not. But as long as you shag ass to Dive Bar, you can get the kick inside with a night dedicated to the back catalogue of the lady in the red shoes herself. While your friends may be gloating about their one-on-one post-show encounters with La Bush after her three hour "you go to heaven and back! she's a pirate! she's a princess!" Well, we're ALL princesses in Dive Bar, princesses who don't have to complain that it was 'really really good, but she didn't play Wuthering Heights" because woe betide the DJ who forgets to spin that on Saturday night. Expect a lot of karate slow-mo style dancing and flailing limbs and hair-flicking during the chorus of Babooska, and sure maybe even a sneaky shift during And So Is Love. Because if it doesn't end like Armageddon at the school disco, what's the point at all?  / Kate Coleman

   
 

September 14 2014


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
8:30pm

how much
€16

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Miguel Gutierrez's DEEP AEROBICS

The day-glo embarrassment of dancing to a club shouting "I work out!" in unison has passed, and now we're ready to move on, and adopt a new workout. The girls in the Ministry of Sound fitness videos were too intimidating, Jane Fonda was too, like, maaaam, and haha Kerry Katona, we know what you looked like about two months after making that video. We read Heat too, you know. Luckily, Deep Aerobics puts all its peer pressure into encouraging you to dress up, and then puts the bully behind the soundblasters and leads you in a workout that will put muscles on your muscles, and make you feel like a piece of carved mahogany on Venice Beach. They've supported The Knife, and lord knows it's the closest you're ever going to get to them again. / Kate Coleman

 

September 14 2014


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
Until 9 November

how much
Free

exhibition
Second Sight : The David Kronn Collections

Going to IMMA mid-week in the afternoon, with its leafy gardens and quiet cloisters feels a bit like joining a monastery where modern art is the god du jour. If that sounds like a decent prospect then get down to the gorgeous Garden Gallery and make the The David Kronn photography collection your latest deity. Second Sight is a selection from the collector’s horde, focusing on, as the name suggests, moments of double take and alternative perspectives. With subjects ranging from Leibovitzian portraiture to John Hinde-esque scenic postcard satire this collection is magnificent in its breadth and diversity. Keeping at its heart ideas of change and conflict and most ardently instances of these in Ireland, Second Sight is a glance at the given and familiar and then, beyond. / Jack Gibson

   
 

September 15 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8:45pm

how much
€14

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Life Has Surface Noise #2

Siobhán Kane is someone who, within Dublin arts circles, has inspired a legend which is mainly full of truth. She is possibly unaware of her cult status, but anyone who has ever heard her whisper-talk one of her enlightening interviews will not be surprised to hear that Bjork thinks she's a cool gal, and Morrissey thanked her for her review of his album on stage. Apparently she's the only one who understands. (NB. He hasn't met me yet.) In the second Life Has Surface Noise, she is asking John Kelly, Peter Toomey, Daragh O'Halloran, Kevin Barry and more surprise guests about what records mean, and why they are so powerful at evoking emotions, or summing up poignant moments in time, in a way that can be more transportive than even a photograph. *DISCLAIMER* All the titbits of gossip in this piece were learned second hand, and this writer is very gullible, so please don't sue me for (positive) defamation. / Kate Coleman

 

September 14 2014


where
Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm (runs until Sat)

how much
€11/€13

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Without Strings

When he came out to his parents, the first thing Al Porter's asked of him was to go right back in. However, he has well and truly arrived, flying high with his flamboyant wisecracks. Taking the nudge wink of old school comics and subverting it with his astute contemporary observations, in Porter we may have found our first chat show host who could hold a light to Norton and Carr. Whether he's poking fun at flash-forward thoughts of becoming Francis Brennan or his distrust of women called Marion (his mum), Porter is on the cusp of big things. His withering self-deprecation blends with a bonhomie which endears him to the lads down the Laughter Longue as much as viewers of RTE's recent EP coverage. There is a light that only RTE can put out. He fears they may turn him from hilarious to "mildly amusing". I hope not. / Michael McDermott

   
 

September 16 2014


where
The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin, Ireland


when
6pm/9pm

how much
€13/11

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Úr

Pettycash need your change. With a follow-up to last year's Grindr: A Love Story, this crew of spoken-word superstars have psychedelically cast a magnifying glass over the human psyche and created a visual marvel, full of spoken word, and Korg-esque droning, which is sure to test the piece to its theatrical extremes. Ur has been created with the aid of Hunt & Gather, whose parties are so out of this world that the central intelligence agency has been known to pin ET sightings on their hooleys, and costuming guidance from Honor Fitzsimons, whose Monster Knit CSM collection had us all pining to look like Bratz/Teddy Bear hybrids, and has since gone from strength to strength. She tells us to expect costuming that is inspired by Nick Cave's soundsuits (not that Nick Cave, the other one), so our expectations have really taken lift-off. / Kate Coleman

 

September 16 2014


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6.15pm

how much
Full €14 Concession €12

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Always Alone Together

From a group of nerdy teens who had never belonged before, to the redefining of a norm where having hundreds of friends is nothing unusual, Always Alone Together tells us the history of the internet and how those who were instrumental in its creation fundamentally changed how humankind interacts. Striking a fine balance of storytelling and history, this show blurs the boundaries between theatre, lecture and podcast and, in turns ubiquitous and bibliographic, tells us the meaning of what it is to truly connect to others. Cathal Maguire’s incredible research and emotive performance combine to form a piece which is as amazingly informative as it is emotive and poignant. Following an explorative stint in The Collaborations Festival in Spring, Game Theory is back with a re-tweaking of the beautiful and enlightening Always Alone Together. / Jack Gibson

   
 

September 17 2014


where
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until 1st February

how much
Free

exhibition
A to Z: From Amulet to Zodiac

If there’s one attraction in Dublin you’re willing to brave the Autumnal tourists for, let The Chester Beatty Library and it’s exhibition A to Z: from Amulet to Zodiac, be it. This selection is a veritable Ali Baba’s Cave of far-flung eastern delights from Beatty’s stunning collection. Step two of this alphabet reads B for Beatty and immediately brings a personal and bibliographic element to this journey that leads us through the industrious man’s life, from college days to mining, wives and families, Asia and beyond. This touchstone brings the collection a whole other life, a context, while letting the individual beauty of the pieces, from Illuminations of the Quran from 704 AD to complex mandarin embroideries, speak for themselves. No better time to take in this gem of this collection and the lovely environs in which they live. / Jack Gibson

 

September 16 2014


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

when
8.30am - midnight

how much
Free

photo exhibition
The Funeral

One of the most revered and loathed political figures of recent times, Hugo Chavez still casts a shadow over Venezuela over a year after his death. It's annual inflation is 63.4%. Shortages of essentials such as milk is common which has lead to mass opposition rallies. 17,000 troops are now deployed at the Columbian border to prevent smuggling. Andrea Figueira "reflections on a bad moment in a place that I live" precedes this mess by documenting this funeral with tears being shed and tat being hawked. She describes the "thrilling" experience of using  a camera in public as people have been "mugged, and in cases, killed for less". This simple statement is the saddest indictment of Chavez after his 14 year reign. "Venezuela is an amazing place. We have the potential to be a great country." Lets hope this is realised. / Michael McDermott

 
Lost at Sea

We cosied up in the lifeboat to Peter Corboy, actor, currently performing in Just the Lads' At Sea

At Sea was originally made as part of Darren (Sinnott)'s devising class, a module at Trinity, he and Liadain (Kaminska) wanted to use this opportunity as a work in progress for this year's Fringe. They wanted to investigate Alzheimers and dementia and were also coincidentally both reading The Old Man and the Sea at the same time which they drew inspiration from.

Day one, we turned off all the lights in the room and spent an hour of walking around, making shapes and movement. We had a ladder in the room which eventually became the fish, a bucket of water and other vaguely nautical paraphernalia that we could just play around with. Cameron and Anna would jam away and whatever came out of it then we then would sit around and say “this can go in, this can’t”.

Emotionally it was a strange process, we all found out we are all attached to people who have suffered from dementia, and personally, my performance took a lot of inspiration from my grandparents. I lifted a lot of the mannerisms from my own granddad, subconsciously I was working that all in.

At Sea runs from 10-13 September, at The New Theatre as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe. PHOTO: Alex Sheridan