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Museums and galleries are not mausoleums, they are meant to be living, changing, growing. One of the major changes in recent years has been their government funding. In Italy the reply has been for brands like Fendi to become patrons of the arts, while in New York, the American Museum of Natural History is making money with Royal Tenenbaums inspired sleepovers.

Look at London and you see more of the same, and we are no different. Events like Summer Rising at IMMA, Everything Must Go Now at the Hugh Lane, or brand sponsored nights at the RHA, it's clear we're diversifying and changing it up as well as anyone.

And the public is loving it. Basically, seeing stuffy institutions loosen up and start speaking our own language is tantamount to seeing a headmistress take her knickers off at the staff Christmas party. Fun, funny, and fundamentally human.

Who's more de Medici than de minimis this week? Kate, Michael, or Jack?

"I produced the image as if I was printing it by hand, one colour at a time." - Guy Cresswell
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October 02 2014


where
Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin 2
01 896 1334
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when
7:30pm

how much
€20 / €30

theatre
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Condensing a novel for the stage is no easy feat, but somehow, as a multi-personality one woman show, it manages to transcend the florals that an arresting novel relies on, and establish itself as a strong piece of theatre. This is a pounding, emotional performance - it feels like Aoife Duffin is sweating, wringing out feelings and they splatter at her feet. The lighting is dank, like she is standing in a sewer-pipe, wet under foot. The play is very Irish - dirty uncles scuttle around the story like spiders evading the sinkhole, pagan Catholics cross and bless, cross and bless, and mothers thank and unthank, turning on a penny, never happy, never satisfied. This waking nightmare, no prosthetics, no effects, just turmoil and emotion, will set the invisible creep on your skin, and the edge of darkness on your dreams. / Kate Coleman

 

October 02 2014


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

how much
€20

gig
Hard Working Class Heroes

We got 850 characters to sort out your Thursday night at Hard Working Class Heroes - first - do not miss Soak. The first signing to CHVRCHES own label, she's got authenticity backing authenticity. Then, Dear Desert, recent discovery of ours who are making dreamy, synthy 80s inspired pop. They love Japan, the make-up wearing one, not the country in Asia. The Late David Turpin will be making death look as attractive as ever, whilst Carriages will have to pawning your carriage clock for more. There's also Paddy Hanna, one of our superfaves. There are several bands we don't know, but are well-named, so we'll probably see them on the strength of that alone - Mere Moths, Planet Parade and Neon Atlas, HOLLER. As if FMC's curators of cool aren't reason enough... / Kate Coleman

 

October 02 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
6pm

how much
€9

cinema
A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man is Phillip Symour Hoffman’s last great onscreen performance. Based on the novel by British novelist John Le Carre, the film casts Hoffman as a German intelligence officer in Hamburg. Hamburg or course was the location that 9/11 conspirator Mohamed Atta lived prior to September's attacks, and the film sees German and American Intelligence officers desperately attempting to make up for their lapses in spy craft. Unlike the novel the film chooses to focus on Hoffman’s character (Bachmann) rather than the Chechen blow in. As such the film condenses many of the novels wider themes of moral ambiguity, Bush era trends of ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ and trims much of the meat of Le Carre’s novel. However Hoffman’s performance is an adequate trade off. Reflecting what Hoffman may have been like in his last days Bachmann is terse, but defiant. / Jack Broughan

   
 

October 03 2014


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
7:30pm

how much
€16

gig
Strand of Oaks

From great trauma comes great art. Hoosier Timothy Showalter had been ploughing the folk furrow for some time. Returning from two years on the road, he discovered that his missus had been cheating. Then his house burned down, he had a nervous breakdown and was almost killed in an auto wreck on Christmas day. Hallelujah. This battalion of sorrows resulted in one of the records of the year. Heal represents something of a musical u-turn, an unashamedly 80s synth-rock exaltation. It is an album about music, an encomium to its restorative power. Goshen ’97 sounds like what discovering music first feels like, JM is an astonishing blast of justifiable six-string bombast. Bring your hurts and lay them at the feet of this risen messiah. This is some strong medicine. Win Tickets / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

October 03 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 5 October

how much
€15-€25

theatre
The Seagull and Other Birds

Pan Pan have never been your ‘standard’ theatre company. Always looking to reinvent and develop new performance ideas, they’ve done everything from Mandarin versions of Playboy of the Western World, to a room full of rocking chairs and a radio play for Beckett’s All That Fall. So on Monday when we were handed sheets for an audience sing along of ‘tell me why I don’t like Mondays’, and when young men were brought up on stage to tell strangers they loved them, it was all just part of the riotous spectacle that made up this unique performance. Loosely following the narrative of Chekhov’s play but with additional modern writing interventions, there’s the whole spectrum of emotions from lust to hatred on display as well as lots of nipples, tutus and a dead stuffed cat. / Beccy Fitzpatrick

 

October 03 2014


where
Opium Rooms, Liberty Lane, behind Whelan's, Dublin 2.


when
11pm

how much
€15

gig
Wankelmut

You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t jammed to the track that launched this Berlin student DJ into unprecedented fame. Wankelmut’s One Day/Reckoning Song was one of the anthems that drew house music out of the underground scene and onto chart radio shows back in 2012, its bitter-sweet mix of melancholic folk and and an ecstatic, yearning beat catching onto that organic sound that has made him his name. He says Wankelmut, meaning Fickleness, describes his taste – developing sets that delve into deeper house vibes. That said, you’ll hear samples that could have come from O Brother, Where Art Thou? throughout the night but his mixing maintains a delicious star-gazingly giddy sound that will be perfect to get lovin’ to. / Heather Keane

 

October 03 2014


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

how much
€15

gig
Prosumer

Makes me wanna dance, makes me wanna dance, makes me wanna dance. Handily enough Prosumer has saved me the hassle and summed up his music in his own lyrics; and if that's not enough his name spells it out too - a true producer and consumer of house music. House music that never fails to deliver a dance worthy beat. Sure, house is having quite the moment, but Prosumer is undeniably one of the best at solidly delivering good sets, remixes and originals. A Berlin DJ at heart, Prosumer is a resident at the legendary Panorama Bar, proof enough of his quality. For the unfamiliar, Prosumer's boiler room mix is a solid indication of what to expect, and probably best suited to the day after is his chilled mix for Fact mag. Both more than worthy of the repeat button. / Niamh Keenan

   
 

October 04 2014


where
The James Joyce Centre, 35 NORTH GREAT GEORGE'S STREET
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when
9pm

how much
€52.50

food
The Ivy Dinner

Whether you applaud his Home Rule efforts or his window-hopping love pursuits with a married woman, Ivy Day is a day of celebration of C. S Parnell. Pronounced Parn-al (it was a pet hate of his, the popularised pronounciation.) Celebrate with Hunt & Gather and Gruel Guerilla, who will be serving a feast (including bouillabaise, which I learnt to pronounce from Hermione in Harry Potter. I also learnt to pronounce Hermione, from Hermione in Harry Potter.) Hosted in the Northside's Georgian enclave, in the James Joyce Centre, the fires will be lit, the sash windows misting, and songs will be sung, poetry recited, and Pettycash will be doing their show and tell like the pros that they are. BYOB and praise the inventor of the modern party whip system as you should. / Kate Coleman

 

October 04 2014


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

when
8:30pm

how much
€10 / €12 / €15

theatre
The Soldiers Tale - Igor Stravinsky

Between starting parisian riots, being the lover of Coco Chanel and also happening to be a bit of a fascist, Stravinsky wasn’t your typical classical composer, causing scandal and outrage to a level that young Miley Cyrus could only hope to reach. Therefore, the fact that his music is still being performed, isn’t really a surprise, most recently on these shores when the Bad Plus toured his ballet The Rite of Spring, performed solely by the 4 piece jazz rock band. This performance of The Soldiers Tale will be the first by Ensemble Music, and is a theatre and live music work based on the tale of a soldier who sells his magic fiddle to the devil, who promises to grant his every wish in return – which inevitably has its consequences. Happening in the wonderfully atmospheric surrounds of smock alley, this will be a performance to remember. / Beccy Fitzpatrick

 

October 04 2014


where
Opium Rooms, Liberty Lane, behind Whelan's, Dublin 2.


when
11pm

how much
€13.50

club night
Hidden Agenda Is 3: Mount Kimbie [DJ Set]

Mount Kimbie are one of those groups who produce consistently amazing songs and consistently produce totally original sounds - something quite hard to achieve in the saturated realms of electronic music. Their version of electronic music is hazy, with unexpected glitches (in a good way) and a smooth almost drowsy ambience. Play Before I Move Off or Maybes If you need any convincing. Their music is varied and clearly takes influence from more than one genre, with their DJ sets known to have much the same reputation. On support will be trio Darkstar with their own DJ set of easy on the ear synths and dance worthy vibes. / Niamh Keenan

   
 

October 04 2014


where
TBA,


when
11pm

how much
€12

club night
Telephones: Acid House Laneway Party

Stop callin, stop callin, and just got your ass to the latest Telephones event, where cornrows and batty riders won't go amiss with its Afro-Caribbean acid house theme. These parties are becoming legendary with bangin' DJs, free-lovin' frolicks and a full bar IN A LANEWAY. And if you get there early you could get your grimy little mitts of a headband so you can pretend you're in the Girls Aloud video for Jump, as long as you don't start performing weird aerobics-inspired dance moves. Either way, Telephones usually sells out, so consider this me doing you a solid, by urging you to get your tickets and keep them safe. They'll be currency once they're gone. / Kate Coleman

 

October 04 2014


where
Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
01 872 2077
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when
10am

how much
€50 - €60

talk
Mindshift: From Page to Stage

Writing is as democratic an art you one can find. All you need is a pen and some paper - hell - all you need is an imagination and a pretty good memory. However, it's what you do with your words that can often prove the most trouble. You might feel embarrassed by them, and leave them dust over for years, So, the Irish Writers Centre is looking to pep your attitude up with this crash course in making it happen. With speakers including, but not limited to, Kris Nelson, director of Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival, and Karl Shiels from Theatre Upstairs, which does a brilliant job of fostering new writing, and literary managers such as Maureen White of Rough Magic, so don't be afraid to raise your hand and ask a question. They all want you to succeed. / Kate Coleman

   
 

October 05 2014


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€15

gig
Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo won’t set the world on fire. They won’t redefine the rules of indie pop or become Americana guitar heroes. That doesn’t matter. With band leader and songwriter Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg at the helm, the Californian band is in safe hands. His knack for breezy, technicolour, indie pop tunes coupled with candid heart-on-sleeve musings has made the two albums to date such standout affairs. New release, At Best Cuckold, tackles the spectrum of emotions known to every young person moving from awkward teen to slightly less awkward twenty-something. Laced with a surreal sense of humour and a testosterone-loaded penchant for double entendres, Zahner-Isenberg’s songs cover everything from heartbreak and eating dogs to being killed by a man carrying an oxygen tank. 23-year-olds aren’t supposed to be this self-aware or funny, are they? Win Tickets / Brian Keane

 

October 05 2014


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
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when
7:30pm

how much
€14.50

gig
Max Jury

Looking for the next new thing in music is frustrating and takes a lot of patience. I recall listening to an episode of Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service where the guests were pondering over the most recent original band, and what they came up with, after painful umming and ahhing, was Battles. Cocker mentioned how he read an interview with actress Hannah Murray, who was harnessing the power of YouTube to listen to all different genres of music, from Charleston to nineties sob-Indie. A young man who was born in the wrong era is Max Jury, a former Berklee College of Music student who sings a mean edit. Evoking the expanses and loneliness of America's plains, it doesn't matter that he fits comfortably into a tradition, because the chemical reactions of tune, lyric, and personality create something magical. Win Tickets / Kate Coleman

   
 

October 06 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
11am - close

how much
Free

exhibition
The Queen Still Falls To You

‘A nation’s consciousness of itself only changes when it changes it symbols.’ This is Canadian artists, Hadley+Maxwell theatrical staging of Queen Victoria’s return to Ireland. The piece is inspired by a bronze statue gifted to Australia that had formerly languished in front of Leinster House before it’s decommissioning in 1948. The piece seeks to fragment the narratives that were formerly told by the statue’s former glory. The most striking aspect of the piece is unsurprisingly Victoria herself. Hung from the ceiling and positioned in the centre of the room, the statue looks as if it has frozen mid explosion. This fragmentation of the piece (Cleverly achieved using cinefoil pressed against the actual statue) is an almost literal quotation and reworking of Victoria. It’s difficult not to be struck by the sheer physicality of the piece. / Jack Broughan

 

October 07 2014


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€12.50

talk
#Girlboss Book Club

"I'm not bossy, I'm the boss", says Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and more. Well me, I'm certainly not the boss, but I sure am bossy. Yeah, bossy fits. That said, one day, north of thirty, hopefully after reading Sophia Amoruso's #GIRLBOSS, I'll be able able to fill those boots admirably. In the age of Sheryl Sandberg fashion spreads, and ahead of the Web Summit attracting Eva Longoria as an angel investor rather than a Desperate Housewife, even if you see the promotion as beautiful businesswomen as tokenistic, it's still a step in the right direction. Amoruso's current stature in the business world has been as much down to opportunism and the hustle as any man's, and hosted by the bosses at OPSH, this event might prove a sassy networking opp for all you aspiring businesswomen. / Sarah Kane

   
 

October 08 2014


where
Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
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when
Until 9 October

how much
Free

exhibition
Tarot

The sound one hears the instant that any decision is made is the sound of doors closing on all other possibilities. To be constantly aware that the consequences of any decision cannot be foreseen or undone, and yet that life – modern life, especially – demands that decisions are made at every turn, is to find it impossible to leave the house, debilitated by anxiety. In her solo exhibition, artist Jennifer Kidd exploits the nature of stop motion animation, a medium that inherently denies smooth transitions, to portray a series of characters petrified by indecision. The title, Tarot, seems to refer to the various devices, of which the tossing of a coin and horoscopes are examples, through which people attempt to liberate themselves from their own agency, a response perhaps to the oppressive abundance of choice. / Olen Bajarias

 

October 08 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
6pm

how much
€5


Who Cares About Privacy in 2014?

In the words of Jennifer Lawrence’s people, the leak was “a flagrant violation of privacy:” however amid the third leak of intimate celebrity photos the more flagrant question, is why can’t it be stopped? In these modern times, secrecy is so last decade! If you’re not sharing, you’re a digital recluse and privacy is merely becoming a notion and a privilege. Sharing has become religion and the most important transactions, be it financial, social and even sexual are now online for all to see. Facebook knows what you like before you do and Google has taking the hassle out of organic trivia and strenuous search efforts. Looks like our friendly purple dinosaur was ahead of himself on the psychological outcome from the death of privacy when he said “Sharing is Caring!” / / Claire Mullane

 

October 07 2014


where
The Parlour Bar, Whelans, Camden Street.

when
9pm til late

how much
€10

event
Hunter's Moon

With the urban dating game increasingly void of the that old-fashioned notion of dating, the Queens of Neon are stepping into the breach. Put down your Tinder, cast aside your Grindr and drown out those thoughts of Coppers as a last resort, the Queens are well-versed in the craft of smooth lovin' hosting weddings to banquets. It's harvest time and while many crops have been reaped and furrows ploughed, it's now time to concentrate on more fallow affairs of the heart. There's a full moon up above visible from sunset to sunrise and the promise of "DJs, dating games and dropping the hand". More sophisticated than a traffic light ball and less needy than speed dating, these are the people you probably wished you could have isolated and chatted more to at festivals such as Body & Soul over the summer. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

 
Pallas for auction!

We spoke with Mark Cullen and Gavin Murphy from Pallas Projects about their upcoming gala art auction

It started back in 1996, a long time ago, almost 20 years now. I and another artist, Brian Duggan set the place up in a premise on Foley Street. It was a knitwear factory that we converted into artists’ studios and from there we started putting on exhibitions. Gavin joined us in about 1998 and we had a very nomadic existence for the first couple of years. Over the course of about 18 years we’ve had about 17 different places.

We moved in here about two years ago, it’s an old school building on The Coombe. We get to set down roots in the community and develop connections with other arts organisations.

We asked Whytes auctioneers if they’d like to come on board as a collaborator. From there we contacted the Irish Georgian Society about finding venues. The building that they found for us was the first public art gallery set up in the British Isles. It was set up in the 19th century, around 1840. So there’s a nice connection there between buildings being set up for artists and our lineage trying to find a home.

See here for info. PHOTO: Valentina Alvarez