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The Irish budget may be announced with a muddy brown ring-binder, but all pomp and ceremony aside, it's one of the most important days in our socio-political calendar. This week, we chosen to highlight this letter from the chair of the National Campaign for the Arts, Valerie Connor to the Minister of the Arts, Heather Humpheries (we've left our 'I'mma let you finish' jokes at the door.)

Connor highlights that there is a need for improved investment in our public arts bodies, which have dedicated staffs run ragged at the moment, as they strive to fulfil their briefs. She points to the lack of a National Cultural Policy, which could really galvanise our arts movements, which may flourish alone, but could truly thrive together.

Then there's the importance of the arts for outreach programmes, youths, children, whether advantaged or disadvantaged. We agree - creativity shouldn't discriminate.

Who's gone mental for governmental? Kate, Michael, or Jack?

"" - Guy Cresswell
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October 09 2014


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Guinness Amplify - Thursday

Get hunting Amplify’s surprise guests, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist style, who will be secreted around the city, led by Mercury Prize 2013 nominees Rudimental, and Jess Glynne, the London-based R’n’B popstress. If you fail that mission, no problem, because a wealth of native talent awaits you...There’s a genre-bending choice of acts to catch, from the breezy, dusty folk of Wexford’s Corner Boy, to the clean guitar thrashing pop of Death in the Sickroom. All the while Dublin indie-kids Acrobat will be breaking both hearts and guitar strings with a fiery set of electro/Bravery influenced music - it feels like the early days of Editors. Eh, what happened to them? There's also Arktists, who sound like the quirky incidental music that probably plays in Amelie's head. Imagine She & Him, but Him & Him. / Le Cool Dublin

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October 09 2014


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 4 November

how much
Free

exhibition
Auld Haunts

Bringing two people together to work can lead to both spectacularly positive and negative results. Not every project can go as smoothly as the time that Iggy Pop met David Bowie, or as horribly as Lou Reed’s Lulu. Thankfully, Auld Haunts is a project that works more like the former collaboration, albeit not in the backdrop of cold war era Berlin. Auld Haunts is familiar yet new, a distinct feeling of uncanny. Steve O’Connor’s photos are counterpointed perfectly by Steve McCarthy’s illustrations. The photos are of places most Dubliners know and love. Sparse and almost cold, these familiar places are filled wonderfully by McCarthy’s ghosts of Dubliners past. Softly shaped and filled with gradients of colour they're reminiscent of Bendik Kaltenborn’s illustrations. A mix of nostalgia, colour, and curious shapes -  impossible to tear your eyes away from. / Jack Broughan

 

October 09 2014


where
NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8


when
Until 24 October

how much
Free

exhibition
Not Life / Necessarily

Described as “…the pause in the fall of a breath” and likened to the “…point where consciousness gives way to slumber” this exhibition seems to express that, whatever it may be. The pieces displayed seem like a form of soft abstract expressionism. Restrained in its use of colour and often focusing on more textural aspects, the work conjures images seen in dreams or mild hallucinations. The Beckett inspired title is appropriate given that most of the work exhibited seem in line with what Clov might have seen while peering out into the aftermath of Endgame. An excerpt from a 1925 newspaper seems to articulate the exhibition’s aims best. Containing a picture of a Solar Eclipse in New York City, this momentary event, rare, monochrome and tinged with ethereal beauty is a perfect counterbalance to the rest of the work exhibited. / Jack Broughan

   
 

October 10 2014


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Guinnes Amplify - Friday

It's a choir of young voices...GANGS are only four Lambrettas short of a mod dream, with rollicking rock’n’roll that means you don’t have to make pretend like it’s 1969 forever, cos it really is. Moving his set from the bedroom studio to Delaney’s will be Callum Orr, who has recently written, performed, and produced his first EP, Patchworks & Learning. Expect him to drop some new, shoegaze-sweet material ahead of its release. Meanwhile, Half of Me, who formed a year ago in New York, have pillaged grimy Brooklyn-esque influences to produce tight indie pop for you to get stretching your skinny jeans in. Finally, Rocstrong is a name to etch onto your forearm in biro and have tattooed on the next day. His hip-hop inflected soul will groove you into the next dimension, and we’ve heard whispers that he is definitely one to watch. / Le Cool Dublin

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October 10 2014


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

how much
€12

gig
Sean Nicholas Savage

As genre names go, MOR is fairly insulting. Rarely does a title that applies to decades worth of popular records and accounts for hours of radio playlists cast such a damning indictment on its listeners and musicians. Call it what you will, it’s a catch-all term for easy listening, inoffensive, bland. Who wants to be middle-of-the-road? And where does that leave Sean Nicholas Savage? The Canadian soft-pop maestro is anything but ordinary. A decidedly odd fellow, aptly part of the Arbutus Records roster, Savage has been incredibly prolific with almost a dozen albums in six years. There’s loneliness and yearning in Savage’s soulful ballads, his reedy voice and chintzy production suggesting a fragile character that prefers the four walls of his bedroom than the world outside. Whelan’s should provide a perfectly intimate home from home. / Brian Keane

   
 

October 10 2014


where
Various venues - see link

when
Runs until Sunday

how much
Free/€10/€15/€20

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Young Hearts Run Free Present: No Idle Day Festival

This is a gem, a glistening joy of a little festival. Firstly it's from the mighty fine, hearts on sleeve, folk at Young Hearts Run Free. Secondly, it embraces the city taking in spaces such as Marsh's Library and Molloy & Dowling. Thirdly, it's in aid of the Simon Community. And, oh, alright BILL DRUMMOND is coming over for it too. Labeled many things, he's a truly original provocateur who perpetually prods and dismantles conventional thinking about music, art and society. Besides Bill, this weekend is suffused with love. Whether it's exploring a love of old vinyl, the songs that made your heart skip a beat, the explicable oddities in your music collection or the impact John Peel had on transistor listeners, No Idle Day is busy and beautiful. A balm for the soul and a tonic for the tired. / Zach Joyce 

 

October 10 2014


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

how much
€15

club night
The Building Society Present George Fitzgerald

If you read any interviews with George Fitzgerald you'll notice fairly quickly that he's a rather normal guy. Even better he likes music, likes producing and he's damn good at it. A Berlin based house producer, George has been around a few years with singles ranging from garage inspired to house with catchy vocal samples and darker, moodier tones - all with his own distinctive sound. Even if you're not so sure if you know George Fitzgerald I can guarantee that you do and that you've probably unwittingly bopped along to his songs. Fresh from Creamfields and Unknown Festival, well, by George there couldn't be a better way to start your weekend. / Niamh Keenan

 

October 10 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
10:20pm

how much
€7.50 - €9.00

cinema
Withnail & I

Withnail & I is a victoriana acid nightmare; mouldy terraced houses, hollowed out cottages, a pervy Uncle Monty...If you haven't seen it, you should go sit in a bath of cold beans in shame. An unglamorous road-trip fuelled by joyless alcoholism and a drugged up drug dealer (always a bad sign, a dealer should never use his own product, that's why hairdressers always have bad barnets) it is a tale of bizarrely matched friendships, avoiding unrequited attention from portly older gentlemen (just because a fella will never play the Dane, that's no reason for a pity fuck), and booze. There are definitely lessons to be learnt, like why you should always keep a bottle of clean, alcohol-free piss in the car, and how to kill a chicken - "Best kill it quick before it tries to make friends with us." / Kate Coleman

   
 

October 11 2014


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Guinness Amplify - Saturday

It’s the weekend, and it's alive and Amplified with dizzying talent. Singer-songwriter Leanne Harte takes to the stage, ever the minimalist, armed merely with her guitar and poetic lyrics. Rising stars, Ghosts, have electro-goodness pumping through their veins. Shuffle up front for their set in the Mercantile, and submit to the sonic waves as they wash over you, and clean knock you over. If you like your Wu Tang mixed with MGMT madness, it's not de ja vu you need, but Da Jevu. Twisting up hip-hop with electro/indie sensibilities, it's as much Jamie T (we hear audiobook influences) or Yeasayer as it is grime-laced hip-hop - either way we can't stop. Then, Chasing Perpetua have that sweet early Noah and the Whale/Laura Marling chemistry you'll be chasing perpetually going on. The Belfast duo might make you cry. Bring hankies. / Le Cool Dublin 

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October 11 2014


where
Merrion Square, Dublin 2
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when
10am

how much
Free

fair
French Food Fair On The Square

Some would say comparing Paris and Dublin on the foodie front may be a little unfair - a David versus Goliath style encounter in which one party should prevail with relative ease. However thanks to a new tribe of artisans, epicures and Irish-based French food producers, this city may be finally ready to hold its own in a culinary tête-à-tête with our continental neighbours. Decide for yourself as The French Foodie curates a tasty Autumnal outing which will highlight the finest of such fare on our Georgian doorstep. Having blogged, reviewed and toured her way round these parts for quite a while, there are few more qualified to distinguish between a food fad and favourite. This being so you can expect a welcome relief from the pulled pork epidemic which has now even spread to your local Centra. Allez les…! / Aaron Purcell

 

October 11 2014


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
11pm

how much
€18

album launch
Kormac - Doorsteps

Whippet-thin and jitter jivin', it's all been building up to tonight for Kormac. You might have caught him bringing Body and Soul to a bouncy close at the Picnic, splashing an AV dash at the Tiger Fringe or grafting at Hard Working Class Heroes last weekend. Tonight, he launches the latest sonic exocet accompanied by a 10-piece big band. This time round he's enlisted the likes of Irvine Welsh, Speech Debelle and Micah P Hinson to flesh out his beats but also twists sounds in the company of rappers and opera singers. Switching somewhat from his sample aided debut, Doorsteps finds Kormac assuredly mastering and remixing his own universe with a host of collaborators. The perfect pumice for any dead skin on the soles of your dancing feet. Album sampler here / Zach Joyce 

 

October 10 2014


where
Damn Fine Print, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland D7 (Block T)
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when
12am - 6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Damn Fine Print Fire Sale

Liar, liar, head down to this as if your pants are on fire, it’s a firesale! If your sad walls are in need of brightening, Damn Fine Print are here to save the day. Limited edition screenprints will be yours for the taking from as little as €7. If you didn’t already know about the New York couple, Herbet and Dorothy Vogel, who, realising that they wouldn’t be wealthy enough to start a fine art collection, proceeded to collect prints, all limited runs by noted artists, and create a collection now worth millions, it should be enough to make you think print. Even if you frankly don’t give a damn about that, there will be Hollywood-themed screenprinting workshops, and bargain photogram workshops from the Darkroom that you should book in advance. / Kate Coleman

   
 

October 12 2014


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Guinness Amplify - Sunday

Keep the blues at bay with the rainbow-splash giddiness of Kammerpop. Their brand of ecstatic jazz/classical/pop fusion worms its way past your aural senses, and lodges itself deep into your psyche, floating around as Sunday turns to Monday. Continuing the theme of dizzy musical hyperactivity, I Heart the Monster Hero will unleash a world of bubblegum, neon-lashed electro on to the bystanders in the Mercantile. We dare you to stand po-faced during their exhibitionist display. An antidote to this onslaught on heart-racing pop will be Sirmione’s candlelight-soft folky, harp-tingling repertoire. Alice Jago will melt hearts with her folkish chanteuse powers, pulling you in, messing you up, presenting the wanton happy-sad of her lyrics with minimalism and class. The end of the weekend, but not the end of the road... / Le Cool Dublin

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October 12 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8:30pm

how much
€7.50 - €9.00

cinema
Full Metal Jacket

In Platoon, the first thing you you lose is your innocence. In Apocalypse Now, you get a disturbingly real Martin Sheen harming himself alone in a dingy room in Vietnam. In Full Metal Jacket, you get an army instructor asking you if you would like to come to home and do unspeakable things to his sister. War movies show humanity at it’s most devastating but Kubrick decided that the absolute existential futility of it all wouldn’t stop him injecting a shot of wit and satire to question everything. Featuring less of a solid emotional or journey storyline, and casting real life drill instructors, Kubrick satirised the entire concept of the military creating a film that not just cried ‘War is bad guyz’ but showed the entire institution of the army as ridiculous at it’s core. Now drop and give me 50 you pansy faced suckers. / Ciara Roche

 

October 12 2014


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

how much
€20

gig
Sage Francis

Sage Francis spits rhymes and slams poetry that even the most murderous of beat poets would cower from. It's filthy smart, whipping you into a frenzy and tearing you up. He's hopeful, maybe hangry, always angry, and you need to listen cos he's as sage as his name suggests, except without the alternative medicine offshoots. He's got a back catalogue to whoop you over the head and school you with, and considering that homegrown favourite DJ Scope is also on the bill, you should leave your schoolboy insecurities at the door and submit to a whirlwind of tunes and tutelage. It's a line-up that will have the velveteen upholstery in the Sugar Club in tatters, and that's a promise. Win Tickets / Kate Coleman

   
 

October 13 2014


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

how much
€5

spoken word
The Moth

It's storySLAM time so here's what happens if you wanna rumble in this jungle. Rock up to the Club at 7.30pm and (a) volunteer to tell a story (b) volunteer to judge or (c) proceed to bar for beverage. 8pm : Battle commences. The first of ten selected speakers will have five minutes to tackle this month's theme - Home. The judges will confer and score each speaker who must trade in fact not fiction. The Moth is not a forum for stand-ups or readings from cliff notes or punchlines scrawled on arms. From ghost estates to real estate and tree houses to dolls houses, home might be where your heart is or where your ex-wife has you barred from. A champ will be declared at the end of the night who will be in the grandSLAM in 2015. Having debuted at the splendid Sounds Alive festival, it's time to crystallise on these shores.  / Zach Joyce 

 

October 14 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
6:30pm

how much
€9

cinema
'71

“He always grims me out so much” Pre-’71 chats couldn’t avoid Jack O’Connell’s predilection for a gritty storyline, after his career-making performances in Skins and Starred Up. Here, all the ingredients for a similar role are present, but he plays a blinder by casting off the shackles of stereotype and approaching this role with naivete, valour, and bravery. Yes, his face gets smashed up, there are bad guys with guns, and the colour palette is murky yellow and brown, but he manages to leave the audience hope-filled. This film tackles the Troubles very even-handedly and unglamorously, tinged with horror and charm throughout. That’s why it deserves to succeed - it is smart, unjudgemental, uninvolved, but involving. With a soundtrack by David Holmes, son of the North, and hero of Hollywood, this daring exploration of recent history is a smart, studied success. / Kate Coleman

   
 

October 15 2014


where
National Print Museum, Old Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
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when
9am

how much
Free

exhibition
Types for the New Century

After a decade lost in the midst of Wingdings and Comic Sans, appreciation of good, clean design has once again returned to the fore. I mean, they made a film about Helvetic, for god's sake, and Vampire Weekend reference 69 point Futura in their lyrics...With projects like Typeography Ireland’s Type Club and @designmuseum’s Font Sundays grabbing our attentions, the time has never been better for the National Print Museum to bring Types for the New Century to our attention. Types for the new century aren’t Rachet girls, Ghetto goths or Emos, but painstakingly designed typefaces by well established designers such as Jonathan Barnbrook, Gerard Unger and Martin Majoor. OFFSET lovers shouldn’t miss this one… / Kate Coleman

 
Rocsteady, Rocstrong

Le Cool rocked down to Dame Lane to chat with musician Rocstrong...

At the age of five or four it was my older sister that was the singer of the family. My dad used to write songs for her to get into music school. I was kind of jealous and I wanted to sing so I interrupted one of their sessions. I wanted to show my dad I could sing. My influences were whatever my dad showed me because at that age I wasn’t buying CDs or anything. I just listened to whatever was at home. It happened to be Prince, Jesse Johnson, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Madonna. Big names, all of them were big back then. He had everything on vinyl, CD, lots of the NOW records.

Limits, I don’t want to drift off completely from the type of music that I want to do, its like one of the sides that I like. I want to cover all genres but with the same results. I want it to be fun. I don’t plan to cure hunger or heal the world with my music, I just want some guy who’s on his way to work in his car to feel better once he’s heard my song. So when he’s going into work and leaving work he feels different. I want to change that person's mood for the better.

Rocstrong plays Guinness Amplify, 10th October, at the Mercantile. Info here. PHOTO: Valentina Alvarez

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