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"Gangsters" declared David Carr, the renowned New York Times media critic, at our Fringe Web Summit Spiel event, in association with Pilcrow on Tuesday night. Carr, who we interviewed along with Contently co-founder Shane Snow, was talking about the boyos behind the Web Summit. 

He was affectionately detailing their tactics to lure him here last year. After a rather brusque encounter with Vice's head honcho Shane Smith on Page One, what better box office than having these two on stage. So Carr was informed Smith wanted to make amends and was up for the chats and Smith was told Carr was keen on burying the hatchet. Quality age old resolution tactics. And they worked.

It takes a unique degree of ambition and foresight mashed up with gumption and chutzpah to scale an event from 400 to 20,000 in 4 years and take it globally. Asia in 2015. Space next? And this insight kernel shows how it was done.

Carr also imparted advice to those of us sans multi-million valuations too: "The tools of insurgency and production are at the ends of your hands and it behoves you to make things and continue the activity until it's good."

Who says you 'gotta be startin' Summit, you wanna be startin' Summit' this week? Michael, Kate, Kayla, Olivia or Ross?

"Do some research, grab some clothes and go up a mountain or something" - Andrew Nuding and Kieran Kilgallon
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November 06 2014


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

when
2:45pm

how much
€7.60

cinema
The Guarantee

Ian Power’s feature film dramatises the collapse of our strung-out economy in near, almost real-time, reconstructing that fateful, seismic night in September 2008. A tad heavy on exposition for its compressed running time, its exhausting Sherlock-like text-overlay device working only viscerally, the film flourishes when digressing away from the ripped-from-the-headlines, too-familiar subject matter to give the theatre of politics its close-up. Wholly unsympathetic, it capably knocks some abstract figures down a peg or two — the sleazy and pint-guzzling, two-chinned/two-faced Big-Drunk-Baby bankers, an unappealing Sean Fitzpatrick in his tighty-whities, and Brian Cowen, fumbling gracelessly with a Nespresso machine, a remarkably well-used, right-on and timely motif. / Ross McDonnell

 

November 06 2014


where
The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until November 9th

how much
Free

exhibition
'Traces'

Come take a peek at the Gum Collective’s group exhibition, Traces at the Library Project in Temple Bar. The pieces explore the theme of “self” using a variety of mediums, from black and white woodblock prints to delicately arranged animal bones. Although there are only twenty-one pieces, they come from thirteen different Dublin artists, resulting in a diverse but still harmonious show. There is a mesmerising a mirror box where you can spy on a statue trapped in an endless room, and a print that tackles “selfie” culture, with reference to the notorious Tinder. Some clean and beautiful, some macabre and can’t-look-away-weird, there’s sure to be at least one that resonates. Here’s hoping you do find your “self” there. / Olivia Rutter

 

November 06 2014


where
See here

when
Until November 8th

how much
Free

exhibition
Natura Natura

Saidhbhín Gibson’s whimsical, worthwhile Natura Natura, a citywide scavenger hunt, is something quietly radical, subtly subverting the viewer’s experience and expectations of two very different public spaces. Gibson’s 2x2 exhibit places anthropomorphising fine-art portraits of everyday Irish birds amongst The Natural History Museum’s taxidermied, cabinet-bound permanent collection. It also situates the inverse; artefacts and natural materials within the artistic space of The LAB Gallery. A fascinating collaboration, a collision and juxtaposition of science and history’s objective view of reality and art’s subjective, reactive representation, Natura Natura is thoughtful and provocative, a gentle encouragement to reconsider and look closer at how we conceive, and receive, nature and our relationship with it. / Ross McDonnell

   
 

November 07 2014


where
Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€10

event
Primal Rising

Coinciding with the launch of their latest exhibit, Primal Architecture – a pseudo-autobiography and pensive rumination on identity and consciousness, with LA artist Mike Kelley translating, transmitting the noise of art-rock and cult punk bands -- IMMA are celebrating with the singular Primal Rising. Straight after the opening reception, Dublin’s Sissy and Faune will be offering up some rowdy and raucous rock, before ’87 Technics World DJ Champion Chad Jackson takes centre stage to tie all these elements together. It’s always wise to embrace the opportunity to wander IMMA’s invigorating, thrilling grounds, and with each intersecting component realising the potential of the other, we can count on Jackson to marry the whole to be greater than the sum of its parts, and will the vibe into existence./ Ross McDonnell

 

November 07 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€10

cinema
Leviathan

A tug-of-war and a tête-à-tête, Leviathan pits white collar against fisherman’s turtleneck: the latter implicated in a corrupt and slippery Mayor’s ceaseless appetite, under his obstinate thumb, trudging through the local government’s labyrinthine bureaucracy for buried truth. The titular myth’s grand narrative a versatile, layered mille-feuille, this scenario escalates. As characters and fraternities become increasingly bruised, and the film moults its contemporary critique on Putin’s regime, its structural hierarchies dissolve, replaced with the boundless, timeless and metaphysical - the portraiture and iconography of one tyrant’s idolatry usurped by another. Modest, futile fishing boats are annihilated by the colossal and devastating tide, and Leviathan spills its guts - all vodka and bile - cutting deep like a razorblade. / Ross McDonnell

   
 

November 07 2014


where
MVP, 29 Upper Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 8
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when
7pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Brainbelt Illustration Collective Design Week Exhibition

One highlight of this year’s Design Week; Brainbelt Illustration Collective triumphantly returning to furnish MVP with each member of this talented troupe’s current work. There’s certainly something for everybody here, from Peter Dawson’s chilly surrealism and Shane Cluskey’s conceptual drawing to Alan Dunne’s playful comics and Ultan Courtney’s interdisciplinary hybrids. Work from the great Eileen O’Neill, with mainstay status and continued success, gracing the walls of the Bernard Shaw and Little Green Gallery, and hopefully-annual JDIFF film poster exhibitions, will be on display. Striking typography, curious book art, alternate film posters and plain old good design will surely be plentiful, and prints will be on sale on the night and throughout the exhibition. / Ross McDonnell

 

November 07 2014


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€8

gig
Dear Desert

Dear Desert, floating on the highs of their successful sets at Castlepalooza, Electric Picnic and last month’s Hard Working Class Heroes, will hit up Workman’s this Friday to kick-off their feverishly exciting EP Gift Above. Resting a fluctuating position somewhere between Future Islands and Wild Beasts, with a sound that will wholly satiate, energise and rejuvenate us low-ebbed folk agonising and yearning for the return of a Depeche Mode or Kraftwerk, Dear Desert’s class of wondrous synth-centric pop and fine glam-rock is nonetheless altogether unique. Keep eyes peeled and ears eager for the astute falsetto and emotive lyricism of their widely-agreed-upon standout Supernatural Love, these architects’ carefully-constructed, towering and crystalline gem. / RossMcDonnell

   
 

November 08 2014


where
Eason's, 40 Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.
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when
2pm

how much
Free

book signing
Graham Norton

There's a long list of Irish entertainers who left (or fled) this pond to find success in the bigger pond of Elizabeth Windsor next door. And in a gesture of neighbourly royal goodwill, Elizabeth's subjects have tended to be particularly warm to our own queens, from Danny LaRue to Graham Norton, the current monarch of light entertainment. Like a lot of Irish gay emigrants of his generation, Graham ran out of here, slammed the door behind him, and never looked back, until (as he writes in his first book "So Me") after the death of his father, he began to re-evaluate his relationship with the country he left behind. His new book, “The Life and Loves of a He-Devil” is a series of odes to the things he loves, from dogs, to booze, to men, to Ireland. / Panti

 

November 08 2014


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€7/4

food
GULP!

Do you feel like your tastebuds have been resting on their laurels lately, eating too many delicious brunches and burritos? Why not mix it up a bit this weekend? You’re unlikely to find dung beetles on the menu anywhere except for at Smock Alley Theatre’s Festival of Curiosity. Science broadcaster Jonathan McCrea and The Dalkey Food Company’s chef Ivan Varian will teach you about the future of food and how to survive without it, as well as feeding you some wonderfully strange treats. If you’ve never managed to snag a reservation at the Fat Duck or El Bulli, this may be as close as you’re going to get just a stone’s throw from the Liffey (for now). / Olivia Rutter

 

November 08 2014


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
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when
2:15pm

how much
€40 per team

table quiz
The Beatles Table Quiz

If you think this quiz is about six-legged insects then you will be sorely disappointed. However, if you know your She Loves You from your Strawberry Fields and have had a Hard Day’s Night then this could be just the way to relax, have fun and maybe win a few prizes. Part of the annual Dublin Beatles Festival, this quiz always proves popular, thanks in no small part to the enthusiastic hosts Denny and Steve who are well-known around town from Denny’s Dublin Tours. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team – just pop along and they will find you one (making this a great way to meet new people). With some fabulous booty on offer, the afternoon kick-off means you can also make it to some of the evening events in the festival and completely immerse yourself in the Fab Four for the day - yeah, yeah, yeah! / Frances Winston

   
 

November 08 2014


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€16

gig
The Wedding Present

Leeds indie rock group The Wedding Present came to life in 1985 when David Gedge headed to Yorkshire with two of his mother’s suitcases, packed with five hundred copies of the band’s debut single, Go Out and Get ‘Em Boy! Since then “The Weddoes” have had eighteen UK Top 40 hits, and equalled The King himself’s record for most hits in a year. Now they’re coming back to the Button Factory to play their infectious 1994 lo-fi pop album, Watusi amidst a sprinkling of their other hits. Produced by Steve Fisk, Watusi is a bit of a different sound than their other albums, featuring “three-part a capella harmonies” and “Waikiki-ready surf strains”. See you there, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah? / Olivia Rutter

 

November 08 2014


where
Bello Bar, 1 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8.


when
8pm

how much
Free

party
Bello Bar Anniversary

Bello Bar is celebrating its first birthday. You may remember the venue as the dingy, sweaty gigs’ place located along the canal. Well, the transformation that has occurred is quite something. They've kept the live music, but fine-tuned the line-up. It still gives you the feeling of being somewhere cool and undiscovered but in a sophisticated, mellow way. Weekly jazz and mismatched vintage upholstery are the thing now. Also, a previously ignored arched passage of rooms behind the stage is perfect for taking over with your friends. Bello Bar is the living room of dreams. If you haven't been, go now. You will enjoy yourself immensely. Will celebratory cocktails be served? They sure deserve to be. I propose a toast to makeovers and being grown up and having your shit together. Georgia Corcoran

 

November 08 2014


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

how much
€12

dj set
Ben UFO, Sunil Sharpe & Nathan Jones

First Oneman and now Ben UFO - another “pure” DJ graces the Twisted Pepper. Like Oneman, Ben UFO is that rare breed of DJ that embodies the idea of a selector and is focused on the “art” of DJing. Playing records that others might view as brave, weird or otherwise unsuitable, Ben UFO’s approach to DJing is that of an auteur. Unconcerned with sticking to current trends, Ben UFO’s sets have always tested the boundaries of what is deemed "acceptable" club music. Hessle Audio, run by the triumvirate of Ben UFO, Pangaea and Peason Sound, reflects this mantra. While being firmly immersed in Dubstep, the label’s first releases blended influences from UK garage and techno, establishing its unique style. Hessle Audio, like Ben UFO’s sets, is focused on the apex of UK dance music, a DJ set that’s not to be missed. / Jack Broughan

   
 

November 09 2014


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

when
8.50pm

how much
€9

screening
Out of Here

Considering the reams that have been written about the emigrant experience and the countless arguments that have been waged over whether Dublin is less vital or creative than it once was, it is surprising that no filmmaker has thought to explore such themes before now. In fact, the only thing that has really come close is Dave Tynan's viral short Just Saying. Until now, that is. Donal Foreman's debut Out of Here follows a college dropout, Kieran, who comes home following a period of travel. Upon his return, he struggles to reconnect with not only his ex and his mates, but also his city. Remarkably accomplished in every respect, Out of Here is utterly of the moment and one of the best representations of Dublin youth culture to emerge from the recession. / Amy O'Connor

 

November 09 2014


where
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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when
November 6th-9th

how much
Free

fair
Dublin Art Book Fair

Bookworms and art-lovers take heed, for the Dublin Art Book Fair is back for its fourth year running! Featuring the latest aesthetically-themed tomes published in Ireland and abroad, and boasting an open submission books and zines area for artists, the fair is the perfect spot to pick up literature on everything from photography and graphic design to sculpture and painting. It will also host a series of talks, launches, and informal workshops for visual artists and photographers in which they can share their work as well as give and receive feedback from others in their field. So whether you’re a working artiste or in need of a luscious coffee-table book to impress visitors, the fair is the place to be this weekend. / Kayla Walsh

   
 

November 10 2014


where
Buswells Hotel , 23-27 Molesworth Street, Dublin, Ireland 2


when
7pm

how much

book club
IFN Book Club: Gone Girl

Playing with the trope of the unreliable narrator, Gone Girl explores the lies which make up Nick and Amy’s world – those they tell each other, those they tell those around them, and those they let themselves believe. Moving beyond what at first may seem like yet another thriller novel aimed at the masses, this huge bestseller looks at what it takes to be a modern woman and a feminist in a man’s world. Literature has represented the brilliant woman behind a seemingly suffering husband before: Rebecca was killed before the novel even began and Madame Bovary died for her thrill-seeking sins. Both were unhappy to play the content, stay-at-home wife. Amy toes a thin line between being an incredibly smart, admirable woman and a man’s worst nightmare. Can a girl still be “cool” when she has a Harvard degree? Ciara Roche

 

November 10 2014


where
The Cake Café, 8 Pleasants Place Dublin
Location Map

when
6.30pm

how much
€10 (advance booking recommended)

workshop
Seaweed

The need for (Sea)weed is on the up. It's ram-jammed with protein, utterly organic and beefed up with vitamins, iron, zinc and oils. It's elementary for the foraging types with hundreds of varieties crying out to be harvested along our coastline. From Dillisk to Root and Bone, all the hot to scoffs are serving it on their menus and extolling its virtues. Sally McKenna, she of McKenna foodie plaque fame, has recently written Extreme Greens a guide to understanding seaweed. Tonight she's in the Cake Cafe hosting a workshop. Whether you wish to soup it or simply bathe in it, marine algae has never been so hot. / Zach Joyce

 

November 10 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€22

gig
Hamilton Leithauser

It’s been almost a year since The Walkmen announced their “extreme hiatus”. A break-up devoid of fireworks, it was a suitably understated end for a band that skirted the edges of success but never basked in its glory. The only tears, it seems, came from us fans. We didn't have to mourn for long. Preceding Peter Matthew Bauer’s excellent Liberation album, frontman Hamilton Leithauser offered up Black Hours, his fine solo debut. A throwback to pop and rock n’ roll from several decades ago (Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter are among his acknowledged influences), it allowed one of indie rock’s finest singers to flex his impressive vocal muscles while showing off his capable song-writing chops. Experiencing that voice singing those songs in the cosy confines of the Sugar Club is too good an opportunity to miss. / Brian Keane

   
 

November 11 2014


where
Scout, 5 Smock Alley Court, Essex Street West, Dublin 8.


when


how much


Scout

Everything about Scout is welcoming. The name, conjuring up images of the heroine of To Kill a Mockingbird and capable, fire-lighting children; the Instagram feed, softly aglow with tweed, cashmere and handcarved wood; and the shop itself, a calm oasis amid the sensory assault that is Temple Bar. Run by Wendy Crawford, previously of Bow in Powerscourt Townhouse, you get the sense that the shop is an extension of her, filled with all the things she loves and wants to share with the world – a Pinterest profile made real. Stocking the best of contemporary Irish design such as Electronic Sheep, Snug and Petria Lenihan, with a handpicked selection of modern classics such as Armour Lux, Grenson Shoes and YMC (as well as excellent London food magazine Root and Bone) Scout is a true treasure trove of loveliness. / Alex Calder

 

November 11 2014


where
Natural History Museum, Merrion Sq West, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until November 16th

how much
Free

exhibition
Cleary Connolly: The Meta-Perceptual Helmets

If the phrase “meta-perceptual helmet” isn’t enough to pique your interest, let us elaborate. Michael Land’s book Animal Eyes explored the many ways in which nature has experimented with sight, from the hyper-stereo vision of a hammerhead shark to a chameleon’s ability to rotate one eye at a time. Partly inspired by his work, Franco-Irish artists Cleary Connolly have created six helmets that allow us to experience the sight of real animals, as well as their interpretations of the sight of creatures that only exist in mythology. There are six different options, ranging from giraffe to Cyclops. Ever wished you could see 350 degrees around yourself (like a horse, not like the little girl from The Exorcist)? This may be your only chance. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

November 12 2014


where
Caslte & Drury, 6 Castlemarket, Dublin 2.


when


how much


Castle & Drury

With the recent additions of Castle & Drury and Nowhere to Dublin’s streets, along with the more established Indigo & Cloth, the state of Dublin independent menswear boutiques has gone from 0 – 60 in about two seconds. In a prime location between the Powerscourt Townhouse and George’s Street Arcade, Castle & Drury is a distinctly urban-feeling place, with undertones of Kanye and side notes of rugged woodcutter. With labels like Denmark’s Wood Wood, Japan’s Creep and the almost iconic YMC, it’s like a boyfriend shop to Scout, where Scout is the country-living ceramicist who’s Instagram famous and Castle & Drury is a graphic designer who DJs (on vinyl) by night. Fun fact: they carry the futuristic and Irish-designed Push watches, the creators of which also designed the interior. / Alex Calder

 
On the road to Nowhere
We spoke with Brian Teeling and David Erixon.
 
I (Brian) was working on a small idea, tentatively titled Nowhere. It’s the name of my favorite album, I thought it would be pretty cool for a store. I got chatting to David and it expanded into what it is now. It’s been worth it, diving in headfirst, but it takes time. We feel we can do better every season.

It’s not a certain look, it’s a quite schizophrenic curation, deliberately. The idea that there’s one style isn't for us. We concentrate on the nice clothing and exciting pieces, and we'll find a customer that way. It’s somewhere you buy a really nice piece you’ll have for a long time. If you buy a Porter bag you’re gonna have it for 20 years. And it will still look futuristic. Most wardrobes contain 30% clothes that haven’t been used for the past year. Considering that the industry has a turnover of 3.2 trillion dollars a year, imagine how much of that is just waste.

Men's fashion is linked to how we define masculinity. I (David) see it changing quickly. In Dublin, there are so many guys who dress individually and express themselves. They’re helping to introduce change, not just in fashion, in every possible way. I (Brian) would like to see a diverse spectrum of looks. The future here will be good for men, with no excuse to dress poorly.

Find Nowhere is at 64 Aungier St, Dublin 2 or online here. Photo: Mark Earley