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It's a hootenanny and it's a hurrah - it's the annual Bernard Shaw X Le Cool Xmas exhibition! More exes than Elizabeth Taylor there, but there's good art, chats, beers and craic. However, it's also an opportunity we've traditionally used to raise money for homeless charities.

Whether these tragedies go reported or unreported, we're in a privileged position in that we've got this soapbox to stand on and ask you all to attend in support of Inner City Helping Homeless. Maybe you'll buy a print, or this year, an almost belligerently kind friend of Le Cool is setting up a station at the exhibition collecting socks, hats, gloves, scarves, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sweets, chocolate, cereal bars, baby-wipes, roll-on deodorants etc to donate to ICHH Dublin.

Finally, this is a celebration of our co-organisers, John Mahon of The Locals, illustrator Aoife Dooley, and the 35 artists donating their time and talents to this annual bash, so cheers to them!

Who's gonna supermarket sweep this thing for a good cause? Kate or Michael

"It was on the way to my grannies house, and I just had to take picture of it." - Conor Horgan
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December 04 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
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cinema
Hockney

Sometimes it feels like fine art is dislocated from regional accents these days, but then you think about David Hockney, the barmy blonde from Bradford who is arguably Britain's greatest living artist. Or in the words of Bridget Jones, "top ten, at least." This new documentary is a really personable portrait of the artist, and his bohemian life. The creator of such incredible works as A Bigger Splash (1967) and Three Chairs with a Section of a Picasso Mural (1970), his work has observed everything from L.A swimming pools to stretches of Yorkshire road. His work also explores sexuality and queerness, in beautiful, affecting pieces such as Domestic Scene, Los Angeles (1963), and to hear about his life is complimentary to your enjoyment of his visual work. If you love art and eccentrics, this is a film you will not want to miss. / Kate Coleman

 

December 04 2014


where
Old Jameson Distillery, Bow Street, Smithfield Village, Dublin 7.
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when
6.30pm (competition winners only)

how much
Free (see competiton)

event
Jameson Black Barrel Craft Series

Old world craft and contemporary design collide tonight in the latest installation of the Jameson Black Barrel Series. Master Cooper Ger Buckley has featured throughout these events doing live charring demos whilst telling all in his lyrical sing-along Cork tones about other refinements and traditions. Tonight's event pairs Buckley up with the dashing design duo DesignGoat. Well known for their work in the city including recent openings Sister Sadie and the cafe in Indigo + Cloth, they've taken on board their emphasis on "simpllcity and function" in design to create a clock inspired by their trip to the Midleton distillery.  With a craft workshop transformation of the distillery space, Colm Lynch's musical outfit Watson ACE will be rounding it all off with some appropriate spit and sawdust sounds. While others might scrap it, this is one barrel lovingly tended to. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

   
 

December 04 2014


where
National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 4:45pm

how much
Free

exhibition
WWI Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience

This is one of the most historiographically important exhibitions in Ireland in recent years. The NLI is airing Irish experiences of the Great War, where many Irish served, but returning to a very different political climate in 1918, they've been ignored at best, and demonised at worst. Everything from the social history revealed through Mary Martin's diaries and letters to her children serving overseas, and Corkonian Michael O'Leary's cinematic wartime exploits, to the officer class exemplified by Norman Leslie is explored. The flirtation of treason and the approach of Germany by Joseph Mary Plunkett and humanitarian Roger Casement rounds off the war experience, which is displayed through poetry, letters, and a sense of these very non-fictional people, and their differing experiences of the Great War. / Kate Coleman

 

December 04 2014


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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cinema
Naughty or Nice

God I love Christmas, and there's nothing that signals works nearly over and the Christmas is nigh other than a good binge of Christmas films. You've more than likely seen the majority of these films about a million times, but have you ever seen them in the cinema!? The Naughty Or Nice season kicks off at The Lighthouse with Scrooged, followed by classics such as Home Alone and It's A Wonderful Life as well as more modern classics like Elf and Love Actually (for the Rowan Atkinson scene alone.) Grab some mulled wine in the bar and sneak in a tin of Roses for guaranteed added nostalgia. For an extra touch of Christmas cheer head to the sing along version of Frozen (for extreme festive fans only). / Niamh Keenan

   
 

December 05 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
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how much
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cinema
The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster, the latest film from Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai, is as philosophical and poetic as it is altogether and unforgivingly kick-ass. A bustling martial-arts historical drama, The Grandmaster follows the life and legacy of the legendary Ip Man and his interrupted relationship with the daughter of a rival, Er Gong. Delicately and closely entwining the Wing Chun martial arts tradition to the changing times and tide of history, it bears some similarities to the director’s crowning In the Mood for Love, striving to balance that film’s intimate and perceptive romantic drama with complexly choreographed high-wire action sequences. The film’s cinematography is typically stunning, but Wai here is working on a much larger and livelier scale — The Grandmaster’s ante ambitious, its scope and style both sweeping and epic./ Ross McDonnell

 

December 05 2014


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
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when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
last Neighbourhood Wash

There’s a certain feeling in the air...And it ain’t Christmas. Are we losing the run of ourselves all over again? It certainly feels like it. In the sleeve notes for this track on The Joinery’s Long Goodbye album, perpetual cultural torch in the darkness Donal Dineen say with soothsaying prophecy “Tragically, we will only realise the true magnitude of what we have lost once it is gone.”and he’s so right. Another magnificent line up in a space that has given it’s walls to so many great events. I Am The Cosmos and Somadrome embody all that is exciting, inventive, brash and brave in the Irish music scene right now. This is not music by numbers, or more pertinently for numbers. This is art being created for the sake of it being fucking amazing in a space that has lived, and now died, by that maxim. Go before it’s too late. / Emmet Condon

 

December 05 2014


where
Bonhams, 31 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.
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when
10am-5.30pm (until Dec. 20th)

how much
From €140

exhibition
Sile's Christmas Selection

One might have suspected a retro hipster home-made chocolate launch by the title but this selection is a much classier affair. Housed in the Dublin home of Bonhams, the renowned auction house, Sile Connaughton-Deeny brings her wealth of experience to bear on this well chosen and wide-ranging selection of 23 artists from various disciplines. Joe Dunne's Winter Magpie (drypoint on copper) is an affordable seasonal thrill while Fiona Smith-Darragh's Small Heron bronze statue draws from influences such as the early naturalist painter John James Audobon. Elsewhere, Roger O'Neill's semi-abstract cityscape take on North Wall  is one of many highlights. Less of a smash and grab of questionably needed gifts, choosing from this Selection is one of thoughtful consideration with consequences and appreciation which could span lifetimes. / Michael McDermott

 

   
 

December 05 2014


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

how much
€16

gig
Sleaford Mods

If any band encapsulates a long life of dead end jobs, stodgy old pubs, fighting outside of your local chipper and paying too much for crap drugs, it's Sleaford Mods. While other bands wear their tenuous working class credentials on their sleeves, Sleaford mods have it etched into their 40-something faces. It's ingrained in the music too. Sleaford Mods started with resentment of the realities of being in a band. Or better yet being "...pissed off with these industry success-story wankers waving the carrot." Like The Fall if Mark E Smith had a fixation with glassing people rather than Can, the music is terse, repetitive and overbearing. Lyrically, they pull no punches but the ferocious rapid fire rants and dense post punk style counterpoint the rants perfectly. Arguably the best band that's managed to crawl out of the primordial ooze in the last five years. / Jack Broughan

 

December 05 2014


where
Sweeney's Bar, 32 Dame Street Dublin 2


when
10:30pm

how much
Free

club night
Gary's Gang presents Call Super

Monthly free dance music beano Gary’s Gang pulls out a stonker to close 2014, with the arrival of JR Seaton aka Call Super. The Berlin-based Londoner is a crafter of judicious cerebral techno – his well-received Suzi Ecto long player on Fabric’s Houndstooth label from earlier this year has echoes of Actress but without the slavish critical pandering. Seaton’s notable talents extend to typically adroit DJ sets and he has graced some of Europe’s most lauded parties, festivals and this will be his debut in Ireland. So if your dancing chops need a work out, the monthly hazing ritual of Gary’s Gang – banging tunes with a dollop of rowdiness – is very much recommended. And it’s free. / Mark Keane

 

December 05 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8:15pm

how much
€15/€12

theatre
Fused

It's all "I'm your broken doll, and you're my puppeteer" with this live, point-and-click videogame adventure. With lighting and a kitschy, caricaturish set design from wunderkind Zia Holly, the audience gets to play God with the protaganist (Ste Murray) as he challenges the audience to safely shepherd him through increasingly complex scenarios whilst abiding by the rules of the traditional point-and-click video game. A group of what this aul'wan thought were teenagers (really couldn't tell though) went absolutely wild for the premise, so if your tween is scandalised because you're disinterested in cyber-queuing for One Direction tickets for them, this might sweeten them up. If you don't have teens/tweens, sure who cares. You still get ID'd for cigs, right?! / Kate Coleman

   
 

December 06 2014


where
Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8.
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when
7:15pm

how much
€20 BYOB

event
Young Hearts Run Free present Yule!

All stocking killer, no filler, Young Hearts Run Free will be occupying the Dublin Food Co-op, hosting doers and dreamers with a night of good, clean(ish) fun. With proceeds going to the Simon Community, you can see the likes of Groom, Slow Skies and Tandem Felix doing their thing, whilst swigging from a Ballygowan bottle of gin and tonic. Young Hearts will also be hosting the debut performance of Withered Hand in Ireland. A project from Edinburgh's Dan Willson, this is cheerful indie pop, best tasted with Black Tambourine, and it'll have you bopping along like it's the nineties, everything you own is covered in diamonté, and you've got it all to look forward to. / Kate Coleman

 

December 06 2014


where
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8


when
8pm

how much
€5-€20

concert
Chamber Choir Ireland

We're into December and that means an inevitable flurry of seasonal choral concerts. Chamber Choir Ireland will be sprinkling some special Yuletide magic with the atmospheric Nine Lessons and Carols service. Appropriately enough, the choir also have a new recording of carols on the Harmonia Mundi label. In the liner notes Director Paul Hillier writes about planing Christmas concerts in the middle of summer. It's interesting to note this impressive foresight but unlike the juggernaut of December materialism, this concert (or CD if you're unlucky enough not to get a ticket) will provide more spiritual nourishment in the long run. Expect familiar carols from many lands and a world premiere of Rhona Clarke’s Make we Merry. The Nine Lessons will be read by Lyric FM’s Tim Thurston and broadcaster Doireann Ní Bhriain. / Des FitzGerald

   
 

December 06 2014


where
Mother's Tankstation, 41-43 Watling Street, Dublin 8.
01 671 7654


when
5pm, Thurs, Fri, Sat, until December 20th

how much
Free

exhibition
Declan Clarke - Group Portrait with Explosives

Declan Clarke sits beside Turner Prize winner Duncan Campbell as one of our strongest artistic exports working with film right now. In Group Portrait with Explosives, found footage is manipulated to take us on a journey with a narrative. Informed by his own history, but created using that of strangers. It conflates two places with a recent history of crisis - Czechoslovakia's and South Armagh's, and examines them through mechanics and almost parochial icons, to the cliché icons seen on the news the world over, such as IRA bombs in production. It's lusciously nostalgic visually without having the rose-tinted lens that is often associated with work that could almost be reappropriated by Lana Del Rey, Video Games-style. 42 minutes long, you should make an effort to see this magnificent screening. / Kate Coleman

 

December 06 2014


where
District 8, 135-7 Francis St., Dublin 8


when
11pm

how much
€18

gig
Gesaffelstein & Bambounou

Since releasing debut album Aleph to great success and having a hand in the high-profile Yeezus and two of its standouts, or, standouts of production (Black Skinhead, and the ace Send it Up), French producer Mike Levy, recording and performing under the moniker Gesaffelstein, brings, with support from Paris’s Bambounou, his variety of 130bpm electro-techno and noisily industrial French touch to Francis St. -- for what can and will only be a rousing and raucous Saturday night. Alternating on-and-off between challenging and relentless, heavy, cloudy tracks straight out of the rolling Marlboro fog of the Social Club, and the more Kitsuné-ready melancholic, moody and meditative, the enigmatically charismatic Levy has a distinctive sound and vision, at the same time forward-thinking and bold, chic and cinematic./ Ross McDonnell

   
   
 

December 07 2014


where
Indigo & Cloth, 27 South William Street Dublin 2


when
Until 24th December

how much
Depends

pop-up
Anewspace Christmas Pop-Up

You'll be finding Anewspace in anexistingspace this Yuletide season as they pop up in Indigo & Cloth with gifts for the street art and design aficionado in your life. Anewspace were responsible for bombing the city with street art back in 2011 as part of Dublin Contemporary, and it's them that we have to thank for glories such as Maser's rendering of BP Fallon, which adds a little urban edge to the view from Roasted Brown, and Conor Harrington's graffiti meets classical imagery in derelict spots around Temple Bar. They've curated an incredible selection of prints for you to choose from, so take a gander, have a coffee in the café, realise that you simply cannot decide which one you want most, and buy them all. Just like Pokémon, you gotta get them all. / Kate Coleman

   
 

December 08 2014


where
4 Camden Market, Grantham Street, Dublin 8

when
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how much
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Dust

Walking into Dust is like walking into late 60s Biba, except without the mist of shopgirl Elnett. It's somewhere you would go to pick a pretty present for Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clarke. House of Hackney retro prints sit beside kitschy and illustrated cushions from collective Ohh Deer. Then, if you're too scared to load up your apartment with real tropical birds, there are gorgeous, garish little ones to perch around the place ornamentally, or if you're panicking about dressing the table during party season, consider stripping back the aesthetic with hand-dyed linenware from We Are Islanders. Whether you're buying for someone else, or for yourself, you'll be tempted by so much exuberant, joyful design that you might just be caught fantasising about taking out a lease on a secret lair... / Kate Coleman

 

December 09 2014


where
27 South William St.

when
6:30pm

how much
Free

event
Christmas Book Store

Books are a safe bet when buying presents. Sometimes too safe though. Step away from the latest celebrity lifestyle and wardrobe advice cheap thrill being pushed on people frazzled by shopping. Always aim for a more enjoyable gift buying experience, one that will support local and independent businesses. One that won't end up in your local charity store come spring cleaning. We have the solution for you. Liberties Press have teamed up with Irish publishing houses Lilliput Press, The Stinging Fly, and New Island Books among others to open a pop up Christmas Book Store. Beautifully designed and edited books, smaller print runs, mainly Irish authors. Cookbooks, novels, poetry, memoirs, history, novellas, books of every kind. All in one place. Wonderful. You will find this haven in a basement level shop on South William St. / Georgia

   
 

December 10 2014


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

how much
€10

theatre
Dublin Oldschool

So oldschool that it sold out its run during the Fringe festival with all the swagger of Kanye taking the mic off of Taylor Swift, Dublin Oldschool is back to entertain with some dates at the Project Arts Centre. Written by Emmet Kirwan and directed by Philip McMahon, you won't be disappointed if you swap your Christmas wrapping for some Christmas rapping, as you follow this overture in Dublinese, that digs its nails into harrowing subject matter such as addiction and homelessness relatively painlessly. As in, this isn't outreach youth theatre, it's smart, wordy, nuanced and arresting. As far as socially conscious Irish theatre goes, this is refreshing - a piece that dares to visit the fringes but doesn't shame and guilt its well-heeled audiences with a lecture. / Kate Coleman

 

December 10 2014


where
Tropical Popical, 28 South William Street, Dublin 2


when
6pm-8pm

how much
Depends

event
Tropical Popical & Sex Siopa

Christmas is stressful. So make sure to indulge in plenty of 'you' time, and if that 'you' time involves another person, even better. Need some spice in your hot whiskey? Some stocking fillers? Tropical Popical are hosting Sexsiopa.ie for a one night stand of festive fun. Sxc. BTW I had a hilarious time coming up with xmas puns for the final edit of this piece. But does that not sound remarkably similar to an enjoyable sex life? Lots of play time, yes! Not everything is going to work, but be not afraid to see if something new might fit. Sexsiopa will have plenty of 'puns' to try, in bodysafe materials. Including nifty little Tenga eggs; When I was in NCAD (obvs) a Japanese classmate, Shota Kotake, imported boxes of Tengas to 'test' on the Irish market. Long story short, they were v popular. Can I get an Xrated eggnog pun up in here? / Georgia

 
The Great War Signal Corps

We spoke to George Higgs, composer, and Robbie Blake, director of Tonnta Music about their project, The Great Signal War Corps

(George)The Great Signal War Corps came about because earlier this year I was talking to someone about writing a hymn, and particularly about Ireland's experience of World War I. I thought we would do it over four years.

The project is to create a text, a libretto, for a piece of large scale choral theatre. The text will be generated by working with a historian, looking at letters, correspondence and diaries from the National Archives and to slowly craft a libretto. The first is The Secret Scripture of the Poor, which comes from the last line of Thomas Kettle's poem, To My Daughter, Betty.

(Robbie) It's been really enjoyable bringing it to the choir, it's a mind-opening experience that we can build into what we're doing. We try to bring as many perspectives to it as possible to make it cohesive and holistic.

The first event, The Secret Scripture of the Poor takes place 7th December, in Collins Barracks' Riding School at 3pm. PHOTO: Ciara Corrigan