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Visual pollution seems to be something that Dublin City Council is taking increasingly seriously, with Phibsboro the latest area to benefit (or be exasperated) by new rules as to what can and can't be done to properties in the historical section, according to its new status as an Architectural Conservation Area.

With new shopfronts needing planning permission which is unlikely to be granted, how will the new rules walk the tightrope between being protective of historical architecture and encouraging of new business?

Considering that the first thing a lot of people saw when the Benefit store on South William Street opened was that their sign obstructed a molding dating from 1870, how do we work with businesses on architectural sensitivity? And then, how do we square the well-developed additions, such as Temple Bar's McDonalds (as much as we're disappointed to see one there), with the noisy development around that?

Unfortunately, it's a lot harder to undo bad design than it is to set out guidelines for good future practice.So bravo to Dublin City Council for tackling this issue, but it's the beginning of a longer conversation about our city, and how we want it to look and feel.

Whose thinking about their own preservation this week? Kate or Michael?

"I have been amazed by how drastically the landscape changes depending on the light and tides" - Joanne Byrne
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February 12 2015


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Primal Architecture: Roadkill

Triple threat tonight at IMMA— an evening of live performance, installation, video and music by seven multi-disciplinary artists, programmed in parallel to the Primal Architecture exhibition and also the launch of the Primal Architecture publication. The name of the exhibition comes from the iconic 1995 work by Mike Kelley, which explored his personal genealogy through sculpture. Several of his pieces, including some from his time at CalArt will also be included. The exhibit as a whole aims to explore the human condition, how we relate to the world around us, and how it relates back. It explores our instincts, and the significance that viewers place on the artwork are as important as the pieces themselves. The night will include a multimedia performance, a temporary interactive installation, a unique guided tour, zoomorphism and new wave breakbeat funk. / Olivia Rutter

 

February 12 2015


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
€30

food
Flavours of Art

It’s a well know fact that iconic, life changing moments are more likely to happen if you hang around galleries, right? Think Woody Allen & Diane Keaton meeting in the Guggenheim (Manhattan), Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan arguing at The Met (When Harry Met Sally), Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Thomas Crown Affair, How To Steal A Million, need I go on? Tonight the National Gallery of Ireland are open for your chance to create your own (maybe more romantic) version of Night At The Museum. Flavours of Art starts with a guided tour of the gallery’s collection with exclusive viewings, followed by supper, a glass of wine and live music. I can’t think of a better setting for your very own museum moment masterpiece. / Ali Dunworth

   
 

February 13 2015


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
8:30pm

how much
€10/€15 on the door

gig
Auntie Valentine's

It's not that we're Anti-Valentines, it's more that we'd like to crowd you guys together, and silently judge you against our own kids. Yep, for one night only, you can call Le Cool and Another Love Story your Auntie Valentines. There will be dating games for those of you who can't get enough coverage in the Sugar Club to swipe, swipe, swipe on your dating apps, and there'll also be a rowdy musical line-up. Expect Sleep Thieves and Buffalo Woman to compete for your affections, before Sally Cinnamon drops some love-stirring tracks, and T/A/S/T/E DJs leave you crowding round the stage door, begging for more. Come for the line-up, stay for the shift. / Kate Coleman

 

February 13 2015


where
ArtBox, Unit 3, James Joyce Street, Dublin 1.


when
Until March 14

how much
Free

exhibition
GOBO - Ella de Burca

On the trail of diplomat Sir Roger Casement (executed in 1916), Ella de Búrca travelled to Iquitos, Peru where Casement's humanitarian work helped bring an end to the reign of the Ango-Peruvian Rubber Company, which had virtually wiped out the indigenous culture. She saw parallels between Iquitos and in Dublin, in that both cities an oppressed culture had been destroyed a century ago, built over (in Iquito’s case with monuments, in Dublin’s with Georgian houses), and is now being changed again. “In order to decide what we are, it is first necessary discover what we are not.” De Burca’s GOBO presents sculptural works sparked by architecture’s role in communal identity. Using film, photography, text and sculpture, she explores how the negative can be as much a part of our identity as the positive. / Olivia Rutter

 

February 13 2015


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€17.50

comedy
Josie Long

Over the past couple of years, comedian Josie Long has pivoted from quirk to politics. Once widely regarded as the "queen of whimsy," Long rebranded herself and became somewhat of an activist, delivering a number of shows with a decidedly radical and political bent. With Cara Josephine, however, Long has shifted her focus yet again and created her most personal show to date. An examination of heartbreak, romance and settling down, the show sees Long grapple with some personal stuff in her usual charming manner, whilst also retaining the occasional reference to Nigel Farage.The result is a show that was among the best reviewed at Edinburgh last year and one that solidifies her status as a bright light in British comedy. Support on the night comes from the bespectacled Conor O'Toole, as if you needed another excuse to go. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

February 14 2015


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
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when
9pm, film @ 10:45pm

how much
€9

screening
Footloose + 80s Valentines Party

I need a hero. I’m holding out for a hero ‘til the end of the night. Bonnie Tyler, if you’re reading this, that song always reminds me of Kevin Bacon’s wacky antics on a tractor. What could be worse than having to move to a rural town where everyone mistrusts you because you have the wrong kind of stonewashed jeans? Finding out that dancing is forbidden? Dancing! So, hero that he is, Bacon cries ‘Freedom!’ He dances in the road, in a warehouse, in an abattoir I think – just about everywhere. He starts a revolution that brings back throwing shapes. What better way to celebrate this act of bravery, of heroism (thanks, Bonnie), than by getting into your favourite throwback 80’s denims and kicking up your heels for a screening of Footloose? An 80’s-inspired after party adds the rhinestones to your jean-jacket. What would Bacon do? / Alison Treacy

 

February 14 2015


where
secret location

when
11:55pm

how much
€15

club night
Blind Date Dip

Hands down, best way to impress someone/ get away with a murder on Valentine’s Day is by saying you’re taking them to a secret location that will only be disclosed 24 hours before. So far DIP has let us know it’ll be a Georgian house with a big indoor smoking area, key for keeping your dancin’ feet warm while you find your V-Day dalliance. It’s BYOB, Bring Your Own Beau...jolais, (or naggin of Smirnoff, you do you). There will be boogie, disco, house, and a special Blind Date Slow Set so you and your Valentine can slow dance with your arms completely straight (leave room for Jesus). Book your tickets ahead of time, because they anticipate selling out by Friday. Come Dip your toes in love…Cilla has promised a lorra lorra laughs. Win Tickets / Olivia Rutter

   
 

February 14 2015


where
The Freemason's Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.


when
7:30pm

how much
€14

event
Tinsmith's Scoop

Young Hearts Run Free are bringing it back to Junior Cert religion, by asking you to leave your sordid eros emotions at the door, and get your groove on in celebration of a more agape/storge/philia kinda love. Taking over an unusual space, as the Young Hearts are want to do, they'll be filling the Freemason's Hall with literary readings from Kevin Barry and more, and music from I Am The Cosmos, and Scotland's Withered Hand. This won't be a BYO deal, because the Freemasons have their own bar, but you never know, you might make a pal down there who'll teach you the secret handshake.../ Kate Coleman

 

February 14 2015


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

how much
€12

club night
Horse Meat Disco

The good news: four fabulous lads from Vauxhall managed to build a time machine! The better news: it only takes you to NYC circa 1978-1983, so you won’t end up kissing your mom! (probably). This was the golden age of Disco- a genre that has seen its image dramatically rehabilitated in the last decade, and for good reason. Disco clubs like the Paradise Garage were where the modern idea of the DJ was really fleshed out: multi-hour sets, proper track-mixing, and the music right to the forefront. And Disco was just pure, un-distilled fun. An escape from the mundane, a sequined nightlife fantasy– soaring strings, strut-inducing bass lines, and sexy falsetto. Hell, this was the last time it was cool to un-ironically dress like a peacock - what more is there to like? / Marcus O'Sullivan

   
 

February 15 2015


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Love is Strange

This weekend, millions of people will venture out to see the mildly titillating kink fest that is Fifty Shades of Grey. Love is Strange, a gorgeous portrait of intimacy and commitment, is basically the antithesis of that. Starring Alfred Molina and John Lithgow as an elderly gay couple whose lives completely unravel after they get married, Love is Strange is the most romantic film in cinemas by a country mile. The film follows the couple as they come up against extreme adversity - losing jobs, getting evicted and having to live apart - and staying together in spite of it all. Understated and poignant, it wonderfully articulates what it means to be in love and is as gorgeous a portrait of coupledom as you will see this year. Bring your Valentine and prepare to feel all the feels. / Amy O'Connor

   
 

February 16 2015


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
7:15pm

how much
€8

spoken word
The Moth Story Slam

There’s something about speaking in public that forces you to go through several emotions in a moment. The thrill of having a story to share. Nerves as you realise that any minute you’ll be speaking. The adrenaline tinged with a modicum of panic next, and that heartbeat throb in your ears as you clear your throat. Following your (moving, stirring) story, you feel exhilarated, pleased that you’ve been heard. Maybe you’ve made an impact on someone. Maybe you’ll even win! The Moth Story Slam means ten people share one five-minute story each around the same theme. You volunteer to speak, and that night’s ten lucky storytellers will be chosen from a hat. Judges confer and decide to whom the glory will go. This month’s theme for all you brave souls is “Love Hurts”. Get creative, and remember to speak up so I can hear you in the back. / Alison Treacy

   
 

February 17 2015


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
See respective link in piece

how much
€9

cinema
Oscar Nominated Short Films

Tapas are the best because sometimes you just wish you could have six appetizers instead of taking the plunge on a main. The Lighthouse is presenting the tapas of cinema, by letting you watch all the Oscar nominated shorts (you choose, animated or live action) in one sitting. The animated screening includes Nowegian/Canadian “Me And My Moulton," Disney’s “Feast,” crazy oil-painting animated “The Bigger Picture,” Pixar-like “A Single Life,” and a surprisingly dark story about a little pig, “The Dam Keeper”. For live action, there is “La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak,” shot completely with non-professional actors, followed by the predicted winner, “Parvaneh,” a woman impersonating a driver in “Aya,” then “Boogaloo and Graham” with two children from Belfast (who have been subtitled for the Americans) and “The Phone Call” about a suicide hotline worker. / Olivia Rutter

 

February 17 2015


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

when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

screening
The Philadelphia Story

Ignore the title, I know to modern ears it sounds like a 50s b-movie about the atomic bomb but it isn’t. The only thing exploding on screen is the chemistry between the leads (sorry). This was Katherine Hepburn’s big comeback and so poor were her box office returns that MGM cast Cary Grant and James Stewart just to be sure of pulling in the punters; I guess if you’re going to do a job, you’re as well doing it properly. The film is a genuine classic of a romp and one of the few examples where the phrase “they don’t make them like this anymore” actually applies. The remarrying genre was invented as the portrayal of extramarital affairs were banned by the production code, today they’d end the film by having the leads change their facebook account...Cary Grant’s Relationship Status? It’s complicated. / David Cadwallader

   
 

February 18 2015


where
The Olympia, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2
01 679 3323
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€32

gig
Echo and the Bunnymen

Since their formation in 1978 and over the course of twelve studio albums Echo & The Bunnymen have been the creators and curators of a sound resolutely their own. Cooler than The Cure and more musical than Bauhaus, they have always attracted a particular strand of muso-goth. This is a band that has never really stopped (apart from that one time) recording and playing so don’t expect a repeat of the shambolic Reid brothers ‘performance’ at Vicar St last year. They are not too precious to play the hits but try not to seem too excited at the opening strains of that one. After the show you can expect to find sheepish clots of middle-aged men in faded blacks awaiting their turn to touch the hem of McCulloch’s garment. Without doubt the most interesting band ever to have come out of Liverpool. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 
Mark Grehan - The Garden

We chatted to Mark Grehan from The Garden in celebration of Valentine's, and his new shop on Cow's Lane

There was a nursery near where I grew up and I started working Saturdays. I enjoyed the idea of working with plants and went from there. The new shop is exciting as well as daunting...There's extra space which is great for working in and Cows Lane is a lovely part of town with some great independent stores such as Gutter Bookshop, Find, Indigo & Cloth and Scout near by.

Landscaping helps me bring elements into The Garden that you may not see in other stores and plants are the key as they produce the florals which we work with. Being early spring there's a huge selection of spring blooms in store at moment like anemone, rancunulas, blossom branches, and hyacinths. We've some gorgeous amaryllis too.At the moment the use of foliage such as house plants is big, such as fern leaves, while carnations are popping up again. 1960s and 1970s clean simple interior looks are popular - less flashy bouquets and more simple, quality blooms.

The Garden, Powerscourt Townhouse, S. William St., D2 and Cow's Lane, Old City, Temple Bar. PHOTO: Killian Broderick