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Jarvis Cocker sang, "Help the aged", but who says we need to help? Where we see our society falling down is in celebrating people, and particularly women, north of fifty. Hopefully, things are changing. Anyone who has seen Advanced Style knows that trailblazing fashionistas have literally died on the front row, and that ain't no pity party.

i-D magazine are celebrating Molly Parkin, Joan Didion is the poster girl for Céline, and Angela Lansbury was the cover on The Gentlewoman last year. Fashion is perhaps leading the way because a fashion lover's greatest fear isn't so much losing one's looks, but losing one's will to dress creatively, but all spheres are benefiting. Julianne Moore and Tilda Swinton aren't being relegated to incidentals in their movies, and Bjork's heartbroken album hasn't been ignored just because break-ups when you're 40+ are meant to be a tragedy you keep to yourself in fear of halving your chances hereonin.

So celebrate your mams and nans, don't tell them what they can and can't wear, or that they're less vital or switched on as you are just cos of the date on their birth cert. That'll be you one day.

Who reckons the tables have turned on Jarvis? Kate or Michael

"I was really inspired by the lamp posts in Dublin for this lettering piece. They're really ornate and beautiful." - Elizabeth Burgess
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February 19 2015


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
Free

table quiz
Table Quiz Thursdays

You know how, when you watch 'University Challenge', you feel pure amazing when you know even one solitary answer? One lone answer to the myriad questions and you are a goddamn champ. The tingles you get as you smugly nod your head when Lord Twycross of St Peter’s - Oxford agrees with you that it was a line from The Tempest are simply priceless. Those tingles keep you going through the whole show. For at least a week you feel more intelligent. And now the time has come for you to feel those tingles all night long. Before you get carried away, I am of course referring to ‘Table Quiz Thursdays’ at The Grand Social. Because you have something Lord Twycross and his colleagues likely don’t – a good few mates. Bring them, bring them all, and play to win! Paxman’s attendance not guaranteed - But there again, you never know with Paxman... / Alison Treacy

 

February 19 2015


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
6pm

how much
€5

talk
FYI FBI: Hasan Elahi

Some people get frightening attention from the FBI and take to Twitter to complain about it - not Hasan Elahi. He co-operated, and then went the extra mile, updating the FBI constantly on his whereabouts. This interdisciplinary artist has made it his business to archive everything he does, and sharing the metaphorical paper trail means that he and the FBI are always on a level playing field. This talk at the Science Gallery will see Elahi discuss his life in a post-privacy society. What's it like? Does it banish the fear from his life, or is it a springboard for manipulation by unsavoury parties? Should we all join him, and turn off our privacy settings, or remain smugly ignorant of the hackable society we live in? / Kate Coleman

 

February 19 2015


where
Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8
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when
Until 14 March

how much
Free

exhibition
I See A Darkness

Thanks to Sabrina the Teenage Witch, I am still pretty sure I have magic powers, I just haven’t figured them out yet. If you, too, are still peeved you never got your letter to Hogwarts, let us ease your pain. This exhibition explores the mystical and magical, as five artists have made “visual incantations” around the history and mythology of the 18th century’s black mirror, or Claude Glass, a tool used by painters. Its black surface, which tonally compressed overly bright landscapes inspired the artists here— they turned down the brightness on their work. By thinking about darkness, and toning down their work, they also explore the importance and meaning of darkness, and its more veiled, ominous implications. If you’re as keen to know what “catoptromancy” is as I am, this is definitely a good one to check out. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

February 20 2015


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

how much
€12

gig
Blog Party

Ain't no party like a blog party...we may be trucking through February now, but Nialler9, The Last Mixed Tape, GoldenPlec and ourselves have been enlisted by Abner Browns at The Sugar Club to remind you of the best of 2014. That means Bitch Falcon, Dear Desert, September Girls and Carriages, with an afterparty soundtracked by DIP and WellKnown and Diskotekken, the only kind of Tekken we want in our lives. It's a varied line-up, which boring haters would say is a bad thing, but crazy-ass mavericks like ourselves think is an opportunity to climb out of your cushioned comfort-zone box and experience a myriad of flavours. / Kate Coleman

 

February 20 2015


where
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when
see link

how much
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festival
Plastik Festival

It’s far too easy to get caught in the Dublin culture trap, where you start to forget about the wealth of awesome art happening in the rest of the country. However the inaugural Plastik festival has upended that particular tendency, with events happening throughout February in Galway and Dublin, and the fun only arriving in Dublin this weekend. Many recent examples of the art world crossing the ever changing boundaries between moving image work and traditional film, have led to an increased interest in this area. As Ireland’s first festival of artists' moving image, Plastik is bringing together Irish and international artists work, showcasing pieces not previously seen before in Ireland, as well as talks, events and more. This is one for both fans of visual art and film goers, so make sure to head down to Temple Bar where most of the events are happening. / Beccy Ftizpatrick

 

February 20 2015


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11pm

how much
€10

screening
Shut Up and Play the Hits

It’s sometimes hard to explain how you fell in love with a band. It could be something as simple as that the boy or girl you carried a torch for in school was a fan. Or your cool older brother/sister/cousin/neighbour gave you a tape by them. You might have been standing in a shop or a bar or a club and one of their songs stopped you dead in your tracks. Upon hearing Losing My Edgeby LCD Soundsystem for the first time, something changed for me. Here was a band who were effortlessly cool, yet – and this is the important bit – never tried to be. Upon hearing they were to split at the height of their powers, there was a real sense we were losing Someone Great. Whatever you think of James Murphy, Shut Up And Play The Hits is a brilliant insight into what was, for many, one of the most influential bands of a generation. / Simon Judge

 

February 20 2015


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
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when
3pm

how much
Win Tickets

talk
Superintelligence: Hacking Human Genius

Do you ever think to yourself, “Aww man, life would be so much easier if I was just a genius (and had invented Snapchat)?” Unfortunately that interesting fact people always quote over their third pint, that “we only use 10% of our brains, mannn,” is BS, so we won’t be getting Lucy’d in to being able to use Jedi mind tricks after all, but hope is not lost! He may not be Morgan Freeman, but in this talk, David Delany will explain how to hack your brain using what real cognitive scientists have discovered about superior mental performance. Recent advances in science and technology mean a change in basic assumptions about how we learn, problem-solve and innovate. This event is sold out but you, clever Le Cool reader, have the chance to win tickets. This literally may be all that stands between you and world domination. Win Tickets / Olivia Rutter

 

February 20 2015


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11pm

how much
€22.90

gig
Julio Bashmore

OH BABY . Try and listen to Julio Bashmore and not want to dance around in a state of bliss. That is the effect bass heavy producer and DJBashmore tends to have. It's rare to find someone who isn't somewhat enamoured by the tones Bashmore produces, maybe it's because his take on house is accessible (check out his Jessie Ware collaborations) or maybe because it's just so very good. From Au Séve to Mirror Songand Footsteppin', each use clever snippets of vocals and infectious grooves.  / Niamh Keenan

   
 

February 21 2015


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

how much
€10

dj set
The Horrors (DJ set)

Who remembers when The Horrors played garage music? Not the Daniel Bedingfield or So Solid Crew kind of garage but the Gorries, Chocolate Watch Band or Sonics kind of garage. Hack journalists certainly do and it seems that every time The Horrors put out an album, a snarky review is footnoted with something along the lines of "...if only the bands record was better than their record collection." A band that perpetually seems to be in a state of stylistic flux, a DJ set from the Horrors (Tom Furse to be precise) is the perfect place to quieten the contrarians and excite the Horrors die-hards. Expect a DJ set that's a cut above the usual 'famous bloke from a band' set sprinkled with cuts from one of the driving forces behind one of the most sonically innovative bands of the last five years. / Jack Broughan

 

February 21 2015


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
10:30pm

how much
€12.50

screening
Stop Making Sense

I’m not sure what I can even say about the enduring magic of Talking Heads, or the perfection that is the concert-slash-movie (-slash-wonder) that is Stop Making Sense. The 1983 film chronicles three nights of the band’s Speaking in Tongues promotion tour, and was shot on a budget raised by the band itself. Other than this trivia, I’ll use some lines borrowed from Byrne and his cohorts to convince one and all to face up to the facts. Directed by Jonathan ‘It Puts the Lotion in the Basket’ Demme, the film shows he truly is a genius of love . I don’t care how impossible it seems , this is the dance-happiest piece of cinema the world has ever seen. It hasn’t been re-touched, or re-edited – it’s the same as it ever was. What else? Oh, right, where: The Sugar Club. I guess that this must be the place... / Alison Treacy

   
 

February 21 2015


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


when
11pm

how much
€20

gig
Kerri Chandler

So, this weekend will inevitably be filled with tinsel and mulled wine and reindeer antlers and acrylic Christmas jumpers. Not your thing? Escape into some house and head to one of the pioneers of the genre - Kerri Chandler. The master of house in the eyes of many, Chandler will be returning to Dublin to play an 'All Night Long & Live Keys Set' on the stage of Twisted Pepper, that if previous performances are to go by shouldn't be missed. Bound to be full of New Jersey soul, disco and breaks, this will be more than worthy of ditching your pre-planned party for. The fact that this will be a live performance and not just a DJ set alone should be enough to persuade you to attend - if not maybe stick to the tinsel and acrylic. / Niamh Keenan

 

February 21 2015


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

how much
€10

gig
Attention Bébé

Attention Bébé are back with a band bigger than Arcade Fire on tour, and a set packed tighter than a Groovy Chick ringbinder. Their big-band style renditions of tracks you haven't heard since Jayne Middlemiss last presented Top of the Pops have been known to send their audiences into retrograde, so don't be surprised if you walk in looking like a normal person, but exit looking like 1996 vomited all over Rita Ora. So, unless you want to miss out on a time-travelling experience, push the button and get some tickets. Yeah, push it - push it real good. / Kate Coleman

   
 

February 22 2015


where
The Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court Dublin 2


when
1pm

how much
Depends on your order

event
Boogie Brunch

To die by your side (of fries), it's such a heavenly way to die. At least, according to the folks behind this Smiths-soundtracked Boogie Brunch. We are not entirely sure if this is Moz endorsed (obviously it isn't - bacon is the enemy) but that's besides the point. The point is that Odessa knows its core audience - brunch lovers. Brunch lovers are in turn in their mid-thirties, and trying to atone for their previous decade of rollover Sundays with unusually packed and productive newspaper and poached egg-filled ones. Either way, the typical brunch lover definitely loves The Smiths, even if they think Morrissey is an irrelevant prat, and as the second Boogie Brunch of a bunch that include the spinning of Bowie's, Niall Rodgers', Rolling Stones', and the comeback kings Fleetwood Mac (they were a joke 5 years ago - what happened?), if you miss this one, you've plenty reason to check out another. / Kate Coleman

 

February 22 2015


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
The Duke of Burgundy

The Duke of Burgundy comes from the director of Berberian Sound Studio, Peter Strickland, and it is as deliciously twisted and unnerving as its predecessor. It's a classic tale of order and obey, but it doesn't tread the ground as humorously as Secretary, or with as much 'look at me, I'm kinky!' posing as Nymphomaniac. It's a beautiful piece of cinema, moody, with two would-be coquettes in the leading roles, and a very environmental soundscape, which adds a hyperrealistic layer to this piece of erotica. The Duke of Burgundy is the perfect riposte to people like my mother, who recently described 50 Shades of Grey as 'pure erotica', so tell your pals it's a sequel to the Dukes of Hazzard (the one where they win loadsa cash and become poshos) and drag their dishwater-grey pants to this. / Kate Coleman

   
 

February 23 2015


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8.15pm (until Feb 28)

how much
€12-€16

theatre
Everything Between Us

Sandra hasn’t heard from her sister Teeni in eleven years, so of course she reappears the first day of Northern Ireland’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, making herself known by punching a committee member in the head. David Ireland’s Dublin debut is an intimate and violently realistic portrayal of two estranged sisters from Belfast reconnecting in looks like the boiler room of a hotel. The achingly realistic characters explore faith, mistrust and all the hatred that comes with family as they catch up on the past decade, awaiting Teeni’s imminent arrest (as she did just verbally and physically assault a female South African politician). Stacey Gregg and Abigail McGibbon do a stunning job, and although their dialogue is darkly comedic, it is also uncomfortably plausible. / Olivia Rutter.

 

February 23 2015


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

how much
Win Tickets

sport
Second Captains Sportsnight

It’s a long aul’ title, but shur aren’t these lads worth it? Famed for their combination of sporting knowledge, high-profile guests - pundits and players alike -, and a chatty and laid-back atmosphere, The Second Captains has the plaudit of most downloaded podcast in Ireland. In the run-up to what is arguably the most important match of the Six Nations, Ireland v. England (I said, arguably), the Captains are offering us all the rare and wonderful opportunity to watch them work - live. Sports nerds, and fans of every single one of the beautiful games around Ireland should be all a-flutter at this opportunity. Register for your seat, and stand out from the crowd with a banner that boldly proclaims: “If you are reading this sign, you need to get your head back in the game.” Bet ya Murph would only love that. / Alison Treacy

   
 

February 24 2015


where
The City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2


when
Until 28 February

how much
Free

exhibition
A Terrible Beauty

The City Assembly house’s airy Octagonal Room always instills a sense of peace, or feeling that you’ve stumbled on to a secret place you really shouldn’t be allowed in to. ‘A Terrible Beauty’ is inspired by the photographic work of Olivier Cornet's great grand uncle François Bost, who was a photographer in World War I. However, the twelve artists’ multimedia work reflects their personal responses to any tragedy pr calamity not only World War I, or even only war. There’s a nice mix of mediums, including delicate sculptures, striking oil paintings, and small, childlike charcoals on wood. Although the mood of the exhibition in solemn, the tranquility of the space and beauty of the pieces come together to make you feel more contemplative than utterly depressed. / Olivia Rutter

 

February 25 2015


where
Collins Barracks, 7 Benburb St, Dublin 7.
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when
3pm - 3.45pm (until Apr. 30th)

how much
€5

theatre
Pals: The Irish at Gallipoli

Welcome to a world "destroyed by those that thought themselves the creators of civilization". Welcome to the theatre of every war. Site and time specifically - the D-Company of the 7th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. It's the 30th of April, 1915 and they are being sent to Gallipoli in Turkey. As wars went, this one was a fairly unmitigated disaster yet like every battle it still brought a heavy toll and scattering of dead names. Anu Productions' continue their smart and necessary historical and site specific interventions in our city. They continue to immerse us in "Do you think Ireland is proud of us?" they asked. 100 years on, they have ever reason to be. The triumph of tnis is knowing we were there, we stood our ground, we also took that bullet for hope.  Collins Barracks comes alive to its doorsteppers. Let us make sure to never 'unremember'. / Zach Joyce

 
Meltybrains?

We spoke to the faceless, melting brains ahead of their sold-out gig in the Peppercanister Church on Friday. 

The inspiration for the masks was originally drawn from superheroes and Mexican wrestlers. However, we also realised that when you wear them, a lot of inhibitions go out the window. The audience members who wear them seem to agree. We all contribute to the writing. Generally we write five different songs. We then meet up and play them all at the same time. Which ever song is the loudest wins.

Going to SXSW, the elements we're looking forward to are the halogen elements, neon, argon and xenon. As well as these, we're looking forward to returning to Austin and playing in some of the venues we played in a year ago. And of course, the famous food in B.D. Reilly's!

Our show this Friday is going to be our first since we took a break from gigging 5 months ago, so we've been planning this one for a long time. It's going to be the most ambitious show we've put on so far.

See more from Meltybrains? here. PHOTO: Mark McGuinness. MODEL: Brian, Meltybrains?