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Down at the fantastic Offset Festival at the weekend, we were really trying our best to extract some Irish roots from Emily Oberman, one of our newfound friends, over a pint in Ferryman.

Alas, the Pentagram partner who has worked on the Saturday Night Live identity for the past 20 years as well as the new Netflix series, Unbreakable Kelly Schmidt, couldn't claim or recollect any lineage. Then she paused and remembered that her birthday falls on March 16th and how it's usually mashed up with a Patrick's Day party with friends. 

Name some major national holidays with international clout? 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Bastille Day...Can you name another five?

Staking a celebrated claim on one of those highly coveted 365s may be primarily a long-standing by-product of immigration but in 2015 we also project a pride in who we are and where we're from for all its faults and failings.

Whose a 'legally' double dropping twirling majorette this week? Michael or Kate?

"it's my first gif and my first attempt at animation" - Emmett Doherty
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March 12 2015


where
NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8


when
Until 2 April

how much
Free

exhibition
Unfolding the Archive

“Ukiyo,” Japanese for Floating World describes the pleasure seeking lifestyle of Edo-period Japan. The now famous Japanese woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the Floating World”, depicted scenes of the artists and entertainers of that time (such as geisha, kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers). This Floating World, based in Ireland, the UK and Japan aim to find ways for artists to disseminate their ideas as widely as possible using a slightly more modern version of wood-block prints; artists books. For this exhibition, they explore the archive of the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL). Using mediums ranging from literally floating rafts to pieces reminiscent of yarn-bombing, each member of the collective responds, appraises and interprets the archive, unfolding it in their own way. / Olivia Rutter

 

March 12 2015


where
Nowhere, 64 Aungier Street, Dublin 2.


when
6:30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Four Characters

Four Characters is inspired by Bobby Ahern's book D'you Remember Yer Man, where he has traced the legacies of those indelibly memorable characters such as the dancing lady, Mary, Maggie with the Crucifix, Bang Bang, and Johnny Forty-Coats, who to us young blow-ins may sound like the set-up for a blue joke, but in reality, were unusual, quirky people who brightened and frightened Dubliners on a daily basis. They have been rendered in illustrative forms by Oh Hey Friend, Colm Mac Athlaoich, Fuchsia MacAree and more, and there'll be prints for you to buy and frame and look at forever. / Kate Coleman

 

March 12 2015


where
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe Dublin 8
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when
Until 15 March

how much
Free

exhibition
Panorama

Painting is cool again. Throw out your mangled contemporary art contraptions because the canvases are large, and the brush strokes are bold. Kathy Tynan and Chanelle Walsh have assembled a line-up of awing female talent, including Diana Copperwhite, Anne Hendrick, and Niamh McCann. They will be showing painterly approaches to the tribal, mad, bad, animal kingdom, subjects as diverse as the abstract and the very, very real, and the floaty, ethereal stuff like dreams and memory. It's a short exhibition, so make sure that you catch it, because it's like a painters' edition of international women's day. Celebrate! / Kate Coleman

   
 

March 13 2015


where
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 13 May

how much
Free

exhibition
Rose Wylie

The fresh and cutting edge artist Rose Wylie, who won last year’s John Moores painting prize, brings her larger-than-life oil paintings to the Douglas Hyde. Described as “one of the brightest emerging stars in British art,” she is an impressive 80 years old. Despite an initial, wild, childlike impression, the small details that go in to these huge pieces (which she usually paints on the ground) come together to create a dynamic and very deliberate chaos. Inspired by visual memory, in her work you can see pop-culture influences such as Madonna, Werner Herzog and Quentin Tarantino alongside historical and flashes from the everyday, such as the sparks in a fireplace. The exhibition is accompanied by a new text by Sara Baume. / Olivia Rutter

 

March 13 2015


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

how much
€10

screening
The Breakfast Club

This piece by rights should come with the warning: May Make Readers Feel Old. The Breakfast Club is 30 years old this year. Likely The Breakfast Club is currently going through a bit of crisis, re-evaluating the choices made, the roads not taken - standard. Sucks for The Breakfast Club, but for everyone else this film is the perfect palliative against such bleak, existential questions. The wonderfully-80’s, coming-of-age classic is inspiring for its unflinching look at the pains adolescence inflicts, while highlighting the moments of hopeful individualism that, well, we all have… And let’s not forget the shady haircuts and stonewashed denim. Never seen it? Get to the Sugar Club this weekend. Know it by heart? Raise your fist, and shout “DON’T YOU – FORGET ABOUT ME”, and amaze those around you with your lack of inhibition, and prescience. / Alison Treacy

 

March 13 2015


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
11pm

how much
€5 before 12, €7 after

club night
Church: The Feast of St. Patrick

Number one question I get from my American countrypersons about life in Ireland: “So is like, St. Patty’s Day like really religious over there? I heard it’s really quiet and serious and everyone just stays in or goes to church.” I mean, despite the fact that they pronounce “Paddy’s” in a way that might make you think aul Patrick was the patron saint of hamburgers, they’ve got it pretty right, right? Join us in the start of your solemn worship as the only Church I know with drinks deals moves to the hallowed walls the Sugar Club to celebrate The Feast of St. Patrick himself. As long as we all avoid black cats and walking under ladders all day, this Friday the 13th promises to be one of our holiest in ages. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

March 14 2015


where
The Fumbally Stables, Next to Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.


when
10am

how much
€60

event
March Yoga Brunch

When Carrie Bradshaw said ‘brunch without booze is just a sad, late, breakfast’ she had obviously never been to yoga brunch. And she definitely hadn’t experienced the Fumbally’s yoga brunch which takes place in their new, beautifully renovated Fumbally Stables. A two-hour yoga workshop from resident teacher Lou Horgan will be followed by a divine brunch from raw food genius Katie Sanderson. This will make all that stretching worthwhile. Post-yoga munching will include avocado with amaranth popcorn & artichoke oil, crunchy buckwheat granola, eggs cooked with aubergine seaweed salad and lots more. And there will be records playing. This blissful way to start your weekend will give you all the buzz of a few mimosas, with no hangover, and most important a smug & healthy glow for the whole weekend. / Ali Dunworth

 

March 14 2015


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
10:45pm

how much
€9

screening
Trapped in the Closet Singalong

I really feel as though the rest of this piece is going to be redundant, what with the title. What more do I need to say to recommend this other than, ‘Hey friend, it’s a singalong to R. Kelly’s most famous piece, Trapped in the Closet’? But for those who have never heard of this pure piece of crazytown, here’s all you need to know: R. Kelly wrote and sing-narrates hip-hopera (which is a thing). It’s like Les Miserables in no way, really, barring that all the dialogue - and I do mean, all - is sung. The plot centres round Sylvestre who walks down the torrid path of infidelity, and must deal with the complicated repercussions and ludicrous plot twists that ensue. Hilarious, ridiculous, and patently unbelievable, it is guaranteed to be an enjoyable novelty, even if R. Kelly hoped it would mean much, much more than that to the world of art and cinema. / Alison Treacy

 

March 14 2015


where
The Guinness Storehouse

when
7:30pm

how much
€65

pop-up
Bia Beatha

Travelling through history is cool, but it can make you pretty peckish, so Guinness have paired a food history with a meal that melds traditional Irish foods such as oysters (they weren't always so posh) with flamboyant accents.The host, food historian Mairtin Mac Con Iomaire, is Ireland's most respected food historian, and has the kind of recall for songs and poetry that must mean he's never short a party piece. He has an ease and casual charm as he talks (sings, and recites) his way through the menu, which has been created with Guinness chef Justin O'Connor, who has gone to all sorts of lengths to secure you some early-season wild garlic to enjoy. / Kate Coleman

   
 

March 15 2015


where
Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1. ,


when
12pm - 6.30pm

how much
€10

event
The Ultimate Sunday

You come to on a Sunday morning as Rossini's William Tell Overture plays lightly in the distance. Some warmed rays of sun rise up the duvet and fresh spring air fans in from an open window. A bird chirps. You are hangover free and your favourite breakfast is freshly prepared by your side. The Sunday papers are neatly folded close by, unread. Not a bad Sunday start. For the Ultimate Sunday though, you might want to check this out. Housed in a Georgian-gem, this all-day affair features funnies from John Colleary and Gary Cooke, chats and banter with Donal Dineen, singer Lisa O’Neill, artist Cian McLaughlin and author Paul Murray, while doc maker Dearbhla Glynn and adventurer Mike O'Shea will be sharing their stories. Throw in a live set from Chequerboard and tunes from Sally Cinnamon and that's the easy like a Sunday sorted. / Luka Scoones

 

March 15 2015


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

when
See HERE

how much
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cinema
Far from the Madding Crowd

Bathsheba Everdine, having inherited a large farm, struggles to manage all her affairs. A flirtatious and wilful young woman she finds herself embroiled in the company of three starkly different suitors. Enjoying the control she has over the men’s emotions, Bathsheba will only marry who and when she decides to. Naturally, things don’t go to plan and turmoil and tragedy ensue. Set against a wild Dorset countryside that evokes both beauty and menace, allow Far from the Madding Crowd to sweep you away in its evocative drama. An iconic film of 1960s Britain, John Schlesinger’s award winning film is faithfully adapted from Thomas Hardy’s epic narrative. With a remake due to be released this year, there really is no better reason to get down to the IFI and get yourself acquainted with this classic piece of cinema. / Julieanne McMahon

   
 

March 16 2015


where
IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
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when
8pm

how much
€39.50

event
Ériu

With summer festival line up announcements almost following desert at Christmas dinner, there’s very little chance of you feeling too disconnected from your favourite field based adventure from one end of the year to the next these days. But this time around Body & Soul have chosen to bridge the gap between bashes at Ballinlough with a very special looking event in on of the country’s most beautiful venues. IMMA was an absolute joy of sophisticated splendour for last year’s Summer Rising shindig and it’s lovely to see the grand gardens and spectacular square in Kilmainham being brought further into our conscience with a beautifully balanced lineup of home spun trad and electronica. Summer is fast approaching, but it’s worth putting off for Ériu. / Emmet Condon

 

March 16 2015


where
Hangar, Andrew's Theatre, Andrew's Lane, Dublin 2.


when
10pm

how much
€15

dj set
Mother Presents: Ana Matronic

There were some girls who wanted to be Britney Spears, but for me, it was always Ana Matronic. She had tattoos, flaming red hair, and no matter how hetero she might be, was always totally queer - at least in the Malory Towers kind of way. Thus, she will descend upon the disco-dancing, bedazzling hordes, in order to facilitate the Mother of all kikis. As one of the Scissor Sisters, she has defo been responsible for taking your Mama out all night, but she's also a cool cat who used to run a bar called Knockoff, which sounds honest and kinda perfect. In fact, it's what I might name my second child. She's a sartorial superstar, a dancer with mooooves, and has an incredible barnet. She is a queen. Worship her. Win tickets / Kate Coleman

   
 

March 16 2015


where
The Olympia, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2
01 679 3323
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when
8pm

how much
€29.90

gig
Duke Dumont

With great power comes great amounts of people saying you’re no good anymore online. That’s the line from Spiderman right? But even critics of Duke Dumont admit he has got catchy-hook-crafting down to a fine art. So if what you’re looking for in a concert is having a good lil boogie, here is your chance. I hear the next day is a national holiday, so you may as well give him 100%. Slick, silky vocals, that addictive clap-clap and the tasty mix of 90s house and pop-y techno would have anyone following around that poor guy they put a boombox in. / Olivia Rutter.

 

March 16 2015


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


when
10pm

how much
€18/€15

gig/comedy
Nina Kraviz

First and foremost Nina Kraviz is probably best known as one of the biggest babes in house and techno. Secondly, she has a solid reputation for selling out gigs in Ireland, to a seldom disappointed crowd. Add to this already evident enthusiasm, the fact that Kraviz is performing on Paddy's day eve, and on a Monday - when half the city has the rare blessing of the following Tuesday off, and you know this is gunna be a good 'un. The response for this little evening has been so huge that an outdoor setup has been added to the lineup with local DJs providing entertainment for anyone who it all just gets a bit too much for indoors. Avoid the queue and grab your tickets now. / Niamh Keenan

   
 

March 17 2015


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
3pm-7pm

how much
€5, kids uner 12 free

event
Paddy's Day Unlocked

Any Dublin denizen is well used to the garish and ghastly sights which often behold them in Temple Bar on a P-Day afternoon. Well, the well-meaning folk at Happenings are looking to put a semblance of sanity and humanity on proceedings this time round. They are delivering an alcohol free event attuned to mindfulness with some words by Tony Bates from Headstrong. Food comes from the The Happy Pear boyos who should add enough nutrition with a flash of their smiles alone. Nialler9 has teamed up on the music front with the a nod to those twisting the traditional such as Ensemble Ériu and those trail-blazing the new wave Hare Squead. Twist in your sobriety. / Shelley Fitzmaurice

   
 

March 17 2015


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
9pm

how much
€5

gig
Egyptian Lover

Whether you are new school or first wave it is essential that you know who Egyptian Lover is. DJing, rapping, producing and scratching since the late 70s, Egyptian Lover was THE commanding force on the early hip-hop, electro and break-dance scenes . His legacy includes sound tracking the Breakin and Entering documentary with Ice-T, chief comrade with hip hop crew Uncle Jamm’s Army and his legendary drum machine action on albums such as On The Nile and One Track Mind. This turntable daredevil concedes that “an 808 beat take you in the arm, it is everywhere” - and while his methods are seasoned his work remains cutting edge. Practice your head spins at his funkylicious live show alongside his homeboy Jamie Jupiter. There are no fools in old school. / Rachel Hegarty

   
 

March 18 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
Goodbye to Language

For anxious undergraduates of all stripes (former, current and honorary), no instrument is better to wield than a film by Jean-Luc Godard in the generation-wide crusade to bring savage philistinism down to its sorry knees. Godard’s latest film runs its fingers for 70 minutes around the complexity of language, that essential thing that relates one to oneself and to the world. Since the film is in French and in 3D, its English subtitles leap out of the screen, a bonus visual representation of the distance between language and ‘reality,’ and thus a welcome treat for the monolingual, who often goes unrewarded. Inserted throughout the film are snippets of other films, to understand the significance of which an annotation will need to be compiled by somebody. It would be worthwhile for the cause, of course. / Olen Bajarias

   
 
Margie Lewis

We caught up with musician Margie Lewis ahead of her performance at Body & Soul's Ériu on the 16th March. 

I have a strong memory of asking Santa for a violin for Christmas. I was 5. But he didn't deliver! I was told I had to wait until school started. So I practiced holding a big atlas on my shoulder for the entire Summer holidays. My first violin was the tiniest thing you've ever seen and sounded like nails scraping a blackboard. My first violin teacher was Mrs Folahaula. I had her for seven years. A cantankerous ole wagon who sucked ALL the fun out of music.

I ended up studying composition, then jazz voice in the Adelaide conservatorium. Once again, mad intense, but in a bizarre jazz cult kinda way. I found more of a voice when I started playing in a Dirty Three-influenced three-piece.

Dublin kind of chose me. I'm here because of a toss of a coin. Now I'm here seven incredible years. I love this city because it is real. There is a big family of great people here. It is a village not a city. The audiences are the best in the world. The food is getting better. The lack of double glazing may be why I leave. But I will always love Dublin to bits.

Tickets for Ériu are available here. PHOTO: Aoife Herrity