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At Le Cool, we enjoy smart branding exercises that actually add to our lives in some small way. Volvo's people are currently killing it. Like, you all saw Jean Claude Van Damme doing the splits between two of their reversing articulated lorries, yeah?

Their latest innovation is 'life paint', a clear UV paint that you can spray over your garments and bicycle in order to make you clearly visible at night. It's impressive to see Volvo look beyond the people inside the car, and consider other road users, and in particular, vulnerable road users.

It may currently only be available at a handful of stores in and around London, but it marks a new way in which brands are working to bolster their reputational capital.

What do you think - is it patronising or admirable?

Who's van Damme excited about this one? Kate or Michael

"Like most Wexford children I grew up terrified of the Legend of Loftus Hall" - Lauren O'Neill
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SignA

We spoke with SignA, an Irish/Italian band that blends folk and electronic influences. Their new EP ‘Lines’ is being launched at The Fumbally Stables on Friday the 3rd of April.

The band was formed somewhere in between Milan, Dublin, Brussels and Berlin. Songs have been written on guitars while traveling about Europe, playing a myriad of small shows. Then, turning 30, we craved a bigger sound and a wider family. We asked some friends to join the band and it's been great to finally been able to reproduce the totality of the sound we had in mind in the first place.

As SignA, we say we are a middle point between Nick Drake and Jon Hopkins. Other great inspirations that you may hear in our music are Juana Molina, Dawn of Midi, Steve Reich, Toumani Diabate, Radiohead and Clark.

The video for our title track Lines was shot by Luca Truffarelli with performer Oona Doherty.

Dublin in now booming with ideas and creativity, and there is so much mutual interest, curiosity and support that i think we can bring this city very far together. So come to the gigs, people.

PHOTO: Clara Hooper

   
 

April 02 2015


where
Generator Hostel, Smithfield Sqaure, Dublin 7.


when
8pm

how much
Free

table quiz
Quizzle Kicks

Shizzle yo nizzle, and get into da quizzle - is something I would possibly rap if I was the spawn of Will Smith and going to a table quiz. That said, if Willow and Jaden ever go backpacking around the world, I could easily see them choosing the Generator as their base. Anyway, this new quiz on Smithfield side of town will boast multiple quizmasters, including every foreign exchange student's nightmare, The International's Andrew Stanley. Basically, entry is free, so there's nothing at stake, that is, except your dignity. So maybe re-watch last Christmas' Celebrity University Challenge and make a note to not do any of the silly things that lot did. / Kate Coleman

 

April 02 2015


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€12

performance
The Girl Who Believed In Magic

Even for those unfamiliar with her music, there is something very charming about Julie Feeney's concert-meets-performance art show. She coos at the audience from behind a gauzy curtain, all done up in exuberant costumes like one of the Scissor Sisters (the band, not the murderers) in glitter and sparkle. The music trips along, interspersed with hazy projections of black and white renditions of Alice in Wonderland and the like. The one thing I would say is that what the performance might lose from Feeney's hesitation and self-consciousness regarding the choreography, she more than makes up with in sheer vocal and instrumental skill. A show by a girl who believed in magic, for anyone who believes in magic. / Kate Coleman

 

April 02 2015


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until April 26th

how much
Free

exhibition
The Untold Want

Inspired by the work of the late Irish artist Willie Mckeown(1962-2011), The Untold Want makes great use of the vast, open spaces in the RHA to depict the immensity of space and the vulnerability of humanity. The rooms are sparse and carefully curated, each artwork complimenting the next; Robert Gober’s abstract piece, a baby’s chair cast in bronze, is placed in proximity to Vija Celmins’ meticulously crafted Reverse Galaxy, juxtaposing the vulnerability of a child with the great scope of the universe. Other highlights include a particularly aurally satisfying slide projector(think early 1990s View- Master) that depicts a haunting, characterless cartoon romance, Nan Goldin’s photography collection The Ballad of Sexual Dependency which is an honest and intimate depiction of the harrowing downsides of a grunge lifestyle, and pieces that tempt viewer interaction, including a pile of sweets. I didn’t take one but I kind of wish I had. / Ben Allen

 

April 02 2015


where
Light House Cinema, Smithfield Market, Dublin 7

when
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how much
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cinema
Dior & I

Raf Simons is undoubtedly a genius, but even a genius has to bear the weight of history sometimes, especially when you are charged with creating your first ever haute couture collection for the infamous maison Dior. The documentary doesn't set its camera, unblinking, on Simons alone, but also explores the inner workings of the atelier - the tailors, the seamstresses, who are really the fuel that feeds the engine. It is always easy to dismiss fashion documentaries as vapid and woolly (it's easy because so many still don't consider fashion an art, or cultural pursuit) but Dior and I is a continuation of the excellent work we've seen in The September Issue, The Eye Must Travel, and Bill Cunningham, New York. Whether you like your frills or not, it is a worthwhile watch. / Kate Coleman

   
 

April 03 2015


where
Light House Cinema, Smithfield Market, D7

when
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how much
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cinema
I Used To Live Here

A cast of mainly non-professional actors from the Tallaght area portray a community’s reaction to the suicide of a local boy. The story follows in particular, thirteen year old Amy, whose mother died three years previously. Her father’s new girlfriend and young child move in with them, pushing her away from her home, and she is deeply affected by the suicide. Honest and realistic, I Used To Live Here explores and invites discussion of a subject that is too often swept under the table, without pretending to have all the answers. The film draws inspiration from the article, “Breaking the ripple effects of suicide” written by Tony Bates (founding director of Headstrong, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health). / Olivia Rutter

 

April 03 2015


where
Farmleigh, Farmleigh Castleknock D 15
Location Map

when
Until May 31st

how much
Free

exhibition
Intelligent Machinery

Make your way to Farmleigh Estate’s former cow sheds for the latest mind bending ArtBox installation. Intelligent Machinery addresses the evolving definition of art, as the divide deepens between tangible, “high art” (painting or sculpture) and “unobjects” (somewhere around the ballpark of conceptual and performance art). The futuristic pieces draw from artificial intelligence, pattern recognition (in neural networks), complex networks, coding, and their uses throughout human/art history. Is art now created in the image of software or programming or vice versa? There is no spoon. / Olivia Rutter.

 

April 03 2015


where
Secret Location

when
3pm

how much
Free

market
Nuit Blanche - Heathen

Good Friday, when we usually all go mad because of 24 hours of government-facilitated deprivation of fun...it's a beast all of its own - a biblically evil beast - a heathen, the girls at Hunt & Gather might say. They will be all set to reignite the fire with an afternoon market and all night party, which will be burgeoned by an afterparty at another undisclosed location courtesy of the guys at Secret Sounds. In terms of stallholders, expect goods by previous Le Cool cover artist Salty Philip and print from those tireless people at Damn Fine Print. What would we have on our walls if it wasn't for them? There'll also be music, lights, performance art and more. Make yours a good Good Friday. / Kate Coleman

 

April 03 2015


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
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how much
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cinema
Blade Runner: The Final Cut

Supposedly, eyes are the windows to the soul. But have you ever really looked one of those things? Under close observation those gooey, moist cameras and their jet-black lenses begin to seem blank, empty, and terribly soulless. As a young boy my perspective on eyes was changed utterly by Ridley Scott with his landmark piece of science fiction cinema Blade Runner, returning to the big screen this Friday. The film in many ways follows the plot of an classic noir mystery, but is set in a gritty cyberpunk future full of hover cars, human-like androids, and video- payphones (Ahh, 80s Sci-fi). It tells a tale that is in part a philosophical exploration of the ethics of AI and the meaning of human life, and in part an excuse for Harrison Ford to shoot up some droids on some very pretty sets. Scott’s visual flair builds a vibrant world of smog, neon, and mesmerising, haunting eyes that demands to be seen on the big screen. / Eoin Moore

   
 

April 04 2015


where
Radisson Blu

when
10am

how much
Free

fashion
Tola Vintage Kilo Sale

Once upon a time, I would have definitely bought clothes by the kilo. I would have bought them from Penneys, the paper handles growing stringy from the weight, and Topshop bags of sale clothes, bought in bulk because those pink stickers would just kind of sing to me. Nowadays, I'd be tempted to be more circumspect and sustainable with my hauls, which is why vintage is best. You're giving something a new lease of life, you're likely to pick up a unique piece, and it is less embarrassing to sell that at a flea market two years down the line than it is to sell that white Zara skort you thought was jam-hot two years ago. Retrofit it, babay. / Kate Coleman

 

April 04 2015


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2

when
7:30pm

how much
€23

comedy
Foil, Arms & Hogg

Do you know band guy? Yeah, you do. He’s the one who listens to bands that don’t even exist yet, goes to festivals for the wristbands, and believes that vinyl provides a better sound quality… even though he never listens to his collection. While you have met the various types and tropes sent up expertly by Irish trio Foil, Arms and Hog, your eyes will water and spittle fly out of your mouth as you guffaw at the spot-on satires. Sometimes quirky, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes completely mad (if you or anyone close to you suffers from Costume Disease, please get in touch), they are always fresh and delightful. This character-based comedy is a frenetic, high-octane experience not to be missed. It will feature some old favourites, as well as lots of new material certain to get you squirming and snorting in your seat. / Alison Treacy

 

April 04 2015


where
Hangar, Andrew's Lane, Dublin 2

when
10:30pm

how much
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party
Discotopia

I've loved Blade Runner ever since I was a kid. Transitioning from my intense love of Star Wars, seeing Harrison Ford act in another sci-fi role that more 'grown up' was jumping off point for my 15 year old self to watch serious movies. At the time I loved the neon, Deckard's consistent sour demeanor and the quasi cop movie elements that drove the film forward. As I got older, I watched, Re-watched and understood the film. Later I loved the post-modern disintegration of culture and identity the film came to represent. Deckard's Los Angeles was one that was decaying, overpopulated and where humans aren't really human. Identity is forever in question and open to perception, just like Gaff's token at the end of The Director's cut. Discotopia's prime cuts of late 70's to mid 80's disco anthems serve as the perfect alternate soundtrack. It’s not quite a Vangelis soundtrack, but then again, who would want that? / Jack Broughan

 

April 04 2015


where
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when
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how much
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festival
Video Games Live - iDIG

Music plays a strange role in video games. It is generally a constant presence, accompanying the player as they smash skeletons, pursue princess-snatchers, rapidly tap the A button and so forth. Yet it’s often seen as a tertiary element, decorative rather than essential to the experience. Video Games Live turns this presumption on its head. As the closing show of Dublin’s first ever video game music festival, the concert event features scores from video games both new and old, performed by a live orchestra. VGL has been touring for 10 years, and its ever-shifting lineup has included music from The Legend of Zelda, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, and dozens of other acclaimed titles, conducted by some of the biggest names in video game music. With the sonic variety of four decades of video game music history and the atmosphere of a rock concert, Video Games Live is a must see for fans of video games and the orchestra alike. / Eoin Moore

 

April 04 2015


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


when
11pm

how much
€15

club night
Romare (Live)

DJ Koze gets top-billing at this bank holiday weekender shindig but it's Romare who whets the appetite of those seeking the pulse of the right now. Having just dropped his debut album Projections to the thrill of the critics, Archie Fairhurst turns the rhythmic ripples of his preceeding eps into rhythmic waves on this LP. It's one of those rare achievements where there's something to satisfy almost anyone who loves the beat, the skip, the weave and bounce. It's a classic Ninja Tune release. Fairhurst's live name is a nod to African-American artist Romare Bearden and his famed collage style approach meshes abstraction with realism. There's samples, beats and discombobulated voices aplenty in a weave that Naomi Campbell would be proud of. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

   
 

April 05 2015


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

when
11pm

how much
€12.50

gig
J Rocc

Instrumental hip-hop owes a thing or two to J Rocc, a man who in the span of a 30 year career has turned more tables than you’ve had hot dinners. A relic from the early days of the genre, J Rocc was making smooth jazz-infused beats in the mid 1980s, riding the same wave of early west-coast hip-hop upon which the NWA would become global stars. This man was at the core of hip-hop’s genesis - collaborators ranging from fellow Beat Junkies DJs Rhettmatic and Babu to Jurassic Five and the endlessly influential J Dilla. As you’re unlikely to find Tupac or Dilla performing in the Sugar Club on Easter Sunday(God rest their souls) unless another divine miracle befalls us, this is as close as we’ll come to the very best. / Ben Allen

 

April 05 2015


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

when
6pm

how much
€6-€12

screening
The Irish Pub, Ensemble Eriu & Banter w/ Jim Carroll

All levels of pseudo-intellectual boffin are being catered to in Disckotekken and The Locals' celebration of the Irish pub. Beginning with a screening of The Irish Pub, a film that despite a questionably forthright title, was considered universally sweet and charming, this evening isn't just about sitting back and enjoying the cliché transcribed for the screen. Jim Carroll will also be asking the tough questions, with a Banter about the current state of the Irish pub - speakers will include Trevor O'Shea, Bodytonic, Seaneen O'Sullivan, L. Mulligan Grocer, Tony McMahon of Johnny Fox's and The Porterhouse C.E.O Oliver Hughes. There'll also be trad from young stars Ensemble Eriú, in case your heart isn't swollen with national pride after all of that. Win Tickets / Kate Coleman

   
 

April 06 2015


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

when
7pm

how much
€7

screening
Animondays 2

Prepare yourself for significantly warmer heart cockles. This month's evening of animated loveliness is punctuated by Ernest & Celestine, a charming French take on the classic cartoon subject matter of unlikely friendships among talking animals. Beautifully animated in the style of a children’s book, the Academy Award nominated film finds unbearably cute orphan mouse Celestine in cahoots with grumpy bear Ernest as they attempt to escape the confines of their oppressive societies that do not condone artistic self-expression. Sentimentality ensues. The film will be preceded by sweet Irish animated short Give Up Yer Aul’ Sins and a live drawing competition between four Irish Illustrators. / Ben Allen

   
 

April 07 2015


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

when
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how much
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cinema
The Tale Of Princess Kaguya

Being a princess ain’t all it’s cracked up to be, despite what Anne Hathaway may have you believe. No one does bizarre, honest animation like Japan’s Studio Ghibli, and it’s newest release maintains the high standards viewers have come to expect of them. The Tale Of Princess Kaguya bares similarities to arguably their finest work Princess Mononoke (1997), from it’s troubled otherworldly protagonist to the beautifully crafted romantic storytelling. The film is an honest depiction of life in a patriarchal society, and does not coddle it’s viewers with the warmth and over-sentimentality that one might expect from a modernised fairy tale. It is an extremely charming and visually stunning effort that will satisfy intellectually and aesthetically. / Ben Allen

 

April 08 2015


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€39.50

gig
Sinéad O'Connor

Every time Sinead O'Connor does something a little bit questionable, just remember the time she absolutely owned The Grammys with Mandinka when she was devastatingly young. Just a crop top and jeans, and a crew cut. Still though, whilst she might have rebelled against the norm, her voice remains incredible and untamed despite the naysayers. Recent releases may not have had the commercial success of Nothing Compares 2 U but tunes like The Wolf is Getting Married are a refreshing riposte to the candy-like substances being produced by today's young Miley-esque popstrels. / Kate Coleman