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We've all been talking about voting recently, and as ever, the issue of the representation of young people is being discussed. However, by peering at the faces in the Dáil or on City Council, we are excluding a wealth of quite encouraging evidence. As Una Mullally wrote this week, there are interesting and gung-ho characters making their way in student government, as there have always been.

However, in a less institutionalised sense, we also need to remember that as Protein magazine put it, The Revolution Will Be Digitised. Yeah, it's back seat driving, but think about the power of Twitter projects like Everyday Sexism or No More Page Three harnessing youth in the UK, or the referendum sending young people into creative overdrive here at home. The people reading and sharing journalism about human rights issues, or discussing international general elections on Facebook.

Yeah, it isn't traditional, and it may not work within rigid systems of government, but don't tell us that youths are simply disinterested. They just want to interact in their own way.

Whose dusting down their bebo profile this week? Kate, Michael or Ben?

"I came across this discarded mirror near my house. It looked a bit sad but I saw some potential." - Mark Stedman
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Little Gem

We spoke with Andy Walsh, founder of Little Gem Records. He Will be hosting the third annual Record Store Gay on Saturday the 18th at Outhouse.

Little Gem started in December 2014. I had been trying for some time to get a small record shop going since April 2014. I’m inspired by every other label that I have had the pleasure of finding out about. 

I love music and I am very lucky to know many great bands and artists so I am very happy to support them and try to make a positive contribution to the industry.

I think that all labels are different, just like all artists are, so there are a lot of variables. I do think that small labels make the world go round and that we wouldn't have any big labels without them.

At the moment online streaming is at an all time high. There are a lot of people that haven't given up on the physical release, but there are also a lot of people that never buy music at all. The truth is that we have a long way to go before the physical release can be looked at in the way that it once was, but I am hopeful that we can make it.

 

April 16 2015


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
9:15pm

how much
€17.50/€14

gig
Sea Legs

One of the most pleasing aspects of the development of the current Irish music scene is the increasing marriage of our traditional strength, folk, with our newfound post singer-songwriter passion : electronica. Sea Legs is a collaborative album between two of the twin pillars of both sides of this coin in Northern Ireland – a blissful mix of Ryan Vail’s heartfelt electronica and the powerful Ray LaMontagne-esque voiced Ciaran Lavery, who alone has racked up a handy 11 million plays on Spotify. Likened to the wonderful Jon Hopkins/King Creseote Diamond Mine album, this promises to be a night of stunned silence in the gorgeous surrounds of The Smock Alley Boys’ School with support from the wonderful Liza Flume. / Emmet Condon

 

April 16 2015


where
Dublin 1

when
All Day

how much
Free

day out
Spring Awakening - Open Culture Day

Spring is here! Furry woodland animals rear their heads from cosy hibernation spots, stretch out their tired limbs and prance through newly blossomed flowers before being skewered, marinated and roasted by sun-worshipping Dubliners on barbecues rolled out at the first glimpse of sunshine in early April. But there’s more to Spring than delicious barbecues and garden parties! It’s about emerging from a period of inactivity, and enriching yourself once again with the delights of the outside world. Culture Dublin 1 invites you to bask in the Spring sunlight in one of the most historically rich parts of the city, presenting various free cultural events throughout the day. A series of tours will leave you greatly informed about the Georgian architecture of the area and the writers that once walked the streets. Also on offer: Argentine Tango lessons, because why not! / Ben Allen

 

April 16 2015


where
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when
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how much
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festival
12 Points Festival

Ah, Jazzzz. I’m sure you’re all picturing me writing this in a dark smokey velvet lined subterranean room, thumbing a worn notebook, suit and shades on, esoteric and magnificently free form musical notes circling above my head - ducking and wheeling into the dimly lit recesses of the club like hyper intelligent, unflappably stylish sea gulls nesting on a cliff. Not quite - it tuns out the J isn’t silent, and though Jazz as a genre is alien to most of us, 12 Points are doing a wonderful thing with it in this town this week. By cherry picking 12 top young European ensembles and showcasing them in the Project Arts Centre,they give you the chance to educate yourself outside the cliche and actually engage with one of the most inspiring forms of music we have on tap. / Emmet Condon

   
 

April 17 2015


where
Oliver Sears Gallery, 29 Molesworth St. Dublin 2
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when
Until May 14th

how much
Free

exhibition
Liam Flynn - 'Spin'

Liam Flynn’s current exhibition, Spin, at Oliver Sears Gallery, features a collection of beautifully made wooden vessels. More than just a “nice bowl” that your mother might suggest as a wedding present, Flynn’s collection is sculptural and organic and features a variety of woods from Ash, ebonised Oak and Sycamore to crepe-papery Eucalyptus. Flynn’s work is paying homage to the simple, yet eternal role of vessels and bowls in our daily lives; from carrying water, to pieces of art, trophies, cups and as part of religious iconography, Flynn’s collection elevates the mundane to the celebrated. Flynn’s Spin also highlights the role of vessels in the lives and works of artists as part of still life scenes and as basic storage. Although, I won’t be sticking the old biros in a Flynn turned vessel any time soon. / Frida Kilburn

 

April 17 2015


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

how much
€15

gig
Move D

Move D, like many certified legends, is a DJ that moves in and out of style but never really is far from the spotlight. His fingerprints can been seen in the monumental release Kunstoff. Ambient Techno at it’s finest, Kunstoff mixes sounds from 90’s Warp Records classics with deep house and techno influences from American producers. Crafted for dancefloors but complex enough for lone listeners, it’s not hard to see why it’s so loved. A master of flow in his mixes, Move D’s sets are less technical but more practical. Tracks follow logical but no less thrilling peaks and paths. When talking about him, it’s easy to trip up trying to talk about all of the styles his music blends into. Move D blends styles naturally, listening to his sets feel less like a tour of feigned influences but rather (to use a well worn cliché) a genuine journey. / Jack Broughan

   
 

April 18 2015


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

how much
€27

gig
Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Named after a 1970’s Japanese documentary on bikers, and with album titles like Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven and their most recent Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress can we suggest that Godspeed You! Black Emperor are a little pretentious when it comes to names? Not that I’m having a go. As progenitors of post-rock and staunch punk-minded artists, the Montreal band has earned the right to stick as many letters on the front of their records as they like. With a penchant for the epic, their music is best described as mini-symphonies of chaos and calm, noise and beauty. Recent releases may have lost some of their early potency but witnessing them live is like hanging out inside a cannon for two hours while it’s repeatedly loaded and fired. Prepare to be shell-shocked. / Brian Keane

 

April 18 2015


where
Opium Rooms, Liberty Lane, behind Whelan's, Dublin 2.


when
11pm

how much
€15

gig
Kiasmos

Hey, what’s that over there, passing under the radar? Why it’s the debut album from Kiasmos. Released late last year with the minimum of fanfare, Ólafur Arnalds (who recently visited these parts for some spectacular shows in the Pavilion Theatre) and Janus Rasmussen’s collaboration is a gorgeous collection of minimal techno tempered with contemporary classical touches that neatly finds common ground in both musicians’ areas of expertise. That common ground is located more in the comedown and wide-eyed promise of a new day’s sunrise than in the sweaty throb of the dance floor. Fans of Jon Hopkins will take to this duo’s work right away. For everyone else here’s your chance to get acquainted with some gems. / Brian Keane

   
 

April 18 2015


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

how much
€17

party
Film Fatale presents Chinatown

As a twentysomething male with ‘personality’ spectacles, some things fill me with more shame than is reasonable. Things like never having started Ulysses, or cheating on my Business Studies mock exam. Another thing that drives me to nightly self-flagellation is the fact I’ve yet to see Chinatown. This is the 1970s detective movie that many critics reckon made Jack Nicholson a proper star, instead of just a killer grin and a receding hairline. And don’t forget that script – written by Robert Towne and widely regarded as one of the best Hollywood has ever produced. Tonight Film Fatale bring their finery and finesse to proceedings with a Dirty Thirties Vintage Party after the screening. / NB

 

April 18 2015


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
9pm

how much
€12

screening
Modern Girls / Mean Girls Pyjama Party

Most of my day-time clothing just involves pyjamas in disguise (I pray daily to whoever up the ranks at Vogue decided that fashion sweatpants were a thing) but I have never really mastered how to wear them out on the town. Thankfully, Hollywood Babylon has provided the solution— pyjama dress code. Crawl back into your childhood for a night of party games, sugar highs, and even a burn book— with the added bonus that you can legally consume alcohol. They’ll be screening forgotten 80’s gem Modern Girls at 10, the story of an unfortunate boy named Clifford who gets stood up, and then brought on a joyride around Los Angeles by his would-be date’s two best friends. Then at 12, you can make out with a hot dog or eat all the carbs you can handle while watching Mean Girls. Aw. / Olivia Rutter

 

April 18 2015


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

how much
€25

gig
Julian Cope

If Zayn ends up escaping his hearthrob past with half of the verve and tenacity that Julian Cope did, it's all gonna be okay. The Teardrop Explodes frontman may have made his name by two-stepping and singing 'bah, bah bah, bah bah' refrains, but he left and became one of pop's true raconteurs, crawling around wearing a tortoise shell and little else, or lithely hanging off of his iconic pedalled microphone stand. These days, he may be known as an expert on megalithic history, but the hits like Jellypop Perky Jean, An Elegant Chaos, Reynard the Fox, I've Got My TV and My Pills, I Come from Another Planet Baby, and many more are as vivid and inspiring today as ever they were. / Kate Coleman

   
 

April 19 2015


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€19

gig
Airborne Toxic Event

The Airborne Toxic Event have been around for longer than you'd think. They supported the Fratellis back in 2008. Remember them? And they had an America tour. Well fancy that. I first saw them back in 2011 at the now­deceased Oxegen. The ubiquitous earworm Sometime Around Midnight, a jaunty ditty about the searing pain of bumping into your ex after a break up had made its way to this side of the Atlantic and was inescapable. In the interest of full disclosure I was on site because upon watching Beyonce and the fabulous swagger of her all­female backing band insouciantly dominate Glastonbury I promptly purchased a day ticket. I left my mates to pop to the loo pre-­Queen Bey and before I knew it found myself in a sweaty tent partaking in a gigantic singalong. Beware of random outpourings of emotion along Middle Abbey St this Sunday. / Kate McEvoy

 

April 19 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
A Little Chaos

Louis XIV, the Sun King (played by Alan Rickman) was known for many things, including his great patronage of the arts, extremely long reign as king, and lavish life in Versailles. He decides the palace gardens need a bit of sprucing up, and so commissions his master gardener André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to do so as quickly as possible. Le Nôtre selects Sabine De Barra (because if Kate Winslet turns up for a job interview, you pick her) to work with him on the project— a controversial choice (not noble, woman). Sabine is both green thumbed and a little bit rogue, which ends up being just what the garden and maybe Monsieur Le Nôtre need (waheey). A bitta 17th century French aristocracy, a love affair, Snape in a wig, Winslet representing lady-gardeners everywhere, what more do you really want? / Olivia Rutter

   
 

April 20 2015


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

how much
€10

spoken word
The Moth Storyslam - Delusions

Most of the delusions that come to my mind are fashion related: the fedora that I wore around Europe when I went inter-railing at 18, the headband that I donned for an entire summer a year later, various attempts at facial hair. As it’s unlikely that I will get a full story out of looking like a bell-end for various stretches of time in my youth, let’s leave it to the more capable hands of The Moth StorySLAM. There is something equally hilarious and refreshing about seeing someone acknowledge and try to rationalize a delusion in their past. This can only be heightened by pitting them against other deluded spoofers vying for a place in the GrandSLAM Championship. If you can build up the courage to share a story, or if you are perfectly secure in your reality and always have been, you certainly couldn’t ask for much more on a Monday night. / Ben Allen

 

April 19 2015


where
See link.

when
See Link

how much
€5

festival
Dublin Wine Festival

A wine-paired dinner where each correctly answered wine-quiz question knocks 10% off your bill. (Get 10 questions right? Get one free meal!) Free tapas with generously discounted wines. Delicious food & wine pairings. A flight of cocktails that tell the story wine has played in the evolution of mixology. The secret of extracting wine from a bottle without removing the cork. Daily seminars on how wine is made and the comeback of skin-contact wines. Self-service wine tastings and self-guided wine trails around four city-based hubs of 32 restaurants and bars. If any of the above sounds like your kinda festival, then #DublinWineFest might just be for you. Oh and there's giveaways of up to €300 worth of wine if you vote for your #BestDublinWineExp. Grab some mates, download a map, plan your route and pick up a €5 wristband on the way.

   
 

April 21 2015


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€13-45

theatre
Hedda Gabler

One of the most enigmatic characters in theatre, Hedda Gabler is as compelling as she is impossible to solve. Often compared to Hamlet, it’s never clear what she wants, who she wants, who she is or who she wants to be. Debuting in at the end of the 19th century in Munich, Ibsen’s play was met with bad reviews— likely due to how frustratingly difficult it is to put Hedda in to a box, or to “figure out” what she’s about, which is precisely what makes her seem so real. Mark O’Rowe and Annabelle Comyn have teamed up to create modern interpretation of the play, with Catherine Walker attempting to get inside the iconic Hedda’s head. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

April 22 2015


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7pm

how much
€5

event
Pecha Kucha

Imagine a dreary college lecture or team-building day where the words printed in each PowerPoint slide are repeated until your eyelids start getting heavy: the PechaKucha format is the diametric opposite of that. Here each speaker gets to present 20 images that each stay on the screen for 20 seconds, and in that time – which adds up to less that 7 minutes – 12 of the city’s sharpest and most intriguing minds will be getting their messages across. The Irish Architecture Foundation and Totally Dublin have teamed up to produce the second volume of PechaKucha Dublin evenings, the first set of which took place back in 2010. Springing the series back into life are abgc Design, Anne Bedos of Rothar, Broden Giambrone of TENI, Alex Milton of ID2015 and Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty Ireland amongst others, with Ciarán Ó Gaora back as MC for the evening. / Uosdwis R Dewoh

 

April 22 2015


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

when
6pm

how much
€17/23

gig
Homebeat - Blurred Lines #1

Absolutely nothing to do with Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines is a new collaboration between HomeBeat and the Project Arts Centre.The two have planned a night which takes advantage of the excellent venue with brand spankin’ new artists and no $7.3 million dollar lawsuits. There will be performances in three different spaces (The Cube, The Space Upstairs and the bar) throughout the night. The night will feature German performer Jan Jelinek’s first performance in Dublin, Somadrone (brainchild of Neil O’Connor) and Ben Bix & Feather, (Meltybrains? + Loah). A night full of musical genies, funky friendly vibes and a chance to explore the hidden corners of the Project Arts Centre! / Olivia Rutter

 

April 22 2015


where
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
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when
7:30pm

how much
€35-120

opera
Madame Butterfly

Recently I watched conductor Benjamin Zander’s spirited 2008 TED talk in which he declared, “Everybody loves classical music, they just haven’t found out about it yet!” We can all admit to tuning into Lyric FM every now and then (or is it just me?). Discover your inner classical music aficionado as the Moscow State Opera returns to Dublin with their production of Puccinis’ most memorable work, that even a century later packs out the stalls. You will recognise Un Bel Di Vedremo, an operatic favourite brought to popularity by Maria Callas. Madama Butterfly is a tragic tale of an illusory love set against a majestic Japanese backdrop during the early twentieth century. Outstanding costumes, sets and solo performances will set the tone for a uniquely memorable evening. / Julieanne McMahon