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No one can quite pinpoint why they love them so...they are reminiscent of a barber's pole, or a festive candy cane, or because they have that industrial aesthetic that makes us nostalgic for old industry, and a time before we spent 12 hours a day looking at a glowing modem?

Well, it's not for us to dictate why they are so dear to Dubliners' hearts, but the Poolbeg Towers have been granted a stay of execution, as it's been announced that the ESB are going to maintain the stripy stacks. Loads of people may not like them, but for some, it's the first thing that welcomes them home from their new lives abroad, and for others, the industrial, slightly Soviet aesthetic is reason enough to adore them.

Either way, it's brilliant that big business can, on rare occasion, switch off those thoughts about the bottom line, and surprise us all.

Who thinks we should just build a giant helter skelter around them? Kate, Michael, or Olivia?

"I have an intolerance to grids and numbers." - Imogen Oh
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Seamus Dooley

We talked to Seamus Dooley about his upcoming Sandymount stroll, Hounds for Love. PHOTO: Ste Murray

My dog is a cross between a pointer and a collie. He is almost two and was rescued from the Kildare Animal sanctuary. His name is Mr Benn, after Tony Benn, who I had the pleasure of meeting a few times and was a keen admirer. Some people think he is named after a TV character who lived in a closet. That was a different Mr Ben. My friend Gary Brady’s dog, Gonzo, is a wonderful graceful greyhound. We walk them in Oscar Square and we’re both committed to the Yes Equality campaign and to animal welfare, so we thought it would be a good idea to marry our twin passions. My partner is obsessed with Kate Bush and Hounds of Love is a favourite song, so the title sort of suggested itself. 

We meet at 12:30pm at the first car park at Sandymount stand, by the white palm tree sculpture. You should see the pink clad dogs wearing MuttUgly bandanas. Mr. Benn will be sporting one, although he tells me they are a bit camp for a serious minded politically motivated dog! It’s a fundraising event, but it’s also a chance for dog owners to show their support. We hope it will be a fun filled day for all the family.

If you fancy joining Seamus and Mr Ben this bank holiday, get info here.

   
 

April 30 2015


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
Location Map

when
11:30pm

how much
€12

gig
Iceage

Early last year, when a friend of ours breathlessly revealed that Iceage had ‘gone country’, we were understandably aghast. The idea that this quartet of doe-eyed Copenhagen punks had released an album of Willie Nelson covers was bigger than Dylan going electric. The record in question, ‘Plowing into the field of Love’ is categorically not country although it did represent the kind of violent change of direction that generally ends in the search for a black box recorder. You can at times discern something of The Birthday Party, even The Pogues, but what matters is their disdain for the strictures of genre. They appear to have outgrown their flirtation with rightwing iconography and learned to play their instruments but this is still a band that pisses attitude from every orifice. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

April 30 2015


where
See link

when
Until May 3rd

how much
See HERE

festival
Live Collision

Collide with some art at this year’s festival. Live Collision’s artists interpret what it means to be human through an array of mediums. You can attend performances in the form of lectures, dances, films, chats, have a singer/songwriter perform a bespoke microgig for you in your house, or attend a bell-ringing on the Liffey, if temptation strikes. One act that caught my eye is Amanda Coogan’s dance piece— it combines choreography inspired by Bolero with cigarette smoking. Anytime I’m dancing somewhere people are allowed to smoke my clothes/ arms end up covered in burns, so power to her and her dancers for navigating all those butts gracefully. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

April 30 2015


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
Until May 16th

how much

theatre
Before Monsters Were Made

It’s 1968, and the death of a local girl has set a small Mayo town ablaze with talk and rumour. Peter Coonan (you know, Fran—Coola-Boola!) takes to the stage as David, whose suppressed memories begin to take form again. Tension and fear grip the town as they turn their suspicion towards him. People are quick to jump on the bandwagon and accusations are made regardless of evidence. David finds his life slipping through his fingers. Coonan has an impressive career on the stage and promises to bring the intense nature that we all know him for to this role. The trailer for this production is eerie and certainly sets a tone of unease and mystery. Directed by Ben Kidd, of Lippy fame, this thriller is certain to have you questioning how well you really can know somebody. / Julieanne McMahon

 

April 30 2015


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

how much
€5/€7

club night
Room 19's The Ghetto Tekken 3 Party

There's a real knack to being good at Tekken. It's called not giving a shit about whether you pummel your games console into scrap metal. Diskotekken (see what they did there?) will be setting up in the Twisted Pepper - for one night a GhettoTekken - and seeing if disco grooves and a well stocked bar impede your ability to absolutely hammer your mates at Tekken 3. Whether you first tackled it on the cliché Playstation, or were one of the people who bought into the Dreamcast hype (poor you, what a waste of perfectly good Holy Communion money), you'll be sure to slip right back into the mindless violence that is Tekken. K-O. / Kate Coleman

   
 

April 30 2015


where
The Lab, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1
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when
Until June 13th

how much
Free

exhibition
Susan Connolly

Susan Connolly is an artist who quite literally thinks outside of the box. Her exploration of the “extendable paint surface” doesn’t stay in the lines, on a canvas, or even always in the gallery. She’ll be transforming The Lab from a white cube into the installation, When Ceiling Meets The Floor, that is up to the viewer to navigate and discover. A piece of contemporary artwork investigating the ideas and contradictions behind contemporary artwork, and intended to be “experienced as a totality”, a la Donald Judd. / Olivia Rutter

 

April 30 2015


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
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when


how much


GoldenBeck #13

"I want to make More Than God the soundtrack to the equal marriage referendum", Neil Watkins of Buffalo Woman recently told us. Oh, brill, we replied - you'll make a fortune off 2015's Reeling In the Years. All joking aside, this duo - Neil and Tim O'Donovan, play the kind of electro-fun that just worms its way into your consciousness and stays there, grooving in the corners of your mind. They are certified party starters, and are possibly the only people that'd ever get away with performing live in a nightclub context, AND performing in tiny pubs on even tinier islands. However, in this instance, they'll be performing on the Workman's Club stage with King Modo and Wob!, so you'll feel right at home (they're grand, they feel at home anywhere.) Go. Enjoy. But don't end up like THIS Buffalo Woman. / Kate Coleman

   
 

May 01 2015


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

how much
€10/€15

screening
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Hands up if you’ve always dreamed of starring in a Wes Anderson film. The outfits, the music, the colours…oh those beautiful colours! Well the good folks at Hunt & Gather are throwing the most amazing party in celebration of our favourite director. I almost forgot to mention—it’s fancy dress! YES, you can finally dig out that red tracksuit from the back of the hot press. With the entire catalogue of films to choose from, good luck deciding! A screening of the lusciously scrumptious Grand Budapest Hotel will be followed by culinary hocus pocus to make your taste buds go ooh and aah, then dance into the wee hours to music from all the films. They’ve even been so clever as to provide a makeup counter and prop box for all you undecided lads and lassies, count us in! / Julieanne McMahon

 

May 02 2015


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

how much
€8

party
The Thin Air 2nd Birthday Bash

The Thin Air has been an incredible addition to the culture zine scene in recent times. It is so uplifting to see it, and publications like Cult, getting out there and delivering high quality content. You know these are cottage industries. It's for the love, as anyone who runs a click-bait shy site or zine knows. The Thin Air is leaving Belfast to celebrate its second birthday in Dublin, with performances from No Spill Blood and others, as well as a pumping baby birthday set from Little Gem Records. It is far from the vinyl countdown for this beautifully produced free zine, and you can get them over the two year frontier and sprinting on towards a half decade merely by turning up, being sound, and maybe singing them Happy Birthday (with harmonies, if you please.) / Kate Coleman

 

May 02 2015


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

how much
€17

gig
The Twilight Sad

Here are one of those bands we've been aware of for years but somehow never got around to listening to, until now, with their fourth release 'Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave'. Maybe our timing is good - this record melds the best of the disparate sounds of the three previous LPs. It's a magnificent piece of work. Rich and resonant with layers of guitar and fuzzy synths weaving around singer James Graham’s pleasing burr. His lyrics somehow manage to be both intimate and expansive. This is dark stuff, but it's the sort of darkness you want to wrap yourself in like a cloak. No wonder Robert Smith has recorded a cover of album opener 'There's a Girl In The Corner'. The band have described their sound as 'music for people who like music, rather than following trends'. Sounds good to us. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

   
 

May 03 2015


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

how much
See HERE

cinema
Samba

Although the film is set around the very serious topic of migrant rights in France, Samba is more of a French take on a rom-com than a breakthrough political commentary. Omar Sy is as charming as ever as Samba, a Senegalese man who has been living in France for over 10 years but still hasn’t got permanent permission to remain. An awkwardly realistic romance blooms with Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a volunteer immigration worker who is on sick leave from her job because of stress. Despite supposedly being an insomniac, Gainsbourg’s skin is as glowingly flawless as ever, and the two make for a squirmingly cute onscreen couple. This isn’t as poignant as Toledano and Nackache's Les Intouchables, but still very enjoyable. / Olivia Rutter

 

May 02 2015


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


when
11pm

how much
€15/€20

dj set
Mano Le Tough

This boy is at the top of his game and in demand. The Irish DJ, remixer and producer shuffles between Berlin and Zurich and wherever the weekend will take him. He's ground out a sterling reputation enhanched even further by his hugely impressive debut album Changing Days. You'll find Niall Mannion (aka Mano) at Pacha in Ibiza, Flow Festival in Helsinki, at Together Boston, in the Warung Beach Club in Brazil, at Expedition Festival in Rotterdam, at Neopop in Lisbon, at Lightning in a Bottle in San Francisco or maybe you'd prefer B My Lake in Hungary. Of course, if you don't manage to sneak into his luggage you could just nip down the road tonight and see him on Camden Street. Just don't expect to see him to be back until summer is over. Support from the music colossus, recent Berlin resident and fun time party boy Lil' Dave. / Zach Joyce

   
 

May 04 2015


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when
7:30pm

how much
€20

gig
Purity Ring

Purity Ring’s music is like a steady flow of rain dropping into a vast, wild ocean. But the ocean is not the one you know, it is that of a distant, sonically-driven dimension in which oceans are made of synths and rain of electronic drums. Dancing through this world is Megan James, whose childlike vocals sound far too innocent for the content of heartbreak turned physical ache that she delves into; ’I cried all night awake, I cried ‘til my body ache’. It all may sound a little intense, but paired with bandmate Corin Roddick’s intricate production it adds up to make powerful, resonant pop music. These two are pioneers in this particular synth-pop world, seeing many similar bands(see CHVRCHES) garner success in their wake. When they’re not chillin’ with Danny Brown they’re hard on the grind on tour, and if fan videos shot on Nokia 3210s are anything to go by, their live shows have the perfect aesthetics to match their otherworldly sound. / Ben Allen

 

May 05 2015


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

how much
See HERE

cinema
Get Up And Go

Killian Scott and Peter Coonan (second mention in Le Cool this week, ooOooh) play Coilin and Alex, two friends who finished college a little bit too long ago and haven’t been up to much since. Coilin is a struggling comedian, a bit too complacent, and wearing one of those suit jackets that has a hoodie sewn into it, but happy enough. Alex is a musician (and failed employee of the Screen Cinema) who is just a frustratingly awful guy. Within the first few minutes, his girlfriend tells him she’s pregnant, so he decides he needs to move to London. By 1pm that day. And he gets worse. The comedy follows the pair as they wind their way around familiar Dublin hangouts, trying to track down enough money to “get Alex started” for his new life in the UK. They aren’t very lovable, but they’re realistic. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

May 06 2015


where
Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€25

gig
The Staves

Dear Staves, I think I’m in love. I know it sounds crazy; it all happened so quickly! Maybe it was the impeccable 3-part harmonies, maybe it was the beautiful instrumentation. Either way, I’ve fallen hard. My friends think I’m nuts, but they just don’t understand. They haven’t heard the new album yet. They don’t know how you’ve built upon and perfected a gorgeous, raw folk sound without overcomplicating things or losing the strength of your identity. I know you have a date in Dublin on Wednesday, but I was thinking maybe if the weather is nice during the day we could go for a picnic in Stephen’s green and talk about nature (I know you like that kind of stuff). I don’t even mind if Justin Vernon of Bon Iver isn’t there with you - you’re perfect just the way you are! Forever yours, Ben Allen