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Copenhagen wants to become carbon neutral by 2025, and their path to that will include the building of a biomass-fuelled heating and energy plant, which is being designed by Gottlieb Paludan Architects.

What is so special about this project is that form and function are being considered in equal part. Usually, industrial energy matters are dealt with in an ugly environment, but Gottlieb Paludan have created design features - shimmering gold domes and a forest facade - that will reinforce the message that the need for the plant isn't purely industrial, but also for the preservation of Copenhagen's current beauty and surroundings.

It makes you wonder, would people complain so much about wind farms (although we think they are totally sci-fi and cool) if they were also municipal, community spaces?

Who's gone green? Not with jealousy... Kate or Michael?

"Illustration should always be fun and in my work - the more colour, the better." - Shane Kenna
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Love + Radio - Nicholas van der Kolk

I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. I’ve been working on Love + Radio as a side project off and on since 2005, and finally got funding to work on it more regularly with the launch of Radiotopia at the start of 2014. The show has evolved over the years, but right now we’re mostly focused on long-form profiles of extraordinary people (a man who runs a DIY strip club out of his house in Detroit,or a woman who makes her living entrapping paedophiles on the internet). The explosion of podcasts and their heightened popularity is a real relief. It feel like I showed up two hours too early to a party and have been chatting awkwardly with the host. Then, just couple years ago, the rest of the partygoers started arriving and things are finally getting underway.

Sometimes I feel like I'm the only American over here who claims no genetic link to Ireland. My wife is an artist from Donegal and has been working on various projects over here since December. I’m lucky enough to be able to take my work anywhere there’s a decent internet connection.

A live recording is like a film screening with no visuals. I’ve curated a selection of excellent radio from a number of sources, and I’ll be premiering a never-before-heard episode of Love + Radio.

Experience Love + Radio Live at the Odessa Club, 11 May. PHOTO: Malcolm McGettigan

   
 

May 07 2015


where
Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€27

gig
Laura Marling

If you have never heard a Laura Marling song, then you owe your ears (and heart, and soul – too much?) an apology right this second. Marling’s voice is clear, clean and pure. Her lyrics are often haunting, confessional, and prickly - but all the more beautiful for it. Many of her melodies have that rare déjà vu quality whereby, despite the song being brand new to you, you feel as though you’ve known it forever. Her newest album, Short Movie, was released earlier this year. It is a more personally open work from a reserved artist (Marling has famously eschewed encores), and we hear a marked change in the use of an electric guitar for the first time on a Laura Marling EP. Live, Marling is really something. Give those ears a reason to buy you thank you flowers, and head along to hear for yourself. / Alison Treacy

 

May 07 2015


where
Indigo & Cloth, 9 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
7pm

how much
Free

launch
Guts Issue Three

In as many months as you have fingers on one hand, Guts has grown up from a Kickstarter, which kept gobbling up its own targets, like a real Type A personality. It's already become a magnet for illustration and design fanatics, with creatives who have worked on the magazine including current Le Cool cover artists Oh Hey Friend (Imogen Oh and Shane Kenna), Robert Ickis Mirolo, Steve McCarthy and Steve O'Connor. They'll be celebrating their third issue with a knees up in Indigo & Cloth, and an exhibition of the editorial illustrations that have made it such a must-have on coffee tables. Hob nob over a free beer, and take a peek at the new issue, because there's no such thing as Friday, is there? / Kate Coleman

 

May 07 2015


where
Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 10 May

how much
Free

exhibition
Prix Pictet: Consumption

The Prix Pictet winner on display here, Lebensmittel, focuses on the manner in which we chomp, gorge and guzzle our way through an over-stuffed food industry that caters to our every possible taste. No longer must a 6 year old’s dream of Reese’s Cup filled Oreo M&M’s go unfulfilled; if it’s been thought of, it more or likely exists in some ungodly form. Photos taken at varying stages in the journey from animal/plant to product shed light on the manner in which we take our food for granted. The exhibition itself takes a wider look at consumption, which has taken on a life of it’s own in the post internet age, personal computers acting as bottomless containers of music, film, art, goods and services that we can turn upside down and shake until its contents slide down our gullets into our ungrateful, growling stomachs. / Ben Allen

   
 

May 08 2015


where
Pacinos, 18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
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when
11pm

how much
€10

party
No Shame Glitter Disco

DON’T YOU WANNA BE MO-ORE THAN FRIENDS HOLD ME TIGHT AND DON’T LET GO-OH! So sang En Vogue. So sang my 10-year old self (ferociously and in all caps as you see). So sang just about everyone, ever, since then. We all have those songs – we know all the words, our hands twitch to the volume dial when they come on the radio, and we rejoice. But for some reason, we perhaps don’t always own up to them, these cheese-ball songs of joy and wonder. On Friday, shame is off the menu, along with guilt, and judgement. In aid of making grá the law, a glitter disco with actual glitter sprayed into the crowd will take place, with every single one of your secret heart-songs played at full decibel! Fun. Glitter. Equality. And En Vogue. The perfect Friday night, in other words. / Alison Treacy

 

May 08 2015


where
The Hugh Lane Gallery, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
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when
Until 4 October

how much
Free

exhibition
Declan Clarke - Wreckage in May

Art film can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in a gallery - particularly if you are hung over. Stick with me - you sit down in front of it just because you have to sit down in front of something, anything, and it's maybe because you feel like you are not at all invested in it, but you actually end up giving it your full attention and being consumed by the moving image. Declan Clarke is presenting a trilogy of films that take a look at the modern age, aptly, as we reflect on the last age of optimism at the end of the 90s, and reappraise Europe's relationship with its industrial past after boom and bust. The three videos stand alone, but also marry together, and make for ponderous viewing. / Kate Coleman

   
 

May 09 2015


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
8:30pm

how much
€12.50

screening
Mad Max 1 & 2 Dystopian Party

If any two movies embody the notion of dystopian future, Mad Max and Mad Max Road Warrior are textbook examples. Mad Max sees a stark, austere vision of the future where a presumed economic crisis has lead to food and fuel shortages. Mad Max is equal parts gritty grindhouse style thriller and equal part cult car film. Justice in the world of Max world is delivered at the end of a gun, followed closely by a V8 engine. Road Warrior expands on the first film's themes but adds an almost western narrative. Stumbling across a community producing oil and by extension, fuel, Max attempts to defend and help a community to the promised lands of California in exchange for valuable fuel. Both are cult classics in every sense of the word. Worth watching, just for the hacksaw scene. / Jack Broughan

 

May 09 2015


where
SO Fine Art Editions, 10 Anne Street South, Dublin 2


when
Until 23 May

how much
Free

exhibition
Johannes Eidt

A collection of brightly coloured prints, Eidt’s Against the Wind brings memories of bracing boat trips, on-shore breezes and new year’s dips. It is heavily nautical in theme but with an overall representation of travel and movement through nature for various reasons; from holidays and leisurely ambles, to commuting and troops going to war. Eidt spent ten years in Japan and it is clear to see this time has influenced his style and colour palette. Eidt was awarded Germany’s Federal Cross of Merit for his service in the arts in 2012, the country’s highest award for the arts. Very swish. / Frida Kilburn

 

May 09 2015


where
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq W & Clare St, Dublin 2.
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when
Until 20 September

how much
Free

exhibition
Sean Scully

One of the most lauded abstract painters in the world, the National Gallery is celebrating Dublin-born Sean Scully’s 70th birthday with an exhibition of his work, including pieces on loan from Tate, IMMA and private collections. Scully’s work is easily recognisable because of his ever-present horizontal and vertical stripes, but he manages to bring romanticism and personality to even the most basic of patterns. The exhibition juxtaposes his paintings from the 80’s and 90’s with his works from the last decade, particularly his photographic series and a recent painting, a response to his earlier work, White Window. / Olivia Rutter.

 

May 09 2015


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


when
11pm

how much
€15

gig
Oceaán

Oceaán is a man with depth (or man-child, he does kinda look about twelve). He creates soundcapes with po-faced complexity, but layers them with pop melodies, choons for you to dance to. This Belgian musician has found a home in Manchester, which has probably put a lot of the frost into his pop concoctions. You should become au fait with his 2014 EP and standout tracks like the trop-hype of Need U and Veritas, as true an absolute gem of a track you'll find anywhere. R'n'b grooves, awesome production, what else would you be doing with yourself? / Kate Coleman

   
 

May 10 2015


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
See HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
Heaven Adores You

Who knew that 2015 would be the year of the Suicidal songwriter docs? After Kurt Cobain comes Elliott Smith, whose incredible, emotive music had already soldified his place in film history with a few extremely memorable scenes in Wes Anderson’s oeuvre and an iconic performance of Miss Misery in an ill-fitting white suit at the Oscars in 1998. It is difficult to find much positivity in Elliott Smith’s music; if I spot that a friend is listening to him on Spotify, it is generally a cue to call them up and check if everything is ok. However, this movie provides a fresh insight into Smith’s legacy, and the rich fulfilling life that he led outside of his addiction. Focusing on these positive aspects without glossing over negative elements of depression, heroin usage and his eventual suicide, the film new and hopeful light onto one of the great melancholic songwriters. A touching scrapbook dedicated to a man otherwise steeped in misery. / Ben Allen

 

May 10 2015


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
See
how much
See
HERE

screening
Drifters & Field Music

Tapping into the growing phenomenon of contemporary musicians providing live soundtracks for old films, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival commissioned idiosyncratic Sunderland indie-rockers Field Music to score Drifters, John Grierson’s seminal 1929 documentary about North Sea herring fishing fleets. Two years on, the band has fine-tuned and recorded the music for a Record Store Day release and is performing their instrumental compositions in a handful of UK and Irish cinemas. Taking bands and cinemagoers out of their comfort zones is a great idea; it fosters the ongoing cross-pollination between both art forms and encourages musicians to renegotiate the way they write and perform. It’s also a really cool way to catch a gig and a movie at the same time! If you’re a Field Music obsessive and a Grierson guru this is a no-brainer. / Brian Keane

   
 

May 11 2015


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
See HERE

how much
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cinema
Phoenix

Before being sent to a concentration camp, Nelly (Nina Hoss) was a glamorous and successful singer in Berlin. Despite being severely disfigured by the Nazis, she survives the war and hopes that after reconstructive surgery she can return to her old life. Unfortunately, the doctor tells her he won’t be able to make her look exactly the same as before, and she becomes unrecognisable, even to her husband. This turns out to be a blessing in disguise. Although Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld) doesn’t realise who she is, he does see a slight resemblance to Nelly— and enlists her in a plot to pretend to be his late wife, so that they can steal her fortune. Nelly plays along, her new face enabling her to truly see her husband for the first time. Christian Petzold’s smoky and unbelievably twisty film noir is an enigmatic thrill. / Olivia Rutter.

 

May 12 2015


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

how much
Free

exhibition
Susan Connolly - When the Ceiling meets the Floor

Painting your house is a nightmare. Despite sticking a maze-worth of masking tape around the parameters of your painting space, it still creeps onto the light switches, and flecks onto the carpet. There's nothing you can do about it - paint is even more Jackson Pollock than Jackson Pollock himself. Susan Connolly's work has often been preoccupied by the painted surface, whether purposefully or unintentionally painted, and the tangential life of the painted surface, with its scruffs and scrapes. This exhibition is a continuation of that work, which is humorous, thoughtful, and surprising. / Kate Coleman

   
 

May 13 2015


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€6/€8

spoken word
Literary Death Match #9

Fight to the death - only using words. It's not true when they say, 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.' That person didn't see Eight Mile. Anyway, this spoken word extravaganza is back again, and the judges and speakers are hungry for blood. These guys bleed words. The readers on the night will be Claire Hennessy, Peter Murphy, Eileen Gormley, and James Moran, while they'll be judged on literary merit, performance, and intangibles by Dave Rudden, Sarah Maria Griffin, and Bert Wright of the Irish Book Awards. Instead of staying at home with a good book, save yourself a paper cut and watch the competitors spit some lit. / Kate Coleman