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September 12 2014

Mfa_grads

where Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when Until 21 September

how much Free

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University of Ulster MFA Graduate Exhibition

This is the only reason I know I'm getting older. Year after year, I visit it and wish I had a creative talent. Alas, it isn't so, and you leave the exhibition feeling happy-sad that beauty is in such safe hands. Two Le Cool contributing photographers, Des Moriarty and Oliver Smith, are showing in this year's crop of MFA graduates. Des' project is a primary-plastic hued examination of processed food. It's gross, but shiny and fun, like a fifties themed diner. Oliver has gone into battle, documenting the youth of today in a pure, non-judgemental form, creating mist in the midst of the party. Leading commercial photographer Simon Burch has stretched his fine art chops with a US-based project, and Johnny Savage creates beauty out of dereliction. Bursting with Irish photographic talent, the Belfast course is earning its reputation as the course that separates the wheat from the chaff, so all the more reason to check it out. / Kate Coleman

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September 16 2014

Always-alone-done

where Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when 6.15pm

how much Full €14 Concession €12

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tiger dublin fringe

Always Alone Together

From a group of nerdy teens who had never belonged before, to the redefining of a norm where having hundreds of friends is nothing unusual, Always Alone Together tells us the history of the internet and how those who were instrumental in its creation fundamentally changed how humankind interacts. Striking a fine balance of storytelling and history, this show blurs the boundaries between theatre, lecture and podcast and, in turns ubiquitous and bibliographic, tells us the meaning of what it is to truly connect to others. Cathal Maguire’s incredible research and emotive performance combine to form a piece which is as amazingly informative as it is emotive and poignant. Following an explorative stint in The Collaborations Festival in Spring, Game Theory is back with a re-tweaking of the beautiful and enlightening Always Alone Together. / Jack Gibson

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September 20 2014

Ccl

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

how much €10

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Cloud Castle Lake

Question: Which Dublin band have been together since their school days, played bunches of acclaim-garnering gigs, offered up some neat cover versions, graced lots of “ones to watch” lists but still haven’t released a song? The answer would have been Cloud Castle Lake until this week’s release of the trio’s (understatement alert!) long-awaited début EP, Dandelion. So, was it worth the wait? Definitely. On a local level think Halves crossed with James Vincent McMorrow; on an international scale, Radiohead’s detail-riddled, deconstructed anthem DNA is all over their intricately produced songs. Hopefully, a full album of material isn’t far down the line but in the meantime buy the EP, get to this launch gig and mark them down as erm… “ones to watch”. / Brian Keane

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September 20 2014

Pantha

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

when 11pm

how much €12

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gig

Pantha du Prince

Given that Hendrik Weber started issuing his often breathtaking body of work through Dial, one of those record labels whose every release is greeted with hushed reverence, when he jumped ship to Rough Trade, there were some who assumed his output would suffer. Not so Pantha du Prince. The album Black Noise from 2010 encapsulates his trademark crystalline creations which are both cinematic and ethereal in ambient scope, yet retain a steady dancefloor bump any house and techno fan would dig. The carefully controlled chaos you hear in his production results in some of the most immediately accessible dance music around. Not everyone was down with his ambitious Elements of Light album with The Bell Laboratory in 2012 but you’ve got to hand it to Hendrik, he’s not resting on his laser-cut laurels. Win Tickets / Simon Judge

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September 20 2014

Martcade

where Martcade, 46 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6.

when 11am-6pm

how much Free entry

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Martcade Thrift Market

The idea of a thrift market seemed so glamorous when I was a ten year old, reading weird American YA fiction about two sisters - the cool one who bought her clothes from thrift stores and went to Yale, and the sap one who made her own clothes and wound up working in a haberdashers (but ends up marrying the cool sister's high school boyfriend, who was probably called Logan, cus Y.A = SchWHY.A.) Anyway, the whole thing convinced me that thrift gets you the shift, and that you should keep your passion for Butterick patterns and haberdashery well under wraps of dodgy 1980s ski jackets and granny-knitted illegally merchandised Disney jumpers. If you are of a similar spiritual and material outlook, hotfoot it to Martcade for a 2014 update on the church bazaar. Rummage amongst the bric a brac for your new, cool look. It's what big sister would do. / Kate Coleman

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September 20 2014

Somadrone

where Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when 8pm

how much €5

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Potion of Oblivion

Block T have gained a reputation as a venue for music nights without the dickheads, to put it unpolitely, and the latest of these is Potion of Oblivion, which isn't quite the Wicked Witch nightmare that the title suggests. Featuring DJ sets by the organiser and curator, Somadrone, an a couple of his cool, electro-chic pals, including Cian Murphy (I Am the Cosmos) and Anthony Patterson (Twin Kranes), what you are assured is a BYOB (and mates) experience that is all about the music. If the posters (designed by M&E, swit swooo!) don't have you confident enough in this new, monthly night, the promise of disco, minimal new wave, krautrock and more should have you descending on Dublin 7 en masse. Just sayin', this writer caught one of the esteemed DJs (to remain unnamed) grooving to Eisbaer last weekend, so here's hoping for more of the same. / Kate Coleman

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September 20 2014

Harvestfeast

where IMMA, Military Road, Dublin
01 6129900
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when 5:30pm

how much €40

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Late Harvest Feast

It was during my hobbyist fish mongering phase that I first made the acquaintance of young Giles Clark. A mere pup of an undergraduate at the time, this urbane and impeccably polite chap (with a penchant for wearing multiple shirts) would entertain me with orders like ’22 langoustines and 14 monkfish livers please’. He was of course buying for his now legendary Whitefriar Suppers, where the likes of me got to drink out of jam-jars before you did. Following stints in the kitchens of Noma, Alinea and Chez Panisse he returns for a one-off ‘Late Harvest Feast’ in the formal garden maze at IMMA to close their ’Summer Rising’ season. This young turk cooks with real wit and invention, you need to taste his food. One last hurrah before the nights begin to draw in… / Mr & Mrs Stevens

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September 21 2014

Ek_tha

where Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
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when 1:30pm

how much Free

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Ek Tha Tiger

It is one of the oldest and largest film industries in the world and this week it stretches far beyond Mumbai to our very own College Green, with a screening of the first Bollywood film to be shot in Dublin. To mark the fifth year of the Indian Film Festival, Yash Chopra’s Ek Tha Tiger marks the unique artistic collaboration between Ireland and India and celebrates the rich and historic film cultures present in both motherlands. Partly shot in Trinity College, the film and festival as a whole promotes Ireland as a location for Indian cinema and in turn Indian cinema to an Irish audience. In days of fast-paced digital downloads and trickled out trailers, the emergence of Indian cinema in Dublin brings a feeling of old school cinema to the fore, considering the shrinking nature of the industry. / Claire Mullane

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September 22 2014

Magic

where Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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Magic in the Moonlight

Some of us make facebook albums after we’ve been on our holliers, others might even gluegun scrapbooks of ticket-stubs and postcards. Woody Allen, well, he films a quasi tourism-board promo vid/quipy period romcom, this time featuring a stunning Côte D'Azur set during the opulence of the swinging 20s. With flavours of The Talented Mr Ripley and Agatha Christie, Magic In The Moonlight follows Wei Ling Soo a world-renowned magician AKA Stanley Crawford AKA Colin Firth in the employment of a nouveau-riche American dynasty endeavouring to unmask a soothsaying vixenish Emma Stone as a fraud. Like a Monet painting set to pantomime, this is a film which is, as Stanley would exclaim “sugarcoated claptrap”, and while many might irk at Allen romancing cross-generational amour, one can’t deny that this film is rather pretty, if not silly. Pretty silly. / Jack Gibson

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September 23 2014

Penumbra

where Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when Until October 26th

how much Free

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Paul Murnaghan: Penumbra

Remember Toy Story’s Sid, that neighbour kid who subjected those unfortunate lost toys to horrible mutations and splices? Well, if poor, messed-up Sid, grew up and by some miracle avoided a life of psychopathy, instead channelling his energies into visual art and a study of mother nature, I’d say he would have come up with something not unlike Paul Murnaghan’s Penumbra. This patchwork video is the diary of a voyeurist, a documentation of the comings and goings of the great ecosystem that is the artist’s back garden. From projections of deep-sea like microscopic life to final, distressing moments of a spasming birds life, this work explores with alternating deference and interference the natural world, whose vitality is often ignored. Invariably visceral and unsettling, Murnaghan’s work makes one glad that Woody and Co. got away. / Jack Gibson

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September 24 2014

Source-radecathy-coughlan

where OLV Building, Cathedral View Court, Dublin 8.

when 2.30pm (until Friday)

how much Free (suggested donation €5)

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Source

Following its sold out run at Tiger Dublin Fringe, RADE make a sprightly return. This magnificent collaboration with choreographer Cathy Coughlan is accomplished, inspiring and entertaining. RADE's mission is to "engage drug users with the arts and therapeutic supports and provide a platform for their artistic expression" and Source is a performance piece to "ignite the dark". The performances weave skill and bravery. The heart of Source is evident in the effort, concentration and pride its cast take in such rewarding material complemented by brilliant visuals and a sublime mixtape. It's impossible not to brim with pride at the quality of work emerging from the artistic integrity and confidence RADE instills in people hacked at by the grey of life. Booking is essential but seeing and supporting this even more so. / Michael McDermott

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September 24 2014

Jungle

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

how much €15

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The Jungle Brothers

In a genre where everyone talks about longevity but few actually achieve it, I couldn’t be more excited about the imminent arrival of the Jungle Brothers to our shores. These guys are true innovators, responsible for everything that’s awesome about late 80’s and 90’s hip hop. Working with other ‘Native Tongues’ performers including A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah and De La Soul they worked off the blueprints created by Afrika Bambaataa, going on to pioneer a whole new type of hip hop that was constantly evolving and embracing new genres. The JB’s were the first act to fuse jazz, hip hop and house music with ‘I’ll house you’ widely considered the first hip house record, changing the dance music scene for ever more. So make sure to put on your baggy trews and vintage Adidas, and cover your jimbrowski for a night of awesome music from a group that aren’t ready to hang up their hats just yet. / Rebecca Fitzpatrick

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September 24 2014

Banter

where The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when 6:30pm

how much €5

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Banter: Dublin's Café Society 2014

As long as hangovers exist the greasy spoon will retain an important role as provider of the “cure” in every Irish town. However there is no denying it is a rather jaded looking concept when compared to the sleek interiors and innovative offerings in some of Dublin’s newer cafes. The city’s burgeoning coffee culture has been well documented in recent times - often compared to the likes of Melbourne or Portland. In fact it seems there is no getting away from caffeinated caper here as brew bars pop up in clothes stores, baristas lock horns at competitions and a boozy brunch becomes the new night out. But what has triggered the rise of this cafe society? In the wake of the inaugural Coffee and Tea Festival, representatives from the coalface of this movement will posit their theories and speculate on what’s around the corner. / Aaron Purcell

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September 24 2014

Lost

where Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
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when 6pm

how much €15 (inc. 3 free Blue Moon)

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Lost Wednesdays

As a place that more regularly embraces a more traditional representation of art, the RHA’s new series of incredible gig nights feels ever the more exciting. Joining together to encourage a loss of preconceptions amongst the many rooms of the RHA, enjoy a celebration of the the burgeoning Irish art scene. Embracing the inclusion of a variety of complementary acts, wander to the dj styling of rising, and pretty much rose, blogger Nialler9, before your ear catches the sound of another room drawing you in through the live sounds of songwriter Maria Somerville. Music is Art, but made ever the more enticing when there is a soundtrack to your humming and hawing over new exhibits and installations. Altogether, this night is an almost necessary reminder to you, that you live in Dublin, Dublin is cool, and if you aren’t noticing that yet, well pity about you. / Ciara Roche

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