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250 issues. 250 late Wednesday nights. 250 arguments about the editorial, and at least 250 missed typos.

There are many factors that have kept us going over the last 5 years (1995 Days on Earth), not least the legions of writers, photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, and more who have kept us, and this weekly mag, creatively fuelled.

And we're nothing without content. The makers and doers and chancers and dreamers have never failed to surprise us or make our selection each week a difficult choice. We salute the brave who've stuck around and mucked in to ensure Dublin is a city constantly reinventing itself, one which is challenging and rewarding us.

Then, there are you super-cool subscribers. Thanks for letting us creep into your domains at dawn every Thursday, chatting to us on d'social media, and keeping us excited about Dublin.  

Who's raising a glass to 250 more weeks of Dublin's creativity. Kate, Michael or Olivia?

"I thought geometry, maths, numbers, savage, I'll have a whack at that." - Mica Warren
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October 30 2014


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
11pm

how much
€20/€18

gig
Kaytranada

I first became acquainted with Canadian producing extraordinaire Kaytranada via his sublime remixes of R&B jams such as TLC's Creep, Teedra Moses' Be Your Girl and Jill Scott's Golden. Since then, the 22-year-old remix wizard has forged a reputation as one of the most consistent and exciting producers in the game. While he still indulges his passion for remixing, Kaytranada is currently in the midst of prepping an original EP entitled So Bad due to be released on XL Recordings. The first cut from that highly anticipated collection is Leave Me Alone, a luxe, slinky jam perfect for a gentle groove in the wee hours. This isn't Kaytranada's first visit here, but it could be his last before you hear he is working with, like, Ariana Grande. Don't miss it. / Amy O'Connor

 

October 30 2014


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Life Tips And Other Bits - Aoife Dooley

If you’re anticipating feeling less than human after the coming halloweekend, come join us in taking some preventative measures your Monday-self will thank you for. Aoife Dooley, funky-witty illustrator and designer is having her first solo exhibition as well as launching her debut book, “Life Tips and Other Bits” this Thursday at the Bernard Shaw. You’ve likely already encountered some of her designs around Dublin (maybe even on one of our past covers?!), but you probably haven’t gotten advice quite this relevant to your actual life before. Inspired by long bus rides and friends’ funny stories, instead of yelling at you to eat more chia seeds, she addresses some of the biggest questions of our times: Chicken Fillet or Breakfast Roll? / Olivia Rutter

 

October 30 2014


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
Location Map

when
8 pm

how much
€13-€40

screening/live soundtrack
Psycho - Live!

Are you sick of trying to think up an ironic yet sexy Halloween costume and looking for something a little different to do this Hallows eve? How about checking into Bates Motel with an orchestra as your travel companions? Well look no further, as this Halloween the RTE Concert orchestra will have everyone on knife edge (pun intended). They will be playing Bernard Hermann’s live score while one of Hitchcock’s most deliciously twisted films, Psycho, is projected in the background. Fun fact, this was the first film to ever show a toilet flushing and this scandalised audiences, generating more complaints than the whole violent killing in a shower thing! So avoid if you have any bathroom related phobias! Otherwise, it’s going to be deadly, so book up! / Beccy Fitzpatrick

 

October 30 2014


where
Theatre Uptsairs , Above Lanigan's Pub, Eden Quay, Dublin 1


when
Until November 8th

how much
€8-€10

theatre
Spectres

Two men arrive at a coastal inn for the night before boarding the boat to America and a new life. The landlady claims she can see spirits but her guests are too concerned with keeping their secrets to pay much attention until a late night visit by a ghost from their past forces them to confront things they would rather keep buried. This has some very humorous moments from the off but you can see exactly where the story is heading - into a dark, dark abyss. The basic premise may have been done a million times before but who can say no to a classic ghost story? It is staged well and is extremely atmospheric thanks to clever use of sound and light. Perfect for the time of year, it is a suitably spooky way to pass an hour with some chilling moments. / Frances Winston

 

October 30 2014


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
11pm

how much
Free

film club
Moonlight Cinema Club

Theoretically speaking, the mass and calibre of Irish film-making is directly disproportionate to our island’s physical size. Regrettably, since 2009’s McCarthy report, the same can be said for the wealth of talent in relation to arts funding and support. Arts infrastructure has witnessed enough depreciation and fund slicing to ignite an enriching evaluation of the creativity that exists here-an evaluation that has helped keep a struggling industry active. Such shared and celebratory forums for budding artists and film-makers, keep the arts and culture metabolism burning through exhibition and communication. On that note, Moonlight Cinema Club, I salute you for keeping her lit! / Claire Mullane

   
 

October 31 2014


where
see link

when
see link

how much
see link

club night
Best for spookin'!

Spookers be spookin' with Mother & those dutty Pygs in Powerscourt Townhouse this Hallowe'en. For the first time, the townhouse will be creeped out with truly frightening hags, all ripped up in their disco threads, grooving the night away. Over at the Joinery, there will be a Hallowe'en Spectacular with Tarracoír playing an earth-trembling gig, whilst the Grand Social (pictured) will have Kelly-Anne Byrne discospinning you into an early grave. At TBG&S you should be prepared to get the HeeBeeGeeBees when the #1s and a load of mad creative yolks will be bringing the studios crashing down around your Spock ears. Dress up, creep it up, and party it up. / Kate Coleman

 

October 31 2014


where
Meet at St. Stephen's Green

when
6pm

how much
Free

event
Critical Mass: Halloween Edition

This hallowe'en, you'd be brave NOT to cycle in the city, because the zombie apocalypse is upon us, cycle-style. Dark-eyed and blood-kissed, the undead will be taking to two-wheeled light machinery in order to frighten you slow pedestrians as they coast on by, looking hungry, their rotting stomachs grumbling and grouching for the taste of human flesh. Critical Mass is a monthly cycle that is all about taking back the roads for machines powered by people, rather than fossil fuels. It's about shouting out about the benefits of cycling infrastructure and becoming a coherent cycling movement. So meet them at Stephen's Green, with your fake head tucked under your arm and your bike disguised as a gross, undead horse, if you're psyched for cycling. / Kate Coleman

 

October 31 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
2.10pm & 6.30pm

how much
€7.60/€9

documentary
One Million Dubliners

There's a poignant twist to One Million DublinersAoife Kelleher (director) and Rachel Lysaght (producer) spent several months documenting some of the famous dead residents and living inhabitants of this iconic cemetery. They covered humour such as the lady in love with Michael Collins and the raw sadness of recent bereavement of Danielle Doyle as she brings flowers to her mum's grave. Many towering names in Irish history (Roger Casement, Maud Gonne MacBride) rest among the estimated 1.5 millions souls here. Amongst the folk who carried out the business of working here is the late Shane MacThomais, the exceedingly affable tour guide and resident historian, who exuded a charm and sincerity. This is a simple, on our doorstep story, well told and wonderfully shot. A fitting tribute to the deceased and a thoughtful insight into those living within their shadows. / Zach Joyce

 

October 31 2014


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8 pm

how much
€16.50

gig
The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow

Step onto the carousel. Watch the ringmaster doff his hat. Watch him parade around the stage, sending his coat-tails whipping in the hot air, the crowd shuffling its feet a little harder and a little louder as each twang on the guitar and beat of the drum sends vibrations through everything in the room. Become a part of the ‘carnival of freaks’ that is the Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow, a bombastic boombox of a show that is uniquely indescribable as it is uniquely brilliant. Some seriously impressive musical chops, from guests like R.S.A.G to Jerry Fish himself, make this one of the genuinely best live experiences you’ll see in Ireland. The carousel will swing you around until all you can see are the spinning lights. Step on./ Hugh Torpey

 

October 31 2014


where
The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
01 896 4091‎
Location Map

when
7pm

how much
Free

gig
Dead Beats

This isn't an accusation, it's a fact. Come Friday, the Science Gallery will be packed to the brim with dead beats. Popping up amongst the exhibits in their current Blood exhibition, there will be performances from electro-gods Ships,and little xs for eyes. With spoken word performances, comedy, Ed Hick from J Hicks & Sons doing a very special black pudding demonstration, and general ghastly ghouliness. It would be churlish to try and protest that science ain't cool. In this case, the Nutty Professor is a hipster lifestyle choice, not a ride at Chessington World of Adventure, so backcomb your hair, steal a lab coat from a student, and get spooked, Science Gallery style. / Kate Coleman

 

October 31 2014


where
Generator Hostel, Smithfield Sqaure, Dublin 7.


when
9pm

how much
Free (only 50 on door)

club night
The Hunter's Gathering

The Generator Hostel is hosting one of this Hallowe'en's wildest rave-ups, by bringing over the incredible tune-merchants, Wolf + Lamb from Brooklyn, NY. They've stormed sets here before, and this time will outdo them all, so get on top of their Soundcloud and Boiler Room mixes so you're schooled before the gig. They'll be supported by Dale Howard, deep house aficionado, being flown over the sea from the UK, and Generator regular Lorcan Mak. Our very own This Greedy Pig DJs will also be bringing booty to the floor. Dress to impress - think Mona the Vampire all grown up. Glam'n'fangs. Win Tickets / Sarah Keane

   
 

November 01 2014


where
64 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

when
From 11am

how much
Depends


Nowhere

Even a Nowhere man has to shop somewhere...somewhere with Stutterheim rain jackets, Alan Taylor tailoring, Matthew Miller jumpers and more...Menswear store Nowhere want you to have the coolest, most exclusive threads they can find, and have spent the last six to twelve months on the blower with New York, Tokyo, London and Stockholm ensuring that you can buy unusual, exclusive items right here in Dublin. Rags to brag about, they are bringing young designers such as Alan Taylor, the Irish kid making waves at London's Men's Fashion Week, exclusively to Aungier Street. A low-key location, you might think, but these are clothes for the guy who likes to stray from the beaten track, and is never afraid to find himself, well, nowhere in particular. How very, very meta. / Kate Coleman

 

November 01 2014


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


when
11 pm

how much
€12

gig
The 2 Bears

The 2 Bears are responsible for the kind of uninhibited, poppy, clubby music that is sometimes tough to come by these days. They make the kind of tunes that scream, "take your shoes off and dance!" These teddy bears - Joe Goddard and Raf Randall, are both perhaps better known for picnicking with Hot Chip and 1965 Records, respectively, but their anthemic stylings have taken on a life of their own with tunes such as Angel (Touch Me), The Birds & the Bees, and Be Strong, and the latest release to haunt every self-respecting music mag, and, indeed, the Le Cool office, Not This Time. So, if you fancy a Bear Hug - we swear - they don't mean anything kinky by it, haul ass to the Opium Rooms and dance until the bears come home. / Sarah Keane

 

November 01 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€15

screening
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Extravaganza

Let’s do the time warp again ‘cos it’s time for all you sweet transsexual Transylvanians (and anyone else so inclined) to dust off your corsets and don your red lippie as the classic cult musical gets its annual Halloween airing while the fans dress as the characters, sing along, do the dances and add their own effects during certain scenes. It stars a very young Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as newlyweds whose car breaks down. They seek help from a household full of mysterious characters including Tim Curry’s Dr Frank N Furter and have a night of debauchery and sexual awakening to one of the catchiest soundtracks ever. With a post movie performance from Ms Dolly Potts this will probably be the most fun you will ever have while wearing only lingerie and you will be singing Touch Me for days afterwards. / Frances Winston

   
 

November 02 2014


where
Block B, Haymarket, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7


when
12pm

how much
Free

market
Folkster Kilo Sale

With it being nearly a whole year since Folkster’s last Kilo Sale, they have us right where they want us, all chomping at the bit to dive in to a mountain of fashion at Block B in Smithfield. For €20 you can find yourself one kilo richer in lovingly selected vintage duds. Alongside the feeding frenzy there will also be a non-vintage Folkster pop-up with more than enough sequins, holograms and Jeffrey Campbell to satisfy your inner magpie. And if you’re hungry to decorate your home as well as your body there will be a Gild & Cage homewares section featuring limited edition prints. Swear this isn’t a trick, we just really think you deserve to treat yo’self. / Olivia Rutter

 

November 02 2014


where
d-Light Studios, 46 North Great Clarence St, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
12pm

how much
Free

market/party
Market Party

Do you like markets? Do you like parties? How about both at the same time?? Well my friend, look what we have found for you. Head for a chilled out Sunday afternoon at D-light Studios where you will be treated to a plethora of funky craft, clothing and art stalls, as well as delicious food of all shapes and sizes. Also, insanely cheap yoga workshops for adults alongside music and movies for the little ones so you’ll be nice and relaxed for the coming week. Not sure if you’re meant to mix yoga and booze but it’s BYOB so grab a tasty beverage, come listen to the live DJ, forage for some goodies and get your shavasana sorted. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

November 03 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
Until November 6th

how much
€7.60-€9

cinema
Mr. Turner

If you're a sentient human being, then the chances are that you are familiar with J.M.W. Turner's iconic watercolour landscapes and the indelible imprint they have left on art and culture. However, you're probably not all that au fait with the man behind the easel. In Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh presents episodes from the artist's life to form some sort of portrait of the man himself. Eschewing the traditional biopic approach, this isn't a film depicting the so-called "greatest hits" of Turner's life. Instead, it's a finely directed and understated portrait of an irascible visionary played by Timothy Spall. As Turner, Spall fully inhabits the role, emitting every gutteral noise imaginable in the process. the His wondrous, sensitive performance is a warts-and-all portrait of the man - eccentricities, shortcomings and all. / Amy O'Connor

 

November 04 2014


where
MVP, 29 Upper Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 8
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free with advance sign-up

talk
Banter Present: Meet the Commish

The latest installment in Jim Carroll & Co.’s always interesting panel talks welcomes Dublin’s very first Commissioner for Startups, Niamh Bushnell, in for a chat. We have a Commissioner for Startups, you ask? We do indeed and, terrific title aside, Bushnell’s key task during her initial two-year contract is to boast about how awesome Dublin is to anyone who’ll listen - a tech version of Le Cool if you will. Well, that’s the simple explanation. In addition to helping domestic startups develop and expand their business network Bushnell will work at enticing international companies to set-up a base in the capital (how many times will corporation tax be mentioned?). It’s a challenging but intriguing brief for the serial entrepreneur. Adding a southside twist to their game, this will be Banter Uptown’s first gathering at MVP. / Brian Keane

 

November 05 2014


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

when
Until November 6th

how much
€6-€9

cinema
Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler covers what we hope is the American phenomena of human disaster reportage, wherein police radio lines are tapped into, and crews of cameramen speed between car crashes and murder scenes, looking for gore and misery, all for personal gain. With none of the ethics of journalism, this film follows sociopath Louis (Jack Gyllenhaal) as he finds his calling in this macabre world. We see him choose to move bodies, and deny medical assistance to victims all in the name of a good camera-shot, and finally become truly warped, and manipulate the police, his employee, and the safety of innocent people all in the name of the money shot. This is a thriller which frightens in its realism, and leaves you wondering about just how desensitised we are to gore, suffering, and tragedy. Consider this film Drive, for the person who prefers their film a little wordier. / Kate Coleman

 
Shaun Dunne

We caught up with Dublin playwright Shaun Dunne to chat about his Abbey debut, The Waste Ground Party

I’m always interested in writing about stuff that’s happening now. It's something that people are very aware of and its very visible, and I was interested in keying in to that and kind of making some of this about that, but at the same time I wanted to make something that  would interest the area and community that I’m from, and I was interested in making something that was kind of inspired by the estate that I grew up in.

It’s all fictional but I suppose I mean, you know yourself, whenever you’re writing you can’t help but be inspired by I suppose particular people. Each character has a lick of a few people that I know, but ultimately it’s not based, it’s more so inspired.

We’re playing it straight, for want of a better expression, but I do think it’s quite realistic. I hope it’s accurate and reflective in a way that’s not overly trying to represent anybody or any particular demographic, but is its own way, you know, doing its thing. For a thing that happens in the city, for how people live actually, in Dublin, today.

The Waste Ground Party will be running on the Peacock Stage until 22 November. PHOTO: Rich Gilligan




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