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Brevity. It is non-negotiable when you work at Le Cool, where we find ourselves boxed in by character counts, instead of word counts. It's something that we often see as a burden when in fact, it can be liberating. You learn to be economical, concise, and direct. Cut the crap, and get to the point, we tell ourselves, as we ruthlessly slice paragraphs off of this editorial every week.

It is a notion that is exemplified by Pecha Kucha, which returned to Dublin last night in the hands of the IAF and Totally Dublin. We learnt about the sex lives of plants from the highly entertaining Matthew Jebb of the National Botanic Gardens; about finding inspiration in algae from the inspirational Rosie O'Reilly, about inequality through the ages from Colm O'Gorman, and about blowing up the rulebook and rethinking design in 2015 from Alex Milton. 

And that was only in the first half. All from 20 slides, with 20 seconds to explain. Never was a flurry of thought more focused. 

Who's gonna quit yapping now? Kate, Michael, or Ben

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Gone Fishing

We sat down with Peter and Jay from Fish Shop, who have just opened their first permanent restaurant in Smithfield. PHOTO: Al Higgins

When we moved back to Dublin from Hackney we had the idea of opening a food business, and Smithfield was the area we were looking at, because it kind of reminded us of East London. We love all the buildings and it has a really nice mix of people.

Something we have had to think about a lot is service, because in Blackrock people would just come to the counter, order it, and take it. We’ve been trying to get that right, which has been fun! Ultimately we just think about how we want people to feel when they’re leaving - happy! So we just try and do everything we can to make that happen!

We had so many idea of how we wanted our restaurant to look, but in the end we kind of took a step back and went with what was already here, stripped it back and tried to see what worked for the place. We’re delighted, as there was only so much we could do with the shed in Blackrock!

We had lunch recently in Forest Avenue - we were blown away! The Market Canteen who are down in Blackrock market with us, their stuff is just getting better and better. And Bunsen, we go there quite a lot! It’s probably the best burger we’ve had.

   
 

April 23 2015


where
Mother's Tankstation, 41-43 Watling Street, Dublin 8.
01 671 7654


when
Until May 23rd

how much
Free

exhibition
Sam Anderson - 'Talley's Folley'

A sweep through Sam Anderson’s exhibition did not so much bring to mind its namesake play by Lanford Wilson as stir memories of Don Quixote, a text  I became familiar with not by choice but by the imposition of a curriculum deaf to the restless toe-tapping, reading that I am now grateful to have been forced to endure. Talley’s Folly consists mostly of sculptures of figures on donkeys, some of which are on miniature snooker tables. That none of the donkeys have tails, an obvious allusion to that constant at children’s parties, is another suggestion that pastimes are of particular interest here. To have fun during a game is to welcome the thrilling possibility of radically unpredictable changes in fortune. The idea that something positive might derive from the absence of full control is one this exhibition seems to endorse. / Olen Bajarias

 

April 23 2015


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€24

gig
Sharon Van Etten

Jersey-born, Brooklyn-dwelling Sharon Van Etten arrives at Vicar St to showcase songs from Are We There, her fourth (and self-produced) long player. Detailing the long, slow implosion of a ten-year relationship, this record sees Van Etten shrugging off the neofolk labels applied to her sparse 2009 debut with a result that is altogether more charged and insistent. The songs here range from bewildered, wounded vulnerability to fierce self-possession but always feel personal and involving to the point where the listener becomes a privileged confidant. Come along and witness the seasoning of a singular talent. While not as immediate as its predecessor, Tramp, fans of Patti Smith and P.J Harvey will still approve, survivors of heartbreak will understand. A-one Sharon. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

April 23 2015


where
The Leinster Gallery , 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2.


when
Until 25 April

how much
Free

exhibition
Mining the Image - Margaret Irwin West

Mining the Image is a collection of etchings, sketches and paintings on copper, focusing mostly on natural forms and scenes. West, born in Wicklow and educated in Paris has been active on the Irish art scene for some fifty years, with a significant body of work created in that time. West’s work featured in Mining the Image explores the impact of people on landscapes and the forms of nature in an Irish setting in particular, from portal dolmens and dry stone walls, to the desolation of war. When people are depicted, it is in a stylised, but highly organic and natural way. West’s works relating to war noticeably deviate from this, with natural forms being overtaken. Guns, bombs and skulls sit subtly in and around a red poppy in Where have all the Flowers Gone, a haunting piece well worth a visit. West’s work is striking in its beauty and simplicity but also in the powerful clarity of the imagery. / Frida Kilburn

   
 

April 24 2015


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
8pm

how much
€16/14

comedy
Lords Of Strut - 'Chaos'

You had me at “motivational, semi-nude rollercoaster,” Lords of Strut. Brothers Famous Seamus and Sean-tastic (who have been likened to the sadomasochistic lovechildren of Michael Flatley and Jim Carrey) present a risqué, burlesque-y, comedic, song-and-acrobatics-filled-something. Definitely not a show for the shy, the duo’s antics will have you laughing until you can comfortably skip ab-day at the gym. Awkward and anarchic, the show is impossible to describe properly without giving too much away, so, if you’re brave enough, go find out for yourself. / Olivia Rutter

 

April 24 2015


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
Until May 30th

how much
Free

exhibition
Breathcrystal

This exhibition was originally inspired by the ancient (and fascinating) Gwion Gwion/ Bradshaw cave paintings. The bright pigments in these Australian paintings are constantly regenerated by a fungus that inhabits them; an acid released by the fungi’s photosynthesis keeps etching the images deeper into the rock. Due to this process, it is hard to tell when the paintings were originally made, but scientists speculate it was around 40,000 years ago. The artists of “A Breathcrystal" were inspired by the idea of a contamination creating a painting that is constantly rebirthing itself, a wonderful hybrid of art and science. Through their work they explore nature’s place in art and vice-versa, for example the “cross-pollination” and symbiotic relationships that can occur when artists create and exhibit their work side by side. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

April 24 2015


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
11pm

how much
€15

gig
Head High (Shed) & Prosumer

Producin' and consumin' is what Prosumer is all about. He must spend 90% of his time with his earphones in, undergoing musical mitosis, taking it in, mixing it up, and serving it on a techno platter. The German wizard was in Galway a couple of weeks ago, and audiences ripped up the dancefloor, cos you don't need Berlin when Berlin comes to you. He'll be playing back 2 back with Shed, and there'll be space-hoppin' live visuals from Pfadfinderei, better known for Modeselektor's live show. Prosumer is once again donating his DJ fee for love and marriage - supporting the #YesEquality campaign. Go along, dance, because if you can't boogie for love, then why boogie at all? Win Tickets / Kate Coleman

 

April 24 2015


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

when
HERE

how much
See HERE

cinema
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

Slot this one right into the ‘Deadpan Existentialist Comedy’ category in your local, still flourishing Chartbusters. The Swedes have a penchant for niche cinema, and A Pigeon is no exception. Abound in smirks of amusement rather than belly-laughs, the film is a mildly unsettling meditation on the absurdity of existence. Playing like a collection of bizarre shorts, it flits between absurd singalongs and scenes that capture the comically depressing reality of loneliness. A slight narrative thread finds two depressive travelling salesmen attempting to flog their ironically terrible novelty items. It is weird, wonderful and innovative; sure to please the more introspective and philosophical cinema-goers. / Ben Allen

 

April 24 2015


where
City Assembly Building, South William Street, Dublin 2


when
Until 26th April

how much
Free

exhibition
Jordi Forniés - 'Counterpoint'

Jordi Forniés applies the musical technique of counterpoint in his latest exhibition, combining different materials to create heavily textured and dynamic works, the manner in which they combine greatly affecting the tone of the painting. Some of the pieces feature solid, distinct outlines of shapes, while others appear more fraught and anxious, with no clear shape or format. To the untrained eye they are aesthetically pleasing, and an understanding of the musical intentions and the combination of textures only enhances the experience. Stand in the centre of the Octagonal room and take in this beautiful and intriguing collection. / Ben Allen

   
 

April 25 2015


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

when
8pm

how much
€17

gig
Dutch Uncles

Dutch Uncles’ Duncan Wallis throws shapes in a manner most of us wouldn’t be seen doing drunk, never mind sober, onstage, and in front of thousands of fans. Imagine David Byrne’s nerdy jitters crossed with Ed MacFarlane‘s body-shaking moves and you’re close. The Manchester band’s frontman may be the visual focus – the office-friendly high-waist slacks and tucked-in shirt are also noteworthy strings to his style bow - but that’s not to detract from the quartet’s superbly calculated math-pop songs. Recent fourth album O Shudder is the best approximation of Dutch Uncles’ influences to date, taking in all their beloved 1980s touch points (Japan, Prefab Sprout, Talk Talk) infused with a pithy new wave attitude. Great pop music should infect the head, heart and hips; a trio of targets DU are getting ever closer to hitting. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

 

April 25 2015


where
Kerlin Gallery, Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2.
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when
Until May 16th

how much
Free

exhibition
Isabel Nolan - 'Bent Knees Are A Give'

Walking into Bent Knees Are A Give initially feels like entering some sort of dystopian future memorial to the Lion King, as your eyes meet the draped flags and the eye-catchingly flamboyant yellow-gold lion. However, the flag poles are bent, and the lion offers it’s thorn-impaled paw, awaiting assistance. What we are witnessing is in fact an intricate and thoughtful meditation on power and it’s limitations. The otherwise murderous lion has to reduce itself to the victim seeking help; the bent flags, intended to command respect, have lost the emphasis of their meaning. Isabel Nolan uses sculpture, drawing, photography and text-based work in an all-encompassing exhibition centred around a motif of poet John Donne’s funerary sculpture. The high ceilinged space in the Kerlin Gallery emphasises the magisterial feel of the pieces, adding to an intriguing display. / Ben Allen

   
 

April 26 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
The Falling

The Falling sees director Carol Morley follow up her haunting documentary Dreams of a Life with an equally mysterious fiction debut. Involving an inexplicable fainting epidemic at a girl's school in 1960s England, the film has an intoxicating quality that befits its subject, along with pitch­perfect period trappings, and strong turns from young leads Maisie Williams and Florence Pugh. Picnic at Hanging Rock is a clear reference point here, though the combination of gauzy melancholia, nascent sexuality and subterranean unease also nods to The Virgin Suicides. The Falling is a less nostalgic proposition than Sofia Coppola's pastel daydream, though, and the film­making has sharper edges – particularly in the striking fainting sequences, where Morley makes terrific use of a beautifully evocative musical score by the great Tracey Thorn. / David Turpin

 

April 26 2015


where
Hangar, Andrew's Theatre, Andrew's Lane, Dublin 2.


when
12pm-10pm

how much
Free

pop-up
Dublin Vintage Factory Kilo Sale

Shall I compare thee to a Vintage Kilo Sale? Thou art as fun, but not as cheap. Revel in my compliments, gird up your loins, and do whatever other preparation you feel is warranted, because the phenomenal folks at the Dublin Vintage Factory are letting you purchase vintage goodies by the weight. What does this mean? Move fast first, make your final decision later – there’s a high chance someone else will make that silk 1940’s blouse an honest woman while you wait, or sweep that Ralph Lauren sun-dress off her feet as you um and aww. It means that if you’re glic, and opt for items that aren’t made of say, wool or leather, then you can find several items for under €30. It means hours of shopping without worrying that you’re this size or that – if it fits it sticks. It means, rejoice! For on Sunday we are all vintage kings and queens of this here hamlet! / Alison Treacy

   
 

April 27 2015


where
Gaiety Theatre, South King Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€22.50

theatre
John B. Keane's The Field

“No outsider will bid for my field.” One man and his love for the land; a simple tale it would seem. The Bull McCabe is one of the most foreboding characters to ever grace the Irish stage – hardened, stubborn and complex. His field, represents a lifetime of labour and when it goes for public auction The Bull, played by Michael Harding, is adamant that he is its rightful owner. The harsh landscape of North Kerry is marred with intimidation and desire; a far cry from the misty-eyed vision of the West. We are all familiar with the famous 1990 film adaption, but this is how Keane intended The Field to be enjoyed – in the theatre acted out by an accomplished cast. The play will enjoy a highly anticipated 3 week run at the Gaiety in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Julieanne McMahon

 

April 28 2015


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

when
8pm

how much
€16

gig
San Fermin

San Fermin deal in pop music of epic proportions. At times it can feel somewhat like a theatrical performance; the music builds slowly, adding instrumentation throughout, before bursting into choruses with vocals careering always towards the edge of the register. Think big triumphant horn sections reminiscent of Beirut; think The National a few months post break-up when they’ve kind of started to get over it and they’ve stopped moaning as much and are a bit of craic on nights out again. In the current record industry climate, there is a lot to be said for an 8-piece band making their way around the world on tour without having to resort to sleeping rough and eating one another. So if not for the fantastic music, at least come to applaud these brave people for their resilience of spirit. / Ben Allen

   
 

April 29 2015


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€30

gig
Flying Lotus

Since Cosmogramma it seems Flying Lotus’ music has become more dreamlike. While Cosmogramma was inspired by the study of the planet and their relation to mortality You’re Dead! Confronts the idea of mortality head on. Like Sun Ra or Miles Davis, he conveys complex ideas with a unique playfulness. Death is not a permanent grim fact of reality, rather some transcending experience colorful and more akin to a celebration. You’re Dead! certainly reflects this; musical thread morph and change, switching texture from track to track. It's a long way from the Dilla influenced territory in 2010 and much more ambitious. Live musicians feature heavily throughout, further underscoring his flirtations with Jazz. Seeing Flying Lotus in a live band context is sure to be a treat. / Jack Broughan




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