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We seem to be doing a lot of eye rolling at our politicians in recent times, as they flip flop harder than a pair of Havaianas, but are we really stepping up to the mark when it comes to our representation?

We recently visited Iceland, and listened to Einar Örn, formerly of The Sugarcubes and currently of Ghostigital speak about creativity and politics in Greenhouse Studios. As a former member of Reykjavik City Council, he is an apt example of how you can merge creativity and the mechanics that keep civility spinning. 2008 is still exhaustively referred to by Icelanders, and it is clear that it was a turning point that urged socially minded creatives to get into gear, and accept that they could contribute positively to the political environment.

With the campaign for an elected Dublin Mayor, we should start thinking along similar lines. Let's take the pinstripe suits off the bureaucracy, duff 'em up a bit, and start engaging with the rules that bind us. 

Who thinks we have a poet for a President, so why not a musician for a Mayor? Kate, Michael, Olivia or Ross

" ...it was well before iTunes, Spotify, even Napster..." - Colm O'Connor
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November 20 2014


where
Hugh Lane Gallery, 1 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
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when
Until March 29th

how much
Free

exhibition
Phoenix Rising

100 years ago, Dublin held a Civic Exhibition, spurred on by biologist, sociologist and planner Patrick Geddes, featuring everything from archeological displays to butter making competitions. Ireland was in a period of economic, social and political turbulence, as well as a housing crisis, with Dublin’s poorest living in dangerously overcrowded and dilapidated tenements. The aim was to inspire increased civic responsibility, repair and renovation of neglected buildings, and ultimately Dublin’s rebirth from the ashes. This exhibition echoes its predecessor as contemporary artists interpret this “phoenix of cities” and imagine utopia through sketches, photographs, sculptures and video stills. The show seems particularly relevant, given the economic crisis, recently announced plans for the regeneration of the Hugh Lane’s neighbor, Parnell Square, and Dublin City Council’s housing waiting list at nearly 20,000 applicants. / Olivia Rutter

 

November 20 2014


where
The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin, Ireland


when
Until November 29th

how much
€12/9

theatre
The Last Post

The Last Post is back in its original venue, the Mart - an old fire station in Rathmines that now mainly acts as an art gallery and market space. A product of the young and achingly innovative Just the Lads theatre company, the show is inspired by a series of interviews and encounters with postal workers in Ireland. Audience members will be met at the back door by a fast-talking postman and led through the unusual and artistically-decorated building. They will then listen in on the stories of the postal workers, follow them as they visit the home of one of their favourite customers, and be sent on their own postal route. The Last Post is a unique experience and a quaint reminder of simpler times. And who knows? It may even inspire you to write a letter to that German pen-pal you haven’t contacted in ten years (sorry Olga). / Kayla Walsh

 

November 20 2014


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
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when
2:30pm

how much
Free

event
Who You Calling Apathetic? A Generational Assembly

As a semi-professional bleeding heart liberal, few things wind me up more than politicians pontificating on our supposedly lazy, flat-screen TV watching generation. It's even more of a kick in the head when it's the supposedly more progressive parties putting the boot in. Even though I'm very much of the “Vote or Die” or “Vote or Hear Me Bitch at You About It” posse, it's easy to understand apathy when, to be blunt, you've been sold up shit creek and then being told it's actually your own fault. But as Churchill, a man who could turn a phrase put it “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried”. So it's not great but it could be worse and we need to make it better. So if you are young and civically minded, heed the noble call to get to The Abbey's Generational Assembly. / Kate McEvoy

 

November 20 2014


where
Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D2


when
6pm-10pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Solus

Shining a solo light on his work after recent group exhibitions, Solus brings his unique eye to bear on the street before a planned move to New York in 2015. Born to Win is an apt title for someone whose works have always touched on the fighter and the under dog. There's a glint of hope and defiance in the kid in the corner. Whether it's a wall, a shutter or a straightforward canvas, Solus is on the ropes for one last round here but the kid won't stay in the corner. Expect a deft one-two and potential knock-out before the bell rings. Towels, gumshields and water are optional but if you're one of the first 25 in the door you'll get a print for your support. / Zach Joyce

 

November 20 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
1.10pm/6pm/8pm/9.30pm

how much
€5-€10

performance
Irish Composers Collective

The Irish Composers Collective is raising its baton on 10 years of existence with a series of performances. A resource for composers straddling "the obviously prodigious talent, the rough diamond, the confounding outlier and the dabbling amateur", the ICC has supported them all. There'll be a lunchtime recital from soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and David Bremner performing new and existing works by ICC members, young pianist Máire Carroll makes debut with a tea time solo recital, Ergodos will be flipping one of Bach's best known chorales with an atmospheric production entitled I Call to You and rounding off the day will be The Laptop Orchestra hacking laptops, motion sensors, golf controllers and built-in cameras to create their unique sonic fusions. Bravo! Bravo! / Zach Joyce

   
 

November 21 2014


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

when
See link

how much
€10

cinema
Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy

Bold, avant-garde filmmaking, Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy (an adaptation of 410 consecutive tweets) unfolds and unfurls a Lacanian which-came-first tautology. Simultaneously, it seems, reflecting and inventing the narrative as it progresses, the tweets, one blinking and flashing every 20 seconds, are signifying and narrating fragments, accruing in significance, and offering us a bonus opportunity for clairvoyance and insight. The material, which alternately interrupt or juxtapose, is a typical teenager’s; ranging from the dull, self-important and cryptic Hope Ur OK Huns, to angsty song lyrics, to lifted snippets of Buddhist philosophy, and the film offers more than just a daring structural fictionalisation of linguistic theory, namely, a sympathetic depiction of our film-making, film-referencing protagonist’s gondolier-quiet coming-of-age./ Ross McDonnell

 

November 21 2014


where
The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2.
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when
8 pm

how much
€12.50

gig
Ballet School

Germany might usually leave indie-pop to their Scandinavian neighbours, but Berlin-based Ballet School are bucking the trend with pop-tastic, trilling tunes to shed sequin over. Irish lead singer, Rosie Blair uses nostalgia and pain to create a sound that feels like a hug from your childhood blankie. With a Cocteau Twins slant, Ballet School take a banshee-glam vocal, and mash it up with girlish, breathless whirling with tunes like Heartbeat Overdrive, which could have been written for Cyndi Lauper in her heyday. Synthy influences on Cherish, Pale Saint and the would-be club-kid favourite Slow Dream with its druggy menace and dreamy melodies, will transport you to a grime meets glam wonderland. / Kate Coleman

 

November 21 2014


where
The Winding Stair Bookshop, Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin 1.

when
6pm

how much
Free

launch
Small Lives

The people behind literary magazine The Poddle are launching a unique, screen-printed publication, Small Lives, illustrated by Le Cool favourites such as Peter Donnelly and Fuchsia Macaree amongst others. Created in the creative Dexter's Laboratory that is Damn Fine Print, it will be a canvas for some of Dublin's most exciting prose, poetry and aesthetically exciting etchings. You can assemble the book according to your own tastes - alphabetically, leaving your favourite for last, pictures first, words second - whatever you feel like, and there'll be some tidy tunes and literati mumblings to keep you entertained in the Winding Stair bookshop. Within the publication, Geraldine Mitchell has contributed some art-inspired poetry, Sue Rainsford is presenting shoe gazing, beautifully considered prose, and Jean Tuomey's brief, bouncy singular verse. / Kate Coleman

   
 

November 21 2014


where
The Blind Pig, Pacinos, back door on Wicklow Street (beside Mary's Bar & Hardware Shop)

when
11pm

how much
€5

club night
WorldWibes

Worldwide Vibes equals                   WorldWibes with this new clubnight in the sweaty basement of Pacino's, The Blind Pig. The detailed instructions for getting in aren't even the shadiest part of this affair which is literally turning Dublin upside-down by only playing vinyl from the Southern Hemisphere. Think Oz, NeWzEaLand, and pockets of Africa and South America, which will make for carnival style beats to dance to like your bikini's sewn on tight and you're on a beach without a care in the world. Afrobeats without the Paul Simon americana-ness means wild Beyoncé tribal stamp-dancing and some unadulterated booty-jiggling. If this sounds like something that could take your fancy, we recommend you confirm with Lucy Liu, my girl Drew, and Cameron D that you can most definitely handle this. / Kate Coleman

 

November 21 2014


where
Exam Hall, Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€3.50/€5/€8

concert
Trinity Orchestra presents Gorillaz

Seizing the attention of passers-by with a huge and swelling sound, the orchestra successfully doubled the audience in a matter of minutes. Reverting the spring back into festival-goers wellies and providing a much-needed day two pick-me-up, the Trinity Orchestra successfully came to the forefront of Electric Picnic conversation once again. With an extensive repertoire covering Beethoven and Bach to Daft Punk and Arcade Fire, the full-force ensemble is returning this month with an epic orchestral adaptation of the Gorillaz’s album, Demon Days. If left pondering your previous conventions around the boundaries of musical genres sounds appealing, this is a performance you won’t want to miss. / Claire Mullane

 

November 21 2014


where
Unitarian Church, St Stephen's Green West, Dublin 2
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when
6pm lecture/ Evening 8pm

how much
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The Colour of Saying

Badboy poets are the only kind that I've ever really had any interest in. Byron swimming across perilous bays to woo ladies in Northern Italy, Ted Hughes, the Danny Dyer of poetry and of course, Dylan Thomas, who makes our own alcohol-fuelled literary tradition look like it was founded by the father of temperance himself. This beautiful event in the romantic Unitarian Church will begin with a lecture on Thomas' work, before transforming into an evening of readings and music directly inspired by Dylan Thomas. The New Dublin Press will present Nerys Williams, Jonathan Creasy, and Twin Headed Wolf. Postpone your Edge of Love tribute screening to Saturday, and indulge in this intellectual stimuli on Friday night instead. / Kate Coleman

 

November 21 2014


where
Gate Theatre, Cavendish Row, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
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when
7:30pm

how much
€25

theatre
Wuthering Heights

During my first ever expedition to the Edinburgh Fringe this year I caught a suitably obscure rendering of Emily Bronte's timeless Wuthering Heights. Despite featuring a good-looking all male cast, much full-frontal nudity and a performance of Kate Bush's seminal choreography for the eponymous chewn, I was left wanting more. The boys seemed to skip over the meaty core of the tale which I had been so enthralled with as a youth, a brooding, muscular saga of love and betrayal, family, atonement and revenge. For this reason I welcome The Gate's annual staging of the beloved book with open arms. Essentially a panto for the Penguin Classic reader, the honourable institution has been providing the theatrical equivalent to a hot whiskey each winter in the form a of a well-loved classic adapted for stage: warm, heady, timeless and so darn classy. / Jack Gibson

   
 

November 22 2014


where
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
1pm

how much
Contact Odessa

birthday party
Bantum Prunch

Bantum's disc-spinning since he dropped the very well received Legion LP has been, in a word, Princely. He has taken to playing extended Prince sets, with all the regular tunes that'll have you insisting that your claret beanie is in fact a raspberry beret, and disco-stepping to Con-trov-ersy. Trade your chin-frilled blousons for frilled bibs at this brunch spectacular. Celebrating the Odessa Club's decade at the forefront of party-starting and party-recovery, a disco brunch is the most respectful way to say cheers and toast another ten years of evening misbehaviour and early-afternoon amends in this Dublin institution. Brunch like they didn't even know how to in 1999. / Kate Coleman

 

November 22 2014


where
Savoy Cinema, 17 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.
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when
See link

how much
Depends on cinema

cinema
Standby

You'll love Once, they said. You'll love Once so much that we will buy it for you on DVD, because you seem like such a Once person. It was not to be. That love letter and busky serenade to the city was my own personal hell, and thus I expected Standby to leave me equally blank-faced. It was not to be. Maybe it's because it feels like a very long Failte Ireland advert, and I have a special place in my heart for those, or maybe it's because Jessica Paré is one of the prettiest girls I have ever seen. Maybe it's because Brian Gleeson is charismatic and sweet and I think he'd be fun to have a pint with, and because the pace is fast and carefree and it feels easy breezy. Full marks for fun, stupid, fun. / Kate Coleman

 

November 22 2014


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
12.10pm, 3.50pm + 7.15pm (IMAX)

how much
€17.40

cinema
Interstellar

Christopher Nolan is one of those rare breed of directors who has mastered the craft of overshadowing any cast he works with. From his early promise with Insomnia through Batman and Inception, he is now a blockbuster director. Interstellar is about space and saving the human race. Matthew McConaughey cements his comeback, Anna Hathaway still overacts, Jessica Chastain aces it and Mackenzie Foy makes a memorable mark before the fork in the road takes her down Lohan Lane or Gosling Grove. But it's really about Nolan's vision, aided by Hans Zimmer's powerful soundtrack, which propels this tale. Of course, he's wise enough to tether the mission to the one necessary constant in the personal universe - that of love. There's been much ado about plot holes and wormholes but as a pure cinematic spectacle, it's a perfect popcorn experience. Or maybe skip the popcorn and put the savings towards an IMAX viewing of it. / Michael McDermott

   
 

November 22 2014


where
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 21 Patrick's Close, Dublin 8
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when
8pm

how much
€12/€6

concert
Britten's War Requiem

November's war commemorations have become more muddled and jingoistic across the pond in recent years, but in Ireland, we are finally coming to terms with our war dead. A bit late, yes, but at least we've stopped rigging Poppy boxes with sharp objects to punish charitable souls for donating. This year, Britten's War Requiem will be performed in St Patrick's Cathedral, a deconstructed latin requiem with its Dies irae and Libera me movements, as well as nine of Wilfred Owen's war poems interspersed within. As bombastically orchestrally overpowering as any of Britten's work, his personal pacifism did not impact on the potency of this piece. As much a product of destruction as it is of creation, this should be a magical musical evening in the cavernous cathedral. / Kate Coleman

 

November 22 2014


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
12pm

how much
Free

talk
French New Wave and Cinephilia

On detailing French New Wave films to a friend, I have always amusingly described the scenario of the beautiful woman and the stylish man conversing. ‘Do you love me?’ he asks. ‘I don’t know’ she answers, as if he was asking her what she would rather, Tayto or Walkers. The image of the cool, unaffected French doesn't come from nowhere but I’ll take it any day over Hollywood’s clear motivation and emotional response. Showing a love of classic Hollywood directors such as Hitchcock, Godard, Truffaut and the rest of the lads, heralded cinema as art and created films that played with form, theme, and visuals out of their undying fandom. From the heartbreaking final static shot in The 400 Blows, to the coolest dance ever to be captured by film in Band of Outsiders, to be a fan of cinema, is to worship at the ground of the French New Wave. / Ciara Roche

   
 

November 23 2014


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

when
6:30pm

how much
€10.50

cinema
Goodbye to Language (3D)

Jean-Luc Godard’s idiosyncratic, cranky Goodbye to Language, a surprise prizewinner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is unlike anything else at the 2014 IFI-intersection of Francophiles and cinephiles. Barely disguised as a dramatic narrative of two couples and a dog, the film resembles and errs closer to video art, its pinnacling use of 3D – a 2D counterpart simply doesn’t or couldn’t exist – bringing into focus these two scenarios, titled “nature” and “metaphor”. A tech-polemic, like the low-budget new-wave Breathless or Bande a Part, rather than a socio-political one (Pierrot le Fou, Weekend), Godard’s formalist digital film, cerebral and puerile, densely literary without a narrative, is a vertigo-inducing twisty rollercoaster – you sick on it, it sick on you – guaranteed to abrasively awe and slack-jaw with its sheer strangeness. / Ross McDonnell

 

November 23 2014


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

when
See link

how much
See link

cinema
Two or Three Things I Know About Her

Viewing a Godard film is always a treat, especially when one gets to see some of his less often screened films. One of Godard’s political films before his radical period in the late 60’s, the film's plot is decidedly loose. Set in 24 hours of the life of Juliette Jeanson a mother who is also a prostitute. While the plot of Two or Three Things I Know About Her is loose, that absence of narrative is precisely the point of the film. Two or Three Things is concerned with the democratisation of images. Juliette’s domestic routines are presented on the same par as her professional life and liaisons with clients. A dense, sweeping criticism of French class aspirations, 2 or 3 things is brimming with Godard's style and masterful framing. A classic not to be missed. / Jack Broughan

   
 

November 24 2014


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

when
7:30 pm

how much
€33.50/€35.50

gig
Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def

Pro-tip: if you're manning the Spotify at a party, sticking on Ms. Fat Booty is a surefire way to win friends and allies. Actually you can probably just play Black on Both Sides in its entirety and everyone will still have a swell time. Fifteen years after its release, the album has earned its due place in the hip-hop canon as a bona fide classic. So much so, in fact, that you can forgive Mos Def for ever having anything to do with Be Kind Rewind. Whether he is going head to head with Busta Rhymes, as is the case on the absurdly fun Do It Now or waxing lyrical about aquatic pollution on New World Water, it's never anything but astonishingly good. As he says in Hip Hop, "Speech is my hammer, bang the world into shape". Expect Vicar Street to be thoroughly banged into shape on Monday, so. / Amy O'Connor

 

November 24 2014


where
See link

when
See link

how much
See link

festival
Tipple-Town

Toy town on the sauce is Tipple-Town. The inaugural Tipple-Town sees Brewtonic celebrate the best of Dublin's naughty beverages, whilst also inviting alcohol all stars such as Aether & Echo, Trailer Happiness and the London Cocktail Club to keep our own mixologists and cocktail connoisseurs on their toes. There will also be a Tipple Trail for you to follow - it will also act as a natural circumvention of the Twelve Pubs of Christmas, which is very handy. There will also be dedicated events, with Banter taking on the theme, Ringo: Music Bingo at MVP, and whiskey demos. This festival isn't about over-indulgence, it's about thinking about and appreciating the magic elixir that is booze - well a little booze - too much isn't so much an elixir as it is a poison. / Kate Coleman

 

November 24 2014


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
Until November 29th

how much
€15

theatre
Defender of the Faith

Strategically scheduled just in time to provide comfort in your time of Love/Hate induced withdrawal, Stuart Carolan’s psychological thriller, Defender of the Faith opens Monday in Temple Bar’s Project Arts Theatre. The original owner of the title Defender of the Faith, Henry VIII, was an obsessive, mistrustful murderer (to put it kindly), who was awarded that title by the Pope shortly before he abandoned “the Faith” (Catholicism). In this story, set in 1986, an IRA investigator arrives on the Armagh farm of a paramilitary family, to see if any of its inhabitants have abandoned their cause. The family’s mother has already been incarcerated in a mental hospital, and one son has recently died (of apparent suicide) so everyone left falls under suspicion. The suspenseful mix of dark comedy, greek tragedy, paranoia and tension paints a chilling portrait as things fall apart under the immense strain of violent conflict. / Olivia Rutter

   
 

November 25 2014


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

when
7:30pm

how much
€25/22.50

gig
Little Dragon

A satisfying re-up after this year’s Forbidden Fruit, Gothenburg’s Little Dragon will compress and concentrate their high tempos and giant rhythms to burst Vicar Street, their sound welcomely reminiscent of 80s Bow Wow Wow, with hints of Dirty Projectors and a Scandinavian noise like Sleigh Bells. Perhaps once amounting to an anomaly, their soulful, steady vocals, and fusion of punk and R&B with a certain synth and electro-clash, suddenly make sense in the context and current rise of the new-New-wave, Little Dragon an early, funkier entry in what’s emerging today with Blood Orange, The Weeknd and FKA twigs. Touring with their latest album, Nabuma Rubberband, and its offshoot singles, Little Dragon carry in tow their expanding and very substantial body of work, drawing from an impressive four albums to craft a joyful, filler-less setlist. / Ross McDonnell

 

November 25 2014


where


when
10am-6pm / 8pm Thurs. (until Dec. 24)

how much
See link

pop-up
Makers and Brothers and Others

It's the season to be seasonal. Makers & Brothers have joined with Others to stock the shelves of their tiny department store pop-up on Dame Lane. The careful edit of home wares, fashion and beauty focuses on alluring materials and quality craftsmanship. Old favourites Jerpoint and Clare-Anne O’Brien are joined by new names like fine jewellery designer Natasha Sherling and cut glass creator J. Hill’s Standard. Finish off your browse in their micro coffee shop; caffeine from Roasted Brown and nom-nom’s from Wildflower Bakery. Items start at 5 euro but quality is never in question. We love the tie selection, especially the linen number from Bonagrew. It makes us feel all Quadraphenia again. / Tom Dillon

   
 

November 26 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€11.75

gig
Cheatahs

Not quite as gauzy and diaphanous as the sound of Ride, not as regularly percussive as Swervedriver, Cheatahs seem to generate more column inches through music journalists’ attempts to provide appropriate comparisons than declaring whether or not they are any good. Uh huh. I’m here to tell you that they are really very good indeed, despite being rather derivative. This London-based multinational four-piece make a sound (or a number of sounds) that appears to have been recorded in 1992, but because it was perhaps recorded at the farthest reaches of the cosmos, is only reaching our lug-holes now. I suppose that makes them revivalists to some, but this is beneath my interest. This is a band making great music that derives from other great music. Stop overthinking it and listen. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

November 26 2014


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

when
7pm

how much
€15/€18


Robin Ince

When he's not Ted Talking or irreverently puncturing the world of science with Brian Cox on his Infinite Monkey Cage podcast, Robin Ince is on the road with his comedic charm and nook and cranny insights. His latest show Blooming Buzzing Confusion examines Milgram, McLuhan and experiments into the mind, Robin tries to work out if we can arm ourselves against mass media despots and live life pragmatically or will we always just be clumsy animals justifying each mistake with a well-honed alibi? Delve inside this curious mind and chortle at his id infused anecdotes and observations. If you like your humour distilled through a more cerebral prism, then the answer where to find it is blooming, buzzing and simple to find. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce 

 

November 26 2014


where
Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6 pm

how much
€15

gig exhibition
Lost Wednesdays

The people of Homebeat just keep getting it right. They stage the most gorgeous gatherings of songsters and music lovers at their occasional pop-up events, lure us to deepest Kerry for Fading Light Festival, and have now teamed up with the RHA for this dreamily named night of music, art and food. With the FUTURES 14 exhibition of young artist works currently on view, the hallowed surrounds of the gallery make the perfect backdrop for the floaty, poppy synth sounds of little xs for eyes (yes, that’s all lowercase), a DJ set from Sleep Thieves, visuals from Le Tissier and spoken word poetry, all while you guzzle pulled pork and beer. Ending at 10:30, it makes a very civilised option for mid- week revelling, if you’re so inclined. / Alex Calder

 
DaveyDavey Men's

Le Cool had a close shave with Ross King, manager of brand new DaveyDavey Men's at 24 Stephen's Street Lower

It’s a different experience, a guys-only salon. We are a hairdressers and we run like a hairdressers, we take appointments, so they have their allocated time, their spot. We don’t use clippers, we do it all by scissors, there’s more precision, which is why we need that allocated time. We’ve incorporated a few barbering techniques as well and we’ll be doing hot towel shaves soon.

We’re opening with the hairdressing and then adding on additional services like waxing, manicures, pedicures. It’s a whole grooming experience, the guys get pampered. It’s a little bit different, you don’t feel rushed, you can go straight out afterwards, nice and fresh and clean. We’ve had a great response so far.

The haircut comes with a complimentary coffee, tea, beer or wine. We’ve had clients who have finished their haircut and just sat in reception, on the wifi, reading the magazines and books that are here, finishing of their beer. They’re just nice and relaxed, which is what we kind of wanted to create, a sort of gentlemen’s club effect, so they feel like it’s a place they can come switch off and get away from everything, and also, get a great haircut.

PHOTO: Alex Sheridan




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