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We hope you've notated your Open House maps by now, because time is of the essence...build it up, knock it down, make of it what you will - here's what we're most looking forward to...

1) Beyond Pebbledash - A reconstruction of Dublin corporation housing at Collins Barracks.

2) Liberty Hall - because when an American builds a skyscraper, they make the pinnacle pointy, but when we do it, we give it a cool zig-zag hat. Proud.

3) Broadstone, Midland & Great Western Railway Station - This year, we're acknowledging Broadstone as an independent Dublin village. Paws off, Phibsboro.

4) The Tailor's Hall - Before unions, there were guilds. Our oldest surviving example of a guildhall - inhale the history.

Who's definitely not stuck for stucco this week? Kate, Michael, or Jack

"They just sat indifferent to being looked at, they had real confidence, self-assured." - Daragh Soden
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October 16 2014


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
9.30am-5.30pm (until Nov. 7th)

how much
Free

exhibition
Out of Thin Air: Darragh Muldowney

Have you ever watched David Attenborough's documentary Frozen Planet? Out of Thin Air is a photo exhibition exploring some of the stunning vistas that you might have seen in that film. Less newborn seal pups and more about the stunning glaciers floating in the background, Muldowney’s work is as monolithic as the subject matter, bringing out some of the finer details of the glaciers. Tempered with pock marks or jagged and looking like a lost acropolis, the work brings out the beauty and detail lying beneath. Muldowney’s work is also preoccupied on the momentary values of his subjects. His studies of snowflakes reflect the overarching message of the exhibition. While on paper the point may seem laboured, seeing a snowflake photographed in such detail truly articulates the beauty of the collection. / Jack Broughan

 

October 16 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
7pm

how much
Free

exhibition
BEATYARD: MOANments of Happiness

Are you the kind of person that is never happy unless you have something to complain about? Do you find pleasure in sassing sarkily, and dissing dispassionately? More to the point, do other people laugh at your quick quips, and even tweet them out (without your permission, you save that shizz for yourself, right?!) If so, we have the exhibition for you. Taking inspiration from the greatest moaning Myrtles of our time, from Victor Meldrew to Vincent Browne, a host of illustrators are taking their cue from these cute hoors, and transforming grumbles into greatness, using pen and paper (and those flashy graphic design programmes that saucy lot have.) Gripes aside, get on down there - you just might begrudgingly thank us. / Kate Coleman

   
 

October 16 2014


where
The Olympia, 72 Dame St, Dublin 2
01 679 3323
Location Map

when
7:15pm

how much
€20.90

theatre
Welcome To Night Vale

Courage the Cowardly Dog had the sinister town of Nowhere. Marshall Teller had the desolate Eerie, Indiana. As for Cecil Gershwin Palmer? He has the strange desert town of Night Vale. Created by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast with a simple premise: it's community radio from a town where the community just happens to be made up of mysterious hooded figures, weird glowing clouds and a faceless old woman. Guided mostly by the singular voice of Palmer, the off-kilter mix of weather reports, traffic updates and a foreboding sense of dread for the town's inhabitants is compelling. In this emerging golden age of slick documentary podcasts like Serial, StartUp and 99% Invisible, Welcome to Night Vale is refreshingly fictional. Just be glad you don't live there. Win Tickets / Liam Geraghty

 

October 16 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10:30pm

how much
€10

gig
Oneman

Oneman is a DJ in the truest sense of the word. Like Ben UFO or Jackmaster, neither have any productions to their names. Oneman like the others puts the hard graft in to digging in record crates rather than chopping beats up in logic. A veteran of Rinse FM, Oneman’s sets are one of the few ‘purely DJ’ sets that are still worth showing up to see. Despite his pedigree, Oneman isn’t the type to disappear up his backside playing tangerine dream records mid set. Oneman’s mixes are that rare breed where the selector puts sets together to please the trainspotters but also blending in tracks to please the party crowd. Oneman’s Solitaire mixes are the perfect example of that. Nods to classics, mainstream tracks and dollops of hip hop tracks are heard throughout but always with a strong sense of flow and place. A must if you like hearing Gucci Mane dropped next to Hessle Audio tracks. Win Tickets / Jack Broughan

 

October 16 2014


where
Across the city. See link.

when
Until Sunday

how much
€5 wristband. 30% discount on signature cocktail

festival
Dublin Cocktail Festival

It's true. If it's not called a festival it doesn't really matter. Every weekend this year spawns a new one. It's the smart means of snapping our brains into celebration mode with an immediate sense of FOMO. What this is really about is celebrating the vastly improved quality and selection of mixologists in bars conjuring up magnificent creations and couplings. References to Tom Cruise sound as dated as that movie and it's not just about a quick free pour anymore. There's smoking, on-trend bottled cocktails, glass rimming, unexpected combinations with craft beer and bitters extracted from the tears of newborn included in the mix on offer across the city with over 25 participants including heavyweights  such as Kinara Kitchen, The Liquor Rooms, 777, Saba and the Vintage Cocktail Club. A Nutella Cheesecake Martini in San Lorenzo's? / Zach Joyce

   
 

October 17 2014


where
The Pint, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1
Location Map

when
11pm

how much
€12.80

party
Prom Night : Class of '87

Despite buying two dresses, three pairs of shoes, and testing countless boho-chic Sienna Miller -inspired barnets, this writer didn’t make it to her Debs, because she a) didn’t really like anyone she went to school with and b) never bothered to ask a date, due to the crippling immaturity of all the local boys. Luckily, Hunt & Gather are allowing us grad drop-outs to live the Romy & Michelle prom we’ve always dreamt of. There will be taffeta, sparkles, sequins, and lots of hairspray. They are celebrating their first birthday with this kitsch-fest, and you should know by now that there ain’t no party like a H&G party. It’s as experiential as it gets, except we’ll be hoping we’ve graduated from WKD blues and VK Ices on to more grown-up tipples. Pimp and primp, kids - you won’t be able to see the dancefloor through the clouds of Elnett. / Kate Coleman

 

October 17 2014


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

when
8:15pm

how much
€9

cinema
Palo Alto

Palo Alto snaps neatly into a canon of films that seems tirelessly fascinated by the unremarkable shapelessness of youth. It is written and directed by Gia Coppola, an adaptation of a book of short stories by James Franco (who also appears in the film both as a soccer coach and convenient depot for displaced and indiscriminate teenage sexual desire). With the exception of Emily, a minor character who is in search of some idea of intimacy, the characters are wearily familiar. I suspect the film will appeal to those whose teenage years are more than an arm’s length away, and to devotees of that recent (recently revived?) cultural perversity that fetishises ineptness and lack of purpose as the ideal sophisticated affectation, and makes a worthwhile, full-time activity out of ‘I’m young and I’m figuring things out.’ / Olen Bajarias

 

October 17 2014


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

when
8:40pm

how much
€10

cinema
Björk: Biophilia Live

It’s par for the course to see Bjork do something bizarre. Biophilia is no different. A concert film based on a concept album about nature, music and iPads. Biophilia is delicately shot, tracking Bjork as moves around the circular stage and blends the visuals seamlessly into the performance. Accompanied by a Reykjavik girls choir, Bjork isn't always the center of attention. The choir, dresses in sequined robes, move in and sing in formation, giving the performance much needed physicality. Biophilia is fundamentally a concert movie. As such it suffers from the identity crisis that usually accompanies such films. However for the converted Bjork fan, Biophilia is the perfect visual accompaniment to an ambitious album. A welcome addition to the Bjork back catalogue, but by no means does it stand out under the mountain of existing concert films. / Jack Broughan

   
 

October 17 2014


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

when
6pm

how much
€10

performance
John Cummins

You can take your U2 or your Hoziers, not to mention your Joyces or Becketts .. Our music scene is tried and trusted. Our literary tradition is world renowned. But our most cherished tradition – that of oral storytelling - is somehow just taken for granted - seen more as a natural accompaniment to our boozy exuberance. Which is why it is astounding that Lingo is our first spoken word festival. John Cummins is the living breathing embodiment of a poet and a performer. Twisting words often in a reggae rythms, this wizard of wordsmithery, this most astute of social commentators has hawk-like powers of observance and the rare gift to be able to unveil the jewels of daily life with equal measures humour and tragedy. Listen to him rap about football and homelessness and check out the incredible raft of other performers throughout the festival and reconnect with our greatest gift. / Emmet Condon

 

October 17 2014


where
Oxfam Shop, Oxfam Ireland 3 88A Francis Street Dublin
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when
8:15pm

how much
€6 - €12

gig
Oxjam Takeover

This weekend you should be found Oxjammin’ in Oxfam Francis Street, where pop-up gig merchants Homebeat, barbershop band-lovers Abner Browns and music mag State will each be curating a night of music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Homebeat have sets from Elephant, Ye Vangabonds, the dreamy Let’s Set Sail and Floor Staff - cos who better to philosophise on whether the pint is half full or half empty than Floor Staff, right? Highlights from the rest of the weekend include Booka Brass Band, Come on Live Long and Rocstrong, so fork out for the weekend ticket - you won’t be sorry. / Kate Coleman

 

October 17 2014


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

when
2pm - 5.30pm (see link for further event)

how much
€10 (festival pass €30)

event
PROTOTYPE: Talks

Extending her curiosity of playful design and novel interactions, artist Hilary O’Shaughnessy is bringing games, exhibits and fun interventions to the heart of the city with the inaugural Prototype Festival. A city with see-saws at bus stops and slides instead of escalators is fanciful but this mindset coupled with the possibilities of new technology will significantly reshape future considerations for civic projects and public engagement. Prototype brings a host of artists over to discuss their work, perspectives and interventions such as Constitute, One Life Remains, the Copenhagen Game Collective, Dan Bergin and Holly Gramazio with backgrounds in game design, theatre and coding. In the evening, the space upstairs is being converted into a 'Playground' where you can experience the creations of the speakers. Win a Weekend Pass / Zach Joyce

   
 

October 18 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€18

gig
Shabazz Palaces

One of the standout events on this year's Beatyard Festival sees Shabazz Palaces perform in the decidedly intimate surrounds of Twisted Pepper. Led by Ishmael Butler, formerly one third of Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces may be one of the most exciting exponents of rap operating at the moment. Their sophomore album Lese Majesty was released earlier this year and continues very much in the extraterrestrial, subversive vein of their first effort. With production boasting futuristic flare and bars featuring deliriously silly non-sequiturs such as, "I'm often on like Chaka Khan," it's nothing less than compelling - a sonic odyssey that samples numerous genres without ever sounding disjointed. Have your cake and eat it, too. / Amy O'Connor

 

October 18 2014


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
Location Map

when
3pm

how much
€8 - €10

gig
Lisa O'Neill / Chequerboard / Ain't Saint John

For those with exceptional attention spans and a love of intimate live music performance, The Joinery is a mecca. Worship at the altar of Lisa O’Neill, Chequerboard and Ain’t Saint John as you snuggle in from the changing seasons and are soothed by harmonia and sweet melody. Each performer is a poet, full of magic, anguish and whimsy, so prepare for a low-lit atmospheric treat, all soaring strings, heart-wrenching notes, and majestic visuals. Put some Sunday into your Saturday afternoon, and sit rapt as you observe how the masters and mistresses of heartbreak folk do their thing. / Kate Coleman

 

October 18 2014


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


when
11pm

how much
€12

club night
Moon Boots & Tornado Wallace

For a discombobulating, clubby disco meets r’n’b meets dizzy synth night on the tiles, Moon Boots has to be high on the hidden agenda. Wear your bounciest moon boots, cos it’s one for grooving to, the magic of a crowd moshing to the bubbling riffs in unison isn’t to be sniffed at. Every time the maestro has played here before, it’s been extra-terrestrial, a shuttle to another dimension, and this time should be no different. Then, there’s Tornado Wallace, who collages together sounds that really shouldn’t work into a bewilderingly perfect sound. His brand of psychedelic house is manic, exciting, left of centre and you should bathe in the Balearic vibes that will rain down his he reigns from the decks on high. It’s future-disco, so dance, dance, dance, to this musical quirkster’s tune. Win Tickets / Kate Coleman

 

October 18 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10:30pm

how much
€14 - €16

gig
Omar S

Omar S is Detroit through and through. Look at his Facebook page and his cover picture is of him standing nonchalantly beside a car. In his most recent album artwork he's kneeling down on what looks to be the plainest surface he could find. In an industry where image is the be all and end all, Omar S doesn't really give a crap. In 2009 Omar S became one of a handful of producers whose Fabric mix was entirely his own music. This is a guy who doesn't care what the norm is, or what's expected of him. His music and mixes rarely contain samples or vocals, instead the bass is consistent and building. This is music to dance to, not to ponder to. A distinctive style for sure this 3 hour set is bound to be good, and bound to draw a crowd. In Room 2 will be DJ Skirt, the queen of mixing vinyl and another sure bet to get you dancing. Win Tickets / Niamh Keenan

   
 

October 19 2014


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

when
7pm

how much
€12.50

gig exhibition
Mississippi Records on Tour

The guys behind Mississippi Records aren't really ones for buying into the hype, so we're gonna keep this pretty simple. This is about music. This is about knowledge. This is about preservation. Mississippi Records is a Portland label, which really hit the jackpot when it released Alan Lomax's archive. They are what Black Books should have been - they release obscure anomalies, rare recordings, of gospel, roots and more, while also releasing punky offerings from the bands they discover in their Portland record store. It's only vinyl as well, of course. They are kind of alarmed  and bemused that people are so interested in their day-to-day, so this should prove to be interesting, thought-provoking, and most of all, humbling. Win Tickets / Kate Coleman

 

October 19 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€23

gig
Adam Cohen

It’s difficult to live under the shadow of a famous parent - few emerge without either accusations of nepotism, scarred self-esteem, or a superitority complex. Many simply graduate to the ITV2 school of hard knocks and tiny bikinis. Adam Cohen doesn’t try to emerge from his father’s shadow, there is no bravado or posturing in his approach to his own career, but he does acknowledge his influence, whether it is in the genre that he has decided to dedicate himself to musically, or the references to his father within the lyrics - which wouldn’t be such a big deal was his father not the melancholic inspiration of every aspiring songwriter with an acoustic guitar out there. Either way, this promises to be an exceptional gig, so leave your preconceptions at the door. Win Tickets / Kate Coleman

 

October 19 2014


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

when
3:30pm

how much
€9

cinema
Dr. Strangelove

Dr Strangelove is a film that you’ve seen before. Not in a Memento memory loss type of way but rather it’s been so heavily parodied, alluded to, tributed and ripped off, you have seen it on some sort of subconscious level. The film like many of Kubrick’s early films is simple in it’s construction, frugal in it’s settings and masterful in its use of limited resources. Using primarily four locations the films simplicity is its real power. The film points towards a simple truth; If a nuclear deterrent can destroy all life on earth, what exactly does it deter? Satire at it’s simplest and best, the film is embellished by an excellent performance from Peter Sellers who plays the crypto fascist and nuclear war expert Dr Strangelove, Nixon lookalike President Merkin Muffler and Group Captain Mandrake.A classic film if there ever was one, Dr Strangelove delivers on all fronts. / Jack Broughan

   
 

October 20 2014


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

when
13.45|20.30

how much
€10

cinema
Northern Soul

The north of england ain't the sexiest place ever, but it was where one of the coolest musical movements, northern soul, was born. Towards the end of the 60s mods developed an obsession with finding little known black American soul artists (no motown here!), and hosted awesome club nights from which developed unique dances featuring lots of high kicks and frenetic booty waggling as well as new fashion styles. It’s a movement that hasn’t recently had much of a mention so I can’t wait to see new film Northern Soul, which has a stellar line up including Ricky Tomlinson and Steve Coogan as well as an understandably deadly soundtrack. Also the lovely people in the IFI are running an after party for Friday's screening so make sure to book yo'self a ticket, it’s going to be epic. / Rebecca Fitzgerald

 

October 21 2014


where
Oliver Cornet Gallery , JF Studios, 5 Cavendish Row (Parnell Square) Dublin 1
Location Map

when
11am - 6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Recollections - John Fitzsimons

Fine art is a difficult thing to look at. It’s so difficult to understand why you enjoy a piece that the phrase “I don’t know a lot about art, but I know what I like” has become a cliché, often used to lampoon people with aspirations of the finer things (and why not, if you like it, you like it, no snobs here. Art is for everyone) Thus, I shall cobble together my explanation of my enjoyment of this work - it’s grey with a spot of colour, like looking out the window of a Stena Line ferry at 6am and seeing the pop of a lighthouse in the distance. It’s like looking through a kaleidoscope at a pot of Farrow & Ball’s greyest grey, or pressing down on your closed eyes and contortions of multi-coloured pyramids building and falling. It’s faded and beautiful, kinda nostalgic, and oddly spiritual or totemic. That’s just me, though, check it out for yourself. / Kate Coleman

 

October 21 2014


where
CHQ Building, IFSC, Docklands, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
until Nov 15

how much
€6.50

photo exhibition
World Press Photo

These are images of triumph and tragedy, of courage and defiance, of simple beauty and sad neglect. 5,754 photographers from 132 countries entered 98,671 images. The World Press Photo Awards are the Oscars of photo-journalism. What is on display are staggering examples of well known and untold global stories. John Stanmeyer working for National Geographic scooped the overall prize for documenting African migrants in Dijbouti City at the Horn of Africa. It's a simple, yet powerful, image of mobile phones being held aloft under the night sky in order to catch a signal to communicate with loved ones. A fleeting moment of hope midst despair. In a world in which everyone considers themselves photographers of sorts, this puts the professionals and their skills, tenacity and bravery in context. / Michael McDermott

   
 

October 22 2014


where
TBC

when
7.30pm - 10.30pm

how much
Free (see competition)

event
Friday The 13th Part II

The body count continues with this stalk and slash favourite from the early '80s which is the latest offering by the Jameson Cult Film Club. Having hosted previous installments of the Club in the Mansion House and Tivoli, they're locating Camp Crystal Lake in a different part of town. For those unfamiliar with the concept, these screenings come with the twist of immersion. Characters mingle within set creations from the original film and the assembled feel the blur between what's on screen and what's surrounding them. Expect the rustic Packanack Lodge to be there and Jason Voorhees may also be lurking in the shadows looking for his next victim both on screen and off. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce 

 

October 22 2014


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€17

gig
Real Estate

Real Estate's music conjures up two distinct images in my head. Purveyors of preppy geekiness, I visualize the New Jersey 5-piece band’s recording studio perpetually shrouded in a cloud of weed fumes. They talk slowly and play slower, their dreaming minds unfurling and teasing ideas into cohesive four-minute songs that glide and hover in a constant state of chiming-guitar loveliness. The second image is a side effect of the first, and captures the aching nostalgia of a distant past, albeit one plucked straight out of a John Hughes coming-of-age movie: carefree bike rides around idyllic suburbia, leafy green manicured lawns, an unrequited crush, and the simultaneous comfort and loneliness of friendship. Theirs are songs that carry the listener on a journey, a trip even. Let’s hope they bring the dry ice. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

 

October 22 2014


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
6pm

how much
Free, Ticketed

talk
Banter: Has Dublin Lost its Creative Edge?

I love hearing the cries about strawberry bargains on Capel St. I love walking around Blessington Street basin, up the mountains and along the smelly beaches in Fairview and Sandymount. I love trying weird vegetable/fruit juices from the Polish food stores. I love being around South Circular at prayer time and feeling like an ethnic minority. I love going to a slanty-floored rave above a Chinese restaurant. I feel inspired by the noticeable increase in open gay couples sharing a kiss on the streets or when my friends continue to create and expose new ideas and experiences in Dublin. Creation is a product of inspiration. Dublin is full of inspired souls young and old, still creating because their city is rich with old and emerging culture. If you can't see the creative edge, your focus must be camped out in the departures lounge of Terminal One. / Jordan Ralph

 

October 22 2014


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

when
8pm

how much
€9

cinema
A Clockwork Orange

This Stanley Kubrick offering was banned in Ireland for over 20 years and when I finally got to see it on the big screen I had to wonder what was going through the censor's mind. Yes, Malcom McDowell’s Alex and his “droogs” are hedonistic hoodlums prone to outbursts of random violence but they also drink a lot of milk which is surely sending a healthy message. A true cult classic this is an exploration of violence at its most primal level. When Alex’s behaviour is modified so that it is acceptable to society it is almost as if he has lost a limb. With a soaring soundtrack, sinister visuals and an iconic performance from McDowell that spawned an always popular Halloween look, this futuristic fantasy is still powerful and unnerving even if some parts look slightly dated now. / Frances Winston

 
Karl Parkinson

There was plenty rhyme and reason to sitting down with poet Karl Parkinson ahead of his performance at Lingo Festival this weekend...

I was in a not very successful band who played only four gigs. It was me and me mates basically and I was the person who wrote the lyrics and was the one thrown out to the front to attempt to sing. I was more of the John Lydon, eh Bob Dylan, Shane MacGowan type singer. Anyway in a band, you start off friends and you end up hating each other. So, I just kept going with the poetry, the reading, the writing poetry and focused on that.

Walt Whitman is one of my influences; Ginsberg, Blake, those kind of people. I’m comfortable being the Irish Walt Whitman. I’ll have a big grey beard next. I like people like Bukowski, good high art but people can understand it on the street.

Lingo’s great, it’s brilliant that the guys and girls did it. It’s like a big celebration of this whole scene that’s been going on for five or six years where it’s still underground but it’s starting to peep its head though...

Karl performs at Lingo Festival which runs 17-19 October. Full schedule here. PHOTO: John Scully 




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