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September 12 2014

Mfa_grads

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

how much Free

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University of Ulster MFA Graduate Exhibition

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

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September 12 2014

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where Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when 6.30pm

how much €9

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At Berkeley

For those of you who never had the stamina for your double Social Policy class on a Monday morn, the lengthy yet lovely At Berkeley is perhaps a marathon you ought to give a miss. If however you’d love nothing more than to re-immerse yourself in those golden days or to trigger for that Back To School buzz, look no further. This latest doc from the brilliant Frederick Wiseman is a look at this amazing institution as a whole, a world class Uni that is uniquely affordable (at least by US standards), diverse and vibrant and, lets face it, unapologetically lefty-liberal. With glimpses into the battles fought at admin level, anarchic and ill-advised student protests and a plethora of clips from classes with all range and depth of an Open University membership, this film is enthralling look at what education does and means in society today. / Jack Gibson

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September 16 2014

Always-alone-done

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

how much Full €14 Concession €12

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tiger dublin fringe

Always Alone Together

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

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September 18 2014

You-told-me-to-wash-and-clean-my-ears

where Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when 9.15pm (2.15pm matinee on Sat)

how much €14/€16

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tiger dublin fringe

you told me to wash and clean my ears

Performance artist Amanda Coogan joins forces with the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf in this piece about  the shooting of deaf man Eamon McDevitt in 1974 by the British Army. I know this because of the wonderful informative pamphlet we get upon arrival. "Come here 'til I tell you a story" are the first words we hear but the story struggles to unfold with repetition giving way to repetition. Coogan towers above a procession of marchers in a staggering amount of fabric. She wields a cult like ownership over proceedings in terms of her stature and slow gestures with snatches of insight from those below in the symbolic form of shoes and flags being carried. When a glimpse of transformation presents itself in the form of its deaf cast taking centre stage, they in turn revert to repetition. Dark and challenging, at times this as much avant hard as avant garde. / Michael McDermott

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September 18 2014

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where Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
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when 8pm (runs until Sat)

how much €12

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album launch

Rhob Cunningham

Rhob Cunningham returns from his recent Berlin base to launch his new album The Window & Day. As he explains, he "stole a lift to Iceland, gathered some local music folk" and recorded this album with Valgeir Sigurdsson who has worked with such musical luminaries as Bjork and Bonnie Prince Billy. Ease, confidence and a hazy beauty exudes from these 11 tracks which contrast with his summer opus The Head Collector where he collaborated with Cathy Davey and Conor O'Brien. There's echoes of a languid James Taylor and the lush lilt of Kings of Convenience in his delivery. While the sonic tectonics move at a wonderfully glacial pace, if you lie back and listen you'll also catch the awe of those Northern Lights streaking most of his tracks too. / Zach Joyce

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September 18 2014

Gerryandrews

where National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
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when Until 5 January

how much Free

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exhibition

Shaped by History: Photographs of Limerick in the 1970s

It often feels like the only good news Limerick gets is in the weekly draw for next week's Winning Streak participants, but that's unfair. It's reputation may have been forged by the oft-disputed memoirs of a certain Mr McCourt, but as a muse to Gerry Andrews, it has been transformed into a thing of beauty. His black and white photography of 1970s Dublin is poignant. They don't just zone in on the Limerick cliché of poverty - that would be lazy. They show the strata as they mingle, the well-dressed middle classes aren't ignored just because they defy the media's preferred portrayal of Limerick. A sense of community is forged, the background is beautifully shot but insignificant, when considering the attitude and spark of the protagonists, who tell as much of a story as any big-budget film. / Kate Coleman

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September 18 2014

Reckoners_2_

where The Lir, Pearse Street (at Grand Canal Quay), Dublin 2

when 8.30pm

how much €15 (matinee Fri/Sat)

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tiger dublin fringe

Reckoners

15th Oak delivered one of the most spell-binding shows of recent Fringe history with The Life and Death of Eric Argyle in 2012. Here they return with Reckoners. Conal McCarthy (John Cronin) returns to The Stra, a bleak and desolate bombed out space, after a 22-year prison term for murder. He assures us that while he comes from a violent place, he is not a violent man. Jamie McHugh (Manus Halligan) is the young man tasked with avenging his actions. Ross Dungan's writing is rich, saturated in smart observations and turns of phrase. The actors are flawless in their inflection and delivery. But Reckoners needs to be stripped to match its set. It's an overpopulated story in terms of characters which coupled with the strong Northern accents make it hard to keep attuned to the nuances of the story. These accents in turn make it hard to consciously uncouple The Stra from a sectarian stricken North which it never alludes to. / Michael McDermott

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September 18 2014

Beers

where The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when 6:30pm

how much Free

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launch

Beers + Suburbia

Forget the bankers who claim to be 'thinking architecturally' and get with the architects who challenge their blue-sky thinking with blue-sky grazing buildings. 2ha is a zine which is interested in the suburbs. Finding beauty in the ordinary is what they excel at, and why we approached them to co-present Le Cool's first ever Suburban Issue in June. Since then, they have crowdfunded another rake of zines, and are launching the new issue on Suburbia + Cinema, as ever filled with thoughtful essays, fine photography, and a sensitive look at the oft-maligned suburbs. Toast 2ha and its accomplishments so far, and yet to come, with a beer, a nibble, and a gander at the new issue in the Library Project. How fitting. / Kate Coleman

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