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GJSTU UIJOHT GJSTU My Uncle Beno had a ronnie, and my Uncle Ronnie had a ‘tache (and my Auntie Pippy had a bottle of bleach in her bathroom). My dad was never with out a caterpillar lip, and my grandad used to rock the John Cazale. Genetics must be on my side, surely? Well, I’ve inherited an addictive personality, a Ringsend accent, and… well, we won’t talk about the other thing. So why can’t I squeeze out a fully-formed Burt Reynolds? Thanks to residual pubesence and the possible traces of oestrogen in our office water my moustache is as shy as a sleeping hedgehog – and I’ve the gall to edit a Movember issue? Pish posh. I’ll wear a wax tache for the month instead. There are a lot of moustaches in this issue. Some are twirling in your face, but some are a little more subtle. But all of them are in the name of a good cause – the fight against prostate cancer and depression in men. Do your little whisker bit where you can, and check out

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8 Roadmap As straight-talking as an Anthony Burrill poster 12 Threads Girls with moustaches! 14 Hirsutes You, Sir Boys with moustaches! 25 Listings Vampires with moustaches! Also, Gary Numan, Alan Stanford, and a mention of Miyazaki.

42 Take It Up Toronto Our man in Canada sends us a postcard. We wish he’d just emailed. 48 Barfly Seriously pissed. 50 Gastro Fans of horses and food apply. 52 Bitesize The icing on your Danish.

58 Alfred Molina on An Education All questions relate to having 4 bionic arms. 61 Cinema There’s loads of films out this month, but we weren’t invited to many of them. 62 Audio Your digest of all the hot ’78s on release.



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Danger! High Voltage :: One for the indie boys and girls, Daniel Danger's work will be instantly recognized by Modest Mouse, Decemberists, and Flight of The Conchords fans. The man behind Tiny Media Empire, this guy gets to make a living from making vinyl sleeves and gig posters for the bands he loves. All of which he subsequently spends on effects pedals and guitars once owned by Louis Quatorze or something. Git. =^S\ b] @S^cPZWQ ]T 7`SZO\R O\R <]`bVS`\ 7`SZO\R `SaWRS\ba OUSR & ]` ]dS` >`][]bW]\ Sf^W`Sa [WR\WUVb !bV2SQS[PS` '>`][]bS`(@WQV[]\R;O`YSbW\U6O`[]\g1]c`b6O`[]\g@]e2cPZW\ 7`SZO\R

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Girlfriend In Atacoma :: It takes a very special brand to sell products named after a skin condition, but Swedish design team Acne have never been ones to play it by the book. An art collective with a portfolio in film and digital mediums, the Stockholm studios have produced their red-stitched jeans since 1996, and were among the first high-end brands to reinterpret skinny legs and acid-wash, making nineties high-waisted horrors wearable. Having moved into pared-down tailoring and accessories, this season sees the launch of Acne shoes for men and women. Our favourites include this somewhat extra-terrestrial pair in black suede, named the ‘Atacoma’ .

Ronniefingers :: The clean-shaven among us might feel a little left out this month with our Movember issue and all its hirsute fun. Luckily we can buy moustaches in Perspex form, a far more stylish option than a tattoed ‘fingerstache’, or one glued on Groucho-style from the joke shop. Our favourite Shoreditch jewellers relaunched the moustache ring as part of their ‘best of’ collection, a glossy black, Dali-esque number that sits on your finger waiting to be employed in quick-fire disguise.

On The Street... In The Bookshop :: Style insiders would pawn their Louboutins to be snapped by Scott Shuman, aka blog god The Sartorialist. Schuman’s street portraits of fashion legends and anonymous old men in fedora hats have earned him a place on ‘most powerful’ internet and fashion lists, and he is credited with turning photo blogging into an art form. Fittingly enough, now Schuman’s favourite photos have been collected and published as a coffee table book. At over 500 pages and published by Penguin, it features the site’s habitual mix of industry faces and unacknowledged snappy dressers in gorgeous and colourful detail, while the €18 price reflects the democratic ideals with which Schuman originally set out.



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Prostate cancer hits one in nine men in Ireland. Movember do huge work every year by getting men to grow moustaches and raise awareness of the disease. As a result the moustache has become to prostate cancer what pink ribbons are to breast cancer. We wanted to get involved, so we took off on a road trip across Europe to find the greatest moustaches and moustache-related stories between Tallaght and Turkey. We wanted to find out what separated moustachioed men from their bald-faced counterparts, and discover what lay in store for those who registered with Movember. We ran out of petrol, we slept rough, we showered less than was wise, and with the help of some of the best artists in the country, produced a book that will not only help raise money for prostate cancer research, but will make for an excellent accompaniment to your daily sitdown. If you or your loved one is doing Movember this year, then this is their guide book.



CHAMPIONSHIPS On stage, contestants do a small lap then one by one introduce themselves to the jury, bowing to afford them a better look at what you’ve got growing on. In a world of plastic surgery and extravagant beauty, moustaches are to men what breast implants are to women. Bending over for the judges, you could say we’re giving them a good look at our cleavages. You shake what you’ve got for good measure. The judges raise their paddles to give us a mark out of ten with the lowest score being five. The championships may be competitive but they keep the bottom number at five. That’s as far as the mercy stretches.



Your average facial hair will come across three obstacles before the Ringsend treatment plant finally sets him free. First he’s got to make it through thick wire meshes. Next, he’ll have to summon up the mental strength to survive sensory isolation in the giant settlement tanks. Finally he’ll have to wade through twenty-four pools of badass bacteria with nothing more on their mind than eating him whole. Realistically, a hair’s got about as much chance of making the ocean after the sewage plant than it has of securing a bank loan for a down payment on a powerboat. But there’s a story that goes around the plant. It’s the tale of a hair who beat the odds. It rose to the challenge and made it through the gauntlets to find his way to the sea. The story is recounted some evenings in the dirty bars around the docks. Especially so on those wet stormy nights when the sewage plant’s containers teeter scarily close to the point of overflowing.



HIPSTERS In some ways then, you could conclude that hipsters with moustaches are engaging in a non-voluntary process of natural selection by eliminating half of all women from their dating pool. By doing this, they are not only speeding up the dating process – think of how long you spend in a supermarket compared to your corner shop – but they’re also freeing up their time to focus on more rewarding pursuits like making zines or recording genres of music never heard of before. In effect, the moustache is making them better, more productive people. Their moustache is transforming them into something Nietzche would have called Übermenschen.



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deliver on the second film? I felt there was a lot more pressure with the first film because it was put under the microscope by the fans. When we were shooting the movie we didn’t know it was going to be such a cultural phenomenon. We were just trying to make a good movie for the fans of the book. We were aware of the fan base so we did feel obligated to take our work seriously and make sure that they all liked it. There was a certain amount of pressure there though. When we first got cast so many people were complaining online. They didn’t like Robert in Edward’s role. I did a movie called Can’t Hardly Wait about ten years ago and my character was a bit of a jerk. People were associating me with that jock character I played so long ago and decided I wasn’t right for the role of Carlisle. In the end it was fun to be able to create Carlisle and have people be receptive to it.

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the next day. They sent me the book and I sat down and read it from 5pm and finished at 2am. I met Catherine the next day, very groggy but definitely onboard at that stage. I became a fan of the books that night.

4:/5)4 $)"3.*/( ("3:/6."/ Words //DANIEL GRAY From those stark old videos of his Kraftwerk-styled robotic performances to the synth blizzards that made his name, I’m obviously chattering at the prospect of talking to Gary Numan, even via the proxy of a phoneline. He’s going to be a prick, right? I make a resolution not to mention the Mighty Boosh, the Sugababes, or any other British pop culture institutions to recently reference the synthpop-turned-industrial-rock legend, down a jittery black coffee, and dial the Numan Hotline. Good morning Gary! Hello! I was recently told that a friend of mine dressed up as you for an 80s Halloween party last year. Do you think you make a good Halloween costume? Haha. I like it. I’ve been out for the last few days trying to buy my children’s Halloween costumes. Someone bought me a Captain America costume, but I don’t have the muscle to justify wearing it. I’ll probably end up going as a skeleton instead. So I know you’ve been pretty adamant about pushing forward musically throughout your career - but this tour is for the re-release of the Pleasure Principle. Is it alien returning to something you made 30 years ago that musically you’re not very close to anymore? It’s a bit odd to be honest. I’ve said before that I’m really not a fan of nostalgia, so it’s a little bit awkward. It’s a compro-



mise. A lot of acts will do Here & Now or Greatest Hits tours, and that’s all they do, which is something I don’t want to get involved in. My problem is that we don’t get to do a whole lot of old songs – we’d only play four or five, so fans don’t get to hear what they necessarily want to. The compromise I’ve come to, and this tour will probably be an end to it, is that if there’s a significant anniversary like when I turned 50 last year, or as in the Pleasure Principle’s 30 years since going to number one, then I’ll play old songs for fans, without compromising on my main touring. I’m grateful people want to hear the stuff, and that the stuff is sampled and so on still, but from a songwriting point of view you’re immersed in what you’re doing now and what you’re doing next. I don’t really appreciate my history, I’d rather just move on. The good thing about this tour is that even with B-Sides, the Pleasure Principle is only 50 minutes long, so I get another 50 minutes to play newer material. There’ll be two Gary Numans on stage, really. Even though you may not be proud of your history, when released The Pleasure Priniciple was pretty jarring as an album - it was a departure from both synth and rock before it. Do you think albums that out-there and trendsetting are still being made? By other people? Not really. I think when the whole electronic thing crossed over in the late 70s was the last big revolution in music. Everything else since then has been an evolution or an offshoot. I’m not trying to take any great credit for that, because there were lots of people involved in that movement. I do think there’s good stuff around at the minute, but nothing massively innovative. With the exception of Nine Inch Nails.

Really? I think they did something really special. Were you disappointed with the breakup? Very much. I was part of it, in a way. I was guest on all four nights of their last shows, it was tinged with a lot of sadness. To be part of those last shows was an honour. In regards to the prospect of two Gary Numans, do you think the process of being a musician today is a whole lot easier than it was back then - from actually making the music (I know you’re an Ableton fan), to maintaining a fanbase? I think technology has made it much easier to create a variety of music. But still, a great chunk of modern music is nothing more than a strummed guitar or a twinkled piano, in that respect it’s almost the same. If you want to make electronic music today that standard is so much higher – if you were to release the Pleasure Principle today I’m not entirely sure it would even stand up. The stumbling block for so many people is that you still have to be able to write songs, and mistake technology for a way of doing that. This decade’s coming to a close – how has it been to you? It’s been a good buzz. It’s all building, slowly but surely. I’ve found it quite exciting, at the end of the decade my reputation’s in better shape, the gigging is going well, the album sales are… well, dreadful. That aspect is a bit scary. Thanks Gary. That wasn’t scary at all. The two Gary Numans play Tripod on the 24th November 2009. Tickets are €22.50

)&--0 %0--: "-"/ 45"/'03%Â&#x2DC;4" %0--Â&#x2DC;4)064& words // ALAN FARRELL Henrik Ibsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play A Dollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House was as influential a play as it was controversial. With a new version set to open in the Helix starring Lisa Lambe and Peter Gaynor, I talked to director Alan Stanford about his interpretation of this essential work of Ibsenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s canon. Can you tell me how your version of A Dollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House differs from the original? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new translation, most of the early translations were written by Edwardians and the early translations tend to be a little bit stodgy, so there is a tendency for people doing these plays nowadays to bring the language up to date, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also set it in the 1930â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a decade in which male dominance was extremely strong and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to fight against it began to come to the fore. It was a highly controversial play when it was first performed, do you think it retains that controversy? Yes, it is still socially unacceptable for a woman to leave her husband and children, far more than it would be for a man. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some sort of social conditioning that says a woman belongs with her husband and family even if its not good for her, so yes I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s every bit as valid and pertinent today.

Wilde wrote plays that were satires. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good that plays cause an outrage now and again. You said you set it in the 1930s because the feminist movement was gathering strength, was there any other idea to put it into a different time or context? No, you could put it in a multitude of times, one of the reasons I chose the 1930s is because it still has a period feel to it. Also Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m setting this in the 1930s because even though they had got the vote after the First World War, women were still dominated by men and it was still fairly bleak. In the past decade or so the institution of marriage in Ireland has gone through a few shifts, with the legalization of divorce and weakening of the influence of the Catholic Church. Do you feel that your play links these elements together in our society? Well certainly the question of the right to divorce, I do think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relevant in a society to say that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no, this marriage is wrong, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It is good that we are addressing these supposedly moral questions. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not moral, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just about personal choice, and one must remember that Ibsen does it in an incredibly funny way, these questions are addressed with great wit and charm, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a myth that Ibsen plays are dreary and dull - they really are funny and full of great human situations.

Do you think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for theatre to hold on to a certain sense of controversy? Theatre should always ask the difficult questions, A Dollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House opens in the Helix on the 10th of sometimes you do it by making people laugh, someNovember, and runs until the 27th. Tickets priced times by making them cry. Ibsen had a strong effect â&#x201A;Ź18-25, see for booking information.         on Irish writers; Shaw wrote plays that were political,



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faces for the month. Already signed up are Olympic boxing hero Kenny Egan, Niall Breslin from top Irish band The Blizzards and Richie Egan of Jape. Original Mo Bro, Irish Rugby legend Donal Lenihan has pledged to be a Mo Mentor, offering Mo Bros advice and top tips on how to achieve a quiff upper lip. A host of partners have come on board to support and reward Mo Bros & Sistas on their journey throughout the month, highlights include:

Movember-themed events will be taking place across the country as Mo Office, Mo Campus, and Mo Town Parties spread the moustache love culminating with an official Movember Gala Parté taking place in Tripod, Dublin. Expect to see lots of Tom Selleck, Ron Burgundy and Borat look-a-likes around town as they battle it out to take the prestigious ‘Man of Movember’ title.

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Live gigs Mon 2 November â&#x2013; Passion Pit The Academy, Dublin â&#x201A;Ź15.50 Re-scheduled date by Electropoppers from Boston

Tripod â&#x201A;Ź20/24.50, 7.30pm Veteran alt-rockers return to rock Tripod â&#x2013; Mozaik: Donal Lunny &

Andy Irvine

â&#x2013; Upbeat Generation The Mezz 10.30pm Covers band with late bar

Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Ź25 International collective headed by Andy Irvine playing Celtic, Trad and Eastern European music

â&#x2013; The Coonics Upstairs At Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;ŹTbc Another â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theâ&#x20AC;? band, this time from Tuam with songtitles like Skinny Jeans

â&#x2013; Wild Beasts Academy 2 â&#x201A;Ź16 Downbeat four-piece featuring falsetto vocals and permanent po-faces

Tuesday 3 November

â&#x2013; Hoodwinked Shebeen Chic Free, 9pm Live band

â&#x2013; Minus Circus Upstairs At Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Ź8/5, 8pm Solo show by singer-songwriter Minus Circus with Shay Cotter And Stephen Branigan â&#x2013;  JosĂŠ Feliciano National Concert Hall â&#x201A;Ź45, 8pm Influential guitarist and crossover artist â&#x2013;  Niall C Lawlor Shebeen Chic Free, 8pm Slide Guitarist

Wed 4 November â&#x2013; Mew The Academy â&#x201A;Ź17.50 Danish rockers supported by Choir of Young Believers. â&#x2013;  Martin Hayes & Denis

â&#x2013; Open Trad session Hedigans Brian Boru 9pm Weekly free event hosted by local musicians IMRAMA.

Friday 6 November â&#x2013; Muse The O2 â&#x201A;Ź54.80, Sold Out â&#x2013;  Absys Launch 2 With ASC Crawdaddy â&#x201A;Ź15, 11pm Official launch of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strangers from Nowhereâ&#x20AC;? CD compilation â&#x2013;  The Riptide Movement Crawdaddy â&#x201A;Ź10, 8pm Bluesy rock with support by Morgan La Fay and Yukina

Cahill Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Ź20, 7.30pm Folk figureheads unite â&#x2013; Bela Fleck & The

â&#x2013; Calvin Harris The Academy â&#x201A;Ź30, 8pm â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Acceptable in the 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; poser complete with full band

â&#x2013; Size2shoes The Sugar Club â&#x201A;ŹTbc, 8pm Comedy acoustic pop by brother act

â&#x2013; Jonathan Coulton The Academy â&#x201A;Ź17, 8pm Internet celebrity and folkrocker

Sat 7 November â&#x2013; The Nolans The O2 â&#x201A;Ź59.20, 6.30pm Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the mood for dancing, again. â&#x2013;  Mr. Hudson The Academy â&#x201A;Ź19.50, 7.30pm â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supernovaâ&#x20AC;? singer and Kanye protĂŠgĂŠ â&#x2013;  Mael Mordha The Academy 2 â&#x201A;Ź9.50, 7.00pm Doom metal with trad fusions

â&#x2013; Dublin Gospel Choir Tripod â&#x201A;Ź20/25, 7.30pm Amen to that â&#x2013;  Silk Flowers The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter â&#x201A;Ź10, 7.30pm With guests Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands and Jl Seagull â&#x2013;  Andy White Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre â&#x201A;Ź16, 7.30pm Singer-songwriter with added social commentary thrown in â&#x2013;  Nigel Mooney JJ Smyths â&#x201A;Ź10, 9pm â&#x20AC;&#x153;Charismaticâ&#x20AC;? Blues Guitarist

Flecktones Vicar Street â&#x201A;Ź36, 8.30pm Grammy award winning bluegrass and jazz â&#x2013; La Gitano Shebeen Chic Free, 8.30pm Flamenco Latino vibe

Thurs 5 November â&#x2013; Little Palace The Village â&#x201A;Ź10, 8pm Meath based sextet â&#x2013;  Fightstar The Academy â&#x201A;Ź17.50 The ex-Busted singer is still doing the rounds â&#x2013;  Yo La Tengo

Dzelzs Vilks The Village â&#x201A;Ź19, 8pm Presented by the Latvian Society in Ireland â&#x2013; John Vanderslice Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Ź13 Acclaimed American indie rock

â&#x2013; Key West The Village â&#x201A;Ź10, 7.30pm Irish rock by numbers â&#x2013;  Ham Sandwich Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Ź15, 8pm Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s indie darlings

â&#x2013; Rob Da Bank + Jape Dj Set The Button Factory â&#x201A;Ź15, 11.30pm

â&#x2013; David Turpin + Babybeef Upstairs At Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Ź10, 8pm Electronic instrumentation

â&#x2013; Gap Year Upstairs At Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;ŹTbc Launch of new album â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

â&#x2013; Mick Flannery Vicar Street â&#x201A;Ź25, 8.30pm Headline date for well-received stonemason-songwriter

â&#x2013; The Bootleg Beatles The Academy â&#x201A;Ź20, 8pm

Sunday 8 November â&#x2013; Motorhead

Olympia Theatre â&#x201A;Ź49.20, 7.30pm Lemmy & Co make their now annual trip to these shores â&#x2013; The Drones Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Ź13.50, 8pm Aussie foursome plug melancholic new album Havilah

Shred Yr Face package tour â&#x2013; Mark Eitzel The Village â&#x201A;Ź20, 8pm Original material and songs from the American Music Club, with Marc Capelle on piano. â&#x2013;  Marina And The Dia-

monds â&#x2013; Black Robots Upstairs At Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;ŹTbc Waterford post-punk trio who wear their influences on their sleeves â&#x2013;  Slow Session Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre â&#x201A;Ź10, 7.30pm Trad session for learners â&#x2013;  The Jazz Club

Globetrotters Shebeen Chic Free, 9pm

Mon 9 November â&#x2013; Milk Upstairs At Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;ŹTbc Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut for poprockers with blues guitar stylings â&#x2013;  A Place To Bury Strangers

The Academy â&#x201A;Ź14.80, 7.30pm Hotly tipped Welsh/Ancient Greek songstress â&#x2013; Brightblack Morning Light Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Ź11.50, 11pm With guest Rio En Medio â&#x2013;  Yellowman The Button Factory â&#x201A;Ź16, 7.30pm Reggae and Dancehall legend â&#x2013;  Open Trad session Hedigans Brian Boru 9pm Weekly free event hosted by local musicians IMRAMA. â&#x2013;  La Gitano Shebeen Chic Free, 8.30pm Flamenco Latino vibe

& Japandroids

Thurs 12 November

Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Ź15, 8pm Psychedelic rock by Mute Recordsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; latest signing

â&#x2013; La Roux The Academy â&#x201A;Ź17.50, sold out

â&#x2013; Thin Lizzy Olympia Theatre â&#x201A;Ź30/39, 8.00pm The boys are back in town

â&#x2013; The Young Dubliners Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Ź10, 8pm Irish-American rock fare

â&#x2013; Live Trad Sessions Shebeen Chic Free, 9pm

â&#x2013; Toby Keith Olympia Theatre â&#x201A;Ź54.80 Country favourite plays preNobel Peace Prize concert date

Tues 10 November â&#x2013; Will Young Olympia Theatre â&#x201A;Ź44.20, Sold Out â&#x2013;  Damien Jurado Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Ź20, 8pm Introspective storyteller â&#x2013;  Niall C Lawlor Shebeen Chic Free, 8pm

Wed 11 November â&#x2013; The Airborne Toxic Event Olympia Theatre â&#x201A;Ź21, 8pm Headline slot for 2009 breakthrough act â&#x2013;  Cave Singers, Espers,

Woods Crawdaddy â&#x201A;Ź18, 8pm Triple headliner from third

â&#x2013; Homebrew And The Bad Examples Shebeen Chic 9.30pm Local outlaw country band â&#x2013;  Annie Mac Presents The Academy â&#x201A;Ź25.50 Radio 1 DJ joined by Dubstep producer Benga â&#x2013;  Brian Finnegan Quartet The Cherrytree, Walkinstown Cross â&#x201A;Ź15, 8.30pm Members Of Flook And Lau Join Forces

â&#x2013; The Spikes, Jaded Sun &

Dub Country The Village â&#x201A;Ź15/25 Wknd Pass, 7pm Part Of The Dublin Rocks! Festival â&#x2013; Dave Clarke Tripod â&#x201A;Ź20, 11pm Live set by the Baron of Techno â&#x2013;  An Evening With Brendan

And Declan Murphy Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre â&#x201A;Ź16, 7.30pm â&#x2013; Glyder Academy 2, â&#x201A;Ź12.50 Thin Lizzy doppelgangers â&#x2013;  Don Baker Band The Purty Loft, Dun Laoghaire. â&#x201A;Ź13, 9pm Blues musician and he of Failte Towers shame â&#x2013;  Orbital Tripod 7.00pm, Sold Out â&#x2013;  Jack Lukeman, Olympia Theatre â&#x201A;Ź25, 7.30pm The artist formerly known as Jack L â&#x2013;  Great Lake Swimmers Crawdaddy â&#x201A;Ź13, 8pm Folk-rockers from across the pond led by Tony Dekker â&#x2013;  Backstreet Boys The O2 â&#x201A;Ź44.50, â&#x201A;Ź56.50, â&#x201A;Ź59.50 Backstreetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back, unfortunately â&#x2013;  Sean Tyrell Cobblestone â&#x201A;Ź10, 9.00pm Folk musician â&#x2013;  Voodoo Fire In Haiti Whelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x201A;Źtbc, 8pm Early QOTSA influenced rockers with guests Citizen

Sat 14 November â&#x2013; Gurrumul The Academy â&#x201A;Ź20, 7.30pm World music man in rare appearance

Friday 13 November

â&#x2013; Mundy The Button Factory â&#x201A;Ź25, 7.30pm Offaly: The county that keeps on giving.

â&#x2013; Super Extra Bonus Party The Academy, â&#x201A;Ź17.50, 8pm Only headline date this year from Choice Music Prize winners from last year

â&#x2013; Mozaik Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre â&#x201A;Ź25, 7.30pm International collective headed by Andy Irvine playing Celtic, Trad and Eastern European


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■ Johnny Fun And The

Hesitations Whelan’s €Tbc, 8pm Album launch

turing best and worst of reality tv acts/one hit wonders ■ Le Galaxie Whelan’s €10, 8pm Techno rhythms and synths from 66e survivors

■ Rinceoil Fingal Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre €10, 7.30pm Trad-promoting group performing new album ‘Rush Potatoes’ with guests including Grace Dowling

■ Alphastates, The Beat

Poets & The Dc Experiment The Village €15/25 Wknd Pass, 7pm Part Of The Dublin Rocks! Festival

■ Tickley Feather Upstairs At Whelan’s €12, 8pm Animal Collective’s support act with guest Patrick Kelleher

■ Fred The Academy 2 €17 Funky pop music

■ Datarock The Academy €17, 7.30pm Norwegian electronica

■ Cymbals Eat Guitars Crawdaddy €12, 8pm Debut Irish excursion from NYC Indie rockers

■ Open Trad session Hedigans Brian Boru 9pm Weekly free event hosted by local musicians IMRAMA.

■ Orbital Tripod €42.50 Standing/€49.50 Seated 7.00pm

■ Teenagersintokyo Ardgillan Castle €11.80, 7.30pm Somewhere between CSS and The Slits

Sun 15 November ■ The Specials Olympia Theatre €49.20, Sold Out ■ Rodrigo Y Gabriela Vicar Street €30, 8.30pm More Spanish guitar instrumentals from the Irish-adopted duo

■ La Gitano Shebeen Chic Free, 8.30pm Flamenco Latino vibe

Thurs 19 November ■ Hothouse Flowers The Academy €24, 8pm Greatest (forgettable) hits show

■ John Spillane The Cherrytree, Walkinstown Cross €20, 9pm ■ Noelie McDonnell The Academy Atypical Irish singer-songwriter fare ■ The Chapters The Academy €14.50 Terrible rock-lite fodder ■ Joe Lally Crawdaddy €12, 7.30pm Fugazi figurehead with the added bonus of guests Adebisi Shank ■ Charley Pride The Helix, €54.80, 8.00pm One for the old folks (home)

Sat 21 November ■ Knights Of Leon The Academy €12.50 Fake Followill action ■ The Gandhis / Verona

■ Yusuf The O2 €76.20 & €93.70 ■ Mary Coughlan The Button Factory €19.80, 7.30pm Long standing vocalist treating us to the ups and downs of relationships etc etc ■ Piper In The Parlour Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre €5, 2.30pm Trad event hosted by Leo Rickard on uileann pipes and guests

■ House Of Cosy Cushions /


Katie Kim

Upstairs At Whelan’s €10, 8pm Pop-rock affair

Whelan’s €10, 8pm Double headliner ahead of joint EP project with guest Sophie Zeyl ■ Melody Gardot Olympia Theatre €28, 7.30pm Premiere Irish show by US jazz musician ■ Hoodwinked Shebeen Chic Free, 9pm

Mon 16 November

Friday 20 November

■ Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Olympia Theatre €30 More Spanish guitar instrumentals from the Irish-adopted duo, this time in the Olympia

■ Jack Jones & His

■ Sean Kingston Vicar Street €35, 8.30pm Beau-tea-ful gurrrls, awwww ■ Jay Reatard Whelan’s €16, 8.3pm Solo show by prodigious punk. Will probably be cancelled

Tues 17 November ■ Niall C Lawlor Shebeen Chic Free, 8pm Slide Guitarist

Wed 18 November ■ Childline The O2 €45 Annual charity fundraiser fea-

Orchestra Vicar Street From €54.80, 8.00pm Easy listening stalwart complete with Orchestra ■ Mala (Digital Mystikz) Crawdaddy €15, 11.30pm Set by dubstep pioneer and co-founder of Digital Mystikz ‘til late ■ Giveamanakick Whelan’s 8.30pm Goodbye show from the recently defunct live favourites

■ Alabama 3 Tripod €22.50/27.50, 7.30pm Ever energetic live show by the melting pot that is Alabama 3 ahead of new release ‘Revolver Soul’ ■ O’donoghue’s 5 Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre €13, 7.30pm Trad session with Tom Walsh ■ Atlas Sound Whelan’s €13.50, 8pm Solo project by Deerhunter’s Bradford James Cox ■ Hollywood Slim And The

Fat Cats Jj Smyths €10, 9pm CD launch ■ Cat Malojian Cobblestone €10, 9.00pm Eclectic two-piece hailing from Armagh

Sun 22 November ■ Beyoncé The O2 €51.5/56.50, 6.00pm

■ Hair Police + De

Novissimis Upstairs At Whelan’s €10, 8pm Psychedelic rock trio

■ Mary Coughlan The Button Factory 7.30pm Long standing vocalist treating us to the ups and downs of relationships etc etc

€5.00 Trad session

Mon 23 November ■ Ian Brown Olympia Theatre, €39.20, 8pm Madferritforever ■ Beyoncé The O2 €51.5/56.50, 6.00pm ■ Morrissey National Stadium €68.20, 8pm Overpriced chance to see Moz in action ■ Chris Corsano Whelan’s €10, 8pm Drumming showcase ■ Oona and the Devils Odessa Club €10, 8.30pm A rockabilly night out at Odessa

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Tues 24 November ■ Jonas Brothers The O2 From €42.30, Sold Out ■ Yngve & The Innocent Whelan’s €10, 8pm With guests Little X’s For Eyes ■ Gary Numan Tripod €22.50/27.50, 7.30pm Our friend electric returns ■ Ian Brown Olympia Theatre €39.20, 7.00pm ■ Niall C Lawlor Shebeen Chic Free, 8pm Slide Guitarist

■ Eugene Donegan Whelan’s €10, 8pm Singer-songwriter with tunes about Roman Empire, heaven and Navan. ■ Nick Kelly Upstairs At Whelan’s €17, 8pm Joining forces with Sean Millar for this month’s collaboration ■ Jesse Cook The Academy €23, 7.00pm Nuevo-Flamenco guitar impresario ■ Ash The Button Factory €23, 8.00pm You’re never to old to pretend you’re 15 ■ Aja JJ Smyths €12, 9pm Playing the music of Steely Dan.

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■ Clanntraí - Families In

€10, 9pm Blues, rock and country from a regular JJ’s fixture

Traditional Music Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre 2.30pm

■ La Gitano


Orbital November 13th & 14th Tripod €42.50/49.50 Technobros Orbital’s post-Picnic return is so in demand even the seating tickets sold out.

Arctic Monkeys November 26th The O2 €42.50 Arctic Monkeys have hit the terrible teens. Shoulder-length hair, Sabbath t-shirts, scowls. Well, the scowls were always there. Alex Turner and co.’s progression towards the greasier edges of rock might’ve been surprising, but the aplomb they’re pulling it off with isn’t. Not a patch on support act Eagles of Death Metal, of course. Frontman Jesse ‘The Devil’ Hughes is entirely composed of vintage Harley Davidsons and home-brewed whiskey.

Yo La Tengo


November 5th Tripod €20/24.50, 7.30pm Yo La Tengo may be doomed to eternally soundtrack American teen drama (go ahead and pretend you haven’t seen the Gilmore Girls episode they guest-starred in), but they’re equally doomed to be the singlemost consistently brilliant indie-pop band America has to offer. With new album Popular Songs as deck as they come, the Tengo’s Tripod gig’s the perfect opportunity to embrace the fuzz.

Sonic Youth


Wed 25 November

■ Open Trad session Hedigans Brian Boru 9pm Weekly free event hosted by local musicians IMRAMA.

■ Ben Prevo Band

of the best



December 6th Vicar St €48.5/42.50, 7.30pm It’s a popular view that most people who claim to love Sonic Youth (or at least who care enough to wear an Urban Outfitters Goo t-shirt) don’t actually like the NYC noise merchants very much at all. It’s an understandable stance for those only familiar with the Youth’s patchy output since the early 90s – in reality, anybody within earshot of glory days’ Yoof is an instant convert, and their Vicar Street return should be brimming over with t-shirt-wearers of all descriptions.

Dublin Rocks November 13th/14th The Village €15 per night/€25 for both A Wexford Street celebration of Dublin’s most straight-up rock acts. With a line-up including Alphastates, The Spikes, Jaded Sun, and the DC Experiment, leather-jacket clad folks should flock.


Sea Pearls

open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm 22A SOUTH RICHMOND ST, DUBLIN 2

SPICELAND Cash and Carry Asian and Mediterranean foods Wholesale and Retail 5 South Richmond St, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 475 0422 Fax: 01 475 8037

Free, 9pm

Shebeen Chic Free, 8.30pm Flamenco Latino vibe

Thurs 26 November ■ Yes Olympia Theatre €39.20 Fully seated show by influential progrockers ■ Arctic Monkeys The O2 €42.50 With support from Eagles of Death Metal ■ Joel Plaskett Whelan’s €Tbc, 8pm Canadian folk-pop

Friday 27 November ■ Bell X1 Olympia Theatre €29, 8.00pm ■ Little Boots The Academy €18.50, 7.30pm Debut Irish headliner by electro popstrel ■ Kasabian The O2 €33.60 Contenders to the Oasis crown nab their biggest venue here to date ■ Booka Shade Dj Set Tripod €22.50, 11pm DJ set from German House duo ■ Hoodwinked Shebeen Chic

■ Ben Prevo Band JJ Smyths €10, 9pm Blues, rock and country from a regular JJ’s fixture

local musicians IMRAMA. ■ Gomez The Academy €26, 7.30pm Mercury Prize-winning indie rock

The Breakestra ■ Monotonix Crawdaddy 11.30pm Till Late €13

The Button Factory €25.20 Funk/hip-hop ten-piece hailing from LA

■ Mundy Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre €20, 7.30pm He’s responsible for that ‘July’ song you know

■ Laura Izibor Tripod €17/22.50, 7.30pm Omnipresent R&B soulstress

■ James Blackshaw The Joinery, Stoneybatter €10, 7.30pm With support by Cian Nugent, At Last An Atlas, Owensie ■ Vitalic The Academy €33.60, Pascal Arbez returns to give his new disco-inspired material a live outing ■ Paul Barrere and Fred

Tackett Whelan’s €25, 8.00pm ■ Charlie Winston The Village €16.45, 8.00pm Former busker turned major European celebrity tries his hand at the Irish market

■ Hey The Village €25/30, 7.30pm Polish Rock ■ The Ed Deane Band JJ Smyths €10, 9pm Respected blues guitarist backed by full band

Sun 29 November ■ The Mission District Academy 2 €10, 8pm Canadian tween favourites

Mon 30 November ■ Federico Aubele Academy 2 €17.50 Acoustic set by Buenos Aires bred, afro-sporting Aubele

Sat 28 November

Tuesday 1 December

■ Bell X1 Olympia Theatre €29

■ Paolo Nutini Olympia Theatre €30, Sold Out

97 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 Tel: 01 4977821

■ Eamonn Keane Whelan’s €Tbc


■ Julian Plenti The Academy €33

Offers at Harbor

■ Clubland Live 3 The O2 €33.60, 8.00 pm One for the Tallaght Massive

Wed 2 December Live music ■ Snow PatrolFriday and Olympia Theatre Saturday €56.80/€62.70 + Nondescript musings from insanely successful foursome Sky Sports ■ Spectrum.. JJ Smyths €10, 9pm Ensemble jazz and blues lineup featuring members of The Camembert Quartet

The Academy €19.50, 7.30pm Fresh from the college gig circuit

Thurs 3 December ■ Lisa Hannigan Vicar Street €28, 8.30 pm

■ Syllian Rayle The Village €10, 8pm Album Launch With Red Dancers Cometh

■ Propagandhi The Village €18, 7.30pm Vegan anarchists anti-everything

Sick of ■ W.A.S.P The Button Factory beans on €24.50, 7pm ■ Marillion Heavy metal joke toast? The Button Factory Student Sunday 6 December €35, 7.30pm meal deal Brit rockers known for obses& Megafaun sive fanbase Burger ■Whelan’s +Deer a Tick pint Friday 4 Decemberonly€12€10! ■ The Tragically Hip The Village €29.65, 7.30pm

ID Required Michael Jackson Tribute

■ Nigel Mooney JJ Smyths €10, 9pm

The Button Factory 8.00pm €15 With Ben Jack’sons (snigger)

Make■aAll Access Academy date of€19.50, it 11.00am 3 courseSatdinner Christmas Crackers 5 December Alcohol-free rock-fest for the National Concert Hall kids with Elliott Minor, Home + a bottle of ■ Hadouken €35/12, 8.00pm Star Runner, Fox Avenue, Jody Saccharine-soaked Christmas Has A Hitlist, The Shower house Tripod wine €20, 7.30pm singalong with Ellen McElroy, Scene €60andfor 2Dance-rockers people drawing lazy Michael Casey Quintet more

comparisons to the Prodigy

■ Kate Voegele Academy 2 €14.50, 7.30pm “Star” of teen drama One Tree Hill who wants to be Fiona Apple

■ The Pogues Olympia Theatre €27.50, 8.00pm Still making a living out of that Christmas number 1

■ Horslips 01 2145 772 The O2 6-7 Marine Road, Dun Laoire €49.5/59.50, 6.30pm

■ Open Trad session Hedigans Brian Boru 9pm Weekly free event hosted by

■ Electric Six

■ James Morrison The O2 €39.2/49.20, 6.30pm British singer-songwriter with Ray Lamontagne ambitions ■ Sonic Youth Vicar St €48.5/42.50, 7.30pm Influential noise-merchants

Mondays ■ Upbeat Generation @

Think Tank Think Tank, Temple Bar, D2 Pop, Rock and Soul 11.00pm ■ Hugh Cooney Don’t Like

Mondays Pygmalion, South William St, D2 8pm Free Entry ■ Weedway & Guests The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Live Reggae music until late. 10pm, Free ■ Island Culture South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Caribbean cocktail party Free ■ Fionn Davenport Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 No cheese eclectic mix 9pm, €5 ■ The Hep Cat Club 4 Dame Lane, Dame Lane, D2 Swing, Jazz and Lounge with classes. 8pm, Free ■ Dice Sessions The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 DJ Alley Free ■ King Kong Club The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 Musical game show 11pm, Free ■ Dolly Does Dragon The Dragon, Sth. Great Georges St, D2 Cocktails, Candy & Classic Tunes 10pm, Free ■ Soap Marathon Monday/

Mashed Up Monday The George, Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Chill out with a bowl of mash and catch up with all the soaps. 6.30pm, Free ■ The Industry Night Break for the Border, 2 Johnstons Place, Lr Stephens Street, D2. Pool competition, Karaoke & DJ 8pm ■ Make and Do-Do with

■ DJ Ken Halford Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Indie, Rock 10pm ■ Euro Saver Mondays Twentyone Club and Lounge, D’Olier St, D2 DJ Al Redmond 11pm, €1 (with flyer) ■ Recess Ruaille Buaille, South King St, D2 Student night 11pm, €8/6 ■ The Recession Sessions Club M, Blooms Hotel, D2. Funky House, R‘n’B 11pm, €5 ■ Lounge Lizards Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St., D2 Soul music 8pm, Free ■ Past, Presents and Future

Funk The Village, Wexford St., D2 11pm, Free

Tuesdays ■ Tuesdays @ The Dragon The Dragon Bar, 7 Poolbeg St, D1 Pre-Glitz party. €5 cocktails. 8pm, Free ■ Beauty Breaks Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St., D2 American hip-Hop with Mo Kelly. 8pm, Free

■ Give a Dog a Bone Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Penny’s in the bar! ■ Jezabelle The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Live Classic Rock 7pm, Free before 11pm ■ The DRAG Inn The Dragon, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Davina Devine presents open mic night with prizes, naked twister, go-go boys and makeovers. 8pm, Free ■ Glitz Break for the Boarder, Lwr Stephens Street, D2 Gay club night. 11pm ■ Trashed ALT, Andrews Lane, D2 Indie and Electro 10.30pm, €5 ■ DJ Stephen James Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Indie 10pm ■ Funky Sourz Club M, Temple Bar, D2 DJ Andy Preston (FM104) 11pm, €5

■ DJ Shirena, DJ Rich Bea

& Guests The Turks Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D2 Latin House, Afro Latin, Brazilian & Reggae beats. ■ Ready Steady Go-Go! South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Femmepop, Motown, 60s Soul 8pm ■ Ruby Tuesdays Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 Classic and Alternative Rock 11pm, Free til 11.30 €5 after ■ Le Nouveau Wasteland The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Laid back French Hip Hop and Groove Free

Panti Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel Street, D1 Gay arts and crafts night. 10pm

■ Jelly Donut The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 Minimal Techno 10.30pm, Free

■ Star DJs Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 Disco, House, R’n’B 9pm

■ Hed-Dandi Dandelion, St. Stephens Green West, D2 DJs Dave McGuire & Steve O

The Academy, Middle Abbey St Indie, electro, hip-hop and pop 11pm, €6/€8 ■ Spincycle Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Soul & Funky bogey tunes 8pm, Free ■ Antics POD, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Indie Rock ‘n’ Roll student night with live music slots. 11pm, €5 ■ Dean Sherry Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 Underground House, Techno, Funk 9pm ■ 1957 The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Blues, Ska Free ■ The Mighty Stef’s Acoustic


■ The Song Room The Globe, Georges St., D2 Live original music from invited guests 8.30pm, Free


■ Real DJs presents Soul @

Solas Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Resident DJ Mr Razor delivers a mix of funk, jazz hip-hop and Latin beats.

■ Gaff Party Spy, Powerscourt Centre, Sth William St, D2 Electro, Electro Tech, Tech House Party 10pm

■ We got Soul, the Funk, and

the Kitchen Sink Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 Soul and Funk 11pm, Free before 11.30, €5 after ■ Unplugged @ The Purty The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Live acoustic set with Gavin Edwards. 7pm, Free before 11pm ■ Space ‘N’ Veda The George, Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Performance and dance. Retro 50s, 60s, 70s.

■ Ubangi Stomp Club Odessa Club, 14 Dame Ct., D2 10.30pm, Free Primitive rocking music on the top floor of Odessa

■ Le Cirque Wax, Powerscourt Centre, Sth William St, D2 DJ Lady Jane and Guests 11pm, €5 ■ Mash South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Mash-ups, Bootlegs, Covers 9pm, Free ■ Jason Mackay Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 Dance, R’n’B, House 9pm

Pygmalion, South William St, D2 8pm Free Entry

■ Taste Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St., D1 DJs Mo Kelly and Alex Donald 8pm, Free

■ Shaker

■ Noize ALT, Andrews Lane, D2 Student night 8pm

and Ross (The Chapters)

■ Soup Bitchin’ Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Gay student night

Peader Kearney’s, 64 Dame St, D2 Alternative grunge 11pm, €5/3

■ Soundcheck Spy, Powerscourt Centre, Sth William St, D2 Unarocks and Sarah J Fox play indie rock ‘n’ roll 7pm – 11pm

■ Rattle Records with Simon

The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 Live music 8.30pm, Free

■ A Twisted Disco Night Ri Ra, Dame Crt, D1 80s, Indie, and Electro 11pm, Free

■ Sexy Salsa Dandelion Café Bar Club, St. Stephens Green West, D2 Latin, Salsa 8pm, Free

■ Jam Think Tank, Temple Bar, D1 Student night 10:30pm, Free

■ Takeover Twentyone Club, D’Olier St, D2 Electro, Techno 11pm, €5

■ DJ Steve Battle The Turks Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 11pm, Free

■ DJ Alan Healy Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm

The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 Acoustic night with The Mighty Stef.

The Song Room


9pm, Free before 10pm, after 10pm €8/€4 with student ID

■ Tea-Time Thursdays Howl at the Moon, 7 Lower Mount St., D2 Complimentary Captain Morgan’s and BBQ. Karaoke with Cormac and Stevo from 9pm. DJs until late. ■ Muzik The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 Up-Beat Indie, New Wave, Bouncy Electro 11pm ■ Thursdays @ Café En Seine Café En Seine, 39 Dawson St, D2 DJs and dancing until 2.30am. Cocktail promotions. 8pm, Free ■ The Little Big Party Ri Ra, Dame Crt, D1 Indie music night 11pm, Free ■ Mr. Jones The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, D2 House, Electro, Bassline 11pm, €8/5 ■ Alternative Grunge Night

■ Fromage The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Motown Soul, Rock Free ■ Control/Delete ALT, Andrews Lane, D2 Indie and Electro 11pm, €3/4 ■ Annie’s Family Fortunes The George, Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Game show followed by 80s and 90s music. 9pm, Free before 10pm, after 10pm €8/€4 with student ID ■ Thursday night DJ The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 Indie 11pm, Free ■ After Work Party The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Live Rock with Totally Wired. 6pm, Free before 11pm ■ Moog 69s Thomas Reads, Parliament St, D2 Live covers band + DJ. Funk, Soul, Pop. 9.30pm, Free ■ Big Time! The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 You Tube nights, hat partys...



make and do for grown ups! With a DJ.

DJs €5 after 11pm

■ The Panti Show Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Gay cabaret. 10pm

■ Hells Kitchen The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Funk and Soul classics Free

■ Sonsoro 4 Dame Lane, D2 Meshing cultures, music and art with Spanish DJs, local DJs, bongos and Latin bands 11pm, €5

Fridays ■ Jam Hot 4 Dame Lane, D2 Funky Disco, House & Electro with Rob Linnane. Free ■ Disco Not Disco Shine Bar, 40 Wexford St., D2 Disco, house, funk & soul 9.30pm ■ Fridays @ The Turks Head The Turks Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Live Indie music followed by DJ Eamon Clarke 11pm, Free ■ Fridays@Tripod, Old Harcourt Street Train Station, D2 11pm ■ Drop Dead Gorgeous Ri Ra, Dame Crt, D2 €5 before 11:30pm, €10 after ■ InsideOut Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Soulful Disco ■ Friday Tea-Time Club Break for the Border, Johnston’s Place, Lower Stephens St, D2 Karaoke with Cormac and Stevo from 6pm. Budweiser promotions. DJs until late. ■ Fridays @ Café En Seine Café En Seine, 39 Dawson St, D2 DJS and dancing until 3am. Cocktail promotions. 8pm, Free ■ Nightflight The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 11pm, €5 ■ DJ Rob M Club M, Anglesea St, Temple Bar, D1 Chart, Dance, R&B. 10pm, Free before 11pm ■ Mud The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 Bass, Dubstep, Dancehall 11pm, €10 (varies if guest)

■ Friday Night Globe DJ The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 DJ Eamonn Barrett plays an eclectic mix. 11pm, Free ■ DJ Eamonn Barrett Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 Rock, indie, electro, house 11pm, Free ■ Strictly Handbag The Sugar Club, 8 Lwr Leeson St, D2 11pm, €10 (2 for 1 before midnight) ■ WAR Spy, Powerscourt Centre, Sth William St, D2 Indie, Pop 11pm, €5


■ Thank Noo its Friday Noobar, 2 Duke Lane, D2 Live entertainment, DJs until late 8pm ■ NoDisko The Academy, Middle Abbey St, D2 Indie Rock with regular guest

■ Room Service Feile, Wexford St., D2 Latin, Funk, Disco, uplifting Choons and Classics 9pm, Free ■ Live Music The Harbor Bar & Grill, 6-7 Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire New bands play live 9pm, Free

Saturdays ■ Solar The Bull and Castle, 5 lord Edward St., D2 Soul, Funk, Disco 11pm, ■ Squeeze Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St., D2 DJ Aideen Kelly until 3am

■ Al Redmond Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 R’n’B, House, Chart 9pm

■ Happy Families Aidan Kelly Funk, break beats and electronic ■ Saturdays @ The Turks

■ Fridays @ V1 The Vaults, Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, D1 Progressive Tribal, Techno and Trance

The Turks Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 DJ Padraig, Deco, Annie, Richard & guests 11pm, free

■ The Friday Night Project The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 DJ Austin Carter 10pm, Free before 11pm

■ Saturday Night Out Noobar, 2 Duke Lane, D2 Live DJs playing the latest club hits 8pm


■ Sub Zero Transformer (below The Oak), Parliment St, D2 Indie, Rock, Mod. 11pm, Free ■ Stephens Street Social Club Bia Bar, 28/30 Lwr Stephens St, D2 Funk, Soul, Timeless Classics 8pm, Free ■ Let’s Make Party The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 DJ Mikki Dee 11pm ■ DJ Fluffy in the Box The George, Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Camp, Commercial, Dance 9pm, Free before 10pm €9 after ■ Karaoke Friday Break for the Boarder, Johnstons Place, Lwr Stephens St, D2. Karaoke night. 10pm ■ Panticlub Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 DJ Paddy Scahill

■ Babalonia Tropical South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Dub, Ska, Afrobeat 8.30pm, Free

■ Scribble The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Funk, House, Dubstep, Hip Hop 8pm

■ Music with Words Pravda, Lwr. Liffey St, D1 Indie, Ska, Soul, Electro 9.30pm, Free ■ Processed Beats Searsons, 42-44 Baggot St Upr, D4 Indie, Rock, Electro 9pm, Free

■ Saturdays @ Café En Seine Café En Seine, 39 Dawson St, D2 DJs and dancing until 2.30pm. Cocktail promotions. 10pm, Free ■ Dizzy Disko, Andrews Lane Theatre, D2 11pm, €10 ■ Live Music The Harbor Bar & Grill, 6-7 Marine Rd., Dun Laoghaire New bands play live 9pm, Free ■ Party Night Saturdays @ Howl at the Moon 7 Lower Mount St., D2 Chart music from 8pm. Free before 11.30pm. €10 after. ■ Saturdays @ Break for the

Border Lower Stephen’s St., D2 Current chart favourites from DJ Eric Dunne and resident club DJ Mark McGreer. From 1pm, Free ■ Transmission The Button Factory Mix of Indie and dance 11pm, €10 ■ Pogo The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 House, Soul, Funk 11pm, €10 (varies if guest)

five rooms. 11pm, €12 ■ Gossip Spy, Powerscourt Centre, Sth William St, D2 80s, Disco, Hip Hop, House Free before 11pm, €10 after ■ Sugar Club Saturdays The Sugar Club, 8 Lwr. Leeson St, D2 Salsa, Swing, Ska, Latin 11pm, €15 ■ Freaks Come Out The Academy, Middle Abbey St, D2 Dirty Electro and House with regular guest DJs. €15 ■ Saturday Night Globe DJ The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 DJ Dave Cleary plays an eclectic mix. 11pm, Free ■ Space... The Vinyl Frontier Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 Soul, Funk, Disco, Electro 11pm, €10 after 11.30 ■ Irish Reggae Dance Peader Kearney’s, 64 Dame St, D2 Reggae 10pm, €5 ■ The Promised Land The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Soul, Funk, Disco Free ■ Saturdays @ V1 The Vaults, Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, D1 R ‘n’ B, Soul and Hip Hop with regular guest DJs. ■ Wes Darcy Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 R’n’B 9pm ■ Basement Traxx Transformer (below The Oak), Parliment St, D2 Indie, Rock 11pm, Free ■ Downtown Searsons, 42-44 Baggot St. Upper, D4 Indie, Soul, Chart 10pm, Free ■ Saturdazed Bodega Club, Pavilion Centre, Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Chart, Dance, R ‘n’ B 11pm, €10 ■ Toejam The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Afternoon: Car boot sales, film clubs, music lectures, t-shirt making etc. Later on: Resident DJs playing Soul, Funk, House, Electro ■ Sidesteppin’ Bia Bar, 28 Lwr Stephens St, D2 Old School Hip Hop, Funk 45s, Reggae 8pm, Free

■ Download + Tripod ■ Go! Bodega Club, Pavilion Centre, Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire Soul, Indie, Disco, Rock 11pm, €10 (ladies free before midnight)

Saturdays POD, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Access all areas at the Pod complex with local residents and special guest dj slots over

■ Saturday @ The Village The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 DJs Pete Pamf, Morgan, Dave Redsetta & Special Guests 11pm

■ DJ Karen @ The Dragon The Dragon, Sth Great Georges St, D2 House music. 10pm

■ Shirley’s Bingo Sundays The George, Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Bingo & Cabaret with Shirley Temple Bar 8.30pm, Free

■ Beauty Spot Karaoke The George, Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Karaoke followed by DJs playing camp commercial pop. 9pm, Free til 10pm, €10 after

■ The Sunday Roast The Globe, Georges St., D2 Live music, games, roast potatoes. 9pm, Free

■ Panticlub Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 DJ Philth & Guests

■ The Burning Effigies Turks Head, Parliament St., Temple Bar, D2 Soul and funk All night, Free

■ Saturday @ The Wright

Venue The Wright Venue, South Quarter, Airside Business Park, Swords, Co Dublin Rock, Pop, Hip-hop, Dance 10pm

Sundays ■ Smooth Sailing Pygmalion, South William St, D2 Jim Break, Larry David, and Al Killian play smooth grooves, yacht rock, and beyond. 8pm ‘til late. Free Entry ■ Sunday Service Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, D2 Album tracks, old and new, and funky disco classics 9pm, Free ■ Grazing Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St., D2 Aideen Kelly until 1am ■ Jam The Button Factory, Curved St., Temple Bar, D2 International dance hall style

■ Elbow Room South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Jazz, Soul, Disc & Latin 8pm, Free

Once-off clubbing Thurs 5 November ■ Jamie Anderson The Underground @ Kennedys, 31-32 Westland Row, D2 €5/€8 A pioneer of UK Tech-House, Jamie Anderson has been a DJ and producer since the early 90s. Expect a show comprising of House, Techno and live electronics. Support comes from Barry Greaves and Conor Feeney.

■ Choice Cuts present The

Beatdown ■ Oldies but goodies Ri-Ra, Dame Crt., D2 Golden Oldies by Dj Steve 11pm, Free ■ Worries Outernational The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 Dancehall Styles, Roots Reggae 11pm, Free B4 11.30 / €5 after ■ The Workers Party Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 With DJ Ilk 9pm ■ Jazz @ The Globe The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 Sunday evening jazz 5.30 – 7.30pm ■ Hang the DJ The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 Rock, Indie, Funk, Soul 9pm, Free ■ Gay Cabaret The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Gay cabaret shows. 9pm, Free before 11pm ■ 12 Sundays The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Funk, Disco, House 12pm – 12am, Free ■ Songs of Praise The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 Rock ‘n’ Roll Karaoke 10pm, Free ■ Zrazy Jazz The George, Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Lazy Jazz Sunday 4pm – 7pm, Free

Pygmalion, South William St, D2 10.30pm - 3am Free Entry

Friday 6 November ■ Sinden Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St, D1 €8/€12 Mud presents Sinden, one of the most well-known names in the Bass music scene. Support comes from Shortie and Dave B.

■ HouseMusicWeekends Pygmalion, South William St, D2 Adrian Dunlea and Boochy 11pm Free Entry

Saurday 7 November ■ Riva Starr The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 €7/€12 One of the biggest upcoming names in Tech-House. Expect plenty of bleeping synths and banging bass.

Wed 11 November ■ Steve Aoki The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 €15 DJ and founder of Dim Mak records, Steve Aoki manages to swing by Dublin again to follow up his show with the Bloody Beetroots here last April.

■ Pygmalion meets.... Sound

presents Rio Baile Funk Part

of System Breakdown

■ Big Dish Go 4th Birthday

Pygmalion, South William St, D2 8pm Free Entry


Thurs 12 November ■ Pygs Will Fly Pygmalion, South William St, D2 Heartthrob (LIVE) (M-nus/ Detroit/USA), John The Mantis, Will Kinsella 11pm €10

Friday 13 November ■ HouseMusicWeekends Pygmalion, South William St, D2 Doz (Microfunk/Waterford) v Jay Alexander (The Minge) 11pm Free Entry

Sat 14 November ■ DJ Funk Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St, D1 €10/€15 (varies with guest) Purveyor of ‘Ghetto-Tech’ extraordinaire, the legendary DJ Funk brings his so-called ‘Booty House’ to Dublin on a night that also sees sets from Marco Bernardi, Jimmy Edgar and Gosub.

comedy weekly Ha’penny Bridge Inn Wellington Quay, Temple Bar., D2. ■ Tuesday & Thursday Nights Battle of the Axe Dublin’s much loved open mic night. 9pm, €9 ■ Wednesdays & Sundays Capital Comedy Club The club’s flagship night. 9:30pm, €7/5 ‘Laugh Out Loud’ Comedy Nights Anseo, Camden St, D2 Wednesdays With resident MC Aidan Killian. 8.30pm, €5/7

■ Fridays ‘The Comedy Gaff’ promises drinks specials and comedians from around the world. 9pm Door €10/Concession €8/ Students €5.

Sheehan’s Chatham St., D2 ■ Tuesdays Comedy Dublin: A night of improv and stand up. €8/6. Students €5.

The Bankers 16 Trinity St., D2 ■ Thursday & Friday Comedy improv with ‘The Craic Pack’. 9pm, €10/€8 with concession. ■ Saturdays Stand Up @ The Bankers 9pm, €10/8

The Underground @ Kennedys, 31-32 Westland Row, D2 €12 To help Big Dish Go celebrate their birthday, Technasia will be playing a DJ set with support on the night coming from Karlos the Jackal and Conor McGrath.

Thurs 19 November

South William Bar, 52 South William St., D2 9pm, Free Featuring DJ Sandrinho, Tchiky Aldente, Lex Woo, and MC Little Tree. ■ Best Foot Forward South William Bar, 52 South William St., D2 8.30pm, Free Feature DJs Rizm and Colm K

■ Whigfield Pygmalion, South William St, D2 Larry David v Aidano - 11pm Free Entry ■ J-Rocc Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St, D1 €10/€15 One of the original turntablists and founder of the Beat Junkies, J-Rocc has been DJ-ing since the mid 80s. Support comes from DJ Scope and Barry Redsetta.

■ Radiomade Thursdays Pygmalion, South William St, D2

■ HouseMusicWeekends Pygmalion, South William St, D2 John The Mantis v JC - 11pm

10.30pm Free Entry

Free Entry

■ Pygmalion meets...

Sat 21 November

Pygmalion, South William St, D2 8pm Free Entry

Friday 20 November ■ DJ Godfather Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St, D1 €10 (varies with guest) Famed for his bass heavy sets featuring a heady mix of HipHop, Electro and Booty House, Assquake brings DJ Godfather for his own take on GhettoTech to the Twisted Pepper.

Wed 25 November Romanov’s Goodbye

■ Big Dish Go 4th Birthday

Celebrations The Underground @ Kennedys, 31-32 Westland Row, D2 €12 Big Dish Go continue their birthday celebrations for a second week, this time bringing Crazy P over to DJ, with Dublin Bus Disco’s Louis Scully and Conor Feeney supporting.

Thurs 26 November ■ Unabombers Solas, Wexford St., D1 More details to be announced ■ Choice Cuts present The

Beatdown Pygmalion, South William St, D210.30pm Free Entry

■ Babalonia and Movember

The Belvedere Great Denmark St., D1 ■ Sundays Sunday improv session hosted by Comedy Dublin. 8pm, €8/6. Students €5.

The Flowing Tide 9 Lwr Abbey St., D1 ■ Fridays Neptune Comedy Night 8.30pm, €8

The International 23 Wicklow St., D2 ■ Mondays Comedy Improv night. 8.30pm, €8/10 ■ Tuesdays Andrew Stanley’s Comedy Mish Mash (Brand new comedy showcase) 8.30pm, €8/10 ■ Wednesdays The Comedy Cellar with Andrew Stanley 9.30pm €8/10 ■ Thursdays & Fridays The International Comedy Club with resident MC Aidan Bishop 8.45pm, €8/10 ■ Saturdays The International Comedy Club. Early and late shows added due to popular demand. 8 & 10.30pm, €8/10

once-offs ■ The Capital Comedy


The Ha’ Penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay, D2 Resident MC Simon O’ Keefe oversees performances by Fred Cooke, Connor McKenna and a very special guest. November 5th 9pm, €7/5 ■ Dublin Comedy Improv Civic Theatre, Tallaght, D24 A night of improvised gags and sketches courtesy of Ireland’s longest running comedy troupe, featuring guest players Ian Coppinger, Paul Tylak, Joe Rooney and Dermot Whelan. November 5th & 6th 8pm, €20 ■ House of Fun:

John Colleary

Axis Centre, Axis Main St., Ballymun, D9 Ballymun’s monthly comedy club presents John Colleary. MC of the legendary Craic in the Box comedy club in his native Sligo, Colleary has toured the country as a support act for Ireland’s top comedians. November 6th 8:30pm, €16.50

The Woolshed Comedy Club

■ John Lynn & Guests The Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, D1 Having appeared on RTE’s ‘Liffey Laughs’ newcomer Lynn is fast becoming one of the most sought after acts on the Irish circuit. He is joined on stage by rising British comedian Daniel Sloss, Colm O’Regan and Keith Farnan. November 5th, 6th & 7th 8.30pm, €26

The Woolshed Baa & Grill, Parnell St., D1

■ The Capital Comedy

■ Mondays. Hosted by Australian import Damian Clarke.€5

The Ha’ Penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay, D2 The comedy club continues

■ Sunday Whats New @ The International New material night. 8.45pm, €5



Friday 27 November Nightflight presents Toni Lionni The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2

Sat 28 November ■ Twisted Pepper 1st

Birthday and Carl Craig Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St, D1 €10/€15 The Twisted Pepper certainly celebrates turning one in style with one of the most legendary names in Detroit Techno, Carl Craig, coming over to play. While there is another special guest TBA, confirmed support on the night comes from Barry Redsetta, Eoin Cregan and Tayor.

Vicar Street, 58 Thomas St., D2 Multi-award winning British comedian and panellist on Jimmy Carr’s topical quiz show 8 out of 10 cats. November 13th 8:30pm, €23

■ Russell Brand The O2, North Wall Quay, D1 The flamboyant British comedian makes an O2 debut with his explosive show Scandalous Live in aid of addiction charity Focus12. November 10th 8pm, €38

■ Jason Byrne Vicar Street, 58 Thomas St., D2 More manic, high-energy lunacy from the Dublin comedian with his new show entitled The Byrne Supremacy. November 14th 8:30pm, €28

Mario Rosenstock

Vicar Street, D8 November 11th/12th/17th/18th/19th Doors 8pm / €35 ■ Neil Delamare Vicar Street, 58 Thomas St., D2 Since performing his debut show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 Delamare has amassed an enviable following which has seen him perform on 5 continents and sell-out venues nationwide. November 12th 8:30pm, €28

■ The Capital Comedy


The Ha’ Penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay, D2 Guests tonight include Australian comedian Damian Clarke, Colum McDonnell and Neil Hickey. November 12th 9pm, €7/5 ■ Sean Hughes Vicar Street, 58 Thomas St., D2 The former Never Mind the Buzzcocks team captain and youngest ever Perrier award recipient unveils his new show What I Meant to Say Was… November 12th 8.30pm, €28 ■ Jason Mansford

11pm Free Entry

Saturday 5 December ■ Ivan Smagghe The Underground @ Kennedys, 31-32 Westland Row, D2 €12 French Electro powerhouse and one half of Black Strobe, Ivan Smagghe returns to Dublin for an extended set in The Underground. Support comes from Conor Feeney.

■ Microfunk Pygmalion, South William St, D2 Brad and Sexshop - 11pm Free Entry

■ Crystal Distortion The Underground @ Kennedys, 31-32 Westland Row, D2 €12 Teknowarfare presents London Electro/Techno/Breakbeat act Crystal Distortion for what is sure to be a frantic dancing

its fantastic November line-up with a special performance by Naked Camera comedian PJ Gallagher. Support from Dermot McMurrow. November 9th 9pm, €7/5

■ Gift Grub Live- starring

■ House Is A Feeling Pygmalion, South William St, D2Aidano v Romo (HIAF, London)

■ The Capital Comedy


The Ha’ Penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay, D2 James Goldsbury, George Fox and James Marsh provide the laughs at tonight’s instalment of the comedy club. November 19th 9pm, €7/5 ■ Katherine Lynch Vicar Street, 58 Thomas St., D2 Back by popular demand Lynch returns to the stage with a collection of her eccentric characters from the hit RTE series Wonderwomen and Working Girls. November 21st 8:30pm, €28 ■ Bill Bailey The O2, North Wall Quay, D1 Taking his passion for musical comedy to a new extreme, Bailey is to be our host for this crash-course in the instruments of orchestra featuring live musical accompaniment. November 21st 8pm, €44:50 ■ The Capital Comedy Club The Ha’ Penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay, D2 Tonight’s acts include David McSavage, Jack Wise, Jason Coughlan and host/founder of the capital club Simon O’ Keefe. November 23rd 9pm, €7/5

■ The Capital Comedy


The Ha’ Penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay, D2 With Gar Murran, Tommy Nicholson, Bob Hennigan and house MC Simon O’ Keefe. November 26th 9pm, €7/5 ■ Ardal O’Hanlon Vicar Street, 58 Thomas St., D2 Immortalized by his role as an incompetent priest in Father Ted, O’ Hanlon has gone on to prove his worth as one of Ireland’s finest stand-up comedians in the years following the cult series’ untimely demise. November 28th 8:30pm, €28

■ The Capital Comedy


The Ha’ Penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay, D2 Naked Camera star Maeve Higgins heads up tonight’s line-up with John Colleary and Eleanor Tiernan on hand to provide the support. November 30th 9pm, €7/5 ■ House of Fun: Eric

Lalor, Dean Scurry and Willa White

Axis Centre, Axis Main St., Ballymun, D9 Des Bishop’s Joy in the Hood kick-started their respective careers, now working as professional comedians the shows three stars are reunited in their home-town. December 4th 8:30pm, €16:50 ■ David O’ Doherty Civic Theatre, Tallaght, D24 Armed with his Yamaha P60 keyboard, If comedy awardwinner O’ Doherty returns to the stage to ‘rock our world in quite a gentle way’ December 8th 8pm, €20



â&#x2013; COUGHâ&#x20AC;Ś? I wudda sang Madam Butterfly! Axis Theatre, Ballymun This hilarious comedy deals with the visit of Pops Halligan to the doctor via his favourite cafĂŠ. Along for the journey is his son Jack and daughter-inlaw Rose. A comedy in which everything is not what it seems. 1pm, â&#x201A;Ź10 2nd November â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6th November

â&#x2013; Zolushka/Cinderella Axis Theatre, Ballymun Once upon a time...Every one knows the Cinderella story but we can watch it again and again. This time we are presenting you this touching story in Russian. 4pm, â&#x201A;Ź15 7th November



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â&#x2013; Mobile

Axis Theatre, Ballymun As part of Traveller Focus Week 2009, axis is delighted to host the play â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mobileâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mobileâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is written and performed by Michael Collins, a member of the Irish Traveller community who has been an advocate of Traveller human rights for over 20 years. Michael would be most known for the role of Johnny Connors in RTEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Glenroeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which he starred in for over 10 years. 1pm/8pm, â&#x201A;Ź5 2nd December

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â&#x2013; The Brother

Draiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown. The hilarious writing of Myles na Gopaleen and the comic talents of Eamon Morrissey combine to provide a piece of entertainment that has endured through the 35 years since his show opened in the Peacock Theatre. 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź20 / â&#x201A;Ź16 13th November â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 14th November


Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray The classic 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film is presented in a new stage version by Owen McCafferty. Donal and Mona leave Ireland for a new start in 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s London. Strangers in an unfamiliar city they fall in love with life, each other, and booze. An exciting whirlwind of discovery begins to spiral out of control as the bottle takes its grip. 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź18/â&#x201A;Ź16/â&#x201A;Ź11 17th November

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ents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been offered a dream job. 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź18/â&#x201A;Ź15 17th November - 21st November

ting of The Mill Theatre. 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź18/â&#x201A;Ź15 6th November - 7th November

â&#x2013; Many Young Men of 20

Mill Theatre, Dundrum Many Young Men of Twentyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; considered by many to be one of Keaneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest, is an hilarious and sometimes heart-wrenching  commentary on the condition of our country in the dark days of economic hardship nearly five decades ago. 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź18/â&#x201A;Ź15 10th November â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 14th November

â&#x2013; Lovers

Mill Theatre, Dundrum C.A.S. Productions are proud to present their premiere show: C^^S`4]e\SaAb Lovers by Brian Friel. Lovers containsBS[^ZS0O` two one act plays that both deal with couples and love 2cPZW\ in hilarious but often thought provoking ways. 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź16/â&#x201A;Ź13 19th November - 21st November


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based on a true story it is set in â&#x2013; Jack Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 6.00pm Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am - 6.00pm the Italian/American commuDraiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardâ&#x2013;  An Triail Axis Theatre, Ballymun The popular puppeteers are back with their nationwide tour for schools, particularly for Leaving Certificate Curriculum.

stown. The classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk is retold with a twist. Suitable for children age 4+. 10am, 11.15am & 6.30pm, â&#x201A;Ź7

   Mondays â&#x2013; The Mission @ Think Tank Think Tank, Temple Bar, D2 Club night 10.30pm â&#x2013;  Weedway & Guests 10pm, Free The Turks Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Live reggae music until late. â&#x2013;  Island Culture South William, 52 Sth. William St, D2 Free Caribbean cocktail party â&#x2013;  Fionn Davenport Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 9pm, â&#x201A;Ź5 No cheese eclectic mix â&#x2013;  Network NooBar, 2 Duke Lane, D2 9pm Dublinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tio DJs and up-andcoming talent. â&#x2013;  The Hep Cat Club 4 Dame Lane, Dame Lane, D2 8pm, Free Swing, Jazz and Lounge with classes. â&#x2013;  Dice Sessions The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Free DJ Alley â&#x2013;  King Kong Club The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 11pm, Free

Musical game show â&#x2013; Dolly Does Dragon The Dragon, Sth. Great Georges St, D2 10pm, Free Cocktails, Candy & Classic Tunes â&#x2013;  Soap Marathon Monday/ Mashed Up Monday The George, Sth. Great Georges St, D2 6.30pm, Free Chill out with a bowl of mash and catch up with all the soaps. â&#x2013;  The Industry Night Break for the Boarder, 2 Johnstons Place, Lr Stephens St, Dublin 2. 8pm Pool competition, Karaoke & DJ â&#x2013;  Make and Do-Do with Panti Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel Street, Dublin 1 10pm Gay arts and crafts night. â&#x2013;  DJ Ken Halford Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 10pm Chart Pop, Indie, Rock â&#x2013;  Euro Saver Mondays Twentyone Club and Lounge, Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Olier St, D2 11pm, 1 (with flyer) DJ Al Redmond â&#x2013;  Recess Ruaille Buaille, South King St, D2 11pm, 8/6 Student night

nity of Red Hook, Brooklyn. 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź14.00 / â&#x201A;Ź16.00 3rd November â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6th November

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Tuesdays â&#x2013; Tuesdays @ The Dragon The Dragon Bar, 7 Poolbeg St, D1 Pre-Glitz party. 5 cocktails 8pm, Free â&#x2013;  Beauty Breaks Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St., D2 Mo Kelly American hip-hop

Mill Theatre, Dundrum The year is 2007, the handbags are big, the SUVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are bigger, and it seems that Selma Mae should have it all. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a gorgeous husband, kids and her new extension is the envy of the neighbourhood. But something is wrong. 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź6 Mill Theatre, Dundrum TopAnniversary Tunes & DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12th overNovember 5 days!- 14th NoTo mark the 70th vember of W.B Yeats passing Focus

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â&#x2013; Hed-Dandi Dandelion, St. Stephens Green West, D2 DJs Dave McGuire & Steve O

Lunch 1a course â&#x201A;Ź13 // 2 courses â&#x201A;Ź16 // 3 â&#x2013; Give a Dog Bone Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Pennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the bar! â&#x2013;  Jezabelle The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 7pm, Free before 11pm Live Classic Rock

â&#x2013; DJ Shirena, DJ Rich Bea & Guests The Turks Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D2 Latin House, Afro-Latin, Brazilian & Reggae beats. â&#x2013;  Ready Steady Go-Go! South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 8pm Femmepop, Motown, 60s Soul

â&#x2013; Glitz Break for the Boarder, Lwr Stephens Street, D2 11pm Gay club night.

â&#x2013; Ruby Tuesdays Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 11pm, Free before 11.30 5 after Classic and Alternative Rock

â&#x2013; Trashed Andrews Lane Theatre, Andrews Lane, D2 10.30pm, 5 Indie and Electro

â&#x2013; Star DJs Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 9pm

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â&#x2013; The DRAG Inn The Dragon, Sth Great Georges St, D2 8pm, Free Davina Devine presents open mic night with prizes, naked twister, go-go boys and makeovers.

â&#x2013; Le Nouveau Wasteland The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Free Laid back French Hip Hop and Groove

Mill Theatre, Dundrum Seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greetings is a black, though often farcical comedy about a dysfunctional family Christmas, set over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day in an average suburban house. 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź18/â&#x201A;Ź15 24th November - 28th November

â&#x2013; Takeover Twentyone Club, Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Olier St, D2 11pm, 5 Electro, Techno

Wednesdays â&#x2013; DJ Stephen Battle The Turks Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar D1 11pm, Free â&#x2013;  Tectric The Button Factory, Curved Street, Dublin 2 Electro, funk and house music â&#x2013;  A Twisted Disco Night Ri Ra, Dame Crt, D1 Free, 11pm 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Indie and Electro â&#x2013;  Stylus presents The Barfly Sessions Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 With residents Mr Motto, Paul Cosgrove and Michael McKenna Funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae, Latin

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Axis Theatre, Ballymun â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lost Weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Gillian GratDraiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardtan is the story of Vanessa and stown. Harry, a married couple who The atmospheric story of are having a weekend awayâ&#x20AC;Ś intrigue and romance, created from each other. by Daphne Du Maurier and Somewhere to relax simple, wholesome, homemade cuisine. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Conditionedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;and by Maria adapted by Clifford Williams â&#x2013; A the Bridge haveAnn a chat with friends over some fineis coffee orView a tastyfrom treat. Hylton is set in a prison laundry brought to the stage by CoolMermaid Arts Centre, Bray A meal here is sure to Drama bringCircle. a ray of sunshine Square to your day!â&#x20AC;? room. mine One. Paul Flynn directs 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź15/ â&#x201A;Ź12 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź17 / â&#x201A;Ź15 Square One in A View from the 10th November 2009 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3rd November â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7th November Bridge, regarded by many as 14th November Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest play. Loosely

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Join usâ&#x20AC;Śsit where everybody can see.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bray Musical Society brings you the story of Pippin, a man determined not to waste his life and who wishes to achieve something â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;completely fulfillingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź20 24th November â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 28th November


Draiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown. In â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mad about Musicalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Coolmine celebrates the very best of the Musicals, delighting in the old but also looking at the new. Keeping an eye firmly on its future, both in repertoire and in performers, the group will be joined by some of the younger members of the community. 8pm, â&#x201A;Ź18 / â&#x201A;Ź15 20th November â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 21st November





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Kiyotsune / Pagoda Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin This a rare opportunity to catch a performance of Japanese noh theatre in Dublin. 7pm, €20/€10 5th December

The Brother

Pavilion Theatre, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire As it coaxes epic drama out of mundane encounters, with the melancholy beauty and wit of The Cavalcaders and The Wexford Trilogy, One Is Not A Number has all the trademark qualities of Billy Roche at his best. 8pm, €19/€17 18th November

The Civic Theatre, Tallaght Eamon Morrissey’s relationship with The Brother began when his solo show opened in the Peacock Theatre thirty-five years ago. The hilarious writing of Myles na Gopaleen and the comic talents of Eamon Morrissey combine to provide a piece of entertainment that has endured through the years. 8pm, €20/€16 2nd November – 7th November

Habeas Corpus


Pavilion Theatre, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire This hilarious comedy takes England’s permissive society of the 1970s to task in a farcical merrygo-round of mistaken identities, mammary misappropriations, manipulations and medical malingerings that develops at a manic pace. 8pm, €18/€15 25th November – 28th November

The Civic Theatre, Tallaght Dickens’ timeless classic is brought to life in this fantastic stage production of the hit musical Oliver! With Lionel Bart’s irresistible songs such as ‘Food Glorious Food’, Oom Pah Pah’, ‘You’ve got to pick a pocket or two’, ‘As long as he needs me’ and many more, HXT recreate the magical story of the boy who asked for more. 8pm, €20 10th November – 14th November

One Is Not A Number

La Locandiera Riverbank Theatre, Kildare Classic comedy, live music, tasty tapas – Wonderland’s hit staging of La Locandiera (or Mirandolina, the Hostess at the Inn) transforms the Riverbank theatre space into a fabulous restaurant and transports us to 18th century Florence. 8pm, €37.50 (Includes Four Course Dinner with wine) November 26th

Through the Dark Clouds Shining The Civic Theatre, Tallaght In 1914-1918, 200,000 Irishmen went to war. At least 35,000 never came home. Those that did were scarred, maimed and haunted for the rest of their lives... 8.15 pm, €15

13th November – 14th November

26th November – 27th November

Stones in his Pockets

Johnny Patterson, The Singing Irish Clown

The Civic Theatre, Tallaght Stones in His Pockets is an award winning drama set in a quiet rural town in County Kerry Ireland that is overrun by a Hollywood film crew. The story centers on Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, who, like much of the town, are employed as extras for the filming. 8pm, €22/ €18 16th November – 28th November

Strippers The Civic Theatre, Tallaght Terson treats the situation of men dealing with life in the modern de-industrialized North in Strippers. Inspired by a television documentary, Peter Terson’s play looks at the world of the North-East England strippers. 8.15pm, €10/ €7 24th November – 28th November

A Doll’s House The Helix, DCU, Dublin A New Version by Alan Stanford based on a literary translation by Paul Larkin 1pm/8pm, €25/22/18 10th November – 27th November

The Project Arts Centre, East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D2 “Roll up, roll up from north to south the show that everybody’s talking about” Johnny Patterson, The Singing Irish Clown plays homage to the forgotten genius and extraordinary life of circus performer Johnny Patterson from Co. Clare, known as ‘The Irish Singing Clown’, and will feature Little John Nee, Roger Gregg and Bryan Burroughs. 8pm, €22/€18 4th November – 14th November

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modern society, Fíbín seek to address issues highlighted by both teachers and students alike, whilst helping to throw light on the constraints of 1950’s Ireland in this snappy production. 10.30 am/1.30 pm, €10 3rd November – 6th November


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The Merchant of Venice T@36. Teacher’s Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin The production is set in Mussolini’s Italy some time between 1933 and 1938; it was during this period that Mussolini passed a range of anti-Semitic laws causing great pain, suffering and hardship to the Jewish Community living in Italy at that time. 7.30 pm, €12/10 3rd November – 7th November

The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin In ‘Macbeth’, Verdi created the first Shakespearean opera to alter operatic convention to suit the play rather than attempt to force the play into the operatic mould. Verdi wrote of Shakespeare ‘ I have had him in my hands from my earliest youth, and I read and reread him continually’. ‘Macbeth’ is considered to be Verdi’s most original and exhilarating work. It premiered in Florence in1847 to critical acclaim. 8pm, €25- €120 14th November – 22nd November

Adolf The Tivoli Theatre, Francis Street Pip Utton’s challenging one man show Adolf is not another play about the Second World War or the psyche of Hitler but a terrifying chilling and diverse political play that demonstrates the power of rhetoric and mass manipulation of societal prejudices. 12.30pm/7.30pm, €20/€12 2nd November – 14th November

The Poor Mouth / An Béal Bocht


Draiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown. A brand new adaptation for the stage by Bríd Ó Gallchoir with contributions from Gearóid Ó Caireállain and Owen McCafferty. Welcome to the surreal world of Corkadoragha in Western Ireland and the home of Bonaparte O’Coonassa. 8.15pm, €16 / €12 5th December


Santa and The Magical Christmas Tree The Venue Theatre, Ratoath, Co. Meath. The Magical Christmas tree grows deep in the enchanted forest and is protected by special magic, LOGAN THE WOODCUTTER is its guardian. 10 am/11.30 am/1pm, €10


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The Peacock Theatre, Abbey Street Terminus was a roaring hit when it received its world premiere at the Abbey Theatre in 2007. Now it makes a welcome return to the Peacock stage following a hugely successful run in New York’s Public Theater, and having picked up a prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 8pm, €20/25 10th November – 5th December

Ages of the Moon The Abbey Theatre, Abbey Street Following its sell out success earlier this year, we are delighted to welcome Ages of the Moon back to the Abbey stage for a limited run. Byron and Ames are old friends, re-united by mutual desperation. Over bourbon on ice, they sit, reflect and bicker until fifty years of love, friendship and rivalry are put to the test at the barrel of a gun. 7.30 pm €18/€15 17th November – 28th November July 2nd - 20th



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Visual art Alliance Francais 1 Kildare St, D2 ■ Frank Little Influenced by literature, art and philosophy, Frank Little’s photography posits the question of what perception actually is, exploring the idea that the physical world and how we interact with it are of intrinsic importance to what we are. 18 Sept - 21 Nov

Douglas Hyde Gallery Trinity College, D2 ■ Fergus Feehily Reflective and withdrawn, Feehily’s work has been called modest and restrained, but invariably elegant, striking an emotional resonance with the viewer. 9 Oct - 18 Nov ■ Japanese Country

Textiles An exhibition of fine and beautiful examples of Japanese textiles dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from materials such as nettle, hemp and wisteria. 9 Oct - 18 Nov

Draiocht The Blanchardstwon Centre, D15 ■ Jaki Irvine - City of

Women Featuring a diverse group of women, including Macushla dance group, City of Women was shot over one night on Foley street, as a result of the LAB’s invitation to Irvine to consider Hogarth’s 1732 series of prints, “The Harlot’s Progress.” 16 Oct – 21 Nov

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15 Oct - 14 November ■ Alice Maher - New

■ Isabel Nolan - On a


Perilous Margin

12 Nov - 23 Dec

Including sculpture, painting, drawing and needlework, this new body of work continues through such diverse mediums to uncover the hidden energy in things. 27 Nov - 9 Jan

Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, D1 ■ Corban Walker - The

Golden Bough Walker’s installation of sheets of Perspex presents the viewer with an environment that challenges their relationship to their surroundings. His response to the Golden Bough theme is primarily related to a process of defining how he physically and metaphorically negotiates the Museum space. 30 Sept - 17 Jan IMMA Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, D8 ■ Traces Celebrating the IMMA limited Edition Series, the exhibition includes a variety of print works by Irish and international artists, exploring examples of the experimental nature of creating an artwork as an edition, various printmaking and editioning processes are exhibited which include screen-prints, etchings, lithographs and cibachrome prints. 26 Sept – 3 Jan ■ Phillippe Parreno An ambitious overview of Parreno’s work to date, the exhibition questions notions of time, reality and representation, as well as exhibition-making and performance. Comprising some 20 mixed-media works, it includes a number of works being shown in the Museum’s courtyard and grounds. 4 Nov - 24 Jan

human Activity Photographs investigating found objects in unusual circumstances, evoking a sense of mystery and enquiry. 7 Nov - 11 Dec

Monster Truck 73 Francis St, D8 ■ Padraig Robinson - Fun

Friendship and Maybe More Padraig Robinson’s sculptural practice simultaneously implies and disrupts assumed identities, exploring what would constitute cultural participation or representation. Fun, friendship and maybe more is an installation presenting Robinson’s interest in the Internet as a global and temporal site of culture. 12th - 24 Nov

National Gallery of Ireland Merrion Sq West, D2 ■ Edvard Munch: Prints On loan from the Munch Museum in Oslo, this exhibition features 40 of the artist’s prints, including some of his most famous compositions, woodcuts and portraits. 19 Sept - 6 Dec

This exhibition is at once a dialogue and an echo chamber, with Kate Davis and Jimmy Robert engaging in a debate on the body and its (re)presentation across various boundaries of gender, culture and ethnicity. 11 Sept - 18 Nov

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■ Kathy Prendergast -The

■ Automatic is an international group show of works that confront and insinuate themselves with the viewer. Attempting to question what might be innate or instinctual, each artist works within our daily experiences that lie beyond conscious decisions.

Green on Red 26-28 Lombard Street East, D2

Prendergast’s central themes continue to take centre stage in her second Kelkin show, exploring longing, belonging, identity and the meaning of place through sculpture and drawing. 23 Oct- 21 Nov

Phoenix Park Visitors Centre ■ Jane Locke, Liz Brown -


Grey Before the Dawn

■ Graham Gingles 13th - 28th November

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■ Eoin Williams - Signs of


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Peppercanister Gallery

Mill Theatre

Pallas Contemporary Projects in conjunction with Goethe Institut

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A Seed of Truth The chance find of a centuryold book detailing strange and unusual botanical experiments by Scotsman Ernest Douglas prompted this mixed-media exhibition by visual artist Jane Locke and textile artist Liz Brown. 14th - 29th November

Rubicon Gallery 10 St. Stephen’s Green, D2 ■ Donald Teskey - Loops

& Sidings 11 November - 5 December


Francis Bacon - A Terrible Beauty


RHA Gallagher Gallery


■ John Kindness - Night

■ Landscapes from the

RHA Collection Featured selection of landscape painting, including work by Tony O’Malley HRHA, Veronica Bolay RHA, T.P. Flanagan RHA, Eithne Jordan RHA, Eric Patton RHA, Liam Belton RHA and a recent work donated to the collection by Maria SimondsGooding ARHA. 4th September - 20th December

IMMA Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, D8 American sculptor, best known for her pioneering and challenging works which question the rigours of Modernism and Minimalism by merging content and form. The exhibition spans forty years of her extraordinary and innovative creative output. 4th November until 24th January

Picturing New York: Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art

Canvas Exhibition of the 1987 painting, originally commissioned along with other Northern Irish artists whose work directly addressed the political situation in the province. 4th September - 20th December

Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, D1 Major exhibition comprising paintings, drawings, photographs, unfinished works and slashed canvases, some previously unseen, offering the viewer an astonishing new look at Bacon, in this the centenary of his birth. From 28th October

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15 Ely Place, D2 ■ Sonia Shiel Merging media, Shiel’s work exposes subjects associated with the world’s make-up and by revealing their own, assume the subject of creativity itself. 22nd October - 20th December

Bombhouse Gallery and Studios, 2025 Aldborough Parade, North Strand, Dublin 1 Bombhouse presents Nightlight, a show where the only source of light will come from the artworks themselves. The exhibition will explore the idea of captured or contained light and the ability that light has to transform a space. The show will run for six nights, opening each evening just before it gets dark, with different events planned for each night, including live music, shadow puppetry and performance. Thursday evening, 26th November, until Tuesday evening, 1st December.


IMMA Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, D8 Including photographs by such influential photographers as Berenice Abbot, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Lisette Model, Alfred Stieglitz and Cindy Sherman, these 150 masterworks capture the world’s most vibrant urban centre from the 1880s to the present day. 27th November until 7th February 2010

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I was born and raised in Dublin, so regular pub visits were fundamental in my teenage years. I am finely attuned to how they are run and what they are there for. They don’t solely exist on weekends just so you can go get pissed, they’re your emotionally supporting friends who’ll be there for you every day of the week (I’m not an alcoholic). Sometimes you go to the pub to watch sports with friends, other times you might go for a quiet Sunday drink with your free-time stealer/lover, perhaps you go to have a heart-to-heart with an old friend, or maybe you just want to read the paper and have a quiet pint? Well forget it! The pub love-affair must come to an end because it is recklessly non-existent and alien to Toronto. The price of alcohol in bars is extortionate so nobody drinks in them. It’s house parties every single night of the week. That might sound like fun but the appeal wears off quite emphatically. Every now and then it’s nice to sit in a pub by yourself and have a pint of Guinness. Be warned though, you’ll be the weirdo who drinks by himself. Even if you have that heart-wrenching poetic accent, you’ll still be thought of as the loner alcoholic freak. The waitress will constantly ask you if you’re alright, you’ll tell her that you’re fine and are just having a quiet drink, she’ll nod sympathetically and walk away feeling superior to your unwanted self (you’ll still have to tip her at the end of this charade). Don’t drink alone here. It’s not understood. Occasionally you’ll strike gold and everyone will want to go out for drinks but

if you are inclined to barhop then make sure you are in possession of a bike or have enough money for a cab because the best bars in town aren’t close to one other. For example, the fantastic lounge/pub Comrade is on Queen Street East whereas the excellent Communist’s Daughter (hang on, there’s a Soviet theme here) is on Dundas Street West and they’re about an hour and a half walk from each other. If you don’t have a bike and can’t afford taxi fare, I recommend planning your subway or streetcar route before embarking on a barhop or pub-crawl. To purchase alcohol, you need to go to The Beer Store or a LCBO, as they are generally the only stores permitted to sell hard liquor in Ontario. It would be easy to become an alcoholic in Toronto (not least because of their dangerously tasteful home brewed beers), but also because booze is recklessly cheap and affordable outside of pubs and clubs. Suddenly, it starts to unravel and becomes clear as to why there is a lack of drinking culture. Why go out and pay crazy money in unsavoury bars when you can save your hard-earned cash staying home and inviting friends around? There is also another reason why I think drinking is not so big here, and it will come as no surprise to you when I write the letters ‘W E E D’. Canada is renowned for its marijuana consumption - but that’s an entirely different discussion altogether. I’ll save that talk for when I write my next feature – “The effects of being stoned and depressed in Montreal.”

CULTURE & PEOPLE Prior to moving to this cultural haven, I had visited the city five times on holidays. The conclusion I reached: Canadian people really are an attractive bunch. Their friendliness is humbling, their generosity warm. This is all the more gratifying when you realise the city is bustling with myriad foreigners. The proof is in the pudding (or in this case, statistics), as almost 50 percent of residents in Toronto are foreign born. It has the second-highest percentage of constant foreign-born population among world cities, after Miami, Florida. While Miami’s foreign-born population consists mostly of Cubans and other Latin Americans, no single nationality or culture dominates Toronto’s immigrant population, placing it among the most diverse cities in the world. Toronto has a number of vast and vibrantly cultural neighbourhoods like Little Italy, Little Malta, Chinatown, Little Jamaica, Little India, Koreatown, Greektown, Portugal Village, Corso Italia and Bloor West Village (primarily Eastern European). You could spend an entire day walking around this bustling utopia while never hearing the English language being spoken. That is quite something for one of the largest cities in North America. Unfortunately for me, the only language I excel at apart from my mother tongue is French, and the French language is essentially non-existent in Toronto - at least I haven’t come across it. Intuition tells me it is down to the “frosty” relationship between Ontario and Québec - Toronto and Montreal. With all these diverse cultures coexistent in one big city, Toronto struggles to achieve a distinct identity. You could argue that Toronto’s uniqueness is an exciting cosmopolitan world full of rich, enigmatic opportunities. I would agree with that but at the same time, it feels like a mishmash of foreign cultures; a wholesale “everything under one roof” for divergent nationalities. The architecture, the food – it all feels borrowed from foreign lands rather than built nationally or even inherited. Of course, I am trying to be objective so I will ultimately nit-pick. The reality is – I love Toronto and the festival of world cultures on offer to me every single day. Where else could I have a glass of wine with Italy in the morning, share an espresso with Portugal during lunch, eat kimchi with Korea for dinner and finish the day off drinking chai tea with India? TOTALLY DUBLIN



A FELLOW DUB / A DIFFERENT OPINION: Samuel O’Toole has recently moved from Ireland to Canada

I left Ireland because I needed a break from the grey. Dublin was beginning to feel very 80s and grim. So I decided it was time to do what young Irish people have been doing for generations, and flee the place. I found the culture and initial shock of Toronto slightly insidious - it creeps up on you. We’re a globalized generation, so things like Starbucks and American Apparel don’t seem shockingly exotic, as they’re everywhere nowadays. But culture runs deep, and the things that initially grated me about Toronto was the sense of humour, or the fact that people think the phrase ‘How are you doing?’ is an inquiry rather than a greeting. Canadians are famously friendly, which is both very welcome but also a little disconcerting. I found myself wondering why people were being so bloody nice all the time. I almost miss a bit of casual rudeness every now and then. I had never been to Toronto (or even Canada for that matter), so I used Google Maps to get around, which is a little dangerous. It instills in you this weird sense of false confidence. You actually believe you



know where you’re going. For such a big city, it’s actually easy to navigate, so Google Maps only lasted about 48 hours for me. Toronto is an extremely safe city, the level of background violence is nowhere near Dublin’s. It is also very North American, and as such, feels younger than Dublin. The grid system, the street-cars and subways all make Toronto feel like it was built, rather than a city which grew (like anywhere in Europe). It’s an intentional metropolis for the most part. My favourite thing about Toronto is the public spaces (the parks in particular). There appears to be green areas every two blocks. It’s a very leafy city, which I am appreciating because I am experiencing Autumn for the first time (Ireland just has Spring and Winter), so to witness colourful leaves fall from trees is quite spectacular. I have been here four months now and there is still so much I haven’t seen, and still so much novelty to places like Kensington Market or Harbord Street.

Throughout the summer it feels like there is a new food festival on every other weekend. If it isn’t the entire city celebrating Toronto Taste (June 14th), then it’s the Taste of Little Italy (June 19th-21st), Summerlicious (July 3rd-19th) or Taste of The Danforth (August 1st-3rd). Countless other food festivals are also happening around the more well-known and championed ones. As a city, we collectively put on about one stone every summer. Toronto is a city respectful of the arts, encouraging and nurturing them. And by nurturing, I mean staging and showcasing new emerging talent almost every night of the week. Dundas Square has free open-air concerts, plays and films happening almost every night throughout the summer. My particular highlight was on during the Luminato Festival (June 5th-14th), an annual ten-day celebration of the arts where Toronto’s stages, streets and public spaces are infused with theatre, dance, literature, visual arts etc. Canadian band Do Make Say Think, Owen Pallet (of Final Fantasy fame) and German electronica artist Robert Lippok provided the live soundtrack for the fabulously creepy 1919 silent German horror film “Tales of the Uncanny”. It didn’t matter that there was a sudden downpour of rain during the performance, as it added to the eerie atmosphere already in place. A fortnight later on the same street, Pride Week (June 25th-July 4th) is launched. For the unfamiliar, Gay Pride is a big thing in Toronto. It is one of the largest organized Gay Pride festivals in the world with an attendee count of anything up to one million people. To understand how important both the Dyke March and the Pride Parade is to the city, you only need to look at the 22 city blocks that make up the festival site being closed to traffic. Although it is primarily a celebration for the LGBT community, attendees are also heterosexuals, families and their children, elderly couples and young partners – every Torontonian joins in the festivities to honor the lack of discrimination and the tolerance of its citizens. Then in September, for nine whole days we are allowed to behave like crazed paparazzi – it’s the Toronto International Film Festival. World-renowned, it attracts as many actors, directors and producers as Cannes. It is quite surreal seeing flashing lights and red carpets line the streets every morning when you wake up. Walking around the city at this time of year, you start to believe your own bullshit and convince yourself that you’re a celebrity too. One final and very special nod-ofacknowledgment goes to October’s Nuit Blanche. From sunset to sunrise, Toronto’s streets, parks, corner shops, galleries, museums, parks, alleys are taken over for an all night celebration of contemporary art. You know you’ve seen it all when mothers and fathers are wandering the streets with their young children at 4am on a cold night observing a variety of modern pieces of art. Pinch me.



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â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aunties and Uncles: The best place in the city for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re open 9.00am-3.00pm Tuesday to Sunday. Get there early though, queues gather quickly as its reputation grows and grows.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bloor: Bloor Street is located smack in the middle of the Annex, an area that boasts a variety of restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs and anything else youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after. Dangerously inhabited by students of University of Toronto though.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CN Tower: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll either love it or hate it. I hate it because I think it is an eye-sore (it has nothing to do with the fact that I am afraid of heights). If you come to Toronto, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be an absolute fool not to go up it at least once. It stands at 1,815 ft tall.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Drake Hotel: Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never quite experience a hotel like the Drake anywhere else in the city. It can be fairly expensive but it is worth every penny. If you stay for one night, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely want to extend it to another three.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; (Honest) Edâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: The ultimate discount store. It looks like a freak circus funhouse from the outside. Once you get inside, that illusion is not shattered. Astonishingly, it is world-renowned and an institute within the city.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fountains: The fountains on Dundas Square are included because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never really know who you are unless it is 5.00am, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re laughing, drunk with friends and dancing in them. Everyone in this city has done it at least once.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Green: The beauty of Toronto is that it is full of parks and trees. Trinity Bellwoods, Allen Gardens, Christie Pits Park, Coronation Park, Queens Park, Alexandra Park â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refreshing to see so



clubs and quaint coffee shops appeal to the scenester inside you then you have come to the right place.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Harbourfront: An entire day could be spent sitting on the boardwalk overlooking Lake Ontario, and yet it would feel like only five minutes had passed. Scenic, picturesque, and perfect for your lungs.

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Royal Ontario Museum: A very inspiring and affordable way to spend an entire day and yet, you would still struggle to fit everything in as it is the fifth largest museum in North America.



â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Irish Pubs: Stay the hell away from them. Two things you learn as a child, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk to strangers and steer clear of Irish bars abroad. You feel dirty just walking past them.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Soundscapes: A music shop that kills any other I have been to over the years. Soundscapes is living proof why we should support independent retailers. A trip to Toronto is not complete without a visit to this friendly store.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jezebels: An elegant burlesque club hidden away from prying eyes. Located just off Ossington and Dundas, it opens Thursday-Sunday (late). RSVP if you wish to secure a table in this delightful little secret club.

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Trinity Bellwoods: My favourite park in the entire city. Located on Queen Street West, it is perfect for summer time picnics, a coffee and book read, perverted people-watching and so on.



â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kensington: Located in the heart of China Town, you could while away hours in this tiny seclusion and never feel suffocated or bored. An absolute gem for vintage shopping also.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lawrence Market: The best place in the city for cheap and healthy food, Lawrence Market has everything you could possibly need. I recommend the North Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market on Saturdays, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insanely brilliant.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Museums: I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how many there are in Toronto. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just say lots. Covering everything from the Bata Shoe Museum to the Museum of Inuit Art right back to the Toronto Sculpture Garden, you really are spoilt for choice.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nathan Phillips Square: An urban plaza to end all, erm, urban plazas. NPS is home to free art exhibitions and concerts at various times throughout the year. In winter however, it is turned into an openair ice skating rink.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Opera House: Incredible music venue where the sound travels to every crevice of the building. Hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost the dĂŠcor or appeal as it initially opened in the early 20th century as a vaudeville stage.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Portugal Village: This neighbourhood is home to three fantastic bars: The Communistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daughter, The Red Light and The Tequila Bar. Even though they are located within five minutes of each other, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all so very different.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Queen Street West: The hipsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s haven. If boutique galleries, in-demand

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Utopia: There is nothing phenomenally appealing about this restaurant (apart from the cheap but delicious food). And yet, I visit here whenever I am in Little Italy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also constantly busy, one of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great mysteries.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Venezia Bakery: It looks awful from the outside but inside they specialize in delicious Portuguese bread and baked treats. Morning espressos have never tasted so good.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wynick/Tuck Gallery: One of the few privately owned art galleries in Toronto, it is a leader in contemporary art for Canada. Their programme is ever changing and has often left me awe-struck.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Xococava: Xoco will probably kill you. Famed for ice creams, churros, chocolate bars, cakes, pastries and truffles (all handmade) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is becoming more difficult to walk past and not make an offer to buy the entire building.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Yorkville: If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got money to spend then I fully endorse this district. Slightly more north of the city than youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably hope for but hey, the best things in life donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come easily. The shopping mall located here will pillage you of all your cash.


â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tan Coffee (I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of a Z): Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best independent cafĂŠ in the city, without doubt. The proprietor is the friendliest person I have met in Toronto and the delicious array of coffee and tea is made over a backdrop of jazz music. Love it.


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words // DANIEL GRAY picture // EMMA BRERETON With hipsteria at the highpoint of its arc (you need only scan two of our lead features this issue to find the h-word in plentiful currency) it’s an easy job to ignore the maligned generation labels of the past – when’s the last time you read an outraged column inch about the passivity of the slacker? Solas bar, Wexford Street’s most neon-lit establishment after Eddie Rockets, calls to mind the scourge of 80s generationalism: the yuppie. It’s in the knowing blink of the lit-up martini sign, the safe-choice funk (we get Bill Withers rather than George Clinton), and the model tiger prowling beneath the stairs. Maybe it’s my company’s predominant membership of the hipster generation that earns us the suspicion of our waitress for the evening. Returning systematically every two minutes with the ostensible goal of serving us, the undercurrent of suspicion is a little too obvious from her nervous glances at the doorman when we ask to add another round of cocktails to the bill. We feel like pagans in a Catholic monastery when she emphatically places the bill on our table before we show any signs of planned departure and wonder if she’s had a bad experience with hit-andrun American Apparel heads in the past. This discomfort aside, the classy aesthetic of the bar has a more welcoming effect. The yuppieish elements of Solas are something of a veneer – the food menu (which we pass over having already filled up on sushi elsewhere to get into the Gordon Gecko mindset) is cheap, cheerful, and unthreatening. The pizza, I’m told, is ‘top’. Bathrooms are basic, and the décor doesn’t make any embarrassing faux-pas in the attempt to be chill. Rumour has it that Dublin has as many good cocktail joints as Iceland has McDonalds – if you want a well-made Big Mac it’s going to knock you back a few krona. Solas’ reputation for being near the top of the game means there’s a red carpet entrance for our party’s edgily served orders. Besides the conservative Paulaner gluggers, we’ve ordered a raspberry beret, a cosmopolitan, and a faux-jito from the mocktails menu (if my sponsor catches the whiff of rum on my breath there’ll be blue murder).

My Virgin Mo’ would quench a Caribbean donkey, so fresh is it – the mint tastes like it’s been picked from their own private back garden, and the tang of fresh fruit suggests the mix isn’t skimping with Aldi juice. A mountain of ice shavings not seen since Roald Amundsen last went for a hike conceals the relative bereftness of actual mojito in the highball, but it’s a welcome watering while it lasts. The beret and cosmo slurpers are equally pleased with their €9.50 treats. The Paulaner fans look smug. Blending behind the bar may be Solas’ speciality – the mixing on the opposite side is a little more reluctant. Our visit is during the laidback hours, and it’s all a little hushed until we’re joined by a 23rd birthday party already on the jolly side of merry. To take advantage of the bar and restaurant maximise your company, or come as a couple – bring your own fun, in other words: Solas more than takes care of the rest. Solas Bar 31 Wexford St., Dublin 2 t: 01 478 0583

In a country where any given nook or cranny can be found between two pubs itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder we have one to suit every occasion; whether monolithic sport bars with giant football-filled screens, private membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; clubs with brandy and eye candy, trip clubs, gay pubs and pubs where fancy dress is de jour. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;RA pubs, GAA pubs and pubs you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let your ceann comhairle step into. From karaoke bars to library bars, teachers clubs and student pubs, there is a ying to every yang, a perfect boozer for each and every stereotype. So why, at the end of the day, does nothing beat a pint in an old school Dublin boozer? No dress code required - just an open wallet and a bit of a spiel. You might miss out on your White Russians and your Cosmopolitans, your â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;blacks in the jacksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and whatever other racially insensitive â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;luxuriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; came and went with the Celtic Tiger but the laidback, no-BS atmosphere that preceded it makes such pubs a preferable place to kickstart an eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inebriation. M. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Briens is one such bar. Comprised of the old (and by far superior) bar, which had remained untouched for over 100 years and a more modern lounge which caters to the suits that work in the area, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has adapted more to the modern age than, say, Groganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, but it retains enough hallmarks of its past life to ensure that you can immerse yourself in it if you wish. There is no piped music and no TV, so you have to provide your own entertainment. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a healthy enough crowd on weeknights, which spills out onto the street between Thursday and Friday. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just far enough outside town to ensure you get yourself a seat, yet central enough that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to rely on taxis or busses to take the next logical step. The back lounge is pleasant enough (though I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recommend the Smithwickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s), but it does tend to attract the more money-loving patrons - your lawyers, bankers and insurance brokers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also where the live music occurs (starting between 9.30-10.00pm) which very few pubs in this country seem to make work. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Briens is no exception. This facet of the pub is overbearingly touristy, offering a mix of jazz, trad, folk and, heavens, the dreaded open mic night. For me, its gotta be the old bar. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


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%&5503*˜4 '-:*/( %*4$06/54 '3"/,*&˜4#"3 "/%(3*-words // KATIE GILROY picture // EMMA BRERETON A jockey and a chef, one known for his flying dismounts, the other for his flying temper, have brought their joint venture, Frankie’s Bar and Grill, to the cobblestone streets of Temple Bar. Since 2004, horseracing champion and Royal Ascot record holder Frankie Dettori has been feeding his ego whilst feeding the public in his growing collection of Italian restaurants with a handful of locations in London, Dubai and now one in Dublin’s city centre. And the tempestuous chef behind the menu, who can claim a quarter of the jockey’s Italian heritage, two-times his swollen hubris but less than a fraction of his proficiency in the saddle, is Marco Pierre White. It’s hard to believe that this combustible combination of Mediterranean blood and braggadocio could work without causing explosives, or expletives, but somehow it does. If you’ve visited or seen pictures of Frankie’s in Knightsbridge or Selfridge’s, you might expect the Temple Bar instalment to be an equally ostentatious outward projection of ‘little man syndrome’ with colossal planet-mimicking spheres of light dangling from gilded ceilings, floor to ceiling mirrors behind bars that span the vast rooms like sea-liners and an overall sense that bankers, ‘It’ girls and the rugby crowd alike would be as happy out at Frankie’s as they would be at Nobu or The Ivy. Scaled down for a less cosmopolitan demographic, Frankie’s only Irish spot bears no trace of the old Fitzers premises (although it, along with Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse and Grill on Dawson street come under the umbrella of The Fitzers Group) with its statement chequered flooring, twinkling over-hanging disco balls and bachelor-style leather booths that take on sinuous forms around circular tables. The early bird menu at Frankie’s is limiting to say the least, albeit reasonable at €23.95 for three courses. Personally, I consider it cheating when a restaurant offers the cheapest and dullest combination of starters such as Caesar salad and soup of the day with main courses like spaghetti Bolognese, a classic burger and paillard of chicken and herbs with even more



unimaginative desserts that nobody would bother ordering if it wasn’t for the package deal price. For this reason, we opted out of the early bird and went straight for the good stuff. Marco’s Bruschetta was certainly a superior, sizable length of toasted bread topped with tomatoes, basil, and pesto and drizzled with olive oil. What is the simplest of starters is often massacred by pizzerias and pasta joints, but Marco’s offering scored top marks. Our other starter, a salad of chicory, pear, walnut and Gorgonzola was pleasant enough; the sweet pear pieces counterbalanced the pungency of the blue cheese, making up in flavour for what it lacked in vibrancy and colour. Our main courses, both pasta dishes, were superb. Positioned beneath the auspicious heading ‘Frankie’s favourite pasta’ on the menu was my spaghetti with clams alle vongole which consisted of a dainty nest of spaghetti strands embellished with sporadic mollusc inhabited shells all swimming in a light garlic and white wine sauce. At €18.95 the price was almost justified by the flavour, as was my companion’s plate of spaghetti of prawn Americano. This time the delicate threads of pasta were swathed in a tomato based liquid with no scrimping on the prawns. From a

selection of four white wines by the glass, I enjoyed a floral Chilean Chardonnay for €7 while my accomplice quaffed the Pinot Grigio for fifty cent more. Frankie’s New York Cheesecake – vanilla flavoured but far from bland thanks to the tangy passion fruit coulis accompaniment, was homemade and delicious, and the icecream, churned especially for Frankie’s, was served with hot chocolate sauce that melted in mouth. Considering it is essentially a pasta joint, Frankie’s is expensive. Its location - slap bang in the city’s bustling tourist hub - explains the hiked-up prices, as does the restaurant’s attached celebrity, but will punters want to pay them? Our bill wasn’t too outrageous at €82.20 before tip. The food is of excellent quality, and the clam pasta will fill you with a hankering for more. Question is, can you afford to go back for seconds? 42 Temple Bar Square Dublin 2 t: 01 679 0440


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My daily journeys from A to B rarely encompass Mespil Road, but there was a time when my friends and I made weekly pit stops there at the only shop in town that would sell us alcohol at three on a Sunday morning after all the bars had shut off their taps and the clubs had ejected us, en route to a party where cups (plastic or otherwise) were scarce and sober people were even scarcer. Depending on your luck and sometimes your charm, the perspiring shop assistant would nervously pass a bottle of plonk through the bullet-proof hatch, charge you triple its normal price and pocket the profit for illegal services rendered. It was win/win for both parties since the defining quality of the wine to us was based on alcohol content and not its citrus/oaky/delicate nose, if indeed it had one. A recent trip to Kanum on Mespil Road prompted the above viticulture trip down memory (and sometimes no memory) lane. If only the Asian restaurant was around then, we would have been making two pit stops. Meaning ‘snack food’ in Thai, Kanum serves an array of authentic Thai cuisine from soups to noodle dishes, curries and salads. They also offer a selection of ‘kanum’ or

snacks such as chicken curry puffs (€4.50), Bu Cha or crab cakes made from pork mince (€7.50) and prawn rolls (€5.50). From the snack list we sampled the Moo Ping (€5.50) - a portion of four pork skewers that were deep-fried and served with a sweet chili dip, and the calamari which came with the same dip (€5.50). The pork without the dip was merely fried meat without any distinctive taste. The calamari was lightly fried, not rubbery as squid can be but again it relied on the chili sauce for flavour. A generous bucket of prawn noodle soup at €6.50 would have been outstanding value if only the noodles weren’t so bland once the broth had been drained from the cardboard vat. Floating at the top were some succulent prawns that were readily scooped up by our plastic spoons and masticated by our tireless jaws, but the remaining contents – the egg, celery, pok choi and bean sprouts as well as the noodles required seasoning. Luckily our curries were fantastic. The gaeng phet – medium spiced red curry enhanced with coconut milk and fresh basil to which we added beef from a choice of chicken, prawns and vegetable and fried tofu - simmered nicely on the palate. The accompanying egg fried rice was punctuated with shards of chili that gave the meal a welcome kick. Our other dish of gai pad prik haeng consisted of cashew nuts, chili and onion in a coriander infused sauce and to this one we added chicken. Including two Diet Cokes, our Thai snacks came to €40. The curries that captured all the aromas and flavours of Thailand were the clear winners of the meal. Kanum offer daily specials for €9.99 that include the dish of the day, steamed rice and a drink, but on the day of our visit, the special had sold out. A delivery service is also available to locals from 4pm, and for the non-locals, you now have a reason to make a pit stop on Mespil Road. Drunk or sober. 77 Mespil Road Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 t: 01 6608616





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Since Donnybrook Fair’s refurbishment a few years back, the task of grocery shopping has been elevated from the ranks of the mundane to an altogether thrilling and even therapeutic experience. Well, it’s thrilling until you reach the checkout desk at least. The gourmet food store, now with branches in Greystones and on Baggot





Street, is a favourite amongst locals as well as those from satellite suburbs, and the restaurant above the flagship store on Morehampton Road never fails to please with its stalwart, well-varied menu. A further addition to the DF brand is the Donnybrook Fair Cookery School which “focuses on using the highest quality locally sourced and international ingredients to bring food education and cookery classes to a new level.” Headed up by Ballymaloe alumna Monique McQuaid who has twenty years experience in the culinary arts, the classes incorporate demonstrations from celebrated chefs like Rachel and Darina Allen, as well as theme-specific courses taught by Monique herself. On 7th November vegetarian chef Denis Cotter will prise himself away from the helm of his notoriously delicious restaurant in Cork, Café Paradiso, to give a demonstration at the streamlined kitchens at the DF headquarters in D4. 14th November sees offal enthusiast and philosopher of ‘Nose to Tail Eating’ Fergus Henderson from the St. John Restaurant in London host both a demo and a dinner at 2.30pm and 7pm respectively, each event costing €75. And with Christmas not far off, Monique will also be teaching a number of classes designed to help you plan a decadent, festive feast including ‘Christmas is Coming with Monique’ on 18th, 25th Nov and 2nd Dec. The price for three classes is €150 or €55 for one. See thecookeryschool for more details. 89 Morehampton Road Donnybrook, Dublin 4 t: 01 6683556

If the kind of work you do does not a) require you to wear a suit or b) demand that you occupy office space on the seventh floor of some glass tower in Grand Canal, it’s likely that you haven’t heard of Caffé Parigi, and if it weren’t for this highly informative column, perhaps you never would. Located on Sir John Rogerson Quay with its front facing onto the Liffey, Caffé Parigi (Parigi is ‘Paris’ in Italian) combines the expertise of two friends – one French and one Italian - in a joint venture that brings the very best food and drink from their respective countries to these modest shores. From your seat on the elegant Gallic chairs outside you might mistake our river for the Seine, while the architecturally designed interior will con you into believing you’re in Milan. Open at 7am during the week, the café offers a great excuse to shun your usual bowl of Corn Flakes for something a bit more continental with freshly baked croissants for €1.30, an organic free-range omelette on baguette for €3.50, or scrambled eggs ‘Royale’ served with Italian cut meats and ciabatta bread for €4.50. Blast away the cobwebs with a regular espresso (€1.50), best drank upright and in one go like those hardcore Europeans, or mull over a milky mocha (€2.30) and be proud to be Irish. The ‘Daily Specials’ for lunch may be lentil soup (€4.50) and risotto with salmon and courgette (€9.50), and there is also a good selection of baguettes, paninis, salads and quiches on the menu. A dish of authentic Italian pasta will set you back no more than €7, and if there’s any room left why not dabble in some homemade tiramisu or chocolate mousse, available in both light (€1.50) and regular (€3) portions. Also on sale in the café are a range of marmalades from Sicily, Cantuccini biscuits from Tuscany and French nougat, as well as various olive oils, wine and Champagne and hampers can be made up on request. 17-19 Sir John Rogerson Quay Dublin 2 t: 01 6970022


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Brasserie Sixty6 66-67 South Great Georges St, Dublin 2 Stylish, buzzy restaurant, right in the heart of Dublin’s shopping and entertainment district. Great food and drink, fantastic surroundings, exciting atmosphere, reasonable prices. Whether it's a lazy brunch at the weekend or a business lunch, or simply a romantic dinner, at brasserie sixty6 is always our pleasure. Finger-licking desserts, a full vegetarian menu, carefully selected wine list chosen with accessibility, value and good taste, delicious cocktails to start your evening… you will not be disappointed.


Cafe Irie

Odessa is Dublin’s original dining lounge, a mesh of style and substance. Thanks to its newly-popular Fivers menu, its defining quality has become offering affordable sophistication. The restaurant offers a mouth-watering menu renowned for its tapas-style offerings and an unparalleled cocktail menu, all in a chilled-out atmosphere.

A Buddha-balanced haven from the helter-skelter lunchtime of the rest of Dublin 2. With a more-thancomprehensive range of coffees, teas, and juices, and a meaty menu comprising paninis, ciabattas, sandwiches, and some rustic pizzas, Irie’s Zen-attuned environment offers the food to match. Its car-bootsale approach to decor and smiling staff makes it impossible not to eat, drink, and be Irie.

t: 01 670 7634

t: 01 672 5090

14 Dame Court, Dublin 2

11 Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Open: Mon-Fri at 11am, Sat-Sun 10am, Until: Sun-Wed til 10.30pm, Wed-Sat til 11pm

t: 01 400 5878

La Paloma

Café Novo

La Paloma is a casual family run bar/restaurant in the very heart of Temple Bar serving Spanish influenced dishes since 1990.The warm colourful decor with Spanish football on TV and a small bar serving beer, sangria, wines including Riojas by the glass completes a laid back feeling.The menu includes Calamares, Gambas Ajillo, Albondigas, Paellas including Vegetarian, Many Fish dishes, Pinchitos con Gambas and more including a Tapas menu. A Two course Early Bird is available with Seafood or Chicken Paella as main course from 6pm to 7pm at 13.95.

Café Novo, a chic new international bar and brasserie opened it doors in October 2008. This fun and flirty eatery will woo diners with a carefully selected menu that offers traditional favourites with a twist - making it the perfect brunch stop for peckish shoppers or evening dinner and drinks spot for city slickers. Conveniently located on Harry Street, just a few steps from Grafton Street, Café Novo offers informal-style drop-in dining, whether you want to grab a modern take on a club sandwich or to simply sip on a cocktail. Mon-Sun 10am-10pm, bar open to 12.30am

Asdills Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Harry St, Dublin 2

Tues-Sun 6pm-11.30pm

t: (01) 6463353

t: 01 677 7392


Café Carlo

12 Parliament Street, Dublin 2

63 - 64 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Belly dancing and Baba Ganoush, Sinner’s is a traditional Lebanese restaurant in the heart of Dublin City, which combines good food with a vibrant atmosphere. Sinners Lebanese Restaurant is a former recipient of a “Best Ethnic Cuisine” Temple Bar award and continues to serve patrons a wide variety of tantalising Lebanese fare. Guests at Sinners will find a welcoming staff, who provide an excellent service to ensure you have an authentic, fun night out.

The relaxed and intimate setting of Café Carlo, coupled with its high-quality, reasonably priced food and friendly, attentive staff has made this restaurant a huge favourite with Dublin diners. Not only is it a popular choice with visitors to our fair city, it's also found a place in the hearts of the discerning locals, who return time and again to soak up the Cafe Carlo atmosphere and enjoy some genuinely delicious food. Free glass of wine with every main course when mentioning this ad!

Open 5pm til late

t: (01 888 0856

t: 01 675 0050


Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 The acclaimed, award-winning Eden restaurant serves contemporary food with a distinctive Irish flavour, overlooking the vibrant Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. With a set of mouthwatering dishes available for mains, from mushroom tarts to duck confit, and a stunning location, Eden is one of Dublin’s must-eat experiences.

t: 01 670 5372




Punjab Balti

Anne’s Lane, off South Anne St, Dublin 2

15 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6

Venu has enjoyed a loyal following since it opened in 2006 and it has been renowned for its well-executed, varied food menu and for its award-winning cocktail bar. If you are looking for a vibrant place that serves great cocktails and quality ‘home-made’ dishes at reasonable prices it is hard to look much further than Venu Brasserie. Tues - Sat: Dinner 5.30 til late Saturday Brunch: 12pm til 4pm

Old favourite Punjab Balti retains its popularity and success after 13 years by consistently serving authentic Punjabi cuisine, prepared in the same traditional manner as in the Indian subcontinent's Punjab region for centuries. Over the years this famous Ranelagh restaurant has won major recognition for it's top quality food, intimate ambience, excellent value and service. You can bring your own beer or wine and there are also takeaway and delivery services available that are perfect for a Balti night in. For current special offers check out www.

t: 01 67 06755

t: 01 496 0808 /01 491 2222


South William

La Mere Zou

Harbor Bar & Grill

Unpretentious cooking, laid back surroundings, nice sounds, reasonable prices, easy dining and a friendly welcome. Bang in the middle of Dublin city centre - right where you want to be. One all day menu, whether for a quick bite, or a shared platter, or lunch, or casual dinner with friends or colleagues. We offer simple classics and staples prepared using the best ingredients, and executed with style..What you want, how you want it. Laid back eating at SoHo.

With 8 different types of specialist pies (at just €9 each) and a varied menu of soups, salads and sandwiches, the South William bar transcends regular pub grub. Open 7 from midday, this is a bar you’ll find almost impossible to leave, and food you’ll keep coming back to.

A solidly French restauramt offering bistro classics with a moden touch, La Mere Zou opened in 1994 and specialises in Classic French cuisine. They also offer a large selection of seafood directly from the local fishmarket. At La Mere Zou you can relax in a warm, familial atmosphere while enjoying the very best in cuisine and service.

One of Dun Laoghaire’s newest dining experiences, the Harbor Bar & Grill offers elegant surroundings and a faultless menu. From pork belly to open smoked salmon, HB&G’s spread is diverse but complex. Average prices per meal is €12, with a wine list ranging from €20 upwards. The bar and grill boasts a perfect coastal location, with a stunning view of the eponymous harbour from the beer garden.

17 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2

Open: Mon-Fri 12pm, Sat & Sun 10.30am Last Orders: Sun- Wed 10.30pm, Thurs-Sat 11pm

52 South William St, Dublin 2

Food served from 12am to 10pm

t: 01 672 5946

22 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2

Lunch: Monday - Friday 12 -3pm Dinner: Monday - Sat 6 - 11pm

t: 01 61 6669

6 - 7 Marine Rd., Dun Laoghaire

t: 01 214 5772

t: 01 707 9596

Diep Le Shaker

Gotham Café

Diep Noodle Bar

Prices dropped... Standard still very high. To ensure absolute authenticity in Thai cuisine Diep fly all essential ingredients in fresh from Bangkok. Diep Le Shaker make no adjustments in the chilli content of their fare. This stunningly designed restaurant is the recipient of the prestigious Thailand Brand Award awarded by the Government of Thailand and the Thai Select Award awarded by the Ministry of Commerce, Thailand for authentic cuisine.

Open since 1993 asone of the first casual restaurants in Dublin, Gotham still has a reputation for serving consistently great food at reasonable prices. Most famous for the Gourmet Pizzas, they also offer a full range of light breakfast, lunch and dinner options to suit any time of the day or night.

Thai and Vietnamese food experts, Diep, offer a great value noodle-based menu with an exciting and exotic range of dishes including soups, salads and stir-fries. Diep Noodle Bar’s Bangkok Street Food menu is a steal and includes three courses of soup, appetiser and main course for €16 available Monday to Sunday until 7pm. With it’s fresh and genuine approach to cooking alongside it’s popular cocktail bar, warm hospitality and it’s releaxed but vibrant atmosphere. Diep Noodle Bar is a firm local favourite.

55 Pembroke Lane, Dublin 2

t: 01 661 1829

8 South Anne St, Dublin 2

Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6

Sun to Thurs 10.30am-11pm Fri & Sat 10.30am-12 Sunday Brunch 11.30-4pm

t: 01 679 5266

t: 01 497 6550


Brasserie de Verres en Vers

Coppinger Row

A welcoming bar area offers a post-work winddown or light evening meal, perfect for you and your colleagues to enjoy with hot and cold tapas, available Tuesday to Saturday. Ideal for business and perfect for pleasure, or to dine privately for groups of between 10 and 14 people, Dax Restaurant is only a stones throw away from you and your business so why not take the time to visit a restaurant of refreshment, rejuvenation and reinvigoration.

Brasserie de Verres en Vers is a new, modern interpretation of the French brasserie. Quietly glamorous and sedately cool, design is an integral part, with clean lines, dark wood finishes and an elegant contemporary floral detail. With an all-day menu, the emphasis at Brasserie de Verres en Vers is on classic French bistro fare, with ever-changing plats du jour, staple and signature dishes and a focus on fresh quality produce. The menu at Brasserie de Verres en Vers is complemented by a carefully chosen list of French wines and champagne and a great selection of aperitifs and digestifs.

The Bereen brothers from South William Urban Lounge have created an exciting new option for dining out in Dublin: fresh simple mediterranean dishes, perfect for diving in and sharing with friends, family and work colleagues alike, in the funky laid-back atmosphere of Coppinger Row, slap-bang in the middle of coolest quarter of south city Dublin.

Tuesday to Friday from 12.30pm to 2pm Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 10pm


23 Pembroke Street Upper

t: 01 676 1494

at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin

Dinner: Sunday Brunch:

Off South William St, Dublin 2

Tues - Sat 12noon - 11pm Sunday 1pm - 8pm Closed Monday

06.30-10.30 Mon-Fri 07.00-11.00 Sat-Sun 17.00-22.00 Mon-Sun 13.00-4pm

t: 01 672 9884


Ukiyo Bar

The Farm

Chai Yo

For over 15 years Pacino’s has been a family-run restaurant known for its delicious ‘Classic & Gourmet’ pizzas and pastas, steaks and salads. It serves traditional, fresh, quality Italian cuisine. Its beef is 100% Irish, and sourced from reputable suppliers, and its pizza dough made fresh, inhouse, daily. Pacino’s offers a modern dining experience, with an old world vibe – stylish brickwork, wooden floors and soft lighting all combine to create a relaxed, rustic, informal atmosphere.

Ukiyo Bar is Dublin’s premier late night bar, restaurant and entertainment venue. Open from 12pm till late 7 days a week, especially on Thursday, Friday and Saturday when we keep our kitchen open past midnight. At Ukiyo we strive to provide our customers with a unique dining and entertainment experience - from the best value lunches to great sushi and sake in the evening, attentive and knowledgeable service, top shelf cocktails and some of the best club nights in Dublin at the weekend. Not to mention our private karaoke booths, making Ukiyo the immediate choice for a first date, a birthday party or a corporate bash.

The Farm is about tasty homemade locally sourced free range, organic and fresh food. Healthy vegetables and fresh herbs. All their food is freshly prepared and cooked to order.

Famed for their Teppenyaki tables creating a unique and interactive eating experience, as well as meals made from the freshest, highest quality ingredients and a great party opportunity, Chai Yo perfects the balance between fun and food. For the less party-inclined of visitors, there is a quieter downstairs section. Something for everyone!

18 Suffolk St., Dublin 2

t: 01 677 5651

7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

t: 01 633 4071

3 Dawson St, Dublin 2

11 am to 11 pm 7 days a week

t: 01 671 8654

100 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2

Mon-Fri:12.30-3pm, 6pm-11.30pm Sat: 5.30pm-midnight Sun: 3pm-10pm

t: 01 676 7652 TOTALLY DUBLIN


INSPIRATIONAL BUSINESS WOMEN TO GATHER ON 20TH NOVEMBER Georgina Sweetnam, Chairperson of NWED Committee, Marion Murphy Cooney, Designer, Mary Coughlan, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment

answer sessions with five successful entrepreneurs: Ann Kelsey from in Kimmage; Jill Fitzgerald from Cake Toppers Ireland which are based in Camp, Co. Kerry; Limerick-native Marion Murphy Cooney, a dress designer based in Nenagh; Lesley O’ Mahony from Babypotz in Cabinteely and New-Zealand born Danette Connolly from Nursing and Allied Services in Waterford. Organised by all the County and City Enterprise Boards, including the Dublin City Enterprise Board and co-funded by the European Social Fund and the Irish Exchequer, the aim of National Women’s Enterprise Day is to put the role of female entrepreneurship in the national spotlight. Speaking ahead of National Women’s Enterprise Day on November 20th, Georgina Sweetnam, Chairperson of the NWED Committe said: “By sharing their experiences and insights into doing business in Ireland, these successful entrepreneurs will help give others a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing women in business today.” Tickets are now available to buy for National Women’s Enterprise Day through and are priced at €100 each. Further information about the enterprise supports on offer to all small businesses in Dublin is available by logging onto Jo Fairley, Green & Black

As part of National Women’s Enterprise Day, County and City Enterprise Boards across the country have invited pioneering female entrepreneurs to address their annual conference on November 20th. Keynote speakers on November 20th in Mullingar include the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ms. Mary Coughlan T.D., along with three leading entrepreneurs: Jo Fairley, Rita Shah and Krishna De. Fairley is co–founder of Green & Blacks organic chocolate company, which she sold in 2005. She remains on in an ambassadorial role, travelling the world as the brand grows in the US and Australia. Rita Shah is co-founder and Managing Director of Monaghan-based Shabra Plastics. This multi-award winning entrepreneur has steered her recycling company to become an industry leader in the manufacture and recycling of plastic products. Krishna De is an award winning digital marketing, brand engagement and social media author, considered to be one of Europe’s leading authorities in her field. As part of National Women’s Enterprise Day on November 20th, the opportunities and challenges facing five female entrepreneurs from around the country will be highlighted, to encourage more women to consider setting-up their own business. The conference, which takes place at the Mullingar Park Hotel, will include video case studies with questions and

Dublin City Enterprise Board Can Help You Start or Develop Your Business • Business Advice & Mentoring • Enterprise Training • Business Networks – Link!, PLATO, Women • Financial Assistance • Tech-Check • Online ‘Knowledge Centre’ • Online calendar of enterprise events • Free E-Newsletter

Ann Kelsey, was started by Ann Kelsey in 2005 when she noticed a gap in the market for easily accessible natural, organic and eco-friendly alternatives throughout Ireland and further afield. Ann has always had very sensitive skin and developed mild eczema in her early 20’s. She found it difficult to source skin care and household products that were free from chemicals and artificial perfumes and that wouldn’t make her feel ill. She often had to travel to various locations to do her shopping as a result. Ann felt that, if it was this difficult to source these products while living in Dublin, it must be even more difficult for people around the rest of the country. It was then that she set up, a one-stop on-line eco store, stocking a broad range for natural, organic and eco-friendly products for home and personal use. Her customers simply order their products on-line or over the phone and they get them delivered to their door by courier or post the following day. To make it even easier for her customers, she offers free delivery throughout Ireland for all orders over €100. has grown and developed over the past 4 years, particularly with the addition of their Eczema Clothing – a range of mostly nightwear for both children and adults with eczema. Made from soft 100% organic cotton and with natural silver ions added throughout the fabric, this clothing provides quick, natural relief from night time itching. The flat seams and tear-off labels on the outside of the garments, as well as enclosed hands and/or feet on many items, add further to their comfort. Econatural is Ireland’s sole agent for Eczema Clothing and Ann aims to broaden her market for the clothing throughout Europe and the U.S. over the coming months. Econatural’s broad range of products include domestic cleaning and laundry products, natural personal care products, eco nappies and natural baby products, eco starter packs, green gifts and much more. www.

Contact: Dublin City Enterprise Board 5th Floor, O’Connell Bridge House D’Olier Street Dublin 2 Tel: 01 635 1144 Email: Web: Ann Kelsey,



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Alfred Molina 101: Go and Youtube the Cousins scene from Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes. Under the premise of having discovered a long-distant mutual relation when digging up his family tree, Molina calls up a more-conceited-thanusual Steve Coogan for tea. ‘Fred showers the erstwhile Alan Partridge with compliments on his past roles, which are returned with “Oh yeah, I’m a fan of yours too… You were great in that… uh… series… With the… Yeah, excellent.” Molina makes no bones about his secondary status in the big-name Hollywood carousel – every Spiderman II supervillain he plays is balanced out with a Communist Mexican mural painter. His choice of roles is variegated, but his talent never fleeting. Speaking loftily of the requirement for actors to bring equal respect to all their roles, Molina practices the preached. Take his latest supporting role in BBC Films’ gorgeous early-60s coming-of-age drama, adapted by Nick Hornby from journalist Lynn Barber’s memoirs of her first love as an Oxford-bound schoolgirl with a local 30-something huckster-with-a-heart-ofgold, set against the backdrop of preSexual Revolution 60’s London. Molina’s Jack, the disapproving daddy of adolescent lead Jenny, wears his failures on his shirtsleeves. Overbearing and casually anti-Semitic, he watches his daughter fall in love with (Jewish! Oy!) David, and out of love with studying Latin until the wee hours. Made in the same breath as playing a videogame Sheik in Jerry Bruckheimer’s blockbuster adaptation of the Prince of Persia platform games, Molina’s submission to Jack’s simple, brash nature is one of the most impressive aspects of the film. Really though, we just ended up talking about chocolate bars. It must have been a trip for you coming back from LA to making such a distinctly British film. It was very nice, the perfect change of pace. The deal-clincher is always the script, you don’t necessarily mind where you’re going to shoot it, or under what condition. But getting to shoot in London was definitely an added bonus.



area some of the film is set. Those scenes where Peter Saarsgard moves the West Indies family into a dingy flat in Notting Hill - that’s beside the square I grew up on. That was familiar - the music, that culture. I certainly have no experience of London as it was then. I remember the walk to school, to the shop, and... that I used to need both hands to hold a Wagon Wheel. I’ve had that discussion before actually. Do you think it’s really that we’re getting bigger so they seem smaller, or that Wagon Wheels are very subtly being shrunk year after year? All I know is I bought one recently and it was tiny!

Is there a dichotomy between working in the British film industry and Hollywood? I’ve thought about this a great deal before, and I have to say the conclusion I’ve come to is really, basically “No!”. I think the difference, really, is in circumstance. There’s a great deal more at stake in the American industry, because of the way it grew up. In comparison, the British film industry is still quite small and manageable, and is still characterized by individuals. In America it’s all about the corporations. Here [in London] you’d say ‘Oh, it’s another Stephen Frears film,’ rather than the American ‘It’s a Sony picture, it’s a Paramount picture.’ But when you’re at the coalface, as it were, the nuts and bolts of actually making the movies, the procedure ends up exactly the same.

Maybe Wagon Wheels are called Wagon Wheels because at one point they were the actual size of... wagon wheels. You’ll have to Google ‘Wagon Wheel circumference’ afterwards too. The main tension in the film is between the school of life and the school of, well, school. What side do you fall on? I have to say I’d always vote for school of life. I think eventually it’ll stand you in the best stead, even if there’s a lot to be said for formal education. There’s that quote that says university teaches you to think twice, which is sort of a burdensome skill. The ideal solution is a mix, like most things. I suppose that’s the film’s solution too - it’s quite an ambiguous ending. Exactly. It has a positive conclusion in that Jenny gets a chance to make up for her mistake, which is something we’d all like

to have had. Especially during those years. Did you find your own experience as a father cropping up in your character? The first thing I thought when I read the script towards Jack was ‘Oh, you’re making a terrible mistake.’ But the beauty of the script is that every character is understandable, you can sympathize with everyone’s actions. With the benefit of hindsight pushing your child into this academic life and closing off all distractions was a perfectly normal, sensible thing to do at the time. I think, really, the only tragic mistake Jack makes is falling in love, in his own way, with David [Saarsgard’s character], as much as Jenny does. I watched the film again recently and I noticed for the first time that the only time I ever smile or laugh is when David is in the same scene. He’s very seductive for Jack because he offers Jenny what seems like an opportunity to live an agreeable, successful life. He replaces the Latin he forces Jenny to learn, really. It’s his motives, rather than his actions that make him bearable in the end. Absolutely. So what’s next on the Alfred Molina agenda? A film we made out in Israel is coming out on a limited release in the States right now, but after that it’s the new [Russell Brand and Helen Mirren-starring] version of The Tempest, and then two blockbusters I’ve been working on – the adaptation of Prince of Persia and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. An Education is in cinemas from October 30th

Like you say, the type of movie BBC Films are likely to commission is different due to budget and market, so the likelihood is that British films are dramas. Does that shortage of bombast mean the challenge is to underact rather than overact? Yes, exactly. Scripts are much more character-driven, and more appealing to a certain brand of actor. Absolutely that’s a challenge when you’re making a really interesting period film, picking up 18th century mannerisms and more as opposed to, you know... a talking fridge. The two require completely different acting techniques. Yet your responsibility is to bring the same energy, input and respect to both. You tailor your cloth to... You cut your cloth to... What is it? You know what I’m saying! I’ll Google ‘cloth proverbs’ when we’re done. Haha! You know there’ll be a site called that and all. You would’ve still been a kid in London during the period An Education is set. Was there any sense of familiarity with your surroundings? The film is set in 1961, so I would’ve been... 8 years old. I can’t say I remember anything directly from that time. Interestingly though, I did live in the same



Law Abiding Citizen Director: F. Gary Gray Talent: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb Released: November 27th

The Men Who Stare At Goats

This preposterous action thriller is the most outrageously overblown plot in recent memory. The story follows Clyde (Butler) whose wife and child were murdered. When the legal system fails to satisfy his need for retribution he takes it upon himself to exact revenge on everyone who is involved in the system that failed him, most prominently his lawyer, Nick (Foxx). This is not your average revenge thriller. The film’s central conceit is that Clyde is exacting his revenge from inside his jail cell and the law cannot beat his seemingly paranormal intellect. A ludicrous set-up with some truly ridiculous acting on the part of the leads, supported by a cast of classy actors who are way above nonsense like this. On the positive side, it is certainly entertaining and is enjoyably over-the-top at times.- CL

Director: Grant Hesolv Talent: Kevin Spacey, George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges Released: 4 November Kevin Spacey is a wonderful actor. He is, by far, the most entertaining piece of this disjointed and toothless comedy, which serves only to perpetuate (however badly) the idea that actors of a certain level of fame must be automatically brilliant in comedic roles. The fault of the film does not lie in its performances (although Ewan McGregor’s American accent is nothing short of hilarious), but in the horrendous script, which functions both as a second-rate imitation of Catch-22 and a clumsy, if occasionally funny, absurd comedy. The lazy attempts at satirising armed conflict, governmental bureaucracy and the vested commercial interests of businessmen in war are all undermined by the derivative and unsubtle use of knowing irony, and the film’s constant retreat into familiar, buddy-movie territory. Where Catch-22 (and to a lesser extent the cinematic adaptation) was blisteringly polemical and unflinchingly moral, The Men Who Stare At Goats is overly cautious and unfocused as satire, and not funny enough as comedy. That is not to say that the film is not entertaining. It certainly progresses quickly, never lingering on any issue or image for long enough that rationalisation or analysis might disrupt our ‘enjoyment’. George Clooney, too, shows himself to be comedically capable, if nothing more, and Jeff Bridges is functional in his guru-to-hapless-drunkard character transition. The problem is that, for a film which aims to depict America at war, albeit from a skewed, unfamiliar perspective, it strays too far into well-worn comedy territory and ultimately makes no tangible criticism of anything in particular. Oisín Murphy

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Director: Neal Brennan Talent: Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, David Koechner, Kathryn Hahn Released: Now Brought to us by those answerable for the equally woeful Talledega Nights and Step Brothers, The Goods is a sad indication of what passes for comedy these days. By far the worst project that Will Ferrell has ever attached his name to, The Goods tells the story of Ben Selleck who enlists the help and sleazy sales tactics of the legendary Don ‘The Goods’ Ready to whip his inept employees into shape and hopefully save his dwindling auto-dealership from bankruptcy. Sickingly smug and infantile in its attempts at humour The Goods aims to shock its viewers, and no subject is too sensitive for it to tastelessly exploit. Assembling the usual suspects to deliver increasingly risqué and politically-incorrect gags has an adverse effect on the film, merely reminding what others of this genre like The Hangover do well. For all its bravado the only memorable joke on offer is the film’s ironic title. - AR


Bright Star

Director: Park Chan Wook Talent: Kang-ho Song, Ok-Vin Kim Released: Now

Director: Jane Campion Talent: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider Released: November 6th

Touted as an antidote for the Twilight-weary vampire fan, this Korean vampire love story is certainly original. It tells the story of kind-hearted priest Sang-hyeon who puts himself forth for Ebola Virus tests. When these tests go wrong and turn him into a vampire (they never really get into the science here) the virginal, innocent priest slowly, and to his horror, begins to lust not just for blood, but also for his friend’s wife, Tae-joo. From here the plot erupts into a volcano of madness with sex, gore, murder, ghosts and of course, vampire high-jinks. What starts as a tragic, fascinating examination of Sang-hyeon’s struggle with his bloodlust, ultimately turns into a madcap horror-comedy. It’s all very fun but there are too many changes in tone to allow this to compete with the director’s Vengeance Trilogy. Twilight it ain’t, but it’s no masterpiece either. - CL

This perfectly average romantic drama tells the story of the doomed love affair between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Keats was struggling with discipline and inspiration until he fell in love with the beautiful and progressive Fanny. Conflict comes in the form of Fanny’s family who think he is too poor for her and Keats’ friends who think she is a needless distraction. The problem with this film is that there is little spark between the two leads and although both are really wonderful in their individual roles, their passion never really sizzles, and this story has been told so many times that it’s hard to remain interested. Having said that, this is a beautifully made film, a joy to look at and boasts wonderful central performances from the leads, particularly from the ever-wonderful Paul Schneider as Keats’ loutish friend Charles Armitage Brown. Overly-dramatic at times, but nevertheless a class act. – CL

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Funeral For a Friend Your History is Mine [Join Us] A singles collection which unimaginatively trots out Funeral For a Friend’s back catalogue in chronological order. If you have any interest in this act you’ll already have the best and the rest of what these Welsh wailers have to offer, while the new tracks see them perfect the knack of spoiling some clever riffs and decent vocals with shit-fit drums and screams that just cry out for a Strepsil. Spend too much time listening to FFaF and you’ll need one for yourself! - CK

Editors In this Light and on This Evening [Kitchenware]

Shakira She Wolf [Epic] Some undeniably terrific moments aside, Shakira’s albums up to now have been a bit underwhelming, but happily She Wolf delivers and is Shakira’s most consistent album to date. The title track is obviously brilliant, a charming disco track replete with vocoders, panting and bonkers lyrics. Like Shakira’s previous career-high singles Whenever Wherever, Hips Don’t Lie and Beautiful Liar (all records which are little bit “odd”, shall we say) it’s a record which demands your attention so it’s no surprise that everyone seems to have an opinion of it. Shakira’s eccentric approach to songwriting and pop stardom may be to blame for occasional slips in quality control (her last album, Oral Fixation Volume 2, was disappointingly dreary) but only a very eccentric person indeed could dislike the material on offer here. Most of it is produced and written by The Neptunes, including the peculiarly pretty and aptly titled Good Stuff – a song which wouldn’t sound at all out of place if performed by someone representing the Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest. “Global pop” is the best description for this music; there are tablas on a song called Gypsy, Long Time is a sort of slowed-down reggaeton groovathon and Did It Again sounds like Rihanna’s Umbrella if it had been hijacked by Nelly Furtado. Throw in some electropop, some successful attempts at the kind of pop-rock Kelly Clarkson does so well and you’ve got all the ingredients for a truly eclectic and diverting record. There are at least five potentially amazing singles - Men In This Town and Spy are particularly impressive - amazing dance pop to enliven any night out. Shakira’s voice may continue to be a sticking point for some people, and she does still sing like a cross between a foghorn and a goat with a nasal blockage, but somehow that all adds to her charm. Linguists will be pleased to hear that three songs are repeated in Spanish at the end of the album, including She Wolf (Loba). With Nelly Furtado’s Mi Plan due for release soon it might be a good time for fans of superior latino-flavoured pop to take up some Spanish evening classes. Ciaran Gaynor See also: Nelly Furtado - Loose [Geffen], Anastacia – Anastacia [Epic], Pixie Lott - Turn It Up [Mercury]

Does it count as progression or regression for a band to move from aping Joy Division to aping Depeche Mode on its third album? Editors with Moogs retain the same teenage-thespian histrionics as Editors with guitars, while attempting to gloss over their bankruptcy of ideas with leftover paint gleamed from Mute’s janitorial closet. To paraphrase lead single Papillon’s ad nauseam responsorial psalm: it sucks like a sleeptwitch. - DG

Channel One Sound to Light [self-released] Channel One’s self-released debut gets off to a start more insipid than watercolours in the rain, aiming for up-tempo, electronic Explosions in the Sky and achieving no more than a lacklustre fizzle. Nevertheless, the evocative sonic subtleties soon begin to stream like warm jets. Thunderous rolling drumlines and ringing guitars are tempered with beatific keyboards and distorted vocals that channel the poignant resonance of the Radio Dept. Simple, compelling and laden with tremendous sentiment. - SES

Spiral Stairs The Real Feel [Domino] Tempo: medium to slow. Instrumentation: standard soft rock. Lyrics: predictable, trite. People who complain about the soft focus jamming on Stephen Malkmus’ post-Pavement output would do well to notice that, on this evidence, his former bandmate wasn’t the one with the knack for quality control. There’s really no avoiding the realisation that this is dishwater fare, trading on its name. But don’t despair - he’s back to the day job in 2010. - KMcD

Paramore Brand New Eyes [Fueled By Ramen] Okay, from the get-go, admit defeat. If your taste in music isn‘t documented on your pencil case, you probably aren’t the target demographic for Paramore. And if you’re not in that panda-eyed, Edward Cullen-appreciating demographic, you’ll notice that this is just modern pop-punk by the book. But just because it groans under the weight of its own over-production doesn’t mean something like Turn It Off isn’t appreciable in its own way. Tell no-one I said that. - KMcD


Alela and Alina

Espers III [Wichita]

The Alela and Alina EP [Names Records]

Having swapped the cityscape for a country backdrop during the recording process, Espers III is noticeably pared down, with tracks like Colony or Another Moon Song swamped in the pastoral. Although it’s often hard to distinguish one track from the next, the Philadelphia band stay true to their folk roots with a more earthy and fully-realised sound with enough lilting instrumentals and vocal harmonies to more than make up for lapses in the imagination stakes. - LH

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and Alela and Alina took the one most nauseating. Combining winsome, throaty, vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar for six indistinguishable tracks is harmless enough. It’s all well and good to sing about carpenters in blue jeans, old guitars and the tale of little Matty Groves , but are this duo rustic raconteurs or a complete self-parody? See: “Bowling Green”, which is, ostensibly, a love ballad for a... bowling green. - SES

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Daniel Johnston

Julian Casablancas

Is and Always Was [Seraltone]

Phrazes for the Young [Cult Records/RCA]

It’s about as socially acceptable to piss on Daniel Johnston as it is to chase a granny with a makeshift Lynx-can-andlighter flamethrower, but here goes – like that singed old woman, DJ is tolerated for his novelty, his back story, and his eccentricity, while his paucity of originality or core talent is happily glossed over in dotage. More likeable effort than usual though this record may be, it’s not nearly as entertaining as torching the elderly. - DG

The manumission of each individual member of the Strokes continues with Julian ‘Sobriety Sucks’ Casablancas – and short of Nick Valensi pulling a 9/10 album out of his skinny-jeaned arse, Phrazes is probably the most impressive release of the messy-haired diaspora. Like First Impressions of Earth recreated with a drum machine, cheapo keyboards, and a cockload more consistency, Casablancas’ ever-present charm is as obfuscated behind mumbled, melodic crooning as usual – and his keen pop ear makes this album more than mere distraction. - DG

Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record

The Swell Season

Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris [TBC]

Strict Joy [Anti]

Martha Wainwright cements her love for the legendary Edith Piaf on record with a twelve song collection of rarities and more well-known numbers by the Gallic songstress in a project that is very much an indulgence for Wainwright and diehard Piaf fans. Despite its many glimpses of beauty and its ability to whisk you off to a Parisian café at midnight, in many ways this record is the musical equivalent of coffeetable books: pleasant and classic but sadly not as engaging as the author thinks it is. - LH

This album is shockingly dull. I don’t know if it’s the tragic, breaking voice Hansard adopts to show his bleating heart, the turgid music that marinates in the same mediocrity from which this country’s music scene derives its flavour, or the fact that it just never seems to end. One thing is certain though: while he may have pulled his head out of his arse long enough to accept an Oscar he clearly didn’t stay around long before scuttling back to the musical rut he calls home. - CK

David Turpin Haunted [Kabinet] The album cover of David Turpin’s sophomore effort sees him sultry, astride the skeleton of a galloping horse. Not only does this foreshadow the inevitable use of the word “skeletal” in relation to his percolating, stripped-down electronic production, but it also sets a surreal tone that makes the classy, whispered music about ghosts and bones so captivating. Not the furthest thing in the world from rookies of the year The XX at times either. - KMcD

Alexandra Burke Overcome [Sony] Topped and tailed by the grab-you-by-the-balls brilliant Bad Boys and the perfectly-judged Hallelujah, Overcome is a fairly solid album. The guest turns from Flo Rida and Ne-Yo work quite well, but it would be nice to hear more uptempo numbers like Broken Heels or Dumb. When the album veers into weepy ballad territory it becomes a tad predictable. On The Silence Alexandra sounds completely anonymous. Bury Me (6 Feet Under) is much better, a sweet Motown pastiche that fully deserves to be a hit. With a little help from the skip button on your mp3 player it’s an entertaining debut. - CG

The Antlers Hospice [K7] The most difficult thing the average person will ever have to do is watch a loved one die. Those days tend to be a blur, becoming more disconnected from reality until finally, when it’s over, you can hardly believe it. Hospice is that, in an album. Over ten dense, beautiful songs that capture the haze perfectly, Peter Silbermann sketches the process from Prologue through Atrophy to Wake. It’s impeccably wrought, like a great novel, and as hard a listen as it is, it’s a work of rare, true beauty. - KMcD

Annie Don’t Stop [Smalltown Supersound] It has taken two years, two label changes and untold vexation for all involved but Annie’s second album is finally here. The problems which have beset the Norwegian alt-pop darling are the stuff of legend now, and that Don’t Stop is so good despite having to live up to so much hype and expectation is something of a minor miracle. Almost five years ago Annie’s debut album Anniemal - possibly this decade’s greatest pop album - set a new standard for thrilling electropop; it just took a three or four years for the rest of pop to catch up. Since then, La Roux and Little Boots have stormed the charts, and despite having co-written a brilliant top ten hit for Mini Viva, Annie has some ground to recover. In short, Don’t Stop had better be good. In fact, it’s bloody brilliant. It sounds like all of the best pop music of the last 30 years distilled into 45 minutes: there’s a little bit of disco chick-a-chick guitar here, some sweeping melodious synths there, and nods to post-punk, house and girlgroups all over the shop. Collaborating extensively with Xenomania on this album means plenty of songs (Bad Times, Loco, and Heaven and Hell) match Girls Aloud for memorableness and fun, but it’s an album with “layers”. Take You Home is all yawning synth-bass and eerie atmosphere. The Breakfast Song is one part schoolyard chant, one part something you might have heard on ZE Records circa 1982. Best of all, Songs Remind Me Of You is turbo-charged Morodery genius. Fans of the laugh-out-loud lyric are in for a treat when they hear I Don’t Like Your Band (“It’s not you, it’s your tunes”) and My Love Is Better (“Babe, I’ve got the style / You’ve just got the shoes”). Marie Cherie, on the other hand, is a sad song about a girl who is the victim of bullying – the emotional shading contributes to making this a remarkable and essential collection. Don’t Stop won’t just soundtrack this winter’s best parties, but might actually cause them to happen. Ciarán Gaynor See also: Girls Aloud Tangled Up [Fascination], Richard X - Richard X Presents His X Factor Vol. 1 [Virgin], Human League Dare [Virgin]

The Veronicas Hook Me Up [Sire] Released in Australia a full two years ago - a point worth remembering when The Veronicas (twin sisters Jessie and Lisa from Brisbane) sing of wanting to kiss a girl on the Katy Perry-anticipating Take Me To The Floor. Current single 4 Ever was a hit in their homeland as long ago as 2005. Untouched is a fantastic single and there’s plenty more where that came from. The highlight is This Is How It Feels - perfect electro-rock with added swearing. Keeping the tempo up for most of the album, The Veronicas make quite an exhilirating racket - and their slowies aren’t bad either. - CG

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