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28 Listings Like entertainment.ie, but quicker. 46 Barcelona Basqueing in sunlight
14 Panels From Underground Not quite Beanos and Dandys
54 All City They’re smoother than baconaisse.
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56 Gastro This month: Burger King vs. Supermacs
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As an Oxford United fan, Cillian has had to learn some vital life skills the tough way. Being kicked around the floor of English league (and non-league) football teaches the virtue of patience, the importance of resilience, and the ability to get the shit slagged out of you every day while maintaining a look of patient resilience and resilient patience. Which is really just as well, because he wouldn’t have lasted five years sharing the Totally Dublin office without a tough skin and some offensive terrace chants of his own. If it wasn’t for Cillian poxing up a Los Campesinos! PR job three years ago I wouldn’t be writing this paean to his recently-passed presence. You see, while he hasn’t been strictly a part of the TD mag team for quite some time (he had to step down from his post as a music reviewer for fear of his wellbeing at the hands of irate Autechre fans), we’d be nothing without Mr. McDonnell’s monthly supply of Bloc Parties, Fever Rays and, uhhhhhhhhhh, Calexicos. Sure, he’s committed some heinous crimes against music for a man with every Underground Resistance record in his vinyl case. We try to ignore him when he starts talking about Midlake, and it’s pretty much his fault you can’t turn on FM104 without listening to Stereophonics, but this little man from Athlone is living proof that every Midlands gickhole has a silver lining. We’ll miss you, McDonnell, and we’ll miss your Moroder too. Daniel Gray
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Having witnessed the untimely demise of several Dublin galleries in the last few years – not to mention the arts budget being carved up like a Christmas turkey – it’s refreshing to see new spaces being born. Over on Lower Mount Street (just off Merrion Square), a newly restored Georgian house opens its doors on July 2nd as the new non-profit gallery Severed Head. Honing in on the growing art forms of audio and lens based media, the gallery is set to showcase photography, film and audio performance from artists both Irish and international. The curators hope to create a platform for up and coming artists who lack the exposure they deserve, yet adhere the high standards of a more established space – vying to prove the theory that small names don’t necessarily mean lower quality. A case in point is the work of Mirjam Siefert – the first artist to exhibit in the Severed Head with her collection Heaven is Under Construction. The German photographer documents the sights of her everyday life as she trawls the streets of Berlin and beyond; her work has a vividness and clarity that’s almost hyper-real. Catch her at the Severed Head until July 30th.
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For the first two weeks of July, a healthy dose of photography will be injected into various venues across the city (thirty-nine to be precise), courtesy of the PhotoIreland Festival. The event will be the biggest celebration of the medium in Ireland yet, and promises to deliver a range of high-quality exhibitions, workshops, talks, opening parties and other assorted cultural fiestas. Be sure to pick up one of the leaflets dotted around town (or download one from their website) to make sure you make the most of their action-packed events schedule. Amongst the highlights will be the launch of the This Is It Gallery (13 North Great Georges Street) on Friday 2nd July with their debut exhibition, Home. Each of the eight participating artists will explore the emotionally-charged concept of ‘home’ – from interim housing in the Congo (Noel Bowler) to the torn identities of children living between the homes of separated parents (Joe Sterling). Considering this theme, it’s fitting that the new gallery’s home itself looks equally of interest – the once-grand Georgian building has resurfaced over the years in many guises, from ‘filthy tenement’ to film set. Layers upon layers of decades-old peeling wallpaper transform the walls into a rich cultural tapestry which I’d say have a few tales to tell about the many faces of the ‘home’ themselves.
Gaze are branching out. The five day film festival is this year celebrating their 18th birthday by going in for a more profound discussion of the transgender issue, as well as expanding its international horizons for LGBT-friendly cinema. It’s not all gay for Uruguay, however - a retrospective of Gay short films from the festival’s history will timeline Gaze’s 18 year history and highlight the evolution of gay cinema in Ireland. Stretching over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Lighthouse Cinema will be a onestop popcorn shop for cinema fans gay, straight, and culchie. The full programme’s up for grabs right now at www.gaze.ie
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)BOE%SBXO2VBSUFSFE A fifty-foot long roll of paper covered in illustrations might look pretty, but it would be rather impractical to actually read â€“ especially, say, when nestled in between sweat-drenched bankers and hyperactive tourists on the Luas, or in any other â€˜spatially lackingâ€™ situations. Thatâ€™s why as soon as Dave Comiskeyâ€™s ink dried on his own fifteen-metre scroll, he deemed it wise to make a more portable version. Some technical reorganisation by graphics designer Julie Mitchell and a gruelling twelve-hour scanning session ensued, resulting in the birth of HandDrawn and Quartered â€“ a book version of Comiskeyâ€™s mammoth series of scribblings. One hundred signed and numbered copies were produced and itâ€™s easy to see why few
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PANELS FROM UNDERGROUND ARTIST COLLECTIVES, SHORT FORM GAGS, CONTEMPORARY ENNUI AND THE REDEFINITION OF ARTISTIC SPACES. LOCAL COMIC CREATORS ARE PUSHING BOUNDARIES ON THE PAGE, ONLINE AND IN YOUR FACE. words // NIALL KITSON
The structure is familiar. Civilised yet determined meetings in the backrooms of public houses, pamphlets pressed quietly into the palms of willing readers, websites and discussion forums discussing the means of production and occasional forays into the wild, delivering short, sharp shocks before slinking back to the shadows with a promise of more brazen efforts to come. To call it a movement would be to imply some kind of unified ethos or value system but in truth the landscape of Dublin’s comics scene is far more fragmented in creative, though not communal, terms. The form has become malleable enough that it works as well regardless of whether they are distributed in individually numbered, saddle-stitched minicomics direct from the photocopier, online, or beat into three panel magazine pieces with malicious intent. The only thing missing is a manifesto. What separates the structure of this community from the norms of any fringe group is its degree of openness. No meeting – from the monthly comic jams in the Lord Edward to the regular launch nights and conventions around the city – could be called a closed shop. You don’t have to earn your stripes or endure a star chamber of geekier than thou fanboys; a love of the medium will do just fine. Totally Dublin caught up with a cross section of creators, each with their own unique perspective and techniques. Meet some unusual suspects...
Hilary Lawler Co-founder Longstone Comics, creator Superhilbo Longstone Comics is both a title and a collective. Do you think that brings a certain dynamic to the material you publish? When Longstone Comics started it wasn’t restricted to any particular genre, it was about what we wanted to do and what we could realistically produce. The first official volume came out for the 2008 Free Comic Day in Dublin and was more an exercise in ‘can we do this?’ Afterwards it became apparent that a more structured approach would benefit the comic. The second volume tried more structured pieces and short strips. The zombie cover by Deirdre de Barra was a massive leap forward as well. In the third volume we pushed it again, with Peter Loftus writing a single script where we could each contribute six pages of a complete story. That was a massive undertaking. Volume 4, which is only out about a month, is the best example yet of what we can do when we put our minds to it. Longstone releases have a micro-scale print run. Do you think there is a subversive or exclusive quality to keeping things on this level? In this case there is nothing subversive in it as it simply boils down to the cost of printing. It all comes out of our own pockets and so the smaller the print run the less it’ll cost us. The cost of the comic can then be kept to a price that is realistic. There is little room for profit - it’s just about making back the printing cost to fund the next project. Your own comic, Superhilbo, is such a child-like creation. Did you have the character with you for years? Superhilbo came onto the scene in 2008 when I couldn’t sleep one night. I started doodling because this character just wouldn’t get out of my head. Next thing she had taken over and a number of stories started to form. Her vibe is based on having adventures with her dog Roast Beef and dealing with annoying situations and villains – just in time for sausages. The sole purpose of the Superhilbo stories is to simply have fun drawing and inject some humour into the world. I love drawing her and watching people’s reactions when they read the stories.
Paddy Lynch Illustrator, creator Last Bus Your artwork has a kind of imprecise quality, like you’re scribbling down ideas in a notebook. Are you that guy scribbling away in Starbucks or is your process much more deliberate? I guess it’s really important for me to retain a sense of spontaneity in my drawings. I’ve often found that if I tighten these up too much they become stiff and lifeless. However, I do plan everything out in advance, as far as storytelling and artwork is concerned. It goes through several stages from scribbled notes, concept sketches, thumbnail plans with all the dialogue written alongside, pencil drawings, and finally inked and lettered artwork. So it’s not like what you see in the printed comic is lifted directly from my notebooks. There are several stages of refinement. Another aspect is that when telling a story through comics, each panel only needs enough information to convey what’s happening in the narrative, it doesn’t need to be a finely rendered illustration in its own right. I often find that overly rendered artwork can be distracting. I keep my art loose and ‘conversational’ to service the story. In essence, you could say my drawings are a bit like my handwriting: easygoing, not fussy, maybe even a bit messy. Following on from your artwork, your characters sometimes look like they’re held together with thread emotionally. With any of my work done so far you could say that the stories are pretty subtle. It’s not like I fill them full of bombast and high drama. I’m trying to reflect situations and experiences that might happen in everyday life, and what is life but a series of events? There’s no ‘story’ as such, it’s our own interpretation of these events that creates the narrative. Comics in some ways can be quite like poetry: very quick to read initially, but the best stuff reveals layers of meaning only on repeated readings. As an independent creator you’re kind of forced to be your own salesman as well. Do you hate having to share the same floorspace with mainstream creators drawing men in tights? No, not at all. Those superhero stories got me into comics when I was a kid. I’m extremely grateful to any shop that takes a chance on my work and put it on their shelves. Comics aren’t a genre-specific type of fiction, it’s a unique art form in itself – there’s room for all types of stories. Hopefully we’ll get to the point that when people think of comics they’ll think of the likes of Art Spiegleman, Robert Crumb or Chris Ware as quickly as they think of Batman, Spiderman or Wolverine.
Alan Moloney Creator Looseville, WSHD WSHD recycles a lot of stock/recycled/ generic images. Where did you get the idea to work this way? For a while I used a lot of other images for WSHD and the main reason for this was laziness, I think. My day job (graphic design) can be very taxing on my drawing reserves and sometimes when it came to comic time at 11pm I’d have a joke to tell but absolutely zero will to draw it. So I’d use some stock vectors, or copyrightexpired illustrations and mould my joke around them. I always felt a little bad afterwards but oddly enough I think some of these comics were the best I’ve done. Then a few weeks ago, I made a few characters of my own that I can move around and customise pretty easily so the visual style would stay consistent. It also means that I can stitch a whole bunch of comics together really quickly, which is great when I’m wiped out after a week’s work. Do you prefer to see your work in print or online? Print. Every time. I started off in print before I was ever online so it’s always had a special place for me. Nothing beats the sight of walking around Cork on Friday morning and seeing people in a bagel bar flicking to the letters page and showing
their friend WSHD. That’s unbeatable for me and the internet will never top that. For me, the internet is a means to an end i.e. to get myself into papers and magazines. I have a very love/hate relationship with the internet. I love how interactive it is, and how it’s possible to reach so many people - especially with Twitter and Facebook. On the other hand there’s so much bullshit that goes with it. There’s a lot of self-deception when it comes to webcomics. I see some people throwing money away on advertising, thinking that the next €50 they spend on Project Wonderful or Google ads will be the last push they need to become the next Penny Arcade or Kate Beaton when it blatantly isn’t. I see people with 700 Twitter followers thinking it’s a big deal, not realising that 500 of them are other webcomic artists that aren’t reading other people’s stuff. At the same time I see people spending a fortune on printing 1,000 books and then selling four. Madness. It shouldn’t annoy me, but it does. It enrages me sometimes. Seeing WSHD in print is validation. Every time I see it in the Cork News or Totally Dublin it means that somebody thought it was good enough to put into their publication. That’s a rush that makes me want to do another.
Maeve Clancy Visual artist, creator Flatmates, Outsider What made you decide to start working on comics? I studied Visual Communications in NCAD, which is really a graphics course with illustration. Over the last ten years, I’ve worked in everything from production design for film to animation, illustration, storyboarding, murals, painting and set design. The comics really came from working on my own animated short films. I got frustrated with the time consuming nature of the medium; my last film was ten minutes long and took three years to complete. I felt that it was pretty stale by the time I was finished. Working on comics was a way of telling more stories, much faster. Your webcomic Flatmates is something of a departure for you in that it requires regular updates and has a lot of humour. Were these decisions you made at the outset? Writing it online was a means to make sure that I continued with the comic. Once you have an online audience, if you’re late with an episode, they let you know about it! Also, I had only made animations from other people’s scripts in the past. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my own ideas, so I decided that the best way to overcome that was to publish them as a blog where anyone could comment on and critique them. [I think] all of my own writing had always been humorous; it’s just that I’d never put it out there before. Mainly because I was sure that I was the only person who would find it funny! Thankfully it seems to work with Flatmates - people get the jokes in Ireland and abroad. Your Outsider exhibition took a mixed media approach to creating a narrative environment. Did you find this to be a tougher sell than, say, a photo/video presentation? With Outsider I was invited to interpret the space with a paper installation. I was very fortunate to be given such freedom by the gallery. When I began to research my ideas, the narrative element came in very naturally. My curator at the gallery loved the idea and was very supportive of it, particularly the fact that the show itself gathers more stories from the public as they walk among the paper cityscapes. To be honest, what I do probably doesn’t sit in the fine art world. I’m not quite sure where it does fit, I just tend to make it as I wish and let people interpret it as it appears to them. Do you see yourself doing more work with such immersive spaces? Absolutely, I really love creating spaces that people have to enter into and engage with. I have a couple of other ideas for much larger scale paper works. I just need to find the right places to install them first, then convince the building managers that it’d be a great idea.
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If Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead had been written in the internet age, then perhaps it would have looked like this. In secret or in public, under internet handles such as ‘DragonPhoenix13’ and ‘XXXbloodyrists666XXX ‘, people all over the world are pilfering characters and fictional worlds to create new fictions, rewriting the endings, filling in the holes in the plot and making them their own. A community, a literary guerilla movement and the most valuable advertising that you’ll never have to pay for, fanfic is the natural offshoot of a generation of young readers in an internet age, with an overbearing fondness for fantasy and genre fiction. Film, TV and Music have their sections on fanfiction.net (with cult favourites like Lost, Lady Gaga and The Rocky Horror Picture Show inspiring particularly varied offerings), but it is books that produce the largest number of fanfiction pieces. Fanfiction is a natural evolution of fandom, and clear evidence that more young people are buying and reading books than ever. What remains is for the legal terms to be fixed - should authors see fanfic as bastardisation and piracy of their work, or should they reach out and embrace it? Vampire Chronicles author Anne Rice became a fanfic hate figure in 2002 when she published a letter banning fanfic of her creations, and threatening the authors of existing pieces with legal action. Given Twilight’s far later success and its vast internet fan community, perhaps she should have reconsidered. Seedy, indulgent and half-baked as they often are, fanfics at least offer the consolation that fans are taking books to heart, engaging with the text, taking the role of the author into their own hands like a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book on steroids. It’s a sign of thoughtful readership and higher levels of literacy. Or maybe not. Perhaps what got Rice so angry in the first place was that in the world of fanfic, there are no gatekeepers. The democracy of the internet, valuing not literary flair so much as whether or not you are a ‘noob’, means authors can see the original creations that they created and nurtured, butchered by nonsensical plots and a cavalier indifference to gram-
mar. The best can be epic in length, and will use a pre-existing world and character as a launchpad to explore new ideas. The worst, though, fit into several predictable moulds. There’s the one-shot, semipornographic ‘crackfic’, where the author rolls out quickfire and unlikely plot-twists, culminating in some unexpected and highly graphic sex scene. The ‘Crossover’ transcends genres, logic and linear time (Super Mario finds himself in the Land Before Time). And the ‘Shipper’ focuses on a love affair that might never have occurred to the pedestrian reader (think Hagrid and Severus Snape, or Waluigi and Mario). Without disparaging these inventive efforts, it must be said that much of the fanfiction.net archives confirm Rule 34 of the Internet, that however obscure a subject you think of, on the internet it will have its own porn. However to claim that fanfiction knows no proofreading would be wrong - the community is built intrinsically on feedback and constructive criticism. ‘R&R’ posted after the title stands for ‘please read and review’, and an author’s growth can be tracked as they can post writing in instalments, getting feedback along the way. Another curious phenomenon is that of ‘flamers’, who post obscenity-strewn tirades in the reviews section, but will stop as long as you specify ‘no flamers’ under the title. What fanfiction has over ordinary books is that it exists in permanent Beta stage; works of epic length often evolve, tailored by their authors to what the fan community demands. In many ways it is writing with stabilizer wheels, building on pre-made characters and even emulating the original author’s style. The biggest compliment is to be told you remained ‘true to that character’. The world of fandom regulates itself, generating its own laws and taboos, the biggest of which is that a fanfiction work is not for profit. From its very origins, the under-the-table Star Trek fanzines which were sold in the sixties to Spock-fetishists and Trekkies, any cost involved in producing fanfiction has been only to cover the printing. This rule was violated to disastrous effect in 2007, with the launch of an online fanfic archive called FanLib. A $3 million multinational mistake, it attracted
suspicion almost immediately among fans, who didn’t fail to notice their work being taken in return for nothing. The site had folded by 2008, but tirades against it can still be found on Google. Fanfic can seem like a fruitless and socially alienating pursuit, a world largely populated by closet vampire obsessives and lovestruck fangirls. But this is what FanLib underestimated; that it is done out of love and obsession, a pointless but amusing end in itself, around which tightknit communities form. ‘Fandom gets pretty cliquey, like any group of people doing the same thing,’ says Maartje Guessens, a long-time fanfic-er and recent English graduate of the University of Cambridge. ‘But you can choose your fandom (Harry Potter, Supernatural, Star Trek) and within that there’s always various little communities and groups. I met some of my best friends online when I was thirteen - I’m 21 now and we’re still friends, a really wonderful group who all, bizarrely, ended up at very good universities. Without fanfic I would not have English skills good enough to be at Cambridge. I started reading Pride and Prejudice because the author of twelve-year-old me’s favourite fic, “Hermione, Queen of Witches”, said it was her favourite book, what did I know, I know nothing’. For her, fanfic is an extension of following a book or TV series, and of bonding with other fans without any means to personal fame. ‘You can fill in the blanks, adjust something you didn’t like, make something happen you’re impatient for. In that sense it’s like writing an essay about your favourite TV show, except... rather than stating “because x happened in episode 4, I think they’ll get together” you show how that would happen’. ‘There’s this huge misunderstanding that all fanfiction is by definition bad. It’s only about as bad, on average, as any creative writing that hasn’t been filtered through literary agents and publishing. What makes a really good fanfic, apart from all the things that are basically good writing, is often a really keen awareness of the nature of the characters and world. It’s good if you can subvert your original source a little bit ‘. Subversion seems to mark the dividing
line between fanfics which pay homage to their sources, and those which are clearly satire. Publishing house Quirk Books experienced phenomenal success with their line of pop-culture infused classics, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Android Karenina and Sense and Sensibility and SeaMonsters. The New York Times bestselling novels re-hash classic plots, but with a good-naturedly satirical bent, highly influenced by overblown online ‘crackfics’. The borders between fanfic and authorised sequels have blurred yet further in recent years with the publication of a new Bond novel, Devil May Care (2008), written by Sebastian Faulks ‘in the style of Ian Fleming’. In 2009 Eoin Colfer, famous previously for his Artemis Fowl series, was commissioned to produce a final Hitchiker’s Guide novel, called And Another Thing, to wind up Douglas Adams’ original, distressingly bleak ending. Colfer himself had been a Hitchhikers’ fanboy since childhood, but if a fan writes about another author’s world at the behest of his estate, does this count as fanfiction? What makes the question yet stranger is that Colfer’s own creations have been written on by the fanfic community, with Google offering up various battles and school yard scenarios between Artemis Fowl, Draco Malfoy and Edward Cullen. ‘I had put together my own ending for Hitchhiker’s when Douglas died,’ says
Colfer. ‘In many ways I consider And Another Thing more authorised fanfiction than a sequel’. Did he feel the pressure of having so many fellow fans’ hopes weigh on his shoulders? ‘It is tough because I make loads of mistakes. There are whole teams of writers and editors poring over stuff... I made a special effort with H2G2 not to mess anything up. And if I did, I decided to use the same excuse that Douglas did - this is a different alternate universe so things are slightly different.’ I ask him if he thinks fanfiction could ever be damaging to an author’s reputation, or if, once created, one’s character stops being one’s own and starts belonging to the literary ether. ‘I think fanfiction is fine unless someone is selling it. It’s an internet extension of traditional fandom. People have always written fan fiction in one form or another. Now they can share and access easily. Sites with young writers honing their craft and communicating with each other just spreads the word about the book better than my site ever could’. But what about the mangled crossover stories with Artemis doing battle against vampires, or helping take care of an impregnated Snape? ‘Most fanfiction comes from the fantasy genre, which seems to appeal hugely to young writers, especially when there are other worlds to explore and add to. With a fantasy book you can go anywhere and do anything - it appeals to teenagers to go anywhere other than the real world... I do smile when I see Artemis fighting Harry or the vampires. I take it as flattery’. It would be, by his own admission, ‘pretty rich’ for Colfer to turn against his fans for writing with his characters, and his own Hitchiker’s re-write marks him out as on the border between fan and ‘creator’ who makes a profit from his work. He is also one of a more forwardthinking, internet-friendly breed of author, realising fanfic’s function both as advertisement and means of getting to know one’s audience. JK Rowling has been similarly encouraging - questions have even been raised as to whether the later Potter novels were influenced by the overwhelmingly large online Potter community. And then there are those cases where the fans take ownership of the characters entirely, as was the case with Joss Wheden’s Firefly TV series. When the film, Serenity, failed to set the box office alight, plans for a sequel were scrapped, but the series and film’s army of followers decided to go ahead with their own homemade follow-up, entitled Browncoats: Redemption. With legal approval and the endorsements of Wheden himself, they rallied enough money and grassroots support to produce the film, premièring at this year’s Dragon*Con, and plan to donate the profits to charity. Crossovers between Lady Gaga and Rocky Horror Show fandom have proved fertile, as have the more mundane worlds of Father Ted and Ballykissangel (a surprisingly large number of followers want to know what happened to Peter and Assumpta). Fanfic provides speculative
answers to the greatest of literary questions; why, where and who was Captain Ahab’s wife? What was Mrs. Rochester like, before she went completely off the rails? And then there are those times when fanfiction goes above and beyond its call of duty, providing far, far too much information. Reason fails when attempting to understand the massive online following for fanfic about Disney’s forgotten ‘Gargoyles’ cartoon series, which inspires some rather seamy, schmaltzy narratives (‘Elisa was distracted from her steamy thoughts by the sound of the stone encasing her mate cracking all over before he threw his arms up and his wings back as he roared to life once more’). And then there is the universal standard for fan-writing awfulness, the infamous, universally-ridiculed My Immortal. A Harry Potter homage, it encompasses familiar tropes from other fandoms and features a half-baked, non-linear plot in which the Hogwarts alumni form a metal band called ‘Bloody Gothic Rose 666’. My Immortal is a travesty, but in ways it also sums up fanfic’s intoxicating possibilities, allowing novice authors to borrow whole worlds and to impose on them their own unique, sometimes incomprehensible ideas. This vast imagination may well be its saving grace; Where else would you find out what would happen to Edward Cullen in the world of Spongebob Squarepants? And where else but in fanfic would you find such immortal lines as “VAMPIRE POTTER, YOU MOTHERFUCKER!”?
A Fanfic Glossary AU - Alternate Universe, i.e. Edward Cullen in Super Mario land with the cast of Sailor Moon. AT - Alternate Timeline, i.e. Edward Cullen goes to war with the Vikings. OOC - Out Of Character. i.e. Edward Cullen goes to work as a doctor at a blood bank. Lemon - R-Rated. Less ‘fruity’ titles get labelled ‘Lime’ or ‘Citrus’. Mary Sue - a supernaturally perfect hero or heroine, the author’s ‘pet’ original character and usually a thinly-veiled avatar of themselves. Stories that revolve around boring Mary Sues can be dismissed as ‘Mary Sue-age’. PWP - stands for ‘Plot, What Plot?’. Most often out-and-out porn. SI - Self Insertion. Not to be confused with Mary Sue-age. Songfic - A narrative based around or inspired by song lyrics. Becoming a rarity on fanfiction.net, due to music licensing laws. Shipping - wildly popular form of fiction focusing on frequently unlikely character pairings. Lupin/Snape. Sirius/Snape. Harry/Snape. Snape is the Hogwarts school bicycle (or should that be broomstick?) WAFF - Fanfic that gives reader a ‘Warm and Fuzzy Feeling’. Like a potions lesson from Snape.
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EIGHT DEGREES IN THE SHADE THE TOTALLY DUBLIN GUIDE TO FRITTERING AWAY THE REST OF YOUR SUMMER words // CONOR CREIGHTON illustration // LAUREN KAVANAGH Winter is easy. You got Christmas and New Years and all that cold to contend with that you’re too busy dealing with misery and party fatigue to get bored. Summer, on the other hand, is an open book. Excuses you might have applied in the other three quarters don’t hold the same amount of water and so you find yourself waking up every day with the weight of expectation that you must do something epic. It’s hard. We understand. So we’ve come up with a list of clever ways to make summer’s end come mercifully quicker.
Start a band
Fight for a hopeless cause
This is the grand puba of time-wasting. Not only will the band consume your summer, it’ll also strip the few dangling remains of your youth. Watch out. The band you start today might be the same band that turns you into a fat, leatherwearing dipso in twenty years time. If you start a band you need to make sure that it’s shelf life will not outlast August. Call yourself the Summers or the Heatwaves and try and emulate the Thrills’ late July, beach-bound sound. No one will remember you after two months and you will have your life back again. Just ask the Thrills.
Cold perhaps – realism generally is – but it stands that most causes don’t conclude, they just splinter or drag on for ever. Justice is a French electro band and animals, the environment and women will always come second to the whim’s of most men. But no reason to get excited, as sad as this is, fighting for a cause will soak up your summer like a towel shirt. There are the meetings to attend, the posters to make and the endless posts to the only people who’ll care: Indymedia. Ireland is a particularly good spot for fighting a cause as our politicians are never happier than when they’re out in the countryside, wearing a bright red hard hat, about to throw a shovel into 5,000 years of heritage.
Date foreign Dating someone who doesn’t speak your own language is like dating someone who does speak your own language in slowmotion. The amount of information you’ll pass in a three-day fling with the girl you went to school with is about the equivalent of a month with someone from foreign soil. Dating foreign will eat your time like a jail sentence, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be dull. Complete opposite. You can just play with them by teaching them the wrong names for things – ‘Is that your hand on my salt shaker?’ etc, etc.
Smoke weed everyday Pretty straight-forward this one, but surprisingly effective. Weed makes pain go away meaning it can also make your summer hurry the hell up and scoot. In enlightened places like California they give you the stuff on your medical card. It’s no coincidence that it’s always summer in Cali so they know pain like no other. The beauty about this method is that it can be coupled with and enhance a few of the
other methods in the list. Micro grooming, especially, was almost definitely conceived entirely on the back of it.
Micro Grooming Living on a windy island in the shadow of Britain, it’s easy for people in Ireland to grow lazy when it comes to personal decoration. The small dating pool, coupled with that water barrier on all four sides, means that a little effort can bring a big reward. And that just leads to malaise. Instead you could spend a little extra time on the details. Like shave with a tweezers, or comb with an eyebrush. And if you really want to be the ‘f’ in effort, you could clip your pubes to resemble Twentieth Century North American skylines. Is that the Golden Gate Bridge in your pocket or are you just a natural redhead?
Time Zone Bingo This is good. And it’s even better if you can get a trusted friend to help out with the logistics thereby keeping you guessing. So, there are 24 time zones in the world. Some, like the one that Greenland has all to itself, are less important than others. Every night for the rest of summer you get this trusted friend of yours to select anoth-
er time zone and then creep into your home to change your alarm clock, phone clock and every other clock. Some mornings you’ll be waking up before you’ve even slept and eating lunch at 6am. The next day you’ll be staying in bed a solid twenty hours because everyone else on the Pacific coast is sleeping too. You’ll be so busy coming to terms with jetlag that the leaves will be dropping in no time.
Colour Chart This is so good it might be art. And if this does end up as a to-scale reproduction in the Turbine Room of the Tate Modern some time next spring, I’ll be cursing you so hard your mama’s ears will turn blue. How about redistributing the items in your home based on a colour chart? So starting at the door, you’d go from white, through to beige, tangerine, butter, dark ivy and eventually matte black. If might not make getting dressed any quicker, even making a sandwich will probably be a pain in the salt-shaker, but you’re not doing this to be time-efficient, are you?
Fall Ill Yes and no. This is dangerous and might actually make your summer drag on for a lifetime. You don’t want to pick up
just any old sickness. Some of them kill and others just don’t want to have fun. Meningitis for example will make the clocks go slow as traffic and won’t even leave you with good stories to tell. If you can, go tropical. Malaria isn’t so bad and the recovery time is quick but taken in the wrong dosage you might fall into a coma – good; or die – not good. Dengue Fever is the Silk Cut Blue of tropical diseases. It doesn’t last very long and won’t kill you, but it does make you hallucinate and, if taken as part of a controlled diet can actually help you lose weight.
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$BTFPGUIF999 +JNNZ&EHBS )FÂ˜T"-FP Two minutes and thirty-six seconds into our very first conversation, and Jimmy Edgarâ€™s talking about his sex life. I kind of am too. Rather than social perversion though, it would be unnatural to talk about much else â€“ sexuality is the overlapping theme of the various artistic disciplines Edgar so deftly creates within: techno, house and electro production, fashion photography, and design. Heâ€™s probably got his dick in other pies I donâ€™t know about too. Right now though weâ€™re concerned with XXX, his newest album under his own God-given moniker. With a name like that, we all know what itâ€™s about, right? So Jimmy, your albumâ€™s called XXX. Itâ€™s really about the concept of symbol. The X is an alchemiac symbol thatâ€™s used for several things, including the pyramid. It represents forbidden knowledge, you know. There are all these Masonic connotations involved. Now through investing different energies and meanings into those three Xs it represents explicitness, sex, porn, all these things. Bridging sleaze and sexuality with something a lot more cerebral seems to be one of the aims of your work. I like to explore the border between classy and sleazy, definitely. Thatâ€™s why I enjoy fashion â€“ the politics of that scene is ridiculous, and Iâ€™ve removed myself from it, but Iâ€™m still attracted to fashion and its possibilities. For this album I put myself through thisâ€Ś pseudoperformance art thing. I stayed celibate for months so that all that sexual energy would channel straight into my art and my work. You know, focus energy, so that thoughts would materialize into reality. Iâ€™ve noticed that, especially with exgirlfriends, they materialize out of thin air and strangely theyâ€™re exactly what I want at that time â€“ I wanted to try that out with my music. I donâ€™t think my music is about sex, itâ€™s about the tension, and that energy that exists around sex. Not meaning to broach any awkward topics, but this album is on K7, and the last album [Color Strip], which seemed to have done well, was on Warp. Hmm?
Uhh. That was aâ€Ś pretty mutual decision. I wanted to leave Warp with my track [I Wanna Be Your STD] on that Warp 20 collection andâ€Ś I donâ€™t want to start saying things I donâ€™t want to say so letâ€™s just say itâ€™s much better for everyone. Iâ€™m enjoying K7. Iâ€™m working with mature adults, yet younger people who... well, who know whatâ€™s cool. And I know theyâ€™re actually working on my album right now. Perception is obviously important to you, you take on different pseudonyms and personalities, something which is at the core of fashion. Sure. Itâ€™s good to change your style every day depending on what you want to be. This particular project, under my own name, is very much ripping myself open
and picking different pieces out. Itâ€™s funny, because for most people the point of techno is that its devoid of persona. And actually, techno, especially the Detroit niche you create within, is typified by how far you can stretch what is in fact a really, really small template. XXX sounds like you relish working with the restrictions, though. Itâ€™s interesting you ask that â€“ whenever Iâ€™m making music, Iâ€™ve found that if I start into any kind of straight techno beat I just canâ€™t finish a song. I always try to do something different structurally, have more going on. Plus, putting a personality out front. Well, thatâ€™s an ego thing. Iâ€™m a Leo. Jimmy Edgarâ€™s XXX is out (not on Warp) right now.
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If New York is a little out of your budget for a last minute break this month, a trip to Galway might be more manageable. And there’s no need to compromise on the cultural front either, even for Matisse fans: the Galway Arts Festival will also be featuring thirty-five of the Frenchman’s prints on their visual art line up this year. Interestingly enough, these are also all taken from a four year period in his life; this time the last four, when the artist was confined to his deathbed. Also on the visual arts bill is Spike Jonze’s I’m Here, a touching 35-minute film about two robots living in L.A., which generated a media buzz when it opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Video Art pioneer Bill Viola and the critically acclaimed Irish artist Alice Maher will also be exhibiting as part of the festival, which runs from the 12th to the 25th of July. www.galwayartsfestival.com
1BTTJPOBOE QPMJUJDT Passion and Politics is an apt name for the Hugh Lane Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition of Sir John Lavery’s works – the man’s life was steeped in these two subjects, whether he knew it or not. His overriding passion for his wife Hazel is evident from his art: his portraits of her are as alluring as they are plentiful and are probably his best known works. Politics, however, was more of a confused issue for the painter. The artist’s career was launched painting portraits of London’s fin-de-siecle High Society. The Belfast-born artist also received both commissions and a knighthood from Queen Victoria, yet at the same time, Lavery was offering his support to Irish troops in the War of Independence. Though this may seem like political hypocrisy to many a staunch Republican, it’s this bizarre conflict of interests and confusion of identity that adds a little intrigue to the works on show; the collection is set to illustrate not only the lives of John and Hazel Lavery, but also the turbulent socio-political backdrop against which they lived. From 15th July. www.hughlane.ie
.PNBUJTTF Visitors to the Big Apple this summer might want to swing by the Museum of Modern Art, where an exhibition showing 120 works by Henri Matisse will be on display from July 18. ‘Matisse: Radical Invention’ focuses on Matisse’s creative output during an intense four-year period of experimentation, between 1913 and 1917: a largely overlooked yet pivotal time in the artist’s career. An increasing severity of forms and darkening of tone characterises the works on display, such as his celebrated Bathers by a River. Traditionally explained by the impact of the First World War, the curators of MoMA will look at this change in direction from a fresh perspective, foregrounding more personal, psychological factors. Coupled with the presentation of new conservational research, the museum’s study of what they describe as his most “demanding, experimental and enigmatic” period aims to alter our perceptions of the legendary artist. www.moma.org
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2VBSF0ME5JNF This summer sees productions by three of our greatest writers’ works being mounted across the city. Rough Magic’s The Importance of Being Earnest recently ran at the Gaiety Theatre while this month marks a return of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and The Stars to the Abbey stage. Ronan Wilmot completes the troika with a staging of Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow at the New Theatre from the 12th of July to the 7th of August. When reviewing Joan Littlewoods’ production of the show in Stratford East the famed theatre critic Kenneth Tynan said “It seems to be Ireland’s function every twenty years or so to provide a playwright who will kick English Drama from the past into the present. Brendan Behan may well fill the place vacated by Sean O’Casey.” How does Wilmott hope to reign in what is, admittedly, a desperately funny play so that we feel its tragedy? “What was it that made it such a lauded controversial piece of work when it was first staged that the world stood up and took notice of a working class playwright from Dublin? It exposed the truth! And any production has to respect this truth to get the full relevance of any of those plays. Of course you have the people pissing themselves but the best productions are the ones that go for the truth of the situation. I worked with the RSC when they were doing, in 1980, a production of Juno and the Paycock to celebrate the centenary of O’Casey’s birth. And that’s what Trevor Nunn went for. The truth of it. That’s when you bring
out the greatness.”
The Quare Fellow By Brendan Behan The New Theatre July 12th-Aug 7th, 8pm Preview: 12th July Tickets: €15, €10 (concs)
Bogboy is about the disappeared. One day the playwright Deirdre Kinahan was out walking in a bog near her house when she came across a bunch of flowers. The flowers were totally incongruous to the flowers one would normally see in a bog, deep browns and greys, so she took a closer look. “And beside these flowers was a photograph” she tells me. “An old 70s Polaroid, of a young man with the fluff of a moustache and a nautical jacket. It started me thinking about who he was and what the photograph was doing here. I connected it to the story of the Disappeared, a group of people who went missing from Belfast and Northern Ireland in the early 1970s, civilians who were lifted because they were suspected of being in someway involved in informing on the IRA.” In 2001 there was an amnesty and the IRA were asked to give up the location of a number of bodies buried around Ireland. It soon became apparent that there had been a young man buried in this bog. She started to write a play that was essentially about the Disappeared and our disconnected relationship with them. Characters include a young girl called Bridget and an auld fella called Hughie Dolan. “Bridget is a young one, on rehabilitation, a former heroin addict placed down in Navan and working in a local cafe. She strikes up a relationship with this local recluse and it’s a very unlikely friendship. They are from totally different cultures, they speak different languages but they connect through a common humanity and a kind of a humor, which brings them together. Bridget has a baby she’s trying to get out of care so she is using Hughie to some degree, but he’s enjoying being used, the fun and newness that she brings to his life.” But all the time you get the sense that he is running from something. Then you discover that the police are digging in the bog near where Hughie lives... Bogboy By Tall Tales Theatre Co & Solstice Arts Centre Theatre Space Upstairs 8pm, 29th June-10th July 2010 Tickets €20/15/12
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Live gigs July Monday 5th â– DJ Shadow Tripod â‚Ź32.50, 7.30pm A shadow of his former self â– Sarah Harmer Academy 2 â‚Ź15, 8pm Harmer Superstar
Whelanâ€™s â‚ŹTBC, 8pm Upstairs
Saturday 10th â– Eddi Reader Draiocht â‚Ź18-22, 8pm Folk singer/songwriter â– Tortoise Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź29, 7.30pm Galapagos-sized post-rock â– Escape Act Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź5, 8pm Upstairs â– Balkanarama The Button Factory â‚Ź15, 9pm A â€˜hot Balkan instrumental orgyâ€™ that encourages the audience to climb furniture â– The Three Tenors National Concert Hall â‚Ź25-35, 8pm With guest Ellen McElroy
Tuesday 6th â– Snoop Dogg Olympia Theatre â‚Ź40-42, 8pm BYOG&J
Wednesday 7th â– Philip Donnelly Whelanâ€™s â‚ŹTBC, 8pm â– Suneva Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź5, 8pm Upstairs â– Zodiac Sessions Bruxelles Free, 9pm Weekly acoustic showcase
Thursday 8th â– Kasper Rosa Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź10, 8pm Friendly ghost
Friday 9th â– Steffi The Button Factory â‚Ź10, 11pm German DJ mixing club music
â– Chris Hillman and Herb
Perdersen Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź31, 8pm Back to yer roots â– Paloma Faith Iveagh Gardens â‚Ź29.50, 6.30pm The singer and former magicianâ€™s assistant returns to Dublin after selling out at Vicar Street in March
Friday 16th â– Tori Amos Iveagh Gardens â‚Ź45, 6.30pm Midsummer graces with the cornflake girl â– Pierce Turner Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź26, 8pm â– The Dead Flags Whelanâ€™s â‚ŹTBC, 8pm Sligo agogo
â– Converge Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź22-25, 7pm The evilest thing to ever come out of Salem
â– Damien Marley and Nas Tripod â‚Ź35.50-39.50, 7.30pm On their Distant Relatives tour, but no sign of discounts or other perks for second cousins.
â– Ray Manzarek and Robby
â– The Pyros Whelanâ€™s â‚ŹTBC, 8pm On fire â– Rory Faithfield Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź10, 8pm Upstairs
Krieger Grand Canal Theatre â‚Ź66.50, 7pm One half of The Doors, replacing Jim Morrison with the Lombard Philharmonic Orchestra â– The Curtain Thieves Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź8, 8pm Upstairs
â– Taylor Hawkins and the
Coattail Riders The Academy â‚Ź25.50, 8pm Coattail rides not included â– Angus and Julia Stone The Button Factory â‚Ź16, 7.30pm The family Stone â– Zodiac Sessions Bruxelles Free, 9pm Weekly acoustic showcase
Thursday 15th â– Aisling Quinn Whelanâ€™s â‚ŹTBC, 8pm Upstairs
â– Universal Funk Orchestra Crawdaddy â‚Ź10, 8pm Featuring songs from the Rolling Stones album Tattoo You
Sunday 18 July â– Sepultura The Academy â‚Ź25, 7pm The Romario of the metal world returns
â‚Ź10, 8pm Hope to get some bodies in.
â‚Ź10, 8pm Bluegrass
â– Junah Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź5, 8pm Upstairs With Special guests Ross Breen and Supermodel Twins
â– Kristin Hersh Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź25, 8pm Alt-rock medusa tours ahead of her forthcoming memoirs
Tuesday 20th â– Cut Copy The Button Factory â‚Ź22.50, 7.30pm Paste.
Wednesday 21st â– Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź6, 8pm Upstairs â– The Deans Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź15, 8pm On a day off college duty
Sunday 25th â– Don McGlashan Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź10-15, 8pm Upstairs
Tuesday 27th â– Family Force 5 Academy 2 â‚Ź15, 7pm Christian crunk, if Lil Jon werenâ€™t Jesus
Thursday 29th â– Jakob Dylan Tripod â‚Ź29.70, 7.30pm One big wallflower â– Bonnie Price Billy and the
Cairo Gang Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź29, 8pm â– These Are Powers Andrews Lane Theatre â‚Ź13, 10pm No, man. THESE are powers.
Friday 30th â– Iron Maiden The O2 â‚Ź59.80, 6.30pm Get yer Eddies ready. â– Michelle Shocked Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź26, 8pm Weâ€™re aghast.
â– Zodiac Sessions Bruxelles Free, 9pm Weekly acoustic showcase
â– Combichrist The Button Factory â‚Ź26, 8pm Scando-aggrotech thatâ€™s probably right up your street.
Thursday 22nd â– Tom Paxton National Concert Hall â‚Ź30-35, 8pm Possibly the last thing on your mind
Saturday 31 July
â– The Coonics Whelanâ€™s â‚ŹTBC, 8pm
â– Rod Stewart The O2 â‚Ź65.70-91.25, 7.30pm More scando-aggrotech. Less impressive.
â– Martha Reeves and the
Sunday 1st Aug
Vandellas The Helix â‚Ź30-35, 8pm The very best singles band of all time, in case you didnâ€™t know.
â– Soulfly The Academy â‚Ź24, 7.30pm A rather Cavelera approach
â– Moon Duo Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź14, 7.30pm Spacers
â– Seb Fontaine The Village â‚Ź10, 10pm Time to jack
â– Jens Lekman Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź17.50, 8pm Pretty child for a man from Angered
â– Adrian Crowley The Button Factory â‚Ź20, 7.30pm The bees. The bees.
â– Josh Ritter and the Royal
â– Hero in Error The Village â‚Ź8, 8pm Villainous.
â– Zodiac Sessions Bruxelles Free, 9pm Weekly acoustic showcase
Iveagh Gardens â‚Ź38, 6.30pm Ritter sport
â– The Shower Scene Crawdaddy â‚Ź10, 2.30pm Fringes out, hearts on sleeves.
â– John Deery & the Heads Whelanâ€™s
â– Tupelo Whelanâ€™s
Wednesday 28th â– Bonnie Price Billy and the
Cairo Gang Whelanâ€™s â‚Ź29, 8pm Teaching an Oldham new tricks
Monday 2nd â– Fear Factory The Academy â‚Ź22, 7pm Wimps, really.
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Clubbing weekly July Mondays â– Upbeat Generation @
Think Tank Think Tank, Temple Bar, D2 Pop, Rock and Soul 11pm â– Hugh Cooney Donâ€™t Like
â– Therapy Club M, Blooms Hotel, D2 Funky House, Râ€˜nâ€™B 11pm, â‚Ź5 â– Lounge Lizards Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Soul music 8pm, Free
Mondays Pygmalion, Sth William St, D2 Cabaret + weekly video showcase of work followed by guest DJs 9pm, Free â– Sound Mondays The Turkâ€™s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Indie, Rock, Garage and Post Punk 11pm, Free
â– Dolly Does Dragon, The Dragon, South Georges St, D2 Cocktails, Candy and Classic Tunes 10pm, Free â– Oldies but Goldies Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 Blooming Good Tunes 11pm, Free â– Austin Carter + Company
â– Island Culture South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Caribbean cocktail party Free â– Dice Sessions The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 DJ Alley Free â– King Kong Club The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 Musical game show 9pm, Free â– Soap Marathon Monday/
Mashed Up Monday The George, Sth. Great Georges St, D2 Chill out with a bowl of mash and catch up with all the soaps 6.30pm, Free â– The Industry Night Break for the Border, 2 Johnstons Place, Lr Stephens Street, D2 Pool competition, Karaoke & DJ 8pm â– Make and Do-Do with
Panti Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel Street, D1 Gay arts and crafts night 10pm â– DJ Ken Halford Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Indie, Rock 10pm
B + DJ Dexy Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 9pm â€“ 1.30am â– DJ Darren C Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 11pm Chart, pop, and dance with a twist
Tuesdays â– C U Next Tuesday Crawdaddy, Old Harcourt St Station, D2 A mix every type of genre guaranteed to keep you dancing until the wee small hours. 11pm, â‚Ź5 â– True Stories The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 House, techno, hip-hop, B-more and loads more at the Shaw 8:30pm, Free â– Taste Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Lady Jane with soul classics and more 8pm, Free â– Rap Ireland The Pint, 28 Eden Quay, D1 A showcase of electro and hip hop beats 9pm, Free
â– Euro Saver Mondays Twentyone Club and Lounge, Dâ€™Olier St, D2 DJ Al Redmond 11pm, â‚Ź1 with flyer
â– Groovilisation South William, Sth. William St. D2 8pm, Free DJs Izem, Marina Diniz & Lex Woo
â– Recess Ruaille Buaille, South King St, D2 Student night 11pm, â‚Ź8/6
â– Tarantula Tuesdays The Turkâ€™s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D2 Disco, House, Breaks
11pm â– Sugarfree Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 Soul, Ska, Indie, Disco, Reggae 11pm, Free â– Le Nouveau Wasteland The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Laid back French Hip Hop and Groove Free â– Star DJs Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 Disco, House, Râ€™nâ€™B 9pm â– Juicy Beats The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 Indie, Rock, Classic Pop, Electro 10.30pm, Free â– Jezabelle The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Live Classic Rock 7pm, Free before 11pm â– 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 â– Glitz Break for the Border, Lwr Stephens Street, D2 Gay club night with Annie, Davina and DJ Fluffy 11pm â– Trashed Andrews Lane Theatre, Andrews Lane, D2 Indie and Electro 10.30pm, â‚Ź5 â– DJ Stephen James Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Indie 10pm â– Funky Sourz Club M, Temple Bar, D2 DJ Andy Preston (FM104) 11pm, â‚Ź5 â– Hed-Dandi Dandelion, St. Stephens Green West, D2 DJs Dave McGuire & Steve O â– Takeover Twentyone Club and Lounge, Dâ€™Olier St, D2 Electro, Techno 11pm, â‚Ź5 â– John Fitz + The K9s + DJ
Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 9 â€“ 1.30am â– DJ Keith P Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 11pm Classic hits & party pop
Wednesdays â– Songs of Praise The Village, 26 Wexford St., D2 The cityâ€™s rock and roll karaoke institution enters its fifth year. 9pm, Free â– Dublin Beat Club Sin Ă¨ Bar, 14 Upr Ormond Quay, D Showcase live music night 8pm, Free â– Galactic Beat Club The Turkâ€™s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Disco, Boogie, House, Funk and Balearic 11pm, Free â– Blasphemy Spy, Powerscourt Town Centre, South William St, D2 Upstairs Indie and pop, downstairs Electro 11pm, â‚Ź5 â– Beatdown Disco South William, Sth. William St. D2 Stylus DJs Peter Cosgrove & Michael McKenna - disco, soul, house 8pm, Free â– Wild Wednesdays Twentyone Club and Lounge, Dâ€™Olier St, D2 Frat Party â‚Ź5 entry, first drink free â– Shaker The Academy, Middle Abbey St, D2 11pm, â‚Ź8/6 â– A Twisted Disco Ri-Ra, Dame Crt, D1 80s, Indie, and Electro 11pm, Free
â– Gaff Party Wax, Powerscourt Centre, South William St, D2 Electro/Tech House Party 11pm
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â– Jam Think Tank, Temple Bar, D1 Student night 10:30pm, Free
â– 1957 The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Blues, Ska Free
â– Sounds@Solas Solas, Wexford St, D2 9pm-1am, Free â– Soul @ Solas Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Mr Razor plays the best in Soulful beats and beyond. International guests too! 8pm, Free
â– Soup Bitchinâ€™ Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Gay student night â– The Song Room The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 Live music 8.30pm, Free
â– Extra Club M, Blooms Hotel, D2 Kick start the weekend with a little extra 11pm, â‚Ź5, Free with flyer
â– First Taste Crawdaddy, Old Harcourt St Station, D 2 A new weekly party playing all new and advance music in The Lobby Bar 7pm, Free
â– Sidetracked Crawdaddy, Old Harcourt St Station, D2 Indie, Disco, Loungey House 8pm, Free
â– Unplugged @ The Purty The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Live acoustic set with Gavin Edwards 7pm, Free before 11pm
â– Off the Charts Twentyone Club and Lounge, Dâ€™Olier St, D2 R&B with Frank Jez and DJ Ahmed 11pm, â‚Ź5
â– Space â€˜Nâ€™ Veda The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Performance and dance. Retro 50s, 60s, 70s 9pm, Free before 10pm, after 10pm â‚Ź8/â‚Ź4 with student ID
â– Tea-Time Thursdays Howl at the Moon, 7 Lower Mount St, D2 Complimentary Captain Morganâ€™s and BBQ. Karaoke with Cormac and Stevo 9pm
â– DJ Alan Healy Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm
â– Muzik The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 Up-Beat Indie, New Wave, Bouncy Electro 11pm
â– Mud The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 Bass, Dubstep, Dancehall 11pm, â‚Ź10 (varies if guest)
â– Noize Andrews Lane Theatre, Andrews Lane, D2 Student night with live bands, Indie and Electro 9.30pm, â‚Ź5 or â‚Ź8 for two people with flyer
â– Sexy Salsa Dandelion CafĂŠ Bar Club, St. Stephens Green West, D2 Latin, Salsa 8pm, Free
â– Thursdays @ CafĂŠ En Seine CafĂŠ En Seine, 39 Dawson St., D2 DJs and dancing until 2.30am. Cocktail promotions. 8pm, Free
â– Rob Reid + EZ Singles + â– Synergy Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 All kinds of eclectic beats for midweek shenanigans 8pm, Free
â– Dean Sherry Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 Underground House, Techno, Funk 9pm
DJ Karen G Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 9pm â€“ 1.30am DJ Darren C â– DJ Darren C Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Chart, pop & dance with a twist Free, 11pm
â– Guateque Party Bia Bar, 28-30 Lwr Stephens St, D2 Domingo Sanchez and friends play an eclectic mix 8.30pm
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■ The LITTLE Big Party Ri-Ra, Dame Crt, D1 Indie music night with DJ Brendan Conroy 11pm, Free ■ Mr. Jones & Salt The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, D2 House, Electro, Bassline 11pm, €8/5
Free, 11pm ■ Eamonn Barrett 4 Dame Lane, D2 Electro Indie Free, 10pm
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
■ Alternative Grunge Night Peader Kearney’s, 64 Dame St, D2 Alternative grunge 11pm, €5/3
■ Global Zoo Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Groovalizacion bringing their infectious and tropical selection including Cumbia, Samba, Dub, Reggae, Balkan, Latin and Oriental Sound 9pm, Free
■ Krash Spy, Powerscourt Centre, Sth William St, D2 Pop/80s/Disco/Hip Hop 7pm, Free before 11pm, €5 after
■ DJ Jim Kenny Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm
■ Afrobass South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Dub, Ska, Afrobeat 9pm, Free
■ Monkey Tennis Thomas House, 86 Thomas St, D8 Live DJ 9pm, Free
■ The Beauty Spot Dakota Bar, 8 South William Street, Dublin 2. A new night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation and sponsored by Smirnoff. 7pm, Free
■ Foreplay Friday The Academy, Middle Abbey St, D2 R ‘n’ B, Hip Hop, Garage 10.30pm, €10 after 11pm
■ Eamonn Sweeney The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 10pm ■ Jason Mackay Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 Dance, R’n’B, House 9pm ■ Fromage The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Motown Soul, Rock Free ■ Control/Delete Andrews Lane Theatre, Andrews Lane, D2 Indie and Electro 11pm, €3/4 ■ Davina’s House Party The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Drinks Promos, Killer Tunes and Hardcore Glamour 9pm, Free before 11pm, €4 with flyer ■ After Work Party The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Live Rock with Totally Wired. 6pm, Free before 11pm
■ The Odeon Movie Club The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Classic Movies on the Big Screen at 8pm. Full waiter service and cocktails from €5. June - Dark Comedy. 8pm, Free
Fridays ■ SUPAFAST The Good Bits, Store St., D1 House, techno, and electro 11pm, €5/€8 ■ Housemusicweekends Pygmalion, Sth. William St., D2 House music magnet with special guests each week 12pm, Free ■ T.P.I. Fridays Pygmalion, South William St, D2 Pyg residents Beanstalk, Larry David Jr. + guests play an eclectic warm-up leading up to a guest house set every week. 9pm, 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.
■ Hustle The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Dance floor Disco, Funk and favourites. All Cocktails €5/. Pints, Shorts & Shots €4 10pm, Free
■ The Panti Show Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Gay cabaret. 10pm
■ Friday Hi-Fi Alchemy, 12-14 Fleet St, D2 Rock, Funky House and Disco 10.30pm
■ Mofo + One By One + DJ
■ Disco Not Disco Shine Bar, 40 Wexford St, D2 Disco, house, funk & soul 9.30pm
Jenny T Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 9pm – 1.30am ■ The Bionic Rats The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Dance, Jump and Skii to Reggae and Ska Free, 10pm ■ DJ Dexy Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Energetic blend of dancefloor fillers
■ Fridays @ The Turk’s Head The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Live guest bands and DJs 11pm, Free ■ Rotate Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Oliver T Cunningham mixes it up for the weekend! 8pm, Free ■ Friday Tea-Time Club
■ Cosmopolitan Club M, Anglesea St, Temple Bar, D1 Chart, Dance, R&B 11pm, €9 with flyer
St, D2 Funk, Soul, Timeless Classics ■ Panticlub Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 DJ Paddy Scahill Free before 11pm, €5 with flyer, €8 without ■ Music with Words Pravda, Lwr. Liffey St, D1 Indie, Ska, Soul, Electro 9.30pm, Free ■ Processed Beats Searsons, 42-44 Baggot St. Upper, D4 Indie, Rock, Electro 9pm, Free ■ The Bodega Social Bodega Club, Pavilion Centre, Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Soul and Disco with Eamonn Barrett 11pm, €10 (ladies free before midnight)
■ Basement Traxx Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Freestyle club with DJ’s Half Dutch and Dejackulate spinning funk breaks, hip hop, ska, reggae and party nuggets 10pm, Free ■ Let’s Make Party The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 With DJ Mikki Dee 10pm, Free ■ DJ Barry Dunne Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm
■ Hells Kitchen The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Funk and Soul classics Free
■ Al Redmond Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 R’n’B, House, Chart 9pm ■ Fridays @ V1 The Vaults, Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, D1 Progressive Tribal, Techno and Trance 10pm, €5 before 11pm, €10 after ■ Sticky Disco The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 A gay techno electro disco in the club and indie, rock, pop, mash and gravy in the main room 10pm, Free before 11pm, €7 after ■ Sub Zero Transformer (below The Oak), Parliment St, D2 Indie, Rock, Mod 11pm, Free ■ Stephens Street Social Club Bia Bar, 28/30 Lwr Stephens
■ Dizzy Disko, Andrews Lane Theatre, Andrews Lane, D2 11pm, €10 ■ KISS Twentyone Club and Lounge, D’Olier St, D2 Keep It Sexy Saturdays with DJ Robbie Dunbar 10pm, Free before 11pm, €8 after ■ Saturday with Resident DJ Club M, Blooms Hotel, D2 Chart, Dance and R&B 10:30PM, €15/€12 with flyer
■ Saturdays @ Café En Seine Café En Seine, 39 Dawson St, D2 DJs and dancing until 2.30pm. Cocktail promotions 10pm, Free
■ Ri-Ra Guest Night Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 International and home-grown DJ talent 11pm, €10 from 11.30pm
■ War Spy, Powerscourt Centre, Sth William St, D2 Indie, Electro and Pop 10pm, Free before 11pm, €7/€10
■ The Matinee Brunch Club The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Super family friendly brunch club. Kids movies on the big screen at 3PM. 12pm – 6pm, Free
■ Viva! Saturdays The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Retro club with house, electro and 80s 11pm, free
■ Friday Night Globe DJ The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 DJ Eamonn Barrett plays an eclectic mix 11pm, Free
■ Late Night Fridays The Sugar Club, 8 Lwr. Leeson St, D2 Residents include The Burlesque and Cabaret Social Club & Choice Cuts 11pm
Music with words for your dancing pleasure with an alternative 80s feel. 10pm, Free
4 Dame Lane, D2 Rock n Roll with Rory Montae in the bar while Aoife Nicanna and Marina play House and Latino Breaks and Beats in the club 10pm, Free
■ Guest band + DJ KK and
DJ Keith P Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 New live band plays every Saturday night 8pm, Free
■ Scribble The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Funk, House, Dubstep, Hip Hop 8pm, Free ■ Room Service Feile, Wexford St., D2 Latin, Funk, Disco, uplifting Choons and Classics 9pm, Free ■ Frat Fridays Twentyone Club and Lounge, D’Olier St, D2 Student night with drinks promos and DJ Karen 10pm ■ John Fitz + The K9s + DJ
Darren C and DJ Mick B Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 8pm – 2.30am ■ DJ Ronan M and DJ Ross Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Funky Friday and music mayhem Free, 11pm ■ Green Sunrise The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Funky club house, Elektronika and Disco with some guilty pleasures Free ■ Fridays @ 4 Dame Lane
Saturdays ■ Shindig Shebeen Chic, Georges St, D2 Each and every Saturday you’ll find the Shindig Crew rocking Shebeen Chic’s quirky Bar with an eclectic mix of music to move to. Free, 8pm ■ Propaganda The Academy, Middle Abbey St. D2 British indie disco conglomerate 11pm, €5 ■ Solar The Bull and Castle, 5 Lord Edward St., D2 Soul, Funk, Disco 11pm, Free ■ Squeeze Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St., D2 Aidan Kelly does his thing. Expect the unexpected. 8pm, Free ■ A Jam Named Saturday Anseo, Camden St., D2 DJs Lex Woo, Mr. Whippy, Matjazz, Warm DJ & friends. Jazz, disco, breaks, latin, hip-hop, house, afrobeat, funk, breakbeat, soul, reggae, brazilian, jungle. 7pm, Free ■ Strictly Handbag The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2
■ DJ Dexy and DJ Aido Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Dublin’s biggest party night 11pm, Free ■ Saturdays @ Break for the
Border Lower Stephen’s St, D2 Current chart favourites from DJ Eric Dunne and DJ Mark McGreer. 1pm, Free ■ Transmission The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 Indie and dance with international guests 11pm, varies ■ Pogo The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 House, Funk, Techno 11pm, €10 (varies if guest) ■ Pentagon POD and Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Access all areas at the Pod complex with local residents and special guest DJ slots over five rooms 11pm, €12 ■ Gossip Spy, Powerscourt Centre, Sth William St, D2 80s, Disco, Hip Hop, House Free before 11pm, €10 after
■ Flirt Alchemy, 12-14 Fleet St, D2 Sultry, Funky and Sexy Beat alongside Chart Hits 10.30pm
■ The Promised Land The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Soul, Funk, Disco Free
■ The Weird Scientist Eamonn Doran’s, 3a Crown Alley, Temple Bar, D2 11pm, €8/5
■ Saturdays @ V1 The Vaults, Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, D1 R ‘n’ B, Soul and Hip Hop with regular guest DJs
■ Laundry Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Bumpin House, Techno, Disco, Nu Disco 10pm, Free ■ Sugar Club Saturdays The Sugar Club, 8 Lwr. Leeson St, D2 Salsa, Swing, Ska, Latin 11pm, €15 ■ Reloaded The Academy, Middle Abbey St, D2 Commercial Electro 10:30pm, €5 before 12, €8 after ■ 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 with DJ’s Glen and Gary from Beatfinder Records 11pm, Free ■ Irish Reggae Dance Peader Kearney’s, 64 Dame St, D2 Reggae 10pm, €5
■ 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 ■ Strictly Handbag Bodega Club, Pavilion Centre, Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin 80s with DJ Mark Kelly 10pm, €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, 28/30 Lwr Stephens St, D2 Old School Hip Hop, Funk 45s, Reggae
8pm, Free ■ Saturday @ The Village The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 Pete Pamf, Morgan, Dave Redsetta & Special Guests 11pm ■ Whigfield Pygmalion, Sth. William St., D2 House and techno til late, with special guests each week 10pm, Free ■ DJ Karen @ The Dragon The Dragon, Sth Great Georges St, D2 House music 10pm ■ Beauty Spot Karaoke The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Karaoke and DJ Miguel Gonzelez playing super sexy Spanish House. 9pm, Free before 10pm, €10 after ■ Basement Club Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Pop and Electro ■ Saturday @ The Wright
Venue The Wright Venue, South Quarter, Airside Business Park, Swords, Co Dublin Rock, Pop, Hip-hop, Dance 10pm ■ Punch The Good Bits Indie/Disco in one room and Techno/House and Electro in the main room 11pm, €2 between 11-11:30 ■ Saturdays @ 4 Dame Lane 4 Dame Lane, D2
Goldy mixes beats/breaks/ hip hop and funk in the bar and Gaviscon plays everything under the sun in the club 10pm, Free ■ Eardrum Buzz Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 House party vibes with Thatboytim playing mix of dance floor classics with of hip hop, reggae, ska, rock, electro and teenage memories. 10pm, Free ■ DJ Stephen James Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm
Sundays ■ Ear Candy Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Disco tunes and Funk Classics to finish the weekend. 8pm, Free
Classes from 6pm, club from 8pm - late, Free
Temple Bar 8.30pm, Free
■ Dancehall Styles The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 International dance hall style 11pm, €5
■ Elbow Room South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Jazz, Soul, Disc & Latin 8pm, Free
■ The Workers Party Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 With DJ Ilk 9pm
■ Alan Keegan + One By
■ Father Vincent Half-Price Pygmalion, Sth. William St., D2 Half-price drinks and guest DJs All day, Free/€5 after 6pm ■ 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 show 9pm, Free before 11pm
■ The Matinee Brunch Club The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Super family friendly brunch club. Kids movies on the big screen 3PM. 12pm – 6pm, Free
■ 12 Sundays The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Funk, Disco, House 6pm – 12am, Free
■ Sundown Bia Bar, Lwr. Stephen’s St., D2 Chill-out house, funk, electronics and acoustic 10pm, Free
■ DJ Karen The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Pop Commercial and Funky House Free before 11pm, €5 with flyer, €8 without
■ The Latin Beat The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Learn to dance Salsa & Samba from some of the best instructors in Ireland.
■ The George Bingo with
Shirley Temple Bar The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Bingo & Cabaret with Shirley
One + DJ Darren C Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 9pm, Free ■ M.A.S.S (music/arts/sights/
sounds) Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Power FM curates a night of sights & sounds with Dublin based Arts collective Tinderbox providing visuals and Power FM’s DJ’s playing Soul to Rock n Roll to Punk 7pm, Free ■ Get Over Your Weekend Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Lounge around with Penny the Hound. All drinks half plrice all day. 1pm, Free ■ DJ Paul Manning Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm ■ Sunday Roast The Globe, Georges St, D2 9pm, Free ■ Magnificent 7’s 4 Dame Lane, D2 The Ultimate Single’s Night Free, 7pm
Clubbing once-offs July Friday 2nd ■ Martelo The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 Glasgow-born London chap brings his high tempo 11pm, €10/8 ■ Format B POD, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 German brace Format B peddle their brand of jacking tech house. 11pm, €TBC ■ Afrobass The South William, 52 South William Street Afrobeat, jungle, dancehall, dubstep and funky, featuring Lex Woo, MC Little Tree & MC Leroy Culture 9pm, Free ■ Sexual Chocolate The South William basement, 52 South William Street Discrete and James M with guests. 9pm, Free
Saturday 3th ■ Fever The South William basement, 52 South William Street Billy Scurry and monthly guests 9pm, Free ■ Jimmy Edgar The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle
Abbey Street, D2 A man of many guises, Warp affiliated Jimmy Edgar is one in a long line of incredible musicians from Detroit. His innovative and always fresh take on electronic music makes him a must see. 11pm €12/15 ■ Subhead & Fran + Sunil The Underground @ Kennedy’s, 31-32 Westland Row, D2 Tresor resident Subhead brings his relentless, banging beats to the Kennedy’s basement. Local legends Fran Hartnett & Sunil Sharpe debut their live collaboration on warm up duty. Kennedy’s 11pm, €TBC
Monday 5th ■ DJ Shadow Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Shadow has been following a different path in recent times. His presence on the latest ProEvo soundtrack is a worrying. 7.30pm, €32.50
Friday 9th ■ Kode 9 The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, D2 As well as his own productions, the godfather of Hyperdub
is undoubtedly a tastemaker. Expect a bass heavy onslaught of amazing records. 11pm, €8/10 ■ Steffi The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 Few could argue Steffi’s skill behind turntables. The sublime Panorama Bar resident knocks out top-drawer deep, dubby house. 11pm, €10 ■ Family The South William, 52 South William Street DJ Dave Salacious and friends play disco and house. 9pm Free ■ Red The South William basement, 52 South William Street David De Valera and friends play tech house. 9pm, Free
Saturday 10th ■ Sabado! The South William, 52 South William Street Voodoo Frank and Lex Woo 9pm, Free
and Coki The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St., D2 Insert Dubai / Hash related joke here. Drum and Bass elder statesman Grooverider is joined in the Twisted Pepper by Coki of Digital Mystikz fame. Twisted Pepper 11pm, €8/10 ■ Climaxxx The South William, 52 South William Street Chewy and co play all sorts. 9pm, Free ■ Drum Beats The South William basement, 52 South William Street DJ Keith O’Reilly and Bongo Jason 9pm, Free
Saturday 17th ■ Foamo The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 Electro-house’s new kid on the block rolls in to town for Transmission. 11pm, €10/7 ■ Go4it! The South William, 52 South William Street 4-deck beat jam. DJs Matjazz & Jazzbin play hip-hop, breakbeat, jungle & jazz. 9pm, Free
■ Sibin present Grooverider
■ Kyle Hall & Troy Pierce The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St., D2 Precocious Detroit deep house producer Kyle Hall makes his Irish debut in the basement. Straight from the corn fields of Indiana, minus stable member Troy Pierce rocks the stage room.
■ Zombie Circus The South William, 52 South William Street Live electronic acts, guest DJs and ‘Plug Artists’ residents 9pm, Free ■ Bizaro 2.0 The South William basement, 52 South William Street DJ Fassman and guests 9pm, Free
■ Best Foot Forward The South William, 52 South William Street Choice Cuts’ DJ Rizm hooks up with Colm K to play hip-hop, afrobeat, funk, disco & house. 9pm, Free
Saturday 31st ■ Lunar Disko 4th Birthday:
Marco Passarani & Rude 66 (live)
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, D2 A mouth-watering doubleheader to celebrate Lunar Disko’s fourth birthday; Nature Records boss Marco Passarani and electro legend Rude 66 ring in the occasion. 10pm, €TBC
■ Sicknote The Village, 26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 Live acts and Djs playing everything from hip hop to house. Come and get greedy. 8pm Free
■ Lex Woo The South William, 52 South William Street Afronova DJ set. Electropical Soundclash 9pm, Free
Friday 30th ■ Soundstream The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 The elusive German producer slides into the Button Factory with a bag of chugging discoid house.
■ Discorotique The South William basement, 52 South William Street Djs Mark Kelly and Kelly-Anne 9pm, Free
Theatre July ■ Bookworms The Abbey Theatre By Bernard Farrell World Premiere Skeletons leap from suburban closets in Bookworms, Bernard Farrell’s hilarious and razorsharp vision of a household savaged by the Celtic Tiger. Opinions are challenged, suspicions aroused and tempers flare as their daily lives unravel into a saga to rival even the most outrageous fiction. 2pm, 7:30pm, €13-€28 22nd May – 10th July ■ The Plough & the Stars The Abbey Theatre By Sean O’Casey Now regarded as a masterpiece, The Plough and the Stars is one of the plays most closely associated with the Abbey Theatre. Set in a tenement house, against the backdrop of the Easter Rising in 1916, The Plough and the Stars is both an intimate play about the lives of ordinary people and an epic play about ideals and the birth of our nation. 2pm, 7:30pm, €15-€33 27th July – 25th September ■ Outsiders The Abbey Theatre By David McWilliams While others cheered the boom, only one economist accurately
predicted the collapse and mess we find ourselves in. He told you the truth then; he’s telling you the truth now. Leading economist and commentator David McWilliams takes to the stage in Outsiders. In an event – which is part stand up, part discussion, part social observation – David explains how we got here and why we shouldn’t despair because there is a way out. Join the man who believes Ireland’s political and social divide is not so much about rich and poor, young and old, urban and rural, but about insiders and outsiders. 2:30pm, 8pm, €15-€22 9th June – 3rd July ■ Arcadia The Gate Theatre By Tom Stoppard Arcadia, Tom Stoppard’s undisputed masterpiece, is a dazzling and comic tale of misunderstanding and quest for knowledge, reverberating across centuries. In a stately home in Derbyshire in the early 19th century, Thomasina, a gifted pupil, proposes a startling theory beyond her understanding. Around her, the adults, including her tutor Septimus, are preoccupied with secret desires, illicit passions and professional rivalries.Two hundred years later, academic rivals Hannah and Bernard, are
piecing together puzzling clues, curiously recalling these earlier events, in their quest for an increasingly elusive truth. However, the closer they get, the less comprehensible it is. 2:30pm, 8pm, €15 - €35 20th May – 3rd July ■ Death of a Salesman The Gate Theatre By Arthur Miller Veteran salesman, Willy Loman, has always gotten along ‘riding on a smile and a shoeshine’, but recently seems to have lost his golden touch. Haunted by missed opportunities and a troubled past, his life begins to unravel as he starts to lose faith in the two things he believes in: his family and his dreams. Directed by renowned American director David Esbjornson and featureing a stellar cast including international stage and screen star Harris Yulin (Scarface, Clear and Present Danger, Training Day) as Willy Loman. 3pm, 7:30pm, €15-€35 15th July – 4th September ■ Riverdance The Gaiety Theatre By Bill Whelan The legendary Riverdance returns to the Gaiety Theatre for its 7th summer season marking the 15th anniversary of the show described by the
Hollywood Reporter as ‘the sort of spectacle and experience that comes along once in a lifetime.’. Experienced by over 22 million people worldwide across four continents and boasting a worldwide television audience in excess of two billion people - Riverdance is a truly global phenomenon. 3pm, 8pm, €10-€55 23rd June – 28th August ■ When Harry Met Sally Grand Canal Theatre By Michael Gyngell When Harry Met Sally spans a dozen years - the hilarious tale of two New Yorkers and the friendship that develops between them as they date (other people rather than one another!) and share the trials and tribulations of relationships. Warm and wonderfully witty with all the wisecracking sassiness you’d expect, this irresistible comedy has been faithfully adapted from the much-loved Academy Award winning film. The play features music by Ben Cullum and his brother, the jazz sensation, Jamie Cullum. 7:30pm, €20-€39.50 28th June – 3rd July ■ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Grand Canal Theatre By Ian Fleming With a cast and crew of over 100 (including 10 dogs),
sensational sets, a full orchestra and stunning special effects this action-packed adventure is the story of the magical car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, and his two children Jemima and Jeremy alongside Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts, all try and outwit the dastardly Baron and the evil Child Catcher. 7:30pm, €25-55 21st July – 14th August ■ Bogboy Project Arts Centre By Tall Tales Theatre Company When young heroin addict, Brigit leaves Dublin for rehabilitation in the country she strikes up a surprising and unexpected friendship. Her unlikely companion, reclusive middle-aged farmer Hughie, has lived hidden away from the prying eyes of the outside world for many years. As their friendship grows Hughie’s gentle soul and unconditional kindness show Brigit that there could be a brighter future ahead for her – but is it all too good to be true? 8pm, €20/15/12 29th June – 10th July ■ Never Is An Awfully Long ■ Time Project Arts Centre By Gaiety School of Acting, Youth Theatre Company We all grew up with storybooks
full of happily ever afters and handsome princes waiting to save you, but real life isn’t a fairytale and who says we need to be saved anyway. Meet Wendy, Alice and Dorothy, three girls on the cusp of becoming women set free from the world of fairytales and let loose in modern day Ireland, with brains, a heart and the courage to take control and move forward on their own. Follow them over the rainbow, down the rabbit hole and fly away with them to Neverneverland – you never know what might happen. 8:15pm, €12/10 29th June – 3rd July ■ Oedipus The King Project Arts Centre The city of Thebes is damned; stricken by plague, its women are barren and its crops failing. Among them is a man with a curse and only his banishment can return the city to its former glory. As King Oedipus embarks on a search for the man at the centre of the city’s fate, he begins to uncover the truth behind his own past - a revelation that will change the course of his life forever. 8:15pm, €20/16 19th – 31st July ■ The Colleen Bawn
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Project Arts Centre When Hardress Cregan’s family falls on hard times, only his marriage to a wealthy heiress, Anne Chute, can save them from ruin. But there’s a snag - Hardress is already secretly married to the beautiful, and not so wealthy, Eily O’Connor; and Anne is in love with someone else, Hardress’ best friend Kyrle. Will love win over money? Will a murderous plot succeed? And can they all live happily ever after? 8pm, €12-22 21st July – 4th September
■ The Tinker’s Curse Mill Theatre Universally acclaimed, this is a sad, funny story of one man’s broken heart. A traveller climbs Croagh Patrick to reflect on the tragedies of his life. 8pm, €17/15 15th – 16th July ■ Love Letters Mill Theatre By A.R. Gurney A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters chronicles the relationship
between Andy and Melissa solely through their correspondence. The play tells the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd and Melissa Gardner, whose poignantly funny friendship and ill-fated romance takes them from second grade through adolescence, maturity, and into middle age. Their words are both hysterical and moving and as the play unfolds the audience comes to know both of them intimately - from their strict WASP upbringing, through later life political aspirations, love affairs, military service and
artistic ambitions. 8pm, €17/15 22nd -24th July ■ The 39 Steps Olympia Theatre By Alfred Hitchcock This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff upper lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, doublecrossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women. A cast of 4 fearless ac-
tors plays over 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action. 8pm, €31.20 25th June – 5th July ■ The Quare Fellow The New Theatre By Brendan Behan 56 years after its first performance in the 50 seater Pike Theatre, The New Theatre: Dublin (66 seater) will honour the spirit of Brendan Behan, Alan Simpson and Carolyn Swift (founders of The Pike)
by once again staging a huge theatrical work in a small intimate space. The play is set in Mountjoy Jail on the day and night before the unnamed Quare Fellow is to be hanged for murdering his brother. Brendan Behan had spent time in the same jail for his IRA activities. 8pm, €15/10 12th July – 7th August
Visual Art July The Back Loft 7-11 Augustine Street, D2
■ The Thing That Bruises
You: PhotoIreland Festival ‘The Thing That Bruises You’ presents a salon style exhibition of works by a selection of recent photography graduates from across the island. Representing a broad range of innovative techniques, styles, and photographic practices, the exhibition promises to exhilarate, inspire and provoke. Works are mapped out floor to ceiling, wall to wall, representing a lavish visual survey of contemporary views and concepts undertaken by graduates in recent years. This exhibition attempts to address the vexed nature of being a graduate in the current climate, where the quest for gallery space, opportunities and recognition in the field are enduring issues. The wall space acts as a metaphor reflecting these concerns. July 3 - 11
10 Marino Mart, Fairview, D3 ■ Summer Exhibition June 14 - August 30
Chester Beatty Library
Beatty Library from 7 May - 18 July. This multimedia exhibition is produced and supported by FOMACS (Forum on Migration and Communications) in collaboration with photographer/ oral historian, Dr Glenn Jordan, and researcher, Satwinder Singh. May 7 - July 18
Cross Gallery 59 Francis Street, D8
Cristina Bunello Persona is an Italian word that comes from the Latin, meaning a kind of mask or a character played by an actor. Cristina’s work to date has been of the human face and the possible interpretations of that image by the viewer. These small works are not designed to be viewed as portraits. The source material comes from photographs of real people taken by the artist but the process then becomes blurred when props such as sunglasses, a hat or an article of clothing are added to that image as if dressing a mannequin. The integral part of Cristina’s work lies in the difference between her paintings and portraiture. June 14 – July 10 Summer Show July 7 - September 4
Douglas Hyde Gallery Trinity College, D2
2 Palace Street, Dublin Castle, D2 ■ Dana Schultz / Eugene von ■ Muraqqa Named by The Art Newspaper as one of the top ten Asian exhibitions worldwide for 2008 and back home after a four-venue tour of America, this is a stunning, not-to-be-missed exhibition of paintings from the land of the Taj Mahal. The Library holds one of the finest collections of Indian Mughal paintings in existence, and this exhibition is a rare opportunity to see many of the best of those works. The exhibition focuses on a group of six albums (muraqqa‘s) compiled in India between about 1600 and 1658 for the Mughal emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal). Each album folio originally consisted of a painting on one side and a panel of calligraphy on the other, all set within beautifully illuminated borders. Many of the paintings are exquisitely rendered portraits of emperors, princes and courtiers—all dressed in the finest textiles and jewels—but there are also images of court life, and of Sufis, saints, and animals. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated, multiple awardwinning catalogue. June 25 - October 3 ■ A Sikh Face in Ireland Photographic and life history project, A Sikh Face in Ireland, will be on view at the Chester
by Magnhild Opdol This new series of work is an investigation into the nature of death and the emotions that it reveals. Everything has its’ time, after death all that remains is documentation or the memory of the person, the place or object. But even if the imagery has dark elements, the beauty of them becomes more evident. June 4 - August 28
Goethe-Institut 37 Merrion Square, D2
■ Six Works by Daniel
Gustav Cramer The exhibition will show recent works that circle around a letter written to a friend. The works range from photographs to small text pieces, artist publications to videos. In the letter Daniel Gustav Cramer describes his own incapability to understand the transformation between things alive to those vanished for good. He questions the difference between the experience of a present moment in relation to memory, and ultimately, the loss of it. This doubt returns in all works shown in this exhibition, which seem to reverberate between intimate moments and universal experiences. May 13 - July 9
Gormley’s Fine Art 24 South Fredrick Street, D2
Bruenchenhein Upon seeing a work by Dana Schutz, you’re likely to wonder, “How did she imagine that, much less paint it?” Her grotesque and often humorous scenarios have elements of sci-fi and apocalyptic survivalism, but they’re also about the challenge of finding novel approaches to the figure. Her first solo show in Chelsea chronicled the adventures of a fictional last man on earth named Frank. Since then she’s depicted people cannibalizing their own bodies, scientists using sharks to cure the plague, and the founding fathers convening in a watery, psychedelic meeting hall. July 16 - September 15
■ Summer Show Gormleys Fine Art will launch their Summer Show in their Belfast Gallery on the 19th of June with new works by Jonathan Aiken, Eileen Meagher, Michael Smyth and emerging young artists Ian Pollock , Ian Cumberland, Frances McCrory and many more. The following week the 26th of June will see the launch of the Summer Show in the Dublin Gallery on South Frederick Street, with much more from their eclectic mix of artists. June 26 - July 18
■ Gallery Invited Artists:
The Blanchardstown Centre, D15
Hillsboro Fine Art Gallery 1 Parnell Square East, D1
Annual Summer Exhibition July 1-24
■ The Great Ark and Other
Stories by Michael McSwiney
■ Phil Kelly: Selected
Michael McSwiney portrays a world of abandoned, often threatening panoramas of land and sea. A sense of elusiveness is central to these mood-orientated images, where through alienating colours and strong atmospheric effects, these paintings portray an unnerving picture of nature. June 4 - August 28
Paintings, Ireland and Mexico July 29 - August 21
Hugh Lane Gallery
Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, D1 ■ The Golden Bough: Niamh
McCann ■ Three Birds and a Rabbit
The collective memory and its
bearing on the construction of visual historical narratives are at the fore of the Niamh Mc Cann’s project Tiltshift. If collective consciousness relies on the traces of memory, the designation of an image as significant becomes a political act, leading to the preservation of knowledge and the shaping of our cultural memory. It also creates a unitary fiction of what is valued and preserved. McCann’s splicing of iconic imagery from the cold war period for Tiltshift, calls into question how we construct our current understanding of both the social and the political. The presented exhibition space fragments motifs of the urban and the natural elements to create a hybrid cultural landscape where both the natural and the urbane co-exist. April 30 - July 18 ■ Sir John Lavery: Passion
and Politics John Lavery was one of the original supporters of Dublin’s Gallery of Modern Art when it was established by Hugh Lane in 1908. Lavery again donated a substantial number of works to the Gallery when his Americanborn wife Hazel died in 1935. His donation provides a unique visual record of one of the most significant periods of modern Irish history and is at the heart of Lavery: Passion and Politics. July 15 - October 31
Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, D8 ■ Collecting the New: Recent
Acquisitions Collecting the New presents artworks recently acquired for IMMA’s Collection and marks the first occasion that these works have been shown at the Museum as part of that Collection. May 19 - August 8 ■ Carlos Garaicoa Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa has been working since the early 1990s using a multidisciplinary approach that includes architecture and urbanism, narrative, history, and politics. June 10 - September 5 ■ Ferran Garcia Sevilla Spanish painter Ferran Garcia Sevilla is a collector of images. His eclectic pictorial style draws on his travels in the Middle East, and on comic books, urban graffiti, philosophy and Eastern cultures. June 10 - September 5
■ Altered Images Accessible, interactive and inclusive in ethos, Altered Images aims to stimulate engagement
with the visual arts for the general public and particularly for people with disabilities. May 19 - August 15
Insituto Cervantes Lincoln Place, D2
■ Here and Now:
Documentary Photography in Contemporary Spain Aquí y Ahora (Here and Now) is a photography exhibition jointly organised by the Instituto Cervantes and the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo AECID (Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development). This exhibition comprises thirteen personal representations of themes, both old and new, that define contemporary Spain: immigration, bulls, tourism, water, land, people, housing, marriage, family memory, terrorism, motorbikes, religion and bars. May 13 – August 21
Upper Drumcondra Road, D9 ■ Group Exhibition Art at The Ivy House is delighted to present a group exhibition of artists Gráinne Brady, Judy Carroll Dealy, James Clancy, Mary Foudy and Paul Woods. These artists work in different media and techniques and this exhibition will attempt to provide a snapshot of some of the techniques and themes across the work of these five emerging artists. May 4 - July 26
Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street, D2 ■ Norbert Schwontkowski Currently working in Bremen and Berlin, Norbert Schwontkowski has over the past three decades produced a body of paintings whose subtly powerful blend of melancholic quietism and gentle irony has evolved independently of shifting fashions in contemporary art during this time. Many of his paintings present a simple figure or object - a man, a woman, a boat, a mirror - isolated against a dense, gloomy ground patiently built up from a mixture of linseed oil, pulverised pigment, water, binding colours and bone glue. The rich atmospherics of his shadowy landscapes, rudimentary domestic situations and sundry improbable scenarios are tinged with the wry humour of a particularly downbeat surrealist and memorably suffused with his unique variety of semidetached romanticism. June 11 - July 17
Gallery Artists Group show. July 23 - September 4
Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Chancery Lane, D8
■ Regarding Painting Group show by contemporary painters Diana Copperwhite, Sarah Dwyer, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Paul Nugent, Axel Sanson and Esther Teichmann July 1-24 Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo July 29 - August 28
Mill Street Studios Mill Street, D8
■ The Scarred Landscape;
A Photo Documentary Exhibition of Works by Debbie Castro Mill Street Studios, in conjunction with PhotoIreland, is pleased to present The Scarred Landscape; An exhibition of photographs by Irish photographer Debbie Castro, documenting how the construction of a motorway has negatively impacted on the lives of over 300 landowners, their families and their livelihoods in rural Ireland. July 3 - 11
15 St Stephen’s Green, D2 ■ Motion Colour: The Birth
of Colour and Motion Photography An exhibition of rare original photographs by Eadweard Muybridge and The Lumière Brothers July 1 - 11
Monster Truck Gallery 4 Temple Bar, D2
■ Demise en Scene Part of the PhotoIreland Festival July 2 - 14
41-43 Watling Street, Ushers Island, D8 ■ Atsushi Kaga: Rest with us
in Peace The practice of Atsushi Kaga (born Japan 1978, lives and works in Dublin) is as philosophically and psychologically dense as it is intentionally deceptive. The fact that it manifests itself in the classical Japanese popularist cultural disciplines of Anime and Manga, with all their
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apparently attendant cuteness, masks the darker intentions of an artist intelligently working with the tools of incisive humour and social satire, conflating personal narratives and references to popular culture. In conversation at his IMMA studio, Atsushi Kaga draws attention towards two oddly diverse but equally significant influences on this much-anticipated second exhibition, Rest with us in peace, at mother’s tankstation. He cites the Myotonic Goat and Sunny Liston’s three encounters with Muhammad Ali in 1964-5. These may seem like odd reference points for Kaga, but for anyone who has become familiar with his practice over the past few years would have come to expect the unexpected, his imagination knows few bounds. June 2 - July 10
NCAD Gallery 100 Thomas St, Dublin 8
■ Sheila Rennick – Hot
Body/Ugly Face Syndrome
National Gallery Ireland
Sheila Rennick’s paintings are as dense with layers of narrative and bright, thick oil paint. Using imagery taken from everyday media outlets, newspapers, magazines and most recently, social networking sites like Facebook and Bebo, Rennick creates a cast of characters, human, animal and in between hybrids, who are at once familiar and grotesque. Recently, Rennick has begun a series of drawings, which she will present for the first time at the NCAD gallery. These are pared back, more immediate line drawings offer quick observations, coloured in pinks, neons, blues and yellows using children’s markers and office highlighters. June 12 - September 4
■ Taking Stock: Acquisitions
Merrion Square West, D2
2000-2010 A decade of acquisitions at the National Gallery of Ireland will be showcased in an exhibition reflecting the different areas of the Collection. March 13 - July 25
St Edna’s Park. Rathfarnham, D16 ■ Walk Through the Seasons An exhibition of paintings by Blanaid Lynam. The work on display will be the culmination of a year spent walking the grounds and observing the remarkable transformation
wrought by the changing of the seasons. June 30 - August 31
Project Arts Centre Temple Bar, D2
■ King Rat A dark and menacing exhibition, originally inspired by all things Gothic, King Rat presents a series of artworks by some of visual arts most original international voices. The gallery will transform in to a space filled with a sense of unease and discomfort, the stuff that nightmares are made of. A carpet made of thousands of black pieces of paper will create a striking landscape from which sculptures rise, paintings hover above, tapestries loom and text speak. July 9 - Sept 4
15 Ely Place, D2 ■ Annual Exhibition 2010 sees the Academy host the Annual Exhibition for a momentous 180th year! Since it began in 1826, the RHA Annual Exhibition has continued to grow in size and influence and this year will include work by a record number of visual artists. Academy Members, invited artists and works selected through an open submission process are exhibited together giving the visitor and discerning art collector an unparal-
leled opportunity to view work by some of Irelands best-established and most promising artists working today. Painting, sculpture, print, photography and architectural models can be viewed side by side and this year the Annual Exhibition will include work by Mick O’Dea RHA, Stephen McKenna PPRHA, Martin Gale RHA, Eilis O’Connell RHA, John Shinnors, Clodagh Emoe, Kenneth Lambert, Cristina Bunello, Ann Quinn, John Gibbons among many others. May 24 - July 30
10 St Stephen’s Green, D2 ■ Making Nature Making Nature is a curated group exhibition in which the work Irish and international artists explores the world naturally made, and art as it remakes the world. June 9 - July 10
Trinity College, Pearse Street, D2 ■ Biorhythm: Music and the
Body Why does a minor chord sound sad? Why is pop music at 120 beats/minute? How does a DJ manipulate a crowd? BIORHYTHM - Science Gallery’s flag ship exhibition in 2010 will
be exploring the physics, neuroscience and mechanics of music. Science Gallery’s upcoming BIORHYTHM exhibition will be the destination exhibition for the summer of 2010 inviting the audience to participate, delve into the science of music and make some funky sounds as we explore the science of music. July 2-October 1
16 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 ■ Heaven is Under
Construction Mirjam Siefert’s work can be said to begin as a simple expression of her frame of mind as she journeys through the streets and street corners of her daily existence. The goal is not resolution - but instead the asking of questions by the act of capturing of visual fragments and personal impressions of the experience of everyday life. Through this process, the relationship of the individual to their environment slowly emerges, becomes visible, and vital... July 2 - July 30
Smock Alley Theatre
Lower Exchange Street, Temple Bar, D2 ■ 360 A photographic project by
Ruben Ochoa in conjunction with PhotoIreland Festival and the Embassy of Mexico. July 1 - 11
Sol Art Gallery 8 Dawson Street, D2
■ Inferno – Aidan Harte Aidan Harte’s ‘Inferno’ is a collection inspired by the notorious Italian masterpiece. Dante cast a cold eye on society and it’s an example the artist takes seriously with sculptures and etchings in an impassioned Expressionist style. June 18 - July 15
Stone Gallery Pearse Street, D2
■ Emer Roberts in
conjunction with PhotoIreland Festival The festival aims to become Ireland’s International Festival for Photography. It will showcase the work of those photographers and artists, national and international, whose critical practice goes from a traditional approach to the medium, to those who question its technical and ideological boundaries, but whose work help us to understand this ever present medium. July 1-17
Comedy weekly July Ha’penny Bridge Inn
Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 ■ Tuesday & Thursday
Nights Battle of the Axe Dublin’s much loved open mic night. 9:00pm, €9 ■ Wednesdays & Sundays Capital Comedy Club The club’s flagship night. 9:30pm, €7/5
Camden St, D2 ■ Wednesdays ‘Laugh Out Loud’ Comedy Nights with resident MC Aidan Killian. 8.30pm, €5/7
Peadar Kearneys 64 Dame St., D2
■ Fridays ‘The Comedy Gaff’ promises drinks specials and comedians from around the world. 9pm, €10/Conc. €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 21:00, €10/8
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
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 9.30 , €8/10 ■ Thursdays & Fridays The International Comedy Club with resident MC Aidan Bishop 8.45pm, €8/10
23 Wicklow St., D2
■ Saturdays 8 & 10.30pm The International Comedy Club. Early and late shows added due to popular demand.
■ Mondays Comedy Improv night.
What’s New @ The International New material night. 8.45pm, €5
The Woolshed Baa & Grill Parnell St., D1
■ Mondays. The Comedy Shed hosted by Australian import Damian Clarke. €5
Hedigans, The Brian Boru
5 Prospect Road, Glasnevin, D9 ■ Tuesdays Hedigan’s comedy features some of the best improv and comedy talent Dublin has to offer. 9pm, €5
217-219 Lower Rathmines Road
■ Thursdays Farlmeister’s comedy box is a student friendly comedy night with up and coming stand ups and student / unemployment discounts 9pm, €5 / Students €2
Twisted Pepper 54 Middle Abbey Street
■ Fridays Comedy Ireland holds their weekly Voice Box, Zocorro, and Street Justice Showdown nights 8pm, Free
Comedy once-offs July ■ Keith Barry’s The Asylum Olympia Theatre Irish mesmerist (and Noel Edmonds equivalent) continues stand-out tour of new illusions, mind games and mental trickery. €28/29 8pm July 6-25
■ Dara O’Briain Vicar St Dublin’s own rotund raconteur provides more jokes, routines and quick-witted audience interaction. €28, 8pm July 8-17 ■ Carlsberg Comedy Carnival Day One Iveagh Gardens Loads of top class comedy on all day in Iveagh Gardens. Among the highlights are the
annoyingly impressive Bo Burnham, the teenaged music/ comedy prodigy who managed the impressive feat of bursting to fame via Youtube without being a complete arse. 3pm in the Grand Pavillion. Elsewhere, the dream lineup of Chris Addison and Reggie Watts at 7.30 in the Carousel is a strong draw. Addison, star of The Thick of It and In The Loop will be bringing his thoughtful musings on the state of the world to Dublin for the first time, while Reggie Watts will be offering his trademark beatbox/comedy stylings for the first time since completing Conan O’Brien’s recordbreaking North American Tour. Full day’s lineup also includes Des Bishop, Natasha Leggero, Jason Byrne, PJ Gallagher, Jim Jeffries, Maeve Higgins, Arj Barker, Apres Match and Dave McSavage. €23-29.50 July 22
■ Carlsberg Comedy Carnival Day Two Iveagh Gardens Reshuffling allows you to see most of yesterday’s acts in subtly different order and thus plan your weekend accordingly. Apres Match will be sharing the bill with Chris Addison this time, as football’s funniest four give their take on the Summer’s sporting news at 9.30 in the Iveagh Theatre. Comedy legend Emo Phillips appears under the same banner as actor, comedian and novelist, Ardal O’Hanlon at 7.30 in the Carousel, while multi-talented comedian and panel show stalwart, Reg D Hunter steps out on the same stage at 9.30. Full day’s lineup also includes Colin Murphy, Kevin Gildea, Rufus Hound, PJ Gallagher, Bo Burnham, Arj Barker, Reggie Watts and Des Bishop. €23-29.50 July 23
■ Carlsberg Comedy Carnival Day Three Iveagh Gardens Andrew Maxwell takes to the stage at 3pm in the Grand Pavillion, dispensing his sarcastic wit upon his hometown crowd. 3pm also sees sketch comedy troubadores, Dead Cat Bounce, bring their surreal and sublime live show to the Carousel, as a double header with the equally delightful Rubber Bandits, Limerick’s finest rap/rave/jazz/ funk glue-sniffing satire crew. Madcap Irish comedy deity Tommy Tiernan plays the only single-header of the entire festival in the Iveagh Theatre at 5pm while The Stars of Whose Line Is It Anyway? promise a full, live rendition of the popular early nineties improv show on the very same Iveagh Theatre stage come 7pm. Full lineup for the day also includes Reggie Watts, Bo Burnham,
Jason Manford, Jarlath Regan, Ed Byrne, Paddy Courtney and Maeve Higgins. €23-29.50 July 24 ■ Carlsberg Comedy Carnival Day Four Iveagh Gardens The final day of the festival sees many of the same acts again changing places, with some odd bedfellows among them. So there’s a chance to catch Bo Burnham with the Apres Match lads, together at last in the Carousel at 5.30, or see Emo Phillips playing second fiddle to Ed Byrne in the Grand Pavillion at 8.30. Also of note is the pairing of Glenn Wool and Steve Hughes in the Shack at 6, two wondrously talented comedians much deserving of a receptive audience. Full lineup includes Tommy Tiernan, Colm O’Regan, Reggie Watts, David
O’Doherty, Andrew Maxwell, Reg D Hunter and The Stars of Whose Line is it Anyway? ■ Michael Mee The Helix Former solicitor and current funny person, Michael Mee will be bringing his quick wits all the way from his native Cork to the Helix’s stage. €10, 9pm July 29
■ Carl Barron The Sugar Club Australia’s most pupular comedian, and Gandhi lookalike, Carl Barron will be peppering the Sugar Club with observational quips for cash. €18 July 30
jazz words // OLLIE DOWLING
The Louis Stewart trio moves to a new home on a Sunday (5.30-8pm), at the Dark Horse Inn (formerly the White Horse Inn), on Georges Quay, beside Tara street DART station. This has just reopened after a refurbishment and is now under new ownership and management and is the city’s latest music venue with ‘live’ music planned for seven nights a week, so expect to hear lots of jazz here with its Henri Toulouse-Lautrec inspired interior - one of the city’s few remaining ‘Early Houses’. Hottest tickets in town at the moment are for the forthcoming Kevin Brady Trio featuring U.S. pianist Bill Carrothers who will be performing at JJ Smyths on Sat. July 17th. Joining Bill (who is regarded as one of the most individual voices in today’s jazz world), will be Kevin Brady (drums) and Dave Redmond (double bass) and the show starts at 9.30pm with tickets at the door €12. So don’t miss your chance to catch some of the finest jazz this side of the Stars and Stripes, with one of America’s greatest pianists. Another hardworking lady of jazz is Sarah Buechi with four gig dates in July. Her group Lupo (along with Lauren Kinsella) are at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Ely Place on Thursday July 8th with a 6pm start and free admission. Saturday July 10th finds them in the Kevin Barry Room at the National Concert Hall with an 8.30pm start and tickets €10 and finally you could catch them at the Goethe Institute, 37 Merrion Square on Tuesday July 13th with doors 6.30pm and €10 admission. And if that wasn’t enough, you can find her performing with her other jazz outfit Trilogue on Tuesday July 6th at the Odessa club from 8.30pm and more details can be got from www.kaleidoscopenight.com. Cormac O’Brien sent me details of a hot spot for jazz in the shape of the Seapoint restaurant in Monkstown, as they have a jazz room upstairs and this month you can find a jam session on Monday July 5th where many of Dublin’s finest musicians will be found playing. Wednesday July 7th the Tommy Halferty Trio appear with Halferty (guitar) joined by Justin Carroll (Hammond Organ) and Conor Guilfoyle (Drums), and you can expect hot Latin rhythms on Wednesday July 28th when La Trocha come on stage with the vocal talents of Marianela Gulizia. All gigs 8pm and concession tickets are €7. On a recent night out on the town I found myself at the Supper Club of the Burlington Hotel, Ballsbridge where my table was entertained by the excellent
Blue of the Night swing band feat. Kevin Morrow (vocals) doing Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin with a good atmosphere, very attentive staff and great food, with free admission and dinner optional and its surely one of the best Saturday night outs for jazz at the moment, with doors 7.30pm. You can also catch Kevin at Yamamori Sushi, Ormond Quay on Sunday July 4th from 7.30pm and no cover charge at their weekly jazz sessions which are proving very popular with regular crowds of 200+ with a large Japanese and Korean turnout, all digging jazz and expect some more nights of the week to be turned over to ‘live’ jazz soon at this very cool restaurant. Eddie Lee in Sligo keeps himself busy
with the Sligo Jazz Project this Summer (www.sligojazz.ie) where I found out that he has Michael Manning , the amazing solo Electric Bass player doing a Workshop on Saturday July 17th at Xmusic, Unit 1&2, Red Cow Retail Centre, Robin Hood Road, Dublin 22 from 3-6pm. Sean Hession, our very own Sinatra (www.franklysinatra.com) takes up a weekly Wednesday night residency at a city centre venue (details on site soon) at the end of July, due to public demand. It will be interesting to see Sean and his band working in a more intimate venue than his usual haunts of the Helix or the National Concert Hall.
SPANISH HARLEM SNIFFING AROUND THE MEDITERRANEAN’S CULTURAL CAPITAL LIKE A PYRENESE SHEEPHOUND
Photo: Dave Darcy
words // DANIEL GRAY pictures // DAVE DARCY and RIPO Night one in the Raval, and there’s a power out. In contrast to the tealight-lit scramble of ESB grid failures, the neighbourhood’s pretty chill about the whole thing. The grid of shady lanes stays shady, the atmosphere’s static energy continues to discharge, the hookers continue to hustle – apart from the usually ably-lit Rambla del Raval and its resident Gat Botero*, there’s no discernible difference in ambiance in the city’s most naturally nocturnal neighbourhood. We’re spoilt for amenities at our apartment. Weed is available on nearly a doorto-door basis. Stick your head out the window and you can whistle a recentlyimmigrated prositute up to help finish off your Wok To Walk. Talk to the right Canadian on the street and you’ll wind up slamming absinthe til dawn. Plus, there’s a sweet Indian across the square that doesn’t seem to ever close. We’re at the epicentre of sleaze and therefore, as is the case in most European cities, the very core of the city’s alternative culture. The electrical current resumes. Lights flicker back on. The shopfront gangs and local residents mutter, loaf about, and mutter some more. Thirty seconds later, the lights are out again. Antithetically, a cheer goes up. Things are getting a bit Rec 2. The Raval is back in its natural state. There’s a thrill-level sense of danger walking around in the mumbling blackness - like with all good theme park rides, if you keep your hands within the carriage you’re safe enough. Still, unless you’re here on a sex or drug tourism buzz (surely not!), you’re probably best confining Raval rambling to the day time. You’ll quickly notice that barcelonins never travel alone. Divvy the civilians up, and you’ll find three demographics - i) boys with cute girls/girls with cute boys, ii) boys or girls
with cute dogs, and iii) boys with a pack of at least four other boys that aren’t very cute at all. Even by day, the laneways are chicken-pox dotted with small groups of disgruntled-looking men spitting, swearing, and scowling at passersby. It’s like a neverending Finglas shopfront. In the midst of a quite hands-on policia bust of a young North African guy’s pockets, I plucked up the courage to approach Djamil, smoking and spitting outside a backstreet bakery (a bakery that necessitates not one, but three casino machines in its rather cramped interior). “Hey Djamil. What’re they taking off that guy?” “It’s just shit. He sells nothing.” “Why him? Everybody around here sells shit.” “He is... new. Every new one gets cop trouble.” “So they’re just showing who’s boss, basically? Do you or your friends get in trouble with them?” Djamil looks aghast. “I am not selling shit. They are not selling shit. We work in here [he points at the bakery-cum-minicasino] for him [he points at the group’s most elderly member]. We are all friends, you know.” “But you’re here when the bakery’s closed. I thought you were a gang - why don’t you all go to a bar, or something?” “What do you do with your friends? The street is OK for us.” I gesture at a rather robust, domineering pack of prostitutes who we’ve earmarked since our arrival as the lionesses of the neighbourhood. “The street seems to be OK with them too. Do you have any dealings with them?” “They are... cunts. They are for you, they are for English. We want to pay, we know better places.” Djamil’s demographic are like overgrown teenagers - and you’re probably in better hands perambulating the Raval than Finglas. Sometimes equally terrifying, though more often just plain slick, are the dog-walkers. There’s a different sort of symbiosis between dog and man in Barcelona. Over the course of a week, every dog we see is totally streamlined,
and every owner glued to it in a Phillip Pullman-esque fashion. We’re ass-parked in a cove in Parc Guell*, when Dave, a cricket-like middle-aged individual, hopskips by, dragged by a magnificent dog whose name we can’t pronounce. “He’s a Pyrenese Sheephound,” Dave explains in a nasal-toned Canadian accent (Dave is a radio DJ by trade, and though his radio voice isn’t the most appealing, his promise of ‘Scottish folk and Japanese indie-pop’ has us intrigued). “Is he bilingual?” Aisling enquires. “Oh sure, he’s trained in Catalan and English.” “He looks magic, he doesn’t look real,” Bobby points out. He’s got a point. The dog sports a mane and eerily Pokemon-like perfection. “Well, he actually can do magic tricks!” We beg for a sample. Dave removes keys from his pocket with a jangle and places them carefully on the surface of Gaudi’s chiselled stone bridge. “Watch this...” he raises his eyebrow conspiratorially. He issues a command to his glorious dog and, perhaps because of the antiquated air of Parc Guell and the sheer impressiveness of its Cataloniawide panaroma, or perhaps because of other mitigating factors, we all expect the keys to disappear into the ether, or for the sheephound to disintegrate them in a ball of fire. Instead, he picks them clumsily up in his perfect fangs, and deposits them in Dave’s outstretched hand. The magic is that Dave knows the Catalan for ‘fetch’. We never get around to listening to his show. Dave’s cameo in Parc Guell is immediately followed by the entrance of a cute couple, our third demographic. Dimitri and Cappa have come from Moscow. Dimitri’s here for Sonar and Cappa’s here for Primavera, the city’s two biggest music festivals. We’re here for Primavera (though as Dimitri lists the line-up in his chequered English, I find myself wishing we could swap tickets), and we have fun explaining the difference between ‘Beach House’ and ‘Peaches’ to him. While Cappa makes my friends swoon with her encyclopae
dic knowledge of Pitchfork indie, Dimitri boasts about his dubstep nous. I ask him if he’s found anywhere sweet for bass music in Barcelona, and he mentions a club night in Razzmatazz (alarm bells ring at the sound of the city’s notorious super-club later investigation reveals the night is lacklustre as the usual Razz fodder). Outside of Sonar, the city’s electronic scene appears to be in deep hibernation. One arm of the Raval’s labyrinth, whose name I never had the presence of mind to take note of (though head out the sidedoor of La Central, the city’s best bookshop, and you’ll be on it), is home to a single commercial unit - an old garage transformed into a techno, house and bass record shop. It’s siesta-hour for most Spaniards, but inside the shop owner and his vinylmate are giving it socks on the shop’s decks. I peruse until they mix in a song I (think I) recognize, and take my opportunity. “Hey! This is track number 8 from that obscure London label-owner’s second album under his third pseudonym in 2009!” The shopowner looks like I’ve walked into Eddie Rocket’s and recognized ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’, but engages nonetheless. “You’ve got an awful lot of English and American records here -
haven’t you got a Barcelona section?” “We have a few small labels here. Probably as many Irish records as Barcelona records.” He flicks out a Dublinbased labels 12inch for proof. “Does a festival as big as Sonar not give Barca electronic music a bigger incentive?” “The problem is that dance music here is still like Ibiza. It’s still superclubs. The venues, they only book big DJs. Shit DJs. There is too much money to lose” “Where do I go if I don’t want to see Armand Van Helden?” “There are always parties with great DJs. Producers are not very good here, but DJs are. You need to know where to go.” With this, he offers me some convoluted directions to a party in a converted warehouse in the Barcelona equivalent of Sandyford later that night, with a promising hint to ‘not arrive until 4am’. There’s no Green LUAS line in Barcelona, so I end up not taking my chances. Notice anything about my pseudosociological guide to the Catalan capital? Yep, none of my new friends are Barcelona natives. Rather than a case of foreignerattracting-foreigner, though, this can be quite simply pinned down to Barcelona’s cosmopolitan make-up - which opens up a discourse as to what REAL Barcelona
Photo: Dave Darcy
(as opposed to Real Madrid, ho ho) is. A recent news piece in the Observer told the story of a graffiti artist who has been zipping around the city’s hotspots and plastering them in anti-tourist slogans (note - one of the Primavera travel party in fact ended up befriending an anarchistleaning group actually responsible for the graffiti) - the essential point being that the city council is pandering to a Certain Type Of Tourist, and eroding the city’s core culture in the process. What’s more important here though, is the messenger rather than the slogan: two members out of three of said graffiti group are actually recent immigrants from Paris. Civilians for only four or five years, it’s quite remarkable the sense of ownership they (and indeed all the other non-natives I met) have for the city. Integration is quick, and the initiation test seems to be entirely based on your attitude: are you Barcelona enough to be here? On return to Dublin semi-normality I asked Anusia, a former Barcelona blow-in about her time there. ‘It certainly appears that the population in Barcelona is 50/50 locals to blow-ins. Barcelona attracts a certain type of person, generally fun-loving and laidback, all the good qualities which you will find in the local people
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themselves. They really are a good-looking people and a stroll around the city is definitely a feast for the eyes. My first time in BCN I got a bollicking from an older lady for speaking in Spanish rather than Catalan. But on the whole, most people are very accommodating and I think the general rule is that if you make the effort to attempt the odd palabra in Castellano, you’re A.O.K.’. Criticizing Barcelona’s civic powers-thatbe for their allowance of ten dozen t-shirt shops and countless knock-off tapas bars along the infamously scuzzy La Rambla while we sit on the Leprechaun-endorsed pot of gold that is Temple Bar is a bit like that pot calling the kettle a sell-out - as with Dublin, good visitors have good visits, and digging out your own niche away from the globalized streets of central Barcelona and the disposable-camera-flash of the Barri Gotic is way easy.* Shoppers should hit Le Swing (Calle del Doctor Dou, 11), eaters should swing by the Biocenter (Pintor Fortuny, 25), art fans will find inspirational contemporary work at Angels Barcelona (C/Pintor Fortuny 27) and ADN Galeria (C/ Enric Granados, 49), though skate fans should certainly hit the Modern Art Museum (MACBA, Plaça dels Àngels 1). You’ll get the sickest collection of novels both big, small, graphic, and fartoo-graphic at the previously mentioned La Central (several branches can be found at www.lacentral.com/), and beardy types can indulge their folky lust for a good beer at bar/barn Vinil(o) (C /Matilde 2). Deviate from the roadmap, speak to people with paint on their hands or mojitos on their lips and you’ll likely wind up somewhere memorable.
*Gat Botero, or El Gat del Raval, is probably the only fat cat you’ll see lounging around this particular square. Composed of steel, or something like it, Botero’s sculpture is sort of like an engorged version of that cow on Wolfe Tone Square, only with 16% less junkie activity in its vicinity. *Parc Guell. It was only after traversing six public escalators and a gradient of approximately 223% that we copped that there was an entrance that not only required far less exertion and loss of body fluid but was far more appealing to aesthetic sensibilities at the other side of Gaudi’s famous park. Other realizations that quickly followed included - there is no grass here, if Gaudi was such a genius then how come this roadway bridge feels like it’s collapsing underneath us, Phoenix Park would be so much more impressive if you could see Morocco from it. *For the advanced Barcelona challenge, try and find worthy ways to spend time WITHIN the tourist bubble. Non-terrible ways to spend an afternoon include visiting the Gothic’s H&M which compensates for depressing clothes with breathtaking architecture - many of the high street shops are housed within some of the city’s most spectacular edifices, allowing you a refreshing opportunity to see inside the Art Nouveau - and playing with the rather too-snugly caged animals in the Rambla’s makeshift pet stall. The Gothic quarter is architecturally gorgeous - take a trail through it towards Born early in the day to avoid stampede-related injuries and low-flying Fuji cameras.
Between civic authorities cracking down on the practice, and the rather bloated market of graffiti artists selling their canvases and prints for extortionate prices in the city’s galleries, Barcelona’s once-vibrant street art culture has degraded from its turn-of-the-Millenium high water mark. Nevertheless, most suburban walls are still plastered with spray paint, and the dozens of demolition sites around town are graffiti magnets. Ripo is an American-born resident of the city, and one of its sweetest concrete artists. What’s your personal relationship with Barcelona like? I’ve known her for about seven years. We moved in together five years ago. She can be a bitch sometimes but she knows how to have fun. Graffiti artists are social commentators first - what disgruntles you about the city, what issues do you deal with in your street art? Gentrification is always a good one. Barcelona street art is considered amongst the best in the world - who are the most vibrant names to watch out for now? Barcelona street art WAS considered amongst the best in the world. That’s changed since 2005. I’m inevitably going to be leaving some people out, no hard feelings, but some of the guys doing it up in the city now would have to be Aryz, Grito, Smash137, Kenor, SpankFK, and Yesk. Is there a tolerance from authorities for what you’re doing? Zero. What’s the current state of culture in general in the city, in your opinion? “It all sounds nice in theory but who’s got the money for it?” Where’s your favourite piece of street art in the city? It’s always changing here since the buff is pretty hard.
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#3":8"5$) 5)&)"3#063 #"3 words // OISÍN MURPHY picture // FREIDA GARDNER It’s wintertime in 2007. I’m sitting in the smoking area in the Harbour Bar in Bray. I’m holding an empty Bavaria tankard and considering taking it home with me. “Do it, faggot! Steal that mother-bitch!” Anton assures me it’s okay. “Yeah, I’ll do it. I’ll do it.” I do it. But not quite. Just before the glorious tankard reaches my bag, I am tapped on the shoulder by the bouncer and pointed towards the street. I accept my fate with humility, exiting with my head lowered, the large man’s hand on my back. “Better off sticking to the books, mate!” What did he mean - oh yeah, I’m wearing glasses, very good. Anton shrugs it off with characteristic grace: “That place is gay anyway, let’s go back to mine and play Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball.” It is now the summer of 2010, and I am making my first trip to the Harbour
Bar in months, having resumed my custom irregularly in the last year or so. According to the Lonely Planet website, it’s the 43rd best bar in the world. I wouldn’t be inclined to disagree, although I certainly have no grounds for substantiating such a claim other than that I like the place a great deal. It’s fantastic. Its authenticity seems genuinely authentic, which is refreshing in a country where said authenticity is often “achieved” amongst and to the delight of swelling crowds of financial workers and suitwearing students. Of course, in order to make such a distinction between the authentically authentic and the faux authentic, I must subscribe to the very linguistic contrivance: seeking true and definite meaning in the word “authentic”, which bothers me so much about how “charming” or “rustic” such pubs are taken to be. Nevertheless, it stands to reason that, with an interior that seems like it hasn’t been changed nor subject to the presence of an actuary or comptroller in fifty years or so, the Harbour Bar can lay claim to a certain unassuming credibility of its own. Pints of Bavaria are three euro each, leaving any right-thinking patron with no other option. The smoking area is warm and lively and I am in good company. The only downside is the occasionally risible
playlist of the evening, which at one point throws up a painful gem in the shape of Brian Kennedy’s cover of The Streets’ Dry Your Eyes. It’s a young crowd that frequent this place, straddling the dicktwistingly cosmetic divide between the self-ordained mainstream and subcultural social ranks of suburban Dublin. Is this communal spirit the true “beauty” of a pub, in all its authenticity? Can true social harmony be achieved over three euro pints while a Northern Irish man sings “the wicked thing about us is that we always have trust”? Like the eccentric decoration of the establishment itself, the overall charm of the Harbour Bar is in its peculiarity. It seems unplanned, a pub born of bohemian spontaneity and dim lighting, the only part of which that exists is its own lack of alignment: socially, architecturally and functionally. It is most definitely worth the journey from the city centre. “Come on, man it’s free in before 11,” Anton is rushing me down the seafront towards the Bacbar, Bray’s prevailing club destination, “I’m barely even pissed yet.” Anton has opted for the ubiquitous shoulder of Glen’s and a Coke, which he’s been guzzling since he met me outside the Harbour Bar less than a minute ago in alternating sips of each drink, the two eventually mixing within his body. He jumps and kicks the wing-mirror of a hatchback parked on the side of the road, knocking it to the path, spinning and casting off shards of reflective glass like sea foam. We’re all probably implicated in this. That said, despite Anton having been there (so long ago now), despite it being potentially open to the custom of anybody, the Harbour Bar is a first-class pub. To find genuine comfort and beauty in the midst of consumer excess, indulgence and aggression is a lot to expect from a licensed premises, but it surely delivers a uniquely brilliant drinking experience, recommendable to anyone. Bavaria tankards abound on ebay for less than a tenner, if you’re interested. Seapoint Road Bray, Co. Wicklow t: 01 2862274
101)0-*/( )085)4$"7& 3"7& words // ROISÍN KIBERD Plato’s allegory of the cave begins with man chained up and ignorant, gormlessly confined to a cave as he watches the shadows of the outside world go by. To cut a long philosophical story short, once man is turned loose in the real world, some look on the sun and realise what they’re missing, while others choose ignorance and run straight back. It’s the stuff of cod-profound rave music lyrics. The return to the cave is as attractive as ever, the siren call of going out into the night and getting shitfaced on a beach. Smoke signals on Facebook tell us that there will be a Cave Rave on a beach somewhere in Howth. We show up at Eden Quay and flood the 31B in a loutish pack bearing bags of Aldi vodka. The next hour is lost in opening cans on the back of the bus, then we disembark on a country road - ostensibly this is what Howth looks like - and find ourselves in the middle of nowhere. How far man has come, using iPhones to find our way back to the Platonic cave. We commence searching down side streets, then we resort to exploring people’s gardens. Over a hedge and down a lane, we skip the Gardai’s barricade by running across a field. Then we are met with a large vertical challenge in the form of a cliff. Music is suddenly audible from below, and there are lasers flashing on the rock face opposite. The techno blare is given an ominous backbeat by waves crashing on the rocks. I look down on the narrow strip of shore and think, we are climbing into a cave. My mind is plagued by visions of a beach party organised by a sinister Facebook cult. The tide will come in and we’ll be borne out like so many disco lemmings, bopping inanely in our death-throes to Snap!’s Rhythm is a Dancer. The next morning, the beer cans and our corpses will be gone, drowned
alive in protest against Irish nightlife licensing laws. Then a girl passes us out and climbs unafraid down the cliff. ‘There’s been one every summer for the last six years,’ she says. ‘The tide goes out overnight, so there’s more space as it goes on’. That’s settled, then. We commence the long descent. Picture the feeling of sand seeping between your shoes, that sense of relief of the first day of a long-awaited holiday. Now transplant that to Howth in the middle of the night, with heavy trance pumping from a makeshift DJ booth and an iMac on a table at the cliff-face. This cave certainly has shadows, a distorted parody of everyday life with drugged-out faces and hyperfluorescent rave-gear (I see Peruvian hats and glo-sticks, glo-sticks everywhere...). We hide our bags in a hole in the rock and hope for the sea-god’s blessing, and launch ourselves into cave society. The Rave in Cave offers some of the worst elements of Oxegen, but without the band performances and tents. Lugging bottles across a field, the cold, the lack of phone coverage when you lose all of your friends... But this creates a certain camaraderie, even without the flower-child outpourings of affection that arise as the drugs take affect. At one point two pugnacious shirt-wearers start a fight (yes, even cave raves get gate-crashers..), but it dissolves away as the two are picked up by congruent tides doing a pilled-out danse macabre to the Prodigy. There must be around a thousand people here. It is the friendliest illegal party on a cliff face I have ever seen. It occurs that this night is a modern update on that 60s Americana tradition of the ‘Spring Break’ beach party, the kind where all the hep cats throw the squares in the water and the authorities break it up for rampant rough-housing. As if to order, police arrive after two hours, forming a battalion around the DJ booth and cutting the music off. A garda good-naturedly herds me and my companions up the cliff, as if somehow expecting us to climb it in our bewildered state. I wonder if I am hallucinating when a helicopter materialises overhead. We dig our bags out of the cliff-hole, and start the climb back to the surface to face the reality of finding a taxi. One night partying like underground mole people is enough.
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"OE:PV %POU4UPQ "MM$JUZ 3FDPSET “Localwise – hip-hop seems like a Byker Grove thing right now. It’s the first thing kids are into.” Olan, the man behind Dublin’s All City records sounds like he’s heard the now clichéd‘ hip hop is dead’ argument one time too many. While many hip hop heads the world over seem content to twiddle their thumbs and wait for the next Biggy to never turn up, the Temple Bar-based imprint has quietly entrenched themselves in the thick of a burgeoning musical movement. Hitting their stride in 2008, All City released a series of seven 45’s with producers like Mike Slott, Hudson Mohawke, and Onra given the wax to let their beats shine. The shop nails its hip-hop flag to the mast, but the output from its label, while having roots in hip-hop, knowingly strays from the often-tired formula. Last month, French beatsmith Onra laid down the label’s first full-length album, the outstanding Long Distance. Shop and label co-owner Olan gives us the run down on the label, aspiring youth club rappers, and future of Temple Bar’s hip-hop stronghold.
Congratulations on the release of Onra’s album. It’s an incredible release, and it’s great to see local involvement in an album that’s getting such high praise. How did your relationship with him come about? I met Arno a few years ago through wellknown Internet dating site – Myspace. We did a series of 45s in 2008 – all instrumental/beat maker stuff. There were seven of them (because they were on 7 inches – conceptual, huh?) and his was the last
– it’s called My Comet and it’s also on the LP he has just released now. The sample is obvious enough if you dig early to mid 80s funk/modern soul and basically I met Arno in person at a Dam Funk gig in the UK a couple of years ago and we both share a common love of that music and he mentioned he was working on a LP based on those sounds so we took it from there.
You’ve been releasing records since 2003, but really seem to be hitting your stride in the last few years. How has your approach changed? Yeah, we really only became a label in 2006 when we got a rhythm to the releases – it’s down to the net really. It’s an immensely powerful tool for linking with like-minded heads from all over the planet. Obviously that can lead to a very boring backslapping consensus if you’re just hanging with people who have the same interests/outlook as you, but used right it can be very liberating not being restricted by geographical constraints. Hip-hop got very stale in the middle of the last decade – as a music form its standard of beats/ rhymes got really uninteresting and even the mainstream progressives Timbaland, Neptunes etc can only hold your interest for so long. The constant money chat just makes it sound like a bunch of footballers on a night out and while I hate to use the prefix “post” there is an interesting space of overlapping music genres so I have an interest in releasing records – which you really need because there is absolutely no money in it. The shop has long supported the graffiti scene in this city. I imagine the artwork on the releases is very important to you. Who’s in charge of that end of things? If you grow up doing the classical hiphop thing of digging for old records cover
Aside from Choice Cuts, a lot of people wouldn’t know where to go to hear quality hip-hop gigs in Dublin. Are there any hidden gems you’d recommend? This is weird because the genre is so big now I’m not even sure what it means any more. I mean a local hip hop gig could be of interest to you in the same way some jazz heads might find Paddy Cole Allstars at the Red Cow Inn interesting or you might just like the classic stuff. If so, you’re well served in Dublin as like you say Choice Cuts bring over anyone worth bringing over. Local wise – hip hop seems like a Byker Groove thing right now – it’s like the first music kids start listening to – I’m sure the youth clubs of Dublin are the place to look for aspiring rappers. You provided a lot of support for Mike Slott when his career was taking off. Are there any unheralded Irish artists that you see big things for in the future? Obviously I’m only exposed to a certain section/type of this country’s music, but there are a few people worth checking – Krystal Klear is making some noise, T-woc. It’s very difficult here. I don’t really get sent many Irish demos oddly enough.
Get your obligatory plugs in. What’s on the horizon for All City? Label wise - check out the LA Series. We are doing ten 10 inch records from one of the most musically vibrant cities on the planet. The Onra LP, a new series of collaborative 12 inches kicks off in September starting with Mike Slott & Martyn. There are lots of interesting people on that one. If you like anything we’ve done, check iTunes/Boomkat and please buy the downloads – the records are pretty much sold out and we don’t really care much for CDs! The shop is in Crow St., feel free to check it out. www.all-cityrecords.com
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HFUCFOUP LPLPSP Kokoro is Irish for sushi. Well, translated from Japanese to English, ‘Kokoro’ actually means ‘heart’ but since the Liffey Street purveyor of sashimi, nigiri and Tamaki is owned by an Irishman, Iain Conway, who sources all his raw fish from Irish shores, I think it’s safe to say that Kokoro basically means Irish sushi. Barely open a year, Kokoro is primarily a takeout joint situated just north of the Ha’penny Bridge. The shop’s compact pod-like exterior that slots neatly into the surrounding buildings is eye-catching despite its small appearance as is the luminescent green hue that draws attention to the shop’s moniker from quite a distance. Inside, the fridges are stocked to capacity with bento boxes (bento means lunchbox in Japanese), various pots of noodle soups and ramen, salads and dozens upon dozens of rolls and sashimi wrapped separately in clear cellophane. We targeted the colourful display
like magpies honing in on jewels twinkling through an open window in the sunshine. Our eyes may have proved bigger than the bellies that goad them but of the vast selection we returned home with to devour, there were a few that stood out. One was the Japanese omelet – tamago (€1.75 for 2) that consisted of a coiled eggy topping attached to a cube of rice via a string of seaweed. This and the inari sushi, a tofu pouch whose sweet tasting skin reminded me of a doughnut, were our favourite vegetarian options while the seared salmon nigiri harboured flavour in abundance for an otherwise pretty standard breed of swimmer. We chose two cold bento boxes each with an assortment of rolls and sushi. The Heart & Soul bento contains 3 salmon and 2 tuna nigiri, a few salmon and cucumber rolls as well as some crab and avocado rolls and a pair of salmon sashimi. This is a great mix for the sushi novice or those with conservative palates. The Hana bento, ‘hana’ being the Japanese word for flower, is better suited to the adventurous diner since it features nigiri containing eel as well as crab, avocado and salmon rolls with a crust of wasabi caviar on the outside. Personally I find the sensation of miniscule green balls crunching between my teeth a little hard to stomach but the overall taste of these bitesize bits was a pleasant one. All cold bentos are priced at €6.50 each and come with a complimentary
miso soup. With the hot bentos you get a choice of two complimentary sushi rolls, a free Carpe Diem drink or a salad. With the seafood ramen (€5.45) we chose a tofu and buckwheat noodle salad. While the ramen which contained big, generous chunks of smoked haddock, cod, salmon prawn and shrimp in addition to bean sprouts and egg noodles was a hearty meal, the salad with its slimy brown noodles was unappetizing. Our other hot dish of tofu and pumpkin curry with steamed rice (€5.45) ticked all the right boxes and boasted flavour by the bucket load. Vegetarians, I suspect, would be happy grazing here. The difference between Kokoro and the big chains of sushi bars is that Kokoro’s got heart. Iain is always on hand to guide his customers through the sea of choice and his Japanese manager Aoi Jojima even bakes gorgeous little green tea muffins with white chocolate and walnuts that are on sale for €2 each. She also makes buckwheat cookies and green tea cheesecake. So there’s more than one reason to drop into Kokoro the next time you’re on Lower Liffey Street. Not to mention the low-cal, high protein health benefits, it will do your heart good. 19 Lower Liffey Street Dublin 1 t: 01 872 8787
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Stoop Your Head’s cautionary moniker may be lost on those with few inches to spare, vertically speaking, for the seaside pub in Skerries was built with the minute in mind. The proprietor Joe May (who also owns the self-titled pub up the road) is a short man with evidently high standards when it comes to the food he serves. On a balmy Wednesday night I journeyed from my noisy seaside address of Dun Laoghaire to a tranquil place where coastal and country collide. The locals were still roaming the beach, paddling their feet in puddles of sea water unable to catch up with the faraway tide. We looked on with longnecks in our hands as streams of pink light poured from the pockets in the sky. “The jewel in the North Dublin crown”, my companion Conal, a Skerries native, boasted with pride about his hometown that glistened like a rare gemstone in the evening sun before Raquel appeared from the pub entrance with news that our table was ready. Village life seems to centre around and within this traditional Irish pub. Everybody knows everybody else, or at least Conal does, including all the staff who are responsible for his nutrition when his mother goes on holidays. I was treated to a brief and inaccurate history of Skerries as we tucked into our starters. Whatever about Conal’s far-fetched tales of Saint Patrick who, propelled by anger
at the locals killing his goat, supposedly hopped from nearby St. Patrick’s island to the mainland in two giant steps, my moules marieniere were without doubt the stuff of legend. A wide, shallow bowl allowed for easy access to the creamy garlic sauce beneath the assemblage of shellfish and their treasure within which tasted fresh from the net. Conal’s goat’s cheese crostini on crispy bread with olive oil was a tribute to St. Paddy’s goat and was coupled with a fresh summer salad of baby leaves and roasted red pepper. You can’t visit Stoop without sampling their delicious seafood. While there is chilli con carne and carbonara on the menu, to pass up the array of fish on offer would be a sacrilege. An open sandwich on fresh brown bread topped with juicy prawns swathed in a lovely Marie rose sauce (made the proper way with Tabasco and Worcester sauce as opposed to just mayo and ketchup) was just what the doctor ordered for my companion. A dish of potato savouries which constituted fried discs of potatoes dusted in paprika was a welcome touch and readily savoured. Unable to decide between the Dublin Bay prawns and the crab claws, both done in garlic butter, I went for half and half. Perky, bulbous and succulent are ill-fitting adjectives for many of the miserable varieties of prawns that are insultingly served up to the masses these days. Stoop’s catch however deserve these complimentary words and more. As for the black-tipped crab claws, their tender meat was stripped from the skeletal remains of their pinchers with zealous ease. While both the crab and prawn dishes are available in a small and large portion, small for me was ample. A slice of brown bread and a green salad accompanied the dish. With summer in full swing it was only right that one of us order fresh strawberries and cream for dessert, a special that evening, and Conal opted for pavlova decorated with red grapes and more strawberries whose sweetness told me they were plucked from nearby fields. Including gratuity our bill totalled €79. Although tempted by the flashing lights of Shenanigans, the local nightclub, when the sky dimmed to a pallor dusk, we thought it best to call it a day. After all, unlike our great patron saint of snakes and Skerries, my mode of transport was not a gymnast’s springboard. But then with the Port Tunnel, home from here is little more than a hop, skip and a jump away. Harbour Road Skerries Co. Dublin t: 01 8492085 TOTALLY DUBLIN
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3PDL&O4FJOF Dawson Street’s most stylish bar has got a recent facelift, or rather a ‘foodlift’ and the results, I think you’ll agree, are quite amazing. Since Colin O Daly (former chef patron of Roly’s Bistro) has been enlisted to revamp and rejuvenate the menu at Café en Seine, the cosmopolitan café bar, no longer in the clutches of the sunken Capital Group, is experiencing a whole new lease of life. With the focus firmly on affordable, readily scoffable dishes like spicy chicken wings with blue cheese, Thai crab cakes made with delicious fresh crab and Moorish seafood chowder, En
Seine’s simple yet splendid fare is just what the doctor ordered. Sunday brunch starts at noon with a live jazz band serving up soothing sounds with your eggs Benedict from 3pm. A traditional Bloody Mary will sort out your head the Irish way; a bloody steal at €5, while Sunday – Thursday offers an extension of the weekend in sweet liquid form with all cocktails a mere fiver. Dublin’s bit of paradise in a pulsing part of town, by day Café en Seine provides sanctuary from the office in laid back surrounds before transforming into a lavish bohemian playground at night. And O Daly’s new wrinkle-free menu means there’s no better place for a nibble.
Solas on Wexford Street is about as synonymous with thirst-quenching cocktails and quality fist-pumping tunes as L’Oreal is with women who think they’re worth it. Whether it’s a couple of cosmos on girls’ night, a few pints with the lads or some time-out from the general mayhem of Dublin city, the three-story Solas, complete with a sunny roof terrace adorned with graffiti murals and a 22 ft bar boasting an impressive 40-plus list of world beers, is your one-stop shop. Not so well known is the fact that Solas also serves up great value grub throughout the day and night with its menu and wine list ever-changing with the seasons. Bernard and Joan Molloy have been running this busy establishment in Dublin 2 for a decade and there’s no chance of the spark dying out just yet. With a broad range of Thai fusion food on offer as well as plenty of choice for coeliacs and those with special dietary requirements, Solas is sure to hit the spot at lunch, dinner and even when desire strikes for pizza at 3am. All the food is made in house and two courses cost €12.50 or €16 with a glass of wine. On Friday evenings there’s a free BBQ to set the weekend in motion with burgers, sausages and whatever charcoaled fare you fancy from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. Vegetarians are welcomed and accommodated and Solas works closely with the Irish Heart Foundation to ensure your ticker keeps ticking over. All this, and a no cover charge policy (including all visiting DJs), sets this award-winning bar and restaurant apart from the rest. 31 Wexford Street Dublin 2 t: 01 4780583
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was homely and cosy, and that would reflect me and my family. My mum is here nearly everyday, and my sister Petria is next door, so there’s that family atmosphere here. We have a real mixture of customers, old as well as young, different days bringing different people. It reflects quite a modern Irish appetite for something a bit more off-beat, going here is almost like a statement against buying from the big coffee chains. Absolutely, I guess I shouldn’t say it but there are so many places that are just a little lacking in warmth and personality.
#*#*#"4,*/( %6#-*/ 4/&8 /&*()#0634 Bibi’s Café pulls off the almost impossible combination of fashionable and familycentred, cosy but cosmopolitan, sleek and stylish but with a little dog sun-lounging in the doorway and above the counter a framed picture of the owner’s granny. Owner Maisha Lenehan has created the ideal sunny and stylish nook, decorated in darling pistachio green to match her sisters clothing boutique next-door. The food is chic but not fashion-world insubstantial; breakfast is poached eggs on wholemeal toast with carefully crumbled bacon, foamy Italian coffee and a complementary nibble of cake. Like the eclectic clothes designs at Dolls, the food at Bibi’s draws on varied international influences and Maisha’s personal tastes, with the chalkboard menu being rewritten every day to keep the locals on their toes. We talked to Maisha about food, family and the pros and cons of serving eel. So who is the mysterious Bibi behind Bibi’s Café? Bibi was my grandmother, we have her picture on the wall behind the counter. She died before I even went to cookery school, but she loved to bake, and I’m really sure she would have loved the shop. Your sister Petria runs the clothes shop next door- did you feel you had to make
Bibi’s in keeping with the ‘Dolls’ style? Well, we have very different styles, but it all evolved organically. I mean, everything has to be nice, all the little details, and there’s definitely a certain style to the shop. My mom did the interior design. She paints a lot and has a great way with choosing colours. You seem to come from such an arty family, what drew you to running a café? I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do when I got out of school, but my mother said why not do a course at the Ballymaloe School? So I did it. I started not even knowing know what to do with a tin of baked beans, but I learned a lot and really enjoyed it. There’s no pressure there, and you work with the best quality food, mostly locally sourced Irish produce. Was it always the intention to vary the menu? Pretty much, I just want to keep it interesting, for myself as much as for the customers. I spent years working in a catering company and it was pretty monotonous; people would ask for chicken and broccoli bakes over and over again. I wanted to do something different, to do what I wanted to cook. It’s a very fresh style of food, quite modern and yet classic. I like to mix it up. I thought it would be hard to keep coming up with recipes, but actually it’s easier to just go with my personal tastes and what’s in season. The shop is so lovely and fashionable but unpretentious. I’d always wanted to do something that
That extra slice of cake with the coffee makes a big difference.. Absolutely, it’s the little touches! It’s amazing, we’re now getting people in twice a day. We’re having to take bookings for dinner! It started with the locals ringing up looking for tables, and you can’t really turn them away. Do people get all excited about the cakes? (the counter top is cluttered with stands displaying assorted spongy delicacies..) Yes, we have a great time trying out new ones. Though a lot of the time we’ll start with a basic sponge, and then we add on interesting bits. We like experimenting. You learn which one works, sometimes they don’t work at all.. I notice you have eel on the menu. Have many adventurous people tried it yet? This is our first day, so I’ll tell you later.. Are they jellied eels? No no, they’re smoked eels. They’re so beautiful. I’ve used them before, and thought I’d try them out. It’s interesting, recently a woman who comes in here told me ‘eating here is like an education’. I thought that was such a lovely compliment. This is a nice comforting setting for people to try out new things in, to gently push the boundaries. It’s great that in the middle of a recession people still see it as important to learn about food. Are there any other cafés you like right now in Dublin? Absolutely, there are loads of good ones popping up around the city. Ranelagh is great, with Eatery 120. I love a really relaxed brunch, it’s nice to be able to take your time over eating Though I don’t get out much lately, I seem to spend all my time in here... Bibi’s Café Emorville Avenue, Dublin 8
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Le Bon Crubeen
On the doorstep of the Swan Centre lies one of Rathmines’ best kept secrets. Kafka offers affordable, wholesome, and well-made brasserie fare at a reassuringly reasonable cost. The sparse, minimal décor goes hand in hand with the delicious diner-style food; free of pretence and fuss. With a varied but not overstretched menu, Kafka touches enough bases to cover most tastes. Appetizers range from delicious chicken wings to golden breaded brie, while the main menu offers up anything from hearty bangers and mash, to porcini mushroom risotto. While their prices are easy on the pocket, Kafka cuts no corners with quality of their food.
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 relative new comer to Dublin’s restaurant scene, Le Bon Crubeen is a refined yet unpretentious brasserie. With food quality at the forefront of their philosophy, the people behind this Talbot Street establishment serve up honest, well sourced, brasserie fare. Impressive rotations of weekly specials accompany a menu that offers up among other things, pork belly, and Steak frite, the benchmarks of any brasserie worth its salt.
236 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
14 Dame Court, Dublin 2
t: 01 670 7634 www.odessa.ie
81- 82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
www.leboncrubeen.ie t: 01 704 0126
t: 01 497 7057
Brasserie de Verres en Vers
The Green Hen
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.
Open for lunch, dinner, brunch, and snacks, Exchequer Street’s Green Hen offers one of Dublin’s most idiosyncratic menus - with mains ranging from fresh sea trout to tartlet of St. Agur cheese, and duck and mushroom pie amongst the daily specials, the Green Hen’s platters are unparalleled. Traditionalists, fear not - ribeye steak, and duck confit all offer equally delicious options for the less adventurous.
at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Dublin
Breakfast: Dinner: Sunday Brunch:
33 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
t: 01 6707238
06.30-10.30 Mon-Fri 07.00-11.00 Sat-Sun 17.00-22.00 Mon-Sun 13.00-4pm
3-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
63 - 64 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
A bright addition to Dublin’s growing ‘gastro pub’ scene, The Exchequer abides by its mission to provide fresh, simple, and wholesome food to accompany its impressive selection of cocktails, wine, and imported beers. The stylish and plush surroundings encourage relaxation, but their approach to cuisine is anything but lax. Their well thought out lunch and dinner menus are outdone only by the Sunday roast, which is fast becoming a weekly institution.
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!
www.theexchequer.ie t: 01 670 6856
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 www.edenrestaurant.ie
t: 01 888 0856 www.cafecarlo.net
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. punjabbalti.ie
t: 01 67 06755 www.venu.ie email@example.com
t: 01 496 0808 /01 491 2222 firstname.lastname@example.org
La Mere Zou
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.
The Bereen brothers from the 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 alie, in the funky laid-back atmosphere of Coppinger Row, slap-bang in the middle of the coolest quarter of south city Dublin
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.
Attached to the Old Orchard Inn, this Chinese restaurant on Rathfarnham’s Butterfield Avenue has an extensive menu, which couples traditional Chinese cuisine with several house specialties. Cantonese style fillet of beef and black pepper spring lamb head a thoroughly enticing menu.
Mon - Sat Lunch Menu 12 - 3pm Afternoon Menu 3 - 6pm Dinner 6 - 11pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12 -3pm Dinner: Monday - Sat 6 - 11pm
17 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2
Open: Mon-Fri 12pm, Sat & Sun 10.30am Last Orders: Sun- Wed 10.30pm, Thurs-Sat 11pm
Off South William St, Dublin 2
Sunday Brunch 12.30 - 4pm Evening 6 -9pm
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2
Unit 1 Old Orchard Inn, Butterfield Ave, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
t: 01 493 4938
t: 01 61 6669 www.lamerezou.ie
t: 01 707 9596 www.sohodublin.com
t: 01 672 9884 www.coppingerrow.com
Diep Le Shaker
Diep Noodle Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4
Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6
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.
Bloom Brasserie is a restaurant with lofty ambitions. With an excellent head chef well versed in the traditions of French cuisine, Bloom’s offers up accessible cuisine that accentuates their quality local ingredients. Head chef Pól Ó hÉannraich has lovingly assembled a menu that sees Angus Beef carpaccio alongside Caramelised King Scallops, and Roast Seabass. All dishes are freshly prepared and cooked to perfection.
t: 01 661 1829 www.diep.net
www.bloombrasserie.ie t: 01 668 7170
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: 01 497 6550 www.diep.net
23 Pembroke Street Upper
Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion, Dublin 18
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.
This much loved fusion restaurant marries traditional Thai food with the energy of Japanese Teppanyaki tables. Whether you want their highly skilled chefs to put on a show cooking at the table, or simply order food to you table, Yo Thai is a reliable source of good quality East Asian cuisine.
t: 01 288 8994
Tuesday to Friday from 12.30pm to 2pm Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 10pm
t: 01 676 1494 email@example.com www.dax.ie
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 www.pacinos.ie
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
t: 01 633 4071 www.ukiyobar.com
3 Dawson St, Dublin 2
11 am to 11 pm 7 days a week
t: 01 671 8654 firstname.lastname@example.org
100 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2
Mon-Fri:12.30-3pm, 6pm-11.30pm Sat: 5.30pm-midnight Sun: 3pm-10pm
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cinema Wild Grass Director: Alain Resnais Talent: Sabine Azéma, Andre Dussolier, Emmanuelle Devos Released: 25 June
Shrek Forever After Director: Mike Mitchell Talent: Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz Released: 2 July As the Shrek franchise grew, it quickly plummeted from being a reasonably wellregarded animated comedy that allegedly appealed to both adults and children to being a ubiquitous nuisance beloved by children (easily the stupidest people on Earth) and reluctantly tolerated by their parents. With two hugely underwhelming sequels working against its credibility from the outset, it is with a certain degree of surprise that I have to admit that Shrek Forever After wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. That’s not to say that it isn’t derivative, unambitious and condescending (as almost all films aimed at children seemingly need to be), but it’s a good deal better than most of the other jive shit you could place your children in front of for an hour and a half. That said, the modern child is, of course, a vessel into which you, as a parent, must funnel as much rubbish into as is humanly possible in order to qualify yourself as a suitable guardian. If they want to see this film, you’re probably going to have to do so as well, regardless of how much you expect you’ll enjoy it or not. Rest assured I laughed aloud many times, though sometimes for reasons perhaps not intended by the filmmakers. Craig Robinson’s ostensibly homosexual, African-American-ogre chef is a particular highlight. At the other end of the spectrum, there are babies who I think we’re supposed to find amusing in some way. It’s a mixed bag. I suppose the best thing I can say about this film is that it’s not phoned-in in the same way as the two sequels that preceded it. It’s far from being a classic, but then again, in all honesty, what children’s films are? Make them listen to Close To The Edge instead. Oisín Murphy
Given to whimsical cinema references and far, far too many visual gags, Wild Grass starts playfully enough but rapidly declines to near-geriatric pace. Considering that director Alain Resnais is 87 years old it’s something of a grand achievement, taking the source novel and fashioning a celebration of cinematic clichés. But greater yet would have been to prove he could move with the times; by consciously harking back to the quick-fire, Nouvelle Vague iconoclasm which he helped to usher in, Resnais draws attention to how generic such techniques have since become. A flame-haired heroine loses her wallet, which is found by troubled family man Georges. He hands it over to the police but takes it upon himself to trace Marguerite down, setting in motion a tangled, slow-burning tale of almost-adultery and miscommunication. Sabine Azéma has her charms as technicolor redhead Marguerite, but Andre Dussolier’s George is an unsettling presence, jarringly sinister in a plot full of aesthetically pleasing caprice. Plot twists ambles tolerably along, touching on aviation, police drama and scenes of sadomasochistic dentistry, but the humour is abrupt and underwhelming, the ending too brutal and feckless. - RK
The Concert Director: Radu Mihaileanu Talent: Aleksei Guskov, Melanie Laurent, Dmitri Nazarov Released: 16 July This odd mix of profound human drama and silly caper sees a rag-tag group of Russian musicians attempting to relive their conductor’s former glory by impersonating the Bolshoi Orchestra for a concert in the prestigious Chatelet Theatre in Paris. There are moments of real cinematic beauty in this film but there is no balance between the serious elements and the broad fish-out-of-water comedy. Most of the comedy comes from the misplaced Russians running amok in Paris and this usually feels condescending and a bit cheap. On the other side of this, there is a rather touching, if a little over-dramatic story about a long-kept secret between conductor Filipov and a young violin virtuoso, Anne-Marie Jacquet. This is an entertaining film but annoyingly patchy. And the whole “who needs rehearsals if you have lots of heart” thing might work in Glee, but it’s a bit tacky in a grown-up movie. - CL
Get Him to the Greek
Director: Catherine Corsini Talent: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sergi Lopez Released: 9 July
Director: Nicholas Stoller Talent: Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Sean Combs Released: 25 June
It’s a strange feature of mainstream-art-cinema that a great deal of its more ‘romantic’ output centres around bourgeois sexual fantasy rendered ‘acceptable’ by its assumed ‘culturally relevant’ status. The sight of gaggles of middle-aged, suited-up couples in the IFI feeding their intellects with reductive, agitprop pornography is enough to make one wince with shame at the standards to which the seventh art, in its most revered state, will sink for the sake of commanding the custom of the ever-wealthy, ever-delusional middle classes. The sociological conflicts inherent in this tale of adultery across the class divide are neither resolved nor dealt with with the maturity and nuance one might expect in 2010 (though this film was made in 2009, so maybe I’m being picky), but if you like seeing middle-class women having sex with Spanish labourers and feel that you’re somehow ‘above’ Sex and the City, then this one’s for you. - OM
Get Him to the Greek is thankfully not as obnoxious as the marketing campaign would have you believe. Russell Brand plays rock star, Aldous Snow, whose career has tanked in recent times. Jonah Hill plays Aaron, a music enthusiast who gets the chance of a lifetime when he is sent by his boss to bring Aldous from London to his show in “The Greek” in L.A. Needless to say, things don’t run smoothly. Overall this is a fun movie which delicately balances the high of the highs with the low of the inevitable lows without being too condescending or preachy. It does get a little sappy towards the end but it could have been worse. It is funny, exciting and entertaining, but gets bogged down in bad jokes a bit too often for my liking. - CL
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Director: Pascal Chaumeil Talent: Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis Released: 2 July
Director: Francis Ford Coppola Talent: Vincent Gallo, Alden Ehrenreich, Maribel Verdu Released: 2 July
Oh, it’s another high-concept French comedy! Yes! It’s often worth one’s while steering clear of anything described as ‘chic’ by anybody (see any advertising connected with this film), given that the word is used almost exclusively by the feeble-minded to describe things that make them feel good about being feeble-minded. That said, there’s nothing new here, other than that it’s a classic ‘I can’t believe how ironic this situation is cos the guy who was initially cocksure and used to breaking the hearts of others is now getting his heart broken’ romantic comedy EXCEPT IT’S IN FRENCH. With subtitles! If you’re planning on bringing an attractive but stupid girl to the cinema and at the same time seeming as though you’re culturally ‘in touch’, you could probably do worse than this. Chances are she won’t realise it’s actually rubbish and that you’re an insincere sexual degenerate. - OM
Tetro opens in black and white, with stark nighttime shots of Argentinean streets, so artfully captured that stills could fittingly hang on gallery walls. The soundtrack begins with breezy, jazzy notes that bring Buenos Aires to life. In the beginning, it’s simple and beautiful. But then the plot comes in. As 18-year-old Bennie begins his family’s dark secrets through his estranged half-brother Tetro, the film begins to lose its sparse elegance. It becomes overdone (complete with elaborate flashbacks through ballet) and the characters become somewhat flat—if Bennie’s not going through Tetro’s stuff, he’s whining about the lack of affection his brother gives, and if tortured genius Tetro’s not smoking and brooding, he’s slamming doors and running into traffic. At times, there’s just too much going on for the film to accommodate gracefully. Once all the excess is expended, the easy flow returns toward the movie’s end. With the extravagance stripped away once more, the emotions of a broken family come through in all their raw power. – KL
The Collector Directors: Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton Talent: Josh Stewart Released: 25 June Written by the slapstick minds behind the worst half of the Saw franchise - IV, V and VI; the consistency of tone in The Collector comes as a welcome surprise. Intead of Jigsaw (a more irritating muppet than Miss Piggy) we get a big fella in a gimp mark with large pupils. Perhaps recently becoming fans of 70’s American Horror cinema, unlike Saw it has admirable pretensions towards a Marxist commentary (The Collector goes after the rich and then tortures them in their houses, turning their consumer paradise into a Kevin McCallister style house of horrors as well as reminding us of the ludacris and excessive nature of our current blood lust for ‘da bankers’). The majority of the screen time is taken up with the boobie-trapped house. The characters are by-the-book horror fodder who must be punished for their: Greed, Narcissim, Sexuality or being a bit thick. Aside from a nail in the hearing piece of a phone, none of the traps come anywhere near Home Alone, but what it lacks in orginality it makes up for in self-awareness and surprising restraint (more soft-core torture porn). The [Debt] Collector metaphor isn’t as coherent as I’d like but with such good pace it’s hard not to like this. Bring on the remake. - DM
When You’re Strange Director: Tom Di Cillo Talent: The Doors, Johnny Depp Released: 2 July This exciting documentary about The Doors and more specifically their frontman, Jim Morrison, proves both tragic and entertaining. There is a little too much heroworship going on here to make this documentary really insightful but it is, nevertheless, worth a watch. Director, Tom DiCillo certainly has a flair for style and perfectly captures and admires the sexual energy that made Jim Morrison a star. The film traces The Doors from their inception, through their highs and ends with the ultimate low of Morrison’s tragic fall from grace. When You’re Strange is full of humour, respect and love for the music and the man. The unfortunate inclusion of some very odd short films interspersed throughout the film unsettles and distracts the audience in some parts, which is a shame because otherwise this is a decent, if a little fluffy, depiction of a man and the band, and movement he spearheaded. - CL
Whatever Works Director: Woody Allen Talent: Larry David, Adam Brooks Released: 25 June Whatever Works is a disappointment of epic proportions. On paper, it should be an absolute masterpiece, featuring as it does the comic genius that is Larry David and, of course, it’s written and directed by Woody Allen, whose capacity for artistic transcendence and searing cinematic brilliance is surely unquestionable. Followers of Allen’s career in the new millennium will be used to disappointment, but I fear nothing can prepare you for seeing this film fall flat, which it unfortunately and unquestionably does. We’re all familiar with the allegations of misogyny that seem to accompany the critical reaction to his work, ones which, this time, are entirely justified. We can add tokenistic and simplified discussion of homosexuality to the mix also, as it seems Allen is not just coasting, but actively trying to destroy the goodwill and respect he has earned over his lengthy career. Never before has he dealt so superficially with the complexities of human interaction. How can a film with such promising ingredients fail to impress? Well, it seems that, rather than encourage the individual genius of David to shine through, Allen hampers the talents of his leading man with an undercooked script and shoddy meta-cinematic segments (an Allen staple which was once so lucid and discretely essential: see Annie Hall) which fail to amuse or excite, along with the unremitting sensation that the esteemed director just doesn’t care any more. There are moments of hilarity, yes, but they are not frequent enough to save a film whose lack of social, cultural or artistic relevance in 2010 makes me pine for the timeless masterpieces we know Allen is capable of. I suppose it’s back to the drawing-board then, while we return to waiting for the great man’s grand guignol. Oisín Murphy
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'VMM.PPO)BMG.PPO 5PUBM&DMJQTF 4DSFFOXSJUJOH 5XJMJHIU Melissa Rosenberg is one of U.S. televisionâ€™s most prominent writers with credits such as Ally McBeal, The Outer Limits, The O.C. and most recently Dexter. However, these days sheâ€™s more wellknown as the poor soul who must adapt the Twilight novels into screenplays. This month sees the release of Eclipse, the third in the series and a considerably darker film than its predecessors. Melissa spoke to TD about her work on the Twilight series and the reason why US television drama is so damn good nowadays. The Twilight franchise is outrageously popular. Is it daunting to take on the challenge of adapting the novels? Well Iâ€™m thrilled to be a part of it, thatâ€™s for sure. It is daunting. And itâ€™s also surreal. Itâ€™s so separate from my day to day life. I wake up, I go to my office and I sit at my computer and I have to come up with the next idea, which is a very humbling experience. Itâ€™s very grounded, day in day out. Itâ€™s just me and my dog hanging out in my office every day and then you go out and you see this frenzy that surrounds the movies and all this connection and you think â€œwow, I wrote thoseâ€?. Itâ€™s very divorced from reality for me. What approach do you take to the material in terms of making it cinematic?
Film is a visual medium, the direction, the actors can tell so much more than dialogue can, so very often what Iâ€™m doing is actually taking dialogue away so that the actors can tell the story with a look or a visual representation. Itâ€™s really about letting the visual tell the story and not just dialogue. I think a lot of people think writing screenplays is about writing dialogue but thatâ€™s just a very, very small part of what the screenwriter does. Eclipse is much darker in tone than the previous two novels. Did you embrace the darkness of Eclipse? I completely agree. It is darker. And the stakes just continue to grow and I completely embraced it. My job is to really bring the novel to the screen. There have always been dark undertones to all the Twilight movies but this one gave me the freedom to go even darker. Itâ€™s kind of my natural tendency anyway. I like dark. I like edgy. Why is the Twilight franchise so popular? I would say itâ€™s two-fold. One, you have the character of Bella who is such a universal character. She is the â€œeverygirlâ€?. Everyone can see themselves in her. So you have a character that brings you into a world and everything is told from her perspective so you have a very intimate
guide into the world. And then you place this character into this very epic romance. Itâ€™s so evocative for older people of their youth and the rush of first love and for younger people itâ€™s just everything you could hope for. People say TV is going through its best and worst time ever regarding quality. TV drama is better than ever but thereâ€™s a lot of terrible reality TV out there too. Do you have any thoughts on this? I honestly feel that some of the best writing in the film industry in general is going on in television. And that has a lot to do with cable coming to the forefront. Cable is a very creative place to be. On network television youâ€™re writing twenty episodes per season. Youâ€™re lucky if you get to write a second draft of a script. The time limitations are not particularly conducive to good writing. So when you have a successful, high quality network show its amazing. Iâ€™m always in awe of the people who can pull that off because itâ€™s very difficult. With cable, youâ€™re doing only ten or twelve episodes and you have time.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is in cinemas from July 9th
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audio The Drums The Drums [Moshi Moshi] Last year’s Summertime EP promised much, and The Drums deliver on a debut album brimming with top tunes that deserve to (and will) ring out across student accommodation sites the land over. Let’s Go Surfing sounds like the Ramones doing the Beach Boys. We Tried has a lilting melody that will squat in your head until you die. Not many people will be disappointed by this album, and its influence may be felt more strongly in years to come. – CG
Devo Something for Everybody [Warner] Twenty years after their eighth studio album, Mark Mothersbaugh and the Flowerpot Men are back, with a 12 song set chosen by fans from a selection previewed online. ‘Something for Everybody’ is a muscular collection of off-beam synth pop that definitely sounds like Devo, yet feels very modern. Though this is unsurprising given that two of the highlights of the album are produced by Santigold, including the stonking opener Fresh. Q: Are we not finished? A: We are Devo! - CC
Robyn Body Talk Pt 1 [Konichiwa Records] With a surfeit of synth-toting popgirls clogging up the charts, Robyn re-enters the fray in a paradoxical position, at once a wise elder and a “me too” straggler. After huge success in the face of adversity with her last, self-titled, album (years in the making, rejected by her original record company at the time), Body Talk Pt 1 feels like rather a low-key release. In an age where not having a hit can scupper an album, it’s just as well that Robyn has gone down the independent route. This mini-album does seem destined to exist outside of chart-hit land - clocking in at a skimpy thirty minutes, it’s measly compared to recent releases from Beyonce and Lady Gaga. These days one of Robyn’s Scandinavian electro-pop contemporaries, Lindstrom, knocks out tracks that are just getting into their stride around the half hour mark. Two further Body Talk releases are promised later this year and to be fair the first installment is, like its creator, compact but charming and witty and seductive in all the right ways. What is striking at first about Body Talk Pt 1 is its flatness. The record rarely strays away from the metronomic groove, the minimalist icy cold sound exemplified by single Dancing On My Own. An exception to the rule is lovely folky piece Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa, but the general mood of the album is successful; Fembot is hugely catchy and pleasantly echoes Robyn’s collaboration with Royksopp last year, The Girl And The Robot (Royksopp appear here adding their quirky production clout to None Of Dem). Robyn, a rather unheralded risk-taker in many respects, tries her hand at reggae at one point (No, wait! Come back!) but the track in question, Dancehall Queen, is by no means a disaster. It far surpasses that previous Nordic attempt at reggae, Laid Back’s ropey 1983 hit Sunshine Reggae. What we’re dealing with here then, is a fairly straightforward question of value for money, and although a minialbum will always feel insubstantial, once Body Talk’s three parts are strung together, on this form it will be a top-notch body of work. Now that Robyn is making music on her own terms we don’t have to worry about those promised records failing to surface. Whatever happens in the future, Body Talk Part 1 is well worth a punt. Ciaran Gaynor See also: Lindstrom - Where You Go I Go Too [Smalltown Supersound], Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster [Interscope], Royksopp – Junior [Astralwerks]
Jimmy Edgar XXX [K7] If Jimmy Edgar’s goal is to bridge the divide between haute couture classiness and lamé-spangled sleaze, XXX is the crystallization of his efforts to date. Breaking away from a previous indebtedness to his Detroit roots, XXX is pure homo house in drive, and entirely hetero electro in execution. Turn You Inside Out is the swankest thing he’s lent his (actual) name to, even if you get the distinct notion you’ll wake up on the floor of a loft apartment with it the next morning and not quite know how you got there. – DG
Wavves King of the Beach [Wichita] This being the third smart-arsed Wavves review I’ve had the chance to crank out in under two years, I’m inclined to call Nate Williams my muse. Chancing his arm by not only recruiting members from the recently-deceased Jay Reatard’s band, but indeed graverobbing the chap wholesale at some points, KOTB is one foot in the noise-pop grave, one foot firmly on solid ground. Which is a begrudging way of saying this is pretty regal stuff indeed. - DG
MIA /\/\ /\ Y /\ [XL] During the course of It Takes A Muscle, it strikes you that Maya Arulpragasam is really a doe-eyed sweetheart underneath the aural, personal, and graphic abrasiveness that only increases in obnoxiousness with each release. From the title out, /\/\ /\ Y /\ is pure awkward – nevermind a Paper Planes, you’ll be hard pressed to find a Jimmy on here. The production is a cluttered World Cup-worthy hodgepodge throughout, but more than ever MIA seems a vital, if brooding, force in mainstream music. - DG
Teenage Elders [S/R]
The Five Ghosts [Vagrant]
The offshoot of coniferous folk project Porn On Vinyl, Hipster Youth is dilletantism done right - a record that explores the carefully-measured lo-fi clumsiness of POV’s work applied to the more unforgiving realm of electronic music, Teenage Elders explores electro, techno, and house aesthetics without the use of such advanced technology as the sequencer. Humanly off-time notes within perfect melodies and some distinctly dodgy EQing only lend character to an already charming record that lands somewhere on an axis between DNTEL, Caribou, and Chip E. - DG
Dead-eyed fey emoting over primary colour pseudoanthems that leave nothing to the imagination. Anodyne mutton dressed as indie lamb. Music for a certain type of girl. You know the kind. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just... I can’t quite put my finger on the word. Terrible. – CC
soundbite “They’ll hunt you down/And tase you bro/For playing with the rules” - Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man), Devo
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CC - Carl Cullinane DG - Daniel Gray CG - Ciaran Gaynor
monitor words // DANIEL GRAY
Seven inches of plastic was all it took to propel Logikparty into the position of “exciting new band” which they currently enjoy. A Dublin-based four-piece with their own personal styli hovering over unadulterated post-punk, new wave and no wave, the Good Hood/Iodine single established Benni, Gib, Stevie and Daniel as the city’s next fun underground thing to see, even if their hard-nosed style and anti-image is enough to put off the hordes. We talked to singer Benni, who has never been in Abba.
What’s a Logikparty? Is it fun? The term Logikparty isn’t an actual grammatical phrase in itself, but I guess what it means to me is the ability to be absolutely truthful to myself musically with three other people who I know understand exactly what I’m trying to achieve. Sometimes to a frighteningly accurate degree. And yes, it is a HELL of a lot of fun.
Nial Conway and Conor Gaffney make up Nouveaunoise, Galway’s sample manipulators, electronic beep coaxers and acoustic layerers du jour. Their debut album, Paraphrase Accolade, was finally released this month, which will be a relief to those close followers who have been living in excited suspense for several years in the wake of various sumptuous singles and compilation tracks. Are you really making new noise? We’re making music inspired by all the music we listen to and have listened to. Is there such thing as an original though? How did you end up making music the way you do? We began with a tape deck, guitar pedals and a few instruments. We had a buzz with that for a while until we got Cool Edit. Then we started recording and editing there. We had Reason at the time too, but it was more enjoyable for us to make our own sounds than use software synths. That’s changed though as software now
has become more capable. Do you see yourself as organic or electronic? Or are they not mutually exclusive? “Organic” isn’t exactly a genre on its own. But you know, we don’t see ourselves particularly fitted to electronic. Our songs on Paraphrase Accolade fit a pop structure, which is something that is not too common in electronic music. How do your song titles relate to the songs? Are there any that are literally just unrelated names? We normally have a working title that’s usually unusable when it comes to publishing the track, while others are made up words. We do think about it though, and try to give a song a title that fits it. If you could do a split 7” with any band present or past, with them covering one of your songs and you covering one of theirs, who would it be? And which songs? Jaga Jazzist. We’d cover All I Know is Tonight and they’d do a psyched out 12 minute version of our Paperdew. It would be snowy Scandinavian jazzy dream pop heaven.
Say how you formed, and why? Logikparty formed about a year ago in May 2009, through a series of chance meetings and unexpected mutual friends. We always just wanted to make music that we wanted to play and would enjoy listening to ourselves. Everything else (at the beginning) was secondary, but we seemed to get into a groove pretty early on and so talks of recording and gigging ended up popping up quicker than expected. To have received such a reaction to the 7” too and for it to be picked up from stores abroad so quickly was awesome. So while we still have the basics in tact in terms of drive etc, we are a good bit more ambitious with what we’ll be doing over the next while. Have you got plans for an album? How far along are they, if so? At the moment we’re planning to write for a pretty decent amount of the summer. We’ll be hoping to release again before the end of the year, probably not an album just yet, but more than a two track 7” for sure. How was the last Hideaway House gig in Dylan Haskins’ house in Deansgrange? It was amazing. It was such a cool thing to be asked to play the last ever one. What Dylan has achieved with that place is so commendable. It was great to play in a non-venue’ setting in front of a load of people who’d never seen us before and with bands like Jogging and ASIWYFA. Good vibes all night.
games words // EMMET PURCELL Red Dead Redemption Rockstar Developers Rockstar are rightfully renowned for their iconic Grand Theft Auto series yet many may not remember their underrated PS2 Western, Red Dead Revolver. A spiritual sequel, Red Dead Redemption closely follows the GTA formula to create its own unique, alluring identity. Whether you’re saddling your trusty horse, lassoing bandits, hunting wild game or cheating at meticulously realised in-game saloon poker, Red Dead provides hours of non-linear gameplay. Unlike GTA’s protagonists, John Marston is an honourable, reformed bandit that rights wrongs and holds a strict moral code – unheard of in typically murky open-world titles. Multiplayer options are incredibly generous, from online duels to linking up with real-life players to form your own posse. In all years and hundreds of power have been used to painstakingly recreate Red Dead Redemption’s authentic world. Rockstar have enhanced their sterling reputation by ensuring not a minute in their vast, wild landscape shall be wasted. - EP
UFC Undisputed 2010 THQ UFC Undisputed 2009 was in many ways the surprise hit of last year. Based on the fast-emerging sport, publisher THQ’s fighter was a complex, richly-rewarding commercial success. For 2010 minor additions abound, from enhanced grappling styles, detailed career mode additions to a greater sheen of polish in the presentation stakes. UFC Undisputed 2010 doesn’t really try to re-invent the wheel but it builds upon last year’s solid foundations to produce a nuanced, more complete version of an already deep fighting system. This reason alone means there’s now a higher barrier of entry for newcomers, something which is true of any successful bruiser. So if you’ve already been won over by THQ’s UFC efforts, developers Yukes have delivered a solid sequel that serves a strong warning to any would-be competitors, such as EA’s impending MMA effort, that they’re ready to fight their corner. - EP
%(BNJOH'VUVSFPSGBE When Avatar touched down in cinemas last Christmas, it heralded a new era in entertainment as the first must-see 3D cinema experience. $2.8 billion dollars later, the hampering of piracy, premium tickets and subsequent profit margin has corporate figures everywhere aching for the next frontier of the 3D experience - home entertainment. More specifically today’s videogames industry – worth $22 billion in the U.S alone for 2009. With Samsung and Sony’s first 3D TVs hitting stores this summer, Sony have been reminding everyone that their principle market is selling consumer electronics, and have been rabidly pushing their latest 3D technology to the forefront, much like Blu-Ray promotion dominated the PS3’s launch in 2007. In early June gamers everywhere got the first glimpses of 3D PS3 titles on June 10th, with a 3D firmware upgrade. Days later console rivals Nintendo revealed their 3DS handheld. Much-like the higherend 3D set-ups, the DS successor functions glasses-free, thought to be the ideal for the impending technology. So is this 3D really part of our future or just a fad in a long line of video game fads? It seems hard to recall but the current generation of consoles launched just five years ago (Xbox 360’s release) and brought with them the dawn of HD gaming.
Gamers everywhere baulked at the thought of shelling out for a sharper, much more expensive HD television, yet look at us all now. Sony is even predicting that 40% of all UK households will have a 3D-enabled HDTV by 2014 - confident words. Many believe the opposite however, and that Microsoft’s conservative, noncommittal approach will pay dividends. After all Sony lost significant console market share to their US competitors upon the PS3’s launch due to their prohibitive cost, attributed to Blu-Ray technology which the consumer base and their wallets were simply not ready for. Nintendo too are still taking a somewhat safe measure by implementing 3D in their handheld console first, a much cheaper option and one that due to their glasses-free technology may fool consumers into believing that Sony’s option is outdated. Once again Sony is putting their lot behind an unproven but potentially lucrative technology at the earliest possible stage. Time will tell as always if 2010 is the year of 3D but it looks like Sony more than anyone else will be hoping, depending and praying that seeing truly is believing. Emmet Purcell
Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo Nintendo Wii Mario Galaxy 2, like all good sequels, takes the best of the previous game and builds on it. Stylistically, it’s quite similar, but doesn’t feel like a re-hashing of the original. As before, storyline and dialogue take a backseat, and the concentration is upon beautiful visuals, chirpy music, cutesy design, and game play that is distilled delight. There are many familiar mechanics, enemies, and power-ups from the old game, but these are given creative twists to produce new challenging puzzles. A notable addition is Yoshi. His stretchy tongue, directed by the Wii remote pointer, is used to slurp up enemies and fruit for added power-ups and pooping out sweeties – adding his own jungle beat to the music. MG2 is very accessible - young or inexperienced gamers will find it quite forgiving. However, completists will face a real challenge as the difficulty ramps up considerably, which won’t disappoint hard-core Mario fans. - ZJ
EP - Emmet Purcell ZJ - Zoe Jellicoe
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Published on Jul 4, 2010
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