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JU˜TXIBU˜T JOTJEFUIBU DPVOUT 8 Roadmap Nobody likes a showoff

58 Gastro What did the Roman on Animal Farm demand when a woman was caught stealing food?

14 Threads Pulled 16 My Darling Clementine A photo shoot demandarin your attention 22 St. Saviours Boxing the head off Russians like the Cold War never ended 28 Naked Walking Tour Taking the clothes off Germans like the cold snap never started 32 Listings What are you actually doing with your life, seriously? Sort it out 52 The Alley Cat Race Trying to keep pace with pixies on fixies



66 Film What’s up this month, Suckerbergs? 67 Games Typed entirely with NES gamepads 68 Print We have worms 69 Audio The only music reviews page with a dedicated aquacrunk section

56 Barfly Tipsy Rose

GJSTU UIJOHT GJSTU I’ve been collecting my grandad’s pension from the Barrow Street post office this month (if you’re friends with Trisha behind the desk and she asks, my name is Patrick Thompson and I’m 71 in November). When I was a Manchester United tracksuit-clad gurrier deluxe growing up around the corner, the only thing on Barrow Street worth knowing about was the gasometer utility shed where you could keep your Halloween bonfire stash*. Now Google lives there. Each time I walk by the steps to the source of, you know, the entire information universe, two doors up as it is from the Post Office-which-doubles-asan-Insomnia-coffee-and-Spar-sushi-hub and all, I notice a righteously bearded, catatonic old man in an automatic wheelchair, eyes glazed and entirely detached from the office-shirt lunchtime pandemonium around him. The first time I thought he was dead. I said I’d do the right thing and check next week if he was alive, and made a mental note that if he wasn’t alive then I might be able to make away with his sweet wheelchair. I checked. His whiskers were rustling slightly from breath, and his eyes intermittently darted up and left whenever a DART went by overhead. I continued on my state-benefit errand, vexed. The man looked like a crippled wizard on an armchair down-buzz, and I wondered where he went at night. I considered getting a train to Grand Canal Dock station and spying on him from the bridge. I couldn’t find cheap binoculars,

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so I abandoned the plan and waited til my third trip down to the Post Office. As I double-checked for whisker rustles the next Friday afternoon, a Shockwavesgelled passerby plopped a Danish pastry on the old man’s lap. ‘Do you know this guy? Is his wheelchair motor broken down or something?’ ‘This guy here? Do you not know who he is?’ ‘Obv not, mate.’ ‘He’s Google.’ ‘Yeah? ‘Yeah. He is Google. Whenever you search shit, the search is beamed to him, and he sends a message back to the lads in the office.’ ‘Nah.’ ‘For real. Ask him something.’ I cleared my throat and directed a fiveword search term at the drooling, four-wheeled information god: “Punishment for Social Welfare Fraud”. I waited. I waited. I waited. After more than the usual 0.27 seconds passed, I turned back, searchingly, to the bringer of the Danish. ‘He didn’t answer me.’ ‘Of course he didn’t. He’s just some deaf lad.’ Daniel Gray *Happy Halloween, kids. Don’t burn cats.

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Lighting up the increasingly gloomy days of October is the Darklight Festival. Spread over three venues – IFI, Filmbase and Grand Social (formerly Pravda) – this year the festival takes on the theme of ‘Heroes’. In line with this, the heroes of past contributors and alumni have been invited along to take part, resulting in a stellar line-up: Synth Eastwood, Skinny Wolves, animator David O’Reilly and filmmaking pioneer Lance Weiler are all on the bill. If that’s not enough, the festival also takes place on the brink of All Hallow’s Eve (October 28-31), meaning it culminates in a “hair-raising” Halloween bash. Dress code: scary. You’ll be holding out for a hero at the end of the night.


Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’re sick of us telling you Synth Eastwood are the new Jesus Christ. But come on - their contribution to this year’s Darklight Festival is really extra special. Our favourite AV club boys and girls are bringing Super Furry Gruff Rhys over for Halloween Eve, and Super Furry Gruff Rhys is bringing a film reel of his new documentary Seperado. Or a USB stick with the avi file of it, maybe. Seperado’s a psychedelic western musical that thankfully doesn’t feature Har Mar Superstar. Gruff and director Dylan Gosh are hanging about for a Q&A, and a big dirty Halloween party featuring Andy Votel and, uh, yeah - Synth Eastwood. Dibbs on the Golden Retriever costume. Grand Social, 9pm, 30th October.


Walt Disney. Thomas Edison. George Lucas. Lance Weiler. One of these names might be slightly less well known than the others, but all were listed on Businessweek’s chart of ‘The 18 People Who Changed Hollywood’. Armed with only video cameras and cheap PC production software, Lance Weiler filmed, directed, produced and self-distributed his debut motion picture The Last Broadcast in 1998. It was the first digital film released to US theatres, screened to audiences on a projector. His second effort, Head Trauma (2006) was no less innovative: a cinematic ‘Alternative Reality Game’, it is experienced through phones and online as well as cinemas, reaching over 2.5 million people so far. He’s also founded an online creative network, WorkBook Project, putting him firmly at the pinnacle of the digital media industry – alongside Disney and Edison, naturally. He’ll be sharing his knowledge and experiences to Darklight attendees via the means of ‘Transmedia symposium’ on Friday 29th October.



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Portraiture is a strange art form. On surface level, a standard portrait is one of the simplest visual images you’ll come across. Delve a little deeper, however, and it can quickly become the most complex. A successful portrait has the power to capture not only the sitter’s appearance, but also the inner workings of their mind – as if by freezing a moment in time, a window is opened to their soul. Perhaps that’s why Aidan Kelly insists on getting so up close to his subjects: he aims to capture the most intimate gestures and subtleties; the “glint in the eye” of his unsuspecting victims. Taken over a period of ten years, Kelly’s portraiture collection ‘Love Will Save the Day’ exploits his medium in an optimistic way – as the title suggests, he sets out to capture his subjects’ good sides. Images of Terry Hall, Candi Staton, the Super Furry Animals and a young Arveene are included in the collection, which will be on show at South William Bar until October 31st.




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A visionary whirlpool of graphic designers, illustrators, musicians, photographers, and design collectives have each been given a letter from the alphabet and asked to create a unique visual response, encapsulating in their own distinctive way their artistic interpretation of the letter. 26 artists have been rounded together by SHOWOFF, a team who are on a mission to give exposure to Irish talent. SHOWOFF are working towards this with the effervescent OFFSET group, whose gallery shows, club nights, and general innovative tomfoolery are storming through the city early this month. Their diverse pool of talent includes, to name but a few, the bold and bright Gavin Beattie (of tiny little horse), photographer Richard Gilligan (whose noteworthy projects include work done for Heroin Skateboard and Kingpin Magazine), Lorcan Finnegan (who created Lovely in 2004 with Steven Courtney and Brunella Cocchiglia), Scott Burnett (AAD), James Earley (Inputout) whose piece is pictured, and Asbestos. The results of this experiment will be on show at the Powerscourt Townhouse until the end of October, and a limited set of prints will be reproduced.



The people behind Test rarely, if ever, drop the ball when it comes to their booking policy. Redshape, Levon Vincent, Mike Denhert, and Derrick May have all stepped in to the Twisted Pepper on Test’s behalf, and that’s just to name a few. The schedule of their lead up to Christmas sees this trend certain to continue. First along the pipeline is the return of alwayswelcome Legowelt to Irish shores on October 16th. The Dutchman frenzied live shows encompass jacking Chicago house, techno, electro funk, and horror soundscapes. The lads over at Test were fairly unlucky last Spring, when two months on the hop, their guests failed to make the journey over. Sandwell District were at the mercy of the infamous

Eyjafjallajökull volcano incident, whereas Rob Hood fell prey to the incompetence of United Airlines. Both acts have a solid claim for techno deity and should tear the hoop out of the Twisted Pepper on November 20th and December 16th respectively. Many promoters blow their entire kitty on international guests without so much as glancing at the local talent; however, Test, who count Paudi Ahern, Dan McElligot, and Jay Galligan amongst their residents, undoubtedly have one of the strongest stables around. Check for gig info. Hit for a Legowelt interview.


We like nothing more than inventive awareness-raising campaigns, and the Whoop app would win first prize in a CSPE Action project. It’s pie-easy: sign up for Whoop on Facebook, and get a daily giggle in your feed. Yes we know. You could just add Totally Dublin on Facebook and get five daily giggles in your feed. This is a giggle with a cause. The Whoop app is powered by Reach Out, a web-based service that inspires young folk to help themselves through tough times, and find ways to improve their own mental health and well-being the funny Youtube clips are just for starters. Whoop-dee-do.



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As all good Russian historical dictators knew well, the furry hat maketh the man. And seeing as the days are getting shorter and the temperature has dropped, why not invest in a yak-herder hat to ease the transition into Winter. The one pictured above is particularly covetable, a Moncler design lined in fox fur (cue sharp intake of breath) and ideal for sealing out the world as you trudge the grey, wind-blown streets, headphones blasting in resentment. The Thom Browne-designed, Fargo-esque headwear is exclusive to Parisian boutique Colette (, but for those unwilling to fork over €530 we have it on good authority that River Island have a similar number, priced at at a slightly more reasonable €23.


Aside from the ‘chocolate salami’ at Panem, a beanbag shop, incongruous burrito bar and the yummiest gelato this side of Florence, Dublin’s Italian Quarter is also home to Kling, a Spanish street-wear boutique stocking wardrobe basics with a thoughtful twist. To mark the shop’s first birthday, they’re embracing Fresher Madness and throwing a one-off Kling Student Lock-in, with music, goody-bags and a 20% discount for all customers of a learning disposition. Refreshments, of course, are also promised. Because shopping under the influence is a gazillion times more interesting...


The Art of Darkness sounds less like a makeup collection than a study course at Hogwarts, but Illamasqua - that high-drama, über-intense cosmetics line founded by Alex Box- have created an Autumn/Winter line of otherworldly products designed to help wearers conjure up their own dark magic. Already known for their kabuki-white foundation in ‘three shades of pale’, Illamasqua appeals to goth in all of us, with eerily-curved black compacts housing colours named ‘Alchemy’ and ‘Scarab’. This is makeup at its most deliberate, all jewel-toned pigments and inky eyeliner, hues of ‘Liquid Metal’ and, best of all, a navy - yes, navy - coloured lipstick. Frostbite never looked so hot. Available at BT2.


Don’t look now, but red coats are back in fashion. We can take or leave this season’s aviator leather and those padded Barbour jackets (a little too ‘landed gentry’ to be worn with a straight face), but when it comes to the classic wool peacoat, you simply can’t go wrong. Add that it’s designed by king of NYC chic, Marc Jacobs, and there’s all the more reason to invest. We’ve been crushing on this double-breasted, pillar-box red cover-up ever since it arrived in BT2s; it can’t be long til temperatures drop and their limited stock sell out. The timeless shape and pleasingly bright, traffic-stopping red combine to an effect that’s gamine and ever-so-slightly preppy, a wardrobe classic set to last long beyond Autumn 2010.








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The gentrification that’s creeping northwards from Parnell Street seems a long way away, and the area is blighted by endless abandoned buildings whose facades have been covered with hulks of graffiticovered steel. The estate on Upper Dorset Street alone has at least 17 empty ground floor flats, not counting the entire abandoned block on its North-Eastern edge. And when you walk through its corridors you can hear the cries of knackers echoing off the concrete stairwells: “Why the fuck are you taking photographs for?” But the five-year-old with the big mouth is quickly reprimanded and once you start kidding around with the members of St Saviours Olympic Boxing Academy, which is based in the middle of the blocks of flats, you soon realise you judged the tenants far too quickly. They’re out here training world champions and Olympic medal winners with little funding in a twenty-year-old gym. Inside the club there’s only space for a practise ring, a minimal exercise floor and a section for “boxers and coaches only” which has a series of mirrors and punching bags hanging from the rafters. You can spot the less experienced, younger boxers immediately; kids with

cocked fists and crew cuts, wrists bent at an angle, chins up. But when the younger lads have a chance to get into the ring and spar or work the pads with coaches it’s like a glimpse of manhood itself. Aspiring boxers coached by ex-champions. The real fighters in the group, the ones who are good with their mitts, curl their shoulders and move their feet in a series of rapid steps, the corners of their elbows pointing to the floor like half drawn longbows. Three of them, Sean O’Neill, Shane Roach and Gavin Keating are busy getting ready for a charity event on Saturday night. This week, because of the summer holidays, there are only about two dozen members training, moving between shadow boxing, floor exercises and the punching bags. Most of the kids come from the area immediately surrounding the club and pay only €2 a week to take part. John McCormack, a coach at the club, leans on the rope and squirts water in the mouths of two youths that are taking a break from sparring, giving them advice. This wily old man was once the British Middle Weight Champion; he only lost eight fights in his whole career, all of which were on points, not knockouts. His brother Pat briefly held the British Light Welterweight title and their dad Spike McCormack was an Irish boxing legend, holding the Middleweight title back in the 1940s. The only thing older than the coaching legacy is the building that surrounds us. The old Fire Station, which also plays host to karate lessons and a model railway club on the first and second floor, was opened in 1905 when fire tenders were horse drawn and the street outside lined with terraced housing. And it has seen nothing more than a few licks of paint by the McCormack brothers since the club moved there in the late 1980s. It was Jim Macken, Shaun Fitzpatrick, Ned Kane, Harry McKeown and Paddy Callan, who launched the club back in 1964 in an orphanage hall behind the club’s namesake, St Saviours Church. At the weekend John and his brother Pat took me to the charity event they had been preparing for earlier in the week, an eleven-fight fundraiser for Stephen Connolly, who had lost his house to a fire, at The Curragh Camp. On the way there John’s cigarettesmoke-filled car drove passed Ballyfermot and we discussed the Council’s ill-advised plan to relocate families there from the city centre in the late 1970s. At the time the estate mirrored the problems facing the youths who live in the area around St Saviours today. The mix of poor quality surroundings and lack of activities left them out on the streets causing trouble. And the conversation reflected the two coaches’ ethos about their own neighbourhood. “They put them out here with nothing but a church and a pub and there was nothing for the youngsters to do. You need something for the youngsters to do otherwise there’s trouble,” said Pat. And that’s the sense of civic understanding that, along with an insatiable passion for the sport, drives these men to work with the children at St Saviours.



Children join the club from ten years of age, sometimes younger, and the coaches work with them up to three times a week through their teens. They often have to watch them flake out, fall prey to the rougher, more criminal aspects of the area or simply lose them to “boozing or birding”. But the ones that stay are moulded into fighters. “You get kids, some of them come and go, and some of them stay. You can see kids in here at nine or ten years of age and [clicks fingers] like that he’s coming and he’s standing there and he’s getting married or his girlfriend’s having a baby. A lot of the time he’s still a boy, but this boy has become a man and you are saying ‘Jesus, where did the years go to?’,” said Tommy Ahern, head coach at the club and boxing community development officer for Dublin



North West. Gavin Keating joined the club when he was 16, and for a few years before that he was running around the place saying “hey mister, can I join your gym?”. At the Curragh Camp he faced Alan Phelan, a 60kg fighter from Ulster. After five years he had earned the air of an experienced fighter. His shoulders rocked smoothly between a well disciplined semi and full-crouch position, hooks and straight punches crashing into his bewildered opponent’s head. He moved across the ring just like he had done during all those years of practice at St Saviours, pounding the floor until it bled with the sweat of a thousand press ups. In the end the fight was stopped halfway through the third round, his opponent had already taken one seven second count and the final score saw Gavin lead twelve points to four. The other two fighters from St Saviours didn’t fare so well, Sean losing by one point and Shane by a poorly judged two to seven. It was a training session led by John and Gavin earlier in the week that first introduced me to the cruel and unusual sport of skipping. After an eight minute warm up of muscle-burning intensity the group moved between shadow boxing and floor exercises in a brutal series of four-minute rounds, with one-minute breathers in between. When the fifth or sixth of these was up it was time to start on the ropes. Three or four semi-successful jumps and it would hit my ankles, the extra height I needed just to miss the thing driving me to exhaustion within the first minute or two. On the third minute everyone would pick up the pace, whipping the rope around twice between jumps.

One of the lad’s fathers tapped me on the shoulder, pointing: “Your rope’s hitting the board. Come on kid, it’s not rocket science.” Shit. In the midst of my waning self confidence I had backed so far towards the wall that my skipping rope was bashing into the edge of an old, unused speed bag. After six rounds Bille Roche, at sixty years of age, would use the one-minute break to lift weights, do leg presses or pull ups. Colin Byrne, a coach at the club, leaned over as I sat there head in hands, trying to catch my breath. “He’s our youngest member,” he said, laughing. At the end of the session the walls of the old Fire Station were wet with perspiration, clammy to the touch, and steam was coming off the back of our shirts. In September the club is taking part in a tournament with fighters from Russia, Ukraine and London. The week-long event includes taking the kids to local ethnic restaurants and educational tourist attractions like Kilmainham Gaol and Croke Park. The event is part of a series planned to celebrate Dublin being selected as this year’s European Capital of Sport, an accolade it won in part because of its strong demonstration of community-based sport. “It will give our lads a chance to broaden their horizons,” said Tommy. “If you are born and bred around here you can be very, very limited. You can grow up with blinkers on if you know what I mean.” It’s always about what the kids can see and do when they set up these events, whether it’s the fun fair and the beach when they take a bi-annual trip to Saviours Crystal club in Waterford or a packet of chips on the way home from a fight. And on the size and skill of the Russian fighters his boxers will have to face, Tommy smiles and replies: “The bigger the pool the bigger the shark and they have huge pools, but we’re doing alright. It’s just that the level that we’ll be boxing at is still at club level.” The last Olympic champion to come out of the club was the late Darren Sutherland who won a bronze medal for Ireland in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Tragically, he took his own life last year at twenty seven years of age. “I can’t help thinking about his poor parents, because they raised a beautiful boy, as a person. I knew him fourteen years and I never once heard him swear, the worse thing he ever said was ‘aw, feck that’. That was it, he was always so mannered, so presentable. Kids gravitated toward him, he was just amazing, a really positive role model,” said Tommy, his eyes misting over. The club hopes to sponsor a medal in the National Senior Championship in his honour and to hold a commemorative tournament as we approach the first anniversary of his passing. This summer also marks the end of the club in its current surroundings. Several years ago St Saviours secured a €300k grant from Dublin City Council for a complete refit and extension and, after a myriad of delays, the work is about to go ahead.

“It’s finally coming to fruition and the builders are coming in next month. I first started looking for the money to do this about a hundred years ago,” joked Tommy. And the developers working on the project hope the improvements will provide a positive impetus to future investment in the area. When it’s not the summer holidays there can be up to 60 fighters training at any session, packing the facilities to capacity. The extension to the building will double the floor space, from 96 to 194m2, and will open the club up to more female fighters by providing dedicated changing rooms, toilets and shower facilities for both sexes. Even before the club could properly cater for female fighters Deirdre Gogarty, who later became world champion, trained there. Unfortunately a short-sighted decision by the Irish Boxing Union in the 1980s not to sanction professional women’s boxing forced her to train and eventually win her title overseas. Whatever happens to the face of the club the legacy will be preserved in the dynasty of its coaches, many of who trained there in their teens after watching their fathers progress through the ranks, and the effect it has had on the community which continues to be unjustly maligned in the consciousness of Dubliners. As we sat there musing over the clubs future Tommy pointed to one of the fighters who has just walked into the club for this week’s practice. “That’s Charles, the coach’s son,” he said. “He’s knows what we are and what we are about and he’s going to be coaching himself here one day. That’s what this club does to you, it gets into you and it won’t let you go.”



There’s been some beef in the Alps lately. The whole area’s come down with a bad dose of fundamentalism and the once proud trails of liberalism and nature are being patrolled by prudes and zealots on divine missions to crack down on the crackpots. They’ve no more time for nudists. Ten years ago you couldn’t swing an ice axe up here without making contact with a tanned testicle but a number of small, momentous court cases has caused the nudists to go undercover. Being naked in the Alps isn’t illegal, but it’s about as welcome as an avalanche. So on a bright late-summer morning, we pulled a frazzled hire car into a small carpark adjoined to a train station, sat high in the Austrian Alps. We had a meeting with one of the last naturist hiking groups. They call themselves NAKTIV. Every year they take off on a naked European hiking tour. And this one was set to begin in an old Austrian car park. It was a strange setting but by far the strangest part of a naturist hiking trip is the first day when everyone’s still got their clothes on. It’s morning, you’re a little jaded from the drive and sat on the bonnet waiting for the rest of the tour to turn up, you assume almost any clothed person who pops into the scene is a naturist in drag. The bus drivers, the elderly woman behind the counter in the corner store and the street sweeper – you’ve pictured them all without their clothes on and we’re still on the shy side of 8am. It’s the same for everyone involved. Most years some of the walkers know each other before the hike begins but generally they don’t and have just met through online forums. This year we’re seven. Six guys, Robert, a biker from



Germany, Richard an ex-pat from England, Miguel a backpacker living in Montreal, Brian a walking writer, Roland a Dutch travel agent, me and my girlfriend who’s going to be feeling pretty uncomfortable at the start, will certainly not be stripping and will know a little bit more about dick sizes than I’d like at the end of the week. We have a dog along too called Polly. She’s a sheep dog and she carries her own food in a tiny rucksack strung over her back. German dogs are as capable as German people. The group mail had stipulated that we keep our clothes on whilst on tarmac. About fifteen minutes into the walk, we climb over a wooden fence, the tarmac disappears and the entrance to the wood trail turns into a locker room. It’s a little awkward. Should you give compliments?

What do you do with your eyes? And what do you say if someone asks you to put sunscreen on the parts they can’t reach? But in a minute it’s over. As we mosey on up the forest track and see the first snow-capped points, the conversation is not about nudism, but what food everyone’s brought. There should be mountain huts along the way that can feed and water us, but whether they’re open or not nobody knows. With that in mind, everyone’s got at least two days rations in their rucksacks, and at least five litres of drinking water. The walking is tough as hell. On day one we climb about 1,000 metres before we finally make camp for the night. We haul ourselves up forest trails and rocky slopes cursing every little unnecessary item in our rucksacks that’s slowing us down. Dipping an arm into a pack that’s two parts fashionable mountain clothing to one part essential food items, it makes perfect sense why the naturists walkers do what they do. “It’s a matter of comfort,” says Brian. “If you’re doing an activity where you’re warm, then it’s better to wear nothing.” Apologies to my housemate whose rucksack I borrowed, but being naked while carrying a load on your shoulders does feel a lot better than when you’re in a t-shirt that’s 50% cotton, 50% sweat. After a few hours on the trail, being nude feels very normal. Little things like scanning for nettles and bugs when you sit down or remembering to use sunscreen on your virgin landscapes remind you that you’re dressed as God intended but apart from that it’s at the back of your mind. It’s so far back that for a second you don’t register why passers-by are smiling. Some even stop to take a picture or have a little giggle. Others look every which way but at you, and that’s not easy, or even safe, on a mountain ridge no wider than a guide book. “Part of the reason for doing it are people’s reactions,” says Robert, “But that’s not the goal. If I wanted to show my body, I’d go naked hiking through a town not the mountains.” “Sometimes when you’re up in the mountains on a hot day and you’re naked and the rain starts to fall,” Richard continues, “It’s quite magical.” For the members of our walking tour, naturism is as pure and uncomplicated as a nice feeling that gently washes over you. You’re as close to nature as the animals and that, to them, and to anyone who can sidestep their conservatism for even one hot minute, is special. That first night we make camp by a stream and a cow field. Alpine cows wear giant brass bells round their necks and they never sleep. It’s loud. We might be overnighting in the Vatican on the eve of the rapture. Our tent was designed with weight-reduction rather than protection as its unique selling point. And while it doesn’t rain much, we wake up wet. It’s hard to not be miserable. But then a farmer appears on the road who invites us for coffee. It’s the real thing. Freshly

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ground with cow’s milk. And proper cups that we don’t have to wash or carry on our backs. A little taste of luxus in the hardest of terrains. We sit outside his farmhouse. A typical Austrian family and a typical group of naked hikers, then we bid goodbye and take off again to climb onto another ridge. Ridge’s are like rainbow ends in the mountains. You spend the whole hike with the hope that there’s something great at that point. The views are our pot of gold. And this morning for the first time

Six men and a dog, a couple of thousand metres above sea level, posing naked in front of a cross. Jesus would be proud, or at the very least he’d be smiling. Strimskogel Mountain comes into sight. The clouds have parted and she’s as naked as we are. Back at sea level the men are clothed most of the time. They hold down regular jobs. They have wives, girlfriends and boyfriends who aren’t naturists. Naturism



isn’t about converting. It’s a personal choice, but like many personal choices, the public don’t always get it. On the same day that the farmer was treating us to coffee at his family home another one was threatening to call the police. They wouldn’t have come. Strimskogel Mountain comes quicker than we imagined. Walking is like meditation and you get lost in the pattern of your own footsteps making the distances shorter. Suddenly we’re at the bottom. We drop our rucksacks and make a scramble for the top. Heaving and puffing we make it and the bad sleeps, the dry food and the blisters are all worth it. Six men and a dog, a couple of thousand metres above sea level, posing naked in front of a cross. Jesus would be proud, or at the very least he’d be smiling. The second night we survive a storm by camping under the deck of a ski lodge, and not wanting to tempt fate a third time this is where we leave the group. Our chocolate supply has run out and my knees are starting to reminisce over every bike crash I had as a kid. We hug it out then we go down and our naturist friends continue up to the next peak. We check into a cute mountain lodge with a hot bath and an owner who grasps the importance of serving up the small talk with large shots of schnapps. “If it’s hot and you don’t feel like wearing your clothes you shouldn’t have to. Society should be accepting of naked or clothed people wherever it’s appropriate,” Richard said earlier that morning. “Well that’s my dream anyway.” Every year, if only just for a few short and hard-hiking days, this particular dream comes true.


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4RVJDLBOE&BTZ .FMKPBOO It’s difficult to believe that Meljoann’s impeccably produced, woozily electro-influenced R’n’B came from Dublin, but it did. TD tries to find out how it happened. So you were presented to the world by Nialler9 as influenced by the skweee genre, a mix of spare synth melodies and R’n’B rhythms. Is that fair? I don’t know if influenced is the word because I think a lot of people came up with a similar idea at the same time. There’s the skweee stuff in Scandinavia, there’s the Glasgow sound, aquacrunk, and then there’s post-Dilla stuff in America. The general idea is coming from hip hop and R ‘n’ B influences and pairing them with electronic or experimental influences.

You put your EP online for free with the option to donate. What was the thinking there? I’m always pretty broke myself, and I’d just prefer people to have it rather than not be able to afford it. I don’t mind about filesharing or any of that. I think people will support something they’re into at some stage, or most people will.

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It seems like the sound came from nowhere. There’s electronic music in Dublin, but not this. I think I was a bit odd in my tastes. I was into 80s and 90s R‘n’B, really dissecting it. A lot of my mates in Dublin are electronic music producers as well, and they laugh at me, the attention I pay to the exact frequencies in the snare in that track from Bobby Brown or something. It started out with Michael Jackson in the 80s, which is a fairly common thing to be into. There’s so many things you can extrapolate from that. And then doing my own research, and getting into old soul and other things like that.


Minimalist is one thing, Thread Pulls are another. With only two members, typically playing bass and drums and embellishing them with textural loops, they craft austere but accessible post-punk of a curiously noir variety. TD spoke to drummer Peter Maybury. I heard a rumour that you’re the only Irish band ever to play ATP? Yeah, well for a long time we definitely were, but I think Gemma Hayes might have played one in America since. Basically what happened was that Vincent Gallo was given some of our music by a friend of ours, and it just happened that he really liked it, so he asked us to play. Was it conscious to leave out the traditional instrumentation? We were originally a three-piece, but someone left, so we decided to keep it going with the two of us. I started playing drums and synthesizers, and Gavin had just got a trumpet, so he was interested in using that and experimenting with those sounds. We just pared it all back. And once you do that, it just seems to heighten your awareness of all the little sounds and all the details that shape the track. Are you worried about sounding retro? The no-wave comparison pops up a lot. I don’t know, that’s what other people say. Largely that’s not my record collection. It’s not the kind of musical background I come from. It’s just the sound that’s evolved. We’ve had all sorts of extraordinary references given. A guy last night told us we sound like Faithless. I think it’s fun.



artsdesk words //ROSALIND ABBOTT


Design is starting to become a strong point for Dublin. From last month’s Offset festival to the growing array of design boutiques dotted across the city, the industry is defying the odds and coming up trumps. At no point during the year is this more evident than Design Week - an annual showcase and celebration of this quietly thriving sector. For the first week of November (1-7), you can shake off your Halloween hangover by immersing yourself in a range of talks, exhibitions, workshops and even an awards ceremony. Sweet. Highlights on the exhibition front include a group show by illustration collective Brainbelt at Centre For Creative Practices; a rare showcase of ‘Jackets, Covers & Sleeves’ by underrated Dutch graphic designer Cor Klaasen and a new show on eco-friendly innovation at


the Science Gallery. There’s also lots of launch parties at which to eye up some truly lust-worthy products: head for the Malthouse on North Circular Road for a four-in-one launch bash on Tuesday the 4th, including one by leading collective Cream of Irish Design - well worth the bus journey. Early-birds might even want to indulge in (dare I say it) a spot of festive shopping. You’ll snap up some truly unique purchases that any artistically inclined friends or relatives will appreciate a lot more than a special offer bath set grabbed in a last-minute panic. The Dublin Design Trail will certainly point you in the right direction if this is your intention - you’ll find this if you flick to the back of the official Design Week brochure. It is, of course, the perfect opportunity to treat yourself, as well as your loved ones, but that goes without saying...

1973’s Don’t Look Now is a film that has remained in popular consciousness - much like the Daphne du Maurier short story of the same name, which inspired it. In it, Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie attempt to escape bereavement amongst the canals of Venice, only to be haunted by fleeting glimpses of their dead child in, amongst other things, red raincoats. The recurring motifs and omens that are threaded through the narrative generate a resourceful bank of visual cues to draw upon and be inspired by - even Sophie Ellis Bextor once filmed a video inspired by the visual language of the film, not that that’s any stamp of quality. Where you will find quality, however, is in the Back Loft later this month. From October 27th until the 31st, the gallery will house the group exhibition Don’t Look Now. Using the web of themes spun in the text (“fear and fate, foreboding, omens, signs and intuition�) as their starting point, the artists will present new works in a variety of mediums. Textiles, prints, photography, illustration, animation and sound will all feature in this multifaceted creative effort, which will immerse you in the haunting and uncertain world of de Maurier’s classic.


Described by Times art-buff Waldemar Januszczak as “the most glamourous art fair in the world� (and I’d say he’s been to a few), Frieze Art Fair will be returning to London’s Regents Park from the 14th to the 17th this month. Over 60,000 visitors flock to the fair every year in search of aesthetic wonderment, shrewd investments and the low-down on the latest developments in contemporary art. In order to keep things relevant (and a tad more exciting), Frieze hone in specifically on contemporary, living artists; no dusty Dead White Males here, then - the only exception being Jeffrey Vallance’s hotly anticipated mock artistic seance, channelling and interviewing unresting creative spirits from Da Vinci to Van Gogh. Vallance’s installation is one of nine commissioned specifically to accompany the fair, collectively titled ‘Frieze Projects’. There will also be a series of talks and discussions lead by the likes of Wolfgang Tillmans and Bridget Riley - just in case you’re more interested in the opinions of living artists than Vallance’s incarnations. For many though, the beauty of the Frieze Art Fair is the way it comes to life after dark: at night, performances by the likes of Hercules & Love Affair and Telepathe explore the links between visual art and other creative mediums. The perfect way to let loose after a long day of art trawling.


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Thursday 21st ■ Futuresapart Academy 2 8pm, €7 ■ Jim Jeffries Sugar Club 8.30pm, € ■ Peter Broderick The Workman’s Club 8.30pm, €17 ■ Warpaint Crawdaddy 8pm, €14 Rough Trade-signed exquisite corpses ■ We Should Be Dead Whelan’s 8pm, €10 Plus the Doo Wrongs ■ Anne-Marie O’Farrell National Concert Hall 8.30pm, €10 Performing new works from various Irish composers

Friday 22nd ■ Swans The Button Factory 8pm, €24 Vicious NYC art rock heroes with James Blackshaw in support.

■ Suzanne Vega Vicar Street 8pm, €33.60 Will have to settle for Eddie Rockets in absence of Tom’s Diner. ■ We Go Go Whelan’s 8pm, €TBC Plus Storyfold ■ Planet Parade Whelan’s 8pm, €10 ■ Bowling For Soup The Academy 8pm, €25 The band all the bad guys taunt ■ RTE National Symphony Orchestra National Concert Hall 8pm, €10/18/24/30/35 Performing Strauss and Mozart ■ Alabama 3 Tripod 7.30pm, €20/24.50

■ Maps and Atlases Whelan’s 8pm, €17.50 One good reason not to use a GPS. ■ Easy Star All Stars The Academy 8pm, €22 Dub reggae cover Easi-singles ■ Jools Holland National Concert Hall 8pm, €56 With Alison Moyet ■ Yann Tiersen The Village 8.30pm, €27

She Will Whelan’s 8pm, TBC Upstairs ■ Jools Holland National Concert Hall 8pm, €56 With Alison Moyet

Monday 25th ■ Steve Winwood Olympia Theatre 8pm, €39.20 Friends with Santana. ■ Shapeshifter Whelan’s 8pm, €15

Sunday 24th

Tuesday 26th

■ Lloyd Cole Whelan’s 8.30pm, €26 Cause for Commotions.

■ Lady Gaga The O2 7pm, €54.80

■ En Vogue Tripod 8pm Some Pussycat Dolls rip-off act

■ Heroes in Hiding Village 8pm, €8 Spies, Kal-El, We Capture Coffee

■ Herbie Hancock Grand Canal Theatre 7.30pm, €49.50 Now with added global responsibility.

Saturday 23rd

■ A Plastic Rose & Maybe

■ Philharmonia Orchestra National Concert Hall 8pm, €85/75/65/55 With Vladimir Ashkenazy as conductor.

Wednesday 27th ■ A Flock Of Seagulls The Button Factory 8pm, €22.50 Seriously Samson-like without the haircuts

■ Black Keys Tripod 8pm, €21.50 So big they spawned a rap album

■ Polvo Workman’s Club 8pm 90s indie monsters re-emerge ■ Xiu Xiu The Grand Social 8pm, €15 With Former Ghosts in tow.

■ Lady Gaga The O2 7pm, €54.80 So big it’s weird she hasn’t spawned a rap album

■ Digitalism The Academy 11pm, €25.50

■ An Evening with Greg

Dulli ■ Lady Gaga The O2 7pm, €54.80

Whelan’s 8pm, €25.50 Is that an Afghan Whig or a toupé?

■ New Model Army Whelan’s 8pm, €25 Bradford post-punk relics

■ Marina and the Diamonds Vicar Street 8.30pm, €23 Alt-Gaga

■ Gareth Pearson Whelan’s 8pm, €12 Upstairs

Thursday 28th ■ Imogen Heap The Button Factory 8.30pm, €23 Asleep on the Imogen Heap

■ RTE National Symphony

Orchestra National Concert Hall 8pm, €10/18/24/30/35 Tilting at Windmills – performances of Ravel and Debussy.

■ Seneca Whelan’s 8pm, €8 Upstairs

Friday 29th

Clubbing weekly October Mondays ■ Upbeat Generation @

Place, Lr Stephens Street, D2 Pool competition, Karaoke & DJ 8pm

Think Tank Think Tank, Temple Bar, D2 Pop, Rock and Soul 11pm ■ Hugh Cooney Don’t Like

■ Make and Do-Do with

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

Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 9pm – 1.30am ■ DJ Darren C Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 11pm Chart, pop, and dance with a twist

Mondays Pygmalion, Sth William St, D2 Cabaret + weekly video showcase of work followed by guest DJs 9pm, Free ■ Sound Mondays The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Indie, Rock, Garage and Post Punk 11pm, Free ■ Island Culture South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Caribbean cocktail party Free ■ Dice Sessions The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 DJ Alley Free ■ King Kong Club The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 Musical game show 9pm, Free

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

Mashed Up Monday

■ Dolly Does Dragon, The Dragon, South Georges St, D2 Cocktails, Candy and Classic Tunes 10pm, Free

The George, Sth. Great Georges St, D2 Chill out with a bowl of mash and catch up with all the soaps 6.30pm, Free

■ Oldies but Goldies Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 Blooming Good Tunes 11pm, Free

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■ The Industry Night Break for the Border, 2 Johnstons



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Tuesdays ■ 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, €5

■ Sugarfree Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 Soul, Ska, Indie, Disco, Reggae 11pm, Free ■ Le Nouveau Wasteland The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Laid back French Hip Hop and Groove Free ■ Star DJs Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 Disco, House, R’n’B 9pm

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■ Taste Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Lady Jane with soul classics and more 8pm, Free ■ Rap Ireland The Pint, 28 Eden Quay, D1 A showcase of electro and hip hop beats 9pm, Free ■ Groovilisation South William, Sth. William St. D2 8pm, Free DJs Izem, Marina Diniz & Lex Woo ■ Tarantula Tuesdays The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D2 Disco, House, Breaks 11pm

Disco, Boogie, House, Funk and Balearic 11pm, Free

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

■ Blasphemy Spy, Powerscourt Town Centre, South William St, D2 Upstairs Indie and pop, downstairs Electro 11pm, €5

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

■ Beatdown Disco South William, Sth. William St. D2 Stylus DJs Peter Cosgrove & Michael McKenna - disco, soul, house 8pm, Free

■ John Fitz + The K9s + DJ

Mick B ■ Juicy Beats The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 Indie, Rock, Classic Pop, Electro 10.30pm, Free

■ Play with DJ’s Dany Doll Pravda, Lower Liffey Street, D1 Soul/Pop/Indie/Alternative. 8.30pm - 11.30pm.

Club M, Temple Bar, D2 DJ Andy Preston (FM104) 11pm, €5

■ Jezabelle The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Live Classic Rock 7pm, Free before 11pm ■ The DRAG Inn The Dragon, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Davina Devine presents open mic night with prizes, naked twister, go-go boys and makeovers. 8pm, Free ■ Glitz Break for the Border, Lwr Stephens Street, D2 Gay club night with Annie, Davina and DJ Fluffy 11pm ■ DJ Stephen James Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Indie 10pm ■ Funky Sourz

Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 9 – 1.30am ■ DJ Keith P Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 11pm Classic hits & party pop

Wednesdays ■ Songs of Praise The Village, 26 Wexford St., D2 The city’s rock and roll karaoke institution enters its fifth year. 9pm, Free ■ Hump Pravda, Lower Liffey Street, D1 DJ’s Niall James Holohan & Megan Fox. Indie/rock/alt/ hiphop & Subpop 8.30pm - 11.30 pm ■ Dublin Beat Club Sin è Bar, 14 Upr Ormond Quay, D Showcase live music night 8pm, Free ■ Galactic Beat Club The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1

■ Wild Wednesdays Twentyone Club and Lounge, D’Olier St, D2 Frat Party €5 entry, first drink free ■ Shaker The Academy, Middle Abbey St, D2 11pm, €8/6 ■ A Twisted Disco Ri-Ra, Dame Crt, D1 80s, Indie, and Electro 11pm, Free ■ Synergy Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 All kinds of eclectic beats for midweek shenanigans 8pm, Free ■ Dean Sherry Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 Underground House, Techno, Funk 9pm ■ 1957 The Dice Bar, Queen St,

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■ 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 ■ Flirt Alchemy, 12-14 Fleet St, D2 Sultry, Funky and Sexy Beat alongside Chart Hits 10.30pm ■ The Weird Scientist Eamonn Doran’s, 3a Crown Alley, Temple Bar, D2 11pm, €8/5 ■ 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

■ 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

■ 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 ■ Rocked O Reillys, Tara St. Launching 9th October with LLUTHER, Rock DJ,All pints €3.20, Pitchers €9 9pm, €5 ■ Saturdays @ Purty Loft Purty Loft Nightclub, Dun Laoghaire Funky House & RnB DJs, 10pm, €10

Sundays ■ Ear Candy Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Disco tunes and Funk Classics to finish the weekend. 8pm, Free ■ Jitterbop The Grand Social, Lwr. Liffey St, D1 DJ Oona Fortune. Rockabilly/ Swinging Sounds. 8pm - 11pm. (2.30am on bank holidays) ■ 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 ■ Sundown Bia Bar, Lwr. Stephen’s St., D2 Chill-out house, funk, electronics and acoustic 10pm, Free ■ The Latin Beat The Odeon, Old Harcourt St.

■ Beauty Spot Karaoke

Station, D2 Learn to dance Salsa & Samba from some of the best instructors in Ireland. Classes from 6pm, club from 8pm - late, Free ■ Dancehall Styles The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 International dance hall style 11pm, €5 ■ The Workers Party Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 With DJ Ilk 9pm

■ 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

■ 12 Sundays The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Funk, Disco, House 6pm – 12am, Free ■ DJ Karen The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Pop Commercial and Funky House Free before 11pm, €5 with flyer, €8 without ■ The George Bingo with

Shirley Temple Bar

St, D2 Bingo & Cabaret with Shirley Temple Bar 8.30pm, Free ■ Elbow Room South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Jazz, Soul, Disc & Latin 8pm, Free

■ M.A.S.S (music/arts/sights/

1pm, Free

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

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

■ Get Over Your Weekend Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Lounge around with Penny the Hound. All drinks half plrice all day.

■ Magnificent 7’s 4 Dame Lane, D2 The Ultimate Single’s Night Free, 7pm

■ Sunday Roast The Globe, Georges St, D2 9pm, Free

■ Alan Keegan + One By

One + DJ Darren C Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 9pm, Free

The George, Sth Great Georges

Clubbing once-offs October Friday 8th

Sunday 10th

■ Sebastian Leger Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 €17.50, 11pm Despite some of his more commercial releases, the Frenchmen always knocks it out in fine style. Expect techno and tech house.

■ Paudi Ahern The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Test resident and Kerry man, Paudi Ahern drops in to the Shaw. Recording of the last time he played at 12 makes for disgracefully good listening. Free, 4pm

■ Plastician The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 €10, 11pm Dubstep Heavyweight Plastician rings in the year for Hertz-U’s 1st Birthday

Thursday 14th ■ Notorius PYG Pygmalion, Powerscourt Centre, Sth William St, D2 a night dedicated to the best Hip Hop & Rap out there.

St, D2 Fela Kuti Birthday Tribute, Original Afronova selectors: Lex Woo & Mr. Whippy 8:30pm, free

Saturday 16th ■ Legowelt The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 Straight from The Hague, Danny Wolfer’s live set is not to be missed. It’s difficult to pin down his sound, but its somewhere between Chicago house, Electro, Disco, and old Horror soundtracks. Always money well spent. €10, 11pm

out the weekend with disco and house. Free, 4pm

Thursday 21st ■ Nick Curly and Sian Pygmalion, Powerscourt Centre, Sth William St, D2 Mannheim’s favourite son returns to Dublin after his barnstorming appearance in the Button Factory last year. Sian on support duty. €10, 11pm ■ Movember Launch Night South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Sign up for Movember and help promote awareness of men’s

■ Alexei Delano POD, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Upstanding member of the Swedish techno community. €12, 11pm

■ Noze, Discotekken The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 Turbo French Duo Noze brings their ridiculously peppy live show to the Twisted Pepper. David Kitt mans the controls for Discotekken. €10, 11pm

■ Fred P and Levon Vincent The Underground @ Kennedy’s, 31-32 Westland Row, D2 The cream of New York’s house crop drops in for a night in the Kennedy’s basement. Expect deep, raw, house music. €12, 11pm ■ Trentemoller (Live) Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 The exceptionally talented Danish musician tours his Into The Great Yonder album. €20, 9pm

Sunday 24th ■ Moodymann, Optimo The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 Serious double-header with the prolific, legendary Kenny Dixon jr sharing a bill with Glaswegian stalwarts Optimo. Should be a cracker. € Tbc, 9pm

■ Actress and Girl Unit The Underground @ Kennedy’s, 31-32 Westland Row, D2 Werk Discs head honcho Actress brings the bass while Girl Unit of Night Slugs fame drops in with his usual frantic mixed bag. €10, 11pm

■ October Bank Holiday

Party South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 DJ Just Chill spinning classic hip-hop 8:30pm, free

■ Radiomade and Fatty Fatty

present Dj Rahaan and Kev Sheridan

9pm, Free

Friday 15th ■ Scribble: Tuki vs.

Handsome Paddy ■ Transmission Djs The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 The residents of this always well-attended night play a mixture of pop, electro house, and indie. €10, 11pm

Saturday 23rd

■ Transmission Djs The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 The residents of this always well-attended night play a mixture of pop, electro house, and indie. €10, 11pm

Saturday 9th

The Sugar Club, 8 Lwr. Leeson St, D2 Launch night of a new bimonthly party in the Sugar Club. Drogheda posse External Sounds kick off the proceedings, with the ever-impressive Kev Sheridan and Torann following suit. Chicago’s DJ Rahann rounds off the evening in style.

Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Member of the Techno old guard. No real surprises here. €22, 11pm

The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 You won’t find two better Dublin hip-hop Djs in the same room. Free, 8pm ■ Fela Day South William, 52 Sth William

■ Hot Pink Deloreon The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 Spawned from the bloghouse movement, Boston’s HPD bring their electro house to the Button Factory for a DJ/MC show. €12, 11pm

Sunday 17th ■ Simon Cullen and Aaron

Dempsey The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Two of Dublin’s finest round

health, featuring: DJs Billy Scurry & Chewy 9pm, free

■ Deep South South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Dig Deep DJs play quality deep house with live percussion 10pm, free

Friday 22nd

Friday 29th

■ DJ Yoda and Kormac The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 The long awaited debut of Kormac’s AV show. Master of the craft DJ Yoda brings up the rear. €12, 8pm

■ Zombie Circus

■ Sven Vath

Bar’monster Mash Bash!’ (Halloween Special) South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 DJ Mog-y & guest DJs 8:30pm, free

Saturday 30th

■ Andrew Weatherall The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 Seems to play here about 6 times year but you won’t hear us complaining. He always plays a mixed bag, but more often than not it’s top drawer. € 10, 11pm ■ Mr. Whippy @

Southwilliam Bar ‘Chill That Spine!’ (Halloween Special) South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 9pm-3am, free

Sunday 31st ■ 12 Halloween Party The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Expect plenty of half washed off face paint and stankin’ costumes as the residents help you rinse a few last drops out of your Halloween weekend. Free, 4pm ■ Fancy Dress Halloween

Party: The Subs The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 Championed by Dr Lektroluv just before he became a complete sap, The Subs ring in the Halloween festivities for Transmission. €12, 11pm ■ Halloween Fancydress

Party Pygmalion, Sth. William St., D2 Join us for a Halloween party like no other. HALf PRICE DRINK ALL DAY! And Handsome Paddy, Will Kinsella, Frat Boy BabeStealer & Sex Shop will all be hopping in behind the decks throughout the night. Free before 4pm, €10 after /€8 for anyone in costume. ■ Party Monster

‘Halloween Fancy Dress Party’ South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 8pm-11pm, free

Friday Nov 5th ■ Shy FX and General Levy The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 DnB peddler Shy FX returns to the basement, while dancehall kingpin General Levy belts it out in the stage room. €10, 11pm TOTALLY DUBLIN


Visual Art October Adifferentkettleoffishaltogether 18 Ormond Quay Upper, D7

■ Cor Klaasen: Jackets,

Covers and Sleeves An exhibition of design work by Cor Klaasen (1926-89), consisting of book covers and record sleeves from the sixties and seventies. Klaasen was one of the leading book cover designers working in Ireland in the sixties and seventies and his semi-abstract style retains its freshness and vitality to this day. The exhibition will include numerous book covers for Gill & Macmillan, Fallons, Helicon, Torc and the Talbot Press as well as a series of striking record covers designed for the Mercier Press. Curated by Niall McCormack of Vintage Irish Book Covers. November 3 - 10

Alliance Francaise 1 Kildare Street, D2

■ Martin Healy Martin Healy’s practice explores the connection between belief, perception and recorded imagery or sound, through the framework of popular cultural mythologies and phenomena. For the show in the Alliance Francaise Healy will present a series of works that refer to the role photography plays in the classification of the natural world. September 30 - November 27

Bad Art Gallery 79 Francis Street, D8

■ Erin de Burca, ‘Suburbia’ This unique exhibition is a portrait of the Dublin suburbs where Erin grew up from the 60s to the early 80s. It is the Dublin that Erin is familiar with, background to all her growing up experiences. To create these images, Erin worked from photographs of the places as they are now, but as she painted she found she was immersed in memories of people and events of her life in each particular home. The result is a kind of mixture of present suffused with the atmosphere of the past. September 16 - October 14

BlueLeaf Gallery

The Observatory, 7-11 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, D2 ■ Eugene Magowan A collection of works entitled ‘Something very important from some time ago’. October 21 - November 6

Centre For Creative Practices

15 Pembroke Street Lower, D2 ■ Twenty Seven A solo exhibition by photographer Magda Nowacka. The artist will show twenty-seven of her favourite images to coincide with her twenty-seventh birthday. Her selection for this show consists of traditional and surreal photos of landscapes taken by using a variety of techniques including infrared and ND filters, macro and fisheye lenses, long exposures and conceptual photos showing everyday life from “a different perspective”. September 30 - October 7 ■ Brainbelt Illustration




Brainbelt Illustration Collective is a diverse network of 14 creative professional artists and designers who bear a heartfelt passion for illustration. The group’s visual disciplines vary from sculpture, print design, motion design, multimedia and photography. The group launched in Nov 2009, having its inaugural show in the Back Loft Gallery with great success. Each artist joyfully steps outside their normal working practice to create novel pieces of an Illustrative nature. The exhibition promises to be a unique visual feast. November 1 - 7

Cross Gallery 59 Francis Street, D8

■ David King Abstract and colourful works from a formerly photo-realist artist. September 9 – October 10 Kieran Moore Untitled exhibition October 7 - 30 Clea van der Grijn A selection of new works November 4 - 27

DIT Bolton Street Bolton Street, D2

■ DIT Designing with

design and the representation of the Abbey Theatre and also showcases different styles of printing and a broad range of productions, actors, directors, costume and set designers. September 3 - November 6 ■ In Colour Fingal County Council’s Arts Office in partnership with Draíocht are delighted to present a unique exhibition themed for Leaving Certificate art students and teachers. For this exhibition a selection of 20th Century works by Irish artists have been acquired from The Arts Council and AIB collections. This show will be accompanied by an extensive education programme which will include The National Gallery’s Leaving Certificate Revision Day, mediated tours, resource packs and talks by featured artists Martin Gale, Robert Ballagh and Alice Maher. The exhibition will also feature work by Mainie Jellet, Mary Swanzy, Patrick Collins, Tony O’Malley, Charles Brady, Barrie Cooke and more. September 9 - November 6

Dublin Waterways Visitor Centre Grand Canal Quay, D2

■ Slow Architecture and

Communities Exhibition


Showcase of work produced by DIT design and architecture students in collaboration with local communities, as part of DIT’s Programme for Students Learning with Communities. This exhibition will take place in the Bolton Street campus November 1 - 6

An exhibition taking place on a canal boat, which will have travelled up the Grand Canal from Co. Offaly to Dublin between September 9 and October 21. The boat will make its final stop, by Dublin Waterways Visitor Centre, on October 21, where a final event and panel discussion will also be held at 5pm. The exhibition itself explores responses to the current challenges of our built environment. October 21

■ Images from Morocco Work made by visual-communication students from DIT’s School of Art, Design and Printing on location in Morocco. This exhibition will take place in the Mountjoy Square campus. November 1 - 7

Douglas Hyde Gallery Trinity College, D2

■ Holding Together This exhibition celebrates 50 years of the Trinity College Modern Art Collection and the achievements of George Dawson, its founder, who was also instrumental in the establishment of The Douglas Hyde Gallery. It was selected by the staff of the Gallery and the Curator of the College Art Collections. The title of the show, derived from Hexagram 8 of the I-Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes, is intended to highlight the importance of unity, complementarity, and collaboration, and with that aim it juxtaposes a selection of older work from the Modern Art Collection of Trinity College with recent pieces by emerging Irish artists. The interrelationship between the two is the heart of the matter, but there is also an underlying emphasis on landscape, nature, and the elements. September 24 - November 3


Blanchardstown Centre, D15 ■ Playboys, Paycocks and

Playbills An exhibition of Abbey Theatre poster designs from the 70s and 80s, featuring the acclaimed artwork of Kevin Scally and Brendan Foreman. The exhibition represents a changing time in graphic

Gallery of Photography

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, D2 ■ Close to Home September 1 - October 10

Gallery Number One 1 Castle Street, D2

■ FUSE@GN1 FUSE, the interior design and furniture company, is hooking up with Dublin landmark art gallery Gallery Number One. The collaboration will see the transformation of the gallery into a temporary furniture exhibition and shop. The relocation of the FUSE Finds’ vintage and recycled furniture collection will open for four weeks on Sat 30 Oct. The partnership between the two companies recognizes the intrinsic relationship between art and design. October 30 - November 27

Goethe Institut 37 Merrion Square, D2

■ Colin Grotty - Gemeingeist A specially developed exhibition exploring Freud’s concept of ‘Gemeinheist’, or ‘group spirit’ through traditional mediums such as oil, canvas and watercolour. September 9 - October 23

Gormley’s Fine Art 24 South Frederick Street, D2 ■ Francis McCrory

New works by Francis McCrory, an emerging young Belfast artist. The works are set to explore the ways people, places and things are connected in ever increasing ways. September 23 – October 7

Green on Red Gallery Lombard Street, D2

■ The Driver and the

Passenger By Dennis McNulty October 6 - November 6

Hillsboro Fine Art Gallery 1 Parnell Square East, D1

■ Michael Warren: Kireji September 23 – October 16 ■ David Krone New paintings October 21 - November 20

Hugh Lane Gallery

in 2011 the Museum is presenting The Moderns, a major exhibition from its Collection which occupies almost the entire Museum. October 20 - April 3

Inspirational Arts Gallery ■ Inspirational Arts

Photography Award Exhibition An exhibition of the works of the three nominees for this year’s Inspirational Arts Photography Award: Kate Lynch, David Earl and Lisa Cawley. Each candidate is a graduating student from IADT. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on September 23. September 24 – October 15

Instituto Cervantez

3a Chancery Lane, D8

Lincoln Place, D2

■ The Yellow Series by

Ronnie Hughes ‘Hybrid Cabinet’

The Joinery

Ronnie Hughes’ work has long been interested in this idea of studying ‘nature’; the search to uncover order or pattern within arbitrary phenomena, the setting up of complex hierarchies, classifications, models and conjectures – the quest, or perhaps yearning, for meaning. Hughes’s recent works allude to tensions between fate and accident, order and entropy, between the teleological and the merely random. August 5 – October 24

■ Marta Fernandez Calvo Through performance and installation, Marta Fernández Calvo’s work is both varied and unpredictable. The work itself develops from, and responds to a particular space, landscape or situation over time. Natural and artificial light, weather and time are the tools used by the artist for such interventions. October 6 - 12

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 ■ Graphic Studio: 50 Years

in Dublin Graphic Studio marks the gift of more than 30 fine art prints to the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of Graphic Studio Dublin’s 50th anniversary, which IMMA is delighted to receive to add to its holding of modern and contemporary prints as part of the National Collections of Ireland. September 8 – January 3

6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill, Stonebatter, D7

■ The Transport of the Holy

House of Loreto The Transport of the Holy House of Loretobrings together a collection of contemporary documentation relating to the apparition of the Sancta Casa di Loreto in the skies over Ireland on 10th May 1921. October 21 - 28

Jorgensen Fine Art 16 Herbert Street, D2

■ Patrick Pye, Colin Watson

& Mark Shields ■ Post-War American Art:

The Novak/O’Doherty Collection This exhibition marks the generous gift of works by art historian Barbara Novak and artist Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland to the IMMA Collection. September 8 – January 30 ■ The Moderns In celebration of the 20th anniversary of IMMA’s foundation

Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street, D2

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

■ The Golden Bough:

■ Sir John Lavery: Passion

Kerlin Gallery

■ Stephen McKenna New paintings. McKenna’s interest is neither topographical nor social. What he looks for is the underlying geometry of their construction, which in turn influences how crowds and water move through them. Cities do of course have a particular character, but McKenna observes the peculiar nature of the light or the air rather than landmarks as such. September 10 – October 16 Phil Collins October 22 - November 20

7 Herbert Street, D2

■ Cuban Revolution The Instituto Cervantes, in conjunction with the Cuban Embassy in Ireland, is delighted to present an extraordinary exhibition, Cuba Mía, by the acclaimed documentary photographer Rodrigo Moya. The exhibition, comprising eighty black and white photographs, taken in 1964, provides an unique insight into the hopes and dreams of the Cuban people in the early years of the revolution. The photographs, for the most part, focus on the people of Cuba in all their resilience and exuberance; many are displayed in large-scale format, almost a metre square. Included in the exhibition are a number of images of the revolutionary hero, Che Guevara, which have never before been seen in public. September 23 - November 13

Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, D1

November 3 - 27

An interesting coming together of three artists sympathetic to one another’s work. The exhibition was instigated by Patrick Pye. October 6 - 27th ■ Rose Stapleton Following on from her first highly successful exhibition at Jorgensen Fine Art, Rose Stapleton promises an exhibition full of new and exciting developments but also including the still lives and interiors for which she is so loved.

Amanda Coogan September 23 – October 9 Gemma Browne, Margaret Coracoran & Vanessa Donoso Lopez Group show October 14 - 30 Robert Armstrong, Tadhg McSweeney & Mark Swords Group show November 4 - 27

La Cathedral/ The Back Loft 7-11 Augustine Street, D2

■ Don’t Look Now Don’t Look Now is an exhibition of work in textiles, print, animation, photography and sound. Ideas of fear and fate, foreboding, omens, signs and intuition are central to this collection, which is inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s short story “Don’t Look Now” and Nicholas Roeg’s 1973 film adaptation. October 27 - 31


Foley Street, Temple Bar, D2 ■ Policing Dialogues

- an Exploration of Neighbourhood Relations of Power By ‘What’s the Story?’ Collective. A six week residency which will include a public exhibition of film and Installation based on young people’s experiences of power and policing in Dublin South Central District as well as an extensive programme of workshops, dialogues and meetings. This creative and learning residency is aimed at all audiences but particularly at critical thinkers, policy makers, young people and those who work with them. An Garda Síochana have also agreed to participate in the programme and crucially, the learning from this process will directly inform the content of a groundbreaking new training scheme for Gardai, aimed at more constructive interactions with young people. September 14 - October 23

Mad Art Gallery 56 Lower Gardiner Street, D1

■ The Spacebar A group exhibition of illustration, digital painting, video, 3D, fine-art programming and anything else behind the words ‘computer art’. This vibrant and exciting show features projects of artists and designers based in Ireland. November 4 - 13




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The Malthouse

Paula Meehan. September 9 - October 23

■ Locker13 - New Works Following on from the success of ‘Public Furnication’ at Design Week 2009, LOCKER13 will launch a range of brand-new designs at this year’s show. Exhibiting at our studio in the Malthouse, guests will benefit from other Design Week events at the same location. November 1 - 7

■ A Space For Learning An innovative exhibition from the Irish Architecture Foundation, showcasing a unique collaborative project between architects/ architectural graduates and transition-year students. Ten architect-student teams created films, installations, models and drawings to illustrate their ideas about learning environments. This exhibition opens up a new discussion on school-building design, highlighting issues such as sustainability, light, shape and colour in educational spaces.

Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, D1

Monster Truck Gallery

Ted Hughes, the tribes of Crows that populate my home town of Greystones, Co Wicklow, and the materials that they are created with. Expressionistic and spontaneous, I allow my chosen materials their own free will, corralling and controlling them as well as I am able as they spill across the page in their own exuberant way, coalescing into the image of Crow, who stands defiant on the page, proud yet ragged, on stick thin legs, flightless.” (James Kenny) October 1 - 12

Project Arts Centre

39 East Essex Street, Temple

Video projection with sound. September 3 – October 24 ■ Cathal Curthin,

‘Amplitude’ This project derives from a study of the possible physical consequences of supplying energy needs from Ireland’s un-harnessed wave-power. The project is a rhetorical, salutary proposition, a manifesto and an embodiment of the scale of generation required, to supplant our oil dependence and feed our centralizing grid. The research into current and future power needs and the potential provided by wave-power is diligently explored. The result is

4 Temple Bar, D2

■ Daniel Eatock: Two A collection of new works by the graphic designer turned artist. September 24 - October 23

Mother’s Tankstation

- some images that depict work-aday minutiae are drawn from his personal lexicon. The installation as a whole is melancholy; the seemingly unrelated image strips articulate the transitory nature of most experiences, the insubstantial trivia that propel an individual and the brevity of an ordinary life. September 8 - October 8

Science Gallery Trinity College, Pearse Street, D2

■ Green Machines An exhibition about sustainable designs from around the world, putting the visitor in the role of an investor, choosing the design that they feel has the strongest merit and tracking the designs on the Science Gallery stock exchange. GREEN MACHINES also aims to inspire and spot the next ecoentrepreneur and break-through sustainable designer. October 15 - December 17

Severed Head

41-43 Watling Street, Usher’s Island, D8

16 Lower Mount Street, D2

■ Doctor Dog Sandwich Solo exhibition by Uri Aran September 15 - October 30

■ Esther Teichmann,

Drinking Air New photographic exhibition September 17 - October 16

Moxie Studios

Signal Arts Centre

Lad Lane, D2

■ Design Tree Irish Design Shop hosts an extensive exhibition of craft and furniture featuring the work of both up-and-coming and established designers. On Sun 7 Nov, we will be screening all 37 episodes of the classic RTÉ series ‘Hands’. There will be ongoing events throughout the week (to be confirmed) in relation to the show at the gallery space, which has been kindly donated by Moxie Studios and Irish Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA). November 3 - 7

1 Albert Avenue, Bray

National Gallery Ireland


■ Unusual House Guests An exhibition of paintings by Charmain Fitzgerald. The works are figurative and both realist and surrealist, using representational form to create a sense of otherness. September 28 – October 10 ■ Art Sale Extravaganza Signal Arts Centre fundraiser. October 12 - 17 ■ Within the Realm of

Merrion Square West, D2 ■ Gabriel Metsu:

Rediscovered Master of the Dutch Golden Age One of the most remarkable painters of the Dutch seventeenth century, Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667), will be the subject of the National Gallery’s autumn exhibition. Metsu died at the age of thirty-seven, having painted a large number of exquisite scenes of daily life that rank among the finest of the Dutch Golden Age. The Gallery is fortunate to have in its collection two outstanding companion pieces, which are arguably the artist’s most wellknown works. September 4 – December 5

NCAD Gallery Thomas Street, D8

■ Dublin 8 Art by Dublin 8

Artists Dublin 8 Art by Dublin 8 Artists is a retrospective of work by the innovative RADE Project, which will display work from RADE”s arts programme over the last five years at the National College of Art and Design Gallery. Works of visual art, film and creative writing by RADE’s different participants many of them local to the Dublin 8 area, will be presented. The works of art reflect the journey of both the organisation and, importantly, of those who have participated in it over the last half decade. The exhibition will also mark the launch of a new collection of creative writing by RADE’s Participants, entitled Portraits, with a forward by poet



November 5 - January 29

Bar, D2

No Grants Gallery

■ Exhibitions An exhibition about exhibitions, and the artists who make them. Group show by Martin Beck, Nina Beier, Luca Frei, Sriwhana Spong, Pernille Kapper Williams. September 16 - November 13

12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, D2 ■ Selective Memory This photography exhibition presents a retrospective of project activities and contributions to communities and the arts in the greater Dublin area spanning twenty years. September 24 - October 18

Oonagh Young Gallery 3 James Joyce Street, D1

■ Here & There “Here & There” is an exhibition featuring three artists Esra Ersen, Katia Kameli and Maya Schweizer whose video works explore the themes of immigration, displacement and the space between cultures. Their video works question the very notion of belonging to a specific culture. September 16 - October 23

Oliver Sears Gallery 29 Molesworth Street, D2

Cu and Recent Paintings An exhibition by Stephen Lawlor September 23 - October 14 Powerscourt Gallery Powerscourt Centre, D2

■ Repertiore on Selected

■ Clare Langan, ‘The

Films & Screen Savers

Wildernness, Part I’

Nina Beier has collaborated with artist Aurélien Froment to produce Repertoire on Selected Films and Screen Savers, a four day performance and film programme in the Cube. Froment has selected a series of films responding to the ideas within Exhibitions as a whole, and specifically Nina Beier’s previous performance Repertoire. October 27 - 30

The Wilderness. Part 1, surveys a landscape of abandon, darkened by uncertain catastrophe. A requiem for a vanishing planet, The Wilderness, Part 1 is an examination of an extinct world that strangely resembles our own. Shot in infrared HD video and with the use of hand-made filters, the images of the Irish landscape echo graphite drawings. Movement in the film is subtle and minimal with the drama set by Jurgen Simpson’s music composition. Sepember 3 – December 19


15 Ely Place, D2 ■ Futures 10 This exhibition is the second in the second series of Futures, a sequence of exhibitions that endeavours to document and contextualise the work of emerging artists, around who exists a growing critical and curatorial consensus. The artists chosen for Futures 10 are Oisin Byrne, Rhona Byrne, Fiona Chambers, Niall de Buitléar, Damien Flood, Magnhild Opdol and Ailbhe Ni Bhriain. September 3 – October 24

James Kenny ‘Littleblood’ “This series of works on paper are inspired by the Poems of

a visionary, speculative proposal, sublimating the periodic power provided by the waves into a fantastic infrastructure formed of dilated pumped storage vessels, resting on stone pylons extracted from the bedrock. September 3 – October 24

■ Sinead Aldridge,

‘unattainable / joy’

Rubicon Gallery

10 St. Stephen’s Green, D2 ■ Michael Kane Life Story Life Story is an animated and visually provocative installation of 100 paintings by Michael Kane. The paintings cover a very broad range of subject matter. They are rendered in ink, acrylic and collage, on arbitrary newssheet and glossy magazine pages. These paintings are overlaid on the text and images with no conscious or deliberate implications. The title, Life Story, has only a peripheral reference to the artists own life

An exhibition of paintings by Derek Fitzpatrick. His paintings do not aim to illustrate specific heads or landscapes rather they use the form of a ‘figure’ or a ‘landscape’ as a vehicle to allow for a looser more subjective exploration of the tactile quality of paint. The paintings do not represent real spaces but rather the work could be seen as an attempt to give the sense of a psychological state. He is interested in the medium’s potential to portray feelings. The paintings sometimes include features which can be identified as belonging to the figure or landscape but often develop into something entirely abstract. October 27 - November 7

Sol Art Gallery 8 Dawson Street, D2

■ Group Show Featuring artists Paul Kerr, Stephen Penders, Philip Ryan and John Lane. September 24 – October 15 ‘Sapphographs’ by Donovan The exhibition features twelve pigment prints on watercolour paper from the Sapphographs series. Inspired by the poetry of Sappho (7th Centuary B.C.), Donovan captures in visual form the mythic beauty of an ancient artistic tradition. October 1 – 15 ■ Breaking the Silence Breaking the silence is a celebration of Sol Art’s first all female show. There will be work on display by Katerzyna Gajewska, Carmel Doherty, Oksana Popova, Carmel Madigan and Rikki van den Berg. Work will also be on

display by American artist Rimi Yang whose work recently hung in the presenters lounge at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. October 21 - November 6

South William Bar South William Street, D2

■ Portraits by Aidan Kelly An exhibition of photographic portraits by Aidan Kelly. Most are candid works that shy away from posed set ups, trying instead to catch the subject close up with that glint in their eye or mid expression whilst they go about their day. Days like a very young Arveene at the Shelter, The Super Furry Animals in the Ambassador, Terry Hall in Solas or Candi Staton in the ChoiceCuts office, are days to remember. September 30 - October 31

Stone Gallery Pearse Street, D2

■ Vanessa Marsh Vanessa Marsh returns for her second solo-exhibition at Stone Gallery after recently completing an MA in Visual Arts Practices at IADT, Dublin. October 14 - 23 ■ Deirdre Hayden The landscape and its distinctive light are forms that dominate Deirdre Hayden’s work – with abstracted images of ice, trees, clouds and occasionally more literal renditions. Narratives are often situated on the edge of society, fringes of the urban fabric, a sense of mystery suggested by fairground lights or illumination from the headlights of an unseen car highlighting deserted stages where the viewer is often marginalised, looking out from a within a scene. November 4 - 13

Talbot Gallery 51 Talbot Street

■ Clare Henderson, ‘I Can’t

Go On, I’ll Go On’ According to Henderson, her work attempts to present tangible displays of the subtle magnificence of human sentiment. Finding inspiration in feelings of desperation, perseverance and in need, Henderson works to create still, subtle and delicate images. Principally working from a monochrome and muted palette the artist creates etchings, lithographs, water colours and pencil drawings, in an effort to respond to the powerful human emotion that she believes is inherent in us all. The works of Samuel Beckett, Don DeLilo, Paul Auster and Buster Keaton have each played a part in inspiring the images made by Clare Henderson. So too has the sea, rain, mist, and fog. Henderson’s work is insightful and is reflective of the artists own sensitivity and responses to the human condition. September 24 – October 23

Temple Bar Gallery & Studios 5-9 Temple Bar, D2

■ New Black’n’White Temple Bar Gallery & Studios is pleased to present New Black’n’White a series of screenings of contemporary art from Finland. The artists involved in the show represent recent developments in the contemporary animation scene in Finland. All the works on display have been completed the period 2009-2010. September 9 - October 9

Theatre October ■ A View From The Bridge The New Theatre By Arthur Miller Modern classic from one of America’s greatest playwrights 8pm, €15/10 27th September – 2nd October ■ B For Baby The Abbey Theatre By Carmel Winters Mrs C wants a baby not a Christmas tree. B wants a real hairdressers’ scissors and a wife. D wants a snow globe and ‘a big head of dirty auld curls’. All of them want their own place in the world. And if they can’t find it, they’ll create one of their own. Join B and D in the care home where they are residents, and where Mrs C is a carer, on their special – ‘very fecking special’ – journey towards happiness. 2:30pm, 8pm, €15-25 24th September – 6 November ■ John Gabriel Borkman The Abbey Theatre By Henrik Ibsen/ A New Version by Frank McGuinness John Gabriel Borkman was once a great man. Wealthy, powerful, revered. He gave up love for success and was handsomely rewarded. But now, disgraced and destitute after a financial scandal and jail, the former director of the bank paces out each day, alone in an upstairs room, planning his comeback. Downstairs his wife Gunhild lives a parallel life, plotting for

a world where everyone seems to be harbouring a dark secret, this gripping courtroom drama will keep you guessing until the final fatal moment. 2:30pm, 7:30pm, €17.50-40 25th October – 30th October

their son to restore the family’s reputation. The claustrophobia of their lives is shattered once and for all with the arrival of Gunhild’s twin sister Ella, the woman whose love Borkman gave away… 2pm, 7:30pm, €13-40 6th October – 20th November

■ Endgame The Gate Theatre By Samuel Beckett Endgame by Samuel Beckett, tells the comical tale about the aged and blind Hamm and his servant Clov, co-existing in a mutually dependent and fractious relationship, with only Hamm’s parents, legless from a biking accident, for company. 3pm, 7:30pm, €27 13th, 14th, 16th October

■ Romeo and Juliet The Gaiety Theatre Presented by Ballet Ireland Shakespeare’s tale of the starcrossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Against a backdrop of ancient feuds and gang warfare, the ill-fated young couple falls instantly and hopelessly in love. But their families are bitter enemies, and in order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything... 7:30pm, €22.50-40 19th October – 23rd October

■ Watt The Gate Theatre By Samuel Beckett Watt is the extraordinary story of an itinerant character who walks one day from a train station to the home of a Mr Knott whom he will serve. The Bizarre adventures of Watt and his struggle to make sense of the world around him is told with verbal elegance, immense pathos and fierce humour. 3pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm, €27 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th October

■ Witness For The Prosecution The Gaiety Theatre By Agatha Christie Emily French, an elderly woman who recently left her considerable estate to the charming young Leonard, is found dead. Murdered. Though he protests his innocence, Leonard quickly becomes the prime suspect. His plea hinges on his wife’s testimony, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious young woman, bearing an unexpected clue. Will the truth be revealed in time or will Leonard be declared guilty at the hands of the Witness for the Prosecution? In

■ Celebration The Gate Theatre By Harold Pinter Celebration is Harold Pinter’s perfectly orchestrated black comedy. Heaving with dark humour and wicked satire, it follows two groups of diners at a London restaurant following

a night at the theatre. Razorsharp dialogue, playful anarchy and a few shocking twists make this a celebration they won’t forget. 2pm, 10pm, €27 October 6th – October 10th ■ Boston Marriage The Gate Theatre By David Mamet Boston Marriage, David Mamet’s classic comedy of manners, takes us into the world of two friends living on society’s fringe. As they articulate their skewed perceptions of life, the language ignites into deliciously vicious banter as we witness their jealousy, fear, and desperation for love. 3pm, 8pm, €27 September 30th – October 3rd ■ The Rocky Horror Show Grand Canal Theatre By Richard O’Brien Follow squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they’ll never forget, with the scandalous Frank ‘n Furter, rippling Rocky and vivacious Magenta. Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity in this thrilling production of Richard O’Brien’s classic original script! 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, €20+ October 11th – October 16th ■ Chicane Mill Theatre By Anthony Brophy Robert, a successful Dublin lawyer, is working late in his office while Ray, the cleaner, is tidying

up. They chat about golf, football and the weather but both have dark secrets and when Julia, Robert’s girlfriend, arrives on the scene those secrets are revealed in the most surprising and shocking way. 8pm, €18/16 October 4th – October 9th ■ Why Men Cheat Mill Theatre By Peadar de Burca Ever cheated? Ever been cheated on? Ever wondered what compels men to stray from their partners? If so, then a trip to to see Why Men Cheat might answer some of your questions. 8pm, €17/15 October 14th – October 16th ■ The Quare Fellow Pavilion Theatre By Brendan Behan Set in Mountjoy Prison on the day and night before the unnamed Quare Fellow is to be hanged, the play portrays the prisoners’ drab existence as they argue, laugh and struggle in the confined spaces of their incarceration, and all the while the awful moment of execution approaches. 8pm, €13.60-19 October 7th – October 9th ■ Dear Frankie Pavilion Theatre By Niamh Gleeson For over twenty years Ireland tuned in, as Frankie Byrne solved the problems of a nation at lunchtime on Radio Éireann. Lovelorn teenagers, jealous

husbands, concerned mammies, all wrote in looking for an answer to their problems. Dear Frankie is the bittersweet story of Ireland’s iconic agony aunt, tracing the life of this glamorous, successful and popular Irish figure as she considers the burning social issues of the time - and all the while, concealing deep sorrows in her own life. 8pm, €13.60-19 October 4th – October 5th ■ Ross O’Carroll-Kelly,

Between Foxrock and a Hard Place Olympia Theatre By Paul Howard Ross O’Carroll Kelly was once every boyfriend’s nightmare and every girl’s wettest dream come true. Now in the midst of a divorce and having piled on the pounds, the closest Rosser can get to a Leinster pitch is taking part in a half-time penalty kick competition (for thirteen-yearolds). With his old pair splitting up and selling the family home in Foxrock, the house’s once €17 million value has been butchered not only by the good old R word but by local council re-zoning plans. Fresh out of prison, Charles devises a plan involving a lobbyist and a suitcase full of dosh. 3pm, 8pm, €25-49.50 October 15th – November 14th

Festivals October ■ Kinopolis

5th Polish Film Festival in Dublin

■ The Knitting & Stitching

20th-25th October Cineworld (opening gala), Filmbase, D-Light Studio Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Kinopolis will be providing Dubliners with over sixteen Polish films and five special guests. Tickets available at www.

28th-31st October RDS Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm €11.00-15.00 The definitive textile market with an extensive list of exhibitors, galleries, and workshops. Apart from knitting and stitching there will be shibori dyeing, jewellerymaking, and a wealth of other media.

■ IFI Horrothon 21st-25th October This year’s Horrothon will feature the controversial A Serbian Film, the re-release of The Night of the Hunter, and the new French horror film, The Pack. Full details available at www. ■ Psycho with Live Orchestra 31st October National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace 3pm & 8pm €23.00 The RTE Concert Orchestra will be giving two very special performances of the Hitchcock classic. Bernard Hermann’s chilling music will be performed live to accompany the cinematic masterpiece.




■ The Bram Stoker Dracula Halloween Horror Festival 27th-31st October Clontarf Castle Hotel TBC International Vampire World Championship Cloak Race, Clontarf Ghost Walk, not to mention a Science fiction Convention with a horror mastermind quiz and a scream party. Access for all participants to the gothic library. ■ Octophonies 22nd-23rd October Project Arts Centre 8pm €10.00-15.00 Three soloists: soprano Deidre Moynihan, violinist Marja Gaynor, and harpsichordist Michael Quinn and Fergal

Dowling (electronics) Presenting three exciting concerts including music by young Irish composers Ed Bennett and Judith Ring and leading international composers Kaija Saariaho and Barry Truax. Programme 1 | 22 October | 8.00 pm Harpsicord and eight loudspeakers followed by Soprani and eight loudspeakers. Programme 2 | 23 October | 8.00 pm Violin and eight loudspeakers ■ Dublin Flower Festival 22nd-25th October 11am-6pm €10.00 In aid of the urban renewal of DCM and the Dublin Simon Community A competition for floral artists, florists with retail businesses, and floristry students. Official opening to take place on Friday 21st October 11am

designed to generate new ideas for cultural development in Dublin. ■ Lost and Found:

Reclaiming a Self through Memoir 19th October National Library of Ireland 7pm, TBC The first event in this series to be given by writer and academic, Jerusha McCormack, who will be speaking about her interest in people living between cultures. ■ Dine in Dublin: Restaurant Week 18th-24th October, 7pm €25 or €30 per person Over fifty restaurants in Dublin will be participating in this scheme, which presents customers, from 7pm, with a three course dinner menu at a set price of at least 20% below what the menu would normally cost. For more information, go to

■ Culture and the City, Part

3! 21st October, TBC Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Offices A series of conferences examining the relationship between culture and the city

■ John Boyne 16th October Pavillion Theatre 2.30pm €5 The author of “The Box in the Striped Pyjamas” will be giving

a reading.

Roger Hudson Book Launch 5th October Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane 6pm Poet Roger Hudson will be reading from Greybell Wood and Beyond, his new collection of observational and autobiographical poems.

11th October The Helix 8pm €30.00 A celebration of the Irish entertainment industry, hosted by RTE’s Brian Ormond and Valerie Roe. Performances will be given by Paul Harrington, Michael English, Mike Denver, The High Kings, and Crystal Swing.

The Author 12th-16th October Project Arts Centre 9.30pm €20.00 A seductive and unique examination of the horror of our mediated world. Playwright Tim Crouch is welcomed back Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival after having captivated audiences in 2008 with the sellout ENGLAND.

An evening of fine French wine and poetry from one of Britain’s best-loved poets 11th October Button Factory TBC Felix Dennis is launching upon a 21-date poetry reading tour to launch his sixth book of verse, Tales From The Woods.

The Irish Entertainment Awards

Irish Association of Barbershop Singers 2nd-3rd October The Helix 8pm €12.00-25.00 Ireland’s best are joined by internationally acclaimed male and female choruses and quartets to give a display of diverse styles of acappella singing.

The Children’s Book Festival 1st-31st October The Children’s Book Festival is celebrating its twentieth consecutive year, and with over 1,500 events taking place all over the country it really is the most dynamic festival of its kind. For more details see www.

Comedy weekly October The Wool Shed Baa & Grill Parnell Street, D1 ■ Mondays The Comedy Shed Comedy night with MC Damo Clarke 9.00pm, €5.00

Ha’penny Bridge Inn

Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 ■ Tuesdays & Thursdays Battle of the Axe at Capital Comedy Club Dublin’s long standing open mic night 9.00pm, €9.00 ■ Wednesdays & Sundays Capital Comedy Club The club’s flagship night 9.30pm, €7/€5


Thomas Read’s

■ Tuesdays The Comedy Dublin troupe perform with a night of improv and stand-up

■ Thursdays The Underground Comedy Club Dublins anything goes alternative comedy ginch, full bar all night and DJ 9.00pm, €5.00/€8.00

Catham St., D2

Hedigans, The Brian Boru Prospect Road, Glasnevin, D9

■ Tuesdays Hedigan’s comedy features some of the best improv and comedy talent Dublin has to offer.


Camden St., D2 ■ Wednesdays ‘Laugh out loud’ comedy night with Aidan Killian 8.30pm, €5.00/€7.00

Parliament St., D2


Lower Rathmines Road ■ Farlmeister’s comedy box 9pm, €5/€2

The International Bar Wicklow St., D2

■ Mondays Comedy Improv night 8.30pm, €8/€10 ■ Tuesdays Andrew Stanley’s Comedy Mish Mash

8.30pm, €8/€10 ■ Wednesdays The Comedy Cellar with Andrew Stanley Ireland’s longest running comedy night 9.30pm, €8/€10 ■ Thursdays & Fridays Resident MC Aidan Bishop takes to the stage 8.45pm, €8/€10 ■ Saturday The International Comedy Club Early and late shows 8pm and 10.30pm, € ■ Sunday What’s New at the International New material night

The Bankers Trinity St., D2

Twisted Pepper

Comedy improve with The Craic Pack 9pm, €8/€10

54 Middle Abbey Street

■ Fridays Comedy Ireland holds their weekly Voice Box, Zocorro and Street Justice Showdown nights 8pm, Free

■ Saturdays Stand Up @ The Bankers 9pm, €8/€10

The Flowing Tide

Shebeen Chic South Great George’s St., D2

Lower Abbey St., D1

■ Fridays Neptune Comedy Night

■ Sundays Comedy Crunch Stand-up comedy 9.00pm, Free

Peader Kearneys

The Belvedere

64, Dame St., D2

Great Denmark St., D1

■ Fridays ‘The Comedy Galf’ boasts international comedians and drink specials 9.00pm, €10/€8/€5

■ Sundays Comedy Dublin host Sunday improv sessions. 8pm, €5/€6/€8

■ Thursdays & Fridays

Comedy once-offs October ■ One Man Lord of the

Rings Like many Lord of the Rings fans, Canadian actor, playwright and self-proclaimed ‘professional geek’, Charles Ross fell in love with Tolkein’s trilogy at an early age. After the success of his One Man Star Wars Trilogy, people asked him what he would tackle next. He didn’t even blink. The Sugar Club

8pm, €19.50 4th October ■ Steve Hughes Former Slaughter Lord frontman and pizza factory worker sails over from Sydney. Laughter Lounge 8.30pm, €28 7th October – 9th October

With David O’Doherty, Neil Delamere, Dead Cat Bounce, Jarlath O’Regan and more. Olympia Theatre 7.30pm, €28 7th October ■ Al Murray Pub philosophy Vicar St. 8pm, €28 8th October

■ Central Remedial Clinic

D’ Unbelievable ‘imself. Vicar St. 8.30pm, €28 9th October ■ Rich Hall The closest you’ll come to seeing Moe Szyslak in person. Olympia Theatre 8pm, €24-30 10th October

Skins. Vicar St. 7.30pm, €28 13th October

■ Jack Wise Aka. Gob from Arrested Development Laughter Lounge 8.30pm, €28 21st October

■ Markus Birdman Anyone who’s a friend of tabletennis and Kurt Vonnegut is a friend of ours The Laughter Lounge 8.30pm, €28 14th October – 16th October

■ Brendan Grace First ever Vicar Street show from the… young upstart. Vicar St. 8.30pm, €30 21st October

■ Jon Kenny

■ John Bishop One of the youngfellas from

■ Mon €75+5 Texas Holdem Freezeout 8:30pm

■ Wed €20+5 Texas Holdem Rebuy 8:30pm

■ Fri €55+5 Texas Holdem Scalps 8:30pm

■ Sun €50+5 Texas Holdem Freezeout 8:30pm

■ Tue €50+5 Texas Holdem Double Chance 8:30pm

■ Thur €95+5 Texas Holdem Double Chance 8:30pm

■ Sat €120+5 Texas Holdem Freezeout 8:30pm

■ Special Event Last Thursday of every Month - €250+20 Freezeout. Biggest regular poker

Comedy Night

Poker October Fitzwilliam Card Club Online booking www.

tournament in Dublin with 140+ players. 8:30pm

Jazz October Sunday

6pm, Free

8.30pm, €6 18 Piece Big Band

■ Jazz And Sushi Yamamori Sushi 38 Lower Ormond Quay, D1 7.30pm, Free Sept 5 - Yoko Taguma (Japan), Sept 12 - Soyoung Yoon (Korea) Trio, Sept 19 - Cary Posavitz (Usa) Trio, Sept 26 Kevin Morrow (Ireland) Trio

■ Globetrotter Quartet Shebeen Chic 4 South Great Georges St. 10.30 Pm, Free


■ The Merrion Gates Fitzpatricks Castle, Killiney 12.30 Pm, Free Dixieland Jazz Band ■ Jazz Globetrotters Purty Kitchen Temple Bar

■ Max Greenwood Town Bar And Grill, 21 Kildare Street 7pm, Free† ■ KristIna G. Trio Cafe Novo, Harry Street, D2 3pm, Free


■ Hot House Big Band The Pint, 28 Eden Quay

■ Jam Session Centre For Creative Practices, 15 Lower Pembroke St 8pm, €7

Thursday ■ Isotope Jj Smyths, Aungier Street 9pm, €10

9pm, Free


Monday 4th Friday 8th ■ Bottlenote Festival:

■ Kevin Morrow Quartet The Supper Club, Burlington Hotel, D4 7.30 Pm, Free

One Offs Sunday 3rd ■ Bottlenote Festival:

Morla+Con Tempo String Quartet

■ Alex Mathias Quartet International Bar, Wicklow St., D2

Peppercanister Church, Mount Street Crescent, D2 8.30pm, €10/8

Bottlenote In Progress Hello_operator, 12 Rutland Place, D1 6.30pm, Free

Saturday 9th ■ Bottlenote Festival:

Swinging Blue Cats (Kilkenny) Button Factory, Temple Bar 9pm, €10

Sunday 24th ■ Herbie Hancock Grand Canal Theatre, Docklands, D2 7.30pm, €49.50

Bottlenote Game Run Hello_operator, 12 Rutland Place, D1 8.30pm, €10/8

Monday 18th ■ Hep Cat Club Feat.

Trad October Thursday


From 8pm, Free


From 8pm, Free

■ Blarney Inn 1-2 Nassau Street, D2 Traditional Irish Music Sessions From 8pm, Free

■ Blarney Inn 1-2 Nassau Street, D2 Traditional Irish Music Sessions & Live Irish Dancers

■ Club Nassau 1-2 Nassau Street, D2 Dublin’s Original 80’s Club 11pm, €10/€5 with concession

■ Blarney Inn 1-2 Nassau Street, D2 Traditional Irish Music Sessions & Live Irish Dancers

■ Club Nassau 1-2 Nassau Street, D2 Dublin’s Original 80’s Club 11pm, €10



jazz words // OLLIE DOWLING

The Sax Sisters

Later this month, we see the annual exodus of fans and musicians alike heading from Dublin to Cork for the October Bank Holiday weekend (Oct 22-25) as part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Some of the big names for this year’s programme include Charlie Haden, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Neil Crowley and the Norma Winstone Trio. Now this is one lady I can’t wait to check out releasing her debut album in 1971 and now with her latest Stories Yet To Tell on ECM, one of the best releases so far this year. Bands from Dublin appearing this year include the DIT Big Band, John Moriarty, Colette Henry, Louis Stewart and the Sax Sisters and many more... The biggest name on the bill (and his first time to Cork) is the genius they call Herbie Hancock, still going strong at age 70. The Festival is the biggest jazz event in the country and one of the best in Europe, with over 1,000 musicians from 37 countries converging on the city, with hundreds of sessions in over 90 venues citywide and you can expect upwards of 50,000 fans to visit over the weekend, and full details are available at www. If you can’t make it to Cork, you can catch Herbie Hancock



at the Grand Canal Theatre on Sunday Oct 24th with doors 7.30pm and tickets €49.50. I recently caught the Clare Dunne Quartet at a midweek gig in the basement of Shebeen Chic, where it was a packed house and with new jams and regular sessions cropping up all over Dublin, it’s a good sign jazz in Dublin is definitely on the up. The young Turks of the city’s music scene are taking the lead and injecting vitality into the small-scale gig circuit and it looks like this girl is in front. I first came across Clare when she fronted an outfit called Round Midnight a number of years ago, where she regularly played at the much missed Late Nights at the Gaiety. This month you can see her Oct 10th at Yamamori Sushi, Ormond quay from 7.30pm and will be joined on the night by Graham Heney (bass), Aidan O’Donovan (drums) and Mathias Baumann (guitar) and all currently studying jazz at Newpark, Blackrock. The Hep Cat Club at the Button Factory happens Monday Oct 18th, with the Swinging Blue Cats from Kilkenny, and a swing dance class starts off the night at 8pm with the band on stage for 9pm and admission €10.

Another recent sellout night was the launch of the new CD from Bostonborn Maria Tecce called Viva! (her third album) and two years in the making, at the newly relaunched Mercantile venue on Dame Street. And if you were in the crowd, you would have heard her spine-tingling version of George Benson’s Nature Boy and a version of it is to be found on her CD. Previously mentioned appearing at Cork this year, are the Sax Sisters (Ireland’s only all female sax quartet), a pet project of my own as I got into conversation a number of months ago with a sax who claimed that there were NO good female sax players in the country and so within 48 hours I had found four and for the last few months they have been rehearsing and now will be appearing in Cork for 4 gigs, namely the Festival Club, The Imperial Hotel, The Granary Theatre and The Clarion Hotel and what you will hear are their interpretations of jazz classics old and new. You can get more details on times etc at and if you’re there for the weekend, drink responsibly and above all enjoy the jazz.

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icycle messengers are now a common feature of the streets of Dublin. That distinctive silhouette; the tall, lean, dreadlocked figure astride a similarly slender fixed-gear bicycle, can be seen slipping between buses and delivering packages. Their passion for reckless abandon doesn’t stop when the work day is over; speedy urban cycling isn’t simply a job for them. As in other cities with courier populations, they feel the need to test their abilities against one another, and from this came the idea for illicit street races, called “alley cat” races. Like The Fast and the Furious. Only on bikes. And less shit. I came to cycling (in Dublin at least) quite abruptly. Within the space of a couple of days I went from barely noticing cyclists as I dreamily ambled along, to being on a bicycle first thing every single day, and spending a sizeable portion of the rest of the day thinking and talking about bikes. I began thirsting after speed, eyeing up other bikes on the road and trying to race after couriers. Once or twice I beat them. Most of the time I came nowhere near. Once I had gotten it into my head, I started fantasizing about being in the lead in an alley cat. For weeks I made swooshing sounds when I cycled and accelerated and had dreams of winning races with power ballads playing in the background. I finally found out about the next race from the Dublin messengers web-board. Once the reality of entering the race set in though, all I could think about was how my competitive streak, once unleashed, often leads me towards hubris, and eventual injury. Unfortunately, the proverbial snowball had already been gathering speed for quite some time. On the day of the race I became painfully aware of a malady latching onto me, which had caused my macho boyfriend to curl up in fear of the light, maintaining his bond with reality largely through ceaseless game-play of Red Dead Redemption. As it was, I was already feeling spasms of terror at the fear of absolute failure and humiliation, and this unease mixed with the beginnings of a flu meant I came very close to not competing at all. I nonetheless became convinced that it would be worthwhile attending the alley cat race, even if it was as a spectator. As we joined the couriers at the corner of Stephen’s Green, at the Wolfe Tone statue, the immediate, most obvious difference between myself and the couriers is that I cycle a bicycle with gears. “Fixies”, (fixed gear bicycles), have become an informal sign of membership amongst couriers. These bicycles only have one gear and no free wheel, which means that you’ve got to constantly keep pedalling and must back-pedal to stop. They’re chosen partly for the practical reasons of being light-weight, low-maintenance, and highly-responsive, but also for their cleancut appearance and the fact that they’re status symbols, being notoriously difficult




to cycle. The couriers are imposing, apart from their fixie fetish, if only for the fact that they clearly all know each other very well. Tension eased its hold on me, and as we drank cans and chatted in the golden light of Friday evening, I decided to go all in, even if I was comically snotty-nosed and wearing unsuitable dress. Dusk is descending when the call is given, all those participating lay their bicycles together and we’re given our instructions. There is no fixed route – we’re just given manifests (designed to replicate the kind of work you might do as a courier) with certain checkpoints, and are left to figure out the quickest route between them. This is where actually being a courier would really come in handy. I cycle every single day, and would say that, even though I’ve only lived here for five years, I know Dublin pretty well. But neither mine nor my friends’ knowledge (friends who’ve been born and raised in the city) really comes close to the ease with which all the messengers navigate the streets. They know exactly which obscure laneways connect what streets, they’re used to intuitively navigating their way through back alleys in weather which we wouldn’t open the

door to, all to shave seconds off of delivery times. They couldn’t be faster unless they had Google Maps hooked to their veins. Lost in thought, I distantly heard the shout for “on your bikes” and realised everyone was running towards their rides. Caught up in the elation of those first minutes in which I was pretty much part of a cycling gang, I managed to lose all three of my companions before even getting off Stephen’s Green. No need to worry, I decided, the gang I’m trailing will steer me towards the first checkpoint – St Patrick’s Close, never heard of it. I followed as quickly and carefully as I could. We dashed down little alleyways between Stephen’s Green and George’s Street, dodging bins, the first of the night’s vomit, and revellers taking a surreptitious slash. Things don’t go quite as planned. It turns out that we’ve no idea where we’re going, and the guys I thought I was following were relying on me to get them there! As mounting waves of panic rose in my throat, I momentarily consider making a hasty departure… Going home for a cup of tea… Maybe Midsomer Murders… Interrupting these thoughts I saw John,

cruising the other way down Meath Street. He too had missed the first checkpoint, but knew where to go now. We anxiously u-turned (slightly deflated) and found a couple messengers standing by their bikes in the shady St Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Close. We could tell that one of them was a zombie from his ripped shirt and the talcum powder on his face and hair. It was pretty clear that we were the last ones to arrive. Second wave of panic: I realised that I had already lost my manifest. Fuck it. No question of surrender now, not when we had a chance of at least getting to all the checkpoints. Staunch moron that I am I was to have my manifest found for me in a crossroads - only to lose it again before the race was over. We were each given a list by the zombie from which we had to produce one item, either a rabbit foot, a jelly snake, red ZigZag cigarette paper, or a single Monster Munch. Blunderingly, I bought a packet of Monster Munch with a sweaty handful of coppers on Thomas Street and hurriedly distributed them. At St Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, a priest was performing exorcisms. As he ceremoniously decanted fake blood I feared for the worst, presuming that I was going have to drink it, only to be relieved when he just



smeared it onto my face and my manifest. At this stage it was blindingly obvious that we were definitely the last group of people, as he was packing up to leave when we arrived. This meant that we got a certain amount of pity and were not made to perform the arbitrary task (of locking your bike then sprinting up and down a big load of steps) which everyone else before us had been made to do. As soon as we were all bloodied up, we tore, in an attempt to catch up with the next group, through Kilmainham, down across the Liffey, and on to Phoenix Park. By now it was pitch black as we staggered enthusiastically into the undergrowth, listening for the cackle of three witches having a smoke in a tree. On the way up to get our manifests signed by one of the witches, we trip over the carcass of a recently demised deer and are



We were each given a list by the zombie from which we had to produce one item, either a rabbit foot, a jelly snake, red Zig-Zag cigarette paper, or a single Monster Munch accompanied by black bounding rodents. Things started looking up from here though – it was around this time that the Benny Hill theme began to play in a

thundering, endless repeat in my head, punctuated occasionally by the haunting backing vocals of the Trashmen’s 1963 hit, Surfin’ Bird. We speed down the quays, breaking lights on the way and avoiding taxis, towards Temple Bar. We decide on a short-cut over the Ha’penny bridge, bikes over shoulders, in an attempt to make it through Temple Bar at half nine on a Friday night - minimising time lost trundling over glass-encrusted cobblestones. In Temple Bar Square Percy Pigs are thrust into our grubby hands – I ingest mine with such gusto that I am rewarded with a couple more for the rest of the ride. There’s a definite feeling that we’re out of the wilderness now as we head towards Club Nassau to hand over our crumply manifests and (now more than a little crushed) Monster Munches. But before we’re able to head to our final checkpoint in Donnybrook the checkpoint marshals relaxing with pints instruct us to climb on top of the post box across the road. On a regular day, this wouldn’t be much of a problem for me. But I wasn’t dressed for the race to begin with, and my feet are mucky and sweaty from stumbling, in the dark, around the jungle of nettles that is Phoenix Park. Embarrassed at seeming the weakest member of the group, I end up having to rope in two unfortunate lads to give me a foot-up. We’re on our final stretch now, past Stephen’s Green (trying not to check how many people have already finished the race) and on towards the Morehampton Hotel. At this point everything feels incredibly easy, and it’s a delight speeding through roads that I cycle every single day (TD offices, D4, roysh), knowing every bump and pot hole. Reaching the marshals at the checkpoint is slightly anti-climatic; they’re clearly impatient to get to the finish-line festivities themselves. Finally, it’s back down towards Stephen’s Green. As we come off Leeson Street, I abruptly turn away from the group, onto the path, seeing a shortcut which I’m surprised no one else notices. As each of us skids our way to our very final checkpoint, I realise with horror that instead of my manifest all I have are the crumbly remains of a Monster Munch. Luckily for me, I manage to convince the organizers that I have, in fact, passed through each and every checkpoint. I was genuinely delighted to win the prize for Dead Fucking Last (a small plastic tool case and a pair of sunglasses which I’ve already lost). There were a couple people who showed up after us but had given up on going to all of the checkpoints. Frankly, I would rather fail with panache. As we stood drinking with the couriers I was not only hugely relieved that I had (certainly with help) managed to complete the race itself, but also genuinely full of exuberance. Despite not having dreadlocks, I really did feel as though I had understood what it meant to be a courier, albeit a slow and lost one.

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are completely unaccustomed to the very loose guidelines of etiquette and restraint applicable in your average nightclub. Attempting to visit the upstairs smoking area becomes equivalent to partaking in a G8 protest gone awry, with bouncers blocking the staircase due to overcrowding, effectively kettling a large group of us clubgoers into the subterranean dancefloor area. In the meantime, a friend of mine manages to deter a man from punching me in the back of the head because, in his words, “I don’t know this guy”. Inextricable bonds are formed between young women and their friends, holding onto their arms for dear life, at full stretch, blocking passageways and staircases, down which every thirty seconds or so somebody stumbles or falls. So far so good. On the plus side, drinks promotions are reasonable and, on the dancefloor at least, people seem to be enjoying themselves without hitting the deck or feeling the need to shove one another out of the way. However, it’s clear to me, poignantly, that, as a 21-yearold milquetoast, I’m both too old and too timid for this place. I wonder how our semi-ironic relationship with nightclubs will be viewed by history, all the same. Club anthems abound (we’re in a club,

I suppose) and most people dance-push you out of the way in queueing for the bar. For a venue in which we ought to “come together”, in a loose sense, there is little to no camaraderie or empathy evident from the actions of the many. Maybe I’m actively disassociating myself from proceedings, but the atmosphere is decidedly culturally hermetic and inhospitable. This, I will say, is the “fault” of the clientele rather than of the staff or premises. Indeed, there’s something very purposeful and self-conscious about the fun everyone’s having. Their eyes are fixed firmly ahead at something either out of their grasp or fleeting, ethereal and perhaps imaginary. What happens inside is beyond your control, as an individual. You are part of a communal experience, for better or worse, dictated by the will of the many. By half past twelve, it’s gotten a little messy. As I leave the club, Anton grabs me by the shoulder and leads me up Harcourt Street. “What a night, man,” he laughs, thumbing the buttons of a doublebreasted coat he didn’t go into the club wearing, “I absolutely tore it up in there.” I laugh unenthusiastically as we walk past two young men coming the opposite direction, into the chest of one of whom Anton thrusts his shoulder, his eyes, of course, fixed firmly ahead. The other guy is startled, but doesn’t react. There is silence for a few seconds before my companion’s jovial manner is resumed, with slurred talk of a girl who’s skipping Transition Year that I don’t really want to listen to. I tune out and keep my eyes on the horizon, the lights of Grafton Street growing closer, and the promise of sleep. 60 Harcourt Street Dublin 2 t: 01 4764603

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4MJDFXPSME 1BVMJF˜T1J[[B Even on an autumnal Tuesday night in the midst of falling temperatures, the Junior Quarter of Dublin 4, or the strip of pavement that leads from Junior’s on Bath Avenue to Paulie’s Pizza on Grand Canal Street, is brimming with brave soldiers either dining al fresco beneath street-hogging awnings or queuing with military diligence for a bite of something salubriously tasty to eat. It’s fair to say that the sister restaurants owned by two brothers, Paul and Barry McNerney, have put Ringsend on the culinary map and their close proximity to each other, like a facile version of connect the dots, makes perfect sense. If one restaurant is full (I am yet to get a table at Junior’s for Sunday brunch), hop round the corner to the other one and well, if there’s time to kill till your number’s up, there’s no better slaying ground than Slattery’s pub across the road. While the menu at elder sibling Junior’s focuses on New York inspired sink-yourteeth-into-grub, the newly opened Paulie’s Pizza offers a range of pizzas especial to Naples and New York along with a small selection of pasta dishes such as gnocchi, cannelloni and classic Bolognese. Space is tight with both eateries relying on outdoor areas for extra seating. At Paulie’s, the front façade of the twenty seater restaurant opens up completely to reveal seats for a further twelve or so outside, with blankets to make the cold bearable. The effect is a boundless sala da pranzo or a Mediterranean dining room where all the paraphernalia of city life – the glowing traffic lights, humming cars and fast-paced passersby are as much a part of the furniture as the eye-catching eagle-adorned Elektra coffee machine that reigns over the interior from a high counter top. Having experienced her first taster of Paulie’s only a few nights before, my discerning chef mate, Niamh, was more than happy to return for seconds with me one Tuesday evening. On her recommendation, we ordered a starter from the special’s board – grilled peaches with mozzarella, rocket and walnut pesto (€8) and gambled on another dish referred to as ‘arancini’ (€7) on the hand-scribbled menu. Our wager on the latter paid off and we delved into the trio of deep fried rice balls like oil-greedy miners, elated to strike smooth Italian gold – Provolone cheese- at the core. Accompanied by a delicious tomato sauce that was abundant with capers, the arancini packed punch



with its smoky/salty combination. It was nearly as good as the peach starter that boasted juicy chargrilled peach segments offering just the prescribed dosage of sweetness, fresh fragrant rocket, tender mozzarella, balsamic and a gloriously gritty, nutty pesto. 12 inches of piquant pleasure came next in the form of the Super Picante – a sizeable thin-based pizza topped with spicy salami, chillies, red peppers, chilli oil and smoked mozzarella (€14.50). The crust was crispy not burnt and the centre of the pizza was topped with an assemblage of rocket leaves. Our other main – linguini with scampi from the special’s board had touted chilli, garlic and white wine as primary ingredients but we struggled to find even a soupcon of evidence that these items had made it into the pot at all. Unfortunately, the distinct lack of flavour negated the really good characteristics of the dish like the pasta’s sublime buttery texture and the top quality of the prawns. We kicked ourselves for passing up the already famed gnocchi. Post-carbohydration, any available space in our bellies was reserved for a big slab of warm chocolate brownie that came with a scoop of melty vanilla ice cream (€6). It was coarser in texture than the chocolate goo I’m used to but nevertheless, Paulie proved that it’s not just pizza he does well. We also tried the panacotta (€6) – a vanilla speckled wibblywobbly wonder that was decorated with syrupy strawberries and just slid down the hatch. Two gluggable reds – Valpolicella for Niamh and a Tuscan Poggio del Sasso for me were imbibed by the glassful, keeping things light-hearted and fruity at €6 a pop or €24 for the bottle. And for

the grand finale, the chrome-polished, rocket-shaped Elektra was fired up and sent on a caffeinating mission of double shot proportions upon my request and whaddya know, the fancy machine can make a decent cappuccino! With take off imminent, we settled the bill of €70.50. Paulie’s Pizza however with its cool vibe, creative décor, and not to mention stellar pizza, is already halfway to the moon. 58 Grand Canal Street Dublin 4 t: 01 6643658



It’s a great concept, a floating restaurant. And the Docklands, with the recent additions of the Convention Centre, the Dublin Observation Wheel and a series of architectural bridges that link North and South in fabulous feats of engineering is a great place to be, especially at night. Lit up, the buildings become translucent and the capital takes on new life. The Liffey looks clean and shimmery and all evidence of vandalism melts into the shadows. Anchored just five minutes from the O2 is one mother of a ship, the Cill Airne, a former training vessel that in the last few years has been transformed into a restaurant and bar with the best waterfront views the city has to offer. On the upper deck, the Blue Bistro Bar is known to attract slews in summertime where there’s no better spot to be than this waterfront watering hole for a beer and some sun.

The more formal dining room, Quay 16 Restaurant on the main deck serves a variety of fish and seafood as well as steaks and other traditional European fare. A recently updated pre-theatre menu offers three courses for €25 including duck confit to start, beef and Guinness pie for main and an apple and autumn berry crumble dessert which I must admit, sounds tempting. Unfortunately this new menu had not yet taken effect on the eve of our visit so we dined à la carte. Boarding the Cill Airne is probably the most exciting part of our dining experience. We feel as if we’re embarking on some sort of sea voyage or magical mystery tour. In the silent ghost-town air of this Wednesday night, each creak of the wooden vessel is magnified ten fold as it rocks underfoot. There are two other couples in the 64 seater restaurant and Kate Bush is howling in the background. Polished wood-clad walls, countless mirrors and a focal fireplace conjure an early 1900’s cabin feel. Pity about the gaudy leather upholstered red and cream chairs though. Some mismatched wooden ones, I think (although I’m no Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen), could transport this vehicle into the twenty first century. There is no denying that we had two

very good starters. My personal favourite, the St. Tola goat’s cheese (organic and handmade in Co. Clare) which was honey-glazed and served on a crunchy crostini alongside a sundried tomato salad was superlative. The prawn and asparagus risotto although defying the usual creamy texture of traditional risotto also began our meal auspiciously. A complimentary platter placed before us prior to these starters, featuring oysters topped with sherry vinegar and shallot dressing, smoked haddock, prawns in mayonnaise and smoked salmon rolls, was a solid assembly of sea inhabitants that served to whet our appetites and it did just that. From a main course selection of lamb rump, pork fillet, roasted monkfish and pan-fried sea bass I couldn’t make up my mind so settled for the chunky cod and saffron mussels on the waitress’s advice (€21). While both the fish and molluscs were cooked well, the overriding flavour of the saffron broth that seeped into every pore of potato and morsel of food marred the dish and rendered it unappetising. Superior to the cod was the ‘Surf and Turf’ – our other main of succulent grilled Irish beef on whipped horseradish potatoes topped off with a tempura of prawns (€27.50). The excellent cut of meat cooked to pure perfection was the second course’s saving grace but sadly the prawns tasted like they had been fished straight from the Liffey and there was little sign of the garlic butter that had been promised on the menu. A serving of delicious garlicky, cheesy potatoes for the table ensured neither of us would be getting lucky that night. Despite being stuffed to the gills, we shared a ginger pudding for dessert (€7.50). It was like dipping a spoon into a warm cup of comfort. It was sticky, luscious and rich and garnished with seasonal Satsuma segments. With two glasses of wine – a Sauvignon and Bordeaux and one cappuccino the bill came to €90 before tip. The standard of the food simply does not justify the high prices at Quay 16 but then it must be an expensive vessel to keep afloat. In a prime patch with the best of Dublin in its lap, the Cill Airne is a ship full of promise that, in the hands of the right captain, could realise its full potential. North Wall Quay Dublin 1 t: 01 8178760 TOTALLY DUBLIN



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Just when you thought Halloween was no fun now that you’re too old to trick-or-treat and shove bangers up your neighbour’s cat’s arse, Sure Bar staff at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel have concocted a selection of bewitching brews for October’s spooky season. In the run up to October 31, Halloween revellers of drinking age can sample a selection of cocktails specially chosen to bring out the ghoul in you. For a drink with some added bite, try the Vampire’s Kiss with Absolute Vodka, Gordon’s Gin, extra dry Martini and tequila, topped up with tomato juice and a pinch of salt. Venture into the dark side with a Coffee of the Damned, a double shot of rich, dark coffee with J&B, brandy and tequila topped with a sinful dollop of whipped cream while mischief seekers will relish the Green Goblin, a naughty mix of Midori with Yellow Chartreuse, ginger liquor finished with black liquorice and ginger beer. The month will reach its chilling climax on Saturday 30th October at a special Halloween party in Sure Bar. A DJ will be spinning tunes to inspire your Monster Mash and a big screen will be playing all the old silent black and white fright films. Those in fancy dress will reap a reward. Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Golden Lane Dublin 8 t: 01 898 2900


If you bump into Padraic McMahon on his rounds of the Dublin markets, be prepared for the question – ‘Do you like lamb?’ Chances are, you’ll respond in the affirmative. However, if you’re one of the few to shrug your shoulders and mutter something along the lines of ‘bleugh’ before setting off on a quest for fried chicken, don’t be surprised if the affable Padraic manages to change your mind within seconds. You see, it’s clear from the moment you meet Padraic that he not only cares deeply about the farm he and his wife Bríd run (a farm that has been in the family for over 300 years), but that the satisfaction of his customers is of paramount importance to him too. And this level of care and quality is reflected




September saw the launch of a new food initiative that focuses on provenance, sustainability and the welfare of animals at Ireland’s largest independent-owned hotel group, Moran and Bewley’s Hotels. ‘Kitchen’ represents a new era in eating out, offering greater choice for diners concerned with where their food comes from and how it impacts the environment. The Brasserie restaurant at the group’s four Dublin-based Bewley’s Hotels - where the Kitchen range will first be introduced - has already implemented significant changes in this area by only using freerange eggs in food preparation, using local suppliers where possible and introducing free-range chicken and sustainable fish options to the menu. Devised by executive chef Brian McCarthy, the choices marked with a ‘K’ on the a la carte menu include sumptuous starters of deep-fried goat’s cheese with apple chutney and cranberry coulis (€8.95) and crostini with Kelly’s black pudding with brambly apple sauce and wholegrain mustard sauce (€9.95). For main course, the succulent Silver Hill duck served with red cabbage and gravy is a must (€25.50) and for afters, good things come in small packages with a pair of mini desserts from a selection of crème brulee, rhubarb and apple crumble and Irish ice-cream affordably costing €5.95.

in all of his produce and in his GM-free, Bórd Bía approved lamb in particular. Expertly prepared on Fieldstown Farm in cuts of your choice, you are given the option of buying half a lamb or a whole one for your freezer so your next tagine, stew or moussaka is simply a case of defrosting the desired piece of meat and well, following a recipe. A door to door delivery service is available with a jar of Padraic and Bríd’s homemade apple and mint jelly thrown in to boot. At the risk of incurring the wrath of the Grinch by mentioning the ‘C’ word so soon, Fieldstown Farm also produce free-range turkeys for shockingly good value. Phone 086 5565242 or see for more info

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Taweesak Trakoolwattana or ‘Tao’ Head Chef, Saba GANG FUKTONG NUA YANG Red curry with pumpkin and grilled beef Serves 4 Ingredients 2 cans coconut milk 400ml 400g fillet of beef 2 tbsp red curry paste 100g pumpkin, chopped 30g Thai aubergines 30g string beans 30g mixed peppers, diced 4 kaffir lime leaves 1 tbsp fish sauce 3 tbsp cooking oil 3 tbsp fish sauce ¾ tbsp palm sugar 1 big red chilli, sliced A bunch of Thai sweet basil 10g pumpkin seeds, roasted


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Restaurant Guide



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

81- 82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1 t: 01 704 0126

t: 01 497 7057

The Best Western Dublin Skylon Hotel

The Green Hen

33 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

Upper Drumcondra Road

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.

The Rendezvous Room Restaurant is open for both breakfast and dinner. Enjoy a delicious meal in the relaxing and pleasant surroundings, with both A La Carte and Table d’Hote Menus available. The Skylon also boasts a superb selection of wines to choose from. Enjoy a drink or a meal in the Cosmopolitan Bar, newly decorated in traditional Irish style. This is the ideal meeting point for any occasion and is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Evening menu is also available.

t: 01 6707238

t: 01 808 4418

The Exchequer


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.

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. t: 01 670 6856

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

3-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

23 Pembroke Street Upper

t: 01 676 1494


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




Café Carlo

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

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!

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

t: 01 67 06755

63 - 64 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

t: 01 888 0856

Yamamori Sushi

Coppinger Row

Bloom Brasserie

Yamamori has two locations in Dublin City centre, Japanese restaurants with a wide variety of Japanese dishes from sushi and sashimi to Japanese grill and tempura. This restaurant has 15 years of experiance in the Japanese food business. Yamamori Sushi is located in the heart of Dublin over looking the Ha’penny bridge. The restaurant has a 300 seat capacity, one of the largest venues including four different dinning areas one of which is our newly decorated Bamboo garden. The restaurant has a large open plan kitchen complete with a sushi bar. Sit back and enjoy one of our Japanese movies and keep an eye out for our Japanese girls wearing traditional Japanese Yukata. Try our Jazz Sushi Sunday Night gig at Yamamori Sushi on Ormond Quay Dublin 1, a perfect way to wind down the weekend.

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

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 8720003

t: 01 672 9884

38/39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 /

Off South William St, Dublin 2

Mon - Sat Lunch Menu 12 - 3pm Afternoon Menu 3 - 6pm Dinner 6 - 11pm Sunday Brunch 12.30 - 4pm Evening 6 -9pm

11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4


Unit 1 Old Orchard Inn, Butterfield Ave, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 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.

t: 01 493 4938 t: 01 668 7170

Tante Zoe’s

Diep Noodle Bar

1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 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.

Temple Bar, Dublin’s own French Quarter - is an appropriate home for this lively Cajun/Creole restaurant where great music meets great food. Try the gumbos, Jambalayas and blackened dishes... You won’t find better this side of the Mississippi. Originated from Louisiana, and is a combination of American Indian, African, French and Spanish cuisines - and it’s Tante Zoe’s speciality. Tante Zoe’s also has private rooms to cater for parties of 20, 40 and 100 people.

t: 01 6794407

t: 01 497 6550

The Chili Club

Yo Thai

1 Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street, D2

Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion, Dublin 18

Just shy of its 20th birthday Dublin’s Chili Club has had a welcome restyling and is now under new management. Quietly hidden away in Anne’s Lane opposite Kehoe’s Pub, the Chili Club was Dublin’s first Thai restaurant and has since its heyday been consistently serving, delicious, authentic Thai food. A recent makeover of cool greens and vibrant fuschia, along with a new bar breathes fresh life into the premises. It has long been a popular spot with local stockbrokers and visiting celebrities and continues to draw an eclectic clientele. A two course lunch is €9.95, three course €12.95 and a recessionary early bird menu is priced at a tempting €14.95. Combine these reasonable prices with cool tunes, friendly staff and a carefully selected wine list, this makes the Chili Club an ideal place for after work supper or a great night out.

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

t: 01 677 3721


Il Primo

The Farm

Chai Yo

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

Il Primo is one of the longest-established Italian restaurants in Dublin’s city centre. For over a decade, Il Primo has been serving rustic Italian food paired with some of the best wines that Tuscany has to offer. Most of its wines are imported directly to Il Primo and cannot be found anywhere else in Ireland. The restaurant is located in a romantic period house, which has been converted into a lively, homely bar area and a cosy and intimate dining room, located five minutes from St. Stephen’s Green. The emphasis throughout Il Primo is on providing some of the finest wines from Tuscany with a range of simple and delicious Italian dishes in the heart of Dublin.

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

16 Montague Street, Dublin 2

t: 01 478 3373 Email:

3 Dawson St, Dublin 2

11 am to 11 pm 7 days a week

t: 01 671 8654

100 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2

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

t: 01 676 7652 TOTALLY DUBLIN


cinema Eat Pray Love Director: Ryan Murphy Talent: Julia Roberts, James Franco, Billy Crudup, Javier Bardem Released: 24th September

The Town Director: Ben Affleck Talent: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively Released: 24th September It’s easy to forget that despite having made some terrible films, Ben Affleck is in fact a triple threat; writer, director, actor. The danger of being seen as an egotist are huge, especially if you have a mug as cheesy as Affleck’s but luckily, he proves with The Town as he did with his directorial debut Gone, Baby Gone, and indeed Good Will Hunting that he is an extremely competent filmmaker with a natural talent for bringing stories to life, whether he’s behind the camera, in front of it, or holed up in an apartment bashing out a script with Matt Damon. The Town is set in Charlestown, Boston; an area notorious for producing bank robbers. As the film informs us, being a bank robber is seen as a trade of sorts and comes to the kids in the area naturally, as they learn all the tricks from their fathers from a young age. When a gang of robbers knock over a bank in a thrilling heist towards the start of the film, they take blindfolded bank manager Claire (Rebecca Hall) hostage, then let her go when they’ve made their getaway. Afraid that she has been talking to the FBI, bank-robber Doug (Affleck) begins to tail her and in the process, of course, falls in love. That’s the basic setup of the film, which is a pretty bog-standard heist movie story. What sets this film apart is how well the story is told and the stylishness with which it is presented. The script is nearly flawless, every actor perfectly cast and every scene a nail-biter. This is not just a crime movie; it has the epic vastness of a film that’s showing the audience a snapshot of a marginal part of society and immersing us in their world as fully as possible. The cops are mean, the robbers are mean, the only likeable thing about any of these characters is the tragic inevitability of their ultimate demise. This way of life is different to a story like Goodfellas. It is not about falling in with a bad crowd, or getting caught up in a whirlwind of sex and drugs, it is simply what these kids were born into. The Town is what cinema is all about. It is an engaging ride throughout, with an instant classic car chase through the North End of Boston that made me feel slightly queasy with tension. Despite a slightly disappointing final coda, this gem of a thriller is pitch-perfect and exciting, but packing enough of an emotional punch to keep the characters engaging. Highly, highly recommended; they don’t come much better than this. Charlene Lydon

This frothy story, based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of the same name sees Liz (Roberts) dump her husband (Crudup) and embark on an adventure to “find” herself. The adventure she embarks on is funded by the advance she received to write the book which adds an unfortunate layer of artificiality to the quest to fill the void she never quite filled with her “settled” life. One can’t help suspiciously eyeing every experience she has as nothing more than a possible chapter in her book. This is an entertaining film and doesn’t bore the audience. It contains the same kind of “travel porn” that the likes of Mamma Mia and Letter to Juliet have made so marketable. If you are one of the thousand who have found inspiration in the book, you may be disappointed with the over-long and under-written story of Liz’s adventures abroad. Strictly for escapism and wish-fulfillment purposes only. There’s not much going on upstairs but the journey is juicy. - CL

Mr Nice Director: Bernard Rose Talent: Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigney, David Thewlis, Crispin Glover Released: 8th October Where the Nodal at? Heavy on the velvet suits, shag haircuts and shagging, Bernard Rose’s Mr Nice blazes through whole decades of the life of Howard Marks, arch weed importer and all-round Dude. Rhys Ifans, who seems to have carved a career from looking as though he’s just stepped off Carnaby Street circa 1966, shows the gravity and comic timing of a true leading man. His personal brand of unlikely Welsh cool is tempered by an artfully understated performance from Chloe Sevigney (although her ‘British’ accent conjures up a Bostonian Eliza Doolittle...) and an hysterically over-stated one from David Thewlis, who eats the scenery as Jim McCann, the rabid IRA bogeyman of a thousand 70s newscasts (complete with a fondness for green-dyed smoke bombs, knee-cappings and imported ‘Cock Movies’). For all its hipster credentials and moments of surreal humour, Mr Nice turns out to be a protest film with a heart, an openminded, unpretentious ‘drug film’ which never falls back on Doors-soundtracked cliché. - RK

Charlie St Cloud


Director: Burr Steers Talent: Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Charlie Tahan Released: 8th October

Director: Chris Smith Talent: Chris Mulkey, Karen Landry Released: TBC

The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud is a pretty interesting, dark story of mental illness and grief unfortunately wrapped in the swaddling of a cheesy, majorly “Disneyfied” disaster of a script. Charlie St Cloud (Efron) and his little brother Sam (Tahan) are best friends who are torn apart by a tragic car accident. Charlie survives, Sam doesn’t, but soon after his death Charlie starts to meet Sam’s ghost every evening at sunset to play baseball. Five years later, Charlie is working in the graveyard where Sam is buried and completely unable to move on with his life, foregoing a college scholarship in favour of hanging out with his dead brother. This is as cheesy as it sounds. However, there is a drinking game to played during this movie. Every time the camera lingers on Zac Efron’s naked/wet torso, you do a shot. Might make it more enjoyable. - CL

The main draw of Chris Smith’s Collapse is that peculiar romance of the apocalypse. The sense of community. The excitement of something new. The promise that all of your current problems are about to become obsolete. Total helplessness. Sit back and repeat to yourself: It’s not your fault and there’s nothing you can do. The central thesis of the documentary is that Michael Ruppert, former police officer, and semi-retired freelance journalist is going to explain how oil production has peaked, how everything from real tires to Lego tires require absurd amounts of oil in their manufacturing and how the current financial crisis is the proof. How much of the film’s information you take seriously will depend on you finding Ruppert either emphatic or unhinged. Genuinely shocking facts come quick and Smith has borrowed the best bits from Errol Morris and Adam Curtis to please those who have fantasized about an Etch a Sketch approach to modern society. - DM

DM - Daniel Martin CL - Charlene Lydon RK - Roisín Kiberd


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games words // EMMET PURCELL Metroid: Other M Team Ninja When Metroid: Other M first surfaced at E3 2009, games were flummoxed – had Nintendo gifted their bounty hunter franchise to the decidedly bloodthirsty, hardcore developers behind Ninja Gaiden, Team Ninja? Indeed they had and with 2D/3D hybrid gameplay, astonishing cut scenes and frequent dialogue from series protagonist Samus Aran, Other M is unlike any Metroid or even Nintendo title in recent memory. Positioned as a direct sequel to the events of the SNES classic Super Metroid, Other M requires players to hold the Wii remote sideways, using only the D-Pad and 1 and 2 buttons for combat and control, NES-style. Static first person shooting using a Metroid Prime-style first person view is also available. If it all sounds too finicky or too bizarre – rest assured, Other M is an incredibly polished and well-scripted title from beginning to end. Like Retro Studios’ Metroid Prime before it, Team Ninja have managed to upend and reinvigorate this venerable franchise against all the odds once more. - EP

Dead Rising 2 Capcom [Xbox360]

5IF&OEPGUIF+BQBOFTF (BNFT*OEVTUSZ According to a recent New York Times interview with Capcom‘s head of R&D, Keiji Inafune, the Japanese games industry accounted for 50 percent of all game sales in 2002. Fast-forward eight years and the industry now accounts for a mere 10 percent. Inafune famously stated at last year’s Tokyo Game Show, “Japan is over. We’re done. Our game industry is finished.” With the NYT latest figures to hand, could Keiji be right? During the Megaman creator’s interview, Keiji produced another sombre sound bite, stating that Japanese developers efforts at the 2010 Tokyo Game Show were little more than ‘awful games’ and that their domestic industry is now ‘five years behind the West.’ His solution? “I want to study how Westerners live, and make games that appeal to them.” Of course such stories are worlds away from the 16bit and 32bit heydays of the Japanese games industry, in which 2D fighters and JRPGs dominated the landscape. Even in recent years, when Western tastes for first person shooters and free-roam adventure titles (two genres that simply do no resonate with Asian audiences) accelerated, developers such as Capcom could still lead the way forward, with the most appropriate example being the modern classic that was 2005’s Resident Evil 4. Perhaps the easiest method of explaining what has drawn developers to become ‘five years behind the West’ is using the comparison of the Japanese-developed Pro Evolution Soccer series and its Westerndeveloped FIFA rival. As the new console war began, Japanese gamers were initially sceptical over the high cost of Playstation 3 and held an overwhelming disinterest in Microsoft’s console. While Gears of War and Oblivion were pointing the way forward for Western RPG’s and third-person shooters in the West, Japanese gamers were content

with their PS2’s, Nintendo Wii’s, or PSP copies of domestic juggernaut Monster Hunter. As the developer’s home country was more excited in playing the Playstation 2 version of Pro Evolution, it made sense for it to become the chief iteration, leaving western gamers dismayed at the low-tech re-use of PS2 assets for their HD gaming experience. Coupled with the exorbitant game prices at the beginning of the current generation, it’s easy to see why gamers became enticed by EA’s re-working of the FIFA franchise and quite why long awaited titles such as Final Fantasy XII featured relatively archaic gameplay in comparison to their revolutionary Western rivals (Mass Effect 2). In today’s landscape, Japanese gamers simply will not pick up Xbox 360s overnight. Or it simply could be that both sides have no interest in either’s output – Monster Hunter Tri hardly lit up the Wii charts this summer yet it remains one of the biggest Japanese franchises in the last ten years. Bayonetta creators Team Platinum are now largely regarded as the last great hope for Japanese talent – ludicrously talented, original developers that place their cultural stamp on their output. Their next project – Vanquish – is a third-person shooter where you portray as US soldier battling a potential Russian invasion. Perhaps Platinum is already taking Keiji’s advice to study Western gamers at the expense of their own unbridled imagination. The sad truth is that, Nintendo aside, whether the Japanese games industry truly is doomed or not, the sobering reality is that its last shuffling steps before its death could largely be comprised of output identical to the swath of identikit space marine shooters already dotting our shelves. For a country that brought us Mario, Sonic and Solid Snake, that is a depressing thought.

It’s no surprise that the DLC prequel to Dead Rising 2, Case Zero, is already the fastest selling title in the history of Xbox Live Arcade. It’s even of little surprise that Zero was ostensibly chosen to be the world’s first ‘paid demo’, as you could spend so many hours hacking the undead in Capcom’s zombie fest that it may never occur you to pay for the full deal. Relocated to Las Vegas and starring motocross rider Chuck Greene, Dead Rising 2’s crowd-pleasing kills and creative weapons-crafting are supremely let down by the exact same flaws of its predecessors – namely an archaic save system that not only rewards but demands multiple playthroughs. DR2 still brings the same quota of gory shenanigans which marked it’s riotous series beginnings, yet despite a well-implemented online co-op system, the exploits of Chuck Greene may be over-familiar and overly frustrating for some. - EP

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Warner Bros. [Wii/X360/PS3/DS/PSP/PC] Lego Harry Potter (the video game of the toys of the films of the books) faithfully tracks Harry’s first four years of Hogwarts as detailed in J K Rowling’s now unbelievably flogged dead horse. Brief, dialogue-less cutscenes do an excellent job of retelling the familiar story with the playful humour that is the hallmark of the Lego games. Fans of previous Lego/film hybrids will find the core gameplay immediately recognisable. Just like the Power of the Force or Indy’s whip, Harry’s wand is used to smash the scenery to bits and rebuild it in innovative ways to progress. Hogwarts castle serves as a hub-world from which players branch off into individual levels like the dungeons or classrooms. Learning new spells in these levels then unlocks more areas of the castle. More castle means more breakable objects meaning more delicious collectable Lego studs – the obsessive-compulsive focus of all the Lego videogames. While not incredibly challenging for anyone old enough to finish one of the books by themselves, this game is a delight. Lego fans will enjoy the intelligent and quirky use of Lego to build fantastic surroundings, Harry fans will love the opportunity to explore a richly created Hogwarts and everyone else will swoon with delight at the cutest little Lego Alan Rickman. - JH

EP - Emmet Purcell JH - John Hyland




Cabinet Magazine Quarterly [] Cabinet is an arts and culture quarterly which mischievously questions and brings perplexity to our idea of what an arts and culture magazine really is. The Cabinet group also operate an event and exhibition space in Brooklyn, where they are based. The very layout of the magazine is unique – sensitive in this to the radical mindset that drives the spirit of the articles. The beginning of the magazine is divided into four columns (“Inventory”, “Colors”, “Ingestion”, and “Leftovers”), the main section has articles, interviews, essays, and arts projects, and a themed section. Past themes include doubles, shadows, bones, deception, and horticulture. The publications nomenclature is an allusion to the typical 17th Century cabinet full of curiosities, and Cabinet certainly does not disappoint – the opening column of issue 37, Inventory, is an exploration of a chart entitled Liquidation, which was in the March 1921 issue of Parisian journal Littérature, created by Dadaists Breton, Soupault, and Louis Aragon. The charts list, in typically absurd Dadaist style, a seven page roster of the Western canon. Beside each personage is recorded a rating given by eleven different judges, and a final tally. This is only a small taste of the treasure chest which is Cabinet magazine – collections of inmates posing in front of scenic painted backgrounds, a balloon version of Whistler’s Mother, an exploration of the conceptual similarities between bread and the soul… Anyone who takes pleasure in innovative multi-disciplinary scholarship will find real delight here. -ZJ

Eco-Fashion Sass Brown [Laurence King Publishing] In a mission to prove that ethical clothing is not just for unwashed hippies, Sass Brown compiled Eco-Fashion: a sort of hand-book compiling humanitarian and environmentally friendly clothing designers. Brown’s hand-selected list of go-to ecofashionistas will blow away any preconceptions you might have about this growing area of design: the quality of design in this collection is held to a high standard, many of the names included catering for celebrity clients. Labels like Danish line Noir in particular smash the frumpy stereotype of eco-clothing, with their deliciously dark, femme fatale inspired collections. The only downside is your new eco trousers need rather spacious pockets: most of the labels in the book are sold in expensive boutiques, aimed at a wealthy, high-end market. Meanwhile, it’s the huge mass-market chains that sell cheap ‘disposable fashion’ to the masses that are doing the bulk of the damage, whether it’s sweat-shops or carbon emissions. Clearly there’s still a gap in the market for affordable ethical fashion, and Brown is most likely aware of this. However this doesn’t override Eco-Fashion’s message: this book will make you re-think your approach to shopping, fast-fashion and disposable culture. That’s something we can all afford to do. - RA

The Moth The Moth is a quarterly arts and literature magazine, launched only this June, which has just released its second issue. Edited by Rebecca O’Connor and published by Will Govan, The Moth is a rare gem which exhibits a thoughtful selection of nearly thirty different prose, poetry, and free verse pieces. Something quite special has been created by O’Connor and Govan, not only in the exceptional content of the magazine, but also in the elegantly set print and images. The Moth includes a diverse range of topics; creative prose and poetry sit alongside an autobiographical piece about the difficulties of pursuing acting as a young woman (facing confronta-

tions with Cate Blanchett and surreal encounters with Dame Judy Dench), and an interview with Michael Harding, who wrote and directed the critically acclaimed The Tinker’s Curse. A particular highlight in their first issue was an extraordinary sequence from Dermot Hearly’s forthcoming book, A Fool’s Errand. The winter issue is to be launched in London this December. Although many still need to be confirmed, it will be featuring a short story by Tom MacIntyre and poetry by Matthew Sweeney, Vona Groake, Ciaran O’Rourke, and George Szirtes. - ZJ

The Financial Lives of Poets - Jess Walter Jess Walter [Harper] Matthew Prior quit his job as a financial journalist to set up a doomed website providing an outlet for his literary calling. His at first peculiar and yet wonderfully fitting pessimistic financial poetry provides a constant accompaniment for his readers throughout this glimpse into a middle-class father’s emotional breakdown. We meet Matt in a 7/11, buying milk for his children and the wife who he’s fairly sure has been cheating on him with her dreamy highschool sweetheart, Chuck. Matt later tracks down his wife’s burly lover and makes an awkward and hugely entertaining attempt at becoming the alpha male. It’s on that late night milk run that Matt makes his fateful encounter with Jamie and Skeet, has a taste of the strongest weed he’s ever had in living memory, and loses his slippers. Jess Walter memorably creates endearing characters; for Matthew Prior at least, we are ceaselessly reminded of his failed literary venture by the poetry which occupies a certain amount of the text itself, and his distraught and self-mocking interior monologues are bleakly droll. We accompany Matt as he decides to start selling weed to his middle-class friends, rages at his wife’s coldness, lusts after his son’s teacher, and comes to the hysteric brink of inner turmoil, turning back at the end to salvage and finally treasure the pieces of his life which came so close to shattering completely. -ZJ

ZJ - Zoe Jellicoe RA - Rosa Abbott



audio Not Squares Yeah OK [Richter Collective] When your entire raison d’etre is to make crowds sweat themselves to death via dancing, it’s always going to be a challenge to transfer that energy to a take home medium. Not Squares’ relentless, unrepentant groove approaches the problem the same way Holy Fuck do – with a selfconfident lack of concern. Stripped anthems like Asylum and Don’t Do Nothing stand out from the forest of arpeggiation, but the energy never wanes. It’s okay, indie kids, dance again. 2004’s a distant memory. - KMcD

Summer Camp Young EP [Moshi Moshi] For the few who were impatiently counting the days before bespectacled London songcrafter Jeremy Warmsley would return, this EP is good news. Along with his love interest Elizabeth Sankey, he has put together this muchhyped debut EP, bringing a certain meatiness to twee synth-pop, and certainly spoiling it with melodies. It’s indie pop, but it’s not naive. In fact, it’s satisfyingly jaded, and songs like Veronica Sawyer would be bona fide hits in another dimension. – KMcD

Flying Lotus

Sufjan Stevens

Pattern + Grid World [Warp]

The Age of Adz [Asthmatic Kitty] Five years later, Sufjan’s sixth album proper has arrived. Not about a state, or birds, or an expressway. Audaciously, it’s just an album, and a pretty good one at that. There’s nothing here as affecting as John Wayne Gacy or as rousing as Chicago, but this is nonetheless a confident collection of songs demonstrating an undiminished ear for melody. Overblown (but then we wouldn’t expect anything less), excessive ornamentation is nonetheless Age of Adz’s primary defect. Initial claims that this would be Sufjan’s Kid A are inevitably off the mark. Kid A was an exercise in restraint; Age of Adz is definitely not that. The addition of electronics is largely ornamental rather than structural, and the standouts tend to be the sparser tracks. Now That I’m Older is a beautiful choral piece that at times sounds like a vintage Christmas carol, hushed opener Futile Devices is the delicate finger-picking calm before the glitchy storm, and All for Myself is a joy of twee Disneyish flourishes. But the highlight is undoubtedly Vesuvius, building from simple beginnings to erupt in a cacophony of ecstatic earnestness. And then there’s the frankly ludicrous 25 minute closer Impossible Soul. It’s difficult to appraise a song of this length, but it manages to capture Of Montreal Skeletal Lamping-esque stylistically scatty excess in just one track, ranging from crashing orchestral sections, to whispered folk, to autotuning with the best of them. It is by turns exhilarating and frustrating, and serves as a microcosm of the album as a whole, if microcosms can last 25 minutes. Age of Adz is not a classic, but it’s not a disappointment either. Exemplifying both his strengths and flaws as a songwriter, it may not win over Sufjan’s critics, but it’s nonetheless a lot of fun. Carl Cullinane See also: of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping [Polyvinyl], St. Vincent – Actor [4AD], Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me [Drag City], T Pain – Epiphany [Jive]

With this year’s Cosmogramma still in the rear-view mirror, it’s not too difficult to conclude that this latest LP from Flying Lotus is an amalgamation of cuts that didn’t sit with the concept of his last album - I’ll happily take Cosmogramma’s sloppy seconds any day. While the aforementioned was patently challenging, Pattern + Grid harkens back to his Adult Swim soundtracking days, and is an infinitely more digestibleaural treat. Flylo at his finest. - POM

No Age Everything In Between [Sub Pop] The touchstones that No Age hit – noisiness, veganism, involvement in LA’s world-beating all-ages dive venue The Smell – often help to gloss over the fact that their songs are actually pretty basic pop music at heart. On the plus side, the whole album shares a balmy, mood-changing atmosphere, regardless of actual individual tracks. But on the negative side, songs like Skinned never really arrive as anything more than sound and fury. There are flecks of greatness, but nothing more. - KMcD

The Hundred In The Hands The Hundred In The Hands [Warp] THITH are a Cindy Sanders band. Aesthetically perfect in that way only Brooklynite boy-girl projects can be, signed to Warp, and currently boasting a promo video where a girl pukes fireworks all over the gaff like a fire Pokemon with an upset stomach, it’s difficult to understand how Eleanore Everdell and Jason Friedman manage to screw it up. Although judging by their dead-eyed delivery of a rather trite version of electropop, it probably comes down to a crippling Vicodin addiction. - DG


Marnie Stern

Halcyon Digest

Souterrain Transmissions [ST]

Prolific as Bradford Cox is, one suspects he may have finally run aground creatively here. Halcyon Digest sees much retreading of old territory, with any new paths explored turning into cul-de-sacs, and ultimately sounds too clean and thin to feel as substantial as their best work. Desire Lines is probably the highlight, but smacks of “let’s do another Nothing Ever Happened”. The introduction of *gasp* a sax solo in Coronado is brave, but off-colour. One can only lament that Cox and Pundt never woke up to a Ted and Dougal-esque epiphany. – CC

Marnie Stern’s combination of a vaguely indie pop sensibility with the bombast of straight-up hair metal is one of the more interesting mixtures around, and with the ‘girl playing Van Halen riffs’ thing out of the way by now, it’s her chance at unselfconscious expression. Her Confidence is Zeppelin-sized, with indie rock god Zach Hill’s intricate and definitely unquantised drums doodling hi-hat patterns through it. Loud and powerful stuff still somewhat in the post-Deerhoof vein, but a few more hooks wouldn’t hurt. - KMcD

soundbite Well I have known you / For just a little while / But I feel I’ve known you I feel I’ve seen you / When the Earth was split in fives - Sufjo gets (more) sentimental on the Age of Adz

CC - Carl Cullinane DG - Daniel Gray CG - Ciaran Gaynor POM - Paddy O’Mahoney KMcD - Karl McDonald




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