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8 Entry Level Here we go magic comedy

40 Upstage It’s like talking to a disembodied skull with you sometimes, Yorick.

10 Roadmap Paddy, wack.

62 Submarine Kool Ade

16 Threads Featuring the last ever LCD Soundsystem pun on these pages.

66 Barfly Publican enemies

18 Polo Not the mints. Not the aquatic jock sport. Not the jumpers.

68 Gastro My wolves gotta eat, y’know what I’m saying?

26 Supafast Military Camp Life during wartime

72 Film In the future all films will star Big Momma

32 Goodone Fashion these days is just so recycled.

first things first

This month I had the privilege of taking part in the European Commission’s Culture in Motion conference in Brussels. A two-day expo/lecture-series on all the good work EU funding is doing for indigenous cultural projects and ‘intercultural dialogue’ across the continent, the paucity of Irish projects funded by the scheme was nothing short of terrifying. That a kitty as relatively large as the EC Culture Fund is being squandered on the development of unprogressive, barely-accessible cultural institutions was at first disheartening (the closest thing to forward-thinking the represented projects got was an ‘urban music’ compilation and streetart exhibition helmed by a distinctly middle-aged, distinctly white dude - Tinie Tempah winning at the Brits on the same night seemed to render his promotion of “street poetry” a little void). Arriving back in Dublin, though, it seems that we’re doing pretty good without Euro-Euros. Another excuse for a day off was presented this month at the Supafast Military Training Day - organizer Hugh Cooney describes his project as ‘the world’s first Dole army’. Piling through the last few issues of TD, a majority of the homegrown art, theatre, performance, film and music projects we’ve covered have been selffunded. Voters in Dublin South East are being treated to two particularly strong canvassing campaigns right now from independents Mannix Flynn and Dylan Haskins (who almost certainly has the honour of being the first potential elected TD funded by a club night). Whether arts grants are generally offered to the more conservative bastions of culture, or whether being grant-funded breeds conservatism in itself I’m not sure, but it’s exciting to know that the city’s most creative still have more fun with the cardboard box than the toys inside them. Daniel Gray

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74 Audio This month entirely dedicated to the James Blake backlash 76 Games Freeware the dog

37 Artsdesk Not a real desk.

78 Print Including an interview with someone who makes a magazine that’s nearly better than ours.

38 Festivals Shhhhhhhhhhh.

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Comedy Magic Words Megan Nolan Picture Fuchsia Macaree

Magic, perhaps the most perennially unsexy of the performing arts, is misguided to continue in its current incarnation, all prime-time stunts committed by earnest, kohl-eyed men. Magic as performance doesn’t have to be the moneyed mess of ego it became in the 21st century. The traditional act - a man wearing a top hat and tail coat performing tricks using props - became so hackneyed that it eventually came to lend itself to a new kind of show, in which the ancient routines were gently ribbed, and an arch but always loving subversion of the straight act emerged. It’s hard to define what I find so uniquely hilarious about this sort of magic/standup hybrid. It’s partially the gap between the formality and grandness of the gestures involved, and the touchingly anti-climactic tricks. There is also a gratifying old-school quality about the straightforward desire to amuse and please. I have found it to be quite a refreshing alternative, both to Michael “Ever lose your keys? Me bloody too.”McIntyre style blandness, and whatever aimless bile Frankie Boyle is currently spewing. The air of tragedy around an inept magician trying his hardest acutely captures the general desperation of the stand-up - the coiled plea inherent in the act of getting onstage. Steve Martin is a good place to begin. Now primarily known for playing the dead-eyed fathers of various brides and non-brides, it’s easy to forget that Martin was once an almost upsettingly brilliant and clever comedian. He worked at Disneyland as a child, and practiced magic tricks and juggling at their Main Street Magic Shop. His persona evolved until the character became fully formed - an incompetent, hard working entertainer

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specialising in magic tricks. Martin’s real inspiration lies in his creation of what he calls “laughter from absence”. This is exemplified in his “glove into dove” trick - he introduces it by saying, in a fauxmodest tone, “This has really been a big one for me, it kind of put me where I am today. This is really a big one... the fabulous, glove into dove trick,” before looking around in a self satisfied manner and theatrically throwing a white magician’s glove in the air. The glove hits the floor and stays there. Martin stares at it and moves onto the next trick. His big achievement was to successfully undermine the classic gag structure of building tension and releasing it at the punch line. To quote the man himself: “...if I kept denying them the formality of a punch line, the audience would eventually pick their own place to laugh, essentially out of desperation.” Works for me. There is something unendingly enjoyable in the contrast between the gravity with which magicians regard themselves and the ludicrousness of their chosen profession. The good-natured charm of it has proved enduringly beguiling for me, as I hope it will for you.

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin A cohesive and heartfelt autobiography of his life as a comedian, which gives a more rounded account of how he came to incorporate magic into his act than I could afford to here. It’s also good on his rise to worldwide fame. He went from being reviewed as “the most serious booking error in the history of Los Angeles” to coining a national catchphrase (“Excuuuse meee!”) and becoming so widely considered hilarious that he could inspire hysterical laughter by asking “What time does the movie start?” Born Standing Up is available on Google Books for FREE, so definitely read it. DVD of The Tommy Cooper Hour The Tommy Cooper hour ran from 1973-1975 and was about as far stylistically from Martin’s act as possible. Though Cooper also used the concept of anticlimax and the comic potential of the underwhelming, he relied heavily on classic gags and one-liners, most of which are weak and derivative written down. However, Cooper was a great comic and made even the worst of them quite funny - it is well worth watching. Here are some titbits for you, fact-fans: In Tommy Cooper’s Wikipedia, he has a subheading entitled “Legendary Meanness”. Tommy Cooper suffered the heart attack which killed him in front of millions of viewers, during his act at a variety show. The footage is available on Youtube, if you’re into that sort of thing. Storming The Castle, Season 1, Episode 9 of Arrested Development A brilliant episode lampooning the Magicians Guild, which famously lost the run of itself after Fox screened Breaking the Magician’s Code. Gob Bluth is ejected from the Magician’s Alliance he himself set up, for revealing the secrets of the Aztec tomb on television. He attempts to regain entry by performing at the Gothic Castle. Gob is undoubtedly the most flawlessly portrayed fictional magician of all time.

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Whiskey und wurst

New Yorkers colour their river green, Sydney’s sky is lit with an emerald display of fireworks, and here in Dublin we tend to paint the streets a fetching shade of em, vomit. It’s no secret that other cities tend to do St. Patrick’s Day better than we do. Even the 7-Up Skyfest has abandoned us for more southerly climes. A new spot to escape to for P-day is Berlin, where a few ex-Paddies have decided to host the inaugeral St. Patrick’s Festival. So grab your tin-whistle, root out that Majorette uniform and get on a flight (Ryanair and Aer Lingus both fly to Schönefeld). Cead mile wilcommen.

Rhyme Remarkable

We’re almost sure that when Raekwon asked ‘Who’s the kid up in the Green Land?’ in Incarcerated Scarfaces he wasn’t referring to our fair land. But let’s pretend he was - The Chef is here to inspect the Button Factory’s culinary facilities this Patrick’s Eve, with a performance of One Of The Best Rap Albums Of All Time, Only Built For Cuban Linx, start to finish. We figure if enough Dubliners lobby the Wu-Tang rap shaolin he’s amenable to staying for the parade. Tickets €22

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Words Daniel Gray and Aine Pearl Pennello

Argy Bargy

Afraid to leave your house on Paddy’s Day for fear of getting stabbed with a sawn-off bottle of Linden Village? Mark O’Connor’s first feature film, Between the Canals, is a healthy alternative for those looking to embrace the inherent violence in Irish culture. With a little help from Damien Dempsey and north inner city natives, Between the Canals explores the lives of ‘three criminals trying to get on in a society that is fast leaving them behind’, set on our national saint’s holiday. The film is gaining the momentum of a downhill cheese-rolling competition despite being made on next-to-nothing. Between the Canals is released on March 18th exclusively at the IFI. Tickets available now.

Popper Good

Irish Design Shop will be ‘popping up’ at the Royal Hibernian Academy for two weeks this month with pop-up shops selling the very best from Irish designers. Get your hands on new prints by Yellowhammer, a Kooyong Design stubborn dining table (table pictured, stubborn diners not pictured), some wooden clothes hooks by Adrien Coen – it’ll be like hanging your coat on a tree, only inside your house. This year’s new range of mugs will also be introduced, designed by six of Irish Design’s favourite artists. But if that’s not your cup of tea, there’ll be Djs, dancing, art exhibitions and raffles to entertain you on the launch night with free drinks on entry and a free one-year 20 for 20 membership to the RHA if you’re in your twenties. The free membership includes free entry to artist lecture series and film/music nights, discounts in the RHA pop-up shop, café and bookshop and monthly deals in restaurants and shops throughout the city. The Irish Design pop-up shop at the RHA will be running from March 4-18th. The launch night begins at 9pm with tickets costing €20 each.

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Words Daniel Gray

Blue Books

In its twelfth year, the events of the coming Franco-Irish Literary Festival will centre upon the theme of glúnta (generations). Four round-table discussions will address issues of “belonging to a generation”, “generation gaps”, “words in time”, and “the next generation”. Events will be held at the coach house in Dublin Castle, culminating in the Alliance Française, from April 8th until the 10th. Alongside such now well-established festivals as the Dublin Book Fest, the Franco-Irish Literary Festival also played an enormous part in the designation of Dublin as a UNESCO City of Literature. But behind all of these festivals is the crucial support of organisations such as the Arts Council, the Irish Writers’ Centre, Poetry Ireland, the Goethe Institut, the Instituto Cervantes, the Alliance Française of Dublin, and many others, who must be commended for the important role that they play in the continued vitality of Dublin’s cultural scene. www.francoirishliteraryfestival.com

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If you thought the upper echelons of the Bernard Shaw were packed full of discarded dubplates and broken Bavaria pitchers, it might come as a surprise that its top floor is, in fact, alive with the sound of framing. Hang Tough is a bespoke framing company offering the city’s artists a little more customisation for their four planks of wood. Holla at ya boy Rubio for quotes or enquiries at hangtoughframing@gmail.com

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Savage Love

For the modern day Blade Runners among us, Belle Sauvage is a phantasmogorical fashion line taking abstract, hyper-vivid fashion where New Rave never dared to go. With this season’s designs inspired by Jeff Koons and ‘architectural Brutalism’ (among other influences), the sculptured tailoring and manically clashing digital prints create a look that’s brave, experimental and resolutely fun. It’s little wonder Gaga and Katy Perry have already signed up. See their fashion film and S/S 2011 line at www.belle-sauvage.co.uk

Watch The Tapes

Resembling the timepiece of a thousand childhood dreams, the ‘Mixtape Watch’ by slick New York brand Eos pays homage to a technology gone the way of the beeper and Beta tape. Replicating an old-school cassette tape for its face (the dial on the right-hand side), the watch is tongue-incheek yet stylish and elegantly blocky, with a simple black leather strap and designs laser-etched into its gold casing. Snap one up fast, as supplies are numbered at www.store.eosnewyork.com

Golly Gosh

Goodness Gracious us, while some of Dublin’s biggest retail destinations go under, it seems that times couldn’t be better for the city’s little vintage boutiques. This spring sees the opening of several exciting new ventures selling beautiful old things, among them the cosy little Temple Bar nook that is Golly Gosh Vintage. In-between floors at 2 Crown Alley (above that tiedyed, patchouli-scented den called Happy Days), the shop began as a stall in Waterford, before owners David and Terry decided to take it to the Big Smoke. And we’re so glad they did; the super-affordable assemblage of men’s and women’s clothing, stretching across the decades but especially good on early seventies stuff, is definitely worth a rummage on a rainy March afternoon.

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Ethical buying starts young: the ultimate ‘Good Egg’ brand in footwear, TOMS has always been about improving children’s lives with a creative and altruistic (not to mention, wildly successful) business model. For every pair of canvas espadrilles sold, the company match it with a pair of shoes given to a child in the third world. Fittingly enough, this season TOMS is expanding into children’s shoes, and the results are nothing short of adorable. The versatile espadrilles are known to be hard-wearing and super-comfortable with Metallic slippers for toddlers, a pink glitter version for princess types and graffiti-print kicks for the Action Man six-year-old in your life. Available at www.toms.com

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Totally Dublin gets stuck in to the fast-paced, peculiar world of Irish polo. words Derek Owens photos Patrick Hough

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There’s a sign at the entrance to Polo Wicklow, the only year-round polo club in Ireland, that’s slightly disconcerting. It helpfully reminds visitors that we risk “bring kicked, trampled on or bitten by horses, harmed by spectators or participants and risks incidental to polo/equestrian activities (ie: being struck by polo mallets or balls).” We didn’t see anyone hitting each other with their mallets in the three-a-side ‘arena’ game we watched (it does happen, apparently. It’s frowned upon.). Rather, the six players – mostly middle aged, and taking part in their first action for about two months – played a game that looked like a good-natured kickabout on horseback: people gave each other way, some players didn’t spur their horses into action when they might have, and there were a fair few accidental fouls (but no injuries) on the wind-swept, sodden surface. In truth, seeing a friendly game between six players shaking off the winter rust hardly does justice to the intensely difficult and competitive sport that polo often is. For starters, riding one-handed while leaning down to hit a small ball with a mallet is a feat of co-ordination, even leaving aside the fact that horses don’t appreciate sticks swinging past their head. Then there are other players thundering about, and not everyone is obliging on the field. “Today was only a practice but, if you were to watch one of the tournaments, there’s a lot of banging into one another. It does get tough,” says Siobhan Hebst, the club’s Polo Manager and a top-ranked ladies player. “Obviously accidents do happen, but where aggression would come would be pushing each other out of the way and stuff like that. I’ve come off the field black and blue, and then I know I’ve had a good game. If I haven’t got a bruise, I was only piddling around.” If polo players seem keen to emphasise the less-than-genteel aspects of the sport, that’s not the only way they’d like to challenge stereotypes about it. In particular, they’re aware of polo’s image as an exclusive sport played by a privileged elite – and seem to have a love-hate relationship with that idea. The worst thing that happened to Irish polo, remarks Wendy Hebst, is Prince Charles. Wendy, part of the family running the club, is Polo Wicklow’s self-styled “general dogsbody”, with a gift for gossip and a grudging acceptance of the sport’s elitist image. She insists, however, that there’s far less money sloshing about the Irish game than in Britain or South America. “In England, it’s mind-boggling what people pay. And in Argentina, the money is phenomenal. In Ireland, it isn’t. In Ireland, it’s a sport any farmer or any young person can play – we encourage the students at the Royal College of Surgeons, who are subsidised to come. It’s much more normal,” she says. “People perceive it as a very snobby thing, and you have to be wearing your fur coats and Louis Vuitton’s. But you see the state of us – you’d think you’ve walked into a halting site!” observes Siobhan. That may be overstating the case somewhat – nobody emerging from

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the changing room after the game looked particularly flash, but we couldn’t imagine them getting turned away from any restaurant either. Someone with a chip on their shoulder could resent a hint of plum in certain accents, or the odd anachronistic turn of phrase, but people with impeccable manners and a good sense of hospitality are innately likeable. Playing polo may be pricey – you need access to two horses for a match, with three being an ideal number – but, as the Hebsts are keen to point out, it’s barely more expensive to keep up than a golf habit. “Our local golf club has the same membership price,” says Siobhan “Ok, you’re renting horses and stuff like that, but it can be as expensive as you want it to be. Each match, if you’re renting a horse, it’s about €240 a game,” she continues, adding that a day out hunting would often cost roughly €200. “You can pay a million dollars to play golf in Japan. The membership for the local club, non-playing, is something like €2,000... €2,000 to be members of a club where we wouldn’t even lift a stick!” says Wendy. “To play golf, you work out the finances, and there’s little difference over a twelve-month period. But polo has this... thing. Just in the background,” she adds. “We have this club 20 years. But if you go into the town, into any shop on the main street and ask where the polo club is, they wouldn’t know. ‘Oh, we don’t have anything like that in Wicklow’ was the response one person had. We keep it kind of quiet. There are advantages as well, I suppose – you’re not overrun.” The Polo Wicklow players are a mix of ‘renters’ and horse owners (as a rule of thumb, Siobhan explains, buying your own horse makes financial sense if you’re playing more than once a fortnight). Most wouldn’t stand out in a crowd, but many have seen the flash side of the sport at its worst abroad. “In the UK, there are multi-millionaires with their own grooms and horses,” says Keith Robertson, “Some guys will fly in by helicopter, jump out to a horse that’s ready and hop on. They do it just for image, and they make sure their helicopter is bigger than the other guy’s – that’s what it’s about. You see it in America too – I lived there for a while. In Palm Beach, the wealth is unbelievable.” At the top, he adds, there are players who’ll recruit an entire team from around the world to make themselves look good, happily spending five million pounds in a season. “And they’re all bankers that the British taxpayer is paying for.” Rather like the arrival of nouveau-riche bankers and developers in England, the Irish game was affected by newly wealthy individuals keen for a status-symbol sport – and their disappearance after 2008. “There was a club in Wexford that was just booming. They had a lot of builders, massive membership. And this year, they were really hit. There were days when they were struggling to put enough teams together,” says Siobhan. “In England, they’re very much affected. There are quite a few places that have gotten fairly stuck,” she adds. “We have managed to

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keep, somehow, a level the whole way through. Then we’re lucky enough that, of the guys I have working for me, there are always two or three that can play. So, should we be in a situation where we’ve only got one or two, we can bring them in and fill up the numbers. I still get the odd phone call about lessons, but people who are starting it are taking it up full-time. In the past, I was getting loads of phone calls for lessons, and someone would come for one just to give it a go, but not come back. Now, there are less people, but they’re serious about it.” Polo Wicklow has had one major loss in the recession: Paul Castle, a Britishborn property tycoon and restaurateur who joined the club while living in Ireland, took his own life in November as his health and business empire crumbled. “He declared bankruptcy in the morning, jumped in front of a train in the afternoon. And he was the last person you’d think would do it. Odd fellah, very eccentric,” says Siobhan. “He was a great friend, but mad as a hatter. A depressive, and a heartbreakingly difficult fellow. He moved over here for a year, wanted to stay but the wife didn’t. She wasn’t happy here at all. That was about three years ago, but we’d stayed in touch,” explains Wendy, who regales the group with stories of fights in the Polo Wicklow showers, cooking disasters, a ban Castle suffered for hitting another player with his mallet, and a scandal worthy of Jilly Cooper. Castle, she explains, “got through wives like a knife through butter. And badly chosen wives, who bled him dry.” He also had the misfortune to befriend a “scallywag” named Jimmy, who “introduced con men to con men

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and sat in the middle... He took a shine to Paul’s wife. We were there for dinner, and he became totally flutered. Paul offered him a room for the night. His wife didn’t want to make up the bed for the night, but she did. And in the middle of the night, having made up the bed for him, she then hopped into the bedroom with him. Endless trouble,” she sighs. Such hi-jinks, Wendy adds, aren’t all that rare at the elite levels of polo. “You get someone flashing money, and you’re bound to get some piece of work with a short skirt on who’s happy to lie on her back. It happens with footballers, it hap-

pens with tennis players, anybody. Here, it’s unusual, which is why we still talk about it five years later!” Even without the bed-hopping antics, socialising is still a big part of the game, particularly on the international matches that Polo Wicklow regularly run. “Every month, we invite a team from Spain, Holland, France or America – twice, the Americans would usually come. They arrive usually on a Friday – The Americans would come on a Thursday – and we’d play Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We’d include every member of the club that we can, so the Americans

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can play against three different Polo Wicklow teams. We’d always go down to Catriona’s – she has a super house that’s very special for people who’d come from abroad. Then we’d eat here once, and they’d go back on a Sunday. We’d have three days of play and, from the minute they arrive, we look after them. They stay with us and we give them horses – which is straight away a disadvantage, because they’re riding unfamiliar horses. The Americans unfortunately know the horses too well, so they’re winning a bit too often,” explains Wendy. “Catriona is our minister of entertainment. When we have visiting teams, they have to win all three matches to take the silverware. And if things are going against us – for example, if they’ve won the first two matches – they’re taken out to Wicklow town.” Catriona chimes in happily: “We wine and dine them, and drink them under the table, So they never win the third.” The good-natured gamesmanship makes a difference, says Wendy. “Three times in 20 years, they’ve won somehow. And once was the Italians, who only played two matches – they cheated.” Domestically, the polo scene remains a fringe interest – the closest Ireland comes to matching the glamour of the big international events is the Ladies Tournament every August. “Maybe 250 people would come to watch it, and we’re trying to make it into more of a family thing, where people could come with picnics and sit around the field,” says Siobhan. It’s a great sport to watch, particularly in the arena, because it’s all there. You’re really part of it. On the grass, the pitch is three times the size, so you can guarantee the polo is always on the other side of the field. In England, they have massive spectatorship whereas, here in Ireland, there’s maybe this snobby view of polo,” she says. Wendy puts Ireland’s lack of interest in the sport down to two things – a lack of media attention, and a lack of peer pressure to play. “Kids don’t play sport unless they have their peers doing it. For you to go off and be a ballet dancer when all of your pals are into rugby, you’d have to be a hell of a person or want it very badly. That’s why a lot of people start playing in their thirties or forties, when they’re established,” she argues. A few ‘second generation’ players, such as Siobhan, give Wendy hope for the future. The majority of players in Ireland, whoever, would still start to approach polo when middle age is looming – a top coach once quipped that the best age to take up polo is in your late 40s or 50s, when your legs are starting to go and you need four new ones. It’s easy to see the attraction, for anyone who feels a bit old for five-a-side on Saturdays, of playing a fast-paced sport where another animal is doing the rushing around. “Dad will kill me for saying this, but he’s 70 in two weeks time and he’s still playing,” says Siobhan, 28. “We had a Scottish team over recently – one guy was 78, and another guy was 85, then there was a 20 year old. They were still playing, and it wasn’t like they were taking it easy. I was going out there afraid that I would

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knock this 85-year-old off the horse – no way. He was going to take me off the horse, or knock me out of the arena. There was no holding back. He didn’t want the quiet horses, he wanted the fast horses. Age doesn’t really matter. You can still be playing at 82 or 83 and be really strong – not a pain in the ass on the field.” That 85-year-old Scot may well sum up polo’s peculiar attraction – and value: there are few enough sports where a skilled octogenarian can compete with someone in their physical prime, and fewer still that offer a mix of excitement, horsemanship, teamwork and a hint of glamour. Sneer at Prince Charles if you must, and certainly laugh at flash bankers hijacking the game as a status symbol, but don’t begrudge someone in their 30s or 40s paying to enjoy a sporting adrenalin rush for a few more years – you’ll see where they’re coming from soon enough. ■

GET SWINGING Looking to dip your toe into polo? Here are three good bets.

Polo Wicklow

The only year-round polo club in the country is based just outside Wicklow town, and plays both grass and ‘arena’ polo. Lessons for beginners are also available. www.polowicklow.com

The All-Ireland Polo Club

Founded in 1873, this is the first polo club established in Ireland, and the second club in Europe. The club plays out of the Phoenix Park. www.allirelandpoloclub.com

Bicycle Polo Ireland

It’s cheaper than riding a horse, and almost as quick – Bicycle Polo takes place from February to October in the Phoenix Park. www.bicyclepoloireland.com

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I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. - ALBERT EINSTEIN

FULL CARD BOARD JACKET WAGING WAR AT THE SUPAFAST MILITARY TRAINING CAMP Words Private Daniel Gray Pictures Lieutenant Juliana Scodeler

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Tcka-tcka-tcka-tcka-tcka-tcka-tcka. An EC 135 T1 helicopter swoops over a field on the perimeter of Daingean, Co. Offaly, 53.296021,-7.29071. Its pilot almost nosedives as he spots an anomalous party traversing the almost untouched fabric of the farmland below. He regains balance and recovers motor control of his jaw, rummages in a bag for his binoculars, and takes in the view: forty mucky jackeens, dressed in spray-painted cardboard armour fixed to their bodies with kelly green factory-surplus textile and laden down with sacks of potatoes, some makeshift rocket-launchers, and enough fireworks to make border control send for back-up are rolling under barb wire, skipping across streams, and lighting up the forest with powdered pyrotechnics like a Viet Cong guerilla strike on Chinese New Year. If the helicopter pilot is bamboozled, imagine how we feel. It’s a Thursday morning, and instead of eating my third Tayto-based breakfast and tweeting @ planetjedward for philosophical nuggets I am knee-deep in a Kubrickian world of shit. Our field commander has issued us a simple objective - reach that hill (hill being the operative word used for ‘small mountain’), pitch up, fight. We’ve no maps. We’ve no GPS. Jesus H. Christ. We’ve no Twitter. As a 40-strong group we plunge into a pine forest as thick as Brendan O’Carroll. Designated teams (which we are excluded from under the auspices of being the press corps, though I suspect may have something to do with us being patent greenhorns) split off from each other, some to find the quickest way out before a wild boar gets its tusks into their Lidl biccies, some to set off fireworks and fire potato guns at everybody else. Before long the forest is thick with the fog of war and the smell of Halloween on a Swords housing estate. We’re carrying an asthmatic, so decide to take one of the quicker routes out. Psssssssssssseeeewww wwwwhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaooooowwwwwwwwwww. We’re aimlessly meandering around a field looking back at exploding screechers lighting up the forest when we bump into one lone soldier, separated from comrades and countrymen. He is French, and therefore not to be trusted. We form a nervous navigational alliance, and get the hill back in sight. Before long though,

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he gets all gung-ho and decides to cross a barb-banked river and, like, to be honest, I don’t really want to get these runners wrecked. We wave him goodbye, and agree we’ll probably never see him again. The mortality of war is closing in on us. It’s been almost a two hour trek (do these people not have public transport?). We take a kip at the bottom of the mountain with some other vanguard souls. Despite our weak-ass city leg muscles and fear of nettles we’ve made the mountain before a good half of the brigade. Camera-phones out, we film the pioneering group take Croghan Hill (a former volcano and Bronze Age burial site), plant a flag in it, and start loading ammo into their cylinders. As the conquering party begins to collectively crave a chip dinner, we see the other party rising from the Bog of Allen like Famine zombies, sacks of potatoes and the cardboard makings of a base slung over their shoulders. Before long, there’s a charge from the ascending party, zig-zagging, avoiding lobbed projectiles from the hilltop. The maneuver lasts half an hour, or maybe only ten minutes with a twenty minute excuse to set off loud things and laugh our heads off. A truce is called, we descend on a local abandoned petrol station, and get ferried back to HQ in a fleet of APCs (i.e., an old silver Puegeot) to have some diplomatic sessions over a hog roast and crate of Karpackie Premium. Oh, and did I mention we’re from the future?

THE DAVID NORRIS MILITIA Supafast Military Project is the brainspawn of Tom Lynn (of Hospital and Monster Truck fame), Hugh Cooney (of Totally Dublin Christmas-time covershoot fame), and Simon McAllister (for who the Project is effectively a ‘baptism of fire’). These military minds were offered the residency of Offaly’s Good Hatchery, an outpost for artists set up by NCAD alumni, on whose grounds

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they have been up to all kinds of messing for the past few months. On arrival we are given a demonstration of their fullyfunctional trebuchet (you know those big catapults that made capturing town in Age of Empires miles easier), a full kit of cardboard armour manufactured from the recycling-bin debris of the Asian Market underneath Smithfield’s Block T, and a brisk training routine around the grounds. The drills are marshalled by gold-clad field commanders - each team made up of three footsoldiers decked out in white, one navigator in tin-foil silver, and a black-clad group leader. The army looks like a troupe of lo-fi Starship Troopers, and after learning how to march in step the teams refuel with some sinsterly brown-hued ‘Supafast Military Brew’ and discuss the possibility of mercenary work as the David Norris militia. This is the inaugural event of the Supafast Harriers, a motley army made up from various ‘chapter houses’ dotted around Dublin. The Harriers are a friendly post-dystopian army brought to pacifism after a history of bloodshed Cooney explains that the Harriers used to have a nefarious killing machine, a sort of combine harvester from hell, but were

converted to bloodless combat after ramming over one innocent civilian too many. He describes the project as ‘a lampoon of the silliness of war, and institutions like the Freemasons.’ Hugh and Tom have battlefields in their blood. The Cooney and Lynn families have supplied several generations of soldiers to the international war cause, fighting in the Cold and World Wars. Cooney’s father is the most attractive sight of the day, marching across the grounds dressed in general’s uniform and observing the unfolding training with an eagle’s eye. ‘My father has a study with a lot of war memorabilia. He’s taking a diplomatic, observer’s role with the Harriers. He’s going to compile a Napoleonic account of the war.’

THE FOLLY OF WAR Sartre wrote that ‘When the rich wage war, it is the poor who die’. Thankfully, the Harriers are funded by dole scrimpings. Nobody picks up even a minor injury. As we run ourselves silly through bogs, it’s difficult to see just how

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much planning has gone into the skirmish. Cooney later explains that his trust in some sort of wartime instinct or compatabilist fatalism paid off - ‘There was no real plan on the day, but setting up the bureaucracy in October worked well. The day was more haphazard - we could just see the hill when we were working at the house, and decided we’d emulate the balls out way of war - you have no idea where you are, but you see a destination and have to make it there, no matter how. The splitting of the two groups was completely organic, we didn’t necessarily intend for there to be a confrontation. People are endemically going to fight anyway. The war scenario just developed by itself.’ The Harriers project works as a sort of Fluxus Happening - the situation and theme is provided to its participants, and what happens from then on is all improvisation and nonlinear narrative. To onlookers (not that there are any onlookers), the sight of increasingly crusty individuals dressed up in fantasy-novel armour might look like a Live Action Role-Play game. The essential difference is that the Harriers are removed of their characters and personality, reduced to a footsoldier in a team, and forced to be

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incentive-driven. Everybody is forced to subscribe to the absurdism - I’m not sure if we’ve learned anything profound by the end of the day, but that’s probably the whole point.

BACK TO THE FUTURE Future Harriers projects include an upcoming war museum in Block T, ‘Collins Barracks-style’, explaining the history of the society and exhibiting some battleground memorabilia and the bloodcurdling combine harvester. The next battle is planned for Donabate beach, the cardboard-amenable terrain of which will usefully save on spray-paint expenses. After that, Supafast are hoping to set up a war camp over several days to teach the necessities of communication, supply, and more worryingly, medical facilities, and to establish an International League of Harriers, a fully-functional, streamlined organization with its very own intern. ■ If you want a chapter house of your own, set your browser to www.supafastmilitary.com

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Goodone make saving the world look easy. And stylish; the sustainable fashion brand has only been going since 2007, but already they’re well on their way to world domination. One year in the tiny brand was granted free exhibition space at London Fashion Week, where their delicious, planet-friendly designs suddenly turned all the right heads, showing how sexy conscious fashion can be. Since then the brand has gone from triumph to further triumph, whether it’s being stocked by Topshop and ASOS or working with Tesco on a wide-scale collaboration, all the while staying true to their original pledge to create chic, sexy clothing with the least possibly environmental impact. The first collection was all luxurious body-con knits and form-fitting, custom made party dresses. This time around for Autumn/Winter 2011, Goodone take their dedication to tailoring further with an extended line and more ambitious use of recycled fabrics. They’ve taken the perennially crusty field of recycled, planetfriendly clothing and dragged it into the high-fashion arena, projecting onto it a glossy veneer where design comes first. Only afterwards do you realise that your crochet peek-a-boo panel dress used to be someone else’s sweater. Here brand

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founder Nin Castle explains how she turns one person’s scrap into another person’s glamour. Hello Nin! Wow you must be busy, it seems like it’s really taking off right now for Goodone! Yeah it is, it’s brilliant really! We ‘re still in a really small studio, only a few of us. We don’t have a receptionist, no assistants, nothing. All the stuff is spilling out onto the mezzanine! I read that you had (fashion branding legend) Yasmin Sewell as a mentor; did this help making Goodone that much bigger? That happened back in 2009, before Topshop; I met her at an awards ceremony and she ended up helping us out. And then as the brand got a bit of notice, people started asking us ‘why don’t you go to Esthetica at London Fashion Week?’ Without even showing the designs, just being in the exhibition costs so much, and I didn’t have the money. But we ended up being given our space for free, which was brilliant. Before long I ended up having to employ more people to keep up with the demand. Suddenly it was this real, actual business.

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thing like that since Katherine Hamnett... And she never used recycled! It was only organic fabric, something which has a far better image than recycled has ever had. What we’re trying to do with our collection is go right to the top of fashion, take it to editors and show them. You’d never think any of that stuff is recycled, it looks like normal designer clothing. And you’ve done a good job of it! What were your inspirations behind the first and second collection? I was really pleased with it! It’s an odd one, for some pieces we used end-of-roll fabrics, and even new British fabrics, so on some pieces it might only be the waistband that’s recycled, while on others they’re 100%. The new materials kind of lift the collection, and it makes the recycled pieces stand out even more. It was necessary for us, I think, to give that high fashion kind of image, for people to take us seriously as a fully-rounded brand. Picking out the fabrics for each collection, do you build the designs around what recycled stuff is on offer, or do you form your ideas and then have to go to the trouble of hunting them down? It’s fifty-fifty. We’ll go out with a very clear idea of what we want, what we can do, and then it’s just a matter of what we can get. Some fabrics we’ll buy in new, if we think it’s really really lovely and will bring things together, but for instance now we’re going to go on a fabric run, where we just go to our suppliers and see what’s around, and afterwards we’ll just brainstorm and see if we can come up with ways to use it. We just ask around, see what suppliers have, and try to find ways we can work it in. Have you always been into thrifty fashion and recycling? I got into it at university, I did my whole primary collection around recycling and recycled fabrics. And I used to teach evening classes in altering clothes, teaching people to tailor or remake their old clothes into something updated. I’d love to still do it, but I’ve so little time. That’s definitely going to figure in postrecessionary consumption. We need to buy clothes to last, ones we can repair and alter over time, but keep wearing. I really want people to have more of a connection with their clothing again. That’s why I’m so excited about developing the online stuff, where we can take requests for clothes made to order. When they ask for a dress or something we can ask them, how wide would you like the waist, how long do you want the arms? You can make it to a specific body shape - we recently had a girl who was 10 on top and 12 on the bottom, so we sewed a medium and a large together. It’s not that hard, really, and it means that people

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have clothes that really suit them well and will make them look better. It makes sense because we’ve all got different body shapes, it’s ridiculous to expect standard sizes to fit so many different people. That’s something really special and innovative, albeit in a really old-school way! Yes and it’s something I’d really like people to know about our brand. You can order something unique to you and, I mean you might not get this two days later on-the-dot - though actually it never takes too long, normally well within the 21 days allowed for delivery - but you get something that’s really perfect. And if it’s not quite right, a bit loose somewhere or too tight, then they can send it back and we’ll alter it again. So what next, then, for Goodone? One of the things I really want the brand to focus on is the basics section of the site. There are so many people out there who are interested in buying more sustainably but can’t afford it. We have that range so there’ll be 100% recycled pieces that are affordable for everyone, somewhere people can just go to get what they wear everyday, but ethically made and of a really good quality. Last of all, do you think it’s more about ethical production, or ethical consumption? As in, do you feel it’s up to designers to set an example or is the consumer’s job to seek out proper companies? The thing is, as a designer you can’t tell people too much what to do. You can’t be too negative and ram the message down their throats. You want to sell something desirable, a positive rather than a negative. I don’t want buying clothes to be a guilt trip, but at the same time I think that the way we consume is really quite twisted and unhealthy. There should really be some kind of legislation in place, the government needs to take a roll in regulating shops, finding out where they get their stock from. It would be wonderful to see fast fashion become unfashionable. It seems like such a boom-time thing... I’d like to see magazines, and celebrity endorsements put more emphasis on quality than on fast fashion. People are going to realize that it’s not economy to buy three tops for twenty quid, that you don’t even like and never wear, when you could have one for sixty pounds that you wear all the time and is worth it. I think there’s going to be a return to personal style, over high street style. I mean there used to be only a few trends per season, and now there are around fifteen. That, plus the roll of fashion bloggers, puts a lot of emphasis on making style your own. There’s going to be a massive change in the way image operates. ■

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Cmd-X Cmd-V Cut Copy Words Ian Lamont

Cut Copy have been building a wave of goodwill over the last few years of touring the world and have no doubt brought a few Irish admirers back from trips to their native Australia. Their new release Zonoscope has smoothed their dancerock template into a groove-based synthpop sound, fed on a diet of classic 80’s twelve inches and self-imposed isolation. Totally Dublin spoke to guitarist Tim Hoey about the creative process, rockumentaries and underappreciated Aussie bands. There’s a documentary about Zonoscope that shows the warehouse space you worked in. Was it influential on writing or was it just for recording? A bit of both - we had this idea that every piece of art is a product of its environment it was really important for us to find a space where we could feel totally comfortable. We didn’t want to go into a big recording studio because you’re constantly watching the clock, worrying about how much money you’re spending, using expensive producers and engineers. It gave us the freedom to set our own deadlines. There wasn’t any internet or telephone - we set up our own little world there, and that’s something that we wanted Zonoscope to reflect, creating

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this new world for the listener to immerse themselves in.

through crates of records, finding that diamond in the rough.

It really reminded me of watching [Wilco documentary] I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, except minus all the drama. Yeah, that’s actually one of my favourite documentaries. We certainly didn’t have the intense lows that they went through making that record! We’re always watching those “Making Of…” films, regardless of who it is, it gives a really unique insight into how a record is made.

Any particular recent purchases? We were in New York doing press at the end of December and I found a copy of Neil Young’s On The Beach. That’s probably my favourite Neil Young record.

Are the filmmakers [Krozm] friends of yours? They’re a film company here in Australia and we’ve been friends with those guys for years so it wasn’t like they were really invading our space either – it didn’t feel like we had to perform for the camera or anything like that. There’s some serious gear porn in the documentary – is there any particular favourite piece of equipment that influenced your writing? I bought a guitar around the end of touring when I was in America. It’s this old 1960’s [Fender] Jaguar, which is something that I’ve been wanting ever since the band started. It was hard to get that out of my hands and it found its way on to every track. Another part shows you picking out records for each other, are you all collector nerds when you’re on tour? Exactly – that’s pretty much exactly what we do on tour. Every town we’re in, we’ll go and find the second hand record stores. I still love that ritual of digging

You guys are pretty big in Australia. Do you feel in anyway distant from America or Europe? We always had the intention of taking our music overseas because when we started out, rock was kind of the flavour of the month and it was really tough for us to even get played on radio or to get festival bills. We were gaining a bigger audience overseas, triple what they were in Australia and then a lot of that started to feed back. It’s a very common theme in this country. I can think of a lot of examples like The Avalanches, The Go-Betweens or Severed Head where they blew up overseas before things really caught on here at home. They actually have a bridge named after them in Brisbane now, the Go-Between Bridge! Are there remix projects planned for songs on Zonoscope? For Taking Over we have Midnight Magic, Tim Goldsworthy, Flight Facilities and a Milo one. We’ve got an amazing Gavin Russom remix too which I’m absolutely in love with - very beautiful, not really made for the dancefloor. Also for Need You Now we have maybe one of the godfathers of techno doing one but I don’t want to give too much away otherwise I might jinx it and then people would be really disappointed!

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Words Rosa Abbott Words Rosa Abbott

Diarmait Grogan at the Severed Head The photography gallery Severed Head on Mount Street puts on consistently good exhibitions, and this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offering, opening on the 11th, is no exception. Opium dens, turbans and scantily clad Eschewing colour for the ever-poignant exotic beauties: all are reoccurring motifs simplicity of the black and white image, in the art and literature of the nineteenth Diarmait Groganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works often border century, from Delacroixâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Women of on abstract. Undefined, hazy forms Algiers to Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Picture of Dorian Gray. intrude the space, or vaguely lurk in And whilst this kind of cultural tourism shadowy frames. This lack of clarity and has become frowned upon in scholarly certainty lends his images an ethereal and circles - especially following supernatural quality, yet the Edward action sugSaidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Post-Colonial deconstruction gested by the blurred movements ofof his it figures in his 1978 it continues pointsOrientalism to a specific- time and place, torooting pervade popular Heavily them in theculture. here and now; the eroticised everyday.ad campaigns like that of the potent YSLNew scent Opium (because everyTitled Way Home, the collection one wants to of smell a junkie, right?) is the result twolike yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work explorexploit perceived sexual availability ing thethe human condition. Following on offrom Eastthe Asian girls,ofwhilst newspapers success previous projects, this is Groganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solo exhibition, aptly caricature thefirst â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;silenced and repressedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; taking place on theofDublin-born photogburqa-clad women Muslim countries native soil. Transient, intuitive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rapherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost always without actually giving and asubjective, hisThis monochrome images them real voice. stereotyping of are atwomen once ghostly and brimming Asian is the theme of a newwith colthe essence and energy of life.Sabenacio Swing by at lection of artworks by Diane 2pm on and closing day,Pereira. the 26th, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Nititham Holly Exhibited catch the artist in conversation with felunder the title Ornamental. Oriental. at low photographer, lecturer and writer The Joinery from March 9th until the Adrian Reilly. 16th, the collection will include photography, painting and illustration by the two artists â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both of whom are of Asian descent, but are based here in Ireland. Through collaborative and individual self-portraits and other works, Nititham and Pereira explore their own cultural heritage andFrazer identities, thethe problems Sir James outlines unlikelythey can create and kings the stereotypes that girls arise link between and adolescent from them. in his seminal work The Golden Bough.

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William McKeown at the Hugh Lane

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and watercolours), McKeown will be creating an installation for this exhibition, which will be on display from February 3rd until May 1st. The philosophical, spiritual and anthropological themes prescribed by the Golden Bough topic are perfectly suited to McKeownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. His subtle and understated pieces are the product of great contemplation, and are usually inspired by nature, air, light, and humanityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationships with such concepts. With his characteristic delicate, meticulous approach, this exhibition is set to explore that which is - like ancient kings and girls on the cusp of womanhood - suspended, somewhere between heaven and earth.

Neil Carroll at Joinery At first, one might think Neil Carrollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works are about the structures. However this is not the case - his sculptural installations are more concerned with space; the space created by his structures. Think about it. When an architect plans a building, he should design the structural elements around the spaces he wants them to contain; not vice-versa. Carrollâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works ask us to take this concept as a metaphor for our thought processes: like an architectural structure, our thoughts are a â&#x20AC;&#x153;mechanical response to a given environmentâ&#x20AC;?. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, these automatically generated thoughts, deteralreadybyspotted acquaintance ofor mine, mined societalone values, can contain restrict us unwittingly like the wallsbyofhis theomniscient buildings captured in which we sit. despite the spontaneous lens. However, In thisoflight, hisimages, upcoming at nature these andexhibition the seemingly the Joinery subject - running from February mundane matter of people17th going until thetheir 26thdaily - could be seen the as an attempt about business, phototo break down these constraining structures graphs are far from dull or uninteresting. placed on our thought In it, Murrayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mastery of processes. lighting renders Carroll usual constructionfamiliarmanipulates scenes andhis settings strange, and related materials wood, andtoblocks his sharp shots of look too paint perfect be to push the boundaries of architecture, real, yet too fresh to be staged. This colstructures, space.... and yo mind. Whoa.

lection will inspire you to keep your eyes open when wondering around town, searching for the snapshots of beauty or intrigue that we fail to notice on a daily basis.... either that, or your eyes will be open in paranoia, scanning nervously for flashes and flickers of shutters that document our every step. Either way, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth making a trip to the Mad Art Gallery to catch this exhibition, which lasts until March 31st.

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Fingers On Lips Flanntasm The Killruddery Film Festival At Swim-Two-Birds Words Aine Pearl Pennello Words Roisín Kiberd

Take a play with no beginning and no

If the idea of watching a silent film makes end, featuring three narrators, a lepreyou think of boring melodramas then chaun, a mythical king and some cowthink again Danieland Fitzpatrick, proboys fromsays Ringsend, you are left gramme director of the annual silent film with one of Ireland’s best-loved literary festival, which takes place in the enchantmasterpieces. By turns anarchic satire ing and setting of Killruddery House experiment in literary form,and Flann Gardens thisAt March. O’Brien’s Swim-Two-Birds has long been called impossible to stage. That is, While Fitzpatrick admits the imporuntil acclaimedand Irish theatre company tance of one melodrama slapstick comedy their hands on in it. Here we talk with à lagot Charlie Chaplin the repertoire of Niall Henry, of Blue silent film, you director won’t find any Raincoat’s of these upcoming about the the more perils of in this festivalproduction, which honours staging the unstageable. overlooked and underrated gems of silent cinematography. So, lots of excitement for this, especially With this year’s programme includsince you got there before the film! Is this ing the an first arrayever of children’s comic adaptation films, of At Swim-Tworomances and Greta Garbo’s favourite Birds? of her work, Notown exactly; we the firstfestival toured promises it a cou“witty, wordy comedies and various ple years ago, opened in Sligo in 2009, snappy action movies”. The toured it in the summer lastfilms, year. selectWe went help to Edinburgh andfilm Glasgow with ed with from silent historian TheBrownlow Third Policeman, andyear we’re taking Kevin who this won an it to New York nexton year. Oscar for his work film preservation, are well suited for contemporary

How did the production come about?

audiences. “Kevin is always just looking A friend of mine had done a dissertafor stuff that will really grab audiences tion on him, and we just got talking a lot by their coattails and drag them along” about his work. This was around the time says Fitzpatrick. “Whether thatworking be a very we were on the Ionesco plays. emotional love story orNow a rip-roaring we’ve done three Ionescos and are action adventure, he constantly developingchooses our third Flann play. It’s funny very well-crafted films”. Soover fear twenty not theyears in theatre, maybe how, more, you just seem to find yourself driftmodern cinema-goer, the festival is well towards catered for those with ing little or no things experi-you have an affinity with. With ourbe company, there seems to ence of silent cinema. “That would the be a pattern emerging of things surreal core of our audience,” says Fitzpatrick and dark. Maybe it’s to do with personwho describes the common festival alities down in the west of Ireland. attendee as someone wanting to experience something different or wishing to With The Third Policeman the plot rediscover the luster and magic of cinema. is much more linear, but did you find “We try and bring thatyourself back, that sense At Swim, with all approaching of awe and immersive its feeling,” which found objects and meta-textual jokes, of course live music accompaniments with a little trepidation? from world-renowned Well, silenttheatre film pianist is always going to be about Stephen Horne certainly help. doing theatrical things, it’ll never sucthosehearth very literary elements. What With films screened ceed to anatopen we took from The Third Policeman was in the library of Killruddery House which kindthe of ‘Third Man’, Orson Welles-ish. some will recognise from opening sequence of My Left Foot, the experi-

ence is inviting, friendly and informal. “It’s like being in someone’s sitting room watching movies, it’s just not stuffy,” says It became really quite simple in the end, Fitzpatrick who described Killruddery with At Swim; the idea was to transpose House as magical and evocative given the conceit of a writer writing a book longwriting history of cinema production. aboutits a guy a book, who in turn Festival-goers will recognise Killruddery writes about another guy… this became Houseforfrom other filmsand andtextelevision our vehicle all the colours series including Thechain Tudors, Lassie, Oliver tures of Flann’s view. This of writTwist,aAngela’s ers became theatricalAshes gag. and Dancing at Lughnasa. Was it fun bringing to life all the more This year the festival has placed a theatrical aspects of the on book, like the cinema, strong emphasis Irish silent Ringsend Cowboys Leprechaun expanding onand its the former concentration of and the Pooka? Wicklow-based films. Irish works to be The Pooka is there! The story is all there, screened include an adaptation of Frank because the story is the trick as well, the O’Connor’s My Oedipus Complex shot in intertwining of all those ideas. I mean, Cork, the 1940’s black and white picture my daughter is just turning three right Boyit’s Wanted setatinwhich, Dublin and the advennow, and that age telling tures of the mischievous Shamus her stories, the more surreal they become,filmed in Belfast – all partAnd of the afterthe more she’s fascinated. theSaturday more children’s programme. The opening linear noon and fucking boring the story is, event theFlann real exciting the more shehowever, gets bored! O’Brien part of starts the off with a couple of threads, then festival according to Fitzpatrick, is a starts screening playing around andfilms goes shot in of thewith firstthem fiction completely mad. And somehow it all Ireland in 1910. Produced by ends the Newup tied up into a whole. It takes on this York based Kalem Film Company, the extremely and imaginative qualfilmsexciting coincidentally mark the first foreign ity, which is theatrical in itself. fiction films shot by an American production company outside the States. While There’s so much pretension and specuthe Kalem films have been seldom seen lation over Flann, so many misguided or discussed, of Come attempts to interpretthe himscreening when at the end Back to Erin, presumed lost and only recently of the day it was always about fun. rediscovered in themy back of Ia cupboard, I know and it’s not really field; a point rare treat audiences. mean,constitutes it gets to the wherefor you ask, Other long-lost treasures include do I go beyond my limitations to please academics, or do I go with instincts La Roue Russian montage inspiration instead? One ofby the things aboutwhose theatre directed Abel Gance betteris thatknown you getfilm, yourthe fiveonce or four of lostweeks Napoleon, rehearsal, then youten have the show. tookand Brownlow years to unearth and It’s not like together. you give itIninaddition to publishers piece to sharing his when it feels finished. There are certain preservative work on La Roue, Brownlow things which must be respected, and one will also be giving a lecture on the Irish of those is that we must be clear. involvement in early Hollywood, using clips histhe private Did you feeland theprints urge tofrom update socialcollection. “We’d be the only festival satire, to make it a Celtic Tiger parable that he or themakes like? this sort of a contribution to,” says who described Brownlow’s You’reFitzpatrick going to hate me, but I’d find that a really Dublin-centric thing to do.as People knowledge and generosity infectious. do that kind of thingthe andbest it just But saving forbores last, the festival me towill tears. I mean, art is goodcentury art, close withgood a nineteenth magic there’slantern no needperformance to update it. –What Flann an expert demonO’Brien wrote of about the mind of an and slides stration the isoriginal lanterns Irish person, I think his whole body of used to create images before the arrival work is about that, and more importantly of cinema. “There certainly hasn’t been about how the Irish person perceives himanything like that done here in a hundred self. He’s among the best satirists of the years,” says It’s Fitzpatrick described twentieth century. all about who making the event as possible the most exciting fun of over-interpretation, and that’s the element of what promises to be a truly joy in his work. unique and memorable festival. Blue Raincoat’s production of At SwimTwo-Birds hits the Project Arts Centreruns from The Killruddery Film Festival between 22 Feb-5 Mar. Tickets priced March 10th-13th. Tickets for individual €18/20. films and programmes range from €12-16

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Wed 2nd Mar The Saturdays Olympia Theatre, from €29.50 It’s the freakin weekend, baby gonna have me some fun Jamie Lawson Whelans, €12.50, 8pm Thu 3rd Mar Levellers The Academy, €28, 7pm Their career has really plateaued Choice Music Prize Vicar Street, €22, 7.30pm The Villager’s to lose? Futures Apart Whelans, €tbc, 8pm So grin and bear it for the moment

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Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs Olympia Theatre, from €44.20 Mountain man Phantoms First Friday The Academy, €10, 8pm Gonna have to invent some new day names for KROQ Little Comets Academy 2, €12, 7.30pm So… meteoroids? The Decemberists Vicar Street, €23, 8.30pm Youth Mass Crawdaddy, €10, 8pm With guest appearance by Il Papa Ratzinger Circoloco (Dan Genachia + Davide Squillace) Tripod, €20, 8pm A pair of Lazio centrebacks moonlighting as DJs Halves + Jennifer Evans Whelans, €10, 8pm Bright local hopes Dezerter The Village, €20/25, 7pm Polish hard rocks Sat 5th Mar Ray Lamontagne & The Pariah Dogs Olympia Theatre, from €44.20 The Go! Team The Academy, €23, 7.30pm Stop, collaborate and listen The Riptide Movement Academy 2, €10, 2pm & 7.30pm Local boogie band The Danger Is Crawdaddy, €10, 7.30pm The other Niamh Farrell The Naked & Famous The Button Factory, €14, 8pm Norman Mailer’s less famous novel

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Trad March Thu 3rd March

Wed 16th March

English folk with a contemporary twist

The Wicker Bones Ball Alley, Lucan, Free, 8pm Bawdy ballad sessions every Thursday

The Kilfenora Céilí Band National Concert Hall, €25-35, 8pm

Sat 26th March

Thu 17th March Sun 6th March Saucy Sunday Sessions The Grand Social, Free, 4pm Singer-songwriter sessions each Sunday Fri 11th March The Water Tower Bucket Boys Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, €16, 7.30pm Diverse folk from Pacific Northwest

Fureys & David Arthur Vicar Street, €30, 8.30pm Trad heavyweights

The Kilfenora Céilí Band National Concert Hall, €25-35, 8pm Sat 19th March Sharon Shannon and Big Band in Concert National Concert Hall, €25-35, 8pm Acclaimed box-ist and big band The Gypsy Café Orchestra Pavilion Theatre, €13, 8pm

Sat 12th March Fri 25th March No Crows The Cherrytree, €13, 7.30pm Blending trad, classical and world music

Spiers And Boden Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, €18, 7.30pm

Sharon Shannon

Jazz March Sundays The Merrion Gates Fitzpatricks Castle, Killiney 12.30pm, Free Stella Bass Trio Cafe en Seine, Dawson St. 2pm, Free Zinc Jazz Sessions Pacino’s (Basement), Suffolk St. Daniel Jacobson Trio feat. Guest Mar 6th Edel Meade Mar 13th Aoife Doyle Mar 20th Jenna Harris Mar 27th Dorota Konczewska 6pm, e8/6

Jazz Globetrotters Purty Kitchen, Temple Bar 6pm, Free Globetrotter Quartet Shebeen Chic, South Great Georges St 10.30pm, Free Mondays Hot House Big Band The Mercantile Bar, Dame St. 9.15pm, e8 18 Piece Big Band Essential Big Band Grainger’s Pub, Malahide Rd. 9.30pm, e5

Classical March Tue 1st March

Mon 7th March

Artane School Of Music Annual Showcase National Concert Hall, €15, 8pm

Liszt Piano Recital National Concert Hall, John Field Room, €15, 8pm By Dimitri Papadimitrou

17 Piece Swing Orchestra Tuesdays Newpark Jazz Nights Seapoint Rest, Monkstown 8pm, Free Mar 1st James Quinn, John Owens Mar 8th Julien Colarossi, Shane Glynn Mar 22nd Niall O’Brien, Petra Odlozilikova Mar 29th Tommy Moore Wednesdays Live Jazz O’Reillys Bar, Seafort Ave. Sandymount 8pm, Free

Sensorium Festival Lunchtime Concert Contemporary Music Centre, Free, 1pm “Platform for Performance” – Sensorium call for works

Wed 2nd March Academy of St. Martin-in-theFields National Concert Hall, €45-70, 8pm Featuring Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis

SONIC BOOM! Project Arts Centre, Free, 7.30pm Tape and electroacoustic works by Irish composers (part of Sensorium Festival) Tue 8th March

Kaleidoscope The Odessa Club, €8, 8.30pm A night of specially curated music, old and new

Co. Dublin VEC Annual Festival Of Music National Concert Hall, €10, 8pm Light and popular classics

Fri 4th March Time To Blossom National Concert Hall, John Field Room, €15, 1.05pm Jazz tunes RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra – Fire and Foreboding National Concert Hall, €10-35, 8pm Featuring Shostakovich and Rachmaninov

Hear and Now Project Arts Centre, €5, 7.30pm A night of improvised music (part of Sensorium Festival)

O Voix Mystérieuse National Concert Hall, John Field Room, €15, 1.05pm Featuring counter-tenor Graham Joseph Hear Our Songs! National Concert Hall, €30-35, 8pm

Hear Our Songs! National Concert Hall, €30-35, 8pm Presented by Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society

Sensorium 2 – Electroacoustic, Instrumental, Electronic and Improv Project Arts Centre, €10, 7.30pm With the music of Linda Buckley, Garrett Sholdice and Jane Cassidy Hear Our Songs! National Concert Hall, €30-35, 2.30pm, 8pm

Thu 10th March

Sun 13th March

RTÉ Concert Orchestra – MGM Film Musicals National Concert Hall, €35-45, 8pm Celebrating classic film music

Josef Locke – Hear My Song National Concert Hall, €32.50, 8pm Tribute to the great Derry tenor

Sun 6th March Mad About Musicals National Concert Hall, €20, 8pm

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Isotope JJ Smyths, Aungier St. 9pm, e10 Mar 10th feat. the music of Charlie Parker Mar 17th (Closed) Mar 24th Special guest Cormac Kenevey Alex Mathias Quartet International Bar, Wicklow St. 9pm, Free

Tue 15th March Carlos Núez in Concert National Concert Hall €30-40, 8pm A not strictly classical exploration of Galician and Brazilian music

Sondheim at Lunchtime National Concert Hall, John Field Room €15, 1.05pm Featuring the singing of Kathy Nugent Sun 20th March

Sat 12th March

Spatial Music Collective National Concert Hall, Kevin Barry Room €10, 8.30pm Featuring Darragh Morgan on violin

Thursdays

Fri 18th March Sensorium 1 - Technological, instrumental and visual performances Project Arts Centre, €10, 7.30pm With the music of Enda Bates, Jonathan Nangle, Judith Ring and others

Wed 9th March

Sat 5th March A Celebration of Siamsa Tíre and the Sound of Kerry National Concert Hall, €20-30, 8pm Traditional Irish Music

Fri 11th March

Jam Session Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Lwr. Pembroke St. 8pm, e7

Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath National Concert Hall, €20, 8pm 50th Anniversary Concert Tue 22nd March RIAM Annual Gala Concert National Concert Hall, €12, 8pm Music of Prokofiev and Beethoven

Fridays Pacino’s Basement Suffolk St. Midnight, Free Mar 4th Dorota Konczewska (Poland) Trio Mar 11th Sandra Melo (Brazil) Trio Mar 18th Joan Shields Trio Mar 25th Clare Dunne Trio

Daniel Jacobson (Jazz Guitar) La Strada, 3 Cumberland St. Dun Laoghaire 7.30pm, Free Saturdays Kevin Morrow Quartet Mespil Bar, Burlington Hotel, D4 7.30pm, Free

La Dolce Vita, Cow’s Lane, Temple bar 9pm, Free Mar 4th Colette Henry Duo Mar 11th Kristina G. Duo Mar 18th Midnight Blue Mar 25th Emilie Conway Duo

Daniel Jacobson (Jazz Guitar) La Strada, 3 Cumberland St. Dun Laoghaire 7.30pm, Free

Bartók’s 130th National Concery Hall, John Field Room, €15, 1.05pm Featuring Cora Venus Lunny and Izumi Kimura

Thu 31st March

Puccini’s La Boheme National Concert Hall, €30-40.50, 8pm Accompanied by RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Sat 26th March Jazz Rainbow Family Concert National Concert Hall, John Field Room, €8, 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm An open invitation to music lovers of all ages to discover something new Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra National Concert Hall, €50-80, 8pm Featuring Mariss Jansons and Miah Persson Sun 27th March Dublin City Jazz Orchestra National Concert Hall, €25, 8pm

Wed 23rd March

Any Dream Will Do National Concert Hall, €30-40, 8pm Lee Mead sings Musical Favourites Fri 1st April Spring Celebration National Concert Hall, John Field Room €12, 1.05pm Elizabeth Pink sings songs from Schubert, Brahms and more RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra – Roman Holiday National Concert Hall, €10-35, 8pm Music of Respighi, Boccherini and Beethoven Sat 2nd April Walton World Masters – Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Ensemble National Concert Hall €21-29, 8pm A modern ensemble presentation of flamenco music

Mon 28th March Hugh Tinney plays Liszt’s Bminor Sonata National Concert Hall, €20, 8pm European Masterworks Series

Sun 3rd April Máire Ledwith Butler Singing Studio Gala Concert National Concert Hall, €14.50, 8pm Students of various schools perform Tue 29th March

Learning from the Masters: Juan Martín, Flamenco Guitar National Concert Hall, John Field Room €5, 11.30pm A masterclass with the man himself

From Bach To Jazz National Concert Hall, John Field Room, €22, 8pm A journey through musical styles

We’ve Only Just Begun The National Concert Hall €30-35, 8pm Celebrating the music of the Carpenters

Thu 24th March Showtime! National Concert Hall €20, 8pm Junior orchestras, choirs and bands Fri 25th March

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Clubbing weekly March Mondays

Chart, pop, and dance with a twist

Upbeat Generation @ Think Tank Think Tank, Temple Bar, D2 Pop, Rock and Soul 11pm

Piss-up with Peaches The George, George’s St., D2 Free, 9pm All drinks €4 or less 3 Jagerbombs for €10

Sound Mondays The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Indie, Rock, Garage and Post Punk 11pm, Free

Tuesdays

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 Soap Marathon Monday/ Mashed Up Monday The George, Sth. Great Georges St, D2 Chill out with a bowl of mash and catch up with all the soaps 6.30pm, Free The Industry Night Break for the Border, 2 Johnstons Place, Lr Stephens Street, D2 Pool competition, Karaoke & DJ 8pm Make and Do-Do with Panti Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel Street, D1 Gay arts and crafts night 10pm 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

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 Play with DJ’s Dany Doll & Eddie Bolton Pravda, Lower Liffey Street, D1 Soul/Pop/Indie/Alternative. 8.30pm - 11.30pm. 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 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 Juicy Beats The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 Indie, Rock, Classic Pop, Electro 10.30pm, Free Jezabelle The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Live Classic Rock 7pm, Free before 11pm

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

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

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

Glitz Break for the Border, Lwr Stephens Street, D2 Gay club night with Annie, Davina and DJ Fluffy 11pm

Austin Carter + Company B + DJ Dexy 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

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DJ Stephen James Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Indie 10pm Funky Sourz Club M, Temple Bar, D2 DJ Andy Preston (FM104) 11pm, €5

Hed-Dandi Dandelion, St. Stephens Green West, D2 DJs Dave McGuire & Steve O Takeover Twentyone Club and Lounge, D’Olier St, D2 Electro, Techno 11pm, €5 John Fitz + The K9s + DJ Mick B 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

The Song Room The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 Live music 8.30pm, Free First Taste Crawdaddy, Old Harcourt St Station, D 2 A new weekly party playing all new and advance music in The Lobby Bar 7pm, Free Unplugged @ The Purty The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Live acoustic set with Gavin Edwards 7pm, Free before 11pm Space ‘N’ Veda The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Performance and dance. Retro 50s, 60s, 70s 9pm, Free before 10pm, after 10pm €8/€4 with student ID DJ Alan Healy Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm Mud The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 Bass, Dubstep, Dancehall 11pm, €10 (varies if guest) Sexy Salsa Dandelion Café Bar Club, St. Stephens Green West, D2 Latin, Salsa 8pm, Free

Galactic Beat Club The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Disco, Boogie, House, Funk and Balearic 11pm, Free

Rob Reid + EZ Singles + DJ Karen G Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 9pm – 1.30am DJ Darren C

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

DJ Darren C Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Chart, pop & dance with a twist Free, 11pm

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

Space N’Veda The George, George’s St., D2 Free, 11pm Exquisite Mayhem with Veda, Davina & Guests

Wild Wednesdays Twentyone Club and Lounge, D’Olier St, D2 Frat Party €5 entry, first drink free

Music on the Rocks South William Swing, jive, cabaret 8pm, Free

Shaker The Academy, Middle Abbey St, D2 11pm, €8/6

Thursdays

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, Smithfield, D7 Blues, Ska Free Soup Bitchin’ Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Gay student night

Sounds@Solas Solas, Wexford St, D2 9pm-1am, Free Soul @ Solas Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Mr Razor plays the best in Soulful beats and beyond. International guests too! 8pm, Free CBGB Pygmalion, Powerscourt Centre, D2 Megan Fox & Niall James Holohan 9pm, Free Extra Club M, Blooms Hotel, D2 Kick start the weekend with a little extra 11pm, €5, Free with flyer Off the Charts Twentyone Club and Lounge, D’Olier St, D2 R&B with Frank Jez and DJ Ahmed 11pm, €5 Muzik

The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 Up-Beat Indie, New Wave, Bouncy Electro 11pm Thursdays at Café En Seine Café En Seine, 39 Dawson St., D2 DJs and dancing until 2.30am. Cocktail promotions. 8pm, Free CBGB Pygmalion, South William St, Dublin 2 Crackity Jones & Readers Wives on the decks Free Guateque Party Bia Bar, 28-30 Lwr Stephens St, D2 Domingo Sanchez and friends play an eclectic mix 8.30pm The LITTLE Big Party Ri-Ra, Dame Crt, D1 Indie music night with DJ Brendan Conroy 11pm, Free Mr. Jones & Salt The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, D2 House, Electro, Bassline 11pm, €8/5 Alternative Grunge Night Peader Kearney’s, 64 Dame St, D2 Alternative grunge 11pm, €5/3 Eamonn Sweeney The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 10pm Jason Mackay Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 Dance, R’n’B, House 9pm Fromage The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Motown Soul, Rock Free Davina’s House Party The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Drinks Promos, Killer Tunes and Hardcore Glamour 9pm, Free before 11pm, €4 with flyer After Work Party The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Live Rock with Totally Wired. 6pm, Free before 11pm Big Time! The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 You Tube nights, hat partys... make and do for grown ups! With a DJ. The Panti Show Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Gay cabaret. 10pm n Mofo + One By One + DJ Jenny T Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 9pm – 1.30am The Bionic Rats The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Dance, Jump and Skii to Reggae and Ska Free, 10pm DJ Dexy Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Energetic blend of dancefloor fillers Free, 11pm

Eamonn Barrett 4 Dame Lane, D2 Electro Indie Free, 10pm Global Zoo Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Groovalizacion bringing their infectious and tropical selection including Cumbia, Samba, Dub, Reggae, Balkan, Latin and Oriental Sound 9pm, Free DJ Jim Kenny Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm Chewn Crawdaddy, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Mincey indie music 11pm, €5 The Beauty Spot Dakota Bar, 8 South William Street, Dublin 2. A new night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation and sponsored by Smirnoff. 7pm, Free The Odeon Movie Club The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Classic Movies on the Big Screen at 8pm. Full waiter service and cocktails from €5. June Dark Comedy. 8pm, Free Tanked-Up Tramco Nightclub, Rathmines Student Night, Drinks From €2 10:30pm, €5 Jugs Rock O’Reillys, Tara St. Late Rock Bar, All Pints €3.20, Pitchers €8 9pm, €5 Thirsty Student Purty Loft, Dun Laoghaire Student Night, All Drinks €3.50 10pm, €5 entry Davina’s Club Party The George, George’s St., D2 Free, 11pm Davina Divine hosts with Peaches Queen, Bare Buff Butlers & Special Guests M*A*S*H South William DJs Matjazz, Baby Dave, Lex Woo 8pm, Free Fridays Housemusicweekends Pygmalion, Sth. William St., D2 House music magnet with special guests each week 12pm, Free NoDisko Pravda, Lower Liffey Street, D1 Indie/Rock N Roll/ Dance 10pm – 2.30pm. T.P.I. Fridays Pygmalion, South William St, D2 Pyg residents Beanstalk, Larry David Jr. + guests play an eclectic warm-up leading up to a guest house set every week. 9pm, Free Hustle The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Dance floor Disco, Funk and favourites. All Cocktails €5/. Pints, Shorts & Shots €4 10pm, Free Friday Hi-Fi Alchemy, 12-14 Fleet St, D2 Rock, Funky House and Disco

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Latino Breaks and Beats in the club 10pm, Free

Andrews Lane Theatre, Andrews Lane, D2 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź10

Sticky Disco The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 A gay techno electro disco in the club and indie, rock, pop, mash and gravy in the main room 10pm, Free before 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź7 after

Basement Traxx Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Freestyle club with DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Half Dutch and Dejackulate spinning funk breaks, hip hop, ska, reggae and party nuggets 10pm, Free

KISS Twentyone Club and Lounge, Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Olier St, D2 Keep It Sexy Saturdays with DJ Robbie Dunbar 10pm, Free before 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź8 after

Sub Zero Transformer (below The Oak), Parliment St, D2 Indie, Rock, Mod 11pm, Free

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Make Party The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 With DJ Mikki Dee 10pm, Free

Stephens Street Social Club Bia Bar, 28/30 Lwr Stephens St, D2 Funk, Soul, Timeless Classics

DJ Barry Dunne Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm

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10pm, â&#x201A;Ź5 before 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź10 after

Disco Not Disco Shine Bar, 40 Wexford St, D2 Disco, house, funk & soul 9.30pm Fridays @ The Turkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head The Turkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Live guest bands and DJs 11pm, Free Rotate Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Oliver T Cunningham mixes it up for the weekend! 8pm, Free Friday Tea-Time Club Break for the Border, Johnstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place, Lower Stephens St, D2 Karaoke with Cormac and Stevo from 6pm. Budweiser promotions. DJs until late. Fridays @ CafĂŠ En Seine CafĂŠ En Seine, 39 Dawson St, D2 DJS and dancing until 3am. Cocktail promotions 8pm, Free Cosmopolitan Club M, Anglesea St, Temple Bar, D1 Chart, Dance, R&B 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź9 with flyer Afrobass South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Dub, Ska, Afrobeat 9pm, Free Foreplay Friday The Academy, Middle Abbey St, D2 R â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; B, Hip Hop, Garage 10.30pm, â&#x201A;Ź10 after 11pm Hells Kitchen The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Funk and Soul classics Free Friday Night Globe DJ The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 DJ Eamonn Barrett plays an eclectic mix 11pm, Free Ri-Ra Guest Night Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 International and home-grown DJ talent 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź10 from 11.30pm Late Night Fridays The Sugar Club, 8 Lwr. Leeson St, D2 Residents include The Burlesque and Cabaret Social Club & Choice Cuts 11pm War Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lane Theatre Indie, Electro and Pop 10pm, Free before 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź7/â&#x201A;Ź10 Al Redmond Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 Râ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;B, House, Chart 9pm Fridays at V1 The Vaults, Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, D1 Progressive Tribal, Techno and Trance

Panticlub Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 DJ Paddy Scahill Free before 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź5 with flyer, â&#x201A;Ź8 without Music with Words The Grand Social, Lwr. Liffey St, D1 Indie, Ska, Soul, Electro 9.30pm, Free

Antoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s X Factor The George, Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St., D2 Free, 9pm The search for Dublinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s singing sensation is back! Prize â&#x201A;Ź1,000 & Professsional Recording Session followed by DJ Karen

Processed Beats Searsons, 42-44 Baggot St. Upper, D4 Indie, Rock, Electro 9pm, Free

Late Night Live Gaiety Theatre Live music 11pm, â&#x201A;ŹTBC

The Bodega Social Bodega Club, Pavilion Centre, Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Soul and Disco with Eamonn Barrett 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź10 (ladies free before midnight)

Saturdays

Scribble The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Funk, House, Dubstep, Hip Hop 8pm, Free Room Service Feile, Wexford St., D2 Latin, Funk, Disco, uplifting Choons and Classics 9pm, Free Frat Fridays Twentyone Club and Lounge, Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Olier St, D2 Student night with drinks promos and DJ Karen 10pm John Fitz + The K9s + DJ Darren C and DJ Mick B Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 8pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2.30am DJ Ronan M and DJ Ross Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Funky Friday and music mayhem Free, 11pm Green Sunrise The Turkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Funky club house, Elektronika and Disco with some guilty pleasures Free Fridays @ 4 Dame Lane 4 Dame Lane, D2 Rock n Roll with Rory Montae in the bar while Aoife Nicanna and Marina play House and

Shindig Shebeen Chic, Georges St, D2 Each and every Saturday youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find the Shindig Crew rocking Shebeen Chicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quirky Bar with an eclectic mix of music to move to. Free, 8pm Konstrukt The Grand Social, Lwr. Liffey St, D1 DJ Eamonn Barrett. Indie/Electro/Party Anthems. 10pm - 2.30a. Propaganda The Academy, Middle Abbey St. D2 British indie disco conglomerate 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź5 Solar The Bull and Castle, 5 Lord Edward St., D2 Soul, Funk, Disco 11pm, Free Squeeze Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St., D2 Aidan Kelly does his thing. Expect the unexpected. 8pm, Free A Jam Named Saturday Anseo, Camden St., D2 DJs Lex Woo, Mr. Whippy, Matjazz, Warm DJ & friends. Jazz, disco, breaks, latin, hip-hop, house, afrobeat, funk, breakbeat, soul, reggae, brazilian, jungle. 7pm, Free

Saturday with Resident DJ Club M, Blooms Hotel, D2 Chart, Dance and R&B 10:30PM, â&#x201A;Ź15/â&#x201A;Ź12 with flyer Viva! Saturdays The Turkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Retro club with house, electro and 80s 11pm, free Saturdays @ CafĂŠ En Seine CafĂŠ En Seine, 39 Dawson St, D2 DJs and dancing until 2.30pm. Cocktail promotions 10pm, Free Guest band + DJ KK and DJ Keith P Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 New live band plays every Saturday night 8pm, Free DJ Dexy and DJ Aido Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Dublinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest party night 11pm, Free Saturdays @ Break for the Border Lower Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St, D2 Current chart favourites from DJ Eric Dunne and DJ Mark McGreer. 1pm, Free

Irish Reggae Dance Peader Kearneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 64 Dame St, D2 Reggae 10pm, â&#x201A;Ź5 The Promised Land The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Soul, Funk, Disco Free Saturdays @ V1 The Vaults, Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, D1 R â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; B, Soul and Hip Hop with regular guest DJs Wes Darcy Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 Râ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;B 9pm Basement Traxx Transformer (below The Oak), Parliment St, D2 Indie, Rock 11pm, Free Downtown Searsons, 42-44 Baggot St. Upper, D4 Indie, Soul, Chart 10pm, Free

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, â&#x201A;Ź12

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

Flirt Alchemy, 12-14 Fleet St, D2 Sultry, Funky and Sexy Beat alongside Chart Hits 10.30pm

Sidesteppinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bia Bar, 28/30 Lwr Stephens St, D2 Old School Hip Hop, Funk 45s, Reggae 8pm, Free

The Weird Scientist Eamonn Doranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 3a Crown Alley, Temple Bar, D2 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź8/5 Laundry Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Bumpin House, Techno, Disco, Nu Disco 10pm, Free

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Space... The Vinyl Frontier Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 Soul, Funk, Disco, Electro with DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glen and Gary from Beatfinder Records 11pm, Free

Strictly Handbag Bodega Club, Pavilion Centre, Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin 80s with DJ Mark Kelly 10pm, â&#x201A;Ź10

Sugar Club Saturdays The Sugar Club, 8 Lwr. Leeson St, D2 Salsa, Swing, Ska, Latin 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź15

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Saturday Night Globe DJ The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 DJ Dave Cleary plays an eclectic mix 11pm, Free

Pogo The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 House, Funk, Techno 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź10 (varies if guest)

The Matinee Brunch Club The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Super family friendly brunch club. Kids movies on the big screen at 3PM. 12pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm, Free

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n Beauty Spot Karaoke The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Karaoke and DJ Miguel Gonzelez playing super sexy Spanish House. 9pm, Free before 10pm, â&#x201A;Ź10 after Basement Club Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Pop and Electro Saturday @ The Wright Venue The Wright Venue, South Quarter, Airside Business Park, Swords, Co Dublin Rock, Pop, Hip-hop, Dance 10pm Punch The Good Bits Indie/Disco in one room and Techno/House and Electro in the main room 11pm, â&#x201A;Ź2 between 11-11:30 Saturdays @ 4 Dame Lane 4 Dame Lane, D2 Goldy mixes beats/breaks/hip hop and funk in the bar and Gaviscon plays everything under the sun in the club 10pm, Free Eardrum Buzz Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 House party vibes with Thatboytim playing mix of dance floor classics with of hip hop, reggae, ska, rock, electro and teenage memories. 10pm, Free DJ Stephen James Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm Rocked O Reillys, Tara St. Launching 9th October with LLUTHER, Rock DJ,All pints â&#x201A;Ź3.20, Pitchers â&#x201A;Ź9 9pm, â&#x201A;Ź5 Saturdays @ Purty Loft Purty Loft Nightclub, Dun Laoghaire Funky House & RnB DJs, 10pm, â&#x201A;Ź10 Late Night Live Gaiety Theatre Live music 11pm, â&#x201A;ŹTBC Raginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Full On The Button Factory Everything from Thin Lizzy to Wu Tang Clan, Van Halen, The Damned & Prince. 8pm, Free Sundays

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

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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6pm, Free

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Sundown Bia Bar, Lwr. Stephen’s St., D2 Chill-out house, funk, electronics and acoustic 10pm, Free

The Workers Party Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 With DJ Ilk 9pm

The Latin Beat The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Learn to dance Salsa & Samba from some of the best instructors in Ireland. Classes from 6pm, club from 8pm - late, Free

Session Pygmalion, Powerscourt Centre, D2 40% off all the booze all day & Mr. Ronan spinning only the best Indie, Rock & Roll. Free in before 4pm, €5 after.

Dancehall Styles The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 International dance hall style 11pm, €5

Hang the DJ The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 Rock, Indie, Funk, Soul 9pm, Free

Gay Cabaret The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Gay cabaret show 9pm, Free before 11pm

The George Bingo with Shirley Temple Bar The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Bingo & Cabaret with Shirley Temple Bar 8.30pm, Free

12 Sundays The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Funk, Disco, House 6pm – 12am, Free

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

DJ Karen The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Pop Commercial and Funky House Free before 11pm, €5 with flyer, €8 without

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

M.A.S.S (music/arts/sights/ sounds) Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Power FM curates a night of sights & sounds with Dublin based Arts collective Tinderbox providing visuals and Power FM’s DJ’s playing Soul to Rock n Roll to Punk 7pm, Free

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. 1pm, Free

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

Groovement Soul Presents Expansions The Mezz @ The Twisted Pepper, 10.30, €8 via concession list @ Groovement Soul group on facebook Jazzfunk, Latin, Boogie, Soul & Disco

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Mr Whippy South William, 9pm, Free Saturday night chilled.

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

Clubbing once-offs March Friday 4th March HSSH Present Brassroots & Handsome Paddy Twisted Pepper, 11pm, €12 9 piece brass ensemble with the cream of local talent.

Caspa & Rod Azlan Twisted Pepper, 11pm, €TBC Dubstep king Caspa, plus some friendly ghosts.

Pete Tong Wright Venue, 10pm, €20 Wrong.

We continue our birthday celebrations with an all day Pyg Resident Party. 7 pyg residents will be popping in throughout the day and taking us into the wee hours..

Family South William, 9pm, Free Dave Salacious and friends

Carl Craig Tripod, 11pm, €20/30 A Planet E retrospect, with Luciano thrown in to the deal.

Westway Flyover Twisted Pepper, 7pm, €TBC Mr. Jones’ Paddy’s day celebrations.

Kelp South William, 11pm, Free Shane Hall and friends

2ManyDJs The Academy, 11pm, €TBC One time 2Many

Hercules & Love Affair Button Factory, 7.30pm, €22.50 Supported by Bitches.

Merro and Shorties Twisted Pepper, 10.30pm, €8/5 House. Electro. Bass. R Kelly.

Saturday 12th March

PAN-POT(Mobilee/ Berlin) Pygmaiion, 10.30pm, €10 Its our 2nd birthday!!! Join us in our celebrations with one of the hottest acts to come out of Berlin -Pan-Pot. They have played twice before for us and have blown us away so come and check them out.

Friday 18th March

Friday 25th March

F.D. & SAM KDC Twisted Pepper, 11pm, €10 2-step, dubstep, breakstep, stepstep

Irish Label Showcase Twisted Pepper, 11pm, €10 Irish Moss and Ancient Ways vie for attention, with Screechy Dan and Whandah the Dainty Queen billed.

Saturday 5th March Moritz Von Oswald & Tikman/ Automatic Tasty EP Launch Twisted Pepper, 10.30pm, €15/12 Dub techno hero upstairs, Wicklow techno hero downstairs Groovement Soul Presents The Yard Sessions Launch Party Sing Sing Club - Mercantile Basement, 10.30pm, free Declan Comiskey (Groovement Soul) Special Guest DJ Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep)

Discotekken Twisted Pepper, 6pm, €6/8/10 An all dayer, with bands Traz and Jeromes Law, Juju & Jordash, and Ostgut’s Lerosa. Fever South William, 9pm, Free With Billy Scurry Wednesday 16th March

Thursday 10th March Mr. Jones Chapel Rave Twisted Pepper, TBC With Colin and Frank, plus Salt DJs downstairs Friday 11th March

Marcus Intalex & General Levy Twisted Pepper, 11pm, €10 Paddy’s Eve mixer of Manc drum n’bass and London ragga , plus an All City Showcase for your buck.

Juice Box South William, 9pm, Free Chewy and friends

Neil Landstrumm Twisted Pepper, 10.30pm, €12/10 Scottish techno, plus a sweatboxed Richter Collective-curated gig on the Stage.

Dirty Talk South William, 11pm, Free With Mark Kelly and Mark Alton Thursday 31st March Shortie and Frank/Oh Baby!/ La Dolce Dubstep! Twisted Pepper, 10.30pm, €8/5 Black-tie gig for bass-womp lovers

12 Paddys Day Shindig Bernard Shaw, 12pm, Free A particularly green afternoon, with Tu-Ki, Lunar Disko, Barry Redsetta, and one-to-watch Frankie Bingo.

Saturday 19th March

Portable/Bodycode Kennedy’s Underground, 11pm, €8 Rescheduled MN show.

Damian Schwartz Twisted Pepper, 10.30pm, €10/12 Avant-leaning Spanish techno.

Eddie Halliwell Tripod, 11pm, €25 Geri Halliwell’s little brother, or something.

St. Patrick’ s Day Birthday Extravaganza!!! Pygmaiion, all day, free

Pow Wow South William, 9pm, Free Mark Kelly and Brian Cuddy

Zombie Circus South William, 9pm, Free With DJ Flip and DJ Mog-Y

Mondays, 9.00pm, Free

Saturdays, 9.00pm, €8/€10

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Two hours of intense fun and some learning Workman’s Club,, The Quays, D2. 13th of March 8.00pm, €5

www.capitalcomedyclub.com Courtneys, Lucan Village 10th March 8 30pm, €10

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Laugh Out Loud Resident MC Aidan Killian Wednesdays, 8.30pm, €5/€7

Comedy Crunch Stand-up comedy Sundays & one man Mondays Sundays & Mondays, 9.00pm, Free

Voicebox Hosted by Cian Hallinan Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St, D1 4th March 9.00pm, €5

No Pricks Comedy Show Hosted by Jarlath Regan Workman’s Club The Quays, D2. 22nd March (subject to change) 8.00pm, €5

Thursday 17th March

Saturday 2nd April Joey Beltram & Aux88 Twisted Pepper, 10.30pm, €15/12 New York and Techno deities in a Nothing Ordinary Sir double-decker

Comedy March The International Improv night Mondays,8.45pm, €8/€10 Andrew Stanley’s Comedy Mish Mash There’s free biscuits Tuesdays, 8.45pm, €5 The Comedy Cellar with Andrew Stanley Ireland’s longest running comedy night Wednesdays, 9pm, €8/€10 The International Comedy Club Resident MC Aidan Bishop Thursdays & Fridays, 8.45pm, €8/€10 The International Comedy Club Early and late shows Saturday, 8pm and 10.30pm, €8/10 What’s New at The International New material night

Sunday, 8.45pm, €5 Ha’penny Bridge Inn Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Battle of the Axe Dublin’s long standing open mic night Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9.00pm, €9 Capital Comedy Club Hosted by Simon O’Keeffe Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9.30pm, €7/€5

Sweeney’s Bar COMEDY ONCE-OFFS Dame St., D2

The Wool Shed Baa & Grill Parnell Street, D1

Comedy HaHa Free shot on the door Wednesdays, 8.30pm, €5

The Comedy Shed Resident MC Damien Clarke Mondays, 9.00pm, €5

The Bankers

Nighthawks at the Project Arts Centre As part of the Dublin Book Festival Temple Bar, D2 5th March 8.00pm, €16

Trinity St., D2 Pantibar

Marshmallow Ladyboy Jesus With Gareth Stack Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St, D1 11th March 7.30pm, €5 Auntie’s Establishment Alternative comedy w/ Damon Blake & George Fox Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St, D1 18th March 8.00pm, €5

Comedy improv with The Craic Pack Thursdays & Fridays, 9.00pm, €8/€10

Inn Jokes with Colm O’Regan Patriots Inn Pub, Kilmainham, D8 Wednesday, 16th March 9.00pm, Free

A bear, a bull and a chicken walk into a bar Gay comedy night every Monday.

Stand Up at The Bankers Resident MC Peter O’Byrne

Enlightenment Night with Maeve Higgins

Lucan Comedy Club

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 tournament in Dublin

Capel Street, D1

Poker March Fitzwilliam Card Club

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Visual Art March Alliance Francaise Kildare Street, D2 9 + 1 by Dominique Davoust In the 9+1 project, ten photographs are taken on a given subject with a Polaroid SX70 camera. The SX-70 film has always been an icon in the world of fine-art photography.It renders photographs in a pastel-tinged colour palette that has attracted such well known photographers and designers as Helmut Newton, Duane Michals, and Andy Warhol.Nine photographs are chosen and framed following a square grid of 3 x 3. The last image authenticates the work as unique Polaroid originals. Here the composition is external to the image itself, but it creates a new work by assembling the nine individual images in a “vibration” of nine squares. January 26 - March 12 Centre For Creative Practices 15 Pembroke Street Lower, D2 Darkness, territory and the city by Fergus Jordan The exhibition will present photographs taken in Belfast, responding to the specific social and cultural terrain of post conflict society in Northern Ireland. Using the camera, Fergus examines the processes that are set in motion by the introduction of artificial light in a contested landscape. Specifically, he examines themes of surveillance, territory and identity. Through the photographs, he considers how place and situation can alter cultural assumptions and social norms of darkness and artificial light. The resulting work interrogates some of the widely held assumptions of street lighting as a sanctuary from the unknown. Contrastingly the photographs attempt to stage the difficulties of being dislocated by the darkness in a society that has become dependent on vision to read the iconology of the surrounding territories. What merges is a dualistic portrait of nighttime in Northern Ireland, calling for a revaluation of the general assumptions of night, darkness and artificial light. February 24 - March 6 Chester Beatty Dublin Castle, D2 Heroes and Kings of the Shahnama The Shahnama (Book of Kings) is one of the great classics of world literature. Frequently referred to as the Iranian national epic, it relates the glorious tales of the heroes and kings of Iran, from the dawn of time until the Islamic conquest in the mid-seventh century. This epic poem of some 60,000 verses was completed in the year 1010 by the poet Firdawsi and to mark the 1000th anniversary of this great event, the Chester Beatty Library is presenting a major exhibition of some 150 paintings, all drawn from it own important Shahnama collection. November 19 - March 20 Cross Gallery 59 Francis Street, D8 Cara Thorpe In this series of much awaited paintings by Cara Thorpe, she continues to explore the work through the use of textures, mark-making, and overlaying of printed images. The process is one of repetitively layered and scraped away surfaces against which shadows, silhouettes and flat areas of colour are preserved and allowed a residual presence. Cara plays with compositions from an archive of images such as abandoned buildings, forests, outer-space, mountain and snow scenes. These images are juxtaposed to create hauntingly distressed landscapes. Many of the environments are solitary places

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that seem to rest on the threshold of memory, occupied by shadows of people passing through, wandering or lost. Places half imagined yet strangely familiar, of another world. February 2 - March 5 Pencil to the Plough Marach 10 - April 2

by the Museum of Genocide Victims of Lithuania. March 1 - 11

Douglas Hyde Gallery Between Honey and Ashes S.I. Witkiewicz, born in Warsaw in 1885, died in 1939 on the day that Poland was invaded by Russia. His father was also an artist. ‘Witkacy’, as he became known, is mainly remembered in his homeland as a painter, novelist, and playwright; his photographs are only one aspect of his art. Witkiewicz was an intense and troubled man who believed that Western culture was decadent, degenerate, and undermined by the collapse of ethical and philosophical certainties; trapped between a decaying past and an uncertain future, he used photography, perhaps more than other art forms, as a way to explore his existential anxiety. Mirosław Bałka needs little introduction to Irish audiences, as he exhibited at this gallery in 2003 and at IMMA in 2007. (He has also shown widely all around the world, perhaps most notably in 2009 at the Turbine Hall in London’s Tate Modern). His work, usually made with industrial materials and such elemental things as ash, soap, and salt, deals poetically with issues related to history and memory. In this exhibition, Bałka will show a video entitled apple T. January 21 - March 23 Draiocht Blanchardstown Nuala O’Sullivan, Surfacing Nuala O’Sullivan’s interest in the aesthetic and culture of the 1950’s period and the friction between outward appearance and hidden restriction, come together in this current series of paintings. These works take inspiration from Super 8 movies and photographs from the period. Many thin layers of paint are used in the work to allow some of the light from the canvas to remain, reminiscent of movie images and old celluloid film. Found black and white photographs are recreated in colours associated with the 1950’s. The unknown people in these photographs allow for the imagining of their lives and the possibility for the artist and viewer to create their own back story for them. Jan 27 - March 26 Sarah O’Brien, A Circle Dance Sarah O’Brien’s practice is a process based one, focusing on drawing and installation. O’Brien is currently developing a more diverse interaction with specific spaces expanding into a more sculptural language. The work is intended as a series of spatial and tactile suggestions. Using lo fi materials and working with specific spaces and architecture she hopes to achieve theatrical drawing/sculptural installations. The simultaneous independence and co dependence of the work within its surrounding environment raises questions of homage and equally of futility. The materiality strives to imbue the viewer with a sense of the tension between light and weight, coloured and black. Jan 27 - March 26 EU House 18 Dawson Street, D2 War after War: armed antiSoviet Resistance in Lithuania in 1944-1953 An exhibition of photographs and documents depicting anti-Soviet resistance in Lithuania 1944-1953 - one of the most dramatic and significant periods in the history of Lithuania’s fight for freedom and independence. Arranged

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and nearness, centre and periphery. Ideally, it is a journey without end. Each work will initiate its own time and space while always having a sense of movement, of going on. March 11 - April 9

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, D2

Hillsboro Fine Art

Steve McCurry - Worlds of Colour Steve McCurry is one of the finest documentary image-makers working today. His images capture the essence of human struggle and joy. A member of Magnum Photos since 1986, McCurry’s images have become modern icons. Steve McCurry’s work focuses on the human condition and the documentation of cultures around the world. McCurry is driven by an innate curiosity and sense of wonder about the world. He has an uncanny ability to cross boundaries of language and culture to capture stories of human experience. In addition to his personal work, McCurry has covered many international conflicts in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. February 17 - April 24

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Gormley’s Fine Art 25 South Frederick Street, D2 The Carousel Series by Laurence O Toole This body of work has manifested into a series of paintings that follow the rise and fall of everything. This may be seen as an allegory for love, desire, greed, religion or politics, it matters not. It is a view of human nature, as the artist sees it, to want and desire for all that is bright and golden, what glistens with promise, the veneer of the fair and be rendered unable to see anything past that, like children. The fair has us wanting to ride along regardless of the obvious omens, a front of great charm with little else behind it but shadows and instability. This series takes the viewer through its beginning as a too perfect fair on a too perfect day to its demise and fall from grace. March 2 - 17 Green on Red Gallery Lombard Street, D2 Tom Hunter - Unheralded Stories Green on Red Gallery is delighted to welcome Tom Hunter back to Dublin for the artist’s 3rd solo show in the gallery. The exhibition consists of a new series of photo works of events and people living in and around Hackney in East London where the artist lives and works, not unlike the basis for ‘Living in Hell and Other Stories’ of the previous series. The C type prints are exhibited for the first time in pairs where the larger, epic work is accompanied by a smaller companion work that bears some untold relationship to its neighbour. All works date from 2010 and are exhibited here following their premiere viewing in the Purdy Hicks Gallery in London. February 3 - March 5 Fergus Martin Fergus Martin makes use of the world around him as a source for his paintings, sculpture and photographs. His work reflects things seen or even fleeting moments from the everyday. The geometric forms that consistently appear in his work give shape to his preoccupation with space, form and materials. Recent projects have taken the form of spatial and environmental pieces. These sculptures and paintings are a journey towards a moment of recognition which Martin thinks of as a meeting of form and energy. They mirror the world around him - the colour and shape of things. He wants them to feel the density and weight of things - their sense of compression, or their opening out. Their placing in relation to one another and their relation to their architectural surroundings is a conversation about distance

Alan Davie: Small Paintings Davie, regarded as Scotland’s most influential painter of the last century, returns to Ireland for his second solo exhibition at Hillsboro Fine Art. Now aged 91, he shows no sign of slowing down, with this selection of paintings demonstrating his ever-present energy and passion. February 10 - March 12 Anthony Caro: The Figure March 16 - April 23 Hugh Lane Gallery Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, D1 Richard Tuttle Richard Tuttle ‘Triumphs’ at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is a site specific exhibition and collaboration with the artist. Responding to the local as encountered in the early Georgian architecture of the main gallery Charelmont House (designed by Sir William Chambers in 1765) and to the Hugh Lane collection (established in 1908), Richard Tuttle will install a Polysemous multipart horizontal installation in the galley’s new wing (2006). In works such as the shaped plywood wall reliefs of the 1990’s to recent handmade printed paper assemblages, Richard Tuttle will configure his artworks in new forms that have emblematic meaning to his interest the Augustan era and its polysemous aesthetics. November 19 - April 10 Golden Bough: William McKeown William McKeown is highly regarded for his paintings, drawings, watercolours and constructions/installations that express his concern about humanity’s ongoing relationship with nature both outside and within. For The Golden Bough Mckeown will create a new installation focusing on the chapter between Heaven and Earth. Originally from Tyrone, Northern Ireland, McKeown now lives and works in Edinburgh. February 3 - May 1 of de Blacam and Meagher The exhibition of de Blacam and Meagher was Ireland’s participation at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. The installation of five stacks of papers presented in the Sculpture Hall is both an archive and a reading room. The public are invited to read the work and take it away as a folio. Over time the stacks are depleted by the actions of the public, until finally we are left only with the furnishings. In addition, a film about the exhibition, called dBM San Gallo, by Ruán Magan will be screened.Using stunning visuals and sound, the film moves poetically through the processes involved in creating a national pavilion, from the arrival of the archive by boat, to the installation and interaction of the curators, and the final interplay between the visitors and paper scrolls. This new commission is an Irish Architecture Foundation and Ruán Magan production and will be screened at each venue on the of de Blacam and Meagher tour in 2011. March 4 - April 3 IMMA Military Road, D8 Romuald Hazoume Winner of the Arnold Bode Prize at documenta 12, Romuald Hazoumè is one of Africa’s leading visual artists. He has worked with a wide

variety media throughout his career, from discarded petrol canisters, oil paint and canvas, to large-scale installation, video and photography. The exhibition at IMMA focuses on his iconic sculptures made from discarded plastic canisters which resemble the primitive tribal masks that were so influential to the early Modernists, such as Picasso and Braque. February 9 - May 15 Philip Taaffee - Anima Mundi This survey exhibition of the work of the American painter Philip Taaffe, features 34 mixed media, mostly abstract paintings from the last ten years. Taaffe’s work has been celebrated in museums around the world for its rich fusion of abstraction with ornamentation, combining elements of Islamic architecture, Op Art, Eastern European textile design, calligraphy and botanical illustration. The exhibition includes many of the most striking examples of the vivid, complex images that result from Taaffe’s highly individual use of line and colour. March 23 - June 12 The Joinery 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, D7 Waiting for Something/Waiting For Nothing: John Jones Waiting For Something / Waiting For Nothing’ brings together a selection of drawings from an ongoing series (2008 – Present). The works chosen for the exhibition are both directly and indirectly influenced by the recent upsets of the global downturn and the bank bailouts, while also dealing with issues ranging from religion, war, animal cruelty and globalization. Seclusion and dissent are among the key re-occurring themes that run throughout the series. The works emerge primarily from research into historical and contemporary imagery and are adapted for the artist’s own purpose. They are a blend of truth and fiction – a continuous open dialogue where each work helps to inform the other- constantly pulling the narrative in different directions. Element’s are extracted and statues shrouded or vandalized. Lone protesters hold banners aloft proclaiming injustices – some masked or in costume – concealing their identities and giving them a somewhat sinister or bizarre appearance. March 2-7

understanding and seeking out a revelation of some kind of unity. Alchemical Reserve is an experiment in sharing & developing art-making processes between artists Jessica Foley and Siobhán McDonald. This work is a means for the artists to share research with each other, to individually develop their work and to invite conversation with a wider community of interest March 23 - 28 Kerlin Gallery South Anne Street, D2 Paul Seawright - Volunteer Paul Seawright’s new photographic works bring together the two major themes of his practice, contemporary cities and the representation of conflict. Volunteer extends his previous work, interrogating how contemporary conflict might be represented and discussed beyond the battlefield, without recourse to drama-centric imagery. He presents the landscape of the American city as a type of battlefield where the spectre of war in the Middle East is tangible on every street corner, college campus, town square and front yard. February 25 - April 2 Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Chancery Lane, D8 Michael Boran & Igor Eskinja March 10 - April 1 Mad Art Gallery Lower Gardiner Street, D1 Street Life by Liam Murray. “Everyday on the streets we pass dozens of scenes, most of which we overlook. I seek out the intricacies within these ephemeral moments to show the ever changing performance, which the public are unaware they are a part of. Whilst working on this project over the past year and a half, I have developed the way in which I perceive things and I am continually learning how to translate what I see into something tangible.” March 24 - 31 Mill Theatre Gallery Dundrum

Ornamental. Oriental. Ornamental. Oriental comprises of collaborative mixed-media works, including photography, painting and illustration. Both Nititham and Pereira live in Ireland and are of Asian descent and the work explores the notion of identity through self-presentation and reception. Ornamental. Oriental.” aims to challenge predominant representations of Asians and Asian ethnic identity in popular culture. This is of note as both artists have a unique relationship to Ireland and Asia. Nititham, who has lived in Ireland for the last five and a half years, was born and raised in the US and is of Filipina/Thai heritage. Pereira, born and raised in Ireland, has an Irish mother and a Singaporean father. These positions have resulted in a range of perspectives and insights into identity and culture. Nititham and Pereira will present their own separate works as well as a number of current collaborative self-portraits. March 9 - 16 Alchemical Reserve Understanding the scale and effect of time seems a difficult, if not impossible undertaking. There is something flatly stoical about geological time particularly – as we humans putter about, the earth simply gets on with things, regardless of the pock marks we leave behind. We scrape and pull and tear, poke and prod and provoke – continuously fishing for meaning, climbing an apparent ladder of

Sweetheart Anne McManus’s new exhibition SWEETHEART is a celebration of love in 50 small paintings of the heart. Popular culture fortunately supports and nudges us to proclaim our joy , declare our love and express our gratitude on valentines day - with gushing revelrous openhearted abandon. These exquisite cameos are a visually poetic homage to this chance we get to feel positive and uplifted, squidgy and warm by telling the sentiments of our hearts to our cherished beloveds on a day when LOVE is in the air. February 5 - March 11 Monster Truck Gallery 4 Temple Bar, D2 Beth O’Halloran February 24 - March 8 Life Vividly Lived, Part 2 Monster Truck and the Royal HIbernian Academy in association with InishTurkBeg are pleased to present the results of a week long residency on the Island last September 2010. The artists were selected by both the Royal HIbernian Academy and Monster Truck and kindly hosted by Nadim Sadek, Chief Islander InishTurkBeg. March 16 - 29

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Mothers Tankstation 41-43 Walting Street, Usher’s Island, D8 David Sherry February 23 - March 26 NCAD Gallery 100 Thomas Street, D8 CHAIRS: The Sketch and the Chair In the context of 2011 – Year of Craft [Craft Council of Ireland], the NCAD Gallery is pleased to present CHAIRS: The Sketch and the Chair, an exhibition by Danish furniture designer Hans Thyge Raunkjaër, opening at the NCAD Gallery on February 25th and running until April 16th 2011. Raunkjaër ‘s design company Hans Thyge and Co, have put together this touring exhibition showcasing the creative process of furniture design, from initial concept sketch through to the finished product. The exhibition combines largescale sketches and working drawings with the finished product; the chairs themselves, covering all aspects of the process, from concept to making. The exhibition focuses on the sketch as the starting point and gives a back story of the inspiration and ideas behind each design. Raunkjaërs work focuses on the field between design and art, design and space and design and language. He is especially interested in the chair as a significant cultural object, and as a sculpture that relates directly to the human body, therefore one of the ultimate challenges for a designer. February 25 - April 16 Oliver Sears Gallery Molesworth Street, D2 Sean Hillen: What’s Wrong? With the Consolations of Genuis Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of new work by renowned photomontage artist Seán Hillen. Hillen’s historical works have circulated widely in the Irish conscience for a generation. Having made the most famous satirical images of the Troubles, he created a new body of work in the nineties entitled Irelantis. These images perfectly mirrored the swollen angst and fantasy of Celtic Tiger Ireland. The new body of work uses images from the 9/11 atrocities, major Irish literary figures and scantily clad beauties to create a picture of a new paradigm, one where nothing seems to be reliable or certain. In these extraordinary times in the Irish State, it is the intelligence of the critical eye that makes the difference. Seán Hillen has not lost his touch. February 3 - March 10 Peter Davis, New Works This will be Peter’s first solo exhibition in Ireland having participated as a guest artist in Now and Then (Oliver Sears Gallery, 25th November 2010 – 31st January 2011). The present body of work will include a dozen new paintings that bring a fresh perspective to his highly personal take on the discipline of gestural painting. According to the artist “The

paintings still remain the product of image making through the removal of paint rather than its application, though the movement has in recent years become more complex rather than the simple top to bottom drag it was for some time. If I have a mantra it’s always been to create as much as possible with as little as possible. I’ve always limited the language I work with.” March 15 - April 21 Paul Kane Gallery Merrion Square, D2 Eoin Mac Lochlainn, We are where we are This group of paintings explores the human dimension to the economic downturn, empathising with those on the margins of society. February 11 - March 5 Project Arts Centre Temple Bar, D2 Ceal Foyer, Things The gallery is filled with a collection of identical plinths – a wonderful white, endless sculpture. These structures are commonly used for the display of objects and items, things that demand our attention on top of their isolated, white pillars. But Ceal Floyer’s plinths stand empty, starkly white in a starkly white room, and the objects and items are replaced by a beguilingly simple aural representation of their mass: by isolating one single item from a range of pop songs – the word thing – Floyer has assembled a multi-channel playback of dissonant edits, pinging and chiming all over the room. Embedded in the plinths are speakers, while running neatly along the floor are symmetrically aligned speaker cables, creating a comedic relationship between the stiff-necked, monumental white orchestra and its more random, disharmonic musical production. March 10 - April 23 RHA 15 Ely Place, D2 Patrick Collins, Last Daylight In and around the mid-eighties Patrick Collins started to experiment with shaping the canvas by cutting them into irregular shapes using a scissors. Collins had always shown an acute awareness of how the painted image related to the edge of the picture plane. He usually created an inner painted frame that emphasised the atmosphere of the depicted image. This more brutal strategy of the ‘cut outs’ divided his supporters at the time, some seeing it as radical breakthrough others as a novelty, a conceit. Now nearly twenty years on since Collin’s created this last series of works we are re-presenting them for consideration - to see if time has rendered this suite as important a seam in Collin’s oeuvre as his other work. We are indebted to a private collection for making his work available for exhibition January 14 - March 27 Abigail O’Brien, Temperance In 2007, Abigail O’Brien RHA spent a three

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month residency in the Oatfield Sweet Factory in Letterkenny County Donegal as part of a Percent for Art Scheme of Donegal County Council. O’Brien was determined that the work produced there would have a metaphorical reach far beyond the documenting of the sweet making process and for that ambition she took the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance as her guide and theme. Temperance can most simply be defined as ‘self-restraint in the face of temptation or desire’ and in these sumptuous photographs of the manufacture of confectionary’s desire the artist succeeds in moving us into the moral realm. January 14 - April 25 Brian Fay, Broken Images or When Does Posterity Begin” “My work is concerned with using different drawing technologies to record and mark time. My drawings are intended to act as records of the gradual deterioration of original artworks and cultural artefacts. They are produced to remind us that a piece invested with the time of its own making is also deteriorating in slow motion once it is made. They attempt to visualize the action of time on things popularly presumed to be preserved in a state of something approaching permanence. The drawings for this exhibition are hand tracings of distressed film stock from early silent cinema, old master paintings and contemporary conservation x-rays. The ongoing intention of my work is to register and map the effect time has on the materials and supports of early film and iconic paintings. March 17 - April 25

An art scene that has been largely male-dominated, even into the 1980s, spurs Rosemarie Trockel to dissent. She persistently formulates counter positions in which she confronts the male artist-genius with feminine roles and subject matter. The various groups of works reflect her standpoint within a decidedly feminine artistic realm and are unstinting in their fundamental critique of the prevailing art system. One of her earliest masterpieces, Malmaschine from 1990, which is shown in the exhibition, takes to the absurd, in virtuoso style, the commonplace about the complaisant handcrafted-mechanical nature of art created by woman’s hand. With its mechanical production of the painterly Gestus, Malmaschine reads well as a parody on the topos of the artist-genius. March 17 - April 25 RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24

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David Beattie, Patterns of Illumination David Beattie’s practice evolves from a process of questioning how we experience the everyday. Through science, religion and mathematics we create various systems of language and thought to help us consciously or unconsciously decifer meaning from the mundane. The work in this exhibition utlisies some of these principles to present alternative perspectives of being. Various natural elements are explored, objects are re-appropiated and comparisons drawn on what parallel patterns can be made. Patterns

of Illumination allows for an incomplete knowledge of the physical world, a softening of the hard lines in scientific thought. February 28 - April 2 The Angel of Callange The Angel of Callange’ is a 2 -channel video work and derives from a retracing of the first aerial voyage in Scotland. In October 1785, an Italian nobleman, Vincenzo Lunardi, made the first aerial voyage in Scotland - a daring 43 mile balloon voyage from Edinburgh, across the water of the Firth of Forth, to land at Coaltown of Callange, in Fife. Today, we take flight and travel for granted, but these early aerial voyages had a profound effect on the 18th century imagination. The labourers in the fields at Callange knew nothing of Lunardi and his launch in distant Edinburgh. They saw a large, round object appear in the sky and gradually descend towards them. As Lunardi descended he shouted to them in his heavily accented, faltering English, through a silver trumpet he used to project his voice. The labourers, thinking an angel was descending upon them, fled in fear. February 28 - April 2 Severed Head 16 Lower Mount Street, D2 Noemie Goudal, Les Amants During recent years Noemie Goudal’s work has predominantly focused on photographic images resulting from her ‘volumique conceptions’; sculptures and installations that are carefully connected to specific spaces before being photographed. The fabrication is essential to the practice, however the act of

taking the picture transforms the object and consequently the image becomes the object itself. Through the process of building sets in found locations, Goudal produces versatile artworks which offer new perspectives within the photographic framework. March 4 - 26 Temple Bar Gallery & Studios 5-9 Temple Bar, D2 Luke Fowler: Pilgrimage from Scattered Points Luke Fowler’s exhibition in Temple Bar Gallery will include his film piece Pilgrimmage from Scattered Points (2006), a documentary based film work on the English composer Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) and The Scratch Orchestra (1968-1973). The piece follows the ethos of the Scratch Orchestra’s musical and social experiment as it is deconstructed by its members and founders. The film is divided into sections that track the history of The Scratch Orchestra from its conception and its published constitution that was printed in The Musical Times in June, 1969 through to its end point. The film lays bare the ideological differences that ultimately divided the group and the complexities of sustaining such principles. Mary Cremin is current curator in residence at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, and also a member of the new curatorial panel at TBG&S. February 17 - March 26

Theatre March No Romance

The East Pier

The Passing

Bombshells

Abbey Theatre From the director of the remake of The Plough and the Stars, No Romance is a serious but comic play which follows the trials and tribulations of four characters as they to foster meaningful relationships while holding onto their secrets. Until April 2nd, 2.30pm & 8pm €13-25

Abbey Theatre After twenty-five years, former lovers Kevin and Jean cross paths in a quiet harbour town by chance. The two find they are as equally close as they once were and as unknown to each other as they are now. Can they overcome the effect the years have had on them to become reunited as friends or lovers or will they continue on their separate paths? 18th March – 16th April, 2pm & 7.30 pm €13-38

Abbey Theatre A companion piece to The East Pier, The Passing follows the story of Catherine who can’t wait to leave home and be independent. When her parents’ home goes up for sale years later however, Catherine finds her feelings towards the house has changed as she goes back to visit it. 11th March – 16th April, 2pm & 7.30pm €13-38

An Draíocht In a series of monologues, Bombshells follows the tales of four generations of women from the fame-seeking teenager, to the exultant terrified bride, the frenetic young mother and the simmering widow. March 24th, 8.15pm €12-16 Dear Frankie An Draíocht

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In a time of no Internet or self-help books, Frankie Byrne (Nuala Hayes) acted as agony aunt in her RTE Radio show The Woman’s Page for a whole generation of women from 1963-85. March 3rd – 5th, 8pm €16-20 Moment An Draíocht On a seemingly ordinary evening, an Irish family sits down to tea. Tonight though, Nial is home, back from prison having committed

a dark crime many years earlier with some news to share and a conscience to clear. April 5th-6th, 8pm €16-20 Silent An Draíocht McGoldrig, now homeless, once had splendid things. But he has lost it all, including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino. March 10th – 11th, 8.15pm, €14-18

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The Quare Land

Masks and Faces

The Haunting

Jekyll and Hyde

An Draíocht Hugh Pugh is about to take a bath in his home in Cavan when a developer interrupts, trying to buy Pugh’s land. Quick banter as Pugh conducts negotiations from his bathtub. March 25th – 26th, 8pm €14-18

Civic Theatre Eighteenth century actor-manager, playwright and Poet Laureate Colley Cibber is one of the main characters in this comedy on theatrical and literary Restoration figures. Until March 12th, 8pm €7-10

Grand Canal Theatre Front man of Wet Wet Wet, Marti Pellow returns to the stage to play the lead in this revival of the Broadway musical based on the classic gothic novella by Robert Louis Stevenson. March 7th – 12th, 2.30pm & 7.30pm €20

The Tinker’s Curse

Impressions of Vincent in the Blessed Twilight

Gaiety Theatre The Haunting, an adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, tells the story of David Filde, a young book dealer employed by a family friend to catalogue his library of rare books. However Filde soon learns that the mansion is haunted. In order to uncover the source of these strange and unexplained occurrences, Filde and his employer must travel to the very heart of the mystery. 7th – 12th March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm €17.50 – 42.50

An Draíocht Breaking the conventions of theatre, The Tinker’s Curse tells the story of Rattigan – a member of the traveling community who gives his account of how travelers lost their place in society. Musician Finbar Coady accompanies Michael Harding (Rattigan) in this bittersweet play. March 2nd, 8.15pm €12-16 Forty-Seven Roses Bewley’s Café Theatre An adaptation of Peter Sheridan’s memoir, written and performed by the playwright himself, Forty-Seven Roses evokes the sights and sounds of Sheridan’s 1960’s Dublin childhood. 14th March – 23rd April, 1.10pm €8-12 The Sit Bewley’s Café Theatre Nominee for Bewley’s Little Gem Award and Best Male Performance in Absolut Fringe 2010, The Sit is set in a failing financial company, following the underlying human conflict between two characters in their ruthless search for cash and credit. Until March 12th, 1.10pm €8-12 Thomas of Woodstock Civic Theatre A prequel to Shakespeare’s Richard II, Thomas of Woodstock or Richard II Part One, as the play is also known, follows the rebellion of Thomas, son of Edward III, against Richard II. Until March 5th, 8.15pm €7-10 The Glass Menagerie Civic Theatre Aspiring writer Tom Wingfield remembers the struggle for love and happiness his mother Amanda and sister Laura faced in this reflective memory play, a classic by American writer Tennessee Williams. Until March 5th, 8pm €18-22

Civic Theatre An interpretation of the artist’s life and work by author Neville Carlyle Style, the presentation is a revival of that given in Dublin twenty-two years ago. March 16th – 26th, 8.15pm €7-10 Dear Frankie Civic Theatre In a time of no Internet or self-help books, Frankie Byrne (Nuala Hayes) acted as agony aunt in her RTE Radio show The Woman’s Page for a whole generation of women from 1963-85. March 21st – 26th, 3pm & 8pm €10-22 Down by the River Focus Theatre The first of two plays, as part of the Love in Dublin evening in Focus Theatre, Down by the River is set in modern-day Dublin and explores the collapsing marriage of Matt and Sue. Until March 5th, 8pm €10-16

Fiddler on the Roof Gaiety Theatre Tevye, a humble Russian milkman, must overcome the challenges of raising five daughters in difficult times in this Broadway classic. Renowned violinist Vladimir Jablokov plays the title role in an otherwise all-Irish cast. 16th March – 2nd April, 2.30pm & 7.30pm €18.50 – 39.50 Between Foxrock and a Hard Place

Chess Grand Canal Theatre While two chess masters go head-to-head in a world chess championship, their real contest is for the love of the same woman in this Broadway musical, originally co-written by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus. Directed by Craig Revel Horwood of Strictly Come Dancing, this production features numerable stars from the West End including James Fox (Jesus Christ Superstar), Shona White (Wicked), Daniel Koek (West Side Story) and James Graeme (The Phantom of the Opera). Musical – West End and Broadway March 22nd – 26th, 7.30pm €20

Gaiety Theatre Based on the novel from Paul Howard’s Ross O’Carroll-Kelly series, self-obsessed D4 caricature Ross learns his parents have decided to divorce and sell the family mansion. While the family is learning just how much they earned after the sale, a gunman watches the house, intent on kidnap in this otherwise comic play. April 4th – 16th, 2.30pm & 7.30pm €25 – 49.50

Hamlet

God of Carnage

Ghost Stories

Gate Theatre Featuring Maura Tierney from hit TV series E.R. and Irish comedian Ardal O’Hanlon, two sets of parents meet to resolve a conflict between their children. However in this comedy, what is supposed to be a civilised meeting turns into a barrage of name-calling, tantrums and tears as the adults find themselves fighting on their own playground. Until March 26th, 7.30pm €20-35

Mill Theatre In this first of these series of ghost stories, Listen with Mother, Sue fears she may not be alone in her house after hearing her taps on the door and whispers in the hallway. But can whatever spirit is haunting the house be driven out? In the second story, Ghost Story, Sandra’s future is about to turn traffic as she waits for her boyfriend to come home. Until March 12th, 1.10pm €14

STOMP!

Oklahoma

Grand Canal Theatre Coming to Dublin for the first time in eighteen years, the international stage phenomenon Stomp uses every day objects, from sweep brushes to bin lids and newspapers, to create a uniquely rhythmic and choreographed experience. Until March 5th, 7.30pm €20-45

Mill Theatre The Broadway musical featuring the love story between cowboy Curly McLain and farm girl Laurey Williams will be performed by the Kilmacud Musical Society (KMS) under the direction of Justin Parkes. Until March 5th, 2pm & 8pm €10-18

The Helix The King is Dead. The Queen has married the King’s killer, and Prince Hamlet (Connor Madden) embarks on a journey of revenge. While the Shakespearian plot remains intact, Hamlet gets a modern revival in this contemporary production. Until April 8th, 8pm €20-25

Be My Love in the Rain Focus Theatre The second play of Love in Dublin, Be My Love in the Rain follows the adventures of Janet whose encounter with a stranger on a night out leads to love and obsession. Until March 5th, 8pm €10-16 The Cripple of Inishman Gaiety Theatre An adaptation of the dark comedy by Martin McDonagh, The Cripple of Inishman was inspired by the real-life documentary Man of Aran. When a Hollywood film crew comes to make a documentary on life in the Aran Islands, the local community of Inishmaan is excited to be a part of it. However it is orphaned outcast Billy Claven who gets a part in the film, much to everyone’s surprise. Until March 6th, 3pm & 7.30pm €15-45

Cinderella

Lambert Puppet Theatre With an opening appearance from Bosco, the Lambert Puppet Theatre presents a puppet version of Cinderella, suitable for ages ten and over. March 6th, 2pm & 4pm €10 Brian Cowen and the Seven Deadly Sinners New Theatre In an attempt to uncover the truth about where Ireland went wrong, this satirical comedy looks at the comings and goings of Brian Cowen, Bertie Ahern and others in the run up to another election. Until March 5th, 8pm €10-15 My Best Friend New Theatre Funny yet serious, this play explores the relationship between three former school friends, Bee, Emma and Chris – each of whom have their own secretes despite their shared past. Set in a French farmhouse, the three try to work out their differences without loosing their friendships. March 14th – 26th, 8pm €10-15

At Swim Two Birds Project Arts Centre An adaptation of the Flann O’Brien novel, At Swim Two Birds follows the tales of a student writers’ creations including Pooka MacPhellimey – “a member of the devil class”, Dermot Trellis – a cynical writer of Westerns and Finn MacCool and other Irish legends. Until March 5th, 8pm €16-20 Lay Me Down Softly Project Arts Centre Emer runs away from home in search of her father, a boxer in Delaney’s Traveling Roadshow in this darkly comic play set in rural Ireland in the 1960s. While Emer acts as a reminder of her father’s past, she also symbolises a hope of escape for the younger boxers. 8th March – 2nd April, 8pm €16-20 Directions 7 Project Arts Centre An accompaniment to Attempts on Her Life, Directions 7 consists of short pieces performed by MA students of UCD’s Directing for Theatre course. 16th – 19th March, 1pm €8

Spike Milligan’s Puckoon Attempts On Her Life Pavilion Theatre The Ulster Boundary Commission of 1922 has just drawn the border of Northern Ireland straight through the small Irish town of Puckoon. The lives of the townspeople are turned on their heads as the church becomes separated from its own graveyard and drink becomes cheaper in one corner of the pub in this comic and irreverent play. March 3rd, 8pm €12-23 After Miss Julie Pavilion Theatre In post-war England, lady of the house Miss Julie embarks on an affair with John, her father’s chauffer, in this re-making of the 19th century naturalistic play originally set in Sweden. March 4th – 5th, 8pm €15-23 Dear Frankie Pavilion Theatre In a time of no Internet or self-help books, Frankie Byrne (Nuala Hayes) acted as agony aunt in her RTE Radio show The Woman’s Page for a whole generation of women from 1963-85. March 14th – 16th, 8pm €13.60 – 19

Project Arts Centre A highly experimental piece of theatre, this play consists of seventeen scenarios drawn from monologues, adverts and pop lyrics, Within these scenarios unnamed characters in unspecified locations try to pin down the nature of the mysterious central character, ‘Anne’, ‘Anny’ or ‘Anushka’ who is suspected of being a singles-holiday hostess, modern artist and terrorist among other things. 15th – 19th March, 8pm €10 The Arabian Nights Project Arts Centre King Shahryar, angered by his wife’s betrayal, plans to murder every virgin in the kingdom until he becomes captivated by a woman’s storytelling. Complete with music and dance, this re-telling of the classic story is suitable for ages twelve and over. March 29th – April 2nd €10-15 The Crucible Teacher’s Club/Club na Muniteori A retelling of the Arthur Miller classic, The Crucible dramatises the Salem Witch trials of the late 17th century in four acts. March 2nd – 6th, 8pm, €10

Festivals March Dublin Book Festival 2nd – 6th March Dublin City Hall, National Library of Ireland, Project Arts Centre The highlight of the year for Ireland’s leading authors, poets, journalists, publishers, and general book lovers, the Dublin Book Festival, will be launched in Mansion House on February 25th. Though normally centring upon Dublin’s City Hall, the festival has this year expanded, lasting for five days rather than just three, and will be hosted in the Project Arts Centre and the National Library of Ireland, as well as city hall, from March 2nd until the 6th.

€0 -20- Festival pass €20 The Project Arts Centre, staying true to their ethos of artistic diversity, are this March hosting a multidisciplinary music festival curated by Judith Ring, Angie Atmadjaja, and Emily Kalies. The Sensorium festival will, over a six-day period, exhibit music within a series of unique curatorial arrangements. Look forward to a puree of contemporary, improvisation, electronic, and electro-acoustic music, as well as audio-visual works, performance art, and other co-creative media. Free Screenings at Instituto Cervantes

Sensorium 9th March, 6pm, Free “Los Santos Inocentes”, 1984, directed by Mario Camus A film which reflects the lives and thoughts

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of a peasant family and their ‘señoritos’ in the Extramadura of the sixties. 16th March, 6pm, Free “La Casa de Bernarda Alba”, 1987, directed by Mario Camus Based on the play by Federico García Lorca. 23rd March, 6pm, Free “Lo que sé de Lola”, 2006, directed by Javier Rebollo A man takes minute notes on all the details of his neighbour’s daily life. 30th March, 6pm, Free “La Mujer Sin Piano”, 2009, directed by Javier Rebollo Portrait of an anonymous housewife at the turn of the 21st century in Madrid. DLR Poetry Now Festival

24th – 27th March Pavilion Theatre Ireland’s most important poetry festival serves up its annual carefully selected mix of readings, workshops, and events; the best contemporary poetry both from Ireland and abroad. In it’s sixteenth year running, the keynote address of DLR Poetry Now 2011 will be delivered by Canadian poet, essayist, and traveller Anne Carson. Alongside its impressive series of events, the festival will also be hosting the notable Irish Times Poetry Now and Rupert and Eithne Strong Awards. For More Information: www.poetrynow.ie Béar Féile 2011 25th – 27th March Nealons, Copper Alley, Front Lounge, Pantibar

A weekend Bear festival, featuring live traditional Irish music and food, DJs, nightclubs, and tours. For More Information: www.bearfeile.ie

The Poetry Project - Heart’s Loop

varied emotions. Until March 20th, 5pm - Midnight The Village Cine Club 26 Ranelagh Village This month screening A Room and a Half, Nightwatching, and Fish Story. Tuesdays Babalonia Carnaval

The Art Park, Spencer Dock Selected poems are each projected with visuals designed by motion graphic team NOHO. Featured works are by Emily Dickinson, W.B.Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Frost, Patrick Kavanagh, Fleur Adcock and John Montague. The projection will look at the cycle of love that encompasses lovers, children, family, friends, place, animals and spirituality through all the associated and

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Kafka

Odessa

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.

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The Best Western Dublin Skylon Hotel

Upper Drumcondra Road

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.

Eddie Rocket’s City Diner

Zen

Eddie’s manages to escape the trappings of restaurant franchising - its 100% fresh Irish beef burgers are consistently as excellent as most designer burger joints in town, and its (brilliantly-designed) menu diversifies seemingly by the day, making it the perfect stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night munchies, parties, and family days out - we couldn’t hope for a whole lot more from an Irish-owned business.

Celebrating its 20th year of serving imaginative, authentic Sichuan food in the unique setting of an old church hall. Real Sichuan cooking is unlike Cantonese, eastern or northern Chinese styles, and unlike any other outside China. Zen is the only Chinese restaurant in Ireland listed in the MICHELIN Guide. Using only the finest ingredients, favorites such as prawns with wild Sichuan pepper and fresh chilli and fillet of beef in hot bean sauce with broccoli have maintained a very loyal following. An early bird menu from Sunday to Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 offers excellent choice and incredible value.

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Mexico to Rome

Teddy’s Ice-Cream & Grill

Salamanca Tapas Bars and restaurants, offer fantastic value, great quality food, service and atmosphere. They pride themselves on a wide variety of menus and great value deals, that offer creative, innovative, delicious dishes. Visit either Salamanca and be prepared to be whisked away from the mundane to the excitement of the warm continent ,in either of two prime city centre locations. Salamanca Dame street offers the €10 lunch and the €15 early bird 7 days, Salamanca Andrew st offers the €11 lunch and the Tapas tower early bird menu. Exciting new Tapas launches in both restaurants in Feb 2011.

Mexico To Rome restaurant over looks the historic cobbles of Temple Bar, and is ideallly situated across from the world wide known Temple bar pub. It’s renowned for its combination of Mexican and Italian dishes and its newly introduced grill menu adds to its popularity. At Mexico to Rome they boast friendly, efficient and extremely helpful service. Their unique dishes are prepared in full view of the customer, which adds to the attraction of the restaurant. Great for a group reservation or an intimate meal for two. Best lunch deal around, starter, main + glass of wine or soft drink all for €8.95.The Early bird menu is a starter, main + dessert all for €14.95.

99-cone institution for nearly 60 years in Dun Laoghaire, Teddy’s Dundrum Grill offers another side to one of Dublin’s most-loved establishments – Teddy’s offers steak, spare ribs, and burgers par excellence, without destroying your wallet in the run-up to Christmas. And yes, they still do the best ice cream in town.

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Eden

Venu

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

63 - 64 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

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.

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!

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t: 01 2964799 ek@teddys.ie

Café Carlo

t: 01 888 0856 www.cafecarlo.net

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The Butcher Grill

Coppinger Row

Bloom Brasserie

The Gravediggers

A new venture from the successful Dillinger’s of Ranelagh, the butcher Grill is a more meaty affair than its sister restaurant. The Butcher Grill offers a wide spread of carnivorous meals cooked on wood-smoked grills, from veal striploin to grilled halibut. With an excellent starters menu featuring oysters, beef carpaccio and Irish rabbit, the Butcher Grill excels in its variety - but don’t worry, the dessert menu is decidedly meat-free. A new jewel in the Ranelagh culinary crown.

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.

John Kavanaghs, The Gravediggers is a part of Dublin since 1833. One of Dublins finest and genuine bars, and best pint of plain, now offers fine food in their lounge. Lunch, Monday - Saturday 12 - 3pm, evening tapas, Tuesday - Friday 6pm 8.30pm. Tapas start from €2.50 to €7.50, all freshly made to order. Fresh oysters every Friday evening, €5.00 for half a dozen, a true dublin tradition. Still in the Kavanagh family today, you’ll often find three generations working together in this Dublin hidden treasure.

92 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6

t: 01 498 1805

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

www.bloombrasserie.ie t: 01 668 7170

t: 01 672 9884 www.coppingerrow.com

Prospect Square, Glasnevin, D9

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Tante Zoe’s

Bang Cafe

Diep Noodle Bar

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.

After a brief hiatus, Bang Cafe is back. Known for its sumptuous Euro-cuisine, superb service, and extensive wine and cocktail list, Bang is one of the city’s finest restaurants. Dine at Bang Cafe and you’ll be always be in the company of artists - with walls adorned with original artwork and rare prints by leading Irish and international artists such as Patrick Scott and William Crozier, Bang stands apart in the Dublin dining scene.

Tante Zoe’s also has private rooms to cater for parties of 20, 40 and 100 people.

t: 01 400 4229 www.bangrestaurant.com

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.

1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2.

Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6

t: 01 497 6550 www.diep.net

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The Chili Club

The Counter

Salamanca

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.

Counter’s two outposts in Dublin represent an alternative dining future - patrons are offered complete control over their burger’s fillings. The variety of options is bewildering - you’re in safe hands with the expanded menu of Counter’s own recipes. Their shakes, beer and wine menu is nicely expansive too - if you want to make sure you never eat the same meal twice, Counter’s your Mecca.

Salamanca Tapas Bars and restaurants, offer fantastic value, great quality food, service and atmosphere. They pride themselves on a wide variety of menus and great value deals, that offer creative, innovative, delicious dishes. Visit either Salamanca and be prepared to be whisked away from the mundane to the excitement of the warm continent ,in either of two prime city centre locations. Salamanca Dame street offers the €10 lunch and the €15 early bird 7 days, Salamanca Andrew st offers the €11 lunch and the Tapas tower early bird menu. Exciting new Tapas launches in both restaurants in Feb 2011.

1 Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street, D2

Suffolk Street/Dundrum Shopping Centre

38 - 40 Parliament St, Dublin 2

www.thecounterburger.com Suffolk St: 01 611 1689 Dundrum: 01 2164 929

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Pacino’s

Il Primo

The Farm

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.

18 Suffolk St., Dublin 2

t: 01 677 5651 www.pacinos.ie

16 Montague Street, Dublin 2

t: 01 478 3373 Email: info@ilprimo.ie

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3 Dawson St, Dublin 2

11 am to 11 pm 7 days a week

t: 01 671 8654 hello@thefarmfood.ie

Le Cafe Des Irlandais

12-13 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 Located in one of Dublins oldest and most beautiful dining rooms, Le Cafe Des Irlandais serves French style rotisserie food using the best of Irish ingredients. Open from 8am for a delicious Irish breakfast and brunch at weekends. Lunch from 12-5 serving reasonably prices soups and roast sandwiches. Our a la carte dinner served nightly from 6 with fresh fish and vegetarian specials. Open Tuesday- Saturday 8am-11pm. Sunday 11am to 10pm.

t: 01 677 1584. www.lecafedesirlandais.com

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While You’re There...

Bird-watching

See that little hump of rock out at sea? Ireland’s Eye is an intriguing piece of old Irish history that now belongs to the birds. Grab some binoculars and spot guillemots, puffins and razorbills nesting in the rocks.

Portmarnock Golf Course

Back on Christmas Eve 1893, before DART lines and Dublin Bus, two Scottish men rowed across from Sutton to Portmarnock peninsula on a scouting mission. Known as a secluded wildlife habitat and owned by whiskey magnates, the Jamesons, W.C. Pickerman and George Ross realized the land’s potential as a golf course - a year later Portmarnock Golf Club opened up with nine, and then sixteen holes. On its opening in 1894 Portmarnock could only be reached by boat. There was no access road for the first twenty five years of its existence. The bell which signaled the last boat of the day still hangs near the first tee. The original eighteen holes have been retained with only one major alteration resulting in the world famous par – 3 Fifteenth hole. The original yardage of 5,810 has been extended to a frightening 7,382 yards for those bold enough to take on the challenge. Portmarnock remains relatively unspoiled, but it is thankfully now a little more amenable to 21st century living. In particular the Portmarnock Hotel offers sophisticated accommodation, a beauty clinic par excellence, and some of the best food in North County Dublin.

Angling

We’re hardly spoilt for choice when it comes to fishing in Dublin city - anybody who’s ever caught a prize mullet will back us up here. Howth’s the place to fish - not only is the view spectacular, but mackerel and plaice are a lot more edible.

Rock Climbing

Howth Head is your best rock-climbing spot on the North Dublin coast. The nomenclature alone should give you a sense of adventure - try traversing Puck’s Rocks, Triffid Slab, or the Candlesticks, then move on to Hippy Hole, if you’re man enough.

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Shelbourne Park

IMMA

Once home to the migratory Shelbourne FC, Shelbourne Park has since, quite literally, gone to the dogs. A Ringsend institution, the greyhound track’s environs have changed over time from working class core to Dublin’s tech quarter - its adapted suitably, but there’s still few more old school Dublin thrills. South Lotts Road, Dublin 4

Kilmainham’s Royal Hospital has been the home of Irish modern art since 1991, but it stands as the country’s most spectacular 17th century building. Indebted Paris Les Invalides, IMMA’s sprawling grounds and super-maintained cloisters and courtyard are as fascinating as the art contained within. Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

The Shelbourne Hotel

Leo Burdocks

Mulligans

One of the city’s classiest hotels, the Shelbourne has been puffing up pillows since 1824. Home to the drafting of the Irish constitution, the Shelbourne also boasts some non-historical attractions in its Horseshoe and Oyster bars, and steak-lovers paradise The Saddle Room. Or just go and stare at the building from Stephen’s Green. 27 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

If you like some history with your chips, Leo Burdocks has as much backstory as it does salt and vinegar. Its Werburgh St. branch has been chopping potatoes for almost a hundred years now, and the chips are only getting better. Pay a visit, and ask about their celebrity fans. 2 Werburgh Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8

A magnet for both tourist and native, traditional pub and sometime Bachelor’s Walk set Mulligans is as renowned as watering holes in town come. Mulligans perfects the basics and in the grand Irish tradition avoids ‘yer fancy stuff’. It’s nonetheless a welcoming refuge for all patrons. 8 Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2

James Fox

Bewley’s Grafton St.

Teddy’s Ice-Cream

For over 125 years, James Fox has been Dublin’s premier stockist of cigars and cigar paraphernalia - when added to its beautiful interior, and discerning range of whiskeys it’s no wonder it has a long line of famous patrons. Sealed with rare James Joyce seal of approval. 119 Grafton St, 01 6770533

Not the first Bewley’s built, but certainly the most famous, the tea dynasty’s Grafton St. branch is an architectural polyglot, with Parisian, Viennese, Egyptian and Oriental influences to match the company’s far-reaching range of teas. 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Satisfying the sweet teeth of South Dublin since 1950, Teddy’s Ice Cream hasn’t had to change its formula an iota. A red, white, and blue must for ice-cream eaters of all seasons. 1a Windsor Terrace, Dún Laoghaire

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GLASNEVIN MUSEUM Seeped in Irish national history, Glasnevin Cemetery is an interactive visitor attraction offers a fascinating view of Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many renowned figures that shaped the country we live in today. The adjacent Glasnevin Museum also offers guided tours of the cemetery - a must see for anyone interested in Irish Heritage and Genealogy. Glasnevin Museum, Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin 11 Tel: 00353 1 8826550

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Ayo Technology IT-boy Richard Ayoade’s subaquatic cinematic debut

Words Roisín Kiberd

You will know him by his plaid shirt and supremely fuzzy hair. Familiar to most for his role as nerd icon Moss in The IT Crowd, Richard his first steps into comedy), the half-Norwegian, half-Nigerian actor/director has also directed videos for Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys, helped to create the late-night curiosity Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, and once co-authored something called AD/BC: A Rock Opera. And now he’s written and directed his debut film. Submarine is adapted from Joe Dunthorne’s 2008 novel of the same name, and executive produced, oddly enough, by Hollywood’s Ben Stiller. Painfully funny and saturated with gorgeous colour, the film offers a glimpse into the paranoid imaginings of a megalomaniac 15-year-old boy, his dreams and affectations, and close observations of his equally quirky neighbours in suburban Wales. Sentimental, slushy and deadpan enough to get away with it, Submarine marks the debut of an exciting voice in British cinema. Here we talk to Ayoade and his bowl-cut leading man, Welsh actor Craig Roberts, about on-set experiences and the state of Welsh national headwear. Well guys. You’re staying at the Merrion. Have you noticed the chocolate chair in the lobby? RA; What? No! How does it not melt? I’m presuming they have some kind of purpose-built climate control... So you’ve made a proud Welsh film,

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despite not being Welsh. How did the Welsh tourist board feel about it? CR: I’m Welsh, I’d definitely see it as such. Wales is a beautiful country, and it’s made to look beautiful in the film. I think Wales really needs to take its hat off to Richard. I mean, if Wales wore a hat. RA: Oh I think it would take its hat off to me... What hat does Wales wear? I mean, if it was able to wear one? CR: Maybe like a bandana. Most of the films that have been shot in Wales don’t even try to show it off. So really I do think Wales needs to take its Welsh bandana off to him. I really liked how the film is set in a nondescript past. Did you have a specific era in mind, or does it just reflect a kind of parody of ‘backward rural Britain’... RA: There wasn’t ever really a need to specify, because as soon as you do that your viewers start looking out for signifiers of a certain era. Even having the characters watch Crocodile Dundee - I thought that could be any time after it was made. It ran for around three years, in Ipswich anyhow. It didn’t feel necessary to name a year; I like that the film just radiates a certain image and mood. Specific information would be surplus. Was there an element of rebuilding childhood memories in Submarine? RA: I tend to resist any kind of research. It was more about creating something

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impressionistic; there was no Kubrick moment where I sent off someone to take four thousand photos of the street I grew up on. You can be a tyrant next time. RA: I completely understand that approach! I’d love to have someone do all that for me, instead of having to go out and actually look at locations. One of my favourite lines in the film was about the ‘Super 8 film of memory’. There’s a nostalgia for something universal to everyone... RA: And I think Oliver has all these cinematic and literary tropes in his mind which he can trawl through when he needs to. He views himself in the third person a lot. In fact the German title of the book is ‘I, Oliver Tate’. The German word for ‘Submarine’ is more or less ‘U-Boat’, and it’s just a little bit too military. ‘I, Oliver Tate’ would be quite fitting. The film makes Jordana, Oliver’s first girlfriend, seem super-cold. It’s strange to see such an aloof female character juxtaposed with a very vulnerable male one. RA: I don’t think Jordana is cold; she’s just very angry. And when she becomes open with Oliver it’s a very big leap for her. It’s the perspective of the film, everything being from Oliver’s viewpoint, rather than the film itself going hard on girls. Or being scared of them. It would be like saying Taxi Driver objectifies women. It’s about how Oliver relates to them; in his eyes they get turned into these distant figures. As actors did both of you relate in some way to Oliver’s obsession with studying people, the way he looks at details and how people behave? RA: I suppose you just become interested in your character. For me personally, looking for things like me is not a quest. There’s an idea that you write something because you relate to it, but personally I don’t find myself interesting as a subject material. I’d much rather read about a man in Russia in the 17th century than someone currently living near Elephant and Castle. Did the author, Joe Dunthorne, have much input in the script? RA: I’d meet up with him fairly often and show him drafts of the script. I always wanted him to be as involved as he wanted to be, checking up on it before it was done. And then Ben Stiller comes along. RA: Yes and typed the whole thing up. How did that collaboration come about? RA: Well, you see he’d done the Mavis Beacon Course. He wanted to get full value out of it. Was adapting a novel in any way like adapting songs, as in, you had to visualize it in a new form? RA: Much more of the job is already

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done with a music video, in that none of the story is there. You’re potentially writing a whole new scenario. While with a book you already have a set of characters, and maybe a setting, already. Though it’s not always been the case with the videos I’ve done, the song is usually the main thing. It’s a bit more geometric; there’s this very definite length to it, and the pacing is very important. Whereas you have to create your own pacing in a film, which is, I think, why music video directors often find it quite difficult when they start out making films. That whole skeleton is gone. Reading the novel did you have a very clear idea of what you wanted? RA: No, I find that my idea of it comes about during the writing process. When you start out thinking about how it’s going to look, casting it, finding where it’s going to be shot. You do have images in your head which you cling to from the outset, which are in many ways the worst things... it always changes along the way. Often I find that the old ideas are safety blankets, things you cling to because you know you can do them, and those are often the first things that need to go.

Craig, how was it for you working with all these established, ‘adult’ actors like Sally Hawkins and Paddy Considine? CR: I was a major fan of Paddy Considine before. Stuff like Dead Man’s Shoes. I’d not seen Happy-Go-Lucky before shooting the film, because people told me specifically not to see it. And I’m glad I didn’t see it before Submarine, as she really is amazing in it. And Noah Taylor is one of the funniest guys you’ll find. He’s a brilliant actor. One of the things in the film I liked was the combination of humour and sadness. Are you going in a more serious direction? RA: It really depends on what the story is, I don’t have any genre affiliations. It always seems odd to me when people declare ‘I will only make sci fi movies from now on’ or whatever. Kubrick did a pretty good sci fi film and remained within the genre, without making only sci fi films. I think what he did was just watch everything, and decide that all the other films weren’t as good as what he could do. ■ Submarine is on general release from the 18th March.

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REGULARS Pubs and bars

The Duke

Neary’s

A classic post-office haunt if ever there was one, barely hidden just between Grafton Street and Nassau Street, the Duke is one of the best places in Dublin to indulge yourself with that well-earned pint of a Friday (or indeed any) evening. Combining a prime location with all the fundamentals - plenty of comfy seats, wholesome carvery grub and honest pints - let The Duke be the recipient of your blown-off steam.

There’s a reason that Neary’s has remained so consistent over the last few decades – the formula works. Housed in elegant slice of Edwardian Dublin with its old-world interior still in pride of place, the early evening buzz in Neary’s is a rare sight to behold. With a crowd ranging from theatre-goers to thespians from the nearby Gaeity to local suits and Grafton shoppers, Dave and his team of old-school barmen will take care of all your needs.

8-9 Duke Street, Dublin 2

t: 01 679 9553

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t: 01 677 8596

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Mulligans

The Brazen Head

Originally a shebeen, Mulligan’s has been legit since 1782, making it one of the oldest premises in Dublin city. A magnet for both tourist and native, traditional pub and sometime Bachelor’s Walk set Mulligans is as renowned as watering holes in town come. Mulligans perfects the basics and in the grand Irish tradition avoids ‘yer fancy stuff’. It’s nonetheless a welcoming refuge for all patrons with an unbeatable back story.

The Brazen Head is Ireland’s oldest pub. A short walk from Christchurch Cathedral and The Guinness Brewery, it is well worth a visit for both its historical value and reputation as one of Dublin’s best Irish music venues.

8 Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2

20 Bridge St. Lower, Dublin 8

t: 01 677 9549

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McDaids

The Lord Edward

McDaids is, if we’re honest, the kind of place where you’d call yourself lucky if you’ve nabbed a seat early in the night. Its much cosier, shoulder-to-shoulder affair where an unbeatable Guinness is only a quick shuffle away and commenting on overheard banter is de rigeur. The perfect place for whiling a night away righting the world’s wrongs with a few close friends or quiet pint in Brendan Behan’s memory.

You know that The Lord Edward is a venerable establishment because it can legitimately refer to itself as a tavern as opposed to a bar. Peering down on the city from atop of Christchurch Hill, this august institution has stood the test of many trying times in the city and come out serving. Our tip: enjoy a tipple or three beside the fireplace in the lounge before heading upstairs to Dublin’s oldest and most celebrated seafood restaurant.

3 Harry Street, Dublin 2

t: 01 679 4395

23 Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

t: 01 454 2420

The Oval Bar

78 Middle Abbey St, Dublin 1

The Oval Bar is an authentic Irish Pub situated idyllically in the heart of Dublin City. Housed by a beautiful Victorian building with most of its period features still intact, The Oval is the perfect place to escape from the hectic hustle and bustle of the city outside.

The Bankers

Trinity Street, Dublin 2

An old-fashioned pub nestled off Dame Street, The Bankers is best known for its comedy nights. One of Dublin’s more shy and retiring spots, the perfect site for claiming your own secret spot. t: 01 679 3697

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Camden Palace 84/87 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2

Based in the old Theatre De Luxe from which it takes it’s name, the Palace lives in the original lavish theatre auditorium of the old Dublin institution. After dark, the Palace is one of the most packed-out clubs in Dublin - if you want to spend a little more quiet time, arrive early and bag yourself a pool table. t: 01 478 0808

Foggy Dew

The Long Hall

Situated overlooking Central Bank Square in the heart of Dublin city centre, The Foggy Dew offers a charming blend of old world tradition fused with an appealing contemporary atmosphere.This historical bar is the perfect spot for a quiet afternoon pint or alternatively a great meeting place before heading out on the town.

Memorabilia-hung and unerringly popular, George’s Street’s Long Hall is the epitome of traditional Irish pub. Just that little bit out of tourist HQ, the Long Hall caters to a healthy percentage of natives, and is best known for one of the highest levels of conversation in town - or maybe the Guinness is just stronger.

t: 01 677 9328

t: 01 475 1590

1 Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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M O’ Briens

Sussex Terrace, Dublin 2.

O’Briens Bar And Lounge enjoys an ideal location on Leeson Street Bridge in the heart of Dublin city centre. The bar is just 10 minutes walk from Dublin city centre, but worth deviation from your normal route - it’s one of the warmest, friendlisest pubs in town. t: 01 676 2851

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TV Friendly Gilbert and Wright

Words Oisín Murphy Picture Tessa Marie Davis

‘Jarcode then yeah?’ says Anton, punching me lightly in the back of the head as we descend the staircase of Clontarf Road DART station. ‘I think they closed Barcode, didn’t they?’ I ask, loathe to remind him again that I specifically said I was going to a pub and definitely not Barcode. There is a long pause before he sighs: ‘Carnage, man...’ Shielding ourselves from the drizzle by dragging our jumpers over our heads, Anton turns in to the Westwood Health Club saying he’s going to sort a few things out and that he’ll meet us later on, so we make the short journey to the pub without him. Walking in, one is greeted with the impression of a peculiar hotel bar, combining the sort of relaxed, communal ambience reminiscent of those nicer residents’ lounges one might have visited

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as a child (or perhaps you earn enough money to go to hotels as a functioning adult) with a bohemian caprice; just to one’s right upon entry is a wall of old CRT televisions, while the furniture throughout is varied but warmly complementary, in a sort of eccentric, Ivy League way. The staff are friendly and attentive, pausing to discuss football (Arsenal are playing Barcelona at the Emirates on the flatscreen) and ensuring our comfort and enjoyment with a refreshing and leisurely manner. Our table is directly in front of the television, bordered by armchairs and an exceptionally comfortable, multicoloured sofa, while the pub itself is sufficiently warm to make one feel a decidedly domestic sort of repose. For whatever reason (though it is certainly welcome) there are various board games left on each table; we content ourselves with Guess Who? while enviously ogling the Connect Four set being enjoyed on the other side of the room by two ladies who I bet we could beat at Connect Four. In terms of general ambience, it is as pleasant a place as I could imagine, certainly the most comfortable and spacious pub I have had the pleasure of visiting; an air of relaxation percolates through the room, with conversations and quiet

drinks and match-watching all happening in tandem without interference or discomfort. Special mention, however, must go to the food, as it is utterly brilliant. I am served a butternut squash and parmesan risotto which is literally the nicest thing I’ve ever eaten in a pub, while my companion enjoys a spicy sausage and tomato penne dish which he describes in alternating turns as ‘very tasty’ and ‘of great flavorous depth’. The citrus bread and butter pudding which follows is an absolutely fantastic accompaniment to Van Persie and Arshavin’s equally delicious goals. On the promise of the food we are served, one imagines the restaurant downstairs must be quite brilliant. At the bar, the Guinness is unremarkable but certainly not bad, and reasonably priced at €4.40, while a selection of uncommon bottled beers (500ml) is offered for €4.50 each along with everything else you might expect from a licensed premises. Outside, the smoking area comprises of a water-feature, comfortable, sheltered seating and overhead gas-heaters: a comfortable and pleasant place to sit in its own right and suitably dim so as to preserve the laconic, old-fangled atmosphere established by the pub’s interior. Even though a visit to Gilbert & Wright, Hollybrook necessitates a DART or bus journey for most Dubliners, I cannot recommend it highly enough: it is everything a gastro-pub ought to be (while not actually being a gastro-pub per se) and a perfect location for any sort of low-key social engagement. Hunching my shoulders against the cold as I make my way to the last DART, I receive a text from Anton, who failed to join me at the pub as he said he would: ‘hey faget im goin home jarcodes gon so fuk dat talk tya’ followed by a call-me, though I am familiar with his tactic of sending call-mes only to deny having sent them when I ring him up so I ignore it. Barcode is gone. Standing on the platform, the gust of air displaced by a passing freight train (the first time I’ve seen one in years) blows my hat off. Gilbert and Wright, Hollybrook, Clontarf

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Coming Up for Air The Green Room

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Words Derek Owens

A walk through the massive, sparselypopulated towers of the Northside Docklands throws up a few strange sights – there’s something incongruous, for example, about security guards whizzing around largely empty apartment blocks on Segways. Add the Green Room to this catalogue of oddities. Sitting on the corner of a virtually abandoned shopping centre, and with little traffic going past, it’s easy to conceive of it as the bar-and-restaurant at the end of the universe. As refuges go, it’s ideal. The people behind The Green Room have made a real effort to create a comfortable piano bar: furnishings are a mix of dark wood and leather, with the odd marble table, some bright feature walls, inoffensive art and what looks like a baby grand in the corner to add interest. The mix of tasteful faux-traditional and modern, though, is nearly undone by a drab, industrial-grey ceiling. Keep your eyes fairly low, though, and the place looks great. The ‘Red Room’ upstairs, which also takes private bookings, is decorated in a similar style, and benefits from soft lighting and a lustrous red overhead. When I drop in on a Tuesday evening, the bar is shared by a middle-aged tourist couple, two twenty-somethings from Eastern Europe, and a valiantly cheerful barman named Darren. Things are going to get busy later, he assures me – the grand final of a poker league will be kicking off tonight, and €1,000 is in the pot. Things get worse before they get better, though: the middle-aged couple retire to their hotel room, and the twenty-somethings make plans to meet friends on Parnell Street. “Is there a smell on me?” Darren asks, halfjokingly as they get up to leave. There isn’t, of course, unless one counts the general smell of death about the place.

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The Green Room does good business when events fill the O2 around the corner, but it’s hard to imagine that this makes up for the evenings when they don’t. True, we’re visiting on a rotten February night, and there’s a tasty football match on later. However, there simply aren’t enough locals with a few extra quid every week, or passers-by, to make a success of the place. It’s a shame because, aside from its location, there’s very little wrong with this bar. The range of beers is fairly standard, but they do a decent pint. Prices are about city centre levels – a Smithwicks costs €4.50, while you’ll pay €6.50 for a gin and tonic – which makes sense. The food, meanwhile, is at the upper end of pub-grub fare: you’d find a better deal on a fillet steak sandwich (€12.95) if you shopped around, but there isn’t much competition in this part of the city. Maybe it will, somehow, all come good. But even as the finalists for the poker tournament start to file in, it seems that at least two of them have some professional connection with the bar itself. The other player, wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses despite the dark and rotten weather, seems pleasant but as odd as a tree full of sheep. The trio tease Darren goodnaturedly about his rotten poker playing (presumably, he gets roped in on quiet nights) before retiring to kick off their game. I slip off into the night, wishing the place the best but, realistically, expecting the worst. The Green Room is ideal if you like having the place to yourself, and busy enough to be interesting when there’s a gig on – enjoy it while it lasts.

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Cornucopia Restaurant 19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. Live Music Thursday to Sunday: 7.30-9.30pm Tel: +353 1 677 7583 Fax: +353 1 671 9449 Email: info@cornucopia.ie - OPENING TIMES Monday to Wednesday: 8.30 – 9.00 Thursday to Saturday: 8.30 – 10.30 Sunday: 12.00 – 8.30

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Comme Ci, Comme Ça Le Café des Irlandais Words Marie Nichol Picture Emma B

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Lunch brought me to the new restaurant offering housed in the beautiful dining room that dates from 1894 on South Great George’s Street, now Le Café des Irlandais. It was one of the locations of one of Dublin’s culinary institutions, Bewley’s Café. Bewley’s Café served generations of families with Irish fry’s and countless milky coffees and sticky buns. The demise of Bewley’s led to the opening of Café Bar Deli which used the two floors very well to serve reasonably priced Italian style food. In October the Café was given a slight revamp and has emerged as Le Café des Irlandais. This is a French style restaurant with an Irish twist and the website proclaims that the produce for this rottisserie is sourced in Temple Bar Food Market. On entering anyone familiar with the place’s previous incarnations will notice that the renovations have been minimal but effective. Commissioned wallpaper has been put up on the walls above the panelling and depicts famous Irish figures, such as Michael Collins and Lady Lavery. In a nice pre-election hint the restaurant’s website has incorporated election posters of Manix Flynn into the website’s wallpaper. A nice quirky touch. The lunch menu is divided into four sections, Soups and Sandwiches, Crepes, Salads and Mains and Cakes and Desserts. Soups are around the €5.00 mark and Sandwiches come in under ten euros. I chose the french onion soup at €5.50 and my companion chose the hot beef in a roll at €8.95. There were also BLT and

smoked salmon sandwiches. My french onion soup had a lovely caramel flavour and spoke of beef stock. There was a large crouton with cheese and it was accompanied with a lovely warm white roll and slightly too cold but tasty, brown bread. The beef roll was large in proportion and was judged positively by my companion. I took the next course on my own and had to choose from the array of sandwiches, crepes and salads and mains. Some of the crepes did tempt, they range from the basic at €4.50 up to smoked salmon and lemon crème fraiche at €7. I decided to go for something with more of a rotisserie feel to it and chose the daily special of ham hock, sauteed potatoes and red wine jus at €11.95. The ham fell off the bone and was cooked beautifully and was full of flavour. The sautéed potatoes were well seasoned but slightly undercooked in the centre and the jus finished it off nicely. It was wholesome fare that stuck to your ribs. We both decided to tackle dessert and chose a pear tart to share from the menu which ranged from a macaroon at €1 through to tart tatin at €6.95. We also had two americano coffees. The coffee was very good and had a rich flavour. The pear tart at €3.80, had nice flavour but a little lacking in fruit. It being lunch during the week we did not have wine but the lunch wine list has four offerings in both white and red. There are the usual suspects and you can get a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay at €5 and Cabernot Sauvignon and Merlot at the same price. There are litres and bottles available around €20 and a full wine list is available on request. For something more healthy there is also Belvoir organic lemonade and Elderflower presse at €2.90. Our bill for lunch was €33.80, I wish the venture well, so few original dining rooms from the nineteenth century have survived relatively intact in Ireland, it is wonderful to see an attempt to capitalise on the many attributes of one that is still in existence. The treatment might be a bit cheesy in parts, such as the Irish coins pressed into the banquets and the clothes pegs on the napkins but there is enough here for natives to enjoy and visitors to admire. 12-13 South Great George’s Street Dublin 2 t: 01 677 1584

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The Exchange The Exchange Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at The Westin, Dublin 2, has traded in its old look for a fresh 1930’s inspired new one. The dramatic changes include a new cocktail bar, plush new furnishings and intimate lighting with plenty of cosy corners for after dark rendez vous or just a laid back drink with mates. From 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights guest DJs provide the sounds till late and The Exchange’s Speakeasy nights are guaranteed banter with half price Taittinger by the bottle or glass as well as bubbly Champagne cocktails. On the menu at dinner there’s home made potato gnocchi with slow roast shoulder of lamb and shaved pecorino (€9), mini casserole of Portobello and cepe mushrooms (€8.50) and tasty sharing plates like the seafood platter (€18) or the artisan Irish cheeseboard with chutney and toasted baguette (€14). The dessert list ressurrects classic favourites of old such as tiramisu, sticky toffee and date pudding with butterscotch sauce and warm chocolate fondant. Brunch between 1-3pm on Sundays features plenty of choice in addition to unlimited Champagne for two hours for €58 per person and easily listening in the form of a live jazz band. 35-39 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2 t: 01 645 1000

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Salt n Pepa The Pepperpot Café

Words Zoe Jellicoe

Dervla and Marian opened the Pepperpot Café last year in the Powerscourt shopping centre. While working together in Cake Café, they realized over post-work pints that they shared similar ambitions and the same passion for high quality food. Though they spoke a good deal about food and atmosphere, they didn’t really have any idea of location. The possibility of opening a café in the Powerscourt centre arose when one of Dervla’s old lecturers asked her how she might feel about starting her own business. When Dervla made her enthusiasm for the idea clear, her lecturer passed her on the email that led to the girls getting the location. They were both sceptical of their astounding good luck. Though there are some firm favourites, the café menu changes depending on what’s in season and on offer from their organic grocer. The only constant seems to be the variety and quality of ingredients which go into the food – the parsnip tart with goats cheese, maple syrup and pecans and the spiced root vegetable soup with glenisk yoghurt and toasted coriander seeds have both recently featured on the Pepperpot menu, which also caters to celeriacs with walnut, raisin, and cashel blue cheese salad and apple, almond, and vanilla tart. This is healthy eating at it’s best; hearty meals with exciting flavours, crafted from carefully selected produce. The girls share all the cooking at the Pepperpot between them – though Marian’s Summer course at Ballymaloe was intensive, she says that Dervla, who graduated from catering college only last May, has a more in-depth knowledge of cookery.

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Though they help each other with the work, Marian’s forte is cakes and sweets, and Dervla takes care of the majority of the savoury food. The girls mention that theirs is the only café in Dublin to make their own bagels – Dervla has mastered the preparation. After almost twenty hours of standing, the moulded bagel dough is boiled in water and golden syrup to achieve that perfect glaze. I mention the 24-hour bagel institution on Brick Lane and find out the girls are going to London for the weekend, for some food research, to find new ideas to develop and freshen their own methods. The décor of the Pepperpot has meant that the café stands out from the other Powerscourt eateries; their colourful Cath Kidson-esque tablecloths were hunted down online, and friends and family donated all of their beautiful mismatching crockery. The girls wanted the café to “feel like being in your nanny’s house”. It works surprisingly well with the brick walls of the Powerscourt centre – colourful bunting adorns the till, which Marian’s dad spruced up with baby blue wooden slats. The girls worked closely with a graphic designer to create their wonderfully kitsch sign, a violently pink doily with a little bird in white silhouette. The name of the café, something Dervla and Marian had trouble agreeing on, was taken from the Pepper Pot Tower in Powerscourt Gardens, which was modelled on the pepper pot in the 8th Viscount’s dining room. Needless to say, the girls knew that this was perfect for their café; it had a cheerful quirkiness which immediately appealed to them.

Make it yourself Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake 200g Plain Flour 200g Caster Sugar 105g Baking Powder 80g Poppy Seeds Zest of two lemons 4 eggs 120mls milk 240g Butter (softened)

Mix ingredients on a low speed in a free standing mixer for 20 minutes. Whisk together 120mls milk and eggs (about 4 eggs) Add the butter to the dry ingredients with half the egg and milk mixture and the remaining egg and milk in four batches. Line a 2lb loaf tin with parchment paper and pour in the mixture. Bake for 30min at 180°C, or until golden brown. For the syrup: boil 80g of lemon juice with 100g of sugar. Pierce the cake several times and paint on the syrup.

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Waste Land

Director: Lucy Walker Talent: Vik Muniz Released: 25th February

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Director: John Whitesell Talent: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson Released: 23rd February This really is a dreadful film. Why it was deemed appropriate to resurrect the Big Momma franchise for a third outing is a mystery, suffice to say that there is very little whatsoever to recommend from those 107 minutes of nearly unwatchable bunk which constitute Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, assuming that seeing Big Momma fall over or dance repeatedly are not predetermined cinematic high-water marks for you. At one point Big Momma gets naked even! You will have to see it to find out how Martin Lawrence achieves this without compromising his true identity. Unwisely, the film resigns itself to straddling whimsy and pathos, both with an absolute minimum of accomplishment or manifest effort, and in so doing the potential for a hilarious screwball romp is extinguished. We are constantly asked to care about Lawrence’s relationship with his son (also dressed as a woman because it is ‘like father like son’, don’t you remember?), who wants to be a hip-hop artist and forsake his father’s dreams of sending him to college, while one imagines the film would be better off focusing on the rather easier task of making its presumed audience of particularly tedious 13-year-olds laugh at things that are fat. With the basic storyline established, the pair then have to infiltrate a girls’ ‘school of the arts’ for some bullshit reason to do with the FBI and Big Momma attracts unwanted advances from Kurtis Cool, the rotund library nightwatchman while his/her son busies himself trying to woo a ‘talented’ and ‘sweet’ girl who plays piano and sings. At the end of the film, Martin Lawrence raps in the Big Momma persona while millions cry tears of blood. - OM

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Director: Richard Ayoade Talent: Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Paddy Considine Released: 18th March Master of a very modern kind of ‘ooh-err’ British humour, Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut offers a window into the workings of a fifteen-year-old schoolboy’s mind, a dark place that is by turns hilariously self-important and worryingly vulnerable. Craig Roberts charms as the hero, a Swansea-grown Rimbaud in a duffel coat who divides his time between trying to save his parents marriage - and keeping his mother (Sally Hawkins) from the mulleted embraces of the New Age Ninja-next-door (a superbly creepy Paddy Considine) - and a playground campaign to quash bullies and get his girlfriend into bed with him. The latter scenes, a blend of awkward silences and the self-consciously mawkish ‘Super-8 footage of memory’, are unexpectedly affecting, full of bare, emotive colour and soundtracked by an elegantly mushy Alex Turner. Ayoade’s love of the jump-cut, his superfluous freezeframes and twitchy style, sometimes threaten to bloat the film with quirk overload. Likewise the subject matter is anything but new (we’ve all been put in a headlock and called ‘Gaylords’ in our time, right?). But all is balanced by the bitter and knowing end. A paean to suburban adolescence and the imagination one needs to escape it, Submarine marks the arrival of a stylish and technically slick update on the timeworn kitchen sink. - RK

Waste Land, a Brazilian documentary film following the lives of catadores or ‘pickers’ who pick recyclable material from landfill garbage, is definitely not for the faint-hearted or the compulsively clean. Perhaps the most iconic shot of the film is of a dump truck unloading heaps of un-assorted garbage as the pickers enthusiastically jump on the pile and sift through it; the smell of garbage seems to waft from the screen. Off-site, the lives of the pickers don’t get any rosier. There’s eighteen year-old Suelem whose home is often visited by rats, some of which fall onto her bed at night. Irma, a fully qualified restaurant chef, cooks for the pickers and pours coffee from what appears to be a discarded fuel container. Leader of them all is Tiao, inspired by thrown out political books to set up a co-op and represent his colleagues. But the real and raw emotion of the film, as artist Vik Muniz turns their work into art and encourages the pickers to better their lives, makes this an incredibly worthwhile watch – smell or no smell. - APP

The debut feature of documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, is a strangely put-together work. It awkwardly juxtaposes four main set pieces – a verbatim recreation of the Howl’s obscenity trial (featuring an unavoidably Draperesque Hamm as defense counsel), a restaged biographical interview and a public reading of the poem (featuring the admirable Franco as Ginsberg) and finally some unwieldy animation sequences that emerge from the readings. The strange thing is that by not fictionalizing any of the sequences or creating dialogue between Ginsberg and his contemporaries, they’ve maintained the veracity of a documentary but waylaid the possibilities of the feature film they are making. Then there’s the unavoidable question of whether a poem so riotously imagistic even needs an animated accompaniment. Despite these criticisms, the film is redeemed by the strength of Franco’s disarming uneasiness and the jazz-drummed wizardry and mournful electricity of Ginsberg’s words. – IL

Fair Game

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Words John Hyland Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: Miniland Mayhem Nintendo – DS

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Since his first appearance under the pseudonym “Jumpman”, Mario has been at odds with Donkey Kong. Bear with me now: Mario has opened a theme park and is offering free gifts to visitors; Donkey’s too late to get one so steals Mario’s girlfriend, Pauline. Avoiding doing his own girder-climbing and barrel-dodging, Mario sends clockwork miniatures of himself to rescue her. We must use girders, pipes and treadmills to guide the wind-up Marios safely past baddies and traps. The puzzles are simple to finish but challenging to master – a certain level of finesse and timing is required for the best solutions and is duly rewarded. The gameplay is very reminiscent of Lemmings, but stripped back to basics and compacted into concise, tidy levels. Each one of the ninety-something puzzles is cleverly built, with multiple solutions and each introducing or expanding a new gameplay element. Once the story mode is finished the comprehensive level builder feature will still provide hours of distraction. Repetitive boss fights take the shine off what is essentially a solid game with all the Nintendo charm you’d expect.

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publisher and no official “market” gives a game designer more freedom to make what they see as the best game possible, with no concessions to target demographics or current trends. This produces some brilliant games, but also some that are maybe too weird to ever be a commercial success – Space Funeral is mindbendingly freaky and Dwarf Fortress so complex and impenetrable that only a dedicated few can bear to stick with it. Some “fan” freeware games like Super Mario Bros X (a mash-up of the SNES Mario games) couldn’t be sold because of copyright infringement. But people still spend hours building them as a tribute to the source material. Maybe more realistically, freeware games might be like a new band giving their CDs to anyone who’ll listen – an attempt to get noticed and break into the industry. Some mainstream freeware, like Cave Story and N, eventually spawned commercial releases which now make the designers money. We can hope that these projects weren’t initially financially motivated. Instead, could we view their successes as dedicated artists getting the reward and recognition they deserve?

Dead Space 2 sees the return of Arthur C. Asimov lumbering unsteadily around darkened corridors in search of enemies to dismember. Following the events of the first game, our hero has gone loopy and has been locked in a padded cell, tortured by visions of his dead wife. Forgoing the tension building and atmosphere of the original, DS2 throws subtlety to the wind and has a would-be rescuer turn into a necromorph in the first 20 seconds. And this really sets the tone for the rest of the game – nasties bursting out of walls and ceilings to bite your tonker off, exploding babies and general untidiness. The attempts at horror are gratuitous and, though there are some good frights in DS2 that will make you jump, these become so predictable as to bore. More inclusion of the Unitologists from DS1 is a nice touch, their cult is scarier than the actual monsters. However, too much is borrowed from DS1, with many familiar weapons reappearing – and all still feeling weaker than our hero’s big stampy foot.

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The creators of Phoenix Wright have always made games featuring zany hair and Ghost Trick is no exception. Sporting a do to make Jedward jealous, our poltergeist protagonist has one night to find out why he was murdered. Using our “ghost tricks” we posses and manipulate objects to solve physics puzzles and help a rookie detective with her investigation. Unfortunately these puzzles are often too easy, the one solution overtly indicated. The only real challenges come in sequences when we travel back in time to prevent someone’s death – and this is sometimes overly difficult, requiring several repeats. Ghost Trick seems to swing dangerously between babying players and throwing them in at the deep end. These failings are made up for by finely crafted animations and hilarious dialogue, all backed with fantastic music. Bombastic characters and an absurd but entertaining plot will keep you playing ‘til the end even if the puzzles wouldn’t. Although sometimes slowly paced and text-heavy this is a good game, but is maybe more successful as an interactive story.

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Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Artpark: 1974-1984

Sandra Q. Firmin [Princeton Architectural Press]

Jane McGonigal [Penguin]

While gaming has been blamed for a range of modern social and health ailments from the annoying but benign carpal-tunnel syndrome to its more serious links with antisocial behaviour and violence, Reality is Broken argues that video and computer games may in fact provide solutions to some of the world’s bigger problems of climate change, illness and poverty. Unlike real life challenges, the obstacles faced in gaming are surmountable and imbibe gamers with feelings of success, belonging and critical thinking – sensations severely lacking in real life encounters, the author argues. Constant or visual feedback as in the disappearing row of puzzle pieces in Tetris give gamers a sense of accomplishment while providing the motivation to continue to the next level. Multiplayer-games in which players must protect and save each other’s lives instill participants with a sense of meaningful contribution and social bonding. And even the more abstract games of Portal in which gamers are given no instructions and must figure out the rules and objectives for themselves, unleash active reasoning skills. As such, Reality is Broken charters the quest of game designers to incorporate these elements into the development of real-life businesses and communities as companies and organisations ranging from the World Bank and the U.S. Department of Defense to Intel and McDonalds approach game developers for help. Reality is Broken is a surprisingly good read for non-gamers; its assumption-smashing agenda emphasises that gaming is not a waste of time nor does the divide between real life and Second Life need be so strong. Most myth busting of all though, the book is written by a chick. - APP

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In the summer of 1974, a huge art world experiment began to take place. ‘Artpark’, a site located not too far from Niagara Falls, would be taken over by experimental artists for almost twenty years. Sandra Q. Firmin’s exhaustive critical assessment of the project, Artpark 1974-1984, focuses on just the hippyish heyday of this groundbreaking, utopian artistic endeavour. Firmin chooses to gloss over the park’s decline in favour of reliving the glory days – and understandably so, with huge amounts to chronicle in this limited period of time. Her critical analysis places the project in context, and charts its lasting influence upon art theory and practice. In addition, she has compiled an extensive collection of images documenting the many creative projects that developed at the ‘Park, allowing you to recreate the experience as you flick through her book. At times charmingly naïve, at others genuinely thought provoking, this refreshing project is one any contemporary art fan should be well versed on, and Firmin’s is the go-to guide. – RA

O: A Presidential Novel

Anonymous [Simon & Schuster] Set in the thick of the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign, with current President ‘O’ running for reelection against Republican candidate Tom ‘Terrific’ Morrison, O follows the political and emotional drama of the race to become one of the world’s most powerful leaders. While O’s former aide Walter LaFontaine, feels overlooked for the likes of campaign manager Cal Regan who struggles to end an inappropriate and potentially damaging relationship with up-and-coming journalist Maddy Cohan, Morrison involves his otherwise unsociable son Alex in his campaign and President O must deal with the media’s criticisms of his golf playing while the country’s economy plummets. Much like Joe Klein’s originally anonymous Primary Colours based on the 1992 Democratic presidential primary, the novel’s book flap identifies the author only as someone who “has been in the room with Barack Obama”. While some have speculated the author to be McCain’s speechwriter and 2008 senior campaign advisor Mark Salter, the

novel’s cliché characters have led others to wonder just how big the room was. Although several sources have confirmed Slater as the author, the flatness of the writing makes it worrying to think a speechwriter could be behind this novel. Nonetheless O offers a imaginative insight into the tensions and characters that might very well come to dominate American politics in the near future. - APP

Hold On To Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992 Tim Lawrence [Duke Press]

Arthur Russell’s confusing career and numerous attempts to sabotage it, driven by both creative restlessness and insecurity, do not make for a simple narrative. A (wild) combination of perennial outsider and New York scene-stalwart, Russell’s music, embracing contemporary classical, pop, disco and ultimately his distinctive solo cello songs, always found admirers but never commercial success. It’s almost silly to say, but this book’s secret weapon is not so much its fascinating subject material as it is its author. Tim Lawrence’s previous book Love Saves The Day documented the evolution of the dance music in America in the 1970s and it’s within the frame of this expertise that Lawrence is able to contextualize Russell’s life and work in New York in the 1970s and 1980s in a way that illuminates the links between seemingly disparate parts. With access to the majority of people who knew Russell best, Lawrence maintains both academic rigor and sensitivity to the subject that understands him, flaws and all. - IL

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No Borders Words Zoe Jellicoe Richard Cook is Editorial Director of Wallpaper*, a magazine described by the Guardian as “the design-world equivalent of the Spanish inquisition. I caught up with him to talk about what it is that makes Wallpaper* stand out. We identified a particular way of looking at the world, one defined not by geography but by how people related to the things they owned and the way they lived. People were united by aspiration and taste, and weren’t just living in cultural capitals, but also in places like Chile, Fukuoka and Moscow. We approach the reader in a holistic way, looking into all aspects of their lives. We might be talking about a fabulous table, but it’s much more than that – it’s a study of how to live by a particular aesthetic. We study how that aesthetic informs the choices that you make, where you live, what you eat and drink. It’s boldness that distinguishes us, no one had ever bunged all these things together. The downside of that is that we’re an amorphous magazine; we cover so many different areas that we might seem schizophrenic. Obviously furniture design and art are core, but we can write about whatever expresses our view on the world. Yes, it’s sometimes about things that cost money, but it’s also about looking at what’s around you in a fresh way. It goes from the small to the enormous – we can do a piece about the architect who designs football stadiums, but also about the people who design the cups out of which the fans drink when they’re there. There are now thousands of blogs that cover similar content to us. We can’t just report on what we’ve seen, but have to develop it in a more interesting way. In our homemade issue we worked as an old fashioned patron, pairing designers with people across disciplines. Putting ourselves at the heart of such a vibrant scene may be indulgent, but we’re not just taking the pulse of design, we’re shaping its journey forward.

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What we do to try and get away from that is to make each monthly publication an event in itself. Last year we were in Brazil, in China the year before, and next month we’re going to India to produce the issue from there. This month we put forth an art and fashion collaboration that we’d never done before. We found a way to present fashion in a wider design/ art context. Every issue has to shout loudly to be heard. We can’t get into a routine in the way that other magazines might. In our fashion issue every single feature was being re-imagined from scratch. It felt like launching a new publication, we were making up as we went along. We all default into our comfort zone, but we see really interesting work when that’s challenged. The magazine has a wonderful breadth; it ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous, and is only constrained by the imagination of the writers. On the website we typically include informational stuff that isn’t going to last. We also try to develop a complementary relationship, in that the website rewards readers of the magazine. There’s a limit to what you can actually get on the page.

The website adds extra levels of interest for those that want to follow up on something further. It takes a while to get used to the new freedom, and you sometimes change things for the sake of it, but as you grow into the feeling of what works and what doesn’t the realization of the wonderful possibilities of this freedom really dawns on you. Today younger people are more design literate, people have been playing around with computers and making stuff themselves. When I was coming out of college you just couldn’t do that, you had to have your ideas translated by a professional. Now people have the opportunity to experiment. Our readership has definitely gotten younger and more sophisticated, but we’ve also got people who’ve grown up with us. It’s become much more collaborative since Tyler Brûlé left. Though sometimes you need a vision and strong voice, there are still a core group of people here who have grown up with the magazine and feel strongly about it. People forget it’s been more than ten years since Tyler left. We’ve become a very different magazine.

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