Weekender: |wiːkˈɛndə|– noun – what to do with your weekend.
BLUE MOON LOST WEDNESDAY
WEDNESDAY 26 NOVEMBER | R.H.A. ELY PLACE | €15, 6PM
This evening, thanks to Blue Moon, the spectacular surround of Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Academy are hosting a very special evening showcasing some of the leading lights of the capital’s creative community. This instalment of the Lost Wednesday series is set to be a feast for all the senses as 14 of Ireland’s most engaging artistic talents will be showcasing work alongside a full exhibition examining the poetics of space courtesy of artists Karl Burke. Musical performances from indie-poppers Little xs For Eyes, established knob-twiddler Somadrone, and space funk collective Feather. Sustenance for culture-vultures will be provided by the ever-capable folks at Coppa Café and if all that wasn’t enticement enough, guerrilla printers The Journeyman Project will be printing T-shirts, totebags or whatever else you fancy, entirely free of charge. Tickets for this event are €15 and include not one, not two but three bottles of blue moon for each attendee. Full schedule of events on their FB page.
EGLO LABEL NIGHT
FRIDAY 28 NOVEMBER | SUGAR CLUB | €20, 8PM
This Greedy Pig and Choice Cuts have teamed up once again to put together an unmissable evening of music for the Dublin’s community of rug-cutters. The Choice Pigs have opened the doors of the lovely Sugar Club to the good folks at London’s Eglo records who’ve arrived with a couple of their top-tier acts in tow. Headlining will be ‘the first lady of Eglo’, nu-soul sensation Fatima, who’ll be laying down her silky smooth grooves backed by a full live band. Also on the card is a man that needs no introduction (but we give him one anyway): cerebral, floor-filling legend in the making, Floating Points and rounding things off the already enticing bill are DJ sets from the This Greedy Pig boys themselves and Eglo mastermind and RinseFM DJ Alex Nut. Tickets are available via the Sugar Club website and priced at €20.
GIRLS NAMES w/ PRINCESS + LOW TIDE
FRIDAY 28 NOVEMBER | THE JOINERY | €10, 8PM, B.Y.O.B.
As the Joinery’s reign as one of the city’s premier experimental music venue draws to an unfortunate end, they have been putting on a slew of excellent gigs just to remind us how much they will be missed. This weekend is, of course, no different. Having debuted as a two piece in the Joinery in 2009, Nordie noiseniks Girls Names are returning to their adopted Arbour Hill home for one last hurrah. Girls Names never fail to deliver on a taut and visceral live show and on recent outings have been sporting a thoroughly enjoyable spikier, spacier and somewhat krauty sound. If the Girlies aren’t enticing enough there are a couple of very interesting propositions indeed occupying the support slots. Emerging Dublin dream-pop outfit Princess and the second ever performance by spell-binding instrumental trio Low Tide. Ticéadaí here.
MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE
SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER | TWISTED PEPPER | €15, 10.30PM
Undoubtedly the world’s most acclaimed one-man ensemble returns to Ireland for an evening of debauchery in our premier den of iniquity, The Twisted Pepper. Futuristic Teutonic house pioneer Danilo Plessow (i.e. Motor City Drum Ensemble) will be no stranger to the dancefloor-inclined having secured his position as one of the electronic scene’s most cherished figures as illustrated by the fact MCDE are one of the top ten most charted acts of all time on Resident Advisor. Plessow possesses in spades the two most vital attributes of a truly great DJ: technical finesse and an omnivorous attitude towards his material. It’s the later, his voracious eclecticism, that has made him one of the leading lights in the radical, ongoing, re-definition of the house music medium. Numbers don’t lie so it’d be no surprise if this one sells out so best to get on it early and snap up a ticket while you can. Support on the night comes from our own Lee Kelly and tickets are available now, priced at €15.
UNTIL SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER | MVP, CLANBRASSIL STREET | FREE BUT TICKETED
It’s no secret that Dublin is in the throes of a boom-time when it comes to cocktail culture (along with coffee, beer, everything else you can digest) and it almost goes without saying that the happening young things over at Bodytonic have their collective fingers on the pulse of our changing imbibing habits. Tippletown is a celebration of mixological magic under the banner of Bodytonic’s Brewtonic wing. Taking up residence in Clanbrassil Street’s MVP, Tippletown will shine a light on the abundance of talented individuals posted behind the capital’s bars and the quality of the components they’re working with. Events include a round-table discussion featuring some of the county’s top bar people lead by The Irish Times Jim Carroll, a series of hands-on workshops with some of London’s most acclaimed mixologists (facking Lahndahn innit) and a ‘Bar Theatre’ piece called A Guinness Cocktail Story by 21-year Saint James’ Gate veteran Niall Molloy. The week’s festivities draw to a close this Sunday with a free wrap party in The Twisted Pepper featuring cocktails, craft beer, ping-pong and a DJ set from Sim Simma. All the info is here.
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER | LIGHT HOUSE CINEMA | €7.50/6, VARIOUS TIMES
The Light House’s celebration of all things Kubrick has reached it’s end and what many surely consider its main event, a series of screenings of his philosophical sci-fi masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Few other motion pictures demand to be experienced on a big screen quite as seriously as 2001. The psychedelic imagery and now iconic soundtrack cry out to be as big and loud as possible, and this newly remastered digital print promises to have this classic looking more striking than ever. Any and all opportunities to experience the magic of Kubrick in a cinema environment are to be jumped on. So, stop faffing about and get booking. There are still tickets available for Sunday and showings early next week.
TÉADA ORCHESTRA present PIXELS
TUESDAY 2 DECEMBER | THE SUGAR CLUB | €12/10, 8PM
Exactly one year to the day since their first public performance, Téada Orchestra are throwing themselves something of a birthday party. Their latest, entirely new collection of pieces, dubbed Pixels, is a celebration of music from motion pictures and videogames. This is no ordinary performance though as Téada have fully committed themselves to the notion of exploring the relationship between artistic mediums of the visual and audio varieties by marrying the two in their own unique style. The evening’s live performance will be accompanied by synchronised projections that aim to create an compelling and wholly immersive experience. We’re promised the evening’s setlist will be chock full of surprises but we’ve been promised radical reimagining’s of Hitchcock classics like The Birds and Psycho, a full performance of Samuel Barber’s seminal Adagio for Strings, as well epic cuts from the Final Fantasy series and more recent releases like Bioshock and Journey.