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September 12 2014

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where Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when Until 21 September

how much Free

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University of Ulster MFA Graduate Exhibition

This is the only reason I know I'm getting older. Year after year, I visit it and wish I had a creative talent. Alas, it isn't so, and you leave the exhibition feeling happy-sad that beauty is in such safe hands. Two Le Cool contributing photographers, Des Moriarty and Oliver Smith, are showing in this year's crop of MFA graduates. Des' project is a primary-plastic hued examination of processed food. It's gross, but shiny and fun, like a fifties themed diner. Oliver has gone into battle, documenting the youth of today in a pure, non-judgemental form, creating mist in the midst of the party. Leading commercial photographer Simon Burch has stretched his fine art chops with a US-based project, and Johnny Savage creates beauty out of dereliction. Bursting with Irish photographic talent, the Belfast course is earning its reputation as the course that separates the wheat from the chaff, so all the more reason to check it out. / Kate Coleman

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September 12 2014

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where Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when 6.30pm

how much €9

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At Berkeley

For those of you who never had the stamina for your double Social Policy class on a Monday morn, the lengthy yet lovely At Berkeley is perhaps a marathon you ought to give a miss. If however you’d love nothing more than to re-immerse yourself in those golden days or to trigger for that Back To School buzz, look no further. This latest doc from the brilliant Frederick Wiseman is a look at this amazing institution as a whole, a world class Uni that is uniquely affordable (at least by US standards), diverse and vibrant and, lets face it, unapologetically lefty-liberal. With glimpses into the battles fought at admin level, anarchic and ill-advised student protests and a plethora of clips from classes with all range and depth of an Open University membership, this film is enthralling look at what education does and means in society today. / Jack Gibson

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September 16 2014

Always-alone-done

where Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when 6.15pm

how much Full €14 Concession €12

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Always Alone Together

From a group of nerdy teens who had never belonged before, to the redefining of a norm where having hundreds of friends is nothing unusual, Always Alone Together tells us the history of the internet and how those who were instrumental in its creation fundamentally changed how humankind interacts. Striking a fine balance of storytelling and history, this show blurs the boundaries between theatre, lecture and podcast and, in turns ubiquitous and bibliographic, tells us the meaning of what it is to truly connect to others. Cathal Maguire’s incredible research and emotive performance combine to form a piece which is as amazingly informative as it is emotive and poignant. Following an explorative stint in The Collaborations Festival in Spring, Game Theory is back with a re-tweaking of the beautiful and enlightening Always Alone Together. / Jack Gibson

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September 16 2014

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where The MART Gallery, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin, Ireland

when 6pm/9pm

how much €13/11

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Úr

Pettycash need your change. With a follow-up to last year's Grindr: A Love Story, this crew of spoken-word superstars have psychedelically cast a magnifying glass over the human psyche and created a visual marvel, full of spoken word, and Korg-esque droning, which is sure to test the piece to its theatrical extremes. Ur has been created with the aid of Hunt & Gather, whose parties are so out of this world that the central intelligence agency has been known to pin ET sightings on their hooleys, and costuming guidance from Honor Fitzsimons, whose Monster Knit CSM collection had us all pining to look like Bratz/Teddy Bear hybrids, and has since gone from strength to strength. She tells us to expect costuming that is inspired by Nick Cave's soundsuits (not that Nick Cave, the other one), so our expectations have really taken lift-off. / Kate Coleman

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September 17 2014

Chavez

where The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when 8.30am - midnight

how much Free

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photo exhibition

The Funeral

One of the most revered and loathed political figures of recent times, Hugo Chavez still casts a shadow over Venezuela over a year after his death. It's annual inflation is 63.4%. Shortages of essentials such as milk is common which has lead to mass opposition rallies. 17,000 troops are now deployed at the Columbian border to prevent smuggling. Andrea Figueira "reflections on a bad moment in a place that I live" precedes the exacerbation of this mess by documenting his funeral with tears being shed and tat being hawked. She describes the "thrilling" experience of using  a camera in public as people have been "mugged, and in cases, killed for less". This simple statement is the saddest indictment of Chavez after his 14 year reign. "Venezuela is an amazing place. We have the potential to be a great country." Lets hope this is realised. / Michael McDermott

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September 17 2014

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where Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
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when Until 1st February

how much Free

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A to Z: From Amulet to Zodiac

If there’s one attraction in Dublin you’re willing to brave the Autumnal tourists for, let The Chester Beatty Library and it’s exhibition A to Z: from Amulet to Zodiac, be it. This selection is a veritable Ali Baba’s Cave of far-flung eastern delights from Beatty’s stunning collection. Step two of this alphabet reads B for Beatty and immediately brings a personal and bibliographic element to this journey that leads us through the industrious man’s life, from college days to mining, wives and families, Asia and beyond. This touchstone brings the collection a whole other life, a context, while letting the individual beauty of the pieces, from Illuminations of the Quran from 704 AD to complex mandarin embroideries, speak for themselves. No better time to take in this gem of this collection and the lovely environs in which they live. / Jack Gibson

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