Seven Of Five…

The five sparkly little jewel(case)s that have taken my fancy this week are as diverse as they are….. different. Got to work on those metaphors if I’m going to be writing this every week or so… We start with: Manic Street Preachers – Journal For Plague Lovers Disclaimer first – I like a huge amount of what the Manics have done over the years, I thought the last album was brilliant and they’re one of the best interviews I ever did, back in April 2007. This is their new one though and slightly different. This is the legendary album. The one with all of the late Richie Edwards unused lyrics… It easily stands up with their stuff from the past. Alternately raw, with loads of big guitars and the occasional string section and soulful stripped down stuff. Can see myself listening to it a lot more. Facing Page: Top Left is … There’s more

Fun Times at the Cat Laughs 2008

We’re heading down to Kilkenny again this year. Who else is coming down? Let us know. If it was anything like last year, it’ll be mega (especially as I actually like the taste of Carlsberg). Don’t forget we still have FREE TICKETS to giveaway. Click here for more info. The Journey Down After a wedding in Wexford on the Friday of last years’ June Bank Holiday Weekend, we went back to my uncle’s house for the night and by the time we finally got up on Saturday, everyone else had already left. So, we pulled ourselves together, packed the car, switched on the GPS and got on the road……to Dunnes Stores just around the corner. After a surprisingly delicious breakfast (I’ve had some very bad experiences in some Dunnes Stores cafés) we finally embarked upon the Cill Chainnigh trail. We first stopped off in home village of one Mr Darragh … There’s more

Darren’s Movie News 26/05/09

I‘m still reeling from the possibility that there could be a Buffy movie without Joss Whedon. Argh!!! Did you know…it was 32 years ago yesterday that Star Wars was released? May 25th 1977 saw the release of the George Lucas’s massive movie franchise in just 32 cinemas. It went on to be huge of course, but it’s initial release was without much fanfare. Were you around to catch it in the cinema, or (like me) did you watch it on VHS in the late eighties? And do you remember Flight of the Navigator? That was another slow burner in the cinemas that did big business on video. Well, they’re remaking it – yup, the bastards are fiddling with my inner child. Check out the trailer for the original about a 12-year-old kid snatched by an alien spaceship in 1978, only to crop up eight years later with zero memory of … There’s more

Culch Gigs…

More prosaic today… In terms of bandage, I have a biggie to start: Placebo have confirmed a concert at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on 15th December, 2009. Tickets priced from 44.20 including booking fee will go on sale this Friday 29th May at 9.00am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Then there’s: THE CRIBS have confirmed two Irish dates in addition to their upcoming UK tour this September. The Jarman brothers along with Johnny Marr will hit Dublin’s Academy on Monday 21st and Mandela Hall in Belfast the following day on Tuesday 22 September. Tickets for Dublin’s Academy show are priced €22 and go on sale from this Friday 29th May. Also TÚCAN – ALBUM LAUNCH – Saturday June 20th, CrawDaddy, Harcourt St, Dublin 2. Doors – 8pm. Tickets €12/15. And This summer Fred will be hitting the festival circuit starting on June 15th with Midsummer Festival, Spiegeltent Cork. Catch FRED live … There’s more

Ex Tenebris Lux

© Aideen Barry 2009 Aideen Barry is a Visual Artist, working in the media of performance, film, musical composition, drawings and animation. She was awarded funding from the Arts Council of Ireland’s Projects: New Work Award towards the creation of a new work filmed in Zero Gravity whilst on a residency at Kennedy Space Centre, NASA. In September 2008 Barry was invited to partake in the collaboration project ‘Sound design for future films’ initiated by the artists Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S.Davidsson with four other participating artists Pierre Huyghe, Christine Rebet, Kate Gilmore & Klaus Schafler. In 2008 this showed at Moderna Museet, Sweden, and later traveled to The Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio. Sean Kissane, Head of Exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art selected Barry to represent Ireland at FRA GIL in Barcelona, Spain in May 2008. Barry was the Irish Artist in Residence at … There’s more

Buffy Minus Joss

What the flip?? Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of the greatest TV shows of all time, made timeless by Joss Whedon’s incredible, quirky, fully realised characters is to be rebooted as a movie WITHOUT Joss Whedon’s involvement. Seemingly, Fran Rubel Kuzui, director of the original movie which had Kristy Swanson in the title role, is going full steam ahead with a reboot, abandoning all of Whedon’s TV series characters in favour of a new spin on the story. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore It’s fair to say the original concept of this franchise, the blond vmpire fighting teen, wasn’t much to go on – it was Whedon who turned it into the epic 7 series thrill ride of our youths. This CANNOT go ahead without him, without the TV series’ cast, without the well written, Buffy-speak laden, tongue in cheak scripts Whedon and … There’s more

I Once Was a Bonnie Young Trainspotter

Come here for a minute ’til I tell you about a bunch of deviants from Kilkenny, a talented bunch of misshapen misfits – The Devious Theatre Group. Last year, I was lucky enough to catch their brilliant production of Trainspotting in the Watergate Theatre. Yesterday, they announced details of this year’s production, a Kilkenny take on Willy Russell’s Stags and Hens set in the gents and women’s toilets of the disco where both the bride, Linda, and the groom, Dave, have decided to hold their  respective hen and stag nights, not knowing that their other half is at the same place. When Linda’s ex-boyfriend arrives and offers her an escape she is forced with a difficult decision. Den den dennn… Being that Russell’s play is so ingrained with Liverpool’s 80′s culture (his other works Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers, etc. chronicle a similar working class culture), it will be interesting … There’s more

The Shawshank Redemption at the Gaiety Theatre

As the curtain lifted, I think I may have gasped at the hugely impressive stage, transformed into the cold, barred up Shawshank Prison. Though destined to be compared with Frank Darabont’s classic 1994 film, Owen O’Neill and Dave John’s interpretation of Stephen King’s short story immediately began ploughing its own furrows. The opening sounds of sirens, the introduction of Warden Stammas (Mitchell Mullen) and the biblical stripping of Andy Dufresne and the other ‘fresh meat’, are clearly geared towards rattling free of the preconceptions, aiming to present something new and different. Andy Dufresne is convicted of murdering his wife and her lover and sent to the notorious Shawshank Prison to serve two life sentences. Stripped of his life, family and freedom, Andy is forced to endure a spirit-crushing routine. But with his quiet strength and inner courage there is one thing that Andy never loses – and that is hope.

SweetTalk 35 @ The Sugar Club

This Thursday evening sees SweetTalk 35 hitting The Sugar Club with a feast of graphic design & illustration deliciousness. 3 amazingly talented designers/typographers/illustrators will be speaking about their work: Alex Trochut (work produced for Nike, Coca-Cola, the The Guardian, British Airways, Addidas) Ian Stevenson (MTV, E4, Paul Smith, Perrier) Gaetan Billault (Jo’Burger, Bodytonic, Snyth Eastwood, Mongrel magazine) I’ve been to a few SweetTalk evenings and always find them really inspiring, especially the Q&A session afterwards with the speakers. Not to mention the comfy factor of The Sugar Club! But be warned – it’s a very popular event so either grab your tickets now at or get there in plenty of time on Thursday and grab them on the door. It’s €10 in, doors open at The Sugar Club at 7pm.

Win tickets to The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

As you may have gathered from the previous post, we’re big fans of The Carlsberg Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. There’s a group of us going down this weekend, and, well, if you’re around for a pint, give us a shout! To help you get there, how about we offer you the chance to win some tickets? Thanks to the WONDERFUL Melanie and Jane in the Cat Laughs Office, seriously cool and lovely people, we have a great ticket give away for you. You could win a pair of tickets to any of the shows below. All you have to do is choose from below the show you want to go to and let us know in the comments. You make your own way there, you have a great time and a laugh with some of the world’s top comedians and then you enjoy Kilkenny. If you would like to tweet … There’s more

Interactive Dark Knight dance-off on YouTube

Who’d win in a dance off between the Dark Knight and the Joker? Time to find out… It’s an interactive breakdance competition in stop-motion where you get to match the dance moves. Great time waster, really interesting concept! This is from a French Canadian director called Patrick Boivin. Really talented guy, he has some amazing stuff up on his YouTube channel. (As spotted over on TheNextWeb.)

Up & Coming: The Deadly Nighshades

The Deadly Nighshades, a six piece punk-indie-alternative band from Bray, Co.Wicklow are the latest Irish delight to catch my fancy. Listening to their demo on the way home in rush hour traffic on Friday I found myself hitting reply so many times on “War” and “The Pilot’s Wife” I had made a forty minute journey having only listened to two songs. Both tracks are catchy and strong with great potential to be gracing the charts very soon. Gaining momentum and recognition through live gigging the band are pretty busy these days. They are supporting Casio Kids in the Academy tomorrow night and can be seen as support in Eamon Doran’s on 28th May 2009 and 5th June in Bewley’s Cafe (supported by The Cujo Family – very interesting blue grass rock band). They are also gigging in The Pint Bar on 13th June, Greystones Theatre on 3rd July and will … There’s more

Carlsberg Cat Laughs Comedy Festival – why it’s the best little comedy festival in the world

It’s happening this weekend. It’s in the best little city in the world. It’s something we’ve been anticipating greatly for the last year, following our great experience last year. It’s the Carlsberg Cat Laughs Festival and it’s going to be only mega. Or deadly, as they say down that way. There’s a wonderful sense of anticipation of the festival in the city and the festival office at the moment. The build up has been happening for months and the preparation will result in something extraordinary, something funny and something just wonderful. Rated as one of the five best comedy festivals in the world the Carlsberg Cat Laughs Comedy Festival has become an annual diary fixture for both comedy fans and comedians alike.  The Festival has consistently showcased world-class comedians and captivated comedy fans for 15 years and it’s been brilliant for Kilkenny. With nearly 70 comedians, 86 shows including nine … There’s more