Festivals: Titanic Lockdown 2012

We won’t lie. News of the Titanic Lockdown Festival made us genuinely concerned we’d piss ourselves with excitement. Launching Belfast’s Titanic celebrations on the 31st of March; Titanic Lockdown is billed as a ‘boutique’ festival in the heart of the docks. The (FREE!) daytime programme will feature an indoor village with street art, urban sports demos, fashion & jewellery making workshops, ‘Stare Wars’ (Que?), Wii Olympics, Magic, Face painting, Fire & Light Shows, DJ sets, live performances from leading local acts and a continental food market. The day events are taking place between 12pm and 6pm at T13, the enormous skate park/cultural space building in the Titanic Quarter. Come 7pm, ticket holders can see performances from Roots Manuva, Gilles Peterson, London’s Soul Jazz Sound System and many more to be announced. That’s not bad for £25 eh? The outdoor events take place under the great big yellow Harland & Wolff … There’s more

Event: Dublin Dance Festival 2012

  For those of you lucky enough not to be blessed with two left feet (yes, I’m talking about myself here), the artform of the dance is a wonder to behold. These super talented people can skip, dance, jump and move (like jagger, we’re told) with such effortless ease that it’s just not fair. Still, regardless of whatever credibility you have on the dance floor, you’ll surely love the Dublin Dance Festival.   The Dublin Dance Festival are delighted to announce their deadly dancing (see what I did there) programme for 2012, offering audiences a wealth of experiences from the diverse, creative, sensuous and adventurous worlds of contemporary dance. From May 11th – 26th in venues across Dublin, lovers of dance will be treated to an array of exciting festival shows that will definitely sweep you off your feet. Festival events will appeal to audiences of all ages and tastes in … There’s more

Event: Dublintellectual Presents Zombies: Are They Dead Yet?

I don’t know if it’s a good idea for intellectuals to go around invoking zombies. Surely they’ve got the most to lose? Less concerned citizens than me may be interested in heading along to Dublintellectual‘s celebration of all things undead and slavering. The director of zombie flick Dead Meat, Conor McMahon, will be joined this Friday, 2nd of March, by Sarah Cleary* talking about the sex lives of zombies, Sorcha Ni Fhlainn on zombie soldiers, and Emma Radley on zombies in Irish cinema. The event takes place in The Back Loft, Augustine Street off Thomas St at 7pm. Entry’s €5 – but free for zombies – and it’s BYOB. I think that means Bring Your Own Brains. Oh Jesus! Be careful! * I misread this as “Sarah Carey”. My way’s better.

Comedy Review: Fred Cooke “Tilted” @ Whelan’s

The stage is set….. the room is full to the rafters, the lights dimmed, the voices in the audience suddenly grow silent as Fred Cooke’s voice booms out over the speakers welcoming everyone to Whelan’s and thanking them for coming, before announcing that he won’t be gracing the stage just yet as he is in Charlie’s across the way having some fried chicken, but that he is very pleased to welcome to the stage a wonderful MC in the form of Tommy Nicholson. Tommy Nicholson is a Navan man who if you don’t find funny, I would be worried. He has a very open stage presence which helps in endearing the crowd towards him. Not only were the crowd treated to Tommy Nicholson as MC, but Simon O’Keeffe provided support. With two acts such as these, you just knew it was going to a good night. Simon is a great … There’s more

Comedy Review: Trinity Arts Festival Monday night comedy @ The International

When the opportunity to spend a few hours in the company of college students came along, I of course jumped at the chance, hoping it would make me feel infinitely younger than my 27 years – throw a couple of comedians and the International Comedy Club into the mix and I’m sold. Which is why I found myself sitting at the International on a Monday night for the kick-off of the Trinity Arts Festival. On the line up was the fab Marcus O’Laoire as MC, Kieran Lawless (who stepped up to the plate at the last minute I must add), Chris Kent, Andrew Stanley and from the comedy society at Trinity College, their very own John Kelly and Francis Breen. As an MC for this gig, Marcus was the perfect choice. He has youth on his side along with a boundless amount of energy and dear God that loud voice! … There’s more

Trailer: The Wheelchair on My Face

The ever-innovative gang over at axis theatre sent us their spring programme. It’s jammers with good stuff but the standout highlight for us is this offering from Fishamble: It’s running from February 27th to March 2nd nightly at 8pm. We may have picked it because we also look back on our nerdface childhoods through bottle-thick glasses, so in the interests of catering to the tastes of the many, we also recommend April’s lunchtime theatre offering Let’s Talk Dirty running from the 23rd-27th; the screening of Meet Me in St Louis on February 27th and Brian Friel’s The Loves of Cass Maguire from 8th-12th of May. Plenty more cultured goodness listed on their website which is linked above. Thanks for the heads up guys, we’re all whet about it.

Events: The First Ever Fingal Film Festival

Yep, that’s right film fans, a new Irish festival on your doorstep. It can be more than a little tiring hearing about all these deadly film festivals abroad that one can’t enter for various reasons, so here at the Culch offices we are more than happy to say that a new festival is about to launch on our shores (yay!) that you, yes YOU can enter too. Launching on the 21st March this year, the Fingal Film Festival is now open for entries so that all you aspiring film makers can show off your skills. The fact that Fingal offers you a chance for an audience beyond your beloved (longsuffering?!) family and friends to see your work gives it major brownie points we think. Read on for all the details!

Events: Seasons Supper Club

Seasons Supper Club is a pop-up dining experience run by former Masterchef Ireland contestants Brídín Carey, Conal Markey and Richard Speedie. ‘Winter’ is the theme next chapter in the Supper Club story and the event will be hosted by Mark Matanes at Eden restaurant next Friday February 10th. All three of the Seasons Supper Club team share the same love of great food in a relaxed atmosphere. The idea behind Supper Club is first and foremost to enjoy the event with friends or family. To create an environment where the food is only one aspect of a great night out and where guests will remember the whole evening – food, setting, and company. Speaking to Culch.ie, Conal Markey explains: ‘the theme is inspired by the nation’s perpetual season, ‘Winter’. We hope guests will spend the entire evening enjoying a meal where we have tried to source all ingredients locally and feature the great … There’s more

Events: Get Back – The Story of The Beatles @ The Tivoli

Looking for something to do in dull, frumpy-as-a-nun January? Beatles fan? Get Back – The Story of The Beatles hit the stage at The Tivoli Theatre last night and runs until February 14th. The show, charting the rise of John, Paul, George and Ringo from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to their Final Sessions, features a soundtrack of hits such as ‘She Loves You’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Help’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, and ‘All You Need Is Love’. Beatles producer George Martin has commented of the show ‘the vocal resemblance is uncanny’ and the group capture the look of the fab four with scenes transporting you onstage and into the studio with one of the greatest bands the world has ever seen. Interested? Where: The Tivoli When: Jan 19th – Feb 14th, 7.30pm Tickets: €20.00 – €28.50 from 01 4544472 or tivoli.ie

COMPETITION CLOSED: Well Luke What We Have Here. It’s Invasion Dublin!

Everyone knows that the best convention ever was the one at the end of Galaxy Quest, but as that was kind of a one-off, and also entirely fictional, your best bet for geeky frolics and detailed debates about protocol for computer systems that haven’t been invented yet is to get yourself along to Invasion Dublin. Yup, Ireland’s Star Wars convention returns to Citywest from the 4th to the 6th of May. May the FOURTH be with you, in fact. Ha. Ha-ha. Invasion Dublin promises to be stuffed to Jar-Jar’s gills of the entertaining, the educational, the bizarre and the nostalgic. This year there’s a pleasing and very healthy emphasis on the science in science fiction, with talks and demonstrations on space travel and robotics. Fans will have the opportunity to check out beautifully detailed replicas, including – eek! – the Emperor’s throne room from the Death Star, the Mos Eisley … There’s more

Events: PoP Up! Theatre

Are you looking for something different to do? Are you an aspiring thespian? Do you love the theatre? Well, PoP up! Theatre is where you need to be! PoP Up! Theatre is a night of sporadic theatre, scenes, monologues, beer and entertainment. With scenes from well-known plays with a bit of a twist added to some completely original material, this promises to be a surprise theatre event. A little bit neurotic, extremely narcissistic, touching, innocent and raw all at the same time. Gary Jones, one of the organisers behind PoP Up explained to me that the aim is to put on an interesting and ‘outside the norm’ evening’s worth of entertainment.” I have a sneaky feeling there may be a lot of laughter involved in the evening’s entertainment too! Sure why wouldn’t you want to come along? Where: Slattery’s Pub, Rathmines, Dublin 6 When: Friday 10th Feb Time: 8.30pm Cost: … There’s more

Events: The Quiet Pint present “2012 The Year of the Dragon”

Are you a dragon? Do you like dressing up as a dragon? As bizarre as that sounds, it might just get you in for free at the next Quiet Pint comedy gig in 4 Dame Lane on January 25th! With Quiet Pint regulars, Hugh O’Connor, Declan Bruton and Matthew Smyth, the Quiet Pint are delighted to welcome The Jack Gleeson for his debut gig. There will also be a headliner, but just like any other Quiet Pint gig the lads are playing their cards close to their chests, though previous guests have included Jarlath Regan; Dead Cat Bounce; Colm O’ Regan; Andrew Stanley; WitTank; Chris Kent; Foil, Arms and Hog; and A Betrayal of Penguins so ye know the calibre of guests we are talking about here. Come one, come all and make sure to bring your friends. Unless they’re made of ice or wood. That may not be prudent … There’s more

Events: Whole Lotta Zepp Perform Led Zeppelin’s ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ – All of It!

Fan of Led Zeppelin? Big enough fan to know that this year marks the 40th anniversary of their album Led Zeppelin IV? Then this is probably the gig for you. Whole Lotta Zepp are performing the album in its entirety to celebrate it’s birthday and they have an 11 piece band including 4 drummers on 3 drumkits (yep, we don’t know how that works either…) to pull it off. Their drummers have performed with Marianne Faithful (Johnny Boyle), The Frames (Binzer Brennan), Therapy? (Graham Hopkins) and HAL (Simon Freedman) and for these performances they’re hitting The Sugar Club on Leeson Street on October 1st with an all ages show at 3pm and an over 18′s event at 8pm. This is just how loud the Moby Dick event got last year… If your ears can take it, tickets are €10 here and there are prize giveaways on the day including Hard Rock … There’s more

Events: National Potato Day August 25th

The people at Keogh’s Potatoes (no relation!) are launching the first National Potato Day which will take place this coming Thursday, August 25th. A natural fit for a website called Culch.ie, how could we not cover it? If you like a spud, then The Spud Games in Merrion Square are the thing for you. Featuring potato takes on traditional games – the spud and spoon race for one – as well as activities like making your own Mr or Mrs Potato Head, potato dishes, goodies and competitions it looks like a great day out for all the family. Keogh’s are also encouraging everyone to eat at least one potato on the day or indulge in a potato-based dish – they’ll have special offers in the shops to help you out on that score. National Potato Day – we really REALLY wanted to say “get back to your root vegetables” but it … There’s more

LOL For Lamda – 1st September @ The Laughter Lounge

Do you like being merry, laughing with friends and helping out good causes? If the answer is no you’ve probably been too busy trying to con your partner Jacob Marley out of your accountancy firm. If yes, I have just the ticket for you. On Thursday the 1st of September the Laughter Lounge plays host to ‘LOL For Lamda’, a night of comedy featuring Karl Spain, Rory O Hanlon and more still to be announced. Also, as we all know comics love nothing more than a drunk audience shouting at them, there will be a free cocktail between seven and half seven to help get you in the mood, with a late bar and dancing to put the night to bed. The cause is ‘Sponsor My Dream’ which aims to help raise funds for two ridiculously talented Irish actors cover their tuition fees for one of the best drama schools … There’s more