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Read For The World (Irish Writers’ Centre, June 15th – 16th, Free)
Do you know what we do with our interns here at Totally Dublin? We put them through gruelling cultural obstacle courses so terrifying in scope only the strongest survive. If we never see our newest addition to the staff, Julia, again, it’ll be understandable. We’ve tasked her with sitting through the entire duration of Read For The World, a 28-hour extravaganza of readings in the hope of breaking the Guinness World Record for Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books. What we forgot to tell her was that the whole thing’s streaming online RIGHT HERE. If you’re bored at 5am this morning stop by, but if you’re more of a gloryhunter, Seamus Heaney and Big Roddy Doyle are towards the end of proceedings late tomorrow morning. Full programme available from http://www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/readfortheworld.html
James Ferraro (The Joinery, Saturday. Doors: 7.30pm. €10)
Post-modern genius or pseudo-intellectual poseur? James Ferraro is a divisive figure amongst the post-“hypnagogic pop” crowd and his hugely (well, relatively) successful Far Side Virtual album last year only increased the hype, with FACT calling him “the most theorised” underground artist of recent times. You’ll get a chance to get up close and personal with the reverb-soaked provocateur himself on Saturday as he brings his Bodyguard alias to the intimate surroundings of the Joinery. Is he the real deal or is it all just dry ice and mirrors? Does it even matter?
Aftershow: An Exhibition (The Bernard Shaw, Friday, Free)
Stepen Graham, one of the country’s finest young illustrators, takes to the walls of the Bernard Shaw to exhibit some of his work inspired by his relationship with bands, gigs and gig posters. You might recognise his style from the cover of No Monster Club’s Dublin album and his Tumblr is full of more amazing work – including the cover of this week’s Le Cool.
Bloomsday (All over Dublin, Saturday.)
It’s David Norris’s favourite day of the year again. Celebrate Ireland’s modernist hero with Bloomsday breakfast in the Gresham or enjoy readings from Ulysses at the Bandstand in Stephen’s Green during the afternoon. There’ll be loads of official and unofficial events all over the city to be partaken in, so expect to see loads of madsers in the full get-up about the place. The Joyce centre on Eccles St. will, as ever, be the hub for all things Bloom, with their tour of Joycean the city not to be missed.
12 Sundays: Amen Brother Motown Party (The Bernard Shaw, Sunday. Free)
Sunday is traditionally a day of rest and contemplation, for indeed even the Lord God himself did rest on that day. There’s a good chance the main man was kicking back to some Motown classics because there’s surely no better way to get refreshed than shaking hips to the sounds of pop’s first golden era. The Amen Brother crew will be joined by 12 Sundays DJs for a free all-day party, with a screening of ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Motown’ to boot. Grab yourself a cocktail and get that ass on the floor.
We Love Oakland (Filmbase, All weekend, Free)
Infamously renowned for drug crime, gangs and prostitution, Oakland is considered one of the most dangerous districts in The United States. The crime rate escalated during the 1960s, and by the end of the 70s the per capita murder rate had risen to twice that of New York City. The images portray the real inhabitants of the impoverished district. Atkins refrains from using lights or frills and concentrates on real people, going about their daily lives. The pure rawness of the images make We Love Oakland a truly eye opening exhibition. “The more I learn about photography the more I realise it isn’t about pointing a camera at something, it’s about talking to people.” The resulting work is a collection of portraits of the children, parents, dancers, street workers, residents and homeless of one of America’s sunniest but toughest neighbourhoods.