Zoë's Dublin Diary: Gorse, Need Abortion Ireland, Medium Wavelength, and More

Wednesday, 20 April – Gorse No. 5 Launch, 19:30, Free, Liquor Rooms

Gorse No. 5 launches on Wednesday, with readings from D. Joyce-Ahearne, Darragh McCausland, Alan Jude Moore, Nathan Hugh O’Donnell and Eimear Ryan. Styled in the manner of the modernist “little magazine”, Gorse has received substantial international and national attention in literary communities. Edited by Susan Tomaselli and Christodoulos Makris (of Phonica, Capel Street’s new multidisciplinary evening), its fifth iteration has submissions from Irish- and English-language poets, short story writers, novelists and a co-editor of literary journal Banshee. The event’s Facebook page is here, or check out the Gorse website here.

Thursday, 21 April – Medium Wavelength: Video and Sculpture by Susan MacWilliam, Free, Bleed Gallery

Bleed Gallery is a temporary, six-month project. It will be exhibiting Susan MacWilliam’s response to their name and concept, referencing both the design term for excess, to-be-disposed material, and the functions of draining, escape and release. MacWilliam’s manipulated video sequence uses objects and furniture from her studio, and give attention to obscure histories and perceptual phenomena and the paranormal. Find out more here.

Friday, 22 April – Out to Lunch: Hieroglyphic Being x John Heckle = Mathematics, 22:00, €6/€20, Tengu Yamamori

Jamal Moss (aka Hieroglyphic Being/I.B.M.) is making his Irish debut this Friday alongside John Heckle. Both will be dishing out frenetic, jazz-infused Chicago house. Moss, on whose Mathematics label John Heckle is signed, is strongly rooted in the Chicago scene, born and reared within its original 1980s club culture. His music in particular is a noisy refraction of everything from Coltrane to Sun Ra. More information and tickets available here and here.

Saturday, 23 April – Need Abortion Ireland Fundraiser, 18:00, €10/Pay What You Can, Jigsaw

Need Abortion Ireland (N.A.I.) are a new grassroots abortion support provider, with a text support service open daily from 6pm to 9pm, aimed at providing practical information, support and care packages of pyjamas, sanitary pads, heat pads and other gestures of solidarity (chocolate) to people in Ireland seeking abortions. There’ll be dancing and psychedelic, garage and new-wave punk from Joni, Its Mai, SISSY, Cal Folger Day and MHAOL, as well as Fine Gael and Labour effigies for on-site defacement via glitter. More information available here and here.

Sunday, 24 April – Dublin Greek Film Festival: Refugee Fundraiser, 16:00, Sugar Club

Sugar Club is hosting a screening of A Family Affair, followed by music from Greek/Balkan all-female combo Pakow! A Family Affair is a documentary by Angeliki Aristomenopoulou following three generations of the Xylouris family, a famous musical Cretan clan: Antonis Xylouris (known as Psarantonis), his son, lute player and singer George Xylouris (Psarogiorgis) and his three children Nikos, Antonis and Apollonia. More details here and here.

Monday, 25 April – Live Well Dublin 2016, 19:00, €7.50/10, Wigwam

Totally Dublin and Yelp have teamed up to host a panel on nutrition and wellness. Speakers include Aidan Healy and Emer Duffy from Unplug.ie, Mary Jennings from ForgetTheGym and kickboxing champion Liam Dale. Wigwam chef Pedro Ferez will provide complementary snacks. Tickets available here, more information is here.

Tuesday, 26 April – Declan Clark: The Hopeless End of a Great Dream, 11-18:00, Free, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Declan Clarke’s 16mm film commission, shot on the grounds of Trinity College Dublin, uses Trinity’s architecture as a backdrop and starting point to explore 100 years of Irish history. Episodes that have remained overlooked are represented in the present-day, in moments of disjointed, discrete narrative that blur the real and imagined, referencing post-war European cinema. The film will be screened in the Ed Burke Theatre in Trinity College on 20 April, before moving to TBG+S until 18 June. More information here.

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Zoe Jellicoe: Zoë Jellicoe is co-founder of the Made It series. She tweets @geneva__diva

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