Zoë's Dublin Diary: Fuzzy Hell, Fried Plantain Collective, Dorothy Smith and More

Wednesday, 8 June – Mudhoney & Bob Log, 19:30, €23, Whelan’s

Sub Pop Records’ first-born, Mudhoney, had a sound that spawned Nirvana and Soundgarden, formed out of members from Green River and the pre-California Melvins. Though they did not see the same long-lasting fame, they were instrumental (probably to their chagrin) in putting Seattle firmly on the map as grunge’s official capital city, taking the primitivism and bravado of punk and blending it with 60s fuzz. Details here.

Thursday, 9 June Fried Plantain Collective: Born in Flames! 19:00, €3/6, The Beerhouse

The Fried Plantain Collective is a new night of poetry, song and black female performance, bringing readings, talks, open mic, screenings, and raffles. The organisers describe it as a “pro ethnic dykes, pro women, pro feminist, Black Lives Matter, etc. etc. LGBTQ event”. The cover is €3 for “Black women” and €6 for “allies”, according to the Facebook event page.

This Thursday, Justine Nantale provides music, with spoken word from Clara Rose Thornton, Toyin Odelade, Sahar Ali and Niamh Beirne. There’ll also be a screening of Lizzie Borden’s Born in Flames, a feminist science-fiction flick, set in a future New York City where America has become a socialist democracy, and in which two gangs of women rally the population via rival pirate-radio stations.

Friday, 10 June Fuzzy Hell: Hex Songs Album Launch & Frances Chang, Little Gem Records

Fuzzy Hell is Kanye West’s alter-ego when he gets bored and wants to sing sad songs, or so says noise and lo-fi guitarist and singer Frances Chang. Little Gem are hosting her album launch on Sofia Records, building on a backlog of acoustic performance distorted and projected through effect pedals and amps. Facebook event page here.

Saturday, 11 June Precarious Subjects: Gender and Sexualities Conference, 15:00, €8, Trinity Long Room Hub

A two-day conference takes place in Trinity’s Long Room Hub this Friday and Saturday, inspired by Judith Butler’s idea of precarity: economic or social conditions that endanger the safety and survival of non-normative gender expressions and dissident sexualities. Precarious Subjects aims to give postgraduates and researchers in those fields a space in which to share, nurture and expand their ideas. Dr Anne Mulhall, MA coordinator in gender, sexuality, and culture at UCD, has been announced as the keynote speaker, with a series of 20-minute papers selected by organisers Laura Byrne and Gavin Doyle. Facebook event page here, tickets here.

Sunday, 12 June – Embrace of the Serpent, 18:00, €9, IFI

Set in 1909, in this film German scientist Theodore Koch-Grunberg is seeking to cure himself by locating the sacred yakruna plant, guided by the young shaman Karamakate. Switching between this story and Richard Evans’s attempt, years later, to find Karamakate and the plant, director Ciro Guerra explores the impact of colonialism on indigenous peoples in striking monochrome. Details here.

Monday, 13 June – Penny Dreadful‘s Launch of The Hierophants, 19:30, Free, Liquor Rooms

Penny Dreadful and Oisín Fagan launch The Hierophants, winner of the 2016 Penny Dreadful Novella Prize, selected by Sara Baume, Paul McVeigh, and Colin Barrett. Oisín Fagan has had a string of published work in The Stinging Fly, New Planet Cabaret, and the Young Irelanders anthology, as well as having exhibited in IMMA. His short-story collection Hostages is out with New Island this autumn. Facebook event here.

Tuesday, 14 June – Dorothy Smith: Made and Considered, 10-17:30, Free, darcspace, 26 North Great George’s Street

Smith is an assiduous urban taxonomist, using Dublin’s north inner city to defamiliarise and reevaluate the temporary and permanent, functional and abandoned urban structures. Her collection will be housed at darcspace until 17 June.

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

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