April Culture Fix

Your definitive guide on what to do around the world in April

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Words by Lisa Hughes
March 29th, 2016

Whether you’re a history buff, looking to relive your angsty youth or just searching for your next Netflix binge, we’ve got you covered for the month of Apirl with our latest Culture Guide.

1. FASHION/HISTORY- Fashions of 1916, Farmleigh House, Dublin, 9th April

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If you haven’t reached 1916 saturation point yet and still crave a bit of history, try this special exhibition and talk in Farmleigh House which takes a sartorial slant on Irish history. Combining feminism and fashion, it looks at evolving women’s style in the early twentieth century, as tightly constrained corsets were cast off in favour of straight-talking suits and hemlines began to creep above the ankle, coinciding with greater independence for women. Hooray! To find out how to get tickets, visit Farmeigh.ie.

2. BOOK- Oasis by Eilís Barrett

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We love Young Adult fiction so we can’t wait to get our hands on the debut novel from Irish author Eilís Barrett. Aged just sweet sixteen (feel like an underachiever yet?), Barrett has penned ‘Oasis’, a fantasy following Quincy Emerson, a teenage girl coming of age in a dystopian future. If you loved ‘The Hunger Games’ and Louise O’Neill’s ‘Only Ever Yours’, add this to your reading list pronto. Published by Gill on 8th April.

3. NETFLIX- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 2)

Season 2 of hit Netflix series ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ picks off from where season 1 left off. For anyone who hasn’t devoured the first series yet, the plot of this light-hearted comedy centres on Kimmy- played to perfection by Ellie Kemper- reclaiming her NYC life after being rescued from a cult for 15 years. Cue plenty of hilarity as our wide-eyed heroine comes to grips with life in the big city. Did we mention it’s co-created by comedic queen Tina Fey? ‘Nuff said. Season 2 airs on April 15th.

4. COMEDY- Rob Delaney, Vicar Street, Dublin, April 15th

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If we had to make a list of the funniest people on Twitter, Rob Delaney would rank pretty high. Star of the hit Channel 4 comedy ‘Catastrophe’- alongside Sharon Horgan no less- Rob Delaney returns to Vicar Street for his rescheduled live show. Widely regarded as one of America’s best stand ups, if you haven’t picked up his book ‘Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage’ yet you need to get on it, STAT. Tickets priced €28 (inc. booking fee) from Ticketmaster.ie.

5. LIVE MUSIC- The Smashing Pumpkins with Liz Phair, Beacon Theatre, New York, April 4th–6th

A bit of a ’90s dream gig, The Smashing Pumpkins- the soundtrack to everyone’s teen angst- and singer-songwriter Liz Phair (check out Exile in Guyville) unite for two nights at New York’s Beacon Theatre. OK, so Billy Corgan is the only remaining original Pumpkin and as it’s an acoustic, electronic set you can’t expect a blistering version of ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’ but if you want an injection of musical nostalgia, this is it. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.

6. ART/LITERATURE- Alice in Wonderland, British Library, London, ends 17th April

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Celebrate one of literature’s best loved works as the British Library marks the 150th anniversary of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. First narrated by Lewis Carroll one golden afternoon to a young Alice Liddell and her sisters, this trippy tale has enchanted audiences ever since. Highlights include Carroll’s original manuscript and works from later illustrators and artists fascinated by the story, including Salvador Dali and Mabel Lucie Atwell. To find out more click here.

7. FILM- The Huntsman: Winter’s War

A classic tale of Good vs Evil sans Kristen Stewart, this fantasy follow-up to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ introduces Freya (Emily Blunt) as the sister of the evil Ravenna (Charlize Theron). After resurrecting Ravenna, the two wicked sisters set their sights on destroying the kingdom. Enter Eric (a swoonworthy Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain), two warriors who fell in love and who just happen to be the only ones who can stop the forces of darkness. Released April 22nd.

8. MUSIC FESTIVAL- Coachella, California, April 16th-18th

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You could argue that Coachella is more about fashion bloggers and starlets inappropriately wearing American Indian headdresses than music these days but it’s still a major draw on the festival circuit. In fact, nearly 99,000 music lovers will descend on the desert heat for a three-day line-up that ranges from the high-profile reunion of LCD Soundsystem to splashes of Sia, Sufjan Stevens and Ice Cube. General admission tickets $375, for more visit Coachella.com.

9. PHOTOGRAPHY- Gainsbourg, Galerie de L’instant, Paris

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For a man who considered himself ugly, Serge Gainsbourg’s magnetism is in full force in these black and white photographs showcasing the singer-songwriter with family and friends, as well as with some famous ladies associated with Serge, such as his ‘Je T’Aime’ collaborators Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot. More than anything, it’s Gainsbourg’s undeniable charm that shines through, 25 years after his death. For more visit Lagaleriedelinstant.com.

10. FESTIVAL- Tribeca Film Festival, New York, from April 13th–24th

One of the most famous film festivals in the world, Robert De Niro and co.’s Tribeca Film Festival has long shone a light on the best indie features, documentaries, the latest from big-name talent and the up-and-coming filmmakers to watch.  The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival will take place in a mix of Lower Manhattan locations and tickets start from just $10 for matinee screenings up to $40 for conversations and special events. Go to Tribecafilm.com for up-to-date info.

11. PHOTOGRAPHY- BLOW Photo Issue 14 Launch, Thirty Four Café, Dublin, 16th April

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Contemporary fine art photography publication, BLOW Photo launches its latest issue, titled and themed ‘self portrait’ this month. The tri-annual magazine features a diverse array of work from both well-known and up and coming artists. In the 14th issue from the publication, the absence and indeed presence of the artist is celebrated with a collection of intimate photographs or “self-portraits”. Surely one for those with a love of art and photography, the issue will be launched on April 16th at Homebeat’s café ‘Thirty Four’ in Dublin from 1pm-4pm. For more information click here. The latest issue can be ordered at BlowPhoto.com.