Thursday, December 8, 2016

Culture File: The Dr Hook Story (Part 1)

Dennis Locorriere, voice of songs like Sylvia's Mother & Ballad of Lucy Jordan, on an uncategorisable act

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Culture File: Recreating Merce

US choreographer, Merce Cunningham's 1958 Night Wanderings, remade in 2016 Dublin by Cheryl Therrien & John Scott

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Culture File: Sheila, Françoise, Phyllis and Eleanor arrive at RIA

After 230 years, the first Irish woman academics are being honoured with portraits at the Royal Irish Academy.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Culture File: Luciana Bianchi's Little Changes (FOTE 2016)

When it comes to the ethics of food, has there been too much talk and too little real action?

The Culture File Weekly No 99 (Simon Reynolds, Angélique Dass and Vickey Curtis)

This weekly, music historian Simon Reynold's on what David Bowie and Donald Trump have in common, photographer and activist, Angélique Dass, on her global project matching human skin colours to the Pantone® system, and spoken word artist, Vickey Curtis stages a "sorry" intervention.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Culture File: The Pantone® of People

Angélica Dass' global photo project, Humanae, matches people's real skin tones to their Pantone equivalent.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Culture FIle: We're All Glam Now

Author, Simon Reynolds, on the roots and fruits of Glam, from Slade and Eno, to Gaga and The Weeknd.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Culture File: Who cares about Glam now?

Simon Reynolds' Shock and Awe, explores glitter 'n' feather boas, but also crowds, charisma & the rise of Trump

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Culture File: Vickey Curtis Isn't Sorry

For her latest show, Vickey Curtis, invites audiences to her Dublin city centre home for a "sorry" intervention

Monday, November 28, 2016

Culture File: Trevor Moran whips up Tennessee-style かき氷

Dublin-born Nashville chef, Trevor Moran, on the elevated version of shaved ice the Japanese call ???.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


"People are always waiting for the next white great male prophet," says Marina Carr. "...a woman will never be that." More at 6.05pm @LyricLorcan @RTElyricfm #wakingthefeminists

Culture File: Cool In The Pool (Part 2/2)

In the 1960s, the Aboriginal peoples' struggle for civil rights reached the segregated Australian swimming pool

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Culture File: Cool In The Pool

Australia architect, Amelia Holiday, on BBQs, bodies and Australia's special relationship with its swimming places

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Black Panther Cookbook

The Black Panthers' pre-school breakfast program and other revolutionary surprises with chef/activist, Saqib Keval, of the People's Kitchen Collective.

The Culture File Weekly No 97 (Josef Sudek, Daoirí Farrell, Aisling Kelliher on Venmo and Steve Forbert)

This weekly we get authentic as we spend some time in Claddagh records with our communion money and Daoirí Farrell; enter a wicklow cottage in search of Czech photographer, Josef Sudek, beam into Virginia Tech to discuss Venmo and splitting the bill 21st century style, while Steve Forbert makes a good case for life on the road

Friday, November 18, 2016

Culture File: The Real Josef Sudek

John Hutchinson on the unfashionable authenticity of Prague photographer, Josef Sudek

Culture File Xtra: Saqib Keval's recipe for Scrambled Tofu

Activist and chef, Saqib Keval's recipe for Scrambled Tofu just like the serve it at the People's Food Collective in Oakland, Calif.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Culture File: Daoirí Farrell

Childhood visits to the Claddagh Records with his communion money set Daoirí Farrell on his musical road

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Culture File: Prof Aisling Kelliher Venmos her dues

Already an Urban Dictionary verb, Venmo is the bill sharing app that might just replace traditional banking

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Culture File Weekly No. 96 (The Burglar's Guide to the City, documentary painting, #FreakFood)

This weekly: unpicking the secrets of like-worthy #FreakFood, a walk 'n' talk with the evil genius behind The Burglar's Guide to the City, and painting a documentary of Waterford to rival a 1735 record of the city

Culture File: The Burglar's Guide to the City (Part 2)

If there is one creature that knows the architecture of the city even better than a burglar, it's the rat. (2/2)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Culture File: The Burglar's Guide to the City (part 2)

If there is one creature who knows the architecture of the city even better than a burglar, it's the rat. (2/2)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Culture File: The Burglar's Guide to the City

Who really knows a building best? The developer? The architect? The occupier? None of the above says Geoff Manaugh

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Culture File: #FreakFood

When snapping a dish is an inevitable part of a restaurant meal, the chef's job is as much about memes as menus.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Culture File: Blaise Smith surveys Waterford

The application of pencil to paper and other artworld quiddities with artist-pianist, Blaise Smith

Monday, November 7, 2016

Culture File: Andean foraging with Virgilio Martínez (FOTE 2016)

The brand new, centuries old ingredients one Peruvian chef is bringing from the Andes into the kitchen

The Culture File Weekly No. 95 (Andean treats, Czech Black Light Theatre, Marina Carr's Wicklow, Process Philosophy)

This weekly, French ballet dancer turned "black light" star, Thomas Bettinelli, Laura Marks on the bold promises of Process philosophy, Virgilio Martínez's new world of Andean food and the drowned valley in Marina Carr's Mary Gordon

Friday, November 4, 2016

Culture File: Process Philosophy for Dummies

Prof Laura Marks there on Process Philosophy and what it means to film, dance and washing the dishes

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Culture File: The Drowned World of Marina Carr

300 voices from community choirs around Wicklow bring the playwright's oratorio, Mary Gordon to the concert hall

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Culture File: In Prague, and in the dark

Thomas Bettinelli trained in ballet at home in France, but on a visit to Prague discovered black light theatre

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Culture File: Tina Gorjanc's speculative design project, Pure Human

Would you let me use your DNA to create laboratory grown skin? Could you stop me?

The Culture File Weekly No. 94 (Harps, Pure Humans, FOTE 2016 and Wexford Festival Opera)

This weekly...the bright lights of Wexford with opera director, Rodula Gaitano; Galway's Food On The Edge global grub symposium; how to make your own harp, and the possibility of skin having a life after it's owner has departed...

Friday, October 28, 2016

Culture File: Black and White Wexford

In search of just the right moment with Wexford's photographic chronicler, Pádraig Grant

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Culture File: Radula Gaitanou sniffs out Barber's Vanessa

Director, Radula Gaitanou, on inspirations for her take on Barber's neglected opera

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Culture File: Food on The Edge Hors D'Oeuvre

A first helping of voices and sizzle from Food on The Edge 2016 international culinary thinkathon in Galway

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Culture File: Achill International Harp Festival

You don't need planning permission to build your own harp at Achill International Harp Festival

The Culture File Weekly No. 93 (Desperate Optimists, Harry Christophers & The Sixteen, old school Intersectionality, and Peter Hook)

This weekly, we take a walk through London Fields with Desperate Optimists, plus Harry Christophers on why The Sixteen are quite like the Rolling Stones, Maureen O'Connor on animal rights in the fight for human freedom and Peter Hook on the ostensibly inadvisable job of reworking acid house anthems in a classical style

Monday, October 24, 2016

Culture File: Animal Rights & Human Freedoms

Maureen O'Connor on animal rights in the fight for human freedom

Friday, October 21, 2016

Culture File: How Not to Tell The Story of Ambrose O'Higgins

Desperate Optimists, Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, on truth, lies and documentary making

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Culture File: Are You On One?

A seamless setlist of rave bangers played by full orchestra? Got just the right thing for you, Hacienda Classical

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Culture File: It's Only Baroque 'n' Renaissance Polyphony (But I Like It)

At first, similarities between The Rolling Stones and the choral magic of The Sixteen are not completely obvious

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Culture File: Wolves in the Octagon

Sculpture, Catherine Greene creates new work for the oldest purpose-built exhibition gallery in these islands

Monday, October 17, 2016

Culture File: How important is the label in art?

Curator, Louise Foott, on who is in and who is out of the art world, and who gets to decide

The Culture File Weekly no 92 (Ryan Estep, Organ Reframed, Claire Singer, Irene Buckley, Spire, Philip Jeck)

We get experimental this weekly as we attempt to tour a Dublin exhibition of artist, Ryan Estep, with its creator, while he remains on the other side of the Atlantic. Then we'll spend some time in the flickering half-light of Union Chapel, where the inaugural Organ Reframed festival, curated by chapel organist, Claire Singer, has been taking place

Friday, October 14, 2016

Culture File: A Knowing Space

Around the stairwell at Union Chapel, sound artist Bill Thompson has wired a flock of salvaged organ pipes

Culture File: A Dating Agency for Organs

Hooking up a roster of experimental musicians with some of the world's great pipe organs is the aim of Spire

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Culture File: A Dating Agency for Organs (Organ Reframed 2)

Organising hook ups for a roster of experimental musicians with some of the world's greatest pipe organs is the business of Spire. The latest Spire took place as part of Union Chapel's Organ Reframed festival.

Culture File: A Knowing Space (Organ Reframed 3)

Around the stairwell at Union Chapel, Islington, sound artist, Bill Thompson has wired a flock of salvaged organ pipes to create a ringing, resonant installation at this year's Organ Reframed festival.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Culture File: The Organ gets Reframed at Union Chapel

Organ Reframed is a three-day festival of contemporary music and sound, for and about the organ

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Culture File: Ryan Estep's New Tools

Invoking the shaky magic of the internet, we tour Ryan Estep's latest Dublin show in the artist's company