Tuesday 27 September 2016

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Published 23/07/2016 | 07:00

Dan Soder appears at the Vodafone Comedy Festival.
Dan Soder appears at the Vodafone Comedy Festival.
Angela Scanlon

Whether you are staying in or going out, here's what not to miss this week.

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Going out

The gig

Suede

A nostalgia one-two at Galway International Arts Festival as Cork indie eccentrics Frank and Walters support Britpop aristocrats Suede. Both recently returned with strong comeback records, the Franks' 'Songs For The Walking Wounded' is full of alt.pop shimmer while Suede's 'Night Thoughts' delves into the dark side of parenthood and middle age. Galway, Saturday

The festival

Vodafone Comedy Festival

It's the tenth anniversary of an event that has introduced Irish audiences to such superstars-to-be as Louis CK and 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah. This year the festival welcomes Dan Soder, pictured, from 'Inside Amy Schumer', and Joe DeRosa, who has achieved cult fame in 'Better Call Saul' as a nerd sidelining in drug dealing.

From Thursday, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

The play

Billy Elliot

Singing, dancing and urban squalor have been a staple of musical theatre going back to 'West Side Story'. In 'Billy Elliot', a young boy must overcome small-town prejudice to pursue his dream of becoming a ballet dancer.

From Tuesday, BGE Theatre, Dublin

Staying in

The app

Warp Runner

'Pokemon Go' is a life-changing experience, even if you previously thought Geodude and Pikachu were 'Harry Potter' characters. But the "augmented reality" app is also buggy and a battery drain. A fun alternative is 'Warp Runner', which transforms your desk into a platform puzzle and asks you to guide a tiny character to safety.

For Android and IOS

The television show

Robot Wars

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Dara O Briain and Angela Scanlon are the unlikely duo tasked with bringing back from the scrapheap this BBC institution. When it was canned 15 years ago, the idea of robots one day taking over was naff blockbuster material. A decade and a half on, technology is poised to fundamentally change our lives, giving the show a contemporary edge.

BBC Two Sunday, 8pm

The box set

Bojack Horseman, Season three

The best chronicling of mid-life breakdown this side of 'Mad Men', the cult animation is back for a third season.

From today on Netflix

- Ed Power

Irish Independent

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