Saturday 10 December 2016

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Published 22/10/2016 | 07:00

John Carpenter
John Carpenter
Sandi Toksvig

Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.

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Going out

The gig

James Blake

"Dubstep crooner" Blake has come to wider attention after contributing to Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' album. As a solo artist, the Londoner remains a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a wavy-haired hipster, his songs stepping briskly between Bon Iver-esque confessionals and experimental electronica. Olympia, Dublin, Thursday

The pre-Halloween frightfest

John Carpenter, Vicar Street

With 'Halloween', 'The Thing' and 'Escape from New York', Carpenter gave us three of the great genre movies of the past 40 years. 'Halloween', in particular, was elevated by the director's self-composed, super-creepy soundtrack. Now, at 68, he's taking a break from film and performs material from recent albums 'Lost Themes' and 'Lost Themes II'.

Vicar Street, Dublin, Tuesday

The movie

Carrie

Trick-or-treat season is upon us, so what better moment to revisit Brian De Palma's visceral 1976 Stephen King adaptation? Sissy Spacek is chilling as a bullied teen whose adolescent angst takes on a violently supernatural aspect. Lighthouse, Dublin, Friday, 10.30pm

Staying in

The album

Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker

Even those inclined to dismiss Cohen's earlier work as a miserablist's manifesto, will have been swayed by the wry and musically adventurous records he has been putting out deep into old age. At 82, there is every possibility the tender and laconic 'You Want It Darker' will be the Canadian's swansong.

The TV show

QI

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Stephen Fry has exited the chummy panel show, with public intellectual and clever-clogs radio host Sandi Toksvig, above, stepping into the breach. The tone is much the same, the first episode of the new season imparting nuggets about fossil hunting and medical acronyms.

Friday, BBC2, 10pm

The box set

Black Mirror

Series three of the dystopian anthology show debuts on Netflix, with Bryce Dallas Howard among the heavyweight cast. Charlie Brooker's scripts are dependably gloomy, with the bonus irony that a series cautioning against the ubiquity of technology is screening on a streaming service. Netflix from today.

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