Sunday 24 September 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Jodie Whittaker in Trust Me
Jodie Whittaker in Trust Me
Regina Spektor
Antarctic explorer Tom Crean
Indiependence takes place this weekend.
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Staying in?

Choral arrangement

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The South African choral group achieved international acclaim with their cameo on Paul Simon's 1986 blockbuster Graceland. Many of the original members have retired but, with fresh infusions of vocal talent, the ensemble remains in good creative fettle and will be a highlight of the Skibbereen Arts Festival.

Tonight, Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen

Ghost with the most

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor

Quirky piano-basher Spektor (picture) has won a mainstream audience thanks to her song 'You've Got Time' - aka the opening credits theme to Netflix prison dramedy Orange Is The New Black. Spektor was born in Russia and moved to Manhattan as a child - her music is a swirl of Old World angst and Lower East Side art-pop.

Sunday, BGE Theatre, Dublin

Fest in show

Indiependence 2017

indie crowd.jpg
Indiependence takes place this weekend.

With pop music increasingly dominant, Cork's Indiependence continues to wave a banner for back-to-basics rock. This year the festival welcomes old school icons Manic Street Preachers, present day chart-toppers The Coronas and - hurrah! - art-pop weirdos Wild Beasts.

Friday to Sunday, Deer Farm, Mitchelstown

Staying in?

The radio show
Antarctic explorer Tom Crean

In Tom Crean's Footsteps

The granddaughter of the Co Kerry Antarctic explorer traces his trek across the remote island of South Georgia, accompanied by her two sons and her partner.

Saturday, 1pm, RTE Radio One

The TV show

Trust Me

Future Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker (left) stars as a nurse who successfully passes herself off as an a&e doctor in Edinburgh. Written by a former medic, the gripping four-part drama is inspired by real life cases of people impersonating doctors.

Tuesday, 9pm, BBC One

The box set

Chasing Coral

Netflix has been quietly building up its documentary selection and this chronicling of the declining coral population is surprisingly moving. More than 40pc of the Great Barrier Reef was wiped out due to coral 'bleaching' last year - a culling which director Jeff Orlowski warns could have far reaching consequences.

Available now on Netflix

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