Music, cinema, theatre and dance highlights for the week ahead
Our husky-voiced hero Hozier is set for massive things this year, so we're going to take every chance we get to catch him live while he's still playing the small and intimate venues -- if only to tell our friends in the future 'we told you so'. He plays Dolans in Limerick tonight.
* Hare Squead might be aged between 16 and 18, but these Tallaght and Blanchardstown lads seem to know their apples when it comes to hip-hop. Their debut mixtape is launching in Academy 2.
Saturday January 11
* When we heard that Lindi Ortega had been described as a cross between Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash, we went straight online to check out some photos of this bizarre proposition. But it turned out they were talking about her voice. And they're right, too -- the Canadian has an incredibly alluring sound, and you can catch it in the Sugar Club tonight. www.thesugarclub.com
* Have you ever done Dublin's Viking Splash Tour? If not, it's time to let go of the prejudices you built up, having been roared at as the amphibious vehicles chugged past the pedestrian crossing where you stood minding your own business -- these tours are absolutely superb. They run Friday to Sunday during the winter months.
Sunday January 12
* Cass McCombs spent the early part of his life moving from one city to another, living in cars, campsites and wherever else he could lay his hat -- and this uncertainty and frailty is evident in his powerful sound. He's in the Workman's Club in Dublin tonight.
* If you've still yet to make it along to Wicked in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, then you really need to get your arse in gear. This is a very special production and it finishes its run on Saturday 18.
Monday January 13
* A winter showcase celebrates the 21st anniversary of Cork City Ballet with a wonderful, free exhibition. The vibrant presentation brings to life the intriguing story of a generation of dancers. Cork City Ballet is based in Firkin Crane and run classes for all levels, including beginners and elementary and further training, Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.
* We've yet to hear a bad word said about American Hustle. So if you're only going to see one film this year, you might as well get it out of the way good and early.
Tuesday January 14
* They said they'd be the next One Direction -- and while last year's X Factor finalists Union J haven't quite delivered on that lofty prediction, they've at least made it big enough to embark on an international tour, which rocks up to The O2 tonight. Your move, Rough Copy.
*Nothing brings us back to our student days quite like a night out in Whelan's -- and they don't come much better than the weekly Ruby Tuesday club night. www.whelanslive.ie
Wednesday January 15
* Blackmail and political corruption? Sure what would Oscar Wilde know about those things? An Ideal Husband is often considered his finest work of all, and you can check it out at the Everyman Palace in Cork from tonight until January 25. Colourful costumes, and even more colourful wordplay. www.everymancork.com
Thursday January 16
* Okay, so we've liked them less and less with every release since the wonderful Songs About Jane -- which was released nine years ago, you'll be horrified to hear -- and Maroon 5 have descended into some fairly dodgy schlock lately. But their back catalogue is good enough to make us want to go see them tonight in The O2. www.theo2.ie
* Deer Tick are at Whelan's tonight, bringing their darkened country blues tones back to these shores.
Their latest album Negativity was written following the breakdown of frontman John J McCauley's engagement, as well as his father's imprisonment for tax fraud, so you know this is going to be a fairly emotive tour.
* Instrumental math rockers 65daysofstatic don't really do 'easy' listening -- but the complex structures of the material, on top of their sheer technical prowess, means you just have to admire them.
They play Dolans in Limerick tonight.
Film of the week: 12 years a slave
Steve McQueen is on form in this compelling drama. Chiwetel Ejiofor is Solomon Northup, a freeborn northern black man who's abducted in Washington D.C. and sold into slavery. After passing through the hands of a relatively benign owner, Solomon is sold to a cruel maniac (played by Michael Fassbender).
Club Scene: Eamon Sweeney
BONE Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1, tomorrow (€10/€12) The Detroit techno legend who is referred to as Eric Dulan on his passport brings the noise to the Pepper basement. Expect bone-crunching techno played on three decks. THE GALACTIC BEAT CLUB Pacino's, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, tomorrow (free) Day & Night magazine's very own digital guru hits the decks of Pacino's for the start of a new monthly residency called The Galactic Beat Club. Nialler's end of year round ups and reader's polls were choc a block with bangers.
WE LOVE TUESDAYS The Globe, George's Street, Dublin 2, Tuesday (free) Eagle-eyed readers might recognise the name Martin McCann from a mention in the recent bestselling and absorbing Morrissey autobiography, where Moz singles him out as a friend, after dissing just about everyone else left on the planet.
FRANTIC THURSDAYS The Savoy, Patrick Street, Cork, Thursday (€6/€8) Main room action will be steered by DJ Aaron banging out the big anthems, while Kevin Egan will spin hip-hop, nineties and noughties in the foyer. Drink deals and all the other usual extras apply.