Tuesday 6 December 2016

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Published 20/08/2016 | 07:00

Dublin Ghost Story
Dublin Ghost Story

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

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Going out

The show

Warpaint

We unfortunately still live in an era in which four female musicians playing on stage together strikes many as enormously novel. Warpaint are also arguably unlucky in having as an early fan the late Heath Ledger - a fact mentioned in every interview they have ever given. None of which has anything do with their weird, sinuous music - as exemplified by gloriously murky hit 'Undertow'. Tuesday, National Concert Hall, Dublin

The spook-fest

Dublin Ghost Story Festival

Victorian Dublin was a hotbed for fantastical writing. We gave the world Dracula, the proto-Middle Earth of County Meath-based Lord Dunsany and the steampunk Gothic of Sheridan Le Fanu. That rich heritage is at last celebrated in a new festival, which will feature an appearance by Cork-based David Mitchell, a contemporary writer straddling the literary and the uncanny. Grand Lodge of Ireland, Molesworth Street, Dublin, Friday to Sunday

The festival

Another Love Story

This summer festival with a difference is billed as a "weekend celebration of music, art and whimsy". County Meath's picturesque Killyon Manor forms the backdrop, with woozy homegrown artists such as Saint Sister, Meltybrains? and Ships leading the lineup. Friday to Sunday

Staying in

The TV show

Ripper Street, season four

The Dublin-shot Victorian procedural was set for the television morgue until Amazon Prime revived it for a fourth season. Available online for months, series four at last makes its terrestrial debut. Moustache-twirling high-jinks are in ready supply as we become reacquainted with the crime-stoppers of Whitechapel 'H' division. BBC1, Monday, 9pm

The box set

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, season three

The cult comedy has swooped under the radar in Ireland, though highly regarded in the US. Andy Samberg stars as incompetent cop Jake Peralta, part of a police division that makes 'Naked Gun' look like 'True Detective'.

The album

Lisa Hannigan, At Swim

Hannigan's previous albums were agreeable yet often fatally whimsical. She brings the darkness with a vengeance on LP number three, with spectral production from The National's Aaron Dessner.

Irish Independent

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