Culture vulture: What not to miss this week
Published 13/08/2016 | 07:00
Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.
Waving a banner for hipster beards literally decades before it was fashionable, Grandaddy are the sort of heroic rock underdogs they simply don't make any more. They blazed a miserable trail through the late 90s and early 2000s and now they're back, with the same singular blend of country guitars and woe-is-me lyrics. Thursday, Vicar Street, Dublin
Middle-aged self-loathing is raised to an artform by this at times scatological, at times profound, superstar of stand-up. Louis CK recently delved into serious drama with his self-financed miniseries 'Horace and Pete' - on stage, however, it's dark, occasionally furious, humour all the way. Monday, 3Arena, Dublin
Cork Puppetry Festival
The final three days of this unique event features performances of The Far Field, a spine-tingling updating of ancient Irish folk tales (Friday), and an interactive retelling of Little Red Riding Hood (Sunday). In venues across the city. corkpuppetryfestival.com
The TV show
X: The Generation That Changed The World
Narrated by grunge-era movie star Christian Slater, this provocative documentary argues that those born between the mid 60s and the early 80s changed the world by spawning Google and the first wave of web start-ups. More controversially, it contends that the nerdish utopianism of the internet era was the by-product of an entire generation raised on 'Star Trek'. National Geographic, Friday, 9pm
Everyone's gushing about Netflix Stephen King homage 'Stranger Things'. But here's an actual King adaptation worth investigating, with James Franco (acting rather than trying to annoy us for once) as an unwilling time traveller sent back to prevent JFK's assassination.
The video game
No Man's Sky
Set in an infinite future universe, the year's most hyped video game transcends entertainment and asks profound questions about the nature of creation. Plus, you zip around shooting aliens. Which is also cool.