Tuesday 6 December 2016

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Published 27/08/2016 | 07:00

Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
Jenna Coleman

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

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Going out

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop

In addition to rocking the outstanding beard in modern alternative country, South Carolina's Sam Beam is an Americana crooner of wit and distinction. He's touring his new collection of duets with singer Jesca Hoop - a feverish collaboration that unfolds like a Southern gothic remake of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's 'Islands in the Stream'. Olympia, Dublin, Tuesday

The LOL

Amy Schumer

On the heels of Louis CK, Schumer is the second comedy icon to grace Dublin in as many weeks. A bona fide movie star on the back of last year's 'Trainwreck' and with a new memoir just out, Schumer has a rare gift for blending the observational and the political. 3Arena Dublin tonight

The festival

DylanFest on the Lough

Why settle for a Bob Dylan festival, when you can have a Bob Dylan festival on the shores of a picturesque inlet in deepest Donegal? Described as Europe's biggest 'DylanFest', the event features covers artists, open mike evenings and outdoor performance with the Inishowen Peninsula as stunnning backdrop. Friday to Sunday, Moville, Co Donegal

Staying in

The album

Frank Ocean, Blonde

The Los Angeles RnB virtuoso has been promising a new album for the past 18 months. But when 'Blonde' dropped this week, it still caught the world unawares, with its woozy mix of introspective lyrics, swooning melodies and dreamy atmospherics.

The television show

Victoria

'Poldark' and Aidan Turner's pecs gave the costume drama a new lease of relevance. Now ITV is having a corset moment of its own with this steamy account of the early reign of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) and her apparently sizzling chemistry with Prime Minister Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell). UTV Ireland, Sunday, 9pm

The box set

DC's Legends Of Tomorrow

It's been a rotten summer for superhero movies and there are fears 'Wonder Woman' may be another hot mess. But there's hope, with the first season of DC's 'Legends of Tomorrow' offering a chink of light. There is, it turns out, life after Batfleck.

Irish Independent

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