Friday 9 December 2016

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Published 05/11/2016 | 07:00

Atlanta on Fox
Atlanta on Fox
David O'Doherty

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

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Going out

The gig

Saint Sister

Enya meets indie pop in this wispy collaboration between Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty. The musicians met singing together at the Trinity Orchestra and they have ever since pursued an eclectic path, mingling Celtic harp with contemporary beats. Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Sunday

The lol

David O'Doherty

A self-deprecating man mucking about on a keyboard may seem an unlikely comedic goldmine. Yet O'Doherty has parleyed his idiosyncratic stand-up into a cult career. Aged 40, his comedy is shot through with childlike glee. Vicar Street, Dublin tonight, Saturday

The festival

Metropolis

Grace Jones, Jack Garratt, Paul Kalkbrenner, Crystal Castles, Booka Shade and pioneering rappers The Sugarhill Gang are among the headliners at this two-day celebration of electrionic music in its many forms. RDS Dublin, Friday, Saturday

Staying in

The video game

Titanfall 2

Few things in life are as enjoyable as controlling a giant robot as it dashes about shooting other giant robots. This is in essence what you are up to in the sequel to cult console hit 'Titanfall'. Yes, there's a complicated sci-fi plot (your foes in the game are the somewhat underwhelming Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation). But ultimately it's all about blowing hulking mechanical villains to kingdom come. For Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC

The TV Show

Atlanta

Critics in the United States have been in a swoon over this surreal comedy, from Donald Glover, the US comedian-rapper just confirmed as the young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo movie. 'Atlanta' is very different, with Glover delving hilariously into a murky subculture of rappers and drug dealers in his home town. Fox, Saturday 10.30pm

The box set

The Crown

Netflix gets its 'Downton Abbey' on with this $100million chronicling of the life and times of Elizabeth II. The costumes are of course sumptuous but, in addition to the eye-candy, Peter Morgan's drama humanises the royals while painting a vivid portrait of 20th century Britain. Netflix from today.

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