Monday 5 December 2016

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Published 19/11/2016 | 07:00

Sharon Horgan
Sharon Horgan

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

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Going out?

The nostalgia

Paul Simon

The singer and world music pioneer has hinted this might be his last ever tour. If so, he at least departs in style with new album 'Stranger To Stranger' judged among his best in decades. He will also dip into his hits, of course, incudling solo material and Simon and Garfunkel classics. 3Arena, Dublin, Monday

The gig

Julia Holter

Christened the "American Bjork", Los Angeles-native Holter is the best kind of pop eccentric - her quirky stage presence buttressed with songs of real substance and ambition. Vicar Street, Dublin, Saturday

The play

The Heiress

This family drama set in wealthy 19th-century New York is adapted from the Henry James novel 'Washington Square'. An awkward society maiden falls for a handsome outsider - but is her passion reciprocated or is he simply in it for the money? Karen McCartney plays wide-eyed Catherine with Donal Gallery as the dashing Morris. Gate Theatre, Dublin, previews from today

Staying in?

The book

Substance by Peter Hook

In addition to writing about the physical abuse he claims to have suffered at the hands of then-wife Caroline Ahern, the former New Order bass player shares endless stories of on-the-road excess and in-fighting. A wry and occasionally hilarious read that can be enjoyed even if you have never listened to a note of the author's music.

The TV show

Catastrophe

With Sharon Horgan's HBO comedy 'Divorce' just picked up for a second season what better moment to revisit her earlier delve into relationship angst, as it finally receives an airing on Irish television? Horgan plays an exaggerated version of herself entangled in an unexpected love-affair with Rob Delaney's flailing American abroad. The humour is dark and truthful while 'Catastrophe''s portrayal of awkward souls bumbling as best they can through life will chime with many. Monday, RTE2, 9pm

The box set

The Grand Tour

Is there life after 'Top Gear' for Jeremy Clarkson and company? We're about to find out with Team Jezza's $200 million motoring odyssey finally here and, in a first for Amazon video on demand, available to Irish subscribers. Amazon Prime, from today.

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