Saturday 29 April 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Dan Stevens
Dan Stevens
Band of Horses
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out?

The gig

Keaton Henson

The notoriously shy and dramatically frail songwriter has built a devoted cult following. That's despite only playing a handful of gigs and restricting his media appearances to the occasional tentative interview. Yet his music is beguiling,with last year's Kindly Now brimming with beauty and heartache. Tomorrow, Olympia, Dublin

The rock show

Band of Horses

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Everyone is so busy proclaiming the death of rock 'n' roll that carriers of the torch such as Band of Horses are not receiving their due. But the South Carolina-based band are worth celebrating and they've never sounded better than on 2016's country-flavoured Why Are You OK. Wednesday, Vicar Street, Dublin

The festival

Dublin International Film Festival

The capital's celebration of the moving image kicks off Thursday, with a screening of Maudie, a tender drama about a romance between two loners, played by Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins, and directed by Dubliner Aisling Walsh. diff.ie

Staying in?

The book

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

With a blood-and-thunder adaptation of Gaiman's American Gods soon to debut on Amazon, it's the perfect moment to become acquainted with his eerie, fantastical writing. In his latest book, he recasts the Nordic sagas as gripping human dramas, putting flesh and blood on the slippery Loki, the hard-charging Odin and others.

The TV show

Legion

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How bonkers do you like your small-screen comic book adaptations? Completely off the wall? Well good, because Fargo show-runner Noah Hawley has truly pushed the boat out with this X-Men spin off, starring Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens as a superhero working through intense psychological traumas in a retro asylum apparently assembled from bits of the Mad Men set. Thursday, 9pm, Fox

The box set

Fleabag

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is set to become a household name, with the comedian-actress in talks to portray a droid in the Star Wars Han Solo spin-off. In this frequently hilarious, often bleak sitcom, she plays the eponymous "Fleabag" - a woman navigating young adulthood in contemporary London. Available on Amazon Video now.

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