Saturday 21 October 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Love Actually
Jens Lekman
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out?

The glummer holiday

Jens Lekman
Jens Lekman

Swedish troubadour Lekman has a big bruised heart, an enviable vocabulary and a gift for happy-sad songs. Recent comeback album Life Will See You Now winningly blends wit, introspection and twinkling synth pop. Tuesday, Whelan's, Dublin

The grime spree



What a rush 2017 is turning out to be for Michael Omari, aka solo artist of the hour Stormzy. The 23-year-old became the face of British urban music when his debut album Gang Signs and Prayer made history as the first grime record to reach number one. His sell-out tour kicks off in Dublin. Wednesday, Olympia, Dublin

The rap race

Run The Jewels

Rap veterans El-P and Killer Mike (not their real names) were at a loose end when they joined forces in 2013. But deep into middle age, their careers were rejuvenated, with their irreverent Run the Jewels collaboration captivating critics and fans alike. Thursday, Olympia, Dublin

Staying in?

The book

New York 2140

Extremism has taken over, chaos reigns, the destruction of the environment gathers pace. But enough about the nightly news - things are almost as bleak in the new future-shock opus from sci-fi savant Kim Stanley Robinson. In the 22nd century, Manhattan is slipping beneath the waves and society has ripped at the seams.

The TV show

Comic Relief

Love Actually

Charity broadcasts can be hit or miss but this UK telethon has generated excitement with news that it features a sequel by Richard Curtis to love/hate it 2003 rom-com Love Actually. Martine McCutcheon, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster are among those reprising their roles. Tonight, 7pm, BBC One

The app


The visually stunning boardgame comes to mobile devices in an adaptation that captures the addictive qualities and graceful design of the original. Players take on the role of explorers in medieval Japan travelling along the Tokaido eastern sea route. The winner is the one amassing the most interesting encounters along the way. Available on iOS, Android

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