Saturday 22 July 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

 

Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
Spaceship story: A 29-year-old Sigourney Weaver stars in iconic sci-fi thriller 'Alien'.
American Gods
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Staying in?

Slime and punishment

'Alien/Aliens' double-bill

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Spaceship story: A 29-year-old Sigourney Weaver stars in iconic sci-fi thriller 'Alien'.
 

With the countdown to Alien Covenant gathering pace, what better time to revisit the iconic first two instalments of the icky xenomorph saga, as they are screened back to back. Ridley Scott's original is slimey and chilling - while James Cameron's follow-up is an enjoyably ridiculous action movie.

Friday (from 8pm), Saturday (from 3pm), Light House Cinema, Dublin

Funks for the memories

Bruno Mars

Crown-prince of funk, Mars moonwalks into Dublin for a two-night residency. An old school song-and-dance man with the jauntily-affixed hat to prove it, Mars has built a career upon a sunny disposition and a commitment to vintage grooves.

Saturday and Sunday, 3Arena, Dublin

A classical act

C Duncan

Classically trained Christopher Duncan has earned a Mercury Music Prize nomination for his thoughtful, experimental pop. With a four-piece band accompanying him on the road, his live shows buttress the chin stroking with plugged-in oomph.

Thursday, Cyprus Avenue, Cork

Staying in?

The book

Into The Water

Paul Hawkins' The Girl On The Train was a blockbuster whodunnit with brass knobs on - but can she replicate the novel's incredible success with her follow-up mystery? A troubled narrator returns to her home town after the apparent suicide of her estranged sister. Did she really kill herself or are nefarious forces at play?

The box set

American Gods

This utterly bonkers adaptation of Neil Gaiman's cult novel finds the ancient Norse gods - including Ian McShane's twinkling Odin - coming to America and feuding with new deities who embody technology, consumerism and so forth. It's almost as mind-bending as Donald Trump's Twitter feed. You will, however, cringe at the Conor McGregor-style 'Oirish' leprechaun.

Available on Amazon Video from Monday

The TV show

24 Hours in Trump's America

To mark the first 100 days of Trump in the White House, a team of reporters traverse the US canvassing locals for their thoughts on the controversial president.

Monday, 8pm, Sky Atlantic

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