Tuesday 22 August 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Beloved composition: E.T.
Beloved composition: E.T.
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

Roots Manuva

Before Dizzee Rascal and Skepta, Rodney Smith - aka Roots Manuva - was blazing a trail for British hip-hop. He has collaborated with Leftfield and Beth Orton while last year's 'Bleeds' album testified to his continued vitality as wordsmith and marshaller of beats. National Concert Hall, Dublin, Wednesday

The concert

Across The Stars: The John Williams Collection

Eighties nostalgia is all the rage, so what better moment to revisit the music of Steven Spielberg's inhouse composer? The National Concert Orchestra will reprise many of Williams's most beloved compositions, including the themes from 'E.T.' and 'Star Wars'. NCH, Dublin, Friday

The festival

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Running across nine days from today this multi-discipline festival features classical musicians (Christian Blackshaw), troubadours (Loudon Wainwright III, Ricky Skaggs) indie rock (FM Belfast) and "nu folk" (Sam Lee). kilkennyarts.ie

Staying in

The book

The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry

Jane Austen meets 'True Detective' in this gripping gothic mystery, set in 19th-century Essex. A woman flees London with her autistic son only to become obsessed with local tales of a mysterious beast in the marshes. But is the monster real or a byproduct of her own anxieties?

The show

The Mystery of Van Gogh's Ear

Everybody knows two things about Vincent van Gogh: he died a pauper and cut his own ear off. But what drove the original tortured artist to mutilate himself? Jeremy Paxman takes a break from grilling politicians to play amateur historical sleuth. Saturday, 9pm, BBC Two

The box-set

Gotham, season two

Sorry to break it to you but 'Suicide Squad' is a hot mess. Will Smith thinks he's in an 80s action movie, Margot Robbie's accent hovers between Queens and Queensland and they've cast Cara Delevingne and her eyebrows as the "big bad" Enchantress. However, comic book fans can take comfort in knowing that even as this train wreck unfolds, someone is doing justice to the DC universe. 'Gotham' is a small-screen Batman origin story of genuine wit and invention and season two has just arrived on DVD. Slap it on and allow memories of Jared Leto's "method" Joker fade to black.

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