Thursday 29 September 2016

Staying in or going out? What not to miss this week

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

Gavin James
Gavin James
Reginald D Hunter
Lera Lynn performs during the 16th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference at the Mercy Lounge on September 17, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Americana Music)
Portraits of Reginald D Hunter, comedian from Atlanta US - pictured at the Angel station. London W1. 24th November 2006.; Job : 18876 Ref : NCD (Photo by Nick Cunard/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Wayward Pines / Fox
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
Lisa McInerney

A look ahead to the entertainment, whether you are going out or staying in.

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Going out...

The show

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Lera Lynn

Season two of 'True Detective' was a humourless hot mess, but it did at least introduce us to Lera Lynn's noir-steeped country rock. Saddled with the thankless role of the chanteuse perpetually warbling in the background of Ray Velcoro's favourite dive bar, it was Lynn who came closest to evoking the slipstream weirdness of the show's McConaughey-riffic first year. Now fans can experience her gorgeous gloom first hand, with a super-rare Irish date in the intimate environs of Whelan's in Dublin. Tonight, from 8pm

The LOL

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Reginald D Hunter

The provocative stand-up has spent his career exploring the cultural distance between his native American South and his adopted home of London. His latest show might be his most controversial year as Hunter delves into African-American identity and the ways in which it has been appropriated and distorted by "mainstream" white society. Come for the chuckles, stay for the social commentary. Saturday, Sunday at Vicar Street, Dublin

The event

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Live at the Marquee

Returning to the banks of the Lee for its 12th year, Live at the Marquee has one of its most diverse line-ups yet. This week welcomes Gavin James (tonight), Simply Red (Saturday) with trash metal icons Slayer and Anthrax sharing the bill Wednesday.

Staying in...

The TV show

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Wayward Pines

The second season of M Night Shyamalan 's science fiction potboiler is a decent placeholder. Eerie goings-on are afoot in a small Idaho town and secret service agent Ethan Burke (former heartthrob Matt Dillon) must untangle a mystery that refuses to be solved. Fox, Wednesday, 9pm

The book

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The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

Everyone's talking about this dazzling debut novel by Galway writer McInerney (left), after it scooped the prestigious Bailey's Women's Prize for fiction this week. It reads like a mix of Roddy Doyle and Flann O'Brien, with the urban Cork setting almost a character in its own right. Now's your chance to read it.

The box-set

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Orphan Black

Anxieties over identity theft and state surveillance are brilliantly channelled in this BBC America thriller about an aimless young woman (Tatiana Maslany) who discovers she is the result of a secret government cloning programme. Series four has just debuted on Netflix while seasons one, two and three are also available on other platforms.

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