7 Days & Nights: Critics Guide to Going Out
Q The Janoskians are what you'd call an acquired taste. The Melbourne-based 'troupe' shot to fame by basically being obnoxious, rude and crude to members of the public, then posting the footage on YouTube – and they bring their live show to the Olympia this evening. Don't say you weren't warned.
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Q Reginald D Hunter got himself into a spot of bother recently with some controversial material at a Professional Footballers' Association do – a topic he's sure to cover in his show tonight at Vicar Street
Friday, May 24
We've been so caught up talking about the Oxegen and Electric Picnic lineups that we've failed to spot one of the best mainstream festivals of the year happening just up the road. Radio 1's Big Weekend in Derry is a who's who of top pop, featuring Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro, Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis and the superb Everything Everything. That's BBC Radio 1, by the way, so don't go expecting to see Joe Duffy or Ronan Collins. You'll only end up disappointed.
Saturday, May 25
The last Nighthawks at the Cobalt before the summer break is tonight, featuring Mark Geary, Electric Penguins and comedians Colm O'Regan and the vastly underrated Robbie Bonham. Grab tickets at Oxfam, Parliament Street, before they sell out. Again.
The rather interesting Seo É Inis Oírr is a weekend-long festival that offers the chance to discover what it's like to live in an island community, from Aran knitting to sean nós dancing, and from seaweed cooking to basket-weaving. A weekend with a true difference.
Sunday, May 26
It seems futile suggesting things for you to do on this day, given nobody's going to want to leave the house. Why? Because today is the day that Season 4 of Arrested Development is released on Netflix, following the torturous seven-year wait. Exciting doesn't even cover it.
Eddie Izzard may have taken the well-travelled route of the 'diversifying comic' in recent years, with everything from DNA documentaries to comedy-dramas about Irish-American Travellers. At the heart of it, though, he's still a wickedly brilliant stand-up comedian, and he plays The O2 tonight.
Monday, May 27
If you haven't yet got around to seeing The Great Gatsby, try the screening tonight at The Light House. As part of the cinema's monthly book club, you'll get a chance to dissect Luhrmann's controversial stylings afterwards in the bar – and nobody will judge you if you show up in costume.
The third part of Todd Phillips' hugely successful comedy series, The Hangover Part III, is nothing like as bad as its immediate predecessor, but, as anyone who saw Hangover II will know, that's absolutely nothing to boast about. Stu, Phil and Doug are about to check Alan in for an extended stay in a mental asylum when the demented criminal Leslie Chow resurfaces, bringing with him a world of trouble. Out now on general release.
Tuesday, May 28
For something a bit more dignified and, well, good, check out This Is The Kit tonight at the Róisín Dubh – if for no other reason than to watch the absolutely lovable frontwoman Kate Stables in action.
Wednesday, May 29
Iron and Wine were doing the Bon Iver stripped-back reverby acoustic rootsy thing (for want of a better word) long before it was cool. The original and best, they play The Olympia tonight.
Bandaoke is, as you might expect, karaoke but with a live band. So, an Irish wedding at around 11pm basically. Rearden's in Cork will host the final of their Bandaoke competition tonight, and with some decent cash prizes going – and only the cream of the crop (ahem) to perform – it should be worth a look. Through your fingers.
Thursday, May 30
Helena Enright's Under Pressure is a documentary-style theatre piece, which examines the aftermath of a decision by two pals one New Year's Eve – and looks at the responsibilities that come with getting behind the wheel of a car. It premieres tonight at The Savoy Hotel, Limerick.
The Cat Laughs Festival kicks off tonight in Kilkenny. More to follow on this in next week's issue, but don't miss tonight's Preview Show at the Ormonde featuring the wonderful David O'Doherty as well as Karl Spain and Eleanor Tiernan.
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