Thursday 18 January 2018

Sophie's choice

Zelda Fitzgerald
Zelda Fitzgerald

Sophie Gorman

1 Zelda Fitzgerald started out life as traditional southern belle Zelda Sayre until she married one F Scott Fitzgerald, and together they helped define the iconic Jazz Age. Her fascinating story takes centre stage in a new play called Zelda by Eddie Naughton and starring Sharon Coade. It's on at the Theatre Upstairs (theatreupstairs.ie) now.

2 Get out your spats, your pin-striped suits, your satin elbow gloves and bustles, Down With Jazz (downwithjazz.ie), the festival that harks back to the anti-jazz movement of the 1930s, is back this weekend in Dublin's Meeting House Square. Expect a diverse line-up of musical rebels and jazz cats. As is usually the case, almost anything goes.

3 Calling all artists who can't afford a solo show and just need a break: Kinsale Arts Festival (kinsaleartsfestival.com) might well be your chance. As it celebrates its 10th birthday this year, it is offering one artist their first major show. Now Wakes the Sea is open to all artists who haven't had a big solo show yet, and submissions have to be in by June 10.

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