Wednesday 13 December 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Sneaky Pete
Sneaky Pete
Ghost in the Shell
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

Sarah Neufeld

As violinist with thinking person's arena rockers Arcade Fire, Sarah Neufeld adds sadness and spice. The same mix of melancholy and urgency informs the British Columbia native's recent solo record, The Ridge, which featured Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara and lead vocals from Neufeld herself. She brings the LP to Dublin for a rare stand-alone date. Thursday, Bello Bar, Dublin

The movie

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

A Hollywood remake of the anime classic has generated controversy, with the casting of Scarlett Johansson criticised as stereotypical Hollywood "whitewashing". Here is a chance to discover why the 1995 cyberpunk original is so beloved as the movie is screened as part of Triskel's Twisted Celluloid season. Tuesday, Triskel, Cork

The folk fest

Jack O'Rourke and Hattie Webb

Up-and-coming Cork songwriter O'Rourke shares the bill with Leonard Cohen vocalist Webb - in what will surely be a highlight of the Ballincollig Winter Music Folk Festival. The following night, the festival welcomes indie veterans the Frank and Walters. Friday, White Horse Inn, Ballincollig, Cork

Staying in?

The video game

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

It's behind you! Actually, no... it's in front of you - trying to bite your face off. Welcome back to Resident Evil, the ickiest gaming franchise of them all. As ever, the emphasis is on claustrophobia, paranoia and sudden scares. Sounds like a typical night out in any Irish town with extra zombies. Out now for Xbox One, PS4

The box set

Sneaky Pete

Amazon's original content is a mixed bag but there's lots of love for this dark drama, co-created by Bryan Cranston. Character actor Giovanni Ribisi plays a criminal who takes on his cell-mate's identity only to discover the subterfuge may be more trouble than it's worth. Available on Amazon Video from today

The TV show

Secret Voices of Hollywood

Musicals are all the rage right now thanks to La La Land. This fascinating documentary sheds timely light on the obscure singers who provided vocals for the stars of classic song-and-dance spectacles. Tonight, 10pm, BBC4

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