Sunday 17 December 2017

Culture vulture... What not to miss this week

Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara
Drake was named Global Recording Artist of the Year for 2016
Cast members on the atmospheric set of 'Murder at Shandy Hall - The Musical'
Ed Power

Ed Power

Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.

Going out

The arena show


Drake was named Global Recording Artist of the Year for 2016

Hip hop's mopiest mega-star slouches into Dublin for a brace of sell-out dates. In addition to his skills as a rhymer, the 30-year-old Toronto native brings a searing anti-charisma. On his last performance in Ireland, he performed atop a giant spinning gantry while managing to look thoroughly glum - a feat worth the price of entry all on its own.

Sunday and Monday, 3Arena, Dublin

The indie gig

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara

Clearly this is the week for inscrutable Canadian mavericks. Vancouver twins Tegan and Sara Quin built their reputation with miserablist indie dirges - then ripped up the formula and started again with two fantastic pop records, 2013's Heartthrob and last year's Love You To Death. Sunday, Vicar Street, Dublin

The whodunnit

Murder at Shandy Hall

Cast members on the atmospheric set of 'Murder at Shandy Hall - The Musical'

Patrick Bergin stars as a Sherlock Holmes-esque sleuth dispatched to solve a murder mystery at a Victorian pile in rural Cork. Written and directed by Michael Sheridan, Shandy Hall is essentially John B Keane crossed with the best game of Cluedo ever.

Tuesday, Cork Opera House

Staying in?

The podcast

Death, Sex and Money

The big subjects are tackled in this interview series in which celebrities and high achievers are asked to delve into their private lives. In recent episodes Moonlight star Mahershala Ali discusses being Muslim in Trump's America and Jeff Daniels discusses his struggle to stay sober.

The TV show



Following Amazon's adaptation of the Philip K Dick novel The Man in the High Castle, the BBC brings another 'what if' caper in which the Nazis have won the war. This time, it's the British under the bootheel, with Winston Churchill off to the gallows and King George in the Tower of London. Sam Riley plays a detective called to investigate a suspicious death, and Kate Bosworth co-stars as an American reporter. Sunday, 9pm, BBC One

The box set

Van Helsing

A sort of Walking Dead with fangs, this series doubles as a surprisingly serious meditation on what happens when society falls apart. It is the brainchild of Neil LaBute, the misanthropic 90s filmmaker. Kelly Overton plays the heroine, who wakes up in hospital to discover vampires have conquered the world while humanity barely hangs on. Available now on Netflix.

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