Tuesday 12 December 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Life Festival
Life Festival
Imelda May
Bryan Cranston
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out?

What dreams May come

Imelda May

Imelda May

It's all change for the Liberties rockabilly icon who has ditched her trademark quiff and on her latest album unflinchingly wrestles with the end of her marriage. Expect tears, laughter and salty Dublin wit as she kicks off her new tour. Monday to Wednesday, BGE Theatre, Dublin

Feel the beats

Life Festival

Life Festival

The annual electronic music festival returns to Westmeath this weekend and it's a strong line-up with sets from Rudimental, Get Down Edits, Duke Dumont and Bjarki. Other acts to catch are Irish DJs Sunil Sharpe and Maedbh O'Connor, as well as techno legend Ricardo Villalobos.

Friday to Sunday, Belvedere House, Mullingar

Getting Whiggy With It

Afghan Whigs

Grunge hero Greg Dulli has put his 90s band the Afghan Whigs back together and released arguably their finest album yet, In Spades. A thrilling, torrid reminder rock is far from dead, with Dulli's soulful voice receiving top billing. Sunday, Academy, Dublin

Staying in?

The podcast

Fire Talk With Me

Twin Peaks has returned - but can anyone understand what's happening (again)? Don't worry - the internet is here to lead you by the hand. There has been a proliferation of Twin Peaks podcasts recently - this long-running series, however, is one of the best and will be invaluable in helping disentangle David Lynch's eerie dream logic.

The TV show

All The Way

Bryan Cranston

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston puts in a bravura turn as hard-punching American president Lyndon B Johnson in a gripping drama that focuses on Johnson's troubled relationship with civil rights activist Martin Luther King. 10.40pm, Monday, Sky Atlantic

The box set

House of Cards

Frank Underwood is back - but is there a danger TV's most notorious fictional president might be overshadowed by the real-life occupant of the White House? The returning Netflix smash contains plenty of winks and nudges towards ongoing Washington turmoil. Netflix, from Tuesday.

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