Friday 27 April 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
El Chapo
Jay Baruchel voices Hiccup in How To Train Your Dragon 2
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out?

The gloomy gig


Thom Yorke has a complicated relationship with Dublin, having been reduced to a state of catatonic guilt after being fêted like a rock star at an early gig here (inspiring the anti-celebrity anthem 'How To Disappear Completely'). Returning for the first time since 2008, the group are touring the pensive Moon-Shaped Pool LP.

Tuesday, 3Arena, Dublin

The pop showdown

Robbie Williams and Justin Bieber

It's the battle of the pop extroverts as cheeky chappie Robbie returns to the Aviva while Biebs (left) headlines the RDS. On his last visit, Williams crooned inside a huge replica of his own head - a metaphor, surely, for his singular mix of ego and insecurity. Bieber will continue to showcase his impressively mature new direction.

Saturday, Aviva Stadium and Wednesday, RDS, Dublin

The Celtic pilgrimmage

Celtic Soul

Jay Baruchel voices Hiccup in How To Train Your Dragon 2

Canadian funnyman Jay Baruchel (known for Knocked Up and How to Train Your Dragon) traces his Irish roots with the help of sports broadcaster Eoin O'Callaghan on a road-trip bromance that takes them from Montreal to Dublin and onto Glasgow to see their beloved Celtic FC in action. See celticsoul.ca/showings for details.

Saturday and Sunday, screenings in Dundrum, Swords, Gorey and Dungarvan

Staying in?

The eerie read


Dystopias are all the rage thanks to The Hunger Games and The Haidmaid's Tale. Here Jeff VanderMeer gives the cliché of an authoritarian future a Joycean twist, imagining a post-apocalyptic society ruled by a giant flying bear, with results by turns wacky and chilling.

The box set

El Chapo

El Chapo

The success of Netflix's drug cartel caper Narcos caught even the streaming giant by surprise. In what feels like a spiritual sequel, its new drama traces the rise of Mexican king-pin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, with Marco de la O (pictured) as the drug lord.

Available on Netflix now

The documentary

Too Old For The Road

When it comes to driving safely, how old is too old? This documentary chronicles the plight of elderly rural citizens, for whom the car is often their only means of transport.

Monday, 9.35pm, RTÉ One

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