Monday 18 June 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Duran Duran
Duran Duran
Tori Amos
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out?

Croon with a view

Tori Amos

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Tori Amos

Cult confessional songwriter kicks off her European tour with dates in Cork and Dublin. The Lee-side gig, in particular, will feel like a homecoming for Amos, who maintains a home at nearby Kinsale. She will play catalogue favourites as well as material from new LP, 'Native Invader'. Cork Opera House, Wednesday; BGE Theatre, Thursday

Fest in show

Electric Picnic

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Duran Duran

Ireland's biggest music festival returns, with headliners Duran Duran (left, Sunday), the xx (tonight) and a Tribe Called Quest (Saturday). Interpol, The Pretenders, Elbow and Pete Tong are among the other performers. Plus the traditional spoken word areas, hippy trails and smaller music arenas. Stradbally Hall, Laois, today until Sunday

The irony brew

Pet Shop Boys

Music's supreme eyebrow archers give two super-rare non-festival performances. With unsurpassable hits stretching back to the Eighties and a flair for visually stunning shows, it promises to be an evening that is both supremely tongue-in-cheek, yet also brimming with heartbreaking pop. BGE Theatre, Dublin, Tuesday & Wednesday

Staying in?

The radio show

Pisusuuq, The One Who Walks

Irish teacher Mick Mallon has devoted his life to working with the Inuit natives of Canada's Arctic region. Aged 83, he now lives among the Inuit, having married into the community and mastered the notoriously difficult language. His remarkable story is chronicled by documentary maker Janna Graham. RTE One, tomorrow (Saturday), 1pm

The box set

Narcos, season three

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With Pablo Escobar dead, the hit drugs caper turns its focus to the slick Cali Cartel - dubbed 'Cocaine Inc' by Time magazine. Pedro Pascal (right) is back as a US Drug Enforcement Administration operative trying to win the war on drugs more or less on his own. Netflix, from today

The TV show

Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling

The concluding episode of the addictive adaptation of JK Rowling's first Cormoran Strike crime novel (published, hush, hush, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith). BBC One, Sunday, 9pm

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