Thursday 12 December 2019

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Kendrick Lamar, Wednesday, 3Arena, Dublin. Photo: Getty Images
Kendrick Lamar, Wednesday, 3Arena, Dublin. Photo: Getty Images

Ed Power

The movie - Mountains May Depart

Zhangke Jia's acclaimed survey of life in modern China as told through the experiences of Shen Tao (Tao Zhao) through three time periods: 1999, 2014, 2025.

Friday to Monday, Triskel Christchurch, Cork

The gig - Kendrick Lamar

When Bono and The Edge joined Los Angeles rapper Lamar on stage at the Grammys there was little doubt as to who was the superstar and who was basking in the reflected glory. By turns poetic and splenetic, Lamar's hip-hop fuses the genre's disparate traditions of protest and populism, with searing results. The Dublin gig promises to be extra special as it marks the opening night of the European leg of his Damn album tour.

Wednesday, 3Arena, Dublin

The lol - Foil, Arms and Hog

Having found an international audience through their wry YouTube postings, the comedy trio return to the stage with their new production. OinK is described as a "fast-paced sketch show featuring a collection of songs for the elderly, a baggage handler's interpretive dance and a shop that naively only sells balaclavas".

Saturday and Sunday, Vicar Street, Dublin

The podcast - West Cork

Podcasting's true-crime spree washes upon Irish shores as Audible retraces the Sophie Toscan du Plantier killing. "Humanely told and richly detailed," it promises "interviews with Sophie's family and friends, and with forensic experts, detectives who worked on the case, witnesses, locals and the prime suspect, Ian Bailey."

Available on Audible from Thursday

The TV show - Ireland's Got Talent

Louis Walsh brings the Simon Cowell reality blockbuster to Ireland, with RuPaul's Drag Race's judge Michelle Visage joining him on the panel, while Lucy Kennedy hosts.

Louis Walsh
Louis Walsh

Saturday, 7.30pm, TV3

The box set - Altered Carbon

Netflix's $70m blockbuster goes the full Blade Runner with gritty future-shock streetscapes, flying cars and translucent umbrellas. Joel Kinnaman (House Of Cards, RoboCop) plays a former revolutionary resurrected by an immortal oligarch (James Purefoy) to solve a bizarre crime.

Available now on Netflix

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