Monday 16 July 2018

Culture vulture - What not to miss this week

 

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Ed Power

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The musical - Flashdance

Catch one of the final performances of the stage adaptation of the hit 80s movie. The story is as old as time itself: a big-haired welder dreams of lighting up the stage as a dancer - but then along comes a bad romance to complicate her ambitions.

BGE Theatre, Dublin, Friday, Saturday

The gig - The National, Energia Park, Dublin

Misery loves company - hence The National's ability to pack this south Dublin rugby ground over two nights (and on a weekend when Liam Gallagher, Taylor Swift and Flight Of The Conchords are also in Dublin). Last year's Sleep Well Beast album by Matt Berninger and Co was extraordinary.

Energia Park, Dublin, Saturday, Sunday

The Festival - Cork Midsummer Festival

Fed up of the W***d C*p already? If you live in Cork, solace is at hand with the annual Midsummer Festival. Highlights include the première of the stage adaptation of Louise O'Neill's Asking For It, a pop-up club hosted inside a shipping container at Emmet Place.

From today, corkmidsummer.com

The podcast - Keep It

At last - some top-drawer snark to enliven your jog/commute/house-work blitz. From Roseanne's tweets to controversial Netflix documentaries, host Ira Madison gets stuck into pop culture ephemera we'd all be better without.

The TV show - Managing England: The Impossible Job

Even if you couldn't tell a wing-back from a wing-nut, you'll enjoy this rumination on the toughest job in sport featuring ex-bosses such as Sven Goran Eriksson.

BBC Two, Sunday 9pm

The box set - Queer Eye, Season Two

The original Queer Eye For The Straight Guy was a well-intentioned but stereotype-perpetuating celebration of gay identity. Fifteen years later, Netflix's reboot recaptures the fun of the 2003 version, even as it paints a more complex portrait of what it is to be gay in modern America. As the cast say, this isn't a makeover show - it's a make-better show.

Netflix from today

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