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Music, cinema, theatre and dance highlights for the week ahead

PICK OF THE WEEK

Other Voices Derry

The great and good of music descend on Derry this weekend, but The Gloaming are top of our list

www.othervoices.ie

Friday February 7

* You may know Hermitage Green from the Second Captains TV show on RTÉ, where their bluesy stylings were as much a part of the furniture as the raggedy sofas and retro wallpaper on the set. You can catch them in Galway's Róisín Dubh tonight. www.roisindubh.net

* Down in Cork, Paddy's former guitarist Declan O'Rourke is gracing the stage at De Barras in Clonakilty. The sultry-voiced singer-songwriter can weave a phenomenal tune, and he sounds as good as he writes.

www.debarra.ie

* Other Voices is back in Derry for the weekend, opening the three-date affair with all the big names – Foy Vance, The Frames' Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Public Service Broadcasting and Bell X1. Other names to look out for at The Glassworks include Walking On Cars, Little Matador and the excellent George Ezra – and if you can't make it there, don't forget it's all streamed online.

www.othervoices.ie

Saturday February 8

* We're not going to call Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros one-hit wonders – but you can bet that the vast bulk of the crowd at the Olympia tonight and tomorrow will be there primarily to hear Home. And why not? Cracking tune, so it is.

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* On the other side of the river, you can indulge and imbibe at the Food and Craft Beer Festival, which takes place in the Convention Centre Dublin. With an admission cost of €15 (including four drinks) and a set from the eternal trooper himself Paddy Casey, it's as good a place as any to spend a weekend. www.olympia.ie

* Fancy feeling horribly inadequate, or like you haven't done anything with your life? Then make things even worse with a trek down to the Festival of Youth Orchestras, which runs this weekend at the National Concert Hall. www.nch.ie

Sunday February 9

* Little Comets make the sort of good old-fashioned indie rock that's every bit as Northern English as pints of bitter and miners' strikes. They haven't released an album in two years, which is a shame, but they're at The Academy tonight.

www.theacademydublin.com

Monday February 10

* There's something a bit era-defining about Rudimental's material; when we reminisce upon this era in years to come, it's tunes like Feel The Love and Waiting All Night that we're going to identify as this generation's answer to Rhythm Is A Dancer. So if you fancy getting your zeitgeist on, you can catch them tonight at the Olympia.www.olympia.ie

* For something a little bit more low-key, and slightly more timeless, check out London-based rockers The Boxer Rebellion at Whelan's.

www.whelanslive.com

Tuesday February 11

* If you were planning to go and see The Virgins tonight in Dublin's Academy 2, you might want to make other plans ��� the band split and cancelled their European tour last November. Instead, may we suggest the New Music Night in Whelan's, with the promising Whitetrash and the Spear-Headed Sparrow Hawks. www.whelanslive.com

* Don't you just hate it when you doze off, wake up, and find yourself in the year 2000? We're pretty sure that's what's happened – it's the only possible explanation for why Limp Bizkit are playing the Olympia tonight. If you haven't checked out their stuff then ask your friend via MSN Messenger to burn you a copy.

www.olympia.ie

Wednesday February 12

* Sive is an attractive young woman who lives with her aunt and uncle in 1950s Kerry – they see her as an awful burden, until a local matchmaker tries to tie her up in a lucrative marriage with an elderly local farmer. John B Keane's debut uncovers the culture of greed and social obsession that permeated 20th-century Ireland, and runs at The Abbey until April. (NB: Not to be confused with 5ive.) www.abbeytheatre.ie

* Moving into the 21st century, and Jezebel tells the tale of a young couple who try to jazz up their sex life with a threesome. As our generation knows from watching Friends, that approach tends to end in hilarity and disaster – and you can catch it tonight at Cork's Half Moon Theatre.

* Yes, it's already time for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. It kicks off tonight with a gala screening of Calvary at the Savoy – John Michael McDonagh's follow-up to The Guard, featuring Brendan Gleeson as a priest who finds himself in mortal danger, and a cast list that reads like a who's who of Irish acting. www.jdiff.com

* If you want more low-key, get along to one of the many events for the Cork Spring Poetry Festival, featuring established names such as Dermot Bolger alongside a wide selection of emerging talents. It kicks off today, and is in a few venues, cafés and hotels across Cork city.

www.corkpoetryfest.net

FILM OF THE WEEK

Dallas Buyers Club

Jean-Marc Vallée's moving drama based on a true story stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a 1980s Texan rodeo rider who's diagnosed with HIV and given just months to live. Refusing to take his death sentence lying down, Ron quickly realises that the AZT treatment he's being offered in Texas is useless, and travels to Mexico to smuggle in a prohibited new drug. The film is funnier than it sounds, and McConaughey is terrific.

 

CLUB SCENE by Eamon Sweeney

FARLEY ‘JACKMASTER’ FUNK

The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2, tonight (€10/€12)

Veteran Chicago house music legend Farley Jackmaster Funk has been involved in the music since before a lot of us were born. Farley is joined by hip youngster Pablo and company from the Fatty Fatty crew.

SIMON PATTERSON

The Academy, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1, tonight (€15)

Born in Belfast and based in London, Patterson started off as an A&R man before being snapped up by Seb Fontaine and championed by Judge Jules. The Academy is a very intimate venue for a DJ of his stature.

PSYCHEMAGIK/BILLY SCURRY

The Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, tomorrow (€11)

The UK duo who are noted for their astonishing production work are joined by legendary Dublin scene stalwart and Coppinger Row chef Billy Scurry.

EVOLUTION DNB

Cyprus Avenue, Caroline Street, Cork, tonight (€5)

Cork's finest drum 'n' bass night opens its 2014 account with Mike Fate, Komplex Therapy and Romeo Butcher stuffing bass in your face. Evolution will return for another monthly installment on March 7 with a massive headliner.

Irish Independent