Music, cinema, theatre and dance highlights for the week ahead
PICK OF THE WEEK
Cuban Fury, in cinemas now
For the night that's in it, this is one rom com that is more uplifting and funny than saccharine and sweet, with the added bonus of watching Chris O'Dowd and Nick Frost attempt to salsa.
Friday February 14
You know what every girl wants for Valentine's Day, right? That's correct - a tribute band! The Doors Alive aren't just any old covers act, mind; they give off more Morrison magic than even Val Kilmer himself. The best Doors experience you can get without dying, or catching a nasty fever and hallucinating.
* On the other hand, if you're a total sap then Jack L will be performing Songs for Lovers as part of his Valentine Spectacular in Vicar Street. Abandon cynicism all ye who enter here ...
Saturday February 15
* Irish Pictorial Weekly is the best satirical show we've seen on these shores since Scrap Saturday – and you can catch its stars live at the Roisin Dubh tomorrow.
* Most Irish fans will know Sarah Millican primarily from panel shows and the odd talking head appearance – but listeners of BBC Radio will recognise her as perhaps the funniest female voice on the British airwaves. A scathing and brilliant observational voice, anyone who (still) believes that women can't be funny should a) move into the 21st century, and b) go see her tonight in the Olympia.
* Telling the story of a man's five-mile walk to town in pursuit of 'some business', The Man In The Woman's Shoes is an uplifting and hilarious piece that's brought to life brilliantly by the physical comedy of Mikel Murfi. You can catch it at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway tonight.
* Our favourite yin and yang-type collaboration, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip pair beat poetry with a musical background that embellishes but never distracts. They play Vicar Street tonight.
Sunday February 16
* Smokie are playing Vicar Street this Sunday night. Surely by now they must have gotten used to not living next door to Alice, but we'll find out this evening...
* If you had tickets tonight for Grouplove, you might not be aware that the band have rescheduled their Academy gig for May 26th due to Hannah's vocal surgery. The new show will coincide with their album release on May 19th.
Monday February 17
* Oh the X Factor Live tour, where hope goes to die. You can catch all the, um, stars of last year's show tonight at The O2.
Tuesday February 18
* The Overtones are just about the most annoying band in history – yes, that includes the guys who sang Heaven is a Halfpipe back in the early noughties. But if you're into their sort of twee retro stuff check them out at the Cork Opera House tonight.
* Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Teyve, a father of three girls who is struggling to keep alive Jewish tradition against a backdrop of Tsarist edicts and modernisation – and it contains some fantastic numbers. With tickets starting at just €18, you don't need to be a rich man to see this at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
Wednesday February 19
* The too-cool-for-school George Ezra is enjoying a great start to the year, following his nod on the BBC Sound of 2014 list. Last week, it was announced that he'd join the Longitude line-up this summer in Marlay Park – but catch him tonight at The Sugar Club.
* The Jameson Dublin Film Festival is in its pomp, and one of the highlights for us will be Living in a Coded Land – Pat Collins' documentary, which puts a historical context on the Celtic Tiger boom and bust and examines our fascination with the land and with the middleman. It can be seen tonight at the Lighthouse Cinema.
* You thought The Gathering was dead, didn't you? Well you were wrong. The Gathering Festival 2014 runs until February 23 in Killarney, featuring more Oirish stuff than you could shake a leprechaun at.
Thursday February 20
* She's one of the best songwriters ever to have held an acoustic guitar, and Suzanne Vega is responsible for making folk cool again for a new generation – let her steal your heart tonight at The Olympia.
* Marmite rockers The 1975 team up with Wolf Alice on Thursday for a show in the Róisín Dubh. That Chocolate tune may be irritating, but that doesn't mean it won't worm its way into your head.
* Samantha Mumba is playing The Village tonight. And there's not a whole lot we can add to that.
FILM OF THE WEEK
Spike Jonze's delightful comic drama is a love story with a difference. Phoenix stars as Theodore, a lonelywriter who is recently separated. He finds intimacy difficult and slowly falls in love with his new operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Rooney Mara co-stars.
CLUB SCENE with Eamon Sweeney
Pacino's, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, tonight (free)
Our own digital guru and blogger extraordinaire will get you in the mood for love with his expert selection of seductive tunes.
The lack of door tax means more for booze, so everyone's going to be a winner.
The Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, tonight (€12/€15)
Berlin techno and house maestro Wankelmut rose to fame thanks to his hit remix of One Day/Reckoning Song by Asaf Avidan and the Mojos. Thanks to the wonders of SoundCloud, he's become a global sensation.
Electric Garden & Theatre, Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway, tomorrow (€5/€8)
Techno specialist Tom Dicicco has been going down a storm recently in Berlin's infamous Berghain. Dicicco heads way out west on a rare trip to Ireland to get the party started in Electric.
Sweeney's Mongrel, Dame Street, Dublin 2, Wednesday (€5)
Will St Leger and the Phantom FM crew present this midweek blowout with two live bands, tonnes of top tunes, there's even a free drink for early comers.
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