Music, cinema, theatre and dance highlights for the week ahead
Pick of the week
Tommy Tiernan embarks on his world tour of Dublin this weekend, with dates in Blanchardstown and Swords.
Friday 17th January
Fun Lovin' Criminals albums may have a tendency to sound like a single song stuck on repeat but they play The Academy tonight. This is definitely one for the nostalgists and for those who can't resist a good Noo Yoik. www.theacademydublin.com
Saturday January 18
* They say January is the most depressing month of the year, and they're definitely right about that. Time for a decent dose of comedy, we reckon -- and while Jason Byrne's television persona isn't everyone's cup of tea, he's a great man to see in the flesh. Check him out tonight at Vicar Street.
* Maybe the reason January is so difficult is because we get paid early in December, spend all the money on other people (!), then find ourselves eating beans for dinner at the time of year when we most need to spoil ourselves. But never fear -- the Arts and Crafts Fair at the Roisin Dubh today will provide you with a cost-effective way to pick up some goodies for yourself, all while supporting local businesses and producers. Go on, give yourself a pat on the back. You've earned it.
* September Girls make us love noise pop. Drenched in rich harmonies and soaked in so much reverb that you might just think you're at Mass, the Dublin-based five piece bring their sweet sounds to the Pavilion in Cork tonight. We'll be keeping an eye on these girls in 2014.
* WICKEDLY GOOD
If you still — STILL — haven’t seen Wicked at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, then for the love of God, head along before it closes on Saturday. It really is that good.
Sunday January 19
* The Roaring Forties may not be the only act in Ireland to play jazz, rock and jive material in the name of retro fun -- but they're certainly one of the best in the game, pumping more energy into their shows than a sugar-pumped child. They play Cork's Crane Lane tonight. www.cranelanetheatre.ie
* We've all boasted to foreign guests and tourists about how incredible hurling is -- there's not an Irish person in existence who hasn't quoted the factoid that it's the fastest skill game in the world -- and yet very few of us know that much about the genesis of the sport. The Hair Hurling Balls exhibition, currently on display at the Museum of Country Life in Turlough Park, displays a stunning set of artifacts including sliotars and hurleys from more than 800 years ago, and is well worth a look. What a shame hurling in Mayo never quite progressed past that point, eh?
Monday January 20
* If ever you feel like you're tiring of stand-up, then cast your eyes upon Nina Conti. The ventriloquist and comedian puts on shows that are not only refreshingly different, but refreshingly excellent as well. She (and her monkey) play Cork Opera House tonight.
* Megan Nicole is going to be a household name by this time next year -- an artist who came to attention via YouTube, before being snapped up by Interscope, her career trajectory looks very much like that of a certain Canadian (retired) pop icon with a bowl haircut. She's in the Button Factory tonight, and worth a look if you fancy catching the next Katy Perry in her formative years.
Tuesday January 21
* If you're in the mood for some strummy acoustic singer-songwriter goodness, then check out Nathaniel Rateliff -- not to be confused with the Harry Potter actor -- who plays Academy 2 tonight. www.theacademydublin.com
Wednesday January 22
* City and Colour, the new project from former Alexisonfire guitarist Dallas Green, are in town tonight for a set at the Olympia. This is a more scaled down affair than the screamo stylings of Green's former outfit -- but definitely one for fans to see.
* The excellent Del Amitri play Vicar Street tonight, as part of a tour that may seem like a reunion but isn't -- because according to the Glaswegians, they never actually split up. We hear that, at the end of the show, the needle will return to the start of the song and we'll all sing along like before. Sounds like fun.
* PASS THE PEPPER
Zervas and Pepper boast earthy and raw sounds that remind us of the days when folk rock wasn’t sneered at. They play the Roisin Dubh on Wednesday, and the Sugar Club on Thursday.
Thursday January 23
* Fight Like Apes are starting to become like an Irish version of the Pixies -- we longed for their return, but didn't count on them becoming so ubiquitous that it's like they never went away. Their set in the Roisin Dubh tonight will be bolstered by support from the Boyfights. www.roisindubh.net
Film of the week
* The wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese's three-hour epic follows the vertiginous rise and spectacular fall of a Wall Street huckster. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a young man from the suburbs who arrives on Wall Street in the mid-1980s. After a couple of false starts he sets up an investment company and makes a fortune.
Club Scene: Eamon Sweeney
* Martin Mccann
Opium, Wexford Street, Dublin 2, tonight (free) The legendary Sack and current Elevens singer will be spinning a few beats and pieces tonight in Dublin's newest hotspot in the bar formerly known as the Village. Best of all, there's no cover charge.
* SUNIL SHARPE
The Pavilion, Carey's Lane, Cork, tonight (€5/€8) Irish techno hero Sunil Sharpe storms the Pavilion tonight in the company of Defekt, Jamie Behan and Jonezy. Only a fiver in if you get down early. A January bargain.
Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1, tomorrow (€10/€13) Emergence present atmospheric drum 'n' bass specialist Boddika. Expect the Bodd to spin tracks from his superb Nonplus label alongside a motley crew of fantastic residents.
The Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, tomorrow (€5/€10) Method Records have snapped up British electronica wonder kid Tourist. After an illustrious Boiler Room set, he performs this exclusive one-off live show. Early bird tickets available from Resident Advisor.