Critics Guide to Going Out: 7 Days & nights
The hilarious, affable and insanely clever Caitlin Moran is at the National Concert Hall tonight for an 'In Conversation' show – yup, another one – as part of the Dublin Writers Festival.
Their force-of-nature frontwoman Lydia Des Dolles may have left the band – but Sweet Jane rock on determinedly. They play The Loft venue in Grand Social tonight.
Friday, May 17
A Hijacking is released today, a tense Danish drama from Tobias Lindholm set on board a craft that's been boarded by Somali pirates. And tonight in the IFI, some real-life victims of piracy, as well as maritime experts and security gurus, have a panel discussion about the dark side of the seafaring world.
What the Body Does Not Remember premiered in 1987 and rewrote the rulebook for contemporary dance. The work conceived by Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez can be seen at the Abbey tonight.
Saturday, May 18
Dublin may be playing host to its literary and dance festivals at the moment, but everyone knows the real culture vultures will be spending tonight glued to the telly, as the cream of European songwriting is showcased live from Malmo. Can Ireland get back to winning ways? Can Sweden retain their title? Will Jedward make a surprise, unauthorised appearance before being tackled to the ground by security? Miss this and miss out.
Sunday, May 19
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman will run at Cork's Everyman Theatre until next Saturday, depicting the tragic story of ageing salesman Willy Loman. A play that just gets better each time you see it.
Guth Gafa will be paying a visit to the tiny village of Malin, Co Donegal, this year – and the weekend festival will go out with a bang today, featuring a workshop in human rights filmmaking, a debate on place chaired by Colm O'Gorman, and, of course, some top-notch documentary films. Well worth the long drive.
Monday, May 20
Dan Brown might not be everyone's cup of literary tea (whatever that is), but you can't deny his success and his ability to spin a gripping page-turner. The man who gave us The Da Vinci Code will be at the National Concert Hall tonight to talk about his new novel, as part of the Dublin Writers Festival.
Loud and long, messy and spectacular, Baz Lurhmann's bells-and-whistles adaptation of the delicately ambivalent The Great Gatsby is far from subtle, and gets a good deal wrong. But it does manage to convey a sense of the essence of F Scott Fitzgerald's story, and Leonardo DiCaprio is wonderful as the enigmatic protagonist. It's New York in the 1920s, and Tobey Maguire plays an ambitious war veteran who enters the orbit of a mysterious millionaire called Jay Gatsby when he moves to Long Island. Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton co-star.
Tuesday, May 21
Jean Butler's back in town for the Dublin Dance Festival with her new show. The former Riverdance star balances her traditional past with her experimental future in hurry – and the show finishes its run tonight at the Project Arts Centre. So, um, hurry.
From one festival to another, and could you ask for a better on-stage lineup than John Banville, Roddy Doyle and Anne Enright? The three will join forces on stage at the Axis, Ballymun, tonight for The Ballymun Booker: an evening of readings and conversation. The festival organisers deserve some serious pats on the back for this year's stellar setup – find out more on the website.
Wednesday, May 22
It's unlikely that there's a single Tommy Tiernan fan left in this country who has yet to see the Navan man in the flesh. But for an alternative slant on the live experience, he's 'In Conversation' with Michael Harding tonight at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
Sean Lock, best known as the bone-dry wit from Eight Out of Ten Cats – no, not Jimmy Carr, the other one – plays the Olympia tonight.
Thursday, May 23
What is the body chemistry that drives us to take risks? Neuroscientist John Coates – who led a study that drew links between testosterone and risk-taking, quelle surprise – will give a talk at the Science Gallery tonight as part of the RISK series, addressing this intriguing question.