Critics Guide to Going Out: 7 Days & Nights
Q If you really hate Mondays, Slayer can help channel that rage with graphic death and dismemberment lyrics, on everything from war to the horrors of hell. They play the first of two nights in the Academy tonight.
Q Music and literary fans are in for a double helping of wonderful when musician PJ Harvey discusses her music and life with novelist Anne Enright at the brand new Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas, not to be confused with the Hay festival coming to Meath later this month. Running all weekend in this special location, other highlights today include Dorothy Cross, Ben Okri, Liam O Maonlai and Peter Murphy.
Friday, june 7
Q A band isn't a band these days unless they're returning from a several-year hiatus, and joining the fray are Picturehouse, who are launching their first album since 2002, Evolution, with a gig tonight in Vicar Street.
Q If you'd rather be scared silly than in stitches laughing, this is just the thing for you. Shadowskin, a production featuring puppets, animation and live music, sounds like it's sweetness and light, but be warned, it's not for the faint-hearted. Two performers explore what it means to be a fairy tale hero and a fairy tale villain, using dance, clowning techniques and live story-telling. If 'clowning' techniques don't make you nervous, then get down to Siteation (12 Little Britain Street, off both Capel Street and Bolton Street, Dublin 7)
Saturday, June 8
Q If you're looking for the sounds of the French Caribbean, heading to Dingle to see a band from Cork might not be your first thought. But a new group called Pitak has emerged from Leeside and they are playing Creole (Gwoka) Soul music from Guadeloupe tonight, kicking off their Ireland tour at An Conair Bar, Spa Road, Dingle, Co Kerry.
Q Inspired by Arthur Miller's classic Death of a Salesman, Death of the Tradesmen is written by two Dublin northsiders, Shaun Dunne and Lauren Larkin, and examines what's become of a generation of men who were told they would never get a job if they didn't have a trade, only to be swept away by the collapse of the property industry. Catch it at Draíocht, Blanchardstown.
Sunday, June 9
Q Gearoid Farrelly is a comedian who in 2012 went from a weekly comedy spot providing clueless soap updates on the 98fm Morning Crew Show to supporting the formidable Joan Rivers on her Irish dates. He drops in to the Ha'penny Bridge Inn tonight, as part of the Capital Comedy Club series.
Monday, June 10
Q Peter Duffy is a one-man show performing The Great Hunger, Patrick Kavanagh's classic poem on the life and struggles of the small farmer in 1930s Ireland at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum.
Tuesday, June 11
Q KBC Great Music in Irish Houses is Ireland's longest-running chamber music festival which opens tonight with a performance of the Apollon Musagète Quartet in Killruddery House at 8pm.
Q A few days after he left power in 1969, Charles de Gaulle took a private journey to Ireland to reflect. De Gaulle: A Quiet Holiday – A Photographic Exhibition on De Gaulle's visit to Ireland in 1969, at European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, shows original photographs from the Kennelly Archive of De Gaulle's visit. Like snooping through someone's holiday photos, but with a more interesting subject.
Wednesday, June 12
Q Following a triumphant West End season, Mike Leigh's classic comedy Abigail's Party is coming to The Gaiety Theatre and promises comedy, drama and tragedy. It stars Hannah Waterman (or Laura Beale in EastEnders).
Q The Everyman Theatre in Cork will host some rip-roaring comedy in It's the Real McCoy. Set in rural Ireland in the mid-1960s, it focuses on the life of 68-year-old Madge Mulloy, who has spent over 40 years in despair following the unexplained disappearance of her husband. It may not sound like comedy gold but we're promised laughs aplenty.
Thursday, June 13
Q Peter Morgan's new play The Audience is being screened live via satellite to the IFI this evening, so if you're a Helen Mirren fan, this is a great chance to see her Olivier-Award winning performance without the cost of flights. She's returning to her role as Queen Elizabeth II, in a series of pivotal meetings with Downing Street incumbents.
Q Angela Hewitt will be delighting audiences on the piano at The National Concert Hall as part of the KBC Great Music in Irish Houses festival. Tickets from €15.