Sunday 17 December 2017

Culture vulture

What not to miss this week

The gig

Jamie T

Splicing ska, funk, hip-hop and heavy metal, Jamie T can't be accused of taking the obvious route. However far-fetched, his mish-mash of influences has proved deeply popular, with fourth LP 'Trick' debuting at number three in the UK (here, alas, it stiffed at 100). Olympia, Dublin, Tuesday.

The concert

Aliens Live

James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi splatter masterpiece with live accompaniment from the RTE Concert Orchestra. With more quotable one-liners than you can shake an M41A Pulse Rifle at, plus the ultimate Hollywood monster in the form of the alien queen. If you want to get deep, 'Aliens' is also a profound meditation on motherhood. Friday, Saturday, BGE Theatre, Dublin.


Cork Comedy Festival

Eleanor Tiernan, Jason Byrne and Sean Hughes are among the headliners at Cork's first comedy fest. Events take place across the city, at venues such as the Imperial Hotel, The Everyman, The Roundy and Cork Opera House. Friday to Sunday.

The book

'Born To Run' by Bruce Springsteen

Never a chap for half measures, Springsteen's autobiography promises to be an engine-revving tour de force in which he chronicles his struggles with depression, his difficult relationship with his father and the conflict he experienced as he progressed to global superstar. Published Thursday.

The TV show

Donald Trump v Hillary Clinton Presidential Debate

Clinton and Trump square off in their first White House smackdown, predicted to be the most watched event in human history. Will Donald's head explode? Will Hillary act like an actual human being? Ready your Nespresso and stay up for the 1.45 am kick-off. Channel 4, Tuesday.

The boxed set


Mumblecore director Joe Swanberg brings his low-fidelity sensibility to Netflix with a woozy look at love and loss among millennials in modern Chicago. It's an affecting small screen rom-com, minus the romance and comedy but with endless 20-something ennui and an engaging cameo from Orlando "please stop calling me Legolas" Bloom. Now streaming on

- Ed Power

Irish Independent

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