Sunday 19 November 2017

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What not to miss this week

The gig

Jean-Michel Jarre

Synth-pop pioneer Jarre raised eyebrows recently when roping whistle-blower Edward Snowden in as musical collaborator. But for fans it's melancholic classics such as 'Oxygène (Part IV)' and 'Equinox, Pt 5' that make this concert a must-see. 3Arena, Dublin, Monday

The lol

Andrew Maxwell

The Dublin stand-up is arguably an acquired taste, with a discursive style more reliant on rambling wit than cast-iron zingers. Yet he offers canny perspectives on Irish life and brings his new show, 'Yo Contraire', back to the old country after an acclaimed Edinburgh run. Cork Opera House, Thursday

The DJ set

David Holmes

A five-hour DJ set at an art gallery is a unique way to kick off the weekend. DJ and movie composer Holmes has promised "a roundabout selection of the cinematic from ambient, new wave and independent circles". Intriguing - and hopefully not as creepy as his recent soundtrack contributions to the BBC serial killer drama 'The Fall'. RHA Gallery, Dublin, tonight, from 6.30pm

The book

Holding by Graham Norton

Chat-show kingpin Norton goes back to his native West Cork for this surprisingly straight-laced portrayal of small-town life. Norton has an effective, unfussy style and avoids the toe-curling Oirish-isms that too often bedevil novels set in rural Ireland.

The TV show

Westworld

Episode one of HBO's new sci-fi epic achieved 'Game of Thrones'-scale ratings but it's in its second hour that the Western-cyberpunk crossover truly achieves lift-off as we accompany a wide-eyed tourist on his first visit to this Disneyland for sociopaths. Sky Atlantic, Tuesday, 9pm

The boxset

The Siege of Jadotville

After a limited cinema release, Richie Smyth's retelling of the epic 1961 stand-off between Irish UN peacekeepers and Congo mercenaries arrives on Netflix. Jamie Dornan musters a decent Kerry accent as Commandant Pat Quinlan, and if Jadotville feels a bit "TV movie" in its clunky opening scenes, once the bullets start flying it is gripping. Netflix from today

- Ed Power

Irish Independent

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