Monday 18 December 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Bell X1
Bell X1
Negan in The Walking Dead
Ed Power

Ed Power

Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.

Going out

The concert

Justin Bieber

Can you belieb it? Just as it seemed the floppy-haired heartthrob had left his days as an unpredictable adolescent behind, he storms off stage in Manchester, claiming fans were insufficiently respectful. Fingers crossed there is no repeat as his tour hits Ireland. 3Arena, Dublin, Tuesday, Wednesday

The festival

Cork Jazz Festival

The definition of "jazz" is pushed to its limits with a bill that includes moochy rockers Bell X1 (tomorrow), local soul boy Brian Deady (Sunday) and 70s songwriter Loudon Wainwright III (Monday). Purists aren't neglected, with the great Robert Glasper headlining the Everyman Theatre tomorrow.

The seasonal frightfest

IFI Horrorthon

What better way to mark Halloween than by having the bejasyus scared out of you at this celebration of the cinematic dark arts? Highlights include a screening this evening of French cannibal drama 'Raw', said to have audience members fainting in the aisles at the Toronto Film Festival, and a late-night double-bill of classics 'The Fly' and 'Critters'. Until Monday, Irish Film Institute, Dublin

Staying in

The book

Iron Man: The Gauntlet, Eoin Colfer

This young adult novel from the Wexford writer sees superhero Tony Stark marooned in Dublin and fazed by the locals and their sarcastic wit. As with his 'Artemis Fowl' books, Colfer is adept at bringing an anti-hero to life, while Marvel fans will enjoy seeing Iron Man negotiating an unfamiliar environment.

The TV show

The Walking Dead

Negan in The Walking Dead

The cult zombie drama made a lively return last week, with the violent deaths of more than one beloved character causing outrage on Twitter. As season seven continues, can the series move past the controversy - or do further cheap shock tactics await? Fox, Monday 9pm

The box set

Outlander Season Two

Starring County Monaghan's Caitriona Balfe, this time-travelling romp has never quite lived up to its billing as the new 'Game of Thrones'. Instead, it has proved an old-fashioned bodice-ripper, with lots of sensual heaving and cloying dialogue. But fans love the Mills & Boon with flintlock formula, and will look forward to catching up on season two.

Irish Independent

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