Culture vulture: What not to miss this week
Whether you are staying in or going out, we pick the events not to miss this week.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The elder-statesman of crotch-cradling funk rock bring new album 'The Getaway' to Dublin. Their days of performing wearing only strategically placed socks are long behind them - but the Californians are still exhibitionists where it counts. 3Arena, Dublin, Tuesday, Wednesday
The sad farewell
These cult Dublin/Wicklow instrumental rockers have decided to call it quits after nearly a decade. Following tensions during the recording of third LP 'Valuables' they concluded it was better to break-up and remain friends than soldier on until a permanent falling out. Their farewell concert is sure to be emotive. Vicar Street, Dublin, Sunday.
What better way to celebrate the season than by tucking into this Bruce Willis romp about a put-upon cop whose Christmas is ruined when Alan Rickman and his posse of Euro-terrorists hijack a tower block. All together now: "Yippie-kay-yay m***********!" Light House Dublin, Saturday, 10.45pm
Catalyst: A Rogue One novel by James Luceno
Wait... what... you HAVEN'T seen 'Rogue One' yet? Make sure you do as it is the most accomplished 'Star Wars' movie since 'Empire' (with the bonus of no Ewoks/Jar Jar Binks/ Harrison Ford-on-autopilot as distraction). Afterwards, fill yourself in on the backstory, with this companion novel detailing the history of heroine Jyn Erso.
The video game
Super Mario Run
The most famous moustached plumber in video games debuts on mainstream mobile platforms, with 'Super Mario Run' coming this week on both iOS and Android. Think of it as a pre-Christmas treat for yourself (you totally deserve it).
The box set
A new Netflix series arrives in a swirl of mystery. From regular collaborators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, speculation is that 'The OA' will fill the 'Stranger Things'-size void in your life. A young woman (Marling) reappears years after her disappearance, with her eyesight mysteriously restored. Cue 'Twilight Zone' music, shivers etc.