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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

David Bowie
David Bowie
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Ed Power

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

Going out

The headbangers' ball

Avenged Sevenfold

How better to kick off 2016 than by rocking out to this brain-frying 'prog metal' outfit. New album 'The Stage' has been deemed the Californians' smartest yet. They transcend heavy rock completely on droning stand-out 'Exist'. It clocks in at 16 minutes on record - heavens knows how far they'll stretch it out on stage. Saturday, 3Arena, Dublin

The nostalgia blast

David Bowie Festival

Last year's inaugural Bowie festival acquired a retrospective poignancy with the death of the singer at age 69 announced literally the day after curtains fell. This time, the event will serve as both celebration and wake. Sunday night sees a performance by esteemed cover band Rebel Rebel.

Friday to Sunday, Vicar Street, Dublin

The classical treat

The Bartok Project Number 4

RTE's Contempo Quartet heads to Cork for a performance of Hungarian composer Bela Bartok's fourth quartet. The event will also mark the debut of a new piece by Cork composer Linda Buckley. Thursday, Triskel, Cork

Staying in

The book

'Alexander Hamilton' by Ron Chernow

Hit Broadway musical 'Hamilton' became a lightning rod for anti-Trump sentiment when the multi-racial cast politely confronted Vice-President elect Mike Pence at the end of a performance. Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired to write the hip-hop opera about the American Founding Father after reading Chernow's biography. The book is finally published this side of the Atlantic.

The box set


Amazon Prime Video's library is surprisingly bare, with many shows unavailable in Ireland due to rights restrictions. But the studio's original content is worthwhile, with this Billy Bob Thornton fronted legal drama gaining admiring reviews.

The TV show


'Mad Max: Fury Road' star Tom Hardy promises to reinvent the Victorian romp with this dark and, as per the title, taboo-shattering melodrama. Hardy stars as an adventurer returning to Blighty from colonial Africa and keen on revenge.

Saturday, 9.15pm, BBC One

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