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Thursday 26 April 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
Sarah Jarosz
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out?

The headbangers' ball

Black Sabbath

The original full metal warriors hit the road for an epic farewell tour. Sabbath in their later years have been overshadowed by frontman Ozzy Osbourne's second career as reality television pratfaller. But expect them to burn out rather than fade away during their last ever Dublin show. Tonight, 3Arena, Dublin.

The bodhrán identity

TradFest Temple Bar

Sarah Jarosz

The annual folk festival returns with a typically eclectic line-up. Featuring Texas newcomer Sarah Jarosz (above, Wednesday, St Werburgh's Church), iconic hippy-era act Fairport Convention (Thursday, St Patrick's Cathedral) and firebrand bard Billy Bragg (Friday, St Patrick's Cathedral). From Wednesday, various venues, Dublin.

The offer you can't refuse


Second only to The Godfather in the pantheon of gangster movies, the Scorsese classic returns for a limited run. Now 27 years on, the film has lost none of its dark sparkle with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta as small-time hoodlums trying to make it big. Today, Light House Cinema, Dublin.

Staying in?

The app

The Adventures of Tintin

Spielberg's 2011 Tintin adaptation was a nightmare trip to the uncanny valley but now fans of Hergé's masterful comics can wash away icky memories of the movie with the original books released in special iOS editions packed with bonus features. Available for iPad and iPhone.

The TV show



Season six of the cult CIA series arrives as the real life intelligence service finds itself in the crossfire between Donald Trump and his critics. After several limp years, Claire Danes is back to her twitchy best as troubled agent Carrie Mathison. Tuesday, 9.30pm, RTE Two.

The box set

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket's gleefully ghoulish children's books were ill served by a Jim Carrey-starring 2004 movie. With Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) fully on board as contributing script-writer, this eight-part Netflix caper will erase memories of that travesty. Neil Patrick Harris is horribly good as Count Olaf, wicked guardian of the orphaned Baudelaire children. Available on Netflix now.

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