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Thursday 19 April 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
Ruth Negga in 'Preacher'
Pet Shop Boys at Exit
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out

The gig

Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst

Tortured troubadour Oberst has been putting out roiling acoustic pop since his teens. Now in his late 30s, he will debut material from soulful new LP, Ruminations. Given that he wrote searing anti-George W Bush anthem 'When The President Talks to God' you can take it the Nebraska native will have a few choice thoughts on the current Commander-in-Chief. Sunday, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin

The folk-fest


Hazy folk-pop from all-sister Portland, Oregon trio. A heartbreaking second album, I'm Alone, No You're Not, was released last year to acclaim. In concert, expect the stormy emoting to be ratcheted to gale-force levels.

Tonight, Whelan's, Dublin

The play

Autumn Royal

Short-story writer and novelist Kevin Barry has been feted in the New Yorker and compared to everyone from James Joyce to fantasy scribe China Miéville. Now he branches into theatre, with his new production arriving in Dublin from an acclaimed run at Cork's Everyman. It's a claustrophobic piece about a grown-up brother and sister caring for their aged father. From Tuesday, Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Staying in?

The podcast

In Pod We Trust

With the Trump presidency veering from farcical to terrifying, three former Barack Obama speech-writers offer their perspectives in this witty, and occasionally despairing, new podcast.

The box set


Ruth Negga in 'Preacher'

Everyone is gaga for Ruth Negga at the moment - but before basking in the glow of her Oscar nomination for Loving, the Limerick actress was earning raves for her turn as an unhinged side-kick in this Southern Gothic comic book adaptation. The gore is icky - yet Negga dominates every scene she's in. Now available on Amazon Prime

The TV show

EMI: The Inside Story

Pet Shop Boys at Exit

Pet Shop Boys, above, Pink Floyd and Sex Pistols are among the interviewees in this look back at one of rock's most storied labels, which brought the world The Beatles and played a key part in the rise of punk. It all ended in tears with EMI sold off and split up several years ago. But this is a fitting memorial to the glory days. Tonight, 10pm, BBC4.

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