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.
County To Country
Zac Brown Band (Friday), Brad Paisley (Saturday) and Reba McEntire (Sunday) top the bill as this blockbuster celebration of mainstream country music returns to the capital.
Friday to Sunday, 3Arena, Dublin
The indie gig
Chan Marshall is a fascinating figure before you even consider her music. She has battled mental illness, worked as a high fashion model and advanced the position of women in alternative rock. On stage she is sometimes erratic but always arresting, with a voice as dark and sweet as molasses and songs that leave a chill. Thursday, Vicar Street, Dublin
David Bowie Is
It's more than a year since Bowie's death and for many, the sense of loss continues. There is another opportunity to bask in his fractured genius with a rare screening of a documentary focusing on the 2013 Bowie retrospective at London's V&A Museum. Sunday, 3pm, Light House Cinema, Dublin
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
The interior life of America's most revered president is explored through magic realism in the first novel by acclaimed short-story writer Saunders. Three years before the American Civil War, Lincoln lost his beloved 11-year-old son Willie. Saunders chronicles the stoic politician's grief from the perspective of the dead sharing the graveyard with his child, with results both heartbreaking and mordantly funny.
The TV show
The finale of a psychological thriller that doubles as biting commentary on society's treatment of working mothers. Ellen (Morven Christie) is a high-achieving architect fearful her career will be derailed after she becomes pregnant. Can no one else see her replacement Paula (Vicky McLure) is dangerously unhinged?
Tuesday, 9pm, BBC One
The box set
Love, Season 2
This scatalogical opposites-attract rom-com was a sleeper hit last year. It's back, with Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust (who also wrote the script) reprising their roles as an unlikely couple navigating modern Los Angeles.
Available now on Netflix