Sunday 21 January 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
The Trip to Spain
Better Call Saul
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out?

Back on the Crain gang

Samantha Crain

Confessional strummer Crain has won a cult following with her anguished acoustic rock. Private pain is interwoven with pointed cultural commentary, with discrimination against fellow members of the Choctaw nation - a theme running through the Oklahoma native's work. Sunday, Cyprus Avenue, Cork

The ginger takes it all

Ed Sheeran

The rules of rock and roll have been rewritten with humble lad next door Sheeran now commanding a bigger audience than any number of guitar-toting outlaws and bad boys. Opinions divide sharply on his safe, strummy music - but with two nights at the country's largest indoor venue selling out in a heartbeat, who can argue with his popularity? Wednesday and Thursday, 3Arena, Dublin

The geek inherit the earth

King Kong

The biggest boardgaming convention in the sunny south east returns for two days of geeky derring-do, including Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons and Warmachine. Hosted by Black Cat Games. Saturday and Sunday, Ormonde Hotel Leisure Club, Kilkenny

Staying in?

The podcast


Serial season one was podcasting's break-out moment. However, year two was a letdown of True Detective 2.0 proportions. Now the team behind the one 'cast to rule them all have rebooted with this surreal dive into deepest Alabama. If you didn't catch it last week, the seven episodes are all available for your immediate binging pleasure.

The TV show

The Trip To Spain

The Trip to Spain

Moochy muckers Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan reunite for another sight-seeing trip/nihilistic rumination on middle age. This time they're touring the restaurants of coastal Spain, starting at Getaria in the Basque country. Tuesday, 11.20pm, Sky Atlantic

The box set

Better Call Saul, season three

Better Call Saul

The often zany Breaking Bad prequel veers into darker territory as luckless lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) connects with several underworld figures who will become recurring villains in its sibling series, most notably fast-food impresario/drugs kingpin Gus Fring. New episodes every Tuesday, Netflix

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