Friday 24 November 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

 

Kasabian
Kasabian
Silicon Valley
Blood Miracles
Girlboss
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out?

Strike up a Band

Levon Helm Tribute Night

The legacy of Band leader Helm is celebrated at this charity event. Patrick Bergin, Bronagh Gallagher, Gavin Glass and Square Pegs will be among those honouring this giant of American songwriting and his influence on subsequent generations.

Saturday, Sugar Club, Dublin

Up close and personal

Kasabian

One of the last great lairy rock bands, Kasabian road-test material from their forthcoming album For Crying Out Loud - as well as dusting down the odd hit - in the comparatively intimate environs of a 1,300 capacity theatre. Saturday, Olympia, Dublin

Yearn for a country Ballard

Frankie Ballard

Still pining for the Garth Brooks Croke Park residency that never happened? Here's an alternative (of sorts): Ballard is a country music chart topper who plays arenas back in the USA. In Europe, he's just starting out - so fans will get to see him in the cosy confines of Whelan's.

Sunday, Whelan's Dublin

Staying in?

The book

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

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Blood Miracles
 

The surprise winner of the Bailey's Prize for her debut novel The Glorious Heresies, McInerney returns to the scuzzy Cork drugs underworld with the long-awaited follow-up. This time, Italian gangsters are involved but even as the story jumps through multiple convolutions, the author is true to Leeside's distinctive patois.

The TV show

Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley
 

A sitcom about tech industry nerds should be the ultimate acquired taste, but as this slyly hilarious account of feuding geeks enters its fourth season, it's clear HBO and Sky Atlantic have a proper hit. Showrunner Mike Judge has been here before with his cult comedy Office Space while Silicon Valley has made a star of scruffy TJ Miller.

Monday, 10.10pm, Sky Atlantic

The box set

Girlboss

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Girlboss
 

Awkwardly, Sophia Amoruso's Nasty Gal fashion empire fell apart last November - though this is not mentioned in Netflix's sardonic yet reverential retelling of her rise from dumpster diving to corporate pin-up. With former 30 Rock writer Kay Cannon showrunning, the pace is whipsmart and the script often very funny.

Available now on Netflix

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