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.
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
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
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
The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney
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
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
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