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.
The Headbanger's Ball
New Wave of British Heavy Metal pioneers bring their cheesy mosh-pit anthems and inflatable skeletal mascots to town - possibly via an aeroplane flown by qualified pilot lead singer Bruce Dickinson.
Saturday, 3Arena, Dublin
In Bob We Trust
Grumpy troubadour turned Nobel laureate continues his world tour. Buckle up for classic anthems re-purposed for the 75-year-old's sandpaper croon, plus forays into his recent collection of pre-rock and roll standards, Triplicate. On recent dates he's been covering torch-songs made famous by Sinatra and others, alongside staples such as 'Blowin' in the Wind'.
Thursday, 3Arena, Dublin
Madge for It
With a biopic of Madonna's early years in New York reportedly in the works, it's the perfect moment for her early inspiration and collaborator John 'Jellybean' Benitez to make his Irish debut. A classic set of New York disco is promised as Studio 54 comes to the Liffey.
Tonight, Voodoo Lounge, Dublin
Movie podcasts are legion - but here's one with a difference. In the Cinemile, husband-and-wife film buffs Dave and Cathy Corkery, both from Cork, discuss a film they've just seen walking back to their home in London. The novel approach has paid off, with the couple's show named best new podcast at this week's British Podcast Awards.
The TV show
With the Trump White House clamping down on illicit immigration to the United States, this documentary looks at the plight of Irish people in America illegally.
Monday, 9.35pm, RTÉ One
The box set
The thoroughly loopy sci-fi fandango from the Wachowski siblings returns for a second season. Eight strangers with a spooky psychological connection must work together to resist the nefarious government forces intent on wiping them out.
Available on Netflix from today