Thursday 19 April 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Gary Barlow
Gary Barlow
Jake Clemons on saxophone Photo: Steve Humphreys
Master of None
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out?

The bangers are all here

Ellen Allien

The founder of esteemed Berlin electronica label BPitch Control returns to Dublin for an evening of relentless anthems that splice insistent grooves and sugar-spun melodies. Worth staying out late for.

Saturday, Opium Rooms, Dublin

This warble coil

Take That

And then there were three. Downsized "man band" continue to fight the good fight as they bring their Wonderland tour to the comparatively intimate 3Arena. Their big shows featured elephants, robots and Robbie Williams suspended by zipwire - this, however, will be a rather more sedate affair.

Monday, Tuesday, 3Arena, Dublin

Sax and the city

Jake Clemons

Jake Clemons on saxophone Photo: Steve Humphreys

Springsteen sideman Clemons became a key part of the E Street Band upon inheriting the sax player role from his late uncle Clarence. He's also a well regarded solo artist and is in Ireland touring his soul-bearing Fear and Love album.

Friday, Dolan's, Limerick; Saturday, Cyprus Avenue, Cork

Staying in?

The podcast

Alice Isn't Dead

America's eerie underbelly is revisited by the team behind the award-winning Welcome to Nightvale. A truck driver heads out on the lonesome highway in search of the wife he believed deceased but who may still be alive.

The box set

Master of None

Aziz Ansari's Woody Allen-esque comedy was a surprise smash for Netflix in 2015. Now the comedian returns for a second season, which begins with his fictional alias Dev mooching about Italy still coping with his early onset mid-life crisis. The gags are rarely fall down funny - but the whimsical humour has a way of growing on you.

Available now on Netflix

The TV Show


Some of us are still fuming over EastEnders' mid 90s visit to Ireland, in which the locals were portrayed as donkey-loving peasants. This spin-off series will attempt to repair the damage with Albert Square regulars Kat and Alfie journeying to the fictional Waterford town of Redwater and stumbling upon a deep, dark mystery.

Sunday, 9.30pm, RTÉ One

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