Sunday 17 November 2019

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top wow the crowds
Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top wow the crowds
Elizabeth Moss in The Handmaiden's Tale
TJ Miller

Ed Power

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

Going out?

The beard and wonderful

ZZ Top

Heavy rock icons ZZ Top bring their rollicking riffs and unsurpassed facial hair to Dublin for a rare Irish concert. The Texans will blend riff-heavy smashes such as 'Gimme Me All Your Lovin' with covers of musical heroes Elvis, Hendrix and Merle Travis. 3Arena, Dublin tonight.

The laugh fest

Vodafone Comedy Festival

TJ Miller

Bucolic Iveagh Gardens serves as the backdrop for this three-day stand-up extravaganza, with headliners including former Silicon Valley actor TJ Miller (right) - appearing in his capacity as "nihilistic" comedian - and cult New York gag-spinner Colin Quinn. Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, until Sunday.

The moppet show


The beloved Broadway musical is treated to a spirited revival with newcomers Lasairfhíona de Brún and Faye Herlihy sharing the role of the flame-haired New York orphan dreaming of a better life in the darkest days of the Depression. Cork Opera House, until August 20.

Staying in?

The radio show

007, The Irish Connection

Irish producer Kevin McClory was instrumental in bringing James Bond to the screen - and in establishing the spy's swaggering, playful persona. So why has his legacy been overlooked, even by 007 fanatics? Saturday, RTE Radio One, 1pm.

The TV show

The Handmaid's Tale

Elizabeth Moss in The Handmaiden's Tale

It's been an excoriating ride but, finally, Hulu's acclaimed adaptation of the Margaret Atwood dystopian novel concludes its dazzling first season. Reproductive slave Offred (Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, below) dreams of freedom and of reuniting with her daughter and husband - but in the bible-thumping Kingdom of Gilead, it's mostly nightmares that come through. Joseph Fiennes is reliably creepy as Offred's master, Commander Waterford. Sunday, Channel 4,10pm.

The box set

The Last Tycoon

Mad Men meets F Scott Fitzgerald in Amazon Prime's big new costume drama. It's 1936 and, with the Depression ongoing, Hollywood producer Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer) must keep the show on the road while negotiating a complicated personal life. Dublin actress Dominique McElligott (House Of Cards) pops up as the love interest, with Fraser's Kelsey Grammer as Stahr's demanding boss. Amazon Prime from today.

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