Monday 23 April 2018

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Holliday Grainger
Holliday Grainger
Lisa Hannigan
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out?

Rebel with a cause

Ryan Adams

A mercurial and occasionally self-destructive talent, Adams has gradually matured into one of alternative rock's singular voices. His latest album, Prisoner, is a wrenching dissection of the unravelling of his marriage to actress Mandy Moore - though it isn't, alas, quite as much fun as the track-by-track cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 released 14 months previously.

Olympia, Dublin, Monday, Tuesday.

Worth its wet in gold

Sounds From A Safe Harbour

Lisa Hannigan

Overseen by The National's Bryce Dessner, the multi-venue Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival returns from a year off. Bon Iver and Dessner's band perform over the weekend, but the festival begins with a collaboration between Lisa Hannigan (above), the RTE Symphony Orchestra and The National's Aaron Dessner.

Cork Opera House, Thursday.

Theatrical for the troops

Dublin Fringe Festival

The quirky side of the capital's theatre scene is let loose as this three-week celebration of the obscure and the experimental gets underway. Venues include conventional theatres and even a Luas stop, while subjects covered range from the GAA in Irish society to Tolkien-style fantasy.

From Saturday.

Staying in?

The Radio Programme

The Brigadier

The strange-but-true story of a Cootehill Co Cavan 'big house' landlord who gave chase to Rommel in North Africa before throwing his lot in with the pre-Troubles IRA. He also found time to strike up a friendship with Ernest Hemingway.

RTE One, Saturday 1pm.

The TV Show

Strike: The Silkworm

With the first BBC adaptation of JK Rowling's Cormoran Strike novels deemed a success, the broadcaster plunges on with book two. A famous author vanishes and grumpy detective Strike (Tom Burke) and frustrated assistant Robin (Holliday Grainger, main photo above) are drawn into the mystery.

BBC One, Sunday 9pm.

The box set

Marc Maron: Too Real

As podcast host Maron has interviewed everyone from Robin Williams to Barack Obama, his stand-up is an acquired taste. Subjects covered include life in Donald Trump's reality and the stress of parking at major outdoor rock concerts.

Netflix now.

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