Friday 18 January 2019

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week


Julien Baker
Julien Baker
Dr Dre

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Ed Power has the lowdown on all the cultural treats in store this week...

The movie: Wes Anderson retrospective

Ahead of the release of Isle Of Dogs, the Palas cinema is showing the director's early films over consecutive evenings. Rushmore (1998) plays tonight ending with The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).

Until Thursday, Palas Galway

The gig: Julien Baker / Belle and Sebastian

A double-bill featuring 22-year-old Memphis singer Baker, whose Turn Out the Lights was one of last year's stark joys, and Belle and Sebastian, the perennial alternative underdogs, who continue to win you over with their wallflower angst.

Monday, Tuesday, Vicar Street, Dublin

The musical: Mamma Mia!

The Abba-riffic juggernaut fetches up in the mid-west for two performances by Expressive Arts stage school.

Saturday, Sunday, University Concert Hall, Limerick

The podcast: Empire On Blood

Yet another true-crime podcast, Empire Of Blood tells the story of Calvin 'Cal' Buari, a drug dealer who presided over a notorious Brooklyn intersection dubbed the 'corner of blood', but was convicted of a double murder he didn't commit.

Available from Wednesday

The TV show: Mountain: Life at the Extreme

The first of a new three-part series looking at life among the earth's great mountain ranges. The action begins in North America's Rockies, as we meet the animals that have adapted to this harsh environment and the humans that somehow eke out a living there. As ever with BBC factual programming, the camera work is sumptuous, the vistas haunting.

Tuesday, 7pm, BBC Two

The box set: The Defiant Ones

Netflix has secured the rights to this four-part documentary chronicling the unlikely rise of record industry moguls Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, who would together make the Beats brand one of the most inescapable in music. Dre grew up amid the gang warfare and police violence of Compton, Los Angeles, while Iovine's father was a Long Island docks worker. With contributions from Eminem, Bruce Springsteen and, inevitably, Bono.

Available now on Netflix

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