Friday 17 November 2017

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Lisa Hannigan
Lisa Hannigan
Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley
Ed Power

Ed Power

What not to miss this week.

The show

Saul Williams

Rapper and actor Williams has never taken the obvious route. While big league hip hop stars are bragging and swagging, Williams comes at us from leftfield. His latest album, 'MartyrLoserKing', is a case a point - it's a concept record about a hacker from Burundi who sparks an international revolution (the story is fictional, just so you know).

Thursday, Sugar Club, Dublin

The event

Interlude Festival

Obviously what Ireland desperately requires is another music festival. Yet, even in an oversubscribed market, this new (ish) event has done enough to stand apart. It takes place just off St Stephen's Green in the grounds and exhibition space of the Royal Hibernian Academy gallery. Lisa Hannigan headlines tonight; on Sunday hip hop icon Grandmaster Flash shares the bill with Dublin's Booka Brass Band.

Today-Sunday, see

The movie

Tarkovsky Season, Triskel, Cork

Andrei Tarkovsky was the Soviet Union's answer to Stanley Kubrick and, with 1972's 'Solaris', directed one of the greatest ever science fiction movies. His legacy is celebrated in a season at Triskel Christchurch, with screenings of digitally remastered versions of 'Solaris' (Sunday), 'Stalker' (Monday), 'Nostalgia' (Tuesday) and 'The Sacrifice' (Wednesday).

The TV Show

The Living and the Dead

New supernatural thriller from the BBC, starring Colin Morgan as a Victorian psychologist who discovers his crumbling family estate is infested with ghosts. Think of it as the 'Downton Abbey' Halloween special you always wanted.

BBC1, Tuesday, 9pm

The book

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

In his first English language novel, the Dutch horror writer channels the two great Stephens of late 20th-century escapism - King and Spielberg - in this tale of a New York town presided over by a vengeful witch. If you speak ill of her, she will stitch your mouth shut. We shudder to imagine what might happen were you to refuse to pay your water charges.

The box-set

Happy Valley, season one

The rural crime romp was hailed as the 'British Wire' on its debut in 2014. Sarah Lancashire is commanding as Sgt Catherine Cawood and there's a recurring role for Love/Hate's Charlie Murphy.

Season one now on Netflix

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