Seven days and nights - November 29 to December 5
Seven days and nights of the best entertainment around the country
Friday November 29
Wicked The Broadway musical opened at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Wednesday and continues its run until mid January. Tickets are selling like hot cakes, and this is a not-to-be-missed treat for the eyes and ears. www.ticketmaster.ie
* One of the Irish success stories of the year, Little Green Cars have spent the year gallivanting around the globe with slots at Coachella and Jimmy Fallon's TV show. The upshot is that we haven't seen too much of them on home turf this year. But fear not, they're playing the Roisin Dubh tonight. www.roisindubh.net
* We Cut Corners are a lot like lightsabers -- composed entirely of pure energy, and absolutely deadly. They play The Workmans Club tonight.
* Pat Shortt seems to spend so much time showcasing his versatility these days that it would be easy to forget that he's the chap who once formed a half of D'Unbelievables and sang songs about breakfast rolls. You can catch up with him in his one-man show, I Am The Band, tonight at Vicar Street. www.vicarstreet.ie
Saturday November 30
* Behind all the bizarre lyrics and general hilarity, it's worth remembering that Electric Six are more than capable of cracking out absolutely killer tunes. They bring their riff-driven rock to The Academy tonight.
* The phenomenal touring production of Wicked has landed! Telling the untold stories of the Witches of Oz, the show has written itself into musical history during its short 10-year lifespan, picking up more than 90 awards along the way. It's running in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre until January 18. www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
* Probably the finest thing ever to have come out of Britain's Got Talent -- sorry Susan Boyle, Paul Potts and all the dancing dogs -- Diversity are a dance troupe who operate with all the precision and discipline of a very advanced collection of robots. They're at The O2 tonight. www.theo2.ie
Sunday December 1
* We're fast approaching the end of 2013, meaning that the curtain will soon be falling on 1913 Lockout commemorations. So while you still can, make the most of this national retrospective -- and check out The Risen People, which brings to life the people behind the movement via song, movement and words. Written by James Plunkett -- author of the brilliant Strumpet City -- it runs at The Abbey until February.
Monday December 2
* Remember The View? The Dundee indie kids bore the sound of the noughties so heavily that it's hard to imagine them even functioning in this decade, but alas they're still going strong. You can see them in the Roisin Dubh tonight. www.roisindubh.net
* Speaking of bands that belonged to a specific decade, 1990s stalwarts Barenaked Ladies will be at The Academy tonight. Quirky, fun and melodic -- sure what else would ye be doing of a Monday?
Tuesday December 3
* Anyone who went to Longitude this year will have come away with two things: sunburn, and a newfound appreciation for London Grammar. The trip-hop trio made a huge splash over the course of 2013, with debut album If You Wait bound to make an appearance on several end-of-year lists. www.theacademydublin.com
Wednesday December 4
* Seriously, if Ocean Colour Scene keep visiting Ireland with this frequency, they're going to have to start paying their taxes here. The Mancs are back in The Olympia tonight, bringing their hugely enjoyable back catalogue with them.www.olympia.ie
Thursday December 5
Q It's official: there's no justice in the world. None. After years of writing some of the best pop music the country has heard in the recent past, Fred have decided to call it a day. The Corkonians will play a series of goodbye gigs around the country. Tonight, they bid farewell to the capital with a show in Whelan's.
* On the flipside to that, Fight Like Apes are a band of limited songwriting means who have built a tremendous following through even more tremendous performances. Tonight, 'MayKay' and the gang will be rocking Galway in the Roisin Dubh.
* The folks at The Liquor Rooms are putting together a spectacular night to celebrate Repeal Day on December 5. There'll be amazing '20s inspired cocktails and great DJs.
Film of the Week
Saving Mr. Banks
The genesis of Mary Poppins is entertainingly dramatised in this comic drama from John Lee Hancock. Emma Thompson plays PL Travers, the crusty Australian children's author who for 20 years has resisted Walt Disney's attempts to buy the rights of her classic story.