Saturday 16 December 2017

Culture vulture: What not to miss this week

Meltybrains? will perform at IMMA Summer Party
Meltybrains? will perform at IMMA Summer Party
Taking a break from slashing his enemies: Cillian Murphy.
Ed Power

Ed Power

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

Going out

The gig: Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

Crooner Wainwright indulges himself slightly on his new collection of Shakespeare sonnets set to music. But with a back catalogue brimming with heartbreaking ballads, he's surely entitled to chase his muse now and again.

National Concert Hall, Dublin, Wednesday

The festival: IMMA Summer Party

Cillian Murphy described Dragons' Den as "unbelievably bizarre" but "really compelling"

'Peaky Blinders' actor Cillian Murphy takes a break from slashing enemies with his flat-cap of death to - hipster alert -  curate an evening of music at the modern art museum in Kilmainham. Eccentric piano-man Hauschka headlines while David Kitt's fantastic New Jackson side project will play a DJ set.

Imma, Dublin, Saturday

The event: West Cork Literary Festival

The small festival with the big heart, this year's event welcomes such literary goliaths as Zadie Smith, Gloria Steinem and Louis de Bernières for a week of readings and public interviews. What better excuse for a trek into gorgeous West Cork.

Bantry, from Sunday

Staying in

The TV show: The Secret Agent

The clammy fingers of the surveillance state are everywhere in a new adaptation of the classic Joseph Conrad novel. This tale of Russian secret agents, anarchist terrorists and ruthless British spies may take place in Victorian London, but the modern resonances are clear. Toby Jones, Vicky McClure and Ian Hart star. BBC One, Sunday, 9pm

The book: The Muse, Jessie Burton

Burton's 2014 debut 'The Miniaturist' was a critical and commercial smash.The follow-up swaps 17th-century Amsterdam for 60s London and pre-Civil War Spain and weaves a complex tale of art forgery and overweening ambition. One of the summer's smarter page-turners.

The box-set: Stranger Things, Netflix

Steven Spielberg meets Stephen King, with a dash of 'The X-Files' for good measure in this major new series from Netflix. Winona Ryder puts in one of her best performances as a small town mom whose child is abducted by mysterious forces in the early 80s. Nostalgia and terror come together in a heady cocktail.

- Ed Power

Irish Independent

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