Scene + Heard

MUSIC NEWS: Hozier’s latest video, for ‘Someone New’ off his debut album, features Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer. 

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Poet Paul Durcan uses poetry to criticise but doesn’t want offend

Paul Durcan’s new poems are critical of the ills in our society, but he still doesn’t want to offend, writes Caroline O’Doherty

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New play ’Witness’ takes hard look at life

WRITER and director, Carmel Winters, does not shy away from difficult subjects. 

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A Question of Taste: Stevie G

STEVIE ‘G’ Grainger is a DJ on Red FM in Cork, and releases music on his Soul Jamz label. He’s bringing his Vinyl Love night to the Odessa in Dublin on March 22 in aid of marriage equality.

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Open your ears and your mind to new music says composer David Lang

US composer David Lang presents a festival of new music this weekend. Don’t get bogged down in genres, he advises Alan O’Riordan

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This Cork music school is still rocking after 25 years

STUDENTS of the music, management and sound course at Cork city’s Colaiste Stiofáin Naofa (CSN) are a little starry-eyed with dreams of becoming rock stars. 

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Kevin Spacey shares the acting secrets behind House of Cards

Kevin Spacey tells Ed Power we shouldn’t be in such a rush to judge his House of Cards character

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There is great power to Julianne Moore’s impressive dementia role in Still Alice

THE mantelpiece in actress Julianne Moore’s home must be pretty crowded. She has won 20 awards for her performance in Still Alice, as a woman diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease

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Theatre review: The Pillowman

Town Hall Theatre, Galway

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This unconventional Irish band is a Choice Music Prize favourite

The Gloaming may not be a conventional band, but they could win the Choice Music Prize, writes Ed Power

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Marty Whelan is bringing out a CD of his favourite tunes

The Lyric FM presenter has gathered some of his favourite tunes for a new album, writes Ed Power

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Tuesday Poem: It’s Our Dance

Brendan Cleary was born in Carrickfergus and now lives in Brighton. He has published eight collections of poetry and is editor of the journal The Echo Room.

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Illustrator Tomi Ungerer says Ireland is the best place to live

Tomi Ungerer shares his views on the Nazis, sex and the Charlie Hebdo killings with Richard Fitzpatrick

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Madonna reassurs fans after falling for one of her dancers

MADONNA has reassured fans following her tumble at the Brit Awards. She fell down a small flight of stairs as she performed, when one of her dancer’s matador horns caught in her long, flowing cape and pulled her off balance.

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Five things to do this week

Five things to do from the world of arts, film and culture this week.

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Angels rise again with stories from beyond the grave in Cork

The beautiful work of a famous Youghal glassworks is on display at an exhibition at the Crawford in Cork, writes Ellie O’Byrne

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Movie reviews: Focus, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Catch Me Daddy

Focus ***
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ***
Catch Me Daddy ****

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What to watch on TV this week

Keelin Shanley returns with a new series of The Consumer Show on RTÉ One, Wednesday.

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Children’s books

The Dawn Chorus
written and illustrated by Suzanne Barton
(Bloomsbury; €8.80) 

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