Arts Vibe

Damien Dempsey predicts it’s all good at the moment

Though he may have a sixth sense, Michelle Cooney finds musician Damien Dempsey is still very present to his loyal fans

Often hailed as a working-class hero, he is being celebrated in the more literal sense after saving a drowning man. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Protest singer Kahn is in tune with ‘the working man’

Si Kahn says his music career began as a hobby. He is also a union activist.

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Crain’s creativity is rooted in her culture

Ed Power talks to American songwriter Samantha Crain about her work This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - Cat Power

Olympia, Dublin This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - O Emperor/ Ger Wolfe

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The Tuesday Poem

And The Candles Burn - Wasps v Humans

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Lostprophets members: Watkins said he was innocent

MOST musicians who’ve been in big bands, launching a new project, will only talk about how excited they are to be moving forward, how their new music has put them back in touch with what first excited them about music. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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5 Things to do this week

1|music|BUNNY WAILER

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Travelling with a purpose to areas of conflict

Tim Butcher’s tells Juno McEnroe about his journeys to destinations that are laden with historical significance

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Cork-bork actor Conor Lovett is acclaimed for his work on Samuel Beckett's plays, but  has taken a break from the Irish playwright for this show.

Beckett specialist turns his hand to other roles

Conor Lovett is performing a work by a contemporary American playwright for his new show, writes Colette Sheridan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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A sneak peek of Will Sliney's work on the upcoming Spider-Man 2099

Grand designs pay off as Irish artist becomes leading light at Marvel

Lines drawn from Marvel’s new Spider-Man and cartoons of Seamus Coleman intersect at the son of a Ballycotton trawlerman. Don O’Mahony talks to Will Sliney. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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And when did you last see Blake Morrison?

Writer Blake Morrison, best known for the award-winning memoir, And When Did You Last See Your Father — it was adapted into a film starring Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth — will read at the West Cork Literary Festival, which begins on Sunday.

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Ham Sandwich now earn a crust

Ham Sandwich have come from small beginnings to being in big demand for live performances including Electric Picnic and as support to Pixies and Arcade Fire. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - Arcade Fire

Marlay Park, Dublin This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Live music - Jack White

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Short story has a happy ending

BARBARA Leahy always wanted to write. But the 39-year-old insurance administrator from Ballinlough in Cork city didn’t know where to start.

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Thrills, spills and bellyaches

BROADCASTER Andy Kershaw was first contracted to write his memoirs in 1991.

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Theatre: Aristocrats

Abbey Theatre, Dublin

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Live music: Midlake

Cyprus Avenue, Cork

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Live music: Paul Weller

Royal Hospital Kilmainham This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scene and heard: Hozier gearing up for new album release

New album and gigs lined up in Glastonbury, Dublin and Mitchelstown- This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Cillian Muphy happier on stage than chasing stardom

He has made it big in film and on TV but Cillian Murphy is happier on stage than chasing stardom. Now he’s set to return to where it all began, writes Alan O’Riordan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Malian desert music group Tinariwen have been embraced by Western rock.

Malian desert music group Tinariwen embraced by Western rock

The interfaces of Islamic and Western culture are many, but when Tinariwen guitarist Abdallah Ag Lamida was abducted by Islamist rebels in Mali in 2012, it was a potential watershed. The plentiful al-Qaida African affiliates seemed to be saying western music is satanic.

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Guitarist Pierre Bensusan has collaborated with luthier George Lowden for 40 years.

Guitarist celebrates 40th anniversary with world tour

Often described as ‘a guitarist’s guitarist’, Pierre Bensusan is celebrating his 40th-anniversary world tour this year. Also celebrating 40 years is Irish luthier, George Lowden, of Lowden Guitars. The two have a long working relationship.

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Irishman Peter Delaney's 'Showdown' was one of the winners  in the  Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Prizewinning pic from Irish photographer featured in top wildlife shots

Peter Delaney tells Richard Fitzpatrick about his prizewinning picture in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Fire Show
Inferno
Elizabeth Fort, Cork

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Beth Tyrrell with her sons Ali (7) and Malachy (3) McKeever.

Short story: The Oyster Catchers

Beth Tyrell is the 2014 winner of RTÉ’s Francis MacManus Short Story Competition. Read her winning entry here.

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Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Brown in Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie, the upcoming film version of the hit  TV show.

O’Carroll has d’last laugh

The Mrs Brown creator tells Jeananne Craig about bringing his hit TV show to the big screen.

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Short films tackling big issues

The winner of the ICCL Human Rights Short Film Awards will be announced this Thursday following a gala screening of the six shortlisted films in the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin. The jury includes director Lenny Abrahamson (Adam and Paul, Frank) and playwright Conor McPherson.

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Dark play keeps it in the family

A darkly comic tale of abandoned psychiatric patients will be a visceral experience for audiences, says Enter Juliet writer Ronan Fitzgibbon of Broken Crow Theatre Company.

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Theatre: Der Vampyr, Everyman, Cork

The opening performance of Der Vampyr was late at night and the auditorium was transformed into a broodingly mysterious forest. The audience was riveted by the action, which was melodramatic and fast-moving.

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Will Sliney's cover for Cork comic book anthology I'm Awake, I'm Alive

A new golden age of comics as Irish talent attracts global recognition

A group of Cork-based comic book artists have released their first anthology in the midst of what is being describd as a new golden age of comics, writes Don O’Mahony.

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Donna Coogan

The Tuesday Poem: The Theatre Garden

By July, their sandaled feet
are tanned with zebra stripes.

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Gavin Hogg

Hogg in the limelight as ’Alchemical’ exhibition comes to Triskel

Alchemy and transformation lie at the heart of Gavin Hogg’s work, writes Orlagh Ní Arrachtáin.

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Midlake

5 Things to do this week

1|theatre|ARISTOCRATS
Tonight: Cathy Belton and Bosco Hogan star in this production of a Brian Friel play that originally debuted in 1979.
GO: €13–€45. Until August 2.

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Picture from Facebook page of Cork City Arts Office

Bus shelter provokes new possibilities

GIVEN its tendency to be thought about and practiced in different ways, and experienced in a sometimes sporadic and incidental way, one might reasonably pose the question where it is that architecture is thought to begin and end, and exactly whom is it thought that it ‘belongs’ to?

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Wake-up call for a nation

Impac winner Juan Gabriel Vasquez on how the slaying of soccer star Andres Escobar marked a tipping point, writes Alan O’Riordan

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Comedy review: Lords of Strut

Half Moon Theatre, Cork

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Waterford celebrates a big birthday this weekend

Waterford city will be buzzing this weekend as it takes a step back in time to celebrate its 1,100th birthday with a comprehensive programme of cultural activities, especially for young people.

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Bianco scaling the heights with unusual circus

Circus sets Limerick up for a summer of fun

Art and acrobatics ensure the Capital of Culture programme has offerings for all tastes, writes Tina Darb O’Sullivan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Theatre: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Olympia, Dublin
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The Lords of Strut bring their new show home to Cork

Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally of The Lords of Strut perform at the Half Moon as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Comic biography of a true rebel with Cork roots

While the name of Margaret Sanger is largely unfamiliar on this side of the Atlantic, this daughter of Irish emigrants became one of the leading birth control activists in the United States and founded the Planned Parenthood movement. Her fascinating, event-filled life has recently been brought to life in the graphic biography Woman Rebel, a title taken from one of her pamphlets.

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Literature: Immrama festival

Lismore, Co Waterford

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Exhibition pioneering art of Irish women

Exhibition shows how female artists were often more innovative, writes Colette Sheridan This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Tuesday Poem: July Sky

Under a north window
as the comet tailed
across the July sky,
our mother lay dying.

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Cian Daly...

Going over to the dark side with Der Vampyr

Michael Barker-Caven hopes to draw new audiences with a production of Der Vampyr, his take on a rarely-seen German opera, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Kurt Cobain's Nirvana were one of the acts to grace Sir Henry's.

Comment: Sir Henrys is part of our history

THERE is a great quote from Niall Tóibín that I recently stumbled across in an old 1980 BBC radio documentary about Cork city and its inhabitants, called As Others See Us.

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Nun Attax members Keith O'Connell, Giordaí Ua Laoighre, Philip O'Connell, Donnelly and Ricky Dineen. Picture: Ciarán Ó Tuama

Recalling the great nights of Cork’s Arcadia

The Arcadia in Cork provided the focus for a thriving music scene. Des O’Driscoll recalls tales of great nights, an emerging U2 and the towering figure of Donnelly. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scene and Heard: Coronas for Live at the Marquee tonight

MARQUEE REPORT: Over the next week performers at Live at the Marquee in Cork include the Coronas (tonight), Nathan Carter (Sunday), Bob Dylan (Monday) and Tom Jones (Thursday). This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The Beatles

Show brings back the sweet sounds of the Beatles

Let It Be, an international touring show that celebrates the music of the Beatles, is very much an occasion of nostalgia for the Swinging Sixties. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Cork Opera House

Live music review: Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté

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Il Divo

Il Divo: Putting the pop in opera

As Il Divo prepare for their Cork gig, Sébastien Izambard tells Jo Kerrigan his rags to riches tale. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Anne Marie Gibbons and Claudia Boyle are among the cast of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Olympia.Pictures:  Kip Carroll

Brecht and Weill’s Rise and Fall in the fair city

Brecht-Weill’s rarely-seen opera is a stirring take on consumer excess, writes Padraic Killeen.

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Live music: The Eagles
O2, Dublin

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Casey keeps the home fires burning at Cork Summer Show

Paddy Casey is torn. The chart-topping singer-songwriter has written his next album and is ready to go to the studio. However, his former record label, Sony, plans to release a Casey ‘Best Of’. Should he put out the new record and potentially be in competition with himself? It’s a tough one. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak: The band formed in Baltimore, a town with a high crime rate and a booming arts scene.

When the romance dies, the music still goes on for Baltimore-born Wye Oak

Wye Oak’s Andy Stack speaks in a low, reflective murmur. "We sort of burnt ourselves out touring our last album," he says. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Victoria Kennefick

The Tuesday Poem

Beached Whale - Victoria Kennefick

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 Among the international acts at this year's Music in Great Irish Houses festival are the  Apollon Musagete Quartet who will play in Castletown House, Co Kildare;  inset, the festival's artistic director Ciara Higgins.

Chamber music instrumental to city’s vibrancy

Great Music in Irish Houses fills a gap in the capital’s cultural life, writes Alan O’Riordan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Myles Breen, writer of The Bachelor of Kilkish, gets his hair cut by lead actor Brendan Conroy. Picture: Keith Wiseman

Gay barber living on the fringes of Kilkish

A new arrival to a small town awakens a closeted 65-year-old, writes Colette Sheridan.

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Rigoberta Menchu

Putting human rights on the screen

"Our history is a living history, that has throbbed, withstood and survived many centuries of sacrifice… The peoples of Guatemala will mobilise and will be aware of their strength in building up a worthy future."

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Country music’s new star Carter

As the Marquee kicks off tonight in Cork, Nathan Carter tells Ed Power he’s looking forward to his gig at the venue. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Manchán Magan says he feels at home in America, India and Africa as in Ireland

Tales from Lismore’s Immrama festival

War reporter Tim Butcher and Irish nomad Manchán Magan are among those telling their tales at the Immrama festival in Lismore, writes Orlagh Ní Arrachtáin

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Echoes of Lolita in Harrower’s play

Mephisto bring their production of David Harrower’s controversial play Blackbird to Cork Arts Theatre next week. The play was also a hit at last year’s Galway Theatre Festival.

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Cork musician Carolyn Goodwin performs in the live-music drama 'Dumbstruck', about a scientist searching for a whale.

Whale drama at the right pitch

Whale song, the rush of waves and the buzz of a 1960s pirate radio station define the live-music drama, Dumbstruck, which opens at Cork’s Half Moon Theatre on Tuesday. Produced by Bristol-based Fine Chisel, the show, which combines narrative and live music, won the Fringe First Award at last year’s Edinburgh Festival.

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Ken Drew's 'The Cost of Fruiting' is part of a sculpture trail in the grounds of Blarney Castle.

Set in stone in grounds of Blarney Castle

There’s more to Blarney Castle than kissing the famous stone. The 100-acre gardens have been home to large sculptures since 2012. ‘Sculpture at the Castle’ is one of the largest outdoor sculpture trails in Ireland. This year, it will be launched by the director of the Crawford Art Gallery, Peter Murray, on June 13.

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Will and Guillaume Cousson, of 'Inferno', launching the programme for the 2014 Cork Midsummer Festival

Cork Midsummer Festival is a seasonal treat on Leeside

Cork Midsummer Festival is going back to its roots as an umbrella for the city’s thriving arts scene, says Colette Sheridan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Brian Morrissey with Debbie O'Brien and Emma Foolkes from Pulses of Tradition.

Pulses of Tradition tapping into a living heritage at Triskel

Pulses of Tradition is back at Triskel Christchurch for the summer, writes Jo Kerrigan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Camille O'Sullivan as Lucrece in the RSC's stage adaptation of Shakespeare's narrative poem 'The Rape of Lucrece'.

Baring her soul for the Bard - The Rape of Lucrece an ’intense’ experience

Camille O’Sullivan tells Jo Kerrigan about the intense experience of ’The Rape of Lucrece’. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Tuesday Poem: Plums

Plums

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Singer Tori Amos finding refuge and inspiration in Cork

For Tori Amos, spending time in Co Cork has provided both refuge and inspiration, writes Ed Power. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Writer Richard Skinner says of French composer Erik Satie, who was born in 1866 and died in 1925: "He couldn't really cope with the demands of living in society, and he didn't obey the laws of society that most of us obey."

Real-life composer inspires purgatorial novella

Richard Skinner tells Richard Fitzpatrick why the weird and wonderful ways of the real-life Erik Satie provided such great material for his new novella

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Warpaint hit Dublin this weekend for Forbidden Fruit Festival

THERESA Wayman’s voice softens to a whisper. "I don’t want to talk about it," says Warpaint’s guitarist. "It was upsetting."

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Album: Jack White
Lazaretto This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Laura Murphy: The admission fee to A Dance Concerto is two cans of fruit or beans, all of which will then be donated to Cork Penny Dinners.

A dinner dance with a difference at Cork’s Midsummer Festival

Choreographer Laura Murphy is planning something very new and different for this year’s Cork Midsummer Festival.

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Theatre Royal Waterford

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Opera: The Invader
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 Novelist and songwriter Willy Vlautin begins an Irish tour in Cork on Monday with his new band the Delines.

Vlautin keeps on writing between Delines

Willy Vlautin has been busy of late. His fourth novel The Free was recently published by Faber & Faber, to widespread critical acclaim.

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Lisa Dowdall, on viola;

Dowdall family in harmony at Lismore Music Festival

Violinist Aoife will lead her sisters Jenny and Lisa, and father William, in the orchestra at Lismore Music Festival, says Nicki ffrench Davis.

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Jon Kenny plays politician and property developer PJ Foley in Mag Mell, a satire of materialism and greed.

Kenny stars in tale of puppetry, politics and greed

MAG MELL, a play that encompasses traditional Irish music, dance and puppetry, stars Jon Kenny as politician/property developer PJ Foley.

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The Tuesday Poem

All-Ireland Sundays
Louis Mulcahy

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Author Luke Harding discussed the pertinent issue of whistle-blowing at this year's Dublin Writers Festival.

Capital fare is poetry in motion at Dublin Writers Fest

Dublin Writers Festival hit the right note with an engaging programme, says Orlagh Ní Arrachtain. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Louise Doughty, who describes herself as the go-to writer when stories about Roma people break, is at Listowel Writers' Week.

A Doughty ambition to be a writer

The author of Whatever You Love worked dead-end jobs for years prior to success, says Colette Sheridan.

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Five things to do this week

1|cinema|A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Days of brave music at Jimmy’s Hall

I FIRST heard of Jimmy Gralton in the early 1980s when his surname was used as the title for a short-lived socialist magazine. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 George Wendt, who is synonymous with beer-swilling, sports-loving Americana, as he demonstrated in Cheers. Picture: Getty Images

Nineteen years on American funnyman Wendt returns to Kilkenny

George Wendt returns to the Kilkenny’s Cat Laughs event 19 years after his first appearance, writes Richard Fitzpatrick. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Scene and Heard: Countdown to live at the marquee

GIG WISE: The countdown has begun for Live at the Marquee in Cork, with young whippersnapper Cliff Richard kicking it all off on Monday, June 9, followed by the equally youthful Dolly Parton (June 12). This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Ken Loach

The incredible story of Jimmy Gralton’s dancehall hits the silver screen

Ken Loach and Paul Laverty tell Padraic Killeen about the incredible story of Jimmy Gralton and how his dancehall became a source of conflict with conservative forces. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Street artist Fin Dac wows Cork with stunning murals

Cork artist Fin Dac is building quite a reputation with his impressive murals, writes Marc O’Sullivan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Bantry band The Calvinists: Memories, music and life lived to the full

Sometimes opportunities appear from the most unexpected places. And sometimes they can vanish as quickly. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Theatre Review: After Sarah Miles

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Theatre Review: She Stoops to Conquer

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2ManyDJs headline Forbidden Fruit Festival this June

Stephen Dewaele didn’t set out to change dance music. It just happened. As one half of electro duo 2ManyDJs (the other half is brother David), he was among the first deck-spinners to headline rock festivals. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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 Joanna Hogg: Her films will be screened as part of Triskel anniversary celebrations.

Triskel celebrates three years in Christchurch

Celebrating three years since Christchurch was opened as part of the Triskel’s expansion and reinvention, a number of free events will take place at the Cork venue on May 22. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Jazz album: Bruce Barth
Daybreak (Savant Records)

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Tonnes of fun as Singin’ in the Rain comes to Dublin

A production of Singin’ in the Rain drops 12 tonnes of water on the stage each night, writes Tina Darb O’Sullivan. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Steve Coogan will  attend the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in Schull.

Schull’s film festival is the reel deal for celebs

While the French Riviera gets on with its enormous film festival, a smaller event is taking place on a palm-tree-fringed West Cork coastal village.

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 In Dun Laoghaire, Gandini Juggling will entertain with apples and breakable crockery at the Pavilion Theatre.

Juggling the lot at Dublin Dance Festival’s tenth anniversary

The Dublin Dance Festival celebrates its 10th year in style, Jo Kerrigan reports. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Prints by 19th century English artist Samuel Palmer, below, which have been borrowed from the collection of Corkman Edward Twohig.

Palmer’s masterful brilliance on show in Visible Poetry

19th century artist Samuel Palmer’s entire prints form a new show, Visible Poetry, says Orlagh Ní Arrachtáin.

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Afric McGlinchey

The Tuesday Poem: The Solace of Milk

The Solace of Milk

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Welsh soprano Ruby Hughes specialises in early music

Bantry’s variations on a theme at chamber music fest

Bantry’s chamber music festival has all combinations: string and brass soloists, pianists, and even a quintet,says Declan Townsend. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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A graceless biopic derided at Cannes

ONE only has to go back to 2012 to find a Nicole Kidman vehicle that elicited gasps among the critics at Cannes. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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