Scene and Heard: What's happening in the world of arts

Des O’Driscoll shares the latest entertainment news and his top tips for the week ahead

ON THE TELLY: Netflix has denied that recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey have anything to do with the announcement that House of Cards will end after its 2018 run. In fairness, the show did look like it had reached the end of its natural lifespan.

The streaming service is launching another biggie today with Alias Grace, a six-part adaptation of the novel by Margaret Atwood, the same author who did The Handmaid’s Tale.

TV options tonight include the charity version of the UK’s Gogglebox on Channel 4, with the likes of Jeremy Corbyn, Liam Gallagher, and Ozzy Osbourne giving us their opinions on shows they’re watching.

Judi Dench and Michelle Pfeiffer are on Graham Norton’s couch tonight, while St Vincent provides the music on the show.

MUSIC NEWS: U2 have announced the release of their much-delayed 14th studio album, Songs of Experience, for Dec 1. 

Meanwhile, attempts to enforce an anti-Apartheid style cultural boycott of Israel are still provoking debate in the music industry, with Nick Cave the latest artist to get stick for scheduling shows in Tel Aviv. Roger Waters, Ken Loach, and various others penned an open letter to the Australian singer asking him not to play the gigs next week. Similar appeals to Radiohead went unheeded by Thom Yorke and co earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders said what we’re all thinking at a gig in Dubai last week when she stopped a show due to fans’ mobile phone use. The band had requested that gig would be a ‘no-phone zone’. According to the region’s National newspaper, Hynde ranted from that the stage that she “ain’t Lady Gaga or Katy Perry, so if you wanna use your f**king phones, go and see them’.

GIG WISE: Indiependence has joined the list of 2018 gigs that are putting their tickets on sale, with early bird bookings available from tomorrow. An increase of a “small amount” on last year’s prices will see the standard three-day camping ticket priced at €139, with early bird options starting at €109 for an even that will run over the August bank holiday , Aug 3-5.

LCD Soundsystem have also announced a return to Ireland next summer, and tickets went on sale this morning for their Malahide Castle gig on June 5. Liam Gallagher will play the same venue on June 15. His fellow Mancunian, Morrissey, is also hitting the road, and his tour will take in 3Arena on Feb 20.

Meanwhile, Other Voices Dingle (Dec 1-3) has announced its first acts, with the likes of Perfume Genius and Songhoy Blues, while Jake Bugg’s gig at St Luke’s in Cork next Thursday is sold out.

FILM TIPS: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer is among the interesting releases today, with Yorgos Lanthimos’s follow-up to The Lobster continuing his association with Colin Farrell, and also adding the likes of Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, and Dublin actor Barry Keoghan to the mix in a film that got a general thumbs-up at its Cannes premiere.

Marjorie Prime may also be worth a look, not least because the lavishly-praised sci-fi tale boast a rather nifty cast that includes Jon Hamm, Geena Davisand Tim Robbins.

CLASSICAL MOMENTS: The artists formerly known as the Vanbrugh Quartet have now become a trio, so they’ve done the sensible thing and lopped off the second word of their name. Hence, the Vanbrugh play the first of two lunchtime concerts at the Triskel in Cork tomorrow, where they’ll be joined by pianist Michael McHale.

Also in Cork, the Freemasons’ Hall will host a charity concert on November 18, featuring the likes of Denis Lane (baritone) and Michelle O’Brien (mezzo-soprano). Proceeds will be split between the city’s choral festival, women’s sheltar Edel House, and the Advocates for Victims of Homicide group.


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