Scene & heard: The latest entertainment news

Des O’Driscoll shares the latest news from the world of entertainment.

Tom Waits

MUSIC NEWS: Tom Waits has referred to his Irishness while giving Banksy a new version of one of his songs to play at the artist’s Walled Off Hotel in the West Bank. ‘Innocent When You Dream’ now plays on the piano in the lobby of a facility Banksy set up in the shadow of Israel’s separation wall to show support for the Palestinian cause. A Facebook post said: “The Irish are no strangers to strife and division, and Waits selected this Irish tinged waltz because of its lyrical and wistful mix of regret and dreams for a world without walls.”

Meanwhile, fans heading to Morrissey at the 3Arena in February are already praying that the radiators at the Dublin venue are turned up to 11. The former Smiths singer has drawn mass derision for cancelling a gig in Paso Robles, California, a few days ago “due to an inoperable heating system on stage”. Finally, if you have a lover of rock band Queen on your Christmas list, Brian May might have provided you with the perfect present-purchasing option. The guitarist’s latest collection of photographs have been released in book form, Queen in 3D, and as the name suggests the pictures are three-dimensional. Taken around the band’s 1977 album, News of the World, the pictures were taken with stereoscopic cameras, an area of photography May has been interested in since childhood. And yes, the book does come with a special 3D viewer.

GIG WISE: Tickets went on sale this morning for Gorillaz’ gig at Malahide Castle on June 9. Russian political artists Pussy Riot are in Dublin on November 23, for a performance that mixes music with tales of the groups infamous incarceration. In Cork, Lisa Hannigan’s evening gig at St Luke’s tomorrow is sold out, but at the time of writing, there are still seats available for the all-ages 3.30pm show. It comes complete with reduced ticket prices of €15 for U16s. Talos has also sold out his Dec 21 gig at the venue, but has a second concert on the following night. Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill play St Luke’s next Saturday. Le Galaxie are among the latest artists to sign up for beer-company-sponsored gigs, with one pint of a Smithwick’s product being offered as part of the €15 admission fee to their Cyprus Avenue appearance tonight.

FILM TIPS: Conor McGregor: Notorious was the big winner at the Irish box office last weekend, with Hot Press reporting that the Irish fighter’s documentary took €172,000, the biggest opening weekend so far this year. Somewhat fittingly, it’ll be another hirsute hero, Paddington, taking the big bucks this weekend, with the sequel to the excellent 2014 film featuring an appearance from Brendan Gleeson. The Dublin Feminist Film Festival runs next weekend, and you’d imagine its message has never been so zeitgeisty given some of the seedy revelations flowing from the industry at the moment. Cork Film Festival kicks off tonight, and runs until Sunday 19.

COMEDY CAPERS: How popular are Flight of the Conchords? Bloody popular, it seems. Ticket sales for their 3Arena appearance on March 25 have been so good that the Kiwi duo have added a second date on April 2. Colorado comic Wilson Dixon is well appreciated in the stand-up world for his deadpan delivery, and you can check him out for yourself at City Limits in Cork tonight.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Cork City Ballet’s production of Sleeping Beauty runs until Sunday at the Opera House, complete with stars from the Royal Moscow Ballet. Tickets are still available for most performances. If you’re not interested in watching Rep of Ireland’s second leg against Denmark next Tuesday, the wonderful Colin Stafford-Johnson will be telling tales from his widlife filming adventures at the Everyman in Cork.


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