Scene and heard

MUSIC NEWS: We mentioned last week that Johnny Marr had his debut solo album on the way for next year.

NME reports that a date of Feb 25 has been set for the release. Also on the album trail is Paul Weller, left, whose Dragonfly EP hits the streets and the sites on Dec 17. It features tracks that were made during the recording of his No 1 album Sonik Kicks.

CLASSICAL OUTINGS: You’ve heard the music, you’ve seen the documentary, and now you can see the Ballymun Lullaby live. Lullaby — A Tale of Two Cities is at Cork City Hall tomorrow at 3.30pm and the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Nov 26. Daragh O’Toole’s acclaimed work will be performed by the combined choir of RTÉ Cór na nÓg, Ballymun Music Programme, Presentation Secondary School Choir, Ballyphehane, and Maria Assumpta National School Girls’ Choir with the DIT Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Brophy. Meanwhile, the Waterford Concert Orchestra is at its home town’s City Hall tomorrow with a programme of movie classics.

GIG WISE: Tickets went on sale this morning for Roger Waters, below, bringing The Wall to Aviva in Dublin on Sept 18 next year. Presumably tickets (€69.50 plus booking fee) for the visually-impressive take on the Pink Floyd album will end up in a few Christmas stockings. At the clubbier end of the scale, Acid Jazz records’ founder Eddie Piller will play a DJ set at the Sugar Club tonight as part of a party to mark the seminal label’s 25th anniversary. Down south, the groovishly-inclined can check out Ben Klock at the Pavilion in Cork tonight. The Everyman hosts Cork Rocks on Nov 23, with 15 local bands taking to the stage.

VISUAL ART: Phil Collins (the other one) will be at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork today for the screening of his work, The Unfortunate Thing Between Us. Apparently, the British artist’s two hour-long films follow the logic and grammar of a teleshopping channel to explore our contemporary desires and fears. Part two will be shown tomorrow, with each film on a loop at the Sculpture Factory from 7pm on the separate nights.

THEATRE NIGHTS: While many theatres are preparing to go into panto mode, the Abbey launched its new season earlier this week. Among the highlights are Drum Belly, a new play from Richard Dormer about the Irish mafia in 1960s New York, and Elaine Murphy’s comedy Shush. Over at the Gaiety, a Ballet Ireland production of The Nutcracker runs from Tuesday until Friday.

FILM TIPS: Next Thursday, Cork Cine Club at St John’s College will screen Once Upon A Time In Anatolia from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. At Triskel Christchurch, director Walter Salles’s adaptation of On The Road tops the bill from Monday, with other films on offer including 5 Broken Cameras, about a Palestinian farm labourer.

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