MUSIC NEWS: Monday is the day for the screening of Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars, part-concert film, part music documentary. Mahon Omniplex and the Gate are among the Cork cinemas showing the film.
Kanye West’s ninth solo album, Jesus is King, is due to be released tomorrow. We’ve been promised a record of ‘Christian hip-hop’.
GIG WISE: The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival dominates proceedings down south this weekend, and for all the gripes from Dublin papers and local jazz buffs, there is still plenty good music to be had in Cork over the next three nights.
For those not inclined towards anything with a saxaphone, options include Leftfield playing a DJ set tomorrow in Cyprus Avenue.
Looking a bit further ahead, potentially decent gigs coming up on Leeside include The Unthanks doing their tribute to Emily Bronte at the Opera House on Nov 4.
In Dublin, there are still some tickets (€90.55 - €189.47) left for Cher at 3Arena on Nov 1 — complete with support from Paul Young — and the 73-year-old’s set will likely include an Abba medley.
Tickets went on sale yesterday for summer gigs by Picture This in Cork (Musgrave Park, June 26), and Dublin (Malahide Castle, 27).
ON THE TELLY: Graham Norton hosts a bit of a Game of Thrones reunion tonight on his show, with both Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke sharing the couch for a chat that will presumably include mention of their fiery union as Khaleesi and Khal Drogo.
For a little bit of music history, Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records on Sky Arts tomorrow night tells of the incredible Jamaican label.
Among the interesting film choices for the week ahead is Mother (Film4, Monday), the psychological horror that was showered with both boos and cheers at its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2017.
Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer and Javier Bardem feature in the cast.
BOOK WEEK: Irish Book Week runs from tomorrow to November 2, with Waterstones and Vibes & Scribes in Cork among the many book stores running events.
At Waterstones, authors visiting for readings include Sarah Fitzgerald for a young adult event tomorrow; Catherine Kirwan discussing her Darkest Truth book on Wednesday; and RTÉ’s Brian O’Connell discussing The Personals on Thursday.
Vibes has a literary table quiz in aid of Cork Sexual Violence centre on Wednesday (€20 per table of four), as well as several author readings through the week, including Alex Barclay and Catherine Ryan Howard talking crime writing on Tuesday.
FILM TIPS: The Addams Family will keep younger cinema-goers occupied for 87 minutes over the mid-term break, while other options for smallies include Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
For grown-ups, French director François Ozon’s highly-rated By The Grace Of God will be available in selected cinemas, with its tale of three friends from childhood who as adults set out to expose the abuse done to them by a Catholic priest.
Cork Cine Club has the Israeli film Foxtrot next Thursday at St John’s College.
Anybody uncomfortable with passing the picketline on the cultural boycott of Israel may have an out in that the movie is helmed by a Lebanese director and was controversial in its motherland for its depiction of a killing involving Israeli soldiers.
One prominent politician lambasted the film for spreading lies in the form of art “against the most moral army in the world”.