Scene and heard: Record Store Day, Homecoming and GOT

GIG WISE

By the time you read this, it’s very possible that Stevie Wonder’s gig at the 3Arena on July 9 has sold out, but hopefully the promoters have added a second night. 

Presumably, there’s no shortage of punters who are willing to pay the hefty ticket prices — from over €100 for standing — to see the 68-year-old in action. 

Another veteran act on their way are Jethro Tull, playing Cork Opera House on Sept 25, and the NCH in Dublin the next night. 

Walking On Cars release their new album Colours today, and the Dingle band are also doing their bit for Record Store Day by playing tomorrow at the Vinyl Lounge in Golden Discs, Cork. 

Also on Leeside, Lyra has announced a hometown return for a gig at Cyprus Avenue on May 28; while Soak has been confirmed for a show at St Luke’s, Cork, on the same night. 

The Live at Leopardstown event is becoming ever-more eclectic, with All Saints (August 15) the latest addition to the line-up.

FILM TIPS

Releases today include Wild Rose, a decent country music drama set in the UK, starring Killarney-born actress Jessie Buckley. 

The latest version of Hellboy opened yesterday, with David Harbour (most familiar as kindly cop Jim Hopper in Stranger Things) taking over the title role from Ron Perlman. 

A decent support cast includes Milla Jovovich and Ian McShane, while our own Brian Gleeson is in the role of Merlin. 

There’s a Japanese Film Festival already underway in various parts of the country, with a programme of contemporary features, documentaries and animations.

Triskel and the Gate are the Cork venues for the event, and there’s a further Leeside connection in the documentary 75 Years In Japan, about Jennie O’Sullivan, a nun from the county who spent decades teaching in a girls school in Tokyo. 

Other highlights could include One Cut of the Dead, a zombie comedy made for just €22,000 that has become a big hit; while anime fans can catch Penguin Highway.

ON THE TELLY

Game of Thrones will be sucking up most of the oxygen in TV-land over the next few days, with true aficionados tuning in to Sky Atlantic at 2am on Sunday night to see the first episode of the final series. 

Most other people will be content to record that broadcast, or watch it in the Monday night slot at 9pm.

Another biggie next week will be Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which launches on Netflix on Wednesday. 

That concert film will show Ms Knowles’ performance at the Coachella festival last year, as well as going behind the scenes for interviews and explanations of a culturally-conscious show that paid tribute to African-American educational institutions.


ALL AND SUNDRY

Anyone who finds themselves near Clonmel in the coming weeks should go along to South Tipperary Arts Centre, which has an exhibition of top Irish artists from the state collection. 

Fifth-year students of Loretto Convent have worked with the Arts Council to curate an exhibition which includes work by Amanda Coogan, Dorothy Cross and Pauline Bewick. 

The International Literary Festival (May 17-26) in Dublin unveiled its roster earlier in the week, with Naomi Wolf and Samanta Schweblin among the international guests. 

John Connolly will read from his new novel, A Book of Bones, in Waterstones in Cork on Monday at 6pm.

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