GIG WISE: Belinda Carlisle may have cancelled her Cork show on Wednesday due to a throat infection, but there are plenty more opportunities on the way for fans of 20th-century popular music.
For instance, Squeeze are at Cork Opera House next Monday, and at Vicar Street, Dublin, on Tuesday. Lloyd Cole also returns to Ireland for a tour that takes in St Luke’s in Cork on Nov 1, as well as Vicar Street (Oct 30) and Dolan’s of Limerick (Nov 2).
Age doesn’t seem to have wearied the great Randy Newman, and he’ll be 76 by the time he rolls into Dublin for two gigs at Vicar Street (June 201-21). Sleater Kinney don’t have as many miles on their clocks, but the US trio have been around since 1994, and have announced their latest visit to Ireland for next year when they play at Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, on March 1.
COMEDY CAPERS: Radio stars Dermot & Dave do their live thing at Cork Opera House tonight, while Karl Spain is at City Limits Saturday. Upcoming biggies in Dublin include Impractical Jokers at 3Arena (Oct 20), and Romesh Ranganathan, right, at the Olympia (Dec 7-8).
An event in support of injured Liverpool fan Seán Cox has been announced for 3Arena on January 10, featuring an impressive lineup that includes John Bishop, Michael Mcintyre, Tommy Tiernan, and Dara Ó Briain.
FILM TIPS: Joker will continue to divide opinion this weekend, but if you can, maximise the experience by attending a film with a decent sound system – the excellent sound design really does deserve it.
There aren’t a whole lot of new international releases for the weekend ahead, though Abominable — an animated collaboration between DreamWorks and a Chinese studio — is an option for younger cinema-goers.
Also, Irish mother-daughter tale A Bump Along The Way is on general release Friday, hoping to take advantage of the world’s new-found love of stories about girls set in Derry. That film opened the IndieCork festival last week, an event that closes on Sunday with Kevin Barry-adaptation Dark Lies The Island.
In the meantime, documentaries at the festival over the next few days include Advocate (Friday, 6pm, Gate), about Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel, reviled among sections of her own country for her work defending Palestinians. Closer to home, Splitting the Sop (Sunday, Gate, 11.30am) tells the history of Cork road-bowling.
Cork Film Festival runs November 7-17, and recently announced its opening and closing films. The event will kick off with Ordinary Love, starring Liam Neeson; and concludes with Irish-Belgian cult drama The Other Lamb.
ON THE TELLY: The Graham Norton Show tonight on BBC One is one of his most star-powered ever, given the presence of both Bruce Springsteen and Robert De Niro on the couch.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie drops on Netflix Friday and the biggie next week is Dublin Murders.
Beginning on both BBC (Monday) and RTÉ (Wednesday), familiar faces in the cast of the eight-part series include Cork actress Sarah Greene, and Love/Hate alumni Killian Murphy and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. Well worth watching.
Looking ahead to next year, we’re already salivating at the thought of Brendan Gleeson in the role of Donald Trump in the CBS adaptation of James Comey’s memoir. Another one for the diaries is Star Trek: Picard, which Amazon Prime Video revealed a trailer of last weekend at New York Comic Con. Dropping on the streaming network in January, the 10-part series features Patrick Stewart reprising his most famous role.