Scene + Heard: What's going on around the country

Des O’Driscoll offers a round up of what's going on around the country

GIG WISE: Whatever about making plans for summer, one of the big announcements over the past few days was for a gig that is over a year away. Sigrid will play the 3Arena on November 22, 2019, near the end of what will be a huge year for the ascendant Norwegian. Tickets went on sale this morning, but it really is probably too early to include them is this year’s batch of Christmas pressies. 

Meanwhile, The Specials have added a second night to the their Dublin visit, now appearing at the Olympia on April 11 and 12. Bon Jovi also had a second gig up their sleeves, which they unveiled yesterday. The New Jersey band will now play the RDS on June 15 and 16. There are still some tickets left for Microdisney’s ‘last ever’ gig, at Cyprus Avenue in Cork, on Feb 19, while Gavin James is also heading to Leeside for a concert at Cork Opera House on April 12.

DANCE FLOOR: He usually comes just once a year in late December, and those annual visits always bring much joy to the boys and girls of Cork. Yes, Kerri Chandler is back in town.

The American house supremo makes an appearance at Cyprus Avenue on December 28, and will also play the previous night at Resident 8 in Dublin. Of course, his first visit to Ireland was way back in the 20th century to play at Sir Henrys, and the countdown is very much on for the sold-out Sweat/Go Deep 30th anniversary events being held on Nov 23-24. 

Among the related fare is an exhibition at the BDSM bar of pictures Luke O’Brien took in the South Main Street venue.

FILM TIPS: All eyes in Cork are on the city’s film festival which kicks off tonight, and runs until Sunday 18th. The event really does seem to have upped its game further this year, particularly with some films that have already created a stir on the international festival circuit. 

Meanwhile, UK director Steve McQueen is one of those film-makers who’s kept up the quality quotient in his transition from arthouse to mainstream cinemas, and his latest offering, Widows, arrives today with a heap of lavish praise. Co-written by Gillian Gone Girl Flynn, it features four women who plan a heist. 

And if you’ve any Harry Potter fans in your house, assure them it’s just seven more sleeps to the arrival of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

ON THE TELLY: Peter Jackson’s, below, war documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, is getting a limited cinema release as well as being shown on BBC on Sunday, and the Lord of the Rings director is also the subject of a doc himself on BBC Four on Monday. 

What Do Artists Do All Day follows the Kiwi film-maker through some of the cutting-edge techniques he used to enhance the archive footage of the Great War. Art fans should check out Egon Schiele: Dangerous Desire on BBC Two tomorrow, all about the Austrian artist who stirred controversy with his nude paintings before he died in 1918 of Spanish flu. 

And those who like something a bit lighter may be interested in Graham Norton’s guestlist tonight, led by Michael Bublé and Ian McKellen.

ALL AND SUNDRY: For artsy and craftsy gifties, the Glucksman in Cork is one of the venues hosting sales fairs over the next few weeks, with textiles, jewellery, ceramics, etc. Admission €5. 

Also in Cork, Jörg Widmann conducts the Irish Chamber Orchestra at the CIT School of Music on Friday, Nov 16. Upcoming theatre offerings

include Peter Coonan of Love/Hate starring in Recovery, described as a “fusion of music and movement” at Cork Arts Theatre on Wednesday, November 14. 

There’s also plenty movement in Soldier Still at the Everyman on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a speaking part for army whistleblower Tom Clonan.

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