Andrew Hogan, education director of the Optometrists Association of Tasmania, has warned that the drooping fringe on one side of the face may lead to a lazy eye. One man who could never be accused of having a lazy anything is Damon Albarn, and every week there seems to be fresh news of new collaborations. His latest track has been recorded with Portishead singer Beth Gibbons and rapper JJ Doom for the latter’s forthcoming album. Albarn is also in heavy rehearsals for Blur’s summer shows, including a concert to coincide with the Olympics closing ceremony. Finally, Neneh Cherry is about to re-enter the musical arena with a new album of free-jazz cover versions recorded with Norwegian/Swedish trio, the Thing. Her jazz leanings aren’t that surprising given that her late stepfather was legendary trumpeter Don Cherry.
GIG WISE: Mitchelstown caves was the venue for one of the most talked-about gigs of last year and the Cork Opera House-organised event will make a return this year for three concerts (Jul 26-28). The Staves, Sam Amidon and Iarla Ó Lionáird feature among the headliners and tickets are now available from Cork Opera House. Another summer event for southies to put in their diary is the Liss Ard Festival near Skibbereen on the long weekend of Aug 4-5. In what is possibly the event’s best ever line-up, the wonderful Chic will be joined by the likes of reggae legends Toots & the Maytals, Blue Nile frontman Paul Buchanan, folk giant Roy Harper and local hero Mick Flannery. Live at the Marquee is also fast approaching, with London-based DJ Erol Alkan recently added as support act for the opening concert featuring French dance outfit Justice on June 7. There are more larks by the Lee on June 3 when Kíla headline the Mad Pride Family Fun Day in Fitzgerald Park. Jennifer Lopez is unlikely to make that free event, but she has announced her first Irish gig for the O2 in Dublin on Oct 19. Leonard Cohen has announced a fourth gig for Kilmainham on Sep 15, less than a week before his 78th birthday. In Limerick, Dolan’s Warehouse is the venue for a Villagers concert on Jun 16.
FILM TIPS: It’s been almost a year since Cork was blessed with the arrival of the Irish Film Institute’s programme at Triskel Christchurch, and the birthday is being marked this Sunday with a programme of four films: French animated comedy, A Cat In Paris (2:30pm); the classic Singin’ In The Rain (4pm); Irish documentary Barbaric Genius (6.30pm); and Scandinavian thriller Babycall (8.30pm). The Marley documentary also returns to Triskel for a one-off screening on Friday, Jun 1.
COMEDY CAPERS: David McSavage, below, has announced an appearance at Vicar Street in Dublin for Jun 15. Other comedians due at the venue in the coming weeks include Flight Of The Conchords star Rhys Darby and London-based Canadian, Stewart Francis. At City Limits in Cork, Colum McDonnell takes to the stage tomorrow night. Incidentally, Michael McIntyre has sold out all three of his June dates at Cork Opera House.
ALL AND SUNDRY: The Glucksman at UCC currently has an exhibition entitled The Sacred Modernist — Josef Albers. Running until Jul 7, it brings together works from all phases of Albers’s life. It presents his earliest sketches of cathedrals in Germany, includes pieces from his time at the Bauhaus and North Carolina’s Black Mountain College, and culminates in his final 1976 Homage to the Square. At the Firkin Crane in Cork on May 28, the postgraduate performance company of London Contemporary Dance School, led by artistic director Jeanne Yasko, presents a show called Edge.