Hopefully, it won’t lead to an overly-heavy attitude to gig-goers. Meanwhile, Jack White’s company, Third Man Records, has announced it will release vinyl-only recordings of the White Stripes first ever gigs from Jul 1997. Tom Waits (inset) was on American TV earlier this week with both David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon performing tracks from last year’s album, Bad As Me. Hopefully the appearances are the harbinger of a live tour, but there have been no sounds from the Waits camp about taking to the road again. Finally, the latest honour to be bestowed on Bob Marley is that the late reggae star has had a small parasitic crustacean named after him. Paul Sikkel, a marine biologist at Arkansas State University, had the honour of naming the Gnathia marleyi, admits it was partly because he’s a fan of the Jamaican’s music and also because the flood feeding creature is found on reefs in the Caribbean.
GIG WISE: If outdoor music events aren’t made illegal in this country over the next few weeks, Marlay Park is the venue for a series of biggies in late August. Kasabian, Noel Gallagher and the Cribs are on Aug 23; followed by a dance event featuring David Guetta, Example and Benny Benassi on Aug 24; and a closing night of Van Morrison, Tom Jones and Bobby Womack on Aug 25. Your six-mark question is to predict which one of those nights will spark the heaviest security presence. Former Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley will tour Ireland in December, with gigs including Vicar Street, Dublin, on Dec 3; and the Savoy, Cork, on Dec 6. Also in Cork, Nouvelle Vague bring their crazy cover antics to Cyprus Avenue again next Friday, and they are at Dolans in Limerick the following night. In Dublin, Sam Amidon is at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire on Jul 26, while dancehall reggae legend Tippa Irie is at the Grand Social tonight.
GALWAY ARTS: The annual arts festival in the City of the Tribes opens on Monday, and it continues the tradition of a highly impressive lineup in a number of disciplines. Chic and Christy Moore top the music bill; Julian Gough’s new play The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble gets its world premiere; and John Mahoney (Marty Crane in Frasier) appears onstage in The Outgoing Tide.
FILM TIPS: Triskel Christchurch in Cork continues its IFI-backed programme of films you may not see elsewhere with films over the next few days including: Robert Pattinson directed by David Cronenberg in Cosmopolis; American political documentary The Four Horsemen, featuring a Q&A with the creators on Sunday; and the triumvirate of Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel and Max Von Sydow in 1980 science fiction film Death Watch. In Dublin, the IFI continues its family festival with a showing of The Gruffalo’s Child and The Quiet One on Sunday.
THEATRE NIGHTS: The Dublin Theatre Company’s adaptation of The Tailor and Ansty runs at JJ Crowleys in Bantry from Tuesday until Aug 25. Another West Cork-set adaptation, Guerilla Days in Ireland, will play at the Olympia in Dublin from Sept 3-8. For something a bit less conventional, Circus of Horrors, brings its alternative fare to Cork Opera House on Nov 7. We love its tagline: “If Quentin Tarantino had directed Cirque Du Soleil then you would be only half way there.”
ALL AND SUNDRY: Seán Keating’s exhibition, Contemporary Contexts, opens today at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork. The exhibition will feature many of the late artist’s better-known works, alongside several little-known examples. Barry Murphy (left) of Après Match is at City Limits comedy club in Cork next Saturday.