Scene and Heard

CULTURE NIGHT: Yes, Culture Night is upon us once again, and we couldn’t begin to list the gazillion events that are taking place nationwide, other than to say that if you’ve ever complained about the price of things in this country, tonight is the night to make the most of some of the free stuff. Check out or

Scene and Heard

MUSIC NEWS: While Thin Lizzy have been gigging away without Phil Lynott, the remaining members now plan to release a studio album of new material. Scott Gorham told Hot Press that recording will begin next month. Those plans will cause a certain amount of trepidation among fans of the band, but the fact that the Swedish House Mafia are to release a new album could cause a ripple of panic through the nation. Fear not, dear parents, the record looks set to be the dance outfit’s final act as they are splitting up. As well as their own original material, Until Now will feature the Swedes’ remixes of Coldplay, Florence And The Machine and Pendulum. Missy Elliott’s long-rumoured tracks have also dropped via iTunes, with the two available singles being produced by her old collaborator, Timbaland.

GIG WISE: At the rate Ed Sheeran is adding gigs to his run at the O2 in Dublin, he risks becoming the juvenile version of Leonard Cohen. Originally, Aiken Promotions just announced a Jan 11 appearance, but the 12th and 13th have also been added due to “phenomenal demand”. Blarney’s answer to Ed is probably the great Mick Flannery, and he’s lined up appearances at the Olympia on Nov 23 and Cork Opera House on Dec 31. Before that, you can catch him at De Barras in Clonakilty as part of the Arthur’s Day promotion next Thursday. Scullion are at Triskel Christchurch in Cork on Sept 27, while Paul Brady plays the venue on Oct 7 as part of the Cork Folk Festival. The Tyrone man is also at the INEC Killarney on Oct 6. The Script did a few smallish gigs lately, and will soon be back on an arena tour that includes Mar 1 at the O2 in Dublin. Turntable legends on their way to the Pavilion in Cork over the next few weeks include Afrika Bambaataa on Oct 13 and Andrew Weatherall on Oct 19.

COMEDY CAPERS: Ross Brown hosts a showcase of local talent at the Comedy Club in City Limits, Cork tonight, while Joe Rooney headlines at the venue tomorrow. Pat Shortt’s new comedy show is entitled I am the Band, and charts the life of Dixie ‘Jumbo Breakfast Roll’ Walsh. It comes to Vicar Street on Nov 9 and 10. Jimeoin is live at Vicar Street on Nov 3.

FILM TIPS: Upcoming films at Triskel Christchurch in Cork include The Imposter, a documentary by Bart Layton that charts the incredible case of a French man who pretended to be the missing son of a distraught American family. Even though the returned ‘son’ spoke with a French accent and looked nothing like the 13-year-old who had gone missing three years earlier, the family took him in as their own. Imposter extraordinaire Frédéric Bourdin and members of the family are interviewed in the film. Triskel also has Take This Waltz, a Canadian-Spanish rom-com starring the likes of Seth Rogen (right) and Sarah Silverman. The Singalong Cinema sessions continue at the Half Moon in Cork on Saturday, Oct 13 with Dirty Dancing. Cork Cine Club has a new venue for its autumn/winter season, with St John’s College on Sawmill St hosting the programme of foreign films from Thursday, Oct 11.

ALL AND SUNDRY: The auditorium ceiling at the Abbey Theatre has been cleared of asbestos and a production of The Picture of Dorian Gray opens next Thursday. In a Circumstance, an exhibition by Cork artist Miriam Logan, opens at the CIT Gallery on Sullivan’s Quay on Oct 1. We’re told that the exhibition is “an invitation to the viewer to consider from a standpoint of interiority the multifaceted nature of the Female experience in its various stages”.

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