Fans around the world were asked to submit their memories and memorabilia for a film that is being produced by Ridley Scott. Meanwhile, as Spotify gets plenty of rave reviews from those who’ve signed up since its arrival in this country, we hear that Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Dr Dre will launch a rival service, Daisy, in the US in mid 2013. Just in case Beyoncé was fretting over how she’d make a few bob once her maternity benefits run out, Pepsi have signed her up to a marketing deal reportedly worth $50m.
GIG WISE: Promoters have had a busy time over the past few weeks trying to get summer gigs sorted in time for the Christmas pressie market. Among the big announcements over the past few days was Eminem at Slane (Aug 17), with tickets going on sale Wednesday at €79.50+bf. Live at the Marquee in Cork announced Elton John (Jun 23), Elvis Costello (Jun 26) and ZZ Top (Jun 27). Tickets for the Marquee gigs went on sale this morning. And the winds from the north carried news of Neil Young & Crazy Horse at the RDS on Jun 15, and Slash at the Olympia on Mar 3. The Body & Soul festival in Ballinlough Castle (Jun 21-23) in Co Meath has also announced an early bird pass for €99 +bf. Tickets are now on sale for Martha Wainwright in Cork Opera House on Feb 1.
VISUAL ART: Anyone who goes to Alice Maher’s exhibition at IMMA in Dublin may notice a familiar face. One of the pieces, left, features actress Charlie Murphy, aka Siobhán in the Love/Hate TV series. From tomorrow at Shalom Park, Albert Road in Cork, the National Sculpture Factory presents Maddie Leach’s lamp-based project Evening Echo. Touching on the area’s Jewish heritage, it combines a sequence of custom-built lamps that are on remote timing systems operated from Paris, and an annual announcement in the Evening Echo newspaper. Nearby at the Atrium of the City Hall, the Cork Printmakers have an exhibition, some of which is also being shown at Wandesford Quay Gallery. Over at the Crawford Art Gallery, the Into The Light exhibition continues until Feb 23.
FILM TIPS: It’s A Wonderful Life is up there with The Godfather as one of those films that works every time you see it. Fans of Frank Capra’s classic from 1946 can see a digitally remastered version at Triskel Christchurch from Sunday. Also showing at the Cork venue is The Imposter, the much-lauded documentary about a man who falsely claimed the identity of a missing American teen and was even welcomed ‘back’ by the boy’s family. At the IFI in Dublin, those attending You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils) this weekend will be offered a free glass of wine. Also at the IFI, the documentary Ali In Ireland, about the great boxer’s visit here in 1972, will be shown on Sunday. The film will also be broadcast on RTÉ One on New Years Day.
COMEDY CAPERS: Colin Murphy , above, is at City Limits comedy club in Cork tonight and tomorrow. Maeve Higgins will be doing her stand-up thing before the play Singlehood at Vicar Street in Dublin on Mar 1-2. David Coffey’s drama about life as an Irish singleton carries the marvellous tagline, “Because any dope can be in a relationship”.