Scene and Heard

MUSIC NEWS: Elbow’s gigs in Ireland could be among the highlights of the summer, and Hot Press reports that the band also have a new album almost ready to go.

Scene and Heard

Presumably the Manchester band’s sets for June appearances in Cork and Dublin will contain plenty of material from The Take Off And Land Everything, due on Mar 3. Meanwhile, John Paul Jones, 68, of Led Zeppelin has formed a new band, Minibus Pimps, with Norwegian musician Deathprod.

NME reports that the busy bassist has also scotched rumours of a possible Zep reunion this year as he’s also writing an opera. Finally, the wonderful Q-Tip (right) is reportedly getting involved with pal Leonardo DiCaprio for a semi-autobiographical drama series based around his early days in the Native Tongues movement and his involvement with the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, the Jungle Brothers in what was arguably hip-hop’s high point.

GIG WISE: Since the Choice Cuts crew have taken over the Sugar Club, their roster has had some rather spectacular offerings for the discerning music fan, and there’s a typically impressive line-up in the months ahead. Jazz singer Gregory Porter follows up his recent Late Late Show appearance with a gig on Mar 15, while British soulster Omar does his thing on Mar 28 and Brazilian legend Marcos Valle brings his fusion sounds on May 9.

UB40 have announced a second date for the Academy in Dublin and will now play Mar 27 and 28. As the old saying goes, if you remember Joan Baez in her heyday, you probably weren’t there. But fans of the 73-year-old folk legend can reacquaint themselves with her work at three gigs in Vicar Street in Dublin on Sept 24-27. In Cork, Ballincollig Winter Music Festival (Jan 23-26) has an impressive line-up including Mick Flannery and Basque musician Kepa Junkera.

FILM TIPS: It’s excess all areas at the IFI over the next few months for the Dublin facility’s season of Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. Carnal activities have been featuring in January, with offerings over the next few days including In the Realm of the Senses and Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. Cork Cine Club resumes next Thursday at St Johns College with Rebellion (L’ordre et la morale) from Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine).

Triskel Christchurch has a programme of films chosen by Aidan Gillen this weekend, with a heavy emphasis on 1970s classics such as The Exorcist and Badlands. The venue also continues its Studio Ghibli animation season with matinee showings of Arrietty, the tale of a family who live beneath the floorboards.

THEATRE NIGHTS: Perhaps there’s a slight conflict of interest in us recommending the work of a fellow Irish Examiner scribe, but the return of Love, Peace and Robbery to the Everyman (Jan 28-Feb 1) in Cork is well worth catching. Written by court reporter Liam Heylin, the lighthearted but ultimately poignant piece revolves around a couple of local petty criminals planning one last caper. The Everyman also has Rough Magic’s latest production, Jezebel, a comedy about a couple trying to spice up their sex life from Feb 10-12. Over at Cork Opera House, Decadent Theatre Company from Galway has a production of Michael McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara from Wednesday to Friday. In Dublin, the Abbey has Sive by John B Keane from Feb 12 to April 12.

ALL AND SUNDRY: Karl Spain is at City Limits comedy club in Cork tomorrow night, while tickets are still available for the visit of ventriloquist Nina Conti to Cork Opera House on Monday. The Venice Biennale has been packed up for another, em, two years, and Ireland’s entry has returned home. Richard Mosse’s multi-media installation The Enclave will be at the RHA in Dublin from Jan 30 to Mar 12, and in Ormston House, Limerick, from Mar 28 to May 3.

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