Scene & Heard - Entertainment round up

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Scene & Heard - Entertainment round up

MUSIC NEWS:

Sad though not unexpected news out of Middle Abbey St, Dublin, this week as it was announced that the Twisted Pepper is to cease operations as a club. It said on its Facebook page: “We’ll be refurbishing the space with a new bar and food focus, mixed with another 5-10 random ideas that will inevitably ‘make no sense’... We’ll keep some fans, lose some fans, and hopefully gain some new ones. Maybe we’ll even regain some old ones.” Plenty of bands and DJs, Irish and international, have played the Pepper, and it’s going to be a big loss to the Dublin clubbing scene, but it’s hard to dismiss such an optimistic goodbye. They’re putting on a stellar farewell bash this weekend - good luck trying to get in, though.

Meanwhile, Kurt Cobain seems to be one of the most ubiquitous artists of the year, despite having died more than 20 years ago. The biopic Montage of Heck left me squirming, but it brought memories of the Nirvana frontman rushing back.

Now, NME has reported that there’s a Cobain ‘solo album’ on the way in November featuring some of the demos and music heard in the movie. Director Brett Morgan said: “Just to be clear, it’s not a Nirvana album, it’s just Kurt and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him.”

At this rate I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kurt Cobain’s name atop the festival slate next summer.

GIG WISE:

Live at St Luke’s continues this weekend. After a stirring performance from the Balanescu Quartet (and local act Talos) got things started last Friday, Mick Flannery played a sold-out show last night. Tonight, it’s a different type of sermon at the church as Panti Bliss (right) brings her comedy show, High Heels in Low Places, to town.

Tickets, if there are any still going by the time you read this, are €20. Tomorrow night, Donal Lunny, a founding member of Planxty, and Paddy Glackin bring the trad. Tickets €20. Elsewhere in Cork, David Kitt steps outside for a weekend of gigs around Cork with Margie Lewis: They’re in De Barra’s, Clonakilty, tonight; Levis’s, Ballydehob, tomorrow; and Coughlan’s on Douglas St, Cork City, on Sunday. Let’s hope the singer-songwriter pulls out some Big Romance for us, eh?

THEATRE NIGHTS:

Jimmy Titanic, written by Bernard McMullan and performed by Colin Hamell, comes to Spike Island on Saturday night for what sounds like a very special performance. This is Titanic like you’ve never seen it before, says Tir Na Productions. A brief synopsis of the 75-minute show: “Having gone down with the ship Jimmy has rock star status in heaven and boy does he milk it.” There’s a ferry from JFK pier, Cobh, (opposite AIB) at 7pm, that costs €10 return.

FILM TIPS:

Amy Schumer (below) is probably the hottest comedian in the world right now - if the name doesn’t already have you grinning, go search for Inside Amy Schumer clips on YouTube right now and don’t come back until your sides have recovered from the convulsive laughter.

Anyway, Schumer wrote and stars in Trainwreck, out in Irish cinemas today. It’s directed by Judd Apatow and co-stars SNL alumnus Bill Hader. It’s definitely going to be funnier than Adam Sandler’s new movie, Pixels, which is, alas, also out today.

Even scarier than a new Sandler film is Psycho, on in the Triskel tomorrow night (6.30pm/8pm) as part of its ongoing Hitchcork season.

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