Scene + Heard: All the best entertainment news

FILM TIPS: The revamped version of The Jungle Book is the big draw at cinemas this weekend, and both trailer and early reviews suggest it’s well worth seeing.

Scene + Heard: All the best entertainment news

Word of warning if you’re bringing smallies — some of the hyper-real animation is far scarier than the feelgood Disney classic. From Sunday, Triskel in Cork has Irish film Mammal and US indie flick Time Out of Mind, starring Richard Gere.

MUSIC NEWS:

Led Zeppelinhave dominated the music news this week, and look to garner plenty more headlines over the next few weeks, no matter what the outcome is of the lawsuit claiming ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was copied from a previous tune by the band Spirit.

Presumably, the Zepps have the best lawyers money can buy, but they’ll still be feeling nervy. A jury of laypeople will have to sift through the arguments on both sides.

Recent plagiarism cases that have gone against defendants include when the estate of Marvin Gaye sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for ‘Blurred Lines’. That case also had a development this week when a judge ruled that the Gayes would have to pay much of their own legal fees, which could take a sizeable chunk of the $5.3 million they were awarded.

GIG WISE:

God bless Cyprus Avenue. With the loss of the Pav and the Savoy in recent times, the venue above the Old Oak has provided a much needed outlet for music-hungry Corkonians, and their roster over the next few days has a typically eclectic mix.

Sharon Shannon goes trad and beyond tonight, while late tomorrow sees the first Cork appearance by Blonde, the dance duo currently in the Top 20 with Craig David and the single ‘Nothing Like This’.

On Sunday, it’s Kimya Dawson, the New York singer-songwriter you probably heard on the film Juno. Upcoming music events in Co Cork include Gloaming member Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh at Sirius in Cobh on April 23.

Upcoming biggies in Dublin include Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 3Arena over the next three nights, while ELO are at the same venue on April 29.

COMEDY CAPERS:

As well as a hefty crop of Irish talent, the Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny (June 2 to 6) also has Manchester funnyman Jason Manford, and two representatives of the new wave of British-Asian comedians that has emerged in recent years, Nish Kumar and Shazia Mirza.

The American scene is represented by Reginald D Hunter, Rich Hall and Dom Irrera. Deirdre O’Kane is also back on the stand-up circuit after a break of seven years and will be mining her experiences of motherhood and facing into a midlife crisis for her show at Cork’s Everyman next Saturday.

THEATRE NIGHTS:

The Abbey Theatre’s production of Sean O’Casey’s classic The Plough and the Stars moves from its home venue to Cork Opera House for a run from April 26 to 30. Among the stars of this major production are Cork actress Eileen Walsh (right) . Also in Cork, Kilmeen Drama Group returns to the Everyman next Friday with a production of Ray Cooney’s farce, Run For Your Wife. In Dublin, the Gate has Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? from next Thursday, with a cast that includes Denis Conway and Mark Huberman.

ALL AND SUNDRY:

There’s just a week left to see the excellent Celebrating Being Irish exhibition at the Lavit Gallery in Cork, which features the work of 11 artists. Guest editor Sean O’Reilly will be among the contributors to the ‘Fly On The Wall’ discussions hosted by The Stinging Fly literary journal on its most recent issue, In the Wake of The Rising.

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