5 things to do this week

Rather than hanging around the house all day, why not get out and try one of our suggestions.

1|cinema|

THE BIG SHORT

Comedy drama set around the recent economic crash in the US. Star-studded cast includes Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

Cinemas nationwide

2|TV|

THE X-FILES

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their old roles as Mulder and Scully. Let the supernatural games begin.

Tuesday, RTÉ2, 9.55pm

3|concert|

FINGHIN COLLINS

The first concert in Cork Orchestral Society’s 2016 programme features the talented Irish pianist.

Thursday, Cork School of Music

4|gig|

JOHN GRANT

He has memories of playing Pine Lodge in Myrtleville, but these days, the American singer-songwriter is popular enough to fill Cork Opera House.

Thursday, corkoperahouse.ie

5|gig|

MARC RIBOT

A major collaborator with Tom Waits, the American guitarist has also worked with the likes of Elvis Costello and McCoy Tyner.

Friday, De Barra’s, Clonakilty

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