5 things to do this week

Des O’Driscoll picks five of the best events to check out this week. 

1 |tv|

Amsterdam: An Art Lovers’ Guide

New series exploring the incredible artistic heritage of the Dutch capital. Pitched for anyone who might be visiting the city on a weekend break.

  • Tonight, BBC Four, 9pm

2 |jazz|

MARJORIE BARNES

The American vocalist will be joined by the Paul McIntyre Trio for this gig at Arthur’s Blues & Jazz Club in Dublin on Tuesday.

3 |theatre|

MR PUNCH

Dominic Moore returns with his show about a puppeteer battling for relevance in the modern world.

  • Tuesday to Saturday, Cork Arts Theatre

4 |gig|

BOYZLIFE

Keith Duffy of Boyzone and Brian McFadden of Westlife front this hybrid of Ireland’s most successful boy bands.

  • Friday, Cork Opera House

5 |cinema|

THE JOURNEY

Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney play Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, the ‘chuckle brothers’ who formed an unlikely friendship in the North.

  • Cinemas nationwide from Friday

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