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MUSIC NEWS:

A documentary on Marvin Gaye’s seminal 1971 album What’s Going On has been given the go-ahead by the singer’s family. The film’s producers said it will chronicle the making of a masterpiece that “challenged America and the world to self-reflect, going on to inspire a generation of artists and music lovers”.

They added that the relevance of the album, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the assassination of Martin Luther King, “is as strong as ever”. It is the first time the family have supported such a project. “We look forward to participating and sharing what we can through friends, family, photos, footage, and priceless stories that only those who knew our father up close and personal would know, as well as his contemporaries, purists, and fans who have studied him and his art over decades,” the family said. “What’s Going On … something many of us find ourselves asking today, 45 years later. Peace.” The film will be released next year.

She was pictured supping on a pint of the black stuff during her visit to Dublin last week but the champagne corks will be popping for Beyoncé and hubby Jay Z after the couple were named the world’s highest earning celebrity couple.

According to the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, Beyoncé earned $54m (€48.5m) in the past 12 months, putting her at number 34 in the list. Her husband was 36th, earning $53.5m, giving them a combined income of $107.5m. Even Queen Bey couldn’t outdo Taylor Swift, however, the highest-paid celebrity in the world, earning $170m in the last 12 months — up from last year’s $80m.

GIG WISE:

Friday, Saturday, and weekend tickets for Longitude at Marlay Park in Dublin this weekend are now sold out. A limited number of Sunday tickets are still available for a great line-up including The National, Jamie xx, Father John Misty and Róisín Murphy.

THEATRE NIGHTS:

The countdown is on to ProdiJIG: The Revolution, this year’s summer spectacular at Cork Opera House. The show, choreographed by Cork-born world champion Irish dancer Alan Kenefick, fuses cutting edge Irish dance with hip-hop, jazz, and other popular forms to explore the themes of riot and revolution.

It kicks off on July 23 and runs until August 14. Gougane Barra in Cork is the stunning setting for Theatre by the Lake, which continues to the end of this month. Showing tonight and tomorrow is The Aran Islands, a one-man show with Brendan Conroy, based on the journals of JM Synge. See gougane-barrahotel.com for details on the other featured productions.

COMEDY CAPERS:

Returning to The Everyman in Cork on July 31 after his previously sold-out performances at the venue is Des Bishop with his latest show, Grey Matters. The much-loved comedian has been around for so long, it’s hard to believe he is still only 40. In this show, he embraces the grey and uses the wisdom of his years as inspiration.

ALL AND SUNDRY:

Fans of El Duderino (and they are legion) will be delighted to hear about the return of Feis Lebowski, Cork’s little Big Lebowski festival. The event, which first ran in 2014, will be held upstairs in the Roundy Bar on Castle St on October 8. There will be DJs, white Russians aplenty, a raffle, a prize for the best character costume — and, of course, a screening of the Coen Brothers’ cult classic. All money raised on the night will go to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. See Facebook.com/FeisLebowskiCork and @FeisLebowski for updates.

Fans of El Duderino (and they are legion) will be delighted to hear about the return of Feis Lebowski, Cork’s little Big Lebowski festival. The event, which first ran in 2014, will be held upstairs in the Roundy Bar on Castle St on October 8. There will be DJs, white Russians aplenty, a raffle, a prize for the best character costume — and, of course, a screening of the Coen Brothers’ cult classic. All money raised on the night will go to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. See Facebook.com/FeisLebowskiCork and @FeisLebowski for updates.

There will be DJs, white Russians aplenty, a raffle, a prize for the best character costume — and, of course, a screening of the Coen Brothers’ cult classic. All money raised on the night will go to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. See Facebook.com/FeisLebowskiCork and @FeisLebowski for updates.

Fans of El Duderino (and they are legion) will be delighted to hear about the return of Feis Lebowski, Cork’s little Big Lebowski festival. The event, which first ran in 2014, will be held upstairs in the Roundy Bar on Castle St on October 8. There will be DJs, white Russians aplenty, a raffle, a prize for the best character costume — and, of course, a screening of the Coen Brothers’ cult classic. All money raised on the night will go to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. See Facebook.com/FeisLebowskiCork and @FeisLebowski for updates.

FILM TIPS:

Showing at the Triskel in Cork from tomorrow until next Wednesday is the documentary Mom & Me, from Ken Wardrop, the Irish director of the acclaimed His & Hers. Also showing is Men and Chicken, an absurdist Danish comedy featuring former Bond villain and star of TV’s Hannibal, Mads Mikkelsen. — Marjorie Brennan


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