Des O’Driscoll takes a look at what’s goes on around the country.
MUSIC NEWS: Carlos Santana finally gets filed under ‘sad old man’ following his comments on Beyoncé in the wake of the Grammy awards.
Speaking up for the Adele, the veteran guitarist had said: “Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it’s more like modelling kind of music — music to model a dress — she’s not a singer, singer, with all respect to her.”
Santana has since backtracked on the comments, but in the meantime has incurred the wrath of Ms Knowles’ fiercely loyal fans, the Beyhive.
In other news, Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z had various dealings with the late Biggie Smalls, and the assassinated rapper’s own wife is about to release an album of duets with the husband she lost in March 1997.
Faith Evans, quite an accomplished singer herself, has recorded new vocals to go with a selection of recordings Biggie made before his death.
Finally, James Corden’s star continues to rise in America, and earlier this week he released a nifty trailer for the new series of Carpool Karaoke, which is migrating from its slot on CBS’s Late Late Show to Apple Music.
Will Smith, Alicia Keys and John Legend are among the upcoming guests in a show that must have been a strange one to pitch, but has enjoyed incredible popularity.
GIG WISE: TG4’s Gradam Ceoil event at Cork Opera House on Sunday is totally sold out, and the Irish-language channel is also using its visit to Cork to record another concert at Live@St Luke’s next Friday.
A flock of Cork artists, including Mick Flannery, John Spillane and Conal Creedon, will take to the stage for a show that will then be broadcast on St Patrick’s Day. Tickets from Uticket.ie.
Also in Cork, former Ultravox singer Midge Ure is at Cork Opera House next Thursday.
That same venue has some interesting gigs about to be announced in the near future. Watch this space. In Dublin, Arcade Fire are the second major act to announce a summer show at Malahide Castle (June 14), three days before The 1975.
Kings of Leon also added a third “and final” date, July 4, to their run at the 3Arena. Brian Wilson will perform the Beach Boys’ classic Pet Sounds at the BGE Theatre in Dublin on July 25.
POETRY FESTIVAL: After a week of readings and discussions, the Cork International Poetry Festival continues until tomorrow. Upcoming highlights include readings by American poets Carolyn Forché and Yusef Komunyakaa tonight at Cork Arts Theatre; and a tribute to the late John Montague, pictured, tomorrow. See corkpoetryfest.net
FILM TIPS: It’s the film we’ve all been waiting for. After scoring with Kiwi indie offering Hunt for the Wilderpeople, director Taika Waititi has announced his next project will be a film about Michael Jackson’s famed pet monkey Bubbles.
The Hollywood Reporter says the project will combine 3D printing and puppetry, a la Anomalisa. Meanwhile, with German comedy Toni Erdmann gaining an Oscar nomination and plenty oftraction, it was probably inevitable that somebody would try an English-language version.
Apparently, Jack Nicholson has been lined up for the lead role. There isn’t much in the way of big openings in cinemas this weekend, though Hidden Figures would provide some pleasant diversion.
The Audi Dublin Film Festival continues until next week with a really good mix of Irish and international offerings. In Cork, Triskel has Jackie and Japanese animation Your Name.
ALL AND SUNDRY: Murder In Shandy Hall, the Co Cork-set musical, returns to the city’s opera house next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Graham Norton’s guests tonight on his BBC show include Tom Hiddleston, Ricky Gervais and Daniel Radcliffe.
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