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If you listen to just one Nobel lecture this week, let it be Bob Dylan’s.
Having gone through some of the formalities for the Nobel Prize In Literature, in Sweden, in April, the 76-year-old has just beaten the June 10 deadline for the associated cash award by ‘delivering’ his lecture. He sent the prize committee an audio file.
As a result, he’s €800,000 richer. For fans of Dylan, however, it’ll be a priceless experience to hear from a man who doesn’t pour forth in public. His trademark drawl — Minnesota, via Coolsville — sounds nicely intact and, accompanied by a piano in the background, he talks about all sorts of influences in his life. We hear about the music of Buddy Holly and of Leadbelly, and Dylan refers to being “pals with the wild Irish rover and the wild colonial boy”.
Book-wise, he goes off on extended descriptions of Moby Dick, All Quiet On The Western Front, and The Odyssey. The former Mr Zimmerman completes the 27-minute monologue with a line from Homer: “Sing in me, old Muse, and through me tell the story.”
Earlier this year, Bob Dylan revealed that he was a fan of Valerie June, and the Tennessee blues-woman has announced two gigs in Cork for next month: Connolly’s of Leap (July 14) and Live at St Luke’s (15). If you want to check out how good she is, look up tracks such as ‘Water’ and ‘Workin’ Woman Blues’.
Erasure are due back on the live circuit later this year, and any worries that Andy Bell and Vince Clarke had about whether people would still want to see them must have been swept away as soon as their Dublin gigs were announced.
With January 30 and 31 at the Olympia already sold out, they’ve announced a ‘final’, third appearance for January 29. On the dance front, Fish Go Deep are back in Cyprus Avenue, next Saturday, while Todd Terje is at District 8, in Dublin, next Friday.
The big release today is The Mummy, a modern-set tale of the reawakening of a malevolent Egyptian princess.
Despite the presence of such heavyweights as Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, early reports from critics have not been encouraging. Universal will be hoping that the public votes with bums on seats, as it’s the first release in the movie giant’s series of Dark Universe films. Next up is Bride of Frankenstein, in 2019.
Some cinemas today also have My Cousin Rachel, starring Rachel Weisz (above) in an apparently decent adaptation of the novel by Daphne Du Maurier.
Finally, a minute’s silence for Peter Sallis, who passed away this week at the age of 96.
The British actor is probably best known as the voice of Wallace, the owner of Gromit, in the films by Aardman Animations.
Anyone hoping to go to Spike Island, in Cork Harbour, for Corcadorca’s production of Far Away.
(June 16 - July 1), should note that all weekend performances are already sold out, but tickets do remain for week nights.
Also, as the evening kicks off with a ferry from Cobh, at 9.30pm, the show won’t be finished in time for the last train back to Cork.
Another play at the upcoming Cork Midsummer Festival is Futureproof (Everyman, June 13-15). It will also run at Project Arts Centre, in Dublin, from June 27 to July 1.
Also in the capital, Lisa Dwan performs a version of Samuel Beckett’s No’s Knife, at the Abbey, from tomorrow, for a week; while the same theatre has Noelle Brown’s autobiographical take on being born in the Sacred Heart nuns’ Bessborough mother and baby home, in Cork.
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