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MUSIC NEWS: Nasty ravers kill innocent animals?

So it would appear from a report into the death of two dolphins at Connyland Zoo in Switzerland. Apparently the captive creatures were killed from an overdose of heroin substitute Buprenorphine, presumably given to them during a rave at the zoo last November. Meanwhile, the winner of the casting couch competition to play Jimi Hendrix is … Bressie! Actually, the pale-faced Westmeath man didn’t get the part, with the more suitably shaded André 3000 of Outkast playing the late guitarist instead. There is a strong Irish angle to All Is By My Side, however, as Dublin and Wicklow are the major filming locations for Donnie Darko director John Ridley’s account of Hendrix’s time in Britain in the late 1960s, according to Hot Press reports that troubled singer Sinéad O’Connor has parted company with her manager Fachtna Ó Ceallaigh, formerly the man behind the Boomtown Rats. US punk band Against Me’s leading man is about to become its leading woman. Singer Tom Gabel is to begin treatment to change gender and will be living under the name Laura Jane Grace. Gabel told Rolling Stone that he will remain married to his wife Heather. “For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news. But she’s been super-amazing and understanding.” Tickets for all three Leonard Cohen gigs at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham (Sept 11-14) are sold out. Finally, the extended version of Later With Jools on BBC Two at 11.50pm tonight includes Plan B, Tom Jones and Django Django.

GIG WISE: Unsurprisingly, the great Jessie J’s gig at the Marquee in Cork on Jul 3 sold out rather quickly, and presumably the tickets which went on sale this morning for an additional appearance at the venue on Sunday, Jul 1, will fly out the door just as quickly. Also in Cork, Therapy are at Cyprus Avenue tonight, while Gomez are at the same venue on Jun 26. Norah Jones is often poo-poohed for her middle-of-the-road inclinations, and this snobbery may block people’s ears to her serious voice and the talent befitting a daughter of Ravi Shankar. Anyway, her new album, Little Broken Hearts, is getting some great reviews for its edgier sound, and she’ll be playing loads of it at the Bórd Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin on September 7. Dublin also plays host to Destroyer when he brings his unique pop to Whelans on Nov 15.

THEATRE NIGHTS: Hollywood star John Malkovich, pictured, makes his stage debut in Ireland when he takes on the role of Jack Unterweger, a real-life poet and convicted murderer from Austria, in The Internal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer at the National Concert Hall on May 27. The work also features classical accompaniment, a conductor and two sopranos. The Everyman Palace in Cork launched its new season earlier this week, and highlights include the commedia opera Pagliacci (Jun 20-26) and DruidMurphy (Sept 11-21), Druid’s series of plays by Tom Murphy.

FILM TIPS: Peter Bogdanovich (director of The Last Picture Show) and Joel Cox (editor on Unforgiven and Mystic River) are among the guests at the inaugural John Ford Ireland Film Symposium in Dublin from Jun 7-10. The event is a four-day focus on film named in tribute of the Irish-American director, and his Quiet Man will be one of several screenings during the event. Barbaric Genius, a documentary on the life of John Healy, writer of The Grass Arena, is at the IFI from May 25-29. The London-Irish author can also add the titles of wino, mugger and chess prodigy to his bow. Films at Triskel Christchurch in Cork over the next few days include Marley, the biopic of the Jamaican reggae star; and Le Havre, the tale of friendship between a young African and a shoeshiner in the French town.

Des O’Driscoll


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