18 October 2005
The Film: Broken Flowers

'Broken Flowers' is the new movie from director Jim Jarmusch. It stars Bill Murray as Don Johnston, a resolutely single man who has nevertheless been consistently busy in the romance department. After being dumped by his latest lover, who's just about had enough of his bachelor ways, he suddenly receives an anonymous pink letter from a mysterious ex bringing him the shock news that, out there somewhere, he has a 19-year-old son. And so Don sets off on a road trip to find his former girlfriends of 20 years before - and what a line-up they are: Frances Conroy, Sharon Stone, Tilda Swinton and Jessica Lange.

The Book: Larks' Eggs: New and Selected Stories

'Larks' Eggs' is a collection of 22 stories - 12 of them new - by Galway-born writer Desmond Hogan. Published by Lilliput, the blurb announces that they are proud to reintroduce Hogan - suggesting that perhaps he is a writer not as well known as he should be. And yet, for those who know his work, Hogan is one of our most powerful and skilled writers - someone who absolutely nails it when it comes to exile, loneliness and the snares of personal history. 'Larks' Eggs' is published by Lilliput and costs €17.99.

The Show: The Wrong Man

Danny Morrison, the man famously responsible for the line about the Armalite and the ballot box, is these days known as a writer and critic. He has several books to his name, including the novel 'The Wrong Man' - begun while he was in prison for conspiracy to kidnap and completed after his release in 1995. That was his third novel, since adapted for the stage and now running at Dublin's Tivoli Theatre, directed by Sarah Tipple.

The Exhibition: The Hours

Just opened at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, 'The Hours' is a new exhibition of contemporary work from Latin America. It comprises 121 works from the Daros-Latin American collection and presents works by some of the most celebrated artists working today.

The Performance: Trio Resistances

On their current CD 'Global Songs', French musicians Trio Resistances are inspired as much by the words of Martin Luther King as by the greats of Jazz. In this spirit, they return to a song adapted from an old gospel hymn and an old US Civil War spiritual - and made very famous in the 1960s.

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