22 November 2005
The Film: Everything is Illuminated
Starring Elijah Wood and directed by Liev Schreiber, 'Everything is Illuminated' is a road movie with a difference. Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, it's the story of a young American Jew who travels to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis.

The Book: Torn Water
'Torn Water' is the debut novel from John Lynch, an actor best known for his performance in the movie version of Bernard MacLaverty's 'Cal'. Set in Newry in Co Down, it tells the story of James Lavery - the son of a dead IRA man, killed by his own bomb. For James, however, the lost father is still very much a presence - reinvented in the boy's mind as, among other things, a superhero, an angel and an astronaut. 'Torn Water' is published by Fourth Estate.

The Play: Blood
Currently on at the Project in Dublin, 'Blood' by the Swedish playwright Lars Noren is the story of a husband and wife in Paris - exiles from Pinochet's Chile. They are a most unhappy couple, mainly because they left their young son behind and have been trying to find him ever since. Rosa, played by Ingrid Craigie, is now an author and her husband Eric, played by Conor Mullen, is a psychiatrist having an affair with a young male patient - the same age as their lost son.

The Exhibition: Robert Gober
Robert Gober is an important modern American artist who examines the American character through his sculptures and drawings. He has become widely known for his remade found objects, many of them body fragments made from wax. His first Irish exhibition is now on at the Royal Hibernian Academy, and runs until 8 January.

The Performance: Emm Gryner
Canadian singer-songwriter Emm Gryner, who has worked and toured with David Bowie, Curtis Mayfield and Rufus Wainwright, is on tour in Ireland all this week. Her latest album, 'Songs of Love and Death', reflects her interest in her Irish roots and features her own takes on classics of the Irish canon - songs by the likes of Ash, The Undertones, The Virgin Prunes and Gilbert O'Sullivan.

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