13 December 2005
The Film: King Kong
Peter Jackson, the Academy Award-winning director of 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy has just fulfilled a long held ambition: to make his very own version of 'King Kong'. The original 1933 film is a classic - as spectacular in its day as anything ever seen before. Its tagline was 'The Most Awesome Thriller of All Time'. This time around, with huge technological advances over the years, Jackson's version is of huge interest to moviegoers - on a basic level just to see how he does it. Big Gorilla, big movie - and a running time of over three hours.

The Exhibition: John Berger
As Cork 2005 draws to a close, one of the highlights of the year is happening this week. An exhibition by the acclaimed artist John Berger, entitled 'Entries - Drawings 1999 - 2005', has just opened in the city at the Vangard Gallery. Berger himself visited many galleries in Cork before choosing the Vangard for its intimate space, and views over the spires of the city. Berger is one of the most influential cultural thinkers of the last 50 years. From his art criticism in 'Ways of Seeing', to his writing on the experience of Turkish immigrants in Germany in 'A Seventh Man' and his Booker-winning novel 'G', he has looked with a critical and sympathetic eye on great works of art and the communities he has lived among. One of his themes has been collaboration between artists and for this specially created exhibition at the Vangard Gallery he has worked with Spanish artist Marisa Camino. The dynamic of their work together creates a third artist, the process itself.

The Discussion: Cork 2005
As Cork 2005 draws to a close, our panel - Noel Sheridan, Hilary Orpen and Brian O'Connell - discuss the year and its impact.

The Book: Map of Glass
'Map of Glass' is the new novel from Canadian writer Jane Urquhart. It centres on a strange incident where a young artist, Jerome, finds a dead frozen man on an island in Lake Ontario. One year later, Sylvia, the dead man's lover, turns up to meet Jerome, to tell him all about the man he found and her relationship with him. This is largely a book about memory - and Sylvia's story is something she needs to tell while she still can. 'Map of Glass' is published by Bloomsbury at £15 sterling.

The Performance: Liam Ó Maonlaí
Liam Ó Maonlaí, sometimes of the Hothouse Flowers, has just released his debut solo album 'Rian'. It's a return, not that he ever left it, to the traditional music and sean nós singing he was raised with. Tonight he performs for us 'Sadbh Ní Buruinnealadh' from the album.

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