WATCH THE SHOW
 19 September 2006
The Film: The Black Dahlia

Directed by Brian de Palma, 'The Black Dahlia' is an adaptation of James Elroy's novel of the same name. Set in Hollywood in the 1940s, it tells the story of two cops investigating the brutal murder of a would-be starlet called Elizabeth Short. It is all based on a true story, a notorious unsolved murder from 1947, the victim known in the press as the Black Dahlia. The cast includes Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Scarlett Johansson and Hilary Swank in a very dark take on murder, exploitation, corruption, conspiracy and several kinds of obsession. 'The Black Dahlia' is open at cinemas nationwide.

Read the RTÉ.ie Entertainment review of 'The Black Dahlia' here.


The Book: Paula Spencer by Roddy Doyle

In Roddy Doyle's novel 'The Woman Who Walked Into Doors', Paula Spencer was 39, recently widowed and alcoholic. Her late husband was one of the most notorious characters in Irish fiction - the violent and abusive Charlo. In his new book, 'Paula Spencer', it is ten years on and Paula has been sober for four months and five days. 'Paula Spencer' is published by Jonathan Cape and costs £17.


The Exhibition: Faith by Jackie Nickerson

Jackie Nickerson is an artist based in County Louth. Her show - 'Faith' - now on at the Paul Kane Gallery in Dublin, is the result of two-and-a-half years photographing Ireland's religious communities. From Glenstall Abbey to the Hermitage in County Mayo, she had unique access into the very private worlds of Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in their places of work and prayer. Jackie Nickerson's 'Faith' is at the Paul Kane Gallery in Merrion Square, Dublin.


The Event: Culture Night

Following a trend that has become popular in Europe, this Friday sees the first Culture Night for Dublin. Major theatres, museums and galleries in the capital will have a late night opening until 9pm and there will be buses laid on to allow people an extra opportunity to catch up on current exhibits. Shay Healy checks out some of the events on offer. Culture Night is on this Friday, 22 September, throughout Dublin city. Further details can be found on www.templebar.ie. RTÉ is not responsible for the content of external websites.


The Play: Every Day Above Ground

At the Project, SaBooge Theatre Company returns to the Dublin Fringe festival with 'Every Day Above Ground', the story of Billy the Kid. The company puts its emphasis on physical theatre, and on its last visit here - with 'Fathom' in 2004 - it won the Best Production in the Fringe. This production is a Gothic Western inspired by Michael Ondaajte's book. 'Every Day Above Ground' runs at the Project in Temple Bar until Saturday.


The Performance: Maria Tecce

Boston-born Maria Tecce has been living in Ireland for eight years, during which she has developed a devoted audience for her cool jazz cabaret act. She will be launching her new album, 'Torch Song' this week and is playing in the Spiegeltent tomorrow night as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Here with 'One More for my Baby (And One More for the Road)', Maria Tecce.


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