17 October 2006
Tonight's panellists

Karim Rehmani-White, Irish agent for Thames and Hudson; a member of the band Prenup, Cáit O'Riordan; and artist and broadcaster Hilary Orpen.

The Film: Marie Antoinette

A few years ago director Sofia Coppola proved herself up to the family name with her hugely successful movie 'Lost in Translation'. Her latest film is a retelling of the story of the French Queen Marie Antoinette. From her marriage to Louis XVI at the age of 15 to becoming queen at 19 and finally her beheading at 38, this ought to be quite the story. It stars Kirsten Dunst as Marie - the right royal teenager rebelling against the ludicrous etiquette of the French court. With an all-star cast, a soundtrack which features everything from Adam Ant to Aphex Twin and an Oscar for best costume design surely already in the handbag, this certainly sounds like one for extra large tub of popcorn.

The Play: The Alice Trilogy

Tom Murphy is without doubt one of our greatest living playwrights. Now at the Peacock Theatre in Dublin he directs the Irish premiere of his own 'Alice Trilogy'. Jane Brennan plays Alice, wife and mother of three, at three different stages of her adult life: young, married and secretly drinking in 1980, meeting an old flame in 1995, and finally 10 years later struck by a family tragedy. 'The Alice Trilogy' runs at the Peacock until 4 November.

The Book: The Light of Evening

'The Light of Evening' is the new novel from Edna O'Brien. Dilly Macready is in her hospital bed in Dublin waiting for a visit from her estranged daughter Eleanora - an internationally famous writer of novels still notorious at home because of the scandal caused by her first book. Now who does that sound that like? Perhaps that's why O'Brien says of the book: "I did not wish to write a memoir. It had to be fiction - fiction allows for imagination." That said, for Edna O'Brien fans, and there are very many, this might at first appear as a very intimate portrait of the life of her own mother and of their relationship. The book incidentally is dedicated simply: "For my mother - and my motherland." 'The Light of Evening' is published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson and costs €22.

The Exhibition: Louise Bourgeois

Born in Paris in 1911, Louise Bourgeois, now 94, lives and works in New York. A hugely influential international artist working in sculpture, drawing and print-making, she has been working for over 60 years. At the age of 72, serious recognition came with her first retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York - and you may remember her 'Stitches in Time' exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art back in 2003. A new show at the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny focuses on prints on fabric. It is titled simply 'Louise Bourgeois: Selected Prints on Fabric'. The exhibition continues at The Butler Gallery in Kilkenny until 12 November.

The Performance: Freddie White

Freddie White introduced many of us to the songs of Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Warren Zevon and Hoagy Carmichael. He plays Bewley's Café Theatre every Monday night in Dublin until 18 December, the Bailey Enniscorthy this Thursday and the Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 4 November. Tonight he performs for us the Nils Lofgren song 'Black Books'.

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