3 February 2009
The Guests

Columnist Róisín Ingle, Irish Times On-Line Editor Hugh Linehan and Irish Independent arts journalist Edel Coffey.

The Film: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Directed by Woody Allen, 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' is the story of two young American women on the loose in Barcelona. Vicky, played by Rebecca Hall, is sensible, uptight and engaged. Cristina, played by Scarlett Johansson, is none of these things and constantly searching for all the passion that Barcelona promises. And so enter Juan Antonio, played by Javier Bardem, He is, wouldn't you just know it, a wild and tortured artist, the opposite of Vicky and exactly what Christina is looking for. He, however, is looking at the big picture. 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' goes on general release on Friday 13 February.

The Film: The Good, the Bad and the Weird

'The Good, the Bad and the Weird' is a big-budget Western - from Korea. Set in the 1930s in the Manchurian desert, it takes its influences from classic spaghetti westerns as three men - a bounty hunter, a bandit and train robber - chase across Manchuria to get their hands on a map. They aren't the only ones looking for it, however. Also on the hunt are assorted villains and the Imperial Army of Japan. Can't go wrong. 'The Good, the Bad and the Weird' goes on release on Friday at the IFI and Cineworld on Parnell Street.

The Book: The Heretic's Daughter

'The Heretic's Daughter', is a new novel about the notorious Salem witch trials. What stands out about this one is that the author - Kathleen Kent - is a direct descendant of one of the women - Martha Carrier - hanged all those years ago in 1692. The story is narrated by Martha's daughter, Sarah Carrier, who, along with the rest of the family, is caught up in the puritan cruelty of the New England courts. 'The Heretic's Daughter' is published by MacMillan.

The Play: Waiting for IKEA

Now on at the Axis Theatre in Ballymun, 'Waiting for IKEA' is the two-hander about best friends who live in inner city Dublin where they spend their days waiting - for the postman, for 'Corrie' and now for the opening of IKEA. Written by and starring Georgina McKevitt and Jacinta Sheerin, the play is being performed on the very site where IKEA is actually due to open next year. 'Waiting for IKEA' is at the Axis Theatre in Ballymun until Friday.

The Show: Colin Dunne

Also on at the Project this week is a solo dance show with Colin Dunne called 'Out of Time'. Dunne is internationally acclaimed in the world of step dance and was of course principal dancer with 'Riverdance' during the late 1990s. Currently artist in residence at the University of Limerick, Dunne in this production offers a contemporary perspective on the Irish step tradition. Colin Dunne's 'Out of Time' is at the Project until Friday and at the Pit at the Barbican in London from 17 to 28 February.

The Performance: Rachel Unthank & the Winterset

Our music tonight comes from 2008 Mercury nominees Rachel Unthank & the Winterset. A girl band with a difference, they have been described as the "inheritors, curators and gleeful distorters" of Northern English Folk Music and they are going to play for us 'Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk', a track from their album 'The Bairns'. Rachel Unthank & the Winterset will play the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on Friday, 6 February and Sligo's Clarence Hotel on Saturday, 7 February.

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