And how was your week? Here's our handy tipsheet of Cultural musts for the next seven days...
THE ROLLING SUN BOOK FESTIVAL
Set in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, the quirky Westport book bash runs from Nov 21st-24th - one absolute must-see is new RTÉ Book Show host Rick O'Shea interviewing the mighty Donal Ryan and 2019 Irish Book Awards Best Newcomer winner Anne Griffin on Saturday night, November 23rd - details here.
ANGEL BAT DAWID - THE ORACLE
Y'all were sleeping on this one in Twenty Nineteen. Futuristic jazz rattles from the Chicago clarinettist, composer and "spiritual jazz soothsayer"
When your last movie (The Last Jedi) made a billion dollars, you're allowed to indulge yourself a little - so writer/director Rian Johnson went and made an all-star riff on the old-school whodunnit with an ensemble that includes Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris 'Captain America' Evans, Toni Collette and Lakeith Stanfield. It's in cinemas from next Wednesday, November 27th...
VEGYN - ONLY DIAMONDS CUT DIAMONDS
Debut album from London producer Joe Thornalley who has got the nod from James Blake and Frank Ocean. Full of imaginative beats, dreamy sounds and next-level sonics. Start spreading the word...
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
The feel-good film of the season is still showing in some discerning film theatres, so make amends pronto (or add to your NetAmaApp watchlist). Shia La Boeuf pops up again in a few weeks in his acclaimed semi-autobiographical drama Honey Boy - he's making a serious case for Comeback Of The Year.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE GATE THEATRE
Owen Roe gets his Ebeneezer Scrooge on in The Gate's must-see Christmas show, a new adaptation of Dickens' classic tale from Skins writer Jack Thorne, helmed by Gate Artistic Director Selina Cartmell and boasting a killer cast that includes everyone from Hugh O'Connor and Camille O'Sullivan to the legendary Fionnula Flannigan.
PRINCE: THE STORY OF 1999
Produced in association with The Purple One's estate, this essential new 4-part podcast series takes a fascinating deep dive into the creation of Prince's 1982 double album, ahead of an expanded reissue of the original record later this month - download the first episode here.
DUBLIN MURDERS ON RTÉ PLAYER
The acclaimed adaptation of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad novels, starring Sarah Greene and Killian Scott, is now available to binge-watch via RTÉ Player - go here immediately. Now - can we please have a second series?
Subtitled An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision, this collection of essays, photography, poetry and memoir, this essential anthology edited by poet Jessica Traynor and actor Stephen Rea (published by Stinging Fly Press) shines a light on the experiences of asylum seekers in direct provision today.
THE MOVEMBER ART AUCTION
Movember Ireland has teamed up with ten of Ireland's most prolific street artists to host an exclusive art auction at The Hendrick Hotel, Smithfield on November 29th. Curated by James Earley, some of Ireland’s most notable street artists including Maser, Aches, Joe Caslin and Duda will create a one-off piece inspired by, and aimed at nurturing, open conversations surrounding men’s mental health - find out more here.
Contributors: Rick O'Shea, Derek O'Connor, Nigel Wheatley, Jim Carroll