And how was your week? Here's our handy tipsheet of Cultural musts for the next seven days...
The bold and the beautiful are making their annual mass exodus to Kerry for the latest installment of the essential music happening - while getting access to the shows at St. James' Church can prove tricky (they're being filmed for broadcast by RTÉ next year), the real fun is to be had on the music trail, with amazing artists to be found in tiny venues across Dingle. It all kicks off tomorrow with the Ireland's Edge event, streaming live here on RTÉ Culture. While you're at it, don't miss the Other Voices Berlin special on RTÉ 2 on the 3rd of December - find out more here.
THE IRISHMAN ON NETFLIX
That's right, the most acclaimed movie of 2019 is now available for streaming after a brief cinema release. Martin Scorsese's crowning achievement provides a magnificent coda to a career than spans a half-century, and it's a revelation to see both Robert De Niro and Al Pacino doing work that compares with their '70s best. It's also fun to see Joe Pesci back onscreen, and quietly stealing the show.
GIRL BAND FOR ALL TOGETHER NOW
After a pair of phenomenal comeback shows at Vicar Street, the Dublin noiseniks have announced that their only Irish show of 2020 will be an appearance at next summer's third installment of the Waterford bash. With only one other act announced thus far - that would be Iggy Pop - it's already unmissable.
PAN PAN DO BECKETT'S ENDGAME
A pair of right and proper theatrical legends take to the stage this weekend, as one of Ireland's great double acts - Des Keogh and Rosaleen Linehan - star in Pan Pan's new production of Samuel Beckett's masterpiece Endgame, running at Project Arts Centre from 30 Nov - 07 Dec. Listen to Director Gavin Quinn and Rosaleen Linehan chatting to RTÉ Arena below:
HYPERSPACE BY BECK
Beck's collaboration with Pharrell Williams is a return to form - delicious.
WATCHMEN ON SKY ATLANTIC
Damien Lindelof's TV sequel to the classic graphic novel might not have the approval of original creator Alan Moore - who washed his hands of all things Watchmen years ago - but it is a starling and audacious riff on one of the key literary works of the modern age, with stunning performances from Regina King and Jeremy Irons, and a hell of a score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The most recent installment might just be the best hour of television we've seen all year...
LOUISE EAST IN DUBLIN REVIEW
'A year to the day after my father's death, we buried his ashes. I flew home from Berlin for the occasion, my sister from New Zealand.'
The riveting tale of an east German holiday home and its ghosts, Louise East's The datscha is the highlight of the latest issue of the ever-essential Irish literary journal and a welcome return from a fine writer.
Presenting NUMBER 77 | WINTER 2019 with Anne Enright, @sineadgleeson, @roisinkiberd, @briangdillon, @SusanMcKay15, @SelinaGuinness and @PatrickFreyne1 on the English question. Plus new writing by @DarraghMc, @LouiseEast and more. Subscriptions at https://t.co/Gm7sfBm3Z5 pic.twitter.com/RcCLsyERCv— The Dublin Review (@TheDublinReview) November 21, 2019
BROKEN RECORD PODCAST
We can't get enough of writer Malcom Gladwell and producer Rick Rubin being smart and sassy with musicians:
THE FIDELO TRIO WINTER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Happening this weekend in DCU, this intimate (and utterly essential) event includes two world premieres by Irish and American composers, and a visit from the esteemed Apple Hill String Quartet - find out more here.
THE RETURN OF E.T. AND ELLIOT
This four-minute sequel to Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic reunites actor Henry Thomas with his intergalactic pal - and wins the Christmas ad competition. It should be terrible. But it isn't. Handkerchieves at the ready...
Contibutors: Jim Carroll, Neil Leyden, Ian McGlynn, Derek O'Connor, Nigel Wheatley, Rick O'Shea