CINEMAS: ELVIS

Baz Luhrmann's lavish biopic of The King is as OTT as you might expect from the director of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby - and a lot of fun, to boot. Austin Butler deserves a hunka hunka burnin' love for his star-making turn as Elvis, while a prosthetic-heavy Tom Hanks goes big - literally and figuratively - as the villainous Col. Tom Parker (In cinemas nationwide).

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EVENT: HINTERLAND FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE

The annual multi-disciplinary arts festival based in the spiritual home of the Book of Kells returns with an event with promises 'an illuminating journey of debate, discussion, reflection and imagination' and an eclectic line-up that includes detective fiction writer Val McDermid, Joy Division/New Order percussionist Stephen Morris, actor and writer Evanna Lynch (AKA Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies), RTÉ legends Marty Morrissey and Eileen Dunne (on her book on the GAA All Stars), Irish Times columnist Fintan O'Toole, first time novelists Declan O'Rourke (better known as one of our top singer-songwriters) and Catherine Prasifka, the ever popular Michael Harding and music from Kíla (Kells, Co. Meath from 23rd – 26th June).

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, UNEXPLORED POWER (2022)
Featuring Ebun Sodipo, Tobi Adebajo and Reannon Licorish

VISUAL ART: I NEED YOUR HELP / TÁ DO CHÚNAMH AG TEASTÁIL UAIM

The first solo exhibition by artist Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley in Ireland, curated by Tendai Mutambu presents an immersive, interactive environment; an experiment in worldbuilding; and part of the artist's continuing archival project to record the lives of Black trans people in the present so that they will not be forgotten in the future. At the centre of this new installation is a full-motion video (FMV) game using pre-recorded video files to display action in a game in which the audience is left to answer the question: WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO GIVE UP? (At Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 24 June - 13 August 2022)

MUSIC: GREEN DAY/G N' R/RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

A three-day feast of hard rock icons at kicks off at Dublin's Marley Park on Monday, June 27th with a rescheduled visit from the Hella Mega Tour, featuring Green Day, Fall Out Boy and the mighty Weezer, the latter making a very rare Irish appearance. It gets heavier, with Guns N' Roses on the Tuesday night (June 28th) and Red Hot Chili Peppers giving it away on the Wednesday (June 29th).

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BOOK: LAPVONA: A NOVEL

In a village in a medieval fiefdom buffeted by natural disasters, a motherless shepherd boy finds himself the unlikely pivot of a power struggle that puts all manner of faith to a savage test... The eagerly anticipated new novel from literary hot ticket Ottessa Moshfegh, the Man Booker shortlisted author of Eileen, My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Death in Her Hands (all of which are scheduled for screen adaptations) is already dividing critics left, right and centre. As alternative beach reads go, it's a must.

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