Friday 18th January

Album reviews

Nadine O'Regan and John Meagher review 'Remind Me Tomorrow' from Sharon van Etten, 'Assume Form' from James Blake and 'Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared' from Deerhunter

'77 Million Paintings', an exhibition by Brian Eno

Brian Eno, whose art and music installation '77 Million Paintings' is now on show at the RHA Dublin

Special Tribute Award for Owen Roe

Owen Roe, who will receive the Special Tribute Award at the Irish Times Theatre Awards this year for his work on stage

New Creative Director for Galway 2020

Helen Marriage, newly-appointed Creative Director of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture project

Thursday 17th January

Fyre Festival disaster - a documentary

Alan Corr with a guide to the disaster that was the Fyre Festival, the subject of documentaries by Netflix and Hulu

Music Network tour celebrating the Irish Scottish musical tradition

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Siobhan Miller, Damien Mullane and Anna Massie, who are on a Music Network tour of Ireland celebrating the musical traditions of Ireland and Scotland

Film reviews

Maia Mathieu and Hilary White review 'Mary Queen of Scots', 'Beautiful Boy' and 'Glass'

Wednesday 16th January

'Flora and Fauna', an exhibition by Amanda Doran at the RHA

Amanda Doran explains how she created a new universe for her exhibition 'Flora and Fauna' at the RHA

'Girls In Silk Kimonos', a play by Miriam Gallagher

Mia Gallagher and Conor O'Malley talk about 'Girls In Silk Kimonos', a play written by the late Miriam Gallagher

RTÉ NSO appoints new Chief Conductor

Spanish conductor Jaime Martín who has just been appointed Chief Conductor with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Once Upon A Time In The West, a talk by Sir Christopher Frayling at NUI Galway

Sir Christopher Frayling on the influence of the Sergio Leone western 'Once Upon A Time In The West'

Tuesday 15th January

20th anniversary of 'The Matrix'

Harvey O'Brien marks the 20th anniversary of the film 'The Matrix'

'Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful/East Belfast Boy' by Prime Cut Productions

Emma Jordan, Fintan Brady and John Patrick Higgins chat about the Prime Cut Productions double-bill 'Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful/East Belfast Boy'

Review: 'Je t'aime: The Legendary Love Story of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg' by Veronique Mortaigne

Sophie Gorman reviews 'Je t'aime: The Legendary Love Story of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg' by Veronique Mortaigne (published by Icon)

Theatre Forum report 2019

Peter Daly, chairman of the Theatre Forum whose report reveals the standard of living for Irish theatre-makers

Monday 14th January

80th anniversary of Blue Note Records

Cormac Larkin marks the 80th anniversary of jazz label Blue Note Records

'The First Protestant', a play by Gerry Farrell

Gerry Farrell explains how his psychotherapy training inspired his play 'The First Protestant'

Madness in European Literature at First Fortnight 2019

Leonor Bethencourt who will host the literary cabaret on Madness in European Literature

Friday 11th January

Album reviews

Róisín Dwyer and Alan Corr review 'Tomb' from Angelo de Augustine, 'Tallies' from Tallies and 'Isaac Nelson' from Bobby Basil

'Walk For Me', a play by Kate Stanley Brennan

Kate Stanley Brennan and Sarah Brennan chat about their production 'Walk For Me', Kate's debut play

TV preview: 'Sex Education' on Netflix

Mary McGill previews 'Sex Education', a new series on Netflix

Thursday 10th January

'Womb', a play by Outlandish Theatre Platform at First Fortnight 2019

Bernie O'Reilly and Maud Hendricks from Outlandish Theatre Platform explain their play 'Womb'

'BAD-MAN Oh Man', an exhibition by Shane Keeling at First Fortnight 2019

Shane Keeling talks about his exhibition 'BAD-MAN Oh Man', exploring the links between masculinity, loss and suicide

Music for Galway Midwinter Festival 2019

Finghin Collins, artistic director of this year's Music for Galway Midwinter Festival

Film reviews

Cara O'Doherty and Justin MacGregor review 'Stan & Ollie', 'The Front Runner' and 'Colette'

Wednesday 9th January

Joe Caslin at the National Gallery for First Fortnight 2019

Joe Caslin, who has collaborated on the 'heARTS and Minds' exhibition at the National Gallery, part of the First Fortnight festival

TV preview: series 3 of 'True Detective'

Justin MacGregor previews series 3 of 'True Detective', which starts next Monday on Sky Atlantic

Miriam Aida performs at the Dublin Bowie Festival 2019

Swedish jazz singer Miriam Aida, one of the performers at the Dublin Bowie Festival this weekend

Arts News - letter of complaint re Abbey Theatre

Gerry Stembridge and Jimmy Murphy, both signatories of the letter to the Minister for Culture expressing concern about the direction in the Abbey Theatre

Tuesday 8th January

'Macbeth', directed by Rufus Norris at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre of Great Britain who brings 'Macbeth' to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this month

Review: 'Salt On My Skin' by Benoite Groult

Sinead Mooney reviews 'Salt On My Skin' by Benoite Groult (published by World Editions)

Review: 'The Last Days of August', a podcast by Jon Ronson

Anna Rodgers reviews the podcast 'The Last Days of August' by Jon Ronson

Monday 7th January

'Disconnected', a play by Ali Hardiman

Ali Hardiman chats about her debut play 'Disconnected'

'Photographing The Dead', a poem by Jessica Traynor

Jessica Traynor reads 'Photographing The Dead', from her latest collection 'The Quick' (published by Dedalus Press)

'The Vertigo Project', a photographic exhibition by Jean Curran

Jean Curran talks about 'The Vertigo Project', her photographic exhibition based on the Alfred Hitchcock film

TV preview: 'Brexit: The Uncivil War'

Kay Sheehy previews the Channel 4 tv drama 'Brexit: The Uncivil War'

Arts News - letter of complaint re Abbey Theatre

Eithne Shortall explains the background to the letter to the Minister for Culture objecting to the direction in the Abbey Theatre

Friday 4th January

'Footprints In The Snow', a story by Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin reads from 'Footprints In The Snow', a short story in her collection 'Truth and Dare: Short Stories About Women Who Shaped Ireland'

Preview: season 4 of 'Catastrophe'

Sorcha Kenny previews the upcoming season 4 of the comedy 'Catastrophe'

Review: 'Once Upon A River' by Diane Setterfield

Siobhan Callaghan reviews 'Once Upon A River' by Diane Setterfield (published by Doubleday)

'Cause To Grieve', a poem by Steafán Hanvey

Steafán Hanvey reads his poem 'Cause To Grieve'

'Cellar Door', a film by Viko Nikci

Writer/director Viko Nikci and actress Karen Hassan chat about the Irish psychological thriller 'Cellar Door'

Thursday 3rd January

Review: 'This Day In Music's Guide To The Clash' by Malcolm Wyatt

Róisín Dwyer reviews 'This Day In Music's Guide To The Clash' by Malcolm Wyatt (published by This Day In Music Books)

'Resistance', a new television drama written by Colin Teevan

Colin Teevan, writer of the new RTÉ television drama 'Resistance'

Film reviews

Arlene Hunt and Gavin Burke review 'RBG' and 'An Impossible Love'

Wednesday 2nd January

'Last Night A DJ Saved My Life' at First Fortnight 2019

Cathy Coughlan, curator of 'Last Night A DJ Saved My Life' at the First Fortnight festival

A profile of the writer Colette

Sophie Gorman with a profile of the French writer Colette

Review: 'Evening In Paradise' by Lucia Berlin

Yvonne Nolan reviews 'Evening In Paradise', the second in a posthumous collection of short stories by Lucia Berlin (published by Picador)

Essay: the end of BBC review series 'Film...'

Simon Maher with an essay about the end of the BBC One review series 'Film...'

'The Informer', a film by John Ford

Ruth Barton looks at the 1935 John Ford film 'The Informer', which has been honoured by the US Library of Congress for its cultural significance

Friday 21st December

Album reviews

Christmas album reviews with Rachel Breslin and Simon Maher - 'A Legendary Christmas' from John Legend, 'Happy Xmas' from Eric Clapton, 'This Christmas Day' from Jessie J and 'Keep Christmas In The Heart' EP from The Lost Brothers

'Hot One' by One Horse Pony

Rob Foley and Kevin Morrison from One Horse Pony explain how their song 'Hot One' came about

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