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PopLives #17: Willie White

Every week this Q&A will find out what various heads in music, film, fashion, theatre, bukes, performance, tech stuff, and whatever else are consuming.   Willie White is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Dublin Theatre Festival, and the …

Thu, Aug 30, 2012, 12:18

   

Every week this Q&A will find out what various heads in music, film, fashion, theatre, bukes, performance, tech stuff, and whatever else are consuming.

 

Willie White is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Dublin Theatre Festival, and the curator of the Theatre Stage in Mindfield at this weekend’s Electric Picnic festival.

(pic via here)

What are you reading?
I have two books on the go at the moment – Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway and What Money Can’t Buy by Michael Sandel.  The first is a deftly written set of surreal stories with a cast of doleful and shady characters and a band of pompous wolves, the second is about how market values are encroaching on places they probably don’t belong.

Last film you saw and your verdict?
The Dark Night Rises – I’m sorry to say I found it rather long and ultimately disappointing. I’d say that sales of Fernet Branca are up though.

You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
Magazines I usually read are The Wire, Wired or Sight and Sound so I’ll reach for them. Given that I want to make good use of my golden ticket I will also grab some gardening, woodworking and running titles from Eason’s extensive selection.

What are your most clicked bookmarks?
The Irish Times, The Guardian and The New York Times for news, Nialler9 and Pitchfork for music. I also like The Verge and Slate.

Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme?
I have RTÉ Radio One on all the time in the kitchen at home. Other than that the two podcasts I enjoyed most recently were Nialler9 #41 and Nature Theatre of Oklahoma’s rambling but charming interview with actor Jim Fletcher from their OK Radio series. I’m also a big fan of Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time podcasts.

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
Music usually; emo kids covering Tegan and Sarah, Self Aid, The Smiths, early U2, Jello Biafra stirring it on Oprah, new stuff on music blogs.

What track should we listen to right now?
As they’re playing Electric Picnic on Saturday and the earth is still burning I’d listen to ‘Impact’ from Orbital’s ‘brown’ album.
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Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
We watched the third series of Spirals (Engrenages) on our holidays recently. It’s a Paris based police drama with the usual mix of corruption, dodgy but ultimately virtuous cops, immaculately coiffed and venal lawyers and stereotypical baddies. Other than that I can’t get near the telly for iCarly and The Matt Hatter Chronicles.

Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
I saw Adebisi Shank in the Button Factory a few weeks ago. They were very good and I liked the new tunes. Last week I arrived in the Noorderpark in Groningen just as Alt-J (∆) were playing the last few bars of their final song of a free concert at a performing arts festival. I was kicking myself that I’d missed them but those few bars sounded good.

Which app do you use the most?
Other than email and Twitter it’s probably Tripit, Skyscanner and Endomondo.

And finally, if you book tickets to one play this month, make it…
Apart from everything in Dublin Theatre Festival, of course, I’m looking forward to seeing Death of the Tradesmen at ABSOLUT Fringe.

Previously on Pop Lives: Niall Muckian, Phil BoyleAngela DorganRoise GoanJoshua GordonMick MinogueEilis BoyleAnnie MacBen FrowMichael McDermottSinead O’Connor,  Shane LanganKathy ScottEoghan KidneyMichael Roe, and Phillip McMahon.

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