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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: August 6, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    If you only do one thing this weekend ….

    Laurence Mackin

    Then get your buns down to Kilkenny where the annual Arts Festival is kicking into gear. So this week all our selections are coming at you from the Marble City Massive.

    Listen to: Bob Fisk reflecting on a career in journalism that has seen him become one of the world’s most respected foreign correspondents. This year he is delivering the Hubert Butler lecture. Saturday, 6pm. St Canice’s Cathedral. €15-13.

    See: Erik Friedlander, with support from the FLM Ensemble. The New York cellist is the son of US photographer Lee Friedlander, and grew up in a house surrounded by the music of John Coltrane, Ray Charles and Ornette Coleman. Most people might put him in a jazz jacket but he’s way too hip to be in just one outfit, and has played with the likes of John Zorn, Laurie Anderson and Courtney Love over the years. He’s classically trained, with a jazzy approach to improvisation and with enough respect for the instrument to know when he can push beyond its boundaries. Sunday. Set Theatre. €20/17.

    Pay attention to: John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and Andrew O’Hagan, who has written a novel from the point of view of Marilyn Monroe’s dog. How I envy that dog. Sunday, August 8th, 6pm. The Watergate Theatre. €13/11.

    Go and see: I’m not a feminist, but if I was . . . New Work Revealed by the Guerilla Girls. The internationally renowned feminist arts group have been casting their cold eyes over Ireland’s treatment of its female artists. Expect no punches to be pulled. August 6th-15th. Kilkenny Co Council Arts Office. Free

    For tickets for all of the above where necessary see kilkennyarts.ie or tel: 056-7752175

    This is what I’ll be hoping to catch over the weekend, no doubt you have your own ideas so feel free to post them below. Please try and keep it brief and do declare an interest where you have one. And to get your weekend off to a bang here’s Erik Friedlander doing his epic thing in John Zorn’s Stone club in NYC. Stunning.

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