If you only do one thing this weekend ….
Listen to: We were going to recommend you head North and check out the Belsonic festival, but all the good gigs are sold out. So instead, go for the capital and prepare yourself for a night of gentle, subtle, emotive soundscapes with . . . sorry, prepare to have the shirt ripped off your back and a full-on sonic punch up from Adebisi Shank, who are launching their new album tonight in Whelan’s. Support comes from Richter Collective stablemates Bats. Expect huge guitar sounds, an apocalyptic rhythm section and enough energy to power a small country. And masks.
Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin. 7.30pm, €12.
Go to: It’s not strictly artsy, but the summer is gathering its things and preparing to leave, so take advantage of what weather is left and head for Yoga in the Park on Saturday morning. A €5 minimum donation gets you yoga instruction in the lush and leafy surroundings of Dartmouth Square in Ranelagh, Dublin. Expect to get your stretch on from 11am to 12.30pm.
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Watch: Look, we all know Un Prophète (or Prophet A as my local Xtravision translated it) was the best film from last year and we fumed when it didn’t walk away with the Best Foreign Language Oscar. (While we’re at it, what the hell sort of nonsense is Best Foreign Language film as a category anyway? And why are there separate categories for male and female actors? Shouldn’t it just be best actor? But we digress.) However, the film that did take the golden trinket on the night has now rolled on to our shores, and we might have to grudgingly admit that the all-powerful Academy might have got this one right. The Secret in their Eyes is a seriously classy criminal law affair, with some beautifully shot moments. However, avoid the Light House cinema’s blurb for it, I reckon it gives too much away. Toddle on down to Smithfield to find out for yourself, and set your jaw to drop.
Light House Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin. Various times, €9
Take in: Okay, this is only previewing on Monday, which is hardly the weekend, but come on, give us some artistic licence. A Dream Play is as adventurous a production as you are likely to see this year that takes a trip into the mind of a 1950s banker. Directed by Jimmy Fay from a Caryl Churchill script, any troupe would find this a difficult challenge – the fact that it is the National Youth Theatre and its cast of teenagers bringing it to the stage means it’s such a crazy plan, it might just work. And for the love of Job, don’t start talking about Inception during the interval. Come on people, you can do better than that.
Peacock Theatre, Dublin. Previews Monday, opens Wednesday. 8pm, €12-25
If you have your own recommendations, feel free to post them below. Please try and keep it brief and do declare an interest where you have one. Something for the weekend sir? Certainly. Mark Lanegan has a new album out with Isobel Campbell and he’ll be doing his solo thing on Tuesday in Galway and Wednesday in Dublin. Here’s a taster to savour.