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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: November 12, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend …

    Laurence Mackin

    Listen: If music be the food of love then this weekend there’ll be more getting it on around the country than at a Marvin Gaye tribute night. Swedish songsters Dungen are in Whelan’s on Saturday for a rare live appearance, with firm support from local lads Halves, and if you manage to make it to Monday without blowing all your cash, crack Brit outfit Foals will be showing the Olympia who is boss, following their storming set at this year’s Electric Picnic.

    However, gig of the weekend has got to be the revolving triumvirate of And So I Watch You From Afar, Fionn Regan and Jape. They kicked off proceedings in the Roisin Dubh last night, tonight Cork will be playing host to the tour, and Saturday night sees them take Limerick by storm, before the rest of the country gets its go next weekend. Support on each night is from a local act of note. Top drawer stuff all round then.

    See: Andrea Corr and Stephen Brennan are getting most of the theatrical attention in The Gate in Jane Eyre, but the best show in town is further north of the capital in the Helix. Dancing at Lughnasa is ageing more than gracefully, and this production is up there with the best of them. Peter Crawley, Theatre Critic of this newspaper says “David Horan directs a superb cast through a phenomenal play.” He’s not wrong.

    Hear: Opera Ireland is preparing for its curtain call, before it becomes part the new National Opera company, but there is still some time for a few fat ladies to sing. As a farewell gig, Tosca is a strong choice, and although the production is at the Gaiety until November 21st, tomorrow night see the tuxes being dusted off and the tiaras getting an extra slick of polish for a gala night performance.

    If you feel like splashing €150 in cash, you get a pre-show champagne reception, best-in-house tickets, and a post-show meet the cast shindig, along with a few more velvet-rope-style trimmings. See Operaireland.ie for details, or just check out the show like a normal punter, with tickets starting at €25.

    Feel free to make your own recommendations below. And to get your fingers clicking on this beautiful wintry afternoon, here’s a little something special. A recent article in the Irish Times Magazine looked at the cream of Irish music video talent (you can read it here), and one of the talking camera heads was Eoghan Kidney, so here is his excellent video for the wonderful Shit Robot. Can I get a woo hoo from the left aisle? Amen to that.

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