If you only do one thing this weekend ….
Listen to: Them Galwegians reckon they are the coolest cats around, but this weekend they might just have a point, as the Galway Jazz Festival smokes its cigarettes languidly in the sharpest suit, one elbow perched upon the bar while the other free hand snaps a 7/4 rhythm. Showing the city of the tribes how is boss this weekend are Trio VD from the UK (it stands for Valentine’s Day, you heathen); the Pascal Schumacher Quartet from Luxembourg; and Ibrahim Electric from Denmark, who played a funky blinder at the Kilkenny Arts Festival during the summer. One for the jazz and the non-jazz among you. No really. Click here for the fine print.
Watch: The other day it occurred to us that we’ve all but given up on television. And then we saw Fade Street. We’ve watched the opening episode and we haven’t been this intrigued since episode one of Lost. What will happen to these enigmatic characters and can they really shoot death lasers out their eyes, or is it just the make-up that makes it look like that? How many layers of meaning are there in this script that is so brief it makes Hemingway seem like a wine critic, and have we managed to decipher the Beckettian genius of it sufficiently? Why do items appear in one scene and disappear in the next? And where are they getting those accents from? We haven’t been this entertained since we saw this. Check out Fade Street on RTE’s player online here. If you dare.
See: We’re feeling fierce jazz altogether this week, so here’s another slice of something that wouldn’t mean a thing if it didn’t have a swing – Chico and Rita is a gorgeous animation from Spanish artist and designer Javier Mariscal that whips its way through the roaring 1940s and 1950s, globe-trotting from Cuba to New York, on to Hollywood , and all to a red-hot soundtrack of the finest big band there is, including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Chano Pozo, Ben Webster and Bebo Valdés. It’s on limited release in Queen’s Belfast, and Cineworld and LightHouse in Dublin. If you don’t like this movie you are obviously made from stone. Or a character in Fade Street.
Take in: There’s a last chance to learn a little more about the capital city this weekend, as the Designing Dublin exhibition draws to a close in Filmbase, Temple Bar. It is made of images and a selection of fascinating nuggets of fact about the city. I don’t care how long you’ve lived here, how much Guinness you’ve drunk in Grogan’s or how much of a true blue Dub you reckon you are – there is no way you’d know all the stuff that’s contained in this room. A delightful way to spend an afternoon.
That’s our selection for the weekend, feel free to make your own feelings known below. Details of the Choice Music Prize have been released and the organisers have a list of every Irish album released this year (which you can find here), any of which could make off with the vital goods on the night. There are literally hundreds of albums to choose from, but here’s a track from the band with the best name (oh come on, it’s got an animal in it that we are quite fond of). Take it away Solar Bears with a little remix help from Letherette.