If you only do one thing this weekend …
See: It’s a last chance for a glimpse at the Gabriel Metsu goods over at the National Gallery folks. The exhibition closes on Sunday, December 5th so if you haven’t seen the Dutch master in the flesh, then do try and pop along. In his day (the golden age of Dutch art, no less) Metsu was considered the equal of Vermeer and his ilk, and this excellent exhibition provides ample evidence why, with its fine collection of 40 works.
Watch: Also ending this week is the Corn Exchange’s Freefall, at the Abbey. This tale of one man’s tangle history won best director and best new play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards. So if it’s good enough for that lot it’ll probably pass muster with you. It’s a strong production with some really imaginative direction, and the actors even get to turn their hand at some decent foley work. Excellent.
Listen: There is an astonishing few days of live music ahead of us. Over the next few days, depending on where you are in the country, you can take in (deep breath): Janelle Monae, Interpol, We Are Scientists, Ellie Goulding, Codes, Jinx Lennon, Goldfrapp, Titus Andronicus, Underworld, Fred, The Wedding Present, Horslips or Adrian Crowley, to name an enormous handful. Interpol might just edge it as the gig of choice, but if you’ve still got a penny to your name come Tuesday night, Ben Frost will be bringing his edgy arrangements to Whelan’s. With this lot to choose from you’ll just have to make up your own mind.
Incidentally, two items cropped up that are not exactly on this weekend, but we feel we would be failing in our duty if we didn’t bring them to your attention. No shirkers of duty are we.
The first is creativewriting.ie. It’s on online resource for writers around the world, that runs online writing courses and modules, critique and editing services, contacts for publishers and agents, and lots more. Among its tutors are Adam Wyeth, Mia Gallagher, Emer Martin, Sarah Franklin and a host of others. Sure what more could you want? A five-book deal and the moon on a stick? Oh, I see. Go write something about teenage vampires and wizards, then, and I’ll get back to you.
The second is an event coming up in Trinity College Dublin, but given its nature, expect it to fill up quickly. It’s a panel discussion on “How to Get your Music into Film and TV in America” in Trinity College’s Science Gallery on Tuesday, December 14th. Admission is free but booking is essential at Sciencegallery.com/events. An hour or two in the room with this lot and you’ll be listening to your weepy track in the background to Grey’s Anatomy in no time. Appearing at the panel discussion will be Anne Cecere, BMI director of film/tv relations; Gary Calamar; Jim Reid, senior vice president of synchronization for Warner Music Group UK; Rob Hope, songwriter and lead member of Seneca; and Irish BMI composer and Trinity alumnus Ciaran Hope. Don’t forget to cut us in on the royalties, now.
So that’s our selection, let us know your own below if you are so inclined. And, speaking of soundtracks, a while ago I had the enormous pleasure of seeing Mr Lalo Schifrin in concert, and heard possibly my favourite piece of soundtrack ever, his Theme for Bullitt. Here’s the car chase scene from that film, with his excellent Changing Gears track – but one of the best soundtrack decisions ever made was to drop the music and let the Ford Mustang’s gearbox do the talking in the main chase, which is the best car chase scene ever. And that’s a fact. Enjoy.