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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 23, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend, get some blood on your shoes

    Laurence Mackin

    Listen: No sooner has Richie Egan from Jape concluded his tour in Kerry on Friday night, then he’ll have to hotfoot it back to Dublin to catch fellow Redneck Manifesto-er Neil O’Connor, whose solo project Somadrone is heading up a cracking line-up in the stunning Unitarian Church on Stephen’s Green. Completing this electronica bill are the quality Angkorwat and the immodestly titled I Am the Cosmos. Can I get an amen from the left-field aisle?

    Theatre: If you like your theatre classic and full of blood, then the Helix is the place for you this weekend, when David Horan brings his particularly gory vision of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the stage. With Will Irvine and Maeve Fitzgerald in the leading roles, this is a production with more than a touch of class, and the approach seems ambitious and cutting edge, with Radiohead on the soundtrack and cinematic effects on the stage. That should provoke and enthrall more than just the Leaving Cert generation who will be filling the stalls. A little bit of old school Scottish power and fury? Don’t mind if we do.

    Music: Speaking of something cinematic, few things set a Gothic tone in a cinema better than a Danny Elfman soundtrack. This weekend you can experience his work live, when the RTE Concert Orchestra and New Dublin Voices take on his work, and they have quite the soundtrack list to choose from, including Batman, Spider-man, Beetlejuice and others. It’s part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, which has sold out many of its shows, but for some choice silver screen availability click here. May we recommend Chicken with Plums, a follow-up to the spectacularly fine Persopolis by Marjane Sartrapi? It follows the story of a violinist in Tehran in the 1950s. Choice.

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    Art: For something altogether more contemplative, but no less epic in its own way, you could take in Lithosphere, a survey of the work of Eileen MacDonagh in Carlow’s Visual Arts Centre. Here, soaring, stunning sculptures fill the cavernous space and there’s a terrific attention to detail in the work on a much more micro scale. Aidan Dunne, this newspaper’s art critic, reckons “Lithosphere is a superb and, indeed, monumental exhibition.”. See it for yourself, before May 7th.

    Music: Sensoria is an intriguing night that puts on music from the outside edge in the Joinery gallery in Dublin. This weekend, Londoner Astrud Steehouder – better known as Paper Dollhouse – will be bringing her minimal gothic folk to bear on the suspecting citizens of Dublin, before heading to Cork on Saturday. Completing the bill are Irish experimental acts School Tour and Be Honest.

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