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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: November 15, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    If you only do one think this weekend . . . pull on a Stetson

    Laurence Mackin

    Book ’em, Dano: The Dublin Book Festival still has a few tricks up its sleeve this weekend. Friday is all about getting the electronic edge, with several discussions on how to make the most out of e-publishing. The lunchtime reading features John Givens, Dave Duggan, Joyce Russell and Garbhan Downey, and that evening there’s a look at Ireland’s Gothic literature, with Jon Kenny.

    On Saturday, Sinéad Gleeson will be in conversation with some of the contributors to her edited collection of short stories, Silver Threads of Hope. Roddy Doyle, Siobhán Mannion and Declan Hughes will be taking questions. It’s all getting a bit historical on Saturday too, with Lorcan Collins, Conor Kostick and Liz Gillis looking at revisionism, and Diarmaid Ferriter is in conversation with John Bowman.

    On Saturday and Sunday there are excellent literary walking tours with Pat Liddy, where he uncovers Temple Bar’s long love affair with the printed page. Click here for more.

    Happy birthday TP: Twisted Pepper is celebrating its fourth birthday this weekend with a fine line-up of club and electro acts, but among all those beats is the bass saxophone of Colin Stetson, who is playing his first solo show in Dublin.

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    Stetson is a touring member of Arcade Fire and was one of the men giving muscle to Bon Iver’s midweek line-up in the 02. He has also played with the likes of Tom Waits, Feist, David Byrne, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Godspeed and Angelique Kidjo – so basically every hip cat going. His own music is intense and melodic – go along. You couldn’t possibly regret it. There – an entire two paragraphs without a massive horn joke. Honk, honk.

    Tricolore film: Everyone has time for a little love in their life, right? Well, in the case of Michael Haneke’s Amour you might have to make more than a little time, as this accomplished piece of work will break you heart. But first do you research, by reading this interview by Donald Clarke with the great director. It’s a laugh a minute. Okay, maybe not every minute. But there’s at least one wry smile in there.

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    Amour is just one of the glittering jewels in this year’s French Film Festival at the IFI. Others on show this weekend include Alain Resnais’s You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet(on tonight only, so hurry, hurry), the punchy A Better Life (on Saturday), and You Will Be My Son starring Niels Arestrup of A Prophet fame. Unfortunately, Beatrice Dalle will not be attending Saturday’s planned Q&A and screenings of Betty Blue and Bye Bye Blondie. Quel dommage.

    Improvise: New music. Live, improvised music. Few rules. Chaos beckons. Class wins out. Terrified? You should be. But don’t let that stop you taking on the Bottlenote Festival headlong. The event is artist-led, and focuses on improvised music, so there is no way to predict how this one is going to run. Those running the show, or attempting to herd the cats, are Shane Latimer, Justin Carroll and Seán Mac Erlaine, and over the next three nights performers will include Roy Carroll, DJackulate, Shane O’Donovan, Justin Carroll, Sarah Buechi, Darragh O’Kelly, Ed Rosenberg III and Christian Skjødt. One worth taking a creative chance on.

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