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Kraftwerk get their Longitude measurements sorted

Fri, Jul 12, 2013, 07:49


Bruce Springsteen: the greatest showman on earth comes to town again

World’s End: Nick Frost and Simon Pegg on the final film in their “three flavours Cornetto” trilogy.

The Tallest Man On Earth: Kristian Matsson on self-doubt, his love of Irish crowds and dealing with the constant comparisons to Bob Dylan and Bon Iver

Longitude: Tony Clayton-Lea marks your card about who to see at next weekend’s festival as it makes its debut in south county Dublin

Monsters’ University and the Pixar slump: after a run of mega-hits – Toy Story, The Incredibles, Wall-E etc – is the great Pixar studio beginning to stumble? Donald Clarke does some musing and talks to Monsters’ University director Dan Scanlon

Plus CD reviews (including Come On Live Long, Pet Shop Boys, Robin Thicke, Jay-Z, Deap Vally, Speedy Ortiz, Run the Jewels, Ben Reel, Microdisney etc), film reviews (Blancanieves, The Deep, Monsters University, Play, Pacific Rim, We Steal Secrets), games, apps, listings, movie quiz, news and much, much more.

That’s your winning Ticket in The Irish Times today in print, online and the best of The Ticket on the app.

Banter plug: we’re on our way to the Kinsale Arts Festival for not one, not two, not three but FOUR pop-up Banter sessions tomorrow afternoon. Cork = Rock (1pm) will feature Ashley Keating (Frank & Walters, Red FM, FIFA Records), Brendan Canty (Feel Good Lost) and Stevie Grainger (Red FM, The Pavilion) talking about Cork’s music now and then. Bruce Springsteen and Ireland (2.30pm) has Lilian Smith (RTE Radio One), Eamon Sweeney (Irish Independent) and Harry Browne (journalist, lecturer and author) discussing the appeal of the man from New Jersey. Meet the Curators (4pm) will feature Fiona Kearney (Glucksman Gallery) and Claire Power (Temple Bar Gallery and Studios) discussing the art of the curator and gallery director. Finally, State of the Books Nation (5.30pm) will see Siobhan Mannion (RTÉ Radio One The Book On One), Eoin Purcell (New Island Books) and Eithne Shortall (The Sunday Times) gauge the health of the books nation. It all takes place on the stage in the town square at Short Quay tomorrow, there will also be special musical guests at each session and admission is free.

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