The events to see, the shows to book and the ones to see before they end – The Irish Times

Event of the week

67th Cork International Film Festival

from Thursday November 10 to Sunday November 20; various locations/times/prices;

If the words “A full return to cinemas and theaters across Cork City…” are heartening to the reader, then what must that look like to the organizers of the Cork International Film Festival? The enduring festival turns 67 this year, and you can almost hear the champagne corks popping as the program unfolds page after page. The family gala is Matilda the Musical by Roald Dahl, while the festival opens with Quietly Profound Aisha by Frank Berry (which is one of Ireland’s 80 feature film premieres). Full details of the film lineup and related events can be found on the myCIFF festival website and app.


The Delines

Sunday November 6; St Patrick’s Footbridge, Waterford; 8 p.m.; €30; Monday, November 7; Roisin Dubh, Galway; 8 p.m.; €25/€23; Tuesday, November 8; Pepper Canister Church, Dublin; 8 p.m.; €33.50;

They describe themselves as “a retro country band,” but this group from Portland, Oregon is more than a three-word definition. Formed 10 years ago by songwriter Willy Vlautin out of the ashes of Richmond Fontaine, The Delines continue to draw a line under the despair of lives existing, more or less, in the American outback. The recently released album The Sea Drift will be mined for songs that blend narrative intimacy with song styles reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson and Glen Campbell. Sweet, very sweet.

Bob Dylan

Monday, November 7; 3Arena, Dublin; 6 p.m.; €70.45;

On his Rough and Rowdy Ways World Tour, Bob Dylan engages in a streak of shows that promotes a recent album, rather than a relatively unstructured set list that represents the various stages of his recording career. registration. In other words, forget about wanting to hear The Times They Are a-Changin’ and other hit songs. Advance notices from European/UK broadcasts report that nine out of ten tracks from Rough and Rowdy Ways are performed, interspersed with songs that fair weather Dylan fans might not recognise. A concert for Bobheads, then? Absolutely, but there’s something else: It’s a “no cell phone” show, which the promoters say is “a non-negotiable deal.”

Biffy Clyro

Tuesday, November 8; 3Arena, Dublin; 6:30 p.m.; €62; Wednesday, November 9; SSE Arena, Belfast; 6:30 p.m.; £51.50;

What’s in a name? This Scottish rock band have come up with plenty of inventions about the source of their name (our favorite is that it’s the name of a 17th century Finnish footballer), but there aren’t any great stories about how music. If you want heavy, melodic, quiet/loud variable dynamics, then you’ve got it from a band that cites Metallica, Rush, Pixies, and Fugazi as primary influences.

Belle and Sebastian

Wednesday, November 9; 3Olympia Theatre; 7 p.m.; €40.05; Thursday, November 10; Telegraph Building, Belfast; 7 p.m.; £35;

It took time (their debut album, Tigermilk, was released in 1996) but at last Belle & Sebastian from Glasgow can say with some certainty that the critical reverence they have enjoyed for over 25 years is finally beginning to equal a reasonable level of commercial success. The melodies? Ignore the lyrics of Jack Black’s character in the movie High Fidelity (“old sad bastard music”) and get close to the band’s confident and rather pitch-perfect pop/rock earworms.


Dublin Book Festival 2022

from Tuesday November 8 to Sunday November 13; various locations/times/prices;

As usual, the Dublin Book Festival 2022 applies the rule to established Irish writers and provides much-needed space for up-and-coming wordsmiths. Fortunately, in-person events are not limited to restrictions and will take place at many venues (including The Printworks, National Gallery of Ireland, The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin Port, Iveagh Gardens, Museum of Literature Ireland and the libraries of the city ). Highlights are plentiful, but try to have conversations with Louise O’Neill, Sophie White, John Banville, Paul Brady and Seán Hewitt (the recent winner of the 2022 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature).


Dingle Distillery International Film Festival

from Friday November 11 to Sunday November 13; Dingle, County Kerry; various locations/times/prices;

Films, Seminars, Dingle, three full day masterclass workshops, Films, Dingle – the Dingle Distillery International Film Festival, now under new management, returns as a physical entity after a few years in the Twilight Online area. Films (nearly 20 feature films, as well as many feature documentaries, including works from Sweden, Ukraine, Italy, Iran, Finland and Belgium) will be screened in venues as diverse as the Díseart Centre, Beehive Studio and the Blasket Centre. The masterclass workshops, meanwhile, are led by director John Sayles, casting director Ros Hubbard and cinematographer Owen McPolin.


Guillaume Tell

from Tuesday November 8 to Sunday November 13; Gaiety Theatre, Dublin; 7 p.m.; €15;

The Irish National Opera (INO), in co-production with the New Opera of Friborg (Switzerland), stages the last opera by Gioachino Rossini, performed here in French with English surtitles. Sharing the stage with an international cast (including Canadian baritone Brett Polegato, Mexican tenor Jesús León and South Korean tenor Konu Kim) are Irish performers (including sopranos Máire Flavin, Rachel Croash, Amy Ní Fhearraigh and baritone Owen Gilhooly-Miles). It’s an epic production, and no mistake, as INO’s artistic director, Fergus Sheil (who is in charge of the production) admits: “I don’t know if I’m reckless or visionary for having undertaken a project so gargantuan. “No pressure, Fergus – the target will be hit, no doubt.

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The last return

Until Saturday 12 November; Gate Theatre, Dublin;

Druid Theater Company’s production of Sonya Kelly’s seriously satirical comedy mixes computer stubbornness with loaded subject matter that incorporates geopolitical governance. Directed by Sara Joyce and with an exceptional cast (Bosco Hogan, Fiona Bell, Anna Healy, Naima Swaleh and Fionn Ó Loingsigh), you have seven days to discover one of the best plays of this year.

Book this week

Glen Hansard, NCH, Dublin, 4 December;
David Gray, National Tour, March 1-5;
Michael Bublé, 3Arena, Dublin, May 13-14;
Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe, Marlay Park, Dublin, July 4;

Angela C. Hale