There’s more to the pre-Christmas season than just Panto but do take the opportunity if it comes your way! Meantime, the visual arts offers up some cool choices. The new exhibition, Eithne Jordan:Tableau, at the Hugh Lane Gallery sees the respected painter focus on depictions of interiors, particularly those of museums and historical buildings. This is all the more apt for an exhibition in this gallery which was once a domestic house and is now a much loved institution.
OUTPOSTS: Global borders and national boundaries is the new exhibition from the Glucksman Gallery in Cork. Artists explore points of conflict around old, new or shifting borders. Sculptural work from Katharina Cibulka’s re-purposes wooden roofing shingles from South Tyrol, an area that hosts a vocal separatist movement. Hrair Sarkissian’s photographic series Front Line depicts a similarly contested region: the self-proclaimed independent Republic of Nagorny Karabakh, situated between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Filmmaker Jun Yang’s piece, Phantom Island, follows the artist’s installation of a bright green, artificial island in the waters off Taiwan, alluding to his own homeland’s status as a disputed nation as well as to the Chinese government’s current creation of such islands in contested waters. More from glucksman.org
This time of year is particularly good for group artists shows in your local gallery or arts venue so check these out over the season.
There is also plenty happening on the music front with the Yurodny Ensemble premiering their new suite of music, WAVE. This muses on the significance of the port in the making of journeys, but also asks wider social questions around the movements of peoples around the world. See paviliontheatre.ie. Button accordionist Sharon Shannon is back on tour from December 27 with a mix of old Irish tunes but also some new material and influences while Frances Black and Kieron Goss renew their musical acquaintance some 25 years on.
A quartet of Irish trad stalwarts: Arcady’s Niamh Parsons, a peerless balladeer with one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music; Ciarán Tourish, Donegal fiddle maestro and long-time member of Altan; flautist Liam Kelly, a founding member of Dervish are aided and abetted by the signature sound of guitarist John Doyle when they hit the high roads and byroads in January – more from musicnetwork.ie
Molly’s Game – the Oscar talk has already started – sees Jessica Chastain as the eponymous Molly, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents. From Jan 1 everywhere.
Finally, the Abbey Theatre’s seasonal production is Let the Right One In, described as a supernatural thriller and coming-of-age love story which boasts a new Irish cast.
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