Music is in the air this week when a legendary US songwriter and a classic musical come to town. These are our top tips for the coming days in Dublin.
James Taylor, 3Arena
One of the coolest cats in the game, with more than 100 million records sold, Taylor released his 20th LP, the Grammy-winning American Standard, in 2020. He and his “All Star Band” will happily share their wares with the hits we know so well. The big question is, is James Taylor still signing albums for fans on the break? There’s only one way to find out.
Monday, September 26th. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets from €91 (postponed concert – tickets for January 2022 remain valid). For more information, visit https://aikenpromotions.com/
IFI Documentary Film Festival
Showcasing the best of new domestic and international non-fiction cinema, this year’s festival will feature the Irish premiere of Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes, winner of the Golden Eye Award in Cannes (screening this Sunday at 1.20pm). Coup 53 by Taghi Amirani and Walter Murch is another highlight (Friday at 6pm the filmmakers will also participate in a live Q&A session). But our top pick for the week is Kathryn Ferguson’s triumphant and deeply moving Sinead O’Connor documentary, Nothing Compares, which premieres this Saturday at 8:40pm ahead of its October 7th national release.
Until Sunday 25 September. For more information see https://ifi.ie/
Sisters, dlr Mill Theater Dundrum
It’s 1971 Dublin, and single mother Bernadette Boland and her sisters Noleen and Kathleen chart their path to self-empowerment against the backdrop of Catholic Ireland and the rise of Ireland’s women’s liberation movement. Written and directed by Tracy Ryan, and starring Kaeylea B. VanKeith, this promising new production addresses some serious issues but is also a full blown musical that celebrates ‘pioneer women’. Emma Stack, Aimee Mccallister and Esther Brady are co-stars.
Vernissage Friday, September 23rd / Opening Saturday, September 24th. Times: 7.30 p.m. (Saturday matinee at 2.30 p.m.). Runs again from Tuesday 4th October – Saturday 8th October. Tickets €22-€25. For more information visit https://milltheatre.ie/
Sister Act: The Musical, Bord Gais Energy Theatre
You’ve seen the film a hundred times – finally the divine musical version is here. This West End and Broadway hit features original tunes by Academy Award winner Alan Menken and is produced by the original sister herself, the great Whoopi Goldberg. You know the drill: A cheeky club singer named Deloris is sent to a convent to hide out after witnessing a gruesome murder. But when she joins the church choir, things spiral out of control. Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph stars alongside Clive Rowe, Lizzie Bea and Sandra Marvin.
Until Saturday October 1st. Tickets from 21 euros (postponement date – original tickets remain valid). Visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie for more information
Madeleine Peyroux, 3Olympic Theater
American jazz and blues singer Madeleine Peyroux, who began her career busking on the streets of Paris, achieved gold selling status with her second album Careless Love in 2004. Now, around 18 years later, the winner of the BBC International Jazz Artist Award is touring with the Careless Love Forever World Tour. Even after all this time, the wonderful Don’t Wait Too Long is a bit mind-blowing. Ultan Conlon offers support.
Saturday 24 September. Entry: 7 p.m. Tickets from €36.50. Visit www.3olympia.ie for more information
An Evening with Rupi Kaur, National Concert Hall
In 2019, The New Republic magazine named Rupi Kaur “Author of the Decade”. At just 29, the Canadian ‘Instapoet’ has an international following like no other – her books (Milk and Honey, The Sun and Her Flowers) have sold more than 8 million copies and been translated into more than 42 languages. Kaur lands in Dublin this weekend for an evening of deep spoken word magic.
Saturday 24 September. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: €36 / €45. Visit www.nch.ie for more information