Culture 5 – your cultural highlights for the next seven days

Stream: Come back

Peter Jackson’s epic documentary series, directed by 60 hours of raw footage of The Beatles recording their latest album, Let It Be, gives it a cutting-edge digital shine, turning it into the most intimate portrait of the Fab Four at work ever made – Distilled into three episodes, one episode will be released nightly from November 25-27 on Disney+.

Theater: The Enemy Within

An Grianán Theater in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal presents this rarely performed early work by Brian Friel, presented as part of Colmcille 1500, honoring Colmcille’s life and legacy 1500 years from his birth. Directed by Donegal native Caitríona McLaughlin, the newly announced Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, it explores a period in Colmcille’s life as a grown man, having spent many years in his ministry and settling in his convent in Iona. , but still subject to the demands of his turbulent family clan in Donegal. The wonderful Seán McGinley leads the ensemble, which will be on stage November 21-27 and online December 2-5 – read more here.

Sean McGinley in ‘The Enemy Within’

Books: the Every by Dave Eggers

Or, to use the full title, The only thing, or finally a sense of order, or the last days of free will or unlimited choice is to kill the world. When the world’s largest search engine/social media company merges with the world’s dominant e-commerce site, it creates the richest and most dangerous – and, oddly enough, most beloved – monopoly ever: The Every… The follow-up to The Dave Eggers novel The circle is both a relentless satire and a chilling parable for our technology-riddled age – it’s funny until it isn’t.

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Visual Arts: Butler Gallery Christmas Discount Auction

This Christmas sale of contemporary Irish art; presented by Kilkenny’s Butler Gallery in association with Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, will take place online and at the Lyrath Estate Hotel on November 26 at 7pm. The event will help The Butler Gallery raise money to support artists and the public through their exhibitions and Learning & Engagement programs, while also supporting participating artists, who receive 50% of the sale price for their work. The auction includes works by Colin Davidson, Vera Klute, Maser, Blaise Smith, Bernadette Kiely, Barrie Cooke, Amelia Stein and a host of other heavy-hitters – learn more (and view an online catalog) here.

Dan Leo, ‘Vervet Skull’

Cinema: To the moon

Tadhg O’Sullivan’s new film is a cinematic ode to the moon, made largely from archival sources combined with literary excerpts and bound together by a haunting original score by Linda Buckley, Amanda Feey and Peter Broderick. The film lightly steps through the ideas that humans have taken from the moon through the ages – dreams of escape, myths of heaven, songs of longing and loss, odes of longing, tales of lost futures – and takes the viewer on a illuminating night walk through the night sky.

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