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Chess with Sam Collins

Chess with Sam Collins

Anish Giri vs Levon Aronian, Grand Chess Tour Your Next Move, Leuven, 2018

Irish soprano earns raves at Covent Garden

Irish soprano earns raves at Covent Garden

Passing the baton to female conductors

Passing the baton to female conductors

When the National Concert Hall linked up last year with Grant Thornton and world-famous British conductor Alice Farnham to introduce an inaugural female conductor programme for 12 suitable candidates, it was a truly groundbreaking venture for music in Ireland

Here we are now, entertain us

Here we are now, entertain us

Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Nirvana legend Kurt Cobain, led grunge fans in pilgrimage to Newbridge last week to launch an exhibition dedicated to her father’s life

Album review

Album review

McMahon goes old school with a naturalistic family drama

McMahon goes old school with a naturalistic family drama

If the influence of institutional religion permeates the plot, Come On Home is nonetheless firmly set in post-Catholic Ireland

Iggy Pop a passenger on Underworld's journey

Iggy Pop a passenger on Underworld's journey

Two decades ago, Underworld ruled dance music and their 1996 piledriver Born Slippy was the soundtrack for a generation. Now they’re back, and they’ve got a very special guest on board

A fun but not incredible sequel

A fun but not incredible sequel

With Incredibles 2, writer and director Brad Bird has returned to deliver a sequel that doesn’t build on the first film so much as painstakingly remake it

A one-night stand of guilty pleasure

A one-night stand of guilty pleasure

Copper Face Jacks is not a musical for anyone easily offended by stereotypes, but director Karl Harpur’s cheap and cheerful production is undeniably good fun

Album Reviews

Album Reviews

She’s Electric

She’s Electric

Ali Hardiman’s new play tells the story of two girls from vastly different backgrounds who forge a bond when they meet at Electric Picnic. And where’s it being staged? At Electric Picnic itself in September, of course

Opera stars to ring out in the Kingdom

Opera stars to ring out in the Kingdom

The Cahersiveen Festival of Music & the Arts is now within sight of its quarter century, and still going strong – never stronger, in fact

Long-lost Donizetti opera gets premiere

Long-lost Donizetti opera gets premiere

Chess With Sam Collins

Chess With Sam Collins

Yu Yangyi vs Peter Svidler Shenzhen, 2018

An unconventional creature

An unconventional creature

Mary Shelley is an unconventional and inconsistent film, and Haifaa al-Mansour is an unconventional and inconsistent choice to direct it