ART Fight or Flight: Conor Foy Ambiguous encounters are at the heart of New York-based Irish artist Conor Fay’s work. Are we witnessing scenes of aggression or solidarity, imminent disaster or disaster averted? The nervy, slippery presentation is calculated to avoid easy answers. album The Desired Effect, released this weekend. Expect a few choice Killers’ songs to keep everyone happy. THEATRE The Shadow of a Gunman “I have no connection with the politics of the day,” insists Donal Davoren, the poet and aesthete who has been mistaken for a gunman in ’Casey’s early play, the first of his Dublin Trilogy. (He wishes.) But what is Wayne Jordan’s clean and swift production’s connection with the politics of our day? This Abbey and Lyric co-production isn’t entirely sure. It’s another time of division, certainly, but not violent rhetoric, mercifully. Instead, this staging seems more inclined to side with the aesthete, through pleasingly artificial visuals and wry, age-oriented comment. It’s a light undertaking for a play that casts a long shadow. JAZZ Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio Open-minded New York pianist Matthew Shipp (above) is one of the true originals of contemporary jazz, steeped in the tradition of free improv but with a wider musical vision that embraces everything from classical to hip-hop – a chance to see a modern master of the piano in an intimate duo with frequent collaborator, bassist Michael Bisio.