WED­NES­DAY 03.05.17

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS -

ART Parc du Sou­venir Stephen Bran­des. Sir­ius Arts Cen­tre, The Old Yacht Club, Cobh, Co Cork Un­til May 21 sir­iusarts­cen­tre.ie One of Bran­des’ mon­u­men­tal line draw­ings takes cen­tre stage in this ex­pan­sive, ru­mi­na­tive ex­hi­bi­tion in­spired by the lives of writer Gunter Grass ( The Tin Drum, Dog

Years and many more) and Pa­trick Ged­des, a Scot­tish pi­o­neer of ur­ban plan­ning who came up with a plan to over­haul Dublin in 1915, a plan soon over­taken by the 1916 Ris­ing and other re­al­i­ties. In linked dig­i­tal slideshows, Bran­des’ fic­tional al­ter ego muses on trav­els and Ire­land and Europe and posits a log­i­cally im­pos­si­ble, apoc­ryphal meet­ing be­tween the two pro­tag­o­nists. It is an en­gag­ing, WG Se­bold-like med­i­ta­tion on chance and his­tory, en­light­en­ment and its op­po­site, fizzing with im­ages and ideas. AD AFROFUTURISM The Comet is Com­ing Black Box, Belfast, 8pm, £12, movin­gon­mu­sic.com If the end of the world re­ally is nigh – and let’s face it, the signs are not what you’d call promis­ing – you could do worse than lose your­self in the psy­chadelic em­brace of Lon­don hip­sters The Comet Is Com­ing. This floor-fill­ing, pre-apoc­a­lyp­tic sax­o­phone, drums and syn­the­sizer trio are chan­nel­ing the cos­mic streams of jazz-meets-EDMmeets-Afro-Beat that swirl around the mul­ti­cul­tural Lon­don ware­house scene, with key­boardist Dana­logue the Con­queror (aka Dan Leavers) and drum­mer Be­ta­max Killer (aka Max Hal­lett) – best known for their cos­mi­cally in­tense Soc­cer96 duo – and ris­ing sax­o­phon­ist Shabaka Hutchins (left) of Sons of Kemet. It’s Sun Ra meets Fela Kuti meets late Coltrane. On a dance­floor. CL

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