THURS­DAY 06.07.17

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THE­ATRE Once: The Mu­si­cal Olympia The­atre. July 1 - Aug 26 8pm (Sat mat 3pm) on­ce­mu­si­cal.ie “He’s a Ro­man­tic,” says Girl, the Czech kook, of her favourite com­poser, Men­delssohn. “But dead, right?” en­quires luck­less Dublin busker Guy. Oh, Guy, aren’t they all? Such is the tone of Enda Walsh’s nim­ble and clever book for the mu­si­cal based on John Car­ney’s en­dear­ing 2006 film; sen­si­tive to the orig­i­nal while wisely cut­ting through its trea­cle. Guy and Girl still “meet cute” here but the ro­mance is pas­sion­ately chaste: all they can do is make beau­ti­ful mu­sic to­gether. First brought home to Dublin two sum­mers ago by Land­mark Pro­duc­tions, this has be­come a fix­ture of the sum­mer and the tourist mar­ket, this time staged with an en­tirely Ir­ish cast. It’s an­other Ir­ish story set in a pub, but for a more in­ti­mate, con­spir­a­to­rial qual­ity, like a ses­sion dur­ing a lock-in. Peter Crawley TRANE SPOT­TING Chas­ing Trane: The John Coltrane Doc­u­men­tary Sugar Club, Dublin, 7.30pm, ¤12.50, the­sug­ar­club.com As the 50th an­niver­sary of his death ap­proaches, John Coltrane re­mains ar­guably the most in­flu­en­tial, cer­tainly the most revered jazz mu­si­cian of his gen­er­a­tion. John Sche­in­feld’s ( The U.S. vs. John Len­non) doc­u­men­tary por­trait was made with the full co­op­er­a­tion of the great sax­o­phon­ist’s es­tate and – cru­cially – of his record com­pa­nies, so as well as a nar­ra­tion by Den­zel Wash­ing­ton and breath­less trib­utes from fans such as Wyn­ton Marsalis and Bill Clinton, Chas­ing the Trane prom­ises to be all about the mu­sic. CL JAZZ FOR THE PEO­PLE Aleka/Cian Boy­lan Quar­tet Woodquay Am­phithe­atre, Dublin, 1pm, Adm free im­pro­vised­mu­sic.ie There’s “Free Jazz”, and then there’s free jazz. Dublin Cor­po­ra­tion are giv­ing over their newly ren­o­vated am­phithe­atre at the Civic Of­fices for a bit of the lat­ter, pro­grammed by the Im­pro­vised Mu­sic Com­pany, so grab a sand­wich and lis­ten while you lunch. First up, Ro­ma­nian vo­cal­ist Aleka stirs the jazz melt­ing pot with an ad­ven­tur­ous group fea­tur­ing gui­tarist Chris Guil­foyle, then pi­anist and im­pre­sario Cian Boy­lan leads a quar­tet that in­cludes prom­i­nent Bri­tish-born, Dublin-res­i­dent sax­o­phon­ist Ben Cas­tle. CL

THE CAT IN THE HAT Gre­gory Porter Trin­ity Col­lege Park, Dublin, 7pm, ¤44.05, mcd.ie Gre­gory Porter’s rise from col­lege foot­ball dropout to in­ter­na­tional singing sen­sa­tion wasn’t ex­actly me­te­oric, but it’s good copy. Af­ter his sport­ing ca­reer was ended by a shoul­der in­jury, the gen­tle giant from Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia, spent most of the noughties clean­ing dishes in Brook­lyn and sit­ting in on jazz ses­sions at the week­end. Then at the age of 40 came Wa­ter, his Gram­mynom­i­nated 2010 de­but, which in­cluded the ex­traor­di­nary, self-penned 1960 What?, sum­mon­ing the spirit of the civil rights move­ment. Now the singer, who is never seen with­out his trade­mark hat, is a ma­jor star and the non-jazz au­di­ence is flock­ing. But Porter is worth ev­ery ounce of hype, a spell­bind­ing performer with an easy charm and a voice like honey. CL ART Life and Death in the Gar­den Anne Mad­den Tay­lor Gal­leries, 16 Kil­dare St, Dublin Un­til July 22 tay­lor­gal­leries.ie It’s a jun­gle out there. Apart from mak­ing an epic se­ries of paint­ings that form her cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion Hugh Lane Gallery, Anne Mad­den was work­ing on a more in­ti­mate scale at her home, cre­at­ing drawings, wa­ter­colours and gouaches that looked to her own gar­den as sub­ject mat­ter. She is a close observer of this small cor­ner of cul­ti­vated na­ture through the sea­sons and has great fond­ness for many of the crea­tures it har­bours, es­pe­cially black­birds. The death of one cher­ished and fa­mil­iar black­bird prompted her to mark its pass­ing, and th­ese metic­u­lously nat­u­ral­is­tic stud­ies are the re­sult. They document the in­tri­cate beauty of blos­soms and birds, and note the tran­sience of things. AD

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