SUN­DAY 06.08.17

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

SYMBIOSIS Regina Spek­tor Bord Gáis En­ergy The­atre, Dublin, Sun­day Au­gust 6th, 8pm, ¤54.65/¤49.65 bor­dgaisen­er­gythe­ The last time Regina Spek­tor – the Rus­sian-born singer and song­writer (right) who cut her cre­ative teeth in New York’s anti-folk/Strokes en­vi­ron­ment of the very early 2000s – played Ire­land was in 2013, when she played Dublin’s Olympia the­atre to an ador­ing throng of mostly women. It was one of the best gigs this writer has ever been to; Spek­tor’s com­mand of the fans was supreme, idio­syn­cratic and charm­ing, and the re­sponse to her was so tightly con­nected it was vir­tu­ally sym­bi­otic. Wel­come back – frankly, we’ve been wait­ing too long. TCL PARTY ON Sim Simma All Day Sum­mer Party Con­nolly’s of Leap, Co Cork, Sun­day Au­gust 6th, 4pm, ¤12 con­ For a whop­ping ¤12, you can get a taste of some­where to­tally trop­i­cal with the res­i­dent Sim Simma DJs – and their spe­cial guests Bon Voy­age and Toby Kaar – as they take over the hid­den gem that is Con­nolly’s of Leap. Sim Simma’s vibe is chill per­son­i­fied, ie per­fect bank hol­i­day fod­der, as they’ll spin a de­lec­ta­ble se­lec­tion of Caribbean, African, Latin and hip-hop tunes. Kick­ing off at 4pm, their tunes will keep you go­ing on into the night. LB NORA MAI TRIB­UTE Live In The Mar­quee Your Man’s Bar, Bal­ly­duff 8pm ¤15 dan­ny­om­a­ Box player and broad­caster, Danny O’Ma­hony leads a strong pro­gramme of per­form­ers, to pay trib­ute to the late Nora Mai Rochford, a Bally­bunion singer and whis­tle player who in­flu­enced many singers and mu­si­cians in the lo­cal­ity. With the mag­nif­i­cent whis­tle player, Mary Ber­gin, singer/ song­writer, Don Stiffe, gui­tarist and bouzouki player, Seán Earnest and singer/dancer/ harpist, Séa­mus ó Flatharta. Siobhán Long GLASS HALF FULL Dress – Ali­son Lowry Mil­len­nium Court Arts Cen­tre, Wil­liam Street, Por­ta­d­own, Co Antrim. Un­til Septem­ber 27 mil­len­ni­um­ Caught some­where be­tween solid and liq­uid (it’s ac­tu­ally a col­loid), glass is won­der­ful stuff. Based in her stu­dio in North­ern Ire­land’s Saint­field, Ali­son Lowry knows bet­ter than many the ex­tra­or­di­nary things you can cre­ate with such a para­dox. Her back­ground in tex­tiles adds to the mix as, here, she con­jures glass into dresses, in­spired by her ex­pe­ri­ences of moth­er­hood. This isn’t a cosy af­fair how­ever, as the sus­pended chris­ten­ing robes seem haunted by frag­ile life and the des­per­ate, some­times fright­ened love that at­taches to tiny, vul­ner­a­ble things. Add to that the fact that Lowry uses a tech­nique known as Pate de Verre, in which the orig­i­nal robe is burned away in the fir­ing kiln, and you have the added layer of poignancy through de­struc­tion in or­der to cre­ate. The ex­hi­bi­tion also in­cludes a film based on glass shoes, and a larger dress, rain­ing down glass droplets into the gallery. GT

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