March Culture Fix

Find out what to see and do around the world in March

Words by Lisa Hughes
March 1st, 2016

From a Netflix binge to an unforgettable night at the theatre, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in March. Just see below…

1. PHOTOGRAPHY – Bob Dylan, NYC 1961-64 – Photographs by Ted Russell, Gallery of Photography, Dublin

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Fans of folk and photography alike will adore this exhibition of images of Bob Dylan from his early 60s New York heyday when Edie Sedgwick was queen of the city. Capturing Dylan’s trailblazing days is American photojournalist Ted Russell, whose photos appeared in Time, Life and New York Magazine. Following Dylan from his early days at folk clubs to private moments at home, there are even some never seen before photographs to pore over. A must for Dylan obsessives. Free admission. To find out more visit galleryofphotography.ie.

2. NETFLIX – House of Cards

Cancel your social plans for March because season 4 of House of Cards hits Netflix this month. Kicking off on 4th March, the acclaimed political drama mirrors real life political happenings as we see Frank Underwood (played to perfection as always by Kevin Spacey) in full election mode. Starting with President Underwood at the throat of his wife Claire (Robin Wright), this season pretty much picks right up from where we were left hanging on Season 3. New additions to the cast include Neve Campbell, Ellen Burstyn and Cicely Tyson. We’re gripped already.

4. MUSIC – Grimes, Trianon, Paris, 4th March

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If seeing Grimes live isn’t high on your culture bucketlist, you’re doing it all wrong. Last year’s superb, ear-catching ArtAngels confirmed the artist formerly known as Claire Boucher as a force to be reckoned with and now’s your chance to catch her multi-instrumental, immersive live show in the flesh with her first headline tour since 2012. Described by Dazed as being like a “pop idol from another dimension”, we couldn’t agree more about her general awesomeness. If you can’t make it to the Paris leg of the tour, Grimes also plays her debut Irish headline show at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on March 15th. Go to www.grimesmusic.com for the latest news.

3. THEATRE – Eclipsed, Golden Theatre, New York

Cliched as it sounds, a trip to NYC is not complete without seeing a show on Broadway. In March there’s a number of exciting openings to get our cultured pulses racing but our pick is Eclipsed at the Golden Theatre. This powerful drama centres on a group of women who are held captive in Liberia. Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community – until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Eclipsed stars the perpetually flawless Lupita Nyong’o in the lead role, alongside Saycon Sengbloh and Pascale Armand.

5. BOOK – The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates

In this gripping psychological thriller, bestselling author of The Sacrifice, The Accursed, and Lovely, Dark, Deep Oates takes us on a journey marked by trials of memory, personality, and identity. Set in 1965, the plot hinges on neuroscientist Margot Sharpe and what follows when she meets the world’s most famous amnesiac, Elihu Hoopes—the “man without a shadow” – a man who also oozes charisma. Against her better judgement, Margot finds herself breaking all the rules by falling in love with her subject. Intense and unputdownable, we wouldn’t expect any less from Joyce Carol Oates. You can purchase The Man Without a Shadow here.

6. ART – Botticelli Reimagined, V&A, London

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The largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930, Botticelli Reimagined covers 500 years of a true master, Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510). Through painting, fashion, film, drawing, photography, tapestry, sculpture and print, the Victoria and Albert Musuem’s exhibition will explore the ways that an eclectic array of artists and designers have reinterpreted Botticelli. This includes over 50 original works by Botticelli himself, rubbing shoulders with works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and René Magritte to Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman. Botticelli Reimagined runs from March 5th – July 3rd 2016. For tickets visit vam.ac.uk.

7. COMEDY – Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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One of the biggest comedy fests in the world, every year the Melbourne International Comedy Festival serves a dynamic line-up of international and home-grown comedy, as well as sizable side orders of cabaret, street performance, theatre and visual arts. Familiar names for 2015 include Jim Jefferies and Ruby Wax and British favourite Sarah Millican’s brand new Outsider live show. This year the festival turns 30 so there’s plenty of action including a major birthday bash. Sore sides guaranteed. Running from 23rd March – 17th April 2016, head over to comedyfestival.com.au for up-to-date deets.

9. MOVIE – Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot

Based on the book/memoir “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan” by Kim Barker, Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot (or WTF, if you follow Margot Robbie on Instagram) is a hotly tipped true story set in the Middle East. Starring Tina Fey, the plot follows a female journalist as she navigates her work and life in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2002. Alongside the inimitable Fey will be Suicide Squad’s Margot Robbie, and Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton will be reunited after sharing the screen in Fargo. Released in the US on 4th March.

8. MUSIC – Wolf Alice, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, 5th March

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Through incendiary performances at Glastonbury last year and a sold-out homecoming gig in Brixton recently, Mercury nominated Wolf Alice have cemented their status as one of the most exciting and promising rock acts to emerge in recent years. That’s not to mention the London four-piece’s glorious debut album ‘My Love is Cool’, an infectious ride through wistful pop to ballsy rock moments like ‘You’re A Germ’. Miss them at your peril. Tickets priced €23 from www.ticketmaster.ie.

10. FASHION – Oscar de la Renta, M.H De Young Museum, San Francisco

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Curated by the one and only André Leon Talley, former American Editor-at-Large for Vogue magazine, this retrospective promises to be sartorial heaven.  Celebrating the life and timeless creations of one of fashion’s most influential designers, the world premiere retrospective offers up more than 130 pieces artfully created over five decades for your eyes to lust over. Worth a trip to San Fran for? We think so. Running from 12th March – 30th May, tickets are $10 from deyoung.famsf.org.