May Culture Fix

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Words by Lisa Hughes
May 1st, 2016

Whether you’re a hardcore Avengers fan or a festival loving music head, find out all there is to do to keep you occupied this summer with our May culture guide.

1. MUSIC- The Last Shadow Puppets, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, 25th-27th May

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Fresh off the back of a blistering Coachella appearance, The Last Shadow Puppets bring their ’70s-infused sound to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre for 3 nights from 25th May. Eight years after the release of their debut, the rock supergroup led by Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and Miles Kane are promoting their second release ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ and special guests for all dates of the tour are Blossoms. You can find tickets from €45.05 inclusive of booking fee on Ticketmaster.ie.

2. FASHION- Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, V&A, London

Delving deep into the historical knicker drawer, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear features over 200 examples of underwear for both sexes, from the homemade ‘stays’ worn by working women in the 18th-century to luxury, lustworthy designs by Stella McCartney and Rigby & Peller. More than just an undies display, this fascinating exhibition explores notions of the ideal body and the ways that cut, fit, fabric and decoration can reveal issues of gender, sex and morality. To find tickets visit vam.ac.co.uk.

3. MOVIE- Captain America: Civil War

Whether you’re a comic book nerd or not, chances are you will be after this month. May’s most hotly anticipated, impossible-to-avoid release is Captain America: Civil War, the action-packed sequel to 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As well as Chris Evans as the titular hero, the star-studded cast includes Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. If that’s not enough superhero mayhem for you, X-Men: Apocalypse starring Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence hits cinemas from 19th May .

4. FOOD- Hollywood Farmers Market 25th Anniversary, Los Angeles

A must visit when you’re in LA, this year the popular Hollywood Farmers Market has another reason to tempt you its way. The market is celebrating 25 years as the go-to destination for foodies, with a month-long celebration of special guest speakers, one-off events and expert cooking demos every Sunday. Expect demonstrations by local chefs like Curtis Stone and Neal Fraser, and, most importantly, plenty of food to tickle your tastebuds. To find out more, visit hfm.la.

5. EXHIBITION- Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

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These days everyone from supermodels like Cara Delevingne to sports stars like David Beckham are tatted up but what’s the story behind our love of ink? Explore the 5,000-year-old world of tattooing at this showcase, which runs until 5th September, of the visual history of body art and markings. Ancient tools and specially-commissioned silicone body reproductions, inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world, are all part of the exhibition. To book tickets visit rom.on.ca.

6. FESTIVAL- Life, Belvedere House, Co. Westmeath, 27th-29th May

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It’s official- festival season is in full swing! One gathering that won’t disappoint is Life, an all-inclusive celebration of electronic music, set in the lush 160 acre Lakeside setting of Belvedere House and Gardens, in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. As well as getting a fix of the latest beats from ambient to dub and psytrance, there’s art installations, jugglers, yurt village and a Body & Mind chillout corner. To purchase tickets (do it quickly as they’re selling out), visit life-festival.com.

7. LITERATURE- International Literature Festival, Dublin, 21st-29th May

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Whether your favourite summer reads are romantic fiction or the latest feminist tome, the International Literature Festival has you covered. Worldwide literary talent comes to Dublin for the annual feast of readings, discussions, debates, workshops and screenings, with an excellent children’s programme to boot. This year the festival has ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ author Lionel Shriver, always inspiring activist Margaretta D’Arcy and feminist icon Chris Kraus talking about her career-defining ‘I Love Dick’. To find out more visit ilfdublin.com.

8. FILM- Cannes International Film Festival, 11th-22nd May

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Cannes is more synonymous with wild nights and a coterie of B-listers on yachts these days rather than the heady French Riviera heyday of Brigitte Bardot, but the festival and its coveted Palme D’Or is still a big deal for the film industry. Even though it’s just for professionals, the festival attracts crowds hoping to bump into Leo DiCaprio and a gaggle of models. For a night to remember, head to the Beach Cinema for an open-air viewing as the sun goes down. To find out more visit festival-cannes.fr.

9. NETFLIX- Lady Dynamite

If you laughed at Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or remember Maria Bamford’s quirky stand up shows or her cameo in Arrested Development, chances are you’ll enjoy her new Netflix mockumentary. Based on Bamford’s life, 12 episodes of Lady Dynamite will be released simultaneously on Netflix on May 20th. The US comedian has had a long career in the States, where she was the first female comedian to have two Comedy Central specials. Bamford is also one of the few comedians who can talk about anxiety and depression- and make it hilariously funny.

10. BOOK- Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld

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A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ is no mean feat but it’s a cinch for Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of ‘American Wife’ and ‘Prep’. In the 21st century version of the Bennet family, Liz is a high-flying NYC based magazine journalist. When their father has a health scare, the girls return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help- and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray. Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show ‘Eligible’. Top of the summer reading list.

Catch up on our April Culture Fix here.