Sisters, you have a friend: what’s happening in Dublin this week?

There’s music in the air this week as a legendary American composer and classical musical come to town. These are our best options for the next few days in Dublin.

James Taylor, 3 Arena

One of the coolest cats in the game, with over 100 million records sold to his credit, Taylor released his 20th LP in 2020, the Grammy Award-winning American Standard. He and his “all-star band” will be eager to share his wares along with the hits we know so well. The big question is, is James Taylor still signing albums for fans during the interval? There’s only one way to find out.

Monday, September 26. Time: 8:00 p.m. Tickets from €91 (concert postponed – tickets for the January 2022 date are still valid). For more information visit https://aikenpromotions.com/

IFI Documentary Festival

Showcasing the best of new national and international non-fiction cinema, this year’s festival features the Irish premiere of Shaunak Sen’s All That Breathes, winner of the Golden Eye Award at Cannes (screening this Sunday at 1.20pm). Taghi Amirani and Walter Murch’s Coup 53 is another highlight (on Friday at 6pm, the filmmakers will also take part in a live Q&A session). But our top pick for the week is Kathryn Ferguson’s triumphant and deeply moving Sinead O’Connor documentary Nothing Compares, premiering this Saturday at 8:40pm ahead of its national release on October 7th.

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Until Sunday September 25. For more info visit https://ifi.ie/

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Aimee Mcallister, Emma Stack and Esther Brady star in the musical Sisters

Sisters, dlr Mill Theater Dundrum

It is 1971 in Dublin, and single mother Bernadette Boland and her sisters Noleen and Kathleen are mapping their journey to self-empowerment in the context of Catholic Ireland and the rise of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement. Written and directed by Tracy Ryan, with Kaeylea B VanKeith, this up-and-coming new production tackles some serious issues, but it’s also a full-blown musical that celebrates “trailblazing women.” Emma Stack, Aimee Mcallister and Esther Brady co-star.

Preview Friday September 23 / Opening Saturday September 24. Hours: 7:30 p.m. (Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m.). Resuming from Tuesday, October 4 to Saturday, October 8. Tickets €22 – €25. For more information visit https://milltheatre.ie/

Sister Act: The Musical, Bord Gais Energy Theater

You’ve seen the movie hundreds of times, finally the divine musical version is here. This West End and Broadway hit features original tunes courtesy of Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and is produced by the original sister herself, the sublime Whoopi Goldberg. You know the drill: a sassy club singer named Deloris is sent into hiding in a convent after witnessing a gruesome murder. However, things spiral out of control when she joins the church choir. Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph appears alongside Clive Rowe, Lizzie Bea and Sandra Marvin.

Until Saturday, October 1. Tickets from €21 (rescheduled dates – original tickets remain valid). For more information visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

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American jazz and blues star Madeleine Peyroux

Madeleine Peyroux, 3Olympia Theater

Having begun her career on the streets of Paris, American jazz and blues vocalist Madeleine Peyroux achieved gold record status with her sophomore album, 2004’s Careless Love. Now, some 18 years later, the International Award winner BBC Jazz Artist goes on tour with the Careless Love Forever World Tour. Even after all this time, the wonderful Don’t Wait Too Long is a knockout. Ultan Conlon provides support.

Saturday September 24. Doors: 7 p.m. Tickets from €36.50. For more information visit www.3olympia.es

An evening with Rupi Kaur, National Concert Hall

In 2019, The New Republic magazine declared Rupi Kaur the ‘Writer of the Decade’. At just 29 years old, the Canadian “instapoet” has acquired an international following like no other: her books (Milk and Honey, The Sun and Her Flowers) have sold more than 8 million copies and been translated into more than 42 countries. Languages. Kaur touches down in Dublin this weekend for what promises to be an evening of deep spoken magic.

Saturday, September 24. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: €36 / €45. For more information visit www.nch.ie