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Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle and other upcoming highlights

If U.S. artist Jason Lytle learned anything, from nearly 15 years at the helm of celebrated Californian quintet Grandaddy, is that he’s just not cut out to be a 21st century pop star.

There were triumphs, no doubt but Lytle was a poor fit for life in a breakthrough indie rock franchise. By the time he was writing 2006’s Just Like the Fambly Cat, he knew it was over, that the machine had simply lost its momentum, its gears too clogged with years of frustration, substance abuse, and diminishing returns. His choice became clear: he needed to go somewhere else and start over completely.

Jason will be joined in this special performance by Stevie Scullion AKA Malojian. Over the last few years, Malojian has released four stunning solo albums, along the way collaborating with some musical legends, including Steve Albini, who earned his chops producing Nirvana, The Pixies etc.

Distorted Perspectives Presents: Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) & Malojian, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Sunday, May 12, at 8pm.

Radical ReThink – Conversations in Contemporary Art Practice

This series of conversations aim to create dialog and to provoke critical thinking around art and culture and the contested ‘value’ of culture in society.

Chaired by Bernadette Hopkins, this month’s guests are internationally recognised and critically acclaimed artist, Amanda Coogan, Donegal-based artist Julie Griffiths, currently Artist-in-Residence at Oxford Island, Lough Neagh and Artist in the Community with Leitrim Arts Office, and trans-disciplinary artist Maeve Collins.

The next ‘Radical ReThink – Conversations in Contemporary Art Practice’ will be held in the RCC on Thursday, March 28 at 7.30pm. This event is free, everyone welcome!

Raphaela Gromes and Juliann Riem

Raphaela Gromes is an exceptional young cellist who has quickly garnered a slew of rave reviews for the incredible intimacy of her playing, her musical imagination, and thrilling virtuosity.

Add to this her symbiotic duets with partner, renowned soloist and award-winning pianist Julian Riem and you’re set for a truly inspiring evening as the duo perform a new piece by Kevin Volans commissioned by Music Network.

Music Network Presents Raphaela Gromes and Juliann Riem at the Regional Cultural Centre on Saturday, April 6, at 8pm.

Field notes from The Border and other exhibitions

Raymond B Newman & Anthony Haughey – Field notes from The Border (March 29-May 18): The exhibition series Field notes from The Border presents specially devised exhibitions and installations by artists working along the border in Ireland.

The political alignment in the north of the island of Ireland is fractured between a consideration of both Irish and British identities.

Raymond B. Newman’s exhibition Unsettled Border reflects on an institution within one of these divides, the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

Anthony Haughey’s exhibition and installation responds to the perceived imminent threat of Brexit to peace and stability in Ireland. New video works, photographs and texts reflect on Ireland’s ‘seamless’ border and considers how function, meaning, and effect are often in a state of flux.

Field notes from The Border is curated by The Gallery of Photography as part of the ‘Reframing The Border’ programme and is supported by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund.

Jigsaw Donegal – Annual Arts Exhibition (April 12-27): The Jigsaw Donegal Annual Art Exhibition feature​s ​artworks​ ​by​ ​secondary school​ ​art​ ​students,​  Youthreach and​ ​YMCA​ ​STEP.​ ​The​ ​aim​ ​of​ ​the​ ​project​ ​is to​ ​promote​ ​positive​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​through​ ​art​ ​and to​ ​give​ ​young​ ​people​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​to​ ​have​  their​ ​artwork​ ​displayed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​RCC​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Jigsaw Hub.​ ​

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