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Harking back to an era of reds under the bed

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TV Watch with Dave O’Connell

The underlying premise – that a quintessentially all-American couple are in fact Soviet-born KGB plants and agents – might seem like quite a stretch on the surface of it, but given the Big Brother monitoring of our emails unearthed in recent weeks, it might not be so farfetched after all.

But suspend your disbelief and get stuck into The Americans – currently topping the ratings Stateside and now showing on RTE2 and ITV – because this is a mini-series that will keep you hooked to the very last second.

It’s not too late to catch up if you’ve missed an episode or two of this 13 part series – and it’s well worth the effort.

The Americans is the story of Elizabeth – actress Keri Russell – and Philip Jennings, played by Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, although you’d never know he was British any more than the neighbours in Washington would think Phil was really Mischa from the old Soviet Union.

To the world at large they own a travel agency in downtown Washington DC and they are parents to the all-American kids, Paige and Henry – but they are really two Soviet KGB officers posing as a married couple in the suburbs in order to spy on the United States.

And then – because that on its own can only provide so much drama – they witness the arrival of their new neighbours, Stan and Sandra Beeman. Stan happens to be a high-ranking FBI counter-intelligence agent who has just completed a couple of years undercover to flush out some white supremacists.

And naturally they all ostensibly become the best of buddies, eating brownies and playing racquetball – the only different being Philip and Elizabeth know who Stan is, but this hot shot FBI man hasn’t a clue.

All of this is set back in the ’80s, during the Cold War era when they Yanks had an actor called Ronald Reagan in the White House. Paranoia was the buzz word, and the Americans saw the Russians in the way that a fox watches the hen house.

As the weeks unfold, you discover where Philip and Elizabeth actually came from; that they’re not married at all, and that they will stop at nothing – absolutely nothing – in pursuit of the intelligence that will help the Soviets keep pace with the Yanks.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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