Freud's and Baudrillard's theories of the 'death drive' and its consequences influence a wide range of artists
Barry Douglas, virtuoso pianist and the 'force of nature' behind the festival, dazzles and beguiles the County Down crowd
Crime author Gayle Curtis is shocked and informed by Anthony Quinn's journey into the dark heart of the Troubles
Helen Paisley's prints bring a 'kinetic sense of Gallic energy' to the Lagan Barge for August Craft Month
Everyone's favourite ska party band, led by the inimitable Buster Bloodvessel, get the crowd bouncing in west Belfast
Ulster Orchestra principle conductor JoAnn Falletta's 'lithe, supple interpretations' of American composers impress
Martin Lynch and JJ Gilmour's musical is marked by a 'joyous disregarding of pompous memorialisation'
Belfast director Jon Wright's latest feature is 'daft and gory enough' to warrant a viewing. Four tentacles up
Diagnosed with diabetes at 60, Malachi O'Doherty returned to cycling. His thoughts on the subject are inspiring
The Theatre at the Mill Summer Youth Group do justice to Mel Brooks' hilarious musical satire
Expect the unexpected at St Mary's University College, where several exhibits tell the story of the westside
Fionola Meredith makes no apologies for enjoying a terribly middle-class day out at sunny Minnowburn
The County Louth singer and flautist boasts a 'minimal, decorative and utterly beautiful' sound
'The world's leading clarinettist' brings a touch of class to the Walled City Music Festival in Derry~Londonderry
Jeremy Henderson, an artist often compared to Samuel Beckett, proudly proclaims his Scottish heritage
Funk legend Nile Rodgers – producer, writer, raconteur – regales the Belfast faithful with tales and tunes aplenty
'A notably serious examination not just of gay identity, but of identity, period' at Belfast Pride Festival
'This is a tour for all but the cripplingly paranoid: everywhere you go in Belfast, hundreds of eyes are staring down'
Paul Boyd's musical comedy is a five-star romp 'populated with sleazy, strutting grotesques'
The Newry thrash metallers 'shriek and solo' their way through a set to celebrate ten years in the business
Ruaidhrí Ward, Eleanor Tiernan and Michael Legge hone their skills at the Black Box
'The singers and instrumentalists let out a volley of mad mutterings and animal sounds... it is impossible not to smile'
Groups from across the UK converge on London for a highlight of the Cultural Olympiad
LaFaro bassist Oisin O'Doherty on headlining the G Session stage and developing an appreciation of Therapy?
The luminaries of Irish literature photographed in their homes by Darragh Casey. Cup of tea, anyone?
This London 2012 Festival event on the North Coast is a 'spell-binding, dreamy sight' and one of the arts events of the year
A simple (or maybe complex) exhibition of typography with a violent streak
The world has moved on, but iconic frontman Al Jourgensen is still angry. Give that man an electronic cigarette
Thankfully they don't turn off his microphone in Dublin. Ralph McLean only wishes The Boss had brought his protest North
Surrealist whimsy, Mario, Queen of the Circus and a 'bum-off' at City Hall – that's right, it's the 12th of July
Belfast poet Gerald Dawe's seven collections distilled into one, with 'home territory' the dominant theme
A definitive exploration of the idiosyncratic filmmaker's remarkable life and career
Artists and climbers Dan Shipsides and Neal Beggs recall an ascent to the summit of Lagazuoi
A selection of old VHS clips proves that embarrasment is truly the international language of hilarity
The taboo-tacking comedians keep the laughs coming in the preview of their Edinburgh Fringe show
The Deadly 60 presenter engages young naturalists at the Ulster Hall with sharks and rhinos, but isn't too fond of Giant Pandas
One thing Arnocorps, the Arnold Schwarzenegger-inspired 'Greatest Band in the World', doesn't lack is discipline
From Seven Summits sincere 'The Worrier' to The Answer's stealth power-ballard, listen to the best of July's singles here
A literary jaunt through decaying Sailortown as part of the 'Poets and Players, Dockers and Dreamers' series
Armagh foursome Gascan Ruckus shrug off their 'live act' label to record a polished piece of catchy pop rock
'A brief but completely enthralling glimpse into the workings of the effervescent mind of a true genius'
Belfast actor Jonjo O'Neill takes Stratford-upon-Avon by storm in this Royal Shakespeare Company production
NI Opera takes a major gamble with 5 debut works, but it – mostly – pays off at the MAC
A painting show 'in the loosest possible sense', this exhibition at Catalyst Arts revels in the unusual
The Royal Ulster Academy enlist primary school pupils to photograph themselves and their environment
The defiant grandson of a country legend mixes elements of country, punk and metal. Nashville is not amused
A Plastic Rose show a heavier side in the second single taken from forthcoming album Camera.Shutter.Life
'Self-obsessed, unsympathetic, predictable.' Playwright Derek Murphy is unforgiving in his exploration of the male psyche
The Connemara-born artist paints the Irish hinterland in stunning shades of every colour. John Gray is suitably impressed
Photographer Bernie Brown captures the various characters and vantage points of Strangford Lough
Broken objects transformed into artworks – and all for free. PS2 help collectors in the Age of Austerity
Cedric Has a Name, aka Chris Steenson, shows flashes of brilliance in his homemade second outing
A Scot's take on Northern Ireland's troubled past shows early promise, but 'feels like a wasted opportunity'
Oscar-winning Belfast director Terry George returns with a fish-based, Tarantinoesque comedy crime caper
Judah Passow's powerful images of Divis Flats still pack a 'gut-punch' a decade after they were demolished
A two and a half-day showcase of new Northern Irish theatre that goes from bed to brilliant
Slapstick, Stevie Wonder and men playing women. The Lyric Theatre inject new life into Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece
Bruiser's energetic, hep-tastic 'Noo Yoik' musical at the MAC is 'witty, wordy and full of heart'
A cast of American comics riff and pun on 1968 bugsploitation B movie, War of the Insects
The provocative exhibition isn't for the faint of heart, but is well-worth challenging your preconceptions