Arts features

‘Battling granny’ who saw off Griffin turns sights on fat cats

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2013

Grilling the fat cats from multinationals such as Google and Amazon holds little fear for Margaret Hodge. After all, she was the Labour MP who faced down the challenge of British National Party leader Nick Griffin at the last election, inflicting a crushing defeat that sent the BNP into a possibly terminal decline.

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How he’s tapped the market — from The Simpsons to Nixon

By John Nathan, July 11, 2013

When actor, satirist, musician, artist, broadcaster and mock-rocker Harry Shearer joins Maureen Lipman on stage at London’s newest theatre, the experience will be a tad different from the time Shearer and the rest of spoof rock band Spinal Tap performed to tens of thousands on Glastonbury’s main stage in 2009. The Park Theatre audience is around 180. But he will still be nervous.

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Bacharach so pleased to be on song in Israel after 53-year gap

By Gil Karpas, July 5, 2013

Still touring at 85, Burt Bacharach completes a run of British concerts at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, having played in Israel on Tuesday to adoring fans at the Shuni Ampitheatre in Binyamina.

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A hit record of Amy’s earlier life and times

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2013

In the two years since her premature death, interest in Amy Winehouse’s music and colourful life has hardly waned. A film is in the works. Her songs still receive plentiful airplay. And she continues to be cited as a cautionary tale on the perils of excess.

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Learning from the past - and my survivor mother

By Simon Rocker, July 2, 2013

When John Browne was eight-years-old, he returned from school one day to find his parents’ house in Cambridge filled with the aroma of goulash. His mother was entertaining a group of refugees who had fled Hungary after the 1956 uprising.

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Learning from the past - and my survivor mother

By Simon Rocker, July 2, 2013

When John Browne was eight-years-old, he returned from school one day to find his parents’ house in Cambridge filled with the aroma of goulash. His mother was entertaining a group of refugees who had fled Hungary after the 1956 uprising.

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Why conductors from Israel are leading the way

By Jessica Duchen, June 28, 2013

Twenty-four-year-old Israeli, Lahav Shani, has won the prestigious Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg, Germany, which launched the career of Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel, the victor in 2004.

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Grand designs with a would-be guru

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

Daniel Libeskind never intended to be an architect. As a young man, he was an award-winning accordion player and wanted to be a professional musician.

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How Chasidic life inspired the latest Miller’s tale

By Gerald Jacobs, June 13, 2013

A few years ago, novelist, film director and screenwriter Rebecca Miller and her children were rowing across the lake in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, when she spotted a crowd of Chasidic families enjoying a day out in the sunshine.

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Israel Philharmonic sounds wonderful in its renovated home

By Jenni Frazer, June 7, 2013

"We did this for ourselves,” says the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s legendary music director for life, Zubin Mehta, sitting on the stage of the newly renovated concert hall of the IPO. “But we [also] did it for the public.

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