Arts features

A survivor's tale just right for Pesach

By Simon Round, April 21, 2011

The Baby Born in a Concentration Camp
BBC1, 4/5

Annabel's Kitchen
CITV, 4/5

To misquote Tolstoy, most tales of families murdered in the Holocaust are depressingly similar, but each story of survival is miraculous in its own way. To live through the most well organised mass murder in history usually took a triumph of the human spirit and a fair degree of luck.

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Shai Kremer: Israel's Controversial Photographer

By Melanie Abrams, April 18, 2011

Shai Kremer is a photographer to watch. His stunning Israeli landscapes were immediately snapped up by the New York gallerist, Julie Saul, at his Masters graduate show in 2005. Since then his work has won international acclaim with shows in some of the world's leading galleries including Tate Modern and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Review: The Chemist of Life and Death

By Simon Round, April 14, 2011

If ever there was a convincing argument for the licence fee, it is programmes like this. Very few commercial broadcasters use their resources to make documentaries about industrial chemists who died nearly 80 years ago.

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Review: Friday Night Dinner

By Simon Round, April 7, 2011

Even before I watched this comedy, I knew I was going to hate it. Comments from friends ran the gamut from: "I would rather have my teeth pulled than watch this again" to "I would rather have my eyes gouged out with a fork than watch this again."

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Mystical appeal of Dora the primitive

By Philip Vann, March 24, 2011

In vibrant oil paintings of lovers embracing, mothers shopping for the Sabbath and families picnicking, in dark gouaches of meditative rabbis, and in luminous watercolours, Dora Holzhandler imbues her subjects with a spirit of mystical intimacy.

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Guns N' Roses? It was more like welcome to the jungle

By Robert Collins, February 17, 2011

Steven Adler knows he is lucky to be alive. Two decades of heroin and crack cocaine addiction will take a toll on the toughest constitution.

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The rabbi's daughter who photographed the stars

By Melanie Abrams, February 10, 2011

Eve Arnold became one of world's most famous photographers by learning to be invisible. In the decades after the Second World War she gained unprecedented access to film stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich and public figures such as Malcolm X, and produced intimate images as iconic as their subjects. And all by acquiring the happy knack of blending into the background.

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Young, gifted and making their mark

By Elisa Bray, January 27, 2011

Natalie Abrahami
31, director

As artistic director of the Gate Theatre, Abrahami has been credited with turning the 70-seat venue into a big player on the London theatre scene. Or as Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner says, under her direction, the Gate "is suddenly out there in the vanguard of all that is exciting, explosive and invigorating in British theatre".

Sell-out shows have included Women in Love and How To Be An Other Woman, a stage adaptation of Lorrie Moore's short story about love and ambition.

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'That's an insulting question'

By Katie Taylor, December 29, 2010

● "She hasn't had a drink for two weeks. Two weeks may not sound like much, but it's a major achievement for her."Mitch Winehouse on his daughter Amy's gradual recovery from addiction

● "I don't go to synagogue, I'm not interested in any kind of community and I don't care if the Chief Rabbi considers me a proper Jew - although Jonathan Sacks and I are friends in an informal sort of way."
Novelist Frederick Raphael doesn't let religion get in the way of a friendship

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The secret of great photos - skill, sensitivity and luck

By Katie Taylor, December 16, 2010

How did you start out as a photographer?
I have always taken pictures but without having any knowledge of the technical side. When I was at university I would take pictures for the college newspaper. When I began at the BBC as a television documentary maker, I kept it as a hobby, but the photography finally took over. I left television with no money, no camera, no real knowledge of how to work a camera and took a risk.

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