Arts features

It's hold the Front page as actress gets Curious

By Gerald Jacobs, June 19, 2014

'I've been writing - for the Guardian, Independent, Observer - almost as long as I've been acting," says Rebecca Front, recalling the genesis of Curious, her newly published collection of gently candid, personal essays.

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Interview: Howie B

By Paul Lester, June 6, 2014

There are two Howard Bernsteins who are regularly in the news. One - a Sir no less - is chief executive of Manchester City Council. Perhaps to distinguish himself from his civic namesake, the other operates as Howie B and is famous for producing U2, Björk, Tricky, Massive Attack, Goldie and Soul II Soul, and for remixing everyone from Annie Lennox to Steve Reich and Simply Red.

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Latex doll images inflate the appeal of V&A photographer

By Charlotte Oliver, May 29, 2014

Laurie Simmons has an impressive doll collection, albeit one that might unsettle your average Barbie fan. Miniature figurines, ventriloquist dummies, mannequins — and one uncannily realistic Japanese sex doll — populate the photographer’s Brooklyn studio, all having once come to life in front of her camera lens.

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Interview: Adam Guettel

By John Nathan, May 16, 2014

If you don't know Adam Guettel's name, that's not too surprising. His work has not been performed on a major stage in London. But among those who love their musical theatre in New York, there is no one whose talent is held in higher regard. Except that of the greatest living composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. And even he counts himself as one of Guettel's admirers.

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Israeli Arab brings her musical fusion to JW3

By Rosa Doherty, May 16, 2014

Mira Aawd, the first Israeli Arab to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest, gave a London concert at JW3 this week.

"My multicultural background really influences my music," she says. “Languages are fascinating to me in music. I write in Arabic, English and Hebrew. When you are multilingual and you come to write a song , you choose the language with the audience in mind.”

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Interview: Mark Ronson

By Paul Lester, May 15, 2014

Amy Winehouse's producer Mark Ronson hasn't exactly been quiet since last interviewed by the JC in 2007. He released a solo album called Record Collection in 2010 and has produced, among others, Adele, Bruno Mars, Duran Duran, Beyonce's sister Solange, Kaiser Chiefs, rap legends Nas and Ghostface Killah, and Paul McCartney.

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How Holby tackled a story from the Shoah

By Rosa Doherty, May 15, 2014

Viewers of prime-time BBC One hospital drama Holby City are being gripped by a storyline involving a Jewish doctor and a patient with a Nazi past, which the programme makers have included to put antisemitism in the spotlight.

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Bringing Bart back to his original stage

By John Nathan, May 12, 2014

It is apparent that for Elliot Davis, Lionel Bart (who died in 1999) is very much alive. We — that is me and Davis — are talking at the gorgeous Theatre Royal Stratford East where Davis’s reworked version of Bart’s 1959 musical Fings Aint Wot They Used T’Be, starring Jessie Wallace from EastEnders and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, is opening.

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‘When Eichmann opened his mouth, I saw the gates of the crematorium’

By Jenni Frazer, May 12, 2014

In the late 1950s and early 60s, the teenage Tami Hausner was aware that some of her schoolmates were the sons and daughters of Holocaust survivors. But she today admits: “We did not treat them very nicely.” Their parents had arrived in post-war Israel in shock and trauma, only rarely speaking about their Shoah experiences because they were afraid their new families would not believe them.

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To be totally Frank, Jon Ronson's interests are on the margins

By Stephen Applebaum, May 12, 2014

Over the years, Jon Ronson’s fascination with finding out what makes people on the margins tick has seen him hang out with members of the Klu Klux Klan [“They didn’t know I was Jewish — they do now”] and the Aryan Nations [“They asked: ‘What is your genealogy?’ That’s the one time I felt some risk”].

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