Arts features

Noteworthy fun coming to Leeds

By John Jeffay, June 24, 2011

A mix of music and comedy sets the tone for this year's International Jewish Performing Arts Festival in Leeds.

Among the top billings are Jay Foreman - who spawned a YouTube sensation with his song, Moon Chavs - and cellist Kate Shortt, who has been dubbed the "Jewish Victoria Wood".


Lens that defined a generation

By Melanie Abrams, June 23, 2011

Herb Ritts had chutzpah. Largely self taught, he became the go-to celebrity and fashion photographer of the 1980s and '90s. As a Californian schoolboy, he persuaded his next door neighbour, who happened to be the Hollywood star Steve McQueen, to host his school prom.


TV review: Case Histories

By Simon Round, June 10, 2011

Case Histories is advertised by the BBC as "an unusual take on the detective genre".


Blobs, dogs, and some seriously good painting

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

Diana Middleweek "blobs" three or four paintings in her two-hour art class. Irene Bard has spent months diligently reproducing a photograph of the Suffolk countryside.


TV review: Unreported World

June 2, 2011

Unreported World's investigation into the latter-day exodus of Eritrean refugees towards Israel, to be broadcast this evening, makes for unsettling viewing. There are unmistakable biblical parallels - here is a persecuted population fleeing a nasty regime for what they feel to be the Promised Land. And in doing so they have to make their perilous way through the Sinai desert.


The free-spirited Bob Dylan

By Simon Round, May 26, 2011

Blowing in the Wind: Bob Dylan's Spiritual Journey
BBC Radio 4, 4/5

Tangled up with Dylan
BBC Four, 2/5


The director who beat The Promise to a Bafta

By Anne Joseph, May 26, 2011

By now, Michael Samuels will have just about climbed down from cloud nine. That is where the director has spent most of the week after winning two awards for his TV adaptation of William Boyd's acclaimed novel, Any Human Heart, at the Baftas on Sunday.


This Chasid is strictly unorthodox

By Simon Round, May 19, 2011

Wonderland: A Hasidic Guide to Love, Marriage and Finding a Bride
BBC2, 2/5

Dolphin Boy
More4, 3/5


From Frankie to Borat - that's entertainment

By Michael Freedland, May 19, 2011



Two Sugars? That's not everyone's cup of tea

May 12, 2011

The Apprentice
BBC1, 4/5

Lord Sugar Tackles Football
BBC2, 2/5