Arts features

Simon Chinn is sweet on Oscars

By Brigit Grant, February 24, 2014

This time last year, Simon Chinn almost considered going into hiding. His phone kept ringing, begging notes were pushed under his office door and anyone who had ever met him wanted to be his friend.

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Life in Rough Trade: How Geoff Travis became a major player for indie bands

By Paul Lester, February 17, 2014

As founder of the Rough Trade record store, distribution company and label, Geoff Travis has done as much as anyone to promote indie music as an alternative to mainstream, major record company product.

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The tablet that altered the story of Noah's Ark

By Sandy Rashty, February 17, 2014

The story of Noah’s Ark has always captivated the minds of children. Many have walked animal miniatures two-by-two into toy boats, as they imagine the vessel that saved believers from 40 rainy days and nights of flood.

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Mapping out musical on street guide

By John Nathan, February 17, 2014

I walk into a Soho room where a new sweet-sounding musical about Phyllis Pearsall, who wrote the A-Z — the London street guide, not the alphabet — is being rehearsed. But then somebody says “filthy Jew”. Now I’m thinking maybe this musical is not so sweet.

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Scottish life is a picture of interest to Passow

By Barry Toberman, February 17, 2014

London-domiciled Glaswegian Michael Mail wanted to do something to “recognise and celebrate the Scottish Jewish story”. Then he came across the work of award-winning photographer Judah Passow and knew he had found the answer.

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George Clooney sees the big picture in recovery of Nazi-looted art

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

German Jew Harry Ettlinger took part in one of the greatest treasure hunts in history during his wartime service with the US Army, helping to recover five million pieces of looted Nazi art. Now, the exploits of Ettlinger and his comrades from 13 Allied nations, dubbed The Monuments Men, are the subject of a new film starring and directed by George Clooney.

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Maya Beiser: ‘Goddess’ finds herself drawn to the afterlife

By Jessica Duchen, February 6, 2014

The New Yorker once described Maya Beiser as a “cello goddess”, delighting the Israeli-born player so much that she adopted the phrase as her Twitter name. Now living in New York, she has forged a distinctive career path, making it her mission to transform the nature, perception and audience of cutting-edge contemporary music.

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Troy is big in magic circles, now catch him on TV

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

Troy is being touted as the next big thing in magic. His tattoos, urban swag, gold watch and collection of bright snapback caps distinguish this Magic Circle member from the more traditional practitioners of his craft. He has even been known to pull a rabbit out of a snapback.

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She's feeling a little Flush after the return to TV of Dorien

By Simon Round, January 30, 2014

In the quarter of a century since Birds of a Feather first became a massive TV hit, Lesley Joseph has become well-known to viewers as Dorien Green. And whereas many actresses would rail against being typecast, Joseph has no problem with it. In fact, every now and then she even dresses up as her sitcom persona. “If I’m going to a function I might occasionally go as her,” Joseph reveals.

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Friend’s anorexia inspires campaign

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Highgate School pupil Amber Van Dam found it difficult to watch classmate Sophia Parvizi-Wayne battle against anorexia nervosa. But she helped her best friend on the road to recovery and now the 16-year-olds are fronting a campaign to promote mental health awareness within schools.

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