Arts features

Nimrod Borenstein: With that name, he was born to be a composer

By Jessica Duchen, March 15, 2013

When Nimrod Borenstein first came to the UK to study at the Royal College of Music, he couldn’t understand why his fellow students would start whistling a particular melody when they saw him.

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Meet a true comedy master (and it's not who you think)

By Anna Sheinman, March 8, 2013

I have only just turned on my Dictaphone and Dan Patterson is already at it. The creator of TV comedy behemoth Mock The Week fires off the first of a series of snappy one-liners more than worthy of any of the comedians on his show. Sadly, it is not printable, but suffice to say I now feel very differently about my Dictaphone.

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How R B Kitaj created his Holocaust masterpiece

By Eckhart Gillen, March 8, 2013

Not until the mid-1970s, at the age of 43, did R B Kitaj start a series of paintings demonstrating his growing interest in the Holocaust.

His first work on the subject was If Not, Not (1975-76). The title, as so often in Kitaj’s work, goes back to a book from his library, in this case historian Ralph E Giesey’s 1968 work, If Not, Not.

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Where Chasids and gay Filipinos collide

By John Nathan, March 8, 2013

If you are going to the Tricycle to see the north London theatre’s latest production, who exactly are you?

Are you a Chasid curious to see how a musical depicts your community? Are you a Filipino wanting to see a show whose heroes are emigres from Manila?

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David Broza, Israel's singing legend, is performing in London

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2013

Internationally renowned folk-rock singer David Broza says he is “looking forward” to performing in London next week. The Israeli singer-songwriter has performed in Greece, South America and Australia but it has been “around 10 years since I last came to London, so it’s very exciting for me. I’m thrilled to come.”

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Radio review: Ajax - the Jewish club

By Simon Round, February 7, 2013

Fans of Dutch football club Ajax call themselves the “super Jews”. They wear scarves adorned with Stars of David and display Israeli flags in the Amsterdam Arena where the team plays .But Ajax is not a Jewish club. Only 500 of the weekly attendance of 50,000 is Jewish.

This was a fascinating and disturbing investigation into why Ajax fans have adopted this spurious Jewish identity.

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TV review: Yes, Prime Minister

By Simon Round, January 24, 2013

Around 26 years after the last episode of Yes, Prime Minister aired, it is back, with the same writing team but a different cast — Henry Goodman replaces the peerless Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey and David Haig is the bumbling PM Jim Hacker in place of the much underrated Paul Eddington, both the original actors sadly no longer with us.

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Questions of identity? For us, they're a laughing matter

By Philippa Fordham and Bennett Arron, January 24, 2013

Philippa Fordham writes:

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An epic survivor's tale

By Simon Round, January 17, 2013

This extraordinary film was made by Lisa Bryer, the producer of The Last King of Scotland, about her Aunt Henia.

According to the producers, when it was shown to BBC1 controller Danny Cohen, he cleared the schedules so that the film could be the centrepiece of the Holocaust Memorial Day coverage. Having seen the 40-minute documentary, I can only endorse his decision

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Revealed: Nikki van der Zyl, the secret Bond girl

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2013

People know my voice, they just don’t know me.When people see Ursula Andress in Dr No, or Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger, they don’t know that I revoiced them, and a lot of other Bond girls too.

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