Arts features

Samuel Barnett: first the Olympics, now for a run in the West End

By John Nathan, December 6, 2012

‘Gone are the days of me playing young and innocent,” says Samuel Barnett. This is perhaps more a declaration of hope than fact for the actor who recently played fresh-faced Danny in the fizzing BBC Olympic satire, Twenty Twelve.


Enrico Macias: France's megastar comes to the UK

By Simon Round, November 30, 2012

It is not just the Rolling Stones who are celebrating 50 years of musical success this year. French singer Enrico Macias may not be a household name in this country, but he has been a star in France since 1962.
Now his British-based fans will be able to see him in concert, playing songs stretching right back through his career.


What chutzpah! How Olivia Lee became the queen of prank TV

By Simon Round, November 29, 2012

When you interview Olivia Lee there is bound to be a slight sense of nervousness. This is a woman who has made a TV career out of playing pranks on the unsuspecting, so as I sit down there is a temptation to look for a camera crew secreted behind the potted plant.


JC Profile: Adam Richman

By Simon Round, November 23, 2012

Adam Richman could eat for America.

In fact that is more or less what Richman's job has been for the past few years. As presenter of the massively popular Man v. Food show, which has aired on Dave, The Food Network and UK TV Food, Richman has become a cult figure for taking on some of the most insane food challenges in a country renowned for unhealthy portion sizes.


Norman Lebrecht: From terror to applause as I make my cathedral debut

By Norman Lebrecht, November 15, 2012

On the evening of Remembrance Sunday, I found myself sitting in the second row of Portsmouth Cathedral, paralysed with terror. This is not my usual pre-concert state.


How Edith Head gave Hollywood its dress sense

By Melanie Abrams, November 8, 2012

With a record -breaking eight Oscars and a whopping 35 nominations, Edith Claire Posenor is a Hollywood legend. As a trailblazer for women in the film industry, she leads the way. Meryl Streep doesn’t come close.


Kiss: the secret to being a rock legend? Face paint and a head for business

By Paul Lester, November 1, 2012

Gene Simmons, bass guitarist with the US hard-rock group, Kiss, may be one of the most successful Jewish musicians of the past 40 years.

But he is also an arch proponent of what he calls “Kisstianity” — the religion followed by the band’s thousands of devoted believers.


TV review: Timeshift

By Simon Round, October 22, 2012

For all of you who think that klezmer is simply Jewish wedding music, this excellent documentary in the Timeshift strand proved that, well, you were absolutely right.

However, what you might not know was that klezmer was possibly the first and certainly the most enduring incidence of the musical mash-up.


Chaim Soutine: the artist who fell foul of the hygiene police

By Julia Weiner, October 19, 2012

You have almost certainly heard of Marc Chagall, and Modigliani may be a familiar name. But what about Chaim Soutine?

With the Ben Uri Gallery in London currently displaying a newly acquired Soutine painting, it is time to discover more about an artist, who, like his great friend Chagall, made his way from his home in Russia in the early years of the 20th century to study and work in Paris.


New life for Viktor Ullmann's Terezin opera - The Emperor of Atlantis

By Ruth Rothenberg, October 18, 2012

It takes an Irish-Canadian Catholic to stage an opera written in a Nazi concentration camp by Jews pillorying Hitler.