Arts

Obscured by tattiness

18 May 2024 9:00 am

A friend, with a lot more culture than your columnist, used to carry audio recordings of two works on her…

Lovely slice of Cosmic Scouse: Michael Head & the Red Elastic, at EartH, reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

One of the more bizarre but recurring tales about how the music of Liverpool has been shaped over these past…

Gorgeous and deeply absorbing: Manor Lords reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Grade: A ‘God games’, as they used to be called, have a storied history. SimCity, Civilisation and the excellently sadistic…

Nowhere near as miserable as I remember it: The Beatles – Let It Be reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Beatles lore has long held that the film Let It Be was a depressing portrait of the band falling apart.…

The woman who revolutionised British fashion: Barbara Hulanicki interviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

‘I was one of your original customers in Kensington Church Street,’ I tell the founder of Biba when we meet.…

Beguiling: Yinka Shonibare, at the Serpentine Galleries, reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

More than seven centuries ago, the medieval cartographer Richard of Haldingham created Hereford Cathedral’s Mappa Mundi; I say ‘created’ because…

Meet the man who says improvisation is the key to Mozart

18 May 2024 9:00 am

In August 1993, the pianist Robert Levin sat down in Walthamstow Assembly Rooms with the conductor Christopher Hogwood and the…

Predictable but has a certain French verve: Two Tickets to Greece reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Within the first five minutes of Two Tickets to Greece you know what it is and where it’s going. It’s…

Fawlty Towers – The Play is the best museum piece you’ll ever see

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Fawlty Towers at the Apollo may be the best museum piece you’ll ever see. A full-length play has been carved…

Dark and crooked byways

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Isn’t it strange that the new television, the television of the streamers which has dominated our world since Covid, has…

Dense, melancholic, hypnotic: Brighde Chaimbeul, at Summerhall, reviewed

11 May 2024 9:00 am

The hip end of the folk spectrum is in rude health right now. Dublin’s mighty Lankum lead the way, but…

There are passages of considerable eloquence in Royal Ballet’s The Winter’s Tale

11 May 2024 9:00 am

There’s no escaping Christopher Wheeldon – a modest, amiable fellow from Yeovil of whom anyone’s mum would be proud. Reaching…

Across Britain punters are lapping up ultra-trad opera – the Arts Council will be disgusted

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Another week at the opera, another evening with an elitist and ethically dubious art form. I love it; you love…

Minority Report is superficial pap – why on earth stage it?

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Minority Report is a plodding bit of sci-fi based on a Steven Spielberg movie made more than two decades ago.…

Wonderfully special: La chimera reviewed

11 May 2024 9:00 am

La chimera, which, as in English, means something like ‘the unrealisable dream’, is the latest film from Italian writer/director Alice…

Why did C.J. Sansom approve this moronic Disney+ Shardlake adaptation?

11 May 2024 9:00 am

What would C.J. Sansom have made of the Disney+ version of his novel series about 16th-century crookback lawyer Matthew Shardlake?…

A gripping podcast about America’s obsession with guns

11 May 2024 9:00 am

The love affair between so many Americans and their guns – long a source of international fascination – appears to…

Fascinating insight into the mind of Michelangelo

11 May 2024 9:00 am

You’re pushing 60 and an important patron asks you to repeat an artistic feat you accomplished in your thirties. There’s…

Music as pasta

4 May 2024 9:00 am

It’s sad to see that Sir Andrew Davis, the former head of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, has died. The man…

An exquisitely funny sitcom that should be on the BBC

4 May 2024 9:00 am

Agathe by Angela J. Davis follows the early phases of the Rwanda genocide 30 years ago. The subject, Agathe Uwilingiyimana,…

It’s time to free art from being ‘interactive’ and ‘immersive’

4 May 2024 9:00 am

The American artist and critic Brad Troemel once pointed out that art galleries have all turned into a kind of…