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Pro-EU protesters at Labour Live should be ashamed

THE small group of Open Britain protesters who raised their Stop Backing Brexit banner and chanted that slogan over the closing sentences of Jeremy Corbyn’s excellent Labour Live speech delighted Labour’s enemies. From the Observer to the Sun,...

yesterday, 17:11 in Art & Culture

Film Festival Round-up Steely exposés of global crimes in Sheffield

ONE of the the most resonant films at this year's Sheffield DocFest was The Silence of Others, which poses the question of whether the state can order people to forget crimes committed against them. This is what Spain’s amnesty law tried to do years...

Friday, 13:40 in Art & Culture

Music Review One cool Cat

Peter Cat Nice N Sleazys, Glasgow PETER CAT, aka Graham Gillespie, doesn't want to reveal what his day job is. But his “work clothes” — he's come straight from his shift to the gig — are the most glamorous I've ever seen and surely entirely unsuited...

Friday, 13:40 in Art & Culture
Theatre Review Nothing lost in Translations

Theatre Review Nothing lost in Translations

Translations National Theatre, London BRIAN FRIEL’S modern classic Translations is replete with allusions — to the liminal times and places of 1930s Ireland, to cultural oppression and revival, to imperialism and resistance. Set in rural Donegal, it...

Friday, 13:40 in Art & Culture

Film round-up: June 15

The Piano (15) Directed by Jane Campion ★★★★★ NEW Zealand film-maker Jane Campion’s justly lauded Oscar-nominated third feature film deservedly won Academy Awards in 1993 for best screenplay and Oscar nominations for best picture and best director....

Friday, 13:40 in Art & Culture
Arts Ahead: 15 June

Arts Ahead: 15 June

OXFORD EXHIBITION A Slice Through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings Modern Art Oxford Until September 9 Digital images are increasingly ubiquitous, but this exhibition sets out to demonstrate that the physical power of drawing still makes a...

Friday, 12:52 in Art & Culture
Self-indulgent Labour rebels have let Theresa May off the hook

Self-indulgent Labour rebels have let Theresa May off the hook

VIDEO clips of grim-faced Theresa May frozen in embarrassment as MPs guffawed in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s question about following Boris Johnson’s advice to let Donald Trump lead EU negotiations should have dominated today’s front pages. Instead,...

Thursday, 19:14 in Art & Culture
Film of the week Wilde heart and soul

Film of the week Wilde heart and soul

The Happy Prince (15) Directed by Rupert Everett IT'S taken 10 years and a lot of proverbial blood, sweat and tears for this fascinating depiction of the tragic last years of Oscar Wilde's life to finally reach the big screen. It has certainly paid...

Thursday, 14:45 in Art & Culture
Pimlico Plumbers case is the tip of the gig-economy iceberg

Pimlico Plumbers case is the tip of the gig-economy iceberg

GARY SMITH’S Supreme Court victory has irked his employer, so-called celebrity plumber Charlie Mullins, but it will encourage other workers to challenge dodgy “self-employed” status they feel driven to adopt. Mullins, the Pimlico Plumbers proprietor...

Wednesday, 18:13 in Art & Culture

Book Review Sour notes in this dystopian disco

Disco Sour by Giuseppe Porcaro (Unbound, £10) WHEN reviewing a novel it helps to have something to work with — engaging characters,  a discernible plot, a carefully penned exploration of human experience. But when a book churns through the presses and...

Wednesday, 15:08 in Art & Culture

Film Review Timely tribute to a working-class hero

Unsung Hero Directed by Sol Papadopoulos JACK JONES was fated to be a militant trade unionist and socialist, being christened James Larkin Jones in tribute to Liverpool-born Irish labour movement colossus Big Jim Larkin. But the stimulus to the late...

Wednesday, 14:12 in Art & Culture

Jazz Review Mabern's got the blues, marvellously

Harold Mabern Right on Time and To Love and Be Loved (Smoke) HAROLD MABERN is part of that great tradition of pianists from the southern city US city of Memphis, which also birthed Phineas Newborn, James Williams and Donald Brown. Mabern, born in...

Wednesday, 01:13 in Art & Culture
Grenfell residents and firefighters were let down by the system

Grenfell residents and firefighters were let down by the system

GRENFELL Tower survivor Rukayetu Mamudu is a thousand times right to condemn the system that let down firefighters who followed instructions, telling residents to remain indoors during the fire. “People were trusting the firefighters’ words. And the...

Tuesday, 18:56 in Art & Culture

Music Review Stones just keep on rolling

Rolling Stones: No Filter Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh   AFTER several months of criticism over ticket prices — perhaps why this show wasn't a complete sell-out — somehow it’s all forgotten as soon as "Keef" hits that first chord of Start...

Tuesday, 17:11 in Art & Culture

Album Reviews Springsteenesque cacophonies and arresting musical vision

Okkervil River In the Rainbow Rain (ATO Records) ★★★★ WHILE their last record was a largely subdued, introspective affair, US indie-rock band Okkervil River’s ninth album is a poppy and relatively bright set. “I hope it’s something fun that makes...

Tuesday, 12:42 in Art & Culture

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