Cultural Life: Ben Bradshaw, culture secretary
Friday 13 November 2009
Sameem Ali's 'Belonging' – an autobiographical account of escape from a forced marriage and abusive family. Before that, the biography of the great Labour politician and first Arts minister Jennie Lee by Patricia Hollis.
'Nowhere Boy' – Sam Taylor Wood's wonderful evocation of the early life of John Lennon, which premiered on the closing night of the London Film Festival. Also saw and loved 'Fishtank' recently.
Whatever's on Radio 3. Saw Kurt Masur conducting Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' at the Festival Hall to mark the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which made up for not being able to get to Berlin.
Theatre & Opera
'Enron' and 'Jerusalem' at the Royal Court and Jude Law's 'Hamlet' – all great. 'Tristan and Isolde' at the Royal Opera House (Nina Stemme is the best Isolde since Nilsson) and 'The Turn of the Screw' at English National Opera – with Sir Charles Mackerras, who did the original production, conducting.
Richard Long and the summer show at the Tate, Jeff Koons at the Serpentine, Gay Icons at the National Portrait Gallery and Exeter Arts Society annual show.
'At times I thought he was me'film
Review: One Direction, Fourmusic
Review: The World of Ice and Firebooks
Film More romcom than S&M
Review: The Imitation Gamefilm
Comedy...to show her mastectomy scars
TVNetflix gets cryptic
TV review A moving film showing kids too busy to enjoy their youth
Books Not even a Man Booker prize could save Richard Flanagan from a nomination
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'Not suppost to cry': 9-year-old lists the worst things about being a boy
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Christmas 2014: The three most intriguing celebrity panto appearances
Lee Evans announces his retirement from comedy on The Jonathan Ross Show
Iggy Azalea responds to Eminem rape lyrics: 'I'm bored of old men threatening young women'
Angelina Jolie confirms retirement from acting: 'I've never been comfortable on-screen'
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking leaked footage from Lana Del Rey rape video
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track