Gillian Orr

Gillian Orr writes about the arts for The Independent.

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Howdy foodies: Bloggers and grandmother front Sainsbury's advert

Move over, celebrity chefs. Sainsbury's has called up three little-known bloggers and a grandma to front its latest campaign. Gillian Orr on a new recipe for advertising

Childish Gambino: Rapper, writer, actor... joker?

Donald Glover doesn’t expect to sell any records as his rapping alter ego Childish Gambino. He just wants to make the world a better place

Elf help book: America’s favourite way to make sure that children are nice, not naughty, in the run up to Christmas

It is over here and selling fast. Gillian Orr hears the Elf on a Shelf story

Carol singer: Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, from 1994, is one of the last huge Christmas hits

Christmas songs: Jingle sells

As Mariah Carey and Noddy Holder rake in the royalties from their Christmas classics, Gillian Orr wonders why there hasn't been a decent festive hit for nearly 20 years

Eight days a week: Rebecca Black produced the song 'Friday' in 2011 and has just released 'Saturday'

Back to Rebecca Black

She was the 13-year-old internet sensation behind the 'worst song ever'. As Rebecca Black returns with a new track, Gillian Orr reckons that she's smarter than she sounds

Portfolio: Nicky Walsh and Max Faber's food images pay homage to Bauhaus art movement

After a trip to Berlin's Bauhaus Archive Museum of Design, the photographer Nicky Walsh and food stylist Max Faber, both 34, came up with the idea of capturing food in a way that paid homage to the German art movement.

There is nothing like a dame: 'Puss in Boots' at The Hackney Empire

Has the Christmas pantomime had its day?

Oh no it hasn't! Despite cross-dressing dames getting a drubbing this week, pantomime is going strong, with rap, rock'n'roll and rudeness all playing their part

Recommended: ‘Blue Is the Warmest Colour’ tops Gillian Orr's list as film of the year

Listless abandon: In defence of our obsession with the end-of-year list

The annual deluge of December lists is upon us - and readers can’t get enough of them

Strike a posy: Liz Taylor with first-night flowers

Thanks a bunch: Actors are forgoing the usual first-night bouquets - and donating the money to charity instead

Theatreland lore dictates that flowers should only be given to actors celebrating their opening nights after the curtain has fallen. Many still believe superstitiously that delivering a bunch of blooms prior to the first act invites a disastrous run for the play.

A shot from the May 2014 edition of the Pirelli calendar which is celebrating the work of the late photographer Helmut Newton

The infamously risqué Pirelli calendar reaches 50: Has it moved with the times?

Or does it even need to? Golden anniversary edition of 'the Cal' has just launched, with great pomp, in Milan

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