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HowTheLightGetsIn 2011 - The philosophy and music festival at Hay

HowTheLightGetsIn, the philosophy and music festival at Hay on Wye, is back. From rigorous debates and incisive solo talks to cutting-edge dj sessions and a different themed party every night, this year’s festival promises to be a cerebral and imaginative start to the summer season.

Lucien Pissarro in England, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Album: David Rotheray, The Life of Birds (Proper)

An album of songs very loosely joined by the avian theme.

Gainsbourg (15)

The life of the French musician and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg is given a suitably antic treatment in Joann Sfar's half- admiring, half-satiric cine-portrait.

Heartbreaker (15)

They flipped for this romantic comedy in its native France, but I'm not sure it will tweak as many funny bones over here. (They also loved time-travel farce Les Visiteurs, remember).

Jean Ferrat: Politically committed singer and songwriter who maintained the French 'chanson' tradition

The French singer Jean Ferrat belonged to the great chanson tradition of Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré yet, while their work seeped into the Anglo-Saxon consciousness thanks to English-language adaptations by Scott Walker, David Bowie, Jake Thackray or Marc Almond, his popularity remained confined to French-speaking countries.

Preview trailer: 'Gainsbourg'

From graphic artist and director Joann Sfar comes an original take on one of France’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Serge Gainsbourg.

Album: Fauré, Le Jardin Clos/La Chanson d'Eve, (Zig Zag)

There are more opulent performances of Fauré but Karine Deshayes' clear, girlish tones lend this recital of the late song cycles wistful intimacy.

Album: Michel Petrucciani / NHOP, Live, (Dreyfus)

The perfect complement/antidote to Crystal Silence, this unrehearsed 1994 live radio recording from Copenhagen is the pure essence of jazz, piano and double bass combining for a truly magical duet.

Album: Kathyrn Thomas, Richard Shaw, Fauré and his Circle (Deux-Elles)

For her debut album, the gifted flautist Kathryn Thomas offers pieces reflective of the late-19th century "Ars Gallica" movement in French music, a rich period for flute composition largely because of the abilities of the virtuoso Paul Taffanel.

The Sketch: Migration debates sound better with Carla Bruni

"Was that Carla Bruni on your phone?" I asked. Anthony Steen replied with fine comic timing. "I don't know, I didn't answer it."

Camille O'Sullivan, The Roundhouse, London

From the impressive list of five-star reviews on her posters, one would assume that Camille O'Sullivan had been bringing her own brand of cabaret to the British public for years. While the buzz around O'Sullivan might have been building since she took to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007, this is her first full UK tour – a test not just for the songstress but for the nascent cabaret revival which she represents.

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