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Kronos Quartet/Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, Hackney Empire/Barbican (4/5, 2/5)

No chamber group has done more to change the musical landscape than the Kronos Quartet, and its short Barbican residency bade fair to reinforce the point.

Slava's Snowshow, Royal Festival Hall, London

Compared to the Gale Force 10 blizzard that is blasted into the auditorium at the end of Slava's Snowshow, the tornado at the start of The Wizard of Oz is for wimps and friends of Dorothy.

Imran Yusuf: Bring The Thunder, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Having been nominated for the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer Award last year, confident geezer (or "gangsta") Imran Yusuf is back to preen and provoke. Enough vulnerability comes through Yusuf's persona to avoid him coming over as cocky; constantly putting forward his ego, he takes it back with a self-deprecating reveal.

Video: 'Hackney heroine's' riot anger

Pauline Pearce, the grandmother who berated rioters in Hackney, says she felt a "strange anger" at the people destroying her community.

'Clint Eastwood' head feels lucky about Oxbridge hopes

A headteacher of an inner London school, who has compared his job to that of Clint Eastwood in a classic Western, is hoping his day will be made when 10 of his pupils get their A-level results on Thursday.

Society proves itself to be more big than broken

Acts of kindness replace acts of violence as a shaken, post-riotEngland picks itself up

Miliband pledges inquiry into looting and rioting

Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged that if the Government does not launch a public inquiry into the riots and looting which swept England, then his party will conduct one.

Christina Patterson: We can't deny that race plays a part

Too many black men have been killed by the police. This is not the cause of these riots, but it's in the mix

Hackney town hall evacuated

A town hall has been evacuated and closed amid fears of riot attacks.

Anne Keothavong wins all-British tie at Wimbledon

Anne Keothavong moved into the second round of Wimbledon for only the third time in her career as she overcame compatriot Naomi Broady 6-2 6-4.

My Street Films: The Lea Valley kids

Youngsters from London present their own vision of everyday life for a film competition

Lord Sugar*: Losers and prima donnas need not apply

Tips from the top...

An unorthodox way to talk it over

How do you persuade an ultra-insular community to speak out? Jessica Elgot, this year's winner of the Wyn Harness prize, reports

'Hackney hoard' of gold returned to family

A German-Jewish man's lost hoard of gold, which lay buried in a garden in east London for 70 years, has been returned to his family.

The real alternative lies in the estates of Brixton, Peckham, Hackney...

It is no use simply complaining about injustice or inequality; if we want to really advocate for change in society, then of course, we must offer an alternative.
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...