Arts and Entertainment Kiwi pop star Lorde channels Kate Bush on-stage

She might be riding high in the US Billboard charts, but Lorde – Ella Yelich-O’Connor, a 16-year-old sensation from New Zealand – chose a cramped Soho basement for her debut UK performance. Surveying the packed audience, all straining for a glimpse, she observed: "I'm pretty sure if there was a fire we wouldn't all be here."

What new webs theatre will weave

Is it a play? No. Is it a film? Uh-uh. Is it an opera? No way. It's Spider-Man: the Musical, coming to a movie-house on Broadway in February next year, with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge from U2. How exactly the producers plan to represent, on-stage, our arachnoid hero hurtling down the canyons of Manhattan skyscrapers, while squirting gooey web-strings from his wrist, is anyone's guess – but once again we're amazed by the adaptability of the musical-theatre form.

E Jane Dickson: Filling a void where love should be

Next week, my 11-year-old son is due to watch a schools sex information film. It’s an event viewed with no great enthusiasm by a boy who still covers his face with a cushion when James Bond moves in for a smooch. This seems to be a common enough reaction among his peers. “For the love of God,” as one small sophisticate put it on the way to Scouts, “do we really need to know this stuff?”

Do you speak geek?

For n00bs, internet chat can often be snarky and sometimes downright leet. If you’re feeling confused, it’s time to learn the lingo. Anna Leach reports on how the web is rewriting the dictionary

Pandora: Lawyers called in as Cox gets his (designer) toes trodden on

The unlikely business relationship between the celebrity shoe designer Patrick Cox and colourful society figure "Lord" Edward Davenport appears to have turned sour.

The First Couple: Dancing the night away

The new President and his wife attended 10 balls after his inauguration. Leonard Doyle reports

The feral beast: Jimmy shooed out of 'Guardian'

After years of planning, Guardian Media Group moves into new offices in King's Cross tomorrow. But spare a thought for Jimmy Blisset, the cheerful head of the post room at Farringdon Road, who will not be joining colleagues.

Uptown boy: Will screaming teenage girls and wild tabloid rumours destroy Chace Crawford?

Where's the best place to hang out with the ambitious, clever star of 'Gossip Girl', US television's hottest show? Definitely not a New York café packed with teenage girls. Guy Adams meets an all-American heart-throb

The papers would blush but anything goes on their websites

In-your-face celebrity stories have helped push Mail Online to the top spot for users, but do the figures tell the full story? asks Joy Lo Dico

Bush pokes fun at successors over dinner

Two years ago he had to sit by, smiling uncomfortably, as the comedian Stephen Colbert ripped apart his record and his administration, but at his final White House correspondents' dinner George Bush had the last laugh.

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