"Bo Burnham: What", Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe, August
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Friday 10 July 2009
Thursday 09 July 2009
The Britart duo Gilbert and George have built their reputations on producing some of the most outrageous and shocking artworks featuring nudity, images of sexual acts and using bodily fluids including urine and semen.
Friday 03 July 2009
If you can overlook the dodgy title, this diverting novelette proves a nostalgia-filled introduction to the work of French artist, Pierre Bonnard. Related in brief, impressionistic chapters, Guy Goffette, a Belgian poet, re-imagines the life of a painter now best known for his dreamy depictions of women at their toilette.
Sunday 14 June 2009
There are any number of English bands with a heavy post-modern spin whose albums you'd never willingly listen to twice.
Sunday 14 June 2009
Saturday 06 June 2009
Poor Doctor Stagg. How tightly the hand of history, for a short time, clasped his shoulder. In 1944, the Scot was Britain's leading civilian weather expert. Suddenly, he had been made a group captain in the RAF, so that he carried the necessary authority to dole out decisive advice on the timing of the invasion of Normandy.
Saturday 23 May 2009
Nicholas Maw was a Romantic composer of a decidedly modern sort, one who found that there still existed, within long continuity, possibilities of extraordinary range and freshness.
Friday 22 May 2009
Friday 15 May 2009
Monday 04 May 2009
Friday 24 April 2009
When I met Jack Cardiff on a film set at Elstree Studios, he was busy heaving spotlights around and nipping up a ladder to adjust them. The legendary cinematographer was then 84. Cardiff's career spanned the best part of film's first century; he worked with many of the art form's greatest practitioners and was famed for his pioneering mastery of Technicolor. But, whereas others might have been content to rest on their laurels, pottering around the occasional festival or sitting on the odd panel as emblems of nostalgia, he remained active and passionate about movies throughout his life. His last project was the television documentary mini-series The Other Side of the Screen (2007).
Thursday 02 April 2009
The peculiar paradox of Obama's credit-crunch-busting entourage appears lost on the upper echelons of the Liberal Democrats. Or, if not lost, then studiously ignored ( Pandora suspects the latter).
Thursday 02 April 2009
Sunday 01 March 2009
Yes, postmodernism has made Dave Brubeck cool again, although he was always rather po-mo himself, pretentious and corny in equal parts. Pianist Noble's trio with Dave Whitford on bass and Dave Wickins on drums fairly rattles along, swinging madly on the opening "Give a Little Whistle" and getting suitably sentimental on two versions of "In Your Own Sweet Way", one of the great jazz standards. By the time they get to Paul Desmond's "Take Five", they're flying. A very effective tribute.
Friday 27 February 2009
Garlanded with praise from the likes of Emmylou Harris and Don Was ("This might be the best record I've ever heard"), Written in Chalk has the nobility of old-time country music, but with a post-modern appreciation of blues, jazz and the innovations of artists such as Tom Waits and Robert Plant.
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