Album: Rufus Wainwright, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu (Decca)

The pleasure of Rufus lies in the balance he strikes between complex texture and warm gush.

Jesus Christ, superstar: Still the biggest – and most controversial – name in art

Philip Pullman's new novel is the latest creation to court controversy over its depiction of Jesus. Paul Taylor looks at how the artists, from Martin Scorsese to Rufus Wainwright via Monty Python, deal with the subject

How We Met: Janis Kelly & Rufus Wainwright

'Janis just broke down. I knew then that she'd arrived at where she had to be for the role'

Paris fashion... all draped in fun

One collection. One model. Two designers. Fashion editor Susannah Frankel sees Viktor & Rolf

The first family of folk loses its matriarch

Kate McGarrigle, who held the Wainwright clan together through good times and bad, has lost her fight with cancer

Canadian folksinger Kate McGarrigle dies aged 63

Canadian folk singer and songwriter Kate McGarrigle, best known for performing with her sister Anna, has died of cancer. She was 63.

Rock's Faustian pact with the theatre

From Mamma Mia to Jersey Boys, the stage is awash with kitschy jukebox musicals inspired by pop bands. But Damon Albarn's Monkey kicked off a credible age for the rock musical, as new works from Tori Amos, Fela Kuti and Sparks now show. Andy Gill reports

Madness, Oasis, Swindon<br/>
Wainwright Family, Royal Albert Hall, London

Even after three decades, Madness can get everyone jumping to their greatest hits &ndash; while still coming out with great albums

Andrew Bird, Union Chapel, London

Andrew Bird does things with a violin that would make Yehudi Menuhin blush. He picks, he plucks, he strums, he bows – and then he loops each line together to turn a solo performance into what sounds more like a symphony orchestra.

LiLo floats into Paris in new role &ndash; as fashion adviser

Ungaro's collection, created with the help of Lindsay Lohan, could make or break couture house

Prima Donna, Manchester Festival, Manchester<br/>Queras/Hadid, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester<br/>L'incoronazione di Poppea, Opera at Iford, Somerset

A pop of Puccini, a spritz of Strauss, a shot of Massenet and a generous measure of Poulenc. Serve with a twist of Canteloube and a garnish of Brel and you have Prima Donna, Rufus Wainwright's nostalgic tribute to, well, several things.

My Life In Travel: Sam Neill, actor

'In Sardinia I met Harrison Ford on the beach, of all places'

First Night: Prima Donna, Palace Theatre, Manchester

Charming performance fails to rescue flimsy plot
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