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Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London

Charlotte Church performs live

Music review: Charlotte Church, Scala, London

Another sparse crowd greeted Charlotte Church at the close of a low-key tour, though the former child star beamed as she revelled in her new-found freedom. Having renounced her classical roots for leftfield DIY, the Welsh singer may struggle to convince rock fans of her worth, yet she retained the strength of character displayed to the Leveson inquiry.

Mercury nominee Anna Calvi has a new single out

The Playlist: Anna Calvi / Jon Hopkins / London Grammar

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Hip hop artists Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis win big the at Association of Independent Music awards

See the AIM Independent Music Awards winners in full (below)

Motherhood shouldn’t mean a career dead-end

The highest earning women face no discrimination - but behave like men at work

No tickets? No problem: Glastonbury, Wimbledon and Tour de France TV guide

This week sees the start of three of our biggest spectator events, but with touts, bad weather and possible early drop-outs to contend with, you’re better off at home with the remote – and couch-potato Hugh Montgomery’s how-to guide

Music review: Low, Barbican, London

Acts that project digital countdowns on-screen before showtime usually signpost an explosive opening. For Duluth, Minnesota’s arch-minimalists, however, these huge, blinking numbers facing the seats serve a different function. The display pinpoints when this unassuming, black-garbed trio are ready to start – and even then, with a minute to go, much of the audience is slow to recognise the band take the stage.

Eden project in Cornwall. Dozens of jobs are under threat at one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions after it announced it had to make cuts worth £2 million

Eden Project to axe up to 70 jobs

Dozens of jobs are under threat at one of the UK's most popular tourist attractions in Cornwall after it announced it had to make cuts worth £2 million.

Amy Winehouse and Alt-J head best of British list

The acclaimed indie-rock band Alt-J will compete against boyband sensations One Direction at the Brit Awards after leading the field with a trio of nominations for the UK music industry's showpiece event.

What, no Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal, Wretch 32? There's no pleasing everyone on the Brit Awards

As nominations are announced, there are more “credible” figures, but less from the pop crowd. Aside from Plan B, the thriving UK urban scene hardly gets a look in

Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs to headline an Eden Session

Kaiser Chiefs have been confirmed to headline an Eden Session in Cornwall on Saturday 29 June 2013.

The xx to headline Eden Sessions 2013

The xx will headline at next summer's Cornish music event the Eden Sessions.

IoS pop review: The xx, Guildhall, Portsmouth
Squeeze, Forum, London

The British trio are self-effacing to a fault. Meanwhile, Squeeze can still make a grown man cry

Is this a Branagh I see before me? Sir Kenneth to direct and star in Macbeth

Sir Kenneth Branagh will direct and star in a new production of Macbeth as part of next year's Manchester International Festival.

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there