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Gaga: Five Foot Two review – pint-sized music doc wallows in self reflection 22 Sep 2:51pm Gaga: Five Foot Two review – pint-sized music doc wallows in self reflection
Despite artful direction and meticulous curation by Gaga herself, the documentary never quite shakes the feel of a longform advert for the singer’s new phase – one that’s preaching to the converted It’s been a transformative year in the life of Stefani Germanotta, a cycle purportedly captured in the new documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which is streaming on Netflix starting Friday. The vérité-style feature tracks the artist during the recording, release and promotion of her fifth studio cut, Joanne, culminating with
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Prince Charles is called to public debate by designer Richard Rogers 22 Sep 12:30pm Prince Charles is called to public debate by designer Richard Rogers
The designer says he knows of five developers who privately consulted prince over architects, fearing his opposition Richard Rogers has challenged Prince Charles to engage in public debate over Britain’s build environment after claiming he knows of five developers who privately consulted him over their choice of architects because they fear his opposition.
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Think Like an Anthropologist review – how to understand the human condition 22 Sep 11:30am Think Like an Anthropologist review – how to understand the human condition
From Downton Abbey to marriage in modern China, Matthew Engelke gives an excellent overview of the key concepts that have shaped anthropology As Matthew Engelke says in this succinct survey, it is the “stitch of the cultural” that binds the diverse tribe of anthropologists together, from
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King Krule’s Dum Surfer: a sludgy Monster Mash for 2017 22 Sep 9:00am King Krule’s Dum Surfer: a sludgy Monster Mash for 2017
Also this week: Fergie teams up with Nicki Minaj, while Charlotte Gainsbourg delivers a breathless slice of meh
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Blurred lines: why Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran are pillaging pop’s past 22 Sep 8:30am Blurred lines: why Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran are pillaging pop’s past
After Swift’s Right Said Fred ‘homage’, we look into the world of artists interpolating previously released music
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Politicians v the people: what our leaders could learn from Coriolanus 22 Sep 7:30am Politicians v the people: what our leaders could learn from Coriolanus
Shakespeare plucked an obscure Roman general from Plutarch and made him a principled but uncompromising hero. As the RSC brings the play back, its brutal statement on class divide and conviction politics has never hit harder The Romans liked to commemorate their military victories with a showy gesture. Why just win a battle if you could also perform that victory with a triumphal procession, a few days of gladiatorial games, or a brand new name? The
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Alan Hollinghurst: ‘I was fortunate to come along just as gay lit was coming into its own’ 22 Sep 7:00am Alan Hollinghurst: ‘I was fortunate to come along just as gay lit was coming into its own’
As he publishes his new novel, the Booker prize winner explains why he is looking back to an era before the Sexual Offences Act As he was working on his sixth novel,
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Transparent season four review – even more essential in the age of Trump 22 Sep 6:45am Transparent season four review – even more essential in the age of Trump
Jill Soloway’s masterwork is still the most moving show on TV, full of hilarity and humanity, sex and adventure. If you haven’t got involved, I urge you to now A few things that have happened in America since the last season of
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A night at the opera with Armando Iannucci: the agony, the ecstasy – the giant rotating antlers 22 Sep 6:44am A night at the opera with Armando Iannucci: the agony, the ecstasy – the giant rotating antlers
In this exclusive extract from his new book Hear Me Out, Armando Iannucci revels in the weird rituals of opera, from Wagnerians in cowboy hats to the sublime music soaring out over your neighbour’s coughing Opera is the coming together of music, theatre, design, people and coughing in the greatest synthesis of art capable of collapsing at the beep of a watch alarm. It is man’s highest creation, his most expansive assertion of artistic supremacy over the inferior beasts and birds of nature who, proficient though they might be with sticks and spittle, can’t perform tricks as staggeringly complex as mounting a three-act declaration of love from a wooden castle. Foxes don’t sing and leverets are incapable of costume design, so they needn’t bother trying. Armies of termites, though they may impress us with their 20ft-high mud constructions, haven’t a hope in hell of building anything out of wet dirt as architecturally elaborate as a publicly funded opera house, with its dazzling honeycomb of boxes and its awesome web of sturdy crush bars. Have I made myself clear, animals? We’re better than you, so go back to doing what you do best, which is sniffing at bushes.
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Cressida Pollock quits as head of English National Opera 22 Sep 6:03am Cressida Pollock quits as head of English National Opera
Former management consultant steered ENO through difficult times and leaves it in a more stable position Cressida Pollock, the former McKinsey management consultant who steered English National Opera through some of its most turbulent times, is to leave her job next summer. Pollock said she was “greatly saddened to leave this incredible institution”, but did not give a reason for leaving.
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Follies and Acosta Danza: this week’s best UK theatre and dance 22 Sep 5:30am Follies and Acosta Danza: this week’s best UK theatre and dance
Dominic Cooke’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s beautiful musical continues its run at the National, while the celebrated choreographer returns to London
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Elton John voices support for same-sex marriage in Australia amid national vote 22 Sep 4:24am Elton John voices support for same-sex marriage in Australia amid national vote
Singer says recognition of the love of his husband ‘is what makes life truly worth living’, in a heartfelt plea as nation takes part in postal survey over change in law Elton John has called for gay marriage to be legalised in Australia, as the country votes in
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The 10 best things to do this week: New Contemporaries and Labour of Love 22 Sep 4:00am The 10 best things to do this week: New Contemporaries and Labour of Love
Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig star in a political comedy penned by James Graham, while the showcase of graduate art visits Gateshead
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Taylor Swift’s fans make the best online sleuths. What can they teach me about social media? 22 Sep 2:18am Taylor Swift’s fans make the best online sleuths. What can they teach me about social media?
Many celebrity gossip devotees double as internet detectives, reading whole worlds into a ‘favourite’ or unfollow. There’s a lesson in that for all of us
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Yes, yes, yes! Welcome to the golden age of slutty cinema 22 Sep 1:00am Yes, yes, yes! Welcome to the golden age of slutty cinema
The promiscuous heroine of the indie film Daphne upends on-screen conventions about women and sex. From Bond to Bridesmaids and beyond, are the movies finally coming to terms with female desire? It is a radical act, which every film generation thinks they are the first to discover: to create characters who are not good people. When you drill into it, this always means creating men who are not good men, since the grey areas around women on screen – do they have any lines that aren’t variations on “help”? Do they have motivation independent of the hero’s? – mean that, even in a putatively intelligent film, it is often quite hard to ascribe a moral arc to them, as it would be to a horse, or a robot. So let’s leave aside “good” – it is vanishingly rare, and pretty bracing, to see a woman on screen who isn’t the villain, and yet is not likable.
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‘People are vibing off each other’s cultures’: Hare Squead and the rise of Irish rap 22 Sep 1:00am ‘People are vibing off each other’s cultures’: Hare Squead and the rise of Irish rap
Dublin’s once-insular music scene is being transformed by a global-facing DIY hip-hop scene. It’s a long way from the hackneyed Irish music stereotypes of Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl
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Eamonn & Ruth’s 7 Year Itch review – it’s hard to shake the image of Eamonn Holmes in a sex dungeon 22 Sep 1:00am Eamonn & Ruth’s 7 Year Itch review – it’s hard to shake the image of Eamonn Holmes in a sex dungeon
The hosts of This Morning go to excruciating lengths to reinvigorate their marriage. Plus: sympathy for the much-maligned hyena – and life-saving surgery for a staffie I feel lucky to have made it this far through life without too many horrific mental images, but episode one of
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In Between review – flatmates crash the cultural boundaries 22 Sep 1:00am In Between review – flatmates crash the cultural boundaries
Three women from Muslim and Christian backgrounds bond over hummus and history in a delightful drama set in Tel Aviv Most Palestinian films focus on the impact of politics and how the fraught relations with the Israeli state affect the lives of Palestinians. This delightful feature from Maysaloun Hamoud takes a seemingly more apolitical approach. And yet there’s a palpable subtext at play here about the oppressive treatment of women from the territory by their own people, affecting those leading secular lives as well as the religiously observant, Muslims and Christians alike. In a Tel Aviv apartment, Muslim lawyer and chain-smoking party girl Layla (Mouna Hawa) and her friend Salma (Sana Jammelieh), a lesbian from a Christian family who floats through an assortment of service sector jobs, welcome a new flatmate, hijab-wearing Nour (Shaden Kanboura). Nour is in her last year of university, studying computer science and engaged to a priggish jerk (Henry Andrawas) who wants her to move somewhere in Jaffa, so she won’t have to mingle with “whores” like Layla and Salma. Although from very different backgrounds and with very different goals in life, these three shekels in a fountain gradually bond.
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Laser Beak Man: how an artist with autism created his own superhero 22 Sep 12:46am Laser Beak Man: how an artist with autism created his own superhero
Art was Tim Sharp’s way of communicating as a child; now it’s inspiration for a joyful 90 minutes of puppetry, live music, animation and dad jokes Tim Sharp takes things literally. Consider the term “flat white”. Most of us would imagine our morning coffee, perhaps being served to us by a bearded barista. Sharp, however, sees
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