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The New York Film Festival Names Its New Director 20 Feb 12:58am The New York Film Festival Names Its New Director
Eugene Hernandez, the deputy executive director of Film at Lincoln Center, will take the reins from Kent Jones, who departed last fall.
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Vault festival 2020: all of the latest reviews 13 Feb 5:31am Updated Vault festival 2020: all of the latest reviews
Keep track of the shows at the sprawling arts extravaganza beneath Waterloo Station in London. This page will be updated throughout the festival
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12 Feb 9:33am Updated The 1975 frontman Matty Healy makes festival gender balance pledge
Singer Matty Healy says he'll refuse to play events where female performers are under-represented.
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The 1975 commit to playing only gender-balanced music festivals 12 Feb 7:43am The 1975 commit to playing only gender-balanced music festivals
Following criticism of Reading and Leeds festival for its heavily male lineup, frontman Matt Healy says ‘this is how male artists can be true allies’ Matt Healy, frontman of Brit award-winning band the 1975, has said the group will only perform at festivals with a gender-balanced lineup. Healy was responding to a call by the Guardian’s deputy music editor Laura Snapes for the band to “add a condition to your rider that says you’ll only play festivals that commit to X% (ideally 50%!) acts that include women and non-binary performers”.
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Audra McDonald Will Star in ‘Streetcar’ at Williamstown Theater Festival 11 Feb 4:36pm Updated Audra McDonald Will Star in ‘Streetcar’ at Williamstown Theater Festival
Bobby Cannavale and Carla Gugino will also be in the revival of the Tennessee Williams play, which will be directed by Robert O’Hara.
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Inversia: the Arctic music festival lighting up perpetual night 11 Feb 11:24am Inversia: the Arctic music festival lighting up perpetual night
In Russia’s frozen far north, Murmansk’s Inversia festival draws artists reflecting on the edges of the earth – including Brits, despite ever chillier diplomatic relations In the Arctic Circle during the dim days of February, reality becomes a little attenuated. At 10am, it’s still dark, the streetlights colouring the pavements pale orange and making sallow shadows of the trees. When the forecast announces that today it’ll only be -11C, there’s a palpable sense of relief: someone gruffly makes a joke about global warming. By early afternoon, you’re into dusk, a meditative dwindling and diminishing that makes you wonder if it ever really got light. For what seems an eternity, the sky is rimmed with whitish-pink; the snow goes through every shade of blue, from azure and ultramarine through to deep indigo. The sense is that winter has frozen not only the ground, but time itself. Given the sensory intensity, it’s little wonder that the wintry far north has proved so seductive to musicians and artists – or festival organisers. The
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Rage Against the Machine and Stormzy to headline Reading and Leeds festival 11 Feb 4:54am Rage Against the Machine and Stormzy to headline Reading and Leeds festival
Typically male-heavy lineup also features Liam Gallagher, the Courteeners, Migos, Gerry Cinnamon and AJ Tracey Rage Against the Machine, Stormzy and Liam Gallagher have been announced as the headliners for 2020’s Reading and Leeds festival. Rage Against the Machine’s sets are part of a newly announced 40-date world tour for the political rap-rockers, who are playing together for the first time since 2011. The tour includes two nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and seven dates across Europe. It comes after a short spring tour where they will perform gigs close to the US-Mexico border, as well as the Coachella festival in California.
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Viral social media moments that deserve the Hollywood treatment 8 Feb 6:00am Viral social media moments that deserve the Hollywood treatment
After Zola – a film based on a Twitter thread – became a breakout hit at Sundance, we look at what else might be heading to cinemas soon The breakout hit at this year’s Sundance festival was
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A New Era for the Berlin Film Festival, With Two at the Top 7 Feb 6:44am A New Era for the Berlin Film Festival, With Two at the Top
The event, which starts this month, joins many other German arts organizations in having two equal leaders rather than a single all-powerful figure.
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4 Feb 4:18am Boardmasters 2020 festival line-up announced
Skepta is among the headliners as the festival looks to recover from last year's cancellation.
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Will 2020 be a turning point for female film-makers? 4 Feb 2:10am Will 2020 be a turning point for female film-makers?
After last month’s Sundance film festival showcased more works than ever from women, a string of blockbusters is set to slowly level the playing field A funny thing happened on the way to my eighth screening at this year’s Sundance film festival. Like many major lineups, it’s front-loaded with most of the biggest premieres taking place within the first weekend and almost three full days in, I’d seen some of the buzziest titles to be unveiled. I was walking with a fellow critic, recounting what I’d seen and I figured out that thus far, I’d only seen one film directed by a man.
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Can the Sundance Film Festival Stage an Oscar Comeback? 3 Feb 4:08pm Can the Sundance Film Festival Stage an Oscar Comeback?
Here are the films and performances from this year’s edition that already have pundits talking.
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1 Feb 9:30pm Sundance Names Tabitha Jackson as New Festival Chief
The longtime documentary programmer takes over for John Cooper, who had already announced he was stepping down after 11 years in the job.
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31 Jan 7:13pm Updated At Sundance, a Glorious Diversity of Voices Breaks Through
Onscreen at this year’s festival, you could find poetry, tragedy, comedy and, most important, the range of lived experiences around the world.
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‘National Lampoon: Lemmings’ Reboot Coming to New York 29 Jan 2:38pm Updated ‘National Lampoon: Lemmings’ Reboot Coming to New York
“Lemmings: 21st Century,” a satire on modern festival culture, will have a two-night engagement in March.
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Willem Dafoe and Hillary Clinton to attend Berlin film festival 29 Jan 10:25am Willem Dafoe and Hillary Clinton to attend Berlin film festival
Dafoe stars in Abel Ferrara’s Siberia in a competition that beats out Cannes and Venice for female directors, while a documentary about Clinton shows outside the main lineup Willem Dafoe, Elle Fanning and Hillary Clinton are among the big names heading for the German capital after the Berlin film festival
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28 Jan 9:30pm Star names and premieres for Glasgow Film Festival
Celia Imrie, Caitlin Moran and George MacKay are among the big names expected at the festival later this year.
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Hires a Resident Intimacy Director 24 Jan 3:06pm Oregon Shakespeare Festival Hires a Resident Intimacy Director
Sarah Lozoff is joining one of the nation’s leading regional theaters for all 11 of its productions in its 2020 season.
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Miss Americana review – Taylor Swift doc is too stage-managed to truly sing 24 Jan 9:43am Miss Americana review – Taylor Swift doc is too stage-managed to truly sing
The singer emerges as charming and undeniably talented in this Netflix documentary but it’s too slick for genuine insight It’s safe to say that by the end of Miss Americana, a quickie documentary on the recent trials and tribulations of Taylor Swift opening this year’s Sundance film festival, few positions will have truly shifted. Those who already idolised the award-winning musician will continue to do so, as will the non-fans who might still begrudgingly admire her undeniable talent. And those who have questioned her knack for playing the victim as well as her lack of self-awareness will also find their minds similarly unchanged. Here is a character study authored by the character who’s being studied, a carefully controlled continuation of a story we have been following now for years. It’s brand management dressed up as insight and while it’s not
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Controversial documentaries and A-listers head to Sundance 2020 23 Jan 2:15am Controversial documentaries and A-listers head to Sundance 2020
New films about Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton and Russell Simmons join Oscar-buzzed dramas starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Keaton A host of buzzy star-led documentaries and a some major A-list actors will be headlining this year’s Sundance film festival, which kicks off in Park City in Utah this week. The 36th edition of the festival will kick off with the world premiere of Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, a “raw and honest” look at the star that will land on Netflix in February. Film-maker Lana Wilson, whose previous films have covered suicide in Japan and late-term abortions in the US, has covered the singer’s rise as an activist.
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A New Player at Sundance, Backed by Laurene Powell Jobs 20 Jan 6:38pm A New Player at Sundance, Backed by Laurene Powell Jobs
One-fourth of the documentaries in the Sundance Film Festival’s competition for American nonfiction films come from the same upstart company, Concordia Studio.
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Decades After Two Murders, an Appalachian Town Grapples With the Crimes 20 Jan 1:51pm Decades After Two Murders, an Appalachian Town Grapples With the Crimes
In “The Third Rainbow Girl,” Emma Copley Eisenberg investigates the 1980 killings of two women hitchhiking to a festival in West Virginia.
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How Question Time became a festival of bile 20 Jan 8:30am How Question Time became a festival of bile
BBC One’s flagship debate show was once serious and slightly boring. How we long for those more sedate times In ye olden days of
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David Olney: acclaimed US songwriter dies on stage after apologising mid-song 20 Jan 6:24am David Olney: acclaimed US songwriter dies on stage after apologising mid-song
Nashville folk singer died of an apparent heart attack aged 71 during a performance at a Florida music festival Respected American singer-songwriter David Olney said sorry to fans before he died during a performance in Florida. The 71-year-old was mid-song when he “stopped, apologised and shut his eyes”,
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A Dance Steals the Show at an Opera Festival 19 Jan 2:04pm A Dance Steals the Show at an Opera Festival
Prototype, an annual exploration of new opera, encompassed “Cion,” a haunting South African mixture of choreography and voice.
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At Under the Radar, Avant-Garde Shows Leap Outside Reality 17 Jan 4:19pm At Under the Radar, Avant-Garde Shows Leap Outside Reality
The Public Theater’s festival has included 12 main offerings, four cabaret acts and six pieces in development. Here’s the last of what our critics saw.
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17 Jan 10:00am Juilliard Celebrates 32 Female Composers of the 20th Century
This year’s edition of the Focus Festival commemorates the centennial of the 19th Amendment with a globe-trotting survey of music by women.
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Campy Horror in Living Color 16 Jan 12:41pm Campy Horror in Living Color
Classic films by Roger Corman and Michael Curtiz are part of the MoMA festival of preservation, To Save and Project.
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Michelle Dorrance Will Turn Jacob’s Pillow Into a Forest of Tappers 16 Jan 10:42am Updated Michelle Dorrance Will Turn Jacob’s Pillow Into a Forest of Tappers
For the 2020 festival, Dorrance Dance will be featured in performances and pop up interventions all over the campus.
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Pete Davidson’s ‘King of Staten Island’ Will Open South by Southwest 2020 15 Jan 3:00pm Pete Davidson’s ‘King of Staten Island’ Will Open South by Southwest 2020
Directed by Judd Apatow, the comedy will premiere at the Austin festival on March 13.
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Spike Lee to Head Cannes Film Festival Jury 14 Jan 11:59pm Updated Spike Lee to Head Cannes Film Festival Jury
The director will be the first black person to lead the jury in the festival’s 73-year history.
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When Disability Isn’t a Special Need but a Special Skill 13 Jan 1:59pm When Disability Isn’t a Special Need but a Special Skill
Two productions at the Under the Radar Festival ask if the theater is ready to embrace the artistry of autism and other once disqualifying conditions.
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Drawing on the Past, Living in the Present, Dreaming of the Future 12 Jan 10:57pm Updated Drawing on the Past, Living in the Present, Dreaming of the Future
A jazz memoirist, a Palestinian rocketeer and Mexican myths set to music kick off the Public Theater’s annual festival of adventurous work from across the globe.
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Himalayan headbangers: in the moshpit with the metalheads of Kathmandu 12 Jan 10:00am Himalayan headbangers: in the moshpit with the metalheads of Kathmandu
Nepal’s police used to pick up metal fans and cut their hair or jail them. The country now has its own festival – but it’s fighting to survive. Our writer hits the rarefied air of Kathmandu When
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Broadway Playwright as High Line Curator 10 Jan 9:22pm Updated Broadway Playwright as High Line Curator
Jeremy O. Harris will combine disciplines in a summer festival.
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This Festival Could Alter Your Sense of Film History 8 Jan 6:57pm This Festival Could Alter Your Sense of Film History
To Save and Project, the annual MoMA series, unearths forgotten work by Australian women, a French auteur and even George A. Romero.
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Curtain Goes Down on New York Musical Festival 3 Jan 5:19pm Curtain Goes Down on New York Musical Festival
Faced with staff resignations and significant debt, the organization declared bankruptcy after 15 years.
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3 Jan 5:11am Updated Coachella 2020: Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean headline
Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean are headlining the Californian festival.
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Coachella 2020 announced with headliners Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean 3 Jan 5:06am Coachella 2020 announced with headliners Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean
Lana Del Rey, Calvin Harris and 21 Savage to also appear at California event that kicks off festival season Coachella, the most high-profile music festival in the US, has announced its full lineup for 2020. Political rap-rock band Rage Against the Machine headline the Friday of the two-weekend festival in April (each weekend featuring the same lineup), as part of their first tour since 2011. The band, which formed in 1991, released four albums before splitting in 2000. They re-formed in 2007, with their first concert at Coachella that year. Two years later, following a fan campaign, they scored
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Beaches, black power and beauty salons: contemporary African photography – in pictures 2 Jan 2:00am Beaches, black power and beauty salons: contemporary African photography – in pictures
Playful and bold, the images at the Bamako Encounters Photography Biennial subvert advertising tropes, interrogate beauty standards, examine the effects of urban life – and salute the clenched fist of the black power movement. Inaugurated in 1994, the festival celebrates contemporary photography in Africa. Here’s a selection of images from this year’s event
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Vault festival 2020: comedy and theatre shows to see 31 Dec 2019, 10:14am Vault festival 2020: comedy and theatre shows to see
London’s eight-week underground arts fest returns to Waterloo and the South Bank in January. Here’s a dozen picks to get started …
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Can a £120m festival of culture save the UK post-Brexit? 22 Dec 2019, 4:00am Can a £120m festival of culture save the UK post-Brexit?
If a nebulous celebration can’t bring us together, maybe borrowing art from the National Portrait Gallery will do the trick
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Mathew Horne: ‘My dream dinner party? My mother and me. She passed away this year’ 21 Dec 2019, 4:30am Mathew Horne: ‘My dream dinner party? My mother and me. She passed away this year’
The actor on turning 41, Piers Morgan and insomnia Born in Nottinghamshire, Mathew Horne, 41, studied drama at Manchester University. One half of the comedy duo Mat and MacKinnon, he was spotted at Edinburgh festival by Catherine Tate, who gave him a role in her sketch show. Horne’s TV work includes Teachers and Gavin And Stacey; on stage he has appeared in Entertaining Mr Sloane and Rain Man. A new Gavin And Stacey special will be broadcast on Christmas Day. He lives in London.
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Taylor Swift to headline 2020 Glastonbury festival 15 Dec 2019, 11:59am Taylor Swift to headline 2020 Glastonbury festival
Swift is the first female headline performer since Adele in 2016 and the sixth solo female headliner in the festival’s 50-year history
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15 Dec 2019, 11:50am Taylor Swift to headline Glastonbury festival on Sunday
The pop star will make her Glastonbury debut on the Pyramid Stage this summer, organisers say.
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From cantatas to carols: the best classical Christmas albums of 2019 7 Dec 2019, 9:00am From cantatas to carols: the best classical Christmas albums of 2019
From small-scale Bach and Renaissance Spain to a poignant Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, there is festive uplift for all On average nearly two dozen new Christmas-related CDs arrive each year. Is there any reason to add one to a collection? They fall into clear groups: major works, mainstream carols and themed compilations. Two accounts of
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Review: Dancing the ‘Twisted Beauty’ of the Black Experience 6 Dec 2019, 2:19pm Review: Dancing the ‘Twisted Beauty’ of the Black Experience
At the Next Wave Festival, the choreographer Kyle Marshall unveils a new work along with his ravishing “Colored” from 2017.
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6 Dec 2019, 7:57am When a Film Shows Gay Romance in Georgia, Going to See It Is a Risk
An internationally acclaimed movie is missing from the lineup of the Tbilisi Film Festival, after protests at screenings turned violent.
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Sara Mearns and Caleb Teicher to Debut Shows at the Joyce 4 Dec 2019, 4:00pm Sara Mearns and Caleb Teicher to Debut Shows at the Joyce
The theater’s coming season will also include the second installment of its Pride Festival and its first presentation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
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A Choreographer Dances Out His Feelings About Race and Religion 4 Dec 2019, 9:56am Updated A Choreographer Dances Out His Feelings About Race and Religion
Kyle Marshall, a rising young dance-maker, is bringing his company to Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival.
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4 Dec 2019, 4:00am Latitude Festival line-up: Liam Gallagher and Chemical Brothers to headline
The ex-Oasis frontman, Haim and the Chemical Brothers will headline the 2020 festival.
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Wormwood Scrubs blues: inside the gig mixing prisoners with the free 22 Nov 2019, 12:07pm Wormwood Scrubs blues: inside the gig mixing prisoners with the free
As part of London jazz festival, Rhiannon Giddens performed in the chapel at Wormwood Scrubs prison – supported by a choir of inmates Fifty years after Johnny Cash gave the most famous prison concerts of all time at Folsom and San Quentin, the British penal system finally has an equivalent. On Thursday night, the Grammy-winning African American folk singer
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Tom Spurgeon, Who Surveyed the Comic Book World, Dies at 50 21 Nov 2019, 5:50pm Tom Spurgeon, Who Surveyed the Comic Book World, Dies at 50
A reporter, editor and author, he co-wrote a biography of Stan Lee, oversaw a comics festival and started an award-winning website.
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Violin Stars Will Celebrate Isaac Stern at Tanglewood 21 Nov 2019, 3:00pm Violin Stars Will Celebrate Isaac Stern at Tanglewood
The Boston Symphony’s summer festival in the Berkshires will also feature a new tradition: Wagner led by Andris Nelsons.
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Paul McCartney teases about Glastonbury 2020 performance 18 Nov 2019, 6:46am Paul McCartney teases about Glastonbury 2020 performance
Wet it be? Former Beatle hints he will be playing the 50th anniversary of the festival with clues on Twitter
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They Love Trash 16 Nov 2019, 6:00am They Love Trash
Young rebels take on the unpleasant byproducts of festival culture.
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The Salzburg Festival Prepares to Turn 100 14 Nov 2019, 1:51am Updated The Salzburg Festival Prepares to Turn 100
The grand summer event in Austria will mark its centennial with 44 days of operas and concerts, and a dose of modernism.
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Teenage flicks: the youngest film-makers ever 13 Nov 2019, 2:00am Teenage flicks: the youngest film-makers ever
With the release of 19-year-old Philip Youmans’ acclaimed festival hit Burning Cane on Netflix, here’s a look at other intimidatingly young directors There are few things the film industry loves more – at least in the short run – than a hot young director. Of course, few would-be auteurs go on to replicate the long-term success of one-time wunderkinds like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Paul Thomas Anderson, or Ava DuVernay, but hey, at least they got their movie made and seen. As anyone who’s ever tried to direct a film can testify, that’s no small feat.
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10 Nov 2019, 3:09pm Review: Coffee With a Side of Isolation in ‘User Not Found’
The Next Wave festival’s latest digital dive: A tale of grief staged in a Brooklyn cafe that the audience only pieces together by smartphone.
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For a Los Angeles Dance Festival, Reviving a Homegrown Modernist 8 Nov 2019, 11:01am Updated For a Los Angeles Dance Festival, Reviving a Homegrown Modernist
Bella Lewitzky’s “Kinaesonata” from 1970 is nothing short of a revelation.
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Joanna Hogg sounds alarm on future of arthouse cinema 6 Nov 2019, 10:36am Joanna Hogg sounds alarm on future of arthouse cinema
The Souvenir director warns of ‘very serious moment’ for film industry in attack that echoes Martin Scorsese’s takedown of superhero movies The director Joanna Hogg has sounded a warning on the future of arthouse cinema in a call to arms that saw her attack a “certain kind of cinema” for being “homogenised” and lacking passion. Hogg, whose most recent film, The Souvenir, won a Grand Jury prize at the Sundance film festival, was speaking at a screening in London on Tuesday of a freshly restored silent film, and echoed Martin Scorsese’s recent attacked on superhero films.
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Grace Jones to curate Meltdown festival 2020 6 Nov 2019, 8:09am Grace Jones to curate Meltdown festival 2020
The disco icon to follow in footsteps of Patti Smith, Yoko Ono and Nick Cave as curator of the London music festival, saying, ‘It’s about time, don’t you think?!’
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How Caroline Hirsch, Comedy Visionary, Spends Her Sundays 1 Nov 2019, 9:00pm Updated How Caroline Hirsch, Comedy Visionary, Spends Her Sundays
The founder of Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival is always up for a laugh (and some unfussy coffee).
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A ‘Stabat Mater’ for the 21st Century, Colored by a Composer’s Faith 1 Nov 2019, 2:47pm A ‘Stabat Mater’ for the 21st Century, Colored by a Composer’s Faith
James MacMillan’s setting of the centuries-old poem will have its American premiere at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.
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Laurie Anderson and More Join 2020 Under the Radar Festival 1 Nov 2019, 9:18am Laurie Anderson and More Join 2020 Under the Radar Festival
The performance artist will take viewers to the moon as part of the Public Theater’s next lineup of international artists.
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Nine Shows to Catch at the New York Comedy Festival 31 Oct 2019, 3:58pm Updated Nine Shows to Catch at the New York Comedy Festival
Beginning Monday, the event will pop up across the city. These rising stars could be the next festival’s headliners.
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Review: ‘Zauberland’ Pairs Schumann With a Syrian Refugee 31 Oct 2019, 1:46am Updated Review: ‘Zauberland’ Pairs Schumann With a Syrian Refugee
The show, which weaves new songs into the classic “Dichterliebe,” arrived at the White Light Festival starring the soprano Julia Bullock.
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30 Oct 2019, 11:52am Review: Mahler, Distilled by Classical Music’s Greatest Duo
The baritone Christian Gerhaher and the pianist Gerold Huber brought a sublime evening of song to Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.
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Classical Music and Fetishes Unite in Historical Center of Gay Culture 29 Oct 2019, 5:54pm Updated Classical Music and Fetishes Unite in Historical Center of Gay Culture
Folsom Europe, a five-day festival of concerts and street parties, celebrates gay life, the leather scene and hard-won freedoms in Berlin.
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Review: The White Light Festival Opens With a Journey to the East 25 Oct 2019, 1:18pm Review: The White Light Festival Opens With a Journey to the East
Jordi Savall’s latest program traced a 16th-century missionary’s travels to share his interest in musical traditions from Europe, Africa and Asia.
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The Arts Are Shunning Big Oil. The Salzburg Festival Isn’t. 22 Oct 2019, 1:55am Updated The Arts Are Shunning Big Oil. The Salzburg Festival Isn’t.
As some institutions shy away from oil and gas money, the prestigious music event has a new sponsor: Gazprom.
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Police strip searched 16-year-old girl at Splendour music festival, inquiry hears 21 Oct 2019, 3:40am Police strip searched 16-year-old girl at Splendour music festival, inquiry hears
In alleged breach of search powers, a girl was forced to appear naked before an officer without parents or carer present
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Meet the new directors who lit up the film festivals 20 Oct 2019, 4:00am Meet the new directors who lit up the film festivals
At Toronto, Cannes and beyond, a wave of buzzy debut film-makers grabbed critics’ attention – we speak to four of them It’s tough out there on the festival circuit for the newbie director. First-time film-makers frequently face an uphill battle getting noticed amid the noise and the circus of a film festival, and even more of a challenge securing distribution. Punters can be reluctant to take a risk on an unknown quantity in a festival schedule – on a director whose name isn’t instantly recognisable and whose CV contains perhaps only a couple of short films. But in fact, first features are often the most exciting films in a programme. Rather than coasting into a screening slot on the strength of a director’s past successes, first features are chosen on merit. To be selected, a debut has to deliver something accomplished and memorable – it has to be a forceful statement of intent. If the stars align, a successful festival launch can lead to a film that woos both critics and audiences, providing a career springboard for the director and actors while also doing good business at the box office. Recent examples include
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16 Oct 2019, 7:24am Greg James wants knob festival reinstated
The BBC Radio 1 presenter expressed support for the festival after it was cancelled for 2020.
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16 Oct 2019, 3:11am Primavera becomes first major festival to go paperless
The Spanish festival hopes to combat touts by adopting a mobile-only ticket policy.
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A ‘Swan Lake’ About Ireland, Where Myth Meets the Mundane 15 Oct 2019, 1:32pm Updated A ‘Swan Lake’ About Ireland, Where Myth Meets the Mundane
In Michael Keegan-Dolan’s reimagining at the Next Wave Festival, there are no tutus, Tchaikovsky or castles.
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Rolling Loud Brings Melting Rap Songs and Moshing Crowds to New York 14 Oct 2019, 2:53pm Rolling Loud Brings Melting Rap Songs and Moshing Crowds to New York
The touring multiday rap festival arrived at Citi Field with a vision of the genre that’s no longer rooted in the city.
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5 Rappers Dropped From New York Music Festival at Police Request 12 Oct 2019, 3:24pm Updated 5 Rappers Dropped From New York Music Festival at Police Request
The performers were removed from this weekend’s Rolling Loud festival at Citi Field after the N.Y.P.D. said they had “been affiliated with recent acts of violence citywide.”
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LPO/Gardner/Ehnes review – next principal ignites the spark 10 Oct 2019, 9:55am LPO/Gardner/Ehnes review – next principal ignites the spark
Royal Festival Hall, London
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10 Oct 2019, 2:59am Glastonbury Festival 2020: Diana Ross to play legend slot
The soul icon is the first artist to be confirmed for the 2020 Glastonbury Festival.
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Dublin theatre festival review – gay clubs, glass houses and Greek tragedy 7 Oct 2019, 10:05am Dublin theatre festival review – gay clubs, glass houses and Greek tragedy
Marina Carr’s Hecuba probes a mother’s grief, family secrets unravel in The Beacon and audiences are immersed in 80s LGBT+ Dublin in Faultline Questions of interpretation drive
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6 Oct 2019, 10:12am Glastonbury Festival tickets sell out in 34 minutes
More than 2.4m people registered to try to buy tickets to the 2020 event.
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The week in theatre: “Mr Harold”… and the boys; Blood Wedding; Macbeth – review 6 Oct 2019, 5:00am The week in theatre: “Mr Harold”… and the boys; Blood Wedding; Macbeth – review
Lyttelton; Young Vic, London; Chichester Festival theatre
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Rose Plays Julie review – eerie, edge-of-your-seat suspense 4 Oct 2019, 4:05am Rose Plays Julie review – eerie, edge-of-your-seat suspense
This uncanny and transgressive film about a young woman who tracks down her birth parents is Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor’s best work yet Writer-directors Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor have returned to the London film festival with their best work yet. At one level, it’s another eerie and uncanny movie shot with cool blankness and emotional distance; a meditation on the themes they have already explored in earlier movies such as
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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘High Life’ and the iHeartRadio Music Festival 3 Oct 2019, 8:17am What’s on TV Thursday: ‘High Life’ and the iHeartRadio Music Festival
Claire Denis’s “High Life” is streaming on Amazon. And performances from Chance the Rapper, Alicia Keys and more air on the CW.
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Joker review – the most disappointing film of the year 3 Oct 2019, 6:11am Joker review – the most disappointing film of the year
Why so serious? Todd Phillips’ solemn but shallow supervillain origins movie has a strong performance by Joaquin Phoenix but is weighed down by realist detail and tedious material The year’s biggest disappointment has arrived. It emerges with weirdly grownup self-importance from the tulip fever of festival awards season as an upscale spin on an established pop culture brand. Last year we had Luca Guadagnino’s solemn version of
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2 Oct 2019, 12:03pm Horror film wins first-time director Rose Glass £50,000 award
Rose Glass is honoured for debut feature Saint Maud on the eve of this year's London Film Festival.
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The Personal History of David Copperfield review – Iannucci relishes the absurdity 2 Oct 2019, 11:19am The Personal History of David Copperfield review – Iannucci relishes the absurdity
The London film festival opened with Armando Iannucci’s larger-than-life adaptation of the Dickens crowdpleaser, starring Dev Patel as Copperfield A
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Boom for experience economy as hit TV shows enter real world 29 Sep 2019, 10:04am Boom for experience economy as hit TV shows enter real world
Peaky Blinders, Friends and Stranger Things have all been given experiential treatment TV-themed festivals, events and experiences are booming as fans of hit shows such as Friends, Peaky Blinders and Stranger Things take their living room love affair into the real world. Earlier this month, fans of Peaky Blinders were treated to the hit BBC show’s first ever official festival, Primark recently opened a Friends-themed cafe in Birmingham and later this year Netflix’s Stranger Things gets the full Secret Cinema experiential treatment.
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28 Sep 2019, 11:48am Updated ‘The Irishman’ Review: The Mob’s Greatest Hits, in a Somber Key
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s monumental, elegiac tale of violence, betrayal, memory and loss. It’s the opening-night movie at the New York Film Festival.
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Dance revolution: Has Boiler Room changed club culture forever? 28 Sep 2019, 10:45am Dance revolution: Has Boiler Room changed club culture forever?
After its online parties and DJ sets brought huge commercial success, the company is now preparing to launch its first ever festival next month Six months ago Sherelle was ready to quit music for good, focus on the day job and give up the idea of being a professional DJ. Then
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Around the Movie World in 17 Days at the New York Film Festival 27 Sep 2019, 3:53pm Updated Around the Movie World in 17 Days at the New York Film Festival
This year’s edition includes the latest from Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodóvar, Kelly Reichardt and Bong Joon-ho.
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27 Sep 2019, 5:30am Updated Loopallu festival bows out after 15 years
Organisers say it is "definitely the last" time the Highland music festival will be staged.
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The Fall and Rise of the Town Springsteen Made Famous 24 Sep 2019, 6:00am Updated The Fall and Rise of the Town Springsteen Made Famous
Bruce just turned 70, and Asbury Park is now one of the country’s coolest shore towns. A sold-out weekend festival celebrated its musical heart.
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A Festival Adds to Opera’s Soaring Body Count 24 Sep 2019, 12:16am Updated A Festival Adds to Opera’s Soaring Body Count
Opera Philadelphia’s season-opening O19 includes a death scene mash-up, but the morbidity doesn’t stop there.
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Russell Tovey: ‘Art is for everyone. It will change you, it will outlive you’ 22 Sep 2019, 5:00am Russell Tovey: ‘Art is for everyone. It will change you, it will outlive you’
Contemporary art is the actor’s passion. As he curates a festival in Margate to celebrate the Turner prize, he discusses his collection, his podcast - and advising James Corden on what to buy
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The Director of the New York Film Festival Is to Step Down 20 Sep 2019, 11:07pm Updated The Director of the New York Film Festival Is to Step Down
Kent Jones, who is also a filmmaker, has served as the event’s director since 2012. He will also depart as the chairman of its selection committee.
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A Festival in the Bronx Will Explore Climate Change and Culture 19 Sep 2019, 9:07am A Festival in the Bronx Will Explore Climate Change and Culture
The free event this Saturday will be a “happening” of sorts, at the intersection of art and activism.
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‘The Drama is Over’ at the Salzburg Easter Festival 19 Sep 2019, 1:13am Updated ‘The Drama is Over’ at the Salzburg Easter Festival
Nikolaus Bachler will take over the annual event, and Christian Thielemann and his Staatskapelle Dresden will move on after 2022.
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18 Sep 2019, 12:34am Updated 2019 Festival Albertine to Take On Climate Change
Bill McKibben will be the curator of the festival, dedicated to fostering French-American intellectual exchange, which this year focuses on the environment.
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14 Sep 2019, 10:41pm The festival letting fans follow in the footsteps of the Peaky Blinders
Thousands of flat cap-wearing fans take to the streets where the original Peaky Blinders once roamed.
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Toronto film festival 2019: cinema’s lesser lights give the stars a run for their money 14 Sep 2019, 10:01am Toronto film festival 2019: cinema’s lesser lights give the stars a run for their money
While Hollywood heavyweights like Tom Hanks and Renée Zellweger were out in force, some of the biggest treats were smaller titles Every film festival has its own personality, its own unique selling point. And, for Toronto, one of the main selling points is its audience. Eagerly egalitarian in outlook, TIFF (to give the festival its jaunty nickname) is all about the punters. Not for nothing are we reminded at every screening that the most important prize at the festival is the People’s Choice, voted for by the audience. Toronto screenings are famously warm and fuzzy. Unlike the fractious industry crowd at Cannes and Venice, the Toronto audience would sooner drop kittens from the top of the CN Tower than boo at a movie premiere. All of which makes for a uniquely upbeat experience for film-makers who choose to premiere films there. But it can make it harder to gauge the real potential of a film, to sort the buzz from the noise. The concept of a crowd-pleaser is slightly devalued when the crowd is pleased by pretty much everything.
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The week in classical: Festival of New; Shadwell Opera: Eight Songs for a Mad King; Proms – review 14 Sep 2019, 7:00am The week in classical: Festival of New; Shadwell Opera: Eight Songs for a Mad King; Proms – review
Snape Maltings, Suffolk; Potemkin theatre, London; Cadogan Hall, London
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Onscreen in Toronto: Reasons for Hope at the Movies This Fall 14 Sep 2019, 5:52am Updated Onscreen in Toronto: Reasons for Hope at the Movies This Fall
The dark and bright offerings at the Toronto International Film Festival eased our critic’s anxieties about the future of moviegoing.
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10 Months of Classical Concerts You Won’t Want to Miss 13 Sep 2019, 11:38am Updated 10 Months of Classical Concerts You Won’t Want to Miss
Yes, many musicians are celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday this season, but there’s much more. (Even a viola festival!)
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Objekt: the pioneering producer uniting chinstrokers and ravers 11 Sep 2019, 8:45am Objekt: the pioneering producer uniting chinstrokers and ravers
TJ Hertz grew up without a clue electronic music existed. Now he’s the genre’s most cutting-edge star – but the studio still gives him the jitters It is 4am on a balmy June night in Barcelona, and on a beachside stage at Primavera Sound festival, one of the finest talents in electronic music is leaping into the unknown. TJ Hertz, AKA Objekt, is one of the most beloved DJs and producers around. His tracks and albums routinely top end-of-year lists in the dance music press; their density and technique pleases the chinstrokers at the back, while their goofiness and fun gets hands in the air down the front. And yet this is his first ever live set, a show he brings to the UK this week. Hertz stands behind a bank of equipment playing crystalline, deconstructed club music and singing through a vocoder while Ezra Miller, a young American visual artist, stands opposite triggering mesmeric visuals in time with the staccato beats and broken melodies.
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11 Sep 2019, 6:49am Toronto Film Festival 2019: How Sarah Paulson bagged The Goldfinch role
Sarah Paulson won the part thanks to a wig, a spray tan, cigarettes and an hour screaming in her car.
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Nepal festival celebrates end of monsoon season – in pictures 11 Sep 2019, 5:01am Updated Nepal festival celebrates end of monsoon season – in pictures
The annual Infra Jatra festival, named after the god of rain and heaven, is celebrated by worshipping, singing, dancing and feasting in Kathmandu valley
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11 Sep 2019, 2:38am Toronto 2019: Renee Zellweger gets standing ovation for Judy Garland role
The actress's performance as Judy Garland is warmly received at the Toronto Film Festival.
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8 Sep 2019, 11:01pm Updated ‘Joker’ Takes Home Top Prize at Venice Film Festival
The international competition also bestowed an unexpected high-profile honor on “An Officer and a Spy,” a new film by Roman Polanski.
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7 Sep 2019, 4:59pm The Joker and Roman Polanski win at Venice festival
The inclusion of Polanski's film had been met with controversy due to the director's rape conviction.
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The Week in Arts: A Mini-Festival of Music and a 9/11 Remembrance 7 Sep 2019, 2:00am The Week in Arts: A Mini-Festival of Music and a 9/11 Remembrance
Trinity Church Wall Street offers a rich selection of sound; Asbury Park hosts a weekend of dance and Mitski comes to town.
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Review: A Festival Brings the Musical World Back to School 6 Sep 2019, 11:03pm Review: A Festival Brings the Musical World Back to School
The three-night Resonant Bodies Festival was a wide-ranging immersion in new vocal music.
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6 Sep 2019, 10:15pm Toronto Film Festival: Susan Sarandon voices support for assisted dying
The actress plays a terminally ill mother in her new film Blackbird, which had its premiere in Toronto.
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6 Sep 2019, 7:03pm Toronto International Film Festival 2019: The talking points
From political protests to controversial castings at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
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5 Sep 2019, 6:48pm TIFF 2019: Once Were Brothers opens Toronto Film Festival
The opening night documentary movie tells the story of Robbie Robertson and The Band.
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New Yorker Festival Will Host Two Democratic Candidates and Nancy Pelosi 4 Sep 2019, 9:33pm Updated New Yorker Festival Will Host Two Democratic Candidates and Nancy Pelosi
This year’s festival will include Pete Buttigieg and Julián Castro at separate events, in addition to Pelosi and an array of artists and entertainers.
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How a Summer Festival Is Shaping New York’s Theatrical Winter 4 Sep 2019, 11:31am Updated How a Summer Festival Is Shaping New York’s Theatrical Winter
Seven of this season’s Broadway and Off Broadway shows come from an eight-week theatrical powerhouse in Williamstown, Mass.
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Oscar season heats up as J-Lo, Hanks and an imaginary Hitler head to Toronto 4 Sep 2019, 12:30am Oscar season heats up as J-Lo, Hanks and an imaginary Hitler head to Toronto
This year’s festival will unveil some of the most hotly anticipated movies, and a string of A-listers are hoping for awards buzz Jennifer Lopez as a stripper, Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers and Taika Waititi as Hitler are just three of the most anticipated performances to be revealed during this year’s Toronto film festival.
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The Painted Bird review – savage, searing three-hour tour of hell 3 Sep 2019, 1:09pm Updated The Painted Bird review – savage, searing three-hour tour of hell
Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel and Udo Kier star in this phantasmagorical horror about eastern Europe that saw half the Venice audience walk out. I couldn’t look away One day they’ll make a film about the first public screening of The Painted Bird, inside the Sala Darsena at the 2019 Venice film festival. It will feature the man who fell full-length on the steps in his effort to escape and the well-dressed woman who became so frantic to get out that she hit the stranger in the next seat. The centrepiece will be the moment 12 viewers broke for the doors only to discover that the exit had been locked. I’m seeing this film as a disaster movie along the lines of The Towering Inferno, or perhaps a slapstick comic version of The Painted Bird itself. Film festivals need masterpieces to marvel at and turkeys to laugh about. But they also need a film like The Painted Bird, a film that makes a mockery of star ratings. I can state without hesitation that this is a monumental piece of work and one I’m deeply glad to have seen. I can also say that I hope to never cross its path again.
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End of the Road festival review – potent bacchanalia and mysticism 2 Sep 2019, 7:01am End of the Road festival review – potent bacchanalia and mysticism
‘See you in the twilight zone’ says one musician; EOTR has enough weirdness, charm and shaggy charisma to weather our end-of-days era As Britain’s most reliably brilliant midsize festival,
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31 Aug 2019, 3:35am Burning Man: Death at US festival treated as ‘suspicious’
Festival-goer Shane Billingham had “poisonous” levels of carbon monoxide in his blood, police say.
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30 Aug 2019, 11:48pm Shambala: The festival that banned cow’s milk, meat and glitter
Shambala Festival has reduced their carbon footprint by over 80% and eradicated disposable plastics
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What Does a Singer Do With Full Freedom? 30 Aug 2019, 10:24pm Updated What Does a Singer Do With Full Freedom?
The Resonant Bodies Festival, next week in Brooklyn, offers vocal artists free rein over 30-minute sets.
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The Perfect Candidate review – powerful insight into Saudi absurdity 30 Aug 2019, 5:47am The Perfect Candidate review – powerful insight into Saudi absurdity
Haifaa al-Mansour, the first Saudi woman to direct a feature, goes back to basics with an effective story of a doctor trying to enter politics Haifaa al-Mansour was the first Saudi woman to direct a feature film, landing out of the blue at the 2012 Venice film festival with her coming-of-age drama Wadjda. Mansour’s achievement was noteworthy in itself, but Wadjda turned out to be more than some dry historical milestone. It was rousing, galvanic,
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29 Aug 2019, 6:41pm Updated A German Festival Takes Aim at Western Culture
‘European democracy is, and always has been, a racist construct,’ according to the organizers of the Ruhrtrienniale.
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Ad Astra review: Brad Pitt reaches the stars in superb space-opera with serious daddy issues 29 Aug 2019, 4:00pm Ad Astra review: Brad Pitt reaches the stars in superb space-opera with serious daddy issues
The actor blasts off in search of long-lost pops Tommy Lee Jones in James Gray’s intergalactically po-faced take on Apocalypse Now Brad Pitt is an intergalactic Captain Willard, taking a fraught mission up-river in James Gray’s Ad Astra, an outer-space Apocalypse Now which played to rapt crowds at the Venice film festival. In place of steaming jungles, this gives us existential chills. Instead of Viet Cong soldiers, it provides man-eating baboons and pirates riding dune-buggies. It’s an extraordinary picture, steely and unbending and assembled with an unmistakable air of wild-eyed zealotry. Ad Astra, be warned, is going all the way - and it double-dares us to buckle up for the trip. Set in the near future, this casts Pitt as Major Roy McBride, a lonesome samurai who prides himself on the fact his pulse rate has never climbed beyond 80. He’s travelling out to Neptune in search of his lost father, a man he barely knows, and seeking to halt a series of unexplained cosmic rays that threaten life on Earth. Pitt embodies McBride with a series of deft gestures and a minimum of fuss. His performance is so understated it hardly looks like acting at all.
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29 Aug 2019, 7:05am Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones fly high at London Film Festival
Theory of Everything co-stars reunite in new aviation movie at annual film event.
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White men still make the decisions in film, says BFI festival boss 29 Aug 2019, 6:15am White men still make the decisions in film, says BFI festival boss
Announcing details of London film festival, Tricia Tuttle says glass ceiling remains in place White men are still the decision makers and gatekeepers for big budget commercial movies and the glass ceiling for women remains in place, the head of the
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28 Aug 2019, 7:01am Updated Venice Offers Sneak Peek of Awards Season
It is not unusual to see films at the festival turn up later on the Oscar ballot.
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Annabelle Attanasio Brings Her Movie to France 27 Aug 2019, 7:55pm Updated Annabelle Attanasio Brings Her Movie to France
Her ‘Mickey and the Bear’ is one of a number of films at the Deauville festival directed by women.
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Edinburgh international book festival 2019 – in pictures 27 Aug 2019, 10:39am Edinburgh international book festival 2019 – in pictures
From prime ministers to sheep herders to broadcasters and novelists, photographer Murdo MacLeod captures the stars of this year’s event
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Sexy lamps, time travel and punchy comedy: Edinburgh festival 2019 – in pictures 26 Aug 2019, 11:58am Sexy lamps, time travel and punchy comedy: Edinburgh festival 2019 – in pictures
Our photographer Murdo MacLeod captures more of this year’s eclectic Edinburgh festival shows, featuring everything from black holes to Basil Brush
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Venice film festival 2019: gender disparity debate rages for second year 26 Aug 2019, 9:35am Venice film festival 2019: gender disparity debate rages for second year
Lack of female directors and controversial slots for Roman Polanski and Nate Parker dominate buildup The inclusion of controversial directors and a continued gender imbalance have dominated the buildup to the 76th edition of the Venice film festival, while a mix of Hollywood A-listers and arthouse auteurs looks set to provide another attention grabbing event.
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Man dies at Creamfields dance music festival in Cheshire 25 Aug 2019, 5:11am Man dies at Creamfields dance music festival in Cheshire
Nineteen-year-old is second teenager to die at festivals in England this weekend A 19-year-old man has died after falling ill at Creamfields dance music festival in Cheshire. Police said the teenager, from Warrington, was seen looking unwell by security staff at 12.15am on Saturday. He was assessed by a doctor on-site before being taken to Warrington District General hospital, where he later died.
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The week in classical: Breaking the Waves; Eugene Onegin – review 24 Aug 2019, 7:00am The week in classical: Breaking the Waves; Eugene Onegin – review
King’s theatre; Festival theatre, Edinburgh
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Notting Hill carnival can unite divided country, organisers say 24 Aug 2019, 2:00am Notting Hill carnival can unite divided country, organisers say
Street festival will remember Windrush victims and is ‘more important now than ever’ The Notting Hill carnival is the ideal way to bring together
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Review: A Bristly Interloper in Music’s Dog Days 23 Aug 2019, 10:38pm Updated Review: A Bristly Interloper in Music’s Dog Days
The Time Spans festival of contemporary music held its final main-series concert of the year on Wednesday.
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23 Aug 2019, 10:37pm Updated Pesaro’s Opera Festival Accelerated Rossini’s Renaissance
This beachfront festival, devoted to a beloved native son, may be the world’s most seductively charming annual opera event.
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Afropunk and 8 Other Outdoor Concerts to Put on the Calendar 23 Aug 2019, 8:55am Updated Afropunk and 8 Other Outdoor Concerts to Put on the Calendar
A guide to some of the late-summer shows coming up in New York City, including the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival this weekend.
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A Jade Goody would never get on TV under new rules, says ex-partner 23 Aug 2019, 2:00am A Jade Goody would never get on TV under new rules, says ex-partner
Jeff Brazier tells Edinburgh TV festival the reality star wouldn’t have made it on to Big Brother Jade Goody’s former partner believes the Big Brother star would never have made it on to screen if she had been forced to go through the strict new duty of care requirements being placed on reality television producers.
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Review: A Nose by Any Other Name in a Hudson Valley ‘Cyrano’ 21 Aug 2019, 11:25pm Updated Review: A Nose by Any Other Name in a Hudson Valley ‘Cyrano’
Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers’s adaptation of “Cyrano de Bergerac” at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival asks us not to take anything at face value.
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When the fringe is no joke: minding your mental health in Edinburgh 20 Aug 2019, 2:00pm When the fringe is no joke: minding your mental health in Edinburgh
Performing at the festival can be a taxing experience. Objectively Funny has created a peer support network that turns attention offstage It’s lunchtime in Edinburgh’s Old Town and I’ve swapped comedy for something more serious. On stage, psychotherapist Rachel O’Connor draws a picture of the brain while people in the room share stressful moments from the first fortnight of the fringe: flyers arriving late, nightmares about missing their own show. Soon, we are all releasing tension with some diaphragmatic breathing. While punters enjoy the buzz of the fringe, others often have a much tougher experience. Those working here deal with low wages, fragile living arrangements, long shifts and constant rejection. Performers face a potent mix of financial stress, pre-show anxiety, pressure to party, and the dread of a two-star review. Comedy production company
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George Bernard Shaw’s 6-Hour ‘Beast’? She’s All In 20 Aug 2019, 12:11am Updated George Bernard Shaw’s 6-Hour ‘Beast’? She’s All In
A dancer turned director, Kimberley Rampersad is tackling “Man and Superman” at the Shaw Festival.
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19 Aug 2019, 9:39pm Leeds festival: Headliners Marsicans live down the road
The band who will top the BBC Music Introducing Stage bill are bringing it all back home this weekend.
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Green Man festival review – mesmerising and otherworldly 19 Aug 2019, 11:18am Green Man festival review – mesmerising and otherworldly
Glanusk estate, Brecon Beacons
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We Out Here festival review – a new jazz generation is born 19 Aug 2019, 9:56am We Out Here festival review – a new jazz generation is born
Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire
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Olaf Falafel wraps up victory in Edinburgh funniest joke award 19 Aug 2019, 4:49am Updated Olaf Falafel wraps up victory in Edinburgh funniest joke award
Swedish comedian feasts on the acclaim after his food-themed quip tops list of 10 best gags from this year’s fringe The surrealist Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel has won the Dave funniest joke of the fringe award for 2019. He received the prize for a rib-tickler from one of two shows he has performed at this year’s Edinburgh festival: “I keep randomly shouting out ‘Broccoli’ and ‘Cauliflower’ – I think I might have Florets.” The gag comes from Falafel’s show It’s One Giant Leek for Mankind which, suiting its fruit-and-veg theme, was performed at the Pear Tree. The comedian, who also works as an illustrator, said: “This is a fantastic honour but it’s like I’ve always said: jokes about white sugar are rare, jokes about brown sugar … Demerara.”
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At the Joyce, a Feast of Dancers at a Sometimes Meager Table 19 Aug 2019, 1:02am Updated At the Joyce, a Feast of Dancers at a Sometimes Meager Table
The ballet festival draws to a close with an intriguing program (Béjart, Macmillan and Gemma Bond) and an aimless one.
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17 Aug 2019, 2:00am The Week in Arts: An End to ‘The Affair’; A Lincoln Center Horror Show
Anna Paquin joins the Showtime show’s time-skipping final season, and the Scary Movies festival descends upon New York.
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17 Aug 2019, 1:42am Updated A New Festival Shows Off Creators Ready to Launch
If the eclectic clutch of productions in its first week is any indication, the Rave Theater Festival is off to a promising start.
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17 Aug 2019, 1:41am Updated Nearly 100, the Salzburg Festival Doesn’t Wait to Celebrate
Six excellent new opera productions this year will be hard to top in next summer’s centennial festival.
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Onstage in Edinburgh, the Mood Is Grim 16 Aug 2019, 1:37am Updated Onstage in Edinburgh, the Mood Is Grim
Theatrical productions at the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe give the impression of a world coming apart at the seams.
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At Tanglewood, You Can Hear 8 Concerts in 3 Days 16 Aug 2019, 12:30am Updated At Tanglewood, You Can Hear 8 Concerts in 3 Days
Between the Festival of Contemporary Music and Boston Symphony Orchestra programs, a recent visit offered an exhilarating immersion.
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What happens when a festival gets cancelled? 15 Aug 2019, 10:00am What happens when a festival gets cancelled?
Several events have had to be pulled this summer, causing disappointment all round. But disgruntled punters wanting their money back are far from the only problem for organisers “It feels like a film set where a film was never shot.” That’s how Houghton festival described its site last week, when it was
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15 Aug 2019, 4:56am Australian actress Ningali Lawford-Wolf dies during Edinburgh Festival
Ningali Lawford-Wolf died on Sunday after falling ill during a run of show The Secret River production.
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15 Aug 2019, 2:28am When Bob Dylan played the Isle of Wight Festival in 1969
It's been 50 years since two brothers booked the US singer-songwriter to play at the English festival.
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14 Aug 2019, 8:23pm Woodstock still sounds golden 50 years on
On the 50th anniversary of the seminal Woodstock music festival, we speak to people who were at the "Aquarian explosion".
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14 Aug 2019, 1:15pm Updated Australian actress Ningali Lawford-Wolf dies during Edinburgh Festival run
Ningali Lawford-Wolf died on Sunday after falling ill during a run of The Secret River last week in Edinburgh.
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14 Aug 2019, 12:12am Updated Trisha Brown Dances Animate a Scottish Landscape
At the Edinburgh Festival, five site-specific Brown works proved especially enthralling and poetic.
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Edinburgh festival 2019: the shows we recommend 12 Aug 2019, 8:40am Edinburgh festival 2019: the shows we recommend
Plan your schedule with our roundup of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated daily throughout the festival
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The Edinburgh fringe is obsessed with food – so I went and gorged on the best shows 12 Aug 2019, 8:26am The Edinburgh fringe is obsessed with food – so I went and gorged on the best shows
From comedy about carveries to clean-eating rants, food is a huge theme at this year’s festival fringe. The Guardian’s restaurant critic gets stuck in At Valvona & Crolla, a venerable Edinburgh deli dating from 1934, I am eating arancini for breakfast and trying to make sense of the abundance of food-related shows at this year’s fringe. For three days, I’ve plodded rain-drenched backstreets, consuming hours of drama, comedy and performance art about eating. I’ve watched comfort food cabarets and comedy about the Toby Carvery, listened to rants about clean eating and calorific excess and met (albeit figuratively) the young women who tested Hitler’s dinner each evening for poison. There has been immigration-based drama Citizens of Nowhere?, staged in the kitchen of a Novotel hotel, and a Fawlty Towers dining experience where a man with a stick-on moustache and a faux-Spanish accent proffers waldorf salad to fans of the 70s sitcom. In Hold On Let Go, a drama with music by Paul Smith from Maximo Park, bread is baked live on stage. Despite all the walking, I’ve gained extra pounds, having eaten chocolate mousse made by an Australian woman singing Teenage Dream by Katy Perry as she whisked, plus a weirdly delicious chicken caesar salad made in a cement mixer by the anarchist cook George Egg.
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A Contemporary Music Festival Thinks Beyond the Concert Hall 11 Aug 2019, 8:00am Updated A Contemporary Music Festival Thinks Beyond the Concert Hall
This year’s Time Spans festival is considering the relationship between audiences and performers.
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Klezmer Music and Memory at a Festival Celebrating Jewish Life in Poland 11 Aug 2019, 3:00am Klezmer Music and Memory at a Festival Celebrating Jewish Life in Poland
Many tourists who come to Poland see a story of Jewish death. In Krakow, not far from Auschwitz, leaders are trying to tell a different story, and spur a resurgence in Jewish life.
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10 Aug 2019, 7:35pm Updated Wagner’s Sprawling Operas, Shrunk to Child Size
At the Bayreuth Festival, Wagner für Kinder offers mini versions of the composer’s most complex works.
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Woodstock 1969: A Story Vastly Bigger Than Editors Realized 10 Aug 2019, 10:00am Updated Woodstock 1969: A Story Vastly Bigger Than Editors Realized
Once the scope of the festival became clear, The New York Times scrambled to cover its significance. Shakespeare was quoted.
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How Woodstock Hobbled the American Rock Festival for 30 Years 9 Aug 2019, 6:58am Updated How Woodstock Hobbled the American Rock Festival for 30 Years
It was a hippie dream. But while some hailed peace and love, others saw damaged property, poor sanitation and a threat to public safety.
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Stranded revellers party in Newquay after Boardmasters festival cancelled 9 Aug 2019, 6:25am Stranded revellers party in Newquay after Boardmasters festival cancelled
Town flooded with tourists at a loose end after festival cancelled due to bad weather In the centre of Newquay, Whiskers, a live music bar, is busier than normal for this time of year. Since Cornwall’s biggest festival, Boardmasters, was called off last-minute due to a severe weather forecast, it’s been flooded with tourists at a loss for what to do. Among them is Jay Holmes, 22, who arrived in Newquay a week before the festival was due to start with a group of friends. “We have been watching the surf all day,” he said. “We were out last night and it was crazy busy around town. The week before most of the bars were dead but we have really seen a difference. There are lots of young people in town and the clubs are packed.”
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8 Aug 2019, 10:08pm Updated The Man Who Photographed Woodstock’s Most Iconic Couple
Burk Uzzle thought he’d be at the festival for a day. He wound up trapped on the grounds, and spotted Nick Ercoline and Bobbi Kelly wrapped in a blanket.
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8 Aug 2019, 12:54pm Updated 5 Woodstock Myths, Debunked
Did Jimi Hendrix perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” for thousands, and did Joni Mitchell sing about her experience at the festival? A few key fact checks.
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8 Aug 2019, 10:46am Updated Houghton Festival cancelled over bad weather fears
The axing of the Houghton Festival in Norfolk comes a day after Boardmasters was cancelled.
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Ever been misgendered by a barista? The LOL Word is transforming comedy 8 Aug 2019, 9:58am Ever been misgendered by a barista? The LOL Word is transforming comedy
This queer collective proves there’s a place for comedy that isn’t straight or male with a heart-rendingly hilarious Edinburgh show Jodie Mitchell is slowly moving around the stage, blowing into a microphone. Playing God, Mitchell puffs heavily, so as to clear an imaginary cloud, before pointing out some of the omnipotent deity’s more questionable creations, from the bee sting to the – what’s that? Ah, yes, the fragile male ego. Mitchell, cool and charismatic throughout, exhales loudly on to the invisible patriarchal mindset, which responds by crying like a baby. The audience erupts with laughter. This is the LOL Word, a collective of queer female and non-binary comedians founded at the Edinburgh festival three years ago by five friends who were all bored by the male-dominated comedy industry. Alongside Mitchell, they are Chloe Petts, Chloe Green and comedy duo Shelf (Rachel Watkeys Dowie and Ruby Clyde, who have produced the current show from afar). There’s also a changing lineup of special guests. Their name, as many queer women will know, is a play on the infamous TV series
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Houghton: Norfolk techno festival cancelled due to bad weather 8 Aug 2019, 5:11am Houghton: Norfolk techno festival cancelled due to bad weather
Second major UK festival to cancel this week due to bad weather, following Boardmasters in Cornwall Norfolk techno festival Houghton has been cancelled due to bad weather, the second major UK festival to do so this week. The festival was due to take place in the grounds of stately home Houghton Hall, and host dance artists like Four Tet, Floating Points and Ricardo Villalobos. Organisers said the decision was made in consultation with local authorities, and published a statement saying: “Weather conditions on-site at Houghton festival have dramatically worsened and are set to deteriorate further into the weekend.
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Review: Big Names (Royal Ballet!), Small Pieces at the Joyce 8 Aug 2019, 1:03am Updated Review: Big Names (Royal Ballet!), Small Pieces at the Joyce
The tasting-menu format sacrifices depth in the first program of the Joyce Theater’s annual ballet festival.
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7 Aug 2019, 6:58pm Updated Woodstock Was the Birthplace of Festival Fashion
Once upon a time, it wasn’t a commercial opportunity, it was a statement of identity.
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7 Aug 2019, 3:35pm Updated Boardmasters cancelled over storm fears hours before gates open
Up to 55,000 revellers heading for the festival were told it was cancelled as strong winds were forecast.
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Review: At the Joyce, the Names Are Big but the Pieces Aren’t 7 Aug 2019, 3:21pm Review: At the Joyce, the Names Are Big but the Pieces Aren’t
The tasting-menu format sacrifices depth in the first program of the Joyce Theater’s annual ballet festival.
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Nate Parker to premiere movie at Venice film festival after rape controversy 7 Aug 2019, 10:13am Nate Parker to premiere movie at Venice film festival after rape controversy
The actor and director, who has been absent since a sexual assault charge resurfaced, will premiere American Skin with Spike Lee Actor-director Nate Parker will premiere his film American Skin at this year’s Venice film festival, three years after he became mired in controversy over charges of sexual assault. The film, which is being “presented” by Spike Lee, sees Parker star as an Iraq war veteran whose teenage son is killed by a white police officer.
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Boardmasters: Cornwall music festival cancelled due to weather warnings 7 Aug 2019, 4:40am Boardmasters: Cornwall music festival cancelled due to weather warnings
Heavy rain and winds forecast for Newquay means that risks at 50,000-capacity event are ‘too severe’ Cornwall’s biggest festival, Boardmasters in Newquay, has been cancelled due to a severe weather forecast. 50,000 people were due to watch performances by Florence and the Machine, Foals, Wu-Tang Clan and others but according to
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Boardmasters: Cornwall festival cancelled due to weather warnings 7 Aug 2019, 3:52am Boardmasters: Cornwall festival cancelled due to weather warnings
Heavy rain and winds forecast for Newquay means that risks at 50,000-capacity event are ‘too severe’ Cornwall’s biggest festival, Boardmasters in Newquay, has been cancelled due to a severe weather forecast. 50,000 people were due to watch performances by Florence and the Machine, Foals, Wu-Tang Clan and others but according to
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7 Aug 2019, 3:20am Updated Roger Ballen Revisits His Never-Before-Published Woodstock Photos
The internationally renowned artist was just 19 when he took his trusty Nikon to the festival. Only one was ever published — till now.
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7 Aug 2019, 2:06am Boardmasters: Weather safety fears cancel music festival
Wu-Tang Clan and Florence + The Machine were due to perform at the event in Cornwall this weekend.
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Bong Joon-ho, Pedro Almodóvar Lead New York Film Festival Lineup 7 Aug 2019, 12:44am Bong Joon-ho, Pedro Almodóvar Lead New York Film Festival Lineup
Their films — “Parasite” and “Pain and Glory” — are among several from Cannes that are playing the 57th edition of the American festival.
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