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Cabaret: The grown-up way to celebrate Hallowe’en, Arts

Cabaret: The grown-up way to celebrate Hallowe’en

“You don’t really celebrate Hallowe’en here, do you?” asks Merrill Grant, my angel-voiced cabaret counterpart in Terror 2011 at Soho Theatre. I look up from the knife that I am idly grinding in order to eviscerate the plump pumpkin on the table before me, a dark glint in my eye. “Oh, we do…” I whisper, “We just take it a little more seriously than you do over there.”

By | Arts | Wednesday, 26 October 2011 at 10:00 am

Rizzle Kicks: Dream collaborations, Brighton’s music scene and The OC, Arts

Rizzle Kicks: Dream collaborations, Brighton’s music scene and The OC

Brighton Hip Hop duo Rizzle Kicks have been tearing up the airwaves of late, with hit single Down With The Trumpets. With the release of their debut album Stereo Typical, Ryan Bassil sat down with Jordan from Rizzle Kicks to chat about The OC, dream collaborations and the Brighton music scene.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 26 October 2011 at 5:00 am

Martin Dawson talks about his influences, collaborations and his horror movie phobia, Arts

Martin Dawson talks about his influences, collaborations and his horror movie phobia

Martin Dawson produces sublime house music of the highest order. Releasing his long-player Sunday Smoking to a great response earlier this year, he’s a very busy man – performing live shows and DJing, as well as a consistent output of new music both on his own and in collaboration with his music making friends (including British producer Glimpse). This week Martin is in the UK to continue an on-going project with Glimpse, and to play at a Halloween party put on by London promoters Potty Mouth. Before that though, he had to spare a few minutes for a chat with me…

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 25 October 2011 at 4:30 pm

Treme: The most musical TV series ever?, Arts

Treme: The most musical TV series ever?

As a drama, Treme has been described as meandering. And it has to be said, compared with predecessor The Wire, David Simon’s newer HBO series moves at a glacial pace.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 25 October 2011 at 1:01 pm

“Apostate” and “liar”… The Church of Scientology confronts a critic, Arts

“Apostate” and “liar”… The Church of Scientology confronts a critic

No less than 40 minutes after today’s newspaper went to print, the Church of Scientology’s public relations department got in touch. They wished to respond to the request I had lodged earlier – seeking comment on reports that its employees had attempted to dig up dirt on the South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 25 October 2011 at 2:32 am

Jesse Eisenberg: Faith, Facebook and a fear of interviews, Arts

Jesse Eisenberg: Faith, Facebook and a fear of interviews

Jesse Eisenberg rose to fame as the star of the highly successful and contentious film The Social Network. With the release of his film Holy Rollers, which tells the tale of a young Hasidic Jewish man being lured into dealing Ecstasy, he discusses his own upbringing, why he won’t be signing up to Facebook and the questionable movie scripts from his teenage years.

By | Arts, Film | Monday, 24 October 2011 at 4:22 pm

Laurence Malice on after-hours partying, being kidnapped and turning away Axl Rose, Arts

Laurence Malice on after-hours partying, being kidnapped and turning away Axl Rose

This year, one of London’s most important club nights celebrates 21 years since its inception. Trade was the capital’s first ever legal after-hours club, running parties at the now defunct Turnmills every Sunday. For many club goers it was the only place to go and carry on the party once Saturday night was over. Laurence Malice was the man behind this seminal event, overseeing the event every week and controlling the music policy, DJ bookings and promotion. Instrumental in the club’s progress and man with more than a few stories to tell, I spoke to Laurence ahead of Trade’s 21st birthday celebrations…

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 24 October 2011 at 12:07 pm

Spielberg on Tintin The Movie, Film

Spielberg on Tintin The Movie

Steven Spielberg talks about his latest film, Tintin The Movie.

By | Film | Monday, 24 October 2011 at 8:21 am

Madonna talks Wallis Simpson, Film

Madonna talks Wallis Simpson

Madonna reveals she relates to Wallis Simpson at the premiere of the film she directed, W.E.

By | Film | Monday, 24 October 2011 at 8:11 am

KGB: I’m not an artist, I am a movement, Arts

KGB: I’m not an artist, I am a movement

I first became aware of rapper/singer KGB when I captioned some pictures of her in August. In the photos she was wearing a see through dress so, being the disapproving journalist I’m supposed to be, I called her ’shameless’. Through the wonders of the internet KGB found me and, rather than berate me for my indignant tag, she was really positive and thanked me for writing about her.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 22 October 2011 at 9:00 am

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