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Art cuts are here to stay, so get on with it, Arts

Art cuts are here to stay, so get on with it

Another day, another tale of arts’ funding woe. Organisations on the brink of collapse, art centres closing, individuals facing redundancy. It’s a gritty reality, but after months of doom mongers dominating the headlines, isn’t it time to shake off the funeral garb and come out of mourning?

By | Arts | Friday, 11 November 2011 at 8:00 am

Something for the weekend: November 11-13, Arts

Something for the weekend: November 11-13

There’s quite refined selection for mid-November, ensuring you can tick off a decent pick of top-end cultural things to do this weekend.

By | Arts | Friday, 11 November 2011 at 6:00 am

Touching Bass: D1, Arts

Touching Bass: D1

D1 is one of an elite few dubstep heads that can genuinely say they were there when the genre was still in nappies. Whether it’s his original dub anthems or his talismanic DJ sets filling your eardrums, listeners must pay homage to a guy who’s been there right from the start. TB talks the state of dubstep, past and present, and cracks into that pervasive Skrillex argument.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 10 November 2011 at 6:30 pm

Pete Townshend: ‘The last great album by The Who’, Music

Pete Townshend: ‘The last great album by The Who’

Pete Townshend performed an exclusive acoustic set last night in front of a select audience at Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush to promote the re-issue of Quadrophenia.

By | Music | Thursday, 10 November 2011 at 6:22 pm

Brenmar: Echoes of garage across the Atlantic, Arts

Brenmar: Echoes of garage across the Atlantic

A producer by the name of Brenmar came to my attention recently, thanks to his new EP Let’s Pretend. As soon as I flicked it on I was transported back to my early years at university when garage was massive and we’d have that kind of music playing day and night. Now Brenmar’s stuff isn’t some cheaply-made, knowing, nod to Garage or an attempt to be cool and retro. It’s simply electronic music with a hint of R&B.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 10 November 2011 at 12:00 am

C-3PO: Q&A with Anthony Daniels, Arts

C-3PO: Q&A with Anthony Daniels

Famous for his role as the irritable but endearing golden robot C-3PO in ‘Star Wars’, actor Anthony Daniels gave his thoughts on Science Fiction and Fantasy at the London MCM Expo at the ExCel Centre.

By | Arts | Wednesday, 9 November 2011 at 11:54 pm

Creativity and curiosity: Do we make stuff up or find it out?, Arts

Creativity and curiosity: Do we make stuff up or find it out?

The world of music has much to contribute to debate around the nexus between discovery and invention. Igor Stravinsky memorably once wrote of his ballet The Rite of Spring; ‘I heard and I wrote what I heard. I am the vessel through which the Rite passed’. He felt that he had in effect ‘discovered’ rather than invented it. These days we’re all too eager to accept such an explanation.

By | Arts, Battle of Ideas | Wednesday, 9 November 2011 at 6:00 am

Touching Bass: Clement Marfo & The Frontline, Arts

Touching Bass: Clement Marfo & The Frontline

With a strong penchant for the energetic live performance, seven-piece collective, Clement Marfo & the Frontline are amiably infusing the pure vibe of grime and rap with the explosive nature of punk and rock. The results are corrosive, you’ve been warned.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 9 November 2011 at 6:00 am

Q&A with the cast of ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’, Arts

Q&A with the cast of ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’

The recent London MCM Expo at the ExCel Centre played host to a number of big names from the world of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Among the stars were several members from the cast of ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 8 November 2011 at 9:34 pm

Is Beyoncé really a good role model?, Arts

Is Beyoncé really a good role model?

Beyoncé is without a doubt one of the most powerful women in the world. Possessing talent and determination from an early age, she conquered an enormous fan base, sold millions of records, bagged dozens of awards and influenced pop singers all over the world. Her stage presence has made her famous all over and there is no doubt she is a role model to little girls in the United States and beyond. But looking at her most recent endeavours, is she sending the right message?

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 8 November 2011 at 5:27 pm

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