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Detroit: Techno City, Institute of Contemporary Arts

Joe Muggs

Detroit techno music is important. Any student of the club music of the modern age knows this. The sound that fermented among the majority black population of the decaying...

Prom 15: Chen, BBCSO, BBCSC, Davis

Alexandra Coghlan

Programming a concert is a tricky business. Programming an entire Proms season almost unthinkably difficult. But, even allowing for the odd evening of leftovers, those artists,...

Jason Bourne

Adam Sweeting

When Matt Damon's Jason Bourne makes his introductory appearance, as a bare-knuckle boxer somewhere in the lawless Greek-Albanian borderlands, it speaks volumes. Bourne is...

10 Questions for Musician Jasper Høiby

Peter Quinn

Copenhagen-born bassist Jasper Høiby moved to London in 2000 to attend the Royal Academy of Music. In 2005 he created the trio Phronesis which has toured extensively in Europe and...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre

Matt Wolf

Harry Potter lives to see another day. The Hogwarts wizard has made his stage debut in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play that pushes JK Rowling’s world-beating...

Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Jenny Gilbert

Exactly 60 years have passed since this company made its first London visit, an unlikely triumph of art over geopolitics. For 1956 was the year Britain was rocked by the Suez...

Naked Attraction, Channel 4

Jasper Rees

Remember Sex Box? Perhaps you were wisely watching paint dry that night instead. Sex Box was part of Channel 4’s ongoing...

The Kingdom, Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester

Stephen Walsh

The last time but one that the Three Choirs Festival was in Gloucester the main offering was Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom,...

FEWS, Prince Albert, Brighton

Thomas H Green

The indie scene isn’t currently enjoying a peak period but FEWS’ debut album, Means, which came out a couple of months back...

Blu-ray: Absolute Beginners

Kieron Tyler

The home-cinema release of Absolute Beginners is a rarity, as it’s one where watching the bonus before the main feature is a...

Marni Nixon: 'It ended up being totally my voice'

Jasper Rees

Singin’ in the Rain made much of those people in the movies whose work you don’t know you know. Set at the dawn of the...

Prom 13: London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Jurowski

David Nice

The last time I heard Beethoven's setting of Schiller's Ode to Joy in the finale of his Ninth Symphony, it was as European...

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Volume 19 - Sisters of Mercy, Peter Gabriel, Solomun and more

Thomas H Green

This month we’re just going to get straight into it. It’s summer, the sun's out, no time for waffle, just slap a disc on the...

Saddam Goes to Hollywood, Channel 4 / Keith Richards: The Origin of the Species, BBC Two

Adam Sweeting

Incredible but true, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein really did hire a largely-British film crew to come to his country and...

CD: Purple – Bodacious

Guy Oddy

Purple’s 2014 debut album, (409), was a burst of party punk straight out of Texas that deftly avoided crass clichés while...

Prom 11: Wilson, Creswell, BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Wigglesworth

David Nice

It's not often you think you detect a future Brünnhilde in a soprano performing a great Verdi role, but that was the case...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Bitori, Space Echo

Kieron Tyler

Since achieving international success in the final years of the 1980s, the late Cesária Évora has dominated much of globe’s...

theartsdesk in the Faroe Islands: G! Festival 2016

Kieron Tyler

Familiar words pepper the lead item on the 9am radio news: "Brexit", "Theresa May", "Boris Johnson". Yet the bulletin is...

CD: Viola Beach - Viola Beach

Lisa-Marie Ferla

It was somewhere around the third posthumous Jeff Buckley compilation that I realised that my love for an artist, and my...

Prom 9: Feola, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, Rhorer

David Nice

It's never easy readjusting to the weird and sometimes wonderful acoustics of Albert's colosseum at Proms time, least of all...

William Eggleston Portraits, National Portrait Gallery

Sarah Kent

American photographer William Eggleston is famous for dedicating himself to colour photography at a time when it was still...

Classical CDs Weekly: Bruckner, Mahler, Nielsen, Schnittke

Graham Rickson

Bruckner: Mass No. 3 in F minor Soloists, Bavarian Radio Choir, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Robin Ticciati (Tudor)Good...

DVD: Around China With a Movie Camera

Graham Fuller

It’s comforting to reflect that some of the anonymous children seen in Around China With a Movie Camera – a DVD...

The BFG

Matt Wolf

Two cultural giants from different spheres align to occasionally sublime results in The BFG. Steven Spielberg's film locates...

 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, REGENT'S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE A classic musical reborn for a contemporary audience

PROM 13: LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR, JUROWSKI No-fuss Beethoven Ninth may be the most radical of all

WILLIAM EGGLESTON PORTRAITS, NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY The American who made colour photography an art form

MARNI NIXON: 'IT ENDED UP BEING TOTALLY MY VOICE' Heard but not seen: the Hollywood legend, who has died, tells the inside story of dubbing Natalie Wood in 'West Side Story'

SADDAM GOES TO HOLLYWOOD, CHANNEL 4 / KEITH RICHARDS: THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES, BBC TWO Drunkenness and debauchery with Oliver Reed in Saddam Hussein's Iraq

THEARTSDESK ON VINYL: VOLUME 19 - SISTERS OF MERCY, PETER GABRIEL, SOLOMUN AND MORE Everything from Emerson, Lake & Palmer to cutting edge techno reviewed on plastic

disc of the day

Blu-ray: Absolute Beginners

Julian Temple’s flawed Eighties bomb is finally revealed as film which can’t fail to dazzle

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Brighton Festival

CD: The Fiction Aisle - Fuchsia Days

Second from Brighton outfit heads into deliciously cosmic easy listening

theartsdesk at Love Supreme Festival 2016: Kamasi Washington, Esperanza Spalding and Stanley Clarke

Laid back atmosphere, inspiring music at the UK’s only green field jazz festival

Brighton Festival: Brighton – Symphony of a City, Brighton Dome

A cinematic cross-section of life in London-by-Sea

tv

Naked Attraction, Channel 4

New dating game in which contestants compete in their birthday suits

Saddam Goes to Hollywood, Channel 4 / Keith Richards: The Origin of the Species, BBC Two

Drunkenness and debauchery with Oliver Reed in Saddam Hussein's Iraq

Imagine... Danger! Cornelia Parker, BBC One

The artist who destroys things in order to create new ones

film

Jason Bourne

Bourne to run (and run and run)

Blu-ray: Absolute Beginners

Julian Temple’s flawed Eighties bomb is finally revealed as film which can’t fail to dazzle

Marni Nixon: 'It ended up being totally my voice'

Heard but not seen: the Hollywood legend, who has died, tells the inside story of dubbing Natalie Wood in 'West Side Story'

new music

Detroit: Techno City, Institute of Contemporary Arts

A tiny glimpse of history kicks off a huge party

10 Questions for Musician Jasper Høiby

The Danish bassist on the perils of consumerism, playing without the dots, and why 4/4 isn't a crime

FEWS, Prince Albert, Brighton

Rising Sweden-based indie sorts take their buzzy debut album on the road

classical

Prom 15: Chen, BBCSO, BBCSC, Davis

A mixed-bag of a Prom yields a strong young soloist but some weak choral singing

The Kingdom, Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester

Elgar yet again at the Three Choirs and as gloriously blurred as ever

Prom 13: London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Jurowski

No-fuss Beethoven Ninth may be the most radical of all

opera

Prom 11: Wilson, Creswell, BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Wigglesworth

High artistry and deep heartbreak in Wagner and Tippett

The Golden Dragon, Music Theatre Wales, Buxton Festival

Peter Eötvös's new opera finds a world in a grain of egg fried rice

Jenůfa, Longborough Festival Opera

Janáček's happy-ending tragedy is powerfully moving despite untidy details

theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre

Does the continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards work its magic onstage?

Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

A classic musical reborn for a contemporary audience

Some Girl(s), Park Theatre

Neil LaBute's masochistic odyssey is sporadically thought-provoking

visual arts

William Eggleston Portraits, National Portrait Gallery

The American who made colour photography an art form

Winifred Knights, Dulwich Picture Gallery

A forgotten Slade alumnus restored to prominence

Ragnar Kjartansson, Barbican Art Gallery

Fact and fiction coalesce in work by an artist born into an acting dynasty

dance

Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

The Russians are back, marking 60 years since they first took London by storm

Strictly goes to the Proms

Canny brand synergy encourages fans to keep Promming

Cinderella, Ratmansky/Australian Ballet, London Coliseum

Serious choreography and lush design make this Surrealist fairytale a visual treat

comedy

theartsdesk Q&A: Garrison Keillor

As he hosts 'A Prairie Home Companion' for the last time, its creator looks back

Whose Line Is It Anyway?, London Palladium

Terrific fun from an old favourite

David Baddiel - My Family: Not the Sitcom, Menier Chocolate Factory

Funny and challenging show about the comic's parents

gaming

Pokémon Go

Game or viral phenomenon? Who cares - let's go hunting

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Lego returns to 'Star Wars' and creates a new summer blockbuster

Heroes of Loot 2

This fun take on the dungeon crawler is a blast in short bursts

Listed

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Star Wars wasn't the only groundbreaking film of 1977. We identify some others
The 11 Best Gigs on Film (after Stop Making Sense)
As Talking Heads' masterpiece is restored on disc, we hail the great screen concerts
Listed: The 100 Funniest Things about Downton Abbey
Julian Fellowes' juggernaut has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous in six series. Here's how he did it

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