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Six of the best: Film

52 Tuesdays ★★★★ Sensitive handling of complex subject in impressive Australian debut The Diary of a Teenage Girl ★★★★★ Sundance hit is quietly shattering Hard to Be a God ★★★★★ Striking...

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Six of the best: Theatre

PLAYSBakkhai, Almeida Theatre ***** Ben Whishaw's ambiguous Dionysos and operatic chorus serve superb Euripides translation. Until 17 SeptSplendour, Donmar Warehouse **** Fine revival...

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Listed: Songs of Summer

It’s forecast to rain for a fortnight, just as the schools tip out their restless young. The roads are jammed, and Calais hasn’t been this bunged up since Edward III laid siege for the whole year in...

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Listed: Precocious Writers

Once upon a time... Storytelling is an integral part of all human cultures, and a central pillar of an enlightened education. Some children get the hang of it quickly – they are, as the phrase has it...

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Remembering Jon Vickers (1926-2015)

Canadian heroic tenor Jon Vickers, who died on Friday 10 July aged 88 and whose full life took him from work on a Saskatchewan farm to the great opera houses of the world, was inimitable, terrifying...

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Six of the best: Art

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust, Royal Academy (see image) The beguiling tone poems of an American artist. Until 27 SepAgnes Martin, Tate Modern Ravishing paintings perfectly poised between conceptual...

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Positive: Introducing a comedy about HIV/AIDS

Of all the art forms, theatre has been most attentive to the story of HIV/AIDS. Leading the way in America there was Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart (1985) and Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (1991...

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Gallery: Philip Jones Griffiths' Vietnam

The most celebrated reportage to come out the Vietnam War was Michael Herr’s Dispatches, rightly acclaimed as the most visceral journey into the dark heart of America’s first military defeat. But...

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Gallery: Christina Broom's Soldiers and Suffragettes

There were female pioneers of photography before Christina Broom, most notably Julia Margaret Cameron. And others have hidden their light under a bigger bushel: Vivian Meier's body of work remained...

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Gallery: The Drowned Man of Punchdrunk

Punchdrunk entered the world of theatre through a side door in the basement. The company navigated a strange path around abandoned warehouses on the edge of town, via the odd wrong turn and sundry...

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Listed: Essential BBC Proms

Hottest tickets for seats at the Proms have probably all gone already. Yet the beauty of it is that so long as you start queueing early enough you can always get to hear the greatest, or rather the...

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theartsdesk Radio Show 9

Been a while since you checked out the best and latest world music releases? theartsdesk’s global music expert Peter Culshaw's selects the best music released in the last month or so.His peripatetic...

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'You must accept that muscle is machinery'

Basketball doesn’t often stray onto the arts pages. Cinema pays the occasional visit. White Men Can’t Jump starred Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as a pair of slamdunking hustlers. Hoop Dreams...

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We Made It: Set and Costume Designer Lise Marker

Danish-born Lise Marker is the perfect example of someone for whom a heirarchy between art and craft is an anachronisitic irrelevance. With work spanning fashion, film, theatre, fine art, music and...

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Listed: The Very Best of 2015

Don't on any account miss the events in the selection you're about to read. Our rival outlets are currently bludgeoning you into submission with long lists of the many many cultural highlights of the...

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