Browsing: The Culturist

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Larry braves an early morning exhibition preview of David Rickard’s latest show at the Sumarria Lunn Gallery in Mayfair and discovers that installation art can be a better brain-stimulus than coffee.

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“I am the proprietor of the Penguin Cafe. I will tell you things at random.” These words reverberated around the head of composer Simon Jeffes. This is the sound of someone you love who’s going away and it doesn’t matter…

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Steve Thompson, whose film recommendations are frankly starting to worry us here at The Arb, confesses his rather dirty love for Andrzej Zulawski’s 1981 twisted horror-drama, Possession.

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Following the success of Sam Leach’s sell-out Platonia exhibition in Mayfair last September and Kieran…

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Paul Guest reviews two of the operas from The Royal Opera’s spring season, Fidelio and The Tsar’s Bride, which will both be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 this month.

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‘Straw-hatted melancholy’. Is there a more dismissive way of referring to one of the greatest…

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My reactions to music are purely emotional: love, hatred or indifference. Music is only important…

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Alex Larman, eagle-eyed journalist and cultural commentator with a voracious hunger for all things splendiferous, visits the ENO to experience Terry Gilliam’s operatic production of The Damnation of Faust.

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As a schoolkid, a curious Steve Thompson was always on the look-out for mysteries to solve. Little wonder he is enchanted by the 2005 high-school detective neo-noir flick, Brick.

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Tom Garton, face twitching suggestively from an ocular injury, meets Kabarettist Sigi Zimmerschied in Passau, Bavaria, to investigate the political shyness and culture shift that are putting classic cabaret under threat.

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Young soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn has had a difficult ride. After gaining a scholarship to study…

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Last week, Daniel Barenboim took to the Tate Modern Turbine Hall Bridge to give a one-off, all-Chopin concert with the Staatskapelle Berlin. Our wild-haired, roving music critic Paul Guest reports…

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