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  • Whatever it takes

    Whatever it takes

    Talk about coincidences. I’m pretty sure that when director Joe Depasquale chose to stage James Johnson’s psychological drama The Audition as part of this year’s Evenings on Campus, he had no idea that it would be performed right in the middle of...

  • Calling all metalheads

    Calling all metalheads

    It’s time for the second edition of Raging Waters. Mark Debono gets ready for some poolside headbanging and brings us a behind-the-scenes preview. Raging Waters is back for round two and this year the metal-themed pool party will again be loaded...

  • Bewildered by big deal

    Bewildered by big deal

    Michael Bugeja speaks to Big Deal’s Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe ahead of their performance at Pjazza Teatru Rjal as part of the Bewildered Music Festival. Signed to the prestigious Mute indie record label, UK duo Big Deal – made up of...

  • 5 reasons to go to Kelma Kelma, Nota Nota

    5 reasons to go to Kelma Kelma, Nota Nota

    5. It’s the only place you can meet be-loved folklore characters like Kunċett and Marinton. The last series of concerts that took place in July centred around the topic of... coffee mornings, dedicated to women. The terrible two – who were born of...

  • Giving wings to their music

    Giving wings to their music

    Pop opera trio Il Volo is set to delight their legions of fans with a concert in Malta that promises to be a celebration of all the songs that brought fame, festival wins and multiple awards to the young singers. Made up of Piero Barone, Ignazio...

  • Vintage Gluck

    Vintage Gluck

    A lot of work must have gone into the production of Gluck’s Il Parnaso Confuso, of which Ian Peter Bugeja was both artistic and music director. It was a pity, too, that this enjoyable romp, featuring an Apollo quibbling with three of his muses,...

  • The artwork on the wall

    The artwork on the wall

    With the first edition of the Malta Graffiti Youth Mural Project now complete, Malta and Gozo have gained three bright and beautiful murals. American street artist Damien ‘Dmnology’ Perdue tells Jo Caruana why street art deserves to be seen as a...

  • Fun escapism

    Fun escapism

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Director: Guy RitchieStars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia VikanderDuration: 116 minsClass: 12KRS Cinema Releasing The spy genre has always been widely popular with audiences from the early days of cinema until today.

  • Summer evening

    Summer evening

    The Malta Artisan Market, organised by The Definitive(ly) Good Guide Co., will be held next Sunday from 6 to 11pm at Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar. A variety of original and hand-made arts and crafts, as well as delicacies using fresh local produce,...

  • Casting call of confusion

    Casting call of confusion

    TheatreThe AuditionAtriju Vassalli, University of Malta, Msida Plays exposing the inner workings of the theatre business itself have been around for a quite a while, and can often give their audience a closer look at the intimate behind-the-scenes...

  • Sir Elton John ends Dolce and Gabbana boycott after IVF comments apology

    Sir Elton John has said he has forgiven Dolce and Gabbana for their comments about IVF children and is looking forward to wearing their clothes again. The singer called for a boycott of designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in March after...

  • Actress Shannen Doherty battling breast cancer

    Actress Shannen Doherty battling breast cancer

    US television actress Shannen Doherty, best known for her roles in "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Charmed," is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, celebrity publication People magazine said. Doherty, 44, told People that she is focusing...

  • Cilla Black’s funeral to start with Sir Cliff Richard performance

    Cilla Black will be laid to rest today as family, fans and stars from across the showbiz world gather to say a final tearful goodbye at her funeral. Sir Cliff Richard will pay his own musical tribute, performing his song Faithful One at the start...

  • From comedy to action hero

    From comedy to action hero

    Comedy actor Owen Wilson has said he hopes to pull the rug out from under the audience’s feet with his transition to action star in his latest film. The Hollywood stalwart is best known for roles in films such as Wedding Crashers, Zoolander and...

  • Jewish musician’s concert at Spanish festival cancelled

    Jewish musician’s concert at Spanish festival cancelled

    The Spanish government has condemned a Spanish reggae festival’s decision to cancel a concert by an American Jewish musician after he failed to reply to a demand to clarify his position on Palestinian statehood. The cancellation of Matisyahu at...

  • Ed Sheeran tops Spotify list of most influential under-25s

    Ed Sheeran tops Spotify list of most influential under-25s

    British singer Ed Sheeran has scored yet another number one – on Spotify’s list of the top 25 most influential artists under the age of 25. The 24-year-old star was the streaming service’s most streamed artist of 2014, while his ballad Thinking...

  • Nashville music producer Bob Johnston dies aged 83

    Music producer Bob Johnston, who played a key role in landmark recordings like Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde and Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison, has died at the age of 83. He is being remembered as a maverick who helped bring Nashville into the...

  • Batgirl actress Yvonne Craig dies at 78

    Actress Yvonne Craig, best known for playing Batgirl in the original 1960s Batman TV series, has died aged 78. Craig also starred in Star Trek as Marta, a green Orion slave girl intent on killing Captain Kirk. In a statement on her official...

  • Playing in tune together

    Playing in tune together

    ConcertsEuropean Foundation for Support of Culture/Summer Music Academy/Opera StudioAtelie Lyrique/dir. Andriana Yordanova;Julia Miller, pianoRobert Samut Hall/Sir Temi Zammit Hall/MCC Bulgarian soprano Andriana Yordanova has recently directed a...

  • It’s cool to be a spy

    It’s cool to be a spy

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)Certified: 12ADuration: 116 minutesDirected by: Guy RitchieStarring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant, Luca Calvani, Simona CaparriniKRS Releasing Ltd After...

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