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  • Mummified singer to be the star of new exhibition at British Museum

    A singer is the star of the show in a new exhibition of mummies at the British Museum for which modern medical scanners have been used to examine eight bodies and find out what they looked like, how they lived and died. The technology has helped...

  • From Gimli to Caiaphas

    From the epic fantasy that is Lord of the Rings to the equally epic tale of Saul: The Journey to Damascus, Hollywood actor John Rhys-Davies talks to Ramona Depares about filming in Malta and why biblical tales will never go out of fashion. His was...

  • Music, steel and a touch of Queen

    The last weekend of March was marked by two completely different live music events – on Saturday night, ahead of Brian May’s performance the following week, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), under the direction of the charismatic Philip...

  • Debut single from Dasha

    She is Ukrainian by birth, but has spent almost half her life in Malta. And while music has been a big part of her life from a very early age, it is within the local scene that Dasha Britan first started to follow her calling. Starting out as a...

  • Celebrating The Beatles

    In the words of former Rolling Stone associate editor Robert Greenfield, The Beatles are “artists who broke through the constraints of their time period to come up with something that was unique and original”. Small wonder then that they are...

  • Cinnamon War’s Brightest Light

    “We’ve been hibernating for a few months, juggling all kinds of aspects of life,” Maltese rock band Cinnamon War posted on their Facebook wall some weeks ago. Fortunately, in between coping with real estate development, academic endeavours and...

  • In complementary harmony

    Italian pianist Michelangelo Carbonara and his cellist wife from South Korea, the lovely Kyung Mi Lee, put their talent to very noble use. For six consecutive years Carbonara has been appearing annually at the Kempinski San Lawrenz in Gozo. He has...

  • Divine detachment

    Lent usually brings with it a lot of heavy going and pedantic sacred concerts with the usual mix of funerary dirges and sentimental pseudo-religious vocal works. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mozart and Verdi’s requiems and Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ...

  • Bonding with Bach

    Pianist Lucia Micallef has been smitten by Bach since she was 11 years old. She tells Veronica Stivala how, although he is a baroque composer, his music transcends time. It’s not every day that you hear about an 11-year-old being smitten by Johann...

  • Celebrating through dance

    Theresa Lungaro-Mifsud’s creative team of teachers and choreographers has put together a colourful programme for The Dance Workshop’s latest dance production A Year in Dance. The production depicts the different celebrations that we experience...

  • London master classes for aspiring performers

    A series of master classes, aimed to give aspiring musical theatre performers an idea of what it’s like to be a performer in training are being organised in London by DLS Productions and artist Ben Darmanin. A Week in the Life includes daily...

  • A victim’s point of view

    I, Malvolio (St James Cavalier), written and performed by Tim Crouch, opens as the audience trickles in and sees the tall figure of a man wearing badly soiled and torn underwear and a flapped cap. He has horns, and he looks disapprovingly at us,...

  • A month with Jeni Caruana

    Artist Jeni Caruana is showing a collection of watercolours and acrylics capturing rural landscapes, garden scenes and gnarled olive trees at Villa Bologna, Attard. Caruana, who has organised regular Friday painting classes in the gardens of Villa...

  • Retrospective by Norbert Attard

    Artist Norbert Attard is hold-ing a retrospective exhibition showing the evolution of his work over the past 40 years. The exhibition will be showing a selection of works from three distinct phases in his art practice. Attard will be showing...

  • A lesson in laughter

    Take your children on a hilarious trip through history, thanks to the laugh-out-loud antics of Malcolm Galea and The Complete History of Europe (More or Less). Jo Caruana takes an unusual lesson in history. Back in the day, wouldn’t it have been...

  • Kiss, Peter Gabriel inducted by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Flamboyant rockers Kiss and British singer-songwriters Peter Gabriel and Cat Stevens were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, but, as they had vowed, the four original members of Kiss did not perform. The 1970s shock-rockers...

  • Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman

    A new kind of Stephen Colbert will be succeeding CBS’s Late Show host David Letterman next year, capping the generational shift in late-night TV’s landscape across US networks eager to attract younger viewers and online followings. Colbert, 49,...

  • The origin story of a mythical Greek hero

    The Legend of Hercules (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 99 minutesDirected by: Renny HarlinStarring: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan, Liam McIntyre, Rade Šerbedžija, Johnathon Schaech, Luke Newberry, Jukka Hilden,...

  • Musical of musicals

    The Mediterranean Conference Centre will be alive with the sounds of popular tunes this weekend as it stages one of the world’s best-known rock music-als, Jesus Christ Superstar. The musical, first staged in the 1970s, promises to transport...

  • An ode to Hillsborough 96

    The names of all 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough will be sung as part of a new symphony commemorating the disaster by avant-garde composer Michael Nyman. The work will be performed in Liverpool’s Church of England cathedral by the...

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