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  • Five reasons Jimmy Carr rocks

    Five reasons Jimmy Carr rocks

    1. He really hands it to the hecklers Heckling stand up comedians is, by its very definition, a bit of a dangerous sport. And yet, people persist, adorably imagining that this might prove to be their gateway to fame and fortune. What usually...

  • The trailblazing pianist

    The trailblazing pianist

    When he was just 14 years old Nicholas McCarthy heard a friend of his perform Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata and decided there and then that he wanted to become a concert pianist. From that day onwards he has not looked back and he does acknowledge...

  • British, with a touch of Maltese

    British, with a touch of Maltese

    Founded by the Maltese-born Tim Briffa, My Drug Hell has built itself a cult following over the years, with many eagerly anticipating the band’s upcoming album. Ramona Depares interviews the singer ahead of the band’s performance in Malta. Your...

  • The nihilistic rockers

    The nihilistic rockers

    Known as the musical version of beat poet Allen Ginsberg, Dorian Gray Sound and Vision will perform at this year’s Rock the South Festival, while graphic artist Paolo Bacillieri creates his work on the spot. Ramona Depares interviews vocalist...

  • Bringing out the jazz and Russian emotion

    Bringing out the jazz and Russian emotion

    Pianist, organist and conductor Wayne Marshall will be performing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F and Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 at the Manoel Theatre. He expresses his connection with the two works to Denise Azzopardi and explains the challenges...

  • Affan in the gut

    Affan in the gut

    Reuben Pace writes about a recent solo double-bass concert that was held al fresco in Strait Street by Macedonian double bassist Gjorgji Cincievski. The Strada Stretta Concept, spearheaded by artistic director Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci in...

  • Merging electronic and rock

    Merging electronic and rock

    Having just released their debut single, Kill The Action are turning the spotlight on electro-rock, a genre that is gaining popularity in Malta. Ramona Depares interviews the band to find out more. How did Kill The Action come together? Kill The...

  • A worthy addition

    A worthy addition

    Hail, Caesar!Director: Ethan Coen, Joel CoenStars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden EhrenreichDuration: 206 minsClass: 12KRS Releasing Ltd Keeping tarty starlets and their escapades out of the tabloids. Arranging marriages for gay or pregnant...

  • The universal family

    The universal family

    Fourteen years ago almost to the day, a low-budget movie written by and starring little-known actor/ comedian Nia Vardalos, hit the screens and went on to become a major box office success and one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all...

  • Bruce Springsteen cancels show over transgender bathrooms

    Bruce Springsteen cancels show over transgender bathrooms

    Rock star Bruce Springsteen cancelled a weekend concert in North Carolina to protest a new state law barring transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, as country music stars decried similar legislation...

  • Trailer gives sneak peak of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Trailer gives sneak peak of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Star Wars fans have hailed the return of rebel leader Mon Mothma in the trailer for the Star Wars anthology film Rogue One. Although the casting has not officially been announced, fans have widely speculated that the actress is Genevieve O’Reilly...

  • Walliams hails foreign acts on Britain’s Got Talent

    Walliams hails foreign acts on Britain’s Got Talent

    David Walliams has said the foreign acts who participate in Britain’s Got Talent “set the bar higher” for the ITV talent show. Speaking at the show’s London launch, the 44-year-old judge defended the non-British acts who have, to date, signed up...

  • Afghan Sesame Street adds girl power

    Afghan Sesame Street adds girl power

    Egypt has Khokha, India has Chamki and now Afghanistan is getting its first home-grown Sesame Street Muppet – a six-year-old girl called Zari. Zari, a curious and lively girl whose name means “shimmering” in the Dari and Pashto languages, made her...

  • Amber talks about love in ‘dark’ song

    Amber has released a contemporary deep and emotional ballad, which talks about love in a very melanchonic way. Messed Up Love was penned and composed by Matt ‘Muxu’ Mercieca, Elton Zarb and Amber herself. Muxu, the author of the song, describes it...

  • Contemporary dance, music at Malta International Arts Festival

    Contemporary dance, music at Malta International Arts Festival

    Contemporary dance and music make up the two events launched by Arts Council Malta today as part of the Malta International Arts Festival. Together with the much-awaited Grammy Award winner Arvo Pärt and the interactive installation Bandli,...

  • Photos give insight into Paul McCartney

    Photos give insight into Paul McCartney

    Previously unseen images of Sir Paul McCartney have emerged, giving an insight into his relationship with his beloved first wife and Wings band members. The photographs were discovered in the loft of renowned photographer Clive Arrowsmith. The...

  • Ice Cube on NWA reunion

    Rapper Ice Cube said he is hopeful he can reunite the original members of NWA for a performance at one of the world’s biggest music festivals. The gangsta rap pioneers disbanded in 1991 and have not performed together with Dr Dre for more than 25...

  • Shakespeare first folio discovered on Isle of Bute

    A copy of Shakespeare's First Folio - a book containing 36 of his plays published seven years after his death - has been discovered at a stately home on a Scottish Island. The book, which has languished in the library of Mount Stuart House on the...

  • Flying Scotsman on track to star in Thomas & Friends

    Flying Scotsman on track to star in Thomas & Friends

    Fans of Thomas & Friends will see engines from across the globe gather to compete at the Great Railway Show in the new animated movie Thomas & Friends: The Great Race. Representing the UK will be Flying Scotsman, an express passenger train service...

  • Potter villain Tom Felton ‘misses’ his character

    Potter villain Tom Felton ‘misses’ his character

    Harry Potter villain Tom Felton said he “misses” the character that made him famous as he joined stars from the film at a new theme park inspired by the boy wizard’s adventures. A host of Hollywood A-listers including Steven Spielberg, Billy Bob...

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