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Arts & Entertainment

  • Shakespeare’s underdog

    From a minor character in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to the star of a one-man show that’s travelled the world. Tim Crouch speaks to Iggy Fenech about his play I, Malvolio, hitting the Maltese stage. Think about all those heart-warming...

  • A spoonful of sugar

    The Pill, which was performed at The Splendid in Valletta, is not about the contraceptive pill taken by women, as it would have meant for many people a few decades ago. Instead, it refers to the dream of so many scientists and ordinary people, of...

  • Spring music festival

    Eight concerts showcasing some of Malta’s most respected musicians will form the 8th edition of the International Spring Orchestra Festival. Hosted every year in April, the festival is the brainchild of artistic director and Paris-based composer...

  • Crossing boundaries

    As the lyrics to their song Radju Valium openly and explicitly declare, Sempliċiment tat-Triq (STT) aren’t necessarily interested in getting mainstream exposure, at least not at the expense of compromising what they stand for, anyway. So it might...

  • Getting funky for The Funny Farm

    Artists such as James Brown, Cameo, Herbie Hancock, Labelle and George Clinton, among others, may not really appear in the pop charts these days, but the original funk music all these brought to life in their heyday hasn’t lost its appeal,...

  • More than most intimate

    It was meant to be a most intimate gig and that it certainly was, perhaps more intimate in some instances than some might have imagined. Then again, it’s no secret that singer-songwriter Claire Tonna bares her soul whenever she performs onstage.

  • L-Għanja Tal-Poplu winner announced

    Jien ma Naħdimx, performed by Karen DeBattista, is the winner of this year’s edition of the L-Għanja tal-Poplu festival. Written by Rita Pace and Mark Scicluna, the song addresses the misguided impression that a woman who stays at home to raise...

  • Debut single from new Gozo band

    They come from different sides of the musical spectrum, but this hasn’t stopped guitarist Christian Farrugia and drummer Paul Formosa from getting together to explore new sounds. Under the name of They Come In Twos, Farrugia, formerly of Saving...

  • Dana McKeon to launch Street Art EP

    Further to the UK launch of her debut EP Street Art last week, beatboxer and singer-songwriter Dana McKeon will be launching it locally with a live performance at Black Pearl in Ta’ Xbiex on Friday. The title track was launched online earlier this...

  • Nurturing a love for opera

    Malta’s young classical singers are on the rise. It’s not just Beyoncé our young budding vocalists want to emulate and jiggy to; some dream of taking on the big dramatic roles of the bel canto, which still rock the operatic scene. Now, these...

  • Gozo’s main classical music festival is back

    Conductor and musician Colin Attard, with his wild, curly hair, is a familiar figure on the local music scene, especially in his native Gozo. His energy is as boundless and dynamic as his hair, and I know few local musicians who are as energetic...

  • Rhythm is a pianist

    Gabi Sultana’s solo piano recital at the Music Room of St James Cavalier included a selection of post-1950s compositions, some of which featured extended techniques such as piano string plucking, playing clusters of notes using the forearm and...

  • A lenten tribute to Duruflé’s Requiem

    In keeping with the spirit of the Lenten period, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing with the Schola Cantorum Jubilate (choir director Mark Gauchi) to present one of the most subtle and fluid compositions based on the Gregorian...

  • Political intrigue, opera seria style

    La Clemenza di Tito was performed in Malta for the first time as part of the Manoel Theatre/BOV Performing Arts Festival.Review by Albert Storace. There are certainly far more popular Mozart operas than La Clemenza di Tito. But a joint dream of...

  • When the arts meet Italian gastronomy

    Music, visual arts, literature and gastronomy are coming together in one event, which is being organised by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and l’Accademia Italiana della Cucina, together with the Italian Embassy. The evening features soprano...

  • The darker side of American psyche

    Hollywood has a history of celebrating blue collar workers – people at the lower end of the income spectrum; people struggling to realise the elusive American Dream or simply fighting the injustices brought on by corporate America. From the 1940s...

  • Simon Cowell hails X Factor spoof show

    Simon Cowell said attending the world premiere of Harry Hill’s The X Factor spoof musical I Can’t Sing! was like seeing his second baby born this year. The music mogul – who last month became a father for the first time – is one of the show’s...

  • New Churchill film role for Kevin Spacey

    Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has been lined up to play Winston Churchill in a new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Captain of the Gate will chronicle the former prime minister’s rise to power as he led Britain during World War II. Ben...

  • Giant fallen angels made of rock bring fantasy to Noah

    Rain lashes down from the heavens while hungry followers of Cain trample over each other for a spot on Noah’s massive wooden ark. The end is inevitable and, of course, not pretty. Director Darren Aronofsky, best known for dark and unrelenting...

  • The beauty in despair

    Out of the Furnace (2013)Certified: 15Duration: 116 minutesDirected by: Scott CooperStarring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, Boyd HolbrookKRS release Set in 2008, Out of the...

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