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  • Rolling Stones call off tour

    The Rolling Stones called off their tour in Australia and New Zealand after lead singer Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott was found dead of an apparent suicide in her Manhattan apartment. Scott, a 49-year-old fashion designer and former model,...

  • I, Titus

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito is being presented for the first time in Malta at the Manoel Theatre between tomorrow and Sunday. A double cast has been engaged to cover all four performances. The artistic direction and costume...

  • Festering familiarity

    TheatreFestenBlue Box at M-Space What happens when long-repressed emotions come pouring back forth? When one has to confront the loss of a loved one in her physical death while sharing her deadened emotional state? Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov...

  • That all-important first love

    Endless Love (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 104 minutesDirected by: Shana FesteStarring: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi, Emma Rigby, Anna Enger, Patrick JohnsonKRS...

  • Putting the pedal to the metal

    Need for Speed (2014)Certified: 12Duration: 130 minutesDirected by: Scott WaughStarring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Ramon Rodríguez, Rami Malek, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson, Harrison GilbertsonKRS release The Need...

  • Rolling Stones axe gig after Scott’s death

    The Rolling Stones have cancelled an imminent concert in Australia following the death of designer L’Wren Scott, the girlfriend of lead singer Sir Mick Jagger. The 49-year-old model and designer, who had been dating the Rolling Stones frontman...

  • Minogue launches arena shows in UK

    The Voice coach Kylie Minogue has announced a series of arena shows in the UK and Ireland later this year. The Australian singer is to play the gigs – in the wake of new album Kiss Me Once – during her upcoming 31-date European tour. It is the...

  • Descent into madness

    The shrieks of mad women assault visitors entering the Musée d’Orsay’s new exhibit on Vincent Van Gogh, an arresting look at the painter’s work as seen through the eyes of the late avant-garde French theatre director and playwright Antonin...

  • Jake Gyllenhaal explores identity in thriller Enemy

    What would you do if you came face-to-face with a doppelganger? Canadian director Denis Villeneuve explores that question in the psychological thriller Enemy, based on José Saramago’s 2002 novel The Double. Jake Gyllenhaal, 33, plays both Adam...

  • Bourne revives Scissorhands production

    Ballet guru Matthew Bourne is at the mercy of his leading man as he prepares for a further slice of his hit production Edward Scissorhands. The director and choreographer is preparing to overhaul the show and bring it back to the stage, nine years...

  • Spotify revenue system rings somewhat off key

    Is Spotify killing the Maltese music star? Or do the benefits of exposure outweigh the problems of very low royalties? Ramona Depares sounds out the local angle. As Maltese users flocked to join over 24 million Spotify subscribers when the service...

  • Variety is the spice of life

    This week, Reflex Malta Promotions once again welcomes the living legend that is Marc Almond, as its special guest at the 10th anniversary Reflex party. In the hearts and minds of most people whose youth was soundtracked by the music of the 1980s,...

  • An intimate evening with Claire Tonna

    Just over a year since she left the island to seek out new challenges in New Zealand, Claire Tonna is back home, and as one might expect from this charismatic artist, she’s been busy making more music. Song-writing aside, her immediate focus has...

  • MPO to play Queen

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will be offering a symphonic rock experience to music lovers, with a concert dedictated to the iconic music of Queen. Acclaimed British conductor Philip Walsh returns to conduct the MPO in these orchestral...

  • New sounds from the underground

    That contemporary music in the Maltese language has experienced a revival in recent years is no secret, and the local hip hop scene has certainly been among its foremost flagbearers. Indeed, apart from Hooligan, who is more or less inclined...

  • The Rifffs release new single and video

    It was already evident from The Rifffs’ 2013 single Start The Revolution that the band was seeking to infuse a more vintage element into its signature ska sound. And what they came up with certainly worked a treat. As work on their second album...

  • Ġensna… and all that jazz

    With Ġensna set for another run, Alex Vella Gregory talks to its composer Paul Abela and finds there is more to him than the rock opera. Paul Abela is a very quiet, soft-spoken man who speaks of his music in almost apologetic terms. This does not...

  • From Żejtun to Prague

    Composer Ruben Zahra’s children’s opera, Kirana, is set to travel to France, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, with a number of performances scheduled in these countries. Kirana includes a wide range of artistic expression: contemporary music,...

  • Fo crying out loud

    Or, perhaps laughing out loud. Philip Stilon wonders why Dario Fo, whose sense of humour matches that of the Maltese, is not performed more in Malta. He talks improvisation, life’s absurdities and bursting out laughing in rehearsals to Veronica...

  • Yeats meets the porn actors

    Marylu Coppini’s enthusiasm for Elaine May’s Adult Entertainment leads her to call it “a gem of a play”, a description that to mind it does not deserve. The play’s concept is a good one and it is often entertaining but it certainly does not...

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