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  • Blues king Dr John plays Louis Armstrong music

    Blues king Dr John plays Louis Armstrong music

    You can’t get much more New Orleans than Dr John and Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong − so when the former plays the latter, it’s enough to get Big Easy fans sitting up. Especially if, as voodoo jazz and blues king Dr John says, it was all Armstrong’s...

  • Unmasking old demons

    Unmasking old demons

    TheatreIl-Kuluri tal-PerliniTalenti Theatre CompanyManoel Theatre Exploring the intentions and motivations which permeate the more shadowy aspects of human nature has been a long-term goal of theatre practice. Talenti Theatre Company, in...

  • Sunday teatime recital a success

    Sunday teatime recital a success

    ConcertMPO String QuartetJesuit Oratory, Valletta In this country there are many spaces which cry out to be used for holding recitals in an intimate atmosphere. Ideal for chamber music performances, the splendid baroque Jesuit oratory in Valletta...

  • The real code is life

    The real code is life

    The Imitation Game (2014)Certified: 12ADuration: 114 minutesDirected by: Morten TyldumStarring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Rory KinnearKRS Releasing Ltd The...

  • Under the Hollywood shine

    Under the Hollywood shine

    Maps to the Stars (2014)Certified: 18Duration: 112 minutesDirected by: David CronenbergStarring: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, Evan Bird, Carrie FisherKRS Releasing Ltd Maps to the...

  • When everything goes wrong

    When everything goes wrong

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)Duration: 82 minutesCertified: PGDirected by: Miguel ArtetaStarring: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Bella Thorne, Elise & Zoey Vargas,...

  • Pink Floyd top UK album charts

    Pink Floyd top UK album charts

    British progressive rock group Pink Floyd topped the album charts for the first time in nearly 20 years with The Endless River, the Official Charts Company said. The newly-released album, which the band says will be their last, became the third...

  • Bette Midler to play five UK arenas

    Bette Midler to play five UK arenas

    Entertainer Bette Midler is to play her first UK tour for 35 years with a handful of dates next year. The singer, comedian and actress, who released a new album called It’s The Girls yesterday, will play five arena shows including the O2 in London...

  • Ed Sheeran goes solo at Wembley

    Ed Sheeran goes solo at Wembley

    Chart-topping star Ed Sheeran has reached a huge new stage in his career – by announcing his first headline stadium show at Wembley. Solo performers rarely play the huge outdoor stadium and his performance for an 80,000 crowd next year will be the...

  • New Band Aid single released

    The Band Aid charity single hit shelves in the UK yesterday, and is the bookies favourite to become the Christmas number one. The reworked version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? features One Direction, Bono and Ellie Goulding, and is expected to...

  • More stupid than ever

    More stupid than ever

    After two decades, hit goofball comedy Dumb and Dumber is back as Dumb and Dumber To, and the sequel owes a big thanks to an unlikely ally: cable television. The adventure comedy based around idiots Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and his best friend...

  • NY mansion featured in The Godfather is for sale

    NY mansion featured in The Godfather is for sale

    A New York City mansion that featured in the 1972 American movie classic The Godfather is up for grabs for fans of the blockbuster or just anyone willing to pay the $2.89 million price tag. In the Oscar-winning film, the grand Staten Island home...

  • Italy’s ‘greatest picture’

    Italy’s ‘greatest picture’

    An Italian Renaissance masterpiece that English novelist Aldous Huxley once described as “the greatest picture in the world” was saved from destruction in World War II by a British artillery officer who defied orders to shell the town. Today,...

  • Stage two of the Eurovision mania

    Stage two of the Eurovision mania

    After yesterday’s Junior Eurovision, it’s time to gear up for the real deal. Mark Xuereb rounds up this year’s hopefuls ahead of the local finals. In Malta the selection which precedes the Eurovision Song Contest is considered to be one of the...

  • A sonic kind of equilibrium

    A sonic kind of equilibrium

    Many may be unfamiliar, as yet, with the name Jane Doe but do not let this fool you into thinking that this is a band made up of newbies. Even if you listen to their debut EP, the intriguingly-named Homeostatic just once, it is enough to dispel...

  • Making music another way

    Making music another way

    Vinny Vella Jr is an affable person, the kind of man who immediately makes one feel comfortable in his presence and he likes to debate, especially when it comes to music. I found out all this when he invited me over to his place for a chat about...

  • Will they wear the crown?

    Will they wear the crown?

    Maltese rock fans have a new track to nod their heads to while on the road, thanks to local alt-rock band WaterWings. The group has been recently dominating the airwaves with its new single Steal the Crown, launched last month. Recorded and...

  • A laboratory for new ideas

    A laboratory for new ideas

    Not a lot of people know about the University of Malta’s Research Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT), but that is changing as research takes an increasingly important role in today’s society. That is why the RIDT is working on build-ing more...

  • Musician Sammy Galea turns 80

    Musician Sammy Galea turns 80

    If ever an example of a life lived in music was needed, Sammy Galea would quite likely be among the first names to come to most people’s minds. A pillar of the Maltese music scene for decades, this talented musician, songwriter and composer turned...

  • German Film Festival kicks off

    German Film Festival kicks off

    The sixth German Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday. Organised once more by the German–Maltese Circle, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, this year’s edition offers seven movies. Sirka Vella-Facklam, who has been organising the event...

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