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  • Cartoons ‘more violent than films’

    Cartoons ‘more violent than films’

    Children’s cartoons are more violent than films for adults, with their main characters more than twice as likely to be killed off as those in films for a more mature audience, according to research. A study of cartoons released between 1937 and...

  • US racial justice quest comes full circle in Selma

    US racial justice quest comes full circle in Selma

    When director Ava DuVernay was shooting the Martin Luther King Jr movie Selma, she was nervous how relevant the story of a 50-year-old battle for black voting rights would feel for 21st-century Americans. She needn’t have worried. Selma, the first...

  • School of Rock set for Broadway

    The stage adaptation of the 2003 film School of Rock, about a wannabe rock star who works as a teacher and forms a rock band with his students, will open on Broadway next year, its producers said. School of Rock – the Musical, which is set to open...

  • Long live our rock ’n’ roll king

    Long live our rock ’n’ roll king

    He’s into his seventh decade but, much to the delight of his loyal fans, shows no signs of slowing down. Michael Bugeja catches up with rock ’n’ roll legend Freddie Portelli. Mention Malta and rock ’n’ roll in the same sentence and the name...

  • German romanticism, Maltese prowess

    German romanticism, Maltese prowess

    The Manoel Theatre was packed to the gallery in anticipation of an exciting evening for the second concert of the MPO Series. They were not disappointed. Under the animated baton of Brian Schembri, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) gave us a...

  • New single from Chris and Moira

    New single from Chris and Moira

    Chris and Moira have released their fifth single from their album Ninety Nights and a Monday, available on iTunes. This is the first slow single release for the band and marks the end of a successful year, celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary...

  • Cable 35 release Boznish video

    Cable 35 release Boznish video

    Punk/grunge band Cable 35 have released their latest video to accompany the single Boznish. The last track from their EP Fungus, Boznish has been given the ultimate pop culture treatment, placing a wannabe Vladimir Putin, arcade game whack-a-mole...

  • Let the metal play this Christmas

    Let the metal play this Christmas

    Metal music isn’t typically associated with the season’s festivities, but this has not stopped Loathe from turning their annual Boxing Day concert into an eagerly-awaited tradition. The season of goodwill is upon us and, like an unsightly yet...

  • Pin-ups for a good cause

    Pin-ups for a good cause

    A sexy lady dressed in a white nurse’s outfit; a beautiful woman in a stylish dress eating cupcakes, surrounded by two pretty children. These are not the typical images that would come to mind when one thinks of Dar Merħba Bik – a shelter for...

  • New Year’s Eve celebrations

    The new year is set to be welcomed with music, dance, entertainment, champagne, smiles, hugs and kisses at Samsara - The ever turning wheel of life. The name Duncan F is synonymous with good parties, especially on New Year’s eve, where he is known...

  • Spectacular ballet

    Spectacular ballet

    What words come to mind when someone mentions ballet? To me, it’s always been discipline, determination and dedication, because it is an art form that requires strength and stamina, but which ballerinas must veil with grace and...

  • ‘Tis the season to be jolly

    ‘Tis the season to be jolly

    From politics to current affairs and things that went viral, it is time to put those satire glasses on as panto and comedy season hits our theatres. Ramona Depares catches up with the scriptwriters behind some of this year’s local...

  • The trouble with some women

    The trouble with some women

    Leanne Ellul, a young and hitherto unknown playwright, caused a stir when she won last year’s Francis Ebejer competition for plays with a work due to be performed next year. Another work by her, Marjelena, has now been per-formed by a recently...

  • Joseph Calleja Christmas concert

    Joseph Calleja Christmas concert

    Joseph Calleja will be performing at a Christmas Concert on Saturday. The concert will be an intimate one, with a venue capacity of just 800 people who will be able to enjoy a unique Christmas concert with the Maltese tenor as the protagonist,...

  • Contemporary drama at Teatru Astra

    Contemporary drama at Teatru Astra

    This year’s Festival Mediterranea came to an end with the American play Doubt – A modern Parable. Written in 2004 by John Patrick Shanley, this intense play, set in a Catholic school in New York, won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2005. For this...

  • Ode to a giant of abstract art

    A gallery dedicated to Victor Pasmore, who made his home here and bequeathed an invaluable artistic legacy to Malta, is open at the Central Bank of Malta. Malta may be a little island but it has many a time been blessed by visitors of note and...

  • Christmas concert at St Dominic’s

    Christmas concert at St Dominic’s

    A Christmas concert, Puer Natus, will be held at St Dominic parish church, Valletta, tomorrow at 7pm. Taking part will be the parish choir, Porta Salutis (above), with soloist Gabrielle Portelli. Mro Raymond Attard will direct the choir,...

  • The sea in all its forms

    The sea in all its forms

    Alexia Coppini, known for her oil seascapes, is currently showing her 13th solo art exhibition, Lull. Coppini is showing a new collection of works depicting the sea in all its forms. Her large canvases depict the strength and force of her very...

  • A classic favourite

    A classic favourite

    The Legend of the NeverBeastDirector: Steve LoterStarring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Rosario Dawson, Raven-Symoné76 mins; Class U;KRS Film Releasing The legend of the NeverBeast is the latest in a series of films based on the beloved character from the...

  • Nothing beyond a one-note premise

    Nothing beyond a one-note premise

    Night at the Museum: Secret of the TombDirector: Shawn LevyStarring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson97 mins; Class PG;KRS Film Releasing I suppose your enjoyment levels of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, depends on your enjoyment...

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