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Jodie Whittaker to DJ on BBC 6 Music on eve of Doctor Who debut

Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker will tease her unveiling as the new Time Lord by turning Radio DJ on Christmas Eve.<p>The actress will be heard on the …

Jodie Whittaker

From experimental to exhilarating - Rambert, Sadler’s Wells, review

Rambert’s new mixed bill is a reminder of two things above all about Britain’s oldest (and yet resolutely contemporary) dance company.<p>For one thing, it remains endearingly unafraid to experiment. Take Goat, one of two new pieces on offer. This is a tricky one to review, not just because it so …

Jazz

Algiers review – anti-fascist fury locked into a dystopian groove

Soup Kitchen, Manchester The rising Atlantan band blend harsh electronics with gospel vocals to create rousing hymns for society’s underdogs<p>Brooding drones fill the room like a heavy fog, before a sampled speech by Black Panther member Fred Hampton cuts above them. Looping piano lines and a …

Music

Rambert, Sadler's Wells, London, review: 'honesty, anger and helplessness spill across the stage'

What can you do when the world is as it is? Ben Duke’s extraordinary <i>Goat</i> is about not having the answers. Hilarious and sad, it lets honesty, anger …

Jazz

DC Theater Friday: ‘Mean Girls’ is an apex predator

<i>The weekly feature of what’s happening on Washington stages.</i><p>Picks of the week: Tina Fey’s new “Mean Girls” musical is, as Regina George would say, “a massive deal” at the National Theatre, and Ethan McSweeny’s airport-themed “Twelfth Night” launches successfully in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s …

Entertainment

Turning white: Why do they whiten blacks in movies, soap operas, advertisements and in history?

<b>Note from BW of Brazil</b>: <i>You’ve seen it before…Think about it. When was the last time you saw a film, TV series or advertisement that featured a white</i> …

Women of Color

After All These Years, Some Prohibition Laws Still Exist. Here’s How New York Is Cleaning Them Up.

The 21st Amendment ended Prohibition on Dec. 5, 1933. Still, some laws that were enacted to enforce Prohibition remain on the books, binding …

Conservative View

'Sober' soul-pop prodigy Mahalia will leave you intoxicated

<i>FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories of the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, Leicester songwriter</i> …

Music

Rambert review – Ben Duke's dance to the death is a searingly emotional joyride

Sadler’s Wells, London Inspired by the onstage intensity of Nina Simone, the centrepiece of this triple bill blurs real life and performance to spectacular effect<p>What does it mean when dancers express emotion on stage? Do they bring real-life experiences to those highly choreographed moments when …

Emotions

A Linha Curva/Symbiosis/Goat review at Sadler's Wells, London

A Linha Curva/Symbiosis/Goat review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘a masterpiece’<p>Rambert's production of Ben Duke's Goat at Sadler's Wells, London. …

Jazz

Eurythmics discuss Rock Hall of Fame and going 'into hiding' in the 80s.

<b>Throughout the 1980s, Annie Lennox and David Stewart challenged the notion of what a pop group could look or sound like.</b><p>As the Eurythmics, they spawned smash after smash, from the icy synth-pop of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) to the Motown tribute Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.<p>Their videos …

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This Is The Best Music for Any Age (and Attitude) This Thanksgiving

Some people are wary of the Thanksgiving holiday because of sibling rivalries or—particularly recently—the specter of political clashes over the dinner table. For others, it’s an impending anxiety about the holiday’s soundtrack. For every niece recently besotted with UK grime and post-dubstep sonic …

Culture

Nina Simone: Four Women

Most Americans know Nina Simone as the incomparable singer who could mingle jazz and Bach as she accompanied herself on the piano. But Simone had a …

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Before 'Sweet Dreams,' Eurythmics braced for failure

LOS ANGELES: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) has become a classic in pop music and marked a commercial breakthrough for synth-pop. But before the …

Marilyn Manson

Julia Bullock Gets to the Heart of Things

Never in a million years will people viewing Julia Bullock as she strides the War Memorial Opera House floorboards as Dame Shirley suspect there is …

Jazz

Theatre Review: ‘My Name Is Asher Lev’ at 1st Stage

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Seal is touring Australia with an orchestra

Seal will be making his way across the country with an orchestra in support of his tenth studio album, <i>Standards</i>.<p>The show will feature Seal performing …

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‘Nina Simone’ raises a fist at Arena Stage

You wouldn’t want a conventional biographical musical for the combative Nina Simone, a civil rights-era singer who responded to the Southern murders of blacks with the mischievous “show tune,” as she called it, “Mississippi Goddam.” And Christina Ham’s “Nina Simone: Four Women” is hardly a …

Entertainment

Too Tall to Feel Small: The Case for Eurythmics' Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee's yearly announcement of the latest batch of potential inductees always generates the same …

Music

Critical Role Celebrity Playlist: Scanlan’s Playlist by Sam Riegel

<i>In case you haven’t joined the Critter community yet, Critical Role is our Dungeons & Dragons RPG show where a group of geeky voice actors roleplay</i> …

Board Games

Album Review: Slum Sociable - Slum Sociable

20.11.17<p><b>Mesmerising, genre-defying debut from chill Melbourne duo.</b><p>For a debut to have such poise and confidence is remarkable. In crafting an …

Kendrick Lamar

The day I shared a bubble bath with Nina Simone

It’s summer 1999 in London, and Nina Simone’s most devoted fan is about to get a big surprise<p>It was 1983: I was 26 and I had just been hired by Elektra Records as their new A&R guy. I saw an ad in the <i>Village Voice</i> for Nina Simone in concert at the Irving Plaza, four shows over two nights, and I …

Jazz

The best children’s books of 2017, perfect for gifts or your kid’s home library

I began reviewing children’s books more than 30 years ago because of book-greed – and a husband who said we couldn’t spend half of our budget on my …

Books

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK

From wartime race drama Mudbound to Phil Collins’s UK tour, here is our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days<p><b>Five of the best ... films</b><p>1 Mudbound (15)<p><i>(Dee Rees, 2017, US) 134 mins</i><p>Few modern movies achieve a literary scope and weight, but this …

Culture

Freedom Dreams: The Colin Kaepernick Reading List

Activism is about education as much as it is about action. So we had two of Kaepernick’s closest friends, Christopher Petrella and Ameer Loggins, supply the resources—books, essays, movies, and music.<p>At a time in our nation’s history when inflammatory debates over the purpose, scope, and legacy of …

Black History

Pop, Politics And Parenting: Paloma Faith Is The Architect Of Her New Direction (EXCLUSIVE)

Like any new mum, having a baby has given Paloma Faith a different perspective on life, and that new outlook has permeated her music too.<p><b>Her fourth</b> …

Jazz

Book gifts for young readers can bring enduring delights

Of all the gifts one could bestow on a young person for the holidays, there are few more likely to be enjoyed over and over again than a thoroughly …

Books

Open’er Festival announces third headliner

The Gdynia festival will take place from July 4-7 in 2018<p>Open’er Festival have announced Depeche Mode as the third headliner for their 2018 bash.<p>The …

Jazz

These curly haired celebrities inspired me to embrace my crown!

I feel strongest when I’m practicing self-acceptance. Allowing myself to be myself makes me feel really powerful…I think it requires a sense of …

Hair

Energetic performances wow sold out crowd as top dance company comes to Bradford

ONE of the UK’s top dance companies wowed a sold out crowd on the first night of its three day run at the Alhambra Theatre last night.<p>Britain's …

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