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Thursday , November 15 2018


DIFF brings ‘Cinema of the World’ – Dubai fest to take audiences on cinematic journey

DUBAI, Oct 30: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has revealed the first titles that will form part of its ‘Cinema of the World’ programme. Bringing a variety of films and genres from around the world, the programme is set to take audiences on a cinematic journey of unique perspectives …

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‘Marshall’ movie faithful to facts – Biopic scores with those who knew late justice

WASHINGTON, Oct 30, (AP): Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s widow, Cecilia, has seen two showings of the new movie “Marshall” about her late husband. She liked it, but had one observation about actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays the civil rights pioneer and legal giant. “He’s a very good-looking man, but …

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‘PPAP’ singer to serenade Trump

TOKYO, Oct 30, (AFP): US President Donald Trump will be serenaded with a bizarre hit song about a “pen-pineapple-apple-pen” on his visit to Japan next week. Japan will roll out wacky crooner Pikotaro — whose 45-second “PPAP” ditty went viral last year after being shared by pop star Justin Bieber …

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Daring geometry, innovative design – Architecture, Brazil

Eduardo Pires Ferreira presented a fascinating overview of the architecture of Brazil, providing a historical introduction to the built form, from its colonial, baroque, neoclassical and eclectic periods to its evolution into modernism and contemporary architecture, at a lecture held at the Yarmouk Cultural Centre on Tuesday evening, in cooperation …

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Leonard Bernstein keeps star billing century after birth – Dramatic on-stage, bold off-stage

NEW YORK, Oct 29, (AFP): Decades after his death, Leonard Bernstein may still be the most identifiable conductor in the public imagination — dramatic on-stage, bold off-stage and succeeding unlike so many others in making classical music accessible. But although Bernstein hardly needs rescue from obscurity, the breadth of his …

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Expo seeks to unveil Mata Hari mystery – Legal ballet to end New York prohibition on dancing

LEEUWARDEN, Netherlands, Oct 29, (AFP): She scandalised society by dancing almost naked when women still wore corsets and their dresses long. Yet a century after her death, Mata Hari remains veiled in mystery. Now a Dutch museum in the Friesian town of her birth is seeking to shed new light …

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Teller delivers strong act in vet drama – Noyce to direct WWII action-adventure ‘Killer 10’

‘Thank You For Your Service’ may be an Iraq war film. But its most harrowing scene takes place far from the battlefield: in the sterile, dingy waiting room of the Department of Veterans Affairs. There, as countless veterans, many of them wounded, sit for hours waiting to talk to someone, …

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‘Paddington 2’ near-pawfect thriller – Bond’s film remains a resolutely British creation

‘Bears always fall on their feet.’ So goes a running punchline in Michael Bond’s series of “Paddington” books, and so it proves in the second big-screen outing for one of Britain’s two most beloved literary bears — the one that subsides on marmalade rather than honey. Having already aced a …

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Jessie Ware shows her range – Downie’s farewell album intimately universal

Jessie Ware, “Glasshouse” (Interscope Records) No doubt about it, Jessie Ware can sing. The London-born singer-songwriter has a versatile voice that can whisper and soar against a musical palette drawing from soul, R&B, jazz and pop. “Glasshouse,” her third album, finds that powerful voice in search of a distinctive sound. …

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notes … & nationalism – music in the matrix of political, historical challenges – Congress of arabic music in cairo, 1932

Dr Jean Lambert presented a lecture centred around the Congress of Arabic Music in Cairo, 1932, looking into the local and global impact of the sound recordings at the Yarmouk Cultural Centre on Monday evening, as part of the Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah’s 23rd cultural season. Dr Lambert is …

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